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anxious, good little soul, that religion should pagne as sparkling, and the cups are have some part. The sculptor put it in, but as refreshing as of old. But all these famade a mistake as to the reference-a most miliar features wear an aspect of sadness. unfortunate one, as I found on looking out He, the honest Yorkshireman, Cheapside
, the text to which attention is thus publicly hosier, sagacious breeder of horses-William called. By great good luck, nobody but Blenkiron—no more welcomes his friends to Lady Launton and myself has found it out. the Middle Park sales with his cheery smile
and hearty grasp of the hand. Since Mr. Tattersall last met his clients here, the founder of the great haras at Eltham has paid the debt of nature. No wonder, then, ihat sadness mingles with our other feelings on this bright June day. Luncheon over, a move is made for the ring. Mr. Edmund Tattersall, unrivalled in the art of selling a thoroughbred, with his hat jauntily set ever so little on one side, and an indescribable "you can't teach me anything about a racehorse I don't know" sort of air, mounts his box, and the sale begins. "Chestnut colt,
got by Uncas out of Mermaid"-and in one MIDDLE PARK.
moment that persuasive tongue has told the
learned in such matters all the ramifications ON N Saturday afternoon, June 15th, Mr. of the colt's pedigree on both sides. What
Edmund Tattersall officiated at the a vast deal there is in practice! Who could first of the last series of sales of thorougri- sell a yearling like the representative of the bred stock ever to be holden on the now now historic house at Albert Gate? Where famous pastures of Eltham. Everybody are pictures and objects of art and vertu who assisted at the réunion felt a sentiment sold in such style as they are by the firm of regret at the remembrance that the in King-street, St. James's? It is a curious doors of the greatest establishment for study to watch these gentlemen wielding breeding thoroughbreds the country has their potent little hammers. How well they ever seen are so soon to be closed, and the know when to linger and expatiate, when deeils of prowess done by scores of the to strike and close. Racing men are not Middle Park stock to live only in race- remarkable for their impressionableness, yet course story.
how Mr. Edmund can cajole them into bidOn Saturday ail was as of old, yet all ding another hundred guineas, and another, seemed strange;—the bright emerald sward and another ! of the paddocks, the old elms in the noble Have you all done, gentlemen? I never park, the silent shades of sylvan glades, sar saw a colt that looked more likely to race. stretching over hillock and dale, inviting to A very useful colt. At 230 guineas, then-a sentiment and poetry: the roads round chestnut colt by Uncas—230." The hamabout the Park dotted with vehicles of mer falls with a smart tap, and the prancing every kind, from the steady cab to dashing youngster is led away. four in-hand, drawn by those priceless bays, The auctioneer looks round at his comand tooled irreproachably by a leader of pany: there is a goodly muster. To Mr. sporting haut ton: the medley of company, Tattersall's right sits honest John Day of including all ranks to whom horseflesh is Danehury, in “blinkers o' blue” glass, with dear, from the duke to the groom: the Mr. Harry Hill by his side. Isaac Woolcot lounging crowd of jockeys, trainers, own- is looking out for another Druid. Mr. ers, breeders, buyers, and lookers-on: the Merry, who has served up so many Derby drags freighted with fair women, drawn up “hot uns,” and had such bad luck with them round the ring, in which shortly the year all, since Thormanby carried off the blue lings are to prance and caracole. The riband for him. Prince Batthyany, Coluncheon in the marquee behind the house lonel Forrester, and Lord Portsmouth talkis spread with customary bounteousness: ing together, and looking as if they mean the lobster salid is as cool, the cham- business, are joined by the cwner of the
38 46 40
Leger favourite, Lord Falmouth. Lords
Lords | Year.
Lots. Total. Average. Queensberry and Eglinton want a likely | 1867
42 19,525 youngster or two to take north, and so 1867 (2nd sale) 35 12,620 360}
1868 does Mr. Houldsworth, who has a "cut in "
1868 (2nd sale) 43 for everything worth competing for.
6,980 162} 1869
52 12,630 243 Mr. Joe Dawson, from Newmarket, evi- 1869 (2nd sale)
4,930 dently wishes to meet with another Prince 1870
16,306 333 Charlie; and Mr. Tom Jennings, from the 1870 (2nd sale)
1871 same head-quarters of the sporting world, is 1871 (2nd sale)
1133 on the spot to represent that splendid 1872 (Ist sale)
17,095 295 sportsman, M. Lefevre. Eleven lots are disposed of at moderate figures before the The above tabulated statement of results wealthy Scotch ironmaster gives 480 gui- in connection with the sales of produce neas for a son of Blinkhoolie. Then the from this monster breeding establishment, biddings become very brisk, and fourteen since its institution in 1856, will be read lots are sold at prices ranging between 200 with great interest now that the Middle Park and 500 guineas; when one of the “plums" stud is about to be dispersed. At the end of of the sale is led into the ring, taking the July, Mr. Tattersall will sell the brood mares, new state of things very quietly, everything with their foals of this year; and the great considered. This is a slashing colt by Blair sires, Gladiateur (that fell to Mr. Blenkiron's Athol-Coimbra, with splendid shoulders nod at the immense price of 5,800 guineas), and quarters. The biddings are very spi- Marsyas, Blair Athol (bought for 5,000 guirited, but “Jemmy” is too much for his neas), and King John, a special favourite opponents, and gets the colt—but at the with the founder of the great stud. It is stiff figure of 1,550 guineas. A few mi- to be expected that English breeders of nutes after, Mr. Houldsworth gives 800 thoroughbred stock will be to the fore at guineas for a fine colt by Saunterer; and that sale. The national reputation for the then comes
a splendid chestnut son of finest breed of horses in the world has to be Blair Athol, bought for the princely M. kept up, and it is a comfortable fact that Lefevre for 1,150 guineas. Then follow a honour and profit may well step hand in dozen lots, all sold for good prices, which hand in the matter. brings us to the gem of the day's sale-a It is no secret that, as a commercial magnificent bay colt by General Peel, poor speculation, the Middle Park stud farm paid Lord Glasgow's favourite. There is a little its public-spirited proprietor a handsome murmur of applause as this perfect specimen return on his outlay during his lifetime. of a young thoroughbred is knocked down In support of this, it is only necessary to to the bidding of Mr. T. E. Walker for say that the average price of all the year1,750 guineas. Altogether, 58 lots are dis-lings sold at Middle Park since the first estaposed of, realizing 17,095 guineas, or an blishment of the stud is over 250 guineas. average price of about 295 guineas apiece. When French, German, and American buyers The late Mr. Blenkiron first had a sale of are in the market with a carte blanche to blood stock at Middle Park in 1856, when give any price for first-rate animals, it is thirteen lots were sold at an average price of cheering to Englishmen who feel a pride in un guineas. The results of seventeen years' their national breed of racers, that we have sales at the great establishment at Eltham it from the lips of Mr. Tattersall that a are as follows:
company is to be formed for the purpose of Year.
Lots. Total. Average. purchasing a portion of the stud formed 1856
by Mr. Blenkiron at Middle Park. It is to 13
116 be hoped that these gentlemen will think 1858
twice before they let a Gladiateur or a Blair 23 2,396
Athol leave the country, and fall into the 1860
3,955 127) 1861
hands of our foreign rivals, who from stock 1862
7,746 235 purchased here have bred such horses as 1863
193 Adonis, Henry, and Harry Bassett, all of 1864
43 11,855 2754 whom, on their best form, appear to be 1865 45 14.401
about as good as anything that ever carried
445 1866 (2nd sale)
a tail behind four sound legs. The best of
the Middle Park brood mares-several of remains that very few of the “extravagantly” them rich in strains of blood, now hard dear youngsters ever earned their corn to be got for love or money—should also be after they left Eltham. The sight of the kept in the hands of English sportsmen. ring round Mr. Tattersall's hammer on SaSuch mares as Rosa Bonheur (that cost turday afternoon recalled many memories 2,000 guineas), Margery Daw (dam of of the past of the day when, in the old See-saw), Defenceless and Seclusion (dams and brief plunging era, a few young men of Derby winners), England's Beauty, Ter- who inherited great fortunes and great rific, Reginella, and other ci-devant flyers, names, only to make ducks and drakes of
, can never be replaced if once they are the one and trail the other in the dirt, gave suffered to fall to the biddings of foreign thousands apiece foryearlings that never won buyers, who are sure to be loath to leave them back as many farthings : prices that them at anything short of a very top price. had never been heard of before that day,
The stud formed by the late Mr. Blenk- and have never been reached since. But iron is to be sold pursuant to the instructions when a nobleman, hardly more than a of his will, and the greatest interest will be boy in years, boasted that he could win a felt in the dispersion of the matchless col- quarter of a million if he won the Derby, and lection of blood stock located at Middle “meant to try it on," what did it matter if Park by many persons who are never seen he gave two thousand apiece for the colts on a racecourse, as well as by those im- from which his Epsom champion was to be mediately interested in turf pursuits. And chosen? That day has gone by. Some of the representatives of foreign governments the men who made its history are deadand sportsmen are sure to contest the best are ruined. Without being unchalots very keenly; but it may be said, with ritable, the present generation of noble and
, perfect truth, that the universal wish will be gentle turfites may learn a lesson from the that the five hundred and odd head of fate of the moths whose wings were so hopethoroughbred stock left by the late owner lessly burnt in the seasons of 1864, 1865, of Middle Park may fetch a price that will 1866, and 1867. The sport of seeing horses remunerate his representatives for his great run may be very interesting without wagerenterprise and outlay in bringing them ing a penny on the result. And, for the together. Mr. Blenkiron's liberality was honour of the ancient and thoroughly Engshown in many ways-conspicuously, how- lish sport, let it be said that many of its ever, in his founding the great two-year-old most influential patrons are content to folrace at Newmarket, to which he contributed low it in this wise. A hundred years ago, a £1,000 a year, until the Jockey Club man was satisfied to match his horse for a decided to relieve him of this tax for the hundred guineas over the Beacon course. future, and give the added money them- Why should not moderate winnings satisfy selves. The Nestor of that club and of the his descendants? But it is an appetite for Turf-Admiral Rous-paid a just tribute to winning large sums-planning to "pull off” Mr. Blenkiron's munificence when he said- a great coup—that has degraded the sport, “The extravagant prices which good-looking and, making the horse Lord Derby's "inyearlings command in the market have given strument of gaming,” that has demoralized a very great impulse to breeding establish- the habitués of the racecourse. We want ments, the majority of which enjoy whole- more gentlemen who will race for honour some profits; but, with the exception of the and the stakes, and the palmy days of the owner of Middle Park, I cannot discover, turf may be revived.
There are many among the gentlemen who breed racehorses hopeful 'signs, and none more suggestive for sale, one person who is willing to con- than that conveyed in the career of such a tribute the slightest per centage of his gains man as the late William Blenkiron. The to form a fund for a great national prize, story of his stud has often been told, but it although the value of their stock will be will bear telling again, for it is a story of
a enhanced in proportion to the amount of great enterprise and sagacity rewarded by the prizes in prospectu.” “Extravagant great success. After his lamented death in prices,” indeed, were given for good year- September last year, a writer in a sporting lings many times in the history of the famous paper thus told the tale of the rise of the meadows where Caractacus and The Hermit Middle Park stud. “Mr. Blenkiron was born first trotted beside their dams. But the fact at Marrick, a small village about seven
miles from Richmond, in Yorkshire. He marriage is a son, well known as a writer was originally brought up a farmer; but aban. under the 110m de plume of Owen Mere lich. doning that pursuit, he came to London, and Lord Lytton's other child, a daughter, died began the manufacturing business he and unmarried in 1848. his son carried on for many years in Wood. The great novelist was very young when street, Cheapside. Just twenty-four years first he began to write. When he was only ago, he became possessed of the foundation fifteen, he sent out “Ismael: an Oriental of the great Middle Park stud. This was Tale," and a poem on “Waterloo," celeGlance, a filly, by Venison out of a Whis-brating the heroic deeds of Corporal Shaw, ker mare, bred by Lord George Bentinck. the Life GuardsmanWhen a youthful courier arrived one Sunday afternoon with the news that a foal was
“Meantime brare Shaw usurps the martial plain,
And spreads the field with Gallic heaps of slain.” born, Mr. Blenkiron, who had some friends to dinner, deserted his wine and walnuts in The young poet was sent to Cambridge, a trice, and ran the quarter of a mile to where in 1825 he won the Chancellor's the shed at a pace truly surprising. In due medal; and, after another volume of verse, time the colt was trained, and was ultimately gave the world “Falkland,” his first novel. changed away for three mares, and thus did A large part of this work is made up of leta good part towards founding the stud. ters from one of the characters to another; About 1852 Mr. Blenkiron removed from and the old style of heading, “ from the Dalston to Middle Park, and brought with sanie to the same," becomes very tedious, him seven or eight brood mares, and Nea- as they talk in vapid platitudes, slightly sham, the head of the list of Eltham sires.” spiced with Byronic morality. The preface
Mr. Blenkiron's first sale brought him, is dated March 7, 1827, and the author in 1856, 100 guineas a-head for his produce; says in it he is “entering a career with at the best sale he ever had, two year- no motive and ambition in common with lings brought him 4.500 guineas between those of his competitors.” How many of them. When he began his enterprise, he them are alive now to witness the goal had to lead Glance through his front door he has reached? Not one, probably. He into a shed in his garden, where she was said then, forty-five years ago, that he had stalled. Now, Middle Park is by far the "shaped out an empire for himself, which finest haras in the country. May the suc- their praise cannot widen, and which their cessors of William Blenkiron, who are to censure is unable to destroy." purchase the major part of his stud, be as Bold words for a young man invading successful as he was. To attain this, they the territories of imaginative literature; but must tread in his steps.
we may sasely assume that Mr. Bulwer felt
his power; though his first production, LORD LYTTON.
“Falkland,” shows very little more talent
than went to novel-making in that time of LORD LYTTON, whose writings have Albums and Books of Beauty, nearly half a
. author's several changes of name, was born His next work, however, showed what he in May, 1806, the third son of William Earle was made of to peculiar advantage. He called Bulwer, Esq., of Wood Dalling and Heydon. it “Mortimer; or, the Adventures of a GenThe distinguished author has been at one tleman.” His publishers did not like that time Lytton-Bulwer, at another Bulwer-title; but as “Pelharn” the book went down, Lytton. His eldest brother William holds and the author at once found himself famous. the family lands, granted to his ancestor by “Pelham” was published in 1828. After the Conqueror. His second brother, Henry, it came “The Disowned," a novel of very was created Lord Dalling for his eminent doubtful merit, that owed its existence to services as a diplomatist, whose death was the author's study of metaphysics. "Out of lately recorded. The third, youngest, and that study," he says, "grew the character of most famous of the family is the subject of Algernon Mordaunt.” Then came, in quick this notice-Edward George Earle Lytton succession—"Devereux,” “Paul Clifford," Bulwer, Baron Lytton of Knebworth. He “Eugene Aram," a drama on that subject, married, in 1827, Rosina, daughter of Fran- "Last Days of Pompeii," "The Crisis, cis Wheeler, Esq., the surviving issue of which "Rienzi;" his dramas—"The Duchess of
La Vallière," "The Lady of Lyons," "Riche- the work of the author of "Pelham," these lieu,” and “Money.” “Godolphin,” a story lines occur:of fashionable life, “The Pilgrims of the Rhine," and a political work, entitled "Eng
"Not mine, not mine (O, Muse forbid !), the boon
Of borrowed notes, the mockbird's modish tune, land and the English," all appeared in 1833; The jingling medley of purloined conceits, and at this time the author of “Pelham' Out-babying Wordsworth and out-glittering Keats; became editor of the “New Monthly Maga
Where all the airs of patchwork pastoral chime, zine," a post he occupied for a year and a
To drown the ears in Tennysonian rhyme! half. From his contributions in that time two volumes of essays, called “The Student,"
Let schoolmiss Alfred vent her chaste delight were afterwards compiled.
On ‘darling little rooms, so warm and light;'
Chant 'I'm a-weary' in infectious strain, “Ernest Maltravers" appeared in 1837; And catch the 'blue fly singing i' the pane ;' “The Sea Captain; or, the Birthright," the Tho' praised by critics and adored by Blues, original from which the “Rightful Heir”
Tho' Peel with pudding plump the puling muse,
Tho' Theban taste the Saxon purse controls, was reproduced a year or two back, made
And pensions Tennyson while starves a Knowles.” its appearance in 1839, and was hardly to be called a success; but "Money," first pro- Tennyson had had a pension of £200 duced in 1840, was most successful, and a-year granted to him-most people will has, with “Richelieu” and “The Lady of think justly. He did not sit silent under Lyons,” held the boards ever since. And this attack. What would be the consequence from 1841 to the end of 1843, the world of such an attack on him now, from such a received from his most prolific pen, “Night hand, it is impossible to conceive--such and Morning,” “Zanoni,” and “The Last things are out of date. This was his reply, of the Barons." Besides this immense and first and last appearance in the columns labour as a novelist, Mr. Bulwer had been of Punch :busily occupied by his parliamentary duties;
“ THE NEW TIMON AND THE POET. had made several bold attempts to earn an independent reputation as a poet, by the
We know him, out of Shakspeare's art, publication of several poems of considerable
And those full curses which he spoke
The old Timon, with his noble heart, merit; and had devoted himself to politics
That strongly loathing, greatly broke. as a pamphleteer, and to social topics as an
So died the Old: here comes the New. essayist. It is not to be wondered at that
Regard him: a familiar facehis health broke, happily to be restored to I thought we knew him. What, it's you, him again after a time. The story of his The padded man that wears the stays: cure is told in his “ Confessions of a Water Patient" (1845).
Who killed the girls and thrilled the boys
With dandy pathos when you wrote ! In 1846, his first great work in rhyme 0, Lion! you that made a nois appeared anonymously. It was a satire,
And shook a mane en papillotes. called “The New Timon."
And once you tried the Muses, tooIn writing a couple of years ago about it, You failed, Sir ; therefore, now you turna contemporary drew attention to the attack You fall on those who are to you on Tennyson contained in the poem, and
As captain is to subaltern. to the retort of the Poet Laureate in the But men of long-enduring hopes, columns of Punch.
And careless what the hour may bring, This reply appeared almost before the Can pardon little would-be Popes
And Brummels, when they try to sting. present generation of readers were out of their pinafores; and as it furnishes rather a An artist, Sir, should rest in Art, curious example of the amenities of litera
And waive a little of his claim;
To have a great poetic heart ture-one poet calling the other "school
Is more than all poetic fame. miss Alfred," and being called "you bandbox,” by his angry rival in return—we will But you, Sir, you are hard to please, quote the lines of both authors. Doubt
You never look but half content,
Nor like a gentleman at ease, less the feud has long since been healed, With moral breadth of temperament. or at all events forgotten by the parties
And what with spites, and what with fears,
You cannot let a body be; In "The New Timon," which, though pub
It's always ringing in your ears—. lished anonymously, was well known to be • They call this man as great as me!'