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A COLLEGE DESTROYED. I

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ROYAL COUNTIES SHOW. The annual Show of the Royal Counties Agri- cuitural Society was on Tuesday opened at Reading in beautiful weather. The entry of stock was the largest with one exception in the annals of the society, and some of the best-bred animals in the country were sent. Machinery and implements were also very largely shown. Mr. Henderson, M.P., was first in the filly class. In the Agricultural Classes, for the silver medal given by the Shire Horse Society, the winner was a brown mare foaled in 1897, and belongs to Messrs. Thompson, of Leicester. The same ex- hibiters also took the piece of plate given by the King for the best cart stallion or colt in the Agri- cultural Classes. Lady Wantage exhibited some splendid animals in these classes. Taken collec- tively, the shorthorns were equal to those which used to be shown some years ago, except in the Class for Three-year-Olds. The King's Royal Duke took the first prize in the Old Bull Class. Mr. J. Deane Willis, of Codford, Wilts, showed C.I.V. in the Two-year-Old Bull Class, and was placed first. Mr. C. F. King's Lord Bruce, which was first at the Royal Dublin Society's Show, was second. Mr. Deane Willis was also first in the Yearling Class and Mr. Henderson, M.P., second. The King sent a young animal, which was highly commended, as also was a bull sent by Sir W. H. Willis. The cows were good all round. Mr. Henderson, M.P., was first in the Class for Cows in milk or in calf. The King headed the list in the Two-year- Old Class, with a very promising heifer. The year- lings were very handsome, and Mr. Deane Willis just managed to defeat the King's exhibit. The animals were then paraded for the champion- ships. After some consideration the judges awarded the pieces of Plate, given by the King, to Mr. T. Deane Willis's C.I.V. The King showed in three of the Hereford Classes, and was first in Class 84, very highly commended in Class 85, and second in Class 88. The Channel Island cattle were very largely shown, and, in some cases, the judges had a difficult task. The Champion prize, offered by the Local Committee for the best animal in the Jersey Classes, was, after a keen .competition, secured by Mr. A. Pocock, of Calne. The Sheep Classes were, as usual, well filled. Mr. Flower, of Salisbury, took the Champion prize in the Hampshire Down Classes.

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