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AGRICULTURE. I THE agricultural show this year will be held at York, and the proceedings were commenoed on Thursday and Friday (although the general show is not until next month) in the trial of grass-mowing machinery. The visitors were few and quite of the agricultural class. The judges were Mr. John Coleman, of Eacrit, York, Mr. Caldwell, Wilts, and Mr. Kay, of Darlington, and these gentlemen had considerable work to fully master the peculiarities and merits of the various machines. The competitors were of considerable standing, as the names of Burgess and Key, Brentwood, Essex; Brig- ham and Bickerton; Kearsley, Ripon; Barnlett, Samuelson, Cuthbert, &e., will show. Tha dy- namometer of the Royal Agricultural Society was used for testing the "puli" of each machine. On both days the work done was deemed very satisfactory, and at the conclusion the first prize of X20 was awarded to Mr. Barnlett, of Thirak; the second, of < £ 10 to Mr. H. Kearsley, of Ripon. The combined machines of Bar- gess and Key were highly commended, and that of Messrs. Samuelson and Co. was commended. A new double-actioned haymaker by the Reading Ironworks Company was awarded a prize of .£5. THE superintendent of the Statistical Office of the Cattle Plague Department prefaces the returns of the last week with the following remarks:â"A farther reduction in the namber of attacks of cattle plague is manifested in the present return. During the week ending 30th June the number of attacks officially re- ported in Great Britain was 260 viz., 254 in England, threein Wales, and three in Scotland. Thenumber-viz., 260âshows a decrease of 145 on the previous return. Correcting the total, by adding an estimate of attacks commencing during the week, but which may be sub- sequently reported, the number for the week will be 312. The following 22 counties have from the com- mencement remained free from the disease viz., Westmorland, Monmouth, the six counties of South Wales, Montgomery, Merioneth, Carnarvon, Angle- sey, Wigtown, Bute, Argyll, Banff, Elgin, Nairn, Ross and Cromarty, Sutherland, Caithness, and Orkney and Shetland. The last columns of the table (pp. 2 and 3) show what other counties have been free from disease during each of the four weeks pre- ceding this return, so far as information has been received. In 64 counties, one riding of Yorkshire, and the Metropolis,' no oases have been reported as occurring during the week. Seven counties show an increase of 14 cases; and 15 counties, the 'Metropolis,' and the three ridings of Yorkshire show a decrease of 159 cases. In the aggregate more than 50 (50.7) in every 1,000 of the ordinary stock of cattle in Great Britain have been attacked, and to every 1,000 attacks, whose results have been reported, 861 animals perished. Up to the date of this return 5,002 sheep have been reported as attacked by the disease, being an increase of 537 since last week. The mean tem- perature of the week was 4.8 deg higher than the average of the corresponding week during 50 years; the thermometer in the sun registered 162.9 deg. at the Royal Observatory, Greenwich, on Wednesday, 27th Jane."

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