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all other places “the Irish Red lented contributor, Gilbert FoSetter," but in Ireland called the RESTER, says positively that the “ English Spaniel." How the old English setter was the land breed has been kept so pure I spaniel; and Captain Brown, in have not information to enable his recent work on the Dog, deme to state--one can only suppose cides the land spaniel to have by originally breeding in and in. been, with the bull dog and masThat it is of English origin, and tiff, indigenous to Great Britain of the old setter kind, there is (which I cannot agree to), and no doubt: but whether it has clerives the origin of the setter changed, like the Cromwellian from the pointer, which is absosetters, its original habits and at- lutely impossible, as the pointer tributes, and under the influence was not known until after the inof the mercurial air of Sham troduction of shooting fying, rockshire lost some of its original somewhere about the beginning steadiness and docility, I shall of the last century. Now I humleave some abler casuist to de- bly hold to my very different opitermine. As it now exists, howe nion on the grounds above stated. ever, I cannot imagine a more It may be said you make your unlikely dog for the net: it is the stand upon an old obsolete work very fox-hound of the species; a of no ascertained or acknowcapital grouse dog where there is ledged value. I do, and what may plenty of work and game; but of be conceived to be my weakest such 'indomitable pluck, that it point, I hold to be the very reverse. never could, in my poor opinion, Printing in those days was no have been sufficiently tamed to joke, and they only printed what endure the cumbrous and temper was deemed most curious, retrying operation of the net. markable, and authentic. One

Mr. Johnson, in his Directory, of the very few works printed by imagines that the nearest to the “Winkin de Worde” was “ Dame old English breed, or rather the Juliana Berners's” work on Anleast crossed, are to be found in gling, which (if there were any Scotland, and mentions a brown such need) would shew in what dog which he got in the neigh- esteem our predecessors held all bourhood of Dumfries. I am field sports and as they prosomewhat inclined to the same ceeded to originate and perfect opinion, as I know more than one the breed of setting dogs, and place in this county where there progressed gradually to what at are dogs much resembling our last became a distinct variety, ideas of them, and where they are they deemed it, even then--and I very careful in crossing out as am sure no real sportsman of this little as possible. In one I know day will differ with them-worthy they have bred in for these last to be promulgated. Such was fifteen or sixteen years. On this the “ Old English Setter,” and point of breeding in and in I shall such he remained until the fowl. hereafter have something to say. ing piece superseded the net.

Now I am aware that there is What setters, so denominated, positively nothing new in all this; now are, I shall proceed to conbut though it be not, I may surely sider in another letter. assume it to be even yet a fair

A QUARTOGENARIAN. subject for discussion. Your ta.

April 4, 1832.

COMMENTS ON THE NEW SYSTEM OF FOX-HUNTING, &c.

By Ringwood.

HA AVING spoken of sportfied with going slow, and be con

in a particular country tent with hunting a fox to death Suffolk and the men who con. when the scent will not allow us duct it, perhaps it may not to course him. One fox killed be amiss to examine impar. by patience and perseverance tially the present system of foxe with a middling scent, will do hunting as generally adopted in more for a pack of hounds than most countries. It is allowed by ten of your ten minutes bursts all who have lived long enough (even if they kill), which are go to make comparisons, that a great much the admiration of the New change has taken place, but School. whether for better or

worse is

I will not allude to any one still a matter of opinion. Mine, particular pack, but I will ask from the experience I have had, any unprejudiced sportsman if leads me to declare, that good what I am about to state is not huntsmen in the present day, like to be seen with the generality of the old favorites of the orchard, fox-hounds nine days out of ten? the nonpareils, are fast fading A fox is found; the hounds shall away, and that whilst all other get well away with him; there arts and sciences have improved shall be a good working scent; in the course of time, the art of and all shall go on well at the Fox-hunting has retrograded. commencement: we now come Horses are improved: hounds, to a difficulty; and what follows? they tell us, are improved: but Do they, as the old huntsman in they do not kill good foxes as

Beckford says,

“ spread like a they used to do, although the last- skyrocket?” do they dash over mentioned animals remain with the fences and scour the adjacent out any alteration. What can be field to recover the scent? No: the reason for so many bad scent- but, just round the spot where ing days, so many unfinished runs? they stop, they try for half a miWhy, the bungling of man! nute, and then stand still, look Everything in the age we live in up in the huntsman's face, and must be quick, and the dread of wag their sterns. This is the sigbeing thought slow has spoiled nal for being quick; the whippersten young huntsmen for one it in stop those hounds that seem ever made. Riding, not hunting, inclined to spread; the huntsman is now the only test of sport: rams the spurs into his horse's those bastard races called Steeple sides, and with a halloo, dashes Chases have infected the multi- off for a cast; and if he hits it tude; and when once its votaries off, he's

a wonderfully clever felare let loose upon a pack of low! But what is the fruit of all hounds, good bye to the chances this cleverness? why, that whenof good sport. We must, if we ever the hounds over-run the intend to go fast when opportue scent, come upon a road, or meet nity offers, occasionally be satise with any untoward circumstance,

they immediately give up every- hunting live upon but the warm thing into the huntsman's hands, life blood and the hot carcase of and he may put his nose to the their victim? Ask a London dogground if he like and make the fancier which he would back, if best of it. Hounds, when brought two dogs were matched to fight, to a lost scent, should be game the one to be fed on flesh, and the moned that they found it them- other on vegetable matter, Why selves; and although a huntsman it would be the Pye-street Cham. when he does stir should stir pion to a Lady's poodle. Not quickly, he should do it quietly. less than two meals per week of

Again, in the present school of the raw material, where hounds fox-hunting, how often do we see work hard, and plenty of it hounds, that look well at the cooked every other day and mixed covert side in the morning, tire with their meal and cabbage, is, in a long day in a woodland as far as I have experienced, the country, or seem inclined to stop only way to preserve the courage at the end of a twenty minutes and physical powers of the hound burst! And what is this owing in their highest pitch. Again, to? Why, merely to the fashion- almost every master of a provin, able doctrine of making a dog, cial pack attempts to do the thing that Nature formed a carnivorous à la Quorndon. If possible he animal, live chiefly on vegetables, obtains his drafts from head-quar. One man feeds on rice, another ters, the long-sided light-limbed on Indian meal, and almost all brutes which they reject, and reject a belly full of raw flesh. expects them to fly across the small Now, was I a master of hounds, inclosures of ploughed land in his I would as soon my hunters country at the same rate they do should

go
without their corn, as

over the Leicestershire pastures : my hounds without good sound and all this from fear some horse-flesh-not stinking carrion, fashionable young gentleman, just or the carcase of a horse or cow let loose from College, should rethat had died in a ditch, but the port him “d-d slow.” But this flesh of a healthy animal slaugh- aping one's betters answers no tered for the purpose. Having better in hunting than in other fed hounds for some seasons in daily avocations. The donkey days gone by, I can speak from who borrowed the lion's top-coat experience; and I remember to soon found out it did not fit him. have had a hound of so savage a Those are the fastest hounds that temper in the kennel, that nothing can get ten miles across a councould tame but keeping him en try after their game in the shortest tirely on meal, cabbage, and milk: time, and not those that can fly in about one fortnight with this the quickest across two fields. discipline down went the bristles. One of the greatest secrets in a But the nasty raw flesh, say some hunting establishment is to have of the nice men, spoils their noses.

horses and hounds suited to their -Indeed! Pray what else does country,

RINGwood. every animal that subsists by April 8, 1832.

(To be continued.)

BY-GONE SCENES; OR, DAYS OF HOG HUNTING.-No. VII.

SIR,
HE day that Feridoon fell thorn (dreadful to the horse and

was a day remarkable for the rider) brushwood scattered over number of hogs killed by our the plain, with occasional patches party, as well as for the sport of fine silky grass, stunted counthey generally afforded. The das, and some large fields of hog's had sheltered themselves in Tuwarre, or Indian corn, gema strong wall jungle surrounding ming in golden glory the rugged the village of Tagpore ; and so base of the bare and desolate lofty was the grass that the ele- granite rocks, which reared their phants were completely hid from black fantastic masses in every view as they forced slowly and variety of shape, amidst the luxuwith difficulty their ponderous rious cultivation which spread way in a close line through the over the rich valley of Goligaum, deep thickets. Matchlocks were rushing over its rocky bed, and incessantly ringing, crackers sparkling in frothy freshness, inblazed, and the clang of rattles, dicative of its mountain birth. mixed with the loud shouts of The Beemah, in the full torrents the human voice, resounded of its vigour, plunges into the through the recesses of the jun- deep valley, and slowly fights its gle, and scared at earliest dawn sluggish course through the the villages afar. The wild noise loamy soil, till, refreshed with swelled in tumultuous murmurs its thousand auxiliary streamlets, over the distant and solitary it pours on, through the waving plain, starting from their drowsy and gladsome fields of superSlumbers the herds of beauteous abundant corn that crown its antelopes, who bounded away teeming banks through the widewith alarm.

Our horses were spreading plains of Shickraall on the field.

The hogs broke pore till it mingles its full tide singly, or at most in pairs, and of swift waters with the holy the spears of the hunters were Kistnah. For the most part the never used with better effect. ground in the hot season is very One boar particularly exhibited hard, with a pulverised dust on a ferocity and boldness which the surface, full of deep holes and may give a good idea of the ani- wide cracks, and in some places mating nature of this chase; interspersed with dried-up wells which, being attended with pe- from four to eight and ten feet culiar circumstances, I purpose deep, mostly concealed by high to give the fullest account of. grass,

and
very

wide at the top The face of the country may from the loose earth having fallen be described as a level flat, ex in around. tending for about two miles, en Previously to the boar breakcircled by a ridge of small granite ing from covert he charged the mountains, intersected with deep whole line of elephants, forcing defiles and rugged ravinés, par- the greater number to tempotially covered with the bauble rary flight* ; but, alarmed at

* Putting the elephants to flight than which nothing is more common. A boar frequently charges fresh in a thick jungle, and cuts at the legs of those animals, who be, come alarmed and caņnot often be brought to enter the place again,

length by the constant firing, all obstacles, and fearless of all he stole slily away and skulked dangers, ambitious only of the into the noble plain at a slow honour of delivering the first eftrot.-—“ Hold hard ! hold hard!” fectual spear. He had already cried Hospitius.--" A gallant fixed himself close in his saddle, one,” said Idem, “ with fair play with his ready arm raised, and and an open field !"-"My spear his glittering weapon brandished my spear!" cried Cambius, as high, meditating the fame-conhe sprung with a light bound on ferring wound, when his noble his pawing horse. “ Off, off, horse, as though struck by the enand away,” shouted Shawzada, chanter's wand, sprung suddenly throwing up his arm with an ani- and energetically to clear a deep mated gesture, and striking his well, which he had been pressed spurs into his gallant steed, upon in his headlong course, and, "hurra for the first spear!” falling full upon his chest against

The boar fiercely eyed his pure the opposing bank, stumbled back suers askance, and then burst with swimming eye and quiverover the extended fields in the ing feet into the deceitful pitfall

, confidence of unimpaired speed, groaned heavily, and expired. each hunter stretching to overtake His rider, more fortunate, rolled, him ere he should ascend the immaterially injured, over the rugged mountain path towards dusty field. "Idem, following, came which he had shaped his flight. up with the boar along a path

It is not to be supposed that way, where he felt assured of carthere are any, save those who have rying off the prize, when the been taught by that able and un- furious animal stopped short in erring master--Experience--who mid career, and with appalling would be induced to admit the strength rushed unscathed under remarkable swiftness of the wild the spear of Idem, and completely boar, rushing away for his strong hamstrung his gallant horse, who hold; but the best Arab horses sank slowly on the ground, with the best workmen on them, while his master in bitter rage not slow in a burst of speed, have fung far away the erring spear often failed to overtake him in that had disappointed his hopes. first and rapid flight: but the far The chase now devolved on ther you go the surer you may Hospitius and Cambius, the forbe. With the sharp spear, the fair mer of whom, extending his long horse, the quick eye, and the lance, threatened the boar with judgment, even the far-famed instant death if he attempted to erymanthian, or the boar of Me- ascend the mountain path; while leager, must have fallen an easy Cambius, confident in the use of victim before some of our Eastern the light and aspen spear, which riders. Push him along, and at distance flung will wound, or then a short pull at your horse, in his rapid chargetransfix the and at him again, and the mighty boar, gallopped on elate with the brute soon becomes nerveless be- certainty of bearing off the palm ; fore the skill of his enemy. “Not but, dashing through the bed of so,” thought Shawzada, pressing a rivulet, his horse became enon at a furious pace, mindless of gulphed up to his saddle-girth in Vol. V.-SECOND SERIES.-No. 25.

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