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Flem and the Panther

One time, Uncle Flem said he had gone to a place in the woods called a deer lick. It was near a small sink hole, and there were a lot of leaves on the ground. He stretched out to wait for a deer. He hadn't meant to go to sleep, but nevertheless he did.

One time, Uncle Flem said he had gone to a place in the woods called a deer lick. It was near a small sink hole, and there were a lot of leaves on the ground.  He stretched out to wait for a deer.  He hadn't meant to go to sleep, but nevertheless he did.  When he woke up, he judged he'd been asleep about an hour, but he was all covered with leaves.  He got up quietly and climbed on a fallen tree - way up high in the roots and hid.
 
He didn't wait long until he heard a sound in the leaves.  Lo and behold, there was a mother panther and two cubs.  The mother dived into the sink hole and started to dig frantically.
 
This made cold chills go over his entire body. He vowed right then he would never go to sleep in the woods again.  So far as we know, he never did. 
 
After the panther had searched but not found him, she must have smelled him.  She lifted her head and looked straight at him.  Flem took careful aim and shot her.  He found a club and knocked the cubs in the head.  He skinned them and kept their hides to sell to the man from Baltimore.

*Georgia Maude Quesenberry Maxfield, an 80 year old Tazewell resident (deceased), wrote recollections of early Tazewell County life as told to her by her great-grandmother and her grandmother. Her Recollections appeared in the Tazewell Newspaper sometime in the early 1980's. Georgia was the daughter of George & Mary Frances Burress Quesenberry.

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