REPORTS FROM EARLY CAT SHOWS IN CHICAGO
1883 CHICAGO CAT SHOW.
PUSSY IN A CORNER. Messrs Kohl & Middleton will this afternoon inaugurate their cat show at the Dime Museum. This will probably furnish an interesting exhibition for a few weeks, and ought to attract a good deal of attention. Arrangements have been made for a regular feline carnival, and most appropriately No 9 of the recent beauty show has been engaged as matron of the cats So far there are 100 entries, embracing many peculiar specimens of the animal. There will be big cats and little cats, fat cats and lean cats, aristocratic cats and cats plebeian, a kitten with an abnormal development of tail, and one that has been curtailed of the caudal appendage. There is a calico cat, and one that gives a suggestion of well-worn bombazine. There are beautiful Maltese articles, and some that have done service on shortstops for midnight projectiles. There is a genuine Angora cat, and one that is ashamed to associate with itself. Among the greater curiosities is “Old Fire Proof,” the famous cat that defied the great Chicago fire by taking refuge in a bank vault, and a well-jointed and steel-jawed monster that killed 114 rats in nine minutes at Buffalo. Altogether, the management think the public will find a great deal to amuse and interest them among the cages. In addition to this exhibition there will be the regular stage performances, with a number of new people to give the variety. Visitors will be allowed to vote on the merits of the cats, and according as the votes accumulate will the prizes be distributed. There will be ten prizes, aggregating $600, and you can vote as often as you pay ten cents for the privilege, and no remarks will be made about repeating. - The Inter Ocean, June 3, 1883
MUSEUM MEOWS. The cat show at the Museum promises to be an appropriate supplement and an attractive contrast to the recent “beauty contest.” However, it promises to be in keeping with the eternal fitness of Chicago. We are to have Barnum’s show, we have had a beauty show, a poultry show, a fat-stock show, a Mayor show, a City-council show, a dog show, a railway show, a show of street—car horses, and occasionally the domestic military or suburban soldiers club together for a show. It must be acknowledged the pulse of public interest has been quickened by the announcement that there was to be a cat show: for several weeks past maiden ladies have been shampooing and scouring their cats in anticipation or the event; the small boy like a restless exile from a walking match has been scouring up dark alleys, scaling dangerous roofs, and crawling on the noisome damp twixt earth and flooring, in the hope of lasooing stray cats for an entry in the contest. – The Inter Ocean, June 4, 1883
SEQUEL OF CAT SHOW. The cat market will probably never again have so decided a boom as is now on. Cats are bought and sold, and even stolen, as the following evinces. Yesterday Marie Fourneaux, a blithesome miss of 16, who lives on West Lake street, with tear dimmed eyes, appeared before Justice Russell and had issued a warrant for the arrest of Charles Berthold, whom she characterized as a “real wicked boy, who stole her pussie and sold it to the Dime Museum for 10 cents.” She further deposed that since her cat had been on exhibition under the care of No. 9 it had grown “awful poor,” and besides, the mice were having an unbroken picnic in her mother’s best cupboard. She values the cat at $5, and charges the wicked boy with larceny. Charles appeared and furnished bonds in $200 to appear Thursday. - The Inter Ocean, Jun 6, 1883
The cat show was inaugurated yesterday with eclat, so far as the crowd is concerned. Though the entries are not completed yet, there are many feline curiosities and beauties to look upon. The Manx, Angora and tortoise-shell cats are not yet in. No. 9 presides with distinction. [No. 9 was winner of the previous week’s beauty contest, sometimes nicknamed a “cat show”] - The Inter Ocean, June 4, 1883
THE CAT SHOW. It Closes Tonight – The Feline Beauties – More Museums to Follow. The cat show at Kohl & Middleton's Dime Museum closes this evening, and the ten prizes will be awarded the successful entries. The favorite seems to be Blossom and her two kittens, Snowball and Pete. This family are as white as snow, with coal-black eyes, and are as playful as — what they are — kittens. Jumbo is a large black cat, and a fine one as well. There are four tortoiseshell cats that are beauties. The attendance at the cat show has been a good average one. This evening; the Dime Museum will close its doors, and when they open again it will be in the new building next door, Oct. 1. A dime museum will be opened Sept 1 on Clark street, near Madison. The season ending this evening began last October, and there has never been a poor week up to the closing of the doors to-night. This success has encouraged Kohl & Middleton into leasing two more buildings, one on the West Side and the other on the South Side, and these buildings will be filled with curiosities, interchanging, of course. The uniform price of 10 cents admits to the whole show. A stage will be a feature in both houses, and already leading variety attractions are being booked for the season, 1883 and 1884. They anticipate a successful season, and, judging from the past, they are not liable to be disappointed. – The Inter Ocean, Jun 17, 1883
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THE CAT SHOW - – The Inter Ocean, June 18, 1883
It Ended Last Night – The Prize Winners – Close of the Old Museum. “Meaow! Maria, meaow. Wou, Tommy, wou!” which means when translated by the expert in catagraphy of The Inter Ocean, “Farewell, Maria, farewell; good-by, Tommy, good-by." These sad partings were said or uttered last evening at 10 o’clock, when the cat show came to an end. The final programme at the Dime Museum last evening consisted of an aerial suspension by Professor Logrenia and Mdlle. Jessica, an act by the Harper brothers, a pair of one-legged song and dance men, Winstanley and Doyle, dog-dancers, and finally the award of prises to the winning cats.
THE WINNERS. First Prize - A huge collar emblem and a small silver collar to No. 21, Jumbo, owned by J. D. Colby, No. 185 Park avenue. Second Prize — A silver water set to No 29, Blossom and her two kittens, Snowball and Pets, all pure white; owner, Pete Peculiar, No. 109 Twenty-fourth street. Third Prize — A sewing-machine, No. 41, six tortoise-shell cats, Mrs John Garrick, No. 53 North Carpenter street. Fourth Prize — China tea set, 56 pieces, No. 20, Kilkenny Mike, Harry Mack, No 198 Halsted street. Fifth Prise — Silver hunting-case watch. No. 50, Bully Boy, Mrs Whitley, No. 231 West Madison street. Sixth Prize — Silver-plated set of knives and forks. No. 1, Malta, Mrs. Church, No. 3217 State street. Seventh Prize — Ladies work-box, No 102, Blind Tom, Byers & Larocque, No 102 Halsted street. Eighth Prize — Silver card-basket, No 17, John Sullivan, Miss Banks, No 43 Halsted street. Ninth Prize - clock, No 49, Four-of-a-kind, G. W. Ryder, No 161 Madison street. Tenth Prize — Silver napkin-ring, No 46, Freddie Gebhardt, Miss Libbbie Richardson, No 57 Congress street.
THE MUSEUM OF THE FUTURE. With this the curtain fell for the last time at this place of amusement and the audience dispersed. The cat-owners went to the cages and took their charges away, then the gas was turned out, and Kohl & Middleton's Dime Museum at this particular stand was a thing of the past.
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THE CAT SHOW. PRIZES AWARDED TO THE VICTORIOUS FELINES – Chicago Daily Tribune, June 18, 1883
The Cat Show which has been running during the last two weeks at the Dime Museum, on West Madison street, came to a close last evening and the prizes were awarded according to the number of votes cast for the favorite. There has been a fair attendance during the two weeks, considering the opposition of the circus and the weather, but a goodly share of the money spent on the Lake-Front found its way into the pockets of Messrs. Kohl & Middleton, proprietors of the Museum, they having had control of the privileges with the Barnum show. It took thirty-five gallons of milk par week to feed the cats, and the large and varied family appeared comfortable and happy in their temporary quarters. About 10 o’clock Mr. Fred A. Pride awarded the prizes as follows:
First prize, mammoth memorial collar and small collar to fit cat to No. 21, “Jumbo,” owned.by J. D. Colby, No. 185 Park avenue; second prize, silver ice castor, tray, and goblet, to No. 28, mother and two kittens, pure white, owned by Peter Peculiar, No. 159 Twenty-fourth street; third prise, fine sewing-machine, to No. 41 six cats, owned by Mrs. John Garrick, No. 53 North Carpenter street ; fourth prise, large china tea set, to No. 20, “ Kilkenny Mike” (the cat who has a record of killing 114 cats in nine minutes, and who holds the medal of the Buffalo cat show), owned by Harry Mack, No. 198 Halsted Street; fifth prize, silver hunting-case watch, to No. 50, a tom-cat, owned by Mrs. W.J. Whitely, No. 231, West Madison street; sixth prize, full set of silver knives and forks, to No. l, a large pure Maltese cat, owned by Mrs. Church, No. 3217, State street; seventh prise, an imported French work-box, to No. 102, “Blind Tom,” owned by Byers & Learoque, No. 102, South Halsted street; eighth prise, solid silver parlor card tray, to No. 17, “John Sullivan,” owned by Mrs, Hattie Hanks, No. 43, South Halsted street; ninth prize, silver image French parlor clock, to No. 49, a cat owned by J. W. Ryder, No. 161 West Madison street; tenth prize, solid silver fancy napkin ring, to No. 44, a handsome black cat, owned by Miss Lillie Richardson (colored), No, 57 Congress street. The award of these prizes appeared to give general satisfaction. Last evening closed the season of the museum, and unless all eats are called for today they will be turned loose. The two new museums open Sept 3. The first season has been a very successful one.
1888 - 1889 CHICAGO CAT SHOW PLANNED.
A novelty that is proposed for some time in the early part of January is a cat show. One was held not long ago in London, and proved a great success, not only from a financial point of view, but from a breeding standpoint. The place was besieged every day with fair ladies anxious to view their neighbor’s tabbies and compare their pet Angora beside some favoured Persian. – The Inter Ocean, November 25th, 1888
Several prominent ladies in Chicago society have joined the committee for arranging the details of the cat show to be held at Battery D in the early part of February. – The Inter Ocean, December 2nd, 1888
1896 CHICAGO CAT SHOW.
CAT SHOW TALKED OF. NOW THAT THE DOGS ARE GONE, TABBIES MAY GET A CHANCE. - Chicago Daily Tribune, March 9, 1895Indications Are the Feline Exhibition Will Be Held in Battery D. Last night brought the end of the dog show which has held sway in the Lake-Front armories for four day [. . .] Now that the dog show is over there Is talk of a cat show. Such exhibitionsa are held in London and other European cities and sometimes in New York. At the dog show nothing was known of the proposed exhibition of cats, but it is probable it will be held in Battery D if it is held at all.
FAMILY PETS ON SHOW. Harrisburg Telegraph, December 12, 1896
Chicago Gets Up a Unique Exhibition of Animals. Chicago is to have something entirely new in the show line this winter. In place of the horse show, which for some reason Chicago has scorned this season, there is to be held this month in the Panorama building an exhibition of household pets. It is not to be a mere cat and dog show combined, but is planned on much broader lines than anything of the kind ever attempted in this country before. Nothing in the line of household pets is to be barred [. . .] we all know that in a great majority of homes there is an animal pet of some kind. [. . . ]
Another popular feature about this pet show is that it is to be a most democratic exhibition. Not only the pampered pets of the rich, but the hoi-polloi of petdom will be admitted.
Of course the dog exhibit will be the largest [. . .]. Probably the cats will come in a good second. Don’t imagine that there will be only one class for cats. There will be prizes for all sorts of felines and classes for Persian, Angoras, Manx, long haired maltese, long tailed mousers etc. Probably some of the common back yard variety of Thomas cats will be there, but it is to be hoped that the judges will not be imposed upon in any such manner as were the wise gentlemen who officiated in that capacity at the New York cat show a winter or two ago.
At that exhibition one of the entries was a strange looking tabby who was sent in with much ceremony under the name of Nicodemus. Attached to his luxurious basket was a pedigree a yard long which traced his descent way back to the middle ages. Nicodemus was the star attraction all through the show, and he had a crowd of admirers around him most of the time. He captured several prizes, and before the show closed there were so many inquiries as to whether the owner would sell the cat or not that the following notice was pinned to the basket:
“NICODEMUS. This animal is valued at $1,000 and is not for sale.”
This caused more of a sensation than ever, and finally an enthusiastic cat fancier offered $2,500 for Nicodemus, having heard that a rival bidder had run the price up to $2,000. Then the man who entered Nicodemus explained that Nicodemus had no pedigree to speak of and that he had bought him from a street gamin for 10 cents. This statement was at first disbelieved, and it was not until the exhibitor of Nicodemus had written to the newspapers, telling the whole story of the joke and offering to sell the cat for $5 to the first comer that the persistent admirers of Nicodemus dropped out of sight.
One of the most distinguished felines in Chicago is Tootsie, who is owned by Miss Frances E. Willard, the famous president of the W.C.T.U. Tootsie is said to be the finest white Angora cat in the world, and Miss Willard has been offered as much as $300 for her, but has refused to part with her for any money.
Another Chicago woman who may be depended upon to make several entries in the cat class is Mrs. Clinton A. Locke, who raises and sells cats. She does not do it for profit, although her receipts are sometimes large, but she devotes the proceeds of all sales to charity and pursues the business for the love of it. Mrs. Locke is very proud of her skill as a breeder of cats and is careful that each one sold by her goes to a good home.
There will be freak cats, too, pussies with six toes and even one with five legs. One man who lives in Oak Park, Ills., is going to send in a box together his tortoise shell cat and an old gray rat, which is the cat’s playfellow and constant companion. Prizes of silver cups and blue ribbons will be awarded in the cat classes.
[. . .] There will be none of the sameness of a dog show, a horse show or a cat show, and all lovers of animals will be able to appreciate the exhibits. As this is the first show of the kind ever given, it will be watched with interest in other cities. The Panorama building will, for the time being, be turned into a sort of Noah’s ark. John F. Willoughby.
1898 CHICAGO CAT SHOW.
WOMEN PLAN FOR A CAT SHOW. Funds Derived Will Be Used to Pay for Chloroforming the Friendless and Homeless Tabbies. Various methods of dealing with cats were discussed yesterday at the autumn meeting of the Chicago Cat club, which was held at the home of Mrs. Leland Norton, 4011 Drexel boulevard. It was unanimously decided that the street cat is a creature of misfortune and that the only way to end its hardships is to chloroform it. It was decided to hold a cat show and utilize the funds netted in establishing a Midnight Band of Mercy, whose agents will catch and chloroform friendless and homeless cats. These officers were elected: President — Mrs. Leland Norton; Vice President — Dr. F. M. Hall; Treasurer — Mrs. W. E. Colburn; Corresponding Secretary — Mrs. Chauncey Smith. The club was organized last January’ and is composed of about twenty cat fanciers. Mrs. Norton owns not only Frances E. Willard’s famous cat “Toots,” but eighteen other blooded cats. All of her pets will be exhibited at the show. The London Cat club has offered to furnish prizes for the occasion. – Chicago Daily Tribune, September 15, 1898.
PLAN A CAT SHOW. Felines May Be an Attraction at the Poultry Exhibition. Chicago is to have a cat show during the winter if the plans of the National Fanciers’ association are matured. Arrangements are already in progress for a poultry exhibition, to take place early in January in the two Lake Front armories, and committees were appointed at last night's meeting of the association in the Sherman house to consider the advisability of introducing the feline feature into this year's exhibition. The success of similar ventures in other cities has moved the fanciers to give the project some thought. It was argued by the supporters of the plan at last night's meeting that a class of people would be attracted to the spectacle that would otherwise remain away entirely. F. L Kimmey, president of the association, is in favor of the introduction of a cat department. It is probable that the fanciers’ association of Buffalo will join with the Chicago fanciers in the January exhibition. – The Inter Ocean, October 7, 1897
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CAT CLUB SHOW PLANS – Chicago Daily Tribune, October 16, 1898. The “Cat club”” is looking for an “angel” or several of them to aid the proposed show. The fate of the exhibit is in the hands of a committee appointed last week and consisting of Mrs. Leland Norton, Mrs. C. F. Smith, Mrs. C. H. Lane, and Miss Jennie Van Allen. This committee will meet tomorrow and will consult leading fanciers of the country and men who may be willing to back the show.
It is proposed as one means of reducing the expense of the exhibit and rendering it feasible that the exhibitors shall bench their own exhibits and assume all expenses connected with their part in the show. This method probably will be adopted. The exhibiters will then reimburse themselves from the gate receipts. It has been proposed to the club that it make its exhibit with the Boston Poultry association, which will make an exhibition of poultry, pigeons, and cats in January. The Cat club, however, wants a cat show pure and simple. It wants its exhibit in December or earlier.
“We want to have the show properly benched,” said Mrs. Leland Norton. “The trouble with so many shows has been that the cats have been benched with poultry and pigeons — that they have been pet animal shows Instead of cat shows. We want to make this show a society affair. We shall bench the cats nicely and have the hall in such a condition that women can wear their best gowns. We want to make it a parlor show. We shall secure, probably, a large storeroom down-town. The cat show ought to be a success.”
The Chicago Cat club is said to be the only one in the country. There was a New York club which lived long enough to give two shows but has since gone out of existence. The members of the Chicago club are: Mrs. Leland Norton, E M Hale, Mrs. C. F Smith, Miss Jennie Van Allen, Mrs. W. E Colburn, Mrs. J. C. Cratty, Mrs. A. M. Jennings, Mrs. M. Keenan, Ms. E. T. Shepherd, Mrs. C. H. Lane, Mrs E. E. Rollins, W.E. Rollins, Waupun, Dr. Franklin J. Tower, Milwaukee; Miss Elizabeth Knight, Milwaukee; Mrs. R. R. Taylor. Medford, Mass.; Mrs. E. N. Barker, Newburg, N.Y.
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MRS. LELAND NORTON, PRESIDENT OF THE [CHICAGO] CAT CLUB, is in correspondence with Farrar Rickham [sic] of New York, a noted cat fancier and Judge, whom she hopes to secure to direct the proposed Chicago cat show and judge the exhibits. Fanciers both from Chicago and the country generally are manifesting an interest in the show which promises success. Its fate depends upon the finding of an “angel” to back it financially. The club will pull the social wires and guarantee the show to be a gigantic success, even a gold mine, to the man who will put his money in it. – Chicago Daily Tribune, October 30, 1898.
SAYS CAT SHOW IS ASSURED “The Chicago cat show is an assured fact,” said Mrs. Leland Norton, President of the Cat club, yesterday. “It probably will be held Dec. 5 to 10 in the Edson Keith, Building.” W. T. Walthall Jr., formerly of Milwaukee, Mrs. Norton says, will back the project financially. That is if the show comes off in December, as intended. If it is postponed until after the holidays Farrer Rackham of New York will be the sponsor. Applications for entries are now being made to Mrs. Norton. Oddities in the way of alley cats are to be exhibited, as well as thoroughbreds. The club met in the afternoon at the home of Mrs. Norton. It was decided that the club badge should be of gold, with blue and white enamel, symbolizing the white cat with blue and amber eyes, the highest standard in Angora and Persian. Six applications for admission to the membershlp of the club were received. - Chicago Daily Tribune, November 10, 1898.
CHICAGO TO HAVE A CAT SHOW. The Chicago Cat club has decided to hold a show. The time depends on when the owners of valuable cats throughout the country will be best suited. January will probably be chosen, unless arrangements for holding it during the first week of December can be completed at once. It will probably be held in the Edson Keith building in Wabash avenue. It is expected to make it a society event, and a number of prominent women have already tendered their names to be placed on the list of patronesses. Cats of all kinds, from the Angora and the Persian down to the commonest household pet, will be on exhibition. A tame wildcat will be in the number of guests. From 250 to 300 cats are expected. – Various, November 10, 1898.
CAT SHOW WILL BEGIN ON DEC 5. At a meeting of the Chicago Cat club yesterday afternoon it was decided to hold the first Chicago cat show for four days, beginning Dec 5. The Edison Keith building was selected as the place best suited for the exhibit. Among the novelties of the show will be features that demonstrate the effect of high breeding and education upon the feline nature and characteristics. - The Inter Ocean, November 20, 1898.
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ARMORY FOR CAT SHOW. Chicago Daily Tribune, November 20, 1898
The First Regiment Armory will be the home of cats from Dec. 7 to 11. The Cat club has decided to hold the Chicago cat show there, instead of in the Edson Keith Building as at first contemplated. A slight change in the date has also been made and the exhibition of felines will be from the 7th to the 11th instead of from the 5th to the 10th of December. Th e patronesses as they have been asked to serve are: Mrs. P. D Armour Jr., Miss Gertrude Estabrooks, Mrs. Ogden Armour, Mrs. E.N. Hale, Mrs. A.G. Spalding, Miss Anna Gordon, Mrs. John W. Chalmers, Mrs. William P. Nixon, Miss Jessie High.
The entrance fee for exhibits is $l for each cat over 6 months of age and $1 for pairs of kittens under 6 months. There will be two professional judges, whom the club will import from New York for the show. The exhibits will be in charge of a veterinary surgeon, and each cat wlil be examined as to its state of health before it is permitted to be benched. The exhibits will be cared for by the management, unless the exhibiters desire to give their personal attention to their pets. They also will be guarded during the night. The music at the show will be by a mandolin orchestra, as most agreeable to cat notions of melody.
There will be blue and white ribbons for honorabl mention in judging the exhibits and gold medals and prizes. Mrs. Leland Norton, the President of the Cat club, is preparing several features to add to the general interest of the show. “The First Regiment Armory,” said Mrs. Norton, “is probably not so accessible from all portions of the city as the Keith Building, but it has its advantages from a social standpoint. It also is better suited to the cats, and that has to be considered. Socially we expect the £how to be a big success. A part of the proceeds will be given to a fund for soldiers and sailors."
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RULES FOR THE CAT SHOW. The Inter Ocean, November 27, 1898.
The rules for the cat show have just been prepared and are as follows: “The first annual Chicago cat show will be held under the auspices of the Chicago Cat club Dec. 7, 8, 9. and 10, at the First Regiment armory, Michigan avenue and Sixteenth street, for the purpose of establishing a refuge for homeless and stray cats. Application for entry blanks may be made to Mrs. Leland Norton, president of the Chicago Cat club. No. 4011 Drexel boulevard, Chicago. No entries will be received unless made on the regular entry form.
“Competition open to all.
“The form of entry, properly filled out, together with entrance fees, must be sent to Mrs. Leland Norton on or before Dec. 3, after which no entry will be received. If the entry is accepted a receipt will be sent to the exhibitor, which receipt must be produced at the close of the show or cats cannot be delivered.
“An address label and circular of instructions will be forwarded to each exhibitor, together with a metal number, which must be attached by a collar or ribbon to the neck of each cat, and which, number will agree with the cat’s cage, and with its number in the catalogue of entries.
“Each cat must be securely packed in a basket, except in the case of pairs, of kittens, which must be sent together.
“Cats will be fed and attended to during the exhibition, and new cages will be provided. But cats are received for exhibition only upon the express condition that the show will not be responsible for any loss of or damage to cats, boxes, baskets, cages, etc., that may happen from any cause whatever during the exhibition, or to cats while being unpacked, penned, or packed, or in transit to or from tbe show.
“Exhibitors will be responsible for the correct description of the cats they show, and must be careful to enter them in their proper classes.
“Exhibitors desirous of selling their cats must state the price, including basket, etc., and the price must be stated on the entry form, which price will be printed in the catalogue of entries. In case of any loss or damage to cats sold, it must be borne by the purchaser. Sellers of cats will be charged 10 per cent of the selling price.
“The show opens Wednesdsy, Dec. 7, at 1 p. m. and closes Saturday night at 10 o’clock. Judging will begin Thursday morning, and the decision of the judges will in all cases be final. Competent professional Eastern Judges have been employed. Exhibitors will not be admitted until the show opens.
“Exhibitors of cats may, if they wish, take them home each day after the close of the show on the deposit of $5 with the manager and the production of the receipt for entrance fees, which deposit will be forfeited if the cat be not returned by 9 o’clock each morning. If a prize cat be taken away and not returned the prize also will be forfeited. As it is difficult to get at the baskets in which the cats have been sent to the show when packed away, it is requested that exhibitors wishing to remove their cats for the night will bring a basket for that purpose.
“One badge of free admission will be sent to every exhibitor for the cat show only. In case of transfer or other improper use of said badge the same will be forfeited.
“Exhibitors will furnish pillows or rugs for their cats.
“Handsome gold medals, fifty in number, will be awarded, as will also blue ribbons for excellence in the various classes. There will also be special prises for special felines, such as trick cats, oddities in the cat family, etc.
“- MRS. LELAND NORTON, President, Chicago Cat Club."
The patronesses are: Mesdames P. D. Armour, Jr., Ogden Armour, A. G. Spalding. Dr. E. M. Hale, Anna Gordon, Gertrude Estabrook, Wm. Penn Nixon.
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A committee wan appointed yesterday by the Chicago Cat club to give active supervision to the work of preparing for and of conducting the club’s first annual show in the First Regiment armory, Dec 7 to 11. The members of the new advisory committee are: Mrs. W.E. Colburn, No. 9137 Exchange avenue; Mrs. Charles Hampton Lane, No. 5323 Madison avenue, and Mrs. Chauncey F. Smith, No. 5743 Princeton avenue. – The Inter Ocean, November 30, 1898.
PREPARING FOR THE CAT SHOW. Preparations for the first Chicago cat show will be begun today In the First Regiment Armory. Three hundred cages, which are to contain the prize tabbies at the exhibit, to be held Dec. 7 to 11, are being built. A number of fancy booths, including a voting booth for the most popular cat of the show, will be erected. The prize entry is Senor Cristobal, the cat of the Spanish cruiser, Cristobal Colon. The Spanish cat is in the possession of Lloyd Clark of St. Joseph. Mo., brother of Captain Clark of the Oregon. - Chicago Daily Tribune, December 1, 1898.
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PREPARING FOR THE CAT SHOW. Chicago Daily Tribune, December 4th, 1898.
The busiest club in Chicago at present is the Chicago Cat club, which is in the midst of active preparations for its first show, which is to be held in the First Regiment Armory beginning Wednesday of this week. The receipts of the show are to be used in furthering the prime object of the Cat club — the establishing of a refuge for homeless and stray cats. Mrs. Leland Norton, President of the club, has been receiving the entries, and the indications are that 300cats will form the exhibit.
According to the rules of the exhibition each cat must be sent to the management securely packed in a basket, except in the case of pairs of kittens, which must be sent together. Cats will be fed and attended to during the exhibition and new cages will be provided, but the felines are received for exhibition only upon the express condition that the club will not be responsible for any loss or damage to cats, boxes, baskets, and cages. Exhiblters will be responsible for the correct description of the cats they enter and will have to furnish pillows or rugs for them. The exhibitors may, if they wish, take their cats home each night on the deposit of $5 with the management, which sum is forfeit if the exhibits are not present the next morning. If a prize cat is taken away and not returned the prize is forfeit.
Farrar Rackham of New York has been secured as judge of the show. The principal attraction, Senor Cristobal, the cat of the Cristobal Colon, will arrive in Chicago on Tuesday and will be the guest of Mrs. Norton until it is placed in its cage in the Armory. Miss Alice Cohn of Milwaukee has entered her prize trick cat, "Noodles,” the professional boxer. Mrs. Ella F. Shepard of 17 Thirty-ninth street will show an eiphteen-pound Maltese, with a parrot as a companion. Joseph Mitchell of Lemont has entered a white and brown cat. Mrs. A. E. Ebert of Michigan avenue will show three cats representing three generations, the prandmother being 17 years old and turned pray with age.
Two cats owned by Miss Jennie Van Allen, the secretary of the club, “Brownie” and “Punch,” will be among the novelties in black and white. Mrs. May Keenan of Stony Island avenue has entered a family of ten Angoras and Mrs. Norton will enter twenty Anporas and Persians from the Drexel kennels.
The show will open at 1.30 o’clock on Wednesday afternoon with a mandolin orchestra in attendance. The patronesses are: Mrs. P.D. Armour Jr, Mrs. A.G. Spalding, Miss Anna Gordon, Mrs. William P. Nixon, Dr. Gertrude Wellington, Mrs. Ogden Armour, Mrs E.M. hale, Miss Gertrude Estabrook, Mrs. J.W. Chalmers, Mrs. L.M.N. Stevens.
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CATS MUST STAND A TEST. Chicago Daily Tribune, December 6, 1898. The cats for the cat show will be submitted to a medical examination tomorrow morning at the First Regiment Armory and tested for bodily defects. None but physically perfect cats can be benched. The examination will be made by Dr. Henry Fleischauer of New York, assisted by Dr. Walter Bluette. Dr. William Bluette. Dr. C. A. White. Dr. Franklin Tower of Milwaukee, and J. Farrar Rackham of New York, who will be the surgeons in care of the health of the cats during the exhibition. The judges for the show are J. Farrar Rackham, Dr. Franklin Tower, Dr. C. A. White, and Dr. Henry Flelschauer.
A small section of the Cat club has protested against the show, saying it was not authorized by a vote of members of the club. Among the dissenting members are Mrs. Josiah Cratty. Mrs. Chauncey F. Smith, Mrs. C. H. Lane, and Mrs. Warren E. Colburn. "I have not heard any objections to the show on the part of any members of the club," said Mrs. Leland Norton, President of the club. “The objections to the arrangements are without any foundation, as there will be five surgeons and four judges.”
The catalogue contains, among other entries, the following prominent ones:
H. P. Crane. Sapphire. Angora.
Mrs. Arthur Gross. George. Persian.
Mrs. May Keenan, Roland. Angora.
Mrs. J. Marshall. Katharine, white Angora.
Mrs. A. M. Jennings. Monk, Angora.
Mrs. May McDonald. Prince Rudolph. Angora.
Mrs. Leland Norton, Royal, Angora
Mrs. Harold Fleischer. Lady Angeline. Angora.
Dr. Franklin Tower. Petz. Angora.
Miss Gertrude Estabrook. Chiffon. Angora.
Mrs. Porter L. Evans. Silver. Angora.
Mrs. Laura Dainy Pelham. Peter Jackson. Short-haired black cat.
W. S. Schafer. Mike, gray and silver.
Mrs. Ella Shepard. Skipper. Maltese.
Mrs. Jennie Van Allen. Punch and Bonnie, white and gray.
Mrs. Lloyd Clark.Senor Cristobal. Silver tiger.
Joseph Mitchell. Lemont, half rabbit cat.
Mrs. Thomas Keener, Admiral Sampson, tlger.
Mrs. Belle Harding. Thomas Harding, black Angora.
Mrs. John Reddick. Ananias, leopard cat.
Mrs. Harrison Roundtree, Clytie, red Angora.
Miles Standish, Miles Standish, black tiger.
Mrs. Cld. de Witt. Bunch, French red Angora.
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SOME CATS TOO GOOD. The Inter Ocean, December 6, 1898.
After weeks of expectation, it is rumored that the public may be disappointed in the personnel of the cat show, which opens tomorrow. At the very last moment a report has been circulated that some of Chicago’s best cats, the members of the most exclusive and aristocratic families of the city, will not be allowed to appear. Owners who do not hesitate to declare that they possess the highest bred, the most carefully reared, and the handsomest specimens of felinity are said to be, even now, hesitating whether to expose their pets to the gaze of the common people willing to spend half a dollar for a ticket admitting them to the First regiment armory. In the parlance of a man who thinks he knows all about the trouble, it is predicted that the fur will fly when it is time to put the exhibits in place.
The majority of the members of the Cat club maintain that they have made all arrangements in good faith and with great care. They admit that a few of their number may be disaffected, but they hint that the malcontents would prefer to have the judging done by friendly local judges, rather than by an expert from the East. On the other hand, some of the ladies who assume an air of hauteur when the cat show is mentioned, intimate that they are not in love with the methods of Mrs. Leland Norton, president of the Cat club. They hint delicately that the worshipful president has been too energetic and that she has taken too many of the arrangements on her own shoulders. Among the ladies who hesitate about allowing their pets to be seen by the hoi polloi are: Mrs. Clinton R. Locke, Mrs. Josiah Cratty, Mrs. C. H. Lane, Mrs. Chauncey F. Smith, and Mrs. Warren B. Colburn. The statement is made that Mrs. Locke owns the finest collection of cats in Chicago and that Mrs. Colburn’s is next in value.
Mrs. Norton is the woman who suggested the cat show. She is president of the club. There was a business meeting and some of the members were invited. Others were not. At the second meeting, Mrs. Locke was asked to appear and join the club. Mrs. Locke appeared. After that she declined to become a member of the club. She also refused to exhibit, saying that she did not feel she ought to expose her darlings to the weather and to the distempers and other cat ailments that might be lurking around the show in the armory.
“I have, I think, the finest cats In Chicago,” she said yesterday, "and I am not willing to run the risk of their contracting colds or diseases from the other cats in the show. Of course, the other cats there may be high born and aristocratic and all that, but I do not want to run any risk. I take very great care of my animals and I guard them from disease and cold most conscientiously. I am a member of the National Cat club of Europe and the Cat Club of London and my pets are the finest imported stock. Just come upstairs and see them. Here Is a Chinchilla cat and I think mine are the only genuine Chinchillas in this country. Here are my Angoras, blue, white, and golden. I am very fond of them and I am unwilling to take any risk.”
"Has there been aay trouble in the cat club? I am sure I do not know. I was invited to the second meeting, and even though I own the finest cats in Chicago, after I heard the proceedings I felt that I did not care to become a member or exhibit. In the English clubs, when there is a show, committees are appointed that are competent to take care of the animals and to judge their merits. There were no committees appointed here.”
Down on Madison avenue live Mrs. Lane and Miss Lucy Johnston, her sister. They have a collection of Angora cats and they also refuse to exhibit. They, with many others, think the action of the president real mean and very autocratic and they are going to take no chances with their pets. They declare they know nothing about financial arrangements, judges, prizes, or anything else, as all that has been arranged by the president.
Another thing that bothers the non-exhibitors is the fact that but one cat doctor has been provided for the show. They believe that there should be a doctor for every other cat, or, at least enough competent practitioners to look after the health of the tabbies in the most careful manner.
Paris, the cat of high degree which took first prize at the Milwaukee cat show, will not be exhibited at the First regiment armory tomorrow night. It is not that Mrs. Warren E. Colburn, owner of Paris, fears for her pet’s laurels, but because of dissatisfaction with certain arrangements for the forthcoming cat show Paris will not be shown. Mrs. Colburn lives at No. 9137 Exchange avenue, and it is here Paris also deigns to make his home. In speaking of a possibility that South Chicago, the home of many aristocratic cats, would not be represented at the Cat club's first Chicsgo exhibit. Mrs. Colburn said: “There had been no general discussion on the part of the Cat club of plans until the day before Thanksgiving, at a special meeting, and the plans, as proposed, were disapproved by many.”
The advisory committee was appointed only last week, evidently as an afterthought. Mrs. Colburn, as a member of this committee, would do all in her power to secure thorough examinations of all cats presented, to prevent the possibility of infection from diseased feline. Nevertheless. South Chicago’s cats will emphasize their disapproval of what they deem unsuitable preparation for their health and comfort by remaining at home. Nevertheless, the Cat club will go on just the same and plenty of cats of various colors, shapes, types, species, and degrees of servitude will be exposed to the gaze of the horrid, unappreciative public in the First regiment armory, and the building will resound with the meows of many of the feline kind.
Senor Cristobal, owned by Captain Clark of the battle-ship Oregon, the first distinguished arrival for the cat show, will reach the city this morning. The senor will come direct from St. Joseph, Mich., and upon arrival will go to the home of Mrs. Leland Norton, No. 4011 Drexel boulevard, where he will rest in preparation for the opening of the show, at 1:30 p. m. tomorrow.
J. Farrar Rackham of Orange, N. J., who will be the presiding Judge of the show, will have as associate Judges Dr. C. A. White and Dr. T. J. Tower of Milwaukee.
Recent entries Include: A full-blooded Manx-maltese, by Mrs. M. I. Warner, No. 6 Lake Park avenue; Nicodemus, a French-red tiger cat, by Mrs. Staley of Pullman; a big black Angora, weighing fifteen pounds, by Mrs. Belle Harding of Evanston; Mooneyes, a thoroughbred Persian, by Mrs. De Bost of Englewood; a blue tabby, by Mrs. Fleta McDonald of Maywood; Nippy, weight nineteen pounds, by Dr. H. W. Sayle of No. 356 West Van Buren street; Pussy Postoffice, by the employes of the postoffice.
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CAT SHOW OPENS TODAY. MANY FAMOUS TABBIES ARE AMONG THE CONTESTANTS. Chicago Daily Tribune, December 7, 1898. One lonely Maltese kitten, which came from Waupun, Wis., in a mincemeat box passed the night In the First Regiment Armory, as the forerunner of the first Chicago cat show, which opens at 1:30 o’clock this afternoon. Today all the famous cats will be there. There will be Senor Cristobal, the Spanish cat, which is now at Mrs. L. A. Norton’s residence; Tootsie Willard, the temperance cat: Bromo Seltzer, the wildcat; Ananias, the leopard cat; Peter Jackson, the pugilistic cat; Mike, the Auditorium cat; Lemont, the half rabbit cat; Admiral Sampson, the tiger cat; Punch and Bonnie, the nursing cats; and Vixie, the grandmother of all cats.
The first ceremonies of the show will take place this morning, when the physical condition of the cats will be made the subject of inquiry by Dr. Henry Fleishauer of New York and his staff of veterinary assistants. The show opens with a matinee performance. J. Farrar Rackham of New York, the chief judge of the exhibit, arrived yesterday.
“The arrangements for the show are excellent.” he said, “They could not be better and Chicago’s first show should be a big success. The points to be considered in judging," said Mr. Rackham, “are the color, length, evenness of the coat, in the long haired class, the ear fringe, the feathers on the legs, and the color of the eyes. For white cats the best color for the eyes is blue or yellow. Green is the worst. For black cats the best color of the eyes is a rich bright orange. Brown and gray cats should have amber eyes. A rich amber in the eyes lights up a gray or brown cat. In my estimation, an odd eye is a decided detriment to the beauty of a cat, though it is the especial pride of some owners that their cats should have eyes of different colors.
“Some exhibiters are heart broken because their freak cats are not recognised in judging. One woman in New York has never forgiven me because I told her that her cat with twenty-six toes might take a prize in a dime museum, but not in a cat show. A cat usually arouses an amount of interest that is unique. It is nearly always popular with the women. Another kind of pet stock exhibit that is growing in popularity in the East is the cavy show. In England the cavies are fully as popular as the cats. Chicago’s next show will probably be a cavy show.”
Senor Cristobal, the Spanish cat of the cruiser Cristobal Colon, will be seated under his national colors today for the first time since he was rescued from the destroyed warship. His cage, which occupies a prominent position on the floor of the armory, is draped in the yellow and red of Spain. The management of the show experienced some feelings of trepidation as the cage was being made gaudy with the unpopular colors, but decided that the public of Chicago, however patriotic, would not begrudge the silver-gray tabby the honor of acknowledging his nationality. Senor Cristobal arrived yesterday from St. Joseph by express.
Bromo Seltzer, the wildcat, has a room to himself, and an attendant who will remain in his cage and act as a restraining influence and an example of his domesticity. Members of the Cat club spent the afternoon and much of the night in the armory preparing the cages, of which there are about 300. Mrs. Leland Norton’s cages present a color scheme in which both the colors and the likings of the cats are considered. The cage occupied by Tootsie Willard is in rose tints, and Royal will sit against a background of royal purple. The show will be open daily during the week from 10 a. m. to 10 p.m. Judging will begin on Thursday.
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CAT SHOW IS READY. The Inter Ocean, December 7, 1898
All is complete for the cat show, which opens today at the First Regiment armory. Flags and troplcal plants decorate the place chosen for the first exhibition of Chicago’s new club. Three hundred cages are in place, and this morning they will be furnished with silk pillows and handsome rugs. J. Farrar Rackham of Orange. N. J. has come west to act as chief judge at the show. He is a man most highly versed in the science of catology, and has been engaged to give the decisive vote at exhibitions to be held in Boston, New York, and New Orleans. He has been long a lover of cats, and has at his home a dozen pets, one of which is said to walk over a mile every night to meet him.
A reporter for The Inter Ocean met Mr. Rackham last evening at the First Regiment armory, where he was watching the last preparations for the show, and directing the cataloguing of the cages for their aristocratic and blue-blooded occupants. A talk with Mr. Rackham resulted in the bringing forth a number of facts about the cat family, their various breeds, colors, and good points, that are only, indifferently well known among the ignorant majority. Before Mr. Rackham spoke of lines, breeds, colors, and strains, he said that the coming show promised to be the greatest cat show that had ever been held anywhere. Gotham might hide her diminished head. The effete East terminated a little west of New York, and the East was slow and behind the times. It had had its cat exhibit and could produce only 200 specimens. Chicago would have at its cat show 300. Light, airy, spacious, tastefully decorted, the First Regiment armory, said Mr. Rackham was the ideal place for a cat show.
“The highest priced cat I know of,” continued Mr. Rackham, is Mrs. Charles Weed's cat, Napoleon the Great, of New York. She Values it at $4,000. Several of the cats exhibited at the recent show at Madison square, New York, were sold for $200 each, so that the cat flesh there could not have been valued at much less than $100,000. Probably if you took the valuations of their fair owners, they would have been worth that many millions. Mrs. Weed however, is a very wealthy woman and can afford to indulge in costly cat-bits. She makes annual visits to Paris, and it was in that city that she bought this $4,000 bit of live fur. Napoleon the Great is a beautiful large red Angora cat. Which is the most popular breed of cats? Well, it is commonly supposed that the Angora is the most popular breed, and it is perhaps the most popular breed among those who have never seen the Persian cat. But put the Angora cat and the Persian cat side by side, and the Persian cat will ‘take the cream' every time.
“Which is the rarest cat? One of the rarest cats known is the Siamese cat, and there is good reason for its being rare, for the male cat is never allowed to go outside of the royal palace, and as keepers of these Siamese cats are threatened with being beheaded if they let a single male cat get outside of the palace grounds none of the male cats ever does get out. So far I have heard of only two or three Siamese cats in this country. The Siamese cats have several peculiarities in color, markings, and in their eyes. They are of a light fawn color, with black feet, a black nose, a black tip to the tail, black ears and a black stripe down the back. The eyes are almond shaped, placed obliquely in the head, and are of what might be called an opalescent color, that is, they will, while facing you, change from a pale-blue color to a decided pink color, and this change of color seems to be made at the will of the cat, and is not the result of change of position, as in the case of an opalescent jewel.
“The largest and the strongest cat is what is known as the short-haired European cat. It looks no larger than some Angoras, but it is heavier, more compactly built, and more muscular than the Angora cat. What is known as the tortoise shell cat is not a separate breed of cats, the color being more or less common to many breeds. Among the oddities in cat breeds is the Manx cat from the Isle of Man. It has no tail, and consequently if it had been in the famous Kilkenny cat fight there would have been nothing of it left at all.”
The catalogue for the show records many interesting entries under the various divisions of short-haired and long-haired cats. There is one tame wildcat. His name is Bromo Seltzer. He is two years old, and the property of George W. Mathison. He will doubtless be offset by any number of wild tame cats brought in from various places. Ananias and Little Billee are entered together, as among one class of the short-haired. Miles Standish is one of the red tabbies, but perhaps every one does not know that a tabby is a brindled cat and not an Everyday feline of plain color. Master Jags is a plain black 2-year-old, entered by Mrs. A.E. Ebert.
As one of the penalties attached to fame, the heroes of the late war must see their names bestowed upon cats of all degrees. Admiral Sampson, short-haired, and for sale for $5, will be seen today among the tabbies. There is a brindled McKinley, and long-haired angora, Major McKinley. Mollie, a silver tabby, appears with three kittens. Dewey, Sampson, and Hobson. Captain Clark and Maine are also prominent entries. Peter Jackson, entered by Mrs. Laura Dainty Pelham, is one of the famous exhibits. Peter has a wide acquaintance, and, notwithstanding his name, is of a peaceable disposition.
Paderewski. Jr., 3 months old, is, of course a long-haired kitty, and famous for his musical genius. Trilby, Moon Eyes, Cinders, Cleopatra, Lady Jane Grey, Two Blit Bill, Cariuso, Prince Rudolph, and King Quito will be among the star features in the show. Grannie Vixie Ebert, 17 years old, will be most conspicuous because her hair, once coal black is now white with age. Dixie, the trick bicycle rider, will appear, but it is understood that she will not be seen In a wheel race. Torts [sic] Willard, 7 years old, will be most admired among the long-haired cats. He is pure white and long-haired. Torts was the property of the late Miss Frances Willard. During the last few years of the great reformer’s lfe he was one of the chief figures at Rest cottage. Contact with the public while in Miss Willard’s home caused him to become cynical and ill natured, but a few retirement have so sweetened his disposition as to encourage the hope that he will not growl at admiring crowds.
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CAT SHOW NOW OPEN. The Inter Ocean, December 8th, 1898.
White cats, red cats, black cats, gray cats, and cats of mixed colors; cats that yowled, and cats that crawled behind baskets or on top of soft cushions and slept; big cats and little cats, middle-sized cats, and kittens; cats that ate liver and beef, and cats that scorned anything but pretty bowls filled with raw oysters; cats that caught live fish in tanks, and cats that had fits and died. These made the beginning of the first annual cat show given under the auspices of the Chicago Cat club.
The show opened yesterday afternoon. The great floor of the First Regiment armory was filled with rows of cages, most of them decorated with ribbons and pillows and cat furniture. Most of the cats, who were given both cushions and straw, preferred to rough it and forsook their usual sleeping places to crawl into the straw, where they lay half buried.
The opening was somewhat crude and confused in its general effect, as the openings of shows usually are. A number of cats entered were not in their cages, and the catalogues were not out until 4 o'clock, and then the pamphlet was not complete. Nevertheless, there were enough of the animals there to give the women delight and to evoke a continued round of "darling” and "beauty” and "sweet.” In the early afternoon there were but few visitors, but later men and women, principally the latter, began to come in and stroll past the cages. Every exhibitor looked the show over and became satisfied that his or her cats were the best there and sure of honors at the hands of the jdge, T. Farrar Rackham. Mr. Rackham was enthusiastic over the exhibit, and declared it much finer than he had anticipated.
"I have officiated at shows in Boston, Hartford, New York, Washington, and New Orleans,” he said, "and I think this will prove the best of them all, except, perhaps, the one held two years ago in New York. The animals seem to be well bred and carefully kept.”
There was a tendency among the men who accompanied their wives as visitors to turn up their noses at the show and give vent to low, sarcastic chuckles when they saw a group of women going into raptures over some Angora or tortoise-shell meower. They compared the cats with their own dogs, and thought it a very milk-and-water affair; but the women'simply ignored these creatures and went right on with their admiring caucus. There were many handsome and valuable cats there. Lady Angelene, a blue-eyed Persian cat owned by Mrs. O. H. Fleischer, rested her aristocratic length on a blue cushion in a blue-lined cage and blinked a drowsy eye at a card which hung on her door and announced that ahe was valued at $500. A blue-eyed Angora exhibited by Herbert P. Crane, is valued at $200.
One sad incident marred the event. A terrible catastrophe overtook one of the exhibits, and for a time it cast a shadow of gloom over the armory. Petz, a white Angora, owned by Dr. Tower of Milwaukee, Wis., found the occasion too trying on her nerves, and went into a fit. She did ground and lofty tumbling for ten minutes and then crawled under her eiderdown blanket and quietly passed away.
There was great rivalry in the decorations of the cages, and ribbons and linings and china food bowls and Japanese silk cushions and what-not were shown in all colors and effects. Senor Colon, the famed cat which was saved from the Cristobal Colon and given to Captain Clark by the crew of the Oregon, was in a large cage, separated from the rest. Though the size of his house and the fact that it was decorated with Spanish colors should have called every one’s attention to him, he was overlooked by half of the visitors. The Senor is a medium-sized tiger cat, and showed an entire absence of hauteur or uppishness because of his history. He slept most of the time, and seemed not at all put out because he did not receive more attention.
McKinley, the flsher cat, was unable to give an exhibition of his skill because there were no fish obtainable. There is a porcelain tank in his double cage, and his owner, Lawrence Markey, promises to stock it today, so Mac may show how he captures his favorite food.
The Drexel kennels of Mrs. Leland Norton are probably the most extensive and she has exhibited cats of almost every kind. Her Angoras are especially fine. Mrs. Norton was there at the opening and looked after ber pets during the most of the afternoon. The Brighton Place kennels of East St. Louis occupied the east row of cages, with Angoras and tiger cats. Another out-of-town exhibitor is Miss Jeanette Simonton of Wheeling, Ill. Punch and Bonnie Van Allen, owned by Miss Jennie Van Allen, are terrible examples of the bottle habit. They refuse to take their drink in any other way and nursing bottles are provided for them when they want their milk. Thomas Welten, 8 years old, and weighing eighteen pounds, is shown by a South Side liquor dealer, and the card on his cage announces that he is strictly temperate.
One of the prettiest groups in the whole show was "Posy and Kittens," owned by M. F. Southard. The mother is a beautiful tiger and the three kittens are her exact miniatures. A cage containing ten cats which the non-expert would suppose belonged to the exhibit are placarded as being a gift to Mrs. Norton and the visitors are notified to "take one." John S. Goodwin exhibits Sir Kittery, a coon cat, all the way from Maine.
A feature of the afternoon was the presence of "Doc," the First regiment pig, which trotted about the heels of G. F. Castle, wearing a blanket and squealing and grunting mournfully every time Mr. Castle got out of bis sight. "Doc” came all the way from Santiago with the First and is soon to be raffed off, as Mr. Castle is going to Georgia for duty with the regular army. The tame wild cat owned by George W. Mathison will be in his cage today. He answers to a suggestive name of Bromo Seltzer [and] is 2 years old.
The show will be open evenings until 10 o’clock and the awards will be made by Mr. Rackham Friday afternoon and Saturday.
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CAT EXHIBIT IS OPENED. Chicago Daily Tribune, December 8, 1898. “The cat show exceeds my expectations,” said Farrar Rackham, and with the New-Yorker's approving criticism the Chicago cats made their first bow in the show business yesterday afternoon. At 1:30 o’clock the mandolin orchestra stationed in the balcony of the First Regiment Armory began to play “The Cat March" and the first venture of the Chicago Cat club was opened to the public. The cats had successfully passed their medical examination, and each one was stamped with the approval of a board of five experts. No cat was rejected.
They were a well-behaved lot of cats, these Chicago tabbies. Policemen patrolled the hall to preserve the peace, but the only approach to riotous conduct was on the part of the Lincoln Park cats and the small black pig, Cuban Doc, the mascot of the First Regiment, Illinois Infantry. Tom and Jerry from the Lincoln Park kennels, entered by Keeper Cyrus De Vry, paced their cages in imitation of their larger neighbors at the park, and raised their voices occasionally. With Bird, the other entry from the park, they were the only cats which lent themselves readily to their new surroundings. The other cats, with few exceptions, retreated to their straw and slept in a sulky silence.
Senor Cristobal the Spanish cat, composed himself haughtily to the stare of the visitors, and was serene under his national colors. Tootsie Willard held a small reception to his Woman's Christian Temperance union friends. Mrs. L. M. N. Stevens, National President, with Mrs. Clara Hoffman, National Secretary, and Mrs. Minnie B. Horning, brought him violets and carnations. “He is extremely fond of violets,” said Mrs. Stevens, “and, as I remember him at Rest Cottage, he would run away with the flowers brought to Miss Willard and be found contentedly snuffing them.” The big Angora seemed a trifle bored. He had been catalogued as Toots, and one of his nearest neighbors, Bonnie, entered by Mrs Jennie Van Allen, was openly advertised as addicted to the drink habit. Tom and Jerry are caged across the aisle from him, and Master Jags, entered by Mrs. A. E. Ebert, is another of his neighbors.
The wildcat, Bromo Seltzer, was not on exhibition until evening. Lemont, the half-rabbit cat, appeared to be the most sensitive of the exhibits, and carefully concealed his peculiarities from the curious gaze. One of the belles of the beauty show is Lady Angeline, a white Angora who is embowered in a creation of blue. Chiffon, a white Angora entered by Miss Gertrude Estabrooks, with two fluffy kittens, is another of the beauties. McKinley, the fisher cat, born on the day on which the President was nominated, is provided with a tank for his aquarian pastime. Paderewski Jr., entered by Mrs. Nellie S. Keener; Peter Jackson, entered by Mrs. Laura Dainty Pelham; Captain Clark, entered by Mrs. Alfred Thornton; Admiral Sampson, entered by Mrs. Thomas Keener; Miles Standish, entered by Miles Standish; Prince Rudolph, entered by Mrs. Fiela May McDonald, and Two Bitts, entered by Mrs. J. H. Pratt, are among the notables. The attendance was such as to encourage the management. The judging will begin this morning.
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PRIZE CATS RECEIVE AWARDS. Chicago Daily Tribune, December 9, 1898. Judging of Short-Haired Tabbies Commences - Peter Jackson Escapes - One Death at the Show. Entry 838 afforded the interesting feature of the cat show yesterday. Entry 838 is Laura Dainty Pelham's jet black boxing cat, Peter Jackson, and he escaped from his cage and spent the morning touring the armory, while his anxious owner, with the staff of surgeons and the corps of Judges, searched the corners for him. The escaped pugilist was found and returned to his quarters. One death has occurred since the exhibit opened. Petz, a 10 months old Angora, entered by Dr. Franklyn Tower of Milwaukee, died as the result of exposure while making the trip to Chicago.
The Judging, under Farrar Rackham, began yesterday, it being confined to the short-haired cats. The prize winners to whom ribbons and medals were awarded are:
Black female — First prize, Lady, Charles L. Ludlow.
Brown or gray tabby, female — First prize, Bruin, Miss Jeanette Simonton; second prize, Junior. Miss Jeanette Simonton.
Red or red and white tabby, male — First prise, Marmanduke, Miss Susan Fauls.
Red or red and white tabby, female — First prize, Clytie, Mrs. Harrison Roundtree.
Black, male — First prize. Master Jags, A. E. Ebert; second prize, Dewey, Chronicle cat.
Brown or gray striped, male — First prize, Saucy, Miss Jeanette Simonton; second prize, Hopper, Miss Jeanette Simonton.
Brown or gray banded, male — First prize, Beauty, Mrs. Olmstead: second prize, Mic. Mrs. Olmstead; third prize. Ananias, Mrs. John Reddick.
Brown or gray banded male — First prize, Dewey Manila. Mrs. Irving Hamilton; second prize, Dick, John Kalberg; third prize, Miles Standish, Miles Standish.
Brown or gray tabby, female — First prize. Missey, Miss Jeanette Simonton; second prize, Billie, Miss Jeanette Simonton; third prize, Dollit, Miss Jeanette Simonton.
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CAT SHOW A SUCCESS. The Inter Ocean, December 9, 1898. Scores of men, women, and children yesterday visited the First regiment armory, and it was evident that the cat show was, to the public mind at least, a success. Tootsi Willard was again the center of attention, and the pet of the great temperance - reformer maintained his air of sleepy indifference. There was only one incident to mar the second day’s exhibition. Early in the morning, when Laura Dainty Pelham went to the cage assigned to her famous pussy, Peter Jackson, the occupant was missing. For half an hour there was much consternation. Then Peter Jackson was found sharpening his claws on a Spanish flag.
Bromo Seltzer, the tame wildcat owned by George W. Mathison, was exhibited yesterday afternoon for the first time, and a large crowd constantly surrounded his cage. Bromo Seltzer is a vicious-looking feline, but he is nevertheless quite gentle in disposition.
Following is a list of awards:
Brown or Gray Striped (male) Without White — First, Miss Jeannette Sementon's Saucy; second, Miss Sementon’s Hopper.
Brown or Gray Branded (male) — First, Mrs. Olmstead'a Beauty; second, Mrs. Olmstead'a Nlek; third, John Reddick's Ananias.
Brown or Gray Branded [sic] (male) with White — First, Mrs. Irving Hamlin'a Dewey Manila: second, John Kalberg's Dick; third, Miles Standish’s Miles Standish.
Red or Red and White Tabby (male) — First, Miss Susan Faul's Marmaduke. (Female), first, Mrs, Harrison Rountree's Clytie; second, Miss Laura Maher’s Brownie.
Black (male) — First, Mrs. A. E. Ebert's Master Jags; second, Chicago Chronicle's cat, Dewey. (Female), first, Charles L. Ludlow's Lady; second, Mrs. Gaffney's Bean.
Brown and Gray Tabbies (male) — First, Miss Jeanette Sementon's Bruin; second, Mrs. F. Southard's Posy; third. Miss Sementon's Junior. (Female), first, second, and third prizes, Miss Sementon's Mussey, Billee, and Dollit.
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CHARACTERISTIC SCENES AND TABBIES AT THE CHICAGO CAT SHOW. Chicago Daily Tribune, December 10th, 1898. The judging continued at the cat show yesterday and was the chief event of interest to the visitors. A gift of 500 pounds of catnip was received and portioned out to the cats in rations large enough to last a half a year. The prize winners, according to the awards of the day, were:
Long haired white cats, male – First prize, Royal, Mrs. Leland Norton; second prize King Quito, Royal, Mrs. Leland Norton; third prize, Roland, Mrs. Mae Keenan. Feamle – First prize, Sapphire, H.P. Crane; second prize, Rippie, R.F. Murray; third prize, Lady Angelina Mrs O. H. Fleischer.
Long haired white kittens, male and female - First prize, Pet, Mrs Mae Keenan; second prize, Fanchon, Mrs. James G. Hope; third prize, Naggs, Mrs. Mattoon.
Long haired black cats male — First prize, Thomas Harding, Mrs. Thomas Harding.
Short haired white cats male — First prize, Tom, c.B. De Vry; second prize, Bonnie, Miss Jennie Van Allen; third prisa Jerry, C. B. Ds Vry. Female – First prize, Lillian Russell, S.E. Carley; second prize, Nettie, Mrs. M. Koehler; third prize, Bird, C.B. De Vry. Geldings - First prize, Noodles, Miss Alice Cohn.
Blue and silver cats, geldings - First prize Thomas Weiten, John Weiten; second prize, Nippy, H.W. Sale; third prize Tommy, Mrs. Staley.
Red cats, geldings — First prize, Tiger, Mrs. Staley.
Any other color, geldings — First prize, Rose, Mrs. Olmstead; second prize, Tiger, Mrs. R. Russell; third prize Goldie Brown, Mrs. Olmstead.
Today is the last day of the show, the exhibit closing at 10 p.m.
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CHICAGO CAT SHOW CLOSES. Chicago Daily Tribune, December 11, 1898. Awarding of Prizes Completed Yesterday Afternoon — Thomas Harding Voted Most Popular Tabby. Chicago’s first cat show closed last night, and the cats have returned to their kennels and hearthstones. Its success has encouraged the management and the members of the Cat club to state that a cat show will be given annually. The awarding of the prizes was completed in the afternoon. The judging has been watched by curious crowds as one of the features of the show. In the voting for the most popular cat, Thomas Harding, a black Angora, owned by Mrs. Thomas Harding of Evanston, won, with Bromo Seltzer, the tame wildcat, a close second.
The awards of yesterday were:
Black female, long-haired - Flrst prize, Nunna, owned by Mrs. Leland Norton.
Blue or silver female, long-haired — First prize, Cherie: second prize, Trilby, owned by Mrs. May McDonald.
Brown, dark gray, or red tabby, long-haired female — First prize, Mollie, owned by Joseph Blondin.
Long-haired female, any other color - First prize, Princess Furry, owned by Mrs. Porter L. Evans; second prize, Dinah, owned by Mrs M. Parshall.
Long-haired gelded tabby, any color, but with no white — First prize, Muff, owned by Mrs. Georgce Leatherbee.
Long-haired cat, any color — First prize, William, owned by Mrs. M. Parshall; second prize, Fritz, owned by Mrs. George Leatherbee.
Tame wildcat — First prize, Bromo Seltzer, owned by George W. Mathison.
Long-haired gelded cats - First prize, Major McKinley, owned by Mrs. J. A. Vargas: second prize, Munk, owned by A. M. Jennings: third prize, Noble, owned by N.P. Mattoon.
Tailless Manx — First prize, Tailless Manx, owned by Mrs. Warren: second prize, Lady Gray, owned by Mrs. John Irving.
Manx geldings — First prize, Nigger, owned by Mrs. J. Carter.
Pure black short-haired geldings - First prize, Jim, owned by Mrs. Edward Richard; second prize, Diavola, owned by Mrs. H. F. Crawford; third prize, Peter Jackson, owned by Mrs. Laura Dainty Pelham.
Tabby, any color, with or without white — First prize, Two-Bit Bill, owned by Mrs. J. H. Platt: second prize, Jake, owned by Miss Eva Blondin; third prize, Sir Kittery, owned by Miss Anna Gordon.
Blue or silver tabby, female — First prize, Muff, owned by Mrs. Leland Norton.
Silver short-haired male— First prize, Admiral Sampson, owned by Mrs. Thomas Keener.
Any other color, short-haired male — First prize, McKinley, owned by Lawrence Markey; second prize, Whiskers, owned by Mrs. Jennie Butler.
Best two kittens under 2 months - First prize, Mrs. Porter Evans; second prize, Mrs. Leland Norton; third prize. L. Hoerder.
Best kitten under 6 months — Fanchon, owned by Mrs. J. G. Hope.
Blue geldings, short-haired — First prize, Skipper, owned by Mrs. Ella Sheppard; second prize. Maximilian, owned by Mrs. D. B. Escher: third prize, Babe, owned by Mrs. White.
Senor Cristobal, the Spanish cat, was given a gold medal under the class of "the most distinguished foreign cat.”
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CAT SHOW IS ENDED. The Inter Ocean, December 11, 1898. The first annual cat «how ended last night, after four days’ of continued success. The exhibition received the approbation of the public from the start, and the attendance, which was fairly large on the opening night, increased each day. During yesterday afternoon and evening the crowd was of such proportions that a crush was unavoidable and people were obliged to wait their turns is looking at the cats.
The afternoon was devoted to the interests of the school children, and a large number of them showed their appreciation of the exhibition. The special feiture of the day was ths fishing performance of McKinley. He stood on the top of the cage n which the water tank was placed and, with a string to which a fish hook had bee attached, caught several minnows, which he immediately proceeded to eat with a relish. After performing his feat to the delight of the large crowd that watched him, and receiving great applause, he proceeded to seek his pillow, where he went fast asleep, much to the disappolntment of the children, who hoped to see him fish “Just once more.”
Senor Cristobal was awarded the first prize yesterday, and took the honor bestowed upon him calmly and quietly, as though he had a right to it. In the voting-booth contest Thomas Harding still led, with 32 votes to his credit. Bromo Seltzer, who was also given a medal, is second in favor, and had about 20 votes, but the childrea thought that Tommie deserved to win, and so he did. Dr. Fleischauer wss scratched severely on the hand yesterday afternoon, snd he says it was done because the cat which was being judged was angry at receiving only second prize. The wound was not serious, and every precaution was taken to prevent it from later proving so.
Catdom began to break up about 8:30 o'clock last night, and from that time on the inhabitants of tabbyland became fewer and fewer. The work of removing the cats was carried on until it grew too cold to expose the prize animals. Financially, the cat show was a success and the box office receipts showed a small surplus over and above expenses. These results are much better than ths management expected, and it is almost a certainty that an exhibition will be held next year. Probably, however, when the opening of the second annual cat show is announced, the Chicago Cat club will be under new direction. It is said that the officers and members of the club have not fully agreed among themselves about the arrangement and management of the show just ended. It is, therefore, probable that the club will be reorganised in a short time, and that a man will be selected for the president's chair. It is not fully determined as yet, however, what changes will be made to the constitution of the club.
Mr. T. F. Rackham completed the general judging early yesterday afternoon, and the awards which were made are as follows:
Blue or Silver Short Hair (male) — First. Mrs. Thomas Keener's Admiral Sampson.
Any Other Color Short Hair (male) — First, Lawrence Marker's McKinley; second* Mrs. Jennie Butler’s Whiskers.
Best Two Kittens Under Three Months — First, Mrs. Evans; second, Mrs. Norton; third, Mrs. Herder.
Best Kitten Under Six Months — First. Fanchon.
Most Distinguished First Class Foreign Cat — First, Captain Clark’s Senor Cristobal.
For Any Other Colored Short-haired Cat (female) — First. W. S. Scheper's Mike.
Blue Geldings. Short Haired — First, Mrs. Ella F. Sheppard’s Shipper; second. Mrs. D. B. Echer'a Maximilian ; third. Mrs. White's Bate.
Tame Wild Cat – First, George W. Mathison’s Bromo Seltzer.
Long-Haired Geldings — First. Mrs. J. A. Varges’ Major McKinley; second, A. M. Jennings’ Mink; third. N. P. Mattoon’s Noble.
Tailless Manx — First, Mrs. Warren's Tailless Manx; third. Mr. J. Irvine's Lady Gray.
Manx Geldings — First, Mrs. J. Carter's Nigger.
Pure Black Short-Haired Geldings – First, Mrs. Ed Richard's Jim; second, Mrs. H. F. Crawford's Diarola; third. Mrs. Laura Dainty Pelham's Peter Jackson.
Tabby, Any Color, with or Without White - First, Mrs. J. H. Platt’s Two-Bit Bill; second, Eva Blondin's Jake; third, Miss Anne Goodwin's Sir Kitten.
Blue or Silver Tabbys (female) — First, Leland Norton's Muff Long-Haired Gelding Cat (any color) — First. Mrs. Parshall's William; second, Mrs. George Leatherbee's Fritz.
Any Other Color — First, Mrs. P. S. Evan's Silver Dick; second, Mrs. George Gross' George; third, C. R. Plesner’s Tommy Plesner
Black Long-Haired (female) — First, Mrs. Leland Norton's Nunna.
Blue Smoke or Silver Long-Haired Cats — First, Chertie; second, Mary McDonald's Trilby.
Brown, Dark Gray, or Red Tabby Long Haired (female) — First, Mrs. C. S. DeWitt s Bonny; second. Mrs. Harrison Roundtree's Diana; third. R. T. Wolfe's Fluffy.
Blue and Silver Tabby Long Haired (female) — Second, Joseph Blondin's Mollie.
Long-Haired Females Any Other Color — First, Mrs. Porter L. Evan's Princess Furry; second, Mrs. Parshall's Deniah.
Long-Haired Gelded Tabby Any Color — First, Mrs. George Leatherbee's Muff.
The judging of the cats for the special prizes donated by private individuals took place last night. Following is the list of the winners: [was not in this edition!]
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SOME CELEBRATED FELINES EXHIBITED IN THE WINDY CITY. Chicago has a cat club, and this club gave a great cat show on December 7. Many feline celebrities were on exhibition, among them coal-black “Peter Jackson," in a cage with a tiny yellow canary bird, and “Tootsie Willard," the magnificent white giant of catdom. which once belonged to Miss Frances Willard, cuddled down into his nest with several white rats as his com»panions. The famous cat which the crew of the Oregon rescued from the sinking Cristobal Colon and gave to th.air commander, Capt, Clarke, gave the proper touch of patriotism to the exhibition. Among the fluffy white beauties none was more handsome than "Royal," one of the prizes of the Drexel kennels. This particular Angora has a peculiar history. He is the son of "Chiffon," a lovely but coquettish young cat, who refused to attend to her offspring. "Royal" was then put on a diet of blood and wine, which he liked so well that he refused to set his snowy teeth in solid food till he waa nearly six months old, and his fastidious taste has resulted in making him one of the most patrician looking of swell cats. - Detroit Free Press, December 11, 1898.
THE CHICAGO NEWSPAPERS are in a cold sweat. The Chronicle’s cat won a big prize at the cat show, and the other papers fear the Chronicle will get a big increase in circulation on that account. – The Saint Paul Globe, December 12, 1898.
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FELINE WAR PRISONER DIES. Special Dispatch to The Inter Ocean. St Joseph, Dec. 17 . The famous pet cat, Senor Cristobal, taken from the wrecked Spanish cruiser Cristobal Colon off the coast of Santiago, Cuba, July 3, by the crew of tbe Oregon, died at the home of Captain Lloyd Clark last night. The cause of its death is unknown, but it probably contracted a cold while on exhibition in the Chicago cat show of last week, which probably developed into pneumonia, resulting in its death. Unknown to their commander, Captain Charles E. Clark, the crew of tbe Oregon sent the, famous cat to this city, while Captain Charles Clark was, visiting here, with the following card attached to a foreign-looking basket, which contained tbe pet: “Treat me kindly and give me food, aa I am a prisoner of war from the Cristobal Colon being forwarded by my captors, the crew of the Oregon, to their gallant commander. Captain Charlea E. Clark, whose brave efforts forced the Colon to surrender July 3, 1898.” Captain Clark, upon leaving for his Southern trip for his health, gave the much-valued prize to his brother, Captain Lloyd-Clark, who only last Thursday received an engraved medal from the managers of the recent Chicago cat show awarding his pet the credit of being the most noted cat on exhibition.”
SPANISH CAT DEAD. Penton Harbor, Mich., December 17. The famous Spanish cat, Cristobal Colon, taken from the Spanish battleship on July 3 by the crew of the Oregon, died last night at the United States government station at this point. The cat was in the cat show in Chicago and was awarded a soecial medal. It arrived home two days ago and last nlsht it suddenly expired. The cause of its death is not known. Capt. Clark is much grieved over the cat’s death. - Detroit Free Press, December 18, 1898.
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A PARLIAMENT OF CATS. The Saint Paul Globe, December 18, 1898. Some Remarkable Felines Exhibited at the Recent Chicago Cat Show. Even the cat hater must have looked with something more than curiosity upon the parliament of felines recently assembled in Chicago by the Chicago Cat club. If the account of a local paper is to be trusted, it was a thoroughly cosmopolitan gathering, quite representative of catdom. There were cats, kittens, pussies, tabbies, Persian, Manx, American and European, long-haired, short-haired, tailed, tailess, whiskered, white, black, blue, red, brown, yellow, yellow-eyed, green-eyed, blue-eyed, and having other characteristics many and varied.
McKinley, the fisher cat, white, with dainty black mustache and black-tipped tail, was assigned to a compartment at the end of the first row, with a porcelain-lined bowl attachment so that his fishing abilities could be demonstrated. “Toots” Willard, the late Miss Frances E. Willard’s big white Persian, permitted white rats to play about his compartment with impunity. “Toots” was hostess at the first reception held during the show. Mrs. L. M. N. Stevens, Miss Clara Hoffman and Mrs. Minnie B. Horning, officers of the W.C.T.U., came to see him and brought bunches of violets, Miss Willard’s favorite flower.
Senor Cristobal, the Spaniard captured at the time of the destruction of the Cristobal Colon, was confined in a booth apart from the American cats. He is a beautiful Maltese, regularly marked, a Spaniard from tip to tip. He for the most part lay quietly in a corner on a red and yellow blanket, but showed himself a good fellow by getting up and tackling some of the fingers and straws thrust through the interstices of the netting. He lazily regarded the only other animal in the building which has been in Cuba, Cuban “Doc,” the 22-week-old porker, brought back by the hcspital corps of the First regiment from Siboney. “Doc” trudged along with G. F. Castle, one of the hospital men, and squealed his appreciation of the caresses he received when women patted him and said, “Isn't he cute?”
Master Jags probably ranked as the premier trick cat. According to the legend written over his cage he can untie shoes, light and unlight the gas and do sundry other performances, withal being of an amiable disposition. Old Grannie Vixie, 17 years old, is passing a contented old age. She did not seem to care about what was going on, for she slept quietly through a good part of the day. Her progeny, over 100, are scattered the country over, some even being as far West as San Francisco.
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HE MOURNS HIS FELINE. The Inter Ocean, December 20, 1898. F. J. Towers Asks Damages of Cat Club President. Will an Angora tomcat increase in value tenfold in seven months? This knotty question, as well as half a dozen others just as knotty, will he decided by Justice Martin Jan. 18 , when the testimony in a suit brought by Franklin J. Towers against Mrs. Leland Norton is heard. The whole trouble grows out of the cat show held in Chicago a few weeks ago.
Mr. Towers, who resides in Milwaukee, being the possessor of a fine, long-haired feline, entered it in the cat show. The cat's name was Petz, and Petz was generally acknowledged to be as fine a cat as ever watched a mouse. Petz was a house cat. He was utterly opposed to outdoor exercise after nightfall, and while the stray Toms of his neighborhood were dodging bootjacks and making the night hideous with prolonged howls, Petz was sleeping soundly on a silk cushion in a Milwaukee parlor. But Petz’*s downfall came when he was carried into the First regiment armory. Mrs. Norton says that association with nondescript felines and a big Chicago crowd was too much for Petz, and he passed away.
Mr. Towers is not so easily reconciled to Petz’s demise. He was suspicious from the first. He says that when he turned Petz into his cage he noticed that many of the women cat fanciers cast jealous glances at the feline. All this ended, he says, in a conspiracy to kill Petz. The possessors of the less handsome cats, according to Mr. Towers’ theory, slipped a bit of poisoned food Into Petz’s cage. Five minutes later he was making the circle of his den at a record-breaking speed. While ordinarily very obedient, Petz refused to even recognise his master on this occasion, and all Mr. Towers could see through the bars was a streak of white. But Petz’s race came to an end, and so did at least one of his lives. He turned up his white paws and grew cold In spite of all that could be done to bring him back to consciousness.
Mr. Towers turned from the chamber ef death to catch several female cat-owners smiling as though the world had no cares or sorrows, and then and there he became convinced that these women had caused the untimely death of Petz. The body of the deceased feline was carried to the Chicago College of Veterinary Surgeons and Drs. K. A. Higgins snd J. T. Unerrt were engaged to hold a post-mortem examination. This examination, Mr. Towers says, proved beyond all doubts that Petz had been provided with a liberal dose of poison by some of the jealous females. He asks Justice Martin to allow him $165 for the death of the cat. According to an affidavit filed yesterday, Edward Houseman of Milwaukee offered to part with this amount of cash for Petz. Towers has already sttached the box-office receipts of the cat show, and $200 is being held by a constable until the case is decided.
Mrs. Norton alleges that Mr. Towers’ valuation of Petz is too high for any consideration. She says that she sold the feline to Towers in April for $15. Mrs. Norton, while a great fancier of cats, does not believe that Petz could Increase tenfold in value in seven months.
The Chicago Cat club, without capital, was incorporated at Springfield yesterday by Mr. Norton, Jennie Van Allen, and Gertrude Estabrooke. The purpose of the club is to promote the breeding of good cats. Alley prowlers and midnight singers are not to be fostered by the new club. Only the Angoras and fancy-haired animals may expect to meet with any consideration.
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CAT SHOW. The Raleigh Times, December 27, 1898. Litigation has followed the Cat Show which amused the people of Chicago a week or so ago. As a result of that exhibition, an aristocratic tabby, Petz by name, now in the eold embrace of death, and they say that nightly his spirit walks the housetops of Milwaukee and cries for revenge. Petz was so genteel and stunning in his appearance that some envious enemy, fearing his popularity, administered to the unsupecting innocent a dose of poison. At first it was thought death resulted from natural causes, but murder will out, especially when surgeons and veterinarins make an analysis of one’s stomach and find poison therein. Such was theoutcome of the demise of the lamented Petz.
Dr Franklin Tower of Milwaukee, the former owner of the deceased grimalkin, is deeply chagrined at his loss, and sues the Ladies of the Cat Show for $200. When the case recently came up in a Chicago magistrate’s court, the plaintiff submitted through his attorney, and affidavit in which he asks that the deposition of certain Milwaukee citizens be taken as to the value of the cat, its fine special standing, etc. It is hardly probable, however, that Drt. Tower’s near neighbors will be asked to give their opinion of the deceased. The litigition has created quite a tempest in a tea-pot, and the women connected with the Cat Show are very mad about it. (Richmond Dispatch)
The case of Fr. Franklyn J. Tower of Milwaukee against the Chicago Cat club, in justice Martin’s court, was continued until Saturday afternoon on account of the illness of Dr. Tower. The plaintiff in the case asks for $165 damages because his Angora cat “Petz” died in convulsions shortly after having been received at the First Regiment Armory at the opening of the cat show. He claims the animal was poisoned. Immediately after the death of Petz, Dr. Tower attached the box office receipts of the show, and $200 is held by a constable pending the result of his suit. Dr. Tower has filed an affidavit with Justice Martin, setting forth that Edward Housman of Milwaukee had offered $165 for the cat. Mrs. Leland Norton, President of the Cat club says she sold Petz to Dr. Tower last April for $15.- Chicago Daily Tribune, January 19, 1899
The cat case is settled. Dr. Tower has taken $10 for the loss of Petz, which he claimed was poisoned at the cat show. Mrs. Norton and her colleagues cheerfully agreed to pay that sum as a compromise and everybody is happy. Dr. Tower sued the management of the cat show for $200, and the trial has been a strong social attraction in Justice Martin’s court. There have been several continuances, but the case has always drawn a crowd of women. Justice Martin said it must be settled yesterday one way or the other, and the crowd was bigger than ever. When the case was called, Dr. Towever’s attorney told Justice Martin that his client had come to an agreement with the defense, who promised to pay $10. The defendant’s attorney confirmed this, and judgment for $10 and costs was entered. - The Inter Ocean, January 22, 1899
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The following officers of the Chicago cat show were elected at a special meeting held at the studio of Miss Gertrude Estabrooks in tha Athenaeum yesterday: President, Mrs Leland Norton; Vice President Miss Gertrude Estabrooks; Recording Secretary, Miss Jennie Van Allan; Corresponding Secretary, Mrs. Laura Dainty Pelham; Treasurer, Mrs. Ella F. Shepard. – Chicago Daily Tribune, December 29, 1898
1899 CHICAGO CAT SHOW.
POULTRY AND PET STOCK SHOW. Annual Exhibition to Be Given at Tattersall’s Jan. 10 to 14 – Officers and Judges. The Chicago annual poultry and pet stock show will be given at Tattersall’s Jan 10 to 14, under the management of the Illinois State Poultry Pigeon, and Pet Stock association and the National Fanciers’ association of Chicago. The cat department will be benched on the second floor, and many prize winners at the recent cat show will again be on exhibition. The cats will not be entered until Thursday, Jan. 12. Mrs. Leland Norton will act as judge. The officers of the Fanciers’ association are: President – Fred L. Kinney, Vice President – D.O. Barto, Secretary – L.H. Fuller, Treasurer – Frank B. White, Superintendent – Dr. A.D. Lowell. – Chicago Daily Tribune, January 6, 1899
PET STOCK SHOW OPENS. The first joint show of the Illinois State Poultry, Pigeon, and Pet Stock association and the National Fanciers’ Association of Chicago, which opened yesterday at Tattersall’s, in comparison with the cat Show recently held at the First Regiment Armory, bears out the contention of the cat fanciers that a cat function la the most polite of pet stock gatherings. [. . .] Mrs. Leland Norton, President of the Chicago Cat club, will Judge the cat show department of the exhibit. - Chicago Daily Tribune, January 10, 1899
THE CATS ARE NOW ON EXHIBITION; some, however, having to be withdrawn because their nerves could not stand the noise made by the roosters. Those that make up their minds to bear the ordeal are making themselves as comfortable as possible, under the circumstances. Thomas Rank, from Waupun, Wis., was the first cat to enter, and, inasmuch as Flossie Rank was the first to appear at the cat show in the Armory, that should settle the question of the punctuality in the Rank family - The Inter Ocean, January 13, 1899
CAT SHOW STORIES. One of the principal attractions at the show given by the Cat Club in Chicago, early in December, was the "tame wildcat," an animal that had been caught in the forests of Minnesota or Wisconsin when a little kitten, and having fallen into good hands had grown up to be a gentle, affectionate creature, fond of being petted, and giving no evidence of its original wildness except in its pointed ears and its size, which was that of about four ordinary cats. An interested visitor, after having reached a finger through the wires of the wildcat's cage and stroked the animal's forehead, strolled along and presently repeated the performance at the cage of a particularly handsome Angora, receiving a savage scratch as he did so. “Wow! ow he exclaimed, wrapping his hand- kerchief hastily around the torn finger. A tame wild cat isn't half so dangerous as a wild tame cat." - > South Wales Echo, 2nd May 1899
CHICAGO’S SECOND ANNUAL CAT SHOW will be given by Chicago’s Cat Club No. 2. The Beresford Vat Club, of which Mrs. Clinton Locke is President, will fill the gap left by the determination of the Chicago Cat Club not to give a show. The Chicago Cat Club, of which Mrs. Leland Norton is President, found that its plans for a combined cavy, toy dog, and cat show would be too large for any building which Chicago could place at its disposal, and determined to wait until Chicago could get a coliseum large enough for its display. A cutting of the plans to fit the buildings which Chicago could offer was not considered and the club gave an afternoon tea instead of a show. The Beresford Club will give its show in connection with the exhibit of the National Fanciers’ Association at Tattersall’s on Jan 24, 25 and 26 . - Chicago Daily Tribune, December 24, 1899
1900 CHICAGO CAT SHOW.
PET FOWL AND CATS WILL BE EXHIBITED AT TATTERSALL’S NEXT WEEK – The Inter Ocean, January 14, 1900
The fourth annual Chicago show of poultry, pet stock, pigeons, and cats will be given at Tattersall's Jan. 22 to 27, under the management of the National Fancier’s association. Competition is open to the world, and […] the exhibition promises to be the largest ever seen in the West.
The Beresford Cat club will exhibit three days – Jan. 24, 25 and 26 - in connection with the Fanciers’ association. This part of the show, it is expected, will prove an especial attraction to society — particularly to women – the club membership being composed largely of fashionable women in Chicago and other places. This will be the club’s first show since its organization a year ago. The founder is Lady Marcus Beresford of England, who started the club which bears her name two years ago and of which this club is the American branch. The standard of the club is the highest grade of blooded animals procurable, all the cats owned by members being either imported stock or the progeny of imported stock.
The list of exhibitors includes lovers of cats in almost every state in the union from Maine to California, and among the entries are animals of great beauty and rare pedigree, bred or imported at great cost to the owners. There will be wonderful Angora, Persian, Australian, Siamese, Abyssinian, and Manx cats; long-haired, short-haired cats with every color of eyes and hair, and cats with no hair, Manx cats with long, white fur and blue eyes, and many curiosities that have never before been seen in this part of the world. There will be many odd specimens of cat nature. One pussy will be exhibited with a brood of young chickens as the “poultry man’s best cat.”
It is estimated that the exhibition will contain nearly 200 varieties, and prizes have been offered as follows: Seventy-six prizes in money, 228 in ribbon, bearing an inscription of commendation, high commendation, and very high commendation; and 118 special prizes of silver cups, glass, and other articles of value. These have been contributed by prominent society people, members of the Mascoutah Kennel club, and business men.
The officers of the club are: President. Mrs. Clinton Locke; vice president. Mrs. W.
Colburn; second vice president. Mrs. F. A. Howe: corresponding secretary, Mrs. Chauncey F. Smith; recording secretary, Miss Lucy Claire Johnstone: treasurer, Mrs. Charles Hampton Lane; directors, Mrs. Wm. Penn Nixon, Mrs. Mattie Fisk Greene, Mrs. Edward Tolman, Mrs. J. H. Pratt, Mrs. Walter Scott Hull, and Mrs. Locke.
PET-STOCK SHOW ON JAN. 22  – The Inter Ocean, Jan 19, 1900
A long list of prizes, badges, medals, and a variety of beautiful articles in silver, cut glass, and furniture are offered for the cats and kittens which will be exhibited by the Beresford Cat club nest Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday. One hundred and fifty entries have been received, and preparations for the show are proceeding rapidly. Five large pens are being built, five feet from the ground, each to be provided with a wide shelf furnished with cushions. Curtains of while silkoline and violet cushion covers ornament the interiors, and each pen is securely padlocked.
In addition to the restaurant of the Fanciers association a tearoom on the second floor of the building will be provided by the Cat club and will be open to the public. The show will be open from 9 o'clock in the morning until 10 o’clock at night, and children will be admitted for 25 cents. Mrs. Clinton Locke Is manager of the cat department, Frederick L Kinney Is secretary, and F. B. F. Rhodes is superintendent of the entire exhibition.
FANCY CATS ON SHOW – The Inter Ocean, Jan 21, 1900
If the plans of the promoters are carried out the exhibition of cats to be made this week at Tattersall’s by the Beresford Cat club will be the largest and most notable cat show ever given in America. The exhibit is to be the first offered by the Beresford club, and will be one of the features of the fourth annual show of the National Fanciers' association which is to open next Monday and continues the rest of the week.
For the five days of the show Tattersall’s will resound with the “cackle,” the “gobble,’ and the “quack” of poultry, and during the last three days will be added the “mewing’- and “purring” of the felines. The fanciers’ association offers premiums for poultry, pigeons, and other pet live stock. But the cats, as society’s favorites, are expected to have the lion’s share of attention.
Competition is open to the world in all classes, and feline pets, of the rare strains and with yards of pedigree, are promised from all parts of the East and West. The judges will be Farrar Rackham of Orange. N. J., said to be the finest judge of cats in the country, and Miss Hurlburt of Staten Island, Judge of the New York Cat show. The Beresford Cat club was recently organised, but not by Lady Marcus Beresford of England, as has been incorrectly represented to some extent in this city. It was named after Lady Beresford in recognition of her fondness for cats, and for her interest in selecting the finest breeds. The officers of the society are:
President — Mrs. Clinton Locke. Vice President — Mrs. W. E. Colburn. Second Vice President — Mrs. F. A. Howe. Corresponding Secretary — Mrs. Chauncey Smith. Recording Secretary — Miss Lucy Claire Johnstone. Treasurer — Mrs. Charles Hampton Lane. Directors — Mrs. Wm. Penn Nixon, Mrs. Mattie Fisk Greene, Mrs. Edward Tolman, Mrs. J. H. Pratt, Mrs. Walter Scott Hull. Mrs. Clinton Locke.
Several feline champions have already arrived. Walnut Ridge farms, Massachusetts, sends a wonderful $5,000 cat — King Royal III. Mrs. Locke's Black Bird, the winner of two prizes in England, will be a distinguished entry. Among the others will be: Miss Lucy Johnstone’s Cherrie, winner of first prize at the last cat show; Sappho, from H. P. Crane, Geneva. Wis.; St. Tudno, a black champion, the winner of three prizes in England; Mrs. Mattie Fisk Greene’s Black Sappho, Blue Boy, Bumble Bee; a blue cat named Rascal from Miss Nichols of Waterbury, Conn., winner of the first prize at the Danbury show. Eleven cats are sent from Lincoln park, Chicago, and C. H. Jones, a prominent resident of Palmyra. N. Y., comes to the show with eight brown tabbies.
In addition to the restaurant on the first floor of Tattersall’s, a tearoom has been arranged upstairs, where refreshments, luncheon, and supper will be served.
CATS DRAW A CROWD - The Inter Ocean, January 25, 1900
The cat feature of the pet stock show at Tattersall's was added yesterday afternoon, when 160 cats and kittens were put on exhibition by the Beresford Cat club. The show is now by far the best pet stock show ever held in the city, and the list of entries reaches the thousands. All of the floor space of the large arena is utilized for the cages. The attendance, which had been good before, was much increased last night by the presence of the cats.
Three aisles in the northeast corner of the building are used by the Beresford club, and the fine specimens of cats attract the women and children in unusually large numbers. One of the prettiest groups is composed of a white Angora with her three bits of kittens that have not yet opened their eyes.
The exhibit brought by Mrs. Fred Everett Smith from her kennels at Swampscott, a suburb of Boston, is to be kept in Chicago, as the owner is to move the kennels to this city in the spring. One of her pets is named after his birthplace, Swampscott. He is a pure white Persian, a year and a half old, with amber eyes. Treasure is another one, a brown tabby with a fine coat, and sired by King Max, a famous prize winner.
Silver King is a "silver-coated" kitten 6 months old. Sentimental Tommy is a year-old Persian, jet black in coat. None of these ever has been on exhibition before. Duchess is a 4-year-old blue Angora from Buffalo, N. Y. owned by Mrs. Eleanor Fisher, who also owns Billy McLain, a fine kitten of Duchess'. Billy was sired by Royal, one of Mrs. Leland Norton's prize cats.
AWARDS PRIZES FOR CATS – Chicago Daily Tribune, January 26, 1900
The awarding of prizes at the Beresford Cat club’s show at Tattersall’s was begun early yesterday morning, all the animals billed for competition having arrived and been properly caged the night before. The attendance increased perceptibly during the day, the street in front of the entrance being crowded with carriages. Before noon it was estimated that the visitors numbered more than the entity attendance of the day before.
The work of the judge, Miss E. N. Hurlbut of Staten Island, N.Y. was considerably hampered by the crowd, interest in the cats on exhibition running high, and large numbers following the judge and her attendants from cage to cage. The prizes were all awarded, however.
Following la a list of the winners:
Class 4; black, female — First prize: Black Sappho, Mrs Mattie F. Green.
Class 17; gray tabby, male, — Third prize: Don Juan, Miss Jeannette Simonton.
Class 18; gray tabby, female — First prize: Lady Grey, Mrs. J. R. Gorr.
Class 19 — First prize: Judge, Miss Jeannette Simonton. Second prize: Saucy, Miss Jeannette Simonton.
Class 20: brown tabby, female — First prize: Junior, Miss Jeannette Simonton; Second prize: Bruin, Miss Jeannette Simonton.
Class 27: Siamese, male - First prize: Siam: Mrs. Clinton Locke.
Class 29: black and white Manx, gelded – First prize: No name: Mrs Joetta Carter.
Class 33: White, male — First: True Blue, Mrs. Josiah Cratty; Second prize: Lord Gwynne, Mrs. Clinton Locke; Third prize: Captain Gridley, Mrs Kate Jones; High mention: White Prince; Mrs. Blanche P. Robinson.
Class 34: white, female — First prize: Sapphire: Mr H. P. Crane. Second prize: Mendel la; Mrs. Clinton Locke
Class 36; black, male — First prize: St. Tudno, Mrs. Clinton Locke.
Unclassified — First prize: Livery stable cat, N. N. Chapin.
Class 1: white, male — First prize: Pat, Lincoln Park Commissioners; Second prize: Snowball, Lincoln Park Commissioners.
Class 2; white, female – High mention: Prinecess, Miss Martha Coats.
Class 37; blue, male — First prize: The Beadle, Mrs. Clinton Locke; Second prize: Bumblebee, Mrs. Mattie Green.
Class 38: blue, female — Second prize: Vasti, Mrs S. K. Cross; High mention: Feathers, Mrs. George T. Odell.
Class 39: orange, male — Second prize: Gordon McLain, Miss Lucy C. Johnston; High mention: Gold Nugget, William E. Rank.
Class 41; orange and white, male — First prize: Plato, Mrs. William F. Thompson; Second prize: Dixie M. King; Mrs. Grace G. King.
Class 42; orange and white, female — First prize: Dimple, Mrs. C.A. Story; Second prize: Queenie, Mrs. Fleta May Macdonald.
Class 43: buff and white male — First prize: Silver Dick, Mrs Porter L. Evans; Second prize: Dale, Mrs Hallie Stratton.
Class 47; chinchilla, male - First prize: Smerdis, Mrs. Clinton Locke.
Class 48; chinchilla female — First prize: Lady Argent, Mrs. Clinton Locke; Second prize: Zephyr, Mrs. W. E. Colburn.
Class 49: smoke, male — First prize: Lord Argent, Mrs. Clinton Locke.
Class 50: smoke, female — First prize: Lucy Claire, Mrs. Clinton Locke; Second prize: Dusky, Mrs. J H Pratt; Highly commended: Lady Maud Jennings, Mrs Dr. A. H Baker.
Class 51: First prize: Teddy, Mrs. F. J. Stutesman.
Class 52: blue and white, female — First prize: Muffie, Mrs. E H. Tolman; Second Prize: Friskarina, Mrs William M Chapman.
Class 54; tortoise shell, female — First prize: Cinderella, Mrs Blanche P Robinson.
Class 58; tawney, female — First prize: Kittie Blue, Mrs M. A. Talon. Second prize: Elta, Miss Emma Austin.
Class 59; silver tabby, male — First prize: Silver King, Mrs. F. E. Smith; Second prize: No name: Mrs F. W Goudy.
Class 63: brown tabby, male — First prize: Crystal, Mr. C. H Jones; Second prize: No name; Mrs. C A. White.
Class 64: brown tabby, female — First prize: Mignon Dunain, Mies Lucy C. Johnston; Second prize: Treasure, Mrs. F. E. Smith.
Other Attractive Cats: Mr. C. H. Jones' trick cat, Goozie, valued at $250 came in for high mention. Mrs. Alfred A. Thornton's boxing cat, which won first prize and medal last year, was the center of attraction during the day. Mr. H. P. Crane’s Tatters, a cat with one blue and one orange eye, attracted considerable attention.
GIFTS FOR HIGH BRED CATS - Chicago Daily Tribune, January 27, 1900
Special prises, and many of much intrinsic value, were awarded to cats, pigeons and poultry at Tattersall’s yesterday, and the day, fraught with trials and tribulations for the judges, was one of smiles and joy to winning owners. Miss E. N. Hurlbut, judge of the display of the Beresford Cat club, had the hardest task of any of the judges. She was assisted by Mrs. Charles S. De Witt and had 184 cats to judge and prizes to award.
In the cat show the association prize of a five-light silver candelabra for the best cat belonging to a member of the Beresford Cat club was awarded to Lady Claire, belonging to Mrs. Clinton Locke. The association prize, for second best cat belonging to a member of the same club was awarded to Smerdis, belonging to Mrs. Clinton Locke. His prize was a one-light silver candlestick. The association prize of a silver candlestick for the best display of cats belonging to a member of the Beresford Cat club was awarded to Mrs. Clinton Locke.
Other cats awarded prizes were: Mrs. Clinton Locke's Lord Gwynne, St. Tudno, Beadle, Mendella, Lord Argent, and Smerdis; Mrs. Alfred Thornton’s Tootsie; C. H. Jones’ Groozie; Mrs. Mattie E. Green’s Bumblebee; C. H. Jones’ Crystal, and William E. Rank’s Gold Nugget.
The prizes won consisted of a pitcher, donated by Mrs. Benjamin Taylor; a loving cup, from C. D. Peacock; tobacco jar, from William E. Rank; silver butter knives, from Mrs. Chauncey F. Smith; a hand-painted stein, from Mrs. William Neary; and medals, needlework, sofa pillows, cut glass, toilet articles, etc.
Announcement is made that the exhibit of the Beresford Cat club, which was to have closed last night, will remain open until tonight at 10 o’clock.
1901 CHICAGO CAT SHOW.
ARRANGEMENTS FOR THE  SHOW – Chicago Daily Tribune, October 28, 1900
Arrangements for the annual cat show have been completed, and it will be held in January, at the new Coliseum, in conjunction with the National Fanciers’ association. The manager is to Mr. Barker of Albany. N.Y. He is also to be one of the judges. Mr. Barker is a noted authority on cats, both in this country and England where he has been judge at many celebrated cat shows. Miss Hurlburt of New York will act again this year as one of the judges; also Mrs. McCloud of Marysville, O. It is expected that the cat show this year will be finer than any previous ones given in this country. Mrs. Clinton Locke, President of the club, presided at the meeting. The report of the Treasurer showed a surplus in its treasury, with no indebtedness. A luncheon was served to the members of the club at the close of the meeting. A stud book has been published this year, which is the pride of the club, it being the only book of the kind ever published in America.
ACTIVE PREPARATIONS ARE BEING MADE FOR THE ANNUAL CAT SHOW next January , which will be held in conjunction with the national fanciers' association, at the Coliseum. Mr. Barker of Albany. N.Y., a noted authority on cats both in this country and England, is to have full charge and management of the show, and is also to be one of its judges. The eat show of 1901 bids fair to excel all others heretofore given in America. At the next monthly meeting of the club, held the last Saturday in November, C. A. White will read a paper on “The Diseases of Cats; Their Treatment and Cure.” - The Inter-Ocean, October 28, 1900
A CAT SHOW will be held in Chicago in January  at the new Coliseum in conjunction with the National Fanciers' association. It is expected to be the finest cat show ever held in this country. Mrs. Theodore Thomas, Mrs. Ballington Booth, Julia Marlowe, are members of the Beresford Cat club, of Chicago, and take a great interest in the work. - The Saint Paul Globe – November 6, 1900
CHICAGO CAT CLUB MEETING. The Cat club held a meeting: yesterday afternoon at the offices of the Humane society to complete arrangements for the cat show, to be given at the Coliseum on Jan. 21 to 26 . Mrs. Clinton Locke, President of the club, says the entries being arranged for make it certain that this will be the largest cat show ever given in the country. The show will include an exhibit of poultry, pigeons, Belgian hares, cavies, and other pet stock. Arrangements were made yesterday to have cats belonging to members of the club in distant parts of the country exhibited at shows near home and medals awarded there. The club will send medals for this purpose to the Philadelphia and Boston shows. - Chicago Daily Tribune, November 25, 1900
POULTRY, PIGEON, CAT AND DOG SHOW. Chicago, Dec. 8. — Arrangements were completed today for the annual poultry, pigeon, cat and dog show to be given under the joint auspices of the National Fanciers’ Association, the Chicago Pet Dog Club, and the Boisford [Beresford] Cat Club, Jan. 21 to 26 inclusive. More than $15,000 in cash prizes in addition to many valuable specials will be given for the exhibit which will be held at the Coliseum. Many foreign exhibits are promised besides the entries from all parts of the United States. – The Times Picayune, December 9, 1900
CHICAGO’S BIG CAT SHOW – various, Jan 2nd, 1901 - The National Fancier’s Association, the Chicago Pet Dog club and the Beresford Cat club opened the largest exhibition they have ever held in the Coliseum today. It will continue until January 26. The prizes amount to $15,000 in cash. Some of the finest animals in the country are here, besides many foreign exhibits.
NATIONAL FANCIERS’ EXHIBITION – Daily Capital Journal, January 21st, 1901
Chicago - The Beresford Cat Club began its second annual exhibition of cats of high degree today in the new Coliseum, in connection with the National Fanciers' Association Exhibition. The exhibition continues until the 26th, and draws a large crowd. The show of poultry, pigeons, Belgian hares and pet stock is very fine. The cat show has brought together as fine a collection of tabbies of high and low degree as was ever seen on this continent. The Beresford Club has members all over the country and also in Canada. There are here Angoras, Persians, Abyssinian, Australian, Siamese, Rus¬sian, Manx, Mexican, indeed all varieties. The most noted cats in the country are here.
AT THE PET SHOW – Fort Wayne Daily news, January 25th, 1901
Mayor Scherer Attending the Chicago Dog and Cat Show To-day. Yesterday afternoon, Mayor Scherer went to Chicago to attend the annual pet show. He is a great admirer of dogs and cats and pet owls. He will return some time tomorrow.
TWO TAILED ANIMAL TURNS OUT TO BE A FAKE - The Inter Ocean (Chicago, Illinois), Fri, Jan 25, 1901
Cats and dogs still have the call at the poultry and pet-stock show at the Coliseum. The former animals seem to lead in the race for popularity because of the diversity of their accomplishments. Boxing cats, trick Persian cats, cats whose eyes are different in color, and fake cats are Included among the main features of the show. The latest thing In the cat line was sprung yesterday by E. N. Barker of Albany. N. Y., the best authority on cats in America. He has been experimenting in the mating of cats and announced at the meeting of the Cat association that the mating of two white cats would produce offspring red or blue in color. Naturally the statement created a great sensation, and the next cat exhibit in Chicago is expected to rival the chrysanthemum show in the variety of its colors.
Mrs. A. A. Thornton's boxing cats wen not stopped by the police yesterday and made one of the chief drawing cards. Tootsey, Muggins, and Tommy are the name: of the prize-fighting cats, and all are prize winners In the cat competitions as well as in the arena. Another cat that drew attention was a Cuban specimen owned by John Weaver of Detroit. The hair next to the skin is white, but on the surface the cat appears jet black. When judges came to examine the alleged two-tailed cat yesterday they found that they had been swindled. The owner. Mrs. Kate Hyne, was very solicitous lest one of the judges pull the animal’s extra appendage claiming that such an operation would disturb its medulla oblongata and kill the feline. By mistake one of the women judging the event pulled the wrong tall, and was horrified to find It remained in her hand. There was consternation among the judges, but a close examination revealed a liberal application of glue on the cat’s back. The owner and cat were disqualified from further competition.
1902 CHICAGO CAT SHOW.
CATS OF PROUD LINEAGE SOON TO TAKE POSSESSION OF COLISEUM – Chicago Daily Tribune, January 13, 1902
The cats are coming to town. For three days, beginning Wednesday, Jan. 22, the finest of the feline tribe will be "at home” in the Coliseum, and, unless all prophets go amiss, many will be the admiring humans who will visit the big Wabash avenue structure to worship the assembled pets. It will be the annual exhibit of the Beresford Cat club, but to the cats will not fall all the honors. The Cat club has joined hands with the National Fanciers and Breeders' association, and the two organisations will unite in a display of pet stock that is expected to surpass any similar exhibit ever shown in the West — or anywhere for that matter. Besides the cats there will be present their traditional enemies, the dogs, as well as pigeons and other poultry of proud ancestry.
The show proper begins on Monday, Jan. 20, and closes on Saturday. Jan. 25. The dogs and cats, however, will not be exhibited until on Wednesday. Jan. 22. This is because the high-bred animals are too sensitive and nervous to bear the strain of longer confinement and exciting surroundings. The cat awards and judging will take place on the opening day of the cat show, and other and similar events will be scattered throughout the week of the exhibition. Many prizes are listed for all departments. Those offered for cat exhibiters including a spinning wheel over 100 years old, silver cups and medals, cat books and pictures, and bronze figures.
Most of the famous cats and cat owners of Chicago will be represented at the exhibition. Mrs Clinton Locke, President- founder of the Beresford Cat club; Mrs. C. E. S. Blinn, Miss R. W. Robinson, Dr. C. A. White, Mrs. Josiah Cratty, Mrs. W. E. Colburn. Mrs. Lane, Miss Johnstone, Mrs. Fred Everett Smith, and Mrs. Willie Schurman are prominently mentioned in connection with the cat show. The Beresford club is a national organisation and the largest cat club in existence. Some fine new imported cats will be exhibited, Mrs. Clinton Locke showing a blue-eyed white of sound hearing - a rare combination.
“BLACK THORN,” IMPORTED FROM ANGORA TO BE EXHIBITED AT COLISEUM CAT SHOW – Chicago Daily Tribune, January 18th, 1902
Among the exhibits of the cat show which opens at the Coliseum next week will be Black Thorn and five little friends who have a history. Born in Angora, they journeyed over 300 miles across the desert on the backs of a caravan of camels to Aleppo, the emporium of Asia Minor. Then, by sea and land, they came to Mrs. Warren Eames Colburn of 7306 Bond avenue, Windsor Park. They are the only cats in this country imported direct from Angora. Black Thorn weighs fourteen pounds, and his great head rests in an enormous frill of fluffy fur of unusual length. Among the other members of Black Thorn's family is a fine tortoise shell and white queen with great splotches of red and black; also four blue-eyed white kings and queens. Mrs. Colburn also imported five cats from the most celebrated strains in England, making eleven in all, which is the largest importation ever received in Chicago.
PRIZE CATS AT PET STOCK SHOW – The Inter Ocean, January 23rd, 1902
Cats and dogs of all kinds were placed on exhibition at the pet stock show at the Coliseum yesterday. - Cherry, a catamount, belonging to Miss Jessie Van Nest of Tiffin, Ohio, arrived at the big building in the morning and as soon as an attempt was made to remove him from his traveling cage he proceeded to forget his manners. Fatigued by his long journey Cherry was in no mood for being petted and pushed about, and he clawed, scratched, and bit until he had injured several women. A Rocky mountain tiger-cat, owned by John Armstrong of Lansing, Mich., was another arrival. This animal is as peaceable as a fireside tabby and he seemed to thoroughly enjoy the attention that was lavished upon him. Prince of Orange, owned by Mrs. J. S. McKenzie of Chicago, was one of the leading attractions at the show. The Prince smacks his lips and bestows kisses upon his admirers with the utmost enthusiasm. Some of the other interesting exhibits are Argent Ruffles, a handsome Angora cat, owned by Mrs. C. E. S. Blum of Elgin: a cat with twenty-four toes which is owned by Alfred Wilson; cats that eat peanuts and popcorn and live happily with four rats, and Siamese and Manx cats. Among the dogs there are Great Danes, St. Bernards, hunting dogs, and toy dogs.
DETROIT OWNER WINS PRIZES – Chicago Daily Tribune, January 26th, 1902
Shows Best Shorthead [Short-haired] Cats at the Pet Stock Show — Takes Three Special Award
A. H. Zenner of Detroit was awarded three prizes and three specials in the cat department of the Pet Stock show last night. The awards were for the best shorthead [short-haired] cats. The Beresford Cat club special and the Lady Marcus Beresford special were among those awarded to Mr. Zenner.
TALES BY THE RAMBLER – The Hartford Republican, February 14, 1902
Chicago. - At the cat show Mrs. Cratty was among the prominent exhibitors. In the cages that were assigned to her for her pets was the one numbered 13.
“I would make them change that number if I were you," suggested a sympathetic friend. "It’s dreadfully unlucky, you know."
"Yea, it is,” returned Mrs. Cratty, "but not the way you look at it. Unfortunately the cat which has been assigned to that cage does not belong to me; I am simply exhibiting it for a friend. My regret is that one of my own cats did not draw that cage."
CAT CLUB MAKES SHOW PLANS - The Inter Ocean, October 26, 1902
Members of the Beresford Cat Club of America held their semiannual meeting yesterday in their rooms on Wabash avenue to prepare for the annual cat show to be held in the upper hall of the new Coliseum Dec. 18 and 19. The show will be exclusively of cats, poultry and pet stock being excluded this year. It will be the first of its kind ever held in the United States. Some years ago a private cat show was given in Chicago by an individual, and recently college girls gave one in Rochester, N. Y., but never before has a club attempted anything of the kind. A. J. Bourland and Mr. Vidal, two English experts, will act as judges at the coming show. Four fine challenge cups are offered as special prizes, in addition to a long list of smaller trophies. The Beresford cat club counts among its members residents of many states. Miss Julia Marlowe is an enthusiastic member, and is the owner of some valuable cats. Mrs. Fiske, Mrs. Estelle Ward, and Mrs. Ballington Booth also are members. In addition quite a number of men are enrolled on the membership list.
PREPARES FOR CAT SHOW - Chicago Daily Tribune, October 26, 1902
The Beresford Cat club completed arrangements for its coming show at the semi-annual meeting yesterday. The show, which will be given at the Coliseum, Dec. 17 to 19, will be open both to long and short haired cats. A. J. Bourland and Mr. Vidal of Canada will be the judges. Four fine challenge cups will be given; also many smaller ones as specials.
CHICAGO CAT CLUB – The Pittsburgh Press, October 30, 1902
The Chicago Cat Club has arranged for its annual show at the Coliseum December 17, 18 and 19. Nearly 1,000 entries from all parts of America are expected, and many of them have already been made in advance of the general announcement which will be circulated among the cat fanciers of the country within a few days. Final plans for the enterprise were made at a meeting of a special committee of the club last Tuesday night. There have been several cat shows in Chicago, but nearly all the exhibits have been local. The success of the past events was so great that a cat show of national scope is undertaken with encouragement by the managers, who declare that the largest number of prize cats ever brought together on this continent, or in the world, for that matter, will be on exhibition at the coming display.
CAT ADMIRERS PLAN SHOW - The Inter Ocean, November 23, 1902
“Everybody who is anybody” loves cats according to the firm belief of the members of the Beresford Cat club of Chicago. And these members confidently expect that “everybody who is anybody" will attend the annual cat show of this organisation to be given in the hall above the new Coliseum annex, Dec 17, 18, and 19. This will be the first exhibition given by the Beresford Cat club on its own responsibility and under its own auspices, but the promoters promise a fine show in every respect. Every kind of cat, from Manx to Siamese, and from blue-blooded Persian and Angora aristocrats to plain tabbies of the stray or alley variety will be on exhibition. For all of them there will be prizes galore.
The list of prize-givers is especially distinguished for the names prominent in Chicago society that throng its columns. Mrs. George M. Pullman, Mrs. P. A. Valentine, Mrs. E. R. Du Mont, Mrs. J. Ogden Armour, Mrs. Frank Lowden, and Mrs. Clinton Locks will give prizes. Mrs. Minnie Maddern Fiske will give one also.
MANY PRIZES AT CAT SHOW - Chicago daily Tribune, November 23, 1902
Strays of the Alley as Well as Thoroughbreds to Be Exhibited at Coliseum Annex.
The Beresford Cat club will give its first independent show on Dec. 17, 18, and 19. In the hall over the Coliseum annex., Lady Marcus Beresford of England, for whom the Chicago organization was named, has sent two medals, one each for the best varieties of long and short haired domestic cats exhibited. W. J. Jefferson of Chicago will give a cash prize to the Chicago boy or girl exhibiting the best specimen of a glorified stray or alley cat, and this kind of cat will receive special attention in other ways.
Mrs. George M. Pullman, Mrs. Frank O. Lowden, Mrs. P. A. Valentine, Mrs. J. Ogden Armour, Mrs. Clinton Locke, and Mrs. Fiske are among those who will give prizes. Twenty-two silver cups will be offered to contestants, twelve of them being challenge cups, which can only become the actual property of the contestants by being won three times.
At the pet stock show to be given by the National Fanciers and Breeders’ association next January, Chicago owners of fine cats will be offered a second opportunity to compete for these prizes, as many of the Beresford club members will again exhibit.
BERESFORD CAT CLUB SHOW - The Inter Ocean, November 30, 1902
Beresford Cat Club show - this show, which will take place on Dec. 17, 18, and 19, is to be given in the hall above the new Coliseum Annex. Already entries have been made from many other states and cities, and the prizes, medals, and other emoluments arranged to reward the efforts of the cat lovers and exhibitors of Chicago and elsewhere will be many, varied, and well worth contesting for.
Lady Marcus Beresford of England, in whose honor the Chicago organization, which is the largest of its kind in the world, was named, will send two medals, one each for the best long and short haired domestic cat, respectively, exhibited at the show. There will be twenty-two cups to be competed for, twelve of these to belong to the challenge variety, which must be won three times to become the property of the owner. As the same cups are to be offered at the cat show as those at the pet stock show in January, Chicago owners and exhibitors will have two chances this winter to compete for and retain these coveted challenge cups. Many of the Beresford Cat club members are planning to show at this later exhibition also, and the authorities of the pet stock show have given ten medals to be competed for at the Beresford Cat club’s exhibition.
Mr. E. W. Jefferson of Chicago will offer a cash prize for the best and handsomest stray cat rescued and exhibited by a small boy or girl of Chicago. Mrs. Clinton Locke, Mrs. Fred Everett Smith, and others will give prizes of $5 in gold for fine cats in various classes, Mrs. Locke also offering several cups for various classes, and the list of other generous and devoted prize givers will be very long. Mrs. George M. Pullman, Mrs. Frank O. Lowden, Mrs. P.A. Valentine, Mrs. J. Ogden Armour, Mrs. H.O. Stone, Minnie Maddern Fiske, Mrs. J. Whitcomb Cotton, Mrs. Henry Blair, Mrs. Elwood H. Tolman, Mr. William G. Hibbard, James W. Childs, and W.H. Truesdale of New York, mrs. W. P. Cowen, and Mrs. B.P. Robinson are all numbered among the well-known men and women who are to give prizes.
A.J. Bourland and E.S. Vidal, late of England and Canada, are to be the show judges, and a number of prominent and distinguished visitors are expected, among them Mrs. F.J. Sarmiento of Detroit, whose cats are noted beauties and prize winners; H.I. Jones, who will bring a number of fine cats with him, and Mrs. E.R. Pierce of Cincinnati, who being intensely and devoted patriotic, believes that there are no finer cats than those of her cherished domestic, or “Maine,” variety, and who will exhibit a number of these at the Beresford show.
EDYTHA GREGG AND SOME BLUE-BLOODED CATS FOR BERESFORD CLUB’S SHOW – The Inter Ocean, December 7th, 1902
Among the long list of prizes for winning cats of the coming cat show, which opens at the Coliseum annex, Dec. 17 , one of the most interesting is the silver cup offered by Mrs. W.J. Jefferson of Chicago, for the best-appearing alleys cats. The contest for this prize is open to every girl and boy in Chicago. In order to win the prize proof must be shown that the cat given the award vrepresents a genuine tramp cat, picked up and rescued on the day the prize is awarded. The show will be opened in the afternoon, and will continue throughout the afternoons and evenings of the 18th and 19th. The exhibition is given under the auspices of the Beresfor Cat Club of Chicago, the largest of the kind in the country. A large number of rare and beautiful pets, including Angoras, Persians, Manx, Siamese, and several trick cats will be shown. New York, Cincinnati, Detroit, and Milwaukee will be represented in the exhibits. Among the patrons of the show and the long list of prize givers are: Mrs. H.O. Stone, Mrs. J. Ogden Armour, Mrs. George M. Pullman, Mrs. P.A. Valentine, Mrs. Fred Everett Smith, Mrs. Elwood H. Tom,an. Mrs. E.R. Du Mont, Mrs. John MacKenzie, Mrs. Frank O. Lowden, mr. William G. hibbard, Mrs. J. Whitcomb Cotton, Mrs. Henry Blair, and Mrs. Clinton Locke, the club president. In addition to the prizes offered by the patrons of the show is a $25 cash prize offered by Mrs. Minnie Maddern Fiske for the finest cat exhibited from the Chicago Home for Friendless Dogs and Cats. Lady Marcus Beresford of England, in whose honor the Chicago club was named, has sent two medals, and the National Fanciers and Breeders’ association, at whose exhibition in January Chicago cat owners will have a second opportunity to compete for the handsome challenge cups, will give ten medals. The judges are A.J. Burland and H.F. Vidal, the latter late of England and Canada.
MILWAUKEE’S BLOODED CATS [AT CHICAGO SHOW]. Milwaukee Journal, December 10, 1902. The cream of Milwaukee feline society will send a delegation to Chicago to attend the Beresford Cat club show Dec. 17 to 19, inclusive. This is the fourth year that the Beresford club has put its kitten members on exhibition, but the first time the cats have had a show all of their own. Hitherto they have been shown In connection with the National Fanciers and Breeders’ association, with poultry, pigeons, dogs and other pet stock. Now, however, kitty is considered quite important enough to have an “onty-donty-own” exhibition, and the Fanciers association will retire into the background until Jan. 19, when they will take five days for their own show.
Not all of Milwaukee's best cats will go to the Windy City. Some owners are afraid that the cats might grow homesick, others would miss the cats too much themselves, and others are afraid that their pets would not receive such good care as at home, and consequently return in poor condition. For, In spite of all the precautions of the managers, some diseased cats are usually admitted, and skin diseases, eye humors, or something of the sort are sometimes contracted by visiting pets. But people who have fine cats will sometimes run a little bit or risk for the sake of allowing others to admire their pets. Miss Cohn. 828 Walnut street, will send her big white maltese cat again this year. In 1869 it was thee prize winner, receiving a gold medal for being the finest white short haired cat in the Chicago show. He weights twenty-two pounds, and his coat is as fine as silk, and white as snow. Among the Persians and Angoras and Maine longhaired cats he looks very neat and prim. Royal Norton, Mrs. Leland Norton of Chicago owner, is the sire of several of Miss Cohn’s fine Angora cats, among them the Princess Merida, a white with a great sweeping tail, who with her little 6-months-old son, August, will bo entered in the cat show at Chicago. Miss Cohn, had the great misfortune to lose four of the beauties which she had planned to exhibit within three hours on Sunday afternoon. They were Chico, the father, and three little brothers of August, all pure white Angoras. By accident they wereshut into a cold entry, and they took cold and died within three hours. Miss Cohn counts herself lucky in saving the other two.
CAT SHOW BEGINS WEDNESDAY – Chicago Daily Tribune, December 14th, 1902
High Born and Alley Felines Will Be Rival Attractions at the Coliseum Annex.
Alley cats will be introduced to their high relatives during the cat show at the Coliseum annex on Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday under the auspices of the Beresford Cat club. Lady Marcus Beresford of England has offered two medals, one for the best domestic short haired cat shown, and the other for the best long haired animal. W. J. Jefferson of Chicago has offered a cash prize to the Chicago youngster who shall show the best specimen of the alley variety. Mrs. Minnie Maddern Fiske has offered a cup for the best cat shown from the home of friendless cats and dogs at 86 Twenty-sixth street. Twenty-two silver cups are among the prizes offered, Mrs. George M. Pullman, Mrs. Frank O. Lowden, Mrs. P. A. Valentine, Mrs. J. Ogden Armour, Mrs. Clinton Locke, and Mrs. Fiske being among those who have donated the cups. There are about 800 entries, including cats from every part of the United States.
CAT SHOW OPENS TODAY IN ANNEX TO COLISEUM – Chicago Daily Tribune, December 17, 1902
First One in America Where Only Felines Are Exhibited — Many Entries from All Parts of the Country.
With 250 exhibits and with household pets from Maine and from Texas, from London and from New York, the first show ever held in this country in which cats only are exhibited will open today at the Coliseum. While it is to be the fourth annual event of the Beresford Cat club of Chicago, heretofore it has been held in connection with the poultry show.
This time, the club decided to make its own exhibition and have nothing shown that would divide the interest of visitors. Mrs. Clinton Locke and Mrs. Charles H. Lane, president and vice president of the club together with the directors and other members, have labored diligently, and they announced yesterday that their expectations had been exceeded. The show, arranged on the second floor of the Coliseum annex, will begin at 10 a. m. and close Friday night. The awarding of premiums, to be made by judges from Canada, will also commence with the opening. J. Baldwin and William Vidal will be the judges. Their services were secured because of their experience and because of a desire to free the competition from all prejudice.
While Chicago furnishes the greatest number of exhibits, New York, Cincinnati, Detroit, and other cities have good showings. The state of Kentucky is represented by some of its prize cats. So are the states of Maine, Pennsylvania, Ohio, Indiana, Missouri, and Texas.
THE CHICAGO CAT SHOW – The New York Times, December 17, 1902. With 250 exhibits and with household pets from Maine and from Texas, from London and from New York, the first show ever held in this country in which cats only are exhibited [not strictly true!] will open tomorrow at the Coliseum. The show will begin at 10 A. M. and close Friday night. The awarding of premiums to be made by judges from Canada will also with the opening. J. Baldwin and William Vidal will be the judges. While Chicago furnishes the greatest number of exhibits, New York, Cincinnati, Detroit, and other cities have good showings. The State of Kentucky is represented by some of its prize cats. So are the States of Maine, Pennsylvania, Ohio, Indiana, Missouri, and Texas.
TOM AND TABBY ON THE BENCH – Albuquerque Citizen, December 17th, 1902
THE CAT CAME BACK - Reading Times, December 18th, 1902
Chicago, Dec. 17. — The purring aristocracy of the nation met today in the Coliseum in a friendly competition for valuable trophies offered by Mrs, Minnie Maddern Fiske, Mrs. J. Ogden Armour and others. The affair is held under the auspices of the Beresford Cat club and is the first exclusively cat show to be held in the United States. It called together a collection of nearly 1,000 felines, including thomases and tabbies of every conceivable variety. There are to be seen every kind of cat, from Manx to Siamese, and from blue-blooded Persian and Angora aristocrats to plain tabbies of the alley variety. The show is to continue through the remainder of the week and the premiums will be awarded by A. J. Burland and James Vidal of England.
THE CHICAGO CAT SHOW – The New York Times, December 17th, 1902
With 250 exhibits and with household pets from Maine and from Texas, from London and from New York, the first show ever held in this country in which cats only are exhibited will open tomorrow at the Coliseum. The show will begin at 10 A.M. and close Friday night. The awarding of premiums to be made by judges from Canada will also commence with the opening. J. Baldwin and William Vidal will be the judges.
While Chicago furnishes the greatest of exhibits, New York, Cincinnati, Detroit and other cities have good showings. The State of Kentucky is represented by some of its prize cats. So are the States of Maine, Pennsylvania, Ohio, Indiana, Missouri, and Texas.
GOLDEN EYED BARTIMEUS, ONE OF THE PRIZE WINNERS AT CHICAGO CAT SHOW – Chicago Daily Tribune, December 18th, 1902
Two hundred cats, resting In satin lined baskets and ornately decorated crates, were the attraction at the Coliseum Annex yesterday when the fourth annual exhibition of the Beresford Cat club opened. It is the largest cat show ever held in Chicago. Lincoln park was represented by four entries in the class for short haired white cats, and the Home for Friendless Cats and Dogs had a large number of entries.
Jethro, a waif cat, attracted as much attention as any of the big fluffy Persians. Over the crate occupied by the tar black waif was the history of the ill-bred animal. It read: “Rescued in April, 1902, by Master Mason Nesblt from a crowd of boys who were mistreating him. This cat was only a few weeks old when rescued. He is now an intelligent and faithful house cat."
The awards were made during the afternoon by the two English judges, A. Burland and H. F. Vidal. The Chicago exhibiters fared well in the distribution of prizes. Nearly thirty cups will be awarded before the close of the show tomorrow, and the ownership of ten challenge cups for males only will be decided today. Mrs. Josiah Cratty’s Bartimeus, whose picture appears above, captured first prize in the white male golden eyed class, and was one of the most admired cats of the exhibition.
ALLEY CUTS MINGLE WITH ARISTOCRATS - The Inter Ocean, December 18th, 1902
Waifs and Treasured Pets Both Appear at the Show
Homes are Sought.
Kind Mistresses Asked to Take the Feline Tramps
One Exhibit is Dead on Arrival, a Victim of Embalmed Beef
For the first time in the history of the annual cat exhibition in Chicago, the alley cat was given recognition at the Beresford Cat club’s show which opened at the Coliseum annex yesterday afternoon. Blue-blooded pets of the cat aristocracy, with gilt-edged pedigrees and medals innumerable, purred, mewed and munched their lunches side by side with the ragged, sad-eyed alley cat. Some of the prominent cat fanciers who brought their precious pets to the show carefully guarded against the cold winds by yards of soft silks and dainty muslins expressed some disappointment at having their cats entered in the same exhibition with the unfortunate waifs. However, when these owners of the fashion of the cat world viewed the happy condition of the poor little tramps, their hearts softened.
In this innovation the cat show this year has accomplished a mission in extending its aid to the unfortunate tabbies. At the close of the exhibition the alley cats will be donated to anyone who will promise to furnish them a good home. This part of the exhibition is in charge of Mrs. White, president of the Home for Friendless Dogs and Cats.
When the show opened yesterday afternoon all the cats entered in the exhibit answered the roll call with the exception of two, which had caught cold, and another large, beautiful cat, Jupiter, who was found dead on arrival yesterday. This cat belonged to Mrs. Roger M. Smith of Kentucky. The box it came in was found to contain portions of canned beef, and as strict instructions have been issued to the express companies that no food excepting milk and bits of rare beef shall be fed the cats, the managers of the show say the express company will be asked to make good the loss of the cat. Its value is placed at $50.
Four double rows of cages, running the entire length of the big room, hold this collection of valuable pets. All of them, including the stray cats, have experienced the luxury of a bran bath, have submitted to the indulgent mistress with the manicure scissors and file, and their white, shiny coats present an appearance of neatness.
Among the list of really clever cats exhibited are the two little trick kittens, the singing cat, and the kissing cat, which have earned their titles by virtue of their deeds.
One of the exhibits which attracted considerable attention yesterday from the big crowd of admirers was Shun-a-gun, the beautiful Angora rabbit, owned by Mrs. C. H Lane.
Among the largest exhibitors at the show are Lucy C. Johnstone, who has eighteen entries; Mrs. S. E. Gross, seven; Mrs. Cutler, eight; and Mrs. Fred B. Smith, six.
The judging of the prize cats for the special awards offered will be completed today. This list of prizes includes over thirty solid silver cups and silver medals, contributed by various cat clubs throughout the county and by prominent members of the Beresford club in Chicago.
One of the handsomest cats at the show Is Laddie Ken [Laddie Kew], a large, beautiful Persian cat lately Imported from England by Lucy C. Johnstone of Chicago. Two other cats which command almost equal attention are those exhibited by Mr. and Mrs. A. C. White. Another is the Duchess of Argyle, a large Angora cat, exhibited by Mrs. G. Almquist. Sir Henry Irving is another member of the big collection which is expected to add another medal today to its already long list acquired at other exhibitions. This beautiful cat is owned by Mrs. J. H. Pratt./P>
The judging of the cats which were entered in the classes competing for the money prizes was finished last evening. The four prises are: First prize, $2; second prize, $1; third and fourth prises, ribbons.
TWO FELINE ARISTOCRATS – Sterling Gazette, December 19, 1902
Miss Elliott’s Angoras Capture Prizes at the Chicago Cat Show on Wednesday.
Miss Elliott received the pleasant news this morning that her two tortoise Angora cats, “Mitten” and “Domino,” have been awarded high honors at the Chicago cat show, at which the animals are now on exhibition. “Mitten” received a first prize in her class, and Domino took second in his. The distinction of having taken such high honors at an exhibition as important as that in Chicago fixes on the handsome animals the hallmark of aristocracy, and makes them quite valuable from a property point of view. The pleased owner is receiving many congratulations from her friends on the high credit received by her cats.
SCHOOL GIRLS SEE CAT SHOW – Chicago Daily Tribune, December 20th, 1902
Chicago high school girls were the guests of the Beresford Cat club at the show which closed at the Coliseum annex last evening. During the day invitations were sent to each high school in the city by Mrs. Charles A. White, 2710 Michigan avenue, and the hall was crowded with the visitors after 3 o'clock. The club declared that the show was much more successful than had been anticipated.
The largest cat in the show was brought yesterday. It was a gray tabby, weighing twenty-four pounds and twelve ounces. It is owned by Mrs. Raymond Loprez, 1502 Michigan avenue. Mike, an alley cat shown by Mrs. E. R. Du Mont, 3359 Wabash avenue, which was rescued while still a kitten by her coachman, received the award in its class. Many of the cats were taken away by the owners last evening.
MRS. FISKE’S PRIZE – Oshkosh Daily Northwestern, December 20th, 1902
Chicago, Ill., December 20th - The special prize of a gold cup which was donated by Mrs. Fiske for the best stray cat shown at the Chicago cat show was awarded to Buzzer, a male feline that was picked up on Clarke street by a newsboy and entered for the prize, which is valued at $50. Mrs. Fiske is a great lover of dumb animals, and while praying here recently in “Mary of Magdala” she was told of the forthcoming cat show by a friend who was interested in the exhibition. She immediately expressed a desire to do something for the show and her idea finally took the shape of a prize for the most likely feline waif.
MICE AT CHICAGO CAT SHOW - The Inter Ocean, December 20th, 1902
We all have our troubles. The cat show was moving along tranquilly until some mice appeared on the scene and played havoc with the discipline of the prize exhibits.
1903 CHICAGO CAT SHOW.
CHICAGO CAT CLUB – El Paso herald, 7th February, 1903
The Chicago Cat club has arranged for an annual show at the Coliseum. Nearly 1,000 entries from all parts of America are expected, and many of them have already been made in advance of the general announcement which will be circulated among the cat fanciers of the country within a few days. There have been several cat shows in Chicago, but nearly all the exhibits have been local. The success of the past events was so great that a cat show of national scope is undertaken with encouragement by the managers, who declare that the largest number of prize cats ever brought together on this continent, or in the world, for that matter, will be on exhibition at the coming display.—Chicago Chronicle.
WANTS CATS TO HELP THE HOMELESS DOGS – Chicago Daily Tribune, 31st August, 1903
Chicago cats are to come to the relief of their traditional enemy, the dog, and if a plan set on foot Saturday is carried to success the homeless canines of the city will be provided with a semi-public pound that promises to do away with the discomforts and horrors of the city’s institution. The movement is under the auspices of the National Cat Club of America, formerly the Orange and Cream Cat Club of Chicago, one of the youngest but at the same time the strongest cat organisation in this country. At the meeting held Saturday afternoon at the new clubrooms, 67 Wabash avenue, Mrs. Lindsey A. Woodward described the crowded and unwholesome condition of the present Chicago dog pound and the club decided to devote the proceeds of the coming cat show to the purpose of building and conducting a dog pound on sanitary and humane principles.
The club is planning to lease land on the north side and build a permanent brick shell 50 x 100 feet, with cement floors. It is to be divided into pens with running water within and roomy runs outside. The dogs are to be well fed on meat soups, with plenty of bread, and overcrowding will not be allowed. A committee, of which Mrs. Woodward is chairman, was appointed and will push the matter. In addition to the cat show popular subscriptions are to be asked in aid of the model pound movement and the officers of the club will welcome any money that may be donated. The newly elected officers are: President, Mrs. Everett M. Davis; vice president, Mrs. W. E. Cotburn; corresponding secretary, Miss Lillian M. Berry; financial secretary, Mrs. Hugh E. King; treasurer, Mrs. Baker.
PUPILS CAN WIN PRIZES FOR CAT ESSAYS AND POSTERS – The Inter Ocean, 24th November, 1903
Oh, see the cat!
Is the child trying to tie a can to the cat?
Oh, no; the child loves dear Pussy just now.
Pussy is good for tickets at the gate.
Therefore let us observe the cat.
Chicago school children soon will be busily engaged in composing thrilling essays on “The Cat,” and dashing off posters that will make the Paris painter Mucha fade into a composite green with envy, if the offer of the National Cat club is accepted by the school management committee of the board of education.
At yesterday's meeting of the committee an offer was made by a committee from the Cat club to offer a prize of $10 for the best poster for the cat show which will be held at the Seventh Regiment armory from Jan. 25 to 30, also prizes of $5, $3, and $2 for the three best essays on "Cats,” and an equal amount for essays on "Poultry.” The cat show officials also offered to give 60 per cent of the net profits of the show to the School Children's Relief association and give free admission to all the pupils who contest and to their teachers. The matter was referred to Superintendent Cooley, who will report at the next meeting. [. . .] The principals of all schools will be notified of the offer of free admission to the international live-stock show made by the stock show officials to all pupils accompanied by their teachers.
LEADING ENTRIES AT THE BERESFORD CAT SHOW – Chicago Daily Tribune, 30th November, 1903
The fifth annual show of the Beresford Cat club, which will open Wednesday afternoon in the Coliseum, will be the largest in point of entries in the history the organization. Mrs. Clinton Locke, 2825 Indiana avenue, the president of the club, said yesterday that between 400 and 500 cats would be on exhibition. The invitations which announce the opening of the exhibition state that it will be “an exclusive cat show.”
The Chicago women who have been at work for months preparing for the show have all their arrangements completed. There will be a larger number of cats from distant points in the United States on exhibition than in other years. In addition, there have been a number of entries from England. France, and other foreign countries.
Teddie, a cat with golden eyes, owned by Miss Louise Loveday Fergus, 3229 Sheridan road, a director in the club, will be a “dark horse," according to Miss Fergus. Teddie’s father, Lord Humm, for many years a prize winner, will be in the apartment adjoining Teddie. Lord Humm will head the list of gray tabbies. Omar III., a kitten from Elizabeth, N. J., will come with its father. The cat is noted for its long silver hair. There will be a large showing of blacks in the exhibition. Hawthorne, owned by Mrs. A. H. Baker, is one of the well known cats in this class. Joy and Sorrow are two other fine animals to be shown.
The exhibition will continue for three days. The American cat show rules will be followed. A. Burland and H. F. Vidal, both of London, England, themselves breeders of cats, will officiate as judges of the cat shown.
OWNERS OF ARISTOCRATIC CATS PREPARE FOR OPENING OF ANNUAL SHOW TODAY – The Inter Ocean, 30th November, 1903
Mrs Charles Hampton Lane and her sister, Miss E.L. Johnstone, owners of the Madison catteries, have offered three prizes to be competed for at the cat show this year, which opens today. The first, a silver and glass loving cup, will be awarded for the best display of orange cats from one cattery.
The two ladies will themselves exhibit extensively at the cat show this year. Among their cats will be Kew Laddie, the finest fawn of cream cat ever shown in America, and imported from England by Miss Johnstone two years ago. Another will be Victorine a cream cat from the Madison catteries, and a first prize winner last year.
Dr. C.A. White will exhibit Lupin, the champion of last year’s show. Lupin may have his own progeny to compete with next year. Melrose Laddie, a deep orange blue cat, will also be shown by Dr. White [note: orange blue?].
Mrs. Lane will send in addition Mignon Dunain, a brown tabbie, and four kittens. Mrs. Lane has been first vice president of the Beresford Cat Club for two years. Miss Johnstone probably possess greater knowledge of cat pedigrees than anyone in this country. Given a cat’s name and its mother, without reference to any stud book Miss Johnstone can furnish the correct pedigree.
1904 CHICAGO CAT SHOW.
CAT SHOW PROFITS FOR CHILDREN – Chicago Daily Tribune, 17th January, 1904 (from article “Children Who Rear Chickens for Charity)
The cat show, to be given at the same time, will be under the auspices and management of the National Cat Club, and one of the principal and constitutional objects of this club is to bring, about charity shows. Fifty per cent of the show profits therefore will be devoted to the work of the School Children's Aid society, an organisation which supplies to needy Chicago children the warm clothing and shoes necessary to a regular attendance upon the public school missions.
No old or partly worn garments are accepted or given away by the officers of the School Children's Aid society, so outside cash contributions must always be warmly welcomed and the donation of the National Cat Club, to be turned over to the proper authorities at the close of the pet stock show can scarcely come amiss.
JANESVILLE CATS SEEK PRIZES NOW – Janesville Daily Gazette, 26th January, 1904
The eighth annual exhibition of poultry and pot stock by the National Fanciers’ and Breeders’ association opened at Tattersall’s in Chicago yesterday morning. There are more than 3,000 poultry entries. Every state and several foreign countries are represented by exhibits. Tomorrow many dogs will arrive, and on Thursday the cats come. The cat department is under the charge of the National Cat club, of which Mrs. E.K. Davis is president.
Janesville is to be represented at the exhibit by the two fine cats of Mrs. T. E, Welsh of 202 Cherry street. Mrs, Welsh and her two 1ets “La Bunch” and “Hazel” left this morning for Chicago and possibly they may return with the coveted blue ribbon by the end of the week.
The profits of the cat show will go to charity. Fifty per cent of the net proceeds will go to the School Children's Aid society and 20 per cent toward providing a room in the downtown district for "lost and strayed” children. Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday are children's days. Fifty thousand free tickets have been given out in response from school principals. Nearly 4,000 Chicago school children attended yesterday. The exhibition will be open until Saturday night, when the prizes will be awarded.
BUILDING BOOTHS FOR SPORTSMAN’S SHOW – Detroit Free Press, 13th February, 1904
Carpenters will take possession of Light Guard armory this morning and will begin the work of building booths for the automobile and sportsmen’s show which is on next week. [. . .] The show* will open at noon on Monday, and most of the exhibits will be put in place tomorrow. Entries for the dog Show, which will be on during the first four days, will close at 12 m. on the opening day. The cat show will be on Friday and Saturday.
CENTURY MARK FOR CAT SHOW – Detroit Free Press, 17th February, 1904
It was announced yesterday that the one hundredth entry had been received for the cat show at the armory on Friday and
Saturday. The exhibits, as a whole, will be of very high class, according to the management.
CAT SHOW WILL OPEN AT ARMORY TODAY – Detroit Free Press, 19th February, 1904
The dogs have had their day at Light Guard armory, and this forenoon the exhibition of aristocratic cats will open, occupying the quarters used for the kennel exhibit on the first four days of the week. An excellent show is promised, there being 110 entries, which assures quantity and diversity.
One of the special features of the exhibit will be a California wildcat, interesting to look at through the bars of a cage, but an unpleasant animal to meet in its native freedom. The animal is owned in Bellevue, Mich., and is as savage as the day on which it was captured and shipped east.
Mrs. Charles H. Lane, of Chicago, will act as judge at the show. She will make the awards in. all classes.
CAT SHOW NOW IS ATTRACTION – Detroit Free Press, 20th February, 1904
Cats that can boast pedigree, silken coats and manners most refined, took possession of the lower hall at Light Guard armory yesterday, when the exhibition of the Michigan Cat club, in connection with the Sportsmen's show, superseded the kennel exhibit that had held sway the first four days of the week. More than 100 cats, including all of the fancy breeds and a fine showing of the common, short-haired pets, are exhibited. The benching of the cats is in every way worthy of commendation. The show continues today and this evening.
To select for special commendation in any of the individual exhibits is a task that most men would shrink from, the majority of the pets being owned by women, each one of whom has eyes only for her particular pride. One exhibit that may be mentioned, however, is of five white Persian kittens, shown by Miss J. M. Wilsey or this city. There is not a black hair on any of the kittens, though their mother was a cat almost entirely black. Another exhibit well spoken of is a pair of blue Persians, Albert Edward and Alexandra, sent by Dr. Niven, of London, Ont.
The show is to many a novel exhibit, the values placed on some of the pets being astonishing to those not acquainted with the growth of interest in cat breeding. Values of $50 and $100 are common. Mrs. Avery Franklin’s handsome black cat, Prince Hamlet, being one of those held at the latter figure. There is a brown tabby in the show, Arlington Hercules, that cost close to $300. It is owned by Mrs. Cutler and Mrs. Sarmiento, of Detroit.
It was in the evening before the judge, Mrs. Charles H. Lane, of Chicago, finished her task. Five out of the nine special cups were awarded, these going only to members of the Beresford Cat club of America. Prosper La Gai won in the open class for long-haired white males; Prince Hamlet was highest point scorer in the class for long haired black males; Turquoise won the class for long haired females, and also the medal offered by the Beresford club for the best white female shown, and Lotus was the best blue cat and won the Blue Cat Society medal and also a challenge cup.
Mrs. W W. Chapman, of Romeo, Mich., will win the handsome cup put up by the Sportsmen’s show people for the owner scoring the greatest number of points. She has more cats entered than any other exhibitor and cleaned up in more than a half dozen events. In both the long haired tabby classes she had no rivals for ribbons. Miss J. M. Wilsey, with six entries, won first, second and third prizes in the class for long haired kittens. The special prizes, of which there are eighty, will be awarded today.
The Prize Winners.
White male — Prosper La Gai, Mrs’ M. C. Blount, Wayne, Mich., won.
White female — Turquoise, Mrs. Avery Franklin, Detroit, won; White Hyacinthe, C.D. Mix, Wayne, Mich., second; Bonnie, Mrs. N. S. McIntyre, Detroit, third.
Blue male — Albert Edward, Dr. J. S. Niven, London, Ont., won; Lotus, Miss Alice Barnes, Ypsilanti, Mich., second; Boy Blue, Mrs. I. H. Bixby,, Detroit, third.
Blue female — Alexandria, Dr. J. S. Niven won; Arlington Blue Bell, Mrs. F. J. Sarmiento, Detroit, uecond.
Black male — Prince Hamlet, Mrs. Avery Franklin, won; Alfonse, Mrs. M. F McLean, Detroit, second.
Black female — Menelooka, Mrs. W. M. Chapman, Romeo, Mich., won; Blackie, Mrs. Annie Ellis, Detroit, second; Smudge,
Mrs. C. E. Russell, Mt. Pleasant, Mich, third.
Orange male — Donald, Mrs. M. C. Blount, won.
Orange female — Princess Muff, Mrs. J. M. Smith, Detroit, Mich., won; Golden, Mrs. W. M, Chapman, second; Pixie, Mrs. J. M. Smith, third.
Orange tabby — Wolverine, Mrs. W. M Chapman won; Chubby, D. R. Smith, Detroit, second.
Orango tabby, female — Princess, Mrs W. M. Chapman, won; Fennila, Mrs. A. Pease, Pontiac, second.
Chinchilla — Arlington Quicksilver. Mrs. F. G. Sarmiento, Detroit, won.
Silver tabby, male or female — Wagner, Mrs. C. M. Blount, Wayne, Mich., won.
Brown tabby, male — The Gay Lord Quex, Mrs. Dwight Cutler, Detroit, won; Arlington Hercules, Mrs. Cutler and Mrs Sarmiento, Detroit, second; Ferdinand, Mrs. W. M. Chapman, Romeo, Mich., third.
Brown tabby, female — Christine, Mrs. W. M. Chapman, won; Helen Blazes, Mrs. Annetta Pease, Pontiac, Mich., second;
Beatrice, Mrs. W. M. Chapman, third.
Gray tabby, male – Tam o’Shanter, Mrs. A. Ellis, Detroit, won.
Gray tabby, female - Atossa, Mrs. W. M. Chapman, won; Lovey Mary, Miss mable Mary Thomas, Sandwich, Ont., second; Lady Elizabeth, Mrs. Avery Franklin, third.
Tortoise shell, female – Gavetta, Mrs. W. M. Chapman, won; Ruffles, Mrs. C. E. Rissell, Mt. Pleasaant, Mich. Second.
Tortoise and white, female – Tortina, Mrs. M. C. Blount, Wayne, Mich., won; Lady Rue, Mrs. W. M. Chapman, second; Turtle, Mrs. Avery Franklin,third.
Any other color with white, male of female – King Cole, Mrs. E.E. Calkins, Ann Arbor, Mich., won; Glitter, Mrs. W. M. Chapman, second; Dolly Varden, Mrs. J.D. Bourdeau, Detroit, third.
Neuter, any color without white – Uncle Tom, Mrs. W. M. Chapman, won; Josef, Helen C. Bennett, Detroit, Mich., second.
Neuter, any color with white – Teddy, Mrs. J.C. Dewing, Detroit, Mich., won; Blucher, Mrs. N.C. McIntyre, Detroit, second.
Long-haired kittens, white, black or blue – Rugelica, Miss J.M. Wilsey, Detroit, won; Tommy Dodd, Miss J.M. Wilsey, second; Diavolo, Miss J.M. Wilsey, third.
Tabby, any color without white – Komikill Kuss, Mrs. W.M. Chapman, won.
Tabby, orange, cream or fawn – King Phillip, Mrs. W.M. Chapman, won.
Black, male or female – Blackey, Miss Lizzie Brown, Detroit, won.
Blue or maltese, male or female – Blue Bear, Miss Catherine Corbeille, Detroit, won; Miss Emily F. Hailey, Detroit, second.
Brown or gray tabby, male or female – Buster, Master Roe Harris, Detroit, won; Tom, Mrs. Koch, Detroit, second; Miss Gene, C & J McCafferty, Detroit, Mich., third.
Tortoise shell, without white – Pearlie, Mr. E.A. Yacht, Detroit, won.
Tortoise shell, with white – Jabbawock, A. Chapman, Detroit, won; Monkey Face, Mrs. Lizzie Brown, Detroit, second.
Any other color, with or without white — Emmagene, C. & J. McCafferty, Detroit, won; Smoke, Mrs- Lizzie Brown, second.
Silver tabby, male or female – Pretty Boy, Mrs Emily F. Hailey. Detroit, won; Jerry, William Garner Detroit, second.
Neuter, any color, no white - Fritz, Mrs. J.S. Van Natta, Detroit, won.
Short-haired kittens — Monk, William Garner, Detroit, won.
DETROIT CATS WON AT CHICAGO – Detroit Free Press, 20th February, 1904
The Owena Cattery, of this city, was well represented at the National Cat club show in Chicago. One of the prize winners was Black Cupid, who won over Mrs. W.E. Colburn’s Black Thom, a highly prized imported cat direct from Bierut, Angora, Turkey. Ruputa, Johanna, Patti and Reigoli won well in their classes, also Rufus Jr, a solid yellow cat raised at Owena Cattery, won third in a class of nine, which included Red Knight, an imported yellow or orange. Rufus Jr. was sold ot Mrs. Harding, Canon City, Col. At a high price. Mrs. E.M. Hailey’s short hair silver tabby was also sent to the National show and won first and specials on challenge cup for best short hair in the show.
SPECIALS AWARDED AT THE CAT SHOW – Detroit Free Press, 21st February, 1904
The cat show drew its quota of visitors at Light Guard Armory last [?] although the last night was one of the most successful of the week. Prizes were awarded, the automobile cup being given to William R. Chapman of Romeo for the best cat exhibit. The second prize, the Beresfore club silver medal. Was awarded to Mrs. M.C. Blount, of Wayne.
Challenge cups for members of the Beresford Cat Club for first prize winners in open classes were awarded as follows:
Long haired white male – Prosper Le Gai, Mrs. M.C. Blount, Wayne.
Long haired silver or silver tabby male – Arlington Quicksilver, Mrs. F.J. Sarmiento, Detroit.
Long haired brown tabby male – The Gay Lord Quex, Mrs. Dwight Cutler, Detroit.
Long haired black male – Prince Hamlet, Mrs. Avery Franklin, Detroit.
Long haired white female – Tourquoise, Mrs. Avery Franklin, Detroit.
The silver medal for the best white female, owned by a member of the Beresford Club, was won by Tourquoise. The medal for the best long haired blue cat owned by a member of the Blue Cat Society of America, was won by Lotus, owned by Miss Alice Barnes of Ypsilanti.
CAT SHOW AT CHICAGO – Detroit Free Press, 14th December, 1904
The third annual cat show, under the auspices of the National Cat club of America, opened this morning in Pack's hall, Congress street and Wabash avenue. The largest number of prize-winners and champions ever gathered under one roof are waiting to win new honors. Joshua Cowpland, the English expert, who is said to know all about cats and to be absolutely impartial, is to be the judge. Competition is very keen, particularly in the black class, as exhibitors from all over the country have been attracted by the special prizes and three beautiful cups offered by the Black Cat Club, the Joliet Cat club and the Cleveland Cat club. Mrs. J. W. Owens, of Detroit, brought a large number of prize-winning cats, including the celebrated Miss Detroit, who has never been defeated. Mrs. Mary A. Reid Parsons, of Cleveland, brings a dozen or more who have just won in the Cleveland show.
CHICAGO SHOW – The Sun, 20th December, 1904
At the cat show in Chicago, Lady Petticoats won first.
1906 CHICAGO CAT SHOW.
PROCEEDS WILL GO TO AID POOR CHILDREN – Various 4th January, 1906
Chicago — The third annual cat show, under the auspices of the National Cat club, opened here today in a store building near the Auditorium on Wabash avenue. This exhibition of cats has caused more stir and aroused more interest than any previous exhibition of that kind in Chicago, owing to the fact that the proceeds of the show will be used to help the poor children of this city. The directors of the club have made special efforts this year to make the exhibition interesting and attractive to children. Not only have they extended the scope of the exhibition by including classes open to all exhibiters and cats of every kind and description, but have special classes for cats exhibited by children, pet cats with or without pedigree, and freaks. Besides a large number of cats exhibited by local owners, there are many entered by exhibiters from Cleveland, Joliet, Detroit, Cincinnati, and other cities. Among the rarer kinds exhibited are Siamese, Persian, Angoras and Orange cats. A special class has been set aside for Maltese [in this context meaning “shorthair cats”].
DEMOCRACY RULES CAT SHOW – Chicago Daily Tribune, 5th January, 1906
The spirit of democracy has invaded the fourth annual national cat show, which opened yesterday afternoon at 311 Wabash Avenue. The aristocratic Angoras, Persians, and Tabbies have submitted for the first ting to sharing honors with the feline waifs of the slums and alleys. Among the exhibits this year are what the managers of the show call “rescued cat,” cats that have been picked up in the streets and brought up to be as attractive as any pets of more fortunate birth.
Prominent among the “rescued cats is Bent Anat, a pretty creature, orange in color, which was found in an alley by little Gile Story of Ravenswood. The girl took a liking to the feline waif and with motherly care she trained the cat for the show. It now bids fair win one of the prizes.
Among the Chicago exhibiters are Mrs. J.D. Bouford, Mrs. A.R. Decker, Mrs. W.H. Amerson, Mrs. Jack B. Ewing, Mrs F.W. Story, and Mrs. A.H. Potter. Cy De Vry has several of his beat Lincoln park pets on display.
CHICAGO WOMAN ASSAILS CAT SHOW AWARDS– Chicago Daily Tribune, 6th January, 1906
With the closing day of the cat show at the Atlantic club comet the grumbling of disappointed ones talking openly against Mrs. Lane, one of the judges. The leader of the opposition is Mrs. A. H. Baker, owner of the big black male champion, Hawthorne. Mrs. Baker comes from Chicago and is one of the biggest breeders in the west. Hawthorne was beaten for first by Saratoga Johnnie Fawe II. Mrs. Baker alleges that Hawthorne won on points and that the award was given to
Johnnie Fawe II through favoritism.
CAT WINS UNIQUE PRIZE. UNDINE MUELLER’S PET WINS SPECIAL RIBBON – Chicago Daily Tribune, 6th January, 1906
In the attic of an old drab house at 2580 Archer avenue, built back in those days when it was “the road,” a little German girl went to sleep last night holding in her arms her pet cat, Liebling. The girl was Undine Mueller, and the reason for Liebling's unwonted privilege was that it had won a prize at the cat show. It was not a first prize - nor a second — nor a third. It was not any prize listed in the books of the show, it was a "special prize,” and was awarded for special distinction. Undine feels certain it was for special merit. The judges admitted the distinction.
Liebling has only one eye, from which the animal looks sadly. There are bare patches of skin on the sides of the pet, the fur having been rubbed off with going between the palings of the picket fence. Liebling’s tail stops short of artistic completeness, the work of a coal wagon with which the cat once disputed the right of way. But when the purple ribbon, with “special prize” in gilt letters, had been tied around Liebling’s neck and Undine, carrying her pet in her apron, ran breathlessly up the steps of the Archer avenue house, the girl was triumphant. Liebling's charms, which she long had acknowledged, had won recognition.
Last week Undine read about the cat show, she learned that “common alley cats, without pedigree or breeding may be entered in the short haired class, and will have an equal show with more aristocratic felines." Soon after Liebling, protesting loudly, was being combed and washed. To Undine, Liebling is the most beautiful animal in the world. When M. J. Swain, in charge of the cat show at 811 Wabash avenue, opened the door in the morning a little yellow haired girl was waiting, the wind whipping her scant skirt about her. Something was writhing and squirming under her shawl. This something was Liebling, and Mr Swain could not suppress a smile when Undine stepped inside and exhibited her pet.
Liebling came to the Muellers several years ago after a disastrous encounter with another homeless cat. Hence Liebling lacks as eye. The keepers at the show noted how the red and brown fur ran together until it took on a scrambled egg appearance. But Undine had the entrance fee, and her cat was set down among the smug, immaculate Angoras and Persians who already occupied the cages. Soon after Undine left Liebling began to assert itself. Glancing furtively down the line of aristocratic cats, with that one chameleon eye, Liebling expressed resentment in a torrent of Archer avenue patois. The other cats' feelings were hurt; they replied, only to be overwhelmed by Liebling’s cries. The trouble continued through the day and Liebling might have been thrown out had it not been for the arrival of Undine late in the afternoon. The Judges conferred hurriedly.
“Give the beast a prize and let her take it away,” was the verdict. Accordingly, Liebling was given the “special mention” prize and Undine departed with joy in her heart.
“Ist moglich!” ejaculated her father when he came home. He works at the dry dock in Twenty-second street. And altogether Liebling received more endearment than during all the rest of its term of residence with the Mueller family.
A number of new entries were received at the cat show during the day, but no important awards of prizes were made. The full announcement of the winners will be given out this afternoon.
CAT SHOW TO HELP POOR – The Wenatchee Daily World, 8th January, 1906
CHICAGO. Jan. 6 — The third annual cat show under the auspices of the National Cat club opened here in a store building near the auditorium on Wabash avenue, today. This exhibition of cats has caused more stir and aroused more interest than any previous exhibition of that kind in Chicago, owing to the fact that the proceeds of the show will be used to help the poor children of this city.
BERESFORD CAT SHOW PLANS – The Inter Ocean, 10th January, 1906
Final arrangements will be made tomorrow at a meeting of the Beresford Cat club for the national cat show to be held at the Coliseum Annex on Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday of next week. The show promises to be the largest ever held in Chicago, entries having been received from Canada and nearly all of the large cities in the United State». Mrs. Clinton Locke, president of the club, said yesterday that elaborate plans had been made for the exhibition and that many prizes will be awarded.
CHOICE FELINES TO CONTEST FOR PRIZES – The Inter Ocean, 12th January, 1906
Dr. Otto Lenguie (Ottolengui), secretary of the Atlantic Cat Club, of New York, wired Mrs. Clinton Locke, president of the Beresford Cat Club of America, that he would show his famous prize winning black cat, Johnnie Fawe, at the national cat show which takes place at the Coliseum annex on Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday next week.
Mrs. A.H. Baker of Chicago has a cat named Hawthorn, which she will enter in contest against Johnnie Fawe. The latter cat has won all of the championships in its class for the past few years. Dr. Lenguie [sic] will also show a number of other animals which have won honors at the recent New York show. Other Easterners who will exhibit candidates for championship prizes are Miss Ava Pollard of Elizabeth, N.J.; Mrs. Champion of New Brighton, Staten Island, and George Boland of Hersey City, N.J.
Mrs. A.G. Hoag of San Francisco will be among the Western exhibitors. Mrs. Hoag has one of the most famous catteries on the coast. In the exhibition last year she won a number of the leading prizes.
As entries will be accepted in the first mail this morning, Miss Lucy C. Johnstone, the show secretary, would not give out the list last night. The entries will be announced today. The Beresford cat show poster was issued this week.
PRESIDENT OF BERESFORD CAT CLUB; ANIMALS ENTERED IN COMING SHOW – Chicago Daily Tribune, 14th January, 1906
The national cat show, which will be held by the Beresford Cat club of America at the Coliseum annex on Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday this week, promises to be the largest show in the United States. The Beresford club is the oldest in America. Mrs. Clinton Locke is president. At the show there will be open classes for both long and short haired varieties and novice classes. A number of challenge cups have been offered, including the trophies donated by the Beresford classes and the Jungfrau challenge cup, offered by Mrs. Josiah Cratty of Oak Park, for the best long-haired white cat.
MEOWS, FROM SOPRANO TO DEEP BASSO, TO WAKE CITY – The Inter Ocean, 15th January, 1906
Aristocratic cats began to arrive from all over the country yesterday for the national cat show which will be held by the Beresford [Cat] Club of America for three days, beginning tomorrow. The largest outside consignment will arrive today from Oradell, N.J., from the cattery of Miss J. Cathcart, who is shipping nineteen entries, in charge of their keeper, Johnnie Fawe. The famous long-haired black cat belonging to Dr. Otto Lenguie [sic], secretary of the Atlantic Cat Club of New York, will also arrive today.
Mrs. William M. Chapman of Romeo, Mich., is shipping several brown and orange tabbies, including Chilcote and Loder, famous prize-winners. Mrs. Clinton Locke, the president of the organization, will have seven cats on exhibition. Mrs. Locke has one of the most celebrated cats in the country, which she will show as a candidate for the championship of the exhibition.
Miss Ava Pollard, of Elizabeth, N.J., wired Mrs. Locke that her cats will arrive tomorrow morning. Her consignment will include White Monk, a beautiful white cat which has won prizes at Eastern shows. Joshua Cowpland, Jr., will show a number of imported blues, which should prove quite a feature. Mrs. E.G. Calkins has entered several silvers, while Mrs. James Conlisk of Gowanda, N.Y., will exhibit some fine Chinchillas.
CHICAGO EXHIBITERS WIN MOST OF CAT SHOW PRIZES – Chicago Daily Tribune, 18th January, 1906
Chicago exhibiters have carried off the majority of the prizes at the national cat show, which will close tonight at the Coliseum annex. More imported felines were shown this year than ever before. Considerable interest was shown in Sis Hopkins, the only Manx in Chicago. The animal belongs to Mrs. Louise Read, 2155 Clarendon avenue. One of the characteristics is the bob tail.
The Siamese cats are on exhibition. It is difficult to rear them on account of the climatic conditions. The two Siamese were imported last year. One is the property of Mrs. W.E. Colburn and the other belongs to Mrs. Christian Schaffner, both of Chicago.
Miss Ruth Hamill, 10 years old, 845 Jackson boulevard, is the youngest exhibiter, showing her pet, Adonis. She won a blue ribbon with her entry. The best of the type of orange cat shown is the Prince of Pilsen belonging to Mrs. P.A. Wattles of 6634 Union avenue. The animal is a pure bred Persian Angora with the long silken hair characteristic of the breed.
SONS OF THE CZAR - The Inter-Ocean, 19th January, 1906
There was much comment yesterday at the cat show upon the Sons of the Csar, two kittens that belong to Mrs. Clinton Locke. Mrs. Locke's pets are said to hold conversations with their mistress, not in words, to be sure, but in tones that are understood by Mrs. Locke. She claims that she understands their affirmative or negative, and that she knows their peculiar “mews” for food.
CATS OF ALL BREEDS. SIZES, AND COLORS AT EXHIBITION – The Inter Ocean, 11th December, 1906
Rats will play in the vicinity of Wabash avenue and Peck place for the next two days if they are very foolish, otherwise they will not, as between 300 and 400 cats will be on exhibit at Brooke’s Casino, commencing today and continuing until Thursday. Cats of all ages, nationalities, sexes, and colors will be there to cope [compete?] for the 150 prizes.
Shakespear (he spells it that way), the veteran short-hair champion of the United States, will defend his title, held for ten years — since he was 17 years old [this age not make sense!]. Royal Boy, a blue eyed Angora, arrived with the string of twenty other felines belonging to Mrs. J. C. Girton of Los Angeles, president of the Southern California branch of the National Cat Club of America, under the auspices of which the show is being given.
OBJECTS TO RAT HUNT IN SHOW – Chicago Daily Tribune, 13th December, 1906
An Interference by the Anti-Cruelty society prevented the judges at the national cat show from delivering their decision on the merits of two felines yesterday. The judges, Mrs. C. E. De Blinn of Elgin, Ill; Mrs. Helen M. Sloggy of St. Paul, Minn.; and Mrs. Copeland-Schumann of Chicago, in order to determine the merits of tradesmen’s and policemen's cats, decided to loose a number of rats that they might judge of their physical prowess.
Mrs. Copeland-Schumann, vice president of the National Cat club and one of the members of the committee objected as being a director for the Society for the Prevention of Cruelly to Animals. The contest was postponed by the statement of Mrs. Copeland-Schumann that she would withdraw if the plan was carried out.
Twenty cats won first prizes in their classes, Mrs. Josiah Cratty winning first in the class for white cats with orange eyes.
NATIONAL CAT SHOW - The Washington Post, 14 December 1906
The national cat show opened yesterday at the Casino, Chicago, with 150 entries. All sorts and sizes of cats are comprised in the exhibition. The animals are stalled in long rows of cages, in which are placed downy silken pillows for the pets to rest upon during the ennui of being admired by the crowds of visitors. One of the beauties of the show is "Sir Thomas," an orange-colored Persian-Angora, said to have been named for Sir Thomas Lipton by its owner, Mrs. I. G. Crocker, of Evanston. Another very pretty exhibit is Blue Bell, an Angora, owned by Mrs. F. Schook of Lombard, Ill. A superb “smoke” cat sent from Sioux City, Iowa, by the Faerie cattery, of Mrs. W. W. Baldwin, occupies a stall all by itself and attracted much attention.
A fine mottled cat, “Peggie,” was sold last evening, and the seller, Mrs. James B. Sanders, changed her mind fifteen minutes after the sale and wanted to buy back her pet. If the rules of the show will permit, the managers will try to induce the purchaser to cancel the sale to-day, or accept a bonus from Mrs. Sanders.
The show is under the management of the following: Mrs. W. H. Amerson, Mrs. O. T. Blake, Mrs. M. M. Mitchell, Mrs. F. W. Story, Mrs. I. B. Albert, Mrs. W. B. Strattan, Mrs. Lewis C. Denman, Mrs. Copeland Schuman, Mrs. Adam, and Miss Emma Austin. There is one man on the committee on prizes and awards, Earl J. Woodward.
1907 CHICAGO CAT SHOW.
THE CAT SHOW FROM THE CAT’S POINT OF VIEW (The Inter Ocean, January 13th, 1907).
[This begins in a twee manner, but has some information on the Beresford Cat Club]
"What are you grinning about?” inquired the Michigan avenue Angora to the Grand boulevard Cheshire, as they lunched together on catfish chowder with catchup sauce at the home of the latter last week.
“I was thinking how little show the Manx will have at the coming Beresford club function in the Coliseum. Now, if I had a rudder as brief as the Manx I would steer clear of all these catarrh parties the; hold annually at the Wabash avenue catacombs,” went on the Cheshire, still wearing the smile that won't come off.
“Well,” replied the Angora, "there are lots of people who become celebrated for the lack of something. For instance, there Is William J. Bryan, whose chief renown is due to the fact that he never can quite reach what he is after. I think the fact that the Manx has no tail to get caught in the door jamb is a short cut to fame.”
“Even so,” continued the Cheshire, “can you give me a categorical synopsis of this coming function, and incidentally tell me a few reasons why pet poodles and short haired Chihuahua dogs are included In the catalogue of a cat show?”
“Merely using the pups as a catspaw to draw in the public to see us old chestnuts,” replied the Angora, proudly smoothing out her silky sleeve and yawning lazily. “As for a description of the cat show, who can tell what will happen at an affair which is to be handled by several phases of society. The chances are it will indeed be a cat and dog affair about the time the prizes are awarded.”
“It is likely to prove quite a catastrophe to most of you,” remarked the Tortoise-shell, who had dropped in for a short call, “but for me just another chance to scamper away with enough blue ribbons to redecorate my den, provided, of course, the thing is on the square.”
“On the square,” repeated the Cheshire. “That’s what makes the Maltese cross. Last year and the year before, after everybody had handed the Maltese a lot of petting and mauling, the Judges turned around and awarded all the ribbons to a bunch of those white and brown tabbies, and all the Maltese got was the glad hand.” [On the square is a freemasonry reference]
“I have observed that the Maltese was somewhat catacaustic about the prospect of another show," said the Angora, “but it is a safe bet she will come to the scratch when the time arrives. All I hope is that they give me a good location near the door.”
“There you go again,” whimpered the Chihuahua from her cosy corner behind the radiator. “I never knew a time when you and the Chinchilla were not calling attention to the fact that you are equipped with heavy winter overcoats. All I ask is for a warm spot, way back from the drafts, and where I won't be too conspicuous.”
“Oh, cheese!” broke In the Cheshire, “but it’s about time you quit being sensitive just because the spectators remark that it looks like a skin game to take money for looking at Chihuahua dogs.” –
“At that I have the bulge on the Tortoiseshell cat,” insisted the Chihuahua pup, “for she gets it both going and coming. One-half of the spectators remember enough of history to recall the tortoise was too slow to get even show money, and the other half makes some suggestive remarks about shell games.”
“Those are my little private catastrophes, and they only go to show,” remarked the Tortoiseshell, “that domestic animals have their woes as well as the leaders of society. I predict, however, that all concerned will be somewhat relieved when this cat exposition is over. Meanwhile. I wonder if it is de trop to inquire as to what excuse these titled English people have for Introducing their expensive fads and fancies into our home brewed regime. The proper place for either cat or dog, it seems to me, is in close proximity to the fireside, and not in the public exhibition hall, where both praise and abuse tend to spoil our dispositions and our appetites.”
Toy Dogs to Be Exhibited. At all events, plans have been completed to hold the toy dog show In connection with the cat show this year, and it is probable that some of the best specimens of this class of canines and the champions of all classes of felines in the country will be exhibited. The show will be held at the Coliseum annex on Jan. 22, 23, and 24.
Mrs. Clinton Locke, president of the Beresford Cat Club of America, which has conducted a feline exhibition in Chicago annually for the last six years, announces an entry list that exceeds in numbers and quality all previous exhibitions. “The Beresford club is the oldest, largest, and most influential cat organisation in the world,” said Mrs. Locke yesterday. “The membership numbers several hundred, and includes such well known personages as Mme. Henriette Ronner of Belgium and Louis Wain of Westgate-on-the-Sea, England, famous cat artists. The club is named after Lady Marcus Beresford, who founded the cat fancy in England.
“Miss Frances Simpson of England, Miss Helen Winslow of Boston, and Miss Agnes Repplier of Philadelphia, each of whom has written a book on the cat, are members of the Beresford club. New Zealand has representation in F. J. Niall, who resides at Hawera.”
Mrs. Locke, who founded the cat fancy In America, is the only American who la a member of the National Cat Club of England. The Beresford is the only club which has a complete set of the National Cat club stud books, and also a set of Lady Marcus Beresford’s organization, the Cat Club of England, which is now no longer in existence.
Among the cat classes to be judged by H. F. Vidal and Dr. C. A. White at the coming show are those for long haired champions, sweepstake, novices, senior kittens, junior kittens, and short haired champions and kittens.
Long-haired White Cat. A class open to the world will be that in which long haired white cats will compete for the Jungfrau challenge cup, presented by Mrs. Josiah Cratty of Oak Park. This is a trophy which must be won three times by the same exhibitor. Each year the winner's name and score is engraved on the trophy. Another important trophy is that offered by the Lockehaven Cat club for the champion cat of the show. This trophy becomes the property of the owner of a cat which wins for the third time.
The officers of the Beresford club this year are:
President — Mrs. Clinton Locke.
First Vice President — Mrs. Charles Hampton Lane.
Second Vice President — Mrs. Josiah Cratty.
Treasurer — Mrs. Elwood H. Tolman.
Corresponding Secretary — Mrs. Elbert E. Besse.
Recording Secretory — Miss Lucy C. Johnstone.
Directors — Miss Louise L. Fergus, Mrs. W. Eames Colburn, Mrs. A. H. L’Hommedieu, Mrs. Louise Read, and Mrs. C. G. Snow.
Mrs. C. H. Lane will officiate as manager of the cat department of the exhibition.
Mrs. Lane will be assisted by the following committees:
Show — Mrs. Clinton Locke, Mrs. J. H. Bixby. Mrs. W. E. Colburn, Mrs. Josiah Cratty, Mrs. Victor Falkenau, Mrs. Ava L Pollard.
Committee on Allotment and Transportation — Mrs. E. B. Besse, Miss Bessie Saul, Mrs. A. H. Baker. Mrs. C. G. Snow. Mrs. W. M. Chapman, Mrs. Percy A. Wattles.
Committee on Tearoom — Miss Louise Fergus and Mrs. A. H. L’Hommedieu.
Committee on Sale of Cats — Mrs. F. A. Howe.
Committee on Feeding Cats - Mrs. Howard Alton, Mrs. Hugh E. King, Mrs. Bartlett Keen, Mrs. C. G. Snow, and Mrs. J. G. Lewis.
Show Secretary — Miss Lucy C. Johnstone.
Show Treasurers — Mrs. Elwood H. Tolman and Mrs. Louise Read.
Judges — H. F. Vidal and Dr. C. A. White.
Veterinary Surgeon — Dr. C. A. White.
This will be the first annual exhibition of the American Toy Dog club. The officers of the organisation promise a large exhibition, which will include the champions of the various breeds. A number of entries have been received from the East. The officers of the American Toy Dog club are: President, Mr. Charles Joseph; first vice president, Mrs. Fredericks; second vice president, Mrs. Naylor; treasurer, Mrs. Osborne, and secretary, Mrs. A. H. King.
1908 CHICAGO CAT SHOW.
300 CATS WILL MEW TO AID SWEET CHARITY THIS WEEK – The Inter Ocean, 27th January, 1908
Cats are supposed to be on the earth for the purpose of catching mice and rats and to serve as pets for nice old maids, hut it remains for the fact to be demonstrated that they may aid the cause of charity as well. On Jan. 30, 31 and Feb. 1 there will between 200 and 300 cats of aristocratic lineage on exhibition at the Ohio building. Congress street and Wabash avenue, under the auspices of the Chicago Cat Fanciers association, and the proceeds of the show will be devoted to the aid of the Illinois Industrial School for Girls at Evanston, an institution which is almost entirely supported by private subscription.
The president of the school, Mrs. Henry Solomon, 440C Evanston avenue, spoke of the needs of the institution yesterday as follows: “The school is sadly in need of funds, and I sincerely hope the cat show will be a success. The county pays the school $10 per month for each child it sends to us, and it costs us $15 a month to care for the child. Consequently we face a deficit of $600 each month. If the public fully appreciated the kind of work the school performs I am sure it would not neglect us.”
This will be the first annual show of the Chicago Cat Fanciers association, and the president, Mrs. James M. Adams expressed the belief yesterday that it would be the equal of any show of its kind ever given in Chicago. The secretary, Mrs. Helen E. Reardon, reported that entries were pouring in from all parts of the United States.
FREE POULTRY SHOW TICKETS FOR CHILDREN OF CHICAGO – Chicago Daily Tribune, 18th February, 1908
Despite the inclement weather of yesterday, huge throngs visited the poultry show being conducted by the National Fanciers and Breeders’ association in the Coliseum, and the dog and cat show being given by the Beresford Cat club in the big building's annex. The string of automobiles in front of the latter building and the groups of prettily gowned women inside prove that the cat show is more or less of a society event, while the former has more attraction for the men and children.
Among the interesting exhibits at the cat show are a pair of Abyssinians, the only ones in America. To the “unsophisticated” they look like ordinary short haired cats of salt and pepper color, but Miss Jane Cathcart of Oradell, N. J., the owner, says they are valuable beyond conception. Two Russian, blue, also a rare quality, attract much attention. They are owned by Mrs. Mary S. Sage.
HONORS IN CHICAGO FOR ROCHESTER CATS – Democrat and Chronicle, 21st December 1908
Since Genesee Valley Jane, the handsome silver tabby owned by Mrs. Elizabeth L. Brace, of Frose avenue, came home from the cat show hold by the Beresford Club in Chicago last week, she has been the cockiest cat in town, because the judges said that she was the best short-haired cat in the show. The fact that she is pretty isn’t new to her, for at the show hold in Syracuse two weeks ago they said she was the best short-haired cat, only her honors have been multiplied. If she attempted to wear all her medals, ribbons, etc., they would cover both her bosom and her back. In Chicago she won first in the open, first in the kitten class and fifteen «specials.
Mrs. Brace took ten of Miss Jane R. Cathcart’s cats to Chicago, as well Jane, and they too got a fine lot of prizes. Those cats, with a number of others owned by Miss Cathcart of Oradell, N.J. are spending the winter at the home of Mrs.
Brace. Eight the New Jersey short hairs won first prizes and the others were awarded seconds. Mrs. Brace also took charge of Peterkin, a Russian blue, belonging to Mrs. Mary S. Sage, which was the best male in the show.
On December 29th, a week from tomorrow, Mrs. Brace will go to New York for the show to be hold by the Atlantic Club on December 30th, 31st and January 1st. There she will again enter Geneses Valley Jane, Mrs. Sage’s Peterkin and three cats of Miss Cathcart’s: Kombo and Snowdrift, a pair of whites with blue eyes; Sacha and Speedwell, Russian blue females; two Siamese males, a pair of Abyssinians, Silver Stripes and Dame Fortune Second, silver tabbies; Paul and Narka, two domestic blues.
1914 CHICAGO CAT SHOW.
TABBIES OF HIGH DEGREE. The Inter Ocean, 8th February, 1914
If there is any group of people who can sit back and smile this year when the eugenists hold the forum, it is breeders of fine animals who for years have devoted themselves to developing thoroughbred types. One of the most important organisations to have fostered this interest in Chicago has been the Beresford Cat Club of America, which will hold the fourteenth annual cat show Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday of this week at the Coliseum annex.
In years past the show has brought to Chicago Manx, Persian, Chinese, Angora and tortoiseshell cats that have more than justified the passion for feline beauty that has been a major incident in the lives of men like Pierre Loti, and that has called into being essays like Agnes Repplier’s and a chaplet of charming verses in all the tongues of earth.
Today the proud mistresses of long and short-haired pussies the country over and from Canada are ironing out distinguished pedigrees, taking a last inventory of baskets that look more like princess’ boudoirs than kitty's traveling compartment, hastily packing their own trunks and speeding to Chicago. A few of the animals will be sent by express, but, for the most part, owners of fine cats never let them travel alone and treat them far more like children than like animals.
Among the visitors whose distinguished tabbies will be benched this week are Mrs. Carroll Macy of new York, who comes to show King Winter, champion prize winner and conceded the Best Persian in America; Mrs F.E. Hewitt of Grimsby, Ontario, who comes with a stunning string of five blacks; Mrs Wallace E. Capes of St. Louis, who owns the most unique collection of cream and orange cats in the country; Mrs. C.W. Chapin of Forrestville, N.Y., who brings her undefeated blues; Miss Ethel Clahane of Columbus, Ohio, who brings the famous champion Bruno’s Best Boy direct from the Boston Cat Show; Mrs. W.L. Pearson of Houston, Texas, with her rare orange kittens, and Mrs. Clayton Andres of Minneapolis with her silvers.
Authorities on cat lore and breeding, also the editors of the leading cat magazines of the country (Mrs. Oliver Dosch of the Cat Review and Mirs. Elizabeth Brace, editor of the Cat Courier), will be in town for the show. The club was named after Marquise Beresford, celebrated English fancier of cats. Mrs. Clinton Locke, honorary president, and Mrs. Elbert besse, active preseident of the organization, anticipate a record-breaking exhibit. Cats of more classes, kinds and distinctions than any mere humble admirer of a cozy puss purring on the parlor cushions ev er dreamed of, will be awarded prizes on Tuesday.