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The Harvest and the Crops.…

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SPORTS AND PASTIMES. PARTRIDGE SHOOTING AND THE 1ST OF SEPTEM. BER. Partridge shooting commenced throughout England on Friday, and from the reports which have been received from various parts of the country it appears that the supply of birds is extremely good, and that it will afford ample sport. It is illegal to shoot partridges before the 1st of September, but it is surprising to find what an extensive slaughter there must have been at a very early hour on that morning. As soon as the shop doors of the gentlemen licensed to sell game" in the various parts of the metropolis were opened, a fine supply of partridges was exhibited for sale, leading to the inevitable conclusion that they must have been shot very near to London or very soon after the legal hours had set in. Any other view of the case would, of course, be extremely uncharitable. CURIOSITIES FROM THE MOORS,-The Earl of Cawdor last week shot a very curiously-coloured grouse, and has sent it to Mr. Macleay, bird-stuffer, to be preserved. It is of a uniform pale ash colour, nearly white, and when killed was plump and in fine healthy condition. Mr. Hanbury, Ord, has also sent Mr. Macleay a strangely-marked grouse, the prevailing colour of which is a faded yellow, a few of the feathers being a light brown, the wings and tail ash coloured. Other two have been sent by D. H. Mackenzie, Esq., of a peculiarly mottled grey colour. 1 CRICKET ON THE CONTINENT.—The grand cricket1 week at Homburg-les-Bains, near Frankfort, has been a great success As previously announced in the London journals, the" Administration" bad invited Elevens from England and France to take part in a series of international matches. The invitation was readily accepted, and a capital week's play was the result. Franco and Germany first entered the lists, and after a well-contested game, France won by six wickets. Wednesday, August 16th, was the great day, eleven gentlemen of England being pitted against seventeen of the rest of Europe. Mr. A. Infelix having had the task of getting up theEnglish "team" entrusted to him, was fortunate in securing the services of a first-rate Eleven all round; and after three days' brilliant cricket, England had the honour of winning both the pre- liminary and the return match. On the side of the Eleven, Mr. Infelix's bowling, Mr. Round's wicket- j keeping, and Mr. P. F. Law's fielding were deservedly and frequently applauded; while for the Seventeen, Mr. Greenfield's slows and Mr. Harper's long-stopping were first-rate. The lovely ground was thronged each day with a brilliant assemblage. The Duke and Duchess of Manchester, the Marchioness of Down. shire, Lord and Lady Clanricarde, Lord St. Lawrenee, &e. &c., were amongst the English visitors present at the game; and balls and other festivities in honour of the cricketers brought the grand week to a pleasant termination. THE season for taking salmon in England and Wales (except by angling) closed with the month of August, and the fence time commenced on the 1st of Sept. Salmon, however, may be sold for three days longer, and anglers have two months' grace, angling for salmon (not for sale) being permitted up to November 1. The fish are already, many of them, out of condi- tion, and it is the general conviction (except on the part of anglers themselves) that the extension of the angling season ought to be more limited, as no doubt it leads to the destruction of many fish that are almost ready to spawn. The take of salmon in the season just closed in those two important salmon rivers, the Severn and the Wye, has been moderate. An unusual number of fish have been taken that were marked as if by the bite of some creatures, sup- posed to be porpoises. 1

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