Mrs. L. T. W. Conger
for I lived among the mountains and pines of dear old Maine. I often recall a little experiance of those days. When about eight years old I started for school one morning without my brother and sisters, and on reaching a piece of heavy timber a large black bear walked out of the woods and deliberately seated himself a few feet in front of me and looked into my face.For a moment I was almost paralized with fear; but soon recalled an oft repeated remark of my fathers, that if you looked a bear calmly in the eye without mo[illegible]ing he would not harm you. This I did; and to my great relief in a few moments he quietly crossed to the other side of the road and was soon out of sight. This to me has been a life long lesson. Whenever the black
1902 Feb 11
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