115 & succeeded in thrashing him. The sound made by their massive horns coming together in battle is often heard a dist [distance] of two miles Van B [Bremer] assures me he hears them that dis [distance] every Sp [spring] fight enemy & each other The young are v [very] playful Come into flock for protection of old father rams. Horns of ewes v [very] short On the fifth & last day of the hunt on fastnesses V Brems Mtn [Van Bremers Mountain] was once more invaded but no blood was shed
116 Browns luck [as ususal was very] was unique as ever. He sat down in the lava & deliberately took off his shoes & laid his gun beyond his reach [A series of] actions unheard of wh [which] for grotesqueness & originality are unrivalled in the annals of [hunting] the [chase] hunt Soon after the accomplishment of this strange plight He had not been thus long he heard a footstep & looking [away] a ram coming to see him. It seems strange that throughout the whole hunt Brown only suffered [could] approach & when sat down they came to see him. He had shot elephants in Ceylon yet no one of these Rocky Mtn [Mountain] sheep seem to have They did not suspected him of being a hunter. Everything about him was bright. His coat was nearly the color of their own, glossy moleskin. His gun also was unnaturally bright & lay shiny on the frosty ground like an icicle & the nails in his shoes shone
Original journal dimensions: 9 x 14.5 cm.
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