Buffalo Jones needs no introduction to American sportsmen, but to
these of my readers who are unacquainted with him a few words may
not be amiss. He was born sixty-two years ago on the Illinois
prairie, and he has devoted practically all of his life to the
pursuit of wild animals. It has been a pursuit which owed its
unflagging energy and indomitable purpose to a singular passion,
almost an obsession, to capture alive, not to kill. He has caught
and broken the will of every well-known wild beast native to
western North America. Killing was repulsive to him. He even
disliked the sight of a sporting rifle, though for years necessity
compelled him to earn his livelihood by supplying the meat of
buffalo to the caravans crossing the plains. At last, seeing that
the extinction of the noble beasts was inevitable, he smashed his
rifle over a wagon wheel and vowed to save the species. For ten
years he labored, pursuing, capturing and taming buffalo, for which
the West gave him fame, and the name Preserver of the American
Bison. As civilization encroached upon the plains Buffalo Jones
ranged slowly westward; and to-day an isolated desert-bound plateau
on the north rim of the Grand Canyon of Arizona is his home. There
his buffalo browse with the mustang and deer, and are as free as
ever they were on the rolling plains.
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