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ster the other day, bis trio took first honours, and Mr. | ton, who did not venture up to Battersea, created a Davis' best at Hereford then ranked second to them. sensation, not only with the brace of good, wealthy The winners, however, were the most uniform lot, all of heifers he showed in the class, but the more 80 when

good wearing colours," of great depth and thickness, these were associated with four others, which, from being and the offspring alone a very marvel of growth and size. a trifle over the specified age, were exhibited as extra Mr. Capper's second set had the appearance of being stock. For completeness of points, as carrying the best finer bred, and Ada was certainly the handsomest cow of beef, with beautiful briskets, great frames, and as in the yard; but a very late calf told against the family being well let down behind, where the Herefords often when put in public comparison with some others. The fail, these half-dozen heifers were pronounced to be the third prize included, as it will be seen, the well-known best that any one breeder had ever yet shown. Tbey Chelmsford in Mr. Perry's sorting, and we need scarcely are all by Forester, a son of Uncle Tom, and the latter's remind our readers that Lord Wellington and Ada were dam, from the herd of Mr. Hewer. Strange to say, howsecond and third in their classes at Battersea ; or that ever, they are, with the fat cow, also a winner here, the many of the others have plenty of performances to fall only Herefords Mr. Wigmore now possesses. He was back upon for those who have the time to go through going all into Shorthorns, but now starts again with these them.

seven, as Beauty is declared to be in calf. She won, The same may be said of the yearling bulls, where, however, more from the firmness of her flesh than any indeed, the first, second, and third were placed again particular beauty of form, upon which point Mr. Tur. precisely as they were in London. Battersea, however, ner's very neat, level cow fairly beat her. Countess is, has gone on improving and thickening faster than any of indeed, rather a famous animal, having been successful his fellows, and for our pick he was the choice of the in her early day at the Royal, and subsequently, when whole show,' still as “ level to look on, and as famous to fed up, at Poissy, Leominster, and Ludlow. She goes handle" as when we first met him. There was a deal of on to Birmingbam, where, with a mixed set of judges, commendable uniformity of character in this important her softness of touch may not tell so much against her, class—the good masculine head—the long and deep frame and we certainly expect to Countess -the short fine leg-and an especial run upon dark again to the front. None of the steers approached wholesome constitutional colours. The yellow breed her in excellence, although with a good one to be taken would, in fact, appear to be dying out, and as with the occasionally from the two-year-old couples ; while the Suffolk horses, we know of no reliable argument that single entry " for fat oxen or steers eligible for either should make the lighter hues the better. There was but class at the ensuing Smithfield Show" is not, we should a short class of two-year-olds, where Mr. Evans, a imagine, very likely to “ qualify." We should have young man who is coming on in some force, won with gone for a good steer back into the fair. The wellanother blackish-coated bull, of great length, good christened Comely, the dam of Mr. Turner's young touch, and small bone. The aged bulls, again, were not ball Percy, was deservedly distinguished in the extra numerically strong, nor any of particular appearance. stock, as was another, Mr. Turner's old cow, Garland, Silvius, an animal of great size, and with a good head the dam of ten calves at twelve years old. These are and deep forehand, has been rather overdone, and is the sort of prize cows a society should recognize, and growing out of form : lumpy on bis quarter, and standing the Hereford direction is going on all the right way to badly on his pins, his contour by no means does jus- ensure an exhibition of breeding stock being in reality tice to bis many fine points.

that it professes to be. The two best “ collections” from the herds of ten- Both the sheep and the pig sections are improving on ant farmers were both furnished by Mr. Taylor, of what we have seen here, where it has generally been the Stretford, in the first of which, for animals of any age Herefords first, and the rest nowhere. Some good or either sex, he encountered no competition. He sent, Berkshires relieved the “middle” whites that Sir Velters however, half-a-dozen highly bred heifers, four of which Cornewall as a pig fancyer is now cultivating 80 had been first at Ludlow, and one of them, Countess, successfully; and a few pure Cotswolds and useful pens was out of the famous Fancy Leominster. In his lot of of Shropshires disputed for the palm with the old Ryeseven cows old Fancy herself occupied a prominent lands, still so much in favour hereabouts, although with place, wearing well and looking fresh as she does at ten nothing very stylish in their appearance. Unmistakeyears old, and with six or seven calves to her credit. ably, the weak place of the Hereford Meeting is the Associated with her was Melody, a nice lengthy cow, horse show; and this year it was rather worse than and Venus, a rare breeder, out of Winifred the dam of usual. The prize cart stallion was a very moderate ani80 many successful animals. Mr. Walker, of Westfield, mal to stand along-side, and a yet more indifferent was handicapped with four great useful cows, all war- mover ; but the draught mares were better, and vag ranted in-calf; and Mr. Turner, of The Leen, bad Ruby, brood mares-three of them in all-perhaps the very the Royal prize beifer, amongst bis seven. There were worst out of which a winner was ever selected. The eight entries for this admirably drawn premium, and, as judges, however, commended the whole class of hunting we have already said, forty-seven cows shown in com- three-year-olds; although it would be difficult to say petition for it. The pairs of beifers led off with two of upon what ground. Their prize horse was a plain, sourremarkably fine quality, bred and exhibited by Mr. headed, under-bred animal, with nothing but his action, Monkhouse, whose nice touch still guides him with as it was admitted, to recommend him; and that we curious fidelity to the best points of an animal. It is cannot answer for, as we did not see him out. Either very interesting to see this bale, cheerful veteran, who Mr. Jones' or Mr. Morris' would be preferred for now for many years has lost the blessing of bis sight, shape and promise, while a decent-looking one, the prorunning his hand over a beast, and pronouncing upon its perty of Sir Velters Cornewall, was set aside on the plea merits, far more correctly than would many of those of unsoundness. For the hunter-stallion premium who have their eyes to help them. Mr. Arkwright, one offered by Sir Velters only two borses were entered--the of the popular masters of the fox-bounds, and this year handsome highly-bred old Hereford, and a coarse, cartyHigh Sheriff for the county, came out as a young breeder quartered, heavy-necked, harness-looking animal called with a very uniform pretty couple as second ; whereas Artful, but also said to be thorough-bred. Hereford Mr Perry's best had nothing to back her, though in by Sir Hercules, out of Sylph by Spectre, is certainly in herself all over a prize for any single-handed entry. bis decline, but it is simply lamentable to see such a With the two-year-old heifers, Mr. Wigmore, of Wes. | horse as the other publicly preferred to him as "the stallion best calculated to produce good hunters." The point in this wise: “ The farmer who reads will doubtless wheats were of a good sample, the prize cider sound and sbare the dissatisfaction of many members of his order pleasant to the palate, and the best farm-gate a some- who were present, at finding that the time was wholly what curious contrivance for practical purposes. There taken up with speeches of a general nature, agricultural was a strong entry of collections of implements, most of topics being little more than the 'halfpendy worth of which, as will be seen by the prize list, were deservedly bread' to a vast quantity of political sack '; while the noticed; but the way in which a razor-grinder was suf. tenant-farmer as such had no place among the speakers. fered to cry-up and sell out his wares sounded more of a The adroitness, too, with which the various speakers Cheap Jack in a fair than of an exhibitor qualified to managed to omit, in their Parliamentary remembrances, rank alongside so respectable a body of men as qur all reference to the Night Poaching Act, the only meaagricultural implement makers.

sure of the session in which the farmer feels any interest, The utter failure of the hop crop in these parts told cannot fail to strike the reader. As a modern instance much, as it was urged, against the sale of young bulls, of the old saw about the representation of Hamlet' and both Mr. Russell and Mr. l'ye had a very up-hill with the part of Hamlet omitted by particular desire, time of it with their auctions in and out of the show- perhaps we could not have desired anything better than yard. Several lots were sent back without a bid, but this skilful ignoring of the only Parliamentary topic for Battersea was sold by private contract to Mr. Baldwin, which three-fourths of the company cared a straw. These of Luddington, Warwickshire, for a bundred; and Mr. tactics, however, may be said to have their inconveTaylor, of Stretford, secured the pick of Mr. Price's oience. The feeling expressed the other day at Lud. yearlings-Sir George, by Salisbury-for fifty. We low is somewhat widely spread among the farmers, and believe that Mr. Perry also cleared out of those he offered, if denied expression at agricultural meetings—which but with no sensation biddings to record. We did not seem to be the natural channels for the utterance of the wait for the Whitefield sale of white-faces on the Thurs- dominant sentiment of the hour in the agricultural day, when Mr. Pye officiated for their owner, the world-will only blaze the more fiercely elsewhere, and Reverend Archer Clive, but the following is a summary notably at the polling-booth at next election. It would of what they made :--32 cows and calves averaged £32 be better for the supporters of the Leighton-Berners each ; 6 two-year-old heifers, £26 10s. 6d.; and 6 Act to court rather than to shun discussion-to'bare yearling heifers, £19 12s. The highest price of cow and it out' with their opponents at once, instead of shirking calf brought £58 16s.; the next, £49 195. ; the third, the matter. It may be, of course, that they expect to £38 78. 6d. The highest price of two-year-olds realised escape public censure through the failure of the Act. £32 0s. 6d., and the highest price yearlings, £26 58. Judging from the recent decisions of the magistrates at

We have already referred to the dinner, where the Leicester, oy, and elsewhere, the Act seems to be so chief topic was the rejection of Hereford by the Royal clumsily drawn as to be unworkable in any case in which Agricultural Society. Indeed, there would seem to be the defendant can secure an attorney of ordinary sharpa desire in some quarters to still keep this an open ness.” There are close upon hall-dozen columns of wound; and Mr. Duckham actually cited, although this “political sack"-ominous word as it is—for the of course he could not support, the offer of "farmer who reads." He must not, however, expect “ a kind friend,” who would guarantee a thousand to find it transplanted here, while those who again ar. pounds towards having an opposition show at Here- | ranged such a toast-list have much to answer for. If ford during the time the Royal held their meeting at anything will keep the good city of Hereford still imWorcester! By all means let a South Wales District pregnable, and if anytbing could drive “The Royal ” in Society be established, as in fact was advocated in our terror from her walls, it would be the windy, wordy columns some years since; but we do not think that nothings of her chosen orators! any eventual good can follow from the men of Hereford putting themselves, or, at any rate talking as if they

PRIZE LIST. intended to put themselves, into direct antagonism with

HEREFORD CATTLE. the National Society. Worcester herself was passed over for Gloucester, and Hereford yet may deign to

JUDGES.-J. Druce, Eynsham, Oxford. take her turn. As for the other proceedings at the

J. E. Jones, Springfield, Hereford. dinner, we scarcely dare trust ourselves to return to Bull, cow, and their offspring, the latter bred by the exhibithem. There were three-and-twenty toasts on the tor, and calved on or after istJuly, 1861.---First prize (sift of list, ten of which, of the usual routine character, had the citizens of Hereford), of £20, T. Davies, Lady Meadow, been disposed of, when we left in despair between seven Yarpole, Leominster (Plato, Daisy and calf). Second of and eight o'clock. There were five Members of Par- £10, R. H. Capper, The Northgate, Ross (Lord Wellington, liament, who spoke in due succession one after another,

Ada and calf). Third of £5, W. Perry, Cholstrey, Leo and all at great length, and all on subjects of the least T. Roberts, Ivington Bury, Leomiuster (Sir 'Í'homas, Lady

minster (Chelmsford, Twin and calf). Highly commended possible interest to an agricultural audience. Then there Hastings and call.) was “The Clergy”—and “ The Lord-Lieutenant,” who

The class commended. did not come-and “ The High Sheriff" who did and “ The Army and the Navy" and “The Volunteers''-50

Bulls calved on or after the 1st of July, 1861 (gift of the that had not Sir Velters Cornewall, with the work he Ivington Park, Leominster (Battersea). Second of £7

Citizens of Hereford).–First prize of £15, C. Vevers, saw cut out for him, been commendably short, sharp, and

10s., P. Turner, The Leen, Pembridge (Percy). Third of decisive, the company must have sat until it was time £3 10s., W. Todge, Adforton, Leintwardine (Ardforton). to begin on the next day's fair. As it was, they Highly commended, G. Bedford, Hatfield Court, Leomin. cracked their filberts, and laughed and joked one with ster (Tormentor). another, paying the least possible attention to the prosy Bulls calved on or after 1st of July, 1860.-First prize platitudes of Mr. King King, or the somewhat shoppy of 5 gs., H, R. Evans, jun., Swanstone Court, Leomin. oration of Sir G. Cornewall Lewis himself. We endorse

ster (Rodney). Second of £3, W. Taylor, Showle Court, every word of the straightforward letter with which a

Ledbury (Tambarine). Highly commended, W. C. Morris, Midland Counties' man has really obliged us ; and we

Whitwick, Ledbury (Moderator). Commended, R. Bid. cheerfully adopt the commentary of that excellent and dulph, New House, Ledbury (Big Ben).

Bulls calved previous to the lot of July, 1860.-First able journal The Hereford T'imes. It is wholesome to

prize of 6 gs., Thomas Rea, Westonbury, Pembridge see a country paper that dares to speak straight to the (Silvius). Second of £3, T. Edwards, Wintercott, Leo

minster (Nelson). Highly commended, T. Gardiner, The three months of the date of showing, or, being in pig, shall Hope, Bromyard (Didley).

produce a litter on or before the 19th January, 1883.- The Lots of beasts, irrespective of ser, bred by tenant-far- prize of £2, Sir Velters Cornewall. Highly commended, mers, being subscribers, and fed without corn or cake, Captain Freke Lewis, Abbey Dore Court, Hereford. under two years and six months old, in proportion to the Best cottager's pigs.—First prize of £1, J. Farrington, quantity of land occupied; the tenant-occupier of not White Cross Road, Hereford. Second of 10s., E. Davies, exceeding 100 acres, to show two beasts; ditto of 150 Monkmoor-street, Hereford. acres, to show three beasts; ditto of 200 acres, to show

HORSES, four beasts; and in the same proportion for every addi.

JUDGES.-H, Carter. tional 50 acres, up to 300 acres. The prize of 5 gs., J, Taylor, Stretford Court, Leominster (six heifers).

J. Walker, Pairs of heifers, calved on or after 1st of July, 1861.- Stallions best calculated to produce good hunters. The First prize of 6 gs., John Monkhouse, The Stow, Hereford prize of 5 gs. (gift of Sir Velters Cornewall

, Bart.), W. M. (Clementine and Rosette). Second of £3, J. H. Árkwright, Vevers, Bartestree Court, Hereford (Artful). Commended, Hampton Court, Leominster (Gay and Violet). Highly J. Nixon, Hay (Hereford). commended, W. Perry (Lady Battersea and Lady Win-if- Cart stallions.—The prize of £5, W. Lewis, Bank House, I-Can).

Withington (Brecon Hero). Pairs of heifers, calved on or after 1st of July, 1860.- Cart mares and foals at foot.- The prize of 5 gs., Mrs. First prize of 5 gs., J. Wigmore, Weston-under-Penyard, Elizabeth Bull, Weobley (Jolly). Highly commended, W. Ross (Flirt and Gentle the Second). Second of £3, Smith, Tarrington (Diamond). John Williams, St. Mary's, gsland (Countess and Tbree years old colts, geldings, or fillies, soited for Duchess).

hunting purposes. The prize of £5, H. N. Courtney, TilPairs of steers, calved on or after 1st of July, 1861. lington Court, Hereford (Harry). Highly commended, W. First prize of 5 gs., H. R. Evans, jun. Second of £3, J. C. Morris, Whitwick (Sam). Nott, The Grange, Glasbury, Hereford.

The class commended. Pairs of steers, calved on or after 1st of July, 1860.- Nag mares with foals at foot.-The prize of 5 gs., John First prize of 5 gs., G. Bedford. Second of £3, H. R. Williams, St. Mary's. Evans, jun. Commended, J. S. Draper, Thingehill, Here

EXTRA STOCK. ford. Pairs of steers, calved on or after 1st of July, 1859.

£2 to J. Wigmore, for 4 heifers (Gentle the First, Curly, First prize of 5 gs., T. Lewis, Newchurch, Kinnersley. Stately the Second, and Stately the Third). Second of £3, J. Nott (Lug ond Tug).

10s. each to P. Turner, for breeding cow (Comely); to Lots of breeding cows or heifers, not under

three years (Garland); to T. Bcale Browne, Salperton, Andoversford,

W. D. Turner, Lynch Court, Pembridge, for cow in calf old, that have had a calf within six months, or shall be in calf at the

for Cotswold shearling ram; to T. Beale Browne, for Cots. time of showing; occupiers of not exceeding 100 acres, to show two beasts; ditto of 150 acres, to show

wold aged ram; to J. B. Downing, for two-year-old wether; three beasts; ditto of 200 acres, to show four beasts; and to J. B. Downing, for two-year-old ewe; to Sir Velters

Cornewall, for in the same proportion for every additional 50 acres, up

pigs of 7 weeks old; to Captain Freke to 500 acres.—First prize of £16, J. Taylor, Stretford Lewis, for boar pig.

WHEAT. (7 breeding cows, all above 3 years). Second of £7 10s., J. Walker, Westfield House, Holmer (4 breeding cows,

JUDGES.-H. Certer. three 5 years, one 4 years 9 months). Highly com

J. Walker. mended, H, R. Evans, jun. (5 cows and heifers of various

Samples of white seed wheat, grown by tenant-farmers ages).

in the county of Hereford, farming not less than 50 acres; Fat cows or heifers, having had living calves. The prize the samples not to be less than a sack of five imperial of 5 gs., J. Wigmore (Beauty). Highly commended, P. bushels. The prize of £2 12s, 6d., C. Kearsey. Turner (Countess).

Samples of red seed wheat, grown by tenant-farmers in Fat oxen or steers, eligible for either class at the meet- the county of Hereford, farming not less than 50 acres ; ingof the Smithfield Club,—The prize of 5 gs., Thos. Roberts. the samples not to be less than a sack of five imperial

bushels.—The prize of £2 12s. 6d., C. Kearsey. SHEEP.

CIDER,
JUDGES.-H. Carter, Pembridge, Leominster.

JUDGE.-H. C. Beddoe,
J. Walker, Knightwick, Worcester,

Herefordshire cider, made from apples of the year. The Pens of twenty Shropshire Down, or short-woolled prize of 5 gs., J. B. Vevers, Yarkhill Court, Hereford. breeding ewes, under three years and eight months, and

Highly commended, W. Greenhouse, Harbour, Kingsland not having more than six teeth fully grown; that have (mixed fruit). suckled lambs to 1st July, 1862.—The prize of £5 gs., J.

MACHINERY AND IMPLEMENTS. B. Downing, Holme Lacey, Hereford (Ryeland). Highly

JUDGES.-H. Carter, commended, A. Armitage, Ladnor, Ross (Shropshire).

J. Walker. Pens of twenty long-woolled breeding ewes, under three years and eight months, and not having more than six Collections of improved agricultural machinery and imteeth fully grown; that have suckled lambs to 1st of July, plements. First prize of 5 gs., Felix Smith, Upton Bishop, 1862.-The prize of 5 gs., T. 8. Bradstock, Cobrey Park, Ross. Second of £2, S. A. and H. Kell, Ross. Highly Ross.

commended, Richmond and Chandler, Manchester; More Pens of five yearling wethers, long-wool. The prize of

ton and Co., Liverpool; and Bradford, Manchester. Com£5, C. Kearsey, Glewstone, Ross.

mended, Warren, Ledbury; and James, Cheltenham. Peps of five yearling ewes, long-wool.-The prize of £5,

FARM GATE.
C. Kearsey.
Pens of five yearling wethers,
short-wool, cross-breeds

Farm gates. The prize of 3 gs., T. Lewis, Mount Skipnot excluded. The prize of £5, H. R. Evans, jun.

pett, Much Birch, Ross. Pens of five yearling ewes, short-wool, cross-breeds not excluded:--The prize of £5, J. B. Downing (Ryeland). PIGS.

HEREFORDSHIRE AGRICULTURAL
JUDGES.-H. Carter,

SOCIETY
J. Walker.
Boars under two years of age. The prize of £3, Sir

TO THE EDITOR OF THE MARK-LANE EXPRESS. Velters Cornewall, Bart., Moccas Court, Hereford (white). SIR, -As a constant reader of your valuable paper, I have Commended, C. Kearsey (Berkshire).

noticed with much satisfaction your opinion that the efficiency Breeding sows that have brought litters of pigs within and support of local agricultural societies are likely to be much impaired by the present style of toasts and speeches ating to them, let them go on as they appear to be now doing; the annual dinners. The rule that" no politics shall be dis- but I cannot believe that an intelligent-looking set of men, cussed” is often entirely ignored. Indeed, if we may judge by such as I met on the occasion alluded to, could be indiffereot what that rule implies—piz., that the main topic of speeches respecting the after-dinner speeches—indeed, I feel sure of it, should be agricultural - we may fairly say that the rule is from the extent of under-tone talkiog that was very general, frequently reversed.

and which you seldom observe when any man is speaking well I have just attended a meeting of the Herefordshire Agric on any subject that interests them. cultural Society, where the show of stock, was highly It is through the medium of such publications as yourı creditable, and fully maintained the reputation of the beau- thut the evil I complain of is to be checked, if not entirely tiful Hereford cattle. There was a large attendance of the put a: end to. There are few farmers, sitting in the presence county gentlemen and farmers, the latter appearing to me of their iandlords and other gentlemen, whom they naturally above the average of their class for respectability and intelli- respect, wbo would like to commit the disrespect (or, as it gence. The dinner-party included the members for the might be considered, the rudepess) of interruptiog ady county and borough, and most of the landowners and gentry speech, however uninteresting aod, it may be, un palatable to of the county, and, but for my unsatisfactory experience of them; 80 that a tacit sanction is given, and many a time these occasions, would have presented a sufficient guarantee cheers are given to a landlord, which are accepted as a tribute for the pleasure and improvement of the evening. Å glance, of admiration to a speech. however, at the lists of toasts, which were plentifully distri- I beg of you to inform the landlords, very many of whom buted upon the table, assured me that the old grievance was read your paper, of the mistake they are making; and also to ensured, and prepared me for what followed. (I enclose one inform the farmers that the remedy is partly in their own for your inspection.) I will not criticize the speeches that hands, and particularly the secretaries to the societies, who, were made-that is not my object ; but this I will say—and besides the trou they take in the arrangements of the it is what I particularly wish to bring to your notice, and in show-yard, have much to do with the formation of the toastvite your comments upon—that there was scarcely a speech list and appointment of the speakers. that related to practical agriculture, or that could be

I am, Sir, your most obedient servant, considered interesting in its matter to any agriculturist A MIDLAND-COUNTY LANDOWNER AND FARMER, present. If the farmers of Herefordabire are content with merely

Oct. 14. eating their dinner, and care not what is the subject of the [We were unfortunately present at this dinner, and are speeches they listen to, and do not desire that any practical consequently in a position to corroborate every word which agriculturist should address them on the subject most interest- our correspondent sayo as to its conduct.-EDITOR M. L. E.]

LODDON AND CLAVERING AGRICULTURAL ASSOCIATION.

The stock show of this association was established some recent purchases from Mr. Gleed's sale were exbibited, and 15 years since, as a sort of addendum to the meeting of the where qualified carried off the bonours; but the entire three Labourers' Society. It has kept on, with varied success, till years old colt, not having travelled in the district, was ineligible Friday, Oct. 11, when the annual show was held at Loddon. for the cup, and that prize once more fell to the lot of Mr. The day was wretched in the extreme; it blew and rained in Hunt; his eight years old Suffolk Punch showing in excellent torrents all the morning ; cattle and horses were so drenched trim, with his forelegs as sound as the day on which he was and miserable that the secretaries yielded to the impor: foaled. Mr. Hunt's young stallion also beat Mr. Holmes'; tunity of the herdsmen and allowed them to remove the they are both promising colts, but the latter bas small feet, stock from the ground at a very early hour. We bad, and is a “wee bit” shaken on bis near foreleg. In the nag therefore, but å very limited opportunity of inspecting colts the award went to Mr. George Holmes for a preful the animal showo. Standing, as they did, in a deep well-moving back, with the curious pedigree of being by a slough with their backs up and their heads down, pure Arabian, out of a Suffolk cart filly. The judges in the they did not show to the best advantage. Although riding or carriage foal put the ribbon on the wrong one. They the number of entries was rather small, there was bardly au went more by colour than breeding, and so made a mistakeinferior animal on the ground, and very many possessed about the only glaring one throughout the day. Altogether, especial merit. Mr. Holmes' young Shorthorn bull was a the show, especially of horses, was a very creditable one to this perfect picture, barring one sharp bone between his loin and neighbourhood. Mr. Philip Mellard, Mr. Hewitt, and Mr. rump; and the cows shown by that gentleman were two Clare Read were the judges. beautifal animals, both being fair milkers, and exhibited In a field, at a short distance from the ground, a ploughiog in nothing but store order. The second-prize cow was a match was going on, and Dr. Agar's digger was also at work; massive and grand beast, with all the quality of Sir Charles but the ground was much too wet for that implement to show Knightley's blood, yet was not lacking in most of the faults itself to advantage. About 2 o'clock, all the successful candiof the Fawsley herd. Mr. Bacheldor took the first prize dates for the labourers' prizes—embracing almost every class of with a cow of singular evenness and symmetry; she deserving people amoug a rural population-sat down to a was evidently a good milker; and his heifer, which was capital dinner; and that over, they repaired to the schoolalso placed first, and was springing for calving, promises room to receive their prizes, and hear a very excellent address to be a capital dairy cow. Mr. Thompson had a from the Rev. J. Holmes. We believe that above £70 was wonderfully square and compact red cow, which the judges distributed in these prizes, for there were not only rewards for highly commended; but sbe was so fat and so masculine all sorts of long servitude, good behaviour, and excellence in in head and form, that they passed ber by in the prize list; ploughing, and the like, but neat garden and horticultural proand notwithstanding all the owner said at the dinner about duce also came in for a share of the prize money. his milking shorthorns, this cow looked as if she had never At four, the dinner of the Association was held at The given a gallon at any one meal. The show of sheep was capi- Swan. Mr. Holmes, of Brooke, was in the chair, being suptal, the lambs were both numerous and good, while the ewes, ported by Sir T. Beauchamp, Mr. Robert Gilbert, Mr. H. especially Sir T. Beauchamp's Shropshires, were famous stock Kett Tompson, the Rev. Richard Denny, and other landsheep, and included some good southdowns from Mr. Holmes owners, and, considering the day, by a goodly muster of the and Mrs. Tompson. The chief feature of this show is the tenant farmers of the district. After the usual loyal toasts, horse stock, and in this particular is a marked contrast to the the voluoteers came in for their sbare of praise, Colonel Sir North Walsham Association, where the entry of horses is Thomas Beauchamp making an excellent speech on their bealways poor. Loddon being so near the border, it was to be half, and urging on all country volunteers the great importsxpected that the fashionable Suffolk would predominate ; they ance of availing themselves of every opportunity of attending did so, and excluded any other horse from the prize list. Th battalion drill

Mr. C. S. READ, in returniug thanks for the judges, ex- limited scientific knowledge there is a limit to the general pressed his acknowledgments to the Committee for having now production of corn and roots" which we cannot overcome.” Mr. for the fourth time during the last few years nominated him Read concluded with a few remarks on the Parochial Assessas one of the judges. He then made a series of comments on ment Bill, and expressed a hope that some definite understanding the stock exhibited, and proceeded as follows: No doubt would be arrived at as to wbat was to be included in the gross agricultural societies like these do a great amount of good ; rental. In some Unions the committees had read the new act they have lived through the age of abuse-of ridicule and un- so as to include tithes and rates, while others only deducted friendly criticism, and everyone now acknowledges their use- the repairs, &c., off the gross, to arrive at the rateable value, fulness. But there was one part of their proceedings that did The chairman said that the Poor Law Board had promised to not prosper—and that was the dinner. I am old enough to re. send out a circular letter that would contain the proper explamember the time when the great feature of the day was the nation of the new act; he was sure that tithes and tenants' dinger; now the shows are well attended, and the dinner is rates were never intended to be included in the grass. shirked. A man learns something from the exhibition in the Mr. H. K. TOMPSON, in returoing thanks as a prize taker, yard-he learns nothing at the dinner. I am well aware that stood up for the milking properties of the shorthorns, and said it is a difficult matter to know how to please all parties with that be had been a breeder of pedigree-shorthorns for 15 years, the after-dinner proceedings, and that our great agricultural and having the courage to draft out of his berd all those cows authorities are at variance on this point. In our county, one that were not good milkers, he had never any fault to find with noble lord says these dinners should be devoted entirely to his shorthorn dairy. Some breeders preferred those cows that social conviviality, and another great agricultural lord declares laid on so much fat, but he thought that though a cow was tbat they should be for the discussion of the farmers' griev- better for a show-yard in good condition, very fat animals ances and woes. Now, I think that it is possible, by diffusiog could never be regular breeders, nor good milkers. some practical information, to steer a middle course between Col. Sir THOMAS BEAUCHAMP also returned thanks the jovial sunshine and this dreary shade, taking care that the as a successful candidate, and observed that he had after-dinner discussion is not turned into a lecture, nor allowed been 15 years trying to arrive at the position in to degenerate into the gossip of a market-table. It is the which he stood to-day, for till this year he had been fashion now-a-days for everyone to admit the great progress of rewarded for notbing but a colt and a turnip. He had, agriculture. Some parties, for reasons best known to themselves, however, gone to Suffolk, and introduced, be believed, some of will have it that all our agricultural progress has taken place the best cart horses that celebrated county could produce, and in the last ten or fifteen years. Our improvement had been he had also sent to Shropshire for the prize ewes, and he quite slow and sure, and we must look back full sixty years, to the agreed with the judges in considering them a most useful and days of the great Mr. Coke and good old Arthur Young to find paying class of sheep. the first step in agricultural progress. For years the move. Various discussions of a conversational character on ment was so slow and uncertain that agriculture could be many practical subjects were carried ou during the evehardly said to stand alone. But she did walk off in time; ning, and among them the chairman told the company how slowly at first--but briskly enough at last, and when the he had planted a bushel of Mr. Hallett'sĮpedigree wheat, how Royal Agricultural Society was established, some twenty-five he found that by acting up to the printed instructions he had years ago, we certainly began to trot. And now we have received, he could not get in more than a peck an acre, and broken into a spasmodic gallop; for what with pedigree stated his belief that he should grow an astounding crop of wheat and pedigree cattle, some people think there is to be wheat, no limit to the production of the earth, or the quantity of meat we shall raise. But we should all remember that it is much easier to step to the top of a ladder than to balance

THE BEDFORDSHIRE SOCIETY'S SHOW AT oneself on the summit; and it is much easier to grow a few great crops than to maintain that increased fertility; that it

LEIGHTON BUZZARD.—The ploughing entries were not is easier to breed a few good cattle than to perpetuate all so large as usual, and the land was much too heavy for the those good qualities through succeeding generations without horses. Ransomes, as stated last week, took the all-England inheriting some of those evils which are sure to follow in the Cup; the Howard's man meeting with a mistake in the meatrain of all artificial systems. Take, for instance, our pedigree surement of his lands. There were only two farmers' sono, aborthorns-the bulls are the perfection of symmetry and a circumstaoce that called forth a few remarks at the dinner early maturity, but has not all this been obtained in conjunc- | by the Vice-President, who insisted upon the necessity of all tion with loss of size and strength of constitution ? and the young men in all branches of business beginning at the botcows, though elegant and very fat, have forgotten that we tom of the ladder if they wished to be successful. The horses expect them to hold calves and give us milk ? There were, in were by no means good." Mr. Stuart's very handsome premy opinion, just as good cattle and just as good horses as miums for years past have failed to improve the farm-horses of there are now; for our celebrated Suffolks are so light, and Bedfordshire, where they want a few good Clydesdale stallions. such good steppers, that they have lost much of the character The cattle classes were pretty well represented. Messrs. and strength of the draught-horse, and our Norfolk cob is Lawford, Robinson, Howard, Crouch, and Captain Oliver all but extinct. And there seems to be still more exacting showing specimens of their respective Shorthoro herds; limits to the produce of the land. Our old farm books tell while the Duke of Bedford sent some of his well-bred Here us that just as large crops of wheat were grown 30 years ago fords, which gained a few high commendations. Most of the as now, and, that though we pride ourselves on our barley, prize animals had been noticed at Battersea. The Leighton barley just as prolific and more uniform in quality was pro- Town Cup for the best horned animal in the yard was awarded duced theo. The same remark applies to our root crops; it to Mr. Robinson's 2nd Duke of Airdrie, who, as we prognose is certain that greater weights of mangolds, and even of ticated, is making a very successful tour in the provinces. swedes and turnips, were grown by our fathers than we can There was a fair entry of sheep in most of the classes, more grow now, and notwithstanding all our artificial manures and particularly for cross-bred wethers and stock ewes, for which a the aid of science and chemistry, we find that when we over- prize was offered by the Vice-President (Mr. F. Bassett), and stimulate our corn crops the straw lodges and is diseased, and the that Mr. Charles Howard took; wbile Mr. Hine gained the moment we force our root crops too much, the bulbs become prize for cross-bred wethers with sheep of good quality, but rotten or of worthless quality. Now, I hope that no one will too much trimmed. Mr. Jones's second prize was a very good imagine that there is, then, no improvement in our farming, pen with good size and plenty of wool. Mr. Newman showed and that agricultural societies bave done no good. Why, a very excellent lot of Leicester wethers, which will be seen where there was one good bred ox thirty years ago, there are and noticed in the new Agricultural Hall. There was a short twenty now; and where you found then one decent sbeep, show of pigs, the boars of Mr. Hythe and James being very you can count hundreds. Where one good field of wheat was useful well-bred animals; but tho sows were very indiferent. cultivated years back, now all the wheat on the farm is good Mr. Hopkins, of Leighton, showed, for Mr. Harris's prize, a alike ; and where there was a patch of mangolds and a few magnificent pen of fat pige, which they easily wod. The turnips, now there are acres and fields. I only want to im- hunters and hackneys were thought but little of. Mr. press on you this, that it is easier to arrive at anything like Battam': prize horse is a powerful one, but has a plain ewe perfection than to keep long to it, and that with our present neck, and there is a little too much daylight under him ; while

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