REPORTS FROM EARLY BRITISH CAT SHOWS 1900

1900 WESTMINSTER SHOW

CAT CLUB SHOW Various, 1st January, 1900
The Cat Club, which owes so much to Lady M. Beresford and her sister-in-law, Lily, Duchess of Marlborough, announces a show of choice felines on January 9 and 10, at the Stephen's Hall, Westminster. As the show will be given in aid of the soldiers' and sailors' families in the Transvaal, it is hoped that the public will royally support it. Lady Marcus Beresford, whose address is Bishops- gate, Englefield Green, will be glad to receive subscriptions, however small. The whole of the money received from the show will be given to the No. 4 Mansion House Transvaal War Fund.

ROYAL AQUARIUM Reynolds's Newspaper, 7th January 1900
On Tuesday and Wednesday a great Cat show, organized by the Cat Club, is to be held in St. Stephen's Great Hall in aid of the War Fund. Cats from all parts of world will be on view.

CAT SHOW AT THE ROYAL AQUARIUM The Sportsman, 10th January 1900
Cats and kittens were much in evidence at the Royal Aquarium yesterday, St Stephen’s Hall being packed with various breeds. There was the tortoiseshell, the silver tabby, the shaded silver, and the silver tabby, to say nothing of orange and cream and fawn. There was the long-haired cat and the short-haired cat, and British cats and foreign cats; in fact every cat one could think of. No fewer than 471 were caged, not cushioned, as for once in a way cushions are not allowed at the second annual show, given under the auspices of the Cat Club. An abundance of straw, however, was provided and with the hall heated to a pleasant temperature, pussy had no cause to grumble. Amongst the exhibitors are Her Grace Lily Duchess of Marlborough, Lady Marcus Beresford and Lady Alexander. With Norematial Lady Marcus Beresford took the first prize and the fold medal in the Long-haired (white female) Class, while the Duchess of Marlborough and Lady Alexander also secured prizes. The foreign breeds included Siamese Royal, Russian, Japanese, and Persian, all well represented. The show, which remains open to-day, is one of the best ever seen.

CAT SHOW Sporting Life, 10th January 1900
An exhibition of cats brought from all parts of the country was opened yesterday at St. Stephen’s Hall, Westminster, under the auspices of the Cat Club, of which Lady Marcus Beresford is president, the proceeds to be given to the War Fund. The exhibits number nearly five hundred, which is about the same number as last year, while in several classes the quality of the special breeds shown is decidedly superior. The total value of the prizes is approximately £500 including four gold medals. Gold medals were awarded to Lady M. Beresford, for the best female long-haired cat in the Show ; Mr. Witt, for the finest long-haired male cat; Sir C. Alexander, for the best British specimen ; and Mr. H. Bladsett, for the best female British cat over twelve months old. The show remains open until this evening.

THE CAT CLUB’S ANNUAL SHOW Birmingham Daily Post, 10th January 1900
The second annual show held by the Cat Club which was opened in St. Stephen's Hall, Westminster, yesterday, and will be continued today, reaches last year's record of about 470 entrees, and beyond that number it is impossible to go without contravening the regulations imposed by the authority which has licensed the building. The club disposed of the profits of the previous show by carrying forward to this year's account a sum of £170 and handing over a balance of £70 to a charity. On this occasion it has been decided to devote the whole of the profits of the exhibition to the fund for the aid of the families of our soldiers and sailors on service in South Africa, and the attractions which the display offers to all lovers of cats should secure a sufficient revenue to make the contribution to that very deserving war fund one of considerable amount.

Most of the cats known to fanciers as the leading prize-winners at shows of this kind are on view, the club's list of prizes, amounting in value to £500, supplemented by 176 medals, challenge cups, and special prizes, being sufficient to ensure a very representative and excellent exhibition. Two of the largest classes are those for long-haired blue cats, which appear to have become increasingly popular among fanciers, and there is also a large Siamese class, and a good display of Manx cats. The club's gold medal for the best long-haired cat in the show is gained, together with the first prize in its class, by "Mabel of Lozells," a fine blue female, less than nine months old, bred and shown by Mr. C. W. Witt, of Archibald Road, Loze;ls, Birmingham. The other gold medal offered by the club is given for the best British cat in the show, and this honour is secured by last year's winner, "Ballochmyle Champion Perfection," a large male orange tabby, exhibited on this occasion by Lady Alexander of Ballochmyle, who has entered no fewer than eighteen competitors in the exhibition. The same cat also adds another to its list of seventy first prizes, and secures the challenge cup given for the best British orange tabby, male or femasle.

Lady Marcus Beresford, who contributes largely to the list of special prizes and challenge cups, carries off one of the two gold medals which she offers with her exhibit “Norematial,” that wins also the first prize in its class, as well as a special prize for the best blue-eyed white female novice; and the second medal which is given for the best female British cat over twelve months old is gained by the silver tabby, "Silver Queen," shown by Mr. Harold Blackett, of Ascot, which wins also the first prize in its class. An exceptiona3ly large long-haired cat is shown by Miss White Atkins, of Borley, in "The White Knight," which takes a first prize, a challenge cup, and a special award; and among other noteworthy animals that are to be seen is the long-haired "Blue Boy II.," exhibited by Messrs. Drury Brothers, of Durham, which carries off a first and three special prizes. A "saluting cat," which' acknowledges contributions towards the war fund dropped into a collecting-box near which it is stationed, is a unique feature of the show.

CAT SHOW Morning Post, 10th January 1900
The second annual show of the Cat Club was opened yesterday in St. Stephen's Hall, Westminster, and will be continued to-day. In pursuance of the custom initiated last year the profits of the exhibition will be devoted to charity, and on the present occasion the South African War Fund will be the recipient. There are nearly 500 entries and upwards of 470 cats, arranged in 56 classes and many applications had to be refused for want of space. Nearly £500 worth of prizes were offered, including two gold medals presented by the club and two by Lady Marcus Beresford. These were awarded to Lady Marcus Bedford, Lady Alexander, Mr. H. Blackett, and Mr. C.W. Witt. The handsomest cat in the show was Mrs. K. Jones’s Kushi, a self-coloured blue neuter, which took several prizes. The judges were twelve in number, ladies and gentlemen being equally represented, and so expeditious were they in their work that the prize numbers were all post by four o’clock. Nearly every pen shows a ticket of commendations of some kind.

The Siamese, Blue, and Manx classes are especially worth noting, but the long-haired varieties, of course, form the strongest feature in the how. In the matter of noise, fortunately, a feline exhibition does not attempt to compete with a dog show, nor do so many of its constituents betray such eager desire to fight with their neighbours; but there is just enough jealousy or warlike tendency to keep the majority of the entries from going to sleep, and in the Siamese section may be heard occasionally some voices of the night that would strike terror into any neighbourhood. The cages are all decorated with red rosettes, and the occupants sport collars of the same colour. The show will close at five o’clock tonight.

SHOW OF BRITISH AND FOREIGN CATS IN LONDON Edinburgh Evening News, 10th January 1900
The Cat Club opened their second annual show of British and foreign cats in Stephen's Hall, Westminster, yesterday. There is a splendid collection, number 475, divided into 56 classes. Lady Alexander of Ballochmyle won a host of prizes. Among other successful Scottish exhibitors were Miss Ruth Clarke, Leith; Messrs Frame and Campbell, Larkhall; Mr J. Page, Dunblane; and Mrs Mackenzie Stewart, Irvine. The proceeds of the show will be given to the Soldiers' Widows' and Orphans' Fund.

CAT SHOW Sunderland Daily Echo and Shipping Gazette, 11th January 1900
Cat-breeding is evidently a popular as well as a lucrative pastime. At the Cat Club Exhibition at St. Stephen's Hall, Westminster, may be seen a tabby kitten, eight months old, which has been sold for 10 guineas, and won eight special und two first prizes, the value of all of which brings the total gained by the owner to about £25.

EXHIBITION OF CATS London Evening Standard, 10th January 1900
An Exhibition of cats, promoted by the Cat Club, was opened yesterday in St. Stephen's Hall, Westminster. While its primary aim is to bring together some of the best cats in the country, it also seeks to benefit the families of the soldiers and sailors who are fighting our battles in South Africa, by applying the proceeds to the War Fund. The exhibits number nearly 500, which is about the same as in the preceding year, while in several classes the quality of the special breeds shown is decidedly superior. The total value of the prizes is approximately £500, including four gold medals. The Blues and Siamese are remarkably good, the entries exceeding those of last year. There is also a fine collection of Manx cats, and the long-haired neuters are an exceptionally strong and good class. Gold medals were awarded to Lady Marcus Beresford, for the best female long-haired cat in the Show ; Mr. Witt, for the finest long-haired male cat ; Sir C Alexander, for the best British specimen ; and Mr. H. Bladsett, for the best female British cat over twelve months old. The best female kitten is owned by Mrs. Herring, who obtained seven special and two first class prizes ; while Mrs. K. Jones was awarded a silver medal and two special prizes for a splendid blue neuter. The success of the Show, which remains open till this evening, is largely attributable to the indefatigable efforts of Lady Marcus Beresford, ably seconded by Miss Frances Simpson, the Show secretary, and Mrs. Bagster, the hon. secretary. Throughout the day the Show was visited by a large number of persons, notably ladies, who manifested the keenest interest in the domestic pets.

CAT SHOW, ST STEPHEN’S HALL Globe, 10th January 1900
It is an odd coincidence that the manager of the great Cat Show now raging at St. Stephen's Hall should be Mr. Sparrow. What would Pussy say if somebody told her she was being run by Mr. Sparrow ?

Mr Jorrocks, aa the world knows, called his tandem horses Xerxes and Arter-Xerxes. Now a lady has imitated this Hellenic classicism and given her prize cat at this show, the delightful title of Charles Xenophon [note: actually Champion Xenophon]. He ought to have at least defeated all the Persians in the show.

CAT SHOW Dundee Evening Telegraph, 11th January 1900
Not to be outdone by the dogs, British cats are trying their best to swell the volume of the Transvaal War Fund for families of the soldiers and sailors fighting their country's battles in South Africa. About 500 of the best of them assembled in St Stephen's Hall, Westminster, on Tuesday, and tacitly consented to exhibit themselves for two days, and to devote the proceeds to the national object already named. The Tabbies could not, of course, make the necessary arrangements themselves, though many of them had had previous experience of exhibitions of the kind. Accordingly, the good offices of the vigorous Executive of the Cat Club were secured, with A. E. Sparrow as Manager and Miss F. Simpson as the ubiquitous and obliging Hon. Show Secretary.

CAT SHOW Irish Independent, 11th January 1900
One would fancy that the prevailing lack of enthusiasm on the subject of cats would suffice to render such a function as a cat show an impossibility. That this view is not correct is, however, shown by the fact that a cat show has just been opened in St. Stephen's Hall, Westminster. The war, however, it appears, has something to do with the organisation of the cat show [note: not correct, this was the 2nd annual show], as well as with so many other strange assemblages and entertainments. As a chronicler explains – “While its primary aim is to bring together some of the best cats in the country it also seeks to benefit the families of the soldiers and sailors who are fighting our battles in South Africa by applying the proceeds to the war fund." It is not the ordinary man’s experience that it requires a show to bring cats together, nor does it seem desirable that this aggregation of felines should be encouraged. In the interests of nocturnal peace it would rather seem that all coming together of cats after sunset should be prohibited, and that all meetings of the rat killers should be dispersed by the police. If necessary the Balfour Coercion Act could be invoked.

SUCCESSFUL EXHIBITOR Wigan Observer and District Advertiser, 12th January 1900
At the Crystal Palace Cat Show, held in October, 1899, Mrs. Fraser Woodcock’s silver tabby Persian kitten, “Springfield Sant Ilario” won second prize, and was very highly commended” in the ring class. Her blue Persian cat, “Springfield Lohengrin,” also was “very highly commended” in this class. On January 9th, 1900, at the Cat Club Show, held in St. Stephen’s Hall, Westminster, Mrs. Fraser Woodcock’s blue cat, “Springfield Nankipoo,” which has not been shown since it was a kitten, won first prize challenge cup, presented Lily, Duchess of Marlborough, and a special prize given by Lady Marcus Beresford, for the best male cat in his class. “Springfield Lohengrin” again was “very highly commended” in a class of forty, and “Springfield Sant llario” won “reserve,” equal third.

WAR FUND CAT SHOW AT ST. STEPHEN'S HALL. Oxford Journal, 13th January 1900
Under the auspices of the Cat Club, nearly 500 specimens of the feline race have been brought together at St. Stephen's Hall, Westminster, in aid of the Transvaal War Fund for the Families of Soldiers and Sailors. The exhibition was the second organised by the club, and had for its presidents Lily, Duchess of Marlborough, the Duchess of Wellington; and Lord Marcus Beresford, Lady Marcus Beresford heading the list of the show committee The prize list is a formidable affair, and it speaks well for the industry of the adjudicators. On the rosette-adorned cages were one and all labelled and ticketed half an hour before the public were admitted. Lady Marcus Beresford's white Norematial secured the gold medal for the best long-haired female cat over twelve months. The other gold medal, for the best British cat over a y year old, went to Mr. Harold Blackett, whose Silver Queen merited the special distinction, as also the rare honour of being deemed worthy the challenge cup given by her ladyship for the best British tabby (silver or brown). Other challenge cups presented by her were taken by Mrs. Wellbye, Mrs. C. Heslop, and Mrs. E. Mackenzie. The Cat Club's gold medal, for the best long-haired- feline, was at won by Mr. C. W. Witt's exhibit; a challenge cup given by Lily Duchess of Marlborough to the possessor of the best long-haired male by Mrs. H. Fraser Woodcock, and challenge cups offered by Lord Marcus Beresford in the sections for long- haired blues and Royal Siamese males by Drury to Brothers and Mrs. Parker Brough respectively.

CAT SHOW Bradford Daily Telegraph , 13th January 1900
At the great Cat Show in London on Wednesday Mr.R.Kuhnel, Manningham Lane took a first and four specials with a five-months old kitten, an English red tabby, named “Bradford Perfection.” No fewer than 500 cats were staged and £500 given in money. This show was in aid of the War Fund. [note: £150 was donated]

WESTMINSTER CAT SHOW Lloyd's Weekly Newspaper, 14th January 1900
The second annual show of the Cat Club was opened on Tuesday, in St. Stephen's Hall, Westminster. In pursuance of the custom initiated last year the profits of the exhibition will be devoted to charity, and on the present occasion the South African War fund will be the recipient. There were nearly 600 entries and upwards of 470 cats, arranged in 56 classes and many applications had to be refused for want of space. Nearly £500 worth of prizes were offered, including two gold medals presented by the club and two by Lady Marcus Beresford. These were awarded to Lady Marcus Beresford, Lady Alexander, Mr. H. Blackett, and Mr. C. W. Witt. The handsomest cat in this show was Mrs. K. Jones's Kushi, a self-coloured blue neuter, which took several special prizes.

A FORTUNATE WINNER. Dundee Evening Telegraph, 19th January 1900
Lady Marcus Beresford's cat show the Royal Aquarium last week is the first instance, I believe, of the harmless, necessary pussy being pressed into the service of the absent-minded beggar who has been ordered South. The whole of the proceeds of the Cat Club's show were devoted to the war funds. Lady Claud Alexander, who was one of the most fortunate winners, is a tall, elegant woman, with classic features, a cheery smile, and a pretty, expressive month. Both she and her husband are devoted to cats. Their home is at Ballochmyle, a rugged and beautiful spot in Scotland. Lady Claud carried all before her with her blue short-haired Russian cats - Ballochmvle Champion Blue King (very blue and sleek), Ballochmyle Blue Queen, and Ballochmyle Mother Goose, all cats of high degree in a new land, as it were.

CAT SHOW FOR THE WAR FUND. The New York Tribune, January 21, 1900
The Cat Club, of which Lady Marcus Beresford and Lily, Duchess of Marlborough, are members, gave a bench show of choice cats not long ago at St. Stephen’s Hall, Westminster. The receipts were given to the “No. 4 Mansion House Transvaal War Fund.”

1900 FALKIRK SHOW

FALKIRK AND DISTRICT CANINE CLUB ANNUAL SHOW Falkirk Herald, 3rd February 1900
The fifth annual dog and cat show, under the auspices of the Falkirk and District Canine Club, was held in the Town Hall, Falkirk, yesterday. The show all over was considerably above those of former years.
CATS. Long-hair male variety— 1, Mrs Dr Longwill, Rutherglen; 2, Jas. Money, Nitshill; 3, John Laurieston.
Long-hair female variety—1, Mann & Wilson; 2, Miss Isa Wilson, Galashiels; 3, A. Campbell, Laurieston.
Gelding, any variety— 1, Mrs A. Crawford, Glasgow; 2, William Ballantyne, Edinburgh;.3, R. W. Rodger, Dundee.
Male or female, short hair, any colour —1, Charles Forsyth, Leith ; 2, Miss Ruth Clark, Edinburgh ; 3, D. Bruce, Dunblane.
Male or female, any variety, under six months—1, Napier Reynard ; 2, Jas. Leggate, Larkhall; 3, Chas. Forsyth.
Cat, any variety (confined to members or non-members within a radius of eight miles from Falkirk Cross) —1, Napier Reynard; 2, A. Campbell; 3, A. Morton, Falkirk.

1900 CARNOUSTIE SHOW

CARNOUSTIE DOG (AND CAT) SHOW. Dundee Courier, 26th February 1900
The third exhibition of the Carnoustie Canine Club was opened in the Y.M.C.A. Halls Saturday. There was a good entry of animals, mostly from the district, but fanciers were forward from the North and West with good exhibits. There were 122 dogs forward and 48 cats. [Cat judge was Mr James Garrow, Edinburgh]
CATS. Long-Haired, blues— 1 Mrs Finnie Young, Dunblane; 2 Mrs Tindall, Broughty Ferry.
Any Other Long-Haired Males— 1 Frame & Campbell, Larkhall; 2 Mrs Baillie, Stirling; 3 R W, Roger, Dundee.
Long-Haired Female – 1 Wm. Stewart; 2 Mrs A. Wylie, Arbroath; 3 Mrs Gould. Arbroath.
Short-Hair, self colour—1 Miss Ruth Clark's champion Bluegown; 2 Miss Mitchell, Dundee;3 Mr J. Winton, Dundee.
Short-Haired, any other colour - 1 Miss Clark's champion Orange Boy : 2 Miss Clark.
Gelding - 1 R W Roger, Dundee; 2 Mrs Crawford, Kilmalcolm; 3 Miss Janet Nicoll, Arbroath.
Kitten, over six months - 1 Miss Clark; 2 Mrs Finnie Young; 3 Winton, Dundee.
Kitten, under six months—1 Leggatt, Larkhall; 2 Miss Carlow, Arbroath; Mrs Tindall; Broughty Ferry.

1900 DUNDEE SHOW

DUNDEE DOG AND CAT SHOW, Dundee Courier, 24th March 1900
Dundee Dog and Cat Show, Kinnaird Hall, 4th April, 1900. Entries Close 28th March, 1900. Full Particulars—Hon. Secretary, 3 Barrack Street.

DUNDEE DOG [AND CAT] SHOW Dundee Evening Telegraph, 4th April 1900
The annual show promoted the Dundee Canine Club was opened the Hall to-day. As regards the number of entries, the show is considerably above the average. There are no fewer than 300 dogs and 60 cats on exhibition.
Toms, long-haired— 1 Miss W. Beal, Ronaldkirk Midshipmite; 2 Mrs Finnie Young, Ch. Blue Jacket; 3 Mrs D. Baillie, Hector MacDonald; 4 R. W. Rodger, Heath Briar, and Mrs Mary Elisabeth Gray, Ch. Blue Jacket; v.h.c. Andrew Barney. [Note – some error as Ch Blue Jacket is shown as both 2nd and vhc in this class.]
Tibbies, long-haired- 1 Mrs Graham, Tottie; 2 Miss M. Beal. Pansy; 3 Mrs A. Wyllie, Persimmon; 4 Mrs A. Mackie, Topsy, and Mrs David Baillie, Lady MacDonald; vhc Mrs James Gould, Nettie; vhc Mrs Anderson, Minnie Palmer; vhc Mrs John G. Sibbald, Nell Gwynne.
Toms and Tibbies, short-haired— 1 Miss Mitchell, Molly; 2 James Winton, Meg Duffin; 3 Ellen Smith, Tam; 4 James Winton, Meg Merrilees.
Geldings, long short-haired— 1 A. D. Crawford, The Blue Professor; 2 R. W. Rodger, Heath Satan; 3 Frame and Campbell, Oakdene Snowflake; 4 Mrs D. McLaren, Major Parker; vhc Margaret Meldrum, Edward; vhc W. Ruxton, Tussie.
Kittens, any variety— 1 Mrs Gilfillan, Hector: 3 Bella Carlow, Daisy; 4 Mrs Boyes. Ladysmith; A. Brown, Blue Bell Billie; and Miss Mackie, Sultan; vhc Alexander Simpson, Ladysmith. [Note - Ladysmith is mentioned twice?]
Toms and Tibbies, any variety, novice—l Alex Innes Key, Trilby: 2 Miss Simpson, Dorothy; 3 James McGiverin, Sally Sally, and Mrs John G. Sibbald, Lady Gwynne; 4 Miss Mitchell, Dolly, and John Smith, Lord Roberta: vhc David Cooke, Bluey.

TO-DAY'S DOG SHOW AT DUNDEE. Dundee Evening Post, 4th April 1900
A one-day exhibition of dogs and cat* was opened in the Kinuaird Hall to-day under the auspices of the Dundee Canine Club [cat judge J Garrow].
Toms, long-haired— 1 Miss W. Beal, Darlington; 2 Mrs F. Young; 3 Mrs D. Baillie, Stirling.
Tibbies long-haired— 1 Mrs Graham, Broughty Ferry; 2 Miss M. Beal; 3 Mrs A. Wyllie, Arbroath.
Toms and Tibbies, short-haired - 1 Miss Mitchell, Dundee; 2 J. Winton, Dundee; 3 Ellen Smith.
Geldings, long or short haired— 1 A. D. Crawford, Glasgow; 2 R. W. Rodger, Dundee; 3 Frame &l Campbell, Larkhall.
Kittens, any variety—1 Mrs Gilfillan; 2 A. Innes Key, Arbroath; 3 Bella Carlow, Arbroath.
Any Variety Toms or Tibbies, novice—1 A. I. Key; 2 Miss Simpson, Carnoustie; 3 James McGiverin, Dundee.

1900 KENNEL ASSOCIATION SHOW, REGENT'S PARK

LADIES’ KENNEL ASSOCIATION SUMMER FETE London Daily News, 28th May 1900
The Ladies’ Kennel Association Summer Fete takes place at the Botanic gardens on June 28, 29, and 30. [As well as the dog show.] There will be a cat show, a poultry show, and a cage-bird show at the same time and place.

LADIES KENNEL ASSOCIATION Morning Post, 26th June 1900
The entries of ladies' exhibits for the forthcoming show of the Ladies' Kennel Association make a grand total of 2,000 in the three sections— dogs, cats, and poultry and birds. This year shows a very large increase of lady exhibitors. [. . .] The exhibits of the National Cat Club, though limited to members, but which last year was open to everybody, is very much larger on this occasion, and is distinguished by the exhibition of some blue Persians by Princess Victoria of Schleswig-Holstein, who has become a member and patron of the National Cat Club.

THE LADIES’ KENNEL ASSOCIATION. RECORD ENTRY FOR THE SUMMER SHOW. Pall Mall Gazette - Tuesday 26 June 1900
The Ladies’ Kennel Association is progressing by leaps and bounds, and the annual show organized by Mrs. A. Stennard-Robinson, hon. secretary, which opens in Regent’s Park on Thursday, promises not only to be a brilliant society function, but essentially a great show of dogs and cats, which will eclipse any of its predecessors both in the number of entries, quality of exhibits, and in other respects, while poultry, pigeons, and birds will be exhibited for the first time. [. . .] The Cat Show is limited to members of the National Cat Club, but the exhibits will exceed in number those shown at the N.C.C. exhibition last year, which was open to general competition. Princess Victoria of Schleswig-Holstein, viscountess Maitland, and Miss Gertrude Willoughby are among the exhibitors. [other papers stated “Every cat celebrity was entered.]

LADIES KENNEL CLUB ASSOCIATION SHOW Pall Mall Gazette, 29th June 1900
The beautiful grounds of the Royal Botanic Society, Regent’s Park, wore an animated appearance yesterday, when a large and distinguished company assembled to witness the opening proceedings of the “record” dog show of the Ladies’ Kennel Association, combined with, a grand exhibition of cats, confined to members of the National Cat Club, and a nice show of poultry, pigeons, and birds. The weather was gloomy and threatening rain in the morning, but in the afternoon turned out gloriously fine, and greatly contributed to the eclat and success of the gathering. The leading features of the show have been described in the Pall Mall Gazette, and it is only necessary to add, by way of introduction, that all the arrangements made by Mrs. Stennard-Robinson, hon. secretary (who had the assistance of Mr. V. Carl, as hon. manager), were in keeping with the high traditions of the L.K. A. The admission ticket, to mention an interesting detail, shows originality, and will save a lot of bother to visitors, exhibitors, and officials. In three columns it sets forth in concise form the events of each day, the time for opening and closing the gardens, and the hours at which the judging of the various classes and the awarding of challenge cups and championships will take place.

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LADIES’ KENNEL ASSOCIATION Brighton Gazette, 30th June 1900
In the beautiful shaded grounds of the Royal Botanical Society at Regent’s Park the summer show of the Ladies’ Kennel Association attracted a large fashionable crowd this afternoon. [. . .] In the cat show, which was quite as attractive as the canine collection, Princess Victoria of Schleswig-Holstein secured an award for a bundle of little blue Persian cats.

THE LONDON KENNEL SHOW. Royalty's Cats as Well as Dogs Exhibited - Princess of Wales a Winner. (The New York Times, July 1, 1900; reproduced from The Association Press.)
LONDON, June 30. The Ladies' Kennel Association Show, now in progress at Regent's Park, is the most important event of this kind which has ever occurred here. Besides Royalty's favorite dogs, the exhibit includes similarly favored cats, as the national Cat Show combined with the Kennel Association, which example was also followed by the Ladies' Poultry Club and the cage Bird Club. The entries number over 2,500, and are attracting large and fashionable crowds. The Princess of Wales proved a prize winner, while the competitors include the Princess Victoria of Schleswig-Holstein, Princess Alexis Dolgorouki, the Countess of Aberdeen, and may other titled personages.

LOCAL SUCCESS Stamford Mercury, 13th July 1900
Mrs S F Clarke was very successful with her exhibits at the recent show in London of the National Cat Club.

1900 MANCHESTER KITTEN SHOW

NORTHERN COUNTIES CAT CLUB Hull Daily Mail, 20th April 1900
The Northern Counties Cat Club, which is just springing into existence, will, it is hoped, hold a kitten show in September.

NORTHERN COUNTIES CAT CLUB Hull Daily Mail, 29th June 1900
The Northern Counties Cat Club propose holding a kitten show in Manchester in September. Twenty three classes will be provided.

NORTHERN COUNTRIES CAT CLUB FIRST CHAMPIONSHIP SHOW Manchester Courier and Lancashire General Advertiser, 26th September 1900
Northern Countries Cat Club, first Championship Show, one-day kitten show, today (Wednesday), Sept 26, in the Free-Trade Hall, Manchester. Doors open at 11. Admission 2s 6d. After four o’clock 1s.

KITTEN SHOW IN MANCHESTER Manchester Courier and Lancashire General Advertiser, 27th September 1900
Under the auspices of the Northern Counties Cat Club, a kitten show was held in the Free-trade Hall, Manchester, yesterday. The officials of the club are to be complimented on promoting such an exhibition, the first ever held in the country devoted entirely to kittens. A capital response was made by prominent breeders, the fair sex, not unnaturally perhaps, largely predominating. There were some splendid representatives of the young feline world on view, whilst the total entry reached 175, which could not be considered anything less than highly satisfactory. Appended is a list of the principal awards :—
Longhair litter (under three months) : 1, Miss W. Real, Darlington.
Litters (under three months) British cats: 1, Mr. Peter Charnley, Blackburn.
Longhair pairs (three to six months), chinchilla: 1, Mrs. G. H. Walker, Ashton-on-Mersey.
Longhair pairs (three to six months), blue: 1, Mr. E. Buswell, Strines.
Longhair pairs (three to six months), orange, cream, or fawn: 1, Mrs. Kennaway, East Harling.
Longhair pairs (three to six months), black or white: 1, Mr. John Money, Nitshill and Mrs. Mackenzie-Stewart, Irvine, N. 8.
Longhair pairs (three to six months), tabby without white: 2, Miss Box and Mr. Holden, Manchester.
Longhair pairs (three to six months), A.O.C.: 1, Mrs. W. C. Alexander, Altrincham.
Single longhair kittens (under eight months), chinchilla: Mrs. Tyrwhitt-Drake, Scawby, Lincolnshire.
Single longhair kittens (under 8 months), blue: 1, Mrs. Coupland, Withington, and Mr. Hugh Maxwell, Ayr.
Single longhair kittens (under 9 months), orange, cream, or fawn: 1, Mrs. W. Edmondson. Harrogate.
Single longhair kittens (under 8 months), black or white: 1, Mrs. Mackenzie Stewart.
Single longhair kittens (under 8 months), tabby without white: 1, Mrs. Laidlaw, Duxford, Cambridgeshire.
Single longhair kittens (under 8 months), A.O.C. : 1, Mrs. W. M. Neild, Bowdon.
Pairs (three to six months), British tabby: Mrs. Bonny, Ditchling, Hassocks.
Single kittens (under 8 months), foreign shorthaired: 1 and champion of the show : Miss R. Armitage, Pendleton.
Best black with blue eyes: 3, Mr. Harry Hicks, Stourport.
Single kittens (under 8 months), British tabby: 1, Mrs. Bonny.
Single kittens (under 8 months), British A.O.C.: 1, Messrs, Knight and Teasdale, Hexham.

WORLD’S FIRST KITTEN SHOW Jarrow Express, 28th September 1900
The first kitten show in the world was held at the Free Trade Hall, Manchester, on Wednesday. The experiment was tried by the Northern Counties’ Cat Club, under National Cat Club rules, and succeeded admirably, for many English and Scotch counties contributed to the 178 entries in 23 classes, in which single blue kittens were the predominating feature. When a kitten exhibition can be so successful the chances of the establishment of a cats’ home in Manchester ought to improve. While no sponsor for such an institution has appeared, the committee of the Home for Lost Dogs will consider next Wednesday whether it will be possible to found a department for the temporary housing of the poorer classes of cats.

1900 CRYSTAL PALACE CAT SHOW

CRYSTAL PALACE CAT SHOW Dundee Evening Post, 24th October 1900
The record cat show of the year was opened the Crystal Palace yesterday. Promoted by the National Club, about 600 animals of high quality were benched by the leading breeders and fanciers in England and Scotland, the entries numbering 230 more than last year.

CRYSTAL PALACE CAT SHOW Globe, 24th October 1900
The National Cat Club opened their ninth annual show at the Crystal Palace yesterday, and both in number of entries and in quality of the animals it compares favourably with previous shows. There are more classes and more chances of prize-winning by the entry of a cat in those classes where its excellences are likely to receive recognition. The animals on show number 570, making up more than 1,000 entries. A very large proportion of the exhibitors are ladies, and it was hoped that for the first time Royalty would have been represented. The patroness of the club, Princess Victoria of Schleswig-Holstein, had promised to send a specimen of blue Persians, a breed in which she takes an interest, but the animal unfortunately died a few days ago. Lady Alexander has 21 cats on show, and takes many first-class prizes. In addition to the prises distributed among 130 classes, a large number of special prizes are offered by organisations for the encouragement of special breeds. The exhibition, which was well attended yesterday, closes this evening.

SCOTTISH WINNER AT THE NATIONAL CAT CLUB SHOW The Scotsman, 24th October 1900
The ninth annual show of the National Cat Club (two days) was opened at the Crystal palace yesterday. This is a “record” exhibition, the entries numbering 230 more than last year, the number of animals shown being 600. Every variety of the cat tribe was well represented, most of the leading breeders being exhibitors. The Princess Victoria of Schleswig-Holstein had entered two of her blue Persians, but they died recently from influenza.

Lady Alexander of Ballochmyle shows a magnificent team of twenty-one short-haired cats, including Manx variety, tabbies, and tortoiseshells, which were laden with honours. These included seven first prizes, six seconds, and four thirds, the first prize for the brace over six months with Ballochmyle Perfection and Ballochmyle Goldfinder, and first and seconder for the team over six months old. Her Ladyship’s well-known Ballochmyle Snow King was awarded the championship for the best white of the short-hairs, and the Crystal Palace championship for the best winners of black and white, and the N.C.C. premiership for the best short-haired tom, and the gold medal. With her splendid blue male, Ballochmyle Blue King, she was awarded the N.C.C. championship, and also secured other prizes.

Mrs McKenzie, Irvine, was a successful exhibitor in the long-haired class, her honours including third for black female in the open (Black Duchess), first in the open for a blue male (Ayrshire Ronald), second for a kitten (black or white) over three and under eight months old (White Nun), and first in the selling class (any variety) for Zoroastes. Mrs Charles Forsyth, Leith, was successful in the any whole colour with Tich, and third in the blacks. In the short-haired division, miss May Hunt, Bothwell, won the chief award for the best kitten over three and under eight months old (black or white) with Jovial Monk, and several special prizes.

CRYSTAL PALACE CAT SHOW The Times, October 24, 1900
The National Cat Club opened their ninth annual show at the Crystal Palace yesterday, and both in number of entries and in quality of the animals it compares favourably with previous shows. There are more classes and more chances of prize-winning by the entry of a cat in those classes where its excellences are likely to receive recognition. The animals on show number about 570, making up more than 1,000 entries A very large proportion of the exhibitors are ladies, and it was hoped that for the first time Royalty would, have been represented. The patroness of the club, Princess Victoria of Schleswig-Holstein, had promised to send a specimen of blue Persians, a breed in which she takes an interest, but the animal unfortunately died a few days ago. Lady Alexander has 21 cats on show and takes first-class prizes in the open class for female Manx, the open tortoiseshell male class, the tortoiseshell female class, the open red tabby class, the open class for white cats, the open class for blue males, the open class for tabbies, and the open class for other varieties. In the blue class, which excites almost as much interest among cat fanciers as the chinchillas, first prizes are taken by Mrs. Mackenzie Stewart, Miss Jay, and Mrs. James Pettit. Among the fine examples of chinchillas shown, first prises have been taken by Miss Snell. Miss G. Willoughby, Mrs. Vidal, Miss Winifred Beal, Mrs. Bridgwater, Miss S. Meeson, and Mrs. B. Martin. In the various classes for tabbies Mrs. Herring, Mr. P. Wodehouse, Miss Frances Simpson, Miss Derby Hyde, Mrs. Stevens, and Miss Metzger were awarded first prizes. In addition to the prizes distributed among 120 classes, a large number of special prizes are offered by organizations for the encouragement of special breeds. In the open class for brown or sable male tabbies Miss Willoughby’s eight-year-old Zenophon added another first class to the 200 prizes previously won. The exhibition, which was well attended yesterday, closes this evening.

CAT SHOW AT THE CRYSTAL PALACE London Evening Standard, 24th October 1900
The ninth Championship Show of the National Cat Club opened yesterday at the Crystal Palace, and is to close this evening. The entry, 1011 — representing 579 cats —is the largest yet recorded in connection with any show promoted by Mrs. Stennard- Robinson, whilst, all round, the quality of the exhibits is much higher than at any previous exhibition. The attendance on the opening day also proved how rapidly interest in cats and cat shows is on the increase, and the arrangements as to penning and feeding were so complete that there was little fear of a repetition of the contretemps of two years ago, when many valuable kittens were lost through inefficient feeding [note: outbreak of distemper]. The judges, whose duties occupied the whole of the day, were Mrs. Strick, Miss Leake, Sir. Louis Wain, Mr. Enoch Welbum, and Mr. S. Woodiwiss, and, with few exceptions, all their classes were heavy ones.

In the section for the long-haired species, Mrs. Pettit's Prince of Pearls and Mr. Jas. Pettitt's Beautiful Pearl were the leading winners in whites; whilst in blacks Mr. R. Little's Lord Albemarle and Mrs. Herring's Madame Freda, the latter particularly good in coat, were the leaders. Blues came next, and here the classes were both larger and more even in point of quality, Mrs. Mackenzie Stewart's Ayrshire Ronald, very sound in colour, and Miss Jay's Holmwood Mighty Atom, the latter one of last year's winners, being the pick of a most excellent lot. Very seldom, indeed, has so good a collection of smoke coloured cats been got together, Miss Gertrude Willoughby — whose successful livestock stall at the National Bazaar is still talked of— and Mrs. Stead penning very choice specimens. In chinchillas, one of the features of the show, the entry being a record one, Miss Willoughby shared leading honours with Miss Snell, Fulmer Zaida, certainly one of the most perfectly marked cats ever penned, being very greatly admired. She was an easy winner in a class of fifteen. Of the various sub-varieties in this section, silvers were, perhaps, the best, and here the Hon. P. Wodehouse was a winner; whilst in the tortoise-shell classes a prominent exhibit was Miss Sangster's Royal Yum Yum, a frequent winner at all the leading shows. Most of the successful breeders were also represented in the kitten section, quite an important part of the show, and here, as elsewhere, quality was in advance of any previous year.

The classification in the short-haired section was not so extensive as in that already reviewed, and here Lady Alexander had one of the strongest teams yet penned in public. Exhibits from the Faygate Cattery were, indeed, at the head of almost every class, Mrs. H. C. Brooke and Miss Willoughby being other prominent owners represented in the prize list. To-day the championship awards will be made.

THE CAT SHOW AT THE CRYSTAL PALACE London Evening Standard, 25th October 1900

The Show of the National Cat Club, opened on Tuesday at the Crystal Palace, closed last evening, the attendance throughout the two days having been very satisfactory. Most of the classes had been judged on the previous day, but it was quite late in the afternoon before the whole of the awards were made, and the Championship certificates and other special prizes allotted. A section, the judging of which yesterday afternoon created considerable interest, was that in which the cats were taken into the ring on a collar and led, as dogs are at all shows, Mr. E. Welburn, a very well-known canine expert, as well as one of the best authorities in the country on cats, acting as judge. There were three classes of this description, and, in two, competition was very keen, the way in which the exhibits paraded while they were in the ring showing most careful training.

Most of the exhibits had already been judged in their various sections, and in the class for male cats of any breed or age, the winner was Miss Beal's (Darlington) cream long-haired cat, Ronaldkirk Midshipmite ; Mrs. Boutcher's (South Hounslow) Lord Sylvester being the runner-up. In the Neuter Class, the winner was Miss J. M. Holmes's (Surbiton) blue, known as Blue Tut ; Miss Kate Sangster's (Southsea) Royal Bogie Man being second. The National Cat Club's Ten-guinea Challenge Cup for the best short-haired cat in the Show went to Lady Alexanders (Ballochmyle) Snow King, a corresponding award in the long-haired section falling to Miss Jay's (Richmond) Holmwood Mighty Atom. The "Rotherham" Challenge Bowl and the sectional championship were also won by Lady Alexander's very handsome white cat. Silver cream bowls for the best long and short haired kittens were won by Miss M. C. Gant's (Hertford Heath) Lady Bustle and Mrs. Percy Hughes's (Finchley) Yeoman; whilst among the leading winners of Championships were:
Long-haired, white, Mrs. Pettitt's (St. Leonards) Beautiful Pearl
Black: Mrs. Herring's (Lee) Madame Freda
Blue: Miss Jay's (Richmond) Holmwood Mighty Atom
Smoke : Miss Willoughby's (Slough) Fulmer Lobelia
Chinchilla : Mrs. Martin's (High Wycombe) Silver Dove.
Short-haired,” White : Lady Alexander's Snow King
Black: Mr. R. P. Hughes's (Finchley) Knight
Blue : Lady Alexander's (Ballochrnyle) Blue King
Tortoise-shell: Miss Willoughby's (Slough) Fulmer May
Silver Tabby : Mrs. Herring's (Lee) Jimmy
Brown Tabby : Miss Willoughby's Fulmer Zenophon [Xenophon].

CRYSTAL PALACE SHOW Northern Daily Telegraph, 26th October 1900
What is the reason for the obvious dearth of white cats? According to the authorities at the National Cat Show, now being held at the Crystal palace, it is all the result of a fashion in America. Our Transatlantic friends have developed a craze for the white variety, and during the last year or so this country has been denuded of white cats to please the ladies of Boston and New York.

LOCAL SUCCESSES Hendon & Finchley Times, 26th October 1900
At the National Cat Club Show, opened at the Crystal Palace on Tuesday, Mrs. Percy Hughes, of Finchley, won a silver bowl in the long and short haired class for kittens.

LOCAL CAT FANCIER’S SUCCESS Portsmouth Evening News, 26th October 1900
At the Ninth Championship Show of the National Cat Club, held at the Crystal Palace this week, Miss K Sangster’s tortoiseshell female Persian “Royal Yu Yum” won first prize in the open class, first in the limit, two specials, championship gold medal, and Ladies’ kennel Association’s premiership gold medal.

THE CRYSTAL PALACE SHOW Wigan Observer and District Advertiser, 27th October 1900
At this annual show Mr. C. Hartley won third prize in a very strong variety class with his Russian cat, “Russia’s Pride.”

THE CRYSTAL PALACE SHOW Worcester Journal, 27th October 1900
Miss A.E. Cartwright, of Barnt Green, was the winner of a second prize at the Crystal palace Cat Show.

THE CRYSTAL PALACE CAT SHOW Beverley and East Riding Recorder, 27th October 1900
Mr. Enoch Welburn, the well-known fancier, judged at the National cat Show held at the Crystal palace this week. He is also booked to judge at the Manchester Show, and in Germany.

THE CRYSTAL PALACE CAT SHOW Kentish Mercury, 2nd November 1900
Mrs. Charles Herring, of Lestock House, Leyland-road, lee, was amongst the principal prize winners at the Crystal Palace Cat Show last week.

SUCCESS AT THE CAT SHOW Willesden Chronicle, 9th November 1900
Miss Dell was again successful with her cats at the Crystal Palace show held on October 24th and 25th, winning a second and third prize, also two vhc’s and reserve in the open class, with three exhibits. Her kittens “Miladi Silverkins,” aged 8 months, also won a silver cat collar and a pair of silver goblets (challenge prize) for the best orange eyes in the silver classes.

1900 HANLEY SHOW

HANLEY DOG AND CAT SHOW Staffordshire Advertiser, 27th October 1900
Dog and Cat Show at Hanley, in the Market Hall, Tuesday, November 6. Will take entries up to Monday, October 29. At present we have three prizes for each exhibit entered. S. B. Smith, 56, George-street, Hanley.

DOG AND CAT SHOW AT HANLEY Manchester Courier and Lancashire General Advertiser, 7th November 1900
The North Staffordshire Fanciers' Association held their annual show in the Covered Market, Hanley, yesterday. The entries numbered nearly 600, or nearly 100 more than last year, the exhibits being representative of nearly every county of England and Wales, and different parts of Scotland. Upwards of £250 was offered in prizes. Compared with last year there was a falling off in the cat section [. . .]. The market was visited by large crowds throughout the day.

HANLEY DOG AND CAT SHOW Staffordshire Advertiser, 10th November 1900
The cats were accommodated in a transept of the market, and were judged by Mr. E. Welburn. These formed a very attractive portion of the show. In roughs, Miss Beal won both firsts with “Ronaldkirk Midshipmite” in males and “Ronaldkirk Flora,” a very large blue Persian, in females. Mrs. Humphreys was second in males with “Fitzroy,” a handsome blue smoke, and Mr. Astley was second in females with “Dudley Brownie,” a pretty tabby kitten. In smooth males Mrs. Kuhnel was first with a very handsome red tabby, and in females Mr. Astley was first with the quaint bu pretty Siamese “Dudley Tchit,” while Mrs. Kuhnel took second with a silver tabby. There was a strong class of local cats, in which Mr. Chickering’s “Phoebe” and Mr Chew’s Persian were very good looking specimens.
Any variety, rough, male (open), 1 Miss Winifred Beal, Ronaldkirk Rectory, Darlington, “Champion Ronaldkirk Midshipmite;” 2 Mrs E Humphreys, Dolgman Newton, north Wales, “Fitzroy,” 3 L P C Astley, 19, Letitia-street, Liverpool, “Dudley Sandy;” r Mrs. G P Tyrwhite Drake, Scawley, Lincolnshire, “Diamond Jubilee;” vhc A S Hodgkins, York-street, Hanley, “York Prince.”
Any variety, rough, female (open), 1 Miss Winifred Beal, “Ronaldkirk Flora;” 2 L P C Astley, “Dudley Brownie;” 3 A Chew, Church-street, hanley, “Kishna;” vhc A S Hodgkins, “York Queen,” A S Hodgkins, “York Princess.”
Any variety, smooth, male (open), 1 Mrs A Kuhnel, 80, Manningham-lane, Bradford; r Mrs A Hodgkins, “Malvern Duke.”
Any variety, smooth, female (open), L P C Astley, “Dudley Tchit;” 2 Mrs Kuhnel.
Any variety, rough or smoth, male or female (local), 1 J Chickering, 5, East View, Hanley, “Phoebe;” 2 Mrs Chew, “Kishna;” 3 A S Hodgkins, “York Queen;” r Miss Annie Chute, Plough Inn, Kidsgrove; vhc A S Hodgkins, “York Princess;” Miss Green, “Tilly Ann;” Mrs Chew, “Goliath II;” Miss L M Peak, Fountain-square, Fenton, “Fenton Tom;” J Forman, 36 London-road, Chesterton, “Thomas;” Mrs Maskery, Strongman-walk, Leek, “Miss Mischief.”

1900 BEDFORD SHOW

BEDFORDSHIRE FUR, FEATHER. AND CANINE SOCIETY, OPEN SHOW AT BEDFORD. Bedfordshire Times and Independent, 23rd November 1900
The seventh show of the Bedfordshire Fur, Feather, and Canine Society was held Wednesday and Thursday in the Bedford Corn Exchange, and may be pronounced a distinct success as an exhibition. This is the second open show that the Society has ventured to hold, and there were close upon 1,100 entries, or 200 more than in excess of last year’s entry, when both quality and quantity were regarded eminently satisfactory, although the financial result was far from being what could desired. However, with commendable pluck, the Committee have since overcome that difficulty, and have not hesitated to enter upon another big undertaking. Entries were attracted from all parts of the British Islands, from far Scotland and sunny Jersey, and from east and west. The arrangements for their safe reception, staging and caging, were carried out in an experienced and careful manner. There was plenty of room between the long tiers of cages for the visitors to move about in; the sanitary arrangements were well looked after, and the electric light was an advantage. [Cat judge: Mr R Fulton.]

There were nearly seventy cats, which was the largest entry yet recorded at the Bedford Show. In the class for long-haired blue pussies Mr. Robert Peak entered a handsome creature described as “Chinchilla.” and Mr. C. R. King exhibited “Blue Bell,” which has won several prizes. In the class for any other colours, the first went to Miss I. Lambert for a fine tabby; Mr. F. Slight had a well-marked tabby: Mr. F. W. Western, Sandy, a very dark blue cat; Mr C. R. King, the black and white which took first at Sandy, and was now third. Mr. M. Shaw, Mrs. Wodehouse, Mr. C. Smart, and Mr. J. Davis were also among the local exhibitors. In the short-hair classes Mr. King showed a silver tabby which is the winner of several prizes,bhut secured first for a blue kitten under four months, of good pedigree, Mr. Messent being second with another promising blue. In the Neuter class the first went to Mrs. H. Sell, for the famous orange tabby, a splendid animal which was second at the big cat show at the Brighton Aquarium, beating three champions. Miss Coote, of Cardington, showed the handsome orange cat which was first last year. For kittens under eight months Mr. J. W. Harker, of Bradford, was first with a blue Persian, but Mr. Western of Sandy, was third.
Cats.
Long hair, blues; 2 Mrs. Galloway, 3 C. N. King; v.h.c. Miss M. North.
Any other colour: 1 Miss J. Lambert, 2 F. Cox, 3 C. K. King; v.h.c. C. Smart, Mrs. Woodhams.
Short hair any colour: 1 J. Taylor, 2 E. Newland. 3 Mrs. G. Pilkin; v.h.c. Miss Blott.
Neuter, any colour; 1 Mrs. H. Sell, 2 Mrs. M Shaw. 3 A. Bland, v.h.c. Miss Fothergill, Mrs. Wright.
Kittens.
Rough or smooth, under eight months: 1 Mrs. J. W. Harker, 2 Mrs. Parker Brough, 3 F. W. Western; v.h.c. Miss Fowler.
Rough or smooth, under four months. 1 C. R. King, 2 C. E. Messent, 3 J. Smurthwaite; res. C. R. King; v.h.c. C. R. King.

1900 MANCHESTER SHOW

NORTHERN COUNTRIES CAT CLUB SHOW Manchester Courier and Lancashire General Advertiser, 29th November 1900
The Northern Counties Cat Club will hold their Second Championship Show in the Coal Exchange, Market-square, Manchester, today (Thursday), November 29th. Doors open from 10 a.m. yo 7 p.m., admission 6d.

CAT SHOW IN MANCHESTER - Manchester Courier and Lancashire General Advertiser, 29 November 1900
The second championship show under the auspices of the Northern Counties Cat Club was opened yesterday [Wednesday]at the Coal Exchange, Old Market-place, Manchester. The entries are good, and the quality of the animals may be described as first-class. Exhibits are presented from all parts of the country, and there are some really fine specimens of the feline species on view. They seem to be perfectly at home, with a few exceptions, in their temporary quarters. In the open class for long-haired cats, black or white, male or female, Mrs. Herring took first prize with a beautiful white, named Prince Zangi. The other principal prize winners were follows:—
Open class, blue, or female: Mrs. Gregory, with Skellingthorpe, Patrick ; Miss W. Beal, with Romaldkirk Flora. Limit class, blue male or female, Romaldkirk Flora. Open class, male or female, Mrs. H. V. James, with Blackwell Jogram.
Open class Chinchilla, male, Mrs. Bluhm, with The Silver Sultan. Open class Chinchilla, female, Mrs. Bluhm, The Silver Lily.
Open class, orange, male or female: Miss M. Beat's Jael.
Open class, cream fawn, male or female : Miss W. Beal's ch. Romaldkirk Midshipmite. This was regarded by the judges as the best cat in the show. It is a fawn, long-haired, sweet looking specimen.
Limit class—smoke, cream, or fawn, male or female: Dodo of Wigan, the property of Miss Lily Jackson.
Limit class—Chinchilla, male or female: The Silver Lily, belonging to Miss Bluhm.
Novice class—smoke, orange, cream, fawn, male or female: Dodo of Wigan.
Novice class—Chinchilla, male female: Miss Derby Hyde, with Thames Valley Silver King.
Open class —silver tabby, female: Silver Tangle, the property of Miss E. M. Cope.
Open class—brown tabby male or female : Mrs. Herring, with Florianne.
Limit class—any tabby, male or female: T.V. Silver King.
Novice Class —any tabby, male or female: Carola, the property of Mr. A. Ward.
Open class – tortoisehell, tortoisehell and white,male and female: Royal Yum Yum, belonging to Miss K. Sangster.
Open class —any other colour, male or female : Miss Snell, with Wonderland.
Open class — neuter, any variety: Holmesdale Axim, the property of Miss Bartlett.
In class 25, for a brace. ch. Romaldkirk Midshipmite and Romaldkirk Admiral, the property of W. Beal. In the team class these two cats, with Romaldkirk Calliope and Romaldkirk Canopus, also the property of Miss Beal, took first honours. Ferry Buller was placed first in the class for blue kittens (single). In the class for Chinchilla kittens (pairs), Mrs. Bluhm took first prize with her Zano and Zella. She was also awarded the Society's silver medal and three specials. Mrs. Tyrwhitt-Drake carried off first prize in the for Chinchilla kittens (single). Mrs. Darcy was awarded first prize in the class for orange, cream, or fawn kittens (single), for her Miriam of the Durhams. Passing to the short-haired varieties, we noted that the open class for Siamese (male or female), Mrs. Backhouse's Eve was placed first. In the open class for Manx (male or female). Mrs. Pownall's Brookside Douglas carried off the first prize. The other first prize winners were Mrs. R. Armitage. Mrs. Pratt, Mrs. Bonny, Mr. R. Kuhnel, whose Bell of Bradford was adjudged the best shorthaired cat the show; Miss Derby-Hyde, and Mr. Marriner. There was good attendance. The judges were Miss Frances Simpson, Mr. House, Mr. Welburn, and Mr. Mason.

FANCIERS’ NOTES Hull Daily Mail, 7th December 1900
To Mrs Tyrwhitt Drake, Scawby, near Brigg, belongs a cat which will undoubtedly develop into the best Chinchilla male ever seen. It had a wonderful run of luck at Manchester. W. G. Marshall, Stoneferry, gained distinction the Manchester Cat Show with Ferry Buller, which took third in the novice class of blues and first and special as the best blue kitten in the show. It is of nice shape and coat, but said to need more substance.

SCAWBY NEWS Hull Daily Mail, 7th December 1900
Noted Cats.—Mrs Tyrwhitt Drake, had a run of luck the Manchester Cat Show, winning in the Novice Chinchilla Class, 1st championship, and three specials with Diamond Jubilee, which will undoubtedly develop into the best Chinchilla male ever seen, and second in the same class. She also won 1st for Chinchilla kittens, and special for the second best Chinchilla.

1900 REGIONAL CAT SHOWS

ISLE OF MAN DOG AND POULTRY SOCIETY Isle of Man Times, 6th January 1900
The annual show in connection with the Isle of Man Dog and Poultry Society was held at The Palace, Douglas, on New Year's Day. [. . .] The cat classes were unusually large. The cup and special for the best cat in the snow was won by Mr Joseph Clarke's handsome Persian. The special prize for rumpies was won by Miss Mona Brew, Castle Mona Avenue.

FAKENHAM - GRAND DOG AND CAT SHOW Norfolk News, 6th January 1900
A Grand Dog and Cat Show will be held in the Town Hall On January 17th, 1800. Entries are dreadfully short, so come to the rescue. Grand Classification, Cup and Medals. Entries received up till January 10th. Schedules of Ernest F. Syder, Jonas P. Wright, Hon Secretaries.

LIVERPOOL DOG, POULTRY, PIGEON, AND CAT SHOW Northern Daily Telegraph, 10th January 1900
Liverpool Dog, Poultry, Pigeon, and Cat Show, North Haymarket, January 23, 24, and 25. 634 classes. 350 Cups and Specials. Intending Exhibitors should apply at once for Schedules etc. A McKenzie, Hon Sec, 8, great Charlotte-street, Liverpool.

DEVONSHIRE CATS’ FUND Exeter and Plymouth Gazette, 16th January 1900
Not to be outdone by the dog, a few days ago the members of the Cat Club organised a show of their pets on behalf of the Transvaal War Fund. Nearly 500 cats were on view, ranging from the familiar British tabby to the more thorough-bred species of the feline race. I learn with interest that a somewhat similar movement is being organised by ladies in Devonshire. Though holding no exhibition or specified meeting of cats, lovers of the feline race are invited to contribute a small sum in the name of their pet towards the widows and families of our soldiers in South Africa. The modest amount of sixpence is being asked for, but, of course, larger sums will be only too welcome. As will be seen in another column, a couple of guineas have already been contributed, and form the first instalment towards the “Devonshire Cats Fund.” Doubtless many ladies will be glad to respond to Mrs. Bullock’s appeal, and forward something towards the Fund in the name of some petted tabby.

LIVERPOOL DOG, POULTRY, PIGEON, AND CAT SHOW Staffordshire Sentinel , 27th January 1900
The annual three-days’ exhibition of the Liverpool Dog, Poultry, Pigeon, and Cat Show opened on Wednesday, under very auspicious conditions, with an aggregate entry of between 6,000 and 7,000, and with general merit of the exhibits described as being in some respects the highest yet reached.

BRIDGWATER POULTRY SHOW Taunton Courier, and Western Advertiser, 14th February 1900
The annual poultry and pigeon show took place on Thursday, at the Town Hall, and was quite as largely stocked as in former years [. . .] and additional novelty this year was a cat show, but the entries were fewer than 30 in number, and only about six in the open classes.
CATS. Any variety – 1st and special C S Ford; 2nd and 4th Mrs H B Palmer; 3rd Mr Gillson.
Long hair, any variety (local) – 1st and special Mrs Clench; 2nd Miss G Petree; 3rd Thomas Court; 4th Miss O’Brien.
Short hair, any variety (local) – 1st, T Upham; 2nd G Merritt; 3rd W Summers; 4th G Davey.

ELGINSHIRE DOG AND CAT SHOW Ross-shire Journal, 16th February 1900
Schedules and Entry Forms are now ready for the Elginshire Canine Society’s Dog and Cat Show, which will be held in the Elgin Market Green Auction Co. Mart on Wednesday, 14th March, 1900. Entries Close 6th March. Robert Ritchie, Commercial Hotel, Elgin, And P. C. McRae, 189 High Street, Elgin, Joint Secs.

GREAT DOG AND CAT SHOW AT NORWICH Various, Norfolk, March/April 1900
Under the distinguished patronage of T.R.H. The Prince and Princess of Wales, the Norfolk and Norwich Kennel Club will hold its 12th annual exhibition at the Corn Hall on Easter Tuesday. Forty-six classes for the various breeds of dogs and cats. Entries are very short, several classes having only one entry. Over 60 special prizes will be given, including five sterling silver cups in addition to liberal prize money. Entries will be taken up to Saturday if posted to the secretary. R. Manning, Hill House, Sprowston, Norwich; also at the office of the Club, Mr. W. T. Dawson’s Chemist, Prince of Wales Road, Norwich.

PORTMADOC HORSE, DOG, POULTRY, AND CAT SHOW North Wales Chronicle, 21st April 1900
Portmadoc Horse, Dog, Poultry, & Cat Show, Tuesday, May 15, 1900. President: Edmund Buckley, Esq., J.P.. Dog Section Under Kennel Club Licence.. Old Calabar. Co. will provide benches, pens, and food for dogs, poultry, and , cats. All particulars free from R. G. Humphreys, Secretary. P.S.-Secretary at Bodawen Inn, Pwllheli every Wednesday.

CORK AGRICULTURAL SOCIETY. Cork Examiner, 7th May 1900
The monthly meeting of the committee of the above was held on Saturday in the Municipal Buildings [. . .] Mr McOstrich thought the society should make every effort to add to the interest in the show and increase their clientele. He instanced the case of the Crystal Palace, where very successful shows, including cats, were held, and he thought if a cat show was introduced into the society’s programme it would attract people who may not be interested in other exhibits. It was decided to refer the suggestion to the Finance Committee.

EDINBURGH CAT SHOW Edinburgh Evening News, 17th May 1900
Edinburgh Cat Show, Waverley Market, Thursday, May 24. Apply Secretaries, McIlwrick & Garrow, – 12 Queen Street, Edinburgh.

DOG [AND CAT] SHOW IN WAVERLEY MARKET Edinburgh Evening News, 23rd May 1900
The seventh annual dog show was held under the auspices of the Edinburgh Kennel Club, Waverley Market today. In former years the show covered two days, but last year the management tried the experiment of restricting the exhibition of dogs to a single day and reserving the second day for cats etc, and the success which attended the step encouraged the promoters to repeat the arrange on the present occasion.

CAT SHOW IN WAVERLEY MARKET Edinburgh Evening News, 24th May 1900
The seventh annual Cat Show connection with Kennel Club was held in the Waverley Market to-day. Following the expedient introduced last year, the show was held separate from the dog show. The exhibition of however, not the only attraction in the Market, as the committee have engaged Guthrie's Brass and Pipe Bands to play selections throughout the afternoon, while in the evening there will Highland dancing and piping competitions open to both professionals and amateurs.. The space allotted to cats is very small, a portion of the western part of the building being alone occupied by them so that in the afternoon, at any rate, the exhibition will be as much a promenade concert as a cat show. The prize money amounts to about £50. There are 36 classes, and 160 entries. Judging commenced shortly after half-past 11.

NATIONAL BAZAAR Bedfordshire Times and Independent, 1st June 1900
At the National Bazaar Her Grace the Duchess of Bedford presided over a department for the sale of animals which was under the patronage of the National Cat Club.

THE NATIONAL BAZAAR Illustrated Sporting and Dramatic News, 2nd June 1900
THE National Bazaar was the most talked of event in a particularly busy week for Londoners, and, having an engagement there on the opening day, I naturally found my way to the animal department, of which the Duchess of Bedford was the president, and Miss Gertrude Willoughby, hon. sec., quite as well-known as a successful breeder of poodles as she is as one of the founders and chief supporters of the National Cat Club. Members of the latter had, of course, sent numerous contributions to Miss Willoughby’s tent, and quite a brisk trade was being done in kittens at “five bob a nob.” [. . .] Spratt's, I ought to mention, penned and fed all the animals free of charge, Trusty, one of their best known show officials, acting as general assistant to Miss Willoughby.

THE NATIONAL BAZAAR Herts Advertiser, 2nd June 1900
The National Bazaar - in aid of the sufferers by the war - was opened last week by her Royal Highness the Princess of Wales. [. . .] Her Most Gracious Majesty the Queen herself headed the list of patrons, and the noblest families in the land were assisting personally the good work. On entering the beautifully-decorated rooms and scanning a list of stalls, I immediately started off in search of the Live Animal Stall, under the patronage of the National Cat Club, President, Her Grace the Duchess of Bedford; secretary, Miss Gertrude Willoughby. A snug little room was set apart for these dear pets, who mewed and barked in cages all round. Wee, white Pomeranian pups, with tricolour ribbons round their fluffy necks, tiny khaki-coloured Persian kittens similarly decorated, puggies of all sizes and species, two beautiful collies, and endless rabbits and pigeons lived together in perfect harmony in their comfortable quarters at Kensington, enduring with much serenity the continual flow of admiration and caressing which it was their fate to receive until they were carried off in covered baskets by some fair purchaser.

GALA AT AUCKLAND Daily Gazette for Middlesbrough, 5th June 1900
The annual Band of Hope gala in connection with Bishop Auckland Temperance Society, of which Mr Joseph Lingford, J. P., is president, was held yesterday in the cricket field. The weather was fortunately very fine, and there was an excellent attendance. There were many attractions for the juveniles and for others. There was a rabbit, cat, cavy, and dog show, Mr F. Dunning, of Shildon, being judge for the first portion, and Mr J. Ryder, of Bishop Auckland, judge for the dogs.

GREAT BAZAAR AT OLYMPIA London Evening Standard, 21st June 1900
The great [Naval and Military] bazaar at Olympia in aid of Princess Christian's Homes for Disabled Soldiers and Sailors was opened for the second time yesterday. [. . .] Other attractions were the animals and birds (under the patronage of the Cat Club), presided over by Miss Gertrude Willoughby.

FETEBath Chronicle and Weekly Gazette, 10th May 1900
The fete which Lady Lansdowne is organizing in aid of the Officers’ Wives and Families Fund, and which is to take place and Sheen House Club at either the end of June or the first week in July will present some very novel features in its side shows. It is said that a Maxim gun will be on exhibition, and a cat show will be held, at which awards will be given, and only those invited to do so will be allowed to exhibit.

FETE London Evening Standard, 21st June 1900
A garden fete and open-air bazaar will be held in the grounds of the Sheen House Club on Friday and Saturday, July 6 and 7, in aid of the Marchioness of Lansdowne 's Fund for Officers' Families. The function will be largely attended, and will be opened by the Marchioness herself. Princess Christian of Schleswig-Holstein and Princess Victoria intend visiting the grounds in the afternoon of the first day. Interesting features of the occasion will be croquet matches, played by all the best players, arranged by Lieut. Colonel the Hon. H. C. Needham, and a cat show presided over by the Viscountess Maitland.

SHEEN HOUSE GARDEN FETE London Evening Standard, 6th July 1900
The Sheen House Garden Fete in aid of the Marchioness of Lansdowne's Officers' Families Fund opens to-day, the Marchioness herself performing the opening ceremony at three o'clock. [. . .] the pedigree cat show is under the care of Lady Maitland, with the Countess of Bective, Lady Walter- Gordon-Lennox, and Miss Willoughby as Vice Presidents. Handsome prizes are offered, including a pearl and turquoise brooch, a nine-guinea gold medal given by Mrs. Firth, and a silver-mounted vase.

SHEEN HOUSE GARDEN FETE Morning Post, 7th July 1900
A very charming garden fete and al fresco bazaar was j opened yesterday in the grounds of Sheen House Club, | East Sheen, and will be continued until this evening, in aid of the Marchioness of Lansdowne's Officers' Families Fund. [. . .] Then there was a cat show which formed no part of the bazaar, yet could scarcely be classed as an entertainment. It was held in a tent in a remote part of the grounds and was composed of only cats of high degree, pedigree cats in fact, as the programme stated. Viscountess Maitland and Miss Gertrude Willoughby were responsible for it.

ROYALTY AND THE WAR FUNDS. Lloyd's Weekly Newspaper, 8th July 1900
Princess Christian and Princess Victoria were the principal visitors at the Marchioness of Lansdowne's bazaar, on Friday, in aid of the Officers' Families fund, at East Sheen house. The beautiful and extensive grounds were thronged both afternoon and evening. A great feature was the pedigree cat show, at which Princess Christian distributed the prizes. The chief, a gold medal valued at £10, was awarded to Miss Beale's cream coloured Persian, a magnificent specimen of the feline race. The Princess Victoria, who showed much interest In the animals, accepted three portraits by Mr. Louis Wain of the exhibited cats.

PRINCESS AND THE CATS Various, 13th July 1900
Princess Victoria of Schleswig-Holstein during her visit to the Sheen House Garden fete with Princess Christian was particularly interested in the cat section. By her special desire Mr. Louis Wain, the cat artist, was presented by Lady Reid and Mrs Stennard Robinson, and her Royal Highness was pleased to accept a set of the artist’s humorous cat drawings to commemorate the occasion of her bestowing her patronage on the National Cat Club. The Princess, who is very fond of cats, conversed for some time with the artist about them.

WITHERNSEA HORSE SHOW. Hull Daily Mail, 5th July 1900
The great event of the year at Withernsea took place to-day, when the horse, foal, dog, and cat show was held in a field near the station. [. . .], There was also a record exhibition of cats. The judge of the “tabbies " was Mr. E. Welburn, Beverley.

BISHOP AUCKLAND AGRICULTURAL SHOW Durham County Advertiser, 6th July 1900
Bishop Auckland Agricultural Show will be held on Tuesday, July 10th, 1900. Horses, produce, Poultry, Pigeons, Rabbits, Cats, Cavies, Dogs [. . .] for schedules etc apply to J G Thomlinson, Hon. Sec. Bishop Auckland.

WATTON GARDEN FETE AND CAT SHOW Thetford & Watton Times and People's Weekly Journal, 7th July 1900
Vicarage Grounds, Watton. Thursday next, July 12th. Grand Garden Fete. Flower Show, Cat Show, Sale of Work, Concerts. Donkey Races. [. . .]

WATTON GARDEN FETE AND CAT SHOW Thetford & Watton Times and People's Weekly Journal, 21st July 1900
The Cat Show, under the care of the Rev. H. Vale and Mr. C. Robinson, attracted a great deal of attention and afforded no little amusement. The first prize was carried off by Mrs. Beales, second by Mr. W. A. T. Crisford, while Miss Durrant won highly commended, and Mrs. Hazel, Mrs. Bullen, and Mr. Chapman commended.

SHILDON SHOW Daily Gazette for Middlesbrough, 12th July, 1900
Shildon Show, Saturday August 18, Horticultural, Industrial and Lady Amateurs Section: Poultry, Pigeons, Rabbits, Cats, Cavies, Mice, Dogs (K.C. Licence) [. . .] Entries close August 14. Schedule from T. Tomlin, 1 Wesley-crescent, Shildon; or J.T. Lowthian, 2, Hawthorn-terrace, New Shildon.

STRABANE SHOWS Derry Journal, 20th July 1900
Judges and Stewards – for cats and mice – T. A. Bond, Derry
Yesterday what may be fairly styled the celebrated Strabane Shows were thrown open for the admiring inspection of the public, who attended in exceedingly large numbers from Derry, the North-West generally, and, indeed, not a few who came well away beyond the limits the Northern Province. [. . .] It is now about twenty years since the initial display was held near to the banks of the Mourne.. It originated with a dog show, to which were added few classes tor poultry. [. . .] The entries in the various sections were as follows:- dogs, 437; poultry, 412; pigeons, 329; cage birds, 90; cats, 20; mice, 16; rabbits, 9.
Long-haired cat —1 Mrs. Newport W. Clark, Knock, Belfast; 2 Mrs. Newport W. Clark, Knock, Belfast; 3 Richard Hayes, The Rectory, Omagh.
Short-haired cat—1 Mrs. L. F. Perrins, Dublin; 2 Mrs. L. F. Perrins, Dublin; 3 Jim Mclvor, Strabane.
Half-bred — 1 Miss Maude Clarke Kennedy, Camus; 2 Miss Doris P. Hawker, Meenglass; 3 Jim Mclvor.
Kitten under six months, any variety—1 Miss E. Smyth, Bailee, Strabane; 2 Mrs. Newport W. Clark, Belfast; 3 Miss Nancy Lendrum, Ballnamallard.

PICKERING SHOW AND GALA York Herald, 26th July 1900
The twenty-sixth annual exhibition of the Pickering Floral and Horticultural Society, and Dog and Rabbit Fanciers' Show was held on Wednesday in the beautiful Avenue Fields (kindly lent by Major Mitchelson). The Pickering Society have so many departments— and some of them really good ones - that it is always very difficult to decide on which to expend the most time and attention. [. . .] every section of the show has numerous admirers, and thus it is that whilst some of them hurry to see the dogs, the cats, or rabbits, others are equally anxious to visit the floral department, the industrial show [etc]. [Cat judge – Mr J H Roberts, Leeds]
The entries for the past three years were as follows: Cats: 1900 – 19; 1899 – 23; 1898 – 35.
Long-haired cat: 1 J Hargreaves, Skipton; 2 W E Bradley Ebberston; 3 W A Wentworth, Thornton Dale.
Short-haired cat: 1 J T Hawkings, Hull; 2 Miss I Skelton, York; 3 J R Pickering, Nunnington.
Kitten under six months, any variety: 1 W Dunning, Pickering; 2 J Wardell, Malton; 3 Hodgson and Dobson, Pickering.

MINEHEAD AND DISTRICT FANCIERS ANNUAL EXHIBITION West Somerset Free Press, 14th July 1900
Minehead and District Poultry, Pigeon, & Cage-Bird Fanciers Association (Under Poultry and Pigeon Club Rules) – the Third Annual Exhibition will be held in the Town-Hall, Minehead on Bank Holiday August 6th, 1900, when prize money to the amount of about £50, with numerous valuable Special Prizes including a Five Guinea Cup, will be offered for competition. Classes for Poultry, Dead Poultry, Eggs, Pigeons, Ducks, Turkeys, Cats, Rabbits, Cavies, Mice, Rats, and Cage Birds [held in association with the annual dog show].

UPHOLLAND SHOW Wigan Observer and District Advertiser, 3rd August 1900
Upholland and District Cattle, Horse, Dog, Poultry, Pigeon, Cat etc Show will be held in the Abbey Lakes Grounds on Wednesday, August 15th. Good classification, Numerous specials. Schedules from Hon Sec John H. Wright, Orrell Post, Wigan.

PARBOLD SHOW Wigan Observer and District Advertiser, 3rd August 1900
Parbold Show, August 4th, of Horses, Poultry, Pigeons, Rabbits, Cats and Horticulture. Upwards of £100 will be offered in prizes, and numerous specials.

MINEHEAD AND DISTRICT FANCIERS ANNUAL EXHIBITION West Somerset Free Press, 11th August 1900
Minehead & District Poultry, Pigeon, & Cage-Bird Fanciers Association Third Annual Exhibition. The third annual exhibition of the above association, together with a dog show which is held in connection with the society, took place in the Public-hall, Minehead, on Monday. [Cat judge Rev G, W. Joyce.] In the cat classes, the long hair kind were none of them of pure breed, but they were a pretty lot, and the first went to a very nicely marked tabby. In the short-hair, which was well represented, the first and special was taken by a fine black of good colour and condition.
Cats – Special offered by the association for the best in classes 40 and 41 – Miss Dorothy Hayward.
Cats (Classes 40 and 41): Long-hair – 1 Miss Nellie Kille; 2 and 3 Mrs C Trivitt; hc Mrs R Smith.
Short-hair – 1 and special Mrs Dorothy Hayward; 2 G Priscott; 3 Frank M Sterry; hc Miss Daisy Horner.

THE HOSPITAL FETE Kilburn Times, 24th August 1900
There was a general meeting on Friday evening in the Kensal Rise Board School, Mr K T. Daley presided, and there was a fair attendance. Mr H. Ambler (general secretary) read the letter (mentioned in our columns hurt week) in which Messrs Shoolbred gave permission for the use of their field for the fete. [various attractions including] cat show.

LONG BUCKBY FLOWER SHOW. Northampton Mercury, 31st August 1900
The annual show promoted by the Long Buckby Floral and Horticultural Society was held with much success in the grounds adjoining Long Buckby House, the residence of Colonel Foster, on Tuesday afternoon. [. . .] Not only were fruit, flowers, and vegetables exhibited, but there were also sections for poultry, rabbits, cats, pigeons, and bees' produce. [. . .]
Long haired cat, 1 W. Groves, 2 C Davis, 3 H. H. Newitt.
Short haired cat, 1 R. Bateman, 2 T. Blincow, 3 H. H. Newitt.

WARMINSTER. POULTRY, PIGEON, RABBIT & CAT SHOW. Warminster & Westbury journal, and Wilts County Advertiser, 1st September 1900
Warminster. Poultry, Pigeon, Rabbit & Cat Show. Sports. Wednesday Next, Sept. 5th.

SANDY SHOW Herts Advertiser, 1st September 1900
An important exhibition was held at Sandy, Bedfordshire, on Thursday. It was the thirty-second show of the Sandy and District Floreal and Horticultural Society. {Comparison of 1899 and 1900 figures:] cats increased from 21 to 42.

LANGLEY PARK SHOW Shields Daily News, 14th September 1900
As will be seen by advertisement in another column, Langley Park (Durham) floral, industrial, dogs, poultry, pigeon, rabbit and cat show will be held to-morrow (Saturday), in a field ten minutes’ walk from Witton Gilbert Railway Station. There are over 1600 entries.

COTTAGERS AND FANCERS’ SHOW, WELLS Wells Journal - Thursday 20 September 1900
In the other fur class, Mrs Bird’s pretty cats gained deserved honours.

WINSLOW OPEN POULTRY SHOW Northampton Mercury, 5th October 1900
The open classes for rabbits, cats and cage birds the committee reluctantly abandoned in consequence of the entries being few in number.

LEWES POULTRY, PIGEON, CAGE-BIRD, AND CAT SHOW. Sussex Agricultural Express, 20th October 1900
It will be seen by announcement in our advertising pages that the annual show in connection with the Lewes Fanciers' Association opens on Wednesday, Oct. 31st, and will be continued the following day. We understand that a special feature of the exhibition will be the tour classes for oats. This department will be under the superintendence of Mr. W. W. Morris, who will take the greatest care the household pets entrusted to him. Full particulars and forms of entry may had of Mr. F. Huggett, the hon. sec., of School-hill, Lewes.

GLOUCESTER ANNUAL SHOW of POULTRY, PIGEONS, RABBITS, CAVIES, CAGEBIRDS, AND CATS Gloucester Citizen, Thursday, 1st November 1900
The Gloucester Fanciers' Society's 21st Annual Show Of Poultry, Pigeons, Rabbits, Cavies, Cage-Birds, and Cats will be held in Goddard’s Rooms November 21st and 22nd. Schedules now ready from W. Hooper, Hon. Sec, 17, Westgate Street, Gloucester. Entries close November 12th.

ABERCARN POULTRY AND DOG SHOW. South Wales Daily News, 1st November 1900
The fourth annual poultry and dog show at Abercarn was held on Wednesday in a large marquee on the Market-square and in the Market house adjoining. There were just under 1,300 entries, being an increase of 300 over last year. There were 49 classes in poultry, pigeons, 25; cage birds, 12 cats, 2 rabbits, 7 mice, 13 dogs, 22 and miscellaneous, 3. The president of the society is Lord Tredegar, and the president of the committee the Rev. Compton Davies. vicar of Mynyddislwyn, the secretaries being Messrs Davies and Rowlands and treasurer. Mr F. J. Matthews. The judges were—Poultry, Mr. T. Lambert, Hadlow pigeons, Mr H. Allsopp, Birmingham cage and fur section, Mr J N. Harrison, Birmingham; and dogs, Mr E. Parry Thomas, Pontypridd.

CAT SHOWS Manchester Courier and Lancashire General Advertiser, 10th November 1900
Cat shows are going to form quite a feature this year at London bazaars. The side shows are always hard to arrange, for indifferent concerts and amateur dramatics weary one beyond words, after few have been sampled. A nice assortment of cats and kittens would prove, and indeed has proved, very profitable, especially if some are for sale. They are quiet animals, require little attention, and do not look so terribly bored as do dogs.

CHESTER FANCIERS' ASSOCIATION. ANNUAL SHOW Cheshire Observer, 17th November 1900
On Wednesday the Chester Fanciers' Association opened their ninth annual two days' show of dogs, cats, poultry and pigeons, dressed fowl and eggs in the commodious Drill Hall, Volunteer-street. The entries in all classes were about the same in number as those at the last show, with the exception of the dogs, which were somewhat fewer. [. . . ] Cats were judged by Mr. Ashton.
CATS. Open Classes. Long-haired cat, male or female: 1, Mrs. J. Davies ; 2, T. Pleavin ; 3 and vhc, Miss Jones ; r, A. W. Currie ; vhc, T. Gerrard.
Cat, short- haired, male or female: 1 and special: P. Fitzpatrick, jun. ; 2 and vhc, T. Dodd and Sons; 3, Thomas Challinor ; r, Miss A. Wakefield ; hc, R. W. Barber.

AMUSEMENTS, BRIGHTON AQUARIUM The Era, 17th November 1900
The annual Cat Show was held here on Wednesday and Thursday.

BRIGHTON. CAT SHOW Sussex Agricultural Express, 17th November 1900
The annual show in connection with the Cat Club was held at the Aquarium on Wednesday and Thursday, and was largely attended. There were 24 classes, embracing some 200 specimens, and although the entries were not quite so numerous as last year, the general excellence of the pets was far above previous years. Not only Brighton, but the county, was well represented, and many of the cats came from a long distance. Mr. Andrews, the Aquarian Secretary, undertook the clerical duties with marked success and was responsible for the general arrangements.

READING ORNITHOLOGICAL SOCIETY’S SHOW Reading Mercury, 1st December 1900
The annual show of Poultry, Pigeons, Rabbits, Cats, Cage Birds, and Dead Poultry will be held in the Corn Exchange, on Wednesday nest. Numerous entries have been received, and a very successful Show is anticipated.

POULTRY [AND CAT] SHOW AT NEWBURGH Dundee Courier, 24th December 1900
The first what gives promise be the best poultry shows in the county of Fife was held in the Public Hall, Newburgh, on Saturday. The entries, which comprised poultry, pigeons, pet birds, rabbits, cats, and mice, numbered over 650, and included many champion specimens from the best breeds of the United Kingdom. [. . .] The number and quality of the cats show that the feline fancy is not extinct in our midst.

FANCIERS' EXHIBITIONS, MALTON. Leeds Mercury, 27th December 1900
The fifth annual show of the Melton, Norton, and District Fanciers' Society was held yesterday in the Corn Exchange, Malton [. . .] The entries were exceedingly good, totalling 679, or an increase of 145 on the year. Pigeons numbered 378, rabbits 156, cats 53, and cage birds 92.

FANCIERS' EXHIBITIONS, BINGLEY. Leeds Mercury, 27th December 1900
The fourth half-yearly show of the Bingley and District Fanciers’ Association was held yesterday. [Cat judge W.W. Garnett]. Cats, any variety – 1 W Shackleton; 2 R Kuhnel. Kittens – 1 A Foster.

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