REPORTS FROM EARLY BRITISH CAT SHOWS 1889
These are reports of the early British cat shows that I've collected from various newspapers and show catalogues. The earliest reports reflect the novelty of cat shows and describe only a few of the entrants.
1889 CROYDON CAT SHOW
CROYDON FANCIERS’ ASSOCIATION SHOW. Croydon Advertiser and East Surrey Reporter, 12th January 1889
The Croydon Fanciers’ Association, referred to last week, holds its first annual show of poultry, pigeons, cage birds, rabbits, cats, and guinea pigs at the Rink Hall, Park-lane, on the 23rd and 24th inst. (Wednesday and Thursday). The schedule of prizes is a most liberal one. Entries will close on Wednesday next. We understand that increase has been made in the prizes for the cat show, Mr. Harrison Weir, F.R.H.S., president of the National Cat Club, having kindly undertaken to act as judge. A silver medal, given by the National Cat Club, and three special prizes, are now offered.
CROYDON FANCIERS’ ASSOCIATION SHOW. Croydon Advertiser and East Surrey Reporter, 19th January 1889
The first show of the Croydon Fanciers’ Association is announced for Wednesday and Thursday next. Prizes amounting to £160 are offered. The Mayor will open the show, which is to be held in the Rink Hall, Park-lane, on Wednesday. The show of cats is estimated to be the third best average in England, about 125 entries having been made.
HIGHLY SUCCESSFUL EXHIBITION. Croydon Advertiser and East Surrey Reporter, 26th January 1889
The Croydon Fanciers’ Association, which started about four months ago, held the first exhibition of poultry, pigeons, cage birds, rabbits, cats, and guinea pigs at the Skating Rink Wednesday and Thursday, when close upon 1,700 entries for the various classes were received, a number not only beyond the expectations of the promoters of the show, but also in excess of the accommodation. The exhibition was under the patronage the Poultry Club, the Pigeon Club, and the National Cat Club, in addition to the Mayor of Croydon (Mr. J. W. Hobbs) [. . .] Four special prizes were given for rabbits, and the National Cat Club gave a silver medal for the best cat exhibited by a member of the club, three other specials being offered in the feline classes. The judges were - cats, Mr. Harrison Weir, F.R.H.S., president of the National Cat Club. There were 162 entries of rabbits, but most extraordinary all was the number of cats shown, the total – 134 - being quite a feature of the exhibition. The exhibitors [in general] were by no means confined to Croydon and the immediate vicinity, for we noticed entries from fanciers residing far west as Thorverton in Devonshire, and so far north as Halifax. Of course, the bulk of exhibits came from nearer home, and among the places strongly represented, in addition to Croydon, may be mentioned Beckenham, Bromley, Lewisham, Epsom, Sutton, Dorking, Peckham, Shortlands, Mitcham, Merton, Penge, Dulwich, and the Norwoods.
The National Cat Club’s silver medal and Mr. Blockey’s special for the best lonmg-haired cat also went to Mr. Charles Masker, with the first prize. Other exceptionally good cats in the first-rate class were Miss S. A. Leakes’ silver tabby, Topso, vhc, first Crystal Palace, 1887, and his son; Miss P. Moore’s Felix, first Crystal Palace, 1888, and the fourth-prize winner, a silver tabby, shown by Mrs. Hunt. There were also two or three lovely brown tabbies, with grand coats, who came in for complimentary notices. Miss Ganever took Mr. Whalley’s prize for the best cat exhibited by any resident of the borough with a handsome Persian.
CATS. Short hair, he cat. any age-1, K. T. Babb, Anerley ; 2 J T. Clark, Wisbech; 3. J. H. Chandler; 4. Mrs. Bedward, Upper Norwood; v.h.c., Mrs. Jenner, Croydon, and A. Coppin, Dulwich; h.c.. R. Dean. Croydon.
Short hair, she cat. any age - 1 and special, R. T. Babb;2, Mrs. Lee; 3, T. Weightman, Hatfield; 4. Mrs Cadogan, Elmers End; v.h.c., J. Thody, Penge. and Miss Lillie Armstrong. Bromley ; h.c., Mrs. Bedward.
Long hair, he cat, any age – 1, A. A. Clarke. Kennington ; 2. Mrs. A. A. Clarke; 3, Mrs. Fry, Darlington; 4, Mrs. W. M. Hunt, Sydenham; v.h.c., E. Portier, South Norwood, Dr. F. A. Barton, Beckenham, Mrs. Lng, Kensington, T. Weightman, and Miss Leake, Forest Hill; h.c. T. W. Binyon, W. Dyer, Liverpool, A. Lankford, Hatfield, and Mrs. Newham, Kensington.
Long hair, she cat, any age - 1. Mr. A. A. Clarke; 2, Miss Florence Moore, Beckenham ; 3, A. A Clarke; 4, Miss Florence Moore ; v.h.c., Miss Florence Moore, Mrs. Yarborough, and Miss S. A. Leeke ; h.c., Mr. A. A. Clarke.
Gelded, any variety - l. Mrs. Herring, Lee; 2. Mr. A. A. Clarke and Mrs. Mary Horton, Thornton Heath, equal; 3, Miss Ganever, Croydon; v.h.c., J. Hagger, H. Teverson, Croydon, and T. Weightman; h.c., G. Holledge, S. Norwood, and Mr. Bywater, Victoria Docks.
Kitten, any variety, under six months – 1, T Welphtman ; 2, Miss H. King, St. John’s Wood; 3, Miss E. B. Brebner, Upper Norwood; 4, Miss Ella Hodge, Upper Norwood ; v.h.c., G. Bridger, Bromley, H. E. Tucker, Miss Florence Moore, H. M. Maynard, and Mrs. Herring; h.c., Mrs. Carvosse.
1889 CRYSTAL PALACE CAT SHOW
NOTES FROM THE 1889 CRYSTAL PALACE SHOW CATALOGUE
The Crystal Palace Show of 1889 attracted 289 exhibitors with nearly 600 cats and cats. From Thornton Heath came three cats owned by the aptly named Mowsers. The judges would have included Harrison Weir and his brother, John Jenner Weir, along with George Billett.
A short-haired Persian called Tilly, who had previously won her class at the Palace seven years running was making her eighth and final appearance for Mr Highton. The AOV Shorthair class included a "Pure Blue Persian" female called Bogey, who competed against several Siamese, ticked cats, spotted cats and a "French Tabby" (either a visitor from France of a tabby Angora, since they were also known as "French" cats). Evidently "pure bred" Bogey's ancestry included a shorthair since there was a class for Longhair Blue, Self-Colour, Without White (attracting 10 males and 7 females). That Blue Longhair class included Mr Hunt's "Banquo", Miss Simpson's "Beauty Tom" and Miss Rosa Bray's "The Friar". Photos of the time show these to have longer noses, longer tails and larger ears than modern Persians.
Mr Moss's "Tibs" was mentioned in the catalogue; by 1889 he was already the sire of more than fifty prize winners and he continued to sire kittens for several more years after that show. A Red Tabby called "Colonel" was described as "shakes hands and can be put on a chain." In those days cats might be exhibited in leash classes, and Frances Simpson recommended (in "Cats for Pleasure and Profit") that males become accustomed to be tied to on a leash to get the air and also for photos as it is a mistake to give them their liberty. Other remarks might have been more useful e.g. "can be handled with safety" or "quite affectionate". Not all cats could be safely handled - Lord Sutherland once exhibited a Scottish Wildcat at an early show.
"Prizes offered for Cats belonging to Working Men" covered the household pets of the working classes. The owners of pedigree cats tended to be "Lady" or "Honorable", showing quite a class divide in those days. Many of the "Working Men's" cats were for sale (i.e. not listed as "Not For Sale") very cheaply. Many would have been acquired cheaply just for entering in the shop in the hope of winning a money prize, but others would have been pets and probably much loved by the exhibitor's family. All of the best cats could win Emu Egg Sugar Basins or Challenge Vases.
CRYSTAL PALACE CAT SHOW. Staffordshire Sentinel, 23rd October 1889
There were a fair number of gentlemen at the Crystal Palace Cat Show yesterday, but a large majority of the visitors were of the sex supposed to have a special affection for the feline race. The exhibits took the general admiration with great dignity, but in most cases showed themselves disinclined to wake up and respond to it. The most alert were the quaint Siamese cats, in colour much like a pug dog, but with a long nose and small dark ears. A Madagascar cat [actually a ring-tailed lemur!]which was included in the show was decidedly alarmed at its popularity, and resented various attempts made to inveigle it into displaying its long bushy tail. The pretty Persian kittens, almost all which are already sold, were, on the other hand, delighted to play with anyone who would give them an excuse for frivolity, and seemed to find their cages rather cramped. The long-haired cats received the most general attention, although same of the commoner species were equally fine in size and marking, and those exhibited by working-men were very good. The fancy prices attached to the cats by their owners are sufficiently surprising : £20 is quite common, and one prize Persian, not quite a year old, and born in Bombay, is valued at £500.
THE CAT SHOW AT THE CRYSTAL PALACE - The Graphic, 26 October 1889
The Cat Show At The Crystal Palace shows no indication of falling-off in popularity, to judge by the number of entries this year. To the ordinary mind, accustomed to look upon a cat as a cat, and to draw no finer distinctions, the number of classes into which the exhibits are grouped is bewildering. There are, for instance, male and female short-haired cats, tortoiseshell or white, brown tom cats, blue and silver tabbies, red tabbies, spotted tabbies, blacks and Manx cats. Then come long-haired males and she- cats, and so on, in an interminable series. And the "fancy" has a by no means inconsiderable following.
THE CRYSTAL PALACE CAT SHOW - The Graphic, 2 November 1889
ALTHOUGH the Countess de la Torre was not represented at the Show held on Tuesday and Wednesday last week, there was no lack of numbers. More than five hundred cats, together with kittens innumerable, sat in their cages, and received with silent dignity the attentions of the visitors. That is the peculiarity of a Cat Show. Unlike dogs, the competitors make no noise, and take all the proceedings as a matter of course. That is, to say, the adults do ; the younglings are full of restlessness and animation. In the cat-world there is an aristocracy of hair. Fluffiness is the criterion of merit; and the long-haired tabby, the fluffy Russian blue (which reminds one of "the rugged Russian bear," of the Jingo jingle) and its Persian cousin quite look down upon their smooth-haired rivals. Nevertheless, there were a good many of these latter on view, especially in the Working Men’s Class, where good mousing qualities are more regarded than an elegant appearance on the hearth-rug. The fashionable cat to-day is the Siamese, which, with its black muzzle and fawn coat, resembles a pug-dog; of these there were several. Manx cats were in favour not long ago, but on this occasion their tale was short, for there were but two of them. Perhaps the greatest curiosity of the Show was a real Tortoiseshell Tom, a rarity which cat-fanciers regard much as stamp-collectors do a black penny V.R. English. However, it was not this cat upon whose head was set the prohibitive price of £1000. Needless to say there was no bid, but business was pretty brisk among the cheaper sorts, prices ranging from two guineas for a kitten to as much as £25 for a "grown-up."
CAT SHOW AT THE CRYSTAL PALACE. Warminster & Westbury Journal, and Wilts County Advertiser – 2nd November 1889
One of the curiosities of the Cat Show at the Crystal Palace were the three tortoiseshell tom-cats, whose rarity may be judged from the fact that in the 20 other shows held by the National Cat Club before this one, only one other male tortoise-shell has been exhibited. Indeed, so rare was this colour amongst the feline male sex, that a good many years ago a large prize was offered for a specimen. It is, therefore, to a certain degree, comprehensible that the proud owner in the male tortoiseshell class should price his cat, “Tote,” at £200.
NATIONAL CAT SHOW. Evening Star, 23rd October 1889
The National Cat Show has come of age! This week it celebrates its twenty-first birthday, and some 500 cats, veritable kings and queens in Catland, have met together in royal cages at the Crystal Palace to assist in the great event. The show is undoubtedly becoming more and more popular every year, and the cats, as usual, conduct themselves with marked dignity and decorum. They crow not like the noisy poultry, nor do they bark like the dogs, who as a rule dislike shows, and yet they may fairly be compared to sleek Solomons in all their glory. They take admiration as their fitting due, and have a placid way of absorbing praise that is a delight to study. Among the 500 representatives of the feline race there are cats of every form, colour or size, from the good old tabby “tom” to wee fluffy Chinchilla Persians. The “animals,” “old maids’ pets,” of “midnight nuisances,” as one may please to call them, are well caged and capitally cared for. Each has its tin of milk, its litter of hay, and in nearly every case is prettily decorated with a ribbon around its neck, the ends of which terminate in a bow. Some of the armless, necessary creatures are very highly priced, as much as £100 and even £200 being asked.
CATS ON SHOW. St James's Gazette, 23rd October 1889
The Cat Show which opened yesterday at the Crystal Palace is probably a very excellent cat show. There are certainly a great number of cats - over five hundred being catalogued - and every variety of cat is included. But whatever the variation, the fact remains that one cat is very much like another cat. There are, no doubt, exceptions to this rule - as, for instance, the Siamese cat Banglempoo, which on cursory observation would pass very much better as a pug-dog, and another cat, hailing from the same country, which in its shape and markings is for all the world like fox-terrier. It may be that in far Siam the distinction between cat and dog is not so exclusively observed as in this country and some confusion has arisen. In that case it seems rather hard on the British cat that doubtful puppies should be exhibited at his side, though it must be admitted the Siamese cats make a pleasing change for the visitor, all the other cats being sadly alike. It is shocking, but true, that it is something more than difficult to distinguish a first prize cat from a very highly commended cat on the one hand and a cat which received no notice at all from the judges on the other. It might be thought that a prize cat would be a very sleek, well fed, and well-liking cat; but though such cats do occasionally gain prizes, it is by no means the rule. “May Queen,” the first-prize winner in its class, is also the fortunate recipient of a silver medal and a special prize as the best cat in the show; but to the eye May Queen is just the cat which the kindest-hearted person world might select to burl brick-bats at and not feel the slightest remorse. It is to outward seeming a skinny, area-sneaking, ruffianly cat but yet it is a cat highly honoured among its kind.
Cats, of course, like racehorses, have their points, just as in neighbourhoods where the roofs are not very high they have also their pedigrees; but the points which win them prizes are not easily discernible. The fat, sleepy, sensible-looking cats, warranted not to fidget, which would refuse to budge if a whole trapful of mice were dangled before their noses, have no points at all worth mentioning, and consequently are not numbered among the prize-winners. Another disappointing illustration of the sameness which characterizes cats is afforded by the Manx breed. The Manx cat, as is well known, has either three legs or no tail, but the Manxes on view, though they win prizes, prefer not to show that they do so in the absence of their points, and by sitting on their deficiencies make themselves appear just like any ordinary cats. The celebrated Kilkenny race, again, is completely unrepresented at the show, unless it be by sundry empty cages which may have been left in their places after the occupants had swallowed one another to display their speciality and satisfy the judges.
A point of difference which might be expected to characterize cats in other respects painfully similar is that of colour. But in reality there is no saying what colour a cat is; you put him down as being of such- and-such a colour, and probably he is nothing of the sort. Tabby or not tabby, that seems to be the principal question. Tabby is a word which sounds as if it ought to represent the colour of a cat, and be something very cat-like and very definite. This, however, is not the case, and to put down a cat as a mere tabby, though convenient, is to display ignorance. It is pretty safe to say that all tabbies are cats, but what cats are tabbies is quite another thing. There are brown tabbies, blue tabbies, red tabbies, red-and-white tabbies, silver tabbies, spotted tabbies, and possibly a great many more tabbies; but which kind of tabby is which, is more than a wise man, not a cat-fancier, would take upon himself to declare. A blue cat, whether tabby or not, promises well and should be easily distinguishable by a colour-blind cat amateur; but when seen a blue cat turns out to be a very ordinary cat of dirty drab hue. And so with the silver cat, which has very much the same colour as the blue cat, and might equally well be called fraise ecrasee [light strawberry] cat or a cat of any imaginary colour that the inventive milliner devises as a bait for fashion. But even in this field of uncertainty there are points which may be grasped with some facility. A black cat is black cat, and a white cat when nicely washed and seated on a pink-satin cushion is a white cat - until, that is, its head is chopped off and it becomes a pretty princess, when, perhaps, it may turn out a “cat” of quite another colour.
Cat nomenclature should be a fertile source of evidence, to the student, of the human brain in a state of drivelling imbecility. For some reason best known to cat-fanciers, the name of a cat should begin, like tomfoolery, with a T. Cats intended for exhibition should certainly be endowed with such names; but it is as well to warn the inexperienced that some of the most likely names are already annexed. There are, for example, cats already in the field rejoicing in the names of Tiger, Tib, Tinker, Tusker, Tits, Titty, Tilly, Tiddles, Tinkle, Tote, Tom, Toby, Topsy, Toots, Tottie, Tongo, Toddie, Traddles, Twidlem, Tung, besides others which will readily suggest themselves to the most commonplace hopeless idiot. Once a cat has a name beginning with T and a decision is arrived at as to what its colour shall be called, it is ripe for exhibition. It should then be entered as “to be sold for £100,” and whether it wins a prize or not, which must necessarily be uncertain, a very pleasing and advantageous form of publicity is secured for the owner.
CRYSTAL PALACE CAT SHOW. London Evening Standard, 23rd October 1889
To the lover of tranquillity there can be no doubt that a cat show offers far greater attractions than do the exhibitions of the rival domestic pets.. The uproar of a dog Show, the roar of deep-toned barkings from the larger animals, the sharp yaps of the terriers, and the agonised cries of the pet dogs, make up a babel of sounds that is at first almost bewildering. On the contrary, a decorous hush prevails at a cat show, and however much the animals may regret the temporary loss of their accustomed comfort and luxuries, they maintain a show of dignified resignation, although there is no mistaking the feeling of distrust with which many of them regard the whole affair. A considerable proportion of the cats shown at the Crystal Palace have, however, passed through the ordeal before, and are well aware that their trials will not be of very long duration, and that, ere long, they will be once more at liberty to wander as they will, and to indulge in the midnight rambles and conflicts so dear to the feline mind. This knowledge doubtless goes far to sustain them during their enforced quietude, and to enable them to maintain that appearance of sleepy tranquillity which is the prevailing characteristic of the majority of the animals shown. At the same time they have no objection to the attentions of passers-by, and are for the most part quite ready to submit to, or even reciprocate, any petting bestowed upon them, but always with a certain air of condescension as if perfectly aware that this is no more than their due. Persons who are accustomed to consider a cat as a cat, and to draw no finer distinction, will be surprised at the number of classes into which the exhibits are grouped.
In the Male Short-haired Cats, tortoiseshell or white, Mr. J. Huntley took first prize and silver medal for his Tote; Mr. H. Johnson second for Tommy; and Hr. J. Harston third for cat unnamed.
Mr. J. Harris took first prize in the Brown Tom Cat Class for Tiger; Mr. C. Bowthorpe second for his Tim. Among the Blue or Silver Tabbys Mr. T. Sugden took first prize for King of the Fancy, Mr. Gooch second for Willie, and Mr. J. T. Clarke third for Tim Whiffler.
In the Red Tabby Class, Mrs. Irwin wad first with Triplet, Mr. G. Lister second with Tiger, Mr. J. Tozer third with General Gordon.
Mrs. H. Young's Mumps was first among the Spotted Tabbys, Mrs. Herring's Snip second.
In the class for Blacks, Mrs. J. Partridge's Tib was first, Mrs. Bedward's Diamond second.
Mr. J. Childes' Bob was first in the Manx Class, Mrs. Cockerton's Joujou second.
In the classes for She Cats, Mr. J. Woodford was first for his tortoiseshell Topsy, Miss H. Winter first for her tortoiseshell and white Baby, Mr. E. R. Fox first for his brown tabby Queen, Miss F. Moore first for her silver Nannie. Mr. K. Hutchinson, first prize and silver medal, for a red tabby, May Queen; Mr. B. T. Babb, first for his spotted tabby, Tiddles; Mrs. W. W. Harris, first for her black, Gipsy; Miss M. A. Wellman, first for her white, Minnie; Mrs. C. Kemp, first for her Manx Jet; and Mrs. C. Lee, for her Siamese Meo.
In the Kitten Class, which was very numerous, Mr. A, Outhwaite took first prize and silver medal for his pair; Mr, F. W. Ford was second; and Messrs. Eagle and Barnes third for the pair they showed.
Among the Long-haired Male Cats Miss L. Oliver took first prize for her Persian Major; Mrs. H. Young first for her light-blue Sambo; and Mr. A. A. Clarke second for Blue Prince.
Among the Brown Tabbys, Mr. Mann was first with Sambo: Miss F. Moore, first prize and silver medal for her silver Felix; and Miss D. Gresham won a first prize for her smoke-coloured Donovan.
Among the Long-haired She-cat Classes Miss L. Abbott took first prize for her white Beauty; Miss C. Teasell first, for her black Kitty; Mrs. H. B. Thompson first for her blue Persian Winks; Mr. J. Ellerton first for his brown Flossie; Mrs. Haywood first and silver medal for her silver tabby Lady Dorothy Sing; and Mr. J. Weightman first for his Persian Kitty.
In the Long-haired Kitten Class Miss Rosa Bray took first prize for her two blue Persians; and the same lady also carried off second prize for her white pair; While Mr.R. Weightman took third prize for his two Persians.
For the Class for Kittens under Three Months Old Mr. M. Bell took first prize, and Miss V. Moore the second.
Mr. S. Weightman took first prize with Samson in the best Short-haired Male; Mrs. C.Crowhurst first for her black Rush; Mrs. Carr first for the best short-haired cat of other varieties; Mr. J. Heaysman first for his long-haired black Peter; Mr. G. Havord first for best long-haired white cats; Mrs. Herring first prize and Silver medal for her brown tabby Dick; Mrs. V. Howship first for her tabby and white Ruffee.
In the class for Working Men's Cats, Mr. J. Trusson took the first for his Minnie; Mr. W. Letts took first for Boss; Mrs. Tanner, first iv the best tabby class; Mr. J. C. White took a first with Jumbo as the best black cat: and Mr. J. Watson first for his Abyssinia; Mr. J. Hurst first for tortoiseshell kitten; Mr. J. Wilkins first for his white Persian Lord Lovel; Mr. J. Gutteridge a first in the Working Man's Short-haired Class for his Richard; and Mr. Hands a first for Toby in the same class.
CAT SHOW AT THE CRYSTAL PALACE. Morning Post, 23rd October 1889
Yesterday was the opening-day of the 21st National Cat Show at the Crystal Palace. The entries - upwards of 500 - nearly approach in point of numbers those of last year, a “record" year in this respect. As to the quality, the judges, consisting of Messrs. Harrison Weir and J. Jenner Weir, and Messrs. G. Billett and G. H. Billett, jun., express the opinion shared by many other connoisseurs, that a marked improvement is noticeable in comparison with former years, this superiority being attributable to the increased care now taken in respect to the breeding and management generally of the animals in the "felineries " whence they are sent for exhibition. The cats, divided into over 50 classes, include numerous varieties, of both sexes, long and short haired, and of every known colour. The chief curiosities in the exhibition are two male tortoiseshells - both very handsome cats. Tortoiseshell cats of the male sex are extremely rare, indeed, in the course of the 20 exhibitions that have preceded the present one, only a single specimen of this breed has been on view. Scarcely less rare than the male tortoiseshell is the sandy female, and of this, too, there is a specimen this year. The animals are admirably housed, under the superintendence of Mr. G. S. Venables, in cages of galvanised iron. By a new system of locking the doors of the latter, no tampering with the cats is possible. It may interest exhibitors and others interested in the welfare of the "harmless necessary cat,” to know that during the two days of the exhibition there are provided for their favourites from 75 to 80 gallons of milk, and some three hundredweight of meat. Among the chief awards made yesterday the following may be mentioned. The best short-haired cat in the exhibition, Mr. K. Hutchinson's red tabby May Queen, and the best long-haired cat, Miss F. Moore’s silver Felix. Other special prizes were won by Mrs. H. B. Thompson, Mr. M. Bell, and Miss Apps. The show will close this evening.
CAT SHOW AT THE CRYSTAL PALACE. London Daily News, 23rd October 1889
First to be founded, and still foremost among the cat shows of the United Kingdom, the feline exhibition at the Crystal Palace, open yesterday and today, runs this year within a dozen head of last year's list, which was the longest on record. There are 506 specimens, without counting all the kittens, whose name is legion. The long-haired leonine tabby, perhaps the most typical specimen of the British tribe, is well personified in Mr Herring's Dick, who takes a first prize, and is a splendid animal. The same lady figures well with the fluffy Russian blue, a cat of much less character and animation than his English compeer. The Siamese cats, in hue like the pug with black muzzle and ears and fawn coat, is also a contemplative rather than an active specimen of the race, but is just now in high favour and fetches corresponding prices. Persians, in white, in silver, and in varied colours, are as strong as ever, and may be regarded as leaders of the show. Strictly smooth haired creatures are at a disadvantage among the fluffies and seem to feel their neglected position acutely. Many of them figure in the working man' class, and are probably much more useful in their special line of business where mice prevail than the larger and more showy sharers of hearth and home. Playful kittens when not seriously engaged in lapping the milk freely poured out of a watering can by an attendant, find enough employment, and more than enough, in patting their paws against the dainty fingers of young and other ladies who toy with them. A solitary couple of Manxes seemed to show that their short reign of favour has come, like themselves, abruptly to an end. A curiosity is No. 1 in the catalogue, a true tortoiseshell male cat, and as such almost unique. Special prizes were won by Miss F. Moore, Mrs. H. B. Thompson, Miss Apps, Mrs Heywood, Mrs. Herring, and Messrs. K. Hutchinson, M. Bell, J. Huntley, A. Outhwaite, H. Tibley, and W. Letts. Business in sales was fairly brisk, at from two guinea per kitten to £25 for choicest cats.
CRYSTAL PALACE CAT SHOW. London Evening Standard, 24th October 1889
To The Editor of The Standard. Sir, With reference to an observation in your Article on the Cat Show now being held at the Crystal Palace, will you kindly find space in your valuable paper for the following facts :--As owner of Major, blue eyes, first prize winner, Class 20, white Persian, and of General grey eyes, third prize winner, Class 42, white Persian, I beg to state both animals hear perfectly, and that they are most docile and affectionate. I am, Sir, your obedient servant, Veritas, October 23.
CRYSTAL PALACE CAT SHOW. Northern Whig, 25th October 1889
The cat show which now being held at the Crystal Palace is the twenty-first the series, and has been pronounced by the judges the best on record. Fully 506 specimens are placed on exhibition, without counting the kittens, whose name is legion. Cat fanciers at the show are greatly interested in the points and pelage of the longhaired leonine tabby, the fluffy Russian blue; the Siamese animal, like a pug, with black muzzle and ears and fawn coat; and the Persian, in white, silver, and varied hues. The Manxes would appear to be becoming extinct, as the species is only represented by solitary couple. Considerable attention, however, is given to the unique specimen of a true tortoiseshell male cat. Nature would seem to abhor tortoiseshell unless in the domestic tabby, and male cat with this marking is accordingly much prized, and rated at high monetary value. Prices of prize cats generally ranged high, as much as £25 being given for a choice specimen, while kittens were readily bought up at two guineas each. If we are to judge from the Crystal Palace show, the cat as a domestic pet has yet a distinguished future before it. Recently in the precautions against the spread of rabies pussy narrowly escaped being muzzled. If the order of muzzling were ever carried into effect extra policemen would be required for night duties. Lovers of cats have claimed for the feline tribe a greater degree of intelligence than is generally supposed, but more than ordinary patience requires to be exercised in order to make the training effective. That the cat is not devoid of sympathy is evident from its association with the parrot, the proverbial companion that highly useful section of the community whom ill-natured people call old maids. Whatever cavillers may say, it is difficult to see how some degree of respect should not be held out to an animal that has such multiplicity of lives.
CAT SHOW AT THE CRYSTAL PALACE. South London Press, 26th October 1889
The twenty-first National Cat Show was held at the Crystal Palace on Tuesday and Wednesday. Our feline pets were exhibited in cages in the gallery under the great clock. There were 506 entries, divided into 54 classes, the whole making a most interesting exhibition. The judges were Mr. Harrison Weir, F.R.H.S., Mr. J. Jenner Weir, F.L.S., F.Z.S., F.E.S., Mr. George Billett, and Mr. G.H. Billett, jun. All the arrangements of the show were carried out most ably under the direction of Mr. G. Venables. The following is a complete list of the South London exhibitors, with the judges’ awards;
Miss L. Abbott, 61, Cranfield-road, Brockley, 1st, Class 26.
Mrs. T. Ascott, 1, Cook's-place, Forest Hill.
Mr. C. Adams, 35, Anerley Vale, Upper Norwood, very highly commended, Class 49.
Mrs. Akerman, 176, The Hall, Beckenham-road, Penge, very highly commended, Class 47.
Mr. H. T. Akerman, 176, The Hall, Beckenham-road, Penge.
Mrs. H. Amos, 82, St. Hugh’s-road, Anerley.
Mr. H. J. Andrews, 13, Walpole-street, New Cross-road, 2nd, Class 51.
Mrs. E. Archer, 22, Hamilton-road, West Norwood, highly commended, Ciass 46,
Mr. W. Ashby, 16, Sydenham Park, Sydenham.
Mr. Axtell, 218, Bomany-road, West Norwood.
Mr. E. Aylett, Swan Cottage, Upper Norwood.
Mr. R. T. Babb, Laurel Grove, Penge, commended. Class 11; 1st and 2nd, Class 14; 2nd, Class 29.
Mrs. B. Babbage, 196, Romany-road. West Norwood.
Mrs. S. Bailey, 36, Prospeot-road, Wells-road, Sydenham.
Mr. W. Baker, 21, Zion-road, New Thornton Heath.
Miss A. J. Barlow, 55, Loughborough Park, Brixton.
Mrs. Batchelor, The Lodge, 127. Church-road, Norwood, two commended, Class 50.
Mr. B. Bedward, 12, Belvedere-road, Upper Norwood, very highly commended, Classes 48 and 50.
Mrs. Bedward, Tudor House, 12, Belvedere-road, Upper Norwood, 2nd, Class 6.
Mrs. Bennett, Woodfleld, Townley-road, Dulwich Grove.
Mr. G. W. Bews, Stuart House, Newlands, Peckham Rye.
Mrs. Biackes, Hillside, Overhill-road, Forest Hill, 3rd, Class 15.
Mr. T. G. Boltwood, Telegraph Office, Crystal Palace.
Miss Bowdery, 113, Romany-road, West Norwood, highly commended, Class 46.
Mr. C. Bowthorpe, 153, High-street, West Norwood, 3rd, Class 2.
Mr. H. F. Breeden, 21, Freke-road, Lavender Hill, 3rd, Class 44.
Miss D. E. Bretherton, The Elms, Westgate-road, Beckenham.
Miss E. Brebner, 2, Woodland Hill, Upper Norwood, 3rd, Class 23; very highly commended, Class 30.
Miss A. Brigden, Crown Hill, Norwood.
Mr. F. Brigden, Crown Hill, Norwood, very highly commended, Class 18.
Mrs F. Brigden, Crown Hill, Norwood, 2nd, Class 31.
Mr. Arthur Brill, Brunswick Hotel, Anerley-road.
Mr. H. B. de Brent, 5, Clifton Terrace, Beckenham.
Miss A. Brunker, Grosvenor Lodge, Colby-road, Upper Norwood, 2nd, Class 15.
Mrs. J. Butler, Beechview, 194, Croydon-road, Anerley.
Mrs. E. Roswyn Burgess, Beulah Hill, Upper Norwood.
Mrs. F. Caddington, 401, Norwood-road, West Norwood.
Master D. Cameron, 168, Holmesdale-road, South Norwood.
Mrs. Carr, 5, Trewsbury-road, Sydenham, 1st, Class 40.
Miss Carver, 18, The Terrace, Farquhar-road, Upper Norwood, commended, Class 3.
Mr. H. R. Charge, 105, High-street, Sydenham.
Mr. Ernest Chessex, 27, St. Aubyn’s-road, Upper Norwood, very highly commended, Class 52.
Mr. J. Chessex (pastry cook), Crystal Palace, 2nd, Class 47.
Mr. J. Childes, Blackheath, 1st, Class 7; 2nd, Class 17.
Miss Chuter, 28, Romany-road, West Norwood, very highly commended, Class 52.
Mr. H. H. Clarke, Bleak House, Mackenzie-road, Beckenham.
Mrs. Clifford, 13, Belvedere-road, Upper Norwood.
Mr. Coleman, 113, Wells-road, Upper Sydenham, very highly commended, Class 51.
Mr. B. W. Cornutt, 48 and 50, Anerley-road, Upper Norwood.
Miss A. Coulson, Enfield House, Anerley-road, 2nd, Class 41.
Miss M. Cockerton, Gipsy Hill, 2nd, Class 7.
Mrs, Goldman, 16, Carberry-road, Westow-street, Upper Norwood.
Mrs. Cross, 149, Romany-road, West Norwood, commended, Class 46.
Mr. J. Curle, Princess of Wales’ Hotel, Blackheath, very highly commended, Class 37.
Miss Davies, 100, Woodland-road, Upper Norwood, 3rd, Class 50.
Mrs. Davis, Franklin-road, Penge.
Mr. T. Dawe, Mayhew Cottage, Westow Hill.
Miss Dibble, 13, Station-road, Anerley, 3rd, Class 8.
Mr. F. Dickeson, 217, West Norwood, commended, Class 52.
Mrs. Durman, Matilda Villas, CUve-road, West Dulwich.
Mr. C. Eagle, 69, St. Hugh’s-road, Anerley, highly commended, Class 47.
Mr. R. Eagle, 22, Palace-road, Upper Norwood, very highly commended, Classes 51 and 52.
Messrs. Eagle and Barnes, 22, Palace-road, Upper Norwood, 3rd, Class 19,
Mrs. Edwards, 5, Hazledon-road, Brockley.
Mrs. Edwards, 15, Woodland Hill, Upper Norwood, highly commended, Class 48.
Mr. J. Edwards, 5, Rowland Grove, Sydenham.
Mr. G. L. Edwards, Railway Hotel, Penge.
Mr. F. Eland, Stanford House, Palace-square, Upper Norwood.
Mr. R. Ellis, Refreshment Department, Crystal Palace, very highly commended, Class 3.
Mr. T. Evans, chemist, Mitcham-road, Streatham, very highly commended, Class 43.
Mrs. Everest, 39, Queen’s-road, Crown Hill, Upper Norwood, 3rd, Class 47.
Mrs. J. Everett, 120, Kimberloy-road, Nunhead.
Mrs. Everett, Hatcham Park-road, Now Cross, highly commended, Class 44.
Mr. W. H. E. Fisher, 46, Woodland Hill, Gipsy Hill, very highly commended, Class 48.
Mr. H. Ford, 1, Fernholme-road, Auorley, 483, very highly commended, Class 52.
Mr. F.W. Ford, Grangewood, South Norwood Hill, very highly commended, Class 52.
Mrs. C. Freeman, 15, Meadow-place, South Lambeth-road, 2nd, Class 10.
Miss C. Freeman, 7, Oaksford Avenue, Wells-road, Sydenham.
Mr. T. French, Gipsy Hill Dairy, Upper Norwood.
Mr. D. Ganderton, 15, Carberry-road, Upper Norwood, highly commended, Class 45.
Miss E. M. Gessey, 5, Central Hill, Upper Norwood.
Mrs. C. E. Gessey, 5, Prospect-place, New Town, Upper Norwood, highly commended, Class 47.
Mr C. Gessey, Prospect-place, New Town, Upper Norwood, very highly commended, Class 46.
Mr. Gooch, 141, Gipsy Hill, 2nd, Class 3.
Mr. Gorham, 25, Norbury-road, Thornton Heath, highly commended, Class 48.
Mrs. Gorham, 25, Norbury-road, Thornton Heath.
Mr. J. Gosling, Greyhound Hotel, Dulwich, 3rd, Class 48.
Mrs. E. L.. Gosden, 83, Sarsfield-road, Balham, very highly commended, Class 44.
Mr. G. Green, Laurie Park, Sydenham, very highly commended, Class 47.
Mr. F. Green, 2, Berryman s-lane, Sydenham-road.
Mr. W. Green, 98, Lower Hamilton Terrace, Hamilton-road, West Norwood.
Miss Gresham, The Lodge, Penge.
Miss D. B. Gresham, The Lodge, Penge, 1st, Class 25.
Mr. W. Gutteridge, 8, Dallas-road, Sydenham, 1st, Class 52.
Mr. T. Haggar, 62, Livingstone-road, Thornton Heath.
Mrs. E. Hamilton, 8, Solon New-road, Clapham, 3rd, Class 41.
Miss S. Hampshire, 27. George-street, Gipsy Hill.
Miss Hands, 14, Beadford-road, Wells-road, Sydenham, 3rd Class 46.
Mr. Hands, 14, Beadtord-road, Wells-road, Sydenham,1Ist, Class 53.
Mrs. G. Harris, Weldon House, Cintra Park, Norwood.
Mrs. Harn, 48, Prospect-road, Wells-road, Sydenham.
Miss M. Harvey, Laurel Cottage, New Town, Norwood.
Mrs. S. Harvey, Laurel Cottage, New Town, Norwood.
Mrs. Harvey, 26, Romany-road, West Norwood, very highly commended, Class 46.
Mrs. Haslegrave, Springcroft, Lawrence-road, South Norwood.
Miss Hatch, 20, Waldegrave-road, Upper Norwood, very highly commended, Class 40.
Mrs. Hatfield, 78, Arlingford-road, Tulse Hill, 2nd, Class 18.
Mr. G. Hawkins, 156, Woodland-road, Upper Norwood.
Mr. A. Head, 26a, Wingford-road, Brixton Hill, very highly commended, Class 23.
Mrs Herring, Lestock House, Leylands-road, Lee, 3rd, Class 5; 1st, Class 8; 3rd, Class14; 3rd, Class 18; commended, Class 19; highly commended, Class 37; and silver medal for best cat in Classes 41 to 44.
Mr. Hill. Trenholme-road, Anerley.
Mr H. Hobbs, 164, Moffat-road, Thornton Heath.
Miss L. Hodge, Rockbourne, Fox Hill. Upper Norwood.
Miss E. Hodge, Rockbourne, Fox Hill, Upper Norwood.
Mrs. L. Hodge, Rockbourne, Fox Hill, Upper Norwood.
Mrs. H. Hodges, 11, Norbury-road, Thornton Heath, very highly commended, Class 50.
Mrs, M. A. Hodges, 11, Norbury-road, Thornton Heath.
Miss E. Hooper, 49, Sainsbury-road, Upper Norwood.
Mr. Hooper, 49, Sainsbury-road, Upper Norwood.
Mrs. Horton, 41, Heath-road, Thornton Heath, 2nd, Class 40.
Mr. W. H. S. Howard, 8, Landor-road, Clapham-road.
Mr. J. Howell, 87, Woodland-road, Upper Norwood, 3rd, Class 45.
Mrs. V. Howship, 9, Carberry-road, Westow-street, Upper Norwood, 1st, Class 44.
Mr. V. Howship, 9, Carberry-road, Westow-street, Upper Norwood.
Miss H. F. Hudson, Weldon House, Cintra Park, Norwood.
Mrs. Humphrey, Emsworth House, Old Penge-lane, Penge, very highly commended, Class 51.
Mr. Humphrey, Emsworth House, Old Penge-lane, Pence, highly commended, Class 52.
Mrs. W. M. Hunt, Amberley-road, Sydenham, 3rd, Class 22: very highly commended, Class 34.
Mrs. Hunt, 120, Hamilton-road, West Norwood.
Mrs. J. Hurst, 206, Livingstone-road, Thornton Heath, 1st, Class 50.
Mrs. Irwin, 335, Milkwood-road, Herne Hill, 1st, Class 4.
Mrs. A. Hardie Jackson, Mayfield, Beulah Hill, very highly commended, Class 40.
Mrs. Jackson, Beulah Home Stables, Beulah Hill, 3rd, Class 51.
Mrs. James, 175, Hamilton-road, West Norwood, highly commended, Class 50.
Mrs. Jayne, Alma Hotel, Upper Norwood, very highly commended, Class 47.
Miss M. Jerome, 87, Woodland-road, Upper Norwood.
Mr. H. Johnson, 1, St. Germain's Villas, Lewisham, 2nd, Class 1.
Mr. E. Johnson, 200, Holmesdale-road, South Norwood.
Mr. T, Kingett, Crystal Palace Stables, Upper Norwood.
Miss R. Lawrence, 22, Palace-road, Upper Norwood, highly commended, Class 52.
Mr. W. E. Leadbetter, 22, Laurel Grove, Penge.
Mrs. Cuniliffe Lee, New House, Penshurst, Kent, 1st, Class 18; 2nd, Class 26.
Mr. Letts, 5, Anerley-rood, Norwood, 1st, Class46, and silver medal for best cat in Classes 45 to 53.
Miss E. Luck, 24, Guildford-road, Greenwich.
Miss M. Luff, 11, Rowland Grove, Wells-road, Sydenham, commended, Class 48.
Mrs. Mallinson, 134, St. Hughe’s-road, highly commended, Class 51.
Mrs. J. L. Manzie, 76, Anerley Park, Anerley, commended, Class 52.
Mr. R. Martin, 9, Colby-road, Upper Norwood, highly commended, Class 46.
Mrs. Martin, Ribblesdale Stables, Crystal Palace Park-road, 2nd, Class 46.
Mr. W. Martin, The Woodlands, Beulah Hill, Upper Norwood, very highly commended, Class 50.
Miss N. Miller, Crusworth House, Penge-lane, Penge, 3rd, Class 53.
Mrs. Michell, 83, Pomeroy-strect, Peckham, 2nd, Class 52.
Miss Moat, 13, Waldegrave-road, Upper Norwood.
Mrs. Moody, 18, Denmark-road, Camberwell, 1st, Class 36.
Miss Florence Moore, Oakwood, Beckenham, Kent, 1st, Class 12; 1st, Class 24; very highly commended, Class 30; 1st and 2nd, Class 34; special prize for best long-haired cat in show; and silver medal for best cat in Classes 20 to 25.
Miss Moore, 8, Dallas-road, Wells-road, Sydenham, highly commended, Class 51.
Miss R. Moon, Witcombe Lodge, Anerley, 2nd, Class 43.
Miss E. Moone, Argyle Lodge, Gipsy Hill.
Mr. W. G. Morley, Westow Hill, Upper Norwood,
Mr. J. Morris, 41, Barnfield-road, Gipsy Hill, very highly commended, Class 52.
Mr. J. Mowser, 8, Furze-road, Thornton Heath.
Mrs. Mowser, 8, Furze-road, Thornton Heath.
Mr. Nash, 1, Hadlow-place, Anerley-road, 2nd, Class 49.
Mrs. Norrish, Hawley House, Tudor-road, Upper Norwood.
Mr. J. Orbell, 1, Farley Villas, Farley-road, South Norwood.
Mr. D. Page, 47, Barnfield-road, Gipsy Hill.
Mr. H. Page, 39, Woodbine Grove, highly commended, Class 50.
Mr. H. A. Parr, 3, Wickersley-road, Lavender Hill.
Mr. G. Parsons, 30, Apsley-road, South Norwood, commended, Class 51,
Mrs. J, Partridge, Portland-road, South Norwood, 1st, Class 6.
Mr. H. Paul, 55, Bradford-read, Sydenham.
Mrs. Pearce, 160, Norfolk-road, Thornton Heath.
Mrs. Pearl, Fair Oak, Sylvan-road, Upper Norwood.
Mr. W. Perrie, Tonia House Stables, Ross-road, South Norwood, very highly commended, Class 52.
Mrs. Plant, 15, Paddock Garden, Upper Norwood.
Master H. W. Pollard, 49, Barnfield-road, Gipsy Hill.
Miss E. Pope, 89, Coldharbour-lane, Camberwell, 3rd, Class 10.
Miss M, A. Pope, 89, Coldharbour-lane, C amber well, 2nd, Class 39.
Madame E. Portier, “La Voisine,” Portland-road, South Norwood.
Mr. A. Preddy, 43, Sainsbury-road, Gipsy Hill, highly commended, Class 51.
Mrs. G. Pretty, 143, Hamilton-road, West Norwood, very highly commended, Class 45.
Miss Pymble, 140, Gipsy Hill, Upper Norwood, 2nd, Class 12.
Mrs. Quinnell, 3, Warwick Terrace, Taylor’s-lane, Sydenham.
Mrs. E. Rawling, 27, Linden Grove, Sydenham.
Mrs. W. Rose, 4, Cedars Mews, Clapham Common, 2nd, Class 53.
Mrs. Sabbage, 2, The Parade, Beckenham, highly commended, Class 40.
Mrs. A. Sadler, 8, Prospect-road, Sydenham, 3rd, Class 37.
Miss F, L. Salmon. 67, Amersham-road, New Cross.
Mr. H. Sibley, 7, King William-street, Greenwich, 1st, Class 37, and silver medal for best cat in Classes 37 to 40.
Miss F. Simpson, St. Peter’s Vicarage, Eltham-road, Lee, highly commended, Class 22; commended. Class 32.
Mr. Singleton, 11, Tipthorpe-road, Lavender Hill.
Miss Shorter, Brightland, Alleyn Park, West Dulwich.
Mrs. H. Small, 15, Grosvenor-road, South Norwood, 3rd, Class 52.
Miss J. Smith, District Post-office, Westow-street, Upper Norwood.
Mr. W. E. South, 144, Hamilton-road, West Norwood, commended, Class 47.
Mrs. W. Sparks, Rockhills, Crystal Palace Park, Sydenham, highly commended, Class 37.
Mrs. Spiers, Beauchine, Fox-lane, Upper Norwood.
Mrs. H. Spikings, 68, Stanstead-road, Forest Hill.
Mrs. F. Spaig, 22, Oakdeld-road, Penge, commended, Class 52.
Mr. T. Stanton, 35, Camden Hill-road, Upper Norwood, highly commended, Class 48.
Mrs. Stringer, 97, Albert-road, South Norwood, highly commended, Class 4.
Miss M. Sutton, 21, Remerton-road, Herne Hill, very highly commended, Class 41.
Mrs. Sutton, 1, Apsley Villa, Trowshury-road, Sydenham, 3rd, Class 6.
Mrs. A. T. Swinyard, 7, Holmewood-road, Whitehorse-lane, South Norwood, commended, Class 27.
Mr. H. Swinyard, 21 and 23, Romany-road, West Norwood, 3rd, Class 16.
Mrs. Tanner, 21, Hawthorne Grove, Penge, 1st, Class 47.
Mr. E. Tapp, Woodville, Laurie Park, Sydenham, highly commended, Class 47.
Miss B. K. Taylor, 82, Gauden-road, Clapham.
Mr. George Teagle, 15, Meadow-place, South Lambeth, very highly commended, Class 4.
Mr, W. Terry, Paddock Gardens, Upper Norwood, commended, Class 48.
Mrs. Thody, 67, Hawthorne Grove, Penge, commended, Class 10.
Mr. W. Thomas, 71, Cornwall-road, Lambeth, 2nd, Class 16.
Miss S. E. Tilbrook, 63, Woodbine Grove, Penge.
Mrs. H. Tilbrook, 81, Maple-road, Penge, highly commended, Class 46.
Mr. T. Tinworth, 1, Oak Cottage, Paxton-road, West Norwood, highly commended, Class 47.
Mrs. Tongue, 10, Birchanger-road, South Norwood.
Mr. J. W. Townsend, Wendreda, Lancaster-road, Wimbledon, very highly commended, Class 30; highly commended, Class 35.
Mrs. Treadaway, Gillett-road, Thornton Heath, 2nd, Class 45.
Mr. J. Trusson, Refreshment Department, Crystal Palace, 1st, Class 46.
Mrs. Tselin, Rosenfeld, Mount Ephraim-road, Streatham, very highly commended, Class 27.
Mrs. G. Tullett, 128, St. Hughe's-road, Anorley, 3rd, Class 47.
Miss M. E. Tapper, Palace-road, Upper Norwood, commended, Class 33.
Mr. W. G. Vining, 91, Sunderland-road, Forest Hill.
Mr. J. Ware, Conservative Club, Thornton Heath, 2nd and 3rd, Class 11.
Miss Weedon, 8, Dallas-road, Wells-road, Sydenham.
Mr. J. Weightman, 32, Embleton-street, Lewisham, 1st, Class 31.
Miss M. A. Wellman, 38, Oakley-street, Waterloo-read, Lambeth, 1st, Class 16.
Mr. T.C. White (caretaker), 56, Thicket-road, Anerley, 1st, Class 48.
Miss D. Whitmill, 86, Central Hill, Upper Norwood.
Mrs. Wilcher, Waterworks, Sydenham Hill, 2nd, Class 50.
Mr. S. G. Williams, 183, Maple-road, Penge, commended, Class 46.
Miss G. Wilson, 23, Clive-road, West Dulwich.
Mrs. M. Windsor,3, Acacia-road, Paxton Park, Lower Sydenham.
Mr. Winter, jun., 112, St. Hughe’s-road, Anerley, very highly commended, Class 46.
Mrs. G. S. A. Winter, 26, Thicket-road, Anerley.
Miss H. Winter, 148, Woodland-road, Gipsy Hill, 1st, Class 10.
Mrs. H. Wiseman, 43, Colby-road, Gipsy Hill, 2nd, Class 42.
Mr, T. Wood, 141, Barnfleld-road, Station-road, Gipsy Hill.
Mrs. Wright, Fire Station, Crystal Palace Parade, 2nd, Class 48.
Master J. Yeatman, Sydenham Parsonage, commended, Class 40.
Mr. M. Young, 7, Fransfield Grove, Upper Sydenham,
THE CAT SHOW AT THE CRYSTAL PALACE. Graphic , 26th October 1889
The Cat Show at the Crystal Palace shows no indication of falling-off in popularity, to judge by the number of entries this year. To the ordinary mind, accustomed to look upon a cat as a cat, and to draw no finer distinctions, the number of classes into which the exhibits are grouped is bewildering. There are, for instance, male and female short-haired cats, tortoiseshell or white, brown tom cats, blue and silver tabbies, red tabbies, spotted tabbies, blacks and Manx cats. Then come long-haired males and she- cats, and so on, in an interminable series. And the "cat fancy" has a by no means inconsiderable following.
CURIOSITIES AT THE CAT SHOW. Western Daily Mercury. 28th October 1889
One of the curiosities of the Cat Show at the Crystal Palace were the three tortoiseshell tom-cats, whose rarity may be judged from the fact that in the 20 other shows held by the National Cat Club before this one, only one other male tortoiseshell has been exhibited. Indeed, so rare was this colour amongst the feline male sex, that a good many years ago a large prize was offered for a specimen. It is, therefore, to a certain degree comprehensible that the proud owner in the male tortoiseshell class should price his cat, “Tote,” a5 £250.
LOCAL WINNERIsle of Wight Observer, 2nd November 1889
Mr. Merwood of Ryde, took a third prize at the Crystal Palace Cat Show for his cat Flossie, a silver long-haired tabby. This is the second year Flossie has been thus honoured at the Crystal Palace National Cat Show.
1889 BRIGHTON CAT SHOW
CAT SHOW AT THE AQUARIUM. Brighton Gazette, 19th October 1889
Admirers of feline beauty are reminded that the fifth annual Cat Show takes place at the local Aquarium on Wednesday and Thursday, Nov. 6th and 7th. It promises to be one of more than usual attraction. In all there will be thirty-eight classes set apart for the reception of the animals, and in addition to the customary money awards, a number of special prizes will be put up for competition. The entries close on the 29th October.
FIFTH ANNUAL SHOW. Brighton Herald, 2nd November 1889
On Wednesday and Thursday in next week the fifth annual Cat Show will take place at the Aquarium; no extra charge will be made for admission. This Show promises to be the most successful ever held In the Institution, the entries exceeding 200 in number. Every inducement has been held out by the Directors and the Manager (Mr R. Sumner) to secure an exhibition of the highest class. In addition to the numerous prizes, four silver medals are presented the National Cat Club and four by the Aquarium Company. The Judge, Mr Harrison Weir, F.R.H.S., also gives as a special prize his well-known work, “Our Cats.”
CAT SHOW AT THE AQUARIUM. Brighton Gazette, 7th November 1889
Thanks to the efforts of Mr T. H. Andrews, another most successful Cat Show has been added to the four held in past years, and was opened yesterday afternoon. There were 260 entries, and the local exhibits were well to the fore in number, but were beaten in quality by the outsiders, especially those from Norwood and the S. W. district of the Metropolis, where cats are apparently bred to perfection. Mr Harrison Weir, the President of the National Cat Club, who has recently published a work on the feline race, acts as judge, and his decisions met with the entire approval of the public, although in one case he had reversed the decision of the Crystal Palace judges. The cats were stalled and fed by Spratt's Patent, and very comfortable and contented they looked. There was a good attendance throughout the day, and certainly this show should not be missed. We are unavoidably compelled, owing to the pressure on our space, to leave over the prize list till our Saturday's issue.
THE CAT SHOW AT THE AQUARIUM Brighton Gazette, 9th November 1889
The following is the full list of awards at this successful Show, which opened on Wednesday and closed on Thursday evening, and which we were unable to publish in our Thursday’s issue owing to pressure on our space.
A special prize of a silver medal is offered for the best cat in classes 1 to 11.
TORTOISESHELL (MALE OR FEMALE)
CLASS 1.— Tortoiseshell, colour to be red, yellow, and black, no white. 1st prize, 15s, Mr Woodford’s Topsy; 2nd, 10s, Mrs Young’s Tits; 3rd, 5s, Mr Nutt’s Filby.
CLASS 2.— Tortoiseshell and white, colour to be red, yellow, and black, and white. 1st prize, 15s, Mrs Freeman’s Sally; 2nd, 10s, Mr Nutt’s Primrose; 3rd, 5s, Mr Nutt’s The Wonder.
CLASS 3. - Brown tabby, or brown tabby and white: colours to be rich brown, striped, and marked with black and white. 1st 15s, Mr Harris’s Fye; 2nd, 10s, Miss Shiffner’s Cephas; 3rd, 5s, Mr Hurgett’s Felix.
CLASS 4. – Blue or silver tabby: colour to be blue or silver grey, striped, and marked with black, no white. 1st prize, 15s, Mr Lulham’s Tiger; 2nd, 10s, Mr Nutt’s Silver King; 3rd, 5s, Mrs Thompson’s Prince.
CLASS 5. – Any other variety not mentioned. 1st prize, 15s, Mrs Herring’s Snip; 2nd, 10s, Mr lane’s Little Sam; 3rd, 5s, Mrs J Irwin’s Triplet.
CLASS 6. - Brown tabby, or brown tabby and white: colours to be rich brown, striped, and marked with black and white. 1st prize, 15s, Mrs Young’s Mary; 2nd, 10s, Mr Auckland’s Tib; 3rd, 5s, Mrs Herring’s Tibbie.
CLASS 7. - Blue or silver tabby: colour to be blue or silver grey, striped, and marked with black, no white. 1st prize, 15s, Miss Flo Moore’s Nannie; 2nd, Miss Pymble’s Jew; 3rd, 5s, Mr R T Babb’s Toddles.
CLASS 8. – Any other variety not mentioned. 1st prize, 15s, Mrs Young’s Susan; 2nd, 10s, Madame M D’Armand’s Polly; 3rd, 5s, Mr Babb’s May Queen.
MALE OR FEMALE.
CLASS 9. – Any other variety. 1st prize, 15s and silver medale, Mrs Herring; 2nd, 10s, Mrs Herring; 3rd, 5s, Mrs Halfield’s Ondee.
CLASS 10. – Two best kittens (short-haired), any colour, under six months old. 1st prize, 15s, Mrs Vyvyan’s Bagus and Anam; 2nd, 10s, Miss Mayhew’s Sambo and Darling; 3rd, 5s, Messrs Eagle and Barnes.
CLASS 11. – The best single best kitten (short-haired), any colour, under six months old. 1st prize, 15s, Miss T Apps; Dorothy; 2nd, 10s, Mrs Harris’ Dolly; 3rd, 5s, Miss Shuttler’s Nana.
A special prize of a silver medal is offered for the best cat in classes 12 to 12.
CLASS 12. - Black or white, colour to be all black or all white. 1st prize, 15s, Mrs Yarborough’s Mr Dolls and silver medal; 2nd, 10s, Mrs Young’s Punch; 3rd, 5s, Miss Bannister’s Fluffy.
CLASS 13. – Tabby, with or without white, any variety or colour. 1st prize, 15s, Miss Flo Moore’s Felix; 2nd, 10s, Mr Robertson’s Ispahan; 3rd, 5s, Miss Bannister’s Wismagig.
CLASS 14. – Any other variety. 1st prize, 15s, Mrs Lee’s Monseyneur; 2nd, 10s, Miss Gresham’s Donovan; 3rd, 5s, Mr Dyer’s Ephumbo.
CLASS 15. - Black or white, colour to be all black or all white. 1st prize, 15s, Mrs Dyer’s Daphne; 2nd, 10s, Mr King’s Lady Flo; 3rd, 5s, Mrs Lee’s Hermione.
CLASS 16. – Tabby, with or without white, any variety or colour. 1st, Miss Apps’s Silver Queen; 2nd, 10s, Mrs Wilkinson’s Darling; 3rd, 5s, Mr Robertson.
CLASS 17. – Any other variety. 1st prize, 15s, Mr Dyer’s Zulu; 2nd, 10s, Mrs Wilkinson’s Fluffy; 3rd, 5s, Miss Coombe’s Elfin.
CLASS 18. Siamese cats, male or female. 1st prize, 15s and silver medal, Mrs Lee; 2nd, 10s, Mr Badman’s Banglempoo.
Class 19. – Pure blue cats, male or female. 1st prize, 15s, Mrs Hunt’s Banquo; 2nd, 10s and silver medal, Mrs Thompson’s Winks.
CLASS 20. – Two best kittens (long-haired), any colour, under six months old. 1st prize, 15s, Mrs Bridge’s Dora and Dot; 2nd, 10s, Mr Weightman; 3rd, 5s, Mr Peppercorn’s Jack Frost and Princess Snow.
CLASS 21. – The best single best kitten (long-haired), any colour, under six months old. 1st prize, 15s, Mr Flower’s Tib; 2nd, 10s, Mrs Herring’s Juliette; 3ed, 5s, Mr Weightman.
GELDED CATS (SHORT HAIRED)
CLASS 22. – Tabby, any variety. 1st prize, 15s, Mrs Herring’ Chin; 2nd, 10s, Mr Butler’s Colonel; 3rd, 5s, Miss Fossey’s Tiger.
CLASS 23. - Black or white, colour to be all black or all white. 1st prize, 15s, Mr Weightman’s Samson; 2nd, 10s, Mrs Whitbourn’s Trix.
CLASS 24. – Any other variety, foreign or English. 1st proze, 15s, Mrs Adamson’s Dick Phillip; 2nd, 10s, Miss Potter’s Timothy; 3rd, 5s, Miss Sharp’s Lion.
GELDED CATS (LONG HAIRED)
CLASS 25. – Tabby, any variety. 1st prize, 15s, Miss Jemmett-Brown’s Punch; 2nd, 10s, Mr Watts’ Jim; 3rd, 5s, Mr Short’s Tom.
CLASS 26. - Black or white, colour to be all black or all white. 1st prize, 15s and silver medal, Mrs Boddington’s Ba-ba; 2nd, 10s, Mr J Howard’s Peter; 3rd, 5s, Mr Crampton’s Sam.
CLASS 27. – Any other variety. 1st prize, 15s, Mr Heasman’s Peter; 2nd, 10s, Mr Hamilton’s Peter the Great; 3rd, 5s, Mrs Hunt’s Puck.
CLASS FOR WEIGHT ONLY
CLASS 28. – Any variety or colour, gelded or not. 1st prize, 15s, Mrs Moody’s Sir Tommy; 2nd, 10s, Mrs Gaubert’s Smut.
PRIZES OFFERED FOR CATS TO WORKING MEN. SHORT-HAIRED OR LONG-HAIRED, GELDED OR NOT.
A special prize of a silver medal is offered for the best cat in classes 29 to 35.
CLASS 29. Black, white, or black and white. 1st prize, 7s 6d, Mrs Wilkins’ Lord Lovel; 2nd, 5s, Mr A Guy, jun; 3rd, 2s 6d, Mrs Toynbee.
CLASS 30. Tabby, any variety. 1st prize, 7s 6d, and silver medal, Mrs Hughes’ Toby; 2nd, 5s, Mr Adamson’s Tim, 3rd, 2s 6d, Mr Walder’s Tom.
CLASS 31. – Any other variety. 1st prize, 7s 6d; 2nd, 5s; 3rd, 2s 6d. Capt Pattenden’s Fireman was the only exhibit in this class. This cat was the centre of attraction during the show, the only cause apparently for this being its name and owner.
CLASS 32. - Black, white, or black and white. 1st prize, 7s 6d, Mrs Turner’s Selby; 2nd, 5s, Mr Stidwell’s Kitty.
CLASS 33. – Tabby, any variety. 1st prize, 7s 6d, Mr Batcherlor’s Pet; 2nd, 5s, Mr J Goff’s Trott; 3rd, 2s 6d, Mrs Barrow’s Nanny.
CLASS 34. – Any other variety. 1st prize, 7s 6d, Mrs Adhemer’s Mill; 2nd, 5s, Mrs Sandham’s Tiny; 3rd, 2s 6d, Mr Goff’s Tipsy.
CLASS 35. – Two best marked kittens. Any variety, under six months old. 1st prize, 7s 6d, Mrs Saunders; 2nd, 5s, Mr Hodges’ Percy and Mirth; 3rd, 2s 6d, Mr Adhemer’s Milly and Sue.
THE CAT SHOW. Brighton Herald, 9th November 1889
A great success was achieved by the Manager (Mr Reginald Sumner) at the fifth annual eat show held on Wednesday and Thursday. The entries were larger than on any previous occasion, the class of animals was in many instances higher, and the attendance of spectators was throughout the Show satisfactory. Brighton owners were well represented and carried off some of the best prizes. Mr J. Harris’s “Tiger” won first prize for tom cats, this being the fourth first prize it has won, whilst Mr Adhemar, of Richmond-road, took a first prize in a tabby class, and third prize for a couple of kittens. One of the most beautifully marked animals in the Show was a silver grey and striped tabby, which won first prize for Mr K. W. Lulham, of Cambridge-road, Hove, or as the catalogue had it “Hove, near Brighton.” Two second prizes fell to Mrs Wilkinson, Upper Rock-gardens, both being for tabbies. Mrs Young, of Harrogate, took a silver medal and book given by Mr Harrison Weir for the best short-haired she cat. First prizes fell to Mr G.G. Flowers, of Tidy-street, for a pretty kitten, called “Tib"; to Mrs Beddington, of 62, Regency-square, for a white Persian, called '‘Ba Ba”; to Mr H. Hughes, of 31, Queen's-gardens, who also won a silver medal for a fine specimen of the tabby a class for the cats of working men; to Mrs Turner, of Beaufort-terrace, for a fine black cat; and to Mrs Saunders, of 1, Tidy-street, for two pretty kittens.
Second prizes were awarded to the exhibits of Mrs Stillwell, of 90, Livingstone-road; Mr Henry Watts, of Palmeira Mews; Miss Potter, of Brunswick-place; Mr Alfred Guy, of Blackman-street; Mr W. Adamson, of Edward-street; Mrs H. Sandham, of 57, Newhaven-street; two third prizes to Miss E. Shutler, of Market-street; and one each to Miss Bannister, Upper Rock-gardens; Miss T. Combe, of 65. Montpelier-road; Miss Fossey, of Sussex-street; Mr Geo. Short, of the Crown and Anchor Hotel; W. Crampton, of Compton-terrace; Mrs Carew Hunt, of First-avenue; Mrs Toynbee, of Old Shoreham-road; Miss Jessie Andrews, of 74. Queen’s Park-road; and Mrs Barrow, of Richmond-road. A word of praise is due to Mr Andrews, of the Aquarium staff, for his share in bringing the Show to successful issue.
BRIGHTON CAT SHOW Kentish Mercury, 15th November 1889
At the annual cat show held in Brighton last week, Mrs C. Herring, or Lestock House, Leyland-road, Lee, secured the following prizes:- First in class 5 for “Snip,” third in class 6 for “Tibbie,” first and silver medal of the National Cat Club for a pure blue Russian male, and second for a Russian female in class 9, was highly commended for “Lord Harry,” took second for “Juliette” in class 21, first for “Chin” in class 22, and highly commended for “Dick” in class 25.
1889 REGIONAL CAT SHOWSCAT SHOW. Lincolnshire Free Press, 1st January 1889
BARNSTAPLE POULTRY, PIGEON, CAGE BIRD, RABBIT AND CAT SHOW. North Devon Journal , 10th January 1889
The Managing Committee of the Barnstaple Poultry, Pigeon, Cage, Bird, Rabbit and Cat Show, are to be congratulated on the remarkable measure of success attained by the exhibition of yesterday. The Show was the fortunate outcome of a combination of favourable circumstances. [. . .] We could have wished that a larger attendance of visitors had been attracted by the surpassing excellence of the show. But the public have another opportunity to-day of evincing their interest in the exhibition. The quality of the exhibits runs high. The judges passed flattering compliments upon the merits of the show. [No mention of cat entries or awards]
BERWICK ORNITHOLOGICAL SOCIETY SHOW. Berwickshire News and General Advertiser, 5th February 1889
The idea to add classes for cats and rabbits at the annual show of Berwick Ornithological Society is a good one, though there may be some persons inclined to ridicule the proposal. Rabbits they may not object to, but cats they say are the sworn enemies of birds. Quite so, but, is there not to be a time when the lion shall lie down beside the lamb. Someone has said that the lamb shall lie down inside of the lion, and he may also apply his satire as regards the animal which boasts nine lives, and the "winged creature of the air." But, it is evident that exhibitions of cats are becoming vastly popular. The annual Cat Show the Crystal Palace is a great and important event, and there is no reason why pussy should not be awarded a prize at Berwick. There is no need to fear that Topsy or Jemima or Thomas will be allowed to play havoc with all the dickie birds, or yet the monarch of the farm-yard, and the introduction the Cat of Nine lives - not the Cat of Nine Tails - will add increased interest to an already very popular Show
[NORWICH] DOG AND CAT SHOW. Diss Express, 26th April 1889
The first exhibition of dogs and cats under the auspices of the Norfolk and Norwich Kennel Club was opened on Tuesday at the Corn Hall, where a splendid collection of animals, numbering in all about 280, had been brought together. The dogs were arranged upon stages placed lengthwise along the hall, while the cats, which were only fifteen in number, occupied a stage running across the east end. In the cat classes a rough-haired tiger cat, aged not quite two and a half years, and belonging to Lady Bullard, easily scored first honours in its own class, and also took the special prize awarded to the best cat in the show.
PIGEON, RABBIT, AND CAT SHOW AT BOSTON. Stamford Mercury, 14th June 1889
The second open exhibition in connection with the Boston Fanciers' Association was held in the Lord Nelson field, Liquorpond-street, on the 6th inst , and was a great success. The entries numbered close upon 500, and in the exhibits almost every part of the country was represented. The show was the largest of the kind ever held in Boston, and its quality, taken as a whole, was in keeping with its dimensions. The judges, who had some trouble in assessing relative merits of the exhibits, were: rabbits, cats, and cavies, Mr. J. H. Roberts, of Armley. The following is list their awards :
Cats. Long-hair: 2 and special. Mrs. Pooles; 3, Mrs. Porcher.
Short-hair: 1 and special, A. Davis; 2. Miss Yeadon; 3, G. Wilkinson ; extra, J. Metcalfe.
BLAIRGOWRIE. FAIR OF BLAIR. Dundee Advertiser, 25th July 1889
—Tuesday was the busiest Fair of Blair day experienced for many years. In addition the Highland games and the dog and cat show, there was a number of the usual itinerant exhibitions in the Wellmeadow.
PRIMROSE LEAGUE FETE AT NETHERAVON. Devizes and Wiltshire Gazette, 1st August 1889
Under the auspices of the Avon Valley Habitation of the Primrose League a fete was held on Saturday last in the grounds of Netheravon Home, the residence of the Right Hon. Sir Michael Hicks-Beach, M.P., [. . .] A cat show was held in one of the coach houses, and some eighteen grimalkins were here exhibited. Miss Phillimore kindly consented to act judge, the number of prizes awarded being three, while two animals were highly commended and one commended. One of the highly commendeds was a female feline with four or five pretty kittens. The names of the prize winners were not declared.
In the coach house Master Charles Ingledew exhibited a cat show, in which 17 of those domestic pets were displayed, and three of their owners received prizes (Salisbury and Winchester Journal – 3rd August 1889).
POULTRY, PIGEON, RABBIT, AND CAT SHOW AT SOUTHAMPTON. Southern Echo, 18th October 1889
Judges: Cats, Mr. G. Billett (senior).
The second annual exhibition of this Society opened on Thursday at the Victoria Skating Rink, and the committee are to be congratulated on the fact that notwithstanding two competing shows - at Worthing and Staines - in the same week such a grand total nearly 1,600 entries was secured. The entries are 450 excess of the total last year. In addition to a valuable prisze list by the committee, reaching £300, special prises were given in the open competitions by [. . .] the National Cat Club [. . .] Cats were few - a fact much to be regretted - but attractive, and one class was cancelled in consequence of the sparcity of entries. The committee hope, however, to bring this class into more prominent notice next year.
Cats. Prizes, 15s; 7s 6d; and 5s.
Long hair, any colour other than black or white: 1, S.W. Dance (Persian); 2, Mr. Kinchant (tabby); 3, Rev. A. Newland. [From this we can deduce that the class for long-hair black or white was the cancelled class]
Short hair, tabby or tabby and white, 1. E.E. Eastman (tabby), 2 G. Pressler (tabby); 3, Mrs. M.A. Hayne.
Local Class. Prizes, 7s 6d; 5s and 2s 6d.
Any variety, 1, Mrs. S. Cooksey; 2, Mrs, Cecil Bassett (Persian), 3, Hoskins Bros (tabby); extra, Mrs. H. Harris (silver tabby).
NORTHAMPTON GOOD INTENT ORNITHOLOGICAL SOCIETY ANNUAL SHOW. Northampton Mercury, 26th October 1889
The annual show of the Northampton Good Intent Ornithological Society was held on Wednesday and Thursday in the Corn Exchange. The show was, as usual, a large one, the entries numbering 1,378, being an advance of about 250 on last year. The society had extended its operations, and there were about 20 different classes added various sections. There was one fresh and quite unique feature in connection with the show, and that was a section for cats. Unfortunately the Crystal Palace Cat Show clashes with the present effort, or doubtless the entries would have been considerably larger. As it was, however, there were thirteen entries, and the quality of the specimens was very fine. Besides the usual prizes there was a large number of specials.
Class 75. – Long hair, any colour, male or female. 1, Mrs. Kilborn; 2, Miss G. Abrahams; 3, Mrs. Gammon; v.h.c. Mrs. Keeber; h.c. Miss M. Vicars.
Class 76. – Short hair, any colour, male or female. 1, J. Woodford; 2. S. Youl; 4, R. Langley; v.h.c T.T. Feather, C. Tooby, and T. Abbott; h.c. Mrs. Law.
EBBW VALE DOG, POULTRY, CAGE BIRDS AND CAT SHOWS. South Wales Daily News, 5th November 1889
Ebbw Vale, Dog (under K.C.R. Revised, 1889), Poultry, Cage Birds, and Cat Shows, November 21st, 1889. Entries close November 7th. Dr. E. S. Vachell, Chairman; J. Light, Secretary.
LOWER ANNANDALE POULTRY, PIGEON, CAGE-BIRD, DOG, RABBIT, AND CAT SHOW Annandale Observer and Advertiser, 8th November 1889
Lower Annandale Poultry, Pigeon, Cage-Bird, Dog, Rabbit, and Cat Show in the Victoria Hall, Annan, on Wednesday, 25th December, 1889. Prize Schedules, now ready, may be had from Chalmers & Graham, Secs.
CAT SHOW FOR DUNDEE. Dundee Advertiser, 20th November 1889
To The Editor of The Dundee Advertiser. Sir, - In former years there were classes at the dog show for cats. This year there were none, and we had to stay at home. Why should we submit this? L am sure we are as pretty as any dog, and far more useful. Then, why should we not have an opportunity of showing off our beautiful form adorned in many colours? The Kinnaird Hall would be a very suitable place for us to be shown, and if some kind friends - ladies or gentlemen - would move in this they would receive the best thanks of Puir Pussy.
POULTRY AND CAT SHOW. The Star, 23rd November 1889
-No fewer than 1185 entries for the forthcoming Poultry and Cat Show were made last Saturday at the Agricultural Society's room, States Arcade. This represents a sum of over £120 in fees, and augurs well for the success of the Exhibition.
POULTRY. BIRD, AND CAT SHOW AT PICKERING. York Herald, 7th December 1889
Yesterday, the fifth annual exhibition of the Pickering Fanciers' Society was held in the Market Hall at that town under very favourable auspices. The total number of entries was 537, being an increase on last year; and the exhibits were of very high merit. Poultry and rabbits were especially good. The judges were: For poultry and pigeons, Mr. H. Beldon, Bingley; rabbits and cats, Mr. J. E. Aldred, Leeds; cage birds, Mr. William Dodsworth, Norton. The exhibition, which was opened for the public at noon, was visited during the day by a very large company. The following were the principal awards: -
CATS, - Best British tiger or leopard marked - J Coultas, Pickering.
Best British self-coloured - D Brown, Nunthorpe-court, York.
Best British (under 4 months) - W Pickering, Eastgate, Pickering.
Best foreign - T Wailgate, Norton.
Any other variety - Miss Coultman, Hallgarth. Pickering.
DOG AND CAT SHOWS. South Wales Echo, 9th December 1889
Aberavon Conservazione Next Thursday. Entries for the Dog and Cat Shows close Wednesday. Particulars, Arnold Pentyla, Aberavon.
SATURDAY, RABBIT AND CAT SHOW AT PETERBOROUGH. Peterborough Advertiser, 28th December 1889
On Thursday the Peterborough and District Fancy Rabbit Society held its fourth half-yearly show of Rabbits, Cats, and Cavies in the Corn-exchange, Peterborough. There was an excellent all round show, the exhibits being capitally penned and staffed. It being Boxing-day, numerous holiday makers availed themselves of the opportunity of visiting the show. Special Prises were given by Mr. Richer, the President, Mr. Luke Johnstone, and Mr. T. Wilson, whilst a Silver Medal was given by Mr. E. R. Partridge. [. . .] The Judge was Mr. H. E. Gilbert, Rugby; and the Hon. Auctioneer Mr. J. B. Craig. [. . .] Long-haired cate were very good all round, the first going to Miss D. M. Ball for a magnificent animal “Ruffles”; Miss Saunders getting second with a silver grey. The short-haired cats were a big class, but called for no particular comment. The show was excellently managed, and the judges gave general satisfaction. The following the list of awards:
Cats, Long-haired. 1 Miss D. M. Ball; 2, J. Simpson; 3 Miss Sibbert; vhc Miss E. Saunders and Mrs. Seymour; hc J. J. Phillip; c J. Norcott mid Mrs. W. Cox.
Cats, Short-haired. 1, A. W. Gray; 2 W. T. Rickman; 3, - Miller, hc ditto; c Miss B. Johnson.
PETERBOROUGH RABBIT AND CAT SHOW . Stamford Mercury, 3rd January 1890
On the 26th ult., Peterboro' and district society held its half-yearly show in the Corn-exchange. There was an excellent display, the exhibits being capitally penned and staged. Being Boxing-day numerous holiday-makers visited the show. [. . .] There was a large entry of rabbits, and long-haired cats. [. . .] Miss D. M. Ball took the first prize for long-haired cats, and Mr. A.W. Gray the first for short-haired cats. Others who received prizes for cats were J. Simpson, Miss Hibbert, W.T. Rickman, Miller, S.W. Hewson, W.T. Hill, and Mrs. R.C. Dance.
CAT SHOW SUGGESTION. Cumberland Pacquet, and Ware’s Whitehaven Advertiser, 24th January, 1889
A suggestion has been made by a member of the newly-formed National Cat Club, that the committee of the Millom Cage Bird and Poultry Show should offer prizes to be competed for by those who take an interest in cats.