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Página 44 - A fig for the Whissendine,' cries Lord Gardner; ' I am on the best water-jumper in my stable.' The prophecy turns up. Having skirted Ranksborough gorse the villain has nowhere to stop short of Woodwell-head cover, which he is pointing for ; and in ten minutes, or less, the brook appears in view. It is even with its banks, and, as ' Smooth glides the water where the brook is deep,' its deepness was pretty certain to be fathomed.
Página 221 - On the turf, however, as on the field, our gentlemen 'delighting in horses' have, from old time, been forward to exhibit their prowess, ' Smit with the love of the Laconic boot, The cap and wig succinct, the silken suit ; ' though we take it that it was not until the Bibury and Kingscote meetings that gentleman-jockeyship arrived at perfection in England. it is beyond a doubt that there were...
Página 46 - Englishmen in the hunting field, but very peculiar to himself, got within three fields of the end of this brilliant run. The fall was all but a certainty; for it was the third stiff timber-fence that had unfortunately opposed him, after his horse's wind had been pumped out by the pace; but he was too good to refuse them, and his horse knew better than to do so.
Página 53 - Covers,' he writes next day to some friend in his remote western province, ' were laid for eight, the favourite number of our late King ; and perhaps his Majesty never sat down to a better-dressed dinner in his life. To my surprise, the subject of fox-hunting was named but once during the evening, and that was when an order was given that a servant might be sent to inquire after a gentleman who had had a...
Página 58 - It ain't ! I tell you," says the cad; "it's the Comet, and you must be as quick as lightning." Nolens volens, the remonstrating old gentleman is shoved into the Comet, by a cad at each elbow, having been three times assured his luggage is in the hind boot, and twice three times denied, having ocular demonstration of the fact.
Página 39 - At this interesting period, a Snob, -)- just arrived from a very rural country, and unknown to any one, but determined to witness the start, gets into a conspicuous situation :
Página 109 - BDC,' or Benson Driving Club, which now holds its rendezvous at the ' Black Dog,' Bedfont, is the only survivor of those numerous driving associations whose processions used, some twenty years ago, to be among the most imposing, as well as peculiar, spectacles in and about the metropolis. The fashion, however, was not one of venerable standing among us, — gentlemen-coachmen not having been known in England for more than about half a century. We believe we ourselves remember the Anglo-Ericthonius...
Página 42 - ... equally well, though the former have rather the best of it, owing to having had the inside of the hounds at the last two turns, which must be placed to the chapter of accidents. A short way in the rear, by no means too much so to enjoy this brilliant run, are the rest of the...
Página 49 - Woolwell-head, evidently his point from the first; the pack pulling him* 'down in the middle of a large grass field, every hound but one at his brush. Jack Stevens with him in his hands would be a subject worthy of Edwin Landseer himself: a black-thorn, which has laid hold of his cheek, has besmeared his upper garments with blood, and one side of his. head and cap are cased in mud, by a fall he has had in a lane, his horse having alighted in the ruts from a high flight of rails; but he has ridden...
Página 161 - Of the comparative good and bad temper of race-horses, the dramatist thus speaks : — ' The majority of them are playful, but their gambols are dangerous to the timid or unskilful. They are all easily and suddenly alarmed, when anything they do not understand forcibly catches their attention ; and they are then to be feared by the bad horseman, and carefully guarded against by the 'good. Very serious accidents have happened to the best. But, besides their general disposition to playfulness, there...