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Thomas Starbuck b.1906 Hamilton County NY
Posted by: Kenneth Margison (ID *****5356) Date: April 03, 2010 at 06:23:16
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The Glens Falls Post Star
Thomas Starbuck Apparently None the Worse For Harrowing Experience
Student Comes to Road After Tramping Through Forest Four Days

After wandering through the heart of the Adirondack wilderness since Monday afternoon, desperately striving to find his way back to civilization, but maintaining a courage that was remarkable, Thomas Starbuck, seventeen year old Indian Lake student, who became lost while fishing near Brandeth bake, stumbled out of the forest onto a road between the Carnegie camp at Racquette Lake and Forked Lake, about 5 yesterday afternoon, and was picked up by a motorist, V.B. Otis of Racquette Lake, and taken to the Carnegie camp. Last night he returned to the home of his mother about eight miles from Indian Lake, apparently none the worse for his harrowing experience.
Lost in Making Detour
Starbuck said he became lost while making a detour around a beaver dam on the Brandeth stream where he was fishing with two companions. The ground about the dam was soft and swampy and he walked some distance from the stream to avoid this ground. He became lost and could not find his way back to the stream. He pushed his way through the thick forest in the direction he thought would take him back to the stream, but when darkness settled down on the mountains, he was far from the brook. He was lost. The giant trees towered above him and he could see nothing but trees and the stars in the sky, and could hear nothing but the night sounds which strike terror to the hearts of nervous folk in the woods at night. But he was not afraid. At seventeen. one finds faith in one's ability to surmount difficulies which seem more formidable to older men.The youth, it is said, was not versed in woodcraft, but he knew that searching parties would start out to find him. He had confidence in their ability to rescue him from his predicament. He was coatless and the night air up there in the heart of the wilderness was cold, but with the resourcefulness of the American youth he provided himself with a shelter and went to sleep. He was nearly exhausted after tramping for hours through the thick woods and he slept well. He awoke early Tuesday morning and resumed his tramp. He had a loaf of bread and a number of doughnuts, but realizing that he might be in the woods for days he conserved this meagre supply by eating lightly. Wearily he trudged along, always hoping that he would come to a familiar stream or to a road or that he would be found by some searching party. But when the darkness again descended upon the seemingly boundless forest Tuesday night he was still lost. He retained his "nerve" however, and again slept well. On Wednesday morning, after eating sparingly from his diminishing supply of food, he again set forth.
Another twenty-four hours passed and after sleeping soundly Wednesday night, he awoke on what was to be his last day in the forest. Although he had spent three days in the thickest part of the wilderness he was still confident that he would find his way back to civilization or would be found. "Hope Springs Eternal in the Human Breast" particularly when one is seventeen. His supply of food was nearly exhausted, only a piece of bread and a doughnut remained and this would last only a day. Then he would face the danger of starvation, but his courage remained. He trudged on. The hours passed and he knew from the position of the sun that another day was drawing to a close. He heard shots fired by members of the searching parly, but could only determine the general direction of the sound. At last he emerged from the woods onto a road. He was safe. A great feeling of relief came over him, a feeling that only a person who has undergone such a harrowing adventure could experience when he knew he was safe. He was about five miles from the place where he became lost and about a mile from Racquette Lake. He started to walk down the road and Mr. Otis came along in an automobile and took him to the Carnegie camp. The news that he had been found spread like wildfire throughout the Adirondaks and was received with rejoicing on all sides. The word was quickly flashed to Indian Lake and the youth's mother was immediaty notified. She had been confident that he would be found. After eating supper at Racquet Lake, the youth went to his mother's home. He slept in a bed last night for the first time since Sunday night.

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