The Outing Magazine
December 1912 • Volume LXI Issue 3
Outing magazine was a popular monthly American magazine published from 1882 until at least 1915. The editor for most of that time was the popular sports journalist and travel author Caspar Whitney. Originally promoting the American outdoors and active pursuits, by the early 1900s Outing also published a good deal of adventure fiction; authors included Jack London (White Fang, 1905), Clarence E. Mulford (the first Hopalong Cassidy stories, 1905-1907) and others. From time to time the magazine also printed in-depth articles about the emerging sport of showing and breeding purebred dogs, including a column entitled “Kennel” alongside the likes of “Golf” and “Football,” which provide a vivid glimpse into what these activities were like a century or more ago. Dogs in Review editor Christi McDonald unearthed a cache of such articles, several of which will be published in future issues.
– Bo Bengtson
We begin what I hope will be many future installments of fascinating articles from Outing with Williams Haynes’ “The Smooth-Coated Fox Terrier.” Haynes was born in Detroit in 1886, the son of David Oliphant Haynes, owner of D.O. Haynes & Co., a publishing company. After high school young Haynes was a reporter for six months and worked as an editor at Field and Fancy from 1906-1907. He then enrolled at Johns Hopkins University where he studied economics, biology and chemistry. After leaving university in 1911 he worked as an author and editor, often writing about dogs, including numerous articles in Outing as well as a number of books, primarily on Terriers. He also wrote both Practical Dog Keeping and Practical Dog Breeding, the latter of which was published in 1915.
Haynes would eventually join his father’s company, where he became involved with journals devoted to the chemical industry; this indeed led him to a distinguished career of more than 30 years writing about the industry. His work in this area, coupled with a passion for the outdoors and his work as a conservationist, led to his being awarded the Pugsley Medal in 1950 for dedication to protecting the natural environment. Although the exact nature of his involvement in the sport of dogs is not known, it is clear through his writing that he was devoted to the breeding and keeping of dogs at least in his early years, and we can benefit from his writing on the subject.
— Christi McDonald
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