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has come out of the crowd, and given us on two or three occasions the benefit of his fertile ability. The “ Hunting Diary" cannot but be an acceptable, as it is a most useful, addition to the sportsman's library ; it gives him the opportunity of recording the particulars of every day's work, and the power of re-producing in after years subjects of pleasure that might otherwise have wholly escaped his memory. “ Hæc olim meminisse juvabit” might be the motto of the publication, for many and divers are the incidents by flood and field which the sportsman will thus be enabled at any moment to recall for his own diversion or that of his friends. The good steed that has carried him through many a brilliant run ; the stout pack that distinguished itself on some memorable day ; the gallant fox that beat both hounds and horses, or died after a glorious struggle ; these, and any other particulars which it may be desirable to perpetuate, will each find a place in Mr. Fores' Diary with that ease and perspicuity which a good arrangement never fails to secure. The fact of a second edition of the work being so soon called for sufficiently attests its appreciation by the hunting world, and fully justifies the opinion which, on its first appearance, we pronounced in its favour,
Mr. Fores, too, has enlisted our old friend Gelert in his ranks; and it is with unfeigned pleasure, on behalf of all sportsmen, that we again see his “ Guide to the Hounds of England” taking the field, clad in a new pink, and invigorated with fresh blood for the ensuing season.
“The Fox-HUNTER'S GUIDE.” By CECIL. Pitman, Warwicksquare, and Ackerman, Regent-street.
No work, perhaps, was ever more really required than the one now under our notice ; in these times especially, when the rail brings so many different countries and packs to "the 'stranger's" choice, it becomes doubly useful. We can fancy a man who never ventures beyond the limits of his own hunt pottering on minus such a friend at his side ; while we are sure few who have already dared to explore unknown territories will continue long without such a Mentor in their portmanteau. Think of the miseries and uncertainties attendant on disinterested information from ostlers and landlords ; the accommodating distance that lengthens to leagues or shortens to furlongs, as may suit the case of your intelligent adviser ; and the toss-up chance that sends your horses quite as soon to the worst as to the best house in the town.
To the readers of our magazine, Cecil is already well-known as "a practical man;" as one who has seen much and profited by what he has seen. We feel convinced, indeed, that his own lot when on the marchthe disappointments and crosses he must have so often himself encountered-first gave him the notion of preparing such a work. No better reason either could be assigned for its appearance, as this kind of experience alone could enable him to provide what was really wantedwhat ills to guard against and what comforts to ensure.
"The Fox-Hunter's Guide" contains the places of meeting of seventy of the principal hunts in England and Wales, describing their localities, distance from nearest towns, railway stations available for each hunt, and a list of inns where proper accommodation may be depended on for hunters or race-horses. This information obtained from masters of hounds and other as high authorities for the sportsman or the traveller's guidance.
At the first fling it would be almost too much to expect to find a work of this kind quite correct ; from an examination, however, to which we have subjected it, in re two or three countries with which we are well acquainted, we should ourselves be inclined to pronounce it so. We would, though, call the attention of Masters and others to what the compiler says
this point :-" If there be any inaccuracies or change in any hunt that may come more immediately under their notice, and they will kindly take the trouble to inform him of them, he will be most happy to make fitting acknowledgment, as it is his intention to revise and re-publish the work year by year, so as to make it as perfect and compendious as possible, and serviceable for the season in which it is issued."
To our friends we add, with all sincerity and liability for that we are saying, let them make the Fox-hunter's Guide as much a work of reference as they do Bradshaw's. A few minutes spent over it in consultation on the quarter they are going to may save them endless annoyance, trouble, and expense, and tend to make their tour what it was really intended for a journey of pleasure, and not of vexation. The volume is brought out in a very serviceable form, and barring a Tally-ho Sauce sort of ornament on the cover, looks for that it is so well fitted—the hand of a sportsman.
“ THE ARTISTS' ALMANAC AND HAND-BOOK FOR ARTISTS AND AMATEURS, FOR 1850." Ackerman and Co., Strand.
« THE ROYAL NAVAL AND MILITARY ALMANACK, FOR 1850." Ackerman and Co., Strand.
The former of these annuals is intended for the reference of all who are interested in the fine arts; the latter, beautifully illustrated, addresses itself to the uses of both services. They are a pair of publications peculiar to the present season, and every way worthy the house from they emanate.
PUBLIC AMUSEMENTS OF THE METROPOLIS.
On “the principle of it's good to be off with your old love before you are on with your new,” we will not allow our welcomings of the new year to cast into utter oblivion all recollections of the departed one. Forty-nine closed not his chequered career without exhibiting some signs of animation. The characteristics of the Christmas just commemorated have nowise differed to any which attended bygone anniversaries. The same amount of feastings, rejoicings, mirth, and merriment as greeted similar festive occasions. Entertainment has been amply provided by managers for the especial delectation of holiday folks, who cannot in any semblance of reason complain of quantity, if indeed they can with more propriety of quality. In all directions pantomime is paramount, burlesque reigning in a comparatively small sphere; the spirit that pervaded pantomime appears to have evaporated, for now it is served up entirely destitute of humorous design and whimsical conceit. As for jokes and
tricks, the former are now-a-days only to be remembered for their excessive dreariness, whilst the latter can only be mentioned for their entire poverty of invention.
Mr. Anderson has hoisted the standard of the Legitimate Drama at DRURY LANE, and thus far success has crowned his efforts to restore the disbanded troop to its old quarters. Every credit is due to the present manager for the thorough determination he has exhibited of collecting together under his banner as many of those celebrated in their art as it was possible for him to effect engagements with. Indeed, in explaining his object on the opening night, he very becomingly observed that there were many performers of repute that he could have wished to have enrolled amongst his company, but whose engagements elsewhere his sense of honour would not allow him to disturb. As it is, the names of Vandenhoff
, Bennett, Cooper, Vining, Emery, and Anderson can be mentioned, together with those of Mesdames Glover, Nisbett, Vandenhoff, Laura Addison, Phillips. The prices of admission are on a scale of economy commensurate with an age abounding in cheap everything, from a guinea-and-a-half book reduced to a shilling, down to the threepenny omnibuses and halfpenny boats; in fact, an age when all is cheap but meat, funerals, and railway travelling. It is certainly marvellous to consider that a man may take his family to Drury Lane and occupy a private box, for which he is only expected in return to disburse a guinea. What would the ghost of Spring say to this? “ Harlequin and Good Queen Bess,” by the author of the most successful pantomime of last season, appears to suit the taste of the lovers of mirth and merriment, judging from the anxious crowds that have poured in from the commencement of the season. The pantomimists, consisting of the Deulin family, Stilt, and Madame Theodore, exert themselves to the utmost; and it must be confessed that on witnessing their feats it becomes a matter of speculation whether their elasticity proceeds from their being spirits of air, or from the fact of their composition consisting chiefly of caoutchouc. Omission must not be made of the eminent characters that figure in the opening—the representatives of Lords Bacon, Burleigh, and Leicester, Amy Robsart," her lovely babby," and the “Good Queen Bess,” will one and all please to consider this passing tribute to their gigantic exertions as a special vote of thanks.
Mr. Webster has achieved another success at the HAYMARKET in the production of a piece of bijouterie, entitled “The Ninth Statue ; or The Jewels and The Gem," from the ever-pointed pens of the Brothers Brough. This seasonable offering is crammed fuīl of jokes, sarcastic hits, and humorous allusions to the follies of the day, the enunciation of which is attended with nightly shouts that loudly attest the keen relish entertained by the auditory. When it is added that the exponents are Miss P. Horton, Miss Fitzwilliam, James Bland, Selby, and Munyard, it can easily be conceived that the sparkling dialogue of the authors loses none of its brilliancy. Alasman, a young dissipated monarch, is acted to the life by Miss Horton, whose style of rendering the parodies that fall to her share is unexceptionable. Miss Fitzwilliam, as Zuleika, makes her first appearance on these boards in “ Perfection,” according to the play-bills, to which authorities who can take exception ? Munyard gives his songs with great glee, and James Bland and Selby sustain their well-earned reputation for burlesque capabilities.
The Countess D'Anois, Madame Vestris, and Mr. Planchè are threo proper names which are very properly looked for as adorning the afichè of the LYCEUM every Easter and Christmas. To the combined efforts of the above enumerated, together with those of Mr. Beverley, the public owes—and Madame Vestris declares shall pay with its gold too for the Jewels--a considerable debt of gratitude for the gratification derived from witnessing many, many witty, clever, humourous, and amusing productions. Not least among the category is the novelty entitled The Island of Jewels,” which is indeed a gem in its way, and in no one else's. It abounds with pointed parodies, and well aimed shafts of humour, such as no one but Planchè can fire. The scenery is of that dazzling description, the gorgeousness of which, if possible, really surpasses the many striking illustrations of pictorial art which have emanated from the brush of Mr. Beverley. The singing and acting of Madame Vestris and of Miss Julia St. George contribute in a main degree to the unequivocal success which has attended the representation of this amusing extravaganza.
King Jamie, or Harlequin and the Magic Fiddle," has met with success at the PRINCESS's, not a little of which is attributable to the clever clown of Flexmore. There may be those who exclaim—“He is not a Grimaldi !”—certainly not ; but what may be deemed a great deal better than a mere copy, he has struck out quite a new path, and a very grotesque and artistic one it is : for the originality developed he richly merits the favourable fiat which has stamped his efforts in pantomime. While giving attention to the music of “ Mina,” ludicrously styled in the bills “a new opera," we are forcibly reminded of the man of memory, when listening to a sermon during which he continually cried aloud the names of the divines from whom the right reverend lover of the " appropriation clause," had filched his discourse. Mr. Maddox undoubtedly has furnished a cheap musical entertainment, no one can deny, after attending the representation of an opera made up of the most finished pieces of the greatest composers.
An elegant and well proportioned building has sprung up on the site of the old OLYMPIC. A capacious and well arranged staircase leads from the entrance in Wych-street to the boxes, the pit
entrance being in the same street, while the entrance to the gallery is in Newcastle-street, an alteration certainly for the better. The general tone of the house is harmonious and pleasing, not a little contributed by a splendid chandelier, shedding a lustre of uncommon brilliancy The stage is exceedingly well contrived, and the formation of the theatre is such that the audience can see from all parts of the boxes, pit, or gallery. The entertainments have consisted of "The Two Gentlemen of Verona,” and “ Laugh and Grow Fat, or Harlequin Nutcracker.” In the comedy, which has been excellently put on the stage, the decorations and dresses being in good taste, many old favourites have appeared, and have met with a hearty welcome. Compton's Launce is a Shaksperian performance, redolent of oily humour ; Conway makes a very good Proteus ; and Miss Fanny Vining and Mrs. Seymour as Julia and Sylvia acquit themselves in a highly creditable manner. Albeit the pantomime is enriched with the aid of Tom Matthews as Clown, and Mr. Cormack and Miss Malcolm are unquestionably very agile representations of Harlequin and Columbine : it would be erroneous to lead any candidate for obese honours to indulge
in the supposition that his object would be attaineil by witnessing this Christmas absurdity. The company includes Messrs. Brooke, Compton, Wigan, John Reeve, and Mrs. Mowatt, and a host of auxiliaries to carry out the enterprising plan of the spirited lessee and manager, Mr. Watts,
The St. James's is to be opened on the 7th instant, when Mr. Mitchell will commence his season of French opera with Halevy's " Le Val D'Andorre,” in which that universal favourite Charton will appear. From the numerous applications from members of the haut ton to be enrolled as season subscribers, it is fair to augur a season of unwonted brilliancy for the indefatigable manager.
The directors of the POLYTECHNIC INSTITUTION have well studied the requirements of their Christmas visitors, and have accordingly provided novelties that have proved to be a store of delight and instruction. The new set of dissolving views of London as it was in the sixteenth century, and the views of Rome, must not be lost sight of by the wanderer after the curious and picturesque.
The panorama of the Nile has been lately enriched with some fresh tableaux, which tend considerably to heighten and give effect to one of the most correct pictures ever drawn. Every one should visit this interesting exhibition, on viewing which, for the nonce, you appear completely lost to metropolitan life, as you travel back to the early history of the world, and behold pyramids and temples abutting the mighty river of the Nile.
STATE OF THE ODDS, &c.
An off-and-on rumour that the late Lord Albemarle's horses would, after all, come to the hammer, at length seems to have ended just whereabout it began. Its effect on Boling broke has been altogether transient and unimportant, as we may safely say he was never a better favourite than he is at the present moment. Beyond this, with a fair amount of business, the month has been free from any especial sensation, though two or three horses have been creeping steadily on : of these The Nigger and Voltigeur would seem to have the best of it. The former is certainly in very high esteem with the stable, while the public are nothing loath to back the opinion. The other, named, Voltigeur, has lately changed hands-at 1,200 the consideration-working now in the livery of Lord Zetland, and still promising to improve on the market returns. Despite this attraction in other quarters, neither of the three immediately above-Ghillie Callum, The Knight of Avenel, and The Italiancan be said to have suffered materially ; for though not much has been done on them, we could not justly report a retrograde movement. Of Cyprus and John o'Groat we might speak more decidedly; and Mildew, who came with some force early in the month, now looks like going back again. The best, indeed, of the next division are Mavors-much fancied --and William the Conqueror. Beyond these, as will be observed, the demand is but occasional.
We have struck the averages again on the Chester Cup, for which Lismahago and Lady Evelyn are just at present the pick of the basket. The arrival of the former from Ireland, at Treen's, Beckhampton, is announced.