September, down by Whiskey Mike's.
water fills my thinking, pulling me apart
A golden eagle circles
Wyndham, editor, (1986), Famous Potatoes
On the 20th of August
(1834) we started again to hunt meat: we left Fort Hall and traveled about
6 miles where we discovered a Grizzly Bear digging and eating roots in
a piece of marshy ground near a large bunch of willows. My partner approached
within 100 years and shot him through the left shoulder; he gave a hideous
growl and sprang into the thicket. My partner then said "let him
go he is a dangerous varmint" but not being acquainted with the nature
of these animals I determined on making another trial.... We walked round
the bunch of willows ... when we heard a sullen growl about 10 ft from
us, which was instantly followed by a spring of the bear toward us; his
enormous jaws extended and eyes flashing fire. Oh Heavens! was ever anything
so hideous? We... took to our heels ... he turned and bounded toward me
I could go no further without jumping into a large quagmire which hemmed
me in on three sides, I was obliged to turn about and face him. He came
within about 10 paces of me then suddenly stopped and raised his ponderous
body erect, his mouth wide open, gazing at me with a beastly laugh, at
the moment I pulled trigger and I knew not what else to do and hardly
knew that I did this but it accidentally happened that my Rifle was pointed
towards the Bear when I pulled and the ball piercing his heart, he gave
one bound from me, uttered a deathly howl and fell dead. (modified from
Haines, ed, 1965, p. 6-8. That this happened on the Portneuf is the opinion
of H. Hilbert.)
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