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A LOCAL CHAMPION SCULLER. INTERESTING INTERVIEW. A correspondent has had an interview with Mr James Davies, of Llangwm, who won the Sculling Champion- ship of the Thames Police on Thursday, the 18th inst. He says:âI called at Mr Davies' residence, 10, Belvedere Road, Lambeth, London, and after explaining the object of my visit was ushered into the drawing room. I was very glad to see you win your race so easily yesterday, Mr Davies." Thank you, so were a large number of people, I believe. How long have you rowed that style of boat ? Never, until about three months ago. I really had never been in one with sliding thwarts previous to that, but could handle a pair of sculls before coming to London. Did you experience any great difficulty with them ? "Well, yes, for a short time until I got used to the working of the boat; in fact, I got capsized more than once." "Of course the men against whom you were com- peting have always been used to such boats ? Yes, they have been used to no other kind ¡' practically. How many races have you rowed on the Thames to the present time ? "Three. And you have been successful in all three r" "Yes, as easily as you saw me win on Thursday." I understand you are better adapted for a long distance than a short one, is that so ? Yes, I should much prefer to have the full champion- ship course, from Putney to Mortlake, 3i miles. The race last Thursday was not quite two miles, with a fair wind and tide, which made it light work for the Cockney." "What is your opinion of Thames' scullers generally ? I I "Well they are pretty quick for a short distance, but do not seem capable of staying for any long distance." Have you any more races to come off this year ? Yes, one four oar race on the 29th inst., open to the elite crew of the Metropolitan Police Force." I believe it is value prizes you get, not money ? Yes, my prize last Thursday is a dinner service value 10 guineas, but we do not get any prizes until the annual dinner which is held on November 3rd." "Did you feel at all doubtful as to the result of Thursday's race ? Not for one moment, as I was determined to win it providing I did not get an accident." Was that race confined to the Thames Police only ? No, it was open to the Police of the United Kingdom. I may also mention that the men whom I have defeated, have held the Championship for the last five years, and have been trained on the Thames. It was rather an awkward business for me to perform, being a country lad, to go amongst such crack rowers of the latest style. I can assure you they laughed at the idea of my competing against them, but they have come to the conclusion that one who has been brought up in the country, with plenty of the best to make use of, and plenty of pure fresh air, is worth half-a-dozen men brought up in the smoke." 11 Dimensions of the boat did you say." "Oh yes." Length 35 feet, beam 1 foot 3 inches, depth 8 inches, weight 321bs. Now, sir, as I have to don my uniform and be on duty in an hour, I must wish you a very good day Mr Thanking Mr Davies for the pleasure of the interview and wishing him every future success, I took my departure.â[The above was unavoidably crowded out last week.âED. of T.]

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