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LAKKVIKW, LAKK COUNTY, OREGON, TIIUKSDAY, APRIL 2, 1003.
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A Lake County Trapper' Method
of 5nrlnjc the Wary Coyote
and Many Wild Animal.
(I'tl'l. ItKl.ANIYlN I'OKTIHP JuL'kHAI..)
Miiny ore uimIit tin linprcnnlon
that with the departure ut the Hud
iiii Bay Company from tlm North
went trapping 'ir thin region
lion rcaned. Tliut tin advancing
dvllUatlon drove the old-time liuiii
ner of earning a livelihood to Alaska
JUKI OtlllT lllori' Uolated (llllH-H.
While In the main thin In true, Mtlll
there are many places In Oregon and
Washington where trapping I" car
rled on by Individuals iiikI h living
Im made In tlilM wiiy. Wlllluin Ham
memley, the well known trapn-r of
ijike County. Iiiim spent IiIm life on
tin desert iiml In the inoiiiitiiliiH,
mid every spring Hudn him In Lake.
view with a wagon load f turn
which he hIiIin-iI to the Nan Frail
i'Ihi u iuhI Ni'w York market, and he
gctnagood prlre for them, to, for
ti Im ftirx from the aulinnln of the Ore
gon desert command a good price.
The Ntiow falU In thchlghcr altitudes
In Oetoln-r iuhI lien on the ground
until April following, ami with the
steady rolil weather throughout
thlM mtIoi the furs crow with a
uniformity that given them the high
Mtamlarfl they hold In the marketM,
r'" u- -'--iij- U'utilw-r select
mi Isolated plaee at the foot of the
nioui.talliM bordering the desert
ultout the (line the nnow In-glnn to
full ami remain then throughout
the winter. Ity thU Im-atlon he get
ii chance at all of the wlhl anlinalH
of that section. The coyote live
beneath the rinkn at the foot of the
inountaliiH, ami the wildcat ami
niartulii ami eoiij - remain higher
up In the moiintaliiM ami roam t In
desert at night In search of prey.
ShiM'p Im the main object of all of
them, hut thejiickrahlilt liiUMt Hiipply
I he (lemaml when t he 1 enter In too
watchful of hi Hock.
It im generally thought that the
coyote Im the only enemy of the
nhecp, lut thU Im not true. The
wlhlcat Im numlM-rcd next iih a den
tractive tcnt. lie will kill a sheep,
especially a lamb, nn quickly an a
coyote. HelM not a wanton mur
derer, however, a Ih t Iih coyote
While the coyote will kill uh long iim
he Ihim iwccmm to the sheep, and one
ban been know n to kill a down or
more In a few ml mi ten, the wildcat
will only kill one tu ono night. He
only k 111m when he Im hungry to natln-
fy IiIm present apiwtlte., while, the
coyoto kill at every opportunity In
order that he may strew the plain
with oarcaMMen for future UMe. Con
gars ire very Mcarce, and a an
enemy to the sheepmen, they are not
J made u trip with the Lake Coun
ty trapM'r to hU winter home at the
foot of Mount Juniper. TIiIm Im one
of the farthest points from civiliza
tion in tliu desert. It Is 1(H) ml 1cm
from Lnkevlew and only a few net
Heinents Intervene, the nearest being
more than 40 miles from the trapper's
home, lliri home, which whh tem
porary, consisted of a tent. This
wan fitted out with a Riuull Htove
and csooklng utensils, provlHloiiH,
ltuddlng, trapH, guns and ammuni
tion, A small shock near by, built
of brush, furnished shelter for IiIm
horse. Kin traps were all ordinary
1 sted traps, varying In mIz" from a
I id I uk trap to one huge enough to
In. 1.1 a urlMly. They were tin- iu-
cumulation of yearn. IIIm home was
Hltuated In n cliiMter of Juniper hunlieN
at the foot of the mountain near the
mouth of n large, narrow, nx k-walled
couyou. Along tho IhmI of thU can
yon he wtn hU trap for any kind
of animal that might pnMM that way
ami up among the cllflM on the moun
tain he pliuc. IiIm trap for wildcat
nnd marten, while the desert wo
ntrewn with trapH for coyote". A
Mhe4-piuiiti had IiIm ramp farther
around the mountain and the trap
Mr had wlert'i! the place near by,
aM the coyoted alwayn linger near
tlieHhis-p. Hy day they wnUli from
the dl.tance and at night they ap
proach doner hy Htealth and never
lone a chance to pounce down upon
the unguarded herd.
I accompanied the trapper on hln
roumln examining IiIm trapn, and
wan fortunate enough to nee him
take cJiyotcn, wlldcatn and one cou
gar from them. The trapM were net
In a circuit of five niilen in front of
hln t'amp. I'pon arriving In early
winter he would ntart out with IiIm
trapn In hln buckboard and make a
complete circuit In front of camp.
He carried plenty of bait, alno. In
the form of hunkn of mutton, nnge
heiiM, rabbltn and other meatM. In
every trail, In every necluded npot,
uear every landmark, he would place
IiIm trapn. He did not bait the trapn,
but attached tlw bait to a ntake or
Other ntivtfaMMiry object aim A
uumlN-r of trnjiM around it. The
bait tied to the ntake wan left In
plain view, while the circuit of net
trapM around It were covered with
light earth, or nmall biiuchen of
gniMM ami nage llmbn. He explained
that the coyote wan no warry that
he would walk around a bait for
houi'M iM'fore attempting to eat It
and would then begin ncratchlug
from a dlHtance and unearth It. In
thin manner he often undermined a
baited trap, ntole the bait from tin
umlernlde and encatHMl with it. Hut
by the meaiiM he had adopted he
had generally caught the animal 1m
fore It mafic up ltn mind to touch
the bait. While it wiih walking
around It it unually ntepiH'd Into one
of IiIm trapn
Wlldcut and marten were not ho
Intelligent, however. They did not
nunpect the trap, and It wan net and
baited In the regular way and placed
where they would find It, and if the
bait milted them he unually caught
We had made neveral rounds with
out finding an animal in the trap,
but luck changed at lant, and the
old niiylng that "it never ralnn but
that it pount" wan demoiiHtrated.
A heavy Hiiowstoriu came up one
evening and continued all night and
the following day. We were' houn-
ed up In the tent all of thin time.
lint the third day the weather clear
ed up and we tar tod out on the
regular rounds. The hiiow melted
an noon an It h truck the ground on
the desert, but the mountains re
tained it on the large coating al
ready received, and the animals were
put on the alert for food. We found
a number of coyotes on the rounds,
but the most interesting capture
wan near the carcass of a nheep.
Vlie trapiier had found the carcass
and discovered that the coyotes hod
In-en visiting it nightly. He placed
hln traps at proper distances all
lt.H111ll 41.1.1 llitllll lllllltllll ,111,1 4,1k-
ttcured tltem as usual. Upon our
OUT 1NJTHE 11TH.
A dispatch from San Francisco yesterday afternoon,
said that "Younj Corbett" had knocked out McGovern
in the eleventh-round. Thq light was a "hot" one from
stxirt to finish. Some mone cVi,r)?ed hands among Lake
view sports on the result.
arrival four of the animals were
Htruggllng nt the chains which
bound the trapn to nage rootn and
other fantenlngn. Nome of thein
wert? caught by the hind foot and
nome by a front foot, and one wan
caught by both a hind ami a front
foot. Their nt niggles )ccniiio terrific
upon our arrival. They tried to
gnaw off the Imprlnoned limb, and
leaped agaiunt the chains an If tln-y
wouhl tear them from them. But
the delay wan not prolonged. The
trnpN-r dispensed with them with
IiIm rifle, dragged them nome dis
tance from the traps where he after
wards returned for them with his
buckboard, net and obscured the
traps again and we pursued our
I'pon our return from the desert
we entered the canyon to nee what
luck he had had then'. We did not
go far until we saw a night that wun
a night that wan both Interesting
and sad. The trajijnT had net n
trap at the entrance of a crevice Jn
the rockn. In thin trap a female
-iMont hod ln-cn caught, mid the
male cat nnd three, kittens were nt
rolled about her, apparently trying
to relieve her from her Imprisonment.
On our approach the male cat made
his cneais.' Into the den, followed by
the kltteim. The Imprisoned mother
net up a wall such an only wildcats
can, and this brought the male cat
back to her rescue. But he had
scarcely loaed upon the scene when
the trapiKT put an end to hln life
with hln rifle. Then the kittens Im
came uuxloun and they run out In
regular order lu complete bewilder
ment. One by one the trnper end
ed their lives and then killed the
Imprisoned mother, f remonstrat
ed for the kittens, but he nnld their
scalps were worth $ - each; that t In
law did not specify the size of the
animal. Here he had captured f 10
worth of scalps in a few minutes,
iH'sldes two large furs of great value.
Farther up the cunyon we found
the biggest catch of all. At the
mouth ol a sub-canyon which cut Its
way in from the north Bide of the
main canyon we found a large trap
holding a "monarch of tho desert."
But he was only a monorchia name.
His pant greatness had long since
vanished. It was a cougar, or
mountain Hon. It had lain down
and had completely given up all hope,
If It had any liefore It was raptured.
I'pon our approach It rone up bIow-
ly with a sort of look of resignation
an if our approach was a relief, and
It was. The animal, which had
been a large specimen of its kind nt
one time, was now a mere skeleton.
Its eye were hollow, and Its head
looked abnormally large, iu com
pared with Its flat, emaciated body,
whllo Its long, limp tail gave the
whole animal an elongated ahapc
that made It an Interesting speci
men. The center af Its stomach I
stood out like a large ball, resemble-
tng a nmall chicken snake that had
Bwallowed a large egg.
Wo approached within a few rods
of tho animal and tho trapper, uou
planned at the night In-fore him, rain
ed hln rifle with the remark:
"1 will put the thing out of ltn
He released the dead animal from
the trap and Immediately slit ltn
Mtomach with hln hunting knife.
The cause of the animal's condition
wan noon revealed. J ted need to the
nevcrent ntralghtn of starvation the
animal had come upon a porcupine
and had devoured it. The uilU of
the animal thus placed in the eou
gar'n etomacu had punctured It
through at a hundred points. Thus
moping about lu a dylug condition
It had ended Its miserable ex U tame
by falling Into Hammernley's trap,
We Will Celebrate
The Fourth of July meeting which
won called by Mayor Whltworth
last week, was held in the court
house last Friday. The meeting was
well attended by Lnkevlew business
men, and everyone entered Into the
business of the meeting with a Bpirit
that nhawed they Inteuded to (Jo
something. The mayor 'called the
meeting to order, and ou motion
iu vul wiil atf chairman, and A
V. Beach secretary. A motion was
entertained that called for the ap
pointment of a committee of six on
general arrangement, with the
Mayor as chairman. The following
were appointed: H. C. Whltworth,
E. C. Ahlstroni, C. M. Smythe. W. A.
Masnlnglll, I. J. Wilcox, ti. Schlngel
A committee to solicit funds was
then appointed as follows: W. M
Harvey, Geo. Harrow, V. L. Snell-
ing, and A. Bieber, treasurer. The
committee on general arrangements
were authorised to appoint all other
committee, and they nelectedjthe fol
lowing an a committee on music.
Mrs. L. F. Conn, Miss May Snider,
Miss Ruth Nlckerson, Messrs A. A.
Graham, J. Q. Wlllits, Geo. H Ayrea.
The tnony to be raised this year
is expected to be double that of any
year prevl6us, and numerous and
various legitimate devices will lie
used to swell the fund The general
committee say they expect to have
the finest display of fireworks ever
seen In this nortliern country. From
$ UK) to f 200 will be "expended In this
way, and the goods will be furnish
ed at wholesale prices by the dealers.
They also talk of having a large
platforu made about UOxlOO feet with
an evergreen or canvass cover tor
the excerclses on the Fourth. This
platform will afterwards lie used for
dancing, aud will lie free to all.
Many kinds of games aud amuse
ments will be provided, bo that ieO'
pie coming from th country will be
entertained like they never have
1'repare to have a big time In Lnke
vlew on the Fourth of July.
Not Known Here.
From Ellensburg, Wash., comes
the report that Mlslm-1 Hunt, a wait
er, of Taeoum.aud Frank McCluskey,
of Lnkevlew, Or., were found deud la
a refrigerator car.; They built a Are
In tho car and weiit to sleop Jmlng
smothered and burfoed. Tidings
A Spirited but Friendly Contest
For the Election of Delegates
to the County Convention.
I'umuant to a call of the Chair
man of the Republican Contrail Com
mittee primaries ?ere held in the
several precincts of the county last
Monday afternoon. In the two
Lakevlew precincts there were two
tickets put up, and a spirited but
friendly contest was waged. In the
south precinct which met at the
court houne, H. C. Whltworth was
elected chairman and A. Y. Beach
secretary. The north precinct met
at Barry's hall, and L. F. Conn was
elected chairman and C. M. Smythe
secretary. In the south precinct 73
voter were cant, but one was not
counted. The following 9 delegates
were placed In nomination by W. A.
Manningill: En M, Brattaln, Dan
M.wU.y. w. A, Ma-eil!- II. C. Whit
worth, Geo. Reed, X. Arzner, S. J.
Htudley, Ross Anderson, R. T Strip
lln, while the following were nom
inated by D. J. Wilcox: C. Henkle,
A. L. Howell, J. L. Smith, W. B.
Snider, M. Wlngfleld. J. W. Tucker,
S. J. Studley, W. R. Heryford, S. V.
Vrk nthup nnmlnntlnna
were made, and before proceeding td
ballot it was announced that demo
crats would not be allowed to vote.
The secretary took down each name
as they Yoted. ami-eTcijilitng cnt
off quietly until the end. The firs .
9 delegates were elected by a vote ol
SO to 42, -n tvu iU -Ax.wrkt.Loii of S. J .(
Studley, who received the votebt
In the north precinct things moved1
along similar to those in the south.
While there was only, 45 votes cast,
a great deal oi Interest was man
ifest. The following IS delegates,
were placed in nomination: John
McElhluney, W. S. Blair. C. P. Llne
barger, J. II. Bull, J. C. Basey, R. 11.
Day, T. J. Hastings, P. M. Curry, E.
M. Brown, S. F. Ahlstrom, J. T.
Metiker, Geo F. Miller, L. F. Conn,
J. H. Turpln, C. M. Smythe, E. A.
Snyder, J. P. Duckworth. The first
9 were elected by a vote of 23 to 27
with the exception of W. S. Blair
w ho was on both tickets, and he
received 44 votes.
The precincts bo far heard from
elected delegates as follows:
Paisley: M. Laurltzen, W. H.
Tucker, J. Simmons, Al. Farrow,
J. W. Beneflel, Geo. II. Bogue, W. Y.
Silver Lake: E. 1). Lutx, G. B.
Ward well, John Hayes, Sam Buslck,
Joe Totter, R. E. Smith.
New Pine Creek: C. C. Cannon,
Edw. Hartog, A. E. Follett, A. M.
Thomas Creek: B. F. Barnuin,
S. J. Prose, S. J. Button, J. M. Ham-
Crooked Creek: C. C. Baruum, S.
B. Chandler, E. E. Rhlnehart, N.
W. K. Barry,
Cliff Smith, Harry
South Warner: Ii. D. Erakes, Sam
Sloau, Tom Calderwotul,
Goose Lake: John Noble, Geo.
Noble, J as McCreary, E. Runslll,
The Ilullard creek flume has lieen
running bank full tho past week,
owing to the in lid weather aud