ABNST ACCEPTS WEBB'S CHALLENGE. (By Telegraph.—-Press Association.) ■ CHRISTCHUROH, this day. At a meeting of K. Arnst's guarantors last evening it was unanimously decided that Arnst should accept Webb's challenge to row for the world's championship and £500 a-side. Some discussion followed as to where the race should be rowed, the people of Akaroa. haying offered very substantial inducements to the present champion to row the race at Akaroa; whilst Arnst, who as the challenged party has the right to fix the time and place, but no right to decline to row at the time and place fixed, naturally desired to eliminate as far as possible the chance of weather conditions, which in the open harbour might render the result of the race more a matter of luck than of sculling ability. It was eventually decided that an endeavour be made to have the championship race rowed in Canterbury, as Arnst is now recognised as a Canterbury representative. Mr. R. Heaton Rhodes, one of Arnst's guarantors, proceeded to Dunedin to-day to negotiate with Sir James Mills, managing director of the Union Steim Sliip Company, in regard to the transport of spectatoi-3 to and from Akaroa in the event of the race being decided there. The final decision as to tlie place at which the race will be decided largely depends upon the result of these negotiations. Seen by a reporter last night, R. Arnst stated that he was feeling fit, and was anxious that the championship be rowed with as little delay as possible. He anticipated that the date to be fixed for the race would be towards the end of May, and he proposed to go into active training at once. His trainers would be Floyd and his brother (J. Arnst), and his pacemaker Fogwell. The race would deciuo whether he or Webb should fulfil engagements already entered into by him to row Durnan in Canada in August, and Barry in England for £1000 a-side in the following month. In conversation with a reporter last evening, J. Arnst, who had just returned from Dunedin after a successful attempt upon the Christchurch-Dunedin cycling record, stated it is his intention in the near future to follow the example of his brother, R. Arnst, and take up the sport of sculling in preference to cycling. Meantime, he intended to act as one of bis brother's trainers in order to gain some practical experience in rowing.
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