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A Novel Racing Match

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There ia no knowing what an Englishinan will not do to decide a bet. Men have jumped across dining tables, inonnted npon untractable steeds - yea, p.nd even kissed their own mothers-inlaw - in order to settle a wager. In fine, t ougbt to be an established maxim i.mong us by this time that, given a certain nnmber of iinpossibilities and an equal number of young Englishmen, those impossibilities will not long reraain sucb, provided they be made the subjects of bets. One of those incidents which go a long way toward justifying the reputation which as a nation of jnadmen we have earned ainong foreigners occnrred at St. Moritz wben, "in order to settle a bet," Lord William Manners and the Hon. H. Gibson agreed to go dcwn the village "run" mounted on rocking horses in place of ordinary toboggans. A feature of the race was that both competitors were "attired in full hunting kit," and as elabórate preparations had been made for the contest and rumor of the affairhad been industrioasly noised abroad the crowd which had assembled to witness it was )oth large and distinguished. The start was fixed for 12 o'clock, and shortly before that hour the shonts of the spectators announced that the horses were off. Unlike the custom iu toboggan races, both started at the same time. In tbe first course Lord William Manners led as far as a certain angle of the "run" called Casper's Corners, from the fact that a hotel of that name is situated close by, but "taking it rather high Mr. Gibson passed cleverly on the inside, which he inaintained to the finish," Lord William being summarily dismissed from his fractious steed's back some distance to the bad frorn the winning post. In the second conree Lord William Manners again had the advantage as far as Casper's Corners, where Mr. Gibson again tried to pass him on the inside, but being jockeyed by his opponent his horse swung round and proceeded down the run tail foreinost, but leading. The merriment of the spectators at this stage of the proceedings inay be more easily imagined than deseribed, nor did it abate in the least when Mr. Gibson, distnounting, seized it uncerernoniously by the nose and turned it into the way it should go. Meanwhile Lord Wiüiam Manners had suffered disappointment a second time, for in attempting to "take" - to use a true hunting term - a paticularly awkward part of the "run" called Belvedere Corner bis horse refnsed to respond to its rider's exertions to get it successtally over the obstacle, and horse and jockey came down to the ground in one tumultuous somersault together. Lord William 's discomfiture proved to be Mr. Gibson's opportunity. The time and grouud that the fortner had lost by his involuntary flight through the air were never recovered. Mr. Gibson, with the position of his horse reversed and hia legs thrust scientifically in front of him, rode easily and triumphantly forward and eventually reached the winning post some seconds in vanee of bis


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