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Leger Stakes, 68 subs. of 25 sovs. each.

The field consisted of twentyeight horses, which started off, at the given signal, in the most admirable style. At the distance the chance of PRIAM, Emancipator, and Birmingham appeared equal: the contest was stoutly maintained to the end, Birmingham winning by half a length only:-11 to 10 agst PRIAM; 15 to 1 agst Birmingham. For the particulars of this race see Sporting Magazine, vol. i. Second Series, p. 387.

After the St. Leger Mr. Chifney offered to run Birmingham for 1000gs. at Newmarket, Ditch In, giving Birmingham 3lbs., which was refused: he also offered to run him at Doncaster (1831) for 1000gs., the same course and weights, which was also refused.

8.-On September 23, PRIAM, carrying 8st., beat Lord Kelburne's br. c. Retriever, by Smolensko out of Georgiana, 4 yrs, Sst. 3lb., a match, one mile and a half, 500 sovs. h. ft. Retriever took the lead to the distance, where PRIAM passed him, and won with the greatest ease by at least three lengths:-13 to 8 on PRIAM.

9. Same day, PRIAM walked over for the Gascoigne Stakes of 100 sovs. each, 30 ft. colts 8st. 6lb., fillies 8st. 3lb.-St. Leger Course (7 subs.) 10.-At the Newmarket Craven Meeting, April 4th, 1831, PRIAM, carrying 8st. 4lb. (J. Robinson), won by three lengths the Craven Stakes of 10 sovs. each, weight for age, A.F. (16 subs.), beating Col. Wilson's colt by Comus out of Rotterdam, and Mr. Nowell's colt by Muley out of Lacerta. Seven others also started but were not placed:-5 to 2 on PRIAM.

11.-April 8, PRIAM, rode by J. Robinson, won, by a length, the Port Stakes of 100 sovs. each. h. ft.colts 8st. 7lb., fillies 8st. 4lb.T.M.M.of the B.C. (11 subs.), beating Col. Wilson's colt by Comus out of Rotterdam (who received back his Stake) and Lord Exeter's Mahmoud by Sultan :-4 to 1 on PRIAM, 5 to 1 agst Mahmoud, and 8 to 1 agst the Rotterdam colt.

12. In the First Spring Meeting, April 22, PRIAM, the property of Lord Chesterfield, beat Sir M. Wood's Lucetta by Reveller, 4 yrs, 8st. 7lb. each, a Match for 200 sovs., h. ft., T.M.M. of the B.C.:-6 to 4 on PRIAM, who won easily by four lengths. Chifney rode PRIAM, and Robinson Lucetta. 13.-August 18th, PRIAM, at 9st.5lb. jock'd by Connolly, won the Gold Cup at Goodwood, value 300 sovs., and the surplus in specie, by subscriptions of 20 sovs. each, with 100 sovs. added by the City of Chichester (37 subs.), beating His Majesty's mare Fleurde-Lis, aged, 9st. 11lb., and Mr. Scott Stonehewer's Variation, 4 yrs, 8st. 11lb.:-6 to 5 agst PRIAM, 5 to 4 agst Fleur-de-Lis, and 5 to 1 agst Va


14.-Oct. 4th, at the Newmarket First October Meeting, PRIAM, 4 yrs, 7st. 11lb., received 130 sovs. ft. and the Cup, from Sir Mark Wood's Lucetta, 5 yrs, 8st. 8lb. B.C. for the Cup and 200 sovs.

15. At the Second October Meeting, October 20th, PRIAM, 9st. 2lb., rode by J. Robinson, beat Lord Exeter's ch. c. Augustus by Sultan out of Augusta, under the guidance of W. Arnull, 8st., both four years old, A.F. 500. Seven to 4 on PRIAM, who won without difficulty, or indeed, apparent exertion. See OBSERVATOR'S account of this race, p. 41, of the present Number.

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It was well observed that winning the Goodwood Cup, looking at the weight, placed PRIAM at the head of all horses on the Turf according to public running. If he then merited such a character, what must be thought of him now-giving 16lbs. to a horse of his year, and such a horse too as Augustus!-This first-rater has won up to this period 88201. in specie, exclusively of the two Cups.

By the permission of the Right Hon. the Earl of Chesterfield, we have the gratification of presenting our readers with a fac simile of the magnificent Gold Cup won by this splendid horse at Goodwood.

*For an epitome of the challenges and running for the WHIP, see Sporting Magazine, vol. xxv. N.S. p. 38: and for the origin of, with a list of the winners of the Jockey Club GoLD CUP, see vol. 1. Second Series, p. 156.



The Rivers Beauly, Ewe, and Gruinyard.

FR ROM the Ness, where my sport had been rather of the brilliant order, I proceeded to the Beauly, a large, rapid, and capital salmon river. On it, and about three miles from its mouth, are the highly picturesque falls of Kilmorack, which are regularly visited by travellers who wend their way to the northern parts of Scotland in search of the romantic and beautiful. During the greater part of the year these falls prevent the fish from ascending farther up, and, by confining them within certain limits, render the angling of course superior to what it otherwise would be, were they permitted to scatter themselves through the innumerable streams above this natural impediment. Below the falls the salmon may be seen leaping in numbers at a time, making unwearied but ineffectual efforts to force a passage through the immense and overwhelming volume of water which precipitates itself over a grand and imposing shelf of rock. It was amusing to watch the gallant attempts of the fish to clear this formidable obstacle, as the force of the waters made them cast the most extraordinary summersets when they happened to make their leap too far from the fall.

It is certainly wonderful in how short a time salmon ascend rivers for many miles, forcing their way against the most rapid currents, and clearing, with apparent but inconceivable facility, cataracts of several feet in height.

This they could not accomplish were the popular error correct of their taking their tails in their mouths when they attempt to leap.

In heavy floods the fish are enabled to get over the falls of Kilmorack, when they ascend as near the source of the river as the depth of the pools where they purpose depositing their spawn will permit.

There is one capital stream immediately below the falls at the Mill, but the best is that below the cruives (or salmon-traps), where, when the water is low, the fish are stopped by a barrier of huge stones, rudely put to-. gether, so as to form a bulwark across the river. This stops their progress to the pools above, and the fish congregate in the stream below in such vast numbers, that I have known 180 head taken out at two hauls of the net. Farther down the river there are two other pools, but they are not so good as the forementioned. In the Beauly, as in the Ness, the Irish gaudy fly was triumphant, although the Laird's piper and fisherman (an old and faithful adherent of the Lovat family, and who has fished the river for fifty years) was pleased to designate them nonsense flies, and boasted of the superiority of the common fly of the country. I was much amused with the obstinate bigotry of the old boy, who, although he witnessed my success, and with no small jealousy too, still persisted in asserting that those of his own manu

facture were superior, and that the Paddies might do now and then, but would not answer on all occasions. This venerable has since, I understand, become a convert to the new light, and willingly courts the killing aid of the handy-work of O'Shaughnessy and Martin Kelly.

Although the streams swarmed with fish, my sport, during the two days I devoted to the Beauly, was not of the first water, as the river was nearly dry, and the salmon, while they rose tolerably briskly, were exceedingly shy of coming into near contact with anything artificial, however minute and deceptive.

The net-fishing of the Beauly lets for 15001. per annum, and the river is strictly preserved, even against the intrusion of anglers, and no one is allowed to fish without the permission of the proprietor, Fraser of Lovat.

The present Laird is the lineal descendant of the celebrated and notorious Lord Lovat, who was executed for his steady and unflinching adherence to the cause of the unfortunate House of Stuart. Previously to the Rebellion, it is related, he had remained for two years in bed in a state of despondency, but when the news of the Prince's landing was communicated to him, he started up and cried, "Lassie, bring me my brogues-I'll rise noo!"

"Lord Lovat was one of the most extraordinary men that ever appeared in public life. He was crafty and politic to an astonishing degree; cruel, rapacious; had great natural abilities, much wit, and prodigious talents for business; but an utter destitution of principle spoiled in him the parts

which might have composed a distinguished Statesman.'

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On one occasion he was found stretched out in bed between two Highland lasses, who, being naked, affected out of modesty to hide their faces under the bed clothes; and the old Lord accounted for this strange scene by saying that his blood had become cold, and he was obliged to supply the want of heat by the application of animal warmth. Lord Lovat used to send one of his numerous retainers to Loch Ness, a distance of eight miles, every day for the water he drank. He was exceedingly fond of highly-seasoned minced veal, and probably on most occasions ate rather more than prudence dictated-on the plea that it was difficult to persuade the stomach, because it had no ears as he never could gratify his taste and appetite for his pet dish without suffering from the indiscretion. When confined in the Tower, only two hours previously to his execution, he thought he might, with perfect impunity, make a hearty meal of his favorite fare; and, as the story goes, he actually did consume a large mess of the said minced veal, saying that he should be gone before the customary unpleasant effects of his over-indulgence could be experienced.

The present Lovat expects to have the forfeited Peerage restored in his person; and with all my heart I wish him success, as he is an excellent, high-minded, and hospitable country Gentleman, disposed to improve his vast estates, and extend the comforts of his numerous tenantry.

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