CHICKENS [AND CATS] AT THE GARDEN – The New York Times, January 20, 1901
Chickens will be the attraction during the coming week at the Madison Square Garden. The common garden fowl will not usurp all the attention, however, for ducks, geese, pigeons, besides many varieties of caged birds, as well as guinea pigs, rab-bits, cavies, and even cats will be distributed with considerable liberality about the Garden. The occasion for this lavish display of winged fowl is the twelfth annual exhibition of the New York Poultry and Pigeon Association. The exhibit will open Wednesday morning and will be continued through Saturday. It may seem father odd to include such an animal as the cat with pigeons and small birds, but since the attempt to establish cat shows failed, the annual exhibition of felines has been included as one of the attractions of the poultry show. The cats, guinea pigs, and rabbits will be placed in the concert hall, and it is possible that a portion, if not all of the restaurant, may have to be given up to these animals. There is a large entry list with a long array of prizes, and in certain lines the coming show will present superior features over past years.

CATS WIN BLUE RIBBONS.; Gen. Collis's Coco Beats Lord Bobs at the Poultry Show - The New York Times, January 25, 1901

Cats, rabbits, and guinea pigs received the blue-ribbon badge of high-class merit yesterday at the poultry show in the Madison Square Garden, as well as several hundred additional birds and other members of the feathered tribe. The attendance was much larger than on the opening day, and all the birds looked in the prime of condition.

The judging of cats attracted considerable attention, and, after it was all over, there was scarcely a cage that did not have either a blue, red, or yellow ribbon fastened upon. One of the fattest and handsomest looking cats is a long-haired blue cat, owned by Gen. Charles H. T. Collis, and is known by the name of "Coco." It is a great rival of another blue cat, known as "Lord Bobs," owned by J. Robins of this city. Only a critical judge could detect their superior merits, and when "Coco" received the blue ribbon, he maintained the picture of comfort and aristocratic bearing for the remainder of the day.

Miss L. C. Moeran of this city is the largest cat exhibitor, having eighteen different ones, and she captured five first prizes. Miss Mary B. Thurston of Newport won the same number of firsts with her six long-haired cats. Miss M. Hays and H. T. Draper of this city each won two awards.


POULTRY SHOW THIS WEEK – New York Times, January 12th, 1902
The thirteenth annual exhibition of the New-York Poultry, Pigeon and Pet Stock Association will open in the Madison Square Garden on Tuesday at 9 a. m. and will continue until Saturday at 10:30 p. m. [. . .] The pet stock department, which has been a matter of special interest, will show cats, cavies and rabbits, and among the felines will be a number of prize winners, exhibited by owners, who have won many prizes at various exhibitions. The judges in the various classes will be [. . .] Pet stock — T. G. Turner New-York; John Robbins, New-York; E. H. Barker, Albany. N. Y.; Frank Kline, Reading, Penn.

CHICKENS NOW ON VIEW; Madison Square Garden Transformed Into a Large Barnyard. CATS AND GUINEA PIGS, TOO Collection of the Latter Is the Best Ever Seen Here -- A Wolfhound Lives with the Hens. The New York Times, January 15, 1902

[..]But besides the bewildering array of hens, turkeys, geese, pigeons, ducks, bantams, and even canaries, there are cats, guinea pigs and rabbits. The cats are more numerous than last year, and, fortunately for their peace of mind as well as that of the feathery tribe, are shown this year in the concert hall.[...]

PRIZE POULTRY WINNERS. Miss Moeran Wins All the Honors for Manx Cats
The New York Times, January 16,1902

An increased attendance was noticeable yesterday in the Madison Square Garden [. . .] Miss Moeran, who exhibits under the name of the Ashton Kennels a fine collection of Manx cats, won all the first prizes for that class. Mrs. Hofstra of Garden City won a prize for a magnificent Siamese short-haired cat, while in the other classes the prizes were practically divided between Mrs. S. H. Bond, Mrs. M. B. Thurston, Mrs. Champion, Mrs. Helena A. Mix. and Mrs. Edith K. Neil. A number of fine special prizes were offered in addition to the regular awards, and the leading winners were:

Silver cup offered by Mrs. Brien Brown, for best long-haired kitten. Won by Mrs. M. E. Carlton. Silver cup offered by Mrs. Brien Brown, for best long-haired chinchilla or shaded silver cat. Won by Mrs. M. B. Thurston. Cup offered by Mrs. E. N. Barker, for best long-haired male. Won by Mrs. M. B. Thurston. Silver cat-collar and pendant, offered-by Mrs. Champion, for best blue-eyed long-haired white male. Won by Mrs. Brien Brown. Cup offered by Mrs. Clinton Locke, for best male, (blue.) under seven months, long-haired. Won by R. Ottolengul. Silver cup offered by Laurence Bottomley, for best pair of Manx. Won by Ashton Kennals. Special, offered by Mrs. Thurston, for best Manx. Won by Ashton Kennels. Ten dollars for best exhibit of tortoise-shell or tortoise-shell and white short-haired cats, offered by Mrs. Hofstra. Won by H. T. Draper.

CROWDS VIEW THE POULTRY.; Thousand-Dollar Cats Attract Much Attention in the Madison Square Garden Show.
The New York Times, January 17, 1902

Although the thirteenth annual exhibition of the New York Poultry, Pigeon, and Pet Stock Association, now in progress at the Madison Square Garden, does not attract the large crowds which some of the Garden attractions do, the attendance is very good, and is said to be the largest in the history of the association. The mild weather of yesterday brought out the largest attendance of the week, which included a noticeably large number of children. The little folks, as a rule, took little interest in the fowls, the newly hatched chickens in the incubators or brooders being the only feature of the pountry exhibit proper which attracted them. The cats, rabbits, and guinea pigs were much more to their liking, and in consequence the cages containing the furry animals received the most attention.

Indeed to all but the most enthusiastic poultry fanciers, to whom this annual exhibition is a very important business matter, the minor features of the show are by far the most interesting. Moreover, most of them are in smaller rooms, up stairs or down, and the visitor is able to get away from the continuous crowing and cackling of the fowls on the main floor, for a time at least. Upstairs in the concert hall the cats, which are the aristocrats of the exhibition, hold a continuous reception and submit to the petting and patting of a succession of visitors from morning until night, with surprising good nature. Only one big white puss, who possibly resented his appellation of "Prosper Le Gai," belied his name by attempting to scratch a too demonstrative admirer.

Most of the pusses on exhibition are superb animals of the Persian variety, with long hair and tremendous bushy tails, and are valued at amounts ranging from $50 to $1,000. These are not fancy prices, but actual values as is shown by the fact that an eight months old cat, which took third prize in the long-haired silver class, was sold yesterday for $200, while an order for a kitten of the same breed was booked at $100. The same owner, the Old Fort Cattery, has already received eight orders for kittens at prices ranging from $30 to $100 each.

Other breeds of cats include some fine specimens of the Manx or "bob-tailed" variety, which have about as much tail as a rabbit; a number of the ordinary backyard felines, which are priced as low as $5 or $10 each, and a pair of Siamese short-haired pussies, which look as much like black-and-tan terrier pups as anything else. They are priced at $1,000 each, but no sales had been reported up to last night.

POULTRY AND CAT SHOW – Democrat and Chronicle, January 20th, 1902
Madison Square garden was the scene of a domestic menageries last week in the shape of a remarkable exhibition of cats and chickens caged together. The annual show of the New York Poultry, Pigeon and Pet Stock Associations was the cause. Cats with long hair and short hair, black, white, maltese Polish and Persian, were all there. Some of them were just ordinary animals, while others were more than worth their weight in gold, in the eyes of their owners.

Mrs. James Neel, of Urbana, has returned from New York, where she exhibited four of the finest specimens of her cats at the recent cat show, each of which drew a prize. - Democrat and Chronicle, January 31st, 1902

POULTRY, PET STOCK AND CATS – The Brooklyn Daily Eagle, December 14th, 1902
The fourteenth annual exhibition of the New York Poultry, Pigeon and Pet Stock Association will occupy Madison Square Garden from Tuesday morning, January 6, to Saturday night, January 10. Secretary and Superintendent H. V. Crawford, Montclair, N. J., will receive entries until and including December 22.

The New York show is always popular and important, as the prize list is large. There are thousands of birds and many foreign entries in the competition open to the world. The pet stock department is a prominent feature. The New York Cat Show is a part of the exhibition, being given under the auspices and supervision of the Atlantic Cat Club, which offers its challenge cups for competition. Prize winning pets will be shown, and the secretary of the club, room 34, 80 West Fortieth street, Manhattan, expects at least 300 cats on exhibition. Entries of short-haired cats are showing that breed to be maintaining its popularity, and information and premium lists may be had from the secretary, all entries to be made with Mr. Crawford.

POULTRY AND PET STOCK SHOW – The New York Times, December 28, 1902
The New York Poultry, Pigeon, and Pet Stock Association will give its fourteenth annual exhibition in Madison Square garden, beginning on Tuesday morning, Jan. 6, and closing on Saturday evening, Jan. 10. In addition to the display of birds there will be the New York Cat Show, given under the auspices of the Atlantic Cat Club, of which Mrs. W. Hofstra is president. All the challenge and special cups will be competed for, and the prize-winners in foreign shows and those held in American cities will be on exhibition in the Concert Hall during the Poultry Show week.


POULTRY SHOW NEXT WEEK – The Evening World, 2nd January 1903

Poultry, pigeons and pet stock week, with an attractive showing of cats, will begin at Madison Square Garden on Tuesday morning and continue until Saturday night. The New York Pigeon, Poultry and Pet Stock Association will add to its successful record with the fourteenth show over five thousand birds, including special entries from England and many new exhibitors in all the leading classes. H. V. Crawford, the secretary and superintendent, has located the New York cat show part of the exhibition in the concert hall, which will be occupied by several hundred noted and valuable cats under the auspices of the Atlantic Cat Club, and the famous cats that have been exhibited in other cities will be among those at the Garden.

POULTRY AND CAT EXHIBIT – The New York Times, 4th January, 1903

Those who love birds and are interested in poultry, pigeon», and pet stock will enjoy the fourteenth annual exhibition u the New York Poultry, Pigeon, and Pet Stock Association, which will open in Madison Square Garden next Tuesday and will continue, day and evening, until Saturday night. [. . .] The cat show, under the supervision and auspices of the Atlantic Cat Club, will be located in the Concert Hall. This club, under the Presidency of Mrs. W. S. Hofstra, is confident that the showing will exceed in number, quality, and value any exhibit of cats hitherto seen in this country. Challenge cups will be competed for. Chinchillas, shaded silvers, and silver tabbies will be prominent and the short-haired cats will have a good representation.


Fourteenth Annual Exhibition at Madison Square Garden This Week.

Madison Square Garden will resound with crow, cackle, coo and cluck, with an occasional quack and perhaps a yowl, this week, with the fourteenth annual exhibition by the New York Poultry, Pigeon and Pet Stock Association. It opens Tuesday morning and continues daily from 9 o’clock in the morning until 10.30 o’clock at night until Saturday.

The New York Cat Show is also a part of the exhibition, and is under the supervision of the Atlantic Cat Club, an association formed last year with Mrs. W.S. Hofstra, of Garden City, president, and as important in the East as the Beresford Cat Club of Chicago is in the West. There will be at least three hundred cats in the show, and challenge and special cups will be competed for, and cats valued at high figures will be seen – many of them prize winners abroad and at home.

From Chicago, Cleveland, Detroit and Washington there are noted entries, and the breeding of cats for quality and business, which has been a custom in England for years, has been generously transplanted to this country. The Atlantic Club has determined to make this year's exhibition notable, and the cats in the Concert Hall will have their own way.

The club meetings held during the week are also important, and the show, which is popular with everybody, is one that the women and children enjoy, as their special pets are on the list in every department.

POULTRY, PET STOCK AND CAT SHOW – New York Tribune, 6th January, 1903

The good weather of yesterday was an excellent thing for the shippers of poultry to the exhibition which opens this morning at Madison Square Garden [. . .] The exhibition of cats, for which the Atlantic Cat Club is responsible, will open on Wednesday morning.

CATS AND DOGS ON SHOW – Pittsburgh Weekly Gazette, 6th January, 1903

There will be a lively time of it at Madison Square garden tomorrow. The 14th annual show of the New York Poultry, pigeon and Pet Stock association will open and the finest specimens in this line will be on exhibition. An added attraction will be a cat show, under the supervision of the Atlantic Cat club. At such an exhibition as this one learns what beautiful and varied forms can be taken the domestic cat, and many persons are surprised to see how beautiful some cats are when they are worth a few hundred dollars. Madison Square garden is usually occupied with some kind of entertainment and from what is promised the poultry and cat show will stand well up in the matter of interest and educational values.

CAT SHOW OPENS – The Brooklyn Daily Eagle, 7th January, 1903

Added zest was given to the Poultry Show at Madison Square Garden to-day by the opening of the cat show, an adjunct to the main show, in the concert hall, under the auspices of the Atlantic Cat Club. Over 150 cats, of high and low degree, are on exhibition. Many of them are very beautiful. Cats of tawny orange, tortoiseshell, coal black, cream white, smoky gray and various shades of the main colors are on exhibition. ,The cats do not seem to kindly to the cramped quarters and plaintively mew for release, and the owners, most of whom are in personal attendance, take the best of care of them.

Special cats are a short-haired Siamese cat, male, owned by Mrs. W.S. Hofstra of Garden City, the president of the club, valued at $1,000, and a short-haired tortoise-shell cat, owned by Mrs. F. Kimball of Natic, Mass., valued at the same price. The Siamese cat is of a peculiar seal brown color, of prodigious size, with exceedingly long tail and peculiarly shaped head. In body it more resembles a dog than a cat. Another cat of peculiar markings is a smoke cat, long-haired, owned by Dr. C.E. Dornheim of Pomfret Center, Conn. This cat has a dark grayish coat of long hair, but its face and head are coal black.

A silver challenge cup has been offered for the best cat in the show. This cup must be won three times by the same cat to secure permanent possession. The cat, however, to win the cup, must be American bred, no foreign-bred cat being eligible. A special cage, double, for cats, is also offered as another prize. The judging commenced to-day and will be announced later.

CATS AS PRIZE WINNERS; Some Remarkable Exhibits in the Madison Square Garden. Foreign Orpingtons Score Chief Honors in Their Class -- Blue Ribbons for Turkeys, Ducks, and Pigeons.
The New York Times, January 8, 1903

Cats were the feature yesterday at the New York Poultry and Pigeon Association's annual show in the Madison Square Garden. The exhibit of felines in the concert hall of the garden, under the auspices of the Atlantic Cat Club, was opened in the morning, and for the greater part of the day the room was crowded with lovers of these familiar household pets. Bronze turkeys, carrier pigeons, Pekin ducks, Chinese geese and even the imported Orpingtoms were, for the time being, cast into the shade.

"Geese and chickens are very nice to eat," remarked a fur-clad matron with two children while gazing at the bob-tailed Manx cat, "but one has to be posted on so many technicalities to admire them in a show, while with cats it's different, for it is possible to admire a $5 kitten just as much as one said to be worth $1,000."

Mrs W Hofstra of Garden City exhibits a short-haired Siamese cat which she offers to sacrifice for $1,000, and Mrs F Kimball of Natick, Mass., has a short-haired tortoise-shell which she would permit some one else to own for the same price. These are the most valuable cats in the show, but there are others which have every appearance of making docile companions whose value ranges downward to a five dolalr bill. There is no class, however, for the well-known and often annoying New York variety. Whether this purely home-bred species was barred could not be learned, but it is possible the officers feared that the night-prowling felines of the city would corrupt the manners of those reared in luxury, and bearing high-sounding foreign names.

The ordinary individual, who only knows cats as he of she used to to see them dozing in the doorway of a hospitable New England farm, would be amazed at the remarkable specimens at this show. Many of those supposed to be worth a small fortune are not half so pretty to look at as the familiar country cat, but their scarcity and peculiarity gives these most advanced evolutions in catdome high favor among cat enthusiasts. Some of the absurdly long-haired ones look more like those hideous large muffs that may be seen in fashion plates of half a century ago. Some have luxurious quarters, sleeping on red, blue, pink, and yellow cushions, while dainty chintz and satin curtains make the cages of a few favoured ones look like veritable doll houses.

One of the most interesting cages contained a long, silver-haired cat, known by the remarkable name of "the Passionate Pilgrim." Two little ones were with it, and a crowd of children went into ecstacies all the afternoon at the antics of the pussies. Mrs E N Barker of Rutherford, NJ, owns the brood and a blue ribbon denoted the first award. Miss Estelle Ward of Brooklyn won first for an orange long-haired cat, and Mrs Julius Coppenberg of Simsbury, Conn. got first for a similar one in another class. L H Haskell of Bloomfield, NJ, led the limited competition in Manx cats.

The successful cat to receive the large silver cup for the best American-bred cat in the show was won by Mrs Julius Coppenberg with her cream long-haired cat, "The Commander." While this cat is valued at only $75, it was considered by a unanimous choice of the judges to be in every way the best cat shown. Several cats received special premiums besides the regular ribbons, among them being the Siamese cat of Mrs W S Hofstra.

CAT SHOW OPENS AT THE GARDEN – New York Tribune, 8th January, 1903
A Notable Collection To Be Seen There in Connection with the Poultry Show.

Added zest was given to the Poultry Show at Madison Square Garden to-day by the opening of the cat show in the concert hall, under the auspices of the Atlantic Cat Club. Over a hundred and seventy cats, nestling in straw, within market baskets or on flannel divans, are now on exhibition. Orange cats and tortoise shells; cats coal black or white as driven snow; gray cats and tawny saffrons: bushy brushed Persians; Siamese, Angora», and pink nosed, beribboned kittens - the collection is a notable one. A silver challenge cup, which must be won three times by the same cat to secure permanent possession, has been offered for the best cat in the show. The cat must be American bred.

A feline of quality is the long haired Argent Moonbeam II (Class 812, No. 43), exhibited by Mrs. F. E. J. Champion. Argent Moonbeam II last night won five special awards, including one for the best cat in the show, another for the best male cat, and yet another for the cat with the best eyes. Another cat of note is Bitterne Silver Chieftain (Class 812, No. 45), exhibited by Mrs. James Conlisk. Bitterne Silver Chieftain won first and second at the Crystal Palace, London, and is the sire of King of the Silvers. Goozis (Class 817, No. 73), exhibited by C .H. Jones, won a cup at Washington last month. More than forty special awards were made last night by the Atlantic, Beresford and other clubs.

The Concert Hall, in which the Cat Show is being carried on, was crowded during the afternoon and evening with lovers of the feline pets. Some additional prizes were awarded there during the day, but as Mrs. Mix of the Old Fort Cattery, Aikin, N.Y., was one of the judges none of the many entries which she had on exhibition was eligible for a prize award, although many of them were among the most valuable in the show. - The New York Times, 10th January, 1903

BLUE-RIBBON CATS – The Inter-Ocean, 10th January, 1903
Odd Admixture of Furred and Feathered Pets in New York
NEW YORK, Jan. 9.—Cats of pedigree, long haired and short, white, black, tortoise shell, red. blue, or just the plain yellow of the back fences, but dignified by superior points, made' their Introductory meows Wednesday at the New York Poultry, Pigeon, and Pet Stock association's show in Madison Square garden. The exhibit, which was under the management of the Atlantic Cat club, proved a great drawing card of the diversified exhibition, which included so many fancy or useful furred and feathered classes.
The cats were the highest in quality ever seen here, and each blue-ribbon feline held an admiring group before its cage, while the cats that were beaten were not deserted by their owners. The constancy with which the exhibitors hung about their entries is a revelation to those who saw the cats for the first time, and, besides combing and brushing their pets at every opportunity, the owners talked to them in terms of endearment. It was an “Adamless Eden,” both as to owners and onlookers, but there was always a crowd in the concert hall. Next year the cat show will be held in conjunction with the Ladies’ Kennel association bench show, according to some of he exhibitors.

The Passionate Pilgrim, Tiny of Tina, and Old Fort Pixie were some of the catalogue names of the cats, but, as with their ordinary cousins, a sibilant whisper of “Puss, puss, puss!” would always call them.

$500 REFUSED FOR A CAT – St Louis Post Dispatch, 11th January, 1903
New York, Jan. 10 – “Pixie,” a silver long-haired kitten, son of the champion of America, "King of the Silvers,” owned by Mrs. Mix of Akin, N. Y., is the record- breaker of the cat «how now running in connection with the poultry show at Madison Square Garden. An offer of 5500 for him was refund today.


The annual poultry show under the auspices of the New York Poultry, Pigeon, and Pet Stock Association, which closed at the Madison Square Garden last night, was a very successful exhibition, and the dealers and fanciers were much gratified at the success the show has attained. The cat snow, which occupied the concert room, was said to have been even more successful In proportion than the poultry exhibit, and next year the Atlantic Cat Club probably will hold a separate show. Record-breaking prices were obtained far kittens of some of the choicest breeds, one selling on Friday for $250 and two yesterday bringing $100 each. Few sales were made at less than $25 or $30 and the average price for kittens was not less than $30.

The valuations placed on the full-grown cats are proportionately higher, especially In the case of some of the notable prize winners, Miss Pollard's great white Persian, bearing the appropriate name of Purity, was one of the highest-priced cats, being valued at $1,000. Purity won first prize in her class and five special prizes, including $7.50 in gold, two silver cups, and two medals. Other notable prize-winners were Mrs. Mix’s “King of the Silvers,” said to be the finest silver gray Persian cat in the country, and Mrs. Bain’s blue Persian, Simon D.

THE COMING POULTRY [AND CAT] SHOW – The New York Times, 6th December, 1903
Entries for the fifteenth annual exhibition by the New York Poultry, Pigeon, and Pet Stock Association, to be given at Madison Square Garden Jan. 5, 6, 7, 8, and 9, will close on Dec. 18 with Secretary H. V. Crawford of Montclair. N. J. [. . .] The cat show, which is a part of the exhibition, will be under the direction of the Allantlc Cat Club.

NEW YORK POULTRY AND PET STOCK SHOW – Democrat and Chronicle, 21st December, 1903
New York, Dec. 20. — H. V. Crawford, the secretary, reports a record entry for the fifteenth annual exhibition of the New York Poultry, Pigeon and Pet Stock Association, to be held in Madison Square Garden, from Tuesday, January 5th, to Saturday, January 9th. [. . .] The Cat Show, under the direction of the Atlantic Cat Club, will be located in the Concert Hall, and there are special prizes offered by the club, including valuable silver trophy and challenge cups. The cats will be on exhibition for three dajy, January 6th, 7th and 8th. The show will be open from 9 o'clock in the morning till 10:30 o'clock at night each day.

POULTRY AND CATS AT THE GARDEN. - The New York Times, December 26, 1903
The fifteenth annual exhibition of the New York Poultry, Pigeon and Pet Stock Association will be held at Madison Square garden from Jan 5 to 9 inclusive. The management has been liberal in its offer of prizes, and had arranged the classes so as to attract the finest collection of poultry, pigeons, and pet stock that has ever been exhibited under the auspices of the association. The pet stock department will have a large number of rabbits and cavies. On Jan 6, 7, and 8, in the concert hall of the Garden, the New York Cat Show, under the direction of the Atlantic Cat Club, will be a part of the poultry exhibition. The prizes offered and the interest in the competition for the Nofstra [sic] Challenge Cup, given by the President of the club, has resulted in the receipt of many entries.

NEW YORK SHOW – Boston Post, 30th December, 1903
Mrs. James L. Byrne of Bowdoin avenue, Dorchester, is one of the many Boston women who go to New York next week to attend the cat show. Mrs. Byrne has four prize pets to be entered, and she is confident they will return with additional honors.


FOWL AND CAT SHOW – The Evening World, 1st January, 1904
Opening at Madison Square Garden [. . .] There will be a congregation of cats in the Concert Hall Wednesday, Thursday and Friday under the direction of the Atlantic Cat Club, of which Mrs. W. S. Hofstra isa1 President The prizes offered include the celebrated Hofstra Cup.

CAT AND BIRD SHOW – The New York Times, 3rd January, 1904
Annual Poultry Exhibit Opens This Week in Madison Square Garden.
A big list of entries is announced for the fifteenth annual exhibition of the New York Poultry, Pigeon, and Pet Stock Association [. . .] More attention will be given this season to the cat sbow than in previous years. The cats will be shown in the concert room of the Garden, and the chief trophy will be the Hofstra cup, awarded last year for the first time. The increasing interest in cat shows has led to the formation of the Atlantic Cat Club, and as its membership has grown considerably since the show a year ago, the biggest entry of cats is already assured. Nearly all of the leading cat fanciers in America will be represented and the classes have been enlarged. Mrs. W.S. Hofstra of Garden City is President of the Atlantic Cat Club, and she will be a prominent exhibitor. The Cat Show will open Wednesday and will be in session three days, closing Friday night.

POULTRY SHOW THIS WEEK – The Brooklyn Daily Eagle, 3rd January, 1904
The annual poultry show begins in Madison Square Garden on Tuesday morning at 9 o'clock and until Saturday night there will be an attraction that always pleases the public. It is the fifteenth annual exhibition given by the New York Poultry, Pigeon and Pet Stock Association [. . .] the cat show, under the auspices of the Atlantic Cat Club, of which Mrs. W. S. Hofstra of Garden City is president, need no introduction. The show opens at 9 A. M. and closes at 10.30 P. M. each day, and the cats will be on exhibition for three days — Wednesday, Thursday and Friday — in the concert hall.

THE POULTRY SHOW – New York Tribune, 3rd January, 1904
The cat show, in the concert hall, is under the auspices and direction of the Atlantic Cat Club of which Mrs. W. S. Hofstra is president. Cats which are competing for the cup given by Mrs. Hofstra, the handsome silver trophies and the money prizes come from the homes of fashionable people and aid in the fashionable attendance at the show, sharing with the pigeons, the rabbits and the cavies in the attention they receive. The cat show will be open on Wednesday, Thursday and Friday, and the secretary of the Club reports more entries than last year and greater value in the exhibits.

The cat show, which is the second to be held under the auspices of the Atlantic Cat Club, has 1204 felines entered in fifty-eight classes. [. . .] Among the cat exhibitors are Mr. and Mrs. Brian Brown, J. W. Gorham, Sydney Rowland, the Misses Ruth and Estelle Ward, all of Brooklyn, and Miss E. D. Rodman of Flushing. L. I.

CAT SHOW BEGINS TO-DAY – New York Tribune, 6th January, 1904
Over Three Hundred Varieties of Highborn Felines To Be on Exhibition.

It was somewhat of a disappointment to cat lovers who went to the Madison Square Garden yesterday expecting to see a choice collection of smokes, blues, chinchillas and other prized varieties of felines to find that hardly twenty cats of the nearly three hundred which are entered had arrived. Some of the cats have doubtless been stalled by the storm. All are expected to be in their cages by this afternoon.

By long: established right the cats occupy the music hall. Yesterday the place was filled with the lamentations of the lonely little things, for with one or two exceptions all seemed to feel the separation from their homes and families. Mrs. Elizabeth T. Rockwell, of South Woodstock, Conn., was one of the exhibitors who travelled with her cats. Among her entries are Beppo, a long haired solid blue, and Morgan Le Fay, a fine smoke. Solid blues are very hard to breed successfully, as two or three white hairs on the body will prevent an animal from taking a first prize, however numerous its good points. Smokes are also hard to breed, and probably none but an expert can tell just where the smokes end and the silvers begin. The chinchilla is a breed that is exceedingly popular at present with cat fanciers.

Besides the cats, which appeal peculiarly to the feminine mind, there are the rabbits, and cavies, but these creatures seem, when compared with the vivacious and charming cats, so stodgy and loutish.

FINE CATS ON SHOW – The New York Times, 7th January, 1904
To be in the fashion in the cat world, it is necessary that the aspirant for high honors should be of the long-haired variety. At least that appeared to be the prevailing dictum when the cat show opened yesterday in Madison Square Garden. This cat show is one of the attendant features in the larger poultry exhibit, and it will continue through to-morrow. The cats are placed in the concert hall, and they are more numerous than has been the case at similar shows in the past. There are nearly three hundred felines of different colors, varying lengths of hair, and a generous assortment of sizes, some almost as large as baby tigers and looking fully as fierce.

The long-haired cats prevail, the short-haired variety being unusually small. The Maltese, Persian, and Siamese varieties attracted the greatest attention, for the few ordinary American house cats are too common to lavish undue sentiment or petting upon when so many blue-blooded animals are about. Indeed, so anxious were many of the ladies to pet the long-haired, savage-looking little animals that notices, reading “hands off” and “don’t feed this cat” were tacked on several of the wire cages so that all the reminders of a typical menagerie were very apparent.

Many of the wire pens in which the cats were shown were most elaborately decorated, rivaling in this respect the fancy doghouses that afford so much amusement at the dog shows. One large silver longhaired cat was housed in a double cage, decorated with Christmas greens and holly berries. The red decorations of another cage were continued inside the cage, where a tin pan supplied with a temptingly big morsel of raw meat stood ready to ward off the first symptoms of hunger. One of the handsomest of the long-haired white cats was appropriately named the Iceman and was valued at $60,, but there were others in the show whose monetary worth was placed as high as $150 to $200. The blue ribbons and the special silver cups offered by the Atlantic Cat Club will be awarded to-day.

SPORTING AFFAIRS – The Montrose Democrat, 7th January, 1904
The New York Poultry, Pigeon and Pet Stock association opened its annual show on Monday morning at Madison Square Garden. On Wednesday, Thursday and Friday the Atlantic Cat club will give its exhibition in the concert hall in connection with the big show in the Garden, and the showing of cats should be interesting, as prize winners in this country and England will be shown to the best advantage, and the interest taken in the cat show makes it an important matter to everyone.

CATS OF ALL DEGREES – New York Tribune, 7th January, 1904
Cat fanciers and cat lovers crowded the Concert Hall in Madison Square Garden yesterday, spending hours in the society of the “petted darlings” in their cases and exchanging cat gossip with an absorbed air. Grave, solidly built men whose stature and deportment suggested Bunker Hill Monument seemed to have nothing in life to do more pressing than to hang over some engaging smoke or chinchilla, talking baby talk to it, stroking its fur and coaxing it into a frolic with a wisp of straw. Scores of women went about in a slow progress from cage to cage, taking each cat conscientiously in its turn. Even the short-haired cats, to whom fashion has given the go-by, were surrounded by groups of interested spectators, some of the little, lonely, plain cats in particular calling forth a world of caresses and blandishments from the sympathetic crowd, which, in its great fondness for cats would not permit even the most hopeless candidate for the blue ribbon to be hurt or mortified by any lack of consideration.

So not only Purity and Argent Moonbeam and the other famous cats were caressed and loved, but cats like Papa and Brother Dexie, two waifs entered by C H. Jones, of Palmyra, who runs a cat refuge and edits “The Cat Journal” were the centre of friendly groups. Papa, is a kitten, striped, with a wistful little face like a big pansy, and he is given to complaining of his hard lot. Yesterday he was “up against it” - at least, he kept on saying he was, and the people who scratched his head and shook his little paws believed him. The cats accepted all these social attentions gratefully and graciously. While a few sat back sour and detached in their cages or stolidly slept, the more ardent spirits arched their pretty heads and thrust their paws between the bars in the endeavor to hook a muff or a watch-chain through.

This is the best and largest cat show ever held in America, it is claimed. The silvers are the strongest class, but the oranges are also very strong, the blues and smokes are good, and there are some magnificent white cats, with blue eyes, orange eyes and odd eyes The judging, which went on yesterday under Mr Vidal, of Grimsby, England, and Mrs. T. C. Dosch, of Dayton, Ohio, Editor of “The Cat Review,” was somewhat hampered by the non-arrival of some of the entries, Mrs James Conlisk being one of those whose cats for the time being were lost. Inasmuch as she had forwarded them by express, and did not know where they were.

Four Siamese cats, entered by Mrs. W.S. Hofstra, of Garden City, the president of the Atlantic Cat Club, under whose auspices the cat show is held, attracted much attention by their curly tails, short, brindled fur, blue eyes and doglike faces. Mrs Hofstra says they are called pug dog cats and resemble dogs more closely than cats. As they grow old they get darker. Their intelligence and their affection make them charming companions, according to Mrs Hofstra. Siamese kittens are also exhibited by Miss Margaret Guinea, and there are several Manx cats, which support such names as Glory Quayle, Uneeda and Nabisco. Several Australian cats that were promised and would have lent interest to the exhibition are missing.

Among the prominent exhibitors are the Misses Ruth and Estelle Ward, of Brooklyn, whose entries include nine oranges, three brown tabbies, a tortoiseshell and a smoke. Irish Lad, a beautiful orange, weighs ten pounds, although he is only nine and one-half months old

Miss Ava L. Pollard, of Elisabeth N. J . Is the envied exhibitor of Purity, a beautiful blue eyed white, imported from England, where he won nine firsts. Purity was exhibited last year, when his photograph appeared in The Tribune. Her cage of three chinchilla kittens is one of the most appealing sights of the whole exhibition. Miss Pollard’s first stud cat was called Omar Khayyam, and by the same token many of her cats have Omar for their first name [note: estentially a prefix]. A recent addition to the family of the poet of melancholy is Ambrosine, a queen that was imported only two weeks ago from London.

Twenty-three cats comprise the exhibit of Mrs. A. J. Champion, of Staten Island. In this imposing collection are Silver Flash and Lord Argent, the founder of the silver strain, with eight of his children and ten of his grandchildren. Lord Argent II, one of his descendants, is a splendid shaded silver. Argent Moonbeam III, which was last year voted the best cat in the show, is entered, but not for competition. Silvers should be a clear gray in color without a tinge of yellow or other color. Their faces should be much darker than their bodies, and they should be thick and cobby in build, with magnificent brushes.

“I think the Atlantic Cat Club should have a philanthropic side,” said Mrs Hofstra yesterday to a Tribune reporter, “and I have been trying to get it into shape to start a home for stray and deserted cats. You know, there is a home of this kind in Paris, and one in Boston. There is great need for a cat refuge In New York, especially during the summer months. Cats have a great deal of character. They have always been great favorites with great personages, especially with literary people. Cats are very psychic animals.”

PRIZES FOB FINE CATS – The New York Times, 8th January, 1904
Many Sale» of Long-Haired Kittens In the Garden
A number of fancy cats were sold yesterday in the cat show department of the poultry exhibit In Madison Square Garden. The cat show closes to-day and by evening many of the dainty, long-haired little animals will be installed in new homes. Longhaired silver cats were the most popular, and there seemed to be no difficulty getting from $40 to $50 apiece for these lively specimens. One agent of a cattery was bemoaning the fact that aha did not have half a dozen more kittens to sell, as the demand for these cunning house pets was a decided feature of the show.

Prizes had been awarded and the blue ribbons were conspicuously displayed on the wire pens that held the winning pussies. Mrs. C. M. Young and Mrs. Frank L Allen of this city secured honors in the odd short-tailed Manx cats. In one class of Siamese cats Mrs. W. S. Hofstra of Garden City and the President of the Atlantic Cat Club won every prize. These Siamese cats are a peculiarity, but it is hard to see how anyone would want one for a house cat. They are short-haired of the most extreme kind, with sharp black ears and a black smuggy face. From a distance they look somewhat like smooth-haired toy dogs, and it is more than probable that the ordinary house cat would give its Siamese relative the welcome generally accorded to a strange dog, should the two suddenly be brought face to face.

Mrs. F. E. J. Champion of Manor Hurst won a number of prizes in the long-haired white and dark varieties. Her superb white cat, called appropriately The Iceman, easily won in his class, other winners were Miss Ava L. Pollard of Elizabeth. N. J. Mrs. R. Ottolengui of this city, Mrs. Alice G. Brown of Melrose, Mass.; Miss Ruth Ward, and Miss Estelle Ward of Brooklyn. Mrs. H. F. Higgins of Framington, Mass.; Mrs. Charles E. Folsom of Revere, Mass., and Mrs. C. B. Brayton off Brighton, Mass. The Hofstra silver cup and the minor silver trophies, attractively displayed in a glass case, will be awarded to-day, and a voting contest was started yesterday for the most popular cat In the show.

The incessant poking of fingers into the cages by enthusiastic spectators and the limited amount of room that the cats had to move about in, have rendered many of them very irritable. Not a few of the ferocious tom cats looked as fierce as small tigers, and one man admitted that his efforts to become familiar with one of these animals had resulted in a deep scratch to his hand. When undisturbed the big tom cats walk back and forth in their cages in a slow methodical fashion, exactly as do the bigger animals of their kind in the menageries.

MANY VIEW FINE POULTRY – The New York Times. 10th January, 1904
Plans for a National Cat Club.
Notwithstanding the fact that the cats were missing in the poultry show, which closed yesterday at the Madison Square Garden, the attendance was the largest of the week, and all the fancy stocks of poultry were carefully inspected. [. . .] The show has been purely one of fine poultry, and the possibilities of breeding and keeping chickens are kept well to the front. The cats and the pigeons drew the chief interest from those who went with the sole idea of being amused. The cat exhibitors were loud in their praises of the success of their show. It was held under the immediate auspices of the Atlantic Cat Club, which was organised a year ago. It was the largest cat show ever held in this country, and one exhibitor who has seen many of the big shows of its kind abroad said that in the number and excellence of long-haired silver cats the event excelled most of the big English shows.

At the annual meeting of the club the following officers were elected for the year: President - Mrs. W.S. Hofstra of Garden City, L.I., Vice Presidents — Mrs. Brandreth or Ossining, N. Y; Mrs. Thomas Ewing of Yonkers, N. Y.; Mrs. F. E. J. Champion of Manorhurst, S.I.; Mrs. J. V. Gotwalts of Pottstown. Penn.; Mrs. J. C. Mitchelson of Tariffville, Conn., and Mrs. J. J. Sarmiento of Detroit, Mich.; Corresponding Secretary — Dr. Otto Lengui [sic] of this city; Recording Secretary — Miss F. Champion; Executive Committee — Miss Carol Macy of this city, Mrs. Julius Copperberg of West Simsbury, Conn., and Mrs. Brian Brown of Brooklyn. It was decided at the meeting to make efforts this year toward the formation of a National Cat Club. The Atlantic Cat Club appointed a committee to confer with the other clubs, with a view to securing facts upon which to work. The plan calls for a National Cat Club, with delegates to the National congress, and delegates to form members of the Executive Committee of the congress. E. N. Barker of this city, representing the Atlantic Cat Club; Miss Eleanor Burritt of the Washington Cat Club, and Dr. Frank Abbott of the Con-necticut Cat Club were appointed as the committee. The members of the Atlantic Cat Club are hopeful of advancing the National organization, so that one general register of breeds may be maintained. The acknowledged standard register at present is that of the Beresford Cat Club of Chicago.

CHICKEN SHOW OVER; GREATEST SOCCESS EVER – The Brooklyn Daily Eagle, 10th January, 1904
Cat Show Brought Together Some Fine Specimens Of The Feline Type.
The cat show, which closed on Friday night, proved to be one of the most successful given in this city. The judges announced that The Commodore, a cream Persian, owned by Mrs. Julius Copperberg, won the second gold medal of the Hofstra prizes for the best, bred American eat. He also won the Atlantic Cat Club challenge cup for best orange or cream, and also the Washington Cat Club gold medal and the Connecticut Cat Club special gold medal for class. The Commodore is valued at $1,000.

CAT SHOW - New York Tribune, 13th January, 1904
Angora and Persian, terms which were in common use as applied to highbred cats a few years ago, are now seldom used by cat fanciers except in the case of some particular animal whose antecedents are plain. The truth is, Angoras and Persians have been crossed so much that it is impossible to say with exactness whether most cats are one any more than the other. “Long haired” is now the term applied to the fancy brands of cats to distinguish them from the short haired cats of the plebeian household, the stable and the street. It is doubtful whether the person who cares only for the long haired, blue blooded cat, with its huge ruff, wonderful brush and luxuriant coat, has any right to be classed among lovers of the gentle animal. The true cat lover loves common cats as well as the prize winning beauties. Everything In the form of a cat appeals to his sympathies, no matter how insignificant or homely or commonplace.

Both mistresses and felines were pretty well tired out by the time their part in the recent cat show In Madison Square Garden had come to an end. Three days of the crowds, the noise and the publicity of the thing are as much as most people would want to stand, and cats are so sensitively organized and so high strung nervously that many of them suffered acutely. It was interesting to see how differently the different cats were affected. Some remained placid through it all, and came out of a trying ordeal like a cat show as calm and collected as they went in. Others worried and fretted, suffered agonies from homesickness and loneliness and worked themselves up into a state of nervous agitation like a neurotic woman.

CAT SHOW IS ENDED – The New York Tribune, 9th June, 1904
The departure of the cats from Madison Square Garden last night leaves the Poultry, Pigeon and Pet Stock Show with this afternoon and night to run. [. . .] The annual meeting of the Atlantic Cat Club, held at the Garden, resulted in the formation of a plan to organize all the cat clubs in America in one federation. A committee was appointed to confer with the other clubs. The plan calls for a National Cat Club, with delegates to the national congress and delegates to form members of the executive committee of the congress. E.N. Barker, of New-York City, immediately representing the Atlantic Cat Club; Miss Eleanor Burritt, of the Washington Cat Club, and Dr. Frank Abbott, of the Connecticut Cat Club, were appointed to this committee.

One thousand dollars was offered Mrs. Hofstra for her Royal Siamese cat Siam, seven months old, but this offer was refused. Siam won first prize this year in Class No. 42, the Siamese male class. Siam is by Tula Ma, born June 21, 1903. The silver vases sent by Lady Marcus Beresford were won by Mrs. F.E.J. Champion’s Silver Flash, in Class No. 13, for long haired shaded silver (male), over a large class of competitors. Curiously enough Silver Flash is a son of Lady Marcus’s famous cat Sweetheart.

The newly elected officers of the Cat Club are: President. Mrs. W.S. Hofstra, of Garden City; vice-presidents, Mrs. Brandreth. of Ossining, N. Y.; Mrs. Thomas Ewing, of Yonkers; Mrs. F.E.J. Champion, of Manor Hurst, Staten Island; Mrs. G.V. Gotwalts, of Pottstown, Penn., and Mrs. J.P. Mitchelson, of Tariffville, Conn.; corresponding secretary, Dr. Ottolengui, or New-York; recording secretary, Miss F. Champion: executive committee, Miss Carol Macy, of New-York; Mrs. Julius Copperberg, of West Simsbury, Conn., and Mrs. Brian Brown, of Brooklyn.

HEN AND CAT SHOW – The Pittsburgh Press, 9th June, 1904
The “hen and cat show,” as it is irrevently [irreverently] called, at Madison Square Garden, will close this evening, after a successful week. Some of the cats have been regarded as the best ever seen in public, while the barnyard chickens have delighted the souls of the farmers who have dropped into town to see what is offered in their line. The cats are out of sight today, but the chickens are in full view and good voice. We are to have an automobile show at the Garden next, opening on the 16th [January].

AT THE POULTRY SHOW – The Brooklyn Daily Eagle, 1st December, 1904
The opening of the cat show was the feature of the third day of the first annual exhibition of the Poultry and Pet Stock Breeders Association which is now holding the boards in the Herald Square Exhibition Hall, Manhattan. Many fine felines were awarded ribbons during the progress of the judging.

CHICKEN AND CAT SHOW ON BROADWAY – The New York Times, 29th November, 1904
(Tuesday) The show is held in the Herald Square Exhibition Hall, Thirty-fourth Street and Broadway. It is the first show of the new Association, and the number of entries is much larger than has ever been attained at any similar exhibition. The grand total is 3,754. These are divided as follows: Chickens, 1,480; ducks, 66; bantams, 319; turkeys, 48; geese 20; breeding yards, 143; pigeons, 1,427; hares, 26; rabbits and cavies, 53; cats, 110; Angora goats, 23, and a few miscellaneous special exhibits. [. . .] The show will continue until Saturday evening.


THE POULTRY SHOW – New York Tribune, 1st January, 1905
Fifteen years ago, when the New-York Poultry and Pigeon Association gave its first show, in the old American Institute Building in Third-ave, New York wondered why a chicken show should be important, and whether there would be any more. The question is answered by the announcement of the sixteenth annual show, to be given in Madison Square Garden this week, beginning on Tuesday, and to close on Saturday night, with more entries in every class than in any previous exhibitions.

POULTRY AND CAT SHOW – The New York Times, 1st January 1905.
Entries in All! Classes Exceed Those of All Previous Exhibits.
On Tuesday morning next the sixteenth annual show by the New York Poultry, Pigeon, and Pet Stock Association will open at Madison Square Garden and hold its own until Saturday night. The Record of the association has been one of progress and success, each year adding to its popularity [. . .] On Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday the Atlantic Cat Club will give its third annual championship snow, with more than 300 entries, including 75 cats that have won first prizes and several thousand-dollar cats willing to win more. The show will open at 9 A.M. and close at 10:30 P.M. each day.

Important as the New-York show is to the breeder and the public, it has branched out in another direction than poultry and pigeons, and, having added pet stock to its corporate title, recent shows have had fine exhibits of rabbits and cats, and the Atlantic Cat Club has for two years given its annual championship show in connection with the birds and pet stock. Mrs. W. F. Hofstra is president of the club, and she and others give prizes worth competing for; and she says of the cat show, which will be on Wednesday, Thursday and Friday, that the entries are more numerous than last year, the quality of the cats to be exhibited is of the very highest, the premium list is sportsmanlike and generous, and that the club feels that the cat fancy is reaching some dignity. The fashionable element of the cat show insures its success each year, and in imported and American-born prize-winners in long and short haired cats there will be a splendid showing, under every advantage.

THE CAT BEAUTIFUL, FINE FELINES AT GARDEN – New York Tribune, 5th January, 1905.
Factions Threaten to Disrupt Atlantic Cat Club, Whose Show It Is.
“Wait for me. Walt for Barnum and the greatest show on earth,” is the way the famous showman used to word his posters, and “Walt for me and the Gay Lord Quex,” was the sum and substance of the message which Mrs. E. W. O’Toole wired the Atlantic Cat Show at Madison Square Garden yesterday from somewhere between here and Adrian, Mich. And they did wait for them.

At noon as many as three classes were being held up because of the big storm, which played the mischief with those foolish virgins of exhibitors who not thought, or been able, to get under cover of the Garden before it began. All the same, there never was such a cat show In New-York. “Nearly every cat is a celebrity," as an enthusiast put it. “It is a show of the quality.”

There is a splendid lot of chinchillas; the blues are all prize winners; the whites, both blue eyed and yellow eyed, are very strong. On the other land, there are only a few in the masked silver class, in which Lord Sylvester, owned by Mrs. F. Champion is believed to have it practically all his own way. Dr. and Mrs. William Hale, of Brooklyn, have entered a number of short hairs, with a view to getting homes for them. This new prominence of shorthairs is, however, largely due to Mrs. W. S. Hofstra, the president.

“I am trying to encourage interest in shorthairs," said Mrs. Hofstra, “and am offering this year for the first time a cup for the best shorthair."

One of the disappointments of the show is the absence of Mrs. Hofstra’s costly and interesting Siamese cats. “I am not exhibiting at all this year.” is what Mrs. Hofstra replies to the many inquiries after her tawny, shorthaired pets.

“The breeding of Siamese cats is attended with great difficulty,” she told a Tribune reporter. “In Siam, where they are looked on as sacred, they are inbred to such an extent that they become exceedingly delicate. Our New-York climate is very hard on them. They do well in California and in Paris, but in England cat fanciers have a dreadful time with them. I have come to the conclusion that they are really exotics in this latitude. They make ideal house pets, but it is almost impossible to keep one’s house warm enough for them in winter. I had a litter of five kittens. They were eight months old, and I supposed they were old enough to have settled health. But one after another they all dropped off, like little flowers.”

In addition to the trophy cup for the best short-haired, several cups are offered this year for the first time. Dr. and Mrs. O'Tooie offer a cup for the best blue, female. American-bred. This cup, it is thought, may go to Dr. R. Ottolengui’s Saratoga Lady Lola. Mrs. Julius Copperberg, of West Simsbury, Conn., offers a cup for the best masked sil-ver, and Mrs. Brian Brown, of Brooklyn, one for the best cream. Considerable interest attaches to Mrs. Hofstra’s trophy cup for the best cat bred in America, which has been won twice in succession by Mrs. Copperberg's cream Commodore. Commodore is at the Garden again, and in splendid form, but he has as competitors such cats as Miss Pollard’s Omar II and Mrs Champion’s Argent Splendour.

Gay Lord Quex is a brown tabby. Had it not been that keen rivalry exists between him and C. H. Jones's Sweet Caporal, Mrs. O'Toole might not have made the Journey from New-York to Michigan and back expressly to have the little chap on show at the Garden. Gay Lord Quex was purchased In Detroit last year by Mrs. O'Toole, and besides being valued at $300, had never been beaten till he ran up against Sweet Caporal in the Lockhaven Cat Club’s show at Rochester last November. Then, to the surprise of all and Mrs O'Toole’s chagrin, Sweet Caporal won the blue ribbon — a judgment which both Mrs. O'Toole and Gay Lord Quex himself are eager to see reversed at the Garden by another judge. The Misses Ward brought only one of their five entries owing to the storm. Mr. Jones brought only two out of a number of entries, and so it went.

Mr Jones was the bearer of sad news from his cats at Palmyra, which have so won the hearts of visitors to the Atlantic Cat Club’s shows in previous years. Little Papa, who with one of the most engaging cars at the Garden last year, had his head caught in a door, suffered from convulsions, had his mind affected and so died. Brother Dixie, which occupied an adjoining cage, died of blood poisoning. Goozie, the pet of the show two years ago, died very suddenly of heart failure. This is a very hard world on little cats.

ROCHESTER CATS SHOWN – Democrat and Chronicle, 5th January 1905
Misses Elizabeth and Emma Perrin are in New York attending the show being conducted there by the Atlantic Cat Club. They have entered their Chinchilla, Roger, valued at $1,000, and Emma, another Chinchilla. Mrs. E.L. Brace is also in New York today. Mrs. Alfred Jackson entered Prince Chubb and Lady Floss, black Persians, but on account of the cold weather yesterday did not take them to the show.

Mrs. Brace went to New York from Albany, where she is arranging for a cat show to be given by the club of that city, Thursday, Friday and Saturday of next week. Mrs Brace assisted Mrs. Jackson in conducting the show recently held in Rochester by the Lockehaven Club. She took care of the correspondence and looked after all the clerical work. Members of the Albany Club Were so pleased with the manner in which the show was conducted that they engaged Mrs. Brace to take charge of the Albany show. Mrs. Jackson expects to enter some of her cats.
Mrs. Mary S. Sage Will show her short-haired blue Rolly-Poly, who took first prize in both classes at the Rochester show.

Mrs. Jackson expects to attend the Beresford show in Chicago, January 23d to 28th. She will be the guest of Mrs. Clinton Locke, president of the Beresford Club, for whom the Lockehaven Club was named. Mrs. Jackson will probably exhibit Prince Chubb, and also Silver Bubbles, who took first prize for being the handsomest kitten in the Rochester show. Mrs. Brace is planning to attend the show and will probably enter Edward VII.

It is said that visitors to the Rochester show declare it to have been the best conducted cat exhibit they ever attended. The cages the Lockehaven Club used have been engaged for the Detroit show.

HIGH PRICED CAT - New York Times, 6th January, 1905
The first sale of a high priced cat in the show was announced yesterday morning. The Prussian long-haired black cat named Kadi Fawe, owned by Miss Phoebe Clark, Armour Villa Cattery, Bronxville, was sold for $500. The new owner is Mrs. Edward Brandogee, of Venetian Place, Falkner Farm, Brookline, Mass. This is one of the highest prices ever received at a cat show. This cat won three prizes in the long-haired black cat classes this year.

THERE IS ALSO A CAT SHOW – The Evening World, 6th January, 1905
There is also a cat show under way at the Garden, but the pussies are well removed from the feathered tribe. The felines are in the annex, where they can just hear the chanticleer din filtering in from the body of the great show place.

There is not a meow out of the tabbies, their mistresses taking care to feed them to a proper state of somnolency. Most them are so stuffed that they can’t purr. Kadi Fawe, who has been awarded the highest prize as the best American bred black cat, has reason to purr with considerable satisfaction, however. He has been sold for $600, the highest price ever brought for a "Tom on exhibition. Miss Phoebe Clark, of Armour Villa Cattery, Bronxvllle, sold this splendid specimen to Mrs. Edward Brandigee, and his home will now be at Venetian Palace, Falkner Farm. Brookline, Mass.

Tommy Tucker, an orange Persia, shares some of the ecstasies poured from the lips of admiring women with the princely Kadi Fawe. He is a deliciously soft ball of yellow fur, and his mistress, Miss Estelle Ward, of No. 594 Marcy avenue, Brooklyn, would not port with him for nine Kadi Fawes. Mrs. J. J. Bamberger, of No. 449 West One Hundred and Twenty-third street, when she was interrupted while feeding prize-winning blue and white Persian, Exeter, with a gold spoon, declared that she would not sell "the darling” for $1,000.

CROWDS AT POULTRY SHOW – The New York Times, 6th January, 1905
A largely Increased attendance yesterday at the exhibition of the New York Poultry, Pigeon and Pet Stock Association, in the Madison Square Garden, was partly due, no doubt, to the more moderate weather, which brought out the sightseeing public in greater numbers, but was principally caused by the resumption of regular traffic on the railroads, which enabled out-of-town breeders and fanciers to get into the city to visit the show. A number of exhibits in the cat show, which opened on Wednesday, were so delayed on account of the storm that they did not arrive until yesterday.

The cat show in the restaurant, which will last only one day longer, closing tonight, was thronged all day long with interested visitors, and was in particular the centre of attraction for the children. That there is a very practical aspect to the breeding of the long-haired Persians, now so much in vogue, was shown when it became known that Miss Phoebe Clark of Bronxville had sold her big black prize winner, Cady Fawe, to Mrs. Edward Brandegee of Brookline, Mass., for $500. This cat won three prizes in the black, long-haired classes, and is considered a practically perfect specimen of his breed. The judging in the cat classes was completed with the award of a number of special prizes, including the Hofstra Cup for the best cat in the show, which was won by Mrs. F. Champion of Staten Island with her Argent Sylvia.

SOME CAT GOSSIP - New York Times, 6th January, 1905
The first case of sickness in the cat show developed yesterday, when Asia Minor, a blue-eyed white cat belonging to Mrs. Fred Everett Smith, of Sharon, Conn., was taken away to the hospital for distemper. “Able to sit up and take nourishment," was the latest bulletin from Asia Minor. While everybody likes the restaurant a great deal better than the music room, which has hitherto fallen to the lot of the cats, there are many drafts to be protected against, these cat aristocrats being exceedingly fragile and delicate, owing to so much inbreeding.

Dr. and Mrs. O'Toole, of Adrian, Mich., are new and interesting figures at the show. Mrs. O'Toole is a Western cat fancier who has never before exhibited at the Garden, although she has a regular cattery, with a stud of six cats. She is a petite, vivacious blonde, in a black velvet costume, with chinchilla furs and a white picture hat, and her account of the rigors and disappointments endured by herself and her four cats in the course of their journey from Adrian was decidedly entertaining.

“When we were about twenty-five miles out of Cleveland,” she said, “the coupling of the train broke and the dining car and the sleeper I was in — it was the last car — broke, and the train went on and left us stalled among the snow banks. They had gone a long way before they discovered their loss. Then the engine and rest of the train came back and picked us up. The white Persian was so knocked out by the journey I decided to keep her at the hotel, and not exhibit her at all."

Mrs. O’Toole was due to arrive with her brown tabby. Gay Lord Quex, Princess Victoria, the blue Persian and Chiffon, another brown tabby, about 10:30 on Wednesday forenoon. She came at 2:30, about an hour after the brown tabby class, in which she was so anxious to see her cats win, had been judged. So the show committee got together in the evening and voted to open a class for brown tabby winners and to give a gold medal to the cat that should be judged the best. Chiffon won the medal.

Miss Eleanor L. Burritt, president of the Washington Cat Club, has been another marked figure at the show, in a crushed velvet costume of green and hat to match. Mrs. James Conlisk, of Gowanda, N.Y., and Bitterne Chiffon, the chinchilla for which she refused $1,000, are also objects of interest. Tradition has it that Mr. Conlisk said he never wanted to box Mrs. Conlisk’s ears so badly as when she told him she had refused that $1,000, but Mrs. Conlisk affirms that she would not be justified in selling Bittern Chiffon.

CROWDS AT POULTRY SHOW – The New York Times, January 6, 1905
A largely increased attendance yesterday at the exhibition of the New York Poultry, Pigeon and Pet Stock Association, In the Madison Square Garden, was partly due. no doubt, to the more moderate weather, which brought out the sight-seeing public in greater numbers, but was principally caused by the resumption of regular traffic on the railroads, which enabled out-of-town breeders and fanciers to get into the city to visit the show. A number of exhibits in the cat show, which opened on Wednesday, were so delayed on account of the storm that they did not arrive until yesterday.

The cat show In the restaurant, which will last only one day longer, closing tonight, was thronged all day long with interested visitors, and was in particular the centre of attraction for the children. That there is a very practical aspect to the breeding of the long-haired Persians, now so much in vogue, was shown when it became known that Miss Phoebe Clark of Bronxville had sold her big black prize winner, Cady Fawe, to Mrs. Edward Brandegee of Brookline, Mass., for $500. This cat won three prizes in the black, long-haired classes, and is considered a practically perfect specimen of his breed. The judging in the cat classes was completed with the award of a number of special prizes, including the Hofstra Cup for the best cat in the show, which was won by Mrs. F. Champion of Staten Island with her Argent Sylvia.

NINE TRAMP CATS GET BLUE RIBBON– The New York Times, January 8th, 1905
Brooklyn Back Fences Echo Triumph of Mongrel Nine. 13 Prizes At Garden Show. Mrs. Hale Took Snooks, Teddy Gold, and “Ida Saxton McKinley” from the Streets and Lo! How They Reward Her.

When the glad new» spread through the alleys and along the back fences of Brooklyn last night there was wauling and caterwauling for joy among the vagabond cats of the borough. Tom meowed to Tabby and Tabby in turn squalled to Marla that nine tramp cats of Brooklyn had gotten away with thirteen blue ribbons at the Madison Square Garden Cat Show.

The reformed bootjack dodgers were entered in the exhibition by Mr. and Mrs. William H. Hale, of 40 First Place, Brooklyn. Both Mr. and Mrs. Hale are interested in cats and have reclaimed many a furry outcast. They gather in the homeless and friendless felines, feed and pamper them and teach them good manners. Mrs. Hale has taken In many a depraved vagrant prowling around on back fences and fast approaching the city dump and trained him to be somebody in the feline world. Among the cats under her care which she has rescued from vagabondage were nine that had come to know and practice all the little niceties of cat etiquette. They had learned not to wash their faces in public and to keep their coats smooth and their whiskers neatly combed.

Mrs. Hale was so proud of the reformation which had taken place in these once dissipated and abandoned creatures that she decided to enter them in the cat show held at Madison Square Garden last week. She had no idea of playing a joke on the show people. Nor did she expect any of her entries to win a prize. She merely hoped some persons would take a fancy to the cats and give them good homes. Joke or not, however, the nine Hale cats carried off thirteen prizes. They won purely on their merits as cats, Mrs. Hale declares. Four of them were bought by admirers.

Teddy Gold, of orange coat, formerly a swashbuckling freebooter, who picked his living out of area ways and kitchen windows in the neighborhood of Court Street and First Place, was one of the prize-winners. Another was "Ida Saxton McKinley,” so named because she wandered into the Hale house on Mrs. McKinley's birthday. She was exhibited with her six-months-old kitten. Tittlemouse by name. Snooks, another Hale entry, with a shady past won in a walk out of his class, which should have been for nondescripts. Emmy Lou and Novie also simply ran away from the aristocrats in the gray tabby class.

Altogether it was regarded as a great triumph for the slums of Brooklyn catdom, and the celebration on the back fences of the borough last night was kept up until the sympathetic smile at the pale new moon was lost in the flooding light of dawn.

CAT SHOW – Brooklyn Life, 14th January, 1905
The poultry, pigeons and rabbits, if not the canary birds and cats, which were benched apart, though happily not together, [. . .] A curious fact about last week’s show, which I can’t permit to escape, irrelevant as it may be, is that there were only nine men exhibitors in the cat show against fifty-three women, while there wasn’t a solitary woman among the exhibitors of canary and song birds. Still, there were only eighteen unmarried women among cat exhibitors, so that the only conclusion to be drawn is that women have a predilection for cats, and are less fond of canary birds than either men or cats.

CAT SHOW – The Pittsburgh Press, 7th January, 1905
New York. January 7. — Such a yowling as there is about Madison square just now! The annual cat show has been going on in the Garden, and the echoes of feline joy, sorrow, anger, triumph and political feeling seem as if they will remain there forever. Of course, the exhibitors were mainly women. Somehow the domestic nature of the cat seems to make her peculiarly the friend and protege of the softer sex, although some men take a warm personal interest In Grimalkin, as has been proved at Madison Square Garden this week. When one sees a blue cat worth $300, and other cats of various hues and pedigrees at about the same price per cat, one wonders why the traditional bootjack and milk bottle ever should be hurled at a cat, no matter how strenuous may be his backyard obligato in the stillness of the night.

Staten Island. [. . .] The grounds were not merely wet or muddy. They were a morass, and unless one carried one’s own sidewalk he or she had no chance below the knees. [. . .] The cat show included everything which could not be classed as a dog or a chicken, and included two ringtailed monkeys from South America, which were in a class by themselves, but which tried to make folks think, by meowing piteously, that they were cats. Your reporter was not deceived, however.

CATS AT POULTRY SHOW - The New York Tribune, 16th November, 1905
Of course, the cats were the novelty at the poultry show in the Grand Central Palace yesterday. By the middle of the afternoon, when the judging was pretty well over, it looked as if almost every entry had captured a blue, so liberally were the cages plastered over with ribbons of this desirable color. This came about from the fact that of the fifty-six classes judged a majority contained only one entry, in which case the first prize was awarded, though the first prize money was withheld. This lack of competition in so many classes, as well as the absence of several leading exhibitors, who may be reserving their cats for the Atlantic Cat Club show in Madison Square Garden January 3 to 6, robbed the judging of its exciting features.

Considerable interest, however, was displayed In the awarding of the specials, such as the silver cups offered by Dr, K. K. Miller, the president of the New-York Cat Club, for the best juvenile and the best kitten in the show. The former was won by Mrs. Robin Compton with her shaded silver, Seraph, and the latter by Mrs H. Kip Woodruff with her charming little short haired blue, Witch. Some comment was aroused over the fact that a short haired kitten should be pronounced the best, but although shorthairs are commonly ignored in the awards at cat shows in this country they are given full recognition in England, and the decision was in accord with English precedent.

Flora of Skye, exhibited by the Elm Poultry Yards, of Hartford, won the New-York Cat Club’s silver medal for the best white kitten or juvenile, and Miss Carroll Macy's Purrsla won the silver medal offered by the club for the best silver kitten or juvenile. The Elm Poultry Yards captured the silver cup offered by Dr. Paul Kyle for the best display, and Miss Macy won Dr. Kyle's cup for the second best display.
Miss Carroll Macy won four firsts, Mrs. Woodruff three, the Elm Poultry Yards seven and Mrs. Charles E. Palmer three. Mrs. Paul Kyle took a first prize for a tortoise-shell with kittens and a second for a gray tabby and litter. Mrs. H. K. Miller took a first with her fine blue female, Queenie, a Glasgow cat that has taken prizes both in Scotland and England, and with her Kianieshai, of unknown pedigree.

Mrs. Smith’s case of three Manx cats, representing a family of three generations, was one of the attractions, especially when the attendant made the queer, tailless creatures hop. She displayed a lacerated hand as a sign of their uncertain tempers. Samson, the mammoth red Persian owned by Miss K. S. Burr, won a first. Samson measures one yard from tip to tip, and his plume is six inches across when spread. He is priced at $500.

There are many charming cats and kittens on view, and they will remain in the hall to-day. A pointing cat was added yesterday to the collection of freaks at the poultry show.

AT POULTRY SHOW – New York Tribune, 14th November, 1905
W. K. Vanderbilt, Jr.; Horace Havemeyer. of Stamford, Conn.; Howard Willets, of White Plains, and Mr. Caswell, of Mamaroneck are among the principal amateurs exhibiting at the Ore at Eastern Poultry Show, which opened yesterday at the Grand Central Palace, Lexington-ave and 43d-st [. . .] the big show opened, to remain open through Friday, the 17th, from 9 a. m. to 10 p. m.

[. . .] in the centre of the hall, along with the freak cat owned by Walter Casing and found by him in the woods near his house at Holtsville. It is about two months old, has the face and forequarters of a cat, while his hind legs resemble those of a rabbit. It has the “cotton” tail of the rabbit and hops like that animal. At its cat end it is covered with cat's fur of the regulation tabby gray. At its rabbit end it shows brown fur like a rabbit’s in color and texture. It catches mice, but is nervous and shy with strangers.

One of the prettiest sights in all the show is the family of gray squirrels that have been brought up entirely by a sweet-faced little Maltese cat. There are four of them and they are being "educated” with a litter of three-months-old kittens. The squirrels, now six months old, were presented to Mother Cat before they had their eyes open. Besides being much larger and stronger than the kittens, they are far more agile, but the queer little family of nine persons live together not only in peace and harmony, but in positive affection, while the cat seems to know no difference.

Over 120 cats and kittens have been entered for the cat show, which will be held under the auspices of the New-York Cat Club, beginning to-day. Mrs. J. W. Smith, of Brooklyn, will have three Manx cats on view. Mrs. Paul Kyle, of Flushing, Long Island, has entered a short-haired black kitten, by name Jerome, with a pedigree of Tammany Hall out of Grand Old Party. Dr. Kyle has offered silver cups for the best and second best displays, a display consisting of at least four entries, and Dr. H. K. Miller, of New-York, silver cups for the best juvenile and the best kitten.

CATS ON SHOW – New York Times, 16th November, 1905
The chief interest in the Great Eastern Poultry Show yesterday at the Grand Central Palace centred around the cat exhibit, where nearly 150 varieties were judged by Dr. Isabel Church. It is held under the auspice* and management of the New York Cat Show, and consisted of fifty-six classes, ranging from the diminutive kitten to the Angora and Persian felines. While the latter held the boards from a critical standpoint, the kittens ruled strong favorites with the women and children. The conpetition between domestic and Imported breeds wan keen and honors were carried off by the former. The women exhibitors presented a pretty appearance, attired in businesslike-looking dusters. They devoted much care and attention to their pets, and in nearly every instance won over the male exhibitors, who seemed to lack the knack of handling the cats to advantage. The judging was continued all day and will be concluded by tonight, when the awards will be announced.

SCRAPS AT POULTRY SHOW – New York Tribune, 17th November, 1905
There has been a good deal of grumbling first and last over the judging at the poultry show at the Grand Central Palace. The story is being circulated there that in order to freeze out the Great Eastern show, if possible, the managers of the Madison Square poultry show threatened not to employ any judge who judged for the Great Eastern. [. . .] In the cat show Dr. Isabel Church sold a kitten by Jack Frost — Blessed Damosel, for $100, to Mrs. Mark S. Brewer, of Pontiac, Mich., and Mrs. George F. Poole sold one of her blacks to Mr. Van Brunt, of Brooklyn, for $50.


POULTRY AND CAT SHOW COMING – New York Tribune, 2nd December, 1905
The New York poultry, Pigeon and Pet Stock Association will give its seventeenth annual exhibition at Madison Square Garden, opening Tuesday, January 2, and closing Saturday, January 6. The entries will close with Secretary H.V. Crawford, Montclair, N.J., on December 15. The New York Cat Show, under the supervision of the Atlantic Cat Club, will be a feature of the week. The cats will be quartered in the concert hall on Wednesday, Thursday and Friday, January 3, 4 and 5. Entries will close on December 16 with the secretary of the club, No. 80 West 40th-st.

PET STOCK ASSOCIATION'S SHOW – The New York Times, 2nd December, 1905
The seventeenth annual exhibition of the New York Poultry, Pigeon and Pet 8tock Association will open at Madison Square Garden on the evening of Jan. 2. and close on the evening of Jan. 6. inclusive. The entries will positively close with Secretary H. V. Crawford, Montclair, N. J., on Dec. 13. and the bookings already made show that each year there are more demands for s|>aca.

The New York Cat Show, under the supervision Of the Atlantic Cat Club, will be a feature of the week, and the cats will be quartered In the Concert Hall for Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday, Jan. 3, 4 and 5. Entries will close on Dec. 16 with the Secretary of the club, 80 West Fortieth Street, New York. The Secretary especially desires entries of short-haired cats, and the premium is sufficient inducement for those who are prospective prize winners to obtain their entries without delay.

THE COMING POULTRY SHOW – New York Times, 24th December, 1905
Entries for the seventeenth annual exhibition by the New-York Poultry, Pigeon and Pet Stock Association insure for the show which opens at Madison Square Garden on Tuesday morning, January 2, a grand display [. . .] The Atlantic Cat Club, under whose auspices the cat show will be given on Wednesday, Thursday and Friday of the New Year week, reports more than two hundred entries of high priced cats, the short haired cats being more fully represented than last year, while the long haired ones will represent those of notable records as prize winners and of great value.

PET STOCK SHOW – New York Tribune, 31st December, 1905
Madison Square Garden, from Tuesday morning next until Saturday night, will be the scene of another success for the New-York Poultry, Pigeon and pot Stock Association, in its seventeenth annual exhibition. For three days, Wednesday. Thursday and Friday, the New-York Cat Show, under the auspices of the Atlantic Cat Club, will be notable, and cats of high value and great variety will be shown. More than two hundred of the best cats in the country will be in the cages.

BIRD, PET STOCK AND CAT SHOW – New York Tribune, 1st January, 1906
The seventeenth annual exhibition of poultry, pigeons and pet stock by the New-York Poultry, Pigeon and Pet Stock Association will open In Madison Square Garden to-morrow at 9 a. m. As usual, the Atlantic Cat Club will give its exhibition Wednesday, Thursday and Friday, in the concert hall.

PET STOCK AND FINE POULTRY SHOW - Albuquerque Citizen, 2nd January, 1906
New York.— The seventeenth annual exhibition of the New York Poultry, Pigeon and Pet Stock Association opened today at Madison Square Garden and will continue through the week. One of the special features of the exhibition will be the New York Cat Show, under the supervision of the Atlantic Cat Club, which will begin tomorrow and will close on Friday evening. The cat show will be a special issue, and be held in the Concert Hall of Madison Square Garden.

DAY OF “SHORT HAIRS” New-York Daily Tribune, 3rd January, 1906.
Short hairs are to play a prominent role In the little feline drama which opens at the poultry show in Madison Square Garden this morning'. Although the Atlantic Cat Club, under whose auspices the cat show la held, is supposed to be devoted especially to the exploiting of long haired pets of the drawing room, this is by no means true of Mrs. William S. Hofstra, the president, and Dr. R. Ottolengui, the secretary, who entertain a warm admiration for the virtues of what the unknowing call “common cats." The result is, that owing to the strenuous efforts of these officers and Charles Chamberlain to bring the show to the attention of the owners of short hairs, a comparatively large number of the two hundred cats entered are short hairs.

Still further to emphasize the prominence which the management desires to confer upon short haired cats a number of handsome specials are offered, the Atlantic Cat Club itself heading the list with ten bronze medals in as many classes, while Mrs. Hofstra offers a silver challenge cup for the best short haired cat In the show, Siamese and Manx cats to be excepted, the cup to be won three times by the same cat. Miss Jane Cathcart offers a jewelled cat collar for the best Siamese male, and there are a souvenir spoon, several more medals, etc.

Miss Jane Cathcart, whose cattery is devoted to the production of black short haired neuters, is not only a newcomer among the exhibitors at the Atlantic Cat Club show, but she will be one of the most important of the exhibitors of short hairs this week. Miss Cathcart is a firm believer in the short haired neuter as the most desirable of pet cats. She has had an automobile especially constructed for accommodation of her show cats. Among those which she will have on exhibition at the Garden are Jumbo, a blue; Prissy, a famous black female, bred by Hugh Maxwell, of England; Buster Brown, a native smoky male, and a great prize-winner, and Belle of Bradford, an orange tabby.

Bide-a-Wee Home will be represented by three or four of its little strays. Mrs. Hofstra has entered two of her Siamese cats, and H. T. Draper has entered three Manx cats.

The long haired classes will be wonderfully attractive to cat lovers, for not only will there be a number of fine new cats, but many prize winning champions whose names are household words among cat experts will be there. The Champions have entered twelve cats. Miss Ava. Pollard has a full line of her blue eyed whites, and other well-known exhibitors are generously represented. Miss Phoebe Clark who at last year's show sold her Katie Fawe for $500, has entered her Teddy Fawe. Her little Rip Van Winkle has also been entered by its present owner, Mrs. C. Billman.

THIS CAT IS BEST IN SHOW – Oakland Tribune, 4th January, 1906
The sensation of yesterday’s judging in the cat show at Madison Square Garden was the victory of Miss Alva L. Pollard’s Omar II over Mrs. Champion’s Argent Splendor in the open class for Chinchilla males. Mrs. Charles H. Lane of Chicago, one of the earliest American women in the “fancy,” was the judge. The decision came particularly hard to the Champions, as Argent Splendor was judged the best cat in the show 1905 and the best long-haired in the Chicago show of 1905, and his career been one long triumph since kittenhood. He needed only a first in the New York show of 1906 to give him the three points necessary to make him champion Chinchilla of America.

The Brooklyn Daily Eagle, 2nd January, 1906 - Commencing tomorrow and extending over Thursday and Friday, the New York Cat Show, under the auspices of the Atlantic Cat club, will be given in the concert hall, and will be notable for the cats of high degree and of high value and great variety shown.

BLACK CAT REBELS IN THE GARDEN SHOW – The New York Times, 4th January, 1906
Hawthorne is an aristocrat because he is valued at $500, and he knows his prerogatives. Certainly he thinks he does not belong among the common back yard variety of cats or short haired fraternity. Hawthorne is a cat, too, but his long, black, sleek coat has placed him above the ordinary feline, so yesterday, when the annual cat show, held in conjunction with the poultry show, opened in the Concert Hall of Madison Square Garden. Hawthorne sniffed the trail of the “fence walkers” and determined right there he would have none of it.

His owner, Mrs. A. H. Baker of Chicago, smoothed and petted him preparatory to his entry into the ring where he was to pass before the critical eyes of judges. Here was his chance to show his disgust at the new ruling of the show authorities in allowing the “sleep annihilators” in a bench show, and he immediately began to strike out as soon as he went into the ring. He scratched two of the judges, spit at the “blue ribbon," which was his easily, if he had not shown his temper, and broke away from the centre of competition.

Mrs. Baker, tearful and excited, led the searching party, which was speedily organized, and after an hour’s chase, the deserter was found heading for the pigeons on the second balcony. He was promptly caught and safely locked up in his cage. Hawthorne later on got a second prize.

The attendance for the second day of the Madison Square Garden show, notwithstanding the inclement weather, was the best in the history of the organization. Over 500 valuable cats were judged, many of them being imported. The feature this year is that short-haired felines play an important part in the exhibition. The common, backyard type has for some years been despised, and the virtues of the long-haired, aristocratic pets exploited, but the determination of the club to give the former a chance has resulted in a splendid showing of both breeds. A new exhibitor this year is Miss Jane Cathcart of Oradell. N. J., who has on exhibition three imported cats, all of which succeeded in securing the coveted blue ribbons. The cages in which the cats are shown have been tastefully and elaborately decorated, and the occupants are regally taken care of.

SENSATION AT CAT SHOW - Los Angeles Times, 5th January, 1906
NEW YORK. Jan. 4.— The sensation of yesterday's j.Judging in the cat show at Madison Square Garden was the victory of Miss Ava L. Pollard's Omar II over Mrs. Champion's Argent Splendor, in the open, class for Chinchilla males. Mrs. Charles H. Lane of Chicago, one of the earliest American women in the “fancy,” was the judge. The decision came particularly hard to the Champions, as Argent Splendor was judged the best cat in the show of 1905, and the best long-haired cat in the Chicago show of 1905, and his career has been one long triumph since kittenhood. He needed only a first in the New York show of 1906 to give him the three points necessary to make him the champion Chinchilla of America.

ALTHEA'S PRIDE GONE– New York Tribune, 5th January, 1906
Another cat disturbed the peace of the cat show In the Garden and brought distress to the heart of her loving mistress yesterday when Althea's Pride, a little brown tabby, belonging to Dr. H. S. Neilson, of Darien. Conn., escaped from its cage and lost itself till well into the afternoon. Just when or how the little scamp managed it nobody knows, but when Mrs. Neilson arrived at the hall early yesterday morning Althea's Pride was gone. The Garden employes, who are beginning to feel as if they had their hand in pretty well at hunting lost cats, searched high and low for the little brown tabby, but without result. At last one of them in going near the elevator shaft fancied he heard a faint, despairing meouw. Closer examination showed that the meouw emerged from the throat of a small brown cat at the bottom of the shaft. It was not till 2 o'clock and after the men had brought ladders and climbed down and into the depths that the tiny mite was restored to its anxious guardian.

Interest centred yesterday particularly in the awarding of the trophy cups, medals and other specials. Owing to the trouble caused by the fudging last year, the special for the best cat in the show was omitted, but it was felt that in being judged the best male in the show Regal Bacchus virtually captured the larger honor. This beautiful blue was imported from England in November by his present owner, Joshua Cowpland, of Ward, Penn., and won, besides two firsts, Miss Burritt’s challenge cup for being the best long haired blue in the show. Miss Pollard's Puritana was adjudged the best female, and her Omar II the best chinchilla male. Miss Ward's handsome Champion Robin was pronounced the best orange tabby male. Mrs. Champion won the Ottolengui challenge pitcher tor the best cat of any color with Argent Splendor, Mrs. Hofstra won her own trophy cup for the best American bred cat in the show with her little Siamese cat Siam.

One award — it wasn’t a special, though — was unattended by the remotest suggestion of heart burning or envy. The Bide-a-Wee home had only one of its proteges entered, Dinah, a pretty tortoiseshell with the true harlequin markings on her little face. When It became known that Dinah had not only won first In the short haired tortoiseshell class, but a good home to boot in a New-Jersey cattery, there was widespread satisfaction.

NEW YORK. Jan. 4.— The sensation of yesterday's judging in the cat show at Madison Square garden was the victory of Miss Ava L. Pollard's Omar II over Mrs. Champion's Argent Splendor in the open class for Chinchilla males. Mrs. Charles H. Lane of Chicago, one of the earliest American women in the “fancy,” was the judge. The decision came particularly hard to the Champions, as Argent Splendor was Judged the best cat in the show of 1905 and the best long haired cat in the Chicago show of 1905, and his career has been one long triumph since kittenhood. He needed only a first in the New York show of 1906 to give him the three points necessary to make him champion Chinchilla of America.

When the tired cats closed their bright eyes in sleep late last night there was one exhibitor who breathed a sigh of relief. Mrs. A. H. Baker of Chicago knew that while he slept her black cat Hawthorne could not run away again. In transit from the judging-room to the hall in the morning Hawthorne escaped from Mrs. Baker’s arms and was absent for two long, anxious hours. They found him at last, cowering, half dead with fright, in an upper room, but not before they had moved 300 chairs looking for him.

POULTRY SHOW - The Evening World, 5th January, 1906
There were missing some rooster crows of vibrant tone in Madison Square Garden at daylight to-day [. . .] Someone — or was it a sly fox or a predatory mouser [had taken a number of valuable Bantams]. The poultry show continues to attract crowds and great interest, as well, as the cat department, where pussies of bluest blood and slicked fur are on exhibition. The suggestion that e straying feline exhibit from the cat show might have been the robber of the bantams is ridiculed by Superintendent Crawford, who declared that the bantams were game birds and could lick twice then weight in wild cats.

SOCIETY CHICKEN [AND CAT] FANCIERS – The New York Times, 6th January, 1906
The attendance at the Madison Square Garden Poultry Show has been the best in the history of the Poultry, Pigeon.
Pet Stock Association. [. . .] Miss Kroeh is mourning the loss of her champion white cat, Kilvarock Carrara, which won three first prizes at the cat show. The animal is valued at $250 and, despite a careful search, cannot be found [note: she was found later].

CAT SHOW CLOSES – New York Tribune, 6th January, 1906
“And the cat came back.” That, in five words, gives the history of yesterday at the cat show in the Garden, but not five words, nor yet five hundred, can portray the apprehension, the anxiety, the upbraiding and the vain regrets of the five unhappy women whose precious cats utilized the peace and calm of Thursday night to escape from their cages.

Hawthorne had already tried it; so had Althea's Pride, and Kilvarock Carrara, the lovely blue eyed female, one of Miss Kroeh’s treasures, saw no reason why she should not try it on, too. Just when it happened no one knows, but the first comers on the scene yesterday morning found two spiritual looking kittens engaged in a gay little vaudeville right up on the stage. A hurried examination of the cages disclosed the awful fact that at least two more were gone.

When Miss Eleanor Burritt arrived at 7:30 o’clock she went straight to No. 22’s cage to see how Carrara had passed the night. There was no Carrara there. Five men were at once detailed to hunt for her, and the Atlantic Cat Club offered a reward of $5 for her recovery. The four others had all been recaptured early in the game. All day long at intervals of a few minutes, one or another of the men would run to Miss Kroeh with the cheerful bulletin. “We haven’t found her yet." Carrara had been adjudged the best female novice in the show and was priced at $150.

Meanwhile “Frenchie," who used to drive the six horse van in a circus, and once found a raccoon that got loose in the Garden, was groping his way with three or four other men on hands and knees in the narrow, dirty space, half tower and half roof garden, that rises over the chandeliers in the concert hall. It was hot and dark up there, but “Frenchie" had an electric pocket lantern and he turned its bright flash now here, now there. Once he fancied he caught a queer green glisten ahead of him. He flashed the light straight on it, and the green gleam resolved itself into two terror-stricken round eyes shining out of a little cat’s face set in a great dirty white ruff.

Although a number of cats changed hands at the show, which closed last night, no phenomenal prices were realized. Mrs. J. Conlisk’s chinchilla Uno brought $75. Mrs. Charles Almaine’s Sweet Kitty Bellairs was sold. Sweet Kitty has a personal representative at the White House in the person or her son Boy, a blue eyed white kitten that was a present from the wife of Senator Knox to little Quentin Roosevelt last Christmas. Mrs. Hofstra, president of the Atlantic Cat Club, gave a dinner last night at the Beaux Arts for the other officers.

POULTRY SHOW ENDED – Brooklyn Daily Eagle, 6th January, 1906
The poultry show ended last night and as predicted, the sales yesterday broke all previous records. [. . .] At the cat show sales were slow, and while there were plenty of inquiries, few cats were actually sold. The most trading was in kittens, the total of sales being about $500.

AWARD AT THE [NEW YORK] CAT SHOW AROUSES A CHICAGO WOMAN’S JEALOUSY – Democrat and Chronicle, 12th January, 1906
An exhibition of pet cats is one of the very best places where the rivalries of women-kind may be studied and their capacities for jealousy be gauged. The cat is credited with being a jealous creature, but what of the rancorous rivalries it is capable of promoting between its mistresses? Commend us to the New York cat show for an illustration. And the most serious result of this year’s rivalries is the breach between our cat cultivators and those of Chicago caused by the decision of the judges. A Saratoga sample of fine breeding carried off the first prize for points, the animal’s eyes, in particular, being adjudged superior to those of all his competitors. Thereupon a Mrs. Baker, from the Windy City, protested on behalf of her pet, whose eyes, she claimed, were without equal in the exhibition. At any other place than New York, she declared, such a cat would have received its due. But what was to be expected? It was a Chicago cat. Her unappreciated animal was shipped away from the ungrateful city while Mrs. Baker declared her decision not to compete again here. Shall we now look forward to seeing an example of Chicago magnanimity on the next occasion when our cat lovers make entries at a show there, or shall we act most wisely by refraining from courting reprisals, and make no entries at all? More than one feminine mind is pondering this question just now.

AFTER PRIZES AT ATLANTIC SHOW – Democrat and Chronicle, 30th December, 1906
Lockehaven Cat Club Members Will Exhibit in Madison Square. Members of the Lockehaven Cat Club will attend the Atlantic cat show, which will be held at Madison Square Garden, New York, beginning on Wednesday. Rochester cats of lengthy pedigree and records as prize winners in many contests will be matched against the finest felines owned in the East, and they are expected to bring back several trophies.

The Rochester owners will leave here on Wednesday morning. Mrs. Alfred Jackson, president of the Lockehaven Cat club, will take with her for exhibition Princess Ciaro, Saratoga, Lady Joy Fawe and Angela. Mrs. Clarence G. Browning will exhibit Princess Alice and a famous blue kitten sired by Champion Osiris. Mrs. E.L. Brace will take with her Lady Gentian, a noted prize winner; Bon Bon and Gingerbread Boy. C. H. Jones will exhibit Hon. Peter Stirling.

There will be other exhibitors from Rochester, but their names and exhibits have not yet been given to President Jackson.


HEN ON AT THE GARDEN, CATS HAVE PAW IN IT – New York Tribune, 30th December, 1908
The twentieth annual exhibition of the New York Poultry. Pigeon and Pet Stork Association was opened at the Madison Square Garden yesterday morning with a display that the managers say outclasses any ever given under the same auspices. While the number of exhibits is not so large as last year, owing to the absence of Canadian entries, the quality of the fowl and pet stock is said to be superior to that of previous shows.

The show will be open from 9 o’clock each morning until 10:30 at night and will end on Saturday. This morning the Atlantic Cat Club will begin its seventh annual championship exhibition in the concert hall, at the western end of the building. When the catalogue, which announces “The largest cat show ever held in America,” was ready to go print, there were 298 entries, and since that time over forty have been refused. Much surprise has been expressed that Dr. Robert Ottolengui, from whose Saratoga Farm many fine animals were entered last year and previous years, will not be among the exhibitors this year. His Kew Iris, the long haired blue female that was adjudged the best cat in last year's exhibition, will be among the missing, and none of his other prize winners will be seen.

Other prominent exhibitors at this year's show will be Mrs. Champion and the Misses Champion, of West New Brighton, Staten Island; Miss J. Cathcart, of Oradell. N. J.; Miss Laura Gould Hopkins, of No. 103 East 16th street; Mrs. William S. Hofstra, of Hempstead, Long Island; Miss Marion M Johnson, of No. 54 West 140th street; Mrs. J. C. Mltchelson. of Tarlffville, Conn.; Mrs. Channing Pollock, of No. 124 West 47th street; Miss A. D. Pollard. Elizabeth. N. J.; Miss Ruth Ward, of Brooklyn, and Miss H. E. Heuberer, of Oyster Bay, Long Island. Among the exhibits will be Manx, Siamese, Abyssinian and Russian cats.

CATS TAKE A TURN IN POULTRY SHOW - The New York Times, 31st December, 1908
Cats and chickens were rivals for popular favor in Madison Square Garden yesterday, and the cats on the occasion , of the formal opening of the Atlantic Cat Club’s seventh annual “Championship Show“ had a shade the advantage. The opening of the cats part of the exhibition was attended by the announcement of the demise of the greatest feline curiosity of the show in transit from Albuquerque, N. M., to make her appearance as a metropolitan star. The deceased was the hairless cat which had aroused great Interest among the exhibitors as the Aztec cat. The animal was regarded as something more than a curiosity, because of the antiquity attributed to its species, and it was stated by Dr. Cecil French of the Atlantic Cat Club that with the consent of the owner, T. J. Shinick, the hairless body would be presented to the Museum of Natural History here and may be offered in evidence that the cat had a part in Aztec as well us in Egyptian civilisation.

The Aztec cat’s misfortune gave opportunity for understudies, however, and a tame lynx and a tame ocelot now are rivals for the quarters that the hairless cat will not occupy. The surviving cats showed for the first day on absolute equality for the satin-lined nests of the most favored ones, were ruled out and the tabbies of all degrees were displayed in the same kind of wire cages and dependent on their Individual qualities for any preference they may receive from the judges. Three hundred cats were assembled In the one room of the Concert Hall, and kept the place crowded with women and children throughout the day and evening.

NEW BEAUTIES WIN PRIZES New-York Tribune, 31st December, 1908.
Old Favorites Take a Back Seat at Atlantic Cat Club Show.

The vicissitudes of life are mirrored in the cat show now being held by the Atlantic Cat Club at Madison Square Garden, in connection with the annual exhibition of the New York Poultry and Pet Stock Association. Cats unheard of before have come in and carried off the blue ribbons, victors of former years have had to take a back seat, and the familiar tragedy of age competing with youth is repeated in less tragic guise.

In the absence of Dr. Robert Ottolengui's Kew Iris, the champion of last year, Miss L. G. Hopkins announced that her White Aigrette would surely carry off highest honors. But alas for human hopes! White Aigrette has a daughter, Lady Friar, blue-eyed, white-coated and more lovely than herself, and Lady Friar stole her mother's honors, being adjudged the best white female in the show.

This was the big surprise of the show. The next was the defeat of Romeo, a white blue-eyed male, owned by Mrs. H. G. Dykhouse, by Prince of Pearls, the property of Mrs. O. L. Dosch. Romeo was adjudged last year the best white cat in the show, while Prince of Pearls has heretofore been unknown. Another new comer, Kew Ra, an orange Tabby, exhibited by Mrs. Channing Pollock, took first prize not only in the novice class but in the open one.

Death, too, has invaded the exhibit, for the Mexican hairless cat died on the way to the scene of her expected triumphs. This cat, which was the property of Miss K. Spink, of Big Lake Minn., is said to be the last of a famous Aztec race.

The show is the largest the Cat Club has ever given, and the exhibit of long-haired cats is the best ever seen in this country.


Poultry and cats again divided attention yesterday at Madison Square Garden, when the biggest Thursday crowd in the history of the poultry show was in attendance. Outside of the judging there was very little to interest the spectator, [. . .] Judging was continued in the music hall where the cats are being shown. Miss Cathcart swept the classes for Abyssinian and Russian felines, while the prizes for the tabbies were very evenly distributed. The exhibits are somewhat disappointing, as many of the classes have but a single entry. The quality of the cats, however, is fully up to the standard.

MADISON SQUARE GARDEN - The Sun, 1st January, 1909
Cat Exhibition – Long-Hair
Brown Tabby, Male, Class 80 – First, Dick, Mrs. F.Y. Mathis.
Orange Tabby, Male, Class 82 – First, Billy, Mrs. G. Yates.
Silver Cat, Male, Class 83A – First, Silver Boy, Mrs. J.C. Mitchelson.
Tortoiseshell, Cat, Class 83 – First, Tibbie, Mrs. G. Yates, Jr.
Siamese, Male, Class 90 – Ch. Siam de paris, Miss Cathcart.
Siamese, Female, Closs 91 0 First, Siamese Female, Miss Cathcart [presumably they didn’t know the cat’s name]
Manx, Male, Class 92 – Bunny, Mrs. C. Billman.
Manx, Female – Boblett, Mrs. H.W. Smith.
Abyssinian, Male, Class 94 – Aluminium, Miss J. Cathcart.
Abyssinian, Female, Class 94A – Salt, Miss J. Cathcart.
Russian, Male, Class 95 – Ch. Peterkin, Mrs. S. Sage.
Russian, Female, Class 96 – First, Sacha, Miss J. Cathcart; second, Speedwell, Miss Cathcart.

Short Haired Kittens

Black and White or Blue and White – Class 108 – First, Snow White, Miss C. Billman.
Black and White or Blue and White – First, Collins Jerome II., Miss M. Mills; second, Pansy Jerome, Miss M. Mills.

CAT SHOW DECISION IS CAUSE OF A ROW; Judge Withdraws After Women Quarrel Over Jock of Daybreak Winning Championship.
The New York Times, January 2, 1909

The championship Cat show, rival feature to the Poultry Show in Madison Square Garden, was the storm centre of the double exhibition yesterday, when disagreements among the judges and differences among the members of the club and exhibitors about the retirement of the presiding judge, Dr. Cecil French of Washington, and produced a lively dissension among the women who are the leading patrons of the several cat clubs.

There have been differences and criticisms concerning the selection of prize winners through the week, but the disputes reached the most heated point only after the decision on the championship, for the best cat in the show, was made to a long-pedigreed, long-haired shaded-silver male cat, Jock of Daybreak, owned by Mrs E B Cridler of Danville, NY, over Mrs C H Jones's short-haired white female Caroline, from Rochester, NY, and a closely contesting field of three other prize cats.

When the choice was made, Dr French retired and sent in to the Atlantic Cat Club a letter strongly protesting against the methods in which the selection was made. This brought out the fact that Dr French had dissented when the two other judges had fixed on Jock of Daybreak, a fact which was gossiped about earlier in the day, and which caused much comment among the women members of the club. The club on receiving Dr French's letter adopted resolutions of regret that Dr French had taken displeasure at the action of the other judges, and notified Dr French that his letter of protest would be placed on file. This message further angered Dr French, and he left the building. Then a meeting, to which none but the members were admitted, was held by the Atlantic Cat Club, and there was a general criticism of judges and judging methods.

The annual election of officers was a part of the business taken up, and another surprise was produced when Mrs William S Hofstra, of Hempstead, LI, was put in nomination as First Vice president. Mrs Hofstra rose to request that the office be bestowed elsewhere, and said, when pressed for explanation, that owing to certain actions and systems that are in vogue among cat fanciers, she would hereafter positively decline to serve as an officer of any body having to do with the showing of cats. Mrs Hofstra's declaration was still under discussion when another note from Dr French was received, stating his objections to the method in which the judges acted in giving the championship to Jock of Daybreak.

It was said after the meeting that Mrs Hofstra was moved to her statement and declination of office in the club by her objection to the amalgamation of the Atlantic Cat Club with the Cat Fanciers' Association, a Western organization represented at the show by a Mrs Colburn. The meeting closed with a truce all around, after the election of Mrs J C Mitchelson of Tariffville, Conn., as President, with a list of other officers and a resolution to hold a Winter show at Orange, NJ.

LONG ISLANDERS DO WELL 11 THE POULTRY SHOW – The Brooklyn Daily Eagle, 3rd January, 1909
There closed last night in Manhattan one of the most successful shows of poultry and pet stock ever held in America. It was the twentieth annual exhibition of the New York Poultry, Pigeon and Pet Stock Association, and during the five days it has been running enormous crowds have taken advantage of the opportunity for seeing a record gathering of all that is best in the feathered world. A feature this year has been the show of the Atlantic Cat Club, running in conjunction with the big exhibition and which drew the record entry of more than 220 of the choicest specimens of pussydom. Fully two days were occupied in judging the stock [. . .]


WHAT HOOSIERS IN NEW YORK ARE DOING. The Indianapolis Star, 8th January, 1911
In conjunction with the poultry show, held at Madison Square Garden the last week, the Atlantic Cat Club gave its ninth championship exhibition of felines. There were 256 cats entered, all cats of high degree, and with proud and haughty manners. Their value in dollars ranged from $50 to $1,000, the one held at the latter price being a longhaired neuter silver cat, the Duke of Southampton, owned by Mrs. F. E. Clafton of the Hotel Ansonia. The Duke is 6 years old, and came from the estate of the, Duke of Devonshire in England. His cage was decorated with smilax and orchids, while he reposed lazily on pillows of royal purple satin and sipped his milk from a shell of pale delicate Dresden china. Mrs. Julia H. Chadwick of East Hampton, Long Island, exhibited the only talking cat in the world. He can say “milk” and “mama” with perfect ease and distinctness. He is a waif cat with no known pedigree.

Mrs. F. B. Harris of the Brooklyn Navy Yard exhibited a most mysterious cat which she calls “White Ghost,” and the sailors about the yard call "Spooky.” He appears at unusual hours in unusual places and has made many an early morning homecoming uncomfortable for a sailor.

There were several handsome Manx cats, all apparently imported, and nine very valuable Australians. Mrs J. C. Mitchelson of Tariffville, Conn., exhibited the only white Australian kitten ever shown in this country. Miss Jennie R. Kroeh of Orange, N. J., whose mother was Miss Julia Philips of Laporte, Ind., exhibited several of her white Persians and carried off many ribbons and cups.

It was at one of these shows, eight years ago, that a bright-faced white Persian kitten attracted the attention of Miss Kroeh and her mother. They decided to purchase the kitten as a present for a relative residing with them. He soon initiated himself into the affections of the family and made Miss Kroeh decide it would be interesting to breed cats. She established a kennel at her home on Center street in Orange, which she calls the Kilravock Kat Kennels. From these kennels cats and kittens have gone to all parts of the United States, and Miss Kroeh has become a recognized authority on cats. She has written articles for The Cat Review and other magazines, and has exhibited her cats in Boston, Hartford, Stamford, New York and Washington. They have never failed to carry off rib-bons and cups, or to be the best longhaired cats exhibited.

Don Leone is one of Miss Kroeh’s most beautiful cats. His sire, Champion Sousa, was for several years considered the best cat in the country. He was valued at $1,000, and Miss Kroeh sold him for a cattery in Texas. Don Leone has a most beautiful coat of hair, and the bluest of blue eyes. He was the best novice at last year’s show, and the best white male at the recent show at Madison Square Garden. Chester is another splendid white cat with wonderfully large deep blue eyes.

Beppo is a blue Persian, with an exceptionally fine head. He is heavily coated and has a long list of prizes to his credit. The shape and formation of his skull was considered so wonderful, when he was first exhibited, that breeders sought at once to raise this point in cats, and have succeeded in making it, in five years, one of a cat’s strongest points.

No cat or kitten of Miss Kroeh’s will answer to the name of “kitty,” but comes only when called by its real name. They all know Miss Kroeh’s voice and will set up a merry “meowing” upon sound of it. She has twenty-five cats in her kennels at present.


More Than Two Hundred Champion Felines Are Now on Exhibition.
The Brooklyn Daily Eagle, December 31, 1913.

Final Day Promises to Be the Best. The Poultry Show closes at Madison Square Garden tonight. More than 200 prizes and champion felines moved into the building yesterday for their public exhibition for more than 160 special prizes and cups. While New York Society has already demonstrated an interest in the poultry exhibited at the show, this interest has greatly augmented yesterday and today owing to the addition of the aristocrats of the feline world.

This championship cat show is the largest ever staged and includes our great champion feline as well as a number of recent importations just made by Clifford B. Harmon. A cat of fame and interest among these present is Shawnee Patrice, owned by Miss Hattie McCoun of Oyster Bay, L.I.

Among others attending this important function in cat society are Mrs. C. G. Gillespie's famous blue-eyed white male, Pearl King, imported from England; Mrs. Chester A. Chapius’ Bungalow Turks' Cap, the beautiful blue that won the distinction of being the best cat in the show at the Hotel Astor this year. Ch. Argent Glorioso, owned by the Misses Champion, and winner of the best silver award at the Atlantic Cat Club Show, is included, and Ch. Sandalphon, the winning Chinchilla, owned by Mrs. Connolly. Famous Famo, the beautiful golden-eyed white malee Persian, also makes his appearance.

Miss A. L. Pollard’s two famous imported blues, Ch. Bluestone of Tilecote, and Ch. Miss Gibbs are also competing. Among the most curious of the exhibits are two Australian cats exhibited by the Green Witch Cattery, also the Royal Siamese cats of which four specimens will be on view. There are fourteen entries in the longhaired blue kitten class. There is also a large entry of shaded silver kittens, and the two celebrated winners, Ch. King Winter and Ch. Mlle. Genee, the former having traveled all over the continent. Mrs. A. Tillinghast Freedley of Pomfret has entered fourteen of her prize winning cats.

Mrs. I. J. Ketcben of New Rochelle has entered Thomas Fence, the famous blue short hair, famed as the winner of five silver cups. Miss E. R. B. Champion is secretary and manager of the cat show, and the judges are Miss J. R. Kroch of Orange, N. J., and Mrs. Elbert E. Besse of Chicago. The show committee consists of Mrs G.C. Gillespie, Miss Carroll Macy, Miss E. G. Hyden aud Miss D. B. Champion. Dr. H. K. Miller is veterinarian. The awards already made are as follows:

Class 2 – White female, blue eyes; open. First, Rumson Edelweiss, owner E. Stokes Fowler.
Class 2 – White male, blue eyes; novice. Firs, Cumberland Friar, owner. Mrs. C.N. Bailey, Second, His Ducletts, owner, Mrs. F. Sargent.
Class 4 -White female, blue eyes; open. First, Governor's Lady, owner, Mrs. F. Sargent.
Class 6 – White male, yellow eyes; open. First, King George, owner, J.B. Mayhew. Second, Imperator, owner, Miss L.G. Hopkins. Third, Alstead Artist, breeder-owner, Mrs. C.M. Lunt.
Class 5 - White female, yellow eyes; open. First, Bunty of Mountainside, breeder-owner, Walter G. Thomas. Second, Princess Adelaide, owner Miss A. Ricard.
Class 9A - White kitten, yellow eyes. First, Vesta, breeder-owner, Miss E. M. Hudson. Second. Snow Ball, breeder-owner. Mrs. L. Bernstein.
Class 10 — Blue male; open. First Bungalow Turk’s Cap, owner, Mrs. C. W. Chapin. Second, Bluestone of Tilecote, owner, Miss A Pollard.
Class 11 – blue female, open. First, Ch. Miss Gibbs, owner. Miss A. Pollard. Second, Blue Cloud, owner, Miss H. J. McCoun.
Class 12 - blue male, novice. First, Bungalow Meteor, breeder-owner, Mrs. C. W. Chapin. Second. Blue Paddy, breeder-owner, Mrs. C.N. Bailey.
Class 13, blue female, novice. First, Shawnee Philomel, owner. Miss E.G. Hydon. Second, Peg the Rake, owner Mrs. R. A. Golder.
Class 17 - black female, open. First, The Blackamoor of Elmwood, owner, Mrs. Freedley. Second, Blackberry, owner, Mrs. L. F. Works.
Class 19 - black kitten. First, Nanet of Samot, owners, Mr. and Mrs. A. Schwartz. Second, Duke of Samot, owner, Mrs. F. Y. Mathis.
Class20 - Smoke male, open. First, Shogun, owner, Mrs. F. Y. Mathis. Second, The Blackwell Jest.
Class 21 – Smoke female, open. First, Mother Hubbard, owner. Mrs. Bernstein. Second, Minette, breeder-owner, Mrs. E.A. Bigelow.
Class 22 – smoke male, novie. First, The Imp, owner, Mrs. F.J. Mayer.


MISS MACY'S CATS BEST.  Win First Honors for Male and Female at Madison Square Garden Show.
New York Times January 1st, 1914

King Winter, the seven-year-old silver shaded Chinchilla cat exhibited by Miss Carrol Macy, reigned supreme on the feline throne yesterday in the final day's judging at the cat show in conjunction with the silver jubilee exhibition of the New York Poultry and Pigeon Association at Madison Square garden, which closed last night.  The work of the judges yesterday was confined to the awarding of decisions for the special prizes, which brought together winners of the earlier classes for "best in the show" according to their sex, color, and breed, and King Winter will enter upon his eighth year of existence, not a short one by any means for a champion, and his victory added further to his slate of championship victories which already are legion. The victory marked King Winter's fifth championship.  He recently made a clean sweep at the Atlantic Cat Show at Grand Central Palace.  On the opening day, King Winter had to be content with disporting himself for public gaze in his spacious cage, not being eligible to the earlier classes, but yesterday made several trips to the judging pit and always returned with a ribbon.  He was located in the center of the concert hall and was the subject of much attention by the spectators.  Not satisfied with the winning of the premier honors with King Winter, Miss Macy elected to show in the next most important class, which was for females or opposite sex to the winner of "the best in show," and was also victorious with Mlle Genee, a recent importation.  This record establishes a precedent in the history of cat exhibitions.

Second only to the Macy cats was Lucky, a tabby picked up by the Bide-a-Wee Society and developed into a pretty specimen.  Lucky came into the hands of the Bide-A-Wee authorities in the regular way, but was immediately recognised as a cat of unusual type and was groomed for show purposes.  She was entered in a beginners class for tabbies of any color and was adjudged the best short-haired female in the show.  In the neuter classes, which are a conspicuous division at cat exhibitions, Mrs Felix Edwardes scored a well-deserved triumph, taking the ribbon for the best neuter with her white short-hair To To.  Like King Winter, To To shares the distinction of being undefeated, and is considered a truly remarkable neuter, with every qualification for the show business.

Two playful little kittens, Sapphire Grace, a blue female, and George Washington, an Australian gray, earned their spurs with victories in the classes for "the best kitten."  Sapphire Grace, a winner in an earlier class on the opening day, scored in the class for the best short-haired, and George Washington won in the long-haired division.  These were the highest honors accorded baby felines, and were received as fitting tributes to successful careers in later days, when probably the performances of King Winter and Mlle Genee will be feline history. A bevy of Siamese cats had attracted a deal of attention at the show, and one of these, Burnham Chang, exhibited by Mrs F Y Mathis, came in for honors, winning the award for the best short-haired cat.  Bungalow Meteor, the get of Mrs C W Chapin's winner, Bungalow, proved the peer of the novice cats, winning the ribbon for the best novice.

Exhibitors willing to part with their charges were afforded many opportunities to part with their cats, and at the conclusion of the afternoon session ten sales were reported.  In one instance the owner of a winner refused $200 for a long-haired blue.


FLUFFY, FUSSY CATS SHOWN FOR THE POOR.  King Winter and Blizzard Win Prizes as Cold Wave Strikes Town
The New York Times, January 22, 1915

Cats with lineal dscendants and long pedigrees were on exhibition at the Waldorf-Astoria yesterday.  It was the opening day of the second specialty show held by the Silver Society for the benefit of the families of the deserving unemployed of New York.  Over 200 members of the feline aristocracy were benched.  The majority of them looked bored nearly to death, and apparently took but a passive interest in their surroundings.  Everything has been done for their comfort, cages in many cases are sumptuously decorated, and the general appearance of the occupants is that of affluence and sleek condescension.  These high class cats which are now on show take life very seriously, and the term "playful as a kitten" is a misnomer in their case.  They are all extremely dignified.  It is ever doubtful if they were ever kittens  There are long-haired cats, smokes, neuters, shaded silver cats, chinchillas, in fact every kind of high-bred cat - all except a specimen of the well-known nocturnal tom class which prowl around when the cabarets are going at their height.

The show is being held under the auspices of the two recognized societies, the Cat Fancy Association and the American Cat Association.  The judges are Mrs K V Furness, New York City, and Miss J R Kroeh, Orange, NJ for the respective organizations.  In the ACA division Miss Carroll Macy's chestnut King Winter was adjudged the best cat in the show.  This animal is a tremendous fellow, weighing about fifteen pounds.  He is of the shaded silver variety.  King Winter is valued at $2,000, but he is not for sale.  He has grouped around his cage silverware and other prizes greatly in excess of this amount.  King Winter is the most popular stud of the silver breed, and there are many of his sons and daughters and even grandchildren exhibited in the show.  Chesnut Argent Glorioso, owned by the Misses Champions, received the special for the best sire to be shown with his get, while Argent Dainty maid, exhibited by the same owners, got the blue for the best silver tabby female.

Blizzard, a long-haired neuter, sired by King Winter, owned by Miss K T Moore, received the blue in his class. Blizzard is a blasé individual who weighs almost sixteen pounds and takes life very easily. He is also the owner of "most expressive green eyes," as an enthusiast explained. This is a characteristic of high-bred cats.

The specials in the Cat fancy Association will be judged today. The awards follow:

CFA Championship Classes:

Chinchilla Male, Kittens. - Won by Mrs Arthur H Churchill's Bobby Shafto.
Chinchilla Male, Novice. - Won by Mrs Arthur H Churchill's Thornyfoot of Essex.
Chinchilla Male, Open. - Won by Mrs F E Connolly's Ch. Sandalphon.
Chinchilla Female, novice. - Won by Mrs H G Fisher's Mandalay Marvel.
Shaded Silver Female, Open. Won by Miss Carroll Macy's Ch. Mlle Genee.
Silver Tabby, Male, Open. - Won by the Greenwich Kennel's Greenwich Devon Pixy.
Silver Tabby, Female, Kittens. - Won by Mrs F Y Mathes's Greenwich Little Miss Cox.
Chinchilla Female, Kittens. - Won by Mrs Olive E Gilbert's Glory of Persian.
Chinchilla Female, Open. - Won by Mrs F Y Mathes's Greenwich Ch. Cherokee.
Shaded Silver Male Kittens. - Won by Mrs E A Griffith's and Mrs Olive E Gilbert's Wahoo Hastings.
Shaded Silver Male, Novice. - Won by Mrs F E Connolly's Sandalphon's Son.
Shaded Silver Male, Open. - Won by Miss Carroll Macy's Ch. King Winter.
Shaded Silver Female Kittens. - Won by the Misses Champion's Argent Gloria.
Shaded Silver Female, Novice. - won by the Misses Champion's Argent Moonshine.
Silver Tabby Female, Novice. - won by the Misses Champion's Dainty Maid.
Silver Tabby Female, Open. - Won by Mrs Lyman B Sturgis's chi Princess Zilla II of Sunnyholme.
Smoke Male, Open. - Won by Mrs F Y Mathes's Greenwich Shogun.
Smoke Female, Open. - Won by Mr and Mrs Bernstein's Mother Hubbard.
Long-haired Neuters, Shaded Silver. - The Misses Champion's Argent Chummie.
Silver Tabby. Won by Mrs Mabel Herbert Urner's Pussy Purr mew.
Short-haired Cats, Silver Tabby, Female, Open. - Won by Mrs H G Dykhouse's Romeo Silver butterfly.


Silver Male Kittens. - Won by Mrs Arthur H Churchill's Thornyfoot of Essex.
Silver Male Novice. - Won by Mrs Olive E Gilbert's Ganymede.
Silver Female Kittens. - won by Mrs H G Fisher's Mandalay Marvel.
Silver Female Novice. - won by the Misses Champion's Argent Dream.
Shaded Silver Male Kittens. - Won by Mrs Gilbert's Wahoo Hastings.
Shaded Silver Male, Novice. - - Won by Mrs F E Connolly's Sandalphon's Son.
Silver Tabby, Female, novice. - Won by Mrs Lyman B Sturges' Scootch.
Smoke Male Kittens. - Won by Mrs F Y Mathes's Greenwich Colonel Tibbs.
Smoke Male, Open. - Won by Mrs F Y Mathes's Greenwich Shogun.
Shaded Silver Male, Open. - Won by Miss Carroll Macy's Ch. King Winter.
Shaded Silver Female Kittens. - Won by the Misses Champion's Argent Gloria.
Shaded Silver Female, Novice. - won by the Misses Champion's Argent Lady Splendour.
Shaded Silver Female, Open. Won by Miss Carroll Macy's Ch. Mlle Genee.
Silver Tabby Female, Open. - Won by Mrs Lyman B Sturgis's Ch. Princess Zella II of Sunnyholme.
Smoke Female, Open. - Won by Mrs F Y Mathes's Greenwich Do Do of the Cottage.
Long-haired Neuters, Shaded Silver. - Won by miss K T Moore's Blizzard.
Silver Tabby, Female, Open. Won by Mrs H G Dykhouse's Romeo Silver Butterfly.


The fourteenth annual cat show of the Atlantic Cat Club opened auspiciously yesterday at the Hotel Astor. It is one of the biggest shows of the year. The entry list was made up of 184 felines, making a three point show, and the quality of the cats was of the highest. One of the features was the fine condition of the animals.

Probably the crowd — and the attendance was unusually good because the show was for the benefit of the Bide a Wee Home for Friendless Animals — was attracted most by Champion Dandelion in the orange male class. This cat, owned by Mrs. A. M. McAllister, came all the way from California to compete in the show and was second to the unbeaten Champion Major Warwick.

One of the most remarkable showings was that of Ganymede, owned by Mrs Olive E Gilbert. Ganymede competed in the Chinchilla male class, and although he never had won a first prize under C. F A. rules, succeeded in beating the well-known Champion Sandalphon, owned by Mrs. F. E. Connolly. The awards in the remaining classes will be made this afternoon and to-night when the show will finish. The awards:

White Male, Blue Eyes, open – Won by Mrs. F.Y. Mathis’s Greenwich Pom Pom.
White Female, Blue Eyes, open – Won by Miss M Johnson’s White Magic 2d; second, Mrs. Mathis’s Greenwich Minley Flirt; third, Mr. and Miss Fowler’s Ch. Rumson Edelweiss.
White Male, Blue Eyes, Novice – Won by Miss Anna E. Roelker’s Erminie; second, Miss E. Van Benthuysen’s Terrace White Friar.
White Female, Blue Eyes, Novice – Won by Mrs. L.C. Shepherd’s Lady Pearl of Midvale.
White Kitten, Blue Eyes, Novice – Won by Miss E.L. Foote’s Kayani Safid; second, James M. Daly’s Ta Tao; third, same owner’s Maxixe.
White Kitten, Blue Eyes, Female – Won by Mrs. Madge M. Crouch’s Oxonian Snowcrest; second, same owner’s Oxonian Lambkinna; third, Mr. and Miss Fowler’s Crystal of Rumson.
White Male, Yellow Eyes, Open – Won by Mrs. Charles T. Haines’s Bob White of Keewaydin; second, Alfred W. Insler’s Snow Nymph; third, Mr. and Mrs. Bernstein’s Snowball.
White Male, Yellow Eyes, Novice – No winner, second, Mrs. Provost Babin’s Lord Yamata of Mountainside; third, Mrs Georgie M. Shepperd’s Georgian Boy.
White Female, Yellow Eyes, Novice – Won by H.W. Johnson’s Dorritt.
White Kitten, Yellow Eyes – Won by Miss Van Benthuysen’s Little Miss Friar; second, Miss E.L. Foote’s Kayani Biradar; third, Miss W.N. Rapp’s Terrace White Friar.
Blue male, Open – Won by Miss Ava L. Pollard’s Bungalow Turk’s Cap of Hyver; second, Mrs. S.R. Kelf’s Sapphire; third, Miss Pollard’s Ch. Bluestone of Tilecote.
Blue Female, open – Won by Bungalow Podgotte; second, Mrs. S.R. Kelf’s Sapphire Grace; third, same owner’s Cottage Maid.
Blue Male, Novice – Won by Mrs. G.M. Shepperd’s Blue Shepperd.
Blue Female, Novice – Won by Miss H.J. McCoun’s Lady Bluebird.
Blue Kitten, Male – Won by Greenwich Kennels’ Greenwich Turk’s Fez; second, Mrs. W.L. MacCammon’s Arnoldson; third, Mrs. S.R. Kelf’s Sir Ian of Sapphire; fourth, Miss Ava L. Pollard’s Blue Cadet.
Blue Kitten, Female – Won by Mrs. W.L. MacCammon’s Sensation; second, Mrs. C.T. Haines’s Betty of Keewaydin; third, Mrs. W.L. MacCammon’s Success, forth, Mrs. F.L. Norton’s Azore Maid.
Black Male, Open – Won by Miss H.J. McCoun’s ch. Erebus; second, Mrs. A.J. Scobell’s Aurora Sonny boy; third, Willian Hoffman’s King AA.
Black Female, Open – Won by Mrs. G.M. Shepperd’s Clinker; second, Mrs. Harry Meyer’s Gipsie Queen.
Black Male, Novice - Won by Miss H.J. McCoun’s Toby.
Black Female, Novice - Won by Miss H.J. McCoun’s Alice Erebus; second, Mrs. R.N. Earl’s Lady Elizabeth; third, Mrs. W.C. Rutledge’s Fluffy Two Spots.
Black Kitten, Male – Won by Mrs. G.M. Shepperd’s Tolstoi; second, Miss H.J. McCoun’s The Pioneer.
Black Kitten, Female – No winner; second, Mrs. D.J. O’Keefe’s Silhouette; third, Mrs. A.M. McAllister’s Reliance Nigger Girl.
Smoke Male, Open – Won by Mrs. Robin Dunbar’s Peterkins of Castlethorpe; second, Mrs. C.T. Haine’s Prairie Prince of Keewaydin; third, Mrs. A.M. McAllister’s Reliance Aleyone.
Smoke Female, Open - Won by Mrs. Dunbar’s West Wells Bettykins of Castlethorpe; second Greenwich Kennels’ Greenwich Dodo of the Cottage; third, Mrs. Robin Dunbar’s Miss Peter Henry of Castlethorpe.
Smoke Male, Novice – Won by Faierie Prince of Keewyadin.
Smoke Female, Novice – Won by Mrs Rose Woodbury’s Peewee; second, Mrs Frank J. Mayer’s Witch of Mischief.
Smoke Kitten, Male - Won by Mrs. Dunbar’s Du Peter 2d of Castlethorpe; second, Mrs. Mayer’s Glosscap; third, Miss Ruth E. Collins’s Tommy Too.
Smoke Kitten, Female – Won by Mrs. Mayer’s Star of the Nile; second Mrs McAllister’s Reliance Anna; third, Mrs. C.N. Bailey’s Smoky Topaz.
Chinchilla Male – Won by Mrs. Olive E. Gilbert’s Ganymede; second, Mrs. F.E. Connolly’s Ch. Sandalphon.
Chinchilla, Female – Won by Greenwich Kennels’ Greenwich Ch. Cherokee; second, Misses Champion’s Argent Dream; third, Mrs. Herbert Shipman’s Fuzzy Wuzzy.
Chinchilla, Male, Novice - Won by Mrs. Dunbar’s Du Don Roy of Castlethorpe.
Chinchilla, Female, Novice – Won by Mrs. C.E. Ashmun’s Adora.
Chinchilla Kitten, Male – Won by Mrs. Arthur H. Churchill’s Donnithorne; second, Miss Carroll Macy’s Fallulah Thistledown; third, Mrs. O.E. Gilbert’s Wahoo Glimmer.
Chinchilla Kitten, Female – Won by Argent Kennels’ Argent Glorious Dream 2d; second, Mrs. O.E. Gilbert’s Gloria Victus.
Shaded Silver, Male, Open – Won by the Misses Champion’s Argent Dazzle; second, Mrs. F.E. Connolly’s Regal Hermes.
Shaded Silver, Female, Open – Won by Miss Carroll Macy’s Ch. Mlle. Genee; second, Mrs. Arthur H. Churchill’s Winter Reverie; third, the Misses Champion’s Argent Moonflower.
Shaded Silver, male, novice – Won by Mrs. A H. Churchill’s Dawn o’Day; second, Miss Elizabeth Kingston’s Queen Hatto’ third, the Misses Champion’s Argent Mooncloud.
Shaded Silver Kitten, Male – Won by Miss Mary Moore Orr’s Silver Cat; second, Mrs. Herbert Shipman’s Chinchilla; third, Mrs. L.B. Sturgis’s Spring Beauty.
Shaded Silver Kitten, Female – Won by Mrs. Churchill’s Dawnita; second, Mrs. Shipman’s Silver Rosette.
Silver Tabby Female, Open – Won by Mrs. L.B. Sturgis’s Scootch.
Silver Tabby Female, Novice – No winner; second, Mrs. Euxenia Selennings’ Princess Rudabek.
Silver Tabby, Kitten – – Won by Mrs. L.B. Sturgis’s Young April; second, same owner’s Easter.
Brown Tabby, Male, Open – Won by Mrs. Bernstein’s Chappie Boy; second, Mrs. C. A. Van Gordon’s Pasconel; third, Mrs. Guy E. Thomas’s Tekanassee.


Truman S. Lewis Sees One at the Astor Show That Attracts His Fancy. The New York Times, December 3rd, 1915
Aristocratic cats had another outing at the Hotel Astor yesterday at the annual show of the Atlantic Cat Club, and many breeds of high decree were exhibited to good advantage. There were many rare specimens shown, and in the galaxy of felines were many pets which would bring a King s ransom. One beautiful animal which attracted much attention was Mrs. Clifford B. Harmon's Australian cat Taulahloo. There are only fifteen Australian cats in America, it is said, and Mrs. Harmon has the only blue cat ever imported from the antipodes.

The Belvedere at the Astor was crowded with cat fanciers yesterday, and the biggest offer recorded was made by Truman S. Lewis, who offered $600 for a rare cat from Siam. Up to yesterday Mr. Lewis disliked cats, but he was won over by the extraordinary exhibition at the Astor and immediately became enthusiastic.

Mrs. Harmon's Taulahloo resembles a kangaroo and is smaller than the cats seen in this country. It has a beautiful velvety coat and took all the blue ribbons in Its class.

One of the sensational winners at the show was the victory of White Magic II., owned by Miss Marion Johnson. Among the rare cats were two animals from Siam. These cats are cross-eyed, and are only presented by the Siamese potentates to embassies from other countries. The cats are under the jurisdiction of the priests of the Siamese temples. One of these pets, Champion Sonitaka, la valued at $1,000.

Among the winners yesterday was Sandy McGregor, in the class for orange tabbies, and Major Warwick among the males. Another popular winner was the white odd-eyed Imperator, owned by Miss Laura Gould Hopkins. The winners were:

Orange Tabby. - Won by Sandy McGregor; Sexet, Lone Star, second.
Orange Tabby Female. — Won by Virginia.
Orange Male. — Won by ch. Major Warwick.
Orange, Female. — Won by Sunset Sassie.
Cream Female. — Won by Greenwich Sallie.
Cream Kitten. — Won by Greenwich Creamery King.
Cream Male, Novice. — Won by Cream de Minte.
Tortoiseshell. — Won by Romeo, Bonita.
White, Odd -eyed. — Won by Imperator.
Neuters, Solid Color. - Won by Jack.
Neuters, Any Color Not Solid. — Won by Pussy Purr-mew.
A. O. C. — Won by Sir Robert Bruce.
Short-haired, White Male. — Won by Chico.
Short-haired, White Female — Won by Sancho-San-the-Beautiful.
Blue Cat, Female — Won by Little Nobody.
Short-haired, Silver-Tabby, Male. — Won by Greenwich Silver Buz-Buz.
Short-haired, Silver-Tabby, Female — Won by Champ Romeo Silver Butterfly.
Australian. — Won by Taulahloo.
Siamese, Male. — Won by Greenwich Burnham Chang.
Siamese, Female. – Won by Greenwich Sonitaka.


BIG CHINCHILLA CAT TAKES FIRST AWARD; Mrs. David Sturtevant's Donsilverra Best Male in Silver Society Show.
The New York Times, January 28, 1916

Nearly one hundred aristocratic cats and kittens, with long pedigrees, were benched yesterday at the third specialty show of the Silver Society at the Hotel McAlpin. The proceeds of the exhibition will be donated to the New York Women's League for Animals. The show will continue today.

Fifty classes were judged yesterday. The blue ribbon for the best male cat in the show was won by Donsilverra, a handsome big chinchilla, owned by Mrs. David Sturtevant. Miss Caryll [sic] Macy scored double honors when champion Madamoiselle Genee received the first prize for the best female cat exhibited and the reserve ribbon for the second best cat in the show. Miss Macy also owns King Winter, who had held the championship for many years. He has not been entered in any of the classes and will only compete for specials. This has left the championship for this year an open matter, and there are a number of entries for the titular event, which will be judged today.

Three fine females of the chinchilla breed are benched from the Empire Cattery, at Ste. Agathe des Monte. Quebec. They are Lady Phyllis, Lady Patricia, and Lady Schultz. The Canadian trio were awarded a number of ribbons. Six of the cats exhibited by the Greenwich Kennels received blues. The Misses Champion of Staten Island carried off the honors for the best novice cat, with Argent Glory. In the kitten classes, Gloria Victrix, owned and bred by Mrs. E. A. Griffiths and Mrs. Olive E. Gilbert, received first prize.

Winners of first prizes follow :

Chinchilla, male, novice.—Won by Mrs. Arthur H. Churchill's Bobby Shafto.
Chinchilla, male, open.—Won by Mrs. Olive E. Gilbert’s Ganymede.
Chinchilla, female, kitten.—Won by Mrs. Olive 13. Gilbert’s Gloria Victrix.
Chinchilla, female, novice.—Won by Mrs. E. A. Griffiths and Mrs. Gilbert’s Glory II., of Persia.
Chinchilla, female, open.—Won by Greenwich Kennels* Greenwich Ch. Cherokee.
Shaded Silver, male, kitten.—Won by Miss Caryll Macy’s Comfy.
Shaded Silver, male, novice.—Won by Miss Mary Moore Orr's Silver Cat.
Shaded Silver, male, open.—Won by the Misses Champion's Argent Dazzle.
Shaded Silver, female, kitten.—Won by Mrs. Griffiths and Mrs. Gilbert's Wahoo Glitina.
Shaded Silver, female, novice.—Won by the Misses Champion’s Argent Glory.
Shaded Silver, female, open.—Won by Mrs. Herbert Shipman's Fuzzie Wuzzie.
Silver Tabby, male. open.—Won by Mrs. E. H. Lindsay's Teddy Snookums of Arrandale.
Silver Tabby, female, novice.—Won by Mrs. Herbert Holton's Kee Chintz.
Smoked male, novice.—Won by Mrs. GeorgH' Bray^.oft’s The Conqueror.
Smoked male. open.—Won by Greenwich Kennels’ Greenwich Ch. Shogun.
Smoked female, novice.—Won by Mrs. Clara N. Bailey's Smoky Topaz.
Smoked female, open.—Won by Greenwich Kennels’ Greenwich Do Do of Cottage.
Silver and White female.—Won by Greenwich Kennels' Greenwich Ernistine.
Chinchilla, neuter.—Won by Arthur Churchill’s Thornyfoot of Essex.
Shaded Silver, neuter.—Won by Mrs. Mary C. Holden's Wahoo Punch, Jr.
Silver Tabby, neuter.—Won by Mrs. Mabel Herbert Urner's Pussy Purr Mew.
Smoked, neuter.—Won by Miss Teresa Damond’s Mephistopheles.
White and Silver, neuter.—Won by Mrs. A.M. McAllister's Reliance Sailor Boy.
Short-Haired Cats, Silver Tabby, male open.—Won by Greenwich Kennels' Greenwich Silver Buzz Buzz.
Smoked, males.—Won by Mrs. McAllister's Reliance Smokeroles.

BAD DAY FOR KING WINTER.; Not the Weather, but the Champion Cat, Loses at Show.
The New York Times, January 29, 1916

More than one hundred and ten specials were judged yesterday at the final session of the Silver Society at its third specialty show of cats held at the Hotel McAlpin. The feature of the judging was the defeat of King Winter, who has held the title for many years, by Argent Dazzle, bred and owned by the Misses Champion of Staten island. The competition was for the Challenge Cup given for the best shaded silver male in the show. The winner is typical of the type, and is the son of Champion Argent Splendor. He has been shown at all the Atlantic shows, and took first and winners' at these exhibitions in 1914 and 1915. King Winter, who is now almost 10 years old, was not in good coat, and is beginning to show his age. But he still attracts considerable attention, and there was always a crowd of spectators around his bench.

Don Silvarra, the chinchilla owned by Mrs David Sturtevant, who won the prize for the best male on the opening day, was adjudged the best cat of all classes in the show. Don Silvarra is only 2 and a half years old, and won the trophy over such champions as Bobby Shafto and Mlle Genee.

Mrs Olive E Gilbert, Secretary of the society, who attended many show in England and America, declared just before the exhibition closed last night that this show was the largest and best specialty ever held in this country.
Yesterday's winners in the important classes were:

Best novice. - Argent Glory, owned by the Misses Champion.
Best Female and Second Best Cat in the Show, and also the Best Shady [sic] Silver - Champion Mlle Genee, owned by Miss Carol Macy of Ash Point, Me.
Best Short-haired -Greenwich Silver Buzbuz, bred by the Greenwich Kennels.
Best Green-Eyed Chinchilla - Argent Lady Splendor, bred and owned by the Misses Champion.
Best Brace - Argent Lady Splendour and Argent Dazzle, Misses Champion.
Best long-Haired - Teddy Snookums of Arrandale, owned by Mrs E H Lindsay of Mansfield, Ohio.
Best Smoke - Won by the Conqueror, owned by Mrs George Brayton of Brighton, Mass.

1916. 10TH ANNUAL EMPIRE POULTRY PALACE SHOW, Dec 5 To 9 At Grand Central Palace, Lexington Ave. and 46th St., Pigeons, Song birds, Pets - Two Mammoth Cat Shows - Tuesday to Saturday - Bigger and Better Than Ever – All Day and Evening – Empire poultry Association
The Sun, Sunday, November 26, 1916

Ten years of success, each year greater than the year before, is a record of which any organization might be proud [. . .] The Tenth Palace Show is to commence on Tuesday, December 5, and continue five days, closing Saturday, December 9. Its scene will be the Grand Central Palace, in Lexington avenue, as heretofore. In addition to the display of poultry of every conceivable variety, promising this year to be finer than ever, there will be the best pet stock show ever in New York or any other city, a pigeon show that will be truly superb, a cage bird show, and two cat shows, one following the other, the first lasting two days, the second three. In the opinion of many New Yorkers the cats vie with the chickens, and the interest of this feature of the big coming poultry show may be seen when it is stated that numberless kittens will be sold during the week at $100 and up.

[. . .] Whether Miss Carol Macy of Ash Point, Me., will put in her very beautiful Blue Orpingtons cannot be said as yet, but the show has hopes of them. Miss Macy was a famous cat exhibitor for years and swept the classes time and again. Latterly she has been turning her attention to poultry.

The Westchester and the Empire Cat Club shows, one following the other, the two taking up the whole of five day*, make thls altogether the most notable "cat week" ever in New York. Unlimited interest Is being taken in the programme and it will be a stunning, striking set of felines, to the number of several hundreds, that will greet both expert and sightseer. The two shows together will bring the Palace show up above high water mark in catdom.

Real, genuine Australians, cats that do not look like cats at all and have a strange and savage air, are to be shown for the first time this year. They should prove a very large drawing card, having much novelty. Miss I. J. Ketchen, who, besides being their manager, is one of these cat shows' largest exhibitors, presents three Australian cats, each one homelier and more fascinating than the other. They are Adelaide, who is called by her owner "the little brown bug"; Untum and Tasmania. The Australian cats will not be exactly rivalled but they will be closely pressed in interest by some weird looking Siamese kittens. These are to be shown by Mrs. Frank Connoly of Roosevelt. L I., the owner of the famous Sandolphon, a truly great Chinchilla. Mrs. Connoly's "leader" of her strange little kitten group is Conny Connoly, 5 months old. It is Conny's first show and all predict that he will not readily be beaten.

Mrs. Clara N. Bailey of Brooklyn cannot enter the Empire Show, as she is to be one of the judges, but she may be seen in the Westchester, possibly with her Smoky Topaz, her James (a short hair), her Nobody, a blue short haired kitten, who, while just starting its showing career, has already won seven points toward the championship. Mrs. Bailey is practically out of cat shows, however, having abolished her "cattery" on the third floor of her Brooklyn house and keeping only three or four as pets. She has not definitely gone, however, nor has Miss Carol Macy of Maine (perhaps the largest cat winner of all of recent years), though Miss Macy will in all likelihood not show cats at all this year.

Some people are calling this the "Christmas Kitten Show" because a great many of the finest grade kittens will be bought for Christmas presents. You can pay $250 for one of these soft and silky little balls of fluff if you will, and a goodly number of people do pay close to $100. Practically a really good kitten costs that.

White Magic, a daughter of Imperator, the property of Miss Marion Johnson of New York, who is showing her, is to be one of the star cats of this cat show week. She carried off the prize for the best white cat at the Atlantic Club show just last year and is a superbly coated Persian. One of the chief exhibitors is to be Mrs. Anna McAllister of New York, who is to show eighteen cats in all, including her noted Alcyone, silvers, smokes, creams, oranges, brown tabbies, blues and blacks. Miss Ava Pollard of Elizabeth is to present some reds.

There is to be a second Australian cat exhibitor, Mrs. A. K. Richards. Mrs. Richards is putting in her Togar III., and she may possibly give Mrs. Ketchen a close run for honors. Mrs. L. B. Sturges, the president of the Empire Cat Club, is offering for honor Champion Scootch, her silver tabby and another very promising cat, Young April. Besides her Australians and many others, including some reds, Mrs. Ketchen Is putting in Blue Lightning of Thorpe, who came from Fngland and has never been shown in America as yet. He has beaten the famous Turk's Cap, is six years old and a splendid blue.

Three other notable exhibitors of this show are to be Miss Rose Dykehouse of Grand Rapids, Mich., who is bringing on silver tabby short hairs, Mrs. Frank Rollins of Brooklyn, presenting some fine chinchillas, and Mrs. J Edward Davis of Tuxedo Park, whose contribution is to be reds.

Philadelphia Inquirer (Feb 1917)

Boston, Feb 8 - Champion King Winter has won his last prize. Word was received today that the famous American-bred shaded silver Persian Cat, which had won championships at many shows, has died at the cat ranch of his owner, miss Carroll Macy, at Ash Point, Maine. Miss Macy said that at the show in this city last month she refused an offer of $4000 for the animal.

CATS AND SKATERS AID TOBACCO FUND – Proceeds of Silver Society Show Opening To-day to Buy More Smokes
The Sun, Wednesday January 23, 1918.

Two attractions for THE SUN TOBACCO Fund are on to-day. The cats start their drive for the soldiers, and the skater, those optimists who refuse to see any but a silver lining in the winter storm, launch a brand new campaign for smokes.

A Meeting of Cat Class

There are to be 110 cats and kittens in the show. Sixty of these will be judged under Cat Fanciers’ rulings and fifty under American Cat Association rulings. It is the most comprehensive group ever collected, a true meeting of the cat clans and an event in the animal world. The exhibitors from New York include, among others, Mrs H.V.Furness, president of the Silver Society; Mrs Norval H. Busey, W.A. Kinsloe, Mrs Olive E Gilbert, Mrs Natalie Toraline, Mrs H L West, MissRuth Williams and Mrs George Fuss.

The Argent Kennels of Staten Island, Mrs I J Kitchen of New Rochelle, and Mrs L B Sturgis of Pleasantville of NY are other exhibitors near by and from near by, and from more distant points the Empire Cattery of Toronto. Canada: Miss Carroll Macy of Ash Point. Me., and Mrs. Eckhart of Oakland, Cal. will show interesting representatives, prize winners, probably. There is a big entry of good ones from Boston. Mrs Brayton, Mrs Sturdevant, Mrs Pierce and others showing their winners from the Boston Show held last week. Dr M H. Jones has come from Boston with his beautiful pet. Ch. Kinka Tow.

Among the famous prize winners of former shows who are nevertheless not not a bit blase about the ribbons and cups and medals to be handed out this week are Mrs Furness's Princess Anita, Miss Macy's famous champions, Mile. Genee and Winter Pax, Mlle. Natalie’s fine tabbies, and Bruzzer, Mrs Busey's pet. Tha show !s bound to do all that the members who have worked hard and faithfully, expect and hope for - that is, make a record breaking success. The attendance promises to be very large. Admission is $1, children, 50 cents.

Persian Kitten to Be Sold.

Among the features of particular Interest will be the sale of an especially attractive and valuable Persian kitten, the gift of the Empire Cattery of Toronto, one of the largest and best known catteries in Canada. The entire amount paid is to come to the smoke fund.


CAT KING TOPPLED FROM HIS THRONE; Silver Echo Bows to Cranreuch, 2d, and Winter Pax in Silver Society's Show.
The New York Times, December 30, 1919

Another king, but this one only a cat, toppled from a throne at the seventh annual specialty show of the Silver Society at the Waldorf-Astoria Hotel yesterday when Miss Carroll Macy's Silver Echo, erstwhile leader of feline aristocracy and winner of many high honors, was forced to bow to a rival. Silver Echo was awarded third place in the open class, the winner being Mrs. E. S. Gerberich’s Cranreuch II., with second honors going to Winter Pax, owned by Miss Marion Hope. Silver Echo's downfall was due to the fact that his coat was not as sleek and rich as it had been in other seasons. In other respects the erstwhile ruler appeared to be as good as ever, and there was no question about conformation, expression, and other show qualities. But the coat was inferior as compared with that of the winner, and, other things being about equal, Cranreuch took first place. Winter Pax also made a very good impression and attracted much attention. There are 100 cats in competition and the final awards will be made today.

The awards:
Class 1—Chinchilla Male Kittens—First, Miss Katherine H. Meigs’s Rollo; second, same owner’s Perivel (Miss Carroll Macy’s Mandalay Winter finished first, but was disqualified).
Class 2—Chinchilla Male Novices—First, Mrs. Arthur H. Churchill’s Wintarge El Farado; second, same owner's Wintarge Donnaconna; third, Mrs. T. J. Sullivan’s Fantim.
Class 3—Chinchilla Male - Open—First, Mrs. Oliver E. Gilbert's Ganymede; second, Mrs. Marian Hope's The Viking; third, Mrs. A. Horton’s Argent Mercury.
Class 5—Chinchilla Neuters — First, Mrs. Frank Bell’s Winter-Dal; second. Mrs. A. H. Churchill's Tarquin; third, Mrs. H. L. West's Flurry.
Class 6 — Chinchilla Kittens, Female—First, Greenwich Kennels’ Greenwich Pegotty; second, Mrs. K. H. Meigs's Amourette; third, same owner’s Piffy.
Class 7—Chinchilla Female Novices—First, Mrs. H. E. Brown’s Queen Bess Flag; second, Mrs. E. L. Street’s Elizabeth.
Class 8—Chinchilla Female, Open—First, Mrs. George B. Brayton’s Peg o’ My Heart; second. Mrs. H. E. Brown's Queen Bess Flag.
Class 10—Shaded Silver Male Kittens—The Misses Champion’s Argent Dazzle Son; second, Miss Josephine Campbell's Tag.
Class 11—Shaded Silver Male Novices—First, Miss H. E. Brown’s Ditto Boy; second, Mrs. L. B. Sturgis’s The Seraph.
Class 12—Shaded Silver Males, Open—First, Mrs. K. S. Gerberich's Cranreuch II.; second. Mrs. Marian Hope's Winter Pax; third, Miss Carroll Macy’s Silver Echo.
CIass 13—Shaded Silver Male Champions— First, the Misses Champion’s Ch. Ardent [sic] Dazzle.
Class 14—Shaded Silver Neuters—First, Mrs. Francis M. Wilson’s Argent Omar; second, Mrs. W. Clark Brown's Omar Khayyam.
Class 15 — Shaded Silver Female Kittens— First, Miss Carroll Macy’s Sylvia Winter; second, Greenwich Kennels' Greenwich Ziz.
Class 16—Shaded Silver Female -Novice—First, Miss H. E. Brown’s Mimi; second, Mrs. Elizabeth Mayo's Chin Chin; third, Mrs. L. B. Sturgis’s Eastertide.
Class 17 - Shaded Silver Female, Open—First, Mrs. A. H. Churchill’s Wintarge Dawn o’ Liberty; second, Mrs. H. E. Brown’s Mimi. third, the Misses Champion’s Argent Moon Cloud.
Class 18—Shaded Silver Champions—First, Miss Carroll Macy’s ch. Mile. Genee; second, the Misses Champion’s ch. Argent Moon Cloud.
Class 19—Silver Tabby Male Kittens—First, Greenwich Kennels’ Greenwich Ki Ki.
Class 20—Silver Tabby Male Champions— First, Miss Frida Haa’s Hilltop Emerald Eyes.
Class 22—Silver Tabby Female Novices— First. Mrs. F. W. Loomer's Martha; second, Mrs. L. B. Sturgis's The Lark.
Class 23—Silver Tabby Female, Open—First, Mrs. L.B. Sturgis’s ch. Zilla II of Sunnyholme; second, Mrs. L. B. Sturgis’s The Lark..
Class 27—Silver Tabby Female Champions— First, Mrs. L.B. Sturgis’s ch. Zilla II of Sunnyholme.
Class 28—Smoko Male Kittens—First, Mrs-C. A. Ziesenitz’s Buddy Moo.
Class 30—Smoke Male, Open—First, Mrs. George Brayton’s The Conqueror.
Class 31—Smoke Male Champions—First, Mrs. George Brayton's The Conqueror.
Class 33—Smoke Female Kittens—First, Mrs. C. A. Ziesenitz’s Sister Floo.
Class 34 — Smoke Female Novices—Second, Mrs. O. E. Gilbert’s Wahoo Lady Smudge; third. Mrs. W. Randell’s Maude (first withheld).
Class 35 — Smoke Females, Open — First, Greenwich Kennels’ Polly Peachum Pertunax: second, Mrs. H. B. Furness's Princess Anita.

SILVER ECHO NO LONGER THE KING. Miss Carroll Macy’s Cat Is Deposed by Cranreuch II in Silver Society’s Show at Waldorf-Astoria.
The New York Herald, Tuesday December 30, 1919

Silver Echo, the cat owned by Miss Carroll Macy, was deposed from its pedestal as king of the feline aristocracy yesterday in the open class of the seventh annual specialty show of the Silver Society at the Waldorf-Astoria Hotel. He dropped to third place among the shaded silver males. It was all because the champion, like a lot of human beings, did not have a good winter overcoat. Echo was just as good as ever in conformation, expression and show qualities, but his coat was a bit shabby. Mrs. E. S. Gerberich's Cranreuch II won, with Miss Marian Hope’s Winter Pax second. Miss Macy said that she was not particularly disappointed because the two cats that beat her pet were remarkably good specimens. Miss Macy had the satisfaction of seeing Mile. Genee win once more. This cat is ten years old, but Miss Macy wanted to bring her along to help swell the entry, as the show is being held for the benefit of the New York Women's League for Animals. Mile. Genee in all her career has never been beaten, and looked as good as many of the youngsters in the class for shaded silver champions. The Summaries: [see the New York Times listing]


The New York Sun, January 4, 1920

Cats had their innings at The Waldorf- Astoria Hotel last week. More than a hundred of the most noted felines in the country went there in quest of prizes and ribbons and to help the New York Women's League for Animals and they were successful. Almost all of them earned prizes while they were earning several hundred dollars for the Women's League. Besides, they made a profound impression on all who visited the show. So well did they show and behave that many spectators who formerly devoted their attention to the toy dogs were converted to them as house pets. Cranreuch II., a massive shaded silver, belonging to Mrs. E. S. Gerberich, carried off premier honors. He was declared king of the show and awarded the championship. While he is a beauty and attracted great attention there were many who declared he was not one whit better than Mrs. Oliver B. Gilbert’s Ganymede, a big chinchilla, or Mrs. Gilbert’s Wahoo Lady Smudge, a giant female smoke. Others which attracted special attention were Mrs. L B. Sturgis's The Seraph, a shaded silver which finished second to Mrs. H. E. Brown’s Ditto Boy in the class for novices. Miss Carroll Macy had a fine collection present too, but they had travelled a long distance to reach this show and were not in the best of condition when they went before the Judge.

SILVER ECHO TAKES BLUE.; Adjudged Best Chinchilla in Show of Atlantic Cat Club.
The New York Times, January 21, 1920

The eighteenth annual show of the Atlantic Cat Club, which was held at the Waldorf-Astoria for the benefit of the Bide-a-Wee Home, came to a close last night with the final awarding of special prizes for the best cat in the various classes. The attendance was again very large, so that the Bide-a-Wee Home is assured of substantial assistance as a result.

Miss Carrol Macy’s Silver Echo, which had won the blue ribbon, was ad j judged the best chinchilla in the show. The Greenwich Kennels had two winners in Koko, best of the Siamese, and Phoebe Snow, which was best of the Australian breed.

The awards follow:

Best chinchilla, Silver Echo, owned by Miss Carrol Mack;
Best smoke, Polly Peachum Pertunax, owned by Mrs. E. Y. Mathis;
Best cream, Top Notch, owned by the Misses Champion of Staten Island;
Best orange tabby, Rob Roy McGregor, owned by Miss Josephine Campbell;
Best Siamese. Koko, owned by Greenwich Kennels;
Best Australian, Phoebe Snow, owned by Greenwich Kennels;
Best chinchilla novice, Honeybun, owned by Mrs. A. H. Churchill;
Best brown tabby. Marigold, owned by Mrs. Paul Dunn of Albany;
Best black, O. Samuiran San, owned by Mrs. Langly Porter;
Best White, King, owned by Mrs. Marion Hope.


Back Fence Variety Not In Evidence at the Waldorf.

Hundreds of cats were exhibited yesterday afternoon at the Hotel Waldorf-Astoria Hotel in the United Show of the Atlantic Cat Club and Silver Society. The common garden or back fence variety of cat was conspicuous by its absence. Imposing in their beauty and stateliness, wrapped in regal winter coats, the adored and idolized creatures on show grazed placidly at their worshippers.

Cats and kittens, male and female, long and short haired, white, black, silver, smoke, cream, brown, red and tortoise in color — motionless they lay for hours upon their cushions of royal purple, not asleep, but with eyes wide with rapt attention on scenes supposedly invisible to ordinary mortals.

Environed in the true Oriental splendor of gold and black brocaded tapestries, floral and Chinese decorations, were two prize winning Siamese kittens. Go Bang of Siam and his mate, Tulip of Siam, both bred by Grant Carpenter and owned by Mrs. Olivia Cedar of Pelham, N. Y. Unusual in both shape and coloring, they further succeeded in attracting much attention with their little chirruping noises and nervous, vivacious antics with an artificial mouse.

Mrs. Marion Hope of Port Chester, N. Y., exhibited many of her pets. Among the most notable was Winterax, a four-year-old male shaded silver prize winner, whose sire, Viking, and dam, Fallulah Bettina, also won prizes in the competition. From the Greenwich Kennels of Greenwich, Conn., Mrs. F. V. Mathis brought a unique specimen — a female Australian cat. Greenwich Phoebe Snow, bred by Miss Richards, resembled a cross between a miniature kangaroo and a Mexican hairless dog. Be that as it may, Phoebe won a prize and drew a large crowd of spectators about her throughout the day.

Pandora, owned by Mrs. C. V. Heuberer of Now York City, also won a prize. This female blue, in her elegance and distinctiveness, gave the impression of aristocracy among her kind. Dreamy and pensive, her pink nose quivering, her contractile claws going in and out, between half closed plaintive eyes, she gazed haughtily out at the onlookers. But like all animals who are spoiled, she has developed a charming amiability of character.

No animal has the power to fascinate and to repel to such a high degree as has the cat. No animal is able to make such warm friends or such bitter enemies as the cat. Of no other animal is there such a vast difference of opinion as the cat; for to some it is a "furred serpent,” while to others a sphinx-like divinity. Judging from the size of the gathering at the exhibition yesterday, the majority of people consider these blue-blooded felines among the latter class.

The Presidents of the two clubs are Mrs. H. L. West and Mrs. Lyman B. Sturgis, both of whom exhibited various fine cats. Other officers are Mrs. F. Y. Mathis, Mrs. L. Bernstein, Miss Carroll Macy, Miss E. R. B. Champion, Mrs. Edwin T. Rice, Mrs. R. F. Armstrong, Mrs. George Brayton, Mrs. N. H Busey, Miss J. R. Kroe and Mrs. A.H. Churchill. The two judges are Mrs W.L. McCammon and Miss. E. R.B. Champion, and the Treasurers, important functionaries for any show, cat, dog, or horse, are Mrs. Jacques Romano and Miss H.E. Brown

1921 new york cat show

ARISTOCRATIC CATS SHOWN AT WALDORF; Cranreuch II Is Adjudged Best of Silver Entrants--Second Honors for Mimi.
The New York Times, January 6, 1921

The dogs had their days last August and the horses usurped the stage in November. Today it is the turn of the feline tribe--not the 6,000,000 cats which make night vocal on the back fence - but the royalty of catdom, whose ancestors lay at the feet of Persian favorites or ate from golden bowls at the court of Siam. However, these aristocrats of a later day are not at the Garden, where such vulgar enterprises as six-day cycle grinds and fistic encounters are staged. It is at the Waldorf-Astoria, where diplomats stop and princes are entertained, that the befurred tyrants are delighting to make their stay and to dine off tenderloin steak. Specifically, it is the United Show of the Atlantic Cat Club and the Silver Society, and it began yesterday and will close tonight.

For the benefit of the uninitiated, it may be said that an inspection of the catalogue shows that these royal cats fall into several categories. There are silvers, smokes (to be taboo after to be taboo after the blue laws go into effect), blues (which will then be all the rage), shaded silvers, creams, oranges (small sizes, tangerines), blacks, whites, browns and reds—in short, any color to match a gown, a hat or the interior decorations. Also the chinchilla must by no means, be omitted, or the Australian cat, or the Siamese twins, two kittens which are brown where they are not buff, which is mostly all.

It is to be hoped that these immigrants from the land of the White Elephant will not get out on the street during the present crime wave, for the aforesaid brown is delicately spread over the face just where a Highwayman wears his mask, and they would run the risk of being shot on sight. What would happen to the Australian it would be hard to say. Being more like a kangaroo than a cat, with long hind legs, it would probably Jump over the nearest skyscraper. Incidentally, this anomaly of catdom is diminutive, has short hair (as have the Siamese), is all gray and wears, a melancholly expression. This last may not be habitual. Phoebe may have heard the outcome of the tennis-matches for the Davis Cup.

The prize winners of yesterday for 44 best cats were all Sliver Society entries, as the Atlantic exhibitions will be judged today.

Of the Silver Society entries, the prize for the best cat went to Cranreuch II., a shaded silver male, owned by Mrs. Edgar S. Gerberich. For the second best cat the prize was awarded Mimi, also shaded, a female, owned by Miss H. E. Brown. The best kitten proved to be Greenwich Smokey Joe, a smoke, male, owned by Mrs. F. T. Mathis. The prizes for the best chinchilla and the best novice were taken by one and the same entrant, Holden Mystery of Wahoo, a silver female, owned by Mrs. Olive K Gilbert.

MR TOM CAT AND HIS KIN TO HOLD FORTH AT HOTEL SHOW. Tabbies To Be Kings on January 5 and 6 at Waldorf Exhibition Atlantic Cat Club and Silver Society Join Hands for Event
The Evening Telegram, New York, Monday January 8, 1921

Even the oldest and most respected members of New York's rodent families had best have a care for their general well-being on January 5 and 6. More kitties are coining to town then than have been here for many a day, and kitties spell trouble for their ancient long-tailed enemies. On these days the Atlantic Cat Club and the Silver Society will hold a united cat show at the Waldorf-Astoria Hotel. This is an important occasion for cat lovers, because it is to be the only show to take place in New York City during the coming season which will be entirely devoted to cats and kittens.

Time was when a cat was just a cat, and when a maiden lady decided to take a tabby unto herself the selection was not difficult to make. Nowadays, when society is versed m cat lore, making a choice not such an easy task.

Foreign Types Represented.

For instance, by going to the cat show at the Waldorf-Astoria Hotel Mrs. Cat-Lover can take her pick of a nice white pussy with blue eyes, or a white one with yellow eyes, or a silver one, or a Shaded silver one, or a smoke one, or a brown one, or a cream one, or a tortoiseshell. And, per chance, if she is not an old-time old maid but a modem bachelor girl, one of the red gorgeous tabbies will appeal. They have fur of the deepest, most brilliant red, with never a shade or a marking to relieve it in all its vividness. As for eyes, they arc eloquent bits of copper or deep orange.

If none of the domestic cats appeal, there are the more bizarre ones to be seen. Manx, Siamese, Russian, Australian and Abyssinian cats all will be exhibited. Manx cats conform to colors of the domestic short-haired cats, but have hind legs much longer than the fore ones and there is a complete absence of trail. The Siamese cat has eyes that are much less round than those of the domestic cat, and slant toward the nose. Its head is long and pointed, with a deep chocolate brown mask. It is pale fawn color on the top or the head between the ears.

Any Cat Eligible.

Any cat of sound health is eligible at the exhibition and is entitled to win in any class. No kitten is eligible to compete unless registered in one of the books of Cat Fanciers’ Federation, but the show manager may accept provisional registration of kittens, at time of entry, if proper fee is paid. Cats or kittens entered for competition must be bonafide property of the person making the entry. If ownership is transferred after entry has been made, said transfer must be reported by the seller to the show manager prior to the opening of the show, and prizes will be paid or delivered accordingly. Such a transfer of ownership will not be considered in allotting any prize for display, however.

The show will be in charge of Mrs Sidney R Kelf, No 13 Bertha place, Tompkinsville, N.Y. Dr H K Miller will be the veterinary surgeon in attendance. The Sales Table Committee will be Mrs H L West, chairman; Mrs R F Armstrong , Mrs F E Champion, Mrs N H Busey, Mrs Jacques Romano, Mrs H J Barrett and Mrs Gavin D High.

Atlantic Club Officers.

The Feeding Committee will be Miss H E Brown, chairman; Miss Josephine Campbell, Mrs Gavin D High, Miss Katharine H Meigs and Mrs L Bernstein.

The judges will be Mrs W L McCammon and Miss E R H Champion.

Officers of the Atlantic Cat Club are: Presidents, Mrs Mrs H L West, and Mrs. Lyman B. Sturgis; vice presidents, Mrs. L. Bernstein, Mrs Edwin T Rice. Mrs R. F. Armstrong. Mrs. Lyman B. Sturgis, Miss Caroll Macy, Mrs. George Brayton. Mrs. N. H. Busey. Miss J R Kroeh, Mrs. A. H. Churchill and Miss E. H. B. Champion; secretaries. Mrs. F. Y. Mathie and Mrs. H L West; treasurers. Mrs. Jacques Romano and Miss H. E. Brown.

1921 Naugatuck Daily News, Tuesday, January 11, 1921

Cranreuch a beautifully shaded was adjudged the best cat at the joint exhibition of the Atlantic Cat club and the Silver Society held recently in New York. This verdict stamps Cranreuch II as the finest of America’s feline aristocrats. He owned by Mrs Edgar S Gerberich of Arlington, N.J. . Cranreuch II weighs 11 pounds.

Blue Cats, Reds, Creams, Browns and Smokes at Park Avenue Hotel
No Back Alley Tabbies - But Only Pedigreed Felines Entered from All Over the Country and Canada.

The Evening Telegram—New York. Friday. December 9, 1921

If you want to see a real blue cat - not one of the alley rabbit variety, or one who might have emerged blue from a barrage of Ink bottles or paint cans - but a real, honest to goodness blue Persian, drop In today or Saturday at the annual specialty show of the Empire Cat Club, at the Park Avenue Hotel. You'll not only see blue cats, but also reds, whites, creams, browns and smokes, each a pampered pet, “feline aristocrats” the cat experts call 'em. You'll see cats worth their weight in diamonds, and some valued high enough to buy a herd of Hereford cattle. There'll be cats which money cannot buy, and one whose show earnings have been large enough to send a young woman through college. The show will be held under the rules of the Cat Fanciers’ Association, and the fact that there are more than 154 entries gives It the status of being a four point sbow.

Most Eastern States Represented.

Almost every Eastern State will be represented, and some are coming from Canada. Miss Alice Judge, who is manager of the show, says that every championship class has been filled. Seven cups are being offered and cash prizes will go to the winners in each class. The Silver Society has offered half of the cups, and is showing a splendid spirit of sportmanship and co-operation. Persians only will be shown. Mrs. O. E. Gilbert, of Hackensack, will show Painted Lady of Wahoo. Lady is a shaded silver. She is making her show debut. Mrs. Gilbert is also going to show Wahoo Lady Smudge, a smoke, winner of firsts in New York shows, Ganymede, a champion chinchilla male [and] Vistia, a beautiful daughter of Ganymede, are certain to be shown, as both are in superb condition.

Toronto Sands Best Cat.

Great Interest centres about the showing of Sebastian, a Canadian blue, adjudged to be the best cat shown at recent shows at Toronto and Ottawa. Mildred Sheridan of New York, will also show a blue feline. While It is certain that the whites will predominate in numbers, they will have to share interest with blacks, reds and browns. Miss J. R. Kroeh, of Orange, N.J. will show the blue-eyed white male Kilravock Radiance, against some of the finest cats in his class. Miss Harriett J. McCoun, of Oyster Bay, will show her black male, Erebus Americus, and Mrs Madge M. Grouch, of this city, will show Oxonian Rama, a beautiful big son of Rahman. Jr.

Rare English Cat Entered

Show officials have been assured that Mrs. Bernstein will be at the show with several brown tabbies which she has bred at her home at Hasbrook. This Is an English cat and is very rare in this country. Another brown entry of tabbies will be brought to the show by Mrs. Shannon D. Smith, who is coming all the way from Kansas City certain that she will carry away one of the cups. Mrs. Francis E. Robinson, of Long Island, will show some red tabbies. Miss Judge will exhibit Golden Fleece and Red Shadows, a pair of reds which have attracted attention at all shows. Mrs. Josephine Campbell will show her red pair, Sandy McGregor and Rob Roy McGregor. The judging will begin this afternoon and the award of prizes will take place Saturday. The show will have the biggest entry list ever compiled, it is said.

The Evening World, New York, Friday, January 7, 1921 (page 12)

Cranreuch II., great grandson of King Winter, to many the most famous show cat in America, has been adjudged best cat in the Atlantic Cat Club show, best cat in the Silver Society Show, and, by this afternoon, best cat in the united show of the two societies In the Waldorf Astoria Hotel. Cranreuch II. (Hoarfrost, the name means. In Scotch) is a beautiful shaded silver male owned by Mrs. Edgar S. Gerberich. There were two other beautiful cats of the same blood among the silver exhibits; Winter Pax owned by Mrs. Marion Hope, and Silver Echo, owned by Miss Carroll Macy. The three are usually rivals for the blue ribbon in their class. One year one is in better coat at the time of the show, another year it is another.

Miss Macy was the owner of King Winter, founder of the distinguished Silver line, and his beautiful mate Mlle Genee, to the time of her death an undefeated champion. King Winter was a redoubtable champion. His trophies fill a great chest and his blue ribbons number over 300. In ten different shows he was best cat, stlll the record for America.

Miss Macy said that she has just sold Silver Echo to Mrs. H F. Eckert of Oakland, Cal., who will probably not be on exhibition again In New York. An amazing story of the naming of this beautiful big cat was told by Miss Macy. "Mile. Genee was always a cat of the most aristocratic bearing," she explained. "Who never had more than one or two kittens in a litter, though they never seemed to satisfy her maternal Instinct, and she used to kidnap every other kitten in the bourns. If she couldn't adopt kittens without their legitimate mothers, she used to adopt the mothers also. "Just before Silver Echo was born, Mile. Genee adopted a litter of six kittens about a week old. They were little shaded silvers of her own color. When her own kitten was born there was just one, this cat that you see. For me it was an event, as Mlle. Genee's kittens always were. At first it was easily distinguishable from the older litter, but it grew rapidly, and I was in great fear of getting it mixed, so I marked it with an ink spot. Later when it opened its eyes then was no mistaking it, however. It was the image of its beautiful mother. I couldn't name it replica or duplicate[?], so I named it Echo, Silver Echo.

"I sold another of Genee's kittens to Mrs. Eckert by telegram from California, but let her have it only on the understanding that it should be carried across the Continent by hand. This was arranged for, and the cat grew up to win blue ribbons up and down the west coast. Last year it died of pneumonia, and Mrs. Eckert is inconsolable, so I have consented to part with Silver Echo to take its place."

Among the other prize winners was a smoke colored Kitten, Greenwich Smokey Joe, judged best kitten in the united show. It is just eight months old, bred and owned by Mrs P. Y. Mathis. The best neuter was My Love of San Dawn, a cat with a wonderful clear silver coat and a beautiful face, owned by the Misses Champion. There was a tie for the best female, Fantom[?], a blue cat of great beauty, owned by Mrs. U. V. tieu-berer [illegible] being best in the Atlantic Cat Club, and Mimi, a shaded silver owned by Miss H. E. Brown, best in the Silver Society. Pandora was the adjudged best in solid color, though Sunset Invincible is a lovely cream cat of the breed of the champion Sapphire, was considered a class second. The Judges were Mrs. W. L McCammon and Miss E. R. H. Champion.


ELECT OF CATDOM VIE ON ASTOR ROOF. New York Times, January 12, 1922

Atlantic Cat Club and Silver Society Show Opens With 140 Felines Exhibited.

The combined show of the Atlantic Cat Club and the Silver Society was opened yesterday in the roof garden atop the Hotel Waldorf-Astoria, with 140 or more of the Persian and Siamese feline elect on exhibition.

Persian cats enjoy a variety of coloring, and every Persian color has its representatives at the show. Any one who, by reason of recent legislative acts has been deprived of his visions of pink and azure elephants, has only to hurry at once to the corner of Thirty-fourth Street and Fifth Avenue to recover his lost zoological thrills. The cat enthusiast will hurry there without being told. ust how many hues the Persians affect would take too long to enumerate, but all are on hand. To mention a few : There is the smoke (a favorite in Pittsburgh, whence several ribbon winners came), the blue, the orange, the frankly red, the brown and the silver. As the Silver Society confines itself to this variety, the Bryan ratio of 16 to 1 is maintained at the show.

The Siamese breed, of which there is Mimi, born in Shanghai, a recent immigrant to this country, and five kittens from the Wicky-Wicky kennels, is something else again, and must be seen to be believed. The winners of the blue ribbon among the Siamese entrants was Wicky-Wee, a male, owned by Mme. Blanche Arral ; and, for females, Ming Sing, also owned by Mme. Arral. Mimi, which is the property of Frank Hazen, ran second to Ming Sing.

Both clubs completed a large share of their judging. The Silver Society also got through its “bests.” The Atlantic Club did not get to its "bests” except in the kitten class, where this award was taken by Some Vamp of San Dawn, owned by Mrs. A. W. Mackey. The Silver Society “bests" were: Cat—Silver Echo, a shaded silver, belonging to Miss Carroll Macy, with the silver Wintarge Silver Sandals, the property of Mrs. Arthur H. Churchill, second ; female — the shaded silver Mimi, owned by Miss H. B. Brown ; novice — the silver female Wintarge Perenette. Mrs. Arthur H. Churchill ; kittens — Wintarge Moy-Mel, Mrs. Clara H. Richards, and Wintarge Arlimont, Mrs. Churchill; neuter — the Shaded Wintarge Biggoty, Mrs. Churchill.

Today, the closing session of the show, the "bests” of the combined exhibition will be selected and the special prizes awarded. The summaries of yesterday’s principal classes:

Atlantic Cat Club.
White, Female, Blue Byes, Open — Kilravock Mirage, Miss Elsie Bailey, first.
White, Female, Yellow Eyes, Open — Ruzada, Miss Ruth Gormley, first; Cedar Cliff White Gold, Miss Mildred Sheridan, second. White, Female, Yellow Eyes, Novice — Ruzada, first and winner.
Black, Male, Open — Kate's Bilfil, Mrs. B. P. Keagy, first and winner; Erebus Americus, Miss H. J. McCoun, second.
Black, Female, Open — Belle Haven, Mrs. W. Olsey, first.
Blue, Male, Open — Dennison of Cedarbrook, Mrs. M. Bailey, first.
Blue, Female, Open — Glorious Sapphire, the Misses Campion, first and winner: Lady Bluelight, Miss Ruth Gormley, second : Delview Betsy Lavender, Mrs. H. W. Bailey, third.
Silver, Male, Open — Wintarge El Furado, Mrs. Arthur Churchill, first and winner; The Viking, Miss Carroll Macy, second; Sir Holden of Wahoo, Mrs. Olive E. Gilbert, third.
Silver, Female, Open - Winter Sweetheart, Mrs. Clara Richards, first: Wintarge Perenca, Mrs. Arthur Churchill, second; Holden Mystery of Wahoo, Mrs. Churchill, third.
Shaded Silver, Male, Open — Silver Echo, Miss Carroll Macy, first and winner.
Shaded Silver, Female, Open — Fallulah Bettina, Mrs. H. B. Nichols, first and winner; Mimi, Mrs. H. E. Brown, second; Wintarge Dawn of Liberty, Mrs. Arthur Churchill, third.
Silver Tabby, Female, Open — The Lark, Mrs. L. B. Sturgis, first and winner; Princess Zilla, Mrs. Sturgis, second.
Red, Male, Open — Caliph Dandelion, Miss Phyllis Street, first.
Red, Male, Novice — Nowata Sunset Laddie, Mrs. M. E. Harby, first and winner.
Cream, Male, Open — Sunset Invincible, the Misses Campion, first and winner; Sunset Top Notch, the Misses Campion, second.
Cream, Female, Open — Sunset Peachbloom, the Misses Campion, first and winner.
Tortoiseshell, Male or Female — Princess Kito Koo, Mrs, Neafle, first.
Siamese Cat, Male — Wicky-Wee, Madame Blanche Arral, first; Co-Co, Madame Arral, second; Ah Sin, Madame Arral, third. Siamese Cat, Female — Wing Sing, Madame Arral, first; Mimi, Frank Hazen, second.
Long-Haired Neuters — Lavender Lord, Mrs. M. E. Brooks, first; Sepo, Mrs. Anna Sewald, second.
Silver Neuters — Wintarge Biggoty, Mrs. Arthur Churchill, first; Trixie, Mrs. H. M. Young, second ; Bunny Moo, Mrs. C. H. Coles, third.
Australian Cat (female) — Greenwich Phoebe Snow, Mrs. F. Y. Mathis, first.
Additional (shaded female), Open — Mimi, Miss H E. Brown, first; Fallulah Bettina, Mrs. Nicholas, second ; Queen Prancer, Miss Brown, third.

Silver Society.
Silver, Male, Open — Wintarge El Furado, Mrs. Arthur Churchill, first; The Viking, Miss Carroll Macy, second; Sir Holden of Wahoo, Mrs. O. E. Gilbert, third.
Silver, Neuter — Thornyfoot of Essex, Mrs. Arthur Churchill, first; Mandalay Winter, Mrs. Dorrance Blake, second ; Hartridge Philippe, Mrs. H. R. Robertson, third.
Silver, Female, Open — Holden Mystery of Wahoo, Mrs. O. E. Gilbert, first: Wintarge Perenca, Mrs. Arthur Churchill, second; Winter Sweetheart, Mrs. Clara Richards, third.
Shaded Silver, Male, Open — Silver Echo, Miss Carroll Macy, first; Glencairn, Mrs. C. A. Daux, second.
Short-haired Neuter — Tibbles, Bide-a-Wee Home first.


CAT SHOW AT WALDORF. Brooklyn Life and Activities of Long Island Society, 11th December, 1926
The Empire Cat Club is preparing an exhibition of Persian and Angora cats at the Waldorf-Astoria Roof Garden on December 12th and 13th. The club is affiliated with the Cat Fanciers’ Association, Inc., under whose rules the show will be given. The show will be judged by Mrs Gertrude E. Taylor, editor of the Cat Courier of Detroit, Mich., and vice president of the Cat Fanciers’ Association. Inc. All entries and correspondence' are being handled by Mrs. Olive E. Gilbert, show secretary, at Rochell Park, N. J., and all entries must be received before December 2nd.

CAT SHOW AT WALDORF. Brooklyn Life and Activities of Long Island Society, 18th December, 1926
The Empire Cat Club held its 13th Championship Cat Show last Sunday and Monday in the Roof Garden of the Waldorf-Astoria. It was the finest cat show given in New York for many a year; and was what is known among cat fanciers as a four-point show, there being 173 entries. The judge was Mrs. Gertrude E. Taylor of Detroit, Mich., editor of the Cat Courier, who has had the distinction of being invited to judge shows in England on account of her international reputation as a judge of cats. All the exhibitors seemed satisfied with her awards last Sunday and Monday.

The best kitten in the whole show was awarded to a Long Island pussy, “Bo-Peep,” born April 12th, 1926, the breeder-owner being Mrs. M. E. Brown of Woodhaven. “Bo-Peep” has a heavy white coat, cobby head and thick tail, and is a wonderful little animal. “Kopper Kettle Kashmiri,” an exquisite black, completed her championship and was awarded best female in the show. She is owned by Mr. Arch E. Horne, president and business manager of the Empire Cat Club. The Best Cat in the Show was given to “Champion Lavender Triumph,” a blue male belonging to Mrs. J. H. Revington of Chattanooga, Tenn. He was horn October 1st, 1921, and the back of his cage was lined with the blue ribbons he has taken at various shows.

A fascinating pussy was a smoke female, “Tanta Alice of Rosemanor.” She took first in her class. Her head was dark, she had a light smoke ruff and light ear tops, while her feet matched her dark head. I think she is the one I would liked to have carried home.

Among the Brooklyn and Long Island exhibitors were Miss Elsie J. Bailey, 58 Carman Avenue, Lynbrook; Mrs. James Houston, 3 Stoner Ave, Great Neck; Mrs. Isaac A. Mackie, 75 Seventy-ninth Street, Brooklyn; Miss H. J. McCoun, Oyster Bay, L. I.; Mrs. Carl M. McKinley, 58 Thirtieth Street, Jackson Heights ; Mr. Oliver Pease, 45 Prospect Avenue, Lynbrook; Mrs. Lois Pette, 60 Clark Street, whose Manx female, “Mitzi Girl,” won first in her class; Mrs. Carrie Price, 257 Eighth Avenue, Astoria; Mrs. Elsie S. Schmidt, 58 Eighty-eighth Street, Brooklyn, and Miss Mabel Warner, 129 Shepherd Avenue, Brooklyn.



Ambitious blue blooded dowagers of Catdom presented their debutante daughters to society last night at the Empire Cat Club show, the largest show since the San Francisco show in 1915, in the Winter Garden of the Waldorf Astoria. Long hair was not only the popular vogue among the sweet young things, but one of the outstanding prize winning features. Many handsome coats were displayed. Grey, silver grey, brown, black and chinchilla were prominent among the fur worn by the young Persian beauties.

Slick young Toms-About-Town licked their whiskers and smirked at the fluffy young tabbies, who managed to maintain just the correct degree of ennui throughout the entire performance. Proud fathers arched their backs, pulled their whiskers and swelled out their chests as their respective families were awarded blue ribbons. That Catdom has its social streets was plain to be seen, for some 40 cages were placed at the end of the room for those of uncertain origin; in short, domestics, who insisted upon crashing the party.

According to Miss Leontine C. Ginter of New York, secretary of the show, two years ago there were as few as two silver tabbies among the entries. This year, however, they far exceed any other class.

Among the winning entries judged to date were: Brown Shadow, who has been judged best cat in six shows, and Shadows Fourth, first and winners in a large red Persian class, owner Mrs. F. E Robinson, Glen Morris. L.I.; Fluffy, first and winner in cream Persian class, owner Charles Fiala, Long Island City; Eiderdown Miew, first in red neuter class, owner Miss Mabel Turner, New York City; Weanie, first in yellow eyed white Persian class, owner Mrs. Charles A. Laux, Englewood, N. J.; Silverland Bangle, first and winners in chinchilla Persian class, and Silverland Blossom Tip, first in shaded silver class and best silver kitten in silver kitten show; Mint Brier, first in shaded silver champion class, owner Mrs. F. B. Ryder, Binghamton.

Champion Hartridge King Midas, first in open reds, owner Miss Phyllis Street, New Haven. Conn; Wendell Revelation, first, and winners best blue eyed white class, owner Miss Emma C. Payne, Washington, D.C.; Jaquard Captain of Delight, first in open class, shaded silvers, owner Mr. E. Maxwell, Philadelphia.

Major Pajor, first in open short haired black class, Cloudy, first in any color tabby class, owner Miss Helen O'Neill Palmer, Sandy Hook, Conn.; Lavender Thalia first in blues, purchased in England, Lavender Bendigo, first showing, Lavender Cremona, first and best kitten, all among blues, owner Miss E. G. Hyden. Bogota, N. J.


World's Fair Cat Show in New York State, September 27-28, 1940

World's Fair N.Y. - Climaxing what promises to be the greatest Cat Show in the annals of the American cat fancy, celebrities of the literary and entertainment world will be on hand for the presentation of awards on the final night of the World's Fair Cat Show, Sept. 27 and 28. Fannie Hurst, whose interest in the furry felines has long been a matter of public record, has already accepted the invitation of the sponsors of the show to appear at the presentation ceremonies and personally award the prizes to the winners.


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