show, in October, 1902, there were but nineteen bull ' terriers in eight classes. However, at Edinburgh the same month there was the best show of bull terriers seen since cropping was done away with ~—t\vo classes, with fifteen entries, all the exhibits being very good specimens. At Birmingham in December the same year there were but eight bull terriers shown in three classes, where once twenty might have been found in a single division. Thus the popularity of certain varieties of the dog rise and fall. '

So far I have only alluded to the large-sized bull terriers, and what there is to say about the smaller ones is yet to come. After this dog had become fairly well established in the schedules of the shows, the classes came to be sub-divided again, and for many years the classification at Birmingham was for dogs and bitches exceeding 151b. and below that weight. The competition therein was usually keen, and at this time the names of Mr. S. E. Shirley (the present president of the Kennel Club), of Mr. H. Ryder, Mr. C. L. Boyce, Mr. J. F. Godfree, Mr. S. Handley, Pendleton, a noted judge, as well as those already mentioned, appeared in the prize lists, and I should say the bull terrier was never so fashionable or had so many admirers as he had, say, between 1868 to 1874. Still he did not bring much money, and from £12 to £25 would have purchased any of the leading dogs of' that day, with the exception of the “ patched Victor.”

Later‘on, whether bull terriers actually became more valuable, or money more plentiful, one cannot say which, but higher prices were occasionally paid for comparatively inferior dogs. One called Tarquin, a ferocious beast, did a considerable amount of winning, and he was of the high priced division. Then some sort of a longing was apparent for the reintroduction of the patched or marked dogs. Thus classes for bull terriers other than white were provided at one or two of our leading shows, but the specimens shown were not sufficiently handsome to cause the public to fall in love with them. So their continuance was ephemeral, especially as it was very difficult to breed them to type. The very best other than white bull terrier l have seen was one called Como Il., belonging to Mr. E. H. .Adcock, who at that time resided near Epsom. This was a brindled dog of pretty shape,but heavier and shorterin the head _ than the modern white dog. I believe that Mr. Adcock’s endeavours to perpetuate the strain did not prove successful.

Following the death of James Hinks, of Birmingham, his two sons continued to show their partiality


for their father’s favourite dogs, and from their kennels many of the modern prize winners have come. For a considerable period Mr. R. Hartley, of Altrincham, had a very excellent kennel. His Magnet and Violet, so long as they lasted, monopolised most of the prizes on the Show bench, and both were undoubtedly very handsome specimens of their race, as was Mr. A. George’s Mistress of the Robes, a daughter of Mr. Hinks’s Old Dutch, who had proved himself almost phenomenal as a sire. The Stud Book says Dutch was by old Victor’— Champion Countess. Mr. R. Hartley, who bred Dutch, tells me that his darn was by Young Gambler from old Daisy, but which Victor sired Dutch is a matter of uncertainty. It was certainly not the old Victor alluded to on a previous page as being found dead in his box in 1872. Dutch, in the 1884 Stud Book, was said to be about Six years old at that time, so his pedigree is doubtful.

With extended classification at shows, and further alterations therein in the matter of size, the latter probably brought about by the scarcity of the smallsized bull terrier, good specimens went into more hands. Some years ago the weights were arranged as dogs and bitches exceeding 3olb., dogs and bitches between zolb. and 301b, and dogs and bitches under zolb.; but Since the decadence of the breed it is very seldom indeed that the classes for the ordinary bull terrier are made according to weight. Thus there has been no inducement to produce those excellent little dogs of not more than 151b, for such would have slight chance of being successful against an equally good specimen half as heavy again. That there is material for re-popularising the small sized variety I am quite certain, and at one or two recent shows several very nice little dogs have been present, at least their character and style were nice, but their crooked fore legs and wide shoulders were far removed from perfection. The Ladies’ Kennel Association have at their gatherings made classes for toy bull terriers, but such seem to make no headway, although Lady Decies and Lady Evelyn Ewart have exhibited some nice little dogs mostly under IOll). in weight.

Messrs. Lea, of Birmingham, once had some good bull terriers; so had Mr. S. Fielding, of Trentham; whilst Mr. F. North, of Clapham, was particularly successful, and his Streatham Monarch, sold to an American fancier for about J680, was certainly one of the best bull terriers of his time. Mr. G. Blair’s White Queen (Edinburgh) was likewise another of our very best bull terriers; indeed, I consider these two quite equal to anything we have had since Mr. Hartley’s brace, already mentioned. Grand Prior, who won many prizes, was not deserving of a high place of excellence, solely on account of the fact that his mouth was not level, and for this reason Mr. S. E. Shirley put him out of the prize list at one of the Bath shows. Another celebrated bull terrier whose mouth was similarly faulty was Mr. Hartley’s Magnet. I “fancy that, in what I should call the palmy days of bull terriers, a dog with such a malformation would never have been shown, or, at any rate, he would never have attained that high position which Grand Prior appears to have done.

Other modern large-sized bull terriers of more than ordinary excellence have been Messrs. C. and P. Lea’s Greenhill Wonder and Faultless; Mr. T. F. Gibson’s Sherbourne King; Mr. G. H. Marshall’s Boston Wonder; Mr. W. Gibson’s Bellerby Queen; Mr. R. Pratt’s Greenhill Surprise; Mr. F. Bateson’s Lord Gully, Perseverance, and Le Rose; Mr. A. Carson’s Hanover Daisy; Mr. R. Wanamaker’s Modesty, Faultless, and Full of Fashion; Mr. B. Garside’s Greenhill Romeo; Mr. H. E. Monk’s Bloomsbury Tarquin, Prince, Beatrice, Broughton, Burge, Katie, Bend Or, and others; Mr. F. Hinks’ Amiability; Mr. Houlker’s Greenhill Duchess; Mr. A. Jeans has a fair kennel of bull terriers; and this list might be considerably

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