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The Lamar Register
VOLUME XXXII. VROOMAN COMING TO EXPLAIN NATION’S CONSERVATION POLICY Assistant Secretary of Agriculture to Be in Denver on July 12—Every District of State Urged to Have Representative at Meeting Carl Vrooinon, assistant U. S. sec retary of agriculture*, is coming t' Colorado for the express purpose of talking to the citizens of the Centen nial State upon the national policy re garding increasing the production of food und the conservation of food stuffs. He will be in Denver July 12 and a statewide invitation has beet, extended to every person in Colorado who can go to th»- capit; I city oi that day to hear him. Secretary Vrooman’s visit will b» under the joint uuspices of the ex tension service of the Colorado Ag ricultural college, and th • agricul tural bureau of the Denver Civic and Commercial association. He will U the guest of these agencies at a lunch eon in Denver at noon on the 12th am! at this luncheon Governor Gunter am Mayor Speer will deliver addresses ir. addition to Mr. Vrooman. The mass meeting will be* held in the auditorium in the evening and those arranging for it are anxious t<> make this the most representative gathering recently held in Colorado Mr. Vrooman is a speaker of nation wide prominence, eloquent and force ful to a degree, and is perhaps the best posted man upon the important problem of food conservation in the country today. The food situation is critical and Colorado people should avail themselves of the opportunity to learn at first hand the real facts about conditions. City governments, county govern ments, commercial clubs, farmers' unions and granges, county farm bur eaus and similar organizatiens are urgently requested to send delegates to this mass meeting in order that the information disseminated may be tak en back and distributed among as large a number of people ns possible. The Musical Marvels of the Chautau qua The Althea players comprux the greatest sextette of lady muuicians and entertainers ever brought to gether. For several years The Bcascy Sisters alone have been charming and thoroly delighting lyceum audiences and their numbers alone are worthy of a prominent place on any Chautau qua program. The unanimous praise of the crit ics and a success of artistic triumphs have placed Mayflower and Violet Beasey in the foremost ranks of con cert artists. The New Orleans Daily Picayune recently said of them: “The tumultuous applause bestowed upon the Beasey Sisters after their singing and magnetic violin playing was ac knowledged with a simplicity that waf charming.” The Misses Beasey an marvels in versatility. Blessed with magnetic personality and with exub erance of youthful enthusiasm they captitvate the hearts of their audi ences with original and thrilling num bers of music, song and story. The New York Sun caid “Mayflower Beasey’s impassioned violin playing stirred and swayed the cmotic ns of ber audience.” The New York Globe said “The quaint stories and piano logues of Violet Beasey made a great hit.” Helen Peck has been giving enter tainments and concerts through the central states for several years and is a violinist of much ability, and a reader and singer of magnetic per sonality and superb endowments. Grace Temple Wheeler of New York plays the violin in artistic manner and is a young lady of superior attain ments. Ruth Freeman has the happy faculty of winning her audiences at her first appearance and her winsome manner and vivacity are both striking and pleasing. Enid Alexander is another of the sextette of violinists and singers who comprise the Althea Players. She has a pleasing personality and is a tal ented musician. The musical pro grams will contain nothing mon charming. more varied, more novel, and more delightful than the concert by the Althea Players. THE PIONEER NEWSPAPER OF PROWERS COUNTY LAMAR. PROWERS COUNTY. COLORADO, WEDNESDAY, JULY 4, 1917. THE PROWERS COUNTY LABOR BOARD IS ACTIV Commissioner and Nine Assisi ants Adapting Conditions to War N eeds According to the Pueblo Star-Jour nal of June 28, Pueblo county has no war labor organization and the farm labor proposition is becoming serious. Prowers* county, by order of the war council, has hud a labor organization for six weeks, but it was not com plete until about two weeks ago. At present we have a labor com missioner, with headquarters in l.a mar, and nine assistants, one in each station in the county. They serv without puy. The editor of the lai mar Daily News suid in an article re cently that the large industries em ployed as many as 100 men. The A. B. S. people on the farm ranches in the county employ at present 120 white men, besides the Mexican beet thinners. The largest alfalfa mill ir the world is at Hartman, grinds 100 tons of meal per day and employ;, more than 50 men inside and out. There arc six mills in operation in the county, with two more to start soon. One business firm in Lamar emp’oyed it one time last spring 65 men. The labor this week has been suf ficient for all the urgent needs. We still have a surpluss of small foams. General farm and hay labor is from $1.50 to $2.50 per day, board furnish ed. Other labor is about on the same basis. I sent a few men to Holly last week, several to Bristol and several to the Wiley country. The following is the list of the names ami locations of the assistant commissioners: McClave, Frank Dur ham; Wiley, M. S. Steen; Prowers, Cushney’s Store; Komman, Carl Fort ney; Bristol, George Miller; Hartman Harold Green; Holly, Amity Canal office; Granada, J. B. Rhodes’ Store; Carlton, Hoffman’s store. On Sunday 1 had a surplus of 20 men and wired the state labor com missioner to find employment for that number. J. D. THOMPSON. Prowers County Labor Commissioner. Phone 229 W Lamar, Colorado. NEW DRAINAGE DISTRICT Pleasant Valley Land Owners Deride to Organize District to Redeem Seeped Lands The land ownera in Township 22, Range 47 4nd a small portion of iXiW’i ship 21 liavc decided to form a new drainage district for the purpes: of redeeming seeped lands in th- Pleas ant valley already amounting to over one thousand acres and preventing the spread of seepage to other lands. These lands arc some of the best in the*west ami worth over one hundred dollars an acre and the draining of them will repay the cost many times over. The district will be kr.own as the “Pleasant Valley Drainugi Dis trict.” A petition to the commission ers to call an election for the purpose of voting on the organization of the district is published in this issue of the Register and as it is signed by a large majority of the interested lam! owners as well as by a majority »f the qualified electors on district or ganization it seems sure to be favor ably acted on. The wonderful transformation that has taken place in the heart of May valley in the past year since the drainage ditch has been in operation is sufficient to induce progressive farmers in all sections that arr in the least affected to take immediate measures to keep the seepage under control. Where only a little over a year ago was white barren waste land covered with only the hardiest weeds and salt grass now the most bountiful crops of grain are fast ripening, ami hundreds of acres of fine alfalfa are being cut. Where formerly the fields and even the roads were impassible hogs now the mower works every day and the big hay racks are constantly hauling their heavy loads to he meal mills. It is a great hsson in the economy of spending a few thousand dollars wisely. 1 Company D Recruits The following list of recurits for Co. D have been cent in since our last report: Fields W. Hasty, Hus.y, Color: do. Richard N. Inskcy, Hasty, Colo.-ado. Alfred <’. Bishop, Campo, Colodalc. Charles R. Lee, Medford Sp.ir.gs, Oklahoma. Roy J. Case, Lamar, Colo. Zeb V. Huckabee, Lamar, Colo. RED CROSS BENEFIT Elks Ladies Give Most Successful Social of Season and Raise Funds for Red Cross The wives and daughters of t!u Elks of lannar gave the most delight ful and also successful social evening in history* of Lamar on Monday even ing at the hall of the local lodge c.f Elks. The hall was crowded all even ing by a jolly host of visitors, ami all kinds of amusements for *he enter tainment of the crowd and skillful; extraction of contributions for the great and noble cause of th** Red v . s wore at all times in evidence, "wnnty card tables were run with beautiful silk flag:; as prizes. The Irlieious refreshments were served, and a number of cakes and other good things to *at were auction ed off at most satisfactory price*. Mrs. H. J. Johnson furnished a goat and cart to be sold at a sp'cirl sale and it brought s23—rome price for goats even in these days of high price of meats and wool. Mrs. Ed Hnber stroh was the lucky winner of the prize. T.ater in the evening dancing was indulged for several hours and it was quite late when the crowd finally dispersed. The evening netted the Red Cross fund over one hundred dol lars and nobody in the least consider ed it a donation either as full value received in a good time was given for every penny received. The Elks ladies are making a big record for themselves as hostesses. IN FULL BLAST Big Alfalfa Campaign Start* Early and With Vim Never Before Equalled Even in the Ar kansas Valley- All the mills of the D. A. M. & P. Co. at Hartman. Bristol, Kor.iman, Wiley and McClave are now running in full force and several of the other mills of the county are aLo at work grinding the big first crop of alfalfa that has just been harvested. Already since the season has started the price has moved up a little, and the mills are now paying sl3 per ton for first class alfalfa hay in the field. The big mills had some of them at least only been idle two weeks from last season’s record run, but the early start this year and the big crops of alfalfa being harvested all over this section indicate that this season will far outdistance last year and the mills will most likely have a steady cam paign until the harvest begins next year. All the mills are getting a good start and making heavy runs this early in the campaign. The present indications are that all of them will soon be running, and the market for the product will accommodate all that can be produced. The co riven irnc'-s for handling the crop have been greatly increased during the past few months and the movement of the crop will thus be facilitated. Corp. Virl Davis had hs first real war experience this week, and now heartily agrees with Gen. Sherman’s opinion. He attempted to dodge a cannon cracker, bit did not dodge a wire fence nearby, and is now ban danged up all over the face. AUDIENCE FORGETS THE FOOT LIGHTS So Says El Paso Morning limes Of Production of Opera Pinafore The first production of the opera “H. M. S. Pinafore” for this season by the company presenting it at the Red path-Homer chautauqua, was at El Paso, Texas. Concerning it the Morning Times says: “Gilbert and Sullivan’s classic com ic opera, presented last night by the New York Light Opera company, held the attention of theaudienct every minute through the two acts. At the close there was an outburst of pent up enthusiasm and the curtain rose again long enough for “his sisters and his cousins and his sons” to say noth ing of jack tars, encore with a repe tition of the closing stanza. “If H. M. S. Pinafore ever grows old and tiresome it will be when troups like the New York Light Opera company cease to carry it around the country in their repertoire, if one may take the effect produced last night as a criterion. The scenery is good and the singers, including the chorus, have good voices and put a delightful interpretation upon the lines. "Marjorie Pringle, in the role of Josephine, made friends with the aud ience from the start. Alice McComb, as Hebe, is also good, while Mario Horgan, as Little Buttercup, is simply charming. “Arthur Parie Ripple, as Sir Joseph, is a typical Englishman. Two partic ularly strong and well trained voices are those of Harry Luckstone, who sings the lines of Captain Corcoran, and J. Humbird Duffy who sings those of Ralph Rackstraw. the “top man.” William Sellcry, as Dick Deadeye, puts a breeze of the genuine sea salt into the atmosphere, and all but rocks the ship as he rolls sailor-like along the ropes and rigging. “The company presents the opera in a thoroughly refreshing manner, and puts human interest in new phases into the lines in away thet one al most forgets that there are footlights between the players and the audi ence.” HENKINS RESERVOIR Will Be Turned Into Large Irrigation Project for Lands Southwest of Lamar The Henkins reservoir and irriga tion project on Mud creek scuthwcst of luimar is to be greatly enlarged and improved and will be made to ir rigate several thousand acres of fine land outside of the Henkins ranch. Mr. Sam Farmer of Denver, who is the representative of the capitalists who arr advancing the money for the new enterprise, has been here i.h'' past week. He has engaged John R. White as engineer, and as soon as the plans are completed work will begin at once and be pushed so that water c*.n lx* stored this fall and winter. It is proposed to raise the dam about fifty feet higher than the old dam, and it will be of Conor te and steel construction capable of sustain ing any strain that can possibly be put upon it. The ditch will be en larged and extended reaching lands within a few miles southwest of la mar. These lands are all in the Mud creek valley and are some of the finest in the section of the state. The reservoir will have a capacity of near ly 15.000 acre feet and as only about 6,000 acres lie under the ditch there will be an absolutely certainty of a two years supply whenever the r-s< r voir is filled. No reservoir in the state has such a large capacity in propor tion to the amount of land to b ir rigated, and this adds grca‘!y to the value of the rights to those landown ers fortunate enough to get them. Mr. Farmer is very enthusiastic over the proposition and says it is the best ir rigation scheme in the state of its size. It will boa big thing for that section of the country’ as it moans a large acreage of sure crops in dry years when the stockmen usually have to ship their stock out or ship feed in. NUMBER 5. PRESERVE FRUITS AND VEGE TABLES Processes Very Simple and May Be Done Right at Home —Less Ex pensive Than Canning The very general demand for ready to-serve foods is in large measure re sponsible for replacing the dried foods with the canned product. That dried foods are unavoidably darkened, and slightly less attractive has been given undue weight. This season it is highly desirable that housewives recort to this less expensive method of preserv ing fruits and vegetables. The essentials in home drying ar* cleanliness in handling the food and in protecting it from unnecessary con tamination, permitting free circula tion of air, and utilizing heat to the best advantage—avoiding ov_r heal ing, yet securing the rapid drying that will lessen the opportunity for fermentation. A general direction is to stir frequently. Home methods by which drying of fruits and vegetables is well accom plished are there: 1. larger fruits and vegetables may be cut into sections, strung and then suspended in the sun or above the stove to dry. 2. Food products prepared for dry - ing may be spread in a thin layer on a white cloth and exposed to the direct rays of the sun. Obviously, food so exposed must be protected from flics by a mosquito netting, or a very coarse cheese cloth rerves as a better protection ..gainst smaller insects and dust. 3. If one is so fortunate as to have an enclosure in glass where one may secure the greater heat from this con eentration of the sun’s rays, then the problem is greatly simplified. 4. Food may be dried in a slow oven with frequent stirring. 5. The process is much shortened by evaporat >rs, the product is less darkened, and there is less opportun ity for the accumulation of dust. Th* home-made evaporator may be con structed at a very slight expense. Foods that are excellently pre serv ed by drying are corn, string beans, green pc us and apples. Corn should be steamed from ten to fifteen minutes, long enough to set the milk —then cut from the cob, and Spread thinly for drying by either of the methods just named. Unless corn is steamed at once when it is gather ed, it will lose much of its natural Sweetness, and this cannot be replaced by the addition of sugar. String beans may or may not be scalded before drying. Peas should be scalded immediately when they have been picked and shell ed so that they will retain their sweet ness. This precaution will apply to corn and peas, though it is desired that all fruits and vegetables be pre pare d as soon after they arc- picked as possible.—lnga M. K. Allison, Col orado Agricultural College, Fort Col lins, Coloraeio. Army Song So we have got a new army .song, quite in the method of getting it that we expected. It was born on the oc ean while the first America.! army was afloat bound for France. Only a few lines of it have been cabled, be ginning "Good-bye, dear old Yankee land. Hello, France!” and contain ing a characteristic statement, “We come from a country that never Lvlcee a bluff.” lake most war songs it is not a polished piece of composition, and has its rough edges, which probably all the more will add to its flavor of the camp anl barracks. The tunc has not yet been transmitted, but will no doubt be heard from the vaudeville stage and on the popular tongue be fore many days. The air is said to suggest “Tipper rary,” “A Hot Time in the Old Towr.” and the “Doxology,” which is a totally incomprehensible description. How the long meter "Praise God from whom all blessings flow” can be fused with American ragtime and the familiar Irish lilt would defy anyone acquaint ed with the art of composition. But who can tell what patriotic ardor in spired by the breezes of the blue At lantic may not do.