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 +====== TRAVELS OF BARON MUNCHAUSEN ======
 +===== CHAPTER III =====
  
 +//An encounter between the Baron'​s nose and a door-post, with its
 +  wonderful effects--Fifty brace of ducks and other fowl destroyed
 +  by one shot--Flogs a fox out of his skin--Leads an old sow home in
 +  a new way, and vanquishes a wild boar.//
 +
 +It was some time before I could obtain a commission in the army, and
 +for several months I was perfectly at liberty to sport away my time
 +and money in the most gentleman-like manner. You may easily imagine
 +that I spent much of both out of town with such gallant fellows as
 +knew how to make the most of an open forest country. The very
 +recollection of those amusements gives me fresh spirits, and creates a
 +warm wish for a repetition of them. One morning I saw, through the
 +windows of my bed-room, that a large pond not far off was covered with
 +wild ducks. In an instant I took my gun from the corner, ran down-
 +stairs and out of the house in such a hurry, that I imprudently struck
 +my face against the door-post. Fire flew out of my eyes, but it did
 +not prevent my intention; I soon came within shot, when, levelling my
 +piece, I observed to my sorrow, that even the flint had sprung from
 +the cock by the violence of the shock I had just received. There was
 +no time to be lost. I presently remembered the effect it had on my
 +eyes, therefore opened the pan, levelled my piece against the wild
 +fowls, and my fist against one of my eyes. [The Baron'​s eyes have
 +retained fire ever since, and appear particularly illuminated when he
 +relates this anecdote.] A hearty blow drew sparks again; the shot went
 +off, and I killed fifty brace of ducks, twenty widgeons, and three
 +couple of teals. Presence of mind is the soul of manly exercises. If
 +soldiers and sailors owe to it many of their lucky escapes, hunters
 +and sportsmen are not less beholden to it for many of their successes.
 +In a noble forest in Russia I met a fine black fox, whose valuable
 +skin it would have been a pity to tear by ball or shot. Reynard stood
 +close to a tree. In a twinkling I took out my ball, and placed a good
 +spike-nail in its room, fired, and hit him so cleverly that I nailed
 +his brush fast to the tree. I now went up to him, took out my hanger,
 +gave him a cross-cut over the face, laid hold of my whip, and fairly
 +flogged him out of his fine skin.
 +
 +Chance and good luck often correct our mistakes; of this I had a
 +singular instance soon after, when, in the depth of a forest, I saw a
 +wild pig and sow running close behind each other. My ball had missed
 +them, yet the foremost pig only ran away, and the sow stood
 +motionless, as fixed to the ground. On examining into the matter, I
 +found the latter one to be an old sow, blind with age, which had taken
 +hold of her pig's tail, in order to be led along by filial duty. My
 +ball, having passed between the two, had cut his leading-string,​ which
 +the old sow continued to hold in her mouth; and as her former guide
 +did not draw her on any longer, she had stopped of course; I therefore
 +laid hold of the remaining end of the pig's tail, and led the old
 +beast home without any further trouble on my part, and without any
 +reluctance or apprehension on the part of the helpless old animal.
 +
 +Terrible as these wild sows are, yet more fierce and dangerous are the
 +boars, one of which I had once the misfortune to meet in a forest,
 +unprepared for attack or defence. I retired behind an oak-tree just
 +when the furious animal levelled a side-blow at me, with such force,
 +that his tusks pierced through the tree, by which means he could
 +neither repeat the blow nor retire. Ho, ho! thought I, I shall soon
 +have you now! and immediately I laid hold of a stone, wherewith I
 +hammered and bent his tusks in such a manner, that he could not
 +retreat by any means, and must wait my return from the next village,
 +whither I went for ropes and a cart, to secure him properly, and to
 +carry him off safe and alive, in which I perfectly succeeded.
 +----
 +Go to [[CHAPTER IV]]
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