REPORTS FROM EARLY BRITISH CAT SHOWS - 1892

1892 CRYSTAL PALACE CAT SHOW

NOTES FROM THE 1892 CRYSTAL PALACE SHOW CATALOGUE

The Crystal Palace Show of 1892 took place on October l8th and 19th. One of the specials for Best in Show was presented by Louis Wain, the President of the National Cat Club. It was " one of his Framed Humorous Drawings of Cats" and was won by Mrs Pattison with a red-and-white tabby Longhair called Chicot. It is not known what eventually became of Wain's drawing. Despite the high entrance fee (3 shillings and sixpence) and the low First Prize in each class (a Pound) the 1892 show attracted 606 cats. In those days, cats were only entered in one class. Nearly 150 of those cats were shown by working men who had a reduced entry fee of eighteen pence and a similarly reduced First Prize of ten shillings and the possibility of a silver medal. Interestingly, many of the exhibitors were men - very different to modern shows where women predominate in number. Harold Leeney, M.R.C.V.S., was the Hon. Veterinary surgeon to the show and the catalogue carried an advertisement for his services. Mr. Leeney had been studying canker for more than twenty years and believed that he had found the infallible cure. He was prepared to visit cats in their own homes for an inclusive charge for advice and medicine of a shilling a mile, but with a minimum charge of half-a-crown. Incidentally, the advertisements in the 1892 catalogue included one for a hanging chart (24 inches by 18 of varnished Linen) for the children's nursery where you could read at a glance what to do if the child was drowning or swallowed coins or buttons.

Tabbies were well to the fore numerically and the different colours had a generous classification. The Longhair section had separate classes for Blacks and Blues. For the first time Blues "without White" outnumbered Blues with white. The best Blue male was Mrs. Thompson's "Blue Boy the Great", a consistent winner all over the country. Among the females there were plenty of veterans, but none with a previous record of successes. In the Black male class, 1890 and 1891 winner "Satan" took only Second prize, losing the First prize to "Castor". Castor is another cat whose name vanishes forever. Among the Shorthairs there was a special class for Blues, and three out of the eight were definitely stated to be Russians. Once again Mrs. Herring's Russian "Roguey" won the first prize. Roguey had been a winner all over the country, though it is unclear in retrospect whether he was closer in type to a Russian or to the emerging British Shorthair Blue breed. The Commended card went to a Russian owned by Mrs. McLaren Morrison. The class for Manx attracted seven entries. One had appeared at the previous year's Crystal Palace Cat Show; this being Millie. In 1891, Millie was listed as being five years old, but in 1892 she was listed as being four years old! Millie does not appear to have won any prizes in 1892.

There was a class for Siamese of either sex which attracted nine entries. Mrs Herring's entry, Lady Curly Tail, received no award. The name suggests a tail with several kinks, something not uncommon at the time. The further description of the class was "Black Malay or Siamese imported from the Philippine Islands." It seems solid Blacks occasionally appeared in the early litters of imported Siamese, suggesting a female had mated with cats other than a selected Siamese stud. Among the entries were "Lolo" who was " a dark fawn with light points"; and "Prince Bigit" who was "a dark fawn with dark points," and "Titti Shang" who was described as "fawn grey." The First prize was won by "Siam" who had also won at the Crystal Palace Show in the previous, and at the NCC show, and Redhill, Ealing and Halifax. In addition to his First prize, Siam was awarded the Special for best Shorthair. Unfortunately he seems to have disappeared completely after the Crystal Palace show of 1892, though of course he may have been sold and renamed (or succumbed to Show Fever).

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Women who are fond of cats will be interested in knowing that the aristocratic tabby to which was awarded the first prize at the recent cat show in London rejoiced in the name of “Chicot,” that it was the property of one Mrs. Pattison, and in all respects a superior animal. It was the proud possessor of a long-haired white coat beautifully marked with red, which called forth enough admiration from fair visitors at the Crystal Palace to have turned the head of a less sagacious feline. But a cat that is able to walk away with the “first prize, gold medal, silver medal, and two specials” without turning a hair ought to be able to withstand a few feminine exclamations. . - Chicago Daily Tribune, November 19, 1892

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CRYSTAL PALACE CAT SHOW Globe, 19th October 1892
The prizes given at the Crystal Palace Cat Show strike the impartial observer as rather peculiar. Thus note “an emu egg challenge vase,” "emu egg claret cups,” and emu egg spirit barrel.” Can this have anything to say to the plague of cassowaries that has lately been desolating the columns of the Times?

THE NATIONAL CAT SHOW. Morning Post, 19th October 1892
The 24th annual Cat Show was opened yesterday at the Crystal Palace, and will be continued to-day. The entries are very numerous, and are arranged in 50 classes. Some of them come from distant parts of the United Kingdom, at least one silver medallist hailing from Ireland. Perhaps the most interesting of the exhibits to those who have no particular "fancy” for any special variety of the feline race are those from Iceland, Siberia, and Thibet, but which are more curious than beautiful. Some of the home-grown products are undoubtedly handsome, especially the red and silver tabbies, the tortoiseshells, and the red and white specimens. One of the latter, belonging to a lady of Norwood, takes a gold medal and several other valuable prizes. The Show is located in one of the galleries, and is well worth a visit.

CAT SHOW AT THE CRYSTAL PALACE. London Daily News, 19th October 1892
The dog has been described as the friend of man. What creature, then (man apart), is the friend of woman? Perhaps not the cat, which is, in the main, the friend of . . . the cat. But all the evidences which a show can furnish combine to demonstrate that woman is the friend of the "harmless, necessary'' animal which, in its many varieties of long hair, short hair and different colours, is now on view at the Crystal Palace. First, there is the catalogue, with about six hundred entries, manifesting a great preponderance of "Mrs." and “Miss" over "Mr." in the list of exhibitors. Then there is the appearance of the cages. Lastly, the visitors betray that woman, rather than man, is the cat's friend. At all events, ladies formed the immense majority of the company that assembled yesterday at the Crystal Palace on the occasion of the twenty-fourth annual cat show (which will close tonight). It must be admitted that the show is an interesting one, and all the appreciation of the feline c tribe cannot really be left to the ladies, for the judges, five in number, were men. The task of awarding prizes was, in some cases, by no means easy, as the judging was not concluded until an unusually late hour. A large number of the animals were "'not for sale," or had prices set down which were obviously prohibitory. Mrs. D. McL. Morrison, who exhibited in many classes and took several prizes, is the owner of a curious a woolly cat from Thibet, which was awarded the first t prize in the "any other variety" class. Mrs, Herring, Mrs. Nash, Miss F. Moore, Mrs. H. B. Thompson, Mrs. Shelley, Mr. R. T. Babb, Miss Nellie Mallett, Miss Coulson, and Mrs. W. Lennard, were among other winners of first prizes for animals which had had a similar record at previous shows at the Crystal Palace, or elsewhere.

A gold medal, offered by the National Cat Club for the best cat in the exhibition, had to be awarded by the consent of all the judges, and was given to Mrs. Pattison, for “Chicot," in one of the long-haired classes. This award carried with it a humorous drawing of cats by Mr. Louis *Wain, President of the National Cat Club ; and the same animal won a special prize of a marble timepiece for the best long-haired cat in the exhibition, and also the challenge vase presented by Mr. A. A. Clarke, Treasurer of the National Cat Club. A timepiece offered for the best short-haired cat was awarded to Miss F. Moore for “Siam," which also took it a silver medal. Another challenge vase, offered by Mr. Clarke, was won by Mrs. H. B. Thompson, for the third time. Both the challenge vases required to be won three times, though not necessarily in succession, before becoming the property of tie winner. Other special prizes were won by Mrs. Herring, Mr. Eliot Hill, Mrs. M. E. Shelley, Mrs. .J. Wells, Miss Buck, Mrs. J. Borough, Miss Hider, Mr. W. Pearson, Miss C. Elwes, and Mrs. H. B. Thompson. The judges were the Rev. J. G. Gardner, Mr. G. Billett, Mr. A. A. Clarke, Mr. Louis Wain, and Mr. G. H. Billett.

CAT SHOW AT THE CRYSTAL PALACE. Globe, 19th October 1892
The 24th annual Cat Show, which was opened yesterday at the Crystal Palace, is a more extensive exhibition than in previous years. There were over 600 entries and competition was very keen in most classes, more especially in that for long-haired animals. The best cat in the show is “Chicot,” red tabby and white, aged eight months, the property of Mrs. Pattison. The animal is remarkably fine, both in form and marking, and besides being awarded the gold medal of the National Cat Club as the beet cat, also gained a special prize presented by Mr. Louis Wain, together with two other prizes for the best long-haired cat. The two best long-haired kittens under three months are Mrs. Tatchell's ‘‘Trixie” and ‘‘Sylvia,” while in the class of kittens between three and six months old, without markings, a pair exhibited by Mrs. J. Wells obtained a silver medal and first prize. Mrs. Herring’s “Jimmy” was awarded a silver medal and first prize in the class for silver and blue male tabbies, and the same lady’s “Lady Godiva” was adjudged best in the class for females. Mrs. D. McL. Morrison's “Lena,” [Lama] imported from Thibet, gained first prize for short-haired cats, and being variety seldom seen in this country it was viewed with considerable interest. The show, which in ail classes is interesting, remains open to-day.

CAT SHOW AT THE CRYSTAL PALACE – The Times, October 19, 1892.
The 24th annual National Cat Show was opened in the South Gallery of the Crystal Palace yesterday, and will be continued to-day. During the past few years the entries have been steadily increasing, and the present show is in no way behind. Besides the usual varieties of cats at the show there are one or two “novelties” — a cat from Tibet, the first ever exhibited here, and two kittens from a farm in Iceland. The Tibetan cat — “Lama” by name — is of a dark colour, with a woolly kind of hair altogether different from the ordinary description. This cat, which is exhibited by Mrs. Morrison, was awarded first prize in its class. The exhibits are arranged in sections, 56 in all, several money prizes being allocated to each class, over and above the silver medals presented by the Crystal Palace Company and other prizes in kind. In the case of a large number of the exhibits, it was evident that they were held in great estimation by their owners, who had considerately provided cushions and rugs for their pets during their enforced seclusion. Of the show as a whole the judges reported that the Persians were very good, while the long-haired kittens were much better than usual. The gold medal presented by the. National Cat Club for the best cat in the exhibition was awarded to Mrs. Pattison's “Chicot," which also won the first prize in its class, the silver medal presented by the Crystal Palace Company for the best cat in classes 20 to 25, a time-piece, also presented by the company, for the best long-haired cat in the exhibition, a challenge vase, and several other prizes. Silver medals were also awarded to Mrs. Herring's “Jimmy,” which carried off the gold medal last year ; Miss F. Moore's “Siam,” which also won a time-piece given for the best short-haired cat in the exhibition ; Mr. Elliot Hill’s kittens “Inch Yom” and “Inch Korig,” Mrs. Shelley’s “Trapee,” Mrs. Wells's two long-haired kittens in class 34, Miss Buck’s “Jumbo,” Mrs. Borough’s “Selim,” and Miss Hider’s “Jimmy.” Extra prizes were also won by Mrs. Thompson’s “Blue Boy the Great” and Miss Elwes’s “Backbiter” and “Busybody.” During the afternoon a large number of the public visited the show, and in a very short time a considerable number of sales were effected. The judges were the Rev. J. G. Gardner and Messrs. Geo. Billett, Clarke, Wain, and G.H. Billett.

THE NATIONAL CAT SHOW. London Evening Standard, 19th October 1892
The twenty-fourth annual National Cat Show was opened yesterday at the Crystal Palace. The animals exhibited were, if anything, finer than usual, and the attendance in the end galleries of the south nave, where 600 and odd distinct entries are located, was more numerous than at any previous show. Among the cats were several brought from an Icelandic farm three days' journey inland from Reykjavik, from Siberia, and a unique specimen from Thibet, said to be the first of the kind ever exhibited. This animal, which is the property of Mrs. D. M. Morrison, is black, with a covering which is more like wool than fur. The owner was awarded a first prize. It was extremely amusing to watch the animals as they eyed the sparrows which have their habitat in the Palace, and which every now and then alighted on the gallery floor before the public were admitted. This was the severest part of the feline trials, for they do not, as a rule, take at all kindly to the captivity of their wire cages.

The exhibits were arranged in fifty-six distinct classes, and the prizes were very numerous. In the classes for short-haired he-cats the chief prize takers were Mrs. Nash, Upper Norwood, with a handsome tortoiseshell and white, which has in previous years won honours at the show, and Mrs. Herring, Lee, with a dark tabby, which has also distinguished itself before. The same lady took a first prize and silver medal for a veritable champion "Jimmy," which has previously won eight silver medals, a gold medal, and many special prizes, although he is only two years and five months old. Mr. B. Bedward, Norwood, was first with a beautiful red tabby ; Mrs. Morrison, Northallerton, with a white Mandarin ; Mrs. Herring with a superb blue Russian, which is almost as great a prize winner as the before-mentioned Jimmy ; Mr. W.Kershaw, Rochdale, with a tortoiseshell also having a record: Mr. W. Marlow, Hatcham, with a tortoiseshell and white; Mrs. Hurst, Norwood, with a dark brown tabby ; Mrs. Herring, who sent 20 cats, another first in the class for silver or blue tabbies ; Mr. R. T. Babb, Penge, with a red tabby ; Mrs. Herring again with a silver ticked Abyssinian, covered with glory from former shows all over the Kingdom, and Miss F. Moore, Beckenham, a first and silver medal for a magnificent pure-bred Siamese. The proudest cat in the show ought certainly to be Mrs. Pattison’s (Norwood) red and white tabby, Chicot. He takes a timepiece in marble case presented by the Crystal Palace Company for the best long-haired cat in the exhibition, a silver medal, the National Cat Club's gold medal, presented by Mr. Louis Wain, the President, together with a humorous drawing, and finally, a mounted emu egg challenge vase, given by Mr. A. A. Clarke, treasurer of the Club, to be won three times before becoming the property of the exhibitor. Miss Moore's cat Siam also takes a marble timepiece given by the Company for the best short-haired cat in the Exhibition. Mrs. H. B. Thompson, Darlington, is awarded a second emu egg challenge vase, also given by Mr. Clarke, on the same terms, for a blue "self colour " without white, which has already taken half a score of prizes. Miss C. Elwes, Northampton, obtains a pair of mounted emu egg claret cups for the best pair of self-coloured long-haired kittens under three months old ; Mrs. J. Wells, Isleworth, takes an emu egg spirit barrel for the best pair of self-coloured long-haired kittens between three and six months old ; and Mr. Pearson, Darlington, is winner of an oil painting of Joseph Larnold, presented by Mrs. Herring. Amongst others who take silver medals and first prizes are Mr. Elliot Hill, Helen's Bay, Ireland ; Mrs. M. E. Shelley, Norwood ; Mrs. J. Wells, Isleworth ; Miss Buck, West Dulwich ; Mrs. J. Borough, Newport, Salop; and Miss Hider, Sydenham. One of the curiosities of the show is an enormous short-haired tabby, weighing, it is said, nearly 201b., belonging to Mrs. Moody, Camberwell, Sir Tommy's bulk, however, did not gain him a prize. In every respect the exhibition, which remains open to-day, is most interesting.

CURIOSITY AT THE CRYSTAL PALACE CAT SHOW South Wales Daily News, 20th October 1892
Among the curiosities at the Crystal Palace Cat Show is “Lama," imported by Mrs D Morrison from Tibet, the first of the kind seen in this country. It is a rusty black with half-curled coat, not unlike that of an Airedale terrier.

CRYSTAL PALACE CAT SHOW Dundee Advertiser, 20th October 1892
There a fashion in cats as well in as in gowns and bonnets, china and furniture. Just now the star of the blue Persian cat in the ascendant. A number of these fashionable feline beauties are to be seen at the great Cat Show at the Crystal Palace. One blue Persian beauty is priced at no less a sum than £1000. Another famous prize winner is Miss F. Moore's "Siam," a beautifully-marked Siamese cat. A jet black cat - "Jenny" - the property the Illustrated London News, naturally attracts the attention of pressmen, and still more of presswomen. The majority of visitors are ladies, who pause by the dainty silk and lace trimmed bowers of pussydom and exhaust their vocabulary over the winning ways of cats and kittens.

CRYSTAL PALACE CAT SHOW Birmingham Daily Post, 20th October 1892
The twenty-fourth annual cat show was opened on Tuesday at the Crystal Palace, and will be continued today. The entries are very numerous, and are arranged in fifty-six classes. Some of them come from distant parts of the United Kingdom, at least one silver medallist hailing from Ireland.

CAT SHOW AT THE CRYSTAL PALACE Exeter and Plymouth Gazette, 20th October 1892
The Cat Show at the Crystal Palace is really very well worth a visit, and affords striking evidence of the effect these exhibitions have in improving the breed of the animals exhibited. The development of the beauties and points of poor puss within the last few years is surprising, and it is hardly too much to say that the average of the exhibits is now up to the level of the prize-winners when the Shows were first started. There are some beautiful creatures which would delight the heart of Harrison Weir or Henriette Ronner when on the look out for a subject. As for the kittens they won all hearts, and I was not surprised to find they sold rapidly. The Thibetan cat, never before exhibited is a curious black animal with a woolly coat, as different from the long silky hair of the English cat as a negro’s crop is from a modern belle’s. The Iceland cats did not seem to like their novel situation, one of them seeming like a wild animal and tearing at the wires; but for the most part Grimalkin was resigned to his fate, though sometimes looking sadly pensive and evidently thinking Shows a bore.

CRYSTAL PALACE CAT SHOW London Evening Standard, 20th October 1892
The twenty-fourth Annual Cat Show, which was brought to a close yesterday, is stated by connoisseurs to have surpassed, in every element of success, the delightful experiences of earlier displays. An institution which now trembles on the verge of a jubilee - for a quarter of a century of existence is, as things go now, an overwhelming reason for a gala celebration - should need neither defence nor praise. Twenty years is a long time in the life of man, and covers many generations of cats. The innocent kitten who wore the blue ribbon in the first competition has passed long since through all the stages of friskiness and adventure, of lethargy and obesity, and sleeps in the sunny corner near the rose bush which tradition demands for departed favourites of this privileged race. But the domestic instinct which forms so engaging a feature in cat nature has ordained that there shall be no break in the succession, and it is hardly presumption to suppose that, among those who yesterday and the day before claimed the homage of the human crowd, were descendants in the twentieth degree of the heroes of the prime. Biography is rather difficult when the son succeeds the sire in the discharge of family responsibilities at so short an interval as occurs in the world of cats; but it will be a labour of love for some enthusiast to compile a Stud Book for this order of creation. It would be interesting to find how far the law of heredity holds good, and whether moral qualities are transmitted as well as physical.

For the present, the taste of the amateurs inclines, it would appear, to novelty. The fine old types have still their cult, and we read with pleasure of Tabbies and of Tortoiseshells, of silky Angoras, and of azure Carthusians, who have distinguished themselves by excellences after the more or less traditional manner. But it is with cats as with flowers- - the loveliness that is known is more lightly prized than the lesser beauty that is new ; and, accordingly, we find, without surprise, that, though the other exhibits (if that be not too coarse a term to employ in so tender a connection) pleased the taste of the cultivated, enthusiasm was reserved for "a curious woolly cat" from Thibet and two piquant kittens from a farm in Iceland. These were, so to speak, the rare orchids of the Show. The others got awards and honourable mentions for intrinsic merit; but it was these unprecedented specimens that fascinated and held the gaze of the experts. There is food for thought in the fact that even a white Mandarin is not absolutely satisfying; and that the devotee, sated with contemplation of the charms of red Tabbies, silver-ticked Abyssinians, or pure-bred Siamese, yearns for something new, and finds it in an importation from Reykjavik or Khatmandu.

There is it must be confessed, a certain halo of superstitious awe about these exotic pets. The cat has always been something "uncanny." No prudent person would care to meet a black tom, with well-arched back, and eyes of baleful light, in the middle of the road at midnight, and the intimate relations of the race with witches are too well attested by judicial proceedings under the Plantagenets and the Tudors to be open to dispute by anyone who believes in the wisdom of his forefathers. But a cat from Thibet is a mystery of mysteries. Who knows but he may have been the "familiar" of a Mahatma - that he may have enjoyed the confidence of Madame Blavatsky? Mr. Sinnett, who understands these things, might learn a good many secrets of the Esoteric Buddhism, if he could only divine the full import of that Thibetan pussy's mew.

The Show is over, and the cats, we suspect, are glad of it. Dignity may be bought at too high a price, and silken cushions and gilded cages do not disguise captivity. Kings of Spain have found the attentions of their courtiers an intolerable burden, and even a cat who has been rewarded for his superlative sleekness and size by the gift of a marble timepiece or an emu egg vase would probably be delighted to barter it for a chance of chasing one of the toothsome sparrows that twittered tantalisingly near the place of glory and immurement. But to all martyrdom there comes an end ; and the sympathising observer found comfort in the hope that the sop to vanity - a far fling from which neither cats nor their mistresses are wholly exempt - was, in some sort, a set off for the tedium and duress ; and, above all, that the rapture of returning to the freedom and the honours of the beloved fireside would be more than a requital for the temporary constraint. Everyone who has been properly brought up knows the History of Dame Wiggins of Lee, and will therefore be at no loss to picture the ecstatic delight when the cat is restored to the domestic circle, bringing with it medal, or parchment, or work of art, as trophy of its brief excursion to the rude world outside.

We have spoken as if women were peculiarly the friends of cats ; and, in a general way, though there were men in the roll of honour yesterday, that is true. Explanations which are as unscientific as they are chivalrous are frequently given of this well-established law. But we fear that in doing honour to womankind we shall wound the sensibilities, even finer than self-love. Let us say - to get through the difficulty as delicately as possible - that cats are less conspicuous for the possession of virtues than as an object on which the virtues of women can expend themselves. Men are selfish, comfort- loving, devoid of natural affection. On this account they detest the cat. For, as philosophers, to whose researches we are not bound here to refer more particularly, have abundantly proved, the human heart is always most drawn by the qualities in which it is itself deficient. Far be it from us to say anything unkind of children. But it is stated by nurses that sometimes they are a little apt to expect more than they give, and to take all they can get. Nevertheless, the mother loves them not one whit the less. She rejoices in self-sacrifice, she is happy mainly in making them happy. We want, if we can without offence, to suggest that there is an analogy between the child and the cat. Of course, the quadruped is systematically selfish - selfish, one would say, on principle. It is the daintiest of creatures, hates water, and yet keeps itself most exquisitely clean; has a fancy for good things and no scruples about the way of getting them ; delights in causing and prolonging the pain of others - mice and small birds to wit ; has a detestable temper when crossed, and has invented purring as a means of expressing the sublimest sense of satisfaction when other people are making it comfortable. It can be as violently unpleasant as it is interestedly charming. No form of torture is to be compared to caterwauling at midnight, and even the comparatively musical chorus that was heard in the gallery of the Crystal Palace fell discordantly on sensitive ears. It is because in all these matters, and many more, a cat is the very reverse of a good woman that women adore the cat. They find, it may be, a self-regarding pleasure in the softness, the light movements, the insinuating and calculated devotion of the favourite; but its prime passport to favour is that it is a recipient of absolutely unrequited benefits. We believe the business reputation of a cat would be ruined for ever if it were once convicted of having done a kind and thoughtful thing.

Let us be just: cats are devoted mothers, and do their duty to the little ones whom, with a recklessness which the political economist must condemn, they usher into the world in such generous profusion. But though that most imaginative of all orders of literary men, writers on natural history, persist in quoting instances in which cats are supposed to have been impelled by some good impulse - apart from the instinct of maternity - the whole experience of mankind denounces the claim as sentimental imposture. The dog is capable of active goodness and heroic self-forgetfulness: he is, therefore, the favourite and companion of the sex which insists on having interest on any emotional capital it expends. But the cat has not a single benevolent trait, and is, for that reason, the object of woman's uncalculating love. Cats may be peculiarly the pets of those who have no cares of household or of nursery to occupy them, but married ladies, as the recent Show revealed, are by no means disposed to renounce interest in the race. It was women, we are confident, who made the domestic cat an institution, and it is women now who are making it a fashion and a craze. There was a time, it must be remembered, not so many centuries ago, when there were no cats in England - save wild ones, a distinct species. How or why the first came into our midst is unknown. The cat was worshipped as a god in Egypt, and is familiar as a mummy tenant of the tombs. It is always a resource for puzzled speculators to ascribe innovations to the Crusaders, and we may as well, therefore, give some of the returning warriors or pilgrims the credit of having brought with them the first forerunners of the present cat population. It is, at all events, certain that the nuns conceived an especial fancy for them, and so they passed from the convent to the boudoir, and from the boudoir to the fireside. And now that the wide world is being hunted for recruits, who shall set bounds to the future of the animal hateful to mice and men, and dear to the hearts of women ?

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Luckily for cat historians, The Blackheath Gazette, October 21, 1892, carried a long report of the show, listing local exhibitors and prize-winners.

Local Successes at the Crystal Palace Cat Show. At the great National Cat Show at the Crystal Palace, on Tuesday and Wednesday, Mrs Herring, of Lestock House, Lee, who has an exceptionally fine collection of feline pets, was a very successful exhibitor. In the section for “he” cats she took first prize for brown or dark grey tabbies, first for silver or blue tabbies, and first for blue, self-colour, without white, and in the “she’s" first for silver or blue tabbies, third for blue, self-colour, without white, first in any other variety class, and third for best short-haired single kitten. Mr. C. Attwood, of 8, Albion-terrace, Lewisham-road, was awarded a second in a class tor tortoiseshell and white “he’s”; Mr T Dobson, of 32, Boone’s-road, Lee a first for Manx, any colour or sex; Mr J Weightman of 32 Embleton-street, Lewisham, a third in an any other variety class (“she's”).

(Article) The twenty-fourth National Cat Show was held at the Crystal Palace on Tuesday and Wednesday last. No less than 600 entries had been obtained in the 56 classes into which the animals were divided, and in addition to the ordinary varieties, there were cats from Rejkyavik in Iceland, from Siberia, from Siam, and even from Thibet. In addition to the ordinary class prizes, there was a long list of special awards. The gold medal presented by the National .Cat Club for the best cat in the exhibition was awarded to Mrs. Pattison, of Norwood, for an eight months old red tabby and white, named Chicot, a beautiful specimen of the breed.

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Appended is a list of local prize winners:-
Mr B Bedward, 12, Belvedere-road, Upper Norwood, first, class 4, red tabby.
Miss Brigden. Crown-hill, Upper Norwood, second, class 26, white she cat.
Miss A Brunker, 134, Gipsy-hill, second, class 15, black and white she cat.
Mrs Champness, 140, Gipsy-hill, third, class 5, black tom.
Mrs Clarke, 33, Maple-road, Penge, second, class 45, black and white short haired cats.
Mr T Coleman. 113, Wells-road, Sydenham, third, class 48 black tom.
Mrs Davis, “Iona,” 106, Gipsy-hill, second, class 52 long haired tabby
Mr C Dickinson. 13, Calton-road, Dulwich, first, class 51, short haired kitten.
Miss Donley, 15, Palace-square, Upper Norwood, third, class 49, tortoiseshell and white.
Miss Emilena, 144, Gipsy hill, 3rd, class 3, silver tabby.
Miss E M Gessey, 5 Central-hill, Upper Norwood. 3rd, class 11, silver tabby
Mrs Hider. 15, Coombe-road, Sydenham, 1st, class 49, she tortoiseshell.
Miss D Hilton. 9, Woodland-road, Upper Norwood. 3rd, class 45, black and white cat
Mrs W M Hunt. Berwyn. Amberley-road, Sydenham. 3rd, class 32,* pair long haired Persian kittens, C. class 28
Mrs Hurst, 23,Westow-street, Upper Norwood. 1st, class 10, dark brown tabby. 1st class 45, black and white tom, HC class 47, HC class 49.
Miss Jackson, Rosette cottage, Church-road, Upper Norwood. 1st, class 53, brown tabby and white, HC class 51.
Mr E Johnson. 43 Palace-road, Upper Norwood. 1st class 54, black short haired tom
Mrs Kelf, 23, Westow-hill, Upper Norwood, 3rd, class 15
Mrs D Kemp, Rutland cottage, Church-road, Upper Norwood, 1st, class 48 black tom
Mrs King, 17. Anerley-vale. 2nd, class 49 tortoise-shell, HC class 50
Mrs K Leney. 38 Hawthorne-grove, Penge, 3rd, class 37, gelded tabby
Miss M Lough, 11 Rowland-grove, Sydenham. 2nd, black tom
Miss K Mackrell. 122, Devonshire-road, Forest Hill. 1st, class 37 silver grey gelded
Miss F Moore. Oakwood, Beckenham. 1st, class 16, Siamese ; 1st, class 44. smoke Persian
Miss Moore, 8 Dallas-road, Sydenham. 2nd, class 58 long haired black, VHC, class 52
Mrs Nash. 1, Hadlow-place, Upper Norwood. 1st, class 1, short haired tortoiseshell and white
Mrs Pattison. 49 Palace-road, Norwood. 1st, class 23, red tabby and white
Miss A Poulter, “Hollowcombe,” West-hill, Sydenham, 3rd, class 51, short haired kitten
Mr A G Rodgers. 73, Beulah-hill, 3rd, class 54, gelded tabby
Mrs M E Shelley. Sundridge House., Grange-road, Norwood, 1st, class 30, silver tabby
Mrs Shelley, 11, Grange road, Upper Norwood. 1st, class 24. Silver tabby.
Miss G M Stisted. 119, Gipsy-hill, third, class 34, pair long-haired kittens
Miss Stuart. 54, Church road, Upper Norwood, second, class 39, short-haired cat
Miss Wilcher. Water Works, Sydenham Hill, second, class 46, silver grey tabby and white
Mr F Wood. 9, Millpond-cottage, Dulwich Common, third, class 10, tabbies.

The following local cat owners also exhibited:-
Mrs M Armitstead, 3, Naseby-road, Upper Norwood
Mr H Bassett. 17, Anerley-road
Mr C Beard, 5, Brunswick-place, Upper Norwood, C, class 45.
Miss Beaty, Claremont, Lawrie Park-road,Sydenham
Mr Bedward. 12, Belvedere-road. Upper Norwood
Mr R Bell. Greyhound Hotel, Dulwich
Mrs Blundell, Strath Lodge, Beulah-hill
Mrs Bowyer, 1, Prospect-road, Sydenham, HC, class 46
Mrs Brigden. 129, Knight’s-hill, Upper Norwood
Mr W H Briggs. 106, Foxberry-road, Brockley
Miss Bright, Derby Lodge. 25, Gipsy-hill
Miss E Brook. 28, Palace-road, Anerley
Miss C Burbery, 95, Woodland-road, Upper Norwood
Mr Burbecry, 95, Woodland-road, Upper Norwood
Miss, T. Butler. 5, Goose-green. East Dulwich
Miss Butt, Beulah Spa Hotel. Upper Norwood. VHC, class 51
Mr 11 Butt, Beulah Spa Hotel. Upper Norwood. C, class 54
Mr T Cannon, The Gardens, " Hazelwood," Upper Norwood
Mrs C Carter, 3, Paddock-gardens, Upper Norwood, VHC, class 49. HC, class 50
Messrs Carter, Paterson and Company, Maple-road, Penge
Mr A Chadwell, the Stables, Cintra Park, Upper Norwood
Mrs Clifford, 135 Belvedere-road. Upper Norwood
Mrs Coulson. “Fernside,” Sydenhem-hill. C, class 44
Mrs E J Court. “Frewyn,” College-road, Dulwich
Mr W Daws, 23, Kingswood-road, Penge
Mrs C M Denman, 10, Longton-grove, Sydenham
Miss M Dewey. 68, Anerley-road
Mrs Drury, 39, Camden-hill-road, Upper Norwood
Mr. Foster. 134, Gipsy-hill. HC, class 49
Miss O Freeman, 7, Oaksford-avenne, Wells-road, Sydenham. VHC, class 47
Mr Garrett, 103, Woodland-road, Upper Norwood. VHC, olass 50
Mrs Garrett, 103, Woodland road. HC, class 51
Mrs Gidney, 18, Camden-hill-road, Upper Norwood
Mrs. Gillingham, 7, Paddock Gardens, Upper Norwood
Mrs Greenslade, 23, Castledine-road, Anerley
Mr A Griggs. 29, Tarbert-road, East Dulwich
Mr R Grout, Crystal Palace Station, L.C. & D.R
Miss H D Hailey, "Fairlight," West-hill, Sydenham
Mr E Hands. 14, Bradford-road. Sydenham
Miss A Hands. 14, Bradford-road, Sydenham, HC, class 46
Mr F W Harris, Camden hill-road. Upper Norwood. C, class 41 Miss S Harvey, 9, Eagle-hill, Upper Norwood
Miss B Hawkins, 156, Woodland-road, Gipsy Hill
Miss D Hawkins, 156, Woodland-road, Gpnsy Hill
Mrs Hills, 2, Park-villas, Venner-road, Sydenham
Miss Hoare, 47, Barnfield-road, Gipsy Hill. C, class 51
Miss A L. Hodge, “Rockbourne," Upper Norwood. C, class 35
Mrs V Howship. 9, Carbery-road, Upper Norwood
Mrs A M Huxley, 22, Laurel-grove, Penge. VHC, class 19
Miss F Jayne. Alma Hotel, Church-road, Upper Norwood
Mr W E Leadbetter, 22, Laurel-grove, Penge
Mrs Lee. 65 Palace-road, Upper Norwood VHC, class 43
Miss A. Leoch. 15, Carbery-road, Upper Norwood. C, class 47
Mrs Letts. Spa-hill, Upper Norwood. VHC, class 51
Mrs W Letts. 5, Anerley-road
Master F. Lewis, 92, Aaerley-road
Mrs L H Lovell, Camelot, Rectory-road, Beckenham. HC, class 22
Mr E R Lulbam. The Homestead, Sydenham
Mrs H Maidlow. 44, Dartmouth-road, Forest Hill
Mrs J L Manzie, 49, Jasmine-grove, Anerley. C, class 54
Mr Mercer, 11, Central-hill, Upper Norwood
Mrs Mercer, 11, Central-hill, Upper Norwood. HC, class 48
Miss J Monkhouse, Gosforth House, College-road, Dulwich
Miss B Morris, 93, Woodland-road, Norwood. HC, class 48
Miss Nicolson, 19, Versailles-road, Anerley. C, class 44
Mr D Page, 47, Barnfield-road, Gipsy Hill, VHC, class 46 and 51
Mr H Page, 29, Woodbine-grove, Pangs, C, class 61
Mrs F Palmer, 18, Beauchamp-road, Upper Norwood, VHC, class 46.
Mr Parrett, 68, Hlgh-street, 8ydenham.
Miss Pigott, Lowood, Alleyne-road, Dulwich.
Mrs Pigram, 38, Beulah-hill, HC. class 51
Mr T Piper, The Stables, 127, Church-street, Norwood.
Mr Poulter, Hollowcombe, West-hill, Sydenham, VHC, class 47.
Mr Preddy, 50, Sainsbury-road, Gipsy-hill, VHC, class 54
Miss Pymble, 140, Gipsy-hill, VHC, class 43.
Mrs Quinnell, 3, Warwic-terrace, Taylor’s-lane, Sydenham.
Mrs C Rawling, 16, Lynden-grove, Sydenham, HC class 18
Master S Rawlings, 2, Alma Cottage, Church-road Norwood, HC, class 47,
Mrs Rawson, 13, Highland-road, Upper Norwood.
Miss Reading, 70, Beckenham-road, Penge.
Mr P Remnant, 116, Wood-vale, Honor Oak, C class 8
Mr Rose, 18, Prospect-road, Sydenham. VHC class 45
Mrs A. Sadler, Prospect-road, Sydenham. HC class 54
Mrs A. Saunders, Trinity-road, Penge, C class 58
Mrs Scott, 306 Stanstead-road, Forest Hill, HC, class 44
Mr. G. Scrimshaw jun.. Essex Mews, Central Hill.
Miss Seward Pendennis 42, Venner-road, Sydenham, VHC class 34.
Mrs. Sharp, 133, Upland-road, East Dulwich
Miss Shorter, Brightlands, Alleyne Park, Dulwich.
Mr. J. Simpson, 84, Gipsy-hill, Dulwich, HC class 52
Mrs. Spinks, Claver House, Upper Sydenham.
Mrs. E. Stoveil, 32, Laurel-grove, Penge.
Miss Weedon, 8, Dallas-road, Sydenham, VHC class 52.
Mrs. White, 61, Laurel-grove, Penge.
Mr. J. C. White, 61, Laurel-grove. Penge.
Mr. R. Whiting. 11, Paddock Gardens, Upper Norwood, VHC class 51.
Mrs. Wiggins, 8, Willow walk, Sydenham.
Mrs. Wilcher, Water Works, Sydenham-hill, VHC class 18.
Mrs. F. Williamson, 58, Prospect-road, Sydenham.
Mrs. R C Winter, 114, St. Hughs-road, Anerley.
Miss N. Wood, 78, St. Hughs-road, Anerley
Mr. W. Wright. 28, Prospect-road, Sydenham.
Mr. C. E. Wright. 1, Barnfield-road, Gipsy-hill
Mrs. Young. St. Margaret, Beulah-hill

NATIONAL CAT SHOW Western Times, 21st October 1892
At the National Cat Show now on at the Crystal Palace “Snowey,” a well-known prize winning cat, belonging to Mrs. Samuel Dale, of Torquay, secured second prize in the competition for long-haired white cats.

NATIONAL CAT SHOW Yorkshire Gazette, 22nd October 1892
The National Cat Show.—Mrs Morrison, of Northallerton, took the premier prize for white mandarins the National Cat Show, held at the Crystal Palace, on Tuesday ; and Mrs H. B. Thompson, of Darlington, was awarded emu egg challenge vase for the best short-hair cat, her feline nominee being a blue self-colour" without white. Mr Pearson, of Darlington, won an oil painting of Joseph Larnold.

ANNUAL CAT SHOW Nottinghamshire Guardian, 22nd October 1892
This is the week of the Annual Cat Show at the Crystal Palace, and a very charming sight it is. I was there on the opening day, and was very much struck with the increasing number and beauty of the animals exhibited. It is some years since I was at a cat show, and a marked improvement was perceptible in the average quality of the pussies. It used to be the fashion for a good many people to decry cats as unintelligent and selfish, and not affectionate. I need not say that this is an egregious error, as everyone who treats Puss as she ought Ito be treated knows very well. If any such heretics found their way into the Crystal Palace on Tuesday or Wednesday they must have been converted by the mere look of the beautiful creatures, whose large soft eyes were full of intelligence and affection. You could see the difference of disposition too, showing itself in the most amusing way. There was the self-conscious, disdainful beauty quite ready to accept the admiration which was his or her due, though in rather a condescending fashion. There was the lazy, gentleman or lady who did not like missing his or her accustomed comforts and being put out of the usual habits, and who really thought it too great a bore to be boxed up for strangers to stare at and to be poked with straws. There was the home-sick pet, looking wistfully for the accustomed faces and sometimes giving a plaintive mew. There was the timid, or reserved, creature - they kept as far back as possible; and the effusively friendly, which came rubbing up against the wires to be stroked. The majority were wonderfully docile and tractable. I only saw one or two looking cross. One seemed wild, and tore at the wires and at the elegant little curtain which adorned its cage. I was told that this was one of the Icelandic cats, and certainly it seemed much more wild than our ordinary hearthside favourite.

The cat from Thibet takes a first prize, due, perhaps, to its rarity, for such a specimen has never been previously exhibited. It is black, and its coat is more like wool than a cat's fur. It was a very large show, there being no fewer than 606 entries, though all these were not present. Here and there you came across an empty cage bearing the card "This cat not arrived yet." I do not know if the defaulters put in an appearance on the last day of the show. They could not all give such good reason for their absence as one feline matron, who sent the following polite apology:- "Bluette regrets her inability to attend the Crystal Palace Show, but the arrival of three young Blues on October 3 will account for her unavoidable absence." The missing lady evidently belonged to that class of Blue or Russian cats which were formerly so rare, but are now so popular. In former shows you could count them by units. At the Crystal Palace there were rows and rows of them, many of great beauty.

The kittens in all the classes were perfectly charming, and their graceful antics won all hearts. Some were with their mothers, climbing over the maternal back, and tweaking the maternal ears; others were alone together, playing high jinks to their hearts' content. The gravest visitor relaxed into a smile, while many visitors lingered by the cages playing with the lovely, fascinating little things who were delighted to have a romp. It is difficult to specify any one or any group, for they were present in every variety of colour- black, black and white, red, tabby, silver grey, tortoiseshell - adorned with bows and ribbons suiting their respective complexions.

There were 56 classes and many prizes, though outsiders often thought the prize-winners less handsome than their unmarked neighbours. The judges, I suppose, go by certain rules. Class 1, for short-haired he cats, tortoiseshell or tortoiseshell and white, opened with a curious feature. There were only three cats in it, and two prizes. No. 1 gained the second prize, No. 2 gained the first prize. The winner was a light tortoiseshell and white, the second prize a dark cat. The largest cat in the show is Sir Tommy, belonging to Mrs. Moody, of Camberwell, and. which is said to weigh nearly 20lb., and looks as if he did. He is a monster in tabby, but he did not gain a prize. There were many old prize-winners in several classes. The champion cat of the show belongs to a lady. Mrs. Pattison, of Norwood, whose red and white Chicot had the record of as many trophies on his cage as a Waterloo veteran. He takes a timepiece in marble from the Crystal Palace Company for the best long-haired cat in the show, a gold medal from the National Cat Club, a humorous drawing from Mr. Louis Wain, the president of the club, a challenge vase from Mr. Clarke, treasurer of the club, to say nothing of a first prize in his class.

Some people make quite a business of exhibiting cats, one lady sending 20. Many of these take prizes. One silver tabby, belonging to Mrs. Sugden, is the winner of over 60 first prizes and specials, though he is only two years and five months old [this sounds like Mrs. Herring’s Jimmy!]. Some cats are very curiously marked. One has a white body with a black head, giving him the appearance of wearing a cap. Two kittens which take the first prize in their class are a kind of smoky white. A handsome pair of kittens present hereditary credentials, "Mother very clean pawed for being a good mouser and ratter." Another cage bears the curious appeal, "Please do not give any meat or milk to this kitten." A white mother with a pair of black kittens presented a curious contrast. The working men's cats held their own against their aristocratic rivals, .and testify to the care bestowed upon them.

NATIONAL CAT SHOW Preston Herald, 22nd October 1892
During the week the National Cat Show has been taking place the Crystal Palace, and, might have been expected, there was the usual stream of the fair sex to see the creme de la creme of pussyland. Among some 600 entries it is not to be wondered at that there were some very handsome and curious animals, but, true to the old saying, there was not a single tortoiseshell tom to be seen. Some fault was found with the judging, it appears, but, then, this is not to be wondered at, because cats have not their “points” like dogs, and what one person would consider very nearly perfect markings another would condemn - on certain broad lines, however, all are agreed. Speaking generally, the show gave abundant evidence that cat-breeding is making great progress in these days.

Although there was not a single specimen of a pure tortoiseshell tom, there were three male cats with tortoiseshell and white markings, and there was an excellent female red tabby, which, it must be remembered, is quite as rare as a tortoiseshell male. A very curious beast, says the correspondent of a contemporary, came from Thibet. There is a distinct species of cat in that country which is not domesticated, but this Thibet cat was simply extraordinary variation of felis domestica. It was long-necked and lean creature, with a grey black coat, the peculiarity of which was that it was just the texture of Irish frieze. Some funny cats came from Siam. Many were dark, with light markings, and a few fawn-coloured, with black markings. The latter, but for their tails, might at a little distance have been mistaken for very small pug dogs. Some of these Siamese cats have azure eyes, and altogether they are an interesting though not a lovely variety. Cats also came from Archangel, from Siberia, and from the interior of Iceland, but there was nothing very remarkable about them.

Turning to ordinary varieties, the same correspondent says one could not help noticing many wonderfully big cats, and if cats could be “artificially selected” a easily as dogs there seems little reason to doubt that in a few years we might have a cat as big, say, as a Clumber spaniel. Whether a mute cat, or at any rate one mute at night, could also be produced by selection appears doubtful. The new variety would be charming, but where would the breeder begin? Of common kinds perhaps the grey cats were the prettiest in the show. Some cats have a coat of silvery grey, almost as nice the breast of a partridge. Black cats - associated with witches and the prescriptions of physicians - are probably not worth perpetuating from a breeder’s point of view, though many of them attain to large size. The same may be said of “blue” cats, which might be more accurately described as iron-grey. On the whole, one came away from the show with the idea that tortoiseshell silver-grey tabbies and red tabbies are the beauties of the domestic cat species. Another idea gained is that long-haired cats are too much judged by the mere length their coats. A longhaired cat with the distinct markings of a longhaired collie would be a perfectly lovely animal. Such s cat, now that cat-breeding is being taken up seriously, we may yet see.

THE CATS AT THE CRYSTAL PALACE. Illustrated London News, 22nd October 1892
The show of the different varieties of the domestic cat held on Tuesday and Wednesday, Oct. 18 and 19, at the Crystal Palace, is the twenty-fourth annual exhibition, and far as numbers are concerned one of the most successful. There were no less than 606 entries, and the number of exhibitors - the great majority of whom were ladies - was about 400. The animals were arranged as usual in classes according to colour and marking, the shorthaired and long-haired being separately and distinctly grouped. The short-haired headed the list, the first class being for tortoiseshell, wither without white. For some years past no tortoiseshell male cat without white has been exhibited, and the separate class for that variety has been discontinued at the Palace show. Only three tortoiseshell-and-white males put in an appearance, while there were large entries of she-cats of all varieties. The strange circumstance that the particular marking should be confined to one sex is well known, but has not been satisfactorily explained by naturalists. In a state of nature there is no sexual variation in colour in the feline animals. A somewhat similar arrangement prevails with regard to the striped red tabbies. In this variety the males, however, are numerous, the females being very rare. Other singularities of marking are found in the domestic cat. Black cats without a trace of white are rare, there being almost always a few white hairs at the lower part of the neck just at the top of the breast-bone.

The long-haired cats were numerous, and some of the specimens very beautiful. These cats are usually regarded being of Persian origin, the best being still imported from that country ; they also come from Asiatic Turkey, and are often called Angoras. Long-haired cats are amongst the most beautiful of domestic pets, but they entail much trouble on their owners, for if the silky fur is permitted to become entangled it is almost impracticable to comb or brush it into its pristine state. Then, again, they are remarkably delicate. Many, especially those with blue eyes, are deaf, and when young the kittens are subject to fits, during which they dash about in most frantic manner. The half-bred long-haired specimens are hardier, but the length of their silky covering is much diminished.

The only distinctly new variety in the exhibition was a cat stated to have been imported from Tibet. This was a small, dark, slate-coloured specimen with frizzy or curly hair very much like the short hair of a negro. Of the Manx or tailless cats many specimens were shown. The Siamese cats are characterised by having light-coloured bodies, usually buff with black muzzles and extremities ; when correctly marked they are very quaint and attractive.

[. . .] However much the cats of the present age may be esteemed by their possessors, it is to be doubted whether any one of the fair ladies who thronged the galleries of the Crystal Palace on Oct. 18 would, in the case of their death, go into deep mourning and shave off their eyebrows to show their grief, as Herodotus informs was done Egypt years ago. W. B. Tegetmeier.

CRYSTAL PALACE CAT SHOW. Stamford Mercury, 28th October 1892
Mr. I. Hunt, of Sleaford, scoured the second prize at the Crystal Palace Cat Show, held last week, the working men's class (open to all England), for the best tabby.

NATIONAL .CAT SHOW. The Sportsman, 19th October, 1892.
The dogs have their days at the Crystal Palace, and on Tuesday the cats had a turn. Of all their apocryphal nine lives that under the Sydenham roof is one of the most pleasant. Ensconced in cosy cages with all the latest luxuries the shape of cushions and curtains, the competing felines at the twenty-fourth show sleep the hours away in comfort. Six hundred odd specimens were on Tuesday exhibited in the North Nave, and so attractive were the familiar household quadrupeds that the gallery was crowded with admirers of pussy all day. The exhibitors are chiefly ladies, and so it was with the visitors. Old and young crowded round the cages to get a glimpse of the “dear pets," who appeared to enjoy the admiration expressed. The worst feature of all shows is the want of some better regulation of the traffic. Everyone wandered about at his or her own sweet will, and it was well nigh impossible to view all the exhibits, Cats from Ayrshire and county Down, Ireland, are there, while Torquay and the Isle of Wight sends its quota, but there is no specimen of the Cheshire. They are all well looked after, but it was curious of the cages bearing the notice, “This cat will only drink water,” and the attention of the milk provider passed unheeded.

Prizes were given for every kind of cat, while, in addition to these, silver medals for the best cats in combined classes and champion cats were also presented by the National Cat Club. An old prize-winner among the Tortoiseshells, “Con,” again took a first, as did “Snip” among the tabbies. A grandly marked blue and silver, “Jimmy,” who has a long record of wins, captured first and a silver medal, Mrs Herring having veritable champion in this animal. Although the prohibitive price of £1,000 was placed upon a score or more of the exhibits these were not always the chosen of the judges. Among the reds or tabby and white, Mr. Bedward took first prize with one which he valued at £3 3s only. Mrs. Herring took another first among the blues with “Roguey,” a Russian. Among she cats, last year’s tortoiseshell winner, Mr. Kershaw, was again successful with “Toby.” There are some grand browns, reds, and silvers. Mrs. Herring, who is the largest exhibitor in the show, scoring here again. The blue “Lingpopo,” from Archangel, shown by Mrs. Carew Cox, is another handsome prize winner, while Mrs. Herring is fortunate with the silver-ticked Abyssinian “Queen Jumbo.”

The most handsome animal of the show is a pure-bred Siamese, shown by Miss F. Moore, No. 115, all this breed shaped like the Puma being remarkably handsome. The Manx breed, although a small class, are a nice lot. Kittens, shown in pairs, were very numerous, and a couple of silvers, No. 127, were the pets of the show. A pair of blues from Iceland gained a second prize. Admirers of long haired cats found plenty of their favourites. ” The Shah,” sent by Miss Head, which was awarded first prize, being a splendid specimen of the white breed. “Blue Boy the Great,” a previous prize winner, takes a first among the blue or self-coloured class, and “Abdul Zaphir” added another first to his last year’s win for Mrs. Shelley. No. 409, a black Persian, shown by Miss Coulson, was greatly admired, and deserved the first which he obtained. A fine lot of exhibits were seen in the section for working men’s cats, “Gummy,” shown by Miss Hider, gaining a silver medal in addition to the first prize for the best of any colour. The show, which is well worth a visit, will remain open today.

1892 BELGRAVIA CAT SHOW AT THE ANIMALS' INSTITUTE

CAT SHOW Globe, 28th January 1892
A Cat Show is to be held by the committee of the Animals Institute on February 10, when prizes will be given for the best male and female black cat which have never taken a prize before. Specialists will give lectures on the breeding, habits, and points of cats.

CAT SHOW. Birmingham Daily Post - Wednesday 10 February 1892
The Cat Show, which will be opened to-morrow at the Animals Institute, will be the first of a series of organised efforts on the part of the authorities to diffuse and popularise information about domestic animals amongst amateurs. During the next few months there will be a number of cheap lectures especially intended for the poorer classes upon the proper feeding and treatment of dogs and horses and the ordinary domestic pets. In addition pigeon shows and other exhibitions will be held, at which prizes will be given, and demonstrations by the various veterinary surgeons connected with the institute.

DOG AND CAT SHOWS. Globe, 11th February 1892
Two shows were opened in London yesterday one of cats in Belgravia and the other of dogs in Islington, latter, at the Agricultural Hall, [. . .] The exhibition of cats was at the Animals Institute, Kinnerton-street, Wilton-place, and only black members of the gentle species were shown. Prizes consisting of silver medals with gold centres were given, not tor the best in breed, but for those in the finest, and most natural condition. Undoubtedly the cat which reflected the greatest credit upon its exhibitor was that belonging to Miss Taylor, and the other gainers medals were Miss Garrard, Mrs. Megson, Miss St., Clair, and Mrs. Francis. Lady Elizabeth Douglas also sent a pretty black cat, which was highly commended. The main object of the institute is to promote humane treatment of domesticated animals, and during the afternoon Professor John Atkinson delivered a lecture dealing with the feline race.

CAT SHOW. Yorkshire Evening Post, 11th February 1892
A cat show was held yesterday at the Animals' Institute, 9, Kinnerton Street, the entries being limited to black cats. Some of the exhibits philosophically resigned themselves to circumstances, while others were extremely unhappy, not having any clear idea of the reason of their removal from their homes. Three lectures were delivered during the show - one on the history of cats, another on their points, and the third on their treatment. Many of the patients at the Institute are sufferers from over-feeding. In the kennels there is a delightful pug, the property of a gentleman of title, who has periodically to become an inmate of the Institute, there to undergo treatment for obesity, brought on his own excesses. He has to live on half rations during his stay, and when reduced to more graceful dimensions he is returned to his home, where he immediately begins to qualify for re-admission to the Institute. There are also a few cats in hospital, chiefly sufferers from severe cold, possibly influenza. A former patient, now deceased, was brought over from Siam Prince Damrong.

CAT SHOW Birmingham Daily Post, 11th February 1892
It is curious that upon the same day that the Dog Show opened at the Agricultural Hall, a Cat Show also should have been inaugurated. The latter is at the Animals Institute's head- quarters, and it is the first of a series. The chief object of the society is to provide lectures by qualified persons on humanity, and on the hygienic, sanitary, and economical principles necessary for the health and comfort of animals. The institute has on the premises a veterinary surgeon, who provides the poor with gratuitous treatment of their animals. The society is under the patronage of several personages well known in fashionable circles, who have not failed to notice the necessity for such an institution.

CAT SHOW Northern Whig, 13th February 1892
Public shows in which our domestic pets figure as exhibits have undoubtedly one good feature in the increased regard and intelligent care for these animals which they are calculated to arouse and encourage. Anything which tends to promote the kinder and wiser treatment our dumb friends should be welcome to the humane, and so far as animal shows do this they will be favourably looked upon. During the present week two such shows have been opened London. This year no fewer than three thousand dogs have been entered for the annual show at the Agricultural Hall, among them some from the Queen's kennels and from the Russian Imperial and Grand Ducal kennels. But if not so imposing in numbers, if designedly less marked in variety, the show held at the Animals' Institute is much more curious. It is a cat show, but the peculiar thing about it is that only black cats are eligible for exhibition. It would be difficult to imagine what suggested to the promoters of this exhibition the idea of limiting it to cats of this “sad funereal hue." Was it from any essential superiority in their beauty, or was it with a view to dispel the old superstitious distrust attaching to this particular shade of feline ? Black cats were always associated with witches, broomsticks, and horrid spells in the popular imagination. They figure through all folk lore as the attendant spirits or “familiars” of those who indulged in art magic. They were eerie animals, animals to regarded with suspicion. The ban has now been lifted from them, and, seeing that a whole exhibition has been devoted to themselves, they seem likely to become fashionable pets. At the same time there is more than a suggestion of monotony in the idea of a show of cats of unvaried sable.

1892 REGIONAL CAT SHOWS

DOG AND CAT SHOW. Norfolk Chronicle, 9th April 1892
Dog and cat show. Under the patronage of H.R.H. The Prince of Wales. The Fourth Annual Exhibition of Dogs and Cats By The Norfolk And Norwich Kennel Club, (limited to residents in the county of Norfolk,) will be held in the Corn Hall, Norwich, Easter Tuesday, April 19,1892. Admission from 10 to 4, 1s.; 4 till 10 p.m., 6d. The G.E.R. And E.M.R. will issue return tickets at single fares. Mr. Ernest E. Hines, secretary. Office: c/o Messrs. Rackham and Co., upper market, st peter's, norwich, where entries may be made.

DOG AND CAT SHOW. Norwich Mercury, 20th April 1892
The Norfolk and Norwich Kennel Club is holding this day (Tuesday) its fourth exhibition of dogs and cats in the Corn Hall, Norwich, under very favourable circumstances, both in respect of the number and quality of the exhibits and the attendance of the public. The entries number 330, and the prize schedule was a fairly liberal one, and there were any number of special prizes. The show is under the patronage of H.R.H the Prince of Wales, the Mayor of Norwich (G. M. Chamberlin, Esq.), and the Sheriff (Harry Reeve, Esq ), Col. St. Quintin and Officers of the 8th Royal Irish Hussars, and numerous other gentlemen [mostly dog fanciers].

DOG AND CAT SHOW. Thetford & Watton Times and People's Weekly Journal, 23rd April 1892
Dog and cat show. Prize list.
Cats (any variety rough-haired) - 1st, 10s.. Lady Bolleau, Ruffles ; 2nd, 5s, Mrs L. M. Youngman, Fluff ; 3rd, 3s. 6d., Miss. J. Back, Comet ; very highly commended, Miss E. Gray, Sarah; -Mrs. F. Ward, Tibs; Miss Hubbard, Bob; very highly commended and special, A.D. Hamilton, Persian;. highly commended, Mrs F. Smith, Minx; J Boyce, Sandy ; Mrs. G.R. Bagshaw, Tiger; commended, Mrs. T. J. C. Rackham (2), Duchess and Guy; reserved, G. Dewing, Topsy.
Any variety of Smooth-haired - 1st, 10s. and special, E. H. Corbyn; 2nd 5s. G. Wilkinson, Peter; 3rd, W. Newton, Blue; reserved, Miss Huddlestone, Kitty.

POULTRY AND CAT SHOW. Bath Chronicle and Weekly Gazette, 21st April 1892
A members' exhibition, in connection with the Bath and West of England Fanciers' Association, was opened on Tuesday at Short's Auction Mart, Westgate-street, and was continued yesterday. There is a large and capital show, scarcely a pen or cage being without an occupant. The entries numbered 358 by the 100 members which the Association now possesses [. . .] A number of attractive cats are on view, but the pussies have been relegated to a somewhat out-of-the-way situation and cannot be inspected with ease. Mr. G. H. Billett, of Reading, judged all the exhibits except pigeons.

ARRANGEMENTS FOR THIS DAY Morning Post, 18th May 1892
Persian Cat Show, Animals’ Institute, Wilton-place, 3.

PERSIAN CAT SHOW AT WESTMINSTER Various -May 1892
The recent Persian Cat Show at Westminster had the natural effect of inducing various articles in the papers on the value of these particular animals. Evidently some thieves have been thereby inspired, for post hoc - if not, indeed, propter hoc - in one district of London alone numerous residents are deploring the loss of their favourite Persians, in some oases very valuable ones.

DALKEITH AGRICULTURAL SOCIETY. The Scotsman, 25th May 1892
Dalkeith Agricultural Society. The Annual Show of horses and dairy produce etc, will be held in Elmfield Park, new Mills Road, Dalkeith, on Saturday 25th June, 1892 [. . .] Grand Open Dog and Cat Show under the auspices of the Society, 44 classes for dogs and 6 for cats. [Cat judge is J. Kidd Esq of Edinburgh] Schedules and all information from John Watson, Secretary, 49 High Street, Dalkeith, with whom entries close on Saturday 18th June.

DALKEITH AGRICULTURAL SOCIETY. The Scotsman, 27th June 1892
Prize list. Cats. Male cat, long-haired, any colour or variety – 1, William Mcintosh, Thorniebank, Dalkeith; 2, John Willis, Relief Place, Dalkeith; 3, Robert Clark, Grand Hotel, Leith Walk.
Female cat, long-haired, any colour or variety – 1 and 3, R. Clark; 2, Arch. Drummond, 8, King’s Stables Road, Edinburgh.
Male cat, short-haired, any colour or variety – 1, John Brown, 54 Bristo Street, Edinburgh; 2, Jessie Wright, Dalrymple House, Kirkliston.
Female cat, short-haired, any colour or variety – 1, James Baxter, Millerhill.
Gelding, long or short haired, any colour or variety – 1, Mrs George Lawrie, 1 Gillespie Crescent, Edinburgh; 2, Miss Jean Robertson, 3 Duncan Street, Newington, Edinburgh; 3, Alex. D. Wallace, Dalkeith.
Single Kitten – long or short haired, any colour or variety – 1, R. Clark; 2, harry Armour, Flodden Lodge, Edinburgh; 3, Mrs john Grieve, 44 Dairy Road, Edinburgh.

BIRD, CAVY, AND CAT SHOW. Beverley and East Riding Recorder, 9th July 1892
At the second annual exhibition of the Ornithological and Cavy Society, held on Wednesday at the Corn Exchange, there was an excellent show of the feathered tribe, cavies and cats, as well as some splendid stuffed specimens.
Cat, any variety - 1 and silver medal Miss E Newmarch, 2 and vhc Mrs Gordon Sanderson, 3 Stanley Calvert, vhc Miss S A Taylor, W H Pool, S King, hc G A Herring.
Cat, any variety, under 6 months - 1 Mrs T Abbott, 2 Miss S A Taylor, 3 Miss Newmarch, vhc R Codling.

STOWUPLAND COTTAGERS’ SHOW East Anglian Daily Times, 10th August 1892; Bury and Norwich Post, 16th August 1892
The annual show of vegetables, flowers, fruit, etc, in connection with the village of Stowupland was held in the grounds of Stowupland Hall, by permission of Mr. H. F. Harwood, Tuesday on afternoon. The show, which included as auxiliaries a rabbit and cat department [. . .] A large number of villagers took the opportunity of exhibiting in the rabbit and cat show [. . . ] The awards in the cat show were, 1, Sam Robinson ; 2, G. Diaper ; 3, G. Potter ; special, Mrs. Towler.

COLDASH SHOW Berkshire Chronicle, 27th August 1892
he annual flower show, which is looked for with so much expectation, was again held in the grounds of Sunmyside on Wednesday, the 17th inst. The weather was fortunately fine, and there was a good company present [. . .] All the et ceteras, such the cat show and donkey show, claimed the usual amount of attention.

FANCY RABBIT AND CAT SHOW AT BURNLEY. PRIZE LIST AND DETAILS OF WINNERS. Burnley Express, 31st August 1892
On Saturday the second members' show in connection with the Burnley and District Fancy Rabbit Society, was held in a large room in Fleet-street, Burnley, when, in spite of the heavy downpour of rain during the day, there was a good attendance of the public. [. . .]There was not a large show of cats or cavies but though small in number they fully made up for this in quality. Mrs. Teale’s champion cat "King Tom" was much admired. The following is THE PRIZE LIST. Cats, any variety: 1 and special, D. Teale; 2 Senior and Hudson; 3, J Simpson.

OTHER FIXTURES Western Gazette, 23rd September 1892
September 28 and 29, Poultry, Rabbit and Cat Show at Salisbury.

BEVERLEY. BIRD, CAVY, AND CAT SHOW. York Herald, 11th November 1892
An excellent exhibition of the above, aun also a good collection of stuffed specimens, was held in the Corn Exchange on Wednesday and yesterday. Many Crystal Palace winners were amongst the exhibits. Mr. A. J. Hind is the secretary to the committee who promoted and carried out the show.

NATIONAL CAT CLUB The Scotsman, 24th November 1892
Under the auspices of this Society a show is being held this week at the Brighton Aquarium . Mr H . W . H . Warner , 2 Violet Terrace, Edinburgh, was awarded the first prize for his Persian champion “Neptune," while the same competitor was very highly commended and commended for two other cats . “Neptune” has now gained nineteen prizes.

BRIGHTON AQUARIUM CAT SHOW Mid Sussex Times 29th November 1892
A Prize Cat. - At the Brighton Aquarium Cat Show last week Mrs. R. Burtenshnaw, of Cuckfield, was again successful with her cat “Tim.” In addition to winning a prize of 7s. 6d., Tim was awarded one of the Aquarium Company’s silver medals.

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