The New Sporting Almanack; A Manual of Instruction and Amusement

The New Sporting Almanack; A Manual of Instruction and Amusement

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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. 1845-01-01 edition. Excerpt: ...is not what is termed a sporting farmer. With him pleasure never interferes with business, and he is ever ready to assist in anything conducive to the interests of the farmer or the labourer. Yet he can find time for a little shooting; and as he beats his own stubbles, he looks with pride and exultation, homewards, at the well rilled rick-yard; and, as he is a good rider, and much respected by his brother sportsmen, he can generally sell his nags at good prices Long may we continue neighbours, and long may it be before we see this class extinct. A ten miles ride with such a companion must be a treat. Farming--politics--sporting--all form the topic of conversation. Every farmer he passes or meets (and there is a goodly display of tops and drab great coats on the road this morning) has a nod or a remark. He has an anecdote respecting most of them; and scarcely a field do we pass within five miles of his house but is the subject of some sporting lore. On reaching the town we see blue placards (blue is our colour here) stuck up announcing the different prizes, and also that there will be an ordinary at the George at three o'clock, and the bells from the old ivycovered tower ring out a merry peal. The George is the Farmer's inn, and of course the muster is here. The ground has been staked out, and the teams have gone forward. The ploughing takes place in a field belonging to the " Father of the Society," who not only is the largest subscriber to the funds, but who is respected by every body in the neighbourhood. The ploughing is divided into classes, three teams in each, with and without wheels, drivers or no drivers, horses abreast or in length. The ploughs are fixed, the men take their places, and at nine the word is given and they...show more

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  • Paperback | 52 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 3mm | 109g
  • Rarebooksclub.com
  • Miami Fl, United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236595424
  • 9781236595423