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their eligibility for the characters they sustain. Miss Lydia Thompson as Silverhair, in the opening, is that which Miss Brown is as Columbine -quite at home, pleasing, and pretty. The plan of giving morning performances meeting with so much favour, two more occasions of the pantomime being performed in this and the ensuing week are to be adopted. Mr. Buckstone has engaged Miss Cushman, who, as yet, has only appeared in "Fazio" and "The Stranger," both of which belong to the dreary school of drama, and, as such, are not very inviting. The authors of "The Rejected Addresses" formed an estimate of the German piece of sentimentality and horrors which no one with a modicum of sense would gainsay. As Meg Merrilies, Miss Cushman stands alone; but, then, "Guy Mannering" requires singers, and the present system of scattering companies by planting one here and another there, possibly would involve some difficulty in its production.

An exception to the continued Christmas fare is the OLYMPIC, where the manager wisely withdrew the pantomime at a very early stage. The change has been most politic, as his treasury testifies. His Frenchman, in "Parents and Guardians," was of itself sufficient to proclaim the merits of Mr. Wigan as an actor; but his picture of the father of the debutante, in "The First Night," is a masterpiece. He is well supported by Mrs. Reid and Miss Wyndham. In addition to this, "The Bengal Tiger," with the cast as at Windsor, is given for the purpose of enabling the numerous side-bursting friends of Mr. Robson an opportunity of dividing their cachinnatory propensities between the playfulness of "The Wandering Minstrel" and the roaring at "The Bengal Tiger." Of his make-up as "Jem Bags," one who is always in at the death declares that it is so perfect that you can scent him afar off.

The holiday fare is still perseveringly served up at DRURY LANE; but, in spite of the many efforts at fun in the pantomime, there is more to create disgust than to produce laughter. This impression appears to be pretty general on all who have viewed the advertising character of the whole. Nearly every scene is devoted to bringing forward some announcement or another which evidently has been duly paid for. It seems hard, indeed, that London is come to this. Anybody steps into an omnibus-there he is not left alone, but before his eyes there is a placard telling him the way to prevent grey hairs is to dye! He jumps into a railway carriage-supposing any one would travel by second class -and there his visual organs are immediately riveted to a notification of "Deaths on Railways' Accident Insurance," &c. Now the nuisance is to be found to a degree intolerable in our national theatre. But there cannot be surprise, for under the present management it has been nothing but puffery. No one appears to have studied Mr. Puff's words more deeply than Mr. Smith, who can treat of "the puff direct, the puff preliminary, the puff collateral, the puff collusive, and the puff oblique, or puff by implication." The puff direct has been adopted from the beginning, and the other modes have been alternately tried. To give instances, it is merely necessary to cast an eye over the columns of the journals, in which are duly recorded the charitable acts of the manager in bestowing quantities of soup to the poor in "their own jugs": how at the various police-offices donations varying in amount have been received for the poor, from "that eminent tragedian, Mr. G. V. Brooke." Again: "The site of the workhouse at Shadwell has been purchased

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by Mr. Smith, who intends to build a theatre thereon,”' &c., &c. From this it is evident that Mr. Smith does not attach himself to those

“ Who do good by stealth, and blush to find it fame." No. Whatever the act of charity, it must be emblazoned forth in all the glory of type. In this enumeration no notice is taken of the “snuffboxes presented” and “ dinners given," all of which are characteristically chronicled, because there are so many instances that to attempt the task would savour of verbosity. Putting all this aside, the manager would be hors de combat. To expect any play of merit would be absurd; for, judging from his late“ novelties,” his opinion, like that of Mr. Puff, is that “a play is not to show occurrences that happen every day, but things just as strange, that though they never did, they might happen.” At the time he wrote this, Sheridan little thought how a manager of the theatre over which he (Sheridan) held sway would embody the sentiments of bis creation.

STATE OF THE ODDS, &c.

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Der Dudding-Hill Stud Farm.—We find we were a little out last month in our direction to this establishment. Going from Town, it lies to the west of the Kilburn and Edgeware turnpike-road, turning off at the two-and-a-half milestone.

SALE OF BLOOD STOCK.
At York, by Mr. R. Johnson, on Monday 2nd :-

The Queen, by Iago out of The Duchess of Kent, 4 yrs...... 190
Young Father of the Turf, by Fatlier of the Turf, dam by Y.
Mulatto, 6 yrs.......

70
La Guayra, by Iago out of Confusionée, 2 yrs........ 70
Chesnut Yearling Filly, by lago out of Confusionée...... 70
Contusionée, by Emilius out of Y. Maniac; in foal to Backbiter 50
Puffin, sieter to Cardinal Puff, in foal to Back biter...... 48
Bay Yearling Colt, by Sago out of Puffin; in the Convivial
Stakes York, 1855.....

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Tom Holtby, by Lanercost out o Florence, 6 yrs

40 Burndale, by Lanercost, dam by Tomboy, 5 yrs......

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Bay Filly, by Venison oat of Sally Warfoot, 4 yrs..

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Doctor Wilson, by The Cure out of Insanity, 3 yrs..
Squirrel, by Ratcatcher out of Ruthful, 3 yrs.....

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Lovebird, by Bay Middleton out of Elopement, 3 yrs.. 26
Ghillie Callum, by Gladiator out of Reel, 7 yrs.....

25 Dahlia, by Combat out of Croppy; covered by Maley Moloch 22 Flash, by Ithuriel out of Poll Maggot, 7 yrs....

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Valentinian, by Red Deer, dam Fair Louisa 3 yrs.....

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The Cutler, by Sheffield out of Honeywood's dam, 5 yrs.... 18
Brown Yearling Filly, by Iago out of Peggotty, by Lanercost 18
Bay Colt, by Pontifex out of Rachel, 2 yrs; at York and the
Doncaster St. Leger....

15 Mr. T. Parr has bought Rataplan of Mr. Howard for 1,200gs. as the rumoured rate of exchange ; Mr. Price, Orpheus at the hammer for 165gs. ; M Lefevre, Gladiole of Lord Chesterfield, and the mare has arrived at Chantilly; Refraction, Cuckoo, Officious, Reel, and another, are also announced amongst the arrivals in France. We are glad to hear that, after all, there is little chance of their late owner, the Duke

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of Richmond, quitting the turf. The wholesale bargain with Messrs. Payne and Greville came to nothing, and we believe we may report his Grace as again in good work.

The Derby business, mild as it has been of late, is now giving way before the rush of spring handicaps. We defer any more lengthened notice of these until the acceptances are declared, contenting ourselves in the meanwhile with the latest betting upon them we can stay for. So far, the Chester Cup is the only one the bookmakers have really gone into. For the Derby the odds about the first favourite are now reduced a point, and at that figure not so easily attainable. He has, even by comparison with former times, a far more favourable appearance than anything in the race-still on the improvement. Perhaps the most remarkable feature, after all, for the Derby of 'Fifty-four is the extraordinary numerical strength, at any rate, of John Scott's stable. In a table of eighteen horses, a third are in his care : Dervish, Acrobat, Boiardo, Scythian, Meteora, and Honeysuckle; the two last named (Gillies) are also in the Oaks, for which of course they are both backed. It must be a bold man to pick out the best of “the lot,” though public opinion now points with some significance to Dervish-Acrobat, Scythian, and the mare Meteora, have, however, also their especial admirers ; while Boiardo is more than hinted at as the “ Two Thousand Guineas " trial horse.

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LIVERPOOL STEEPLE CHASE (Run March 1).-9 to 1 agst. Miss Mowbray, 11st. Olb.; and 20 to 1 each agst. Bedford, 10st. 41b., and Lord George, 1lst. 4lb.

METOPOLITAN HANDICAP (Run April 6).-100 to 6 agst. Royalist, 3 yrs., 4st. 41b.
The 2,000 Gs. STAKES (Run May 2).—4 to 1 agst. Boiardo.
THE GREAT NORTHERN HANDICAP (Run April 25).- 20 to 1 agst. Aquila, 5 yrs., 7st.

THE Chester CUP (Run May 10).-20 to 1 agst. Newminster, 6 yrs., 8st. 21b.; 30 to 1 agst. Tom, 3 yrs., 5st. 4lb.; 40 to 1 each agst. Aldford, 4 yrs., 6st. 61b., and Nabob, 5 yrs.. 8st. 41b.; 50 to 1 each agst. Catspaw, 4 yrs., 6st. 101b., Cobnut, 4 yrs., 7st. 5lb., Star of Surrey, 3 yrs., 5st., Horatio, 3 yrs., 48t. 81b., Llanforda, 4 yrs., 6st. 101b., Jack Frost, 3 yrs., 4st. 121b, and King of Trumps, 5 yrs., 8st. 21b.; 66 to 1 each agat. Lurley, 8 yrs., 4st. 2016., Umbriel, 4 yrs., 7st. 81b., and Sandburst, 4 yrs., 6st. 6lb.

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SETS
Afternoon

Morning

First Quar., 6th day, at 9 min. past 7 afternoon.
Full Moon, 14th day, at 53 min. past 5 afternoon.
Last Quar., 21st day, at 22 min. past 6 afternoon.
New Moon, 28th day, at 51 min. past 4 afternoon.

Sun
M.W.

Moon High WATER OCCURRENCES. D.D.

rises and rises & London Bridge. sets. sets. Imorn. | aftern.

h. m. d. / h. m. h. m. h. m. 1 W Lent begins. Liverpool S.C. r 6 48 2 3 35 3 55 2 T Louth S. C. Southminster C. M.'s 5 39 3 9 47 4 15 4 30 3 F

r 643, 411 1 4 50 5 5 4 S

s 5 43 5 5 20 5 40 5 $ First Sunday in Lent. r 6 39 6 0 14 5 55 6 15 6 M Wansford Steeple Chases. 's 5 46 7 1 24 6 30 6 50 7 T Doncaster Races.

r 6 35 8 2 30 7 10 7 35 8 W Ember Week.

s 5 50 9 3 33 8 10 8 45 9 T Nuneaton S. C. Horncastle S. C.r 6 30 10 4 24 9 30 10 15 10 F Beverley S. C. Wetherby S. C.s 5 5311 5 011 011 40 11 s

r 6 26 12 5 38 No tide 0 20 12 Second Sunday in Lent, s 5 57 13 6 3 0 50 1 10 13 M

r 6 2114 6 24 1 35 1 55 14 T Coventry Races.

s 6 OF 2 10 2 30 15 W Tadcaster S. C.

r 6 17 16.7 3 2 45 3 0 16 T St. Ives S. C. Altcar Club C. M.s 6 417 8 23 3 15 3 30 17 F Palmerston Hunt S. C.

6 1218 9 44 3 50 4 5 18 s

s 6 71911 8 4 25 4 40 195 Third Sunday in Lent, r 6 820

Morning.

5 05 20 20 M

s 6 1021 0 33 5 35 5 55 21 T Warwick Races.

r 6 322 1 54 6 20 6 45 22 W Tallaglit S. C.

's 6 14 23 3 6 7 10 7 45 23 T Grand Military S. C.

'r 5 58 24 4 2 8 25 9 10 24 F Warwick S. C.

s 6 17 25 4 45 10 010 50 25 S Lady Day.

'r 5 5426 5 15 11 35 No tide 26 Midlent Sunday.

s 6 2027 5 38 0 15 0 45 27 M Birmingham S. C.

r 5 49 28 5 55 1 15 1 35 28 T

's 6 24 N SETS! 1 55 2 20 29 W Northampton Races. Biggar C.M.r 5 45 1 7 25 2 35 2 55 30 T

s 6 27 2 8 39 3 10 3 20 31 F Bath S. C.

r 5 40 3 9 55 3 45 4 0

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RACES IN MARCH. Liverpool Spring.. 1 Coventry Spring

14 Warwick Spring 21 & 22 Doncaster Spring ...

7 Kipling Coates ............ 16 Northampton ........ 29 & 30 Salisbury..

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STEEPLE CHASES IN MARCH. Liverpool Grand National..

1 Belfast.................... 9 | Palmerston Hunt (Ireland) 17 Louth 2 Beverley.............

10 | Tallaght Wansford .................

6 Wetherby.. ........... 10 Grand Military, Leamington 23 Doncaster 7 Coventry

14 Warwick Nuneaton .......... 9 | Tadcaster ..........

15 Birmingham .............. 27 Horncastle

9 St. Ives..........

.... 16 Meath Huut and Trim 27 & 28 Diss ...................... 9 Moreton-Marsh

16 Bith COURSING MEETINGS IN MARCH. Burneston Park........ 1&2 | Ridgway Club

0 & 10 Altcar Club.... 16 & 17 Southminster

2 Spiddal Union ...... 14 & 15 Lime. ick Club (Open) 22 & 23 Southern Club (Upton).... 7 Caiedonian Open........... 16 Biggar Open ........ 29, &c. North Cowton .....

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