The Ben Lilly Legend
Ben Lilly was the greatest bear hunter in history after Davy Crockett, by his now account and also by the record. J. Frnak Dobie met Mister Lilly twenty-odd years ago and was so struck by this extraordinary man that he has been thinking about him, collecting everything he could find about him ever since. Lilly was born in Alabama in 1856, followed the bear and the panther west-ward through Mississippi and Louisiana to Texas, leaving a trail of stories about his prowess as a hunter and his goodness as a man. He was at one time "chief huntsman" to Teddy Roosevelt, hunted in Texas and Mexico and came to be known as a master sign reader of the Rockies. Here are all the stories Ben Lilly told and a great many more Frank Dobie has heard about him, put together in a fresh and fascinating contribution to American folklore.