Dakota Territory Times 2017 DTT 2017 - Page 12

Page 12 • Dakota Territory Times • Summer 2017 Continued from page 11 — While being given first aid, Rush told of his account with the bear, speaking with an unbelievably strong and clear voice, con- sidering the condition he was in. Arriving in Sundance, Dr. Baker sewed up the wounds as best he could. Rush re- fused to take anything to deaden the pain, asserting that it was nothing compared with what he had been through and that he cer- tainly didn’t need anything to put him to sleep. The next day a party went out to look for the bear. She was found about 300 yards from the battleground, dead. Her weight was estimated at 350 pounds. Her throat was cut from ear to ear. Upon skinning her, no bullet holes were found in the hide. Shortly after the fight, Rush went to Omaha, Neb., where he had an artificial nose made. The nose was held in place by large wire rims around the eyes, with wires that fastened into the bridge of the nose and strings from the wire rims that were tied be- hind his head to hold the nose in place. Rush was a familiar figure on the streets of Sundance. His was perhaps the only hand-to-hand fight with a bear in which the Rush Mills with his artificial nose held in place by wire rims around the eyes. man came out the victor. A note by Clair Roadifer, 89 years old: As I copy this, I had known Rush Mills ever since I can remember. As a child, I would look at Rush in awe, to think a man had killed a bear that weighed over twice as much as he did and killed the bear in a hand-to-bear fight. Rush had told me of his fight with the bear when I was about 20 years old, but at that time I never thought of writing down notes for future reference. Rush wore that same nose up to the time of his death. Thank you! for saying you saw it in Da ko ta Terr ito ry Ti mes !