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BLACKWOOD'S EDINBURGH MAGAZINE.

No. CLXVIII.

JULY, 1830.

Vol. XXVIII.

BEAR-HUNTING,*

All men who are eloquent on the ere long the creatures would be alcruelty of hunting, beat their wives. most incapable of locomotion, and That is a general rule, admitting of would absolutely die of fat—the most no exceptions. There is another. cruel death in all the catalogue. All men who stammer on the cruelty Therefore, let Sir John Brute and of hunting, are beaten by their wives. Jerry Sneak henceforth—on the subFortunately these classes are not nu- ject of hunting—belong to the dumb merous, otherwise we should be a animals. cock-pecked and hen-pecked gene Lion-hunting and tiger-hunting are ration. Humanity, in the long run, merely cat-hunting on a considerably rejoices in pursuing unto the death, larger scale ;-Wolf-hunting and foxon foot or horseback, lions, tigers, hunting are the same modified by clibears, wolves, hyenas, foxes, marts, mate ;-of mart and hare-hunting, and hares. Were you to talk to him- more hereafter ;-but of bear-huntself of the cruelty of killing a lion, ing it is now our intention to speak, he would stun you with a roar of de- under the guidance and direction of rision—to a tiger, his stripes would our sporting friend Mr Lloyd, who wax blacker and brighter in contempt was born under Ursa Major, and -to a bear, he would hug you to does credit to the celestial sign of his heart, as the choicest of all ima- Bruin. ginable ninnies—to a wolf, he would The passion of the chase is strong suspect you of being a man-trap- in Mr Lloyd's constitution. It seems to a hyena, he would laugh in your for years to have been his ruling pasface-to a fox, he would give you sion, and to have made him a perfect such a brush as you never had in model of perpetual motion. But like your life-to a mart, he would look all other passions, ruling or ruled, it so sweet upon you that you would be can be thrown off ad libitum by a scented like a milliner-to a hare, he strong-bodied, strong-minded man. would prick up his ears in vain emu- All of them, we hold, are in our lation of the length of your own, and own power, and at our own disposal. wonder to see an ass among the True, that while they are at their Bipeds. They all perfectly well know acme they hurry us away like whirlthat they were made to be hunted- winds. But then they are whirlwinds that they are provided, to fit them for of our own raising, and we are still that end, with certain organs and the magicians who can either allay members, which otherwise would be, the storm, or leap out of it, down comparatively speaking, of little or upon the soft calm green of tr

quilno use, and would get so rusty, that lity and peace. Take ambition. You

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* Field Sports of the North of Europe, comprised in a Personal Narrative of a Residence in Sweden and Norway, in the Years 1827-8. By L. Lloyd, Esq. London. Colburn and Bentley, 1830. Two Vols.

VOL. XXVIII. NO. CLXVIII.

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All men who are eloquent on the ere long the creatures would be alcruelty of hunting, beat their wives. most incapable of locomotion, and That is a general rule, admitting of would absolutely die of fat—the most no exceptions. There is another. cruel death in all the catalogue. All men who stammer on the cruelty Therefore, let Sir John Brute and of hunting, are beaten by their wives. Jerry Sneak henceforth-on the subFortunately these classes are not nu- ject of hunting—belong to the dumb merous, otherwise we should be a animals. cock-pecked and hen-pecked gene Lion-hunting and tiger-hunting are ration. Humanity, in the long run, merely cat-hunting on a considerably rejoices in pursuing unto the death, larger scale ;-wolf-hunting and foxon foot or horseback, lions, tigers, hunting are the same modified by clibears, wolves, hyenas, foxes, marts, mate; -of mart and hare-hunting, and hares. Were you to talk to him more hereafter;-but of bear-huntself of the cruelty of killing a lion, ing it is now our intention to speak, he would stun you with a roar of de- under the guidance and direction of rision—to a tiger, his stripes would our sporting friend Mr Lloyd, who wax blacker and brighter in contempt was born under Ursa Major, and --to a bear, he would hug you to does credit to the celestial sign of his heart, as the choicest of all inna- Bruin. ginable ninnies—to a wolf, he would The passion of the chase is strong suspect you of being a man-trap- in Mr Lloyd's constitution. It seems to a hyena, he would laugh in your for years to have been his ruling pasface-to a fox, he would give you sion, and to have made him a perfect such a brush as you never had in model of perpetual motion. But like your life-to a mart, he would look all other passions, ruling or ruled, it so sweet upon you that you would be can be thrown off ad libitum by a scented like a milliner—to a hare, he strong-bodied, strong-minded man. would prick up his ears in vain emu All of them, we hold, are in our lation of the length of your own, and own power, and at our own disposal. wonder to see an ass among the True, that while they are at their Bipeds. They all perfectly well know acme they hurry us away like whirlthat they were made to be hunted- winds. But then they are whirlwinds that they are provided, to fit them for of our own raising, and we are still that end, with certain organs and the magicians who can either allay members, which otherwise would be, the storm, or leap out of it, down comparatively speaking, of little or upon the soft calm green of

tranquilno use, and would get so rusty, that lity and peace. Take ambition. You

* Field Sports of the North of Europe, comprised in a Personal Narrative of a Residence in Sweden and Norway, in the Years 1827-8. By L. Lloyd, Esq. London. Colburn and Bentley, 1830. Two Vols. VOL. XXVIII. NO. CLXVIII.

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