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  • GRANTS PASS, July 14 — Joseph Knowles, nature man and artist, accompanied by his party, arrived in the city Sunday ready to take his plunge into the Siskiyou wilderness, where he will combat with Dame Nature for the next 60 days in an attempt to prove that he can live as primitive man lived. Naked and alone, he will lea...
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  • GRANTS PASS, July 14 — Joseph Knowles, nature man and artist, accompanied by his party, arrived in the city Sunday ready to take his plunge into the Siskiyou wilderness, where he will combat with Dame Nature for the next 60 days in an attempt to prove that he can live as primitive man lived. Naked and alone, he will leave civilization behind and without clothing, without arms or aid of any kind, he will call upon the forests and the streams to supply both sustenance and raiment.
    This party, piloted by C.L. Hobart, representing the Grants Pass Commercial club, left in two automobiles just after noon today for Camp Three Creeks, the camp established by the Caves Camp company just above Holland on Sucker Creek, and will make a preliminary investigation of the country there. It is now considered probable that Knowles will make the start on his trip into the wilds either from that camp or from the caves themselves, and that he will operate in the wilderness to the west and the south, crossing the line into California, probably in the Preston Peak district. After determining the country which he is to enter, the party will return to the city, and later in the week the official start will be made. How long Knowles will remain in the wilds has not been decided, depending largely upon the length of time necessary to demonstrate the success of his claim. Daily reports will come from him, as Prof. Waterman and others of the party will remain in the vicinity, though they will offer no assistance, either by word of advice or otherwise. Knowles' daily reports will be given his associates upon bark or other methods that employ none of the aids of civilization.
    Last summer Knowles entered the woods of Maine as naked as the day he was born to prove that he could live without aid for 60 days upon such as Nature had to offer. He entered the Maine wilds on August 4th and emerged on October 4th. His story of having lived without assistance was doubted by some, while others said it was only his intimate knowledge of the Maine woods that made the accomplishment possible. This present plunge into the unknown wilds of southern Oregon and northern California is made by Knowles to prove that he can do the thing again under conditions unknown to him.
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