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HARRY JONES AND JACK PERKINS.
displayed. A short rally ensued, and the exchanges were equally balanced.
In a close, Harry shewed most The match between these high- strength, and gave his man a heavy couraged and scientific pugilists took fall. place on Tuesday, Jan. 17, at Hurley The two first rounds occupied fourBottom, for 501. a-side. It was ori- teen minutes; and in the third, after ginally fixed for Wingfield Plain, but some smart fibbing, Harry again threw the Magistrates of Berks having been the Pet a heavy fall and tumbled officiously apprised of the projected plump upon him. meet by some determined enemy to It is needless to describe all the the Ring, a friendly intimation was rounds which succeeded : in the 4th, given to Jones at his quarters, the 5th, and 6th, Perkins was thrown heaNew Inn, Staines, and thence" vily, and 2 to 1 freely betted on the pressed” to Maidenhead, where Per- Sailor, which odds were kins had cast anchor. The “ venue" duced. In the succeeding rounds was consequently changed to the above Harry grappled his opponent repeatspot, and early in the morning the edly, and threw him severely. Both Sailor Boy in a neat-rigged vessel displayed great courage ; but Harry's made weigh for the scene of action, strength gave him an admitted supepassing through Windsor with nu- riority at in-fighting ; and in the 18th merous first-raters in his wake, and round he threw his man a complete shoals of small craft bringing up the whirligig-spin over his hip, falling The toddlers were also very upon him. Perkins came with the
point of his shoulder to the ground, The ropes were pitched in a field and a cry arose that his shoulder was close by the road-side, and shortly out. Whilst sitting on Gaynor's knec, after one o'clock the Belligerents ap- Sam was seen trying to force the bone peared, the Sailor Boy under the aus- in, but he said there was nothing the pices of Tom Gaynor and Young matter. Dutch Sam, and the Oxford Pet, alias In the 20th, the point of the collarthe Chorister, alias Perkins, supported bone was palpable under the skin, by Tom Spring and Ned Neal and there was a general cry that it was Harry in slap-up condition, at 10st. broken, but the seconds would not 4lb. and Jack, though perhaps not have it: it was evident, however, he quite up to the mark, tost. 10lb.- could not use his left without great No time was lost in preparation, and pain, and could not stop Harry's delithe men, after the customary courtesy, veries, who seemed unwilling to were placed opposite each other, with pursue his punishment. In a rally about 10,000 eyes anxiously watching Perkins was hit down. their tactics.
Harry, finding Perkins would not They commenced the first round give in, rushed, in the 21st round, to with great caution, both equally finish, delivered right and left, and awake, with some beautiful stopping downed him. Cries of “ Shame! take on both sides. At last Perkins hit him away !” but Sam said it was all out quickly, caught Harry slightly on right. the mouth, and drew 'first blood. On again rising he was near his Long shots were mutually exchanged umpire, who asked him if there was at the nob, and as they neared each anything the matter? He reluctantly, other, Jones gave him pepper on the admitted “ his shoulder was hurt, right side of the head, but in trying a and all chance of turning the scale flinging hit with his dexter he over- being then over, his seconds gave in balanced himself, and fell.
for him, after fighting forty-six In the second both pursued the minutes. A surgeon came forward, same cautious system, mutual stopping examined the shoulder, and protook place, and first-rate science was nounced the clavicle to be fractured ;
in fact the broken bone was visible to te'l with certain effect. Harry cerevery person who could approach liim. tainly never fought with more judgThe poor fellow walked out of the ment or prudence. Perkins was conring deeply mortified, and his friends veyed without delay to Henley, while still thought that, but for the acci- Harry was soon dressed, and walking dent, he would have worn his man round the ring as if there had been out and won the battle.
nothing the matter. He shewed a A more scientific display of the slight graze on the nose, his mouth beauty of the art, or more effectual was a little contused, and he had a stops, have seldom been witnessed; slight swelling on the back of the and such was the inpression of the neck, which he aclmitted was stiff; latter on Harry's right arm that it his left hand, too, was a little puffed, was bruised from the wrist to the but he was as active and fresh on his elbow. In the course of the battle pins as at commencing. Jones having there were several heavy deliveries, won the Oxford colours, he twined but there was nothing cutting in the them with his own, and wore them execution. Perkins's blows, though round his neck as a trophy of victory. straight, were not always well judged
SPORTING OBITUARY. as to distance, and did not go home At Harrold Hall, Bedfordshire, on with effect. At in-fighting Harry Thursday, January 19, Smoaker, the had a decided advantage, and in well-known and celebrated deer greythrowing carried all before him. The hound and retriever, the property of falls were of themselves sufficient to the Hon. Grantley Berkeley.
It is always with pain that we reject any communication, particularly from one whom we know to be a most powerful coadjutor : but, owing to the dilemma in which we were once involved by a protracted controversy,we then resolved never again to place ourselves in a similar predicament. If the statements of any of our contributors are called in question, or their judgment impugned, we can have no right to object to their refutation; and we are equally bound to give place to a defence. Audi alteram partem is an act of justice ; but beyond this we cannot, must not go. We will not here even allude to that which has caused a difference of opinion between two valued Cor. respondents, lest we should wound the feelings of the one to whom we are so much bound in gratitude; and, from the many favours conferred on us by the other, we feel assured he will see the force of our objections, and applaud the propriety of our judgment. Besides, we know he would regret having “shot his arrow o'er the house, and hurt his brother."
Many thanks to “ Tot Inchley, jun." for his hints; but he must be aware that we have in inany instances anticipated his wishes, and that some others are utterly impracticable. As, however, we always “ take the will for the deed,” we thank himn. 'Perhaps he will reverse the axiom, and give us “ the deed for the will;" or, in other words, that he will supply that information in which he considers we are deficient. We shall be happy at all times in attending to any practicable suggestions.
We are obliged to “ Nota Bene” for his communication : but really it appears that he is not quite au fait ou the subject he treats of_his plan is as impracticable as it is inadmissible. There cannot be two Kings of Brentford.
In reply to “G. M."-De Canibus Britannicis was published in 1570. The learned and pious author, Dr. John Kaye, or Caius, was successively Physician to Edward VI., Mary, and Elizabeth. In 1557 he obtained a licence to advance Gonvile Hall, Cambridge, into a College, which he endowed with several considerable estates, and which to this day retains his name. This work was composed at the request of the celebrated Gesner; and so excellent did the plan appear to Mr. Pennant, that he inserted it entire in his British Zoology.
The communication of “ Toby Philpot” has been received; but we are apprehen. sive that its insertion would lead to a discussion of little interest to the majority of our readers.
We refer 6 A Trotter” to our Fourth Volume, pp. 31 and 239, for portraits and performances of those celebrated mares, the property of Mr. Ogden and Mr. Bishop.
VOL. IV. SECOND SERIES,
Address to our Readers ..................317
.331 Muscat, a Grey Arabian ......
.332 The Dog-Fisher
.333 Some Passages between the late King and Parson Butler .......
.........336 Stanzas to My Horse, by E. L. Bulw:r,M.P. 340 Two last Days of the last Black Game Season
...................341 By-gone Scenes, or Days of Hog-hunting,
No. V.-the Chase of the Ostrich ......351 Reminiscences of an Old Sportsman, in
terspersed with Anecdotes :-the Bat. tle Field and the Sporting Field compared : the Praise of Field Sports illus. trated by Examples: Royal and Illustrious Sportsmen, &c. by The Hermit in London........
East Kent Hounds........................361
WEST, continued :-Mr. Phillipps's
..........365 Capital Run with Colonel Wyndham's Hounds
.........384 A few Words on Pictorial Criticism......385 Just Retribution, by The Devonian ......388 Habits, &c. of the Mallard...
.392 SPORTING INTELLIGENCE:-
The Turf-Bettings at Tattersallis-
ings---Greyhound Stallions, &c.........393 NOTICES TO CORRESPONDENTS ....396 RACING CALENDAR.............
II. THE MALLARD.
ADDRESS TO OUR READERS,
Magna est veritas, et prævalebit.
IT is at all times an ungracious task to bring ourselves before the
notice of our readers; but when virulent, uncalled-for, and unjustifiable abuse is levelled at us, on account of the great patronage accorded us by the Sporting World, we should be wanting in justice to ourselves to pass it over in silence, and at the same time evince a disrespect to our best friends, the Public, by suffering it to remain unanswered. When the Annals of Sporting was brought out in opposition to the SPORTING MAGAZINE, there was a liberality in its conductors which aimed at superior intelligence, and they strained every nerve to beat us out of the field: but, notwithstanding the talent then called into action-and there were some eminent practical Sportsmen amongst its Contributors--the
result was a complete failure, and the balance of profit was considerably on the wrong side of the “ Book ;” or, as Joseph Hume would say, the “tottle of the whole” was a beggarly account of empty pockets. Still it was a liberal opponent, and, as such, we ever treated it as a fair competitor for public favour.
Among the ephemeral productions of the day one has recently appeared under the title of the New Sporting Magazine, which, if self-praise be a criterion of merit, must be “ incomparable!” But if gross misrepresentations, palpable plagiarisms, stale jokes, feeble attempts at wit, calumny, and powerless malignity are claims upon public support, then we admit this scurrilous bantling is pre-eminent. The paltry allusions to “ the slip-slop trash dished up monthly by an aged and degenerate cotemporary,” are too contemptible to notice --they pass by like the idle wind which we regard not:" but when we are told, that the proprietors of the New Sporting Magazine “commenced their work with the benefit of nearly twenty years' experience derived from the Old one, and with an acquaintance with all its contributors," we may be excused for replying in the words of the late Lord Ellenborough, “ 'tis as false as H-11:" and when they explain“ why certain writers of celebrity are not found among their contributors,” that “ one is no more, and another
may be considered dead to the Sporting World,” we can positively affirm that they knew neither the one nor the other. These palpable untruths, however, would be beneath our contempt were it not for what follows--viz. “ that Nimrod is prohibited, for a certain time, from writing on Sporting Subjects save in the Old Magazine"adding, “this he will never do again;" but that he is “ their friend, and whatever service he can be of short of the violation of his contract, they can command.”
Even this assertion would not have induced us to explain the reasons why communications from Nimrod have not lately appeared in our pages, did we not know that he has addressed several influential friends, stating that he has withdrawn from our service “ in disgust,” and that he has in numerous instances endeavored to do an injury to his former benefactors. This, added to the shameless and degrading character in which he has lately appeared, on our re-publication of his “Letters on the Condition of Hunters," impose on us the painful necessity of laying before our readers
" A plain unvarnish'd tale," as to the real cause of this writer having deserted us, and fled his country.
When Nimrod commenced writing for the SPORTING MAGAZINE he was in difficulties, and the late Mr. Pittman's purse relieved him from his embarrassments. He was then engaged to furnish monthly articles on most liberal terms, and all his expenses paid-hunters, hacks, grooms, travelling, &c. &c.-and we can prove that in six years he drew from the Magazine the enormous sum of Nine Thousand Pounds. It should be observed, however, that Nimrod did not actually earn this sum by his writings; for he was continually in want of the “ needful," and frequently drawing ad libitum for money, which Mr. Pittman answered with that easy good nature which ever marked his conduct towards him.
This, however, could not last long, and Mr. Pittman, in the July previous to his death, in 1827, rejected the payment of various bills of exchange presented on the faith of former compliance. A new account was opened, leaving no less than 4001. unliquidated, in addition to the sum of Two Thousand Pounds, which had been lent him on the security of his farm at Beaurepaire, and on his undertaking to insure his life for that amount, but of which insurance he never paid more than one year's premium.
On the death of his benefactor, he applied to the executor for an advance of money, which was accorded him, and he continued to write for some months, receiving the same remuneration as heretofore. This continued till he went to Germany, in July 1828, the expense of which he calculated not to exceed 301. Indeed he asked no more: but this was liberally made 501. exclusively of the sum to be paid for his communications; and on his return, when it was ascertained that Mr. Tattersall, who accompanied him, had advanced him 401., this was also discharged by the present proprietor. Notwithstanding this, he demanded the loan of a large sum of money before he would furnish the materiel, and some months elapsed before he delivered the MS. into our hands, and which he only did at last on being paid down its full amount, calculating the probable quantity it would make in our pages. To raise the specific sum he then wanted, much of the MS. was delivered in unconnected scraps. After the “ Tour” was printed in successive Numbers, these “odds and ends” required to be arranged for the press: they were therefore sent back to him for that purpose he returned them in their original state, refusing to have anything to do with them.
In August 1829, Nimrod having declined to furnish any farther communications to the Magazine, in consequence of a refusal to comply with his exorbitant demands, the account of the money due