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About Ashland American. (Ashland, Jackson County, Or.) 1927-1927 | View Entire Issue (April 8, 1927)
Hero Dog Will
Win» Fight With Fox While
Pinned Between Boulders
Woodruff, S. C.— Ring, most fnmous
foxhound In the world, is dead. With
in twenty-four hours after being res
cued from six days’ captivity In a
deep cave Into which he had chused
and killed a huge red fox the gallant
old dog’s stout heart ceased to beat.
Like the lamented Floyd Collins,
old Ring found the subterranean
dampness more than his Iron con
stitution could endure.
tracted pneumonia while pinioned be
tween two sharp boulders that pre
vented him from leaving the under
ground chamber he had entered In
pursuit of his enemy, and despite the
tender ministrations of veterinarians
and his master, R. V. Kelly, wealthy
farmer and fox hunter, the famous
animal died In the home he had
known and loved for seven years.
Did fate Indulge In a strange whim?
It seems so, for It was on the second
anniversary of the finding of Floyd
Collins’ body that old Ring was res
Ring breathed his last surrounded
by his partners In hundreds of thrill
Ing fox hunts. Gathered about their
stricken comrade, these foxhounds
seemed to sense the tragedy impend
Ing. Strong men stood about the room
and wept unashamed as Ring's broad
muscular chest emitted Its final con
vulsive gasp and then remained mo
Tender hands laid the gallant old
foxhound to rest on the old plantation
two miles from Woodruff. A suitable
memorial will be erected later over the
little mound. A thousand dollars was
spent willingly In freeing the old fox
hound from his subterranean prison
and another large sum will be expend
ed to provide an appropriate marker
for Ring's last resting place.
Hundreds of men worked day and
night to rescue the dog. which chased
a fox Into the cave, killed the animal
after a terrific struggle and then be
came wedged between two boulders
forty feet under ground. The only
opening to the cavern was too small to
permit a human being to enter, and
It was necessary to use dynamite ns
well as picks and shovels In order to
sink a shaft forty feet through rock
and earth to effect the dog’s rescue.
Ring barked intermittently through
out his long imprisonment under
ground, apparently with the Intention
of encouraging the crowds of sympa
thetic workmen laboring tp rescue
him. But the Joyous, half-ehnHenging
note was missing from Ring's typical
ly foxhound yelp.
At ten o’clock on the night of Thurs
day, February 10, Ring was trapped
In the cave. It was Saturday, Feb
ruary 12, when a boy chancing to
pass the cave heard a dog, evidently
In distress, barking. It was 3:00 a.
m. Thursday, February 17, when a
shovel pierced the barrier above the
Imprisoned dog and perndtted the rays
of a flashlight to reveal an exhausted
but supremely happy foxhound.
Freed From Prison.
Strong hands freed Ring from his
prison. A moment later a gaunt, yel
low foxhound, his hairy coat damp
with underground moisture, was raised
to the surface o f the ground and de
positing In the waiting arms of his
owner, R. Vandy Kelly, wealthy bach
elor and noted foxhunter of Wood
ruff. Through lips that quivered with
emotion Mr. Kelly shouted. “ Boys,
It Is worth $1,000,000 to see old Ring
The entire countryside hurried to
the cave, two miles from Woodruff
when It became known that Ring
was caught In a trap. Men. women
and children assembled on the steep
Ring was one o f a dozen fine fox
hounds taking part In a fox hunt on
the night of Thursday, February 10.
Half a dozen hunters had assembled
at the home of the Kelly brothers for
Into a peaceful little valley, bathed
In the mellow glow of a full moon, the
pack o f hounds dashed In search of
their age-old enemy. Suddenly one of
the dogs emitted a deep yelp. Indica
tive of the discovery of the desired
quarry. The pack took up the trail
and soon straightened out in a race
that extended for approximately oue
“That fox Is headed for the old fox
den on Dlldlne creek.” remarked one
o f the hunter*, “ and he'll make It be
fore the dogs get near him."
A Deep Cava.
The old fox den I* In a deep cave on
the banks of Dlldlne creek.
hunter's prediction came true. The
wily old fox, howeve-, failed to take
Into consideration that one of the
d+ge on his trail was a veteran of
seven years’ experience, not to be
confused or daunted, by any eohrer
fuge In Reynard's repertoire. Within
* , fcwni|eet of the f01’* tall yelped
wlth 'he joy of the chase
rb< fos- a magnificent specimen
ru<hed Into the tiny opening to the
cave. Scarcely a foot behind, how
ever. Ring plunged madly onward,
eliher unaware or contemptuous of
the proximity of the fox’s haven. The
old dog’s rush carried him nearly 40
feet Into the blackness of the cavern.
Suddenly hie- body became wedged be
tween two sharp boukiers. It was Im
possible to push forward or to retrace
his steps. He was trapped, and both
dog and fox realized what had oc
At the mouth of the cavern bayed a
dozen disgusted, bullied foxhounds.
Around them stood half a dozen disap
pointed hunters, facing the painful
realization that another wily Reynard
had made his escape Into the old hole
that hud caused muny fox hunts to
end in ( disgust.
None of the hunters noted that old
Ring was missing from the pack of
hounds yelping at the black entrance
to the cave, and after a few minutes
the hunters culled the hounds uud left
Inside the Inky blackness of the
cave, with no other living soul to see,
two animals staged a drama. The fox
realized that his enemy was in dire
distress. His sharp eyes told him that
Ring could neither advance nor re-
treut, therefore could not parry blows.
Sharp yelps from the pinioned enemy
told him that Ring was In excruciat
ing pain. Desperately the old dog
tried to press forwurd, hut every pain
ful attempt only wedged his body
more tightly between the sharp boul
Here was an opportunity to avenge
many old scores. The fox, confident
that he could thrash the Imprisoned
dog, advanced to the attack. But he
did not know the caliber of the vet
eran foxhound he sought to destroy.
With the cunning born of long expe
rience and the ferocity born of des
peration, Ring bared his white, stil
etto-like teeth and prepared to up
hold the treasured tradition« of his
ancestors. Again and again the long
tusks of the fox penetrated the old
dog’s head, but Ring was fighting to
the deuth and he fought craftily, con
serving his strength. Finally the cov
eted opening came. The old foxhound
sank his long teeth Into the soft, hot,
palpitating throat of his foeman.
The battle was over. Blood gush
ing from his wound, the fox slunk far
ther back into the narrow passageway
Tuesday night, February 15. work
men uncovered the bloody body of the
fox. Every man at *he cave realized
that a tragedy had taken place fui
down in the bowels of the earth.
Up through the fissures between the
layers of limestone came the trium
phant voice of King, hurling a chat
lenge and yet containing a pitiful plea
One long tooth was missing from
the fox’s mouth, conclusive evidence
that Iting Uud uet-n paiiituit) It uoi
seriously wounded in the tight !u the
A few odume* after midnight Wed
riesday. FUiruiiry 10, It becun»* evl
dent that the shaft being sunk into
the cavern would reach the prisoner
In a few hours, and anxious eyes
peered into the hole for a glimpse ol
Ring. A flashlight playing in the
black depths of the tunnel revealed
a yellow tail, wagging joyously. The
dog that had been a prisoner for six
days was at last in sight of his res
The Inrush of air told old Ring that
his period of painful captivity was
almost ended. He harked feebly, but
with a voice vibrant with Joy. At
3:45 o'clock Thursday morning Ring
scrambled out of his prison and his
yelping re-echoed through the little
valley until it was drowned amid the
deafening cheers of the hundreds who
had gathered to witness the hounds
A rucking cough shook Ring's gaunt
body. He had contracted u serlou>
cold In the dampness of the cavern
Ring's eyes were feverish und al
most filled with dirt, hut they scanned
the faces about the brink of the shaft.
He was looking for his master. Vandy
Kelly, and a second later the old fox
hound was licking the face he loved
more than any other.
Harvey Kelly took the weary animal
In his arms und strode across the hills
to the Kelly home, a mile distant,
where a bowl of warm milk awaited
Safe at home. Ring collapsed. Ills
gaunt frame shivered with the rav
ages of pneumonia. He refused food,
but lapped eagerly at bowls of wuter
placed before him. He yelped no
more, his fever-ridden lungs unHhle
to function normally, and those min
isterlng to the old foxhound realized
that the end was near.
Maine Banker Wills
Fortune to Humanity
Bath, Maine.—An estate estimated
at $1,71&,(X)0, of which all but $18,(NX)
Is In personal property,, was left by
George P. Davenport, retired hanker
and broker, according to William S.
Shorey, Arthur J. Dunton and J. Ed
ward Drake, named by him us exec
utors and trustees under the terms
of his will, which has been filed in
the first session of the Sugudnhoc
county Probate court.
Mr. Davenport made 20 specific be
quests, most of them to Institutions,
and only one of them personal, total
Ing $1 lfl.tXX), and the income from the
residue, estimated ut considerably
more thnn $1,500,(XX), is to be expend
ed by the trustees for religious, eduen
tional and charitable institutions and
organizations “ which have for their
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The trustees hnve nominated Olivet
Moses, Charles C. Low and Daniel
Williams as appraisers of the estate.
The will was drawn August 26, 11X18
Mr. Davenport was never married and
tpon his deuth left no near relatives.
Outside of a $10,(XX> bequest to Miss
Nellie A. Webber, who was his house
keeper for a long term of years, there
tre no personal bequests.
Mr. Davenport stated that his fa
ther, the late Charles Davenport, gave
during his lifetime a very large
amount of money to their relatives
and he did not feel It his duty to
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