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TilL GREAT SOULLEUS' RACE FOR £400. KELLY V. SADLER. At last the question of the supremacy of the Thames has been settled in such a manner as to leave no doubt of its proving which ia the best of our London watermen. Since the race for the championship of England, jost two Weeks ago, between Kelley and Ren forth, the aquatic world has confined its attention entirely to the issue of the race between these two old opponents. The stakes have been from time to time posted with regularity, but the prior attraction of the championship race absorbed for the time the attention of the sporung mind. When, however, it was shown on that occasion thnt Renforth was by far superior to Kelly, and that he had proved himself in like manner better than Sadler at the Thames Regatta, it was thought thai a splendid race would result, and the public were not disappointed. Putney a ion after two began to get crowded, and in a very short time no less than a dozen steamers were assembled at the start, and after some delay they were morabailed in crder a little above the bridge. On .shore the towing- path was densely thronged with pedestrians, and in the grounds on the Middlesex side there were many groups of sightseers. Both men came off from the boat houses about 2..15. and amidst much cheering they quietly p'iddlsd towards the umpire's boat, where the ceremony of tossing was gone through, this time in favour of Kelley, who took the Middlesex shore..A delay now occurred in consequence of the starting boats not being imposition; but as near three o'clock as possible the two scullers got away together. K lley, rowing about thirty nine strokes a minute, at once showed in front, and boring over to Saddler at the point be was quite half a length to the good. Sadler during this time had been rowing slower, and looked about hi-fi with much unconcern, so much so that offars were made to back. him. In making the shoot the boats again came into d'in»erous proximity, and below the Soap Works Kelley, with a slight lead, was clearly out of his water; but no foul occurred that was apparent, though the sculls of the men were overlapping. On getting up to the Soap works Pier, Staler came up very rapidly, and amidst tremendous excitement, he got level with and passed Kelly, and the odds rose on him to two to one. The ex-champion, however, was not to be so easily beaten, and by a splendid spurt he got his boat's nose past Hammersmith Bridge first by one yard only time, eight, minutes fifty nine seconds. The steamers, that bad all along been crowding on the men, now behaved shamefully, and no less than six of them, headed by a tusr, the Tiger" by name, environed the n ei as far as Chiswick Church. The draw from them must have been very great. Kellv on emerging from the bridge led by half a length, and before the Doves he was clear, the shouting being frantic. Going up by the eyot he put clear lengths between the boats, and B Imes Bridge he passed leading by three lengths, in nineteen minutes forty three seconds. From this point to the end he kep; Well a head, and won eventually by three clear lengths, in twenty three minutes twenty six seconds. The easy way with which Kelley held his own after passing the Doves has more than confirmed his ability to stay; and it is no unimportant fact, as tending clearly to show where the weakness of his opponent lay -that Sadler in his race with Chambers, and in the contest on Tuesday with Kellay, gave way on both oc- casions at the same spot, ab )ut two miles from the start. It has been urged on his behalf that on the day of his race with Chambers he was far from well, and from that Very day the origin of the Putney iuies'ine quarrel arose. However much credence can be attached to this. it is strange that again in his defeat at the hands of Renforth in the Thames Regatta it was urged that he Was not in good condition. His rowing, however, in August last was qnite as fast as that of Tuesday and had he not upset he would have occupied the same Position as Kslley did in his race with the Tyne cham- pion. Kelly on Tuesday, though wearied from a severe race two weeks before, seemed not a whit staler, and his plucky spurt in the shoot to take Sadler's water was quite in bis form of yore. There were not a few on board the steamers who thought 'hat Sadler, after the Soap Tvcrka, was rowing within himself; but to those Who were near enough to study the ac ion of his limbs it appeared that his want of speed was due to deficiency of vital power. The most curious feature of the day Was the marked difference in the styles of the men. Kelley rowed with the same short, forward, far-back stroke, while Sadler with a well measured swing, reached out over his toes and caught the water well before the rowlocks. His style was by far the most taking, and as they rowed neck and neck from the Crab Tree to Hammersmith Bridge it contrasted very favour- ably with the more digging stroke of Kelly, who was all through the race doing quite two strokes a minute Quicker than his opponent. At the start Kelly was timed to do thirty nine strokes a minute for the first five Minutes Sadler rowing 37, and when the pace had begun to tell, Kelley got down to thirty six, from which he never faltered, except to spurt, to the finish Sadler at the same time rowing thirty four, without the semblance Of Pny life. '1 here was especially noticeable in the sculling of both men the absence of that grip of the Water at the beginning that is so especially a character- istic of the Tynesiders, and which was shown to such advantage in the style of Renforth. It is said thaI kelley will now retire from the river as a sculler, and leave the place that he has so ably defended so long to be filled by some rising man. The Thames, alas, in this Respect, is far behind the Tyne, which in the person of Renforth, has one who, with care, may hold his position »or years to come. The steam boats should not escape censure for their conduct on Tuesday, though it had no efrect on the result; but it only shows that unless some Other means are taken, sucb as preventing them going through the bridges by chains hung low from the para- Pets, (,r some such means, after the start the authority of the conservancy is set at nought, and the helter- skelter is as furious as ever when the race is exciting. The moral of the last two races the aoquatic world must take to heart, and feel convinced that watermen can still low genuine races, and that the river has not yet de- generated into the ruffianly condition of the ring. Could Hot something be done by government to increase these National spcrts of men, as is done for the improvement of horses by Queen's Plates ? Surely man is the 8Uperior animal, and taking all things into consideration, tbfcre is less cheating on the river than on the turf. Three depths from hydrophobia have occurred at Halifax within the last few days. A publican in town, named Greenwood, was'bitten on the lip about two months ago. On Wednesday he began to show signs of hydrophobia, and died on Satur- day. A Fenian demonstration in memory of the three rrartyrs of reform," Allen, Larkin, and O'Brien, was attempted on Sunday in London, but it proved fc miserable failure. Finlen was the leading spirit, <tnd that fact alone was quite sufficient to con- ^tnan it. 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