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FRUIT & CHRYSANTHEMUMS. --+- BRILLIANT DISPLAY AT CHESTER. The Chester Paxton Socicty believes in creating records. Owing to the sunless autumn it was feared that the seventeenth exhibition of fruits and chrysanthemums, held in the Town Hall on Wednesday and Thursday, would be below the average, but the exhibits were slightly in excess of last year's, and it is worthy of note that on that occasion they were more numerous than ever before in the history of the society. It was satisfactory that the increase was mai nly due to the excellent manner in which the cottagers' classes had filled. This speaks well for the edu- cational aspect of the society's work. As usual the most conspicuous exhibits in the show were the groups of single and double chrysanthemums. The president (Major MacGiliycuddy) gained premier honours in both classes last year. His gardener (Mr. Stubbs) again staged really ex- quisite groups, and the judges had great diffi- culty in deciding between these exhibits and thoso of Mr. T. Gibbons Frost, whose gardener (Mr. T. Gilbeit) had arranged collections which, for quality and tasteful arrangement, were almost as perfect as they could possibiy be. Eventually they unanimously awarded the first prize (a chal- lenge cup in each case) to Mr. Frost, and ex- pressed the opinion that Major MaoGiilycuddy's groups came very close in point of excellence. Mr. James G. Fiost was piaced third, and his head gardener (Mr. Clack) is to be complimented on a very attractive group. It may bo added that the latter's blooms were not so far advanced as the others. Premier honours for the group of single varieties, were secured by Dr. Lawrence, of tho County Asylum, Upton, who was closely followed by Major MacGillyouddy. Here, again, the competition was close. For quality of bloom, variety of colour, and tasteful arrangement, both were excellent examples. The display of table decorations has come to be a popular feature of the exhibition, and with a view of encouraging this department Mrs. James G. Frost this year offered a challenge cup. The winner was Miss '*so''ja^ Smith, Puiford, whp had effectively decor- ated her table with spirafe Japonica, pale rose- coloured begonias, these light shades being beau- tifully relieved by tho pale blue browalia elata. The whole was interspersed with maidenhair fern and smiiax. Mrs. W. Welsby (last year's winnetr) scouted second honours, her exhibit consisting chiefly of French copper-coloured roses, relieved L with forced white lilao and finished off with maidenhair and other ferns. Mrs. Gibbons Frost followed the latter very closely, and Mrs. Barnes (Eaton) was awaided the fourth prize. There were altogether ton entries in this competition. For the decorated ladies' baskets five entries were secured The first prize went to Mrs. Dimond Hogg (Saltney), who was very closely followed by Miss Wallis, of Eastgate Row, while Mrs. Breen, Tattenhall, was placed third The side tables in the Council Chamber were beautifully ornamented with chrysanthemum blooms. In the class for eighteen cut blooms, six distinct Japanese varie- ties, Mr. Charles Threlfall (gardener, Mr. T. Her- bert) was first, and Sir George Meyrick (per Mr. W. Pilgrim) was second, his collection including Lady Hanbam, one of the most beautiful blooms m the exhibition. Other prize-winners in this section included Mr. W. E. Whineray (Neston), Mr. Jenn.on, Mr. S. H.. Sandbaoh. Mr. T. Gib- bons Frost, Mr. James Tomkinson, M.P., Dr. Lawrence, etc. The exhibits of single varieties of chrysanthemums and naturally-grown blooms were mom numerous and finer than at any pm- vious show. This is an indication that they are replacing the large-flowered double varieties for decorative purposes. The display of gia-pos was rather unde,r the average. Sir Charles Maclaren (gardener, Mr. James Saunde.rson) received the first priz-- for black grapes, and S r Gcc'ge- Mey- rick was placcd first for white grapes, jjcoaliy, pears have been good this year, and excellent samples were shewn. Mr. John Thompson was represented by some fine specimens of Doyenne du Cornice. Miss Cox, Malpas, shewed aomc mow i- 7 toriaus samples of Pitmaston DucHosse, and lYÜ". Ambrose D xon was to the fore with some Ma.rie pears Mr. W. Townshend Currie took first prize with a fine dish of Beurre Di-el. Mr. Saunderson shewed some dishes of Worcester Pearmain apples and Gascoyne's Scarlet, both having remarkable depth of colour. Fine ex- amples of kitchen apples were staged, Mr. R. Eroc-klebank taking the first prize for twelve varieties. Mr. W. R-chardson Moss (Upton) sent a fine exhibit of bogona, Gloir-e de Lorraine, and Mrs. Roberts, The Nook, sent some blooms of seedling chrysanthemums, which were much ad- mired. Silver medals were awarded to Messrs. Dioksons. Messrs, Clibran, bronze medals to Messrs. MeHattie and Co., and Mr. F. W. Dutton, "e Queen's Park Nurseries, and the society's gold modal was-v. warded to the Duke of Westminster (per Mr. Barnes) for a beautiful table largely composed of apples and pears chiefly grown in orchard houses, together with some fine dishes of grapes, decorated with single chrysanthemums and foliage p'ants. The judges were:—Chrys- anthemums Mr. E. F. Hazel ton, Knowslev, P: c?eot; Mr. Alex. Bafgart, Moor Park. Lud- low. Fruit: Mr. W. Cramp, Madresfield Court; ME. H. Forder, Ruthin Castle; Mr. E Severn, Combermere Abbey; Mr. C. Flack, Cholmon- d-eley Castle. Bottled fruits: Mr. H. G. Little. The stewards were Messrs. G. Lvon, Joseph Ryder, Stephen May, Robert Wakefield, N. F. Barnes and John Weaver. The onerous duties of lion, secretary were again ably discharged bv Mr. G. P. Miln. THE LUNCHEON. Major MaoGillyouddy presided at the luncheon, held at the Blossoms Hotel, and after the loyal toa.sts. the Mayor (Alderman Lamb) proposed :'Tho Paxton Socioty.Major MacGillyouddy, m responding, said they were fortunate in having a number of new exhibitors this year Mr. N. F. Barnes proposed "The Judges." Mr. Crump, in responding, spoke in high terms of the excellence of the show, and especially commended the groups of chrysanthemums and the table decorations. Mr. Haggard also responded. Mr. Siddall gave "The Successful Competi- tors," and Mr. Gibbons Frost responded, express- ing the hope that Major MacGiliycuddy would long continue to be president. Major MacGillycuddy, in cordial terms of ap- preciation, proposed the health of Mr, Miln, and the tatter, m responding, said the financial aspect of the society was a very good one. He specially referred to the fact that Mr. Wakefield had col- lected over JE20. OPENING CEREMONY. When the Countess Grosvenor declared the show opan on Wednesday afternoon there was a crowded attendance. Major MaoGillycuddy pre- sided, and among those present were the Mayor and Mayoress, the Sheriff and Mrs. Ferguson, Sir George and Lady Meyrick, Col. Evans-Lloyd, Mr. George Diokson, Mr. and Mrs. Gibbons Frost, Mr. F. F. Brown, Mrs. MacGillyouddy, the Rev. H. Grantham, etc. Lady Grosvenor, in declaring the show open, said: I thank you very much for your kind wel- come to this brilliant garden of fruit and flowers, into which it is delightful to enter. It reminds me of the words in John Gerardo's "Old Her- ball"—"Where besides the fruits rare flowers do singularly delight, when in them man doth be- hold a flourishing show of summer beauties in the middest of winter—and a goodly spring of flowers, when, abroade, scarce a Leaf is on the tree." The extreme beauty of this show must be very gratifying to the Chester Paxton Society, and to its members and prize-winners I offer my sincere congratulations. It is with great pleasure I now have the honour of announcing this show to be open, hoping that many will come in to enjoy its loveliness. (Applause.) On the proposition of the Mayor, seconded by Mr. Gibbons Frost, the Countess waa warmly thanked. A similar compliment was paid the president, on tho motion of Col. Evans-Lloyd, seconded by the Sheriff. Major MacGiliycuddy, in responding, mentioned the large increase in the exhibits in the cottagers' section, which, he said, was a sign of the great interest taken in the show. The number of mem- bora in the society now stood at 558. (Applause.) This, he thought, was very creditable. Appended is the PRIZE LIST, Open to gardeners, those employing gardeners, and market gardeners. FRUIT. Dossert apples—Ribston Pippin: 1, J. Saunder- son; 2. Mrs. A. Potts; 3, Morden Rigg. Cox's Orange Pippin: 1, W. E. Whineray; 2, the Rev, L. Garnett; 3, E. Dixon. King of the Pippins: 1, Mrs. Rolt; 2, Thos. Day; 3, Sir George Mey- rick. Allington Pippin: 1, Mrs. A. Dixon; 2, T. R. Fleming; 3, W. G. T. Currie. Gascoynes Scarlet: 1, Mrs. A. Potts; 2, W. G. T. Currie; 3, the Rev. L. Garnett. Blenheim Orange: 1, J. Saunderson; 2, T. Day; 3, Mrs. A. Potts. Ameri- can Mother: 1, the Rev. L. Garnett; 2, T. Day; 3. R. R. Salmon. Dutch Mignonne: 1, Miss Humberston; 2, W. G. T, Currie. Any other mid-season variety: 1, C. Threlfall; 2, the Rev. L. Garnett; 3, T. Day. Any other late keeping variety: 1, R. Brooklebank; 2, Miss Humber- ston; 3, the Rev. M. W. Kltilock. Any new variety of recent introduction (not. included in foregoing classes): 1, Mrs. A. Potts; 2, W. G. T. Currie. Pe-a.rs.-Marie Louise: 1. Mrs. A. Dixon; 2, the Rev. L. Garnett; S, ,S. H. Sandbaoh. Pit- ma-ston Duchesse: 1, Mi* Cox; 2, the Rev. L. Garnett; 3, F. J. Bonnalie. Doyenne du Comyce: 1, J. Thompson; 2. R. Brooklebank; 3, Sir Geo. Meyrick. Glou Morceau: 1, the Rev. L. Gar- nett; 2, R. Fraser; 3, Mrs. A. Dixon. Beurre Deil: 1, W. G. T. Currie; 2, Miss Humberston; 3. J. G. Frost. Winter Nelis: 1. W. G, T. Our- rie; 2. R. Brooklebank; 5, E. Dixon. Any other sort in ripe condition: 1, Sir George Meyriok; 2. J. Thompson; 3. the Rev. L. Garnett. Any other late keeping variety: 1, Mrs. A. Dixon; 2, Major MacGiliycuddy;_ 3, Sir Geortre Meyrick. Kitchen pears, stewing varieties: 1, Sir G. Mey- rick; 2, S. H. Sandbach; 31 W. G, T. Ourrie. Kitchen apples-Peasgoods Nonsuch: 1, Sir G Meyrick; 2, T. Day; 3, Warren Trevor. Newton Wonder: 1, the Rev. L. Garnett. Mere de Menage 1, Major MacGillyouddy 2, Miss Hum- berston; 3, Warren Trevor. Lane's Prince Al- bert: 1, Miss Cox; 2, Miss Humberston; 3, Sir G. Meyrick. Dumelow Seedling: 1. Sir G. Mey- rick; 2, Mrs. Arthur Potts; 3, the Rev. L. Gar- nett. Waireham Russett: 1, G. R. Dorsie; 2, the Rev. L. Garnett; 3, Mrs. A. Potts. Warner's King 1, Sir G. Meyrick 2, J. Stuart Goold; 3. Mrs. Rolt. Bramley's Seedlinar 1, A. Bradley 2, Mrs. Potts; 3, T. Day. Alfriston: 1. J. Saunderson; 2, Dr. Lawrence; 3, E. Dixon. Any other mid-season variety: 1, Mrs. Rolt; 2, Sir G Meyrick; 3, R R. Salmon. Any other late keeping variety: 1, R. R. Salmon; 2, Mrs. Rolt; 3. T. Day. Any new variety (not included in foregoing classes): 1, the Rev. L. Garnett; 2, T. Day. Collection of dessert apples: 1, J. Saunderson; 2, the Rev. L. Garnett; 3, R. Salmon. Collec- tion of kitchen and dessert apples: 1, J. Saunder- son; 2, R Salmon; 3. the Rev L. Garnett. Col- lection of kitohen apples: 1, R. Brooklebank; 2, T. Day. Collection of 36 kitchen apples: 1 Mrs' A. Potts; 2. Sir G. Meyrick; 3, Mrs. Rolt. Col- lection of dessert pears: 1, Sir Geo. Meyrick- 2, the Rev. L. Garnett; 3, S. H. Sandbach. Tomatoes: 1. Dr. Lawrence; 2. J. Tomkin- son, MP.; 3, R. Brooklebank Grapes (black): 1, J. Saunderson; 2, Sir G. Meyrick; 3, G. W Haves Grapes (white): 1. Sir Geo. Meyrick; 2, G. W. Hayes; 3. J. G. Frost. CHRYSANTHEMUMS Group of plants (Japanese and incurved varie- t j j C*!kb°ns Frost; 2, Major MacGilly- ouddy 3, J, G Frost. Group of plants (single varieties): 1, Dr. Lawrence; 2, Major MacGilly- ouddy. Six pots of Japanese or incurved variety: iv Ha>'es; 2. T- G. Frost; 3. Major MacGiliycuddy. Six pots (single varieties): 1, G. W. JJ* <?; ^r" Lawrence; 3, Major MacGilly- ouddv Single varieties and Japanese varieties: 1. J. C. ThoInton; 2. G. Smith. Cut blooms: 1, C. Threlfall; 2, Sir G, Meyrick; 3, R Brockle- bank. Japanese blooms (12): 1. W. E. Whinerey; 2, R. Brooklebank 3. Sir G. Meyrick. Japanese blooms (5): 1. S. H. Sandbach; 2, J. Mosford- 3 E. Dixon. Cut blooms (3): 1 S. H. Sandbach; 2, T. G Frost; 3, John Thompson Cut blooms (incurved varieties): 1, C Threlfall; 2 R Brooklebank; 3. J. Tomkinson. Throe cut blooms (incurved variet;es): 1. R. Fraser. Six vases of naturally grown chrysanthemums: 1 Dr. Lawrence; 2, J. Tomkinson 3, C. Threlfall. Col- lection of natural trusses of six distinct- single varieties: 1, Miss Humberston; 2, Dr. Lawrence; 3, W. G. T. Currie. Ditto, three distinct varie- ties: 1, J C. Thornton; 2, G. Smith; 3, R. Fraser. Ditto, Pom pom varieties: 2, J. Mos- ford. Ladies' sprays, sweet scented violets: 1, Miss Humberston; 2, Sir G. Meyrick. Table decorations: 1. Nora Smith; 2. Mrs Welsbv; 3, Mrs. G:bbons Frost; 4,Mrs. E. Barnes v h o. Mrs. D'mond Hogg h c, Mrs. Breen. Bav ket- of cut chrysanthemum blooms: 1, Mrs. Di- mond Hogg; 2, Miss Wallis; 3, Mrs. John Breen. Open to those not employing gardeners and to farmers. Dessert ai)p!os -Ribston Pippin: 1, Geo. Faulkner; 2, J. Piggott; 3, R. Parker. Blen- heim Orange: 1, J. R. Carter; 2, G. Faulkner; „> J1' fark<'r- Gas coy no's Scarlet: 1, J. Dean; 2, E. V, ells 3, II, Wild er. Cox's Orange Pippin L J. R Carter; 2. G. Faulkner; 3, A. G. Hughes. king of tne Pippins: 1. R. Parker; 2, H. Witdig; 3. J. Wrench. Any other sort: 1, E. Weils- 2, G. Faulkner; 3, H. Wildig. Dessert pcars.- Any early sort: 1, Gilbert Mayers; 2. J. Jefferson; 3, J Fletcher. Any late sort: 1. J Fletcher; 2, J. Wrench; 3, J. Jetfers-on Peasgoods Nonsuch: 1, F. L. Raw- t'na; 2. R. Parker; 3, J. R. Gaiter. Alfriston: 1, R. Parker; 2, J. Dean: 3 G. Fauikner Kitchen apples.—Mora de Menage: 1, J. R. Carter; 2. J. Pig-gotsfc; 3, Edw;n Evans. Bram- Seedling: 1, J. Fletcher; 2, H. Wildisr. Dumnlow's Seedling: 1, G. Faulkner; 2, F. L. 3, J. R. Carter. Annie Elizabeth: 1, G. iaiiikner: 2. T. Salmon Lano's Prince AI. I bert: 1. J. R. Carter; 2, T. Aidern; 3, J. Pig- gott, Warner's King: 1, J. R Carter; 2. W. H. Hughes 3, J. Wynne. Any other sort: 1, J. R. Carter 2, G. Faulkner 3. T. Salmon. GGllect;ons-Dessmt apples: 1, G. Faulkner; 2, J. Wrench; 3, E Wells. Kitchen apples. six varoties: 1, G. Faulkner; 2, E. Wells; 3, J. Wrench. Kitchen apples, three varieties: 1 J. Fletcher; 2 R. Parker; 3, T. Salmon Dish of kitchen apples, late keeping variety 1, J. Powell; 2, H. Large; 3, D. Large. Dish of kitchen apple*, mid-season variety: 1, P. Glutton; 2, J. Grmdloy; 3, J. Weaver (Waverton) Dr.ssert np- ple.^ any variety: 1, D. Large; 2, G. Smith; 3, J. I owcil. Four distinct varietves of apples: 1 J. Weaver, Waverton 2, J. Grindley 3. J. Powell. Botttcd frtilt.-Twelvo bottles prescirvecl fruits not less than six distinct kinds: 1, J. Weaver' Christleton; 2, J. Campbell. Three bottles not less than six kinds 1. E. Wells. Preserved damsons 1. Mrs. E. Wells, Six bottles, not Jess than threo kinds: 1, lrs, F. Taylor; 2, Mrs. W. F. J. Shepheard. PRIZE DISTRIBUTION. A great crowd thronged the Assembly Room on lhursday night, when the prizes were distributed by Mra MacGillycuddy. Mr. James Frost pne- !l p. 'T'11" pj1 the platform were also Maior xUacGmyouddy (the president), Mrs. James Frost the. fcheriif of Chester (IVIr. W. Fergusoin) jVTr and Mis. T. Gibbons Frost, Mr. George A Dickson, Dr. and Mrs. Stolfcerfoth, the Rev. Dr. Cogswell. Mr. and Mrs. Laybouroe, Mrs. Webby Miss Nora^Smith, Mr. G. P. Miln, Mr. N. Barnes,' Mr. R. Newsteaid. Mr Wakefield, Mr. Weaver,' etc. Mrs. MacGiliycuddy having graoefully per- formed the duty, a vote of thanks, moved in cor- dial türms byMr.Gcorgo D-ekaoii, and seconded by tho Rev. Dr. Cogswell, was heartily aooorded her. I he Major acknowledged the vote in a characteristic speech, and incidentally mentioned that he and others were going to see- if FCmw other speci-os of chrysanthemum could not be brought to the perfection the single bloom had attained in these latter years.—On tho motion of the Sheriff, seconded by Dr. Stolterfoth. Mr. Frost was thanked for presiding. Major MacGillyouddy referred in eulogistic terms to the good work of Mr. Miln, the popular hon. secretary, and the meet'ng enthusiastically endorsed the reference. Mr. Miln acknowledged the compliment. °

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