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SPORTS AND PASTIMES. 41

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SPORTS AND PASTIMES. 41 MR. ALFRED SrEE is endeavouring to make the Med way a salmon stream again. He has already pro- cured 3,000 salmon ova, which have arrived in good condition, and have been placed in the fish-breeding house. "NEIIW," the correspondent of the Morning Tele- graph, writing of Breadalbane and Broomielaw, described them as the Malton dark-'uns but the printer, in-error, designates them the "Malton don- keys The compositor, on its being pointed out to him, exclaimed, Nemo me impune lacesset," for which prompt reply he received the order of the Thistle. His Royal Highness the Prince of Wales heads the list of subscribers to the Grand National Hunt Steeple Chase, at Weatherby, on Wednesday, March 29th. There are already sixty-two subscribers, and, besides the Prince, the list includes the names of twenty-five noblemen and four baronets. Six couple of young hounds, selected from the best blood in England, arrived a few days ago at Prince Napoleon's new hunting establishment near the forest of Villefermoy, which the Emperor has lately made over to him. In one week four out of the six couple have died, in spite of all the care Delamotte, first huntsman to the Prince, has bestowed on them. CALLER Ou.-This celebrated mare has already paid forfeit for the Chester Cup, and it is stated on good authority that her brilliant turf career has terminated, and that she will next season be put to the stud. Her retirement will leave Queen's Plates more of an open question than during the past three years of the mare's extraordinary career. It may be mentioned that Caller Ou won no fewer than twenty-nine Queen's Plates from three to six years old, viz., one in 1861, three in 1862, fifteen in 1863, and ten in 1864. Fisher- man's scoring in Queen's Plates was twenty-six, obtained as under:—Five at three years old, ten at five years old, and one at six years old. Rataplan, the next high scorer, won twenty-one of her Majesty's Plates, as under:—Nine at four years old and twelve at five years old, so that Mr. I'Anson has beaten both those celebrities. ON Sunday the severity. of the frost had rendered the ice in the various parks tolerably firm up to twelve o'clock on that day, and a. large number of skaters and sliders were' enabled to indulge in their favourite exercise. Skaters and sliders mustered strongly on the ornamental water in Regent's-park, and on the long water and round pond in Kensington-gardens but the Serpentine, owing to the weakness of the ice, was comparatively deserted. It was calculated that upwards of 100,000 persons entered the enclosure in St. James's-park alone between two and four o'clock. In Hyde-park and Kensington-gardens the banks of the Serpentine on both sides were filled by a dense mass of people. TEACHING LADIES TO SKATE.—A correspondent of the Field writes as follows: Having just been skating for the first time this winter, and having some hope that now that the frost has come we may have some more of it, I am induced to write you a few lines on the teaching of ladies. Last wihter I was favoured with the opportunity of supervising the earliest at- tempts of several young ladies, and the experience thus acquired has somewhat modified my previous views. For instance, in teaching boys I had been accustomed to tell them to keep their .toes a little more outward; with ladies, I find, the opposite in- struction is more necessary: they seem all to have been so thoroughly drilled by the dancing-master into walking with their toes out, that in skating the tendency is to keep them too much turned. Another great fault is keeping the heels close to- gether; the consequence is, that when told to take a forward step, say with the right foot, the heel ) of the right passes close to the left, and the foot is set down on the ice with the full inside forward, and therefore on the outside edge of the iron. No doubt this is the glissade' of the dancing-master; but, with skates on, its result is usually a glissade of a less elegant kind. The toes should be turned out only so far that the two feet form an angle a little more acute than a right angle (anything beyond that is unsafe and bad). Let the beginner stand on the ice with her feet in that position, but the heels three or four inches apart. Let her then lean slightly forward, and try to walk, moving each foot alternately, but at first lifting the foot very little indeed, and moving it forward only a few inches. For the first half hour she may have the support of one hand from her teacher or a friend; after that it will not be necessary, and she will be better without it. The lesson is not to be hurried; no attempts at royal roads, no lugging about between two skaters, no stieks all these are real hindrances, teach bad habits, and give dependepce in place of in- dependence. The learner must beep in mind always the return to the correct position of the feet, strive to keep her ankles stiff, and her feet from sliding. If she feels imminent, instead of making frantic efforts to save herself, let her rather subside as easily and gracefully as she can. Such efforts to save, at least with a beginner, usually cause a severe fall, instead of an easy one. To try to keep the skate from sliding, is, of course, just trying to keep it under command. The skate sliding is the ultimate end, and it may therefore seem strange to give directions to strive to prevent it; but the gliding will come of itself soon enough, and what is wanted at first is control over the skate. Most beginners commence with a little push from one foot, and a little slide on both then another little push (generally from the same foot), and another little slide, and so on—a thoroughly bad way of learning, though of course it can be acquired that way; and the bad habits can afterwards be got quit of with care and attention, but it is far better to avoid ever having them. By the mode I have indicated, if it is faithfully and patiently acted upon, a better result is obtained in a far less time. I have known more than one young lady in a. couple of hours learn to stand with perfect confidence, and move about by herself —slowly indeed, but without much nek of falling—and in a very few days' trial move quite freely and safely, and strike with the even alternation of fost which is absolutely necessary to graceful skating. Always lean a little forward; that makes falls both fewer and easier. Walking about in skates on a carpet or lawn (avoiding gravel walks or anything to injure the edges of the irons) is very good practice for learners to keep the ankles stiff; but it is rather uninteresting, and it must not be expected to teach anything else whatever beyond the one point of stiffness of ankle, though that is a considerable one. These instructions, though directed to young ladies, are equally the best for boys.'

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