Punch,  53 (1867), 250–51.

"Ignoramus" at the Cattle Show



Diary, Spoof


Animal Husbandry, Breeding, Agriculture, Machinery, Display

    Describes a visit to the Smithfield Club Cattle Show. The writer reveals his ignorance of various breeds of livestock on show including the 'runts' and 'cross-breeds' and his lack of knowledge of the 'throng of implements'. Nonetheless, he explains that he saw 'everything that a gentleman engaged in agricultural pursuits [...] could desire to get credit for, from a steam-engine to a sausage machine', as well as a 'cheap and expeditious chaff-cutter', a 'dove-tailing machine', and 'Whalebone and Gutta Percha Jockeys' for anatomists and anthropologists to study'.

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