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SPORTS AND PASTIMES. THE champion prize for lady archers has been car- ried off this year by an Irish lady, MissBetham, of the county of Dublin archers, beating all the great English bow-women. t n AN extraordinary scene of excitement prevailed in Malton on the St. Leger day, when the telegraph an- nounced Mr. I'Anson's victory. Since the days of Blink Bonny so great enthusiasm has not been mani- fested. On the road from the station to the Cottage the people turned out, and the green and gold flag was run up amidst the most enthusiastic cheering. The callers at the Cottage were very numerous and although the prices have been so short, it is generally thought that a gsod amount of money will come into Malton. IN the fisherv on the coast of Ostend this year 171 smacks have been employed. The quantity of fish brought into the port, both by Belgian fisher- men and the French who have been driven in by heavy weather, amounted to about 3,400,000 kilos., producing a sum of 850,000f. The above quantity is more than that of preceding years, although no less than eleven boats have been lost during the season. The fish caught are generally composed one-half of plaice, three-eighths of skate, one-sixteenth of soles, and one- sixteenth of turbots, dabs, haddocks, and sometimes whiting. During the year there have been brought into Ostend oysters amounting in value to from 800,000f. to 900,000f. After having been deposited for a short time in parks to fatten, they were sent off, for the most part, to the interior of Belgium and to Germany. The quantity dispatched to Paris has been this year less than in preceding ones. OWING to the protracted drought which prevailed during the month of August, and the autumn spates which followed, salmon fishing has been unusually good in most parts of Scotland. The Ness is swarming with fish; it is nothing uncommon for 15 salmon and grilse to be taken by one rod in the course of a few hours. Mr. Denison, on the Holm Water, has been killing on an average from five to six daily; one day he landed a salmon of 231b. Splendid sport has also been obtained on Sir Joseph Hawley's portion of the river. On the Casseley, Mr. Holford, Lieutenant- Y, Colonel Elliott, and Major Dickens, on the 6th and 7th of this month, captured no fewer than 56 salmon and grilse, the aggregate weight being 2581b. 9OK. In fact, most of the northern rivers have been yielding splendid baskets since the withdrawal of the nets, and there is every prospect of their continuing to do so until the close of the season. Anglers on the Spey have every reason to be well satisfied. The sport obtained on the Tay, however, notwithstanding the apprehensions which were enter- tained during the past month, seems to eclipse the whole. Mr. Condie landed twenty-two fish on Monday last, and on the previous Wednesday Major Wedder- burn killed nineteen, and Mr. Foofce and his son twenty-three. The popular mode of angling on the Tay is by means of a boat, rowed from side to side of the river, the bow being always kept against the stream, and the rods fixed in the stern in such a posi- tion as to admit of the lines floating at a reasonable distance from each other. In this way many fish are taken. For example, the other day Mr. Foote and his son had three 'fish hooked at one time, and they landed the whole. THE Deep-sea Fishery Commissioners have oeen making inquiry into the state of the fisheries in the Dundalk Bay. From the evidence of a number of fishermen it appears that trawling was practised there prior to 1857, but was then discontinued, in con- sequence si representations made to the Fishery Com- missioners that it was destroying the spawn and brood. Mr. Caird said that a communication had been received by the Commissioners to the effect that it would be desirable to do away with the restriction on trawling; but no one appeared to give evidence on that side of the question. The evidence on the other side showed that sinee the restriction was imposed fish had been more abundant in the bay. From thirty to forty line boats were employed, each having a crew of five or six men. They caught turbot, sale, plaice, cod, and herring, which had lately reappeared in the bay. The fish is bought on the quays, and sent to all parts of the country, chiefly to Dublin, Belfast, and Liver- pool. They fish with lines having 400 hooks, a fathom between each hook. The baits they use are worm, cockle, and oyster; the oyster, a peculiar one, got about a foot and a half deep in the sand. They catch the sole with a worm. Since the trawling was stopped fishing has improved in the bay. They get salmon in the river, and this was the best salmon year they had for a long time. Had the trawling continued it would have destroyed the fishermen, because it tore up the spawn and prevented it from et)ming,ipto the bay. Their great enemy now is the dog-fish, which cuts tiheirlines. WE are told by an aristocratic paper that so anxious is Lord Fitzhardinge to prevent the nightly depreda- tions made, or supposed to be made, upon his tenants' ducks, geese, and poultry by foxes, that his lordship gives orders that the wily animals shall be fed upon rabbits. During the last twelve weeks not less than 12,386 rabbits have been given to the vulpine gour- mands, who, in round numbers, amount to 246. As, according to Cocker, the weekly consumption would be 1,032, more or less, as the auctioneers say, or four rabbits and a quarter to each fox per week, the foxes have no cause of complaint, especially as they do not confine themselves to rabbit diet. To insure sport, continues our contemp@rary, facetiously, the Banting system ought to be adopted with the -vulpine as well as the human race, for no animal can stand a burst of five and forty minutes which has gorged itself upon luxuries. When, we consider that, at ninepence a rabbit, the expense would be about X38 14s. per week, or E461 9s. 6d. for the period of twelve weeks we have referred to, it must be clear to every one that hounds, huntsmen, wkippers-in, horses, and earth-stoppers are not the only items that swell up bills to masters of fox-hounds," but .that to them may be added the money laid out in preserving and feeding the vulpine race. EVERY one who .has ever been to a race knows little Jemmy Grimshaw, the baby feather weight; quite a mite in appearance, and with the tiniest of childish treble voices. lie is amusing his admirers (aud their name is legion) just now by exhibiting his photograph, beautifully got up in a green velvet case, on the other side of which is a blank. When he is asked who that is for, he draws himself up and says, Why, for Mrs. J. Griuishaw, to be sure A Sudden Flood.—The waters of the Taff on

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