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GOOD RUN WITH MR GARTH'S HOUNDS.

Sm —This popular pack met on Friday, the 28th ult., at Tylney
Hall, the residence of Mr Harris. The field was rather small, owing to
the wet morning ; but those who Ail face it vere well repaid for their
trouble, the day turning out fine after eleven o'clock. We found at
Blackwood. The fox broke away on the top side of the covert, making
for Checkhams, leaving it and going on for Caesars ; skirting this, he
bore on for Thorps, but did not enter this covert, making his way on to
Pithams. Leaving that covert on the right, he went over Mr Dixon's
farm, crossing over the Basingstoke road, making his way for the river
Loddon, which he crossed, goingon over Mr King'sfarm to Strathfieldsaye,
over Mrs Randell's f arm, away over the meadows to Little Park Farm, on
to Great Park Farm. From here the poor little fellow struggled on nearly
to Mortimer ; but the hounds ran into him just before he got there, thug
ending one of the best runs that I have ever seen with these or any
other hounds. The distance was about eight miles ; the time from find .
to kill was forty minutes, so that you can form some idea of the pace \
they went. The country was fearfully deep, and the hounds never '
checked till they killed him. Amongst those in at the death I noticed
Mr Clinnock, of Crookham ; Miss Pigott, Mrs Charrington^essrs*^.
Cordery and his grandson (riding a capital pony), E. Paul, E. Goddaifl,
Brackley (the huntsman), Molyneux (the first whip),' and a* man on a ;
chesnut horse, with a few others I did not know. I should say |
Molyneux and the man on the chesnut horse had rather the best of it. :
Unfortunately Mr Garth, Ool. Mildmay, and several others did not get
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MR. GARTH'S HOUNDS.

THE MEET ON FRIDAY, the lltli instant, was at
Waterend, and, being within easy reach of Basingstoke,
attbrded the followers of the Vine and H. H. , which packs
do not meet on Fridays, an opportunity of trying their luck
with Mr. Garth's. The weather was propitious, though the
northerly wind and a rising glass boded ominously for the
future.

The first draw was Eastmoor, a small cover belonging to
Mr. Addison, who predicted a find. He turned out to be a
time prophet, for after a little patient waiting, which allowed
late-comers the law Mr. Garth had not for once given them,
a fox broke away on the Max>leduiwell side, and, crossing
the eanal by the swing bridge, ran through the village just
named, and out on to the rising ground beyond in the
direction of Hackwood Farm. Just as everyone thought
they were in for a good gallop in the H. H. country, he
went to ground in a small cover, the name of which I do
not know. There was nothing for it now but to trot back
to Hods and Bells, where we picked up some more laggards,
who would have been very much out of it if our fox had
done his duty and allowed Brackley the pleasure of a kill
in a neighbouring country. Hods was no go ; but whilst
hounds \^ ere in Bells there was a holloa from that part of
the cover next the railway, and the bitches being lifted to
it, soon made the place musical. Away they went ac oss
the Basing Road, then to the left past Smallbone's
Farm, and it was evident that Sherfield was his point.
But the inevitable labourer, who cannot let a fox
go straight if he wants to, headed him, with the
result that he turned short back towards cover again. He
did not enter it, however, but, crossing Pat Lane in a left-
handed direction, kept on down the meadows next the
embankment ; and then, with another turn to the left,
once more endeavoured to make good his point. Running
through Ashmoor Copse, he crossed the Basing Road, close
to Lyde Mill, and went straight across the water meadows
and wild moor to the Loddon. Although scent was bad on
the arable, hounds ran well down the meadows, and there
was some very pretty fencing, together with a good deal
that was not pretty. Wildmoor is a queer place to get into
if you don't know your way about, and straight riding is
not always possible, or, at least, has its difficulties, as more
than one follower of Mr. Garth's found out. Arrived at the
Loddon, there was a check, owing to hounds running heel,
and, v/hen this had been rectified, it was found that the
fox had gone on to Long Copse. Hounds did not seem
able to make much of him in cover, and, though Brackley
drew on in the direction of the Sherfield Road, it seemed as
if he had given us the slip, many inclining to the belief
that he was by that time in Carpenter's Down.

This turned out to be incorrect, however, for presently
there was a distant holloa from the water meadows near
Blacklands Farm, half way between Long Copse and Bells,
which Brackley at once proceeded to investigate. The
country here was almost as puzzling as Wildmoor, and the
field Avere scattered all over the place in their endeavours
to get across the Loddon and sundry water ditches with
rotten banks. When laid on to the line, hounds at first
ran heel until turned to the horn by the second whip, wlio
was handy, but eventually took it across a small stream
and into a little cover on the other side, where, after one Ckr
two turns round, they killfed their fox.



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\lrs'}\ry f "^/^^V * '^^ ^^'"^'^ f ''^ ^^^^•'^ ^^^0^1^ in this neighbourhood,
r\.oae:_ but when we entered the Duke of Wellington! Park there
were hopes of better things. A welcome holloa put us all
on the qui vim, as a fox left his comfortable kennel in some
round *ei-n just outside the plantations. Running through the
^ cover he eft the park by Mr. lAIartineau's at Park Corner,

C/J turned down a lane leading to Bull Cover, then to

the right and crossing the Reading Road continued his
journey through some cover in the direction of
the late Lord Eversley's Park. Running through this
/riJU^X nearly up to the gaiTlens, he turned back and went away
4/(/K'V*' right-handed towards the water and Danmoor. Leavino-
Oy J^'fr"^?^ V^"" through Garston's and over the meadows
/4l i f A t''^?i''''', ""^ ^,^'"^^ ^^^^n, but, altering his mind,
J^JXl, turned short back to the left over the fields towards Hazeley
^ ,^. -^^fVf- At this point there was a good deal of holloainc/

and It became evident that another fox was on foot, bSt
r CCi^ Lrackley stuck to the right animal, and, aided by a "view"
from Holdshott Mill, ran him through Vinalls (a cover just
/ ?i^«^e t.he Mill), over Mr. Wyeth's fields as if bound for

Af>|rytt ^^^"^shill Common But no ! he turned back over the
r^i^ f- water into Heckfield Place again, and, running through the
y park, crossed the Reading Road just above Feiz Mead

nJJh f/.^ A^'V '""^^^^ ''''^ *^'^, heath for the plantations, and,'
LU<A^ t\iQ Dukes Park. ^ Here hounds were at fault, but whilst
±5rackley was casting about a holloa put matters right, and
taking up the line, they ran the fox into a bit of cov er beside
some water m the park.

i A \^'T,^ JT^" hunting run, with now and again some
; f rf^^ Y\ ""^ 5°^'^'^. ^''''^}^- ^" ^^^^ ^i**^6 tin^e that remained
^ J, before dark, Brackley drew the Bull cover, Swallowfield,
J and then turned homewards. Heckfield appears to be well

(/r stocked with foxes, several having been seen durincr the

above run besides the hunted one, and Mr. Garth's will, no
doubt, have got on terms with one or more of them by the
time this is m print, for the card gives Holdshott JNIil'l for
lU'iday, the 1st.

Those out on the 25th ult. included the Duke of Wel-
lington, on lus cob. Her Grace being on wheels, Mr.
Prisby, Ml^ Goslino- Mi^ W. Simmons, Mrs. Parsons,
Major and Mr. Gerald Mildmay, Mr. Chinnock, Mr. Har-
greayes,sen.,and Miss Hxrgreaves, Miss Pigott, Mr C
^^??*' ^^^V^^^^ Geaves, the Misses Barker, Mr. Illino-
Avorth Mr Randolph, Mr. and Mrs. Charrington, Mr.
Lane, Mi-^ W Cordery, Mr. Paul, I\Ir. Bridger, Mr. Addi-
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^Jyt*. Wednesday, the 30th, met at Clere Park. Found a fox

wL{^i/^ somewhere in the vicinity of Old Park, whom y\e tow-rowed
-^'^**^ ' about for a considerable time in the bottoms, and eventually
lost, probably in a drain. Some said there were two on
foot, but as to that I cannot speak. Anyhow, it was rather
an aggravating business. After this we had a long trot
down the hill to Coxmoor, taking Faulkner's C7i route, but
without success. The former cover m- as equal to the occa-
sion, how^ever, a good fox (the same one that I spoke of in
my notes of a fortnight ago), going aw^ay at the bottom end.
Crossing the meadows into Faulkner's, he curled to the
left, swam the canal, the field making in a hurry
for the nearest bridge, which was some distance ott,
and then pointed in the direction of Pilcot, and
thence into l)ogmersfield Park. However, we ran him no
further than the Water Meadows at Pilcot, and some cold
rainstorms coming on, he slipped away without our getting
on terms with him. Brackley trotted on to the Park, and
drew a lot of cover next the canal in the direction of Winch-
held, but, so far as 1 know, for I left them at Winchfield
Church, W' ithout result.

As usual there were a lot of Aldershot men out, one of
whom got a fall at the top of Old Park in jumping a hedge
into the Farnham Koad, w^here that worst of traps lay
hidden, viz., wire. However, he fell light, and was soon in
the saddle again. I noticed Mr. Hankey, of Silverlands,
Mrs. Parsons, Mr. Gosling, Captain Young, Mr. Lodge, Mr.
Macdonald, and Mr. Addison during the morning, while
Major Mildmay joined us at Coxmoor, neglecting shooting
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OLDSHOTT MILL was the fixture on Friday, the 1st,

, 1 when a large field turned out for the occasion. The

weather was close and damp, with a southerly wind, and

riding to hounds proved very warm as well as very dirty

Fiery Mead and Risley Bushes were tried first, but whilst
hounds were in here, a holloa was heard from Heckfaeld
Heath, and on going to it Brackley found that a fox had
jumped up in front of some foot people m the vicinity ot

the gravel pits. - The bitches were soon on his line, and ied

us at a good pace in the direction of the monument, then to

the left parallel Avith the Basingstoke Road, round by

Malthouse Farm, anl below Highheld Park, in the direction

of Hound Green, Instead of making for Blackwood, however,

he kept on with a left handed curl, and evidently meant to

complete the circle at Heckfield again. As it was we ran

liim as far as Danmoor, a cover close to the Heatii, and

here lost him. There was a feeble sort of holloa about this

time down in the meadows by Holdshott Mill, but as it was

not kept up and did not seem to be genuine, no notice was

taken of it. Not being able to do anything in Danmoor,

Brackley crossed over into Heckfield Place, and drew all

round the shrubberies, but without result. Finding he

could make nothing of the fox, Charles very soon set his

face for Blackwood and neighbouring co^ ers. As it was we

had a nice little gallop, though it is always disappomtmg

to be stopped just when one is getting warm. After this

we had a long wait, whilst Brackley drew the Tkackems

and other covers, into Blackwood, on through Nightingale's


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