Excerpt from Shikar Sketches: With Notes on Indian Field-Sports
Should, therefore, this volume meet with any slight approval from sportsmen, it will, I be lieve, be more due to the clever pencils of the artists than to the unskilled pen of the author, who is but a novice in the fields of literature, and whose hand has been more accustomed to the use of riﬂe, spear, and gun than of the pen.
If the perusal of these pages should prove the means of wiling away an idle hour, one of the writer’s objects will have been attained; and if further it should induce younger men to devote their superﬂuous energies to excelling in the sports of the field, and acquiring some knowledge of Natural History, instead of wasting time, money, and health in vice and frivolity, these pages, if they do no other good, will not have been written quite in vain.
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