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might have an hour's shooting besides. We went early in the morning, and breakfasted at St. Alban's whilst our horses rested, and then drove down to which we reached about ten o'clock. The horses were duly paraded, and my friend and his brother made their purchases over a fine cold salt rump of beef and a tankard of old ale. Another visit to the stablos, and a return to the parlour, and two more horses were added to the string for London.

The dealer's nephew brought out a brace of pointers, and (with my dogs in the leash) we beat the stubbles and bagged three or four brace of birds and a hare. The pointers being called to heel, the spaniels were let loose, and we worked the hedge-rows back. We flushed a woodcock out of a small spinney, which I fired at and missed, and only succeeded in adding three couples of rabbits to our bag. We were, however, satisfied with our work, as December was well over, and the

gamc rather thin in that locality. This indeed was not to be wondered at, if the worthy dealer tempted his customers as he had done us, though doubtless he found his profit in so doing. He always boasted that he had some salt beef and a ham for his friends, and a good horse in his stable for his customers. I believe that on this occasion I succeeded in putting an end in his stables to that detestable custom of gingering horses for sale.

Talking over other matters on the return home, I asked him what possible good the practice effected. He said the customers could see their mettle; but I said he had better call it by the name of "agony.” I also added, “ Do you

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omers are deceived by it?" If you were putting off a screw on a yokel I could understand your attempt to make one pain counterbalance another, and thus perhaps turn a limping pace into a full trot or gallop, from the desire to get away from its torment. If I had a horse thus treated when it was brought out for inspection, I should immediately pass it by, from the certainty that the man who would not hesitate thus to torture an animal would not refrain from deceiving me, if it answered his purpose.' Но appeared convinced by my arguments, and I hope discontinued the practice.

Up in the morning early then, when business or pleasure can be • advanced thereby. Although I plead guilty to a love of ease, I can invariably shako off dull sloth when anything is to be gained by so doing. I have risen at five o'clock to finish a case in time for a meeting, or to be in time for a meet with the hounds. I have been found at that hour in my closet or at my desk, but it has always been when I thought I could see either pleasure or profit at the end of it. Our modern hours are still late, although not equally so to those of a few years back ; and I suppose we shall not readily return to those good old times, of which the author Thus wrote:

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“Lever à cinq, dîner à neuf ;

Souper a cinq, coucher à neuf;
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" CAVENDISII ON WHIST." T. De la Rue and Co. Whist is now pretty well the only card-game Meltonians and otlier lovers of the chase indulge in. Just at this time the game is much played, not only on account of its intrinsic merits, but also because it is fashionable. The prince of Wales (himself a sportsman), we have been told, plays his rubber at Marlborough Houso and at Sandringham. This we can vouch for, that the Prince occasionally makes one in a rubber at White's, of which club he is a member. The club laws are dedicated to H.R.H.; and these laws-now the recognized authorityare given in "J. C.'s” work and in “ Cavendish's " last (eighth) edition, by special permission. The new edition of “Cavendish, which has appeared in the nick of time for the Christmas season, is a little gem. It is got up by De la Rue and Co. with all the attention to perfect finish for which De la Rue's house is so well known. It is printed in very clear type, with very black ink, on very glossy ivory paper; the hands are now, for the first time, illustrated by means of diagramcards—in short, no expense has been spared to render this bijou volumette a peerless handbook. The excellence of the matter is so well known that we shall not stop to dilate on it; but wo may observo that, on comparing this with former editions, it strikes us the author has been at much pains with his portion of the task. The amount of revision, rewriting, and addition are so considerable as to constitute this edition substantially a new work.

“Snow.” A Christmas Story: By “ Lyulph.” Jard, Lock, anul

Tyler. It is not often that one rises from reading a book with a feeling of sincere gratitute to the author; yet we venture to say that no one will peruse the work under notice without being strongly impressed with the most lively satisfaction. Many will recognize in this story a writer who has on more than one occasion found the highest favour with the public; but never has he written more freshly, more charmingly, than in the pages of this truly interesting Christmas tale, in which the artistic touches are worthy the pens of “Boz” and Thackeray. In structure and execution it leaves nothing to be desired, whilst the rapid flow of incident, the photographic pictures of life, the absorbing interest, the lively, agreeable style, and the admirable delineation of character which mark every line will give pleasure to the most critical reader. As a New Year's present, a copy of “ Snow” will be most acceptable; it is neatly got up, and contains, for the small sum of 6d., more amusement and instruction than is to be found in

many works published at a guinea and a guinea-and-a-half. "Lyulph " 'made a great sensation last year when he wrote “A Girl's Reply at a Railway Junction,” and “Snow" will add rather than detract from his wellearned repuntation.



Mr. Green, the well known print-publisher, of Union Grove, Clapham, has just brought out his engraving of the Admiral after the portrait by Weigall. The painting itself would be familiar to many from the place it occupied the year before last in the Exhibition of the Royal Academy, It is a full length, catching the great original in an interior, but arraying the figure in a kind of riding costume, such as a velveteen jacket and Hessian boots pulled over the trowsers. The likeness is really good, and the general notion of the man very faithfully conveyed, although the expression is somewhat mild. The print being published by subscription has enabled Mr. Green to turn it out in the very best style, as it is in every way one of the finest specimens of engraving of the year, or of many years past. The craft, that is the 'gravers themselves, speak of the plate as something especially successful, whilst it may be as well to correct here an impression which has got abroad as to Mr. Green having been engaged upon it. Every credit is due to that gentleman for the spirit with which he has embarked upon the business, but the engraver is Mr. Faed, a brother of the celebrated artist of that name.

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