Hunt of the Month for February, 2010

I bet you can’t guess how this fox ended up with a hat.

After much consideration, we have determined that February’s Hunt of the Month was the February 20th hunt.  That day’s hunt began with a plan that was bold in scope and daring in execution, if not ultimately successful. Continue reading

Hunt of the Month for January, 2010

World's Fair Pavilion with Fox at Base of Hill

The Thrill of the Hunt!

This month’s premier hunt was, by unanimous agreement, the January 16th hunt held in honor of Commodore Houndsfarthing’s sapphire anniversary as a hunt member.

As members will recall, Commodore Houndsfarthing lost his sight in the notoriously ill-fated November 14th, 1952, hunt that also resulted in destruction (by foxes) of our steam-powered fox gin, and he is therefore unable to fully participate in most hunts. On this day, however, Houndsfarthing was able to see vicariously through the assistance of his manservant Stanwick, who hoisted Houndsfarthing on his shoulders and served as his sturdy mount for the duration of the hunt. Continue reading

Alert on Faux Domestics

Contributed by Earl Lesley Whitechapel

A fox disguised as a domestic servant

A photographic representation of a human maid

Forest Park Fox Hunt members are advised that there are increasing reports of foxes disguised as humans attempting to join the household staff of Hunt members for purposes unknown.

The Widow Eudora Limehouse has reported that a respondent to her job posting for personal secretary, although competent in bookkeeping and stenography, was unaccountably evasive when asked about her ancestry. Upon being pressed on the matter (Widow Limehouse will not hire twins, and was attempting to determine the applicant’s status in this regard) the applicant tore off her hat and revealed herself to be a mature vixen. She uttered a epithet which we will not repeat here, went on all fours, and bounded out the window as the Widow attempted to retrieve a fowling piece from the mantle.

Col. Archibald Swiddlesworth has some experience in these matters, and he recommends that when interviewing potential staff, Hunt members perform the following test:

Show the applicant into a windowless room, and instruct them to be seated. Then, release a live chicken into the room and lock the door. Wait several days, and open the door. If the applicant has killed and devoured the chicken, he or she may be a fox. Further investigation can be carried out by inspecting the face for red fur, and the hands to determine if they are hands, or paws.