Sell Keno? No—guess not. Need Money? Oh yes—but. No—you can’t buy him. That’s a big price, I know, and I could buy lots of dog teams for that, but I may as well tell you I would as soon sell my brother—my best friend, or, if I had one, my wife. May be sentiment, but he saved my life, and no other man while he lives shall ever curl the lash of a dog-whip across his shaggy back.
THE SPORT of skeeing in the Rockies begins in December and usually continues until late in March, a great depth of snow being essential, that the snowshoer may avoid rocks and other obstructions in his verton's fair basin, the miner still finds use for his shoes among the hills.
THE Galapagos group is marvelously interesting to scientist, naturalist and layman alike. The prehistoric birds and reptiles with which it is inhabited are rapidly becoming extinct. In the event of purchase by the United States immediate steps will doubtless be taken to preserve the native fauna.
DO YOU want to hear of a first-class outing and how to make it? Thinking that you do I have saved the figures and details of the entire trip that several of us made, and also the record of events just as they occurred in the woods by the lake and by the brooks.
(From the Seventh Annual Report of the New York Zoological Society.)
THE name caribou is one of the few names manufactured by the American pioneers to describe an animal found here. Unlike the name moose, which is of Indian origin, caribou is a modern FrenchCanadian corruption of “carre-boeuf”—or square ox—a word not without a certain descriptive power.
Jim Budd is now nine years old! It is safe to say that as much of incident and adventure has been crowded into his life as falls to the lot of any one individual in so short a period. Jim thinks he is just as good a dog as he ewer was and will tackle anything wild and wooly, or that wears hair, just as quick now as ever before.
IT is with pleasure that I write of my late trip in company with seven companions into the nearly unexplored country of the headwaters of the Yaqui river, Mexico. In company with Dr. Anderson, we started from Redlands, California, by the Southern Pacific railway and arrived in El Paso on the 29th of September, 1902.
AS WE approached our camping grounds, the site having been selected on previous visits in that vicinity, cur hearts once more thrilled with delight, in anticipation of the unknown pleasures and adventures in store for us. Our camp was situated in one of the choicest spots in all of that vast game preserve, Routt county, Colo.
Pappoose swinging in the tree, Hear the wild bird’s melodie, Hear the buzzing of the bee; Sleep, my pappoose, sleep. Father’s gone to hunt the deer; Sleep, my wee one, never fear; Manito is guarding near; Sleep, my pappoose, sleep. Round about thee wild flowers grow, Fragrant pine trees whisper low, By thy side the waters flow; Sleep, my pappoose, sleep.
There was a good old time when one smitten with the charms of some strange damsel had but to scrawl some fanciful thoughts in rhyme upon a parchment and dispatch it her forthwith, to elicit some softly cooed consent to further acquaintance. At least both history and fiction assure us of this denouement and it is not our business to inquire if both are strangely silent of some cases that involved irate fathers with hosts of cudgel-armed varlets.
OUR FRONTISPIECE OF THIS NUMBER-GREEN-WINGED TEAL.
DO WHITE AND BLACK-TAIL CROSS.
ACCIDENTS FROM FIREARMS.
YELLWSTONE PARK ABUSES.
THE CANADIAN CAMP.
A DAY’S OUTING IN CALIFORNIA.
This bird breeds from Newfoundland, New Brunswick, Vermont, Quebec, possibly Pennsylvania, Indiana, Michigan and Ontario, Minnesota, South Dakota, Utah and Oregon, and south in the mountains to Colorado, Arizona, etc. It goes as far north to breed as Labrador and Greenland.
Now that warm summer days are again upon us, it behooves owners of dogs that have been fed heavily with meat and other heating food during the past winter, and have not had much work to he very careful how they handle them in the matter of exercise.
Denver has had its second annual tournament under the auspices of the local trap club, and it has gone into history as an unqualified success. Considering the recent floods throughout the Middle West, the attendance, while not as large as on the first meet, was a compliment to Denver and the West.
As Mr. Brewster wishes to hear more from me. I add the following: I observed Mr. Brewster's bi-monthly joke with another good laugh at his expense, and only through fear that, by his ignorance of the subject. he may unintentionally mislead some one who. unlike himself, is trying to learn the facts concerning guns and ammunition.
The discussion of government testing of firearms in various publications has brought before, the people a subject that has not hertofore been given the serious consideration it deserves. Forign nations have enacted laws for the protection of their people against the sale of unsafe firearms, the United Kingdom of Great Britain being among the first to provide this safeguard against careless or unscrupulous manufacturers, they insisting that all firearms offered for sale must bear the Government Proof House test stamp, or the stamp of some other government proof house, whose testing has been approved by the British government, and thus our English cousins guarantee that all firearms offered for sale are safe.
In reading the July number of your magazine I see that L. C. Read, of Colfax. Wash., seems to have trouble in keeping his .30-30 clean. When out hunting I always carry my cleaner, a bristle brush and a greasy in the slot behind the brush. When I kill my game the first thing I do is to draw it through the rifle.
The warmest contest ever pulled off on the Gem City Gun Club grounds was held yesterday. The purpose of the meet was to contest for the W. H. Wilshire medal emblematic of the inanimate target championship of Redlands. The shooting really began at 9 o’clock, but owing to the small attendance the medal shoot was postponed until afternoon.
Following are the scores reported by the Columbia Pistol and Rifle Club, San Francisco, on June 21—Columbia target: Fine rifle, 200 yards—A. H. Pape 39-39-43-44-4551-52-58-61-68. A. H. Cady 65-81. Pistol. 50 yards—C. M. Daiss 44-47.
The accompanying excellent target was made by Mr. Frank A. Ellis, Jr., at the regular weekly meeting of the Denver Indoor Rifle club July 14. 1903, at twenty-five yards, offhand; score 24S out of a possible 250. Mr. Ellis used a barrel made by Geo. C. Schoyen of Denver.
The following scores were made in a handicap merchandise shoot here on July 4. In four handicap events at ten birds each event, the following scores were made: At 100 blue rocks (as will be seen E. E. Baer killed 100 straight.): E. E. Baer ..........100 Geo.
Harry McDowell, Ouray. Colo.—Will some one tell me what is the preparation used on a fishing rod to turn the water and preserve the wood? Answer—The several fishing rod makers would probably be loth to part with their particular formulaes.
In order to encourage literary effort among our young sportsmen and sportswomen we hereby offer the folowlng prizes for contributions on the subjects of either hunting, fishing, travel or adventure: First prize. $10 in cash. Second prize, handsome solid silver medal, valued at $5.00.
Extra prints of our 3-color frontispieces published in current or back numbers will be sent to any address at the low price of 5 cents each, or three for 10 cents. No sportsman should miss this opportunity of making a collection of the favorite American game birds and water fowl.
There are few men who possess the enviable attainments which fall to the lot of the subject of this sketch. Mr. W. F. Sheard of Tacoma. Wash. For a number of years Mr. Sheard has occupied the distinction of running one of the largest curio and sporting goods stores in the Northwest. His trophies alone have made his name world famous.
“Modern Rifle Shooting;” by W. G. Hudson. M. D.; Laflin & Rand Powder Co., 99 Cedar street. New York, publishers. This is the most valuable book to the rifle shooter that has been published for a long time, and being thoroughly up-to-date (the date of issue is Jan. 30. 1903) it will more thoroughly appeal to our high-power smokeless rifle brethren.
The Outdoor Life force was remembered the past month by a pleasant call from Mr. A. L. Craig, general passenger agent of the Oregon Railroad & Navigation Co., with offices in Portland. Ore. This railroad, and the steamship line controlled by it.
When sleeping bags were first invented it was necessary to demonstrate their superiority over the ordinary square blanket for certain uses in camp and out of doors. To-day (taught by the experience of thousands of campers from Maine to California and from Alaska to Mexico) every practical man knows the value of these articles.
One of our Western sportsman friends. Mr. D. W. King, Jr., of No. 1026 Nineteenth street. Denver, has invented two articles that have already received the favorable comment and consideration of some of the most experienced sportsmen in the land.
The Hayner Distilling Co., of Dayton, O.. has the proud record of thirty-six years of continuous success in business. This company makes a specialty of selling first-class whiskey direct from distillery (their own plant) to consumer. By thus saving the dealer’s profits, and by doing a strictly cash business (with no expense of traveling men and the thousand and one other incidentals that the average business house must bear), this company is in a position to do exactly what it claims it does: Sell better whiskey at a lower price than any other concern in America.
What shall we do to be saved? was the title of one of Robt. Ingersoll’s lectures. People of faith and people of no faith flocked to hear it. Thousands are asking. “What shall I do to get rid of dandruff?” The answer is. “Kill the germ that causes dandruff, falling hair and finally baldness.
We take pleasure in caling the attention of our readers to a machine made by a company whose product is the by-word of every sportsman, so well known is it. The machine referred to is the Stevens-Duryea automobile, made by the J. Stevens Arms & Tool Co., Chicopee Falls, Mass.
$25.00, Tickets sold daily June 1 to September 30; good for return until Octiber 31. $20.00. Tickets sold June 24. August 2. 25, 31. September 2, to 11. good for return within 30 days from date of sale. $18.00, Tickets sold July 13th to 18th, good for return until August 31.
Commencing July 3d regular daily service of our Electric Lighted train, known as “The Rocky Mountain Limited,” will be resumed between Colorado and Chicago. This train leaves Denver at 12:30 p. m. and Colorado Springs at 12:45 p. m., arriving in Chicago at 5:30 p. m. next day.
A new handy device for preventing rust and pit in shotguns and rifles is the Wick Plug, made by Hemm & Woodward. Sidney. Ohio, whose ad. appears on another page. This device is made of the finest cotton wicking, woven lengthwise in a strong knitted casing, and snugly fills the inside of the gun or rifle barrel full length.
In this number appears the ad of a man who through honest effort and perseverance has won a place at the top of the ladder in his especial field of labor. We refer to Ernst Gunther, Thirteenth and Platt streets. Denver. Mr. Gunther is the only tanner in the West whose work we can conscientiously recommend to our readers and whose business methods are above reproach.
We have received a catalogue describing the Savage .25-35, .32-40 and .38-55 repeaters. From reports we learn that these are meeting with an enthusiastic reception from riffemen throughout the country. The new sizes are adapted to the model 1899, a cut of which is herewith reproduced, and which hitherto has been, made in the .30-30 and .303 calibers, only.
WHEN YOU TRAVEL FOR BUSINESS GO WHERE THE BUSINESS IS DONE.
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, Mapiml, Fresnlllo, Parral, Guanacdevi, Zacatecas, Guanajuato, Sombrerete, Pachuca, etc., etc.