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to this, the constant occurrence of their being lamed in the traps; for, as the farmers are continually crying out in every direction, and with justice, at the enormous da mage sustained by their crops, the stamps are going without intermis sion the whole year through; and, independent of the cripples who are fortunate enough to get out of them with the loss of a fore foot, many a fox, no doubt, gets knocked on the head in the morning by the keeper, that "master" knows nothing about.
I must just now, however, whip off from this "fresh scent," and return to Will, Sam, and George, whom I have left waiting with the hounds in the village of Gifford. Little as, in March 1819, I knew or had seen of hounds and hunting, I was at once particularly struck with the appearance and appointments of this magnificent
pack. Contrast, to be sure, might perhaps have a little to do with it; for I had but recently returned from Chantilly, and the Duke of Bourbon's cocked hats and jack boots were still in "my mind's eye"-and Heaven knows there is but little similarity between these "implements of war," and the truly neat and sportsmanlike turn out of my friend Will! In this respect indeed (and in what other particular may not the same be said of him?) he entirely eclipses all other huntsmen I have at any time seen; and without the slightest appearance of slang or flash toggery about him, he is always as correctly dressed for the station which he occupies, as my Lady Londonderry no doubt will be the next time the presence of Queen Elizabeth is solicited at St. James's. DASHWOOD.
(To be continued.)
NEWMARKET First October Meeting.-Monday: Duke of Rich mond's Scymetar, by Centaur, or Sultan, out of The Brownie, 8st. 4lb. agst Mr. Payne's f. by Skim, out of Miss Craven's dam, 8st. 1lb. first half of Ab. M. 100, h. ft.
Newmarket Houghton Meeting. Monday: Mr. Payne's Shakspeare, by Smolensko, out of Charming Molly, 9st. agst Lord Sefton's Bobadilla, by Bobadil out of Pythoness, 7st. 12lb. D. M. 200, h. ft.
Epsom Races.-It is now fixed that a Second Meeting shall take place on Epsom Downs on the 9th and 10th of this month (October). The races for the first day are: the Metropolitan Stakes of 10 sovs. each, with 50 added
from the Race Fund, for all ages, Derby Course; the Epsom Stakes of 10 sovs. each, with 25 added, for two and three-year olds; the Burgundy Stakes of five sovs. each, with 25 added, for all ages, two-mile heats; a Free Handicap of 25 sovs. each, and 25 added, if not walked over for; and a match between Mr. Cosby's Charnwood by Filho da Puta, aged, 9st. 4lb. agst Lord Mountcharles's c. by Blacklock, 3 yrs, 7st. 7lb. last mile, 100, h. ft.-On the second day there will be four races: A Sweepstakes of 10 Sovs. each for three-year-olds: the Maiden Stakes of five sovs. each, with 25 added, for all ages; the Ewell Stakes (handicap) of 10 sovs. each, with 25 added, for all ages; and the Hunters' Stakes of five sovs. each, with 20 added, two-mile heats.
His Majesty purchased Chester * See an account of "the mummings" at Holdernesse House, as reported in the newspapers. A friend of mine observes, in reference to the persecutions and martyrdom of the foxes at Wynyard, that the character of Bloody Mary would have been more appropriate to her Ladyship.
Billy of Sir George Pigot, and changed his name to Earl of Chester; but from his bolting qualities he was returned to Sir George; and his running at Warwick fully justified the opinion entertained of him. Sir George has again disposed of him to Mr. Giffard for 1000 guineas, under his original name of Chester Billy. Jour des Noces is also in the Royal Stud, purchased of Mr. Theakston for 1500gs, with a stipulation of an additional 1500 if he won the Leger.
Logic is now the property of the Duke of Richmond; and Mulatto has been given by Earl Fitzwilliam to his grandson, the Hon. Master Wentworth. His Lordship had sold him to Mr. Lumley for 700gs.; but the Honorable Scion of a Noble Stock having expressed his wish for the horse, he was re-purchased instanter.
Lord Cleveland has purchased of Mr. Bailey his two-year-old colt Tamboff, by Blacklock, out of Alfana, who ran second to Lord Sligo's Cant for the Champagne Stakes at Doncaster-the price is stated to exceed 2000 guineas.
Sir W. Milner has sold his ch. c. Malek, by Blacklock, who walked over for the King's Plate at Doncaster, to General Sharpe for 600 guineas.
Mr. Houldsworth's Scarborough is sold to Mr. Quarton for 250 guineas; and Popsy has been purchased by Mr. Biggs.
The Earl of Egremont, with that munificent and public spirit which characterises all his actions, having in May last offered prizes for the encouragement of the breed of hunters and carriage horses in Sussex, and the parishes in Surrey and Hants contiguous to that county, a meeting was held at Egdean fair, near Petworth, on the 4th of September, to award the premiums. Mr. R. Lawrence, late Veterinary Surgeon to the Staff Corps Cavalry, was appointed the Judge
the colts not exceeding three years old, and not less than 15 hands I inch high. There were fifteen competitors; and a Cup value 201. was awarded to Mr. Staply, of Henfield, Sussex; with a second prize of 51. to Mr. Eades, of Byworth, in the same county.
The winning colts, as well as most of the others, were by his Lordship's stud stallions, to which he permits mares to be sent from within a certain number of miles of Petworth gratis.
After this testimonial of his Lordship's liberality, it may not be irrelevant to insert the following lines, which have been sent us by a Correspondent:
Non possidentem mulla vocaveris Recte beatum, rectius occupat Nomen beati, qui Deorum Muneribus sapienter uti.
Petworth's proud scene in native grandeur Disdaining rules that human art bestows, glows.
Far as th' horizon leads the wandering eye, The cloud-capp'd hills the boundary supply.
Here stately groves arise in form sublime; Here sportive" Nature wantons in her prime;"
The sylvan Monarch here majestic stands, Spreads his broad shadows o'er surround
And, silent monitor of ages past,
Heedless of pomp, to art and science dear,
In judgment sound, in contemplation calm,
He, while surrounding tongues his worth proclaim,
Shall turn aside, and "blush to find it fame:"
But future times with conscious pride shall tell
Of him whose honor'd course deserved so well:
While all around in every deed may see The sterling stamp of true Nobility.
About two years since we noticed some valuable remarks by Mr. Baker, gunmaker to His Majesty, on the prevalence of accidents froin guns, with remedies to prevent their occurrence; and we eulogised, as they deserved, the various improvements suggested by that Gentleman, particularly in the construction of a safety-spring to the lock, to prevent the possibility of the gun going off by accident. We have now to notice a safety-gun recently invented by the Rev. John Somerville, Minister of Currie, the lock of which
is so constructed as to prevent accidental discharges (by which so many lives are frequently sacrificed), with out in the least diminishing the necessary despatch in firing the gun. A valuable Correspondent from Edinburgh requests us to add-when speaking of this invention that, by using it, "Every sportsman may at last return In peace and safety to his home." "The contrivance by which this is secured is extremely simple, and consists merely in a stop, slide, or catch,' by which the trigger is locked, and which is acted on by a key,' touched by the left hand at the instant the trigger is drawn by the right; so that, in firing this gun, the left hand is equally necessary as the right; but this is attended with no difficulty, de lay, or embarrassment whatever." The Reverend inventor has published an Essay on the subject; and has added an Appendix, containing numerous testimonials from scientific men of its complete security, and from practical men of its great superiority in the field at the same time detailing a numerous list of distressing and me lancholy cases of death and mutilation occasioned by the accidental discharge of fire-arms. Both these Gentlemen seem to have in view the one great object, that "prevention is better than cure:" both of them testify a laudable emulation to avert human calamity and, like a friendly beacon to the bewildered mariner in a dark and tempestuous night, they endeavour to steer the vessel safe from danger through the shoals and quicksands by which it is surrounded at once shewing the bane and giving the antidote.
Another Correspondent "begs to give his brother sportsmen three wrinkles," which he very highly recommends: viz. a new wadding; a new game bag; and a new lock, with general improvements in the gun-the former the invention of Mr. Purdey; the second, of Mr. Strachan, saddler, in New Bond-street; and the third, of Mr. Charles Moore, of St. James's-street. "The wadding," Bays our friend, "has all the advantages of all others I ever met with; and, in addition, it keeps the barrels perfectly clean and free from
lead."-"The game bags are upon the principle of saddle bags, sit easy on the horse, with plenty of room and air for the game, and good convenience for carrying a supply of grub, powder, shot, and also the fowling piece."-" The lock and gun of Mr. Moore are very superior to any yet produced. The lock, when fixed in its position, is entirely distinct from the barrel, and possesses advantages so long sought forin vain-by securing the interior from wet and filth; by having a fine clear vibration, with strength of springs; the whole so simply constructed as to be easily taken to pieces; and each separate part can be as easily applied to any other lock-an advantage to sportsmen residing at a distance from a market town, as they can rectify any error themselves."-Our Correspondent adds"I have had ten days' shooting in Suffolk, and never recollect so bad a season for young birds; there are plenty of old ones, mostly cocks, but they are shy and strong as hawks: hares pretty plentiful; and landrails never so many."
The old adage that out of a little evil great good is sometimes produced-is about to be verified; and the respectability of the Ring, which has been so long in abeyance, is now in a fair way of being revived. On Tuesday the 26th of August, a fight took place at Penty Hook, near Staines lock,between Raines and Perkins, which was won by the latter in 44 minutes : but during its progress one of the most disgraceful scenes took place which was ever recorded in the "Annals of Boxing. A party of Raines's would-be friends, finding he had but second best in the battle, rushed close to the ropes, and annoyed Perkins by the most violent execrations. In the 8th round Perkins was thrown, but in going down fell against his bottle holder's (Gaynor's) knee, which broke his fall. This was the signal for carrying their point, which was evidently to prevent Perkins from winning; and Reuben Marten struck Gaynor twice over the eye. On the latter, from the natural impetuosity of
the moment, rushing to chastise him, they closed, and both fell to the ground, when one of Reuben's pals struck him with the handle of a whip, inflicting a deep gash over the eye and covering him with blood. Gaynor was consequently obliged to retire, and Harry Jones succeeded him in his duty. Several of Raines's partisans, however, forced themselves into the ring, and Adam Dale, a protegé of Jem Burns, was hit out by ould Tom Oliver (Raines's second), and on attempting again to enter, received a slap on the face from Spring (Perkins's second). The fight was concluded in the fifteenth round, amid the discordant yells and threats of Raines's friends; and which was only accomplished by the firmness of Spring, Sampson, Peter Crawley, Holt, Oliver, and Young Dutch Sam (Raines's bottle holder). It is but just to add, that Raines did not appear to participate in the slightest degree in the disgraceful feeling manifested by those who miscalled themselves his friends.
The business, however, did not end here for on Perkins, Spring, Holt, Crawley, Tebbutt, and Gaynor, with a party of Gentlemen, repairing to dinner at Shirley's, the New Inn at Staines, Dale followed, and, taking his seat in the tap-room, said he had come purposely to fight Spring. This was no sooner intimated to the ExChampion than he repaired to the tap-room; and on Dale shewing fight, he in a few minutes received the well-merited chastisement "mine Host of the Castle." At this moment Jem Stockman, Tom Woolley, and several others of the gang, arrived, when a simultaneous attack was made, in which these worthies got their deserts, and were eventually turned out of the house, carrying with them a few gentle hints from the bunch of fives of Crawley, Holt, and their colleagues.
Discomfited and defeated, they vowed they would have their revenge before the conclusion of the day: and they subsequently attempted to put it in execution at the Coach and Horses, Brentford End, where the other party pulled up to refresh their horses. Young Stockman and his compeers
renewed their abuse, and Jem shewed fight to Sam Tebbutt, who immediately stripped, and they set-to in earnest. After a round or two Tebbutt threw him, and fell upon him; when Woolley, in the most cowardly and ruffianlike manner, kicked Sam as he laid on the ground. This was the signal for the general and deserved punishment of all the parties. Peter Crawley rushed in, and downed Woolley in a trice; on getting up, he had it again from Tebbutt, and then from Gaynor, till he laid down and cried for mercy. Two or three yokels who attempted to take his part shared a similar fate, and were levelled by Harry Holt and Oliver, the former receiving a severe injury on his thumb. Spring, seeing a knot of the rioters in another direction, including Stockman, instantly approached them, and hit three down in a twinkling. Stockman grumbled at being struck by a man so much bigger than himself, when Spring seized a wagoner's whip, and lashed him till the blood came through his shirt sleeves. Dale, in the inte rim, fled up the road by Osterley Park, and was pursued by a publican of Westminster, who tumbled him into a ditch, and left him in no very enviable pickle. Crawley was about. to give the party a second edition of "nobbers," when Harry Holt interposed, conceiving they had got enough to teach them good manners in future, and make them remember the folly as well as rascality of their conduct for
some time to come.
The effect of this dastardly attack on Perkins, the first object of their resentment, has been the establishment of a "FAIR PLAY CLUB," of which Spring is appointed Treasurer. Broughton's Rules for Boxing are to undergo revision,and a provisional Committee was immediately formed to submit new laws for the approbation of the remain. ing Patrons of the science. Seventy pounds were speedily subscribed to carry this desireable object into effect, and our friend Tom Cribb took a leading part in the discussion. A trial of the plan agreed to was to be made on the first occasion that offered; and on the 18th of September its good effects were exemplified at Shere Mere, Beds, when Harry Jones and Ned Stockman
contended for 251. a-side, and Ned was put hors de combat in the fortythird round. Eight pugilists were engaged specially to keep the ring, and everything went off as it should do. In this instance, however, the precaution was unnecessary; as the offenders acknowledged the error of their ways, and promised to sin no more.
On the 18th a meeting of the subscribers to the Club was held at the Castle Tavern, Holborn, when the warmest eulogiums were passed on the wisdom and efficacy of the arrangements which the Committee had made for preserving order, and securing fair play at Shere Mere; and a happy omen was deduced from the regularity which prevailed on that day, of the beneficial results which might hereafter be derived to the Prize Ring. Thanks were then voted to the Committee, and to the men who had been employed to assist in keeping the ring: after which a new Committee was nominated, among whom we find the name of Mr. Jackson, which of itself is an assurance of farther support and extended patronage. This Committee has the power of adding to its number; so that there is no doubt, not only that an efficient but an influential body will be induced to act, from whose united efforts much may be accomplished for the interests of Pugilism.
NEAL AND NICHOLLS.
The fight between these men took
place at Fisher Street, Sussex, on the 23d of September, Neal weighing 12st. 3lbs., seconded by Spring and Holt; Nicholls turning the scale 1st. 7lbs. and handled by Reuben Marten and Jem Ward. The superior tactics of Ned carried him through with flying colours, after fighting eighteen rounds, occupying one hour and eighteen minutes. Both were so cautious in breaking ground, that they stood sparring at each other in the first round the unprecedented time of 48 minutes before a blow was struck: it ended in Nicholls receiving a tremendous hit on the collar bone, followed by a terrific lunge on the breast, and, in the close, being thrown by Ned, who fell heavily upon him. The succeeding twelve rounds were contested with great bravery, but all in favour of Ned. From the 13th to the 16th, Nicholls was dreadfully punished; and in the two last rounds he became quite groggy, and was only brought up to receive additional slaugh tering hits, which he bore with fortitude, but manifestly without a chance of turning the scale in his favour.Ned never fought better; and no doubt shewed to more advantage from being opposed to a man who evidently did not know how to avail himself of his superior strength and weight.-Twelve men, employed by the FAIR PLAY CLUB, preserved admirable order, and a finer ring could not be kept.
BENEVOLUS asks us to do impossibilities: and, however anxious we are to adopt the suggestions of our friends, we must be allowed the privilege of judging for ourselves, and not pinning our faith on every rumour of the day. For the convenience of our country friends, the Magazine is published so that they may receive it on the first of the month; and we endeavour to fill it with the latest intelligence up to the period of going to press.
SCARLET acknowledges with thanks the note entrusted to the Editor for him.
"A Member of the Burton Hunt" came too late for insertion, as did several other friendly communications.
"A. L." in reply to "Tassel," if possible in our next.
Remarks on Lord Fitzwilliam's Hunt, by a Cantab-the Chase of the Wild BoarA Horse without a Doctor-Dagenham Breach-Remarks on the Kennel and Kennel Management-Angling in France, &c. are received, and shall be duly noticed.
We have received a letter from "An Amateur" in reply to the "Waterman" in our last. It shall be given next month; together with the conclusion of the Aquatics for the season, including the communication from 66 Ap Shenkin."
EBORACENSIS will consider it a great favour if any of our Sporting Friends will inform him, through us, where the genuine terrier is to be obtained, and also if the true English bull-dog can be procured; as he is anxious to possess the real out-andouters of those breeds: he prefers the black tan terrier.
ERRATA.-P. 343, col. I. line 15, dele more than.-P. 373, col. 1, line 34, for fight read fights.-P. 379, note, antepenult, for tapers read kisses.-P. 380, col. 2, line 2, for Bowler read Bowles.-P. 381, col. 2, line 3, for bellied read belled,