Letter to Professor Baird
June 1st, 1886
Camp on Little Dry Creek, Montana
Professor S.F. Baird:
Mr. Hadley and I with a Cheyenne Indian, White Dog, have just returned to camp
from a five days scout through the bad lands, during which we camped beside our
horses whenever night overtook us,—and we got an old bull buffalo day before
yesterday. There were only two buffalo in that land (!), and we got the largest
and finest one.
Since seeing the buffalo on this native heath I am more than ever impressed with
our wants in the way of good mountable skins of fine specimens, and still more
of the imperative duty which devolves upon some institution to collect a store
of skins to meet the demands of the future, when the bones of the last American
bison shall lie bleaching on the prairie.
Wm G. Hornaday
Source: Smithsonian Institution: Division of Correspondence, June 7, 1886.