ASHURTON HUNT LUB
> Saturday July 13th, at Methven.— This * may be considered a red letter day for the Ashburton haunde. Permission was 1 given by Mr Cameron to hunt on the > Springburn estate and accordingly a * paddock some two miles from Methven 1 was the first to be tried. A hare was £ fonnd almost immediately, and after a D capital ran of 30 minutes was killed The first tfiree miles of this was f set and without a check, the latter part a succession of 1 checks and »harp bursts. The stubbles ¥ were veiy heavy going, but the grass land B was good, and most of the snow was away * except under the fences. After a short 8 breathing time a move for another paddock h was made, bat a hare jumped up on the way and gave a very nice gallop for about o two miles, where the hounds threw up at '* a fence. Mr founders after trying the '" feDce held the hounds ou into the D paddook, and they coon got on to a cold •i toent, and were jaet settling down to it n when a bare was viewed makiDg down >r the road fence to the cross road two miles from Mttbven. At this point she took •° the West Ooast road to the township, »nd »■ >wai kept In view till reaching the pound, g Here she made a sharp turn to the left, > and set her head towards Alford Forest i> it appeared. Two heavy stubbles were >S orosied before a welcome grass paddook d waa reached, whioh though oovered with I* snow was not co heavy, and still the hr nods kept pegging away as though the Single n Tr6e at Jeait wa* the point aimed at, :e but at Jlsßt the hare rqaatted la the >g fence at the five oross roads on the Alford is Foteßt road, (distance from the pound two and a qairter mifes In a dlreot line —a good mile more as they ran It ) Btere a g momentary check oooutred, bat the a- hoau^B very Boon pushed her up tgalo, and after a straight gallop of another mile or co a whoop eoonded over as stout a ' hare as ever ran. The time from the find Q» of the second hare was an boar and the bi C dltUncs from tbt f«net whara tht obeok togooiridj i»4 tb»y piobiblF oh»P|«4
! bares, was not lees than a ever. miUs There waa very little fencing, bat the le* fanoes were pcotf y n»)v ones. The fiold was very select at the fi >.l&ii, only revon, viz., Miners X, Sail dare, Bradbury 1 (whip), Wroughton, P.rsooe, Ayoel*y, ( iS. P. Chapman and Alii'gcou being there. Maoh t)»tlafaot|>:tn was expressed win the day's sport and the qaality of the Springfield hates. 1 _
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