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About East Oregonian : E.O. (Pendleton, OR) 1888-current | View Entire Issue (April 28, 1903)
JOHN BURROUGHS RELATES
EXPERIENCES IN PARK.
Speaks .of the Marvelous Memory and
Wide Knowledge of the President
Enjoyed Hearing Him Talk.
John BurronghB, the distinguished
naturallBt, who accompanied PtcbI
dent Roosevelt on the tatter's recent
tour through Yellowstone Park, arriv
ed in Spokane yesterday, saj-B the
The snows ot many winters are on
Mr. Burrough's hair and bushy beard,
but as he gave a delightful descrip
tion of his trip through Yellowstone
with the president, he talked as one
who had enjoyed the experience with
. all-the zest of youth.
President Was Practically Alone.
"Save for myself and Major Pitcher,
superintendent of the park, the presi
dent was .almost alone on his trip
through the park," said Mr. Bur
roughs. "We had our guides with us
and some soldiers. We spent a week
in camp. Our first camp was pitch
ed In a deep gorge on the Yellow
Btonc. At night we would build a
roaring campflre and sit around it.
The president Is a steam engine talk
er. He would usually tall: for a
straight hour after dinner.
"One of the most remarkable traits
about the president Is his prodigious
memory. Every day would give us
I noticed that on our way out. while I
he was talking with four of his old
Dakota friends whom he had known
in his ranching days, he would recall
Incidents in their life together which
they themselves had forgotten.
His Wonderful Memory.
"One night the president got to
talking about the Tartar Invasion in
Europe. I don't suppose he had read
of it since his college days, but be
would recall historical Incidents, and
especially exact dates, with marvelous
accuracy. He would also mention
statements from my own books which of our sergeants startled us by saying
ranches, and would intersperse them
with Incidents and comments on his
life In Washington his experiences
with congressmen, senators and poli
ticians. Then he would branch off
to hunting experiences. It was all de
The President's Long Walk.
"Just two weeks ago today," con
tinued Mr. Burroughs, "while we
were In our first camp, the president
took a notion that he wanted to go
for a walk by himself. He started
out In the morning and and was gone
until 5 o'clock In the evening, when
he came back he told us that he had
crept within 50 yards of a largo herd
of elk. He had walked 18 miles
"The president's Interest In natural
history is exceedingly sincere and
acute. He knew the birds of the park
as well as I knew them myself.
think I had to aid htm in identiflca
tlon but once. At ou r second camp
the one on Slough creek we saw
a specimen of a pigmy owl . I never
had heard of the bird, but the presl
dent had. We heard a sound in the
woods one afternoon, which at first
we thought must be a coon. One of
our guides suggested, however, that
I t was an owl, though it was a queer
time for the ordinary owl to be stir
ring. The president declared that he
was going out to locate the creature
and I went with him. we found him
perched on the top of a large tree.
" 'Keep that bird treed till 1 go back
and get a field glass, said the pres
ident to me and he hurried back and
got the glass. He pronounced it the
pigmy cwl. It Ib about the size of a
robin. It stirs about In daytime like
an ordinary bird, and not at night
like the common owl.
Three Thousand Elk.
"The next day we started to Tower
falls. On our way we started up a
herd of elk and chased them up a hill
for some distance. We were on horse
back end crowded them to bay, where
they stood with their tongues out.
We rode to the top of a hill near by
and, resting there in the sunshine,
and gazing out over a landscape per
hnps five miles wide, wc counted 3000
elk. We probably didn't see all of
them. They were In five or six bands.
Riding down Into the valley, one
even I myself had forgotten.
"The presidents campfire
that he saw a mountain lion. We
talks looked and It was only a badger sit
were wonderfully Interesting. He tin:; at tne edge or bis hole. As we
would tell stories of his days on the approached him, he darted into the
hole and then peeped slyly out at us.
"At Tower falls 'tho rest or us went
fishing, while the president took an
other solitary walk to get .look at
a band of mountain sheep. He got
within 40 or E0 yards of a band of
six or seven of them.
Visit at Yancey's.
"We visited the cabin of an ex
confederate soldier named Yancey,
who lives In tho park. Yancey Is
over 70. He told the president he
Intended to vote for him If he lived,
and I have no doubt he will. The
president displayed great interest In
some children at the Tancey home.
"As we came on through we saw
several deer. We saw one place
whore a mountain lion had killed a
deer and dragged It across the road.
We took three big sleighs and went
into the geyser basins. We went
first to Norrls,' which is 1.000 feet
higher than the ordinary level in the
park. The snow was about four feet
deep. From Norris we went to the
upper geyser basin. There were some
soldiers quartered there. The presi
dent talked to them and examined
the books in their small library. The
president takes a deep Interest in the
soldiery. He takes a particular Inter
est In the Spanish-American war vet
erans, and has a deep and profound
respect lor the veterans of the civil
President on Skit. j
From the upper basin we went
back to Norris', and from there we
went to look into the grand canyon i
of the Yellowstone. It was necessary
for us to approach the canyon on
skis. The president had never had
them on but once before, but manag
ed to cat ry himself very well on them
and they say I did, too. 1 had never
worn thtm before.
We saw the upper falls of the Yel
lowstone. There were some soldiers
quartered there also. One of them
had been In Cuba and the president
asked him many questions. On our
return tc the hotel Major Pitcher in
sisted that we be photographed with
our skis on. so we stood on a large
rock and submitted to the operation.
We made our way back to Mam
moth Ho; springs, Btartcd at 5 o'clock
in the niornlng so that tne snow
today Erenin& April 28, at 830 p. i.
Tito RmmernefflEii MnssnaDinisiiry
Who was captured by the Macedonian Brigands
and held a prisoner for 172 days and was
ransomed by the payment of $65,000.00
Miss Stone will relate the story of her remarkable experience.
Pronounced a rare treat by the Press everywhere
Mfnra3fl(D)ini 5 emits
Mississippi Sunday Schools.
Canton, Miss.. April 2S. This place
would nt melt and cause our sleighB J is filled with delegates and visitors to and everything is being done to coii'
duce to the pleasure of the delegates,
as the visitors arrived they were as
signed to homes for entertainment
to fall through. We made 32 miles the fourth annual convention of the
that day The wagons met us at the . Mississippi State Sunday School As
Golden rate and that ended our trip sociatlon. which will be in session dur-
througb the park." Ing the next two days. As rapidly
The program begins this afternoon
with an informal consecration serv'
Ice, to be followed by business bcb-
sions tomorrow ana Thursday. Sn
eral Sunday school workers of lrti
prominence are to take ptrt to fi
Imported limburger and Biia
cheese sandwiches at Grati't
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ioo invested in Thirty-Three 3,833.33
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President: -Geo. Conser, of First Nat'l Bank of Heppner
Secretary: Frank Graham, of Arlington.
Boakd or Directors;-
Geo. Conser, Heppner, Oregon.
Ross Beardsley, Arlington, Oregon.
W. H. Coldwell, Arlington Oregon.
M. McDonald, Arlington, Oregon.
Wm. Smith, Arlington, Oregon,
Chas, McCalister, Troutdale, Ore.
W. A. Campbell, Condon.
J mes Carey, Prosser.
I. L. RAY, Local Representative, Office 120 Court Street
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