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A FEW days ago I witnessed a pigeon match near here that was worth going miles to see. It was for a $300 guaranteed purse, only one money. There were thirty-five entries, among which were many professionals, including W. G. Graham and Annie Oakley (who by the way is very much alive). The handicap was from 24 to 30 yards. The birds were best Lincolnshire blue rocks and shot from five traps in an open field, with a strond wind behind them. Only one shooter out of the thirty-five killed all nine. Nine out of the thirty-five killed four, and only five killed six. Out of six hundred pigeons hot at in the two days, none refused to fly and there were only two incoming birds. Hundreds of people witnessed this contest and hundreds of dollars were bet on every shot. Many times during the two days, the bird would get up and fly after being knocked down with both barrels. What a contrast to such a shoot in America. About twenty-five would have killed all, and the rest would have been a tie on eight. When Americans use only the best pigeons, don't shoot at young birds or those that can scarcely fly, set the traps so the birds will have the wind in their favor, and keep the gun below the armpit until the bird takes wing, then and not until then will pigeon shooting become a popular sport in America.

London, Eng.


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