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not in the finished style of present fashion; and as portraits are now all "the go," I should much like to see a picture of the old horse, with Chifney on him-a pair who can and have "done the trick." The race for the cup this year may be described in a few words: in fact, it was run just on the same plan as it was in Bee's-wing's and Lancrcost's races for it; the good old saw, "take the lead and keep it"-a very fine thing to talk about, by-the-bye, but rather difficult to carry out-having now for the last three seasons been the tried and approved fashion of winning it. Lanercost, in running for the Vase, waited, and from doing so followed a bolter, and lost it. "We'll have no bolting for the cup," said his party; and "take the lead and keep it," we all know won the Cup that year. Last season Cartwright on Bee's-wing for the Vase was ordered to wait, and try his hand at finishing a race with Jem Robinson. That "t'ould mare's" friends found would not do, and though they lost the Vase, they learnt enough by it to win the Cup; and Robinson profiting by two such capital examples, jumped off with the lead, made the running at such a pace as to soon satisfy Vulcan. At the last turn the Gorhambury flyer found he had enough of it, and though "the old screw" tried to get up within the distance, it would not do-Ralph winning just as he pleased by two or three lengths, without ever having been touched or headed. Robert de Gorham was third, and Vulcan-who might, I fancy, have been before him, or even second, had he persevered-last of the lot. The Cup previous to this has not been won by a horse the property of a member of the Jockey Club since 1838, when Lord George Bentinck won it with Grey Momus.

There is nothing like money added to bring horses together, whether old or young ones, particularly when the stake to which it is joined is moderate. To-day a new stake for two-year-olds, of only 10 sovs. each, with 1001. added, had thirty-five nominations, and though the field was somewhat lessened by the running of the two previous days, eight very good-looking youngsters saddled for it; among others Assay, who, from her clever performance at Gorhambury, was backed at evens against the field, despite the extra 5lbs. for her victory, and the state of the course. Mr. Crockford's colt stood at 5 to 2, and was backed to win, and did win a heavy stake. Charming Kate, another winner with 5lbs. extra, and another sister of Coronation, was at 7 to 1; and Johnny Broome at 10 to 1. After one false start they got off in rather a scrambling form, every horse, as they say in steeple-chasing, taking a line of his own, and which made it difficult to say what was in front, though the two mares with the extra weight had much the best of it to the distance, where Sam Rogers went up to them, gave his Rattan a smart shaking, and won very easily by three lengths. The winner is in the Derby, for which he was backed immediately after his race at 20 to 1.

The Stand Plate, out of an entry of forty, brought eleven to the post, two of which had nothing to do with the race for it; Donnybrook having his head where his tail should be when the "go" was given, and Sly stopping Ajax when he saw one of his stable left behind: they both attempted to catch their horses immediately afterwards,

which Sly succeeded in doing at the last turn, but beat his horse in accomplishing it. The Flirt filly and Mobarek made the running to the distance, where Albion took it up, went on, and won cleverly by a length; the rest well up, with the exception of Sly and his stable companion.

Napier and the Languish colt made a match of it for the Buckingham Palace, though any thing but a good one; the latter is nothing like the lion the good people of Chester made of him, and is a bad high goer, while his opponent, much improved on his two-year-old form, has a beautiful long stride. They laid 2 to 1 on the white jacket, who came where and when he liked, and won in a canter by four lengths.

The wind-up was another match between the Wee Pet and Extempore for the Windsor Forest. Six to four on the Oaks mare, who was very fine drawn, and looked none the better for her race on Wednesday. Lord Exeter, as he frequently does, made play, and Chifney waited to the last, came with his rush, but was beaten rather easily by a length. Though the running of Poison here shows that number one at Epsom was about the mark, Extempore's performances by no means carry on the line. When I started I bargained for a wet jacket, but was perhaps not agreeably surprised with the clouds of dust we encountered on our return; still, though some people say, any thing is better than dust," I hope to see for the next month or two plenty of work for the water-cart.

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The best time to have puppies is early in spring. If the bitch is warded any time in winter, during the months of December or January, the frost will probably be gone before they are able to leave the mother; and so long as they lie with her there is little danger of their suffering injury from the cold, at least if the bitch is kept in a warm place. But if they are running about during the winter, especially if it is at all severe, they are almost certain to get damaged in the limbs, which are so affected by the frost that I have seen them twisted into all sorts of distortions by it. By bandaging, and as summer advances, they may get straight again; and, though by care and attention I have had as thriving winter puppies as need be, yet I can say from experience that in nine cases out of ten they are the reverse. Besides, they have not the same advantage in feeding, from the scarcity of milk in winter, of which if they have not abundance they will never be half so strong afterwards. If necessitated to have winter pups, put them where there is a fire at night. A hot stable will not do nearly so well, for independent of the risk of having them trampled to death by the horses, from some careless servant neglecting to shut them up, the fire, by thawing the frost, prevents it having the same effect on their tender limbs. In the severe winter in 1837, I had a litter of puppies, some of which were reared in a stable, and others (for the experiment) in cottages where there was a fire during the night; but though the temperature of the stable was much higher than it was in the cottages, the result of the experiment was conclusive against this kind of hot-air system. If the keeper cannot, I have always found farmers, or cotters, willing to oblige by taking puppies for the winter, at all events for a consideration.


The next thing to be thought of is the selection of the puppies. Most people choose the largest and healthiest of the litter, but I have frequently found that the puppy which is the strongest and healthiest looking at first, turns out the most unthriven afterwards. Some, on the contrary, choose the one which weighs the least, as likely to turn out the swiftest. Others, again, have a predilection for the last pupped; indeed almost every one has his own crotchet, and I have even known some (probably as likely as any to make a good choice) who lay the puppies apart in a row, and choose the one which the bitch first takes up in her mouth and carries to her kennel. I believe it is quite a lottery, but I generally select those which most resemble It is remarkable that the sensation of cold does not always depend on the state of the thermometer in-doors. In Russia, when the thermometer is at 70o in the house (heated I believe by hot air), and uncommonly low out of doors, the cold is more felt than when the thermometer is higher out of doors, and not so high as 70° in-doors.


the father or mother (whichever I think most of) in colour, and, as far as one can judge at that early age, in shape. By having a bitch warded about the same time as your own (any useless cur will answer your purpose), you may then rear as many of a litter as you please, without injuring your bitch, until such an age as you may form some guess as to their future appearance. Four puppies is as many as any bitch should rear if you are particular about her, and I never allow a favourite one to rear more than two.

The name is also of some importance; there is much in a name. Shakspeare was a shot, and nobody I dare say knew better than he did, that though a rose may smell as sweet, yet a dog will not hunt so well with any name. Name a couple of dogs Nero and Pero, and they must have very discriminating ears to know which of them is called. Let the names of your dogs, therefore, be as dissimilar as possible; and in place of the old-fashioned termination of o, which is apt to be mistaken by the dog for toho, substitute Mountain or Rock; Affghan or Tartar; Nell, Jilt, or Swiss; Whig, Tory, or Radical; Tom, Jerry, or Logic; only let the names be dissimilar and without the objectionable termination.

All puppies are apt to have scurf, which causes an itchiness of the skin. When this is perceived (generally about six weeks old), they should be rubbed with sweet oil, and if any vermin are seen, train oil may be used instead. After this they will thrive much better, which if neglected, frequently ends in an inveterate mange. They are also, about the same age, frequently afflicted with a kind of worm, which is not voided in the usual way, but emitted in balls at the mouth. A grain of tartar emetic, or anything that will make them vomit, will prove an effectual remedy.

When taken from the mother they should be fed at least twice in the day on oatmeal porridge and milk; and pointed orders should be given to put salt into it, for if omitted they will not thrive so well, and will be much more apt to get worms. If fed only once in the day, they take such a quantity at a time that they become quite unshapely, or what is called pot-bellied. They should never be allowed to taste butcher meat of any kind till pretty nearly grown up. You may, probably, have some difficulty in making your servant attend to this, as they will thrive remarkably well, for a while, on the scraps. from the kitchen; but if the distemper or any other disease seizes them, when fed on this fare, it will attack them with such virulence that, even if they survive, the odds are ten to one against their ever being anything like what they otherwise might have been, either for work or appearance, if they had been fed only on porridge and milk. They are also certain to be much troubled with worms if they get any sort of garden vegetables; and I have lost valuable puppies in this way, from being fed on broth, and afterwards neglected.

They should not be confined, but allowed to run riot without any restraint, unless they show an inclination to chase sheep or lambs, when they should be at once effectually checked. It is a good thing, however, to accustom them among sheep, especially if intended for the moors; as, by so doing, they are not only less disposed to chase them when the training commences, but they also get familiar with

their smell, and will be less apt afterwards to lead you up, on a steady point, to a black-faced wether, which even an old dog may do at a time. This is just one of those alleged natural defects which is entirely attributable to the trainer. The dog, probably, has scarcely ever seen a sheep till taken to the moors. Of course he chases them like game, for which he is checked, or rather receives a good drubbing. The consequence is, that as he receives the same treatment when he pursues game, he thinks it necessary to set the one as well as the other. Some dogs soon get over this fault, especially when shot over, but others are often long enough before they give up entirely noticing sheep on the moor. Much trouble might be saved, therefore, and greatly to the advantage of the dog, if a little attention were paid to the puppy in the manner I have just mentioned. dience to the call should always be enforced, which may be done with scarcely any correction and very little trouble, merely by giving them a piece of bread when they obey you, and rating them a little when they do not.



This is especially necessary with cockers or spaniels, the chief training of which consists in making them hunt near enough; which, if they are not taught soon, it is often difficult to make them do so afA retriever should be taught to fetch and carry at an early age; you may begin when he is about five months old, by playing with him, and making him carry very light things, such as your glove, and always stop if you find he is getting tired of it; your object is to make him fond of doing so, which he is sure to become if you do not yourself give him a dislike to it, by making him carry too heavy things at first, or tiring him, or by your own mismanagement in some way or other. It is not improbable, however, that as he gets keen on game, he may throw off all these puppy tricks, just as a stripling will his boyish games, when he first prides himself on his virility. It is certainly provoking enough, after all your trouble, to see your glove passed with a contemptuous toss of the head, and I admit the temptation is great to give it a cuff; but it's no use-you must put on the line, and if you cannot induce him to pick it up, open his mouth and put it in, and lead him about with it. A little perseverance and tact will gain your object, and there is always this encouragement, that when once conquered he is made for life.

The performances of some animals would cease to excite such wonder, if the process of teaching them was better understood. I think it is the Ettrick Shepherd who mentions in his tales, as a wonderful instance of sagacity in a dog, a famous "colly," which would take a penny a mile to the shop, and return with so much tobacco to his master. But there is nothing more wonderful in this than the practice, which is, I believe, not uncommon, of sending a dog an equal distance daily for the letter-bag, which I could teach almost any cur to do in a short time. If the reader has any wish to make a post of his dog, the method is very simple: when he will fetch and carry freely, take him with you when you go for the bag, and make him carry it for a day or two; then, some day, return with the bag, after having come a short distance, and send the dog back on your track to fetch it. Increase the distance every day, till he will freely return

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