Journal Entry, Late January, 188X (written in a trembling hand while attempting to consume scotch)
A bizaar creature I have never seen before almost attacked me at the town hall.
(Guzzles scotch and resumes)
I was out today…no….let me start over. I was out *during* the day and then night fell. A friend from another place came today to tour our fair town , and, while out with her, night fell. A curfew has been imposed upon our town. However, as we were indoors in our city’s Town Hall when it did fall, I thought we might be safe there until morning. I had parted from my companion , agreeing with her to look separate directions for a certain room. While apart a heard a noise and looking around a mechanical creature entered the hall. Not unusual to see mechanical things scurry about Babbage and so I did not worry. Then it followed. Clicked and whirred and its one eye looked me over in a way that let me know it *would* follow until it got….what? I held my zapper dapper by coincidence, from the tour we’d be onto earlier and activated it towards the scurrying mechanical thing. No crab this, but hopeful I felt that it might be of some use. It did not respond. The zapper appears to have no affect on whatever it was. That I think sealed my fear of it and I did leap past the rail of the stairs. With mercy the spiral stair to the sewer was near but for its watery depth, however much filth, I might not be here. Whatever *thing* that was is unnatural. Still I don’t dare report what went on in light of the order handed out.