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THE MONTHLY MAGAZINE
li Conserving their Equine Allies The demand for American horses, from now on, is bound to rise. All the belligerents are in the market for tens of thousands of high class cavalry and artillery animals. And until long after the war is closed the United States, Canada and South Amer ica will be called on to restore the European supply of horses needed for general business and agricul ture. A horse famine threatens Eu rope. Switzerland has organized a Blue Cross society. No horse may quit Switzerland. They are killing off the horses, blooded hunters, from French and German cavalry ; smart roadsters, beasts of value, wandering from smashed artillery ; wagon trainers, draughters, and plain requisition ed farm stock stray through the deserted plains and forests of the fighting zone, gaunt, thirsty, lamed and wounded, broken winded, frightened. Many cling together in troops, like wild horses. Others limp along. Neg lect, starvation and exposure do their work. The dumb martyrs are ignorant of laws of war and sworn agree ments. The remaking of the map of Europe is a mystery to them. Yet, at the end of the Man churian war, the Japanese ren dered solemn homage to their horses '.'dying for the nation." A monument was raised in their honor ; a great ceremony was de creed and held, to affirm the grat itude of the people ; and a propo sition was made to add formal clauses in favor of horses to the International Convention of the Red Cross. Whence the Blue Cross. The Blue Cross is not senti ment. It hides its pity. Its claim is enlightened self-interest. What' good is a cannon, if you have no horses to pull it? This is a war of artillery. Much of the success of the allies is due to the marvelous French "cannon of 75," the heavy English field pieces ; and the brand new French and English long range batteries turned the scale recently along the front. The Russians have made their astonishing drives by richness in Creusot artillery. And every success of the Germans in Belgium was a success of artil lery. Yet cannons without horses are as useless for the purpose as horses without cannons. Let us rescue the horses, then, they say, not for pity (when so many men lie waiting stretchers), not for gratitude (the horses are dumb tools), but for the life of the cavalry, for the success of the artillery, for victory. The Blue Cross is the Red Cross society for horses. It is a private organization patronized and aided by army and govern ment. It occupies itself with horses under fire, rescues the No Shipment Too Small for Our Attention Nor Too Large for our Capacity 1 i AST YEAR we sold $7,300,000.00 worth of live stock in Kansas City Yards, a total of 4,844 cars. There is a reason for our growth and success. Satisfied customers and profitable shipments built our business. Financially we are one of the strongest firms in the Live Stock Commission business. We loan money on cattle to responsible parties. Submit your loans to us. We only ask for a trial to prove our worth. Stockers and feeders bought on orders. Cassidy 1 Southwestern Commission Co. J H Kansas City, Mo. as And all other markets Write us for market quotations. EE llllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllll wounded and straying, doctors them, bandages them, cures them, builds them up and sends them to the front again. Saving that's their idea. A curious rumor touching the stub born new malady of "horse dis couragement" has spread from Orleans. Witness the French case of Capt. L and his horse "Fig- uig." Grievously wounded on the Marne, the brilliant cavalry offi cer had to be tended in the ground floor living room of an abandoned village hotel. They dared not move him. Day by day his life dragged. All the troopers knew the tender love of Capt. L for his horse, Figuig, and the almost human way the beast recipro cated. So, when Capt. L was very low, his orderly, hardened Belfort dragoon, had the nerve to waylay the major (doctor) and bring Figuig into the combina tion. "He needs it urgent," said the red-nosed dragoon, with a manly tremor, "and it is as easy just the ground floor!" It touched the rude army doc tor. "You desire, I understand, to take Figuig to pay a visit to his master in the parlor of that hut," he said. "If you're sure it is de sired, all right. It may do good." "All the troop thinks so," an swered Claude, and blew his nose and hurried off. So, the affecting interview (which has been pictured every where) was brought about the horse being led into the ground floor room, to sniff his wounded master, pallid on his pallet. Again and again it was repeated. Strong men snivel, as they tell it. Ten days later Claude came to the major, boasting: "He is bully fit for fighting." "Quoi, quoi, he is getting on fine, I will not deny it," said the doctor, "but what's this of bully, fit for fighting?" "He eats like four" "Eats, eats, has he lost his senses? Who has tampered with the patient? Now we'll have the fever back! Eats what?" "Oats," answered Claude. "He was completely off his feed, a wasting, dying critter." The army doctor laughs now. (After all, he's not a veterinary.) In the idea of the men, it was the horse who had no doctor, who was languishing from the "war sickness," and required to see his master's face to lift him from the dumps. The captain, being in of ficial hands, was all right. "What would the captain say," asked Claude, "if I had let old 'Figuig' die of the horrors ?" ' All of which added to his in creasing alarming scarcity lifts the horse to the rank of hero in the public eye of Europe. He will always be a slave, no matter which side wins. Yet he endures the same wounds, the same fatigue, priva tions and nervous emotional strain as the soldier, the same hunger, thirst, cold and atrocious agonies. 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