T. B. Adair of Woodland, Decatur County, had a thrilling experience a week or two ago at the mines near Joplin, Missouri. He and his brother, Jessie, are operating a mine down there, and Tom went over to Jessie's one evening to see him on business, and it being Wednesday night, Jessie proposed that they go to prayer meeting. (Jessie is a preacher of no small repute in that region) but Tom said he would go to his boarding place as he would have to work hard the next day, so he started, but had not gone far when the earth seemed to swallow him. After falling what he thought to be about four hundred feet, he struck a slope and slid down to the bottom where he landed about knee deep in mud and water. He had fallen into an old unused shaft about forty feet deep.
How he spent the night may be imagined. Next morning, as he did not appear at the works, a search was instituted and finally he was discovered and hauled out, escaping with a few slight bruises.
MORAL: ALWAYS ATTEND PRAYER MEETING!
Posted in Decatur County Journal-IowaJanuary 11, 1900