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SPORTS AND PASTIMES.

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SPORTS AND PASTIMES. VISCOUNT FALMOUTH has accepted the Stewardship of Doncaster September Meeting, in the place of the Earl of Annesley, who-retires by rotation. AN otter was discovered under a bridge near Per- ranwharf, Cornwall, one day last week, and a hunt immediately commenced. The otter being driven to land was seized by the tail by one of the lads and killed. It was a bitch, and weighed nearly 141b. THE fashionable game of croquet, which has been so generally adopted throughout tHe country, and which has been looked upon as quite a novel amusement, now appears to be nothing more than the revived, though modernised, game of mall," introduced to England in the reign of James 1. THE Satherlandshire challenge silver bugle, given by her Grace the Duchess of Sutherland, the Countess of Cromarty, and the ladies of the county, haying beex won three years in succession at the annual com- petitions at Dunrobin by the Dornooh Company, now becomes their solo property. IN speaking of the points of a St. Bernard dog, a correspondent of the Field says :—"About eleven years ago I was at the Hospice. The monks had three dogs not for sale.' They told me I could obtain a pure-bred whelp at a village near. I did so for about 50f. Wherever I went the people recog- nised it, and actually fed and cared for it, frequeutly for nothing. The colour of those of the Hospice and of that I brought to England was deep orange, white legs, chest, and belly (flecked with both red and white on legs and nose), deep set eyes, small ears well set down, black from the eyes half way to the nose, then white' flecked, and white streak on the forehead ex- tending to the white collar round the neck. This white streak is considered a great mark of purity, and the monks pointed it out to me as agreeing with a white braid they wear down bacic of their dross. Old Barry was brindled, and I saw a dog of that colour, which I should say was pure and very fine, at a late dog-show. I think he got the first prize." A MOST happy-looking couple, well known at dif- ferent race meetings, and having for their home abode one of the prettiest places in Norfolk, have attained a certain notoriety and much favour with the great by their peculiar breed of Skye terriers. One of these was presented to the Princess of Wales soon after her marriage, and although her Royal Highness intimated her disinclination to accept presents, still she could not resist the charms of the rare little animal whom she condescended to accept, and in compliment to his black muzzle she named him Mufti. Mufti's own brother, with another intensely black muzzle and the whitest of teeth, they presented to the Countess of Stamford, whom, in honour of his near and illustrious relative, she named Prince. A DEPUTATION from the Thames Angling Preserva- tion Society, consisting of Messrs. S. Ponder, Frank Buckland, R. M. Smyth, J. R. Berry, and J. B. Smith, had an interview on Monday last, by appointment, with the Conservators of the River Thames, for the purpose of making application for the erection of fish ladders at the weirs of Teddington and Moulsey Locks. The deputation were very cordially received, and upon the object being explained and illustrated by Mr. Frank Buckland, instructions were forthwith given by 'I the TIoard of Conservators to their engineers to fit two ladders to each of the weirs, on the principle ex- plained by the deputation. BILLIARDS IN AUSTRALIA.—The Melbourne Argus says:—Since his arrival by the Great Britain, Mr. John Roberts, the champion billiard player of England, has been engaged in a series of interesting matches in Melbourne and Ballarat. The first game in wbiih Mr. Roberts was engaged was with Mr. John Lamb, who has long been regarded as the best player in the colony. The game was 1,000 up, and Mr. Lamb re- ceived 350 points. The result was an easy victory for Mr. Roberts, but the game was an unusually long one, play commencing at eight o'clock, and finishing at midnight. When the last stroke was made, Roberts's score stood 1,000 against Lamb's 743, the latter having thus made 393 in addition to the points given him. In the next match, Mr. Lamb was again the opponent of the champion, receiving on this occasion 400 points out of 1,000. Fortune once more declared in favour of the champion, and Lamb was beaten when he had scored 409 more than his allowance, the game finishing Roberts 1,000, and Lamb 809. In the third match, Mr. Roberts was opposed by Mr. Bergin, the lessee of the billiard-rooms at the Albian, and a very good player. The champion gave 500 out of 1,000, and even with that odds to start with his victory was an easy one. Bergin had only added 347 to his points when the champion scored the game. The fourth match was played with Mr. Norcliffe, who has accompanied Mr. Roberts from England as agent, and again the champion gave his opponent 500 points to start with. But victory declared for Mr. Roberts: and at the close the game stood-the champion 1,001, and Norcliffe 738. The next match was with a "gentleman amateur," who, like Norcliffe and Bergin, received 500 points out of 1,000. The amateur, however, although a fine player, was as easily disposed ef as the others, and when the game finished Roberts had made 1,002 against his opponent's 797. In this match Mr. Roberts made the largest break which he has as yet obtained in the colony, namely 186,174 of which were secured by his famous spot stroke," the red ball having been pocketed 58 times in succession. The next match was played with Mr. Lamb, who received 450 points out of 1,000; bat again the champion was victorious, the score at the close being- Roberts 1;000, and Lamb 744. In the next match Norcliffe opposed the champion, and received 250 points out of 500. The result was in favour of Mr. Roberts by 37 points, the score being-Roberts 500, and Norcliffe 463. A match at pyramids between Roberts and Nor- cliffe followed, in which the champion was victorious. The next match was with Mr. Norcliffe, who received 600 out of 1,000. This was a very interesting game, Norcliffe having raised his score to 999 before the champion succeeded in scoring the game. Mr. Roberts then played a Mr. Cox, whom he defeated easily, al- though 600 points out of 1,000 were given. The score at the end stood—Roberts 1,000, and Cox 837. Again the champion played his agent, and won easily, although giving 600 points; but on the next occasion on which he played, fortune, for the first time, de- clared against him. This match was with his old opponent, Mr. Lamb, who, with 500 points in his favour to start with, contrived to win the game. The result, however, must be regarded as simply an acci- dent, since there is no reason to doubt that the cham- pion is able to give even so good a player as Lamb still greater Of1ds. The game at the close was-Roberts 622, and Lamb 996. In his first match at Ballarat Roberts was again defeated; a local player — Mr. Wright-having, with 500 points given, been able to secure the victory. At the close the game stood- Roberts 876, and Wright 1,000. The champion after- wards played his agent, OR terms similar to those in the games in Melbourne, and won his matches with ease. In a second match with Mr. Wright, who again received 500 points, the champion took his revenge, and achieved a comparatively easy victory.

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