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ALTRINCHAM AGRICULTURAL SHOW. LOCAL PRIZE WINNERS. The 36th annual show of the Altrincham Agricultural Society was held at Devisdale, Bowdon, on Thursday, and proved eminently successful. The record of the society has been one of steady progress. Twelve years ago there were only 2,345 entries; this year the record was again beaten with 3,395, an increase of 32 upon last year. No less a sum than Xl,250 was offered in prizes, in addition to which special cups were presented by the county gentry. Horticultural exhibits are also included in the scope of the society's prize list, and to show the extent of the exhibition it will be sufficient to mention that horned cattle attracted 140 entries, heavy horses 130, light horses 194, turnouts 84, hunters 33, sheep 20, pigs 54, goats 30, dogs 370, poultry 320, pigeons 742, rabbits and cats 281, roots and grain 296, and implements 468. The show ground at Devisdale is admirably adapted for the purpose, and the committee, of which Mr. Wm. Graham Was the secretary, can be con- gratulated upon the completeness of their arrangements. Lieutenant Colonel Henry Martin Cornwall., Legh, the president for the year, took a deep personal interest in the large amount of detailed work which must be gone through, and not the least interested and pleased of the visitors to the showyard was the respected patron of the society, Earl Egerton of Tatton. Last year it will be remembered the weather was unpropitious, and this had a rather disas- trous effect upon the attendance. On Thursday, however, a beautiful morning attracted people from all parts of the surrounding district, and from Manchester in large numbers. A sharp shower of rain about noon threatened again to mar the proceedings, but it soon cleared away, and the remainder of the day was as fine as could be desired. The trains from Northwich and other places between Chester and Altrin- cham were densely crowded, and, despite the counter-attraction of Manchester Races, Cottonopolis contributed a large proportion of the visitors. Up to three o'clock 15,000 people passed the turnstiles, and this number must have been considerably increased before the gates were closed at five o'clock. Altogether the exhibition was pronounced on all hands the most successful ever held by the society, and its claim as one of the very best one-day shows of the kind in England still remains unshaken. In the cattle section, which was slightly stronger than last year, the principal exhibitor was Mr. T. Atkinson, of Bury, a tenant farmer, who has won honours at most of the East Lancashire exhibitions, and who was also well to the front at the county show at Barrow. His roan bull, Master Ailesbury, which has had a remarkable run of success, was an easy first in the class for bulls over two years old. Mr. S. W. Gould, Lymm, carried off the premier award for a pair of cows with animals which gained the championship at Middlewich last week. In Channel Islands cattle Mr. T. P. Taylor, Preston Brook, took the two principal prizes, while of Jerseys Mr. A. L. Goodson, Knutsford, was a very successful exhibitor. Shorthorns confined to the district saw the winners in the open class again successful, while Mr. R. Clarke, Warburton, won in the older bulls, cows in milk, and in the heifer class, with some really capital specimens. Mr. S. S. Raingill, Ringway, was also very success- ful with his dairy stock. The shire horses were as fine a collection as has ever been seen at a Cheshire show, attribu- table no doubt in a large degree to the encouragement offered to horse breeding by Earl Egerton of Tatton. On the contrary light horses were somewhilt disappointing, with the exception perhaps of hunters. In the heavy departnpent Mr. J. Lindley, of Cumberworth, headed the list with his entire stallion Mere Tim, a three-year-old, which, among other successes, won at Worsley, and has had a long run of prize-taking. Earl Egerton, however, captured most of the awards in the draught section, his Tatton Victor, a promising youngster, beating Mr. Hardy's Mere Harold, a son of Harold, which won at Middlewich. Mr. Lees Knowles, M.P.'s well-known mare Jenny was placed before an equally well-known brood mare Calceolaria, owned by the executors of E. Charnock, Fazakerley. Earl Egerton came out first. in the one and three-year-old classes with typical specimens of the Tatton Park breed. In the two-year-old class, however, his lordship was beaten by one of his own tenants, Mr. N. Pennington, Bollington. The local classes were well filled with animals of the type required for town work, there being quite a scarcity of the weedy sort. That leader of Derbyshire thoroughbred breeding, Mr. H. Haslewood, failed to gain the top place with Par-ci-par-la, which possesses all his old fire, but was placed behind The Dale, a lengthy and smart son of Fare, belonging to Mr. H. M. Wilson, Middlewich. Dane Canute, Mr. Lees Knowles's roadster stallion, shewed his strength and pace to much greater advantage than Lord Egerton's Tatton Muster, which stands in need of discipline, but is built on approved lines and has fashionable blood in his veins. Charming May, Mr. Lees Knowles's typical brood mare, and her foal were favourably noticed, whilst a show-yard favourite, Mr. A. L. Goodson's Lady Stuart, again obtained the eye of the judges. Messrs. Cockayne Brothers, of Sheffield, won in the yearlings with Hyde Park and in the two- year-olds with Kensington, both animals moving with true hackney stylishness. Mr. Lees Knowles also swept the decks with his three- year-old filly by Agility. In hunters Mr. H. M. Wilson's Florian Matron was the leader, and in two-year-olds Tarporley, the Middlewich geld- ing that has practically never been defeated, romped home an easy winner. In this class Mr. W. Horsfall, Chester, was com- mended for his taking filly The Duchess. Another local exhibitor in the person of Mr. G. Piatt, Eaton, Tarporley, was to the front in the three-year-olds, capturing the red rosette with Victor by Bold Marshall. First Flight, by Balguhadar, owned by the Keynsham Stud Company, won in the polo pony mares, and in entires Mr. G. N. Mid wood, of Tabley, left the ring with the red rosette on the neck of his son of Rosewater, which beat for first place Rock Salt, a son of Pepper and Salt, belonging to Mr. M. Kennedy, Chester. Mr. S. Isherwood, of Dunscar, near Bolton, won in the heavy-weight hunters with his chestnut Sterling, and Captain Featherstonhaugh, Tarporley, took first and cup in the up to 12-stone carriers. There was a very fine collection of sheep, and in this department Mr. J. Cheers, of Barrow, near Chester, and Mr. J. W. Ken worthy, Kelsall, swept the boards. The former took four firsts in the long wool classes, and the latter four firsts and a special with some grand specimens of the short wool breed. In a cheese-producing county like Cheshire it was to be expected that considerable attention would be devoted to this department. The com- petition was scarcely so marked as one would like to have seen, but the judges considered that the quality of the cheese exhibited was excellent. The bulk shewn was of a good, firm, well-keeping nature, preference being given to the coloured lots. There were several local classes, but in those open to the county many of the best known cheesemakers in Cheshire competed. For three coloured cheese, 501b. or over, Mr. John Hobson, Nantwich, who has won many prizes this year, came first with a specially fine exhibit, good in colour, clean in flavour, and of excellent texture. Mr. G. Platt, Eaton, Tarporley, was a good second, Mr. H. Denson, Poulton, Wrexham, being given a reserve card, and Mr. P. Dutton, Huxley, a v.h.c. In white cheese, 501b. or over, there were only few entries, but what was shewn was of superior quality, and each lot took a card. The premier honours went to Mrs. J. Watson, Har- grave, with three very fine meaty cheeses, which would be good keepers. Mr. J. Hobson, Nantwich, was second and reserve, Mr. R. Prescott, Aston-by-Budworth, v.h.c., and Mrs. T. Peacock, Hargrave, h.c. In the class under 501b. Mr. J. Platt, Tarporley, ewll deserved the first place, beating his neighbour, Mr. T. Green way. Third place was occupied by Mr. J. Hobson, Audlem, while Mr. J. Brown, Ashley, secured the reserve card, and Mr. G. H. Gerrard, Tarvin Sands, and Mr. J. Tickle, Aston- by-Budworth, were both highly commended. Butter was also a first-class display, the awards in the open class being as follows:—1, J. Lewis, Oakmere; 2, Mrs. T. Jackson, Worleston; 3 and 4, Mrs. France, Tarporley; v h c, Mrs. J. Stokes, Tarporley h c, Mrs. Okell (Barrow), W. Howard (Tottington), and Miss Hadfield (Dukinfield): There was an exceedingly fine display of poultry. Perhaps two of the best classes were Plymouth Rocks and Wyandottes, and in the for- mer Mr. A. Poly-Didier, Gresford, was eminently successful. As usual, the dog tent attracted a large number of visitors, and here the local winners included Mrs. A. J. Gerrard, Malpas, who was first with her Irish wolfhound in the novice class. Messrs. Dicksons Limited, Chester, the well known nurserymen, were as usual represented by a stand. THE LUNCHEON. EARL EGERTON ON BRITISH FARMING. At the luncheon, which was served in a marquee on the ground, Colonel Legh, the president of the society, occupied the chair. After the loyal toasts had been honoured, The Hon. ALAN DE TATTON EGERTON, M.P., proposed Success to the Altrincham Agricul- tural Society,' and congratulated the society on its increasing prosperity. The CHAIRMAN, in responding, said the society was prospering in every way. There was a time when it was at rather a low ebb, but they could now boast that there was no provincial society better than theirs-in fact, it could hold its own against any other show in England. They heard a great deal about agricultural depression in other parts of the country, but he could say with honesty that in Cheshire they were better off than any other county in England. That, he maintained, was something for which they ought to be thankful. From what he could hear they had had a g*od hay harvest, and although at first the weather seemed to be against them, a fine week came, and they got in their crops in fairly good order. Mr. LEES KNOWLES, M.P., in submitting the toast of the Patron of the Society, Earl Egerton of Tatton,' said that he was an exemplary landlord in the matter of doing his duty to his tenants. (Applause.) Earl EGERTON of TATTON, who was heartily received, said he was pleased to know that the society had prospered by leaps and bounds. It was quite clear that British farmers could not compete with the foreigner in regard to quantity of stock, as they had the whole world competing against them, but they could compete with them in regard to quality. That was the point he would urge upon them. It was no use having anything in this country except it was of the very best. They must be an example to all other nations in the matter of raising stock and cultivating crops. From all parts of the world people came to this country to replenish their breed of horses, cattle, and sheep, and so long as they could produce stock as good as they had seen that day he believed agriculture would flourish in this country. He would like to join in congratulating Cheshire on having been able, both by her crops and the prices obtained for cheese, to hold a position which was not un- remunerative in the agriculture of England. If they were to compete with the foreigners in regard to cheese, he felt certain it must be of the very best quality. The Cheshire County Council was endeavouring to give an oppor- tunity to all farmers of studying the best means of making their own cheese. If these and other opportunities were only taken advan- tage of by the rising generation, he was sure they would keep up the high standard of English farming, and one which would be a credit to themselves and to their landlords. He believed the landlords were willing to help any tenant who did his duty, and that they endeavoured to assist him in bringing his farm to the most prosperous condition possible. He himself had been largely assisted by his tenants, many of whom he was glad to see at the show that day. (Applause.) The toast of the Town and Trade of Altrincham' was afterwards given by Mr. C. DISRAELI, M.P., and responded to by the MAYOR of ALTRINCHAM (Mr. F. R. B. Lindsell).



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