The Algona Upper Des Moines, Algona, Iowa, 11 Jan 1893, pg. 3

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1 SIGHT ENCOUNTER. Another Reminiscense of the Famous and Tlnterrifled Kit Carson. The Guard Fell Ar-leeiJ and the Party Is Attacked by Jaguars. Aiter a Lively Contest an In- 'furiated Grizzly Causes a. Panic. -.1 In the spring of 185G I received, a commission commission ns inspector of customs for the port of Paso del Norte under Caleb Sherman, of Kalnmazoo, Mich., ns col- leoor during the administration of President President Pierce says a writer in the I'hil- 1 adelphia Times. El Paso was then, as it is today, the most/ important point on. the Rio Grande between Laredo, Texas, and Santa Pe, New Mexico.' I had frequent opportunities opportunities to meet and form the acquaintance acquaintance of the most noted men of t!he - frontier, and not the least among them was the redoubtable Kit Carson. One of the most interesting stories ran as follow?: Kit was at the time engaged in scout- and prospecting for the military, jnd often scouted in company with a igle companion, being furnished by be government with a horse, arms and {/ provisions. It was while on one of his trips across the desolute and -: trackless solltud « A^noow aqj 10 SHBO.TQ tuo:>st!3 oi& Suoru mountains, in company with a second lieutenant by the name of Lazelle, a fresh recruit from West Point, that he experienced one of the most perilous adventures of his whole frontier life. They had provided themselves with •sufficient supplies for a week's ecout for the purpose of locating the rendezvous rendezvous of a roving band of Apache marauders. marauders. After bein out three days they had xeached a point probably 100 miles from Santa Fe, and in one of the most deso- lute and inhospitable parts of that uninviting uninviting wilderness. They rode along the breaks of the mountains that wall In the canyon in •which they were then confined, In •search of water, which, from certain in- •dlcations they had great hope of find- :ing, having been without it the whole 'day. It was during an unusually dry time, even for that country, and all the little reservoirs had dried up, and consequently consequently wild beasts were frequently found in considerable bands near these infrequent watering places of the moun- itain foottulls. After being out three days they had discovered a small spring, Mie stream from which soon lost itsolf in a small pool twenty feet away. . They came suddenly upon a small ; band of antelope among the cacti near the spring, and killing one, thctv soon prepared a sumptuous supper off tho broiled steaks, and having secured their horses by their strong forty-foot stake ropes, they turned in quite comfortable ior the night. Lieut. Lnzelle, being wholly inoxperi- enced in such a life and unacquainted with 12ie nature and habits of wild beasts, seemed to feel quite a.t! ease and unconcerned about the night disturbances. disturbances. Many of the most ferocious animals animals of the wilderness do not venture out for water till dark. Carson, well acquainted with tHic dangers of their position, proposed] that one should stand guard while the other slept, each two hours alternately, and Informed Lazelle that they would probably probably witness Uhe most stirring scenes of their lives toward the middle of the night, as that seemed to bo a great rt 1 sort sort for ferocious beasts for water and prey. They had cut their antelope up in quarters and tied the best of it to the stalk of a largo Spanish bayonet, or cactus cactus tree, which Carson well knew would attract the ravenous jaquor and panther, panther, and perhaps the proud mpnaralii of those canyons, the grizzly, as this was the home of that dreaded monster. Lazelle readily consented to stand sentinel on the first watch, and not realizing the true nature of the danger of the situation, he was anxious, and in fact eager, for something to "turn .up" to drive away the monotony of the dull tramp they had had so far. But the arduous ride of twelve hours without! water or food was too much for -his untutored nerves, and he had unconsciously fallen asleep soon after entering upon his watch, and was harder harder to arouse than the Indomitable Carson, Carson, who had been so accustomed to sleep with. 1 one eye open that the un- usunl sounds which soon broke in upon their slumbers aroused him to a full realization of their peril. The full moon was just peering over the opposite wall of the canyon and lit up the whole valley. Kit's practiced eye was quick to take in the situation, and, as forewarned is forearmed, he was always ready upon a moment's warning to enter upon the most deadly fray. flie horses were In a state of perfect frenzy, snorting and lunging in the greatest desperation to free themselves their fastenings and the hungry Januars which had beset them in force. JJit charged upon the tigers with such deeper/? te energy, discharging his onr- bine, the report of which resounded down the volley like small cannon, that he soared the beast? away foy n tt,me. beginning to feel somewhat alarmed when, to "his surprise the lieutenant called out from the top of a large cactus: cactus: "Kit, did you kill anything?" Carson told him no, but lie would soon be compelled to kill something or be killed as he had heard the roar of an approaching grizzly, and the safest place for him was on the ground, as the '• of a to bear would break that cactus stalk with one desperate grasp. Lazelle was soon at his side, performing the nhnrod act in flue style. The approach of the grizzly seemed to be the signal for the departure of all other beasts, and tho, field was soon cleared of all other dangers and left to the monster of the canyon. He was not long in putting in an appearance, appearance, to the great consternation of the' lieutenant, and Kit said he felt crowded closer to the wall than ever before. • It so happened that they had placed themselves between their horses and the approaching bear which somewhat somewhat quieted the poor beasts' apprehensions apprehensions and they became less restive.. The lieutenant seemed thoroughly panic stricken!.but, seeing no chance to escape, he suddenly braced up to the inevitable contest and actually advanced advanced to meet tli)i monster. This maneuver had the effect of stopping the advance of the bear, and he seemed about to change bis tactics when a rattier hasty shot from Lnzelle brought on on immediate engagement. The shot took effect hi the forearm of the bear, shivering the bone and crippling crippling him in such a'manner that Carson was quick to perceive the advantage, and, aiming at) the other forearm, at close quarters, he placed, his ball so well that the animal was made powerless powerless and lunged and rolled about on the grass in a furious rage. He was then in their power and it was an easy matter to finish their work. He had confronted many like perils in broad daylight with an unterritled front, but ho wishedl to be delivered from a night contest with a grizzly. FAIRY TALES. compantan. Writer Itucom'inemlH tho itt'iidlng of Situie l).v Children. I am glad to see that what the lui- derstapding would stigmatize as useless Is coming back Into books written for children, Avhich at one time threatened to become more and more dreadfully practical, says James Russel Flower in Harper's Magazine. The fairies are permitted once more to imprint their rings on the tender sward of the child's fancy, and it; is the child's fancy that ofteu lives obscurely on minister solace solace to tho lonelier and less sociable mind of man. Our nature resents the closing up of the windows on its emotional emotional and imaginative side, and revenges revenges itself as it can. I have observed that many who deny the inspiration of Scripture hasten to redress their balance balance by giving a reverent credit to the revelations of inspired tables and campstools. campstools. In a last analysis it may be said that it is to the sense of wonder that all literature of the fancy and of the Imagination appeals. I am told that this sense is tho survival iu us of some savage ancestor of the age of flint. If so, I am thankful to him for his longevity, longevity, or his transmitted nature, whichever whichever it may be. But I have my own suspicion suspicion sometimes that the true age of flint is before and not behind us, an age hardening itself more and more to those subtle influences which ransom our lives from the captivity of the actual, from that dungeon Avhose wardter is the giant despair. Yet I am consoled by thinking that the siege of Troy will be remembered when those of Vicksburg and Paris are forgotten. One of the old dramatists, Thomas Heywood, has, without meaulng it, set down for us the uses of the poet: "They cover us with counsel to defend us From storms without; they polish us •wlithin With learning, knowlege, arts, and dis- ci pllnes; All that is nought and vicious they sweep from us Like dust and cobwebs; our rooms concealed concealed Hang with the costliest hangings 'bout the walls, Emblems and beauteous symbols pictured pictured round." do up m at as my to of and an girl I of finally to and her will girl, Yes, of wretchedly I absolute for Ing mix Youthful Traits of CHnructcr. A Swedish boy foil out of a window and was badly hurt, but with clenched lips he kopt back tho cry of pain. Tim king, Gustavus Adolphus, who saw him fall, prophesied that tho boy would 111:1 ko a man for an emergency. And so lie did, for he became tho famous General Bauer. A l>oy used to crush tiie flowers to get their colors and painted the white sido of his father's cottage in tho Tyrol with all sorts of pictures, which -the mountaineers gazed upon us wonderful. He was the artist Titan. An old painter watched a'little follow who amused liimself making drawings of his pot and brashes, easel and stool, and said: "That boy will beat mo one day." So ho did, for he was Michael Angelo, A German boy was reading a blood and thunder novel. Right in the midst of it he said to himself: "Now, this will never do, I get too much excited over it. I can't study so well after it. So here It goes!" and he flung the book into the river. He was Fiohte, the great Gorman philosopher. Do you know what these little sermons sermons mean? Why, simply this, that in boyhood and girlhood you are showing the traits for.good or evil which make the man or woman good or not. Archibald Bartiett, a farm hand, and Margaret Kelly, daughter of a farmer new Bedford, Mass., started in a wagon for the parish house in Lexington, to. get married. Tlte wagpn was struck by a train at ft crossing near South Bedford, Bedford, and Bartiett was so badly hurt that lie died, whjle Miss K^Uy was to her- fath,etfg house fjfld, falls dfed. in I ever and at tiiat a in a the An to that for II nil a Avith both awe ed or leave nigs Avas from the overpowering upon countless I and they a tlielr their

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