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hate this way of doing things, and Course, 30 subs. The owner of think it always better in such the second received 20 sovs. out cases to give the solitary bird of the Stakes. This being the some coin, but not the whole; lion of the Meeting, brought to and either let the subscriptions the scratch a large array—Mr. be added to the ensuing year, or

Houldsworth’s Vanish, Lord Wilput into some Stakes that require ton's The Chancellor, Mr. Sadaugmentation.

ler's Jocko, Lord Wilton's Bras The day's amusement finished de Fer, Sir J. Gerard's Prince with a Sweepstakes of 15 sovs. Eugene, Mr. Cosby's Hindoo, each, 5 ft., with 25 added-one Mr. Ferguson's Kangaroo, Mr. mile, 5 subs.-Lord Wilton's Bras Wormald's Bullet, and Sir T. de Fer, Mr. M. Stanley's Lady Stanley's Laurie Todd. Such an Constance, and Mr. Greville's assemblage of real bits of stuff Adam Brock, the aspirants. Lady put us all on the qui vive for the Constance was the heroine of the result; and Messrs. Irby and drama, and performed her part Hornby having handicapped with to admiration, without being once such judgment, the Gentlemen of prompted; but as a play is no- the give-and-take sort were feelthing without a hero as well as a ingly alive, speculating not a heroine, Bras de Fer stepped for- little. After a few pranks (which ward and performed the part so generally occur with numbers) and well as to out-do poor Constance, a false start, they were brought and gain the applause of the au- to the right-about, and sprang dience, with Lord Wilton in the away, Laurie and Bullet going saddle. All three placed, and a their best up to the stand, when sharp affair from the distance. the latter found he had shot a

Friday, and the last day (wea- head as far as he could, and havther tol-lol, company brilliant), ing dropped his ball, Bras de Fer began with a Match for 50 sovs., took it up, and went merrily to h. ft., half mile, between Mr. within half a mile of the post. Hobson's Winton, llst. 1llb., and Lord Wilton then led The ChanMr. Tongue's Vigornia, 10st.4lb., cellor forth, looking as if the

:-a good piece of strife, game was his own; but there is won by Winton, led by Mr. Kent's many a slip, &c., even in racing, knowing hand.

which was proved by Mr. Kent The Claret Stakes (handicap) flitting away on Vanish, and, after of 15 sovs. each, 5 ft., one mile, a superb struggle for place, gain5 subs. For this started Lord ing the day. Never was a race Wilton's Bras de Fer, 10st. 3lb., better contested, or jocks more Mr. Hobson's Winton, llst., and up to their business than the two Mr. Greville's Adam Brock; and Gentlemen above-named. None a very severe combat it was from of the others were placed they end to end; won by his Lord- could not live the rattling. ship's slipping in his courser by One Hundred Pounds, given by a head only.

the Noble Steward (Lord ChesterThe Gold Cup, value 200 sovs., field), added to a Handicap Stakes given by the Town of Manchester, of 10 sovs. each, h. ft., once round added to a Handicap Stakes of and a distance, 10 subs., brought 15 sovs. each, 5 ft., St. Leger to book Mr.Cosby's Sketch Book,

both 4 yrs.

10st. 6lb., and Mr. Johnson's Ju- Molony. There were the only piter, 12st. 9lb. The Thunderer, two placed. from some cause or other, lost this Thus ended races, which, from cause by three quarters of a the manner in which they were neck; the winner persuaded in conducted, the style of the comby his worthy owner. The fole pany, situation, running, &c. were lowing composed the group which such as must have given pleasure had not an introductian to the and satisfaction to every beholder. Judge—Mr. Hoyle's Wanderer, To Lord Wilton, for giving up Mr. Gully's Tranby, Lord Wil- his magnificent park, no adequate ton's Rough Robin, Mr. Jodrell thanks can be returned. If his named Victim, and Mr. Hobson's Lordship is an admirer of female Winton.

charms, his best reward must have Handicap Stakes of 5 sovs.each, been in beholding so many lovely with 25 added, one mile, 31 subs. women enjoying the delightful This being a wind-up to the spot appointed for their peculiar Meeting brought a full field of gratification. Of the Gentlemen eight horses-Mr. Houldsworth's pilots, I have only to say they all Circassian, 9st. 91b.; Mr. Cook's did well; and such general satisfilly by Catton out of Orphan, faction has been given by this 9st. ; Lord Derby's Mumper, by meeting, that the good folks of Tramp, 4 yrs, 9st. 121b. ; Mr. Manchester have proposed more Weatherill's Taglioni, 4 yrs,

9st. new stakes for the ensuing year; 91b. ; Mr. Henderson's The Pea- and the spirited proprietor of the cock, 4 yrs, 10st. 71b. ; Mr. Tur- Albion Hotel, and his friends, ner's The Nabb, 4 yrs, 10st. 101b.; have determined to commence a Mr. Wormald's Bullet, 11st. 21b.; subscription of 100 sovereigns for and Mr. Johnson's Jupiter, aged, a Plate.

a Plate. If all things work well, 12st. 8lb. Orphan bounded off, I hope next year to be enabled to but was overtaken by the Cir- give you as favorable an account cassian dame, which from the as the present, and remain, yours, gallant Orphan obtained the pre

SLASHING HARRY. cedence her charms merited-she Albion Hotel, Manchester, won by a length, guided by Mr.

October 8, 1831.

REPLY TO MR. WILKINSON, ON THE PARABOLIC BREECH.

WH HEN last I had the pleasure, occupations) for some time. Here

Mr. Editor, of addressing I enjoy that solitude and leisure you, I was on the point of leaving which are certainly the true luxthat scene of noise, dirt, and dis- uries of existence. Seated in my cord, London, after a longer so- easy chair by my window, through journ than usual in it. That which steals the delicious perdesirable consummation was ef- fume of the woodbine, with some fected in safety; and I now write chosen volume before me, always to you from my sanctum sancto- looking forward with the greatrum, in which I have been domes- est anxiety for the arrival of the ticated (following my usual quiet Magazine, I assure you I envy

no man on earth. The time for When I visited this Gentleman's riotous amusements is past for Magasin, I begged the favour of me: I have literally sown every looking at his newly-invented wild oat, and have no pleasures breeching, which I had seen adnow left me

so great as those vertised. This was brought forwhich my books and my gun ward, with some guns which he afford.

said had been sent to have the A-propos of guns: I must entreat parabolic removed, and the inyou will allow me a little

space

to vincible counter put in its stead. answer a letter addressed to me

Is it likely, after the pains taken in the September Number by by Mr. W. to prove the immense Mr. Wilkinson, from the tenor of superiority of his invention.....; which I imagine he considers is it possible, I say, any man could himself injured by some former be so thick-headed, such a perfect remarks of mine. I have allowed noodle, as not to know which was a month to pass ere I answered which? We all know it doesn't it, and in th meantime have do to cry “stinking fish;” and read, marked, and digested both none seem more aware of that what I had said, and Mr. Wil- fact than Mr. Wilkinson, who kinson's reply. Ere I proceed 1 positively overwhelmed me with must say it was far from my in- the praises of this said gun.

I tention to wound any man's feel- was asked, amongst many other ings by the remarks I made in things, if it was likely Gentlemen my letter. No! rather would I would send their old guns, made condemn my goose-quill to eter- by other makers as well as himnal banishment than be influenced self, to have the counter affixed, by such unworthy feelings. Mr. if not convinced of its virtue ? W. has shared the fate of his To this I answer, “New brooms fellow gunsmiths, who all most sweep clean.” Men are whimsipolitely allowed me to inspect cal beings, and apt to be tempted their works, and if I have found by a new invention. I once knew anything to condemn in his I a Gentleman who made a point am sorry; but my love of truth of buying every lamp that ever and dislike of Aattery compel me came out, and piqued himself to speak of things “as I find always most amazingly upon the them.”

newest purchase, till time and “Let the galled jade wince.” a still newer invention brought Mr. W. has thrown the gauntlet, forth its defects. I should be and, if wounded by a random

sorry to be too positive, but I shot, must blame himself for it. have some idea this clever inMr. Wilkinson commences by vention is not so

as Mr. saying, I have confounded the two Wilkinson would have us supprinciples of parabolic and counter- pose, and that it was, as I before parabolic. Now he must think I observed, once tried by Mr. Nock, made a very bad use of my time and abandoned. Mr. W. at school, and that indeed I must was applied to mortars, and is so be a complete blockhead, to be still: but here I must again be ignorant of the word counter, I rude enough to contradict him ; must really be so bold, for my and if he will take the trouble credit's sake, as to deny this in toto. some fine morning of conveying

new

says it

himself to Woolwich, he will have having a greater vent, would be ocular demonstration of the fact. able to disengage itself from the A gun of that pattern is to be weight quickly. This is exactly seen there, which is kept merely the case with guns. to shew that such things have Another disadvantage in Mr. been. It was in truth “weighed Wilkinson's chef-d'œuvre-and a in the balance, and found want- very great one toomis, that

you ing.” The mortars of the present are absolutely compelled to shoot day, I can assure Mr. Wilkinson, always at the same distance. Now, are cast in a totally different way; all sportsmen know that different and I would venture a trifle, that sizes of pellets require different in no arsenal in Europe are they charges of powder. Thus, in the patronised; and further, that men early part of the season we use of science would ridicule the in- No. 7 ; but as it advances, and vention altogether.

the game grows strong and wild, It is admitted on all hands that larger sized pellets are indispenthe grand object of combustion sable to bring down your bird. is to impel the object from the In the gun in question no altercentre with equality and force. ation can be made ; you must This being the case and even neither increase nor decrease. Mr. W. will not deny anything so If the former were attempted, obvious-how in the name of for- the powder would get above the tune can his chambers (which, shoulder of the breech into the like a jack-boot, are small at each barrel, and cause a double action, end and large in the middle) be which would do away altogether perfect? It is as plain as the with the invention: if the latter, nose in your face that the charge, the chances are very much in fafrom the circuitous route it has vour of the gun's bursting in to travel, must exhaust its force

your hands (a thing rather to be very considerably. In my opi. avoided than not), upon the prinnion, were Mr. Wilkinson to have, ciple of the fixed air. I

may be instead of this one narrow outlet, told there is no difficulty in puttwo of the same dimensions, the ting in the whole charge. There power would be increased by the may be no difficulty, and yet it may additional vent. In support of this frequently not be done, for neither argument I shall again refer to sportsmen nor Mr. W.'s guns are the large and small syringe. Put infallible. Many little things may into both an equal quantity of at times occur :-for instance, water, and it will be found the some of the powder may hang large one, from the superior vent about the barrel, from frequent allowed, will be exhausted first, discharges; or the top of the flask and with greater force. Again, may not be full when it is poured were a vessel, having but one into the gun; thus lessening the outlet, to be filled with air and co, charge, and consequently weakvered with a weight, the pressure ening the explosion: for it stands from within would be insufficient to reason the powder cannot ignite to lift that weight; but if two with so much strength under such holes or outlets of the same di circumstances as when confined mensions were formed, the air, in a body.

I am

I say,

I trust I have explained to the wanton in, would have wafted satisfaction of my brother sports. itself so gently as scarcely to be men, if not to Mr. Wilkinson, felt. Is it not so, Mr. W.? that the chambers constructed by I feel infinitely obliged to this that Gentleman are not such as Gentleman for his condescension will enable a man to shoot in in informing me of the power of every way. If Mr. W. has the percussion powder; but (with depeculiar tact of knowing the gun's ference be it spoken) I think, had best shooting, I can only say he he kept it to himself, it would is more gifted than any of his have been better for his cause. fraternity from Brummagem to He has, to use a simile quite in Madrid.

keeping, suffered his weapon to On the subject of recoil, the recoil upon himself; for a stronger Pall Mall Gentleman professes argument against his chambers not to understand me.

he could not have advanced. I sorry

his organ of comprehension again repeat, no chamber ever should be so weakly defined-for constructed has so great a chance weakly indeed must it be if he of having its charge weakened can fail to understand me when and lessened as this must have,

“ the air which instanter from its palpable imperfections. rushes down the barrel cannot “ There is but one step from the discharge itself," &c. Does Mr. sublime to the ridiculous ;” and Wilkinson

suppose recoil is main- really Mr. Wilkinson comes very ly occasioned

by the discharge of near the latter, when he circulates the load? If he does, God help a letter containing such modest him, for he can know but little of observations as these:"Having the principles of resistance of air. read much on these subjects, and All guns constructed with an out- experimented more, I think I am let into the barrel smaller than aware of all that has hitherto been the opening at the breech must done.”. * It is not my intention to occasion a greater recoil from the enter into such an explanation as violence with which the air rushes may enable those to succeed who through the small opening. If have hitherto failed in their imithis is too abstruse for the facul- tations.” ties of Mr. Wilkinson, I will I should be sorry to disturb the make it plainer by asking him, pleasant feelings Mr. W. seems to whether he ever had the mis- entertain of himself; but I cannot fortune to sit by a door that had help remarking, that true genius been left a-jar? If he has suf- is ever modest and humble, feelfered this little misery of human ing no vulgar pride, but rather life, he will know that the wind, shunning than courting observahaving so small a vent, is col- tion. There is indeed a spurious lected into a body, and rushes sort, which may pass with the with great violence through the multitude for pure ore; but, if aperture, bringing to the unhappy submitted to the crucible of the personage near it certain cold or

connoisseur, will quickly lose its tooth-ache ; but, had that door shining qualities and appear what been thrown wide open, the air it is, mere dross. having so much more room to I have now done. The only

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