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Article Title: The Emporia Gazette
Article Date: May 4 1899
Article Description: A Missouri Boy Kills A Wild Cat After a Hard Fight.
Johnny VANSCHAICK, a Taney County lad living near Bradleyville, has made himself the
hero of that locality by killing a full-grown wildcat. The boy was making a trip
through the White river hills a few days ago when his dog scented dangerous game.
Johnny had left his gun at home, and regretted that fact very much when he saw a
strange, furious beast of the cat family give battle to the dog. He could not run away
and leave the dog to fight the "varmint" alone, however, and arming himself with a
handful of rocks, the brave youth made an attack on the wild cat. A few well-aimed
rocks drove the animal into a small tree, but Johnny kept up his fire until the enemy
sprang to the ground and took refuge under a shelving cliff near a little stream.
The dog could not get at the wild cat here except by crawling under the rock, and that
he refused to do. The boy then got a long pole and punched the savage beast out
into the open field and the dog now seized the cat and the fight b!
ecame furious. The combatants rolled into the creek and made the water foam with
their struggles. Johnny was on the edge of the stream throwing a rock at the wild
cat every time he could get a good aim. Sometimes the mad feline stood up on its hind
feet and struck the dog savage blows with its deadly claws. The boy became greatly
alarmed for fear the dog would be killed, and pressed his attack. Finally, after
stunning the animal with another well-directed rock, the lad seized a club and closed
in on the beast. A few blows on the head crushed the skull of the wild cat. The
dead animal measured four feet, and its skin now decorates the wall of Johnny's home,
a trophy of which the boy is very proud.
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