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A IUCE FOR LIFE.
TftlklnEr aboTit hairbreadth escapes and hiking over the back fence into •ternity, said the man from Kentucky, •hen the applause which had follow' '.] the Arkansas drummer's bear story hr.d jPabsuHd. Well, it didn't turn my hair White, bat time has since. Yoa ail know, he continued, that I aia a Km- fchekian by right of birth, lr.it you fcra Hot all aware that 1 was born uid reared Within a mile of this very tpot in which We now git. Such is the fact, hovrev?r. What I am goinjj to tell yoa happened atvay back in the sixties. 1 was ju^t grown up, as straight and tough as a hickory sapling. We lived at the luuse of a considerable bill which rose toward the east cud stretched its narrow ridge onward for a Mile or two. Not 200 yards from our door old Isaac Johnson bnilt a modes* cabin and brought his family down froa. Illinois. Dudley, their only boy, was just about my age. although not en dowed with like endurance and strength warm friendship soon sprang up be tween us, however, and we spent many hours together in the woods with our rifles. It was near the end of May, I remem ber. I had been idle for some week**, and idleness, you know, just at that sea son, breeds restlessness in superabun dance. I had often heard of the great Mam *»oth cave, a few dozen miles distant, Mid I became convinced that the geolog ical formation of the hill in the rear of our home indicated that another huge cave must surely exifft under the green turfed mound, for in the valleys which lay at its feet I found numerous sink? from which gurgling brooks usually burst, or from which the warm breath the internal caverns floated up like the •moke from some mountain wigwam. I soon confided my conjecture to Dud Johnson. We talked the matter over and decided that on the following day we would begin a series of systematic explorations. The succeeding day, which was bright and clear, though unusually warm, found us setting out with all the necessary paraphernalia—candles, matches, a rope, etc. We had poked around in every crack and cranny, and near noon, having lost all hope, I was about to call to Dud, who had wandered off up into a little skirt of wood, when a faint shout reached my ears. I hurried off in the direction whence the voice seemed to come, and was soon stand ing on the brink of what appeared to be the month of our much sought after ©avern. Away down in the bowels of the earth I could see the yellow flare of Dud's can dle and faintly discern his outline as he bent forward, peering out into the dark ness before him. The descent to his po sition was easy, and tilled with joy I was soon beside him. The sweet dampness, the sepulchral stillness and the con stantly trickling drops that fell from the beaded ceiling thrilled me with strange delight. We soon scrambled down from the precipitous ledge on which we stood and began to grope forward, our candles flickering fitfully, as if in danger of be ing blown out at every step. We had not proceeded twenty paces however, in the black winged darkness when we came upon a solid adamantine wall barring our way and seemingly ending our journey. However, after looking around for some time, we de cided that we could pass under the ob struction just over the brook, which flowed serenely from beneath its firm breast. The place was very narrow, and to accomplish this resolve we had tO-get down on our hands and knees in the water. We didn't mind that some how, and were soon elated to find our selves in an opening as large as if not larger than the first chamber that we entered, although not nearly so high. From this room we pressed on through a smaller aperture, which gradually as sumed the proportion of a passage, dan gerous with jutting rocks and dubious windings. On we hurried, following the tortu ous stream that ran pure and pellucid from i he immense cave which we as sored ourselves must be just ahead. 1 can never forget the effect of the low, sweet murmuring of that little brook, loudly audible for the very absence of other sounds. We found it terribly warm work crawling over rough faced *ocks and squeezing through narrow openings consequently we every now and then hah.-l to rest. 1 of.n't say how long we had been floundering about in the sand and water—for we still held the course of the stream—when a low, roaring readied our ears. A waterfall we at once sur mised, certain that a miniature but beautiful Niagara was just before us. Gathering new energy we pushed rapid ly forward, and had gone a dozen rods perhaps when the roar, which percep tibly gathered volume, seemed to curi ously shift itself into a position imme diately overhead, but we did not expect •ounds to obey the laws of nature here. After traversing another dozen rods or so we suddenly noticed that the •welling brook was running muddy and bore a few twigs and dead leaves on its hurrying surface. Strangely enough, ire were not in the least alarmed, for He thought it was merely a landslide ahead, and concluded to push on toward the goal of our hoj^s. But as the water grew rapidly deeper and muddier I sug gested that we should halt a moment. «tid forcing a small stick in the bank Just at the water's edge we watched the rising floods creep up, up about and over It, an inch perhaps in four or five inin qjtea. Dud looked up at me. "It's raining «btsideha said, and his face, was as White as a Sheet. The horrifying truth burst upon us MiaultaneouEly. Our affright was mu tual and oar flight precipitous. It was race for life—we must reach the open ing before the stream could fill it and ut off our only exit All along, as We Jfctreated, I noticed on the low ceiling® trash and leaves deposited, even ttie highest point* bearing this positive evi- A*skm that at i times tbe Whole cava was ~"T" /V'^'-iV 6 1 Ski completely overflowed. Pellmell over rocks in water we tore but hurry as we would, the mnddv, angry waters still preceuod us, swelling and surging between its narrow banks. Now we came to an unusually low point and found the water alwmt our necks as we stopped to pass along. I was in the lead, and though I set a telling pace Dud in his fright managed to keep up. Those few hundred yards seemed in numerable miles, with the floods swell ing behind us and the ominous roar overhead gathering volume. Now and then one of our candles would go out. and we were forced to stop and relight it from the one that still burned, as our matches were all wet and useless. At last I stood in the chamber next the fatal barrier. WThat a moment of suspense, of dread, I suffered while waiting for Dud to come up! I hastily scanned the walls of this the highest ceiling available, and my heart sank as I saw the unmistak able signs of overflow on every side and overhead. Dud soon joined me, mud begrimed and panting. He looked the fiend incarnate dragging himself foAli from his home of ooze and filth. But 1 did not laugh as my terrified gaze rested on his pale and troubled face, you may be sure. I remember feeling a great pity for him, however. Tremblingly we advanced a few roils and came ujxjn the wall, but, lo, no exit was visible! Now it was concealed by a small pool with a swift maelstrom that swallowed, with evident gusto, those bits of wood and leaf which came near its hungry gullet. Weak and overcome with excitement, we sat down on a little knoll, and with the protruding eyes of doomed men watched the steady Up crawling of the stream, so different from the song whispering brook of an hour ago. The awful silence was oppressive, while the heavy darkness gathered on every side as jf to extinguish our feeble lights. Both of our heads were hatless, and a small stream of crimson trickled from Dud's forehead—a wound that he had received from a jutting rockar some obstacle overhead. The situation was terrifying. I was almost certain that death was inevitable, but singularly enough my wnole attention was centered on my miserable companion. I gazed steadily at him, wondering what his thoughts must be, and if all his past life was hur rying before him in review, as I had often heard it said men's lives would do when death seemed inevitable. Silently and steadily, like some great yellow ser pent, the brook crawled into the nar row chamber and coiled fold on fold. We had already moved back to higher ground once, and now it was inching up about our feet again. Our heads were against the highest part of the rock roof, so it would be better to keep our places than to move back to a more trying position which would be no safer. To my dying day I shall .never forget the feelings that crept over me at the water stole up along my body cold and slimy. It seemed that I was being grad ually swallowed by some foul mon ster. The submerged portions of my body seemed severed from the trunk, while sure death enveloped me. A sen-, sation of insufferable closeness almost choked me, while the very helplessness of the situation added a thousand terrors. Dudley Bat as one in a profound stu por, one hand grasping the two inches of tallow yet left, his other scraping pit eously along the rough wall, as though seeking an exit for its petrified owner. For my part I became strangely quiet after a time, while a sense of indiffer ence possessed me. A sort of resigna tion to the inevitable, I suppose, for the floods continued to press upward. Our shoulders were now just above the waters, while my hand grew so weary of holding the candle that it seemed as if about to sink below the surface de spite my every effort. Neither of us had spoken for some time, when Dudley suddenly turned to me. "1 can't stand it any longer," he said simply. "Tell them goodby at home for me if you ever get out," and he rose as if to launch liiwtielf forward. I saw his object at once and reached out to gra^p him. "Hold on, Dud," I said "1 don't believe it is going to get any high er." "It doesn't make any difference," he repeated. "We both can't live long in this small space anyhow," and he sank from view. I felt him touch as he rolled over, and I clutched at hi« body to lift him to the surface/but it escaped my grasp and a succession of bubbles told mo that further effort was useless—he was drowned. His candle had of course gone with him, and 1 questioned whether it would not be best for mo to extinguish my own, since it was fast exhausting the oxygen that was an absolute necessity to my life. But I could not decide to snuff out that feeble light. It was almost like life itself. I cannot describe to you my feelings as I eat a hundred feet underground, with only a breathing space of five or six feet about my head, the water at my chin and the cold form of my dead companion at my feet. It seemed as if this mental torture lasted for hours, when, lo, a great joy seized me—the flood hail ceased to rise. But its abatement must be far swifter or I would perish mis erably from mere exhaustion. In half an hour the water sank so low that I managed to get under the rock, and with loudly beating heart saw once more the bright, sweet light of day. It was about 4 o'clock in the afternoon, and I found that a tremendous rain fallen, which accounted for the torrent in the cave. I hurried off to the village as fast as my stiff limbs could carry me and told my story. A score of men went back with mo and recovered the body of my comrade. In that fearful race for life he had saved mine at the cost of his own.—A. B. Pi in Short Stories. A Martyr to XHity. Husband—Axea't you going to obureh today? Wife—No. I am not feeling well. Husband—Then call a messenger boy and send him. The family must berep ftMtttod.-N«w York Weekly. —y» viutc/uironiia WASHTWOTON, faw April 90.—Senatort Ran som, chairman of the committee on commerce, has designated Senator Ran som, Vest, White, Cullom and Wash burn, as the sub-committee to go to California and make the proposed in vestigation looking to a settlement of a settlement of the deep water harbor question-which has been a vexed prob lem in the senate for several years. The start will be made from New York May®. Colorado Mine Eip.otkm. LEADVIIXE, April 20.—An explosion occurred in the Rusk-Ivanhoe mine during the morning, in which four men were killed n four injured. The titied dead are ,.» Young, luiUus E. Roliey and P. M- Govern. Annual Statrmrat For the vear ending December 81, A. D. 1892, of the condition and affair* of the New York Life Insurance Company of York, organized under tbe laws of Mew York, made to the auditor of tbe otate of South Dakota, in pursuance of tfce Jaw* of said •tate. Organized or Incorporated 1)41. Com menced bnsineM 1846. II. A a*eli of the company The value ol it« real entate i» $ 18,531,01(1.75 The caah on hand in its office la.... 853,905.53 Tbe caah on deposit in bftnk (give Dtme of bank or banks) 3,887,978.15 Blocks and bonds of United States and all other bonds owned by com- s pany, to-wit: market value... 86,680,177.51 .rtiiionutof Ioane secured by first mortgage on real estate M,*88tt,Th5.51 Amount of.ail other bonds and loans 8,91 Amount of premltfm notes on pol icies in force 1,096,H5».03 Amount of unpaid pre win ma less 30 per cent, loading 8,86ft,27.Y87 Amount of interest due and unpaid 961,.'1IS Ail other securities ao,4J».WO Total assets $lS7,499,liW.a9 III. Liabilities: Amount of ioenes doe and nnpaid.. .$ l,a*i,26ri.09 Amount of dividends unpaid to pol icy holders 101,363.18 Amount required to safely re-insure atl outstanding risks It#,07.Vws 00 Surplus 16,W4,9-18.10 Amount of all other existing elalm* ciaims ai:*ln»t the company 120,7:3.62 Total liabilities fl®?,499,l9t»9® IV. Income during year 1898: Amount of net caah premiums re ceived $ 85.04SJ13.98 A on n of interest received from Ail sources 5JH7,11 Amouut received from all other puurces 619,363 08 Total income $ 90,98»i.590.88 V. Expenditures daring the yearlSSfcJ: Amount paid lor losses and mntnal endowments 9,010.8!»1.38 Amount of dividends paid to policy holders 1,406,21H.58 Amount ol salaries and commissions paid to agents 4/168,316.60 Amount paid to otttcers for salcriee and other perquisites 579,127.26 A mount paid for taxes 304,515."2 Amount of all other payments an* expenditures.. 6,393,220 52 Total expenditures. 81,664,290.76 VI. Miscellaneous: Amount deposited in other states or territories as securitv for pol icy-holders therein (amonnt in each state or territory) New York.$, 180,000.00 Whole amount of premiums received in or from state of bouth Dakota during the year 1892 #•. 11,518.52 Amount paid for losses in Sontfi Dakota during the year 1898 11,435.00 Whole number of policies issued dining year 467 Amount of insurance effected there by 1414,000.00 Total amonnt value of all risks oat standing 629.00 State of New York, county of New York:—es. John A. McCall, president, and Charles C\ Whitney, secretary, of the New York Life Insurance company being duly sworn depose and sav that tbe foregoing is a full, true ana correct statement of the affaire1 of sain company. That the said insurance company is the bona fide owner ol at least one hundred thousand dollars of actual cash capital, invested In state and fntert States stocks and bonds, or in bonds and mortgages of real estate unencum bered, and worth double the amount for which the eame is mortgaged, ana they a:e the aboTe described officers of said insurance company. JOHN A. MrCALL, President. CHAS. C. WIIITN h.Y, Secretary. Subscribed and sworn to before ue this 80th day of January, 1893. Iseal] H. D. L. RANDALL. Notary Public. Tbe State of Sonth Dakota, Office of the State Auditor,Department of Insurance. Company's certificate of authority. Whereas, the New York Life Insurance company, a corporation or ganized under the laws of New York ha* filed in this office a sworn statement exhibiting its condition and business for the year ending De cember 31,18«, conformable to the requirements of the laws of this state regulating the business of Insurance: and, whereas, the said company has filed in this office a duly certified copy of its charter, with certificate of organization, in com- iliance with the requirements of the insnrance aforesaid: Now, therefore, I, J. J£. Hippie, auditor ol the state of South Dakota, pursuant to the provisions or said laws, do hereby certify that the above named company is fully em powered through its authorized agents, to trans act its appropriate business of Life insurance in th's state, according to the laws thereof, until the31st day of December, A. D. 1893. In testimony whereof, I have hereunto set my band and seal a* fiwre, this 1st day of April, A D. ISM. I Seal 1 J. X. IUPPLE, Auditor. Notice. Land Office at Mitchell, S. D., March 13, 1893.— Notice is hereby given that tbe following named settler has tiled notice of bis intention to make final proof in support of his claim, and that sni'l pr»of will be made before the clerk of the circuit conrt in and for Luke county, S. 1)., at Madison, t». I)., on May 6, IS!*!, viz. Joseph Derurgs, for the Month half southeast quarter and northwest quarter southeast quarter and southwest quarter northeast quarter section-",township Mis, range (homestead entry No. 2tt,i)0) 11c names the following witnesses to pr.,ve his continuous residence npon and cultivation of, said land, viz. Wil'iain Ciiotti, Joseph Cajacol*. Chris. Fazen dln, Joseph Btrcler, ah of Komona P. O., b. D. INDAPO K. N. KHATZ, Register. Ayer's Pills Aro onipoinuleii with the view to general usefulness and adaptability. They are composed of the purest vegetable aperients. Th..-ir delicate sujrar-coating, which readily dis solves in the stomach, preserves their full medicinal value and makes them easy to take, either by old or yOun},'. For constipation, dyspep sia, biliousness, sick headache, and the common derangements of the Stomach, Liver, and Bowelaf also, to check colds and fevers, Acer's Pills Are the Best Unttke other cathartics, the effret of Ayer's Pills is to icine, pvery strengthen the excretory organs and restore to them their regular and natural ac tion. Doctors everywhere prescribe them. In spite of immense compe tition, they iiave always maintained their popularity as a family med being in greater demand now than ever before. They are put up both in vials and boxes, and whether for home use or travel, Ayer's Pills are preferable to any other. Have you ev in. a them? Ayer's Pills Prepared by Dr. J. C. Ayer Ik Co., Lowell, Maaa. Bold by all Druggists. DOM 'V! effective K A- .* V u* v jf ... Jr V Is III. TORONTO,Gatutaar Ont., April 20.— Gaudaur, the sculler, is seriously ill, and all his matches at the world's fair with the Australian champion may have to be declared off. Women Will Vote as tBual at the next school election—• but for many candidates. They give a unanimous vote—-every &§ week—in favor of RIM'S WIUTE RUSSIAN SOAP because they know it has no equal as a labor and temper saver on wash-day. The "White Russian" is a great soap to use in hard or alkali water. Does not rouehen or injure the hands—is per fectly safe to use on the finest fabrics. JAS. S. KIRK & CO., Chicago. Mj Mawii Th 8n». RNUNI MARK TUCOMNAID.I XADK A TBI tiltKAT HINDOO RKMEDY PHOHrCKS T1IK A H1VR Before and After. WVLJL XAVOZ KKMl Lrn tn HO 1\ VS. Cui S*-rvu* ^tiling Mf'niorv Nightly ts sions. (rive* vigor to shrunken org*n«, etc. caused by past, abuses and quickly but sareiv restores I,out Manhood tn old or young. Easily r»rrf«l In vext pocket Prif«- ll.OO a package. Si.* for (U'MMI with writtenfuuntnUi' to purr or monrf refunded. Don't !ft anv unprincipled druggist hell you (ing fcind Imitation. of Insist on having INOAPO—none other, ft he has not got It,we will send it by mail upon reefiptof price. Pamphlet in sealed envelope free Address Motel 9K«dto*l Cet, nyaaatk ftaee, Ckieap*, U. SOLD bjr O. J. Tweed A Co., Druggists. MADI SON, S. D., and other Leading Druggists. WOOD'S PIIOSPIIOOINXk Tbe Grot EnglUta Remedy. Promptly and pormanpnt 1 lures *11 forms of .Nr» Hr fnkr'%A, /mlMHiiu, Sperm' ntori hta. Im/Kitrnry and aM (fffcta of Ah-use orf'.JrctM*'*. ii«fn prescribed over 3§ years In thousands of ea*e« is tl)e v sijicr* "»/y Kelinhlr and JBtm- r*t Sffilieins know*. Ask DRUGGIST for WOOD'S Psoe- It he offem some wor ilh .,g medicine tnpUee of thl*, leave hi* diahonrgt rure, incloee price la letter, and we will aeud byfreturn mail. Price,one wkage. #1 six. Or» viil pUn*e, «ix *riU eur*. amphlet in plain sealfd envelope, 2 gtanu*. Address TlIK WOOD I III.VIM'AL CO.. 131 Woodward ••enwt letrolt. MieW or Sold in Madison by F. C. Smith, Wood, R. Woods & Co., O. J. Tweed and druggists everywhere. Annual Mtatement. For ihe year ending December 81, A. D. 1892, of the condition and aA'air* of the llome Life In eurfcnee Co., ol Brooklyn. N. Y., organized un der the lawn of the *t«te or Mew York, made to tbe auditor of tbe mute of booth Dakota, in pursuance of the law* of caid "tate. Organized or incorporated April SO, I860 commenced bueiueee May 1,186U. I. Capital Amonnt of apital stock 91^XM\OQO 00 Amount Capital stock •etaftlly paid tn caeh l,8B0,OOrt.OO II. Aocetc of the conipany: The vaine of it» real eaUte M. $ 887.6HT.84 Ca«b on hand in it* office 1*., 1,844.2V The ca*b on deposit in bank is (give name of bank or baDk«) Stock" and bonds of United Btatea and all other bonds owned bjr com pany, to-wit: market value 8,291,717.00 Amount of Ioane necured by flrat mortgage on real estate 2,660,889.28 Amount of ali other oends and loans. 761,787.92 Amount of premium notes on policies in force 536,748.18 Amount of interest lint and nnpaid.. 46,786.06 Ali other tecuritlea 417,150,05 Total anseta... |8,Q8&,3t&.*e III. Liabilities: Value of outstanding policies §6,151,644.00 Amount of lo«!«e« due and unpaid 84,500 00 Amount of dividend# unpaid*. 18,897.5 AmoULt of ali other exiaUug Ciaims against the company 8,065.15 Total liabilities .«6,B», 106.72 IV. Income of the company during the year 18H8: Amount of net cash premiums re ceived fl, 189,198.06 Amount of premium notes received.. 147,918,01 Amount of interest received from all Kourc.es 338,820.85 Amount received ltuiu ail other sources 71,778.69 Total Income. ...$1,756,204 44 InJ I UWIUVt V. Expendttflif!# ntrrlngyetr lflW: Amount paid for loMe« Amount of dividends paid to policy holders..: 166,187.49 Amimut to stockholders.. 15,000.00 Amount of commissions nnd salaries paid to agents 980,794.0bt Amount paid to officers for saisrlee Jfc and other perquisites Amonntpaid for tuxes 1H.7M.&8 Amount paid for eurtendered policies Amount ol all ulhcj pajfjaeuf pd expenditures. 88,843.18 14,477.87 Jl,486,976.87 Total uxpeuditurcs.. VI. Miscellaneous: Greatest amount Insured on any one life $' Amount deposited tn other states or territories as cectitily for policy holder* therein, (amount In each ftate or territory StMHO.OO iu New York) 100,000.00 Whole amount of ^premiums received n orf rem the state ol douth ta dnring the year 1892 '"'•®yW7Jt Whole number of policies issued dar ing year Amount ofinsurance effected thereby UKOKGE Kli'tBY, President. B. W. GLADWIN, Secretary* Subscribed and *worn to before me tiiis 8th day of February, 1898. ol rebrnary, low. JAMES K. BUTLER. Notary TuUttC. li 'J MADISON Lake H, 180,00 State of New York, county of New York--ss. George H. Kipley, president, and Ellis W. Gladwin, secretary, of the Home Life Insurant e company, being duly sworn depoee and say that the foregoing is a fuU, true and correct^ statement of the aft'airs of said company thai the said mnurai.ee company is the bona flde owner of at least one hundred thousand dollar* of actual caah capital, invested In state and Uni ted .Stater, stocks and bonds, or In bouds and mortgagee ol real estate unincumbered, and worth double the amonnt for which the same is mortgaged, and they are the above described of ficers vl said insurance companv 4 il] New York Co., Ho. lot. Tbe Htate of Sortth Dakota, Office of State Ars ditor, Department of Insurance Cbmpany's certificate of authority. Whereas, the Home Life Insurance company, a corporation organized under the laws of New York, has filed in this office a tworn Htatement exhibiting its condition and 'business for the year ending December 31, l#«i. routormable to the requirements of tbe law or this state regulating the business of insurance and, whereas, the said company has flied in this office a duly certified copy of Its charter, with certificate of organi/.alien, in compliance with, the requirements of the Insnrance law afore said: Now, therefore, I. J., JS. Hippie, auditor of the state of Hoath Dakota, pursuant to the DrovlsloBs of said laws, do hereby certify that, the above named company is fnlly empovn redji through its authorized agents, to transact it» ap propriate bufiness of Life Insurance in thiA state, according to the laws thereof, until tbfc, 31 ct day of December, A. D. 1893. In testimony whereof, I have hereunto net mr hand and eai at Pierre. IJ^is 7th J»jr of April. A. D. 1881. v N *1 1 #.a.uma,A«dttw. V .r U •THIS tF MADISON the SOUTH DAKOTA. —18 LIGHTED »T— ELECTRICITY. The Streets Illuminated by 12 Arc Lights The Most Complete Plant in the State* ate Chautauqua ASSEMBLY GROUNDS At LAKE MADISON, three and one-half miles southeast of the city. Connected by Motor line A Large Number of State Meetings are held at the Chautauqua Grounds every summer. The Lake provided with the Steamer "City of Mad ison," capable of carrying 150 persons. A Beautiful Sheet of Water, Sight Miles Long and Two Miles Wide: and one-half miles west of the cily surrounded beautiful groves of natural timber. MADISON MA li: iu Center! The seat of the State Normal School. Value of Normal buildings, $55,000. The Normal School 1* now in ses sion, with oyer 250 students from various parte of the state in attendance. Excellent City School*. N^w Central School build ing recently completed at a cost of'?2O,00Q, MADISON Is the home of Nine Churches! Excellent Society. Stone and Brick Business Buildings ll» THE Freight and Passenger Division of the S. M. Div. of the C., M. & St. P. R'y running north and west. Fine Brick lO-Staii Round House, MADISON i .* Is a great Grain Market. Seven El evators, Flat House and Roller Mill. County has NEVER Experienced a Crop Failure. CITY PROPERTY And FARM LANDS can be purchased at reasonable prices. HOMESEEKBS are cordially invited to settle this community. For additional particulars concerning the resources of this section, prices of City Property, Farm Lands, etc., etc., address A 'U CHAS. B. KENNEDY, Madison, South Dakota, r" H.- 1 i v v \..