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Mr. Wilfrid Roberts
THE second broadcast in this series will concern the hill shepherd, and listeners will hear something of the fells or moors on which he spends his lonely life with his dog and sheep. In this place he only receives letters once a week, in that place once a month. He is at the mercy of the weather, in danger of snowstorms. But for him and his sagacious companion, his flock might be decimated, even lost altogether; and how few lambs would survive. Wilfrid Roberts paints a vivid word picture of these men in their rough garb with wind-burnt faces and twinkling eyes, and one can visualise them cupping a flaring match to a pipe on a windy night, or listening with their dogs to a sermon in some church hut on a hill on a Sunday morning. Their ability to know their sheep one from another is little less marvellous than the intelligence of their dogs - an intelligence known to Londoners owing to the Sheepdog Trials of recent years in Hyde Park, the attendances at which have shown how town-dwellers are interested in things of the country.
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