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NEWS OF THE WEEK.

'We aro glad to learn that the Hunt C.ub -intend holding a steeplechase nvetmg in a anonth's time for horses that have b^ea re^u larlv hunted with the Otaeo Hounds this aeason. There will be a handicap aod a weiglit-for-age race, so that every horsa will l<ave a *hank In one race, at any rate, llw ho-ses nvils ba st'erad by gentleman riders only-at-ct which will impart additional anter.s , to tlia «vent. With such psifcrmers across crantry S Frostfiab. Highflyer, Black Bess Natne, 'Stockman, Turk, Romance, Ladylove Scamp, Bothwell, T.flia, Beaumont, Blaz *, Oongwve, Kildare, &c, th«e can b* no possible .doubt entertained of the thorough buwjeb of tho pro■ected meiting.

The Athletic Association held its second indoor gathering in the Garrison Hall on Saturday evening, notwithstanding the extremely unfavourable weather, which of couree prevented •a larga attendance. The affair was on this •occasion very sucoss'ully carried oat, and with belter fortanethan they have had hitherto .5n t» war of weaker, there i. no reason why the Association should not succeed m making ■these gatherings a favourite entertainment . for ■the public. Proceeding* began with the walking •handicap of two miles, the 14 comittiww f-.r which went in two he*ts, wita the unde-stand-ing that the thrae fiwt in each 1 heat bhould contest again for final honours The first heat thus :-Claxton (scratch), 1, lo mm 24 sec : ME yen (15 see), 2 j A. Allan (2o sec), 3 an d the second he*t thu? : Newman (35 .sec) 1 16irin lOaec; Moora (35 see), 2; J. Scott (scratch), 3. Ie wai, however, afterwards agreed to postpone the final •vent to a day yet to be fixed. lhe Mile Hurdle Handicap was also run in heats which resulted a3 tollow3 :— Is"; heat : J. Henderson (scratch), 1,0 mm 12 sec ; A. Allan >«20 yd*), 2; J. Scott (30 yda), 3 Second heat : immmond (10 yds), 1, 6 m"i4 S ec; W. Alla-i U5 yds), 2 ; J Sawell (40 yds), 3. For the final teat all except Sewell cama out, but Scott and W Allan gave op before the fin-sh. Th^ resole -was: J. Hendawon (scr), 1, 5 mm 42 Pec; TDrummo^d (10 yds), 2; A. Allan (20 yds) 3 Drummond and Allan had a fine struggle for *9cond honours. Allan, it may bs state l.has a match on with S. Brook*, to come off in a fortnight ; Allan raceiving 50 yds in afi ve-mib contest, and the sake 9 being L3O. In tha race at Easter, won by Brooks, Alia* 25 yardß from him, and was one of the few who ran the distance out. After tie walking and running events were over, savera! jounj amateurs did some graceful bicycle ridiag, -with which tilting at the ring was latroduoed. The time for a mile was taken, the diitance •occupying 5 mia 1 sec, Messrs Pctra and Cutten 'keeping almost en level terms throughout. DuriDg the evening, aJso, fionoe exce'lrnt step -dancing was parformad. The limited number present were certainly pleaded with the entertainment provided. Dancing began about 10 •o'clock.

A veteran litterateur sjn<?s me this (writes ■"JE<Aei" in the Australian), which, if not literally accurate, as hi say a, mtrite Men de. Vttre After an athletic evening si>eut in the friendly development of skill and mnsjle, four friend*, just after midnigkit, tura intj Sccphen street. The first round the corner is a little' man, and upon him spring about a dozen larrikins—but the little man ia Hicken, and the frieadly follower* are Messrs Mace, Christie, and Thompson. Your larrikia is gregarious, and, wolf-like, he hunts in packs ; but tnis -time he miscalculatad his victim. B-fore the first assailant could poisa his arm he fsll before -a blow, swift, umeen, but potent aa the tttmi- • derbolt of Jove. Close-cropped headH rtttled •together like motion-in3pjring castagnettes ia tLe supple bands of an Anda'.unan danseusc. The gladiators were not idle, and so n half the attacking force lay prone upon tie paveaient, the rest betaking themselves to ignominious -flight, venting curiouJ howls. Now, would it not ba worth something Landsome to secore the , service* of the compa'.ent q'iartefc*e named to -occasionally pitrol the in disturbed neighbourhcods? Their instraetion Bhould te to "take no prisoners." I think tbe larrikiu -would imderdta>id that. Ths poUue cannoo be -everywhere, and this suggestion, if adopted, ■would give some s^nse of security to the a^ed, the feeblfl, and w<men. TLe Lrrilun is a -coward, and, as such, cruel.

The Pigeon Handicap lTlyiog Rjjp, in connection with the Annual Slutw of the Christ- • church Pigeon, P m.try, and Canar y Society, for ■which there wer« 15 tntrie*, came <.ff oa 11~1 1~ ISih. The flight on this occa'ion was from 'I imam. "The birds were liberated ai 10 a. m., and to yards noon were seen coming up fa-it in a olus c:, «ided by the south west wini whioh wai bij»v■ing during the morning. Ia oiia or t«*o in1 stances delay t>ok place in trapping tLe birdd .after they had hom°d. Tue following was th-» .result : — Mr Donohne'd Sm.ke (allo-vea 3 'mm) , lh. 49.>iin. 38sec, lac ; Mr As'nbv'u Touiwy Dodd (all >wed 3ann 2nec ) lh 49aiin. -43sec>. 2nd ; Mr Maaqu-.rio's Chester (s atch), lh. 49inin. 47sec, 3»d ; Mr Donohuo'i Land Jlgent (allowed 3aiin. 2^ec), la. 49aiin. 483; c, th.

The recentlynraied Hamilton Rifla VolunteQ* are being armed wicu Huid .vs. A c<tddt '^coips, 75 strong, has be^n also formed.

The military correspon lent ol th^ Mnrniig Advertiser with Colmol Wood's olunu thaa 'describes the hf roie deat ib o; Oo'onel We h s rly and his Fon at Z o>aui : — "Nothicg cm be :more sad thin the aucounn I have heard o my -dear friend Wetheily's djath. At thi fut J. when all save honour seemed 1 s-,, h-i placed his beloved boy upjn hia bes: hois*, a id /kissing him oa the foreaeid, com re-did hion •to another Fathar's care above, aud imp <>red i.him to overtake the njares*. cjlumn (f tae English horse, which |>eea>d at tbat tioae to 1)0 cutting its way out. Ti-e Loy cmag to hi* •iather aad begged t > be all^ wed to st iy by his ■. sida and shara bis life or death. The contrast, I am told, was characteristic' Tbe man, a loeardeJ, bronzed, and hardy sabrcur, with a father's tea>-d on hia cbeek, while tae blne--eyed and fair-haired lad, wish much of the "beauty of a girl in h)B appearance, was calmly . and with a Bmile of fond deis'g it loading bis father's favourite carbi ie. r l die two i.oble hearts r/ere last Been, tUe father wqunJed to -death with cruel assegais daepirg his boyV hand with his Lft, whi.e the right cat down the brawny -savages who came to despoil Lim of bit charge. Wetherly was a wall-known anan ia what I believe are called fashionable •circles in iLondon, and wild leave many an old •comrade who respect b his chivalry and enterprisa to mourn for tbat friendship -nhich has •changed to respect and regret."

A gentleman, by no means opposed to •" tport"* 5 in any form, has published seme -cunous statistics on the suhject of fox hunting. There are, he says, about 170 packs maintained at.preeent in the United £ingdom,.aggregaticg (■OHIO .fourteen thousands of hounds. Xiet us

look, with him, at their c >sfc, wh cb U nit easy to eitinnte. Fifteen years ago a warm admirer of the late Mr A.asheton Smith put tbe total expense of hunting a county three days a week for a season at L 1348 14a How he arrived at his fractions we cannot tell. But be went on, and we went wich him. The Etrl of Wilton, nearer to the pres-nt tim% incr3ases the estimate to L 1625, with an additional L3OO if a huntsman be kept— mark how a huntsman is valued above an ordinary curate. The Cotswold Hunt has of late been costing L 2500 per annum, "and there is no doubt the former figures must; ba largely rai<ed to me3t the enhanced cost of wagas and horeefl'sb." But the cream of the cream of our sportsman's delightful calculation U yen to come. "Letthg average cost." he says, "of tho above packs be put at LBOO per annum, which U certainly below the truth, and even then their annual cost is ovar L134,000_" But the money actually spent on the pie'c is nothing a=i compared with that which is put in circulation by those who joia the sport, in hotel and railway expenses, wages, and many subsidiary charges. Giving 150 h>rs*men t> each chase, and reckoning that 140 pack* in England hunt four days a weak. Mr Pitt calculate? that "the fox causes a million a year to be spent in England."

A singular sight was recently to be witnessed in the streets of Melbourne. An Argiu of la=»t week pays: — "The fine near schooner-yacht May Qiesn, which has been built by Mr William Purdy for Mr R. White, at his boat factory, Youn* street, Fhzroy, was yeitirda? moved out of the yard, pri >r to being 1 *uachel on the Yarra. Tha vessel, when completsd, with mast* and all suitable g*ar, will cos!; hsr owner at le*st L4OOO, and ha ha* had her builf; at Fitzroy under his own yirsoial supervision, 89 that ho might be certain everything in her and belonging t> her was of the best; p>?sible material and workman ship. Sb.3 waig'ae no less than 45 ton<», ani it may of coursa be imagined that the vehicle to convey her to tin Yarra was of no ordinary description. The wheels of the carriage were about two feet wide, and a special cradle had to be built oa it of heavy timber for the vessel to ride on. Tha cost of the cradle alone was about L4OO, and some of the Oregon beam'! composing it were 22 inches squ\re All the ti nber bloska were well picked with indiarubber where the veael had to lodge on them, so as to prevent iujurv to h9r plaaks. A gre A crowd a'samblad in Young street last evening to witness the removal. Thirty-eight horaes, supped by W. M'Cullock and Co., were harue >sed to the carriage on which the yac'it was pUcel, and which was spec'ally constructed for the purpose of conveying tha craft from ths factory to the launching plaje on tha river, near the Gasworks. A start waa made at half-p,vt 9 o'clock, and the heavy load, weighing 60 tons, was drawn as f*r as tha Belvidere Hotel, at the corner of Brupsvick street and Victoria parade. At this point ole of the wheel* brjke. The work of repairing ccoupidd some time, and while thi) was going on a crowd of 500 or 600 people collected round the strange-looking obj *ct, which loomsd vasi; aid phantom like in the moonlight. From there th* course to be taken was to Quaan street, into Cdlins street and Spacer sore it, and fron thera te the Yarra, near the Gasworks."

A meeting of the Committee of th) Hunt Cl'ib was held on Tuesday evjniag at the Empire Hotel. It was resolved that the Jock«v Club be a ked for the racecourie for the Hunt Steeple chase. A g»od course could be mad -j there by introducing a few walls and a wa v ecjump or two. All the best horses hunted with the Otago Hounds will be eatwed, and th 're is every probability of the affair being an unqualified success.

Since the advent of railways f rost-fi 'h hare not be-n tha f?reat rarities in Danedin that thoy were previously. On Taesday Mr Melville, of Princes street, received 11 of tiem, and he informs u« that he haa_alreidy had between two and three dozen this season. They come chi-flr from bitwe9Q Blueskin and O^ago Head*. In years gone by he has soli them at from 10s to 12s each, bu<; they are now to be had at from 6i to Bs. Those who catch, or rather wbo find them, mast be early on the ground as s <a gulls ara us'ial'y on the watch for frost-fish at daylight. We might mention that groper, barracouta, large cod, and ling have appnreatly left the c last, and that the fishermen aw now turning fieir attention to crayfisMog, a branch of their bu3*n j sj which has of late been s >mewhat neglected. There are ia the harb our small cod, fl .unders, and mullet, but they are not very plentiful.

Mr J. S. Butters has Bhown us (Melbourne Argus) a specimen of the formidable Zulu weapon, the a«segai, which he received from Captain Powell, of theLusitaoia. Ifcis a much lighter weapon than one would have expected toee* afta" lookitg at the oiitoriil desori^ti >ns of Zulu warfare in tbe illustrated papers It consists of » st^"l Wade and wooden «haff, and is altogeth'r s ;t; t 9ia in leagth. Tae blade, which is ebaord like a lance, with a groove on one sid-t similar to tha< of a bayonet, is loin l->n^. At the b-oadest part it ia l^in wide, hut ib is only blade shaped for aboat half its length, taking afterwards a cylindrical form like that of thn shaft, which is of tough, light wood, resembUig hickory, 4ffc 6ia in leagth. In thii form the assagai is used as a spear, aad em be thrown with accurate aim and deadly effect a distance of 40 or 50 yards. At closs quarters the shaft i* broken in two, and the a-megai i-< then usjd by tha Zulu to s;abhis antagonist.

Referring to the wholesale destruction of hnraa iv the Tokomairiro dbtrict, the Bruce Herald says :: — '* Poachi >g in all itd shapes has beea carried oa in this district in a most shameful and at times prael manner, as well as with a painfully glaring d-fiance at lawful interference, even ia br >ad daylight. Again, there are initancns where altars; all the male membe s of a family have been shooting and otherwise kiling game on the strength of one license oily, using it oimilarly to a family ticket on the railway. Snares, traps, and nete out of number have been s«t in hedges where puss was known to pass through, and great has been the snecjes* of individuals, some of whom have made handsome returns in supplying the Dunodin market, a ba? of nine victims thus obtained having been forwarded on one occasion lately. As it is by no means certain that any hares will be left for breeding in the Tokomairiro district, the Society may not be in a position to grant licenses for this district during next year's season. But that, in fift interval, far more rigorous regulations will have to be prepared, admits of no douSt whatever, uril-ws the total extinction of all g«ce imported with great trouble and at heavy expense ia contemplated. The appointment of a number of respectable settlers at convenient distances thr-ouorhout the district, together with a most careful scrutiny of all applicants for licenses, coupled with the most stringent regulations at to any possiSla plurality in the holding of tmch license?, might go a long way towards the future prevention of poaching in all its unlawful and disgraceful shaped."

Pagk's Cricket Bits, Balls, k<s.. Footballs aad Lawn Tenais. M anafaefcary, Kensingbas London.— [Advt. ]

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NEWS OF THE WEEK., Otago Witness, Issue 1444, 26 July 1879

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