The Honour Of Having Given Him
His Death Wound Rests Between The Steward And Mr. Wyse;
Both Contend For It.
The evidence is conflicting, as at
least half-a-dozen mortal wounds were found in the animal's
body; each maybe considered to have had a share in his
Mr. Grant rests his claim principally upon the
fact of his having put two bullets in my new rifle -
which must have greatly improved the bore of that
instrument. On the strength of this precaution, he now
wears as an ornament about his person one of the bullets
extracted from the gizzard of our prize.
All this time, Wilson was at the tent, busily occupied
in taking photographs. As soon as the bear was observed,
a signal was made to him from the ship, to warn him of
the visitor he might shortly expect on shore. Naturally
concluding that the bear would in all probability make
for the tent as soon as he reached land, it became a
subject of consideration with him what course he should
pursue. Weapons he had none, unless the chemicals he was
using might be so regarded. Should he try the influence
of chloroform on his enemy; or launch the whole photographic
apparatus at his grisly head, and take to his heels?
Thought is rapid, but the bear's progress seemed equally
expeditious; it was necessary to arrive at some speedy
conclusion. To fly - was to desert his post and leave
the camp in possession of the spoiler; life and honour
were equally dear to him.
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