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of novelty and discovery. He was the mockery of it, for the wanton no doubt au intelligent man, but pleasurable, and curious gratificaDever shewed intelligence less, than tion of the mind and the eye. I in a pamphlet which he published, am perfectly aware how pointless to instruct farriers how to prevent all darts must fall, shot against a horses from knocking or cutting gratification like the present, and their legs, by a particular form of how truly it would be preaching shoe; a thing which had been at to the winds and waves, to attempt tempted both in Italy and France, reproof and dissuasion. I have no tbree centuries before be was born, such view. I bave no more desire hut verer with sticcess, for one than Paul, to kick against the pitiful and trifling reason-being pricks, or to waste my time and in itself impossible. A horse which labour in the fruitless attempt to strikes his legs from their natural fill sieves with water. But I may faulty position, will continue so to be permitted to state moral facts, do as soon as weary, and acciden- leaving them to their spontaneous tally before that time, whether shod operation, to whatever extent, or or unshod.--I am, Sir, your's, &c. whether to any at all, that &c.

The sense of interest and gratifiVETERINARIUS SENEX. cation will always precede that of

justice and humanity, and men will

neither cease to treat their aniON THE EXHIBITION OF THÉ mals with fagrant cruelty, nor to HIGH-METTLED RACER.

feel an after delight in its represen.

tation. Nevertheless, some ground To the Editor of the Sporting Ma- is ever silently and slowly gained gazine,

to the cause of humanity, by the SIR,

watchful attention, and rational THIS favourite exhibition, so lectures, of the philanthropist, as

well described in your last can be most triumphantly proved. Number, I bave heard spoken of The mind of man in these latter, and in raptures, by a number of spec- comparatively enlightened times, tators, who, I am sorry to say, in has become more soft and pliable witnessing such a scene, had not to the sweet impressions of human the most distant idea of its borrors feeling, and our sports are greatly in actual life, which they can wit- and nobly divested of the diabolical ness and tolerate with the utmost barbarity of former days, when the composure, and even feel the most most extatic pleasure was imparted raptnrous enjoyment on its mock to the human heart, male and ferepresentation. It is a case widely male, from witnessing the most different from that of the scenic exquisite animal tortures---even representation of human misfor those of a dog drawn up by fire, tunes and sufferings, of which the or a cat inclosed in a bottle ! spectators are neither the cause nor It must not however be conhave it in their power to prevent. cealed, that representations upon Here they are enjoying for the se- the stage of the above kind, are cond time the most excruciating not at all likely to awaken the exacerbations of animal misery! feelings of humanity in the breasts first in reality, for their profit and of the juvenile spectator ; on the convenience ; in the second place, contrary, they consolidate and

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confirm the stupefying effects of or even extraordinary exertions, custom, which obscure, and in a from the English borse: but it great measure destroy all sense of seems, dignity requires something right and wrong, just and unjust. beyond wbat is fair or extraordiSince such things are not only nary; the great must ride upon

the made a custom, but a joke of, and wbirlwind, that they may appear a subject for exultation and clap- as if always directing the storm. ping of hands, who can think there Did any such faculty belong to them, is any thing materially wrong or they would reflect, that although unjust, in the tortures inflicted these horrible and disgusting sights upon the horse, in his lacerated are witnessed with a stupid apasides, his bruised and wounded thy, or even a senseless applause hy shoulders, his fainting under loads the slavish vulgar, of all ranks, bere he is unable to bear, and his final is a thinking class in this country, exit with hollow groans and ex- by which they are beheld with detes. piring sobs, from the mingled and tation and contempt, if not loud, horrible effects of famine, and the

amine, and the yet deep. The whips, spurs, and most cruel inflictions? No doubt curbs, made use of by our postil. there is plenty of gaping and snig. lions, are obviously implements of gering fools, who will say-oh, torture, intended to extort and this is very barbarous, immediate- rack out the last throbbing exerly bursting into a horse laugh; tions of animal life. In sad truth, and still more of grave and pious we too often see examples of this christians, who will shake their in the tours of the great ; in heads and look thoughtful, at the bringing to the metropolis some sight or relation of these borrors, glorious news of havoc and debut who, like the Pharisees in struction; or during contested elecscripture, will not touch the load tions, wbere the carcases of mure with one of their fingers, or give dered horses strew the roads ! themselves the slightest trouble to al- a trifle in the view of humanity, leviate the burden. They were born utterly beneath the consideration to enjoy, they suppose, whatever or notice of the pious and successothers, men or animals, may suffer, ful candidate, so often busied in and their thoughtful visages dis- the distribution of bibles. The cover nothing so much, as a pro- unfeeling and fashionable travel. found and inward consideration lers hy post, and the still more untowards themselves. Behold the feeling owners of the borses, scrugreat men of the land, driving on ple not to take the poor animals, their ordinary journies, at such an wearied with the performance of excessive rate, that the horses are one stage, and drive them instantly urged onwards up hill and down, through another, perhaps even to the risk of breaking their heart without suffering them to wait for strings, by the goading tortures of refreshment. What numbers are whip and 'spur, until they arrive at there without the slightest comthe end of their stage, faint and punction, and without even a sense trembling, their sides bathed in of the inbumanity or wickedness blood, and their whole bodies of the act, who purchase, at a low bruised and wealed. It is impose price, disabled or nearly worn out sible that all this cruel severity horses, for road work, or carting should be necessary, to derive fair, in town, with the

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premeditated childisha

meditated view of extorting from first season in which horses apthem to the last gasp, by dint of peared on a certain stage, I was in goading tortures, exertions of formed by three of the performers, which they are no longer capable, eye witnesses, that a poor horse, and the attempts at which bring after the exhibition was over, and woe and misery at every step. bis labour finished, was beaten beListen to our orators cracking hind the scenes, by the rascally witty jokes upon this lamentable barbarian in whose care he was, subject, for the amusement of their until he laid stretched

upon

the sapient audience -- nay, recom- stage, groaning, convulsed, his mending the tortures of beasts, as legs extended, and his eyes

turned the best stimulants, the most ap- up, as in the agonies of death. He propriate to steel the human heart, was stricken upon the bead, the and fit it for the trade of blood ! legs, kicked in the body, and treatAnd yet these people can be re- ed, in the way of correction, with gular at their church or conven- usage the most foul, that a blackticle, and on the bed of sickness or guard barbarian could devise ; and death pray earnestly and seriously all this, as I was assured by a young for that mercy, which, thiougb the man, accustomed to horses, for course of their lives, they have some trilling error which the horse denied to the dumb, but piteous had committed niore than an hout and eloquent prayers of their poor before be received this dreadful corbeasts!

rection, of which error, granting There is yet a most powerful him to bave been sensible at the inobjection against the exhibition of stant, it was utterly improbable he animals upon the stage, and more should have any recollection an particularly horsesit is, the ex- hour afterwards; and it must amount treme rigour, severity, and cruelty, nearly to a certainty, that the miwhich must, from absolute neces. serable animal must have been ut. sity, be used in their training.c- terly ignorant why he was correctThis is dreadful beyond all exprese ed at all. Such was the opinion of sion, as a moment's consideration the young man, If the horse be must convince any one, and could endowed with a limited degree of never be endured or practised, but reflection, and tbat idea appears by hearts hardened against every bighly probable, what must the sense of humanity, by the more brute think of the justice of man ? powerful sense of gain. The dis- I was not an eye-witness of this cipline of our riding school is too infamous and shameful deed, and often abominable ; but at its for sufficient reasons, I could not worst, is kindness and gentleness to make use of the evidence above that which is necessary to fit horses stated ; otherwise, had there been for the tricks of the stage. And justice in England for the punishthe usage of the horses even, afterment of the delinquent, I would they have beeu taught and trained, have demanded it, in every possible has been, in many instances, of the channel, and through every accessimost infernal and barbarous de- ble press. scription. The following example, However curious it may he, to among too many others, came un. witness such instances of docility der ny owo immediate cognizance: and discipline in animals, upon the About four years since, being the stage, it is still a cruel, mean, and childish gratification, and more es- amusement, fully proves that it pecially with respect to the horse, point of variety, it is superior to wbose talents ought to be confined most English pastimes : The bunto a more useful direction, and ter may relate tbe hazardous leaps whose labours surely need no addi. he had undertaken, and with what tion. Aud generally, on the sub- ardour he pursued the fox-the ject of treatment of the horse, do ginner may recount the feats be we determine, as a national princi- performed with the murderou's ple, that there is no such thing as tube, and the quantity of game he justice due to that animal? Is there bagged within a certain time and pot fair treatnient and foul treat- space; and lastly, the gentle anment, and do not those terms in- gler, after tbe toils of the day, may clude the ideas of just and unjust ? discourse of the various stratagems I say national principle, because to ensnare the voracious pike, or we, who pretend to a purity of cba- the skill in throwing the well-disracter beyond all nations, have sembled fly to take the wary trout ; ever been stigmatised by foreigners but what are these, and many for our unptincipled cruelty to more, when put in competition brutes. England is proverbially, with the temperate delights of among foreigners, the hell of coursing? View the courser, witb horses! In other countries, in rosy health depicted in bis counteFrance particularly, where we pro- nance, bastening to beat the apfess to find nothing but immorality, pointed covers, and, till the bare borses are treated universally with is found, all is mute and pleasing kindness and consideration, and expectation; but when the exhilipass their laborious lives with a dea rating · Sobo' is given, the greygree of comfort, unknown to their bounds well laid in, then the cour. fellows in this country. And in ser's joy commences-first, Skip conclusion, if any reader should giving the turn-then Springsuspect my melancholy picture of now both exerting their ntmost exaggeration, let him try to relieve powers to catch the affrighted anihis feelings, hy repairing to Thames- mal, till Skip, with one desperate street, in London, to Smithfield effort, making one throw serve for on the market-day, to the yards of all, seizes the "helpless, worried horse-butchers, and to the reposi- wretch,” before she could make for tories for the sale of horses. home through her favourite proVox HUMANITATIS. tecting meuse. Cavillers affirmy

the courser's pleasures are short ; but to counterbalance this

apparent ON COURSING. rapid joy, I can aver, it is neither

so wearisome nor so replete with To the Editor of the Sporting Ma- danger as bunting, and, on account gazine.

of the violent exertion necessary to SIR,

sustain a desperate chase, many are THE exercise of coursing, at the compelled to abandon this health

present day, is paramount to ful sport for the more sober joys of every otber Jiversion, and the avi- coursing; but he who despises, dity with wbich all ranks of peo- danger, wbose whole endeavour is ple press forward to partake of this to steel bis perves againsť the ra.

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vages of sickness, must mount the Under our present mild Governgenerous steed, and,

ment, we have no cause to dread a

renewal of such 'proceedings; on With emulation fir'd, Strain to lead the field, top the barr'd gate,

the contrary, excepting bull-baitO'er the deep ditch, exulting, bound and ing, &c. and the game laws, a has

brush The thorny turning hedge.

tard slip of the forest laws, we have

been progressively improving in This sport, undoubtedly, is ex. our various diversions, and strecellent for the purposes assigned, nuous in our exertions to amelioand peculiarly adapted to infuse rate the condition of the brute crehealth and vigour into the innume- ation. I am, Sir, your Correspon. rable springs of life; but give me

dent,

Z. B. the well-breath'd greyhounds, swift May 13, 1815. as Camilla, to catch the nimblefooted bare : Besides, this breeds

ACCOUNT OF THE NEW AFTERno complaint of trampled wbeat,

PIECE, CALLED “THE FORno bitter - exclamations of hedges.

TUNE OF WAR.” wantonly destroyed ; whereas bunting sets the whole community of farmers against you, incessantly in- A New after-piece under this tivolving tbe keen pursuer in trouble Garden Theatre, for the first time

tle, was performed at Covent and disaster. On this broad basis, hunting, I am convinced, will ne

on Wednesday, the 17th instant,

It is the production of Mr. Kenny, ver regain that splendour it attained in former years ; and particu

to whose fertile genius the public

are indebted for several pieces of larly as every farmer, in a great acknowledged merit. The characmeasure, bas become a proprietor, ters were thus filled :they are jealous, to the extreme, of

Gruntrum

Mr. Matthews. every infringement on their privi

Maurice.

....Mr. Jones. leges; and indeed be must be more Greenstoff

Mr. Blanchard. 1 than man who can contain his just Reynard VanderscampMr. Liston.

Commandant... resentment at seeing a company of

Mr. Abbott

Mrs. Tuffendorff ...... Mrs. Davenport. bunters riding over and destroying Adela

............ Miss Foote. the produce of the land, and doing

Susette

................... Mrs. Gibbs. aliuost incalculable damages to his The plot, which comprises a far various fields and hedges; in re- greater number of ludicrous inciality, every age as they become dents, and whimsical situations, more enlightened, will use their than we have recently seen in any utmost efforts to contract tbe hun effort of the same description, is ter's pleasures, unless we relapse remarkable for its complexity. for a second time into the feudal This does not appear on the stage barbarism of William.

-the situations, however laughaTill we again siok into this worse ble, are produced with much ingethan second barbarism, I can bold- nuity, and succeed each other in a ly affirm, without fear of confuta- regular series; but, when the mind tion, that this hauteur de chasse attempts to retrace the variety it is gone by, probably to renovate has witnessed, the difficulty of only with the shadow of that dove-tailing the coniponent parts greatness, so characteristic of those of the farce into eacb other, so as tyrannical ages.

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