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“With all this mystery attend to resort to any maneuvre (others ing the common concerns of the would say rascality) to effect their stable, and every precaution and objects, and be on the right side suspicion redoubled when any- of the post. They will judge of thing is amiss there, a young the veterinary surgeon by themman must be well known before selves and by all around them, he is employed; and many a
and will conclude that he, too, plant being set upon him, he must may be disposed to do a little to have a great deal of self-command make himself right; and that, and prudence if he does not some
therefore, he is a dangerous pertimes say a word or two too much, son to be admitted into their sancand which may be misunderstood tum sanctorum, except he should and perverted in a way that he be on their side ; and, even then, could not dream of.
they well know that it is possible “ But, supposing that he pos- to win a great deal by apparently sesses all this self-comma nei- losing a little. ther the groom nor the owner These are few of the circumwill give him credit for it. They stances which render it difficult will bestow on him very little of for a young man to establish hima their confidence until they have self in a place like Newmarket. tried him; and a long time may The old farrier (who, it seems, pass, and his little patrimony be has pretty well feathered his spent, before he will have the nest), and Mr. Bowles—who lives opportunity to shew that he may at a distance, and the heyday of be trusted.
whose blood is now pretty well “ The veterinary surgeon is subdued-and his son, profiting fond of the horse: he cannot be by the example, and practising all a good surgeon if he is not. If the prudence and cantion of his he does not embark in his profes- father, they may succeed. The sion, and carry on his profession experience of a long series of con amore, he is good for nothing. years has proved that they may He loves to talk of, and to wit- be trusted; but confidence, and ness the powers and energies of confidence under such circumthe horse; and, placed among those stances, will not be forced ; it whose sole pleasure and whose must be the slow growth of carebread depend upon the speed and ful observation. A new and a the stoutness of the horse--who
young man may not have suffihave more or less to do with cient patience to wait until the every exhibition and trial of him, fruit is matured ; or, if he be not and who, from the Peer to the a man of a thousand, the fruit groom, has each his betting-book may be suddenly blighted by -it will be very difficult for the some incautious but venial error. young practitioner to refrain from “ Without, therefore, any imnow and then sporting a little on peachment of the character of our the issue of some events...... if he profession, we may cease to be does, his doom is sealed beyond surprised that no young veteriredemption ; for he has to do with narian has succeeded there. He those who think everything fair had not sufficiently considered the to accomplish their purpose-who difficulties which he would have are perfectly aware of, and ready to encounter ; he was not aware
of the dangers which beset him art of the present day-in fact, on every side, and of the cold, re- the advantage of having, in such served, apparently repulsive de- a place as Newmarket, some one meanour which it would some at hand in any emergency,
whose times be necessary for him, advice can be depended on, and although most unwillingly, to whose secrecy and honour are adopt.”
alike sacred---must, if weighed I have quoted rather more from against the petty scruples and Mr. Youatt's pages than I had at paltry prejudices which still exfirst intended, but the whole of ist, speedily put to fight any the foregoing remarks bear so doubts on the subject; and owners forcibly on the subject, that I of race-horses will be ready to could not agree to lose any part place themselves in the hands of of what appears to me so perti- any member of the profession nent and so well worth preserve who may present himself, qualiing. We have seen now a few of fied for the task, not only by a the causes which operate against profound and intimate knowledge the establishment of a veterinary of the animal whose condition he surgeon at Newmarket--causes is to meliorate, but also from which could have existed in pre- having the experience of former judice alone and the lack of dis- failures before him, to be enabled crimination, as I have before hint- to unite diligence in his profesed, between the exploded, vulgar, sion with the deepest sense of and ignorant “ farrier," and the honour, secrecy, and fidelity to high-minded, educated, and sci- his employers. entific professor of the veterinary
The Young FORESTER.
GILBERT FORESTER'S TOUR TO THE WEST, CONCLUDED.
" There is a mist upon the morn,
A clinging dew on hedge-row thorn,
SIR, ΕΑ ARLY in the month I set comfort-loving and luxurious En
forward from the neighbour- glish denominate a most devilish hood of Tavistock to meet Mr. miserable one. A good rattling Bulteel's crack pack of fox- rain I can forgive, a thunderhounds. Whether I am other storm absolutely love ; snow I can wise or not, certain it is I cannot endure, and even frost, when I boast of being weather-wise, for have no intention to hunt; but the day I chose to convey myself your Scotch mist, which, under and
my chattels across country the pretence of being a was one which a genuine Scotch- nothing, penetrates through the man would have hailed in his
stoutest upper benjamin in the “ Land of the mountain and the flood” space of ten minutes, and peras a brau day; but which we more haps lays its wearer by the heels
for ten days, is what I must beg master passion figure on the to decline. Ye Gods ! in future walls of his rooms, in the shape of punish your wicked servant when portraits of some of the best tits he travels with anything but a that ever lifted a leg at the mardrizzling rain. Nevertheless, on ket. He is a great advocate for the day I mention, a drizzling blood, and will have something ruin it was from morning even that can stride a bit, which he until night; and it was with a runs at the provincial meetings. feeling of pleasure unknown to This year I see he is entered for any but the weary traveller that the Saltram and other Stakes at I found myself, at six o'clock, Plymouth. seated in one of the apartments of Plymouth, by the bye, is not the Royal Hotel, Plymouth, by a what it once was: the piping blazing fire, with candles lighted, times of peace have altered its boots off, and a busy waiter bust aspect wonderfully. No smart ling about, performing the double young officer, enjoying the dolce duty of laying the cloth and re- far niente, ere the Blue Peter tailing the Plymouth scandal. summons him to take a long, per
The Royal Hotel is large, and chance a last, adie' of his native handsomely furnished, but is de- land, now parades its streets ; no ficient in what far surpasses drums or fifes are heard; no clodsplendour---comfort. The garçons poles, having just bartered their all want drafting; and I should liberty for one day's glory, marchreally feel obliged to Mr. Whid- ed in intoxicating joy about itdon (who has the patronage of all all these have vanished with war's the gentlemen of his county) if alarms; and but for its harbour, he would build fresh stables ; its shipping, and the jolly blue those he has are miserable things. jackets who roll about the town, The hospitality of the Royal Ho a stranger would hardly believe tel, however, I was not destined it to have been so intimately conto try much; for Mr. Charles nected with such a sanguinary Trelawney, of Colrinnick, with trade. But Plymouth, though in that liberality which is ever to be a different way, is still a very gay found amongst the well-born place. Instead of smart officers, English, and which I have expe there are young and pretty worienced from every gentleman men to be seen; and women whom I have met, froin Somerset as perfectly being mise as any to Cornwall, and which I should Parisian would wish to see. be ungrateful not to mention has its theatre, too, where the when I speak of them, kindly in- Foote, in her younger days, was sisted on my dining with him wont to entrance the world ; and while I remained: and two as Assemblies, little inferior, either delightful evenings as good com- in beauty or fashion, to Almack's pany and good claret can make, I itself. In fact, ever since the did spend there. Mr. Trelawney countenance of our present Sovehas a fortune of 15,0001. a year, reign (then Duke of Clarence) which he knows how to spend. condescended to shed its beams He has an excellent house at Ply- on Plymouth, it has been the mouth, besides the beautiful place time o' day, the thing, the go-in called Çolrinnick, Proofs of the one emphatic word, the fashion,
A lover of Nature, rather than in the cloud," when the air, and gaiety, might spend many a con- the earth, and the water obey in templative hour on the looe, an instant His high behestwhich, though in the midst ofa are ready at a nod to destroy populous town, affords a magnifi- whom and what He pleases, and cent view. Threading my way can as quickly at that nod sink home from Mr. Trelawney's one into peace-how little does man, evening, I found myself chewing and his all-engrossing occupathe cud of sweet and bitter fancy tions, appear ! on this spot. The busy hum of For my part, the next mornman had ceased, and no earthly ing's hunt, about which I had presound broke the stillness of the viously been so full of high antinight, save the measured step of cipations, was now absolutely forthe centinel ; but the hearens, gotten; or, if remembered, with whose vast expanse no philosophy regret that I should suffer a mere can pierce, were grand indeed. amusement to form the chief The wind howled dismally, and thought of my existence; and I the stars, flashing out at intervals retired to my pillow full of meas the dark clouds hurried past, lancholy ideas of the vanity of all shewed the great waters of the human delights. But, sea, foaming and tossing with
66 The morn is up again, the dewy morn, terrific grandeur ; while the guns with breath all incense, and with check of a distant vessel, which had lost all bloom, her track, vibrating mournfully Laughing the clouds away with playful on the ear, as if imploring that aid And living as if earth contained no tomb, no human hand could offer, formed And glowing into day ; we may resume
The march of our existence. a picture at once awful and sublime.
And I confess, when the cheerful The beautiful description of a sounds of the morning met my tempestuous night, left us by that ear, and the smiling beams of the divine bard, over whose early sun stole through my curtains, I grave the Muses weep, whose felt very much inclined to resume melancholy death his country and mine ; so sending my philosophy posterity must ever deplore, na to the right about, I jumped up, turally occurred to me: and forth with mounted the scar
let. The wants of the outward “The sky is changed ! and such a change! -oh, Night,
and inward man both satisfied, I And storm, and darkness, ye are wond'rous
was soon on the road to the fixstrong, Yet lovely in your strength, as is the light ture, Slade (Mr.Pode’s residence), Of a dark eye in woman! Far along, some eight miles on the Exeter From peakoto peak, the rattling crags road, where I was greeted by the
among Leaps the live thunder!
animating sight of a group of
scarlets, and nineteen couple of And now again 'tis black......and now the dogs, all determined to “do or glee
dee.' Of the loud hills shakes with its mountain mirth,
After waiting a few minutes As if they did rejoice o'er a young earth. for all our workmen to muster, quake's birth !”
we commenced operations by At such a time, when “ God drawing the Slade and neighrides on the wind, and thunders bouring coverts, not
with the expectation of finding well, when, as on this occasion, there, as to make our way good the scent is indifferent and the to the most likely preserves. At coverts heavy; but it is not always length Mr. Bulteel, or the Squire judicious, as such spinning work (as he is called), cast his hounds obliges the varmint to dodge for over a torr skirting Dartmoor, wind, and so not unfrequently gets when up sprung a challenge, and chopped. I am an advocate always I was in great hopes something for letting hounds settle well on would be done; but pug was no
their fox; it makes them stoop, hero, and preferred stealing into and carry a good head throughout the friendly shades of the adjoin- the piece. By this means your ing woods to facing his enemies game gets heart, and travels his like a trump. This mode of best, up to what a lad of the Fancy warfare, however, suited not the would call his “second wind.” spirit of the Governor : he was More is lost by cramming hounds resolved to dislodge the varmint, at first than sportsmen are aware and for that purpose planted his of; for the instant “ check” is the forces in a hanging wood hard word, they become winded, and by, where we had scarcely taken unable to pick along after their up our position, when Dairymaid prey sharply; when a steadytold us we were on the right going pace throughout would scent; her companions caught have brought them through with the note, and in a moment the air eclat: hounds, too, that are pushed resounded with the merry music. forward in this way are very apt Pug at first pointed downwards, to be at a dead stop when difficul. but immediately changed his ties are before them. mind, turned back under his Mais revenons à nos rénards. pursuers, and went slap away The gentleman in question tried to the open. Here the Squire, hard to make a stop of it, and knowing the first hit is half the hung back for some time. In the battle, crammed his hounds for mean while another fox went off, ten minutes at a rattling pace, and and the pack divided, so that he 'twas (as Kernes Fitzpatrick, began to think himself quite safe: the blind piper, would say) but his pursuers had no intention “ Hoicks! wind him, and find of being foiled in any such way: him, and drive him !-push the they stuck like leeches to his red rascal through the deep co brush, and finally had the satisverts !-hoicks! on him, on him, faction of carrying him handtear him, and eat him !" when, somely through an opposite very unfortunately, as we got into the thick coppice, and off to the open, high and deep country, a drench- where he became much fagged. ing shower came on, the scent The scent as the evening addecreased, and a check was the vanced grew faint, and although consequence. Mr. Bulteel here Mr. Bulteel persevered in the made a cast, and the bells of the most gallant manner, it was a trusty ones starting up, brought fruitless endeavour : the division us on to Shawe Wood, one of the of his hounds was against him; deepest and thickest coverts in fresh foxes were roused ; and the the West.
chase at length terminated by the This mode of cramming is very light of the stars. I forget if the VOL. V.-SECOND SERIES --No. 25,