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him relate it; farther, you may were traversed; and on the other read it in the library of the noble side they met the huntsman rem owner.
turning, with his head set homeOne story brings another; and wards, having lost the fox most as that fine old sportsman's eyes are unaccountably in a large field, at now (in my mind's view)fixed upon the moment of dying, as he thought. me, he shall speak as well as look- Pennystone, however, induced him and therefore listen to his tale. to try back again, and out of a Burton Wood is just beyond Wal- small bush in a corner of the said deo, and on the edge of the open field upjumped the fox, dead beat. country (Cambridge). In a bushy He could not cross the furrows, baulk, some short distance from and who-hoop crowned this extraBurton, in the open, there was a ordinary run. I remember, when head of earths. A fox had been a boy, seeing the brush of this fox; found there two or three times, and there was a memorandum afand had given the pack of hounds fixed, which, after describing the then occupying that country as chase, that from memory I have many fine runs. Burton was fixed related, ended thus:-" It was the again, and many of the field went smallest vixen fox ever seen, grey as usual to a hill at a little dis- with age, and without a tooth in tance, to have aüother view of their her head.”—Distance at least fifty old friend, from the bank. Howe miles. ever, the huntsman, not as before, Nothing can be more distindrew the wood first, and found his guishing in character than the fox. They went instantly away- country on the Essex side of the down to Littlebury-crossing the Newmarket road, when brought bottom in a line for the How. The into a comparative view with the cunning groupe, (of which the re- other parts of Mr. Hanbury's Hunt. later was one,) with exhausted pa- It may be considered to commence tience got upon
and cast- at Takely Forest, running parallel ing an eye westerly they saw the with the high road to the right of hounds streaming up the hill, two Littlebury. It is not claimed as or three only with them. They an heir-loom, but held, first, une set to, and reached the How; but der a friendly understanding for they were gone; had turned from part of it with Mr. Conyers; and Strethall Wood for the wood- for other parts, to the failure of lands; and the first tidings they occupation. This on the Walden got were at Scales Park--but no side has always been hunted, either hanging or check. Still the track, for itself or by any pack-hunting and now and then hearing of them, part of the Suffolk country. The induced perseverance; and they famous Mr. Panton held it for held on to Capons, Reed, Hyde many years. He was a great friend Hall, Bradfield, Clothall, Box of the late Mr. Calvert's; and they Wood, and through Bramfield added much to the pleasures of the Park, without ever seeing a hound. chase in those days by their harThorough-blood, and the great ex- monious proceedings, often visiting tent they had gone over, gave each other's country, joining packs, spirits and confidence, though the and participating in society. nags began to reel, The Hatfield This is the district, which only road and Lord Melbourne's Park a few years since gave such eclat,
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or rather which the capital vulnerable establishment. Short managemeut of the “ Invincible handed from men to hounds, it rePack” gave to that. The word is quired no small degree of skilful assuming, and shews the daring of management, first to gain, and its members; but the fact is, that then to keep celebrity, besides, their daring deeds and their inces- there was a Member of the Club, sant sport gained them this title, whether in a black or brown coat and which nothing but that com. I don't recollect, who kept a sharp mon winder-up of all our earthly look out, and always rode with a feats— a natural death - could devilish tight hand. There were break through. It was a rough two cases, however, and only two, concern from head to tail; but it in whieh this choice help-mate was as ready a one ; and no fox of took unbridled liberties—in the Essex blood, whether bred upon number of the foxes' heads on the stubbs, or in soft chambers of kennel door; and when the punchsand, ever found them heavy heeled. bowl was full.
ANECDOTE.--After two months In the field, he was ever in the most miserable sport with our front rapk; and every act was in hounds--no runs, and no increase practice to save time, to save horse of heads-a lover of the sport, of Aesh, and commit murder in the London equipment, with the best shortest way. My Town-friend, of horses, the best of boots, and seeing two couples of hounds conthe best of breeches and scarlet, stantly at the huntsman's heels, determined to prove the truth of and often hearing an undertone sort the flying fame of these unadorned of rate—not “ Have a care! have a gentry, sent his horses, wardrobe, care!" or, " War hare !" but and dressing table to Walden, and steady, Vaunter;" “ quiet, Vicappeared at the covert side in tor;"" gently, Pagan;" ventured, in band-box order. Just fancy the a delicate way, to inquire whether difference: hunters rough coated, they were newly entered, or wherough legged, rough tailed, and ther not belonging to the pack. rough maned: huntsmen, blue " Why, Zur, we li'ant a world of frocked and long flapped, corduroys hounds, as you have ; therefore I and brown-booted, long whipped, am always very chary on'um, and and red-faced with home-brewed. I'm tidy careful that these good'uns “Morning, Sir!"-Dandy: “You shall be kept fresh for the last, and have had great sport, Sir, I hear!" then the fox is sure to die.” Now, “ Why pretty well, I thinks: ghost of Meynel! what say you, we've been out twelve toimes, Sir, to this discipline? It is like killed ten on'um, run one to ground, a reserved company of British and some how or mother loast the Grenadiers with the bayonet, fatal! last: pray, Sir, what a yow been a- I shall now pull up, although I doing?" Now this was the acmè have not drawn all the country; of sarcasm. He knew that neither but I must try to keep both friends a run nor a kill for two months and foes in good humour. So they had ever disturbed the silky coats may catch their wind till next of the shining nags!
month, that is, provided your inviThere was a singleness of cha- tation is received for a continuaracter, marked and pilted with ori. tion. I am an old hand at hunt. ginality in the whole of this in- ing, but a new one at writing ; sa
you must excuse faults, taking me than a thousand springs, most as I am.
of which act obliquely from the Barkway, 12th April, 1828.
coronet downwards; the remainder horizontally. The most important
of the latter is the horny sole. So ON THE PREVENTION AND important is this, that if it be
PALLIATION OF LAMENESS thrown out of use, the elasticity IN THE FEET OF HORSES.
of all the others will be rendered
null and void. It is convex above, SIR,
and concave below; and its healthy YOUR correspondent Septene action is to descend from the pres
TRIONALIS, in the last Num- sure applied to it by the pastern ber, laments that there should be and cofin bones, and, in consequence entailed on this noble animal-and of that descent and convexity, to that through the ignorance of expand. By its descent, it allows man—the dire calamity of foot of the elongation of the five hunlameness. On this subject the dred sensible laminæ ; and by its following practical observations, expansion, it keeps open the lower drawn from professional experience, circumference of the crust and are at the service of the Sporting heels. It becomes, therefore, matWorld.
ter of infinite importance, that this The two principal causes of foot spring—the horny solembe kept in lameness are, contraction and con- its natural healthy state; viz. thin, cussion. To such a beautifully and consequently pliable, that it complex piece of mechanism as the may descend, expand, and thus foot of the horse, the present mode prevent contraction, which, as I of shoeing--that of permanently have said, is one principal cause of fixing it in close contact with an foot lameness. Its unhealthy state unyielding piece of iron-must is that of being morbidly thick, ever be an act of extreme violence; hard, and inflexible, either too and the wonder is, not that so many concave, or in the extreme of conhorses are lame, but that there vexity, as in pumiced feet. are any horses that are sound. An idea is prevalent, that conThe fact is, there are few which traction is the principal cause of have done much work that are lameness; but this is a mistake: not lame in an incipient degree, for where there is one horse lame though perhaps their owners do from contraction, there are twenty not know it. But the non-elastic lame from concussion. The free nature of the iron shoc is not the descent and elasticity of the horny only thing to be regretted. The evil sole will also contribute to prevent is greatly aggravated by the un- this disease, concussion ; but its scientific application of it to the prevention mainly depends on al. foot; nor can we ever hope or ex- lowing the newly discovered and pect any other result than nume important function of the posterior berless cripples, so long as the parts of the foot to be performed. management of the foot is com- By the posterior parts of the foot mitted to persons totally unac- are here meant, all those posterior quainted with the nature of its to the heels of the coffin bone structure and functions.
viz. the quarters of the crust, bars, The foot is furnished with more heels of the frog, and lateral care
tilages. All these, in an unshod are deprived of their natural funcfoot, from their attachment to the tions of descent, by their close aphorny sole, have a considerable proximation with the shoe, and motion downwards; and to allow also by the want of elasticity in of which, when shod, the shoe the horny sole. should always be laid off the heels To counteract the effect of heat and quarters ; that is, there should in the stable, the horse should be a space left between the crust stand upon wet straw, strewed and shoe sufficient for the intro- under his fore feet two or three duction of a picker. The shoe so nights in a week. This will renlaid off will then, in fact, act like der his crusts elastic and tough ; a tip (which is the nearest to per- and the less a horse, with a prefection of all shoes, so far as the disposition to have contracted feet, functions of the foot are concerned), lies down the better; as, when he with this additional advantage, lies down, all pressure is removed that the heels of the foot will be from his frogs, which are the grand prevented from wearing away so active powers to keep open the upfast as with tips. This then, is per part of the crust next the the other grand cause of lameness coronet, and resist the contractile -concussion to the sensible parts of effects of heat. the foot ; produced from the na
Sir, yours, &c. tural descent of these posterior A VETERINARY SURGEON. springs being prevented, by their resting in close contact with the shoe in ordinary shoeing; and
DEFENCE OF SHOOTING. hence it is that there are so many horses lame, notwithstanding they SIR, have good open circular feet. It BEING, as I flatter myself
, one has been thought that contraction of your oldest readers and is produced by the nails; but it subscribers, allow me for once to appears that the tendency of these crave a small space in one of your will be, at worst, only to keep the subsequent Numbers for the inhoof of the same size and shape as sertion of the following. the shoe to which it is fixed.
Here let me state, in the first The causes of contraction then place, that, although I write in deare :--first, a morbidly thick sole, fence of one sport, I by no means which will not descend and expand wish to detract from or disparage the heels and quarters. Secondly, any other. Though shooting, is the frog being pared away, conse- my theme, I am as well a wisher quently elevated from the ground, to the success of hunting as any and not allowed to come in contact thorough-bred Meltonian. With with it, as it ought to do at each pleasing change, I one day take step of the animal. Thirdly, my dogs and gun, and seek the heat, by which the crust is con- stubbles : the following morning tracted, and rendered hard and sees me at the covert side. My brittle-hence many horses“ bit of pink,” and my green plush turned out to grass in summer shooting jacket, obtain my equal come up lame.
attention—I treasure my pointer The causes of concussion are that equally with my hunter. What the posterior springs of the foot then do I meanI shall be asked.
My answer is short-I do, with friends in this way? Again : a surprize, regret, and pain, see and gentleman of moderate income, read the unfair, undue, and illibe- and no land of his own, lives in ral maledictions that are cast upon some country villa: occasionally he shooting, by many of the contri- may wish to have a day's shooting, butors to your monthly publication. and directly writes to the 'Squire I could have wished that it had of the place, begging permission fallen to better hands than my own, for a day's amusement over his to take up arms, and contend against manor. Where is the 'Squire that a host of red jackets: but no bet would refuse?
can find ter champion shewing himself, poor nothing very selfish in this. No; I, myself, must stand forth. this will not do for the fox-hunter
When I speak of shooting, howe -he must have all the coverts encver, let me not be mistaken for tirely given up to himself! no upholding the present system of spaniel or pointer must enter them, battueing—a practice, at once the or the foxes will be disturbed ! no source of most of those evils that sportsman may enter their sacred are generally attributed to the confines! If this should not be present code of Game Laws, and submitted to, the lord of the unworthy of any gentleman as- manor is called selfish. This, I piring to the title of an English say, is too much to expect ; and I sportsman. As I was reading over am convinced that every unprea short time ago, my mind brood- judiced sportsman will agree with ing upon the subject before us, me. Again, these selfish gentlesome of your late Numbers, I men (for we cannot separate the stumbled upon the following ob- sport from its votary) will even servation, made by a late Member forfeit the pheasants that are deof Christ Church.“ With ninety- stroyed by the foxes (and how many nine men out of a hundred, whe- arctbus destroyed, none ther on a large or small scale, those who may have examined a shooting is, more or less, the most fox-earth would believe), sooner selfish of all our field sports." than order the game-keeper to de
Now, I really cannot see why stroy them, and thus spoil the shooting is to be called a selfish sport of others. No sportsman, I sport, if I rightly understand the am convinced, unless under very meaning of the word. A man peculiar circumstances, would shoot may be infirm, or have no relish a fox. I speak by experience, knowfor hunting ; or, by having been con- ing many men who never followed fined by some mercantilc employa a hound, yet never would sanction ment in his younger days, may or allow the destruction of a fox. not have had an opportunity of Where fox-hunting does meet with riding to hounds, or enjoying the any obstacle, it generally arises pleasures of the chase : the season from some wanton and unsportscomes round; his house is filled manlike conduct on the part of with his friends, who separately or its followers, (I speak from having together take their dogs and gun, seen things of the sort,) riding and go over their host's manor in over mown lawns and new wheat, search of game. Is there any when there is no occasion, &c. thing selfish in this ? May not Their own crimes bring on their this man amuse himself and his own punishment. If both sports