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FAIR PLAY, STE. GENEVIEVE, MISSOURI.
My Christmas Wish
HENS THAT DO NOT MOLT UNTIL
LATE ARE BEST EGG PRODUCERS
E - '
The Beat Layera of the Flock and Those That Should Be Kept for Breed
ers Do Not Molt Until November.
A. Oood, Glad CLrisfmasfitle, my friend,
To you ami yours is ilie wisk I send.
May all your iomorrews Lave skies of Muie,
And all your friends le loving and true.
One of the Oldest
rJlWftfHAT would Chrlstmns bo with
out the melody of the hells
ringing good will toward men?
Dell ringing la one of the oldest of
Chrliitir.ii cuHtoms. At one time, In
England, the ringers gave their serv
ices free, nor would they accept any
pedal payment. The peal was rung
aa a matter of course, and wan the
natural expression of Kngllah Joyous
newi. The merry iiiuhIc of the bells In
Great llrltaln and wherever. churches
have peals of bells, Is today as much
a feature of Christinas as the decora
tion of church and home with ever
greens, or the provision of the good
cheer which always murks this festive
What an outcry there would be If
an edict were Issued forbidding the
.aging of the hells during the corning
estlve season I Yet this was actually
Jone during the Commonwealth, for
In l&V- the wise men of parliament
gave orders that "no observation shall
ba had of the llve-and-twenlleth day
of December, commonly called Christ
It If quite certain that this edict
was disregarded In many places, while
In others It led to open rioting. At
Canterbury the mayor of the city tried
to enforce the new rule, but the people
were not going to be deprived of their
pleasures so easily, so they took the
law Into their own bunds, broke the
mayor's windows and some of his
bones as weJI and alllrmed their In
tention of keeping their Christmas In
their own fashion, Just as their fathers
bad done before them.
A Qood Modeling Material.
It Is often very dlltlcult to keep a
child confined to the house amused.
Hut with a modeling material with
which they can make animals, beads,
etc., they can be kept amused for hours.
Take four tablcspoonfuls cornstarch,
eight tablespoonfuls salt and eight
tahlespoonfuls boiling water. Mix the
dry Ingredients and pour on the boiling
water, stirring until the mixture Is soft.
I'ut on tho fire and stir until It forms
u soft ball, then remove from the stove
and stir for ten minutes. A little color
may be added. Wrap In oiled paper
when not In use to keep from hardening.
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Copyright, 1921, Waatorn Nowapapar Union.
5 AM a Chrlstmns Card. I was
horn shortly before Christmas of
101.1. I. wiih put away In u box
lifter Christmas and the next year I
came forth again, and the price put
upon mo bad risen from two cents to
The next year I cost ten cents. Still
I did not sell.
"We'll have to charge a quarter for
that card," my owner said, "and get
up tlie prices of some of these others,
or they won't be bought."
So I was a quarter. And then I
cost 50 cents and was purchased,
Tho price mark lias been left on me.
I've been traveling with It written ou
my back ever since. Sometimes, too, I
get around to a number of places
around Christmas time, especially If
I'm started off early in the first place.
So far, too, I've been greeted with
Joy, ami an exclamation I do not quite
"Oh, good 1 Here's a curd which Is
marked fifty cents. Who would believe
it possible, but no matter, It did I And
It's not written on, either 1"
I do not understand their Joy over
me, but they never keep mo with
A fish which, resembles a rod Is
considered by the people of Sweden
as an Indispensable adjunct of their
Christmas feast. This fish Is burled
for days in wood nshes or else soaked
In soda water, then boiled and served
with n milk gravy.
Who Said Santa Clans?
THE QIFT I CHOOSE.
IVK m tho henrlhatune with
the kIow that warms
thn mull within:
I choone the alft of kindly
amlltn, that wrnlth run never
The Uuh that ripple to the llin
from heart" where peace aul
llme Reign In the fiillnraa of content
to tilffm the Chrlntrnno time.
"Christmas comes but once a year,"
Mild thn rwtdy-ninile philosopher.
"Yes," replied Mr. flroweher; " tor
nado doesn't coins even as often ts
that. Hut consider how long It takes
to et over It."
Ki Urn i 7, v ...
(Prepared br the Unlta.1 Stta D'lurtment
of Aitrlcultut )
Hens that devote too much attention
early In the season to the fall styles In
feathers are not the kind that please
the flock owner. It costs too much to
support them and they demand too
long a viicatlou period. Hut the lien
that wears her old clothes until
mi Hi inn has almost passed Is the best
of tho flock, for she has kept on lay
ing since the previous fall or winter
So now when you see a bird that looks
shabbier than the others, do not con
elude that she Is of the no-iiccoimt
kind and that her smartly dressed
sisters are the ones to keep.
Take Short Vacation.
Of course some of the hens that
molted enrllcr, say In August and Sep
tember, are profitable enough to keep,
but the cream of the flock Is made up
of hens that do not change their
feathers until October or November.
Their molting will require only n few
weeks and they will probably be laying
again by the 1st of January. The
poor ones, t lie early-nioltlng loafers,
will not begin until about this time,
even though they have been resting
since the middle of the summer. It
takes one about two motiths and the
other twice that long to get hack Into
The poultry keeper who bus an eye
for business will not neglect this worn
looking late layer, for she Is tho best
profit maker be has. She needs a
highly nutritious ration if she Is to be
In the best condition to start on
another year of high production. When
she quits laying and starts to molt she
has as much need for n ration strong
In protein as she has when she Is
Mielllnr nut the eggs, as feathers are
highly nitrogenous In their makeup.
They uso the materials supplied by
beef scrap, gluten feed, and oil meal.
The oil meal Is very effective In keep
ing the fentliers In a healthy condition.
Hens that lay eggs late In the fall
and In the winter are really producing
an out-of-scason crop, for It Is normal
for the ben to lay for a time In tho
spring and enrly summer and rest for
the remainder of the year. I'rofltublo
hens are really those that have the
capacity to force their egg-making
machinery, but they must have the
right sort of feed with which to do It.
That means f ling well-balanced ra
tions designed for the particular class,
anil sometimes for the particular
breed. A balanced ration Is a combina
tion of feeds which furnish Just the
necessary amount of nutrients to pro
duco the highest and most economical
egg yields. The amount of feed needed
to produce a dozen eggs varies with
the kind of birds. According to ex
periments conducted by the United
States Department of Agriculture
general-purpose pullets produced a
dozen eggs from 0.7 pounds of feed,
and Leghorn pullets laid the same
number from 4.8 pounds.
Simple mixtures nre usunlly tho
most desirable. As the fall advances
and the days grow shorter the birds
should be encouraged to put away us
much feed as possible during the day
so that their bodies will have plenty
to work on for all of the 21 hours.
A good handful of scratch grain for
each bird at night will fill the crop. It
Is not dfslrnble that the liens be made
to work very hard for this feed. lie
sure that the hens go to roost with a
In making up rations It Is necessary
to adhere to standards within certain
limits, hut some feeds may be sub
stituted for others, as hurley, wheat,
and oats for corn. However, meat
scrap and other iinlmiil-proteln feeds
can not he replaced by high-vegetable-protein
feeds. All changes should be
made gradually, as sudden changes
may decrease egg production.
A great many poiiltrymen and live
stock feeders now believe thnt If the
animal has n free choice It will select
the ration thnt Is most suitable. At
the government farm al Itellsvllle, Mil.,
the following mash was made up by
keeping account of the amounts of
the different feeds a laying flock con
Samples of Balanced Rations.
Mash. Hrutrh Mixture.
Id His. corn infill 1 lb, crocket! corn
t'A Win. meat scrap 1 lb. wheat
1 lb. hrnn 1 lb. on In
1 lb. mlihlllnca
Here Is a simple ration that linn
given very good results with I.e;horns,
but that has proved too fattening for
ltocks and Wyanilnttes. Meat scrap,
It will bo seen, makes up over t!fi per
tent of the mush.
Mnnh Rcrntrli Mlxturn.
I IUh, com modi 2 lbs. erarlinil corn
1 lb. in i'U I nrrtii 1 lb. mln
For birds that lire made too fat by
the preceding nil Ion, the following,
containing only 10 per cent of meat
scrap but having considerable pro-
2 Itm, cracked corn
1 lb. wlirat
1 lb, oatB
1 lb. barlojr
teln In other feeds, has been found a
1 lb. corn meal
1 lb. bran
1 lb. meat Hcrap
1 lb. middlings
1 lb. ground oms
I'oiiltrynieii resort to every possible
means to get their hens to eat a great
deal of feed, especially In the winter
when the days are short. One way Is
to cut the morning scratch feed to
about half. Tho hungry bird then
goes to the mash trough and gorges
on the dry mash. Then to Increase
the consumption of iniisli some of It
Is fed wet nt noon and the hens will
eat It when they would take no more
of It dry.
DARKENED CELLAR IS
URGED FOR POTATOES
Exposure to Light Quickly Injures
Quality of Tuber.
Temperature Beat Suited for Proper
Preservation Is One Ranging
From 32 to 45 Degrees Largo
Piles Are Not Favored.
The object of storing any product
Is to preserve; Its quality during as
long a period as may be necessary or
possible .In order to permit Its dis
posal at the most advantageous time.
Investigations by the bureau of plant
Industry, United States Department
of Agriculture, allow that the temper
nture best suited to the proper pres
ervation of pol aloes Is one ranging
from 32 to -l.r degrees. In regions
where tho powdery dry rot occurs u
temperature of'a.') to 30 degrees holds
the disease in check better than a
It Is found best not to store pota
toes In largo piles when they are moist
or covered with moist earth, as they
quickly develop suillclent beat to In
jure the vitality of the tubers. If
through unfavorable weather condi
tions It becomes necessary to store
potatoes when they are wet nnd dirty,
they should be spread out in n thin
layer until they have become dry,
after which they Jiiay be idled up. It
Is not desirable to store potatoes to a
greater depth than six feet.
I'otatoes Intended for table use
should always be stored In a dark
ened cellar or storago house. Ex
posure to light quickly Injures the
quality of the potato for food purposes.
SMALL HOUSE FOR CHICKENS
New Lumber Will Make Best Appear,
once, but Packing Boxes Will
Answer Purpose Well.
In building u poultry bouse, new
lumber will of course make tho best
appearing structure and will also bo
somewhat easier to work up because
It can bo bought In lengths most
advantageous for the purpose. Houses
for a few hens can sometimes bo
constructed from packing boxes, while
used material or second-hand lumber.
If It can be purchased cheaply and
Is close nt hand, will somel lines lower
the cost of the house mtilerlally.
Occasionally, also, where a high
hoard fence Is available, the house can
be built In the corner of tho fence,
thus saving the construction of the
back and one side of the house. Caro
must bo used to cover or batten the
cracks, either by means of strips or
by the use of nailing paper. Construct
the building so that, the front of your
henlioiise will admit the sunlight.
Send to the Division of Publications,
Untied Stales Department of Agricul
ture, for bulletins containing plan anil
Illustrations ; Farmer's llulletln 88'.) ts
a good one to have on hand.
CEMENT FLOOR FOR FEEDING
Farmer Should Remurnbcr to Give
Slopo to Orie Side to Insure
Farmers who build cement feeding
floors should remember to give tho
floor a good slope to one side. This
liiNiireu good drainage, fuctlltates
cleaning and makes It possible for the
feeding floor to completely fulllll lis
function of providing a clean place to
feed bogs. Some farmers have so lo
cated thesi) floors as to get a Jarjje
amount of rainwater from roofs of
iieaihy buildings, which flushes the
lloor after each rainstorm and helps
materially to keep theni clutn and
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The Envious Parent.
"Has his schooling been of benefit
to your boy Josh?"
"Some," replied Farmer Corntossel.
"I often wish I bad had his advan
tages so's I could say 'agriculture In
stead of farmln' without stoppln' to
The good generally die young or out
The Toilsome Life.
"Don't you think eight hours u tlajj
Is enough for a ninn to work?"
"Not In my case," replied Mr. Chug
gins. "A man who Is trying to buy,
gns for a flivver and look after hl
own repnlrs has got to work sixteen!
hours a day and then some."
No man Is beaten as long as bo Isnt
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Salt Your Stock the B.ackman Way
DO YOU TAKE SALT
with meals, or just fill up on salt ones or
TWICE A WEEK?
A few licks of BLACKMAN'S Tonic
Salt should be a part of the dally diet
of your live stock. It Is medicated and
will improve digestion, make the feed
go further, and keep them in healthy
condition. So simple, so easy. Just
drop brick in feed-box It will do the
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