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As to barbed wire, Mr. Vernon says it is cheap and effective but essentially nasty, and is not likely to become popular or common on well-managed residential estates. The worst position it can take is in a line of hedgerow where it cannot be readily seen, and as a concealed danger in such a place it appears to the author to be almost criminal to employ it. Wherever used it should be as conspicuous and open as possible. 128 [February 11 Our Van." Winter Racing.— The question whether it is discreet in us to race throughout the winter seems to be settling itself in a way that' should be entirely satisfactory to those who, being well-wishers to the Turf, would gladly see mid- winter racing very materially cur- tailed, or even entirely abolished. That the higher interests of the Turf would be served by an inter- regnum of two clear months, such as is provided in France, there can be no question. Of the rac- ing that has taken place during December and January, not one day can be recalled that would have been missed had it not taken place, so low has sport under N. H. Rules fallen in quality. The signs one fancied one per- ceived of a betterment in this direction have not been fulfilled, and we have been plodding on with the same old stock company, with the addition of a few recruits from the lower stratum of flat- racing equine society. Some of the creatures that contend for the small pecuniary rewards that fall to the lot of steeplechasers and hurdle racers, are dilapidated specimens and hardly hold to- gether for racing purposes, and their value is not under estimated when they are sold under the hammer for something less than ioo guineas. When one sees the proud winner of a hurdle race, victorious over a dozen or more opponents, sold for 75 guineas or so, it is impossible not to ask one- self what must be the value of the defeated ones, and how it can pay anyone to keep such animals in training. It is their presence that keeps the game going at all ; and the supply is so limited that an owner brought out one poor beast four times in the course of six days, to contest a three miles' steeplechase on each occasion. When racing has come down to this, is it worth while fostering? If racing during December and January were abolished, certain vested interests would possibly be interfered with. The Christ- mas-tide gates would be lost, but those who make the most money on those occasions are the very ones who can afford to put up with the loss. Christmas-tide rac- ing is invariably the poorest thing possible, and apart from the money it brings in, would not be worth a second thought. 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