Books: The Last Mountain Man

THE BEN LILLY LEGEND (237 pp.)— J. Frank Dobie—Little, Brown ($3.50).

The big hunt was to be princely in scale, continental in scope. It would start near the Mexican border in the spring of 1921 and continue right on up through the Rockies into Alaska, fanning out wherever the game ran thickest.

When Multimillionaire Southwest Oilman William H. McFadden told his agents to hire the best guides available, they lost no time signing up bearded, barrel-chested, Bible-reading Ben Lilly, 64, the most indefatigable hunter of bears and mountain lions in the West. With four mule-drawn wagons and a small army of dogs, horses,...

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