SPORTING ACCOUNTS [manuscript caption title].

NP: 1883-1892. Manuscript record book. Small 4to (7 1/2 x 6 inches). (28) pp., each almost completely filled with pencil notes, recording annual daily bags of upland game birds, some waterfowl, songbirds, rabbits, and squirrels (e.g., Thursday Sept 20th 4 quail, 1 sandsnipe, 1 field alrk, 2 Bull bats ... Dec 24th 1 jacksnipe, 1 dove, 1 rabbit ... Dec 28th 6 quail 1 rabbit, 1 squirrel"), the first annual report, covering two pages, signed at the end "20 hunts and 97 animals / Paul Litzke." Hudreds of daily accounts follow through the 10 year reporting period. Laid in are an 1891 pencil receipt made out to Litzke and an ephemeral printed form for a Forest and Stream tournament, filled in for Litzke and three others. Six pages record baseball achievements (which we have not been able to identify) against players' names for the St. Louis Browns (American Association team through the 1880s and 1890s and precursor to the Cardinals, not the American League "Browns" that moved from Milwakeee to St. Louis starting with the 1902 season) and the Detroit [Wolverines] of the National League. Paul Randolph Litzke (1867-ca. 1950) kept this record book for ten years before beginning his business career as a salesman for Peters Cartridge Company in Little Rock at the turn of the century; he later worked for the Patent Decoy Duck Caller Company and the Arkansas Wildlife Federation, and was instrumental in bringing about the construction of Lake Conway, the largest lake ever built by a state wildlife agency, in the 1940s. Some of Litzke's papers are held by the Arkansas History Commission. Several pages have been removed (not included in the page count above), otherwise very good, the entries quite legible. Cloth-backed plain stiff brown wrappers. (10741). Item #64562

Price: $75.00

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