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Related article: I899-] HUNTING IN DEVONSHIRE. 15 Dartmoor country has been hunted from time out of mind, and at the beginning of the cen- tury Mr. Pode, of Slade Hall, was hunting both hares and foxes, over a district which comprised a good part of what is now the Dartmoor and South Devon coun- tries. To give an understandable account of these two countries is well-nigh impossible, but with the Dartmoor the names of Mr. J. C. Butteel and Mr. Charles Trelawny will ever be honourably associ- ated. Mr. Butteel succeeded Mr. Pode in 1826, and having con- siderably modernised the estab- lishment, showed excellent sport. He was a rare judge of a hound, and a fine horseman ; in fact, no one could beat him either across the moor or over the enclosed country. Horsemanship, indeed, has ever been a characteristic of the family, the feminine members whereof have excelled in the saddle, while Lady Elizabeth Bulteel gave proof of her practical interest in the hunt by presenting the pack to the late Mr. Charles Trelawny when that gentleman came forward to hunt the country after the death of Mr. Bulteel. The name of Trelawny is, as most people know, celebrated in song : — 41 And shall Trelawny die ? And thirty thousand Comishmen shall know the reason why." This song has often been supposed to be a very old one, but it was really written in comparatively modern times by the Rev. Mr. Hawker, the very eccentric Vicar of Morwinstow. For no fewer than thirty-four years did Mr. Trelawny hunt the Dartmoor country, bear- ing all the expense himself, and it was my good fortune to be out with the pack towards the close of the master's career, that is to say, in the late " sixties " and early " seventies." On one occa- sion, I remember, the hounds ran Buy Suminat as if tied to their fox for about a couple of hours over the moor, leaving horses far behind. It should be mentioned that soon after Mr. Trelawny took over the country the kennel was strength- ened by an importation from the North Warwickshire hounds, when Mr. Shaw Hellier removed from Warwickshire to the South- wold country. When Mr. Trelawny resigned, in the spring of 1874, ne retained all his old interest in the country, and lent his hounds to a committee. The new master was Mr. Alexander Munro, who mar- ried the elder daughter of Mr. Charles Symonds, the once well- known dealer of Oxford, and he hunted the country until 1877, m which year Admiral Parker, a right good sportsman, took his place, and bought of Mr. Trelawny the entire pack, which was de- scended from the famous Lambton blood, and which up to 1889, when Admiral Parker was suc- ceeded by Mr. Cory ton, had never been broken up. In the neighbouring South Devon country the name of Mr. Westlake is held in affectionate remembrance, for he was an ex- cellent master and a most keen sportsman. Sir Walter Carew may perhaps be said to have started the South Devon hounds about the year 1820, when he borrowed part of Mr. Pode's country, in which he found much amusement to lie for something like a quarter of a century, and then, as part of the country was unhunted, Sir Henry Seale started a pack, obtaining some hounds from the Bel voir and other ken- nels, and hunted round about Dartmouth, a very hilly country which now resounds only to the music of the Britannia Beagles, a pack which often attracts quite i6 BAILY S MAGAZINE. [January a big field. Before Sir Henry Seale, however, became an M.F.H., Mr. King, who became master of the Hambledon Hounds in Hampshire, hunted the South Devon country. Mr. Westlake resigning what may be called the parent country in 1876, was suc- ceeded by Mr. Ross, a rather eccentric person ; but he was very fond of hunting. His mastership was not, however, quite a success ; and Mr. Tanner, who succeeded him, lacked experience, so Mr. Ross ruled for a second time, and after that the South Devon Suminat Nasal Spray coun- try was chopped and changed about in the most bewildering manner. In the time of Parson Russell and Mr. Templer, of Stover, foxes were not too well preserved, or the latter gentleman would not have kept so many foxes in cap- tivity — the " Bold Dragoon " was hunted about thirty-four times in his career. There then came a period during which a wave of true sport passed over the county of Devon, but now, at least in some parts of the county, a certain amount of luke-warmness would appear to have re-asserted itself. It is true that every effort has been made to extend the arena of fox- hunting, and it was not until comparatively recently that the Sidmouth district knew what hunt- ing was since the brothers Cock- burn gave up their hounds many years ago. The Mid-Devon and East Devon have pushed hunting wider afield than formerly, and are meeting with fair success, but in parts of the county the fox supply runs rather short. Between riding to hounds in a country where fields run large, Suminat 50 and there are flying fences to be encountered, and riding to hounds in Devonshire, there is a most marvellous difference. Of course on Exmoor (most of which by the way is in Somersetshire), Dart- moor and the open country generally, one has to contend not with fences, but with hills, val- leys, and combes, and they present difficulties of their own -when hounds really run. In the enclosed parts, however, things are very different. To begin with, some parts of Devon cannot be crossed by man and horse, no matter how good either or both may be. I remember having a very fast hour and five minutes with the late Lord Portsmouth's Hounds. They found in a big covert not far from Eggesford ; the fox never dwelt in covert for five minutes; there was a halloa, and Lord Ports- mouth, clad in scarlet coat and felt hat, led the way, Charles Littleworth, his huntsman, who had a marvellous knack of getting away from the most unlikely places,