The splendid parks of England have always been one of her most striking features in the eyes of continental visitors. Glorious in their hill and dale, their ferny brakes, their rich pastures, their rivers, and their mighty trees - relics, some of them, of primeval forests which have passed away - they present unequalled sanctuaries for beasts of the chase, and the multitude of our game is as characteristic as the localities in which they live. Here roam the fallow deer in such herds as can be seen in no other land. Here sometimes, too, as we see them at Windsor, the stately heads of the red deer tower above the dappled, silver-grey, or dark, dun hides of the smaller species - more frequently, however, living apart in a district of their own. And to these two species of deer, with the pheasant and the ordinary game of the country, the population of our parks is limited. But the fallow deer and the pheasant are acclimated animals - the latter being, in many parts of England, and everywhere in Scotland, of comparatively recent introduction.

And if the fallow deer and pheasant have been acclimated so perfectly as to live under precisely the same conditions as if they were indigenous, why should not our catalogue include as many of the deer, and as many of the game birds of the temperate regions of the whole earth, as their individual beauty or quality for the table may make desirable? There is no reason to the contrary whatever. The owner of any deer-park in England may, if he chooses, have the luxury of at least a dozen species of deer and antelopes to adorn its glades; and every covert may have among its denizens, according to the capabilities of soil and aspect, three or four varieties of American or Asiatic winged game, in addition to the universal pheasant and the migratory woodcock.

In the park at Melton Constable, Lord Hastings has a herd of Canadian wapiti, rapidly increasing in number, a herd of Indian nylghaus, and a herd of the little Indian hog-deer. The Indian axis succeeded perfectly some years ago in Somersetshire; and the Earl of Ducie found no difficulty in breeding the magnificent Persian deer (Census Wallichii) at Tortwortb, which he subsequently presented to the Zoological Society. The herd of Barbary deer at Hawkestone are already thirteen in number, bred from animals which Viscount Hill purchased at the dispersion of the Knowsley collection in 1851; and in an adjacent part of the park the Ceylonese sam-burs will, in a few years, be equally numerous.

The Zoological Society have another species - which, with moderate success, will soon be available also - more brilliant than any yet named, and probably of first-rate quality as venison. This is the Indian barasingha (Cervus duvaucellii), of which a fine male was fortunately sent to them in 1857, by the Baboo Rajendra Mullick, a wealthy gentleman of Calcutta, who takes great interest in zoological pursuits, and is possessed of a large collection of Asiatic quadrupeds and birds. The barasingha carries a magnificent head when adult, and has a lustrous golden summer coat, which in the rich green of an English park would produce the most picturesqnely beautiful effect that can be imagined. Asia yields other noble species which are equally well calculated for a European existence. There is the great shou of Thibet, so near the wapiti in size that at one time it was supposed that the great American species actually existed in both hemisphere's. There is the hunghul, of Cashmir, of which Colonel Markham, and morel recent sportsmen, have brought home splendid trophies. There is the whole group of Rusa deer, which, although natives of more southern regions, adapt themselves with singular facility to the vicissitudes of our climate.

And if we turn to America we have at once half a dozen species of another most graceful form, of which the obvious distinctive character is the absence of brow-antlers and the forward direction of all the other points. With such animals as these, acclimatation is comparatively easy, but there are many others to which the same operation may be extended with perfect success; and the Societe Imperiale d'Acclimatation, in Paris, is on the point of establishing a great vivarium in the beautiful Bois de Boulogne, as a centre from which the experiment may be made in France.

This interesting question has very recently been brought to a practical test which deserves to be recorded. And the successful essay having been made, not with a North American or North Asiatic species, but with an antelope of the South African wilderness, the difficulties were necessarily much greater than those which would have to be provided against in the hardier deer to which we have alluded. On the 7th of January, the first eland (areas canna) killed for the table, and bred in England, fell at Hawke-stone Park, in the county of Salop. He weighed one thousand one hundred and seventy-six pounds as he dropped, huge as a short-horn, but with bone not half the size. Active as a deer, stately in all bis paces, perfect in form, bright in color, with a vast dewlap, and strong, sculptured horns, the eland in his lifetime strode majestic on the hill-side, where he dwelt with his mates and their progeny, all English-born like himself. And of these three pairs remain, roaming at large along the picturesque slopes throughout the day, and returning to their home at pleasure. Here, during winter, they are assisted with roots and hay, but in summer they have nothing but the pasture of the park; so that in point of expense, they cost no more than cattle of the best description.

All travellers and sportsmen agree that in the quality of his flesh the eland is unapproached by any ruminant in South Africa - that the males grow to enormous size, and lay on fat with as great facility as a true short-horn, while in texture and flavor they are infinitely superior. The experiment which has been tried at Hawkestone proves that in this climate, under circumstances not particularly favorable, the eland maintains much of the renown which is accorded to him as &piece de resistance in the wilderness. The texture of the lean is remarkably fine, the fat firm, delicate, and characteristic. In all the joints great juiciness was developed, and, no doubt, as a foundation for sauces and for game soups, eland will hereafter rank among the choicest elements, in addition to its undeniable superiority as a meat.

The antecedents of the herd of elands at Hawkestone are interesting. The idea of acclimating the eland in England is due to the late Earl of Derby, who, between the year 1885 and the period of his death in 1851, accumulated an immense collection of living animals at Knowsley. Some notion of the extent of his labors in this way may be inferred from the fact that nearly one hundred acres were devoted to this purpose, while the whole area occupied by the Zoological Gardens in the Regent's Park only includes twenty-six acres and a half. In Gleanings from the Menagerie at Knowsley Hall, a privately printed work, Lord Derby has recorded that in November, 1842, he received two male elands and a female, which were then for the first time brought alive to Europe. This female produced several calves, beginning to breed in 1844, but of all her stock only one was of her own sex, and she herself, with the males, having died off in consequence of being fed on land newly laid down in grass, it at last happened that this female (calved in 1846) was the only survivor.

In 1851 a fresh supply of elands was obtained from the Cape of Good Hope, but in the summer of that year Lord Derby died; and, having been President of the Zoological Society for upwards of twenty years, it appears that he bequeathed to them his reconstituted herd, consisting of two males and three females, as a last proof of his regard for the institution, which had then been restored to the prosperous and effective state in which we know it In the Zoological Gardens the elands have occupied a conspicuous place, and form a characteristic feature in the African quarter, where they are associated with the giraffes, hippopotamus, leucoryx, and ostriches. Here the elands have been treated with extraordinary success; and, from the year 1853 to the present time, the females have regularly and without intermission reproduced, without any accident, or the loss of a single calf.

The first English proprietor who was prevailed on to relieve the Society Of their surplus stock was Viscount Hill; and, in the spring of 1855, a male and two females bred by the Society became his property, and were transferred to Hawkestone. The result of their establishment there has been a perfect success, as four calves have been born; and the six-year-old male has, in consequence of this increase, been now made available for gastronomic purposes. In every shape in which it has been tried - braized brisket, roasted ribs, broiled steaks, filet saute, boiled aitch-bone, etc. - the fine texture and juiciness of the flesh have given ample proof that a new meat of surpassing value has been added to the products of the English park. And although Viscount Hill has been the first to prove this fact, the experiment is not confined to Hawkestone alone, - the Marquis of Breadal-bane having established three animals of the same species at Taymouth, which will begin to reproduce in the approaching spring, and the last pair bred by the Society having been placed by Mr. Tatton Egerton, M. P., in his noble park at Tattan, in Cheshire. Since the five elands bequeathed by the Earl of Derby passed into the possession of the Zoological Society, twenty-one calves have been born from them and their produce; and at least five more may be calculated on during the current year.

It is much to be regretted that six of the earliest of the eland calves were allowed to leave this country; but now that the acclimatation of this noble antelope is a demonstrated fact, and its merits known, there is no doubt that effective measures will be taken to secure the most rapid extension of the existing number. - London Saturday Review.

[We have waited for the agricultural papers to publish the above, but as it has not met our eye in any of their pages we transfer it to our own. If we were to designate any State for a trial of the new venison, it would be Kentucky. - Ed. H].

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