The Old West Lives Through Russell’s Brush
By WM. Bleasdell Cameron, Meadow Lake, Sask.
‘On a bright May day in 1897 I walked into the lobby of Butte’s principal hotel – to find myself staring at some pictures on the walls, pictures which, in brilliance of coloring and execution, topped anything of the kind – touching the pioneer period – I had ever before seen. In vivid and revealing action, they were compositions illustrative of the fast-disappearing lawless West and the picturesque characters who made up its population – Indians, cowpokes, trappers, prospectors, traders, Chinese, gamblers and “bad” men generally.’
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