THE WRONG HORSE.
To the Editor of the Ashburton Guard an
Sib, —Under the head of “ Sporting ” I notice a paragraph in the “ Ashburton Mail” of the 9th inst., in which the celebrated sire, Tribune, and myself are made to figure in anything but a flattering manner. It is as follows :
4 ‘ Sporting. —An exciting and interesting race between the celebrated sire, Tribune, and a renowned trotting mare came off in the Wakanui road last evening. There was no betting on the event, but the groom in charge started off and made a good third in the race. ” It is far from my wish to cast any unpleasant reflections on the gentleman who occupied the editorial chair of your contemporary, but either he or one of the staff’must have been somewhat “ mixed ” on the evening referred to ; as Tribune and myself, being quite in a different locality, could scarcely be racing on the Wakanui road.
It is just possible the writer may have visited one of Professor Jonas’s entertainments, in which optical illusions hold the premier place in the performance. 1 am, &c. Aleck Hbwson, Groom in charge of Tribune. Alford Forest, Oct. 13, 1879.
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