A BEAR HUNT
WE had not been troubled by the heasts during the
winter, because of their not leaving their dens often
when snow is on the ground; but as soon as we had
pigs and sheep, as was speedily the case after the
ships began to arrive with those who had agreed to
settle in William Penn's city, the bears came out in
One big brown creature seized a pig at which Jethro's
father was looking, leaping into the pen and out
again with the squealing fellow in his jaws, and made
good his escape, owing to the fact that William Norris
had nothing near at hand which would serve as a
 Therefore it was decided that three full days should
be spent in ridding the land of bears and wolves, and
we lads made great preparations for the sport, thinking
to prove ourselves heroes at the outset; but, unless
I am much mistaken, we did nothing of the kind.
On the morning of the hunt, at early daybreak,
thirty men were sent out to form a line straight across
from one river to the other, and at the same time
twice as many more were ordered to range themselves
along the bank near where were our caves. Then
the two companies marched in the line of a crescent
toward the meeting place of the two rivers.
 Back of these, and close in the rear so that there
might be no danger from their fire, came all the others,
Indians as well as white men, who cared to take part
in the hunt, and I dare venture to say there were none
who remained at home just then.
The line began to move forward about sunrise, and
nothing was heard or seen of the bears until a full
hour had passed, when three or four shots from the
further end told that one had been brought down.
Of course, in thus sweeping the country we routed
out rabbits, partridges, porcupines, and a host of
small game; but the orders were that no powder
should be wasted on anything except bears or wolves.
It seemed to me as if I saw on that day game enough
to feed all the people in England for a full twenty-four
hours; the earth was literally covered with it after we
had been moving forward slowly three or four hours,
and in that time, judging from the reports of firearms,
more than one bear or wolf had been put past the power
to do mischief.
Jethro and I counted on taking home at least two
good skins that night, and yet, although upward of
forty bears and twenty-two wolves were killed, we
lads never had an opportunity of discharging our guns.
The Indians captured most of the game, and, save
for our not being able to say that we had killed so many
bears, we lads need not have been very greatly down at
 the mouth, for a pelt freshly taken from the animal could
be bought of the savages for almost any trifling trinket.