Chas­ing their tails

Country Life Every Week - - Country Life 1897–2017 -

HUNT­ING cor­re­spon­dent Lionel Daw­son is forced to rise at 5am ‘for­ti­fied only by a glass of iced water and a cigar’ to go hunt­ing. He re­mem­bered Ge­orge Evans of the Hamp­shire Hunt, who said of an illplaced member of the field: ‘There’s a fool born into the world ev­ery day of the year and ev­ery one of them comes and hunts with me’ (Oc­to­ber 27, 1966).

A let­ter in re­sponse from a friend of Mr Evans runs: ‘On at least one oc­ca­sion Ge­orge was ren­dered speech­less. He jumped, or rather burst through a hedge into the lane, where he found a small Austin Seven of an­cient vin­tage oc­cu­pied by two old ladies. One of these stuck her head out of the win­dow and said: “It’s no use Ge­orge, we aren’t two bloody old bitches and we haven’t headed your bloody fox”’ (Novem­ber 17, 1966).

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