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New Moon, 6th day, at 30 min: past 12 morning.
Sun Moon High WATER OCCURRENCES.
rises and rises & London Bridge D.D.
h. m. d. h. m. h. m. h. m. 1 T Manchester Races & Steeple Chase. r 8 825 . 10 41 11 14 2 W South Lincoln Coursing Meeting. 8 4 026 4 34 11 46 3 T Aberystwith Coursing Meeting. r 8 827 5 30 12 15 12 39 4 F
s 4 328 6 24 1 1 1 22 5 s Alexandria (Egypt) Races.
r 8 729 7 12 1 44 2 2 6 8 Epiphany.
s 4 5N
2 21 2 38 7 M Plough Monday.
r 8 7 1 6 2 2 57 3 12 8 T Fire Insurance due.
s 4 8 2 7 5 3 29 3 46 9W Spelthorne Club Coursing Meeting. r 8 6 3 8 11 4 2 4 20 10 T Partridge Shooting in Ireland ends. s 4 11 4 9 20 4 38 4 55 11 F Hilary Term begins.
r 8 5 5 10 30 5 14 5 34 12 s
8 4 13 611 41 5 53 6 14 13 S First Sunday after Epiphany. r 8 3 7 Morning 6 367 0 14 M Oxford Lent Term begins. 8 4 16 812 54 7 25 7 55 15 T Border Union Coursing Meeting. r 8 2.9 2 8 8 28 9 5 16 W Altcar Club Coursing Meeting. 3 4 19 10 3 24 9 43 10 22 17 T
r8 011 4 36 11 711 38 18 F Maiden Bradley Coursing Meeting. S 4 22 12 5 42 12 12 19 S
r 7 5813 6 39 12 43 1 11 20 S Second Sunday aft. Epiphany. s 4 25 F 1 40 2 5 21 M
r 7 5615 6 29 2 29 2 55 22 T Wigton Coursing Meeting, s 4 2916 7 44 3 18 3 42 23 W County Louth Coursing Meeting. r7 5417 8 56 4 3 4 24 24 T
8 4 32 18 10 6 4 45 5 5 25 F
r 7 51 1911 14 5 25 5 46 26 S
s 4 36 20 6 6 6 26 27 8 Third Sunday aft. Epiphany. r 7 492112 19 6 48 7 10 28 M
s 4 40 22 1 22 7 33 7 58 29 T
r 7 46'23 2 23 8 27 9 3 30 W Ridgway Coursing Meeting. 3 4 43 24 3 21 9 39 10 17 31 T Hereford Coursing Meeting. r 7 43 25 4 15 10 5411 31
COURSING MEETINGS IN JANUARY. Huntingdon Club
1 Altcar Club South Lincolnshire (Holbeach)
2 Maiden Bradley Aberystwith ...
3 Wigtonshire Club (Stranraer) Baldock
3 Little Crosby (Open) Spelthorne Club
9 County Louth Club
(Ireland) 3rd South Lancashire (Southport) 9 Ridgway Club (Lytham) Coole (Cork)
9 Upper Annandale...... Border Union (Longtown:
16 18 22 23 23 30
"There he gat, and, as I thought, expounding the law and the prophets, until on drawing a little nearer, I found he was only expatiating on the merits of a brown horse." -BRACEBRIDGE HALL.
WAY BILL:—Mems of the Month-Mr. Weatherby's Book Calendar
Foals of the Season—Vivisection-High Priced Yearlings—The Brighton and
necessary to entreat him by advertisement “to write to his mother or brother," what must be the state of the monthly sporting writer, who has exhausted the details of Flying Scud, and receives on all hands from his hunting friends that the sport is hardly worth sending? There was nothing whatever in the Fat Show that could be twisted to his purpose; dog shows have grown dreary; and the Croydon summons was put for a time of the month when "copy" was sent in. The gambols of these solemn Invention of Cruelty wags have been of the most remarkable order; but the Pall Mall Gazette, explaining to the uninitiated" the meaning of “persevere,” in connection with a paragraph, which on the face of it showed that the teacher did not understand his doctrine, has been the most comic touch of the whole. Croydon had another curious feature in connection with the steeple-chase, as a rider (or at least a professing one) was found in top boots and spurs tumbling off his horse in the streets of Camberwell that night. His appearance in the Lambeth dock elicited from Mr. Norton the remark that he“ did not like to convict a sportsman. If Sir Ralph Carden read it, he will consider his brother-magistrate for ever as a man of weak head and unclean lips. The Rev. Charles Alford, a gentleman well-known in Doncaster sixteen years ago, has just been made Bishop of Victoria. His determination to put down the Doncaster races only eventuated in the celebrate “Cock-a-doodle-doo meeting" and the 1850 “ revival,” which put the Corporation in money, and enabled them to pay nearly a fourth of the expenses of the new church. We trust that any efforts on his part to put down the tea merchants' Ocean races, or the Cups (for which Buckstone among other horses was sent over) may have an equally happy but unlooked-for effect. Coursing has prospered amid boundless difficulties, as judges could hardly get to their dogs, and dogs were dreadfully distressed in the sopping ground. Patent has made a wonderful hit as a sire ; Mr. Spinks may well mourn over Sea Foam, while Gabriel and Belligerent are in luck. So far the bitches may be said to have the best of it, and, as usual, to look most dangerous for the Waterloo Cup.
Sixty-sis has not been an especially red-letter season with the turf. The stakes, which The Sportsman calculates at £300,250 10s., were never larger, and at seventeen meetings alone they
amounted to nearly as much as the whole of the meetings in '49. Mr. Blenkiron's “cool thou' was unparalleled, since the days of Lord George and his Waterloo Shield. The Ascot affluence has been fabulous, as £1,850 was added at the May meeting (where Achievement vanquished D'Estournel, Friponnier, and Marksman) and £5,030 and the Queen's Vase at the June one. Cannon's and Kenyon's rise have been very remarkable features in the jockey world: one and the same jockey went nearly to the end of the Waterloo run, broke his collar-bone, and won the Derby "in bandages"; and two jockeys have had most unceremonious orders to send in their jackets. The masters, however, cut up but poorly in both cases, like a beadle whom we recently observed fussily standing on a form to keep order at a penny reading, unconscious that his own back had been chalked over with figures. We bave had two splendid finishes for Derby and St. Leger, but nearly every one wished the little horse” to win the second time, and grudged £20,350 odd to a horse who was beaten every third race he ran during the sea. son, although in each case “a good deal may be said on both sides." He
may be a great stayer, but we doubt whether Elland could ever go quite fast enough to try a horse of his speed at a cup distance. None of the three great cup races were especially interesting. At Ascot the only question was as to Gladiateur standing up when they went down the hill; the Goodwood Cup was not a lively affair ; and the Doncaster was only sensational from the fact of Lord Lyon trying to give 11lbs. to Rama. Knight of the Crescent has gradually been working to the front rank, as John Scott always vowed he would do; but the Savernake of the First October was not the Savernake of either Epsom or Doncaster. Considering his hobby-horse looks, Caithness ran well; and we lost an undoubted stayer when Delight died, and have them in Tourmalin and Rama. Among the four-year-olds, Elland has been a distance-glutton all the season, and the Duke has developed cup powers which he was not generally given credit for ; whilst Klarinska has kept such bad company in the two races out of six she has not walked over for, that it is impossible to tell what her real staying capabilities are. Regalia has gone very fast, and stayed well enough, when she had nothing better than Ackworth behind her ; but Sydmonton ran two seconds to The Duke and The Corsair, and disappeared from the scene early in May.
Among the five-year-olds, Dalby retired about the same time; and if the fair but somewhat libellous theatrical tipsters of the Crystal Palace Fête are to be believed, he is to win the Chester Cup next year for the third time in succession. Among the sixes, old Queen of Trumps has been out 38 times for her £810. The two-year-old winners form a big list, from Achievement £10,387, to Reigning Beauty £20, and the top forms must be good. Viridis is probably a long way off, but yet 8st. 10lbs. and 9st. could not stop her in either Nursery. Friponneau (or Friponnier) from Tension, the 760 guinea mare of the Dean Hill sale, has paid wonderfully well, as he only cost 120 guineas, and has made 2,612) guineas, and beaten the great double eventer at 26lbs. Cellina, the top price at the Rawcliffe sale, brought back her 900 guineas, and some £500 to boot; and never perhaps were three such high-priced ones put together as when she met the pair of thousand-guinea Elthainites, Hermit and Marksman, on the Two Thousand Day. Both
of them were behind her then, but before the end of the
Hermit had won £4,110 and Marksman £4,105; so that the latter and Rustic were the most profitable curs of the season.
The training reports show that the winter is by no means a season of rest (though it seems to be one for Savernake); and the ancient owners, who insisted upon having their horses again at the family stables before the brief November days began, and seemed delighted if they sent them back as round as barrels, with good cheer, in February or March, would be in a state of utter bewilderment if they could rise and read them.
We have seldom known a year in which so many men of note have gone down. Turn to the hunting world, and we have at last lost “ The Nonpareil ” or “Little Ossy”—the best all-round sportsman that perhaps the world ever did or ever will know. Sir Bellingham Graham and Lord Rosslyn, both houndsmen to the core, are laid their length in earth; Lord Chesterfield's smile and John White's joke will gladden the yearling-sale rings no more; Jem Mason and Charles Davis, than whom "better ne'er buckled on spur,” met their fate in their old age and in their prime, within two days of each other; and old Sam Day, cheery as ever to the last, died in a moment, and missed seeing by a few months the twentieth anniversary of his wonderful double Epsom victory. Twenty-seven were in that Pyrrhic dance—the last but one out of The Warren ; and of these no less than fourteen are dead to our knowledge. One of them, Tommy Lye, was the Northern Nestor, but evil days overtook him; and, although he had once made a will for £30,000, he was reduced very low when he died. Not far from him rests Harry Grimshaw, the steerer of Gladiateur, killed under the splash-board of a gig-just as Lord Waterford lived through all the perils of field and flood, and then died at a two-foot wall.
Weatherby's Book Calendar, like the fat boy in “Pickwick,” is swelling visibly before our very eyes. It records one hundred and forty-seven meetings in the United Kingdom. As compared with last year, the Welsh are the same, and the Scotch and the Irish one each in advance. Carlow is the new Irish meeting ; and Hawick gets into the Scottish list, with a meeting of three races, the others “not being sufficiently important to record.' This is a decided advance, as the excitement in this little Border town has generally centred on footracing, river-poaching, foulmarts, and Dr. Grant's otter-hounds. Every year * the lads ” select “a cornet." Garlick Jack, Black Wat, or Adam Hart (carter), &c., are all on the roll; and the town-clerk was wout to head the horsemen armed with swords and pedestrians armed with clubs, to race on the Muir the first day, and to ride the ancient marches, beginning at the Commonhaugh on the second. Now, however, things must be advancing on the Muir, when Tring and Stiff's doings are so honoured in Old Burlington-street. But to proceed. Bucks, Rutland, Westmoreland, and Cornwall, are still guiltless of C.C.'s and handicappers, but Cheltenham has taken away the reproach from Gloucestershire ; and seeing that Dear Close bas added railway-whistles and non-consuming funnels to his previous tobacco and total-abstinence cares, he has not had time as yet to go over to Cheltenham and forbid them.
In Berks, that county where “estates are so skittish that they oftentimes throw their owners,” Windsor's new meeting makes up for