Peach Orchard , Arkansas
Transcribed by : Tina Easley
From Old Newspapers
John Zellar In Close Quarters
November 27 , 1884
The Weekly Republican
A letter from Peach Orchard, Arkansas, detailing the experience of the Decatur
hunting party, tells how John Zellar killed the big buck , the other day , and
how near he came being drowned in the river. John shot the deer , wounding it
severely, but not mortally. He chased the buck and ran it into a river. Leaving
his gun on the bank , John jumped in on the back of the deer ,and catching it
by the antlers, he held on like grim death , the deer in its struggles
giving the butcher several duckings in the water.
John reached for his knife, but it was not in his belt, but he found a hatchet there,
and with that he whacked away at the buck and killed him,the water all about
being colored with blood. John having killed his deer , brought him to the bank ,
and was at once captain of the hunting party.
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