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6th of June, at Moulsey Hurst, before a numerous assemblage of amateurs. The great match was between Scroggins, the sailor, who had distinguished himself on a different element, and Nosworthy, the baker, who was thought terrible from his having won with Dutch Sam, about which event so much dispute has existed. It was a sporting fight, at even betting, but Scroggins had the turn.-Belcher and Gibbons seconded Scroggins, and Cribb and Clark officiated for Nosworthy.
Round 1. Scientific sparring at judging distance. Scroggins made play and planted a hit, which was returned short. A smart rally followed, when some hitting took place, and both went down, Nosworthy under, who produced first blood from the nose and mouth.Five and 6 to 4 on Scroggins.
2. One of the best fought rounds since that betwixt Dogherty and Silverthorn, on Coombe Warren. Nosworthy planted a hit, and a tremendous rally followed, which shewed to the spectators which was the best in-fighter. Both men frequently hit each other away, and returned with real native courage to offensive operations.Scroggins proved himself the best in-fighter and the best punisher, and he hit Nosworthy down at last, deriding blood and the down.
under, exercised his pugilistic talent with much adroitness. He hit him in a rally to all parts of the ring. Nosworthy was returnable with much courage, but he was here beaten, and never recovered himself.-Four to 1 on Scroggins.
5. In this round Scroggins, availing himself of the weakness of his adversary, not only out-fought him, but he shewed himself most decidedly the best fighter, and Nosworthy only stood to receive the hits of his adversary, who broke away, hit in, and did as he liked.
It would be uninteresting to pursue this fight further in detail. Nosworthy was knocked down at the setting to in the sixth round. In the seventh he made his last, but unsuccessful effort, although he planted a good right-handed hit upon his opponent's eye-lid. In the eighth round, Nosworthy was again knocked down, and he had no chance after but at the head stop. He was unable to come to time after the 15th round, and his head was never out of chancery from the first round. The battle lasted eighteen minutes.
Notwithstanding the victory Nosworthy gained over Dutch Sam, he was always considered by the best judges of fighting as second rater of ordinary talent, and in this combat he shewed it to the ring. He is a thorough game man, but he is a stranger to every other requisite necessary to a boxer. He is a delicate hitter, although a good sparrer, and has a very unhappy knack of throwing away his blows to the advantage of a man like Scroggins, who can break and receive him. Scroggins is decided4. Scroggins having got his man ly the best man of his weight of
3. This was as obstinately a contested round as the last. Both men were on their mettle, but the hitting of Scroggins was terrific. A most courageous rally again took place, and Noswortby received a dreadful right-handed hit under the ear, from which blood flowed copiously inwardly, and he was again knocked down.-Two to 1 on Scroggins.
the day, and reminds the amateur of the exploits of Hooper, the celebrated tinman, at in-fighting, and at other times in springing hits, like the renowned Johnson. He is one of those sturdy fellows who will not be denied; and in some instances, where he could not get at his man, he covered his head with his left hand, went in, and got to his forte. He is a tremendous hitter, and can beat any eleven stone man in the world.
A second and most courageous battle was fought between Tom Johnson, of Paddington, and Rowe, a smith, a pupil of Oliver's. The former won in half an hour, after much good and determined fighting. Rowe received a hit at the close of the battle under the lower left rib, which sent him to sleep. Joe Ward and Jones seconded the winner, and Oliver and Painter the loser.
throats had been cut, as they sometimes trod upon their toes, and always ran away with the applause of the audience), a thing which is as false as malicious-that a horse was beaten "by a rascally barbarian, until he laid stretched upon the stage groaning, convulsed, his legs extended, and eyes turned up as in the agonies of death."
I beg to inform your readers, as an eye-witness of every thing that concerned those horses at the peried he refers to, that no such cruelty ever took place. The horse alluded to, would not, perhaps, lay down well before the public, which was the last thing they (the horses) did before the curtain dropped, (and not an hour previous, as your correspondent states), and was hit with a hand whip some few times about the fore legs and laid down, but not "kicked" or beat about the "head," as that would prevent the purpose of laying down completely, nor "convulsed as in the
ON THE EXHIBITION OF THE agonies of death."
I would advise Vox HUMANITATIS to give himself the trouble
To the Editor of the Sporting Ma- of visiting this invaluable stud of
IN your last, you gave an article
entitled, "On the Exhibition of the High-Mettled Racer," wherein your correspondent Vox HUMANITATIS, has declaimed against the introduction of animals on the stage, and gone into a long description of what he calls the "Rigour, severity, and cruelty, which must, from absolute necessity, be used in training horses for stage tricks."
He has there stated, quoting the anthority of "three performers," (who, by the bye, I should inform you were all envious of the horses, and would have been glad if their
borses by day, and see if he thinks horses so fat and sleek as they are, ever met with the treatment he has described.-Your's,
of it, who appears to have nearly forgotten its force in his observations on coursing at p. 70, of your last number. Perhaps Z. B. is not a greater admirer of the spirited, though short, pleasures of this sport than myself; but we differ widely in our sentiments regarding the fox-chase. The ardour with which he speaks of his favourite diversion delighted me, so long as he was content to speak of it only in preference to others; but lown, my mind was goaded where he so far loses sight of candour and moderation, as to stigmatise hunting as a barbarism. Had it been so spoken of by an enemy of fieldsports altogether, I should not have felt it so acutely; but that a sportsman should thus revile his brethren, who are attached to a manly and enlivening pursuit, most of your readers, I imagine, will consider extraordinary and ungenerous. If the hunter may be justly reproached with barbarism, the lover of coursing cannot escape on that score; IF there is fault on one side, there is fault on the other
Intra Trojanos muros peceatur, et extra.
What Z. B. insinuates of hunting, as frequently giving rise to complaints of trampled wheat and broken hedges, is its greatest, perhaps its only evil; and I must own, too, that these trespasses and damages often have their origin more in wantonness than in the necessary hurry of the chase. But the sport is not therefore in se barbarous. Is hawking barbarons? Surely not, It has not declined in this country because we are more enlightened, but on account of frequent inclosures, since it can only be enjoyed on large open plains. Bull-bait ing, on the contrary, is in se barbarous, and therefore must de
eline as a country advances ju civilization.
Concurring with your correspondent in his opinion of the gamelaws, I am, Sir, a reader of the M. G. Sporting Magazine, June 10, 1815.
DILLY v. PARSONS.
THE following letter has ap
peared in the Hampshire Chronicle on the subject of the late trial (Dilly v. Parsons) an account of which appeared in our last Number, p. 92; as the correctness of that account is materially impeached, impartiality requires us to give the letter insertion.
"To the Editor of the Hampshire Chronicle.
JOHN DILLY V. HENRY WHITE
"Winchester, June 16, 1815. "Sir-The Sporting Magazine, as well as several newspapers, having given a very erroneous account of this trial in general, but more especially of the conduct of Mr. Radclyffe, a principal witness for the plaintiff, who is accused of incautiously and unwisely communicating a private conversation, I feel myself called on in justification of that gentleman, to request you will cause the following statement to be inserted in your next Journal, whereby you will oblige, Sir, obedient servant, your very
"ANTHONY TODD, Attorney for the Plaintiff. "The plaintiff Dilly, not Tilley, is a trainer of horses, residing at Littleton, and the defendant, who resides at Somborne, was bred to the bar, but now lives independent,
and is not of a similar profession with the plaintiff, as falsely stated. The action was brought to recover a compensation in damages for slauder, under the circumstances as related in the Sporting Magazine; but so far from the accusation made by the defendant being private, he had before written to Mr. Radclyffe to say he had a most iniquitous and infamous transaction to communicate of the plaintiff, and that he would wait on Mr. Radclyffe, with a friend or two, for that purpose; and defendant soon after, accompanied by two
he acted either incautious or unwise, neither was the conversation considered or meant to be private; on the contrary the defendant was cautioned that the plaintiff must be made acquainted with it, to which be not only assented, but promised to meet Mr. Radclyffe and the plaintiff at Stockbridge, to talk the matter over, though he did notkeep his word. This, Sir, is a correct statement, and under it the plaintiff recovered a verdict of 501, damages and costs of suit.”
gentlemen of the names of Andrews PEDIGREE AND PERFORMANCES
and Whitaker (the latter his brother-in-law), went to Mr. Radclyffe's, and in the presence of these gentlemen, told Mr. Radclyffe that Dilly had paid only 400 guineas for a horse called Speculator, which Dilly had before bought of Mr. Hart for Mr. Radclyffe, for 600 guineas, and had kept the other 200 guineas himself; and on Mr. Radclyffe producing a receipt written by Hart for 600 guineas, the price of the horse, the defendant positively asserted with an oath, that it was not Hart's writing, and notwithstanding Mr. Radclyffe, as well as Mr. Andrews, cautioned him of the very serious charge he was making against the plaintiff, and of which he, Mr. Radclyffe, considered it his duty to inform Dilly and inquire into the truth of it, the defendant still persisted in his assertion, that Dilly, the plaintiff, had given only 400 guineas for the horse, for which he had charged Mr. Radclyffe 600 guineas, and that the receipt was not of Hart's hand-writing. Thus imputing to the plaintff fraud and forgery. The above conversation was reported to the plaintiff by Mr. Radclyffe, but I deny that in doing so,
[In our last Number, when speaking of
the late race between Don Cossack and Pericles, an incorrect observation escaped us, of Pericles never having been beaten, from which we have been induced to give his Pedigree and Per formances.]
PERICLES, a fine brown horse,
foaled in 1809, was bred by Charles Tibbitts, Esq. of Barton Seagrave, Northamptonshire, and got by Evander; his dam by Precipitate; grandam, Firetail (Sister to Ospray), by Highflyer, Snap, Lord Orford's Barb, out of a daughter of Mr. Bartlett's Childers.
At Stamford, in June, 1812, PɛRICLES (the first time he started), was beat, at three heats, by Mr. Prince's All-fours; beating Defiance for the first beat:-4 others also started. At Peterborough, Pericles won 501. beating Florist, by Waxy, who was drawn after the first heat. At Northampton, he walked over for a Sweepstakes of 20gs. each (five subscribers) :And won a sweepstakes of 10gs. each (six subscribers), beating the Duke of Rutland's Thalestris.-On
the same day, he was beat by Defiance for the 70gs. Plate.
old; Democles, 3 yrs old; Ridi cule, 3 yrs old; Handel, 4 yrs old; Spotless, 4 yrs old; Onyx, 3 yrs old; Cato, 4 yrs old; and Skipjack, 2 yrs old:-The judge placed but two.-Three to 1 agst Pericles, 3 to 1 agst Skipjack, 4 to 1 agst Cato, and 5 to 1 agst Lodona. In the First Spring Meeting, Pericles, 8st. beat Slender Billy, 5 yrs old, 8st. 7lb. A. F. 200gs.-Even betting. In the Second Spring Meeting, at 8st. 12lb. be heat Don Cossack, 4 yrs old, 8st. Ab. M. 200gs.—Eleven to 8
In the First October Meeting, he received forfeit from Woful, Sst, 4lb. each, A. F. 300gs. h. ft. In the Second October Meeting, Pericles, 8st. 10lb. won the Garden Stakes of 100gs. each (eight subscribers), T. M. M. beating Don Cossack, 4 yrs old, 8st.3lb. and Scapewell, 4 yrs old, 7st. 9lb. -Six to 4 on Pericles... In the Houghton Meeting, at 8st. 12lb. he beat Offa's-Dyke, aged, 8st. 5ib. and Asmodeus, aged, 8st.-Eleven to 8 on Pericles. In the same Meeting, at 8st. 7lb, he received forfeit from Teasdale, aged, 8st.2lb. A. F. 300gs. 200gs. ft.
At Newmarket Craven Meeting, 1813, Pericles, 8st. 9lb. was beat, for a Handicap Stakes of 25gs. each, for three-year-olds, T. Y. C. by Pranks, 7st. 11lb.; beating Scout and Lazyboots, 7st. 12lb. each, In the Second Spring Meeting, he paid forfeit to July, by Waxy. At Stamford, he won the Gold Cup, beating Wisdom, Folly, and Gaywood:-The next day, he won a Sweepstakes of 10gs. each (six subscribers), beating Brother, Discount, Nettleham-Lass, Gay-on Pericles. wood, and Ralpho. At Canter bury, he won a Sweepstakes of 10gs. each (eleven subscribers), two miles, beating Expectation, 8st.4lb. each-The next day, he won the King's Purse of 100gs. four miles, beating Expectation and MountPleasant, 10st. 4lb. each.-Expectation and Mount-Pleasant won a 501. Purse each the day following. At Northampton, Pericles was beat by Defiance, &c. for the Gold Cup. At Newmarket Craven Meeting, (Monday), 1814, Pericles, 8st. 3lb. beat Anthonio, aged, 8st. 11lb. T. Y. C. 100gs. Seven to 4 on Pericles. He also (carrying Sst. 2lb.) won the first Class of the Oatlands Stakes of 50gs. each, h. ft. (ten subscribers), D. I. beat ing Pointers, 4 yrs old, 8st. 7lb.; Octavius, 4 yrs old, 8st. 7lb.; Topsy-Turvy, aged, 8st. 6lb.; Defiance, 4 yrs old, 8st. 8lh.; Punic, 3 yrs old, 7st. 11lb.; and Erictho, 3 yrs old, 6st. 71b.-The judge placed only two.-Three to 1 agst Defiance, 4 to 1 agst Octavius, 9 to 2 agst Pericles, 9 to 2 agst Topsy-Turvy, and 8 to 1 agst Pointers. On Wednesday, he won 501. for two-year olds, 7st. three, 8st. 71b, and four, 9st. T. Y. C. beating Fun, 3 yrs old; Lodona, 3 yrs
At Newmarket Craven Meeting, 1815, Pericles, 8st. 7lb. beat Mr. Stonehewer's Hamlet, 6 yrs old, 8st. 4lb. T. M. M. 300gs.-Five to 2 on Pericles. On Tuesday, in the First Spring Meeting, at 8st. 3lb. he won 501. for horses, &c. the last three miles of B. C. beating Merryfield, 6 yrs old, 8st. 7lb.-Five to 1 on Pericles. On Thursday, at 8st. 74lb, he received forfeit from Slender Billy, 8st. 4lb. T. M. M. 200gs. h. ft. In the Second Spring Meeting, at 8st. 9lb. he started for the Jockey Club Purse of 60gs. B. C. against Don Cossack, 5 yrs old, 8st. 3lb.; Olive, 4 yrs old, 7st. 2lb.; and Brother to Quizzer,