REPORTS FROM EARLY BRITISH CAT SHOWS - 1873
1873 HAMPSHIRE CAT SHOW
HAMPSHIRE ORNITHOLOGICAL SOCIETY CAT SHOW. Hampshire Advertiser, 15th January 1873
One of the great characteristics of the present day is the cry for novelty. Some years ago dog shows came into vogue, and have been very popular ever since, and now the cats, which had so long been neglected, have their turn. Very interesting collections of these domestic pets have been brought together at the Crystal Palace, on several occasions, and, for the first time, we have this year, a show of a similar kind in Southampton. The idea of an Ornithological Society including a Cat Show in its programme may possibly strike some of its friends as rather incongruous, but we have no doubt it can find ample precedents for the course it has adopted, besides which it can plead the success of the experiment as its justification. The cats, we understand, are not the least interesting department of the exhibition, and being a new feature in it, may not prove an ineffectual one as regards the addition that will thereby be brought to the society's financial resources.
CAT SHOW BY HAMPSHIRE ORNITHOLOGICAL ASSOCIATION. Hampshire Advertiser, 15th January 1873
The members of this society, established in 1859, and of which Mr, P. M. Hoare, M.P., is the president, are now holding their twelfth annual exhibition of poultry, pigeons, pheasants, cage birds, cats, etc. (open to the United Kingdom) at the Auction Repository, Southampton [. . .] The entries year after year have increased, and the show which commenced yesterday (Tuesday), and will be continued to-day (Wednesday) and to-morrow (Thursday) is the largest yet held' the entries being quite 100 in advance of last year, while this time is included, mainly, we believe, through the desire of Dr. Welch, the chairman of the committee of management, a cat show, and which has far surpassed the expectations of the promoters.
The cats, as might be expected, attract no end of attention, especially with the ladies. There are nearly sixty entries including all kinds - tabby, tortoiseshell, black and white, black, white, long and short hair, etc, and several of the inhabitants of the town and neighbourhood are prize-takers, including Mr. W. E. Manby Miss Caines, Mr. G. T. Pope, Mrs. Hawker, Miss A. J. Walter, Mrs. Lewis, Mr. W. Drewitt, Mrs. E M Wheeler, Mrs. Law, Mrs. Walter Perkins, Mr. J. H. Churcher, Miss M. J. Samways, and Mr. Councillor W. H. Purkis, the latter getting a second for a painted ocelot, or tiger cat.
Class73: tortoiseshell, or tortoiseshell and white, male or female (any age).— 1, Mr. H. Strofton, Streatham-common ; 2 Mr. T. Goldsmith, Suffolk ; 3, Mr. E. Homer; highly commended, Mr. Flitton, Herts ; commended, Mr. Strofton aul Miss Annie Hill, Upper Norwood.
Class 74, tabbies, any shade, male or female (any age).— 1.Mr. W.E. Manby, 112, High-street, Southampton ; 2, Mr. G. Peach, Salop ; 3, Miss Caines, 3, Bedford-place, Southampton ; highly commended, Mr. W. King, Oxford.
Class 75, black, male or female (any age).— 1, Mr. G. T. Pope. Virginia-cottage, Highfield, Southampton ; 2, Mrs. Hawker, High-street, Southampton.
Class 76, white, male or female (any age).— 1, Mr. T. Baldwin Norwood.
Class 77, black and white, male or female (any age). — 1, Mis A.J. Walter, Winchester ; 2, Mr. W. Ogilvy, Grosvenor- road, Bessborough-gardens, London, S.W.
Class 78, long hair (any shade, male or female).—1, Mr. W. Drewitt, Albion-place, Bevois-valley, Southampton ; 2, Mrs. Lewis ; 3, Mr. T. Johnson, Rickmansworth, Herts.
Class 79, any variety of no sex (any age).— 1, Mrs. E. M. Wheeler; 2, Mrs. Walter Perkins, Bowling Green-house, Southampton; 3, Mrs. Law; highly commended, Mr H. Fowles, 27, Lottery-terrace, Briton-street, Southampton.
Class 80, kitten, of any shade, male or female (under 3 months).- 1, Mr. J. H. Churcher ,2, Miss Minnie J. Samways; 3. Mrs. S.A. Pocock, Berkhampstead ; commended, Mr. E. Horner.
Class 81, any other variety, male or female (any age).-1. Mr. Nicholson; 2, Mr. W.H. Purkis, Ascupart-street, Southampton.
1873 NORTHAMPTON CAT SHOW
POULTRY, PIGEON, RABBIT, AND CAT SHOW. Northampton Mercury, 8th March 1873
The fourth annual show of poultry, pigeons, rabbits, and cats was held in the Corn Exchange, Wednesday and Thursday. Previous exhibitions have obtained the fame of being the best in the Midland Counties, and the show this year merits the same distinction. It was open, as the others wore, to the United Kingdom, and each country was represented, there being upwards of 1,300 entries.
Class 70. —Tortoiseshell, all shades, male or female, any age. 1st, 15s., Mr. H. Critchett, Northampton; 2nd, 10s., Mrs. Parker, Kingsthorpe ; 3rd, 5s., Mr. G. Gibbs, Northampton. Highly commended, Mr. T. Gill, Northampton.
Class 71. —Tabbies, any shade, male or female, any age. 1st, 15s., Mr. Jno. Woods, Northampton ; 2nd, 10s., Mr. Walter Shipman, Northampton ; 3rd, 5s., Mr. H. Chambers. Highly commended, Mr. J. Hudson, Northampton; Mr. Jno. Parker, Northampton; Mr. Roberts, Spratton Vicarage; Mr. Alfred Evans, Marston, Oxford ; Mr. C. Haddon, Northampton: Mr. H. Critchett, Mrs. W. Morbey.
Class 72.—All black or all white, male or female, any age. 1st, 15s., Mr. Welby, Northampton; 2nd, 10s., Miss S. A. Coles, Kislingbury ; 3rd, 5s., Mr. James Clayson, Northampton.
Class 73. —Black-and-White, male or female, any age. 1st, 15s., Mr. J. Rowland, Northampton ; 2nd, 10s., Mr. J. C. Sibley, Northampton ; 3rd, 5s., Mr. Thomas Baldwin, Northampton.
Class 74. —Long-hair Tabbies, all shades, male or female, any age. 1st, 15s., Mr. T. Adams ; 2nd, 10s., Mr. J. Millham, Great Berkhampstead ; 3rd, 5s., Mr. Thos. Carriss, Market Harborough. Highly commended, Mr. J. Millham. Commended, Mr. J. U. Stanton.
Class 75. —Long-hair, or any other colour, male or female, any age. 1st, 15s., Mr. E. Cumpston, Pitsford ; 2nd, 10s., Mr. W. Whitwell, Daventry ; 3rd,, 5s., J. N. Beasley, Esq. Highly commended, Miss Pell, Northampton; Mr. George Clarke, Brixworth ; J. N. Beasley, Esq.
Class 76. —Any variety or colour not before mentioned, male or female, any age. 1st prize, 15s., Mr. C. Cursham, Hartwell-lodge ; 2nd, 10s., Mrs. Hall, Northampton ; 3rd, 5s., Mr. Thos. Hemmings, Northampton.
Class 77.—For one Kitten, male or female, any variety or colour, under four months. 1st, 15s., Master H. N. Wetherall ; 2nd, 10s., Mr. C. Tassell ; 3rd, 5s., Miss M. L. Wetherall, Loddington. Highly commended, Mrs. Humphreys, Northampton.
1873 DOVER CAT SHOW
DOVER AND CINQUE PORTS POULTRY, PIGEON, AND CAT SHOW. Dover Express, 21st March 1873
The second annual exhibition of this show, which will be held in the Wellington Hall, Dover, on Wednesday and Thursday next, promises to be a greater success than that of last year. This year the competition has been thrown open to the whole of the counties of Kent and Sussex, and, consequently, a much larger number of entries have been obtained—the total number being 429. The show of this year has a new and somewhat unique feature, namely, the exhibition of cats, and the prizes which have been offered have had the effect of attracting a good representation of the feline tribe. The 429 entries comprise 268 in the poultry department, 129 for the pigeons, and 32 for the cats.
DOVER AND CINQUE PORTS POULTRY, PIGEON, AND CAT SHOW. Dover Express , 28th March 1873
The second annual poultry, pigeon, and cat show of Dover and the Cinque Ports took place on Wednesday and yesterday at the Wellington Hall, Dover, and was attended with a degree of success less than that which characterised the first show, which was held in the same room and under the auspices of the same committee nearly a twelvemonth ago. [. . .] About 207 pens of poultry were exhibited and 130 pens of pigeons. The cats exhibited numbered 32.
The show of cats was a very fair one, and secured a large share of attention from the visitors, more especially from the ladies, who had on this occasion opportunity of inspecting some very curious and interesting specimens of the feline tribe. Miss Hales, of Canterbury, exhibited all the cats in class 39, Long-haired cats, "of any variety or colour. The first prize was taken by a fine specimen of blue and white, and the second by a remarkable specimen of chinchilla and white. The kitten class, owing to the earliness of the season, was a failure. It mustered only five entries. The last pen, No. 408, contained a good specimen of pure black, exhibited by Miss Emma Long, of Shepherdswell, which took the first prize. There was not one tortoiseshell cat in the show, and only two entries of tortoiseshell and white, the prize being taken by Miss Warren, of Saxon Street, Dover. Both cats were remarkable for their regular marking. Class 32, “ Tabby, any colour, or tabby and white," contained the most entries, but, strange to say, every cat entered in this class was touched with white, there not being a “pure tabby " in the Show. Only two "whites" and two "blacks” were entered. In class 36 only one cat was entered - a blue, or slate coloured male, 60 months of age, exhibited by Mr. W. Finn, of Canterbury. It succeeded in taking only a second prize, but in the Judge's opinion, would be a very good candidate for the next Crystal Palace Show. The cat of Mrs. Jacobs, of Shepherdswell, was the best one exhibited. It was fine specimen of long-haired white, and was only twelve months old, being exhibited for the first time. Hitherto Miss Hales's cats have succeeded in carrying the palm in this class in shows of the neighbourhood, but the new cat of Mrs. Jacobs far surpasses hers.
Another noticeable cat was exhibited, though not for competition, by Mr. Lemon, of Snargate Street. It was of the Auberviliers breed, and was taken from the nest in its wild state, when seven days old, and nursed until able to feed. The cat was a full-grown male, and must have take a prize in any exhibition of its class. "Monsieur Bibi " is 4 and a half years old, has a magnificent head and jaws, and were he spotted instead of striped, might be taken for a young leopard. Bearing in mind that this is the first year cats have been included in the Show, the Committee may fairly be congratulated the number entries.
Class 31.—Tortoiseshell, or Tortoiseshell and White. 1st prize. Miss Lottie Warren ; highly commended, Mrs. W. Jacob.
Class 32. — Tabby, any Colour, or Tabby and White. 1st prize, Mrs. Alfred Haynes; 2nd, Mrs. Wm. J. Hughes ; 3rd, Mrs. C. Pain.
Class 33.—Black. 1st prize, Mr. Henry Pankhurst ; highly commended, ditto.
Class 34.—White. 1st prize, Stephen Court, Esq.; commended, ditto.
Class 35.—Black. and White. 1st prize, Mr. R. H. Warwell; commended, Miss R. Betts.
Class 36. —Any other Colour or Variety. 2nd prize, Mr. W. Finn.
Class 37. —Long-haired White. 1st prize. Mrs. W. Jacob ; 2nd, Miss Hales.
Class 38.—Long-haired Black. 1st prize, Mrs. Gamblin; highly commended, ditto.
Class 39.— Long-haired—Any other Colour or Variety. 1st and 2nd prizes. Miss Hales.
Class 40.—The Best Kitten under 4 Months— Any Colour or Variety. 1st prize. Miss Emma Long; 2nd, Mr. Henry Pankhurst; 3rd, Mrs. C. Pain.
1873 NEWCASTLE CAT SHOW
CAT SHOW, NEWCASTLE Morpeth Herald, 29th March 1873
A cat show, promoted by Mr. H. Wardle, Rose Inn, Pudding Chare, who gave 4 handsome silver cups as prizes, was held on Monday, in the large room attached to Mr. Walter Proudlock's establishment, the Shakespeare Hotel, Shakespeare Street, Newcastle. The venture was the first of the kind ever attempted in that town, but the entries were numerous, and embraced some handsome specimens of the feline tribe. The attendance throughout the day was large, more especially of ladies, and altogether the exhibition was a great success. Mr. Joseph Simm, of West Cramlington, was the judge, and the entire satisfaction which his awards gave completely showed that in judging either dogs, poultry, or cats he was up to the mark. The cups were awarded to the best in four classes, the successful exhibitors, being:-
Best Foreign Tom, Mr. Harry Kelley, Blenheim House, Cattle Market, Newcastle;
Best English Tom, Mr. Thomas Sayers, Tiger Inn, Newcastle; second ditto, Mr. George Dodd;
Best English Queen, Madame de Hart, Newcastle;
Best Foreign Queen, Mr. Henry Atkinson, Newcastle; second Mr. Wm. Blakey, Adelaide Hotel, Newgate Street, Newcastle.
1873 WARGRAVE CAT SHOW
HORTICULTURAL SHOW AT WARGRAVE Berkshire Chronicle, 2nd August 1873
On Thursday, the 24th ult., at Scarletts, the delightful seat of Mr. Littledale, was held a social gathering, consisting of the nobility and gentry of the surrounding neighbourhood. There was a horticultural show [. . .] A cat show also took place, when upwards of forty cats were exhibited. They were most judiciously arranged according to beauty, size, and colour. Wargrave Tom, a scarlet beauty, was the most conspicuous, and was greatly admired. Several weighed from twelve to fifteen pounds. Prizes were given for the best cats. About two hundred of the neighbouring ladies and gentlemen were present, and the large attendance gave great encouragement to the more humble competitors.
1873 (FIFTH) CRYSTAL PALACE CAT SHOW
THE CRYSTAL PALACE CAT SHOW (The Times, September 20, 1873). When a very few years ago, the novel announcement of a “National Cat Show” brought down 20,000 people to the Crystal Palace. They were not rewarded by such a sight as may be seen there to-day and till Tuesday next. Either the public had not then awake to the knowledge of the true value of the cat, or perhaps cats, like horses, are subject to periods of scarcity. Be that as it may, but 62 in all could then be found to set before the 40,000 eyes that were there to see. Miserable animal, too, they were; the very pariahs of the gutter and the house-top; animals whom no well-bred dog would have condescended to worry, and from whom even a mouse would have thought twice before it ran. But nowadays Mr Wilson, Superintendent of the Natural History department of the Palace, has changed all that. This year 262 cats of every colour, size, and country have been divided into 53 classes, among which are distributed 144 prizes, from the two-guinea silver medal offered by Miss Hales for the best Persian or Angora, down to the five shillings which is to be the meed of the third best pair of “long-haired kittens under 6 months old.” Of these 53 classes nine are new since last year’s show, including two open only to the working man’s cat, and a selling class, which has seven entries, for each of which a fee of 2s. is charged, all of which must be for sale, and none of which are to be assessed at a higher figure than 20s. A prize of two guineas was also offered by Mrs. Cashel Hoey, “in memory of Nero, a four-footed friend,” for the best brown Tabby Tom Cat. Unfortunately, no Brown Tabby Tom of sufficient merit has yet been found, and for the moment “Nero’s” memory, though doubtless not unwept, must, perforce, remain unhonoured.
In the central nave, hard by the Egyptian Court – the court of those who held the cat a sacred thing – stood the cages of these famous animals. Except in the case of families, each cat has his or her own private cage, fitted up with its own particular cushion, whereon are reposing in a happy state, born of food and slumber at discretion, cats of every age, of every size, of every colour, of every country, and of every sex, including some, by no means the least fair to look upon, of no sex at all. From the tops of the sundry cages all round the little enclosure flutter light blue flags, announcing to the crowd the immediate whereabouts of those proud ones on whom the eye of the judge has rested with favour. This office, we should imagine, has been no sinecure, for it is never an easy task to decide “which is the fairest where all are fair.” It is a task, however, which could not well have been put in better hands than those of Messrs. Harrison Weir, Jenner Weir, and P.H.Jones.
It is impossible to conceive that any species of the genus cat can here have been overlooked. Such a contingency has, indeed, been provided for by the establishment of a class “for any wild or hybrid between wild and domestic or other cat,” and the fact that this class has failed to secure a single entry is of itself a sufficiently good proof that the caution was superfluous. Those who have hitherto regarded the cat only in the light of a necessary evil created by beneficent Providence for the slaughter of mice, and the amusement of old maid, schoolboys, and bull-terriers, would be astonished at the really magnificent animals that may be seen here. Fat, very fat, are most of them, with fur as sleek and well-cared for as any fine lady’s hair. Beautiful, too, they are, with necklaces and ribands of many colours and devices, and they look, to do them justice, as if they knew and were proud of the fact.
Numbered first upon the list, and surely first in order of merit, comes the short-haired tortoiseshell tom. He is not only the sole representative of his class, but so far as is known, with him the class begins and ends. He must by this time be well-nigh surfeited with the income of praise, for this will be the fifth show he has sat out, and as yet no brother has come near his throne. His owner, then, may be pardoned for rating him as high as 20/. Passing on by a variety of breeds and colours, tortoiseshell, brown, blue, and silver tabby, we pause to note the occupants of cages 91, 92, 93. They are “short-haired tabby she-cats,” and this is the first year that any such have been exhibited. Hitherto they had always been considered as rare as tortoiseshell toms, and when last year this class was established it failed to take away its reproach by even a solitary entry. Truth to tell, though they may be of surpassing value, these red tabbies are not very beautiful to look upon. In cage 119 is what is, perhaps, the curiosity of the collection. It belongs to mr J. Walter, answers, or at least ought to answer, to the name “Mymie,” and comes from Siam. It is of a black fawn colour, with black points, and a round head somewhat like that of a pug. There is, we believe, a Royal edict in Siam prohibiting the export of any male of this breed, which may account for the presence of two very common and plebeian looking kittens within the Royal cage. Then there is a little black English cat before which we should not be inclined to linger had we not been told that it could sit up on its hind legs and beg like a dog. In cage 142 may be seen a touching sight, where “See,” a little kitten of ten weeks old, keeps watch and ward over”Nell,” a bull terrier pup, who, though the elder by a week, looks infinitely more frightened and unhappy than its present guardian, but, alas! we fear future foe. Among the long-haired tribe, Miss Hall’s Angora “Salim,” occupying cage 152, must be mentioned as the winner of former prizes at the Palace, at Dover, at Boston, and at other places; while but one cage off purrs a worthy rival in a Chinchilla and white Angora, belonging to Miss C.S. Thompson. On the west side of the enclosure, and above the little box whence catalogues and other useful bits of information are dispensed, the visitor will probably be attracted by a large photograph of a black cat – a real black cat, without a single spot of white – and in cage 162 the original is to be found, an Angora, belonging to Mr Lloyd, of the Aquarium. This is a cat with a history, a travelled cat, who has seen men and critics, and doubtless known their minds. Born in Paris in 1860, it crossed to London in the following year, started for Hamburg the year after, where it remained till 1870, and then came over to Norwood, which has been its abiding-place ever since. Paris, Hamburg, and London – what may not a cat of observances have seen in those cities within 12 years’ time, to say nothing of Norwood?
But we cannot pretend to enumerate all the objects of note that are contained in the 262 cages. Passing by a half0bred Persian of a most curious and pleasing blue-grey colour, belonging to Miss Farren; by a black and white tom, belonging to the cellarmen of the Palace, the possessor of an undeniable pair of white whiskers; by a white she-cat with one eye bright yellow and the other almost an Eton blue, we come at last to class 51, wherein are congregated the “cats of no sex” belonging to working-men only. And these cats do the greatest credit to the care and good keeping of the working-men. They at least can have no inducement to strike, whatever their masters may do; for however high wages may go, it is simply an impossibility that they should be in better care. In this class, weight alone confers the meed of merit, and the prize is gained by the inhabitant of cage 248, who weighs 16lb 14oz., and belongs to Mr T. Durst of South Lambeth. Had it not, however, been for an error in the time for entry, Mr Durst would have had to rest content with second honours, for at the northern end of the enclosure stands, in an unnumbered cage, a huge brown tabby, weighing 19lb. This is very far above the ordinary run of weights, though we believe there was exhibited on the Pier at Brighton, not long ago, a cat which was said to draw the unprecedented weight of 23lb.
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CRYSTAL PALACE CAT SHOW. London Evening Standard, 22nd September 1873
The fifth national cat show was thrown open to the public on Friday at the Crystal Palace, and will be continued to-day and to-morrow. Thus is Grimalkin again in her glory, and under the patronage of her Grace the Duchess of Sutherland. Lady Dorothy Nevill, Charles Darwin, Esq., and other friends of "poor puss," holds dignified and quiet festival in a portion of the north nave of the Palace. A cat show has a much more aristocratic air about it than the noisy exhibitions of dogs and poultry, when the obstreperous barking, baying, and mutual recriminations of the dogs, and the crowing and screeching of the fowls, present a Babel of sounds distracting to all who are not accustomed either to the peculiar music of the kennel or the cackle of the farm yard. Indeed, there is a resigned behaviour on the part of the cats which contrasts most favourably with the blatant and vainglorious sounds sent forth by the canine and feathered tribes; but it should be remembered that the cat is a much more discreet and circumspect animal than the dog, and prides itself upon preserving a certain propriety of conduct, at least during the day, for the protege of Launce may urge that if he is rather boisterous by day, and given to express his mind freely when in the company of brother dogs, he is sparing of his tongue by night ; whereas the sleeper's difficulty is Grimalkin's opportunity, and the echoes of the chimney-pots are made to resound again in the dark hours usually devoted to the repose of the human family. But we must take the cat as we find him. The domesticated animal has his uses as the terror and exterminator of vermin, and some ladies love their cats with an intensity quite equal to the affection bestowed by certain bachelors on their dogs.
The motive for these annual cat shows is a good one. There is the scientific side of the question, which contemplates the improvement in the breed of cats by the offer of prizes for the best specimens produced at these exhibitions; and there is the humane side, which institutes prizes to the working classes for the kind treatment of domestic cats, such latter prizes being, in the present instance, offered by the Lady Dorothy Nevill, Mrs. F. C. Hoey, Mrs. Griffin, and Miss Hales. The present show, like its predecessors, occupies two sides of a portion of the north transept, and the exhibition may be pronounced up to the mark of former ones, although we have seen on other occasions a few more sensational specimens in the nature of the untameable animals. Notably, there was that terrible animal, a wild cat, shown by her Grace the Duchess of Sutherland two or three years ago, the fixed look of hate of which would not soon pass out of the recollection of the beholder. The show is, nevertheless, rich in every variety of cats. There are "short -haired" cats of both sexes ; "long, haired "cats;” there are "cats of no sex;" and Angora or Persian cats ; and whilst the merits of some turn upon the beauty of their marking, those of others are determined by weight.
It is a pretty sight to see, in profuse array, the tortoiseshells, the brown, blue, and red and spotted tabbies; the pure whites, the pure blacks. As we have said, the behaviour of the cats was the most sedate and prim. There was a preponderating expression on their faces of a dislike to be stared at, but upon the whole they bore the scrutiny at the private show yesterday with stoical indifference. Here and there, perhaps, a furtive look met you which seemed to hanker after a nearer acquaintance between the bars ; and the kittens of course were full of play. The judges of the merits of the animals were Mr. Harrison Weir, Mr. J. Jenner Weir, and Mr. P. H. Jones ; and the general arrangements of the show were under the direction of Mr. F. W. Wilson, of the Natural History Department of the Palace. Amongst the first prizes awarded were the following :—
To Mr. W. L. Smith's short-haired tortoiseshell male cat, a cat which has already carried off four prizes; Mr. John Hurry's Totty, Miss M, E.Moore's Tippo Sahib.
Class 6. Miss Howe's very prettily shaped cat.
Class 8. Mr. J. Bradden's short-haired black and white he cats;
Class 9. Mr. J. Harper's short haired black he cat; Class 10. Mr. R. J. Young's short-haired white he cat;
Class 11. Mrs. Sarah Barnes's slate or mouse-coloured short- haired he cat, a very beautiful animal ;
Class 12. Mr. A. H. Senger's half-bred Scotch wild cat. a weird-looking, tailless creature ;
Class 13. Mr. E. Homer's short-haired tortoisesheli cat (the whole of the entries in this class being very good) ;
Class 16. Mr. Hellier's short-haired brown tabby cat;
Class 17. Mrs. Culiingham's short-haired red tabby cat— short-haired red tabby cats being a rarity.
Class 19. Mrs. E. Newton's short-haired spotted tabby cat.
Class 20. Mrs. H. Hanson's short-haired black and white cat ;
Class 22. Mr. J. Harris's Snowdrop, a very nice short-haired white cat, with five pretty white kittens ;
Claes 23. Mr J. Walter's Mymie, a brownish cat, with face black like a pug-dog and black ears ;
Class 26. Miss E. Forgerty's Persian cat, entirely white;
Class 28. Mr.J. Penwills tabby, Prince ;
Class 29. Miss C. S. Thompson's Angora (chinchilla and white), which beat Miss Hales' medal cat at the Boston show;
Class 30. Miss S. A. Pocock's Angora, entirely white ;
Class 31. Miss M. Armitage's Topsy, a magnificent cat, entirely black;
Class 32. Mr. W. Williams's Persian, Sally, a tabby ;
Class 34. Miss Farren's fawn-coloured half -bred Persian cat ;
Class 30. Miss Cottington’s pair of Persian kittens;
Class 40. Mrs. Gunner's slate-coloured cat, one of the largest in the show;
Class 41. Miss M. Armitage's Sambo ;
Class 42. Messrs. T. Farnham and Sons' Persian white cat;
Class 43. Mr. W. Watson's half-bred Persian, a remarkably fine cat;
Class 44. Mr. A. Mongredien's Persian cat.
The first prize awarded to working men fell to the beer cellar-men belonging to the Crystal Palace for the best black male cat ;
Class 47. Mr. W. Scrivner's tabby and white male cat ;
Class 40. Mr Mark Odle's short- haired black cat.
The first prize for the heaviest cat, of no sex, belonging to working men, was awarded to Mr. T. Durst, and the second to "The Larder," Crystal Palace- Mr. Durst's cat weighing nearly 17lb.
THE CAT SHOW AT THE CRYSTAL PALACE. South Wales Daily News , 22nd September 1873
The National Cat Show at the Crystal Palace, which opened to the public on Saturday, must be pronounced a great success. This year 262 cats of every colour, size, and country, are exhibited, and the show, as usual, is arranged in the nave of the Palace. On entering the novel exhibition, the sight of the visitor is first attracted by a number of little blue flags fluttering from the cages in which the various cats are confined. These, it is soon discovered, indicate the animals that have secured first prizes, and, as a consequence, the attendance of the visitors at these particular points is very great
The first animal that arrests the attention in the short-haired class is No. 43, a fine black animal, well worthy of the honour of the first prize, which he has secured. No. 50 also secured a first prize, its colour being a spotless white. Amongst the short-haired cats, of unusual colour, number 56 bears off the palm, as a more extraordinary dun-coloured animal has rarely if ever been exhibited. Number 76 in the same class is also a very pretty animal. Passing on by a variety of breeds and colours,—tortoiseshell, brown, and silver tabbies, we come to the red-haired tabbies, and although it is the first year this peculiar species has been exhibited, the display is remarkably good. No. 119 is, as far as curiosity is concerned, perhaps the most remarkable animal in the exhibition - it is a cat from Siam. Its colour is a black fawn, and its head resembles that of the English pug-dog, but beyond its rarity it did not attract much attention. No. 142 cage was far more attractive, as it contained a pretty little cat named "Sue "peacefully fraternising with a diminutive bull terrier pup. In cage No. 162 is a real black cat, in which not even a single white hair can be seen. In the white Angora cats No. 157 secures the prize. In class 51, exclusively confined to the cats of working men, the first prize has been most justly secured by the splendid tortoiseshell Tom of Mr. Durst, of South Lambeth, and an estimate of its size can be formed when it is mentioned that its weight is within 2 oz. of 17 lbs. Altogether the show is a great improvement upon all those which have preceded it, and, as a proof of its popularity, it attracted one of the largest Saturday attendances of the present season.
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THE ANNUAL CAT SHOW was recently held at the Crystal Palace, London, and a magnificent collection of specimens of the feline race were on exhibition. There were silken-haired Persians and Angoras, Siamese cats, tailless cats from the Isle of Man, tabbies, tortoiseshell, spotless white cats, and others of sable hue. The largest cat weighed 19 pounds, but even this unusual weight was eclipsed by one on exhibition a few months ago, which weighed 23 pounds. The exhibition attracted crowds of visitors, and a large proportion of the prizes were awarded to lady exhibitors. - Pittsburgh Daily post, October 6, 1873
A LONDON CAT SHOW. That our English cousins hold the house cat in higher regard than we do seems evident from the following account of a cat show, as given in the North British Agriculturist, That paper says: On Saturday, the fifth annual cat show at the Crystal Palace was thrown open to the public, and from the interest manifested by the vast and fashionable assembly at the Palace it may fairly claim to be considered exceedingly popular. Of the 300 specimens of the feline race exhibited, there could scarcely have been one that did not receive a visit from its owner or some member of the family. The general arrangements of the show, which were carried out by Mr. F. W. Wilson, of the Natural History Department, were excellent; while the judges had without doubt made a careful selection of the animals entitled to prizes. That distinguished individual, the tortoiseshell cat belonging to Mrs. L. Smith, who made such a sensation last year, appears again without a rival, and carries off as a matter of course the first prize in his class. His owner values him at £20. The ladies are to the fore as exhibitors throughout, and have been very successful in carrying off prizes. There are altogether 53 classes, nine being entirely new since last year. There are two curiosities in the collection. The one is No. l42, where “Sue,” a kitten of ten weeks, acts the part of mamma to a bull-terrier pup, Nell, whom she keeps watch and ward over with the greatest vigilance, notwithstanding that terrier tops the age of her foster-mother by a week. The other is a Siamese cat, of a black fawn color, with a round head somewhat like that of a pup-dog. – The Dixon Sun, Dec 17th, 1873.
1873 BIRMINGHAM CAT SHOW
THE [BIRMINGHAM] CAT SHOW. Bedfordshire Times and Independent, 8th November 1873
At last we are to have an Exhibition of those sweet domestic creatures who muse at our firesides, who work little by day, but tile at night, and whose ways are very mysterious, but, nevertheless, act according to their lights. We trust that the exhibition will be large, and the catalogue extensive, and append a list of special prizes, in the hope that a large number of cats will come up to the scratch: The Spinsters’ Prize, for the best Old Tabby. The Publicans’ Prize, for the finest Old Tom. The Boys’ Prize, for the best Tip Cat. The Garotters’ Prize, for the softest and gentlest Cat o’-nine-tails. The Doctors’ Prize, for the best specimen of Cat-alepsy. The Artists’ Prize, for the largest and best Kit Kat. The Free Library Prize, for the best Catalogue. The Cemetery Prize, for the best Catafalque. The Druggists’ Prize, for the best Catarrh. The Newspaper Prize, for the best Catastrophe.
THE CAT SHOW. Birmingham Daily Post, 28th November 1873
The arrangements for the Cat Show, which opens to-morrow, were completed last night. A commodious temporary structure has been erected on the Old Wharf with an entrance from Broad Street Corner, and every arrangement has been made for the "comfort" of the cats. There are 285 entries and about thirty others were received too late, although the time was extended until Monday night. The building is 100 feet long by 20 feet wide, and the pens, the same as were used at the Crystal Palace, and supplied by Mr. Billett, of Southampton, are placed in the centre and on each side of the erection. Every pen is supplied with a crimson cushion. The animals are divided into fifty- three classes, and special workmen's prizes eave been offered gratuitously by tradesmen of the town. Amongst these are two bronze and a silver medal, given by Mr. Joseph Moore, Pistford Street; a papier mache tray, by Messrs. McCallum and Hodson, Summer Row; and prizes by other tradesrmen . A staff of females has been engaged to attend to the cats. Animals will be sent from all parts of the country, and many which were exhibited a at the Crystal Palace will be found in the Birmingham Show. This will be the fifth exhibition of cats which has taken place, the other shows having been held at the Crystal Palace, Dublin, Glasgow, and Edinburgh. Mr. Chaplin, of the Red Lion, Smallbrook Street, is the principal promoter of the show, and from present appearances there is every probability that it well be a success.
TORTOISE-SHELL TOM-CATS. Birmingham Daily Post, 28th November 1873: A correspondent of Land and Water says it has been stated that the only "tortoise-shell tom-cat living" will be exhibited at the Birmingham Cat Show. Mr. John Thomson Milton, of Ballgonie, in the parish of Markinch, Fifeshire, has had such a cat for many years. He is considered a rarity, and has been exhibited as an interesting specimen of the feline race to not a few naturalists.
BIRMINGHAM SHOW WEEK Penny Illustrated Paper, 29th November 1873
A novelty is to be this year added to the Birmingham “show week" in the shape of a cat show, the feline members of which may even be expected to put out of joint the noses of the fat porkers shown in our Engraving. At least 200 cats will, it is supposed, be on view, and the committee have engaged staff of female attendants to minister to their wants. A large supply of milk has been contracted for. and meat of the best quality is be provided, and therefore pet cats accustomed to indulge in “lights” and similar delicacies will have their weaknesses gratified. Persian, Angora, and Russian cats will be present, and the classes for “peculiar” cats promise many novelties. Rumour states that the hitherto champion “tortoiseshell tom cat,” winner at London, Glasgow, and Edinburgh, is to have his laurels challenged, another of these almost fabulous animals having been discovered living in modest retirement in Birmingham. A remarkable cat will be shown by a local exhibitor – it is a magnificent Angora, weighing 17 lb., and of a rare colour – slate, or what is termed blue, and white. This fine animal won at Northampton, beating the prize cats of the second London show. A curious history attaches to him, he is said to have belonged to Traupmann, the French murderer. After the execution, Bude passed into the hands of Traupmann’s aunt, a well-known Parisian horse-dealer, who in turn, gave him to his present proprietor. Another Birmingham gentleman has also some singular cats from Vienna, which will probably be on show and for sale.
THE BIRMINGHAM DOG AND CAT SHOWS. London Daily News, 2nd December 1873
The Birmingham Cattle Show has reached its twenty- fifth anniversary. The Dog Show is in its fourteenth and the Cat Show appears in the midland metropolis for the first time. This combination of attractions had filled the town with strangers to a degree unknown, even at the Musical Festival, and the hotel- keepers are reaping a rich harvest. [. . .] The Cat Show is so great a novelty in Birmingham that the first exhibition of the kind has been very well attended since it was opened on Saturday forenoon. The show is perhaps not unusual in point of excellence compared with the Crystal Palace shows; but it is sufficiently interesting, end few visitors to the other shows pass it over. The arrangements adopted in London have been followed out here. Great amusement has been caused by several of the cats escaping from their cages, and affording the excitement of a cat-hunt. The show is likely to be successful in every respect.
THE CAT SHOW Birmingham Daily Post, 2nd December 1873
“A cat may look at a king,” and kings and subjects are now invited to look at cats. Only a few years ago the first cat show opened at the Crystal Palace with some sixty specimens; but the popularity increased and now. With very little trouble or flourish of trumpets, a commodious building at Broad Street Corner contains nearly three hundred cats of all sorts, sizes ages, and weights, from all corners of the land. The proposal seems to have originated with Mr. James Chaplin, and as a general manager he deserves the thanks of thousands for a most original and unusual treat. The building is so well arranged that everybody can see everything well. The wire cages have been supplied by Mr. George Billet, of Southampton, and are ingeniously arranged, not only for show, but for packing also; five squares of wire lattice and two pieces of zinc sheeting form the walls, and these when not in use can be compactly stowed away. At the front of each cage is a crimson ottoman, on which King Tom or Queen Puss repose in dignity and peace. Behind is a sort of sand-bath where the favourite occupation of scratching can be accomplished in peace. A basin of milk and any quantity of “lights” give all the creature comforts required. The cages are light, neat, airy, and above all, give every cat an opportunity of seeing and being seen well. A large staff of girl attendants, all seeming femininely interested is looking after the favourites, and all ready to give any information asked for, are scattered about the building, and every attention is thus secured.
Two hundred and eighty-six cats are in the catalogue, and nearly all are there; but some accident has prevented the arrival of some of the favourites from Miss Hales, of Canterbury, whose taste and judgment and care and liberality have so greatly contributed to the success of the show. The cats are arranged under sixty-three classes, each of which has some special interest and some special prizes. Twenty-five are for Short-haired Cats, the first – male Tortoise-shell not having arrived from London. Among the more remarkable cats exhibited are what may be called an “Alliance Cat” (52), for this extraordinary abstainer has been marked on the cage “Water, not milk,” and it is clear that this cat has been carefully “weaned,” and would doubtless be safe even with the run of the dairy. Another is a mendicant cat (142), whose little feats of training are devoted to a box in front of the cage, for the “Little Sisters of the Poor;” a very pretty domestic group of mother and family (102), with three charming white kittens, and one which “takes after the mother,” whose devotion to her offspring is unceasing. Another very pretty sight is two kittens, in adjoining cages, who can only see each other’s paws, cuffing and clawing at each other in the drollest kittenly style; another is a very pretty Maltese cat (135), of a remarkably soft an silky coat of curious ashy-slaty-grey colour, and deservedly “First Prize;” another three pens of kittens (145, 146, 147) all under three months old.
The Angora cat “Selim,” (157), from Miss Hales, and “Rustam,” from the same lady, well deserve the place of first and second prize, for the remarkable beauty of their forms and colour. Amongst the Pure White cats Miss Hales sends “Rhoda” (161), which takes only third prize, although awarded first prizes before; while her “Zuleika” takes first prizeprizes before; while her “Zuleika” takes first prize, and a small but pretty cat (?93) is “commended,” and marked “not for sale,” being evidently greatly prized at home. A Tabby (164) has a sad history, the mother having been “eaten” during the siege of Paris, and this French cat being a good specimen of “French,” although not taking any prizes. The specimen called “Moon” is a very remarkable cat, a second prize taker. The name seems to have been taken from the half-moon marking of the face and the peculiarity of the history being that the cat once belonged to Traupmann the wholesale and brutal murder.
The very largest cat exhibited, so far as size and colour and form are concerned, is the splendid Angora (191) exhibited by Mr. S. ?James – a splendid animal in every way. The heaviest Short-haired cat is a splendid tabby (205), weighing 17lbs, and very well winning the first prize; while another (220) which takes the second prize, is more solid and perfect in form, but weighs only 13lbs 12oz. A very handsome Manx cat (237) and a fine Persian cat (231) are well worth examination.
Among the prizes given to working men’s cats, a charming young cat, beautifully black and daintily white, as playful as a kitten of three months, although he is seven months old is (242), and he has well won first prize. One of the curiosities (125) was sent simply to get an “exhibitor’s ticket” of admission, and with a request that the cat might not be returned, but as the cat has taken a prize, and has also been sold, the proprietor probably regrets his precipitancy. Among “the humours” of the exhibition are two cages – one containing a huge champagne bottle, marked “Old Tom,” and another containing “A Car-o-nine-tails, with a facetious inscription.
Among nearly 300 specimens it is, of course, impossible to do justice even to the best, but nearly all deserve careful examination, for the cats are of all kinds and colours, ages, and weights. Some are tame and gentle, peaceful and contented, some look wild and indignant at being caged so close, some are morose, some are playful, some shy, some confiding, but all are well housed, well cared for, and well fed. A wholesome lesson will be learned by all who visit the Show – children and parents alike – that “poor puss” has too often been neglected and maligned, and that our hearth-rug pets will rep[ay the care and kindness which have been bestowed upon these strange and graceful creatures, which form so wonderful a link between ?domesticated and savage life.
The Judges were Mr. George Billet, naturalist, Southampton; Mr. P.H. Hones, Fulham, London; Mr. Harry Castang, London. The following is the prize list.
SHORT HAIRED CATS
Class 1: Tortoiseshell, no entries.
Class 2: Tortoiseshell and White – 1st, Mr. John Harry, North Heigham, Norwich; 2nd, Mr. James Beecroft, 107, Dublesten Mill Road.
Class 3: Brown Tabby – 1st, Mr. Thomas Weightman; 2nd, Miss Edith Stone, Hill Street; 3rd, Mr. John Newey, Marborne; Commended, Mr. Thomas Joyner, 21, Smallbrook Street.
Class 4: Blue or Silver Tabby – 1st, Mr. graham Ellis, 24 Cornhill, London; 2nd, Mr. William pothard, 223, Bristol Street; 3rd, Mrs. Mayo, 32, Severn Street.
Class 5: Red Tabby – 1st, Mrs. Bull, 14 Essex Street.
Class 6: Red Tabby and White – 1st, Mr. Thos. Engle, Meade, Bull Ring.
Class 7: Spotted Tabby – 1st, Mrs. F. Harrison, Sherborne Street; 2nd, Mr. F. Schweiss, 17, Worcester Street;, 3rd, Mr. Charles Harris, Bordesley.
Class 8: Black and White – 1st, Miss. Ferguson, Upper Norwood; 2nd, Miss Elizabeth Ann Sterrer, 15, Liverpool Street; 3rd, Miss. H. Tyler, 144 [street not given!], Islington.
Class 9: Black – 1st, Mr. Schweiss, Worcester Street; 2nd, Mrs. Samuel Issett, 322, Cheapside; 3rd, Mr. William Clarke, 34, Constitution Hill.
Class 10: White – 1st, Miss Adams, 61, broad Street; 2nd, Miss Johnstone, 2, lee Mount; 3rd, Miss Annie ?Inshaw.
Class 11: Unusual Colour – 1st, Mr. J. Pillings, Deriford; 2nd, Mr. Anthony Browne, 51, Holloway Head.
Class 12: Any other colour, or variety of colour, or singular type of species, Manx etc – 1st, mr. James Wild, 9, Bennett’s Hill; 2nd, Mr. George Cash, 37, Bull Street; 3rd, Mrs. Mary Baker, Sydenham.
Class 13; Tortoiseshell – 1st, Mr. E. Horner, Leeds; 2nd, Mrs. Walter Wood, 64, Broad Street; 3rd, Mr. William N. Phipson, Soho Hill.
Class 14: Tortoiseshell and White – 1st, Miss Isabel Quincey, Perry Barr; 2nd, Mrs. Ed. Wilmot, Lee Hall, Handsworth; 3rd, Mrs. Henry Feaviour, Sherborne Street; Commended, Mrs. Mary Fellows, Gough Street; the Misses M.H. and A. Weir, Holloway Head; Mr. C.O. Jury, Aston; and Mr. Thomas Richards, Great Barr.
Class 15: Brown Tabby – 1st, Mrs. Mobley, Dale End; 2nd, Mr. John Geosup, Melton Mowbray.
Class 16: Blue of Silver tabby – 1st; Mrs. Gam, Compton Street, Aston; 2nd and 3rd, Mr. George Holdcroft, Lichfield.
Class 17: Red Tabby – 1st, Mrs. W.J. Nichols, Fetter Lane, ?Laplott.
Class 18: Red Tabby and White – No entry for this class.
Class 19: Spotted Tabby – 1st, Mr. William Taylor, Sparkbrook; 2nd, Mr. H. Weintz, Small Heath.
Class 20: Black and White – 1st, Mr. O.W. Long???, ?? Street; 2nd, mr. C.W. Chase, jun., Yew Tree Road; 3rd, Mr. George Stevens, Deriford.
Class 21: White – 1st, Mr. F. Schweiss, 2nd, Mr Milton, ?? Meeting Street; 3rd, miss E. Banfield, ?? Place, Handsworth.
Class 22: Unusual Colour – 1st, Mr. S. Lawrence, handsworth; 2nd, Mr. N.J. Rainbow, Banbury.
Class 23: Any other variety or abnormal formation – 1st, Miss. Agnes Timhouse, 181, Cheapside; 2nd, Mr. ??Brian, White Lion, Ingbeth; 3rd, Mr. W. Black, ??, Coventry.
Class 24: For the two best marked Kittens, any variety, under 3 months old – 1st, Mr. Edward Robberts; 2nd, ??, Icknield Street West.
Class 25: Pure White – 1st, Mr. Arthur Babb, Cherry ??.
Class 26: Black – 1st, Miss Boville, Southsea.
Class 27: Tabby – 1st, Miss Sprague; 2nd, Mr. John ??, Joer Street; 2nd, Mr. Alfred Wilkinson, North ??
Class 28: Unusual Colour – 1st and 2nd, Miss Hales, Canterbury.
Class 30: Pure White – 1st and 3rd, Miss Hales, 2nd Mr. H. Maynard, Ryde, Isle of Wight; commended ??, Hockley Hill.
Class 31: Black – No entry.
Class 32: Tabby – 1st, Mr. C. Hutchins, Bristol Street; 2nd, Mrs. Falconbridge, 8, Lower Essex Street.
Class 33: Red Tabby – 1st, Mrs. A.C. Organ, Toddington; 2nd Miss Manning, Erdlington; 3rd Mrs. Falconbridge.
Class 34: Unusual Colour – 1st and 2nd, Miss Hales, Canterbury; 3rd, Miss L. Whitehouse, Knowle.
Class 35: For the two best Long-haired Kittens under 3 months old – 1st, Mr. J.M. Jaffray, jun., Edgbaston.
Class 36: For the best Angora or Persian Cat, male or female, in the show:- 1st, Mr. Sam Jones, 44, George Road, Edgbaston; also 1st extra for the best long-haired cat in the sho; 2nd, Mrs. E. hinks, 53 Worcester Street; 3rd, Mrs. A. Adderley, Huntingdon; commended, Mr. H.S. Woodall (Netherton) and Miss Thornilow (Edgbaston).
CATS OF NO SEX
Class 37: For the heaviest Short-haired Cat:- 1st, Mr. James Thorn, Broad Street; 2nd, Mrs. J. Binns, Brookfields; 3rd, Mr. W. Gregory, 210, Bristol Street.
Class 38: For the heaviest Short-haired Cat:- 1st, Mr. Thomas Barber, 176, Great Lister Street; 2nd, Mr. Joseph Staniforth, Spring Hill.
Class 39: For the heaviest Short-haired Cat:- 1st, Mr. Frank Davenport, Gravelly Hill; 2nd, Mrs. H.C. organ, Toddington; 3rd, mr. George Ward, back 38D, Broad Street; Commended: Mr. John Ellis, 24 Fleet Street; Mr. Harry Ridgway, Upper Cox Street; Miss Fry; Mr. John Wilkins, Barton-on-Trent; Mr. John Dyke, Ingleby Street; miss C.S.M. Lister, Holloway Head; Miss M.A. Wilson, Navigation Street; and Mr. Fred. Price, Handsworth.
Class 41: For the heaviest Long-haired Cat, black, black-and-white :- 1st, Mr. T. Weightman.
Class 43: For the heaviest Long-haired Cat:- 1st, G. Bennett, Pershore Road.
Class 44: For the heaviest Long-haired Cat, unusual colour – Mrs. Adderly, Huntingdon.
PRIZES OFFERED FOR CATS BELONGING TO WORKING MEN
Class 46: For the best Black and White (he) Cat – 1st, Mr. George Fryer, Cox Street, Balsall Heath; 2nd, Mr. J. Bullock, 277, Icknield Street West.
Class 47: For the best Tabby and White (he) Cat – 1st, Mr. C. Robotham, New Irving Street.
Class 48: For the best White (she) Cat – 1st, Mrs. M.A. Crosby, Bellbarn Road.
Class 49: For the best Short-haired Black Cat – 1st, Mr. Henry Anthony, Wrexham; Commended, Mr. Thomas Burton, Warwick.
Class 50: For the best Litter of Short-haired Kittens, any colour – 1st, Mrs. William Rutherford, back 85, Unett Street.
CATS OF NO SEX BELONGING TO WORKING MEN
Class 51: For the heaviest Short-haired Cat – 1st, Mr. Henry Lees, West Bromwich; 2nd, Mr. Hoseph Barrel; Commended, Mr. William Adams, Sheldon, and Mr. Richard Bray, 5, Latimer Street.
Class 52: For the heaviest Long-haired Cat:- 1st, Mr. John Curtis, Bedford.
Class 54: Short-haired He Cats – 1st, Mr. Merton, Acton.
Class 57: Spotted Tabby – 1st, Mr. John Lambeth, 43 Graham Street, 2nd, Mr. Alfred Potter, Upper Cox Street.
Class 63: Spotted Tabby – 1st and 2nd, Mr. Robert Brown, Spring Hill.
In the classes omitted, no prizes were awarded.
CAT SHOW AT BIRMINGHAM . Lancaster Gazette, 6th December 1873
The first Birmingham cat show was also opened on Saturday, the entries numbering 287. As a whole, the animals exhibited are magnificent specimens of the feline race. White cats, black cats, Angora, Persian, Manx, Austrian, red tabby, silver tabby, tabby and white, long-haired, short-haired, he cats, she cats, and cats of no sex ; so the list runs. There were many pens of pretty kittens, and family cages, in which mamma and her pretty little ones appeared to great advantage. The only refractory cat was a Persian, which strongly objected to being put into a cage, even though it had a crimson cushion, and it was only captured after a chase on the roof. As a rule, the cats were very quiet, and sat mostly doubled up on their cushions gazing majestically on the scene around. During Friday several of the cats made their escape, and have not yet been recovered. The show was very largely patronised by visitors.
THE CAT SHOW. Staffordshire Advertiser, 6th December 1873
This was a novel feature in the Birmingham programme. Prizes were offered for long-haired cats and short-haired cats, the classes being divided according to colour. There were special prizes for working men s cats. Being something new, this show attracted a large attendance. It was held in a temporary building not far from the Dog Show. The premises being small and the means of ingress and egress limited, there was a fearful crush. Having been carried along one side the show by the crowd and nearly crushed to death we, with some difficulty, we made our escape at the other end without seeing much of the cats; but we believe there were some fine specimens exhibited, but the smell—well it was not pleasant.
THE CAT SHOW. BIRMINGHAM CATTLE AND DOG SHOWS. THE 25TH BIRMINGHAM AND MIDLAND COUNTIES EXHIBITION. Oxford Journal , 6th December 1873
Birmingham Cattle and Dog Shows.- The 25th Birmingham and Midland Counties Exhibition
THE CAT SHOW. The feline race now participates in the honours long accorded to the other animals which naturalists distinguish as peculiarly the friends and servants of man. The period is come when the cat is to have its day as well as the dog, and, for an experiment, the show has proved wonderfully successful. The entries numbered in all 284. The greatest care and attention was paid to cleanliness, and the comfort of the domestic pets was guaranteed by a staff of young women engaged for the purpose.-Mr. A. J. Rainbow, of Banbury, was awarded the prize for cat of unusual colour.
CAT SHOW AT BIRMINGHAM. Bristol Mercury, 6th December 1873
The latest addition to the winter shows for which Birmingham has obtained such a wide-spread reputation is a "National Cat Show," and the exhibition was opened, for the first time, on Saturday in a temporary building erected on the Old Wharf, Broad-street Corner. Judging from the great interest the novel character of the exhibition has excited, there is every prospect of this new aspirant to popular favour becoming one of the permanent institutions of the town. The show made a very successful beginning, for there were no less than 284 entries, and that number would have been increased by 80 had not the intending exhibitors failed to notify their intention to compete until it was too late for the entries to be accepted. At the last show at the Crystal Palace there were 285 entries, so that so far as numbers are concerned the Birmingham exhibition is on an equality with its metropolitan rival.
The building in which the exhibition was held was well lighted, nicely warmed, and capitally ventilated, and everything had been done to secure the comfort of the "pussies" during their temporary residence in the structure. Each specimen of the feline race occupied a roomy wire cage, divided from the next cage by a sheet of zinc, and the cages were the same as those used at the Crystal Palace. Each cage was furnished with a crimson e cushion on which pussy could recline, and at the back is a bed of sand in which the inmate could disport itself, if so disposed. The feline pets were provided with a plenty of milk and meat, and their wants were attended to by a bevy of young women, who had been engaged for the occasion.
The cats were sent to the exhibition building on Friday evening, and in transferring them from the hampers and boxes in which they arrived to their temporary homes some amusing scenes occurred. Some pussies were indignant, and spat and scratched and protested most vehemently, in the most emphatic cat language, against being put into their cages, while others managed to escape from the attendants, and gave rise to an exciting chase before they could be recaptured. One or two of the animals succeeded in getting away entirely. The exhibition was of a most interesting and unique character, and a more novel spectacle than row after row of cages of with cats of various colours and various nationalities can hardly be imagined. The pussies were marvels of cleanliness, and their sleek coats and comfortable well-to-do appearance bore witness to the care with which they were attended to by their owners. Considering the strangeness of their surroundings and the unwonted circumstances in which they were placed, the cats were remarkably quiet, though some of them did occasionally give vent to their feelings by piteously mewing. Most of them liked to be taken notice of, and cane readily to the front of the cage to be fondled. Others were very sulky and were just as likely as not to return a scratch for a caress.
It had been fondly hoped that the show would number amongst its "pussies" a male tortoise-shell cat:, but in this the committee were disappointed, there being no entries in that class: so that in one respect, at all events, the Crystal Palace has the advantage over the Birmingham exhibition, a male tortoise-shell cat having been exhibited there on several occasions. Still the Birmingham show had its celebrity in a cat called "Moon," the property of Mrs. E Hicks, of Worcester-street, Birmingham. "Moon" is a pussy of immense size, with his fur of a blue - or, rather, slate - colour, diversified by patches of white. It was not only his peculiar colour that recommended him to public notice, but he had a further claim to attention on account of his connexion with the murderer Tropmann, he having been once the property of the French assassin. His owner apparently set no small store by him, for his selling price was set down at £10,000.
There were cats of all kinds and colours in the show - tortoiseshells, brown tabbies, blue or silver tabbies, red tabbies, red and white tabbies, spotted tabbies, black cats, white cats, English cats, Persian cats, and Manx cats, were all to I he seen in the show. Perhaps as interesting a class as any, was that for cats of an unusual colour. One pussy rejoiced in a white body with a black tail; another had a white body with a tabby tail; and a third, a Maltese, was of a mouse colour. In the classes for cats of abnormal formation one of the feline pets had eight claws on one foot, seven on another, and the proper complement on the remaining feet. Manx cats were numerous, and very peculiar they looked, destitute as they are of the slightest vestige of a tail. Blue and white cats are not as uncommon as one would fancy, for there were several specimens on view. The Persian, black, black and white, and other varieties of the feline race were all worthy of attention.
Of course the temptation to play upon the word cat was irresistible, and one pen was occupied with a bottle labelled " Old Tom," and another contained a cat-o' nine tails, affixed to it being a placard inscribed " Curious specimen, genre cat; species garrotters' backbiter; price 1000 guineas. Bred and domesticated at Milbank prison. Most of the exhibitors resided in Birmingham and the locality, but some of the cats had been sent from long distances, but we did not meet with any specimens from Bristol and the neighourhood. Perhaps our fellow citizens are reserving themselves until a cat show is held here. An exhibition of the kind in Bristol would be sure to take well with the public, and would, we think, be a financial success. We learn from the Birmingham papers that the show has proved almost unprecedentedly attractive. On Tuesday the entrance doors were besieged by visitors. Some hundreds of people had to be turned away, and it was found necessary to close the doors about fifty times to prevent overcrowding. The receipt's at the doors amounted to £270 0s, 6d., and, in addition, 6500 persons were admitted by ticket.
1873 OTHER CAT SHOWS
DRIFFIELD FLORAL, HORTICULTURAL, AND POULTRY SHOW. Driffield Times,28th June 1873
This long awaited event, which was got up principally amongst the working gardeners and others, took place on Wednesday last, in a field belonging to D. B. Clark, Middle-street. [. . .] The cat show was new feature, for which there were 9 entries, and great amount of interest seemed to be taken in “poor pussy.”
HOLMFIRTH HORTICULTURAL, PIG, AND POULTRY SHOW. Huddersfield Chronicle, 25th August 1873
The third annual out-door exhibition of the Holmfirth Horticultural, Pig, Poultry, Dog, and Cat Show was held on Saturday, in the cricket-field, below the railway station. [. . .] A farther attraction was the fact of the committee adding to their schedule prizes for cats, and a large number of persons went for the express purpose of inspecting these, as well as the rabbits. [. . .] The cats were a great attraction of which there were only five pens, but the most attractive one was that of H. Stansfield, possessing a fine tiger-striped and beautiful tabby, with five playful kittens, all beautifully striped, but it did not obtain a prize, being out of condition.
CATS. Any variety, any breed, 1st and 2nd, Tom Stephenson, Spring-buildings ; commended, Henry Stansfield, Back- lane.
KEIGHLEY AGRICULTURAL SHOW. York Herald, 30th August 1873
On Friday and Saturday the thirty-first annual show took place at Keighley. [. . .] Extending over two days, Friday’s programme included the purely agricultural portion of the display, whilst Saturday was set apart for the dog show, the cat show [. . .]
DOG AND CAT SHOW IN BELFAST. Belfast News-Letter, 9th December 1873
TO THE EDITOR OF THE BELFAST NEWS-LETTER. SIR-It is high time Belfast should be awakening to a knowledge that she is behind in many things. Why, and wherefore, should not “ glorious old Belfast" have as good shows as many English towns? The capital of Ulster and commercial centre of Ire land must show it is able to hold her own, in shows0 as in other things. Deferring to the Birmingham Cat Show (which h was held the same as the great dog show), we find that “the novelty of the exhibition secured an overwhelming attendance, placing the pecuniary success of the undertaking beyond question." Now, why could not a cat show be got up in Belfast in connection with the dog show? It would be sure to "draw" well, and would, I believe, be the first ever held in Ireland. I am sure there are numbers of s fine specimens of the feline race in the neighbourhood of Belfast that would be entered. As to that provoking point, expenses, promoters must bear in mind that there is such a thing as entrance fees and "gate money” of admittance to the show, the latter of which would be certain to realise a handsome sum.-I remain, yours, etc., TABBY.