Catalogue and Price
List McLister Bros Kennels
Coon Hounds, Combination Hunters and Rabbit Hounds
Sent anywhere on trail, purchaser to be judge of dog’s quality
McLISTER BROS ., Brighton, Tennessee
Gentlemen – We would like for you to read every word of this catalogue carefully before sending us your order, as we are giving you testimonial after testimonial from satisfied customers from all over the United States, who have bought and hunted our coon hounds and combination bunters that deliver the goods.
The are from men from all walks of life – lawyers, doctors, preachers, merchants, automobile dealers, miners, farmers, railroad men, taxidermists, etc.
McLister Bros Kennels
These kennels are owned and managed by McLister Borthers, men who have had years of experience in hunting and training, buying and selling the sporting dog, both the coon dog and bird dog.
Our father before us was a great hunter, although he was a fox and big game hunter, being a resident of Arkansas in his younger days, when deer and bear were plentiful. He would have been 89 years old in March this year if he had lived, but his death occurred February 25, 1921. He still went fox hunting with our oldest brother until the last few years.
Our oldest brother [Dr. William Alexander Lenow McLister] is a medical doctor. He keeps a pack of very fine fox hounds for his own pleasure and amusement. He is a great lover of fox hunting, and keeps the kind that always keeps a red fox on the go and runs to catch.
We reproduce on the next page a picture of him and a pack of his fast runners. [see catalog below]
But the best sport of them all, the writer thinks, is coon hunting. We have gone hunting and stayed out many a night until 1 and 2 o’clock in the morning, cutting on a big tree for a coon. A tree never got too big for us to cut; we would cut it if it took us until daylight the next morning to do so. Most hunters shine and shoot their game out nowadays, but this is not near as much sport as cutting the tree and having a good fight or a fine race, but we want to say right here that what it takes to make a good tree dog is to get the game after he has treed it. Many a time we have waited and listened patiently to our dogs unravel a cold trail through briars, swamps, crossing and recrossing cold waters until ‘way in the night, and finally they would tree him. then we could hear their loud, clear voices, breaking the still night air, telling us they had him treed. Do you think we could go home without this coon? No; not us.
Now, we have handled and trained dogs all of our lives, and for your benefit, we live in West Tennessee, a part of the State which is widely noted for as high class coon dogs as ever lived, and plenty of wild game to hunt and try them on, and we want you to know that we try out and test our dogs on wild game altogether. We never keep a pet varment of any kind around our kennels. And let us say right here, this is where some people have the wrong idea about a kennel. If we understand the definition of the word kennel, it means a place were you keep and care for your dogs, and not a place where you hunt and train them. Every man should have a place to keep his dog, even if he doesn’t own but two or three. We own our own land and have permission to hunt on other land where there is wild game to test our dogs on, and we are sure we would be safe in saying that no State in the Union has ever shipped any better dogs to land Mr. Ringtail, or any other varment with than the State of Tennessee has.
We handle all breeds and colors, such as the old-fashioned blue ticked hound, white and black spotted, reds, open and still trailers and the old-fashioned black and tan, hound, the kind some people call the Red Bone Coon Hound, but we call them the old-fashioned black and tan, which, we think, is the proper name for them. And fellow sportsmen, we want to say right here: Do not be misled by thinking some breeds of dogs are better for coons than others, as we have not found such to be true, and we have been in the coon dog business long enough to know. We have seen good coon dogs in most all breeds. It is more in the way you hunt and train them than it is in the dog. Breed, color and size have nothing to do with it. Therefore, when we receive an order, we always try and send a dog that is worth the money, regardless of his color.
In reading our testimonials you will readily see that the color has nothing to do with it. You will find that we have sold good dogs in all colors. Now, these testimonials are not 10 or 15 years old. They are from men who bought and hunted our dogs in 1919, 1920, 1921 and 1922, except the one from Mr. Hiatt, of Oklahoma. It was used in or last year’s catalogue. Read them and judge yourself whether we ship good dogs or not.
[The testimonials are shown in the catalogue below but are not included in this text.]
Now, fellow-sportsmen, do not expect to buy a real fur dog for a song. Good coon dogs were higher and scarcer last season than we ever knew them to be, and they are going to be much higher this season than ever before and will be hard to get at any price later on in the season.
We are not telling you this just to get you to buy early, but these are facts, as we are in a position to know. A good night dog is not a bad investment at any season of the year.
NOTICE – If you buy a dog from us before July 15 we will send him on 30 days’ trial. After July 15 all dogs will be shipped on 10 days’ trial. Therefore, it is much better to buy your dog early, as it will give you plenty of time to tell what a dog really is. Besides, he will be acclimated for early hunting this fall. So take our advice and not wait until the best are all sold.
In looking over our lists you will see our dogs are classed 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6 and 7. We handle too many dogs to try to describe each one separately. Therefore we class them according to their value. So look our list over carefully and compare our prices with others before you buy, and if you find something in our list that you think will suit you, we will be glad to ship same to you for trial and as we have already stated, if you are not more than pleased with our selection, ship the dog back to us. You alone are to be the judge.
CLASS NO. 1 – Dogs in this class are the very best coon dogs we have, although some of them will tree opossums. We are willing to ship them anywhere on trial, you to be your own judge. Price, $125.00 each; ages running from 4 to 7 years.
CLASS NO. 2 – We have a few dogs in this class that we consider good ones and well worth the money. If you are willing to leave the selection to us, we will do our best to select you one that will please you. Price, $100.00 each; ages running from 4 to 7 years.
CLASS NO. 3 – Dogs in this class are combination hunters. In other words, they are all-around night dogs. Prices, $65.00 to $75.00 each; ages running from 3 to 7 years.
CLASS NO. 4 – We have a few dogs in this class that will tree coons, but are better for opossums and skinks. Price, $50.00 each; ages running from 3 to 7 years.
CLASS NO. 5 – Dogs in this class are good ordinary hunters, and if a man doesn’t want to invest very much in a hunting dog we believe this would be the class to select from. Price, $40.00 each; ages running from 3 to 7 years.
CLASS NO. 6 – Dogs in this class run from 2 to 2 1/2 years old. Some of them are nicely started and partly broken. We have some young dogs that are worth the money in this class. Prices, $30.00 to $35.00.
CLASS NO. 7 – To any sportsman wanting to buy a young hound, we are offering to you for early training this fall some very promising young Southern-bred hounds. They are not dogs with a pedigree as long as your arm – just straight Southern-bred hounds – that have been bred for years for hunting. They are not trained, but are just beginning to hunt and are ready to start on any kind of game. All they need is a man to hunt and train them. Ages, 8 months to 1 1/2 years old. Prices, $17.50, $20.00 and $25.00 each, according to age.
We have lots of calls from sportsmen wanting to buy rabbit dogs, especially in the fall – you might say from August 1 to January 1. Although we usually keep a few on hand at all times, we handle a good many more in the fall, and any sportsman wanting a rabbit dog we can furnish them.
CLASS NO. 1 – Our best rabbit dogs, price $35.00 each; ages 2 to 6 years.
CLASS NO. 2 – $30.00 each; ages 2 to 6 years. We ship all rabbit dogs on five days’ trial, the purchaser to be his own judge. If not satisfactory after five days’ trial, return in good shape, express charges prepaid, and we will return your money.
BETH (RED) LAW
FDSB — 55080
Whelped December 15, 1920
Stud Fee @25.00
IRISH SETTERS – THE NOTED RED DOG
After years of experience with most every breed of bird dogs, both Pointers and Setters, we have come to the conclusion that the Irishman is second to none. Therefore, we are now devoting the most of our attention to breeding and raising the Irish Setter in preference to any other bird dog, as they are fast becoming one of the most popular shooting dogs of the day, and we believe the demand for well-bred Irish Setters is greater than the supply.
For nose, gameness and staying qualities, they will hold their own with any breed. They will hunt from sun to sun, and, with ordinary care, are ready to go the next day. Besides the good qualities already mentioned, we think they are the most beautiful bird dog in color living – red.
We do not offer anything for sale in the Irish Setters but puppies from 2 1/2 to 3 months of age at $50.00 each, with all papers for registration. These puppies are from the very best breeding obtainable.
You will notice on another page our Irish Setter Stud dog, Beth (red) Law. Red is pretty as a picture – expressive eyes, extra good bone and muscle, and possesses a soft, silky coat of hair, which shines like polished mahogany in the sun.
Sired by Sir Patrick Redfield out of Harding’s Bell; they Lord Jim Redfield, Gifford’s Beth Law, Sammy Oge, Patsy O’Tom; they Lord Kep, Ruby, Conn Law, My Irish Rose, Morty Oge, Richwood’s Thelma, Nebraska Ranger, Rory O’More Belle; they Larry of Culbertson, Lady Pat, Shan Law, Bluebell of Culbertson, Richwood’s Ruby, Dunboy, Alizon, Pat Law, hurrah, St. Cloud’s Blarney, Rosa Rathclane, Rosa O’More, Blarney’s Lady Finglas.
On receipt of purchase price we will ship you dogs from any class you may select, but we want you to thoroughly understand every trained dog shipped out of these kennels by us is shipped on trial, and on long enough trial for any man to tell whether the dog will suit him or not. If we ship you a dog, we expect you to try him out and be the judge yourself, and if the dog is not satisfactory, return him as soon as trial is up, in good shape, express charges prepaid, and we will return your money, every nickel of it; but if you keep the dog over time of trial, do not ask us to take him back, for we positively will not. We have never yet failed to return a man’s money if he complied with our terms of trial in returning a dog. Our terms of trial begin the day you take the dog out of the express office. You can remit by either postoffice money order, express money order or cashier’s check. If you had rather find out something bout our standing and honesty before you send us your money, which you are entitled to do, we refer you to the letter on the next page written by the cashier of our bank.
McLISTER BROS .,
Brighton, Tenn., Box 54.
When your dog arrives uncrate him as soon as possible. Give him water and feed. If the weather is hot, be sure to put him in the shade, or if it is cold, see that he has a good warm, comfortable bed. The best feed, we think, is table scraps or raw beef.
Be sure to keep your dog free of fleas with some good flea powder.
BRIGHTON SAVINGS BANK
R. F. MILLER, President
J. C. CHISOLM, Vice President
L. K. BAIRD, Vice President
M. E. HILL, Cashier
Brighton, Tenn, May 25, 1922.
To Whom It May Concern: –
McLister Brothers, of Brighton, Tennessee, are considered reliable business men. They have been in the dog business for several years an we have never known an instance where they have failed in any way to come up to their agreement with a person buying a dog from them. They ship dogs to all parts of the United States, to Canada and other foreign countries, and we have seen quite a number of letters testifying to the satisfaction of purchasers of their dogs. They have made some money in the business, and we consider them financially responsible for their contracts. Besides being in the dog business, they have considerable farming interest near our town. However, having always been lovers of high grade dogs, they have made a close study of them, and are able to judge a dog as correctly as anybody you will find anywhere, and hence able to give you your money’s worth.
M. E. HILL, Cashier.
We receive lots of letters from sportsmen in different localities stating there were several in their community who wanted to buy a good hunting dog. If this be the case in your community, we think it would be a good idea for them to select a good, responsible man (a man who knows a good hunting dog when he goes in the woods with him) to come to see us and let us show him our dogs and try them out where there is plenty of game to try them out on and he can select the ones he wants, if it takes him ten days or two weeks to do so.
We will be glad to entertain him in our home and will allow 15 per cent. discount on all dogs bought in this way in Classes 1, 2, 3 and 4, provided he buys three or more dogs. This discount will more than pay one man’s expenses.
If you send a man to see us, notify us a week or ten days ahead of time and we will have everything arranged for him. In fact, we keep a camp on the river a good part of the summer and fall, where there is plenty of game to hunt and try our dogs out on.
We are always glad to have visitors any time of the year.
McLISTER BROS .
McLister Bros Kennels Catalogue
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