Lou’s pants caught on the saddled horn. They were badly torn so he had to make for the tall grass to keep out of sight of the Sunday School crowd.”
In 1871 Sawtell guided a group of businessmen from Deer Lodge and Virginia City on a tour that covered the geyser basins, Yellowstone Lake, and the Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone.
“This here Belgrade bull had throwed an average of two to ten cowpunchers every day of the week, not barrin’ Sundays.”
“. . . his writing always strikes me as something written by a guy who moved to Montana 30 years ago and never bothered to learn the history of the place. “
“Old hunters say a bear can be successfully handled (in an emergency) by waiting till he rises on his hind feet, and then smiting him under the fifth rib till he dies. They never tell how the bear amuses himself in the meantime.”
Classic Doig: precise colorful phrases that stick in the skull and move the narrative.
I’ll tell him why my Mom wasn’t impressed with his novel, English Creek, even though he painted an accurate picture of rural Montana during the Great Depression.
I became interested in the Belgrade Bull when Ann Butterfield showed me a letter she found in the research collections …