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on one knee, and but for this must have made more district brought forth the even 200 gs. by a nod from the money. Mr. Badham bought her foal—a small but carriage on the right. A pause, and the buzz began to neat filly by The Pilgrim. The next lot made 42 gs., rumour that the captain would have liim at that sum ; Mr. Garrett buying her filly foal, also by Pilgrim, for but no, a steady 'two hundred and five" from Mr. 29 g. This was lot 143, to which we before alluded; Biddell announced that he had again commenced and she will be heard of again, though her shoulders are firing" at the long range. Another nod from the carshort and upright, and her colour not very bright. riage was the signal for 210 gs.; another appeal from Lot 145, another Pilgrim foal out of Diamond by New. the auctioneer for Mr. Crisp to get him for Batley only castle Captain, was bought by Mr. Crisp, of Butley brought forth a shrug of the shoulders ; Mr. Biddell Abbey, and looks like making a very handsome borse. shook his head, and this time the ring had fairly stabled Another mare and foal, making about 47 gs., brought The Pilgrim alongside Mentmore and Oulston at the us to lot 148-no less a star than the Canterbury Pil. Hasketon Paddocks. But all was not over yet, and 215 grim himself. A buzz of admiration from the crowded from the rear of Mr. Biddell disheartened the captain, ring, and an address from Mr. Bond on the past per- and the idea that a new bidder had started made formances, present merit, and future promise of “the the others think the case was hopeless; and after a vain lot before us,

gave time to scan him over. We attempt to get another bid out of the waggonette on the thought he never looked better, bandsomer, nor more right the hammer fell, and the Canterbury Pilgrim passed thoroughly good. No Suffolk horse is more popular in out of Mr. Barthropp's hands. The bid of 215 gs. the county, nor more likely to please those out of it. turned out to be for Mr. Manfred Biddell after all. The Even the Peterborough_judge, who said such hard Pilgrim's resting-place is henceforth to be amongst the things of the Suffolks at Dereham, would scarcely con- Majors, Colonels, and Confidences, at the Luck Farm, demn The Pilgrim, except for his being a Suffolk. His Playford. The next lot was the veritable Old Captain, pedigree and list of great doings fill a considerable space who, though now in his 23rd year, is fresh and vigorous, in the catalogue; the gist of this is, that he is the son of and from young mares may yet get more Royal prize winThe Hero, noted for having more correctness of form ners. He was taken at a merely nominal figure by Capt. than command of temper, his dam being Windsor Dia- Barlow. A handsome, but not particularly clever twomond, of whom we have already spoken as deserving the year-old Emperor colt out of a Crisp's Captain mare highest commendation. Three exhibitions at three dif- was the next in the catalogue. He was bought by a ferent shows—first in every case-Mr. Barthropp con• Baron Maltzen at 115 gs.--the only foreign name given sidered enough to gain him an honourable retirement at the sale, though doubtless many from abroad had from public life in the show-yard. Whenever he was their agents at work. A yearling brother to The Pilshown, it matters not how good the company, it was grim was the last lot of the stallions, and was secured for The Pilgrim 1st, the rest nowhere. He has been two Lord Derby at 53 gs. We see no promise of his beyears at the stud, where the catalogue tells us he has coming anything more than an active, light-boned earned his owner some £400 already- a good criterion horse, with a deficiency in width. A lot of most of how he is appreciated in his own locality. He is one excellent two and three years old colts brought of the most correctly-formed animals we ever looked over the cart-horse list to an end, but for want of sufficient with rare legs, of good quality, and immense substance. distinction by ticket we could not particularize them. He is thick, square, long, low, and wide, and has the The ten lots of riding horses brought the first day's sale most docile temper, with the best and greatest of action. to a conclusion, and it was near dark when the company He was put in at 100 gs., with fives and tens from all separated. parties till he got to 170 gs. Here the contest was left We are not quite sure of the amount of the sale, but to three-Mr. Crisp of Butley Abbey, Capt Barlow of twelve of the highest priced lots realized something over Hasketon (a commission, we understood), and Mr. £70 each-a very fair average for twelve horses when Biddell. The first “ceased firing" at the 190, where the trade is dull, as it is at the present time. another five to get him for the "Carlford and Colnes"

BATH AND WEST OF ENGLAND AGRICULTURAL SOCIETY.

The monthly meeting of the Council of the Bath and PRIZE SHEETS, 1863.-In the absence of the Chairman of West of England Society was held at Waghorn's Hotel, this Committee, no reports were brought up, but it was suge Taunton, on the 4th October instant, the most noble the gested for the consideration of this committee whether any Marquis of Bath, the President, in the chair. A letter from and what special prize should be offered for any and what the Secretary of the Royal Agricultural Society, requesting class of horses. the Council to furnish a list of names of Judges, was read, PRIZE Essay.-Mr. Gabriel Poole, as the Chairman of the when an animated discussion on the subject took place, in the Committee appointed to confer with a Committee of Cornish course of which several members of the Council, who happened gentlemen on the subject of the Prize Essay on the lamb disalso to be connected with the Royal Agricultural Society, re- ease, of which parasites in the lungs are generally the cause ferred to the difficulties experienced by that Society on this or consequence, reported that questions on this subject had particular subject. The question was ultimately referred to been extensively circulated, and that a considerable number the consideration of the Stock Prize Sheet Committee, to form of replies had been received, which had been placed in the a list, and report thereon to the next meeting.

bands of the Secretary. He had since put himself in comEXETER MEETING.–The Secretary read a letter from munication with the gentlemen in Cornwall who took an in. Mr. Hooper of Exeter, and also from Mr. Pope of the same terest in the subject, and it had been unanimously agreed to place, granting permission to the public to pass over certain leave the adjudicatiou of the prize in the hands of Lord Portprivate roads for certaiu days duriog the Exhibition,

man, who had undertaken to discharge the office of adjudicator.

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LONG SUTTON AGRICULTURAL SOCIETY. Long Satton, in the rich marshes of Lincolnshire - one of these wooden-beamed, stunt-breasted im. a rather forward little market-town, only of late years plements, John Bush, the champion of the district, promoted to the dignity of a corn-exchange and the won the "hat,” as well as the prize in his class. luminosity of veritable gas, and but just entered upon the So imperfect was the implement that the furrowpages of " Bradshaw" as possessing a real railway sta- bottoms were left much inclined instead of hori. tion-has the credit of keeping up an agricultural zontal, and the slices much broken to pieces; yet society without any live stock show, and mainly devoted 80 wonderfully straight and equable in depth was every to the rewarding and encouraging of the labouring classes. furrow, and so perfectly formed were the two lands or At the same time, however, while a spice of competition stetches, that the judges could not have awarded the between farmers themselves is added in the form of prizes great honour of the day to any other example of equal for best root crops, and sometimes for the best-managed skill. It is, perhaps, a loss to some of our great implefarms, occasional gala-days are provided for the public ment manufacturers, that this man Bush has not been at large, and spirited field-days got up, wherein trials retained by one of them, and trained to the manageof steam ploughs, reaping-machines, and other mecha- ment of wheels and complicated fastenings, fittings, and nical novelties, have aitracted the sight-seers of the dis- adjustments. The seven “farmers' sons competed trict,

with three wooden swing ploughs, two similar wooden The interest of the present show, on Wednesday, “ Yorkshire" ploughs, having a couple of wheels added Oct. 8, was chiefly concentrated upon the ploughing to each, and only two iron wheel-ploughs, with the match in the morning, and then upon a sub- long, gently-sweeping mouldboards, now recognized as stantial as well as sumptuous feast at “ Long Sutton alone worth the labour of a good ploughman. One of Bull." Upon a piece of grazed seeds on the farm of these ploughs, by Downes, of Ryhall, was in the hands Messrs. John and. John Algernon Clarke, 16 “yearly of an indifferent performer, but showed by the furrowservants and labourers," 5 "boys under 18 years of edges what work might have been achieved with it. age," and 8 "single men under 25 years of age," com- Mr. Whitfield, of Wisbeach Fen, gained a “commenpeted in their respective classes; the work being gene- dation,” and it was very evident that he lost higher rally very good with the usual exceptional rough bits honours simply from having thrown away his great skill produced by some blunderer, who ought never to have upon a short-breasted " Yorkshire," which could not been entered, or some nervous clodpole who could plough lay the work, and was by no means converted into a at home better than amid the excitement of so many superior implement by the addition of two wheels on teams and workmen and the critical winks of a remark- its beams. The five-pound silver cup was won by Mr. ably knowing public. The main point of attraction was Thomas Naylor, of Holbeach Marsh, for a magnificent the clover-piece, in which 7" farmers' sons,"6"swing- piece of work executed with an ordinary "Yorkshire " plough champions," and 2 “wheel-plough champions" wooden swing plough. But, in the opinion of some were contending for honours ostentatiously heralded good judges, not that day in office, the ploughing of

open to all England.” It is a fact, however, that Mr. Tonge, of Spalford, near Newark, which took only before now this impertinently challenged “ all England” the medal or second prize, was superior in those essenhas actually been provoked to make an appearance in tials which are paramount in first-class work. The lay the Long Sutton lists ; not exactly to "tilt," as the and the edge of this second-prize work were splendid, people thereabout call autumn-fallowing, but to turn owing to the excellence of the implement made by Mr. over a seed-furrow for wheat. Bedford, Ipswich, and Cooke, of Lincoln. Perhaps the cup may have been Grantham have often put forth their strength at these lost from the judges not allowing for the unfortunate Sutton matches; only Ransomes and Sims, however, conformation of the broad ridge and deep furrow, which coming with an Al implement, and ditto workman, at the this competitor had to plough upon, so that he could present meeting. Powell, a second-fiddle performer to not produce lands so beautifully shaped as Mr. Naylor's, George Armstrong, the great solo of the Ipswich firm, every furrow-slice in every part of its length being handled their new plough uncommonly well, though touched by the tape when laid across, and thus wellunfortunately with a borrowed team, the prize of the laid for the tooth of the harrow. It is hardly fair class being awarded to bis work, though the “new that young gentlemen should plough against the sons list” for the best ploughing of the day was carried off of farmers holding very small occupations. Upon by a local ploughman. To the surprise of many ob- inquiry, it was found that the fathers of these industrious servers, Messrs. Ransome's superbly-made implement and clever sons farm as follows:-In the case of the was found to be constructed for cutting a sharply-Cup winner, 320 acres ; of the second-prize man, 150 crested furrow-slice, after the fashion of the Scotch-acres ; of the "commended” gentleman, 600 acres; the principle with which Messrs. Hornsby bore away and the others, 106, 70, 45, and 12 acres, respectively, the prize at the Warwick meeting of the Royal Agricul- Would not the class be better if divided ? tural Society of England. The share is arched under- As a whole, the ploughing was considered equal to neath, and the coulter is set sloping, so as to cut under any on former occasions ; but that of the farmers' sons instead of leaving a vertical edge to the furrow. Powell so excellent, that the entire class was “commended” bad only one opponent, who brought one of Messrs. by the judges. We should say that a young gentleman Hornsby's ploughs out of Norfolk, though not entered of only 15 years of age was entered; but his friends on behalf of that firm. The other “All England" class, deemed it more prudent to postpone his attempt until very properly and wisely thus divided, was for "swing next year, as his performances give exceedingly good ploughs,” so very generally used in the district, where promise of success. the general flatness of the surface has made twelve or The plash hedging and ditching was exceedingly well fourteen furrow “lands” convenient for carrying off done. The competition was very good also in the very excess of rain-water. All six ploughs were made in the various classes for which this virtually “ labourer's parish, by the wheelwrights and blacksmiths; yet, with friend” society offers many and good premiums. They

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include prizes for the best cultivated allotment, the Prest, ably filled the chair-introducing the toasts cleanest cottage and garden, best stack of all shapes, with great spirit and appropriateness. He was supbest thatching ; prizes for shepherds, drill-men, for ported by the county members, Sir John Trollope, length of servitude, large families, and widows. TOM.P., Colonel Packe, M.P.; and a very pleasant, and these are added a long and most useful and admirable at the same time business-like, meeting closed the day series of educational prizes, for proficiency in reading, -not the least interesting part of the proceedings writing, arithmetic, scripture knowledge, needlework, having been the assembling of the successful candidates knitting, darning, domestic economy, agricultural me in the dining-room, to hear a pointed and admirable chanics, and so on.

address from the Rev. H. Leigh Bennett, of The The members not quite forgetting themselves, awarded Vicarage, Long Sutton. prizes also for best crops of roots : Mr. Spencer During the day, a handsome show of roots and agriSkelton, as he has so often done before, taking prizes cultural seedsmen's produce attracted attention in the in the several classes—this time, however, making a clear market-place; and it is hoped that a root competition sweep both for mangolds and swedes, while Mr. Wm. may be established in connexion with this flourishing Webster's were commended.”

Society, which, under the energetic secretaryship of Mr. The dinner was very well attended. In the absence of John Clarke and Mr. John Swain, has just celebrated Mr. Wm. Skelton, the respected president, Mr. George Wits twenty-sixth anniversary.

THE HERTS AGRICULTURAL SOCIETY,

The meeting of the Hertfordshire County Society than two hundred acres of land in the county who shall was held in the county town on Thursday, Oct. 9, one exbibit, in the show-yard, the best live stock. The same of the most genial days we have had during the present

must consist of not less than four cart horses, mares, colts, autumn. Under this favourable combination of cir

or fillies; four head of peat stock, twenty sbeep or lambs, cumstances the show itself was a miserable failure; in its

ten pigs or a sow and pigs. Offered by the inhabitants

Hertford and the neighbourhood. character and conduct indeed almost altogether beneath

“A prize of £10 to the tenant farmer, occupyiug not leas notice, and in appearance something infinitely less im

than two hundred acres of land, who shall exhibit, in the posing than any little weekly cattle market of any little show-yard, the next best live stock. The same must concountry place. Either the farmers of Hertfordshire sist of not less than the above. Offered by the inhabitants must be wofully indifferent to the advantages of such an of Hertford and the neighbourhood. institution, or the management of the Society must be “ All the stock to have been fed in the county, and to have more indifferent still. It was, though, urged in mitiga- been in the possession of the candidates prior to the 1st day tion that the St. Albans district was in some dudgeon at

of June last." the period of their returning visit not having been ad-Both these prizes were, we believe, awarded; there hered to, and hence the poverty of the entries. With a

being three competitors. There was also a peculiar precommendable discretion the committee do not publish a

mium for the farmer “who shall show the best general catalogue, and so we wandered about the show field in live and dead stock ;” and another for the farmer, happy ignorance of the names and addresses of many of the

" the condition of whose land may be adjudged to be owners of the famous stock. However, by an hour or so before the dinner most of the prize cards were put up,

likely to produce the greater pumber of bushels of wheat and we came gradually to learn that the best entry of per acre on the average of his holding, according

to the lot, a good Suffolk mare with capital foal, was the the quality of his land.” It would be interesting

to know how many competitors there would be for such property of Mr. Hanbury, and that she did not get a

an offer as this, but in the absence of any catalogue inprize. Let us say upon a moderate computation that formation was not so accessible. There was a ploughing she was worth twice as much as the mare that beat her. match about a mile out, where we saw Ransome's man It is only fair to add that Mr. Thurnall divided with his Armstrong doing some very fair work in “a walk-over” fellows Messrs. Eve and Tomson over this award, and for the champion prize, and'Chandler and Oliver had their that it subsequently transpired that the chesnut had been steam-cultivator in action on the other side of the hill. & winner at the Warwick Royal Show. Then, Mr. One of Garrett's steam-engines was going in the showRayment's Hertfordshire long-wool lambs and ewes field, but the general exhibition of implements was were really commendable, showing a deal of breeding, pretty much upon a par with what a village ironmonger with fine fleeces and clean skins. Mr. Hanbury had might range out in the street just in front of his shop. further a good Shorthorn heifer, and his best bull, if However, between two and three the country gentlemen but a plain one to look upon, was well bred enough for began to crop up in some force amidst continual io, anything. There was a decent pen of Downs, and one quiries as to whether Sir Bulwer Lytton was “ .coming.” or two good white pigs, but as for the general merits of in fact it soon became tolerably evident that the Herts the stock show, we can only trust that such an ex- Agricultural Society was fast resolving itself into the hibition of a county's strength will never occur again speech and presence of this distinguished gentleman, -the especially within hours' ride

who came, as we hear, in due time for the dinner, but, of London. Nevertheless, there was a novelty. On with something of the instinct of true genius, did not the upper side of a ground, arranged apparently in utter venture on any examination of the show itself. His defiance of all arrangement, there were scattered in speech, as a consequence, was freed from one great difficurious lots, sandry teams of horses, berds of cows, calty; 'and as judges, committee-men, treasurers, secreacores of sheep, and pens of pigs. With none amongst taries, and such small fry, were all huddled up together them of any remarkable excellence, our first impression just when the company had not time to stop to listen to was the more confirmed as to its being market-day, them, the actual present or future of the Herts Society until a much-amused judge handed us an elaborate as an agricultural institution did not elicit much passing prize sheet, in which it was thus written :

comment. Our own impression is that it might either " A prize of £20 to the tenant farmer, occupying not less be done better-or done away with.

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WALSHAM AGRICULTURAL SOCIETY.

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God preserve us from our so-called friends! was, and this is how Mr. Read came to make it. Of course the earnest exclamation of Mr. Clare Sewell Read, at the dinner was overlaid with M.P.'s, and amongst the dinner of the North Walsham Society on Wednesday, others by Mr. C. Buxton, who delivered himself in this Oct. 8. And who is Mr. Sewell Read ? and who are the wise : "I have always regretted that the speaking friends he would be preserved from? Mr. Sewell Read, at these meetings is not of a more practical character. then, is one of the tenant farmers of Norfolk; and the It seems a pity that on the few occasions when landconnexions he would disown are the famous Farmers' lord and tenant meet on equal terms, they should not Friends, the County Members, who represent our in- bring mind to bear on mind, to sift questions of great terest in Parliament, and so forth. Never, perhaps, moment to themselves, and in the long run to the has there been such a spontaneous volley of cheers as whole people. We all know that there are some rather that which greeted the brief speech which Mr. Read delicate matters, as to which it is fancied that the addressed to his brother-agriculturists at Walsham. interest of the landlord is at odds with that of the Our report of course includes this in the proceedings tenant, though in fact their real interests must, in the of the day; but it is too valuable even for us to risk the end, be the same. There is, for example, the question hazard of its not being seen by those who should have of the restrictions in the rotation of crops and modes of such an address off by heart :-“Tenant farmers have cultivation, the question between leases and yearly been requested to give free utterance to their opinions. holdings, and as to the length to which leases ought to He was a tenant farmer, and as he had heard no other run; there is the question of many fences or few, and tenant farmer say anything upon the matters which were of thc effects for good or evil arising from game and taking place around them, he would take the liberty of gamekeepers. On these topics it is thought decorous doing so. It was customary for tenant farmers to be to maintain a prudent reserve. I think that a mispatted on their backs, and to be told that they were a take. It is the glory of Englishmen to be outspoken ; very enterprising and enthusiastic body of people— a and surely when we meet over a friendly table we very independent and improving set. "The great and should be glad that the farmer should state his views noble of the land told them these things, and he sup- with manly frankness, and the landlord would surely posed they believed them to be true; but he would re-listen with generous candour. As a landlord myself, mind his friends among the tenant farmers, that in pri- though only of one small parish, and a game-preserver, vate life a man was always valued, not by the compli- and still more as an M.P., I should feel it a rare adments which he paid, but by the good which he did. vantage if the feelings and thoughts of the tenantYet, when great landed proprietors and agricultural farmers more freely unfolded. I cannot, M.P.'s went to Parliament, they seemed to say some- however, venture myself to dictate on any agriculthing like this:-- You are such an intelligent set of tural questions, for the plain reason that I know little men that you are now no longer capable of managing about them. In fact, I have too many other irons in your roads, and therefore we will do it for you; the fire; and my conviction is, that on a farm of fifty you are so independent, and have shown yourselves acres, which I keep in my own hands, I have reduced independent so long in protecting your land- farming to a point below which human nature cannot lords' game, that

you ought go, for I raise nothing but a superb crop of rabbits, pay

preservation of it also.'” and I sometimes have one cow." And here the speaker was interrupted by an utterly But for the suspicious finish about the crop of rabbits, irrepressible outburst of applause, mingled with cries this is certainly one of the most sensible speeches we directly encouraging him to proceed ; during which, have seen this autumn, however much or little it however, the brave man resumed his seat with the might be meant for. For some time past we have simple utterance of the wish we have already recorded, come to consider few of these dinners ever worth sitGod preserve the farmers from the farmers' friends!” ting out at, as there is really no opportunity allowed for And who, again, we must repeat, is Mr. Sewell Read ? remarks of " a practical character.” At Hertford, for Some local demagogue may-be, ever ready to make a instance, on Thursday, after a positive inundation from noise or raise a laugh on any terms? Or, somedisaffected the top of the table, and “as the evening was so far fellow utterly dissatisfied with his own position, and only advanced," the Chairman huddled up together in one too ready to create dissension amongst his neighbours ? lot the Judges of Stock, the Judges of Roots, and the There are hundreds of our readers who would put us Judges of Ploughing—the Committee, the Secretary, right in a moment, for Mr. Read is well known the Treasurer, and the Occupiers of the exhibition beyond the boundaries of his own county, where grounds. Where, then, was the chance for any mutual he occupies a high place amongst the leading far- consideration of questions of great moment? At Walmers of Norfolk, as a man of intelligence, energy, and tham, however, there was more time for a hearing; ability. He spoke, morrover, at Walsham, in returning though of course not until another honourable gentlethanks for his health having been given as one of the man or two had had his innings. Mr. Howes, Judges of the day, while he has also frequently offi- as one of the representatives of East Norfolk, folciated in a similar capacity at the meetings of the lowed Mr. Buxton, and in doing

touched National Society, and ho was one of the trio who con- upon the business of the Session :-"A bill had been ducted the great steam cultivator trials at Leeds. Mr. passed and had become an act, namely, the Poaching Sewell Read is, further, the author of several prize Act (hisses), and he regretted to say that there was essays and other papers which have appeared in the considerable opposition in the House of Commons. Royal Journal; and, in fact, on every showing, as For his own part he supported the measure (hisses). good and as safe an authority on agricultural matters If gentlemen would hear him out, he had no doubt as we could wish to have. Such a speech from such a they would agree with the conclusion to which he came. quarter, and backed as it was by the farmers of Nor- The opposition to that measure was on various grounds, folk, must carry a significant commentary with it ; I but the principal one to which he wished to call atten

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tion was this. He believed it was not wanted for the shown, in former years, that North Walsham is a nursery county of Norfolk; but it was wanted for counties in of no mean order for Baker-street, and it is understood the middle of England, and it was for the sake of those that one or other of them-perhaps both—will again figure, counties mainly that he supported the bill. He might

as Christmas gives warning of his cheery approach in the safely say this, that where the bill was carried into

“ New Hall." Last year, if memory serves us right, Mr. effect with judgment and discretion, it would be of the adjudged the “ laureate" in respect to the best fat steer,

Beare was less fortunate than usual; but this season he was greatest possible use, not only in supporting the laws having exhibited a fine ox (bred and grazed by himself), (which, as long as they remained laws, ought clearly which had the only drawback of being rather short, and not to be supported), but it would also act indirectly in quite perfect about the head. Mr. Wortley again distanced preventing more positive crimes intimately connected all competitors with a Shorthorn, with which he figured as with that violation of the laws to which he had a prizeman at the Norfolk county show, and Mr. Beare referred. It was opposed upon the ground of ex

had three excellent Galloways, on which the judges pense; but he firmly believed that in this county of dwelt” for some time.

Mr, Mullen entered a nice Norfolk, where they had a chief constable of such great fent frame; but the condition was scarcely so good as

polled bullock, with a fine straight back and exceldiscretion and judgment—he was firmly convinced (and he would refer to Lord Suffield himself to confirm him) handsome Devons on the ground, and, as was generally

that of the adjoining entries. There were also one or two that the putting of that act into effect would be of the remarked, the fat stock which were the speciality of the greatest benefit, whilst it was put into force with judg- show, were deserving of high commendation, reflecting ment and discretion, and would not add one farthing the excellence of the root crops of the district and the skill to the county rates. Then there was the Highways and judgment with which feel ng is conducted. Lord Bill, which they had made an optional measure ; and Suffield, the society's presid 1, has recently devoted consiit rested with them whether they would adopt it or not.

derable attention to tarining puroulls, and is forming by degrees It was not a question of to-day or to-morrow, but one

a good herd of Shorthorns, there being, probably, something that they could consider when they thought desirable.” cropping. As care has been taken to secure an introduction

more attractive to an amateur in breeding and grazing than in This affords really one of the spectacles of the autumn. A county member well hissed by a party of agricul- prising that the noble lord took a prominent position on Wed

of good blood into the original Gunton stock, it is not surturists for supporting a bill which " he believed was

nesday in the competition for the general cattle prizes. One not wanted in the county he had been elected to repre- of his prize entries was a beautiful roan cow, which was prosent !” But Mr. Howes was not merely hissed by his nounced an animal of the first-class ; and the heifers exhibited auditory : he was answered. Mr. Read, as we have from the same source were also of good colour, and had evirecorded, fell in with the wishes of Mr. Buxton, and dently been carefully attended to. Two fine heiters, one from touched again upon the delicate matters which the un- Lord Suffield's, and another from Mr. Petre's, of Westwick, happy Mr. Howes had so imprudently broached. And

went into the fat classes, probably because their breeding how healthily all this reads and sounds—the manly powers had proved a disappointment. As regards bulls, Mr. straightforward and at the same time bitterly satiri

T. Dolphin took the first prize with a bandsome animal, cal tone of the spokesman-the loud, significant animals were also shown in this class by Mr. Rising, who was

with an excellent back and well-formed quorters. Fair cheers of the other farmers in the room-the terrible

set down for the second prize, Mr. Wortley, who had a crelesson thus conveyed to the higglers and hucksters in

ditable Devon, and Colonel Fitzroy, who entered an attractive game. But how rank the farmers of Leicestershire in Shorthorn. The whole horned cow class was commended by comparison, as they sat in silence the other day under the judges, Mr. Storey taking the second and third prizes, my Lord Berners, after he had openly challenged after Lord Suffield, whose success has been previously noted. them to “discuss their grievances ?" Is this New Mr. Mullen had no difficulty in carrying off the prize offered Police-gamekeeper bill a grievance? And if so who is in the polled cow class, baving a pleasing home-bred entry. it that they have to thank for it? Is poor Mr. Howes The cows appeared to be considered, on the whole, more crethe only man to be hissed because he followed his ditable than the bulls; and Mr. Keary, of Holkham, who leader, and simply supported that which some more

acted as one of the judges, took occasion to remark at the dindistinguished Farmers' Friends had introduced? We

ner, that if the character of the stock of the district was to be had thought from the manner in which some of these improved, the males must be attended to as well as the females.

Of course this advice should be acted upon, and the highest posrepresentative men" had almost boasted of what they sible excellence should be aimed at; nevertheless, it should be had done, that the independence of the English farmer remembered that the exhibition was, in a great degree, a local was gone. But we have hope still, with such speeches one; that the animals entered were, for the most part, such as as that of Mr. Sewell Read, and such cheers as those are bred with a view to an immediate return by farmers, who of the Norfolk farmers to greet him. Amongst all the

have scarcely resources or time to raise “ fancy" types, The milk-and-water washy waste of words we have had horse stock exhibited was not of equal merit with the cattle. this autumn, that little speech at Walsham will stånd The cart stallions and mares were especially indifferent; indeed out in letters of fire-God preserve the farmer from the same outspoken judge-and, after all, what is the use of a his so-called friends!

judge if he does not speak bis honest impressions ?-declaring that he had never been called upon to make awards in regard

to such a bad lot before; he could scarcely consider that The recurrence of autumn, winter, spring, and summer

what he had seen were fair specimens of the agricultural horse having swept away, silently but swiftly, has again brought stock of the neighbourhood. Lord Suffield offered a prize of round the pleasant gathering for which North Walsham

£5 for the best hackney for riding or harness purposes, and has attained a certain reputation. North Walsham is inno- this encouraging stimulus went to a showy thoroughbred grey cent yet of the shriek and rush of the railway train, and the (from Melton) entered by Mr. J. P. Perritt. Year after year place has a quiet, sleepy look, with which it is refreshing the decline of the old Norfolk hackney had been commented to meet in these days of worry and scurry, when everyone

and Lord Suffield consequently endeavoured to secure some is engaged in fighting an ever-renewed battle against time. improvement through the medium of his annual £5; but this Still the district all round comprises some of the richest year it led to a complaint from Mr. Storey, who protested land in Norfolk, and heavy stacks and sleek well-developed against Mr. Perritt receiving the prize, on the ground that his cattle show that here, at any rate, there is “a goodly horse was not a hackney either in breed or character. To heritage.” Years seem to deal gently with some of the tbis it was rejoined that the prize had been offered in a com. leading members of the society. For instance, there is an prehensive spirit for every class of horse for “ hackney, harness, old Mr. Beare, who has looked just the same any time these or hunting purposes.” This explanation "shut up" Mr. Storey ten years, and who generally shares to some extent the for the time; but if the object is really and we believe there honours of the fat cattle classes with his spirited younger is no doubt that it is—to improve the breed of hackneys, contemporary Mr. Robert Wortley. These gentlemen have backneya and hackneys only should be permitted to compete,

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