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other words, such is the blessed of Anne the informer was to result of doing away with the have half the penalty, even qualification! But if by any though he was implicated in the course of reason it can be chewn, offence. But the Justice and Lord as I much doubt, that it was right of the Manor had each the to get rid of the qualification, I of taking away from any unhave still to learn the propriety qualified person the game, his of sweeping away all those pro- dogs, nets, &c.—a very useful visions for the search, in the power, but which, as it is apprehouses of suspected persons, after hended, is extinct with the Act game, and the unlawful instru- which gave ments of its destruction.
The same Act subjected gameSeveral of the repealed Acts keepers selling game without prohibit killing hares with the consent or knowledge of snares, hare-pipes, and other the their Lords to punishment. I prelike engines. If this prohibi- sume this, as being part of the tion had been retained, and repealed Act, has ceased to be had been acted upon, (and every part of our law: although, now true sportsman must ardently the sale of game is rendered legal wish it had been, and extend- by persons having certificates, ed to interdict even the shoot- it would seem to have been essening of hares,) many of the Lon- tially necessary to preserve this don poulterers would have had clause in an improved shape. As a small supply of hares, and gamekeepershave from their situacould not, as some of them have tions particular facilities aflorded publicly during the present win- them of taking the game, perter, sold this species of perse- haps it would be still better that cuted game at six-pence per pound, gamekeepers never should be when the ordinary butcher's meat allowed to sell game. This is was selling at a higher price. But the improvement I would sugthen some of those Lordly pre- gest. servers, who find the sale of game I am aware it may be said that a very convenient addition to the the New Game Act is not chargecredit side of their banker's book, able with the offence of origimight have suffered in point of nating all the alterations I have profit with their partners-in- enumerated, when I have been irade, the poulterers. Pró Deum speaking of the clauses it has atque hominum fidem!
repealed, since some of those The fifth of Anne, another of clauses had been previously rethe repealed Acts, complains of pealed by former Acts: but, I the inefficiency of the laws “ for answer, that the New Act the better preservation of the brought the whole under revision, game"-" by reason of the multi- or affected to do so, and having tude of higiers, and other chap- for its object, professedly and men, which give great encourage- substantially, a new code founded ment to idle loose persons to fol- on new principles, the framers of low and destroy the game.” Do it were bound to consider the the present dealers in game give entire law, with all its variations no such encouragement as that at different periods; and whilst here pointed at? Under this Act they added that which they
deemed necessary, it was their that this so-much-vaunted Act is solemn duty to preserve to us all a failure, in assuming as its princithat was good of the old law. I ple that the sale of game was fear, however, the tale of the tub, or the universal remedy, the golden more properly its moral, was not elixir, the panacea, which, being in their recollection. I cannot duly administered, should for think, after all the preparation, ever cure that hydra-headed disall the discussion, and all the ease called poaching. boundless prodigality of hope If there be any cure for poachwhich was excited, that the repealing, it is not to be found in this of former excellent clauses ought plausible piece of quackery, which to have been concurred in, with with its accompaniments (doing no better argument in support of away with the landed qualificaof it, than that such repeal had tion, &c.) will add to the disease. been originated by former law. To speak in plainer language, if makers, who never were placed there be any cure for poaching, it in a similar situation. If they can only be found in giving steady had not the same difficulties to employment to the peasantry, contend with, they had not the and in improving their moral same
of surmounting condition. them, and were evidently not If the Legislature, yielding to proceeding upon the same prin- circumstances beyond its conciple as those who framed the troul, cannot effect these desirnew law.
able objects, it must, like a wise Before I quit this part of the physician, have recourse to palliasubject, allow me to remark, tives : it must tell the landlord that in the short time I have the wholesome but disagreeable been able to bestow upon the dif- truth, that he must be content to ferent Acts of Parliamentrepealed share the game with his tenant I may possibly have made some if his tenant be disposed to sport. mistakes, and been guilty of some If the sale of game be still perinaccuracies. I should likewise mitted, the tenant must be allowobserve, that I have never seen ed to sell what he kills on the the Parliamentary Report of the farm he occupies : but no other evidence before the Game Com- person must be permitted to sell mittee. I am, therefore, utterly who has not a landed qualificaignorant of the extent to which tion, not even the gamekeeper, that evidence confirms, or is at though he sells for his master, variance with, the view I take of and by his direction. the subject. Indeed nothing is Some of the clauses which have more remarkable than the silence been repealed should be restored: which has prevailed with respect and during six months in the to the working of the New Game year, namely from the last day in Act, and the little which is to be February to the first day of Sepgleaned from any public work tember, the hare must be protected on the subject.
from destruction if you will have Having thus considered the New any of that species of game left. Game Act in detail, I will trouble Theutter extirpation of the hare you with a few observations upon must be theinevitable consequence its principle. It seems to me of the law as it now stands.
I have shuddered at the sight the harrier is that the admirer of leverets hanging up in the of the greyhound is, no one will poulterers' shops in the months of doubt. That the fox-hunter is, July and August. If the present I think is equally clear. Let the Act exist two years longer, it will hare, the pheasant, the partridge, be many years before the mis- cease to be--and in this war of chief to the game can be remedied. extirpation under the New Game
I again with great sincerity as- Act they will soon cease to be sure you that I could have wish- and foxes will not long survive ed this matter to have been taken the destruction of the principal up by an abler
pen. My first let- source of their food. Even you, ter, published in your Number of Mr. Editor, are a party interested January, was written with no in the subject. With the utter other view. If it had effected failure of game, there will be the its object, I should have remained fall of sporting ; and your pubsilent. As it did not, I have lication, entertaining and valuatroubled you with my crude and ble as it is to all true lovers of hasty views, written at intervals the brush, the scut, and the trigamidst more serious avocations. ger, will cease to exist, instead of But I am in heart a Sportsman. possessing that influence which All Sportsmen are interested in it is my sincere wish it may long the subject. That the lover of retain.--Yours, &c. the trigger is that the keeper of
J. B. (b. v. b. v.)
SIR, ON receiving the entry some turf importance, is now no more.
twenty miles from the scene No bell is heard to call the pranof action, I was almost staggered cers to the post-no judge is seen at the presentation of such a miser- to give the important award. able list, and had almost deter- Why it is so I cannot tell, unless mined to decline paying the wor- our northern trainers, like too thies a visit ; but recollecting that many of the world, are more jeathere was virtue even in the lous of their nearest neighbours “ widow's mite," and the prospect and friends than of strangers, of meeting many old friends and and fear the exhibition in « the a few new faces (i. e. horses) on home department” may tell more Langton Wold, I recanted' my than they wish or desire: but on first determination. I know not this point they are the best judges, and cannot conceive why these and can give perhaps the best training grounds, with horses and
reason. All I wish is, that the every convenience at hand, should example of the Catterick Club fail to produce a tolerable Race may inspire them to emulate their Meeting: but such is the case. exertions to procure increased Middleham, where some years patronage, and prevent at least ago we had its Craven and Year. Malton from becoming a nonenling Stakes, Gold Cups, &c. &c. tity in the pages of our Racing in all the glorious circumstance of Calendars, and cause it to occupy double the space of increased in- came up and put the Maid in the teresting intelligence than it has rear, winning cleverly by a full of late years. Surely the Scotts, length. The winner is a fine Marsden, Perrin, &c. &c.'s sta- good sized colt. bles, if disposed, can save the The Filly Stake followed, and tottering fabric from its fall, and from an engaged party of only I sincerely trust they will do so. three, found but two to attend Does the season of their appoint. Mr. Watt's chesnut, by Blackment not suit? why then alter it; lock out of Muta, rode by Niand if it can be fixed in a warmer cholson, and Mr. Hudson's Vesta, portion of the year, I am sure no rode by young Marson, son to one will complain ; for the “pelt- Marson, the trainer of the latter. ing shower” and “ bitter blast” The conflict brought forth one of (and that too on Langton Wold is those singular events which we no joke) are very generally can only expect to see or hear of penalty placed upon the assem- about once in half a century. blage, from which all the influence On starting the Muta filly took of great coats, cloaks, &c. cannot a little of the front, though both avert, and but too little mitigate. kept well together, and on comWould not the autumn of the ing towards home a terrible struge year, when the brightest hopes gle ensued, which ended in a and fondest anticipations have dead heat. After some time the been blasted, and numerous proud ladies again came forth to go the hearts have condescended to go dance over again; and, however “a gleaning" for expenses, be a incredible it may appear, true it more propitious season? Is there is, that a repetition of the same any other cause that blights the movements
gone through, blossoms? why then join heart and the finish again declared by and hand to remove it, and in a the Judge to be another blank. word SAVE the Malton Meetings The Welham Cup, of which from a lingering and miserable we'll talk hereafter, was then run, death.
to give the two breathing time, THURSDAY.—The weather toler- and, after the decision of who ably fine, though dreadfully cold, should first “ fill the Goblet,” the and a thin attendance.
two fillies a third time came forth The Yearling Stake (the Cra- for the ambition of being declared ven not having filled) was the victor; for I think it could not be first exhibition, and brought out for the value of the Stake, which four fine young ones, as here enu. was paltry. Again they kept merated :
close company to the distance,
when Nicholson commenced miliMr. Bell's b. f. by Palme.
rin, d. by Fitz Teazle .....J. Marson, jun. tary punishment with great force, Wyndham....
Heseltine. and fairly tired and flogged his Maid of Lune .S. Templeman. adversary out of it at the close by Bubastes... ......... T. Nicholson.
half a length. Neither of the The Maid of Lune came away two may be very superior, yet tripping it sweetly, with a showy perhaps Vesta may be the best, carriage, until about half a dis- though the most unfortunate of the tance from home, when Bubastes two." Had a regular jock been VOL. VII.-SECOND SERIES.No. 38.
on her back, it is highly probable Scorton, the winner of the she might have run the Muta one Welham Cup yesterday, again out of it at the first if not the rode by Mr. Singleton, came out second heat. As it was, the Muta for a Match against Mr. M. blood streams of truth and good. Foulis on his own horse The ness, descended from the cele Dandy ; but Scorton in the race brated (and so long as blood in shewed the same pleasure as the peligree shall be prized), never Irishman's pig_" any way ubt to-be-forgotten MANDANE, out- the right one, your Honour !" and balanced in bottom the less pure so bolted, leaving The Dandy to blood even of Arbutus, Blucher, take the good things without unand Sir Peter.
ruffling himself. For the Welham Cup we had a A Maiden Plate of Fifty, heats, turn out of four cocktails, and as brought out five, all anxious to many Gentlemen jocks. They part with the obnoxious title of were, Mr. Bower's Scorton, rode virginity, and was won at three by Mr. Singleton; Mr. R. heats by Mr. W. Richardson's Bower's The Dutchman (Mr. chesnut colt by Comus, dam by Worsley), Mr. T. E. Dyson's Cerberus, rising 3 yrs old, rode The Emperor (Capt. Davidson), by Young Noble, a son of the and Mr. İ[ark Foulis mounted on late well-known rider Mark Noble, his own Patchwork. The Dutch- beating Mr. Dyson's b. c. by man made the fun until near home, Phantom, dam by Cerberus, rising when Mr. Singleton came up, 3 yrs, who won the second heat; gave him the “go-by," and won Mr. Hopkinson's gr. g. by Brucleverly. So ended the first day. tandorf, dam by Minos, rising 3
FRIDAY.-Weather, &c. much yrs; and two others—each heat the same as yesterday.
being won cleverly. When the The Cottage Stake commenced horses were mounted, and about the performance with four, I can't to start for the first heat, Mr. say cocktails, for one (or more) Hopkinson's gelding became was thorough-bred, but they were restive, and, after plunging and to have been regularly hunted rearing he fell backward over with fox-hounds, which upon the boy who rode him. doubt they had: and here we The poor fellow lay for some mihad the gratification of seeing Sir nutes without any signs of animaTatton Sykes (notwithstanding tion, but on procuring medical his former resolution) again assistance, which fortunately was mounted on a horse of his own, at hand, he came round, and, I by Dinmont out of Sister to believe, was quite recovered out Speaker ; Captain Thompson on of danger. his own Prosody, Mr. Singleton Thus closed our pleasures, dison Mr. R. Bower's The Roué, and appointments, and misfortunes at Captain Davidson on a horse of Malton; and now, until the York Capt. Ramsden's called Arling- Spring Meeting permit me to ton. Prosody took all the erer
subscribe myself, yours, &c. cise out of the rest and won the
ALFRED HIGIFLYER. race cleverly.
Malton, April 19, 1833.