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Wurtemburg, also a weighty per. earth loved hunting to such exsonage, was a jolly hunter; and, cess) the horse became a distinthough last, not least, the modern guished actor ; and from this era Alexander, Napoleon Buonaparte, we may date the commencement of did at times condescend to forget that perfection to which he has the cares of empire for the de- since attained, which has made him light of a wild-boar chase. a comfort and a blessing to man;

I may say hunting in every and equally valuable, whether for country is patronised more or the dangerous ranks of war, the less. In India it is conducted in a laborious toils of husbandry, or style of great magnificence : in the lighter pleasures of the field. Germany too, with pomp and cere The Normans had a very lazy mony, and graced with the pre- way of doing business. Mounted sence of the Ladies, which must on a strong cart-horse-sort of at all times animate to noble deeds. prad, they would perch on a hill Even the poor Laplander finds or eminence near a wood, and exsome amusement in his inhospi ercise their lance or gun at the table clime. Here, we do the game, roused from their hiding thing very quietly, being sa- places by the dogs. Our Contitisfied with prads not to be ri- nental neighbours to this day valled in any country, and men follow the Norman manner. Engworthy to ride such prads. In land has since that made rapid olden times, the horse, although advancement in the art of huntemployed in war, was not useful ing; and this same barbarous sort in the chase; owing, I imagine, of thing has long since yielded to to the immense thickness of the a more varmint style. About acenforests in which their game was tury and a half ago, only a slight concealed, and which no horse cross of the Arab blood flowed in could penetrate. We are not now the veins of the English hunter. troubled with these woods The horse most prized at that certain little thing called a post time was a slapping bony fellow, obit, with a Sheriff at its back, for fencing, and enduring. Such doing us the favour, occasionally, a nag was well fitted for the of clearing the country most ef hounds of that day, but would be fectually of the noble oaks that terribly at fault with our clippers have flourished perhaps for cen of the kennel. From various turies.- tempora! O mores ! - crossings, the steed progressively The natural antipathy of the horse became lighter of foot; the hounds to beasts of prey might have been keeping pace, till their velocity another objection to enlisting him has become truly wonderful--perin the service; but custom, which haps indeed, for real enjoyment, , in time reconciles us to anything, too much so—for positively, with gradually made the horse more what we call our crackest packs, courageous, and he can now face none but Aliers of very high chathe most savage denizen of the racter can live in the field; and forest with perfect sang froid. they sometimes get done up, from By Julius Cæsar, and the succes the spanking bat they go at over sive invaders of Britain, this sport

hill and dale. In fact, the mania, was therefore followed on foot: if I may so call it, of having such but on the arrival of the Nor- very swift hounds is a certain mans (than whom no nation on draw-back to the sport, and too

frequently occasions the downfall

same purpose, quære would not of inany a capital hunter; for the advantage to the breeder be when the ground is heavy, it is the same, by the increase of sale an Herculean labour, even to a which must arise by their being good horse, to be in at the finish; within the reach of every man's and a thorough-going pilot often pocket? To a young hand, whose gets grassed through the weak- first season perhaps it may be, ness of his nag. I don't attribute this hard riding is a mighty fine all the mishaps of the field to this thing; and the natural impetuocause; God forbid I should be so sity and ardour of happy youth unjust! I think it unreasonable prevent his seeing any but the to wish hounds to run in to their bright side of the picture ; but fox in less than fifty minutes : a hunter grown grey in the this is surely quick enough, and service has far different ideas, has a decided advantage, by call- With him, coolness, and a knowing into action and proving the ledge when and where to give a qualities of both horse and hound. helping hand in facing a rasper or Every stripling can make a dis- troublesome bit of timber, are the play for a short time; but to go qualities he most relies on. And the

pace for a length requires the think not these are to be despised: nerves and powers of an expe- fool-hardiness is not courage ; for rienced sportsman; and such a remember, slow and steady wins one must be not a little annoyed, the race. when he goes out in hopes of I may be old-fashioned--I no seeing sport, to be under the ne- doubt am in my opinion: but I do cessity of riding like Old Harry think the whole pleasure of the or Tam OʻShanter, with the chance day is destroyed by this preciof laming a favorite horse for the pitancy. I hate your chopping honour of being in at the death. system : indeed, in this amuse“ Then adieu to those heroes, who, riding

ment I am a perfect glutton, for fame,

and like to have plenty of fun Knowing nothing of hunting except by for my money. It is much too

the name : Let them boast that they ride, never deign

tame a thing to have a fifteen miing to look ;

nutes' burst......et c'est fini! Some Let them swim by the dozen in Wissen. trouble, some difficulty, should

dine brook ; Let them place all their merit in ten mi.

attend everything in life, either nutes' burst,

business or sport. This difficulty Then who's for Melton ? and he that is is the salt with which the cup

first Puts on a cool hundred on some crippled of life is seasoned, and without hack,

which 't would be insipid in the Who, perhaps, the next morning is sent extreme; even with it, 'tis at to the pack.”

times“

as weary as a thrice-told Fine hunting, and blooding the tale,” and requires all one's phivarmint in style, ought to be the losophy to endure. But, as we end and aim of every hunter. have plunged into this tempesFrom the swiftness of the hound, tuous ocean, and cannot retract the same quality is indispensable with honour, we must buffet the in your horse. I grant this se- waves as we can, and be happy cures to the breeder a high figure while we can ride to hounds, and for his colts ; but if a moderate have a clean shirt and a shilling, bred animal would answer the as the song says,

A-propos of peril: I often think of man compared to those of the I skould like to have lived in Great Creator. An exceedingthose days when the Gentlemen ly small needle, being examined of England delighted in rousing through a microscope, appeared from his lair the sanguinary boar; irregular and unequal; and the or, better still, to join the hardy surface, though extremely smooth and courageous Swiss, who, in and bright to the naked eye, his perilous pursuit of the cha- seemed full of ruggedness, holes, mois, runs more risk and encoun- and scratches; in short it resemters more difficulties than our bled an iron bar out of a smith's English hunter can dream of; forge. But the sting of a bee, but who, if blessed with success, viewed through the same instruretires to his mountain cot, joy- ment, shewed everywhere a polish fully warbling some wild native amazingly beautiful, without the air, devours his scanty repast, and least flaw, blemish, or inequality, presses his humble pillow with a and ended in a point too fine to zest too seldom known to those be discerned. Some Brussels lace, who dwell in palaces, and upon worth five pounds a yard, looked whom all the refinements of as if it were made of a thick, luxury are exhausted. There is rough, uneven hair-line, entwistsomething singularly grand in ed, fastened, or clotted together the solitude of these mountains, in a very inartful manner. But whose dread silence, broken only a silkworm's web, being examinby an occasional shot or call of the ed, appeared perfectly smooth hunter, impresses the mind with and shining, everywhere equal, awe, if not terror; and teaches it, and as much finer than

any

thread better than all the books of Phi- the finest spinner in the world losophy ever written, how little ever made, as the smallest twine is is poor Humanity. He who can finer than the thickest cable. Let descend from them with a heart us examine things with a good untouched must be made of im- microscope, and we shall be impenetrable stuff. True, here are mediately convinced that the no stupendous works of art to utmost power of art is only a chain the contemplative mind; concealment of deformity, an imno remains of ages long since position upon our want of sight; passed, to awaken the admiration and that our admiration of it of the antiquary, or force a sigh arises from our ignorance of what from the bosom of the philosopher Nature really is. But I am, as for the vanity of all human un- usual, digressing too much : it is, I dertakings. No, these are scenes fear, my besetting sin; and lest that cannot be imitated-scenes I should be scouted from all good that must powerfully affect the society by its indulgence, I will heart of every Christian, and teach endeavour to eradicate it-tear it him to lift his soul in wonder and up by the roots like some noxious thankfulness to that Almighty weed. Dearest, most well-bePower, who by a breath called loved brethren, I must now bid them into life, and can as easily you farewell; and, if I offend recal them.

again, condemn me to be whipperSpeaking of Nature and Art, in to ye all for the rest of my

life. the following interesting fact will

GILBERT FORESTER. teach how poor are all the works

Lydford, October 14, 1831.

A DORSETIAN SKETCH, No. IX.-BLANDFORD RACES.

Hay diddle, diddle,

The horse and the fiddle !"

EARING, Mr. Editor, that bump may be denominated in

All the World and his Wife Craniology, but probably that cewere to be at Blandford Races, I lebrated Bumpologist, De Ville, resolved to go too, not having who seems quite at the head of seen the Old Lady for some years; his calling, would give it a place so in due course of tire mounted as a kind of organic medium, simy hack, and away I went, “ gal tuated somewhere between Philopping dreary dun.” At Bland- losophy and Philoprogenitiveness. ford all the folks were in great Then poured in from all parts commotion, hopping about as if the farmers' wives and families, they had just been galvanised, looking all just so like a newand smiling and smirking like so painted jaunting car, with their many gas inhalers. Having an Leghorn bonnets, and finely-boridle half hour on my hands before dered shawls, and black leather starting for the course, I made shoes, talking their very tongues the most of my time by taking a out almost with pleasure: then peep at the natives, all decked came their larger halves-gallant, out, old and young, like the last gay, Lothario Life Guardsmenewe at a sheep-shearing :-such looking Yeomanry Cavalry, in ribands and such flowers-why their well-washed Don-Cossack even Flora's own self wouldn't whites, nicely buttoned up in have been recognised among so front just as it should be, sitting many : but hang me, Sir, if bolt upright like one of their own I ever saw so many beautiful well-filled corn sacks, the toe women before in my life ; there being well placed and both heels wasn't a real ugly one to be met well down.....looking altogether with, nor scarcely a plain one. just like what Yeomary should It's worth anybody's while to go look going to Blandford Races. to Blandford if they've a mind to As the hour of one approached see a pretty woman.

There were

the carriages of the Nobility and all the tradesmen's wives and Gentry rolled in, filled with beaudaughters looking out of the open tiful women, such as blue skies windows, or sailing along the seldom shine upon elsewhere : pavé, if such it can be called, but to do adequate justice to the dressed so beautiful, and looking Aristocracy of this county reso pleasant, and seemingly so quires an abler and more descripgood-natured, and in such spirits ! tive pen than mine-their every Mercy on me, if it didn't make look is love: so 'twas as much as one's

very heart go bump, bump a moderate-minded man like me with looking at them, just for all could do very well in one mornthe world as a body does on a ing gazing at them, without emhigh-stepping coach-horse with- ploying one's fingers or faculties out a saddle on the stones in

in passing comments on their Piccadilly. I know not what this carriage, costume, or character,

as

which no doubt keep pace with Deans beating Mr. Farquharthe prevailing standard of the son's b. c. Bacchanal by Reveller, day.

and Mr. Portman's b. f. Elspat The road leading to the scene by Swinton: General Grosvenor's of action, as such roads generally g. c. by Gustavus paying forfeit. are, was strewed with various Bacchanal would have been the views of passing humanity, from favorite, only when he does start the illustrious M.P. and the he generally makes a

point of wealthy Baronet, to the humble bolting half way home (notwithpeasant and the lowly beggar- standing his owner gave him the from the four-in-hand, well cou- “cut direct” after the Bath Races), pled up, to the jackass-ginger which is rather against his ever bread cart, all no-how-dandies, coming in first, unless he walks drunkards, draymen, draggletails over solus. A bad horse, however, filling up the void. Here you might with ease have beat the might see fair ladies lolling in other two, which at present cerall the listlessness of luxury in tainly look somewhat like screws, the elegant landaulet-and there though they may alter, and it is the jolly fat wife of a public to be hoped will. can, finer far than any rainbow, For the Gold Cup of 100 sovs., sitting stiff and pompous two miles, four horses started, one of her own pewter pots, in being won by Mr. Biggs's Wasthe one-oss chay:-here a trio sailer beating Terror, Cornelian, of apprentices, endeavoring to and another. It was not much outvie each other in the art of of a race -John Day riding the strutting ; and next a countryfied winner. group

of young men and maidens, A Plate of 501., for maiden all linked together quite in a horses, heats, two miles and a disfamily-way-like, seemingly all of tance, was won by Mr. Pee's b. f. a piece, and laughing at nothing, by Centaur beating Mortimer, ready to split their sun-burnt Bacchanal, Elspat, and · Boldre. sides.

Mortimer won the first heat someBut to the business of the day; what easy, but gave place to the for the cry of “Here comes the filly in the next two, making, horses, here comes the horses ! however, good racing. Bacchaclear the course, clear the course, nal, as usual, bolted; Elspat was clear the course !”.

was vocife, anywhere, and Boldre nowhere. rated very loudly from all quar- John Day rode the winner.

And sure enough, Sir, the A Match for 25 sovs., the New horses did come, looking as proud, Mile, was won by Mr. Beauas pearmongers

man's bay pony Twinkle, by “i And backwards and forwards they Swinton, 5 yrs, beating Mr. Radswitch'd their tails,

clyffe's grey pony Mayflower, by As a Gentleman switches his cane."

Lapdog, 3 yrs; won easy, The sport commenced with a The day's sport concluded with Sweepstakes of 50 sovs. each, for the Bryanston Stakes of 5 sovs. the produce of mares of 1827, each, with 25 added by the Memover the New Mile Course, which bers of the County-handicap, was won by Mr. Radclyffe's b. f. heats, the New Mile. Won eaSusanne, by Figaro out of Effie sily by Mr. Biggs's Wassailer VOL. IV.GECOND SERIES.-No. 19.

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