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have a horrid custom of saying, chase, with side-arms, fire-arms, O! mon Dieu, oui ! mon Dieu, et cetera. Upon the whole, boarnon!which is not less profane. hunting must be allowed to be

I now changed my horse and manly amusement, whilst the rode off on an Irish hack to Cha- flesh of the animal is as great a tau, a village near, and thus ended reward for the toil of pursuing it the boar-hunt; which, but for as that of our best forest-deer. the presence of loveliness, court I heard a great fuss about the magnificence, and more attractive chasseurs intrepides d'Anjou et novelty, I should indeed have de Poitou, of Lower Normandy voted a bore* of the first order, and of Britanny, but I never and like anything but hunting. saw any of them equal to our

As to the boar-hunters of Although I considered the the Empire, the late Count de Royal boar-hunt at St. Germain 'Naupe, who had resided much in a mere gallop, yet I did not England, rode boldly, but he was find that amusement such in no hand at a standing leap. The Germany and in the northern Count de Romainville was a stickparts of France. The sanglier, ing horseman, and hunted his or large wild boar, is a most dan- own slow hounds personally, in gerous and ferocious animal, and very good style. runs with a rapidity that his ugly shape would not give one an idea If the boar-hunt was to me of. In some of the interminable one of fatigue and danger, the forests of Germany, a day's boar- wolf-hunt was doubly so. As chase is a most fatiguing affair ; to the latter I have spent whole and I was once convinced that days looking after wolves in many there the strong heavy boot had of the provinces, and although its advantage; for, from its


more than one have been killed tective power, it saved the leg of in the day, I never had the good a whipper-in, on whom the en- luck to be in at the death, and raged animal turned when hard not always to view him. Expressed, and to whom he was cept in Lower Britanny, a wolfapplying his huge tushes, when hunt near a town is a mob: in a brave Hungarian Officer stuck remoter places it is like skirmishhim in the flank with an instru- ing in an enemy's country. In ment resembling the blade of a Britanny there is as much huntknife which was attached to a ing every animal on foot as on carbine slung by his side. I horseback: and here I must obhave seen these substitutes for a serve that the term chasse is often bayonet inserted between the two mnisapplied: everything is chasse barrels of fowling-pieces, and abroad, as every field-sport is have witnessed their utility. In hunting in Scotland; so that you Flanders, Germany, and

and the may have from the chasse de la northern provinces, it was in grosse bête, hunting the larger those days customary to go armed animals, down to the chasse au cap-à-pie to the boar and wolf souris : or, taking the term au

* The word bore, so usually interlarded in conversation as expressive of something irksome, dull, or stupid, cannot be from a boar, nor to bore, but must come from the German word bauer, a rude peasant-a German bauer, as intended to paint dulness, a clod, stupidity, want of polish, &c. &c. To bore may be to torment, but if so written it implies penetration.


large, we have hunting in this the male population turned out, nether world, from the tiger armed with fowling-pieces, mushunt to the squirrel-hunt, and kets, lances, pistols, and any weathence to the keen sport of old pon which was nearest at hand. spinsters flea-hunting -- baiting These wolves are very ferocious, them on a flannel petticoat. But, so that the chasing and destroyin France and Scotland, shooting ing them becomes an affair of is hunting, and coursing is hunt- safety as well as of amusement. ing--hare, fox, and stag.

One thing which I detest in The last scene of my hunting the wolf-hunt is, the noise and abroad was in Sardinia, just bethe great importance of the forestfore the Revolution in France. guards, accoutreden militaire, There was very little difference and starting with all the import- between the stag-hunt and boarance of the opening of a cam- hunt here from that which I had paign. The ceremony begins par attended in France. Royalty on cerner un bois (by surrounding a both occasions was surrounded wood), or more properly a cer- by Nobility, and the turn-out was tain portion thereof; horse and more like a pageant than a hunt. foot then enter it (in the distant His Sardinian Majesty's attendprovinces mostly the latter); the ants were less numerous than dogs are introduced, the party those of His Most Christian Maprovided with guns of all descrip- jesty: the former were habited tions; and in Lower Britanny I in plain scarlet with silver lace, saw peasants and other individuals and had a very light and pretty with pistols and other offensive appearance. The horses of many weapons: brass

pans and kettles of the sportsmen were of a native are struck, and make a horrid breed, small, compact, and not clang, to frighten the wolves, one unlike the Turkish horses, active or more of which now start, and in a comparative degree, but so are followed and either hunted thrown on their haunches, and so down or instantly fired at. The broken-in to bend their knees, skirt of a wood is the most likely that although they were particuplace to get a shot at them, in larly safe and comely in their the act of escaping; but of the paces, they could not have the numerous surrounding hunters, rapidity of our horses, who dart but very few, or perhaps only like the greyhound, and skim one, gets a shot, which occasion- along the plain. In the course ally misses, and then the alarm is of the stag-hunt the hounds were sounded, and pursuit and fruit- repeatedly stopped for the Royal less shots follow. In some re- and Aristocratical party: mote counties the church bells The civility which I experiadd to the general din when it is enced amongst the sporting Nobiintended to force the wolves from lity was very great. One Principe their strong holds; and the same told me that I had a stupendo thing took place in a severe win- cavallo (a stupendous horse); ter, when the wolves of Lower and another amused me in bad Britanny, urged by famine, came French with his feats of

prowess in droves into some of the villages and agility in the hunting-field. on a foraging party ; the tocsin Talking of leaps, I mentioned was in ļike manner sounded, and some that I had seen in Leices

tershire and elsewhere ; to which in those days to see the headhe replied, “Oh! all that is no- dresses of the sportsmen attendthing ; I once took such an ex- ant on Royalty, with the full traordinary high leap that I was frizzed and powdered aile de quite tired of remaining up in the pigeon on each side of their head, air.” (J'ai sauté si haut que je and a pigtail behind; or perhaps m'ennuyais en l'air.) A little after with two large curls at each ear, this speech the Principe got a and a thick tail beating time betumble in crossing a little ravine. tween their shoulders, which a I could not help remarking to sporting friend of mine termed the Signor Principe that he had a double-barrelled wig with a fallen off in his riding since the cut-and-thrust tail.” time in which his great feats of I shall now take my leave of agility were performed. He took Continental Hunting of the olden this very good-naturedly, mount- times, the Revolution having ed again, and set off at full gal- driven me off my ground, to take lop, his hair-powder flying in a up a position in the plains of cloud round him, and occasionally Roscommon. almost blinding me: it was in. THE HERMIT IN LONDON. deed in this case, palmam non sine pulvere." It was ridiculous November 5, 1831.


your service.

SIR, THE HE Annual Grand Golfing formances were not highly rated

Match at St. Andrews for by the greater artists at Golf, conthe Gold Medal was played on trived by superior skill to walk Friday, September 23d, 1831 ; off with the golden prize, to the and not having seen any account utter dismay and disappointment of it in your entertaining Mis- of the entire field. cellany, the following is much at This was Mr. David Duncan,

of Rosemount, near Montrose, This annual contest amongst who now holds the two Golf the most celebrated golf-players Medals, namely, St. Andrews in Scotland excited unusual inter- and Montrose. est. Three of the former medal. The number of strokes of the holders, Messrs. Patullo, Holcroft, respective players in the match and Massieux, were backed at for the Gold Medal were as folconsiderable odds against the low :field; and though the day proved Duncan............111 Oliphant .........113 most unfavorable, the crowds Massieux .1121 Wood ...... .113 assembled to witness the display A ball was given in the evenof this national game were most ing by the Members of the St. numerous.

Andrew's Club, to which the The old proverb in the racing principal inhabitants for miles world, that “ odds never beat a round were invited: the supper horse that could win,” was fully consisted of every delicious wine exemplified on this occasion; and and delicacy the season afforded, a Gentleman from the country and the gaiety of the evening was north of the Tay, whose per- kept up to a late hour.V.


IN our September Number, page Miss Cragie : the produce of the

404, we stated that Sir Mark former was the horse called Cetus, Wood had brought an action which became the property of Sir against Mr. Atkins, Clerk of the Mark Wood; and that of the Course at Warwick Races, as latter the celebrated horse Birstakeholder, to recover the amount mingham, who, at the time of the of the Guy Stakes, which he race, was the property of Mr. claimed as owner of Cetus, the Beardsworth. By the conditions horse that came in second in that of the race these horses still rerace in September 1830, on the main entered in the names of the ground that Mr. Mytton, in whose subscribers. The result was, that name Birmingham was entered, the race took place in September and who came in first, was in 1830 : Birmingham came in first, arrear for stakes and forfeits both and Cetus second. The former at Warwick and Winchester; and, was declared the winner ; but according with the 25th article as soon as the declaration was of the Rules and Orders of the made, Sir Mark Wood claimed Jockey Club, a horse so circum- the stakes as the owner of Cetus, stanced was disqualified. The on the ground that some former Jockey Club had decided in fa- stakes due by Mr. Mytton (in vour of Sir Mark; but Mr. whose name Birmingham was enBeardsworth (the then owner) tered) had not been paid, which persisting in his claim, Sir Mark disqualified Birmingham from tried the question at the last taking the stakes. It did not apWarwick Assizes, when the Jury pear that objections had been returned a verdict in his favour, made on these grounds prior to thus confirming the decision of the race by Sir Mark Wood, and the Jockey Club.

it was maintained by Mr. BeardsIn the last Michaelmas Term, worth that this objection came Mr.Clarke applied to the Court of too late after the race was over ; King's Bench for a Rule to shew for the rule, as laid down in the cause why the verdict should not Match-book, was, that horses bebe set aside and a new trial had; longing to parties who had not and as the case has created a paid their stakes were disquali. great sensation in the Sporting fied from starting ; but it was World, we recapitulate the facts contended, that having been alas stated in Court on making the lowed to start, the objection came application.

too late. By the Rules of the The Guy Stakes is a produce Warwick Races, all stakes must stakes, whereby the owners of be paid before starting; and it certain mares subscribe a sum to was not objected that in the prebe run for, at Warwick, by the sent case this had not been done. produce of mares named by the It was also a rule that all disputes subscribers. In the present case should be settled by the Stewa Mr. Gauntlet entered the pro- ards, before whom this question duce of a mare called Dahlia, and came ; but after considering the Mr. Mytton that of one called case, and not coming to a decision,

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it was ultimately referred by them competent tribunal than any Court
to the Jockey Club, each party of Law whatever. Considering
furnishing a statement through all the points of the case, His
the Stewards. The Club decided Lordship saw no reason for dis.
in favour of Cetus, and against turbing the verdict; and the
Birmingham, the bets in the race other Judges concurring, the
going with the latter. To this de- Rule was refused.
cision Mr. Beardsworth objected;
and one of his grounds was, that

The decisions of the Stewards this reference had not received of Races have frequently been his sanction. This led to an ac- upheld by our Law Courts: and, tion by Sir Mark Wood to reco

as somewhat analogous to the ver the amount of the stakes above, we quote the following (upwards of 6001.), in which he

case in corroboration of the opisucceeded.

nion of Lord Tenterden that no The grounds of the present appeal to law is necessary, when application were--first, that the all litigation may be prevented objection came too late after the by a reference to the accepted race was won; the second ob- Rules and Orders laid down for Mark Wood, not being the party for that purpose. jection (was one of law-that Sir the guidance of the Turf by a

Tribunal expressly constituted in whose name the race was run, could not properly found the ac

August 30, 1810.- Stockton, tion; and that a similar objection Sweepstakes of 20gs. each, for would hold good as to the de- two year olds; colts 8st. 2lb., filfendant, who, being only a ser

lies 8st. one mile, 3 subs. vant of the Stewards, the action Mr. Millburn's br. c. Bumper was therefore improperly laid.

Mr. Barrett's b. c. by Delpini Lord Tenterden said that the Mr. Hutchinson's f. by L'Orient Clerk was not the servant of the started with the above and came Stewards, but held the money in first; but, not having been as stakeholder in virtue of his nominated in due time, was oboffice, and the action was rightly jected to by the Stewards. The brought. The interest of Sir Clerk of the Course, however, Mark Wood was so precisely the actually paid Mr. Hutchinson the same as would have been that of stakes, and Mr. Milburn had no Mr. Gauntlet, that the action other alternative than an appeal being brought in his name could to the law, in which he sucmake no difference. With re- ceeded. The cause was tried at spect to the principal objection, Guildhall, London, before Lord the Court was of opinion that, as Ellenborough. The advertiseboth parties had left the matter ment for the regulation of these to the decision of the Jockey races contained a clause by which Club, they were bound by the the Stewards were authorised to decision of that body--a decision determine disputes ; on which the Court was by no means which the Lord Chief Justice willing to disturb, knowing that remarked, that the Stewards had that Club, as a Court of Honour already decided; and that such specially formed to adjudicate on decisions ought never to be dismatters of this description, was a turbed, unless there was reason to far higher authority and a more impute corruption or partiality,


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