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T O W 2ST TALK. £ OUR LONDON CORRESPONDENT. year there were nearly half a dozen pretenders to fresh honours for the details and the result the sporting papers may be consulted. It is impossible to give an idea of the excitement just previous to and when the news was received that Lord St. many- years. This fine horse, really one of the handsomest,, ever seen—and in this respect an exception to many winners of crack races—was unexpectedly beaten by a head for the Derby by Macaroni, a horse not in the St. Leger; and then, still more to disappoint his friends,: he wsp-beaten thoroughlyiancl easily in the Paris Derby. Of course Lord St. Vincent, who has not a mine of wealth, being a descendant of the Admiral Jervis oLitaÜors'songs, lost heavily. Being, however, what a racing man ought not to be, an excitable, persistent man,, he continued to back. his favourite,, and his courage brought him home had he .teen unfortunate he would" have been called obstinate. Great, therefore, was the cheer iag amoagst the gentlemen, whilst the ring, who had treated Lord Clifden as a nead horse, looked proportionately blue. The manner in which all the daily papers, without exception, gave the fullest details connected with the race, both before, and after it was run, shows how com- pletely this kind of gambling has taken hold of; the British public. The best account was in a "■ specially Radical, philosophical, and anti-territorial paper. Of course it may be-said that races en- courage the improvement of horses; so they do, but the upiversal. interest in is founded on a gamMpgjspi^, and nothing else. I feel some- times a sympathy for Dean Close, at Carlisle, in the midst of a population almost as fond of horses 'and races'as Yorksbiremen, rowing hopelessly against the tide—trying to persuade merry Carlisle to give up its races. I remember him in all his power and glory at Cheltenham, where, with the assistance of the ladies, he did put down both the races and the steeplechases but northern, men ^fe'macfe of sterner stuff. Races are with them no mere assemblage of betters and their dupes but a fine old English custom, which they are determined never to give up. Lord Clyde's will has just been made public. He died worth more than seventy thousand pounds, not a great sum, when .we consider the large income he enjoyed during the latter part of his life, and his simple tastes. Shortly before he went to India he told a friend of mine that lie was worth" twelve hundred pounds. This must have Jbeen .from previous India and China; prize money and savings. He has left his sister well provided for, and the rest of his property to General Eyre's family. One of the celebrities of the hunting field has just passed away in bis 72nd year in the Marquis of Huntly. He came as near to the beau ideal of a n,obleman as anyone I ever saw following the hounds. Tall and slim, and handsome, and grey headed, well dressed, alad mounted often on a white horse, a few years ago he rode in the first flight with the Melton hounds, and no stJanger saw him without asking who he wasl' Heleayes an immense family, eleven, I think, chiefly girls, and his eldest son is only. seventeen. But the daughters of a marquis are easily provided for with even small fortunes, for they axe all ladies,, and, in. these days of pros- perous commerce, there is always a swarm of eligible bankers and men of Vkrious positions, will- ing tfe, offer their hands and a handsome settlement to bring a Lady Mary, a Lady Susan Brown, Thompson, or Briggs into their families. And it is a very good thing it is so, otherwise rich men would be content with being merely rich. Allied with the aristocracy, .they infuscnew blood into ;theiryeiBS, and tend to maintain the gentlemen of England in that position of superiority they have always held. Avery remarkable political character has just died suddenly, the Right Honourable Edward Ellice, one of the three mercantile families who have taken a first- place in the political world. There was Baring, who became Lord Ashburton Labouchere, who became Lord Taunton; and Edward Ellice, who refused, after a full taste of political power, both place and titles,' uniformly declining a seat in the Cabinet or in the House of Lords. He died in his seventy-seventh year, having, with one brief interval, sat as Member of Parliament for Coventry since 1818. He was a Libm-al in times when to be a Liberal was to be a persecuted and misrepresented man. After the passing of the Reform Bill, Earl Grey made him Secretary to the Treasury, an office he held till August, 1832. He was subsequently Secretary for War from April, 1833, till December, 1834. In Parliament, for many years, his age, experience, and tact, made him a sort of arbitrator—" Ellice thinks so," often settled a question. Nor was he merely a man of influence in his own party; he was highly esteemed by men of all parties. In private life he was a thorough English gentleman —upright, liberal, courteous; it will be long before his friends cease to lament his loss. Z. Z. —♦ —

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