100 years ago in COUN­TRY LIFE

De­cem­ber 7, 1918

Country Life Every Week - - Town & Country Notebook -

MY marsh bailiff about four­teen days ago wit­nessed the fol­low­ing. He was at­tracted by two birds fight­ing in the grass, when to his sur­prise a bird rose, show­ing it­self to be a hawk, and car­ry­ing in its talons another bird of about its own size. It flew to a wa­ter­ing trough and he saw from the splash­ing that the fight was be­ing con­tin­ued. He watched un­til the fight ap­peared to have ended. Cau­tiously ap­proach­ing, he saw a hawk stand­ing on its op­po­nent. The bird made no at­tempt to fly away, but stood eye­ing him sav­agely. He found that the bird had been stand­ing on its op­po­nent and hold­ing it un­der the wa­ter. The vic­tim, which was quite dead, was another hawk, rather big­ger than the vic­tor. It had ev­i­dently been de­lib­er­ately drowned.—a. Have­lock Case

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