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 219

image of pageExplore Inside

Page 219

Novel (Romance) | The University of Arkansas Press | 1997
to the sole of his feet. And not to give the boy nothing. And then to want
to claim the meat! Wall, thar's only one thing that'll save that chap from
hell's blazes. It'll be only because the devil, with all his searching, will
never be able to find out any soul in his carkiss, when he comes to look
a'ter it."
Then, as our Cub rode off with the carcass of one bear behind him,
while Mike Baynam took charge of the other, Sam drew Mike back, and
with a solemn and mysterious manner, he whispered to him:
"It's a sort of mirackalous sign, Mike, and it means something, I tell
you. It's got a meaning.""What, Sam?""Why, what I calls a providential sarcumstance, that the parsecuted
boy, the son of the parsecuted mother, should stick his knife into his most
onnatural father, and draw blood from him. It's a sign, I tell you; and it
means that God's on the look out to give the onnatural father a sharp les-
son about his future state. It's an awful sign, Mike; an awful sign, and
means something to come we don't none of us see yit. But we'll see it yit,
I reckon. It'll come. The signs of God will hev a working out long afore
the stars air all burnt out."