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DID YGU EVER TRY TO "CORNER" A HEN?
It is lucky the hen is not attached to the hind and that she can
not be induced absolutely to quit laying in the Winter. Think what
the egg trust would do to us if such were the case!
The monopoly would secure the land so that only a limited
number of hens could run, and when the output of eggs in December
and January had been absolutely throttled the price of- eggs would
amount to a dollar apiece. Then none but the very rich could have
It seems hard to pay 50 cents a dozen for eggs in winter, but
think what comfort the egg is even at four or five cents apiece. It
is cheaper than sirloin at 32 cents a pound, and it is getting to be
cheaper than the bacon which the beef trust sends us in glass jafs
and nice pasteboard boxes. In fact, the four and five-cent egg is
about the only way we can keep nourished during these days of high-,
priced meat. . ,
The hen is our saviour. She insists on not being cornered. Just
try to catch a hen and see how hard it is. The beef trust runs her'
up into a bit of the backyard, and first thing we know she has rum
between the old man's legs and is out cackling again in the open.
Sometimes we cuss her for scfatching up the garden, but just'
think how fine it is that she can't be attached to the soil like a rail-'
The basis of monopoly is this fixity to the soil. Given anyJ
product where a certain location on certain ground is essential and'
you can bet your last hat the trust will get it. But given a hen with'
a disposition to roam at large in the dewy morning or in the frosty--
atternoon, and then to benevolently seek out a soapbox and lay an-'
other egg beside the old doorknob, and the trust can't grapple with
When it is the hen against the trust, our bet is on the hen.
AFTER THE COLLECTION
Scene The bar of a saloon.
Enter poor woman, weeping.
"My poor little Nellie has just
been run over and killed," she
They were only hard-working
men, but their hearts were touch
ed, and soon a hat was being
passed round for the afflicted
"How old was she?" asked one
of her rough sympathizers.
"Five years," she answered, as'
she received the collection. And7
then she astonished them all by
adding: "And I've had her ever"
since she was a kitten."
"McKee was badly hurt in that
car smash, wasn't he. doctor?"
"Very. We had to amputate both'
legs." "How sad! Will he pull
through?" "Oh, yes; we'll have
him on his feet again in less than