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The foregoing tabular statement does not include all the suspended awards. Division A, Cattle, was a distinguishing feature of the fair, noted by all visitors, and commented upon by the press of the State favorably, not only on account of the large number, two hundred and twenty-two, but the unusual excellence of the stock on exhibition. In this division there are no protests to record, and to the knowledge of the Secretary but one material mistake
made by committeemen,-by which Mr. D. M. Uhl was deprived of the second herd premium till the intention of the said committee could be ascertained.
Division B had a full representation of the most popular stock of horses for all branches of business and pleasure, numbering two hundred and eighty-four, the unusually fine display in the draft class demanding special attention. The committee work in this division was generally well done; but if the executive committee had no troubles among the horse men to settle at its annual meeting it would be an unusual occurrence, and this year this admirably managed department presents the following list of suspended awards under the protests referred to in the proceedings of the executive committee:
DIVISION B, CLASS 12-HORSES OF ALL WORK.
Stallion 5 years old and over-Robert Moore, Adrian, stallion 5 years old, 1st premum, $50; Lewis & Rogers, Hadley, stallion "Robert Bower," 2d premium, $25; C. H. & J. Eckley, Grand Blanc, stallion five years old, 3d premium, $15.
Stallion 4 years old-C. Curtis, St. Charles, stallion St. Lawrence, 1st premium, $30; Jos. Downey, Elsie, stallion Royal George, 2d premium, $15.
Stallion or Gelding 3 years old-Hiram B. Fargo, Greenville, stallion, 1st premium, $20; H. R. Crawford, St. Lewis, gelding, "Crawford Boy," 2d premium, $15; Wm. Hall, Yew, Wayne county, 3d premium, $10.
Stallion or Gelding 2 years old-Wm. Kagel, Saginaw City, 1st premium, $12; A. Campbell, Blissfield, 2d premium, $8.
Yearling Stallion or Gelding-Avery & Murphey, Detroit, stallion, 1st premium, $10; Avery & Murphey, Detroit, stallion, 2d premium, $6.
Brood Mares 4 years old or over, with foal by her side-O. Sisson, Romeo, 1st premium, $20; Avery & Murphey, Detroit, 2d premium, $15; Avery & Murphey, Detroit, 3d premium, $10.
Mare 4 years old or over without foal-W. H. Farnsworth, Battle Creek, 1st premium, $12. Mare 3 years old—J. C. Deyo, Jackson, mare "Miss Gibson," 1s premium, $12; Geo. Turner, Saginaw City, mare Kate," 2 premium, $8.
Filly, 2 years old-Henry R. Callicut, Swarts Creek, 1st premium, $10; Sydney McCready, Chesaning, 2d premium, $6; N. & J. L. Barnard, East Saginaw, 3d premium, $4. Gelding, 4 years old-J. C. Deyo, Jackson, 1st premium, $12; J. C. Deyo, Jackson, 2d premium, $8.
Pair of matched horses for all work, 5 years and over-J. B. Arms, Dexter, 1st premium, $50; Avery & Murphey, Detroit, 2d premium, $25; Thos. Merrill, Saginaw City, 3d premium, $15.
Pair of matched 4 years old-T. H. Callicut, Swarts Creek, 2d premium, $15.
Brood mare, 4 years old and over, with foal by her side-Geo. Rowell, Remmington Station, Shiawassee, 1st premium, $25; J. C. Deyo, Jackson, 2d premium, $15; C. W. Greene, Farmington, 3d premium, $10.
Division C, Sheep and Swine, made a very fine show of some most excellent animals-but not one-fourth as large in numbers as ought to have come from Genesee and Oakland counties alone-and but for the display of Wm. Smith of Detroit, of his large number of prize animals, this department would have reflected severely upon the sheep and swine interests of Michigan. This department also has its troubles for the Executive Committee to settle, to wit: what is the color of a pure blood Essex hog, and upon your decision await the following suspended awards:
DIVISION C-CLASS 23-ESSEX SUBDIVISION.
Boar 2 years or over-Samuel F. Aplin, Jr., Flint, 1st premium, $12; Wm. Smith, Detroit, 2d premium, $8; Amos F. Wood, Mason, 3d premium, $4.
Boar, 1 year old-Edwin Driggs, Adrian, 1st premium, $10; Wm. Smith, Detroit, 2d premium, $6; Wm. Smith, Detroit, 3d premium, $3.
Sow, 2 years or over-Edwin Driggs, Adrian, 1st premium, $12; Samuel F. Aplin, Jr., Flint, 2d premium, $8; Wm. Miller, Mason, 3d premium, $4.
Sow, 1 year old-Wm. Smith, Detroit, 1st premium, $10; Edwin Driggs, Adrian, 2d premium, $6; Wm. Smith, 3d premium, $3.
Pen pigs, 4 in number, 10 months or under-Wm. Miller, Mason, 1st premium, $10; Samuel F. Aplin, Jr., Flint, 2d premium, $6; Wm. Smith, Detroit, 3d premium, $3.
Division D, Poultry, did not come up to the standard of the State Fair, and compared with the exhibition of the Canadians at the Provincial Fair, Toronto, last fall, one must conclude that the people of this State take but little interest in this branch of domestic industry, or that it requires a special effort to induce breeders to exhibit, or that the premiums are not adequate.
Division E, embracing the list of farm and domestic products, including our more valued cereals and products of our nurseries, dairies, private and co-operative, although having a list of 481 entries proper, and some 600 special entries for exhibition only, does not fairly and creditably represent the several branches in the pre-eminent position which they occupy among the industries of the State. In this department it is pertinent to ask what should be done to more thoroughly interest the producers in this branch of the fair.
The department F, of farm implements, was as usual well represented, embracing an extensive range of the most approved farm machinery; and while theoretically the display was excellent, practically but little information is obtainable, by reason of want of opportunity and facilities for practically testing the quality of the implements presented for examination. A trial of plows was had and an award made, but protested, as per report of proceedings of executive committee.
The following is the award-Division F, Class 33:
DIVISION F-CLASS 33-PLOWS AND THEIR TRIALS.
To the officers of the Michigan State Agricultural Society:
We, the undersigned awarding committee, beg leave to make the following report on trial plows for turning sod land or greensward:
Gale Manufacturing Co., Albion, Mich., draft 550 lbs., depth 6 7-16 inches, width 15 inches.
South Bend Iron Works, South Bend, Ind., draft 5684 lbs., depth 6 inches, width 17 inches.
Ann Arbor Agricultural Co., Ann Arbor, Mich., draft 481
lbs., depth 63 inches, width
F. Melhan, Vassar, Mich., draft 5814 lbs., depth 64 inches, width 134 inches. Lawrence & Chapin, Kalamazoo, Mich., draft 581 lbs, depth 63 inches, width 144 inches. Taking everything into consideration we make the award to entry No. 3, South Bend Iron Works, South Bend, Indiana.
Attachment for any plow for covering grass or long manure-Gale Manufacturing Co., Albion, Mich., 1st premium, $5; South Bend Iron Works, South Bend, Ind., worthy of recommendation.
Gang plow-Gale Manufacturing Co., Albion, Mich., diploma.
Plow for Marsh Land-Gaie Manufacturing Co., Albion, Mich., favorably recommended. Division G, carriages, always exceeds the provisions made for its accommodation, and reflects great credit upon the mechanism and skill of the several classes of artisans required, and upon the enterprise of the manufactures in this line of industry.
Division H, Machinery, subdivided and classed under the several heads"Machinery for working upon iron and other metals," "Machinery for working upon wood," and "Miscellaneous machinery," presented a display well worthy a State fair or exposition in any State. The entries here were 200 pieces of machinery, many of the most elaborate character. The premiums offered in this department, upon examination, strike one as disproportioned to the expense or importance of the exhibition.
Division I., including the various articles of manufactured woolens, foreign and domestic, clothing in all its departments, boots, shoes, rubbers, furniture, stoves, and iron works, except in the single class of stoves, was lacking, and in that class was, as usual, a splendid display. It is a well understood fact that this department depends largely for its entries upon the merchants and manufacturers in the immediate neighborhood where the fair is held, and upon their enterprise and spirit of emulation its success is dependent; the citizens of the Saginaw Valley did not as fully realize this fact at the first as they will at succeeding fairs. This department is nearly local in its nature, and should call out local pride, and be well filled.
Division J, Musical Instruments, was provided with a good building in the most eligible location, which facilities were not largely availed by the instrument fraternity. No premiums were offered or awarded. Music Hall, however, presented one of the centers of attraction, in its practical illustration of fish culture, and the progress made in the art, by the State Commission, Hon. Geo. H. Jerome, of Niles, superintendent, who arrived at the fair ground at midnight Monday night, obtained access with the greatest difficulty, owing to the faithfulness of a very intelligent (?) night watchman, and was prepared for inspection in the morning.
A correspondent of one of the morning papers says:
This is the first State Fair at which fish, flesh, fowl were all represented. The fish are contained in three large square tanks, filled with clear water, in which are placed huge blocks of ice to keep it to the proper temperature. These aquaria are placed in the center of Music Hall, and attract to that building a vast number of visitors. In fact, the fish are about all that there is worth seeing in this department. The first aquarium contains three varieties of three-year old speckled trout, hatched in this State, black bass, and several specimens of beautiful grayling, which of late have attracted so much attention in Michigan. There are also specimens of land-locked salmon, so called because they are locked up in fresh waters and never communicate with salt waters. The eggs of all the above varieties are also on exhibition, those of the California salmon being the largest. Mr. Jerome, who is an enthusiast on the subject of pisciculture, has been experimenting with California salmon, and an interesting result of one of those experiments is to be seen in two bottled specimens. One was allowed plenty to eat, and was given the play of good waters, while the other was purposely dwarfed by scant feeding and very limited water. The one that was allowed the free pasturage grew to be at least six times larger than the dwarf, although the two specimens were of precisely the same age.
Division K, or the department of art, embraces a wider range of articles than any other, and this year the list was arranged with greater care, and larger premiums than ever before. The hall was large, and admirably adapted to an extensive exhibition. In the lines of fancy work the entries were numerous, and reflected much credit upon the lady exhibitors, but in the line of fine arts proper the expectations of the society were hardly realized, and but for the efforts of a few gentlemen at East Saginaw, would have been exceedingly meager. Efforts should be made early in the season among the artists of the State, and their pledges taken, with a view to bringing this interesting branch. of the "Department of Art" to its proper standing for future fairs.
The number and character of the local notices of the fair for the premiums in class 57 deserve the most grateful acknowledgment on the part of the society. The extended report of the awarding committee is herewith submitted. The entries in class 58, for text-books for primary schools, are in the hands of the Hon. D. B. Briggs and Hon. Oramel Hosford, committee, and the reports thereon will be submitted.
In class 59, premiums for farmers' clubs, but one entry has been received, the Volinia, and the documents necessary in the case will be submitted to your consideration.