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There are few districts anywhere in the world, including even the great America, that can show such a rate of progress as as been shown by the County of Ashburton. Colonial men are accused of excelling in the qualification called “blow,” and in making the statement we have just put forth, we may perhaps lay ourselves open to the charge of indulging in the colonial weakness ; but of the county’s progress will bear out our statement, for we know of no place that has emerged so rapidly from a state of tussock wilderness to a state ! of culti ration than has the district in which we live. In a few years' homesteads have risen with astonishing rapidity, and good roads have been laid down to them ; land has been brought under cultivation, and its produce carried to the world’s market, that even five or six years ago was scarcely thought of as ■ likely for years to come, to .be subjected to the plough. Unfriendly ones, and those who delight in gloomy prophecies, shook their heads as the progress race ran on, and prophesied ruin and disaster. Butin spite of all, the onward march was continued. The district has slackened off to breathe a space, as everything must that; is driven' by human effort, and the easy pace Of the last two years is only a breathing spell. In proof of this we point to the show of yesterday. It is the third that has been held by our, comparatively infant Association, and its success, 'compared with last year, is just as marked as was that of last year oyer its predeflesaor. The first,show’ was; held; under great dis-’ advantages as regards weather. One of those terrible nor’-west winds which, told ■ on the farmer that year, blew from morn till night, and might Rave been discouraging to less persevering men than compose the Society. Happily we have been com-, parative strangers tb. those winds during.,' the last two years, dud a marked change is evident in the climate. Thanks to the ' increase of plantations throughout the County, the climate is steadily improving, so that the rainfall .is heavier, the‘ long droughts shortened, and altogether the weather is more reliable for the farmer. The second show was held in Queen’s weather, and both the exhibits and those who came to look at them were increased. Yesterday the weather was' also good, and again the exhibits showed an increase over; .all, and the attendance qf the public evinced no falling off. i The! first two shows were held on the Tinwakl side of the river, at the Tinwakl saleyards, which, thanks to the proprietors, were placed at the disposal of the Society, and the sheds / ,qf ; < Joseph i Clark were i eminently useful on both occasions. ! -This year the County owns a public, cattle, -market; which' haV 'been ; leased’by ! the 1 ' Association, aiid the suitableness of 'ij» arrangement for the double purpose of show ( and,sale is placed beyond a.doubti mm ENTRIES.! y : this year were more numerous than they : .were in the previous, year ; as the follow,, ing comparative statement will show, :rJ- ■ 1879. ’ 1880. Sheep - , •- ■: 75 : 61 Cattle - • ■ ; ;16-i 23 . Horses - * - 76 105 Pigs - - * . 11 11 Poultry- - - : 1Y: 29 Implements - - 48 67 Hogs - . - !i * ’ 0' i 'Agricultural Produce 4 1 Dairy Produce • 23 41 Manufactures ,- • < - ■ ; 12 ~•• V : 12. ; Extra Exhibits 28 , 21, Private Prizes - 47 H Total 366 ; ' 395 THE “FAIR.” In the large open space next the Great South road the “fair” portion of tho show was located. Here the merry-go-round was in full swing, the huckster stalls drove their trade, the wheel of fortune men, etc., caught the’ nimble sixpence, and every conceivable kind of petty merchant had , a site. The flock of these traders that, put in, an appearance show the estimate formed outside of, the importance of the Ashburton show as a gathering, and its power .to attract. In this space also the tents were, erected for dispensing eatables and drinkables. Mr. i Thomas Taylor was to the fore with a substantial booth, and purveyed handsomely and attentively good things for the hungry. Mr Thiele was also indefatigable in his tent, and his assistants found their hands nil enough of work. The supply of the judges’: lunch was in Mr. Thiele’s,hands, and.this was spread'at one o’clock in the keeper’s house, and was done full justice to. The thirst of visitors was. amply provided against by Messrs. Mutch anti M'Kenzie,’ of the : Ashburton Hotel, and Mr. Mark Scott, of the Tinwald Hotel, both of whom had large tents, and a full .flow of “■ spirit. In two large marquees’Svere sluWiv the dairy produce,, etc., and the exhibits of ■ • • ' NEW ZEALAND MANUFACTURERS, to’/ which we .may direct, pur attention before we refer particularly to the more strictly legitimate exhibits of an agricultural show. ~ Just' now,' when colonists are turning their attention to the development of native industries, the exhibits of New Zealand manufactures are, interest-: ing. Notably amongst these were the ale and porter shown by our local brewing, firm, Wood and Co., and our Ashburton Bottling Establishment, Quinton Bros. In ale, Messrs., Quinton’s sample obtained first prize and Messrs. Wood and 1 Cp< s second, and competent judges spoke in ■glowing terms of both exhibits. In fact; so popular was this particular line that, as it continued to be sampled and complimented,- ,we were reminded of Tani p’ Shanter’s lino f Aye the ale was growing better. In porter, the order of merit was reversed, and “ the old man,” as genial Mr. Wood is familiarly called by half the population, was in the front place with hisfiye gallons, and Quinton Bros, second. It is satisfactory to know that the local brewery is at least abreast of the Christchurch Phe, and that if tho latter took first honors in ale it had to drop into the rear rankljwith porter. . : Kaiapoi’s Factory did pot neglect the chance given by the show, .and sent some splendid samples from its looms and spinning frames. Worsted yarn of every color and description were there, and received close attention, {and received great praise from the many ladies who handled it. Shetland is noted for the fine quality of the wool spun by its industrious women, but one good woman hailing from those islands, who held no insignificant place amongst her fellows as a wool worker, had to confess that as fine a thread of stockingand “comforter” wool could be spun at Kaiapoi as eithpr Orkney or Shetland had yet shown her. The manufactured cloth was shown also, .and was much admired by all who saw it. We believe that Mr. Hodder, so captivated by the superiority of the Koiapoi exhibits has purchased the whole, as he did on a previous occasion. An Ashburton exhibit that was worth looking at was a case of superb boots, made by Mr, .Chambers,,East street. His “galley” must have been on its best mettle, for the work, style, and material will compare with any. Austin, Kirk, and Co. showed us what could be done in fireclay goods, earthenware, and drain pipes, and the display was a most j attractive one,'’ ,Therp were, feet-warmers,'spittoons; 1 flower vases 1 and pots, jars of every kind, house ventilators, and what not—even a pestle and mortar found a place. It is. wel} that colonists should have every available opportunity of seeing, by such exhibits as these, that the words ‘‘colonial made” are pot a

synonym for inferiority, but that they are a phrase meaning “good and substantial.” Mr. Joshua Tucker, the agent for the firm, exhibited the goods. Rakaia came to the front—success to the undertaking—with the produce of its candle factory. The exhibit was one wo referred to yesterday in complimentary terms, but we cannot refrain from again, noticing the excellent candles shown, more especially as candles are articles used by every one, and, well supplied from the Rakaia Factory, is there any reason why we should go further for no better goods? An exhibit by Mr. John Mcech, Moore street, received affifst prize because of its great merits, even,though s it was riot on the catalogue. It was f a magnificent suite pf drawing-room furniture in green- repp .and many a fair lady looked longingly at tbb grand couch, and attendant easy chairs, and critical housemaids made close scrutiny of them, .with apparently; sati&-' factory,rppults. Mr. Meech firmly in the principle that “the money should be kept here,” and .he takes ..the • proper way to induce it to remain. ; A collection of colonial-made baskets got their fair share of -notice, and their makers, J. and J. Price, no stint of compliments.. Tempting rounds of "corned beef were shown by Messrs. Amos and. Digby in-competition for Mr. Shearman's prize, and the judges we should say had a - tight .fit to ;get ;at the; best. ;i -Mr; ‘Digby also showed a grand lay out of butchers’ small goods that were a credit to his men,; and his own good sense in employing them. Having noticed Messrs. Sealy Bros.’ prize collection of farm seeds, and the 41b., loaves shown by the local bakers/ in which competition Mr. Thiele ran - in first yv'ej jiayp) ‘ of importance m the show tents,' with' the exception of Mr. M'Dowall and Co. ’s useful fire-kindlers', and Mr. / W..- JST: i Moses’ ? kit of vegetables, shoWed U fine' collection ’ of phptpgrapbs,' and Mr. H. C. Jacobson placed: the public ’ under an obligation by exhibiting-. A nifc’e collection: of; pot plants in bloom-'The , j udges, e,^pressed, tfie public, opinion l Of ,the act and ( tho! qxhibits when they placed on , them' the ‘‘ card ‘ f highly - ’' •- rtt,.’ Hefqre five go further, lef ; jjsrefer.sfibrtiy, THE ARRANGEMENTS EOiE . THE, J-r! .v.-"-. , i : , These yfere simply as nearly perfect as ‘ they could'fiavq fieen made. Thanlqb-fO'q clear-heade'4 arfd energetic secretary possessed by the in Mr Jameson, ,wh/j ! spared neithef'Miiie, thought, norlabor’pg ! the work, 1 nothing was wanting tl|at fore’thought chuld jiroVide foff past’e'xpfirience suggest, or endeavor procure", and aided as he .by, such others' of the Gbmnuttee, whose wellknown enthusiasm*in the conduct of the ‘ Society’s shows have greatly aided in '-tHeif sqccqss, small j wo,p,4o r ’ . that' complaints were, ujilieard, all * . went as merry afi a tnarriage bell.' 1 SHEEP. , The sheep were not an extensive show. We would; like -to, have>*een; more tof Jhem; dill the pens, as,,being a country .pliow there is likely to be a greater chance for, sniaik Settlers ito ; pfit in' iii good appearfincef' The 1 exhibition Of sheep; :wfis cohfihfid to Messrs. Wilkin and Carter, Gould and Cameron, C. G. Hawdon, and ,aiid but for thfesb gentterileri there would have been iriotliing to see. -This -fact carl ries its own lesson, and we .hope thqhint will Bd taken 1 . * The Merinos were a limited show, but they represented our best merino find were worthy both pf Westerlipld .and Springfield',/whenee; they came. Here we may just state that Mr. Cameron lost second prizes in classes 3,4, and 6, through wrong entry, although the judges xyqre of,opinion, the i sheep entered as exhibits Ba, 11a j and loa should have - pecondr award.;, These figures wera not on-.the catalogue, and-w r e, mention them for the,benefit of f w;hp looked at the .sheep",,',and;'tlve'^onfusing numbers,'’ arid fafirifi 1 "to’ y ascefta'iTi‘ thffif 1 ownership, Messrs. Wilkin'and Carter had no,competitors -ini Lincolns,-and!/we arejrathor surprised ,at this, as well as disappointed, as the sheep, were not in the most superb condition, ane we know of a few small flocks that would l/a-yp made j udging betweeri ’their representatives;a'pcl those of thq, Tinwald run a difficult rriatter. In Leicesters' the sanie '.firm filled the' pehs, and aHo'lri Roffinfey Marshes, but'wheii the crossbred classes’ ’ were' reached,’ fefistancc was offered by Mi*.' O. 1 Digby, who was first' with a, peri .of ' five goo r d owes/for' the butcher. ’ Messrs. Wilkin'-arid OaHeV . showed a pen of fat wethers against Mr., Digby’sl arid'thri work 'of' jiidging ’in' 'dm competition was easy, the- former gairiing .the first- position; Messrs: Gould? and 1 Cameron’s . fat -sheep were splendid exhibits, worth a place any where/ arid’ their long-woolled J wethers ! were also > ■ grdnd animals, and in first-class condition. ''Mr. ■ Digby’s fat lambs were in better condition than Messrs. Wilkin .and' Carter's,But tlffi pen was not uniform iri breed. " i < CATTLE. _■ ’i r ' tWere were disappointed with the' cattle display. It'was poor in comparison with' what might be *ekpected from Ashburton. The Longbeach herds stood aloof'to ilet less known men enter with a- show of place, but fewer farmers took adyantage.of the chance given them thin’ bright have entered. In shorthorns Mr. Andrew Dawson’s Earl Lonsden was the; champion animal, and got the first, prize, for the hest bull of any ige. 1 Thb Edrl’is {ygfeat’big follow, with good quarters, arid is pnpular . in his own locality, but scarcely the bull that shbuld’have beCii allbWed a walk. Over in’ an Ashburton County Mr. James Scott, of Ghatmoss, 1 ''shriwed the? only ' th-o-year-old 1 bull”-ori''the ground, an animal we may yet here of/as he''ages. Mr. T. Magee’s vqlnriteer was the bnly yearling bull shown, and-fie” too. promises to do justice to Iris’ paternity ! M|. ’Digby showed a fair cori" in fho 1 class for any age, that got a deserved’ first, 1; but his second exhibit was- out' of condition., There was not a three-yeariold h'eifer on 1 the ! ground, and Mr. Magee was the sole' exhibitor in the two-year did arid year-, ling classes. Iri the. nliscellarieous ‘division of the yards, Mr. Digby’s Oliver Cromwell, got the first place as the best bull of any age or breed; and Mir. Scott was first ’ with his two-year-old “Billy.” The cows call for little notice,’except iri so far as they brought , out new men. 1 i The milch cow class called out, five,entries, and was perhaps the only redeeming feature in the show of cattle. Mr. Magee’s Betsy, was a fine lockingmatron,with good milking signs and arnple udder. ? i She' ■ gdt first prize, and the second prize; taker trod-woll on her heels for the position. Sho was Mr. Donald Williamson’s co>v,-and wqs, well worfh ker, gra,ss., Mr. Lewis’, cow-,, Reddy,’ wc thought, was not, far inferior to the others, and she was undoubtedly. a r fine-looking piece ; she was highly com-, mended. The /otlmrj i fcqw«( Messrs. Cochrane’s and’Andrew Dawson’s, both good animals, and presenting no point of inferiority worth turning up! one’s noseat. The fat oxen were also few iri number, though they made up in quality. Mi?.-’ Digby with! first and second in the fat bullocks, Jwith ; profitable looking animals. - Messrs. ■Wilkin and 'Carter showed the only fat CQWjtbut she -.Was -a They also ’shotved- two: ear-bid’' fat steers .of good quality/'and IMr.' Digby igotfhe fat i heifer 'prize. Mr. I 'Digby eamepluckilyioutwith Jiis cattle, and deserves credit for sending bo many" < to < the' 1 sheW yard. . n . HORSES. BLOOD STOCK: ! 11 ! • ' ; ' ' In thoroughbred stallions,- there ”wei’e' three competitors (all by old iTraducer), Young* Traducer receiving" the 1 highest" award, but we preferred Tribune/ i who has considerably' 5 in proved s sined > we last had . occasion, , ,tp,, , notice , ■ him, and is now possessed of jpaliy; , strong ’ Iquartdrsl- with 5 ’ nice’ ’wearing legs and feet, Tho winner is a 1 well-top*

ped horse, but lacks the quality ofJJVfr. 1 Corslgie’s exhibit. Dundee, from asgllio- i medes mare, shows a trifle of the leggiriess t whiclijiis grandparent has transmitted to, £ a nuiffjbß? \p£Jiki|progppy,; Amt tl%.iliprse; y was shown *in: siglit't |p|pdi||on, j'd'nd' will? -j doubtless improve with? age| fd :,v t'i { J iin theSdlass << very iraprovlid since A ling, but still shows more daylight under i him than The other three classes i for blood stock did not secure an entry. ( draught horses. i . For. draught..,_entire3 .oLany agg,..,Mr.,.„ Grigg’s Lofd ” Beaconsfield beat his only . opponent;' (Bjlly; Fairplay, /e&sjly. < Thej I Winner is'a ' very ' compact with capital-iegs ! aHd*’fe(Bt,=-an'dra gopa tPxnpeyed* * head set upon a nicely arched neck. -Billy. ■ Fairplay is leggy, and has not improved so much as we expected to see him, do. -Efe •has, however, great) iMlstahcc, Jaridhis ’/fashionable breeding should peepre him a , large -patronage. 'lri 1 thi'emyear-old'- entires, Commander, by-Sir Colin Campbell', • secured first. He .ip, a . very .promising colt, with beautiful legs and’shoiilder an’d, immense power ; lie should mature into a ! horse of very high quality. Lord Raglan, the second prize winner iri this biass’, is ri . trifle plain about his fore 'end;, bht has' very nice legs. A grey colt froin Mr. Grigg’s ’favorite >mareiLass' ;01G6wrie, i %' : ’ Linbolnshire. Travelled, came’ to't-he lore- • amongst the two-year-old entires; but 'we- 7 preferred Mr, i Dukef, ; - ' who! secured second place. This latter is an exceptionally well grown horse, perhaps a little light in bouej- and: hsirj, one which it will be hard tp.beatliu next year. Draiight mares, with ( foals,, made up a very good class, Mr. Pasanjore’s Poppet securing first honors, notwithstanding the fact df Her ’fo’al having been f born only a few days previous tp tho.iex-:, , hibition. She was alittle low in condition, prqbably owing to the recent birth of her ' foal, but.she ipight,,ibe .shown!i anywhere.i with credit. ,Vlr. Williamson’s D011y,., with a nifae foal at foot, by - that old favorite Heather Jock,'Stas placed second’, but we thought Messi-S-;* Wilkin and Carter's 1 bx-” .<;hibit should 1W received.second honorh. > ;.A:foal by exhibited ~ latter, was.’fhe*best on tKeground-,.; , - , rMr.' , Si'd‘ddart' I - Grace, deservedly yon 1 in the class three-year-6ld' ; nlHe‘s.‘ Tl she is a little light below, the knee, but , has lotsMof,.leather..:, iA plain secured second, and Mr. McLeod exhibited a very useful looking, well-grown . filly, 1 .whiph, .deserved! more;-noUcc .from? the judges. Mr. Grigg won in two-year-i old fillies with a very nice one from Coun- , tess, by Lincolnshire Farmer, and Mr. Stoddartoame second with.J^P* /of ainy age had four entriepl ■ ■ taking a (yery [ seryi/;pp,bla loi^-) . ing groy, wcll feathered and nicely put •...fgetherawitjj a 1^ y(M 1 *.I : John'Biack’'secured second \yjtjx, ji yathpr plain but useful animah Digby’s Jimmie received a highly commended, i [j ~/;T - ’tij'S.- * (M l l ' 7 Mr. 'Hariiiltbh, wiisThe ’O% exhibitor in class 3t3 and • receivba k prize;’ th,'twoWefiyplds - t Mf. W;’ JaihieWbn oUly ; exhibitor, > and th’b* lilgiids^’ 'awarck-yh first/ i In the ‘twd-fcffltt&fng Mr. Grigg 'was , the only exhibitor, with three magnificent, I pairs of draughts. The condition.iywkich • ' ‘the Longbeach horses were shown rpflepts , ; the highest credit updh/thc inen in’ , charge. In class 17 (pairs of gelding) a fefy keen i contest occurred, the judges having : Messrs.*Scoktandf Grigg-S HiQibitaui|^ ; ring rer s tuny* half 1 afi nour "before thej > decided in favor of the former gentleman. , CARRIAGE horses. !. . Of the thtee entirg horses fehowu-Ddxler .’ was selected for first honors, Tam O’Shan,.. i ter second, and Cotherstone being passed • ;oyer without j Wy do .iiptiyholly; > cbncuf'i'ff this 'deelsipn,'',as^jaesMe ; heqyiriess'‘m'shoulder, we should' nave placed Cotherstoup, local ■ horses, good as 1 rfley are. Dexter was s riot lookihgJus bekt, but Tam O’Shanter • was in fine fresh condition, looking rather ( ; improved by the hunting ho has had^np* ■ ing the past winter, under H. Lunri s r care. ,iI■ >'.r ! I!’•! 11' ’ •’ : '' 'Mr. John Orr secured first in carriage i brood mares with a pla^-.phg^tnpt....,; Mt ,’. .' A very neat gplcling, recently 1 fhe property of Mr. E Cooksou, woli iri' ■ ,buggy horses, Mr. E. G. Wright coming i ,’rifcbnd- Avitll lengtliy ‘‘bky' m‘ave : ;-‘»thb 1 i •’ latter looking a little soft about the hocks, 1 ' but a very useful stamp. hackneys. '' IZ / : I i !’ ! In brood mares Mr. Scott’s Jeannie : 7 received first,;? guild', Mr. i Miilaf's /PllceWj . ' last year’s lyjiinp?, was awarded a second. • Neither were exceptionally good, but Phfebc has a beautiful foal at foot, by : -Tribune. > t*l' In / Glass 26 (roadsters up- to > T 4 '’stone) attracted ?a 1 large»britty ! 6f /good! horses.? i Mr. Grigg won with Rpyi, p,,.vpryqiiicp i< a trifle leggy ’and soft. Glen- ’ garry was shown tpj pdyantasrej Ipy -Mr. Carter, and we think his stylish' mariners' • should have placed him before the winner. ’ ‘ Whynofi s ik -'a iriaghifi'cbiit 1 stairij/Ybri a ; weight-carrying* hunter, but has hot 'the carriage of the winners. Jack we expected, : to see -in 1 ; th‘e i prizedist.,; 1 brik’hfs ■ W&W loose gait’ pbt Kirii ’orii 6f‘ it. 1 Bali is w very ‘ nice cob* -’/SiSs ,T beirig erigagCM I 'in;tb--‘ morrow’s‘ riipttirig riiatchV' h ; er rideri 1 iriSel^' dqdined to'ieatitbr her;'arid, consequently, ’loSt a good PliaHce^Of’notice.- St: LeonaVd’sshould havb’bh'eh’ih th'P cla'sg fb'r.iO slonfe roadjsters,’HtlieVe ‘ -he' ! wbuld |rf hftve ■'iVdll. 1 Polly was' quite out-classed q'/and 'Daisy had evidently left a foal at home, anxiety ' ''far I which unfavorably affected her dkimers. kT/ U, ■ '{/./ Iri 10 stone roadsters Mr. Geo. J ’son’s neat Eclipse won easily, Mungo 'Park being lame, and Mr. W, Jamispn-’a exhibit looking soft and unfinished 1 . * ' -•< The ladies-flicks wereipt,equal,to Uip exhibits ! of' past "years, Mor6 ? ’ ridden iii a, ; very creditable style winning, ’ with' 'the i somewhat cobby Merryman second. > Messrs.- Wilkin and Carter’s-very useful' bay mare, secured;a well deserved first in 1 the class for cobs!' ;/ . ; i 1 The ponies -were not’a strPngelfiss, and’ ’ M-e} liked;- the prize winner’ Dixey ■ better than the! first; • ®opsyJ ’' Charlie Is a ’ very useful stamp, but Lady Jane is not a: pony after our heart. , / (»i r i' /, t LEAPING MATCH. Thqro were four entries for, tins event,/ audit was won easily by Mri Corbett’s’ Maid of the/Mill; cit»itabLyA , ffl'dbU?b3r heyi owner- Tins well known little mare has ricqu re 1 erb jnipping, aiiff carried her owner over .a 4ft, ,6in, ,-leap with irreat ease. : -., ! ! ra■/ ‘ ‘ PIGS. It is rather a difficult task to say much abpul.tue- pigs; asthe'seiverMclhksy WWe' bynp moans well represented, and judging • w; Imo t, a qi o ire. f M/r, i ;GiJmoUr’sl i first-class exhibit was a creditable boar, as G eorge’s pigs, psiially .-are.-; ! Mf-, Gilriiour has jovideutly ,beqp, rqadjpg.tbe. tale of ,Tlip,disrupt fpr Jxp gives name . Dr. - Snapper-.. ; dudgeon ’’ to thij- pr% hog. Somewhat; rough dm trie doctor. Mr. P. . Lownie’a : boar which received first prize in its class, Was’ a perfect monster, and if size means anything, he out to take a lot of pig feed expenditure to beat him. He got . ■prize iri the class for best boar of any . age or brded, Mr. Qiliriour’s young boar was a-corripletoibaby, and should have liad l the I' advantage of another ejass, but for his YAmonUis’ growth ho was a good pig, A : great improvement on last yfiair <■ debt * amongst the sows with litters ; Mr. Ti 'Dalton taking the first prize with a very 1 even lot, ipdeed ; but,) the (ptlipr sow we’ 1 fancied'was far too' nno for breeding - ; flitter—Mr, Scott’s—were well up to the,, .quirk,,,ln breeding sows, Mr. Digby took ] first* prize with a very fair sow, and we 1 ■Wei-e 1 glad to, tp that Bennet’s exhibit, i j in this class'was at least second. Mr. B. ]

Edd/showed a pen of thrdbffine pigs, and ] wa4v highly commended. Altogether, though the pig show was small, it was a good one. ' . > -. POULTRY. :i This department waa[deficient both in ■iquantity : aTid.i(jKality, 'fat we do not, like the majority of our contemporaries, advofcate.jts --being expunged from fhe-cata-ilogUe ; we hope- tnaiUits continued insertion may do something to develop a proper interest in this important part of agricultural economy. The best of yesterday’s exhibits were Mr. G. T. Smith’s Brahma «Eo*straa,.rMrijr-Hari^BJ-'gaßw c ßa'ntansf a Mri s * 5 JpHes’s Spanish, Mr. Smith’s Polish,. Mr. , tMoScVrifacks, and Mr. Saunders’ [pigCons. _. ’ Tlibdog show was not an inferior one ■atAltU’-Blv. Jeffs, in smooth-coated collies, got first prize for a good animal, and Mr. Fofemim second, while Mpt McLean’s Old Toss' wa» third. I’toafS' into the sere and yellow, butting isya sgood/old; follow. Mr,' Carter’s dog is not perfectly • true'to the class he showed ’in, but comfoihini qs;a-collic.-that p.tgbt to do his work".. In rough coats Mr. Digby’s ! Marsliiil Ney was deservedly first though Ilapp , ha,d Ins. admirers pis, .well fpi? ''position’, 1 and 'so .nad which got Second.’ fllr. Mbiklejohh’s dog was also well"spoke 11 of, though ; it wqs put ofj the a wrird' lifct',;' aad^rWls,’ prettyf? itcXi, ■ 'arid littdi* 1 write : wj6ir [sppkeri; • tlio’U'gh l thers IS 1 sdi3:cMy' 'etaduelLdf Jwafi ' , i -! run n dairy* PROSUo®. 1 M h 1 ‘ • The entries in this class were both numerous and, on the whole, very creditable? /The ext feme heat'sbmewbat mitigated against the exhibits of butter. In class X. the first prize was a really excelled! i I exhibit, showing the careful .hand.t of ; a. t)ioroqghJy_ (practical dairynlaid. 1 ’ In fact, the exhibits in this ii class-were'Very indeed ; some, however, tasted of too much salt; this, though against the rule, to our .mind is a ii favorabiy mistake, fresh butter must 'of' .necessity have a certain-amikniti of "salti: tjo : make it palatable. ..In class 2 J the • exhibits Were uncommonly jufiqh.. ” "so 1 that the judges experienced great diffi- > 'efilty in making 1 their award.- :l ''lfi , cla’sa; a,' P ,tfie first prize .brought to -6ni*dfihielS , H?ne'’ opality of Canterbury cheese /is itlwaS ip the olden tipe, when it ' had Alie ; 1 premier place' , f in the outside market. , ;■ III 1 class 4; for 1 West side - ‘of bttflon' the • i judges passed high enedmulm 61i ,; • the flitch that obtained tha first prize,'the-' i production of Mr Henderson, Waterton. Ip [7 'iclpßS A fhr'the 4>ebt s *tliy pfize'-* takers showed well-proportioned arid’ ■ evenly-cut hams, well cured and firm to the touch. ,( f of imple- -) iihi ids J'Ji'6r IriuchJ ivas ifeW tfririotiifcj ; '/vhfislj spaie rising favorites, such as the y ,tripad[. fiarrpw^i' J w<? re Zhntirely/ [{tbsenD r , Thpi were the most ,r cpnspjpuoupapd'Ornfthterital’objects. The - contest, in' these was confined to Messrs. (S.cqtt, Bros.,; wifhf h,ejr q >yn p?arinfapfured, i ’atpng, ‘supple,pfipptiyq wipd,,gpwpr, -aufi [' thei /porp i Vetf r adius.tipg,! bnti pore..cpmphcatedi AIL; , i/nppctedl <vndi ’ oxhipfpl j, by , Priqdlapdpr Jjfroq i 3 The 3udgqs., I :gay,p.,i|lje:pi - pfprapftO|tp ( .tbo, b Homepade pill, arid to some extent we i jCqncur; their jvprdicfc, as the almost 3 , r jpla .purpose/, ( jwhiefi Jjhiese mills are T used is one in which ‘extreme regularity of ' “speed is not of sufficient consequence to i t / parts» or a moge expensive and less durable • mMi|ifef(£b>l ‘>*3rnriocy n A’new feature in the show was a five- . lately manufactured for Mr. A. Parsons. It r is evidently ypt.ip r ehibfyol and Will adVnil Of iiuich 1 ithpl-ove-iiuent/ip;;! details, and will yet prove a [ labor saver on light shallow soil, and the T, high AV,hqeJs () jq^4trl I,^ t /TWS?’dera(hiyf ), ; jfrfgli^qlfpplqHgl^^essTß.,;P.. and D. Duncan carried nearly afi, r before I them. In three-furrowed ploughs they s had to compete with a very nice : ment exhibited by Messrs lleid and Gray. : The latter was pipre highly finished and amqri|on|it of polish more likely to alarm than' attract an agriculturalist. It prbMifled , K-T ifetd? fdr th'eldt'A’eiV'iahd was 5 very—complete in its arrangements for ~ adjystrnenU Th<?idefoctfl,! or. i Supposed r .defects,, ma.d.q- the , judges i give the preference' to’ its excellent rival \ were a less fqnciful,.lever foiylifting shears, s; 'ou.t pf 'tlie 1 find of pro-' , ; visibtl for*'Sufficiently turning the guiding wheel at the headlands from the driver’s ! Witt; ''Loth ; theso‘ clef'ectsyd'mit of a very > simple-remedy, and we cannot but think / -Mfiltlas the number of horses consigned to the care of one driver is multiplied by an ; increased number of furrows, ho should be >■ kept fresh for his morning and evening • llabdrfh rapd t/lmtj. Seat/for the driver ) --shoal'd necessarily' form a part., of eypry / design'. -f lh ! dbuble-furrow 1 ' with i hapdlpSj Messrs. ■ Duncan ng:«u took first ■ prize' against a Hornsby plough, but in r , ■ thq donblp-forrb'LWithi (leyerj-tlieyi hqd to s give way to Reid and Gray. With a double furrow plough that could be used, i aS ! subsoiler/thk^piVeb'4nbt*e defeated s their' HOrhudafile 1 southern rivals. In [ harrows,' "Mr, Little, of Wopdsend,.. ■ ‘ also * .Succe^fbl’; vfith a . Very(... supply Jan'3" hsqfiil’' i fiye'^ ; . prife'd" horseshoe." Well '' adafited' •' fori' ! ''potafßes, , ''" ! trees, r and 'genoM 'fififisfe gaMSh’.'/work— Wn<S . bf I- garden- 'wol'lt that'-’ 'aHo,did bS M mu6h ! thtk-‘co,fi^w\ihan : it has. ‘ ■liiti{eftb , 'bfiert.'’''MbsStS. 'Dfinban were" i Parade farm • cart. The cart was perhaps a little too ■ heavy of its, kind, and its price high, .but > tlVb 'tifipifib KtrangeiuentS very good,’ . . bin if £ I fiel-ffebU jf sWure and easily worked. > A hay-loader, exhibited by Messrs. Orr l mild C&j—ffioked R-very. fiffiple and effective < 4lld womd M a%reat economiser ■ both.,of > c.titpe af. when- , both are of great' importance, but it prbi 'bably ; wbhld' not^ ! Be' Avorkable in our highest winds. Messrs. Baker and Brown ; ‘ l well 'earned a prizb f or a well-made White l : chapel cart 'OT '’their wvilmanufacture: : Messrs; Andrews‘ and* ißeVaili exhibited' a • very complete'OhaUbciitte)!.’, 1 with s i-iddleS' - ibotlri for i«t&<w- and^drfst, 1- 'afid - a !, fe6teav-| -press:for ■‘packing.' '.frit4y'Mso!exhiliited''a; very simple ■ hofse-power;! ednyeying' -tlib t .qiotjon ;-witllj’a!tapbi .MThl3 was evidently not so complete as it will yet be made, / Yior was the price ini prcmoqtipii its 'simplicity very limited power. An i i old: McCormick 1 ' machine, itery! creditaliiyj renovated by Messrs. Dunn and Ray, .went oxcellqut rfiyin, and, ,frpi»f a. close.(pqysonjttrinspect' tion, we can cordially recommepd •. our. farmer friends to place their decrepid machinery under the treatment, of, .these ■ •gentlfeifien. 'ifi' r Messifs.'' Wiedl lander Bros, took'first prize with a Eureka I hay-mower. l ’Xin'this ■ lOaJchine'-the heavy. side strain.on joints and horses, and the . aykiyard o,bjiqye approaqh. of tjie, knives,., are, bptfi by plapfijig tlie t^vo.horses af. such,q .apart, .tljfitj, theyi Wyp. ; , untouched between'them the. breadth to i be-cut by the kqives—one liorse walking on the stubble, and the othcr ou the unmown.grass, to on thfi.returnftrip. By this arrangement, one ho'rse treads bn the standing, grass, but bends it in a . not away from the S3S.. Of couipe,, benclina it in pny ti6n would be a great biijection for 'grass scedj'Mit'theTeapdfl find binder, and the stripper will always be preferred to mowers for v seed grass, scr thatyit® is perflnfjlal lacfify rfie bo adapted for it. PRIZE LIST, j pjqhnston,; E. G. Wriglit. Marshals in attendance —Messrs. Black and J. Tucker. , . Class ; l rr fi'or... th,o best three-furrow plough-—P. and D. Duncan 1 ; Reid and Gray, three-furrow plough, self-lifting jwitfi dyiveris-jsqat qwl>y(?l| pou}ters|? price with circular coulters L 25 ids.,

price with straight coulters L 22 153.,’ without swivel coulters 15s. less, highly commended. Class 2—For the best double-furrow plough with handles—P. and D. Duncan, 1. Class B—For the best double-furrow lever plough—Reid and Gray* two fui’row plough, with swivel coulters ; price with circular coulters, LlB 3s. ; price with straight coulter, Ll 6 55., (without swivel coulters 10s. less), 1 ; P. and D. Duncan, highly commended. Class 4—For the best single furrow s ptolSfh^Pf“atrd 3 D7'Duncah I ; Reid and Gray, plough ,with . three wheels and handles lil6 lOs.',’ commended. , OTS plough with subsoiler combined—P., and D. Duncan, 1. Class 7 —For the best heavy'grubber or scarifier —Reid and Gray, LlB, 1: P. and D. Duncan, commended. Class B—For the best set of heavy harrows —James Little, five-leaved diamond harrow s, with extra tree, LlO 10s., 1 ; 'Janies’ Little, 'three-leaved diamond harrows, L7,,-2., ■ . Class 9—For the best set of light ,har-rows7-lJames J Little, : six-leaved harrows with extra tree,- LlO, 1 P. and D. Duncan, highly commended. Ciass 11—For the best broadcast grain or seed sowing machine—Reid and Gray, price L 24 ; chain harrows extra, L 5 10s.; canister for turnip, rape or mangolds "extra, L 6; seat for driver extra, 12s, 6d.; if complete wlith* driver’^'seat, 'canisters and harraws, LB3, 1; P. .and D. Duncan, highly cdmnieHded.' 1 ' Class.l2 —For ,the best drill for corn or, seeds—Andrews and Leaven, one AngloAmerican corn iahd seed drill, 17 coulters, 1 ; Wilkin and Co., champion corn and, seed tdviM,' iw illv ipatent Spring di6es, L3O highly commended. Class 16rs-For, i the best < clod- crusher— - Reidt;authGray,-! with plain 'and l serrated wheels; > PSA'; iwith shed box for turnip or 5 rape,-i:e!xti;airLs; - driver’s seat, ;extra, 12s. 6d. ; gjuar,ter -bairs-,i extra 12s.',commended. s■* Class> the; best reaping machine . Qray,i reaping 'machine with 5 ’ extrashnife^iL32};hfghly!cpininended. : ■ " 1 ‘Class 17—For the.bosFmowing-machine " —-Friedlander Brothers, Eureka hay > mower, 1; Jameson and Roberts, Brig,Jiam and Co.’s Star Buckeye, L 25,. 2. '. / Cl!isa-IS-3-| , dr thetbegt.stripper'adapted strfppihg'rfe laid D. Duncan, 1 'ifßcott Brothers, 2.-- - ri'-JClass 21—For the best horse rake--R. Wilkin, Co.p Liqn horse ; rake, IR2, ' highly'bbm&enUedl’.... 1 ' n,^la^'22-- J best, horse;hoe—rJas., Little, 1 five-lined liors.e, hpp, i.\vHh. steel, blades, L 4 15, 1. ' Class 25—For the best farm dray— Reid and Gray, with brakes, L2l; frame (L2 extra, if without brakes, LI less, 1. 2C---:Fo£!the-best, farm cart-.-P. ) L,. ■ : ■ • Clms best :town carrier’s cart (weiglit to be jaffixed to the exhibit) —B|iker and Brown, 1; Charles Reid, 2; Rfcld and Gray, L 26, highly commended. • jOlass 28—For the best Whitechapel ,;, ; eart of New Zealand manufacture—Baker and Brown,- l.< r >i < ni n Class,29i-Eor the best single buggy—- , Baker,atnd, Drown,,convertible buggy, 1. i, ~, thelbe^b-set of whippletrees for three* horseS-—P; r and D. Duncan, ; highly commended. Class 31—For the best chaffcutter— Andrews and Beaven, one Canterburymade chaff-cutter, with 10-inch mouth, ; and three knives, 1 ; Andrews and : Beavenl bMe I Australian'chaffeutte'r with ’ jriddloa, elevators, screw press, and brake, highly commended. Class 32—For the best collection of hus- , bandry tools—Friedlander Bros, 1, • ' Class*rß3---For'-'the -;bcst ' threshing machine- (cbhibine*with 7 engine)—-Matson, Cox and Co., nine-horse power by’Robey, j | ptanmended. . i/ ■ i , fclass f the ! best wind pump—- - Roott, Bros., 1. . ...

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ASHBURTON AGRICULTURAL AND PASTORAL ASSOCIATION SHOW. Ashburton Guardian, Volume 2, Issue 194, 17 November 1880

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