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SPORTS AND PASTIMES. THE mackerel season commenced a few days since at Wyke, on the coaet of Dorsetshire, by a cateh of 1,100 fish. A CRICKET match of some interest is to be played in Sandringham-park next month. It is expected that the Prince and Princess of Wales will honour the match with their presence. A CORRESPONDENT says that a person named Maggs, whilst fishing with a line in the Kennett, near Reading, the other day, caught a trout weighing no less than 121b. The fish was subsequently exhibited at Messrs. Cock's, fishmongers, and attracted great attention. A great many large trout have been caught in the neighbourhood of Reading this season. THE red and fallow deer which were set loose in the Waimea, Nelson, New Zealand, lately, are reported as thriving, their numbers increasing, and there were seen lately some young fawns among them. Pheasants are also multiplying in Nelson province, and the broods are beginning to spread. The imported English song-birds are also increasing, and the notes of the blackbird, the thrush, the goldfinch, chaffinch, and linnets, are not now strange among the trees of town gardens, and are sometimes to be met with in up- eountry districts. CONCERNING the fishing in the Thames, Mr. Brougham, of Sydney Villas, Richmond, writes to a contemporary thus:—From all parts of the river I hear satisfactory reports of the fish and fishing, and some good takes have been reported to me of all kinds of fish—jack, roach, bream, dace, chub, &c. The 'longshore fishermen have had good sport. Many of these are poor men, and look upon the fish they take as an article of food, thus supplying them with a whole- some necessary. It is amusing in some parts of the river to see these poor brethren of the rod -up to the middle in water practising their favourite amusement, and in their sticcess vieing with their wealthier prac- titioners in the punts. THE forthcoming Grand Olympic Festival at Llan- dudno is looked forward to with some anxiety. The con- tract for the Grand Stand has been completed, and the works connected therewith have been commenced under such favourable circumstances as to leave no doubt of the immense edifice being ready in ample time for the accommodation of the vass number of visitors to the Grand Olympic Festival to be held at this delight- ful watering-place on the 25th, 26th, and 27th instant. We (says the Llandudno Visitor) are happy to be able to state that the Rev. Nevison Loraine, one of the most popular preachers of Liverpool, has consented to open the proceedings with prayer and preaching. As the period for holding the festival approaches, public interest in it becomes more intense. Nor need this be matter for wonder, for the festival authorities have arranged a series of Olympic sports on the largest and most varied scale. These, combined with the excellent music of Distin's band, water fetes, and, above all, with invigorating breezes from the Irish Sea, and the diversified scenery round this most popular of watering places, will cause the festival week to be long and pleasantly remembered by the visitors to Llandudno on this interesting occasion. A LARGE and fashionable attendance of visitors was drawn to the grounds of Beaufort-house, Walham. green, on Saturday, by the competition of the pupils of the Kensington School in various athletic sports. The example which has been set by this school in the encouragement of athletic sports is one which may well be followed by other educational establishments. The earnestness and zest with which the pupils enter into this pleasant and healthful relaxation from study afford undoubted evidence that the system is ap- preciated, and the gratification which these annual contests afford to the relatives of the lads, is scarcely less than that enjoyed by the competitors themselves. The weather was all that could be desired, and the young people. acquitted themselves right well in vaulting, putting the shell, high and long jump, flat and hurdle races, fencing, pole-jumping, running and walking races, and the other sports arranged for the occasion. At the close of the competition the winners' cups and prizes were distributed by Dr. Tausenan, the principal of the school. TRE URF, IN AUSTRALIA.—The sale of Mr. Hurtle Fiaher a raeing stud, which took place on the 10th of April last, at Maribyrnong, Victoria, proved quite an event in Australian turf doings. The sale comprised foals, yearlings, horses in training, and brood mttres (forty. five in number), and the amount realised was no less than 25,455 guineas. It will be seen by this that there is no lack of either money or spirit among Australian turfites, and, indeed the in- dividual bids in some cases were so high that, in reading the account in Sell s Life in Victoria, our thoughts every now and then wandered to Albert-gate or Hampton Court. The highest-prioed lot was Fish. hook, a two year old, by Fisherman, out of Mar- chioness, by Melbourne, which was purchased by Mr. C. Fisher for 3,600 guineas, a sum which would be con- sidered princely even in England, but when emanating from a colony just out of her teens, is nothing short of astounding. Seagull, anotcer two year UJU, uy v iaaer. man, out of Omen, by Melbourne, was bought by the same spirited purchaser for 1,900 guineas. Omen, a brood mare, commanded 1,250 guineas; and Mar- ohioness, who won the Oaks in England in 1855, was knocked down for 1,200 guineas. The yearlings fetched prices which do not bear a contemptible com- parison with those recently chronicled in connec- tion with the Middle-park sale. Mr. C. Fisher, who iL his purchases emulates the Duke of Hamilton and Mr. Chaplin, gave 1,150 guineas for Little Fish, remembering, no doubt, the adage that "Little fish are swet). while Mr. Shee put down 1,100 guineas for a brown filly by the redoubtable sire. Other lots fetched very i.qpectable prices, and altogether the sale, which was, hy.ifie-bye, conducted by "Mr. Tattersall," is a credit to the pluck of ocr antipodean cousins.







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