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T O "W" 1ST TALK. BY CUR LONDON CORRESPONDENT. Our rape ? ml7 vjMenstotek that be dotfiot hold o r$cJ "s | rt^o-.is.bUfor pu\ aajl| Coms^ondfnt's opinions.* assisted ,ttr a fell' repre.,eniation rf^ ths> sportsmen and horke lovers of Ehgland and tljg* Continent,"lias "T5een~paying the last Honours to "the last, or rsearly the last, of a generation of squires who loved the thoroughbred without caring or condescending to mix in the rascalities of the turf. The railroads for the last month, and particularly for the 10th, 11th, and 12th, have brought thousands to Sledmere station (what a revolution in these last words*!); to^S"a^a'3^f3|" bid for the stud of the lat^ SSrltTattoife ffyt^esJ: More than three hundred colts of The purest blood, sold under the hammer for above twenty thousand pounds, bear witness for the fine horses which this fine old country gentleman maintained to the day of his death, at ninety odd years. There were four-year olds and five-year olds in dozens that had never felt a saddle or a collar, and of three-year olds thoroughbred stoclc over two hundred there were mares over twenty years old, and among the unsold animals several over thirty years old. Sir Tatton; never betted, and had not raced him- self for many years, but he bred some three hundred blood stock every year, and those which were not sold as yearlings, or picked out as hunters or hacks he. kept for his own amusement. Thus, he must have spent some four or five thousand a year oti this one pursuit; but,, as he had no other hobby, and a very fine income, as he kept up no London house, and lived in good and unflankeyfied- style, though keeping almost open house, he died rich. The Yorkshire and Lincolnshire farmers bid up briskly to'carry; home some living reminiscence of dear, kind, hospitable, old Sir Tatton. There were a number of foreigners picking out the best things for the studs of France, Prussia, and Austria. America, thanks to the' civil war, was unrepresented, and this probably diminished the large sum the sales made by several thousands. The" railway station recently opened on the estate close to Sledmere, was to the thoughtful a curious mark of the march of time. Sledmere lies in the midst of the Yorkshire Wolds, and was, until railroads dashed through York and crept up to Malton and Scarborough, one of the most soli- tary of English country houses. In his youth, some seventy years ago, Sir Tatton had no choice between a hack and a cart when he wanted to travel; while his female relatives rode on side- saddle, or pillion until they reached the liiol road. Until he was seventy years old, Sir Tatton continued, from choice, his hack rides to Lon- don once a year, and everywhere' else all the year round. Roads were a great in- novation on the Wolds. The railroad to York was considered a great innovation by 'all the squires, and that was twenty-eight miles from Sledmere; then it advanced to Malton—to accom- modate the racing establishment of John Scott, I presume—and scarcely are Sir Tatton's eyes closed, than a. station is opened close to his park, and the inclosure and destruction of the mag- nificent turf down near Malton is settled. Thug, in his life-time, this fine old gentleman saw the commencement and completion of a revolution which doubled the value of the estates of those who most bitterly opposed it. 'London has, just now, the appearance of a city lately barricaded, and in some of the principal' thoroughfares, including the Bayswater-road, the road to Kew, and Piccadilly, the Main Drainage- Works are in possession of half the road. Hitge ramparts of earth and brick watch towers, which are ventilating shafts, give all the air of a besieged city. It is curious to observe how steadily and how quietly this great work goes on, when we rememberwhat piles of printed matter were issued to provethatthe planwasruinous, if not impracticable. All tne newspapers were against the Metropolitan Board plan, including the Times. Of coarse, all 11 all is forgotten now, but people of the same sort are m a i making a great fuss about the value of liquid sewage. To this, there are two. answers that pretty well settle the whole question. Which are the counties that grow the best—that is the best corn—crops? The eastern, where there are several -peeks' per annum less rain than in the western; consequently, the majority of farmers prefer dry to liquid manure. Where was. there ever an instance of a valuable material going a-begging for twenty years amongst the enterprising capitalists and manufacturers of England? The Metropolitan Board have advertised for tenders for their reservoirs of sewage, and the persons who profess to make the most brilliant offers are penni- less adventurers, without either scientific or prac- tical character or experience. Some time or other these reservoirs will be used to grow hay crops in dry seasons, but there are no signs as yet that a ton of liquid sewage will even be worth as much as a bag of bone-dust. Party spirit often assumes comical appearances. -It is the theory of our statesmen that Turkey is to be supported not that any one believes that the lazy, non-marrying Turk will ever make any real progress, or effect any real reform, but we are afraid tbat if we allow the Sultan, the sick man, to be snuffed out, a European war will arise out of the division of the Moslem's inheritance. On the Danube are settled a set ,of semi-barbarians, who call themselves Christians, Wallachians, Molda- vians, Servians, who have this one great advantage over the Turk—they marry one wife, rear children, cultivate the land, and trade actively. These Danubian principalities owe an almost nominal allegiance to the Sultan. The Viceroy —Hospodar they call him—of Moldo-Wallachia, is a cunning semi-savage, one Prince Couza. This Prince Couza has been doing what our Harry VIII. did whattheFrench Revolution did; what Catholic Spam and, Catholic Italy have done, with great applause from English newspapers of all shades in our own time-corifiscatedthe landed property of I monasteries and religious houses for the benefit of the State." ■' • A friend of mine saw, the other day, at Seville'; a fine manufactory of stoneware, what we c Staffordshire ware, carried on by some hundred Spaniaxd^ in-what w&s..once a n^twrtstery. All the* workfce werjearelent Eoma^Cat^plic Spaniards,- ak not ~h ffche, #an^er was an Englishman. All 'As t^rcjug i Sjjpifr it «is"thte sAnpe. However, the qbs'fiver|6nd jjthir pfipers-.bf the same views are [ iquixe shocked that lie prince Cjpuea §!Toim ka^iS^selzei fee*revemieS'"on which some thousand Greek monks live in dirty unproductive piety. It may be very cruel to the present possessors if I^intee Cottzi does'not peosioB. them as the Spanish apd 1 i1 In ov^mepts "liaVe Hone with their monks, friars, and nuns; but if it is not an advantage to the State, then we are humbugs ynpiir ^trjsporfr'qf Italian treatment of monastic property, '^hefie ^4 wish to kn<m wTiat Greek monasteries are" lite should read a ] book published some years ago by the Hon. Itenry Carzon, describing his visit to the monasteries of Mount Ararat. Z. Z. j



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