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Sea Captains: San Francisco 1800s

Captain H. B. Colbey, and old sea captain, and also an old hunter and sportsman, narrowly escaped death while out hunting near Calistoga.

The Press says: "It appears that he shot and wounded a large buck; the animal fell, and the Captain supposing him mortally wounded, went up to it and cut his throat. The wounded animal rallied and attacked the Captain, when a desperate tussle ensued; the deer furiously attempting to gore the hunter with his horns.

The scene where the conflict first commenced was on a small plateau, but soon the combatants neared a slope of the mountain, where both toppled over and fell and rolled down a steep declivity some thirty or forty feet. Regaining his feet first, Captain Colby opened on the deer with a revolver. The buck getting upoin his feet, again renewed the fight with his antlers, but finally the Captain got in a "centre shot" and came out victorious, not, however, without receiving numerous wounds about his person.

Captain's Briar Pipe.

The Captain, as we before remarked, is an old hunter, but we doubt if he is particularly anxious for just such another encounter. His deership, on being weighted, pulled down the beam at one hundred and thirty pounds, and was one of the largest ever killed in this section of country.

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