13 MAY 1882, Page 23

Road-Scrapings : Coaches and Coaching. By Captain M. E. Haworth.

(Tinsley Brothers.)—Captain Haworth celebrates the revival of coaching, which has been one of the phenomena of recent days, tells anecdotes of the old times, when coaching was at its height, and administers some practical advice to those who would aspire to handle the reins. Very curious those old times were. At Barnet, for instance, there used to be daily free-fights over the passengers by the proprietors of rival establishments ; finally, the landlords of the Red Lion and the White Hart had to be bound over to keep the peace. The former, Captain Haworth tells us, had a company of prize-fighters in his pay. Railways are wiser in their generation, and agree to war, not among themselves, but on the public.