IN OUR beautiful State of Colorado, the majority of our people seem disposed to accept the fine mountain scenery, the unparalleled summer resorts and the innumerable fine camping places as a matter of small importance and theenjoyment of the many places of recreation is only par-only partaken of by comparatively few of our citizens.
THK LIVES of all sportsmen, hunters and trap-persarereplete with many incidents calculated to make the hair stand straight up and the blood to freeze in the veins. I have myself been in some pretty tight places in my time, but I doubt if two hunters ever had a more thrilling experience with a bear without coming into an actual hand-to-hand conflict, than that which fell to the lot of “Shorty” and me near Chama, N. M., on November 5,1899.
0VER at the Lion and Lamb last night," remarked Bliffkins, hastily, as he observed Peters engaged in an earnest search of his interior pockets, "I listened to the biggest yarn I've heard for—well, for quite a while. "A fellow over there was telling about how he simply paralyzed a whole tribe of howling Cheyenne Indians alone and singlehanded.
AS HAD been decreed, Private Maloney, of G Company, was to be dishonorably discharged. He wasn't disappointed very much. In fact, he had expected it. No one could go the pace Maloney had been going and remain in the service of the United States.
FASCINATING, indeed, is the moment in angling when the hungry fish cuts with her golden oars the waters of the silvery stream and greedily devours the treacherous fly. It is at this time that a thrill of enthusiasm fills the heart and animates the spirits of the fisherman, causing him to think only of the beautiful natural surroundings, carrying his mind far into the realms of pleasing thoughts and contemplations, and away from that nerve destroyer, care.
LET the dweller in city enjoy the surrounding Which wealth or the arts o’er his pathway may cast, No envy I feel for his joys or their bounding, I sympathize not with his future or past, When the wide field of Nature spreads grandly before me And wealth of sound body and mind is my own, For when labor has wearied, field pleasures restore me, For all of life’s worry and ills they atone.
TROUT fishing on the Hangman! To the average reader how weird the words sound. What wonderful history lies back of the title, and what charm does the name contain, that it should stand out so boldly as a reminder of the most dreaded penalty the human criminal can pay?
When the fire burns low And the campers go Afield in the Land of Nod, In a stately birch On a limb I perch Inspecting a gun and rod. As I view the things With the hidden stings, I think of a time gone by When the forest round Ne'er a stealthy sound Gave out at the wild bird’s cry.
THAT THE East has scenes that are beautiful, we who have been along the Attantic Coast, up the Hudson, or through the many delightful resorts of New York State, know. While the West has its grand, rugged, almost awful scenery— scenes that sometimes stagger the imagination, bewilder the brain and set the heart to dancing—yet we must not forget the peaceful, restive, soul-inspiring scenery that is to be found in the Far East.
I took her in a picture hat, She scolded me about the pose ; I took her sitting on a mat, I took her smelling at a rose. In every way, in every place, I took her. Still she pointed at The proofs. It was not like her face, She hadn’t such a nose as that! Failing to reproduce her charms, What else was left (yet fearing quite) At last I—took her in my arms, And then it seemed the pose was right!
THERE are moments when one wants to be alone” has grown to be a quite popular saying, but in the mountains of Colorado I believe the axiom could with a pretty fair degree of judgment be changed to read “There are moments when it’s bad to be alone.”
Oh, for the woods, the camp and the hunt ! Oh, to be wild again, To match my skill Over hollow and hill ’Gainst the wily of forest and plain ! I long for free air, the slumber that night Brings when the pine branches roar; I hunger to feel On my shoulder the steel, To smell burnt powder once more.
IT IS an exquisite pleasure, this coming back to life again from the chaotic land of nescience, whose fullest degree is only possible to the healthily young and happily free. My Bostonese yawned dreamily in blissful content and stretched out their fair white arms in sheer physical delignt.
There are two kinds of blind men, those who cannot see and those who will not, and both are to be pitied, though, perhaps, not in the same ratio. How many people possessed of a good pair of eyes go through this world utterly blind to the many good things to be seen on every hand !
The following is a very good formula for the development of gelatin printing out paper: Restrain with 50 percent solution citric acid, a drop at a time as demanded. Print for faint detail only—soak print in salt water (about 10 grains salt to the ounce) for three or four minutes.
One of the most sensational sights at the Paris Exposition will be the“distanceseer” of Jan Szczepanik, if we may judge by the wonderful promises of this inventor. There is little doubt that Szczepanik’s invention has solved to perfection the long-dreamed-of problem of sight at a distance over wires, just as the telephone transmitssound.
The above is the title of an article published in the March number of the “Photo. Beacon,’’ and it is so full of good advice to the amateur photographer that we reproduce it herewith verbatim: “An experience of fourteen years as an amateur has enabled me to acquire some pointers which have never appeared in print; others have.
So many theories are advanced and so much depends upon circumstances in the matter of toning prints that any treatise upon the subject can have but a comparative value. However,some ideas which have been suggested by practical experience may prove useful.
The many methods adopted by the people of various climes and epochs for the building of habitations for the protection of themselves and their belongings form a study of more than unusual interest. The photographing of architectural subjects presents many difficulties to the photographer both from a technical and artistic standpoint, and the winners of both awards this month are to be congratulated for the very excellent results attained.
“Lantern slide making is a branch of the art which all amateurs should engage in,” writes Ward E. Smith in Photo Era. “In making a slide, one can reproduce the full values of a negative, such as sharpness and brilliancy, which can be had in no other way, because, in ordinary printing on the various papers, one loses much of this snap and brightness.
The girl who wants to be remembered by an absent sweetheart has a photograph taken of one eye and gives it as a souvenir. It is a curious fact that nearly all eyes photograph well, even when they have no intrinsic beauty, the appearance of the eye depending largely upon the other features. Eye photographs are very popular in war times. A popular photographer finished several dozen the other day whose immediate destination was the Philippines.—N. Y. Journal.
The subjects for 1900, up to and including the month of July, are as follows: 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.
At a time when the last vestige of the noblest animal that ever trod the plains of America—the buffalo—is about to be wiped from the face of the land, it sounds almost farcical to listen to the opinions expressed by some of our cosmopolitan representatives in Washington.
Judging by the number of Game Law coupons that are being received by us from Colorado sportsmen, we will not be short on suggestions when the time comes to frame a bill for the consideration of our next Assembly. We earnestly ask every sportsman interested in the preservation of our game to cut out one of these coupons from the pages of OUTDOOR LIFE, fill it out and mail to us without delay.
Probably no state in the Union can boast of keener or more enthusiastic sportsmen, greater varieties of outdoor sport and recreation, or a more general participation in these good things by the citizens of all classes, than can the state of California.
Noticing an article in the last issue of OUTDOOR LIFE advocating the killing of female deer on account of alleged decimated ranks of the males, I would like to ask the gentleman interviewed how, supposing his position is correct, would a law allowing the killing of both males and females increase the number of fawns born and preserve the deer from extinction ?
The following is an extract from a letter received on March 10 from W. H. Seebohm, one of our subscribers in Dawson City, Yukon Ter.: “It would be interesting to some of the subscribers to OUTDOOR LIFE who love big-game hunting to see the moose, caribou, mountainsheep and goats that are in the Dawson market this season.
Roblin H. Davis, a 15-year-old boysportsman of Denver, writes as follows to OUTDOOR LIFE: “I am a subscriber to and sincere admirer of OUTDOOR LIFE. In looking over your columns I see that you are interested in all things pertaining to sport.
If an American sportsman were to walk into the biggest gun store in a dozen of the biggest American cities and ask for the name of the greatest big game hunter in this country, there is little doubt but that eleven out of the twelve, at least, would refer him to our old reliable Colorado friend, Dall DeWeese.
Attorney George Shiras 3d, of Pittsburgh, Pa., has been honored by a request from the United States Government to be permitted to exhibit a series of flashlight photographs of wild game, taken by Mr. Shiras on the banks of Lake Superior, after experiments extending over ten years.
Amidst the splendor and glory of an Utopian paradise, surrounded by the most interesting animals of the earth and nearly every natural curiosity of which it is possible to conceive, the big Boston Sportsmen’s Show opened on February 21st to 10,000 spectators and continued to March 10th with unabated interest.
We are organizing a rifle club here and expect to create a lively interest in shooting. Many adherents have decided to join for regular practice. The winter here has been very mild, so far, and game of all kinds are wintering well. But few elk have gone down to the desert so far this winter.
Dr. J. C. Millen, the well-known manufacturing chemist of Denver, and manufacturer of some of the most renowned photographic papers and specialties on the market, has written the following letter, to which we would respectfully call the attention of our Western dog fanciers:
It has been practically decided that the N. C. A. will assume charge of the racing end of the attractions at the annual national meet of the L. A. W. at Milwaukee next summer. The league meet at Milwaukee will be held on Thursday, Friday and Saturday, July 12, 13 and 14, and a three days’ grand circuit meet of the N. C. A. will be run during these days at the track to be built. The date was fixed thus early with a view of Milwaukee being included in the N. C. A. grand circuit, which is to start in the west immediately after the Fourth of July; but even more particularly to admit of the selection of an American Amateur representative at the exposition and international championship races at Paris in the latter part of August and the beginning of September.
Two far west racing circuits covering practically the entire year are in preparation in Utah and California. The American Coliseum Co. made such a big success of its semi-weekly night meets at Salt Lake City last year that it was encouraged to follow it up with Thursday night and Sunday afternoon races at Los Angeles, California.
“It has been recognized by the League,” says Vice-President A. B. Choate of Minneapolis,“that in order to attain the best results for wheelmen the League must pay less attention to the construction of wagon roads, which have in the past been accorded its main solicitude, and more attention to cycle path construction.
The Denver-Palmer Lake Cycle Path, which has received the attention of the wheelmen of Colorado for three years, is likely to see a happy realization the coming summer. In fact, we see nothing that will block its completion between Littleton and Palmer Lake, the portion covered by the $5,000 appropriation authorized by the last assembly.
Now that the League of American Wheelmen has abolished its racing department, every attention will be given the other branches of work. The most important of these is the highway improvement department, in which is entrusted the work in behalf of the good roads movement, which was started by the L. A. W. and which has been constantly agitated by it for almost twenty years.
Mark Twain and his friend, Rev. Joseph H. Twichell, once planned a bicycle ride from Hartford, Conn. (their home) to Boston, and wrote beforehand to an acquaintance in the latter city, telling him their line of route and what time he might expect to see them arrive.
A string of circuit chasers are making things warm down in Florida. It is now proposed to build a cycle path across the state of New York from New York City to Buffalo. With the introduction of the motocycle, says an exchange, the “legocycle” will be relegated to the wheelbarrow class.
Answer—You have broached a vexatious and yet an important subject. On no one other topic do the various "authorities” so largely differ. In some cases the latitude allowed is so large that almost any position and mechanical aid to shooter which still complies with the prime requirement that the shooter must stand on his own feet clear of any assistance to hold him up is permitted.
Inasmuch as there are undoubtedly a large number of the readers of OUTDOOR LIFE who enjoy revolver practice and who are also accustomed to the use of one when in the hills, a few remarks on the subject of revolvers may not come amiss: Almost every gun crank knows that, while the invention of Col.
We are advised by one of our subscribers at Buena Vista, Colo, that last fall he sent to John Henry Blake, of Batavia, N. Y., a remittance of $12.00 to apply on an order for a rifle which was ordered at that time. Since then the gentleman referred to says that he has been unable to obtain any satisfaction from Mr. Blake, either in the shape of a return of the money or the fulfillment of the order.
A well-known Denver sportsman, who always goes over into Kansas and Nebraska on an annual quail hunt, returned during the last fall from one of these trips feeling very much dejected in spirit. He had been over to that country so often that each year he returned home with the avowed intention of doing one or two things, at least, a little different the next time he went on a hunt across the line.
A new record in target smashing was made in New York when J. S. Fanning, shooting on the roof of Madison Square Garden during the Sportsman's Show, scored 175 broken birds without a miss. This wonderful shooting was done in a continuous match—(a miss and out affair), where after the tenth bird Fanning was shooting alone, the other contestants having dropped out.
The monthly meet of the "Outdoor Life” Gun Club was pulled off on March 1, though no high scores were made. The meet showed a general increase both in efficiency at the score and interest in the events. The evening was spent by the club and invited guests at the supper contested for in the team race at the last regular meet.
The match shoot between the Longmont Gun Club and the Denver Trap Club at the grounds of the latter on South Broadway, Denver, on March 15th, fully demonstrated what has been shown on more than one Colorado range before —that John W. Garrett is a top-notch crack with the shotgun, and further more, that Mr. Garrett is as the present time shooting in superb and magnificent form.
SILVER PLUME, Colo., March 20. The following Scores were made by members of the Silver Plume Rifle Club on the dates named: The movement inaugurated by OUTDOOR LiFE in getting the sportsmen's opinion on what should constitute a good game law is commended on all sides, I will get the concensus of opinion of our club on the subjects embraced in your coupon, and mail to you.
The Denver Trap Club presented an animated appearance on March 22d, the occasion being the match between Geo. G. Pickett and A. E. McKenzie, both of Denver. The conditions were 100 targets per man, for $125 dollars a side. A large number of shooters and friends of both contestants were present,including many ladies.
The handicap shoot of the Denver club for 1900 is attracting even greater attention from the club members than it has in former years. Twelve members are in, having shot the required 10 scores, which they will better as rapidly as they can. The standing to and including March 11 follows: H'd'p. Tot'1.
Enclosed find score of Wichita Gun Club at the meeting held on Washington’s Birthday. Interest in trap-shooting is on the increase in Wichita, each successive meeting attracting new shooters. The main attraction at the shoots is the gold medal offered by L. S. Peacock, the owner of the grounds on which the club holds its meetings.
The Butte Rod and Gun Club met on the evening of March 16th and elected officers as follows: President, John M. Stewart; Vice-president, J. M. Spargo; Treasurer, A. H. Mehl; Secretary, C. H. Smith; Captain, A. J. Walker; Trustees, Joe O’Brien, R. H. Mertz, James Trudgeon, Thomas Knight and Daniel Yancy.
The following scores were made by members of the Denver Indoor Rifle Club on March 6. F. H. Sprague made the high scores of the evening, making a score of 244 in practice and following it by making exactly the same in the competition of the evening.
Mr. Lynn C. Skeels called upon us a few days since with a series of new stereoscopic photographs of the Philippines, Cuba, Greece and Rome, and Palestine and Egypt. The views are a marvel of realism. With his face in the hood of the stereoscope, one loses cognizance of himself and his surroundings, and is brought face to face with distant scenes and peoples; he is carried back to mighty epochs and deeds of history; he stands in the crowded forum and sits with the throng at the arenaside; he travels in spirit across the seas and continents, and catches a breath of the very life of the many peoples.
During the past few weeks the Olympic Gun Club has sold its fine pigeon shooting plant and grounds, situated at Ingleside, to a corporation of sportsmen who have banded themselves together under the appropriate name of “The San Francisco Trap Shooting Association.”
SAN FRANCISCO, March 11. The initial medal contest of the Olympic Gun Club was held to-day on the San Francisco Trap Shooting Association’s grounds at Ingleside. Excellent scores were made by many, and a fine day helped out some of the poorer shots. New faces were seen to come to the mark to-day of men who usually shoot only at inanimate targets, and while their scores were not of the highest, yet from the standpoint of an old-timer and the manner in which they handled their “shooting-irons,” they’ll be up amongst the scratch men before long.
I enclose you herewith the results of to-day’s shooting of the Golden Gate Rifle and Pistol Club,it being the second semi-monthly shoot of the club. Mr. J. E. Gorman, being encouraged by his splendid work on the pistol range, two weeks ago, when he broke the 50-shot record, went at it again to-day for the 100shot record also, which he broke easily and finished stronger in the latter half.
The long-delayed shoot-off for the Winchester trophy rifle which our club won last year through the kindness of OUTDOOR LIFE has been held and the lucky winner declared. He is F. E. Mason, one of the best and most popular rifle shots on the Coast.
Following are the scores of the Garden City Gun Club’s invitation shoot. In getting the same UP we were promised by the San Francisco shooters that they would attend, but only one of them (“Trombone, the man with the pump gun”) had the courage to show up.
Six members of the Columbia Pistol and Rifle Club shot a team match with the revolver, to-day, on the Columbia target, 50 yards, off-hand. The stakes went on Creedmoor count. Young shot for a ring-count record with Peters’ factory loaded semi-smokeless .44 S. & W. cartridges.
At the big Lincoln, Neb., shooting tournament, which is set for April 18, 19, 20 and 21, $1,000 is offered in added money prizes. Target and live bird events are announced. The first annual tournament of the Denver Trap Club will be held on the grounds in Denver on April 14 and 15, at which time the contest for the championship medal will take place.
The regular medal shoot of the gun club was held at the grounds on the 5th inst. The following is the result: Club championship: Bashor 24, Gibson 23, Dr. James 22, Secor l9, H. P. James l9, Clark 18. Handicap medal : Wilcox, 8 yds., 24: Gibson, 17 yds., 23; H. P. James, 18 yds., 22; Dr. James, 16 yds., 23: Secor, 15 yds., 23; Clarke, 15 yds., 20; Bashor, 16 yds., 21.
The following announcement for the advertisement of C. G. & H. Strang of Colorado Springs, Colo., arrived too late for insertion in our advertiseing forms, so is gladly given space here: This firm aunounces that they have a larger stock than ever of guns, rifles, ammunition, sporting goods and hunters’ supplies. Their $2 00 fishing outfit is a thing of beauty and should be in the hands of every economical angler. Any of our readers desiring to know more of this outfit may send to Messrs.
We received a bulky envelope during the past month, and on opening found it to contain a most diversified and valuable lot of literary mater from the R. M. Davis Photo Stock Company of Denver. If a sermon will do the soul any good, then such matter as this disseminated among amateur photographers who are ambitious to learn, should do a world of good.
During the past month the cycle trade ranks of Denver have had a most important addition in the person of R. A. Creek, who has opened a store for the Miami Cycle and Manufacturing Company at No. 621 Sixteenth street, one of the most desirable and busiest portions of the city.
Our readers will notice in this month's number the advertisement of the New York Dry Plate Company, whose goods have been gaining in popularity for the last few years in steady strides. The causes which have led to this success are not hard to find.
D. W. Cree, the well-known maker of the Common Sense Camp Stove, a stove that has achieved wide fame owing to its moderate price, stability in wear and tear, and general utility and convenience on hunting and campng trips, writes from Griggsville, Illinois, under date of March 18th that he is flooded with orders from men who are going on trips the coming summer.
Messrs. Gray & Barger, whose advertisement of the well-known Barger sight appears elsewhere in this issue, have received the following very flatering letter from one of the users of their sight: Red Bank, N. J. Dec. 11, 1899. Messrs. Gray & Barger: Gentlemen—I have given your sight a thorough test, and find it all you claim for it.
The manager of Outdoor Life on his annual trip East during the past couple of months, had the pleasure of being shown through the factory of the American Dry Plate Company of Worcester, Massachusetts. The business of this company was established in 1891 and the merits of their products quickly enforced the recognition of photographers, resulting in such a steadily increasing demand for “American Dry Plates,” that the business finally outgrew the capacity of their original plant, and compelled the erection of an entirely new factory located on Mill street, which now affords every facility for operating their steadily-growing business.
A map of Ohio in verdure-colored green (the color that will soon be seen in all its glory in that great state), is the predominating feature of the patent open-and-close art catalogue issued for 1900 by the Miami Cycle and Manufacturing Company of Middletown, Ohio.