The Columbus Journal out of Columbus, Nebraska printed a bizarre story on January 28, 1891 concerning the blasphemous birth of a cloven-hoofed devil-baby to a Minnesota couple.
"HAS HOOFS AND HAIR
AN AWFUL MONSTROSITY IN MINNESOTA.
Anxious to See the Freak.
The mother is almost an imbecile as a result of her horrible experience, and the father acts as though crazed. Physicians are pouring into the village in dozens and people from surrounding counties are arriving constantly, all anxious to see the freak. The authorities threaten to arrest and heavily fine any person known to spread the report; the condition of the mother mentally and physically being extremely precarious indeed. A girl working in the house whose name is withheld by request, yesterday encountered the 5-weeks-old fiend on its way down stairs. She endeavored to carry it back to the room from which it had escaped, when the creature attacked her so fiercely that she was compelled to knock it down with a pitcher she was carrying. It is impossible that the efforts at concealment can prove successful, as the facts have been communicated by local physicians to the co-workers in the cities, and every train brings new additions to the crowd already at Plato. The Catholic religion is predominant there, and the members of that church are firm in the belief that the freak has been sent as a judgement on the mother for her unholy sentiment."
|Perrysburg Journal [Perrysburg, OH] 24 Jan. 1891|
|Pittsburg Dispatch 19 April 1891|
I haven't been able to find a birth or death record for a Morris or Miller baby born in 1890-1891 to parents matching those names in Minnesota, but that doesn't mean that such a child never existed. Fabrication or not, it made for one Hell of a story.