Wlliam Gilmore Simms
The Cub of the Panther: A Hunter Legend of the ''Old North State'' >> Chapter Two: How the ''Cub of the Panther'' Proves too Much for the Bear >> Page 196

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Novel (Romance) | The University of Arkansas Press | 1997
Transcription CHAPTER TWO
HOW THE "CUB OF THE PANTHER"
PROVES TOO MUCH FOR THE BEAR.
FROM THESE penciled sketches of the several households in which we have hitherto found the chief interest of our mountain legend, the reader will readily conceive the situation of both, and feel the force
of coming events.
On the day that young Fuller reached his fifteenth year, his father pre-
sented him with a stout, smart, young Cherokee pony, and perfected the
gift with a brand new rifle, long but light, and very well adapted to the
use of the boy, who was as happy that day, in all probability, as on any
future day or occasion of his life.
Young Mike, our "Cub of the Panther," looked on with a mouth that
watered, and eyes of such eagerness, that it is just possible that envy had
some share in his emotions. His guardian, Mike Baynam, meanwhile,
said nothing; but just twenty-one days after, the "Cub" was surprised by
similar gifts, the pony being as nearly like that of young Fuller as if foaled
by the same mare, at the same moment; both mares were sorrels, and the
only difference between them was in the great irregular white blaze
which shone out as conspicuously on the face of the "Cub's" pony, as
did the mark of the panther on his own forehead. The rifles were exactly
of the same pattern, the one marked "S. F.," and the other "M. B." both
being neatly cut by Mike Baynam on the butts of the guns, with an ordi-
nary jack-knife.
Very proud and happy were the boys that day, especially when it was