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The bear was walking softly on, and offered to meddle with nobody, till Friday, coming pretty near, calls to him, as if the bear could understand him—“Hark ye, hark ye,” says Friday, “me speakee with you.” We followed at a distance; for now being come down on the Gascony side of the mountains, we were entered a vast, great forest, where the country was plain and pretty open, though it had many trees in it scattered here and there. iday, who had, as we say, the heels of the bear, came up with him quickly, and takes up a great stone and throws it at him, and hit him just on the head, but did him no more harm than if he had thrown it against a wall; but it answered Friday's end, for the rogue was so void of fear that he did it purely to make the bear follow him, and show us some laugh, as he called it. As soon as the bear felt the blow, and saw him, he turns about and comes after him, taking devilish long strides, and shuffling on at a strange rate, so as would have put a horse to a middling gallop ; away runs Friday, and takes his course as if he run towards us for help ; So we all resolved to fire at once upon the bear, and deliver my man : though I was angry at him heartily for bringing the bear back upon us, when he was going about his own business another way; and especially I was angry that he had turned the bear upon us, and then run away; and I called out, “You dog, is this your making us laugh? Come away, and take your horse, that we may shoot the creature.” He heard me, and cried out, “No shoot, no shoot; stand still, and you get much laugh; ” and as the nimble creature ran two feet for the bear's one, he turned on a sudden, on one side of us, and Seeing a reat oak tree fit for his popo he beckoned to us to folfo and doubling his pace, he gets nimbly ". the tree, laying his gun down upon the ground, at about five or six yards from the bottom of the tree. The bear soon came to the tree, and we followed at a distance; the first thing he did, he stopped at the gun, Smelt to it, but let it lie, and up he scram
other servant his horse, and with his gun away he flew, swift like bles into the tree, climbing like a cat, though so monstrous heavy. I was amazed at the folly, as I thought it, of my man, and could not for my life see anything to laugh at yet, till seeing the bear get up the tree, we all rode near to him. When we came to the tree, there was Friday got out to the small end of a large branch, and the bear got about half way to him. As soon as the bear got out to that part where the limb of the tree was weaker, “Ha!” says he to us, “ now you see me teachee the bear dance; ” so he falls a jumping and shaking the bough, at which the bear began to totter, but stood still, and began to look behind him, to see how he should get back; then, indeed, we did laugh heartily. But Friday had not done with him by a great deal; when, seeing him stand still, he calls out to him again, as if he had supposed the bear could speak English, “What, you come no farther " pray you come farther:” so he left jumping and shaking' the tree; and the bear, just as if he understood what he said, did come a little farther ; then he fell a jumping again, and the bear stopped again. We thought now was a good time to knock him in the head, and called to Friday to stand still, and we would shoot the bear: but he cried out earnestly, “O pray ! O pray ! no shoot; me shoot by and then ; ” he would have said by and by. However, to shorten the story, Friday danced so much, and the bear stood so ticklish, that we had laughing enough, but still could not imagine what the fellow would do; for first we thought he depended upon shaking the bear off; and we found the bear was too cunning for that too; for he would not go out far enough to be thrown down, but clings fast with his great broad claws and feet, so that we could not imagine what would be the end of it, and what the i. would be at last. But Friday put us out of doubt quicky; for seeing the bear cling fast to the bough, and that he would not be persnaded to come any farther, “Well, well,” says Friday, “you no come farther, me go; you no come to me, me come to you; ” and upon this he goes out to the smaller end of the bough, where it would bend with his weight, and gently lets himself down by it, sliding down the bough, till he came near enough to jump down on his feet, and away he runs to his gun, takes it up, and stands still. “Well,” said I to him, “Friday, what will you do now 7 Why don’t you shoot him 1 "-" No shoot,” says Friday, “no yet; me shoot now, me no kill; me stay, give you one more laugh : ” and, indeed, so he did, as you will see presently; for when the bear saw his enemy gone, he comes back from the bough where he stood, but did it mighty cautiously, looking behind him every step, and coming backward till he got into the body of the tree ; then, with the same hinder end foremost, he came down the tree, grasping it with his claws, and moving one foot at a time, very leisurely. At this juncture, and just before he could set his hind foot on the ground, Friday stepped up close to him, clapped the muzzle of his piece into his ear, and shot him dead. hen the rogue o about to see if we did not laugh ; and when he saw we were pleased, by our looks, he falls a laughing himself very loud. “So we kill bear in my country,” says Friday, “So you kill them " " says I: “why, you have no guns.”—“No,” says he, “no gun, but shoot great much long arrow.” This was a good diversion to us; but we were still in a wild place, and our guide very much hurt, and what to do we hiri; knew : the howling of wolves ran much in my head ; and, indeed, except the noise I once heard on the shore of Africa, of which I have said something . I never heard any thing that filled me with so much OTTOr. These things, and the approach of night, called us off, or else, as Friday would have had us, we should certainly have taken the skin of this monstrous creature off, which was worth saving ; but we had near three leagues to go, and our guide hastened us ; so we left him, and went forward on our journey. The ground was still covered with snow, though not so deep and dangerous as on the mountains; and the ravenous creatures, as we heard afterwards, were come down into the forest and
o country, pressed by hunger, to seek for food, and had one a great deal of mischief in the villages, where they surprised the country people, killed a great many of their sheep and horses, and some people too. . We had one dangerous place to pass, which our guide told us, if there were more wolves in the country, we should find them there ; and this was a small plain, surrounded with woods on every side, and a long, narrow defile, or lane, which we were to pass to get through the wood, and then we should come to to: village where we were to lodge. It was within half an hour of sunset when we entered the first wood, and a little after 'sunset when we came into the plain : we met with nothing in the first wood, except that, in a little plain within the wood, which was not above two furlongs over, we saw five great wolves cross the road, full speed, one after another, as if they had been in chase of some prey, and had it in view ; they took no notice of us, and were gone out of sight in a few moments. Upon this, our guide, who, by the way, was but a faint-hearted fellow, bade us keep in a ready posture, for he believed there were more wolves a coming. e kept our arms ready, and our eyes about us; but we saw no more wolves till we came through that wood, which was near half a league, and entered the plain. . As soon as we came into the plain, we had occasion enough to look about us; the first object we met with was a dead horse, that is to say, a poor horse which the wolves had killed, and at least a dozen of them at work, we could not say eating of him, but picking of his bones, rather ; for they had eaten up all the flesh before. We did not think fit to disturb them at their feast, neither did they take much notice of us. Friday would have let fly at them, but I would not suffer him by any means; for I found we were like to have more business upon our hands than we were aware of. We were not gone half over the plain, when we began to hear the wolves howl in the wood on our left in a frightsul manner, and presently after we saw about a hundred coming on directly towards us, all in a body, and most of them in a line, as regularly as an army drawn up by expe.