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THE METROPOLITAN HORSE SHOW FOR 1865. The horse show of the present year has, as was anti- cipated, proved a decided success. The circumstance of the show being fixed at the exaet period of the general election without doubt operated largely in pre. venting a very great number of persons from taking an interest in it to the extent which would otherwise have been the case. The visit of the Prince and Prin- cess of Wales and the other royal and distinguished personages, however, was not only an evidence of the high appreciation of its objects, but had the effect of still further increasing the popularity in which it is held by all classes. Each day, more espe- cially towards the afternoon, when the jumping of the hunters took place, the hall might number its visitors by thousands, and the nobility and gentry by hundreds, as indicated by the continuous lines of carriages, reaching from one end to the other of the Liverpool-road. Unlike the cattle show, one visit was by no means considered sufficient to enable those who are admirers of the species to form a judgment of its merits, and hence it is that the boxes and re- served seats, as well as the avenues, might be seen each day filled with the same faces. The Prince and Princess of Saxe Weimar paid two visits, and it is rnmoured that the Prince of Wales was also in the show incog, more than once. Amongst other members of the aristocracy were the Duke and Duchess of Man- chester, the Duke of Newcastle, the Duke and Duchess of St. Albans, the Earl and Countess of Westmoreland,, the Earl and Countess of Yarborough, the Earl of Uxbridge, &c. &c. The success which has attended the horse show is to be found in the confidence which the owners and breeders repose in the directors of the Agricultural- hall, and in the great care and attention, as well as excellent arrangements, for the comfort and proper keeping of the animals. Hence it is that this is pro- nounced, without hesitation, to have been the finest show of horses of all classes, but more especially in hunters, light as well as heavy weights, ever seen. Whilst however, the animals were so thoroughly carad for, the directors had not lost sight of the comfort and convenience of the public; and whatever was pro- pounded, after mature consideration by the board, was at once most cheerfully and energetically carried out by their attentive, courteeus, and talented secretary and general manager, Mr. Sidney; whilst the arrange- ments for jumping, &c., within the ring, superin- tended daily by a director, and managed by Mr. John Douglas, left nothing in that department to be desired. The prohibitary fee of half a guinea this year for a place in the centre of the arena did not deter many members of the aristocracy and fast young men from making themselves conspicuous as half gaineapigs," as they were facetiously termed, more especially whlist tne Prince and Princess of Wales were in the Boyal box; and, therefore, it is the intention to raise the price still higher another year. Amongst other altera- tions and improvements suggested for next year it s been proposed that, instead of sales going on during the show, there shall be at its conclusion a sale by auotion of such animals as their owners are desirous of disposing of-a circumstance which in itself will be a curious and interesting feature of the exhibition. Although so many persons did not visit the show as on the first occasion last year, in consequence of the general election, still the many thousands that did attend, and the superior character of the company throughout, must be a source of high gratification and pleasure to the promoters. In every department the proceedings of the show were carried out most satis- factorily, and especially m the important one of cater- ing for the tastes of the British public on such occa- sions, again entrusted to Mr. Thomas Studkin, of the Salutation, Newgate-street. The police arrangements, under Mr. Superintendent Mott, of the N division) were excellent, and we did not hear of a single accident or robbery of any kind. The next feature at the Agricultural-hall which, although under most distinguished patronage, is not under the control of the directors, is the Mule and Donkey Show, which opened on Tuesday, the amusing character of which drew large crowds to witness it- The object of the Mule and Donkey Show is not only to improve the breeds but to induce a feeling of humanity towards that patient portion of the cre>ation> and, therefore, not only has Miss Burdett Coutts and a large number of ladies subscribed largely for prizes, but .£10 has also been given by the Royal Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals. « —

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