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CURRENT SPORT. 00 INTER-'YARSITY BOAT RACE. VICTORY FOR THE DARK BLUES. In the University Boat Race for 1905, rowed last Saturday, Oxford achieved a comparatively easy victory. From the Duke's Head to the finish at Mortlake, Oxford maintained a lead vary- ing from 1-k to 3 lengths, and won comfortably, row- ing well within themselves. Cambridge surprised their supporters in one respect—viz., that they failed to make that successful effort which was expected from them in the closing stages of the race. At Thornycroft's they were a beaten crew, and acci- dents excepted, the race had gone to the Oxford crew before Barnes Bridge was shot." At the finish the Cambridge crew was the more distressed cl of the two, thus showing that every effort had been put forward in the Light Blue boat. With the glare of the sun in their faces the crews took up their positions at 11.30. Cambridge had the Surrey side, usually the best position; but the water at Putney was as smooth as smooth could be, and what little wind there was did not make station a matter of import- ance. For the first two minutes there was a real race. Those two minutes supplied the only period during the 20min. 35feec., which Oxford took to cover the course, when the issue of the contest would be said to be in doubt. Cam- bridge in the first minute pulled 35 powerful strokes. Oxford pulled 36 strokes still more powerful. The result of the first minute's rowing was that Oxford had forced their boat into a lead of several yards. In two minutes their advan- tage was increased to half a length. In three minutes there was a whole length lead. The form in both boats was good. In the Oxford boat it was splendid. There was not a splash, not a break in the perfect rhythm of bodies and oars. At the Crab Tree Wharf Oxford were two lengths in front, and apparently adding to their lead at every stroke. Here Cambridge made their first spurt. The pace of their boat increased, but the form of the men fell off. Cambridge gained slightly, but when the spurt died away Oxford went ahead quicker than ever. Oxford's lead through Hammersmith Bridge was well over two lengths. From Hammersmith to Chiswick Eyot Oxford put a couple of lengths on to their lead. Cambridge struggled on gamely behind, but the race had long become a procession. Alongside the Eyot Cam- bridge made another desperate spurt. Oxford allowed them to reduce the lead on sufferance, but went through Barnes Bridge, reached in 16min. 59see., three lengths ahead. Cambridge deserve every credit for their plucky effort to the end. Their form was now all at sixes and sevens, but their grit was indisputable. When they followed Oxford past the winning post three lengths behind, there was a collapse all through the boat. Thomas, the half-trained man, had been in difficulties from Hammersmith, and his car now fell from his hands as he hung for- ward panting. Powell, Cambridge's No. 7, nearly fell out of the boat. The Oxford men, on the other hand, looked as fresh as if they had just finished a short trial spin. Jones, their heavy- weight, on whose capacity to last the course doubt had been thrown, was the freshest man of the whole sixteen. I- GOLF. I HOUSE OF COMMONS v. FISHERMAN GOLFERS. I The team of Inverallochy Fishermen who opposed a team representing the House of Commons at Sandwich on Saturday played remarkably well in the morning, but were out- classed in the afternoon, and lost the match by eight games to two. Foursomes only were played in the morning, the results being:—Messrs. O. Scott and A. B. Tennyson beat Skiel Ritchie and George Stephen, Messrs. H. W. Forster and A. W. Soames beat Sang Ritchie and Robert Stephen, Messrs. A. J. Balfour and C. E. Hambro lost to James Buchan and George Buchan, Messrs. Mar- shall Hall and Guy Pym lost to J. C. Buchan and Robert Masson, and Sir Henry Seton Karr and Mr. J. L. Wanklyn beat William and James Whyte, the legislators thus leading on the morning round by three matches to two. In the afternoon the Premier and Mr. Hambro easily defeated the Buchans, Forster and Soames beat Ritchie and Stephen, Karr and Wanklyn beat the Whytes, and in a couple of singles Marshall Hall beat Masson and Pym beat Buchan, the Parliamentary team thus securing the match by eight points to two. HOCKEY. I ENGLAND Y. SCOTLAND. Summer-like weather prevailed at Surbiton on Saturday, when the third annual hockey match between England and Scotland was decided. It was not expected that Scotland would make a close match of it, but their first appearance in the metropolitan district attracted upwards of 2000 spectators. England won by nine goals to nothing, and were the better side from beginning to end. LACROSSE. I ENGLISH CHAMPIONSHIP. At Didsbury on Saturday Stockport and Surbiton, the northern and southern champions respectively, met in the final tie for the English Championship, the winners of which annually hold the Iroquois Cup. The Northerners had the best all through, leading at half-time by four goals to two, and, finally winning by seven goals to three. GYMNASTIC CHAMPIONSHIP. I For the third time in succession, Scotland I carried off the Gymnastic Championship at Leith on Saturday. The scores were as follows: I Scotland.—Horizontal bar, 70 2-3; parallel bars, 84; rope 87; total, 241 2-3. England.—Horizontal bar, 76 2-3; parallel bars, 80 2-3; rope, 78k; total, 235 5-6. Ireland.—Horizontal bar, 42 1-3; parallel bars, 54 2-3; rope, 75J; total, 172J. SATURDAY'S RUGBY FOOTBALLi SURREY V. KENT. This game in the South-Eastern Section, postponed from January 18 on account of frost, was played at Richmond in warm weather. Middlesex have won the championship of the section, and Kent virtually put a reserve fifteen into the field. In the first half the play was poor, and the only score was just before the interval, when Start scored an unconverted try for Surrey. After the restart Mitchell ran in for Surrey, and Ross placed a goal. Hearson scored a try under the posts, and himself added the major points, but Grenfell added another try for Suerey, who won by a goal and two tries to a goal-Ilpoiiats to five. NORTHERN UNION CUP—THIRD ROUND. Oldham 0, Bradford 0. Hull Kingston Rovers 8, Hunslet 2. Warrington 13, Wigan 0. Brough- ton Rangers 16, Wakefield Trinity 10. NORTHERN UNION LEAGUE.—DIVISION L Batley 5, Leigh 0. Hull 13, St. Helens 0. DIVISION II. Brighoase Rangers 7, Rochdale Hornets 3. Barrow 57, Normanton 3. Lancaster 23. Bramley 5: Millom J?28, Castleford 0. Pontef'ract 7 *ghley 6. Dewsbury 12, Huddersfield 0. TRE "SOCCER" INTERNATIONAL. .ti;NQ¡.4.D BEATS SCOTLAND. fifty th°re Per^ec' day for watching football the <m the°o8an<* v*cari°us sportsmen who assembled not havn ,?vsta* Palace slopes on Saturday could between Sesifed, though, as a spectacle, the match dcoircd. j*8 an<i and Scotland left something to be w {ii'nu no means a great game; judged aS8oSanudard of the best League football, I vipfcorv for E^fne?S was that the result of it, LIB thl call of fu ». vir>t,orv t!en?Jin Aasociation football, and that a victory would leave England at the head of the countries for yet another year, con- tributed, however, more than good play to the ex- citement of the struggle, which was even keener than the result indicated. In one respect the game was a curiosity. It was a Watch between English and Scotch playem but seven of the Scotch eleven play for English clubs. Consequently there coula'not be, however, »eat the football might prove, any display of op- posed national tactics, such as characterised the old games, and such as still are to be seen in the Rugby matches between Wales, England, Scotland, and Ireland. Both elevens played the same game of short passing; neither played it to perfection, because five brilliant forwards are not such an effective combination as five forwards always play- ing together in club matches. Moreover, the we fit- ness of both sides was ot the same character for, though the forwards of each were apt to take the ball up the field, the shooting of each at goal was weak, and neither goal-keeper had any real stinging low shots to save. One might say that the game was largely controlled by the half-backs and, since Scotland's half-backs were rather cleverer than those of England, it was England which had, despite her vietory, the larger share of anxious moments, especially in the first half. On the other hand, the two English backs were a safer combina- tion in defence, and to their wearing tactics, as much as to any other cause, is to be assigned England's victory. Scotland pressed most in the first half, but at half-time neither side had scored. Scotland started off at a great pace when the sides had changed ends, and forced no fewer than six corners in suc- cession, but after the English centre forward had at last got the ball away in a run to mid-field the play becaws more even. It was not for half an hour, however, that a productive attack was made, and then Bloomer put the ball through the Scotch goal. The goal was disallowed on the ground of off-side, but almostimmediat elyafterwards another English attack took the ball up. Bloomer passed well to Bache and Bache, neatly trapping the ball, had a long range shot which scored. Scotland strove hard in the last few minutes, but could not score. At one goal to nothing the game ended in a rather lucky victory for England. LEAGUE.—DIVISION I. I Woolwich Arsenal v. Small Heath: At Plum- stead, the game resulted in a draw-one goal each. Notts Forest v. Sheffield United At Nottingham, Sheffield won by two goals to one. Blackburn Rovers v. Newcastle United: At Blackburn, New- castle United were much handicapped by several of their best men being away at the Crystal Palace. The Rovers won by two goals to none. Bury v. Middlesbrough: At Bury, the match attracted 6000 people. Bury won by one goal to none. Wolverhampton Wanderers v. Stoke: At Wolver- hampton, Stoke won by three goals to one. Sunderland v. Manchester City: At Sunderland, and the ground heavy. The game ended in a draw, nothing being scored. Sheffield Wednesday v. Notts County: Only 5000 people watched this match at Sheffield, the weather being dull. Sheffield won by one goal to none. LEAGUE.—DIVISION 2. I Liverpool v. Bolton Wanderers.—The result was a draw, one goal each. Bradford City v. Burnley. —Played at Bradford, the City winning by four goals to one. Burslem Port Vale v. Burton United, —These teams met at Burslem, the local players beating Burton United by 4 goals to 2. Glossop v. Blackpool.—The match at Glossop between these clubs ended in a draw, nothing being scored. Chesterfield v. Grimsby Town: In this match at Chesterfield the result was also a draw with noth- ing scored. Bristol City v. Gainsborough Trinity: These clubs met at Bristol. The game ended in a draw-one goal each. Lincoln City v. West Bromwich Albion: Played at Lincoln. West Bromwich Albion won by two goals to none. Leicester Fosse v. Barnsley: At Leicester the Fosse won by two goals to none. Manchester United v. Doncaster Rovers: Playing at home, Manchester United gained an easy victory by six goals to none. SOUTHERN LEAGUE. I Fulham beat Portsmouth by two goals to none Reading beat West Ham United by two goals to none. Southampton beat Brentford by two goals to none. Plymouth Argyle beat Bristol Rovers by three goals to one. Swindon beat Tottenham Hotspur by two goals to one. Queen's Parli Rangers beat Wellingborough by four goals to none. Luton beat Brighton and Hove United by two goals to none. New Brompton beat Millwall by one goal to none. Watford beat Northampton by one goal to none. WEST HAM CHARITY FESTIVAL. f Clapton v. Romford.—In the annual festival held at the Spotted Dog Grounds, Upton, the final bie of the West Ham Hospital Cup is the chief event. This was fought out on Saturday by Clapton and Romford, the latter team winning quite unexpectedly by two goals to none. The weather was gloriously fine, and there were about 3000 spectators. SCOTTISH LEAGUE. I 3rd Lanark 3, St. Mirren 0. Leeds City v. Preston North End.—Played at Leeds, and won by Preston by three goals to one. MONDAY'S FOOTBALL. Derby County registered a draw, one goal each, against Sheffield Wednesday, on the latter's ground, in the First League. Southampton greatly improved their prospects for Southern League honours by their brilliant victory of three goals to nil over Reading, and by a similar score Fulham overcame Swindon in the same competition. In the Western League Brentford beat Tottenham Hotspur by two goals to nil, and Queen's Park Rangers got the better of Millwall by five goals to one. The defeat of Stade Francais at Cardiff under Rugby Rules was notable chiefly for the fact that all eight tries scored by the Welsh club were con- verted, the old International full-back H. B. Win- field being the successful kicker. In addition, Gwyn Nicholls dropped a goal, this being the first score. Gabe, Nicholls, Biggs, Northmore, and Gibbs ran riot among the French, for whom Gautier and Braulet obtained tries in the second half. There were 5000 spectators. A CURATE'S BAD RECORD. I At the Central Criminal Court on Monday, Charles Woodhouse Shepherd, aged forty-nine, described as a private tutor, pleaded guilty to obtaining P,2 from the, Rev. Mr. Bowden by false pretences, and to uttering a forged postal order. Mr. Hinde, who prosecuted, said that Shephea-d was formerly a lay reader, and afterwards or- dained in the Church. While holding a curacy he was convicted of fraud, and sentenced, to three years' penal servitude. While, at Exeter Gaol he made the acquaintance of the' gaol chap- lain, the Rev. Mr. Pitkin, who, on his release, interested himself on his behalf. Shepherd had, however, grossly abused the kindnesses shown to him. On February 22 he wrote a letter to the Rev. Mr. Bowden, in the name of the Rev. Mr. Pitkin, and on the faith of Statements in the letter succeeded in getting from him 92. Sub- sequently he telegraphed for a further sum of 30s., but inquiries were m.ad)e, and the fraud was discoveired. The man had been engaged in writing begging letters for some time past,. The Rev. Mr. Pitkin was called, amd said the prisoner first came under his notice while in Exeter Gaol. That conviction had reference to his obtaining jewellery by fraud as bailee Though a, married man, while holding a curacy Shepherd made love to the daughter of a county family, andobtained the jewellery from a local tradesman to present ito her. Shepherd handed in a written statement in mitigation, but the Recorder said he could not give much effect to it. His record was a very bad! one; although the amount obtained was small. He must be imprisoned at hard labour for fifteen months.

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