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- AGRICULTURE. ♦

HINTS UPON GARDENING.

SPORTS AND PASTIMES. --

ARCHERY MEETINGS FOR 1867.

THE VOLUNTEER REVIEW.

CARDSHARPERS AT THE RACES.

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CARDSHARPERS AT THE RACES. One of the great nuisances in connection with horse- racing is the existence of cardsharpers. These human excrescences infest the railway stations, take possession of the carriages, hang about the approaches to the race- course, and, in fact, are disgustingly obtrusive at every available point. The open and undisguised manner in which these ruffians are permitted to exercise their lawless calling is a disgrace to the age, and a reproach alike to the police authorities and the railway executive. On Wednesday, at London-bridge Station, the 5 "three card" fraternity mustered in strong force, and, although their faces must by this time be perfectly familiar to the railway guards and policemen, there was not the slightest attempt to check or thwart the numerous robberies that were being planned or in the course of actual execution. In fact, we should imagine that the guards and ticket collectors must stand in," or they would warn the un- suspecting from listening to the invitations of men, who stand at carriage doors and endeavour to force victims into compartments, where they are almost certain to be robbed, even if they have sufficient courage to refuse to tempt Fortune-save the mark! —at the plausible solicitations of these ruffians. The sum of 8s. to Epsom and back is rather a stiff charge, and out of the immense revenue that the railway company must thus reap from the frequenters to the race course, they might surely afford to employ three or four detectives to prevent the impudent and wholesale robberies that are constantly being perpetrated. In the absence of any protective measures, however, let us warn our readers to endeavour to steer clear of these attempts on their pockets. Whenever playing cards are introduced by a stranger in a railway carriage, no man should be induced to play unless he has some loose cash that he is particularly desirous of getting rid of. And as for listening to the invitations of the little knots of hang-dog villains who haunt the approaches to the race course-well, none but donkeys turn aside to crop the thistle at the expense of being sttilig.-Spoi-ting Life.

WHISKERS IN THE NAVY.

A MYSTERIOUS MURDER.

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FACTS AND F ACETIÆ.j .