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SHORTS AND PASTIMES. THE authorities in the City of London have been making a raid on illegal betting houses, and In several instances fines to the amount of 220 and oosts were inflieted. THE Earl of Craven having granted permission, it is in contemplation to hold a race meeting on the Downs contiguous to Ashdown-park. An influential com- mittee of gentlemen has been formed. for the further- ance of the same. THE Duke of Richmond will entertain a large party during Goodwood races, and, from the applications for houses and lodgings in Chichester and the neighbour- hoed, a most splendid meeting is anticipated. ON Friflay the departure of boats on the Thames to Fairlop, Hainault Forest, took plaoe, in accordance with ancient custom. There were two gaily-dressed vessels, one belonging to the licensed victuallers at the east end of the metropolis, and the other to the watermen at Wapping and other parts near the river- side. Eaoh vessel was drawn by six horses, with out- riders; and they were followed bv carriages and all kinds of vehieles, accompanied by bands of music. ON Saturday a special sweepstakes, in. a pigeon shooting match, was shot for at Hornsey-wood, under these conditions: 15 birds each, both barrels, 30 yards use, 5 traps, and 10 sovs. entrance. The attendanoe Was not numerous, as several ot the sportsmen, who ar" regular habituSs of the Wood," were absent electioneering. Eight competitors only shot. The birdb,had a nice wind to assist them, and consequently the scares were'not so good as on last Monday. On the conclusion of the fifth round only Lord Storment, Colonel Duncan. Mr. Beecher. and Mr. Rudd had scored four out of five, and the two latter gentlemen falling off in the next five rounds, Lord Stormont and Colonel Duncan were left in a. majority of two over the next best. Those who surmised that the issue was now reduced to a match between the pair, did so correctly, as they tied, killing eleven out of fifteen. They commenced shooting off bird for bird, and Lord Stormont killing and Colonel Duncan missing, his lordship was proclaimed the winner. Lord Stormont, who has been singularly unfortunate of late, was warmly congratulated on his success. Colonel Duncan, who it will be remembered carried off the first prize on the previous Monday, was within an aoe of. repeat- ing hia victory, it being the luck of a fast bird that beat him. ON Saturday morning the camp on Wimbledon- common was opened for occupation, and volunteers from all parts of the kingdom were constantly arriving by road and rail to take up their quarters under can- vas for the ensuing fortnight. From an early hour in the morning the camp presented a very animated ap- pearance, and the riflemen, many of whom were recognised as shots who have at former meet- ings of the National Rifle Association gained fame, both for the excellence of their shooting and for the valuable prizes they have on various occa- sions carried away, all seemed to be entering with spirit into the details of the shooting, which com- menced on Monday morning. Among the members of the metropolitan corps (many of whom were located during the meeting in tents belonging to individual battalions or brigades, such, for instance, as the London Rifle Brigade, may be mentioned the folio wing: The Victoria (1st Middlesex Rifles); the South, or 2nd Middlesex; the 9th, or West Middlesex; thel5bh Middlesex (London Scottish); the 19th Middle- sex (Working Men's College); the Civil Service and the NorthWest Middlesex; the Queen's (Westminster); the InnsofCourt; herMajesty'sCuatomsRifles; the London Irish; the North Middlesex; the Paddington; the Finsbury, the Central London Rifle Rangers, and many other Middlesex, Surrey, Kentish, and other volunteers. On the arrival of the volun- teers on the ground, Captain Ruston, the camp adiutant. dirncfced them as to the quarters which had been assigned them, and it is gratifying to state that all the arrangements which had been made gave evident satisfaction. The distribution of those in camp was two officers to a tent, and four non-com- missioned officers or privates to a tent. The office of the National Rifle Association, which has baen re- moved from Pall-mall, wa,s on Saturday morning opened on the common, under Captain Mildmay, and all the arrangements for the beginning of the shoot- ing were completed. The first stage of her Majesty's prize of .£250 commenced on Wednesday moaning at the 200 yards, and was continued each day till all the volunteers have completed their shooting. A. number of markers of the army were engaged to signal the shots, and every precaution was taken to avoid the recurrence of the fatal accident which happened last year. OXFORD has had a run of luck this year. Dark blue was the victorious pennon at the boat race, and dark blue is again triumphant at the crioket match. Cam- bridge is very much depressed and discouraged by this double defeat. It shows there is something in the character and system of the two Universities which governs their relative superiority in physical prowess. We have heard, says a contemporary, it said that there is no reason why a man should not be a first-rate stroke or gymnast and a first-rate scholar at the same time. A student need not renounce out- door exercises as injurious to his mental training; on the contrary, they are very advantageous, and most of our men (f intellectual power, whether as scholars, statesmen, &c., do relish such exercises; but it is one thing to take delight in and moderately to use athletic sports, and another to make a passion of them. To excel with the oar or with the bat, a man must spend an amount of time out of doors in rude muscular play, which does interfere with his studies; and it is besause Cambridge, as a rule, does work harder at its books, because the men who go there know they must earn their own livelihood, and are sent there to prepare for the mission, while Oxford men are less bound down by these necessities, and do not feel impelled to labour by professional considerations—it is because of this general distinction that Cambridge is inferior to Oxford in the physical sports. The cricket match was admirably played, and if the youths from the Cam were beaten it was not without much credit to themselves.

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