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merit to be attached to any one blood. The Chcvely Stakes were
alfo divided between Baronefs and Gauzewine. From what I have
feen of their public runnine, I fliould infinitely prefer the former, a
daughter of King Lear and Moneytaker.

For the Allington Hill Stakes, the bl9od of Larifton and Hop-
market proved decidedly fuperior; the Brewer winning triumphandy,
leaving neither of his courfes in doubt. A daughter of Banker and
Kate, named by Mr. Richardfon, ran up. Civil Engineer, a fon of
Mechanic and Barmaid, won the Bottifham Stakes by fpeed : a
daughter of Beacon ran up. Captain Bathurft was again fortunate
in winning the Burwell Stakes with Brilliant Idea, fon of Bounce and
Bonnie Jemi. A daughter of Larifton and Lively ran up. There
has not been a better meeting at Newmarket than the one in queftion
for many years ; and all admirers of courfing must rejoice to fee fo
famed a locality coming out in its old ftyle. Of late years the
meetings there, have been but a fhadow of what thev were when
Lord Stradbroke carried off the All Aged Stake with his celebrated
Minerva, and Mr. Saberton (if I recollect right) won the principal
puppv ftake with Sweetbriar. Another great meeting was when the
late Mr. Fyfon won with Fairy, and alfb when Mr. Miller carried
off the All Aged Stake with Mr. Fowle's Fire Office, and ran firft
and fecond for the Puppy Stakes with Mr. Long's Cinneraria and
Cactus, a great triumph for the Wiltfhire blood. It is faid the meet-
ing fixed for the 14th of the paft month would have been a bumper,
but owing to the fevere froft it could not take place. It is a great

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advantage to the Newmarket meetings to have the valuable aid of a
fecretary (b efficient in every way as Mr. Challands is. At the
Cothelftone open meeting it will be feen that the blood of Mr. R.
Long's Lablache was very fucceillFul. The All Aged Cup was divided
between Mr. Connor's Hebe, a daughter of Lablache and his Little
Wonder (fitter to Larkfpur), and Mr. Holes' Opal, a daughter of
his Barrator and his Integrity ; Hebe is nearly the laft of Lablache's
ftock and is a remarkably good puppy. In this ftake (he defeated
Lord Uffington's Trip-the-Daify (ftated by the Editor of * Bell's Life '
a few days ago never to have been beaten in public) : flie is the only
greyhound I have feen lead Trip-the-Daify to her hare j (he did (o
in the undecided as well as in the courfe (he won, and in each
inftance took the iirft and fecond turns. In both courfes flie was
attacked by a ruih of blood to the head : in the firft (he had done
enough before it came on to equalize that done by the Daiiy after-
wards ; in the fecond it came on after taking the leading points, but
(he quickly rallied, and won cleverly. The principal puppy ftake
was won by Mr. R. Long's Little Wonder, by David, out of
Lewanna by Lablache. And the Confolation Stakes fell to the lot
of Mr. Wentworth with Worry, by Gipfy Prince out of Lewanna.
Many of the courfes at Cothelftone are fhort, but offer a good trial
for fpeed, principally on grafs land. At the Chilton Meeting which,
owing to froft, did not take place at the time it was firft fixed for,
and was in confequence rather a (hort one, Trip-the-Daify won
the All Aged Cup very cleverly, never giving a chance away in
cither of her courfes. In this haftv (ketch of fome of the soutnern
meetings, I have endeavoured to mow the different ftrains of blood
that have been moft succeflTuL Next month I purpofe to run
through the midland and northern meetings in the fame manner ;
when I (hall be able to allude to the Waterloo gathering, as well as
to the interefting trial that will have taken place at A(hdown Park
between the Altcar Club and England.

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OUR PORTFOLIO.

The Stccplechafe Scafon — Lord LondeflJorough and Lord John Scott — Breeding
Correfpondencc — The Lupellus Controverly — *The Sporting Life' Trial —
The Book Calendar — Two-year-old Nominations — Loitl Kedefdale^s Propoled
Bill — Froft at Lincoln — Nottingham Races — The Badminton Lawn Meet —
Propofed Huntfinen's Club — Cricket — Courting — Aquatics.

Sportikg men of every defcription will hail the clofe of February, a month
noted for its drearinefs and paucity of amufement, and which has this year been
rendered unufually dull and difpiriting from the continued reign of King Frolu
In March the racing man begins his preparations for the coming turf campaign,
and the numerous officials connected widi the fport find bufinefs flow faft upon
them : the cricketer looks forward to the approaching lid of matches, and has
to frame his arrangements accordingly ; the dockyards refound with the clink
of hammers completing the formation of new yachts ; courfing men prepare
themfelves for the grand wind-up of the feafon at Afhdown and Altcar; and
the lovers of archery, fifhing, and other mild purfuits adapted to the fpring
and fummer months, begin to bufy themfelves and brufti up their accoutre-
ments. . The found of the gun is no longer heard in the covers, and the mufic
of the noiiy crew of wide-mouthed hounds will foon ceafe ; but the followers
of the purluits of (hooting and hunting will find plenty of amufement in the
increafed variety of fports.

During the winter months, the racing world has, however, been roufed in a
great degree from the inactivity which ufually pervades it, various frefh phafes
of intereft having given increafed excitement to the votaries of the turf. The
attempts to revive fteeple-chafing appeared likely at one time to meet with
fatiifactory refults and attradt the patronage of many of the leading members of
the turf; but the unfortunate wrangle at Croydon ferved to difguft all the
ariilocratic patrons of the fport, and the later meetings at Reading and Slough
proved anything but advantageous to the refpe<ftive leflees. The meeting at the
firfb-named locality pafled off in a very fatiffactory manner, fo far as the bufinefs
details were concerned, and the race for the principal event was worthy of
Liverpool ; but the attendance was meagre in the extreme, and confined chiefly
to the members of the ring.

Since the commencement of the new year the fporting prefs has had to
record the death of two noblemen whofe names had long been aiTociated with
the turf, Lord Londefborough and Lord John Scott, whofe careers have
been lately made the fubjedt of fuch lengthened notices in the various fporting
organs that it leaves no room for us to enter into fiirther details. Lord
Londefborough's lofs will be gready regretted, as he had formed one of the
fined breeding ihids in the kingdom ; and the fuccefs of Summerfide in the
Oaks lafl year had induced him largely to increafe his racing (hid. Within a
very (hort period previous to his deceafe he had given an unlimited commKHon
to one of our beft judges to purchafe anything and everything he might feleA.

The columns of * Bell's Life ' have, as ufual during the winter months, been
filled with correfpondence on breeding; and the clever, gendemanly letters of
« North Countryman ' contraft favourably with many of the lefs educated and
more quarrelfome replies of — ^in many cafes — ^interefted parties. The quefdon of
breeding is undoubtedly becoming of more importance, and the public take
greater intereft in it, year by year. It is our intendon at an early period to
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practical writer, who poflefies no perfonal interefl in the af&ir, and who purpofes
to exarcfa himfelf fo that * thole who nin may read,' and thereby enable the
verieu tyro to underftand the principal pcnnts of the fcience.

Apr^fos of the fubjed. We ha^e received a commonication from Mr«
Difney, in which he informs us that Birdcatcher is ftill aliye, although unfit for
die dudes of the itud. Some intereft has lately been aroufed as to the £ctie of
the old horie, and the fad of his exiftence may be iatisfactory to many of our
readers.

The fporting prefs has in various other ways kept the racing world ' alive '
during the rece»; and, without alluding to the perfonal bickerings between
'brothers of the pen,' which are totally out of tafte and unworthy of the pro-
feflion, we may brid9y refer to the difcufiion, which has formed a leading
featu]:e of aotagonifm, as to the proper orthographical nomenclature of Mr. Parr's
Derby colt. Firft, Lupellus is allowed to be corredl, then Lupullus is brought
into print, but only to be difcarded for Lupulus ; and again, in an old Latin
didtiooary it is to be found as LupiUns. Many angry words have paiied
between belligerent pajpers on the proper mode of Spelling the name. The old
claOics, vrith names oi fimilar terminations, have been brought to bear upon the
iubjedl, and each writer will hear of no arguments but his own :— ^

' Strange fuch a difFerence there ihould be
*Twizt twcedle-dum and tweedle-dce/

Placing afide daffical references, which apparendy bear on all fides of the quef-
tioD, the argument is fimply reduced to this — that every owner is at liberty to
name his horie aa he pleafes, and that name once regiflered in the Calendar
cannot be altered without the cooient of the owner f«H* &e time being. A cafe
in point is found on reference to the < Irifh Racmg Calendar ' of the laft feafon.
Mr. Irwin had a colt named Rafatie (an evident miftake) and he now runs as
Ratafie (late Rafatie). The difcuffion is fcarcely worth wafting words about,
and that it fhould excite ill-feeling is fimply ridiculous.

A &r more important topic in connedtion with the prefs ia die recent trial
for libel by a Mr. Barry, akat Barr, againfl the * Sporting Life,* the refult of
wluch is that the paper has come out vidlorious, and gained a great and deferved
reputation amongft racing men for its bold expofure of aa attempted fraud.
The cafe has been reported at length in the columns of the fuccefslid journal,
fitan which it will be feen that the * number of gendcmen ' were thoroughly
expofed. The racing worid, indeed, cannot be too thankful for the courageous
manner i& which thia paper advocated their interefts, in direfb contradiftinction
to a higher*priced and profeffiedly higher-clafsfporting journal, the proprietors q&
which naufl beftir thenuelves, or they will have fome difficulty to compete with
their juvenile contemporary.

The publication of the « Book Calendar of Races to Come ' has been received
with great fatiffadion, and the promptncfs and exactitude with which the
Meflrs. Weatherby have produced it is moft gratifying. On receipt of this
invaluable guide we invanably turn our earlieft attention to the two-year-old
nominations, fix>m which a fund of moft interefting information may be gleaned
lefpeCttng the pedi^^fees and coming engagements of t^ juvenilea It will be
ieen by & caiefid obferver that Mr. Meiry again fbnds pre-eminent, his filly,
Cantatrice, by Birdcatcher, out of Catherine Hayes (foaled in France) having
ferty-nine engagements, Folkefbne, by Birdcatcher, out of Lady Lurewcll ^the
dam of Cannobie and Lady Falconer) being in forty-one fbkes, whilft a
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Sweet Hawthorn, by Sweetmeat, out of Alice Hawthorn, has thirty con-
tingencies. Lord Stamford comes next on the lift with his heavily-engaged
Walloon, the high-priced Dutchman of the Queen's fale, whofe name is
regiftered in thirty-nine ftakes. His lordfliip has nine other two-year-olds
heavily engaged, including Adrafta, by Orlando, out of Torment ; Imaus, by
Newminfter, out of Himalaya ; Arrogant, by Orlando, out of Eulogy ; Canto,
by Orlando, out of Twitter ; and Diophantus, by Orlando, out of Equation ;
which were alfo purchafed at the Hampton fade. Sir Jofeph Hawley has not
engaged his youngfters fo heavily, but has four or five in die principal (lakes,
the two moft deeply engaged being Polyolbion, by Cotherftone, out of Polydora,
and Nautilus, by Weft Auftralian, out of Aphrodite. Amongft the other high-
bred two-year-olds of the coming feafon, Mr. Ten Broeck has Chiflbnniere
(own (ifter to Buccaneer J and Evenhand, by Mildew, out of Underhand's dam ;
Mr. Wyatt owns Neighbour (brother to Nutboume) ; Lord Fitzwilliam
nominates Blue Stocking (fifter to Ignoramus) ; Mr. I'Anfon claims Bonny-
field, by Weft Auftralian, out of Blink Bonny's dam ; Mr. J. Day lays claim
to Monaftery (brother to Seclufion) ; and Mr. Crawfiird has Chamade, by
Rataplan, out of Musjid's dam (the higheft-priced yearling of laft feafon^ ;
Jingling Johnny, by Kingfton, out of Blue Bonnet; Wild Will, by Wdd
DayreU, out oi Andover's dam ; and Elborus, by Orlando, out of Mufcovite's
dam. This lift could be gready extended, but the limits of our prefent article
will not permit us to dwell upon the fubje^ and we can merely add Mr. T.
Parr's Lupus, a brother to Lupellus; Captain Litde's Delhi, brother to Rupee;
Mr. E. Hall's Lady Chefterfield, fifter to Emily ; Lord Exeter's Knight of
St. Patrick, by Knight of St. George, out of Pocahontas ; and Mr. Gratwicke's
Preceptrefs, mter to Govemefs, all of whom are freely engaged during the
coming feafon.

Lord Redefdale's propofed Bill has caufed * Punch ' to come out with a
parody, and the conditions are ridiculed by the mafs of racing men. Had his
lorddup propofed to fix the loweft weight at five ftone feven pounds, or even
fix ftone, he would have had the warm concurrence of the majority, as all who
defire the profperity of the turf regard the prefent fyftem of light handicaps as
moft objedionable. Under any circumftances it is a fitter fubject fi>r the con-
fideration of the Jockey Club than for the Legiftative Ailembly of the Houfe of
Peers.

The froft having prevented the celebradon of the Lincoln Meeting, racing
men were compelled to adjourn their * opening day ' until Notdngham, and as
< it is an ill wind that blows nobody good,' the fields at the latter place were
confequendy increafed, and a very fatil&dlory gathering is reported. Mr. T.
Parr, who invariably commences bufinefs early, placed the Trial Stakes to his
credit with Ratdebone ; and the ftyle in which the grey won has found him
plenty of fupporters for the Northamptonftiire Stakes. Newmarket (which is
now regaining its old reputadon as one of the fineft training localities in
England) contributed the winners of all the remaining ftakes of importance,
Godding's ftable being in great force with Wallace, Confufion, and Golden
Pippin, and Lord Stamford's popular colours were carried to the front in the
Two Year Old Stakes on Litde Lady, Jofeph Dawfon having thus fuccefsftilly
commenced his career as private trainer to his lordftiip. Racing has therefore
commenced in eameft, and before the ifiiie of our fecond number Lincoln,
Liverpool, Shrewftmiy, Coventry, Warwick, and Northampton will be regiftered
amongft the doings of the paft. The laft-named meeting bids &ir to excel all
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acceptancey and report fpeaks highly of the capabilities of many of the two-year
olds engaged in the Althorpe Park Stakes.

The hunting news of the pafl month contains nothing more important
than the celebrated Badminton Lawn Meet, which was graced by the prefence
of their Royal Highnefles the Duchefs of Cambridge and Princefs Mary, in
addition to a numerous bevy of the ariftocratic youth and beauty of the land.
Some idea of the magnificence of the fcene may be imagined when we fbte
that the horiemen numbered over two thoufand, independent of the carriage
vifitors.

The following letter, which appeared in * Bell's Life ' of the I9th9 appears
to us worthy the confideration of every mailer of hounds.

Proposed < Huntsmen's Club.*

' Dear Bell, — ^My life's fand is fail running out, and before the lafl grain
falls I fhould be very pleafed if I could fay one word that might lead to a
higher appreciation of die huntfmen and firft whips (of a certain (bnding), to
whom the fport of this country is fo much indebted. Every one feems
anxious to bring together the befl hounds for an exhibition ; but I have
always thought that we (hould begin at the wrong end by fo doing. What
think you and your readers of e(bblifhing a " huntfmen' s club " in London,
to meet for three or four confecutive days in the Afcot week ? They (hould
eledt a prefident from the mailers of hounds for the year, who muft be bound
to preiide at leaft once at a dinner, to which mafters of hounds (hould be
invited. It is eafy to fuggeft an expanfion of the objects and attractions of
fiich a gathering ; and I think more good would refult, in a practical way,
towards improvement in breeding hounds, kennel management, &c., than m
the letters of Scrutator and other writers put together. I will give you more
ideas if the project be favourably thought of. — ^Yours, &c. Dryasdust.'

Cricket and courfing will be found duly noticed under feparate articles, and
we have nothing of importance to add. The profpe^ of the coming cricket
feafon are indeed l»rilliant, and the noble game is rapidly growing in favour
with all clafFes.

Yachting men have lately been diilipating in balls and dinners ; but the crews
at Oxford and Cambridge are getting themfelves into trim, and ere this is in
the hands of our readers, the boat club at the latter Univerfity will have
decided their firil fpurt of the feafon, and the ton>id races of the Oxford
Univerlity Boat Club are announced for the ift of March. This club, by-the-
by, defpite the weather, contrived to get up fome fcratch four-oared races on
Tucfday and Wednefday, the 14th and 15th, in which eighteen crews par-
ticipated. In other refpe^s aquatics is now a Mead letter,' and we muft
adjourn any further nodce until our next, as the printer warns us that fpace is
a deiideratum at prefent.

With regard to this, the firft number of our Magazine, we believe it will
fpeak for itfelf, and can only aflure our readers that no effort will be fpared to
render it worthy an extenhve fupport. To our Racing Regifter we would,
however, call pardcular attention, as the racing will be pofted each month to
the eve of publication, and parts will be publifhed in July and December,
containing indices up to thofe dates. We have alfo added an additional feature,
defcribing the ftate of the ground at each meeting.



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THE DRAMATIC AND MUSICAL WORLD OF LONDON.

The critic who ii defiroos of keepiog with ftrict accuracy and impartiality a
monthly record of things theatrical and muiical which tranfpire in die nietTX>-
polis haa in hand a woric of no litde difHculty. It is uselefs attempting to hlink
the £iot that the formidable entity popularly known as the Britifli poUic, ia
fomewhat impatient of matters that are paft, is conftandy thirfdng for news, and
hungering ^ter prognoftications of what is likely to happen in the dim, uncertain
future. In the feparate fpheres of politics^ of fcieoce, of literaturey ait, and
fporting, die fame rule holds good; and he who aflumes the poiition of hiftorian
muft gild the detail of his fubject with fomething like a fanciful exterior before
it will appear fresh and invidng to his readers: his facta^ if they be not s^olutely
new, mult be ferved up with a veritable fnuce fiquante^ or it is pot probable that
they will be gready relifhed and fought after with avidity. In tummg my
attention, then, to what is gone, or to what would be, in the auctioneer's phr»-
feology, 'going/ 1 fliall be naturally more brief in my remarks than if they were
fuggoted by recent topics, or by fuch as are on the eve of occurrence when the pre-
fect pages may be given into the hands of thofe particularly inde&dgable members
of fociety, the printer and the printer's devil. Juft at diis period the novelties
of Chriftmafdde are beginning to fade; «Hot Codlins' and « Tippetywitchet*
are foregone conclufions ; even the youngeft playgoer is becoming (lighdy blaje
of pantomimic pomp, and has grown precocioufly alive as to the exadt descrip-
tion of refreftiment which the * litde old lady' fele^ed in her extreme neceflity
of cold and fadgue; and fympathifes but (lighdy with the yawning, fneezing, and
various facial contortions comprifed in the immortal ballad with the unpro-
nounceable name ; fairies, too, in * homes of perpetual light,' in ' grottoes of
* gliftening glory' are beginning to look fomewhat the worfe for wear and tear,
and harlequin, columbine, clown, and pantaloon are acquiring the afped of living
anachronifms.

The beginning of the prefent month faw the entire £ulure of Madame Celefte's
trump-card at die Lyceum—* The Tale of Two Cities.' Mr. Charles Dickens
thinking — and diinking wrongly — that *The Dead Heart ' was embelliflied after
he had terminated his ftory in <A11 the Year Round,' was anxious that a com-
plete verfion of the romance might be dramatized, and therefore gave to the
directress of the eftablifhment in queftion the aid of his advice and experience.
Mr. Tom Taylor adapted the narrative to the purpofes of his ftage, but accom- .
plifhed his labour awkwardly and hurriedly, and altogether the production was
as fatiguing, flow, and unfatil faCbory as it could well be. There was no great
attempt at mise en scene; there was no aCting of mark; and the conftruCtion of
the plot was fo bad that thofe who knew the novel did not underftand the play,
while thofe who faw the play could form no idea of the novel. The moft
effective part of die piece was the prologue ; but the effeCt, even of that, was
produced by thoroughly illegitimate means. The talented author, in the climax
pf his ftory, briefly alludes to the terrible death of a young giri of low degree,
who, ravifhed by an ariftocrat, is allowed to fink and die, widi the fruits of his
crime and her misfortune weighing her down, in the midft of the infamous
fplendour of a grand chftteau. Now, in reading this, the mind receives only a
flight impreflion of the repulfive fcene, and glances off to more pleafant and
brighter pafTages of the narrative ; but when you come to embody fuch an event
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upon the balf-<lrefled, writhing figure of the gui dying in pain, with a curie and
a cry of vengeance on her lip«y while the exquifites of the period ftand calmly
hy and dandle their laced handkerchiefs and their jewelled fnuff-hoxet, it is a
totally difierent thing; the whole matter becomes repulfiTe, nafty — outre^ and
you wifh you hadn't feen, or, haying ieen it» that you may fpeedily forget its
chief chara&riftics. Surely it cannot be neceflary to go to fuch extremes as
theie in order to aroufe public intereft and fill a theatre with a refpedable and
intelligent audience ! It is all very well for Ariftode to tell us that tragedy purifies
the nund by the terror and pity it elicits ; but if we want fuch terror and pity
as this to make us fympathetic and charitable to one another, we had better
Ipend our days in the neighbourhood of Coldbath Fields, and our nights with
the infpe^r on duty at the Bow-ftreet police ftation. If any proof were
wanting of the item necefijty for pradical talent in all matters conne^ed with
theatriod reprefentations, it would be a£brded by the fiiilure of a play in which
Mr. Charles Dickens and Mr. Tom Taylor were the prime agents. Madame
Celefte has been endeavouring to obtain the ieryices of Mr. and Mrs. Charles
Kean for Eaiter ; but at preient, I believe, nothing is definitely arranged. A
perfonnance is to take place on the 7th of March, at the Lyceum Theatre, fi^r
a charitable purpofe: the amateurs whofe names are mcluded in the lift of
executants are moftly members of a convivial artiftic club» and amongft their
number are Mr. Frank Talfourd, Mr. Byron, Mr. Brough, and other gendemen
of repute. The play is to be ^ The School for Scandal,' and the extravaganza
which is to follow is the joint produ^ion of the aibrefaid writers, and ought,
therefore, to fparkle with wit and hilarity.

The government of the St. James's Theatre has palled from the hands of
Mei&s. Willott and Chatterton into thofe of Mifs Wyndham, who has under*
taken, on her own account, to folve the problem whether the * cheap prices ' are



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