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SPORTS AND PASTIMES. -+- AT the prize meeting of the 12th company of the Queen's (Westminster) Rifle Volunteers, the Consola- tion Prize, value X5 5s., presented by H. Graves, Esq., was won by Private Thomas Wise, late Hon. Secretary of the Shooting Association, with the following scores: 200 yards, five shots, 1-5 points; 400 yards, five shots, 15 points. The weather was intensely hazy, and there was a high wind from the left rear. IN 1856 several landed proprietors of Caen and its neighbourhood introduced several hundreds of thou- sands of young eels into their tanks and ponds, and fed them at a great cost, but to their mortification discovered the speculation to be a dead loss, one of them getting only X6 worth of produce against .£95 of expenses. Moreover, all the pieces of water and small rivers into which the eels had penetrated in conse- quence of the overflowing of the former, were all but completely deprived of their stock of other fish, such as carp, tench, roach, &c., of which there was pre- viously great abundance; the voracity of the eel being such as to render it impossible to keep other kinds of fish in company with it. THE Carnlochan Deer Forest is at present very thin of deer, consequently so much sport has not been met with as was anticipated. The deer at thisjparticular season are on the very top of the highest ridges of the highest mountains. They are hardly to be reached, for there is always an old back trusted by the herd, like a soldier keeping sentry over a beleagured city, when upon the first signal of alarm, a peculiar cry- half wail, half moan—which is distinctly heard afar, the hinda spring off in advance with a high bounding leap, their beautiful heads and their symmetrical legs seem to cleave the air; the stags, with their noble antlers proudly borne aloft, following after. In about a week's time the deer will again seek the lower grounds, when better sport will be got. Lord Londes. borough was out the other day and had good sport, four deer falling to his rifle; on the 8th, he brought down a hind. A Novel Swimming Match. Men who can swim their half-dozen miles in the Thames are as plentiful as blackberries. Not long since Walker, a north country swimmer, swam from Londen-bridge to Greenwich, a distance of 5 miles 300 yards, in an hour, and very recently we have heard of the astonishing feat of a German swimming across Lake Constance where it is twelve miles in width. Distance races, in which those who swim get over a certain number of miles in the shortest time, are now getting quite common but on Saturday an element of novelty was introduced by making the essential condition one of end urance. The competitors were to see who could swim the longest, as well as the furthest, without touching anything, a.nd without taking any stimulant or refresh- ment, as the aquatic German who traverses Lake Constance doea liberally. A gold medal, value JE5. was given as a first prize, with the entrance fees divided for the second and third men. No really well-known London crack swimmer entered, with the exception of the veteran Beck with, and he did so with the avowed intention of only refreshing himself by swimming two or three miles, not with any idea of competing for the prizes. In a race of so novel a kind, the ability te withstand the depressing effect of long immersion would be sufficient to ensure sue- cess. A man with a tolerably good covering of fat, in addition to its floating power, would benefit greatly by the well known cold-resisting quality of this oleaginous coating. One of the competitors who enjoyed this advantage proved the winner, having seen younger, stronger, and better swimmers successively give up as they became chilled and oramped by long immersion. Several of the competitors struggled gamely on until they became dead beat, and then were taken out of the water in a very exhausted condition. Indeed, the trial of their powers was so severe that similar races are not likely to become very popular. The compe- titors varied in age, from lads of 15 or 16 to men of 40 years, and probably even older. The following were the names of those who con- tended, Fred. Poole, Charles Whyte, William Adams, W. Aviss (of Coventry), E. A. Paxon, G. J. Jarrat, W. Wood, J. Slade, A. Chaine, C. Williams. E. Rowley, R. Cooper, C. Powell, F. Beckwith, and W. Payton. The committee of the club arranged that a boat containing an umpire should be told off for each three competitors, to see that the conditions of the match were not infringed, andalso as a precautionary measure, in case of any of them being seized by cramp. Towards the end of the race, as the number of competitors was diminished by men giving up, a boat accompanied each one. This precaution was not needless, for several men swam on .until they would without such assistance being close at hand, have gone down like a deep-sea. lead. The start took place from Teddington Lock, from boats placed across the river in line with the tail of the look. The men of course were stripped to their slight bath- ing drawers, which are retained for the sake of decency. All took the water together, about five minutes to three o'clock, some diving head tirsc ana coming up several yards in their course down stream, others jumping in feet first. The veteran Beckwith and a slight bat plucky youngster named Aviss soon showed in front, hea.ding the rest of the competitors, and im- proving their position for the first half mile every stroke. Young Aviss, who had come all the way from Coventry to measure his strength against the metro. politans, swam in splendid style, and in a distance race of moderate length appeared as if he would have won with ease. After a short time he swam away from Beckwith, who, not putting out his strength, was challenged by Whyte, the next competitor, and fell back into the third place, which he retained, swimming easily until Eel Pie Island was reached, twenty-five minutes after the start, when he gave up. His example in this respect soon began to be followed by others, until the number was consider. ably diminished. At Richmond the order was—young Aviss leading nearly a quarter of a mile. Whyte coming next, followed by Adams, Powell, Poole, Wood, and Rowley. Between Richmond and Kew Adams and Powell gave in and retired from the contest. The others swam on to Mortlake, when young Aviss's strength gave out, and the poor lad was handed in half dead, and carried ashore to the Ship. The race now lay between Whyte, Wood, and Rowley, Poole having given up about the same time as Aviss. Whyte had a fine lead, and from his being in the habit of bathing all the year round in the Serpentine, and being considered capable of bearing cold, his chance- was thought to be exceedingly good. Wood, of Hud- dersfield, though far "J the rear, was swimming strongly, and being by the fattest of the com- petitors, had a great deal in his favour. Whyte, on the contrary, was exceedingly spare, and therefore likely to suffer from the long immersion. About half a mile rn the Middlesex side of the Stratid-on-the- Green, Wood was seized with cramp, and had to call for assistance, but before it could be rendered he recovered himself, and again went on again as gamely as ever. Before reaching the railway bridge at Barnes Whyte and Wood had the Taf-e to themselves; the former was far ahead, but when about half a mile on the Hammersmith side of the bridge his powers gave out, and he was got ashore in a fainting condition, after swimming between seven and eight miles, and being in the water three hours and twenty minutes. Wood, who was still strong, came gallantly up, and after passing about twenty yards beyond where poor Whyte was being rubbed on the bank, was hailed by the referee as the winner. Being towed to the shore he had strength enough to walk up unassisted and dress himself, and would no doubt have been able to reach Hammersmith.

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