The Quarterly of the Texas State Historical Association, Volume 3, July 1899 - April, 1900 Page: 30
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him faster than he could from them, as in the instance of the bear.
"Let me here repeat," I said to him, "what I said at the landing
in the presence of those two old hunters, for I said it for them to
hear. I have been reared from infancy in the wilds of Kentucky,
in a portion of it that ten years ago was as wild as where we now
are, with nearly all of the same animals that are here. I learned
that there is almost no animal that will voluntarily attack a man.
There are, of course, some exceptions. A tiger or panther will de-
fend its young, and so will perhaps some lesser beasts. We have of
our domestic animals the cow, the dog, the sow, and the horse, that
will protect their young. The panther, the Mexican tiger, the cata-
mount, and the wild cat may be driven by hunger and the imme-
diate smell of fresh blood to attack a person; and the California, or
mountain, grizzly is said to be afraid of nothing and is always
avoided by the gold hunter. Our black bear is cowardly beyond
any thing. It has been known to run at simply the breaking of a
stick or the falling of a limb, even at fifty or a hundred yards dis-
tance. Now go, and I will see what is around this cane brake. You
need not be afraid of seeing anything, for our shooting and passing
has relieved the danger." So we both went from the camp together,
he to our crossing and I to see what I could up the river.
I now began to be quite anxious about the party that had gone
up the river, for this was the eighth or ninth day out. I at first
apprehended some danger about Indians, but I recollected that the
land immigrants must have been for two or more months some-
where up the river, and it was very likely that the redskins had
gone towards San Antonio, or to the west, so soon as the whites
arrived on the river.
After leaving Mattigan, I had travelled nearly a mile or so and
was immediately in the edge of the cane, when two deer, both
bucks, came running toward me. I suspected them of fighting,
for they were forty or more yards apart. The foremost one came
within thirty steps of me. I had taken a tree, and he had halted,
when I shot him in the breast and knocked him down. The other
did not appear to notice the report of my gun and came to where
the first was lying. On my loading he spied me, but stood his
ground, and seemed to have no idea of going off. I shot him, but
shot a little too low, and he ran as though not touched. After
going perhaps a hundred yards he fell, but out of sight. After
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