YEARS ago. after a hot, dusty ride, over a sun—parched desert in Arizona, my traveling companion and I welcomed the sight of a ranchero's adobe dwelling in the distance. Far out across the plain could be seen whirlwinds that were almost lost to view in the sky as they followed each other in Indian file across the barren waste.
GREAT sport with the trout always awaits the erforts of the angler in Oregon, but our outing last spring was productive of so much fun that I will try and give the readers of Outdoor Life a brief sketch of our trip, at the same time letting them know that all the fun is not confined to Colorado.
The beech is bare and liare the ash, The thickets white below’ The fir tree scowls with hoar moustache— He cannot sing for snow. The body guard of veteran pines A grim battalion stands; They ground their arms, in ordered lines, For winter so commands.
THAR is a heap o’mighty 'strange and pecoolier happen in’s takin’ place on this ol’ airth an’some o’ th’strangest on ’em we hear of hez never took place at all,’’ said Peters, as he craned his neck and spat thoughtfully into the coalbucket that lurked coyly back of the stove.
FLIES were now brought forth and tackle ar– ranged, and as it was after nine o’clock, the ma– jor. said he would go up the can– on a little way and catch a few trout. I was to look after the advancement of Mr. Dide; I prevailed upon him to leave his umbrella in camp, and took him and his new rod under my supervision.
SELDOM do I place any faith in newspaper reports, but the Rocky Mountain News that Saturday morning set my blood running faster and I felt as if I must go '‘a duckin’.” In all probabilities some ammunition dealer was responsible for the article, but I bear him no ill will, as he did not prevaricate in the least.
IT may be stated at the outset that Billy Ballard was an ancient mariner, who had taken many a stor my voyage across the ocean. He had harpooned whales in the frosty regions of Behrings Straits and had sailed among the spice islands and the coral reefs of the Pacific ocean; he had rounded the Horn sixteen times, and had nearly died from the African fever while loading slaves on the west coast in the old days, and he used to tell the story of how on this trip, when they were chased by a man-of-war, the wretched slaves were brought up on deck after nightfall, lashed to the heavy chain cable and dropped overboard so as to both lighten the ship and destroy all evidence of their fearful trade in case they were caught.
BIG and little game are as plentiful in Colorado as in any state of the Union. Ducks, grouse, geese, wild turkey, deer, bear and antelope, although not nearlyso plenty as they were twenty years ago,are still to be found in the unfrequented parts of the mountains in goodly numbers.
OUTDOOR life in Colorado! Theres a theme to rouse the muse Set poetic gods to dancing in their gold and tinsel shoes! Rouse the fires of inspiration in the most prosaic brain Till it scintillates and sparkles in a glorious refrain! ’Tis a pleasure born of heaven, camping in the rugged hills, Lis’ning to the notes of wild birds, to the music of the rills, Revelling in healthful vigor as the breezes in their freaks Print their cool, refreshing kisses on our weather-tinted cheeks!
TRAVELING home one season late in the fall from an extended hunting trip in the Rockies, in northern Montana, we camped late in the evening near the head waters of the south fork of the Big Blackfoot river. For two days we had been traveling most miserably in a sleety rain that toward the end of the second day turned to snow, with an icy wind that quickly froze our soaked garments so that walking to keep warm was almost an impossibility.
HARDLY any fun in knockin’ around these hills for nothing; if there is, you’ve got to show me,” said Bud, dejectedly dropping on a pile of bedding. “It is far easier to fancy a deer than find one,” joined in the professor. “I am sure we have traveled fifty miles.”
IN THE long list of the many delightful tours that the coast counties of California, both north and south of San Francisco Bay, offer to the cyclistphotographer, there is none more interesting than that to Monterey and the neighboring coast.
THERE was much excitement on Bitter creek when Abe Dunbar came back from Denver in the spring and brought a charming young wife with him; everyone wondered, all congratulated him, and only the workworn old drudge wives of the other cowmen on the creek pitied her.
LUCKILY I had just finished for the printer a brief in a case pending in the Superior Court in which I was counsel, on October 23, 1899. “Thank heaven that job is off my hands,” I exclaimed, “and now, if I can get word to Gus, I can have a day off for shooting on Wednesday.”
THREE-FINGERED ZACK, the guide, smoked and suffered in silence. He Was engaged in what proved to be a most depressing occupation. The task of guiding a pair of self-confessed tenderfeet and one of the gamest and most experienced bear hunters now on earth, may Well cause any man to tremble.
DEEP snow made it impossible to travel with horses, except on the river or in the timber or a beaten road, and the cook gave us to understand we must be getting some meat, if we intended to “chew,” so next morning four of us, Billy W.. Billy H., “Red” and I hitched up a team and drove up the river to the mouth of W—creek, where we tied the team to the sled and shed our overcoats and undercoats and slipped into our snowshoes and started up a gulch toward a bunch of elk, which we could see a mile or more away.
THE eyes of a poor, listless devil of a traveling man chanced to rest on the above on the counter of a Salt Lake merchant, from whom he was vainly endeavoring to beguile an order. At once his mental attitude suffered a shock (especially when he read the scores “For the benefit of those who question”), and all thought of the sale (?) left his mind, and when, on questioning the merchant as to the correctness of the scores, it developed that he (the merchant) was also a duck shooter, and went Mr. Davis several points better by stating that he had about shot up a case of 500 shells in an afternoon at ducks on these grounds.
WEIGHTS of game animals, as generally given in the press and the sporting magazines, are as a rule very misleading. Even those stated in standard works are in some instances absolutely inaccurate. This is partly due to the general inadaptability for accurately weighing the game in the places in which it is killed, and to the fact that many of the figures given by sportsmen, who, though they may have had considerable experience on the trail, have never had the opportunity to thoroughly test the weights of the different animals they have killed, so their estimates are invariably too large.
THE bookkeeper and his younger brother, known hereafter as “Slim,” about the middle of September, found themselves laboring under that exquisite excitement produced by the preparations and consequent anticipations of a hunting trip.
In hailing the advent of a new century, one cannot but help wondering how far the ingenuity of man will go, whether the advancement of mankind will continue with the same rapid strides that have marked the last years of the cycle just completed, or whether there will come a period of stagnation, then a retrograde movement, and finally chaos, as has been predicted by many thinkers, philosophical and otherwise.
Among the many products of the HalterKemper Company of Chicago, Sensitol is, perhaps, the one of most interest to the amateur photographer. Sensitol is a practical solution for sensitizing any absorbent surface, such as paper, cloth, leather, wood or stone, so that a picture may lie printed on it from any good negative.
The lack of success attendant on most attempts at child portraiture is distinctly traceable to the following causes: First, the want of understanding of the nature of the child; second, in artistic accessories; third, improper lighting and posing; fourth, faulty development.
That the sun takes peculiar liberties with our efforts in photography is most amply shown by the accompanying photo taken by L. E. Tait of Red Cloud, Neb. Mr. Tait has this to say regarding this freak: Red Cloud, Neb., November 24, 1899. Editor Outdoor Life—I take pleasure in sending you herewith a remarkable freak in photography.
We will now endeavor to show how a relief in plaster may also be made from the ordinary negative, says the Photographic News. For this method it is necessary to coat a piece of clean glass the same size as the negative with a strong solution of gelatine, made by placing gelatine to the amount of, say, half a test glassful in about half its quantity of water, and applying heat to dissolve it.
The marine part of this month’s competition is conspicuous by its absence, from what cause we do not know, as in our previous competitions this branch of photographic art has been well represented. This month’s medal was awarded to Mr. George A. Green for his print entitled “Noonday Quiet.”
The subjects for 1900, up to and including the month of July, are as follows: February—Interiors. March—Home Portraiture. April—Architecture. May—Still Life. June—Animals. July—Mountain Scenery. RULES OF COMPETITION. 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.
At the tail of the year when all the annual business has been transacted, the current accounts balanced and stock inventoried, it is a satisfying condition to find the trial balance largely in one’s favor. That is the condition which we are personally facing, and if the reflection from its bright mirror shows a face full of smiling complacency it is because Outdoor Life has the consciousness that it has not wrought in vain.
That the state of Colorado should lose no time in securing the Carter collection of mounted animals now stored at Breckenridge every fair-minded person will admit. One of the vaunted boasts of the state—and an element that brings hundreds of tourists here annually—is that for the variety and class of big game Colorado stands pre-eminent among the states of the Union, and now that we have within our grasp, at a nominal expenditure, a complete collection of the fauna of the state, it will go down in history as a burning shame if this collection is not secured.
In this age of extravagance in national expenditures, lavish appropriations for public buildings, harbors and other worthy improvements, there is one crying need that we of the West should not lose sight of. We have a National Park that is a credit to America, with its wonderful and almost unlimited resources of game, such as bear, elk, deer, buffalo, moose, mountain sheep, antelope and most all the smaller varieties.
Mr. Whit M. Grant, county game warden of Oklahoma county, together with Deputy Warden Charles T. Gorton of Cleveland county, Oklahoma territory, have made an important seizure of quail, and have, furthermore, caused the arrest and conviction of the parties handling the same. Mr. Gorton got onto a shipment of 5,000 quail from Cleveland county, traced the same to the store of Charles E. Post of Oklahoma City, then to the Armour Packing Company.
Headed by J. H. Ryckman of this city and accompanied part of the way by Attorney W. J. Hills of Evanston and Ira Downer of Big Piney, a party of gentlemen composed of C. F. Hotchkiss. a wealthy manufacturer of Binghampton, New York; his attorney, F. W. Jenkins, one of the foremost lawyers of the state of New York, and J. D. Benedict, of the firm of Benedict & Phelps, prominent lawyers of Denver, left Kemmerer, Wyoming, on October 29th, and headed their course to Big Piney and then on up to the Cotonwoods, Horse creek and upper Green River and pitched their tents on the east side of the Gros Ventre divide.
That rifle and trap shooting in America have made such progress as they have without some organization to collect, pass on and exercise an espionage over records is amazing, in the face of the number and variety of magnificent performances made each year with the rifle and shotgun.
I have just finished reading your report of the Washington state shoot held in Tacoma, the latter part of Octo ber and from the way it reads I have conclud ed Denham must have sent it in. Owing to a five weeks' siege of bronchitis, I was too weak to take part in but four or five events of the shoot and could not hit a barn.
“Outdoor Life” is authorized to publish a challenge issued by the three Miller brothers of Oxford, Kansas, who offer to shoot any three brothers in Kansas a blue rock target race. They will be willing to allow the concession that the three opponents need not be brothers provided they weigh an average of 220 pounds each.
The Golden Gate Rifle and Pistol Club held their regular club shoot to-day. There was a good attendance of members. Light and wind were favorable for good scores. As there is but one more shoot this year, the members are hustling to better their scores.
The year’s shooting of the Denver Rifle Club is drawing to a close, and nearly all of the important contests seem to be already decided. There may be a few changes in the positions of the men, but the winners up to December 18 were practically already in the lead.
The Golden Gate Rifle and Pistol Club scores for to-day were as follows. The light was very changeable, making constant play with the sights for elevation necessary; not much wind. Rifle Scores—200 yards, offhand—F. E. Mason, 216; D. AV. McLaughlin, 216; C. M. Henderson, 216, 213; J. E. Gorman, 212, 209; G. Tammeyer, 207; F. AV. Belknap, 202; E. N. Moore, 195; O. Bremer, 195; J. F. Bridges, 191.
The Outdoor Life Gun Club held its first monthly practice shoot this afternoon under the most favorable circumstances. The day was clear and calm, which was much in favor of the members. The following is the score: First Event—10 blue rocks, unknown angles:
For Winchester Schuetzen Rifle, donated by the Winchester Repeating Arms Co. Score of the Golden Gate Rifle and Pistol Club, San Francisco, Cal., shot November 20, 1899—back score for July: We hereby certify to the correctness of the above competitive scores made under conditions imposed by Outdoor Life for its team compe tition for Winchester Schuetzen rifle.
Seattle, Wash., Dec. 1. Despite rain and wind, a good crowd gathered at the West Seattle traps on Thanksgiving Day to celebrate the annual Thanksgiving shoot of the Seattle Rod and Gun Club. W. A. Hardy carried off the honors in the live bird events,, with E. E. Ellis a close second.
One of the well-known British firms, makers of express rifles, in its experiments and tests to ascertain the best caliber to adopt in its latest model express rifle, settled upon .350 caliber. The shell is bottlenecked, and in addition tapers.
Woodworths Shorthand and Commercial College of Denver has issued its 1900 calendar, which is a particularly handsome and striking work of art. It is sent to any address free. Robert A. Gregory, one of the most genial gentlemen who ever cast a shadow, a sportsman of the highest type and a prominent and successful mining man of Cripple Creek, has departed for a six months’ trip of Southern Colorado, New Mexico and possibly Old Mexico.
The Peters Cartridge Co. of Cincinnati is out with their handsome calendar for 1900. It certainly equls, if it does not excel, their previous successful efforts in this line. The central figure of this calendar is a western plainsman, who has just shot an antelope apparently on the run.
Of the several new advertisements which grace this month’s issue of “Outdoor Life,” none are more acceptable than that of G. W. Cole & Co., of 141 Broadway, New York, manufacturers of the well-known rust preventative “3 in 1.” Messrs. Cole tfc Co. have been manufacturing this preparation for over five years, and it is safe to say that no other article fills the wants so completely and satisfactorily as this one does.
In selecting your route to the Pacific Coast or to Utah, Idaho or Montana, you cannot afford to overlook the advantages and comforts offered by the RIO GRANDE WESTERN RAILWAY, in connection with the Denver & Rio Grande and Colorado Midland Railroads In the trip via Salt Lake City.
We present to our readers this month photo reproductions of some of the prominent sportsmen and business men of the West, many of whom have made records for themselves, both through business and recreative success, reasoning far beyond the limits of their respective states.
C. A. Shafer We hereby certify to the correctness of the above competitive score, made under conditions imposed by OUTDOOR LIFE for its team competition for WinchesterSchuetzen Rifle. C. A. SHAFER, Secy. P. BERGERSEN, C.A SHAFER,SCORER.
Mr. D. W. Cree, of Griggsville, III., has received many testimonials on the good qualities of his camp stoves, and among them we take pleasure in publishing the following. A party in Montana writes: “Send three more stoves immediately.