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Gen. Goldsworthy.--Anecdote of Louis XV.-Royal Chase. s
The learned judge confirmed | leaped into the grand canal, the doctrine laid down by the scrambled out again, and defendant's counsel. His lord about to all parts; while she air ship was clearly of opinion, that refounded with acclamations of the wager in question was im." clapping of hands, to encourage pertinent and illegal.
the continuance of the sport. The plaintiff was nonfuited,
What can all this, inean? said I to a Frenchman, who stood near
Sir, he replied, with a very GEN, GOLDSWORTHY. grave countenance, it is for the
entertainment of the Court." account in last, of the accident which happened to this gentleman, we
ROYAL Chase. have only to add, that we under
LTHO' from the frequent stand he has nearly recovered from the shock it occafioned, and
repetition, we are not in the at the same time to present our
habit of cominunicating the pare readers with the promised En. ticulars of every chase, where she GRAVING, which we flatter our- ground gone over, as well as the selves will be acknowledged as
faces of the company is generally
the same, yet we cannot pass equally worthy of attention with our former productions.
over in silence the excellent run of Tuesday the 15th;, when his Majefty arrived at Ramflade, the
seat of the Hon. Captain Bennet To the Editors of the Sporting a little before eleven, the stag Magazine.
was jostantly turned out, and, Gentlemen,
depending upon his own ftrengih,
retured to avail himself of the THA
HE following extract from
neighbouring inclosures, but boid
ly faced the almost incredible litude, will few how rationally and piously Louis the XVth, and scope of open country;, paling
over the Heatti he left Bagshot his court spent their fabbaths.
on the right, through the parish I am, &c.
of Windlethan), west of Cobham, ANONYMOUS. over the lofty hills and then the
Peat Movres to Parbright, where « RETURNING one Sunday he took foil for a few minutes, till to Versailles, I perceived at a the hounds running up to him, distance a number of people be again broke away, over the assembled upon
the terrace of the chain of hills and dreary tract of castle, and on a nearer approach, heaih to All, (near Farnham, in I beheld Louis XV. furrounded Surry) beating the hounds with by his Court, at the windows of the greatest ease. Here he again his palace. A man very richly waited, till exciting additional drefied, with a large pair of energy in the pack by a view, be branching antlers fastened, on his
once more gave proof of his in. head, whom they called the fag, stinctive and unvanquished forwas pursued by about a dozen titude, in facing a new and equalothers, who coinposed the pack. I ly open country to that he had The pursued and the pursuers already pafled ; made away by
Singular Equestrian, Pedestrian, &c. Performances.
Henley Park and Pyfeet, over took to walk 404 miles in fix that ridge of hills known by the days, on the road between Herename of the Hogs Buck, and ford and Ludlow, which is very crofling the great turopike road rough and stoney; and by the midway between Guiloford and terms of the wager, he was Farnham, was taken between pass a hill two miles in length Elher and Godalmin, after a most from the extremities of the sides, severe chase of four hours, three of and very difficult of ascent, three wbich was breast bigh, with a time every a day. Savagar was rich scent that threw out many
47 years of age, short and thin: of those who were most eager at the weather was much against the commencement, and com- him, as there was a continual fall pletely tired the major part of the of feet and snow during the hounds. His Majesty was well journey; notwithstanding which, up during the day, and present he walked 79 miles in one day, when the deer was taken : the and 69 the day following; and field was but thin at the tuin. in the end won bis, wager with ing out, and of those many ease. A farmer originally betted fell off, fome by choice and Savagar ten guiners to won, that others to insure their horfes from he did not perform this task, and diftress and subsequent dangere he afterwards made another fimiof those present 'were Lord Sand-lar bet ; so that Savagar's whole wich, Mr. Scott, Luckley Palmer, gain was twenty guineas. jon. Mr. Hatch, &c. The hounds continue to hunt
1791. the Heath (King's Beech and
October 30, a sweepstakes of Ascot Heath) for the remainder of the season, which is expected foot, across Kenfington Gardens,
100 guineas each, was run for op to close the first Saturday in which afforded excellere diverMay.
fion, and was won with great difficulty by Lord Paget. The
gentlemen came in, in the fol. Singular EQUESTRIAN, PEões. lowing order: TRIAN, &c. PERFORMANCES,
Hon. Mr. Lainbe
Lord Barrymore 4
Sept. 3, the noted Inteworth Jess than an hour. The bet being three quarters of an hour, for a
mealoman walked 5 miles within accepted, he at the time appoint- wager of fifty guineas; and aled attended, eat quantity, and then introduced though he was seized with a cho.
lic on the road, he had fix feu his companion, which proved to
conds to fpare of the time. Many be a large hungry buar, who eagerly devoured the renainder in
bets were depending, and some
knowing ones deeply taken in. a very short time.
1792. May, Thomas Savagar, a la- Lord Viscount Barnard, after bourer in Hereford thire, under the conclulion of the great Oat.
Sufferings of Lieutenant George Spearing, in a Coal Pit. y
land Stakes, rode from the Duke a noted glutton, eat tripe against of York's stand at Newmarket, to a bull.dog. Twelve pounds were Bolton-house, in four hours and to have been divided betweeg forty minutes. The distance them, and of the competitors, fixty miles.
he who should finish first was
io gain the wager. The man in April 14th, a trotting.match fifteen minutes eat eight pounds was performed on the road be of it, while the dog was twenty tween Cambridge and Newmar- minutes consuming the other four, ker. Harry Ellis, groom to Befides, all the fat was thrown Mr. Builock, undertook to trot into Diagle's difb by his oppothirty-two miles in two hours. nents to cloy his appetite, and a He was allowed two horses, and piece of old leather breeches was performed it in a minute and a hafhed in his mess to interrupt half less than the time.
mastication. Afterwards he un
dertook to drink' (for another May 21, a very young boy, for wager) (welve quarts of aie in ais a triAing wager, ran twice round draughts within four hours; he the city walls of Chester, (three performed it in three, with the miles and a half) in 23 minutes : addition of a finall live mouse, numerous spectators were pre
which a mischievous wag put into sent, who deemed it a very ex
his last flaggon. traordinary pedeftrian exploit, particularly as the youth was only September 5. John Hoole, à iwelve years of age. .
hair-dreffer, of Twickenhamn, for
a wager ran from the Three Tuas July, a gentleman aged 77 years at that place to Hyde Park Corner, walked from London to Liver. (ten miles) in one hour and 18 pool in four days, which is above minutes. Fifteen pounds to ten fifty miles a day. This gentleman, was betted that he did not do it
is Euftace, was in an hour and a half, as he is distinguifhed about eleven years very short in ftature, and reago, for walking from Chefter to markably bandy-legged. London, which is above axty miles a day: but he divided his A NARRATIVE of the SUFFERINGS journey by travelling to Coventry, of Lieutenant GeoRGE SPEARwhich is ninety miles, the first ING, who lived Seven NIGHTS
in a COAL-PIT, without any suf
tenance, except fome Rain-water, August 29, one M'Gregor, a painter of Kelso, undertook for To the Editors of the Sporting a trifling wager, to fell a bullock
Magazine. with his feet at three blows, which
GENTLEMEN, the second. S
narrative will be deemed he was very flender made, and interesting by many of your reanot above five feet reven inches ders, your inserting it will oblige high.
A CONSTANT READER.
April 29, 1794 About this time a curious wager On Wednesday, September 13,
decided in Dublin; 1769, between three and four Dingle, a purblind bruth-maker, o'clock in the afternoon, I went
8 Sufferings of Lieutenant George Spearing, in a Coal Pit. into a little wood called North-exposed to the rain, which con. woodside (situated between two tinued, with very finallinterrnila and three miles to the N. W.o. | fons, till the diy of my releale; Glasgow) with a design to gather and, indeed, in a short time, I a few hazel-outs. I ihink that I was completely wet througbi, la could not have been in the wood this comfortless condicion I enmore than a quarter of an hour, deavoured to take some repose. nor have gathered more than ten A forked stick that I found in .nuts, before I unfortunately fell the pit, and which I placed into an old coal pit, exaét!y re- diagonally to the lite of it, served venittu yaids deep, which had alternately to support my head as been made through a solid rock a pillow, or my body occasional. I was some little time insensible. ly, which was much bruised; but, Upon recovering my recollection, in the whole time I remained I found myself sitting (nearly as a here, I do not think thai I ever taylor does at his work) the Dept one hour together. Having blood flowing pretty faf from passed a very disagreeable and my mouth ; and I thought that I tedious night, I was fomewhat had broken a blood vessel, and cheared with the appearance of consequently had not long to day-light, and the melody of a live ; but, io my great comfort, robin red-breast that had perched I foon discovered that the blood directly over the mouth of the proceeded from a wound in my pit ; and this pretty little warbler tongue, which I supposed I had continued to visit my quarters bitten in my fall. Looking at every morning during my conmy watch, (it was ren minutes finement; which I construed into past four) and getting up, I fur- a happy omen of my future de. veyed my limbs, and to my inex- liverance; and I fincerely believe pressible joy, found that not one the trust I had in Providence, and was broken. I was soon recon- the company of this little bird, ciled to my fituation, having contributed much to that serenity from my childhoud thought that of mind I.constantly enjoyed to something very extraordinary was the last. At the distance of about to happen to me in the course of 100 yards, in a direct line from my life ; and I had not the least the pit, there was a water-inill. doubt of being relieved in the
The miller's house was nearer to morning; for, the wood being me, and the road to the mill was but small, and situated near a po
still nearer. I could frequently pulous city, it is much free hear the horses going this road quented, especially in the nutting to and from the mill ; frequently season, and there are several foot- I heard human voices ; and I paths leading through it.
could distinctly hear the ducks Night now approached, when it and hens about the mill. I made began to rain, not in gentle the best use of my voice on every fhowers, but in torrents of water, occasion ; but it was to no manner such as is generally experienced of purpose : for the wind, which at the autumoal equinox. The was constantly high, blew in a line pit I had fallen into was about from the mill to the pit, which five feet in diameter ; but not easily accounts for what I heard; having been worked for several and at the same time my voice years, the subterranean passages was carried the contrary way. were choaked up, so that I was (To be concluded in our next.)
Natural History of the Cuckoo.
9. The NATURAL HISTORY of the If the bird we are defcribing Cuckoo.
cannot boast much variety and HE cuckoo may certainly be beauty of plumage, it is conspi
classed with the knowing ones cuous for ine lightness and eleaimong the feaihered tribe. It is
gance of its form, and for its pe- 1 produced and nurtured by fraud culiar habits. This singular cream, i and stratagem, and rols the legi. ture, which is somewhat less than timate offspring of its supposed a pigcon, and of a greyish co. parent, of their existence ; quare lour, is diftinguished from all tering their spurious brrod upon other birds by its round promis, a ftep-mother, who innocently neat poftrils. Having disappears imagines the id to be her genuine ed all the winter, it discov is it. issue, and rears them with tender- self in our country early in the nels and a fliduiry.
(pring, by its well-known call. To adopt a familiar phrase Its note is heard earlier or later, among the gentlemen of the as the reason seems to be inore or, turt, cuckoos know very well Tefs forward, and the weather what birds, are to be done, and more or less inviting. From the make it the principal business of chearful voice of this animal, their lives to do them. The fe-. the farmer may be instructed in: male cuckoo makes no nest of her the real advancement of the year. own ; fhę, repairs to the nest of His note is pleasant, though uni. some other bird, generally the form; and, from an association water-wagtail or hedge-sparrow; of ideas, feldom occurs to the and, having devoured the eggs of memory without reminding us of the owner, lays her own in their the sweets of summer. place. She usually lays but one, The cuckoo, when fledged and which is speckled, and of the size fitted for fight, follows its fupof a blackbird's. This the fond pored parent but for a little time ; foolish bird hatches with great at. its appetite for insect food ;in. tension, and, when excluded, creafinga as it finds no great finds no difference in the great chance for a fupply in imitating ill-looking changling from her irs in structor, they part in friend.
To supply this voracious mip, the step.child feldom offercreature, the credulous nurse ing any violence to its nurse. toils with unusual diligence, All the little birds of the grove, not knowing that the is feed. however, seem to consider the ing up an enemy to her race, young cuckoo as an enemy, aud and one of the most destructive revenge the cause of their kind robbers of her future progeny: by their repeated infulis; they
It was once doubted, whether pursue it wherever it flies, and cuckoos were carnivorous; but oblige it to take felter in the Reaumur was at the trouble of thickest branches of fooie neighbreeding up several, and found bouring tree: alithe smaller bird's they would not feed upon bread form, the train of its pursuers; or corn; but flesh and infects but the wry-Deck, in particular, were their favourite nourishment. ! is found the most active in the Their gluttony is not to be won. chafe; whence it has acquired dired at, w
we consider the he names of the cuckoo's atcapacity of their stomach, which tendant and provider. But it is is enormous, and reaches from
very far froin following with a the breaft-bone to the vent. friendly intention; it only pur. VOL. IV. No. XIX.