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ENGLISH BREEDERS NEED PARI-MUTUELS. Leading British Stock Journal Say* the Time Has Arrived for Utilization of Pari-Mutuels. The pronouncement of The London Live Stock Journal in favor of the introduction of the pari-mutii 1 on British racecourses as a rcveniie-jirodno r for the beaefit of tin- light bene breeding industry is signifi, ant of the arousing of public opinion tin re to IId- opportunities lost by adherence to worn out BjSBtna ami m -thiols- of basis* SS. Tin- Live Stock Journal is Me leading paWlf alloa dealing with that indii-try and it. is considering the sail ill Is of the future, as will as present in- ds. when it endorses Me use of thi- machine for the purpose stated. Especially after the war, it sees the threatening conipitition of the breeders in than eeaattaes that have t;iki n advantage of v. hat The Journal finds to be a vital element in the situation. Tin- matter is dealt with St much length in tiie leading article of the latest issue, and says in part: "The recent conference held at the War Office, whereat a deputation of light horse brooders laid a painfully poor case Mian the Minister for YVar and the Miaister of Agriculture, we describe as a failure. Perhaps, in tin- light of what bus since happened, tie- word was quite the wrong one to use. We now aaderstaad that soawaae flatbed in authority baa beea at work upon ih vising a aew •cheese to assist the countrys light horse braediar; iadastry. Saw far this scheme has progressed We know not: hew fat the suggestions will ever get, beyond the pcrmani at pigeon hole, we know not ; but we hope for the best. Timo Has Arrived for Revision. "Before this official scheme sees tin- daylight of publicity, we have eoni* thing to say to Its apoa sors. Tii» time bas cine for our whole ay steal el light horse Is IK dim to be revised. Bad to to considered a vita! after the war subject. Whatever scheme the staff af the Beard el Agriculture may be devisiaaj to assist a languishing iadastry, heavily bit chiefly because of the war. such scheme should not be tie- -oh- work of a penaaaeat offici.il. It must he evolved and produoeir by a eaterie •! nun each with a practical kaowtedge of bam DOT -ding in all its forms ; : 1 1 1 phases. "Then ;s a feeliaaj abroad, in eertaia bone breediag circles, that a small tux shaaid be charged aaaa all shack that leave the country, and par-ticularly upon high-dan stud shack seMag in taoasaads to tin- Argeatiae. Then- an ahaatheae bn iihrs wbn weald charge a i.: of js per head u; en all Me wrecked and decrepit three legs ami a swiager which in than of peace leave tlnse shorn for Belgian! .-i--l Bottaad. Both scheme* would pro-iuco much .f reveaaa that coald in- ;• voted to hor-.- breedhag. Then an roaat* hi baadreds of Hght bene breeiler in th kiiig i"ni wh hare now come to the lOiiolusion that the time has fully arrived for the ulilizritiiu f IId- p.: : i iiiuiiic! on on/ ra-c tears* s, ami tie devetioa f eertaia perceatages of iis takiaga to charitable institutions, to hospitals, to racing fund;, to agriculture, and to tie- anistaare of Ughl horse breediag. Let n hn.k ,-it ami aaaiyae what Praan baa Mae in this especial regard. Writiag in Th.- Live Stock J«.ur-n.-il ahaaaac f 1M6, Ma bin Sir Walter Cilbey strongly advocated the erectlea of the pari-aaatuel on our race censes ami the raising of S0P.OUS poiin.K by its sseaas, with which to assist stock breediag Bad hospitals. How the Mataah Have Helped France. "The late Baronet n« that tin- awchMe took the profit which Me bookmaker now receives from laving you less than tin- actual legitimate od.|s. Under tho*o eircaatstaneea, it is only fair that a percentage of these increased odds shaaid go towards g i object*, sir Walter, in MM, aaaklag iaqairies on ti tlu-r side of the ChaaacL, foaad that in Frame s per cent, was the,-.- deducted from the taktegs of the in i.-hin. s for the beaefit of agikaltare, the poar of th.- country, aad Me hospit, is. and for working expenses. In rraace during 1901, the sum paid through the pari-matael was P.038,278 poands, and in the year, when only 7 per rent of it was dedacted, 1 p. r ■ nt of it was applied for hore breediag, ami realfated M.383 pounds. Two per ci-nl v. is sUo aiid to public char] tllS Which b.nefli-d to the ctfllt of iMl.Tl.li [ ids. and tin- a per cent for working expeaaes ran away wili SS1.and3C poands. As the outcome of this. Paris was ou.e eaahted to eaTet Il.imki pounds in prizes for a i.orse show, and Prince caa provide beraelt witli bones for her anajr at any moment, while at tin- Basse time her poor rates .:..• in norm.. I times very minor affairs .tampered with ours. line .bus not hesitate to assert on- s conviction that, in this country, a ~ per cent, tax levied aaaa pari inutii-1 belt bag would yield well aver a million pounds sterling. The working i -la. ses of Britain are not so fragal as those of France, and while a five-frane investment on a pari-mutuel in Praam is quite an ".-vent" and Me occasion for many heart spasms, the average British working-man v. ho goes racing to Epsoni, to Kempton, to Ayr. to Cheater, to Aintree, or to Newcastle never has less than a couple of Svendgns in bis pockets. "Th- Cooidios" of Newcastle used to bet in their "fivers," just as .lid th- potters of Staffordshire at Ch-st:- ami the mill and factory hands of Lancashire at Manchester ami Aintree. llany Favor Installation of Hutitel System. It mii-t not be overlooked that hundreds of breed-eta, members of tie- Jockey Club, owners am! trainers have already signed a petition in favor of tin introduction to ia-.glish am! Irish tan coarsen of the pari-natoel system of betting. Becogaitioa of tin- principle aad i;s practical ndoptsoa have been urged upon the following ;n;:in grounds: ill Thai part of reveaae accruing from approved deductions on tin- gross volume of betting weald hi- available for tin- state for sllaaalallng light ham breediag. 2 that stakes could M uacwiand ami saMtaatlal prian for breeders eoahi !»• established. C That the principle odd not fail to hive a healthy aad moral beaefit upon tin- horse racing. Would Fnglaml be any paant for the loss of the street bettor? Would n much ruin conn- upon haven of bettlag as distinct from loveis of Me sport of racing if they were compelled, as in other countries, to bet ia ready money and only on racecourses V "One may again ask why should not !»-tiiiig on race names be atade equitable ami belting i-isi--wi.ere than on a ran tense aoae away with alt gethi-rV Why, if a departaaeat of th.- state agren to become i lakeiiohh-r. Msald it hat be entitled to a percentage of the money won in return for ils work? This percentage today all goes Int.. the pockets of the bookmakers. Not aaly in Praam, but throughout aaast of the countries in Europe, and in India, South Africa, Australasia and America the system of the pari-uiutm-l prevails and is foaad most advantageous. "To tin- officiul who is at th.- moment drawing i-p this new scheme — whatever it may be— for the assistance of light horse breeding we heartily suggest tin- possibilities of tin- utilization of the pari-mutuel. l.ia him prove himself a Courageous man, as will as a thinker, by adopting our suggestions. His reward should 1» something more than Me unusual official decoration of a star or a ribbon, handed out to the faithful permanent. ere he aaasn into the fargaMaa. CM hern breediag world would l»ik upon li tin as a benefactor if la- ven hand on the hazard we broadly hint at in Men remarks "