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SPORTS AND PASTIMES. AccecrNTS have arrived from Norway saying that the fishing is so extremely good that the Earl and Countess of Coventry propose remaining in that country some weeks longer. WHEN Mr. Grace played at cricket against The United," at Bath, one gentleman laid £1.00 to Jsl, and another X5 to Is. that he did not score 100; un- fortunately for the layers of the long odds, he scored 121- THE amateurs in France of bull-fighting are going to get up a grand affair at Mont de Marsan, on the Landes. There will be thirteen bulls selected from the Spanish bull preserves for their ferocity, their size, and the magnitude of their horns. FISH CULTURE.—As a branch of national industry and production, our inland fisheries are to an insular nation like ours, (says Fraser Magazine) of the utmost importance. That they are susceptible of enormous development is a fact which is beginning gradually but slowly to dawn upon us; and ere many years are passed, we shall certainly fully recognise the real value of our inland waters, and of an extended and comprehensive system of water-culture and we shall treat it somewhat after the same fashion that agri- culture is dealt with in the present day. It is a dis- grace to our boasted civilisation that we have neglected it so long, and that we should, by pollutions and defile- ments of the most loathsome character, -have turned one of the greatest -blessings—viz., .pure running water into the curse which it is rapidly becoming throughout the country. The direction taken by recent legislation and inquiry, however, Bhows that the question, whether our rivers shall be allowed to become mere sewers, is one that cannot much longer be staved off. A great fight between the public weal and public rights, and certain private interest, is evidently not far off; and when it does come, it is devoutly to be hoped that the private interests will be worsted. The Great All-England Angling Handicap. This Handicap, got up at Nottingham among the fishermen, is to-come off on the 31st inst., professedly, according to the bill-posters, in the river Trent, at Collingham." Mr. Greville, in a letter to the Field, says: Mr. R. Savidge, the treasurer, had stated that it was promilture to say that "it would take place between Collingham Wharf andcarlton Ferry," as it is not decided whether it be above or below the farmer place, or on which side the river the respective com- petitors will stand, it being most desirable to keep the exact spots a secret, as they might be surreptitiously baited, which would be a very great injustice to the fair angler. "Now," says Mr. Greville, "although this may imply a suspicion upon the honour and rectitude of some one or other of the anglers of Nottingham, there cannot be a doubt but that such a course is the best to insure the due fulfilment of the conditions of the match, and the identification of the scene of operations will therefore not be decided until the morning on which the contest takes place." As this kind of tourney will probably be new to many anglers, the rules which govern it may be given as concisely, as follows: That strictly fair anglieg be pursued. The use of more than one rod and one hook at a time to disqualify the competitors; and that he bait his own hook, strike and land his own fish; that he keep his spoil to himself until they are weighed in." The heaviest weight of fish to be entitled to the first prize. All parties intending to "weigh in" are f p requested to stay on the fishing ground until the weighers attend upon them. Any amalgamation of fish to disqualify all concerned. All fish to be weighed in" excepting pike. That all lookers on be requested to keep from the anglers; and any competitor wishing to remove to another swim, must, before doing so, intimate the same to one of the committee. Any fish taken contrary to these rules shall be laid before the committee, and its decision be final. Each extremity of the fishing ground where this match takes place shall be marked with a flag. Each angler will be pro- perly handicapped with time according to his merits, and may be allowed to fish wherever he may please within the flag-marked boundary, provided he does not approach nearer than thirty yards to either of his fellow competitors. Any competitor entering in his wrong name will be disqualified; and all must fish from the bank. Anyone found wading, or fishing from a boat, will also be disqualified. No place will be allowed to be baited, neither will bobbing for eels. "Caution to Spectators: In order that this angling handicap may be conducted with honesty and pro- priety, police officers will be engaged, whose duty it will be to expel from that locality any one holding in. tercourse or conversation with any competitor during the hours of competition." The entrance fee is three shillings each, to be paid at Mr. Thomas Scotton s, on any day except Sunday, and to close on Saturday, the £ »th instant. The water contains barbel, roach, dace, bream, chub, perch, eels, bleak, flounders, &c. The first prizes will consist of four, and will be given in money. -First prize, £ 10; second, < £ 5; third, and fourth, £ l. Besides which a number of minor prizes, the gift of Mr. Scotton's friends, will be awarded, according to their value. 4

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