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THE  CONFESSIONS  OF  A POACHER 

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EDITED  BY  JOHN  WATSON,  F.L.S. 

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The  poacher  of  these  "Confessions"  was  no  imaginary  being.  Following  in  his 

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father's  and  forefather's  footsteps,  he  learnt  from  an  early  age  the  practical  skills 

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of  poaching  and  woodcraft.  It  was,  however,  Mother  Nature  that  made  old  "Phil"  a 

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Poacher  but  she  also  made  him  a Sportsman  and  a Naturalist  at  the  same  time. 

Never  did  any  man  appear  in  closer  sympathy  with  the  wild  creatures  about  him. 

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Even  when  about  eighty  years  of  age,  there  was  still  some  of  the  old  erectness  in 
his  carriage;  some  of  the  old  fire  in  his  eyes.  As  a young  man  he  was  handsome, 
though  in  later  years  his  features  were  battered  out  of  all  original  conception.  Elis 

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silvery  hair  still  covered  a lion-like  head,  and  his  tanned  cheeks  were  hard  and 

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If  his  life  had  been  a lawless  one  he  had  undoubtedly  paid  a heavy  price  for  his 

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wrong  doings.  Great  as  a poacher,  he  must  have  been  great  whatever  he  had 

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