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regiment, attracted to the spot hy the volumes of flames and smoke, was reviewing the terrific encroachment of the devouring element, when a cat, dreadfully singed and terri­fied, sprung through the blaze and alighted on his shoulder. The officer, somewhat surprised at first, endeavoured to shake her off; but poor puss, firmly fixing her claws in his jacket, was not so easily got rid off. Perceiving her reluctance to leave him, he at length humanely deter­mined that, as she had in the moment of danger and fear flown to him for protection, she should accompany him to the Barracks, and here she was well taken care of by her new master and his comrades.
At a small distance from the Eace Ground there was formerly a Roman Station, called White Hawk, some vestiges of which, in a circular shape, are still visible. The Prince of Wales, the officers of the various militia regi­ments quartered here, and several of the county gentry were the chief supporters of the races at their com­mencement. This meeting extended over four days,— Friday, Saturday, Monday, and Tuesday,—and in 1791 the dates were respectively July 29th and 30th, August 1st and 2nd, (a Sunday intervening, on which day a fair was held, called White Hawk Fair), and the " running hours " of the races were so apportioned as to admit of the races being run before and after dinner. Connected with this fair, the Morning Herald of Monday, Aug. 3, 1807, makes the following allusion to the preceding day :—
" Brighton. " White Hawk Fair, as it is termed, has attracted much company to the Bace Down to-day, though but few individuals of fashionable note were to be seen in the throng."
These races attained such a degree of excellence under the auspices named that few provincial meetings could rival them, some of the most celebrated horses in the king-
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