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SPORTS AND PASTIMES.

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SPORTS AND PASTIMES. THE I Zingara amateurs, who yearly combine cricket with theatricals at Canterbury, have this year selected Miss Milly Palmer to be their leading lady. THE reports from the moors of Swaledale and Wensleydale augur ill for the coming grouse season. The brooding hens, the watchers report, have been dying for some time back in scores, and the mortality is still continuing at a frightful rate. The accounts front the Westmoreland and Durnam moors, we regret to say, are nearly as unfavourable. The disease which is so fatal in its results is locally termed a dis- temper; but the cause is supposed, and it is believed accurately, to be due to the severe weather in May last, which checked the tender shoots of the heather, upon which the birds so much depend for subsistence at that period of the year, and also for some time subsequently. In the higher lying grounds on Donside, such as Strathdon, Corgarff, Candacraig, &c., accounts of dis- ease are somewhat discouraging. At the other side of the hills, in the Braemar and Deeside districts, there is no appearance of disease, and report speaks very favourably of the fine healthy appearance of the birds. Ptarmigan and blackcock are very plentiful and healthy. On the lower lying moors of Aberdeenshire, game promises to be more than usually abundant. This, we believe, is in some measure duo to the fact that last year the birds were sparingly shot, and a good breeding stock left. On the Clashandarroch moors, it is stated that disease has been slightly ob- servable but coveys are to be seen strong, and appa- rently in fair condition. On the Glenfiddoch and other moors in the upper districts of the county, the pros- pects are equally favourable, and, everything con. sidered, there is little doubt that sportsmen may look forward to the 13th of August with hopes of fair PMUCH satisfaction ia felt in the cricketing world at the fact of Mr. Lubbock, the Captain of the Eton Eleven, having expressed his regret to the Marylebone Club, and to his Harrow opponents, at having objected to the decision of the umpire at the latter end of the first day's play. These matches having become quite an event of the year, it is no be regretted the Eton boys do not take more pains to study cricket in al.' its branches, more particularly bowling, which, after all, is the most interesting part of a game at cricket. It is to be hoped that next year will prove that the Eton boys are not deaf to public opinion, which demands of them to uphold so national a game by producing 11 de- cent cricketers out of 850 boys. They cannot do better than follow the excellent example set them by Harrow, who have only half that number to pick from. The success of the ballad concerts at the Crystal Palace has been indubitable, nor is it to be wondered at that the general public, no less than the regular frequenters of the Palace, have availed themselves of each successive opportunity of listening to so good a musical and vocal entertainment as is now provided for them at the Wednesday concerts. Another selec- tion of ballad music was executed last Wednesday by such distinguished vocalists as Madame Grisi, Madame Parepa, Miss Edmonds, Mr. Weiss, and Mr. Sima Reaves, with Mr. Levy and the admirable orchestra, under the direction of Mr. Manns, for the instru. mental department. The selection on this occasion included "Home, sweet lioma," "The last rose of summer," and "The Minstrel Boy," by Madame Grisi. The well-known canonet My mother bids me bind my hair," by Haydn, and Bishop's Should he up- braid," by Madame Parepa; the once favourite I've been roaming," by Miss Edmonds; Farewell to the mountain," by Mr. Weiss; and "The Pilgrim of Love," by Mr. Sims Reeves. In short, to particularise the popular morceaux that were given would be to reprint the programme, which may be said to bristle with popularities. Whether with opera coyieerti3 for the select and fastidious, enjoyable popular selections for the many, and fireworks for all, the directors of the Crystal Palace seem to have bit upon the right means of gratifying the public taste with as much certainty as variety.

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