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_ Fight between Jem Burn and M'Gee, for Fifty Sovereigns a side. In the present 'pecuniary crisis' of public and pugilistic concerns, the lovers of the P. R. are all alive when there is any probability of a good day's sport; and although Langan's occupation's gone, and spring is snugly cribbed among the cider barrels of his native county - although Cannon's good report is heard no more, and our facetious friend Josh Hudson finds it more profitable to draw porter than caret - yet we have a host of real good fighters who could keep the game alive, if the patrons of the ring would only extend their feelers, and the fair profile of our Sovereign would countenance such men as Ward, Sampson, Crawley, O'Neal, and others. However, the assemblage collected yesterday to witness the set-to between Burn and M'Gee was uncommonly cheering, there being present all the members of the P. C. and all the hardware of Brummagem, Burn was the favourite generally; for he is, as Uncle Ben says, 'Not merely a chip of the old block, but a bit of the block itself.' M'Gee is nothing but a good one; and the Liverpool blades have ventured large bets in his favour, and nothing but legitimate milling was expected. Oliver is the friend of Burn, and Langan supports his brave countrymen. The stakes were 50 L. aside, and the scene of action was Litchfield race-course, being about midway between London and Liverpool.
_ The men arrived in the neighborhood on Sunday night, and early yesterday morning advanced towards the field, equally confident in their powers, and in high condition and spirits. A little before one the men entered the ring, and gave the customary signal. The necessary arrangements being completed, the men came to the scratch in a manner which convinced the spectators that no child's play was intended.
_ Round 1._The fight commenced with spirit; M'Gee seemed to be desirous of making sure of the first blow; but Burn was awake, and with uncommon dexterity parried the blow, and planted a nice one on the frontis of his man; Pat returned - one, two; stop - a close, and in the struggle, Pat was second best - (Bravo! 6 to 4 on Jem.)
_ 3. M'Gee not hurt, rushed at his man, and had nearly thrown him - Jem recovered himself, and seemed determined for slaughter; Pat was not afraid, and both peppered beautifully; Jem, to guard against the rush of his opponent, waited for him, and received him with a punisher on the vicualling office, which had great effect.
_ 4 and 5._Jem liked his customer, and Uncle Ben thought it secure; Pat seemed desirous to bore his man to the ropes, but was floored.
_6 to 10._were all in Burn's favour; Pat lost his wind and temper, and fought against himself.
_11 and 12._Pat's only aim seemed to be to get his man to the ropes; he fought well, and the coolness and temper of Jem were admirable, although his head was most dreadfully punished.
_13 to 19._Uncle Ben and Oliver complained of having nothing to do, while their brothers on the other side were toiling to no purpose.
20._Nothing could save M'Gee - he vainly endeavored to bore at his man, but was almost instantly floored.
_21 to 28._Jem, anxious to finish, gave a tremendous blow, which told on the pumpkin of Pat, and made him reel to the ground, both the men were severely punished, and Pat showed he was good stuff.
_29._'Take him away,' was the universal cry; he; however, made a last effort, which was quite ineffectual; Jem gave the decisive blow and poor Pa was deaf to time.
_It was certain M'Gee had over-rated his own, or under-rated his man's abilities; he may conquer a good countryman, but he has no chance with my Nevey.'
_The battle lasted twenty-three minutes.

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