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Last, but not least, in our catalogue raisonnée we arrive at VAUXHALL GARDENS: and arrivals out of number there cannot fail of being, with such enticing weather for al-fresco amusements as we are now enjoying The arrangements made by the never-failing-toprovide-liberally-for-the-public lessee, Mr. Wardell, are really gigantic. The Grand Square of St. Mark's, Venice, is the subject of this year's model in the Waterloo Ground ; and when the names of the Messrs. Adams are mentioned as the artists, memory will recall their former efforts as a guarantee of the subject being well treated. The vocal corps has been considerably added to; and we are afraid to declare how many thousand “extra lamps' will “throw a light” upon the gay and festive scene, from the fear of understating the number by some 0,000's. In addition, there is a whisper that negociations have been pending that the whole surface of Ice bounding Wenham Lake may be reserved exclusively for these Gardens. Visions round us steal of fair dames and gallant cavaliers luxuriating to a degree perfectly unprecedented in mint-juleps and sherry-cobblers.
THE FINE ARTS.
In the sporting department of the fine arts the Messrs. Fores, of Piccadilly, rank first among the London publishers. They have, during the last two or three years, given us a gallery of such subjects. Their “ Coaching Recollections, their “Stable Scenes,
Racing Scenes,” their “ British Stud,” and other works of the kind, are a credit as well to the matters of which they treat as to those to whom we are indebted for the manner of their execution.
They have recently brought out a print of the celebrated Irish steeplechase mare, Brunette, by Harris, after a painting by Herring, senior. The name of the artist is guarantee of the truth and excellence of the portrait. Its production is worthy a place in Messrs. Fores' Gallery-we could not pay it a higher compliment.
YACHTING. At the monthly meeting of the members of the Royal Yacht Squadron, fifty guineas were voted for a monument, to be placed over the remains of the late Commodore, Mr. W. H. Harrison.
A Royal Welsh Yacht Club has been established at Caernarvon, under the patronage of her Majesty the Queen Dowager. The Lords of the Admiralty have granted the Club the blue ensign of her Majesty's fleet, bearing in the fly thereof the Prince of Wales's plume, rising from a coronet, as the distinguishing device of the Club.
Vice-Commodore Hamborough, of the Ryde Club, has resigned his flag.
The Royal Yorkshire Yacht Club is now established, but with two instead of three divisions, as at first contemplated : Whitby the “ Northern," and Hull the “ Southern Station." The Earl of Mulgrave for Commodore.
The Cottesmore country will be hunted next season by Henry George Greaves, Esq., who has purchased the Shropshire hounds, and engaged a whip from the Badsworth as huntsman.
The Mary-le-bone Cricket Club opened the season on Thursday, May 13th, at Cambridge, in a Match with that University. In consequence of several engaged in it being compelled to leave, only one innings each was played, at which period the gownsmen were in a majority of fourteen.
COMFORT FOR THE “SWEEPS.”—In a Bow-street case two members of the Swan Derby club, held at Mr. Middleton's, Long-acre, applied to Mr. Henry for assistance to recover a “ticket” for Van Tromp, drawn for them, or one of them, and obtained in their names, without their authority, by another person, who sold it to a Mr. Barrow for £2. Mr. Henry said that he regarded Derby clubs as connected with gambling and horse-racing, and he could therefore give them no assistance. The applicants said that this was a case of fraud or robbery, and they thought it called for the interference of a magistrate. Mr. Henry thought otherwise, and said the law did not protect property acquired by gambling. The club must settle the matter amongst themselves. The applicants said the treasurer was of opinion that every prize must be given up to the holder of the ticket entitled to it, because the tickets were saleable, and the club was not competent to settle disputes as to the right of possession in the actual holder. They thought it hard that the magistrate would not interfere, and that they should be robbed with impunity. Mr. Henry could not help it. Surely these sporting-save the mark—societies will soon make head enough to attract the attention of the legislature. A more destructive innovation was, perhaps, never known nor permitted than that which encourages the petty tradesman to take odds, and the shopman or clerk to make up his book. How great the difference 't'wixt Tweedledum and Tweedledee when “hells” are routed out by stealth, and “sweeps" advertised in the broad light of day! Horseracing is a national sport, with a true aim and object ; the sporting “sweep" one of the lowest kinds of gambling, without one redeeming feature connected with it.
STATE OF THE ODDS, &c.
THE SETTLING.-Everybody expected a good one, and nobody ever knew a worse.
Why the give and take should have been anticipated as easy we cannot pretend to say. The winner, imprimis, was first favourite; then he was located in the most powerful stable of the day; and
thirdly, he appeared in the colours of as heavy a better as the ring encircles. If confidence, power, and purse, almost altogether unlimited —if these are not the items for “ running a muck" with, the leg's is a “ life of wantonness” indeed. Had Van Tromp won, half the regulars in work were to have been swamped ; as it is, the honours are divided amongst all sorts—from high families down to publicans and sinners of the lowest degree. In the former one well-bred gentleman retires for £12,000 : from a host of the latter comes the more lamentable catastrophe of suicide—the second petty bettor within this month whose losses have driven them to it. Verily, public-house wagering and sweepdrawing will have their reward. The great winners, from their being prominent men in the market, are the owners and their friends—Sir Joseph Hawley, Mr. Pedley, and Co. At present, however, the balance hangs on the double and rather doubtful point of winning your money first and getting it afterwards. Bets on the Oaks-day Plates were paid under protest—" Heat”-a description of racing provided for the encouragement of cruelty and petty larceny.
The Colonel, a Leger winner, and sire of some good race-horses and many bad ones, died last month in Scotland.
THE BENTINCK BENEVOLENT FUND.-At a meeting of the Jockey Club, on Wednesday, the first Spring Meeting, it was resolved that the committee of management shall in future consist of the stewards of the Jockey Club for the time being, and four other honorary members of the society; Lord George Bentinck, when not a steward of the Jockey Club, to be one of the four other members, or to have the power of nominating a member—the committee to continue in office till the July Meeting of 1848, when a fresh committee be elected, if the members of which shall not have been on the committee in the preceding year. It was also resolved that no application for relief shall be received till after the next July meeting, and that the applications must be accompanied by testimonials as to character, and by a recommendation signed by not less than (the number not yet decided on) trainers or riders, being contributors to the fund. The members of the provisional committee to be associated with the stewards are the Dukes of Beaufort, Rutland, and Bedford, and Lord Chesterfield.
LATEST BETTING. EMPEROR'S VASE-commonly called the Ascot CUP.—5 to 2 agst. Mendicant, 4 to 1 agst. The Hero, 6 to 1 agst. Sir Tatton Sykes, 7 to 1 agst. Poynton, 10 to 1 agst. Sting, and 20 to 1 agst. Grimston.
St. LEGER.—4 to 1 agst. Cossack, 9 to 1 agst. Van Tromp, and 20 to 1 agst. Mr. Martin.
DERBY, 1848.-800 to 100 agst. Beverlac, Flatcatcher, and Assault.
END OF VOL. XVII.
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