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BPOSTS AID PASTIMEB.

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BPOSTS AID PASTIMEB. THE Snider rifle principle admits of capping being dene away with, and the converted Enfields will be loaded with self-igniting cartridges fired by a pin, which having struck the cartridge is returned by a spring to its position. ON Saturday the kennel of setters of the well-known Gordon breed, and the property of the Earl of Shrews. bury, was sold by auction at Aldridges's Horse Re- pository. There was a considerable attendance of sportsmen, and an active competition prevailed for high-class and well-broken dogs for grouse and partridge shooting. They realised prices varying from 10 to 40 guineas each. FOR a week past salmon and grilse have been as- cending the Eden in extraordinary large numbers, and the proprietors, from Rocldiff to Corby, have bsen reaping a plentiful harvest in consequence. The run commenced a week ago, and was greatly facilitad by the fresh breezes of Friday and Saturday. A SOULLESS* race in old-fashioned boats, for £ 50 a side, was rowed on Thursday last, from Putney to Mortlake, between J. A. Caffin and Benjamin Edwards. Mr. J. Ireland was referee. Caffin had the best station, and, after some time wasted in getting off, at once commenced to lead, being three-quarters of a length in front of Edwards in a hundred yards; at the steam- boat pier tha latter gained a trifle, though only on sufferance, as Caffin again held a lead of three-quarters of a length at Simmon's, and took hia opponent's water at the L. E. C. Boathouse, having the race in 1 hand. Caffin want on increasing his lead, and passed 1 Hammersmith-bridge ten lengths ahead of Edwards. J Opposite the Oil Mills Edwards spurted, but his efforts were of no avail, as Caffin maintained his lead 1 up to the finish, and won by about four lengths, as he eased up towards the end of the race. The time 1 occupied by the race was 27 min. 30 sec., and the ( betting about 3 to 1 on Caffin. •< THE extent to which pigeon flying is carried in Bel- gium is shown by the fact that frequently the railways convey to Paris and Orleans, from the various towns in Belgium, nearly 500 baskets of pigeons in one day. On the 16th of June last 250 baskets were opened at the Paris railway stations alone, and not unfrequently on Sundays not less than 30,000 pigeons are sent from Belgium to be, liberated at the different stations of the Paris and Orleans Railway. A SWARM OF BEES ON A MAN'S HEAD. —As a man named John Stubbings, of Kirtling, Cambridgeshire, was lately watohing a hive of bees about to swarm, the queen alighted on his head, and was immediately followed by the whole swarm. Stubbings had the presence of mind to stand perfectly still, and in a few minutes the bees completely covered one side of his head, leaving him only sufficient breathing space. As soon as they were settled, his wife swept them off into a hive, and he escaped unhurt. A "WOLF SToRY.-The Pike County (Illinois) De- mocrat tells the following wolf story, on the authority of a veteran hunter of that place, named Thomas Uray: A farmer living near the Adams County line round seven wolf pups in a hollow log. He dug a hole at the end of the log that was open, placed a trap m IP' a^L covered it over with dirt. Fearing that the wolr, when caught by the foot or leg, would gnaw it off and escape, he, with a companion, determined to watch during the night and slay it as soon as captured. Daring the night the father 'of the interesting family in the log would come up close to where the watchers were stationed, when the dogs they had with them would run him off a short distance, and then return. Presently the wolf would return, when they would chase him off again. This was kept up during the night at frequent intervals. The watchers, hearing an occasional squall from the pups, visited the trap, but found everything as they had left it. In the morning, however, an examination showed the log empty, and every pup gone and the trap unsprung; While the old fellow was amusing the dogs, Madam Wolf had, by gnawing and clawing, opened a hole through the side of the log large enough to remove the little ones and carry them off, travelling fourteen miles in so doing. The dogs_ being put on the track soon found them oyer a mile distant, whence they were taken, nicely covered f p with leaves by the side of a log." THE regatta arrangements of the Royal Victoria Club for August are as followsMonday, 13th, the annual general meeting at the club house; the chair will be taken at one o'clock precisely; an extra ballot from twelve to one o'clock; the annual dinner at the club house at half-past seven p.m.; tickets one guinea, to be procured at the club; members are requested to make early application for themselves and friends, as the number is limited to 90. Tuesday, 14th, a prize," value Y,75, open to schoonars and yawls belonging to any Royal Yacht Club. Second vessel to receive a prize value .£25; time race, half Ackel's' scale; to start at half-past .ten; yawls to 'have a fourth of their tonnage added. A prize, value £ 75, open to cutters and yawls belonging to any Royal Yacht Club; second vessel to receive a prize value £ 25; time race, half Ackers' scale; to start at eleven yawls to have a fsurth of their tonnage dedicted: Wednesday, 15th, the Town Cup, a. prize valueJElOO, will be given by the inhabitants of the town of Syde, for all yachts belong- ing to the Eoyal Victoria Yacht Club; time race, half Ackers' scale; to start at eleven; yawls to sail as cutters with a fourth of their tonnage deducted; the annual ball at the club houseat nine p.m.; tickets can only be obtained from the secietary through a member tickets, gentlemen's, 12s. 6d. ladies', lOa. 6d.

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