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THE RAILWAY SPY SYSTEM.

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SPORTS AND PASTIMES. SOME adventurous spirits have been indulging in queet aquatic sports on the Hudson, near Troy. Three men raced across the river in wash-tubs for a stake only large enough to make the game interesting, and two of them were upset. Another race was between blindfolded boatmen, in skiffs, from the shore to an island in the river. One of the contestants ran into the shore a mile below on the same side from which he had started. THE Prince of Teck has signified his willingness to be- come the patron of a grand national volunteer ball ap- pointed to take place at the Agricultural-hall on Wed- nesday, llth September next, upon a scale of magnifi- cence which, it is understood, will throw the late enter- tainment at the same place in honour of the Belgian visjt (ompletely into the shade. That Prince Teck should allow his name to be placed at the head of this move- ment is most appropriate, as he has recently accepted the post of hon. colonel of the 1st Surrey Artillery, and he will be largely supported by some of the most dis- tinguished metropolitan commanding officers. LA CROSSE AT LORD'S GROUNDS.—The Canadian Indians appeared at Lord's Ground on Saturday, and attracted a large and fashionable audience. They were divided into two companies two red flags were placed at one, and two blue flags at the other extremity. The Indians, standing midway between these, were provided with a kind ef pastoral crook, having a net in the crook, and their object was to carry a ball, much in the same way as those playing hockey, to their respective goals indicated by the flags. Much amusement was occasioned by the near approach to success and the fruitless efforts of the opposing parties to win the game. The game requires great running power, quick eye-sight, and dexterous use of the arm and elbow. The result of the play was the reds threw the ball out of bounds thrice, and the blues threw it twice. Captain Johnson, who has brought the men here, proposes that they should play again at Lord's on Friday. After that he intends to introduce his proteges to the people of Manchester and Sheffield. Mr. Day managed affairs for the con- venience of the large number of spectators with his usual ability. SPORT IN AUGUST. THE ENGLISH MOORS.—On the long range of moors extending from Pemstone and Manchester into Derby- shire and Cheshire, the sport on the 12th was much better than was anticipated, whilst there was a very great falling off in the number of guns out. The day was remarkably hot, and those engaged in shooting on the low grounds found birds tolerably numerous and fairly packed. Several of the most extensive grounds at Dunford, Woodhead, and Hazlehead were, however, not opened. Sir Lionel Pilkington's moors at Boardhill had three guns on them, and there was some very fair r shooting. Sir George Armytage, Bart., Kirklees-hall, killed 12 brace Mr. S. Hague, Calne-bridge, 10 brace and Mr. Sidebottom, 9 brace. On Wrigley and Apple- yard's moors Mr. C. Knight killed 5 brace. At Board- hill Flatts Mr. H. Tomasson bagged 5 brace after four o'clock in the afternoon; whilst on Tinker-hill, Mr. Senior and party did very well. On Tuesday there was very little shooting before 10 o'clock in the morning, and the weather being again very fine and warm, the birds lay well, and could scarcely be got to rise. Mr. Butling, Mr. Moore, and Mr. R. W. Wilson made some good bags on the Moscar moors. The shooting season will be a very short one indeed, as sportsmen are desirous of saving a fair number of the young birds for breeding. On Monday as much as w61 per brace was given for grouse, but on Tuesday they could be obtained for 12s. GROUSE SHOOTING IN WALES.—In North Wales, as elsewhere, the grouse disease has this year seriously in- terfered with the prospects of sport, but on the 12th the birds were found much more numerous and in better condition in the Bala district than had been anticipated. It was especially notieed that the disease was much more prevalent on the hill-sides exposed to the sun than on those which are almost constantly in the shade. From Glanlyn, Sir W. W. Wynn's party turned out six guns, and after a most fagging day, under a broiling sun, they bagged 60 brace. Captains Arkwright and Stevens, of the 2nd Life Guards, with a friend, bagged 26 brace, but both parties expected better sport during the week, as on the opening day" they passed over their best spots. On the evening of the 12th, grouse could be purchased in Bala at 5s. a brace, half the price asked on the Scotch and Yorkshire moors. THE SCOTCH MooRS.-The shooting season opened in Perthshire under very favourable circumstances, so far I as the weather was concerned. At an early hour of the first day of shooting the mountains were enveloped with mist, but by six o'clock the fog had disappeared, and the sun shone out brightly, and the day throughout con- ] tinned to be the hottest of the season, with scarcely a breath of wind blowing. Never before, however, or at least for the last thirty years, did the grouse shooting open with more gloomy prospects for sportsmen on the principal and best moors of Perthshire than this season, owing to the deadly results of the disease among the y birds. On the extensive moors of Drummond Castle, Glenartney, Lochearnside, Monzie, Auchinapiee, Glen- almond, and other places, there was no shooting on Tuesday, and none of the moors will be shot over this year. The reports received the last few days show that on the extensive range of shooting grounds stretching from Crieff to Locktayside the malady still lingers among the few grouse still left in many places, and that both the old and young birds are found dead daily. The fact that on several moors the whole stock of parent birds have been swept away by the distemper, and young birds are affected and dying dailv, shows too plainly that the disease has not resulted, as some maintained when the malady broke out, from the grouse feeding on frosted heather. It is now the opinion of many that the cause of the disease has resulted from atmospheric influences for while on some grounds the distemper carried off nearly all the grouse, on the neighbouring moors few birds were affected. At all events, the mortality has been unpre- cedented, and the disease appears to be as mysterious still as when it first broke out. All descriptions of low- country game are abundant, and have seldom been seen in better condition. Partridges especially, though the young covers are usually late, are plentiful in all direc- tions, and the birds are improving rapidly with the present warm weather. Capercailzie and pheasants are numerous in all the preserves, and the birds are well grown and will afford excellent sport. The prospects of sportsmen in the forests were never more encouraging. The deer are numerous, and the animals have improved rapidly in condition and appearance since the beginning of June, owirg to the richness and abundance of the pasture in the glens. The herds show a goodly number of fine stags with splendid heads, but there will be no stalking in the forests of Glenartney and Turlem this season in consequence of the grounds being unlet.

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