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Pedigree and Performances of Windleftone.
he gave a pawn, and the move : the Count made a drawn game, and both the other gentlemen lost their games.
But to return : in 1745, he became acquainted with an Italian named Lanza, whose daughter was looked on as a prodigy for her talents on the harpsichord, though but thirteen wears of age. This man engaged Phillidor to go. with him to Holland, to meet Geminiani, who had promised his assistance in giving twelve subscription concerts, in which the girl was to perform. She being indisposed, was left with her mother at Paris: and at Rotterdam her father received the newsof her death.
Thus Phillidor found himself in a foreign country, penny less, and berest of all his hopes of advantage from the proposed concerts. His skill at draughts y as now a great resource to him at Rotterdam and Amsterdam: he remained a twelvemonth in Holland, residing chiefly at the Hague, where he became acquainted with Colonel la Deves, a relation of the late Lord Ligonier, and with the Prince of Waldeck, who then command d the Dutch army, both chefsplayers; the former was so skissful, that Philidor could only give him a knight: the Prince rewarded him nobly for his instructions.
he lets them pick along the coldest scent, through flocks of sheep. This is a particular style of fox-hunting, which, perhaps may suit the country in which that gentleman hunts, but I do not think it would succeed in a bad scenting country, where foxes are wild :-whilst hounds can get on with the scent, it cannot be right to take them off from it, but when they are stopped for want of it, it cannot be wrong to give them every
advantage in your power.” There is a great impropriety in suffering your hounds to hunt after others that are gone on with the scent, particularly in cover; for the impracticability of their getting up to them with a worse scent must be obvious: besides, it makes them tie on the feent,