History of Texas, together with a biographical history of Milam, Williamson, Bastrop, Travis, Lee and Burleson counties : containing a concise history of the state, with portraits and biographies of prominent citizens of the above named counties, and personal histories of many of the early settlers and leading families Page: 241
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of action for which she was born,
remembrance of the brighlit but des
and her prayers and tears whe
forced to be left with her strange
fresh inl the memory of at least
party, anld will last him through
We presume that the princess w
in the tight by Colonel Moore c
fork of the Colorado.
George J. Durham, of Anstir
of years ago enumerated the follo
chief game animals of Texas:
Buffalo (formerly), elk, blackantelope,
hare, rabbit, red and to
turkey, prairie chicken, quail ("
the whooping and the sand-hill
American and trumpeter swan
goose, brant, snow goose (cominmo
dian), etc., blue-winged teal, tl
widgeon, green-winged teal, p
duck, ring-necks, canvas-back, ni
possibly some other species of d
cock, plover, curlew, tatler, san(
It would scarcely be appropi
enumerate the habits of these vari
their seasons of immigration and
etc., as such matters come mo
within the domain of scientific
men's works. Iunters' stories
interesting reading, but are not
matter of the history of a State;
venture to relate one, as follows:
FEARFUL ENCDUNTER WITH 2
Returning home from one of
tours under the burning sun c
says Elder Z. N. Morrill, " I fc
greatly exhausted in consequence
HISTORY OP TEXAS. 241
But the 100 miles from Providence Church, Navarro
,olate child, county, north of Chambers creek. After a
n she was little rest I inmounted my horse, gunl in hand,
r people, is with a view first to look after the farm, and
one of the secondly, if possible, to get a deer or turkey,
life. as fresh meat was called for. The farmlt wa.s
;as captured in the Brazos bottom, and at this season of
)n the Red the year the weeds were from four to six feet
high. Passing around the field, I watched
every motion of the weeds, expecting to see a
deer or turkey. Presently my attention was
called to niy right, and about thirty steps
i, a number from my path my eyes rested upon the head
,wing as the of an old she-bear, standing upon her hind
feet and looking at me. My horse was wild
tailed deer, and I dared not shoot from the saddle. Leapox
squirrels, ing to the ground as quickly as possible, I
partri(lge"), leveled my rifle at the fearful object, wlich
cranes, the then suddenly disappeared. Immediately tlhe
s, thle ayv weeds nearer by began to shake, and two
n or Cana- cubs, not more than ten feet from me, ran up
ie shoveler, a hlackberry tree. IRestinlg among tlle limbs,
intail, gray they turned their anxious eyes on me. The
mallard and old bear was gone; and very deliberately I
lucks, wood- tied uip my horse, and witlL a smile on my
derling, etc. face and none but the cubs and the God of
riate liere to thle universe in hearing, I said, I am good for
ous animals, you, certain. As I was about pulling the
emigration, trigger the c ase of Davy Crockett flashed into
,re properly my mind when he shot the cub and the old
and sports- bear came upon himt with his gun empty.
s constitute With that distinguished hunter I had gone
properly the on a bear chase in Tennessee.
but we will ," Well was it that I thought of hlim at this
moment, for I had not even a knife or a dog
to help me in my extremity; and as, unlike
& BEAR. the king of Israel, I did not feel able to take
the bear by the beard, I lowered my gun and
my monthly unsprung the trigger. Just then an angry
)f August," snarl fell upon my ears a short distance away.
)und myself The old bear was after me. The weeds
e of a ride of cracked and shook, and she stood upon her
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Lewis Publishing Company, publisher. History of Texas, together with a biographical history of Milam, Williamson, Bastrop, Travis, Lee and Burleson counties : containing a concise history of the state, with portraits and biographies of prominent citizens of the above named counties, and personal histories of many of the early settlers and leading families, book, 1893; Chicago. (texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth29785/m1/246/?rotate=90: accessed July 25, 2017), University of North Texas Libraries, The Portal to Texas History, texashistory.unt.edu; .