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Related article: of the principal races out there, while in the last year of his stay, he was able to claim some share in the creditable running of Tostig for the Viceroy's Cup of 1893, ^^ that good horse was imported by him and sold to the Maharajah of Patiala. He was, as was remarked at the dinner given him on the eve of his departure from India, an '* un- defeated sportsman," and Mr. Moore, one of his oldest friends, who took the chair at this dinner, was well justified in saying that his stable of horses had been for years the mainstay of Calcutta racing ; *' in all weathers and all vicissitudes of fortune he is to the fore, full of pluck, always has horses to run and to back ; buys freely and is generally a dispen- sation of Providence to stewards, being a staunch supporter of the ruling powers and frequent offerer of useful advice, born of long ex- perience. His most remarkable virtue, to my mind, is his exu- berant cheerfulness, even when luck's against him. I never met a Dexamethasone 0.1 Eye Drops better loser, and that means possession of a combination of enviable qualities rarely met with. I have known his career on the Turf for over twenty years, and to speak of him as I have known him, he has throughout raced like an honest English gentle- man." Soon after this dinner, which was a fitting farewell to one whom the chairman truly de- scribed as "a typical soldier, a capable official, an undefeated sportsman, a prince of good fellows, and a man of mark BAILY S MAGAZINE. {January everywhere," Lord William re- turned to England, where he has remained ever since. There was one incident — and that a most creditable one — in connection with Lord William's service in India, which was passed over in silence at this farewell dinner, namely, the heroism which won for him the Victoria Cross and the soubriquet of " Ulundi Bill." Lord William, who had been with his regiment in Af- ghanistan, had been recalled to staff duties when the Zulu War broke out, and he got so mad, to use his own words, when he read of the disaster at Isandula that he begged Sir J. Colley, the Military Secretary, to get him six months leave so that he might go on active service. This being? ac- corded him, he reached South Africa in time to be present at the engagement of Ulundi, where he gained the Victoria Cross for gallant conduct in having at great personal risk, during the retire- ment of the reconnoitring party across the W^hite Umvaloosi river, turned back to assist Sergeant Fitzmaurice of the 24th Foot, ^hose horse had fallen with him. Lord William picked him up, mounted him behind himself on h]« own horse, and brought him away in safety under the close fire of the Zulus, who were in great force and coming on quickly. His position was ren- dered all the more dangerous from the fact that Sergeant Fitzmaurice twice nearly pulled him out of the saddle. Well might Archibald Forbes, no mean judge of military exploits, declare this to be ** the bravest deed I ever saw,*' and well de- served was the reward " for valour** which he received at Windsor from the hands of his Sovereign when he returned for a short time to England before going back to service in India, where he was yet to spend another fourteen years. A year or two after he came home for good in 1894, ^® mar- ried an American lady who had been left a widow by the late Duke of Marlborough in 1891. They settled down at Deepdene, the beautiful demesne of the Hope family, which is close to that well- known coaching centre, Dorking. A boy, now two years old, has been born of this union. The Duchess takes the greatest interest in her husband's sporting pursuits, and it was not long after their mar- riage that Lord William went into partnership with Mr. Pierre Lorillard in the ownership of a number of American racehorses which have had their names writ large in the events of the last three or four seasons. Several of Dexamethasone Acetate Tablets their horses, notably Diakka, Sandia, Berzak, Caiman and My- akka, won several good races in the colours which Iroquois car- ried with such credit eighteen years ago ; but at the end of 1898 season Mr. Lorillard, whose health was very bad, decided, at the instance of his doctor, to give up racing for a time, and the stable was taken over by Lord William. His horses are still under the charge of Huggins, the American trainer, who came over with Mr. Lorillard, and he has taken a lease of Heath House, so long as- sociated first with the veteran Matt. Dawson and then with his nephew George, who trained there Ayrshire, Donovan, St. Serf, Semolina, Memoir, and the many other good horses which bore the black and white of the Duke of Portland. The light bluejacket and Pms Dexamethasone 4 Mg black cap, which is now al- most invariably worn by Tod Sloan, has had a great run of luck for the greater part of last season, though it did very badly 1900.] WOODCOCK. in the closing weeks. If Caiman did not maintain his autumn form with Flying Fox, he has won many other races. While if Sibola , with Sloan for once caught nap- ping, just missed the Oaks, she had won the One Thousand Guineas in a canter. A fine piece of riding gave Knight of the Thistle — a very lucky purchase from Mr. McCalmont — the vic- tory in the Jubilee Stakes, and the two-year-Qlds have been win- ning all along the line, notably Democrat, who, with seven races worth j^i3,OGO to his credit, stands out as the best of his year, with the possible exception of Forfar- shire, and may not improbably establish what will be a new " record,'* namely,that of a gelding winning the Derby. Although he had a very bad fall two years ago, Lord William is still very fond of hunting. There are few four-in-hand drivers who can teach him anything, and it was a treat to see him bring his fine team of chesnuts round the sharp turn into the F.H.D.C. enclosure at Ascot this year. It may be said of him, as of most of his race, that he is a sportsman to the manner born. Woodcock.