It is the mission of the Beagler Boy to save a gallant school sport from extinction. We come into the field to cry “hands off” to the faddists and busy-bodies who for years past have carried on a persistent and malignant agitation against the keeping of School Beagles, whether at Eton College, the Royal Naval College, or elsewhere. We do not conceal from ourselves the gravity of the present situation. Owing largely to the feebleness and mismanagement with which these attacks have been met, the so-called Humanitarian League has, to a large extent, persuaded the public in general, and schoolmasters in particular, that hare-hunting is unsuitable as a pastime for youngsters; and, as a disastrous consequence, we have seen the Clayesmore School Beagles abolished, the expenses of the Britannia Beagles put upon the parents instead of the public, and the Eton Beagles subjected to most insulting criticism in quarters where they should have been better understood.
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