Headlines from the New Savannah Gazette
“Union Suspected of Conducting Mining Operation”
By Archibald Matthews
I would like to inform anyone planning to travel to the northern side of the Main Valley just past Plesiosaur bay that there have been sightings of Union vehicles in the area. No less than three groups have made reports of what they believe to be a Union mining expedition being carried out in the Northern Mountains. So far, no one has made any reports of Union vehicles actually leaving with any ore out of the mountains, but rumors say that the Union could be stockpiling it in a cave to eventually be transported to one of the Union forts in the Main Valley. Anyone getting to close to any of the vehicles, usually being escorted by Union soldiers and Ironclads, have met with attacks, though not without some warning being given first. Stockpiling is a possibility due to the mountains supposedly holding an untapped mother load of gold, coal, iron, and copper. Another rumor is that the mining operation could actually be a Union plan to make a secondary path to the northern Storm Valley, free of the avalanches which plague Connor’s Pass. Once we learn more of the operation, I will personally report on it.
“First Litter of Dryosauruses Born in Captivity” (picture of eggs on page 3)
By Spencer Madison, Free Fleet Reporter
It is my pleasure to report that the first litter of Dryosaurus eggs has been born in captivity. Dinosaur rancher Jared Gables was happy with the news of the 6 egg litter, claiming that it was just the start of what he hoped would be a lucrative monopoly of the Dryosaurus Breeding market. Gables, who runs his dinosaur ranch just north of the Fur River at the southern edge of the Northwestern Plains, successfully captured a male and female while attempting to capture a Dryosaurus as a potential mount. “I tell you what. The second that herd, which looked to be in their mating season, caught sight of us, they did their best to get away, but there were some stragglers that weren’t so quick. Next thing we know, we’ve caught four of them.” Gables was later disappointed when he discovered that he had caught only one female and three males. He had hoped it would be the other way around. He later chose the strongest male and sold the other two to New Savannah merchants for a large profit. It took Farmer Gables and his sons almost 2 months to get the female and remaining male to mate, but it eventually resulted in the healthy 6 egg litter which was born just last week. Gables plans to raise the young Dryosauruses until they reach adulthood. Once there, he will sell any extra males and start the breeding process all over again. Gables already uses the parents as mounts when rounding up his herds of Hadrosaur and Monoclonius and is happy with the results. “Even whenever I’m at the other end of a herd, if I see a single dino start to stray, I just nudge Velma (the female dryosaurus’s name), and I’m at the duckbill before it’s even made it 15 feet. Having a fast dinosaur sure helps which ranching. Don’t know how I made it through without one of them before.”
“Vulcanodon Herd Migrating”
By Pierce Langly
I am issuing a warning to anyone traveling near the Black Jungle. The forests around the jungle have been the site of several Vulcanodon stampedes in recent weeks. The herds appear to be moving from the forests north of the Black Jungle to the forests just west of the Crystal Desert, near the Union’s Fort Lincoln. Dinosaur experts claim that this could be a result of hunting in the northern forests, since Vulcanodons normally hate traveling out in the open plains. Settlement of the area around the Southeastern forests of the Black Jungle is currently being restricted by the Confederate military wishing to protect new settlers. The military action was taken after complaints by settlers of Vulcanodon attacks and the stampeding destruction of the Mayberry Homestead and the Big-H Hadrosaur Ranch, both of which were located near the Black Jungle’s forests. Once migration is proven to be over, the settlement restriction will be lifted.