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#35 - PERSIA

Size: 3" x 5"
Copyrighted: 1893
Lithographer: Kaufmann & Strauss

Persia - coaxing alms, bathing, hawking, hunting

"COPYRIGHT" Text Variations
There are three varieties (that I know of) in the "COPYRIGHT" text which appears on this card, as shown below. In all three cases, the text appears in the lower right corner of the card.

Text reads: "PAINTING COPYRIGHTED 1893 ARBUCKLE BROS." and is 28mm long. This is the more common wording that appears on the cards in this series.

Text reads: "PAINTING COPYRIGHTED 1893 ARBUCKLE BROS." and is 30mm long. (This is the variety shown on the full-size card above).

Text reads: "COPYRIGHT, 1893, BY ARBUCKLE BROS.N.Y." This is a less common wording that's only known to appear on a limited number of cards in this series.
(For an overview of the copyright variations in Sports & Pastimes, click here.)

Reverse - Text
Right section:
THE Persians of to-day are not as warlike as their ancestors were, but love pleasure equally as well. Their climate is most charming and one seldom needs to be immured within doors.
Hawking is the chief sport of the country gentlemen. A nobleman often rides abroad with a falcon on his wrist. The right hand is covered with a glove. The hawk is taught to perch upon the wrist, and is held by small leather thongs noosed around its legs The party ride over fields promiscuously, and as a quail or other bird is started, the hawk is let fly and darts in an instant on his prey, grasps it in his claws and begins to devour it, but a servant gallops up, seizes the game, and throws merely the heart to the hawk. When the hawk fails of taking the game, he flies away in apparent mortification. But a small bell attached to his legs reveals his retreat. He is lured back by throwing up a chicken kept ready for the purpose, this attracts the hawk, and when he begins feeding on the bait he is easily retaken.
A common mode of antelope-hunting, as pursued in Persia, is with hawks and dogs. Two hawks are flown while that game is still at a great distance. Guided by their keen scent, they soon reach the deer and harrass it by striking at its head. This annoys and interrupts the flight of the animal so effectually that the dogs are enabled to come up, soon followed by the hunters.
Among the peasantry, buffalo-fighting finds the greatest of favor. The Persians have a trick of making them drink to excite their pugnacity, for these buffalos are peaceable brutes by nature.
The bath is a never-failing source of delight and a joyous place of meeting to the Persians of cities, as a rule, these baths are fitted up luxuriously.
The mendicants of Persia are picturesque wanderers, who generally find monkeys useful in coaxing alms.

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