The Times-Picayune (New Orleans) July 16, 1874
The Sugar Bowl,' of the 9th, contains contains the subjoined item : - A most remarkable occurrence took place on Petite Anse Island, in this parish, on Monday last. Two colored men, named David Spencer aud David Stephens, in the employ of Judge Avery, the owner of the island, started a full grown black bear and pursued it with their dogs until thev brought it to bay in a completely exhausted exhausted condition. Previously, however, however, the dogs had chafed it through the field, passing near Mr. Dudley Avery, who might! have shot it but that he was mounted on a fraction horse. The two men aud the doas continued the pursuit until they found him in the condition aforesaid, when the men dispatched it with atones, actually beating him to death with them for want of belter weapons. weapons. The bear was in good condition, condition, and bis paws made an excellent breakfast dish, which was partaken of by onr informant. We are delighted to hear that an English company have made a proposition proposition to lease Avery s salt mine, and there is a probability that the offer will be accepted. If such should be the case, a new era of prosperity will dawn upon our action, for the work will be com-' com-' com-' raenced on a large scale, which may ven require the building of a railroad railroad from the mine to New Iberia. We regret to hear that from some, -a -a use, work on the sulphur mines has; been suspended. Whether this ib, wing to a lack of success in sinking t he shaft, or a scarcity of funds, we io not know, but perhaps some of our friends in that section will yet inform us.- us.- ..,,.-' ..,,.-' ..,,.-'