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SPORTS AND PASTIMES. THE Prince of Wales's Yacht Club match, which was to have opened the metropolitan season on Tuesday, the 14th inst., is at present deferred. Owing to the early period at which the race was fixed, and other causes, there have not been sufficient entries to constitute a race agreeably with the laws of the club. ON Saturday, the 4th of May, the first of this year's weekly exhibitions of the Royal Horticultural Society took place, when a, good collection of flowers and fruits was displayed. The band played for the first time this season out of doors, and the very fine weather drew a large and fashionable concourse to the promenade on the upper terrace. Hell's Life in London of the 5th of May says The great event next Sunday at Paris will, be the Prix de FEmpereur of 10,000f., for three-year-olds, over a mile and a quarter. None of the best performers during the meeting are engaged, and if Trocadero has any chance for the French Derby he must win easily, his most dangerous opponents being Jeune Premiere and New Star. Seven of Count de Lagrange's horses arrived at Royallieu, from Newmarket, on Wednesday, and we are told the lot included Trocadero. Fervacques returned to England on Monday to finish his Derby preparation at Middleham. Commandeur, who broke down in his race on Sunday, was subsequently sold to Viscount d'Onsenbray for 500f., and Mr. Jennings, at the same time, sold Timothy Trim to Baron de Herissem. Jesse Bundy has accepted an engagement in Russia as a jockey. THE scullers race for £ 100, between Percy and Taylor, five miles on the Tyne, was rowed on Saturday after- noon, there being a vast concourse of people, including many London celebrities. Percy went away with a slight lead, but was soon overtaken by Taylor, who gradually drew away from him. Nearing the Lead Factory Stores, Percy put on a splendid spurt and came up with his opponent, whom he soon afterwards passed. Percy kept the lead, and, increasing the distance between them, came in a winner; by about 100 yards. THE members of the Ranelagh Yacht Club opened their season on Saturday with great success. The yachts had-been ordered to rendezvous at North Wool- wich, where there is a more convenient anchorage than l fit Blackball, and at three o'clock Mr. Ingram Pick, the vice-commodore, and Mr. F. H. Lemann, the rear, hoisted their pennants on board the Eva, 22 tons, Messrs. Low and Bulmer, she being accompanied by the Argonaut, Dagmar, Aerolite, Heron, and others, besides a stCam-yacht with a large number of members and their friends on board. The wind was adverse, but the vessels rattled away in fine style, and after an exceedingly pleasant sail Gravesend was reached at half-past five. Dinner was laid at the New Falcon Hotel, and 40 sat down, presided over by Mr. Ingram Pick. The usual loyal and patriotic toasts having been disposed of, the Ranelagh Yacht Club was given by the chairman, and the next toast was "The Officers." Messrs. Pick and Lemann having replied, Mr. Lenthall, the treasurer, gave a most flattering and favourable account of the progress of the club, and, in concluding, informed the members that for the first match of the season-to be sailed on May 28th-they offered the unprece- dented number of five prizes, value nearly £40. Other toasts followed, and the meeting broke up at a late hour. This good beginning augurs well for a prosperous season. ON Saturday there was a very numerous attendance of the members of the Gun Club, and the afternoon being particularly fine, a great deal of shooting took place. There was a strong wind from the south-east, so that the traps had. to be placed nearly against the sun, which made the shooting very dazzling towards the close of the day. There were 21 gentlemen competed in the several sweepstakes of a sovereign each-viz., Viscount Stormont (president of the club), Mr. F. Norris, Captain A. L. Ricardo, Mr. H. Rudd, Mr. Lamont, M.P., Cap- tain Norman Burnard, Mr. J. Davies, Sir George Col- thurst, Bart., M.P., Mr. F. P. Chappell, Captain Arthur Burnard, Mr. W. Gregory, Major Longley, R.E., Mr. R. C. Musgrave, Sir Charles Legard, Bart., Mr. H. Bentley, Colonel Beresford, Mr. Blackbird, Mr. Percival Evans, Mr. W. Wattson, Mr. Reginald Thynne, and Mr. Julien Arabin. In the first sweepstakes 16 contended, Mr. Gregory and Mr. Blackbird dividing, after killing five birds each. Twenty-one shot in the second sweep- stakes, in which Captain Norman Burnard and Mr. H. Bentley killed four birds each and di- vided. Three stood out in the next turn, the entire entry-218-being taken by Mr. R. C. Musgrave, who killed five birds, Sir Charles Legard and Mr. F. Norris each failing to score at their fifth. Another withdrawal left 17 in, Mr. R. C. Musgrave and Mr. J. Davies being the only killers of three birds each. The fifth sweep- stakes only attracted 14 competitors, Captain A. L. Ricardo and Mr. H. Rudd killing five birds each and dividing, Major Longley shooting at but missing the last bird. The sixth and last sweepstakes of eight shooters was divided by Sir Charles Legard and Mr. J. Davies, who brought down their three birds each. There were 215 shot at, of which 132 were killed, and 83 got away, and as the greater number of the birds were of the best quality the shooting was quite up to the average.

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