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ens, whom he will keep in proper subjection, provided no hens come near them.
With a view to try the virtue of a brood, choose from those hatched early, some of the stags that are shortest upon leg, get them weighed into a match to fignt in ; main about March the year after they are hatcheriit.' stow great attention to their mode of fighting, reputation of the cocks they contend with; an keep the battle equally up, and only seem be by vg they will most likely make excellent cocks.
RULES AND ORDERS.
On the day of weighing, he whose chance it is to weigh last is io set his cocks and number his pens, both byes and main, and deposit the key of the pens upon the weighing table, (or the adversary may put a lock upon
the door,) before any cock is put into the scale; and after the first pack of cocks is weighed, a person appoinied by him that weighed first shall go into the other pens to see that no other cocks are weighed but what are numbered and so set, if they are within the articles of weight that the match specifies; but if not, to take the following cock or cocks, until all the number of main and hye cocks are weighed through. When they are all weighed, proceed directly to match them, with the least weight first, and so on; and equal weights or nearest weights to be separated, if by that separation an increased number of battles can be made : all blanks inust be filled up on the weighing day, and the battles struck. ! off and divided for each day's play, as previously agreed on, and the cocks that weigh the least are to figh the first day, and so upwards.
At the time assented to by both parties, the cocks that are to fight the first battle are produced upon the pit by the feeders, or their helpers; and after an examination to see whether they correspond with the marks and colours stated in the match. bill, they are given to the setters 10, who, after chopping them in hand, une them to the masters of the inaten, (wio aluavat fronun each other, when they turu them dir " the non li by 110 111 11 i he:*110-ut
18? isang in the ludi, in eacir ul II, 1 g to the pit's edge, until they shall cease fighting, wand
a person can tell forty. When both cocks leave off fighting, until one of the setters-to, or one appointed for stating the law, can tell forty gradually; then the setters to are to make the nearest way to their cocks,
and when they have taken thein up, to carry them into ► the middle of the pit, and directly deliver them on their
legs beak to beak, and not to touch them again until they have refused fighting, so long as the teller of the law can tell ten, unless they are on their backs, or hung in each other, or in the mat; then again they are to setto as before, and continue it till one cock refuses fighting ten several times, one after another, when it is that cock's victory that fought within the law. Now and then it happens that both cocks refuse fighting while the law is telling; in this case a fresh cock is to be bovelled, and brought forward upon the inat as soon as possible, and the setters to are to toss up, which cock is to be set to first, and he that gets the chance has the choice. Then the other which is to be set to last must be taken up, but not carried off the pit; and setting the hovelled cock down to the other, five separate times, telling ten between each setting.to, and the same to the other cock; if one fights and the other declines, the fighting cock has the battle ; should both fight, or both refuse, it is a drawn battle. The meaning of setting. to five times to each cock, is that ten tunes setting. to being the long law, so on their both refusing, the law is to be equally shared between them,
Deciding a battle by another way, is, if any one offers to lay ten pounds to a crown, and no one takes it until the law-teller counts forty, and calls out three separate times, " Will any one take it?" and if no one does, it is that cock's battle the odds are laid on, and the setters. to are not to touch the cocks all the time the forty is telling, unless either cock is hung in the mat, or on his back, or hung together. If a cock should die before the long law is told out, notwithstanding he sought in the law, and the other did not, he loses the battle.
There are often disputes in setting. to in the long law, for frequently both cocks refuse fighting until four or five, or more or less times, are told; then they somelimes commence telling from that cock's fighting, and counting but once refused, but they should continue their counting on, until one cock has refused ten times:
for it is for both cocks, when the law is begun to be told: and if one cock fights within the long law, and, the other not, it is a battle to the cock that fought, reckoning from the first setting to. All disputes relative to bers, or the battle being gained or lost, mus! cided by the spectators. The crowing and mani!. a cock, or fighung at the setter-to's hand before put to the other cock, or breaking from his ad: *** is not allowed as a fight.
Each feeder has a particular mode of dieting anu prea paring cocks for battle: the following is a good method: After cautiously examining whether the cocks are sound and hard feathered, keep them in separate pens, with moveable perches within: keep the pens peculiarl", clean, and feed them with the crumb of stale brea cut into square pieces, giving each a handful at sunrise noon, and sunset, with cool spring water for drink; after thus feeding for four or five days, let them spar som morning with one another in a room covered with strav or on a grass. plot, first guarding their heels with hots, leather spurs; let thein spar some time, but not so fa as to draw blood. When they pant and appear faini, give to cach about the size of walnut of white sugar candy, rosemary chopped, and butter, mixed together
will increase their strength, cleanse them, and rei der them long winded: immediately after this, put then into separate bays or baskets half filled with straw, then cover them with the same material, and make them fast in order that the cocks may sweat till evening: at nigh: take them ont, lick their eyes and head all over wit) the tongue, fill their throats with stale bread, and pou warm urine therein, which will cleanse both their head: and bodies. Exercise and diet them with stale bread and whites of eggs regularly, one day sparring and the other feeding and resting, with now and then the scour. ing, for at least a fortnight previous to the battle.