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The Fife Hounds are kept by him in Bambreich, where he was subscription, are one of the old- viewed away. Went up to the est established packs of fox- large covert of Glenduckie, where hounds in Scotland, and are at he never hung an instant, but took present hunted by John Walker, right through and across the vale late huntsman to the Earl of to Kinnaird, through it, and Kintore, when his Lordship across the Newburgh road and hunted in the Vale of White Inchrye Park to Woodmill, where Horse. Their country, lying he tried the earths; then turning very wide, is hunted from three to the right he pointed straight different kennels, atCupar, Bridge for the great covert of Rossie, of Ern, and Torry. This pack, but, being headed, turned down which consists of thirty-five by the Black Loch; then over the couple of hunting hounds, can hill to the right nearly to Hattonboast of some of the best blood hill, and, making a wide ring by in England, having, besides their Pitcairlie, came into the large own old blood, that from Lord wood of Rossie at the north corYarborough's, Sir T. Sykes, Lord ner :-one hour and twenty Kintore, Duke of Beaufort, Sir minutes from the time he was R. Sutton, Mr. Lambton, Sir R. viewed away. Notwithstanding Puleston, Mr. Nicholl, and the the size of this covert and the Duke of Buccleuch. Their sport badness of the scent at this time, generally this season has been very they hunted their fox most beautigood, but since the beginning of fully right through, but were February, it has been first-rate. obliged to be stopped when As your limits, however, will pro- going away apparently for bably not admit of more, I merely Woodmill, it being so late and send
you the account of the last horses all dead beat. three weeks.
February 28th.--Met at Stravi. February 25th.—Met at Bal- thy. Found in the gorse, and dastard. Found immediately, and went away through the old wood went away through Balhousie, for Kinglassie, where, being across the turnpike road, and over headed, he turned back through the inclosures pointing towards Stravithy, and away over the fine the village of Gilston, where he grass inclosures by Tosh and turned to the left, and bending Kinaldy Den to Lathockar, where round by the back of Teases they ran in to him :--one hour, house, he turned down through very best pace. Greenside, and, being dead beat, March 2d.-Met at Leslie, made an attempt to reach the where a leash of foxes were soon earths at Clatto, which being shut on foot, and after some delay got against him, he was run in to in away with one that had been gone gallant style in fifty minutes with- some little time.
Carried it on, out a check.
however, at a good hunting pace February 26th.-Met at Fernie through that strongly inclosed Castle. Unfortunately chopped country by Pitteuchar farm, and a fox in the strong gorse covert across the Lochty Water, by Straat Woodmill. Got upon the drag thore, and into Inchdairnie Wood. of a fox at Kinnaird, that had Here the hounds got on capital been disturbed, Came up with terms with their fox, who broke Rossie country.
away through Inchdairnie Park, ven. Found in a beautiful new and went a tremendous pace up covert, and had fifty minutes best those fine grass fields nearly to pace and nearly straight over a Leslie Park, where he turned to beautiful flat country, and ran to the left and took straight across a drain at Orchil, near Ardoch: that wild grass country pointing bolted him and killed him in a to Loch Leven, where the hounds few minutes. running from scent to view were
March 141h.-Met at Fingask, just turning him up, when he where they did not find, but got turned short into the garden at the farm-house of Balbedie, and upon the drag of a fox in the hills, tumbled into a well with a hound
and hunted up to him in a beautiat his brush:-one hour and forty- went away in gallant style, and,
ful patch of gorse, from which he five minutes ; the last forty after affording a capital run of an minutes from Inchdairnię being hour and twenty minutes, was run típ-top pace.
in to in a small covert in the low March 711.—Met at Rossie
, Priory. Found immediately in
March 15th.-Met at Dupplin. the gorse, went away over the A beautiful find by the lake, and hill, through Stockmoor, over
a capital woodland run of an hour, Halyburton hill, and set his head straight for the low country, and nutes racing pace along the rides.
and killed--the first fifteen mi. leaving Lintrose on his right he crossed the Coupar-Angus road
March 16th.-Met at Freeland. near the turnpike, went right Did not find till we got to Kippen through Lord Willoughby's Wood, when a brace were immewoods, turned to the left over diately on foot. Got well away the open moor, and right into the with one of them, who took inclosed country again, and killed through Keltie Wood and along him at Parkhead, near Stobhall:- the side of the hill to Craigrossie, one hour and thirty-five minutes, where there are rocks which canand fully fourteen miles from not be stopped: being too hot, howpoint to point. This was one of ever, to go in, he came down again, the finest runs ever seen in that and was viewed over the shoulcountry.
der of the hill. He then took March 9th.--Met at Milnathort. right into the hills, and, after going Found there ; made one ring
over an immense tract of hill in the covert, and went away for country, he turned away to his Damhead, which he skirted, and right for the low country again, then endeavored to make Burn
and was run in to at Kincardine side, but the pace was too much Castle, after a splendid run of one for him, and they burst him after hour and forty minutes. twenty-five minutes racing in the I am, Sir, yours, &c. open. -Did not find again this
A SUBSCRIBER. day. March 12th. Met at Aberuth
Torry Kennel, March 26, 1833.
THE NEW GAME ACT,
( Continued from our last Volume, p. 427.) BIR,
Now proceed to offer some cleverly managed as they might I further remarks
upon this be, are not open to the same Act of Parliament.
objections. The thirty-seventh section gives The fortieth section gives ra. the penalties inflicted for offences ther an arbitrary power to the against the Act to the overseers, Justice to summon witnesses &c., to be paid over by them for « as the case may require." I the use of the general county suppose this section was intended rate. If Gentlemen were the to give effect to the thirtieth, only persons laying informations, which, it will be recollected, in this would be very intelligible: flicts penalties upon persons tresit removes imputation, and passing in pursuit of game. might thus induce them to come When in my last letter I spoke forward. But as Gentlemen are of the thirtieth section, I omitted the last persons likely to come a remark suggesting itself by the in contact with poachers, and as preamble, as the lawyers term it. Gentlemen are by no means fond “ And whereas, after the comeither of the trouble or the mencement of this Act, game odium arising from laying infor- will become an article which may mations, it is rather absurd to be legally bought and sold." if legislate with a view to their these words anything, feelings on this point. It is ob- they import that game is from vious, that persons who fill a the commencement of the Act much more humble situation, to become property, and, consistand who from their habits and ently with this view, it is prooccupations are more likely to tected even before it is taken. fall in with poachers, must have But if game is property, why is some tangible reward, if they are it not to be protected like other expected to take upon themselves property—at least other property the disagreeable office of, and equally exposed to plunder? personal risk attendant upon, lay- Let those who say it is property ing informations. Some of the answer the question. If it is to old Acts gave half the penalty be protected like other property, to the informer. "I do not see why is not the stealing it, poachany satisfactory reason why he ing being substantially a theft, should not have the whole, when to be punished in the same way the poacher is able and willing as stealing sheep, horses, &c., or to pay it. In the second of George any other property left in the the Third, the whole penalty was open fields in the ordinary course given to the informer, which was of human affairs ? five pounds on each bird. The I should likewise revert to the mode in which the New Act deals observations in my last letter with penalties savours much of upon the seventh and the eleventh the puerile. I speak with more sections. It will be recollected immediate reference to the penal- that I deprecated those sections, ties for poaching: those for tres- because they exclude the tenant passing, though not quite so from sporting over the farm he
rents. I suggested, as a remedy, that they may become interested the doing away with this exclu- in the preservation of the game: sion-in other words, permitting so that they, their workmen, lathe farmer to sport over the pro- bourers, &c., may be so many perty he cultivates. Of course I gamekeepers and preservers. meant he should take out his Whilst the peasantry are led, certificate; but this the tax-ga- almost driven, by the sad state therer will look after.
of things to poach, you must fearful, that I expressed myself avail yourself of the only powerin a manner which may lead to ful check within your reach ; and some misapprehension. I allude as a palliative to that which you to the apparent confidence with cannot cure, you must interest which I announced my sugges- the farmer to counteract the eftion as a remedy, and the unqua- fort of the poacher. This is lified manner in which I spoke worth a thousand penalties, of it. I ought to have spoken of which in so many years will not it as a remedy with reference to (so far as they are to be wrung the existing and unfortunate state from poachers) add so many farof the peasantry.
things to the county rate, these As poaching results from want persons being generally too poor of regular employment, and from to pay the penalty, or preferring a detect in the moral condition a short incarceration at the pubof the peasant, it is obvious that lic cost to the parting with their there would in a happier state of money, and the generality of circumstances be another and their neighbours having scarcely still better remedy, one of a an earthly motive under these much higher nature, than that I circumstances to appear against have suggested. If steady em- them. It may possibly be supployment could be given to the posed that I belong to the class rustic, and his moral condition of farmers, and am, therefore, could be effectively improved, interested in contending, as I do, neither his necessity nor his in- that each tenant should be allowed clination would lead him to steal, to sport over the farm he occuin other words to poach. But, pies: I admit I am deeply inin the present state of things, as terested in supporting this propothe law-maker cannot find em- sition: but, thanks to a kind ployment, nor at once materially Providence! it is not in the chaimprove the moral condition of racter of a tenant, but in that of the rustic poor, I tacitly assumed a landlord. I am deeply intethat a law for such
sportsman-as a would be useless, or but of slow sportsman who loves the thing operation.
for itself, who feels a pleasure in In the meantime it only re- giving the game he kills, but who mained to counteract and con- would think himself degraded troul, or, if you like it better, to by selling it. palliate the evil. The best re- Another letter will conclude medy of this description ap- my remarks on the New Act. peared to me to be that I have
I am, Sir, yours, &c. suggested-to permit the farmers to sport over their own farms, so
J. B. (1. v.b.v.)
THE genial return of Spring 66 Time has not thinn'd my flowing hair"
having put me in mind of for many years yet to come, my favorite amusement, angling, giving us, of course, from time to I will, with your permission, have time his reminiscences in the a little palaver with you and your sporting way; readers' on the advantages and sporting way,
But “ hark back!” I am babdisadvantages of mill-stream
bling like a brook, and quite forfishing. I remember in early life, when Fishing” 'In later life my wish
getting my text, “ Mill-stream my piscatory practices were for such sport has been amply mostly confined to the vicinity of a large town and to a navigable gratified; and in various streams river, how I aspired after the Essex, Suffolk, Norfolk, &c. I
in Berkshire, Cambridgeshire, snug privacy and marvellous good have frequently had unbounded sport which I pictured to myself success, and from my heart have as being pretty certain in the re- pitied the waiters for nibbles in mote and quiet mill-river, where either quite alone, or with one
metropolitan waters. cherished friend, I might pull turbed by the frequent-passing
In the lone mill-river, undisa out the scaly tribes to my heart's
barge, and the vociferous abomicontent.
nations of the attendants thereon, My yearnings were after such
you may quietly pursue your an out-of-the-way stream JAQUES speaks of so enthusiastic sport, and in the midst of a beau
tiful country, cally in your last Number, in his anecdote“ La Mcre aux Loups ;”
" Look through Nature up to Nature's where I might become a preceptor to the finny people, teaching But before your visit to the millthem the impropriety of biting at stream-of course presuming that a bungler's bait, and bringing you have leave, otherwise you bem them up in the way they should go. come a trespasser-it would be I am half inclined to wish a well, if possible, to ascertain the score of additional years to your habits of the millers in the stream friend Jaques, that he might as to their neighbours the fishes; “ discourse by the hour of streams for some of them are worse than and fishes,” provided he would otters. If you find that they care print it in The Magazine ; for but little about fish except for an that little snatch of his in the in- occasional fry, either taken by the troduction to his wolf story is to angle, or even caught in a castme worth all the rest. However, net, you may expect capital sport, having fallen rather into the provided the water is tolerably sere and yellow leaf” myself, I well preserved in the neighbourwithdraw my seemingly ill-na- hood. tured wish of old age to him, and, The difference of millers in this instead, fervently hope that he respect is curious: you will find may yet enjoy many a good batch some of them so perfectly indifof angling, and sing
ferent about fish and fishing, as