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A Stern Chase in the Bull-Ring — With the Bull Behind

A STERN CHASE IN THE BULL-RING — WITH THE BULL BEHIND

Bandrillos, on foot, infuriate the bull by placing barbed darts in its neck, eluding its charges with astonishing dexterity. Often, however, they have to take to their heels and make a bee-line for the barrier with the bull roaring so close behind them that to vault the barrier is the only way to escape. If, as sometimes happens, the bull leaps the barrier too, the onlookers are ecstatic

Supreme Test of Human Mastery Over the Animal Creation

SUPREME TEST OF HUMAN MASTERY OVER THE ANIMAL CREATION

Nerve, courage, and perfect self-command, together with horsemanship of the very highest order, are displayed by the Portuguese cavalheiros when engaging an active bull with plenty of fighting spirit. The sport consists in their adroitness in placing darts, decorated with fluttering ribbons, in the bull's neck at the moment of his charge, and then reining back so that man and horse escape without injury