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AGRICULTURE. I Trial of Iffowing Machines. A London contemporary saya The Yorkshire Agricultural Society have hit the happy medium with regard to their annual show, and, weather permitting, the attractive programme they have issued cannot fail to secure success. Especially will it be so if, as is reported, they postpone the show from the first to the second week in August, in order that the Prince of Wales may have a look at, the dogs, and the loyal York- shiremen a look at the Prince, and thereby the York- shire Agricultural Society gain, we hope, a large increase of gate money. The Prince is to be at York on the 11th for the Northern Volunteer Review, and it is proposed to hold the show the three previous days. Other causes lead us to anticipate siaeeesa; the High- land and Agricultural Society, following the bad example of the Roya], do not put in an appearance this year; held about the same time, the two shows clashed. Many of the habitues of Royal gatherings will miss the annual outing, and turn wistful eyes Yorkwards. The lovers of the horse and dog are sure of a treat, though whether the former will be as numerous or remarkable as at Doncaster we know not, for certainly that was the grandest show of grand animals we ever witnessed. The sheep classes will, we trust, be better filled, as too many entries were then absent. Pigs of the white breed are sure to be numerous and excellent; great preparations will be made and no exertions spared to have a show worth inspection. But it is not to dilate on these fea- tures, interesting though they are, that we draw atten- tion to the proceediegs of the Yorkshire Agricultural Society, but to notice the liberal prizes offered for im- plements. The trials will be confined to mowers, reapers, hay machines, and horse rakes, for which prizes to the amount of .£p9 have been voted. As an earnest of the desire to have a thorough aisd satis- factory trial, the committee have arranged to have the mowers, haymakers, and horse rakes tried on Thurs- day and Friday next, the 5th and 6th of July. Ex- cellent fields are provided, the crops will be just in a fit state, and as the Royal Agricultural Society have lent their dynamometer, there will be a good chance of a satisfactory result and an interesting spectacle. Trials are valuable exactly in proportion to their completeness, and we are glad to contrast the pro- posed arrangements for the coming show with those at Doncaster, for improvement was sorely needed. We learn that arrangements will be made to prevent over- crowding on the trial grounds, while at the same time epectatars will have a good opportunity for watching the work. The trial of reapers will, of course, take place during the show; suitable crops have been secured. The corn will be quite fit, and an opportu- nity afforded of seeing a variety of inventions working under suitable conditions, which is too often the exception at implement trials. English Horses in Arabia. A correspondence has been going on for some time in the Field concerning the Arabian breed of horses. In reference to this question Mr. W. A. Kerr writes:— I observe one of your correspondents quotes an extract of a letter addressed to me by my friend Mr. Skene, her Majesty's Consul at Aleppo. English stallions and mares have been imported into Syria by that gentleman, and the produce has deteriorated from the -originals. English sires have been put to his Arab mares, bat the produce again fell off. Arab sires covered English mares with a similar result. He finally fell back on pure Arab blood on both sides. I think it more than probable that my friend made in- different selections, as horses of his seat to India were of a very inferior class; and I know he erred by send- ing the foals, with their unacclimatised dams, out to rough it in the desert, and pick up what they could, in common with their hardy desert-bred companions. This must have stunted their growth. The sheiks of the Daam Uneeza, Fedan Uneeza, Rohella, and other tribes, priding themselves on the blue blood of their horses, would not for an instant entertain the idea of letting an English stallion defile their mares. The dealers who supply the Bombay market do not go so far west for their horses. They talk of Uneeza bleod, Hallub, Dumesht, and so forth, but that is all gammon. Not one horse out of a hundred is an Uneeza, and not one dealer of the lot has ever seen Aleppo or Damascus. Horses with a very English look about them have oc- casionally appeared on the Indian turf and distin- guished themselves. Hajee Abdool Wahab's Raby is more like a clever Irish light-weight hunter than an Arab, and that he came from Bagdad there is little doubt. My own horse, Grand Master, piarchased from Abdool Wahab, stood over fifteen hands, with, for an Arab, rare shoulders and a very plain fiddle head. Dr. Campbell, of Mysore-who, by-the-bye, does not pur- chase for himself—has to thank the correct judgment of Abdool Wahab, Alii Aaker, Richard Cotton, the two Brewtys, and a host of others, for his strong team- must have blessed the day when his most un-Arab-like bay, Copenhagen, entered the Mysore stable, and must have lamented his grand mistake when he rejected the beautiful Arabs, Mistake and Rejected, Alii Abdoolah did so well with, and, but for bad legislation, won the Dealer's Plate with. Arabs never breed from English sires. The English-like horses that reach Bombay must have Persian, Mesopotamian, or Turcoman blood in them. THE CROPS IN THE EAST OF ENGLAND.—The ap- pearance of the crops in the Fens is at present highly satisfactory; in many places, both on Fen and high land,, they are described as remarkably heavy. The hay harvest has been proceeded with under favourable -circumstances in the neighbourhood of Oakham. A similar report is made from Lincoln. In the neigh- bourhood of Market Rasen the wheats are coming into ear satisfactorily. About East Retford genial weather succeeding copious rains has rapidly forwarded the various crops. ORDERS IN COUNCIL.-Two Orders in Council relat- ing to the cattle plague just published in a supplement to the London Gazette are as followsThe first re- vokes so much cattle from the Netherlands as would apply to cattle the produce of the provinces of Fries- land and Groningen, and authorises any such eattle, meaning sheep as well as bulls, cows, oxen, heifers, and calves, to be imported now into Great Britain from the ports of Harlingen and Delfzyl, in the pro- vince of Groningen only. The second order provides that, on and after the 1st day of July next, no horn, hoof, raw or wet hide or skin of any cattle which shall come from or shall have been at any place within the territories and dominions of the King of the Nether- lands, other than the provinces of Friesland and Groningen, shall be imported into Great Britain; nor any such merchandise as shall be or shall have been on board any vessels at the same time with any cattle which shall have come from or have been within those districts in the Netherlands other than Friesland and Groningen. Contravention of this order will ensure the destruction of the merchandise.

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