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the hot and fiery ones, whose settle well for a while on the zeal outstripped their prudence, scent. crossed the stream, though there He then bounded away, and was little occasion for such a was run over Court Down, on damping, the hart being com- through Loosedale Wood, skirtpletely run down and piping. ing Ballneck, on to Marsh wood, One Ilotspur, in his eagerness to and then up the bottom to Carthpossess a trophy, had his finger ridge; when, unluckily, in going rather badly cut by a brother through Mounsey Wood, two sportsman, who was performing young deer were roused, and the an operation on a slot; but that pack divided on them, leaving capital sportsman, Doctor Collins, only three hounds to carry on the whose zeal in the service of hunted deer, which they did in Diana in no wise diminishes his merry tune to Borough Down, on attention to the more serious du- to Hawkridge, where they were ties of Esculapius, soon set mat stopped, in the hope of getting ters to rights. This day's sport, more hounds together to cross with the exception of the ac Exmoor, over which the stag had cident above-named, ended in taken, pointing straight for North perfect harmony, and so much Molton ; but at this juncture a to the satisfaction of all par- part of the pack coming up in ties, that a deputation was form. full swing at the heels of a knoba ed, relying on Sir Arthur's ge- ber a two-year-old deer), the neral kindness and condescen- hounds joined their forces, and sion, to implore him to remain, the old hart escaped, after having and give them another day's fun had a pretty sharp tussel for it. on the 3d instant; which he con The young one now set to work sented to do, remaining at the in right earnest; crossing HawkRed Lion for the purpose.
ridge Common, with three couThe morning of the 3d rose in ple of hounds steadily on his slot, brilliancy, and at half-past nine direct for Lishwell Wood, thence the cavalcade, eager for glory and to West Anstey Common, on to renown, were on the move; com Ryncombe Farm and Coombe mencing the business by drawing Wood; where, being closely purHellebridge Wood, opposite Bar- sued, he broke away straight for ham Down, about a mile from Knowston Moors, crossing MolDulverton. The tufters had not lard parish, by Park Farm, to the been in the wood above ten mi. Cuckoo Inn, on the Southmoulton nutes, when they unharboured, old road; but so indefatigable and the valley resounded with the were his enemies, that not a mimerry music, upon which signal nute was he allowed (had he the tally-ho" was given by the been so inclined) to cool his burnBaronet, and a stagle, full twelve ing tongue at the tempting watersummers old, made its appearbucket at the door of the Cuckoo.
The rouse was as quick, Hunter as I am, I could not help fine, and animating, as the most thinking here of that exquisite ardent admirer of stag-hunting description of the stag's distresses could desire ; and the pack were to be found in the Comedy of As immediately laid on, but did not You Like It:
“ To the which place a poor sequester'd stag,
In piteous chase.” But hunters, like doctors, cannot were taken off when their game afford to be sentimental ; so away was just sinking, it being asceracross the turnpike road we went, tained he was only a staggard (a leaving the Cuckoo and all its four-year-old gentleman)--and temptations behind, shaping our thus ended the day's fun. course over Hadham to Knows There were several good ones ton Mill, then down the water, out both days, the most conspiwhere “ bellows to mend” was cuous of whom were Doctor Col. the universal cry:
Here our lins and a young Clergyman young hero, profiting by the fa- mounted on a black cob, who tigue of his pursuers, took the seemed to enjoy the sport quite opportunity of stealing into Doo as well as his master ; and a slapWood, whence, however, he was ping pace they kept up, both in soon nobly roused, springing off the open and inland. Upon the at a deuce of a pace down the whole it may be said to have been vale under Knowston village ; a most auspicious meeting, and thence fronting to the left, and forebodes many a future good crossing to Russell's Moor, to the day's work for the stag-hunters bottom of Radnage Moor, in the of this part of the country. parish of East Anstey, where he The evenings were passed in was obliged to cry “halt,” for no true newspaper style, that is, in further could he go. This last perfect harmony, at the Red Lion gallop was tremendous, and well at Dulverton, whose hostess did performed by all parties : indeed, her best to make her guests at throughout the affair, which last- their ease; and I have no doubt ed four hours, the most unshrink- many a trump returned to his ing courage was evinced by the abode, feeling, with the Poetpursuers. The brave
" I wish I were as I have beer, knobber was eventually saved from death, which he well de- Hunting the hart in forests green,
With bended bow and bloodhound free, served for his pluck, and had the
For that's the life that's meet for me." honour of shewing his phiz in the Earl of Carnarvon's park at
SLASHING HARRY. Spixton near Dulverton,' but I hear has since given up the ghost.
P.S. As soon as the West SoPeace to his manes !!
merset rattle old Cottlestone, The other part of the pack ran you shall hear from me again. their deer for three hours, and Devon, Sept. 20, 1832.
stag and his
THE WAGER; OR, ECONOMIC TRAVELLING IN FRANCE.
“ He shall traverse sea and land,
SIR, IT was in conversation with a that more important and previous
friend who had frequently vi- occupant, a well-lined purse, I sited the Continent, that the ex- started from London on the 24th cursion I am about to describe of July last by one of the Rams. was projected; and I have thrown gate packets. The humours of my notes and observations toge- the passage have been so often ther, less with the expectation of and so laughably described by saying anything new upon a route others, that I shall merely observe so frequently travelled over as that at the moment of the Capthat between London and Paris, tain's stationing himself on the than to convince the readers of paddle-box with the usual order your journal, who may have been of “ Turn a-head,” the deck prediscouraged from visiting France sented a merry, motley group, from erroneous impressions of the male and female, of about a hunexpense attendant on foreign tra- dred passengers. The majority ve], that there are other modes of of these indicated, by their welleffecting their object, and that too bronzed countenances and entire with the utmost pleasure and sa freedom from sickness, that their tisfaction, besides hurrying along visit to the “ Paradise of Cockthe high roads in a chaise and neys,” for which the vessel was post horses. TheGentleman above destined, had been neither “ few alluded to, having been educated nor far between;" while the rein habits of luxury, had no expe- mainder, by their pale contracted rience of any species of loco. visages, sunken eyes, and unsteady motion besides that just described, gait, their loathing disgust at the and could not be persuaded but viands the happier portion of the that any departure from esta- company were liberally discusblished usage must be attended sing, and at the cook, as he passed with misery, fatigue, and absolute to and fro with preparations for suffering. The result of this dif- dinner, plainly indicated that to ference of opinion was a consi- them a short passage would be derable bet that I could not reach no disagreeable item among the Paris from London for a sum pleasures of an excursion to less than four pounds. The ne Ramsgate. We landed about five cessary precautions being entered in the evening; the pier was into to secure the due perform- thronged with well-dressed peoance of the undertaking, I de- ple, anxiously seeking among the spatched my portmanteau before crowded deck the face of a husme to Dover. Clothed in a light band, a sister, a brother, or a summer shooting-jacket, a fly-rod friend: many were the exclamain my hand, a fishing-basket at tions, in soft and silvery tones, of my back, and a small book of « Dear Papa! so glad you're flies in my pocket, in addition to come!” or of Vol. V.SECOND SERIES.No. 30.
- dreadful pasa
sage!"_" horrid storm!"_“ Lord! of those chalky eminences which how white you look !" &c. &c. Shakspeare has immortalized in Standing in none of the pleasing his description of “the tall anrelations just alluded to, to any choring bark diminished to her one at Ramsgate, Ihastened cock, her cock a buoy.” A few through the town, which appeared bathing machines are maintained to possess double the number of here; the beach is superb, and inhabitants usually found in a the amusements of a summer's place of its size, and soon found residence not a little increased by myself on the high road to Dover. the curious costume and occaThe fare to Ramsgate was five sionally grotesque appearance of shillings.
the passengers from France. I had a walk of twenty miles Dover is expensive. I was before me, a mere trifle to so most anxious to be gone,
and practised a pedestrian as myself. quickly agreed with the master Steadily resisting, therefore, the of the French mail packet, a oft repeated and expressive signals small but neat sailing boat, for a from the drivers of the numerous passage for four shillings; and, stages which passed me on the after embarking a cargo of bulroute, I held on my course un- lion, we started with four pastired till ten o'clock. The day sengers. The wind blowing fresh, had been eminently beautiful; our passage, though short, was the night was equally calm and rough, all the passengers, myself serene--and the silence which not excepted, being sick. In this reigned on all around was inter- emergency, I advise the sufferer rupted only by the melodious to lie on his stomach across the warblings of innumerable night- vessel, and to provide himself ingales which filled the copses with a small bottle of spirit of that occasionally lined each side ether, of which twenty drops in of the path. Under these favore water will afford considerable able circumstances I resolved to relief. continue my journey through the I had several relations residing short summer night, in order to in Franche Comté. A Lady, one secure a passage by the first packet of these, had commissioned me to Calais on the following morn to convey to her, or in plain ing: After procuring some re- English to smuggle, a small parfreshment in a village at which I cel containing a few articles of had just arrived, I again resumed British lace. This I had placed my patriarchal mode of travelling, in my trunk, intending, during and reached Dover about three the passage, to exercise my ingeo'clock in the morning, having nuity in concealing them about consumed at least five hours in my person in such a manner as to resting by the way.
elude the Argus eyes of the CusAll the world has been at tom-house officers. The violent Dover, and witnessed the bustle sickness, however, with which I created by the incessant arrival of was attacked totally incapacitated the stages from London, in almost me from exertion, and I lay durevery instance loaded with living ing the greater portion of the pascargoes for the opposite coasts: sage in a stupor on the cabin all the world too has seen or heard floor, tormented by the consci
ousness that should the articles is in general of the most rigorous in question remain where they description ; however, by offiwere they would unquestionably ciously presenting my fishingbe seized. The embarrassment basket and pockets, which I of the moment was not a little knew contained nothing seizable, enhanced by the piteous lamen- I diverted their attention from tations of a little old man, who, my hat, and was allowed to proimpressed with the belief that he ceed to my inn, where, in the enwas fated to become “ food for joyment of such coffee as can be fishes,” uttered a series of outcries obtained in France alone, I soon at every lurch of the vessel, cer- forgot the pains and chagrin of tainly more ludicrous than pa- the passage. Having regained thetic.
possession of my passport, I deThe descent of the Captain spatched my portmanteau to into the cabin, with intelligence Paris, paid the innkeeper's bill, that we were within twenty mi- which amounted to three shilnutes sail of the harbour, roused lings, and gaily proceeded on my all my fears, and, making a des journey on the cross-roads, or, as perate effort to rise, I staggered the French term it, sur la trainto the hold, seized my trunk, verse. My object in quitting the and thrust the object of my grande route was economy, and a anxiety under my waistcoat. It desire to see a portion of France being low water, we were landed as yet little visited by Englishin the boat, to the no small satis men. My expenses from London faction of my fellow-passengers, to Calais had amounted to no who had expressed the utmost more than thirteen shillings, and terror, as the waves, curling their yet, for that comparatively small monstrous heads and crested with sum, had I experienced more safoam, came rolling impetuously tisfaction, and enjoyed greater after us, as if in pursuit of the opportunities for observation, bark, and covering us with spray. than by travelling in the usual The packet I had concealed with way at six times the expense. in my clothes now became suffi My route lay along the banks ciently embarrassing.
of a canal. The first village I cending the steep ladder attached arrived at was called Courcelles, to the side of the pier, I every with a handsome chateau. The moment expected to see it fall parterre in front was adorned with through my pantaloons into the an endless variety of beautiful mud. Having landed, in order flowers, which spread around a to prevent the Frenchman (who delicious odour reaching even watched my ascent and walked across the canal. Two Englishbehind me) from observing the men belonging to an iron-founvery suspicious protuberance at dry at Calais were fishing at a my knee, I shammed lame. This few yards distant from the house: manæuvre succeeded; the pa- they bitterly complained of the tience of the soldier evaporated, late Revolution as ruinously deand he passed on; then hastily structive to trade. slipping out the parcel, I con On quitting the canal near cealed it in the crown of my hat. Guisne, the country presented an The search at the Custom-house eminently diversified landscape of