REPORTS FROM EARLY BRITISH CAT SHOWS (1884 - 1885)

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

1884 WESTMINSTER CAT SHOW

WOMEN FLOCK TO A LONDON CAT SHOW. Fifty women to one man was the ratio of attendance at the cat show held recently at the Westminster Aquarium in London. And when it was over all the single ladies of that ancient town fall to lamenting the too brief delights of the exhibition. So there is a prospect of its being repeated. Nearly 500 tabbies were on view, from the largest variety, almost leopard-like in appearance and size, to the tiniest kittens that ever opened eyes on a hospitable kitchen full of mice and morsels. Lord Dufferin’s magnificent white cat, aptly called “Ambassador,” received a large share of admiration with most veil-bred indifference. Lord Lilford's large wildcat, being labeled “Dangerous,” commanded a certain distant homage which it took coldly and with an occasional gleam of teeth and nails that spoke mightily of what things could be done on occasion. The chocolate-faced Siamese were charming, their backs and tails shading off to pale fawn-and-tan color; and a long-haired blue animal, answering to the euphonious call of “Woolloomooloo,” was, perhaps, the belie of the occasion. – Chicago Daily Tribune, April 7, 1884.

1884 CRYSTAL PALACE CAT SHOW

CAT SHOW. Various, 17th October 1884
The Crystal Palace Company claim that its Cat Show, which will open next Monday, will be the largest ever held, and that as since the institution of these interesting shows more attention has been paid year by year to the proper treatment and improvement in breed of this most domestic of domestic animals, the exhibition will be far in advance of its predecessors point of quality. Nearly 400 entries have been made, and special advantages are offered to bona fide working-class exhibitors, and not the least commendable part of the undertaking that which cultivates the humanitarian aspect of Pussy's treatment. By the way, writing of cats reminds one of barbarous practice, which has been more common than ever this year, people going out of town, shutting up their houses, and leaving cats to starve on a few imaginary mice which are supposed to have stayed in the house after its inhabitants have left. The Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals might with advantage take this matter up.

CRYSTAL PALACE CAT SHOW. Western Daily Press , 18th October 1884
The annual cat show of the Crystal Palace, which will take place Tuesday and Wednesday next, will, I believe, be the largest exhibition of cats ever held, since the institution of these interesting shows more attention has been paid year by year to the proper treatment and improvement in breed of this most domestic of animals, the collection will naturally be far advance of its predecessors in point of quality. Nearly four hundred entries have been received, comprising every variety of longhaired and short-haired cat, and displaying all the combinations of colour and markings which have yet been attained. It is interesting to learn that special advantages have been afforded to bona fide working class exhibitors, and have had good results from the humane point of view, it having been discovered that a cat pays not only as prize winner, but as source of pride and pleasure when well treated.
[. . .] In addition to the regular prizes, nine special medals will be given, and, as a permanent record of success, will prove of great value as enhancing the competition. (South London Press, 18th October 1884)
[. . .] There is no doubt that in view of the prizes a good many cats have been better treated than in times when nothing could be made out of them (York Herald, 22nd October, 1884)

CAT SHOW AT THE CRYSTAL PALACE. The Times, October 22, 1884
The 16th annual national cat show at the Crystal Palace was opened yesterday under the central transept opposite the great orchestra. The exhibits exceeded in number any show of former years. There were 356 entries. The judges were Mr. George Billett and Mr. J. Jenner Weir, F.Z.S. More than 100 money prises were awarded to the 49 classes competing for them. Nine silver medals, in addition, were offered by the Crystal Palace Company for the best cats and kittens in the various sections into which the classes were divided. No. 17 in class 4, a red tabby owned by Miss L. Stevens, gained the silver medal in the first section, comprising classes 1 to 11. The medal for classes 12 to 22 was not awarded, owing to none of the competitors being of sufficient merit. The medal for class 23 was awarded to Mrs. E. Davies for two marked short-haired kittens, No. 102. Miss Moore's half-bred Persian “Fritz,” No. 125, gained the medal for classes numbered 24 to 27. In the next section Dr. Churchward's very fine Persian (blue) she cat, " Midget," No 167, boasting a distinguished pedigree of prize winners, was awarded the silver medal, and was valued in the catalogue at £1,000. Miss Beasley's two Persian kittens, “Blue Pearl” and “Bluette,” aged four-and-a-half months, No. 193, gained the medal in class 32, the first-named animal being valued at £50. The exhibits, taken as a whole, are about up to the average in point of merit. The show, which was very largely patronized by ladies yesterday, also remains open today.

A $500,000 Cat. At the recent [1884] cat show in London, one feline valued at $500,000 was exhibited. Just fancy throwing a 25-cent bootjack at a $500,000 cat on a back shed worth not more than $2.50. – various, January 1885.

1884 CRYSTAL PALACE CAT SHOW - The Illustrated Sporting and Dramatic News, November 1, 1884

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CRYSTAL PALACE CAT SHOW. Globe, 21st October 1884
The sixteenth annual Crystal Palace Cat Show was opened Sydenham this afternoon. The labours devolving on Messrs. George Billett and J. J. Weir, F.Z.S., were exceedingly heavy, the 50 classes into which the show was divided being represented by no less than 356 entries, to which over 150 medals and money prizes were awarded. Taken as a whole the show is this year far above the average, if not superior to any preceding exhibition. The accommodation provided for the competing animals, each cage being more than two feet square, was ample, and all the space required was found in the Central Transept, where the show is held. In the short-haired cat classes, the palm goes to No. 18, Class 4, Mrs. Huskinson’a “Sam,” a fine red tabby, which takes both the first prize and silver medal. No. 37, a very well-developed black and white tabby named “Little Pet,” forfeited its chance by being entered in the wrong class, a fact evidently known to Puss, who maintains a very downcast expression, The first prize, going to Mrs. Lee's Siamese tom, is well deserved, the cat being beautifully coloured. The first prize and silver medal in Class 15 are also well earned by Mr. W. O. Ellis’s “Champion Minnie,” remarkable tabby. Mrs. Lee's Siamese cat in Class 21 is also noteworthy for its very uncommonly brilliant blue eyes. ln Class 23, for two best kittens, the prize and medal are taken by Mrs. E. Davies's “ Calais and Douvres,” aged four months. Mr. W. Grist, a very well-known exhibitor, again takes the first prize in Class 27 with his “Haroun,” a well-bred Persian of five years.

Among the other noteworthy features of the show are No. 205, “ Sir Thomas, Knight of the Kitchen,” aged ten years, weighing 21lbs, first prize; No. 206, “Timothy,” three years, 17lbs, third prize; 246, “Bob,” a very fine animal; 270, “Charlie,” a fine long-haired Persian; “Ninnie,” aged three months, having seven toes on the fore feet, six on one hind foot, and four on the other; 346, “Jumbo,” three months, having seven toes on fore and five on hind feet, besides being double-jointed - both these curious animals are for sale, the price being £1 each, extra toes included ;this should be a chance for curiosity hunters – No 348, “Fluffy,” a handsome half Persian, and 353, two Persian kittens, aged two months.

Besides the animals themselves, there is much to amuse the visitor in this year’s show. As usual, a number of exhibitors have fixed fabulous prices on their pets, probably with the intention of retaining them; several are labelled £1,000, while Mr. K. Cole declines to part with his pet “Ossidine” for less than £100,000. This same cat is evidently used to the lap of luxury, being furnished with a very handsome cushion of violet plush, edged with gold, bearing its name embroidered with blue and gold in the centre. Several other cats are similarly pampered, “Shah,” (252) Persian, “age unknown,” the property of Mrs. Mayhew, third in Class 38, having a red cushion lined with white lace while “Floss,” (166) not only reclines on a handsome blue and lace cushion, but has blue hangings to the back of its cage. The show, which was opened to the public at one o’clock, was soon crowded, a very large number owners attending to reconcile their pets to the temporary confinement.

THE CRYSTAL PALACE CAT SHOW. Various, 22nd October 1884
The Crystal palace Cat Show is an annual institution which maintains its popularity notwithstanding the attractions of the Health Exhibition. It was opened today, when nearly 400 varied specimens of the feline race were on view. The prices placed on some of these interesting animals – “£10,000” for instance – represented less their market value than the determination of the proprietors not to part with their pets.

CRYSTAL PALACE. Morning Post, 22nd 22 October 1884
An interesting show of cats was opened yesterday at the Crystal Palace, and will be continued today. It is the 16th national cat show which has been held at the palace, and it greatly exceeds in extent any previous exhibition of the kind. The increase in the number of entries is probably due in some measure to the fact that the society, in addition to the ordinary money prizes, have offered many special prizes - silver medals for the best cat in the various classes. It is also to be observed that there has been a large increase in the classes for cats belonging to working men, and that their superiority in point of condition is equally remarkable. The classes are 50 in number, and the entries are 356, the largest and best of the classes being the tabbies, both long and short haired. The brown tabbies were very fine, and the red, spotted, and silver tabbies included several beautiful specimens. There was also a good display of Persians.

A considerable number of people attended the show, and the various cages in which the animals lay, apparently in the most perfect state of placid contentment, had always an admiring group of ladies standing before them. Although there was a class for “he tortoise-shells," there was no pure specimen in the show, the males which were exhibited having an admixture of white. Only once since these shows were established was a pure he tortoiseshell exhibited. On the other hand, there has never yet been known a red tabby female. The weightiest cat in the show weighed 21lb., and belongs to Mrs. Lovelock - Sir Thomas, age 10years. This animal was awarded the first prize in the class for weight only, Miss Louisa Hammond's Bob, age 12 years, 18lb in weight, and the winner of 18 first prizes, obtaining the second.

Miss S. P. Hawes obtained first prize in brown tabbies and in red tabbies. Mr. Huskinson’s Sam carried off the first prize and also won the silver medal. Mr. J. Hill's Gipsy, age 11 months, with a five-weeks-old kitten, took the first place among the she tortoise-shell cats, and Mr. Highton's Tibby, age three years, winner of a first prize at the Crystal Palace in 1882 and 1883, obtained a similar honour this year. The first prize and a silver medal in the class for the best long-haired cat, black or black and white, fell to Mrs. Jackson for her Persian Black Sam. Mr. Austin Cooke obtained the first prize and silver medal for a half-bred Persian Duke in the class for the best long-haired white cat. This cat was the winner of several prizes on previous occasions. Mr. W. Grist won a first prize for his Persian Harown, aged five years, who obtained a second in 1880 and first in the following year.

Mr. George Billet and Mr. J. Jenner Weir acted as judges, Mr. Harrison Weir, who has generally acted in that capacity, not having yet sufficiently recovered from the effects of his recent accident to enable him to undertake the duty.

CAT SHOW AT THE CRYSTAL PALACE. St James's Gazette, 22nd October 1884
The 16th annual National Cat Show at the Crystal Palace was opened yesterday under the central transept opposite the great orchestra. The exhibits exceeded in number any show of former years. There were 356 entries. The judges were Mr. George Billett and Mr. J Jenner Weir, F.Z S. More than one hundred money prizes were awarded to the forty-nine classes competing for them. Nine silver medals, in addition, were offered by the Crystal Palace Company for the best cats and kittens in the various sections into which the classes were divided. No. 17 in Class 4, a red tabby owned by Miss L. Stevens, gained the silver medal in the first section, comprising Classes 1 to 11. The medal for classes 12 to 22 was not awarded, owing to none of the competitors being of sufficient merit. The medal for Class 23 was awarded to Mrs. E. Davies for two marked short-haired kittens, No. 102. Miss Moore’s half-bred Persian “Fritz,” No. 121, gained the medal for classes numbered t24 o 27. In the next section Dr. Churchward’s very fine Persian (blue) she-cat, Midget, No. 167, boasting a distinguished pedigree of prize-winners, was awarded the silver medal, and was valued in the catalogue at £1,000. Miss Beasley’s two Persian kittens, “Blue Beard and Bluette,” aged four and a half months, No. 193, gained the medal in Class 32, the first-named animal being valued at £50. The show, which was very largely patronized by ladies yesterday, remains open today.

CAT SHOW AT THE CRYSTAL PALACE. London Daily News - Wednesday 22 October 1884
The national cat show – the sixteenth annual event of the kind - which was opened yesterday at the Crystal Palace, is said to be the largest of the kind that has yet been brought together. It includes nearly 400 entries, which comprise every variety of the long-haired and the short-haired cat. All the combinations of colour and marking that have been attained by the breeder seem to be represented. Special features of this year’s Show are the nine medals which, in addition to the regular prizes, have been awarded, and the prominence which has been given to the exhibits of the working classes. The cages at the Palace, of course, will possess for the special lover of cats an almost bound interest, though everyone will appreciate alike the beautiful soft silken texture of some of the little animals’ fluffy coats, the pure white and glossy black fur of others, and the tender, half-timid, half-playful expressions of many of the kittens. As usual, the Show yesterday gave special pleasure to a large number of children, who, passing from cage to cage broke out into repeated exclamations of delight as some counterpart of a personal favourite, or some unusually captivating animal, presented itself to view.

Two of the most prominent exhibits were Mrs. Mayhew’s Charlie arid Tibby, two pure Persians, aged respectively two and ten years, who took a first and a second price. Both show a very creditable record of honours won in the past, the former having been the winner of a silver medal an first prize at the Palace Exhibition of 1883, and a second prize in 1882; and the latter having won two first and three second prizes at Margate and the Crystal Palace, and a second prize at Cirencester. Probably the most popular group of animals were the pairs of long-haired kittens under six months of age. The competition for prizes among them was perhaps the most severe. Miss Beasley's Blue Beard and Bluette took the first prize and a silver medal. Other silver medals were awarded for Dr. Churchward's Midget, Miss F. Moore's Fritz, Mr. W.C.O. Ellis's Champion Minnie, Mrs. Austin Cooke's Duke, and Mrs. J. Baldwin's Nip.

There was one class in which the prizes were given for weight only. Mrs. Loveluck's Sir Thomas took the first place. He weighed 21lb, and was the object during the day of a great deal of comment and playful raillery. It is only due to Sir Thomas, however, to state that he took it all in good part, and made no other response to the popular badinage than what was conveyed in the slow and deliberate blinking of his eye.

In the class of he cats, first prizes were taken by Mr. John Hornsby’s Jumbo, aged one year and one month; Miss S. P. Hawes's Chappie, a brown tabby, aged six months; Miss Julia Gardiner's Silver, a silver tabby, aged 6 months; Mr. W. Treverton's Jim, aged 6 months; Mr. R J. Bradford's Dick, a spotted tabby, aged 6 years; Miss Heron's Kitty, aged one year and ten months, who was also the winner of the first prize in 1883; by Mr. W. Hant's Smut, an English black., aged 6 months; by a Siamese variety of Mrs. Cunliffe-Lee; and by Mrs W. Poskett's Dick, a Manx, aged one year and 6 months.

In the class of she cats leading prize winners were Mr. J.Hill's Gipsy, Mr. T. A. Highton's Tibby, Mr. J. Challis's Topsy; Minnie, of Masters Tom, Willie, and George Kitching; M r. W. W. Strange's Beauty, Miss Trusson's Keeper, Mrs. Fossett's Beauty, Miss Mary Ann Wellman’s Minnie, and Mrs. E. Davies's Calais and Douvres. Other prominent prize-winners were Mr. N. Grrist's Fritz, Mr. HI. Swinyard's Pop, Mr. E. Barber's Blackie, Mr. T. Bushby's Sukey, Mrs. Patterson's Romeo, Mr. B. Rutherford's Mayor, Mrs. W. Hills's Tiger, Mr. W. C. Dunlop's Joseph, Mr. W. Fisher's Tim, Mrs. Harris's Bob, Mr. J. Green's Dickr, Mr. W. King’s Rose, Mrs. A. Dunk's Joe, and Mr.J. Gould's Tim., The exhibition will remain open tomorrow. It should be mentioned that the judges were Mr. George Billett end Mr. J. Jenner Weir, the former gentleman taking the place of Mr. Harrison Weir, whose unfortunate accident prevented him from attending.

CAT SHOW AT THE CRYSTAL PALACE. London Evening Standard, 23rd October 1884
The Cat Show is certainly the prettiest of those yearly exhibitions for which the Crystal Palace is famed. It has not the uproar nor the bustle which attend upon the dogs; it is the special resort of ladies and young girls and children, who do not restrain their ecstacies ; and the cat is an animal peculiarly fitted for such public display. The sixteenth of these national competitions was as great a success as great as any of its forerunners. We seem to remember dimly a greater variety of strange and eccentric felines, but no better specimens in each class represented; and the average of popular enthusiasm was quite as high as usual. The first classes of "Toms'' are less diverting than others, though not less interesting certainly to the connoisseur.

Ms. J, Molyneux and Mr. John Hornsby take prizes for ''Tortoise-shell he's" - the only competitors in this rare class; Mrs S. P. Hawes, Mr. J. Payne, and Mrs. Tullett for "Brown Tabbies." All the distinguished creatures look sleepy and sullen; but this is probably no more than masculine shyness. The Blue and Silver Tabbies are somewhat more c sociable, and vastly prettier. Miss Julia Gardener takes first prize, Mr. W. C. O. Ellis, second, Miss Lina Newall, third, with a cat that finds amusement in striking attitudes, and watches the effect with an interest unmistakeable. In the dull and ungraceful varieties of Red tabbies, Mrs. Hutchinson takes first prize and silver medal, Miss Harding second, the Masters Kitching third. Mr. W. Treerton, Miss Wilkinson, and Mrs. Cannon are the winners for Red Tabby and White; Miss Wilkinson's pet, we are told, is remarkable tor his great liking for cucumbers. Mr. R. J. Bradford and Mrs. E. Davis, Miss Heron, Mrs. Hogg, and Mr. Geo. Hounslow take the prizes in Classes 6 and 7.

Quite the most charming animals in the show are Mrs. Cuniffe-Lee’s examples of the Siamese cats, of which there are several, all prize- takers. The colour is mouse, lighter or darker, with points of very dark brown - muzzle, ears, legs, and tail. No more graceful effect of colour could be found, and the creatures are evidently as amiable and confiding as they are pretty. Mr. J. Hill's first prize winner in Class 12 is an amusing beast. The obvious cares of maternity fail to repress an exuberant activity, which leads it to perform gymnastic feats up aloft, whilst the deserted kitten mews disconsolately down below. One of the most renowned cats in existence is "Champ ion Minnie,” belonging to Mr. W. C. O. Ellis, who, at the age of two years and six months, has taken first and special prizes around the country, and here again achieves the highest honour and the silver medal besides. Distinguished though it be, one must declare that to the unscientific eye there are few cats so uninteresting in the show. There must needs be a good deal of promiscuous distribution of prizes when three hundred and fifty-six animals are brought together, all of whom probably have been pronounced worthy to compete by judges more or less skilful.

In Class 21 Mrs. Cunliffe-Lee again offers examples of the Siamese breed, more beautiful even than the former; the "American Blue Cat" of Mrs. Hancock also, which takes second prize, is a pretty creature. The Persians, of course, are a centre of attraction, and more puzzling to judge, one would think, than any other. Their points are now so well established that the thoroughbred classes present an array of beauty which can only find proper expression in the "Ohs”' and "You darlings" and vehement exclamations of immature but charming woman hood. The five snowy kittens presented by Dr. Geo. Howe, M.D., in company with a jet black parent, excite, perhaps, more longing enthusiasm than others, but in a general way people want to devour them all, without serious discrimination. These beauties are not less amiable than attractive - in no way puffed up by the consciousness of a long pedigree or distinctions, won and inherited, which fill half a dozen lines of print. Dr. Churchward’s “Midget” is traced back for several generations; he himself receives the first prize and a silver medal ; his value is publicly announced at £1000 But you will rarely find a cat of more pleasing manners : he does not presume, but any advances are received with enthusiasm, and instantly returned.

Miss Beasley wins the first prize for Persian kitten under six months with “Bluebeard and Bluette,” two little beings of a most delightful quaintness. Their colour is ghostlike, a uniform grey, somewhat uncanny, but the nervous quickness of their eyes, the intense life and fun of their demeanour, give them a peculiar fascination. In the class for weight, Mrs. Loveluck's "Sir Thomas" comes in the winner at 21lb, beating Miss Louisa Hammond's "Bob" by sheer obesity. "Sir Thomas " and Mr. J. H. Fisher's "Timothy," 17ib, which ranks third, are fine cats, but for size "Bob " would give them several inches all round, and for beauty points innumerable. Of the latter we are told briefly that he has won eighteen first prizes. It may be declared with confidence that the records of feline monstrosity tell of few heroes to compare with him. If Miss Hammond had chosen to class her ‘he' as a new species, only experts could have contradicted her with authority.

THE CAT SHOW. Yorkshire Post and Leeds Intelligencer, 23rd October 1884
The Cat Show which opened at the Crystal Palace on Tuesday attracted a large number of visitors and an exhibition of this kind is now firmly established as an annual event. Some of the animals on view yesterday were valued by their owners at £10,000 – a pretty stiff protective price for a cat.

THE CAT SHOW AT THE CRYSTAL PALACE. Dundee Advertiser, 23rd October 1884
The London correspondent of the Manchester Guardian writes:- The cat “show” which most Londoners would delight in would certainly be a mountainous pile of dead bodies. For the minority who have gentler sentiments a very excellent exhibition of living cats was provided on Tuesday afternoon at the Crystal Palace. Only to the non-expert in cat “points” the question would keep suggesting itself whether those “points” have been happily chosen. Almost without exception the prize-winners – especially among the toms – seemed mean in head, threadbare in tail, and generally wanting in resemblance to Blake’s “tiger burning bright through the forest of the night.” Is the cat already degenerating under civilisation? Surely to be an ideal cat it ought to have a grand muscularity of physique, a certainly clutchiness of demeanour, and an appearance of being mala fide to rabbits and poultry, and also of being at least able to “swear” at a fox terrier. Now in such characteristics prize-winning cats are almost entirely wanting. The feeblest of pug dogs would put a whole army of them to flight.

The classes exhibited consisted of tortoiseshell, brown tabby, or brown tabby and white, blue tabby without white, red tabby without white, spotted tabby, black and white, black, white, and other varieties. The long-haired cats were white, black, tabby, and other varieties. Two of those rare animals, the tortoiseshell tom, were shown, but it was only be extreme courtesy that they could be so described. They might be technically tortoiseshell, but their colours were so blurred and faded that nobody would have guessed their denomination at first sight. Mr. Highton’s Tibby, a tortoiseshell and white she-cat, would perhaps have been the prettiest creature in the show were it not for a disfiguring black mark over the eye and nose. This cat has won the first prize for the third year in succession. But on the whole two tortoiseshell and white kittens, named Calais and Douvres, seemed to the uninstructed eye the loveliest animals shown, one being really perfect in its markings and the brilliancy of its colours. A black Persian with five absolutely white kittens was also a very charming sight. It may be mentioned that most of the exhibitors come from the immediate neighbourhood of the Palace. Evidently cat culture is not a widely spread hobby.

CAT SHOW AT THE CRYSTAL PALACE. County Express; Brierley Hill, Stourbridge, Kidderminster, and Dudley News - Saturday 25 October 1884
That sixteen years have gone by [note: only 13 years – the first 3 years had 2 shows per year] since the first cat show was held at the Crystal Palace is a proof of vitality In the project originally formulated by Mr. Harrison Weir, whose love of animals must have assisted his acquirement of a paramount skill in their delineation. The difficulty of maintaining any distinct breed of cats in its olden Integrity must be obvious, and it is probable that the only examples, of pure race have been imported from countries to which no alien feline species was ever brought. A case in point is the peculiar race of tailless cats maintained in the Isle of Man. The Crimean peninsula, almost as secluded and remote from busy communities and centres of foreign intercourse as any of our Channel Islands, rejoices in a tribe of cats similar to the Manx variety. So, too, the Persian and other species of long-haired or otherwise distinctive cats are pure bred in proportion to the remoteness of the countries whence they are obtained. Lands shut out by mountains from the less barbarous countries adjacent to them are frequently more dissimilar in customs and in speech than nations separated by wide seas, and are more truly “islands” in consequence, even though no waters divide and surround them. It may easily be supposed that English-bred cats of an Oriental origin betray, after a few generations, signs of a cross; and, without impugning the true blood of some among the long-haired specimens in the present display, it must be owned that the division as a whole is far from strong. One the most remarkable animals, said to be a pure Persian, and, showing all the signs of that race except colour, is of deep, rather rich dun, free from dapple, like a Siamese. Such cats, with weird blue eyes like the animal in question, are tolerably common in Afghanistan. This example, exhibited by Mrs. Mayhew takes the first prize in one of the long-haired classes, and was near getting the medal, which was adjudged, not without hesitation, to a long haired white half red Persian, shown by Mrs. Austin Cooke. A very interesting and excellently supported department of the show is that which consists of cats belonging to working men. This is a truly notable collection, in which one class is of such extraordinary merit that only two out of its seventeen specimens go without high commendation, while it has been positively necessary to create two extra third prizes, still leaving many as seven competitors , “very highly commended.”

THE CAT SHOW AT THE CRYSTAL PALACE. Morning Post, 25th October 1884
To The Editor of the Morning Post. Sir - I see by the report of the cat show at the Crystal Palace, published in your issue of the 22d, that “there has never yet been known a red tabby female." I can mention three, one of them being my own, and another a grand- daughter of hers, though to whom now belonging I do not know. Mine has been exhibited as follows :- Aquarium, Westminster, June 28, 1877 ; Cirencester, November 7, 1877; Wellingborough, February 2, 1878, highly commended ; Barnstaple, June 26 and 27, 1878; Gloucester, December 11 and 12, 1878, third prize ; Swindon, December 31, 1878, and January 1, 1879, highly commended ; Dorchester, January 15 and 16, 1870, commended ; Boston, July 2 and 3, 1879; Margate, February 23 and 21, 1881, book ; Crystal Palace, October 16 and 17, 1883. She is a large cat with a magnificent brush, but not thoroughly long-haired, or she would have attracted a good deal more notice. I do not know of any red tabby female which is pure thoroughbred Persian, unless her granddaughter referred to was, of which I am uncertain. She is the mother of a numerous progeny, which sell well. Some are magnificent; but of all her children, although many are red tabby, not one has ever been a female, at least while I have had her.- Your obedient servant, W. K. W. C. CHAFY. Rous Lench, Evesham, Oct. 23.

NATIONAL CAT SHOW AT THE CRYSTAL PALACE. South London Press, 25th October 1884
The 16th annual National Cat Show held at the Crystal Palace on Tuesday and Wednesday, and it proved to be the largest exhibition of our household pets ever held, there being 356 entries, divided into 50 classes. The animals were exhibited in wire cages, placed on tables in the centre transept in front of the great stage. In addition to the money prizes, the Palace Company gave nine silver medals, which will no doubt be highly appreciated by the winners. The pure tortoiseshell tom-cat is now almost an extinct animal, and the show does not contain one – in fact, we were told that only one has appeared during the 16 years the show has been held. [note: actually 13, there being 2 shows per year in the first 3 years]

The various classes were well represented, the tabby cats being exceptionally fine. In the class for weight only, the first prize was taken for a tom-cat 10 years old, weighing 21 lb. In the show there were several cats which had either six or seven toes. The show was well patronised, especially by ladies, there being quite a crowd collected awaiting the opening, which took place about a quarter-past 1 on Tuesday, after the judges had performed their task. The judges were Mr George Billett and Mr. Jenner Weir, the first-named gentleman taking the place of Mr. Harrison Weir, F.R.H.S who was unable to present owing to his recent accident. The success of the shows during the past few years is mainly owing to the exertions of Mr. Venables, of the managerial department of the Crystal Palace, who takes a great interest in arranging the details of the various shows, and whose experience in these matters tends so much to ensure success. The following is complete list of South London Prize Winners:
Mrs. Baehr, 15, Westow Hill, Upper Norwood, third prize for Manx, Jaco.
Miss Baker, 69 Westow-street, Upper Norwood, very highly commended for short-haired tabby, Tom.
Mrs. Baldwin, 4, Penge-square, Penge-lane, first prize and silver medal for short-haired cat, Nip.
Mr. E. Barber, Queens Arms, Westow Hill, Upper Norwood, first prize for black she-cat, Blackie.
Mrs. Bates, 9, Victoria Cottages, Woodland-road, Upper Norwood, highly commended for Kittie.
Mrs. Biuckes, Hillside, Overhill-road, Forest Hill, third prize for black she-cat, Chloe; and very highly commended for kittens, Toddie and Budge.
Mr. J. Bontall, Melrose Cottage, Wirtemberg-street, Clapham, very highly commended tor Dick.
Miss P. Bowling, Carlisle House, Central Hill, Upper Norwood, third prize for short-haired eat, Jumbo.
Mr. R. J. Bradford, 134, Gipsy Hill, Upper Norwood, first prize for spotted tabby, Dick.
Mrs. Brooks, 117, Kennington-road, very highly commended for short-haired cat, Jack.
Miss Bryant. 3, Truscott Terrace, New Town, Upper Norwood, first for two kittens.
Mr. G. Bryant, Crystal Palace, first for Manx cat, Minnie.
Mrs. J. Burton, Alexandra Tavern, Kirkdale, Sydenham, second prize for silver tabby. Puss.
Mrs. Cannon, 76, Beckenham-road, Penge, third prize for tabby cat, Buff.
Miss Cassinello, Elston Lodge, Forest Hill, second prize for Manx, Minny Mingie.
Mrs. J. Challs, 21, Laurie Grove, New Cross, very highly commended for white cat, Snow.
Dr. Churchward, Erroll Lodge, Selhurst-road, Thornton Heath, first prize for Persian (blue), Midget.
Mr. V. Clutten, 51, Loughborough-road, second prize for Persian cat, Toby.
Mrs. W. Crampton, 54, Langton Grove, Sydenham, second prize for long-haired Persian, Fiji.
Mr. W. Crole, 73, Belvedere-road, Upper Norwood, very highly commended and highly commended for Jim (15 and a half lbs) and Tom (13 lbs); weight class.
Mrs. E. Davies, Braemar House, West Dulwich, first prize and silver medal for two kittens, Calais and Douvres; and very highly commended for two kittens, Socks and Hobnobs.
Mrs. E. Davis, 13, Barnfield-road, Gipsy Hill, second prize for spotted tabby, Peter.
Mrs. Deller, Burtwell Cottages, Hamilton-road, Lower Norwood, very highly commended for tabby cat, Joe.
Mrs. A. Dunk, 8, Montrave-road, St. John’s-road, Penge, first prize for black cat, Joe.
Mrs. W. C. Dunlop, The Lindens, Laurie Park, Sydenham, first prize for Angora cat, Bobb.
Mrs. Durman, 1. Chatham Terrace, Gipsy Hill, third prize for tabby. Beauty; and highly commended for kitten.
Mr. E. Durman, 425, Norwood road, second prize tor tabby cat, Tom.
Mr. W. Fisher, 9, Willow Terrace, Woodland-road, Upper Norwood, first prize for black and white cat, Tim.
Mr. C. Fossett, 53, Hamilton-road, Lower Norwood, highly commended for tabby cat, Tab.
Mrs. Fossett, 53, Hamilton-road, Lower Norwood, first prize for black cat, Beauty.
Miss S. Foukes, Kingwood-road, second prize for black cat, Topsy.
Mr. H. Foulkes, 27, Anerley Vale, Upper Norwood, very highly commended for tabby cat,Tom.
Mrs. Franks, 10, Rockingham-street, Newington Causeway, second prize for long-haired cat, Jack Franks.
Mrs. J. Freeman, St. Aubyn’s-road, Upper Norwood, second prize for short-haired cat, Tibby.
Mr. T. French, Gipsy Hill Dairy. Upper Norwood, very highly commended for red tabby, Tom.
Miss J. Gardiner, Yew Tree Cottage, Carnace-street, West Dulwich, first prize for silver tabby, Silver.
Mr. J. W. Gessey, 4, Central Hill, Upper Norwood, commended for silver tabby, Silver.
Mr. J. Gould, 5, Champness Terrace, Clive-road, Lower Norwood, first prize for Angora cat, Tim.
Mr. J. Green, 4 Westow-street, Upper Norwood, first prize for tabby cat, Dick.
Mrs. Green, Hamilton-road, Lower Norwood, highly commended for tabby cat, Jumbo.
Mr. W.T. Greene, Moira House, Peckham Rye, third prize for black cat, Lord Lovell.
Miss B. Gresham, 51. Kent House-road, Sydenham, third prize for Persian cat, Dolly.
Mr. W. Grist, Belvoir-street, Lordship-lane, first prize for Persian cat, Haroun; and very highly commended for tabby, Kitty.
Madame G. Gwatkin, 16, Cambridge Villas, East Down Park, Lewisham, third prize for short-haired cat, Boojum.
Miss G. Hale, Brockville, Anerley Hill, commended for Prussian cat, Puss.
Miss L. Hammond, Streatham Lodge, Lower Streatham, second prize for “Bob” (18 lbs); class for weight only.
Mrs. Harding, 10. St. Aubyn’s-road, Upper Norwood, very highly commended for tabby, Samuel Pompey. T
Miss Harding, 35, Elmina-street, Lewisham, second prize for red tabby, Tim.
Mrs. Harris, Berridge-road, Upper Norwood, first prize for tabby and white, Bob.
Mrs. Hatfield, 78, Arlingford-road, Tulse Hill, third prize for Persian, Albus.
Mrs. Hawkins, 4. College Terrace, Gipsy Hill, highly commended for two kittens, Bessie and Daisy.
Miss Heron, 4, Hillside terrace, norwood, first prize for black and white, kitty.
Mrs. Walter Hills, Bell Green, Lower Sydenham, first for black and white, Tiger.
Mrs. Hogg, Bryntion, Thurlow Park-road, West Dulwich, black and white, Rauza.
Mrs. Horton, 6, Heath-road, New Thornton Heath, third prize for Elizabeth.
Master S.R. Hunter, 6, Willow Terrace, Upper Norwood, second prize for tortoiseshell and white, Tib.
Mr. W. Hunt, Westow Hill, Upper Norwood, first prize for black cat, Smut; and very highly commended for tortoiseshell and white Minnie.
Mrs. Jackson, Mayfield, Beulah Hill, Upper Norwood, first prize for Persian, Black Sam.
Mrs. C. Johnson, 47, Colby-road, Gipsy hill, very highly commended for tabby, Toby.
Mr. A. Jones, 17, Anerley-road, Upper Norwood, very highly commended for Tommy.
Mrs. W. Ridley, 29, Westow Hill, Upper Norwood, third prize for tabby and white, Tom.
Mr. W. King, 8, Hadlow-place, Anerley, first prize for white cat, Rose.
Mrs. Lee, 1, Percey Terrace, Lordship-lane, third prize for Persian, Ruffie.
Mrs. G. Leadbetter, 82, Ridsdale-road, Anerley, very highly commended for Peter.
Mr. W. Leadbetter, 22, laurel Grove, Penge, third prize for two kittens, and highly commended for tabby, Tommy.
Miss Lelgerd, Valentia Villa, South Norwood, third prize for brown tabby.
Mrs. J. Longhurst, 43, Lausanne-road, Queen’s-road, Peckham, very highly commended for short-haired cat, Bob.
Mrs. F. Loom, Stafford Villa, West Hill, Sydenham, second prize for tabby and white, Dick.
Mrs. E.E. Mackness, High-street, Lower Norwood, second prize for short-haired cat, Nip.
Mrs. Mayhew, Holmesdale House, Holmesdale-road, South Norwood, second prize for pure Persian black cat, Jet; third prize for Persian, Shah; second for Persian, Tibby; and first prize for Persian, Charlie.
Miss F. Moore, Oakwood, Beckenham, Kent, first prize and cup for half-bred Persian, Fritz.
Mr. G. Monser, 23, Furze-road, New Thornton Heath, second prize for Jumbo.
Mr. R. Mulier, 14, Lorrimore-road, Walworth, second prize for Persian, Tittywee.
Miss Lina Newall, Farquhar Lodge, Farquhar-road, Upper Norwood, third prize for tabby, Cetewayo.
Miss Nunes, 4, Beardell-street, Upper Norwood, third prize for brown and white tabby, Frisky.
Miss Page, The General Jackson, Oakfield-road, Penge, second prize for spotted tabby, Tiger.
Mr. H. Page, 39, Woodbine Grove, Penge, highly commended for tabby and white, Bob.
Mr. J. Parkhurst, 3, Abbeville-road, Clapham Park, Balham, very highly commended for tabby, Minnie.
Miss parry, Derwent House, Crystal Palace Park-road, Sydenham, second prize for black cat, Jet.
Mrs. Payne, 1, Squire’s-yard, Westow Hill, upper Norwood, very highly commended for silver tabby, Minnie.
Mrs Percival, 3, The Limes, Moffatt-road, Thornton Heath, second prize for two kittens, Minnie and Kitty.
Mrs. W. Peskett, 90, Anerley-road, Upper Norwood, first prize for Manx cat, Dick; and very highly commended for tabby, Minnie.
Mr. F.H. Porter, 42, Springfield, Wells-road, Sydenham, extra third prizes for Tom and Tommy.
Master W. Redshaw, 138, Gipsy Hill, Upper Norwood, very highly commended for tabby, Foss.
Mrs. L. Rogers, 68, High-street, Upper Sydenham, very highly commended for tabby, Tiger.
Mr. T.F. Ross, refreshment department Crystal Palace, second prize for Jim.
Mr. H.W. Sexton, 100, Commercial-road, Peckham, second prize for short-haired cat, Gip.
Mr. G. Short, 7, Wade’s-palce, Nunhead Green, very highly commended for two kittens, Lottie and Tottie; and highly commended for Sandy.
Mrs. Smith, 3, Willow Terrace, Upper Norwood, very highly commended for tabby, Tabby.
Mrs. S.H. Smith, 609, Wandsworth-road, very highly commended for Persian, Jumbo.
Mr. W. Snazel, Kelvin Grove, Upper Sydenham, second prize for Tusey.
Mrs. F. Stanton, 3, Woodland Hill, Upper Norwood, highly commended for short-haired cat, Tim.
Mr. W.W. Strange, 40, Westow Hill, Upper Norwood, first prize for spotted tabby, Beauty.
Mr. W. Sumner, 9, Whiteley-road, Upper Norwood, second prize for Persian, Sammy.
Mr. H. Swinyard, Romney-road, lower Norwood, third prize for white cat, Tib; first for white cat, Pop; and third for white cat, Beauty.
Miss Taylor, 65, Clapham-road, very highly commended for short-haired cat, Kit.
Mr. T. Tripp, Anerley Vale, Upper Norwood, very highly commended for black cat, Tom.
Mrs. Tullett, 41, Westow Hill, Upper Norwood, second prize for brown tabby, Charlie.
Mr. H. Weightman, 16, Elmira-street, Lewisham, very highly commended for short-haired cat, Pussy.
Mrs. M.A. Wellman, 38, Oakley-street, Waterloo-road, first prize for white cat, Minnie.
Mrs. E.H. White, 190, Brockley-road, very highly commended for black and white, Prince Arthur.
Miss E.F. White, Post Office, Gipsy Hill, third prize for Dick.
Mr. W. White, 7, Gillett-road, near Thornton Heath, second prize for tabby, Micky.
Mrs. Wiggins, 8, Willow Walk, Sydenham, very highly commended for Jumbo.
Mrs. Wilkinson, 31, Versailles-road, Anerley, very highly commended for tortoiseshell and white, Princess Brownie.
Miss Wilkinson, 31, Versailles-road, Anerley, second prize for red tabby and white, Cucumber Pick.
Mr. C. Wilson, Waterman’s Arms, 125, Beckenham-road, Penge, very highly commended for Ben (14 lbs); class for weight only.
Mrs. Wood, Grosvenor Cottage, Central Hill, Upper Norwood, second prize for Persian, Tom.
Mr. E.J. Wright, 106 and 108, High-street, Clapham, third prize for white cat, Spotless; very highly commended for Persian, Hermione; and very highly commended for Persian, Spot.

CAT SHOW AT THE CRYSTAL PALACE. Cornishman, 30th October 1884
Amongst "those of any other variety "at the Crystal Palace cat show were some enormities characterised extra toes ; these monstrosities should be drowned at birth rather than perpetuated. The interesting Siamese breed, fashioned as well coloured like the pug dog, was again shown and attracted much attention.

CAT SHOW AT THE CRYSTAL PALACE. Newcastle Courant , 31st October 1884
The cat show at the Crystal Palace has been a success. There is a fashion in pets as in dress and furniture, but the cat is a standing favourite. Skyes, poodles, Maltese, collies, pugs, dachshunds, terriers, greyhounds, King Charlies, all have had their day, but the cat keeps her place on the hearthrug permanently. The most sensational cat at the show was a very fine Persian (blue), which took a silver medal. As the owner did not want to part with his pet, be fixed a deterrent price upon it-namely, £1,000, quite I sufficient to close up the eye of the most covetous being

1884 DUNDEE CAT SHOW

DUNDEE DOG SHOW. Dundee Evening Telegraph, 9th April 1884
A meeting the Committee of Management of the Dundee Dog and Cat Show was held last night - Mr Ure, the President, in the chair - when the prize-list for this year’s show was arranged, and it was agreed to include a number of new classes. It was resolved that the name should henceforth be the Dundee Dog Show, but it was agreed that the classes for cats should be continued. Several handsome- extra prizes in the shape of medals and cups were intimated, and the members of Committee are sanguine that the show this year will excel the fine exhibition which was held last autumn.

DUNDEE DOG AND CAT SHOW. Dundee Courier, 24th October 1884
A great Dog and Cat Show will be held (under very Distinguished Patronage) in the Drill Hall, Parker Square, Dundee, on the 13thg, 14th and 15th November, 1884. Entries close 14th and 15th November 1884. G.J. Bell, Esq., and J. Harriott Bell, Esq., Belmont, offer Two Prizes for Cats owned and exhibited by the Working Classes – i.e. Persons whose individual wages do not exceed 30s per week – of Dundee. James A. Stark, Secretary, 62 Commercial Street, Office Open from 1 till 2 o’clock.

THE DOG AND CAT SHOW. Dundee Courier , 12th November 1884
The Association in Dundee, whose object is to improve the breeds of dogs and cats, open their annual show tomorrow in the Drill Hall, and with the promise that visitors will be enabled to witness a variety of entries in the different classes which will excel those of any previous shows. Considering the vigour and enterprise of the association and the support rendered by many friends who sympathise with the aim of the association, the prizes are both numerous and handsome - being in the form of money, watches, silver plate [etc, mainly for dog classes.] The arrangements of the show are to be thoroughly complete, and every provision will be made for the convenience and comfort of visitors.

THE DUNDEE DOG AND CAT SHOW. Dundee Evening Telegraph , 12th November 1884
To-day arrangements are being made for the Dundee Dog and Cat Show which opens at the Drill Hall tomorrow. The exhibition this year promises to be of much interest. The entries in most of the classes are large, and there will be a good show of collies, Scotch terriers, deerhounds, and pointers. Cats will also be a fair show. [. . .] The judges are Mr Peter Eden, Salford; Mr J. B. Morison, Greenock; and Mr James Taylor, Rochdale.

THE DUNDEE DOG AND CAT SHOW. Dundee Advertiser, 13th November 1884
This annual exhibition opens today in the Drill Hall, Dundee. There are 410 dogs of the various breeds entered, besides 31 cat ; and the show is certain to prove specially attractive, as a large number well known prize animals are included in the entries.

THE DUNDEE DOG AND CAT SHOW. Dundee Evening Telegraph , 13th November 1884
The Dundee Dog Show Society's annual exhibition sporting and other dogs and cats was opened In the Drill Hall to day, under very favourable auspices. The show is fully equal to those former years, and persons well qualitied to judge declare that both in numbers and quality it is the finest exhibition which has been held in Scotland for a considerable time, while it is superior in many respects to many English shows. [. . .] The of show cats is a good average one. There are five classes, and 32 toms, tabbies, and kittens have been sent for competition. The exhibits are chiefly from Dundee and district, but several very fine specimens have been forwarded from Kirkcaldy. The judging began about eleven o’clock to-day, and has since been proceeding satisfactorily.

THE DUNDEE DOG AND CAT SHOW. Dundee Advertiser - Friday 14 November 1884
The show of cats is said to be a very good one. There are five classes, and the entries number 32. The most of the animals have been sent in from Dundee and district, but there are also a number of splendid specimens from Kirkcaldy and other towns in the neighbourhood. The tom cats were specially mentioned by Mr. Taylor, the jusdge, as being and excellent collection. Appended is the prize list:-
Toms (common) - 1, Mrs J. A. Dawson, Perth; 2, Anna Grace Plenderleath, Barnhill, Broughty Ferry; 3, James Grant, Dundee.; very highly commended Mr. J.C. Jamieson, Newport and Matthew Kay, Lochee; highly commended, Miss Douglas, Elmbank, Dundee; commended, W.S. Cameron, Elmbank, Dundee, and W. Anderson, Dudhope Street, Dundee.
Tabbies [i.e. female cats] (common)- 1,James M. Frew [might be misprint for Jane M. Frew], Kirkcaldy; 2, George Crook, Annfield Place, Dundee 3, Robert Bain, Hawkhill, Dundee.
Toms (any other variety) - 1, Mrs Frew, Kirkcaldy; 2, Mrs R.R. Lingard-Guthrie, Taybank, Dunde; 3, John Anderson, Blairgowrie; highly commended, D. Mcgregor, Dock Street, Dundee.
Tabbies [i.e. female cats] (any other variety) – 1, Miss Bessie P. Frew, Kirkcaldy; 2, Miss Jane M. Frew, Dundee; 3, D. Wallace, Gardner’s Lane, Lochee Road, Dundee; highly commended, Mrs Howe, Robertson Street, Dundee, and A.G. Duncan, Broughty Ferry.
Kittens (any variety from 2 to 4 months old) - 1 and 2, John Anderson, Blairgowrie ; 3, Miss J.M. Frew; highly commended, Charles Skene, Hare Craigs, brought Ferry, and Miss Robina Frew, Kirkcaldy.

THE CATS. Dundee Courier, 14th November 1884
This is also a strong department as regards quality. Some fine Russians and Persians are on exhibition, one of them a Crystal Palace winner. The bulk of the prizes are carried away by Mrs and the Misses Frew, Kirkcaldy, and Mr Anderson, Blairgowrie.

1884 GUERNSEY CAT SHOW

POULTRY AND CAT SHOW. The Star, Guernsey, 4th November 1884
A show of poultry will be held at the Militia Arsenal on Wednesday and Thursday, the 3rd and 4th December, when eleven extra prizes will be awarded, in addition to 82 in the ordinary classes. At the same time a novelty will be introduced in a cat show, which ought to prove attractive.

THE POULTRY AND CAT SHOW. The Star, Guernsey, 22nd November 1884
For this show, to be held at the New Market Hall early in December, the entries for poultry closed on Saturday last and are about one hundred in excess of last year, so that a very excellent show in this line may be anticipated. The entries for cats closed to-day with about fifty entries, and it is expected that this new feature will be fairly patronised. We hear that the same pens used at the Crystal Palace Cat Show will be used at our Cat Show. Each pen is furnished with a cushion. Cats will have to be sent in on Wednesday morning, December 3rd, and may be taken home the same night.

ROYAL AGRICULTURAL AND HORTI- CULTURAL SOCIETY'S POULTRY AND CAT SHOW. The Star, Guernsey, 29th November 1884
The arrangements for this Show, to be held in the new Market on Wednesday and Thursday next, are now so far advanced, that ultimate success seems assured. Mr. Billet, sen., who will be the judge of the rabbits and cats, arrived this morning from Southampton with the pens, and Mr. Entwistle, judge of the poultry, is expected on Tuesday. The details of the Show will be learnt by reference to an advertisement in another column.

THE POULTRY AND CAT SHOW. The Star Guernsey, 2nd December 1884
One of the finest shows of poultry ever exhibited in this island, judging from the arrivals early to hand, and the number of entries, will open at the New Market Hall. The entrance will be facing the Church, and the ground floor will be devoted to the ordinary classes of fowls, ducks, geese, turkeys and rabbits. In the north hall will be placed the game birds occupying about 130 pens. The south hall being occupied by the cats and pigeons, all in suitable cages. The cats which include 45 entries, are comfortably accommodated in capacious cages, with red baize cushions to rest upon, and other conveniences. The pigeons (about 60 entries) have pretty wire cages, and with the exception of a few pens belonging to the Royal Agricultural Society are the property of Mr. Billett of Southampton, who has superintended their fixing. This gentleman will also act as judge of the cats, rabbits etc. [. . .] From present appearances the show promises to be a very remarkable one considering the size of the island. It will open at noon tomorrow, and will continue open Wednesday, and Thursday evenings until 9 oclock. The cups and other prizes are now on view in the shop window of Mr. F. B. Guerin, stationer of High Street.

POULTRY AND CAT SHOW. The Star, Guernsey, 4th December 1884
This annual show, with many additional attractions, opened in the New Market Buildings yesterday, and up to the close of last evening, considering the very unfavourable weather, has been a decided success. The entries in the poultry, pigeon, and rabbit classes exceeded 400, and the cats about 50, so that some idea of the extent of the Show may be gathered from these figures. The new locale obtained by the Committee for the Show has proved an important factor in its success, the two upper Rooms, and the new Vegetable Market being fully occupied, leaving a fair amount of space for the circulation of visitors. The upper north room was occupied exclusively by game birds, about 130 entries ; the south room by the cats and pigeons, while the Market below contained the rabbits, and poultry generally, including turkeys, geese, clucks, etc., and there being plenty of ventilation, the offensive smells experienced in more confined spaces, was avoided. [. . .]

The new feature, the cat show, attracted the largest attention, the admiration of the "pretty dears " by the ladies being universal, and their cages were constantly surrounded. This as an attraction was certainly the most important feature, and is mainly due to the suggestion of the Secretary, Mr. T. de Mouilpied. It is probable this department will be further developed now, when it is seen with what equanimity and apparent pleasure the animals bore the persistent attentions of their many visitors. [. . .]

The cats, a new feature of this show, came out beyond the most sanguine expectations. In the tabby and tabby and white classes there were some wonderful specimens, and many of them were well worthy to take rank in a show of larger proportions. The class assigned to "any other colour," strange to say was composed entirely of blacks, and it would perhaps be advisable on another occasion if the Committee were to appoint a special class for blacks, seeing the excellence of those exhibited. In the long-haired variety there were eight entries, but after the prize winner, a splendid animal, nothing special to mention. Amongst the tabbies there were some extraordinary animals, one weighing near upon 18 lbs., several which were commended although very fine, were deficient in regular marking, the whole were noticeable for weight and condition, but as several of the finest were disqualified for obvious reasons it would be desirable to have a special class for them another year. The Kittens were an interesting class, the prize one was a promising specimen, and as a cat bids fair to be a prize winner at some future Show. One very pretty pair which was greatly admired had to be withdrawn later in the day, one of them having died. The tortoiseshell class was certainly the prettiest, the tortoiseshell and white colours being well defined, although the real tortoiseshell was conspicuous by its absence. A cat with two kittens met with much admiration and on the whole for a first show this was remarkably good. The many exhibitors in most of the classes gives evidence that there is no diminution of interest in this branch of the Royal Agricultural Society's work, and it was satisfactory to see the sister island so well represented, some of the principal prize winners hailing from Jersey. The result of the judging appeared to give general satisfaction. The following are the Judges awards of the prizes, the commended ones we are reluctantly obliged to omit for want of space :—
Cats. Tabby, or tabby and white, short hair (18 entries) – A. Le Marchant, St. Julian’s Avenue, Tom, 19 months, 1; Mrs. La Serre, Vauvert, Brian Baroihue, 5 years, 2.
Any other colour, short hair (four entries), John Mcmahon, 2.
Black or white, long hair (six entries) – J. Gardner, old Government House, 18 months, 1; John Tugby, Ramee, Black Tom, 3 years, 2; Miss Frecker, Hauteville, Blackie, 3 years, 2 extra.
Any other colour (eight entries) – C. Mellish, States Arcade, 5 yeaers, 1; C. Foster, pollet Street, 2 and a half years, 2; J. le page, Hubits, Persian, 3 years, 3.
Kittens, single or pairs, any variety, not to exceed 4 months (seven entries) – T. De Moulpied, Brown Tabby, rough tail, long hair, 1; Miss Mace, St. Andrew’s, two kittens, 2 months, 2; D.F. Ogier, Duveaux, Angora kitten, 10 weeks, 3.
Tortoise shell, or tortoise shell and white (four entries) – F. Fallaize, St. Sampson’s, 1; J. Pengelley, Rouge Rue, 2.

1884 OTHER REGIONAL CAT SHOWS

BAKEWELL POULTRY, CAGE BIRD, PIGEON, AND CAT SHOW. Derby Daily Telegraph, 9th January 1884
The first exhibition of the above society was opened Tuesday, in the grounds of the Grammar School, Bridge-street, Bakewell. The entries numbered 426, and in point of quality the show was above the average. The judges were Mr. E. Hutton, Pudsey, for poultry, pigeons, cats, and rabbits; and Mr. Bemrose, Derby, for canaries and all cage birds. The day was damp and unfavourable, but the attendance of visitors was very good. The Bakewell Brass Band were in attendance and played selections of music. The following is a list the prize winners :— Cats (male or female), 1 E. Archer; 2, A. Lomas; 3 J. E. Handley. Any other variety, 1 James W Tooley; 2 Wilfred G. Taylor; 3, J. Roberts, Jun.

ANNUAL BIRD AND POULTRY SHOW. Cheltenham Looker-On, 12th January 1884
A Cat Show was included in the programme, but not more than ten or a dozen of the feline tribe were candidates for the prizes offered for competition.

ASPATRIA. THE POULTRY SHOW. Carlisle Express and Examiner, 12th January 1884
The entries for the coming Poultry, Pigeon, and Cat Show have now closed, and are numerically about up to the usual standard.

YEOVIL AND COUNTY POULTRY, PIGEON, AND CAT SHOW. Taunton Courier, and Western Advertiser, 30th January 1884
The Yeovil Poultry Show opened on Wednesday. The weather was very boisterous and wet, and this kept many people from visiting the town who otherwise have done so. The whole of the Town-hall buildings were occupied with the exhibits, the total number being 1,947 a few less than the total of last year. Several "post entries," however, were made, so that the total number was nearly equal to that reached in 1883. [. . .] The judges were - Foreign Birds, Rabbits, and Cats—Mr G. Billett.

CHESTERFIELD POULTRY, CAGE BIRD AND CAT SHOW. Derbyshire Times and Chesterfield Herald, 9th February 1884
On many occasion in these columns the advantage of attention being paid by agriculturists and others to the increased and improved breeding of poultry has been pointed out, and it is pleasure therefore to have to chronicle the undoubted success of the first independent poultry show held in Chesterfield. The idea of forming society for organising such show had been often mentioned (but in an indifferent way) by persons connected with the local agricultural interests, but it was left for a few gentlemen of the town to give the project “a name and shape." [. . .] The show was made more attractive by offering prizes for pigeons, rabbits, and cats also. The Assembly room and the adjoining rooms were engaged and the first exhibition was held there on Saturday and Monday. The space at command was hardly sufficient for the large number of exhibits sent, but the committee made the best arrangements they could under this difficulty In all 718 entries were catalogued, between four and five hundred being the poultry classes. [Prize list] Cats (any age), any variety, male or female. – 1, Murphy; 2, Hobson; 3, Graves; 4, Hill; highly commended, Martin, Stringfellow, Wildgoose, Rooth, Hodson, graves, Ewing; commended, Dorrington.

POULTRY AND BIRD SHOW AT CHESTERFIELD. Derbyshire Courier, 9th February 1884
On Saturday and Monday last a most successful poultry, pigeon,. canary, cage bird, rabbit, and cat show was held in the Market Hall, Chesterfield. The proposal to hold such an exhibition was only taken up a short time ago, and although very energetic committee was appointed it was not anticipated that their efforts would be attended with such a satisfactory result. The entries numbered 726, which were made up as follows:—Poultry, 435; pigeons, 136; cage birds, 111; rabbits and cats, 44. This large number more than filled the Assembly Room, and the Magistrates Room and the upper room of the Corn Exchange had to be utilised in addition. The cage birds and rabbits were also of exceptionally good quality. The judges were :- Poultry, pigeons, and cats, Mr. James Dixon, Bradford. [Prize List] Cats – Any variety, male or female: 1, M.G. Murphy; 3, C. Graves, Alma-street, Brampton; 4, J.E. Toplis, Salter Gate, Chesterfield.

THE CHURCH OF ST. PAUL. BAZAAR AT ST. LEONARDS. DOLL SHOW AND CAT EXHIBITION, Hastings and St Leonards Observer , 23rd February 1884
On Tuesday and Wednesday last, a bazaar, with a doll show and cat exhibition, was held the Royal Concert Hall, at St. Leonards, in aid of the Church and various benevolent institutions and social organisations of St. Paul's parish. [Description of charity stalls] There was, moreover, a collection of inanimate objects under the name of a Doll Show, and nearly opposite was a congregation of decidedly animate objects, whom soma people called cats - [here an appalling series of yells came from the direction of the spot where these animals were situated] – which [the vicar] thought none should miss seeing. [. . .] The cat show was a decided novelty to introduce into a bazaar, and nearly a hundred of these furry pets had been gathered together. The breeds were chiefly Welsh, English, Persian, and Siamese. A few rabbits were also exhibited with the cats.

CAT SHOW. Greenock Advertiser, 8th March 1884
Mr Smith has engaged splendid concert company for to-night - their last night in Greenock this season. The chief feature is a cat show, a gold watch is to be given away for the finest cat. This is sure to be very amusing and interesting, there are already about one dozen entries.

LIVERPOOL DOG, POULTRY, PIGEON, RABBIT, AND CAT SHOW. Liverpool Mercury, 24th January 1884
The Liverpool Dog, Poultry, Pigeon, Rabbit, and Cat Show will be held in the North Haymarket, Great Homer-street, Liverpool on Wednesday and Thursday next, the 30th and 31st Inst. Over 2700 entries. First Day – Ten a.m. to Three p.m., 2s 6d; Three p.m. to Seven p.m., 1s; Seven p.m. to Ten p.m., 6d. Second Day – Ten a.m. to Three p.m., 1s; Three p.m. to Seven-Thirty, 6d.

HORTICULTURAL, POULTRY, DOG, AND CAT SHOW. Oxford Journal, 17th May 1884
SUMMERTOWN. On Tuesday evening last a large assembly of parishioners met in the Village School-room for the purpose of considering the question of holding a Horticultural, Poultry, Dog, and Cat Show at Summertown this year. The Vicar presided, and after a few introductory remarks, called upon Mr. Gelling to read a few statistics which he had prepared for the information of the meeting. For the purpose of feeling the pecuniary pulse of the parishioners [. . .] the meeting terminated, all evidently wishing the affair to turn out successfully.

EIGHTH ANNUAL DOG AND CAT SHOW. Boston Guardian, 19th April 1884
Alford Statute, Thursday May 15th 1884 – the Eighth Annual Dog and Cat Show will be held on the above day in the grounds of J. and F. Higgins, Esqs., kindly lent for the occasion. There will be a Gala in connection with the above. A military band will be in attendance. For Schedules etc., apply to F. Bond, Hon. Sec. For further particulars see large Bills [posters].

ALFORD DOG AND CAT SHOW. Boston Guardian, 26th April 1884
We desire to call the attention of our readers to the Alford Dog and Cat Show which is to be held on the statute day, May 15th. The committee have arranged eleven classes for dogs [. . .] they have also provided three classes for cats, with special prizes for the best cat in the show. The services of Messrs. T. Kirby and T. Woodward have been secured as judges. The show will take place in a field kindly lent by J. and F. Higgins, Esqs.

ALFORD DOG AND CAT SHOW. Lincolnshire Chronicle, 23rd May 1884
Alford Dog and Cat Show was held in the grounds of J. and F. Higgins Esqs. (which were kindly lent), on Thursday, the 15th inst., when, although repeating the weather of last year, rain fell smartly during a portion of the day, the efforts of the Committee were very successful getting together a lot of exceedingly good dogs. The judges were Mr. T. Kirby of Heckmondwike and Mr. T. Woodward, of Nottingham. [. . .] The following were prize takers :- Cats:
English cats, male or female, 1, Abbott and Harwood, 11, Foss-street, Lincoln, "Dick;" 3, G. Shipley, white English cat.
Foreign cats, male or female, 1, R. Hodgson, High Ackworth, near Ponterfract, male Persian cat.
Foreign and English cats, within 12 miles of Alford, 2, A. Hildred, Market-place, Alford ; 3, S. C. Timmins, Alford ; highly commended, Walter Hall, Hagworthingham, and C. Smyth, Alford.

HORTICULTURAL, DOG AND CAT SHOW, POULTRY AND PIGEON SHOW. Western Morning News , 1st May 1884
Meeting at Bodmin on Wednesday and Thursday 18th and 19th June, 1884. The Local Committee have decided to offer £300 in money and 10 silver cups for prizes in the Horticulture, Dog and Cat, poultry and Pigeon Show, also Dairy Produce. Full particulars and prize lists can be obtained of P.J. Wallis, Esq., Bodmin, for Horticulture; major Ballard, Berryfield, Bodmin, for Dog and Cat Show; Mr. W.L. Garland, Fore-street, Bodmin, for Poultry Show; and Colonel Gilbert, The Priory, Bodmin, for Dairy Produce. – Henry D. Foster, Secretary Local Committee. Bodmin, 1st may, 1884.

THE BODMIN SHOW. Western Morning News, 18th June 1884
The show ground at Bodmin presented a busy scene yesterday [. . .] The local shows promise to be large and interesting. They consist of a horticultural exhibition and dog, poultry, pigeon, and cat show.

CINDERFORD DOG, POULTRY, PUG, RABBIT AND CAT SHOW. Gloucester Citizen , 1st July 1884
The Cinderford Dog, Poultry, Pug, Rabbit and Cat Show will extend the time of entries until Saturday next. The first 29 classes for dogs will be reduced 2s 6d.

CINDERFORD DOG AND POULTRY SHOW. South Wales Daily News , 10th 10 July 1884
The second dog, poultry, rabbit, and cat show was held at Wednesday, in a spacious tent opposite the Fleece Hotel. The weather was unfavourable in the morning, but there was a fair attendance. The following is the prize list:- CATS —2, E. Teague, Cinderford; 4, J. D. Broad, Cinderford.

SWINDON DOG AND CAT SHOW. Swindon Advertiser and North Wilts Chronicle, 26th July 1884
There was a show of dogs and cats at the Corn Exchange, Swindon, on Wednesday and Thursday last, under the Kennel Club Rules. The hall had been prepared for the show at considerable expense, and there were a large number of entries, upwards of 300, we believe, exhibitors sending them from all parts of the country. Very little public interest appeared to be taken in the show and the receipts at the doors were therefor low. Judges – Cats – Mr T. Latter. Prize List:- CATS –
Class 36, Long Haired – 1st, Mr. Scriven, Swindon; 3rd, Mr. W. Hill, New Swindon; h.c. Mr. K. Smith, Swindon and Mrs. S Edmonds, Groundwell, Highworth. 2nd prize withheld.
Class 37, Short Haired – 1st Mr. J. Cowley, The Square, Swindon; 2nd, Miss L.C. Brown, Thurlow Cottage, Swindon; 3rd,Mr. Spiller, Wood-street, Swindon; v.h.c, Mr. E. Pawler; h.c., Mrs Lucy, Wood-street, Swindon, Miss Lillian Stock, Brunswick-terrace, Swindon, and Mr. Skinner, Regent-street, new Swindon; c. Mr. Ross, Wood-street, Swindon; Mr. Prowse, Swindon, and Mrs Boniface, the Castle Inn, Swindon.

BEIGHTON RURAL COMPETITION. Sheffield Independent , 9th August 1884
Beighton Rural Competition, Feast Monday, August 11th, 1884. Flower Show, Sports and Competition, Cat Show, Baby Show and Musical Contest. Brass band. Refreshments on Ground. Hon. Secs. E.G. Johnson and J.G. Bicknell.

RABBIT, CAGE BIRD, PIGEON, AND CAT SHOW. Banbury Advertiser, 28th August 1884
The annual exhibition of the Banbury Ornithological and Rabbit Society was held in the show grounds, and proved great attraction. The entries numbered over 250, and the exhibits comprised many first-rate specimens. The judge was Mr. G. Billett, of Southampton, who also provided the pens. The list of awards was as follows:- CATS.
Class 27. Foreign Cats – 1, Mr. J. Hill, 3, Mrs. Beesley, Calthorpe Road, Banbury; h.c. Mr. W. Rogers, Banbury, Mr. W. Watts, Banbury.
Class 28. English cats – 1, Mrs. J. Woodford, 2, Mr. J.W. Prescott; h.c. Miss Jones, Banbury, and Mr. W. Cooper.

COLDASH COTTAGE GARDEN EXHIBITION. Berkshire Chronicle, 13th September 1884
A lovely day, a good show, variety of amusements, and a numerous company combined to make last Wednesday’s exhibition one of the most successful the society have ever held. Thanks to the hon. secretary and organiser, the Rev. J. M. Bacon, the event gains annually in attraction. The society is quite conservative in character and does not travel beyond its own rural lines. [. . .] In another part of the ground was a tent devoted to the cat show. This, too, is limited to parishioners. The boxes were filled with animals and they did not seem to mind their temporary confinement. This tent was the centre of much attraction. May we suggest that if this class was not so restricted a capital competition and good exhibition might be got up another year on a much larger scale.

OXFORD ORNITHOLOGICAL AND RABBIT SOCIETY. Oxford Journal, 22nd November 1884
The ninth exhibition of bantams, fancy ducks, rabbits, canaries, mules [hybrid canaries], British and foreign birds, and cats, in connection with this Society, will be held in the Corn Exchange on the 10th and 11th of December, entries for which close on the 29th inst. The show promises to be an exceedingly good one, several prize-winners at the Crystal Palace Cat Show being already entered.

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ALBERT PALACE, BATTERSEA, S.W. FIRST ANNUAL CAT SHOW. Lloyd's Weekly Newspaper, 6th, September 1885
Albert Palace, Battersea, S.W. First Annual Cat Show, September 22nd, 23rd, 24th and 25th. Entries close on Wednesday, September 9th. Special prizes for Working Men. Schedule of Prizes and Certificates of Entry will be forwarded on application to the Manager of the Show. J.S. Cooke.

CAT SHOW AT THE ALBERT PALACE. London Daily News, 18th September 1885
The Albert Palace first annual cat show will open on Tuesday next, and will continue for four days. The entries of are numerous (over 250), and include prize winners from all parts of the country. Mr. George Billet, the well-known naturalist, will act as judge. No extra charge is made for the show, the ordinary price of admission to the palace including everything.

CAT SHOW South London Press, 19th September 1885
Next Tuesday the Cat Show commences, and a glance the schedule shows that the entries are numerous and the prizes valuable; there is little doubt but that the show will prove a success.

CAT SHOW AT THE ALBERT PALACE. St James's Gazette, 23rd September 1885
The first annual cat show the Albert Palace, Battersea, was opened to the public yesterday, and was visited by a large number of persons, among whom ladies and children predominated. The entries were numerous, nearly the whole of the forty-three classes being well represented. Almost every variety of domestic cat is on exhibition, and the animals are in every case creditable specimens of their respective breeds. The show will remain open to day and the two following days.

CAT SHOW. Freeman's Journal, 23rd September 1885
The annual Cat Show at the Crystal Palace, which is fixed, for a month hence, has been anticipated this year by the directors of the new Albert Palace at Battersea, and with very tolerable success. At yesterday's show there were 252 exhibits, which the judges had divided for some occult reason into 43 classes. The first prize and a silver medal were awarded to Messrs F.G. Millar for a pure Siamese cat - an exceedingly rare species, and as beautiful as rare. In another pen might be seen a large English cat and three kittens – not a hair amongst the whole family that is not purest white. This excessive whiteness is not accompanied by the pink eyes and general resemblance to an Albino which distinguishes white rabbits. There are besides Persian cats, Russian cats; Turkish cats, Egyptian cats, and cats of various other species and races, and very pretty they looked in their finery and well-kept cages. But the most curious specimen of the feline race shown was exhibited by a working man, its distinctive feature being that it has thumbs and six toes on the hind feet.

A CAT SHOW. Globe, 23rd September 1885
With respect the cat show which is taking place at the Albert Palace, the Daily Chronicle remarks :- “The lamented elephant Jumbo, whose recent loss has been borne so heroically his devoted admirers, has suggested the name, apparently, which has been given to a prize cat who is always, according to his owner, kept chained up. He cannot be considered the most fortunate of his race, for, assuming him to have the instincts of his kind, he must miss those happy hunting grounds where the less appreciated members of his tribe roam in freedom. Some two hundred and fifty ‘exhibits’ compose the collection on view. Considering the enormous number of cats which must exist in London alone, the figures mentioned are really creditable to the modest estimation in which innumerable persons hold their domestic of this kind. It might have been expected, taking into account the vast fields cull from, that all the pens the Albert Palace could contain would not have sufficed for the number of ‘pretty creatures’ sent.”

CAT SHOW AT THE ALBERT PALACE. Morning Post, 23rd September 1885
Following the example of their longer-established competitors for public favour, the directors of the Albert Palace at Battersea-park yesterday opened an exhibition of cats, which is to remain open for four days. It would be absurd to expect that such a show, organised for the first time, should excel or even rival those at the Crystal Palace, forming part of a series which can boast of 17 years' uninterrupted success; but, nevertheless, its organisers may fairly take credit for the fact that as a first show it surpasses, both with regard to the numbers and to the quality of the exhibits any that has yet been undertaken. There are in all 252 entries, comprising some 300 cats; and for the purposes of judging they are divided into no fewer than 43 classes. In addition to the money prizes offered for each class, nine special silver medals were awarded; and these sufficed to bring into the competition many animals which had previously won honourable distinction elsewhere.

To the untrained eye one cat show differs but little from another in the general aspect, and it is only by the few special features which it comprises that it is remembered. The present show lacks that unique attraction which one at least of its predecessors elsewhere has presented - a real "tortoise-shell Tom." The only entry of this description was the winner of the first prize at the Crystal Palace last year; but for some reason or other Tom was not in his allotted place yesterday. His absence was, however, more than atoned for by the presence in Class 8 of a pure Siamese of great beauty, the property of Miss F. G. Millar, which secured for its owner a first prize and also a silver medal. Its body is of fawn colour with very dark markings on the ears, face, and paws; while the eyes are a blueish grey. A silver medal was awarded in the classes for she-cats to Mr. W. C. O. Ellis for his silver grey tabby, the winner of several first prizes at other shows. The special silver medal for the two best kittens, miscellaneous, was carried off by Miss H. King with a couple of silver-grey tabbies; while the Rev. W. K. Chafy-Chafy secured a similar distinction in his class with a Chinchilla Persian of rare beauty.

The other silver medals were awarded to Mr. E. J. Wright for a pure white long-haired she-cat; Miss F. Moore, for the two best long-haired kittens; Mr. H, Page, for the best short-haired cat, miscellaneous; Miss Browne, for a long-haired tabby; and to Mr. James Fox, in the class for cats exhibited by working men. The winner in this last class is one of the curiosities of the show, having thumbs and six toes on the hind feet. A tabby and white cat, entered by Mr. C. Mills, not for competition, has six monkey-shaped feet, while a pretty tortoiseshell kitten, five months old, is exhibited which has only two legs, the forelegs being represented by the merest rudiments, with claws attached. The heaviest cat in the show is Mr. Chandler's red tabby, weighing 21lb., but it failed to obtain the prize for weight, through having been wrongly entered. Taken as a whole, the show is a very interesting one, and judging from the number of visitors yesterday, it is likely to prove thoroughly successful.

1885 CAT SHOW AT THE ALBERT PALACE The Illustrated Sporting and Dramatic News, October 3, 1885

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CAT SHOW AT THE ALBERT PALACE. London Daily News, 23rd September 1885
The first of a series of cat shows, which will be held annually at the Albert Palace, Battersea Park, was opened yesterday, and, so far as could be judged from appearances, proved a complete success. About 300 cats are now on show, and will remain so until Friday, their caging occupying upwards of 500 feet in the North Gallery. The animals exhibited comprise amongst their number specimens which have taken part in almost every show within recent years throughout the country, and to lovers of their species from a most interesting and instructive exhibition. There are 42 classes, which are divided into nine groups, the members in each group being entitled to compete for a silver medal. At the same time each class in which there are a sufficient number of animals exhibited has form one to three ordinary prizes. In the long row of cages, each provided with its comfortable bed and food pan, are to be seen all sorts and conditions of cats – Manx cats without tails; Persian cats, which are apparently all hair; and, in fact, every class of cat which it is possible to domesticate. Among the curiosities of the exhibition is Miss F.G. Millar’s pure Siamese cat, solid of body and heavy of jaw, and reputed to possess no small share of natural ferocity; and J. M Pickering's Russian cat, whose colour is correctly enough described as mauve. Besides these there are to be seen a pair of kittens born and bred at the Zoological Gardens, who are a cross between the domestic and wild cat. Other oddities of nature have also been admitted to places in the show, including cat with no fore-legs and whose mode of progression is something like that of the kangaroo, and a two months' kitten, who possesses what the catalogue describes as "six monkey-shaped feet.” The whole of the management is undertaken by Mr. J.S. Cooke. The following is a list of the winners of silver medals: Miss F.G. Millar, Mr. W. Ellis, Miss H. king, the Rev. W.K. Chafy-Chafy, Mr. E.J. Wright, Miss F. Moore, Mr. H. Page, Miss E.J. Browne, and Mr. James Fox.

CAT SHOW. Irish Times, 24th September, 1885
[Although this article refers to the Crystal Palace in Sydenham, the cat show in September was held at the Albert Palace in Battersea.]
Some of us, I think, are more interested in the Cat Show at the Crystal Palace than in the issue of the revolt against the victim of adversity who used to be known as the malignant and turbaned Turk. Three hundred tabbies and two hundred toms make between them an attraction which seems to have drawn all the old maids in the metropolis to Paxton’s Palace of Glass. More remarkable by far than the petted and pampered beauties, purring on their satin cushions in their gilded cages was the sight seen this evening by visitors to Sydenham. Three-quarters of the concourse were spinsters of a more or less certain age. They wore the “pale unmarried look” of their kind. The love passages between these fair exhibitors, and their pets, were often pathetic, and indeed the Cat Show may be noted as an altogether special example of taste perverted out of its natural channel. The prize cats were as pretty animals of their species as we have seen here in England since the time of Richard Whittington.

CAT SHOW AT THE ALBERT PALACE. South London Press, 26th September 1885
The first of a series of annual cat shows was opened at the Albert Palace Tuesday, and judging from the large number of visitors which has patronized it during the week, interest in cats must as general as it is ancient. Considering, however, how universal pet pussy is, the number of entries is certainly small. Between 200 and 300 exhibits, however, are placed in pens along the North Gallery, some of which must, through experience at other shows, have grown quite accustomed to this kind of thing, it is to be hoped the open-mouthed admiration of the crowd compensates our less feline fellow creatures, as someone designates them, for the pains and restrictions of their present captivity.

Miss Millar’s pure Siamese, two and a-half years of age, is the finest cat shown, and though it has not long left its native shores, has earned character for strength and ferocity certainly out of keeping with any prospect of becoming a domestic poe; hut it has gained the silver medal in the short-haired he-cat class, and for beauty could scarcely, we think, be surpassed. A chinchilla Persian cat, the property of the Rev. W. Chafy-Chafy, obtained the silver medal for the best he-cat of three classes colour, and certainly a beautiful specimen. A beautiful white cat, which was also the successful prize-winner at the Crystal Palace in 1883, won the silver medal for her master, Mr. E. Wright, the finest specimen of she-cat, either pure white, entirely black, tabby, tabby and white, Mr. Ellis’s “Champion Minnie,” a blue tabby, most interesting as the winner of two prizes at Portsmouth and another at the Crystal Palace, is again successful here, carries off the silver medal for short-haired she-cats.

A pair of very charming kittens, the property of Miss H. King, possessed of a pedigree, win the silver medal for two host-marked kittens of any colour, short-haired, under six months old. Two other pretty wee cats, Bogie and Daisy, belonging to Miss F. Moore, take the silver medal for long-haired kittens under six months old. Mr. E. J. Browne’s Punch,” with pedigree also, was successful in obtaining the silver medal for the best cat in three long-haired classes; and Mr. H. Page’s Bob, who, successful kitten at the Crystal Palace, now a full-grown cat five years, carries off the silver medal for the best cat in five classes, assigned to short-haired gelded cats.

These are the prize-winners; but no less interesting are some of the less fortunate exhibits. Among these are one or two specimens of so-called freaks of nature. An actual mouse-coloured cat, a two-legged pussy which hops about like kangaroo, one with “six monkey-shaped feet,” a stuffed little creature, said to have lived a few days, with two noses, two mouths, and one head. Another possessing chameleon characteristics, showing under its present black coat the brown tabby it rejoiced in to the age of five mouths. Mr. Mowser’s Jumbo,” obliged be to chained up by its owner, and a couple of kittens born of a domestic cat and the celebrated wild cat of the Zoological Gardens, are interesting as illustrations of the result of strange pairing. Mr. James Fox also wins silver medal for the best cat or pair of kittens, irrespective of sex, and his exhibit possess thumbs and six toes on their hind feet.
Mr. J. S. Cooke, from the Alexander Palaca, organized the management of this most successful show, abd Mr. George Billett was the officiating judge.

CAT SHOW AT THE ALBERT PALACE Tamworth Herald, 26th September 1885; Wrexham Advertiser, 26th September 1885
The first annual cat-show was opened on Tuesday morning in the gallery of the Albert Palace, Batter- sea Park. For a beginning, the number of entries may be considered highly satisfactory; and the 252 pens ranged in order by Mr. J. S. Cook, manager of the show, and judged by Mr. George Billett, afford on the whole an array of specimens such as would reflect credit on any of the older displays. As the first class in the catalogue is represented by only one animal, Mr. J. Hornsby's tortoiseshell, winner of the first prize at the Crystal Palace last year, no award is made. Silver medals are taken by Miss F. G. Miller, Mr. W. C. O. Ellis, Miss H. King, the Rev. W. K. Chafy-Chafy, Mr. E. J. Wright, Miss F. Moore, Mr. H. Page, Miss E. J. Browne, and Mr. James Fox. First prizes are won by Mr. J. E. Woodford, Mrs. Pounder, Mr. W. White, Mr. F. Lovelace, Miss Cassinello, Mr. R. H. Greenwood, Mr. F. A. Dorrington, Mr. H. Shorrock, Messrs. Terry, Mr. W. W. Strange, Mrs. C. Russell, Mr. H. B. Thompson, Dr. How, Miss Hinshaw, Mr. R. Wilmshurst, Mr. H. Swinyard, Mrs. W. Cramp ton, Mr. W. Maskelyn, Mr. C. G. Gessey, Mr. G. Hawkins. Mr. F. Gill, Mrs. Ward, and Mrs. Franks.

Mr. J. C. Colam, whose name is well known in connection with movements having for their object the protection of animals, is also winner of a first prize, which he gains by another of the prominently successful cats at the Sydenham show of 1884. There is a class for working men's cats, the first prize and silver medal going to Mr. James Fox for a curious specimen, having thumbs on the fore-paws and six toes on the hind feet. There is a class for weight, in which the winning animal turns the scale at sixteen pounds. But a larger and heavier cat is found in another division, the weight in this case being no less than twenty-one pounds. A third prize is awarded to the cat in question, which, had it been entered for weight, must infallibly have stood first.

EVESHAM. A PRIZE CAT. Worcestershire Chronicle, 26th September 1885
At the cat show at the Albert Palace on Tuesday, the Rev. W. K. W. Chafy-Chafy took a special silver medal in the long-haired class for magnificent Chinchilla Persian cat of great beauty, named Vezzosa."

WALTHAMSTOW. THE CAT SHOW. - Essex Herald, 28th September 1885
At the Cat Show at the Albert Palace last Tuesday, Mr. Brown of 2 Markhouse-villas, Mark-house road, Walthamstow, was awarded a third prize for a she-cat one and half years old.

CAT SHOW. North London News, 3rd October 1885
Cat shows are popular institutions, notwithstanding the dislike to these beautiful specimens of the felidae commonly manifested by people who form and estimate of their worth from experience gained of them when engaged in making night hideous with their cries. The exhibition at the Albert Palace attracted large numbers of visitors to that establishment. It was specially gratifying to find that a section had been devoted to, and prizes given for, cats belonging to members of the humbler classes. The theory that these animals have a rough time of it in localities where working-men most do congregate was falsified in an emphatic way, since many of the finest cats exhibited came from the homes of the poor. Possibly when Puss comes to taxed, as some political economists suggest, in aid of the national income, it will be found that with diminished numbers further improvement will be effected in the breed.

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CAT SHOW Gloucestershire Echo, 21st October 1885
The annual Cat Show at the Crystal Palace was opened yesterday. There were nearly 500 entries, which is 130 more than last year.

CRYSTAL PALACE CAT SHOW Sporting Life, 21st October 1885
Surely there no company in England which is more fully alive to what will suit the tastes of its inhabitants than that of the Crystal Palace. From the days of Blondin and to the present, nothing and nobody likely to prove “a decided hit’’ has been omitted from the Palatian card their efforts to cater worthily for the public. Circuses, menageries. and even Arabian acrobats have had, and still have, their day Sydenham. For the cat show under notice there were upwards of 400 entries, and these were sub-divided into fifty-two clashes. By no means sinecure were the judges’ duties. it is more than probable that their decisions will be made the subject of comment - for it must be admitted that dissatisfaction was expressed, and with what appeared to much reason in one particular class - it is but fair to render them the credit having taken great pains in thankless work.

Possibly a finer selection of “pussies” have never before been exhibited. Beyond question Coppa, owned by Mr. J. Scott (Class 6), proved the Tiger the lot. With ears laid back, he appeared to be eager for the fray, either with mouse or biped. By the way, this son of an East Indian leopard cat is marked dangerous. However, several of the fair sex heeded it not, but attempted to stir him up - not with a long pole, certainly, but with the ferule of their umbrellas. Amongst the ’'he-cats” more commonly called “Toms” - Class 3, was especially noticeable, Jack, at ten months, well deserved his prize. So did Tommy, a beautiful silver tabby. Cucumber Pick, so named by reason of his great liking for cucumbers, was facile princeps beyond any question in Class 5 - red, tabby, and white. In Class 4, Joe deservedly gained first prize, and a real all black is Birdie, winner of the chief prize in Class 8. Of more than average merit were the kittens under 6 months. Two pure bred Siamese, Kalahom and Khromata. No wonder the hat went off for them. Fault-finders, though, were numerous. One lady owner in particular being well to the fore. Her bone of contention was that Siamese-bred kittens ought to have a class to themselves. “Fancy a fox terrier,” she remarked, “being shown amongst French poodles!”

Long-haired kittens were well represented. A very pretty pair the first prize winners, namely, Fairy and Princess Trixie. Mrs. Clay’s tabby, Tom, caught the judge’s eye first in Class 50. Still the whole family of the Mowsers - grandfather included - were quite satisfied with the good second their Tom ran. The tabby cats, male or female, were good as a class, Mr. J. Goddard worthily taking first prize with Tito. Well furred were the long-haired representatives. Among them, Jumbo was first, Duke and Albus treading closely on his paws. Mow (class 22), who was decorated in yellow and black colours, is built on capital lines before and behind. Washington would have run the winner closer had his legs been a trifle less “slantendicular.”

White, shorthaired cats were a fine class. Major, not unknown to fame as first best in 1883 and 1884, added his third winning Palace bracket to his name. Tit scored in class 46 - for the best black either male or female. It was a near, thing though between Rose and Pussy in that for “all white." In Class 11, for various cats, the first prize is awarded to Am Si (64), the property of Miss F. G. Millar, a pure Siamese. This cat is one the prettiest in the show, and is exquisitely marked and shaped, but its form is shown to considerable disadvantage, owing to the body clothing and gewgaws with which it is decorated. The second prize in this class is for a specimen of hair-marked Australian cat. It has none of those stripes on the legs which usually disfigure this breed [did the writer mean an Abyssinian cat?]. Class 13, for tortoiseshells, is chiefly noticeable for a very little cat with a perfect head, Dolly (61, . which would probably have stood fair chance for prize in the “various,” class, but being very grey, did not stand a chance as a tortoiseshell.

Among the exhibits is a most extraordinary “cuss.” It is Mrs. Heinrich’s Queen of Curiosity (134). This cat was born with only hind legs, and is now six months old, and as healthy and active as any of its four-footed chums. The two fore legs are in this case undeveloped, and the cat hops about a la young kangaroo. Cats without toes, or with more than the usual allowance, are also on view. Among them is Midge (56), with seven claws on each fore paw, and six on its hind feet, and Teetens (182), with thumbs on fore paws, and five toes hind feet; while Peat (375) boasts of having twenty-six toes. Another remarkable cat is Lilly (136), a Persian, having odd eyes, and being, on its owner's word, deaf. It is affirmed for Teb that he will shake hands and ring a bell for his dinner; Bob (300) who will roll over three times when told, and No. 307, who, his owner states, will notice any new parcel in the house, will stand on his hind legs mew three times for his dinner, will sit up, "say his prayers,” go to bed when told, fetch and carry, and has, moreover, a record of over 230 mice.

Altogether the Crystal Palace Company may be fairly he congratulated upon the success of their show, and their arrangements were certainly satisfactory- The exhibition will close at six o’clock, this (Wednesday) evening, when only those persons actually engaged will be allowed to remain in the show. The delivery of cats to their respective owners will commence about half an hour afterwards, but will close for the night at nine p.m.

BIG SHOW OF CATS Bradford Daily Telegraph, 21st October 1885
There is a big show of cats at the Crystal Palace to-day. It opened to the public yesterday afternoon, and I was surprised to see the amount of interest the tabbies, the tortoiseshells, and the Persians inspired. Your domestic cat takes a deal of knowing, and is not much respected away from home to judge from the way in which he is treated by our boys. But it looks as if these cat exhibitions were going to change all that; for certainly there is in the Crystal Palace show visitors a most kindly regard for poor puss. I never saw such a large proportion of ladies even at a flower show. Perhaps on the part of some of them there was a little excess of sentiment. This was shown too in the interior of the cages where silk-covered cushions were occasionally to be seen, and where even a bit of lace was occasionally not wanting. The cats shown came from all parts of the country, and the champion was shown by a Devonshire lady, who showed a pure Siamese of peculiar softness and beauty. I am told that at these shows a true tortoiseshell Tom is great rarity. Tortoiseshell and white or pure tortoiseshell she-cats are common enough, but the genuine tortoiseshell Tom is so uncommon that if anybody in your town has one he may send it to next cat show with confident expectation of taking a prize. The popular interest in animals seems to be greatly promoted by the shows of all kinds now so common. The Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals, I should think, ought to recognise them as important agents in their cause.

CRYSTAL PALACE CAT SHOW. Morning Post, 21st October 1885
Of all the popular exhibitions which the directors of the Crystal Palace manage to crowd into their programme in each year, the cat show is by no means the least attractive. It was so yesterday when the 17th show, held as before in the south-eastern gallery, was opened. From the time when, the work of judging having been completed, the public was admitted to inspect the long lines of cages, until the hour for the closing of the palace, the gallery was thronged with an interested crowd of spectators of all ages and of both sexes. The entries this year are more numerous than in any of the 16 preceding shows, and 130 in excess of those of last year, which itself was a more successful exhibition than any of its predecessors. The long list of valuable prizes offered by the Crystal Palace Company included nine silver medals, a silver tea-pot for the best cat in the show, irrespective of class, and over 150 money prizes.

The quality of the animals is this year, in the opinion of all those competent to form an opinion, superior to anything which has ever been seen here before, so that the task of the judge was a more than usually difficult one. Perhaps it was because of this universal excellence that one class - the Persians - which used to be especially strong at this show, looked rather below the average. The falling off is only apparent, however, and not real, some of the specimens sent for show being as handsome as any ever seen. The hero of the 600 odd animals shown is a pure-bred Siamese, named " Duen Nagi," and aged eight months, exhibited by Miss Lilian Gerill, and priced at the modest sum of £100. This fortunate animal gained for its owner the first prize of its class, a silver medal for the best cat in classes 12 to 22 inclusive, and the silver teapot before mentioned. It is fair to say, however, that the opinion of the ladies who formed a cluster round cage number 137 all the afternoon and evening by no means appeared to agree with that of the judges (Mr. Harrison Weir and Mr. Jenner Weir) as to the superiority of the cat over every other exhibited. But, then, all the ladies considered was good looks, and "Duen Nagi " was certainly not handsome when compared, for instance, with some of the Persians and Angolas, or even with some of the ordinary English tabbies. This latter class of ordinary short-haired cats, such as London residents are accustomed to see and to hear, is finer than at any previous show. The heaviest cat is a good deal heavier this year than at most of the previous exhibitions, the average weight [at the 3 preceding shows] being 20 lb., 21 lb., and 21 and a half lb., whereas yesterday's prize winner turns the scale at 22 lb. The show is only of two days' duration, and closes this evening

CAT SHOW Irish Times, 22nd October 1885
The social event of the hour is the Cat Show at the Crystal Palace, where five hundred specimens of the harmless necessary beast were on exhibit this afternoon. Tortoiseshell, tabby, spotted tabby, the Manx, the variegated, the Siamese, Chinese, the American blue cat, the Tartar, the Persian, and divers other tribes and classes of the feline race make up a congregation and chorus of five hundred cats and voices. The chief prize winner is valued at a couple of hundred pounds or so, and the smallest price set upon any of the furred beauties would pay the fine and coats for beating a bailiff. Among the exhibits are several phenomena [this repeats other reports word for word]. The show is furnished with the usual ridiculous fancies by the owners of feline pets in the shape of embroidered cushions, lace embroidery, etc., though this absurdity seems to be on the wane.

AN EDUCATED CAT. Edinburgh Evening News, 22nd October 1885
In the cat show which is being held at the Crystal Palace just now, accompanying one entry is the following description : "This cat will notice any new parcel or vase, etc., that is put in any of the rooms; will stand on his hind legs and mew three times for his dinner; will sit with his forepaws together in front of him and mew - i.e., saying his prayers; will go to bed when told; if a cork or fish's tail is thrown across the room will, if told to, fetch and carry it back to his master's feet; has known record of over 230 mice caught, which he brings upstairs to be praised for; and will play hide-and-seek with children."

CRYSTAL PALACE CAT SHOW. Various, 24th October 1885
Last year's annual exhibition was considered the best that had been held at the Crystal Palace to that time, but there is a distinct advance, both as regards numbers and quality, in the collection of cats on view at Sydenham on Tuesday and Wednesday. There are 484 cats, 130 more than in 1884, which are divided into short-haired and longhaired groups, each containing many classes, the total being fifty-two. According to Mr. Harrison Weir, who, together with Mr. J. J. Weir, acted as judge, cats are more intelligent than dogs, and have individually strongly-marked dispositions, with a general tendency to jealousy. This quality was not especially apparent on Tuesday; and there was only one cage which had to be labelled "This cat is dangerous." But this drawback was explained to be due to the parentage the occupant, "Coppa," as it is called, being [a cross] between a Bengal wild cat and an English tabby. It is the only specimen that has been exhibited of late years, and to it is awarded the first prize in its class - spotted tabby tom - and also a silver medal, it being the best in the he-cat classes. To No. 137 - Miss L. Gould's "Duen Nagi - has fallen many honours - first prize in the "any other variety" class, the silver medal for the best short-haired female, the extra prize given by Mrs. Langton, and the silver teapot awarded to the best cat in the exhibition irrespective of class. No. 137 is a pure-bred Siamese, aged eight months, and said to be the handsomest of the kind ever shown in this country. In the "any other variety" he-cat class a Siamese is again first, and among the pairs of short-haired kittens - a very numerous and popular class - it is a couple of pure-bred Siamese, also owned by Miss Gould, which secures the blue ribbon and also takes the medal.

The weight class, although numerically ill-supported, includes a tabby, Sir Thomas, scaling 22 lb., which is unprecedented, and, of course, secures him first prize. His competitors weigh respectively 16lb, 15lb, 13and a half lb, and 12 and a half lb. An average cat does not exceed 9lb, but it is seldom that a full-grown puss is so light as 4 and a half lb, which is the weight of Jumbo, styled by Miss Harris, its exhibitor, as half-bred Persian dwarf. There are other extraordinary cats which may be singled out for mention.

The rarity of a tortoiseshell tom is well-known, but the first prize winner in that class is a remarkable example of tortoiseshell and white the colours being clear and pure, not raggedly mingled, as is usually the case. Towards " Queen o' Curiosity, which was born with two hind legs only, a good deal of sympathy was expressed, but this six-months-old kitten is both healthy and active, and makes the best use of its extremely rudimentary fore paws, or rather claws, and sits up like a kangaroo upon its hind feet. Two or three cats have an abnormal number of toes, among them Miss M. Bentley's light brown tabby torn, "Midge," aged seven months, which has seven claws on each fore paw and six on each hind foot, There is no sign of malformation. "Midge "is of playful and affectionate disposition, and he is stated to have been the only male born in his family for a period of 13 and a half years. Taken as a whole the pure white long-haired she-cats form a very good class, and to Mr. Wright's Persian, "Hermione," is awarded first prize and a medal. “Jim," the best long-haired cat in addition to the first prize in its class, was awarded a silver medal, and also an extra prize.

LOCAL HONOURS AT THE CAT SHOW Herts Advertiser, 24th October 1885
Mr. King, of The Brewery, St Albans, secured a first prize at the cat show, held at Crystal Palace, on Tuesday and Wednesday, in the class for Manx cats.

CRYSTAL PALACE CAT SHOW Ross-shire Journal, 30th October 1885
We are glad to notice in this year’s catalogue of the National Cat Show held at the Crystal Palace, London, that “Mac,” No 283, the splendid black and dark grey tabby of Mr. H.R. Macdonald, late of Tain, secured third prize.

1885 GUERNSEY CAT SHOW

POULTRY AND CAT SHOW. The [Guernsey] Star, 8th December 1885
The arrangements for this show, to be held at the Market Hall to-morrow, are so far advanced that we are enabled to give an outline of what may be expected. The entries are 750 in number, and the Judge, Mr. C. F. Copeman, of Birmingham, arrived from England this morning. The lower hall, which will be occupied by the large fowls, geese, turkeys and rabbits, and also 150 pens of bantams, will be brilliantly lighted, a new arrangement of the gas burners having been made by the Gas Company to prevent the occupants of the pens being cast in the shadow. The South room will contain the cats, arranged entirely around the room, with game fowls and pigeons in the centre. The north room will be devoted to large game birds, pigeons and cage birds. The entries are so numerous that every available space has had to be occupied, the pens being in most cases in two tiers. In addition to the pens owned by the Society, Mr. G. Billet, of Southampton, has supplied the remainder, and fixed the whole in a most convenient style. There are thirty-six entries from Jersey, and the number of cats is in excess of last year.

POULTRY AND CAT SHOW. The [Guernsey] Star - Thursday 10 December 1885
This annual show which, since its removal from the Arsenal, has become one of the most important events of the year in the work of the Royal Agricultural and Horticultural Society, opened at the New Market Halls on Wednesday, and was in every respect a most decided success. The additional space now provided was found barely sufficient to accommodate the entries, which on this occasion numbered about 750, but with consummate skill Mr. Billet, of Southampton, who provided the pens, beyond those owned by the Society, availed himself of every accessible space [. . .] In the south room upstairs, the cats were the prominent feature occupying comfortable quarters entirely surrounding the room. [. . .] Mr. Billet, jun., of Southampton, was judge of the rabbits, cats and cage birds. The list of awards given below will convey a good idea of the extent of the show.

Visitors began to arrive early yesterday afternoon, and a continuous stream followed up to five o'clock, the cats, game bantam, and pigeon classes being perfectly besieged. In the evening the building was again thronged in every part so as to make locomotion for a time almost impossible, but with a little patient forbearance the difficulty was got over, and the public appeared to thoroughly enjoy the sight. The exhibition remains open this evening, when we have no doubt there will be again another large attendance, testifying to the great popularity of this show. The silver cups given by the Society and other individuals as extra prizes, were on view at the entrance of the Hall, and were greatly admired. Jersey exhibitors carried off some of the principal prizes. The following are the awards of the Judges : -

Cats. Class 95. - Tabby English. - 1. Q Le Pelley, St. Andrew's (2 years). 2. Thomas Aldridge, St. Julian's Avenue (2 years). The winner was a fine specimen, well marked. The second was wrongly entered.
Class 96. - Tabby and White English.- 1. T. Girling, London Brewery. 2. Charles De Havilland, (Mousse, 5 months). The winner was a tabby and white Tom the finest exhibit in the Show. The second was equally well marked, but not quite so large. No. 14 was entered in the wrong class, it should have been with the black and whites.
Class 97. - Black. 1. J. Gardner, Old Government House. 2. J. Sherwill Vrangue (1885). Both winners deserved their honours. Nos. 18 and 26 should have been with the black and whites.
Class 98. - Black and white. 1. W. Martin, High-street (15 months.) 2. Col. Bell, Swissville (light of other days).
Class 100. - Tortoiseshell and white. - 1 and 2. Col. Bell, Swissville (Daisy), (Bute and family, 2 years). Both in 99 were placed in Class 100 and No. 41 should have been with Tabby and whites.
Class 102. - Foreign tabby and white 1. R. L. Snell, Esplanade. No. 42 should have been in Tabby Class 95.
Class 103. - Any other variety. 1. D. F. Ogier, Duveaux (white Persian Turk, 15 months). 2. T. De Mouilpied, St. Martin's (Persian).
Class 104. - Kittens under six months, English, any colour. 1. J. B. Randell Allez-street (Timothy, 5 months). 2. W. Hamon, Rohais (4 months). A clear win, with a good tabby kitten.
Class 105. - Kittens under six months, Foreign, any colour. 1. James Burpitt, Forest (Persian). Only one entry, but a good specimen.
Class 106. - Gelded cats, any variety, any age. 1. J. O. Brady, Esplanade. 2. Mrs Allen, Springfield Cottage (19 months).

1885 FROME CAT SHOW

FROME POULTRY. PIGEON, RABBIT, AND CAT SHOW. Frome Times, 9th December 1885
The committee of the Poultry end Show of last year has this year very wisely added an exhibition of Rabbits and Cats to their show. Although the attractions the show have thereby been much increased, the entries are not so numerous, proportionately, as last year; but this may probably be accounted for by the fact that this year there are some eight shows being held the same date. The entries last year were 1021, in 63 classes, giving in rough numbers the remarkably large average of 16; this year they are 1533 in 127 classes [average 12], whilst the entries this year in the Poultry and Pigeon classes number 1327, so that the deficit is in the Rabbit and Cat classes. [. . .] The judges were: Cats - Mr. J Jennings. The show was disinfected by Jeye’s patent purifier, and the pens erected by Spratts patent, the exhibits being fed on their patent meat. The staging was erected by Mr. John Vallis, and the hall partitioned off by Mr. Wm. Coombs.

Coming next the new department in the show - the Rabbits and Cats - one cannot fail to be struck, although perhaps not surprised, the fancy prices placed upon some of the representatives of the feline race. One cat in the open classes - “ Tiger 1st" - is valued at £1,000; whilst the same sum is placed upon “Toudle" in the local class. There are animals modestly valued at £100 in abundance, whilst in comparison with these may be mentioned an animal which may be purchased for 10s 6d. [. . .] The competition for Cats has produced some really grand specimens, the long-haired Persians being especially worthy of notice. Although less noticeable than their long-haired relatives, the short-haired cats are in strong force, while there are seven entries for the litter of kittens.

FROME POULTRY, PIGEON, RABBIT, AND CAT SHOW Western Daily Press, 9th December 1885
An exhibition of poultry, pigeons, rabbits, and cats was held in the Market Hall, Frome, yesterday. This was the second show of the kind held, but since last year the promoters have extended the number and the variety of the classes; and the new features now noticeable were the addition of turkeys and geese, rabbits and cats. This of course increased the size and the interest of the exhibition, and in the classes which corresponded with those of last year there were more entries, and the competition was as keen in them as in the added classes. [. . .] The show of rabbits was particularly creditable for a first exhibition, and the inspection of these, as well as of the cats - and among these latter there were animals of enormous size and beautiful growth - afforded considerable interest. The show as a whole had many strong points, and the fact that the society had become pretty well known was evidenced by the exhibits that were sent from all parts of the country. The judges were - rabbits and cats, Mr J. Jennings. [. . .] The following is the Prize List.

CATS (Any Age). Long-haired. - Any colour, cat or gelding - 1st, Mrs R. M. King; 2nd, Mrs Valiance; 3rd, W. G. Lush; 4th, Miss L. Bousie; sth, R. Thorne.
Short-haired. - Tabby or tabby and white, cat or gelding - 1st, R. Thompson; 2nd, A. W. Sims; 3rd, J. G. Parfitt; 4th, W. C. O. Ellis; 5th, Miss Annie Hughes.
Black or black and white, cat or gelding - 1st, Miss Kate A. Dripe; 2nd, Mrs L. Harvey; 3rd, J. Sendell; 4th, R. Williams.
Any other colour, cat or gelding - 1st, W. C. O. Ellis; 2nd, G. Mowser; 3rd, H. Foot; 4th, Mrs T. Chick; 5th, F. Ovens.
Litter of kittens, any variety or number. - 1st, Mrs R. Moss King; 2nd, Miss Helen Olive; 3rd, Mrs H. B. Thompson; 4th and 5th, W. C. O. Ellis.

LOCAL CLASSES. Cats. - Any variety or colour, cat or gelding - 1st and 2nd, Dr. F. Parsons; 3rd, Mrs. Tranter; 4th, Miss Nora Ellen Moon; 5th, J. Butler.

1885 OTHER REGIONAL CAT SHOWS

THE LIVERPOOL DOG, POULTRY, PIGEON, RABBIT AND CAT SHOW. Liverpool Mercury, 2nd January 1885
The Liverpool Dog, Poultry, Pigeon, Rabbit and Cat Show will be held in the North Haymarket, Great Homer-street, on the 28th and 29th instant. Over £700 in prizes. Entries close on Monday next, the 5th instant. For schedules apply to A. McKenzie, Secretary, 8, Great Charlotte-street, Liverpool.
[And on 26th January: Over 900 dog entries, 1110 poultry, 1150 pigeons, and 100 rabbits and cats. Admission: First day – ten a.m. to three p.m., 2s 6d; three p.m. to seven p.m. 1s; seven p.m. to ten p.m. 6d. Second day – ten a.m. to five p.m., 1s; five p.m. to half-past seven p.m. 6d.. No extra charge to witness the judging.]

LIVERPOOL CAT SHOW. Fife Free Press, & Kirkcaldy Guardian, 31st January 1885
At the Liverpool Cat Show held on Wednesday and Thursday this week, Mrs Frew, Sinclairtown, won first prize with her favourite cat Toby.

FORFAR POULTRY AND PIGEON SHOW. Aberdeen Free Press, 2nd January 1885
The Forfar Poultry and Pigeon Association opened their annual show and competition in the Reid Hall yesterday. This year there are 800 entries, or about 200 more than last year, and as prizes £110 is offered. [. . .] The committee have added a new feature this year in the shape of a cat show, for which the entries numbered forty. It, however, is local.

FORFAR POULTRY, PIGEON AND CAT SHOW. Dundee Evening Telegraph, 2nd January 1885
In addition to the poultry and pigeons there it exhibited today a large number of cats, which prove a great attraction. There are many beautiful specimens among them, and several are very well marked. The first end special, which belongs to Mr Robert Strang, barber, is a tiger-cat, and is much admired by all. The tabbies are also very pretty. The show continues to be largely patronised, and the Baxter Band, which is in attendance, plays a selection of excellent throughout the day.

GRAND ALMANAC, FOLDING SCREEN AND CAT SHOW Daily Gazette for Middlesbrough, 13th January 1885
Grand Almanac, Folding Screen and Cat Show at Guisborough, February 4th. £6 in prizes. For full particulars send stamped addressed envelope to J.T. Harker, Station Hotel.

ALMANAC, SCREEN AND CAT SHOW Daily Gazette for Middlesbrough, 5th February 1885
On Wednesday afternoon a . highly successful exhibition of cats, screens, una picture almanaca was held in the Guis- borougb Temperance Hall. The show was promoted by Mr J. T. Harker, of tbe Station Hotel, who secured an entry of 300 almanacs, 20 folding screens, and 50 cats. There was a capital attendance of visitors at the exhibition.
The judges were —for cats, Messrs John Best. J. Bourne, and H. E. Lowe. The judges’ awards were as follows : — Rough cat [i.e. longhair]: 1, Master Herbert Pease, second son of Mr Arthur Pease, M.P., Marske ; 2, Miss J. Ruddock, Yearby. Smooth cat [i.e. shorthair]: 1, Mr Clarke, Hutton; 2, Mr C. Ableson, Guisborough.

LOCAL WINNERS AT THE FLEETWOOD DOG AND CAT SHOW. Preston Herald, 10th June 1885
At the annual dog and cat show, held at Fleetwood, the following local awards were made:- best cat, 1st, Mr. J. H. Fisher’s “Timothy," 2nd, Mr. J. H. Fisher’s “Punch."
An exhibit of dogs and cats took place in the yard of the Crown Hotel, Fleetwood, on Saturday. The show of dogs was capital, but the cats, with the exception of prize takers, were not a remarkably good class. The judges were Mr. F. Duckworth, Fleetwood, and Mr. Helliwell, Sheffield.
Cats, any variety, 1 and 2, J.H. Fisher, Preston; 3, Captain Alexander, Fleetwood; 4, J. Lofthouse, Fleetwood.

ROYAL CORNWALL AGRICULTURAL SHOW, PENZANCE. Western Morning News, 18th June 1885
The cat show was small but very interesting, and the two classes were well contested. Mr. W. C. O. Ellis took the first prize in both. All the exhibits were very good, and attracted much attention. The judges were Mrs. Hamilton and Mrs. Montgomery. The committee and secretaries were the same as in the dog section. Long-haired varieties – 1, W.C.O. Ellis; 2, Miss K. M. Smith. Short-haired varieties - 1 and 3, W.C.O. Ellis; 2, Robert J. Kneebone.

THE ROYAL AGRICULTURAL SHOW, DERRY. Dublin Daily Express, 1st July 1885
The Royal Agricultural Society’s annual Cat Show, to be opened here tomorrow, promises to be more successful, especially with regard to the quality of the exhibits, than many of its predecessors. Both her Majesty the Queen and his Royal Highness the Prince of Wales will be among the exhibitors. The Marquis of Hamilton, president of the society the present year, has evinced a lively interest in the arrangements so far, and owing in a great measure to his efforts, the show will be creditable to society and worthy of Ulster.

LINTHORPE DOG AND CAT SHOW Daily Gazette for Middlesborough, 2nd July 1885
Linthorpe Dog and Cat Show – open to all. Saturday, July 11th. Upwards of £30 in prizes. For schedules etc apply to Mr. Jos. Fish, Albert Park hotel, Linthorpe. Judges; G. Ogden, Esq., and A. Graham, Esq.

CAT SHOW. Leeds Times, 15th August 1885
There was an attendance of fully 2,000 people at the Third Annual Athletic Festival of the Idle C. and F.C. on Saturday. [. . .] In connection with this year’s festival the committee tried a new venture – the holding of a poultry, pigeon and cat show, and in this they met with much success.

WORTHING CAT SHOW Portsmouth Evening News, 30th October 1885
At the cat show, which took place at Worthing on Wednesday, the handsome long-haired Persian cat, the property of Mr. Fulljames, of Landport, was awarded the second prize. The same cat has also been awarded two other prizes at Portsmouth and Ryde.

WOTTON-UNDER-EDGE. CAT SHOW AND SALE OF WORK. Western Daily Press, 30th October 1885
The annual effort to augment the fund for the support of a curate in the parish was made on Wednesday, and addition to the customary sale of work, which was held this year in the basement of the Church Mill, an exhibition of domestic cats was arranged by the Misses Tait, and proved a great attraction. There were about 50 entries, some of them fine specimens, three being sent by the Duchess of Beaufort. Mr A. H. Chanter, Mr W. S. Clarke, and Mr Kensington also sent specimens. The Rev. J. B. Clutterbuck (Leighterton) was awarded first prize, and Mr Maurice Kichings second, Miss Ramsey obtaining first for a kitten. Mrs Bartlett exhibited a very fine cat, and Miss Edge, of Cromhall, sent a fine mouse-colour specimen. The cats were arranged in boxes, with wire fronts, round a part of the large room used for the Church Institute, on the second floor.

THE POULTRY, PIGEON, RABBIT AND CAT SHOW. Frome Times, 4th November 1885
The schedule of prizes for this exhibition (open to amateurs only) which will be held the Market-hall Dec. 8th and 9th has been issued. Prizes to the amount of nearly £250 will be offered including several silver cups. There are 51 classes for poultry, 49 for pigeons, 10 for rabbits, 5 for cats, besides 11 for local classes. The last day of entry is Nov. 25th.

BRIGHTON CAT SHOW Portsmouth Evening News, 5th November 1885
The Persian cat belonging to Mr Fulljames, of Landport, which took the second prize at the cat show at Worthing last week, has again been successful in taking the first prize at the cat show at the Brighton Aquarium on Tuesday last.

THE PONTYPRIDD AND RHONDDA VALLEY DOG, POULTRY, PIGEON, CAGE BIRD, AND CAT SHOW. South Wales Daily News, 18th September 1885
President - L. W. Morgan. Esq., M.D., J.P., Hafod. Under very distinguished Patronage. The First Grand Annual Exhibition Will be held at the New Market Hall, Pontypridd, on Thursday, the 5th November, 1885. Over £150 will Be Given In Prizes, In addition to some valuable specials. All specials and cups will be given in addition to prize money. [. . .] Full particulars in schedules, which may be had upon application to the Hon. Sec., William Morgan, Auctioneer and Accountant, Pontypridd.

PONTYPRIDD DOG, POULTRY, AND CAT SHOW. South Wales Daily News, 6th November 1885
The first annual exhibition in connection with the Pontypridd and Rhondda Valley Dog, Poultry, Pigeon, Cage Bird, and Cat Show took place on Thursday, at the Market-house. There was a thronged attendance, and the show was in every sense a success. The following is the Prize List: - Cats. - Long haired - 1 and 2, Mrs E. S. Vachell. Any other variety - 1, A. Gordon McLucas; 2, Miss J. Davies; 3, Madox Evans.

PONTYPRIDD DOG, POULTRY, PIGEON, AND CAT SHOW. Western Mail, 6th November 1885
The first annual show of this kind at Pontypridd took place on Thursday, in the Market Building, and was attended with success far beyond the anticipations of the committee. There were upwards of 1,500 entries, and, partly owing to the fact that such numbers of splendid exhibits were shown, two sets of first and second prizes were given in several classes. The judges were:- [. . .]all other breeds, Mr. J. O, Martin, Worcester. The visitors during the day wore numerous, and had to put up with some inconvenience owing to the crowded state of the show. Mr. W. H. Key, Pontypridd, had a stall in the show, and exhibited, as agent for the Messrs. Baker, some dog biscuits and medicine. The following is the list of prize winners: [only winners in dog classes were listed]

ABERGAVENNY DOG, POULTRY, PIGEON, CAGE BIRD, RABBIT AND CAT SHOW. South Wales Daily News, 2nd October 1885
Abergevenny Dog, Poultry, Pigeon, Cage Bird, Rabbit and Cat Show will take place on Thursday the 19th November 1885. Schedules are in preparation. Entries close 10th November. Secretary, Mr. James Straker, Abergevenny.

DOG SHOW AT ABERGAVENNY. South Wales Daily News, 21st November 1885
The second annual exhibition of the Abergavenny poultry, pigeon, cage-bird, dog, rabbit, and cat show was held on Thursday in the Market Hall, Abergavenny, and was in every way a marked success. A great deal of interest was attached to the dog and cat portion of the exhibition owing to its being the first of its kind held in Abergavenny. There was a fair number of visitors in attendance; conspicuous amongst whom were Mr John Allan Rolls and Mr Thos. Phillips Price, the Conservative and Liberal candidates for the northern division of Monmouthshire. The judges were - cats: Mr W. B. Tegetmeier (346, Strand, London) . . Appended is a list of their awards -
CATS. - Long-haired cats-1 and 2, Mrs E. S. Vachell. Any other variety - 1, Miss Tacker 2, John Howe 3 Miss Hilda Edwards.

POULTRY, RABBIT, AND CAT SHOW AT SOMERCOTES. Sheffield Independent, 29th December 1885
The committee and members of the Somercotes Institute held their first exhibition of poultry, pigeons, song birds, rabbits and cats, yesterday, in the Infant School of the village. With a view to encourage local competition, and yet at the same time secure more than a local show, the exhibition was arranged in two divisions, tbe first being open to the United Kingdom, and the second confined to exhibitors residing in Somercotes, Alfreton, South Normanton, Pinxton, Pye Bridge, and neighbouring villages. This arrangement succeeded in securing 281 entries. Four beautiful cups were given by gentlemen of the district, ten silver medals, a teapot, and two sums of money as special prizes. [. . .] The special prize in the two classes for cats was awarded to Miss Hutt, of Littleover, Derby, for a grand specimen shown in the Persian class. The judges were: - Poultry and cats: Mr.G. A. Crewe, Derby,

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