The Quarterly of the Texas State Historical Association, Volume 3, July 1899 - April, 1900 Page: 29
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Adventures of the "Lively" Immigrants. 29
at it quartering to me. I shot a little too far back. It sprang up
and turned back, running at its best speed. I went to where it
stood and found hair and at the third or fourth jump plenty of
blood. It had gone directly back, and I was fearful it would try to
cross the river. Following it I found where it had lain down. This
encouraged me, as I now knew it was badly wounded. The quan-
tity of blood showed me that the ball had gone through the liver
and perhaps part of the lungs. I here hallooed to find if Matti-
gan was within hearing, and to my surprise-for he had seen me
some way off a little before I hallooed-he came out of breath run-
ning, his eyes as big as small eggs. I questioned him, and he told
me he had seen a large bear coming towards him. I asked him why
he did not shoot it. "Oh be me faith," replied he, "I just got out
of his road. I did not want him to squaze the life out of me in the
wild foxes' woods." I told Mattigan that I thought we should try
to "squaze" the "mate" off of some of his fat ribs, pointing at the
same time at the puddle of blood where he had lain down. He en-
quired if that was from the bear, and asked where it was. I said
we should wait a little and then we should find him if he had not
crossed the river; that if he had again lain down and would remain
half an hour he would be ours. So I said that we would not disturb
him for awhile. Then I asked him if he heard my gun. He said
he did, but that he did not think I was shooting at the bear, it was
too far for the animal to run after it had left him. I asked him if
the bear saw him. He replied, "I reckon he did, for I heard him
blow his nose once or twice. He turned and went one way, and
you see I went the other." We started on the trail and did not go
two hundred yards when we found a dead two year old bear. We
soon took out his entrails and quartered him and hung what we
could not pack up on forks of saplings. We then trudged back to
It was now getting late, and after another meal from our otter I
told Mattigan to go to the other camp and let them come to where
the balance of the bear was and have them to bring it to the river
at the mouth of the bayou. I told him then to quit them and come
to our camp alone. I thought I saw depicted in his face a degree
of reluctance, and immediately conjectured the cause, and said,
"You are no coward, I know." "Well," said he, "suppose I mate
up with one of those varmints again ?" I said they would run from
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