In order to understand the value of the photographs in this article one must have seen a run of salmon in one of the rivers emptying into the Pacific Ocean, and have tried to photograph them for themselves. To see the fish in such numbers a person would think that it would be impossible not to get a picture full of fish every time, but such is not the case, and really a very small percentage of pictures turn out good.
The shadows gather fast along the cañon walls, Where Nature guards her treasure from the light; A hush upon the growing twilight slowly falls, And homing birds seek shelter for the night. Stirred by soft winds, all dark against the syk-line lifts A host of lances set in wavering lines, The lingering rays of sunlight thro' the forest idly drifts, And dying, falls asleep amid the trembling pines.
In the autumn, when the ground and the rivers become frozen, the miner puts away his sluice boxes, cleans his gold dust and leaves the lonely gulches for the busy town. Some take the last steamer and leave Alaska, some turn to other occupation and some spend the long winter in idleness, hibernating like the bear, sucking on the fat accumulated during the summer.
A dreary, weary world has this beloved planet grown; I’m surfeited on dainties—I would love a dirty bone. I’m dragged from Paris to New York, to Lenox for a “rest”— A follower of fashion, I—and pleasure is my quest. For I’m a blooded dog of highest station; I know not what it is to go unfed.
Well, the "day after" there was not much doing for me. I felt 100 years old, and Bill says I stayed "in the hay" for thirty-six hours—but Bill doesn't know, for he went down the river and met the guide, and together they stretched the hides of the four bears—and I noticed he did not get up until 7 o’clock, and walked pretty slow when he did arise.
In the old fireplace the fire burns low; The blaze is dead and the shadows fall In grotesque shapes along the wall: And I think of the days of long ago. The dying embers seem to take The forms and faces of friends long dead, And the red coals glow a deeper red And move, and speak, and gestures make.
The man put his last scrap of "sow belly" into the fry-pan. It sizzled and sputtered ; then humped itself into a flat half-moon. The man's tired eyes watched it hungrily, He crouched closer over the tiny fire, sniffing the aroma of fat, loath to allow even the smell to escape him.
In describing a sound it seems necessary to compare it with something actually different, no two being exactly alike. Under such disheartening conditions a writer may hope to convey only his own impressions, clearly, perhaps, to a reader familiar with his subject, but very imperfectly to others.
The opal-tinted sun-haze floats Along a stretch of sea-green sand, And with it dies the night birds’ notes, Where meet the lights of sky and land. A "Milky Way" of yucca bloom Reflects the stars through storm-clouds torn, And desert flowers fade in the gloom— For day is past—and night is born.
Nowadays men—some men—are beginning to realize that life does not consist all in all of piling up dollars. They are beginning to find out that there is such a place as the world and that what they thought was the world is really only a little spot somewhere on its surface—a spot as lost to general view as a fly speck on a wallpaper pattern.
Withered and parched is all that land, Covered with sage and dust and sand; The only bird the raven black, Perched upon the crumpled back Of some decaying, famished steer Dead from thirst on that desert drear. Not a sound is heard in all that land Save the gaunt wolf’s howl to his murd’rous band.
From the eastern slope of the Rockies through the great range grounds of the West to the Pacific Ocean, the cry has gone forth that the stealthy coyote, whose depredations are costing the stock-men annually many millions of dollars, must be exterminated.
The tenacity of life of these birds. The effects of the different kinds of wounds noted. Goose hunting experiences in Kansas when the shooter always returned with one or more of the "honkers."
WALTER A. CORNELIUS
I have often wondered at the tenacity of life of wild geese, especially the Canadian goose. It would be difficult to tell just what would be termed a vital spot on an old Canadian "honker." I do not refer to the geese who carry off the lead of the novice hunter, who imagines that every one he shoots at is "lead ballasted" and that distant fields and swamps are covered with his slain.
In the heart of every earth being, there should be gladness, despite any circumstance, for in the softer breezes, the clearer skies, and the hint of blossoms, there has come another Spring. Last evening the sunset was suggestive as it lingered.
The United States government maintains one of the largest salmon hatcheries in the world at Baird, California, on the McCloud river. This, with sub-stations on Battle creek and Mill creek, California, gives an average output of about eighty millions of eggs, about ninety per cent. of which are hatched and the young fish liberated in the Sacramento river and tributaries.
A lover of the sea breeze writes of a quiet, enjoyable trip for rest in the Chesapeake bay country
SAMUEL W. LIPPINCOTT
Six or eight successive annual excursions, either into the woods of the several Canadian provinces or among the mountains of the West might be considered as strong circumstantial evidence as to the bent of the mind of the person whom good fortune has thus indulged, and it goes without saying the adverse circumstances which arose, just as another hunting season approached, to forbid the anticipated continuance of the rehabilitating custom, were most unwelcome.
Noble county, Indiana, with its four hundred pure fresh-water lakes of various sizes, sparkling bright as dew drops kissed by the morning sun, is still the home of the gamey black bass and the birthplace of a new single-winding, ball-bearing fishing reel of great popularity.
The Airedale terrier, while fast becoming a favorite, is very little known to many people, and the breeders are often asked what the dog is good for and what a good Airedale looks like. Now, for the benefit of the readers of Outdoor Life who are at all interested in dogs, I will try and describe the Airedale terrier.
The Tragedy of the Tetons—Wyoming’s Sad Nature Story
S. N. LEEK
Within the shadow of these grand old peaks in Northwest Wyoming a tragedy is being enacted that should arouse the slowest pulse to action. For a dozen years past the voice of Outdoor Life and Western Sportsman has been raised against the deplorable situation in our greatest elk state which allows thousands of these noble animals to die from a no greater cause than pure starvation.
While up in the Boulder country (Wyo.) and north of there during the latter part of November, showing lands to land seekers, I stole away from business for a short bear hunt in the mountains in company with Ira Dodge, the famous old hunter who, twelve or fifteen years ago, fought and killed a grizzly bear.
Referring to your article in December number, "Further Details Regarding the California Lion Attack," would say there are several cases on record of lions attacking members of the human family. Two years ago near Casas Grandes, Old Mexico, a twelve-year-old boy was killed and partly eaten before he was found.
You have the best sportsman’s magazine in these United States and I am pleased to see that you are so careful in the selection of your articles. Let the nature fakirs and encyclopedia writers send their articles elsewhere. You are getting out the best line of articles I have ever seen in any magazine.
Have we a new breed of antelope? In the February Outdoor Life there is an article by John H. Raftery entitled: "Antelope Hunting in an Auto." On page 164 he says: "The unhit leader is just vanishing into the shadows of the trees as the car stops, etc."
I would like a little information regarding the fox terrier as a tracker and still hunter for deer. I hunted one day between two trained terriers in southern Oregon and will say that they were perfect in tracking, baying and heeling crippled deer.
At the session of the Saskatchewan (Canada), Legislative Assembly just past, the game ordinance was amended in several important respects. The prohibition of Sunday shooting was made more emphatic by adding the words "and the carrying of a gun ready for use in the vicinity of game shall be prima facie evidence of hunting."
Arrangements Now Made for Killing Lions in the Olympia National Forest
R. E. BENEDICT
In a past number of Outdoor Life we published some correspondence passing between Capt. A. W. Lewis of the State of Washington and the Forestry Department with regard to killing off the predatory animals— principally lions—in the forest reserves, thereby affording better protection to the elk and deer.
Paul Brown and Harvey Stark, homesteaders at Benton, Ida., are putting in part of their time this winter trapping on the Salmon River near the mouth of Waupshelie Creek. They occupy a deserted miner’s cabin and have with them a bunch of Airedale dogs belonging to Frank E. Brown, a well-known Washington hunter.
F. A. Dorman of Jamestown, N. Y., sends us the following clipping from a local paper: "A passenger train was about to depart on its regular run and the engineer pulled the throttle wide open. As he did so the exhaust steam was, of course, shot from the smokestack of the locomotive with great force.
In your February number appears an article signed “Sixshooter," asking for information regarding social and other conditions in the Sierra Madre Mountains of Northern Mexico. After a residence of twenty-one years in this section I can perhaps give the information desired.
I am enclosing herewith a rough sketch of what we called our "camp range," which we used on our camping trip last fall. I don’t know where the idea originated, but it is so simple and compact that I thought you might like to publish it and pass it on to other sportsmen.
The creation of the Wheeler National monument by the United States government, made operative by the signature of President Roosevelt a few days before the expiration of his term, serves to bring to public notice a great natural attraction which, it is believed, is destined to rival the Yellow-stone National Park, the Royal Gorge in the Grand Cañon of the Arkansas and the Natural Bridges of Utah.
TRAINING, HANDLING, CORRECTING FAULTS AND CARE OF THE BIRD DOG.
DOGGY QUESTIONS AND ANSWERS
ED F. HABERLEIN
G. L. H., Hamilton, O.—I have a crossbred pup, ten months old, that shows up well when taken afield, but would like your opinion as to probable utility. His dam is Irish setter, the sire Gordon setter. Color of pup, dark brown with tan markings.
While writing the following description of a rifle the writer anticipates the first question asked by the reader will be, "Of what use in this country is such a powerful weapon?" And we will frankly answer at this time that it is practically of none; that there are now on the market plenty of rifles and cartridges sufficiently powerful for the largest game to be found on the American continent.
This subject is acknowledged by the writer to have as many solutions as there are hunters. Every hunter of American big game has his preference, and many reasons for that preference. They are all-sufficient to him, and he goes forth happy in the prospect of bringing down his favorite quarry.
I have just received the January number of Outdoor Life. It gets better every month. I have been reading it now for many years, and although I subscribe for several other sporting magazines, Outdoor Life takes the lead. I always enjoy the discussions in the Arms and Ammunition department.
Mr. Gilman’s Reasons for Preferring the Revolver in .25 Caliber
Editor Outdoor Life
ASHLEY A. HAINES
The publication of his plea for making the then proposed rimfire revolver a .25 instead of a .22 some three months after it was written, has put the writer in a somewhat strained and false position. So far as he knew, at the time of writing, the rim-fire revolver was still something hoped for in the future.
Answer to Mr. Roberts’ Statement on Remington Guns
Editor Outdoor Life
Referring to Mr. A. M. Roberts' communication in the February number of Outdoor Life in re Remington pump gun, beg to say that I have used one of these guns for two seasons on duck, quail, grouse, and also at the trap on both singles and doubles and have never had a jam or trouble of any kind.
Having lived here in the Yukon Territory now for nearly a year and having hunted this winter in pretty cold weather, I will state for the benefit of readers of Outdoor Life that all rifles will freeze up when used in extreme cold unless the arm is taken apart and all grease removed from the working parts.
I am very much interested in your Arms and Ammunition department, and read with pleasure the various articles published there. Now that this is a free country and that every man has the right to purchase any rifle, revolver or shotgun that he may prefer (if he has the price) I will give my opinion of a few of the arms some of the writers have been considering.
Regarding the .32 Winchester Special and Other Guns
Editor Outdoor Life
One of your readers asked if a .32 Winchester Special was as accurate as a rifle. In my opinion a carbine will shoot closer at all reasonable hunting ranges than the average can hold. I have a friend here who is an expert in sighting guns, being one of the best amateur shots I know, and would rank well with Lieutenant Whelen in gun knowledge, and he claims that for hunting a carbine is as good as a rifle.
In answer to Mr. Cammack's question regarding the .32 Winchester special as a hunting arm I would say the carbine is as accurate as the rifle of same caliber at all ranges up to 400 yards, with the factory ammunition. I believe he will make no mistake in getting the carbine as we all know it is easier to handle in the brush than the rifle.
Since reading the splendid articles contributed by Mr. C. L. Gilman and Ashley A. Haines in the January number, I can truly say that my interest has been aroused for the first time in a small-bore man-sized six-gun. Heretofore, when reading somebody’s views on a revolver using nothing stronger than the .22 long rifle, I was at a loss to understand how they could advocate such a trifling gun as that would be, at least to my way of thinking.
The articles on the revolver by Mr. Chauncey Thomas are very interesting to me and I wish to say that he voices the sentiments of nearly all that I have heard express themselves on the question. In choosing a revolver, like choosing a rifle or a shotgun, we want an exceptionally light arm with terrible execution and free from recoil, which is impossible.
Mr. Chauncey Thomas, in the January number, has shown me, and in a most courteous manner, that I did not fully understand nor comprehend his idea of a self-spinning bullet fitted with a base cup. I must now say, and gladly, that Mr. Thomas is entirely right in his statement that this construction would double the pressure on base of bullet without increasing the chamber pressure, and I regret that I did not correctly understand his idea before writing my last letter.
I notice a little article by Mr. Chauncey Thomas on the "Woman’s Pocket Gun," and am sorry to note that he fails to mention the most effective weapon she has—the broom handle. This simple contrivance, in the hands of the average woman, is practically an unlimited repeater, and she can hit the bull’s eye, or a tramp’s head with it every time.
On page 206, February issue of Outdoor Life, I note inquiry by Earl E. Cormack, concerning the .32 Winchester special carbine. I have used this carbine for the past eight years. I have not compared its shooting qualities over long ranges with full length rifle, but I have put it to the practical test in several of my hunting trips.
I have read and re-read with much interest, and certainly with respect, the article by Mr. Chauncey Thomas, entitled "Two Kinds of Recoil," in the October Outdoor Life, but I can hardly agree with some of his statements. I shall now quote these and endeavor to set forth my grounds for disagreement.
While looking over the February, 1909, copy of Outdoor Life I ran across an article headed "The .22 Caliber Rifle and Cartridge," in which I was very much interested, inasmuch as I have made quite a study of that arm. In fact, at the Hazel Park Rifle Range, in North St.
I am a member of Company D, Montana National Guard, and had a good chance to try out the New Springfield last summer. I found it to be very accurate and think it would be a splendid arm for big game, if soft-point bullets were made for it. I have noticed several articles about different makes and calibers of guns, and their respective merits, but among them I haven’t read anything of the .25-35 Winchester and .25-36 Marlin.
In regard to the difficulty experienced by Mr. Roberts of North Dakota, as mentioned in his article in the February number of Outdoor Life, will say that I have been using one of the Remington repeating shot guns ever since they were placed on the market, and have shot thousands of shots in mine and never in a single instance has it failed to work perfectly.
From the number of letters received concerning the best methods of cleaning rifles after using smokeless powders to prevent barrel from pitting, etc., we have deemed the subject of sufficient importance to forward one of these to the DuPont Powder Company, manufacturers of the never surpassed DuPont brands, asking them to fully cover the subject, which we believe will prove of more than usual interest to the average shooter.
In regard to the .22 caliber revolver that the readers of Outdoor Life are discussing, I would say that a .22 special Colts' revolver, seven shot, weighing not less than 28 or 30 ounces, with side ejector and six-inch barrel, fitted with gold bead front sight, would be a most practical gun for target practice and small game shooting.
A correspondent from Plainview, N. M., whose name was torn off the card on which he had written asks for information concerning the Canadian Ross rifle. Following is a brief description of the same, and for further particulars would suggest all interested to write The Ross Rifle Co., Quebec, Canada.
Enclosed find photograph of a fishing creel. I had bound and a pounch thronged to the front in which to carry my fly book. It is very handy and prevents losing so many fly books. If this isn’t an old one, probably some good fisherman might appreciate the suggestion.
The Quest, by Dr. T. A. Stoddard; 200 pages, illustrated; $1.50; postpaid, $1.62; Cochrane Pub. Co., New York. Doctor Williams, a general practitioner of medicine and surgery of the regular school, is living and practicing among the primitive people of a fishing village on the coast of Maine.
Dr. W. G. Hudson makes a new world’s record of 100 shots, ten strings each, in American Record Match held at William Armburster's Schuetzen Park, Greenville, New Jersey, on February 22, 1910, and wins the championship of America with 916 points.
The Marlin Firearms Co., 37 Willow St., New Haven, Conn., are placing on the market the new Model 27 Marlin repeating rifle which is described as follows: The Model 27 Marlin repeater is the only pump action repeating rifle made in the popular .25-20 and .32-20 calibers.
The progress in rifle construction and its effects upon the hunter are most interesting to us. Very lately we received from a party evidently well up in rifle experience, a letter, a copy of which we enclose. It makes a fair comparison of advantages and disadvantages of rifles as they were made in the past and as they are now made by the Standard Arms Company.
We have received from the J. Stevens Arms & Tool Co., Chicopee Falls, Mass., an eight-page pamphlet just issued, which is a supplement to their telescope catalogues. This latest literature emphasizes that the Stevens rifle telescope embodies the only perfect method of focusing the glass clearly and adjusting the cross-hairs—illustrates by target the wonderful score secured by F. C. Ross in winning the individual rifle championship for 1909 while equipped with Stevens rifle and Stevens telescope, and illustrates and describes the new Stevens hunting telescope and hunting telescope for the .303 Savage rifle No. 2.
The success of the Standard Gas Engine Co., No. 10 California St., San Francisco, Calif., is only the just reward accruing from honest effort and years of ceaseless attention to business. This company has increased its plant until now it ranks among the largest in the United States (in the gas engine line).
The Estes Park Protective and Improvement Association is endeavoring to have Estes Park, Colorado, and its scenic surroundings, made a National Park and Game Preserve. The regulations and changes which a national park would bring, they claim, would not interfere with any business or injure anyone.
Fly fishermen who are replenishing and refitting their equipment preparatory to the reopening of the season’s sport, will be interested in the Cooper Fly Book, conceded by experts to be the most convenient and compact fly book on the market.
The A. R. Harding Publishing Co. of Columbus, Ohio, publishers of Hunter-Trader-Trapper Magazine, have entered in the out-o'doors arena a new sporting weekly journal called Camp and Trail, devoted to hunting, fishing and allied interests.
If you are not interested in fishing tackle you will be if you send to the John J. Hildebrandt Co., Logansport. Ind., for a free copy of their 1910 catalogue, which illustrates and describes a line of baits that will talk for themselves wherever used.
You fishermen who are going after bass, don't forget to take along a supply of Pepper’s "Mystic Bug" Bass Killer, one of the greatest bass baits ever invented. It is a perfect imitation as it strikes the water, floats, and is good everywhere.
At the fifth annual tournament of the Indoor .22 Caliber Rifle League of the United States, held at Pittsburg, Pa., February 7th to 12th, inclusive, Stevens rifles and Stevens telescopes won three of the four scheduled events. Out of twenty-five marksmen of national fame,who competed, fifteen used Stevens rifles and sixteen were equipped with Stevens telescopes.
The 1910 catalog of Marble’s Game-Getter Gun and other specialties for sportsmen, made by the Marble Safety Axe Co., Gladstone, Mich., is now ready. This firm is ever planning something new for the convenience and use of the shooting fraternity, and we would advice every one of our readers to keep posted by sending for a copy of this catalog.
In our March issue we published a truly representative big game photograph of elk in Jackson's Hole by the world’s greatest elk photographer, Mr. S. N. Leek of Jackson, Wyo. Mr. Leek writes us that he will send to any reader of Outdoor Life one of these pictures made up in bromide enlargement, size 16x20, for $2.50, postpaid.
At Lancaster, Pa., February 22nd, in a field of 20 shooters, Miss Anna Reiker of Lancaster won high amateur average, scoring 104 out of 125. Messrs. H. Bonham and B. Hull, second and third, respectively, all using Peters factory loaded shells.