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one of three first-rate ones, which he had purchased of Mr. Richard Gurney for one thousand guineas.
“Generally speaking Lord Moreton is remarkable for riding slow at his fences, which all good judges--heavy weights in particular-do and ought to do. As may be supposed, he rides what are called "great slapping horses,' with as much blood as he can get them. His lordship's best horse at present is one called Bittern, and his history is worth notice. He was a determined run-away ; bought by his present owner as such, and at a corresponding price. The first time he rode him with hounds he ran away with him for forty-five minutes, but did not give him a fall. Finding it no joke to run away with fifteen stone, he never repeated the experiment."
And here again is another “rum-un” his lordship it appears went equally well on :
" One of the most extraordinary animals perhaps ever heard of to earry a fast man of high weight, is a chesnut mare Lord Moreton rode for many seasons. In the first place no person knows how she is bred, and in the next her appearance is most plebeian. The owner told me he never tired her; and I was informed in another quarter that he was the only man in the field who cleared a stiff paled fence and ditch on this mare, towards the close of a run. I myself, indeed, saw one most difficult fence that she carried his lordship over, out of a road. It was a stone stile approached by four steps."
It was not, however, merely when hounds were going well that Lord Moreton thought of them, as hark to Nimrod again :
“No man ever made himself signal as a sportsman unless his heart and soul were in the pursuit ; and how far Lord Moreton's zeal carried him may be estimated by the following fact. During a session in which he sat in the House--but he soon cried enough' of that-he was in the habit of travelling all night from London, and often returning after hunting to be present at a division.* And how did he travel In a comfortable travelling carriage, four posters, &c. ? Not he, in troth ; but in a gig, with relays of horses on the road."
In these railway double quick times many may do what few could as Lord Ducie then did it, and we do not wonder at his even tiring. The practice, however, led to a performance that may find especial favour in the eyes of the gallant challenger who just now is backing a certain young lady to do so many wonderful things--killing her fox amongst them. His lordship's feat was this :
“He made a bet-and won it—that he would one day (i.e., within twenty-fours) kill two brace of partridges with his gun ; å fox with his hounds ; and divide in the House of Commons."
And, side by side with this, we have chronicled an equally severe succession of work :
u Then his ride to Melton, to see a mare belonging to Mr. Thomlin, that sporting Leicestershire grazier, who would be called an esquire in Wales. He was only two days about it, taking his chance of posthorses, seeing a run with Lord Lonsdale into the bargain, and I believe staking the mare."
So far we have seen Lord Ducie only in the field or the stable, but
* It was when on canvass for his seat that the then Honourable Mr. Moreton encountered the celebrated sweep, who “Can't vote for you, 'cos I hunts with the Duke."
he ranks equally high in the kennel ; and his style of hound was generally allowed to be famously adapted for the country he hunted. Nimrod thus describes them a year or two before they were lent, and ultimately given, to Lord Henry Bentinck :
“ His lordship told me I should find them a rough-and-ready lot ; and why not ? Roughness is one of the characteristics of the fox-hound
- pitiless and rough' should he be, as Shakspeare says of the wolfdog; if ready' when wanted—nothing niore is required. My opinion, however, of Lord Moreton's hounds is this--they are powerful to a degree not often seen ; as I said of Jubilee's litter, they are exuberant in muscle, and especially so in their thighs and stifles, which they ought to be to enable them to stand the severe work they must have in such constant travelling. With all there power their is no lumber—their condition sufficiently good, and generally so sizeable, that amongst the dog honds, with the exception of President, I think I could not have pointed out one half an inch higher or lower than his neighbour.”
“As a huntsman," writes another correspondent, who had ample opportunity of judging, “ Lord Ducie was always with his hounds, and could perhaps get them away from covert and kill his fox in as quick and fine style as any man in England." We think we might stop here, but "
our own commissioner," as Nimrod would have been styled in these times, could not forbear just hinting a bit of prophecy that has since been amply fulfilled
“ Lord Moreton's taste in country amusements is not confined to fox-hunting ; he is a great agriculturist, and is often in the chair at the Gloucester Agricultural Society. In fact, some of his friends feel alarni, lest the charms of a pastoral life may not at length prevail to the relinquishment of the hounds; inasmuch as, say they, he will now give one hundred and fifty guineas for a bull calf, and not more than a hundred for a hunter.
And, alas! these sad forebodings are all realized ; the charms of the pastoral life have prevailed. Mr. Smart and his clippers have gone their
ways, and Mr. Strafford and the shorthorns reign in their stead.
JURYMAN'S APOLOGY FOR “FAIR PLAY IS A JEWEL!'!
“ Juryman" presents his compliments to the Editor of the “Sporting Magazine," and is very sorry to hear that an article, written by him in the last month's number of that periodical, and entitled “Fair Play is
Jewel," has given great offence to parties who consider themselves alluded to, and are aggrieved by the language of that article. In
consequence whereof “ Juryman" hereby begs to express his extreme regret that such article should have been published, and that, when published, it should be considered defamatory rather than imaginary, which it was intended to be. He is also especially sorry that it should have wounded the feelings of any one ; and, moreover, if such explanation be not deemed sufficient, he is ready and anxious to assert through the medium of this journal, or the public papers, that every statement contained in the aforesaid article is in fact “ imaginary," and has his unqualified retractation,