REPORTS FROM EARLY BRITISH CAT SHOWS (1874 - 1875)

These are reports of the early British cat shows that I've collected from various newspapers and show catalogues. The earliest reports reflect the novelty of cat shows and describe only a few of the entrants.

1874 CANNOCK CAT SHOW

DOG, POULTRY, PIGEON, AND CAT SHOW AT CANNOCK. Birmingham Daily Post, 1st January 1874
The first annual exhibition of dogs, poultry, pigeons, and cats for the above district commenced yesterday, in the Covered Market of this small, but picturesque, town Cannock: and the show will extend over to-day (Thursday). [. . .] The dogs and poultry were the two best features of the show, and after them came tire pigeons;: the cats being but few, and, except in one or two instances, of inferior description. [. . .] Among the curiosities was a pen of pigeons with a dark-grey cat sitting quietly in their midst. Miss Sprague's cat attracted much attention, but the first prize animal was sulky and did not show himself well to the public, however he might to the judges. Considering that the show is a first attempt, it is highly creditable to the committee, and to the secretary, Mr. Gilbert.

CATs (Tortoiseshell): 1st, Miss A. Cox, Penkridge 2nd, Mr. C. R. Gilbert, Cheslyn Hay.
Any other variety: Mr. Baxter (Lion), Goswell Road, London, gray striped: 2nd. Miss Sprague, Evesham (Rodney), Persian, winner at Birmingham; 3rd prizes (extra), Mr. S. A. Pocock and Mr. W. Dyer, Tamworth.
The judges were: Dogs and cats, Mr.Hinks, Birmingham.

1874 WOLVERHAMPTON CAT SHOW

A CAT SHOW FOR WOLVERHAMPTON. Birmingham Daily Post, 8th January 1874
During the forthcoming Dog, Poultry, and Pigeon Show in Wolverhampton, there will be a cat show. The cats will be displayed at the Exchange, and the arrangements will be under the same direction as the late Birmingham Show; and inasmuch as there will be more available space in the room than there was in the former case, it is inferred that the exhibition will be of even a more satisfactory character than that of Birmingham. There is a tent likewise being made to add a still further attractive feature to the exhibition. Mr. Darwin has been communicated with in the hope that lie may consent to come to Wolverhampton and deliver a lecture on both shows, to be given in the place where the cats will he exhibited.

WOLVERHAMPTON AND NATIONAL CAT SHOW. Worcester Journal, 24th January 1874
The Wolverhampton and National Cat Show will be held, as above, on Friday Saturday, and Monday, January 30, 31, And February 2, 1874, same days as the Poultry and Dog Shows. Prizes to a large amount will be given in Money ,Silver Cups, Medals, etc. Admission - On Friday, public cat judging at 9:30, admission 5s or by Ticket. The Show will be open to the Public at Two o Clock. Admission until Five - 2s 6d, after Five till Nine - 1s. Open on Saturday at Ten, admission until Five, 1s.; after Five until Nine, 6d. On Monday open from Ten till Nine, admission all day, 6d Manager, Mr. James Chaplin ; Secretary, Mr. R. Paul, Offices-3, Queen Square.

CAT SHOW AT WOLVERHAMPTON. Birmingham Daily Post, 31st January 1874
The first National Cat Show in Wolverhampton was opened yesterday, in the Exchange. The entries numbered nearly 250. The general superiority of the animals not only evoked the warmest commendation from the visitors, but excited unreserved eulogy from the judges. In tortoiseshell-and-white, the only entry was Mr. J. Hurry’s excellent "Tatty," which was awarded a silver cup. There was a good display of brown tabbies and the generality of them were excellent, -Mr. F. S. Savage coming off with the premier prize. In blue-and-silver tabbies, Mr. g. Ellis’s exhibit took the first prize. A very good red tabby, shown by Mrs. T. Bull, gained the first recognition in that department, and Mr. F. Schweiss the second; whilst a splendid long-haired specimen of Mr. H. Allen was disqualified by its entry in the wrong class. In red-and-white tabbies, the same error disqualified a beautiful cat of Mr T. Bamhall, and Mr. Birch came off with the palm. Spotted tabbies mustered in tolerable numbers, Mr. Thomas Beard gaining the first prize.

The array of black-and-white cats was commendable, and in this class Mr. Storeer gained the first prize. In the prize for cats of a black colour, Mr. Mana bore off the palm; and Mrs. Lee and Mr. F. Schweiss were respectively the second and third prize takers. In white cats the successful competitors were Mr. Tooly, Miss Taylor, and Miss Inshaw. Amongst those of an unusual colour the splendid blue-hued and well-developed specimen of Mr. Shaw gained the silver cup apportioned as the first prize in the class, and also another silver cup for the finest short-haired male in the show. In the any variety of colour or singular form of species, Mr. Wilson was awarded a silver cup for a beautiful tortoiseshell Manx; and Mrs. Haslewood and Mr. Ford were the other prize winners in that class. In the red, yellow, and black, Mr. Richards too the first prise, and an extra prize cup for his brilliantly striped cat. In the class restricted to red, yellow, black and white coloured cats, the one shown by Mr. Richards, which is deserving of special note, was awarded the premier prize.

The blue-and-silver tabbies were all meritorious, and Mrs Gem’s first prize gainer was singularly excellent. The only red tabby entered was that by Mrs. Nicholls, which gained the first prize, and was pointed out as the acknowledged premier tabby in England of that kind. In spotted tabbies, the prize-takers were Messrs. Tustin, Reynolds, and Schweiss; and in black-and-white, Messrs. Gossey, Longmore, and Hollingsworth. In those of a blue hue there were some beautiful exhibits, Mr. Schweiss taking the palm. In those of unusual colour, Mr. Lawrence took the primary award with one perfect blue-striped kitten. The show of kittens was extremely good. A splendid red tabby of Mrs. Organ gained the first prize in that class, and also an extra silver cup. For the best Angora cat Mr. Jones gained the palm with a splendid specimen. In the cats of no sex, tabby department, judged only by weight and colour, Mr. Davenport came off with honours with a cat weighing 19lbs. The cat entered as being hybrid was pronounced by the judges to be a Spitsbergen puppy. In the class exclusively limited to working men the general quality and numerical power of the exhibits was satisfactory in the highest degree. The judges were Mr. Billet, of Southampton, and Mr. James, of Fulham, London. Throughout the day there was a good attendance.

PRIZE CAT [WOLVERHAMPTON] Worcestershire Chronicle, 7th February 1874
At the National Cat Show, held at Wolverhampton, on Friday last, Mr. Geo. Shaw, of No. 1, Rose-terrace, Park-hill, this city, took first prize— a silver cup—with a splendid blue-hued and well developed half-bred Manx and English cat, and also, with the same animal, another silver cup for the finest shorthaired male cat in the show.

1874 NORTHAMPTON CAT SHOW

NORTHAMPTON POULTRY, PIGEON, RABBIT, AND CAT SHOW. Northampton Mercury, 7th March 1874
The fifth annual exhibition of poultry, pigeons, rabbits, and cats was held in the Corn Exchange on Wednesday and Thursday, under the most favourable circumstances. The arrangements were very satisfactorily carried out by a committee of twelve, assisted by their indefatigable secretary, Mr. William Humphreys, and the success of the exhibition is due to their great exertions. The Society was established 1870, and the first year the entries only numbered 250, but upon this occasion the number was increased to upwards of 1,200. Prizes to the amount of £200 are awarded, and the show now ranks as one of the best in the United Kingdom. As a further proof of this it may be mentioned that only four societies could last year boast of a larger number of entries. These were the Crystal Palace, Birmingham, Oxford, and Glasgow.[. . .] The cat classes were well represented, the long hair and tabbies being particularly fancied. The names given to these pets were, in some instances, very amusing, two or three rejoicing in the name of "The Shah," and one fierce looking specimen was designated " King Koffee." On Wednesday night there was rather an interesting accession to the show, the keeper discovering early on Thursday morning a remarkably lively kitten, about a couple of hours old, in one of the pens, and in another pen a cony [rabbit], which had probably come into the world about the same time.

Cats.
Class 76.—Long hair, any colour, male or female, any age – 1st, 15s5., Mr. E. M. Royds; 2nd, 10s., Mr. W. Prentice, jun., Aldwinckle; 3rd, 5s., Mr. E. Crompton, Pitsford. Highly commended, Mr. J. W. Howard, Northampton; Miss Saull, Northampton.
Class 77. —Tabbies, any shade, male or female, any age. 1st, 15s., Mr. E. Baxter, London (has won five prizes); 2nd, 10s., Mr. Graham Ellis, London (has taken five prizes); 3rd, 5s,, Mr. F. Cole, Northampton.
Class 78. —Any variety or colour not before mentioned, male or female, any age. 1st, 15s., Mr. F. Longland; 2nd, 10s., Mr. F. Turner, Kettering; 3rd, 5s., Mrs. Parker, Kingsthorpe ; extra 3rd, Mr. George Reynolds, Northampton.
Class 79. —For one kitten, male or female, any variety or colour, under four months, 1st and prizes withheld ; 3rd, 5s., Mr. Shipman, Northampton.

1874 CRYSTAL PALACE CAT SHOW

CAT SHOW AT THE CRYSTAL PALACE. London Daily News, 26th September 1874
A private view of this Show, which may now be considered an annual affair, took place yesterday preparatory to the public opening this morning, and established the fact that in general excellence and interest the present exhibition is quite equal to any preceding one. Those familiars of the household, were at first represented at Sydenham by only a few from the neighbourhood. Now all England con tributes to the periodical feline gathering, and both in numbers and variety the present Show is, as before intimated, completely satisfactory. Some of the superior classes include really splendid specimens, and the arrangements made for the comfort and convenience of all the cats are adapted to keep and present them in the best of tempers. There are a great many kittens seen under the caressing care of their mothers, and their gambols, with some special aids, appear not much lessened by the unavoidable limitation of space.

The number of entries for competition is 2S7; but the total number of cats of various ages and sizes on view is about 400. On this occasion, instead of being scattered up and down the building, the animals are all compactly and judiciously ranged for public inspection in the north nave, and their position is such that everyone will have a good chance of gratifying his or her curiosity. The whole Exhibition is under the direct superintendence of the manager of the Natural History Department at the Crystal Palace, Mr. P. W. Wilson, whose experience in his special branch of study has been used to make the present Show creditable in a scientific point of view. The task of judging was completed yesterday by Mr. Harrison Weir and Mr. Tegetmeier. The result of their awards will be best appreciated, so far as the public generally are concerned, by looking at the animals themselves, whose honours are posted up in front of their temporary dwelling.

The classes include, among the males, short-haired brown tabbies, short-haired blue or silver tabbies, short- haired red tabbies, short-haired red and white tabbies, and short-haired spotted tabbies, etc., animals of this familiar and favourite colour being in great force. There are also short-haired black and short-haired white he cats short-haired tortoise-shell site cats; short-haired tortoise- shell and white she cats; short-haired black and short- haired white she cats ; short-haired unusual coloured she cats, long-haired pure white he cats; long-haired unusual coloured he cats, etc. In short, the representation is ample enough for a Parliament of cats. Even size, irrespective of sex or beauty, is well realised in this collection, there being several classes in which weight alone is the standard of merit. The heaviest cat in the show is a short-haired tabby, winner of the 1st prize in class 66, No. 221, belonging to Mr. C. F. Smith, and answering to the name of "Smutt,” the weight of this giant being 15 and three quarter lbs. Next in point of gravity is a cat of the same colour, “ Neil," numbered 227, and owned by Mr. W. Crole. This animal is a second-class prize-wilnor. A third cat, and third prize, given in the same class, registers 15lbs., and is the property of Mrs. H. C. Organ. The two next in point of size are Nos. 217 and 218 in class 35 — the heaviest short-haired white cat — both weighing 13and a half lbs., and being set down, therefore, as "first prize" and " equal first prize." Their respective owners are Mrs. T. W. Minton and Mr. C. W. Fletcher.

Among short-haired tortoiseshell she cats, located in Class 12, is a cat (No. 64) with two kittens — one pure white, the other red. No. 110 is a pure Siamese cat, colour unusual, winner of a first prize, having gained the same distinction last year. "Mynnie " — such is her name —is the property of Mr. Walter. The prize medal for the best Angora or Persian cat, male or female, in the show is gained by Mr. John Brotherton. The entries for the two best marked kittens, any variety, under six months old, are very numerous, and the award of the judges gives the first prize to Mr. W. Selley for two kittens, aged ten weeks, the number in the catalogue being 129. More than 30 of the exhibitors are working men. In this department the single prize of £1 for the best black and white he cat goes to Mr. Charles Vyse for No. 247 ; the one prize in the next class, namely, the best tabby and white he cat, being gained by Mr. John Smith, for No. 257. In each of these cases the prize is given by Lady Dorothy Neville. The first award for cats of all descriptions belonging to working men is made for No. 275, weighing 12 and three quarter lb., the owner of the animal, which, like some of the other heavy weights, looks prodigious, being Mr. Bryant.

Mere size is by no means a leading feature of the show,, there being very many cats of different colours and shades of small and delicate proportions. It is certainly not mere girth that has singled out for special honour “Topsy," No. 169, the property of Miss M. Armitage, and the winner of four first prizes and a silver medal. The same remark applies to “Young Turk,” a short-haired, black and white he cat, No. 40, a first prize winner, owned by Mr. R. Peawill; the equal balancing of black and white having no doubt been the preponderating ground of selection.

Unusual colours and abnormal formations will interest members; but one animal looks something more than abnormal. Class 42, designed for “any wild or hybrid, between wild and domestic, or other cat,” comprises a solitary animal called a “Female Paradox Cat from Mongolia,” age not known. The exhibitor is Mr. Octavius Unwin, a farmer, who it is said, has tamed this creature, and used her for ordinary mousing. She is certainly altogether paradoxical, and she has been excluded from any chance of a prize because no true cat would ever own her for a sister. She is closely, and perhaps prudently, caged up, and does not seem at all to approve of her confinement. Despite this wild-looking interloper, the cats generally now assembled at the Crystal Palace seem quite ready and able to entertain any number of curious and admiring visitors.

THE CAT SHOW AT THE CRYSTAL PALACE. Driffield Times, 26th September 1874 (and many, others)
The Cat Show at the Crystal Palace will open on the 26th inst. There is fairly good story told of preceding cat show. It would appear that the unfortunate mewed-np mousers were lying about their several dens, placid and spiritless, apparently not taking the slightest interest in their own exhibition, when it suggested itself to the mind of a mischievous mimic to imitate the voice of the cat’s-meat man, which he accordingly did, crying out, in the well-known, familiar tones, “Meat! Meat!” Every night-prowler, in that exhibition leaped to his feet, and showed in unmistakable manner that cats are not insensible to the blandishments of human speech.—The Sportsman

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CATS AT THE CRYSTAL PALACE. London Evening Standard, 26th September 1874
Grimalkin is in high favour just now. Professor Max Muller but the other day vainly tried to shake our faith in Whittington 's good genius, by endeavouring to deduce that Lord Mayor's material wealth, not from a dealing in a cat, but from a dealing in accat — that is to say, in the Arabic tongue, merchandise. But a price current now rules concerning cats. What does the unversed reader think of a thousand sovereigns being asked, and of four hundred being offered, for a cat? Yet that has been the case in England within the last four years. Ordinary cats, though they may not be special pets, range in value, on the feline exchange, from five shillings to fifty guineas , bona fide market rate. The possession of pretty cats appears to be very much an accident. There are not as yet, so far as we can ascertain, any scientific methods of breeding cats so as to secure the transmission of valued points in a hereditary line. Until that is done the relative merits of annual shows must remain what they are — a matter very much of chance.

The show which will open to the public this morning at the Crystal Palace, and will remain open on Monday and Tuesday, is, perhaps, not so extensive as that of last year, and there do not appear to be any notable monstrosities ; but, en revanche [on the other hand], the rising generation of pussies are very finely represented. We have neither knowledge nor space sufficient to deal exhaustively with the present cat show on the judging of which Messrs Tegetmeier and Harrison Weir were engaged yesterday from morn till dewy eve. It must suffice, in genera l to say that Mr. F. W. Wilson, Superintendent of the Crystal Palace Natural History Department , has had charge of all the arrangements, which are, therefore, perfect, and that the cats are very tame, very much reconciled to their lot during their four or five days' imprisonment in the northern nave of the house of glass, while there be among competent authorities very little difference of opinion concerning the decisions of the judges.

In recent shows there has been only one entry — that of the same cat— in tortoiseshell [i.e. male], while there have been several in tortoiseshell and white cats [i.e. male]. This year these classes have been combined, with, strangely enough, the result of producing only one entry, "Totty," to which, as a matter almost of course, the first prize has been awarded. In male short-haired brown tabbies, “Tibb,” No. 12, takes first and Mrs. Ellwood’s two second and third prize. In blue or silver male tabbies, Mr. F. W. Reynolds, Mr. Edgar Davy, and Mr. Graham Ellis, are respectively first, second and third. In red male tabbies, Mr. Stratton and Mrs. Rowley are first and second. In male red and white cats, Mr. Newmarch takes the first, Mr. W. Birch the second, and Miss C. Moore the third prise. Spotted male tabbies are numerous, and Mr. T. Weightman, Mrs. Newton, and Mrs. C. Smith are successful in the order named, it being notable that the cat which takes first prize is priced at £1, while the second is valued at 50 guineas. In male black and white cats there are only three entries, and these win prizes in the order of their position in the catalogue. Similarly in Class 8, black males, Mr. Harpin is first, Miss Terry second, and Mrs. Shuckard third, the order counting from the bottom of the class. Mrs. Luckin wins first prize for white males,.Mrs. Kittlety the second, and Mr. W. Lalley the third. There is only one entry in unusual coloured males, and it takes a prize. In the class devoted to singular form of species Mr. J. S. Chambers shows two cats with six toes on each foot ; but Mr. Peter Williams and Mrs. M. White take the prizes. In tortoiseshell females Mr. J. T. Allcock is first, Mr. E. Horner second, and Mr. W. Clarke third. In the tortoiseshell and white shes Mr. H. H. Wood takes first, and Mr. H. Strofton second and third. In brown tabby shes there is no second prize, Mr. A. Hellier and Mrs. J. Edwards being placed first and third. In blue or silver tabbies, with three entries but only one prize, Mr. M. White is successful. Red, tabby, and white female have only two representatives and both get prizes. Spotted tabby shes have four entries, and the three prizes are taken by Miss M. Moore, Mrs. Newton, and Mrs. R. Martin. In black and white shes and in black shes, as well as in white females, the show is poor. In unusual colour shes the notable cats are those of last year. The kittens, as we have intimated, are very fine, but will be better worth notice when they have grown to be cats.

All the above are short hair felines, but the show of long- haired cats is inferior, though several individual specimens are good. The chief prizes are won by Miss E. Fogerty, with a Persian ; Miss Garbanate, whose cat has blue eyes;: Mr. T. Weightman, Mr. Shadbolt, Miss E. S. Thompson, with a fine orange Angora; Mrs. Lee, Miss Nina Quartin, Miss Armitage, Mrs. Organ, Mr. Appleton, Miss Amor, Mrs. Brander, Mr. Penwill, and in the special class for Angoras or Persians Mrs. Edwin Clark. In cats which, to use the phrase of the turf, "have been added to the list,"Mrs. Lemare and Mr. D. Taylor are bracketed first ; the prizes for the heaviest white cats are likewise divided between Mrs. T. W. Minton and Mr. C. W. Fletcher, whose pussies weigh 13 and a half lbs. each, while the second prize is taken by Mrs. Isherwood's cat, which weighs 121bs. The heaviest cat in the show is a tabby, which takes first prize, scaling 15 and three quarter lbs., the second weighing 15 and one quarter lbs, and the third 151bs. The other heavy cats are but puny -looking creatures after these monsters. Lady Dorothy Nevill and the Crystal Palace Company give prizes for cats belonging to working men, these prizes being won by Messrs. C. Vyse, John Smith, J. W. Gessey, W. Broderick, Snelling, Bryant, Curtis, and Glendinning. Those who are fond of cats may do worse during this dull season than pay a visit to the Cat Show at Sydenham to- day, or on the two first days of next week.

CAT SHOW AT THE CRYSTAL PALACE – London Echo, September 27, 1874

Today there was a private view at the Crystal Palace of the sixth great cat show, which will open tomorrow. It will be found to be well deserving the prefix “national”; for nothing is more indicative of the effect of these natural history exhibitions in arousing interest in objects with regard to which familiarity has bred indifference that the fact that whereas the first cat show was rather a local affair, exhibitors now find it worth while to send cats from a parts of Great Britain. There are no less than 287 entries, the total number of cats being 350 in every variety of long-haired, short-haired, Angola [sic] and Persian, tabby, tortoise-shell, black, white, red, mouse coloured, fawn, etc. The show of kittens is simply splendid. The exhibition is not, as on previous occasions, extended the whole length of the building, but is concentrated in the north nave, an arrangement conducing to greater comfort and compactness. The judges, Mr Harrison Weir and Mr Teggetmeier are at present engaged in their arduous task, which will occupy them till late in the evening.

The increasing popularity of cats – as evinced by the interest taken in the present – the sixth cat show of the Crystal Palace, is one of the most remarkable signs of the times. The perfidious nature of the feline race used to be dwelt upon at great length in the works of the moralizing writers of natural history of our childhood, who were never tired of comparing the slinking and surreptitious cat with the frank and bold dog. Even in more recent times Arteneia Ward asked with much doubt the question, “Is cats to be trusted?” and the answer which rose to the lips of the majority of readers was “No, certainly not.” This long despised and distrusted race has now, however, won its way to the confidence of the public. The 287 competing and 113 other cats now on view at the Crystal Palace afford a clear proof of this. The virtues of cats are of an unobtrusive character. With the exception of the famed cats of Kilkenny, there is not instance of any dashing or heroic deed being performed by a cat. The only other cat which we remember to have obtained a niche in the temple of fame, after the now dethroned cat of Whittington, was the Cheshire cat, and he was only celebrated for grinning. We sometimes see in the windows of public houses the picture of a cat, which is supposed to stand for an especially prized variety of gin. As a rule, cats have not forced themselves upon the public; they save no lives from drowning; they perform no wonderful feats of fidelity or sagacity; there are no watch cats, no pointer cats; no poet sings of his “poor cat, tray.” But if cats go on rising in esteem at the present rate, they may owe it to the Crystal Palace if they soon attract the fatal eye of the chancellor of the exchequer [note: dogs were taxed, cats were not].

CAT SHOW AT THE CRYSTAL PALACE. Huddersfield Chronicle, Monday 28th September 1874
The Sixth Great Cat Show at the Crystal Palace was opened on Saturday. It will be found to be well deserving the prefix "national ;" for nothing is more indicative of the effect of these natural history exhibitions in arousing interests in objects with regard to which familiarity has bred indifference than the fact that whereas the first cat show was rather a local affair, exhibitors now find it worthwhile to send cats from all parts of Great Britain. There are no less than 287 entries, the total number of cats being 350, in every variety of long-haired, short-haired, Angola and Persian, tabby, tortoiseshell, black, white, red, mouse coloured, fawn, etc. The show of kittens is simply splendid. The exhibition is not, as on previous occasions, extended the whole length of the building, but is concentrated in the north nave, an arrangement conducing to greater comfort and compactness.

The heaviest cat in the show is a short-haired tabby, winner of the first prize in class 36, belonging to Mr. C. F. Smith, and answering to the name of " Smutt," the weight of this giant being 15and three-quarter lbs. Next in point of gravity is a cat of the same colour, called "Neil," and owned by Mr. W. Crole. This animal is a second-class prize winner. A third cat, and third prize, given in the same class, registers 15 lbs., and is the property of Mrs. H. C. Organ. The two next in point of size are Nos. 217 and 218 in class 35 — the heaviest short-haired white cat — both weighing 13and a half lbs., and being set down, therefore, as "first prize" and " equal first prize." Their respective owners are Mrs. T. W. Minton and Mr. C. W. Fletcher. Among short-haired tortoiseshell she cats, located in Class 12, is a cat (No. 64) with two kittens — one pure white, the other red. No. 110 is a pure Siamese cat, colour unusual, winner of a first prize, having gained the same distinction last year. "Mynnie " — such is her name —is the property of Mr. Walter. The prize medal for the best Angora or Persian cat, male or female, in the show is gained by Mr. John Brotherton. The entries for the two best marked kittens, any variety, under six months old, are very numerous, and the award of the judges gives the first prize to Mr. W. Selley for two kittens, aged ten weeks, the number in the catalogue being 129. More than 30 of the exhibitors are working men. In this department the single prize of £1 for the best black and white he cat goes to Mr. Charles Vyse for No. 247 ; the one prize in the next class, namely, the best tabby and white he cat, being gained by Mr. John Smith, for No. 257. In each of these cases the prize is given by Lady Dorothy Neville. The first award for cats of all descriptions belonging to working men is made for No. 275, weighing 12 and three quarter lb., the owner of the animal, which, like some of the other heavy weights, looks prodigious, being Mr. Bryant.

CAT SHOWS Huddersfield Chronicle, 30th September 1874
Cat shows have ceased to be a novelty; they have passed out of the domain of experiment, where they were simply attractive, into the more stable one of established institutions, where they may prove immensely advantageous. Already so much importance is attached to them that a lively controversy has been waged on the interesting question of the identity of the individual to whom the credit of having originated cat shows is due. We confess we are not aware in whose favour the dispute was settled, nor do we think humanity will suffer much if the moot point - was Mr. Harrison Weir, or was he not, the first to start the idea-? - is never set at rest.

Some ignorant person writing on cats the other day, apropos of the exhibition now being held at the Crystal Palace, complained that they have not been properly treated by poets and litterateurs. The complaint is unjust. Has not Johnson, in the "Rambler," handed down to posterity the name of Busby, the proctor in the Commons, "immortalised for purring like a cat?" And has not Gray celebrated "The coat that with the tortoise vies, The ears of jet, the emerald eyes," of his favourite cat drowned in a tub of goldfishes? And yet, again, is there not in an ancient song-book, illustrated with steel etchings by George Cruikshank, a lyric to the air of "The White Cockade," called "The Dandy Cat’s-Meal Lass," and another to the air of " Oh ! what a day," descriptive of the sale of a tortoise-shell Tom, to purchase whom crowded, squeezed, nodded, and bidded "Lady Letty Long waist and Mrs. Martha Griskin, Prim Polly Pussylove, Miss Scratch, and Biddy Twiskin, Solemn Sally Solus, who to no man yes had said, Killing Kitty Crookedlegs and neat Miss Nelly Never- wed."

The present show is the most successful yet, although Tommy Tortoiseshell is still such a rarity that hundreds of connoisseurs gather daily in front of his cage, and are happy if he condescends to give them a paw. We have one grievance against the judges, nevertheless. They seem to award premium solely on the grounds of colour and markings, and to lose sight of the virtue of good temper and the accomplishment of a melodious purr, things highly to be appreciated in the feline members of a household. The cat's raison d'etre is not to ornament a hearth- rug, but to kill vermin ; and we respectfully suggest to the naturalists superintending the Sydenham competition that a badge of honour should be conferred on the Tommy or Tabby who vindicates his or her practical utility by a mousing match against time.

1874 BIRMINGHAM CAT SHOW

THE GRAND NATIONAL CAT SHOW. Birmingham Daily Post, 12th November 1874
The second annual Grand National Show of Cats will be held in Birmingham on the same days as the Cattle Show, commencing on November 28 and closing on December 3. The locale of the show will be the same as last year, namely, the Old Wharf, Broad Street Corner, where a special building, 160 feet long by 48 feet wide, will be erected for the purpose. This will be well ventilated by open boards, similar to venetian blinds, along the entire length of the crest of the roof, and disinfectants, the same as at Wolverhampton, will be employed. The floor of the building will be on a level with the street, with double turnstile entrances in the centre, and exit doors at each end. The entries close on Monday next, at the Cat Show Offices, Educational Chambers, New Street, and as the rules and regulations of the show are the same as those adopted by the Crystal Palace Company, another successful exhibition is anticipated; Mr. J. Chaplin being again the manager, and Mr. R. Paul the secretary. The schedule of prices contains 53 classes for short-haired and long-haired cats and kittens, for all the usual and also unusual colours and variety, and cats of no sex (to be judged by weight only). Prizes are likewise offered for cats belonging to working men, and there is a selling class in which the price of no cat must exceed 20 shillings.

THE CAT SHOW. Birmingham Daily Post, 28th November 1874
Neither the "Animals' Friend Society" nor the "Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals" ever did a better day's work than was done by Mr. James Chaplin when lie gave us our first Cat Show a year ago. No number of tracts, no series of speeches, no amount of fines for cruelty could get "Poor Puss" a kinder tenderness than such an exhibition of the rare beauties of the pretty purring pets of our hearths and homes. Poor Puss has been so maligned, so persecuted, that it is only when opportunities like this occur for seeing the wondrous beauties of her race that she is ever likely to get the justice she deserves. Cats are called cruel, stupid, intractable, treacherous, and because they are so common they are often despised. What Whittington's cat was to the rat-and-mouse-haunted monarch so "Poor Puss" is becoming to all who have the eyes to see her extraordinary beauties, and who take tie care to foster and develop her thousand pretty little ways. Everybody, old and young, loves kittens, and is amused at their grace, agility, and fun; and to the thoughtful mind, the graver, sedater demeanour of the older cats is a source of wonder and interest, too.

From the earliest ages cats have had honours and care, and among the Egyptians their wonderful beauty made them specially admired. Mummies of kittens and cats who frolicked at the courts of the Pharaohs, and caught mice for the Shepherd Kings, have come down to our own days. In Greece, in Rome, in the Middle Ages, they were highly esteemed, and poets praised them, and painters limned their faces, and they became domestic pets wherever they were known. Who has not read the many stories of cat-life, from "Puss in Boots" down to Dr. Johnson's beloved "Hodge," and who has not felt a soothing influence in the pleasant purr of serene contentment of the sleek and comely creature now found on every hearth ?

At Broad Street Corner Mr. Chaplin has erected a handsome room, prettily decorated with crimson cloth end banners, by Messrs. Legg and Co., who have added a clever "illumination" of "Master Tom," a sign of the good creatures to be seen inside. The fine wire cages are capitally arranged, with crimson ottomans for the cats to repose upon in full view of all visitors, and a little bit of back garden behind, in the sand of which they can scratch in peace. A saucer of milk, and an infinite supply of "lights," provide for the creature comforts, and all the animals seem as happy and contented as "pets" away from home can be. As the ball is large and lofty, as excellent ventilation is arranged, the inevitable odours of a show of animals are almost entirely lost, and the Cat Show must prove one of the most attractive exhibitions ever opened in our town. Among more than three hundred cats, it is impossible to do justice to even a tithe of the number, for nearly every one has some point of novelty or merit well worth a note. Cats of all sorts and sizes, of all colours and ages, of all tastes and tempers, of all expressions and voices, are collected in this extraordinary show.

All the finest cats ever previously shown seem to have come here with their " honours" upon them, and many a domestic hearth is desolate while its "pride" is present at the Show, and winning or hoping for a prize. Tortoiseshell and tabby, long hair and short hair, blue or silver, spotted or tawny, red and black, white and brown, are present in greet profusion. Kittens with their mothers, with all their infantile frolics, and elder kittens "weaned" and wondering at the great new world into which they have suddenly been brought; kittens with great baby faces and lustrous eyes, and velvet paws, and tiny teeth, full of, life and fun, are clustered in the cages all around. Anxious motherly cats look wildly out over a crowd of kittens to see that no harm comes, and grave old seniors, in solitary state, blink and purr and. stretch their long claws or sleep rolled up in peace. Solemn Old Toms slink back in their cages and glare at the impertinent spectator, while others of more social habits glide against the wires or put forth a paw in the hope of getting the familiar recognition and caress of "home." Those who are inexperienced enough to think all cats are alike should go and see the wonderful varieties of this present show. Not only are there no two cats alike when closely looked at, but no two pairs of eyes have exactly the same expression ; and it is wonderful to see the infinitely varied effects of these hundreds of deep and dark and flashing eyes. As to colour also there is almost endless difference, and the "markings" are infinitely varied also, some of the most extraordinary kind. The kittens alone are well worth going to see, and in one cage, at any rate, there is the "cat among the pigeons" literally, for a pretty little kitten, black and white, playful yet plaintive, wholly unconscious that he is with his "natural enemies," and ought to demolish them forthwith, is peaceful and pleasant with a white rabbit and two pigeons in his cage; and another older cat, who has had more experience, prophesies of the feline grace of tire future, and recalls the happy families of the past, by being trusted in the cage with costly pigeons, with whom he lives in peace.

Cats of all sorts, and sizes, and weights have been collected in this remarkable show, and some of the choice animals weigh over fifteen pounds each, and are splendid examples not only of size, but colour amid style. The prize list below awards the honours, and we have no room for the special comments which so many of the animals deserve. One of the most pleasing portions of the show is the "Working Man's Class," a series of prizes admirably calculated to secure a kinder treatment than poor puss sometimes gets in the houses of the poor. The first prize is given to a line black-and-white fellow, 1 and a half year old, exhibited by Mr. Gl. Fryer, and the prize is well won, although Poor Tom has had the misfortune to get his great "'whiskers" burned away. Another first prize in the same class was given to a much-scarred veteran, whose ears bear marks of many a well-won fight. So close has been thee competition, and sol fine the animals, that the anomaly of two "first prizes” occurs, Mr. Chaplin having given a second because the judges pronounced two to be equally good.

The judges, Mr. Harrison Weir and Mr. Tegtmeier, of London, deserve all praise for the skill arid taste and care given to tire awarding of the prizes and commendations, and must have regretted that they had no means of recognising the scores of fine animals who have been sent for exhibition this year, and who have made the show the most complete and attractive of any of its class in any part of England.

PRIZE LIST.
Class 1.-Short-haired Tortoiseshell He Cats.-No entries.
Class 2.-Tortoiseshell-and-white He Cats.- 1st Mr. John Hurry, 2nd Mr. John Lloyd, 3rd Mr. James Beecroft, Highly Commended Mr. J. Jay.
Class 3.- Short-haired Tortoiseshell and Tabby He Cats. - no entries.
Class 4. Short-haired Brown Tabby He Cats. - 1st Mrs Dryhurst, . 2nd Mr J. W. Bartlett, 3rd Mr E. Stone; highly commended Mrs Cordwell, Mr J. Harris; commended Mrs. Davies, Miss F. Savage, Master W. Mason.
Class 5.- Short-haired Blue or Silver Tabby He Cat.- 1st Mr Graham Ellis, 2nd Mrs S. Priestly, 3rd Mr. Pethard.
Class 6.- Short-haired Red Tabby He Cats.-1st Mrs Nichols, 2nd Mrs.Searman, 3rd Miss M.A. Bull, highly commended Mr T. Weightman and Mr Schweiss.
Class 7.- Short-haired Red Tabby and White He Cats. -1st Mr Shweiss, 2nd Mrs. G. Morris.
Class 8.- Short-haired Spotted Tabby He Cats. - 1st Miss E. A. Harrison, 2nd Mr. John Heiges, 3rd Mr T. J. Foster, highly commended Mr Wm. Burdett and Mr Schweiss, commended Mr T. Weightman.
Class 9.- Short-haired Black-and-white He Cats - 1st Mrs Worrad, 2nd Mrs Calladine, 3rd Master W. W. Walker, highly commended Mr G. Bartleet.
Class 10.- Short-haired Black He Cats – 1st Mr James Mann, 2nd Miss A. L. Inshaw, 3rd Mr. George Lester, highly cormmended Mr H.H. Wright, Mrs Issett.
Class 11. Short-haired White He Cats. – 1st Miss L. K. Shaw, 2nd Miss Johnstone, 3rd Mr C. Descry, highly commended Mr N. Lawes, commended Miss. A. Adamns, Mr H. W. Duke.
Class 12.-Short-haired Unusual Colour He Cats. - 1st Mr J. SIater, 2nd Mr T. Lawrence, 3rd Mr A. Browne, commended Mr John Wilkins.
Class 13.-Any Other Variety of Colour or Singular Form of Species—Manx etc, short-haired He Cats - 1st Miss Frantz, 2nd Mrs Smith, 3rd Mr J. Childs.
Class 14. -Tortoiseshell Short-haired She Cats -1st Mrs Mary Fellows, 2nd Mrs George, 3rd Mr Schweiss, highly commended Mr. W. M. Phipson, Mr G. E. Meredith, Miss E. Upton, Mr H. Lees, Mr J. Powell, and Mr Glasse.
Class 15 - Tortoiseshell and White She Cats - 1st Miss Alice Qnuinney and Mr .J. Thompson (equal), 2nd Mr H. Stofton,3rd Mr Holloway, highly commended Mrs L. Stone, Mr T Bevan, Mrs Thomas, Mr William Carless, Mrs C.J. Bibby, commended Mr Matthew Clarke, Mr E. Broomhall, Mrs. Field.
Class 16 -Short-haired Tortoiseshell and Tabby She Cats – 1st Mr Schweiss, 2nd Mr J. Chatterley.
Class 17-Short-haired Brown Tabby She Cats. - 1st Mr C. Breedon.
Class 18 -Short-haired Blue or Silver Tabby She Cats. -1st Mr G. S. Gem. Second and third prizes withheld.
Class 19.-Short-haired Red Tabby She Cats - 1st Mrs Nicholls.
Class 20.-Short-haired Red Tabby and White She Cats. -1st Mr G. Pitt, 2nd Mr W. Birch.
Class 21-Short-haired Spotted Tabby She Cats.- 1st Mr J. D. Tusten, 2nd Mrs. Lancaster, 3rd Mr William Taylor, highly commended Mr T. Weightman.
Class 22.-Short-haired Black and White She Cats.- 1st Mr A.W. Longmore.
Class 23-Short-haired Black She Cats.-1st Mr Woolley, 2nd Miss Lucy Richards, 3rd Mr Schweiss, highly commended Mrs Pearce, Mr E, Baxter, Mr. Schweiss.
Class 24.-Short-haired White She Cats.-1st (and special extra prize, silver cup, value 24 guineas, presented by Mr .J.. Gray, for the best short-haired cat in the show) Mrs Evans, 2nd Mr Schweiss, 3rd Mr Robert Beart, commended Mr W. Mitten, Mr Schweiss.
Class 35.-Short-haired Unusual Colour She Cats.-1st Mr S. Lawrence, 2nd Mr D. Moore, 3rd Mr W. Woolley, highly commended Mr J. Ballad, Mr Wm. Pearson, jun.
Class 26. -Any other variety or Abnormal Formation Short-haired She Cats.-1st Mr E. Carplenter, 2nd Miss Sprague and Mrs M. A. Edmonds, highly commended .Mr W. Sandoe, Mr. W. H. Tomlinson, Miss E. Beard, and Mr E. C. Bourne.
Class 27.-For Two Best-marked Short-haired Kittens, any variety, under six months old. - 1st Mr W. Birch, 2nd Miss Sprague, commended Mr W. H. Tomlinson and Mrs Hinks.
Class 28.-Long-haired pure White He Cats.- 1st Mr Cleverley, 2nd Mr T. A. Pocock, 3rd Mr A. Adderley.
Class 29.- Long-haired Black He Cats.-1st Mr T Weightman.
Class 30.-Long-haired Tabby He Cats.- 1st Mr H. C. Organ, 2nd Mr Schofield Elam.
Class 31.--Long-haired Unusual Colour He Cats.- 1st Mr Joseph Beeston, 2nd Mrs Hinks, 3rd Mr T. Hughes Jun.
Class 32.-Long-haired Pure White She Cats.- 1st Mr M. Maynard, 2nd Miss S. A. Pocock.
Class 33.-Long-haired Black She Cats.- 1st Mr T. Weightman, 2nd Mr J. Wilmott.
Class 34.- Long-haired Tabby She Cats.- 1st Mr Jos. Bristow.
Class 35.- Long-haired Red Tabby She Cats.- 1st Mrs H. C. Organ.
Class 36.- Long-haired Unusual Colour She Cats.- 1st Mrs. Hichman, 2nd Mrs Wincott.
Class 37.- For the two best long-haired Kittens, under six months old.-1st Mrs J. Wilmott, 2nd Mrs. W. Scott.
Class 38.- For the heaviest Short-haired Cat, Black, Black- and-white.- 1st Mr C. A. Shorthouse, 2nd Mr C. Lloyd, 3rd Mr Henry Anthony, highly commended Mr W. Gregory.
Class 39.- For the heaviest Short-haired Cat, White. -1st Mrs T. W. Minton, 2nd Mrs Barber.
Class 40.-For the heaviest Short-haired Cat, Tabby, any colour.- 1st. Mr Edward Baxter, 2nd Mr Oliver Nicholls, 3rd Mr T. Weightman: highly commended, Mrs M. A. Jones, commended Mrs H. C. Organ.
Class 41.-For the heaviest Short-haired Cat, Unusual Colour- 1st Mrs Scarman, 2nd Mr D. Moore.
Class 42.- For the heaviest Long-haired Cat, Black, Back-and-white.- 1st Mr T. Weightman.
Class 43.-For the heaviest Long-haired Cat, White.- 1st Mrs Hinks, 2nd Mr F. J. Goodall, 3rd Mrs Oakley.
Class 44.- For the heaviest Long-haired Cat, Tabby.- 1st Mr Weightman, 2nd Miss G. Sprague, 3rd Mr. G. Bennett.
CLASS 45.-For the heaviest Long-haired Cat, Unusual Colour.- 1st Mr A. Adderley.
Class 46.- For any Wild or Hybrid between Wild and Domestic, or any other Cat.-Cats entered in wrong class,

WORKING MEN'S CLASSES.
Class 47.-Black-and-white He Cats.-Prize of one guinea Mr C. Fryer, highly commended Mrs W. Horton, junr.
Class.-For the best Tabby-end-white He Cat.- Prize of one guinea Mr A. Potter, highly commended Mrs Ellis, Mrs Saxty, Mr T. Bodington, commended Miss E. Chatwin, Mr H. Green.
Class 49.- For the best White She Cats.- Prize of one guinea Mr J. Cotterill, commended Mr W. Wakelin and Mr R. Smith.
Class 50. - For the best Short-haired Black Cats.- Prize Mr E. Witheridge, commended Master F. George, Mr R. Bray.
Class 51.-For the best Litter of Short-haired Kittens -Prize Mr M. Clarke.

CATS OF NO SEX.
Class 52.-For the heaviest Short-haired Cat, Tabby, any colour.- 1st Mr Corns, 2nd Mr H. Lee, 3rd Mr J. V. Bonell, commended Mr James Edwards, Mr H. Jacques.
Class 53.- Heaviest Long-haired Cats.- 1st Mr J. Curtis.

THE CAT SHOW. Birmingham Daily Post, 1st December 1874
The Cat Show proved and attraction during the whole of yesterday, when the price of admission was reduced to 1s. The increased size of the building prevented the crowding which was so great a complaint last year, when the structure in which the exhibition took place was inconveniently small. Notwithstanding the improved ventilation, and the use of disinfectants, it has been found impossible to obviate the unpleasant smell arising from so large a concourse of the feline species, but this little inconvenience was patiently borne by the visitors yesterday, and they appeared generally well pleased with the exhibition. About a dozen cats were sold during the day, at from £1 to £2 each. Three beautiful Angola kittens were purchased by a lady for £1 each, and a short-haired tabby (No. 6), which was highly commended by the judges, fetched £2. The receipts yesterday amounted to £224 63, compared with £196 last year. The number of persons admitted was 4,486.

1874 OTHER REGIONAL CAT SHOWS

ALHAMBRA PALACE. Belfast Telegraph, 28th January 1874
Alhambra Palace. Notice. —Long looked for come at last. On Wednesday, February 4th, for the Benefit of Mr. and Mrs. Pietro Carle, Clown and Harlequin, a la Watteau (under distinguished patronage of General Hope and Colonel Expectation). On that night, Grand Cat Show. Admission 6d, 9d, and 1s.

CAT SHOW. Bath Chronicle and Weekly Gazette, 16th April 1874
It is in contemplation to hold a cat-show in the Drill-hall, Bristol during the week of the West of England show, in the ensuing summer.

CAT AND DOG SHOW. Edinburgh Evening News, 4th May 1874
The Scottish National Dog Show opens to-morrow at Burnbank, Glasgow. The entries for dogs number 300 [. . .] The cat show, which opens on Wednesday, promises to excel any of its predecessors, as amongst the entries is the tortoiseshell "Tom" which won first prize the Crystal Palace, and others of peculiar colour.

POULTRY, PIGEON, RABBIT, AND CAT SHOW. Sheffield Independent, 20th July 1874
A show of poultry, pigeons, rabbits, and cats took place on Saturday, at Bramall lane. We are unable to present our readers with a report, in consequence of our reporter having been refused admission at the gates.

CHAPEL-EN-LE-FRITH AGRICULTURAL, POULTRY, DOG AND CAT SHOW. Derbyshire Times and Chesterfield Herald, 26th September 1874
The third show in connection with Chapel-en-le-Frith Agricultural Society, was held in a field near the town, kindly lent for the occasion [. . .] On the right hand in entering the show ground were the luncheon tents, while farther on, down the right hand side of the field was the show of cats and dogs, which was a special feature of the show and attracted great attention. [. . . Prizes] Cats.—1st, J Slack-Jowet (male). 1st P Walton (female)

THE APPROACHING GRAND POULTRY AND CAT SHOW. Kent & Sussex Courier, 27th November 1874
We have just received schedule of the Poultry, Pigeon, Rabbit, Cat, and Cage Bird Show, and a glance at its contents shows how carefully it has been compiled. [. . .] Our favourite domestic animal, the cat, is also well treated, and a gold thimble is offered as a first prize, and a Lady's Companion for second, to the ladies of Tunbridge Wells exclusively. Our native pussies will therefore be in immense force. Query—are there not many single ladies in our town who would like to win the second prize, provided that- - - but we won't suggest!

CAT SHOW, ALBERT HALL, PLYMOUTH Western Daily Mercury, 21st December 1874
On which occasion there will be Black Cats, White Cats, GreyCats, Tabby Cats, Black and White Cats, and variety of other Cats. Prize for the largest and heaviest cat, handsome Silver Collar, the name of the owner will be engraved on it. For the Second, 5s. For the Third, 2s. 6d. No Entrance Fee. Parties who intend entering are requested to send in their names and the Colours of their Cats to Mr. F. DeGray at the Albert Hall, on or before One o’clock on Tuesday, in order that they may be properly catalogued. Each owner must provide a collar and cord, or chain to exhibit it by. No shams, all Legitimate Prizes. Do not forget Tuesday Night, the Cat Show, 300 Cats expected.

1875 NORTHAMPTON CAT SHOW

POULTRY, PIGEON, RABBIT, AND CAT SHOW. Northampton Mercury, 6th March 1875
The first show held by this committee took place six years ago, when the number of entries was 228. Each year's exhibition was more and more successful, and showed a larger number of entries, until the present, was held on Wednesday and Thursday, in the Corn Exchange, when the total number of entries amounted to 1,514, including, of course, rabbits and cats. [. . .]The show of rabbits was large, and there were good specimens in all varieties. There was likewise a fair show of tabbies and other species of the cat tribe, some of them being judged extraordinary specimens. [. . .] Committee: Cats : Mrs. Albert Pell, Miss Beasley. Appended is the list of prizes :—

Cats. Class 99.—Long hair, any colour, male, any age. 1st, 15s., Master H. N. Wetherall; 2nd, 10s., Mr. W. Prentice, jun.; 3rd, 5s., Miss Pell, the Infirmary. Commended, Mr. W. Bradshaw, Scaldwell; and Mr. B. Cox, Moulton.
Class 100.—Long hair, any colour, female, any age. 1st, 15s., Miss Mary Wetherall; 2nd, 10s., Mr. Faulkner, 81, Newland; 3rd, 5s., Mr. J. W. Howard, 48, Woolmonger-street. Highly commended, Mr. B. Cox. Commended, Master H. N. Wetherall.
Class 101.—Tabbies, any shade, male or female, any age. 1st, 15s., Mr. F. Coles, 25, Gas-street; 2nd, 10s., Mr. E. Baxter, Dalston-lane, London; 3rd, 5s., Mr. J. J. Phipps, Earl's Barton. Highly commended, Mr. C. F. Smith; and Mrs. Roberts, Spratton Vicarage.
Class 102. —Any variety or colour not before mentioned, male or female, any age. 1st, 15s., Mr. F. Longland, Kingsthorpe ; 2nd, 10s., Mrs. C. Gray; 3rd, 5s., Mrs. Slater, Kingsthorpe-road; extra 3rd, Mr. F. Coles. Highly commended, Mrs. H. L. Cocksedge, Bury St. Edmunds. Commended, Mr. S. Parbery, Kingsthorpe.

1875 RUGBY CAT, RABBIT, AND BIRD SHOW

RUGBY. CAT, RABBIT, AND BIRD SHOW - Leicester Chronicle, 8th May 1875
The Workmen’s Club.— The Rabbit, Pigeon, Bird, and Cat Show in connection with the above institution will be held at the Club-rooms on the 25th and 26th May

RUGBY. CAT, RABBIT, AND BIRD SHOW - Leicester Journal - Friday 28 May 1875
RUGBY. Cat, Rabbit, and Bird Show.—The annual exhibition of cats, rabbits, and birds was opened on Tuesday and extended over Wednesday. The cat show is new but very interesting addition, many of them are prize-takers in previous shows, and come from all parts of the kingdom. Mr. E. Hutton, Columbarian House, Leeds, was the judge.

CAT SHOW, RUGBY. Warwick and Warwickshire Advertiser - Saturday 29 May 1875
The annual exhibition of cats, rabbits, and birds was opened Tuesday, and extended over Wednesday. The cat show was a new but very interesting addition; many of them were prize-takers at previous shows, and came from all parts of the kingdom. Mr. Baker, of London, showed his “Lion," which has previously won fifteen first, two second, and nine special prizes. Miss Lancaster, of Bilton exhibited, not for competition, a long-haired cat (brought from Babylon) and kittens. Mr. E. Hutton, Columbarian House, Leeds, was the judge.

1875 EXETER CAT SHOW

EXETER DOG, RABBIT, AND CAT SHOW Western Times, 17th June 1875
VICTORIA HALL. EXETER DOG, RABBIT, AND CAT SHOW. THURSDAY AND FRIDAY, 17th and 18th JUNE. GREAT ATTRACTION! CHAMPION DOGS, CATS, RABBITS. [. . .] Admission to the Cat and Rabbit Show. - Thursday, 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. 1s. 1 p.m. to 8 p.m., 6d. Friday, 6d all day. Children under 12 Years Age, Half-price

CAT, DOG, AND RABRIT SHOW AT EXETER. Western Times - Friday 18 June 1875
The cat show excited a good deal of interest, and some splendid specimens of the feline race were in the cages. The Persian cats were very good. The first was a noble tabby and white cat, with nice coat, and in good condition, and the second was a beautiful pure Angora with a kitten; a doubt was expressed by the judge as to whether the kitten was its own. All three of the winners would take prizes at any show. Mrs. Smart's highly commended is a pretty little tabby, and promises to become a prize cat. The common class cats were in very large numbers, and made so good a show that one half of them came in for special mention. The first is owned by Mr. T. Fouracres, the Sword Bearer of the city ; it. was a pure silver tabby of great size and beauty, and far before any other cat of the class. The second, Mrs. Mogridge's, was a pure bred Maltese, slate color, with two pretty little kittens, and the mother had not a single white tick about her. Mrs. Champion's third prize winner was another beautiful silver tabby, with a noble head. Mr. Baxter's Lion, a brown tabby, ran the others very hard for a prize. The Manx cats were but two, and tortoiseshell were not a large class, nor did they come up to the standard, as a tortoiseshell should never have any white. At future shows it would be better to put matting into the cages instead of sawdust, the latter gets into the coats of the cats and soils them.

Persian—Male or female.—First £1, second 10s, third 5s - 1st, Mr. E. V. Hawkins, Exeter ; 2nd. Mr. W. H. Vinn, Exeter ; 3rd, Mr. J. S. Pocock, Great Birkhampstead, Hants; highly commended, Mr. J. Winkfield, Exwick, and Mrs. Smart; commended, Mrs. Ellen Smart, Budleigh Salterton.
Common—Male or female. - First £1, second 10s, third 5s - 1st, Mr. T. Fouracre, Exeter ; 2nd Mrs. Mogridge, Broadclyst; 3rd, Mr. A. M. Champion, St. Thomas, Exeter ; highly commended, Mr. W. T. Covering, St. Austell, Mr. Wm. Kelland, Bow, Rev. Reginald Worth, Newton Poppleford, Mr. E. Baxter, London Mr. T. Avenill, Brighton; commended, Mr. C. E. Pedler, Bow ; Mr. Geo. Stone, Alphington; Miss Mary Gilbert, Withycombe, Exmouth; Master W. Kerswell, Silverton ; Mrs. HeathKeld, Stoke Canon; Mr. j. Davy, Alphington ; Mr. J. Down, Exeter ; Mr. T. C. Woodbridge, Exeter.
Manx - Male or female - First £1, second 10s, third 5s - 1st, Mrs. E. Ware, Broadclyst ; 2nd, Miss C. Ware, Broadclyst.
Tortoiseshell - Male or female—First £1, second 10s, third 5s - 1st, Mr. J. Hurry, Norwich ; 2nd, Mr. F. Chauning, Stoke Canon,
The Judges were : Cats—Dr. Stables. Reading.

DOG, RABBIT, AND CAT SHOW, EXETER - Tiverton Gazette, 22nd June 1875
A show of dogs, rabbits and cats was opened on Thursday, at the Victoria Hail, in connection wit and in aid of the funds of the Devon and Exeter Horticultural and Botanical Society. The collection of animals was both numerous and good. [. . .]The rabbits were by far more plentiful than the cats [. . .]

1875 CRYSTAL PALACE CAT SHOW

THE CAT SHOW. Morning Post , 6th October 1875
"The harmless, necessary cat" in all its varieties is now to be seen by the curious in matters feline at the Crystal Palace; for the Seventh National Cat Show began yesterday, and will be continued to-day and to-morrow. Taken as a whole the show must be regarded as an improvement upon last year's exhibition, although one looked in vain for any abnormal specimens among the 323 "Iota" in the cages in the nave. One monster cat there certainly is; he answers to the name of " Dick," is six years old, won the first prize at Camden-town in 1871, and is catalogued at the fancy price of £52 10s. -a fact which will in all probability ensure his remaining the property of his present owner, Mr. C. Hewitt. "Dick" is evidently conscious of his immense superiority to other cats, if indeed he is conscious of anything, which is problematical; for yesterday, after the judicial inspection which resulted in his receiving the first prize of £1, he did not deign to notice anything or anybody, but maintained a quiet reserve, which perhaps resulted from his obesity. Another "Dick," belonging to Miss Huntsman, takes the second prize in this class, "for the heaviest short-haired cat - tabby, any colour; judged by weight only,"

There are, of course, cats and cats - cats which have travelled, and others which have never been 100 yards from the domestic roof-tree. " Totty," the winner of the first prize in Class 1, for short-haired tortoiseshell and white he-cats, may properly be described as a travelled cat - one which has seen a great deal of the world in a lifetime of three years and nine months. Ten first prizes have been won by "Totty " – three at the Crystal Palace, two at Birmingham, one at Ipswich, Wolverhampton, Glasgow, Brighton, and Exeter, and a second prize at Bury. With, all these "blushing honours thick upon him" this successful cat bore himself modestly, seeming to find basking quietly in the sunlight the supremest pleasure of his cat life. The red tabby he-cats stand, like the four-and-twenty pipers, all in a row, though there are not by any means that large number exhibited at the Crystal Palace. The successful "tabby " in Class 4 is the property of Mrs. W. J. Nichols, and may be purchased for £20.

None but "fanciers " will appreciate all the varieties which are on view, but the meat unlearned will stop to admire Mrs. S. Barnes's beautiful drab coloured cat, which takes the first prize in Class 10, if for no other reason than that the colour is so seldom seen. Some curiosities will be seen in Class 11 and 22 in the shape of Manx and other cats, some with two hind legs and no front ones, and others with five claws on each foot. First prizes are taken by Mr. Peter Williams and Mrs. Noakes, and second honours in both classes by Mrs. Monkton White. One of the most interesting features of the show is Class 28 - the long-haired pure white she-cats, whose colour is perfect, while their long hair has about it a sheen which would move even a cat-hater to admiration.

The visitors to this exhibition may be divided into two classes - the amateur, who sees a "point" about every specimen, and the listless wanderer from cage to cage who can hardly distinguish a "Manx " from a " tortoiseshell." Both classes of spectators were present yesterday in large numbers, and no doubt the attendance will be considerably increased today and tomorrow; for the "Cat Show" is always one of the greatest attractions at Sydenham. Yesterday the interest, so far as one section of the visitors was concerned, was centred upon the pens containing the kittens, which were surrounded by children with nearly the same propensities as the playful animals they admired. Another exhibit which gained notoriety immediately the show opened was the "Leopard Cat," a native of India, and sent to the palace by Mr. Billett, a Southampton naturalist. The arrangements of the show are under the control of Mr. Wilson, the naturalist, whose exertions in previous years have made the cat exhibition both popular and instructive. Among the patrons of the show are Lady Dorothy Nevill, Dr. Gordon Stables, and Mr. Darwin. The judges are Messrs. Harrison Weir and J. Jenner Weir, and Dr. Gordon Stables.

CAT SHOW AT THE CRYSTAL PALACE. London Daily News, 6th October 1875
It is no slight test of the success of these exhibitions that this is the seventh successive year in which they have been held [incorrect: there were originally 2 shows per year], and this year’s show excels all its predecessors in point of numbers and in respect of quality. Mr. F.W. Wilson, the superintendent of the Natural History Department of the Palace, has had the show under his supervision from its commencement, and every year he is enabled to see the advancement of the particular object he has had in view, viz. the improvement in the breed of cats. 1875 as compared with 1874 shows an increase in the number of exhibits of nearly 50, and the class of animals exhibited is of a much higher standard than that of previous years. The interest in the show also has increased year by year, until it is a fair matter for doubt whether there is a more popular exhibit held in the Palace, especially amongst ladies and children. Inducements have been held out to working men and their families to exhibit, in the shape of reduced entrance fees and a selling class, and they have been so far successful that some of the finest animals in the show are sent by working men.

Mr. Wilson, in order to keep up a constant stimulus to breeders, and to improve the character of the show, forms one or two fresh classes every year, and by this means new varieties of the species are introduced. The directors of the Palace offer £100 in prizes, which sum is added to by others who are interested in the affair, so that nothing is wanting to encourage the proprietors of cats of any merit to come forward. Even if unsuccessful in the competition they have the satisfaction of knowing that their pets, while at the Palace are well fed and well taken care of. Each morning a hundredweight of the best parts of horseflesh is cooked for the cats, and they are supplied twice a day with new milk, of which 10 gallons daily are consumed. With this fare most of the exhibitors are content, though occasionally it is not esteemed good enough; and a case occurred yesterday of a gentleman arriving early at the Palace with his cat’s breakfast of two courses consisting of a smelt fried in egg and breadcrumbs, followed by the wing of a roast chicken.

The show as usual is held in the south nave, and the animals are exhibited in cages on either side and in the middle. The classes are 49 in number, in each of which three prizes are offered. The chief divisions of the exhibition are short-haired cats and long-haired cats. These are again subdivided into he and she cats, tabbies, tortoiseshell, white and black cats and kittens, and of the latter an unusually large number are exhibited. Several Manx tailless cats appeared in the show, and one Siamese cat. The first animal in point of number, is a tortoiseshell with such a palpable tinge of gamboge about it, that the judges affixed the significant remark to their award, “very badly dyed.” The modest price of £120 was asked for the dyed one.

Among the more remarkable specimens may be notices a cat of Archangel breed, no 116, and a female red tabby No. 117A, which is quite as much of a rarity as a tortoiseshell Tom. Mr. Jones’s “Rough,” No. 166(?) is distinguished for the length and fine texture of its hair, while Miss Shorthouse’s tabby, No. 202, is chiefly remarkable for possessing a properly authenticated pedigree for six generations, and for being priced by its owner at £10,000. The heaviest cat in the show is Miss huntsman’s “Dick,” No. 236, which turns the scale at 18lbs, and Miss Merchant exhibits a black short hair that enjoys the honourable distinction of having brought forth 64 kittens in seven years, that probably being an instance of fecundity even for a cat [note: average 9 per year]. The rest of the animals in the show are well worth seeing, and will doubtless attract large numbers of visitors during today and tomorrow.

THE CRYSTAL PALACE CAT SHOW. Various, 6th - 9th October 1875
In this age of shows, when everything that flies, or walks, or swims is for ever being exhibited to our more or leas enraptured gaze, it is right that this show should hold its own. We have shows of horses, cattle, sheep, dogs, even of goats and donkeys, of poultry and pigeons; of bees, their hives, [. . .]. Why not, then, a show of cats? This, which opened yesterday, is the seventh show that has been held under the roof of the Crystal Palace. Seven years ago there were but 62 cats found to brave the verdict of the judges. This year there are no less than 323 cages numbered in the catalogue, many of them holding more than one occupant. Among these cages, or rather among their occupants, are distributed no less than 187 prizes, varying in value from one guinea to half-a-crown in one particular class, in addition to the money prize, a silver cup is offered as the meed of the fairest. For every entry a sum of 3s 6d is urged, save in certain classes, where the fee is one or two shillings, notably in the class confined to working men, to whom some of the ladies and gentlemen of the Committee, headed by Lady Dorothy Neville, offer special prizes as an inducement to the care and kind treatment of the animal; in this class the fee is 2s.

Every care is taken of the candidates during the three days of the show. Their cages are quite large enough for comfort, and in many cases are embellished and made gay by the fond care of the owner. Food and drink are supplied at discretion - not the discretion of the cats, but of the manager. As before, the cage of each successful animal is marked by a little blue flag - a capital plan, as the visitor is thereby enabled to make his way to the various points of interest without any useless tarrying before unworthy cages. Indeed, to the ignorant and possibly prejudiced eye, so strong a similarity between one cat and another, save where the colour differs - and as these animals are all ranged in classes, we get a long array of tabbies, tortoise-shells, blacks, whites, and greys, with apparently no distinguishing mark, save the little blue flag - that the visitor does need some little help to his judgment. Messrs. Harrison Weir and Jenner Weir are again the judges, and find, no doubt, in Dr. Gordon Stables an able assistant in a task we should imagine of no ordinary difficulty.

It is hardly possible that there can be any species of cat, of which, at least, we know, is unrepresented in this show. The common domestic cat, beloved of old ladies, and, though to a different end, of schoolboys, is here to be seen in all his, her, or its glory. Black cats, looking somewhat fiendish, and white cats, looking decidedly dirty; tabbies, surely the handsomest, and tortoise-shell - we beg pardon of the connoisseur - perhaps the ugliest of all. Then there are red cats, and some what we should be inclined to call yellow cats, and one fearful looking creature, black, relieved with patches of orange. Cats of abnormal colour, form, or species, including a Manx cat born with no fore-legs, a cat with five claws on each foot, some very fine animals of a pretty soft silver-grey hue, and an Indian wild cat- a very leopard in miniature, and, to judge from its looks, about as safe to make pet of. Like a good many other things whose value is measured by their curiosity, these “abnormal” cats are mostly by no means fair to look upon, but an exception must be made in favour of “Mymie,” a Siamese cat belonging to Mr. Walter, and winner of more than one prize. This breed is, we believe, very highly valued in its own country, and its purity very strictly maintained ; but, were not its birth and parentage so fairly set down in the catalogue, we should confess to some few doubts. Mymie bears in some of her points a wonderful similarity to a pug. There are some charming little groups of kittens, gazing at which it is impossible not to feel a momentary pang of regret that they should ever grow any larger, for, next perhaps to a fox cub, the kitten is the prettiest and most graceful of all young animals.

But, of all the 50 classes into which the 323 cats here assembled have been divided, indisputably the handsomest, apart from any considerations of monetary value, is Class 33, for tabby cats of no sex. It is in this class that a silver cup is offered for the best over and above the usual prize of £1, and both cup and money go to Master Shuckard for his cat “Tommy Dodd,” animal of mature yean, and, no doubt, great excellence, but certainly inferior to size to many of his fellows, notably one in the very next cage. The donor of the cup is Mr. E. Baxter, who also shows bin own tabby cat “Lion” who won the first prize here in 1873, and since then has won no less than nineteen first, besides special, prizes. It is evidently modesty alone that prevents Mr. Baxter adding his own cup to the list. Lastly we come to the cats owned by working men. Among these the prize is awarded according to weight only, this being, and not unreasonably, considered the best criterion of the care and kind treatment of the owner. Mrs. Gregory takes the prize this year with her cat “Tom,” who draws 14 and one half lbs in the scales - a weight which, we think, has been passed on more than one previous occasion. Here our brief notice must end. We cannot pretend to have done justice to the individual merits of so many such distinguished animals.

CAT SHOW AT THE CRYSTAL PALACE. Various, 13th October 1875
The seventh national cat show, held under the patronage of Lady Dorothy Nevill, Mrs. F Cashel, Mrs. Ada Edmonds, Mrs. M. A. Newton, Mr. Darwin, F.R.S., etc, was opened on Monday at the Crystal Palace. The show contains 323 . In short-haired tortoiseshell and white cats, the prize has been awarded to Mr. John Hurry for “Tottery,”[Totty] aged 3 years 10 months, and the winner of ten first prizes. In this class there is an extraordinary-looking animal, deep orange and black, valued by its owner at £120; but its ugliness had not secured it prize. There are some fine animals among the shorthaired brown tabby cats, the first prize for which has fallen to Miss Veryse for “Dick,” two years old. He is a large, intelligent-looking animal, and is said to be a good ratter and docile. Cats larger than “Dick” are to be found in the next class for short-haired blue or silver tabby cats, for one of which Miss C. Ida Cantrell has secured an award. The largest cat in the show is, however, is No. 237, shorthaired tabby, weighing 18lb., which has secured the prize. Near to him is another fine animal, Tom,” four years old.

One cat is of a light slate colour, and most extraordinary looking, though at the same time a rather attractive, animal. Mr. J. Walter takes first prize for “Myrnie.” another odd-looking specimen. It is a Siamese cat, five years old, is mouse coloured, shading off into a black patch on the head, and has three little whitey-brown kittens. There are several Manx cats, tailless of course; and a poor animal born without front legs. A cat sent for exhibition by Mr. T. Gregory has five claws on each foot. In the class for short-haired black she cats a third prize is awarded to the owner of a cat which has been mother of sixty-four kittens. An Indian wild cat, the first exhibited at the Crystal Palace for three years, is shown.

THE CAT SHOW AT THE CRYSTAL PALACE. Monmouthshire Beacon, 23rd October 1875
It is astonishing when we begin to set ourselves seriously to study the ways and habits of an animal, even when the type it represents is a low or repulsive one, how much of our sympathy goes out to the creature, and how we end in absolutely liking it (remarks the Pictorial World). It is pleasant also to be able to add that this sympathy when intelligently used is as intelligently reciprocated, and that the creature ends up liking, sometimes even in loving, us. [. . .] We have been led into this train of thought by the Cat Show which was held at the Crystal Palace last week. Such exhibitions tend unmistakably to increase our knowledge, and we are glad think that the one in question met all its usual success.

The London Cat Show – Daily Record of the Times, November 4, 1875

It would not seem possible that there is sufficient interest to the matter in England, in these busy times, to aid in the breeding and training of cats. But, nevertheless, such is the case, and the fact that the annual cat show at the Crystal Palace, London, this year attracted some five thousand pussies shows it [note: most likely many were double-counted due to be entered in multiple classes!]. Miss Pussy is in high favor in London, and every household shelters one or two and some half a dozen. So much care and love being devoted to cats in London it is not surprising that the efforts of the Crystal Palace authorities to improve the breed as well as to encourage the kind treatment of the animals, should be successful. Each cage contained a cushion for pussy, a little saucer filled with milk, &c, while the prize cats were distinguished by a blue ring hung from the top.

Some idea of the enterprise of the authorities at the palace may be gathered from the fact that about one hundred and thirty prizes were offered for competition from five pounds-to fifteen shillings, while marks of distinction, which are equally coveted, such as “very highly commended,” are also awarded. The best tabby cat received a silver cup, for which there were thirty-six contestants. The fortunate animal was Master Shuckard’s “Tommy Dodd,” aged nine years, and valued at $500. The winner of the second prize was also held at the same amount, while the value attached to others in the same class was never below $25. Miss Shorthouse’s cat “age unknown, possessed a tabular pedigree for six generations,” and valued by its owner at $50,000, but in face of these substantial arguments Miss S.’s favorite received only a high “commendation.” Other of the candidates were magnificent crea-tures graceful in their movements, their furs shining with gloss resembling the richest velvet. The average weight of each was about sixteen and one-half pounds. One of the prizes was for the “heaviest cat in the show,” and this was won by a specimen weighing a few ounces over eighteen pounds. Few of the pussies showed bad tempers; the exceptions were among the black cats, which seemed discount[ent]ed. Very different was the conduct of the long-haired Angora species, with their splendid coats white as snow, their pink eyes and fiery appearance forming one of the most interesting features.

The Cat Show took place on October 5th to October 7th, 1875. The Judges were Mr Harrison Weir, Mr J Jenner Weir, and Dr Gordon Stables R.N. The Patrons were Lady Dorothy Nevill and Mr Charles Darwin. The Siamese with kittens was Mymie, owned by Mr J. Walter. Mymie took First prize for shorthaired unusual coloured she-cats. At the bottom of the illustration is an Indian Wild Cat exhibited by Mr George Billett. Billett later became a Cat Judge at the Crystal Palace Cat Shows of the 1880s and 1890s. - The Illustrated Sporting and Dramatic News, October 16, 1875

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Sydenham Palace, England, has recently been the scene of a remarkable cat show. The English cat must differ materially from the American feline if it has to be taken into the magnificent apartments of a palace in order to make an exhibition of itself. The American Tabby has a peculiar way of showing its own eccentricities without being placed before the august presence of a committee sitting in solemn judgment on the case. England may take a national interest in her felines, but the interest the people of this country have in their cats is simply of a local nature. A Yankee Tabby is, of all animals, the most capable of showing itself, and its shows are such as never fail to attract the attention of humanity. Our dogs will idle about the thresholds of our homes, and now and again pass out to the sidewalk and bring back a sample of some unfortunate passer-by, but they woefully lack the ability that is innate with our felines to pounce on to the upper shelf of our pantries and overthrow a dozen preserve jars in their activity to secure a piece of cold roast beef or puncture the surface of a well-filled milk pan with their whiskered proboscides. Our dogs may frisk about and snap the feathers from the backs of our neighbors’ fowls in a manner that stirs the spirit of hostility and puts a stop, for the time being, to social intercourse and the custom of borrowing butter, but it is well known that they cannot jump into a henery with that agility noticed in our cats and suck enough eggs in fifteen minutes to make a large family happy on Easter Sunday; but at night they show themselves to the best advantage. An English cat may require a palace to be interesting in, but one born and bred under the benign influences of our great republican institutions will occupy a plain slab on the rear roof of an humble cottage and in less than ten straightforward howls attract the attention of the entire neighborhood, besides drawing forth all the emphatic expressions, old boots, hair brushes, books and other light moveables that may perchance be accessible. English cat-shows may be popular, but it is a universal feeling with the American people that our feline exhibitions seldom meet with approbation or praise. - National Republican, November 11, 1875

COLONEL FORNEY AT A CAT SHOW. – The Inter Ocean, November 5, 1875
Pussy in the Crystal Palace – How the Prize Felines Are Distinguished – Master Shuckard’s “Tommy Dodd,” the Champion Cat of all England.
Colonel Forney writes as follows from London to the Philadelphia Press: Curiosity is a controlling element in human nature, and yet when Charles Sprague made it the subject of a beautiful poem many years ago he never anticipated, even in his fruitful imagination, what strange schemes it would suggest. He never, certainly, dreamed of a baby show or a fat man’s exhibition. He might have had a vision of dogs in pens, of goats, and of donkeys, but I do not think he ever conceived such a thing as a national cat show in London. And yet it is just that which is now going on at the Crystal Palace, Sydenham, and this is the seventh of the annual series. Some years ago, an ingenious American advertised for thousands of cats, which were to be utilised for their skins, but the enterprise closed — no joke is intended — in a catastrophe, and it was not until the authorities of the Crystal Palace took the matter in hand that our feline friends were put to any practical purpose outside of their fidelity as household favorites and their dexterity as rat-catchers. The present season attracted no less than 213 exhibitors.

It would not seem possible that there is sufficient interest in the matter in England, in these busy times, to aid in the breeding and training of cats. But, nevertheless, such is the case, and the fact that the seventh annual cat show of the Crystal Palace, Sydenham, attracts no less than 213 exhibitors, shows it […] So much care and love being devoted to cats in London, it was not surprising that the efforts of the Crystal Palace authorities to improve the breed, as well as to encourage the kind treatment of the animals, should be successful. At first numbers of people were attracted by the novelty of the scene alone, but, though this section of the visitors to the cat show is still large, many now come with a party of children.

The Crystal Palace itself is familiar to Americans. The center transept, at once a beautiful promenade and a delightful resting place, was crowded yesterday by the visitors who came to see the cats in cages down each side. Each cage contained a cushion for pussy, a little saucer filled with milk, etc, while the prize cats were distinguished by a blue flag hung from the top. Some idea of the enterprise of the authorities at the palace may be gathered from the fact that about 130 prizes were offered for competition, from £5 to 15 shillings, while marks of distinction, which are equally coveted, such as “very highly commended” are also awarded. In certain classes, where there is a great competition, and only say three prizes, those cats which are highly commended have a good chance of carrying off the first prizes at local shows or exhibitions, where their standing would be more completely recognised. The best tabby cat received a silver cup. For this prize there was a general rivalry; there were thirty-six candidates, and as they were all first-class the decision of the judges was not made until after much discussion. The prizemen at last appeared in Master Shuckard’s “Tommy Dodd,” aged 9 years, and valued at £100 ($500): the winner of the second prize was also held at the same amount, while the value attached to others in the same clam was never below £5.

Miss Shorthouse’s cat, “age unknown, possesses a tabular pedigree for six generations,” and valued by its owner at £10,000, but in face of these substantial arguments, Miss Shorthouse’s favorite was not among the prizes, only receiving a high “commendation.” Other of the candidates ware magnificent creatures, graceful in their movements, their furs shining with gloss resembling the richest velvet. These cats were the best in the show, and were specially considered by the judges to be a superb class. The average weight of each was about 16 and a half pounds. One of the prizes was for the “heaviest cat in the show,” and this was won by a specimen weighing a few ounces over eighteen pounds. This gentleman was so overcome with joy at the honor he had won that be gave himself up to amusement the whole day, glad to engage in a game with the first youngster that came along.

Few out of the 500 pussies showed bad tempers; the exceptions were among the black cats, which, for the most part, seemed discontented. Very different was the conduct of the long-haired Angora species, with their splendid coats white as snow, their pink eyes, and fiery appearance, forming one of the most interesting features. The crowd of children who almost, in these days, live at the palace make their choice without regard to the decision of the judges, and their favorites are at once exalted among themselves. The juvenile favorites yesterday were three kittens belonging to one family, of the Angora breed, strikingly beautiful, and a lady cat, the happy possessor of eight kittens about two days old, like their mother, perfectly white and quite undistinguishable from each other. Another specimen had greatness thrust upon him, because, poor fellow, he had the misfortune to be born without forelegs. This gentleman gets about after the fashion of the kangaroo, and his manner of getting over the ground is certainly curious if not graceful.

This unique spectacle is under distinguished auspices; as usual, a titled personage leads the list of patrons, which closes with the name of Charles Robert Darwin, the renowned philosopher and naturalist.

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What a fastidious pussy! At a London cat show one pampered Thomas had to be breakfasted each morning on the wing of a chicken and a smelt fried in eggs and bread crumbs. - The Emporia Weekly News 3rd Dec 1875

At the Crystal Palace Cat Show last week, one of the prize cats had a smelt fried in bread crumbs, with the leg of a chicken to follow, another a mutton chop every day, but fried fish seemed to be the favorite dish. - The Vancouver Independent, 23rd December 1876

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They have recently had the seventh annual show in the Crystal Palace, London. The highest priced cat was valued by its owner at $50,000, but it didn’t get first prize. “Tommy Dodd,” aged nine years, valued at $500 was the winner. There were over five hundred cats exhibited. - The Tennessean, 31st October, 1875

FIVE-HUNDRED DOLLAR CAT. Berwickshire News and General Advertiser, 8th February 1876
"Yes sir, - a five-hundred dollar cat," said Deacon Green yesterday to three little chaps who were walking with him. "Lately, at the Sydenham Palace, near London, was held a Cat Show, where over four hundred were exhibited. The prize cat won a premium of £5 - twenty-five dollars. He's a splendid fellow, named 'Tommy Dodd' - nine years old, and considered worth £100, or five hundred dollars. The heaviest specimen in the show weighed a few ounces over eighteen pounds. There's a cat for you, young gentlemen!" Jack-in-the Pulpit," St Nicholas for February.

1875 BIRMINGHAM CAT SHOW

THE BIRMINGHAM CATTLE, POULTRY, AND DOG SHOWS. Yorkshire Post and Leeds Intelligencer, 13th November 1875
These exhibitions, which open on the 27th lost., bid fair to be unusually interesting and successful. [. . .] The “Grand national cat show” will be held for the third time in conjunction with the cattle and dog shows. Entries close on Wednesday next.

THE CAT SHOW. Birmingham Daily Post, 29th November 1875
In consequence of the promoters of this show having been unable this year to obtain the space of land at the Old Wharf which they required, the building in which the Cat Show is held has had to be somewhat curtailed in its proportions. The result has been that over sixty entries have had to be refused from want of accommodation. Still there is a large and fairly meritorious show of the feline tribe. The exhibits this year number 350, as compared with 381 last year. They are shown, as usual, in a wooden structure, erected at Broad Street corner, by Mr. Street, of Bristol Street, who has paid all due regard to efficient ventilation in carrying out the work. The arrangement of the cages is very similar to that of former years. Mr. Gordon Stables, M.D.. R.N., and Mr. P.H. Jones, the judges, commenced their labours on Saturday morning, and in several of the classes they experienced considerable difficulty in coming to a decision, the merit being so uniformly great.

The short-haired tortoiseshell-and-white he cats are a very fine show, the first prize going to Mr. J. E. Hinks, with a fine cat twenty months old. Mr. John Hurry gains second honours with his “Totty" and Mr. J. Newland comes in third with a well-developed and handsome cat only twelve months old.
Short-haired brown tabby, or brown, tabby and white he cats: 1, Mr. J.H. Dean;- 2, Mrs. J. DDryhurst; 3, Mrs. Parrott. This is also a class or much merit.
There is a short show of short-haired blue or silver tabby he cats, Master F. George taking first prize, and second and third prizes being withheld.
Short-haired red tabby, or red tabby and white he cats: 1, Mrs. Thomas; 2, Mr. E. H. Warren ; 3, Mr. A. Sharp.
Short-haired spotted tabby he cats: 1, Mr. J. Beggs; 2, Miss C. Harrison; 3, Mr.W. Burton.
Short-haired black he cats 1, Mr. N. E1am; 2, Mrs. Shuckhurd; 3, Mr. J> Patinski.
Short-haired black-and-white he cats: 1, Mr J.N. Butt; 2, Mr. W.W. Walker; 3, Mrs. T. Silver.
Short-haired whit he cats: 1, Mr. W. Hicks; 2. Mr. J. D. Harvey; 3, Mrs. Bott.
Any other variety of colour or singular form: 1, Mrs. Dixey; 2, Mrs, Whittle; 3, Mr. P.Williams.
Short-haired tortoiseshell she cats: 1, Mr. H. Lee; 2, Miss A. M. Emery; 3, Mr. B Bailey.
Short-haired tortoiseshell-and- white she cats: 1, Mr. C. Greaves; 2, Mr. HI. Feavour ; 3, Mr. Dodson. This is a remarkably good class.
Short- haired tortoiseshell and tabby she cats: 1, Mr. J. Sammerton ; 2. Miss Polly Dixey ; 3, Mr. Scarman.
Short- haired brown tabby or brown tabby-and-white she cats : 1, Mr. J. D. Tustin ; 2, Mr. J. Edwards; 3, Mr. Schweiss.
Short-haired blue or silver tabby she cats: 1, Mrs. Gein; 2nd and 3rd prizes withheld.
Short-haired spotted tabby she cats: 1, Mr. J.B. Tustin; 2, Miss M. Moore; 3, Mr. E.C. Browne.
Short-haired black-and white she cats: 1, Mrs. E. Longmore; 2, Mrs. Grimshaw; 3, Mrs. E. Longmore.
Short-haired black she cats: 1, Miss Pemberton ; 2, Mr. T. Poultney; 3, Mr. J. Payne.
Short-haired white she cats: 1, Mr. A. Mackness ; 2, Mr . R. Pagett ; 3, Mr. A. Townsend.
Any Other variety of colour or form: 1, Mr. Carpenter ; 2, Mrs. Grey; 3, Mrs. WhIttle.
Two short-haired kittens under six months old: 1, Mr. R. Pagett; 2, Miss E. Woodwaird, 3, Miss E. Andrews.
Long-haired pure white he cats: 1, Miss A. E. Bryant; 2, Mrs. Cleverly.
Long-haired black he cats: 1, Mr. J.S. Pocock ; 2, Mr. J. Bristow.
Long-haired tabby he cats: 1. Mrs. T. Weatherall; whilst Mrs. H. C. Organ’s and Mr. J. BrIstow's exhibits are bracketed equal for second place.
Any other variety of colour long-haired he eats: 1, Miss M. Boville; 2, Mr. J. Bristow; 3, Miss Elmhurst.
Long-haired pure white she cats: 1, Mr. H. M. Maynard; 2, Miss G. Sprague; 3, Miss A.E. Bryant.
Long-haired tabby she cats: 1, Miss M. Weatherall; 2, Miss E. Hanbury; 3, Miss S. A. Sills.
Any other variety of colour long-haired she cats: 1, Mr. Winkett; 2, Miss Sprague; 3, Mrs. Hitchman.
Two long-haired kittens under six months old: 1, Miss N. B. Sprague; 2, Mrs. Organ; 3 Mr .T. Weightman.
Short-haired black or black-and-white gelded cats: 1, Miss O. Senior; 2, Mr .C.A. Shorthouse; 3, Mr. W. Grew jun.
Short-haired all white gelded cats: 1, Mrs. J. W. Midton; 2,Mr. W. Giles; 3, Mrs. F. Fisher
Short-haired tabby any colour gelded cats: 1, Mr. C. Hewett; 2, Mr .C. A. Shorthouse; 3, Mr. Nichols.
Short-haired unusual colour gelded cats: 1, Mr. D. Moore ; 2, Mrs. Scarman.
Long-haired black or black-and-white gelded cats: 1, Mr .T. Weightman.
Long-haired all white gelded cats: 1, Mr .T. Weightman; 2, Miss C. Williams.
Long-haired tabby any colour gelded cats: 1, Miss Sprague; 2, Mr. J. Baker; 3,Mr. Schweiss.
Long-haired unusual colour gelded cats: 1, Master H.E. Vernon.
Working Men’s Classes:
Black-and-white he cat: Mrs. Tilley.
Tabby-and-white he cat: Mr. T. Haynes.
White she cat: Mr. J. Cottrill.
Short-haired black cat: Bronze medal, Mrs. J. Smith.
Litter of short-haired kittens, any colour: Bronze medal, Mr. T. Payne.
Heaviest short-haired gelded cat, belonging to a working man: 1, Mr.H. Lee (17 and one half lbs), 2, Mrs. J. Smith ; 3, Mrs. J. E. Bond.
The visitors on Saturday were not very numerous, but, doubtless, the show will prove attractive to many before it closes on Thursday next.

THE NATIONAL CAT SHOW. Warwick and Warwickshire Advertiser, 4th December 1875
The cat show this year was held in the same locality as on the last occasion, namely, at Broad-street, Birmingham. Last year there were 340 entries; this year 306 only were entered. Dr Gordon Stables and Mr P.H. Jones, who were the judges, expressed a very high opinion of the merit of the exhibition. Not only in their view was it superior to the show of last year as that was to its predecessor, but they regarded it as one of the best cat shows ever held in the country. The reason is not far to seek. Some of the most successful prize winners at the Crystal Palace were here, and ladies and gentlemen from all parts of the country entered their feline pets. The tortoiseshell and tabby he-cats, which are now so great a rarity, were unrepresented in the show, but with this exception almost every class was to be found.

THE BIRMINGHAM CATTLE, POULTRY, DOG, AND CAT SHOW. Worcestershire Chronicle, 4th December 1875
The twenty-seventh annual exhibition of cattle, sheep, pigs, poultry, agricultural implements, etc, opened at Bingley Hall on Saturday ; but, as usual the first day, when the judges have their work to do and other arrangements have to be completed, the charge for admission was made practically prohibitive [. . .]
Cats. —The tortoiseshell and tabby “tom" cats, which are now so great a rarity, were unrepresented, but with this exception almost every class was to be found. A prize was offered for the best cat in the show, and it was awarded to Mr. H. M. Maynard, Ryde, Isle of Wight. This cat is a beautiful long-haired white she-cat of remarkable beauty. The hair is as soft as gossamer, and altogether it is about as fine a specimen of the class as could be well imagined. The first prize for the best pair of kittens was awarded to Miss Nelly Butler Sprague, of Evesham, who possesses a pair beautiful, playful little animals. Shorthaired tortoiseshell and white she-cats were specially singled out by the judges for commendation; there were six entries altogether, to three of which prizes were awarded, and the others were commended, highly commended, and very highly commended. They are almost perfect specimens of their class, and have evidently been reared with great care. The best specimens in the show exhibited, came from Master H. E. Vernon (Droitwich), Miss Sprague (Evesham), and others. We extract the following from the prize list:

Short-haired tortoiseshell and white he-cats—Commended, Mr. J. W. Butler, Evesham.
Short-haired tortoiseshell and tabby she-cats - First prize, £l 5s, Mr. John Summerton, Worcester.
Long-haired pure white she-cats—Second prize, 15s., Miss G. Sprague, Evesham.
Long-haired tabby, any colour cats First prize, £1 5s., Miss Sprague, Evesham.
Long-haired, unusual colour cats—First prize, £1 5s, Master Hubert E. Vernon. Droitwich.
Any other variety colour or form, such as Manx, or six-clawed short-haired she-cats—Commended, Miss G. Spragne, Evesham.
For the two best shorthaired kittens, under six months old —Very highly commended, Miss Jane Ogram, Evesham.

1875 SWINDON CAT SHOW

POULTRY, PIGEON, DOG AND CAT SHOW. Swindon Advertiser and North Wilts Chronicle, 29th November 1875
The show of poultry, pigeons, cage birds, rabbits, cats, and dogs, at Swindon, on Friday next, an affair of extraordinary magnitude. Visitors will doubtless be brought together from all parts of the country to witness the show. The entries have assured its success, amounting to the following number: Poultry 442; pigeons, 280; cage birds, 83 ; rabbits, 61 ; cats, 28 ; dogs, 255. Total, 1,149. Turner's pens will be used.

CAT SHOW. Swindon Advertiser and North Wilts Chronicle, 6th December 1875
The cat show was a decided improvement on last year, local exhibitors, as will be seen from the subjoined list of awards, taking most of the prizes.
Class 52.—Short-haired.—1st, (10s), S. Hickman, Elm Grove, 2nd. (5s), Mr J. Kent, Lower Wanborough. Swindon; 3rd (a card), Mr T. Neal, Eastcott Hill. Swindon ; very highly commended. Major Prower, Purton House ; highly commended, Mr J. Farmer, Wroughton ; Mr M. Everett, Aldbourne, Hungerford; Mr F Gray, Purton; commended Miss Hunt, Greyhound Inn, New Swindon; Miss Fouracre, 20, Lansdown Road, Swindon ; Mr H. Simpkins, Lyneham, Chippenham ; Mr R. Bradford, Midge Hall, Wootton Basset t.
Class 53. - Long-haired.—1st, (10s), Mr W. Dean, Marlow House, New Swindon; 2nd, (5s), Mr J. Rogers, 13, Regent Street, New Swindon; 3rd, (a card). Miss A. S. Whitman, Gorse Hill, Swindon; commended. G. R. Brett, 40, Bridge Street, New Swindon; Mr J. Fernie, Stratton St. Margaret.

1875 OTHER REGIONAL CAT SHOWS

JERSEY POULTRY AND CAT SHOW. Jersey Independent and Daily Telegraph, 21st January 1875
Wednesday the 8th annual exhibition under the auspices of the Jersey Poultry and Dog Society, was held in the Vegetable Market, Beresford-street, and will continue to-morrow. The show yard, which has the advantage of being under good cover, had three rows of pens down the centre of the building and also ranged against the walls. [. . .] Dogs would certainty have proved an attractive feature, specially to male visitors to the show. A very poor substitute is found in the feline tribe so far as the number or variety exhibited goes.

[. . .] In nearly every class the competition was strong, the rabbits and cats alone make indifferent show. The latter appear less at home than any of their neighbours for public inspection.

KENDAL: THE POULTRY, DOG, AND CAT SHOW. Kendal Mercury, 23rd January 1875
We have been requested remind our readers who purpose making entries for the forthcoming show at Kendal, to do so at once, as to-day (Saturday) is the last on which they can be received, excepting perhaps under very unusual circumstances. We are told that the show, as far as regards dogs, promises be advance of last year, and several cats have been entered including several celebrities of the feline world. Kendalians, especially the fairer [female] portion of them, will no doubt be as anxious to see a 1st prize pussy cat” as they once wore to see a 1st prize dog.

HULL PIGEON, RABBIT, AND CAT SHOW DINNER. Hull Packet, 16th April 1875
The first annual dinner in connection with a show of pigeons, rabbits, and cats, held in Hull, took place last evening, at the Britannia Hotel, Mytongate. [. . .]These shows, as [the Chairman] understood them, were not merely to encourage competition and to improve the breed of the animals exhibited, but also to foster kind treatment of such things.

WANSBECK POULTRY, PIGEON, AND CAT SHOW. Morpeth Herald, 17th April 1875
The first exhibition was held in the Corn Exchange, at Morpeth, on Saturday last, which was in every point of view, a most complete success, and speaking well for the future of the society. The total number of entries was 168, including 102 pens of poultry, of pigeons and of cats - the latter being something of a novelty in the town, and one which, in time, might turn out not the least interesting part of the programme. [. . .] The cats, were generally good, and it was rather surprising how well the "Toms" and "Tabbies" passed through the ordeals of judgment and the public gaze. Mr. F. E. Schofield, Morpeth, discharged the duties of judge in a most painstaking manner, with the assistance of a well-known veteran such matters, the following being a list of the awards:-

Cats, 1 F. R. Nichol, Morpeth ; 2 Margaret Nichol, Morpeth; 3 Thomas Marshall; 10 entries.

KETTERING “THE FEAST” (SHOW, Inc. CAT SHOW). Northampton Mercury - Saturday 10 July 1875
The cat show was small, and those exhibited not worthy of any special mention. The winner in class 4S, any other variety, was a beautifully-marked tabby, certainly the best in the show. The second prize was also a good cat, but not so clearly marked.

Class 47. Long hair, any variety, 1st, Capt. T. Wetherall; 2nd Mr. Mark Robins, Chapel Brampton, Northampton. Highly commended, Mr. B. Mills, Kettering. Commended, Mrs. Clarke, Huntingdon.
Class 48.—Any other variety, 1st, Miss Fanny Rains, Kettering, 2nd, Mr. Frank Cotes, Northampton. Commended, Mr. Frank Cotes.

PICKERING HORTICULTURAL, POULTRY, AND DOG SHOW. York Herald, 23rd July 1875
The Pickering and District Floral, Horticultural Poultry, Bird, and Dog Show Society, after being dormant for several years, has been resuscitated, and held its first annual show yesterday, in the Castle Grounds, Pickering. [. . .] The cat show was small, but there were some fine specimens of "pussy," and they appeared to be an object of special admiration. {Cat prizes:]
British marked cat, Mrs Mitchelson; second, J : Hebden. Pickering.
Best foreign. T M Kendall, Esq, Pickering ; second, J Smith. Pickering.

HUDDERSFIELD SHOW. Yorkshire Post and Leeds Intelligencer - Saturday 07 August 1875
Paddock Horse, Pig, Poultry, Pigeon. Rabbit, Dog, And Cat Show, will be held To-Day (Saturday), August 7th 1875. Joseph Taylor, Hon. Sec. 50 Steps House, Brierley Wood, Huddersfield.

WHITWICK HORTICULTURAL, INDUSTRIAL, CANINE, AND POULTRY SOCIETY. Leicester Chronicle, 7th August 1875
The fifth annual exhibition of the Whitwick Horticultural and Industrial Society took place on Monday, in a field belonging to Mr. Hill, adjoining Silver street.
The cat show, as might be expected, excited great interest, but the nine “exhibits" preferred their cushions to the popular favour; the result being that those who had a full view of the feline pets were, comparatively speaking, "few and far between." But one tortoise specimen put in an appearance, but this entry was considered of such high merit that it was awarded the first prize. Of tabbies, there were four claimants for the favour of the judge; and the remainder were disposed of in the "any other colour" and "heaviest cat” classes. In this display, the most successful "entry" was that of Mr. Hulse, of Nottingham, which carried off the first prize as the heaviest specimen, and the second for the best cat of any other colour."

FLORAL AND MUSICAL FETE AT BURTON. Staffordshire Sentinel , 26th August 1875
The town of Burton has become almost famous for its flower shows as for its beer, and hence it was, perhaps, that at the floral and musical fete which took place yesterday. [. . .] Besides the flower show, which is generally extensive one - and was so Yesterday - there was poultry show, pigeon show, cage bird show, and for the first time, a cat show. [. . .] The feline specimens certainly attracted a large share of attention, and a few really fine animals were shown. As a rule, puss does not care be caged like a bird, if she has no objection to fee caged with one, so it was not surprising that several of the cats greeted the visitors with a decidedly uncivil stare, and the prize tabby distinguished itself by saying, as clearly as the language of the eyes could express it: What are you staring at?

HINCKLEY. EXHIBITION OF BIRDS, RABBITS, AND CATS. Leicester Journal, 10th September 1875
The- announcement of a bird, rabbit, and cat show is something new and interesting to inhabitants of this town, and judging from the schedule of prizes, those outside the neighbourhood will be amused with this novel exhibition, which to take place during the month. [. . .]In rabbits and cats the weight well colour is means by which prizes win gained. There is a Local of entries stipulating that exhibitors must reside within a distance of five miles of Hinckley. Mr. Benson, of Derby, is announced to be the judge.

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