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SPORTS AND PASTIMES. r Once again England has proved successful 5n the ladies' International golf matches, and consequently retains the shield presented for the competition by Mr. T. H. Miller, vice-presi- dent of the Ladies' Golf Union. The tourna- ment was held on the Hunstant-on course, and during the two days over which it ex- tended the representatives of each country played 27 matches. Of these England won 22, Scotland 16. Ireland 12, and Wales 4. The English team won all three of their rmatchee and the Welsh none. On Saturday iEngland beat Wales by 9 matches to nil, and Scotland beat Ireland by 5 matches to 4. Last year the Amateur 'Rowing Associa- tion received a letter from the Melbourne, Victoria, and New South Wales Rowing Associations expressing a desire for a repre- sentative English crew to visit Australia, and -offerIng to defray the expenses of the crew to Australia and back. The A.R.A. Com- mittee replied that, whilst they appreciated the generous nature of the offer, they could not consider as amateurs those whose ex- penses were paid by any club or country other than their own. Mr. Bruce Logan, the -vice-captain of the Thames R.C., took the ma-tte-r up and selected a crew to visit Aus- tralia with expenses found on this side. How- ever, the visit has had to be cancelled for •this vear. several members of the crew being finable to make the journey owing to 4examinations in September. The committer of r-anagement of Henley 'Royal Regatta have made an agreement with -the American Rowing Association by which clubs affiliated to that association will be able •to enter at Henley. It is understood that this year the Union Boat Club, Boston, will enter for the Grand Challenge Cup, and the Barge Club, Philadelphia, for the Stewards Chal- lenge Cup. A splendid race took place on Saturday at Cambridge in the final of the University pairs for the Magdalene Silver Oars. The com- petitors were the brothers G. L. and D. I. Day, of Lady Margaret, who on the previous 4dav had beaten A. Swann, Trinity Hall, and K: G. Garnett. First Trinity, in a very close finish, and E. F. H. King and W. E. Caudrey, Cas. The conditions were not favourable, a strong wind impeding the competitors and a shower of rain falling. Mr. C. E. V. Buxton, the president, who had charge of the arrance- ments. got the men off to an even start. The Caius pair, with the advantage of the first station, soon began to obtain a lead. and gain- ing aJl the way to Ditton were two lengths up at the Plough. Entering the straight of the I^ong Reach, the Days steadily reduced their disadvantage with a great spurt, and in the last 100 yards got the lead and won by three- quarters of a length. Time, 8min. 14sec. In the Leys School Bathe, on Satur(lav, Cambridge University beat the Hon. Artillery > Company Swimming Club by two events to one. For Cambridge F. Resleure. the Aus- tralian swimmer, secured the 100 yards tscrabch race easily in 63 1-5seos. and also -won the quarter-mile in 6mins. 17seos. R. E. Herring (L.A. C.), who is generally regarded as one of the most promising young, athletes of the day, won five events at the Battersea Polytechnic sports at Herne Hill on Saturday. He secured the 100 yards from scratch 'in 10 3-5sec., a limited 100 yards from scratch ui 10 l-5sec., the 120 yards hurdles, from twelve yards behind scratch, in 20sec., the 220 yards championship in 25sec., and the long jump with 18ft. 6in. There was an interesting mateh on the course of the Orpington Golf Club on Satur- day to celebrate the formal opening of the new links. In the morning Harry Vardon (South Herts) met James Braid (Walton Heath) with a view to establishing a record, while the afternoon proceedings consisted of a four-ball match between the two famous amateurs Mr. H. H. Hilton (Royal Liverpool) and Mr. Robert Harris (Harewood-Dcwn) and the two professionals. The golf in the morning was played in a strong wind. but in spite of this Vardon and Braid exhibited excellent form. Braid was out in 35, Vardon taking one stroke more. For the homeward journey each man -took thirty-five. Vardon's putting being ex- tremely good, 'but Braid ultimately won by -one stroke, and his score of 70 constitutes a record for the green. Braid and Vardon con- ceded Mr. Harris and Mr. Hilton an allow- ance 6f 2 holes in the four-ball match, which -the professionals -won by one up. The French National Committee of Sports -met on Saturday to discuss the purposes, says the 'Paris correspondent of the Times. to which M. Basil Zaliaroff's gift of £ 20,000 for 'the development of athletics in France should 1be devoted. A sum of E12.000 will be spent in preparation 'for the next Olympic, Games. and the remaining E8,000 will be used in furtbeeitig in a general way the Olympic cause. The £ 12,000 has been distributed as follows: Athletics, swimming, lawn-tennis, «nd football, £ 5,000; gymnastic,, C484) row- ing, £ "460; boxing, £ 460; wrestling, £ 360; fencing, £ 920; shooting, £ 1,240; hunting, £240 -riding and polo, £ 860; yachting, £ 1.0>30; archery, £ 180; bicycling, Z740. The french 'Government grant will amount to £ 6,000. The managers -Of Bombardier 'Wells and Colin Bell, the Australian who made such a food display against Jeanette, have, says the &-porting 'Life., arranged with Mr. 'C. 'B. Cochran for a contest which Mr. Cochran jjr-oposes to stage in London, prdbably be- tween) June 15th and June 30th, for a purse o" £ 2,Q00. Fred Welsh has accepted an tfffer made by Mr. ^Cochran to meet Willie 'Ritchie 5u London during the summer, and Harry Pollak, Welsh's nianager, cables to say that EiteJiie -will probably also accept. It is pro- posed to hold the contest between Sam 'Lang ford and Gunboat Smith for a purse Of £ 3,500. This match would presumably be subsemjeirt to the one which is expected to take pl-aee in Loncion 'between Carpeufier :and Gunboat Smith for a purse of £ 5,000 given iby Dick Bjitrgc. It WI authoritatively stated that tfhere will be no further contests between whites and blacks iu England or Wales, and it is ex- pected that official confirmation to that effect will be promulgated within the next few days. The fimt annual match at the throe arms between the Salle Verbrugge of Antwerp and Bertrand's School of Arms, London, for whioh Colonel Cyril Matthey has offered i, challenge shield, has -b,!en held in London. The Salle Verbrugge won 'by two events to one. With the foil and the epee the Salle Verbrugge won easily; indeed, in the epee match the team was composed entirely of fencers who have gained world-wide fame in international tournaments. In the sabres. however, Bertrand's team was composed of fencers of international reputation, and they von by one point. At one time they had all easy victory in sight, for they held the sub- stantial lead of seven to one half-way through the match. Professor Verbrugge and Professor F. McPherson acted alter- nately as president of the jury. An experiment is about to be tried in Lon- fl-wi which should prove of great interest to tiic thousands of tennis enthusiasts through- out the world. Most people are aware that rubber plays an important part in all kinds of sports. In golf, football, cricket, rowing, and, in fflet, in connection with almost every athletic recreation indulged in by both sexes at the present day, rubber is in evidence. Up 10 WiW, however, a rubber tennin court has licver been seen. Such a court will be con- structed next month at the Royal Agricul- tural Hall, Islington, during the period of the International Rubber and Allied Industries Exhibition. The rubber used will be planta- tion rubber. This will give the experts a further opportunity of testing the durability and usefulness of this kind of rubber as com- pared with the Brazilian product. The court is being made by a British firm, the material U68d will be British-grown plantation rubber, and the workmen employed will be British workmen. Interesting tournaments are being arranged, and some of the best professionals and amateur players will be seen.

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