On Saturday evening last, a number of the farmers, neighbours, and friends of MR. JOHN DIXON, of the above farm, met at his house, for the purpose of presenting a purse of money raised by subscription in the neighbourhood for his indefatigable labours among them as a self taught, veterinary surgeon and cow doctor.
For many years, JOHN has travelled miles both day and night in all weathers with a single eye and disinterested motive to alleviate the sufferings and remove diseases to which cattle are subject, and his skill generally proved equal to his kindness and readiness to attend, under all circumstances when called.
Nor is he one of those paltry quacks who make up large bottles filled with nostrums of no value just for the purpose of making a good bill, and then to send it in 25s for "Kuring your Kow till she died".
But on the contrary, we never heard that he made any charge even when he had restored by his prescriptions, not one or two, but several valuable cattle to their wonted health and vigour when given up as incurable by noted practitioners in the district.
He is one of those who does not treat the symptoms, but with strong and efficient medicines strike at the root of the disease, and seldom leaves his post until he finds his medicines work effectually.
Hence the secret of his success, and his popularity in the district.
With a view to give honor and reward to whom honor and reward was due, a subscription was set on foot and MR. C. BARNETT, Salterwath, and MR. THOMAS WHITFIELD, Bracken Hill, very soon collected over twenty pounds for the very laudable object of making the "Worthy Doctor" a present.
The tea and cake by which the party were regaled was prepared by MRS. DIXON, who as a pastry cook will be seldom equalled and as seldom excelled, and as an agreeable hostess, was admired and praised by all.
After the cloth was removed, the table was replenished by several kinds of spirits, and MR. WM. ATKINSON, of Gaisgill, presented the purse in an agreeable and praiseworthy speech, handing over to MR. DIXON the handsome and well-deserved sum of £20 5s 6d.
MR. DIXON then rose and in a long and eloquent address returned thanks for the exertions made on his behalf and expressed his willingness at all times to serve them in future according to the best of his ability.
The health of MR. and MRS. DIXON were cordially drunk and short addresses were also given by MR. BARNETT, of Salterwath, MR. BOWMAN, of Fawcett Mill, and MR. WHITFIELD, of Bracken Hill.
After which many a crack and many a joke passed round, about things past, present, and to come, and other pleasantries helped to wile an agreeable evening away. The party broke up at a late hour in the night, all highly pleased with the evening's entertainment.