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Mail Tribune 100

Nov. 1, 1915

SAM RICHARDSON CLIMBS TREE TO ROUT OUT RACCOONS

A hunting party consisting of S.T. Richardson of the Model Clothing company, this city; M.G. Lawrence of Ashland and Jim Dinkens of the valley, returned the latter part of last week from a quest of game in the Mount Anderson wilds. Mr. Richardson reports that the party got five deer, two bears and three raccoons, the latter furnishing the incidental sport of the trip. The pelts from the bears are exceptionally fine. The deer were in fine condition.

Mr. Richardson joined the party at Union creek, from which point the nimrods went west to Crater lake, where the entrenched for the campaign having six pack horses, an abundant supply of commissary delicacies and a veritable arsenal in munitions.

Dinkens was regaling the party with an Arkansas yarn about evening raccoon chases when Richardson, always having a keen eye out for the main chance for game, discovered four raccoons trailing, single file, up the canyon, escaping apparently from too intimate neighborship with the camp of the invaders. Dinkens excitedly climbed a mountain apparently two miles high, more or less, to get the young hounds for the sport of capturing the 'coons. Richardson climbed the tree, up which the 'coons had preceded him, and proceeded to shake the varmints out for the eager dogs. The first 'coon that hit the ground promptly sailed in to the hounds and at once licked the punch, the latter not having previously "enjoyed" experience with such animals, but finally the raccoon was overcome — and went into the bag. One of the other raccoons escaped, but two others were captured after a struggle with the hounds, in which engagement the latter were chained together. Thus handicapped, they found the task a bloody affray, but three plantigrades at one time was a feature of that day's work.

On the third morning out, the party enjoyed a snowstorm, in which four inches of snow fell.

Mr. Richardson left the party still on the scent of big game. He reached this city late Friday evening, having enjoyed the experience immensely.