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spots are vivid, the belly pure white in valley or on mountain--from the blended into the yellow sides, which rotten banks of a lowland river, or are graduated towards the back with from the craggy margin of an Higha pearly lilac hue that merges into land torrent. Happy and indepenbrown, such appearance decides the dent is the man, who, with pannier fish to be in season. Trout differ in strapped on his shoulder, rod in hand, colour when cooked : some are white a book well stored with flies, a compaas a roach ; but the best flavored are nion, and that firm friend and essenof a fine salmon tint. Both white and tial, a few sovereigns, at coinmand ! red are taken out of the same stream; Thus equipped, he maytrudge through though we have heard of some brooks wilds and scenery that he never would wherein the trout are entirely white, have explored had it not been for that and others whose fish are all red. innate desire which is so strongly imTrout vary in size: those of the planted in our nature—a motive to Thames and other large rivers have pursue.
O Max! thou delightful frequently been taken from seven to month of “ sun and shade," who ten or twelve pounds weight. These stimulates our blood to new energies, may be considered very large fish, and our hearts to pleasing anticipation though trout of larger size have been of latent joy! thou makest the captaken*. Trout of four or five pounds tive sigh for freedom when through are superior in flavour to one larger. his grated window he watches the
The methods of angling for Trout twittering swallow skimming through are various : with worms either with the buoyant air : and equally anxious or without a float-the fly either na- is the angler : when the wind blows tural or artificial-or with minnow, south with a cloudy sky, to escape by which last method most of the from the shackles of business-che heavy fish are taken. The difference craves the river and the mountain of sex is very visible: the male is long dell with gurgling transparent stream and narrow when compared with the without control, which, with others female, whose body is broader and co-eval, confluent join to make our head less chubby. Trout spawn the noble rivers Thames and Severn, on latter end of November or beginning whose banks the fisherman unmolested of December.
roams to capture their various stores, Trout fishing may be found both
CATTERICK BRIDGE MEETING,
" Now Spring has clad the groves in green,
And strew'd the lea wi' flowers;
Rejoice in fostering showers."-BURNS.
HE joyous season of Spring has and enlivened Meeting of the Holder
again brought us to our long an- ness Hunt at Beverley: but of that ticipated delights of the Course; and no doubt some kind friend will furwhile your Southern friends have this nish you with a few particulars. As week celebrated the Easter festivals for myself, feeling always more atwith the accustomed sports at New- tached (though no Aristocrat) to market, we have likewise followed that genuine blood” and “professional good example in the North by open- jockeyship," I left the adventurers of ing the Budget, and disclosing the Westwood, to resort to the old halsecrets of the stable at Catterick, as lowed sportive scene, “ CATTERICK," well as producing a very animated where the beautiful Swale,
* See Sporting Magazine, Second Series, vol. iii. Po 21.
“ rushing o'er its pebbled bed, Lustre out of folds, and won with unImposes silence with a stilly sound.”
Powlett's was the Here the George, kept by my old fancy of the throng; the Chorister friend Thomas Ferguson, affords the fetched 3 to 1; and the winner, a great sojourner every comfort and accom- long light shelly mare, not thought of. modation, with the enrapturing pro- Lustre, who ran in second, is a neat spect (to the Sportsman's eye) of the pretty smart mare. course in the front of the house, The Richmond Club Stake followwhich might well prompt him to ex- ed, and brought out four yearlings, as claim,
under:" There is no lovelier scene in all the The Window Shut, rode by a Boy. land,
Miss Margaret, rode by Thompson, a boy Around us far a green enchantment lies, out of Dawson's stables. Fed by the weepings of those April skies, Duke of Leeds's f. by Whisker--OctaAnd touch'd' by Fancy's great
vian, rode by Templeman. charming wand."'.
Mr. S. L. Fox's f. by Blacklock out of Here the invalid may, from the win- Mrs. Fry, rode by George Nelson. dows of the house, if unable or un- Margery, who was the belle of the coterie, willing to brave the chilly blast, enjoy took all the notice, and preserved her in sweet repose the soul-stirring scene: charms unimpaired, carrying off all but, thank Heaven ! health and spirits
the praise as well as profit with tolerwere not wanting to give me a relish
She is a little strong useor an impulse to partake of the sport, ful animal, and is the first of Actæon's and join the speculative and conjec. get that has come out, bringing with turing throng.
her the old valued Beningbrough The weather proved cruelly cold, blood on both sides of her pedigree accompanied with fleeting showers, The Window Shut (a nice sort of yet a short gleam of sunshine, like “a mare) appeared not to have been in smile to a tear,” occasionally shone use sufficiently long to go easily ; perover our joys.
haps a little time may make her move WEDNESDAY.—The Craven Stake
on her hinges somewhat quicker. craved, as an accustomed due, our first
The Produce Stake closed the day's notice, a cluster of seven old friends
bill of fare, with a production of and new acquaintance, as under :- threeDuke of Cleveland's Pucelle filly, rising Rousseau, rode by.........G. Nelson. 3 yrs, rode by J. Robinson, a lad out of Tesane
......S. Templeman. Smith's stables.
Pantomime (Comedy)......Jas. Jacques. Mr. Hebden's f. Lustre, by Swiss out of Flambeau's dam, rising 3 yrs, rode by
Rousseau made all the play to the Young Noble.
Stand, when Tesane came up, and Mr. Powlett's f. by Whisker out of Miss after a short disputation won the ar
Fanny, rising 4 yrs, rode by George gument rather cleverly ; Pantomime's
capers at the golden bait proving all a rising 3 yrs, rode by a Boy.
farce. Mr. Skipsey's c. by Phantom or Tinker- Of the comparative merits of the
Macbeth-rising 3 yrs, rode by a Boy. respective competitors, this struggle Duke of Leeds's Lady Maud, rode by will perhaps afford no accurate critea
Templeman. Duke of Cleveland's Brother to Chorister, partly prosecuted amid a severe storm
rion. The event was preceded and rising 4 years, rode by a Boy.
of rain, that would have made one 'The Chorister led the band to the swear that Jupiter had opened all his Catterick turn, where he was put out clues, and poured the watery element of tune by the rustling of Lustre, upon us without measure, which must who here displayed her brilliancy, have taken more than a little effect and shone pre-eminent, coming up to upon Rousseau (a pretty strong usethe distance with at least two lengths ful little horse), as he stood at Temsail. Young Robinson then came ple's stables at the village of Catteforward with the Pucelle filly, put the rick, above a mile from the course,
and sustained the pelting of the pitic and presented a field of the following less shower in coming to the scene of five :action; while the other two were Mr. Whitelock's b. c. by safely housed in Ferguson's stables Lottery out of Gin ...... T. Nicholson. close to the course. The soaking he Mr. Jacques's b. f. by sustained seemed to have starved him
Wanton out of Galina, Jas. Jacques.
Mr. Arrowsmith's ch. C. dreadfully, while the stacks of um
Rifleman, by Whisker, Jas. Garbutt. brellas, parachutes, &c. &c. made liim
Duke of Lсeds's b. c. by appear frightened and timorous in the Blacklock out of Mrs. extreme. On the other hand Tesane
Mr. S.L. Fox's b. c. The (who, as my former notice of her last
Count, by Figaro out year told you, was a little light mare)
G. Nelson. could not be said to find no inconve
Gin was the most favorite dram of nience ; for the wet produced such a
the assemblage, at the low price of 2 slippery surface on the turf, that she
to 1, which must be acknowledged appeared to slide about from want of
cheap blue ruin ; Rifleman's tactics safe footing, like an inebriated pedes- at exercise and drill gained him many trian on a sheet of ice, which of admirers and friends at nearly the same course would not a little frighten and odds. fret her.
The Count took the first rank at Thus ended the first day.
starting, followed by Rifleman and
the Duke of Leeds's colt. The three THURSDAY brought us three Stakes; came in abreast, making a very severe two of which one Gentleman, with run by the distance to the stand, the de'il's luck and his own, carried where they all appeared to have parted into his own coffers.
with every particle of speed, strength, The Old Stake, the first course, and other requisites : each here dished up four for inspection and stopped and staggered like a leash of tasting
drunken men; and Nicholson, thinking Satan, rode by...............R. Johnson.
another dose of his pure agila would, Partner
perhaps, totally upset the staggerers, Allegro
.Thompson. came forward, floored them, and carMr. King's b.c. by Tramp, dam by Aliddlethorpe ...S. Templeman.
ried the laurels away easily. Gin is a very
neat pretty horse, and looked in Allegro (sprightly enough), set off prime condition. He was sold prior and made severe running, playing it to starting to Mr.Attwood for the sum gaily up to the distance, where he of 200l. ; but whether the Stake was instopped the melody, and declined any cluded in the bargain or not I am not further performance. Satan, with his
Rifleman is a horse of great Partner, then came in front, and com
size and powers, and is, I think, the menced a stout and determined
best-like one of the fleet. The Duke's struggle, in which His Satanic High- is also a good like horse of the old ness proved victor by a head. Alle- Blacklock sort. The Gin colt came gro was the
favorite at 6 to 4 on him; from the training stables of Thomas 5 to 2 agst Partner ; and no one found Peirse, at Richmond, and his winto fancy the devil, with all his wiles, ning appeared to have quite an intoriat any price. Allegro and Satan both catiny effect upon the Richmond lads, came from the same stable and the same hands, and rumour says
for the victory was hailed with some
rounds of enthusiastic cheers from their preceptor placed (and con
great strang voices.” sequently spilt) his rhino on Allegro, The Yearling Stake came next, though the other of his pupils won the and concluded not only the day's siller. The winner is a neat pretty sport, but the meeting. For this we horse. Partner, who ran in second, had only three :is a great very good-like one.
Miss Margaret......... A Two-year-old (I should say
Alonitor ( Brother to Mimic) J. Jacques. yearling) Produce Stake succeeded, Mellerstain
R. Johnson. old friend Sir William Maxwell's faNew Club, Edinburgh,
Margery, from her former victory, and others, have placed their names. was the favoured one at 6 to 4 on her, The course is to be altered and and nothing said of her companions. amended, and a straight home-run of The trio came together up to the a mile to be formed; a new Grand stand, when a severe struggle ensued Stand erected; and other improvewith Monitor and Mellerstain, the ments, which may appear best calculatter only gaining the advantage by lated to meet general approbation and half a head, with plenty of quibbling convenience, adopted. To me, Mr. from the country lads, who would Editor, who have loved the sports of fain have had the Monitor placed first, the Turf from childhood's hours," to suit their fancy and their pockets and followed a humble admirer in no doubt.
its train, The winner is a pretty little horse,
“ Even from my boyhood's days," and, like all Dawson's horses at the such news and intelligence is indeed Meeting, was in fine forward condis gratifying and cheering in the extion.-I ought to name that both Sa
treme amid this age of cant and clotan and Mellerstain are the property ven-footed hypocrisy ; and, I doubt of Mr. George Crompton, of Heworth, not, will be hailed with equal pleain the neighbourhood of York, and sure by your numerous sporting not that old and well-known supporter readers: but time bids me conclude, of the Turf, Gilbert Crompton, Esq. and leaves me only opportunity to add, as has been generally supposed.
I sincerely wish the new CATTERICK Thus closed our festivities, and
Racing Club prosperity and perpewho but will rejoice to hear that the tuity: may it long exist, Noble, Honorable, and spirited sup- “ Adorned with gems so richly briglit porters of the Turf, who reside amid To form a constellation : this charming country, are about to
W'here every star with modest light put their exertions to the wheel, to re
Shall gild its proper station!” novate the future Catterick Meetings And now, until the close of the Mal. to their former, if not increased, pro
ton Meeting, whence you may expect sperity. A combination of the Noble- a scrawl or two, believe me, yours, &c. men and Gentlemen in the neighbour
ALFRED HIGHFLYER. hood is already formed in the form of a Racing Club to support and advance
Caticrick, April 12th, 1833. its future interests. Through their instrumentality numerous new Stakes ERRATA.-In'the account of Mr. Rid. are openerl, to which that honored
dell's stud, for Tapgill (twice) read Nobleman His Grace of Leeds, toge
Tupgill ; and for * Physician, got by ther with Mr. S. L. Fox, Mr. Jacques,
Brutandorf out of Prunella," read out of Primette.
the West Lothian Steeple Chase; the West Country, close to Houstoun, and after it was printed the following in the presence of not less than 700 Letter, addressed to a friend, was people, the stakes being won cleverly transnitted to us, but too late for by Mr. Dyer's thorough-bred horse insertion:
Navarino, by Viscount out of your
Nell Meldon. They DEAR March 16, 1833.
started (in all eight of them) to the Following the example of our South of the Inch, and ran to HousSouthern neighbours, we have intro- toun in thirteen mmutes, a distance of duced this sport North of the 'Tweed four miles! The country was, as you with great eclat. On the 1st of must remember, entirely grass; and
there were twenty-three stiff fences in great degree of interest among the the line, one of which was a very se- Members of the Sporting World both vere one, consisting chiefly of stone of high and low degree.” Every walls.
prad and drag of whatever description (Here follows a description of the race, was put in requisition to convey the in nearly the same words as given in our
middlings and swells to the scene of last.)
action, and the surrounding heights, Your old acquaintance Major
which commanded a view of thescene, Shairp, the same distinguished Sports
were literally crowded with toddlers man as ever, who acted as Umpire,
of every age and of both sexes, all aprode a clipper of Mr. Ramsay's at the parently as much interested in the rehead of the field, and took every fence sult as if a nation's fate depended on in his stroke, as he said he considered it. Betting ran high, and a good himself bound to do, having himself many parcels of currency changed chosen the country, in order to shew
The ground marked out for that the line was practicable. To the race was from Barnweil-Hill over him indeed, and Mr. Ramsay, we
the country to a point on the opposite were indebted for
side of the Powburn, an oblong course day's amusement—the whole of the of four miles. In all five races took arrangements, which were most admis place betwixt ten horses bona fide the rable, having been made by these two property of Lord Eglinton and Mr. active and `public-spirited fellows. Edington, Gentlemen riders ; 50 sovs. Shairp's riding was truly delightful to
a-side. witness : the nag he rode, however (a rode his own horse, and that of Mr.
In the first race Lord Eglinton thorough-bred one), was so superior an animal, that I verily believe he Edington was ridden by Mr. T. Ancould have given any one of the lot a
nesley. Mr. A. took and kept the stone, and beat him easy. He made lead (froin an advantage he gained at one most splendid leap in particular the Powburn) till within three fields over a brook in flood, taking it in his
of the winning post, when he was stride (the only one who did so) thrown out by his horse refusing a when at his best pace, and covering fence, and Lord E. won cleverly. twenty-seven feet from taking off to
Second Race.—Lord Eglinton's landing
horse was ridden by Mr. Gavin The winner was well ridden by for himself--a splendid race: horses
Hamilton; and Mr. Edington rode Dyer, and to the fact of his being so • Dunse Castle” and “Twilight” took the lead, and there seemed little he owes entirely his success : had apparently neck and neck all the way
until towards the close, when Mr. E. heen judiciously steered, they would both have beaten him ; but, as a
doubt of his success; but, from having friend of mine observed, they were
taken the wrong side of a flag-staff, jockeyed by absolute madmen, and he was compelled to return, after taken away at a pace that was alto- being 50 yards past, and repass it on gether killing. Twilight was bred
the other side-yet he was within a by William Hay; and by way of length of being in with the winner. proof that there is something good
Third Ruce.--Lord Eglinton rode about him, he has been purchased for himself; Mr. T. Annesley for since the Steeple Chase, and is now
Mr. Edington :-won easily by Lord in the stables of Sir David Baird.
E., Mr. A.'s horse having made a Yours sincerely,
inistake at a fence, slightly bruising
his rider, On Monday the 25th of March, Fourth Race.-Mr. T. Annesley the Glasgow lieges not to be behind for Mr. Edington-Lord Eglinton hand with the Edinburghers, a
for himself. This race closely resemSteeple Chase between the Earl of bled the second one in point of equaEglinton and Mr. Edington, of Glas- lity, both horses keeping within three gow, took place, and excited a very lengths of each other until they