William's Cannon a place in Rhode Island

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William's Cannon a place in Rhode Island - ai If a themselves, to of It with aud public in...
ai If a themselves, to of It with aud public in as tbe ob- patrons and just mountains. a »be to-day, Col Mau lies Pike's lie ride before, WILLIAM'S OANOK AND ITS TIKRIBLK IITOMM. William's Cannon Is another of the places of great Interest about Manltou. la R gorge n narrow t! to scarce afford drive beside the creek between lie high precipitous sides, and to tortnoui that ire In continual danger of being entrapped within III gloomy deplhi. I do not know exact distance from the entrance to the bead of the canon, but should judge It a a half or two miles, and of quite a it»ep climb. This canon is a dangerous spot in. In time of sudden or heavy rain, an Instance of which wis related lo us by driver. Ou the Jib of July last he, iu company with one or two others, had taken pirty up Ihe canon to visit the Cave of the Winds situated high up lu the mountain side. As they left the village a cloud was noticed In the west, but noting it only to remark that they might get a sprinkling before their return they proceeded on their way. The party entered cave. The drivers, with their teams, In the canon. When, suddenly, darkness ihut thorn In like a pall, and water as loosened from some Immense reservoir rushed into the canon carrying with It rocks, trees, everything in in path. The drivers knowing not but each moment might be their last, attempted to control their affrighted hor.-es. The storm was of short but direful had been its work, water to depth of several feet filled the canon and rocks and debris.were such that tbo had to remain here three weeks before could be removed. Those in the cave nothing of tbe slorm nnlil their startled met its havoc when ready to return, there was nothing left them to do but as best they might throngh this dehrlf-fllleil valley lo their hotels. But /ladder far w»s for two little brothers, the oldest bat caught lower down in thecannn. On the first breaking of the storm they sought nze In a little board shanty, raised above the path, near whlnh they hippened to be. Here they remained till the water covered the floor lo such a depth that feared being drowned, when Ihe elder.pro- posed clambering from the outside on to roof of Ihe building. The poor llltle fellowf struggled manfully lo accomplish thli gerous attempt. Finally the older boy reached Ihe top and tried with all his itrenglh to draw after him the younger, all In vain. Hli feet lost Ihtir rtstinc-place bis bands Ihelr hold, and be fell back carried by the torreut torerer away from human help.

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  1. Newport Mercury,
  2. 28 Oct 1882, Sat,
  3. Page 1

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