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1 THE ROYAL AGRICULTURAL SHOW.I

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THE ROYAL AGRICULTURAL SHOW. Shrewsbury is busily preparing to welcome the Royal Agricultural Show which is to tuke place at its gates from June 30th to July 4th. I' An admirable site has been provided in the valley across the Severn where the old racecours stands. By clearing the surface and taking in a number of adjacent fields, an area of over a hundred acres became available, and this is now being laid out under the direction of Mr. J. Reginald Naylor, Surveyor to the Royal Agricultural Society. Both in extent and variety the show will throw nearly all its predecessors into the shide. The gigantic jubilee show at Windsor in 1889 is the only one in the series which can claim superiority in piont of size, but judged from any other standpoint the Shrewsbury show promises to establish a new record in the Society history. The following is a comparative table of entries in the live stock and poult-y sections :— Shrewsbury. Bristol. Doncaster. X,()1'wkh. JLivprpiol. 1914 1913 1912 1911 1910 Horses 819 *584 *773 *716 *68f> Cattle 1272 *1138 11089 *1065 *9X8 Sheep 888 7:m !734 746 7/2 Pigs 417 394 !426 416 361 Total. 3394 2852 3022 2943 2757 Pouittyl349 1436 1242 1211 1195. IRxhibition of Cattle, Sheep and Pigs prohibited by order of the Board of Agriculture. Exclusive of Double Entries. The King will send over forty exhibits, divided between the horses, cattle, sheep a«d pig sec- tions. It will be a subject of great satisfaction to admirers of the Coach horse that his Majesty is competing in this department for the first time. Three animals have been entered from the Royal Mews. Shire horses from Sandring- ham will also ba shown, and the Royal flocks and herds will be represented as follows :-From Sandrin^hana — 9 Dexter cattle, 9) Southdown sheep, 3 Berkshire pigs from Windsor 7 Shorthorn cattle, 3 Hereford cattle, 5 Dvon cattle. The splendid example which the Royal House sets in the matter of stock-breeding is very highly appreciated by the agricultural community, and by all who know how much our oldest and greatest industry means to the nation- al well-being. King George is nobly maintain- ing the tradition to which he succeeded in this respect, and a great popular greeting awatts him when he visits the show on Friday. July 3rd. Inside the competitors' ring prince and commoner meet on equal terms, and it is certain that the exhibits from the Royal farms and Mews will encounter the strongest rivalry they have ever faced, for all the leading breeders in the land have entered their cracks. Quite a number of new features are being I added to the Royal this year. Within the compass of the show will be found not only as fine a collection of stock as has ever been got together, and implements illustrating what science and mechanical invention are doing for husbandry, but a variety of interesting sidelights upon rural pursuits. The ten great woodland estates which have been entered in competition for the prizes offered for good management cannot be brought into the showyard, neither can the farms which are entered as models of cultivation, but the advance which is being made in the science of agriculture is emphasised by many new exhibits which visitors will be able to pass in review. Some fine specimens of one of the handicrafts of the farm-hedging- \r\ being preserved for inspection. A med 101 is this year awarded to the champion hedger and over thirty specialists in this department. entered the competition. With a view to encouraging a revival of flax and hemp culture, special prizes are offered at the Shrewsbury show. This innovation recalls a village industry in which Shropshire was almost supreme a hundred years ago. The day of the spinning wheel has gone for ever, but it is felt that the full resources of English agriculture are not being developed as long as the cultivation of flax and hemp is neglected in those situations which are peculiarly suited to it. The exhibi- tion of homo-grown tobacco at last year's show proved so interesting and useful that a similar exhibition has been organised this year on a more ambitious scale. In tribute to th* unique position of the Shrewsbury Floral Festival, the R. A.S. E. has suspended for this year the horticultural display which has been a popular feature of its meetings. There has been substituted, however, all arboricultural section in which a number of curious flowering shrubs and trees will be seen, among them some which have never boen publicly exhibited before. The show of dogs, which is one of the later developments, will assume exceptional impor- tance this year. The National Terrier Club, under whose auspices this new adjunct of the meeting has been conducted in the two past years, is joined on the present occasion by the Shropshire and West Midland Society, and a representative exhibition of canine champions of all breeds is being promoted. The local preparations for the Show are well advanced. The ordinary railway service will be greatly expanded during the days that the show is in progress, and special facilities for cheap travel will be available all over the Kingdom. Though not a populous centre in itself, Shrews- bury has been regarded for hundreds of years as the metropolis of a very wide district extending on both sides of the border which divides Eng- land from Wales. It is served by two main railway lines and possesses convenient means of dealing with large crowds. The catering resources of the town will be reinforced by speaial provision on the showground, the con- tractors being again Messrs. Letherby and Christopher, who have special experience in the matter of victualling large cosmopolitan crowds. The structural work in the showyard iq being carried out by Messrs E. Wood and Sons' of Derby, and Messrs. J. White Ltd., whose association with the Royal goes back more than half a century, are responsible for the canvas work. There will be two post offices in the yard for dealing with all branches of pos- tal and telegraphic work. The main buildings of the Society will have a private telephone installation, while public call offices will be available for the use of visitors. Gas and water are laid on to all sections of the show. The prizes offered this year are more valuable in the aggregate than at any previ IUS meeting, those offered for live stock, produce, etc., representing £ 11,700. The Shrewsbury Local Committee is responsible for £ 21,188, 92,606 is contributed by various breed societies, and S795 comes from other sources.

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