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CURRENT EVENTS.

Notwithstanding the unfavourable weather on Saturday afternoon, the Union Football Club played a scratch match at the Northern Recreation Ground. The sides were chosen by Barber and Treseder. ' A scratch match was played by the Dunedin Hockey Club on Saturday, between sides chosen by the Captain and Deputy Captain. After about two hours' play seven • goals were obtained, six having been recorded to tho Captain's team. « Tho DeputyCaptain'a team only succeeded in getting one. The Nelson Mail hears with regret that Mr Redwood has sustained a heavy loss in the death of Harakeke, the dam of Korari. Harakeke was cmite a young mare, having been foaled in 1857, and was by bt Aubyn out of Waimea. Thi3 is the first of the 11 foals Waimea had bred for Mr Redwood in 1 1 successive years that he has lost. He lus^Pfcwever, been unfortunate with Harakeke foals, having lo«t early in the present year a promising yearling colt and a filly foal bred by her, both by Towton. Taha, her foal of 1873, also by Towton, was not brought out last year as a two-year-old, but will not unlikely make her mark amongst the youngsters in the coming season. Madame Willets, a pedestrieune, who k challenged Weaton.to walk 1000 miels in 1000 hours,' started to accomplish the feat at Brighton on 26fch April. On. 26th ulfc. Weston completed another fifty-five mile walk on the Trent-bridge, Nottingham, in eleven hours and a half, including one mile backwards without resting, and partly in torrents of rain. A great bicycle match has taken place at the Alexandra Palace, London, between amateurs, in the presence of 10,000 spectators. Keith Falconer accomplished five miles in 16£ minutes. On the 3rd of May, a raid was made by the polic9 on the betting houses in Paris, the books and betting tickets being geizid, and the names and addresses of all present noted down.' Joseph Spencer is proceeding with his extraordinary walk of 3000 miles at Cre'jnorne Gardens, London. On the 3rd inst. he had completed 983jmil3s in twenty-one ! days, leaving over 2000 to accomplish in thirfcy-nine days, or an average of 51| per day, ' ' ' ' ' ; ' . Letters have been received from Mr ' James' Punch, speaking very highly of the : rdwerst of England, and hopefully- of Tricketl's chance of winning the • cliam'pibriship. Kelly,' the sculler, has got one, ' mari in hand, and the race between him and Sadler was to have come off at 4 p. m. 1 on 1 the 26th' June. , ' . ' !'! ' Luke, the rider of Petrarch in the Two Thousand, has had a succession of wind1 falls. An anonymous friend the morning after the rdce sent him bank notes to 1 the 'tune of 1 jBSOO, and since then it is said • cash has poured in till it has reached three times that' amount. Luke, it may not possibly be known to' your readers, • although a married man with a family, can, ride 6et. 71b., but till now he haa ramained comparatively unknown— indeed, the Two Thousand was the first race he ever won on Newmarket Heath. Some' people cannot stand success, perhaps Luko' is one of them, for I hear he has already left his situation with Prince • Batthyany, to whom he was engaged as light-weight. Possibly he intends living upon his income. The following good bag was made by Lord Mayo's companion; H., during a short visit on the Mareb, in Abbyssinia : 1 lion, 12 buffaloes, 20 hartebeest, 2 hagazin, 2 wadembie, 1 leopard, 1 large deer with, straight horns, 36 gazelles, 1 very large crocodile, 2 pigs, and an enormous turtle ; of course, any amount of guinea fowl and partridges. — Earl Mayo's Sports in Abyssinia. At a . meeting of the English Jockey Club, j*Wd on May 3rd, the following petitioflnv'as presented by Princo Batthyany :— "To the stewards and members of tlio Jockey Club. " We, the undersigned owners and trainers of horses, approach the stewards and members of the Jockey Club under circumstances which we are convinced require thoir prompt intervention. "We desire to call their attention to a system, of recent creation, but avowedly recognised now by certain cheap sp»rting papers, and which system, if persisted in, will become intolerable. " Some few years ago, 4 for the first time, were published what are called ' Training Reports,' prof easing to give detailed information respecting the horses at the various training quarters in England, information, that is to say, as to their work, their health and condition, their capabilities, and thflir private trials for public racos. Tbis information i 3 largely obtained from servants, boys, and even apprentices, who are tempted to violate their master's secrets by an orgauised staff of paid horsewatchers and touts, who are, as wo believe, maintained at the chief training establishments in the country at the expense of these parties. " The result of their efforts is to cor\rupt and demoralise, and in many cases 4.0 cause the discharge and the ruin of servants and boys in training stables, and a further result is tho entire destruction of confidence between the employer and the employed. It is against this system, so dishonourable in practice, so injurious to owners and trainers, and so entirely subversive of the morality and best interests of the turf, that we earnestly protest, and we trust that the Jockey Club will take such immediate steps as may be desirable to arrest its future progress.

"Edward Brayley, Wm. R. Marshall, Geo. P. Gomm, F. Gretton, John Day, William Day, Thos. B. Walker, Fothergill Rowlands, John Porter, Thos. Jennings, Edwin Weever, W. Manser, H. Wooloott, Henry Goater, Charles Blanton, G. Bloss, Jamea Ryan, Joseph Cannon, John Dawson, Robert Peck, Thomas Brown, Wm. Gilbert, W. Arnull, John Nightingall, James, Nightingall, T. Ansley, Jos. Daw3on, M. Dawson." Admiral Rous suggested that the committee, lately appointed to consider the new rules, should advise on the best mode of dealing with the subject, which suggestion was unanimously adopted.

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CURRENT EVENTS., Otago Witness, Issue 1286, 22 July 1876

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