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Prophet ■ IT By GERTRUDE MARY SHERIDAN (Copyright. 1916. by W. G. Chapman.) “Honk-honk!” Crabbed, miserly old Jared Dunn, seated on the porch of his low one story house, bent his ear and listened Intently. “Ho-o-onk!” His thin sour lips formed an expres sion of comprehension and satisfac tion. He smiled in an eerie way. “You beat ’em all, old bird!” he chuckled, “and I get the credit for it. Mornin’ neighbor,” he bobbed to a passing acquaintance —“mowing?” "Meadow strip hay, yes.” “Get it in afore Wednesday, then,” advised Jared, with a wise look at the sky. “Wet spell?” “Sure thing, within twenty-four hours.” The sky was clear and spotless, but Rufus Dawes quickened his step. If there was one weather-versed man in Bridgeton, it was Jared. He never prophesied wrong. The almanac might err, the signal service quibble, but Jared never made a mistake. Hence, his neighbor hobbled off at an accel erated pace to save his menaced hay crop. * Then Jared Dunn, double-faced old skeesicks that he was! ambled enjoy ably around to his extensive poultry yard. It was with eyes of pride and exultation that he viewed one particu lar fowl among the numerous. This was a gloriously streaked and crested r\ c ✓ '• “I Wouldn’t Care to Part With You.” goose. It was pacing about in a con sequential way, as though aware of the extreme approbation of its owner. It was still honking, but low and croon ing, as though talking to itself. “Daily report, all the same, old Honolulu!” approved Jared. “I wouldn’t care to part with you.” Honolulu was a bird of passage, strongly domiciled in an alien land. A wild goose of superior endurance and flying power, it had landed down in the poultry yard among other more civilized fellows about a year previ ous. There was a jagged wound in its neck and as Jared came to examine this, he found imbedded within it the broken off stone head of an arrow. It was by pure accident that this arrow had played an important part in the fortunes of Jared. He chanced to relate the incident to a college pro fessor, whose fad was archeology and kindred sciences. The professor took an interest in the circumstance. The arrow head was one identified as used by an obscure tribe in the Sandwich Islands. It was apparent, therefore, that Honolulu had winged a memor able flight over land and sea thou sands of miles, to domesticate itself In an humble poultry yard in a strange land. The incident of the long flight of the fowl was published in several scientific journals, the name of Jared was duly used, and he was puffed up greatly when made a member of the National Ornithological society. That was not all. As he became familiar with Honolulu and got to studying the fowl, he discovered that the intelligent bird was a natural weather glass. That “Honk! Honk!” clarion note was diverse, but depend able. In time Jared could translate the circumscribed goose dialect to a point where the changes in the baro meter were vocally announced and rain, wind or murkiness predicted two days in advance with unerring accur acy, and Jared Dunn took due credit to himself for his invincible weather prognostications, never mentioning Honolulu as the source of his erudite efficiency. Jared Dunn had a nephew, his only living relative, estranged for some time. He was Harvey Bross and was now working hard and for small pay in the village. Harvey was in love with Vera Morton. They wnre too poor to marry as yet, but courtship had been a delight and they were loyal and hopeful. The Morton family lived quite a distance from the town. One morning early Vera’s father and mother drove away on a day’s visit to some friends. Two frowsy tramps lurking behind a leafy screen witnessed the departure and heard Vera speak of a busy bak ing day, all alone in the house. One of the tramps carried a bag. When father and mother were well out of sight, the intruders threw the bag into a woodshed and advanced to the open kitchen door. “My pretty one,” one of them called in, “don’t get frightened. We re com mon folk of the road and grub Is our only demand. You do as we ask and you wont get scared or hurt.” * ’’You frighten me!” breathed Vera, apprehensively, "hut what Is it you want?” “Just this; there’s a live goose in a bag we’ve just thrown into that shed yonder. We want It killed, dressed and roasted. I’ll bet you're just a dandy cook and it will be nothing to you. If you want to throw in a loaf of that luscious bread you’re baking, we’ll go away with fondest memories of the handsomest gal we’ve seen in a year.” Vera hesitated. Then she resolved. The men looked peaceable. A little added cookery would not be arduous. But when Vera went out to the wood shed, hatchet in hand, she made a sur prising discovery. The bag held Hono lulu, which the tramps evidently had stolen from Jared Dunn. Now Vera knew the fowl well from having seen it. She liked Mr, Dunn less than the goose, for she felt that Mr. Dunn had been unjust to her fiance. She turned Honolulu into a coop and selected one of their own geese. In three hours time the two tramps gloatingly carried away a fine roasted fowl and a loaf of home-made 1 * bread and the tension on Vera’s nerves was relieved. Vera knew how the old man would miss his adopted pet, in fact within an hour a town constable came by in search of the missing fowl and de scribing Mr, Dunn in a frantic state of anxiety. “I’ll take Honolulu back to Mr. Dunn myself,” announced Vera. The old man stared hard at her as she appeared and emptied his feath ered favorite out of the bag. “You’re the girl my nephew is going to marry,” observed the old man, curi ously and intently studying Vera. “I owe you a good deal for finding Hono lulu. How was it?” She told the story. The grim face | of her auditor began to uncloud. He | led her on to talk of his nephew, a far-away expression came into his eye ! Did the purity, innocence and bright truthfulness of this charming soul bring back a memory of his dead , sister, Harvey’s mother? “Just waiting to save enough to get married on?” he spoke speculatingly, half to himself. “And you brought back Honolulu —and you’re a bright, good lass. I’ll see —I’ll see!” He did “see.” Everything in the sweet influence of this charming girl penetrated the crust of his sordid humor. As he turned away it was to hide a hungry longing for compan ionship. “Come and see me again, will you?” j he asked. “I will be glad to,” replied Vera in her simple straightforward way. “You are Harvey’s uncle, and we both speak of you so often.” “Go away, child,” he warned, in a choking tone. “I’m a selfish, hard hearted old man and —thank you for Honolulu, and I’ll make that right with you.” He made it so “right,” that within a week there was a reconciliation with his nephew and anew house go ing up for the engaged pair. “You brought it all about, you fam ous old bird!” exulted Jared to his re covered fowl, but old Honolulu only bobbed about. He could not consis tently “honk” just then. There were no stormy weather conditions hover ing—only sunshine!” LEECH ONCE HIGHLY PRIZED In Days That Have Long Gone By the Bloodsucker Was Considered of Value. Our great-grandfathers regarded the leech as a sort of first-aid outfit in case of sickness. ‘ In the days when blood-letting was a popular panacea the physician would have worried less over the loss of his pill box than over the death of this little worm. And so long as blood-letting was popular there was nothing to match the effi ciency of the leech. Nature fitted him for the task to which the physician adapted him. Long before he was used* on humans the leech was performing operations of his own on fish, frogs and other neighbors of his in the mud and slime at the bottom of his marsh home. His operating tools consist of a cup like sucker at the end of his tail and another at his mouth. Also at his mouth are three semicircular, sharp toothed jaws, which he works togeth er like a saw. With these he cuts his way through the scales of a fish and reaches the blood. Then the leech’s wormlike body be gins to expand. He has 11 pairs of sacks in his stomach, and he must fill < all these before he is satisfied. He drinks until he is from two to three times his natural size. The leech is liveliest in day time, and at night he curls up for a nap. ; When winter comes he buries himself j in the mud and waits for warmer weather. Nerves Are Queer. Aren’t nerves the queer things? Here is a physician who finds that nervous prostration is merely a mat ter of station. Speaking on nerves in general and the nerves of a girl of so ciety in particular, he says her nervous prostration is caused by—what do you think? Too much dancing? Wrong. I Too late hours? Wrong again. No, j neither of these, but simply too much | parental dictation and too much worry over selecting a husband. On the other hand there is the wife of the la borer. Surrounding her while she is doing the family wash is quite an ar ray of her oh-spring engaged in that vocal exercise which is commonly sup posed to lead to shattered nerves. Yet if anyone were to ask her if she were on the verge of nervous prostration she undoubtedly would ask what that meant.—New York Times. Snakes and Snakes. Crimsonbeak —According to Penn sylvania’s state zoologist, snakes are farmers’ friends. Yeast —Well, don’t make any mis take; he means the kind the farmer actually sees. Pleasant Days. “1 wonder if it ain’t a fake that horseshoes has luck?” “No; a horseshoe hit me once't, an’ I was took to a hospital an’ fed an’ rested fer two weeks. .. GOOSE RAISING IS PROFITABLE PURSUIT - - f- "■ 1 - :l - 1 ''' . - > _ '' 6 . a A a. A a gy M Flock of Toulouse Geese —Best Breed for Average Farmer. The value of these geese has dimin ished during the last decade. Not withstanding this fact, goose raising remains a profitable pursuit, provided the conditions are suitable. Only two breeds are bred to any extent in this country, the Toulouse and the Emden. Since these com bine all the requisite economic char acteristics it is unnecessary to go further afield. The Toulouse is the largest of these two varieties; in fact, it is the largest breed there is, but it is rather a slow grower. At a time when the Emden, the more rapidly maturing variety, is fit for killing, the Toulouse is tall and lanky and quite unfit for marketing. The Emden, there fore, is the breed for the early trade, while the Toulouse is used almost ex clusively for supplying the Christmas markets. Goslings are the easiest of all kinds of poultry to rear and the percentage of deaths among the young stock, provided they are reasonably well looked after, is extremely low. They are so hardy they seem able to thrive anywhere, and they can withstand treatment which would be fatal to other kinds of fowls. At the same MOST EFFECTIVE DUST BATH Finely Screened Coal Ashes Suffocate Vermin in Fowl’s Feathers — Other Advantages. Finely screened coal ashes make the most effective sort of a dust bath for the hens. The fine dust penetrates the fowls’ feathers, and, coming in contact with lice serves to stop the breathing passages of these parasites, causing them to suffocate and die. Wood ashes are even better for this purpose, because the particles of dust are finer; but here again the lime is objectionable, since it tends to take the gloss off the plumage. Coal ashes should be used freely on the floors of poultry buildings, for they will penetrate cracks and crevices, and will assist in destroying mites and other vermin, in dissipating noxious odors and in improving conditions generally. Still another advantage: Large quantities of the cinders will be eaten by the birds as grit, and will contribute some of the mineral nutri ents, Small bits of coal will be eaten also, and will be digested. Dust removed from a road during dry weather, which is only an annoy ance to travelers, will be found benefi cial in the dust boxes. Every poultry farm should have a supply on hand for winter use; for, unless dirt floors are used, these artificial means of supply ing the fowls’ toilet requisites must be provided. A dust bath is quite an es sential to the well-being of poultry as is the regular soap-and-water variety to the human. „ .. BUTTERMILK GOOD FOR HENS Acts as General Aid to Digestion and Develops Vigor and Vitality to a Marked Degree. Perhaps no feeds are so general and yet put to such slight actual use on the average farm as buttermilk or skim milk. Both are about the same in feeding value, particularly after the latter has become sour. The full value of buttermilk or skim milk does not lie so much in its food value as in its effect on other foods and gen eral aid to digestion. Buttermilk also develops vigor and vitality to a marked degree as well as promoting unusual growth at the same time. Milk, added to the ration, increases the consumption of other foods and experiments have shown the greatest increase or gain with chickens was made when most skim milk was being fed. Buttermilk is also very valuable for laying hens, having a very high feed ing value, particularly during the win ter months. Either may be fed in mash mixtures or in a drinking fountain. KEEP POULTRY HOUSE CLEAN Fatal Disease, Commonly Called “Lungers,” Can Be Prevented by Attention to Quarters. Many deaths among poultry, par ticularly among chicks, come from moldy feed and moldy litter in poul try houses. The mold when eaten by the fowls causes a fatal disease com monly called “lungers.” The fowl stands in a drowsy manner and eats but little. The wings droop, breathing is quickened, and a white diarrhea is present. Death is caused directly by soft, yellow growths ttat clog the air passages of the lungs. There is no positive cure for the ailment, but since it is caused by moldy feed and litters, it can be en tirely prevented by keeping poultry under sanitary conditions. This is only one of the many troubles aris ing from unclean conditions. Include the chickenhouse in the spring clean ing and avoid them ail. Egg Material in Wheat. Wheat furnishes more material for the white of eggs than does com. THE S3SA COAST ECHO, BAY ST. LOUIS. MISSISSIPPI -- - - - ----- - - ■- ------ -■ - • • time they respond very readily to good treatment. The fact that gos lings are so hardy is often made an excuse for neglecting them, and this results in slow growth, stunted de velopment and unsound constitution. Very little brooding is necessary and goslings can dispense with the hen when they are a week or ten days old. When they are this age they should be placed in flocks of a dozen or fifteen and accommodated in a small dry shed. It is extremely important that they should not sleep*" on a wooden floor, which tends to produce leg weakness. The earth itself makes the best kind of floor it is possible to have. In rearing goslings the fact should never be forgotten that the youngsters must be liberally provided with green food. If possible they should have access to a good meadow, but if the herbage is insufficient they must be supplied generously with cabbage leaves, onions, the outer leaves of let tuce or other garden produce, green food being essential to their health and vigor. As soon as the grain is harvested allow the goslings to run over the stubble. MEANING OF POULTRY TERMS Pullet Is Female Under One Year Old —After Attaining Full Matu rity She Is Termed a Hen. There seems to be a somewhat hazy notion among amateurs as to the ex act meaning of the terms used to designate young and old stock. A pullet, strictly speaking, is a female under one year old. After she has attained her full maturity she is hen, but in the trade we speak of a fowl as a pullet until she has com pleted her first year’s laying. There fore, it is correct to speak of her as a pullet until ske Is eighteen months old, or has first molt, says Farmer’s Guide. A cockerel is a male bird under one year old, but he is usually spoken of as a cockerel until he has at least en tered well upon his first year as a breeding cockerel. Cocks are older males, usually hav ing passed through one season’s breed ing. If you order cockerels for breed ing purposes, you will get birds that have been used for breeding. When ordering pullets you will get females that are under eighteen months old, at the most. A cockerel should never be used to breed from before he is a year old. A pullet, if she begins to lay at six months, may be bred at nine months of age. START ON GOOD FOUNDATION Poultry Ventures Frequently Fizzle Because of a Lack of Knowledge and Experience. Those enthusiasts who enter the poultry business often go to the limit in the way of providing equipment and every convenience and even lux ury for the chickens. Frequently these ventures go by the board for lack of a stable foundation in poultry knowl edge and experience. Sometimes the farmer has been inclined to go to the opposite extreme, and fail to provide sensible and profitable means of tak ing care of the chicken side of the business. Farm poultry that has produced a weekly income throughout the year of from $2 to sl2 a week has been com pelled to shift for itself in tree tops, on fences, implements, and under buildings. The setting aside of $1 per week as a sinking fund would, in a year or two, put the poultry on a re spectable and deserved footing. It would seem to most people that if any flock of chickens deserves good appointments it is the farm flock that has demonstrated its ability to meet the grocery bills for a large family and set the business to the good in cash for other purposes. Way to Carry Fowl. The old method of carrying fowls by the feet, heads down, is a cruel prac tice, and very seldom seen on a prac tical farm nowadays. The proper way is to allow the bird’s body to rest on the arm, holding the feet firmly with the hand. Not Good Feed for Fowls. There may be some excuse for feed ing sloppy food to hogs, but it will not “work out,’ except to the disadvan tage of the birds and their owners, in poultry practice. Prevent Egg-Eating Habit. The egg-eating habit is usually pre vented by the use of trap nests. Prac tically, tse hen is a machine for ma king egg£ and flesh from raw mate rial. v t - \ Qull Out the Runts. Weaklings among the poultry should never be kolerated. Kill and bury the runts. 1 I r., Toulouse Geese, Don’t Sit. The Tculomse geese lay well, but often do not B,U. cortn&orK ws.tr w aokmum jkwx’att CENSORING BEAUX. O 'wad some pow'r the gif tie gie u To see oursel’s as !there see us! It wad frae mony a blunder free us, And foolish notion. If girls as yet in their teems al ways had their way about it, in nine cases out of ten t what a mess they 'T < would make out i|||i| of their heart af fairs. But when one comes to I* young men with criminate as to whether they are the kind of men te invite to her < home and make companions of. *——— r * A witty tongue and an agreeable smile are passports to her favor. He can walk roughshod over the good, honest youth who is to bashful to say his soul is his own and who couldn’t utter a compliment to save his life, no matter how he yearns to give the girl a notion as to how dear she is to him. To the bashful youth going to call on a girl is a dreaded dilemma to face. When there he does not know what to say or do. He is pitifully conscious of his own failure to en tertain. The old folks like him. They know that their girl is safe in his com pany. His reverence for the maid is so great, so sincere, that he would cut his right hand off rather than to offer her the slightest caress. Her parents do not feel the same confi dence in the dashing fellow who has had no end of sweethearts ever since he was out of his swaddling clothes, broken hearts by the score and was always ready for anew conquest, ever captivated by anew and prettier face, winning affection only to fling it aside like a flower that is faded —a love race that has been won, and that is the end of it. Worldwise parents know that this is not the kind of young man for her to be brought into contact with too often. They endeavor to dis courage her with him. When that fails they set their foot down against his coming, thus censoring her would be beau. Some girls take this parental cen sorship as an affront. They either go into hysterics or sulk over it. Very few girls have the rare good sense to realize that whatever father and moth er decree is for the best, bowing beau tifully to their will. Some people think that parents should not interfere with their chil dren’s love affairs. If they didn t there would be no end of mischief done in a number of cases. It’s not only the right, but the duty of parents or guardians of a young, unsophisti cated girl to censor her friends, both male and female. It is not the par ents who bend the twig in the way it should go, but the girl’s companions who set the pace she travels. The wild youth will not call constantly up on a girl he does not care overmuch for if her home folks give him little or no opportunity to have her alone by himself to make love to. There will be no regret or tears for the girl whose sweetheart meets with her par ents’ approval. Girls should have a gay and merry youthtime but parents should censor the companions of their daughters. MAN WHO AVOIDS WOMEN. Known mischiefs have their cure; But doubts have none, And better is despair than faithless hope Mixed with a killing fear. Because a man apparently has no Inclination for the society of women, it is a libel upon him to intimate that he is a woman hater. He may be a very noble character, who reasons it out that it is unkind for a man to put himself in the way of impulsive wom en, who might be attracted to him when he cannot reciprocate their lik ing. He is one of the kind of men who do not believe in platonic friendship. His creed is that a man either has affection for a woman or else he is entirely indifferent tow T ard her. He has stricter notions than other men probably have. He does not believe in having the romance of heart dead ened by a thousand frivolous flirta tions. He does not believe in offer ing the one woman who will some where, some time cross his path, a bat tered, worn-out, patched-up heart. He has keener insight perhaps into wom an’s heart than most men have. If a young woman were to fall in love with him he would feel himself in a most awkward position. He would not be the man to wreck a noble woman’s life, believing that the personal run of women love once and for all time. There is another class of men who avoid women from selfish motives. If they are men of wealth they do not intend to oe tied down to any one woman, but to enjoy the life of free lances. They are men’s men, jolly fel lows at bin and board; at their best at their club or hunters’ camp, spin ning yarns or taking a crowd of their fellows on long pleasure jaunts, where never a petticoat crosses their path. Married life to such a man would be irksome because he could not come and go as he pleased or en joy the companionship of men most agreeable to him. The bachelor of very moderate in come who avoids women often does so for reasons quite as selfish. His small Income keeps him in compara tive ease. If he were to wed, a wife would have to he supported out of it. which would mean cutting off most of his comforts. He avoids the entire sex rather than perchance meet and fall in love with the one woman who would tempt him to swerve from Ifls set notions. But, taking all in all, no matter how much a man may avoid fair wom en, he is tout a tool in the hand of fate. “There Is a destiny which shapes our ends, rough hew them as we may.” People meet where hills and mountains don’t. The clasp of a hand, the glance of a pair of eyes, and he follows blindly where she leads him, when once he would have turned and fled. * There’s no use of attempting to be guile or push the man who is deter mined to avoid women into matrimony. He must learn his lesson from the book of love, in his own time and in his own way. BACHELORS ADOPTING BABIES. ’Tls often seen adoption strives with na ture; And choice breeds A native slip to us from foreign lands. —Shakespeare. The fame of a New York bachelor has sprung up like a mushroom in the night, because, of his declaration that every bachelor, be he wealthy or even of moderate means, should adopt a war baby. Its proper maintenance and edu cation should be carefully attended to. Every whit as much attention should be given to the waif as though it were kith and kin. The sentiment was a noble one. But the bachelor who rushes to carry out his theory should think twice over the laudable undertaking. Great errors seldom originate but with men of great minds. As has been said; “In all science error precedes knowledge. To care for a weak infant, thrown up on the world, is one of the greatest charities w’hich the mind can con ceive. There are two sides of the question to consider ere a man signs his name to the written instrument which gives a stranger the right to a place in his home and al! that he may have toiled hard to accumulate. A man may be a care-free bachelor today, at the time he adopts a war baby, but the question is will he al ways remain a bachelor? Destiny plays strange pranks with human be ings. No single man knows the day or the hour when he shall meet the one woman of all the world who is to make his life complete by marriage. Is it quite fair to her that there should already be an adopted heir in his home? To most wives children are given. There are some to whom the blessing is denied. If perchance the w’ar-baby was en throned in such a home complications might arise. Love which its little heart hungered for might be denied it. All of which goes to show’ that the bachelor, in thinking twice, might with good judgment contract to pro vide for a war w’aif from his store of plenty, provide a certain amount for its maintenance and education, until such time as it was able to face the world, armed with knowiedge suffi cient to help itself. There his obllga- | tion could with all propriety cease, j The aged man could not be expected to toll on denying himself and the wife of his bosom necessary comforts to launch a much younger man and a stranger in business, or surround him with a fortune without a tie of blood which would entitle him to it. He who ponders well over both sides of the situation is wise. Another set of bachelors have hit upon a different plan—that of found ing a school for the w’ar-babies, in which they will be well housed, pro vided for and educated until of age. While his interest is still with the child his liability ceases. This renders it so that no child can lay claim to any of these noble, charitable bache lors. No wife could find fault wfth such an arrangement. The husband’s interest is divided among many In stead of centered upon one. Wood Tar. Wood tar, known also as Stockholm and as Archangel tar. Is principally prepared in the great pine forests of central and northern Russia, Finland and Sweden. The material chiefly em ployed is the resinous stools and roots of the Scotch fir and the Siberia larch A large amount of tar is also prepared from the roots of the swamp pine in North and South Carolina, Georgia and Alabama, in the United States. The process can be effected in two ways: (1) by stacking and firing as in the manufacture of charcoal; this method is wasteful as it is impossible to re cover the valuable by-products; and (2) by distilling from retorts, ovens or kilns. While the second is the more economical method, it is hardly practical except on a large scale for manufacturing purposes, as it involves the installation of an extensive plant retorts, condensing apparatus, etc. Lucky Girl. “Young man,” inquired her father sternly, “will you give her a home like the one she has been used to?” “No,” replied the truthful suitor, “for there will be no grumpy father to come home and make everyone mis erable by kicking over trifles and swearing at matters in general. There will be no mother to scold her from morning till night for wasting time, merely because she wants to be neat. There will be no big brother to abuse her for not doing half of his work and no little brother to make enough noise to drive her crazy when her head aches. There won’t be any younger sister to insist on reading some trashy novel while she does all the work. She will not have with me a home like she has been used to, not if I can help it I” Superior. “What is Bill the Bruiser puttin’ on all them airs about?” asked one crook. “He thinks we ain’t had the advan tage he’s enjoyed. He’s been through the leadin’ penitentiary of the coun try.” More Needed. Hub —I’m trying to invent anew range finder. Wife —For mercy sake, make it a cook-finder. We have a range and can't find a cook to run it sire*® KEEP HORSES IN GOOD ORDER Slim Economy to Permit Animals to Fall Off In Flesh—Oats and Corn Are Best Grains. It is poor economy to let the horses fall off in flesh by reducing the grain. Horses cannot be kept In good order on straw and a poor quality of hay. They need a little grain, even if they are idle. To have the horses strong for spring plowing, harrowing and other heavy and exhaustive work, they must be kept thrifty and in good flesh all through the winter. Oats and corn and bran are the best grains. If there Is no steady work, take off r 1 m —■' jjg ' -V- --■■'■ Splendid Type for Farm. the shoes and give them daily ex ercise in the yard every suitable day. A grass pasture adjoining the sta bles is a great convenience. The stock may be turned in when the sod is dry and the weather suitable; they will get the exercise they need and will keep warm by grazing. Most stockmen provide winter as w’ell as summer pasture for their stock. The driving horses, if used on Icy roads, should have shoes sharpened. It is dangerous to drive a smooth horse when the road is icy. The wear and tear of the nervous strain takes too much out of a horse, if nothing more serious happens. Chain overshoes can be had at the agricultural stores. Keep a-pair on hand to use in case of a sudden freeze. Give the horses judicious feed, dally exercise and good grooming. When this is done the horse’s usefulness may be extended for a number of years. TREATING SHEEP FOR WORMS Pests May Be Combatted by Pasture Rotation, Combined With Drug* Injurious to Insects. The stomach worm Is the worst pest affecting sheep. Lambs are more susceptible than older sheep, prob ably because the older sheep are ac customed to the presence of the worm. In the spring, soon after lambing, the old sheep should each receive a dose of one or two ounces of gasoline, fol lowed by a small dose of epsom salts. After a day or two they should be placed in a worm-free pasture, if pos sible. In July treat the whole herd, includ ing the lambs, with gasoline, and turn hem into new pasture, and repeat the process in November. Pasture rota tion, combined with drugs that are in jurious to the worm, is a practical method of successfully combating this worm. ERADICATE LICE ON CATTLE Frequently Serious Pest on Stock In Winter —Any of Various Dips Are Quite Effective. Lice on cattle and young stock are frequently a serious pest in winter. Any of the various dips advertised or sold for this purpose are effective. They can be put on with a sponge or brush and worked in thoroughly to the skin, but it is not always safe to wet an animal all over in cold weath er. Kerosene and lard rubbed in from horns to the tail is a safe and sure remedy. An even better one is to use powdered sulphur. Rub it in well with the hand and repeat in two weeks. There is no danger from using this. Fill Up Mud Holes. Do away with all the mud holes Nothing thrives in them, not even the hog. Skim Milk for Swine. There is nothing better for growing pigs and hogs of all kinds and ages than skim milk, or milk in any form sweet or sour. The small farmer witti one sow and a few cows with skin: milk to spare can make quick monej and a substantial side revenue b$ raising and finishing two litters oj pigs each year. Oats for Breeding Stock. Oats are good for breeding stocl and shoats, but not for fattening stock. Too much fiber in them.