The Game Fowl: For the Pit, Or the Spit. How to Mate, Feed, Breed, Handle and Match Them; with Practical Suggestions as to Cures for Their Peculiar Ills and Ails

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1877 - Cockfighting - 58 pages
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Page 43 - Let dogs delight to bark and bite, For 'tis their nature to ; Let bears and lions growl and fight, For God hath made them so.
Page 8 - A match was made for twenty sovereigns between Parker and Reed, feeders, and won by the latter, after a hard contest. Parker's cock, however, came round so soon after, that his party made a second match, to come off on the following Monday, for a like sum, which was again won by Reed, after a severe battle — a circumstance, perhaps, unknown in the annals of cocking.
Page 46 - ... to be equally divided as will permit of and added to each day's play with the main cocks; and it is also agreed, that the balance of the battle money shall be paid at the end of each day's play. It is also further agreed, for...
Page 46 - ... play at the cock-pit before mentioned ; and the party's cocks that win the greatest number of battles, matched out of the number before specified, shall be entitled to the sum of odd battle money, and the sum to be staked into the hands of Mr. before any cocks are pitted, by both parties. And we further agree, to produce, show, and weigh, on the said weighing days...
Page 8 - A cock-pit, like a race-course, in a sporting point of view, was for every person, and selection of company was entirely out of the question. The noble lord, and the needy commoner, were both at home, after they had paid their tip, for admission; and persons who enter the pit to sport a crown, bet a sovereign, or to put down their pounds, are too much interested upon the main, to consider who they may choose to "rub against
Page 49 - ... and rimmed with an edge eight or ten inches in height, to keep the cocks from falling over in their combats. There is a chalk ring in the centre of the matted stage, of, perhaps, a yard diameter, and another chalk mark within it much smaller, which...
Page 49 - Remember that a cock, with all his stoutness, length, and thickness of leg, rotundity of breast, " fine forehand," firmness of neck, and extent of wing, ought not to weigh more than 4 Ib. 8 or 10 oz. ; if he happen to have an ounce or two more in his composition, he is out of the pale of the pit, and is excluded by all match-makers, from "fighting within the articles.
Page 8 - ... for the time being. Cocking was kept up with great spirit at Newcastle. At one of their last meetings, the cockers at the above place, in point of extent, exceeded everything of the kind known in Great Britain. Upwards of 200 cocks were fought, and the fighting generally good, particularly the cocks of Baglin-hill and Lockey, which all won great majorities. A remarkable circumstance occurred on the Saturday before fighting. A match was made for 20 sovereigns, between Parker and Reed, feeders,...
Page 54 - ... result of a fight, the cocks are not to be taken out of the pit, nor the gaffs taken off, until it is decided by the judges or referee. 20. Each cock, within two ounces of each other, shall be a match ; except blinkers when fighting against two-eyed cocks, an allowance from three to five ounces shall be made ; when blinkers are matched against each other, the same rule to apply as to twoeyed cocks. 21. All matches must be fought with heels, round from the socket to the point, not exceeding one...
Page 53 - ... 10. No pitter, after the cocks have been delivered in the pit, shall be permitted to clean their beaks, or eyes, by blowing or otherwise, or of squeezing his fowl, or pressing him against the floor during the pendency of a fight. 11. When a cock is pounded, and no person takes it until the pitter counts twenty twice, and calls three times

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