I loved the understatement in this article. The incident ‘got on his nerves’ so he put down his shovel, and eventually ‘his astonishment reached its highest point’. Most people would have chucked the spade and run screaming from the graveyard if a partially unearthed skull started moving towards them, but he was only astonished.
I am a little concerned with some other things in the article too. I know a sexton is responsible for the maintenance of the church and its grounds, but if he was out there digging a fresh grave don’t you think he would have covered over the protruding skull already there? I am a little concerned about his housekeeping practices if it was OK to have partially uncovered corpses just lying about the place.
It is obvious that 1908 was a pre zombie-movie era. I mean, if this was a current day event he would have known that this clearly marked the beginning of the zombie apocalypse and he would have slammed it with the shovel before it had a chance to bite his ankle.