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Sally And Her Club

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"If the late Darius Scofield of Cortlandcounty, who remembered his i mother dickering with a bear for hixa ! when he was a year old and getting him back from the bear in exchange for a ; loaf of corn bread, and vrbo remembered j a lot of things abont other relations of hie, as told in The Sun the other day, had remembered something his mother did once, he would have had another entertaining story to teil," saidaformer Cortland county resident. "But even " Darius' amazing memory wasn't capable of that, for when his mother had this adventure she wasn't Darius' mother yet and indeed wasn 't mother nntil two years later. She was then plain Sally Righter. "She was going through the woods one day on an errand to a neighbor's, a oouple of miles from her father's clearing, when she heard a panther yell, and looking back saw the animal bounding aloug the path toward her. Sally was only 18, bnt she knew enough about panthers to be afraid of them. In turning round to look behind her she had stopped, and she noticed that the panther stopped too. When she started on again, the panther followed. The faster she went the faster the pantber went, yelling freqnently. Then Sally stopped agaiu and turned square around in the path. Tbe panther stopped instantly, eroucbing and swayiug its long tail. Sally hurrieci on again. and the panther hurried after her. When Sally stopped and turned again, she saw that the panthex was a great deal nearer to her than it had been when it stopped before. "Sally wasn't half way to the place she was going. She saw that at one more turn the panther's tactics would j have brought the wily beast so close to j her that it would undoubtedly ruake its i spring. She resolved to make an effort to save herself. Before stopping again she saw a heavy club at the side of the path. She quickly picked it up and after a step or two inore stopped and turned j Buddenly, facing the panther, which was now not more than ten feet behind ! her. The panther was ready for its spring, but bofore it could leap Sally rushed upon it with a yell that shamed ; those the panther had uttered and gave ! the sa vage beast a blow en the nosö that made everything crack. The i ther lowered its head and began to , sneeze and snuffle. Sally brought the club down again, this tyne on the panther's head, and iho great cat sprang one side and ran up a dead Lemlock tree. Thinkirg lis at fbe had Fcared her hungry foe from the chase,. Sally started to rnn on her way, when she saw the panther get ready to leap frr.m the tree. She turued and faced it again just as the furious animal sprang. Sally jnmped aside. The panther alighred on the ground at her feet, and (juick au a flash and with the force of a trip harmner the big chib descended on its neck. The panther settled clown flat on the ground under the b)ov, uud two moro strokoa of the club ended its career. "tially was pretty w.ell flusirated by this lively bont vith tljo panther and was wiping beriaeo with hor apron and taking a breatbing spell When she heard a great whining in the direction of the dead hemlock. Looking in that direction, she saw too good sized panther kittens tuinbling out of a hollow in the tree trunk. Sally had her spunk up now. She believed, and no doubt she was right, that the two baby panthers belonged to the panther that had been making her journey so unpleasant for her, and she made up her mind to have a little more satisfaction, by knocking them on the head too. She was walking over to the tree to finish her work when a yell that almost made her hair rige broke on her ara, and looking down -he path she was alarmed to see another anther, bigger than the one ghe had rilled, coming fiercëly toward her. This ihe set down as the dead one's mate. 3be was pleased to notice that his ad?ance was somewhat hampered by the act that one of his fore legs was off at he knee. "He was plainly bound for a fight, lowever, in spite of that handicap, and :ame right on, yelling at every hnmpy buund he made. Saliy concluded to try ihe same tactics on this pauther she had )n the other one, and she set up the nost unearthly yelling and rushed to neet the ugly beast. This surprised lim. He stopped, but kept ou glaring. Ehe next thing he knew he got a whack )ver the nose that dropped him flat in ;be path. Sally didn't give him time to recupérate, and in less than five seconds jad his brains scattered to the four winds. The two young panthers had by ;his time come out into the path and tvere huddled at their dead mother's side, licking her and crying most piteDusly. ïhis toaphed Sally's heart, and she determined to spare the lives of the kittens and taketbem home. She stoopsd down to stroke one of them, when it turned ou her, and quick as lightning Buak the sharp claws of one paw deep into her band. Sally then kuocked both of the youngsters in the iiead and hold the tinprecedented record of killing four panthers in less than ten minutes. Saily went on and did her errand and told what luck she had run against on the way over. Yonng Jim Scofield, soa of the neighbor where Sally had the errand, went back with her, and they lugged the panthers in to Sally's father's. Young Jim must have thonght she -won ld make just the kind of wife a hnstling backwoods farmer ought to have, for he took to calling at old man Eighter's pretty regular, and in lesa than a year he and Saliy were married, Daríos was bom a year or so af torward. "


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