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A WOMAN TENDERFOOT

BY

GRACE GALLATIN SETON THOMPSON

1900

In this Book the full page Drawings were made by Ernest Seton Thompson, G. Wright and E.M. Ashe, and the Marginals by S.N. Abbott. The cover, title page and general make up were designed by the Author. Thanks are due to Miller Christy for proof revision, and to A.A. Anderson for valuable suggestions on camp outfitting.

THIS BOOK IS A TRIBUTE TO THE WEST.

I have used many Western phrases as necessary to the Western setting.

I can only add that the events related really happened in the Rocky Mountains of the United States and Canada; and this is why, being a woman, I wanted to tell about them, in the hope that some going to Europe in the summer woman may be tempted to go West instead.

G.G.S. T.

New York City, September 1st, 1900.

CONTENTS

I The Why of It

II Outfit and Advice for the Woman who goes hunting with her husband

III The First Plunge of the Woman Tenderfoot

IV Which Treats of the Imps and My Elk

V Lost in the Mountains

VI The Cook

VII Among the Clouds

VIII At Yeddars

IX My Antelope

X A Mountain Drama

XI What I Know about Wahb of the Bighorn Basin

XII The Dead Hunt

XIII Just Rattlesnakes

XIV As Cowgirl

XV The Sweet Pea Lady Someone Else's Mountain Sheep

XVI In which the Tenderfoot Learns a New Trick

XVII Our Mine

XVIII The Last Word

A LIST OF FULL PAGE DRAWINGS.

Costume for cross saddle riding

Tears starting from your smoke inflamed eyes

Saddle cover for wet weather Policeman's equestrian rain coat

She was postmistress twice a week

The trail was lost in a gully

Whetted one to a razor edge and threw it into a tree where it stuck quivering

Not three hundred yards away ... were two bull elk in deadly combat

Down the path came two of the prettiest Blacktails

A misstep would have sent us flying over the cliff

Thus I fought through the afternoon

We whizzed across the railroad track in front of the Day Express

Five feet full in front of us, they pulled their horses to a dead stop

The coyotes made savage music

The horrid thing was ready for me I started on a gallop, swinging one arm

The warm beating heart of a mountain sheep

I could not keep away from his hoofs

We started forward, just as the rear wheels were hovering over the edge

"You better not sit down on that kaig ... It's nitroglycerine"

The tunnel caused its roof to cave in close behind me

A mountain lion sneaked past my saddle pillowed head

I.

THE WHY OF IT.

Theoretically, I have always agreed with the Quaker wife who reformed her husband "Whither thou goest, I go also, Dicky dear." What thou doest, I do also, Dicky dear. So when, the year after our marriage, Nimrod announced that the mountain madness was again working in his blood, and that he must go West and take up the trail for his holiday, I tucked my summer watering place and Europe flying trip mind away (not without regret, I confess) and cautiously tried to acquire a new vocabulary and some new ideas.

Of course, plenty of women have handled guns and have gone to the Rocky Mountains on hunting trips but they were not among my friends. However, my imagination was good, and the outfit I got together for my first trip appalled that good man, my husband, while the number of things I had to learn appalled me.

In fact, the first four months spent 'Out West' were taken up in learning how to ride, how to dress for it, how to shoot, and how to philosophise, each of which lessons is a story in itself. But briefly, in order to come to this story, I must have a side talk with the Woman who goes hunting with her husband. Those not interested please omit the next chapter.

II.

OUTFIT AND ADVICE FOR THE WOMAN WHO GOES HUNTING WITH HER HUSBAND.

Is it really so that most women say no to camp life because they are afraid of being uncomfortable and looking unbeautiful? There is no reason why a woman should make a freak of herself even if she is going to rough it; as a matter of fact I do not rough it, I go for enjoyment and leave out all possible discomforts... Continue reading book >>




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