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The night is ours, why should we fear?
The night is ours, let's banish sorrow;
Lull care to sleeji,
Who cares for Time? why should we fear him?
Lull Time to sleep,
With Nectar-Nectar, they surprised him :
Love shall not sleep,
Aye, 'tis a stream of white wine and red,
Lull Care to sleep,
Why with your senseless scythes attack us ?
Then drink while ye may,
Time would, could he stay
H. C. D.
WANT OF A VETERINARY SURGEON AT NEWMARKET.
“Sterling Science will eventually triumph, whatever may be its present state of discouragement and debasement.”
SIR, Is my Review of the Racing the want of an established Vete
Season in your February Num- rinary Professor at Newmarketber, while noticing the accident a place of all others where the which occurred to Zany at Good- skill and experience of a really wood; I took occasion to regret clever man ‘might be employed
with the greatest advantage. market, where secrecy and mystiThe very recent calamity which fication are the chief requisites, has fallen upon John Scott's sta- may be considered competent to ble in the North*, where so many hide the effects of a slight cold, or valuable animals and so much other trifling casualty, to prevent property have been struck off at the odds sinking in the market
swoop,” incites us to till his master “has got his money look at the subject with redou- off,” can by possibility be posbled interest, as applied to New- sessed of the requisites of veterimarket, where, if such a disease nary knowledge sufficient to de(of the nature of an epidemic) termine on the symptoms, and the should once make its appearance, necessary measures required to the consequences cannot be fore- be adopted in such rapid and
The common “distemper" all-destroying cases ? (as it is termed), which is the bane Some apology may be required of young race horses, every Spring from a non-professional indivifastens itself on some one unfor- dual like myself undertaking this tunate stable, to the destruction subject ; but I am free to confess of the hopes of many Derby and I have done so solely with the Oaks favorites, and usually does view of inciting some person more not quit the devoted premises competent to attend to the matwithout having, either in a milder ter. I have, however, one ador severer form, visited all the vantage, which a professional inmates. With what dismay, then, man would not perhaps be conmust the visitation of a destruc- sidered to possess--that of disintive and malignant disease (such terestedness; my only motive as it has just shewn itself in the being to endeavour to do away North) be contemplated in its the prejudice which exists among advances towards Newmarket !- owners of race-horses against emwhere, from the immense number ploying a regularly educated and of young horses alone at this experienced resident Veterinary season of the year, and the conti- Surgeon. I shall, however, avail guity of the different stables to myself of some remarks on this each other, the destruction of subject by a gentleman at the lives of so many valuable ani- head of the Veterinary Profesmals, even if (as certainly is “de- sion, which have been published voutly to be wished") the disease in the pages of the Veterinarian, shew itself in a less severe form a work which I have always read than in the recent instance it has with the greatest pleasure, but done, must be immense. In all which, perhaps, is rather too proinflammatory cases, as the merestfessional and technical for general tyro must be aware, the only readers ; and therefore their artichance of preserving life is by ticles on the subject, though exprompt and decisive means made tremely “ germane to the mat. use of on the very first exhibition ter," and well worthy of perusal of the symptoms. Will any one, by every lover of the race-horse, then, be bold enough to assert, that have not been so extensively read the training groom, who at New- as they deserve.
* I allude to the account noticed in your last of the death of Mr. Petre's Beaufort and several young stock of Mr. Walker's, by inflammation. Vol. V.-Second SERIES.No. 25.
While on the subject of Zany by owners of race-horses, to do at Goodwood, I mentioned a few everything in their power for the of the reasons why Noblemen and advantage of the animals placed Gentlemen had so long refused to in their charge, and at the same trust themselves and their horses time maintain with fidelity and in the hands of a veterinary pro- honour the trust reposed in them. fessor ; the principal, no doubt, I am not so sanguine as to imabeing their want of knowledge of gine that prejudice which has the rapid strides and advance of existed so long, and which custhe art towards perfection which tom and habit have contributed it has been making in the hands to strengthen, can at once be of individuals during the last swept away: but I do really think quarter of a century; and that, the time will come, and shortly therefore, being ignorant of this, too, when the disgrace will be their attention never having been done away, which permits a focalled towards the subject, they reigner to say that in the first still look upon the ancien regime country in the world for its breed of farriers as in full force, and of horses--and at the head-quarthat, in effect, the“ bell-hanging” ters too, where the major part of practitioner of days of yore still a thousand horses are constantly exists under the more modern and i training, &c.--no veterinary dignified cognomen of " veteri surgeon has been ever patronised nary surgeon.” Nor is it to be
Nor is it to be or supported. wondered at that such notions I shall now proceed to transhould still prevail, considering the scribe some of the passages to wretched and degrading regula- which I have alluded from the tions which permit a monopoly pages of the Veterinarian, and I of a thing'yclept-par excellence! shall offer no apology for so -the Veterinary College, to foist doing, because, emanating as the upon the public shoals of ignora- remarks do from the pen of so muses, under the shelter of its skilful and eminent a Diploma (forsooth !), as qualified Mr. Youatt, they must have far to kill or cure
e--the only test of greater force than anything I can whose fitness for the occupation say on the subject. It will be consists in having attended the seen, that, with all the leaning cut-and-dried lectures of the soi which one would naturally supdisant Professors for a few months, pose a man like Mr. Youatt must and the finale of handing over have towards his profession, he is some twenty guineas of “filthy not unmindful of the prejudices lucre” to the same parties! It is which must exist against admitnotorious that it is to individual ting an “ untried” practitioner exertion only that the advanced into such mysterious and forbidstate of the veterinary art at this den ground as the precincts of a day is owing, and that there rank Newmarket training stable. among the members of the pro Mr. Youatt begins by obseryfession-men of as high and in- ing that he had heard it redependent feelings and attain. marked, that "it was not a little ments as any liberal art or science discreditable to us (the profescan boast of- gentlemen, whose sion), and deserved our very sestudy it would be, if patronised rious consideration, that no vete,
rinary surgeon had been able to paratively powerless; in the trainobtain a living at Newmarket.” ing stable he is a mere cipher : The fact - is an undeniable one, the tyranny of the groom, foundand we are sorry for it.”
ed, like tyranny everywhere, on “ There are always a great ignorance and indolence, is desponumber of valuable horses at tic. Some master's submit to it Newmarket, and at certain times reluctantly, but all do submit to of the year all the pride of the it; and the management of the English racing breed is collected race-horse in health, and in sickthere. The horses are not only ness too, is the peculiar province valuable in themselves, but their of the training groom. This perowners have frequently immense son is much improved of late; but sums staked on them. One would still there is in all these stables think it, of all places in the world, a great deal, which, in point of the most favorable for him to sound practice, and now and then settle who knew how to preserve of honesty too, he knows will the horse in full health, and most not bear the light: therefore he is speedily and effectually to cure exceedingly cautious how he adhis diseases; yet seven or eight mits in the stable the man who young men have gone, one after will detect at a glance the errors the other, from the Veterinary of which he himself is beginning College to Newmarket, and have to be conscious, although he obleft it in a year or two in despair stinately clings to them. So far and disgust. An old farrier* re is this carried and that not siding there does considerable merely at Newmarket--that we business; and Mr. Bowles of Cam- know two Cavalry regiments, into bridge, a very excellent practi- the stables of the Commanding tioner, is frequently consulted; Officer of which the veterinary but a veterinary surgeon cannot surgeon is not admitted, and the live at Newmarket.
Colonel does not dare admit “ This is not a little discredito him, because he would incur the able to us, and it does deserve our high displeasure of his master, serious consideration.
“ There are, however, some “The whole managementof the peculiarities about Newmarket
, training stable is a perfect myswhatever might be our first im tery. Each groom has his own pression, that are really unfavor- peculiar mode of training and of able to the success of the veteri. doctoring, which he guards from nary practitioner. In the first the inspection and knowledge of place, it is the metropolis of the others with the most scrupulous groom's empire ; it is where he What takes place in one has for many a year ruled with stable is not supposed to be known absolute sway, and where he to, and is concealed as carefully would be most of all jealous of a as possible from, the inmates of rival, and a rival whose supe- another. The veterinary surgeon, , riority he feels and dreads. In if he is suffered to enter there, many stables the master is com will develop, and may divulge the
* Mr. Youatt, I should suppose, alludes to Mr. Barrow, an old and very greatly respected farrier in the town, and the plater (par excellence) of nearly all the race, horses which run there.
mystery; he may reveal a secret and the management of the horse supposed to be well worth know- —that will not be perverted. He ing; or he may throw discredit is most perplexingly situated : on a system which has been the he must shew himself master of foundation of the trainer's reputa- his profession ; and yet he must tion and profit: and veterinary weigh well every word, lest it surgeons have not always been should be supposed to have referdiscreet: they have forgotten the ence to some particular horse, and obligation-- which they should indicate his opinion of that horse, have felt, if they did not formally and disarrange the books of the take it--to see and hear, but say owner or of the groom. nothing. The secrets of the pri “A gentleman once called on a son house have sometimes es. friend of ours, and asked him caped, to the annoyance or dise whether he would go a considercredit of the groom, or the loss of able distance to operate on a turf the owner.
horse, and pledge himself that he “ In such an establishment the would make no attempt to discoveterinary surgeon will always be ver to whom the horse belonged, most unwillingly sent for; be or mention it to any one if he cause it may make a most serious should accidentally discover it, and ruinous change in the oddsor, for a certain time, speak to if it be suspected that there is any one of the direction or object anything amiss. The veterinary of his journey. He was taken to surgeon, once called in, must be a little country town, at the best aware of the real state of the inn in which his quarters were stable; and there are plenty of established; thence he had to knowing ones about such a place walk a mile to a lonely farm to who will artfully obtain some in see his patient: he was always formation from him, or met there by one or two gentlehint at least, which they may men, who introduced themselves turn to their own account and by some common name, and frethe injury of the owner of the quently they returned and dined horse. He must have more dis- with him at his inn ; but he never cretion than falls to the lot of knew who they were, and the most young men, who will not people of the inn did not suspect sometimes incautiously commit his business. When the patient himself here ; and the fear that was convalescent, he was handhe may incautiously divulge that somely remunerated, and diswhich should be as secret as missed-shrewdly guessing inthe grave, will close against him deed with whom he had had to the door of many of these esta- do, but refraining from making the blishments. He can scarcely say slightest inquiry, and to the prea word on his most favorite to. sent hour not assured that his pic-the structure, the powers, suspicions were well founded*.
*“ Two or three years ago, a horse, that afterwards won one of the great Stakes at Epsom, was somewhat amiss, and the writer of this article was requested to attend him, which he did daily for a week, but never at the owner's stables, and never twice at the same place; generally in some unfrequented road, and in very different directions, and in such a manner that the meeting should seem to be perfectly accidental.--the consequence of which was, that the fact of his not being quite right was never generally known, or even suspected.”