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The Ben Lilly legend.

Author: J Frank Dobie
Publisher: Boston, Little, Brown, [©1950]
Edition/Format:   Print book : Biography : English : [1st ed.]View all editions and formats
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"Tales (both fact and fable) told about a master hunter of the Rockies who in his prime was 'chief huntsman' to Theodore Roosevelt."
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Genre/Form: Biographies
Named Person: Ben Lilly; Ben Lilly; Benjamin Vernon 1856-1936 Lilly
Material Type: Biography
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: J Frank Dobie
OCLC Number: 1321159
Description: xv, 237 pages illustrations, portraits 21 cm
Contents: Esau the hunter --
Mister Ben Lilly and his book --
The cowwhip --
That hawk kept flying --
Teddy Roosevelt's chief huntsman --
In Texas and Mexico --
Master sign-reader of the Rockies --
"That Taos bear" --
The Lilly dogs --
Ben Lilly on panthers --
The smell of mortality.

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"Tales (both fact and fable) told about a master hunter of the Rockies who in his prime was 'chief huntsman' to Theodore Roosevelt."

Ben Lilly was the greatest bear hunter in history after Davy Crockett, by his own account and also by the record. Folklorist Dobie met Lilly some twenty years before writing this book, and was so struck by this extraordinary man that he began collecting everything he could find about him. Lilly was born in Alabama in 1856, followed the bear and the panther westward through Mississippi and Louisiana to Texas, leaving a trail of stories about his prowess as a hunter and his goodness as a man. He was at one time "chief huntsman" to Teddy Roosevelt, hunted in Texas and Mexico, and came to be known as the master sign reader of the Rockies. Here are all the stories Ben Lilly told and a great many more Dobie heard about him, put together in a fresh and fascinating contribution to American folklore.--Adapted from book jacket.

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