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Sly Reynard

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"I was once," said the hunter, "ohasing a ismall fox with half a dozen hoands. ïhey had been pushiog him pretty olosely for soiiie three hours, and he was finally forced to try to gain bis den in a ledge of rocks. Now, it happens Ube a fact that a fox always likes to put as much distance as possible between himself and his pursuers when he takes to hisdomicile, and as aconsequence he makes the highest possible speed when finishing the run. In this particular instance Reynard started on a straight run for his home when nearly a mile ditant and was soon 200 or 30ü yards ahead of the hounds and widening the gap. When less than a quarter of a mile irom home he was intercepted by three fresh dogs, which, hearing the chase, had started to join it írom a point on a line with the fox's kenneling placp. Of course they drove hiui back on a line nearly parallel with the oounB on which he had been running, and it looked as though he wouJd haveto raake a circuit of two or three miles to reach his home. The fresh hounds having literally taken up the chase and carried it back past my own at an anule, my dogs left the trail and by a short cut joined the intruderf, and the whnle pauk was soon in full cry within 100 yards of the fox, whicli was now running di rectly away from home. At this point the fox left the woods and took to an upper field that slopcd abruptly down some 300 yards to n narrov valley. He had barely disappeared over the brow of the hill when the nine dogs broke from the woods ovor the f'encc, all of them except the leader with heads erect looking eagerly for their prey. I was standing on the opposite hill and had an unob-itructed view, and carefully noted all the movements of the fox and his pursuers. As soon as he had cleared the tence and before the hounds were in a position to see hitn he put on a magnjficent burst of speed for 100 yards down the liill until be reached a large stump three feet jn height an perfectly flat on top. Leaping upon it he lay down with his nose pointitiR in the direction of his noisy pursaers and flnttened hiinself out 8o completely that ho was practically invisible to me, and I doubt whether a man would have noticed hini passing wítliin two toda uf tho stump ünless lie was lookiug. lor omcthiin; on it. The hounds canie down the liill with a rush, soino tuking ono sido of the stuuip and sonie the othcr. Thero m no nbatement iu their spoed uutil they reachcd ncarly the oppotte f-idc of the liold, whcn the leader discovered that tho nuil wus 'lot,' and givinj? the wcllknown Nigiiiil the pack were thrown inlo confusión and the search to piek it u)i bagUL As soon as the hounds had gone a sale ilishuiee beyond him, Rcynard leaped l'rom his perch and made a bee-line f'or home. It was nearly 13 minutes before the hounds made out tho trail, and hc had ampie time to reaeh the ledge before they were again in pursuit of liim."


Ann Arbor Courier
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