How I Became A Sportsman; Being Early Reminiscences Of A Veteran Sportsman

Paperback | February 3, 2012

byPseud Avon

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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. 1882. Excerpt: ... CHAPTER X. FOX-HUNTING. "The sport of kings, the image of war, without its guilt, and only twenty-five per cent. of its danger." So says our old friend Jorrocks, and, by Jove, he is right: it is truly a kingly sport, and proud I am to see our own Prince of Wales (whom I have seen in the field more than once, and right well he goes, and appears to' enjoy it too), who will one day be king, take such an interest in it. I was once asked to shoot a fox. It happened in this way. I was shooting with a friend at--well, I won't mention the place, an out of the way one, where there were no fox-hounds, and foxes were not preserved. In the course of a day's covert shooting 1 caught sight of a fox crossing a ride, and could not resist the temptation of giving him a rattling "Tally ho!" "What was that?" said my host. "A fox." "Why the devil didn't you shoot him?" "Shoot him!" said I, horrified (I believe my hair. stood up more firmly than it did when I heard the owl); "shoot him! I would as soon think of shooting a baby." "Never mind," said he, "old David will have him before to-morrow." When I came down to breakfast next morning that fox's brush was lying on my plate, and a delighted smile (I thought it was a broad grin of the ugliest kind) upon everybody's face. I was not at all pleased; I thought it too bad a joke, and it took away my appetite. In my introduction I said, that these being reminiscences of my earliest experiences only, I should refrain from giving more than my first appearance with and entry to fox-hunting, that which is so well called par excellence " the noble science"; but I cannot after all quite so easily dispose of so important and engrossing a subject (if my pen runs away with me at any time I must beg the reader's pardon, and trust he will for...

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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. 1882. Excerpt: ... CHAPTER X. FOX-HUNTING. "The sport of kings, the image of war, without its guilt, and only twenty-five per cent. of its danger...

Format:PaperbackDimensions:50 pages, 9.69 × 7.44 × 0.1 inPublished:February 3, 2012Publisher:General Books LLCLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0217933106

ISBN - 13:9780217933100

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