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THE SCENE ON THE SYDNEY

CRICKET-GROUND.

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(FIÏOM TUF m DM \ MOHNIVÎ, HFRALD, FEU 10)

This match (the i II_1IB1I 1 leven v eleven of New Soutb A\ ide.,) v as continued on Satur- day, and, we relict to say, was marked by the most dis(,rareful Hcene wo ever remember to have v ltnessed on any cricket ground m the metropolis Si i li a display of unbridled rowdyism, perpeti itcd as it was in the prc .cnee of His 1 xccll ney the Governor, Ludv Robinson, md p irty and n large number o£ the prominent ntl. cusof Sydney, and lirectcd against the I nfjifli players vv ho are at pre. 6cnt our tuesta, v ill probably rem un as a blot upon the colony for Home jiirs to come 'Hie unfoi lunate occurrence origi- nated in the decision of the 1 nglish umpire, who, m the second innings of the New South AA'ales team decided, on appe ii that Murdock wa« run out lhe moment the de- cision was given the hsturbancecommenced, nnd it is n signifie mt fact tho hooting nnd groaning proceeded first of all from about a dozen persona in the pavilion, some of vv fiom, at all events, were known to bo pecuniarily interested m the result of tho match One well known betting man himself icted as fugleman, and the crowd outside, cm onraged by this bad example, worked themselves into a state of violent excitement, and presently broke through all bounds of decemj und fair play All round tho enclosure hundreds of people demanded the withdrawal oi Coulthard, and befoie the vacancy crc ited by Murdoch's retnement was filled, a lar.o number of " larrikins sitting at the bottom of the terrace, and within the uouodarj fence, made a rush for tho centre of the ground, and were quickly followed by hundreds of roughs, who took possession of the vv ickets. 1 he Lnglish team soon found themselves in the centre of a surging, geBticuhtm.., and shouting mob, mid one rowdy stru< I: Lord Ilarris across the body with a whip or stick. Mr Hornby at once seized the c ivvnrdly ruffian and attempted to bring him into the pavilion As a general mêlée naa n JW im- minent, a numbei of gentlemen from the pavilion and grand stand (including the uustees of the ground and member, of the Cricket Association) hurried to the assistance of the English team, who might otherwise have been seriously maltreated, but is the mob were evidently bent upon reacuin¿ Mr. Hornby s priboner, a scene of confu ion en sned.and blow 8 vv ero receiv edandrcturned rho email body of police who were present wera too late to get to the centro of the ground when the rush occurred, and subserpiently found it difficult to make their way through the crowd However, by dint of determina- tion, and no little physical exertion, the Eng- lish team were cbcorted into the pavilion, and Lord Harriss assailant was locked up in one of the committee rooms, being re- leased afterwards on giving his name and address Several of tho Engliah teim re- ceived a few scratches, and Mr Hornbys clothing was somewhat torn, but beyond this, tis far as our reporter could ascertain, no serious injury was inflicted, and the umpire, about whose safety some doubts were entertained, carno off scatheless, owing mamly to Mr Hornby's prompt assistance It appears that either betöre or after Lord Harris was assaulted, one of the English professionals made use of a grossly insulting remark to the crowd about their being nothing but "sons of convict, and this no doubt had something to do with the frenned excitement which arose all at once, and incited the crowd to acts of violence. As there were two or three thousand people on the cricket area and in front of the pavilion, tho bell rang for clearu« tho ground, but it was some time before the excitement subsided, and an oppor- tunity was afforded to resume th" play, 'thomson and A Bannerman and the Lng lish Llev en vv ent mto the field, but is soon as the crowd Baw that Coulthard I al not been withdrawn, strong expressions o disap- proval were heard and the ground was again rushed Expostulation by Mr Driver and other gentlemen appeared to have no effect, and another adjournment to the pavilion took place Lord Harris and Mr Gregory subsequently discussed the question of havnig another umpire, but the majority of the English Eleven decided, naturally enough, to Btand by their umpire, and tho ground having in tho me ultimo been once more cleared, the play ora pro- ceeded to the wickets for the becond time, but as the more disorderly portion ol the spectators were determined not to allow the match to go on with Coulthard, about 300 men and larnkinB repeated the perform- ance of taking possession of the ground, and remained there until nearly 8 u clock, whenall hope of resuming nlay was aban- doned There were about 10,000 spectators present during tho afternoon, and it is only fair to say that of this number there vv ere not more than 2,000, at the outside, who took an active part in the disorder A large ma- jority of the public were evidently deeply humiliated by the occurrence (especially after the cordial reception of the Australian team at home), and much indignation vv is ex- pressed that the scene should have originated through the ungentlerannly conduct of a few persons in the pavilion

Commenting upon the scene in its 1 ading columns the Sydney Morning Ila aid ob«

serves -

Bad as was the behaviour of the mob m re- fusing to allow the game to proceed, justice compels us to admit that the first instiga. tion to disorder came from the pavilion It was from that quarter that the first shouts o£ "not out' proceeded, and that the player, who was quietly accepting tho obnoxious de cisión, was greeted with shouts oi "go back The pavilion is supposed to ne the rendezvous of the dite of the cnckctin" com- munity, and it oufcht to give the tone to the expression of opinion on the ground But merely local sympathies have unfortunately been over represented there, and, what is far worse, a large betting element exists almost undisguised although contriry to rule This prevents men from beim, dispas- sionate observers, and as a matter of course, when the passions are uncontrolled a little spark may cause an explosion lhe p ivihon was really responsible, to no small extent, for the not It is quite true that ifter a sufficient time for rellection, the pavilion de sued, and cheered, the resumption of thc_ame on the foot of concession to the umpires decision But it was then too late Jt ia easier to raise the devil than to lay bun, and when the mob had once taken possession of the enclosure, neither pavilion nor police could get them out

[A\ ith regard to the removal of tho u npire, the following letter has been addressed to the editor of tho J cho newspaper by Mr AV. C Goddard, one of the umpires in the first match As to the betting, it will bo remem- bered that in the telegraphic news from Syd- ney yesterday it wa3 stated that Lord Harris had written a lettei rehev ing Mr Co lthard from the imputation of betting, and assuming the responsibility of Mr Coulthard s cn"age« ment] -

(To the Editor of the Uko )

Sir,-As one of the umpires in the first match, ïveii South Wales v Gentlemen of 1 noland, which took place a fortnight ago, I have been frequently asked my opinion as to the unfortunate alhur that everjone is aware took place in connexion with the ictum mntch on the Aä»ou uion Ground to d _, and with j oui permission I would like to " o ex-

pression to same

AA hatev er niav be the opinion of the public as to whether the decision of the umpire m Mi Murdock s case vv as ndit or wion"', the question that immeliately followed vv is that he (the umpire) should be removed from the position The law on the subject is vcry clear, viz , that _\o umpire is to be changed during a match unless with the con ent of both parties, except he be found 0 ulty or betting on the mutch, in which CT-C either

party may disnii«. linn

Uter each captain has consulted hu re- spective team, it rests with them done to anange mattere, an 1 if either of thei i shall refuse to consent to the change it is lainly the duty of the side beel mg the rem ival to piocecd with the pin. or surrender the in itch

o their opponents

In the case of to day I cannot say whether, had the question been left alono to the rap. unis, Lord Harris would have consumed to a change but when a v erj objections ¡le sec tion of the membeis of the ¿lound in tho pavilion-who set the ciovvd in motion-who assumed an impudent attitude of compul-ion, md otherwise acted mablacl-guardl) ni mnei, I think the English team shone out in then. line colours wl en they declined to accede to any change and moreover, showed n moat generous and laudable spirit m not claiming the match on the score ot the play not being piO"ceded with within the p_e3cnbcd ti ne

Is one can regret what has taken placo more than the committee of the Association who feel deeply them afortuno of hav mg admitted to membership of the giound many who shonld even bo piecluded from access to any cricket ground-I am, sir, your obedient sen mt, AV C GoDDiim

Brombee, St Leonard s, Tob 8

IN November, 1877, a salo of sealskins took place va London, and tho sales in about an hair and a half realised £170 000 A similar sale has recently been held at tno Commercial Sale rooms, Mincing lane, ana ubout tho same quantity of furs sold for -210,000-neaily half as much again as tney fetched 12 months previously,

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