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into my nag, I spun away for Mr. how far the otter will travel in the Newton's, thinking the devil himself course of a night. Mr. Newton inmust be in it if I had no better luck forined me he had trailed his gamemany there. I had long determined on miles inland ere he drove him from seeing this pack, which are otier his couch. The scent is prodigiously hounds, a species of dog now almost strong, which causes the hounds to extinct. Here I was more fortunate, stick closely and eagerly to their and, on presenting myself at Millaton prey. It is no uncommon thing for Hlouse, was immediately and most hounds to follow an otter merrily obligingly ushered to the kemel. many hours after he has left his home:
The pack was full in numbers, eti- for being a slow-moving animal, the tering to the field twenty couples. scent bangs very warmly, and, when Mr. Newton told me he had kept bolted, he will frequently keep you at hounds two-and-twenty years, conse a fair canter, and, if pursued inland, quently must have acquired great ex will fight bravely, sticking to life with perience in breeuling for this his fa- astonishing obstinacy, and never yieldvorite diversion. The origin of the ing it till he has well punished his blood is from Ilis Grace the Duke of adversary. These hounds are so thoNorfolk, and another famous sports- roughly bred and trained to this warman in that line of hunting, old fare that they will often, when running John Ilaydon. I expected to have a fox on the banks of a stream where seen a deeper and a larger-bodied the otter has been, leave reynard to (log, and lower in the leg than I his fate, and pursue the otter in defound; but from frequent cross fiance of all the cramming and scourgings, they are rather finer and ing that can be aclministered. lighter in their frames than formerly, There were many pretty puppies in which their owner considers more kennel. Mr. N. told me, if good for desirable. They have the stamp in anything, they at once take to their a general degree of the old blue- game on entering the lake; but if mottled Sotheron; the heavy eye, they hung fire, they were immedideep-seated in the head, big, heavy, ately drafted : he never waited to see falling chaps, short wide noses, what time would do—such half-andlarge pendant ears, with great bone half sort of animals not suiting him and long bushy sterns, rather rough at all. I perceived three couple of in their hair, and altogether quite regular looking rough terriers, small, a different mould from our and of the right stamp, which are a dern fox-hound. They shewed the very necessary appendage to an otter hard knocking they had been ac- pack. The season for hunting is customed to most plainly, for many from April to September ; so that a of them were sadly scarred. The ack that will draw on a fox affords otter is a tremendous pincher, and amusement throughout the year. his pursuers so completely game, that Few dogs go through such hard the conflict is generally desperate. and determined work as the otter The country Mr. Newton hunts is
and from his constant imperhaps one of the best for this game mersions in the stream, in hot and in England, having so many well cold blood, combined with his hard sheltered streams running through fighting, his life is necessarily shorter his neighbourhood, and over the de than that of any other dog. I was solate valleys of Dartmoor, where the much gratified by a sight of this pack; harbouring is excellent. He told me and, had Mr. Newton been in better he had slain twenty otters in a season, health, should have been delighted to which may be considered good work: have accompanied them to the river. for though this animal does not travel Before I quit the subject, allow me so fast as the fox, yet he acts so craf to inform one of your Correspondents tily, and dodges so much in the water of last month (WILL CARELESS), that and on its borders, that it takes some he misunderstood what I said in a fortime to finish him. It is wonderful mer letter with respect to Mr. Newton's
hounds " having scoured the country rank with the fashionable Leicesterthe previous day.' I must exonerate shire, they can boast of men, who, Mr. Newton from the remotest sus for bravery, bold riding, and high picion of being a man likely to trench lineage, needl not stoop to any. It on a neighbour's country; but con will be thought my letters might have fess, that in the hurry of writing, the been shorter : true, they are someterm I used was a wrong one, and thing of the longest, but forgive me, likely to convey such an idea. The for fact, as I believe it, was, that Mr.
" I must own, Newton had brought his fox over the If I have any fault, it is digression, line of country in which we were ;
Leaving my people to proceed alone,
While I soliloquize beyond expression." but, the scent being bad, the hounds hung in the coverts which we then I am indeed like a child, who cannot drew, so that the varmint there must walk steadily on, but must for ever be have been disturbed, and fled to other flying off after some butterfly, or coverts, for we had abundant proofs flower, or something which makes a that reynard was no stranger in the halt both in the journey and the story. Hayne plantations.
I must now make many apologies to I have said but little on the otter, the Gentlemen whose naines I have considering I have already monopo- taken liberties with, and return my lised more than my share of your warmest thanks to those who so hosvaluable pages ; I shall therefore hold pitably received the stranger and sohard for the present, and forward you journer in their land; assuring them at some future time a distinct article that hospitality will ever be rememon that animal, and its haunts. bered with gratitude. I beg at the
My TOUR TO THE WEST COUNTNEE same time to inform all my friends I is now finished. To me it has been have arrived safe in town, have sent most interesting, and I trust I may my horses to grass, mean to be a very hope not completely devoid of interest steady man till next season, and reto my readers : for though Devon and main in the mean time their obedient Cornwall cannot, as hunting countries, servant, GILBERT FORESTER,
HOLDERNESS HUNT RACES.
SIR, IT T is not owing to idleness that I the scarlet is doffed for the fisher's
so rarely give you the trouble of fustian, the percussion-gun consigned deciphering my scrawl, for I have, to its case, the hunter to his padI assure you, been more than once dock, and the pointer to his sumtempted to inflict an epistle: but as mer's walk, these Leviathans of often as I took my
grey goose quill” sporting literature will, I fear, be less in hand, I distinctly heard a voice, punctual in their correspondence, and “ Hold hard, Ebon! See you not leave ample space for the minnows to every department--the racing, hunt- sport. After this apology for being, shooting, anecdotary, steeple- stowing my tediousness on your reachase, and angling-pre-occupied by ders, I dash at once in medias res. the able pens of OBSERVATOR, Young “ Confound this stilling dust and FORESTER, GILBERT FORESTER, DE- sweltering sun! no more field-music VONIAN, Ringwood, QUARTOGENA- from our Ainsty orchestra * !” was RIAN, JAVELIN, OULD Dragoon, the breakfast salutation of an old SLASHING HARRY, Halcyon, &c. friend with whom I had been stay&c.? Submissive to the warning I ing in the neighbourhood of York. drew in my horns, hid my diminished My only response was,
“ I am off head, and though strong in prose, in to-morrow to cannie Carlisle to whip mercy spared. Now, however, that the trout streams.”-“Pooh! 'let that
* The York and Ainsty fox-hounds have had splendid sport this season.
agst Circe. pace fairish.
fee stick to the wa !' come with me to eh!" was my immediate exclamation Beverley, and see Billy R— win the to my York' friend. A shrug of the Gold Cup at the Holderness Hunt shoulders, with something between a Races.” Far too good-natured to smile and a sigh, was his answer. Bets, negative a proposal that chimed in 13 to 8 agst Prosocy, 2 to 1 agst with my own inclinations, I found Forester, i to 2 agst Nautilus, 4 to nyself on the 5th of April at Bever 1 agst Roseberry, and 7 to 1 agst Claley Race Course gazing at the Far- rion. Forester led at a tremendous mers' nags as they came in for the pace, was never headell, and won very Trial Stakes of 10 sovs. each, with 10 easy by three lengths. Prosody made added by the Thunt--two miles a desperate rush at the distance-post, weight for age.
but Forester would never let her come Mr. Willy's b. m. ('irce, by St. Patrick, up; she was about twenty yards before 4 yrs, IIst. 4lb.
1 Clarion. Nautilus was last. RoseMr. Smith's gr. m. Brenda, by Minos, berry, a very pretty horse, belonging aged, 12 st. 7 ib.
to Mr. Bell of Thirsk, was much fanMr. Lee's b. m. Cuyp, Sister to Roue, by
ciell by the North Riding party; the Reveller......
hill, however, and 12st. were too much Two others not placed. Six to 4 agst for him. The winner is a large Brenda, 3 to 1 agst Cuyp, and 7 to 2 Won by a neck-the of the cocktail in his build. Mr. Hud
powerful horse, giving evident tokens The wimer a pretty son, I was informed, refuseil 100gs. mare for a light weight; but as a
for him last year, after winning the hunter give me the grey,
two Gold Cups at these Ilunt Races The second prize was the Gold Cup,
a long price for a cocktail with only value 150 sovs. by a subscription of 10 one sound eye! By the bye, 150 sovs. sovs. each, for horses not thorough, ought to have brought out a better spebred that had been regularly hunted
cimen of London plate than this Cup, with any fox-hounds in Yorkshire.
which appeared a heavy ugly concern, No horse in or from a trainer’s stable, fitter to hold XX than to brim over or that has been ridden to hounds by with the sparkling juice of Bordeaux. a servant, to be allowed to start.
thie Hunters' be ridden by gentlemen, Members of Trial, seven sovs. each, 14st.-once the Holderness Hunt--once round round-eight subs.- brought out four and a distance about a mile and a
powerful nags. half-weight for age.
Mr. II. Hudson's br. h. Pluto (Captain Mr. H. Hudson's br. h. Forester, by Davidson)
1 Spectre, aged, 12st. (Mr. Jackson) Mr. E. Smith’s ch. h. Cruiser, by CoMr. G. Thompson's b. m. Prosody, by mus (Owner)
Dr. Syntax, aged, 12st. (Owner)...... 2 Mr. Dyson's br. h. Prometheus, by PreMr. Maxwell's b. g. Clarion, by The sident
Main, 5 yrs, list. 6lb. (Captain Wil. Mr. F. Worsley's br. h. by Young Filho liams)....
(Owner) Mr. Bell's b. g. Roseberry, by Mac- Pluto, a large vicious horse, won by Orville, aged ; Mr. Maxwell's br.
above a length. There was about a Ringerly; and Mr. Ramsden's b.8. head between Cruiser and Prome
theus ; and Mr. Worsley was only Nautilus, by Wanderer out of a Sister to St. Leger, 4 yrs, not placed.
three parts of a length in the rear:Nautilus, owing to his blood (about and 3 to 1 agst Mr. Worsley's.
6 to 4 agst Cruiser, 7 to 4 agst Pluto, nineteen-twentieths thorough-bred), and the confident declarations of his Convivial, of seven sovs. 11st. 7lb.
The last race for the day was The owner that the Cup was in his pocket, had been for some time first favorite.
each-once round-eight subs.
Capt. Williams's ch. h. Sangrado, by The moment, however, he cantered
Ardrossan (Owner). up the course, I felt convinced that he Mr. Darley's ch. h. (Owner) could never win: in fact, a more Mr. Wainmain's Bonby, by Bellerowooden goer I never cast eyes on. phon (Mr. Renard)
3 “ Small hopes for the West Riding,
Nr. 6. Thompson's ch. li. Dog Bob
Sangrado, an old acquaintance of agst Middletonian, 7 to 4 agst Premine at Heaton Park (if I mistake sody, 4 to 1 agst Clarion, 5 to 1 agst not), won in a canter. Bets, 7 to 4 on Circe, and 8 to 1 agst Mr. Dyson. him.
Won very easily.—Prosody, a inere After the races we adjourned to the pony in appearance, is extremely fast, ordinary, where a capital dinner, tur and very strong, or she could never tle, salmon, and turbot, &c. with ex have struggled through with 12st. 3lb. cellent wine, cheered the inner man, on her back. ller owner seemed a and primed us for the ball. The As- general favorite, if I may judge from sembly Room, a handsome oblong the cheering as he passed the winning apartment, was crowded when we post, which lasted several ininutes. entered, and my optics were dazzled The Swelter Cup, value 120 sovs. with a blaze of beauty, far out-shining by 12 subscribers, for horses regularly any I ever witnessed in a provincial hunted with the Holderness, Sir T. town. At half-past twelve the supper Sykes, or Mr. Hill's fox-hounds, and room was thrown open : in a few mie bona fide property of the subscribers nutes the waiters found their post no three months before starting, 11st. sinecure: the long corks were flying each-once round.--Winner to be in all directions; and we returned with sold for 300 if claimed, &c. redoubled vigour to frisk it on the Mr. Hudson's br. h. Forester by Spectre light fantastic toe till three o'clock, (Capt. Davidson)...
1 when, in prudent consideration to the
Mr. R. Bower's b. h. Ferdinand, by
2 fatigues of the morrow, we broke up,
Mr. G. Thompson'sch. h. The Farrier, wishing
by Belleroplon (Owner)
3 To all and each a fair good night, Mr. Maxwell's br. h. Dr. Russell, by And rosy dreams, and slumbers light. Sir Christopher; gr. h. Lycastes, by My blood, I own, was too fevered for Minos; and another, not placed. Bets, the blessings of this last line.
7 to 4 on Forester, 3 to 1 agst FerOn Friday, as I cantered up the dinand, 5 to 1 agst Lycastes, 5 to 1 race-course, the scene was even more agst Dr. Russell.-Forester, as before, animated than on the previous day led a strong pace, till ascending the vehicles of every description, from hill, where Dr. Russell challenged the patrician barouche to the humble him, and run well up for about two tax cart; equestrians " thick as the hundred yards, but soon fell off again. leaves in Vallambrosa ;” opposite to Capt. Davidson then made sure of the stand a line of booths belonging winning, and was letting Ferdinand to the different publicans of Beverley, creep up, till warned by the shouts of shewing ample store of viands and some one near the ropes: he immedicordials for «s the natives.” But why ately shot away again, was never coldescribe—what every one of your
lared, and won easy by nearly two readers has no doubt seen a hundred lengths. Some fancy that Sir Tatton times—that truly national spectacle, threw away the race by not pressing an English race-course? Suffice it to forward earlier, since his horse was say, that all wore a gay and joyous thorough-bred, with amazing power, look, as the course was cleared for the and Forester is well known to dislike Holderness Stakes of five sovs. for being healed. Here, perhaps, a horses not thorough-bred, weight for chance was lost: and as the Baronet age-two miles-ten subs.
rode Ferdinand for this Cup last year Mr. G. Thompson's b. m. Prosody, by
in the same style, a waiting race, and Dr. Syntax, aged, 3lb. extra (Owner), I pulling hard all the way, and was Mr. Dyson's b. h. by Thornton
beat cleverly by Forester then, it Mr. P. Maxwell's b. c. Padlock, by would have been better policy to have Blacklock, 3 yrs
changed his tactics. Still I think Mr. Bowser's bl. c. Middletonian; Forester could have given him 5lb. Mr. Witty's b. m. Circe, by St. Pa and won, as Captain D. had the race trick ; Mr. Maxwell's b. g. Clarion, evidently in hand all the way. The and one other, not placed :—7 to 4 Farrier, a tall, bony chesnut, had
been hunted hard to the end of the Gold Cups at the Holderness Hunt: season, as his owner never expected to ditto, this year. In his only other win with him, and was very thin : be race, when beat at the Beverley June nevertheless ran up a good third to Races by Roué and little l’rosody, he Ferdinand : the others were a long was notoriously anniss. To crown all, way behind. Lycastes, second last he is as goce a hunter as a heavy year at Malton for the Welham Cup weight need desire to lay leg across. (to Ainderby, one of the best cock. But hark back to the course for the tails in England), has great speed, but Hunters' Ilandicap, once round: is a roarer ; of course fourteen stone
Mr. F. Worsley's br. h. by Young and the hill gruelled hiin, and sent Filho, 13st. 71b. (Owner)
1 him in last. Poor old Dr. Russell, Mr. E. Smith'sch. h. Cruiser, by Comus, once a capital horse as ever was sad 13st. 121b. (Owner)... dled for a half-bred Stahe, looked Mr. Dyson's br. h. Prometheus, by Pre
sident, 13st. Illb..........
3 terribly shattered. He is now eleven years old, and has done an immersity Pluto drawn. Being allowed 5lb. and of work. After beating a field of on a lasting though not fast steed, Mr. twelve at his debut at the H. Ilunt in Worsley naturally made strong play, 1827, he was sold on the spot for 200 and won cleverly by a length:-6 to 4 guineas. On his next appearance, in against Cruiser ; 1 to 4 against the 1829, he won both his races : in 1830 winner. he won the light weight Gold Cup, The Convivial Handicap, once and next day ran an excellent horse round:for the Swelter, although third, not Captain Williams's ch. h. Sangrado, being beat above three parts of a 12st. 9lb. length. Last year he was second to Mr. Darley's ch. h. Ilst. Olb. Forester for the light Cup, and third
Mr. Thompson'sch. Dog Bob, Ilst. 3lb.. 3 next day for the Swelter Cup. Mr. Bonby drawn: six to 4 on the winMaxwell (a fifteen stone and half ner-very easy indeed-10 allowweight in his pumps) has ridden him ance could have brought them togevery hard to the Holderness hounds ther. during the last five seasons, and of
The last race
was the Silver course his sun is now set : and yet Punch Bowl, value 25 sovs., with 25 "faith'tis pity such a trump should in specie given by the Hunt for halfever fail! Mr. Bower claimed Fores- bred nags bona fide the property of ter, but let Mr. Hudson have him farmers resident in the H. Hunt--to back, and has matched Ferdinand be ridden by farmers or members of against him, I believe, for the Malton the H. H.: to pay one sov. entrance. Races. If all right, Forester must The horses to start for this must have beat him. I had rather see Tommy run the first day in the Farmers' Tickle meet the Son of Spectre. Trial, and are handicapped that night Meltonians may smile at the notion of a good plan, as ensuring an additional a provincial beating the far-famed Billesdon Coplow horse. All I say is, Mr. Smith's gr. m. Brenda, aged, look to his past running. As a five
12st. 71b. year-old, in 1830, he was beat half a Mr. Witty's b. m. Circe, 11st. Slb....... 2 head for the Holderness Swelter Cup Three not placed. Won by barely by Laurestinus, an aged thorough- half a neck : the others well up. bred-Dr. Russell third : Prosody by At the Ordinary this evening sevePrime Minister (a noted racer), Lu- ral Stakes were filled for next year: cifer (another thorough-bred) by Mi- amongst others, the Swelter Cup with nos, and several others, nowhere. 16, and the Light Weight with This must be owned a great perferm- the unprecedented number of 26 ance for a five-year-old cocktail, at subscribers of ten sovs. each. And even weights (i4st.), against aged here I must notice the admirable preracers. Last year he won both the cautions to exclude the foul practices