SPORTS AND PASTIMES OF ALL NATIONS
#2 - ENGLAND
Size: 3" x 5"
Lithographer: Kaufmann & Strauss
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YOUR COFFEE AT HOME
roast-beef of OLD ENGLAND has
developed in her sons the brawn
and sinew for which that nation
has been famous for many
generations. A hearty people, and
manly in their sports.
has a firm hold on the English
heart. It is an ancient sport,
the annals of which run back to
the reign of Elizabeth. Cricket
is an evolution from tennis and
from stool-ball. Similar games
were played by the Aztecs, and by
the French and Walloons. It is a
noble game, calling forth most
excellent qualities of nerve and
another and most popular national
game of Old England can be traced
back to the Greeks who had a game
which roughly resembled it. So
also did the Romans. It is
related that the ancient Britons
of the venerable cities of
Chester and Derby were the first
who played football and that
their games were held to
commemorate victories. Sometimes
the ball employed, was an uncanny
one being the head of a fallen
foe. Football has always thriven
on English soil, and is to-day as
popular as it ever has been.
from time immemorial has been an
engrossing pastime with the
nobility and gentry. It is the
pride of an English squire to
keep his "pack," and
when the hounds meet, all the
country-side gather to be in at
the death of Reynard, the fox.
The start being made, they all
follow the trail of the animal as
best they may, and he who finally
captures the prize, is awarded
his tail, "the brush,"
as a token of victory.
English are great oarsmen, too,
and the perfection of
sculling--that is, rowing with
two oars, is to be seen on the
rivers and streams near London.
The skill of these oarsmen in
boats which only deft hands can
manage, is marvellous.
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