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[communicated.] ; On Saturday last Mr E,' t Saunders i brought his popular pack to Rakaia. The meet was fixed for twelve q'cloqk, and about that hour, fifty equestrians mustered m the little township ready to join m the merry and manly pastime. The balmy air and genial sun made the day perfect for the spectators, of whom a larss number turned out m all descriptions of vehicle. The throw off took place, about I ten chains from the township m a magnicent six-hundred acre paiidock belonging to the Acton estate. A hare was quickly found. It made straight for the railway [ liriej then doubled back into the paddock, ; another turn and it is over the railway 'line, followed across the double by the majority of the field; then a turn to the right to Mr Ross' farm; but entering on to a field.of wheat the hounds had unfortunately to be Whipped off. , ' Taken i back again to the first paddock I the cheery mußic of the little pack -soon ! betokened that the game was afoot. Straight for the railway line they go, and over the double follow the hunters, on j again over nice hunting country across, ths Main South road, a turn towaridis the parsonage, then into a plantation, a slight I check, on heragain, but on the road and a kill m the open, after a run of fifteen minutes at a cracking pace. < ■ After a breather the hounds were taken about a mile to another Acton paddock, which was drawn blank ; crossing into the Somerton property, however, a hare was soon m view, and away we went across a ploughed field, over the Methven road ;and railway, through the Hatfield paddocki, back again over the railway, through an Acton paddock, on still past where we found,, along an old watercourse due westward we travel, out m the open a»<?in, over a big gorse we land. Here occurs a slight check, puss had evidently gone into a big field m crop, so we have to let her go. Without delay the huntsman takes the hounds to another of Mr Coster's paddocks, and soon they found again, and we went off with our faces to the west, and beautiful hunting country ahead of us as far as the eye could reach. Puss, however, cared not for our wishes, but turn.c 4 sharply towards the right, over two timber fences we followed, then again to the rigjht, and she had gained the old watercourse, whose tussock surroundings gave her some shelter, "'tis a catphing scent," but the hounds followed, to the right again through a plantation and bn to the Methven road, where she is lost. It was now' four o'clock, and, as a large, number df horses had to return to Ash;' burton by the evening train, we trotted off to Rakaia thoroughly well phased with the enjoyment Mr Saunters! had given to us m the sport we all -lote so well. During the second run Mr Richard Harrison reoeived a severe fall. 1 Though' badly crushed, lie was able (with assist-, ance) to ride to Rakaia, and we hope to hear of his speedy recovery. ... .! He was sent on to Ghristchurch and taken to the hospital, where it was found thai, both his arms were broken.

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HUNTING., Ashburton Guardian, Volume VII, Issue 2455, 1 July 1890

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HUNTING. Ashburton Guardian, Volume VII, Issue 2455, 1 July 1890