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Unless tho Saints achieve * surprise »t rNorih-ampton tomorrow, we shall not know until Sat-who ia to accompany Ley ton into Division of the Southern League. I don't for 000 moment expect the Saints 10 beat tho Gobbler*, but I feel equally mure that Lutbn will not be able to do so on Saturday. On the other hand our team ought to get two ~ points out of Exeter City:
Therefore, although tho position looks menacing at present, 'in all probability the Southampton club will escape relegation. It is a point in our favour that Exeter City have nothing tangible to
But it will not do for the Southampton players to attach too mock importance to this fact, or to tho difficulty of Luton's task at Northampton; they must strain every nervo to win.
At the moment of. writing Everton's reply to tho Southampton club's invitation to play a (match at the Dell in aid of the Titanic Relief Fund has not been received.
. In reply to the wire sent them on Saturday, the Ever ton directors stated that as their team was away that day they could not meet till Monday evening, when they would consider the matter. , With Jefleras and -Bearo appearing in tho i^ftcrton team tho Mcraeysidcrs would bo a big
I understand that a collection in aid of the -Mayor's Fund is to bo taken at tho Dell on Saturday. Now, then, footballers, do your duty
"Andy" Gibson is doing exceedingly well for the -Celtic, and is likely to be signed on by their for next season. I have reason to believe that th< joung Scot intends to benrflt by his experience at Southampton.
Queen'm Park Rangers may bq booked for thi Southern League championship, and there will b* * keen finish for second place between Swindon and Plymouth Argyle.
Derby County ore now euro of gaining pro-' motion. Tho County were one of the original twelve memba* of the First Division t/f the English League, and they retained their poi tion for nineteen consecutive seasons befi; they were relegated along with Stoke at - the end of the season 1006—7.
■Thus has Bloom or, the famous international forward, realised his ambition of assisting hi old club back to the first class.
Should Burnley win at Wolwrliampton 01 Saturday next they axe pretty sura to beat Chelsea for. the second promotion position.
The League have ordered Bamalcy and Chel aea to |*lay oU their pcutponed fixture un U* former's grouisd on 1 hursday. V.
There is little change in the position* of lb* clubs in tho Hants League.
Basingstoke hate now finished their program mi in the North Division without tho loss of a mingle point.
In tho fhrse other competitions tho contest hai been more severe, and none of these championships have been decided.
It is quite possible, and would appear t .highly probable, that the leadership 01 the County League and of tho West Division will be decided on goal average.
Iu the former competition Boscombe at . aent arc at Ihe lop, but Southampton Reaervcs, with a match in hand and with a better goal record, am two points behind.
Boscombo arc also well in the running for. t he premier honours of tho West Division, in which Bittcrno Guild at present lead.
They are four points behind the Guild, but they Lave two games still to play.
Cowes at present are favourites for the first position in the South Division. Should they manage to pull off their remaining three matches they will advance two points above their rivals, Southampton Reserves.
At the first time of asking Southampton Reserves fend Cowcs have been unable to settle which club will claim tho Hants Senior Cup for the
Cowes very nearly settled the matter at Frat-ton Park on Saturday, and only tho brilliant defence set up by A. C. Brown. F. Grayer, and W. G. Smith prevented them from gaining the trophy.
As it was tho Reserves, whose front line was feeble compared with that of the Islanders, luckily escaped with a draw.
Cowes were always rampant. There was an enthusiasm about their work which very often nearly gave them victory.
I hear that tho match is likely to be replayed next Saturday, although an effort is being made to get it postponed till next Saturday week, and give the receipts to the Titanic Relief Fund.
CRICKET.
• The Hamnshuv players are now practicing asaiduouslvVr The magnificent weather we have I Mid during the pa.it fortnight has been ideal for cricketers.
Newman, who in previous years has found April a trying month, is now very fit, and :so is every other member of the team.
Captain Ivo Barrett, the old Rugby inter-national, ia home on leave from the Far Heat, and will play for tho County regularly. He is batting splendidly in the nets.
Alec Kennedy, who "came on" bo well last .summer, give* every promise of maintaining his form. He was bawling in fine style yester-
lip catering. Hie n%r is used for the pur-.***. and the ball pirnee off it at lightning sprcd. especially when Geo. Brown is throwing.
Secretary Bacon lias lieen coaching the young •os., and his odvioe is very helpful. It ia gw»j to ivmemlxrr that one is never too old to
An occasional practice match haa l»een ar-•anged. This is unquestionably the best method of getting cricketers into form.
ATHLETIC ITEMS.
The long distance events in connection with tho Amateur Athletic Championships were decided on Saturday at Stamford Bridge.
These two competitions are always held apart from the other championships, because they occupy so much timer—almost two hours—which takes up the best part of an afternoon's pro-gramme.
In addition, the iondit'ons are much better fur the competitor* at this time of the year than on a broiling day in July, when the shorter events are usually competed for.
The seven milo walk was a very fine race, full of interest from beginning to end, and one particularly pleasing feature was that it was gone through without any interference from the judges, not one of the twenty-six starters being pulled up.
At the annual, meeting of the Amateur Athletic Association on Saturday, the de'egate*
confirmed the new agreement -with the National Cyclists' Union.
It was alThe swallows. martins and man***™ have t rived, tho first named being quite r by the riverside, although their pre •welcomed by fly fishermen, ss they s prising number of flies.
On the Abbott's Barton water lent week two j rock had a trout and two brace of ahotten gray- 1 ling, although nothing eleo of any matter has g
Tho'vexed question of sending programmes to' every entrant not later than a day before the , meeting -was thoroughly thrashed out, and even ! tually is was agreed not to make it a rule, j although tftia was only brought about b;' certain sections of the delegates abstaining from voting. I
One of the big events of the year's programme of the Stonehani Club was tho match with tho Winchester Club on Saturday, the first division game taking place at Winchester, and the second division at Stonoham.
Mr. Saunders, the Stonoham scratch player, played for Winchester on this occasion, being a member of long standing of the club on the down. Ho won in both singles and foursome
EASTLEIGH AND DISTRICT RIFLE CLUB.
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[Alfred Webb, Eastlcigh.
HALF-A-DOZEN OF THE " CRACKS."
Depleted above arc the members of the Eastjcigh Club's team that has just won the National Rifle Association's (Winter Session) Championship. The competition is open to all affiliated clubs in the United Kingdom. The winning team's total was 1,757. out of a possible 1,800. The names, reading from left to right, are: W. Cousens, J. Enticott, 11. Evans. E. Dawes (captain), R. Clement, and H. Long. Mascot dog, " Hunch."
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This must be something of a record, as it is Messi seldom that the method of progression of so'
many meets with the approval of the judges of th® ft" a walking race.
The winner, R Bridge, hails from Lancashire,
and is to he congratulated on the fine performance of getting the distance in 52 mine 45 3 5ths. sees.
Bridge is handicapped somewhat physically,
having the misfortuno to have lost tno greater portion of his left aim, but his stylo is quite
W. G. Yates was second, and, hunting the winner home, got within thirty yards if him, but could never lessen that distance; while H. ! V. L. Ross was Uiird, a considerable distance behind.
There was_ very little difference in tho time 1 of the ten-mile run as compared with the walk,
t only a matter of 10 selonds.
It hardly seems poaarblp that a man can walk soven^milee as fast as another can run ten, yet • in looking up the records lor years past we find the times to be singularly similar.
\ "W.. Scott, th* winner, travelled in aulend d style throughout, and for several milts hud K. N. nibbens, the National C»ors Country Cham-' pion, well up to him, but shaking him off when ; the latter had a l^d time, ho eventually won
comfortably by over a minute.
j T. Humphreys, who ran with good judgment ! throughout, also got tho better of Hibbins ' toward the finish, and scoured second' place;
1 while W. J. Tucker, of Heading, the Southern I Champion, came with a rattle down the straight,
aud got home third by a yard.
Mill and E. 8. Day won their former (with Mr. Pike) won in 1 did Mr. Hunt and Dr. Zorab.
the second division tho Stoneham players most successful. Messrs. G. If Bsle. A H. Hamblyn, Palmer, end Ackroyd won ;les, and Dr. Hearn Parry and Mr. and Messrs. Ackroyd won their four
A House of Commons side, which included Mr. A V. Hambro and Mr. H. W. Forsler. among the best known golfers in the House, defeated Rane la^h on Saturday in single*, but lost in the four-
Both the cracks, as a matter of fact, lost their Karnes, the winning Parliamentarians being Mr. Mollaby Deeley, Mr. C. T Mill*, Xf Marshall Hall, and Mr Crawshay Williams.
The first two also won their foursome.
Oi» the Tent the weeds ore growing abundantly, and it is baa been meoesaary to out them already, as they have emcsgod above tho surtaee.
bee fallen considerably lately, which I J thing, es the high water bad the! ng 00neidarable portions of inead-/, ! aw land, which, oomfcined with the high < 1 of a week or ten days ago, kept the fish dtsrnj in addition to blowing tho small rise of Ay df! the aWer.
Similar to thst erf the Itchen the rise of_ fl4 j usually lakes place about one o'clock, and fUki<. for the moot part small ones, begin to feed. ^
Several of theme have been taken and returned, whilo nioo lieh of 3b. 4os., lib. 10os., JJht Bos., and a grayling of lib. lOoa. bare been Wed.
The flww were of various specie*, the moat common being the smuts, though there •were numbers
Several nJoe salmon. have been taken recently on the Hampshire Avon. Mr. R. Lukin killing of 23b. at BsAerno, Mr. DWesais two erf 251b. and 221b. rrspootivoly, and Mr. Mills, wbose Ash turnpd tho scales at 171b. •
killed a splendid sslmon of 34ilb.. and Mr. O. W. Carl yon osught one of 231b. at the same place.
Sea angling has greatly improved nan that the
weather inis become more settled and tho water is favourable.
At severs! of the wall known angling resorts boat anglers have on joyed good sport with the (plaice aud mailing. while the An* bass of the season is reported from the Mumblcn, where poi- -lack codling and whiting have also been caught.
Last week-end ait angler otl the Pier oaught a
umber of flat flab "~J ~~--4 " —'*
aa^an eel, but they •
Tho big meet salmon
Lomond district -vms —----
hurt, month by Mr. Wm. 8. Millar.
Tta weight was 42lb., and the length of the flab wee 47in., with a girth of 2@im It was captured on a No. 6 blue scd silver minnow, with
work to play him.
At one time the flah had pulled out 140 yard* of line, snd had it not been for tho skill «< his boatman the angler would have lost it.
CYCLING.
The* roods are just now beginning to very "loose." the Mirfteoa being oovysd^wilh j ►harp particles of grit snd flint, which ay havoc with tyres snd caure innumcrabls^flflnoturai un. lewi propter prooautions 1
One of the simplest and 'most' dhetlvs, but at 1 tho asmo time most neglected, prsvsntaWvsa% against punctures is to keep 1>oth bstk snd fron^I tyres inflated as tightly as possible.
There are hundrecb ot cyclLta whb get on toF fhctr inwchm^s and ride ng without gi^inff soU ir.udi as a thought to I he atato ot their tyros . and rot when hoy gst punetures begin to gnunb'o about the r ttenmas of tho material of which the tyres sro compo-« vl, (foiyetting that the J»eat tyres »n tho world will toon w#ar out unless they are properly inflated.
ally when crossing tram linos, etc., but this die-comfort is trifling compared with the advantage of being praoticslly immucto from punotQVes.
No matter how hard the lyres are inflated, however, pieces of grit and gleas will work their wajpinto the outer covers, and in time through this into the innom. To avoid this it is a good
somo rrllabln stopping composite, whkb can be (Mained -vory cheaply.
Then therenars tho many theories of prevsnting punctures by moans of inserting m atures info the inner tube. Amohg theso .mixtures are inohided treacle, g^ycorine, powdered chalk, and many others, all of which may be excellent in thur way, but cause more trouble to be inserted than they are worth. ;
maxbine ia well lubricated,
great care that
By thm it is not mesnt thst one should a tin of otl and use it indtsahminatsly over tho hubs, (bam, pedala, and every other movable


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best be accomplished by

ANGLING. t
Fiwhiug in. private water* on the Itch on baa not vet be tome general because tho cold nsgbte w« have been oxporienoing latoiy haw had the effect ot keeping tho. fly back, although about noon the hot sunshine nrng* a «| rinklirp of olives on the waters for a rfsort time.
Tho fiali rise to thooe, but tbewe taken are not very large, as tho larger trout are at present in tho deep boles, and it is very rarely that they emerge from them into the ah allow:, asters to feed by rising to flies.
ioro the lubricating oil ia inserted. ^
The best kind of oil to use is that of medium t" thwkemw. If it is too thin it quickly runs out, i ami if too thsdc Oil should sever be uwed for the chain. This is ' a hard and fast rule, which is shouted at us all jA as soon aa we begin to ride, but how many r*t ' member thia kindly advice? There are numbersL of very good (bam lubricants on the markeis, \ which are very effective a# well as cleanly to use. |
If sll cyclists would beer theae one or two hints in m'nd we ahould hear far less talk about cycling being "bard work."

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