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SPORTS AND PASTIMES THE Army and Navy Gazette says that the XGOO prize is to be fired at the Hercules target at Shoebury- ness in a short time. THE MOORs.-The 12th this season falls on a Satur- day, says the Ayr Advertiser, which will give both the sportsmen and the birds a day of rest on Sabbath. This has been a good breeding season for all kinds of game, so that the little improvement layt year on three previous bad seasons is likely to be greater this one. Accounts all over Ayrshire and Wigtownshire are to this effect; and, indeed, in some districts, the grouse are reported to be so strong on the wing as to be partially packed. Of black game, which were still very short in number last year, accounts are not so definite, but we expect that they too will have im- proved. SALMON FISHING IN NORWAY.—The accounts of the rod-Sshing for salmon in Norway are this season exceedingly favourable so far as yet received. The following is a return of the slaughter by the rod of our townsman, Mr. James Cowan, on the six days named, on his river on the Fossjord Vefsen:—On the 8th July, 14 fish, weight 262 lb.; on the 10th, 14 fish, weight 279 lb.; on the 11th, 13 fish, weight 230 lb.; on the 12 th, 11 fish, weight 167 lb.; on the 13th, 10 fish, 163 lb.; on the 14th, 12 fish, weight 196 lb.; total, 74 fiah, weighing 1,297 lb., besides some grilse. GAME PROSPECTS IN PERTHSHIRE.—Gamekeepers have recently been ever the moors and through the forests, and their reports of the appearance and con- dition of the grouse are very promising. The birds are well grown and more numerous on many of the hills than for several years. Generally, there is con- siderable havoc among them by disease, but there has been no loss this season through this cause, and as the weather has all along been favourable they have an excellent chance of increasing. All other kinds of game are likewise abundant. In the forests stalkers may anticipate superior sport. Several of the sports- men arrived weeks ago at their shooting lodges, and gave their attention to angling until the season com- menced. TROUT.—A correspondent of the Field informs us of a singular fact, viz :-that certain waters situated in juxta-positionwith each other, shall contain certain descriptions of fish which the others shall not—such an instance is to be met with at Lymingten, in Hamp- shire. "The river Arne," he says, "which takes its rise at Arnewoad, in the New Forest, abounds in trout and eel, but contains no other description of fish but in the spring months, when salmon-peal come up from the sea into its waters to deposit their spawn. The river War burn, which takes its rise at Newton-park, in the New Forest, and forms that tideway or estuary known as the Lymingion river, contains shoals of daoe and eel, but scarcely a trout in it; indeed, it is very rare to meet with a trout in the latter river. Salmon-peal enter it in May to spawn. Cormorants frequent the Warburn river, but I calculate that the dace prove more destructive to the trout spawn than the above birds do h the fish themselves. There are no pike in either of the above streams, but' miller's thumbs' are taken in large numbers in the W arblun Wash. Can the great scarcity of trout be accounted for in the river under consideration from either of ihe above circum- stances ? THE DEER IN GLENAVON.—Notwithstanding the severity of the past winter, a local contemporary says that the forest of Glenavon promises to yield a fair amount of sport by the coming season. It would renew the youth of an aged huntsman could he witness the sight which may presently be seen in Glena,von on the sunny mornings, when the antlered denizens may be counted by the hundred, resorting to the tops of the mountains, which they in hot weather choose for the place of their rendezvous, where they can cool themselves on the wreaths of snow, and rest safely from the attacks of the wood-fly, which the deer hate above all things. During the past fortnight, the stags have improved in condition; and what is quite sur- prising, a good many of them are now divested of their greyish winter coat, and are assuming the dark red mantle of the sporting season. Some of them have as many as nine points on their new horns, which, in their dark grey velvety covering, have a most striking appearance. The Volunteer Artillery at Si-joeb-aryness. Since the formation of the camp at Shoeburyness, which was inhabited last week by the chief represen- tatives of the volunteer artillery force of the country, upon no single day has the weather been so beauti- ful as it was on Saturday morning. Throughout the past week, not only during the contest for the Queen's and the other prizes offered by the association, but also at night, when the volunters were at rest on the bleak plain, the weather could not have been more disagree- able than it has been, and it was, therefore, with no mean satisfaction that the volunteers assembled in cam p on Saturday morning to witness the ceremony which brought the meeting to a close, saw everything looking as gay and animated as under the circumstances they oould appear. It certainly has been a strong test of the constitutions of the volunteers, but it is only another proof, if any were needed, of their entire devotedness to the cause on which they have entered. The volun- teers rose with the lark on Saturday morning, and, after bathing in the sea and enjoying a substantial breakfast, made preparations for, certainly to them on this occasion, the most interesting part of the meeting—namely, the presentation of prizes to the fortunate successful competitors. The ceremony, which was fixed for eleven o'clock, was performed by the Marquis of Hartington, the Under-Secretary of State for War. The following are the corps which have received the prizes from Lord Hartington:- LORD PALMERSTON'S PRIZE, a cup, presented by Viscount Palmersfcon, of the value of £ 40. 1st Sussex (Brighton) Volunteer Artillery; X30 were divided among the other members of the winning detachment. HER MAJESTY THE QUEEN'S PRIZE OF ;CIOO.-This prize, the blue riband of the meeting, was also awarded to the second detachment of the 1st Sussex (Brighton) Artillery. -PR^HE ^AMBRIDGE PRIZE, a cup, presented by his Jttoyal Highness the Duke of Cambridge, value £ 60.— Afe was awarded to the second detachment of tne 4th Cinque Ports Artillery Volunteers, who made 26 points with the 32-pounders in 6 min. 58 sec. Silver cups were awarded to the other members of the win- ning detachment. Cxrp' Presented by the National Artillery Association, value JE20.—This prize was awarded to the second detachment of the 1st Middle- sex Artillery Volunteers (Colonel Creed's corps), who made twenty-nine points; ,815 were divided among the other members of the winning detachment. THE PRINCE OP WALES S PRIZE, a cup, value £ 50 to No. 1, and silver cups to each of the other members of the winning detachment.—This prixe was awarded to the 1st Kent Artillery olnnteers. THE LONDON SWIMMING CLUB.-The swimming match for a gold medal of the above club, open to public competition, ca.me oil on the Serpentine on Monday morning. Sixteen men entered, and on the signal being given plunged off in a body from boats at the east end of the river. In a few minutes after the start the less able swimmers began to fall rapidly behind, and by the time half the distance was accom- plished it was evident that only Atwood, Pamplin, and Johnson had a chance of success, the last-named being slightly a head. In a short time Pamplin took the lead, the other two being neck and neck. Pam- plin ultimately came in first, and it was decided that Johnson was second, Atwood being a capital third. Pamplin swam the 1,000 yards in seventeen minutes and a half. 1 ,t; A

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