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The Badminton Magazine of
Sports & Pastimes

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Vol. XXII.

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Volume XXII.




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A Day in our Elk Forest . Sir Henry Scton-Karr, C.M.G. M p ^^o^'


Arena Sports IN India . A. Sidney Galtrev nr


Autumn Fishing on our Lake .... . . Edward F. Stence


A Week on a Sind J heel Captain IV. B. Walker


Betting G.H, Shitfield 442

Big-Game Shooting at Lake Barixgo . . C.V. A. Peel, F.Z.S., F.R.G.S. 406


Big-Game Hunting and Shooting. See "A Day in our Elk Forest." -Big.
Game Shooting at Lake Baringo."

Bobbery Packs Captain 11. Rowan-Robinson, R.G. A. 567

Books on Sport loi, 220, 338, 455, 571, 681

Bridge "Portland" 215

Climbing. See *• Scouts and Outposts."

Country Life in Canada on /200 a Year .... •• Canadensis " 331

Cricket Problem, A Home Gordon 529

Cricket Season, The Coming Home Gordon 394

Cricket. Su " A Cricket Problem," "The Coming Cricket Season," •• Eton t;.

Eating One's Cake and Having it ... . George A. IVade, D.A. 559


Egbrton House Stod, 1905, The Gilbert H. Parsons 196


Eton v. Winchester Home Gordon 636

Falconry in the Far East F.J. Norman 538


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Falling, The Art of Lilian E. Bland 447


Fiction. See "The Light of a Match," " The New Laird's Baptism," "Strange
Stories of Sport": XL— " Mr. Burkington's Beagles"; XIL— "The Satyr
Man"; XIIL— "High Stakes": XIV.— "The Parsons Bargain"; XV.—
" Mr. Lyncargo's Professional " ; XVL — " The Lantern."

Fishing. See " Autumn Fishing on our Lake," " Flies — Facts and Fancies,"
"Some Fishing Notes," " Tarpon-Fishing in Florida," " Salmon-Fishing on
the Forteau, Labrador."

Flies — Facts and Fancies Clifford CordUy 554

Football. See " The Lesson from New Zealand."

Gamekeeper's Profession as a Career, The . . . F. IV. Millard 156

Golf. See " Golf in Japan."

Golf in Japan II. E. Daunt 660


Holkham Partridge Week, 1905, The . . Major Arthur Acland-Hood 14


Hunting. 5ff " Bobbery Packs," "The Art of Falling," "Hunting in Ireland,"
" Hunting in the Middle Ages," " Hunting in the Shires on Nothing a Year."
" Some Great Hunts."

Hu.sTiNG \s Ireland Major Arthur Hughes-Onslow 22


" Hunting in London " : A New Prize Competition .... 460, 577, 687
Hunting in the Middle Ages The Baroness S. von C. 383


Hunting in the Shires on Nothing a Year Lilian E. Bland 161


Lacrosse. See " Modern Lacrosse."

Lawn Tennis. See " Lawn Tennis: Its Importance and Science."

Lawn Tennis: Its Importance and Science P. A. Vailc 610


Lesson from New Zealand, The Alan R. Ilaig-Brown 47

Light of a Match, The Lawrence Mott 251

Modern Lacrosse C. E. Thomas 318


Mountaineering. See " Over Rock and Ice, Being an Experience on the Matter-
horn without Guides."

Motoring. See "Motoring in France," "Round the World in a Motor Car,"
" This Amazing India."

Motoring in France II. B. Money -Coults 169


New Laird's Baptism, The Charles Edivardes 181

Olympian Games of 1906. The . E. Alexander Powell, F.R G.S. 666


On Skates and Skating Ed^ar Wood Syers 37


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On the Auerhahnbalz (Capercailzie-Stalking)

Lt -Col. Count Gleichcn, C. M.G., D.S.O., C.V

ILLUSTRATED. i • . . 5

Over Rock and Ice : Being an Experience on the Matterhorn without Guides.

Maurice Steinmann, S.A.C. 64 «;


Polo. See " Prospects of the Polo Season."

Portraits op Turf Celebrities by Herring Lilian E. bland ^o^


Prize Competition 107, 225, 343, 461, 579. 689

Prospects of the Polo Season .... . Arthur W. Coaten 482


Racing and Steeplechasing. See "Betting, " " The Egerton House Stud, i905,'
"Portraits of Turf Celebrities by Herrmg," "Racing in the West Indies."
"The Racing Season."

Racing in the West Indies Captain W.]. P. Benson 548

illustrated. '*

Racing Season, The Ti,e Editor 418


Round the World in a Motor Car .... Kate D'Esterre-Hughes 58


Salmon- Fishing on the Forteau, Labrador Lawrence Mott 603

Scouts and Outposts Claude E. Benson 429


Shooting. See "The Gamekeepers Profession as a Career" "The Holkham
Partridge Week, 1905," "On the Auerhahnbalz (Capercailzie-Stalking)."
" Wild Turkeys in South Australia," " A Week on a Sind Jheel."

Skating. See '*On Skates and Skating."

Some Fishing Notes Edmund F. T. Bennett 310

Some Great Hunts Major Arthur Hughes-Onslow 262


Sport in Rome Horace IVyndham 628


Sportsmen of Mark:

III.— Mr. Spencer Gollan .... Alfred E. T. Watson i


IV.— Mr. Arthur Coventry .... Alfred E.T. Watson 119


V. — Mr. Gwyn Saunders-Davies . . . Alfred E.T. Watson 237


VI.— Captain Wentworth Hope-Johnstone Alfred E.T. Watson 355


VII.— Mr. W. F. Lee, J.P. .... Alfred E.T. Watson 473


VIII.— Mr. Allan G. Steel, K.C. . . Alfred E.T. Watson 591


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Strange Stories of Sport :

XI.— Mr. BuRKiNGTON's Beagles .... Frank Savile 68

XII.— The Satyr Man //. Knight Horsfield 135

XIII.— High Stakes Alma Scriven 284

XIV.— The Parson's Bargain . . . . C. C. and E. M. Mott 370

XV.— Mr. Lyncargo's Professional Frank Savile 497

XVI.— The Lantern *- Dalesman" 622

Tarfon-Fishing ln Florida E. G. S. Churchill 510


This Amazing India D. S. Skdton, R.A.M C. 273


Tobogganing in the Engadine Mrs. Aubrev Le Blond 146


Unseen Forest Rangers, The: A Tale of Burma . . . A. Egnar 189


Wild Turkeys in South Australia .... Collin^-uocd Ingram 334


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(Photograph by Clartnct Hailey, Newmarket)

The Badminton Magazine



Few men who ever lived have so thoroughly deserved the title of
"all-round sportsmen " as does the subject of the present memoir.
Were it not for the fact that Mr. Spencer Gollan never greatly
distinguished himself as a cricketer it would be difficult to say in
what sport he has not made his mark, and had he taken to this
best of all games, as so many people consider it, there is good
reason to suppose that he would have scored heavily in every
sense of the term. He has won prizes at running, high jumping,
swimming, rowing, sculling, golf, lawn-tennis, boxing, skating,
with gun, rifle, and revolver, riding on the flat, over hurdles and
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fences — indeed, whatever he has taken in hand he has done to
admiration. His forbears were amongst the earliest settlers in New
Zealand, where, near Napier, Hawke's Bay, Spencer was born in
i860. In the Colonies everyone rides as a matter of course. The
boy had to go to school on his pony, and so acquired the rudiments
of horsemanship soon after he had learned to walk — at which age
also he learned to swim. His father raced a little, with horses
of his own breeding, and was an excellent shot ; a fact which
roused the emulation of the boy, who, when some eight years of
age, was quite an accomplished marksman. He had acquired,
indeed, no small reputation in this line, and a visitor one day pro-


{Photograph by Valentine and Sons, Dundee)

ducing a five-shilling-piece, told the lad that he might have it if he
could hit it in three shots at 50 yards. The youthful Spencer says
that at the time he fancied a five-shilling-piece was ** most of the
money there was in the w^orld," and, nerving himself for the effort,
he hit the small target twice. The visitor, who was of Scotch extrac-
tion, somewhat reluctantly yielded up the reward; but Spencer's
father, hearing the story, made the boy surrender his well-earned
prize, which Spencer believes to have been the nearest his father
ever went to injustice. Mr. GoUan, senior, had imported an Arab,
and one of this animal's sons, Chummy by name, was the first horse

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Spencer ever owned ; and he declares he loved the little creature more
than most bipeds he has met since. Fortunately a photograph of
Chummy is preserved and here given. The horse was full of intelli-
gence, and when put in training soon learnt all that was to be
known about racing. If a handkerchief were held up to do duty
in elementary fashion for a starter's flag Chummy would watch
it intently, and was off like a rocket the instant it began to fall.
Mr. Gollan has owned innumerable horses since, but his first
favourite has never lost his place in his friend's affections.

The races on Chummy were unimportant amateur perform-
ances, and the first real race Mr. Spencer Gollan rode was on
Liberty, a mile and a quarter on the flat, at Waipukuran. The
horse, it should be explained, was the property of and nominated by
a young lady. Just outside the distance Liberty seemed to be
holding his own, so much so that the most dangerous of his rivals,
an accomplished horseman, and who oddly enough chanced to be
riding Denbigh, the dam of Moifaa, called out to ask Spencer how
he was going; and, as a matter of fact, he was doing so well that,
notwithstanding his rival's skill and experience, Spencer got the
lady's representative home by a very short head, much to the
annoyance of the beaten jockey. ** I suppose you'll get it," he said,
rather discontentedly, **for I see that not only is her father in the
box, but as far as I can make out most of the family as well ! "
Spencer, however, got the race not by reason of family influence,
but because he passed the post first, and on Liberty he won his
next two races.

One would have supposed that anything in the nature of nerves
would be the last thing of which Mr. Spencer Gollan would be con-
scious ; but he admits that he used to be nervous sometimes when
going to the post to ride on the flat. Somehow or other, however,
jumping fences seemed to give him confidence, and he declares that
of all sporting sensations which he has enjoyed there is nothing
which approaches riding a grand 'chaser over a big country. His
first mount in a jump race was on what he describes as ** a crazy
old horse " called Dhudeen, and in this event he ** finished within
*Coo-ee!'" If the expression does not interpret itself, it may be
explained that the distance just described is that at which the
familiar Colonial cry can bs heard ; but Dhudeen and his rider
would doubtless have been nearer had they not fallen in landing
over the water — the horse, however, not being allowed to escape.
**In the Colonies," Mr. Gollan says, ** trainers won't have their
horses loose ; a jockey there has to stick to the reins," which is all
very well as far as it goes ; but there are times when, with the best
of all possible intentions, jockeys cannot stick to their reins, how-

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ever much, theoretically, they may "have to." Most people when
they come off a horse, by the way, make their descent over his left
shoulder ; on the course at Christchurch, Riccarton, however,
when jockeys come down it is always over the horse's right shoulder
at one of the fences — doubtless this arises from the angle at which
the obstacle is placed.

When Mr. Spencer Gollan first set up a large stable he won a
number of races, but after a time things went consistently wrong


with him, SO much so indeed that "Gollan's luck" became a by-word.
His best horses all met with an extraordinary variety of accidents.
In the Colonies, as in England, trials do not always come out right;
as a rule, of course, the promising animal fails, but on rare occasions
the reverse happens. Mr. Gollan once had a two-year-old named
Freda, of whom he thought so little that when she came out to run at
Flemington against a good field he did not trouble to watch the race,

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and strolled off to the luncheon-room as the horses were going to the
post. As he was about to begin his meal a lady appeared at the door,
and hastily inquired ** Is Mr. Gollan here? — because his horse is win-
ning." The owner ran out in time to see the finish, and was equally
gratified and surprised when Freda won with considerable ease.
The race did her good ; she came on, and next year was going in
such form that he began to entertain a happy conviction that not
only the Oaks but the Derby also were practically in his pocket.
Just before the first event, however, a cat, which had found its way
into Freda's box, suddenly jumped down in front of her. She started
in affright, and slipping up fractured her pelvis; ** Gollan's luck''
thus being again conspicuous.

His most famous horse was Tirailleur, a son of Musket and
Florence Macarthy, who was not only the best animal that ever
carried the black, white sleeves, red cap, but over a distance of
ground perhaps the very best horse ever known in Australia. Mr.
Gollan believes, at any rate, that Tirailleur would have beaten
Carbine over three. miles. As a three-year-old he started ten times
and won all ten races, including the Classics — " Gollan's luck "
completely swinging round, for the time, though it turned again the
very next year, for Tirailleur, when running in the Melbourne Cup,
which it was thought he could not possibly lose, had the misfortune
to be knocked over, broke his shoulder, and had to be killed. Lord
Hopetoun, then Governor, with characteristic kindness at once
sought out Mr. Gollan to condole with him before congratulating
the winner — a little fact which goes far to explain how it is that a
constant inquiry in the Colonies still is, " When are we going to
have another Hopetoun ? "

Mr. Spencer Gollan's favourite jockey was W. Clifford, whom he
declares to be the best he ever saw. He began by worshipping
George Fordham, but, while retaining the fullest admiration for
that wonderful horseman, came to the conclusion that if there were
anything to choose between George Fordham and Clifford the choice
was in favour of the Colonial, who was equally good on the flat and
over jumps. On the same day Clifford won a flat race, carrying
7 St. 5 lb., and a steeplechase with 12 st. 81b. up; but neither he nor
anyone else could make Tirailleur do anything at home. One day
a friend asked if he might have a gallop with the son of Musket
and Florence Macarthy, and was immensely delighted to see his
horse win. Mr. Gollan did not share his enthusiasm, and warned
him that it meant nothing ; but the proud owner declared that he
had watched the gallop with the utmost care, was perfectly satisfied
that it must be right, and intended to back his horse accordingly,
notwithstanding all cautions to the contrary. He lost his money

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and it became evident that Mr. Gollan was right in asserting that
Tirailleur had not run up to within many pounds of his form.

Clifford had every requisite a jockey can possess, including
honesty and silence, and he had a quaint way with him which often
left one puzzled as to whether he was serious or joking. The first
steeplechase he ever rode was on a horse called Katerfelto. When
it was time to saddle the owner sought him out to tell him to get
ready, Clifford pretending that he had no recollection of having
promised to ride, and declaring that he could not think of doing
such a thing. The owner presently lost his temper and said he
should have to take the recalcitrant rider before the stewards; to
which Clifford replied that he could not stand being had up, and he
would go to the post,
but he did not like
jumping fences —
hated the idea of it,
in fact, and felt cer-
tain that the horse
would know it and
run out with him.
The result was that
he won easily, and
Mr. Gollan declares
that he has never
seen a rider with
such a thoroughly
unshakable seat. A

horse he was riding ^^- spencer gollan as a golfer

one day came charg-
ing down at a fence as if he were going to fly it with any amount
to spare, but in the last stride stopped dead and swung round.
Clifford's head just bobbed slightly forward, but his legs and body
never moved, and if he had had a coin between his knees and the
saddle it would have been inflexibly retained. His hands were
so perfect that the most troublesome animals went kindly with
him. Mr. Gollan owned a particularly awkward two-year-old,
with whom the boys in the stable, and jockeys who rode him
in his races, could do nothing, so given was he to bucking and
playing all kinds of unexpected tricks. Mr. Gollan, having
asked Clifford if he minded riding it, went down to the start to
see the pair arrive and to observe what happened afterwards.
Clifford carftered up with one foot out of the stirrup, altering
the webbing, and when the owner asked how he was getting on,
replied, ** Why, sir, he couldn't go kinder; he's just asking what

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I want him to do! I can't make out how the boys manage to
upset him.'*

All Colonials regard England as ** home," and home accordingly
in 1895 Mr. Spencer GoUan came. With him he brought several
horses, including Ebor and Norton, who were sent to Mr. Arthur
Yates's stable at Alresford, and the first time I ever saw Mr. Gollan
was on arriving at Sutton one day, whtn I found him riding a
schooling gallop on the son of Ascot and Romp over the fences.
Another good one that he imported, an animal indeed of quite
different class, was a big, seventeen-hand horse called Culloden,
who, it is said, ** could lose Merman." Culloden was a particularly
nice horse to ride, and would have comported himself admirably in
Rotten Row; but he met with an accident, and never ran in this
country ; nor, I think, did The Possible ever carry silk. The Possible
was by Nordenfeld, Musket*^ best son, and on Australian form came
out about eleven pounds in front of Merman. With the horses
came Hickey, a jockey and trainer who did excellent service for his
master, winning many races on Norton and Ebor, though occasion-
ally Mr. Gollan himself performed on the latter, and in 1897 was
successful in four events over a country. Mr. Gollan is rather
amused at the generally accepted statement that Colonial-bred
horses are slow jumpers. One of those he brought over with him,
Ocean Blue by name, was, he declares, the quickest jumper he ever
saw, and an exceptionally good horse moreover. Pounamu was
another who was naturally expected to do big things, and would
probably have done them had he appeared on English racecourses,
there having been very little to choose between him and Knight of
Rhodes, at this time a stable companion, for in course of time
Mr. Gollan left Alresford and took up his residence at Lewes, where
his horses were trained by Escott. Count Potocki, travelling through
England to purchase horses for the Russian Government, heard of
Pounamu, came to see him, and was delighted. "I've journeyed
through the whole of the United Kingdom to find this horse! " he
remarked to Mr. Gollan, and for three thousand guineas it changed
hands. Ocean Blue, it may be added, had a curious and dangerous
trick ; he used to swallow his tongue and choke himself, and as a
horse cannot gallop without wind, this ugly habit was of course
fatal to his success when he put it in practice.

It is naturally with Moifaa that Mr. Gollan's name is chiefly
associated, seeing that the horse won the National for him, and
passed i«to the possession of His Majesty the King, though Australian
Star is one of several others that should not be forgotten. Moifaa,
a son of Natator and Denbigh (against which mare, as stated on a
former page, Mr. Gollan won his first flat race), was bought and sent

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to England by Mr. Gollan's brother, and made his first appearance
in this country at Hurst Park in the January of last year, finishing
nowhere to Bobsie. On his second attempt he did a little better —
running third at Sandown for the Mole Handicap Steeplechase, and
at the same place some three weeks afterwards he finished fourth in
a field of eighteen for the Liverpool Trial Chase won by Patlander,
with such useful horses as Drumcree, Deer-slayer, May King,
Napper Tandy, Libert^, Shaun Aboo, and others behind him. The
Liverpool was his next outing, and nothing like confidence was felt —
Mr. Gollan thought what he had was **a good jumper's chance," and
it was no doubt his capacity in this
direction that won him the race,
for he gained the best part of two
lengths at every fence, and, nicely

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