Wlliam Gilmore Simms
The Cub of the Panther: A Hunter Legend of the ''Old North State'' >> Chapter Nine: Catstrophe—Conclusion >> Page 251

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Novel (Romance) | The University of Arkansas Press | 1997
Transcription CATASTROPHE-CONCLUSION 251
"Rosedale" one day beheld the return home, after an absence of
nearly five years, with the exception of brief and occasional visits, of Mike
Baynam and young Fuller, now an accomplished gentleman and scholar.
He was a graduate at college with first honors; had studied theology; was
admitted to orders in the Episcopal Church, and became a famous pul-
pit orator, much to the delight of his mother and the astonishment of his
father. He was preaching successfully, and when last heard from in one
of the border counties of North Carolina, greatly beloved by his flock,
and honored by all outside of it. The "Cub of the Panther" sate humbly
under his preaching of a Sunday, but only when he was able to carry him
a fine buck the day before. Mike Baynam and Sam Fuller lived to a green
old age, and were still living when last heard from, and still occasion-
ally engaged in a hunt; the one at seventy-five, the other at seventy-two
years of age. But Mattie Fuller has been long since gathered to her moth-
ers, having left five stalwart sons, all hunters like their sire, are also farm-
ers, but never one of them, as Sam Fuller expressed it, to hold a candle to
Mike Baynam! Our "Cub of the Panther" still lives; but following the
example of his guardian, whom he still regarded as his father, he eschews
the pursuit of woman, and walks in none of their ways, though it is said
that, in spite of the brand upon his forehead, there are some of them who
will throw themselves in his way.