Paris authorities begin campaign against snail racing, 1912.
- " - Snail Racing;. - I ' ' (London Express.) ' it ' -"Bitter resentment has been arouaed among the clerks of government offices In Paris by a campaign against snail racing which has been undertaken by the authorities. Snail racing Is the favorite recreation of French government clerks, who beguile the tedious hours by racing tame snails against those of tbelr friends. , This hobby, was unknown to the authorities until a recent Inspection, when a highly placed official opened the desk, of the clerks and found a, number of cardboard "snail stables" containing lettuce-fed racing snails. , . ., . Inquiries were Instituted, and It was found that the passion for snail racing had - taken such, a- hold of the clerical staff that proud owners of particularly swift snails .were bettinr heavily on their favorites. The campaign , against the pastime was Inaugurated with a view to stamp bettlntf among sionable clerks. A ' French business" manager who Is Staying at the Hotel Cecil described the sport , to an Express representative yesterday. '.". i "There Is keen" competition among enthusiasts whenever a well known snail comes Into the market." he said, "and as . much as 85s has been paid for a champion racer. "ihe rules of snail racing are as follow: (1) The course to be" not more than a foot and a half In length on a clear desk. (2) If the winning snail takes more than three-quarters of. an hour to cover the course, the race shall . be declared void. (3) No bait other ' than lettuce shall be placed at the winning post. (4) All snails shall be handicapped On their weight, and not their age. "Betting Is freely Indulged In." the manager added, "and many clerks have found themselves In serious difficulties." view to stamping out this Incentive to ng the young and . Impres-