Bohemia Junction


One reviewer described “Bohemia Junction” as ‘Forty years of adventurous living condensed into one book.” It is all that and more!

Aimé Tschiffely was the most famous equestrian traveler of the twentieth century because of his legendary 10,000 mile ride from Argentina to Washington DC in 1925.

Readers won’t be surprised then to discover that exotic people, faraway places and equestrian adventure make up the background to the explorer’s ...

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One reviewer described “Bohemia Junction” as ‘Forty years of adventurous living condensed into one book.” It is all that and more!

Aimé Tschiffely was the most famous equestrian traveler of the twentieth century because of his legendary 10,000 mile ride from Argentina to Washington DC in 1925.

Readers won’t be surprised then to discover that exotic people, faraway places and equestrian adventure make up the background to the explorer’s autobiography. “Bohemia Junction” is packed with the amazing assortment of humanity that Tschiffely met during his lifetime of travel, including cowboys, prize-fighters, writers, Indians, and the eccentric riff-raff of three continents.

From Cape Horn to New York, Tschiffely journeyed wherever his vagabond fancy took him. And each region explored had its quota of “bohemians” in the old sense of the word – men and women for whom love of adventure was a reality.

“Bohemia Junction” delivers more than just an account of the famous equestrian traveler’s life. It gives the reader an exuberant drama, peopled by the reckless rough-necks of a now bygone age. No equestrian travel collection is complete without this timeless classic.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781590480151
  • Publisher: The Long Riders' Guild
  • Publication date: 9/28/2001
  • Pages: 324
  • Product dimensions: 5.50 (w) x 8.50 (h) x 0.73 (d)

Table of Contents

Introduction 13
Chapter I17
Odd childhood recollections
Bad scholar becomes teacher
Arrival in London
Bill and Ivy Gristin and their lodging-houses
Happy days in the Maison Gristin, and teaching in Preparatory schools
Chapter II34
Glimpses of London pre- 1914
The Reverend Crimpus Jilt, M.A. and A. Stintall, B.A.
Gristinian "steadies" and other lodgers
Meeting the amazing "Sophocles" who discovers a modern prophet
Chapter III50
Park Hill days
A Cockney outing to Hampstead Heath
About Sophocles and his philosophy
Russian wrestlers in training
"Moonlight flits" and other escapades
Unwritten rules and regulations of the Maison Gristin
Chapter IV63
Sophocles and Grand Opera
Adventures in old London boxing rings
"Professor" Andrew Newton and his Academy
Chapter V78
Raymond Duncan holds forth in the Dore Galleries
News from his "Akademia" in Paris
Thumb-nail sketch of the Duncan family
Sophocles' departure to Russia
Chapter VI88
The Reverend Crimpus Jilt has several adventures
Ida McUgly becomes a mother
Taxi-driver Bert Gristin truns up with a mysterious merchant
The First World War breaks out
A joking jockey
Denny, the Irish newspaper-vendor
Chapter VII102
Repercussions of the War
A thoroughly conscientious objector
The Reverend Crimpus Jilt joins the War Office staff, and plays a strategic trick
Bill Gristin expresses his weighty opinions concerning conscription and the war in general
Zeppelin raids, and what happened in the Maison Gristin during one of them
Chapter VIII113
The Gristinian Criminal Investigation Department makes important discoveries which are duly celebrated
Bill Gristin's departure to the back of the Western Front
His participation in the "Big Push," and subsequent retirement from active service
Move to South America
Chapter IX121
Arrival in Buenos Aires
An eventful railway journey into the heart of the Pampa
Romantic gaucho abode near a lagoon
Cattle-work and bronco-riding
Pampa night
The "Argentine Eton."
Chapter X134
Remittance men
The Hotel "Universel."
A formidable old Irishman joins in a sailors' brawl
"Daddy" Long, the rebellious invalid, cures himself
Meeting with the redoubtable Bob Appin
Chapter XI145
Bob Appin's "excursions," and how Tex Richard side-stepped him
Paraguayan interlude
The delightful game of "Bad Man."
Versatile Andrew Ewart meets explorer "Teddy" Roosevelt
Introducing Dr. Primo and Captain Heyday
Viva la revolucion and the International Two-Man Bridge!
Chapter XII161
The urge of wanderlust
News from Sophocles and Stintall
Horses, gauchos and cattle
An ex-major of the Indian Army holds forth on horsemanship, and a stock-pony teaches him a lesson
A sheep-stealer's cunning trick of deception
Gaucho pride
The red horse
A certified gentleman joins the brotherhood of globetrotters
Chapter XIII176
Monsieur le geologue
A mysterious Frenchman and his beautiful daughter
An aged American treasure-hunter
Meeting an outlaw
A globe-trotter
Recipe for keeping a good cook
Chapter XIV189
De luxe explorers
Jim the anthropoid and Jim the Monkey
An American seeks happiness among primitive Indians
Professor Max Uhle
"El Lobo" meets his death
Eavesdropping on political intriguers, and the sequel
Two kinds of duel
Chapter XV201
Portrait under a black veil
A wise mule
Mexican revolutions
General Aspirina
Echoes from Pancho Villa's hectic days, and an anecdote connected with the famous outlaw
An eventful bullfight
"If these are roses ... " A Bohemian medico
Dipsomania and song
Archduke Maximilian's coffin
Chapter XVI215
Laredo, Texas: a fright and a successful plot with a master-brewer
Smuggling egret feathers
Texas Rangers
My horse fails to appreciate Will Roger's sense of humour
Mayor "Jimmy" Walker, and a few yarns about prohibition
My first attempts at writing and lecturing
Flash-back regarding the sinking of the Vestris
Return to the Argentine, and a cheap passage back to the U.S.A.
The Odyssey of an oft-rejected manuscript
London once more
Chapter XVII231
Two schoolmasters, among them the Reverend Crimpus Jilt, M.A., are mentioned in "dispatches."
Revisiting old haunts
Visions of the past, and an incongruous apparition
Happy reunions with old Cockney friends
Visit to a colony of circus artists
How I came to meet Cunninghame Graham, and what this meeting led to
Chapter XVIII245
A strange coincidence connected with the house in which W. H. Hudson died
After many years, again I call on "Professor" Andrew Newton
Cocktail and other parties
Circuses, theatres and life
"Brixton cowboys" and variety artists
Chapter XIX261
Going into double harness
Hail and farewell, General Rafael de Nogales
Chapter XX274
Lectures, amusing and otherwise
Lord Lonsdale and his famous cigar
Another globe-trotter
Biographical sketch of John Burns
Expedition through Patagonia and Tierra del Fuego
E. Lucas Bridges, one of the greatest pioneers of modern times
Back to London, and across Ireland on a gipsy tour
The Second World War breaks out
Colin, the Alsatian dog
Sophocles reappears in London
Odd recollections connected with the "blitzes."
Chapter XXI297
War days in London
Last visit to John Burns
Return to the Argentine
Submarine attack on convoy
Priorities, and an American's experiences connected with them
The adventures and travels of an exiled armadillo
Once more, adios, South America
Chapter XXII312
Return to London
Brixtonia carries on
The modern Gristinian neighbourhood
"Professor" Andrew Newton's academy, 1949
Sophocles reappears, soon after to cross the Stygian ferry
Index 321
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