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THE ARGUS. SATURDAY. SEPTEMBER 19. 1908.
STORY THAT AROUSED SCIENTIFIC WORLD
Account of-Imaginary Discoveries, Written by Late W.H. Rossington in 1869
. for the Argus. ,- - ; -
The death of the late W. H. Rossing
tcn, formerly a reporter on the staff
"al The Argus, and subsequently one of
the chief officers of the Santa Fe road
' and an attorney of prominence at To-pt-ka,
fecal led the fact that Mr. Ros
sington, ; in his work on The Argus,
was the author of one "story" that at
tracted world-wide attention. While a
work of pure fiction, it had such a ring
of truth that people who were not fa
miliar" with the facts became greatly
Interested. Phil Mitchell recalled read
ing the reprint of the story in a:Lon
don paper, the Times, he thinks; while
he was at Dresden, Saxony.
I'ulilixlird in 1S0!. , (
This article was published Jan. C,
1SC9, and dealt with imaginary discov
eries in the cave at the foot of the
avsenal island. This cave is now clos
ed by the abutment of the bridge.
Shaking of the cave this morning,.Mr.
Mitchell said: "The mouth of the old
cave at the foot of Rock island was
quite large, probably 10 by 20 feet. It
is now completely closed by the abut-:
ment. At high water the cave was
flooded, and it could only be reached .
by boat at any time. It diminished
rapidly from the entrance, until finally
one had to creep to enter the very
large final chamber. Its extent was
probably little short of 100 feet from
the mouth." Mr. Mitchell also recalled
a legend to the effect that at one time
in the early days of the old Fort Arm
st rone there was found a large quan
tity of explosives, revealing a plot of
the British and the Indians to blow up
Below is reprinted the article hy Mr.
Rossington, taken from the files of The
Argus of Jan. C, 18C9:
We have the pleasure this evening
of laying before our readers the result
of one of the most thrilling and pro
foundly .interesting ' subterranean ex
ploring expeditions ever attempted on
this continent. It is nothing less than an
underground passageway under Rock
island the present site of the United
States arsenal and the discovery of
antiquarian relics of the rarest and
most interesting character.
The entrance to a large cave, as our
readers are doubtless aware, is plainly
visible from the ferry landing, as well
as other portions of the city bordering
on the river bank, and although some
10 feet In diameter at the entrance, it
gradually diminishes in size until some
25 feet are reached, when it is with
difficulty that a person can effect x an
entrance bycrawling through an aper
ture, but when once fairly through,
there is no difficulty in standing erect
Until the recent Interesting discov
eries were made by a party of enter
prising explorers representing an east
ern scientific society, and who are now
sojourning in our city, this cave had
never been known to have been over
126 feet in depth, and had possessed
nothing more than ordinary interest,
except as having been thought by the
stern old Sac warrior, Black Hawk, to
have been the chosen abode of the '
Great Spirit that presided over their
destinies. But upon a' close" examina
tion at the terminus of the darkest and
moot intricate recess, a narrow cavity
was discovered in the rock, and by the
aid. of a torch forced into it, an interior
apartment was found, upon entering
which the party were enabled to ex
plore the subterranean passage for a
distance of nearly 1,000 feet. The
main passage is some si feet in width
and about nine feet in height, and is
evidently a natural cavern, though in
some places there are evidences of It
having been widened, as chisel marks
can be distinctly discovered in the
walls; besides numerous small recesses
at regular intervals of 50 feet which
bear traces of having been hewn out
of the massive-rock. .
Tell of IMHFOvrrleM.
The second corridor leading from
the main one is very extensive, con
taining six - ponderous pillars- en
wreathed with gorgeous decorations.
Beyond this is a shorter chamber in
which is the entrance to the Sanctum
Sanctorum, and which contains one
of the grandest collections of anti
quarian curiosities ever discovered on
this continent. It contains a huge
pedestal inv the center constructed of
solid copper upon which is erected
a magnificent shrine which with jrt.s
unique inscriptions denotes the . an
tiquity of its devotees. Surrounding
it are the colossal figures of the 12
worshippers la kneeling posture and
quite contiguous to them Is the sym
metrical though diminutive figure of
an Indian maiden, with a countenance
of' surpassing Abeau'ty and strongly
marked 'features indicative of deep
thought and wondering surprise point
Ins with one hand to the expressive
word engraved upon the wall Sheol
indicating thereby tho end or tneir
destiny "and race is at hand. Above
them all on its projecting and crescent-shaped
roof are arranged in sys
tematic precision cross-bows, arrows
and other weapons In warlike profu
sion, reminding one of the ancient
sons of Persia and Greece. . ' '. '
The atmosphere of this apartment
is almost unfit to sustain animal life,
being damp, heavy and very Impure
The torches of the exploring party
were several times extinguished and
the persons having the exploration in
cnarge barely escaped suffocation. '
Story Im Weird.
Immediately adjoining the room con
taining these wonders is an obelisk of
solid brass, some seven feet in heighth,
beautifully sculptured xm four sides.
There are in all 21 small bas-reliefs
and above, below and betwen them
is carved an inscription 70 inches in
length. The whole is in the best state
of preservation, scarcely a character
of. the inscription is wanting and the
figures are as sharp and well defined
as if executed -only a few days ago.
One of the scenes represented is .a
circle of ancient aborigines sitting in
a council, with the all-potent pipe of
peace performing its Wonted circuit
while the fortunes of war and peace
are being discussed in the presence
of. the white-winged presiding genius.
Another scene represented is a royal
chieftain followed b7 his attendants.
A prisoner, is at his feet while men
are being Introduced leading various
animals and carrying ponderous cross
bows, javelins and other weapons.
The animals represented are the ele
phant, polar bear, lion, stag and vari
ous kinds "of monkeys. The orna-1
ments, delicately engrived on the
robes of the party, the tassels and
fringes, the bracelets and armlets, the
elaborate curls of the hair and beard
are all entire. One of the chiefs
stands ver? erect and carries in his
arms an animal resembl.'ng a chamois
upon his right arm ap J in his left
hand a branch bearing fire flowers.
Around his temples are a fillet adorn
ed in front with a rosette. One of
the other characters in a tragical at
titude holds a square vessel resem
b.mg a. basket, in his left hand and
a drawn dagger in his right, while on
his head is worn a rounded cap, at
the base of which is a horn. The
garments of both consist of a robe
falling , from the shoulders to the
ankle, and a short tunic underneath,
descending to the knee, and are richly
and tastefully decorated with em
broidery and fringes, whilst the hair
and beard are arranged with study
and taste. The limbs are delineated
with peculiar accuracy and the mus
cles and bones faithfully though some
what too strongly marksd.
More I nknonn Plaee.
After proceeding farther, the party
reached a large room with a high,
arched roof, in which were the en
trances to many other chambers. This
contained the crowning gem of the
wonders nothing less than a huge
sarcophagus of copper, nine feet long
and three in width, minutely sculptur
ed within and without with several
hundred figures representing an Im
mense funeral procession and cere
monies relating to the deceased chief
tain, with emblems and other devices.
The lid was partially removed and re
vealed a quantity of bones and jave
lins. . In one of the secluded corners of
this apartment, and a few feet below
(Continued on Pag-e Twelve.)
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