A 15-year old boy named Slavin had an exciting experience in the woods half a mile from the railroad and two miles from Scapoose station, says The Portland Oregonian. He was hiding behind a fence trying to stalk a deer when a panther leaped from a tree and came at him. He fired his Winchester at the animal, and dropping it, took to his heels. He returned with his brothers in an hour and found the animal dying. It measured seven and a half feet.
Aspen Evening Chronicle, October 1, 1889.
Based on census records, this story is likely about Amos R. Slavens, son of Amos and Mary Slavens of Columbia County, Oregon.