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May 15, 1912.

Outdoor Recreations.
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Tn some rcepccts the match between Hamp-shire and Somerset was most remarkable; in fact I do not remember so many fluctuations in. a game.
On the Grst day Somerset me^med to liave the match well in hand. Many predictions were made aS to the total they would amass, and not one was under three hundred.
Tho amazement of the spectators when the visitors' wickets fell like ninepins on Friday morning can therefore be imagined. Perhaps the onlv person who was not much surprised was Jess* Hopkins. Just before play waa resumed he told me" the wicket was much softer than on tho previous day.
Newman came in foe hearty congratulations on his excellent bowling performance. The Lest tribute to his prowess wo* given by I*n BraiuuL. who told me that he hud never se/n liber bowling. ' "The ball that beat me," remarked the famous cricketei. "turned a catjierine wheel."
One of the oldest of the Hampshire players expressed the opinion that Newman had never bowl;d unite so well, and the deliveries which Braund. who told me that to had naver seen thu beat he had ever sent down.
1 was glad to see Mead given ft chance to distinguish himself with the bail. It haa often au:pria:d me that he haa not been used more when the wicket warn "doing a bit."
Kennedy also proved his worth in this match. Altogether we lisd proof that if we get soft pitches this season Hampshire'a attack will command respect.
C. D. Frv haa acorcd the first century for Hampshire this season. Mead had the honour laat mummer. The left-hander haa not darted at all well in batting, but no doubt he will soon come back to form. -
"C.B." nlqyed a wonderful inning* on Fri -day. He is In a class by himself. When the majoritv of cricketeis reach a century they con-, aide* their work i# done, and lash out at everything; but Mr. Fiy playm as carefully and cur-rectly at 150 as lie does in the first over.
Captain "Ifo" Barrett, whose photo appears on this page, made a splendid skirt for Hampshire, although him innings 00 Frwlay was to wme ' tent overshadowed by L. It. try s brilbant
There are very few erickotera who kit hsrdcr than "B.LM/ He puts all his power behind thai of drive of him. as tho man who attempts 10 hoal it find* to hi) cost.
Liko most, military batsu p^iya very attractive crick Rets out. lie doesn't believe
After their opening w display against Yorkshire,
disappointing. I am ra
that some of our players wcui 111 so oai wmi « faint heart.
What other explanation can there be of tin ir shocking display. The wicket was mo good that evsn George Hirst mhould have been playable. Both Hirst and B00U: were certainly fimuorod by bad batting.
Tho Hampshire bowling warn also very uiuo'n og. " In this case. wo. "nervw" played a pro mincnt part. 1 have an nloa that had C. B. Ki» been playing things would have been very dif-
Tho best performance in the first divition matches of the Southampton Public Grounds Cricket Lsagnc, playtd on Saturday , warn achieved ^hy Gaa Works, who defeated Southampton Atn-letic after an intending gams.
Tho fitct that Gas Works have beaten both the Swallows and Southampton Athletic so ear.v in the aeaaon points to the likelihood of anotner aspirant to tho championship.
M. Fisher and W. Miller conducted tho Works' attack with marked success.
A B&tchcloi, F. Whitfield, and I'. Prince bat-tixl wall for tho AUIIctk. l*rince, who is ibe Saints' foiward, made many pretty stroma., while IVhitGeld^ display warn of a moro vigorous order.
Although Gaa Work* required only 64 win, they lomt their early batsmen I soorcs, and at one lima it appealed u,#t would fail before the bowling of t. Whitfield and Warehain. Hut Fred Whitfield and K. Mo: t-lock "went for" the bowling, and enabled their aide to win with two wickets to spare.
St. Mary's, the club which came from the Junior League, accomplished a ernii:abl'- perform-anew iiwnakiug a draw-with Adelaide alter that side had co-upUfd^KB—runs; but if 'lie closuie had Wen applied earlier, perhaps they would no; have been so mccwssful.
However, the fact that they made 92 for (lie loam of only five wicketa is wo:thy of praise. Ihr first four wickets fell in an ominous manner, but Jaivnavvay and White put on 70 for the fifth
Adelaide's attack lacked effectiveness, and could not drive home (he advantage gained by their batsmen.
Since then modern tar dressings have been tried, but in spite of the makers' assurance that they were harmless, great havoc waa caused l ist year in the same manner, there being 110 doubt that the mortality among the trout arose from the tar dressings.
The longer the tar remains on the road the mortisinjurious it becomes, owing to the sun setting up chemical action.
The Hoard of Agriculture and Fisheries have issued a report, in which it is stated thai no harm would result to Ash from the tarring of roads, if only coal tar. or a mixture of coal tar and caitmrett d water gam tar. were used, provided they contained not more than one per cent, of waiter o: gas liquor, not more than five grains of ammonia ptr gallon of tar, not more than one per cent, of light oils, and not more j than three per cent, by volume of crude tar j
Tlien again there are many |nt*remted In the | question who declare that the tar dremsinga are not the cause of fish poisoning.
compared to the volume of the water is infinitesimal, and could hardly kill thousands
Hut whatever the cause it behoves those in authority to bestir tliemselves, and find out the cause. When that ia done steps must h* taken to prevent the continuance of this nuisance,
which will soon become serious.
Anglers themselves will not be the only people who vvrtf be hard hit by a failure to local* th*
cause. There are hundreds and thousands of people who Gnd a livelihood In connection with the fishing industry. and*&nything that would atr.YS prejudicially Uwt industry woukl have more serious and far-reaching effect* than the average person or official imagines*.
Prawn and bait Ashing for admou Ims opened I "\\\ Tkiki* pg. B. Briilon 99. J R. Spaa-
oil the Avon, and anglers have taken mom* mir jl, C. lteovos 97, (>. Carroll 96. C. /Paveuer large fish. including one over 301b. | 95^-^ Gardener C3; toW 1.466; average per
Things have been quiet im tb, Itflren. though I Curpor.1 W. Rtosrt (B.B.'s} 9&
with warmer nights Utere has been an improve | „ Long (EssUeigh) 96. A. D. C&ovrrton (Wtaton)
Portsmouth Ticcgue on Saturday. It may have minimised the extent of the rrvme.
Tho honours of both inter League matches this measoo, the fast of the series, have fatten to Portsmouth. The hemn match, shot in March, * was an eye-opener to the Souihi.niptoti marks-men, but tho •stigma of SaUiarday'a rout will have . to be "fared, and that only by turning the tables on our neighbours next season.
A now of prcgrwa was oounded recently when the conditions of ahooUug in tho League toKimey underwent revision, and it mini new ba fully re-
XiseThe teams end the scant were as follcw:
Portsmouth: J. K. llillyer 90. H. W. Miles 9^ \V. Poni 93, D. Oayton 99, II. W. 8uler 96. A. E. Vine 99, L. O. Wood bourn* 99. J. O. Hoad-
ment in th^ hatch of 8y.
, Captain Itarrcti in pottering about. Hampshire's fc Monday, warn i • inclined to th.nk

Last week the destruction

the Hants Eleven at Sheffield
, 96, Sappor Morton (RJB.'sl 96, J. Harrison (South-I ainpton) 95. gergiaai J. Malley (5th Hants), ^ I 05, A. J. Moi'tant (5th Hants) £M, H. M -• I teed (Southunpton) 9i, T. Hall (Wen ton) 93, P. -l' ' Sawyer (5th Hants) 92. Private S. Tucker (5th Hants) 9*, It. 6. Tomploton (Southampton) 91, Q. j Cola (Bitterns) 87, SorgL Loane (ILE.'a^ 86. oap-! ;*r (R.R's, 86: total 1^67; average par .
I Tho arr»ngqmenta for tho match were carried ;1 out by Messrs. A. C. 0. Ilrpan, the captain of ^ i the Portsmouth learn and hon. i««rotary of tho «, j League; and P. Sawyer, assistant hon secretary >j j of the Smithan.pton League.
The annual match between tho champions and ; the It»st of llie Southampton League will be 1 fired on tho 22nd instant. The team biwt been ; selected according to tho season's aresages, as ' follows: It. Rogers (llittorno), W. Stuart (lt.B"to) . 1 P. Sawyer (5th Hants), A. Mom ant (5th Hants), ; . J. Harnson (Southampton), II. M. Reed (South-" i ampton). Private's. Tudter (5th Hants), and I Sergt. J. Ma (Toy \5Hi Hants). Resorrea: V. J. , t Kernan (5th Hants) and 0. Colo (Bitterns). $ j Tho secoid annual open meeting of tho Society , I of Miniature lliflo Clubs will: take plats on May 23rd to 28th (Inclusive), on" tho ranges of tlia Ham and Petersham Club, Ham Common. Thete will .bo a very full ,programme of event*. .
On Monday evening an interesting friendly match was fired between teams of the South* airptou and Post Otfiee Itifio Clubs on tho High- • field ranges. The cmditious of shooting were: -Teams of nine aside, 10 shots on a dJublo decimal ,, Israel nt 20 yard*. Highest possible ncore, 100.
The result was a win for the home club by 27 ., points. The stores wore: Southampton, 846; Past OBice, 819.
Before tin light failol, the teams combined, and , a rapid team shoot was arranged. Teams were drawn, irrespddRva of the' clubs, and shooting . took place i n tlu: knock-out principle. '
Similar targets to lhow in tho friendly match wcrj u«wl in place of the customary secondary . targets. The winners of the semi-final heats were Men.rn. Stone and Striding,. Stuart and Kvani. j th'* latter eventually running out the winners of the final round.
That British athletes are taking tho Olympic' seriously is evident from tho fact that every week »ome noteworthy performance has to be chronicled.
Neat Salurday we have the trial rarem for t^# selection of the tpams for Stockholm, and, aa several men have been doing some very fast tunea of late, il^will not bo surprising if one or two previous bests do not have a bit "chipped off. ' In these '•trials'-' tho Hampahiro Amateur \ Athletic Club will be represented by L. A. Q. Paddington and W F. Dollery, tho former a well-known distanco runner, while tho latter, although seldom seen in this district, a hurdler of consider- '
The outstanding performance this week »w*s th > "hutdling of (I. It. L. Ander on, the Oxford University Blue, who beat British record oyer the regulation 120 yards at the London Athletic Club meeting last Saturday. Time, 15 1-5 socs.
'Jhis is only one-fifth outside the world's record, made by F. C. Smithson, tho famous American,., In the "Olympic Games in Londom In 1908. Here we have at least one who should carry the British colours to victory apainsl all comers. ^
There must, have been something wrong at the Notts Forest sports on Saturday; either the cotirm* was short, or the liandicappsr too lenient, for the time returned hi.tho one-mile handicap was given .-IS im 4 mills. 13 2-5 sec*, and that of the half-mile aa •-»2
There is not a man running tThe Salisbury Olympic Sports^ one cf the
Friendly AnglenV waters in the Colne waa brielly mentioned.
Sine? then considerable interest has been evinced in the matter, and it seems -probable that unless anglers cotnbir.i to defend their fisheries against varicyia. enemies, angling

become practically . ............ ,----- - . , . , 1 . .
the oounuy ' *** bah—ccroiding to the omespomleut.
The troJt fkhorv at Cmm^nKikf, Imlc of But he forgeta that oil alway, Ikals on the Wight, mufered momr time ago from polluted iwrfaco of want, and thua would m4 tomb the water. This luherv im close to roads, which majority of th, firh, wted*. and inscctm, etc.^ I:. 1909 were treated with crude tar. I all of which hare been killed.
After the first rain the surface water did an It is quite true that the oil im not pure; oil -enormous amount of harm by Mowing into the j being mixtd with all kinds of dirt, etc.. fioin . trout pools, which were well stocked- with thou- the mobjre' engines, which air enough to shy sands of trout. j a whale, but the quantity of these impurities
One correspondent points that the roads which I The fine weather luis had the effect of Ior-are treated with tar urn fm,uenlMl b\ mnUf warding by at leaat a f.^tnight the vegetation rata, which, am ia well known, dny a certain | ty/T!ie rirenwde anf alao tho hatch of ny. amount of oil. Tliid amounts to a considerable I • W(. ^|ay-tly does not usually make its sp quantity when some thousands of motors have P«aW,,My. iintil the end of this month, but contributed their share. \ already two have been reported to have been
Then comra tlie rain and waahca Die oil of |\*« 11 nn th: Itchen below I&imhopakike. t.'ie roads. It eventually finds its way into the j |f this is the case the season should be in doit g untold damage among j f„|| ®wing by the end of the week, although s probable that a fortnight wodld he nearer
parts of streamm snd :
Thar* «m be no denying the superif rity.of the Portsmouth n arksmcn, •both on" the indoor aa well us the full chaagr ranges; still, it was a pity that a thoroughly roproM-ntatnre team was not available to oppose the aclected team of the
attractive athletic events in the mouth of Kngland, lake place on NMiit-Muiulay, May 27th. j
Thanks to the enterprise of Mr. Godfrey lacker-l^mpwn. M P., the president of the Sports, the Committee have befii able to offer good pritea, j ««pedally for the two principal events. . J
I11 1910 a track record for the full marathon . distant was established by E. Sims, of. IIabridge Harriers, while L. Heath, of thg Hampshire A.C., was sUccoMsful in obtaining a certificate, for com- ; pitting the distance.
Teams already entered for tho Invitation Team Race are the HaUamsliiro Harriers who, by the way. an; national champions, Qelford Harriers^ , Brougbton Harriers, Hampshire Harriers, Bristol A C., and Salisbury Harriers.
The 600 metre event also promise* to be largely interesting, ai A. Artley and G. Nicol, two of the faitIf tho " Hampshire* ' could get their best four -properly wound up I he team race would be a good I thing for them. We shall see.

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