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DAILY SHORT STORY
i- The Lost Missionary
The disappearance would prob
ably have remained mystery for
ever, had it not been for the re
markable line of facts herein nar
rated. Dr. John Gabriel had made an
Exhaustive study of the nervous
"system, and was an authority on
fhe brain and the functions of the
various nerve centers. The trus
tees of the university were great
ly shocked when they received his
'communication stating that he
-had decided to go as a medical
missionary to the Kongo region.
'For a time the board heard from
'"him at regular intervals.
That his visit was of a two-fold
character became manifest as
ime went on, for it was evident
(from his letter that his spare mo
ments were spent in the study of
animal life. Then the communi
cations ceased. It was learned
-later that he had set off unexpect
edly on a trip into the interior
With his rifle and medicine case.
As he never returned, he was
presumed dead, and was finally
1 Then came the astonishing
'news after a period of almost 20
"years, that he had been found by
'a-member of an exploring party.
According to report, a retired
English officer by the name of
Clayton Smith, who had gone
rwith a party after big game, had
"lost his way. He had found John
Gabriel under peculiar and thrill
Having: wandered for some time
through the dark and unbeaten
depths of tangled vegetation, the
hunter was suddenly seized from
behind by what afterward-proved"
to be a huge gorilla.
The animal tore his gun from
his grasp, and, after splintering
the stock against a tree, deliber
ately bent the barrel with his
powerful arms. The hunter stood
paralyzed with fear, awaiting
further attack. Before him stood
the great ape with its enormous
ly long and powerful arms, its
gleaming teeth, bristling hear,
and eyes glistening beneath a
wrinkled forehead. The brute
stood over five feet, and weighed
at least 400 pounds.
Then a change came over the
man-ape. The fire died from its
eyes. It commencer a friendly
chattering, and,, after beckoning
Smith to follow, dropped on all
fours. Smith advanced. 'At the
slightest hesitation on his part,
the animal showed signs of anger.
Thus they proceeded until they
emerged into aclearing.
Standing in the center of the
open space was a huge tree, and
in its branches was a hut. Upon
nearer approach, Smith discern
ed an old white-haired man 'seat
ed on a platform. The gorila
chattered gleefully as he led
Smith towards the hut.
Upon their arrival the aged
man desrenrlprl r 1nrMr anA .
after listening to the prattle of the
gorilla, came over and grasped
the hand of the captive. The story
of the lost missionary followed.
He has entered the forest to
study animal life. One day a sick
gorilla made its way to the foot