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Daventry, blank; then went to a to their noses : however, they small covert to the left of the were so close to him, that though road, and in about five minutes it saved his life for a time, they there was a challenge ; in another were enabled to hunt him over they were all at him, and almost them, and getting on sound immediately Shirley gave one of ground again, they ran him up to his halloos, that sent all the cares some gentleman's place into the and griefs of this world to Belze- pleasure grounds, where he was bub. He came out on the right viewed dead beat. He then began of the covert, and at the same running short, and was viewed time a vixen went out at the every instant, and making a last upper end, and about four couple effort to reach a small covert, they of hounds with the latter, and caught him crossing a field, after all the field, excepting two, who an uncommon good thing of forty had gone to the side with Shirley, minutes. Had it not been for and who, consequently, had a the ploughed land, they must good start.
have killed him in twenty-five The master of the pack blew minutes. There were some very his horn, and for a moment Tim queer fences, and a good many was undecided what to do; but falls. A Captain Young and a seeing he had the main body of Warwickshire man had the best the pack, and being quite sure of it with Shirley for the first half his was the dog fox, he rode on, hour. I saw the former go at a blowing his horn. The Squire place in the bottom: most of as quick as lightning saw how those who were up made for a things were, and, calling to Jack gate, but he jumped into the Stevens to stop the four couple, road and over the opposite fence. made the best of his way to the The next fence was a strong high body; but though he certainly one, with bad ground—the only could not have been more than practicable place, a bough of a two minutes hesitating, such was tree was in the way; but he the pace, that for twenty minutes charged it, and though I observed Shirley and the two mentioned him lean back almost on his horse's were the only men with the loins, it took him on the shoulhounds. I know not the names der and pulled him down : he of places, but it was not till they then took the lead. Shirley rode checked for a minute near a plan- admirably. He came to a fence tation, through which they hunted the second or third, I think. him rather slowly, that any could It was a ditch with a black thorn get up. Here Jack Stevens was hedge, and the ground bad to the first who caught them, and take off. To clear it was imposI saw the Squire and about six sible: the only way was to pick others riding the upper ground, a weak place, and charge; he while they were running in the went at it, but his horse would valley. On they went again, not have it. The man who was after clearing the plantation, along with him then tried, but with the the bottom, with some very severe same result-a second place was fencing ; crossed a road, and were
“ By G-d, Sir,” says running him hard, when a couple Tim, we must get over someof ploughed fields brought them where, or we shall never see them
again;" and cramming both spurs to find myself galloping over an in, he went bang into the middle immense wild open, with not a of it, and succeeded in getting human being or habitation to be through Ilis comparion fol- seen, nor a sound to be heard lowed, and away they sailed. Two except your own horse sobbing or three more fences were taken, as he goes ;” and I can easily and they were going as hard as conceive the feeling. they could, when Tim, turning Butto return to our day's sport. towards him with delight in his The most extraordinary part of it countenance, exclaimed, “ Egad, was, that, just as we had killed our Sir, they go a merry pace, don't fox, a farmer rode up to say a couple they!” at the same time charging of hounds had run the vixen to a high rail with a ditch on the ground in a drain about half a other side.
mile off, so that both foxes must I never
saw fellows so de- have been running parallel with lighted as both him and Steeach other for the whole time. vens are when they get a good A whip was sent to bring the thing; and they rattle along, hounds away. We then went a certainly the happiest beings in long way to a covert in the neighexistence for the time. I cannot bourhood of Winnick, where we conceive a greater pleasure in this found instanter, close to the coworld, than finding yourself first vert. The fox slipped away at out of a large field with hounds the bottom, but a countryman running hard, and not above one espied him, and taking off his or two men within a field: how hat quietly, gave us notice, you do ride! I have heard of and in a second Stevens came men riding hard to make up dashing through the gorse, his ground, but I never ride so well horse springing like a buck over as when leading. The anxiety to the prickles, to the spot, blowing keep your place, and the know- his horn. The hounds were with ledge that the field see what you him directly, and away we went are doing, make you go at places across the valley up the opposite you would not think of otherwise. slope; thence on towards WinHow many times have I come to nick House, leaving it to the left, a place, and been in doubt, when into the Crick country, the best the consciousness of having the in England, and were running eyes of a good many on me has hard, when a farmer, who had sent me at it, though in fear and viewed, told us it was a vixen, and trembling. The only way in the hounds fortunately checking such cases is to “harden your just after, they were stopped, and heart,” string your nerves, and her life saved, as she was only give him plenty of steel, and you just before them. will get over somehow or other. And now, ONEOFUS, adieu !
Talking of the pleasure of the season is at an end. My being alone with hounds, a friend, thoughts are upon a Yatch, and who hunts a good deal near some perhaps I may visit your neighMoors, said to me, “ Fencing is bourhood, when I shall be most capital fun, I grant you; and I happy to shake you by the hand, like it as well as any man: but and talk over olden times. Comnow and then in a season there is mend me to all our friends, and nothing I delight in so much as believe me, yours,
FLY FISHING, WITH A FEW BRIEF REMARKS ON THE
SPORTS OF THE PAST SEASON.
SIR, SF EEING in one of your late although the prevalence of cock
Numbers a most interesting shooting is much against their account of “ the two last days of increase, particularly in Wales. black game shooting,” reminds of the last-mentioned delicious me forcibly that the season for bird we have had a fair sprinkmost animating sports is now ling; and even now there are drawing to a close; but ere they some still remaining. mingle with the stream of times The hunting season never was gone past, I will give one “ lin- known to be more favorable, and gering longing look behind," and the sport has been beyond precethen hasten to the sportsman's dent, even from the beagles, colonly remaining consolation. Black lected together by the rough horn game shooting, with “ all appli- from their several homes, to the ances and means to boot," was more patrician and well-apso ably described in the aforesaid pointed packs that keep the MelNumber, that I will not venture to tonians hard at it. Some of the take the field after your able Cor runs this season have been in respondent, for not a feather re- length like the old stories of our mains.
ancestors, and true ones too, who It certainly is a long time back, used to find a fox at early dawn, but on looking over my game list, and kill him towards the afterand the remarks that I made dur- noon, going at a certain pace all ing the grouse season, I should the while, and for an excellent and say it was one of the most un
obvious reason because neia propitious that has been for many ther were the hounds, horses, nor years, the broods being both riders adapted to go faster. They scarca and small--indeed many probably were descended from were not presentable for the fair the “true Spartan kind :” sportsman. Then came the long- So flew'd, so sanded, and their heads are looked-forSeptember, thatbrought hung with it, not « death and destruc- With ears that sweep away the morn.
ing dew; tion” to the birds, but to our Crook-knee'd, and dew-lapped like Thes. hopes, also ! and I fear, owing to
salian bulls, the present system of Game Laws, Slow in pursuit, but matched in mouth the next season will not revive Each under each. them. On that I could " spin Their horses too were not like a long yarn,” but I will not at those that Imogen speaks of: present occupy your pages with
I have heard of riding wagers, a subject already so hackney'd.
Where horses have been nimbler than The breed of pheasants, how the sands ever, certainly was good, the That run i' the clock's behalf : nides being strong and nume and many of their own dear rous: and as they are now pretty selves personified Shakspeare's well established in almost every fifth age too exactly to make it part of Great Britain, it is to be convenient to keep the pace
of hoped they will not again decline, modern Meltonian.
we hear of runs this season of dirersion at the commencement of 15, 18, and 20 miles straight an the partridge season near Tottenend, at the tip-top pace, “ that ham or Edmonton. which kills," we must exclaim as I am a complete enthusiast in Dominic Sampson, Prodigious! all sports; but I think there are
Well, Jr. Editor, all these few more delightful sensations sports are nearly at a finish. The than those created by the influthundering tube of destruction, ence of a fine Spring morning, or in plainer language the gun, is when you see the trout leaping laid by for
Setters, in all directions-already fancying pointers, and spaniels are either you have them safe in your basshot for being old, or quietly take ket. Now your hands cannot their repose for another season. move quick enough to adjust your Hunters are either turned out, or reel line properly; and even when loose-bored; and what is the man with nervous haste you have put who lives in the country to do? all in readiness, you cast your Those who love angling, and“ do well-imitated fly gently over business in great waters," will ex some likely stream, with what claim, “ what! nothing to do! eagerness you watch the timid when fishing, the most delightful prey make a dart at the treaof all sports, is now coming on!” cherous insect! with what disThose who do not love it, let them appointment you see him turn spend a couple of sovereigns at sulkily away! or perhaps, by so any of the fraternity in Crooked dexterous a movement, you sucLane, and “to it forth with.” ceed in striking him, how cau
There are certainly more grades tiously with rod bent almost douin fishing than perhaps any other ble do you baffle his ineffectual sport in the world-aye, there is struggles to escape, and haul him as much difference between the with tender but tight hand within punt-fisher in the Thames, whose the verge of your landing net ! wonderful stock of patience is To me this excitement is the most measured and eked out by the pleasurable of all sports, always diminution of his magots nicely excepting fox-hunting-the seeing put up in a tin box of bran, and and hearing of a fox found well the artist who knows when, where, being the sine qua non of sports. and how to catch a dish of Who that has ever fished in Wales speckled trout by his
can be insensible to the additional rior skill, with Aies of his own charm which the contemplation manufacture, and perseverance, of its lovely scenery raises in the but not patience, that would do mind! the rivers winding through honour to a better cause: as much, valleys rich in their native lovenay even more than an Osbaldes- liness, broken into a thousand ton or Ross riding a thorough- sparkling falls, by rocks here piled bred ’un (pretty fit to go), up to in simple grandeur, and there lya pack of the right sort in Lei- ing scattered in picturesque neglicestershire, and the veriest cock- gence, as if they had been cast ney living at Paddington, who about in sport by the Titans of old. occasionally mounts his orse to Even now so early in the season take a view of the hounds near their banks resound with songs Croydon, or partakes of a little of birds, and exhale a thousand
perfumes from the flowers which by far the most difficult to catch, recal those sensations of Spring and it is only the real fisherman so dear to every heart.
that can get hold of the big ’uns. It was remarked by a great Brecon contains more good Statesman*, that were he allowed fishermen than any town of its only two books in his retirement, size in South Wales. One great Izaak Walton would have been inducement to the lower class is one of those he would have the good price and ready sale chosen. Wh), indeed, can read they always obtain for their inhis descriptions of the scenery on dustry. I used frequently to our more Southern rivers, unin- meet, in my piscatorial wanderteresting as it is in itself, without ings on the Usk, two brothers wishing to become his compa- living at Brecon, who gained nion !
during the summer months a Fishing in many parts of Eng- pretty
pretty considerable livelihood land, although I grant (owing to by their perseverance and skill, the numerous preserves) larger and well did they deserve it. trout are to be caught, I think is Wading up to their middle for inferior to the wildness of Wales. hours together in all weathers, The one may be compared to early and late, they seldom failed preserved or pheasant shooting, to fill their baskets; and, take and the other to cock or wild shoot them all in all, they were by far ing; and the pleasure of each is the best it has ever been my doubly enhanced by the difficul- to witness. The Wye trout are ties and skill required in filling the bad to the taste, and cut quite bag or basket. As I previously white; but there is good salmon mentioned, there are many grades fishing to be obtained near Backof fishing, and nothing can par- wood Castle. But it is at the take more of monotony and want Tivy where the amateur can meet of interest than the generality of with the greatest general success; bottom fishing, particularly from and the higher up, or the nearer punts, where roach and dace are the source, the better conditioned the only attainable prize, which and larger are the trout to be are but coarsish food after all: but found. To give you a descripthe extreme fondness for even tion of the flies that are said to this amusement needs no further be good only on these three riremark.
vers would swell my present letI have fished in some of the ter to a most immoderate length. lakes, and most of the principal I shall, therefore, at present conrivers in South Wales, particu- clude, promising to give you a larly the
Usk, the Wye, and the list in my next of the flies that I Tivy. The finished artist would have generally found most sucgive the preference to the first; cessful; and a short account of the salmon fisher would not be the Tivy pools, which I purpose disappointed in the second ; and shortly visiting. all who throw the long line would I remain, Mr. Editor, your find amusement in the last. I obedient servant, should say the Usk trout were
Φιλος αλιετικης. . best and soonest in season,
March 29, 1832.