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r— äf f '*'<jwi'*• • ÎW- ' '**"* ^k. "•'•m V carrusaT.iMT.BY pkanh n. swbbt. N the morn ing before Christmas day ten years ago, when I was living in the Prickly Tear canyon, twenty five miles northwest of Helena, Mont., my Wife said to me: "Charley, wouldn't it be nice if we had a venison steak too?" The "too" meant In JJ addition to a turkey, a pair of chickens, a boiled ham, a plum pudding and I don't know how many kinds of cakes and pies that she had planned for our Christmas dinner. "Well, Nelly, as there's only yourself and the baby and me at dinner, I don't suppose we'd starve without a venison «teak," I said, laughing. ' But there'll be some fun getting a black tailed deer." So I took my Winchester late in the forenoon and started for the mountain after kissing my young wife and the baby—our first. If Nelly had asked for an elephant steak, I dare suy I'd have tried to get one. She had come out to the far west with me after I had visit ed home in Michigan, only two years before, and my pride was thut she should want for nothing. We had done well from the start, and so we do yet, thanks be to God and steady work in season. The night before I started up the canyon with my rifle and hunting knife there had been a fall of about sis inches of snow. This would make It easy to track game. So I went along in good spirits, struck the foot of the mountain two miles from home und decided* to go up an immense gulch straight In front of me. I sboa reached the head of the gulch and thé top of the mountain. Then I turned around the back bone of the mo u n t a 1 n and w e n t back near the dt s u ip e rectlon had come. "I SIGHTED MY GAME." •Me of a backbone. Just on the edge of • gulch. This was about 3 o'clock in the afteçioon. and the sun was already low. J The doe had Mot seen me, and I did not meap she .should till I could get close enough to make sure of that •teak. So I worked over on the east aide of the backbone and went along till I got|right on top of a slope direct ly aboveja great wa ( ll of mountain that I had admired on the way up. I was then washing for the doe more than for my pteps. and that carelessness nearly finished me. Suddenly my feet slipped, and I went sliding down the «loping mountain side. I was not more than fairly on my back when I understood what had hap pened. I had trod on the old drifts of snow which had been melted on the surface by the Chinook winds a few' days previously and had then frozen again a bard slope of ice. This was covered by the fresh snow of the night, and so I had not noticed the danger. The fresh snow went with me. I could not hold on by it at all, and I was mak ing a quick trip down. The slope was about 250 feet long. Where It stopped the straight wall began. It was about 400 feet high. I slewed round some bow and went heels first, then head first, flat on my back. You may suppose I had not time to think much on mj' way down, but I saw a great deal. I saw Nelly and the baby all alone In the house waiting for I saw' what I should look like aft ar falling 400 feet on bow'lders. I saw Ne,l .v's people aWiousand miles away *nd more, and she with the baby in ber arms and without $10 in the bu reau drawer, hoping many a day and •fight for the bundle at the cliff's foot to walk In alive. It was hard to see *11 that ai»d feel myself Bltding to de duction. A** I slewed around a second time found myself going oiv my stom •^b. head first, I saw a stunted pine close ahead. My Winchester was still ni -V right hand. Somehow I had only about n thousand 1 cet higher, It was here 1 sighted my game,a fat doe, on the west in clutched it by the muzzle, in a flash I " r ew out my hand, hoping to fling the * Un round the little pine and stop but the banlmer of the gun * tru,k the pine, and the charge was ficefi into me. The bullet plowed "•cough the muscles of my forearm. nr if Jr 1 *' 1C D ■re £3test made a flesh wound in my right side and cut awav my cartridge belt. I had slid about 150 feet when this happened. The shock of the noise and the bullet stunned me, I suppose, for 'the nest thing I knew was that 1 lay In a clump of small bushes. The sun had gone down, but there was still a clear afterglow when I came to my full wits, in surprise to find myself alive. For an instant I wondered If I had dropped over the cliff. I tried to rise, but In doing so looked through the bushes. There was nothing just in front of them. They grew on the cliff's top for about twelve feet wide along its very <Hlge. 1 had nothing but those frail bushes between me and the bowlders far below. Seeing this, 1 trembled and crouched down. Then I noticed the blood from my wound ed arm drip was ing to the *■ s n o w rootsofthe b u s h e s, and m v m o B - »ents had a I ready sprinkled red many -, around. lay long time 1 n o w keeping I THREW' OUT MY HAND." my right side to the bushes, for I fear ed that I should go through if I lay uphill and pressed agaiust them with only the breadth of my feet. Then I lifted up my wounded arm, hoping to stop the flow of red. Per haps the loss of blood had helped to break down my nerves. At any rate, I shuddered and shook and thonght I w T as about to faint. It seemed a great tlpe before I could control myself sqf flcienfly to seek for some means of es cape. But I did not look ddwn over the cliff. It seemed that one more sight of that abyss would lure me to Jump over In despair. I looked up the siojie. The track I had made was as if a very wide- broom had swept snow off hard w trite ice. But 1 reflected that ! only „ thin sheet of lee cov ! ering deep snow. I could not break through the slippery crusti with hand but I might out holes In it with my poeketknlfe and climb by these. So I put my hand iu my pocket to searèh for the knife. It was not there, it was not in any of my pockets. I suppose it hud stipisnl out during my be id ftrst sliding. For a moment hope went mit of -me. Thoji it -sprang up fretail. My hunting knife! How could 1 have forgotten it? 1 put my hand fo the sheath. The sheath was empty! Nouait seemed certain that ill die^-so--certain that the raving' äpff if of protest was stilled in my heart, resigned myself to God. There was nothing to do except go mad or accept my fate, and to accept is to be calm. I think I iben had the very feeling with which so many of the dying turn their faces silently to the wall when told that death is near. "Evening had now come on. To the bushes I turned my face, let ting in y wounded arm. which pained me little, come to the snow. With that movement of resignation my thoughts flew again to my wife and child. It was as if m.v soul sought communion with them for the etui. Then the qnes tlon as to how 1 s h o u 1 d be found set n:o again to troulile. I was ly ing on a place sel dom seen by any hunter on the moun tain. If I should re main there my bones "I BEGAN HACKING OUT would holes." bleach per haps for years unfound. Only the foxes and the carrion birds would visit them. They might in a season be over grown by the bushes and hidden for ever from mortal eye. I pictured the agony of my wife waiting In uncertainty. The shocking thought that some wicked person might persuade her that I bad desert ed her came lato my brain. Would it not be merciful to her to push through or to one side of the bushes and fall over the precipice? Below there on the bowlders my body might soon be seen by some hunter, and certainly my clothing and bones would be found In the spring or sooner. But what of God? In his sight I should be guilty of suicide if I anticipated by but a lit tle what seemed my doom! I half rose iu this new agony and put my right hand among the bushes, meaning to lean and peer over the cliff. Now the moon was clear. My hand hit something hard. With a loud cry of joy, I was grasping my hunting knife! This had slipped out of its sheath during my sliding and lodged among the bushes. "Praise God, from whom all bless ings flow! My heart was mightily cheered with the sense that he had not forsaken me. As I turned to the staep sllue and began hacking out holes for climbing I had little thought of how small was still my chance of escape. But I was very careful, working there in the moonlight. Should my knife slip from my hand it would hard ly 1*> stopped again by the fringe of bushes. Should hands and feet fail of their hold on the slope I might slide aside from that fringe and go over to deuth. I picked and dug until I had three pairs of holes extending as far up as i cotild reach. Then when I had moved my feet into the lowest of these holes and was cutting a fourth pair at my full reach my new strength left me suddenly. There I rested, face down, for many moments. Again I set to work; again I drew myself up; on 1 went as far as my strength would allow, and again ex haustion forced me to rest. But now I was up twenty-five or thirty feet from (he clump of bushes, and the fear that I might slip, slide down and miss them in sliding became extreme horror. I could not endure this. Very cautiously I let myself down again till I lay once more among the friendly bushes. The tale would be long to tell how I went up «gain and again, each time gaining a short distance and each time compelled to descend by the fear of losingÿmy grip or fainting and sliding aside from the bushes. My wenkpeks,, probably from loss of blooÿ, wna sucb as I cannot describe to the understand ing of on« who-has never feit the like. My limbs trembled as with an ague. And ajl this time I had to work with and place.my ranin dependence on my awkward, unwounded left hand and arm. After* ktng timet reached the stunt ed pine against which my Winchester had been exploded in my de scent and rested, straddling the tree, holding * , If my arms 1 around it and* W»k- J ing (l(B\u,i toward th# cliff. Now &e v i was often obscured by clouds, THEN NELLY CAME. 0 811*0 II £ wind had risen, and I erpected a reg ular Montana blizzard. But it proved to be only a squall, and again I turned to my work. To let go of the tree and turn round safely put me to an agony of doubt, but j did It and lay trembling, face down', with my feet against the tree. till I found strength to hack and dig again. I can remember little of what I did after that till at last I drew my self up and lay on top of the mono ! elf up and lay on top of the tnoim tain. For some time I could uot move, and when I did stand up I doubted wheth er I had strength to escape, after all. .My steps were feeble, and my brain reeled, but still I staggered on toward Nelly aud the baby. It was not till 1 had passed almost to the foot of the mountain, keeping always in my morn ing tracks, that I sank down and found myself unable to rise. Then Nelly came. That brave little wife of mine had actually left the baby sleeping and set out all alone across the snow in the moonlight to track me. She had come two miles. She had be gun to climb the mountain when I saw her suddenly but a few yards away. The bottle of tea she carried wrap l>ed In a cloth was still warm when she knelt beside me. and It roused me quickly to some strength Certainly she saved my life, for I could not have risen again and should have been frozen to death hut for her bra very, How we got home to the baby Is a story I need not dwell on. What Nelly did with all that Christ mas dinner I do not know, for I was sick and senseless for more than two weeks. But in the end I was as well ns before except that I had paid a good Winchester and a belt of cartridges for a venison steak that the fat black tajled doe continued to carry where It grew. ARISTOCRATS IN FEDERAL PEN PRISON AT LEAVENWORTH NOW CONTAINS 21 BANKERS—THEY WEAR THE PRISON UNIFORM, AND EAT PRISON FARE LEAVENWORTH, Kan., Dec. 25. —Captain Flavius J. Tygard, the former Butler, * Mo., banker now in the penitentiary here, is in poor health and has spent most of his time in the hospital since his ar rival. The advent of Tygard lias called attention to the number of former bankers in the prison. There are 21, and they are rapidly becoming the most numerous class iu the pris on, being exceeded now only by the horsethieves and territorial lid-lift ers. Tlie former bankers are the aristo crats of the prison life, most of them being educated men of refined tastes and accustomed to polite society. They are now shorn of the side whiskers and other marks of respec tability by which they were identi fied in the old days before high finance sent them behind the bars.' They wear the prison uniform, they' walk lockstep, the eat prison fare. They' are liable to be put in the dungeon if they become refrac tory. But the 21 bankers are not refrac tory'. Most of the colony have at tained the honor of being made "trusties" and their work is cleri cal. They keep the prison books, check up the prison laundry and otherwise look after the records of the institution One long row of cells is known as "bankers' row." It Is on the second floor, where the deputy warden has his office. Many bankers occupy cells in that row, but the" same rules About rising prevail there as else where in the penitentiary. The former bankers are not re quired to eat with the mechanics and ntbèt convicts who do manual labor. Bixt that Is not because of any sym pathy. They might get their clothes dirty sitting beside laborers, and dirty clothes' would soil the books on \ the bankers work. ] o Favors Shown to Them It as been reported from time to time [y guards who have been dts char* jd and by former convicts that the b Inkers have what is termed in the p tison a fat "snap," but such is >m being the case. Regarding report, Warden McClaughry ; _____ „ iutj | comment 'bv "visitors 1. 1 here expressed far f this says: f j sa 1 P e fi are hßld to the same (requirements as to uniform, table TrlvilAes, ■ marching and other reg ulating that the other convicts are -bound by, and In no respect have they privileges that cannot be earn- ! ed byfany other prisoner, be he! a hor 4 thief or a murderer. "Thfre are prisons where bankers are no| only given better food, being permitted to dine at separate tables, but ar« also permitted to wear fan-1 cy vests, shoes, flashy neckties and cltlzen|' clothing, and the rigid ! equality' maintained at this instltu- ! tion has been the cause for some | One recently j surprise when the i ! nere surprise when the | hankers appeared In the regulation j prison garb, marching in line with chance. convicts of all classes, and sat down at the same tables with these men and at# the same kind of food. "In this prison no man is better than his comrade in crime, and 'Jus tice for all favors for none,' Is the ! rule." Tekoa.— W. W. Sams, alloting agent of the Indian departmlnt, Is now on the Coeur d'Alene reserva tion, and it Is reported the work of allotting will commence January 1. j It Is expected this work will require about three months. A number of People aj-e now locating here for the | purpose of trying their luck, and ! nearly ajl of the people of the Pa louse country who have not used their homestead right will take a The "Fun Family" will be at the roller rink New Year's night. Chamberlain's Cough Remedy During the past 35 years no rem edy has proven more prompt or more effectual in lte cures of p -I r .j j r* IrfOUgHSi LOlGS and Lroup ~ than Chamberlain's Co-.gh Remedy. In mi - W homes it is re.ied upon as im plicitly as the family physician. It con tains no opium ur o.bar narcotic arse maybe given as cunfldsnt'.y to a bah M to an adult P> ice -iô.:; U geslzeüoi GROCERIES Thurston & Eldredge We make a specialty of Teas and Coffee If you want a good Coffee at a moderate price try our GOLDEN GATE BRAND, it will please you. THURSTON & ELDREDGE MASTODON BONES ARE UNEARTHED JAWBONE CANYON IN MONTANA VERIFIES ITS NAME BY GIV ING UF HUGE TEETH FROM A MASTODON HELENA, Mont., Dec. 25.—La borers working at Sixteen Mile, in the Jawbone canyon, on the Chicago. Milwaukee and St. Paul railroad ; construction, and employed by VV. J. McNiece, have dug out the teeth and some of the bones of a gigantic mastodon. The largest tooth un earthed is eight inches long upon the grinding surface, four inches wide, seven inches in height from base to the end of the root, and weighs about four pounds. Small incisor teeth from the low er jaw of the gigantic animal Indi cate that the total length of the jaw must have been over four feet, that the creature belonged to the herbi vorous species of mastodons that has been extinct for more than 2000 years. Dr. Charles N. Reinig, who made many explorations in the wilds of South America and who has a col lection of mastodonic relics, exam ined the specimen brought In by Mr. McNiece. The fact that the tooth was not petrified enlisted the imme diate interest of Dr. Reinig. He said: "I have never seen so large and well preserved a specimen that was not petrified. Of course, the telling of the age of the animal or of the time of the disappearance of It is still largely a matter of guesswork." NEW LANGUAGE IN THE MINES P0LANDERS IN COAL MINES HAVE ORGANIZED ESPIRANT0 CLUB TO UNITE ALL TONGUES OF FOREIGN LABOR JACKSONVILLE, lnd„ Dec. 25.— In order that they may assist in the spread of the new language which their countrymen devised about 20 years ago and to bring the different nationalities of people in this coal field Into a closer fellowship, the Po landers who are employe^ at the various mines have organized an Es plranto club and will Immediately take means to find a suitable place to fit up as a clubroom where they may practice speaking the language. They will also keep on hand a num ber of the leading periodicals print ed in this unique tongue, so that the members of the club may likewise learn the written language. Many of the 35 members who have up to the present time been procured by the committee in charge of the movement are already pro ficient in the new language, and they intend to have several hundred Espirantist8 in this locality by the beginning of next spring. Their work will first be carried on among their own people, but after a while they will extend to the Americans: However, any one who is interested in Espiranto may become a member at any time, and it is thought that many Americans will join the club, as there is a great deal of interest being shown in the move by all na tionalities. Especially are the busi ness men interested in the new lan guage theory, since a knowledge of it extending throughout this field would greatly aid the transaction of business, as an Interpreted has to be used in many instances. North Yakima.—The Yakima Val Iey Transportation company placed it* line in service yesterday, and the first trip over the fine was made by the city officials, officials of the com pany and a few Invited guests. The ear was taken from West Yakima to the end of the line in the country. AGED WOMAN [HANGS HERSELF IN POOR HEALTH AND A HELP LESS INVALID SHE ENDS LIFE BY HANGING FROM A BED POST GERMANTOWN, Neb., Dec. 25.— I Mrs. Mary Schrader, 84 years of age, j living five miles from Germantown, I committed suicide last night by hanging herself to a bedpost. Mrs. Schrader was not in poor health, but J was feeble, and it is thought that j her partial)' helplessness was re sponsible for her act. Mrs. Sehra | der lived with her daughter, Mrs. I Fulla, and her grandchildren. Both the mother and daughter are wid ows. It is not known how long Mrs. Schrader lay at the foot of the bed or exactly when she committed sui cide. Her grandchildren were in the house at 3 o'clock, but noticed nothing wrong. At supper time Mrs. Fulla went to Mrs. Schrader's bedroom and there found her moth er. The aged woman had tied a small cord, like an express cord, to the top of the bedpost, which is about three feet high. She then tied thie about her neck, taking the precau tion to put a cloth under the rope so that the cord would not cut into her neck, and then dropped to the door, strangling to death. The cloth that she had meant for protection slipped aside, however, and deep marks were on her neck and chi* where the cord cut in deeply. Mrs. Schrader had been a widow for many years. She stayed on the Fulla farm, seldom taking even short trips away. After looking oyer the premises the coroner decided that an inquest was not necessary. Meet me at the January 1. roller rink am HOLIDAY TRADE BEEN GOOD MERCHANTS REPORT IN SOUS LINES BETTER THAN LAST YEAR'S, BUT CONFINED TO USEFUL ARTICLES. MAINLY Despite the financial stringency that has prevailed for the past sev eral weeks, Lewiston merchants re port a splendid Christmas busines and in several Instances the sal« have exceeded the records of pr® vious years. A feature of the Christmas shop ping is that the purchases wen chiefly confined to useful articles the stocks of ornamental presents re celving small patronage. The pat ronage has been largely confined t< residents of Lewiston and the irame dlate vicinity, the trade from tb< prairie sections that has usually sought Lewiston at Christmas timi having been supplied by local stores which were this year supplied witl an unusual amount of holiday goods The weather was unfavorable fo travel from the country districts and this is attributed to be respon sible for a lighter trade from the» sections. The past few days was un favorable for shopping In the city but bad weather could not stop thi Christmas shopper, and stores wer« filled last night until the hour m closing. TEDDY SENT CONGRATULATIONS Loving Wife Presents Husband WitÄ Four Children RICHMOND, Va„ Dec. 25.— Tb« Christmas present of Mrs. William Luck of Roanoke to her husband to day, says a special to the News Leader, was two boys and two girls at a birth. All are doing well. Evervbodv will be at the roller rink New Year's night.