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ASPATRIA AGRICULTURAL SHOW continued
THE DINNER continued
the Rev. EDWARD SALKELD replies....
The Rev. EDWARD SALKELD proposed the health of the Chairman in highly
complimentary terms. It was true that, like some other members of
parliament, Sir Wilfrid had a hobby, but like Archdeacon Paley he did not
object to a man who rode a hobby, provided he did not compel others to get
up behind his back. (Cheers). Sir Wilfrid rode a hobby, but he did not
want others to get up behind him; it was "permissive". (Laughter). He
would let them sit still, so that they had no fear at all that their worthy
chairman would take away from them the comforts of life. (Laughter). One
member of Parliament to whom he had applied for a subscription said he did
not approve of small village societies, which were like small village races,
and injurious to the larger ones. But he contended, on the contrary, that
they were feeders to the large shows; and just as when they dropped a stone
into a pool of water, the circles would enlarge until they got to the extent
of the pool, so the effects of their small societies would be felt until
they got to the Royal. (Cheers).
The CHAIRMAN returned thanks. At Wigton he had had to deprecate the
persistent manner in which his friends would call him a young man, but
to-day the Vice-Chairman had come to the rescue in his happy allusions to
his venerable appearance. (Laughter). That henceforth he hoped would put a
stop to those accusations of extreme youth which were levelled against him
on the hustings at Carlisle and elsewhere. (Cheers and Laughter). He was
afraid there was not much chance of the vice-Chairman's suggestion about
amalgamating different societies being carried out, because it had been
agitated so often at many agricultural meetings without being acted upon,
though he was not sure it was not the best plan. Mr. Foster, Mr. Salkeld,
and other practical men in the district thought local societies were feeders
to the large ones, and if they could not get the societies to amalgamate
they must go on and do the best they could for the success of their local
Having alluded to his personal appearance, he had still another remark to
make. His friend, Mr. Salkeld, has alluded to his hobby. Well, if a man
did go to the expense and trouble of keeping a hobby, he was a great fool if
he did not ride it and get what he could out of it. (Laughter). He was not
going into Parliamentary matters, although he had "permission". (Laughter).
He was not going to allude to the Permissive Bill, which a great many of
them thought the greatest rubbish in the world, but he knew his kind-hearted
neighbours in that district knew it was not with any idea of the
destruction of anybody's comfort, but because he believed it would add to
the comfort of the whole community that he promoted that measure. (Cheers).
He was glad to say that he had won the cup for the best horse on the field,
and he was very much pleased with it, although a friend had jocularly
suggested to him that it ought not to have been a goblet, but a teacup.
The VICE-CHAIRMAN proposed the successful and unsuccessful exhibitors.
Mr. W. NORMAN, of Hall Bank, in responding for the successful exhibitors,
said there had been much talk about Protection. The protection tenant
farmers required was, not to resort again to the old protective policy of
this country, but they wanted security for their capital, they wanted to
have conditions in their farm leases and agreements similar to those which
their worthy chairman was about to grant to his tenants. (Cheers). Sir
Wilfrid Lawson was about to give them free trade in farming. (Hear, hear).
Free trade had been found to answer in this country when applied to the
mercantile and commercial world, and he had no doubt it would be found to
answer equally well when applied to the farming community. (Cheers). They
had been up to the present time, he was sorry to say, tied up by all sorts
of obsolete conditions - conditions which prevented the flow of capital to
the cultivation of the soil, simply because there was no security for
capital. He thought the tenant was entitled to equal security with the
landlord for the outlay of his capital. (Cheers).
Mr. G. C. HOPE, of Yarrow House, returned thanks for the unsuccessful
competitors, remarking, however, that he had not been altogether
unsuccessful, for he had obtained a second prize for mangold wurzel, and if
he had selected his samples better, he believed he would have obtained the
The CHAIRMAN proposed "The Tenant Farmers". Mr. Norman had alluded to
conditions which they had in contemplation to lay down regarding the
tenancies of his estate, which he had called "free trade in farming". He
himself should not have said anything about it if it had not thus been
referred to, but he might say he did intend to attempt something of the sort
indicated. He believed the landlord ought to let the farm work to the best
of his ability to make money. They must of course have conditions that the
tenant left the property as good as he found it, but that was all the
landlord had any right to claim.
It was a question of what machinery they must employ to bring that about.
He believed by making a condition that the landlord should pay for any
improvement which the tenant made to the permanent value of his farm - in
the same way as the tenant had to pay for any deterioration during his
tenancy - he would be able to obtain a superior class of agriculturists, and
also to secure a larger production from the land. (Cheers). He did not
know that he thoroughly understood the best machinery to bring that about,
but he hoped to adopt some plan of that kind, and he hoped at some future
meeting of the Agricultural Society to tell them that it had succeeded well
and satisfactorily. (Cheers).
There were calls for Mr. Blackstock to return thanks, but that gentleman
remarked that he had been once on his legs and rather hard run, and "once
slipped is plenty". there were then calls for
Mr. JONATHAN BOUCH who responded....
to be continued...............