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PACIFIC COMMERCIAL ADVERTISER, OCTOBER 6, 1887.
WILDCAT HUNTING. One of the Farorite Sports of the Dwell ers In Lower California. "There she is!" Don't fire!" "Give the dogs a chance!" They and many other disconnected sentences came from a crowd of ladies and gentlemen who, well mounted and close upon a pack of eager hounds, were pushing into a thick patch of under brush in the center of the Arroyo Seco, a dry canon or river just back of Passa dena, Cal. Here the gulch was well filled with tall trees from whose branches there fell in rich festoons masses of wild grape and clematis that formed ropes that deftly caught riders beneath the chin, and so tied up the dogs that they often became fouled and yelped and howled in impo tent rage. The party had started half a mile below in the clearing and had fol lowed up the eager dogs that liad now treed game of some kind, and, as they gathered about the broken poplar high up in one of the branches, there appeared a long, lithe body clinging to the limb, while over the side peered the ugly face of the wildcat. Excitement had been at fever pitch when the hounds struck the trail, but now that the animal was 'in full view, it fairly loiled over, even the liorses appearing to be earned away by it. "Stand back, ladies!' shouted the master of the' hounds, who carried a light rifle, "sometimes a cat will jump for her life, and they will scratch when they land." The ladies fell back a little, and a youngster in the party volunteered to climb the tree and dislodge the common enemy. Handing the bridle of his horse to a rider, he seized the pendent grape vine and swung up into the tree, and a few moments later was making his way along the branch toward the crouching cat. She was so intently engaged in looking at the dogs that at first she did not see him, but when he rounded the trunk she suddenly caught sight of the new enemy, drew back with a quick growl, glanced this way and that, as if measuring thfc chances, and, perhaps, would have jumped, when the climber deftly struck her from liehind and down she went, with a scream of rage into the red mouths below. The blood and fur flew, for puss was game, and not a few good dogs backed out, wiping their heads and ragged ears. But the game was up, and it was wiih great difficulty that the skin was saved for the rug which is the trophy of the wildcat hunt. Hunting this short tailed feline is a feature of southern California out door eports. The deep canons that radiate down from the Sierra Madres form their retreat and that of large game in general. After a rain the hunts are organized, and then the paw marks are distinctly seen and the scent fresh, and, as the storm cloud9 blow away from the mountain sides and the warm sun comes out the bay of the hounds of some sportsman is nearly always heard. The wildcat of this country is a large, powerful animal, approaclung tha lynx, also found here, in eize and general appearance, and large enough to inflict dangerous wounds upon man or beast. On one occasion the hounds came upon a fresh scent in an extremely narrow place in the canon, where precipitous rocks rose on cue side and heavy brush on the other. The dogs rushed into the latter, and a moment later a large cat bounded into the narrow stream and began an ineffectual scramble up the rocky sides. A bullet caught her before she had gone thirty feet, and, turning with a snarl of rage, she leaped directly into the air, fell upon the neck of a broncho, dismounted the rider in the melee, and before she could be dislodged tore and lacerated the animal in a fear ful manner. Kittens are often seen in play to take one another in their mouths and to scratch with their hind feet, and it was this plan that was adopted by the cat. She fastened her claws into the broncho's neck, and with her. sharp hind claws ripped and clawed until the animal was a mass of blood and lacerated flesh, then fell among the dogs, to be torn to pieces amid a protest that showed it to be among the gamest animals. "You may talk about your mountain lion," said an old hunter as we rode slowly up the Arroyo one early morning after the rain, with the whimpering dogs all about, "but I would rather take my chances with one any time than with a pair of wildcats at close quarters. It just seems as if a cat loses its head like. They know they're caught, and they are just bound to have it out if it takes all sum mer. They fight worso when there is a pair, just like a mountain lion. ' ' Phila delpliia Times. Th6 Arab Mare. She was . the most beautiful mare I have ever seen, of pure Najd blood, gray, with flea bitten spots, eyes too large for her head, nostril thin and ex panded , the throat of a game cock, the hair of her mane and tail so fine and soft that the most beautiful woman might have been xiroud of such a texture, and her skin so thin and soft that the thorn bushes tlirough which I rode her used to tear it; and after many of my runs tlirough the jungle I have had her, bleeding from the -thorns, looking as if ehe had been practiced upon with a light eabre. She was what you would con sider in England a pony, 14 hands 11-2 inches liigh; but she was as broad almost as a dray horse, and her tail was set-up co high tliat as she moved about her loose box you could, stooping, walk be tween it and the ground. Her feet were black and hard, and the tendons below her liocks and knees were like harp strings. Add to this that her head was so lean that you might have boiled it without obtaining any flesh from it, and you have a picture of what this desert born mare was. Maj. Shakespeare. Power of the Industrial School. No one panacea of any reformer fits the case or can alter existing conditions. Only what man's own soul sees as good and wills to possess is of faintest value to him. No attempt at co-operation can help till the worker sees its power and use and is willing to sacrifice where sacrifice is necessary; to work and to wait in pa tience. Such power is born in the indus trial school in its largest sense; the school that trains heart and mind as well as eye and hand, and makes the cluld ready for the best work its measure of power can JUnow. Helen Campbell. " WITH A PANTHER. THRILLING STORY TOLD BY A W1S CONSIN PIONEER. A Backwoods Lad Makes the Acquaint ance of an Overgrown, Good Natured "Cat" An Ominous Growling A Pi oneer In a Barn. "When I was a lad of 10," says Silas Smith, an old pioneer of Wisconsin, "my father removed to this state from New England a-id settled about three miles from Madison. The place was a village then, and a small one at that, and I re member once seeing a deer running down the main street with" a dozen dogs after him. The road from the village to our clearing was little better than a path. There were only two farmers having oxen and wagons, and so there was little use for roads. Just at the edge of the woods outside the village was a log barn belong ing to a storekeeper named Roberts. That was the last building we passed going home, and the first one come to as we en tered the village clearing. From that stable to my father's house, three miles, there was only one break in the forest, and that was on a ten acre clearing. "After having passed over the route several times with my father, I was per mitted to travel it alone whenever any thing was wanted trom town. After a time I could have almost followed the trail wTith my eyes shut, and I had no fear of the wolves and panthers I heard talked about, because I was told that no wild beast ever attacked people by daylight. It was one of the first days of October that, as I was about half way through the woods on an errand to the village, and the time being midforenoon, a panther sprang from the limbs of a large beech under which I was passing, and alighted upon the ground beside me. There was not even a growl to warn me of his presence, and he dropped down beside me as softly as a cat and as good natured as a rabbit. I had never heard a panther described, and, while I suspected this was one, I was not sure. He jumped into the path ahead of me and began to zigzag back and forth across it, purring all the time like a cat, and seeming to be highly pleased when my legs rubbed against him. A GOOD NATURED "CAT." "I was a bit frightened at first, but after a few minutes I made up my mind that it was some animal which would not hurt me, and then we had a romping time. I would clap my hands and shout 'Sick 'eml' and the panther would go skurrying here and there like a young pup, sometimes rolling over and over on the leaves, and again making such leaps and bounds as excited my admiration. When we came to a level piece of ground I ran a race with him, and when he got into the patch ahead of me I seized the tip of his tail and hung on and laughed until the woods rang. On two or three occasions, as the panther was gamboling about me, he made a clean spring right over my head. "It was only when we reached the edge of the village clearing that I suspected the identity of my visitor. The near presence of other human beings seemed to anger him, and he snarled and growled and tore at the ground with his claws. I patted him on the back and smoothed his fur, and he began purring again and was restored to good nature. He trotted alongside of me about half way to the barn I have men tioned, and then slipped away into some fallen timber. I had been quite badly frightened for some minutes, and now seized this chance to make off. My movements were hastened by an ominous growling from the timber, and I walked off at a fast pace, and was within a few steps when I heard a fierce scream and turned my head and saw the great cat bounding toward - me. The door of the barn was partly open, and without an in stant's reflection I sprang inside and closed it. Before I could have counted twenty the panther was at hand. Luckily for me it was a strong, rough door, made of slabs and well put together. The beast made terrific efforts to get in, and his sharp claws made the splinters fly as he set them into, the wood. There was no inside fastening, and I had to brace with all my might to prevent his ingress. He was now worked up into a fury, and I believe every hair of my head stood on end as I fought to keep him out. THROUGH THE ROOF. "When the panther found that he could not get in by the door he sprang upon the roof. I heard him as he alighted on the shooks, and, facing about, I saw there was a square hole in the roof, left for a chimney never built. There was nothing tjgr prevent him leaping down, and this is jusx what he intended doing. I saw his shadow as he peered over the edge of the open ing, and I was all ready as his lithe body alighted on the floor. In two winks I was outside and had the door pulled to, and again he was foiled. He was mad and no mistake, and, although I was a young boy and almost upset with fear, I had sense enough left to be on the watch for him. The eaves of the building were so short that, standing by the door, which had a button outside and an old strap nailed to the inside to pull it shut, I could see the ridge pole. "In two or three minutes I heard the clatter of claws as the beast went up the' logs, and the moment half his body showed through the opening I changed my posi tion to the inside. He came down the roof, sputtering and growling, and again made a fierce attack on the door. I was too much for him, and he again tried the roof and the chimney hole. He came down and I went out, and he went up and I came in. He was at the door, snarling in a way to send shivers up. and down my back, when I heard the report of a rifle and directly two men came running up. The shot had been fatal, and the panther was dead. The men were going to the woods to hunt, and, although close at hand, the panther had not noticed them. There was at that time a bounty of $30, I think, on a panther's scalp, and, while the men claimed this, they gave me the skin to reward my part in the adventure." Chicago Times. A Few Geographical Notes. The Orinoco Is being explored by a French traveler, M. Chaffanjon, who has already discovered numerous errors in ex isting maps, and has made extensive sci entific collections. The United States fish commission is about to investigate the fish bearing properties of the Kiu Sawa, or Black Stream, of Japan, which; crossing the Pacific in a high latitude, is said to modify the temperature and cli mate of Alaska and the Aleutian archi pelago in much the same manner as the British climate is modified by the Gulf Stream. 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