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Station Amusements in New Zealand

Lady Barker

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. . .The boar kept snapping and champing his great tusks; but Pincher, even with the leg in his mouth, was too active to be caught: so as the boar found that it was both futile and undignified to try to run away with a dog hanging on his hind-quarters, he tried another plan. Making for a clump of Ti-ti palms he went to bay, and contrived to take up a very good defensive position. Pincher would have never given up his mouthful of leg if F—— had not called him off, for it seemed impossible to fire the revolver whilst the dog held on. This change of tactics was much against Pincher's judgment, and he kept rushing furiously in between F—— and the boar. As for me, I prudently retired behind a big boulder, on which I could climb if the worst came to the worst, and called out from time to time, to both dog and man, "Oh, don't!"

They did not even hear me, for the din of battle was loud. The pig dodged about so fast, that although F——'s bu. . . Read More

Community Reviews

Lacking the letter-writing structure of the first, Amusements wanders. I think I barely prefer Life, but they should really be quickly read together. Again, it made me want to hang out with the shepherds or live Ms. Barker's life, where the biggest concern is What'll we have at the picnic?

Top marks for an 'At the time' account for research bearing in mind these people did have some money so were more comfortable in New Zealand then th eaverage 'Take your chance ' person. For anyone wanting a general 'At the time' account of colonial life this is a gem.

Lady Barker had a sense of h...more