A Card from the Ahrens Company.
CINCINNATI, O., January, 1892.
To our Friends and Patrons :
The plant of the Ahrens Manufacturing Company has been sold to the American Fire Engine Company, having its principal office at Seneca Fails, N. Y., with factories at Seneca Falls and Cincinnati, and branches at Hudson and Waterford, N. Y. Our entire business has been transferred to the new company, including factories, patterns, patents and good will.
The officers of the Ahrens Manufacturing Company will take an active part in the management of the new company, and the services of our principal agents and employees will be retained. Your orders, therefore, will receive the same pertonal attention as in the past; and we solicit for the new company a continuance of your patronage.
THE AHRENS MANUFACTURING COMPANY.
THE BELGIAN DRAFT HORSE—Consul Roosevelt of Brussels, says : ” Although the Belgian draft horse in origin is the oldest in Europe and the excellent qualities of the Flemish stock were renowned and esteemed as early as 1547, the care-, ful attention necessary in breeding had for many years been greatly neglected and the stock was fast degenerating, when, some six or seven years ago, a number of Belgian gentlemen, among whom I may mention Count E. de Hamricourt de Grunne and Chevalier Gaston Hynderick, joined forces and resolved that the Belgian Horse Breeding Society should accomplish for the draft horse of Belgium what had already been realized in the case of the Clydesdale of England, which undoubtedly sprang from this breed, as it is well known that some of the largest and hnest stallions of Flanders were introduced into England for the purpose of improving the dray horse on the banks of the Clyde. The resemblance between the gigantic and magnificent Clydesdale and the smaller but sturdy Belgian is pronounced, although the latter is the neater looking animal, not having the ungainly and dirty, shaggy feet of the former. The average Belgian horse is not above 15.2 to 15.3 hands and rarely exceeds 16.1 hands; the Clydesdale seldom stands under 16 hands and frequently reaches the enormous height of 17.3 hands. The Societs National des Eleveurs Beiges, having for its object the improvement of horses for draft purposes, held its annual exhibition from June 22 to June 27 at the Park du Cinquantenairs, Brussels, which was a great success. The art and science of horse breeding are at the present moment advancing by leaps and bounds, and the progress made during the past six years can only be described as phenomenal. As against 290 entries in 1886, 498 were made in 1891. while the expoitation of Belgian-bred horses to the United States, Germany, and France has more than doubled. Among the magnificent animals exhibited were Gerfant II, owned by Mr. Camille Vanderschuern, a magnificent compact roan, built like a giant, which took the champion prize in the ” aged ” classfor stallions; Louise, owned by Count E. de llemricourt I)e Grunne, a fine black, which took the prize for mares. The celebrated I leusies mare GrandMere, forty years old, dam of thirty-two colts, was ” prized ” also. The exhibition of Ardennes horses was most creditable. These arc small, hardy animals, ranging from 14.2 to 15.2 hands, very similar in conformation to the Flemish horse, but somewhat lighter in weight. They are thoroughly good, allround horses, admirably adapted for artillery purposes.