Wlliam Gilmore Simms
The Cub of the Panther: A Hunter Legend of the ''Old North State'' >> Chapter Four: The ''Cub'' Saves his Father's Life, But Administers a Sharp Admonition >> Page 209

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Novel (Romance) | The University of Arkansas Press | 1997
Transcription CHAPTER FOUR
THE ADVENTURE thus achieved over, the "Cub" did not let the grass grow under his feet. He had no sooner dispatched the young bears and tumbled them over the cliff, than he made his way back to the spot
where he had fastened his pony, mounted him and rode swiftly as he
could down to the farmstead of Squire Hoke, to whom he told his adven-
ture in the briefest possible terms, and begged the loan of his cart that he
might bring home the meat.
"You don't say, young Mike! I never haird of sich a transaction in all ,
my born days! What! you! By gum, boy, the painther had more to do in
siring you than anybody else""You let Billy go with me, Daddy Hoke, to help lift the beasts. 'Taint
sundown yit, and we'll get to the valley by sundown, and a'ter that, you
know, we've got a bright moon for it. You shall have a ham and the hide
of the oldest, Daddy Hoke.""I'll go with you, boys, myself," said the old man, "ef it's only to see
for myself. I never haird of sich a transaction."
And the pony cart was rigged up, and Billy Hoke drove the old mule,
while Daddy Hoke and the "Cub" rode on horseback.
There was no disappointment.
The calculations of the "Cub" were unerring. He pointed to the cliff.
The bear must lie beneath it, and thirty yards further to the right, the
cubs would be found.
And there they were.