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THE CHAMPION OF THE THAMES. On Wednesday evening about 400 gentlemen and others well known in connection with aquatics met to do honour to Henry Kelley, the champion of the Thames, by the presentation to him of a splendid silver cup, in commemoration of his victory over obert Chambers, of Newcastle, in August last, and in appreciation of his abilities us a sculler and of his character as a public man. The supper and aeaoia- panying presentation took place in Canterbury-hail. Mr. Thomas Beard, the well-known solicitor, took the chair, faced by Mr. Charles Bash. The usual toasts were followed by that of the evening, in giving which the chairman dwelt upon the brilliant victory Kelley had achieved, and the prestige he had restored to the banks of the Thames, the- only proper home of the championship. He concluded by a wish that Kelley might long live to retain the title against both southerner and northerner, and then handed him the testimonial, which was a massive silver vase-shaped cup, 34 inches in height, standing on a plateau of roek- work aud water, with water-lilies growing and swans gracefully floating. It is sur- mounted fey a figure of Britannia presenting a laurel wreath, and on its sides are a view of Putnt-y and a representation of a boat race, and it is inscribed :— "Presented by subscription to Henry Kelley, in recog- nition of his skill and prowess as a sculler, and in commemoration of his having, on August 8th, 1865, restored to the banks of the Thames the possession of the championship of England." Its handles are formed of figures of Father Thames, with bulrushes and water-lilies entwined, and the whole ia the design and manufacture of J. J. Huntley, No. 13, Great Pulteney-street, Golden square. The testimonial weighs nearly 300 ounces, and is valued at .£250, and is one of the handsomest ever oifered to any public man.

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