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grass and afforded easier walking than in the tall thick prairie
grass, but I concluded to take the latter as some blind buffalo and
deer paths pointed to the upper point of the crescent where I in-
tended to join the rest of the party. I think I had not gone more
than two hundred yards on my route, when I heard the report of a
gun from them. I of course looked to see the cause, and saw that
they were looking at right angles from my direction. I kept my
eyes busy to see the object they appeared to be following with their
eyes. Most of them soon started on. They said they did not see
where I was. I was, however, very soon relieved as to what had oc-
curred, when turning my eyes in the direction of my intended route,
I discovered from the motion of the high grass that, whatever the
object at which they were looking might be, it was making its way
toward me. I took it to be a deer or panther or wolf. I soon
learned what it was, for I saw at a distance of some eighty or a hun-
dred yards that it was a bear. He had stopped, and rising on his
hind feet looked to see if he was followed. He immediately started
on his course and came as near as within thirty yards of me. Here
he repeated his operation of looking out in the direction of the
others as before. I had prepared myself for him. I had reprimed
my gun and sprung the trigger, and as he stopped I cocked and
leveled it at his shoulder blade. At the crack of the gun, he made
one spring and came by within twenty feet of where I was standing.
I saw as he passed me that I had done my work, for the blood was
running from his other side, showing that my ball had passed
entirely through him. I then reloaded and went to where he had
stood and found evidence that I had killed him. The party was
stopped and waiting some demonstration from me. I hoisted my
Scotch cap on my ramrod and signalled to them. Mr. Holston and
Lovelace started for me. When they arrived they enquired what it
was. I said I had killed a large bear. They asked where it was, and
I replied not very far off. They asked if I had been to it, and I
shook my head. We had advanced twenty or thirty feet on the trail
of the bear when blood appeared on each side. When we had gone
a hundred yards, we came up to the dead bear. By this time the
whole party, coming one by one, had arrived. I assisted in turning
the bear on his back, and here I christened my little skinning knife
by opening his belly from brisket to tail. At this point, the Gov-
ernor said to me, "Young man, you show signs of having learned
something of a huntsman." I replied that I was a Kentuckian,
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