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best suit him, he will have ample before the commencement of the ocular proof from what is, that
exhibition.”-Ed. such has been.
To this extraordinary feat we may
add another, of the exact height here I am, Sir, yours, &c.
named-six feet and a half-which Over HARK Over. appears in one of our early volumes.
(See Sporting Magazine, vol. iv. P. S. I forgot to mention, that p. 70.)-In March last, when a in 1815 Mr. Harry Blake rode a pack of hounds were in pursuit of a chesnut
of Mr. Mark fox which took through the inclosures Brown's, the owner of the cele adjoining to Sydenham, in Kent, one brated horse Shuttle Pope, in
of the party, a gentleman who lives and out of the Court of the Rub
in the neighbourhood, came up to a
gate, which he expected to be permita bing House, on the Flat at the
ted to pass through : but in this he Curragh of Kildare, the wall of
was for some time prevented by a which is lime-built, and much man, whose appearance bespoke him a over six feet. This was in the knight of the cleaver, who, brandishApril Meeting, when the horses ing the terrible instrument of his were saddling for the Wellington trade, swore that no one should go Stakes.
that way whilst he was able to make
use of his knife. The sportsman, unDublin, June 7, 1832.
willing to lose the game, which would
have been the case had he gone anoThe feat of leaping over the wall ther way, began to expostulate with from Park-lane into Hyde Park took the butcher, and told him it was not place on the 24th of February 1792. his wish to be out of humour, and was
"A bet of five hundredguineas was sorry to find his temper soured by reported to have been laid between a some disappointment he had undoubtRoyal Personage and Mr. Bingham, edly met with. All this had no other that the latter's Irish-bred brown effect on the defender of the castle mare should leap over the wall of than to make him the more positive Hyde Park, opposite Grosvenor-place, that no person should pass through. which wall is six feet and a half high filled with the enthusiasm of the on the inside, and eight on the out. chase, the sportsman asked him wheMr. Bingham having sold his mare to ther he might go over, to which the Mr. Jones, the bet of course became butcher assented—observing at the void. Mr. Jones offered bets to any same time that neither him nor any amount that the mare should do it, but man in England could do so. Howhis offers were not accepted. Mr. ever, our sportsman was not to be inBingham, to shew the possibility of timidated by his observations, but inits being done, led a beautiful bay stantly, drew his horse a few yards horse, his property, to the same place, back, then ran him to the gate, which who performed this standing leap twice he took and cleared well, carrying the without any difficulty, except that, in rider safe over, to the astonishment of returning, his hind feet brushed the every one. This gate was a five-barred bricks off the top of the wall. As the one, with paling upon the top, exactly height from which he was to descend six feet and a half high; the boldness into the road was so considerable, he of the attempt did that which the was received on a bed of long dung. most persuasive language could not
The Duke of York, Prince William effect—it brought from the morose of Gloucester, the Earl of Derby, and lamb-slayer this exclamation, “that a number of the Nobility, joined the he would be d--d if ever he prevented vast concourse of impatient specta- this gentleman from going through his tors, who were pretty well tired out gate whenever he thought proper."
FARTHER REMARKS ON GREYHOUNDS-PRESERVE FOR
tionable assertions to be of dogs, on account of their having found in print on the subject of been generally used in the purGreyhounds, I trouble you with suit of this animal.” (P. 280 of another letter.
Hone's Edition.) However true The attachment which I felt to it may be, that the badger was the greyhound, the facile prin- formerly called a grey, and though ceps of its species, led me to en Osbaldeston confirms to that exdeavour to ascertain whence its tent Strutt's assertionrisum name was derived; and I have teneatis, amice, when it is gravely pored, “as if increase of appe. represented that greyhounds were tite grew on what it fed," into in ancient times employed to hunt many a musty and worm-eaten badgers ? Strutt, I presume, was volume in pursuit of this object. no sportsman, or the absurdity of Dr. Caius, in his work De Cuni- his own assertion could not but bus Britannicis, with solemn and have struck him. I conjecture imposing quaintness, says, “ A that he was mis-led by Skinner, gre quoque grehunde apul nostros who in his Etym. Ling. Angl. invenit nomen: quoil præcipui title Greyhound, having deduced gradús inter canes sit :-gre enim the name from the Anglo-Saxon, apud nostros gradum denotat : and adds, vel a Belg. grevel (taxus). Osbaldeston, meaning I suppose In other words, Skinner, having to translate this passage, observes, deduced the word from the “some derive the name of this Saxon, adds, " or from the hound from gre, which is an ab- Belgic grevel, which means breviation of degree; because, badger;” and Strutt, acting upon among all dogs, they are the most this very loose and idle conprincipal, having the chiefest jecture (mirabile dictu !), implace, and being surely and ab- mediately converts the elegant solutely the best of the gentle and the fleet greyhound into a kind of hounds!" (tit. Greyhound). badger hunter.!!! Probably, out of respect to the From Strutt let us proceed to same authority, Pennant calls this Dr. Johnson. The great lexicodog greyhound. The derivation, grapher, whose knowledge of the however, seems to have nothing Northern dialects was very limit to recommend it, save its resem- ed, derives the word greyhound blance to other derivations equally from grighound, which he deedifying: such, for example, as scribes as Saxon: and Lye, in that of the well-known hero of his edition of Junius, observes, the Iliad, from his being a fellow « A.-Saxones habent Grighound. who was A-kill-ease.
Dr. Johnson and Mr. Lye, I conFrom Dr. Caius we proceed to ceive, have asserted this upon the author of The Rural Sports. the same authority, and have “ The badger (says Strutt) was been mis-led by one and the same formerly called the grey: hence book-namely, Skinner's Etym. the denomination of greyhounds Ling. Ang., where greyhound is
PRESERVE FOR LARES.
deduced from the Anglo-Saxon and another in 1729: and from grighound, canis deporarius, or Walls's Biblioth. Brit. (a very from the Belgic grevel, as already valuable work) I collect, it was stated. The Saxons had the translated by Fleming in 1576, word grig, which is interpreted and is inserted entire in Pennant's
anguilla minima," a very little “ Zoology." eel; and in which sense it is used in the present day in many parts of the kingdom. The absurdity I am anxious to plant a wood, of this derivation surpasses, if or coppice, in an exposed situapossible, that adopted by the au- tion, chiefly with a view to a prethor of The Rural Sports, But, serve for hares : I wish at the to sum up the whole, we have in same time to have an eye to profit. succession, the degree-dog! the In brief, my object is to unite the badger-dog!! the very little eel- dulce with the utile: to have a dog!!!—an awkward squad, in- preserve for hares, and to obtain deed, from which to select a ge a good plantation. neral.
It did seem to me that four or To return to Skinner. He adds, five rows of Larches, flanked with Minserus putat, quasi Græcus an equal depth of hornbeams, canis, quia sc. Græci omnium primi ashes, birches, and sycamores, hoc genus canum ad venatum ad- would, making a plantation of hibebant, quod facile crediderem some seventy feet wide, answer si authorem laudásset ; and Lin- my purpose; because all these næus calls the greyhound canis are very hardy, and capable of graius. But, if these passages resisting the blasts incidental to be not considered as advancing an exposed situation. I do not the inquiry, Junius in his Etym. know to what extent Larches are Angl. does not assist it much liable to be injured by hares. I when he remarks, quod Islandis infer that their resinous nature “ GREY" est canis.
will protect them. But I find If, amidst all these learned and that Hanbury and Marshall
, no embarrassing conjectures, I were mean authorities, concur in recompelled to offer any opinion, I presenting hornbeam as being parwould humbly suggest, that the ticularly open to the attacks of compound word grey-hound is de- hares and rabbits; and Cobbett, rived from the Saxon adjective in his highly-valuable work The grag,
which Dr. Hickes, Somner, Woodlands, says, that the ash, and Lye render glaucus, or grey, in other words its bark, is the and the Saxon substantive hunde, favorite food of hares and rabwhich Somner renders canis, or a bits. Perhaps the same objecdog. My impression is, that the tion may exist to planting either greyhound was formerly, in most the birch (of which Pennant and instances, that is generally, of a Goldsmith say they are fond) or grey colour ; and he is so repre the sycamore. I suspect that sented in an ancient picture in hares are too fond of the bark of my possession.
most of our deciduous trees, and I believe there were two edin that it would be nearer the truth tions of Dr. Caius's work, De Ca to say they attack all our deci. nibus Britannicis, one in 1570, duous trees, with very few exVol. V. -SECOND SERIES.No. 27.
ceptions; and Goldsmith, indeed, it will, I apprehend, remain on a intimates as much. Some of considerable time. your Correspondents can, pro.
If in addition to answering the bably, do me the kindness to say questions arising out of the prehow far I am correct; and, if I ceding remarks, any of your am incorrect, can point out those numerous Correspondents will, trees, the bark of which hares will keeping the utile as well as the not attack, Goldsmith excepting dulce in view, favor me with only the lime and the alder. hints for the formation of a wood
I know from experience they or coppice as a preserve for will bark the robinia pseudo acaa hares, I shall feel much obliged. cia, or locust, the excellent qua I am, Sir, yours, &c. lities of which Mr. Cobbett has,
J. B. (b, v. b.v.) much to his honour, taken great pains to make known, omitting, P.S. Perhaps you will permit however, to state its peculiar me to add that my own experidefect, in its proneness to break ence, which, however, is not very or split in an exposed situation, great, induces me to give full crebut which is noticed by Millar in dit to all that Mr. Cobbett says, his dictionary.
and very much he does say, in Perhaps, it may be useful to favor of the extraordinary quaadd, that I found a mixture of lities of the locust. I would only clay, and the recrements of a impress upon every person the cow, rubbed on the bark of the absolute necessity of planting it young locusts, an effectual pre- in the most sheltered situations, ventive of any renewed attacks as all that Millar says respecting on the part of the hares. If this its brittleness appears to me to mixture be made tolerably stiff, be perfectly correct.
SUFFOLK STREET EXHIBITION.
E have not forgotten to take consisting of a hare, woodcock,
a peep at this.Exhibition and cock partridge, finely finished, of the Society of British Artists, and natural in its delineations; which we have watched from its but we think a little more light on commencement, and which in its the canvas would have added struggles for fame is deserving of much to its beauty. the notice and patronage of the 93. The Larder-G. STEpublic. It is not our province to VENS.-A leveret, pheasant, a expatiate on the qualifications of fowl, and a basket of eggsma any pictures but those which come well-stored larder for a hungry under the head of sporting; other man to look at. wise there are many whose beau- puss is ably brought out; and ties are well worth the attention the trussed fowl, just ready for of the critic. But we must be the spit, looks so white, and brief, and will therefore com- plump, and tempting, that as we mence at once with
ħad not “ dimered with a Lord,” 69.Dead Game.-G.STEVENS. or were likely to do so, it made -This is a well grouped picture, our mouth water.
The flix of poor
look much as eggs usually do in capital feat of the Bildeston a basket, large, and white, and stud. clear-no French abortions, six 232.-Deer-stealers Shooting a weeks after their passage—butge- Stray Buek-A. CORBAULD. — nuine new-laid Englishmen, such This is a finely-conceived and as we should like to have for well-executed picture: indeed we breakfast every morning. The have not for some time seen anypicture does great credit to the thing so true to nature. The artist, who is making rapid strides position of the poor buck, half in this sort of painting.
yielding to the fatal shot, and 98.-Fishing for Live Bailma sinking to the earth, whilst deep G. TENNANT.This is a pretty in shadow you catch a glimpse of group, and very naturally de- the midnight prowlers, seeming picted. A lad is hauling up an to triumph in their execution, is cel-pot with a countenance full of admirable. Let Mr. Corbauld go the utmost importance ; at his on as he has begun, and he need side sits a curly-pated little fel- fear no rival near his throne. low, with mouth open and finger 237.-Dead Game-T. MONup, seeming very anxious for GER.--Here is a brace of parwhat is to come, yet half afraid tridges, natural, yet not executed of seeing it; and a girl, who is with the fidelity of touch they looking at the young one with a might have been ; but as this sort of tender interest, stands gentleman is a young artist, there behind. The colouring is good, is every reason to suppose he will and the tout ensemble simple and improve in the niceties of the natural.
He has an eye to propor163.- Dead Game and Bittern tion, and that is half the battle.
G. STEVENS,Here we have 240.--Study, from a Newfounda wild duck and pheasant, with a land Dog-S. TAYLOR.-Seldom bittern hanging over them, whose have we seen so fine and chawings seem made to reach from racteristic a countenance as that Indus to the Pole. The duck is which this picture presents of well painted and natural (as far that faithful animal. It is finished at least as these immense wings with the pencil of an adept, and would allow us to judge of it), is nature itself. the pheasant not so good; and 242. The Social Bowl-T. it is upon the whole an ill-ma OLIVER.- This is a bowl well naged picture, and by no means filled with rosy punch, and acequal to the other productions of companied with the appurtenances this artist.
of grapes and glasses. A very 222.-Portrait of Richard Wil- prettily executed thing, and one son, Esq.-T. LONSDALE.-An which ought not to go begging excellent likeness of the Squire for a customer. For ourselves, of Bildeston. The good humour we fear the grapes are sour; but and suavity of countenance are were it not so, that bow] looks so excellently caught, and we almost natural and inviting, that in fancied ourselves listening to the thirsty weather it would remind old buck, who, with spectacles in us too painfully of the delicious hand, and face beaming with beverage: we should look, and smiles, seems about to detail some long, and finish by ordering a