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honest and plausible limb of the Stalbridge Park, and refer my law they can lay hold of—let it readers for an account of the very be a picked drafi, in short, of six perfect and beautiful run we had couples, if not of vulpecides, at with them to the “ Continuation least of people opposed to hunt- of the Hunting Journal of the ing; and I will then produce my B. V. H. 1833.” Suffice it here lot, consisting of the first six to say, that no language can be couple of true sportsmen* I can too strong in which to praise lay my hand upon, and fearlessly the performance either of the pack challenge a comparison in every or of their huntsman, for before point, where, in relation to his they began to run straight, he had neighbour, one man is supposed his work, and so had they, to get to excel another.
over amongst the roads, &c. &c. idle assertion of my own, but To those who feel disposed to matter of history and on record, question the speed of these deepthat the Sportsman'sgate was never tongued“ long-ears," I think knocked at in vain by a brother this day's proceedings would in distress and affliction : than his, present a poser ; for, from the no eye glistens more readily, and time they sei to in earnest, over as no hand opens so spontaneously fine a country to cross as was at the tale, although it be only a ever witnessed, one man, and one tale, of want and destitution; and man only, was admitted into the he carries the freemasonry of this same field with them, and that spirit far far beyond the brethren favored individual was no other of his craft, and earns from all than the notoriously hard-riding who apply to him the euphonious Mír. Place, on his famous and appellation of a friend in need. equally known old brown horse ! Whose life is more blameless or Now Mr. Yeatman positively unstained with vice? Who treads assured me that they did not this with more undeviating footsteps morning go at the top of their the even tenor of his way? speed; to which I could only Whose meridian of life is spent tell him in reply, that the first more happily or more free from observation I heard fall from Mr. all the heart-gnawings of the Place's lips on getting up to him, world; and across the setting of after the kill, was an ejaculation whose evening sun is it in the of wonder how it was possible he power of conscience to throw so could have kept so near them ? few clouds to dim it?
When a most bruising rider, such Such were the reflections with as he is, on his favorite nag too, is which I closed the busy day and compelled to use his utmost exmost social evening of the eigh- ertions to live with hounds across teenth of February: let me now the Blackmoor Vale, the pace, proceed to say a few words of depend upon it, shall be far from what took place on
being an indifferent one; and if Tuesday the 19th.--- Met Mr. the old l'niques can in reality go Yeatman's harriers this day at much faster, with their extraordi
It is not every man who wears a red coat-no, nor every master of hounds in the universe, that I designate by this honorable appellation. Wherever a spicc of jealousy, hatred, and malico can be detected, look narrowly at the happy individual possessing these virtues, and you will be syre to find that in the bottom of his heart he is no true sportsman!
nary powers of scent, and the un- present occasion Mr. Farquhardeviating accuracy with which son, I heard, had a very pretty they stick to the line, the very run of some six or seven miles, best fox that ever wore a brush in and killed his fox in good style the West of England would be and satisfactorily. far from finding himself safe be- I was this day carried in an fore them at the end of fifty extremely pleasant and easy minutes.
manner by the mare that Mr. Though Stalbridge Park, as it Yeatman himself in general rides, may well be, is a highly favorite and though the country was at appointment of Mr. Yeatman's times a severe one, she was on no hounds, we had this day a much occasion to be pounded. I must smaller field than usual, arising say that I am a great admirer of from a variety of causes, but the Blackmoor Vale in general. principally from the circumstance Holding in almost all cases, except of Mr. Farquharson's meeting at that of surface water, a very capiButterwick, quite within reach tal scent, it is a delightful one to of all this neighbourhood. But- cross if a man is mounted on anyterwick, as many of my readers thing like a hunter; although here, doubtless know, is one of the most as elsewhere, a horse that will celebrated fixtures that Mr. F. creep as well as fly is a great comcan give out in the whole of his fort in getting over it. He ought enormous and overgrown extent also to be a fair brook jumper, as of country, and operates of course there is a great deal of water to quite as a magnet to all within be met with; and though I mainthe circle of its attraction. For tain that it is requisite in all couna length of time it almost inva- tries, the vale of Dorsetshire is riably held a peculiarly marked one par excellence in which, to fox, that, like Colonel Wyndham's live as he should do with hounds, hero of the Swallows furze-field, a light weight ought to mount as invariably gave them a good himself some two stone above the run, and also as invariably de- mark. feated them; and it is, I believe, Mr. Yeatman's pack can boast, more from the past deeds of this I think, of as good a field of perveteran Hector than anything else formers across a country as can that the covert remains so great easily be met with; and, amongst a favorite. Poor Butterwick Jack, others, Mr. Place, whom I have however-for this was the style already spoken of, Mr. Hussey of and title of the artist—has long Nash Court, Mr. Buck (late M.P. since gone the way of all flesh, for Exeter), Mr. Digby, Mr. whether appertaining to fox, fox- Lagden, &c. &c., all of whom can hound, or fox-hunter* : he has ride well and very forward with left the inheritance, nevertheless, their hounds. LordArchibald Seyof a good name to the present mour, too, I hear, turns out not tenants of his old abode, which, unfrequently with them. During as we see elsewhere is sometimes my stay I saw also, as may be supthe case, not a few of them do posed, some very clever and welltheir best to tarnish. On the shaped hunters; but I saw nothing
A gallant animal answering in every outward appearance to old Jack was found close to Butterwick with a rabbil-trap round his ley!
to my mind superior to the ex- ness and magnificence. I have a tremely perfect horse of his class panorama of this almost unethat Mr. Wyndham put me on a qualled prospect (taken from anotwelvemonth ago, and which I ther and more favorable point pronounce to be one of the most however), to which I shall ere delightful animals it is possible to long invite the inspection of the procure for the Blackmoor Vale public, and can assure them that country. It was much to my the scene itself is well worthy of regret that this most amiable Gen- being looked at: but here comes tleman was prevented being at Mr. Harding with his little fairies, Stock during my visit there: I and I must say no more of it at assure him I have not forgotten present. his kindness on the occasion I Of all the packs I ever saw in have alluded to, and I hope some my life, “The Mountain Harday or other to have an opportu- riers” are unquestionably the most nity of telling him so in person. extraordinary; and I confess my
The next day was a dies non as self to be utterly ignorant of the regarded hunting ; let me then class or genus to which they can make a rapid cast forward to with probability be supposed to Thursday the 21st.
belong. Let my readers imagine Having had the pleasure of an some sixteen or seventeen couples introduction to Mr. Harding, the of pictures, standing not more than proprietor and huntsman of “The sixteen or seventeen inches in Mountain Harriers,” near Dor- height, with all the richness of chester, in the field, on Saturday, colour, most beautiful silkiness of an appointment was made for skin, clearness of throat, and symMr. Yeatman and myself to meet metry in make and shape (legs them this morning at their nearest and feet, from what I could judge point for us in the open down, of in the field, in particular), that some two or three miles beyond can be seen or looked for in any Melcombe Park, and hardly a fox-hound kennel in Great Bri. stone's throw from the brilliant tain-some sixteen or seventeen finish I saw with Mr. Portman in couples in fact of most drawing1832. The hour of fixture, there- room fox-hounds in miniature, of fore, found us at our post, after which a lover would present his a very pleasant ride of eleven or mistress with a specimen to piroutwelve miles across some of the ette amongst the cups upon her cream of the beautiful Mappow- tea-table-They have then beder country below (during our fore them something like an idea progress through which I had the of Mr. Harding's pack; but were pleasure of having pointed out to they to ask me by what designame the line of more than one good tion I should call them, I acknowrun over the on all sides adjacent ledge very candidly that I have fine vale), and when fairly up no idea on the subject. It is above beyond Armswell, &c. &c. very clear that though they wear I was once more treated with a all the ears that Nature gave them, sight of the all glorious twelve they are not a pack of Southerns ; square
miles that form the arena at least equally so, that they are of Dir. Yeatman's sport, lying not beagles; and Mr. Tudway spread at our feet in all their rich would as strongly repudiate their
belonging to the style of hound one, that ran for upwards of two now in his kennel (the late hours I should say, ran only after Yeatman quick harrier), as would her own scut, and she was literally my friend Mr. Harrison Carr hunted to death in the diameter of deny that they had anything in half a mile. Here, however, was common with the very perfect the beauty of the day's sport; and and beautiful Brookside pack of hounds certainly never stooped which he is, and long may he more determinedly (for there was continue so, the respected and a great deal of fallow), and huntsmost efficient manager. There man never worked more scientithey are, however, such as I have fically (for there was a great deal described them, in most magnifi- of difficulty), than did cent condition (here Mr. Harding Mountain" pack and Mr. Harding beats anything I have seen since on this day. I am happy to rethe days of Williamson with the cord the very very clever finish. Duke of Buccleuch), though I I viewed the jade steal out of a am sorry to say with a good many stiff furze brake, when the leading of their number rather shoulder. hounds were not ten yards from shaken from the hills, and the entering it in the opposite side, very severe work they are in the and halloo'd them on, hat in habit of doing up and down their hand, without letting them get very searching sides (I believe) into and lose themselves in its three days a week, ever after mazes for a moment. “ A fresh hunting begins, to a rather glut- hare!" halloos out one sportstonous field, in the way of getting man.—" Are you sure that it is an appetite before dinner. I our hunted one?” said even Mr. heard, indeed, that it was no un- Yeatman.-" The result will usual thing for Mr. Harding to prove,” said I; and in two mibe asked to draw for his fourth nutes more Mr. Harding had her hare afterthree previous good runs! in his hand as stiff as a biscuit, which, in my humble opinion, is and much to his merit be it rea piece of folly far too absurd to corded (Good God! what should be requested, and far too culpa- I have thought years ago, when I ble in a Master of Hounds to gave every hare to my pack, of comply with on any account what recording such a thing to the meever.
rit of any body!), and, in strong The day's sport was an ex- opposition as it appeared to the tremely satisfactory, and also an wish of one currant-jelly amaexcessively indifferent, one. Our teur at least, threw her up to the first hare took at once into some jolly little Mountaineers, who, to large plantations, of course full of the credit of their appetites, took game, and nothing more could in no more time to discuss her than consequence be done with her ; if they had been a lot of the most the second then chose to take her ravenous for-hounds, from whose line to a small covert where a loins they must some time or heap of vermin-traps were set, other have sprung, however now and some three or four
mixed and crossed. hounds were caught, and nearly After witnessing the pleasing decapitated in them; and the finale, which, I am bound to say, third, though a good and stout took place in presence of not one
tithe of the field who had met us what I witnessed this day. Onein the morning, Mr. Yeatman and half of the field I have spoken of, myself made our bows, as I now consisting of at least serenty horsedo, to the “ Mountain Harriers" men, came to the place of appointand their master. I cannot, how- ment for the sole purpose of payever, quit the subject of the day's ing a compliment, and it was a sport without, in the first place, due and deserved one, to the man saying that I have seldom, if ever, who had for a series of years seen a better or more respecta- hunted the Down country most ble and numerous field turn out methodically and regularly, to with harriers. We had more than give satisfaction to the warmone ci-devant M. F. H. too to hearted and sincere “Mountain" brag of amongst the number; friends that he had in it; though, for, in addition to the late head of as it is well known, he had never the Blackmoor Vale, there was in the course of his sixteen years' Mr. Mules, not long ago the Mas- experience more than four or five ter of the Essex and Suffolk Bor- runs outright in it equal to those der Fox-hounds. Knowing no- which he has experienced in the thing of Mr. Mules as a M.F.H., Vale country in the course of one and being equally ignorant of his season ; it being the nature of the late pack, it is of course out of Down hare to run short, and my power to say anything re- cling to her hill-home and the specting him, save and except wild fastnesses that are known to that I heard him make, I thought, abound in those mountainous one or two very sensible remarks though most beautiful and pictuon the proceedings of the first resque regions. part of the day, and that his ap- Neither storm nor tempest, pearance is that of a sportsman, however, nor the certainty of a though, I should say, quite heavy long and solitary ride home of enough for the country he used twelve or fourteen miles in darkto hunt. I heard, by the way, in ness and discomfort, could in any the field, that he was again on the one instance either detain or deter look-out for a pack and a country him from keeping his appointto hunt them in: and if this be ment and doing his best to shew really the case, I fear he will find sport; and the tribute of respect but little difficulty in suiting him- and gratitude which I this day self; for, God knows, there are witnessed in the attendance of countries enough, and to spare, Mr. Yeatman's old allies was, I just now becoming vacant, that a repeat, most amply due to the man with a little capital of his recollections ofother days—as well own might convert into a perfect to the remembrance of the unriElysium !!
valled pack so widely celebrated, Nothing pleases me more at as to the science, perseverance, any time, and nothing at any time and urbanity of their master. ought to be a greater source of Before I quit Mr. Harding, I pleasure to mortal man, than to must beg him to accept, thus pubmeet an old friend: next to this I licly, my best thanks for his hosthink comes the pleasure of seeing pitable invitation, more than once old friends salute each other; and pressed on me, to his house, as here again I had a high treat in well as his very kind offer to