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Another way of deciding a battle is, if any per­son should offer to lay ten pounds to a crown, and no person take it until the law-teller tells forty, and calls out three several times, " Will any one take it?" and if no one should take it, it is the cock's battle the odds are laid on, and the setters-to are not to touch the cocks during the time the forty is telling, unless either cock is hung in the mat, or on his back, or hung together. If a cock should die before the long law is told out, although he fought in the law, and the other did not, he loses his battle.
There are frequently disputes in setting-to in the long law, for often both cocks refuse fighting until four or five, or more or less times, are told ; then they sometimes begin telling from that cock's fighting, and counting but once refused, but they should continue their number on, until one cock has refused ten times : for when the law is begun to be told, it is for both cocks; and if one cock fight within the long law, and the other not, it is a battle to the cock that fought, counting from the first setting-to. All disputes about bets, or the battle being won or lost, ought to be decided by the spectators. The crowing and mantling of a cock, or fighting at the setter-to's hand before he is put to the other cock, or breaking from his antagonist, is not allowed as a fight.
1.  That every person show and put his cock into the pit with a fair hacle, not too near shorn, or out, nor with any other fraud.
2.  That every cock fight as he is first shown in
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