Punch,  33 (1857), 131.

Tame Wild Sports



News-Commentary, Drollery

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Hunting, Amusement, Botany, Geology, Palaeontology

    Discusses Richard M Milnes's proposal to replace field sports with 'geological and botanical pursuits', since they do not involve 'staining the fair carpet of nature with the blood of her children'. Accordingly, presents Mr Punch's suggestion for a newspaper report on the somewhat competitive activities of a 'Party of Gentleman-botanists' and of statesmen pursuing geological interests. The report emphasises the quantity and variety of botanical and geological specimens caught by the gentlemen, and their occasional 'rather wild' theories. The illustration shows two gentlemen in pursuit of botanical specimens.

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