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NOTES OF THE MONTH PAST.
The almost hourly variation of an English climate must soon come to be disputed. Cold, drought, rain, and heat have latterly been distributed to us with most mathematical precision and careful distinction of one element from another. Last month we had to report the amusements of the season as practised under the special patronage of Jupiter Pluvius ; King Sol now reigns in becoming succession, and the umbrella which served last month to keep off some of the rain is found equally serviceable now as a guard against the heat. Our sports suffer little by this change, although a certain languor has almost necessarily ensued, which may be hardly in strict character with our national pastimes. The cricketer, for one, has found fielding under such seorching rays as we have experienced for the last few weeks almost too much of a good thing. This, however, has not prevented two of our best matches from being most spiritedly played out. The Gentlemen and Players-about the most interesting of the season-ended again in favour of the professionals ; thouch, had their opponents been a little stronger in their bowling, it is quite on the counts that they might have won. We preserve the score of this match, as well as of that in which Kent succumbed to All England, achieved only in the second innings, the first ending the not common occurrence--a dead heat between the two sides. In both these matches the winners were the favourites at starting. GENTLEMEN. 1st Inn.
2nd Inn. W. Nicholson, Esq., b Dean
31 b Grugdy....
28 E. Napper, Esq., b Grundy.
11 c Caffyn, b Martingell.. 2 A. Haygarth, Esq., b Dean
9 st Box, b Martingell 14 H. Vernon, Esq., b Martingeli
1 b Grundy.,
30 Hon. S. Ponsonby, b Gruody
32 b Wisden...
0 N. Felix, Esq., c Chatterton, b Clarke 15 c Dean, b Grundy 1 A. Mynn, Esq., b. Clarke
15 c Chatterton, b Clarke . 5 J. Walker, Esq., b Grundy.
0 c Martingell, b Dean. 58 G. Yonge, Esq., b Grundy
22 E. Balfour, Esq., not out..
1 b Wisden, .
12 Sir 7. Bathurst, b Grundy
2 b Martiogell
2 Leg byes 3, wide ball'i
4 Byes7, leg byes5, w.b. 1 13 Total.... -122 Total
-187 PLAYERS. 1st Inn.
2nd Inn. J. Dean, c Yonge, b Bathurst
11 c Nicholson, b Yonge .. 12 J. Wisden, c Bathurst, b Yonge
2 J. Guy,c Bathurst, b Yonge
36 b Yonge
5 G. Parr, b Yonge
3 not out...
46 W. Caffyn, e Nicholson, b. Walker
13 c Felix, b Mynn
9 T. Box, c Ponsonby, b Walker
39 c Ponsonby, b Walker.. 6 W. Martingell, c Haygarth, b Yonge 20 not out.
3 J. Grundy, not out
3 Byes 12, leg byes 4, wide balls 2 18 Byes4, leg byes 2, w.b. 1 7 Total
2nd Inn. H. Peel, Esq., b Grundy
1 b Bickley... T. Adams, c Vernon, b Clarke
0 b Clarke
11 E, Willsher, c Guy, b Bickley
21 c Grundy, b Bickley 6 F. Pilch, c Vernon, b Clarke
2) b Sherman
10 A. Myon, Esq., c Parr, b Clarke
20 • Caffyn, b Clarke 11 W. Martingeli, not out
17 c Box, b Grundy.... 15 N. Felix, Esq., b Grundy
0 b Clarke
31 P. Sankey, Esq., run out
2 not out..
12 F. Clifford, b Clarke
10 c Chatterton, b Clarke. II W. Pilch, b Grundy
0 c Box, h Clarke
10 G. Wigzell, b Clarke
5 b, Clarke ..
35 Bye 1, leg byes 7, wide ball 1.
2nd lun. W. Caffyn, b Willsher
5 W. Nicholson, Esq., b Mynn
Martingell.... 70 H. Vernon, Esq., c F. Pilch, b. Willsher.. 4 c Wigzell, b W. Pilch 19 J. Guy, run out
19 G. Parr, b Mynn
0 c Clifford, b F. Pilch .. 21 T. Box, b Martingell
3 not out..
10 G. Chatterton, b Mynn
20 Grundy, run out ...
3 T. Sherman, b Martingell
11 W. Clarke, not out ...
0 J. Bickley, b Martingell
0 Byes 4, leg byes 9, wide balls 3, no
Byes 4, leg byes 9, ball 1....
wide balls 4.7i 17 Total
Total...... -156 In the yachting world the great feature has been the re-appearance of the celebrated America" at Ryde, though not with that success which attended her last season's performances. She was fairly beaten by “ The Arrow” (improved upon for the occasion), although it is but fair to add "the crack” did not seem to go quite so pleasantly as when handled by her own people. There is little doubt, though, but we may find many after a time to walk away from ber.
Another variety of sport just about to begin promises to do so with every encouragement for its followers. Our friend Hawthorne's paper will show that the prospects of the grouse-shooter have seldom been better either for the number or growth of the birds. We cannot do better, however, than let this report speak for itself.
THE FARMER'S FRIEND.—We are almost afraid the following was not made enough of during the late elections. It might have simplified matters materially, and brought Protectionist and Free-trader together on the best of terms. A man that hunts a country ought to represent it ; no one can know it so well or do more for it. The Yorkshire Ga. zette, from which we borrow the estimate, has, we trust, forwarded a copy to Mr. Cobden :-
“In Yorkshire there are ten packs of foxhounds, one pack of staghounds, and five or six of harriers, equal in all 10 13 or 14 packs of foxhounds, Thirteen packs of foxhounds, of 50 couples ench, or 1,500 hounds, consume annually 200 tons of oatmeal, at a cost of £2,600, besides the earcases of 2,000 dead horses, worth nothing if no hounds were kept. There are at least 1,000 hunting men in Yorkshire, keeping on an average four horses each; 4,000 will cost them £200,000 at £50 cach, and their keep £50 per annum rach, making £200,000 more; 4,000 horses employ 2,000 men as grooms (generally the offspring of the labouring population), and consume annually 40,000 qrs. of oats, 2,000 qrs. of heats, and 8,000 tons of hay and grass. Every tradesman is also benefited by hunting
tailors, shoemakers, saddlers, blacksmiths, druggists, veterinary surgeons, &c. Il fox hunting were given up, where would the farmer find a market for the above produce, or for a well-bred horse of four or five years oft? while the money circulated in the country by fox hunting would be spent in the metropolis or on the continent. Foxes are the farmer's best friends, and they ought to use every exertion to preserve them, and prevent them being stolen to be sent to where masters of hounds are uniportsmanlike enough to purchase them, no matter whence they come."
Another provincial friend, the Gloucester Chronicle, gives us a new reading of shot at a pigeon and killed a crow : -
“As the coachman of J. W. Empson, Esq., of Ripple Hall, near Tewkesbury, was walking round the fishpool of that gentlema., with a gun in his hand, he heard a noise in the rushes, and thinking it was caused by rats, he fired in the direction from which the noise proceeded. On walking up to the spot to bag his game, he found that he had killed eleven very fine tench."
PUBLIC AMUSEMENTS OF THE METROPOLIS.
"We belong to the unpopular family of Tell-truths, and would not flatter Apollo for his lyre." Rob Roy.
The raging of a heat by many degrees exceeding the highest temperature of the clime where mosquitos sting and nabobs curse, has had a visible effect on all amusements save those of an al fresco class. Added to this, the premature close of the season, the elections, and incidental causes, may be said to have had considerable influence in diminishing the attendance at the various places of entertainment. With these unmistakeable shortenings it is not to be wondered at that the business of the season has been at many houses brought to a termination, and at others a speedy conclusion is about to be consummated.
Foremost amongst the latter stands HER MAJESTY'S THEATRE, the subscription having only three or four nights to run. It is true there will be an after-season at reduced prices, when the Sontag will contribute the brilliancy of her matchless genius. But how will the subscribers appreciate this rather late arrival? What with the present, and the promise of the future, the committee is determined to make the best use of a brief time. Not only has an engagement been made with Madame Charton--whose voice, by the way, is not of sufficient compass for so vast an area as that which now calls forth her vocal powers---but preparations are being made for the production of the Prince of Saxe Coburg's new opera, “Casilda.” Besides, there has been a charming addition to the ballet, in the shape of “ La Bouquetiere," the chief repre. sentatives being Guy Stephan, Louise Fleurry, Esper, Rosa, Lamoreux, and Allegrini, all of whom make the heart gay with their fascinating poses. As for the dresses and decorations, never has the eye been so pleased as with the exceeding taste displayed in all the accessories of the scene.
Enterprise also is being exhibited at THE ROYAL ITALIAN OPERA, where the directors, in carrying out their praiseworthy determination to afford their subscribers as rich and varied entertainment as possible, are bent upon following up the great work of Spohr, by bringing forward Mons. Jullien's new opera in the course of a few nights. In addition to “ Faust,” with the agreeable presence of its composer, wielding the baton in all the glory which is ever associated with art, “ Anna Bolena” has been given, boasting of the great powers of Grisi and Mario, which have also been exercised in the Prophète," "Les Huguenots," and “I Puritani,” strongly exemplifying the zealous and indefatigable spirit which actuates the ruling powers of Covent GARDEN,
Whilst in most instances houses are being closed, there is an exception in the patent theatre, DRURY LANE having just been opened by Mr. Sheridan Smith, who comes forward to canvass public support for tragedy. This may appear impolitic at such a time, when the thermometer plainly points to the dissolving views that common humanity must, in the natural course of events, be favoured with. With it all, however, the theatre is ventilated, and, moreover, presents a cool appearance, which there is no denying is of itself alluring in these hissing-hot moments. Mr. Smith's principal actor is an importation from the United States, in the person of Mr. Buchanan, whose Hamlet, albeit it bears the impression of the performer's intelligence and artistic knowlege, is not Shakspeare's. The sudden fits and starts, the violent contrasts, the drawling elaboration, the twisting and turning of sentences, the conversion of words of three syllables into those of six,
and in the same proportion, are not to be looked upon as the characteristics of genius, but rather as the too palpable results of the trickeries of art. That an actor should descend to the practices of a bad school, is to be deplored, especially as ample evidence is here afforded in the advice to the players that it does not proceed from sheer ignorance. The other characters were filled in an uneven manner some well sustained, and others indifferently. Amongst the former may be classed the Queen of Mrs. Ternan, the best personation of the night ; and the Ophelia of Miss Huddart-who would, by the bye, confer great benefit by imparting a little of her gentleness to her brother Laertes, mistakingly represented by Mr. Belton. In other respects the tragedy may be said to be well placed on the stage, the scenery and general appointments being in proper taste and keeping.
Of the out-door amusements, the HIPPODROME ‘and CREMORNE GARDENS continue to derive the advantages resulting from propitious weather. The chariot races at the Hippodrome have received additional eclåt, both as regards an accession of steeds and an impetus given by the fair charioteers, who, by their skill, courage, and general tactics, almost throw Phaeton into the shade. At Cremorne everything and everybody may be seen, and that is not a small declaration, but one which thousands who reach these gardens "by rail and by boat for fourpence" will readily and cheerily confirm.
STATE OF THE ODDS, &c.
SALE OF BLOOD STOCK By Messrs. Tattersall, at Hyde Park, on Monday, July 5. The following yearlings from the Royal Paddocks, Hampton Court:Bay Colt by Orlando out of Distaffina, sister to Lady Evelyn (to Mr. Payne) .. 270 Bay Filly by Bay Middleton out of Lady Strut, by Defence (to Mr. Payne), 260 Bay Colt by The Libel, dam by Mulatto out of Lunacy (Frantic's dam), (into John Day's stable)
225 Chesnut Yearling Colt by Sir Tatton Sykes, dam Miss Margrave, by Lanercost 150 Bay Colt by Alarm out of Monstrosity (Ugly Buck's dam), (into John Day's stable)
73 Bay Colt by Alarm, dam by The Colonel out of Mary Ann (John Day's stable) 51 Bay Filly by Alarm, dam (foaled in 1843) by Elis out of Antler's dam
20 On Monday, July 12, by the same firm, the Honourable R. Watsons's yearlings, as under :Paris, brother to France (into T. Taylor's stable) ....
310 Census, by Lanercost out of Treacherous, by Pantaloon
67 Selina, by Orlando out of Lady of Silverkeld Well
160 On Monday, July 19, the following, the property of Lord Ribblesdale:
GS. Hardinge, by Sir Hercules out of Hester, by Camel, five years old
97 Livermere, by Slane out of Palmyra, by Sultan, three years old
31 Orpheus, by Orlando out of Malibran, by Whisker, three years old..
25 His lordship has also sold Kingston to Mr. Morris for 2000 gs.
On the same day, Monday, the 19th, Lord Clifden's yearlings, eleven in all, were offered, but only one, Glenstrae, by Touchstone out of Glenlui, parted with. He goes into the Danebury stable at 300 gs. On Monday, the 26th, the only attractive lot in the catalogue was the celebrated stud-horse Epirus, who was knocked down to Mr. Hall, ot Neasdon, for 580 gs., the same gentleman who bought The Libel at the Willesden sale a few weeks back.
During the Liverpool-race week the following roughish lots were sold by Messrs. Lucas :Le Belward, three years old Dairymaid, aged, with a filly foal by Brother to Riddlesworth Cusworth, two years old ... Strait Jacket, two years old
5 Young Rattler, by Pantaloon
42 Pioneer, aged Ch. g. by The Lord Mayor..
30 Ch. m. by The Provost
15 And at Newmarket, on Tuesday, the 13th, by Messrs. Swan, of Cambridge :
GS. Agis, aged.....
300 Ninny-hammer, two years old
200 War Eagle, by War Eagle, two years old.
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