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lie took with him to England a pair of Parker shotguns. He would use the rifles for exhibition work, and the shotguns for match shooting.

British marksmen sneered at the challenge of this upstart, published in Bell's Life In London; they couldn't be bothered. So Carver signed for a long engagement of daily exhibitions at the Crystal Palace.

But royalty had heard of him. The Prince of Wales (later Edward Vfl) invited Carver to Sanclringham, held a watch to time his shooting, made wagers on him. The Prince's little son was there; he wanted to ride Carver's shooting horse, -which was allowed. The lad was later to become George V.

From the Sandringham triumph sprang invitations galore. Carver next shot by request for the Duchess of Teck at the Ranleigh Club. The Duchess' small daughter, Mary, also rode Carver's horse, later became England's Queen. Following his appearance at the Club, the Duke and Duchess of Con-naught requisitioned both Carver and the Crystal Palace for a public performance. The entire British nobility attended, and to the accompaniment of Carver's Winchesters, the 18th Hussars played national airs.

In January, 1880, Carver crossed the channel and signed to shoot in Paris for 45 nights by electric lights. When this engagement was concluded, he began his tour of command performances. He went to Belgium and shot for the King; then to Germany, where he performed twice at Potsdam for three generations of Kaisers: William I, Prince Frederick, and young Prince William. The old Emperor applauded his work, titled him "Der Scheutzen Konig." He next shot for the King of Saxony at Dresden; then traveled to Vienna, where he gave three command performances.

Diamonds were '.lie cheapest commodity owned by royalty, and Carver had a hatful of them. He would have preferred however, to shoot matches for British pounds. Taking with him the hope that the English shooters would now accept him, re-crossed the channel, added a Greener to his battery.

This time, he did not have long to wait.

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Scott. the British trap-shooting champion, ^demanded a match. This was soon arranged, .-and look place Feb. 7, 1881, at the I nion Gun Clnb, Hendon, in a blinding sniiw-storm. The stake was $2,000. tlie malcli at .100 birds, 30 yards rise, five traps, five yards .apart, to be sprung at unknown intervals. 'Carver won it. 66 to 62.

Now the London Sportsman decided to hold a great match for the Live Bird Championship of the World. Thirteen of Jhe best <hots entered, including Carver. -Scott, and Ira Paine the latter having come over from the I nited States to enter. The match look place at the I pper Welsh Harp. March 14, 15. and 16. On the third clay. Carver and Scott stood alone. Then the Britisher went down. 79-74. Carver won the Cup and S3.250. The Cup was to remain in Ins possession until he retired, 16 years Jater. The money—didn't.

The following summer. Carver shot exhibitions throughout the British Isles, returning in the fall to shoot a match against W. Crawshay. which he won 93 to 82. I lere for the first and only time since coming to England, he had to extend himself a trifle; ihis was the largest score he or anyone »■Ise had ever made there. Three years before, Bogardus had held the record for England: an 84 against Mr. Shelley of Coventry.

The English were poor marksmen; in Carver's opinion. Scores in the low 70's were high there at the time, and Carver had lo hold his scores down and give long handicaps in yardage in order to obtain competition. The practise was stultifying, but it brought in money.

Following this match with Crawshay, Carver shot at 50 birds with a Mr. Eden, 11. C. Pennell, and a Mr. Calvert. The scores: -35 lo 30, 43 to 34, and 35 to 30. Carver longed for Bogardus lo come over, so the Iwo Americans could show the English how lo shoot consistently in the 90's and even make possibles. Lie sen! a cable to Bogardus with a challenge, offering to put up $250 with the Sportsman to pay his expenses to England. But again Bogardus wouldn't budge.

Now Mr. Archibald Stuart-Wortley. a lown-and-country gentleman who alternately daubed in paints and rode to the hounds, challenged Carxer at 100 birds for a ihousand pounds. The match was made. E. Smith of Bell's Lite was appointed stakeholder and referee, with Aubrey Coventry as umpire for Stuart-Wortley and Henry 11olt for Carver. The shoo! took place at the Union Gun Club on December 5th.

It rained so heavily they could barely see the birds. Just before the match began, a man well-known to Carver came tip and whispered in his ear. He said that the Duchess of Teck. a personal friend of the Britisher, would appreciate it if Carver would make it a tie. The Duchess had treated Carver like a king, and he decided, since it could cause liirn no loss, to accede.

Carver soon learned that Stuart-Wortley. paint-dauber or not. was the best shot he had met since coming to England. The latter killed his 81st. 82nd. and 83rd birds with his last three shots, for a score of 83x100. Carver, with a score of 81. had 3 birds to go. He killed the first, knocked down the second, and lowered his gun. The bird looked at Carver, and Carver looked at the bird. Then, with Carver's gun still at rest, the bird look wing and flew over the boundary. The next bird was a '"thousand-pound"' target, and Carver killed it. The shooters ^ were tied.

A few days later Carver told the story of that match to his friend. Sir John Ashley. Lord Ashley said: "Archie I know well and lie is an honest man. I would bel that the request for a tie was a put-up job, concocted by some gambling lads from Panton Street who were betting that vou would not beat Archie. A bloody low trick, I call il— against you both."

Carver now shot four matches in succession. winning them all: Gordon, Gordon and flobson, Graham, and Gordon again. On Feb. 15, at Liverpool he won over Graham and J. II. Fowler, champion of Scotland. 76-54-64. On Feb. 22nd, on a bet of 1.000 pounds that he could kill 75 out of 100, he killed 78. lie continued shooting until late in the fall, never losing a match; but his heart wasn't in it, and on Nov. 15, 1882, he sailed toward Bogardus on the premise of Mahomet and the mountain.

The great match of champions, so hard come by. finally took place at the Louisville Jockcv Club, Feb. 22, 1883. Hundreds of the greatest shots hurried to the meet. It was 100 pigeons for §1.000, five traps, 30 yards rise, London Gun Club rules. Carver won it, 83-82. Bui Bogardus wasn't satisfied. They went to Chicago and shot at 100 pigeons again. Carver winning. 82-79. "Let's try clays." said Bogardus, and they tried clays. Result: Carver 72, Bogardus 63.

The rivalry was settled, it seemed, and history was ready to pass up the greatest shooting rivalry ever known. But officials of the Ligowsky Clay Pigeon Company had noted that the last match concerned their products, not yet commonly used. Their proposition bridged the brcach : "25 matches at our saucers, city to cily to the Atlantic coast,

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