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THE DAILY LILHaLD : iiLAT.G7.;O0n, :C-u, k-i 1 -
SMiLKY'S TOUGH FIGHT.
HF. LAYG OUT TWO IMMENSE BEAR3
WITH A HICi'.OnY CLUB.
An At t of t:irir -, Which :iiiio SeixM
ChIIii j ii JMn IIU I.lf.! A I'llit for III
('urium if it l--r An I iitrict ing Ilrm-
iiilM-riM o Tol.l Ijy I In; jl:l llimtcr,
On l!:e Jo'i
i .tiir.I; y mountain, lit
K'ilst live ii,jt limn :mv t-lt !i:tu iit or
farm, in t! n i l t i,f i!, v. i! !t part of
IIim rough. imniiiJaiii'iii.i KtTtion, tlicrcis
an o!l liui;t r named ,U Smil.-y.
Among the in;iny narrow escapes ho
110.4 had, ono of tho uur.X inte rest in tr iter
hapa is t!io iicrount.ai ho himself told it,
of Iiis light with two full crown black
bears, in which, with nothing but a big
hickory stick, ho comers off finally victori
ous, although terriuly clawed and bitten
This b tin; story as ho told it himself :
I was out hunting n-i u;iiial ono day on
one of tho croii-s ridges of tho Dip: Smoky
"when I &ot on the trail of a big buck,
which I followed for two hours before I
got close enough to shoot. When I did
get tho chance the buck waa about
seventy yard. Im low me on a narrow
shelf, which overhung a rocky precipice
of lateen or twenty feet. I drow a bead
on the buck and dropcd him dead in hia
tracks. Then I did a very foolish thing
ono I never did lcforo and never will
again, and that waa tlus: I laid my run
down against a log, not even taking time
to load it, and climlcd down to the epot
where the buck lay.
TIIKY ALL COT THERE.
I got there safely, and so did a couple
of thundering big Iear3 a!ut tho same
time. They had a den in the Fide of the
mountain clo.se by. nn.l my shot alarmed
them or they had been laying for tho
deer themselves. Well, they were there
and so waj I, and, unfortunately, I was
without a weapon. I saw there was
going to be trouble, mid that I couldn't
get b;n. !: to w. v rt 1 looked alxmt
me quietly to tse" if I could find anything
with whirh to defend myself.
Down cltKiL by 1113' feet I saw a big
lckorj limb, v. hieh had leen broken olF
in some of the fearful wind storms so
common 0:1 th mountain. Tho stick
was alout live feet long and nearly three
inches thick. Now, you ean just imagine
that I 't 1 old (f i!:-.t K;iek mighty
quick. It w;::i fivsh and sound, and an
cxcillei-.t wc:ij-i;i again. one bear; but
two 1 had very serious doubts about the
outcome Hi the! e:;se. This all occurred
in a pood deal l. :..s ti::!e than it takes to
tell it in f.vt, i:i k-:-:s time than that
loth bruits were coming at mo with
open mouths. 1 waited until the first
one rose to his feet, which they do when
they are i:i f;r a ligbt, when I gave him
a rap on thesldeof the head that knocked
him down. Then I drew back my club
just i:i ti:r.o to tti i'::e nt th? otlicr one.
Somehow that lev knocked that blow
oH, and be di ! i: so ouiekly that lb 3
force I bad ;i .e:iit c;;::iii near making
me my i
fcrnal I ri.te
fore paw wiii !;
tho shouLier 1:
r.. As it was. the in
e n:.? ;i tv. ijH? with his
-iv my bunting shirt at
.;) Mioe m rings ana ripieu
my hide and l!eh clear across from the
shoulder half way down my arm.
He fore t!:e I car cculd close in on mo,
however. I yiv.ng back and drew up my
club ready ur another blow. Tho first
one I had knocked over was now on his
feet, and both of them having sruelled
the blood were in savage earnest, and it
was now a light to the deatli. They
both came at iuo 0:1 their hind feet,
about six feet apart and about the same
distance from rao. As they got close
enough to reach I swung the big club
down on a level, and just as qr?k as I
possibly could I gave ono of them a
thundering poke square between the
eyes. This was the fellow on my left.
Then I swung the club to tho right, and
got in a pretty good one on tho other
one's neck. The bear I had struck be
tween tho eyes wan badly hurt, as he
laid right down and whined. I hap
pened to turn my eyes in his direction
and this gave the other one an oppor
tunity, and the lirst I knew I was
knocked backward and came near fall
ing, with the bear close upon me.
IX A TIGHT COP.XER.
There was no getting away thi3 time,
lie had Ids fore paws around my left arm
and waist almost before I knew it. For
tunately my right hand was free, and I
shortened the club and battered him
over the head while he clawed and bit me
on the shoulder and across the back. We
had it forward and lick, tho bear trying
his best to get a hold on my neck or face,
while I kept beating him over the head
and body with the club. At last down
wo went on the ground; but just as I
was going over I fortunately struck the
bear on one of bL eyes and knocked it
out. The prin mr.de him loosen his hold,
and be never got another, for I got on
my feet r.s quickly as I could, and
brought that big club down square
across throat und killed him. 1 was
pretty badly hurt and rather short of
wind, bi:t I knew 1 had belter fmLsh the
other one mighty qui.-!., for if he got up
and fairly at me I woa!J be wiped
out. so I jumped for hiui, end got close
to him just as he was getting on his feet.
Lord! how 1 did baiter that fellow! 1
knocked him over and pounded him un
til I was out of wind ana the bear beaten
almost into a jelly.
, Then I sat down and did what I never
did before kee led right over and fainted.
I must have lain llscre an hour or more
before I came to. It took two full hours
to walk about two miles to my cabin,
where, luckily for ine, I found old Tom
Blakelock, another banter, laying out a
supper for b.iius.if. Old Tom soon had
ine spread out on the sliakedown in the
corner, and then he went to work to wash
xny wounds and tie me together again.
After he hail fixed me up in some sort of
shape old Tom went to tho place where
I had the Cght and skinned the bears and
hung them up. When he came back the
Id fellow was dragging along three cubs
about 3 months old- iHe found the bears'
den and captured the cubs, which he
pulled out with a piece of "rope he always
carried. That light laid me up for about
two months, but I came out as sound as
ever. Cincinnati Enquirer Letter from
Graham county, N. C ;
Selling out first-class Dress
Goods at nominal prices.
Full Line 54 inch all-wool extra
heavy fine -finish Tricot, regular
prices $1.25, closing prices 75 cts.
40 inch fine finish Tricot in pop
ulor shades, cheap at 48 cents.
Silk "Warp Henrietta in black
and colors, regular prices $1.50,
closing prices 1.
EXTRA SPECIAL !
h M w ftl h Inl
40 inch Wool Checks, Tlaids,
Fancy Stripes, Select Colors, cheap
at 40 cents, present prices 25 cts.
Double-folded, All-wool Tricots,
in all popular shades, at 25 cents.
Wasb Goofls, Diesb, Flannels,
Canton Flannels were 8 cents, closing price 5 cents.
"White Shaker Flannels were 15 cents per yard, now sold at 9 cts.
Heavy Grey Mixed Flannels were 40 cents a yard, closing
prices 29 cents.
Scarlet and Navy Flannels, lormer price 40 cents, closing price
Red Flannels as low as 19 cents.
Best Quality Domestic Sateens were 20 cents, now at I2c.
Good Quality of Ginghams at 5 cents.
Dress Styles were 10 cents, now only 7 cents per yard; please re
member 14 yards for $1.00.
Best Quality Fancy and Indigo Blue Plaids, select colors, were
10 cents, closing prices 7 cents.
Odd Lengths ot Sheetings, Cam
brics and Muslins very Cheap.
Our Own, 6 cents.
Hope 7A cents.
Gold Medal 7 cents.
Maesasoit 8 cents.
Lonsdale Si cents.
Fruit of the Loom 9 cents.
42 and 4G Mnslens, Bleached
and Unbleached, 8, 9, and 10
quarters, sold cents per yard less
than the three past weeks.
"When we say we can
SAVE YOU MONEY
on our Goods we mean it.
We have said all we can for this
time, but invite you to call and
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