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ham's estate in Suffolk, in four hours and a half, 167 redlegs, 35 grey partridges, 12 pheasants, 58 hares, 30 rabbits, and 1 woodcock. Extraordinary sport, certainly, if sport it be; for our own part, however, we fear it sounds a little too much on the wholesale system. A-propos here, we may say that the report of the Duchess of Marlborough's shooting without a license, which was made so much of by some of our contemporaries, has been denied upon authority." We do not see any great sin in the act, even if it had been so, and think, if we must come to comparisons, that it is far better than playing heavily at cards, speculating in railroads, and other more ladylike habits of the kind. Nay, confining ourselves to our own proper theme-field sports--what a fine line it is to draw between one lady handling a nice light gun, another riding most determinedly to hounds, and a third breeding her own race-horses! All these pursuits are well known and received, and yet her Grace the Duchess of Marlborough is alone to suffer. In plain truth, though, it looked more like catching at a straw for some other purpose; and we hope few Englishmen will think less of an Englishwoman for the touch of Di Vernon she has shown in her character.

AN EXTRAORDINARY OTTER.-An otter of unusual size and weight was shot in the Thames, near Clewer, by Mr. George Chapman, surgeon, of Windsor. The animal was making for the bank, with a large jack alive in its jaws, when Mr. Chapman fired and killed it close to the shore. It measured from its nose to the tip of its tail between four and five feet, and weighed nearly 30lb.

STATE OF THE ODDS, &c.

THE TURF CLUB.—This long rumoured and well whispered undertaking appears at length to be coming to a trial, as the house has been engaged and preparations made for opening with the new year. The situation in St. James's Street, and next door to what once was Crockford's, is appropriate and favourable enough; while the annual subscription of ten guineas is as ample for the purpose as sufficiently moderate to warrant a long list of members. If kept tolerably close to its title, such a club ought to be supported; but on this point we are short of information. Old habits are easily renewed in old quarters, and whether the Turf Club really will offer The Turf as its great attraction yet remains to be considered. If it does, we need not add how heartily we wish it a successful development.

A Monkey,” or in more common parlance, £500 is the now settled sum to be added to the Epsom Spring Handicap, which closes on the first day of the new year.

We have to record the deaths of Mr. Phillimore and Mr. John Plummer : the former a member of the Jockey Club, and latterly rather a prominent man at Newmarket. Mr. Plummer, a Yorkshire

Yeoman, is better known as the breeder of the celebrated mare Alice Hawthorne, Rebecca (her dam), Rowena, the Provost, Anandale, Fair Ellen, and others. His blood stock, including “ the old mare," are to be put up at York, on the first.

Bob Peel, by Medora, a decent runner and promising stallion, has been shipped with some young ones for Hungary, as an "acquisition to the stud of Count Hungady.

Foig-a-Ballagh, with a very proper discretion, is announced as a stud-horse for the ensuing season. One more of the Sir Hercules sort, not worth a bunch of dog's meat after the third year's running was out of him.

A bad month for horses, and a proverbially bad month for business, has still being going on quite as well as could be expected at such a season. Any great change or sensation would naturally be out of all custom, and accordingly the points we have to advise on must be taken rather as slight symptoms than direct attacks. The first then to suffer has been “ the first in the throng,” the mighty Van Tromp, who, though little the worse now, has had the public feeling rather against him of late. After him, and far more in abeyance, is the Cobweb Colt, still next door to a dead letter, and with hourly indication of giving place. Then the Liberator, however forced and fancied by friends, don't go down wholesale by any means. Yet lower, Red Hart, ditto ditto in every item; and so on, “even to the end,” as the almanack has it. The odds quoted may always be had with lots of choice from the layers. The only nags, in fact, really in force have been Epirote and Mr. Mostyn's two), Planet and Glentilt, a trio about whom there has been a marked desire to invest, and whose ascendency, considering the individual merits of each, and the fashionable quarters they come from, is, we calculate, as yet hardly arrived at its limit. In other particulars, our comments must stand more as a guide to the changes and “scratching" which that intervallum since our last appearance has brought about. Iinprimis, Sir Gilbert Heathcote has gazetted the following batch of titles for his Derby string :-The colt by Liverpool, out of Carolina, to be known as "Atlantic"; the colt by Samarcand, out of Lady Sarah, as "Timour”; and the colt by Glaucus, out of Miss Wilfred, as “Bellerophon.” Sir R. Bulkeley, too, has christened his Brother to Joinville, appropriately enough, Montpensier, and he how figures in our list with that more definite mark of " distinction;" while Mr. Parr's gelding, by Muley Moloch, out of Margellina, if he even does come into the betting, will appear as

« Morok.” A little bit of a mystery, moreover, has to be cleared up regarding the now Miss Martin, but quondam Miss Iris colt-by Lanercost, dam by Voltaire, out of Miss Iris—at least so it stands in the original nomination, showing mother and son both without names; the dam, however, has since been made Miss Martin, and the sooner Mr. Mostynı fixes also on something for the produce, so much the better. Not the least useful feature in the arrangements of his predecessor, Lord George, was the almost invariable habit of giving names to horses at the time they were entered; and we think, with all due deference, the gentleman in possession might follow it up with advantage. Saddle is disqualified, from the death of his owner, Mr. Phillimore; and Severus must be struck out, having died a few days since at Newmarket.

THE DERBY.

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Bingham..
Christopher
The Reiver.
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Whirligig
Will-o'-the-Wisp
Bedlam
West India Planter
Clarendon
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CHESTER CUP (name or not).—50 to 1 against Crim Con, 50 to 1 against Fitzallen, 66 to 1 against Punch, 66 to 1 against Newcourt, 66 to 1 against Mickey Free, 66 to 1 against Crown Prince, 66 to 1 against Pam, 66 to 1 against the Duke of Richmond, 66 to 1 against Rufus, and 66 to 1 against Burgundy.

2000 Gs. STAKES.-6 to 1 against Glentilt.

Last Quar., 8 day, at 39 min. past 1 afternoon.
New Moon, 15 day, at 26 min. past 11 morning.
First Quar., 22 day, at 59 min. past 3 morning.

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Sun Moon High WATER D.D. OCCURRENCES.

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afternoon

h. m. d. h. m. h. m. h. m. 1 M Pheasant & Partridge-shootg.ends r 7 42 15 6 29 2 52 39 2T WOLVERHAMPTON STEEPLE-CHs. s 4 48 16 7 32 3 25 3 41 3 W BIGGAR COURSING MEETING. r7 38 17 8 34 3 56 4 12 4 T Bingham Fair.

s 4 52 18 9 36 4 25 4 45 5 F NORTH BERWICK & DIRLETONr 7 35 19 10 404 59 4 13 6 S Adwalton Fair.

[C. M. s 4 55 20 11 44 5 28 5 46 75 Seragesima Sunday. r7 3221

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6 4 6 21 8M WORKINGTON COURSING M. s 4 59 22 0 48 6 40 7 0 9T CARMARTHENSHIRE ST. Chs. r7 28 23 1 52 7 24 7 52 10 W TARLETON COURSING M. s 5 324 2 54 8 25 9 4 11 T

r 7 25 25 3 52 9 4710 24 12 F Bishop's Castle Fair. [ham F.s 5 626 4 4711 811 48 13 S HEREFORD ST. Chs. Wymond-r 7 21 27 5 34 0 22 14 $ Quinquagesima Sunday. s 5 1028 6 15 0 49 1 16 15 MWorcester Fair.

r 7 17 N SETS.

1 41 2 4 16 T Shrobe Tuesday.

s 5 14 ] 4 2 27 2 52 17 w ash Wednesday,

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r 7 9 411 3 4 41 5 3 20 S ARDROSSAN COURSING M.

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r 7 1 8 2 24 7 49 8 20 24 W Frome (Somerset) Fair. s 5 28 9 3 17 9 3 9 45 25 T Teignmouth Fair.

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COURSING MEETINGS IN FEBRUARY. Newmarket..........

1| Altcar Club .... 4 & 5 Cardington........... 16, &c. Malton............... 2 & 3 North Berwick and Dirleton 5 Border....

... 16, &c. Biggar ......

........ 3 & 4 Workington .......... 8 & 9 | Lytham-Champion .... 17, &c. Baldock 3, 4, & 5 Ashdown Park ......

9 | Ardrossan

20, 21, & 22 Ribblesdale...

4 & 5 Tarleton
.......... 10 & 11
Mid-Lothian

26 & 27 Morpeth (Oyle Barony), Middleton, and Newcastle-on-Tyne, not fixed.

STEEPLE-CHASES IN FEBRUARY. Tudhoe 2 | Uttoxeter

5 Brixworth................ 9 Wotton-under-Edge ...... 2 | Chipping Norton ..........

5 | Carmarthenshire...... 9 & 11 Wolverhampton

2 Pinchley (Match).... 9 | Hereford (Grand).......... 18 Aylesbury, Kidderminster, and others not fixed.

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