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real blue-mottled breed, named Harlot. The latter appeared to be of the purest blood without a stain. Leaving this interesting court, you enter another large grass court for hounds after feeding, in the middle of which is erected a stage, standing some feet from the ground, with steps leading to it. This may serve for two purposes—either for persons to look over the hounds, or for the hounds to climb up: it is intended, I hear, for the latter purpose. I have never, that I remember, seen anything of the kind before in any other kennels : indeed few kennels could afford the room; but the Ashton Lower Kennels alone stand on three acres of ground. I suspect these are not so dry as the Upper, from the circumstance of the hounds almost always lodging in the latter.
I now pass on to the hounds. This is the only complete pack of mottled hounds I ever saw. You here see six-and-twenty couples of hunting hounds, approaching as near as possible, I should say, to the old style of hound: be this as it may, they have all, with only one exception, been bred by Sir John Smyth. They can also go the pace, as the following run, related to me by Bitten the Huntsman, will prove:
They got away,” said he, “ with a fox at Compton Martin, and, running him over Mendip, killed him at Chedder Cliffs, below Wells, in two hours and five minutes. Out of thirty at the meet only nine were in at the death. The distance must have been nearly twoand-twenty miles." This short description of the run speaks a great deal. The hounds had to contend with a fine stout-running fox, no doubt one of Mr. Tudway's, who had travelled from Chedder to Ashton for the sake of the well-stocked game-preserves, or some other allurement. Whether so or not, the hounds ran him well, and earned him fairly. The number of hares killed by this pack during the last season amounted to thirty-three brace.
Sir John, hunting entirely for his own pleasure and amusement, has no fixed days for turning out : he hunts three days a-week, occasionally four, and appears in the field with his Huntsman and Whip and twenty-two couple of hounds. During the last few seasons the hounds have been rounded. Bitten says he finds they fly to the horn quicker when in covert. It certainly makes them appear more foxy, but I doubt whether it is quite in character with the other parts of this old style of hound. With the exception of two or three (perhaps too good to be parted with) they stand pretty level to the eye. Louder and Ruler struck me as being fine powerful hounds. Ruler is son of Royal, a celebrated old hound of Sir John's: he appeared some time back in THE SPORTING MAGAZINE.
Sir John does not confine himself entirely to the harriers, though they certainly stand the first, for I saw four brace of particularly neat greyhounds, a couple of which, I am told, are most determined killers.
This brief notice of these celebrated harriers will no doubt call to mind, on the approaching season, many a good day's run, and will prove to those who have the good fortune to partake of the sport shewn by Sir John, that amidst racing, shooting, fishing, boating, cricket, &c., that most glorious of the field," the Chase,” is not forgotten.
That Sir John Smyth, who is exceedingly fond of his hounds, may long remain at the head of so fine an establishment is the sincere wish of Monday, July 19, 1839.
RACING INTELLIGENCE EXTRA. Newmarket. - On the Thursday in the Craven Meeting, General Grosvenor's Diplomacy, Sst. 715., is matched for 100, h. ft. against Lord Albemarle's Clove, 8st., T. Y. C. ; and in the First Spring, Mr. Thornhill's Euclid, 8št. 715. for 300, b. ft. against Lord Lichfield's Corsair, 8st. 218., A. F.
A notice is given that Gentlemen wishing to have their horses handicapped for thc Cesarewitch Stakes, at the Newmarket Second October Meeting, must be put down at Messrs. Weatherby's on or before Monday the 5th of August.
Lord Exeter has three horses entered for the Buckenham Stakes, in the First October Meeting, of 300 each, h. ft., for the produce of mares covered in 1838, Colonel Peel three, and Lord George Bentinck six : of the latter, b. f. by Bay Middleton out of Her Majesty and b. c. by Bay Middleton out of Slane's dam are dead.
The last race at the Goodwood Meeting 1837 was THE WATERLOO SHIELD, a piece of plate value £1000, given by Lord George Bentinck, added to a Sweepstakes of 25 sovs. each, 15 ft., and won by Colonel Peel's Slane beating Zohrab, The Drummer, and fifteen others. Å drawing of the intended trophy was only then exhibited, and the Shield is just completed. It is of silver frosted, representing the last charge of the Life Guards at Waterloo, the Duke of Wellington and his Staff occupying the centre. When we saw the drawing we did not conceive it possible that so many figures and groups of combatants could be clearly brought out ; but the composition is perfect : the figures of His Grace and charger are almost statues, they stand in such strong relief. All the details are in a severe school of art, and are equally creditable to the foreign artist, Bozzoni, who designed it, as to Messrs. Storr and Mortimer, the manufacturers.
RACES TO COME. Kington
August 1 Burton-on-Trent.... August 20 Norfolk, &c. ...... September 10 Miltown Malby 2 Newport, Salop ......... 20 Sandbach
10 Huntingdon 6 Oxford
20 Abingdon.. Pottery 6 Aberystwith 21 Ashford
11 Yarmouth 6 Blandford 21 Leicester
Il Worcester ...... 6 Dove House .. 21 Doncaster ...
16 Brighton.. 7 Leominster
Redditch..... Haverfordwest 7 Plymouth . .. 21 Isle of Thanet...
18 Marlow 7 Tunbridge Wells 21 Shrewsbury
7 York August Meeting
18 Anglesey. 7 Paisley
......19 Fermoy 7 Stourbridge 26 Oswestry
24 Newcastle-under-Lyme 8 Egham
25 Newton, Devon....... 8 Northampton..
28 Walsall Marborough 9 Canterbury
October 1 Boulogne-sur-Mer
... 29 Royal Caledonian Hunt .... 1 Wolverhampton 12 Southampton ......
29 Newmarket First October .. 1 Chelmsford 13 Stockton, Durham 29 Rugeley
3 Devon and Exeter 14 Clitheroe 29 Stafford ..
7 Lee, &c. .... Warwick ......... September 3 Knutsford
9 Lewes Richmond, Yorkshire ...... Northallerton
14 Morpeth, Northumberland.. 4 Newmarket Second October, 14 Swansea 14 Totnes and Bridgetown 4 Kelso
Western Meeting (Ayr) 4 Newmarket Houghton . 28 Bromyard Rochester and Chatham .... 5
........ 28 Ripon .................... 19 Beccles
Middlebam ................ 31 Midleton .......... ...... 19 Lichfield
Goodwood.-" There is no nation," says Sterne," where the sciences are more fitly wood, or where art is more liberally encouraged than in our native England.” If this be true as applied to the United Kingdom, how much more does it attach to the ancestors and present Noble Owner of this splendid domain, who, though the collection of pictures can boast of numerous matchless productions of the great foreign masters, have ever stood in front rank among the patrons of native artists! Guide books are
plentiful as blackberries,” and there is no portion of the British Empire to which the “idle or inquisitive traveller” may not journey as on a literary railroad, and cull the beauties of the “stately homes of England.” Mr. W. Hayley Mason, librarian to His Grace of Richmond, has just published a delightful little volume, with illustrations, in which a catalogue raisonné is given of all the pictures in the Goodwood gallery, with descriptive particulars of all that is interesting in house, park, and grounds. A more appropriate time for such a publication could not have been selected, now that the princely mansion is filled to overflow with all the elite of our Sporting Aristocracy ; though we should observe that the collection is at all times open to the inspection of the stranger. To the portraits, which are very numerous of the illustrious of other days, brief but interesting biographical notices are given of the individuals they represent. There are also portraits in crayons of the Members of the celebrated “ Goodwood Hunt,” and of several favorite race-horses by Wootton and Ward, and other sporting and rural subjects from the pencils of Howitt and Stubbs. Among the embellishments are, the Mansion-house ; a sketch of the Grand Stand erected in 1830, from a design by G. Draper, Esq., of Chichester, capable of containing nearly 3000 persons, and from which an excellent view of the whole course may be obtained ; and the Dog-kennels.-" The Dog-kennels and the Stables," says Mr. Mason, are two of the most complete establishments of their kind in England. The former was erected by the third Duke of Richmond, from the designs and under the superintendence of James Wyatt. It stands on a rising ground, about a quarter of a mile from the house. It is in length about 148 feet ; the height of the centre is 28 feet, and of the wings 18 feet, measured from the crown of the arches on which it is built. In the construction of the underground works extraordinary pains were taken : the reservoir, which extends under the whole building, is capable of containing 10,000 hogsheads of water, and may be emptied by means of drains with ease and rapidity. The distribution of the building is in four kennels; two of them 36 feet by 15, and two others 30 feet by 15 : two feeding-rooms, 28 feet by 15, in each of which is a ventilator at the top, and stoves to warm them in winter, or air them in damp weather.”- A pack of hounds (says Mr. M. in a note) has not been kept at Goodwood for some years, and the arrangement of the rooms is to a certain extent altered, some of them being divided and used as ordinary apartments. But as the change is merely temporary, it was considered better to speak of the building as it formerly existed, and as it might, and we hope may, with very trifling expense, again exist. It is at present occupied by Mr. Kent, the trainer of the Duke's stud.-" The Stables, which are close to the house, are a handsome quadrangular huilding, erected, from a design of Sir William Chambers, hy the third Duke of Richmond, in the early part of his life. They contain, independently of various offices, stalls for fifty-four horses, with rooms above for grooms and stable-keepers."— The volume appropriately concludes with a Calendar of the names, value, and winners of all the Stakes at Goodwood Races from their establishment in 1802 to 1838. -To the visitors of the Annual Gala now in full force this volume will be a most acceptable present.
Vou, XIX.SECOND SERIES--No. 112.
A splendid Silver Tea Service, value 75gs., purchased by subscription, was presented on the 1st of July to Mr. H. Styche, Huntsman to Sir Clifford Constable. Several Members of the Hunt dined together at the Blue Bell Inn, Sproatley, H. Fussey, Esq. presiding, and Mr. Caley acting
After the cloth was removed, and the usual toasts duly honored, the Chairman, in a neat and appropriate speech, presented the plate, which bears the following inscription -“ Presented to Mr. H. Styche, Huntsman to Sir Clifford Constable, Bart., by the Gentlemen of the Holderness Stag Hunt, as a token of their respect, and memorial of their admiration of the sportsmanlike manner in which he has performed his duties. June 1839.”Mr. Styche returned his grateful acknowledgments for so handsome a testimony of their approbation : he had not the gift of the gab ; they knew what he would say, and that was enough. If he could not talk with them, he could join them in a “ view-halloo,” which he gave as only first-rate artists can, and in which he was joined by the whole company, with
one cheer more” in honor of their guest. The conviviality of the meeting was kept up till a late hour.
ROYAL YACHT SQUADRON. At a General Meeting of the Members of the R. Y. S., held at their Club House, Cowes, on the 12th July, Commodore the Earl of Yarborough in the Chair, Edward H. Chad, Esq. (who has a cutter yacht of 63 tons building) was elected a Member.
If three square-rigged yachts are not entered for Her Majesty's Cup by the 1st of August, the first class will be allowed to enter--viz. yachts under 40 tons--to be sailed for on Saturday, the 17th of August.
Two pieces of Plate, value £50 each, will be sailed for by yachts of the fourth class ( 55 and under 70 tons), and the fifth class (70 and under 90 tons), on Tuesday the 20th, and Thursday the 22nd of August.
One hundred Guineas were voted for the subscription for erecting a monument to His Grace the Duke of Wellington.
J. Hamborough, Esq. has purchased Sir J. Copley's Witch, 70 tons; the Earl of Desart, Colonel Hall's Owen Glendwr, 113 tons ; Captain Bulkeley, Sir A. Murray's Peri, 50 tons; and Captain James Kean, R. N., the Rev. Dennis George's Wave, 54 tons.
ARUNDEL YACHT CLUB.
On the 22nd the yachts of this Club contended for a Silver Cup, given by T. Hewes, Esq., the Commodore, from Greenwich to Greenhithe, that distance being deemed sufficient to test the sailing merits of the light class of yachts of which this Club is composed, none of them exceeding ? tons. On arriving at the Hospital we found the following vessels at their stationsall with one exception of the same tonnage :
7 tons........ Mr. T. Edwards. Diana....
6 ............ J. Hill. Arrow .....
7 ............ R. and H. Frankhorn. Briton..
......... J. Gardner.
............ T. Stanton.
The Commodore hoisted his fag on board his own craft, the Ada Jane, and numerous other yachts assembled to “see the sport.” The weather was warm and showery, with a brisk wind at starting from S. W., but on their return it shifted due West.-The signal gun was fired at 12-45 P. M.,
and all the yachts swung round at the same instant, starting in a general body nearly abreast of each other. On rounding Blackwall Point, the Sylph was the first boat, Dauntless second, Briton third, and Arrow fourth. They ran down the different Reaches without any change in the leading or second boat, occasionally nearing one another as they best caught the wind so as to take but a few lengths from the bowsprit of one to the stern of the other. They rounded the boat at Greenhithe in the following order :The Slyph, 4 minutes past three ; Dauntless, 5 min. 40 sec. ; Briton, 6 min.; Arrow, 6 min. 30 sec. ; and Bermudian Maid, 8 min. 10 sec. They turned into the slack, and came up over the tide. The Dauntless, in beating up with but little wind, gained on each board slightly on the leading boat, and off Purfleet she weathered the Sylph, maintained the advantage, and arrived first at Greenwich at 14 minutes past 7 ; Sylph, 15; Briton, 16 min. 30 sec.; and Arrow 10 minutes later. The latter and Sylph carried away their mainhaulyards in coming up. The Diana and Sarah seemed to have little to do with the Match. The Ada Jane, from her superior tonnage, led the van.
1.- The Pier and the Hospital-terrace were crowded with well-dressed company to witness the start and coming-in. The Match was well contested throughout, and afforded much gratification to the numerous amateurs assembled.
The inhabitants of Maidenhcad, following in the wake of the spirited denizens of Henley-on-Thames, and the Reaches of Taplow and Cliefilen being eminently calculated for a similar experiment, clubbed the needful, and provided two Silver Cups, one of 50gs. and a second of 25gs., to be rowed for on the 4th of July, the first by amateur crews in eight-oared cutters, and the second by four-oared boats, open to residents in the towns of Windsor, Eton, Maidenhead, Marlow, Henley, and Reading. The former, unfortunately, was no go,” for though it was anticipated that the Etonians would have contended with the Leander, the only boat entered, the time passed sub silentio, and the disappointment not only to the Club, who had sent their boat up the previous day, but to numerous amateurs from London and from all the towns and villages surrounding the scene of action, was excessive. The Stewards too were dreadfully chagrined, as they had made every arrangement to gratify the numerous visitors congregated on the occasion. The Collegians are never backward in accepting any matches of prowess and skill with the oar or the bat ; but in this instance it was understood that the Governor (Dr. Hawtrey) had put his veto on their engaging in a "public Match.” In this dilemma, with only one entry-and there must have been two to constitute a start-the Stewards did all in their power to lessen the disappointment; and although the “Great Match” was not forthcoming, several minor ones were got up for the nonce, and all passed off with greater zest than might under such circumstances have been anticipated.
For the 25gs. Cup, three boats contested—the Lady of the Lake of Maidenhead, the Star of Maidenhead, and the Albion of Henley. For the first heat, the Lady and the Star rowed, starting near Formosa Ísland, down stream to near Boulter's Lock, rather more than a mile and a half. It was all Lombard-street to a China orange, the Lady going a-head at starting, which she kept to the finish, and arrived at the goal 200 yards in advance of her opponent,
The Star afterwards tried her strength with the Albion, and was again beaten. Then came the "tug of war” between the two winning boats ; and this made ample amends for the two previous bouts. It was contested oar for oar ; but the Lady getting entangled in the weeds in “ the Gulls," the Albion went a-head, and, though severely pressed by her antagonist, maintained first place to the finish.