His enormous strength enables him to kill and
drag away a bison, whom he buries in a pit dug
for the purpose. His extreme tenacity of life ren-
ders him still more dangerous; for he can endure
repeated wounds which would be instantaneously
mortal to other beasts, and in that state, can rap-
idly pursue his enemy. So that the hunter who
fails to shoot him through the brain, is placed in
the most perilous situation.
One evening the men ir. the hindmost of one
of Lewis and Clarks camies perceived one of these
bears lying in the open ground about three hun-
dred paces from ihe river; and six of them, who
were all good hunters, went to attack him. Con-
cealing themselves by a small eminence, they
were able to approach within 40 paces unperceiv-
ed ; four of the hunters now fired, and each lodged
a ball In his body, two of which passed directly
through the lungs. The bear sprang up and ran
furiously with open mouth upon them; two of
the hunters, who had reserved their fire, gave him
two additional wounds, and one breaking his
shoulder-blade, somewhat retarded his motion.
Before they could again load their guns, he came
so close on them, that they were obliged to run
towards the river, and before they had gained it
the bear had almost overtaken them. Two men
jumped into the canoe ; the other four separated
and concealing themselves among the willows,
fired as fast as they could load their pieces. Se-
veral times the bear was struck, but each shot
seemed only to direct his fury towards the hun-
ter ; at last, he pursued them so closely that they
threw aside their guns and pouches, and jumped
from a perpendicular bank, 20 feet high, into the
river. The bear sprang after them, and was very
near the hindmost man, when one ofthe hunters
on the shore shot him through the head, and
finally killed him. When they dragged him on
shore, they found that 8 balls had passed through
his body in different directions. On one occa-
sion Capt. Lewis was walking at some distance
from the river when a huge bear sprang sudden.
,y upon him. He had no resource £ut flight, and
plunging into the river, he hoped thus to escape,
but the bear pursued him in the water, and would
not give up the pursuit, until Capt. Lewis turned
round and threatened him with a spear which he
had in his hand. He than thought it best to re
turn, and fled into the thicket.
This territory is inhabited by various Indian
tribes, the most numerous of which are the.Sioux.
The whole number of the Indians is estimated
at 150,000. The United States have military
posts in different parts. It constituted a portion
of the great territory of Louisiana purchased of
Missouri, towns in Clark and Hempstead Cos
Missouriton, a town in Howard Co. Missouri.
Mistaken Cape, the S. point of the eastern-most
of the Hermit Islands, about 9 m. E. N. E. ol
Mistaken Point, a promontory on the W. of Cape
Race, at the S. E. point of the island of New-
Mistassin, Lake, a laKe of New Britain, lying
E. of the S. part of James Bay, and surrounded
by mountains called the Great Mistassins. It is
above 250 m. in circuit, of a very irregular shape,
being much intersected by long and narrow pro-
jection^of land, and contains several islands. It
is formed ol the Mistassin and other rivers from
the mountains, and its outlet is the river Rupert
Mistretta, a town of Sicily, in Val di Demona,
50 m. E. S. E. of Palermo
Mitcham, a village in Surrey, Eng. 7 m. S. W.
of London. It is seated on the Wandle, on which
are some snuff-mills and calico-printing manu-
Mitcheldean, a town in Gloucestershire, Eng.
seated at the N. extremity of the forest of Dean,
12 m. W. of Gloucester and 116 W. by N. of
Mitchelstoicn, a town of Ireland, in the county
of Cork, with a college for 12 decayed gentlemer
and lti gentlewomen. It is 23 m. N. E. of Cork
and 20 S. S. E. of Limerick.
Mittau, a town of Russia, capital of the govern-
ment of Courland, the residence of Louis XVIII
for several years during his exile. The walls and
moats of the town are decayed, the houses, for the
most part, have no particular elegance; and a
great many gardens and open places are contain-
ed within its circuit. Here are two Lutheran
churches, a beautiful Calvinist church, and a
Catholic church. It is seated on the Aa, 45 m. E. •
of Goldingen and 270 N. N. E. of Warsaw. Long.
23. 50. E., lat. 56. 40. N.
Mittenwald, a town of Siberia, on the Neisse.
18 m. S. of Glatz.
Mittenwald, a town of Bavaria, capital of'the
county of Werdenfels; seated on the lser, 12 m
N. of Inspruck.
Mittcrburg, a town of Austrian Illyria, with a
castle on a rock, 30 m. S. E. of Trieste
Mobile, ph. Mobile Co. Alabama, and tne only
considerable town in the state. It stands on the
W. side of a large bay to which it gives its name,
and has a good trade principally in the exporta-
tion of cotton. Steam-boats ply between this place
and New Orleans, as well as the towns on the
river above Mobile. This town was founded by
the Spaniards about the year 1700. The yellow
fever is often prevalent here Lat. 30. 37. N\ long
88.18. W. Pop. 3,194 s‘
Mobile, a river of Alabama, formed by the junc
tion of the Alabama and Tombeekbee. 40 m. above
the town of Mobile. It enters Mobile Bay by
several channels. The western channel is called