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SCEPTRES RIDER DIES IN ENGLAND. The death is reported of Frank W. Hardy, the well-known jockey, whose name is principally associated with that of the famous mare Sceptre, as he rode her in many of her races. A number of people at the time criticised his riding of Sceptre in tho Lincolnshire Handicap of 1002, when she was just beaten by St. Maclou, arguing that Hardy had made too much use of her, but the mares owner was not one of them. Mr. Sievier, indeed, showed his faith in Hardys abilities by putting him up subsequently ou tho daughter of Persimmon In several iniiorlant Rices, including the St. Leger aud the Jockey Club Stakes, both of which she won. Hardy for the past few seasons had been riding in France, but returned to England in tho spring o.f this year, with the intention of permanently settling down in his native country. Hardy, who was equally proficient on the Hat aud over the sticks, met with a couple of bad accidents in the same season "nine years ago. In March, while riding a filly named Traitress at Northampton, he collided, with a post, and fractured his right thigh. He made a good recovery, but one of his legs had to be shortened. The second accident occurred at Warwick in September, when ho broke a collar-bone. Hardy was a native of Northampton. Loudon Sporting Life.