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Judge, then, our mental relief when his cap suddenly made its appearance in the open- ing of the car, arid we Welcomed his burly form once more ! It helped to restore confidence, if not courage, to all of us as our experienced pilot soon relieved all .anxiety as to our safety, but ex- plained that it would be far too dangerous to attempt to descend in the immediate neighbourhood of Paris. It was a lovely summer's evening, but soon became cold enough without an overcoat, or any stimulant to sustain the warmth and cravings of the in- ward man ; and I must confess to having strained my eyes to the utmost in the hope of discovering a favourable spot for approaching terrdfirmd at the earliest possible opportunity. 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Sport under National Hnnt Rules. — In the number of Baily of 1898 corresponding with this, I wrote as follows, speaking of the sport that had been witnessed from the end of the fiat racing of 1897 to mid-February, 1898: "Taken as a whole the racing has been flat, stale and unprofitable. The under- Buy Cheap Vasodilan current, the existence of which is made known by conversation, is not clean, and a general feeling prevails that things are in a bad way with racing under National Hunt rules. Every week sees some result that is an outrage upon common sense, but the National Hunt stewards do no- thing on their own initiative. . . . It is not the cases of foul riding, intentional and accidental, that are complained of, but the system of trying and not trying as it suits owner, trainer, or jockey, or who- ever it is that pulls the strings. 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