Most of my readers will know the subject of this sketch, Mr. A. E. Sparrow, who has been since 1886 intimately connected with the Fancy, being one of the staff of Spratt's Patent for many years before he commenced working on his own account.

He had the usual up-hill work at the outset, but now and for some years past his name has been frequently found as Manager of many important shows, and he tells me he has so many applications to act in that capacity that he is not always able to accept all the offers he receives from all parts of the country, as he is equally at home with dog, cat, poultry, pigeon, and other shows, for which he is suited by his long training and experience in a practical school, while his ability, courtesy, and attention to the details of his business have made him deservedly popular amongst Doggy People.

The excellent portrait accompanying this sketch will be readily recognised.

MR. A. E. SPARROW.

MR. A. E. SPARROW.