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horses and one another, each set upright on their legs, and led abusing his neighbour in the off to the neighbouring slope. grossest terms-all except Loory In the meantime Lowry Looby Looby, who prudently kept out was observed returning from the of harm's way, keeping a loose in winning-post, under the prohis hand, and giving the hair- tection of Mr. Cregan, with the cutter's mare the advantage of saddle torn to fritters between what jockeys term a sob, a relief, his hands, and his person exhibitindeed, of which the poor crea ing tokens of severe ill-usage. ture stood in the utmost need. He had contrived to outstrip the He was thus prepared to profit mountaineers, and obtained the by the accident which followed. prize; but the adverse factions,
The blacksmith's grey horse irritated at beholding their laustarted at a heap of sea-weed, rels flourishing on a stranger's and suffered the nailer's mare brow, had collected around, and to come down like a thunder- dragged him from his horse, bolt
upon his haunches. Both alleging that it was an unfair steeds fell, and the process- heat, and that there should be a server, who rode on their heels, second trial.
Mr. Cregan, how= falling foul of them as they laid ever, with some exertion succeedkicking on the sand, was com- ed in rescuing Lowry from their pelled to share in their prostration. hands; but not until every man This accident produced among in the crowd had put a mark upon the fallen heroes a series of kicks him, by which he might be and bruises, in which the horses easily distinguished at any future were not idle. O'Reilly, clench- meeting. ing his hand, hit the nailer a Shade of immortal Wilkie! straight-forward blow between how would thy graphic pencil the eyes, which so effectually in- have pourtrayed the scene which terfered with the exercise of those is now so vividly revelling on my organs, that he returned the fa- delighted imagination! The provour with a powerful thrust in strated groupe--the terrified victhe abdomen of his own prostrate tor, half alive, half defunctsteed. For this good office he the battered saddle--and the mote was rewarded by the indignant ley multitude--what a subject quadruped with a kick over the for the canvas and the burin ! right ear,
which made it unneces- If it were possible to give a picsary to inflict a second; and the torial illustration to what has quarrel remained between the been thus attempted by the pen, process-server and blacksmith, I will venture to predict that who pommelled one another as such an embellishment to the if they were pounding flax, and Sporling Magazine would confer with as much satisfaction as if a popularity more lasting than all they had never got drunk to- the dogs and fishes (admirable as gether in their lives. They were they are described) that have apat length separated, and borne peared in your pages for the last from the ground all covered
seven years. with blood ar sand, while their
SEXAGENARIAN. horses with much difficulty were Sept. 28, 1831, Vol. IV, SECOND SERIES.No. 20.
ADVENTURES OF A PARTY DEER SHOOTING.
Garrison of Gibraltar, August 30, 1831. If you think the following im- is a frequent cause of wonder
perfect sketch and desultory to the traveller of the desert. remarks, drawn up after a plea As both deer and wild-boar had sant ramble into Spain with an frequently been killed here before intent to kill deer or wild-boar, by Gentlemen from the Garrison, worthy a place in the Sporting and by indifferent shots too, we Magazine, they are at your ser- sallied forth fully equipped on vice : on a future occasion I may the evening of the 29th of March forward some observations on 1830, with the full intention of goose-shooting in Cape Breton, making a number of the above North America. I am no shot, quadrupeds bite the dust before but fond of the dog and gun, the sun had revolved another and of the manly and active exer- day over their lairs, more especise necessarily exerted by the cially as the double detonators of individual who brushes the dew Wesley Richards glittered in the from the heath,
the train. My double John Manton plain, beats covert, or tramps was brushing up at Paton's; but I the swamps in pursuit of game.' had a single Johnston from St.
That man is not possessed of the James's Street, which I knew genuine spirit of a sportsman from experience would hit effiwho would kill game in a civi- ciently if properly directed by lized age or country for the mere the man at the helm. As the purposes of the pot or eating. shades of the first night ap
The difficulties, privations, and proached we reached the second even hazard to life of the follow- venta (a Spanish country inn or ing up and destroying wild ani- wine-house), nine miles from mals, and the great dexterity and Landpart Guard. This venta is strength often required in the romantically situated on the skirts use of the fatal weapons, consti- of the Cork Wood, along the lute the principal source of meandering banks of the river pleasure to the sportsman when Guadarangue, or First River. the labours of the day are crowned It will be necessary to notice with success. The reflection that here a young man, the mainthe bird or quadruped is good for stay of our party, John food doubtless adds to the happi- native of the Garrison, a half ness of the hunter ; but the satis- Spaniard, although of Genoese faction or pleasure thus derived is origin. Some days previously to trivial if he is a thorough true our excursion he undertook the sportsman. The case is widely important task of providing food different among savage nations, and drink, and of having posted ranging untrammelled in their in readiness on the 30th, in a native wilds, the very continu- certain district of the country ance of life among them, in fact, (near a covert destined for the hanging on the chase; and their first scene of our movements), the amazing adroitness in the use of men and dogs, the chief sinews rude implements of destruction in deer and boar shooting. John
an original. Suppose a After supper we all felt pretty sharp, spare but muscular, very comfortable, but we looked as if active
person, of about 5 feet 61 there was something still wantor 7 inches, a very keen man for ing: accordingly an immense the dog and gun, a man whose bowl soon graced the centre of countenance becomes illumined, the table; a lapful of delicious and eyes prominent, piercing, lemons from the nearest tree, and sparkļing, as he moves slowly sugar, and a bottle of brandy on game, and who, if he missed followed, and by a little adjusthis bird, would prance and beatment of spirit, acid, peel, sweets, his forehead with the palm of his and water, we
soon in hand. Such was John, and such possession of a bulky and most was the enthusiasm with which delectable bowl of cold punch. he was impressed.
On this side the grave the happiAfter being fairly housed at ness of man is short-lived; for the venta, the first object of at- just as we had tasted the fascitraction was the result of cookery, nating beverage, a Gentleman of that is, seven or eight large do our party-a tall, supple, active mestic fowls roasted, and laid Fusilier, with blue eyes, overout on a tray (the brown tinge turned, by some mistake or other, of roasting was hit to a nicety); a large brass Spanish lamp, when mountains of brown Spanish a pint of stinking oil floated inloaves, packed up in hampers stanter on the surface of the and sacks; pork (this by-the-bye generous liquor. This accident, was rather white and suety), on such an occasion, would have herons, corned beef, mutton put the patience of Job to (raw and roasted), rice, salt, &c. trial; but an individual of the These were the substantials. The party, to the astonishment of luxuries were, sugar, wine, bran- every one present, with perfect dy, cigars, &c. &c. It is worthy apathy remarked," I am glad of it; of notice that the wine differ- for, had we drunk all the punch, our ed in quality-a good sort in heads would have suffered toa cask for the egregarious por- morrow, which would have been tion of the party, or the Gentle against the chase.” This speech men; an inferior kind in a huge conveyed caution and prudence, skin, for the gregarious folks, the said to be characteristic of his canaille. It struck me that all countryfor he came far North, these preparations savoured more was a hardy stout-made man, a of good eating and drinking than Fusilier, standing 5 feet 9 inches, a heart-felt desire to slay wild with a fine eye in his head, and animals. About nine o'clock we would submittoany privation with sat down in good earnest to an his dog and gun. He roughed it excellent supper, by way of fore well to, and could eat anything. tifying ourselves for next day's What happiness would have fagging. Besides animal food in reigned in the breasts of the rest plenty, the table groaned under of the party had the arguments wooden trenchers full of eggs of this North Briton convinced and potatoes; and, after the them that the punch was quite cloth was removed, salads and unnecessary, and that the mixother delicacies were handed up. ture of fetid lamp oil with it
an event of no moment Irish stews; and anything in the whatever! Their opinions and way of moistening the clay, or view regarding the sorrowful mortal part of our constitution, accident were widely different: as sangaree, punch, negus, down they thought viva voce that the to humble lemonade, he could reasoning of our Northern friend hit to a tittle. It was now too late was the most preposterous non
to brew another bowl, so the masense they had heard for a long jority of us swallowed the disaptime. “Žounds,"continued they, pointment in a glass of brandy “ do you imagine that a bowl of and water. punch that will not run above We next turned our thoughts two or three ordinary tumblers to sleep : straw was placed on a man can give a head-ache to the floor ; over this were spread people engaged in arduous exer- blankets, evidently requiring cises ? If it does, they must be washing; the sheets were, howhot-bed plants, or men of straw!" ever, clean. One of the Gentle.
I never can forget the disap- men preferred sleeping on three pointment, approaching to grief, chairs. This warrior was a Futhe loss of the punch caused to silier from Wales, a man standa brave soul of the party. He ing 5 feet 9 inches, possessing was an immense brawny grena- great museular strength with dier from the Welsh mountains, a symmetry of figure, as active as man whose
very weight on the a roebuck, and capable of endurfield of battle would tell sorelying any fatigue; was the best against the enemy. If there is shot of the party, and has often war, he will fight with a regi- floored his bird in the East ment whose banners are already Indies. He and the two other decked with laurel. This Gen. Fusiliers--viz. the spiller of the tleman's countenance is the in- oil, and the man of the North dex to goodness of heart, un- were fast asleep in a few minutes, ruffled temper, and a constant A worse fate, however, attended flow of humour. The loss of the grenadier and myself; for the punch, however, discovered just as we were about to fall into in him a temporary burst of pas- the arms of Morpheus, those pests sion, but his former serenity was of society - fleas -- began their soon restored.
well-directed attacks. We tossed The disaster attending the and turned all night; the si punch was likewise felt acutely ing of our sleeping companions, by another Gentleman, a native and the rustling of the grenaof Hibernia. He was a warm- dier in the straw, turning every hearted, friendly, active, middle- moment from the right side to aged man, of some standing in the left, and from the left to the army, as sharp as a flint; his the right, mingled occasionalpresent corps fought bravely at ly with the oath, “d-n the Gibraltar and Seringapatam. feas," was all that met the ear. Such was his knowledge of the The sharp son of Mars, the cook, art of cookery, that, instead of slept in a room below, and likeroughing it,” we fed like
wise fought hard with the fleas. Princes. It would have puzzled Under these trying and biting cirKitchener to have imitated his cumstances day-light was a wel
come and much wished for visi. the edge of the brook, when the tor.
Fusilier (the three-chair sleeper) By dawn of day, before leave commenced a work of carnage ing the venta to take the hills, we seldom witnessed even by old naturally wanted a little tea and soldiers. Soon after leaving his bread; but one may as well bed he experienced a stinging speak to wooden posts as to sensation over his whole frame ; the landlord and servants of a he smelt a rat, and instantly much-frequented venta at an stripped to the buff, and put to early hour.
It is a
common death, in our presence, fifty fat thing for fifty asses, or mules, overgrown fleas, averring, on with half the number of Spa- slaughtering the fiftieth flea, that niards, to put up for the night at least thirty stout active aniat this said venta. The innkeeper mals of the same family got and chief domestic were of the clear off. shooting party, and too much After this efficient warfare the engaged to light fires and boil Fusilier felt comfortable, and the kettles : we, therefore, set-to, mule having arrived, we all made a charcoal fire, and had tea passed the gap of the mountain, in a few minutes. A Gentleman losing sight of the Bay and Rock who will not work like a coal. of Gibraltar. On continuing our heaver, eat anything, sleep any, route we cleared the thicket of where, need not shoot in Spain. wood, when an extensive plain, A Spaniard mentally is a very surrounded by hills, opened to independent character: he may view. By the intersection of the be led, but not easily driven ; ac hills many beautiful valleys were cordingly it requires a knack to formed, clothed with wood: these make him work or assist you. glens were the abode or retreat They very naturally dislike the of the deer and wild-boar. The overbearing haughtiness and surface of the plain was studded vanity of British travellers in with clumps of trees, flowering general; and pray who would shrubs, and plants, interspersed not? Our provender and other with streamlets, affording ample necessaries being arranged on the scope for botanical study. Lookback of a mule, we bent our ing down on the picturesque course towards a chasm or gap landscape, we thought it could in the hills, north-west of the not easily be surpassed, more First River, leaving the Cork Wood especially as it was moulded by
our right. As we travelled the hands of Nature. On deon the gentle slope of the hills scending towards this romantic along the banks of a rill, we level, which composed the area of lost sight of the muleteer, who an extensive amphitheatre, we had missed his way in a clump reached a thicket of trees and of trees. Ferdinando was des brushwood, the spot fixed upon patched to bring him upasgoing as the place of rendezvous for into the interior of a hilly des- the hunters. It was now near trict without provision for man nine o'clock: in a short time and dogs would have been madeight or nine rough-looking Spaness in the extreme. We stretch, niards, with nine or ten dogs, ared ourselves on the grass by rived from different quarters, men