ANIMALS: On the Ames Plantation

Late winter rains fell coldly on the cotton fields and broomstraw of Tennessee last fortnight, causing three postponements of the 39th running of the national bird dog championship field trials. Twenty-five of the country's top dogs were entered but only 14 finally started, the smallest number ever to compete for the $1,500 stake. Ten dogs were withdrawn at the last moment and one, the famed pointer Schoolfield, only dog ever to win three great stakes on quail, pheasant and prairie chicken, died suddenly of ptomaine poisoning. For a generation the national championships...

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