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MR. CLAY'S OTTER HOUNDS.

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MR. CLAY'S OTTER HOUNDS. Tuesday, Ewenny Bridge. There was only a small gathering to meet the genial master and the new ststf. We went direct up stream, contrary to the custom of previous years. Hounds spoke very faintly to a drag which got better just above the Priory. They made it very slowly all the way up over the Cowbridge road. The powerful sun affected sceut badly, as they could always own it in the shade, but not in the sun. We worked on all the way to Tycandy and past the farm. Here they could make no more of it, so the order was to try back, and1 at last we found him, or rather them, in a holt under an over- hanging tree. At 11.55 the welcome view holloa showed1 that we were in for a little sport. How is it, by the way, that every single person who views an otter always hollos "Tally-ho"? They are not fox-hunting. Just as well talk of a "flock" of partridges instead of a "covey." "Hew-gaze" is the correct holloa, not the other. To proceed, lie goes down stream and the master gives ttie order to keep him down, if possible, to give him more chance in the deeper water. But he would not have it, though the stickles were tco well guarded to let him get up. At last lie takes to land close to OUT master. I thought that he was a dead 'un, as Trueman collared him in the open but had to let go; he was too strong for one hound1 to hold him. Then another half hour's steady work by Will Gilbert, and we had him. Time, one hour and five minutes. An old dog otter, and a clear 191bs. on the 6oale. Many thanks to those in Pencoed and dis- trict who enabled us to have such a good day. I hear that next week will be on Tuesday and Friday at St. Athan's Road for the Cow- bridge water. To-day at Wild Mill, 10.30. I shall have to get Billy out on Friday. He is running too fat, and I think that the pollu- ted water of the Ogmore might assist him to I reduce his weight. Also, 1 want his views on things in general. A full report of how ho gets on will duly appear. "CHASSEUR.

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