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A Hint for Show Day.

dptete is a,hint, all the way from Paris, for Agricultural Societies and Farmers' Club*. At the opera one night there was a man who was the observed of all observers^ 0n the lappel of his coat was a whole jeweller's shop of gilt crosses, medals, and similar ornaments. Who was he '! How had he distinguished himself ? was the universal enquiry. Surely he must have led a forlorn hope, half-a-dozen forlorn hopes, during the terrible war with Germany. Perhaps singlehanded he captured' a gun which had been decimating the ranks of the brave soldiery of la belle France. j^erhiips h© had m a moment of appalling peril rushed forward and at the risk of .his own life shielded his commanding officer, or the marshal, or eren the emperor himself. But he had done nothing of the sort. He was just a Brittany farmer, and the magnificent decoration* he wore were the prizes hd had won at' the cattle shows. Now, we propose that Tokomairiro make a start at the forthcoming show. Are there not farmer* here who. have carried off gold jnedals, silver medals,.and bronze medals year after year. Where are those medals ntm ? Calmly" reposing, done up m tissue paper, m a corner of some drawer, where *hey never ace the light. Let their owners wear them, and show to all the world and his wife what splendid honours they have achieved. Why, there are aome on the Plain who during all these years muafc have w*on enough to make a veritable breastplate of. How imposing they would l""ok pacing the ground with tli* afternoon sun glinting and shiminering on the metallic splendor of their decorations. And why nofc wear,them on all high days and holidays,- liull-baitin^s, •bonfire nights, and Sundays" The solder who has distinguished himself m the battlefield does not hide his medal, he always wears it—wears it on parade, wears it when, on fatigue duty, it m ever on his breast to remind him of the thrilling scenes he has been through, and to remind the world «f the heroism he has displayed. Surely the victories of peace are as important as the 1 achievements of war. Let the farmers wear their medals by all means, and we 2sual?es^ *° *'ie committee that for the future they instruct the manufacturer to make provision for attaching them to the manly breasts of their owners. As for the cups-~well they (Cannot very well be worn, so it would be Well perhaps to dispense with them m ifarer of medals of equivalent value.— *' Bruce Herald." _____

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A Hint for Show Day., Ashburton Guardian, Volume VII, Issue 2555, 28 October 1890

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A Hint for Show Day. Ashburton Guardian, Volume VII, Issue 2555, 28 October 1890

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