Sport and Pastime.
On the 12th August an Australian team of footballers will leave Sydney for New Zealand. A few Queenslanders have been chosen.
The Queensland representative team of footballers will leave by steamer on Tues- day next for Sydney. The team includes four Toowoomba players.
It is a curious coincidence that Jackson and Darling, the English and Australian cricketing captains, were born on the same day in the same year. The date was No-
The winner of the first prize of £6000 in Tattersall's sweep on the Grand National Hurdle Race is Earle Waterhouse, a Perth boy of 16, who had his leg amputated some time ago owing to an accident. His mother commenced investing his savings from the household money on his behalf, and drew a prize of £62 in a Tattersall's sweep, but this has been eclipsed by the present success.
R. E. Williams, the aboriginal ped. who won the biggest prize over given in the world, tbe Carrington Handicap of £850 first money, was fined five bob, or tbe rising, at tbe Water Police Court, Sydney, recently for a plain backfelloiv's drunk.
Some extraordinary high prices were ob- tained recently in Argentina, South America, for a number of two-year olds by Kendall, Gay Hermit, Stiletto, and Nuntborpe. Twenty-six brought £50,000, an average of nearly £2000. It is said that all live stock in Argentina is at a high premium.
There are still some big punters in Eng- land. When Alcanzor won the Breeders' Stakes at Newmarket on the 18th May last, a professional backer laid 3250 to 500 on that colt in one hand. Alcanzor never gave his supporters any cause for uneasiness, as he led throughout, there being four runners.