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Chinese Falconry

Frank Leslie’s Chimney Corner, Vol. I, No. 20, selection from p. 317, October 14 1865, published by Frank Leslie: New York, USA

A French officer relates this tale of falconry in Northern China, where the sport thrives among all classes. The writer compares this phenomenon to hawking in Europe, enjoyed only by the aristocracy in the past and presently abandoned for the most part. The illustration shows the officer’s Chinese friend, a poacher and game dealer, setting his hawk upon one of the abundant hares in the land.



The Little Red Fox

'The Little Red Fox, or, The Midnight Riders of Wexford and other stories'Pluck and Luck, No. 1472, front cover, Aug. 18 1926,  Merritt, Jas. C., published by Westbury Publishing Co., Inc.: New York, USA

Foxhunting arose as a sport in England largely because earlier hunting left no surplus of other, ‘noble’ animals.[1] Oddly enough, in this story the aristocratic representative, a young man of noble descent named Charley, joins the fox in the run from the hunters. While the dragoons and their dog pursue the fox for fun, they chase the Irish boy as a rebel of English law.



[1] Looking at Animals in Human History, p. 147-148, 2007, Kalof, Linda, published by Reaktion Books Ltd: London, UK