North Carolina Newspapers

    VOL. IX; NO 15.
Ho Let up From Start to Finish in
Tuesday's Paper Chase.
Moorman ami Todd Alake Thrilling
Finish in ITecU and Neck II ace
Hewn Home Stretch.
UESDAY Paper Chase
was gallop nam irom
first to last ; gallop until
the cool air was on lire,
the winding road a van
ishing ribbon; the sur
rounding country a dim and fleeting pan
orama, and fellow hounds pursuing
demons ! Never from the time the eager
pack gave the "strike" cry until their
voices ended in a wild hurrah at the finish,
was there a let up in the music or the
pace, and the hares were figuratively, if
not literally, "torn to pieces," long be
fore they reached the warren.
Thfi conditions were that the hares
(Mrs. Leonard Tufts of Boston, and Mr.
Horatio L. Whitridge of Baltimore,)
should be alloted ten minutes start and
that if the hounds should reach home
within ten minutes of their time they
would win. This was done to obviate
any danger which might result from a
wild race down the home stretch, and
at the same time, to provide more time
for the laying out of an intricate trail,
nnd the result was the best run of the
season. Instead of a race after the quarry
the chase became a question for the fleet
hounds to decide among themselves, and
a prettier race than the leaders made
down the home stretch has never been
seen anywhere.
The start was at three-thirty, several
hundred people being assembled on the
western porch of The Carolina to witness
the fun. With the click of the watches
the hares bounded oft', the horses a bit
unused to the paper bags across their
shoulders, going gingerly and scattering
flakes of paper behind them as they
Ten minutes later starter S. E. Buck's
stern voice called "Are you ready !" and
a moment later "Go !" was a signal for a
general scamble of hoofs and a rush for
the front. Close together the pack got
away, Mrs. Horatio L. Whitridge, of
Baltimore, in the lead with Mr. J. dish
ing Todd and Miss Mary Dutton, of
Boston, a neck behind, and the rest a
length or so away. Over the Dickinson
School hillock road the group went, in
distinct in a cloud of dust, the rhythmic
hoof beats in harmony with the vanishing
Clear and sharp the trail stood out at
the gate, leading straight down the
road, the leaders giving cry which the
pack caught up, until the woods and hills
rang with the merry music. Straight on
went the trail, then suddenly, came to an
abrupt end, the momentum of the pace
carrying the hounds far beyond. They
recovered in a moment, scattered on all
sides, and a few seconds later the cry
was taken up again, and once more the
killing pace resumed. In and out through
the burnt land the trail twisted, then out
upon a woods road with straight going
It was rough going for a ways, but the
wood road was soon struck, and it was
not many seconds before the clear stretch
of the Dickinson School road lay before ;
winding on and on. like a river, seen from
a mountain through the mist and beck
oning f The goal lay beyond! Instinc
tively riders bent far forward and horses'
necks straightened out, and from that
moment until the end, the mad pace
never lessened.
Up in front the leaders were fighting it
out to a finish, Mr. George L. Moorman,
of Philadelphia, and Mr. Todd, in the
lead, with Mrs. Whitridge alengthaway,
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for half a mile, then another twist and
turn, a double, and a maze, and once
more the pack was on. Hound a small
hole in a wire fence they went, through
the scrub oak and out upon a road again,
then sharply to the right through the
burnt land, to a clever double, which was
speedily worked out. A moment later
the boys were found and the cry, "Now
for Home !" rang . out from the leaders..
The others took it up, down the line it
went and then the wild race began !
and Mr. Harold Tofiey, of Jersey City,
and Mr. G. II. Simonds, of Boston, neck
and neck, close upon her heels. Grad
ually the leaders drew a bit ahead, Mr.
Moorman and Mr. Todd, side by side,
waiting for the final struggle. Thus they
came to the turn in the road. Mr. Moor
man took the straight cut ; Mr. Todd
swung round the curve. It was hut a
slight advantage, perhaps a gain of a
fraction of a minute, but at the killing
Concluded on page twelve.)
Quail Hunters Have Enjoyed Good Sport
From First to Last.
Itecord Bag and Generally Good
Sport the Feature Plenty of
tuail Ie It Over.
HE QUAIL hunting sea
son, just closed, has in
every important particu
lar, been the most suc
cessful since the estab
lishment of the Pre
serves, and it is a pleasant prophesy for
the future. From the first day of the
season to the very last, excellent sport
has prevailed and results in general have
been most satisfactory.
There were very few days when there
were not one and generally several par
ties in the field, the coveys started aver
aging six daily to each party, with the
bags ranging from ten to twenty birds.
Best of all, however, a large number of
quail have been left to breed, one sports
man starting nine coveys averaging a
dozen birds each, on the last day of the
season. It is a conservative estimate to
say that there are at present an average
of from six to eight birds in every covey
on the Preserves.
In the high line kills for a single day
Leonard Tufts and Harry Dutton, both of
Boston, and John M. Ward, of Brooklyn,
divided honors, Mr. Tufts making a bag
of thirty-five, and Mr. Dutton and Mr.
Ward each securing twenty-eight. Other
good bags fell to Horatio L. Whitridge,
of Baltimore, who secured twenty while
hunting alone, and another of seventeen
on a day's trip with J. V. S. Findlay, of
II. W. Brown, of Boston, secured
eighteen on a day's trip, alone and over
his own dog, Cyrus A. Taft sixteen on
his best day, J. D. Foot, of Rye, N. Y.,
II. II. Westinghouse, of New York, an
even dozen each, and scores of others
from six to ten each.
Frank Presbrey of New York, J. S.
Jopp, of Boston, and two Aberdeen
friends, made a kill of fifty-eight, early
in the season, and E. It. Johnson, of
Merwin, Pa., and B. G. Royal, of London,
England, sixty-seven in five days shoot
ing, bags of eight, twelve, fifteen and
eighteen. J. R. Such, of South Amboy,
N. J., led with an individual high line
string, making three visits during the
season and always with good success.
Concluded on page twelve. j

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