TO MANY American sportsmen and naturalists there is no other wild animal on this continent which challenges admiration equal to that bestowed upon the mountain sheep. Unfortunately, it is only those who have made the acquaintance of this animal in life, and upon its own ground, who have a fair conception of its character.
A Man once loved a Maiden who was some 'Steen feet in Circular Area. Being very Bashful the man Refrained from commenting on His Chosen One's unusual Development but by means of Logarithms he figured it would take about Two Minutes Twenty seconds to Walk around Her.
THOMPSON was lucky. To prove this it is only necessary to say that once, while hauling nitro-glycerine to a hole in the ground, a wogonload of it blew up. Thompson picked his way back across the country and found a seven-foot vein of soft coal in the hole dug out by the explosion.
I CAN say without fear of contradiction that one of the most delightful places for an outing and a successful fishing and hunting trip, at a comparatively small expense, is on the Pend d'Orielle River, and in the northeastern part of Washington.
DURING the time the incident I am about to relate took place, my old stamping ground was full of game. Along the shores of Lake Winnipeg and up Brokenhead River, round the Lake of the Woods, to Rainy River, and across to the headwaters of the great Mississippi, one could find Moose, caribou, elk, deer and bear, besides any number of smaller furbearing animals.
One of the most remarkable features of the trout fishing season now drawing to a close in this colony is the development that has taken place in the Blenheim district. As a result of the success achieved within the last few months, Blenheim now claims that it holds the record for big trout.
WITH Fred Church, the famous mountaineer, as a companion, the writer, in ’97, spent a delightful month in the wildest portion of the Olympic peninsula, the object being to secure a specimen of the immense elk for which this region is famous.
The brooding dove in her nest apart Thrills and would speed the night; But a followed fawn with its timid heart Shrinks from the coming light. The gull swoops down and with hungry eyes Waits for the ebb of the tide; But a stranded weed on the sand·bar lies And longs for the in-flood wide.
SOME time ago we received the following letter from one of our Pacific Coast subscribers relative to the methods employed by Mr. Geo. Shiras, 3d of Pittsburg in photographing wild deer at night. Mr. Hughes also sent us a picture of his own effort, which is herewith reproduced:
MANY, many years ago, when Ohio was on the frontier, and the forest primeval was the prime evil, indeed, and required most strenuous la bor to open up from its bosom the farms which wear the airs of age, and too often the garb of desolation. Men used to neighbor in their clearings and women in their quiltings or apple-euttin’s.
WITH your permission I will relate some incidents of a short trip I made lately in company with Dr. C. E. Johnson of Visalia, Cal., who is an ardent lover of the gun and rod, and a royal good hunting partner. We started on September 15th for the headwaters of the North Fork of the Tule River on a hunt for deer, bear and trout.
The above picture is one that will be appreciated by our Eastern readers. It shows a group of school children in front of the little log school house, which is a familiar landmark in the sparsely settled portions of Wyoming. To the right of the group may be seen the contrasting figure of the school teacher, Miss Ella Sparks of Fontanelle, Wyo.
Haste is fatal to photography. This applies to every branch and more particularly to the fundamental feature—the exposure. Most people think the beauties of a “fast” lens and automatic shutter lie only in the fact that exposures may be made in 1-100th of a second, and take great delight in boasting of the shortness of their exposures.
One of the most fascinating branches of photography is that known as genre photography. It admits of a variety of effects and gives full scope to the photographer’s aptitude for composition. In order to be a successful genre photographer one must have some knowledge of the art and laws that govern it.
It will be necessary under the new plan of issuing on the 25th of each month, to receive all prints for competitions by the 1st of the month instead of the the as has heretofore been the rule. The list of subjects in our monthly competitions for 1901.
Very few people outside of the sportsmen ànd campers passing through the mountains, and the ranchmen and citizens residing there, ever stop to consider the immense destruction and loss which is being caused by the inroads that every year are being made in our western mountain forests.
In the September number our readers were treated to an article on hunting the peccary in Texas, by Captain L. L. Goodrich, of San Antonio. This gentleman, while approaching the three-score figure in age, is as buoyant as a chip and as chipper as a boy in the hills for game.
Some time ago you published an article (either in the June or July number) signed by one Frank Ruby, in which he states that a small band of mountain sheep, in crossing the Florence & Cripple Creek railway’s track, some distance out from Florence, Colorado, caused the engine to leave the rails by knocking down stones and other debris on the track, while climbing the mountain to make their escape.
I enclose you here-with picture of a deer head. I killed this buck in this county in '81 with a Colt’s 45 pistol. Following are some of the measurements: Maximum spread of antlers.....44 in. Length of beam................29 in. Circumference of beam......... 6 in.
Probably in no section of America is it more difficult to properly enforce the game laws than in Northwestern Colorado. This is due largely to the fact that there is a sentiment among a certain class that the game can be killed by residents at all seasons of the year.
A party of fishermen were wading in the Laramie River a day or two ago, fishing as they went, when they were approached by some ranchmen and made to quit, the ranchmen claiming to own the bed of the stream with the land on each side of the water. The fishermen were told that the government owned the fish and the ranchmen controlled the stream, and were compelled to leave the premises.
A band of Uintah Indians, from the Ute reservation in Utah, have crossed the state line over into Routt county, and are now engaged in slaughtering game. Fish and Game Commissioner Harris left for Steamboat Springs yesterday morning to investigate the matter.
Your magazine has improved greatly since you started a few years ago, and I have no doubt but that you will build up a great sporting magazine worthy of the great West in which we live.—James Dickie, Fort Washakie, Wyo. Outdoor Life improves with time—and this does not mean it was not good at first.
Wolves have been doing great damage in Wyoming, according to advices received from the section about Sundance. A wolf drive by the ranchmen is talked of. The club house of the Bear River Duck Club, which has been in course of construction for some time at the mouth of Bear River, Utah, is nearly completed.
Of the eleven winning dogs which won at Sioux Falls, seven of them hailed from different states in the Union, viz: California, Washington, South Dakota, Minnesota, Missouri, Illinois and Pennsylvania. In all fourteen states were represented at the trials.
In the heel of life’s evening when the fires of ambition have burned themselves out and lie in ashes on the hearthstone of memory; when the erstwhile snapping sparks of quick and fierce vitality have resolved themselves into a quieter, steadier ember-glow of warmer, if shorter promise; when the enthusiastic madness of exuberant and irrepressible youth has been replaced by the prosaic method of age and experience; when the down of callow egotism has matured into the moss on the back of infirm nescience and a man’s only desire is to rest and review the endless procession of mortal and immortal fools rushing up and down the highways and byways of this funny world, there comes unconsciously into one’s cogitations a leaven of indulgence, sympathy and compassion for the frailties and foibles of our fellowmen, and the heart warms involuntarily to all the weaknesses that the world wots of.
Just to whose individual ingenuity and ``men the great fraternity of riflemen are indebted for the principle underlying the process of incising the interior surface of a gun barrel with parallel grooves, more or less longitudinal to the axis of the bore, constituting what is now known as “rifling,” the world will probably never know.
Specifications forming part of Letters Patent No. 680,243, dated August 13, 1901. Patentee, Gaitano Gioda of New York, N. Y. Reported by special privilege granted Outdoor Life by the United States Patent Office. This improved repeating pistol is carried in the pocket in the position shown in Figs. 1 and 2, with the barrel folded up into the recess a' at the front of the handle.
"A Subscriber Since Your First Issue," Nogales, Ariz.—What, in your estimation, would be the best bore, weight and choke specification for an “all-around” shotgun for a lady’s use. and what make would you recommend? Is there enough extra advantages in an ejector over a non-ejector to justify the increased cost?
Thoroughly bronzed in face after four weeks spent in the wilds of Western Colorado, Prof. Henry T. Osborn, Mrs. Osborne, H. Fairfield Osborn, Jr., and Miss Anna Morgan, daughter of J. Pierpont Morgan, returned to civilization at Glenwood Springs, Colo., on Sept. 4.
Newbro's Herpicide Destroys the Dandruff Germ Permanently and Cures Baldness.
Quinine and rum and a whole lot of other things, are pleasant to rub on the scalp after washing it free of dandruff, but not one preparation of the general run will cure the dandruff. A germ causes dandruff and falling hair. It is necessary to kill that germ, to be permanently cured of dandruff, and to stop falling hair.
WHEN YOU TRAVEL FOR BUSINESS GO WHERE THE BUSINESS IS DONE.
DO YOU SMOKE A PIPE?
The lines of the Mexican Central Railway pass through fifteen of the twenty-seven states of the republic. Eight million of the thirteen million inhabitants of Mexico are settled contiguous to them. The principal mining regions receive their supplies and export their products over it—Chihuahua, Sierra Mojada, Mapimi, Fresnillo, Parral, Guanacdevi, Zacatecas, Guanajuato, Sombrerete, Pachuca, etc., etc.