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E have the pleasure of pre- goblet; the nostril wide, arched,
senting our readers with a and of a rich carnation hue inside; very spirited engraving by Cook, flat, wide, and lean check bone; from a picture by LAPORTE, which eye, like that of the gazelle, large, we may with justice say reflects dark, and full of sensibility : great credit on both those highly- ears forward, erect, and ever in esteemed Artists. It is a repre- motion ; flat forehead, head nobly sentation which must claim the set on, small arched neck, graceful notice of every sportsman, deli
as that of neating, as it does, that Eastern “The swan that swims upon the lake :" blood to which our now incom- the rising lean wither, and scapula parable racers owe so much, and well back in the waist ; legs perwhich has brought the English fectly straight and flat, the arm thorough-bred one to a state of long and muscular: from the knee perfection beyond the reach of to the pastern, short and strong ; rivalry. In this stallion contest a blue hoof, as hard as the ground you see the blood of two races :
he flies over :
the back flat, in the grey may be seen the wide, and prodigiously short : powerful compact form of the loins high, and strong croup in a Bedouin and some other tribes line with the tail, which the Arab closely connected with him, con of all horses carries out with the trasted with the Egyptian, which, most grace: ribs, large and though externally evincing a near round, body, from the top to affinity in blood to the other, yet the hock, lengthy; and outer has by chance, and inferior cross feet about a foot asunder: his ings in the Desert, degenerated skin thin and fine as the gossain blood, though his power of mer; flesh firm, bones solid and enduring fatigue, and that too on smooth, resembling ivory, and of scanty fare, is great, as is well iron strength : veins, full and vi. known amongst the different sible :-on the whole, his blood, tribes of Mamelukes. Perhaps bone, wind, and bottom, are unthe Montefic may be considered rivalled. This is a true descripthe most symmetrical in form, the tion of the unstained Arabian, Nedgedde the largest, and the whose disposition answers well to Bedouin the most powerful. What the beauty of his figure: for he sight to a lover of the horse can is docile, affectionate, and as genbe more gratifying than the mag- tle in the family of his master as nificent Arab? How beautiful a pet lamb; but when roused, his proportions ! the small muz as fierce and as dreadful as the zle, which could drink from a monarch of the forest.
REMINISCENCES OF AN OLD SPORTSMAN.
BY THE HERMIT IN LONDON.
SIR, HAVING already flown on and expansive plains of the Con
Memory's wing over the tinent, touchedat the plainsof Rosdense forests, capacious woods, common (and as it was touch and Vol. V.-SECOND SERIES.No. 27.
go there), detailed the splendour Whilst these sports and sportsof the Oriental chase, its pomp, men were flourishing in our its difficulties and danger, and Northern climes, and whilst wild ventured, descending " du suhe beast hunting, racing, and cocklime ar ridicule*, to court a smile fighting were carrying on in the by a few merry anecdotes, I beg East, our planters and rich proleave to present my friends with prietors in the West Indies pura faithful description of horse- sued (after a fashion) our sports racing in the West Indies, where of the field. A number of very Occidental expense vies with Ori- fine thorough-bred English horses ental pride and luxury.
were exported to Jamaica and to The period of my first Sport- other islands, which, however, ing Reminiscences, abroad and were found to grow weak, and at home, was that when the vel not, in an unmixed breed, to anvet cap in England had succeeded swer the purposes for which they to the gold-laced hat, and when were bred; but, when crossed the spencer was introduced as a with the Spanish blood, made curtuilment of the skirts of the very fine animals, less fleet, but town, and when the jack-boot on still of great speed and considerthe Continent shrunk into a minor able beauty, and being better leathern calf-case, albeit still of fitted to the climate than ours. huge proportions; these were Of these race-horses, bred in the the trappings of hunting. On country, Major M— (now sitting the Turt, gentlemen jockeys were at my elbow) had six, and a very all the rage, and rank and fashion rich Creole (a Mr. Davis) had at were more numerous, as riders of least a score, amongst which a their own horses, than they have horse called Blac bird was one ever been since. In Great Bric of the most famous. It is of his tain our late Monarch largely performance that I am about to patronised the race-course. In speak, giving at the same time a France, the Duke of Orleans was transient view of the scene, its at the head of all sporting: there company, localities, and a deI saw Dukes and Counts weighed scription of the Negro jockeys. for the approaching heat, who The stud of Mr. Davis was sufell in the scale afterwards, and perintended by a Newmarket (some) sunk, never to rise again. trainer, that of the Major by a The Dukes of Lauzun and Pienne man of colour, who had served a were amongst the successful complete apprenticeship in an gentlemen jockeys of their day; English racing-stable. Both these and I used to admire a dozen for- gentlemen's horses started, togegotten Lords, together with Sir ther with four others of different John Lade, the Honorable But- transatlantic sportsmen- a few ler Danvers, the handsome more having been entered, but George Parkhurst, Count O’Kelly were drawn, and paid forfeit. (such was his nom de guerre), and The scene was splendid, a numothers of the same date, at News ber of booths, with white and market and elsewhere.
striped drapery to protect the * A favorite saying of Napoleon's was, “ Du sublime au ridicule il n'y a qu'un pas." This he changed, at St. Helena, for " Du capitole au rocher Tarpeien 'il n'y a qu'un pas." How strong and expressive of his own fall!!
spectators from the sun, being ing on the stirrup by the pressure erected, which had a very pretty of the sole against it, the toes of appearance, besides the grand the little blackies were interlaced stand filled with the fair
sex, with it, adhering as close as wax. sitting imperiously distant from The boys were very proud of females of colour of every grade their occupation, and most zeaand cast, with whom they no lous and pains-taking in its exewhere and never mingled in any
cution. shape. The gentlemen amateurs The race-course was
as fine and knowing ones would have and even as a race-course could been completely in the New- be, not exceeded by Newmarket market, Epsom, or Ascot style, Straight Mile, by Doncaster, Fonbut for the immense parasol hats, tainbleau, nor the so boasted peequal in dimensions, although louse or tapis verd of Chantilly. differing in form from the Spanish It is true that the solar-beam acted sombrero, which reminded the a little on its verdure, but excesstranger that he was far from sive care and frequent watering home, and that the black colour kept it in very high order. prevailed in the population, of The weighing, mounting, and which hue there were many ex- starting at the race were exactly tremely high-dressed dames as similar to those preparations piring to a place in the ranks of on our own courses, only that ebony beauties.
the racing boys seemed to cling But what had the oddest ap- like monkeys to the rigging of a pearance of all was the Negro ship when seated in their saddles, jockeys-boys, who certainly rode and that they “ grinned horribly with great courage and dexterity, a ghastly smile," at each other being schooled under British whilst awaiting the word, their teachers, but whose dress and hearts being elate, and every modus agendi were the most gro man being expected to do his tesque, unjockey-like, and anti- duty. The start was fair and offAnglican imaginable. These lit- hand, and the heats were run all tle manikin monkeys were dress- straight forward: it was no waited in tight jackets, not unlike ing race, nor was there much our racing ones, and of the co- jockeyship; no deep manæuvring, lours of their masters' choosing; nor desperate trial of strength, so but instead of a cap, a kerchief, heart-stirring and surprising, turbanlike, was secured round when that consummate jockey their head, which by the way Chifney makes one of his unwas not operated on by the wind; equalled rushes ; no making the and as their eyes were accustomed most of a horse, nor keeping exto view the sun, the shade of the pectation on aching suspense : it jockey-cap was less necessary. was, however, a pretty race, alInstead of leathern small-clothes, though the chief contest was bethey had muslin trowsers, fixed tween Blackbird, the Major's bay tight at the ancles; and, instead of horse, and a horse got by Eclipse, a boot, their birth-day stockings the property of an Officer of the stood as a jetty substitute, a spur Garrison ; the other three horses being strapped round the foot ; were not placed. My friend whilst, not content with depends the Major's horse won the first