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THIRTIETH TALK            613


view, but the average man does not see it as such in
the very least. I suppose it is difficult for us to
believe that all the^e people, who do all these cruel
things under the name of sport, can be good or kindly
people at all; but they are. I myself lived chiefly among
people of that type in England. As a
a country parish in England, I was in close relation
with a set of people who shot and hunted and fished,
and did all these things as their regular daily occupa-
tion.   It was the principal thing they did, the
principal thing they talked about; yet I assure
you, however hard you may find it to believe, that
these people were perfectly gentle and kindly towards
their fellow-men, good fathers, good husbands^
lenient judges, *kind friends, and so on —perfectly good
and  kind-hearted people; only  they did not
see that particular thing. By the strangest contra-
diction and anomaly, I know that one of those very
men, who would kill deer, shoot as many pheasants
as he could in a reckless ivay, would yet sit up all
night with a dog that was sick, showing that the man
had a kind heart, and that even towards the animals
he felt a certain brotherhood, a certain interest. Yet
that very man would kill other creatures—kill them
without the slightest compunction. It is very strange
how th^.t blindness can be ; yet it exists. When you
have once seen that that is a horrible thing and that,
in doing it,"you are taking part in the slaughter of God's
creatures, you wonder how you never saw it before ;