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MARSE ABES GOOD LINE OF ANCESTRY. New Orleans. La.. February 20.— L. A. Cilias stout hearted colt, Marse Abe. conies by his sin-eil. gaineness and stamina naturally, as he is as well bled as any youngster shown here this winter. His sire. Yankee, was by Hanover — Correction, aud his dam. Halo, by St. Blaise — Ida K.. by King Alfonso. The sons of Hanover were not ouly nearly all great race horses, but they have been successful at tlfe stud as well. Handsome, Buck Massie, Handsel. Hamburg, The Commouer. etc., all having produced giHsl winners. Two of his sons little heard ot heretofore have bad winners here this season, namely. Hammock, sire of Hammock Boy, aud Hapsburg, sire of Roseburg II. Correction, dam of Yankee, was one of he fastest sprinters of her time. She was by Hiinyar — ■ Manuie Gray, and a full sister to Domino. She was not. however, a stayer, five and a half furlongs being about her limit. She lielonged to John A. Morris, and Mr. Morris barely missed securing the greatest horse of his day. and probably a greater horse, at least a faster one, than any other that ever raced in the Barbarity colors, because, of the inability of Correction to maintain her speed over a long distance of ground. When Domino, as a year-ling. was [nit up at auction along with the rest of Major Thomas lot. Mr. Morris bid ou him to a moderate limit when he stopped and the colt became , the property of James R. Keene. In the matter of producing uniformity of wiu-ners. the Hanover blood is without doubt the most potent in this country. He is a representative of the Herod line, which, together with the Edipst and Matcliem lines, constitute the three great families from which the modern thoroughbred has descended. The Herod line has been practically extinct in Kngland for many years, and. on this account, several offers from the other side were made to Milton Young for the horse before he died, but all of thein were turned down. Colonel Young holding to the opinion that this country needed the Herod blood quite as much as England did. II is a credit to his commercial judgment aa well as io his patriotism, speaking iu a turf way. that in- did so. for. the potent blood is required to reinforce that of the Eclipse and Matchem families, and that through Hanover it is doing so is being more clearly proven every year. Tnable to secure Hanover, the Englishmen have acquired several of his sons, and that these will leave their impress on the English thoroughbred in time is certain.