IF I WERE a literary man, I probably would begin to write you an account of our Idaho trip last fall with the same amount of enthusiasm which inspired me to take the trip; but, being less voluble with the pen than some of my worthy sportsmen brothers, I will confine myself principally to a brief account of the trip, which I may here state, was one of the crowning pleasures of my life.
THERE’S a wonderful temple just over the way With turrets, and columns, and towers;— With vast anchored mirrors and couches of green, And banks of most beautiful flowers. The Host of that mansion is always at home. He greets every guest with a smile, From Life’s silv’ry fountain He filleth our cup, And, pledging our health, to our lips holds it up And our cares from ourselves doth beguile.
IT is passing strange that so many adventurous souls, yearning for quaint, queer and curious experiences, should deem it necessary to seek some far distant Ultima Thule, while almost at our own gates are still to be found regions and races not much better known than Central Thibet, or the pigmy tribes of darkest Africa.
Good-bye, old town, Your dusty brown I’m leaving far behind me; There’ll be no trail, And e’en the mail Of Uncle Sam won’t find me. I know a nook Hard by a brook, With farm-house close beside it; Of miles a score, Or less or more, But none too far to ride it.
MY ARDUOUS duties as book keeper in one of staid old Boston’s largest concerns for a continuous string of twelve years had not been conducive to ruddy cheeks and a biting appetite. Having an unusual quantity of that love for outdoor spoort and open air freedom of which we Americans are blessed.
LIGHTLY THE snow is falling and while the air outside has a slight touch of winter, it is only the last week in October. A dark, gloomy day to everyone in the office except myself. In fact, only one thought finds space in my head and that is the big ducks that are coming down, and I am missing the flight.
IN THE December number of OUTDOOR LIFE there appeared a short article from Harry E. Lee, of Chicago, wherein he stated that he had just returned from a very successful huntingtrip in Alaska, etc., and that he had gone as far as Cook’s Inlet, Alaska, in company with Dall De Weese, where they parted company, and that he (Lee) went up Sheep river against the advice of all the natives, etc.
IN THE first sketch herewith presented is shown the Buchanan Trail, taken fifteen miles above Ward Colorado, near timber line, with Saw-Tooth Mountain in the distance. In September, 1898, S. W. and R. G. Matteson, the former a representative of Outdoor Life, took their wheels over this trail in hopes of finding a shorter and more feasible wheel route to Grand Lake.
Photographic life, like life in general, is compound of uncertainties, and the problem of success is often soonest solved by reducing to known and fixed quantities as many as possible of the uncertain factors in the sum. Many a photographer goes on and on from failure to failure just because he is continually changing something—the brand or speed of his plates and the nature or strength of his developer—never sticking to any one thing long enough to discover save by the merest chance why he failed with it or how he might succeed.
The subject of our July competition is one which is of very great interest to all photographers. whether they are old members of the craft or beginners. Few men who own cameras find any one of the twelve months in which they cannot and do not try their hand at photographing animals.
The hand-or-stand camera is or at least began by being a frank compromise, or an avowed attempt to make a machine which should be equally useful in the hand or on a tripod. It was intended to be, when used in the hand, as good as the best hand cameras; when used on a tripod as good as the best stand cameras.
The student who has followed the instructions contained in the foregoing chapters should possess a number of negatives of a quality more or less good, and capable of affording prints of corresponding value. To obtain a print from a negative it is necessary that the film side of the negative be placed in contact with a sheet of paper coated with some substance that is affected by the light.
Messrs. Gennert, the well known photographic dealers of New York, have recently brought out in this country a new reducing agent manufactured by Messrs. Hauff & Co., of Germany. The coupling of two such well known names in connection with any novelty must be a great argument in every photographic mind in favor of the thing so well launched.
The practice of developing batches of plates by immersing them in considerable numbers in a grooved tank filled with a slow acting developer is one that is gaining ground. There is much to be said both for and against the method.
Competitors may send in as many exhibits for each competition as they see fit, but each exhibit must have firmly attached to it a coupon cut from this magazine, showing the date and subject of the competition for which it is intended. The August coupon may be found on last reading page of this issue.
“New Pointers for Amateurs” is the title of a neat pocket reference booklet and exposure record lately published by Geo. E. Mellen, Times Building, Chicago. It sells for 15 cents. One of the most artistic photographic journals that has reached our desk is “Photographic Life” published at Nepera Park, N. Y.
NOW the angler is enjoyin’ quite a heaven of his own. Is a-jackin’ up his spirits to a mighty happy tone, Fur the law has snatched the cover from his dear, excitin' sport An' lie’s off into the mountains with a pleasurable snort! 'Tis the season when the breezes through the pinons softly play,
Not every man, by any means, who fishes is a fisherman; not every fisherman is a good fisherman. Truly anyone who possesses legs and arms and energy to use them may, with diligence, learn to cast a fly or spin a minnow or swim a worm gracefully, accurately and far.
What are “fly-streams” and “fly-water” in your June editorial entitled “The Fishing Season”? I think you are inclined to give bait fishing a black eye it does not really deserve, but until I know just what you mean by fly-water I can’t be sure.
Cheyenne, Wyo., June 1.—After three weeks’ sojourn in Kansas it is a real pleasure to get back to the cool mountainous regions of Colorado. At Denver we change to the narrow gauge railroad and soon are on our way over Marshall Pass, a most beautiful route either in summer or winter, to Gunnison, Colorado, where we make our first stop.
I have a six-inch Diamond model Stevens pistol, open sights. Will you be kind enough to tell me what distance one is supposed to shoot this gun, off-hand, at a bullseye 1½ inces in diameter? M. B. MILNE. LAKE CITY, COLO. Answer.—The bullseye of the Standard American target for 20 yards pistol practice is 2¾ inches in diameter, and for 10 yards, 1 inch in diameter.
With an equitable elimate, a summer of sunshine seven months long and with woods stocked with big and little game and fowl, and waters teeming with myriads of the finny tribes, Washington offers peculiar attractions to the huntsman, the angler, the pleasure seeker and the tourist.
Tacoma, Wash., June 12, 1899.—I have received the first copy of your magazine and am much pleased with it. first, because of its being purely a western paper, and secondly. because it touches up on all subjects nearest a sportsman's heart.
Pueblo, Colo., June 17. 1899.—Editor Outdoor Life:—As our hunting season will soon be open, I wish, through your valuable magazine, to offer some advice and suggestions to hunters of large game and stockmen as well, which may be the means of stopping the deadly work of wolves, coyotes, etc.
Wells, Wyo., June 13. 1899.—A snow storm in our camp this morning reminds one very much of winter, and clearly illustrates what cool weather is found in the Wyoming game fields. There is a great amount of game to be found in close proximity to where we are located, and the wary animals furnish much amusement at times.
Humboldt, Ia., June 14.—For a year back our people have paid no attention whatever to the violation of the fish and game laws of the state. Fish have been sold in Humboldt upon the open market at all seasons of the year and caught in every way prohibited by law.
The Wallahalla Fishing and Hunting Club is a new organization, with a host of members, who are discussing the question of locating a club house on the Burboise river, near Union. Charles Weiland, of Union, Mo., was seen in St. Louis the other day and stated that fishing in the Burboise was all right, as the water is clear.
Information reached Game Commissioner Johnson during the past month that several parties have been killing ducks on Henry, Twin and Meredith Lakes, at Ordway, Colo. A subscriber at Parkdale, Colo., writes: R. W. Gutshall,, on D. & R. G. engine 561, struck and killed two deer near Parkdale last Saturday while on his run.
The Ryckman party, which was to have started from Evanston, Wyo., on the 1st of July, for a month’s hunting and fishing trip through Wyoming and the Yellowstone National Park, will not start before July 12th, on account of the flooded conditions of the Wyoming streams.
St. Louis, Mo., June 20.—The finely illustrated article on fishing at Catalina Island, Calif., appearing in a late number of Outdoor Life recalls a letter received from Clarence Woods, a St. Louis boy, who thus describes the fun of fishing at Santa Catalina Island: “I go fishing every day.
The third annual state tournament at live pigeons was held during June 2,3 and 4 by the Olympic Gun Club at their grounds at Ingleside. To say that the shoot was a success, expresses it in mild terms. The weather was grand, the traps and pigeons in good form, and the shooters were as happy and contented as a clam at high tide.
Owing to the urgent applications received by us from many western rifle clubs for the privilege of entering our team rifle competition. after the same had been rendered closed (one of the conditions being that all clubs must send their scores to us every month from the beginning of the contest) and owing to the further fact that sufficient notice of the contest was not given in order to allow all teams desirous of entering to prepare for the same, we have decided to call off this compettition until the four months beginning with September.
I read a letter recently written by a friend of mine who had done a large amount of hunting with a 23-caliber or a 6 mm (Lee, straight pull) rifle, the same that is now in use in the navy of the United States. He states that there is as much comparison to the good, between a Lee and a 30-30, as there is between a 30-30 and a slow bead gun.
Spokane, Wash., June 18, 1899.—The fifteenth annual shooting tournament of the Sportsmen’s Association of the Northwest, held on the grounds of the Spokane Gun Club at Twickenham Park, Spokane, Wash., on June 15, 16 and 17, was one of the most successful ever held by the association.
On June 22 a match at 100 clay birds per man was shot at Colorado Springs between teams of four men each from Denver and Colorado Springs. The Colorado Springs team consisted of John W. Garrett, W. R. Mason. A. J. Lawton and D. G. C. MacNeill, while the Denver team was composed of A. B. Daniels, Bryan Haywood, A. C. Foster and J. C. O’Brien.
The crack shots in the official circles of the city of Omaha and Douglas county battled for supremacy yesterday while admiring hundreds shouted their approval and the monument fund for the erection of a shaft to the city's volunteer soldiery was started.
The second annual Spalding handicap shooting tournament took place at Sedamville on June 4. There were fifteen events and between fifty and sixty shooters appeared on the field. Two sets of traps were kept running all day, one magautrap and one Sargent system.
We present herewith cuts of the two handsome prizes which we are offering for best rifle scores the coming season—the Stevens Ideal Schuetzen Rifle, donated by the J. Stevens Arms & Tool Co., and the Winchester Schuetzen Rifle, donated by the Winchester Repeating Arms Co. The full conditions and particulars concerning these contests are published elsewhere in the Trap and Target Department.
On the 1st inst.,at Sedam Park, Denver, J. A. R. Elliott of Kansas City defeated A. B. Daniels of Denver in a 100-bird match —by which result the DuPont Cup won by Mr. Daniels at St. Louis, and which is emblematic of the live bird championship of America, passed into the hands of Mr. Elliott, by the close score of 98 to 97.
One of the latest acquisitions to the advertising pages of OUTDOOR LIFE is the advertisement of John Henry Blake of Batavia, N. Y. Mr. Blake is an expert rifleman who has acquired the science of manufacturing arms by hard and continuous study of the needs of riflemen, and by also giving careful study to defects heretofore existing in this class of fire-arms.