The Vancouver Sun - Saturday May 25, 1957 -- Sasquatches aren't monsters and shouldn't be captured for the curious to gape at.
So says the man who many people (including himself) say introduced the mysterious hairy giants of British Columbia to the world. He is John W. Burns, one time Chehalis Indian Reserve schoolteacher-Government Indian Agent who now lives in San Francisco.
"They have been referred to as monsters," Mr. Burns said. "But they have committed no monstrous acts. It appears our veneer civilization does not hesitate to even use monsters for commercial purposes."
All the tales of Indians being pursued by the Sasquatch, boulders being thrown at men in canoes and an old Indian named Charlie telling how he shot a Sasquatch boy and escaped the wrath of an angry Sasquatch mother are in the article. The name Sasquatch is also a Burns' product, borrowed from the Chehalis Indian. It means "hairy giant."
Burns said he has further data pertaining to their history and why the giants went wild. But he said he wouldn't publish it until he does more research. Burns even tells of receiving a letter from an Ontario lawyer, S. A. Wallace, notary public of Windsor, Ontario Canada told Burns that ten years ago a cave containing skeletons of 40 sasquatches were discovered. [This would have been around 1949]
"A geologist who examined them," Mr. Burns said, "told Mr. Wallace that they must be thousands of years old."
Does Burns really believe in the giants?
Friends of his still living in the Harrison Lake area, where the Sasquatch legend was revived two months ago when a search was planned, say he did once.
"But I don't
think he does anymore," said one man who knew the schoolteacher