REPORTS FROM EARLY CAT SHOWS IN PHILADELPHIA

1877 PHILADELPHIA CAT SHOW

A NOVEL EXHIBITION, a cat show, is now in progress in Philadelphia. Premiums are offered amounting to $2,000. A lady’s gold watch set with diamonds is offered for the cat combining breed, greatest beauty and most remarkable traits. For matched sextets, §250 in gold, and $20 for matched quintets are offered. An order for a Keystone self-inking printing» press is to be given for the cat most comically attired. A large number of cats, have been entered for competition, and the show promises to comprise some fine specimens of the feline tribe. – Daily Review, Weds, Dec 5th, 1877

1878 PHILADELPHIA CAT SHOW

The cat show in Philadelphia promises well. “Benny Huckle,” the champion cat of New Jersey, is a fine specimen of the Maltese breed, weighing sixteen pounds, and preferring mutton-chops to rats. “Tiger Dan,” who weighs fifteen pounds, and is twelve years old, and “Taylor,” a fine “ringtail,” are also entered for the first prize – a lady’s gold watch set with diamonds. The nomenclature of the show shows that “Tom” is still a favourite titled for cats of high and low degree. - The Bucks County Gazette, 29th Nov 1877

There were only seventy cats at Philadelphia’s recent cat show. The other 1,000,547 were sitting on back fences and sheds o’ nights growling at the small amount of the premiums offered and discussing methods to avert the danger threatened by the lively sausage season. - The Herald and Torch Light, 9th Jan 1878

1884 PHILADELPHIA CAT SHOW

CONVENTION OF THE CATS - The Times (Philadelphia), 1st April, 1884
Early yesterday morning boys with gyrating bags on their shoulders and men with baskets that emitted strange sounds were hurrying into Horticultural Hall, adding to the feline family gathered in the “National Cat Congress,” to be exhibited for a week under the auspices of Frederick Kyle, of Boston, whose abilities as a showman impartially include cats and dogs and babies. The attendance was large throughout the afternoon and evening and there were many family parties, including numerous children. Three tables extended the length of the hall and there were double rows of cages, with sides of wire screens and sliding panels at the back, in which the cats were confined. The cages were numbered and in some cases scraps of the cats’ history were written on cards and posted up. As it was the first day most of the cats were shy and slunk in the back of the cages as much out of sight as possible, but some of them were playful and friendly. A few were dangerous and, with fur erect, spat and flew at everyone who approached them. Nearly all the floors of the cages were carpeted and in instances where cats had litters of kittens, cushions and other comforts were provided. Early in the day catnip was scattered in all the cages, which appeared to delight the Mr. Thomases and Miss Tabithas and they rolled around in it gleefully. Twice during the day they were fed with raw meat and milk, the attendants were also going around continually to see that the cages were kept clean.

Besides the cats belonging to the exhibitor there are entries from all over the country, many from Maine especially. Prizes are offered of $100 for the handsomest cat, $20 for the heaviest, $100 for the largest and $20 for the finest litter of kittens. There are many curious and interesting specimens, representing all the varieties and nationalities of the strictly domesticated animal and of their wild and half-civilized cousins. There are civet cats from India, Manx cats from the Isle of Man, heavy whiskered bushy cats from Siberia, fine fleeced specimens from Persia and France, others from Thibet, and Angoras and Maltese in great numbers. There are 480 entered in all, but some of them have not yet arrived.

A genuine wild cat of the coon species, thor¬oughly untamed, is on the way and is expected to arrive today. A six-legged cat is also on tran¬sit by express. Among the curiosities the coon cat, the rabbit cat and the kangaroo cat bear re¬semblance to the animals from which they de¬rive their names. The rabbit cats are of various colors, with a tail only an inch or two long and at times they stand erect like their namesakes and hold their food in their paws. The coon cat is generally black, with a somewhat shaggy coat. The kangaroo cat generally rests on its haunches and has a bob tail and shortened fore-paws. The Manx cat, which is very timid, has no audal appendage at all. One very ordinary cat in the collection has been the mother of fifty-eight kittens, most of her numerous progeny having found watery graves.

No. 75 is a ten-year-old Maltese Tom, a superb specimen of fine size. As cats live to be over twenty years old, he is yet in his prime. No. 11, “Goldie,” receives its name from its rich markings, There are several tiger cats, so named on account of their stripes. One of the largest specimens, No. 22, weighs 17 pounds, but a rival is looked for to-day who will go six pounds better. There are numerous sports of color. In one cage, numbered 103, there is a tiger cat and her grown young, one of which is perfectly black. In another, numbered 116, are a male and female cat, both perfectly white, with a litter of kittens all white except one, which is a thorough tiger, striped all over. No. 33 is a good-looking animal, with seven toes on each foot.

Scattered through the collections are many fine tortoise-shell cats, their peculiarity being that, so far as is know, there is no male cat of the variety in existence. At a recent show in the Crystal Palace, it is said, a prize of $500 was offered for a male tortoise-shell, but none [no such cats] offered. Tilly, a very white and not particularly good-natured Angora, is considered by many the most interesting puss in the catalogue. In the next cage to her is a Persian cat, imported six months ago. A natural curiosity, a few cages distant, is a cat born with three legs. Midway on the left-hand side is a cage containing a male and female cat and litter of kittens, not one of them with a blemish and all as white as driven snow. Ion the same side are the Calico cat, the zebra cat and a large cat, originally singed in the Pittsburg riots of 1874 and brought back by the First Pennsylvania Regiment. There is also in the collection a cat born in the Centennial Building in 1876.

The nomenclature is very curious. Two demure cats, both large, one of which purrs and mews continually, are called “Moody” and “Sankey.” A big ferocious Boston Tom cat is named “John L. Sullivan” and a cock-eyed. Shrewd old back-alley veteran answers to the name of “Ben Butler.” A self-contained Maltese, with an arched neck and a curl and generally “killing” get-up, answers to the name of “Roscoe Conkling.” In the same box in which they were shipped, which occupies a prominent place on the stage, a Canadian wild cat, partially tamed, and her litter of kittens, are exhibited. It will be several days before the collection will be complete, but already an hour can be easily occupied in making a casual inspection.

Meaow! Meaw-ow!! Philadelphia, April 1. Two hundred cats of all sizes, ages, sex and condition were ranged in cages at Horticultural hall last night, and a throng of visitors were present. This was the great cat show of Frederick Kyle, of Boston, and it was a most remarkable exhibition. One of the cats weighed twenty-two pounds, and another, after a year and a half’s growth, weighed less than two pounds. It looked like a kitten. There were tiger cats, which looked fierce enough to eat up a shipload of rats; ‘possum cats, which rolled up in a ball; coon cats, with long tails; a three-legged cat, and such a collection of other felines as to astonish everybody. – Evening Gazette, 2nd April, 1884

PARLIAMENT OF THE PUSSIES – The Times (Pennsylvania), 3rd April, 1884
The pussy-cat parliament at Horticultural Hall continues to amuse hundreds of visitors. Several new delegates have presented their cre¬dentials. The most aristocratic arrival is the famous coon cat from Bangor, Me. valued at $1,000. He occupies double apartments in a con¬spicuous position upon the stage, where he struts up and down, displaying his splendid propor¬tions and showing his claws when spectators pre¬sume to arouse his catship with obtrusive lead-pencils. Many of the cats appeared to be under the weather yesterday, but others, evidently re¬membering that Wednesday was matinee day, performed in excellent style despite the rather light house.

John L. Sullivan appeared in good form and sparred defiantly at a slice of dried beef as his trainer dangled it from the top of his case. Maltie, a handsome feline, imported by Adam Forepaugh in the same cage with a family of monkeys, betrayed the influence of such plebeian associations by tying his tail in a bow-knot, climbing to the roof of his cage and performing sundry tricks learned from his monkey friends during the passage. Conkling appeared as dig¬nified as ever, with a bright pink ribbon about his neck. A card recently tacked upon his cage by his proud owner informs the public that Roscoe is “modest, but very intelligent.” It may have been due to the damp weather, but Conkling's forelock certainly curled with a new grace yesterday when this surprising announcement was tacked above his lordly head. Moody and Sankey were evidently off duty, for they slept all the afternoon. Another very sleepy cat, who appeared to have lost all worldly ambition, is the one numbered 100. Above the figures 100 some wag has written in conspicuous characters the words “Committee of.”

There are now several cats displayed that weigh twenty pounds or more. Among the rivals of the huge cat Jumbo are Tom and Dick, but Harry, the other member of the immortal trio, is quite an ordinary specimen. Falka, a playful kitten with a very melodious purr, has made many friends, and Fedora devotes her attention to a large family of young ones with commenda¬ble motherly love.

A cat show at Horticultural Hall, Philadelphia is now in full blast. The wild cat from Maine arrived yesterday, and attracts considerable attention. The prizes, aggregating $1,500, will be announced next week. – Reading Times, April 4th, 1884

NEW YORK IS JEALOUS of the Centennial City, and the “show” in that town has aroused especial envy. The ‘World’ caterwauls the affair thus: “The national cat show in Philadelphia is spoken of with great pride by the press of that city, the ladies of that city, it seems, have long been celebrated for their cats, and we learn with deep interest that the breed by intelligent care has been so much improved there that there is no need of a stranger carrying broken bottles into his bedroom at night. This shows the superiority of moral suasion over force. In New York we hunt cats and they are more plentiful than sparrows and quite as tuneful. In Philadelphia they pay prizes for them and find them scarce at that.” – The Saint Paul Globe, April 5th, 1884

CATS OF ALL NATIONALITIES. Prizes for the First Week Awarded — New Features of the Exhibition. The success of the National Cat Show at Horticultural Hall has been so great during the past week that the exhibition will be continued for one week longer. There has been a large number of new entries received and many novelties will be presented. Few exhibitions are so interesting to the children as this peculiar display of feline curiosities. Contained in the show are cats of almost every nationality and breed, and some of the natural freaks are remarkable and curious. Among the new entries are a two-legged cat, a new wild cat, the wonderful monkey-cat and a monster heavy-weight cat. The hall is crowded daily by visitors and Manager Kyle is reaping a large reward for his ingenious enterprise. The following prizes were awarded at the National Cat Show for the week ending April 5: Grand prize, $100, for the handsomest cat — Dick, exhibited by A. M. Robinson, of Bangor, Me.; Mrs. K. Jones, cat and kittens, silver bowl; Frank Gormley, silver souvenir; Mrs. John Meeks, silver souvenir ; Robert Ross, silver souvenir; W. H. Sampson, $20; Joseph E. McCardle, silver souvenir; Mrs. Hutchinson, silver souvenir; Mrs. E. Gardner, silver medal; Mrs. Henry Samuel,$20; W. T. Slmonds, engraved medal; Rosa Schyler, cat basket; Mrs. E. Howard, silver souvenir; Charles H. Kendrick, $15; d'Auria, silver souvenir; Miss E. D. Gillespie, $15; Conrad Neu, silver medal, and J. C. Vanseuver, silver souvenir. – The Times, April 6, 1884

The Grand National Cat Show at Horticultural Hall will begin its second and last week to-day, with a new collection of feline freaks and curiosities in addition to those exhibited last week. – The Times, April 7, 1884.

They are having a national cat show in Philadelphia. An exhibition of this kind is certainly deserving of great encouragement if it is managed as it should be. Nothing would do so much to popularize cat shows as to wind them up with the killing of the cats. Chicago Times. – The Indianapolis News, April 8, 1884

Two hundred cats are on exhibition at the cat show in Horticultural Hall, Philadelphia. This exhibition will remain open for two weeks, and $1,500 will be given in prizes to the heaviest cat, the handsomest cat, the best happy family cat, etc. – The Fort Wayne Sentinel, April 12, 1884.

1900 PHILADELPHIA CAT SHOW

THIS WELL-BRED CAT ENTERED FOR THE SHOW – The Times (Philadelphia), November 16, 1900
Among the cats to be displayed at the coming exhibit will be one» shown by Miss Elizabeth F. Forbes, of 901 Pine street - a trick Maltese, who on account of his coat of gray has been named “Rebel.” “Rebel” is a great pet, and receives as much care as many a child. “Rebel" first saw the light of earth five years ago, and since that time has endeared himself to the family by his great Intelligence. Each year he is honored with a birthday party, at each of which he is the recipient of scores of novel and appropriate gifts from his many admiring friends.

To show his appreciation of their kindness and to do his share of the entertaining, he very proudly and gallantly bestows his paw to all who desire it. Furthermore, he adds to their amusement by his tricks. He has quite a record as a jumper and can leap through the arms of his mistress from a forty-four inch height. Miss Forbes has been the proud possessor of “Rebel" since his kitten days, and with untiring patience she has succeeded in having him respond to her coaxings. He is quite affectionate and intelligent and will enter the trick class at the cat show.

CATS OF EVERY HIGH DEGREE TO BE PLACED ON EXHIBITION – The Times (Philadelphia), November 15, 1900
Society and cats - cats and Society. Both will mingle next month at the First Regiment Armory on North Broad street. The feline pet is about to be recognized in Philadelphia as an animal worthy of exhibition. There will be all kinds of cats —Angora, Manx, Maltese and many other breeds never heard of by the average person. The show opens on December 11 and continues for one week.

Among the various sizes, shapes and colors of cats to be exhibited everyone who loves an animal can find an attractive house pet and companion. The show will be under the auspices of the Keystone Poultry, Pigeon and Pet Stock Association of Philadelphia. There will be exhibits of poultry, rabbits and other pet stock, but the feature of the show will be the cat. The entries close on the 28th of this month, and although few entries have as 300 high bred feline pets will be put on exhibition. All cats must have a long pedigree. There is no room for common rat-catching cats or cats that keep you awake at nights fighting on the back fence.

There will be cats here from Chicago, Newport, New York and, in fact, from nearly every part of the country. A Mrs. Thurston, from Newport, has entered six cats, and Mrs. Clinton Locke, president of the Beresford Cat Club, the largest cat club in the world, has entered ten cats. Miss Sarah Moran, of Long Island, has entered nine cats. John Forbes, of 901 Pine street, will enter two cats, and his sister, Misa Elizabeth F. Forbes, will enter her trick Maltese eat Rebel. Miss Nannie McCredy, of 2037 Pine street, will enter her famous beauty Manxey, a large gray Manx cat which weighs over twenty pounds.

Cats will also be entered by Mrs. Ditton and Mrs. Gilpin, of Germantown. Mrs. Edwin L. Welch, of 1422 Spruce street, whose husband is president of the association, will enter one cat. The association has secured T. Farrel Rockham [T. Farrar Rackham], of Newark, N.J., to act as judge of the cats and award the prizes. The feature of the cat exhibit will be a cats’ pink tea, which will be held on Wednesday afternoon, December 12, from 4 until 6 o’clock.

"MANXY” IS A BLUE- BLOOD ARISTOCRAT – The Times (Philadelphia), November 19, 1900
One of the prettiest and most intelligent cats in all Philadelphia is “Manxy," the proud owner of which is Miss Nannie McCready, of 2037 Pine street. Manxy is a big, beautiful Manx cat, weighing about twenty pounds. He has a handsome face and fine physique. Manxy is of Bucks country ancestry and traces his origin to the Isle of Man. His family are regarded as noted bluebloods in catdom. Manxy is a year and a half old and has been in the present family since he was a small kitten. His grandmother was wrecked on a ship coming from the Isle of Man and floated on a spar to the coast of New Jersey, somewhere between Cape May and Philadelphia, where she was picked up and taken home by a farmer. The grandmother of Manxy now lives In Bucks county. His mother resides in New Jersey, where there are a number of other relations. Manxy will be on exhibition at the coming Cat Show.

Miss McCready also owns two baby Angora kittens, one orange, the other black, “Billy" and “Pluto" respectively. At present they are in ill health, and will, therefore, not be at the show. They were purchased from Mrs. Clinton Locke, president of the Beresford Cat Club, of Chicago, who is an authority on cats, and presented to Miss McCready. These kittens, too, stand high in the social world of catdom, their parents being the handsomest, as well as the most valuable stock in the country.

ALLEN A’DALE WILL GRACE THE CAT SHOW – The Times (Philadelphia), November 20, 1900
Allen a’Dale is one of the remarkably fine Angora cats who is to grace our coming Cat Show with his dignified presence. He is the pet of Miss Hubble, of 224 South Twentieth street. Although his career identifies him with Philadelphia, he belongs to New England by birth, having been purchased from Miss Hubble in Boston. He came from good stock, his ancestors on both sides having been of a valuable breed. Allen was born In Boston just three years ago. He is of a tawny color and possesses a beautiful head and tail. He is noted for his charming disposition, but, unfortunately, he has been ill and under the care of the doctor for some two months. It is hoped that he will recover sufficiently to take his place at the coming show.

FAMOUS FELINE HUNTER TO BE ON EXHIBITION – The Times (Philadelphia), November 23, 1900
This is a picture of the pet of Miss Frances Buckman, of Lahaska, Pa., and the original answers to the name of Mac. Mac is a large, very dark striped fellow, and a great hunter. Hardly a day passes that he does not bring home some game. He is very affectionate and a great pet. He will enter the coming Cat Show.

POULTRY AND PET STOCK SHOW PLANS COMPLETE – The Times (Philadelphia), November 26, 1900
It has been the custom for a number of years throughout the large cities of the United States to bold a show in which fine stock are put on exhibition. Not to be behind the times the Keystone Poultry, Pigeon and Pet Stock Association announce their intention of having a second exhibition to be held at the armory of the First Regiment, N.G.P., at Broad and Callowhill streets, on December 11, 12, 13, 14 and 15. This building is sufficiently large to accommodate a large entry [. . .] it is the desire and intention of the members to hold in Philadelphia yearly exhibitions that in point of entries and quality of exhibits shall equal those held in Boston or New York.

In order to make the show a success it is hoped Philadelphia will give its hearty support. The cat show will also be held in conjunction with this, and it is said that the best cats in the country are to be found in and about this city. To be on a par with the other cities it is hoped persons possessing fine cats will enter them. Mr. T. Farrar Rackham will act as judge of the pet stock. This gentleman has acted in a similar capacity for a number of years in Boston, Now York and Chicago, and is recognized as the best pet stock judge in the country. Entries will positively dose on November 28. Mr. Rackham will be stationed at 720 Girard Building on and after tomorrow and those desiring to have cats entered may call and see him and all questions will be cheerfully and satisfactorily answered.

FLUFFY, WHOSE OWNER EXPECTS HIM TO WIN A PRIZE AT THE CAT SHOW - The (Philadelphia) Times, November 28th, 1900
One of the entries in the cat class will be “Fluffy,” the pet white and black Angora cat belonging to the little daughter of Edwin Welch, 1422 Spruce street. Fluffy” was brought from the Walnut Ridge Stock Farm in Massachusetts when quite a kitten and now bears the age of 6 with dignity. He is intelligent and affectionate and his owner feels he is the best cat in the country.

SUCCESS OF THE CAT SHOW SEEMS ASSURED – The Times (Philadelphia), November 29, 1900
Pleasant Indications tend to prove that the coming cat show will be a success, as large numbers of well-known and famous cats will be entered. One of the prize-winning cats to be exhibited will be Lochinvar, a typical white Persian beauty from the Oasis Cattery of Newport, R.I. Lochinvar is the pet of Mrs. M. A. Thurston, and is noted for his lovable disposition and his mischievous tricks. He is pure white, with blue eyes, a heavy tail and an immense coat with a good ruff. He is of English imported stock and New England bred, and brother to the celebrated Majority. He has been on exhibition before and won the first prize at the Boston show held January 18, 1900.

TO BE ON EXHIBITION - CHAMPION KING MAX, The Times (Philadelphia), November 30, 1900
The picture of today is of Champion King Max, a handsome black Persian cat with rich golden yellow eyes. He is remarkable for his excellent brush and exceedingly long hair. He is the pet of Mrs. F.A. Taylor of West Medford, Massachusetts. Champion King Max is quite a trickster. He will jump through his mistress’ arms and it is said will feign hunger. When asked if he is hungry he will roll on the floor and make a peculiar sound, thus telling of his most distressed condition. King Max is just 5 years old, and has been in other exhibitions. He won three first prizes and two championships in the past four years. He is a large, well-built, heavy fellow, and is particularly food in the ear fringe – one of the latest developments of perfection. He will be exhibited at the coming show.

PRINCE COLBURN A FAVORITE– The Times (Philadelphia), December 4, 1900
Miss Cora Wallace, of East Brady, Pa., is the owner of several beautiful cats. Among her family is "Prince Colburn,” a cunning [stunning?] animal, black with perfect white markings. Prince Colburn is a most winning fellow, and is a great favorite of his mistress, who gives him all attention. His winning ways have obtained for him a large circle of acquaintances. He comes from Mrs. Locke's cattery In Chicago, and will be at the cat show.

PATRONESSES OF THE CAT SHOW - The Times (Philadelphia), December 7, 1900
The following ladies are the patronesses of the Cat Show, to be held next week in the First Regiment Armory: Mrs. Edward L. Welsh, Mrs. Alfred C. Harrison, Mrs. Frederick T. Mason, Mrs. William Disston, Mrs. J. Emlen Smith, Mrs. Samuel Welsh, Mrs. John Sims Forbes, Mrs. Persifor Frazer, Jr., Mrs. J. Murray Ellsy, Miss Henrietta A. Brown, Miss Nannie McCredy and Miss Corinne C. Mock, They will receive on Tuesday, the first day of the show, from 4 until 10.

BIG POULTRY SHOW – The Allentown Leader, December 8, 1900
The largest poultry show the world has ever seen will be held in Philadelphia next week. There are something like 4000 entries, and if all the classes should have filled as per the official prize list, the total value of regular and special prizes would amount to $12,000. All single entries must pay a fee of $2 each, this including all kinds of poultry and pet stock. There will be an enormous display of Belgian hares. In a separate room will be a cat show. Many of Philadelphia’s fashionable women have entered their pets and it is expected this part of the show will attract many visitors.

LARGEST CAT IN THE COMING SHOW - The Times (Philadelphia), December 10, 1900
“Snowball” is the great pet cat of Henry E. Hetzel, 2108 North Warnock street. He is a snow white cat and measures 37 and-a-half Inches from tip to tip. He is 14 inches high, and is unique in that he has one blue eye and one brown eye. “Snowball” is only is 18 months old and is the largest cat entered for the Cat Show.

NEWPORT ANIMALS WIN AT PHILADELPHIA – Newport Daily News, December 13, 1900
At the cat show in Philadelphia this week, in connection with the annual exhibition of the Keystone Poultry, Pigeon and Pet Stock Association, the Oasis Cattery of this city, owned by Mrs. M.B. Thurston, is represented by a string of eight Persian and Angora cats. In the awards by the judges Mrs. Thurston received six first prizes, and two specials; these six firsts also carry with them six silver medals offered by the Beresford Cat Club of Chicago for the best exhibits by members of that organization. In addition, Mrs. Thurston's Cossett, imported from England, was awarded the challenge silver cup, for the “best cat in the show."

BLUE RIBBONS AND HONORS FOR PET STOCK – The Times (Philadelphia), December 14, 1900
The judges at the Poultry and Cat Show have completed their tasks of picking the prize winners. Blue ribbons, white ribbons, yellow ribbons and green ribbons are floating from the pens, announcing to the spectator that he or she is looking at a very fine specimen. The exhibitors announce themselves well pleased with the decisions made by the judges. The cats still hold a large share of the attention, and receive equally as much petting from the hands of the men as from the women. One cunning little tortoise-shelled cat attracted a great deal of admiration because of its daintiness. It did not like to appear undignified by thrusting its nose into its cup, but instead daintily put its paw into the food and thus carried the food to Its mouth. Although the prizes have all been awarded, the attendance still continues to increase, and preparations are being made for accommodating greater crowds that are expected at the closing days of the show.

INTEREST INCREASES AS PET SHOW CLOSES – The Times (Philadelphia), December 15, 1900
As the Poultry and Cat Show at the First Regiment Armory draws to a close interest increases, and to-night is the last night. The armory yesterday afternoon presented a scene of gayety such as it has seldom seen. Early In the afternoon the admirers of pets began to arrive, and before the afternoon had half worn away the spacious room was full of spectators. The cats, as usual, seemed to be the favorite part of the exhibit for women, as was plainly demonstrated by the large number who visited the cat room and said [?illegible] admiring remarks about the feline pets. The largest crowd that has been present is expected to-night, and the management in making preparations to have the show done in a blaze of glory.

“TIX” AND HIS THREE CLEVER COMPANIONS - The Times (Philadelphia), 18 December, 1900
One of the most conspicuous and well-known sights which greet the visitors to Green’s Hotel is the famous Angora cat “Tix,” [. . .] “Tix" is conceded to be one of the finest breeds of Angora cats and won the first prize at the Cat Show recently. Mr. Newton recently refused $1,000 for him. There are three other large Angora cats belonging to Mr. Newton which frequent the hotel. Of these “Whitey," a large white Angora, took the second prize at the Cat Show. “Mike" is usually found seated on the cashier’s desk in the ladies’ cafe and is widely known to visitors of the fair sex who inquire for him when he is missing from his post. "Beauty" is black and is usually found with "Mike.” The pair make a handsome sight and many an admiring glance is cast at them.

MANXY - The Brooklyn Daily Eagle, March 23rd, 1902
One of the prettiest and most intelligent cats in all Philadelphia is Manxy, who will be on exhibition at the coming cat show. He is a big, beautiful Manx cat, weighing about twenty pounds. He has a handsome face and fine physique. Manxy is of Bucks County ancestry and traces his origin to the isle of Man. His family are regarded as noted bluebloods in cat-dom. Manxy is a year and a half old and has been in the present family since he was a small kitten. His grandmother was wrecked on a ship coming from the Isle of Man and floated on a spar to the coast of New Jersey, somewhere between Cape May and Philadelphia, where she was picked up and taken home by a farmer. The grandmother of Manxy now lives in Bucks County. His mother resides in New Jersey, where there are a number of other relations.

TO EXHIBIT RARE CAT – The Plain Speaker, 17th October, 1938
Philadelphia, Oct. 17. A rare Abyssinian cat, member of a breed that once stalked the palace of Ethiopian emperors before the Italian conquest, will be exhibited at a cat show to be staged by the Quaker City Persian Society October 28-29.

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