IT IS only within the last few years that the least spark of patriotism has been enkindled in the hearts of American travelers. The Alps have been populous with men and women blissfully ignorant of our own greater Alps, but the increasing flood of dwellers in city and plain that sweeps up to our mountains as summer approaches tells that our country is coming to itself and perhaps will one day redeem its past neglect.
Noticing in an eastern magazine that their second prize was taken by a picture of a humming bird on the wing, it induced me to "dig" up a heretofore unused negative taken by A. M. Seymour last August, when he and I tried to procure a picture of a little humming bird that made regular visits to a certain bush in our yard.
THERE were three men and two boys in our party. One of the men, one of the boys, and this boy’s mouse-colored pony took naturally to camp life, but the rest of the party were going camping because from what they had heard it would be "a nice thing to do at that season of the year,” and then “a little change would do them good,” etc.
ALL OLD hunters can give ample proof that “Truth is stranger than fiction,” but many young nimrods think it necessary to draw on their imagination in order to eclipse the record of some old fellow who has grown gray in the forests and mountains.
THREE horsemen drew rein beneath a cluster of leafy plum trees at one side of the narrow road that wound its tortuous way through the mazes of Devil’s canon. “We’ll wait here,” said one, whose sinister countenance and cruel eye proclaimed him leader.
WHEN I run across a particularly good thing in the hunting line I believe in letting my shooting friends in on it, and it is therefore with pleasure that I have written up a brief account of a trip which I took in a boat down the Colorado from Yuma last December, in company with my brother, Dr. Cornwall of San Francisco.
In my concluding chapter on Colonel Roosevelt’s lion hunt, I will narrate some of the most noteworthy incidents of the last three weeks, or from January 26th to February 15th—it being that portion immediately following the departure of Dr. Webb and Mr. Steward for home.
Not many generations ago there lived a man who was known as a ballplayer from wayback. He had a horrible glare to his eye and opposing pitchers shook at the knees when he stepped to the plate and drew in his breath all at once. When the ball came along this superior slugger would hand it a swat as large as a Saratoga trunk.
Enclosed I send you field pictures mentioned in my letter some time ago. I always take a camera on my hunting trips, for the purpose of "taking” the dogs on point, but this is the best lot of pictures I ever got, and strange to say I got them all in one day, the only bright day we had in five days in the field.
A number of years ago I was hunting antelope in North park, Colorado, and as I saw at some distance a fine buck on the side of a knoll favorably located for stalking him, I got around on the opposite side of the knoll, and as I crawled to the crest and looked cautiously over, there was the buck about seventy-five yards down the slope, feeding, and directly facing me.
OF ALL the sporting magazines received at this place, Outdoor Life takes the lead. The only fault to find is that no stories regarding game in this part of the country have been published lately. As you probably know, Michigan is known as the haunt of the deer by a great many sportsmen who come up during the hunting and fishing season from all the cities and towns of the country; also a great many for fishing and camping out during the warm months.
In most sections where the jackrabbit is abundant he is not usually hunted for his flesh, it being tough, dark and unwholesome. It is not uncommon here, however, to find parties who relish the flesh of the jack quite as much as the cottontail rabbit, and not only hunt him, but consider it rare sport.
Time was when the average architect knew little or nothing of photography, and when the art-science was not the valuable adjunct and aid to his profession that it is now. But since the practice of photography has become more general and all classes of society use the camera, architects have also taken up the art-science and use it daily in the practice of their profession.
This reducer is greatly different in its action from the ferricyanide reducer and is specially suitable for underexposed negatives, as it reduces the high lights to a greater extent in proportion than it does the shadows. It can be kept in solution, or a few crystals dissolved when required.
William Truchelot and Rocheseau have patented a new process of obtaining colored photographs of paintings, says Photo Era. The picture must be painted by the artist with three colors only—red mercuric iodide, yellow (silver ferricyanide), and blue (a lake of aniline blue with lead sulphate), all ground up with a suitable vehicle.
Ironton, Ohio, has a novel camera club, called “The Thirteen Photo Club,” recently organized with the following charter members: Dr. L. Keller, D. R. Shiras, Thomas L. Collett, Dr. N. K. Moxley, W. P. White, Rev. E. V. Pierce and James I. Gorman.
As a result of Mr. H. D. Smith’s lecture on “Lantern Slides,” many of the members are making up sets of slides and I believe the day is not far distant when the amateur will show his friends the result of his pictorial efforts on a white screen instead of in an album.
The finest array of prints ever submitted in any of our monthly contests since they were inaugurated three years ago was entered in our May competition. The first prize winner combines novel effect with first-class manipulation and proper handling of the difficult subject photographed.
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 July coupon may be found on last reading page of this issue.
Ever since the inauguration of legislation tending to the benefit of American institutions and things typical of America, the fauna of our land has gotten decidedly the worst of it. Parks enclosing scenery and scenic wonders have been maintained by our government under vast yearly expenditures; valuable lands have been set aside as forest reserves and departments set in motion under heavy expense to preserve these lands from molestation; millions of dollars are annually squandered on public improvements and through political jobbery, but the deer, and the elk, and the antelope—about the most valuable asset in the shape of natural attractions of which we can boast—are left to do for themselves, and to run the gauntlet of the Indian, the butcher, the lion and the deep winter snows, without as much as a lifted hand from our government to stop the sad but sure extermination which is in progress every year.
We have noticed with pleasure since we advocated, over a year ago, the extension of the Yellowstone National Park down over the southern timber reserve and the Jackson Hole country, that the subject has been taken up by many western writers for the sportsman and daily press.
I greatly enjoyed your account of Governor Roosevelt’s hunt in the March number. The cuts, too, were very good. I was anxious to hear what Outdoor Life had to say of this hunt, that all western sportsmen were interested in. After seeing the cartoons of the yellow journals and reading the idiotic press dispatches it was a great relief to read a sensible report of the hunt.
We are pleased to present to our readers this month as a frontispiece to the magazine what we do not hesitate to pronounce one of the most remarkable pictures we have ever seen. The photograph is a large 10×12 print and shows much more clearly than does the cut the genuineness of the work.
I arrived home from California on March 20th. When we left St. Anthony, Idaho, we found no snow until we reached the lower end of Teton basin. The sleighing was fine over Teton pass. We reached home, three miles from Jackson postoffice, in eight hours from Victor, Idaho.
To mountain lands, Where Nature stands And beckons with her flower-filled hands, To lie at rest On Nature’s breast, Where purple mountains dim the west. To lie, to dream, Where onward stream Flows down ’mid ferns, a crystal gleam; In shadows deep, To hear, to keep What tales the wild flowers tell in sleep.
The new game bill for Nebraska has passed both houses, and as it has attached the ever-necessary emergency clause, will become effective on and after July 1st. The new law names the governor as the honorary game and fish commissioner, giving him power to appoint two chief deputy wardens at a salary of $1,200 a year each and three other deputies at $75 a month each.
Advice from St. Louis says: Henry Bruns, the old sportsman, and member of the Never-Quit Fishing Club, was bewailing the other day the passing of the game. He said that when his wife was a girl out in Washington county, when the country was sparsely settled, she used to think nothing of seeing eight or ten deer during a horseback ride to church.
All hail to Arizona and her progressive sportsmen, headed by the Arizona Sportsmen’s Association for their heroic efforts in getting their Legislature to practically stop spring duck shooting by confining the killing of these birds to that period between October 15th and March 1st.
For just a week exactly—how the moments seem to creep— Th’ pines have been a-sighing like they kind o’ want to weep. A heavy sort o’ something seems a-pressing on my heart, An’ the very stillness makes me shudder-like and start. Th’ cedar knots are makin’ ghostly shadders on th’ floor, An’ have a mournful crackle that they didn’t have before.
I inclose a photo of rainbow and salmon trout caught near Saratoga last July. The fish weighed from one to six pounds each. They were caught in about one-half hour’s fishing. We could not fish longer on account of a tie-drive coming down the river.
The following article is from the Casper, Wyoming, Derrick, and tells of the wanton slaughter of the long-horned animals in the central part of Wyoming: “Between the Cave Gulch brakes and the Red Wall, about eighty miles from Casper, there lie in one place eight head of elk, which have been recently shot down by some tusk or tooth hunter.
Washington is one of the many western states which this year falls in line with progress and wisdom by limiting the open season on ducks to that from August 15th to March 1st. While August 15th is pretty early in ordinary states for the duck season to open, yet we must agree that the conditions are not the same in all states.
Fishing continues to be an attraction and pastime supreme at this resort. Each day’s record-makers attempt to out-catch the sportsmen of the day before. Yesterday a party of Denver men, including J. A. Ferguson, E. A. Peters, J. C. Harley and Walter Fairbanks, with Marvin Gates of Clinton, Iowa, spent three hours in the vicinity of the whistling buoy, just off the Coronado shore, and returned with a big boatload of fish.
In our last number we published some of the principal features, briefly outlined, of the new Montana game law, taken from a newspaper clipping sent us by one of our subscribers. But the newspaper must have performed an extraordinary feat by being in error, for our good friend C. H. Smith of Butte comes to our rescue with a true copy of the bill with a hint that we amend our errors.
I think that the information asked for by Mr. L. E. Fish, Sacramento, Cala., in your April number on how to properly tie the diamond hitch and parallels would be greatly appreciated by many of your readers. Also any other information on packing, and especially how to pack large game to an advantage.
The Colorado game law, over which so much time, trouble and expense was spent, got snagged in the senate after passing the house, with the result that it went the way of several other bills that the senate was unable to pass before the date of adjournment, April 1st.
THE Phillaloo is a rare old bird Whose conduct is the most absurd; For he sticks his bill down in the sand And plays away like a German band. Sing hey, the Phillaloo, The musical Phillaloo. With plumage like a Zebra marked, To its siren voice I have often harked.
Mascoutah Kennel Club’s eleventh annual show, Chicago, May 1, 2, 3 and 4. John L. Lincoln, secretary. West Virginia Exposition and State Fair Association’s annual dog show, Wheeling, W. Va., September 11, 12, 13 and 14. G. O. Smith, manager.
A measure originating with and drawn up by the Humane Society of Kansas City, Mo., has been passed by the K. C. lawmakers. The measure will abolish the office of dog catcher and provides that an enumerator of dogs be appointed, to go from house to house, taking the name and description of every dog possessed and notifying the owner that it is necessary to take out a license for the animal.
A touching story of a dog’s devotion to his master comes from Paris. The owner of a villa near Paris had a large, fine and faithful Great Dane, of which he was extremely fond, and having to sell his house and return to Paris he, with difficulty, decided to dispose of his dog.
Mr. P. H. Bryson, Dr. M. F. Rogers and Theodore Goodman have been selected to judge the Missouri Field Trial Association’s trials to be held at Paris, Mo., November 25. Three better judges could not be found, and their selection augurs well for the Missouri association.
The interest in rifle shooting here is unabating. Our club has taken in several new members lately, and will send representatives to the San Francisco Bundesfest, having joined this association. We have divided the club shooting into four classes, and each member making ten scores in his class will at the end of the year receive a medal.
At the Columbia Pistol and Rifle Club, our shooting stands were over-crowded to-day. The weather was fine. Many visitors were in attendance, among them beina Mr. J. B. Bradley of Wyoming, Mr. J. B. Saunders of Seattle and Mr. J. H. Allen of Chico, Calif., who tried their hands at our sport.
The new military rifle, with which the German army is to be equipped as speedily as possible, is said to be the last word in modern science. It is sighted up to 2,050 metres, or about 2,250 yards. The rifle itself is only four feet one inch long, but it is fitted with a twenty-six-inch bayonet, giving a total length of five feet ten inches, which is an eighth-inch longer reach than that of the British service arm.
Considerable discontent is felt in military circles in India by the new regulations just issued in respect to shooting parties and sporting guns and ammunition. Soldiers may only go out in parties of three, and must be accompanied by a native interpreter; they may not enter a village or speak to a native woman, and they must not separate while shooting.
As a matter of general information to our rifle enthusiasts we take pleasure in publishing the accompanying letter: Outdoor Life Publishing Co.: Gentlemen—I have noticed your illustration of one of my targets in the March number of Outdoor Life, and in connection would like to say that there is one element of no little importance in the makeup of the outfit with which this and a number of other “possible” targets have been made during the past year, that was not mentioned with the illustration of the target.
The first day’s shoot of the Salt Lake City tournament, held on March 27-28, was not concluded until 6 p. m. Fully 7,000 blue rocks were shot at and some very remarkable work was accomplished considering the unfavorable conditions to contend with.
Enclosed find copy of score of match shoot for state championship between John W. Garrett and A. L. Bennett March 26, 1901. A. L. Bennett won the state championship at the state tournament at Colorado Springs February 23, in open competition.
You will please find enclosed scores for our regular shoot held on April 7th and the midweek shoot held April 10th. This mid-week shoot is a new thing for our club. There were many who claimed that they would join the club if we would have weekday shoots, so the club gave a weekday shoot as a trial, which was a great success, there being some sixteen or eighteen entries.
On March 22 I took J. R. Trego’s pistol, which he made from a Winchester .22 rifle, new bolt action, to the range to give it a thorough test with Peters .22-short cartridges and did some good average shooting with it in a heavy and gusty wind. My best score was 37, and a run of 34, on Columbia target.
The following scores were made on the German target on March 7 and 30 and on the Standard American on April 7 and 14. At a meeting of the shooters of the club a vote was taken on the respective merits of these two targets, the unanimous vote going for the Standard American.
Geo. G. Pickett made a fine score at the range of the Denver Trap Club on March 28. running 100 birds straight. The total scores for the day were: Bronson 24, Arnold 18, McGowan 20. Bronson 25, Arnold 23, Howland 21, Sprague 20, Pickett 25. Bronson 25, Arnold 23, Howland 23, Pickett 25.
There was lively shooting at the Omaha grounds, across the river, yesterday, prior to the departure of W. D. Townsend and Dick Linderman to attend the grand American handicap at New York. The first shoot was 25 live pigeons, which resulted as follows:
One of the most popular wins of the Bonbright cup, contested for at Colorado Springs every week by the shooters, was that of H. Strang on March 24. Mr. Strang’s total score was 99 out of 100 birds. The scores of the contestants follow:
In a personal letter from C. F. Brown, secretary of the Aspen, Colo., Rifle Club, he has the following to say regarding Joe Paxton’s remarkable record of 97, made during the past month at the range of the above club: "The conditions were at 200 yards, Standard American target.
The members of the Idaho Springs Rifle Club were out in full force yesterday and some good scores were made. C. O. Whitney won the Carruth medal for this wek with a score of 82, shooting off a tie score with Garrabrant and Sutherland. The following scores were made.
Several members of the Columbia Pistol and Rifle Club went to the range for a 50-shot revolver match to-day. Brannigan carried off the honors with a fine score, beating his own record—and it was expected that he would beat the Coast record on his fourth score, which he spoiled by ending with a nine.
The Capital City Gun Club held its first regular shoot of the season at their grounds near the American river bridge yesterday. The boys turned out in force and some excellent scores made for so early in the season. The club placed the management of their shoots this year with Kimball & Upson, which takes a lot of hard work off the shoulders of the club members.
One of the most interesting events in the history of trap shooting in the United States closed with the week ending April 6th. This was the gathering together of experts who attended the Grand American Handicap of 1901 at Interstate Park, Queens, L. I.
The Bonbright cup, contested for every week by the Colorado Springs shooters, was won on March 31 by J. F. Savage. On March 27, at Pueblo, A. L. Bennett of Pueblo defeated John W. Garrett of Colorado Springs in a 50-bird race for the state championship trophy.
You will note by the announcement below of of Mr. H. M. Pope, that we have made arrangements to manufacture and sell his celebrated rifle barrels. Mr. Pope has built up a national reputation as a manufacturer of highgrade rifle barrels, and combining the best features of the two companies, will be able to produce one of the most perfect rifle barrels it is possible to make.
We have been informed by a letter from Aspen, Colo., of another wonderful rifle record, this time made by Jos. Paxton, a member of the Aspen Rifle Club. On April 7 occurred the regular weekly shoot of the above club and at this shoot Mr. Paxton accomplished the wonderful feat of making a score of 97 out of a possible 100.
R. L. Smith, Montrose, Colo.—Do you know of any bloodhound kennels where I can procure a bloodhound pup? Answer.—We are not personally acquainted with the proprietors of any that we can recommend, but know that this notice will reach several who will probably correspond with you.
Leadville people have enjoyed the hockey games between the two teams of the Leadville Hockey Club this winter. The club was formed in the early part of the winter by a number of local skaters. W. A. Moore is president and he has done good work in keeping up the interest.
The Anti-Rust and Gun Bore Treatment Co. of 35 Warren street, New York, have received many letters commending their treatment, one of which we append: Gun Bore Treatment Co.: Gentlemen—I had my gun barrels treated by your process last August, and thus far it has been all that you predicted it would be, but after using the gun I have cleaned with a piece of cloth, and there naturally remained a slight stain in the barrels from the powder, but I have a Tomlinson cleaner which I only have to run through the barrels a couple of times, which leaves them bright as ever.
Peters cartridges, which have scored so many brilliant victories during the past few years, have again come to the front In the recent indoor rifle championship match which was shot In New York city the past month, closing on the evening of the 16th ult.
We take pleasure in publishing a cut and description of an article that will be of interest to cycle dealers everywhere. It is a device for inflating bicycle tires when you have power, pump and pressure tanks. This valve gives the best satisfaction and is the easiest to operate.
We have received from the Miami Powder Co. of Xenia, Ohio, their new catalogue of sporting and blasting powders. It is a handsome 50-page booklet and is replete with handsome half-tone cuts from drawings and photographs illustrative of the company’s product and other scenes interesting to the sportsman.
The Waltham Mfg. Co. of Waltham, Mass., has received the following letter concerning one of their machines. In justice to the fine machines being put out by the above company we take pleasure in publishing it: Waltham Mfg. Co., Waltham Mass:
An article that should command a large and ready sale among the amateur photographers is Nicholson's Adjustable Lens Shade, a small pocket attachment for cameras and kodaks to shade the lens from the rays of the sun and other strong or reflected light.
The following letter has been received by G. W. Cole & Co. of New York, manufacturers of the celebrated “3 in 1” compound: Tunkhannock, Pa. Gentlemen:—My customers have used “3 in 1” for typewriters, sewing machines, guns, and also for a polish for horse clippers.
We herewith illustrate a new bullet that has just been perfected by the Ideal Mfg. Co., of New Haven. Conn. It is designed for use in the .28 calibre Stevens and Pope rifles; it is also of the proper diameter for the 7m-m Spanish Mauser rifles. Thousands of the 7m-m rifles were purchased as relics at the close of the Spanish war, and many of them have been found accurate, but altogether too powerful for use on small game in woods near settlements.
Divine rods are well illustrated and described in the catalogue just issued by the Fred D. Divine Co. of Utica. N. Y. This enterprising concern has been making fishing rods for so many years that it is hardly necessary to speak of the excellence of their output.
John Carbutt, the well-known manufacturer of Vinco photographic paper, has received the following letter from one of his customers Staten Island, N. Y., March 15, 1901. Mr. John Carbutt, Philadelphia, Pa.: Dear Sir—It may interest you to know that after using five first-class bromide papers for the last six years, I am now using your Vinco paper entirely and out of over 2,000 14×11 prints for commercial use, I have not had a complaint as to yellow or stained print, which in the past has been a constant nightmare.
The Colorado Springs & Cripple Creek Ry. opened for business on April 8, running its first train out of Denver, leaving the union depot at 12:01 a. m. of that day and reaching Cripple Creek via Colorado Springs at 6:15. This is the fastest time, of course, ever made to Cripple Creek from Denver, as the new route cuts off a large part of the distance by either of the other routes.
Our readers will be interested in the advertisement of the Bennett Patent Shell Case which appears in this number. This is something which every shotgun man should have and comes very reasonable, considering the fine material and workmanship that are used.
The passenger department of the Missouri Pacific railway has prepared a collection of 100 handsome and instructive photographs, which will be exhibited in the postoffice department’s exhibit in the government building during the run of the Pan-American Exposition, which opens in Buffalo on the first inst.
The following is a sample of the many letters being received now by the P. & S. Ball Bearing Bait Co. of Whitehall, N. Y.: “We made a test of your Ball Bearing Bait with many others, and while we did not get a strike on any of the others, yours did wonderful work.—John Iffiand, Newark, N. J."
In this number appears a very artistic insert in colors illustrating a phase of photography that is becoming more and more popular every year, especially in the Western big game states. It is very rare to see a hunting party go for an outing in the hills that has not at least one enthusiastic amateur with his Kodak or his camera, and usually every one of the party carries a “box” of some kind. There is no more popular instrument on the market than any one of the small Kodaks made by the Eastman company.
A Montana Woman Writes in Praise of Newbro’s Herpicide.
Butte, Aug. 26.—Newbro Drug Company, City, Dear Sirs: For several years I have been troubled with dandruff, causing me much annoyance, and my hair became very thin. I have used Newbro’s Herpicide for a month and the dandruff has entirely disappeared and my hair is becoming much heavier than formerly.
Newport News, Va., March 28, 1901. At the regular weekly shoot of the Chesapeake Gun Club held yesterday, Mr. Thomas F. Stearnes won the medal with the excellent score of 23 birds out of a possible 25. The scores follow : E. W. Milstead.......17
Rushworth & Barger, 150 Fifth Ave., New York: Dear Sirs—Don't be offended when I write you in regard to my experience with your shotgun sight. I am now nearing my seventieth year; my sight is growing dim and I thought I should have to give up shooting.
The camera manufacturers of the United States seem to vie with each other in their efforts to produce attractive literature and catalogues, with the result that the amateur photographer gets much interesting and instructive reading gratis.
Gen. Nelson A. Miles uses a Barger sight, and commends it very highly. John B. Goff, the veteran guide of Colorado, spent a few days in Denver during the past month. H. C. Gorton and C. S. Ratcliffe have purchased the business of the Sunart Photo Co., of Rochester, N. Y., and will hereafter conduct it under the same title.