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Lost In A Cornfield

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We have received a report tms morning f rom one of the to-wiifhips in the eastem part of tho county, adjoim'ng the State of Indiana, and among other items ef interest is the following, which illustrates in a striking manner not only the unequalled fertility of the eoil of Illinois, but partieularly ths extreme growtli which crops of all kinds have attained this season : A Frenchman by the name of Cuntell A. Goodlie, living in the Frcnch settlemcnt, having occasion on Satnrday last to visit his brcther-in-law, living some five miles distant on the prairie, left home about 5 o'elock in the afternoon, and to save a considerable distance, attempted to shorten his walk by talung a cut-off through tlie intervening cornflelds. To those unaccuatomod to seeing Illinois corn-fields, itmay be well to say here that in that section of the country corn i is almost the only erop raised over the j whole extent of the country for miles and miles, and the country being comparatively young, there are but few j fences or even hedges to mark the dividing line. To the eye it is a sea of cora, and to Mr. Goodlie nearly proved a wüderness as dangerous as the tr.ickless North woods. Shortly after he left home a severe storm, such as we have had numbers of I during the summer, aróse and carne driving down upon him, and he was drenched to the skin. The walking bocame fatiguing at every step ; the eartli, moistened by the rain, adhered to his boots in great quantities, until it became impossible for him to drag them after him. He took them off, and pnslicd on the best he conld ; but ute by minute the soil became soiter until he sank nearly to his knees in the porous black earth. Night aj iproached aud darkness settled down upon the ñelds. He was miles from any habitation ; wet, j tired, and nearly exhausted ; unable to get any landmark, however slight, by which he might be guided to home or friends. The tall corn wavetl over him, lilid its depths were impenetrable to his eyes, and he rcalized that he must pass the night in soütude as profouud aa if he were alono in the of an Afvican jungle. As he could no longer teil tlie ! tiou to go, and could scarcely drag one foot in ad vanee of the other, t e gave up j the hopeless attempt, and with a cl.tspknife - his constant companion - ent dovJ enough of te waving stalks to make him a bed aud oo vering, and sluvering with cold and exposure, he sank j into a heavy hleep. Night passed, and the glowingsun rose abo ve the horizon and took its slow but i tireless course along tho traokless siy, and stül he slept profoundly insensible to tho passage of time. The seeoud night sped by, and just as the gray ligjit of early dawn was lighting up tlifi woild, he awoïe. Confwsed by the light after hifi long sleep, alUipugh unaware that more than one night liad gone by duriug his rest, hestiimbled about in uncertainty for a few minutes, untiL asci ad ing a small hillock, be cast his eyes atïout ; nud llu'iv licllclii bíá üvn hcütié if.ltiii B fcvt üiiiiuu'M wulR. ín tlui ilái-klteíia he had becoine confnsed, and instond of ! getting forwttrd, liad coustantly erossed í his own track, finally lying down wítíii]] a stono'.s throw of lija own preside e cuii eaáilj imagüle witii WMteátfíí? liaste lio crossed the dividing sjiace, for in bis lnely condition (he sight of a familini' face sccmed an oasis in the desert of life. And íwa,t was his, snmjrie nt, ■ His V.iíe alid caildreil greeting iiun aB returned from the grave, for his protracted stay had made them íear that the i lightning had strnck him in his lonely jmthi and.scardi had been at,o$tie itwti■ ttttea, bilt J.ViLioiit aiiy resuit, as tiiey : had not thought to search the adjacent i comfield. All hope was departing from thoni when he returned. - .


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