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told had just entered into a matri- Stowlangtoft Church. monial speculation, was also pre- beautiful morning for hunting sent, and, as they say at Newmar- never beamed on men, horses, ket, looked as if it had not come and hounds: every sportsman off' right.
was on the qui vive; the find was Met these hounds again on the said to be certain, and there was Saturday following at Riddles- a fox of known game qualities a worth Hall in Norfolk. Soon resident in the neighbourhood. found a family of foxes, which of We had a fine country around us, course took a little manquvring and silence was the order of the to break and disperse. However, day as the pack dashed into the after about twenty minutes' run- first covert ; every ear was strung ning round the plantations and to its finest powers of vibration coverts adjoining the mansion, the to catch the first challenge of hounds rattled one away at a some favorite hound, and every pretty hunting pace to the village eye was set to its best focus to of Rushford: he there crossed view the varmint away; but, alas! the river, and directed his course we were doomed to disappointfor the coverts of Sir R. Buxton, ment. « The wisest schemes of and thence to West Harling; but, men and mice gang oft awry, altering his mind before he en- and the horrible word “ blank” tered this domain, he inclined to must be inserted to proclaim the the left, and crossed a second river sequel of this day. We drew to Bridgham, thence on to Bret- Stowlangtoft Woods and the tenham, where the hounds ran Thicks (the latter one of the best from scentto view, and killed in the coverts in the Hunt), Wicken centre of a largeopen field. A few Woods, Stanton Groves, Bangor turnips concealed the fox from the Wood, Bardwell Cars, and finished view of the hounds till they were at the gorse coverts of Norton within thirty yards of him, when Cartwright, Esq. at the back of coming upon some wheat he was the village of Ixworth. No great fairly exposed, and in less than a disappointment was experienced minute he was in the centre of at not finding here, as we were on about sixteen couples of the dar- the borders of an enemy's counlings. When he found it was all try: the murder of some old hen up, he turned round, and, like pheasants had raised a little misRichard, charged into the centre understanding, and in of his foes.
quence, it is asserted, Lord CalThe hounds this day performed thorp's gamekeepers have leave to admiration : they had many to “ Burke" the foxes. difficulties to overcome from the To account for not finding benature of the ground and quan- fore we came here, gave rise to tity of game : they were several various opinions. From the retimes at check, but always hit it spectable testimony adduced, no off cleverly: they shewed great doubt can be entertained as to steadiness and good hunting, and there being many foxes in the they had their reward. The fox country. I rode up to one of was on his legs about one hour the large earths, and certainly and forty minutes.
there was fresh work enough at Tuesday, Dec. 20th, met at the mouth of it to induce me to
believe that more than one fox himself with the gambols of his had visited it......they certainly darling vixen and her cubs, as had been stopped out here, but they scratched in the sand or there were some that were left played with the feathers of some open. This part of the business, bird that their master had proit is said, is rather negligently at
vided for them: and many a score tended to; and, in my opinion, was of rabbits has his gun slaughtered the cause of our disappointment for their welfare. By these means this day. Besides, in this country he contrived to keep some of there are many old and largerab- them near home, and thus they bit-burrows in which a fox can escaped the ills that inevitably occasionally shelter. In fact, befel their roving relatives. Ah! earth-stopping can never be ef- he was a rare specimen of that fectually performed in some coun- class of men who are now,
misetries, unless the occupiers of the rabile dictul fast falling to decay land are sportsmen, and will see -the Old English Yeoman-a to it themselves : and never will fox-hunter from his cradle, a dear the Stowlangtoftcoverts be drawn lover of all manly sports and blank without some brother hun- conviviality, and, what is better, ter heaving a sigh to the memory an honest man; and many a tale of Bob Mathews, and reverting grown mellow by time had Bob to the time when he was alive, to relate of the days that are past. and superintended it. It was his One favorite anecdote of his was, custom, every night before the being up at the death of a fox hounds met in this village, to be after a long run that the hounds called from his bed by his shep- pulled from the top of a barrel of herd at half-past eleven o'clock, ale in the cellars of the mansion no matter what sort of weather; of Sir Robert Buxton. Before and off would these two worthies the fire-place, in his little parlour, set on their vocation, with as was the portrait of his old favomuch glee to prevent Mr. Char- rite black hunter Tom, and unley's return to his couch, as he derneath the following laconic would in the morning to rattle and honorable certificate--"Tom, him from his kennel. Although the property of Mr. Robert Mathere were no fox-hounds (as I thews, hunted ten seasons with have before stated) for many sea- the Duke of Grafton's hounds, sons in Suffolk, so fond was he never refused a leap, and never of foxes, that the Thicks close made a mistake.” As Bob was a to his house was scarcely, ever straight-necked one in his day, without one. He always took this must have been a rum un! care to breed a litter on his farm Poor fellow ! not a sportsman or every year: the earth was situated neighbour but sorrowed when his in the middle of one of his fields knell was toll'd! The cares and that adjoined the wood; and from expenses of a large family, coua hollow tree in his orchard, in pled with the badness of the which was a seat and a hole cut times, were more than his sensifor a window, would Bob on a tive mind could bear up against summer's evening, whilst smoking ...... he could not face the world hispipe, occasionally peep through and its trials...... he fell into a a telescope, and enjoy and amuse premature grave. VOL. IV.-SECOND SERIES.--No. 21.
But to return. On this day we of every twenty men that go out had a dog pack out, consisting of with the intention of following about nineteen couples; and fas- hounds, about three may be said tidious indeed must be that eye to ride : the rest just manage to that would not have been gratified hang on. Bad habits acquired by their appearance! They are when young, and awkwardness of full dimensions without being in the beginning not corrected, gigantic, and their evenness of strengthens with their strength, height, symmetry, and condition, and is the cause of the outrè apleaves nothing to be wished for. pearance of so many men Their steadiness was put strongly horseback. The only instruction to the test: many of the coverts delivered to young ones when that I have enumerated were full first entered to hounds in the of riot......four hours is a long Christmas holidays is this "Go time to trifle with the patience of along, you young dog ; and if I high-mettled fox-hounds; but see you get off again at a fence, not a voice was heard but Will
I'll horsewhip you!" Rose's in drawing, and Sam's in As to one set of men (because getting them away, If their per- they happen to belong to any formance is equal to their ap- particular county) being much pearance, they must soon have a superior to those in another, is day that will be worth recording. one of those vulgarisms that I
With Parson Sterne, “I pity hope the “march of intellect” the man who can travel fron Dan has nearly expelled. England to Beersheba, and exclaim all is has in every corner some barrenness.” To those who are 66 Hearts of oak and nerves of steel ;" fond of catching the living and whether a man first drew his manners as they rise,” there is breath in Melton Mowbray, or in always something to be picked Lower Thames-street, makes no up in a field of fox-hunters. Thus, difference... .education makes when the chances of sport are in the workman. During the pesome measure narrowed, I gene- riod that the county of Norfolk rally turn my attention to men was without a pack of fox-hounds and horses, and have often been a period of about thirty years greatly amused by sitting still -many of its natives were seen by the side of a fence over which to ride like devils when visitors the crowd has to pass in trotting in other countries, and it was acfrom one covert to another, and counted for in this way: the boys observing the different styles and were accustomed to ride to greymethods made use of by bipeds hounds in an inclosed country ; and quadrupeds in going over the and he who can pick up a good same leap. In point of judgment hare caught in this way after and action the quadruped has it bucking over about twenty hollow; and if horses knew no fences) before she is fairly dead more of leaping than the gene- (and many a time have Í witrality of men do of riding, the nessed it), shall have a chance to Coronership for the county would be near the finish of a fashionbe a troublesome office.
able ten minutes in LeicesterTaking the kingdom through, shire, if well mounted. I will venture to assert, that out Of the Suffolk men I there.
fore say, as of all others that I and respect for Mr. Mure, than have seen, they have their average to be told that the whole of the of straightforward riders : when expenses of this establishment are hounds run fast and straightinto a defrayed out of his own pocket, good thing, there are a few who for the amusement and gratificawith a
start are always with tion of the county, and for the them; the remainder, a great ma- support of the noblest of all jority always, like the horses that sports, Fox-hunting. started against Eclipse, nowhere! In
my next letter I hope to be The Suffolk men, when the Duke able to send you an account of of Grafton left them, had their sport such as these hounds are country converted into a fatting deserving of; and it is my
intenpenn for pheasants; and this dis- tion to add a full and particular grace and misfortune remained account of all the choicest horses upon it for about ten seasons. and the colours of the riders. The Since that, they have, phønix- harriers too (which I hear are very like, risen from their ashes, and good) must be looked at, and a must in a very little time stand few lines bestowed upon their about the top of the provincials. performances. There are besides They have a fine country abound- many other sporting subjects coning in good coverts, a fair quan- nected with this county, which tity of foxes, a noble pack of I must defer commenting on till hounds, and a man at the head of a future period. them who is an ardent accom- In the meantime, Mr. Editor, plished sportsman, a gentleman wishing you a good entry of conby birth, by education, and tributors to, and readers of, the habits; and little more need be Sporting Magazine in the new added, to excite in the minds of year, I subscribe myself, my sporting readers admiration Dec. 24.
Mr. J. Scott's Rodolph, 3 yrs.
Lord Lowther's Spaniel, 3 yrs.
Lord Exeter's Mahmoud, 4 yrs. NEWMARKET Craven Meet
Lord Exeter's Anthony, 3 yrs. ing 1832.- Tuesday: Captain Lord Exeter's Bohemian, 3 yrs. Rous's br. f. Lioness, by Tiresias Col. Wilson's br. c. by Comus out of out of Emma, 3 yrs, 9st. 6lb. agst Mr. Rotterdam, 4 yrs. Ridsdale's ch. c. St. Giles, by Tramp
Mr. E. Peel's Cadland, 6 yrs.
Mr. W. Jackson's Walter, 3 yrs. out of Arcot Lass, 2 yrs, 8st. 21b.
Lord Tavistock's Gondolier, 4 yrs. R. M. 100, h. ft.
Mr. S. Stonehewer's Variation, 4 yrs. Lord Verulam's_b. c. Vestris, by Mr. Greatrex's Schamla, 4 yrs. Whalebone, agst Duke of Rutland's Mr. Greatrex's Zucharelli, 4 yrs. br. c. Clansman, by Partisan, dam by
Duke of Grafton's Oxygen, 4 yrs.
Sir M. Wood's Lucetta, 5 yrs. Andrew, both 3 yrs old, 8st.3lb. each,
Sir M. Wood's Captain Arthur, 4 yrs. D. M. 200, h. ft.
Sir M. Wood's Camarine, 3 yrs. The Oatlands Stakes of 50 sovs. each, Mr. Flintham's Anti-Catholic, 5 yrs. h. ft. and only 10 sovs. ft. if declared Mr. Watts's Mazeppa, 4 yrs. on or before the 31st of December
Mr. (hitney's Rowton, 5 yrs.
Mr. Chifney's Snarl, 4 yrs.
Mr. M. Stanley's br. c. by Whalebone pinks, were among the elite. The out of Blacking, 3 yrs.
hounds went to covert at Fleckney If there should be 16 subscribers or Gorse, and after waiting a few minutes more, after the 10 sovs. fts. are declared, a fox was started in fine style. He the stakes to be divided, and two classes
went off by Kilby, towards Wistow, forined, to run on Tuesday and Wednes. day in the same Meeting ; and if 24 subs. through Kibworth town, and was or more, the stakes are to be divided, and killed, after an excellent run of upthree classes formed; the first to be run wards of fifteen miles in forty-two on Monday, the second on Tuesday, and minutes, in a field near Carlton the third on Wednesday. The fts. of 10 Clump. A second fox was started at be given to the owner of the second horse; Oadby-gate Gorse, which made for and" if two or more classes, to be divided the Coplow, and was killed near between the owners of the second horses; Lowesby. None were in at the death but if they amount to 100 sovs. they are but the very tip-top sawyers. to form an extra class, to be run for on the
We copy the following account of Thursday,
“ Extraordinary Chase” from the Newmarket First Spring Meeting Chelmsford Chronicle of Dec. 24:1832.-Monday: Mr. Henry's b. c. “ The Essex Union Fox-hounds met Agreeable, by Emilius, out of Sur- at Hadleigh Gate on Saturday last, prise, 4 yrs old, 8st. 10lb. agst Capt. when after some consultation between Rous's br. f. Lioness, by Tiresias, 3 Messrs. Brewitt and Nash, the genyrs old, dst. 21b. T.Y.C. 100, h. ft.
tlemen to whom the hundred of Lord Mountcharles has purchased Rochford and the county are greatly Crutch, by Little John out of Zaire indebted for keeping up the hunting by Selim, of Capt. Rous, for six hun- establishment with so much spirit, dred guineas.
after its relinquishment by that geneLord Exeter has sold Augustus, by
rous and patriotic Nobleman Lord Sultan, 4 yrs, and Anthony, by Tramp, Petre, who has earned for himself so 3 yrs, both out of Augusta, to Mr.
much esteem in every capacity which Sowerby, for 1200gs.
can be named, Messrs. Brewitt and Rowton, the winner of the St. Le
Nash determined that the hounds ger, has been bought by Mr. Chifney should be thrown off in Sheepcote's for 10001.
Wood. The varmint was then view-
man Mr. Nash, and in an instant the The Hampshire hounds met on tuneful ones were laid close at his Tuesday the 6th December at Beau- brush: he then made away for Hadworth, found their
fox at Blackhouse, leigh Castle, headed back, and was and killed him at Preston Oakhills, a viewed by Mr. Brewitt crossing to the distance of about fourteen miles as the great woods at Hadleigh: then away crow flies, best pace all the way. A to Tile Wood and West Wood: here select few only, out of a large field, was a check; the knowing ones were saw the finish.
then at a loss, and it was thought that The Blackmore Vale hounds, under it would be, as usual, a Hadleigh the management of their new master, Hunt-viz. chopping in the great Mr. Portman, have had some very woods all day: but reynard had a good sport during the past month. touch of the Laindon blood in him,
Sir H. Goodricke has had several and bolted from West Wood: he was good runs with large fields: but as the then viewedl going across the road by latter have been generally of the right Mr. Smith, who with his well-known sort, no “untoward event” has oc- Stentorian voice soon made Sain the curred to mar the glories of the Hunt. huntsinan understand where to clap The Baronet had a beautiful run from them on, and away the hounds went the meet at Arnsby, in which the at a spanking pace to the South BemMarquis pf Hastings, Lords Den- fleet country. It now required the bigh, Digby, Molineux, Wilton, and speed and judgment of Osbaldeston, Chesterfield, with about 200 other for the cock-tails began to quiver :