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stud. He opened here well with Weathergage in 1851, and his fame as a stallion is rapidly increasing. Amongst other winners, Weatherbit is the sire of Diomedia, Pugnator, Pampa, Triton, Pauli Monti, Dab chick, Delusion, Kelpie, Hugo, and a whole run of useful W'sWeathergage, Weathercock, Weatherproof, Weatherglass, and so on. Weatherbit left Newmarket in 1856, and has been standing for the last two seasons with Mr. Jaques at Easby Abbey, Yorkshire. A good judge, who saw him here in the autumn of last year, pronounced him to be the best-looking stallion out, to get "useful horses." Beadsman puts his rank at something even more than this.
Mendicant, bred by Mr. Whitworth, in 1843, takes precedence as an Oaks winner, and was altogether a very superior mare. Perhaps to look at there never was a more beautiful illustration of the poetry of motion than the elegant Mendicant with that equally elegant horseman Sam Day upon her back. After her famous but unfortunate race for the Chester Cup, and when first favourite for the Ascot Cup, Sir Joseph Hawley gave Mr. Gully the stiff price of two thousand five hundred for her. She was put to the stud the following year, and threw Misericorde, who died young, in 1849, Friar Tuck in 1850, Supplicant in 1852, Gaberlunzie in 1854, and Beadsman in 1855-there being nothing so far to rank with the latter.
Beadsman is a dark brown horse, standing fifteen hands two inches and a-half high. He has a somewhat plain head, in which he does not take after his beautiful mother; but the eye is full and expressive. He has a clean, bloodlike neck, which he arches in a very distingué style when in action. His shoulder is rather upright, and a little heavy at the point. He has a light barrel and ribs, a muscular back, drooping quarters, with good gaskins and thighs. He has famous arms, clean hocks and knees, with not very large bone. Beadsman stands a little upright before; is a bloodlike, wiry-looking, but rather leggy horse. He trains light, has a certain "style" about him, especially when moving, and takes altogether a good deal after his dam, although without that refinement of appearance for which she was so famous.
In 1857 Beadsman, then two years old, made his début at Goodwood, where, in the hands of Alfred Day, and carrying 8st. 71b., he ran a dead heat with Ld. Ailesbury's Charles the Second, Sst. 71b., for the third place in the Ham Stakes, T.Y.C. Won by Ld. John Scott's Blanche of Middlebie, 8st. 71b., Mr. Gratwicke's Maid of Kent, Sst. 7lb., second. Two others also ran. Won by a length, the second only
a head from the other two.
At the same meeting, ridden by Alfred Day, and carrying 8st. 4lb., he ran third to Ld. Derby's Toxophilite, Sst. 121b., for a Sweepstakes of 200 sovs. each, T.Y.C., Sir J. B. Mill's Cymba colt, 8st. 71b., second. Two others also ran. Won by a length, half a length between the second
Beadsman was not quoted in the betting on either of these races. In 1858, at Newmarket Craven Meeting, Beadsman, ridden by Wells, and carrying 8st. 4lb., won a Sweepstakes of 100 sovs. each, for three years old, D.M,, beating Mr. Bowes's Star of the East, 8st. 4lb. (2),
Mr. Crawfurd's East Langton, 8st. 4lb. (3), and Sir J. B. Mill's Cymba colt, Sst. 71b. 7 to 2 against Beadsman. Won by a neck.
At Newmarket First Spring Meeting, ridden by Wells, he ran a dead heat with Mr. Howard's Eclipse for the Newmarket Stakes of 50 sovs. each, 8st. 71b. each, D.M.; Count Batthyany's The Farmer's Son (3), and Mr. Williams' Gourd also ran. 6 to 4 against Beadsman. Eclipse afterwards walked over, and the stake was divided.
At Epsom, ridden by Wells, he won the Derby Stakes of 50 sovs. each, &c., 8st. 71b. each-a mile and a half-beating Ld. Derby's Toxophilite (2), Mr. T. Dawson's The Hadji (3), Mr. Howard's Eclipse (4), Ld. Ribblesdale's The Happy Land, Mr. Howard's Sedbury, Mr. Howard's Carmel, Sir J. Hawley's Fitz-Roland, Mr. Crawfurd's East Langton, Mr. W. Robinson's Pelissier, Mr. La Mert's Dumfries, Capt. White's Jordan, Mr. Sargent's Physician, Mr. S. Murland's Longrange, Mr. R. Jones's Ditto, Mr. Higgins's Harry Stanley, Mr. J. S. Douglas's King of Sardinia, Sir J. B. Mill's c. by Bay Middleton out of Cymba, Mr. Gratwicke's Deceiver, Mr. Gratwicke's Ethiopian, Mr. T. Parr's Kelpie, Mr. Saxon's The Ancient Briton, and Lord Glasgow's Brother to Bird on the Wing. 10 to 1 against Beadsman, who won easily by a length. Run in 2 minutes and 54 seconds.
At Stockbridge, ridden by Wells, and carrying 9st., he won the Stockbridge Triennial Stakes of 10 sovs. each-a mile and a half-beating Ld. Clifden's Concertina colt, 8st. 10lb. (2), and Mr. Bowes's Star of the East, Sst. 71b. 5 to 1 on Beadsman. Won casily by two lengths.
SUMMARY OF BEADSMAN'S PERFORMANCES.
In 1857 he started twice without winning.
In 1858 he has started four times-won three, and divided once:
A Sweepstakes at Newmarket Craven, value clear....
The Derby, at Epsom
The Triennial Stakes, at Stockbridge
Beadsman's engagements are in the Great Yorkshire Stakes, at York, where, with a penalty of 71b., he is opposed to Longrange, Gildermire, Tunstall Maid, and others; in the Doncaster Stakes, at Doncaster, with 10lb. extra, versus Longrange, East Langton, Toxophilite, Gildermire, and Co.; and also, with 101b. extra, in the Royal Stakes, at Newmarket Second October Meeting, with nothing to oppose him. Beadsman is not in the St. Leger, for which the champion of the stable will be Fitz-Roland.
Beadsman was trained for his two-year-old engagements by John Day, but was sent home immediately after Goodwood, and, as it is said, turned out until the end of November. He then went with FitzRoland into Manning's hands, at Cannon's Heath, near Newbury, where Sir Joseph has engaged private stables. His new man was brought up with Percy, at Pimperne, long trainer to Mr. Sidney Herbert, and nothing can speak better to his ability than the condition of his formidable string this season. Wells, whose luck as a light weight
has long been proverbial, is now confirming it in his manhood with yet better things. Saving only the Oaks, he has now won nearly all the great races, while no one has ever enjoyed such whole seasons of success. Sir Joseph Hawley, another first favourite of fortune, has taken it only occasionally at the tide. He appears now to be commencing another era. But mere good luck, after all, is of little use without good management; and Sir Joseph is known to be one of the best judges of a racehorse that ever gave a bidding or booked a bet.
LONDON AT DINNER; OR, WHERre to Dine,
Is the name of a new shilling volume, published by Hardwicke, of Piccadilly. It is one of the smartest gastronomical works of the day, replete with anecdote and fun. No wonder, then, that ten thousand copies have been struck off; for, in addition to amusement, it contains some excellent practical advice as to where to dine. The recipes for cool summer beverages are worth five times the price of the book; and we strongly recommend our friends to possess themselves of a copy.
AMIAN AND BERTHA; AND OTHER POEMS. By Edward Fox. T. C. Newby, Welbeck-street.
The strength of some minds is exhausted by their first effort; and several writers have, by their early publications, led us to form hopes which were never realized. It is not thus with Mr. Fox: every new work adds to the fame he has acquired by the former, and excites our wishes that" another and another" may "still succeed." The language of the poem under notice is spirited, and beautifully poetical; and unquestionably the author possesses all the most essential qualities for his task. He has a lively fancy, strong feelings, a bold imagination, an originality of expression, and exquisite taste. these remarks we shall conclude our notice of a poem which, however highly we may have estimated its merits, renders our praise truth, and its application justice.
THE KNAVE OF HEARTS. By Mrs. Frederick Hall. T. C. Newby, Welbeck-street.
We always feel great satisfaction in taking up a work which has employed the ingenuity and talents of Mrs. Hall; and it is but justice to confess that our expectations have not been disappointed. What we have looked for from her invention, we have never missed; and what we have thought due from her powers of description and pathos, has invariably been meted to us in a measure overflowing. The work under notice abounds in all these desirable qualities, and will be ead with infinite interest and no small degree of instruction.
PUBLIC AMUSEMENTS OF THE METROPOLIS.
"I belong to the unpopular family of Telltruths, and would not flatter Apollo for his lyre."-Rob Roy.
With a heat playfully varying from three to four degrees higher than on the hottest of hot days in Calcutta, it is no wonder that theatres should pale their ineffectual fires, and that places of out-door amusement should, just now, be in the ascendant.
The raging of this fiery heat has proved that the new house in COVENT GARDEN, in addition to its excellent acoustic arrangements, may with perfect propriety lay claim to an exceedingly well-planned system of ventilation. This fact of itself is a strong inducement on these sultry evenings to visit the ROYAL ITALIAN OPERA; but, independently of this, the entertainment provided by the indefatigable director has been of so excellent and varied a character, that all the heat in the world could not deter her Majesty and a goodly number of her liege subjects from being present. Rossini, Donizetti, and Auber have, it is gratifying to state, been in request more than that modernworshipped deity-Verdi. A more satisfactory performance, both by singers headed by Signor Mario, and orchestra led by M. Costa, than the ever-pleasing "Barbiere" has seldom been given. A more charming Rosina cannot be found than in Madlle. Bosio, who really makes such wonderful progress in her art as to excite both enthusiasm and astonishment. Her Zerlina in "Fra Diavolo " is even more acceptable than during last season. Altogether, Auber's delightful composition is heard to more advantage within the walls of the new house than in the Lyceum. "Lucrezia Borgia" has afforded Madame Grisi and Madlle. Didiée an opportunity to shine forth in all the glory for which they are so celebrated. At the old house, too, the female poisoner has been in request, "Lucrezia Borgia" having been one of the most successful operas produced during the present season at HER MAJESTY'S THEATRE. However acceptable Madlle. Titiens may be in the character of the heroine, there is no doubt that the greatest impression has been made by Madame Alboni, resuming her old part of "Orsini," in which she has succeeded in reviving the interest created by her in the time of the old Covent Garden. How much more satisfactory is this, than the latest opera of Verdi, which the manager of the Haymarket house has thought fit toput before his subscribers. Louisa Miller, it should be observed, has not met with a reception to warrant her name being retained in the bills.
Verdi is triumphant at DRURY LANE. This is not so much to be wondered at, where the audience, it is natural to suppose, must have something sounding for their shillings or sixpences. To speak of the appearances that have put in by those singers that were once wont to please the town, would be uncharitable, while their former renown is yet remembered. Thus this cheap Italian opera, as it is rather inaptly
termed, for low prices do not constitute cheapness, has well earned the designation of "The Refuge for the Destitute."
To turn, as it were, from the knacker's yard to the London stage, in Oxford-street Shakspeare is in the ascendant, "The Merchant of Venice" being the latest of Mr. Charles Kean's revivals. Albeit, the weather is an inveterate enemy for Shakspeare to contend with; there is no doubt that when the temperature is subdued, there will be many anxious to witness the amount of taste and accuracy of details so apparent at the PRINCESS'S.
"What's in a name?" might be well applied to the new comedy by Mr. Taylor at the OLYMPIC,Going to the Bad" being about as unhappy in title as it is in incident. If written "Going to be Bad," it would have been sufficiently truthful, and would probably have saved the infliction of sitting it out. In the acting it has its redeeming points. The scene where Mr. Robson especially excels is where he is especially drunk. The character of the fire-eating colonel, whose notion of the Whole Duty of Man is that every man should either play the part of principal or second in a duel, is well played by Mr. Addison.
Notices of closing begin to be observable, ASTLEY's being already shut, and the HAYMARKET will follow suit in a day or two. Before his theatre was shut up, however, Mr. Cooke was summoned to Buckingham Palace to display his horsemanship in the riding school, before her Majesty. Both the Haymarket and Astley's are to be entirely redecorated in the recess. The former is to be reopened by Mr. Buckstone in September. With farewells of the season there are other announcements, none of which claim more attention than that of Mr. Pepper, who retires from the management of the POLYTECHNIC INSTITUTION. During his reign, it must be admitted, every desire has been shown both to instruct and amuse the public, and his secession is looked upon with general regret.
So far for in-door amusements; and now what says the thermometer to a little relaxation out-a-doors? Tempting beyond everything is a visit to the CRYSTAL PALACE, where even inside, what with the awning considerately placed by the directors, the visitor may meet with that-not at all times to be coveted, a cool reception. After roaming through the courts, the coolest of course, and partaken of the coolest of drinks, you saunter through the grounds, where flowers, fountains, and fashion abound. The rhododendrons are just in full force; the fountains certainly add a pleasant coolness to the scene, and the array of beauty generally to be met with heightens the enchantment of the hour. Beyond these attractions there are equally good arrangements for those whose taste may affect archery, cricket, and other pleasant pastimes.
If, eschewing the attractions of the silvery Thames, and travelling by laud, CREMORNE is found to be the goal, what could add more to a redress of the grievances of a "thirsty soul" than a moderate application of sherry cobblers and the variety of cooling draughts so gratefully provided by Mr. Simpson? With these, dancing, scenes in the circle, marionettes, and balloons serve to make up a very good "tottle."