Excerpt from Fifty Years of My Life in the World of Sport at Home and Abroad, Vol. 1 of 2 Many of my readers, and t a few of my casual acquaintance, will wonder how it is that I, The Jigger of Eton and College days, and The Mate of Regimental and present times, could ever have the audacity (though I don't pretend to be troubled with diffidence) to attempt to commit to paper some of my experiences in this vale of tears. But the fact is, I have long been wishful to once again acquire possession of one of those pleasant occupants of my pocket which, in days gone by, used to nestle there periodically, and were so welcome, even when solitary - I mean the merry monk, i.e., the collection of crisp bank-tes that constitute the adorable monkey, value 500 sterling. The receptacle still exists, but its occupants have deteriorated into occasional flimsies (fivers) and very often nsies. About the Publisher Forgotten Books publishes hundreds of thousands of rare and classic books. Find more at www.forgottenbooks.com This book is a reproduction of an important historical work. Forgotten Books uses state-of-the-art techlogy to digitally reconstruct the work, preserving the original format whilst repairing imperfections present in the aged copy. In rare cases, an imperfection in the original, such as a blemish or missing page, may be replicated in our edition. We do, however, repair the vast majority of imperfections successfully; any imperfections that remain are intentionally left to preserve the state of such historical works.