Kendall Chronicle (Kendall, Mont.) 1902-190?, November 18, 1902, Image 3

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Kendall, Montana, November 18, 1902. 3. 1081 MAN'S EXPERIENCE Chief Justice Brantley Tells &win. teresting Story. Was Lost for Thirty -Six Hours —Words Gannot Portray the Horrible Feeling Stories of the hunt for Superintend- ent Egan, of the Kalispell division of the Great Northern, who disappeared last week as completely as i the earth had opened and swallowed him, have no more interested reader than Jus- tice Theodore Brantly, of the Supreme Court of Montana, to whom the recital brings back to memory an experience that to this day causes him to shudder as he recounts it. \It was three years ago last Sep- tember,\ said the chief ustice yester- day, \and I had gone up to Libby to take an outing with Dr. HawsleY• Accompanied by a guide of the name of Wallace we started out one Thurs- day afternoon, crossed tne ferry op- pcaite Libby anu went about 15 miles southeast into- the mountains. We camped there and did a little hunt- ing and fishing, but not having very good success we decided to travel further. Friday we went about six or eight miles beyond this point and remained there Friday afternoon and part of Saturday, getting some birds and a good string of fish. \We had picketed our horses, but when we came to look them up we discovered that they had disappear ed. After breakfast we went out on the hunt for them, and when we came ttp to the animals we were un- able to catch mine. Dr. Howsley and the guide started back to camp and I set out walking, expecting that they would overtake me and we would then go back to town. \I bore away too far to the left, and crossed our trail without recognizing it, and about three o'clock in the af- ternoon I was forced to tile disquiet- ing conclusion that I lost my way. I endeavored to reach the river be- fore sunset, but, as it afterwards de- veloped, I did not go far enough to the right to bring me to the banks at the stream, and I traveled a course somewhat parallel to the river's course. \Having come to a realization of my situation, I desired to make the best of it, so I gathered wood, con- structed a rude brush hut, built a lire, und about dark turned in to steep the night out if I could. The situation in which I found myself was not such as was calculated to bring sleep to a man, but after awhile I fell asleep and knew no more until tne morning. Before going to sleep I had taken Pencil and a bit of paper and made notes of the points of the Compass. to aid me the next morning in case the day should be cloudy. \When the morning came I took my hearings as well as I could and set out, and It was not long before I came upon a squirrel. Sunday, as it was, killed it, and h. made one of the most delicious meals I have ever partaken of, for the reason that I had been without food for 24 hours, divided the morsel with my dogs, and we then set out in the hope that the river might soon be reached. \I reached the river about 4 o'clock In the afternoon,after having been lost for about 36 hours as completely lost as man ever was. It was the work of only a short time to make my way to Libby, and when I got there I feund that searching parties had been scouring the country in every direc- tion for me. As 'all's well that ends well,' we had a good laugh over the adventure, and the cigars were 00 me. I discovered afterwards that I had camped within a mile of the spot where Rev. Mr. Burke, a. Methodist minister, had L.sappeared and perish- ed about a year before. \The people around Libby joked the guide most unmercifully for having allowed one of his party Lo lose him- self, but when I came back to Helena I sent Wallace a hunting knife and a box of cigars, to show _.m that I had no ill feeling toward him on account of' the experience.\ \How does it feel to discover that you are lost?\ said the chief justice in response to a question. \That is hard to explain, but one Ling very forci- bly comes to my mind when I recall the adventure. After I had wandered around awhile and came to the con- clusion that I was lost beyond all question, an unutterably tired feeling took possession of me, and I was seized with an inclination to relax and give up, and wait for the worst. Again, now and then, I fotInd myself compell ed to take a Herculean grip on myself in order to prevent myself from be- coming stark, raving mad. Time af- ter time on Sunday, while I was wan- dering along, alternating beyond hope and fear. I was forced to fight a desire to fall in my tracks and quit the struggle. Then, again, there would ccme over me a terrifying fear that I might fall and break a limb, so that I would be compelled to lie there and suffer a lingering, horrible death. \No no man who has ever been lost can ever adequately describe the seri sations that came over him. There are no words that can give another man a conception of the feeling, but a man who has been through the ex- perience must be touched to his heart's :.ore when he hears that another man has drifted out beyond _oiman aid. If there could be such a thing as 'a hell on earth,' then tne man who has pass- ed throug:i a 'lost' experience knows as much about it as it is possible for mortal to know.\ Largest stock of Drugs in Lewistown. at C. H. Williams'. • $300 Reward. A reward of $500 will lw paid for in formation that will lead to the convic- tion of Iii,, party or parties a ho set fire to my frame house in Kemiall on Satur- day. October 25, 1902. , OSCAR STINg rigs. Kendall Stage Co. Opera , int 13etween Kendall and Lewistown I.eave Lewistown Daily, except Sunday, at ta a. m., reaching Ken- dall at 1130 a. m. Leave Kendall Daily, except Sunday, at 3 p. m., arriving at Lewistown at 6 p. m. FOUR HORSE COACHES A m ple A ccommod at ions Extra accommodations for baggage of , commercial travelers. C lnb Saloo .41'1C1.1VLEr siVENUE, KEN.1).4LL 1 v High GrJcle Ccdar Brook TRY OUR Clark iz Cigars H.urbn. Ryo WHISKIES a.* 44.?0*\f•fff - f f..+******.+00, alga Whitt PROPRIETORS ontana Hardware \wistztana Company Tile Largest zip(' Most Complete stock of MINERS' SUPPLIES IN NORTHERN MONTANA. EVeryLling that the mine owner and prospe..tor needs se carry, Anvils, Forges, Picks, Shovels, Drills, Etc. Agents for Hercules Powder , Ji Ji i.4 1-4 1' Also a Full Line of Assayers' Supplies Carpenters and Blacksmiths' Tools When it come ti to kitchen furnishings, we have everything there is in the market In other lines of goods we are well atocked. ainismmiw W. S. SMITH TELEPHONE 115 LEWISTOWN, MONTANA j r 4 t.31 0414E1 +WO& sort . EXCLUSIVE IN •.ara , -/ea • -1 “\ • HOUSE FURNISHINGS TERMS CASH LEWISTOWN HOTEL CBARLES E. WRIOHT, Proprietor. Headquarters for Mining Men The Leading Hotel in Lewistown at AA T. R. MATLOCK- Agent at Kendall Electric Lights Bar, and P.illiard kooms

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