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rate, I will jot down the names of some byegone notabilities, and follow them by more modern ones. First and foremost come Old Jock, Old Trap, and Grove Nettle ; Belgrave Joe must not be forgotten, for he is one of the pillars of the Stud Book; Mr. Murchison's grand bitch Olive; Mr. Luke Turner's short-tailed Spice; Mr. James Gibson's lovely bitch Dorcas ; Mr. G. Booth's Tyrant, the white game terrier; Mr. J. Hyde's Buffet; Mr. W. Gamon's Chance, smothered in his box when going to win in London ; Messrs. Clarke's Result, and Messrs, Vicary's Vesuvienne, as good a brace as the best ever bred; Mr. W. Sarsfield's little bitch Fussy; Mr. Rawdon Lee's Nimrod and Gripper; Messrs. Clarke's Rachel; Dr. Hazlehurst's Patch ; Mr. F. Sale's Hornet; Mr. J. Fletcher's Rattler "the dreaded ”; Mr. P. Pilgrim's May; Mr. W. N. Archer's Diamond; Mr. W. Cropper's Venture; Mr. W. Allison's XL., by many considered to be one of the best bitches ever shown; and with Mr. Burbidge's Bloom I consider I have mentioned the best fox terriers of recent generations. One or two survive, but are now past their heyday, and I fancy would not have much chance of competing successfully against younger animals.
Of those at present on the bench and in their prime, personally I have no hesitation in plumping
for Mr. F. Redmond's Donna Fortuna and Duchess of Durham, already mentioned; Mr. Drabble's Sandown Violet; Mr. Redmond's Dreadnought (late Mr. Jordison's Mowbray Huntsman), one of the best terriers I
1 ever saw until one leg became paralysed; Mrs.
Bennett Edwards Doncaster Dodger and Dauphine; Mr. Drabble's Sandown Eclipse ; Mr. A. Gillett's Ridgewood Result; whilst a good dog, which, after winning the challenge cup at the Fox Terrier Club show at Cheltenham in 1901, succumbed to disease, was Mr. F. Reek's Avon Minstrel ; indeed, so good all round was he, and of such a nice size, that there were good judges who considered him likely to take as high a rank as any champion that ever lived. After all, and taking one consideration with another, I do not like the stamp of winning modern fox terriers so well as I did that of my early days, and I am not alone in this opinion.
Perhaps I have mentioned most of the best terriers that have flourished during my time; if there are omissions, my apologies must be made to the dogs and to their owners for any seeming neglect. In addition to the names of celebrated owners and breeders already given, the following have at one time or another bred and owned terriers of more than ordinary merit, and are considered to know a good specimen of the race when they see
one: Mr. W. Arkwright, Sutton Scarsdale; Mr. T. Ashton, Leeds; Rev. C. T. Fisher, Over Kellett; Rev. Owen Smith; Mr. J. J. Pim, Ireland; Mr. J. B. Dale, Darlington ; Mr. Herbert Bright, Scarborough ; Mr. J. Coupe (formerly of Doncaster, now in Australia); Mr. J. F. Scott, Carlisle ; Mr. J. G. Monson, York ; Mr. Theodore Bassett, Herts; Mr. J. R. Whittle, Middlesex ; Mr. A. R. Wood, Capt. Frazer, Mr. F. Waddington, Bishop Auckland; the late Jack Terry, Mr. A. Hargreaves, Mr. J. J. Stott, Manchester; Mr. A. Ashton, Cheshire; the Hon. Gerald Lascelles, New Forest; Mr. T. Hopkinson, Grantham ; Joe Forman, Leicester ; Mr. W. Hulse, Nottingham ; Mr. C. E. Longmore, Mr. C. H. Joliffe, Mr. F. H. Potts, Mr. G. H. Proctor, Mr. F. J. Astbury, Mr. W. H. Rothwell, &c.
In the United States of America, Mr. A. Belmont, jun., has not only got together a fine kennel, but in addition he imported a clever English manager, German Hopkins, to look after its inmates. At a New York show in October, 1902, a terrier called Norfolk True Blue was pronounced by an English judge to be equal to the best we have in this country, and he backed up his opinion by offering £ 200 for the bitch. Canada, Australia, and New Zealand have proved themselves thoroughly English by their importations of fox terriers, and in due
course we may expect to find these colonies throwing down the gauntlet to the old country in friendly rivalry on the show bench, as they have done with such success in the cricket field and on the water. Some of our French and German friends have also taken kindly to the little dog, and at many of the continental shows specimens of more than average merit are continually met with. I may also mention that there is a German fox terrier club, which, well supported, is doing much to popularise the variety in that country.
The following are the description and scale of points drawn up by the Fox Terrier Club, which was established in 1876, and there are several other minor clubs which adopt the same.
DESCRIPTION. “ Head.—The skull should be flat and moderately narrow; broader between the ears, and gradually decreasing in width to the eyes. Not much 'stop' should be apparent; but there should be more dip in the profile, between the forehead and top jaw, than is seen in the case of a greyhound. The cheeks must not be full. The ears should be V-shaped, and rather small; of moderate thickness, and dropping forward closely to the cheek, not hanging by the side of the head, like a foxhound's.
The jaw, upper and under, should be strong and muscular ; should be of fair punishing length, but not so as in any way to resemble the greyhound's or modern English terrier's. There should not be much falling away below the eyes; this part of the head should, however, be moderately chiselled out, so as not to go down in a straight slope like a wedge. The nose, towards which the muzzle must gradually taper, should be black. The eyes
should be dark in colour, small, and rather deep set; full of fire, life and intelligence. The teeth should be as nearly as possible level-i.e. the upper teeth on the outside of the lower teeth.
“Neck should be clean and muscular, without throatiness, of fair length, and gradually widening to the shoulders.
“Shoulders should be long and sloping, well laid back, firm at the joints, and clearly cut at the withers.
“ Chest, deep, but not broad.
“ Back should be short, straight, and strong, with no appearance of slackness.
“ Loin should be powerful and very slightly arched. The fore ribs should be moderately arched, the back ribs deep; and the dog should be well