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low, about five miles from Hereford, after having performed his task for one hundred and forty-seven successive days without a day's rest. This is a pretty fair performance, if we take into the account that the man "Davies" is in the habit of taking passengers and parcels in his cart, which of itself was no joke-the march of intellect not having diffused itself very liberally into our land of apples on this branch of mechanics.' The distance being twenty-eight miles per day, for one hundred and fortyseven days, will give something like four thousand one hundred and sixteen miles!"
April 28.-The great match between Neal and Baldwin will have come off before the present Number is received by our readers, it being fixed for tomorrow; and we regret that we are obliged to go to press before the result is known. Still, however, much business has been done; and the supporters of the Ring have been as much on the qui vive as the speculators on the "great mart of commerce," where wars and rumours of wars have kept the bulls and bears in full activity.
The first battle of consequence took place the 25th March between Harry Jones and Bill Savage, for 251. a-side, in a field a short distance from Chertsey, about twenty miles distant from London; the former handled by Ned Stockman and Young Dutch Sam, and the latter by the Pet of the Fancy and the Chelsea Snob (Alick Reid). To describe the rounds, which were fifty-six in number, and lasting one hour and thirty-five minutes, would be useless, as the Sailor Boy had it all his own way. He jobbed his man at pleasure, hitting right and left, and getting away in admirable style, and in the closes throwing his man heavily. The right eye of Savage was closed as early as the fifteenth round, but notwithstanding this he came up manfully and did his best. He was incapable, however, of planting a single effective blow; and, to the close of the battle, Jones had scarcely a mark on his face,
although he received a few heavy blows in the body from Savage's right. The latter had not the shadow of a chance: he was blind of both eyes, and the poor fellow was taken from the ring in a dreadful state, while Jones retired almost as fresh as he entered it.
The 8th of April was a jubilee day, inasmuch as three fights were announced, and two of them big ones. The first between the Bridgnorth Hero and Sampson, and the second between Dobell and Bailey. The latter was for 1001. a-side, and came off at Stony Stratford, when, after twenty-one minutes' sharp fighting, and twenty-two rounds, Dobell was (a second time) declared the victor.It was complete slaughtering work throughout.
Of the other, the great Goliath of Bridgnorth was obliged to succumb to the mightier Sampson: and the Philistines of the present day looked as blue on this occasion, as their ancestors of old, when the foxes and their firebrands spread destruction among their fertile plains. Intense interest had been excited for months in the Pugilistic World before the match was closed; and when the day came, thousands and tens of thousands went forth in the hour of their pride to witness the realisation of their hopes. But how are the mighty fallen! The unparalleled confidence of Brown and his party, and the certainty which they all along declared of winning the fight off-hand, made the odds all in his favour: his immense personal advantages over Sampson were also taken into the scale, and at 6 and 7 to 4, and 2 to 1, he was backed to a very large amount. Previous to entering the ring the odds were 2 to 1 on him, and many takers. The battle was fought at Bishop's Wood, on the Cheshire road, within thirteen miles of Wolverhampton, Brown having given 601. for choice. Brown was seconded by Tom Spring and Richmond, and Sampson by Harry Holt and Dick Curtis. Forty-two rounds were fought, proving that Brown's opinion of himself was entirely misplaced, and, in fact, that he is a complete pretender. Sampson had it all
his own way, and before many rounds were fought, effected a change in the odds; he drew first blood, gave the first knock-down blow, and up to the 14th round was beating his man in every point, when the populace broke into the ring. Notwithstanding this interruption, and under every disadvantage, the men continued to fight, Sampson keeping the lead, out-fighting his opponent in every round, and winning at the 42d without a scratch. Brown, on the contrary, was dreadfully punished. He has but one hit, and that is with his right, which he repeatedly missed. The consternation at Bridgnorth and all the adjacent parts is very great-there is scarcely a man in the place who had not backed him heavily, and the Bridgnorth boys will long have to rue the fall of
their champion. The fight lasted forty-nine minutes. During the breaking of the mob into the ring, which some assert was pre-concerted, in the hope of giving their favourite a chance of a squabble, Spring got between the men, when Sampson struck him violently out of the fight, and continued his punishing hits to his antagonist. This has induced Spring to challenge the conqueror; but the latter, "though he has no objection to make a match, wishes to postpone it till he is cleaned out."
The other fight which was to have taken place in the same ring between Young Gas and Piefinch, was no go, as the former did not make his appearance, and the friends of Piefinch claimed forfeit.
TO OUR READERS AND CORRESPONDENTS.
Notwithstanding we gave an additional half sheet to our last Number, a press of matter obliges us to do the same this month-and we have still a great store of most valuable and interesting information unpublished; including NIMROD'S CONTINUATION ON CONDITION-NO POACHER'S concluding REMARKS ON THE GAME LAWS-ANSTY'S TOUR, &c. &c. We have, therefore, no alternative but to make our next a double Number. We, however, think it right to pledge ourselves, that in no instance shall there ever be more than one double Number to a Volume.
Our best thanks to the Member of the M. C. C.; but we hope he will excuse our not giving his letter insertion, because we think his objections, and the causes of the general cry of want of better bowlers, is explained and acknowledged fully to the purpose by "Crease" in our last Number, and by "A Lover of Cricket" in the two preceding ones. We differ in his view of the game not being so popular as formerly-and we answer him by asking this question-How comes it about that almost every county in England has now a Cricket Club, when, twenty years ago, such society was confined to three counties? As for poor Harris's ghost-if it shewed its head at any of Mr. Knight's matches, no doubt its hair would stand on end; but we do not understand the harum scarum of the bats and balls.
Thanks to "A Southren in Edinburgh," "A Sportsman," " Drab," "Leek," and "A Bit of Scarlet :" they are under consideration, and, if possible, shall all appear next
We have to apologize to "A Sheffielder" for not inserting his account of a run with Sir George Sitwell; but our limits would not allow it, and before another month it will have lost much of its interest.
We also beg to express our great obligation to BARON DE BIEL for his kind attention. C. J. B. Von Burgsdorf's pamphlet is under consideration.
"A. X." is better calculated to a Work purely confined to veterinary subjects. We have not room for Mr. Lawrence's remarks.
To A. F.'s first question-No. To the second-Black clearly won the race.
We are obliged to W. H. The early account of Singleton must be wrong: we can depend upon the accuracy of the account given with the plate of him.
"Honestas" is found again.
We are obliged by the Memoir of Wm. Garforth, Esq.
"Vagus" will be satisfied on perusing NIMROD on Condition.
We cannot promise to comply with
We never insert marvellous shooting stories without real name and address of contributors.
ERRATUM. In our last Number, p. 397, col. 2, line 7 from bottom, for stores read stoves
Fight between Ward and Carter ........ 80 The Game Laws concluded, by No Poacher, 81 Mr. Smith's Hounds on the Welch Borders......... ........110 On "Passing" Horses to Purchasers......111 Bleak Hall, or Cook's Ferry Fishing House ........112 .......113
Waxy and Gohanna
The Hertfordshire Hunt (continued), by Ansty :-Extracts from Mr. Bell's Journal-his Character as a Sportsman--Mr. Robert Jacob---Mr. Mott---Highflyer Hall--Riders in the Hunt, &c. 123 Linlithgow & Stirlingshire Fox-hounds...135 Ashdown Park Coursing Rules .....138 Condition of Hunters resumed, by Nim
rod:-Apoplexy; Staggers, Vertigo, or Megrims: Broken Wind: Bangs and Blows: Broken Knees: Blisters: Blindness: Blood Vessels: Bleeding: Curbs: Corns : Capped Hocks: Castration: Crib-biting: Catarrh, or Cold: Colic: Coat, and Clipping 139-158 Description of a Country Gentleman of the Present Day.
160 A Word from Peter Pry-Hints for Establishing a Sporting Institution........ 160 Newmarket First and Second Spring
Meetings, by Observator..........................................162 Sunday Evening's Amusement at Boulogne
Sporting Subjects in the Exhibition ....168
I. PORTRAIT OF MULEY.-II. BLEAK HALL, OR COOK'S FERRY. III. TURF PONY OF CHRISTOPHER WILSON, ESQ.
IV. THE GAME COCK,
KNOWING your good esta
blished rule of inserting nothing on the subject of racing but what comes from the pen of an eye-witness, as the season advances I shall take to the post again, and from time to time send you some account of the various Meetings round my own neighbourhood.
In venturing upon an account of Epsom, pleasing indeed is the first part of my duty, in stating that the arrangements made by Mr. Maberly, one of the Stewards, for the preservation of order, and keeping the course clear, have, I should suppose, even exceeded his own expectations: most certain it is, the public at large have felt the benefit of his exertions; and too much praise cannot be given to him for effecting that object which it has hitherto been deemed impossible to accomplish. But Mr. Maberly is indefatigable in every thing he undertakes: his plans once formed, the orders are given,
and all must be obeyed with precision. The course was as well kept this year as any in the kingdom, not excepting even Ascot. About eight or ten feet on the upper side has been taken from the course, and railed in for the greater accommodation of the pedestrians. At the moment of saddling, the course was cleared, and during the running not an individual ventured beyond the cords. This is as it should be. Mr. Maberly, I learn, has by him well digested plans for the greater improvement of the course; but the Jockey Club ought and must aid his exertions for raising the necessary funds to effect so desirable an object. What subscriber to the Derby and Oaks would object for three or four years, at the time of nomination, to put down a sovereign each to an improvement fund? I find this proposal was last year submitted to the Jockey Club, and opposed by only one Member. I wish not to give offence to that august Body, and therefore abstain from comment; but the proposal, if not rejected, was not carried, and that speaks a volume. The imposing a charge of a sovereign on all horses starting at the Meeting is too severe a tax on the owners of Platehorses, especially to such as those where the winner is to be sold for 100 or 150 sovs.; besides which, it will not produce the income the other plan would. The subject, however, is in able hands-Mr. Maberly will not abandon any ის. ject that is to prove beneficial to the community at large; and he now, in addition, greatly interests himself on all Turf Matters. If only for his exertions on the present occasion, I must say I shall not die happy if I do not see him