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in this respect, for you have not progressed, and appear not arrived at, as to with whom the power of rejection
If the gentleman who answered for the cattle judges was there ; and when you consider the little attention that hard on the Durhams, one of the authorities for horses has been paid to them; when you consider that the
was equally severe over the Suffolks, by which breed the matter at present is only an enterprise, and notice what Norfolk cart horse is now chiefly represented; though the has been accomplished in twelve months, you will see
county itself makes no stand in the show ground. Mr. that they have done that which you may do with the Crisp once more carried everything before bim with the same facility, and with the same success, or I may go stallions ; for the short-legged old Marquis was the best further, and say with more. (Cheers). Gentlemen, it horse not under four years old ;" his Conqueror the is not for me as a Surrey man, and as a stranger among first and May Duke the second best three-year-old you, to dictate to you, or even to advise; but I can
colts; and his Essex colt the best two-year-old, and only express my astonishment, that as you have
these were the only four be entered. Conqueror, animals of such a class, or so good a stock, it is aston
moreover, enjoyed the especial distinction of carrying ishing to me, I say, that you have not done more, and
off the Dereham Cup, as “the best animal in the horse that the shorthorns which you have exhibited were not classes." He has not been out before this season, but better than those which we have seen to-day. The
was first as a foal at Swaffham, as a yearling at Framprize animal in your class of shorthorns would, in lingham, and as a two-year-old at Swaffham. Consome shows, only take rank as a second-rate animal. queror has grown into a grand horse, with a particularly (Great uneasiness, and attempts to put down the fine forehand, but very unpardonable bocks and bad bindspeaker). Taking, however, your stock as a whole, leg action. There is a deal to like about the second old it does you great credit, and it does credit to the ima
horse Raglan, with the same exception to his hocks. portant Agricultural Society of Norfolk. A good deal Mr. Hodgson's good mare, and Mr. Gleed's mare and has been said as to the desirability of objecting to cer- filly have already been distinguished in our reports of tain animals on the ground that they are not breeding the Eastern shows, just as we have dwelt on The Marquis animals, and have the amount of obesity which dis- and May Duke; but Messrs. Overman and Taylor bere qualifies them for breeding stock, and renders the thing varied the colour for second to them with a couple of a farce rather than doing them any credit. That is a
bays, said to be more of the old Norfolk cart horse difficult matter for the Royal Agricultural Society to
character. Mr. Clayden, himself a breeder of them, was deal with. There was a time when they made an at
well up in the chesnuts, but this is how his colleague, tempt to limit the feeding. Unfortunately, all descrip- Mr. Taylor, so famed for England's Glory, estimates them : tions were not true. Certain representations were
“I must say, with regard to the cart horses, that I came made, and the plan looked as though it was likely to do
here expecting to see them very much better. The considerable injury. But I think if the Council of the Suffolk horses had, many of them, bad feet and bad Royal Agricultural Society, and not only the Council legs (loud laughter). I do hope that if there be any Sufof that Society, but the committees of the local shows, folk gentlemen in the room that they will not be ofwould give authority to the judges to reject animals fended if I say that the Suffolk horses generally are so, which, by reason of their obesity, may be considered
and that the Suffolk horses are not farmers' horses as having been rendered unfit for breeding stock, the (cheers and laughter). They ought to belong to genevil might be remedied. I don't hesitate to tell you tlemen who have a farm, ns" Mr. Gardner has said, to that one or two of the beasts in the show-yard to
turn them into, and conld afford to keep them without day-(Loud uproar : a portion of the company making work (laughter and cheers). If those were specimens of another effort to put the speaker down)—I was about Suffolk horses which were shown to-day, all I can say to allude, with your kindness, and your attention, to
is that they are a very useless set of animals for farmers one or two animals which we saw in the show-yard to.
to have. There was, for instance, one class which we day, and which showed that there was an excess of had to judge of-it was that of foals. We had two condition. But neither I nor my brother-judge felt animals shown (laughter). I suggested to my colleague that we should be justified in rejecting those animals that we should withhold 'the prize, as we thought that in consequence of their unfitness in point of morbid neither of them had the least pretence for being called fatness. But if we had had that authority given to prize animals (loud laughter)." We thought that if we us as judges, which it has been recommended should
awarded a prize, that the owner would go straightway be given, we should have rejected them."
and say, "Why Mr. Clayden and Mr. So-and-So have It is unfortunate that some clearer understanding was awarded our foal a prize at the Dereham Show!' It is
not, however, always a pleasant thing for a judge to feeding, we believe that horses are occasionally as much withhold a prize; and particularly as my friend sug- overdone in this way as bulls; and had Mr. Taylor made gested that the Dereham Agricultural Association was this his chargo against the exhibitors of the chestnuts, very rich (loud laughter), and had a little money to he would have been far nearer the mark than when spare (renewed laughter). We therefore gave one of backing the outrageously absurd notion of a Suffolk the foals a prize (cheers). Something had been said being of no use on the farm! A Suffolk is of “ no about stock male animals being exhibited overfed. I use" when he is so gorged and pampered that he don't go quite the length which gentlemen have thought loses his courage, and becomes unfit for his duty. proper to do in the remarks they have made (Hear, There are one or two very“ modern" instances of the hear). It is not always the case when you see an ani. effect of this feeding for show, that we should be by no mal fat, and another not, that the fat one has had a means surprised to see further argued “hereafter." great deal more food. Much depends upon constitu- But even beyond this, a horse who has to “ travel" tion and breed (Hear, hear). One of the previous must, with a grossly loaded top, find it sooner or later speakers said that at the Royal Agricultural Society tell upon his legs and feet; and curbs, side-bones, and they tried to do away with fat animals; but they found ring-bones will be some of the ills that flesh is heir to. that they could not keep people honest. I, however, Although our friends” said they had nothing very am not quite sure that they would know how. I have “special," there were half-a-dozen stallions brought had gentlemen calling upon me, and asking, how is it out for the thorough-bred premium, to parade on the that you get them so fat? There is no difficulty, I an- outside of an absurd little ring, instead of being in swer, in getting them fat: the difficulty lies in keeping with the judges, and the public roped off. These half
If you get a good constitutioned cart dozen included an old white Yorkshire coacher, and horse for instance, you cannot keep it poor without you one of the highest-bred horses in England, Van deprive him of food so as to injure him. Another thing, Diemen, by West Australian, out of the Flying Dutchgentlemen, I believe that there are many people who man's dam-the gay old Sirikol, and a lathy fresh do not know when a horse is fat or when it is lean (loud three-year-old by Joe Lovell ; with the French-bred applause). I have had gentlemen who have come to Eclaireur and the stilty Hurdle. Of these the judges me and have said, 'Mr. Turner, your horse is enor- divided over the three-year-old, and“ Monsieur”-the mously fat (applause). I hav e said in reply, Gentle- latter a remarkably clever, compact horse, with a deal men, it is the make of him; and to prove it I would of substance, and just the sort for a farmer to fall in have one of you put your finger on his ribs and you love with. Strange to say, however, on Mr. Clayden will feel them' (applause). With respect to the being called in, he gaye against Eclaireur, mainly we breeding or propagating propensities, I know that believe on the ground that the young one was cleaner gentlemen who have entire horses are in the habit of and straighter on his legs; but this solution of the keeping them fat. If they did not do so, farmers difficulty was not liked. The two best hunting mares would not look at them (Hear, hear). If you sent a were both useful enough, but the lot behind them very horse that was poor and another that was in good con- common,”
,” and Mr. Aylmer's renowned old chestnut dition, I know which would take the prize. I say, mare was again the best hackney, with two clever then, that it is impossible to tell on all occasions ones placed next to her. The ponies would not comwhether an animal has been oversed or not. A word pare with the Swaffham entry, and Mr Baldwyn's with respect to the cup which we—the judges of black Robin Hood, deservedly in favour as he is as a horses—have had to give away. I never gave away a roadster, forced the query as to where was Quickcup in my life before; and on this occasion I had little silver,” the Norfolk "nag,” that made such an impleasure in awarding it (loud laughter). There was a cup pression at Leeds. to be given for the best animalinthe yard, which included Mr. Clayden was again summoned as umpire by the mares, foals, entire horses, and geldings, and horses, in two sets of sheep-judges. Their long-wool worships, fact, of every description. If gentlemen who officiated as with all due appreciation for Mr. Browne's very admirjudges were puzzled with short or long-woolled sheep, able ewes, had found nothing like Mr. Aylmer's grand surely we might with this award amongst horses com- old ram, the first at Swaffham and Norwich, although prising so many different kinds. I will tell you what now badly broken down behind; and Messrs. Moon we did. The four judges of horses came together, and and Turner, after duly complimenting Lord Sondes for we decided that the prize should be given to a male his lambs and ewes, stood on their best of Lord Walanimal. We thought that the entire animal would be singham's Downs, but not with quite the same preceuseful to the public at large, while the female would be dent to support them. At Battersea, in the old class, useful only to its owner. That appeared to us also to the Merton rams were second, third, and commended be the intention of the giver (Hear, hear). Well, we to Mr. Rigden's sheep; whereas at Dereham the selected all our first-class horses. Our (riding herse) second and third were precisely in their former places, friends came to us, and told us that they had nothing and the Royal commended sheep first! Mr. Woods very special ; and we said that we had nothing very has all through maintained that this is the right readspecial (laughter), At last we considered the matter ing of their several merits, and general opinion goes over, and gave it to that which we thought the best, again with him against another bench of Battersea and so got shut of the cup (roars of laughter). | martyrs. Lord Walsingham sold ten of his best ewes I can
assure you, gentlemen, that if you want in London to go to France, and sold them well, too; to see good cart horses-better than you have but his Lordship was still able to pick out another had to-day-you will have to go into Lincoln- quorum for his own show, where his flock were natushire, Nottinghamshire, Huntingdonshire, or some of rally in much force. They have more and more breeding those counties. I shall, I think, try to induce about them, whereas Mr. Henry Overman has fairly some of my personal friends to become members turned his back on the thorough-breds, and entered of this association; and I for one shall join, so at Dereham as extra stock four Oxfordshire down rams that we may be able to show
better from the flocks of Messrs. Gillett, Druce, and Bryan, class of cart-horses than you have shown to-day." the third prize Royal sheep being amongst them. Mr. Of course there is “nothing like leather," and as Mr. Clayden, however, stood by them, and awarded the cup Taylor makes it his business to use Shire stallions, his for the best sheep to the Southdown ram. And then, criticism on the Suffolks must be taken with some con- what with all the Long-wools would say about it, and siderable qualification. As, however, regards over,
what his learned brother had to say about the Suffolks,
and what everybody as usual was saying about the Shorthorn in-calf Heifers, not above 3 years old. Fint nags, he fairly faced the open for Littlebury, and left prize, 5l. Lady Pigot (Victoria 35th). Second of 31., T. Eclaireur, and Mr. Garne, and Conqueror to settle it Crisp (Marion 2nd). Highly commended : S. Gooch. Com. amongst them.
mended : Lord Walsingham. The short entry of pigs was rendered chiefly noticea
Yearling Shorthorn Heifers. First prize, 31., Lady Pigot ble by the presence of Mr. Wainman's whites, but Mr. (Princess Edward). Second of 21., Lord Walsingham. Highly
commended: W. Farrer, Crisp intends to return the compliment by sending his
Devon in-calf Heifers, not above 3 years old.—Prize of 5l. blacks into Yorkshire; and that high authority, Mr. and Silver Medal, J. Blomfield. Caldwell, thus pronounced upon the implements : Yearliog Devon Heifers. - Prize of 31., J. Blomfield. " He congratulated the society on its show of machinery, Polled in-calf Heifers, not above 3 years old.-Prize of $1. and particularly of iinplements for steam cultivation, and Silver Medal, Lord Sonder. and said he was glad the society had had the daring to Yearling Polled Heifers.--First prize, 31., Lord Sondes offer prizes for implements though against the wishes (Cherry). Secund of 21., T. M. Hudson. The Class comof the manufacturers. With respect to Burrell's steam
mended. plough, he said it was acknowledged that no work could Fat Steers of any breed, above 3 years old.--First prize, have been better done. The cost of Holmes's culti- 5l., R, Wortley. Second of 31., s. Gooch. Highly comvator was apparently a great deal less, but the judges mended : 8. Gooch. Commended : 8. Gooch and W. Goulder.
Fat Steers of any breed, under 3 years old. - Prize of 51. considered that the difference was made up by the extra
and Silver Medal, R. J. Oliver. Highly commended: W. number of men required to do the work, in addition to
Blomfield, the fact that it could not plough, while the other could Fat Cows or Heifers.—Prize of 41. and Silver Medal, J. be used not only for ploughing, but for cultivating by Blomfield. Highly commended: J. Blomfield and R. Wortley. the smashing-up principle. Dr. Ager's implement
SHEEP. was calculated to be of great service, if worked with proper power. It peretrated eight or nine inches deep
SOUTHDOWNS, at one operation. That required a great amount of
JUDGES.-J. Moon, Maristow, Plymouth, power, but the extra power was more than compensated
J, 8. Turner, Cbyngton, Sussex. for by the saving of having to go over the land three or Shearling Rams.--First prize, 81., and Silver Medal, Lord four times under the old style of cultivation." Our Walsingham. Second of 5l., Lord Walsingbam. Tbird of 81., prize list may be left to tell the story out, but it must Lord Walsingbam. be understood that this list is a very different affair to
Rams of any age.--First prize, 81., Silver Medal, and The that for which the Association supplies the material,
DEREHAM CUP as “ the best animal in the sheep classes," As its deficiencies have been previously hinted at with.
Lord Walsingham, Second of 52., Lord Walsingham. Third
of 31., Lord Walsinglam. out any improvement, it may be as well to say that
Peus of Five Shearling Ewer.-Prize of 51. and Silver the catalogue of the Norfolk Agricultural Association Medal, Lord Walsingbam. is one of the most useless and imperfect ever issued. Pens of Ten Ewe Lambs.-First prize, 41., and Silver In these days of Stud Books and Herd Books it does Medal, Lord Sondes. Second of 31., Lord Sondes. not give the name or the pedigree of an animal, nor Pens of Twenty Wether Lambs. First prize, 51., and Silver the address of the exhibitor! Then the different classes Medal, Lord Sondes. Second of 81., Sir W. Jones. are all jumbled together without any ostensible “why Pens of Twenty Shearling Ewes. First prize, 71., and or wherefore''--the cart horses with the roadsters—the
Silver Medal, Lord Sondes, Second of 51., Lord Sondes. Shorthorns with the Devons and Polled—the sheep and Third of 41., Sir W. Jones. pigs alone appearing suceptible of anything like rea
LONG-WOOLLED AND HALF-BRED. sonable arrangement. Let us point this with one illus
JUDGES.-E. Clarke, Scopwick, Lincolnshire, tration of the uses of such a catalogue, and assume that
W. Garne, Bibury, Gloucestershire. a stranger, after leaving the ground, entertained a
Shearling Leicester or Long wooled Rams.-First prize, 81., lingering fondness for one of Mr. Crisp's Suffolks or
and Silver Medal, T. Brown. Second of 5l., T. Brown.
Leicester or Long-woolled Rams of any age.-First prize,
81., and Silver Medal, H. Aylmer. Secoud of 51., H. Aylmer.
Third of 31., H, Aylmer. Commended : H. Aylmer and T.
Pens of Five Leicester or Long-woolled Eweo.--First prize,
Commended : E. Farrer.
Silver Medal, Lord Sondes. Second of 31., P. Sharman,
Commended: E. Farrer.
Devon Cowa in-calf or in-milk.–First prize, 5l., and Silver eight half-bred ram lambs.
JUDGES.-J. Clayton, Littleburg, Essex,
B. Taylor, Peterborough.
Crisp (Marquis). Second of 71., G. Smith (Raglan), Third
Three years old Cart Stallions.-First prize, 81., Silver
horse classes,” T. Crisp (Conqueror). Second of 51., T. Crisp | tural Society of England were duly honoured, and thus (May Duke).
answered for by Sir Willoughby Jones, in an address Two years old Cart Stallions.-First prize, 6l., and Silver that must recommend itself to the serious consideration Medal, T. Crisp. Second of 41., E. Cottingham.
of his brother members, either on the Council or off it: Cart Mares and Foals.-First prize, 71., and Silver Medal, E. L. Gleed, Second of 41., G. N. Waite, jun.
Sir WILLOUGHBY JONES was an old member of the Royal Cart Mares.---First prize, 71., and Silver Medal. E. G. Agricultural Society, but had never exhibited until the present Hodgson, Second of 51., H. Overman. Third of 31., E, G. year, when he had the honour of taking a second prize for a Hodgeon.
polled cow, which he had bought of his noble friend Lord Three years old Cart Fillies. ---Prize of 61., and Silver Medal, Soodes. The reason he mentioned that circumstance was beW. Taylor.
cause he did not think that sufficient importance was attached Two years old Cart Fillies. --First prize, 51., and Silver in Norfolk to their indigenous breed of polled cattle. The Medal, E. L. Gleed. Second of 31., W. Taylor.
polled stock at Battersea were very much admired, and he beCart Foals. - Prize of 41., and Silver Medal, E. G. Hodgson. lieved that if they were to take a leaf out of the book of
breeders of other kinds of stock, and try to do justice to the RIDING HORSES.
merits of their own native breed, the Norfolk polled cattle JUDGES.-B. Nicholson, Sturton Grange, Leeds.
would prove second to none in the estimation of the country R. S. Waters, St. Giles, Craubourne, Salisbury. at large. With the number of good cows of that sort which Thoroughbred Stallions.-Prize of 71, W. Dunham (Young the county possessed, he felt confident that they might soon Joe Lovell, by Joe Lovell, dam by Liverpool). Highly com
make the herd not only popular throughout the country, but mended : W. T. Brackenbury (Eclaireur, by Mr. Waggs). profitable to themselves. “ Coming events," it was said, Stallions for saddle or harness purposes. - Prize of 76., and
“cast their shadows before," and he perceived some signifiSilver Medal, G. T. Baldwin (Robin Hood). Commended :
cance in the fact that Mr. Hudson, of Castleacre-than whom, J. A. Storey.
perhaps, there was no longer-headed man in the countyHackney Mares or Geldinga.--First prize, 101, R. W. should have sent a polled bull to this show, and it had taken Aylmer. Second of 51., Sir W. Jones. Third of 31., R. C. the first prize. Now, he believed that Mr. Hudson would not Browne. Highly commended: R. C. Browne.
bave exbibited that bull if he did not consider it a description Mares or Geldings for hunting purposes. --First prize, 51., of stock that he might hereafter do something with. He had H. C. Bonner. Second of 31., A. Palmer.
also seen a beautiful herd of polled cows on one of Mr. HudBrood Mares for saddle or harpess purposes.—Prize of 31., sou's farms. It was his (Sir Willoughby's) intention to offer J. N. Waite, jun. Highly commended : R. Hunt and C. C. a special prize to be appropriated in any way which the comHardy.
mittee might consider best adapted to develope the local breed Popies not under 12 nor above 14 bands high.--First prize, of polled cattle. They all knew the beautiful polled cattle 51., R. B. Aylmer. Second of 21., R. J. Kendle. Highly which had year after year been exhibited by Lord Sondes, and commended : F. E. Beck. Com led: W. Rose,
he hoped that many others would also exhibit in future years,
and that their animals would not only get prizes and commenPIGS.
dations, but would fetch good prices from purchasers in the JUDGES.-E. Clarke, Scopwick, Lincolnshire.
shires and elsewhere. With respect to the show at Battersea, W. Garne, Bibury, Gloucestershire.
Sir Willoughby expressed his opinion that the obesity of many Boars of large breed.-Prize of 41., and Silver Medal, T. of the animals exhibited was a disgrace to the common sense of Crisp (white).
agriculturists. He would venture to say that among the Here. Breeding Sows of large breed. -First prize, 41., and Silver fords there was hardly a bull that could get a calf. It was a Medal, T. Crisp (white). Second prize of 21, W. B. Wain. display of meat-carrying qualities, and not of reproductive man (white).
qualities. He could understand the difficulty the judges must Boars of small breed. -First prize, 41., and Silver Medal, experience in having to discriminate between such stuffed aniW. B. Wainman (white). Second of 21., T. Crisp (black). mals where every defective point was filled up with fat. He
Breeding Sows of a small breed. -First prize, 41., and Silver considered that the only remedy was, that the judges should be Medal, W. B. Wainman (white). Second of 21., T. Crisp empowered to reject animals which were not fit for breeding, (black).
for the very essence of such a society was to promote the Litter of eight Store Pigs.Prize of 41., and Silver Medal, breeding of good stock, and therefore he thought that no ani8. G. Stearn.
mal should be allowed to take a prize whieb was not in a fit Litter of Pigs on the Sow.—Prize withheld-No competi- state to produce stock (Hear). He knew that that was the tion.
opinion of practical agriculturists, such as Lord Leicester, IMPLEMENTS.
whom he had heard express his strong disapprobation of the JUDGES.-H. B. Caldwell, Lackham House, Chippenham.
practice of feeding animals up for shows, and he knew that the
animals cent from Holkham never had a mouthful of oilcake H. W. Keary, Holkam, Norfolk. Implements for Steam Cultivation. Prize of 101., C. Bur
or any food different to what they would have bad if they had
never been intended for exhibition (Hear). When animals rell (Fowler's),
were shown for the butcher, there could be no objection to Grası Mowers.-Prize of 51., divided between Jesse Kemp
their being converted into a heap of tallow, if the owner liked; and N. Ris, jun. (both Burgess and Key's).
but it was absurd that bulls intended for breeding should be Collections of Implements. --First prize, 81., Holmes and
shown as one was at one of the Royal Agricultural Society's Son. Second of 51., W. T. Gidney. . Third of 41, Garrett
meetings, which had bad three wet nurses, having consumed and Son. Commended : R. Hambling.
the milk of three cows ever since he was bom (laughter), and Newly-invented or Improved Implements.--Silver Medal,
besides that it was said that his mother had bad porter to Dr. Ager, for digger; to J. W. Sharman, for boriug ma
(laughter). He (Sir W. Jones) did not object even to that chine; and Holmes and Sons, for combined thrashing machines and set of steam cultivating apparatus.
when an animal was going to the shambles, but he did object
to it when a man was induced to buy such an animal at a long Highly commended: Murton and Turner, for combined
price for breeding purposes, and then discovered when he corn-dressing machine ; J. Sainty, for wrought-iron covered
brought it into his stock yard that it was perfectly incapable sbeep trough. Commended: T. H. Hastings, for plough aud standards with double cutting subsoil head attached.
of getting a calf (Hear, hear). He hoped the society would remedy this flagrant abuse. It was bad enough to have the
wool of their sheep dressed by a hairdresser, but that was a THE DINNER
mere external decoration. When it came, however, to copWas fixed for four o'clock-quite late enough—but it verting animals into a huge heap of tallow, it was entirely was five before the company sat down; and the after- nullifying the very object of these competitions, for the ani. proceedings, as a consequence, were brought to a
mal, however good his breed, was completely spoilt for breedfinish somewhat abruptly, in compliment to railway ing; and he heard a judge remarks at the Battersea show, time. We have already quoted freely from the more
• It is a pity so much good blood should be wasted." (Hear,
henr). practical speeches, but the uses of the Royal Agricul
ROYAL AGRICULTURAL SOCIETY OF ENGLAND.
THE METROPOLITAN MEETING IN BATTERSEA PARK.
The first impression of the great Battersea Show, as despite the trophies that will distinguish the first-class we have already recorded, was decidedly a good one.
men of 'Sixty-two. So far as one was permitted to judge, the expectation But the point of the Show did not centre here or raised would in no way be disappointed, either as re- there. One rather garded the material of the meeting or the capabilities for
"Sipped every lower, and changed every hour," its reception. Battersea, indeed, with the concomitant advantage of fine weather, has in itself afforded an susceptible more to the new love that attracted us, than agreeable surprise, not merely to the stranger visitor, constant to the old. And something new encountered but even to the Londoner, who, so far, had not been you on every side. It welcomed you at once in the inclined to hold “The Fields" in much respect. The foreign classes, where the dun, dusky range of Swiss Council could scarcely have selected a better exhibition dairy-cows gave an illustration of certain properties ground, although they certainly might have made more that the prize-list has not neglected in other directions. of it. With a little arrangement the acres of unoccupied Milk, in a word, is one of the features of the meeting, space within the Society's bounds might have easily been Milk, that for years, under the auspices of our national fashioned into three or four additional rings, and the Society, bas been gradually pusbed out of fashion for principle of public judging inaugurated under more beef and tallow, reasserts its importance to the people favourable circumstances than generally characterized not merely in supplies from abroad, but yet more in the carrying out of the experiment. Not that we would our Alderneys and Guernseys-each variety with a class by auy means chronicle this as a failure, but there must of its own--and in the sweet, kindly Ayrshires gathered be far more method to render the system anything like together in such force at the call of the Highland perfect. It is not good to see, as we did this Wednesday, Society. We try a fall even against these comparative gentlemen judging mares and other stock amidst a mob strangers with our own polled Norfolk and Suffolk, all of people, who occasionally crowded upon them as rudely promising as well for mothers and milkers, and making as they did on the Prince of Wales or the Prince Napoleon. up indeed such a sample as to well warrant the Direction Sheep and pigs may be brought out into the avenues ad- in granting them a class. Let the Council continue to joining their stands, but horses and cattle of all kinds bear this in mind. Let them shut their eyes no longer should be sent into good open ground, where the public to the weak place in the improved Shorthorns and may watch proceedings, with the proviso that they are Herefords, but let us have plenty of good milk by the carefully roped off from all undue interference. At same judicious offices that we are to bave plenty of Battersea there was only one ring provided, and that for good beef. The eye really becomes corrected again, the horses, encircled as it was by the comfortable boxes after running over these new classes as to what some of in which the stallions and the nag horses were numbered. the chief attributes of a cow proper should be :—the And these Scenes in the Circle were a continual attrac- pretty neat head and bright eye, the thin elegant neck, tion, from the time the thorough-bred judges stepped in with the rather ragged hips and heavy bag. It is from on Wednesday morning up to Friday afternoon, when these beauties, as they crop the sweet, short grass, that the only sharp shower of the whole week served as a we must look for our "new milk from the cow," and sufficient hint that it was nearly dinner-time.
not to the steery, lumpy heifers which drink more milk On the Wednesday and Thursday, however, this im- than they ever can give, to wash down their cake and so portant item in the business of the day had been put bring them to “perfection"! With the support already off indefinitely, for there was so much to do and to see. proffered, the Royal Agricultural Society can do much Few had availed themselves, even as members,
of their for the dairies of England. privileges of admission on the Monday and Tuesday,
Attention to this branch of the business is the more and never have the implement makers known a flatter necessary, as it would seem impossible to check the opening. This section of the Show has, in fact, been counter evil of the show ground. Some of the most more or less in the cool shade all through, and, with the over-fed beasts were again amongst the most honoured ; lack alike of prizes and novelties, the world passed on and although there is a suspicion that one or two Hereat once to the stock classes. And here, on the other fords were disqualified from their fatness, there was no hand, novelty was the great feature of the occasion. such plea put forward in placing the Shorthorns. The Battersea Show is not so much a strong one in any Mr. Douglas was at first inclined to think that his red certain breeds or individual animals, as it is for the heifer, the Queen of Athelstane, had lost the Gold Medal, infinite variety of kind it encourages, and the extra and with it all prominent distinction from this cause, ordinary number of its aggregate entries. The Short- but the judges did not admit as much ; and indeed, horns, for instance, have often been better; the sheep, men who could pass in such fat cows as those of Mr. with the one exception of the Cotswolds, are barely up Jonas Webb could not very consistently condemn anyto an average of excellence; and the horses, with a thing else. Handsome as the Athelstane heifer is, she similar proviso in favour of the Clydesdales and Suf- was beaten by another Scotch Lassie, one of the same folks, are immeasurably inferior to all they were at sort in fact, far more generally even in her points, the Leeds. Even the new gold medals bave failed to sig- outstanding shoulders of the other being very fatal. nalize anything as so remarkably superior, and there is Still " the best female animal in the Shorthorn Classes": scarcely an animal or a sheep thus distinguished but was not to be found here, but in the all-aged cows, that has been preceded by many a far better one in days where Mr. Booth was once more in his old place of first gone by. The Master Butterflys, the Lady Duchesses, with the Queen of the Ocean. This is a thorough Booth and the Babrabam Downs had few fellows at Battersea, beast, square, useful, and meaty, but very deficient in