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Down the Yellowstone   By: (1878-1960)

Down the Yellowstone by Lewis R. Freeman

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DOWN THE YELLOWSTONE

BOOKS BY THE SAME AUTHOR

TO KIEL IN THE "HERCULES" SEA HOUNDS IN THE TRACKS OF THE TRADES HELL'S HATCHES DOWN THE COLUMBIA

[Illustration: © J. E. Haynes, St. Paul

THE YELLOWSTONE]

DOWN THE YELLOWSTONE

BY

LEWIS R. FREEMAN

Author of "In the Tracks of the Trades," "Down the Columbia," etc., etc.

WITH ILLUSTRATIONS

[Illustration]

NEW YORK

DODD, MEAD AND COMPANY 1922

Copyright, 1922,

By DODD, MEAD AND COMPANY, Inc.

PRINTED IN U. S. A.

VAIL BALLOU COMPANY BINGHAMTON AND NEW YORK

To "MY FRIENDS ALONG THE YELLOWSTONE, WHO HAVE KEPT ALIVE ALL THAT IS BEST IN THE SPIRIT OF THE OLD WEST"

INTRODUCTION

It must have been close to twenty years ago that I first started to boat from the head of the Yellowstone to the Gulf of Mexico. On that occasion I covered something over a hundred miles from the source of the Yellowstone a good part of it on the ice, on the bank, or floundering in the water. As a start it was not auspicious, nor was it destined to be anything more than a start.

Shrouded in the mists of comparative antiquity, the reason for my embarking on this voyage is only less obscure than my reason for failing to continue it. As nearly as I can figure it today, it was a series of tennis tournaments in Washington and British Columbia that lured me to the North west in the first place. Then a hunting trip in eastern Washington merged into an enchanting interval of semi vagabondage through the silver lead mining camps of the C[oe]ur d'Alene and the copper camps of Montana, at that time in the hey day of their glory.

From Butte to the Yellowstone was only a step. That it was still winter at those altitudes, and that the Park, under from ten to forty feet of snow, would not be opened to tourists for another two months, were only negligible incidentals. That deep snow, far from being a hindrance, actually facilitated travel over a rough country, I had learned the previous year in Alaska.

I should have known better than to expect that permission would be granted me to make a tour of the Park out of season, and, as a matter of fact, it doubtless would not have been had I proceeded by the proper official channels via Washington. Knowing nothing of either propriety or officialdom at my then immature age (would that I could say the same today!), I simply journeyed jauntily up to Fort Yellowstone and told the U. S. Army officer in command that I was a writer on game protection, and that I wanted the loan of a pair of ski in order to fare forth and study the subject at first hand. When he asked me if I knew how to use ski, adding that he could not let me proceed if I did not, I replied that I did.

Now each of these confident assertions was made with a mental reservation. I was really only a potential writer on game protection, just as I was only a potential ski runner. I knew that I could write something about game protection, just as surely as I knew I could do something with the ski. As to just what I should write about game protection I was in some doubt, never having written about anything at all up to that time. Similarly, in the matter of the ski, never having seen a ski before. But I knew I could use them, for something, and hoped it would be as aids to linear progression over snow.

Thanks to some previous experience with web snowshoes, I came through fairly well with the ski, but at the cost of many bumps and bruises and strained muscles. What it cost me to make good that game protection scribe boast would require some figuring. I recall that there was one old shark of an editor of a yellow covered outdoor magazine in New York who quoted me advertising rates for the article I submitted him, but I believe we compromised by my taking twenty paid in advance subscriptions. Another editor sent me a bill for the cost of the cuts, and offered to include my own photograph in evening clothes if desired for five dollars extra. I still have several game protection articles on hand... Continue reading book >>




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