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The Royal Dog and his Miniji ar. Who is there that has made province with such cruelty, that, any observations on thefe inatter's being massacred in an insurrecwho does not know that gentle. tion, Chaon Malon, the king of men not only connive at their Siam, seizing the chiefs of the servants destroying the game, but rebels, contented himself with encourage them to kill it by any punishing a few of them. Aftermeans . Nor is it at all uncom. wards, allembling the states of mon for a gentleman at his table, Johor, in the hall of the palace, or at sessions, to bawl out the i Vile insects," said he, “ you word poacher with a particular are no longer worthy to be goemphasis; when at the same time, verned by one of my Mandarines. his own house is a poaching aca Proftrate yourselves, therefore, demy, in which the servants are before the viceroy I have chosen taught' to set partridges by day, for you."-Then calling a huge and catch them with tunnels by mastiff, " Come, Barkouf,” said night, aflifted and directed by he, “ reign over these wretches some eminent poacher. They are in my naine, and exterminate no less carefully taught to Ihoot, them if they do pot obev. you." and the equipage of a gentleman's Then addresling himself to a servant for shooting, is usually a Chinese, who had long resided at greyhound or two, a pointer, and Johor, "You," said be, “ Maall some spaniels ; which is taking be Barkouf's prime minister; such liberties, that though I have serve him faithfully, and give hiin been a sportsman myself a great council if he stands in need of many years, I never knew a real it.” Mani, for thai was the name gentleman take : and these liber. of the new viceroy, had no diffities are taken not only on their culty in making the king of Sian own master's manors or estates, believe that he underftood the for that would be tolerable, but canine language, for immediately on all the manors in the neigh turning to the dog, and bowing bourhood.

three times to the earth, his bark Such practices as these must be was answered by another from destruction to the game, and do the throne, that made the whole in their consequences tend to the palace resound, and this answer ruin of the servants thus employ-being suitably interpreted by the ed; for I need not remark the minifter, gave the utmost fatisusual gradation there is between faction to the whole assembly. poaching, pilfering, thieving and Even Chaon Malon, could not ihe gallows.

help admiring the forcible eloThese are my sentiments with quence of the new viceroy, and regard to the scarcity of game, angular eruditive of his interand till I am convinced to the terpreter. Barkouf, notwithstandcontrary, I hall say in the fol. ing a little ferocity in his exterior, lowing words of Horace :

proved the best of the canine hoc fonte derivata clades, species. In the council chamber " la patriam populumq; fluxit." te was perfectly docile, to the

instructions of Mani: and in the

chamber of audience, his appearThe ROYAL DOG and his Minis. ance was always without hauteur;

as upon certain ligns from his HE Abbe Blanchet gives the miniiter, he never failed wagging

following as an Indian tale: his tail, oi presenting par to A viceroy of Johor governed his






Obfervations on a Tax' upon Dogs. any person formally introduced which at 5s, annually a head, to kils it. His dinner was always (fuppofing 50,000" to be made fimple but folid, and generally away with on that account) would caten with the appetite of a ruftic. amount to 50,000l. then how He sometimes amused himself greatly would the aggregate, from with hunting, and at other times the entire country, add to the in observing the manquvres of necessities of the state, without the troops in his territory. All

All drawing one mile from the pocket dispatches were figned by his

by his of the indigent industrious poor ; paw, dipped in ink for the pure begides as these animals are fed pore, which ferved both for 63- profusely by the band of their nature and feal, and his reign was owner, is being a fact voquer. long and happy.

tionably proved, that dogs in large towns are oftentimes fed

with very degrable meat, bought To the Editors of the Sporting purposely for them at the tham.

bles, and game dogs with meal, MAGAZINE

not unfrequently of the beft quaGENTLEMEN,

lity, it is but reasonable, tbat ERMIT me to promulgates their owners taking so largely

through the channel of your from the sustenance of men, uteful publication, a few obser- thould contribute some little for - vations relative to a tax on dogs, the privilege of keeping them, as I cannot conceive there is any in aid of the public burthens, object more worthy the notice of or in a melioraiion of the hard the minister, con Gidering the condition of those whom misfore present state of affairs; a tax ear tune, not inclination, have led to nestly to be desired, happy for sue for parochial relief, in return humanity, infomuch as it would, for what they thus take unnecef. properly modified, prevent those . sarily, to the great inconvenience from keeping dogs that had no of the poor' from the public occafon for them as a guard, but stores. for the purpose of poaching, and If, for instance, a tax of 5s. in particular those ibat keep them only, was laid upon each inhabi. for no purpose whatever; suffer tant, keeping a dog, in the few ing them to prowl about, to the veral markets, corporate, and bodestruction of useful, though de- rough towns, wbile each inhabi. fenceless animals, sheep, poultry, Cant of the country, occupying a &c. befilles game, by which means tenement, was suffered to keep they run mad, communicate that one, provided that one was nei. cruel contagion to thousands of ther bull-dog, mastiff, large cur, their own fpecies; and laftiy, Newfoundland dog, or Dane, horrid to relate, to the humanthofe dogs being more dangerous

To the beneficial effects to the community from their pe, of such a tax as a regulation, may culiar fierceness and

great be fuperadded those as a subje&Itrength, and more disadvan. of revenue ; for, if we conlider tageous than others, by reason of the number of those animals in f the large quantity of food they the metropolis alone, which is require for their support (more allowed, upon a moderate calcu. than one to pay for) exempting lation, to amount to 250,000, altogether drovers and fiepherds,



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On the Pedigree of Mufti.-Dama's Petition. 17 and inhabitants keeping dogs, ber him a foal; he was got by near the sea beach. The penalty Fitzherod, a son of Old Herod, for keeping dogs without paying, out of a mare bred by Mr. Crofts, to go to the poor of the parish of Harling, in Norfolk, which where sued for.

mare was got by Infant. This It is a question worthy' the

vou may depend upon is a fact. investigation of 1portsmen, whe-It may be of consequence to recther the late ga ne tax might or tify this mistake, otherwise genmight not be repealed ? especially ilemen may send mares of improas it imposes so impolitic a re per blood to be covered by him. straint on men of landed proper. I ani, Gentlemen, with much ty, as to oblige them to pay three esteem, guineas annually, merely to enjoy

Yours, &c. their own franchise; whereas, if

PETER PEDIGREE. they kept seven dogs, the tax up

on then, by the above regula- Norwich, 08. 3, 1795.
'tion, would not amount to so
much as the game certificate.

CANINO. For the SPORTING MAGAZIŅE. N. B. The late Game Tax is so obnoxious to gentlemen of land.

DAMA'S PETITION. ed property, as to induce them

[Some sporting gentlemen having ordered to destroy, and especially to en. their huntsman to purchase a young deer courage others to destroy, the

and keep her close shut up, in order to young animals of fere for hunting; a perfou, fruck with the

her being turned out in the proper season naturæ, wherever found.

barbarity of this refinement in the sports of the field, drew up the following in the

form of a petition from the poor impri* As a proof of our impartiality concerned?

foned deer, and sent a copy to a gentleman and attention to the communica. tions of our numerous fubfcribers, The Humble Petition of Dama, we infert the following article,

now a prisoner in the custody of in order to afford our correspondent the leader of the hunt To ( who favoured us with the pedia the gentlemen by whose order, and gree of Mufti, given in page 273, for whose pleasure she was come of Vol. 6) an opportunity of setting mitted, him self right in that particular.

GENTLEMEN, To the Editors of the Sporting TH

HOUGH I am one of the Magazine.

your's, and which our common GENTLEMEN,

creator and fovereign has subAM a constant reader and jected to your despotism, I pre

great admirer of your Sporting fume, by the affiftance of a kind Magazine ; as such, I think you friend; to address you in this will not take it amiss, that I take manner, and lay before you my the liberty of correcting an error difti effed case, in hopes of your relative to the pedigree of Mufti, compassionate regards. provided you mean the horse be I was, gentlemen, born free, longing to his Grace the Duke of and tenderly brought up in the Bedford. He was bred at Nor full enjoynient of my natural wich, by a Mr. Mann; I remem-' righis, until my soidid maiter, VOL. VII. No. XXXVII.


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18 Rise and Progress of the Veterinarian Art in France. tempted by the prospect of gain, Permit me however, gentlemen, told me to the leader of your to intreat you to confider, and to chare: and though I have never enter into my care seriously, as done him, or you, the least inju. accountable to that being for ry, I am, by a meie act of arbi. your treatment of his creatures. trary power, deprived at once of Though sportsmen, I will not all the delights of liberty, and believe that you can be ro loft to social life ; thut up a close, foli, all the feelings of humanity (not tary prisoner, in a place void of to say of religion) as not to comlight, even at noon day. Some miserate my unhappy lot;, perof

my friends have enquired into fuaded that you have been led to the reason of this barbarous countenance this unkind and treatment of an harmless crea-cruel treatment of your petitionture, who are told, what it is in so far as you have done it, order to prepare me the better rather from a thoughtless devofor the chase; for by this means, tion to the pleasures of the chase, it seems, you propose to render and the example of others, than my irritable nerves still more ir. from any fettled principles of ritable, and the painful sensation cruelty. I fatter myself, thereof the fear, to which I am natu fore, that, moved by this humble rally subject, the more exquisite; petition, you will be prevailed on and that when I am wrought up to spare me from the mocking to the highest pitch of fenfibility, sufferings intended me, and reI am suddenly to be diagged from store me to the full enjoyment of my dark prison, turned out at

that liberty to which nature has once into the wide world; and, given me to just a claim, and while amazed, and almost blinded which I have done nothing to by the sudden influx of light forefell; and your petitioner upon my weak eyes, running I will, as far as her powers permit, know not whither, I am to be gratefully acknowledge the favor, pursued by dog horses, and while all her friends of which me men-- with the utmout fury, as has inany, especially of the tender though I had been one of the rex, whose sentiments you most most deftructive creatures upon highly respect, will applaud your earth; and thus by the swiftness conduct, as doing honour to the which my poor trembling heart native benevolence of your hearts. gives to my tender legs, I am to afford you the more of what you

DAMA. call Sport, till no longer able to gratify this savage cruelty, I fall a victim to that death I so pain- Rise and Progress of the Veterifully laboured to avoid ; and to NARIAN ART in FRANCE, exhave my dying groans insulted tracted from the Works of M. by the fhouts of my doughty

Sain BEL. conqueror's, triumphing over a

(Continued from page 266, poor innocent, expiring in agonies

Vol. VI.) at their feet! You men say, that is a God, who judgeth

a course of many " both just and merciful, if so, will he France undertook to give effecnot somehow avenge my wrongs ! tual asistance and protection to

in the earth, and that he noth A years, the government on


Rise and Progress of the Vetérinarian Art in France.

19 this most useful part of domestic, forges, and dispensary, entirely to science, and to provide for it the the support of the school. same advantages by which me The first school was opened on dicine had been formerly ad- the first of January, 1762 ; it was vánced.

very soon stocked with native It will not be amiss to give students, and in a short time after here some account of the means the numbers were encreased by which the French government foreigners, among whom were se. employed in order to bring about veral supported by the Empress the desirable end; which justly Queen, the king's of Denmark, entitles France to the same ho. Sweden, Pruffia, and Sardinia, nours, with respect to the veteri and the different Swiss cantons. nary art, which the world must The institution gave early proofs ever concede to the school of Sa- of its utility, in the signal ferlerno with respect to medicine ; vices it rendered to the inhabi. namely, of having first reduced tants of the country, by afford. the principles of that art to a ing, on frequent occasions, very foundation of regular science. effectual aslistance in cases of On the 5th of August, 1961, the apizootic or contagious distemcouncil of state iflued a decree, ' pers, and many other particular empowering M. Bourgelat tá diseases, to which the brute creaestablisli in the city of Lyons a tion, especially in a state of do. school, in which might be taught mefticity, are, unfortunately, too the knowledge and treatment of | subject. This determined the diseases incident to cattle of every king to grant by a decree of the description. M. Bourgelat pub- 31st of June, 1764, a special mark lished, without loss of time, a of his fatisfaction, by permitting plan of the new establiment, it 10 assume the title of Royal which was well received by the Veterinary School. At the same public, and spoken of in the best time, his Majelty conferred on journals with the greatest ap- M. Bourgelat the brevet of Di. plause.

rector and Infpe&tor-General of Sensible of the advantage that the Royal Veterinary School of must result from such an insti. Lyons, and of all other similar tution, government granted the schools to be hereafter established sum of 50,000 livres, or about in the kingdom ; and having given 20831. sterling, payable in fix orders that several other schools years, at the annual rate of 8333 should be forined

upon the same livres, to defray the expences of plan as that of Lyons, and espe. house-reut: providing a laboracially one in the neighbourhood tory, difpenfary, phyfic-garden; of the capital, the castle appeared, ftables to serve as hospitals ; by its situation and extent, and forges, inftruments, and utensils by the conveniences which the also rooms for study and disseca different structures already erected tion; in a word, every thing that offered, the most eligible place might serve to render the eflab. for the second projected eftabJinment complete. The small. lishment. ness of the sum granted will ap. This building was obtained pear the less extraordinary, when by purchase, in Dec. 1765. M. it is known, that it had always Bourgelat immediately invited been intended to apply the prod | some of the students from Lyons, duçc aring from the hospitals, who had made the greatest pro,


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