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other hands have proved too tame and purposeless for the stage. The parodies are mostly on modern composition, perhaps partaking of a class not sufficiently known by the general audience to be properly appreciated; for instance, the selections from the “ Huguenots” and “ Haydée," albeit excellently rendered, fall flatly from the cause alluded to ; on the other hand, “ The Jolly Young Waterman,” “ There's a good time coming, boys,” and “ The Groves of Blarney," are readily caught up and applauded. The parody on “ Il segreto per esser felice" is a gem deliciously given by Madame Vestris; but the hit of the piece is the parody on Lord Lovell—“ King Florizel stood at the Old World's End," chanted by John Reeve in most humorous strain. In the getting up of this Christmas entertainment, Madame Vestris hascredat Judæus !-surpassed her previous brilliant achievements in this peculiar department." The King of the Peacocks” is decidedly the most magnificent, brilliant, and superb spectacle ever brought out. The dresses are gorgeous, rich, and imposing to a degree never hitherto gazed upon by mortal eye. The appointments are in good keeping, and the general stage arrangement loudly bespeak the excellent taste of the fair manager. Mr. Beverley is entitled to great praise for the splendid scenery he has provided. The concluding scene is the triumph of decorative art combined with mechanical skill of a high order. Madame Vestris, Miss Fitzwilliam, Miss Howard, Harley, and John Reeve sustain the principal characters in this very clever and exceedingly elegant production of Mr. Planché's with that talent for which they are individually and collectively so renowned.
Hark! the sound of horses! Yes, DRURY LANE is again the refuge of the quadruped. M. Dejean now succeeds Jullien, and the tramp and the neighing of the steed is heard. whore erst the flourish of trumpets and the beating of the big drum (and it was a monster !) were wont to greet the auricular organs. The troupe of the Cirque National, under the able direction of M. Dejean, is to be seen in full force within the walls of Old Drury. Palmyre Anato is as great as ever, and she is a creature, the very personification of grace. The ease, the finish, and the interesting self-possession, that are so remarkable in this agile and pleasing performer, are conspicuously displayed in the scene where she achieves the most extraordinary leaps over seven scarfs. The “ Haute Ecole,"by Madlle. Caroline, is a performance invested with all that polish and elegance of style for which this excellent equestrian artiste is so celebrated. The clowns are as amusing as ever : the Auriols, Mohamet Ben Said, and Leclair, contrive to keep the audience in a state of bilarious convulsion, by uttering the most quaint drolleries and by playing pranks of the most diverting character. Take it altogether, we can safely say our sporting friends will not regret a visit to the bipeds and quadrupeds of Drury Lane.
“ William the Conqueror, or Harlequin Harold and the Sack of the Saxons,” is the title of the pantomime at the OLYMPIC. Abounding in tricks and stinging allusions as this seasonable novelty does, it must be mentioned that amongst the “ hits” the notice of the iniquitous Palace Court cannot miss fire. The pantomimists, chiefly from the United States, already appear to be established favourites with the audience. Barnes, the Clown, and Madlle. Vallee, the Columbine, are looked upon as particularly adapted to sustain these prominent parts in pantomime.
Crowded houses nightly at ASTLEY'S AMPHITHEATRE. This fact plainly indicates the bill of fare provided by Mr. Batty for his holiday visitors is considered to be of the right stamp. The new grand spectacle of “ The Wars of the Jews, or the Fall of Jerusalem,' is wonderfully got up. More we are not in condition to say; for the majority of the audience being disinclined to listen to the dialogue, appeared determined that all should share and share alike. Consequently, the unruly members of the house alluded to keep up such a continual and running fire of noisy words until the pantomime is put upon the stage, that to attempt an analysis of the plot would be as hopeless as to expect fair play in the Palace Court. The pantomime of “ Bold Robin Hood, or the Pretty White Horse and the Enchanted Princess of Sherwood Forest,” must be seen by all juveniles, as it stands on the top of the list of the pantomimes of '48-9.
Professor Anderson, having returned from his long continental tour, has commenced giving his Soirées Mysterieuses at the STRAND THEATRE, greatly to the delight and amazement of the numerous lovers of the wonderful who form his audience. It should be observed that Professor Anderson bears certificates from all the Potentates of Europe, which undeniably attest his extraordinary powers and vast cabalistic skill.
Banvard's Panorama of the Mississippi and Missouri Rivers, now in course of exhibition at the EGYPTIAN HALL, is a magnificent instance of artistic skill, embodying the chief characteristics of the Father of Waters. This is unquestionably the leviathan painting of the day: it certainly combines the useful and instructing.
THE POLYTECHNIC is thronged daily and nightly with visitors all agog for the scientific and amusing, displayed in the Electric Light, Dissolving Views, and novelties of various kinds so amply provided by the indefatigable directors of this admirable institution.
Christmas has been a season of harvest to the Terpsichorean temples of the metropolis. Both LAURENT'S CASINO and the SALLE DE VALENTINO have received their full share of public support. The excellent band at the former, including the exquisite taste and skill displayed by Arban on the cornet-à-piston, and the novel and able direction of Musard the younger at the latter, have had their exhilarating effect upon those addicted to polkas.
A PORTRAIT OF LORD GEORGE BENTINOK. London: Fores's Sporting Repository, Piccadilly.-“ And much enriched with fame, when useless worldly store,” sang James Thomson in days of yore. How applicable in these days, when busts and engravings innumerable of the late Lord George Bentinck are being made public! Of these it may be said that some are remarkable for fidelity of likeness, whilst others are but indifferent, both in regard to general expression and execution. The portrait which most forcibly presents the man in form and being as he was wont to move, is the one just issued by the Messrs. Fores, and we have no hesitation in pronouncing this to be the best likeness in every respect, as it is unquestionably the most characteristic.
THE ACT OF A NOBLEMAN.-It is grateful to record the good deeds of the great, as by them grief is often deprived of its poignancy. Many of our readers will remember the violent death, in February last, of gallant Jack Shirley, first whip to the Raby Hounds, youngest son of old Shirley, of Grantham, once the huntsman to Sir Richard Sutton. The event caused a great sensation at the time, and hundreds lamented his fate. For who that had heard his cheering tally-ho! from Cleveland's Duke to the sporting plebeian, did not regret that the woods of Durham would ne'er again resound with his welcome voice? The excitement has now subsided. The perpetrators of this horrid murder have been dealt with as the law directs, one (Thompson) forfeiting his life on Durham gallows, and the other (Dawson) being condemned to transportation for life, while he who harm ne'er did to any, “sleeps in peace with the dead," in Staindrop Church-yard. Sad as this narrative must prove to kindred spirits, the sequel is pleasing, and demonstrates the genuine philanthropy of a British sportsman. Among those--and there were so many that it was necessary to affix to the door a notice that inquirers could no longer be admitted or answered—whose manly sympathy led them to the residence of the murdered whipper-in, was his noble master, who soothed his dying pangs by assuring him that his wife and children--two yet too young to be conscious of their loss, and one in embryo—should find in him a protector. This pledge the noble duke has redeemed, by allowing the young widow an annuity of £40, and the posthumous child—the poor fellow's only son-is placed in the orphan asylum, at Wanstead, at an expense of £250 to his benefactor. There he will remain until eight years of age, when, doubtless, other acts of kindness will provide for his future wants.
We are sorry to hear of two bad cases of fox-killing in the two picked countries of all others-Leicestershire and Northamptonshire. In the latter the gentleman came out to meet Lord Alford the day or so after the deed was done, but was not allowed to show with impunity, an honest veoman attacking him at once, much to his astonishment and discomfiture. The black guard, who behaved even still worse towards Sir Richard, was a farmer himself, but one of a sort that cannot feel much at home in that sporting shire.
STATE OF THE ODDS, &c.
SALES OF Blood Stock. The following young ones, the property of Lord Milltown, were sold under the fiat of the sheriff, at Stockbridge:-- A bay colt, by Verulam, out of Cruiskeen, for 60gs. ; chesnut colt, by Verulam, out of Brandy Bet, for 35gs.; and a bay filly, by Verulam, out of Zelmyra, for 15gs.
The late Mr. George Lane Fox's stud was brought to the hammer by Mr. Robert Johnson, at York, on the 19th. The hunters and cobs went at great prices, but the thorough-bred stock, as will be seen in the following extract from the catalogue, were quite out of demand
16 Grey colt, by Iletman Platoff, out of Mrs. Gill (Mr. Burton)
8 Chesnut filly, by Highlander, dam by Grey Conqueror (h.-b.)—Mr. Overton).. 4
Several other lots, the property of different gentlemen, including Snowball, Spanker, Winsley Hill, The Yaller Gal, Halcyon, Misconception, and St. Margaret, were put up, but did not find purchasers.
Mr. Bower has sold Lady Stafford, together with a yearling filly out of her, by Lanercost, to Mr. Burton, of Manchester. Lady Stafford is the dam of Poynton, and was herself a good runner. Mr. Payne has purchased Saucy Dick, and he has joined Dilly's string at Littleton. Mr. Thomas Mason, of Oxford-strect, has bought the steeple-chase horse, Prince George, winner of the Wolverhampton.
Lord John Scott has engaged Mr. M. Dawson as his private trainer, and taken the premises at Newmarket lately occupied by Mr. R. Stephenson, jun.
The licensed victuallers are again getting up a handsome addition to their pet stake, the Epsom Metropolitan ; and doing this, too, despite the heavy cloud that hangs over their fortunes as sporting men. None can help admiring their spirit and liberality, if all cannot sympathise with them on " the muck" now running so heavily against the great attraction of their houses.
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The Derby betting of the month has been altogether so unimportant, as to require little remark beyond what the table affords. On the two cracks the quotations are almost nominal, and the odds given about the others have usually been to comparatively very small sums. Honeycomb, Escalade, and Strongbow, have the best of the argument, if the money laid out be the test on which it is taken.
We again subjoin a true and correct account of the fives and tens, and so on, that are or may be “ sported” on the Chester Cup, for which John Day still keeps to the fore. THE DERBY.
Dec. 4. Dec. 11. Dec. 18. Dec. 28. The Flying Dutchman
5 to 1 9 to 2 9 to 2 Tadmor
7.. 1 Honeycomb
12 1 12 1
13 1 Uriel
33 1' 1000 30 Nunny-kirk.
35 The Knout
40 1 Strongbow
40 1 40 1 35 1 Saucy Dick..
40 Old Dan Tucker
45 1 50 1 1000 .. 20 Chatterer
50 1 Elthiron
66 1 Magician.
66 1 Indus
66 THE OAKS. Highland Fling
20 THE CHESTER CUP. The Tartar..
50 1 50 1 40 I The Hero
50 1 Canezou ..
66 1 66 1 66 The Hetman Platoff Colt
100 1 66 1 1000 15 Fugleman
66 1 Attraction
50 1 Chanticleer.
66 1 66 1 Great Western
1000 20 Limestone
1500 15 Cawroush
66 Glen Saddel
66 1 Geraldine
66 1 1000 20 Lugar
66 1 1000 12 Pius the Ninth
66 1 Eagle's Plume
1000 20 Ellerdale..
66 1 Egret
66 Mrs. Taft
100 1 5000 .. 50 Bon-Mot..
1000 :: 12 Escape
1000 .. 10