Fox-hound, Forest, and Prairie

Paperback | February 1, 2012

byEdward Pennell Elmhirst

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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. 1892. Excerpt: ... A LEICESTERSHIRE SEASON, 1882-1883. WET AND WONDERFUL. OCTOBER BEFORE THE WIRE. Kneedeep everywhere in grass--its hedges gigantic and dark--its ditches vague as the future and deep as destiny--Leicestershire wakes into life, in a month that knows no frost, no crowd, no toilette, but only a six months' vista of sport and hearty exercise. Fox hunting on the flags may have summer charms--to a few. Fewer still, beyond Masters, huntsmen, and specials, will made an occupation of it. Long pedigrees and straight legs, fashion and symmetry--all sink into insignificance against fling and drive, tongue and staunchness. The dash of the foxhound in the open, his rush through strong covert, and the force with which he strikes the keynote of a stirring chorus, are better a hundred times than the most seductive of kennel-parades. The one is action and life; the other little more than a reverie--a study of interest, perhaps--but owing its main attraction to association, memory, and hope. But, whether we have looked at hounds through the summer or not, whether we have worked or idled, whether we have been playing the Sybarite in London or the active rustic in our own hay field, whether in recent weeks our limbs and lungs have been stretched over the heather, or cramped in a gloomy office till partners should return from their holiday and our own turn come--we all revel heartily in the first fresh morning in the saddle, rise to enthusiam as again we hear a foxhound, and welcome greedily any little scrap of sport that may be dealt out to us. Hunting men seldom find themselves entirely out of exercise. The chances are they have been brought up on fresh air and outdoor work, and they find they cannot exist without them. So they are not likely to appear at the covertside in a c...

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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. 1892. Excerpt: ... A LEICESTERSHIRE SEASON, 1882-1883. WET AND WONDERFUL. OCTOBER BEFORE THE WIRE. Kneedeep everywhere in grass--its hedges gigan...

Format:PaperbackDimensions:186 pages, 9.69 × 7.44 × 0.4 inPublished:February 1, 2012Publisher:General Books LLCLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0217835643

ISBN - 13:9780217835640

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