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OSWESTRY DISTRICT AGRICULTURAL SOCIETY'S SHOW. This society held its thirty-first annual show at Oswestry on Thursday. The entries reached the hitherto unprecedented number of 839, and the prizes offered amounted to £ 400. The band of the F Com- pany, V.B. King's Shropshire Light Infantry, played offered amounted to X400. The band of the F Com. pany, V.B. King's Shropshire Light Infantry, played selections during the day. j With such a splendid entry, it waa only natural j to anticipate that the show would be one of an ex- ceptionai character, and these anticipations werjj fully borne out for there was a really fine display m all of the mjre important departments, and on.all! hands it was admitted that this year the Brciety | eclipse all their previous efforts, and have succeeded in achieving a triumph which speaks well for the future. Coming to the different departments, it is need. leas to say that, in respect to tha Shropshire sheep, there was a lemarkaoly good show, and that the valuable prizes offered by the society, coupled with those given by the ltcU gentry, brought together a I large number of competitors, among whom were most of the noted exhibitors in this part of the county. The Earl of Brownlow's prize for the best Shropshire ram went to Mr T. L. Lee, of Ensdon, for a handsome looking two-shear, while for bhearling rams Mr J. '1 Bowen-Jones, Ensdon, was placed first in a very fine class. For five ram lambs of this year, Mr Riuhard Brown, Ruytou-xi-Towns, was first, and in the succeeding ciasi-raw lamb of 1893-Mr T. Cart- wright, The Buildings, was accorded premier honours after a very severe contest, all the exhibits being in fine condition. The ewe lambtl looked promising. For the best pen of ten Mr W. Thomas, Beam House, was deservedly placed first, while for the best pen of five Mr W. Nunnerley, Keuwich, was to the front, winning Mr A. E. W. Darby's prize of 5gs. Of Welsh sheep there was but a small show. There was an excellent show ot cattle, both shorthorn and Here- ford breedd being well represented. The shorthorn bulls made up a good entry, and the judges had a difficulty in coming to a decision; bus at length they decided in favour of Kingsiey, a fine animal exhibited by Mr E. K. Bickiey, Ehesmere, who was awarded Earl Brownlow's prize of ^5, and also the champion prize of .£5, given by the president, fur the best shorthorn bull in the showyard. A prize of similar value, given by Mr Stanley Leighton, M.P., for the best shorthoru bull under two years of age, was secured by Mr F. B. Owen's Jumbo, a promising red, and the same gentleman carried off the Mayor of Oswestry's prize for a bull under one year. Among thj winners for cows and heifers were Mr J. D. Owen, Mr F. B. Owen, Mr E. K. Bickiey, and Mr W. ihouias, the exhibits in most of the classes being of hign merit. Six classes were ae- voted to kierefutdi;, and although the entries were not over numerous, the animals shown were full 01 quality. For the best bull over two years of age, Captain Crone, the property of Mr James Watson, Berwiok, was placed tiret, and a remarkably nice bull it is wuile in the class for bulls under two years old, Mr J. Bowen-Jones' exhibit secured Mr Stanley Leighton's special priz". Mr D. S. Price, of Gaer- fawr, Welanpooi, won two firsts in the female classes, his exhibits being Lady 31st (oow) and Spangle 43rd (heifer). Tue cross-ored cattle made up a gooJ show, as alo did the Jerseys. Here Mr G. P. Mead Bicton, was first, and the whole class was commendtd. The horses farmed quite a feature in the bhowya- d. the entries throughout being unusually large. Fù, agricultural purposes, Mr E. Green, Welshpool, was a successful competitor, winning the first prize for stallions with a fiue bay, Sterling, and also the first for mare with foal with Weston Bloss m. In the class for three-years-old geldings Mr Thomas Green Pool Quay, took first honours, and also the champion prize fur the best mare or filly shown in Classes 37 to 44, with Ruth, a grand bay filly by Carbon, Mr D. ttichards, Welshpool, who was first with a shire filiy in the class for two-year-olds getting the reserve number. Mr J. Richards, of Moiton liall, Oiwestry, won two first prizes, and Mr T. G. Davies, Knockin, was awarded the Earl of Brownlow's 10 guinea puze for the best shire-bred yearling for agricultural pur- poses bred by tenant farmers. Among the backs and huuters was some really first-olass animals, and con. siderable merit was shown. The hackneys for saddle or harne,s, over 14 hands, were quite a form.dab.e class, and must hav-i puzzled the judges. The winner, t bay mire be.ongiag to Mr J. M. Jones, Mathyraf jl, was great.y a imned and the same remark applies to the winning exhibit in the ciass for 13 hanas jwned by Mr E. Green, Welshpool, who ulsotjoii tiret honours for a mire aud toal over 14 hands. There was a good show of butter and cheese. As to the butter, the white was far superior to the coloured. The tub butter was splendid, but the treoh was not well made up, except nome few sampift vhich were of exoellent quality. Of roots there was j, c tpttal display. The show was very largely attended throughout fchn day. and AIH,ý,bm¡r po.i>o \0 Q. uwob euctroeatni result. At one o'clock a public luncheon was held in the grounds, the Earl of Powis presiding. The caterer was Mr C. Drew, of the Wynnstay Hotel, Oswestry, and it is needless to say that his efforts gave the most complete satisfaction. The luncheon was largely patronised. The PRE-IDENT, on repsonding to the toast of Success to the society," coupled with his name, said he occupied a very proud position in having the honour of returning thanks on behalf of the society on the occason when it had completed a record. H was told that this was the best show they tud ever held. He was very glad to say that he had the honour of being among the prize winners. He sup- posed they would expect him to say one or two word- on the subject of agriculture, and he wished he could say they had had wet weather during the last month, for he thought if they had they would have been iu much better spirits than they were. It was not often one wished for a wet day on an occasion of this sort, but really he should have liked to have seen oue. He did not know whether anyone took any interest in the fa3t that the Government had lately issued a Commission to enquire into the state of agriculture, but he was afraid himself that not a deil ot good would come of it. The only thing that was required in agriculture was to fino out the way to put more money into people's pockets, and until they had found that out he did not think any Commission or any legislation would be of much use. He thought the best thing the commission cuUid do was to enquire in the question of whether the agricultural community was not too heavily taxed. If they could throw any light upon the question how to reduce the taxation oa agricul. ture they did not see that very much good was to come of the commission. It would only add to the expan- ses of the ratepayers without putting any more money into their pockets. Mr WHITFIELD (secretary) announced that the prizes for the best crop of turnips or mangolds within the area of the society has been awarded as follows 1st, Mr T. S. Minton, Montford (a tenant of the Earl of Powis); highly commended, Mr E. Edwards, Pen- tredavid (a tenant of Lord Harlech). MR MARSHALL DUGDALE then proposed the Health of the Stewards and Secretary (applause). He said to make the society of real, piactical use they required a good secretary, and in Mr Whitfield they have got one (applause). The arrangements that day were perfect (hear, hear). Then they wanted a body of good Stewards, and the way the stock had been turned out that morning was a credit to any show (loud applause). Mr WHITFIELD replied. He had had to do with the show for nearly quarter of a century, and never saw the yard managed go well &4 it bad been that day (applause, and hear, hear). With regard to himself, it would always be his endeavour to do the beet he possibly could for the Society (hear, hear). The proceedings then terminated.

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