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A FRONTIER DOCTOR
them and sat perfectly still they did not see me, and for
the next few minutes I had a very novel spectacle of bear
on their native heath. It was murder pure and simple,
but I was young then, a hunter, and I decided to get all
three. The largest was farthest from me, so I decided to
take him first with the idea that the others would then
run toward me. I dropped him in his tracks with a shot
just behind the ear, and exactly as I expected the other
two dashed toward the foot of the precipice as I threw out
the shell and started to push in a fresh cartridge.
I had a belt around my waist holding sixty cartridges
and the one I grabbed to reload with stuck as I tried to
push it home and I could get it neither in nor out for
some time, time enough for the two lucky ones to make a
perfect getaway. That was the only misfit cartridge in the
Making a detour to get around the precipice, I bled
my trophy and made tracks for camp, where I found no-
body at home. Saddling one of the mules, I galloped to
the home of some near-by Mexicans, commandeered two
of them, and by their help, after blindfolding my mule,
succeeded in reaching camp with by far the biggest bag
of game I had ever chalked to my credit. After we
skinned the animal, it was divided between the Mexicans
and ourselves, and everybody was happy.
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