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ENGLISH RACING MAY BE ABANDONED. A cablegram from London says: "At the instance of the government, the stewards of the Jockey Hub have canc-elled the 1917 racing fixtures which were set for the remainder of the season after the Newmarket First Spring meeting, which occurs this week. The step was taken with a view to saving foodstuffs which are now diverted to the racing stables." The First Spring meeting began yesterday and, if the dispatch Quoted is correct, the unhappy turfmen of England will see no more racing this year miles* the war takes a decisive turn favorable to the Allies. The First Spring Is an important meeting, as among other events of weight, it brings nhaipt the decision of the Two Thousand Guineas today and the One Thousand Guineas on Friday. Inless it is in contemplation to destroy the horses. it is not easy to perceive where the retrenchment conies. If they are kept alive they must be fed whether on ths race track or elsewhere.