Slieve Gallion to Go to Hungary: Purchaser of Great English Colt Saves His Country 0,000, Daily Racing Form, 1907-10-20


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SLIEVE GAL. LI ON TO GO TO HUNGARY. Purchaser of Great English Colt Saves His Country 0,000. The sale of Slleve Galilon to Mr. do Szemere created much surprise, and means a gain of 10,000 to the Hungarian Government, writes the Buda-Pesth correspondent of the London Sportsman. I have already announced that the Hungarian government was eager to secure a first-class stallion or a horse in training with classic prctenslous to replace some vacancies at the Stud Kisber. Slieve Gallion was offered to the government, and the price of the horse was said to be 25,000. The government hesitated to outlay so much money, hut after consideration at last consented, and sent "orders to secure the horse. On the evening of the same day Mr. de Szemere wired to the government that he had succeeded in securing Slieve Gallion for 1-5,000, and is willing to sell him to the government at the same price after his racing career is done. He Mr. de Szemere is to pay all training, traveling, insuring, etc., expenses. The eventual winnings of the horse he offers to the Hungarian Rifle Association, only the amounts he may "win in betting on the horse he will keep. This generous j offer was promptly accepted. Mr. Wciser, Chief veterinary surgeon of the Stud Kisber, inspected Slieve Gallion, and, passing him sound, the sale vas effected. Mr. de Szemere, who saved the government 10,-000, is a wealthy nobleman, descending from one or the oldest Hungarian families. English newspapers called him "Baron von Szemere" and "Herr von Szemere," neither of these being correct. He is "Mr. Miklos Szemere de genere Iluba," or, shortly, "Mr. de Szemere." Huba was one of the seven chiefs Chief Arpad being their head, who guided from Asia the tribes of the Hungarians to occupy the present nungary more than 1,000 years ago. Chief Huba is the ancestor of the family "Szemere de genere Huba," there being also other people carrying the name Szemere without being "de genere nuba." Mr. de Szemere is piie of trar keenest sportsmen, a heavy bettor, a cool winner, and even a cooler loser. He buys the most expensive yearlings, even in Germany, if Tie wants them, and is a generous supporter of target practice and of all marksmanship in Hungary; altogether an all-round sportsman. Wc are wanting one or two. more like him.

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