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UPTON. MARRED BY RAIN. SPLENDID EXHIBITS. TRIUMPH OF COTTAGERS. The annual ahow and fete of the Upton Horii- "^turai Society was held on Wednesday, and  unfortunately marred by wretched weather. *?8 summer, if we may be allowed to so name the present season of the year, has been alto- Bsther against the holding of outdoor festivals, the society had hardily dared hope that their show day would be fine. But who ex- ited that Wednesday would have been so Wibly bad? The morning did not give promise of. a. brilliant day, but there were occas ional glIIn of sunshine, and a strong wind blew frorn a favourable quarter. At noon, however, tl* heavens were darkened by heavy masses of J^uds, and afterwards it began to rain gently, but steadily. As the time wore on the soft rainfall became a deluge, and for the remainder the afternoon and all the evening there was a Pontinuai downpour. It seemed as if the ^vens had opened and were discharging what ? rcni?ned. The picturesque grounds of ?'? Oa in which the show was held, by kind rmi,%ion of this year's worthy president (Mr. i • R. Moss), presented a dismal picture. The la.rge marqucesBtood out like black rocks at the tott,orn of a waterfall, with streams of water Sickling over them all the time. What few ^^tators there were who braved the elements \rB principally those who were particularly jftervtrted in the show, and they wandered about hke spectres. trying to look pleased and crowding teglõ; and all places that- offered the least ?t<;ct:on from the elements. The few events "?cid? in the open found no lookers-on besides t?(-' officials. So that the grmt Upton Show, so Popular with Cestrians and the people of the ighboudlOod, and which has in the past j^racted its thousand*. was a rain-spoilt festival. It Was particularly unfortunate that the day was vile, as the exhibition was, when everything If¡ considered, splendid, and those who viewed t'le exhibits saw striking evidence of the fruitful *°*"k of the society. This was the eighteenth "Ilual show of the Upton Horticultural Society, and. during its riee from a small show to a large ethibition it has raised the standard of horti- culture immensely, reflecting the greatest credit On its promoters. This year growers had to ^fttend with the worst of seasons. To start lth, it was late in coming, and after its arrival e weather has been wet and cold, being alto- teth,or against the agriculturist. Therefore, e would have expected a class of exhibits far low the average. Surprise, however, was m re for the judges, and they describe many of h exhibits as wonderful, reflecting the greatest Crit and the warmest oongratulationB on the werB. The entires numbered over one *"<>Usand, a satisfactory increase on last year. 1 the horticultural section there were 807 Entries, and those in the other classes, such as owl, wild flowers, children's and women's com- petitions. etc., numbered over two hundred. j, ?rticulariy meritorious were the exhibits of th ? cottager, which stood out as one of the P'orninent features of the show. Generally Making, the vegetables and cut flowers were \'ery fine, but the fruit, as was only to be ex- 'cted during such a wayward season. was only ^derate. The vegetables surprised the Judges, Qr their excellence and quality. The cottage ^dene were beautifully arranged and their ntenlo.; were excellent, praise being due to the giants for the undoubted hard labour they had Put into them. They were marvels of fatness and ingenuity, it being sur- prising how they crowded everything Into such small spaoe. William Davies, jun., etktlied off the premier honours easily, but very POints divided the second and third prize- c,Uiers, who were respectively Messrs. Richard aw and Stephen Blako. The flower gardens re very pretty, J. Edwards, Backford, being ?'* easy nrat. Last year he was debarred from tnng  to" hit; having previously car- ??peting owi ng to his having previously car- off the prize two years in succession. His O'jlllers w?re arranged with good effect, and '?uded beds of calceolarias, cart,ion.s.. zonal Marg?niums, lobelias, with 'a border of mixed L,Irb aoeous ?ioonitq. The window boxes were 'Appointing numencaJly. alro the window gar- ?mg, and it is to be hoped that in future others  bo induœd to compete, aB there are many in <")? district who cou kl have competed succor t.ly: Onions and beet, for the year, were good, j??ips exœptionaJJy so; but carrots were a 'ttl?B below the average, though parsnips were L?e. Leeks were small, but good; celery was jr^ dly up 0 that shewn at previous shows, and ,'?T'ows were very disappointing, having fallen W through the cold weather. Still the surprise *"I tha-t any were shewn at all. Red and white *?bbag? were good, savoys werd late, and coe 1M4?,l bg. lettuce were well up to the standard i??ly shewn. Cauliflowers are very scarce Year, but the first prize collection of Mr. A. ■yy°°dward were good. Potatoes, as usual, were strong class, and there were shewn some ex- lleelnt I!oimen. Broad beans were the best "? for some years, the weather, 6trange to te'4tk', favouring their growth. French beim '? scarlet runners, however, were di&appoint- J11?, the eeaaon being too wet and cold for them develop. Peas were fine, as were also ^haJote, which were a strong class. The same 11lq,rk applies to rhubarb. The competition in th classes for apples was not keen, but from t ^^e shewn it would appear that Lord Suffiolds '? the most popular, though the IriBh peach '?ty gained the prizes for dessert apples. The /?ler apples did better than the late ones, h'ch were rather backward. There was only "le diefo of pears shewn. Plums were plentiful, {)ft not ripe, another illustration of the lateness g. ??e season. The coiiections of fruit were a  g c?'afe and included some admirable 3^'bite. Other good CW600 in the fruit sections ?? red and back currants, gooseberries and ?Pbernes. Pretty and well-formed violas, t'?temons, c&rnations, flocks and annuals were to 1, oeen. but the gladio)a&, asters, cactus lias and window plants were disappointing, latter class offering scope for more oompeti- tot' The herbaceous blooms were strongly t^^ented, and were excellent, as aJso were '? stocks. Sweet peas generally were very 'de?,pite the remarkable season, but the ters did not stage fine specimens. Phloxes hardly in season, but those on view were ?? The hand bouquets shewed good taste. "? season is alao telling heavily against the "?ucta of the bee, and there was only one %for sections, two for cones and three for f? honey. In the cottagers' tent Messrs. jyA1 lisons, of Chester, had a magnificent stand, '?poaed of herbaceous blooms of various kinds, '?e ?xce!lent rœæ for the time of the year, '?na. and other stove plants aln the tent where the exhibits in the open r'6a;,e a were staged the most striking features e the plants. Unfortunately, there was only •Jj competitor for the prizes for ornamental P of plants, though three substantial prizes offered. This is greatly to be deplored, as it class has generally been very prominent, and ? a pity that the gentleman of the district .?fot see their way to support the class. T!?e trla"P shewn, that of Mr. W. R Moss (per Mr. ?harp) ? captured the first prize. It was a ——?dtd exhibit, and was composed of blue and ek4Panulas orchide, coMiums, Ltr.,pred l ^wns and grasses, the whole being our- Il.d by a large palm. The same gentleman ?.? carried off the first award for four fermt splendid plants. Very fine begoniaa and splendid p l ajits. Very nne begonias an d ?ttc ?f turns were staged by Mr. G. ? DarBie (per Mr. J. Dean), who l.n the first prizes in these classes. )?? ?"e class for table decorations there wom six C^vPetitorB. acd therr arrangements were, veTy ot'L'4Y Premier honours Ml to Miss Dean, P had taskfully harmoniscd scabious c&u- ???,d& and oocidium, interspo?ed with gypso- it,d*denhair fern. Miss Carry It?I! ?? ?wed very closely with & beautiful arrange- t? Df single China roaM wit.h its own foliage. ? ? Was only one box of plants for oompeti- ^or.> that of Mr. G. R. Darsie, but that was 46 11'apitai group, omaisting of gl<?xiiiaa, be l?on colas grasses, maidenhair ferns, etc. hibI Dl for sweet peas brought forth an ex- ?h' t ?hich would have held its own at any ??_? It was staged by Mr. G. H. F. Robert- (Per Mr. E. Jones), who. we understa.nd, ??  been beaten at any show tbis year, a,'?" he bw competed frequently. Hie were magnificent, both for mho and ???_??. &ad t.be TarMt?eB included aevenJ now ??? ?eTe the best ehibit in the ebow, ?d ?t?acted great atbentioiv Poom formed ? 04 ibe U,.gt w-mm ?w. -A Lvta ?or some years. In the class for twelve blooms the first award was secured by Mr. R. L. Overton (per Mr. E. H. Barnett) with some capital boxes, while in the class for six Mr. R. Whipp was the winner. Roses in the open class were fine, as afeo were cactus dahlias, the blooms be- ing beautiful and large, but asters were only moderate. There were four very pleasing ex- hibits of carnations, Mr. R. L. Overton being the winner, and five bright lots of violas were also shewn. Of grapes there were three ex- hibits of white and two of black. The bunches were very fine, but were rather on the green side, and the winners were successful for their ripeness only. nw, fruit generally in the open and the amateur cla-,Rscs was vory nice, but the exhibitors evidently found difficulty in placing their best examples before the public. The herbaceous blooms formed one of the at- tractive features of the show, the first prize group of Mr. G. R. Darsio being very strong, and bright and fresh. He was followed by Mr. E. Dean with a very good group. It was in this class that Mr. Wakefield, well known to local horticulturists, used to be. a prominent ex- hibitor, and many saw with regret that ho was no longer a competitor, owing to his hav- ing left tho district. Judging from the flowers shewn, however, he has evidently left his mark upon the district. Apples and peaohes wcie nice. For the collections of vegetables there were only two competitors, which was to bo" regretted, but the- quality usual-ly shewn was wc,1] maintained Onions, celery and leeks were good, carrots fine, and the fine exhibits of catili flowers formed a splendid class. Potatoes were one of the strongest classes in the vegetable1 section, all tho tu bers being veiy cleam and bright. Cucumbers were only fair, but the peas attracted mora than ordinary attention. Mr. Hughes winning in a. strong competition with a new variety, called "Quite Content." The amateurs was also an excellent section, tilio quality of the exhibits being about up to that, in the open classes. The flower, formed u pleading foatuie, and for sweet peas there wer? seven competitors. Mr. R. Whipp carrying off the honours. Cactus dahlias and stocks were very nice, and thr(} were six fine exhibits of roses. There was a good display of hand bou- buets, Mr. J. J. Moore triumphing with a capital bunch of white phlox, white sweet pettIS and pink carnations, mixed with gypsophila. Tho thice groups of herbaocous blooms oalkxT for spccial mention, and the judges must, have experienced1 great trouble in deciding the win- nsrs. The vegetables generally were splendid especially the collections, Mr. Watkin being the most successful with a magnificent, group. Onions, beet, leeks and turnips were up to the average, and carrots were shewn clean and fr<e from cankards. Parsnips were one of the strongest classes in the single dish section, whi!e with regard to oelery the judges never saw such a clean lot, both red and white. One would not have expected to have seei) marrows considering the season, but several were shewn and were good specimens. Both the red and white cabbages were of good size, and Mr. Wm. Dodd's savoys wore specially meritorious. There was a large entry for potatoes, the fiift and second dishes being splendid. Coloured potatoes, however, do not seem to make much headway, and are not suoh favourites as the whites. The competition for broad beans brought forth in the dish of Mr. Geo. Coppaek one of the best. seen at Upton for some yea: s. Fte-nch beans and scarlet runners, however, were poor and search. It was surprising to find such a beautiful display of rhubarb, all the speci mens being large and well co'oured, and each woithy of a prize. In the amateurs' gardens Mr. Hughes had everything in excellent order and very well grown, with a good selection of vegetables to follow on. His garden does him great credit. Tho turnouts, of course, had to b? decided in the open, and were spoiled by the raiji, as usually they attract a groat deal of attention. In class one, open to tradesmen and fanners resident within the society's district, the ani- mlllls having been used during the last six months for purely business purposes, two sub- stantial prizes were offered for the best mare or gelding driven in harness. The first aweud fell to Mr. W. Carter, of Lea Hall, who won oasily, his animal having an extraordinary action, and being the finest Dome on the ground. Mr. S. Trc-Ifa, of Wervin, was isecond. In class two open to all widents within ten miles of Chester Cross, for marc or gelding driven in harness, there were some very good horses, but the judges had to take into con j sideration the cleanliness of the trap and turn- out. On the whole the competition was excel- lent, and the premier award was gained by Mr. J. Storrar, of Chester, whose mare was of nice quality, with good aotion, and the best goer on the ground. He was closely followed by Mr. W. S. Washington, of Chester, who gained second prize. During the afternoon the 1st Flints. Royal Engineers Volunteer Prize Band played selec- tions, while in the evening it played for darn- ing in a large marquee. There were the usual roundalxnits. etc. The judges were as follows: Horticulture, Messrs. N. F. Barnes (Eaton), Slack (Holmes Chapel Agricultural College.), John Wynne (Rowton), and R. Ritchie (Bar- row more) scrutineers and j udges of cottage and amateur gardens, Mr. Stephen May (Chester) and Mr. John Weaver (Ohristleton); dressed poultry and eggs, Mr. Harold Cheers sowing and knitting, Miss Gardner, Mr." Robertson (Upton Grange), and Mrs. Reginald Potts; wild flowers, Mr. G. P. Miln and Mr. John Griffiths; turnouts. M-r. George Ledson (Melling, near Lirerpool). with Mr. John Mad- docks as steward; honey, Mr. Little. The sports omci!Ba were: -Stewards, Messrs. Harold Cheers, Tbos. Hinde, Thoe. Ithell, the Rev. W. Sparling, and Mr. Cawley Worrall; judges. Messis. E. H. Gardner and Collins; entry stewards, Messrs. T. Hinde, junr., amd R. Whipp; handicapper and starter. Mr. Jos. Mor- ris; clerk of course, Mr. T. Norbury. Praise is due to the energetic lioenorary secre- tary (Mr. Ohas. Dean, of The Acres, Upton Heath), who was untiring in his efforts to pro- mote the success of the show and please every- body. The assistant secretary was Mr. J. 0. Thornton. The following composed the com- mittee:—Messrs. Wm. Corfe, Edw. Dean, junr., J. A. Dodd. H. Dutton, A. Ellams, J. Evans, J. Griffiths, T. Hinde. A. G. Hughes. T. Ithell, E. Lockley, J. Morris, T. Moulsdale, W. Sed- don, Geo. Smith, E. Stubbs, A. Watkins and R. Whipp; chairman of committee, Mr. E. C. Kendall; vice-chairman, Mr. John M. Frost.; hon. auditor, Mr. R. T. Wickham. THE LUNCHEON. EVILS OF MIGRATION. The various officials of the ,4bow were enter- tained at an enjoyable luncheon, oatered for by Messrs. Bolland and Sons, of Chester. The President. (Mr. W. R. Moss) presided. After the loyal toasts bad been honoured, the Vioa.r (the Rev. W. Sparling, M.A.) submit,ted "The Health of our worthy President," remarking that the committee amd the society were greatly indebted to Mr. Moss for his kindness in inviting tfhe society to hold their show and fete in his beautiful grounds, whiob are so well adapted for a show of that kind. He knew the groat inoonvemenoe which some- times gentlemen who placed their grounds at their deposed experienced. Mr. Moss, he knew, was a great fisherman, had a very charming salmon river in Ireland, which was in good order at present time and only waiting for the angler to go and fish there. Mr. Moes had only been detained from going to Ireland by their show, and the Vioar spoke of Mr. Moss' kindness in devoting his time and grounds to the show. Mr. Moss, on responding on behalf of hie wt: fe and himself, extended a hearty welcome! to the society to The Oaks. There were many present, he said, who were puobabJy thinking of the past and the absent ones, and among the friends they remembered were Ma.jor and Mre. MacGillycuddy, Who had done eo much for the society. After the beautiful grounds of the Bad- I-WI, where the show had been held previously, they could not help feeling disappointed at what his grounds offered. At a.ny rate they were heartily welcome to whai he had. (Applause.) With regard to his fish he could only say that the fishes ooutld wait. (Laughter.) Continuing, he said he thought j it was good for them eometimee to pause and ask themselves the question, whether associa- tions like theim were doing any good, and what waa their object. He thought their ob- ject was not only one of amusement and enjoy* ment, bui gbecomAL-t be an element of utility. One of their objects was to keep people more bbweobed in viRWO life and <wQrythtn? as- ao<?bed ? ?.Mntty ii? 33? wa?t? ta shew people what there was to bo had by stopping in the country, instead of flockiing into the towns, as was greatly complained of at the lyre-sent time. lie thought the FLOCKING TO THE TOWNS was a great evil, when they thought of it seriously; but he supposed it was one of the unfortunate necessities of modern economy, especially in regard to industrial life. He oould not imagine anything more depressing than a visit to one of our great industrial centres, where they saw people crowded to- gether in rows of cottages, all alike and with- out variety or interest. They had to do what they could to try and keep people interested in the country life, and in the development of everything that, tended in that, direction, not, only in the growth of lfowers, but. in the more useful cultivation of fruits and vege- tablets. and so make them think that there was more to be found in the. country than in crowding in the towns. (Hear ,hear.) Tins, he believed, wan one of the objects of the society. One of the great evils of modern society was the great rush and restlessness which was to be found everywhere. We were all wanting something we hiad not got, and desiring we thouglhtt. to better ourselves. But there waa another side to the question, and he tbo-ugiht it did everyone good to have a quiet time in the country. His had been a strenuous industrial life, and there was nothing recuperated him so quickly as to go to the West of Ireland, where he wa.s 13 or 14 miles from the nearest habitation, or railway elation telegraph office, etc. (Applause.) Mr. John Griffiths proposed, "Success to the Upton Horticultural Society," and alluded to the good work of the society. He remarked that one of their primary objects was to induce fcho villagers to try to ynjt the best- they could out of their land. Tho society, he, contended, had raised a spirit of emulation among the villagers and the people of the district, which must be elevating in its tendency and good for all. Their society had done a great deal of good in the direction of keeping the people on the land, and if it was carried on in the future in the sa.me spirit. as in the past it would have a long, useful and successful careetr. (Applause.) Mr. Stubbs responded on behalf of the society, remarking that the show was one of which they felt proud. They were grateful tu all who had contributed in any way toward-s making the show a success. The Presideiit gave the taxtat of "The Judges," and Mr. Black replied. He said (hat considering the reason the judges were surprised TO find such excellent quality. Wherever they went in Cheshire tlwy found the quality rather poor, the weather being against the growers, and it spoke well for Upton th.t it. was so good. Shows like theirs were doing very useful work, and he advised the unsuccessful competitors not to be dis- appointed, but, to keep on trying and to closely watch the exhibits which defeated theirs, this being of great educational value. Referring to the work of the agricultural college, he expressed the opinion that the Cheshire County Council was doing- good work in trying to keep the people on the land, especially in the way of teaching gairdeniai.g in the schools, as al- ready fathers of lads who attended the classes spoke of the noticeable improvement in their gardens, which were more neat and tidy and produced better quality. Mr. Wynee who also responded, savd that considering the adverse season the exhibits were marvellous. Horticultural eociot.ets did a tremendous a.mount of good in the cottage gardens of the neighbourhood, and if they compared the eottagom' with the gentlemen's qardiens they would find them almost equal in quality. (Hear, hear.) He had been through the cottage is' section, and great labour must have been expended in producing such splen- did specimens. (Hear, hear.) The Vicar proposed the health of the secre- tary (Mr. Ohae. Dein) and the, oommitte, stat- ing that they bad worked heartily and zeal- ously in the causc of the show. Their hon. secretary had boen for several years working the society up to the pitoh it had now attained. (Hea.r, hair.) Mr. Chas Dean responded. He said it was a great pleasure to him to be able to help the and during the last, five years it had done excellent work, as was proved by the exhibits that day. He trusted that the society would go on improving. (Applause.) The following is the list of zt-,vards: COTTAGERS. SECTION I. (open to all cottagers and holders of allotments in the Society's distriot whose rent or ratable value does not exceed £10 per annum). Vegetable garden (spccial prizes offeued by Mr. W. R. Moss): 1, W. Davies, junr.; 2, Richard Shaw; 3. Stephen Blake. Flower gar- den (special prizes offered by Mrs. Reginald Potts): 1, John Edwards; 2, Hy. Dutton; 3, T. Gamer. Cottage window garcleiiing (special prize* offered by Mrs. B. C. Roberts): 1, Hy. Dutton; 2, T. Garner. Window boxes (special prizes by Mrs. Tyrer): 1, T. Garner; 2, H. Dutton. Collection of vegetables: 1, Stephen Blake; 2, Richard Shaw; 3, W. Davies^ junr. Onions: 1, W. Davies; 2, A. Woodward; 3, R. Shaw. Beet: 1, S. Blake; 2, R. Shaw; 3, T, Hughce. Turnips: 1, H. Dutton; 2, W. Davies; 3, T. Hughes. Carrots: 1, S. Blake; 2, R. Shaw; 3, R. Maddocks Parsnips: 1, W. Davies; 2. R. Sha.w; 3, S. Blake. Ledks: 1. H. Dutton; 2, W. Davies; 3, S. Blake. Celery (red): 1, R. Shaw; 2, S. Blake; 3, H. Dutton. Celery (white): 1, S. Blake; 2, W. Davies; 3, R. Shaw. Vegetable marrow: 1, W. Davies; 2, R. Shaw 3, J. Edwards. Rod cabbage: 1, S. Blake; 2. R. Shaw; 3, W. Davies. White garden cabbage: 1, S. Blake; 2, W. Davies; 3, R. Shaw. Savoys: 1, W. Davies; 2, Thos. Bailey; 3, R. 9,41aw. Lettuces (oos): 1, S. Blake; 2. W. Davies; 3, Hy. Dutton. Let- tuces (cabbage): 1, T. W. Davies; 2, T. Hugliee; 3, T. Bailey. Cauliflowers: 1, A. Woodward; 2, W. Davies; 3, R. Shaw. Kid- noy potatoes (white): 1, H. Dutton; 2, J. Edwards; 3, W. Johnson. Round potatoes (white): 1, W. Davies; 2, J. Edwards; 3, W. Johnson. Coloured potatoes: 1. W. Davies; 2, T. Hughes; 3, W. Johnson. Broad boans: 1, S. Blake; 2, R. Shaw; 3, T. Hughes. Frenoh beans: 1, W. Davies; 2, R. Shaw; 3, R. Maddocks. Scarlet runners: 1, W. Davies; 2, R. Shaw; 3, T. Bailey. Petas: 1, S. B'ake; 2. H. Dutton; 3, A. Woodward. Eschalots: 1, W. Davies; 2. T. Hughes; 3, R. Maddocks. Rhubarb: 1, R. Shaw; 2, T. Hughes; 3, W. Da.vies. Collection of pot herbs: 1, S. Blake; 2, R. Shaw; 3, W. Davies. Fruit.-Dcoamt apples: 1, S. Blake; 2, W. Davies; 3, R. Shaw. Kitchen apples: 1, S. Blake; 2, W. Davies; 3, R. Sbaw. Dessert pears: 1, S. Blake. Plums: 1, H. Dutton; 2, T. Bailey; 3, R. Shaw. Hairdy fruit: 1, J. Edwards; 2, S. BLake; 3, W. Davies. Goose- berries: 1, J. Edwards; 2, W. Davies; 3, S. Blake. Black currants: 1, S. Blake; 2, R Shaw; 3, J. Edwards. Red ourrants: 1, W. Davies; 2, R. Shaw; 3, J. Edwards. Rasp- berries 1, S. Blake; 2, R. Shaw: 3, J. Edward*. Flowers.—.Violas: 1, W. Davies; 2, R. Sliaw. Penstemons: 1. W. Davies; 2, R. Shaw. Window plants: 1. R Shaw; 2, W. Davies. Collection of herbaceous blooms: 1, J. Edwards; 2, W. Davies; 3, A. Woodward. Gladioli: 3, R. Shaw. Stocks: 1, W. Davies; 2, J. Edwards; 3, R. Shaw. Sweet peas: 1, S. Blake; 2. J. Edwards; 3, Mrs. Huineo. Phlom: 1. W. Davies; 2, A. Woodward; 3, R. Shaw. Annuals: 1, J. Davies; 2, R. Shaw. Oaotue dahlias: 1, R. Shaw; 2, W. Davies; 3, A. Woodward. Double Asters: 1, R. Shaw; 2, W. Davies. Roses: 1, J. Edwards; 2, W. Davies; 3. Hy. Dutton. Carnations or pico- j tees: 1, W. Davies; 2, J. Edwards; 3, R Sdaew. Hand bouquet of out flowers: 1, W. Davieer; 2, J. Edwards; 3, R. Shaw. AMATEURS. (Open to cottagers whose rent or ratable value oxoeedg 210 per annum.) Vegetabie garden (special prizes offered by the President): 1. A. G. Hughes; 2, W. Dodd; 3, A. Watkkw. Cbileetian of vegetables: 1, A. Watkins; 2, G. Cbppack; 3, A. G. Hughes; 4, G. Smith. Onions: 1. A. G. Hughes; 2, G. Smith; 3. W. Dodd. Beet: 1, J. Choriton; 2, R Whipp; 3, G. Smith. Turnips: 1, T. Jones; 2, G. Coppaok; 3, R. Darlington. Oar- rots: 1, A. Watkins; 2, R. Whipp; 3, W. Gar- ter. Paronips: 1, A. G. Hughes; 2, J. Chorl- ton; 3, G. Smith. Leeks: 1, A. G. Hughes; 2, G. Smitb; 3, G. Coppack. Red oeiery: 1, A. Watkin; 2, J. Morris; 3, G. Smhk White celery: 1, G. Ooppaok; 2, T. Jones; 3, A. Wafc- kin. Vegetable marrows: 1, A. G. Hugfiea; 2, W. CbrtoCA. 3* R. Darlington. Rod &"sge.L 1, J. Choi 1 ton; 2, G. Coppaek; 3, T. Jones. White cabbages: 1, T. Jones; 2, G. Coppaok; 3, W. Dodd. Savoys: 1, W. Dodd; 2, W. Car- ter; 3, G. Coppack. Lettuces (cos): 1, J. Cfcoriton; 2, J. Morris; 3, R Whipp. Let- tuces (cabbage): 1, E. Evans; 2, J. Choriton; 3, W. Carter. Cauliflowers: 1, R. Whipp; 2, A. Watkins; 3, W. Carter. Kidney potatoes (white): 1, T. Cawley Worrall; 2, A. Watkins; 3, R. Whipp. Round potatoes (white): 1, A. Watkins; 2. J. CShorlton; 3, J. Morris. Col- oured potatoes: 1, G. Ooppack; 2, H. Cheers; 3, A. G. Hughes. Broad beans: 1, G. Cop- pack; 2. A. Watkins; 3, J. Morris. French beans: 1, W. Carter; 2, R. Darlington; 3, A. G. Hughes. Scarlet. runners: 1, W. Carter; 2, G. Smith; 3, G. Ooppack. Peasj 1, W. Dodd; 2, A. G. Hughes; 3, W. Carter, Eschalots: 1, J. Choriton; 2. A. G. Hughes; 3, W. Carter. Rhubarb: 1, W. Carter; 2, A. Watkins; 3, R. Darliilton. Tomatoes: 1, G. Smith; 2, A. Wa.tkins; 3, J. J. Mooro. Cucumber: 1, G. Smith; 2, A. G. Hughes; 3, A. Watkins. Fruit—Dessert, apples: 1. G. Smith; 2, T. Jones; 3, H. Cheers. Kitchen apples: 1, W. Dodd; 2, J. C. Thornton 3, H. Cheers. Do sort pears: 1. R. Darlington; 2, T Cawley Worrall; 3, H. Cheers. Plums; 1. R. Darling- ton; 2, W. Dodd; 3. G. Smith. Iladdy fruit: 1, W. Dodd; 2, A. G. Hughes; 3, G. Smith. Gooseberries: 1. G. Smith; 2, J. C. Thornton; 3, T. Jones. Black currants: 1, J. J. Moore; 2. G Smith; 3, W. Dodd. Red currants: 1, A. G Hughes. Rrtspberi ies: 1, A. Watkins; 2, W. Dodd; 3, A C. Hughes. 1. J. J. Moore; 2, A. G Hughes; 3, G. Smith Colieotion of herbaco ous blooms: 1, Edw. Dean; 2. G. Smith; 3, A. G. Hughes. Gladioki: 1, J. J. Mooro; 2, J. C. Thornton. Stocks: 1. W. Dodd; 2, W. OJJ- ter; 3, A. Wa.tkins Sweet pea*: 1, R. Whipp; 2 J. C. Thornton; 3, J. Morris. Phlox: 1, J. C. Thornton; 2, E. Dean; 3, G. Smith. Cactus dahlias: 1. J. J. Moore; 2, G. Smith; 3, A. G Hughes. Asters: 1, A. G. Hughes; 2, A. Watkins; 3, J. J. Moore. Roses: 1, R. Whipp; 2, E. Evans; 3, E. Dean. Carnations or pi oo- tees: 1, W. Carter; 2. J. J. Moore; 3, G. Smith. Hand bouquet of cut flowers: 1, J J. Mooro; 2. G. Smith; 3, G. Ooppack. OPEN SECTION. (Open to residents within ten miles of Chester, nurserymen excluded.) Flowcrs -Group of plants: 1, W. R. Moss. Box of plants: 1, Geo. R. Darsie Fuohsia: 1, G. R. Darsie. Zonal geraniums: 1, G. R. Dar- sie; 2, W. H. Walke-r. Tuberous-rooted be. gonias 1, G. R. Darsie; 2, Mrs. Storrar. Colons: 1, W. II. Walker. Specimen plant: 1, T. A. Beckett; 2, W. R Moss; 3, Mrs". Stor- rar. Sweet peas, 1. G. H F. Robertson; 2, R. L. Ovorton; 3, Mrs. Storrar. Herbaceous blooms: 1, G. R Darsie; 2 W. R. Moss; 3, G. If. F. Robertson. Herbaceous blooms: 1, B Dean; 2, W. II. Walker. Twelve roses: 1, R. L. Overton; 2, G. If. F. Robertson; 3, W. R. Moss. Six rc«*s>: 1, R. Whipp; 2, W. If. Walker; 3. J. J. Moore. Double asters: 1, G H F. Robeitipon; 2, J. J. Moore. Oaotus dahlias: 1, G. H. F. Robertsou; 2 J. J. Moore; 3, G. Smith. Carnations and picotees: 1. R. L. Overton 2, J. J. Moore; 3, G: IIF. Robert- son Violas: 1, J. J. Moore; 2, R. Whipp; 3. G. Smith. Fruit. White grapes 1, J. G. Frost; 2, Mrs. Clover; 3, G. R. Daisic. Blaek grapes: 1, Mrs. Clovei-, 2. J. G. Fiwt. Ha-rdy fruit: 1. G. R. Darsie; 2, W. H. Walker; 3, E. Doan Melon: 1, G. R. Darsie; 2, W. R. Moss Dessert poares: 1, W. R Moss; 2 G. R. Darsie; 3, W. H. Walker Do^ert app'es: 1. W. R. Moss; 2, G. R. Darsie; 3, Mrs. Powell. Kitchen ap- plc.: 1. G. R. Dastie; 2, W. H. Walker; 3, G. H F. Robertson. Peaches: 1, Mis. Cover; 2, J. G. Frost; 3, W. II. Walkn. Vegetables.—Collection of vegetables: 1, G. R. Dais;e; 2, G. H. F. Robertson. Onions: 1, G. R. Darsie; 2. G. II F. Robertson; 3. Mrs. Storrar. Carrots: 1, R Whipp; 2, W. H. Walker; 3. G. R. Darsie- Leeks. 1. G. Smith; 2. R. Whipp; 3, G. H. F Robertson. Celery: 1, G. R. Darsie; 2, G. Smith; 3, Mis. Storrar. Cauliflowers: 1. G. H. F. Robertson; 2, G. R. Darsie: 3, R. Whipp. Ki dney potatoes: 1. M:'t:I. Powell; 2, G. R. Darsic; 3, R Whipp. Round potatoes: 1. J. G. Frot; 2. G. R. Dar- sie; 3, W. H. Wa'ker. Tomatoes: 1. G. H. F. Robertson 2, Mrs. Storrar;, 3, J. G. Frost. Cucumbers: 1, J. Smith; 2, J. G. Frost; 3, G. H. F. Robertson Peas: 1. A. G. Hughes; 2, J. G. Frost; 3, G. Smith. Scarlet runners: 1, J. G. Frost; 2. G. R. Darsie; 3. G. H. F. Robertson. SPECIAL PRIZES. (Prizes for children resident in the society's district.) Freehand drawing copy, boys under eight years of age (offered by Mr. Ohas. Dean): 1, Ivor Lloyd; 2, J. Harris; 3, B. Cochrane. Ditto for boys between eight and ten veal's old (offered by Mr. E. L. Smith): 1. D. Shaw; 2, A. Burgess; 3, G. Edwards. Plain knitting in wool. for girls under ten years (offered by Mrs. Walker, Choriton Hall): 1, F. Maddocks; 2. L. Williams; 3. H. Moore; 4, E. Shaw. Ditto for g-irls between 10 and 15 years (offered by Mrs. Walker): 1. B. Reade; 2, E. Hinde; 3, Corfei; 4, L. Davies. For girls of 16 years and under (offered by Mrs. W. Richardson Moes)-Darning woollen sock: 1, M. Davies; 2. L. Brown; 3, A. Davidson; 4, E Hinde. Hand-worked buttonhole: 1. E. Smith; 2, F. Sturma.n; 3, R. Sturman; 4, C. She-w. For girls under 16 years of age (offered by Mrs. B. C. Roberts)—Hand-made child's print Iroclc: 1, L Blown; 2, E. Smith; 3. S. Coppck. For girls under 14 yeais of age (offered by Mrs. Douglas Dobie)—Hand bouquet of wild flcrwcrg: 1, F. Sturman; 2, Mabel Whipp; 3, L. Jones; 4. B. Fan-all. Ditto for boys: 1, T. Ball; 2, B. Whipp; 3, W. Maddocks; 4, J. Maddocks. Open to all farmers resident in the society's district (offered by Mr. E. Dean)—Three man- distri?L )Can ) ri'liree man golds: 1, R. Ithell; 2, II. Cheers; 3, R. Dar- lington. Offered by Mr. R. Ithell—Three swedes: 1, R. I thai I; 2, Caw ley Worrall; 3, R. Darlington. Extracted honey (given by Mrs. Gibbons Frost): 1, W. Johnson; 2. T. Garner; 3, J. C. Thornton- Sections of toney (given by Mr J. D. Thorbum): 2, J. C. Thornton. Bar of honey (given by Mr. H. G. Little): 1, W. Johnson; 2, J. C. Thornton. Dressed chiokens (given by Mr. E. May): 1, T. Jones; 2, Mrs. Woodward; 3, Mias Griffiths. Diessed ducks (given by Mr. May): 1. T. Jones; 2, Mis6 Griffiths; 3, Mrs. Woodward. White eggs (given by Mr. H. Cheers): 1. J. Edwards; 2, Miss Griffiths; 3, T. Jones. Coloured eggs (given by Mrs. Nicholson): 1, C. Worrall; 2, J. Edwards; 3, T. Jones. Best kept and mopped allotment (given by Mr. B. C. Roberts): 1, J. C. Thornton; 2, A. Woodward 3, C. Wa'ker. Boiled potatoes (given by Mrs H. P-ohritson):- 1, Mis. Shaw; 2, Mrs. Mad. docks; 3. Mrs. Williams. Man's shirt (given by Mrø. Swetenham): 1, Mrs. Wright; 2, Mrs. Smith. Home-mado sultana cake (given by Mr. B. Dean, junr.): 1, Mrs. Moore; 2, Mrs. Smith; 3. Mrs. Parry. Ladies' table decoration (given by Mrs. F. G. Summers): 1, Miss Dean; 2, Miss Oarrie Ithell. SPORTS. There were excellent entries for the sports, but they were altogether spoiled by the ctelugo of rain. Details: 120 yards race for boys under 14 years of age: I, J. Moore; 2, L. Edwards; 3, R. Whipp. Egg-awd-spoan rstoe for girls under 14 years of age: 1, L. Leach; 2, L. Davies; 3, A. David- son. Race for youths under 17 years of age: 1, T. Morris; 2, E. Farlazn; 3. J. McLean. 80 yards girls' race (handicap): 1, Lucy Leaoh 2. Lilly Leach; 3, L. Davies. 220 yards flat handicap: 1, W. Prrtchard and W. Davies (dead heat); 3, G. Bowker. 80 yards sack race: 1, J. Bowker; 2, F. Eaves; 3, C. McLean. Married men's raoe: 1, R Bailey. Needle-and-fhread raw: J. Mr. T. Bdwaarls and Miss N. Edwards; 2, Mr. Thornton and Miss L. Leach; 3, Mr. F. Hinde and Miss J. Carter. 80 yards race for boys under 10 years of age: 1, E. Mealing; 2, H. PoSard; 3, Mosedale.

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