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THE HAWAIIAN STAIR: V12Dtfi2SDAY, MAY 17, lSOB.-STX PAGES.
A VOSEMITE LIAR.
How Daniel Walton Escaped Through
a Knot Hole
Sonic think that all the great liars go
to perdition. This is a mistake. They
go to Yosemitc and drive teams there.
One of them said that down the road
a little "furder" he would show us a
strange sight. It was a big hole in a
tree. The tree was one of the Miamo
sa trifoliatum g'gmticum, if my mem
ory serves me at all creditably. This
tree during a continued rain, which
sometimes occurs in the Yosemitc, ex
pands, the cells filling with water rapid
ly anil enlarging.
Daniel Walton, a low and vulgar
man, was hunting through the valley in
the spring of 1878 with ill success, hav
ing killed nothing but grizzly bears, all
of which were too large to lole home.
As he came up the valley a heavy Min
set in, and it came on to rain, as it
sometimes does in the rainless region
of California. Sceina that it was grow
ing worse, Walton stepped into this
hole in the tree, and unbuckling a large
thermal belt which he wore and which
contained cartridges, he laid it aside
and soon went to sleep. Wnen he
awoke, he was surprised to see that the
hole was aim jst closed up by the swell
ing of the wood cells of the tree. He
was greatly alarmed, for he had no
means whatever by which to escape
from the tree and did not know when
the storm would cease. He feared that
he would become a part of the tree
possibly and some d iy be put into a
sideboard or the top of a bar counter
perhaps. He fired his rifle several
times out of the hole, but did not kill
anything. As darkness came on and
he felt the pangs of hunger gnawing at
his vitals he heard footsteps passing by
and riehtly iudiicd that the author of
them could not be far away. Looking
out through the aperture, lie saw a man
and spoke to him in a glad tone. The
voice coming out of a knothole not
wholly clused up yet, startled the man,
for he feared it was something super
natural, The man's mme was Rodgers
Lou Rogers, they called him. He
ran at first, but Walton begged him so
piteously that he paused and went
"What is the matter?" he ex
claimed. " Matter enough, " retorted Walton,
trying to get a piece of bark out of his
eye. The tree is closing in upon me,
man. Can you not see that I am lost
unless you aid me, you gilly,
you ? "
" Ah, " said Rodgers, " the wood,
being porous, admits the moisture, and
this expands it so that the aperture by
which you entered is becoming useless
as an exit. Am I right ? "
" Yes, you are right; but oh, re
morse, remorse ! must 1 perish here
while you prepare an exegesis on capil
lary attraction and promology ? Oh,
man, man, in heaven's name git a
move on you, I beg I "
Rodgers laid down his dinner pail
and began work at the knothole, but
between whiles he got a better view of
Walton and said:
" Are you not Dan Walton, who
lives down the gorge where the
branch is where we water the teams
" I am, sir, indeed, " exclaimed
Walton, now crying piteously, " but do
net lose all you have gained now by
your accursed delay and loquacity.
Help me, man, oh, help me, or I shall
die here and possibly annoy visitors
who come this way ! Help me out,
kind sir, whoever you may be, and I
will put up a petition to heaven each
night for your welfare and signed by
all the property owners in California. "
" Ah, but I remember you, " said
Rodgers; " you are the man who
whipped his wife last Sabbath in such
a disgraceful way and made her feel
badly. I know whom you are. " He
then began to berate Walton with all
his great command of language, cursed
him and went away.
After he had gone, Walton gave up
all hope and broke down utterly,
crying like a child and making it very
wet indeed as one hot tear after
another chased itself down his bronzed
check. Then his past life rose up be
fore him, and he saw how utterly con
temptible he was in the sight of his
fellows. Meaner and meaner, smaller
and smaller in his own estimation he
became until he was able to crawl out
of the knothole, which he then did
This is the legend of the knothole.
The knothole yet stands connectea
with a large tree, as I have described
it, near the entrance to the park, and
on the left hand side going in.
Dr. G. JAEGER'S
I desire to call the ntlentioii
of persons coitirr abroad lo
these celebrated santtar' pro
ductions, for which I am Sole
Agent for the Islands.
Its to your advantage both
Financially and Physically, to
supply yourself with a Full
Outfit before leaving. I have
just imported a lresh supply
direct from Germanv of Dr.
A cholera preventive.
Just three pointers will be enough for you :
1st We have over 20,000 pnirs of Shoes in stock to srlect
rom, embracing all leading lines.
2nd We buy in larger quantities than any one in the coun
try, only spot cash, consequently we buy cheaper.
3rd We have no extraordinary inducements to offer: you
would distrust a man who had gold dollars to sell for ninety
cent's. Look out for the shoe man with that kind of a story;
lis shoes may be Counterfeits.
THE MANUFACTURERS' SHOE CO.
Wholesale and Retail Boots and Shoes.
102 FORT STREET.
REMARKABLE SELF - SACRRI
An Oregon Man Kills Himself to Aid
The recent Thrun insurance fraud
in Wisconsin recalls to William A.
l'inkerton a curious life-insurance story
from Oregon in wlucii tne supposed
attempt at fraud was inspired by the
romantic dream of a l'rench novelist.
This is the story told by Mr. Pinker
"A young man living near Portland
insured his life for $10,000 for the
benefit of his sister. After a few pre
miums had been paid his death was
reported to the cotifpany. It had been
caused by a fall from a high tree
Something in the circumstances
aroused the suspicion of the company,
and I was retained to make a personal
investigate n. I found that the young
man and his immediate family were all
poor. They lived from hand to mouth
and were greatly 111 need ' f money
He was of a retiring, dreamy, rointntic
disposition, and very fond of his sister.
There was no rei son for him to climb
the tall tree, nor when he got there any
particular reason why he should tumble
out.of it. He was strong anu neany,
His family were deeply gritved, but
everything in a word pointed to the
theory that he had committed suicide
(Concluded on Fourth Page.) j
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Also, a few pairs remaining o
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No trouble to show goods.
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IS UY THE
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TUESDAYS ANU FRIDAYS,
Arriving at Hilo Thursday and Sunday Mornings
From Hilo lo the Volcano 30 Miles,
Over ;i Sn.Kxmn Macaoamizku Road, running most of the
way through a Dense Tropical Forest a ride alone worth the
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ABSENT FROM HONOLULU 7 DAYS!
-E TICKET S,"J-
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