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We were transferred to a side camp on the Imnaha river, 50 miles of main camp, approx 50 men. I was in charge along with another foreman, a powder man. They were Eastern boys from Jersey, New York, Up State New York, Penn. etc. Twas their first trip west and my first camp of Eastern boys. My wife and small son lived in a tent house about 200 yards from the camp. A porcupine crawled under the tent house late one night. I took a flashlight and my 30-30 rifle and shot the porcupine under the tenthouse. Next morning going to work, I carried the porcupine down to the camp to show the boys, for many, this was their first sight of a porcupine. They wanted to get some quills for souveniers. I showed them how to remove the quills by tapping the back of the porcupine gently with their caps. The first cap came off with about 6 or 8 quills. After everybody made their rounds of hitting the porcupine with their cap, the poor porcupine looked like a picked chicken. The boys spent several minutes trying to get the quills from their hat, not knowing the best way was to push them on through and pull them out from the inside.

----- Ralph A. "Sparky" Reeves

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