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NOR years after the publication, in 1873, of “The Sportsman's Diary,” no shooting party was

considered properly equipped for a long trip that was not furnished with a copy of that indispensable adjunct. It contained much practical information in a small space, and long remained a book of reference. But with the gradual disappearance of its limited edition has grown up the want of a book to take its place, while the opening up of late years of new and extended areas, the Barrier, Great South Lake and Wuhu districts, and the changed conditions of the shooting, have naturally enough called for a hand-book bringing shooting matters more up to date.

Four years ago, at the instance of a few prominent sportsmen, I entered upon the congenial task of attempting to supply some such manual. The work was at once commenced, but, for some reason or other that I am quite unable to explain, was almost as soon cast aside and allowed to lie fallow for a couple of years. Once more was it taken up, and cheerful and hearty co-operation quickly furnished the abundant materials which are offered in the following pages. Distrustful as I am of the value of my personal share in this venture, I apprehend none but the most favourable verdict on the well-considered articles of my contributors, whose names are a sure guarantee for the efficient treatment of their special subjects.

Shooting trips in this part of North China are just as popular now as they ever were. There is still abundance of game, though the sportsman may have to go further afield to obtain it; there is still the absolute freedom of shooting where one will without incurring risk of incivility or ill-treatment; there are the luxurious house-boats, the comparatively easy walking, the pleasant com pavion, the matchless weather, which all go for making a shooting trip second to no other outing in the world.

As regards the abundance of game different views naturally obtain. Some aver that there is a growing scarceness; others, again, hold that, harassed by both foreign and native guns in the neighbourhood of the more frequented waterways, the pheasants have only betaken themselves to places where they are less disturbed. This theory is reasonable enough: take the Grand Canal from Wusieh to Tanyang as a case in point. In that district birds are usually fairly plentiful until the middle of November; after that it is somewhat difficult to find them, and it is not improbable that they have but taken the short flight necessary to reach the sanctuary offered by the limitless reed-beds which fringe the Yangtze banks. Anyhow, they seem to get beyond the foreign sportsman's beat, though the native shooter is still able to supply the Shanghai market with larger quantities of game than ever, as is evidenced by the following figures. Mr. GEO. CAMERON, the Municipal Inspector of Markets, ascertained for me in 1891 the number of pheasants

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