Proceedings of the Dorset Natural History and Antiquarian Field Club Volume 24

Proceedings of the Dorset Natural History and Antiquarian Field Club Volume 24

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can usually download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1903 edition. Excerpt: ...runs was on December 19th, 1849, when a fox was found at Minterne and killed at Bridehead. The distance from point to point was about 15 miles, and the ground traversed by the hounds not less than 25 miles, done in two hours and a fraction. In 1843 no less than 174 foxes were killed by Mr. Farquharson's hounds and 31 driven to earth. In the 20 years he hunted the county (1837-1857) 2,688 foxes were killed and 6,244 driven to earth. When hard pressed, foxes will sometimes climb ivy-covered trees, such as those in Sherborne Park. A lot more might be written about foxes and foxhunting, but it would be beyond the scope of this paper. Quaint old Topsel, in his "History of the Wasp," 1608, writes thus: --"Raynard the fox, who is so full of his wiles and crafty shifting, lies in wait to betray wasps after this sort: The wily thief thrusteth his bushy tail into the wasps' nest, there holding it so long till he perceives it to be full of them, then, drawing it slily forth, he beatheth and smitheth his tail full of wasps against the next stone or tree, never resting so long as he seeth any of them alive; and, thus playing his fox-like parts many times together, at last he setteth upon their combs, devouring all he can find." Another old story of the fox is his method of catching crabs on the seashore. When Raynard sees a crab being washed up by a wave, he goes backward and turns the crab over with his brush. The crab clings to his brush, Raynard draws him away from the tide and makes a hearty meal without let or hindrance. Canis lupus, Wolf. The last British specimen was killed in Scotland by Sir E. Cameron in 1678. It was in Mr. Donovan's collection, which was sold in 1818. Certain place-names as Wolvertou, Wolvern Wootton, more

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  • United States
  • English
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  • 1236844947
  • 9781236844941