Recently Buster Ferrel, one of the boldest and most noted hunters of Okeechobee, and who for twenty years has made the border of the lake and the Everglades his home, on one of his periodical expeditions noted what he supposed to be the pathway of an immense alligator. For several days he visited the locality with the hope of killing the saurian, but was unsuccessful in finding him. His pride as a hunter was piqued, and his desire to obtain the hide of what he felt sure to be one of the largest alligators ever seen in this section, where alligators are noted for their immense size, grew daily. He studied some plan to outwit it. A large cypress stood near its pathway, and he concluded to climb the tree and take a stand for his game. He accordingly took his position in the tree. Nothing appeared. He was becoming discouraged, but determined to give one more day to the effort. On the third day, before he had been on his perch an hour, he saw what looked to him like an immense serpent gliding along the supposed alligator track. He estimated it to be anywhere from 25ft. to 30ft. [7½ to 9 metres] long, and fully 10in. to 12in. [25 to 30 cm] in diameter where the head joined the body, and as large around as a barrel 10ft. [3 metres] further back.
The creature stopped within easy range of his gun and raised high its head. As it did Ferrel shot at its head. Taken by surprise, the serpent dashed into thE marsh at tremendous speed, while Ferrel kept up firing until he had emptied the magazine of his rifle. About four days afterwards he ventured back into the neighbourhood, and about a mile from where he first saw the monster he saw a large flock of buzzards, and went to see what thy were after, and there he found the creature dead and its body so badly torn by the buzzards that it was impossible to save the skin. He, however, secured the head, and has it now in his home on the Kissimmee River. It is truly a frightful looking object, fully 10in. [25 cm] from jaw to jaw, and ugly, razorlike teeth. He described the animal as dark coloured on its back and a dingy white beneath, with feelers around its mouth similar to catfish. He has gone back into the swamp with the intention of obtaining the skeleton and bringing it back, after which he will send it to the Smithsonian Institution in Washington.