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THE HAYS FREE PRESS, HAYS, KANSAS.
WAGING WAR ON BIND WEED By Harlo V. Mellquist Bind weed, a near relation of the (morning glory, but with little that is glorious about it, has caused L. J. Kuchman of Clay county, a lot of worry and grief. He is struggling with it this summer in his corn, wheat and Sudan grass fields. During the lat four years Kuchman has waged steady war on the bind weed and it has hit back at him vic iously, cutting down his yields andl striving to hold on to the ground it had once conquered. Bind weed as driving Kuchman out of corn and into wheat. He believes he has a !better chance of getting the ibest of it if he grows wheat for a few years as it appears almost impossible to control the weed by cultivating corn. ' Often Become Persistent Pest The bindweed is one of the most persistent clinging vines. It wraps itself securely around any object with which it can get in contact. A corn stalk delights it and invites rapid growth upward. Just a hint of an in vitation is enough for the 'bind weed. It gets along with little ercouraire- ment. ! Once wrapped around a corn stalk' it is practically impossible to dislodge; a bind weed with tillage instruments.! A man could go through the field and! pull them up and drag them from the-1 stalks, but that isn't feasible on 80 orj 100 acres. Kuchman was a. mechanic in an' Illinois garage until four years ago.! Then he came to Clay county to take charge of his mother's farm. It had J been in the hands of renters fori thirty years. Dind weed had gotten j a good start and felt that it owned j the soil. The place had been pretty l steadily cropped to corn and the fer-j tility of the soil was reduced. j The first year the bind weed slip-! ped up from behind and handed himj a stiff wallop but he got up before thej final count of ten. That is when thej real scrap started and it has been go-i ing full tilt ever since. Kuchman J says it will continue until the bind! weed is whipped to a frazzle, one way or another. One thing that three years of fight-j ing has taught him is that if corn isj planted late there is a much better; chance to keep bind weed umlsr con- trol and cultivate it out of existence.! lie had evidence on the place in twoj fields. One. planted early, has many! small stalks in areas where bind weed is thick. On later planted ground cultivation has kept the bind weed down and the corn is more robust. ! Kuchman believes he has worked out a system of tillage in combination with wheat growing which eventually will win against 'bind weed iby wear ing it out. His system is to list the ground immediately after threshing and leave it until the bind weed vines get a good start on the ridges. Then he splits the ridges, covering up the vines. About three weeks 'before he is ready to drill, Kuchman goes over the field with a weed cutter, throwing in the ridges and destroying any new vines that have gotten a start. A lit tle later the field is harrowed cross wise, smoothing down the remaining ridges and destroying surviving weeds. Incidentally this treatment of the soil works it tip into an excellent seed-bed for wheat and, other things being equal, gives the grain a good start. As a flank attack on the ibind weed Kuchman is preparing to work into a system of crop rotation designed to build up the soil. He intends to sow fifteen acres of alfalfa or sweet clover. He has eight acres of alfal-j fa now but desires forty to sixty acres. Once this acreage is estab lished he will begin to rotate his crops every year planting new acreage to some legume and plowing up alfalfa. Use of all manure produced will aid this fertility building system, af fording to crops added strength to combat the attacks of the bind weed. Those portions of the farm on which the soil is richest are the most easily brought under control so far as bind weeds are concerned, Mr. Kuchman says. So he is devoting a good bit of attention to building up fertility where the bind weed is en trenched. He would scatter wheat straw gen erously except that it is full of bind weed seed. Hereafter the straw will be left to rot for two years before it is scattered on the land. Kuchman hopes in this way to avoid planting a new crop of bind weeds. The straw will go on the poorest land. Two Effective Methods of Combat "There are methods of combating the bind weed that have been fairly successful," said Mr. Kuchman, "but most "of them are rather expensive. I can't afford to summer fallow and cultivate as was done at" the Fort Hays Experiment Station because the cost was estimated at $20 an acre I believe my system will win eventul ly and I can produce a crop every year as I go along. I figure it is a question cf who will last the longest, the bind weed or me. I'm counting on being here when the bind weed 13 gone." A large flock of White Leghorns is helping Kuchman in his (fight because they will produce ham a good income during the fall and winter. He 'has about 800 chickens, most of them hatched this spring. He recently changed from White Wyandottes to Leghorns believing that the Leghorns will produce more eggs. He plans to keep 600 hens and two cows this year. MISS ROBERTSON'S SPEECH The speech in Congress of Miss Alice M. Robertson, Representative in Congress from Oklahoma, entitled "Present Economic Conditions as Af fecting American Homes," which ap peared in last week's American Econ omist, has excited a great deal of at tention throughout the country. The Washington Post of July 14 introduc ed a partial rperoduction of the speech as follows: "Cave women, bargain hunters and Lady Astor, were featured yesterday by 'Aunt Alice' Robertson, of Okla homa, the only woman member of Congress, in an appeal in the (Con gressional Record to the American women to support the Republican Protective Tariff." Miss Robertson is a practical busi nes woman, as well as Representative in Congress, and has had an excep tional opportunity to observe the practical effect of Protection and Free-Trade, and the result is that she is an ardent Protectionist. The speech is uf exceeding interest, not only to the women, but to the men as well, and we trust that those who have not yet read it will no fail to do so. American Economist. CIRCUS COMING Posters in all colors of the Run bow, throughout this section proclaim America's Wonder Shows, "PATTER SOX'S TRAINED WILD AXIMAL CIRCUS" is to be seen in HAYS on MONDAY, AUGUST 7. Already the small boy is laying awake nights fig uring, and when asleep dreaming of the time honored job of carrying water to the Elephants for a free pass to the Big Circus, what man now has not done that same thing, and the boys' fillers are happy in anticipating the coming of this Mighty tented amusement enterprise, and its count less wonders. The "PATTERSON'S TRAINED WILD AXIMAL CIR CUS" this season enlarged their show in every department and their al ready great list of Feature Wild Ani mal Acts and menagerie, made it nec essary to add several more railroad cars. Today Three Special Trains are required to transport the Huge Tents. Wagons, Cages, Wild Animal Dens, Elephants, Camels, Horses, Ponies, Men and Women. With the PATTER SOX'S TRAINED WILD ANIMAL CIRCUS are to be found the finest livSng specimens of rare, strange and curious animals from every quarter of the globe. A visit to the Patter son's menageries is of far greater educational value than ever will be gained by deepest study of all the books at hand on the subject of Nat ural History. Inside the Vast Canvas are three rings and as many Elevated Stages and Two Monster Cages for the Feature Wild Animal Acts in which Death is defied at every per formance. Overcapping all is a maze of rings, bars flying rings, wires and other aerial rigging. From the be ginning to the end of the perform ance hundreds of men and women and animal performers cover the ground rings, stages and cages, and fill the air in the rendition of a programme, the like and equal of which have never before been seen. There are thirty-nine clowns and merriment rules supreme. CAREFUL CROSSING CAMPAIGN The following message to the peo ple of the United States and Canada from Mr. J. E. Gorman, President of the Chicago, Rock Island and Pacific Railway, was broadcasted by radio from "KYW" station, Chicago, re cently and is worthy of tha careful reading and serious consideration of all people. "The 'Careful Crossing Campaign' now being carried on by the Railroads of the United States and Canada through their various Safetly Bur eaus and other agencies, and sanc tioned by the American Railway As sociation, is heartily endorsed by the United States Automobile Chamber of Commerce, the National Highway Traffic Association, The National Safety Council and numerous other organizations and civic bodies, and has my personal and hearty approval. It is a worthwhile and needed move ment to conserve the lives and limbs of those persons who use railroad highway grade crossings and repre sents the most intensive and far reaching effort ever attempted by the railroads to conserve life and limb of the general public beyond their em ployes, passengers and patrons, and especially appeals to the drivers of automobiles and to those entrusted t otheir care (whether riding for business or pleasure), the drivers of teams and pedestrians. If those per sons enumerated, and for whom the efforts of the Campaign are especially directed, will do their part towards making the efforts as successful as the railroads are trying to make them, we will experience a reduction in railroad highway grade crossing acci dents even greater than we antici pate. "About one and one-half million 'Careful Crossing (Campaign' posters have been displayed all over the country where the greatest number of pepole may readily see them and up on such posters the Campaign slogan 'Cross Crossings Cautiously' appears an admonition which, if followed, will olve the problem confronting us. "Ask yourself the question : 'Why is such a vigorous campaign to pre vent accidents on railroad crossings necessary?' and let me give you the answer: 1 "During thirty years ending Dec ember 31st, 1921, our Country's pop ulation increased 68 percent; railroad highway grade crossing accidnts in-' creased 345 percent in FATAL ACCI- ! DENTS and 652 percent in NON- j A NIGHT AT RILEY'S (By Catherine Zeigler.) This is a rougb, true story that was told me of early days, It all happened here at home in our quiet town Hays, I have woven in simple rhyme the shame and death and sin, So if you expect a classical poem just quit before you begin. In the davs of shanties and dugouts e'er our buildings loomed so high; Before the time of street lamps and before the state went dry, One night in well, say sevnty rather late it was in the fall, A noisy crowd was having "a time" in Riley's old dance hall. There were cowboys, soldiers and women women that shamed the race Each trying to outshine the other in the wealth of paint on her face. They danced to a crazy old fiddle that moaned and shrieked in pain As they balanced, and swung their partners around, and got mixed in the "ladies' chain." "Mag" and "Bill" were the stars of the group; Bill was a cowboy bold With a sun-browned skin and wavy hair that shone in the light like J gold. Mag was little and dark and thin and the WORST, they say, of them all, With a cultured voice and a certiin air that tokl of the depths of her fall. They danced till they tired out the fiddler, then each couple sought the bar. ' The "ladies" then named their "pizen" and took "Ilennessy's old" three star" It WAS Ilennessy's brandy they took, I am told, or I would not so shock you Indeed, I'd piefer to say water, or "pop," but alas! this story is TRUE. "Here's your good health, folks," cried Mag, swinging her glass. on high, "May you forget that you lived e'er tonight, and may you live till you die," And she laughed a hideous, shrieking laugh that chilled the reck less throng. "Don't dance," she cried, as she emptied her glass, "let some one sing a song." Then seeing a boy by the open door with an accordeon under his arm, She grasped his shoulder with a sudden grip that sent him white with alarm, ; ; And called, as she jerked him into the room, "Here, boys, is a kid that will do." They, following her lead, gathered around and demanded a song or two. And the wandering lad, ragged and thin, his sweet face pale with fear, Sang to the accordeon's sobbing chords in a voice high and clear: "When Heavenly Angels are guarding the earth, As God has ordained them to do, In answer to prayers I have offered to him, I know there is one watching you, And may its bright spirit be with you through life, To guide you up Heaven's bright stairs, v To meet with the one who loves you so true And remembers you, love, in her prayers. Then go where you will on land or on sea I'll share all your sorrows and cares, And at night when I kneel by my bedside and pray, I'll remember you, love, in my prayers." It was not just the sort of song they had expected to hear, And many a reddened eyelid winked back the starting tear. Mag stood white and trembling, her thoughts came thick and fast, For the boy's song had opened a gate, the thought closed upon her past. She had droped Bill's arm and stood aside with her hand shading her eyes, One of the rough men n iced her and called in mocking surprise, "I say, old girl, what's up with you; what on airth is wrong?" "O, God!" she screamed, and thrust him aside, "my mother sang that song." Scream after scream passed her parched lips, she clasped her hands and knelt, Bill bent to lift her and as he stooped, she snatched a pistol from his belt, Then ere a motion could be made, ere a warning could be said, There was a flash, a report, a heavy fall, and poor wild Mag was dead. Some of the women staggered as if they were going to faint. And from the cheeks of more than one the teardrops washed the paint. Then they wiped the stains from her face, they hushed the awful din, They trembled and thought, that in her case death was the wages of sin, They closed her eyes with a shuddering touch for they dreaded their awful stare, And they wondered aloud if there was a hell and if poor, wild Mag was there. Out on the hill we call "Boot Hill" where the red-tinged grasses wave, Poor Mag lies sleeping the long, long sleep in a sunken, unmarked grave. Who will dare to say that she is lost? the portals of Heaven are wide, And it was for sinners and not for saints that our Lord was crucified. Hays Republican, September 3, 1898. We republish the above by the request of a subscriber. Though Boot Hill, the once celebrated burial place of those early days in Hays, where the remains of those who died with their boots on were deposited, has become only a memory (the bodies having been re moved), and residences now occupy the historic spot. There are a number of citizens who still live in Hays, who can verify the above, for they were a part of the citizenry of that early day. Ed. FATAL ACCIDENTS. During 1920, 1907 prsons were killed and 4961 persons injured in highway crossing accidents, an awful toll of human life unnecessarily sacrificed it should not have been. "In 1920 AUTOMOBILES were involved in 76 percent of ALL grade crossing accidents 3012 ' were struck, 1273 persons killed and 3977 persons injured in such accidents. "These figures are evidence enough and ought to be convincing that the 'Careful Crosing Campaign' is abso lutely necessary and that it should re ceive the hearty and unreserved as sistance and cooperation, of every citizen in the United States and Can ada. It must be successful an in-, dictment for manslaughter will lie if it is not successful and the awful death rate continue, when it is within the scope of human power and ability to stop railroad grade crossing acci dents and because it can be so easily accomplished if proper thought and care are exercised. Self preserva tion,' nature's first law, makes such demands upon us we cannot shirk responsibility. "Railroad men generally, engi neers, firemen, and crossing flagmen in particular, will do their full part, but if we are to be successful, it is absolutely necessary that the drivers of automobiles, teams, and pedes- J trians, as well, do their full part and j respond heartily with cooperation and ! effort. If this be done, success will j surely come, and we will all rejoice i in knowing that we took an active I part in that great campaign of life and limb conservation reflected in the 'Careful Crossing Campaign.' " Surely Must! Eighteen million microbes found on a one-dollar bill. It must be very dan gerous ro turry a ten or twestj. Some folks get lots of learning and of course they know it all, While others dodge the school house, And know not a thing at all, Some folks are full of Latin, Greek, and have the Physics Bug, But when it comes to a little sense, They cannot clean a rug. Bill Jones he was a knowing chap with learning by the score, He could easy square a circle, But he could not hang a door, This world is full of learned folks, as full as it can be, But when it comes to horse sense, They are plainly out at sea. You can teach all kinds of tricks to a common mule, You can educate some folks, And they remain a perfect fool. Contributed. VITAMINS FOUND IN PORK Ever since the discovery of the presence in certain foods of those mysterious beneficial substances now known as vitamins, it has been thought that they were to be found in animal tissue most abundantly in cer tain of .the internal organs, especially the heart, liver, and kidneys, but the Bureau of Animal Industry of the United States Department of Agricul ture now announces that they exist in the muscle fibre of beef, veal, mutton, lamb, and pork, and that pork is par ticularly well supplied with them. Various cuts of the different kinds of meat were tried, and in every in stance pork was found to be relative ly rich in vitamins. Pork tenderloin, fresh ham, smoked ham, and pressed boiled ham were tested and the re sults were much the same with all of them. Beef and veal were relatively lower, while the amounts contained in lamb varied a great deal. The experimental work consisted in feeding tests with rats and pigeons. Growth was the determining f actor in the case of rats. In pigeons de ficiency of vitamins was indicated by the development of polyneuritis, a disease to which they are peculiarly susceptible. Feeds rich in vitamins are of great help in keeping them in health. This new evidence on the distribu tion of vitamins in meats should not lead to the conclusion that certain meats are of low nutritive value be cause they are deficient in vitamins. Meat is one of our (most important foods and would continue to be bo even though it contained no vitamins. Kansas Stockman. FOR Next Tuesday's primary election is held for the purpose of per mitting each party to nominate its best candidate for the various of fices to be filled. Any citizen who does not go to the primary election with that idea in mind does not measure up to his full responsibilities as a cit- izen. The candidates to be voted for have met the requirements of the law and are the only ones that can be considered in making the choice. - They gave the voter an opportunity to express a choice. The Republican party has a majority of more than a thousand of the voters of this judicial district. Its responsibilities are greater than that of any other party in this judicial district. - What you do Tues day cannot be undone Wednesday. I have no enemies to punish nor special friends to reward in the office I am seeking. I am in the race for judge of this district be cause I want to be judge and for the further reason that I believe more efficient work can be done in that office. I have made good in every office which I have held. I am phys ically fit. I have studied law, including that done in the practice and the law school, for over twenty years, and have tried and assisted in the trial of some of the most important cases tried in the district. I have been a county attorney for nearly ten years. I grew up on a Western Kansas farm. I have lived in the district for over thirty-six' years, continuously, except only when absent attending school. I know the ups and downs of the western Kansas farmer, business man, school teacher, and lawyer. I want to advance. I want the district court of the 23rd judicial district to be as good as any other in Kan sas. I want it to progress. I shall appreciate your vote next Tuesday. JOHN R. PARSONS, WaKeeney, Kansas, Candidate for judge of the 23rd judicial district on the republican; ticket. j (First Published in the Hays Free Press, July 27, 1922.) PUBLICATION NOTICE CASE NO. 7176 In the District Court of Ellis County, Kansas. J. H. Middlekauff, Plaintiff, vs. John L. Brandt, if living, The unknown heirs, executors, ad ministrators, devisees, trustees and assigns of John L. Brandt, if he be dead, John L. Branett, if living, The unknown heirs, executors, ad ministrators, devisees, trustees and assigns of John L. Branett, if he be dead, John C. Branett, if living, The unknown heirs, executors, ad ministrators, devisees, trustees and assigns of John C. Branett, if he be dead, Defendants. THE STATE OF KANSAS to the above named defendants: You and each of you are hereby notified, that you have been sued by the above named Plaintiff, in the above entitled action and Court, and must answer the petition therein filed against you on or before the 7th day of September, 1922, or said petition will be taken as true, and a judgment rendered as therein prayed for quiet ing and settling the title to Lot Num ber Eighty-eight (88) in Lebold Allen and ;Co.'s Addition to the town of Hays City (now the City of Hays,) Ellis County, Kansas, and the annull ment of certain mortgages, of record as set forth in said petition and for ever barring and foreclosing you and each of you from all estate, interest, title, property, claim or demand of, in or to said real estate, or any part thereof. A. D. Gilkeson, Att'y for Plaintiff. Attest: R. A. Leiker, Clerk of District Court, Ellis County,. (L S) Kansas. 5t M V. . . . i A I w f V'. J ; i . v A X.; W. P. LAM BERTSON For Governor HE IS; The only actual farmer in the race. The only candidate whose nomina tion will assure a normal farmer vote for the Republican party in Novem ber. The man who will break up estab lished state extravagance. The one man with a consistent re cord for public economy. The one man with a clear position on the road question. VOTE FOR Lambertson FOR GOVERNOR And insure Republican success in November 7U (Dili JUDGE