Hacienda Rosendal, Tantojón, Pánuco, V[era].C[ruz], Mexico: January 17, 1896.
2 pages; with original envelope featuring pen and ink portrait of a bear on the back; and with clipped article from the "Mexican Herald" of December 24, 1895. 4to. In praise of three California huntresses. Old folds. Item #315329
A charming tribute with subtle overtures from three Swedish bachelors living in Mexico to three California sisters whose hunting prowess was described in an article in the "Mexican Herald." Headlined "Three California Dianas. They Kill Bears and Panthers, and Olive in Particular is an Expert Shot", the article describes the sisters, who live in the "wilderness above Ukiah, California" as "sportswomen of rare talent," and gives an account of their encounter with a bear which ends up with their treeing and killing the animal. The letter reads, in part: "...we think it would interest you to know that your bravery and pluck are known even outside your own Country ... We have read and reread the article and ... we could not restrain ourselves from sending our respects. Down here you would find a great field for your guns. We have all kinds of big game ... it is nothing unusual to meet an 8 or 9 feet [sic] tiger on the roads when we are out riding. We will described one of our hunting experiences that might interest you...." The letter goes on to relate how after wounding and trailing a deer towards a lagoon, "a big Puma jump[ed] out from the jungle and pounce[d] upon our poor wounded deer. A rifleshot, and we had both deer and Puma...." The letter continues: "We are three Swedes, 26, 28, & 31 years old and run a fruit plantation in partnership in the district of Huasteca on the shores of the beautiful Panuco river. We have been here only 5 months, but we have found the prospects for the future very bright. We would greatly enjoy a few lines from you as to ascertain whether our epistle ever reached you ... and if the article is a ghost-story or not...." They close "With admiration for the 3 brave Dianas in California...."
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