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ible fund of wit and humor but this part of his character
only appeared before his family and. very intimate friends.
Few men knew nature more thoroughly than he. Nothing
irritated him more than to hear some natural fact misrepre
sented. I have often thought that with education he might
have made a Darwin or an Agassiz.
He ^tas always modest and unconscious of self in re
lating his adventures. _ "I have often been forced to realize
my danger," he used to say, "but not in such a way as to
o\ erwhelm me. Only twice in my life have I been really^
frightened, and for an instant lost my presence of mma
"Once I was in pursuit of a large buck deer that I had
wounded. It was winter, and there was a heavy fall of fresh .
snow upon the ground. All at once I came upon the body
of the deer lying dead on the snow. I began to make a
hasty examination, but before I had made any discoveries,
I spied the tips of two ears peeping just above the surface of
the snow about twenty feet from me. I made a feint of not
seeing: anything at all, but moved auickly in the direction
of my gun, which was leaning against a tree. Feeimg, some
how, that I was about to be taken advantage of, I snatched
at the same moment my knife from my belt.
"The panther, for such it was, made a sudden and des
perate spring. I tried to dodge, but he was too quick for me
He caught me by the shoulder with his great paw, and
threw me down. Somehow, he did not retain his hold, but
made another leap and again concealed himself in the snow.
E^dently he was preparing to make a fresh attack,
"I was partially stunned and greatly confused by the
blow therefore I should have been an easy prey for him at
the moment. But when he left me I came to my senses
and I had been thrown near my gun! I arose and aimed
between the tips of his earsall that was visible of him
and fired. I saw the fresh snow fly from the spot. The pan
ther leaped about six feet straight up into the air, and fell
motionless. I gave two good war-whoops, because I had con
quered a very formidable enemy. I sat down on the dead
toJ to rest, and m y heart heat as it zt would knock out all
my ribs. I had not been expecting any danger, and that was
why I was so taken by surprise.
"The other time was on the plains, in summer. I was
accustimed to hunting in the woods, and never before had
hunted buffalo on horseback. Being a young man, of course
I"Vas eager to do whatever other men did. Therefore I sad
dled my pony for the hunt. I had a swift pony and a good
gun, but on this occasion I preferred a bow and arrows.
"It was the time of year when the buffalo go in large
herds and the bulls are vicious. But this did not trouble
me at all indeed, I thought of nothing but the excitement
and honor of the chase.
"A vast plain near the Souris river was literally cov-*
ered with an immense herd. The day was fair, and we came
up with them -very easily I had a quiver full of arrows,
with a sinew-backed bow.
"My pony carried me in far ahead of all the others. I
found myself in the midst of the bulls first, for they are slow.
They threw toward me vicious glances, so I hastened my
pony on to the coifs Soon I was enveloped, m a thiclc cloud
of dust, and completely surrounded by the herd, who were by
this time in the act of fleeing, their hoofs making a noise
"I could not think of anything but ray own situation,
which confused me for the moment. It seemed.to me to
be a desperate one. If my pony, which was going at full
speed, should step into a badger hole, I should be thrown
to the ground and trampled under foot in an instant. If
I were "to stop, they would knock me over, pony and all.
Again, it seemed as if my horse must fall from sheer ex
haustion and then what would become of me?
"At last I awoke to a calm realization of my own power.
I uttered a yell and began to shoot right and left. Very
soon there were only a few old bulls who remained near me.
The herd had scattered, and I was miles away from my com
"It is when we think of our personal danger that we are
apt to be at a loss to do the best thing under the circum
stances. One should be unconscious of self in order to do his
duty. We are very apt to think ourselves brave, when we
are most timid. I have discovered that half our young
men give the war-whoop when they are frightened, betfause
they fear lest their silence may betray their state of mind. I
think we are really bravest when most calm and slow to
I urged my uncle to tell me more of his adventures.
" Once," said he, "I had a somewhat peculiar experience,
which I think I never related to you before. It was at the
time of the fall hunt. One afternoon when I was alone I
discovered that I was too far away to reach the camp before
dark, so I looked about for a good place to spend the night, j
This was on the Upper Missouri, before there were any white,
people there, and when we were in constant danger from
wild beasts as well as from hostile Indians. It was neces
sary to use every precaution and the utmost vigilance1.
"I selected a spot which appeared to be well adapted
to defense." I had killed two deer, and I hung up pietfes of
the meat at certain distances in various directions. I knew
that any wolf would stop for the meat. A grizzly bear
would sometimes stop, but _not a mountain lion or a pan
ther. Therefore I made a fire. Such an animal would be
apt to attack a solitary fire. There was a full moon that
night, which was much in my iavor*
"Having cooked and eaten some of the venison, I rolled
myself in my blanket and lay down by the fire, taking
Ishtahbopopa, my rifle, for a bed fellow. I hugged it very
closely, for I felt that I sluuld need.it during the night. I
had scarcely settled mysl'i when I heard what seemed to
be ten or, twelve coyotes *it up such a howling that I was
fluite, sure df a "Visit from-thenar immediately afexwarjLI
ADVENTURES OF MY UNCLE.
HITE FOOTPRINT, my uncle, who was
father to me for ten years of my
life, was almost a giant in his pro
portions, very symmetrical and
"straight as an arrow." His face was
not at all handsome. He had very
auiet and reserved manners and was
fHE JOURNAL JUNIOR, MINNEAPOLIS, MINNESOTA, SATURDAY, MAJtCH 28, lift*
a. man o t action rather than o l \m-
necessary words. Behind the veil of
Indian reticence he had an inexhaust-
fc Charles A.Ea^tnvan
ggyright 1902. hy i^lcClure, Phillip$*vG
heard another sound, which was like ther screaming of a
small child. This was a, porcupine, which had doubtless
smelled the meat.
"I watched until a cojote appeared upon a flat rock
fifty yards away. He sniffed the air in every direction then,
sitting partly upon his haunches, swug round in a circle
with his hind legs sawing the air, and howled and barked
in many different keys It was a great feat! I could not help
wondering whether I should be able to imitate him. What
had seemed to I5e the ^oices of many coyotes 'was in reality
only one animal. His mate soon appeared and then they
both seemed satisfied, and showed no signs of a wish to in
vite another to join them. Presently they both suddenly
and quietly disappeared
"At this moment a slight noise attracted my attention
and I saw that the porcupine had arrived. He had "climbed
up to the piece of meat nearest me, and was helping himself
without ceremony. I thought it was fortunate that he came,
for he would make a good watch dog for me. Very soon, in
fact, he interrupted his meal, and caused all his quills to
stand out in defiance. I glanced about me and saw the two
cojotes slyly approaching my open camp from two different
"I took the part of the porcupine! I rose in a sitting pos
ture, and sent a swift arrow to each of my unwelcome vis
itors. They both ran away with howls of surprise and pain.
"The porcupine saw the whole from his perch, but his
meal was not at all finished, for he began eating again with
apparent relish. Indeed, I was soon furnished with another
of these unconscious protectors. This one came from the
opposite direction to a point where 1 had hung a splendid
nam of ^enlson. He cared to go no further, hut seated him
self at once in a convenient bianch and began his supper.
"The canyon above me was full of rocks and trees. From
this direction came a startling noise, which caused me more
concern than anything I had thus far heard. It sounded much
like a huge animal stretching himself, and giving a great
yawn which ended in a scream. I knew this for the voice
of a mountain lion, and it decided me to perch upon a limb
for the rest of the night.
" "I got up and climbed into the nearest large tree, taking
my weapons with me but first I rolled a short log of wood
m my blanket and Jaid it in mj place by the fire
"As I got up, the two porcupines began to descend, but I
paid no attention to them and they soon returned to their
former positions. Very soon I heard a hissing sound from
one of them, and knew that an intruder was near. Two gray'
_ "I had hung the hams by the ham strings, and they
were fuliy eight feet from the ground A t first the T.ohes
came boldly forward, but the warning of the porcupines
caused them to stop, and hesitate to jump for the meat.
However, they were hungry, and began to leap savagely for
the hams, although e\idently they proved good targets for
the quills of the prickly ones, for occasionally one of them
would squeal and rub his nose desperately against a tree.
"At last one of the wolves buried his teeth too deeply
in a tough portion of the flesh, and having jumped to reach
it, his own weight made it impossible for him to loosen his
upper jaw. ThereHhe gray wolf dangled, kicking and yelp
ing, until the tendon of the ham gave way, and both fell
heavily to the ground. Fiom my hiding place I sent two
arrows into his body, which ended his life The other one '
rans away to a little "distance and remained there a long
time, as_ if waiting for her mate
"I was now very weary, but I had seen many grizzly
bears', tracks in the vicinity, and besides, I had not forgotten
the dreadful scream of the mountain lion. I determined to
continue my watch
"As I had half expected, there came presently a sudden
heavy fall, and at the same time the burning embers were
scattered about and the fire almost extinguished. My blan
ket with the log in it was rolled over several times, amid
snarls and growls. Then the assailant of my campa pan
therleaped back into the thick underbrush, but not before
my arrow had penetrated his side. He snarled and tried to
bite off the shaft, but after a time became exhausted and
"I could now distinguish the gray dawn in the east. I
was exceedingly drowsy, so I fastened myself by a rope of
rawhide to the trunk of the tree against which I leaned. I
was seated on a large limb, and soon fell asleep.
"I was rudely awakened by the report of a gun directly
under me. At the same time, I thought some one was try
ing to shake me off the tree. Instantly I reached for my gun,
Alas! It was gone! At the first shake of the tree by my
visitor, a grizzly bear, the gun had fallen, and as it was
cocked, it went off. _^
"The bear picked up the weapon and threw it violently
away then he again shook the tree with all his strength.
" 'I have still a bow and a quiver full of arrows you
had better let me alone.'
"He replied to this with a rough ^rowl. I sent an ar
row into his side, and he groaned like a man as he tried
hard to pull it out. I had to give him several more before
he went a short distance away, .and died. It was now day
light, so I came down from my perch. I was stiff, and
scarcely able to walk. I found that the bear had killed
both of my little friends, the porcupines, and eaten most of
the meat. ~
"Perhaps"" you wonder,- Ohiyesa, why I did not use my
gun in the beginning, but I had learned that if I once missed
my aim with it, I had no second chance. I have told of this,
particular adventure, because it was an unusual experience
to see so many different animals in one night. I have often
been in similar places, and killed one or two. Once a
common black bear stole a whole deer from me without
waking me. But all this life is fast disappearing, and the
world is becoming different."
(To be continued.)
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