REPORTS FROM EARLY BRITISH CAT SHOWS 1896

1896 ARBROATH CAT SHOW

GRAND DOG AND CAT SHOW Arbroath Herald and Advertiser for the Montrose Burghs, 6th February 1896
The first show organised by the Arbroath Canine Society was held in the Corn Exchange yesterday. There were fully 400 entries, and the whole exhibition was an immense success, and reflected the greatest credit upon the Canine Society Committee who organised it. It was very largely patronised by the public, especially in the evening. Subjoined the prize - list: -
CATS. Persians (male) - 1st. Miss L. Black, Edinburgh; 2nd, P. Grem, Broughty Ferry ; 3rd, J. Innes, Edinburgh.
Persians (females) - 1st, P. Grem; 2nd, Miss L. Black ; 3rd, Mrs Carrie, Jamieson Street, Arbroath.
Persian Kittens - 1st and 2nd, Miss L. Black ; 3rd, Miss Frew.
Smooth (males) - 1st, Francis Thomson, Abbey Lodge, Arbroath ; 2nd, R. C. Farquhar, Hill Place, Arbroath ; 3rd, Alexander Dalgarno, Woodville, Arbroath.
Smooth (females) - 1st. A, Gairn, Edinburgh; 2nd, Miss Frew ; 3rd, J. S.Ruxton, 21 Commerce Street, Arbroath.
Smooth Kittens - 1st, Richardson Brothers, Bannockburn ; 2nd, A. Gilmour, Dundee.
Gelding (any variety) - 1st, J. F. Dewar, Edinburgh; 2nd E. H. Halliburton, Rosedene ; 3rd, Miss, M. L. Walker, Dundee.

DOG AND CAT SHOW AT ARBROATH. Dundee Courier, 6th February 1896
The Arbroath Canine Society held their first annual show of dogs and cats in the Corn Exchange, Arbroath, yesterday. The Society was only formed a few months ago, so that it has not been long in demonstrating its existence. The show was one of the largest ever held in the North of Scotland, over 400 entries having been received. All the different [dog] breeds were represented [. . .] There was also a very large show of eats, and here again were exhibited lovely specimens of the various breeds.

1896 FALKIRK CAT SHOW

FALKIRK DOG AND CAT SHOW. Falkirk Herald, 28th March 1896
As will be seen from our advertising columns a dog and cat show in connection with the newly instituted Falkirk and District Canine Club is to be held in the Town Hall, on Wednesday and Thursday of next week. We have no doubt the show will prove a source of much attraction and interest.

FALKIRK DOG AND CAT SHOW. Falkirk Herald, 4th April 1896
Under the auspices of the recently - instituted Falkirk and District Canine Club, the first annual show of dogs and cats was held in the Town Hall, Falkirik on Wednesday and Thursday. [Judges included] Cats – Mrs. Herd.

In the cat department there were six classes which comprised a very fair show. For the long - haired (male) variety, Mrs. James Shields, “Tanneaus,” was placed first. This animal is a fair specimen of the cat, with good colour and substance. Mrs. Robert Forrester ran hard for first place with a very nice smoke and good coloured cat, but which was rather snipey in face. The 3rd and special prize was gained by Peter Green with “Masher.” It has a long coat, though a trifle faint in colour, but has fine eyes and good expression.
In the long - haired (female) class Mr Robert White won 1st place with “Kate,” a very nice smoke with good head and eyes. Mr Peter Green was 2nd with “Beauty,” a lovely silver - coated cat, but which fails in frill. Miss Morrison was 3rd with “Laurieston Princess,” a fair golden tabby.
In the gelding class Mr James F. Dewar won 1st prize easily, and also special for best coat in show with his “Le Roe,” a well - known tabby. Second place and special was wpm by Mr David S. hunter with “Monarch,” an animal with very good red colour and with good large head and eyes. Mr David Scott’s “Anchor,” a large Russian blue, but rather poor in colour, was third.
In the short haired (male or female) class Miss Jane S. Storey secured first and second prizes with “Champion Empress” and “Prince Henry.”
In the male of female class, under 6 months, Mr Peter Green gained first and special easily with “Cyclop,” a lovely long - haired blue. Mr Alexander Morton was awarded second with “Molly,” a very nice animal of tortoiseshell colour, and with good coat. Mr Thomas Miller was third with “Snowball,” a fair - coloured white.
In the male or female class confined to within a radius of six miles, Mr Shields gained first and special prizes, Mr Wyse second with a pure black animal, and Mrs. Jas. Armstrong third and special with a good smoke - coloured cat.
CATS. Long haired, any variety (male)- 1 and special, Mrs James Shields, "Tanneaus;" 2, Mrs Robert Forrester, " Hote-ti-late;" 3 and special, Peter Green, Masher."
Long haired, any variety (female) - 1 and special, Robert White, "Kate;" 2, Peter Green, " Beauty;" 3, Miss Morrison, "Laurieston Princess."
Gelding, any variety - 1 and special, James F. Dewar, "Le Roe;" 2 and special, David S. Hunter, "Monarch;" 3, David Scott, Anchor."
Short hair, any colour (male or female) - 1 and 2, Miss Jane N. Storey, "Champion Empress" and "Prince Henry;" 3, James McCabe, "Zulu."
Male or female, any variety, under six months - 1 and special, Peter Green, "Cyclop;" 2, Alex. Morton, “Molly;" 3, Thomas Miller, "Snowball."
Male or female, any variety (confined to within a radius of six miles from the Cross) - 3 and special, Mrs James Armstrong, "Lady Mona."

1896 DUNDEE CAT SHOW

DUNDEE DOG AND CAT SHOW Falkirk Herald, 11th April 1896
At the Dundee Dog and Cat Show held on Wednesday and Thursday, Mrs James Shields, Falkirk, won second prize for a long-haired tom cat, and Mrs J. M. Shields was awarded a second place for a long-haired tabby.

DUNDEE DOG AND CAT SHOW Dundee Advertiser, 9th April 1896
Interesting Exhibits. Full Prize List. The annual show of dogs, cats, and cavies promoted by the Dundee Canine Club, which was instituted three years ago, was opened in the Kinnaird Hull yesterday. The exhibition all over is one of the finest that has ever been held in the district, [. . .] The show attracted large number of visitors from the city and surrounding district, and not a few came from a distance.
There was a big show of cats, and while a number of the exhibits were of first-class quality, others were rather poor. Among the long-haired toms, D. P. Scott, Monifieth, with his Fizzy Gow, had the place of honour. This Tom is a beauty, and was shown in prime condition. The second, Panneans [Tanneaus?], belonging to Mrs Shields, Falkirk, is a fine blue, but has not so good a coat as his more successful rival. Mrs John Anderson, Dundee, secured the third place with Jacob, a handsome smoke. The first, as usual, in the tibbie [female] class is a pretty blue, but wanting brightness in colour. Among the short-haired toms and tibbies there was no cat of sufficient quality to merit first prize. The first prize-taker in the long and short-haired geldings was the Czar, handsome Russian, belonging to John Ronald, Dundee ; while in the kitten class the premier ticket went to Alexander Smith, Auchcairnie, for a very pretty kitten, just a little too long in the nose.

Cats. Toms (Long-haired) – 1, D P Scott, Fizzy Gow; 2, Mrs John Sheilds, Panneans; 3, Mrs John Anderson, Jacob, res, Mrs Herd, St Clair Ronald; vhc R W Rodger, Heath Tim; vhc J R Mitchell, Auld Reekie; c William Reid, Blue King.
Tibbies (long-haired) – 1, A T Hutchison Smith; hc, Wm. Reid, White Queen.
Toms and Tibbies (short-haired) – 3, Alex Gilmour, Tibbie; hc, Jeannie Aitken, The Aitken.
Geldings, long or short-haired – 1, John Ronald, The Czar; 2, Ebenezer Fleming, Sultan; 3, John Ronald, The Shah; hc, David Walker, Ballo.
Kittens, any variety – 1, Alexander Smith; 2, William Reid, Blue King; 3, C F Henderson, Darkie; res, D Ovens, Svengali; vhc, John Fraser, Lawhill Laddie; hc D Ovens, Blue-Eyed Ciss; c, Mrs John Anderson, Wallace.

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1896 LADIES' KENNEL CLUB SHOW

A SOCIETY CAT SHOW, HOLLAND-PARK Sheffield Evening Telegraph , 25th May 1896
A Cat Show is to be held at the same time as the Ladies’ Kennel Club Show in a separate marquee. The Countess of Warwick gives a jewel casket for the best white kitten. Lady Marcus Beresford, whose fifteen fine cats are looking forward to the show with calm confidence in their own qualities and pedigrees, offers a number of prizes in various classes. The charities slected by the Earl and Countess of Ilchester to receive the profits arising from the show are the West London Hospital and the National Industrial Home for Crippled Boys.

CAT SHOW, HOLLAND-PARK Maidstone Journal and Kentish Advertiser, 18th June 1896
At the dog and cat show at Holland Park, Mrs Hill, of Tovil, Maidstone, for Violet Blue, received Lord Beresford’s challenge cup, value 25 guineas, given for the best blue cat or kitten in the show, also the Hon. Cecil Howard’s challenge cup, value five guineas, for the best vkitten.

CATS RICH AND POORNottinghamshire Guardian, 20th June 1896
We never remember visiting so pleasant a cat show as that held in connection with the Ladies' Kennel Club Show, and that despite the fact that the day was one of the hottest of the season. That Spratts' know how to make a show pleasant we are aware; yet really they surpassed themselves in this instance, for we actually found ourselves lingering in the marquee to enjoy the pleasant shade, so free was it from all unpleasant odour. Cats are certainly booming just now, and the various fine specimens of different breeds which may at present be seen would certainly surprise our grandmothers and great-aunts, who knew of only the smooth-haired fireside pussy. But there was another point which struck us more forcibly, and that was the excellent condition in which the felines were shown, and the tender care which is obviously bestowed upon them by their owners. Now, all this compares very painfully with the careless way in which the average, cat is treated. Well is it for puss that, nature has given her a fair idea of shifting for herself, for assuredly no animal is so frequently neglected. Too many people keep cats merely for the use they can get out of them, and when their services are not required they are frequently simply left to starve. How many people, for instance, take the trouble to provide any sort of a home for their cats when they themselves leave home for a summer holiday? Why, horrible tales are told of cats simply left to starve - not for days, but for weeks! Fortunately, now, homes are provided to which cats may be sent to lodge.

LADIES’ KENNEL ASSOCIATION VISITED BY ROYALTY West London Observer, 20th June 1896
The dog and cat show which was opened on Thursday of last week, under the auspices of the Ladies’ kennel Association, in the grounds of Halland Park, was continued on Friday, when it was visited by T.R.H.’s the Prince and Princess of Wales, and the Princesses Victoria and Maud [no further mention of the cats].

1896 CRYSTAL PALACE CAT SHOW

CAT SHOW EXCURSION TRAIN Western Times, 7th October 1896
The London and South Western Railway Company announce special cheap excursion to London Monday next for the National Cat Show the Crystal Palace. Particulars will be found in another column.

CAT SHOW AT THE CRYSTAL PALACE. Morning Post, 14th October 1896
The first Championship Show held under the auspices of the National Cat Club [instead of the Crystal Palace Company] was opened yesterday at the Crystal Palace. The club, which contains many distinguished members, some time ago appointed a special Show Committee, consisting of Lady Marcus Beresford, Mrs. Balding, Mr. S. Woodiwiss, Mr. Hawkins, and Mr. Gresham, and every effort was made to render the exhibition a great success. The services of Mr. Harrison Weir, Mr. Louis Wain, Mrs. Vallance, Mrs. Bridgewater, and Messrs. Welburn, Billett, and Jennings were secured as judges, and seven challenge trophies, including a cup of the value of 25 guineas., were offered for competition, in addition to a large number of prizes. Amongst those who gave special prizes were the Prince of Wales, the Duchess of Bedford, the Duchess of Marlborough, the Countess of Warwick, the Countess of Sefton, Lord and Lady Marcus Beresford, and Mrs. Preston Whyte. The labours of the Show Committee, who have received invaluable assistance from Mrs. Stennard-Robinson, hon. secretary of the Club, have resulted in the production of a most interesting and excellent exhibition.

The Show is divided into sections, comprising long-haired cats, short-haired foreign cats, short- haired English cats, and cats belonging to working-men, and these sections are sub divided into 92 classes, the total number of entries being 585. Many beautiful long-haired animals are included in the exhibition, amongst the most attractive being Madame L. Porter's Blue Boy, which, though only 18 months old, has already gained six 1st prizes, Mrs. J. Pettit's snow white King of Pearls, the Hon. Mrs. Morrison's White Heather of Kepwick and Ameer, Mrs. C. Hill's Patrick Blue, Miss W. Beal's blue Ronaldkirk Dot, Miss J. Cox's smoke-coloured Prince George, Mrs. H. Bluhm's Smuttie, Lady Marcus Beresford's Windsor Lifeguard, the Hon. Mrs. Bampfylde's tortoiseshell and white Susan, and Miss E. Southam's Birkdale Ruffie.

The most interesting of the short- haired foreign varieties are the Siamese cats, amongst which the Hon. Mrs. Morrison's Kepwick Royal, Mrs. K. O. Chapman's King Wallypug, and Mrs. Leverson 's Rynda are specially worthy of attention. The best of the blue Russian cats is Mrs. Carew Cox's Moscow, and of the Manx male cats Mr. E. S. Woodiwiss's Manx King. Of the short-haired English cats there are many excellent specimens, amongst those which call for mention are Mr. R. Kuhnel's red tabby Champion Perfect, Mrs. Herring's silver tabby Champion Jimmy and tabby and white Prince George, Mrs. Heslop's tortoiseshell Samson, Miss C. Graves's tortoiseshell and white Maria, and Mr. S. Woodiwiss's tabby Champion Xenophon. There are also some capital cats amongst those shown by working men. The show will remain open until six o'clock this evening.

CRYSTAL PALACE CAT SHOW Various, 14th October 1896
The cat show which opened at the Crystal Palace yesterday is the largest on record. Nearly 1,000 cats and kittens are collected in cages.

CRYSTAL PALACE CAT SHOW Sheffield Independent, 14th October 1896
The first show of the National Cat Club, now in progress at the Crystal Palace, is a signal success, a fact undoubtedly due to the influence of the Ladies’ Kennel Association, founded by Mrs Stennard Robinson two years ago. At no previous cat show have pedigrees of the entrants been registered, and lovers of pure-bred animals can now depend on their cats being as represented for, as in the case of dogs shown at shows held under Kennel Club rules, all animals intended for exhibition are now registered at birth. The kitten classes are very heavily supported, one containing no fewer than forty-four brace [pairs], the pick of the other classes being those confined to tabbies, Champion Perfection, the most perfectly marked red ever reared, heading a very strong section. Among the very valuable special prizes to be awarded are a signed portrait of the Prince of Wales, presented by H.R.H., for the best long-haired cat in the show; a silver milk saucer and a pair of silver muffineers, both of special design, offered by the Duchess of Bedford for the best of her favourite varieties, English tabby and short-haired orange. Close on one thousand cats are on view.

CAT SHOW AT THE CRYSTAL PALACE. London Daily News, 14th October 1896
A show, organized by the National Cat Club, was opened yesterday at the Crystal Palace, and will be continued to-day. This exhibition is the first one given by the club since its reconstruction, and this is the first occasion of the kind in connection with compulsory registration. Fears had been expressed in some quarters that registration would lead to a considerable reduction in the number of entries, but, on the contrary, the present show is the largest yet held, there being 740 entries for competition, and about a thousand animals. The show is held in the north nave, which is much more convenient for visitors than a gallery. There are 92 classes, the fullest being those for long-haired Persian cats, Siamese, Manx, and short-haired English. There are also several entries of chinchilla cats, which appear to be coming more into fashion. A few cream and orange animals are to be seen, the cream ones having markings ; for pure cream-colour in a cat is very rare.

Some visitors may note with surprise that many white cats have blue eyes, contrary to the general habit of albinos. The white and blue combination is touchingly suggestive of innocence – an appearance which one would not expect a cat to be able to live up to; but show cats, whose pedigree is of importance, are hardly at liberty to follow their instincts. The artificiality of their lives, perhaps accounts for the quietness of the animals – the obstreperous clamour which marks a poultry show is not for them to emulate, not the hearty welcome which the genial dog extends to visitors. But of course it is to be borne in mind that the day is not the period of greatest feline energy. The commissariat is well looked after by the committee, the cats being fed with minced beef and mutton, which has been duly inspected before and after the process of cooking.

The prizes are very numerous, and there are several special ones offered. The Prince of Wales gives a prize for the first time at a cat show - a signed and framed photograph of himself, for the best long-haired cat exhibited. This was won by “Patrick Blue,” by Blue Ruin I.-Sylvia; exhibited by Mrs. C. Hill. This animal also won the Beresford Challenge Cup for the best blue long-haired cat, its sister having taken the same cup at the Holland Park show. The Rotherham Challenge Bowl, for the best English short-haired cat (blues excluded), was won by Mr. S. Woodiwiss, for Champion Xenophon, considered to be the best short-haired cat ever shown. The St. Stephens Challenge Prize (offered by Mrs. Foote for the best orange cat) was taken by Lady Marcus Beresford for Windsor Life Guard ; an Indian silver bowl (given by the Hon. Mrs. McLaren Morrison) for the best Persian, bred by exhibitor, went to the winner of the Beresford Challenge Cup; and the Howard Challenge Prize (offered by the Hon. Cecil Howard) for the best blue kitten, was awarded to ,”Nan-ki-poo,” exhibited by Mrs. H. Bluhm. The club’s silver medals for the best long-haired and shorthaired neuters were awarded respectively to Miss P. Knight for “Albion Joey,” and to Mrs. D. Macgregor for "Beelzebub.” The judges were Mr. Harrison Weir, Messrs. Louis Wain, Jennings, Welburn, and Billettt; Mesdames Vallance and Bridgewater. The show was well attended.

[Could the St. Stephen’s prize be a nod to the Cruft Cat Shows – held at St Stephen's Hall, Royal Aquarium in London - in the previous two years?]

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CAT SHOW AT THE CRYSTAL PALACE. - The Times, October 14, 1896
Yesterday, a cat show, under the auspices of the National Cat Club, was opened at the Crystal Palace. In all there were some 750 entries, an increase of about 200 over last year, and representing a total of 1,000 cats. The schedule was divided into 92 classes, in most of which there was a very large entry. There was a fine show of rough-coated cats, but the prize for the best of the variety was easily won by Miss E. Southam’s brown tabby. Among the smooth coats, Mr. Sam Woodiwiss took first place with “Champion Xenophon.” Mrs. D. Macgregor was awarded first prize for neuters. There was a particularly good show of kittens. In this class, a slate coloured kitten, the property of Mrs. H. Bluhm, was placed first. A fairly good entry of Siamese cats was led off by the Hon. Mrs. McLaren Morrison’s “Kepwick Royal.” A very handsome smoke-coloured long-haired neuter, exhibited by Miss F. Knight, was first in its class, winning the silver medal of the National Cat Club. The medal for short-haired neuters went to Mrs. D. Macgregor s “Beelzebub.” Lady Marcus Beresford’s entry won the St. Stephen's Challenge prize, offered by Mrs Foote, and Mrs. C. Hill took the Beresford challenge cup for blue long-haired cats. The Howard challenge prize went to Mrs. H. Bluhm, and the Rotherham challenge bowl to Mr. Sam Woodiwiss, who alone took the championship for short-haired brown tabbies. Mrs. J. Pettit gained the championship for long-haired white males, and among the other prize winners were Mrs. A. J. Butler, Mrs. A. E. Driver, Miss B. Southam, the Rev. R. F. Maynard, Mrs. Carew Cox, Mrs. Herring, Mr. G. Lewcock, Mr. E. S. Woodiwiss, and Mrs. Walton. During the day the show was largely patronised.

CAT SHOW AT THE CRYSTAL PALACE. London Evening Standard, 14th October 1896
It is a good many years since the first Cat Show was held at the Crystal Palace. When Mr Harrison Weir made the suggestion, there were many difficulties and prejudices to encounter. It was necessary not only to solicit entries, but to beg and borrow cats. But the Show was a success, and has continued to grow steadily in popular favour. This year it enters on a new career, under new management and new conditions. The National Cat Club has taken the Show in hand, and, for the first time in their history, cats on exhibition, like horses and dogs, must appear with a registered pedigree. Many people thought that this condition would reduce the number of entries. On the contrary, it seems to have stimulated competition, for the Show which was opened at the Palace yesterday is the largest on record. Nearly 1000 cats and kittens are collected in cases under a tent in the central aisle, and no fewer than 740 are competitors for the 300 and odd prizes.

There are a great many species, with an infinite variety of colour, form, eyes, tails, and temper. The long-haired, as usual, are most numerous, including Persians, white, black, blue, and smoke-coloured, and Chinchillas, with their soft silvery-grey coats. Tabbies with the wavy watered pattern of taffeta silk are also plentiful. To quote from the entries, Chinchillas are becoming the fashion, and, though this is not the time when their fur is at its best, many very beautiful specimens are to be seen. Among others that attract attention are the Siamese, with soft biscuit-coloured coats and intelligent blue eyes. They are no longer so rare as in the days when diplomacy and bribery were needed to secure them from the Palace of the King. The tailless Manx is well represented, and the short-haired English in all its bewildering variety. One looks in vain for a "tom" of pure tortoise, though in white and tortoiseshell he is common enough. Deep orange yellows, with eyes tinted green. Albinos with dark blue eyes, and rare cream varieties have also their fair share of representation.

The judges, among whom were Mr. Harrison Weir and Mr. Louis Wain, had no light task in making the awards. The Beresford Challenge Cup for the best blue long-haired cat went to Mrs. C. Hill's Patrick Blue, whose sister won the same distinction at the Holland Park Show in June. Patrick Blue also carried off three other prizes, including an Indian silver bowl for the best Persian, and a signed and framed photograph of the Prince of Wales, presented by his Royal Highness for the best long-haired cat of any country. This is the first time a Cat Show has had Royal patronage. The St. Stephen’s Challenge prize was awarded to Lady Marcus Beresford s "Windsor Life Guard." which was also a winner at Holland Park. Mr. Sam Woodiwis's "Champion Xenophon" took the Rotherham Challenge Bowl for the best English short-haired cat (blues excluded), and the Howard Challenge prize for the best blue kitten fell to "Nan-ki-poo," the property of Mrs. H. Blum. The Show, which was visited by a large number of people yesterday, remains open until this evening.

CRYSTAL PALACE CAT SHOWThe Blackheath Gazette of 16th October, 1896
The Cat Show which has been an annual fixture at the Crystal Palace for many years past has this year keen held under the control of the National Cat Club, a body of experts, who require that all cats entered at shows held under their auspices must be registered as in the Kennel Club, except in purely local classes. The first exhibition» under the new conditions was opened on Tuesday. It was predicted that the limitation as to registration would mean failure for the show, but as a fact the display was one of the largest ever made. There were about 1,000 cats and kittens cosily caged, and most of them petted and caressed by the ladies who thronged the show. By compulsory registration it is hoped to obtain purity of breed, and even the feeding of the animals under exhibition has undergone reform. Finely-minced meat of first-rate quality was obtained from the local butchers, but strange to say puss on view did not in all cases appreciate this good fare, which was evidently not what some of them had been used to. One cat which rejected the appointed meat devoured lights [lungs] with satisfaction. The following is a list of local winners of prizes and other honours:-

Herring, Mrs. Lestock House, Lee, third prize, class 1, long-haired white cat; VHC, classes 5, 6 and 17; 3rd prize, class 17; 3rd prise, class 20 ; 3rd prize, class 21, tabby ; reserve, class 28, any tabby ; HC class 33, two kittens ; VHC class 37, tabby kitten; C, class 40, short-haired foreign Siamese; 3rd prise and VHC class 46, any other short-haired foreign cat; 1st pries, class 55 short haired English silver tabby ; C class 58 brown or grey tabby; VHC class 59, red tabby ; first prize class 61, tabby, with white ; 1st prise, and VHC class 63, any colour tabby or tortoise-shell ; 2nd and 3rd prizes, class 70, any whole colour; VHC class 75, kitten; 3rd prize, class 80, brace of kittens ; 2nd prize class 81, team.
Barrow, Hiss E M., 45, Blessington-road, Lee, 1st prize, class 74, pair of kittens (any colour).
Luck, Miss E. 24, Guildford-road, Greenwich, 1st prize class 22, silver tabby.
Norman, Miss, 22, Lee-terrace, Blackheath, 3rd prize, class 2, long-haired white cat.
Scard, Mrs. 30, Blackheath-road, Greenwich. VHC class 5 long-haired blue cat.
Hunt, Mrs. W.M. Linden Dean, Woolstone-road, Catford, VHC, classee 6 and 35.

CRYSTAL PALACE CAT SHOW Hull Daily Mail, 16th October 1896
The well-known Mr Harrison Weir, whom all must admit is a good judge of cats, has spoken very favourably of that splendid specimen of a tortoiseshell cat, owned by Mrs S. Pearson. He awarded it a first prize at the recent Crystal Palace Cat Show.

CRYSTAL PALACE CAT SHOW Chelmsford Chronicle, 16th October 1896
At the Crystal Palace Cat Show on Tuesday a special challenge trophy for the best short-haired cat was won by Mr. Sam Woodiwiss, of Upminster, who also secured the Rotherham Challenge Bowl for shorthaired brown tabbies. Mr. E. S. Woodiwiss, Hill Place, Upminster, was also one of the prizewinners. Among the donors of special prizes was the Countess of Warwick.

CATS AT THE CRYSTAL PALACE. South London Press, 17th October 1896
It is now nearly 30 years since the Crystal Palace Company organized their annual Cat Show, but this year sees a new departure, the show being taken over and managed by the National Cat Club, and is described as the First Championship Show. The quality of the specimens exhibited is a great improvement upon previous years.

WOMAN’S WORLD St James's Gazette, 21st October 1896
Time was when a cat was supposed to be essentially the pet of an old maid, a term that has long ceased to be opprobrious. The modern up-to-date woman is not supposed to look with any great favour on domestic bliss, and the cat has assumed a position of honour to which up to now it has been unaccustomed. The Duchess of Bedford has a number of these pets, with collars and bright ribbons round their necks, who are capable of going through all kinds of wonderful performances. More than one fashionable woman is to be seen escorting her cat with a string, after the manner of a dog, and as much attention is directed towards their breed to that of dogs. The cat shows at the Crystal Palace and in Paris have turned public attention towards the best breeds, and have encouraged cat culture, some specimens fetching great prices.

CAT SHOW PORTRAITS Bristol Mercury, 23rd October 1896
The “Gentlewoman” pictures [….] and portraits of the prize winners at the Crystal Palace Cat Show. [. . .] There is a delightful page from the National Cat Show.

CRYSTAL PALACE CAT SHOW Kentish Mercury, 23rd October 1896
Miss E. Luck, of 24, Guildford-road, Greenwich, took first prize for a Silver Tabby, name “Duchess,” at Crystal Palace Cat Show last week.

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CAT SHOW AT THE CRYSTAL PALACE. Illustrated Sporting and Dramatic News, 24th October 1896
ONE thousand cats and kittens were shown at the Crystal Palace last week, when, for the first time, the National Cat Club having taken the competition in hand, the pedigree of the animals had to be proved. For the 300 prizes offered there were more than 700 exhibits. The long-haired classes predominating with Persians of all shades and the now fashionable Chinchillas. The Siamese variety, which was so rare while its possession was a royal privilege, was represented in some numbers. The tailless Manx and the short-haired English kinds - a grand gathering - were supplemented by white and tortoiseshells, orange yellows, occasional albinos, and creams. [mentions major prizes]

Our sketches represent Mrs. AY. G. P. Clark's Ru, black short-haired eat, first prize and silver medal; Mrs. J. Pettit's white cat, King of Pearls, first prize and silver medal; the Hon. Mrs. McLaren Morrison's Persian White Heather of Kepwick, first prize and silver medal; Mrs. F. M. Marriott's Persian, Powder Puff, second; Miss W. Beal's blue Russian, Ronald- kirk Dot, first prize and silver medal; Mrs. A. E. Driver's long haired tortoise-shell, Queen Elizabeth, first prize and silver medal; Miss E. Southam's brown tabby long-haired cat, Birkdale Ruffie, first prize and challenge cup for best long-haired in show; the Hon. Mrs. McLaren Morrison's Siamese, Kepwick Royal, first prize and silver medal; Mrs. K. O. Chapman's Siamese, King Wallypug, second prize; Mrs. B. Spearman's Siamese, Rehing, third prize, a really beautiful cat; the Hon. Mrs. McLaren Morrison's white Fleur-de-lys, first prize; Mr. W. L. Langley's white Emperor, second prize; Mr. Sam Woodiwiss's brown tabby, Champion Xenophon, first prize and challenge cup for best short-haired cat as stated.

The special prize list, by judicious arrangement, enabled all the best cats to participate in the honours, rather than one or two of them sweeping the board, and the liberality of the club in providing championship silver medals to be competed for by each recognised breed will do more to encourage the production of good cats than any number of ordinary prizes. The offices of the National Cat Club are at 5, Great James-street, Bedford-row, London, W.C., where all particulars concerning the club may be obtained by intending members, etc

ARISTOCRATIC CATS — London Illustrated News, reprinted in – The Brooklyn Daily Eagle, 12th November, 1896
The championship show of the National Cat club, which took place on October 13 and 14 at the Crystal palace, was marked by entries of exhibits to the number of several hundred in excess of previous shows of the kind. The cats were remarkably well cared for during their sojourn before the public gaze, quite a number of sheep being requisitioned for their diet; for the modern cat is dainty, and is so well looked after that the hereditary instinct for mousing has almost died out. Your long haired cat is no longer merely a Persian as of old. It has been taken in hand by fanciers, who, by careful breeding, have developed the species until it has become necessary to denominate its various types by the more comprehensive class term, long haired. This year the long haired specimens show an extraordinary increase in quantity and numbers. The special prize list also favors the English bred long haired as against the old fashioned English cat. The long lost tortoise shell tom has at last turned up in all his glory of sheer ugliness, the result of many years of patient experimental breeding; but he could not beat a phenomenal English tabby, Champion Xenophon, for the challenge cup given for the best short haired cat in the show. The Siamese cat is another case of an English survival, for this year he makes a fine show. The Russian blue cat, too, is still the vogue, although Lady Marcus Beresford’s efforts to popularize a very rare sable cat threaten to usurp all the known varieties of long haired cats. The National Cat club, since its reconstitution by its honorable secretary, Mrs. Stennard Robinson, this year has taken up a more public position, and under her able guidance and the dual presidentship of her grace, the Duchess of Bedford and Lord Marcus Beresford, a very prosperous future is before it. .

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1896 EDINBURGH CAT SHOW

CAT SHOW IN EDINBURGH Edinburgh Evening News, 31st December 1896
The first show of the Scottish Cat Club was opened to-day in the Central Hall, Nicolson Street, Edinburgh, and will remain open to-morrow. The club was formed in 1894, and has until now held its show in conjunction with the Edinburgh Kennel Club. This display fully justifies the venture. The entries number close on 160, and the number of animals is considerably over that figure. Most of the principal breeders are represented, and entries have been received from England. The quality is of a good avenge, and the competition in some of the classes was close. Mr Mclntyre superintended the secretarial department, and the show was managed by Mr William Foster.

The best long-haired cat in a very fine class was Mrs A. Young's "Blue Jacket." The kittens were an interesting lot, and were the finest collection drawn together on this side of the Border. Miss Aitken's "Freak of Nature" was the best short-haired cat In the show, but as the owner was not a member of the club, the special prize went Miss Clark’s "Infant Prince." Miss Aitken won the silver for the best team with her well-known white cats, the special for the best brace going Miss Clark's pair of blues. Prise-winners:-
Long haired males, blue, self colour. 1. Mrs A. Finnie Young, Bailleston; 2. J. F. Dewar, Edinburgh; 3. Miss M. D Parker, Troon.
Long-haired females, blue, self-coloured. 1 Sister Mary Margaret, St Columba’s Mission, Johnstone Terrace, Edinburgh; 2. Mrs Graham, Broughty Ferry; 3. Miss M. D. Parker.
Long-haired males, any other self colour. 1. J.F. Dewar; 2. D. Dalgleish, Yarlheads, Leith.
Long-haired females, any other self colour. 1. A Gairn, 11a Leith Street Terrace. Edinburgh; 2. J F. Dewar; 3. Mrs Wardlaw, 22 Royal Crescent.
Long-haired males (any other colour). 1. T. Shaw, Larkhall 2 .Jas. F Dewar; 3. R.S. Brookes. Carluke.
Longhaired females (any other colour). 1. Mrs Thomson, Portobello; 2 James F. Dewar; 3. Miss Helen Lockhart.
Longhaired geldings (any colour). 1. Jas. F. Dewar; 2. William Ballantine, 4 Queensferry Street; 3. Wm. Forsyth, Dalkeith.
Long-haired kittens (under six months). 1.Miss Forrester, Kilsyth; 2. Miss Mary Blackburn Glasgow; 3. Miss Tindall, Broughty Ferry.
Short-haired males and females (blue self colour). 1. Miss M. R. Clark; 2, Thos. Blews, Dairy Road; 3. Jane Storey, Lenzie.
Short-haired males (any other colour). 1. Miss D. Aitken, Drymen; 2. John Goodwin, Kirkintilloch; 3. R. Smith, 111 Gilmour Place.
Short-haired females (any other colour). 1. A Gairn; 2. Richardson Bros., Bannockburn: 3. Miss E. Aitken.
Short-haired kittens (under six months). 1. J. Inglis Watt, 23 Lady Menzies Place; 2. W. Dinning, Hexham 3. Miss Grieve, 44 Dairy Road.
Short-haired geldings (any colour). 1. Jas. Hunter, Corstorphine; 2, Miss Maggie Stalkers, Haddington; 3, Mrs Ciceri, 29 Frederick Street.
Brace short-haired (any class). Miss M.R. Clark.
Selling class, any variety. -1. W. R. Aitken, Portobello; 2. A Gairn; 3, Mrs J. Gilzean, 9 Royal Crescent.
Brace long haired, any sex- 1. James H. Miller, Bonnyrigg; 2. Miss A Finnie Young; 3. Mrs Tindall.
Team of three long haired, any sex. 1. Miss A. Finnie Young; 2. Mrs Tindall; 3. James F. Dewar.
Team of three short-haired, any sex. Miss E Aitken.

1896 REGIONAL CAT SHOWS

WELLINGTON POULTRY, PIGEON, AND CAGE BIRD SHOW. Western Times, 10th January 1896
The eighth annual two - days' show was opened yesterday in the Town Hall. There were about 1,000 entries, and the exhibits stood well as to quality. The judges were : - Rev G. W. Joyce, cage birds and cats. [. . .] The cat show, a local one, included some good specimens. The exhibit, were well staged in the large Town Hall, the Lecture Room, and the Pannier Market.

LYNN AND WEST NORFOLK DOG POULTRY, PIGEON, CAGE BIRD, RABBIT, AND CAT SHOW Stamford Mercury, 7th February 1896
The Lynn and West Norfolk Dog Poultry, Pigeon, Cage Bird, Rabbit, and Cat Show was held in the Music - hall on Wednesday. The exhibits were about 120 more than last year. The quality all round was far ahead of anything of the kind seen at many preceding shows.

FALKIRK DOG AND CAT SHOW Falkirk Herald, 8th February 1896
Falkirk and District Canine Club hold their first Annual Dog and Cat show in the Town Hall on the 1st and 2nd April. Should there any ladies or gentlemen willing give a special prize previous to our catalogue being made up, they shall be duly acknowledged. R. S. Turnbull, Hon. Sec.

SOUTHPORT RABBIT AND CAT SHOW Banbury Beacon, 7th March 1896
[No cat results available, but this show was held early March]

NORFOLK AND NORWICH DOG AND CAT SHOW Norfolk Chronicle, 28th March 1896
Norfolk and Norwich Kennel Club’s Eighth Annual Dog and Cat Show will be held on Tuesday April 7th, 1896 at the Corn Hall, Norwich. 47 classes. Special for every class. £150 in prizes. Saturday last day for receiving entries. Prize lists from the Secretary, G. Cooper, 23, Lindley Street, Norwich; or at the Office of the Club, Mr. W. T. Dawson’s, 76, prince of Wales Road, Norwich.

SHOW, CAMBUSLANG The Scotsman, 18th May 1896
Cambuslang, Blantyre and Rutherglen Agricultural Society Annual Show at Cambuslang on Thursday 21st May (Queen’s Birthday) [featuring] Open Dog, Poultry, and Cat Show.

THE BAZAAR AT OVER HALL – CAT SHOW. Nantwich Guardian, 15th July 1896
One of the novelties of the bazaar was also a cat show, the prizes in which were given by Mrs. Powell. There were six entries, the honours being awarded as follows:- 1, Mr John E. Johnson; 2, Mrs Roberts; 3, Mr Barrett. Mr C Faulkner undertook the duty of judging the felines.

HUNSTANTON DOG AND CAT SHOW Eastern Evening News, 6th August 1896
The first Hunstanton Dog and Cat Show will be held in the Esplanade Grounds on Wednesday, 19th August. Good prize money, with numerous cash specials, are offered, and fanciers should support this first venture and enter at once. Particulars may obtained of Mr. G. Cracknel!, the Bank, Hunstanton.

PERTH RABBIT, CAVY, AND CAT SHOW. Dundee Courier, 3rd August 1896
On Saturday the fifth annual show and competition of the Perth and District Rabbit, Cavy, and Cat Society was held in the Perth Auction Mart, kindly granted use of by Messrs Macdonald. Fraser, and Co., Limited. There was very large number entries forward, and is considered about the largest show ever held in Scotland, exhibits being forward from London. Manchester, Bradford, and other places. There were 352 entries, or 109 more than last year. Judging was late owing to railway detention, [. . .] Cats formed a good show. The judges were:-For rabbits, Mr D. Milne, Alyth; cavies and cats, Mr J. Robertson, Arbroath.
Dundee Advertiser, 3rd August 1896 added “Cats were a small and select show, the roughs [long-hairs] being cancelled.”

DOGS AND CATS. Leighton Buzzard Observer and Linslade Gazette, 18th August 1896
The dog and cat show was held the field adjoining the cricket ground. This enclosure was, if one may be allowed the expression, holy ground for the time being. At least it was privileged, for an extra “tanner” [sixpence] had to be paid to obtain admittance. The show, however, was quite worth the expenditure, for there had been great improvement upon last year’s exhibition. This does not apply only to numbers; the quality and value of the animals showed a great advance. [. . .] Cats did not make any particular impression - except upon their cushions. To the ladies they appeared, and doubt were, extremely interesting; the average male mind does not care twopence about the rival perfections of Miss Felis and her relations. As far as numbers went, the show of cats was the same, within one or two, as last year.
Cats: Rough Coated, any variety (Male or Female). - 1, Mrs Wm. Mucklestone ; 2, Mrs. William Mills; 3, Mr. B. Blinco ; res., Misa Isabel Willis ; v.h.c., Mrs Holiday ; v.h.c., Mr. Hy. Shaw ; h.c., Mr. Spahn; h.c., Mr. Hedges.
Smooth Coated, any variety (Male or Female). - 1, Mr. Charles Seaton ; 2, Miss Turney; 3, Mr. J. Nicholls; 4, Mr, Allsopp; h.c., Mr. H. A. Hicks ; h.c., Mrs. Hawkins: h.c. Mr. Wm. Road.
Kittens. - 1, Mr. B Evans; 2, Mr. W. Farmborough ;3, Miss Edith Towers ; res., Mr. W. Farmborough.

KIRKPATRICK SHOW The Scotsman, 24th August 1896
The annual flower show was held on Saturday on Mossknow Park. [. . .] The industrial section was fairly good, but the cage birds, poultry and cat shows were very poor, and not nearly equal to that of last year.

DOG AND CAT SHOW IN HULL. A NOTABLE SUCCESS. Hull Daily Mail, 24th September 1896
The first Dog and Cat Show of the Hull and District Canine Society was held in the Central Hall, Pryme-street, to-day. There were twenty-one members' classes for dogs, and two open ones. Two open classes were also provided for cats. There was a good entry in all classes, the total being 174. The judges, Messrs R. Fleming, E. Welburn, and J. W. Gould, got through their work in good time. The arrangements were all that could be desired, and for this much credit is due to Mr G. H. Lawton, the hon. secretary.
CATS (Open). Any variety, any age : 1. R Kuhnel, Bradford; 2, Mrs S Pearson, Hull; 3, Mrs G Barton Collier; res, Charles J Patmore, Stepney, London; vhc, Mrs King, Darlington, Mrs Bingley, Albany Hotel, Hull, Mrs Brown, Hull, and Mrs Markham, Hull; hc, Mrs G Barton Collier, Wyton Hall, Hull; c, Mrs G Barton Collier, Mrs Fleming, Hull.
Any variety kitten under six months : 1, Mrs G Barton Collier; 2, R Kuhnel, Bradford; 5, Mrs Toft, Hull; extra 3, Mrs Barton Collier, Wyton Hall, Hull; vhc, Mrs Martin, Hull, and Mrs S Pearson, Hull; hc, Mr Barton Collier, E Smith, Hull, Miss Brocklebank, Hull; c, Mrs S Pearson, Hull.

NOTTINGHAM RABBIT AND CAT SHOW Banbury Advertiser, 8th October 1896
At the Nottingham Rabbit and Cat Show, held on Saturday [exhibitor listed, but not whether he exhibited cats or rabbits]

SPALDING SHOW Hull Daily Mail, 16th October 1896
The entries for Spalding will close on October 26th, and as the show will be held on the 29th, exhibitors will see the committee cannot extend the time of taking entries. The society is struggling hard make the show into an annual fixture. A very good schedule has been issued. Rabbits, Cats, and Cage Birds have some grand specials, and the Corn Exchange is a good place in which to hold a show. All this, with a lot hard workers on the committee, ought to bring success and a good entry.

TROWBRIDGE POULTRY CAGEBIRD, AND CAT SHOW Bath Chronicle and Weekly Gazette, 22nd October 1896
Trowbridge Poultry, Cagebird, and Cat Show (Under Poultry Club Rules), November 11th and 19th, 1896. Open Classes for Cats. Sixty Mile radius for Poultry and Cagebirds. All prize money guaranteed. Numerous Specials. Judges Messrs. G. Payne, P. Percival, G. W. Joyce, and G. H. Billett. Entries close October 28th. A String Band will be in attendance. Hon. Sees., H. E. Bush , J. A. Cooper, 3, Church Street, Trowbridge.

TODAY’S EVENTS - PEOPLE’S PALACE CAT SHOW Morning Post, 21st October 1896
Cat Show at the People’s Palace (and two following days).

PEOPLE’S PALACE CAT, RABBIT AND MOUSE SHOW Chelmsford Chronicle, 30th October 1896
At the three days’ cat, cavy, rabbit, and mouse show, which was successfully brought to a close at the People’s Palace on Saturday; the Essex prize winners [included] F. Hill, first for cat; Mrs Allen Maturin; third for cat.

BRIGHTON CAT SHOW Kentish Mercury, 30th October 1896
Mrs W M Hunt, of Linden Dean, Woolstone-road, Catford, obtained a second prize for her exhibit at the Brighton Cat Show this week, and Mrs E Smyth of London-road, Forest Hill, secured the v.h.c. mark for her long-haired blue puss.

WORKINGTON AND DISTRICT POULTRY, PIGEON, CAGE BIRD AND CAT SHOW Cumberland Pacquet, and Ware's Whitehaven Advertiser, 12th November 1896
Workington And District Poultry, Pigeon, Cage Bird and Cat Show in the Public Hall, Hag Hill, 21st and 23rd November, 1896. Over £160 given inprizes and specials. Poultry, 39 Classes; Pigeons, 35; Cage Birds, 49; Cats, 6. Under Popular Judges. Note the local Class for Common Catrs Good Prize and Specials for this Class. Send at once for Schedule and Entry Form Herbert Thompson. Secretary and Treasurer, Bank of Whitehaven, Limited, Workington.

HULL DOG AND CAT SHOW York Herald, 28th December 1896
The first show of dogs and cats under the auspices of the recently formed West Hull and District Canine Society took place in the carriage works Carr-lane, on Saturday.
CATS: Any variety, any age - 1 and special, W G Marshall, Stoneferry; 2, Mrs S Pearson, Hull ; 3, Robert Branton, Hull.
Any variety under six months - 1 and special, S Pearson, Hull, Persian kitten ; 2, Radcliffe, Hull.

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