THEY say, Walter, that the bodies of people who are drowned in Lake Pend D' Oreille never come to the surface. What a delight it is to contemplate an unfathomed grave of crystal water. I will not BE with you long, dear. When I go don’t shut me up in a dark coffin, but clothe me in my wedding dress and let me sink gently into this romantic lake.
THE early spring days bring in their wake an invigorating atmosphere that sets the blood tingling with new life and as “Old Sol” begins to exercise a greater degree of authority over them and early summer is promised, with what delightful anticipations are rods and guns taken from their winter resting places, to be polished and varnished preparatory to the summer's vacation.
IN THE issue of Outdoor Life for March I have given an account of fishing for tarpon as it is practiced at Aransas Pass, Texas; it has been suggested that I supplement that article by one of general information as to how to get there, cost of the trip, etc., for the benefit of those who are desirous of trying their skill on this king of game fish.
THE season of the year being again at hand when the fisherman is overhauling his tackle and laying his plans for the coming season, a few suggestions as to the habits of fish and modes of catching them, may not prove inappropriate. But first, a word as to skill and luck.
Oh come on, let’s go a-fishing, let’s go fishing, you know why; All the streams are frozen, silent, 'neath the gray midwinter sky; And the Northwind hurls the snow flakes at my window pane to-night; Seems to mock my pinon grate-fire, and the ruddy-shaded light.
IN MY last article I endeavored to cover in detail some interesting pointers to the new as well as the old anglers. How I succeeded, I will leave to the judgment of those who try my methods. Now, regarding further pointers, there are several, briefly stated, as follows:
After four weeks spent under the magic spell of the mighty Atlantic, one feles like “The woman who lived by the shore, And in time grew so used to its roar, That she never could sleep, Unless some one should keep A-pounding away at the door.” The peninsula east of Oak Hill, Florida, is only ninety yards wide between the ocean on one side, and Indian River Lagoon on the other.
CRIME in Italy,’ but wouldn’t this shrivel you up!” This was the rather emphatic though senseless remark of “Hub” to his companions “Ken,” “Kit," “Old Tom” and “Ichabod” as they toiled up the eastern slope of the Big Horn Mountains on a breathless morning in July with a burning sun blazing through the rarified atmosphere of 4,000 feet above sea level.
There is one of our Gallinæ that seems to bid defiance to the resistless tramp of civilization, that arch enemy to things of the Nature world. Last spring, while visiting the Mississippi Valley my ears were startled one morning by the familiar “drum” of ruffed grouse in the most denesly populated portion of Missouri and within rifle shot of a village of 500.
A hornet’s nest is usually suspended from a limb at some little distance from the trunk of the tree, but the casual observer would say that the one shown in the accompanying photograph was built on the trunk of the tree, for firmly fastened to the trunk it certainly is.
Some twenty years ago accompanied by two chums I went on a camping trip up the west branch of a pretty little river in central Wisconsin. We took a freight train to reach our embarking point, being hampered with much heavy baggage including a tent and boat.
The maiden leaned back luxuriously and from her position on the balcony languidly watched the gayly attired throng below. Suddenly she started and pressing one hand to her heart she convulsively grasped her companion’s arm and gasped: “Look! Look, Luiggi! There is the man who put those hard lines in mother’s face!"
"A lins," said Casey, "is wan of thim bhoys ye think ye hov till ye run furninst wan of thim lins cathalogues an' thin ye can’t till if its a lins or a lump of oice. I hov somethin’ thot looks loike pitchers but be th’ figurin' of thim 'if foive thrays' an' 'if sivin sivins,’ ye cud’n’t make a pitcher with me lins in a wake.
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What a world this is, and how commensurably little do conditions change with the thronging years! Almost thirty years ago—better than half an average lifetime as lifetimes range in these prodigal days of burning vitality’s candle at both ends—it was my lot to be stranded, literally high and dry, upon the shores of that ocean of alkali sand and desolation known as the Humboldt Sink in Nevada.
The requirements essential to good rifle shooting are largely physical, and while unfortunately not in common inherent possession, can be developed to quite a satisfactory degreee in almost every normally constituted person. Good vision is a prime necessity and one absolutely indispensable.
At the last meeting of the Colorado Kennel Club, June 7th, the dates for the next show were thoroughly discussed, it being thought advisable to choose the week following the Dallas, Texas, show, this show being the nearest geographically to Denver.
Mrs. W. S. Tallant, Butte, Montana.—I have been very much interested in the interest you take in dogs in Outdoor Life. Will you please tell me what to do for our household pet, Gecko? He is part cocker and water spaniel and is six years old. In the past two or three years he has had a boil on or between his toes, and the last year has had inflamed ears, which are offensive at times.
The accident at the speed trials of the Automobile Club of America at Staten Island on Saturday, May 31st, excited comment all over the world. The loss of life under circumstances connected with any such sport function is always sure to draw adverse criticism from the sensationally inclined, as well as from the "yellow" form of journals.
The management of Outdoor Life has decided that it will be impracticable to conduct, at least this year, the automobile race which it was announced in our June number would be run if suitable arrangements could be made. Such a race could not with safety be run on an out-and-home course, unless there was a loop or circle in the course in order that the machines would not meet each other on the same road.
T. D. Kyle, writing from Leadville, Colorado, to the Motor Age, says: “This is one of the most promising fields for the automobile in the United States if the manufacturers would get out a machine suited to the country. The mining men here all have to do a great deal of traveling back and forth from their homes to the mines at times.
Mr. C. C. Chase of Oshkosh, Wisconsin, is a sportsman of the type which we like to run up against. He is in favor of the abolishing of laws allowing the spring shooting of ducks and among other things has the following to say anent the question: “Prohibition of spring shooting for the next two years can certainly do no harm and it is worth trying, if means are provided for enforcing the law.
Your article relative to the protection of game in the world-famous Routt and Rio Blanco counties of Colorado is a good and timely one. Distance and hardship, two great protectors of game, will be eliminated, expenses lessened and the number of hunters increased by the building of a railroad through those counties.
Attached herewith you will find a clipping which shows that the game wardens are not sleeping, though there is much to complain of as regards their vigilance. “Ole Krugan, Jac, Anderson, Henry Hogan, James Larson, August Krugan, Oscar Larson and Olif Brown of Ironwood, Michigan, who were arrested by Game Warden Valentine Raeth of Milwaukee and James Oberholtzer of Eagle River last Sunday near Van Buskirk for hunting and killing deer in closed season, were tried yesterday morning before Judge James Blackburn of this city and fined $50 and costs each. They pleaded guilty and paid their fine. The rifles were sold by the wardens to the highest bidder for $36.25. The venison was destroyed, as it was not salable."
In case the new road which is contemplated being built from Denver to Salt Lake should pass down either White river or the Yampa, there should be more stringent laws passed which would protect the game or it will be only a short time till the deer and elk will be so scarce as to not pay to hunt for sport or pleasure.
Many of our readers will recognize on our front cover page this month the familiar figure of one of the West's most famous guides—John B. Goff of Meeker. This picture was taken a few years ago by S. Ben Smith, an old sportsman of Colorado Springs, and also shows three of Goff’s old bear dogs—Jim, Boxer and Lill.
A. G. Wallihan, writing from his home in northwestern Colorado, under date of May 19th, says “A few deer have straggled up the trail and are still going up. The antelope went up country some time ago and there are none here where there have always been a lot of them heretofore in summer time.
In answer to a letter which we recently wrote to State Game and Fish Commissioner Harris of Colorado asking what construction he would place on the law providing for a license of $5 for deer and $10 for elk shipped out of the state, when such heads were shipped out after first being shipped in to one of our taxidermists for mounting, he replied as per appended letter, which we publish for the information of our readers
Much has been written and more said concerning the White River and its upper tributaries since that locality has been visited by the chief executive in quest of the noblest kinds of sport the North American continent affords— lion shooting.
Come, pretty speckled little trout, Shy beauty of the brook, come out And dare to leave the shadows cool! Come where the sunshine warms the pool, And let my angling wish divine The secret that shall make thee mine! Come finny elfin, come and see The tempting bait that waits for thee!
SPEAKING of hunting,” said one gentleman to another, as they threw themselves into comfortable lounging chairs in the smoking room of a Pullman sleeper just as the Rock Island train was pulling out from Limon Junction, Colorado, "I am just returning from a trip which only is equalled by one of Stanleys in Africa."
The annual meeting of the Colorado Kennel Club for the election of officers for the ensuing year occurred on Saturday evening, May 3rd. The former president, Mr. C. E. Cochran, was unanimously re-elected. Dr. Roberts will be first vice president and Miss M. Cordes second vice president.
On May 8th, Webb Jay and W. B. Felker, two of Denver's most prominent chauffeurs, indulged in a race from Denver to Colorado Springs and return, a total distance of 150 miles. At Palmer Lake, which is really the Continental Divide, the racers climbed to an elevation of over 7,000 feet, which is a 2,000-foot climb above Denver.
As we go to press with this issue, the proprietors of Outdoor Life are soliciting the sentiment of the automobile owners of Denver and Colorado in a proposed 100-mile road race on some of the courses out of Denver during the month of June. There is no lack of enthusiasm among those who have been approached on the subject, and about the only essential to the success of the affair at this writing is the completion of arrangements with the railroad company whose road parallels the course that will be selected.
Geo. E. Hannan, the Denver dealer, is having a 20 h. p. St. Louis tonnau touring car built which he expects to have delivered about June 10th. Pike’s’ Peak offers such advertising attractions for the auto makers and dealers that several parties have signified a desire to scale the lofty peak this summer with a machine.
There's a pool of crystal water In the land of "Sequanota,” Which the gnarly cedars clasptheir hands above. And beneath that nectar pure, From the angler's wiles secure, Lurk the gorgeous "speckled beauties," making love. Would you see them in their glory?
A tourist once sat in a cafe at a table near which sat two artists. Said one artist to the other: “Do you wash any now?” “No,” was the reply, “but I scratch considerable.” The tourist stared in mute astonishment at what he thought was unwashed genius.
“Th' wus a lad wance,” said Casey, “be th' name of Milligan who wus afther organoizin' a com-panny of gya-ards, which same is sojers, an' wan of thim felleys thot wroites th' songs they sing in th’ theayters, hearin’ of Milligan’s gya-ards invinted a song of thim.
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In a particularly well written relation of South African sport which appeared in an estimable English contemporary recently, the writer, who is evidently a well informed and devoted sportsman, makes very strenuous objections to the employment of telescopic sighted, high powered, small-bore rifles in shooting big game.
Philanthropy is not confined to the one set condition of simply alleviating human distress. It has a wider province in the enhancing and promoting of human pleasures, and deals usually more largely with futures than with present supply.
In presenting the following targets made with the reduced charges referred to, I wish to distinctly disclaim, on the parts of myself and the gentlemen who kindly assisted me in these experiments, any pretense as to fine shooting performance, or to any credit for the results attained other than that which fairly attaches to honest, careful and extended investigation.
Strange what a little touch it takes to raise the headgates of a stagnant memory and loose the strong flood of years upon the flimsy present, whose cork-like shams flee into nothingness before the resistless tide! The other night, while rummaging aimlessly in the dark of a musty attic, among the odds and ends in my old ditty box, my fingers closed about a sadly battered bit of horn and steel whose contact, like an electric shock, thrilled even to the marrow of my bones.
F. D. McQueen, Osceola, Nev.—I am desirous of obtaining a little information through the columns of your valuable magazine in regard to the .22-calibre Marlin rifle, chambered for the .22-long rifle cartridge. I will appeal to some better rifleman who has had experience with this rifle.
I shall always assist in extending the influence of Outdoor Life by every means in my power. You deserve the support of every sportsman in America, because you are publishing the cleanest and best sportsman’s magazine in the United States.
Every arrangement has been concluded for the big Grand Western Handicap shoot to be given under the auspices of the Denver Trap Club, on June 12th-15th, inclusive. Messrs. Mayer and McKenzie have worked long and hard on the details of this shoot, and at this date it looks as if nothing had been left undone or unprovided for in order to pull off a successful shoot.
Enclosed please find scores for Shooting and Fishing Cup and Brownlee Challenge medal. The two shoots came off at Anaconda in a big rain storm, the most disagreeable day we have had during this spring. Considering the conditions the shooting was good.
I am glad to report that the Buena Vista Rifle Club has joined the association. This gives us eleven clubs. Through your valuable paper I wish to correct a mistaken idea regarding the Coors Cup. It was stated in the daily papers of recent date that the Coor's Cup has to be won three times in succession to become the property of the club winning it.
Mr. A. L. Bennett of the sporting goods department of the Denver Stove and Hardware Company will head a delegation of shooters from the towns in the San Luis Valley to the Denver tournament on June 12th-15th. Mr. Bennett is probably more responsible than any other one man for the great interest now being shown in Southern Colorado in trap shooting, and the best of luck is wished for the success of the San Luis Valley contingent at the score in the coming Denver shoot.
The shoot of April 27th was marked by good work on both rifle and pistol ranges. M. O. Feudner came over to see if he could still shoot a pistol, and satisfied us as to his ability to do so. The Cripple Creek Rifle Club met on May 3rd and elected the following officers for the year: L. C. Moore, president; A. G. Bell, vice president; W. L. Turner, secretary-treasurer; captain, Johnny Young. They will shoot every Sunday morning at their range just north of the reservoir, near the Shot Gun Club grounds.
F. G. Rutherford, Chihuahua, Mexico.—I am highly interested in the experiments which your Mr. Mayer has been conducting in the testing of powder and balls, and especially his article in June Outdoor Life, but do not know if I exactly grasp his deductions.
After the smoke of battle has cleared away it can be tersely said that while many shooting tournaments have been held, from time to time, at different places in our state, none have ever approached the grand western handicap at targets which closed June 14th.
You have probably heard of the two men, Richards and Houck, who were fined for using dynamite in the South Platte below Lake George. They got off with $10 fine each. It would probably have been heavier had they not pleaded guilty. Have just received notice from the United States commission of fish and fisheries that 10,-000 grayling fry will be delivered to me next Tuesday.
Our attention has for a couple of years been directed to a new sight, patented and manufactured by a well-known northwestern sportsman, Mr. W. F. Sheard of Tacoma, Washington. The merits claimed for Mr. Sheard's sight seem to be many and of sufficient importance to warrant a thorough trial.
Messrs. Felix & Marston, Chicago agents for the Robin Hood Powder Company of Swanton, Vermont, have received the following letter concerning the merits of Robin Hood Smokeless, which we take pleasure in publishing: “After a thorough trial of Robin Hood Smokeless Powder will say that I can heartily recommend it for both trap and field use.
The R. M. Davis Photo Stock Company of Denver have received a shipment of Hawkeye cameras which for compactness and general excellence in design and finish are marvels. Among the number is a 4 × 5 folding film camera, the first of this particular kind ever gotten out in this country.
Must Have Luxuriant and Glossy Hair, No Matter What Color.
The finest contour of a female face, the sweetest smile of a female mouth, loses something if the head is crowned with scant hair. Scant and falling hair, it is now known is caused by a parasite that burrows into the scalp to the root of the hair, where it saps the vitality.
We are indebted to Paul Weiss, the big western optician of 1606 Curtis street, Denver, for a late copy of a booklet describing and illustrating the Warner & Swasey prism field glass, a glass that has made wonderful strides in popularity and general satisfaction among sportsmen during the last couple of years.
We take pleasure in showing herewith illustrations of this canoe, as we believe it will interest a large number of our readers. It is made by W. H. Mullins, the well-known boat manufacturer of Salem, Ohio. It is a sectional canoe, one that can be taken apart and put together readily.
While in northern Michigan my business brought me near Gladstone, the home of W. L. Marble. Every sportsman knows Marble. Mr. Barlow of the Ideal Manufacturing Company gives the sportsman just the tool for reloading that he wants, and if a bullet of a certain weight, length or diameter is wanted, we write to Barlow.
In the advertisement of E. R. Cumbe, the Denver automobile dealer, in our June issue, there appeared a typographical error which probably puzzled the reader. The word "mode" should have read “model.” Mr. Cumbe has a line of autos that will pay our prospective chauffeurs to inspect.
This little universal instrument, far from being a toy, is produced with the greatest possible care and perfection of workmanship. It is intended to be the traveling companion of the tourist, the explorer, the officer on land and seas, the hunter, the sportsman and the cyclist, and to whomsoever has an eye open for what is beautiful in nature and at home.
We have received a letter from Mr. S. N. Leek of Jackson, Wyoming, stating that the Yellowstone camping trip will be run commencing from his ranch at Jackson, Wyoming, as per the original plans as outlined in his article in Outdoor Life. Mr. W. T. Cornwall and wife and the editor of Outdoor Life and wife will join the party from Denver, which will meet at Mr. Leek’s ranch about August 10th.
We have received a copy of the new Mullins boat catalogue, which is a very elaborate and complete affair showing by elegantly-gotten-up half-tones the boats made by this company, and describing every one in detail. A copy will be sent free to any sportsman on application to W. H. Mullins, Salem, Ohio.
The Smith Premier Typewriter Company has just issued a new and attractive American edition of its machine catalogue, artistically printed, exclusive of cover, in two colors upon thirty-two pages of heavy enameled paper. The illustrations of typewriters, typewriter parts, desks and cabinets, are printed from hand-tooled, vignetted half-tones made in the highest style of the engraver’s art.