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(IMPRESSIONS OF OUR REPRESENTATIVE).
The Dublin Horse Show which was held during the. week was, considering the circumstances, a splendid success. The weather, unfortunately, was not too favourable. Thursday especially came very wet, windy and cold. This made the outside rings, the stalls and the jumping enclosure barer and duller than would otherwise be the case. But on Wednesday the fine and pleasant sunshine encouraged the largest attendance of visitors and made the whole place a blaze of beauty and colour.
The exhibits of horse-flesh was extremely fine. It is probable that nowhere in the world could such a selection of well-bred, well-developed, and well-trained hunters be found. Of course, it is largely a show of classy horses. As an exposition of what the country is capable of producing a special value in the national life. It attracted visitors from many countries ; no small number of French and Belgians must have been present, for French was not infrequently heard through the grounds, more frequently, unfortunately, than the language of the Gael.
The jumping was good. A number of horses showed the lank of hunting practice; they did not look like the seasoned warriors of old. But generally the horses showed themselves full of stamina, strength and spirit, and worthily upheld the national reputation for horsemanship. The horsemanship, especially of many ladies, was a treat. Mrs Marshall, well known at our local shows, showed all her old skill and grace, and won the highest encomiums. The driving and exhibitions of four-in-hand were a noteworthy feature of the Show, and certainly the lady who won first prize showed marvellous skill and control of her team.
We heard some complaints in regard to the sales of thoroughbreds which ace always such a feature in Ballsbridge. Buying did not seem as brisk, or prices as high as might be expected. Neither does there seem to have been as many sales privately in the grounds as might be expected. Still we will be surprised if at the conclusion of the Show it is not found that a good number of horses have changed hands at good prices.
Though few exhibitors from North Tipperary entered the lists, there were many visitors from the locality in attendance. Some took in the Show as: part of their holiday ; some came to see and wonder ; others to learn and admire. A visit was a pleasure, and we are sure that few who went to the show will regret the experience.
The Flower Show was a splendid exhibition though placed in a somewhat out-of the-way, cold, bare building. The Art Industries Section was a genuine treat. Beautiful examples of embroidery, toys, wood carving, sculpture, were shown. Exquisite drawings for stained glass crests, etc, and beautiful examples of Celtic illumination show that Irish bands have not lost their ancient skill and exactness.
Many commercial and other exhibits lent further variety and interest to the Show. But they were not as many as would be wished. Things have not yet completely settled down after the war, but time will remedy such wants.
The Dublin Show is a great institution, but we hope in time that it will be more expressive of real Irish industrial, artistic, and social life. One often thinks that, perhaps, it lacks complete touch with the living needs and possibilities of the country. There is no Irishman, however, who is net glad that this great institution has been successfully revived after so many years, and we feel sure that the Irish people will generally support every effort that will be made in the future to ensure its development and greatness in the days to come.
On Monday morning a detachment of military was drafted to Moneygall and guarded the local police barracks, while the police left to arrest four young ladies of the district for non-payment of fines imposed on them some time ago for selling flags without a police permit. Miss Fitzpatrick refused to walk two fields to the motor lorry, which had to be brought to her door. She was escorted on to the road by a lady friend, who carried a Republican Flag. Crowds collected in the village and gave the ladies an enthusiastic send off.
On Thursday morning the remainder of the girls were arrested and were also conveyed to Limerick Prison in motor lorries. Passing through Nenagh Sinn Fein Flags were waved from the cars, and the occupants were loudly cheered by the people on the street.
At four o'clock this morning a large force of military and police arrested Mr Widger Meagher, the well-known and deservedly popular captain of the Toomevara Hurling Team, and two young men named Wm. Hackctt and Patrick Whelehan. They were conveyed by an armed guard to Nenagh police barracks, where before Major Dease, R.M, they were charged with taking by force and violence a gun from the residence of John Hogan, Clash. Some witnesses having been examined the defendants were remanded to next Saturday. Subsequently they were taken by a military motor lorry to Limerick prison and got a hearty send-off from the people in the street.
Mr Meagher, who is secretary of the North Tipperary division G.A.A., was to be ono of the umpires at the Kilkenny v. Limerick match at Nenagh to-morrow.
General Louis Botha, P.O., South African Premier, died on Thursday after a heart attack. Born in 1863 at Greytown, Natal, his mother was Dutch and his father though he fought in the French army—was of German origin. In 1884 he was concerned in founding the New Republic, and when it was subsequently united with the Transvaal he was returned to the first Volksraad to represent Vryheid. Before the war with England he lived the ordinary life of the veldt. He was known as the coolest and most level-headed man in the Volksraad. While Act.-Asst.-Gen. his first victory was at Modder Spruit, before Lady smith, and later he won at Tugela. He succeeded Joubert as Boer Commander-in-Chief. Though outnumbered six to one at Colenso he inflicted a great blow on British prestige. Afterwards came Scion Kop, and the remarkable resistance he offered to Sir Redvera Buller's advance to Ladysmich, where at the same time he besieged Sir Geo White. He was the first of the Boers to don a regular uniform. His statesmanlike qualities were displayed in the peace negotiations at Vereeniging as remarkably as his military genius shone in the field. His sympathy, with Ireland's claims was well known. Indeed, he had intimate interest in this country, Mrs Botha being a great-niece of Robert Emmet.
The London-Paris passenger and goods service by air was inaugurated yesterday with signal success. Two " Airco " machines-one carrying a single passenger, newspapers, and a quantity of merchandise, the other four passengers-both made the journey to Paris punctually to the times appointed for them. The four-passenger machine was not intended to return yesterday, but the other reached Hounslow from Paris exactly at the time fixed for its return. The Ilandley Page machine left Loudon for Paris about 9 o'clock yesterday morning with ten journalists as passengers and reached Paris safely, but was unable to return because of in- complete arrangements for petrol supply. It is to come back to London to-day. Yesterday's experience will confirm the confidence of believers in flying as one of the main transport services of the future. One reason for their confidence is that these flights to Paris-though they were the opening of the public service-were by no means the first attempts to maintain regular communication by air between Paris and London. While the Peace Conference was sitting British Minister or some of them at least, made a practice of flying to Paris and of returning by the air. Occasional trouble there must be. Engine failure is the most probable cause of it, and the possibility of engine failure has not yet been eliminated. But a high degree of reliability in air communications over comparatively short distances has been attained, and the transport aeroplane has proved its value already. The postal authorities here, we observe, remain dubious about it, and apparently their view is still that which inspired an answer by the Postmaster- General in the House of Commons on April 10. He referred then to the experimental Army air mail service between Folkestone and Cologne, said that fog was the chief difficulty, and declared that so long as fog had not been conquered "the efficiency is only about 60 per cent."
It would be interesting to know whether recent experiments have not proved the possibility of dissipating fog as an aeroplane lands. If that is so, the difficulty of finding the landing-place in fog will be comparatively easy to Sumount. These, however, are questions of detail. Within a few years air traffic between the British Isles and the Continent will be a normal part of everyday life. Civil aviation is about, to prove its usefulness and its necessity ; and already the Government's insistence on the Service side of the Air Organization-accompanied by a practical boycott of the Civil side so far as funds go- is an evident anachronism. The relative importance, in the official view, of civilian and of Service aviation has to be readjusted radically; and the sooner the Government reconcile them- .selves to this self-evident, if for some recondite reason unpalatable truth, the better. So far the official attitude towards the Civil Aviation Department has been one of condescension bittered by patrimony. Parliament is not sitting, and most of the rulers of the country are on holiday. But this is the time when the permanent Estimates for the Air Organization should be beginning to take shape..