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THE DEATHTRAP I
1 j ■ [Original.] In Arizona there is an electrical stone which crops out above ground in an al most inaccessible mountain pass. The Indians call it the "deathtrap," and the peak on which it is located is call ed "Deathtrap mountain." Ordinarily the stone is of a blue metallic luster and shows traces of volcanic action, being seamed and ribbed as if by melt ed lava. It Is a rough, jagged outcrop ping, bursting up through the shale of its surroundings, reaching up the moun tain side to the height of about seven feet, when a sharp projection shelves over it again, making a groove about nine feet long and three feet wide. During the day when the sun shines directly down upon it its color is a pale blue, but In the night it glows so j brightly as to be seen for a long dis tance. There is a tradition among the ' Indians that it became known to their ; ancestors hundreds of years ago, and ! j One day a speck was seen far up the mountain, descending slowly toward ; the Indians encamped in the valley. : It grew larger aud larger as it ap- ! proachcd until It was seen to be the figure of a man—not a perfectly made man, not a warrior, but dwarfed and | hunchbacked. But if the form was ill J favored the face was marvelously j beautiful. The features were kindly; ' the eyes beamed softly, like twin stars after sunset on a balmy summer even- j shleter, and he was at once given what ; this is the legend of its discovery: lng. The man asked for food and he asked. But they gained far more than they | gave. Though the stranger knew noth- j lng of herbs, he possessed the power to heal the sick by simply laying his hands upon them or looking upon them with his lustrons eyes. Even the dumb animals were subject to his strange in- ; fluence, and if he willed it they would flock about him to be caressed. Since he showed no intention of departing, he was adopted into the tribe and madfe a medicine man. The stranger lived with the Indians for many years, beloved and reverenc ed by all. When one of the tribe was afflicted either by disease or sorrow the mediciue man was straightway sent for, and as soon as his two lumi nous eyes beamed on the afflicted, as though the Great Spirit looked through them, the patient began to mend, the sorrowing to regain a more cheerful mind. To the children he imparted health to the aged, whose lot among savage tribes is often to be left in a wilderness to die, he Imparted strength to live ou. But at last something occurred to change till this. The chiefs son, who when the stranger came to the tribe was but a child, grew to manhood, and it was time that he should take a wife. The young squaws were Inspected for the comellest maiden, and when one was selected preparations were made for the wet ling. But wheu the day arrived and they looked for the bride in her bow r of boughs she was not there. The camp was searched, but she was nowhere to be found. Then came the old women, lu ment ing and gesticulating. The medicine man had spirited the girl away, they said. The chief resisted the imputa tion ns long as he dared, then consent ed to treat the adopted son of the tribe as guilty. But so great was the love of the people for him that no one could Jbe found to kill him, so the chief chose a dozen of his best warriors to drive him out of the camp. Early in the morning th< <e braves set out to chase the diminutive' medicine man away. To their surprise, he ran so swiftly that they could scarcely keep him In sight. How did he flee so fast on his little withered legs? From time to time be looked back at his pursuers to see If they were following, and at last it began to dawn upon them that in stead of fleeing from them he was leadln£„lbem on, I Tlie chief stood in the valley watch ing the pursuit in wonder. When he 1 saw the dwarf distancing his fleetest j runners it dawned upon him that he ■ was drawing the warriors after him, ami he sene out messengers to recall them. He watched his messengers till they came within hailing distance, but saw that the pursuers did not stop. He could himself hear the shouts of his braves who were calling and knew that the pursuers must hear, but they paid no attention to the commands. On and j «tands a moment on its summit, de sending thé other side, and is seen no ' more. ; watched by the messengers sent out to ! recall them, by the chief and the peo j pie in the valley. The first pursuer reaches the protruding rock, climbs its ; aide and falls as if pierced by an ar : row into the groove passing through its ! center. The second, the third, every one of the following braves, one after another, passes between the blue lips | the stone as if engulfed by some Ir J resistible monster, j Such Is the legend of the discovery ' °* the "deathtrap" that has been handed down from generation to gen j eration for centuries. The Indians be lieve the stone to have been set by the ; medicine man to prevent any pursuit after him and the stolen bride of the on they went up the mountain side, looking neither to the right nor left, but keeping their eyes fixed upon the dwarf as if bewitched. The messengers, ap palled, slackened their pace, but kept near enough to see, dreading that they, too, might fall under the spell. And now the medicine man comes to a protruding rock, climbs Its side, But the pursuers follow on, chief's son. But savage races, though naturally poetical, do not rise to moral If the medicine man | j conceptions, was accused falsely after all his kind nc8s *° t^e telbe and, driven from them, ® e * tee trap to punish them for their ; ingratitude, the legend would make a beautiful Illustration of a moral prin , ciple. j HAMILTON MOORE. The Wickedest Bit of Sea. Nine out of ten travelers would tell Inquirers that the roughest piece of water is that cruel stretch Ir the Eng bit of sea" is not in the Dover strait j or * n yachting, for example, from St. ^ e an de Luix up to Pauillac or across th e Mediterranean "race" from Cadiz to Tangier, nor is it in rounding Cape j Horn, where there is what sailors call a "true" sea. The "wickedest sea" is encountered in rounding the Cape of Good Hope for the eastern ports of Cape Colony.—Shipping World, i - lish channel, and nine out of ten trav elers would say what was not true. As a matter of fact "the wickedest The Malls In Sweden. 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