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SPORTS AND PASTIMES. DURING the past week a noble duke laid no less a sum than Y,180,000 to Y,6,000 against Hermit for the next year's Derby; a gallant captain, a confederate of the owner, having aocepted the odds. This, we believe, to be the heaviest betting on record. AN action was brought against the London and Brighton Railway, in the Court of Exchequer last week, for not taking care of two pug dogs, which said pugs were valued at X150 each. SPEAKING of the early honey harvest in Sussex, a cor- respondent of the Field says :-The last few weeks have been unprecedented for honey gathering. On the 2nd of June I took off two top hives, which had only been on 15 days. One contained 161b., the other 151b. of pure white comb. I could take off now 2001b. any day. THE river Tweed has been more indebted to the changes of tide and wind than the special state of its own waters during the late dry weather for its supplies of fish. The produce has been fluctuating; some satisfactory days' fishing have occurred; even so many as over 300 salmon have been had on one day, but this has been exceptional; the past week's fishing in the river was not a favourable one for salmon, but grilse have commenced; the take in the tidal waters has been about half-a-dozen for the week. Trout, too, are on the increase; and the sea-fishing benefiting by the dry weather and onshore winds have had better success. Salmon bring Is. lOd. and trout Is. 5d. per pound in Berwiok. Anglers are confined to trout for their sport, and there are still many smolts on their way seaward. THURSDAY was the second target day of the Royal Toxophilite Society, when the society met to shoot for the first lieutenancy. This rank in the society has been lately revived, and Mr. Anon has presented a decoration for the winner. It was won by Mr. William Spottiswoode, who also won eight points towards the gold medal, and Mr. Butt won two points. Mr. E. Wilkinson made the best gold at 100 yards, and became the Budworth member, winning the bugle and decoration. THE race for the Wingfield Sculls-the amateur championship of the Thames-is fixed for Tuesday, July 3, when Messrs. Michell, Woodgate, and Chambers may be expected at the post. On the following days the two races between Henry Kelley, of Putney, and J. Hammill, of the United States of America, will take place on the Tyne; the first over a straight-away course of five miles, and the second over a two mile and a half course out, and back to the starting-point—the High Level Bridge. No doubt the 4th and 5th of July will be great days at Newcastle. J. Drewett, of Chelsea, and David Coombes, of Horse- lydown, likewise meet to scull for X100 a side on the Thames, on the 25th inst. A FEW weeks ago, says the Dundee Advertiser, the attention of edginemen and guards on the Great North of Scotland Railway was attracted to the conduct of a cock pheasant, which seemed de- termined to vie in speed with the trains. This bird, which genera.lly made its appearance from a wood near the Rotbiemay station, came with all possible speed to the line on hearing a train. After waiting patiently till the en gino was fairly alongside, the pheasant then started off and raced with great apparent determination till he was distanced by the locomotive, which generally occurred within 400 yards. As day after day passed in this way, the bird began to be looked for at every train, and seldom failed to enter the lists. He also seemed to get better acquainted with the trains, and commenced to avoid those with passengers, as being (it is supposed) too fast for his powers of speed, choosing rather to make his contest with the heavier goods. And, though it may appear incredulous, this pheasant has evidently got some knowledge of the dangers attending such freaks as his. One day last week he was observed feeding in a field with two hens, and as soon as the train came in eight be made off towards the wood till he had started his companions, and got them, so to speak, to a place of safety. Then he suddenly reversed his course, and made straight for the line, where he got his usual run with the train. As may be supposed, the bird has made himself a favourite with the officials, who say that his rueful and disappointed looks when he is fairly beaten and left behind are of the most comical and amusing character. PERSONS desirous of thoroughly understanding the game of billiards should read The Billiard Book," by Captain Crawley, reoently brought out by Longman and Co. By means of this the merest tyro at billiards would soon become a good player by studying these pages, whilst to the most scientific player it affords information. We never saw a more complete work. The table, the instruments, and the game are all treated with a masterly band. The rules of the game, the angles, the hazards, the cannons, the cramp game, the foreign games, the cramp strokes, and the trick strokes, are all clearly explained; and the book will doubtless become an authority in deciding disputes upon all matters connected with billiards. Numerous woodcuts illustrate almost every position a player can take, and the course of the ball across the table; in fact, every posible thing which may occur in a game of billiards is treated upon and explained.

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