At one time there was no one of more authority in hunting and horsy circles than LORD COMBERMERE. What he did not know about a horse, of any kind, might safely be disregarded altogether. And he was no less remarkable for the genial courtesy of his manner than for his universal knowledge in matters of sport. He was also the father of Lady Alexander Paget, of whom more anon. Where Lord Combermere was, you might commonly expect to see Mr. POOLE, who was his constant companion and friend - a sort of fidus Achates.