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Farmers at Fishguard.


Farmers at Fishguard. • ANNUAL CATTLE SHOW. HIGHLY SUCCESSFUL FUNCTION. Conspicuous amongst the social events of the Fishguard, almanack ranks the annual vCattle Show promoted by the North Pem- brokeshire Farmers' Club, and this years function, which took place on Friday was attended with a measure of success which Inus," have been exceedingly gratifying to Mr v. n Jones, the enthusiastic president, and to Sir V J G Johns, the indefatigable secretary, as also to the assiduous band of officials by whom they were so ably assisted. The unfavourable climatic conditions which had prevailed on the preceding day afforded a somewhat inauspicious augury, and, although the eventful day dawned tine, a dense pall of Ntfouds prolongued the apprehension for some houre Towards noon, however, a stiff breeze dispelled the threatening vapour, and ideal summer weather graced the remainder of the proceedings. i" From an yearly hour visitors poured into the town b .h by rail and by road, and throug' the day and far into the night the quaan, winding thoroughfares ^vei^ i' crowded to an extent calculated to arouse the ire of the casual cyclist or motorist, whilst caterers both for man and beast found their rescources taxed to their utmost capacity. THE EXHIBITS. I Viewed in every aspect, the show was v certainly the best which has yet been held in b the Maesgwynne Field. There have, Pe' ^ps, been previous shows 111 which certain cuam pion animals have stood forth more prom- inentlw but, taking the exhibits as a whoje, tlu?re 'was not a single weak class, AU the animals were even, and lit—did the exhibitors so choose—to go fuither alield and to com- pete elsewhere. One striking feature was the great improve- ment in cart horses, which certainly con- stituted a greater advancement than was indicated in any other class. It would be invidious to particularise where all were good but the exhibits of Mr Wynford Philipps, M.P, deserve special mention, as also do those in the two-Nlear-old class, in which Mr Griffiths, of Rickeston Hall, took the first and second honours. The yearlings were also a useful lot, as were also the cart foals. A dozen cart teams faced the judge, and although his task was a difficult one, it seemed to be generally agreed that Mr Yorke deserved the card awarded to him. The whole class was excellent and won high praise from the judge, the teams being cer- tainly the best which have been shown in North Pembrokeshire. Black cattle were, as usual, good all round, shorthorns were also strong--in fact, to a certain extent they got the better of the blacks, the prizes for the best heifer in the yard being awarded to a lovely shorthorn, the property of Mr Marsden, whilst for the best j cow in the yard the two classes divided the i honours, the prize being split between the shorthorn exhibited by Mr V J G Johns and. Mr W H Evans' black beast. Hunters in the young class, though good in quality, were few in number, but of the age of four years old and upwards there was a good display. Hackneys were, as usual, strong, and some very good ones were shown. The sheep were an even lot, but the com- petition was confined to a few of the usual exhibitors, the ordinary farmer being afraid to enter. Pigs were few in number. The butter staged was good all-round, Miss F Lewis, of Hanton, a well-known prize- winner, being the most successful. The jumping, which aroused a marked degree of interest, was decidedly good in character, poor animals being conspicuously absent from the entries. Horses in harness were a strong class, and evoked great admiration as they drove round in their smart turn-outs. It is generally agreed that the show is in every way continuing to make steady pro- gress. The members of the club are quick to study 1ie interests of the public, and the innov« Son furnished by the erectiog of a grand stand from which to observe the jumping competitions evoked appreciative comment in all quarters. The gate," which. fu upwards., of [100, is the highest on record with the single exception of that for the preceeding year, and, but for the threatening aspect of the weather in the early morning, there is every reason to believe that a new record might have been established. The judges were Black cattle, R Thomas, Esq, Great Pale, J Scourfield, Esq, Blaen- wernddu cattle of any other pure breed, R j Galbraeth, Esq, Home Farm, Margam cart horses, M Jones, Esq, Delbrwystual, Shrews- bury hunters, Leslie McCarty, Esq, Holly- mount, Co.Wexford butler. T- Lloyd, Esq, Aberdare. PRIZE LIST. p,oci-w -,aywn our columns precludes the insertion of purely commendatory awards, which were gratifymgly numerous. Appen- ded is a list of the actual prize-winngrs. BLACK STOCK OF THE WELSH BREEDS ij Aged Bull-l Phillip Reynolds, Treglemais. 2MB Harries, Llanrheithan Two-year-old Bull—1 WReynolds,Trehowell; 2 W G James, Pantyphillip; 3 R Rces, Cefnydre. Yearling Bull-l J C Yorke, Langton 2 J W Reynolds, Barry Island; 3 C Mathias, Rhys- gwyllt. Bull Calf—1 W Reynolds, Trehowell; 2 R Rees, Cefnydre 3 George Griffiths, Pointz Castle. Dairy cow in calf or with miIk-] W H Evans, Trenewyddfawr; 2 George Griffiths, Pointz Castle 3 J C Yorke, Langton. Three-year-old Cow—W H Evans, Tre- newyddfawr; 2 George Griffiths, Pointz Castle. Two-year-old in calf Heifer—1st and 3rd T E Thomas, Trehale; 2 J C Yorke, Langton. Yearling Heifer—1 T E Thomas, Trehale 2 J C Yorke, Langton; 3 D H Perkins, Penys- gwarne. Heifer Calf under 12 months—1 George Griffiths, Pointz Castle; 2 J C Yorke, Langton; 3 D H Perkins, Penysgwarne. Pair of Steers, any age—1 and 2 divided be- tween D Perkins, Trevelyn and D Morris, Tre- vasser 3 J W Reynolds, Barry Island. Best Bull exceeding twelve months old—1 Phillip Reynolds, Treglemais.. f Silver Cup for the best Black Animal ifl the show of the Castlemartin Breed, of any age. The Cap to be held by the winner for one year bat not to become the property of any individ- ual till the same person has won it twice the Cup may not be won twice by the same animal -1 Phillip Reynolds, Treglemais. STOCK OF ANY OTHER PURE BREED. Aged Bull—1 J C Bowen, Penrhiw; 2 W R Thomas, Llanwnwr. Bull, two years old—1 D H Bowen, Tresis- sillt 2 J Griffiths, Castleeenlas. Yearling Bull-l J Thomas, Trevigan 2 D Lewis, Barnard's Hill. Bull Calf—1 James Harries, Hayscastle; a V J G Johns, Manorowen. Dairy Cow in calf or milk—1 and 2rd V J G John, Manorowen 3 J Griffiths, Castleeenlas. Two-year-old in-calf Heifer—1 J Marsden, Ffynonddofn; 2 J C Bowen, Penrhiw; 3 J Thomas, Trevigan. Yearling Heifer—1st and 2nd J Thomas, Trevigan; 3 D Perkins, Trevelyn. Heifer Calf—1 V J G Johns, Manorowen 2 D Perkins, Trevelyn. Pair of Steers, any age, any other breed or cross except pure Black, the owner to have bought within two months previous to Show not less than one ton of Bibby's Cake-lst and T Griffiths, Priskilly; 3 V J G Johns, f Jnorowen.. TJ Best Short-horned Bull in the yard—1 V n Bowen, Tresissillt. Bast Heieford Full, any age- -I J C Bowen, ponrifiw; 2 H M Harries, Tregvvnt. For the best Shorfc-liornetl Boast in the Show .-aSiwi, Fiynonddüfn. CHAMVION PulXES. Bes, Cow in the Yard of any pare breed- j between V J G Johns, Manorowen, and \V It trails, Trenew"•idfawr. Best Heifer in the Yard of ure breed- i maesdeii, FfynondaOfD- Best animal in the Yard of any pure breed -G,aorge Griffiths, Pointz Castle. Best animal in the Yard of any pure breed fed on Messrs Silcocks and Sons' cakes and meals- J C Bowen, Penrhiw. SHROPSHIRE SUEEP. Short-woolled Ram (aged)-l W E Evans, Robeston 2 J Griffiths, Castlecenlas. Short-Woolled Yearling Ram-l W E Evans, Robeston Hall; 2 C Driscoll, Pantygollen. Pen of three short-woolled aged ewes—1 J C Yorke, 2 C Driscoll, 3 J Griffiths. Pen of three Short-woolled Yearling Ewes- 1 J C Yorke, Langton; 2 J Griffiths, Castle- eenlas; 3 C Driscoll, Pantygollen. Pen of three Short-woolled Ewe Lambs—1 and 3rd J Griffiths, Castleeenlas; 2 George Morris, Rose Cottage, Milford Haven. Short-woolled Ram Lamb-I J C Yorke, Langton; 2 J Griffith, Castleeenlas 3 George Morris, Rooe Cottage, Milford. PIGS. Boar-S Lloyd Lewis, Penybank Sow, any age-lst and 2nd R Rees, Cefny- dre; 3 J C Bowen, Penrhiw. CART HORSES. Cart Mare, for agricultural purposes, to be shown with Foal at foot—J C Yorke, Langton; 2 M R Harries, Llanrheithan; 3 P Griffiths, Parkvnole. Catt Foal—1 J C Yorke, Langton; 2 Percy Griffiths, Parkynole. Cart Mare or Gelding, 4 years old and up- wards-l J Wynford Phillies, M.P., Lydstep Haven 2 M li Harries, Llanrheithan; 3 J C Yorke, Langton. Three-year-old Gelding or Filly for agricult- ural purposes-l J C Yorke, Langton; 2nd and 3rd T Griffiths, Priskilly. Two-year-old Gelding or Filly for agricult- ural purposes—1st and 2ud W O Griffiths, Rickeston Hall; 3 W E Evans, Robeston Hall. Yearling Colt or Filly for agricultural purpos,-s.-I J Wyuford Phillips, M.P., Lyd- step Haven; 2 M R Harries, Llanrheithan 3 George Williams, Rudbaxton. Cart Team, driven in harness-l J C Yorke, Langton; 2 M R Harries, Llanrheithan; 3 Thomas James, Oaerlein. CHAMPION PRIZES For the best Carter inthe Show bred in the County of Pembroke—W 0 Griffiths, Rickes- ton Hall, Penycwm. For the best Shire Mare, Filly, or Filly Foal registered or eligible for registration in the Stud Book-J Wynford Phillips, M.P., J Lydstep Haven. HACKNEYS, COBS, AND PONIES. Hackney Mare, to be shown with Foal at foot— 1 W E EVANS, Robeston Hall, Milford; 2 J C Yorke, Langton Hacknpy Koal 1 James John, Lauibston, Poit held Gate: 2 R W Lewis, Trenewyiid, Pencaer. Yearling Hackney—1 H llees, Springfield, Havei foidwest; 2 Gwynne Perkins, Trelimmin, St Nicholas. Hackney, two years old-l W Jones, Tygwyn, Caidigan; 2 Ben Morris, Vagwreinionfach, Moyle- gi ove. Hack", Riding Horses, Mare or Gelding (not under 3 years old), to be shown under saodle-l Col. F R Howell, Trewellwell, Solva; 2 W R homaF, Llanwnwr. Best Actioned Horse or Mare, to be shown undei saddle—1 Tom J Mathias, Llynyfelin, Caidigan •2 II Rees, Springfield, Haverfordwest. Pony not exceeding 13.2 hands—1 Tum J Mathias, Llynyfelin, Cardigan 2 David Jones, Brynawel, Cardigan. Fur the best Foal by 'liojal Dilight"- I James John, Lnmb*tone, Purifishl Ude, 2 It W Lewis, Trenewydd, Pencier. HUNTERS. Broed Mare, calculated to produce flunters, to be shown with Foal at Foot-l George Thomas, Portfield Gate 2 W G James, Pantyphillip. Two-jTear-oJd Colt or Filly, calculated to make a Hunter—1 W G James, Pantyphillip; 2 C E Vaughan, Bowlings; 3 J Griffiths, Custlecenlas. Yeariuc Colt or i'illy, calculated to make a Hunter—1 E H Lewis, Hendre, Penycwm; 2 T Griffiths, Pii-killy. Foal by a thoroughbred Horse—1 George Thomas, Portfield Gate; 2 W G Jamts, Panty- phiilip. Three-year-old Colt or Filly, bred in the County of Pembroke, calculated to make a Hunter 1 T E Thomas, Trehale; 2 G D Harries, Llanunwas; 3 W Reynolds; Trehowell JUMPING AND DRIVING COMPETITIONS. Fou.-year-old Colt or Filly, got by a thorough- bred liorse, calculated to make a Iluntei-, to be juiiiped over hui-dles-I R H Harries, The Croft, St Cle-MS" 2 H M Harries, Tregwynt. Belt HuQter, .M te jumped over imrdle..nJ F?ate to the satisfaction of the Judges—1RH KU-ies, The Croft, St Clears; 2 T E Thomas, T Best Jumper over a variety of Rees, Newton, Rudbaxton; 2 J D LVAN., P< lcomb Hill. I „N(I Best Jumper over stone wall and gate 2nd J D Evans, Pelconibe Hill Carriage Horsp, 14 2 hands and above, to be driven i;harness-I lees, Springfield, Havei fordwest; 2 George Williams K^baxton. Carriae-i Horse unaer 14.2 hands, to be miven in harnefs-1 T J Mathias, Llynyfelin, Cardigan. David Jones, Brynawel, Caidigan.. ponv not exceeding 13.2 hsjjnds, to be duven m harness—1 T J Mathias, Llynyfelin, Cardigan, David Jones, Brynawel, Caidigan Tradesmen's Turn-out (single) used in the ordinary course of business, and to E '^EN *Y MPMLION their wives, sons, or daughters, residing within e ght miles of BridgendT Castlemoms; 2J Miles, Cilyhaden. BUTTER, CHEESE, AND EGGS. Best 20 Ibs of Mild Cured Butter-l Miss F Lewis, Hanton, Haverfordwest; 2 W BARTLETT, Merlin's Bridge. U „ Best 3 lbs. of Fresh Butter (NOT SALTED) 1 Miss F Lewis, HANTON, HaverIordwest, 2 B D Johns, TRELLYS, ST NICHOLAS.. For the best sample of Butter in the Show Yard—Miss ¥ Lewis, Hanton, Haverfordwest. Best Cheese, not under 14 Ibs-lst and 3rd W R Thomas, Llanwnwr; 2 D H Bowen, Iresissillt. Best Dish of Thirteen, New laid Hen's Eggs (Brown) 1 George Jenkins, Lower Haythog; 2 W Rees, St Nicholas/ 3 r Haverfordwest. Best Dioh of Thirteen New laid Hen s Eggs, White (sections 71 and 72 are limited to the County of Pembrok,)-l DH Bowen, Tresissillt, 2 Geoige Jenkins .Lower Haythog; 3 Miss FC Lewis Hanton, Haverfordwest. I THE LUNCHEON. Early in the afternoon a recherche repast was served in a spacious marguee, the cater- ing of Miss Rees, of the Commercial Hotel, giving entire satisfactton. Mr E D Jones, who presided over a goodly assemblage, was supported by Sir Marteine and Lady Lloyd, and by gentlemen prominently identified to the function. The customary loyal toast having been honoured. I irn-iari proposed that of the North Pembrokesmio-Carmers' Club, which had, he said, been established about thirty years ago, and'was yearly growing more flourishing and increasing in prosperity. He hoped that that state of affairs would continue for many years. That show was always looked upon as one of the best feeders to the United Coun- ties Show at Carmarthen, and the animal who took a first prize at Fishguard was generally successful at Carmarthen. He thought that was a great thing to say for the Pembrokeshire Farmers Club. (Hear, hear). He coupled with the toast the names of Messrs J C Yorke, and D H Perkins. The former gentleman, in responding, referred feelingly to the great loss which the Club had sustained during the past year through the death of Mr John Worthington, and to the fears which had been expressed that the absence of that gentleman's support would leave them crippled. From what, he had seen in the show yard that day he was, however, quite satisfied that—despite the loss which they all so deeply regretted—the show was holding its own. He was quite certain that so long as their present chairman and secretary held office, that state of affairs was likely to continue, and no one-would be more pleased than himself that such should be the case (applause). Mr Perkins, who was with difficulty in- duced to supplement the response, contented himself by remarking, amidst laughter, that he had very great pleasure indeed in endors- ing all that Mr Yorke had said. The Chairman, in submitting the health of the Judges, said it was unneccessary to him to dilate upon the subject, for all knew what a great attribute to such shows judges were. Shows of that kind would never cease to flour- isli-so long as the class of men which they had there that day was available from the country and the surrounding neighbourhood. It had always been the custom on that occa- sion to reguest a word from each of the judges, and that custom was a useful one, for the impression which a show made upon the judges was the measure which showed its suc- cess (applause). Mr R Thomas (Great Pale), who was first to respond, expressed the pleasure which it had afforded him to judge the black cattle, which he regarded as the best cattle for the market for beef (hear, hear). They were, he said, in excellent condition, but had not been pampered, and were fit to go anywhere. After emphasising the desirability of breeding and feeding good cattle for the butcher, he closed by voicing the hope that the show would be attended by every success (applause). Mr J Scourfield (Blaernwernddu) said he had been there on several previous occasions and always looked back upon them with pleasure. "He had many friends amongst that gathering, but the judges adjudicated upon the animals and not upon the men (hear, hear). It was perhaps better to have an entire stranger for the position, if they could get him, but he could assure them that he was not afraid to face anybody. They, as judges, had done what they had thought to be right, and if an animal had belonged to the King or the Queen, it would have made no difference to their awards (hear, hear). Since they had asked them to come they ought to abide peacefully bv their decisions! He could say that the show was not going backwards—he considered it to be the most even which he had ever seen. There might, in former years, have been more outstanding winners in some classes, but taking them all round, they were excellent stock, taken from the grass and not pampered. InJjNorth Pem- brokeshire, the land was, of course very good, and the cattle needed no feeding (laughter). He expressed his satisfaction with the classes generally, and stated that although he and his colleague had not always been able to ■entirely agree, they had only in one case had to obtain the judgement of a third man. In conclusion he pointed out the desirability of adopting the rule enforced in most other shows of compelling every animal to be led. Seventeen or twenty heifers who would not stand still, were not, he said, calculated to assist the judges in the discharge of their duties. Mr M Jones (Delbrwystual, Shrewsbury) said that this was first occasion on which he had had an opportunity of judging horses in Pembrokeshire, and he was very pleased to be able to state that they were very much better than he had expected to find them, and that it had been a very difficult job to decide —he could hardly please himself. A good many of the entries were fit to go into any show (hear, hear). Mr R Galbiaeth (Home Farm, Margam) said there was some very good stock in the locality, and its owners need not be afraid to take it to any show in the county. He had had a little difficulty in making awards in one or two cases, but he hoped that he had given satisfaction to everybody (hear, hear). Mr T Lloyd (Aberdare) voiced the pleasure which he had derived from that—his first- visit, and humorously remarked that, if it were an honour to judge the black cattle, what must it be to judge the: ladies' produce — the butter, etc (laughter) ? He had endeav- oured to do his very best and it was a treat to see the ladies smiling all over their faces. He had brought a stick to keep them away, but had not needed it (Laughter). Many had said that the season had been a bad one for the farmer, but he did not think that either the time or the season was bad. Most of the butter had been exceedingly good, and the farmers were all good (laughter). Referring to the excellence of the butter he expressed regret that it could not be regularly obtained in Glamorganshire. The cheese, he continued, was not so good, but the eggs were excellent, fine in colour, large in size, and fresh. Mr Leslie McCarthy (Holly Mount, County Wexford) who also responded, was inaudible throughout practically the whole of his re- marks. He was, however, understood to say that the entries in the hunter class were very fair, and to state that he would be very pleas- ed to do anything which he could in an advi- sory capacity, but that he could not make a speech. Mr Yorke, in the unavoidable absence of Mr George Bowen, proposed the toast of their President, and said they welcomed him most heartily. He was, the speaker believed, quite the best and most liberal supporter of whom the Club could boast (hear, hear). That was very valuable, but his presence and the inter- est which he showed in the Club was even more so (hear, hear). He hoped some day to see that he had taken up one or other of the farms which he owned and was seeing what he could do with it himself. He fancied that with his business and general ability he would, if he adopted that course, soon give theme on- siderable difficulty in beating him. The toast was drunk with musical honours, followed by cheers-for the President and Mrs Jones. The Chairman, in responding, after express- ing appreciation at the mariner in which the toast had been honoured, said he was always very glad to do anything which he could in his modest way to support the show. Al- though he was not a practical agriculturist, he might perhaps, as had been suggested, some day try to become one (hear, hear). Proceeding, he proposed the health of the Secretary, which he characterised as being a toast of considerably more importance than the one which had just been drank (hear, hear and applause). The whole centre of organisa- tion, in a show such as that, was, he said, in the Secretary, and it was due to him almost entirely—at any rate to a very large extent— that the show had, during the last two years been so successful, not only in the matter of entries, but from a financial point of view, and the very active and industrious manner in which he looked after the interests of the show was deserving of the very highest com- mendation. They all knew him, they all knew what a good man he was, and what a good stock he came from. The toast was drunk amidst cheers. Mr V J G Johns, in acknowledging the honour, said he could but thank the Chair- man for his kind words he would always do the best that he could, as a Fishguardian, for the success of the North Pembrokeshire Farmers' Club. The gathering then dispersed. —o— HICH-CLASS CONCERT. — ft;' (he 't, UUu<iig tugtt ulu.j.j—vocal and. instrumental programme was submitted to a crowded auditory assembled in the Temper- ance Hall, which had been tastefully decorated for the occasion, ferns, palms, flags and bunting combining to produce an exceedingly effective ensemble. Miss Phyllis Carey (Fishguard) opened the programme with a violin solo Concert Muzurka," her execution being characterised by precision and delicacy of touch. For a subsequent item, a sprightly Romance in G,' she received a merited encore. The fine tenor voice of Mr Llew Jones (Aberdare) was heard to decided advantage in Watch with me, now, to-night," and How vain is man for each of which he was enthusiastically encored, substituting in the former instance Llwybr yr Wyddfa," and in the latter bowing his acknowledgments. Miss Katie Phillips, (Swansea) contributed River of Years," and Alone on the Raft," her powerful contralto voice doing ample justice to the numbers, as also to On the Zuyder Zee," which she gave in response to one of the two recalls which her efforts evoked. Mr Emlyn Davies (baritone, London) rendered "The Bugler," with such pathetic realism that the auditory declined to accept his bowed acknowledge- ments, and he was compelled to respond with Say Halloa^" a quaint item of a totally different character. At a subsequent stage he contributed" The Lowland Sea," "Mentra Gwen" following in response to an encore. Miss Amy Evans, soprano, London, gave a charming .rendering of Mendelssohn's diffi- cult song Hear ye Israel," for which she was deservedly recalled, and displayed her verstaility by contributing I wish I were a tiny, brownie bird." In the second porton of the programme she rendered Llacesaur Eryri" under conditions which reflected the highest possible credit. Messrs Jones and Davies were heard to advantage in The Ballad Singers," being compelled to repeat the chorus in response to the demands of the audience. La ci Darem was ably sung by Miss Evans and Mr Davies, an unani- mous demand for a repetition being responded to with I would, and yet I would not." Miss Evans also rendered Love's Coronation," Miss Carey contributing a violin obiigato. The programme was brought to a the singing by the united artistes of The Sea hath its Pearls," followed by the National Anthem. The various duties of accompanist were efficiently discharged by Mr Carey, of local fame. During the proceedings a small section of the auditory persisted in rendering hself obnoxious to the great bulk of those present. On several occasions the Aitistes had to appeal for order, whilst Miss Evans left the platform as a protest against the conduct of some of the occupants of the front seats. Ultimately, however, she was induced to return, and harmony again prevailed where discord had appeared on the verge of triumph, her rendering being most enthusiastically applauded. We are informed that the whole of the arrangements for the evening's entertainment were effected by Mr Anthony, who was, how- ever, unfortunately unable to be present. Certainly the greatest credit is due to him for the excellence of the programme provided. In his unavoidable absence, the stage man- agement was in the capable hands of Mr George Bennett.

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