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SUPERB HUNTING AND FISHING
Exciting Sport Can be Enjoyed in the Sierra
* " ' ' Madres in Southern Wyoming.
ALL KINDS OF GAME HUT BUFFALO ABOUND THERE.
Elk , Deer and Antelope by Thousands nonm Over n Stretch of
Country for 2OO Miles. Ideal Dear Hunting. Many
Streams and Lakes Full of Mountain
Trout and Grayling.
* , Wyo. , Juno 10 [ Staff Carres-
, pondcncc of Tin : OMUI.V IJnK.I Nowhere
rise In the United States , at least , Is there
any locality that possesses such great at
tractions to the sportsman ns the moun
tainous section lying n few mlloj to the west
6f Saratoga and which can best bo reached
from this placo.
While these hunting nnd fishing ground1 *
have become famous in England , their ad
vantages , strange to say , are little known or
appreciated by the devotees of rod nnd gun
In our own country. Last season was the
Jlrst In twcnty-llvi ) years when noted hunters
from across the water failed to put in a
coliplo of months In the Sierra Madres and
tl.o region beyond the crest of the great con
tinental divide , on the Pacific slope of the
range that forms the western boundary of
the Upper Platte valley. After trying their
luck in India with the big game of the ] unglo
and In African lorMts , some of these ntmrods
have begun to make preparations for return
ing to their old stamping ground bore In
Wyoming. Several parties huvo already
been made up in England by old hunters who
arc anxious to revisit during the present
season the scenes of former campaigns. Kc-
cruits will be gained from among the mem
bers of noted gun clubs in London , uhoro
the stories of past successes In bagging gumo
In the Sierra Mudros have passed into
Not a little interest in this region
has neon excited among the sportsmen of all
Kngland by the posting of the unique wager
of "Al" Huston In the leading clubs of the
British metropolis. Mr Huston is today the
Dcst known hunter in this Kooky mountain
country. He has ottered to bet his ranch of
' . ' ,000 acres all under cultivation together
with its Improvements and a line herd of
cattle , against $10,000 that ho can kill fifty
bear in thi region in n single season. So far
bo has found no takers for this extraordinary
offer of live to one , for the property he is
willing to wngor is cosily worth ? 50,000 , ut a
low estimate.
Mr. Huston never makes any rash state
ments. Ho knows what ho can'do. Coming
out here when little 111010 than a boy , he was
for ninny years employed as u hunter by the
old Overland stage company. liven in ihoso
times ho enjoyed the reputation of being one
of HID nerviest and coolest men among the
old rnco of frontiersmen , which is fast be
coming extinct , and ulso as a superb shot.
No Indian ever Knew thcsn mountains as well
as Mr. Huston. Forndo/en years or moro
bo has had a ranch ou Cow creek , eighteen
miles below Siratoga , mid right under the
shadow of the loftiest perch of the conti
nental divide. His homo was until the pres
ent season the outfitting point for parties of
wealthy Englishmen , who made long jour
neys from their own homes or distant lands
to enjoy under his leadership sport which
they assert can nowhere bo equalled. Hut
his career as a guide is ended , ho de
clares. No longer has the fee of
885 a day , which ho received
for directing n season's campaign on
many occasions in the past , any temptation
to him ( o act us a guide. Ho says that , other
and younger mon must tuko his place ,
although none can bo fouud who will bo a
comparable substitute. So long as ho lives ,
though. Mr Huston wll ! continue to add to
the stories of remarkable hunting trips and
wondciful shots which huvo earned for him
his present celebrity as a huntsman.
All Kinds of Game Ahouml.
It Is unnecessary to enumerate all the kinds
of game that can bo found in the region re
ferred to. Everything but buffalo abounds.
The Upper Platte valley once furnished pa.i-
turago for countless Dison ; but they nro all
gone now. With the settlement of the volley
the hie bunds of elk , antelope , deer and
mouiitniu sheep wcro driven out and across
the Atlantic to the Pacific slope of the
rnni-iv where thov now run bv thu thousands.
Here and there a small ana scattered Darnl
can bo found on this side of the Sierra , but
for the most part they must bo looked for in
the unsettled country beyond. In that pict
uresque reclon a lover of the hunt can bo
satiated. Howevnr ambitious one may bo
for exciting sport and plenty of it , there is
DO danger that his fondest hopes or wishes
will not bo realized , The only condition imposed -
posed is that a guide must bo taken In ordot {
to insure the good fortune of which so many
visitors thcro have been able to boast.
What makes this region especially advan
tageous is I Us easy accessibility from the
main traveled routes. It is only thirty-six
miles from Unwllns on the line of the Union
Pacific railway to Saratoga. The trip can
bo speedily and comfortably nmdo In excel
lent Concord coaches drawn by six horses
with relays. At this point a party can outnt.
Then they have tholr choice of either making
n short rut across the mountain on horseback -
back and pack in their supplies , or else pass
over the range with wagons bv a loss direct
route. In any event theru arc no long drives
or rides to get into the heart of the hunting
grounds. This makes a campaign Inex
pensive.
At Saratoga everything needful can bo
procured for such nn outing. Stores of all
kinds can bo laid In as cheaply as at points
on the line of the railroad. Wagons or pack
outfits are to bo hired at reasonable prices fern
n long or short | > crlod. Plenty of saddle
horses can bo bought or hired. Good guides
uiako their headquarters at Saratoga and
COOKS iitul other men needful for a big expedi
tion can bo engaged hero.
How to GroHH the ltnniu.
For n largo party composed of those who
can afford the time to take things leisurely
perhaps the best plan is to transport the nec
essary camp cqulpngo and supplies by wagon.
Then the route will llo down the valley on
the west sldo of the Plalto as far as Dig
Creek , which Is forty miles south of Sara
toga. Thcro Is a good road all the way and
dlpng which the mail line runs. The Grand
Encampment Is the only stream to bo crossed.
That is a big crook but has a good brldgo
over it.
At Ulg Creek the road connects with OHO
from Laramlo which leads up over the
mountains to Halm's Peak. A company lias
bean ongnsod in oxtonslvo mining operations
at the Peak for a number of years and haul
provisions and other supplies over this road
in big teams. There Is thick timber all the
way up and down the mountain to Halm's
Peak. During the winter there are wind
falls but tbe.su can bo easily cut out. The
feed U good the entire distance.
A lot of llttlo parks along this route are
admirably adapted for canilng [ places.
Game abounds in these parks and the coun
try Is full of nntclopo for hundreds of miles.
Many of them emigrated from the Platte valley -
loy and Increased both the number and slio
of the bands that had miulo tholr home thcro.
It Is easy enough to kill all the antelope you
want In that section because the animals
visit the big licks sprinkicil about
In the numerous parks. There Is
only ono way for them to got
into the parks to gain access to the licks and
ono to get out. As dully visits are made
there , ono can time the advent of Mr. Auto-
lope , and ho Is n poor shot who can't bring
down ono or more of the band 111 It goes
trooping through the passoi In or out of the
parks.
Plenty oCGrouno.
On the Pacific slope are many llttlo scrub
oak groves. In the spring the grouse get In
among the oaks mid strut about so that you
can hear thorn for n long distance. Doth 'the
willow mid the blue grouse abound thero.
No moro desirable headquarters for u so.i-
ton's sport could bo selected than In ouo of
iheuo parks ou the Pucllio slope where they
uro larger than on the Atlantic side. Hog
park at the bead of the Grand Encampment
is one of the largest. There the grass U
emarkobly line and both as to quantity and
luality cut-rivals that found any where in the
west. For 1911 ffllK'j tuero la A icrlcs of
beautiful parks , largo and small strung along
ono after another. Hod park close up to
Halm's Peak , Is ton miles long.
Going In by the way of Dig Crock the road
crosses the first range of mountains it an
easy gnido and then dro ps down gradually
to the head of the Grand Encampment creek
which rises over behind North Park , Cole
rado. From there the route passes over the
main range of the Sierra Madres and comes
out at the head.vaters of the Huano river.
The three forks of the Snnko head , close to
gether. The middle fork rises north of
Halm's Peak , Slater's fork heads ten or
twelve miles west of south of Halm's Peak
and Elk Hvor has Its source not far from the
Slater. Elk Head Is : i small creek that emp
ties into Elk river. It takes its name from
two peaks which stick out like the knobs on
tin elk after it has shed olT its horns.
I'aradlHc Tor Poor SliotN.
Hunting is good anywhere m the country
for 200 miles on the west sldo of the range.
Antelope do not stay in the mountains as
much as elk and deer , but roam about over
the fertile valleys that stretch away for
miles. There are hundreds of licks for antelope -
lope scattered pomiscuously about to which
they niiiko periodical trips. By waiting for
chance a band of nntelopo can bo mowed
down by rillo shots at these places.
In the mountains ono person or a small
party can lie down close to the licks fre
quented by elk and deer and plenty of shots
can bo had at them at ten slops. So many
animals congregate there that it is no trick
at all to bring down one or more out of a
band. A woman can't help knocking over a
deer or olic under such circumstances If she
tftn't tifi'titil in u'mnt. lit thnrn. "It's a won
derful country for a poor shoot , " as Mr.
Huston pithily summarises the advantages
of Hunting thero.
Small lakes are sprinkled about the coun
try and are alive with ducks and geese in
the spring and full. Along the Plattc on this
sldo of the ran go Is plenty of
sport of this sort at the seasons nain cd
Wtion the river is low as ills In the fall and
early spring the use of n small boat will give
a sportsman an opportunity to get all the
shooting.of this kind that ho wants. Sage
chickens arc also plentiful in the meadows
that fringe the Platte. These are good eating -
ing in the fall us they fatten on the grain in
which hundreds of acres arc annually planted
in the valloy.
Hero and there scattered band of mountain
sheep are found on the Pacific slope , the sur-
vlvor.i of thousands that once dwelt among
the cliffs. Ouo band of about forty is known
to have wintered on the Atlantic slope and
the venturesome hunter who hankers after
exciting sport can get his 1111 by chasing
through tb.ii gorges after them within twenty-
live miles of Saratoga. But it would bo a
hazardous undertaking to make a campaign
for these animals on either slope without the
services of a guide.
Can't IJOMO Any Hoar.
As for big game ono can have a brush with
bruin without having to co far provided a
competent guide is procured. Trappers re
port that the country in and around the Gore
mountains is nil cut up by bear. The indica
tions lire that they nro numerous in that sec
tion for tluTO uro evidences all about that
they have come down out of the timber to
feast on the beaver that were trapped thero.
The Gore range is u spur from the Sierra
Madres that runs towards the
Wasutch mountains. It got its
name from Sir George Gore who first win
tered In ttieso mountains about twenty-seven
years ago. Ho went in with an oiitlit of ono
hundred mon and a wagon train and string
of pack animuli of his own. It was purely a
pleasure trip for him but the big caravan a f-
fordcd any amount of amusement to the old-
tirao hunters and trappers. Sir George tried
his best to tempt all the noted frontiersmen
to join his retinue but his wealth could not
command their services. Ho succeeded in
taking out with him a store of skins and
hides but on account of hiring cheap men
with llttlo experience ho did not have as good
luck nor as satisfactory sport in hunting big
game as others of his countrymen who have
gone out in small parties.
Ono of the best known Englishmen in this
section who has passed many seasons in tne.
Sierra Madros and ndineent'country is Frank
Cooper. His country place called Bulwell
Hall , near Nottingham , was adorned with so
many trophies of the chase as to excite the
envy of hunters who had tried the game of
almost every rlimo. Five years ago when
Mr. Cooper returned homo ho shipped to
Kngland IDS bear skins. These were all
taken from animals killed in his campaign in
the Sierra Madres during n period of
three or four years. Of the number forty-
eight wore from hour , taken in ono season by
Mr. Cooper and Mr. Huston. An
apartment in Bulwell Hall ono hun
dred feet long and thirty feet
wide was carpeted with rugs made from
these Wyoming bear skins and some of the
llnest specimens were hung on the walls of
the big halls. Visitors to Mr. Cooper's place
regarded this exhibition as the Iinost
of its ltln.1 ever made In England ,
But everybody who goes into the moun
tains must not expect such good luck as that
of Air. Cooper. In the first place ho had the
good fortune to bo piloted to bruins' dens by
Mr. Huston. The latter seldom If over
missed killing u boar although , us u rule , ho
took the last shot when acting as guide. It
was usually the case that it was a ball from
Huston's Winchester that settled any boar
that , was scared up for the bonulit ot his En
glish hunters. It was through Mr. Cooper
that the bear wager previously referred to
came 10 bo posted. Ho evidently had too
much faith in the skill of his old guide to
care to throw away $10,000. llo suggested
that there were plenty of Englishmen who
would bo sulllclcntly incredulous recarding
the ability of ouo man to kill tlfty bear in a
ulnglo season and would risk that amount of
money to back up their belief. But no ono
has yet tried to win that ranch on any such
dual.
dual.Tho
The hunter who sets about it right can
start u collection of bearskins by spending a
month or moro in the locality which was the
scene of Mr. Cooper's exploits. Anv ono of
a half dozen men who have seen service. In
the mountains can bo engaged to accompany
n p.irty with the certainly of being able to
put the hunter In the way of securing n num
ber of bear. They are to bo found on both
slopes of the range. On thu Paclllo side uro
grlz/lies that will weigh from M)0 ) to 100
pounds. Men who are competent to com
pare these with the California grUzly say
tuny are similar in all respects save that the
product of the Golden Male Is bigger. It
isn't safe to do much promiscuous shooting or
to trv to kill any other galno to speak of If n
good bcurscoro is desired. The usual custom
Is to pack in to the bear country what game Is
needed and ho content with shooting grou.su
mid other birds with guns or revolvers of
small calibre which do not make a loud re
port. In this way thn camp can bo supplied
with fresh meat and no risk run of giving
the bear too much notice that they are wanted.
Grout Spo t for Kiflii'rmiMi.
Disciples of I/.nak Wrlton will find in the
streams on the Pucillu slope as good sport as
they deslro. Scientific anclers cannot dis
pute the fact that In some of the streams are
ilsh as gntnuy as any that were ever coaxed
to rise. They will prove as elusive mid dex
terous in resisting capture us the survivors
of llnny tribes which glide through waters
that have been "llshod to death. " What Is
known us thu mountain herring belongs to
this class. Why It U called u herring is u
mystery because It has no more bones than u
trout. It Is sometimes spoken of as a gray *
ling and probably Is of that family. The
herring is always fat mul U sweet and nice
eating. Sometimes thu herring lie so closely
together nt the bottom of a poolthntuit.hu
ucoop net u wagon load could bo taken out.
Tuey do not always blto and oven when oho
does you are not sure of getting It. Thu
mouth of n herring is small and It
often strikes at u hook without
getting fast. When you got onn
booked there U an opportunity to play with
It before lauding , Just at evening a peculiar
tly lights on the water which the herring Is
very fond of , II the Jlsuorwaa i au adopt at
tying fllca or can select from h's book ono
which will pass as a counterpart to ilccclvo
the herring , n big string of them can bo
caught.
All the streams on the Paclflo slope nro
full of mountain trout Some are of largo
t\to \ and can bo caught ranging all the way
from a quarter of n pound to throe pounds
In weight. In sotno of the creeks they are
moro gamy than others and much skill Is re
quired to land them. While the herring
rnngo from six to ten Inches or n foot long
the trout nro larger. There can bo no lack of
ll.sliforn party of cnmpord for no matter
what spot is selected for rest or as temporary
headquarters , It cannot bo for removed from
good llshtnir grounds In that well watered
country. It Is just the place for a lazy man
to fish or one who delights In a big scoro.
Thcro Is practically nolliilt to the number of
fish that can bo taken from some of the
creeks and small rivers. Women In particu
lar nro very fond of trying their luck at fish
ing there because their pntlenco Is not taxed
too much and the excitement of pulling in
they ilo not often have mi oppoitunlty for
cnloylng.
But it must not bo Imagined that because
such large hauls can bo made the conscien
tious fisherman , who is eager to work for
what ho gets , will find It too tame for
him to whip the streams. There
nro places whcfo the trout run
big and do not lose their freedom until they
have been skillfully handled.
Another Ilsh which abounds is the sucker.
This variety is not lethargic ns the eastern
kind and Is far moro edible. Most of the
streams nro perpetually fed by melting snows
and springs high up in the mountains which
make the water always cold. Thesn con
ditions apparently havuthoir effect in raising
the despised fucker in the estimation of
thnso who catch nnd eat It in that neighbor
hood.
l'iufurc < Uitc | Camp for KiHliermrn.
In choosing a pluco for pitching n camp n
fishing party would bo guided u.v different
considerations than those which influence
hunters. They have a creator variety of
cllglblo locations to select from and where
the picturesque element can bo considered ,
Ono of the mo-it favored places for such
parties is at Battle Lake. This has previous
ly been referred to in Tin : UKI : as ono of the
most bountiful llttin bodies of water in the
world. It is a relic of the glacial ngc and Its
waters. Icy cold and clear as crystal , are held
in check bv the last morrniiip. Perched at
an elevation of ! , f > 00 feet , with the loftiest
peak In the Sierra Madres towering above
It and forming u perpendicular wall upwards
of * iUKI ( feet high which .surrounds in on
three sides the aspect is grand nnd romantic.
Tall pines throw their long shadows ncro'ss
thn miri'nr.HIrn wllrfiinn nf tlin nitrt > ivntnrft
whoso depth has never been fathomed. It
looks like a vast niiuurium. Countless trout
can bo seen skimming through the waters
which extend back up to the foot of the
ell Us for n distance of a llttlo moro than n
third of a mile. It is only nbout three hun
dred yards across the lake.
Most or the trout In Battle Lake average
about live or six inches long. Only a short
distance down the creek which has its source
there , many are caught which weigh several
pounds.
Ever since this section of the country be
come accessible to pleasure parties the hike
has been much frequented. Stories of re
markable catches by women arc current
which uro fully corroborated by the hus
bands or escorts who have been worn out by
their attention to the hooks of the feminine
anglers. Ono woman caught L'OO trout in an
hour lustsuminor. Another wholly engrossed
her husband's tlmo to look after three lines
which she Kept going all the while. Her
score is unknown for after an hour's ll'-hlng
the woman was tuo tired to count the trout
she had pulled out. The Ilsh oitu so fast in
the lake tiat | the genuine sportsman would ns
soon think of contenting himself with casting
in n pond at a Imtchory as to wusto his Umo
witli such eager nlbblers.
lOusy to I Couch tin ; Pretty I nkc.
Thcro are no drawbacks in making the
trip trom Saratoga to Battle Lake. The
shortest routes load over u number of old
trails that start in from the foot hills ten to
twenty miles below this town. To go by ouo
or the other of these routes a party must bo
guided by a man familiar with the mountains.
The trails are plain lor a part of the way but
a stranger is likely to come on a place
where ho would bo perplexed to find an oht-
let and might get lost. Annoyances of this
sort are duo to the fallen timber which blocks
the trail at long or short Intervals. Years
ago the Indians fired the pine forests to
drive out the game , and the timber has just
begun to fall. But any guide who is recom
mended in Saratoga can bo depended upon to
pilot a party with duo diligence and satoty.
Some of these routes to which reference has
been made were originally made by elk mid
follow along on the backbone of the moun
tain. The distance across the rnngo by the
elk trails is only eight or ton miles.
The safest plan and the best , provided
women ore in thoparty , Is to drive down to
the hamlet of Swan , near the bridge which
crosses the Grand Encampment creek twenty
milei south of Saratoga. Here the wagon
can bo left. iv.U'k animals loaded with the
tents and camp outfit , nnd the journey re
sumed over un .excellent and easy graded
trull which follows up between * the Grand
encampment and Cow creek. This part of
the trip must bo made on horseback and the
distance is about fifteen miles from Swan.
There is another trail which branches oft
from the highway on the west side of the
Platte a few miles below Saratoga , which
the board of trade talks of fixing up. There
is a hunting camp on this route and a sub
stiintial log house was built several years ago
In a pretty park where thcro are good
springs and pasturaffo for considerable stock
at all seasons. How soon this proposed
route will bo laid off or improved
has not yet been determined , but there is a
chance that it will bo available so that wo
men could co over it later in the Mason. In its
present condition it is hardly lit for n party
to travel over unless those comprising U are
good horsemen.
Besides the proposed short cut tlio Saratoga
people are perfecting plans for building a
permanent camp at Battle Lake for the ac
commodation of pleasure seekers. Kustiu
buildings of a substantial character are to bo
constructed of logs and largo enough to afford
shelter lor many people. Though not defi
nitely settled there is n prospect that before
another season a hotel will bo opened In that
localltv. The construction Is likely to begin
this year and some sort of provision may bo
made later on to take care of the people who
do not wish to bo troubled with n camping
outfit of their own.
Short and IMuturcmiuc Itoutc.
Besides the long detour by way of the Bin
Creek route , by which wagons cin go within
n short distance of Battle Lake , there is an
other mid shorter routo. The former wan de
scribed In detail because It Is more doslruhlo
lor sportsmen who want to hunt along the
road. For a fishing party that takes with it
a big outfit and prefers to travel by wagon ,
the route over the old Cherokee trail can be
traveled more quickly than the Big Creek
road. Fifteen miles from Saratoga the road
to Jack creek runs into the old trail
over which the Cherokee tribe
made its long pilgrimage ye'irs
ago. Crossing the Sierra Madres by the
Bridgcr pass , throutrh which the old overland
route rin , the road follows the Savcry river
down the slope for four miles and then
swings around the mountains.
Tno .streams on the Puciilc slope are not ns
strong as Ihoso on the Atlantic , and there is
no diftlculty in fording these which nno
crossed on the routo. First comes thu main
creek of the Savory and then the middle fork
which was the scene of a great placer excite
ment several years ago. After passing the
Little Sandstone the Big Sandstone Is
reached. These streams head close to one
another and at thu dividing water shed are
only a little ways apart , the sources of each
being within a quarter of u mile of each
other , The Little Sandstone is a tributary
of the Big S.mdstono , which in turn flows
Into the Snako. Tlioroa.il to the Big Sand
stone leads through a section of fertile coun
try , aboniulliin' in picturesque scenery. It is
only four miles from there to Buttle Lake and
Baby l uke , nnd other pretty sheets of water
uro within easy stages of the Sandstone.
From there to Saratoga the distance U not
it.oro than 1.1 miles.
The best time to start into the mountain' ' )
to get the bonulit of thu good hunting Is
nbuui August in. From then on till November -
bor 15 there is fine sport. Up on the range It
Is not advisable to stay in much longer than
thu middle of October , as there Is danger of
being snowed Ir. after that. Fishing is us
good now us It will be at any tlmo. Thu trails
and roads are open to the best camping ground *
and thuro U no inconveniei.co from HIIOW
water worth mentioning. Theru are DO many
places to cheese from that fishermen cannot
mis ? It If they lay out a campaign during the
Hriod ; that the law sanctions this kind of
sport.
ArnuiKouioutH and Cost of n Trlji.
All the arrangements for n trip can bo
made beforehand , so that no tlmo will bo lost
auU u start rnado Immediately ou the arrival
I C in TS
We have just received an invoice of the very
finest iniDortecl fancv worsted Summer
made as well as any $15 Pants in the city. They
are a regular $8 Pants , and we will close the lot
this week at Five Dollars and Fifty Cents , $5.50.
For the same length of time , this week , a stiff
Flat rush , we place on sale 1200 Fancv Colored
Stiff Hats , including English tan , light brown ,
nutria colors , etc. , in fact all that class of hats
in the house at one uniform price of $1.98 for4 * ,
your choice. That means $2.50 , $3 , $3.50 and
$4 Flats for a Dollar and Ninety-Eight Cents.
Our Neglige Shirts are world .beaters. The
one we. sell for $1 is better than any $2 Shirt in ,
Omaha.
7'
13th and Farnam Streets.
*
P. S. There is nothing advertised by- other
clothing houses that we do not duplicate for less
money.
of n party at Saratoga. J. F. Crawford , so o
rotary of the Saratoga board of trade , can
refer any inquiries to competent guides , w'lo '
will plan u campaign and explain all neces
sary details. Ono of the best posted men ,
who florvfld au apprenticeship under Mr.
Huston , is "Joo" Bernard , a great fpvorito
with the English hunters and who now runs
the Gold Hill betel hero. He can probably
get together , at shorter notice , the largest
and most complete camp and pack outlit of
any man In the country. There are other *
who could equip email parlies on short no
tice and oven ufter'llio arrival hero of people
who desired lo tnko u trip. The moU satis
factory way would oo to ship a tent hero , bo-
cnuso that Is the only part of an outfit at nil
ditllcult to procure. Most of the tents in the
country have buen cither bought or hired by
prospecting parlies which outfitted hero to
hunt for thu mineral treasures hidden in the
mountains which surround the Platte vailoy.
These who are at all familiar with mining
might find it profltablo to combine
business with pleasure by spending
n few weeks in the mountains.
The necessary espouses for n campaign are
small. Guides are mild { 5 n day ami furnish
tl'ulr own horses. Good cooks can bo secured
for f ID a month. One or moro horse ranglors
are mdlspenslblo because tbay save Umo
and will work for U ) u month. The runcler'a
duty is to hunt up the horses which nro
turned out at night mid drive them up to
camp so that u start can bo made right after
breakfast. The supplies for a purtv of four
or six persons for a month ought
not to coit more than flO u
piece at the outside. This estimate
docs not Include luxuries. Fresh vegetables
of the llnest kind can bo procured In the val
ley. Should u purlv run short of supplies
when In the con HUT on the won side of the
range they could stock up easily enough at
nny ono of numerous little stores in the
Snake river country. Puck horses can be
hired for 50 centsu day and good bargains
for the use of suiUilo hordes can bo made.
Good horses are for sale cheap and It might
prove moro economical to buy them outright
as prices range from io : to fTiO and sell
them again at the close of trip.
No mention at all has been made of the
hunting in Medicine Bow range to the east of
thu Platte valley. That used to bo frequent
ed by hunters , but with the advent of prospectors -
poctors attracted by the rich mineral utrlUtta
all along the range and especially on Gold
Hill nt the southerly end of it , the country is
llitely to bo well hunted in or the game
frightened uwuy. Kcccnt mineral discorur-
les on French crook six miles south of Gold
Hill will have the effect of spoiling the lun of
nn old Ncbraskunlio went thcro some time
ago for the benefit of his health , lie hunted
In the mountains between Mullen creek
thirty miles south of Suraloca and French
crook farther beyond and had remarkably
good success. Last winter ho killed a great
deal of gamn both largo and small besides
getting away witli four mountain lions.
Much nearer to the town than that on the
eastern range , u few days can bo put in to
advantage by hunlors. They must not ex
pect such sport ns these who can take the
time necessary for n hunt In the Sierra
Madrc.s. That Is In reality the ideal country
for the sportsman.
Gcouui * F , CAMS.
II ( > MklMl It.
Puck "Ah ! " said the
: editor , as the
young author came in , "that last thing was
good. Wo were much pleased with It. "
"Well , in that case , " said the author , "I
will take buck what I said in my latter nbout
not liking the way you treated mo , and de
claring that I should send you no moro of
my work. "
"Oh , that's all r-Khtl" , replied the editor ,
with heartless cruelty. "That letter was
what I referred to , "
Gentlemanly In.stlnolH.
Indianapolis Journal : "Now , " said the
suuvu stranger , " 1 am willing to bet that you
cannot pick out the curd. "
"Tuko him up , " whispered the second
stranger , "you've got a sure thing. "
"But I am a gentleman , ' 'answered thu sub
ject. "and a gonlloman never makes a bet on
u sure thing , especially where holt sure to
lose. "
( Jot Through
Detroit Free Proas : South American
geuorul to his soldiers "Now , my bravo
men , chnrso once morel Victory will ho
ours , and vour country will owe you an everlasting -
lasting dobt. "
Soldiers "That's what It's owing us now.
Wo won't charge nny more until wo are paid
whnt'a already duo us. "
I'HK atKKKV JUAKKItti.
ItrlefH from the Ititlvilln Hiimicr.
Atlanta Constitution : Utllvlllo offers the
beat inducements in the world for railroads ,
Shu has \vntcr tank , any quantity of cattle
and ono editor who is willing to travel free.
Wo have hoard a good deal about silver of
late , but It would take a microscope to dis
cover it in this flection.
Our wife's mother loft for the hot springs
Saturday. Lord , make us thankful for wout
wo are nbout to receive I
There was a wedding in town last week.
nnd Major Jones gave the bride away. The
iniiior is famous for giving his friends awny ,
as it costs him nothing.
Snake stories are humorous around Hill-
ville , and the internal revenue detectives are
powerless.
The Atlanta Nowspaimr Union furnishes
our outside' , and the Lord our Inside. Wo
live on Faith. _
A l''alr ( Ji
Harper's ' Ua aar ; Stranger What are
your rates *
Hotel Clerk Seven dollars n day. sir.
Stranger If I come 1 shall want a room ou
the parlor floor.
Clerk-That will bo u dollar extra.
Stranger I shall want a flro In my room.
Clerk Ono dollar more.
Stranger And u bath.
Clerk A dollnr additional , sir.
Strungiir ( thoughtfully ) How much will
you charge to lit mo have the hotel Just as I
ami
_
l'or Km uro KvJ'crmiun.
Now York Recorder : "Lot's see ! " ho
muted as ho laid his paper clou u on thu bench
in Hnttory park "I've seen the name ijcforu ,
but I can't place It. "
"What's the niimel" queried his neighbor.
"Christopher Columbus. "
"Why , ho discovered America. "
' That's -that' * it ! 1 know ho did some
thing or other , but Just what it wus I'd for
gotten. I'll put that down and trv and re-
nit ! inner It , so as to post the folks In Penn
sylvania. " _
All ICniulH I. oiid ( o Itomnii I'imuli.
Philadelphia Times : They wcro talking
conlldentlv of the protein and the future
with that aubllmt ) happiness which only love
at twenty knows.
"What U woftltU or station,1' bo romaiuod
trying to bring In some pootloal quotation oil
the subject , "thu Idea that to bo hupiiy 0119
must bo born with u silver spoon in lilt
mouth I"
"Any motnl would &ult mo , Hobort , " nho
whispered approvingly , "so long as we had
Ice cnmm to eat with It. "
'J IK ; Cummin G/IIIK- / .
Denver Sun : Flint Dcnvor Dude I aX *
Cliolly , lot's go havn a game of Imc-ca-raw ,
Second 1) . D.Will Gordon Devonshire *
lirooko Ascolt bo in III
First D. I ) . V-n-u-s. Why !
Second D. D. Thou I won't play. Ho
h-n-a-s n wegular prince of Wales sot of
counters , nnd ho always flips the wong ono
ovah the lino. There's going to bo a tuwlblo
schundul about that chupplo HOIIIU day that
\\lll shake thu vchwy foundations of society.
Wouldn't Hoar Quotation.
Detroit Free Press : "What an orlglna
fellow your brother Is , Miss . \my. You
should have hoard hi.i remarks this morning
when the big conductor stopped on his corn "
"What did ho sny. Mr , Sample ! "
"O , us I said , they wuro original ; so I can't
quote them. "
_
Orcnlop Tliuii the C'y.nr.
First American ( In St. Petersburg ) Tnko
off your hat , man. Hero comes thu czar of ul
the Uussius.
Second American O pshaw I that's not
much. Why , I used to bo a gutuinan on the
Now York elevated road.
Kuuh u Dear Wll'oy.
Life : Husband You have done splendid
ly. This month's bill Is only hulf the amount
wo usually spend. How In the world huvo
you manuiN'd to cut down oxponscs sol
\Vlfo- Why , 1 bargained ou sixty days' '
time for lotsof thing * ,
Undo Men.
Life : Punvlopo Men are so rudo.
Jack What's anybody buon Buying or
doing to you now I
Penelope man gave mo his srat on the
cur toduy and never thanked mo for tuUliitfit ,
nnd ( o Njmn * .
New York Journal : Inobrlutod Huabaud
Shuy , Inh ( tils ; hot 'nough f youl
Discoursed Wife YOJ , K'a ot ououghfoa
IUQ ,