102 they drew up & [fired] took deliberate aim Van as he sighted his [heavy] 14 lb rifle was exactly like the figures one sees [on] in brands of powder flasks, while the tall manly form of Hep slanted [leaned] back while taking aim like the mast of a clipper ship. They fired & Hep ram fell a huge old fellow broad & ponderous as a buffalo. Then bang went his other 2nd barrel & his 2nd sheep a ewe fell The 2nd so suddenly that in the exciting confusion she was not observed Judge of the feelings of poor gunless Brown He witnessed the fray outwardly cool [icy] as Shasta yet doubtless like that mtn [mountain] hot within. The brave sheep were now speeding wildly over the gray
103 plain in a direct line for their Castle Mountain & a bright thought struck Brown. He would head the flying game & draw it back [to the hunters] to be shot again So gathering up his [reins] he tried [ ] [stupid] chase so dashing his spurless heels into his horses flank but his lazy mustang had no enthusiasm & [made] but a feeble [response] to Browns ardor & after running a few rods in a gait wh [which] seemed a caricature of the bounding game [it was give up] B [Brown] settled back in despair. Hep ram rose again & began to stagger off while the hunters were [reloading] In a few seconds he walked [erect] & began to look about him as if in search of his companions. A 2nd shot [passed] him & he ran off to the shelter of [a] [large] [ ] as if [quite] [unharmed] The bullet probably [having] grazed his skull without
Original journal dimensions: 9 x 14.5 cm.
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