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THE MODERN ADAM IN MAINE WOODS KILLS
A BEAR WITHOUT GUN OR KNIFE
Skowhegan, Me., Aug. 29. Joseph
Knowles, the Boston artist who went
naked into the forest to prove that a
modern civilized man can live like
Adam, seems to be making good.
Messages written by him on birch
bark with charcoal and left where a
guide could find them have kept the
outer world in touch with him. And
the latest missives show that he fin
ished his second week in the woods
without mishap, in good health, and
with many of his plans for lodging,
clothing, food and hunting carried
His most interesting adventure has
been the killing of a bear without
trap, gun, knife or spear.
Knowles dug a pitfall in the woods
by means of a rude wooden shovel
roughly shaped with a stone ax. The
pit was deep enough to keep a bear
from climbing out, and covered with
dead branches, leaves and moss, with
fish placed on it for bait.
A year-old bear, drawn by the fish,
crashed through and was caught.
Knowles found him there nest morn
ing. But how to kill him?
The artist prodded him with a pole
for a while, then got a stout club and
beat the bear over the head with it.