Masahiro Sayano (sayano@MICRO.CALTECH.EDU)
Fri, 22 May 1992 09:05:01 PDT
Greetings, Fellow Scouters!
Here's something that's not about the liquid fuel issue. I'm not a great
storyteller, and I know I forgot some of the details, but here's a ghost
story that I heard about the Lake Arrowhead area in Southern California.
In fact, there's a boy scout camp not far from where this occurred.
The San Bernardino Mountains contains a lot of wilderness regions which
saw substantial activity about 100 years ago. Here, miners and loggers
worked to bring materials down to the Los Angeles basin. But, like most
industries of that time, there was a high profit motive, and workers
lives were not as important as they were now.
One day, a mine tunnel collapsed, trapping a number of men within. They
were able to survive, after a fashion, by drinking water which seeped into
the tunnels, eating rats, mushrooms, and their dead co-workers. They
worked from within to dig themselves out, confident that on the other
side, others were digging from the outside in. Well, maybe not that
confident, since the mining company was not known for its compassion.
Well, it took them a while, but they finally managed to dig themselves
out. Then, the formerly trapped miners found two surprises. First,
since they had lived in darkness for a long period of time, they could
no longer stand the sunlight, and their eyes were pure white---no
color except for their pupils, which were dialated. Second, not one
man had lifted a shovel to dig them out.
They then made a pact, these men, to take revenge on those who had
abandoned them. Soon after, mysterious instances of men being killed
in the mountains occurred. These men were usually found mauled,
bloody and torn. Close examination showed the teeth marks on them
were from human teeth. One man was even beated by his arm which had
been torn off at the shoulder.
Soon thereafter, the mining company went out of business: No one was
willing to work in those mountains, and even groups of men at night
were at risk. Rumor had it that the White-Eyes were out for blood.
Now, since this happened about 100 years ago, and since only men were
working in the mines, there should be no more White-Eyes around. So,
we're safe---or are we? Several years ago, a hiker was found mauled
on the trail, with human teeth marks.
Embelish the story as you wish! You may even want to adapt it to your
locale. But beware---when I told this story to a group of campers at
summer camp once, some boys (in my troop, first timers, and other troops
there) were scared out of their wits, especially since it occurred so
close to where they were at.
Yours in Scouting,
Assistant Scoutmaster, Troop 738
Los Angeles Area Council
Boy Scouts of America
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