HOLKER, September 16th-22nd, 1878.
—A wonderful sale of shorthorns came off on Wednesday, which has been absorbing Mr. Drewry for many a month. Lds. Calthorpe, Moreton, Skelmersdale, and Ellesmere, Sir W. Lawson, Sir Curtis Lampson, Col. Kingscote, "Peck" Hamilton, etc., all turned up for it. Ly. Ellesmere was the only lady: a very good-natured little plump lady is she. Thirty beasts were sold for £19,922 14s. —a glorious result: average £664 1s. 10d. The highest cow, £2,793; the highest bull, £1,732 10s. Eddy went off with Victor to school, Thurs. night. Frank with his two Friday morning. A black Friday !—poor little boys crying bitterly, and their elders not much better; didn't I see the Duke hastily wiping his eyes as he turned back into the house! William is a regular little chum to him!