Once the idea of the possibility of hunting is disseminated, the rest will take care of itself, and clubs will spring up where there is a demand for them. Chicago has everything that it wants. It will want hunting presently, and will surely get it. St. Louis, which already has a vigorous country club, has only a short step farther to take. Wherever there is wealth there will be leisure. Wherever there is wealth and leisure the horse will multiply in the land, and there will be hardy men who will dare to ride on his back. Once horse-riding becomes a habit in a highly civilized American community, we may expect hunting to follow. That is in part because hunting is a growing fashion, but much more because it is a sport of great merit, which is bound to win its own way wherever a chance is given to it. As one of the most picturesque of sports, it should be welcomed for the, variety and color it brings to American life. Wherever there is hunting there are red coats - either to ride in or dine in - steeplechases, horse-shows, hunt-balls, poloplaying, and much pomp and panoply of pleasure; all of which is highly decorative, and has a spectacular value, which affects the existence of thousands of people whose participation in it is confined to the not unimportant office of looking on. Hunting is virile, and it is wholesome. Men get hurt in it sometimes, but seldom very seriously; and many men get materially benefited.
Where the Dogs are Kept. The Genesee Hunt Club, Genesee, N. Y.
The Myopia Club House at Hamilton, Mass.
Moreover, the money spent in hunting is spent in our own country, and goes directly into the pockets of Americans who need it. Whatever brightens country life, and checks the tendency of the cities to swallow up all the money, and monopolize all the fun, is a benefit. Whatever sport induces well-to-do Americans to disburse their surpluses in their own land, among their brethren, instead of flocking for that purpose to Europe, is also a benefit, and one the promotion of which no true patriot will care to hinder. Let us have as much of our fun at home as we can; and let us think twice before we sniff at any development of wholesome sport that helps to make that possible. Some men who hunt get health and strength from it, which they expend in activities more directly useful. Encourage them in their hunting, for it does them good. Other men get less benefit; but their support helps to keep hunting alive, and their money is useful to the farmers, grooms, innkeepers, and surgeons, veterinary and otherwise, who have honestly earned it. Encourage them, too, for they are good for sport. Still other men hunt who, if critically considered, may be estimated to be good for little else. Of these it may be said, that though they may not be indispensable to sport, at least if they were not hunting they would probably be less innocently occupied. Encourage these also; for when they are hunting they are out of mischief, and, so far as lies in them, are fulfilling their mission in life.
Kennels of the Myopia Hunt Club.