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of course (from the cloud of presence in the hunting field in smoke) until within a few yards their ain dear land-(would that of home. We also saw a half- I could be there to see!) When mile race run in 53 seconds, that event does take place, the won by a country-bred mare, Members of the C. H. will be Francesca, ridden by her owner, left to mourn in sackcloth and whose bridle broke at starting ashes the absence of their “Chief,” and became useless. Her head and say with Shakspeare was kept straight with the whip, We ne'er shall look upon his like again. and the result was as I have The kennel is generally kept mentioned. It was the more ex- up to thirty couples, which is no traordinary, as in her previous more than is absolutely necessary races the mare had proved a dif- for hunting twice and sometimes ficult one to hold.

three days

a week in this country. The “Calcutta Subscription In some months the ground is Pack” has for the last three or unusually hard, and the number four years been exclusively and of hounds lamed considerable. entirely under the management In March too the sun is someof a Committee; and I feel that I what of the hottest after 9 am asserting the opinions of A.m., and in long runs late in the every Sporsman concerned, when morning hounds cannot be got I say, that had it not been for the home without a little “ grilling," exertions of the Hon. J. E-t, and its consequences. This year and W. N- -t, Esq., the esta- (1832) fewer deaths having ocblishment would have melted curred than usual. In 1831 sick

ness got into the kennel, and “ The baseless fabric of a vision,"

carried them off by twos and

threes, and sometimes more, in a “And left not a rack behind :"

a day; and a most truly melanno, nor a manger, or trough, or choly sight it was to witness in kennel, to shew where a “pack” this country, where they are not had been. It only remains for us to be replaced. The disease in to "render honour where honour every case was accompanied by a is due,” and record our grateful violent palpitation of the heart: sense of these Gentlemen's endea- few escaped, and it was only vors to preventing such a melan- checked by separating the pack. choly catastrophe. The pack is However, if I were to attempt to hunted by the first-named Mem- explain the different appearances ber of the Committee, and all of the disease, the supposed eulogiums of mine must fall far causes, the advised remedies, and short of doing meet justice to his the various and sage opinions deexcellences. However, it is say- livered, amounting to ing something to assert, that your thousands, they would fill your worthy Correspondent of other Magazine instead of a few pages days, Nim NORTH, would have of it, and excite no interest. I no occasion to alter his opinion will merely hint that we none of this Gentleman's perform- of us know much about it, and ances; and I trust it may not be that hounds will continue to die, long ere he has an opportunity and the climate continue to be of putting what I say to the abused, and every sort of food in proof, by Again halling Mr. Ei'e its turn continue to be reprou

away like

some

son

bated, without our growing one

From the storms of this life,

And the whirlwinds of strife, jot the wiser. If we must hunt

At length thy brave spirit is free: (and we must and will), we Not soen in the chase must pay for it: and grown-up

For courage or pace

Shall we look on another like thee ! hounds coming from a country like England are not prepared to The sport during the last searelish a country like India, and was throughout unprececonsequently take themselves off dently good; several of the runs to an “ undiscovered country,"

first-rate, with fields generally more congenial to them, where consisting of from forty to sixty the climate is good, the troughs pinks; but those with the Huntfull, and whipcord scarce

. How- collar' (light blue), I regret to ever from observation I may as

say, scarcely ever exceeded in sert, that hounds bred in India number twenty-five-the rest in all respects thrive better than being visitors and military men those imported. Those too I have from the neighbouring cantonseen have not degenerated much, ments at Barrackpore and Dumat least are perfectly fit for all the Dum. It would be a vain atpurposes of hunting in India:- tempt to mention all who excelled, the difficulty is to bring them to for most were good ; and I heard maturity.

a Gentleman (of many years One of the most lamented standing as a Member of the deaths in the Calcutta kennel Hunt, and who is certainly well this year was that of a hound qualified to discriminate between called Hurricane, who had been the good, bad, and indifferent distinguished on every occasion styles of performances in the as one gifted with uncommon field) declare, that he never regoodness. Lord Nelson and membered to have seen fields betGeneral Wolfe expired in the ter mounted, and better riding arms of victory, and not less so altogether, than he had witnessed did poor Hurricane breathe his in the last two seasons." Many last, a few short hours after one

ride imported English cattleof the best runs of the season, in

some being compelled to do so which he pre-eminently signalized by their weight; but for men who himself, and he fell asleep in the

can ride about 11 stone or so, there glorious consciousness of having are no horses for honesty and done his duty. The following bottom like the Arabs. Countrydoggrel impromptu, written by bred cattle are much improved of a mourning admirer of the de- late years, and are, I confess, favoceased, is to be engraven upon his rites of mine as hunters, having all monument, which, it is said, will the height and length of English be furnished by Mr. Chantrey. cattle, and being very often better

bred.
« Oh shed a tear upon his grave,

I cannot do better than wind
For he was very good.”
Auld Robin Gray.

up with an account of one of the

“ good things” served out to the To his fathers at last,

Hunt during last season-on the On the wings of the blast,

morning of the 26th of March Brave Hurricane's spirit is borne ; 1832. I grieve to say I was un

Tho' the gales to his mind
Were a southerly wind,

avoidably absent; but I quote And the clear thrilling biast of the horn, from a letter received from one

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who took a very prominent part course availing themselves of the in the business. The Hunt was turns. The damage done was driven in from their regular meet one horse broke a fore leg, one on the Saturday preceding by a very nearly drowned in the nulperfect deluge of rain, and were lah (stream), many lamed, &c. dispersed, and nearly drowned, The Gourypore ditch (a wellbefore they reached shelter. We known yawner) was in the run, were resolved to be revenged and was speedily filled with Genon the weather for this trick; tlemen and their horses. Very and a fixture for the Monday few got over, most of the horses morning following was appointed. being by this time pretty well We met at Dum Dum (the best blown.

blown. The pack did their work country), and found an old ac- beautifully—no tailing, and runquaintance, who had escaped with ning like a flock of sheep throughhis life in the early part of the out, with a head of four or five season, ready to oblige us again. abreast. They ran from scent to He broke immediately; and all I view, and killed in the open!!" have to add is, that I never saw

This is a damnable country, hounds in the country go so fast Mr. Editor; but if one thing more for so many miles. We were ex- than another helps to keep us actly forty-five minutes by watch, alive in it, it is the enjoyment of of which there was not a second days like these, and the prospect to spare, and indeed, after all, the of many more such in our hounds had the foot of us; for ther Land.” I must, however, I do believe, had there not been a

not take

up more of your valuacheck of about two minutes, that ble time, and conclude by obthey would have dropped the serving, that should this be deemwhole field! The country being ed worthy of insertion in THE deep and the ditches wide and Sporting Magazine I shall be full of water, the bellows and the strangely tempted ever and anon jumping capabilities of the nags to let you bear again of me, with were both put to the trial. Five a promise to try and make future men, who arrived rather late, saw communications less long and us find, and rode to catch us, but more amusing, if I can. during the forty-five minutes

WHO-WHOOP, could not gain a yard, though of India, July 1832.

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THE TROUT.
Painted and Engraved by Smith.

“Genus Salmo-Hcad compressed, smooth ; tongue cartilaginous; teeth both in the

jaws and on the tongue; gill-membrane from 4 to 10 rayed; body compressed, fur. nished at the hind part with an adipose fin.-S. Fario.”-Dr. Suaw.

THE Trout is one of our most pends on the nature of the water from

sporting and delicious fish, and which it is taken, as in small mounvery beautiful in its appearance when tain streams they begin to shew their in prime season, which generally is bright colours earlier than they do in about the end of June; but this.de- heavier waters. When the crimson VOL. VII. - SECOND SERIES.No. 37.

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