Item #313787 Sketch of the Events of a Hunt in Southwestern Texas. Texas, Platt B. Walker.
Sketch of the Events of a Hunt in Southwestern Texas

Sketch of the Events of a Hunt in Southwestern Texas.

[N.p., Minneapolis? n.d., 1907].

Illustrated with 12 plates from photographs. Unpaginated, [46] pp. 1 vols. 8vo. Stitched self wrappers (title page verso with repair at spine, new blank lower wrapper). Morocco backed slipcase and chemise OCLC: 48707632 (Yale). Not in Heller. Item #313787

Privately printed account of a Texas hunt, in late December 1906 and early January 1907, out of Houston, organized by oilman John S. Bonner, dedicatee of the book; J.D. Fry, B. & O. railroad; J.C. Weaver, Dallas engineer & “machinery man”; J.F. McDonough, Murray Manufacturing, Dallas; R.H. Nevitt, trusted lieutenant of McDonough. The guest, Platt B. Walker, was a Minneapolis lumberman and businessman. The party travelled by rail from Houston to Victoria and thence by wagon and pony towards the coast, to the lands of the “Rathbone Sporting Club”. This was the fourth annual outing of the club formed by Capt. Harry Rathbone, Bonner, Weaver, Fry, and friends, including Henry Crawford and Billy Lanier, who were already at the tent camp. They hunted deer, prairie chicken, duck, and geese, with incidental forays after squirrel and fishing for crab for the pot.
The seventh member of the club, Joe Johnson, southwestern representative of Westinghouse, joined the party for a time. They met with rancher T.P. Traynor and one of the duck shoots occurred at his pond; the goose hunt took place at Green Lake.
Lanier was official toddy maker, and all told stories of alligators, stampedes, and other matters.Weaver was official photographer, and one of the plates captures the author, Walker, among the camp tents, with Spanish moss hanging in heavy clusters from the trees. The narrative is clearly written and engaging.

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