ENGLISH FOOTBALL TEAM FOR THE COLONIES.
At present (says the* Sydney Daily Telegraph) we have an English cricket team louring these parts, ami the probability seems to be that in the course of a few months we shall also have with us a football team from Englaud. It will be remembered tUal, in about July last, the New South Wales ftugby Football tTuion received a letter from Mr. Mullineux, of St. John's College, Cambridge, suggesting the visit to Australia of a team under his management. The Union here rofnired the mutter to Mr. G. "W. M'Arthur, its representative in London, and! Mr. M'Arthur now writes that the English Union has given its sanction to the project, on the distinct understands g that the .whole affair is conducted ou a. strictly amateur basis. This, of course, is a. stipulation on which the Union here would be equally anxious to insist. The preliminaries may, accordingly, "be considered as settled", and the "latest advices notify that Mr. Mullineux is now engaged getting together his team. Ho hopes to fill all the places with University men, but seeing that the combination, in order to play here in June, will have to leave England ear'.y in May, and the Uuiversi ties' vacations, will not lit with the necessary dates, Mr. Mullineux will, perhaps, have to draw upon other sources. It is, however, pretty certain that the team will be a strong one, and, therefore, calculated to forward the playing of the game in this quarter of the world. Although our players possess most of the qualities demanded in good football, such for example as stamina and pluck, they have yet, in more respects than one, something to learn. Amongst the passengers by the Te Anau from Sydney to-day were two prominent cyclists— Mr. H. the champion of Ireland, and Mr. E. Reynolds, the wellknown rider of. Auckland. Both will leave for the South this afternoon, and will compete at the Cash Cycling meeting at Dunedin at an early date. > W. H. Aruott, of Wellington, won the Conference Handicap (four events) at the Friendly Societies' Demonstration in Auckland last Saturday. It is statp/d that Messrs. Seager & Co., of Wellington., intend to place two speciallybuilt boats on the Wanganui River trade, in opposition, to Messrs. Hatrick's steamers. ,