The Ashuburton Gaurdian Magna est Veritas et Prævalebit. SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 3, 1888. YESTERDAY'S SHOW.
The Agricultural and Pastoral Association are heartily to be congratulated on the marked Buccess of their eleventh annual exhibition which took place yesterday. Far the largest catalogue that has ever been issued, comprising no less than 600 exhibits, n fine day, and an immense attendance of visitors — there was not wanting ono desirable feature, and the officers and committee have reaped a well-earned reward for their efforts. But not only the Association, the whole district may well regard the scene presented m the Shaw yards with satisfaction and pride, as it conclusively showed that we have among us all the elements of future prosperity. For the exhibits were not merely numerous, but excellent of their kind. The cattle was the weakest class, but m horses of all descriptions, and more particularly drauShts, sheep, pigs, dairy produce and woollen manufactures, there was a grand exhibit, showing that Ashburton County m these particulars can well hold its own with any part of Few Zealand. Whether or not because dairy produce is beginning to be recognised as one of the great resources of the colony, it is a fact, and a pleasing one, that more attention appears to hare been devoted to it this year, and the show of butter, cheese and cured bacon could scarcely be excelled for the quality oi the exhibits. Remembering, too, what an enormous industry is that of baconcuring m Chicago and elsewhere it was pleasing to note that more attention has been given to pigs, of which there was a large number shown, including very worthy specimens of the moßt approved breeds. The display of locally-manufactured woollen goods by Mr Andrew Orr, the Ashburton Factory and Mr John Orr was perfectly surprising for the ' Variety and excellence of the fabrics shown, which included tweeds, coatings, tartans, flannels, blankets, ladies dress goods and a wide range of other articles of superior quality and workmanship, such as. would compare favorably with the produce of the looms of English or Scottish manufacturies. Then there were splendid specimens of local industry m the shape of implements, carriages, drays, etc., and examples of minor industries m. the way of soap, sauces, and what not, all speaking of activity, energy and skill on the part of residents of the town and county. The Show itself, nay the very features and tone of its thousands of visitors, all spoke of returning hope and confidence m the future, and afforded further evidence, if further evidence were needed, that it is now generally admitted that the lean years of depression have passed away and that a cycle of more prosperous times has already commenced. In closing our reference to this very pleasing exhibition we have to congratulate the new Secretary, Mr Quane, and all the officials upon the admirable nature of the arrangements and to thank him and them for the uniform courtsey extended to the representatives of the press. «» - ! « '