Manuscripts/Mixed Material [S. P. Merry]
Mr. Merry and Mr. Poston were out working in the canyon one day when they sighted a beer. The latter refused to go nearer the animal and Mr. Merry borrowed the other's gun to follow the bear and kill it. He had not gone very far when he heard a shout and his companion indicated that he wished to go with him. The bear ran to shelter in a thicket and Mr. Merry let his companion shoot it, since he seemed to want to do so after recovering from his “bear ague”.
At another time Mr. Merry, alone at the time, killed a bear which he discovered on an op osite canyon wall. He fired, wounding the bear, seemingly breaking its back or paralyzing it. Having finally despatched the animal, he had great difficulty in loading it upon his horse, which objected to the scent of the bear. At camp that night he prepared bear steaks for him and his partner, who at first refused to eat the stuff. He took a bite to taste the steak and liked it so well that he ate his whole portion. Later, while Mr. Merry was at town, Poston, prepared a bear steak for himself and Merry but reported to the latter that he had devoured both his own and the other's share before Merry returned.
Bears were not the only things to fear in the Panhandle at that time. When the Indians scare of 1891 developed, people in the region were not surprised, for the Indians had been wandering at various times upon the plains from their reservation and were always threatening to cross the plains on their way to their old grounds in Mexico. The night of the day upon which the rumor was heard there was a dance at Canyon. The people danced on, intent upon having their pleasure at all costs. Men and women came into town for protection. A man who ran a store asked Mr. Merry to keep it for him while he took his family to town for safety. Men threw up breastworks about the little frame courthouse which occupied the center of the town square for defense from the Indians who never came. When the stage driver with the mail arrived from Amarillo, he was asked about the truth