Country Life Illustrated Volume 3

Country Life Illustrated Volume 3

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1898 edition. Excerpt: ...and took hounds into Bentley Wood, and then out on the far side. The pack were now reduced to very slow hunling, and finally threw up just below High Cross House, and, although Mr. Brand cast them towards Little Horstead, Ihey could never speak I the line again. A great deal of country was now drawn blank; in fact, the M ister did not a second time succeed in fin.ling, so the word was at length given f r home. On Friday ihe meet was al Poyning's Cross Roads, and, although my horse was saddled and bridled in readiness for this fixture, I fairly turned tail at the last moment and declined to go. In mitigation of this confession of weakness, I may say that a biting northerly wind was driving before it clouds of snow, which it was scarcely fair to ask any horse to face. I was informed thai some half-dozen hardy riders did, however, turn up at the meet, and that their reward consisted of a few hours' hunling in the neighbouring woodlands. Point to point races and steeplechases are generally associated in one's mind with clouds of dust, ground too hard for comfortable jumping, and picnics in whicl. iced champagne and other cooling drinks play a prominent part. How different was the scene on Saturday, when the Southdown point to point races were held, for the weather was much the same as that of Friday, which I have alreadv described. The starling-place was near Clayton, the winning-post being in a seed-field close to Plump: on Church, while a turning li.ig was placed hard by the little village of Street. The first race on the card was that for lightweights; this event easily fell to Mr. E. Courage's Bill (ridden by Mr. J. Norris). This grand hunter could, I have little doubt, have done another four miles at the same pace without distressing himself. Mr...show more

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  • Paperback | 856 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 43mm | 1,497g
  • Rarebooksclub.com
  • Miami Fl, United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 123652456X
  • 9781236524560