Letters, Oct. 30, 1933

Man v. Beasts

Sirs: Can you answer, or if not, would it be sufficiently newsworthy for you to ascertain, by querying naturalists, zoo keepers, animal trainers, pugilists, the following: Would an average-size man, good physical condition, capable of using his fists, have any chance at all of defending himself barehanded against the attack of an average bear, or panther, if not surprised (assuming he could keep sufficiently cool to utilize his punch effectively)?

In other words, if said man were on level, smooth, clear ground, had time to take a good stance, and...

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