And How He Killed a Bear
Those were wild and woolly days around Ilion a century ago, and the hills about his home were fairly alive with game, both small and large. He loaded his rifle with a heavy charge of powder and a bullet, not in quest of a squirrel—no, siree—but to bag a deer.
Now, a deer does not always come to him who hunts for it, but in his case a big, brown bear who was out in the early morning seeking her breakfast sighted young Remington first and she made for him. The boy was a crack shot and good was his home-made gun; hence woe unto the bear. When he returned home the young gunmaker was dragging the bear after him, all of which was proof enough that he was not only a Yankee genius with tools, but some hunter as well.
Well, when the neighbors found out what the youngster had done they wanted guns just like his, and it was not long before the boy and his father set up a real shop on a nearby creek so that they could have water power. This was the beginning of the Remington gun, and now after one hundred years it is still going strong.
Collins, A. Frederick. Shooting, for Boys,. New York: Moffat, Yard and, 1917. Print.
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