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VOL. V. SECOND SERIES.
CONTENTS. The First of October, by Gilbert Forester..425|| The Royal Veterinary College.............
.473 October Morning ..........428 Invitation to a Trout .....
478 A few Days with Sir Arthur Chichester's Paris Races in the Champ-de-Mars, and Stag-hounds.......
.......429 other Sports, by T. Bryon, Secretary to The Wager, or Economic Travelling in the English Jockey Club in Paris......478 France............
............433 Driver, the celebrated Trotter ..........484 Two Letters in answer to Pedigree ......4-12 The Goonhilly Breed, by Gilbert Forester, 485 Canine Lucubrations, or Desultory Re
The Brig Water Witch-Earl Belfast in marks on Setters and Pointers, con reply to Neptune
..........489 cluded, by A Quartogenarian ............450 The Doncaster Meeting, by Alfred IlighExtracts from an Old Journal, by Fire flyer...
457 SPORTING INTELLIGENCE :The Cowes Regatta, by Neptune ...........464 Turf Intelligence Extra-Stud Sales Every Bullet has its Billet....
Aquatics--Cricket, &c. &c. The First Longford Races, from the Bettings at Tattersall's..
...500 “ Reminiscences of an Old Sports.
NOTICES TO CORRESPONDENTS....500 man," by The llermit in London ........468
RACING CALENDAR........ A Hint to Cub-hunters
.... 65 470 Sailing Match at Torquay.
INDEX to Ditto The Woodbine.......
INDEX to the VOLUME.
III. PORTRAIT OF DRIVER.
THE FIRST OF OCTOBER.
“Oh! day of joy ! long wish'd-for day!
The sportsman cries, and bends his way:
T!Epraises of partridge-shoot- exhausted in their honour: the
ing and the First of Septem- SPORTING MAGAZINE, the chrober, Mr. Editor, have been writ- niele and memorial for future ten till the subject has become ages of all that is glorious in the positively almost as satiating to history of sport, has reser
erved, the mind as “ toujours perdrix” year after year, a niche for the would be to the palate. The ta- reception of this celebrated First lents of the Sportsman and the of September ; whilst poor
Octogenius of the Poet have been ber, withits bird of Eastern beauty,
and cool bracing mornings re the novice. The pheasant, too, dolent of life and health, never makes a tremendous noise in has a stanza devoted to its praise, rising—a great advantage to a or a good word said of it. Now beginner, were it not counteracted this is really a piece of gross in- by the agitation he feels, which justice, and one which, as far as causes him to be so long in aimlies in my power, shall be imme- ing his tube, that the bird has diately remedied by a Chapter time to make him a polite bow devoted exclusively to PHEASANT and sail off at his leisure. It is SHOOTING and the First of Oc- generally believed and asserted TOBER.
that the pheasant is slow in rising. Although originally of foreign This I conceive to be an error, extraction, this bird, second in and originates from its size, which beauty only to the magnificent occasions its motions to appear peacock, is now so domesticated slower than those of smaller in our cold clime, that in Norfolk birds, particularly if the sun is and Suffolk, where they are most shining, whose dazzling rays will abundant, they might almost put deceive both with respect to disto the blush the very banks of tance and velocity. The rapid Phasis, whence it is said they ori- darts the pheasant makes after ginally came. Truly the phea- being shot at, I consider quite sant is a splendid bird, whether equal to those of the partridge or you view him in his bright and woodcock. When out of covert, glittering plumage, sailing away the pheasant takes a straight and to the heavens, dreaming not for perpendicular flight, darting like a moment that
double-barrel an arrow towards shelter. In will put a stop to his journey, or this lies the art and mystery of whether you meet him at dinner killing him. Here, too, is the sailing up and down the table difficulty, as a bruiser would say, with bread and brown in judging your distance ere you gravy. Truly, I repeat, in either strike, as it frequently occurs case, he is a fine creature; and I that, like the partridge, he may regret that I should ever have rise close to you, when, if a lived to see the day when a bird young shot, you bang at him inthat Heliogabulus himself might stanter, and have the pleasure of have prized for a fricaseee, is sold seeing him fly offin a canter (unin the market, and eaten by cock- less, indeed, you are in such a neys like a common barn-door flurry as not io shoot at all), and fowl. But why refer to this an- your charge exploding in an opnoying subject? the Edict has posite direction. This is the gone forth, and since we can't fault of too much haste, which in cure it, we must fain endure it. more affairs than this causes peo
Young sportsmen are particu- ple to overshoot the mark; when, larly eager to perform on this had he waited patiently till the bird, thinking, from his size, he bird darted into straight flying, must be easily killed. Doubtless he would most likely have recothere is something in this; but vered his self-possession, and there must be science too, or, winged his bird. The female is large as he is, he will elude with certainly the easiest to kill, as ease the would-be fatal stroke of she dodges in her flight, and this
gives you an opportunity of ano. difficulty occurs in finding, and ther shy, which the cock does so much emulation is excited by not, his flight being farther away. that cause, that a man becomes a As the pheasant flies rapidly, so good shot almost in spite of himis he likewise a steady pedestrian, self, since it is natural that after and will often outstrip a good he has trudged a mile or two dog, who is not up to his quick- without springing a single bird, ness of foot. The learned in he will do his best, when one sports tell
us, that if this bird is does get up, to nab him. marked down, he cannot easily I have seldom known a bailuc encounter the fatigue of another shot a good sportsman. Ile flight: but allow me to say it is knows nothing of breaking dogs, quite a different motive which or how they should hunt or quarmakes him refrain from imme- ter their ground, nor (as a foxmediate flight: it proceeds from hunter would say) has he an eye craft or fear, for, like the par- to country, knowing when and tridge, early in the season, and in what weather and grounds to when young (for, bear in mind geek his game. Few dogs are pheasants have not arrived at used in this barn-door work; a their full growth on the first of springer or two perhaps, or perOctober), and unaccustomed to haps indeed none at all the birds the noise of the gun, they will lie being sprung by two or three logconcealed until you almost tread gerhead beaters, who rattle about them up; but, if shot at a few the bean fields, &c. forming a times, will pretty soon shew whe- poor substitute to the sportsman ther they can fly or not.
for his usual companion and In coverts and timber woods friend, the dog. the pheasant lies well: also in Sportsmen use pointers, setters, patches of underwoods and spin- or spaniels for this amusement, neys, where there are spaces for according to which they consider running and basking in the sun: best adapted for finding ; but nor will he easily quit such haunts as this bird is found so much whilst the weather is dry; but if under covert, no dog seems so the trees drop moisture, he no fitted for the purpose as the setlonger abides there, seeking the ter or old English springer, whose hedge-rows, short furze, or sedgy roughness of coat and high coucoverts and alder banks. Here rage make him indifferent is the gunner's best chance; for on every difficulty he may encounter the bird's rising (which he must in getting through the thickets above every obstruction) to the occupied by the pheasant; and shot, nothing but patience is ne as this bird runs so much in deep cessary to secure him.
brush-wood, he requires a dog There are many men who can who can follow him up well. find no enjoyment in this delight- Now the pointer will unquesful sport, unless it is continually tionably point to a patch of unload, fire, and bag : but this is derwood where the pheasant lies, what I call tame work, and can but he will not go through it like never make a man a clever hand the setter, and you consequently at the trigger: on the contrary,
have much trouble in putting up where game is scarce, so much the bird. A pheasant, when