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North Force, mostly cavalry.
WAR CRY. Egypt. Had
Her men, with not so much work, puppy, which she laid on. perhaps, as entirely to obliter- reported to be going strong.
puppy, Warwick, was recently ate thoughts of how jolly it
ANGUISH. Egypt. Died of old would be to see hounds racing age. over the Vale of Acre, spread litter, but she and her puppies died
COLUMBINE. Egypt. Bore a fine out below them.
of rabies. Providence provided
DESTITUTE. Egypt. Killed a jackal Egyptian prince who had a on her own one fine day. Died of
rabies. pack for disposal, and an Aus
WISDOM. Egypt. A good bitch. tralian, who had been hunting Died ; cause unknown. a small pack somewhere, and
RANGER. Egypt. was about to go home. The
HARKER. Egypt. Died of a kick
at a kill. The owner of the kicker small field that was keen enough received a salutation from the Whip to descend the steep slope of in peerless Anglo-Saxon. Carmel in the dim rosy light
NELSON. Egypt. Lost. of dawn had some spanking wounds.
BENGAL. Egypt. Died of cactus runs. Then the little blind- VENUS. Australian. Died of fold chess player made another rabies.
VANQUISH. Australian. move, and whisked the M.F.H.
Australian. off to another sphere.
Australian. Died of But there happened to be snake bite.
SEXTON. Australian. a vacancy at North Force. It
SANITOR. Australian. became known to the authori
MICHAEL. Egypt. The gamest of ties that Mr SL-'s terriers, who died towards the end of duties with a Territorial bat. 1919-20 season, full of renown.
BINT. tery at Homs were such as
Terrier, from the Austra
lian. Mother of many. could be done by another. Purely, therefore, in his capa- Such runs they gave that city as a subaltern of artillery on a memorable night, when it (nothing was, of course, known
was once more proved that “a of his hobbies), the Master was pint of old port and a deviled transferred by urgent wire to biscuit can hurt no man,” they serve with Headquarters, North were lifted one by one upon the Force. With him, as the table at the Carmel Hunting lawyers say, Hardwick.
Mess to have their healths drunk This, then, was the pack by with foxhunting honours. name and history :
The kennel huntsman, a lucky
find, was HARDWICK. The Mentor of the
a corporal of the pack. Believed drafted from the Military Police, sometime huntsPytchley to harriers on account of man with a rajah’s pack in size.
Taken on service to France, India. His keenness and ability Belgium, and Italy, where he passed showed that Mr Jorrocks was to Mr S- L- He died of old age at Sarona, at the end of the splendid sadly wrong in his scornful 1919-1920 season.
estimate of Nabob's ” hunt. prince's pack. Unfortunate with her ing; but then, Mr Jorrocks pups, which were born dead.
was all out about jackals too.
“Not at all a sportin' animal, could have seen the specimens I should say, from the speci- in the Vale of Acre and the mens in the Zoologicals,” that Plain of Sharon, he would have worthy observes; but if he changed his mind.
V.-THE VALE OF ACRE COUNTRY.
In any country in the world, in Damascus will do to-day) in in any time, and among any religious frenzy. One can look people, Mount Carmel would down the slope where they be a hill with a history. Once fled, the wrathful Elijah charg: view the place, and you feel ing behind them, slaying until that things must have hap- the silver streak of “ that brook pened there. Stand on its Kishon " far below ran red. summits, and you can see how Turning to gaze across the they must have happened. So dazzling mirror of the silvery vivid a set piece half reveals blue Mediterranean, one can the play. Frowning upon the almost imagine that “ behold, ancient Jews, it menaced them there ariseth a little cloud in their times of trouble with out of the sea, like a man's threats of hillmen's wild foray. hand.” When things were gayer, the Not only this scene, but half very sight of it, bluff and the history of the Holy Land luxuriant and forest-crowned, lies spread out before the pilwas a bulwark against the grim on Carmel top. Southterror that lay beyond. The ward lies the rich land that is mariner who had but scudded the gem of Palestine, past, past beneath its black battle- present, or future, blooming ments would tell his children as in Solomon's time with the of the powers that lurked there. Rose of Sharon and the lily Old heathens said there was an of the plain. Carmel, running oracle within its murky caves. back eastwards from the sea, When Jehovah, at Elijah's has its northward wall pierced prayer, crowned its black brow only by the Muss-Muss Pass with consuming fire, the Pro- that ends on the other side in phet must have known that the plain of Jezreel, or Armahe was crowning the hill, too, geddon; where, in Allenby's with fame as long-lived as great push, Indian lancers, time.
forced marching, suddenly deStanding on that grassy bouched, routing the Turks mound, which one's dramatic assembled there in one of the sense, rather than a guidebook, most stirring cavalry charges marks as the scene of the rival of the war. sacrifices, one can envisage the Eastward, its rolling waves howling prophets of Baal, slash- merge in the choppy surface ing themselves (as the dervishes of the Judean hills. Northward
gleams white the city of Acre, called it Ptolemais. Simon against the black background Maccabeus tried to take it and of the Ladder of Tyre, with failed. Cleopatra was more Lebanon rising bright beyond. successful. Syrians, Parthians, Between Acre and Carmel a Romans in turn laid their imsweep of sand of purest gold press upon it. St Paul, on embraces a noble bay. Tabor his way to Jerusalem, landed rises stern and solid, a hill so there. Hordes of Islam swept symmetrical it might have been into the city in the seventh carved by man; and near by century, and held it till, three the heights among which clean hundred years later, Baldwin I., little Nazareth town nestles so at the head of the crusading cosily. Cold and remote be- chivalry of Europe, wrested it yond shine the pale twin towers from them after a twenty days' of Hermon; and between these siege by land and sea. hills and Carmel lies the vivid For nearly two centuries its green of the Vale of Acre coun- walls were manned with mailed try, whose hunting days have men, and its suburbs ran blood. added a novel page to its cen- It fell to Saladin, but within turies of history.
two years Guy of Lusignan Pilgrims and saints and mar- was battering at its walls. tyrs have dwelt on and around Armies numbering tens of Carmel for fourteen hundr thousands on either side faced years. Where Elijah raised the each other on the Armageddon Shunamite widow's son there plain. Frisians and Danes, was a chapel in the sixth cen- Flemings and Suabians, joined tury. While the Crusaders cause with the picked warriors made their last stand at Acre, of England, the Archbishop of anchorites on Carmel watched Canterbury, and finally Richard and prayed and laid down those Cour de Lion, as their head. foundations on which in 1215 Moslem and Crusader fought St Simon Stock built the great for years for the glistening Carmelite order.
prize, until the triumph of the As to St John of Acre, it lion-hearted king made Acre a would be hard to find a city, Christian citadel for another even among the holy places, hundred years. whose name is more entwined During that century it rose in the history of the world. to such fame and prosperity It was a noble town when that when once more the eyes Sennacherib took it two thou- of Islam's warriors turned sand years ago. At Acre Ar- greedily towards it, the Sultan taxerxes II. (significant name of Egypt thought an army of to Jorrocks' readers !) had the two hundred thousand men not G.H.Q. of his Egyptian Expedi- too great when weighed against tionary Force. Ptolemy Soter such a prize. became its master when Alex- It took so vast a host a ander the Great died, and month to reduce the town. Gallantry, such as history of off their noses, so the legend sieges can hardly parallel, says ;
but the spectacle of turned wave after wave of their mutilated faces only inthe assault until the infuriated censed the Moslems further, Moslem bosts, when the walls and they were massacred to a at length did fall, put every woman. living being within them to From that day, 18th May the sword.
1291, the Crescent never ceased Even Sisters of St Clare- to float over St John of Acre ancestresses, in the religious until it was lowered by Allensense, of the Poor Clares whose by's victorious troops. convents are dotted about the With two such landmarks Holy Land to-day-fell victims --Carmel and Acre-always in to the Islamic fury. To save view, the Armageddon hounds their virginity, they had cut began their history.
VI.—THE MASTER'S DIARY.
And now for hunting.
vided and after much trouble we These are some lines from managed to get them out. Warrior the Master's diary for the Vale killed their jack in cover.
and some others believed to have of Acre country :
Hounds ran well and with rare
the coast from and weather was stormy. Threw in mouth of Kishon. Nice fresh mornat No. 1 Bog and hounds were soon on ing. Moved off across the sanda jack, rattling him up the river at dunes and immediately picked up a a break-neck pace. Breaking cover at line near the railway. the north end he made for the river, Running due north with the railbut hounds soon ran from scent to way on our right, hounds carried the view and bad him just as he reached line on for about a mile before they the bank. Old Sanitor first up. swung right-handed and so across the
open country to Bulfin's Bog. Not Met at Pontoon Bridge at 5.45 A.M. dwelling here, they swung left-handed Threw hounds into No. 2 Bog where a and
up parallel to the coast for jack was soon found. A.P. M. viewed a mile at a rattling pace. Swinging him away into No. 1 Bog, but he right-handed again our pilot took us didn't dwell here and broke cover. towards the hills in a large circle, Scent was pretty good but just a little finally running into Long Bog. The bit catchy, and a very slight check latter part was so fast that we were occurred before hounds streamed away
left as the going was heavy. to Railway Bridge cover.
Pushing hiin clean through, they They went clean through, away broke cover at the north-east end over the railway and down to the with their jack not a hundred yards river, which they crossed. We picked ahead of them. After going half a them up again at the steam-roller,2 mile, however, he changed his mind and from thence they took us on the and, turning left about, took us back Elephant Swamp. Here hounds di- to the Bog.
1 " That brook Kishon."
2 An abandoned war relic. 3 Named after Lieut.-General Bulfin.
Horses were so beat that nobody est check. A five-mile point as the was able to get there to view him
crow flies. away, and consequently hounds got We did nothing much afterwards, a bad start. However, three couple but managed to kill a mongoose. carried the line on for about two Old Hardwick had him. miles when we finally chucked it.
A rattling good run of one hour Met at “Half-Way House” at 0800 and thirty minutes, an hour of which hours. A large field met hounds. was in the open and very fast. A Had a snappish fall off John Peel four-mile point, but quite twelve as in the open. Bridle also broke twice, hounds ran.
and so I was left with hounds running Coming home, hounds put up a hard minus a bit. fox right under their noses, and after A poor scenting day, and things rattling for about quarter of a mile would have turned out much better he took refuge in an old disused dry if only the field used more commonwell. Old White Eye was dropped in, and in a few seconds Charlie jumped out and hounds ate him. Hounds met one mile up the coast This was very satisfactory, as they from the mouth of the Kishon. A thoroughly deserved blood.
large field met hounds.
It was a Had a smashing fall in the open bright day with the sun out, and over a blind boggy ditch.
prospects with regard to scent were not promising. However, the old
saying, “One never knows," came Hounds settled down to a stale
very true, as it turned out to be a line and hunted very slowly right clinking day. inland to the Kishon. Here they Finding in the gorse, hounds slipped suddenly increased the pace, and away over the sand-dunes, and circling shortly afterwards were simply racing round, brought us close back to our along parallel to the river-bank. The starting point. Running due north going was heavy and we were soon for half a mile they turned rightleft, but kept struggling on, catching handed and looked like crossing the a glimpse of hounds at intervals still railway. However, a view halloa running like stink. Finally bending back took hounds in close attendance round right-handed they crossed the on their jack, back to the gorse where river and on to the Nazareth Road. we first found him. Breaking cover Not dwelling here, they soon were just in front of hounds two couple seen disappearing over the rocky took him away over the sand-dunes, foothills.
but owing to no whips being up, a An hour later we had managed to considerable delay occurred before collect all except 2 couple, which we the main body of the pack were put were obliged to leave out. All hounds
This unnecessary delay saved were home that night.
the jack, as scent failed, the hot sun This was a seven-mile point-quite eating it up very quickly in the sand. 12 as bounds ran,-a five-mile point Drawing farther north, the A.P.M. of which was without a check.
viewed a jack away over the railway, and hounds coming out of cover nicely
together were soon on the line, The Master permits himself
has never been faster, a “grouse”:
for, settling down, they raced across
diagonally over the best country. So ended a poor day. A large field
After ten minutes the killing pace were out, but, as usual, did nothing told on some of the “cut me downs," but coffee-house instead of spreading and few saw hounds run from scent themselves wide to put up a jack.
to view and roll their jack over within a hundred yards of the cotton soil.
A very satisfactory day. Thirty minutes without the slight