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il I A M . :i| : : • :••• ;; ■ , ■■ J I . ill i III? ■ S&V'i ? m *.■ Ils ft? ft I 1 ; :??■'? A superior meat and wool animal, the new breed of sheep—the Columbia—is gaining popularity in Great Northern territory. Instrumental in introduction of the Columbia breed along Great Northern was the railway's Department of Agricultural and Mineral Development. Above are two prize-winners at a recent Columbia Show and Sale in Minot, N. D. The man standing at the right is E. M. (Pop) Gregory of Fargo, Great Northern agricultural agent. BEHIND THE MAN ON THE LAND resources—a service no other kind of transportation performs. It is what Great Northern does to help you get bigger yields per acre at less cost. To raise crops and livestock that will bring greater returns. To find new mar kets for what you raise. Independently, or in association with colleges, universities and government agen cies, Great Northern encourages farming methods best adapted. to conditions in your region. It helps you wage war on plant diseases, droughts, weeds and other ad versities. At a cost of $130,000 ' a year Great Northern maintains a staff of agricultural and mineral development experts whose sole Job is to help you. Beyond providing transportation services, what does a railway do for farmers and ranchers in its territory? Part of the answer is fairly common knowledge: a railway pays taxes. Great Northern's 1950 tax bill in the ten states it serves was a whop ping million dol lars—more than 5 out of every 100 dollars the railway received for transportation services last year. In many of those states almost 50 per cent of the railway's tax dollar goes to sup port rural and other public schools. An other sizable chunk helps build and main tain roads used by farmers, ranchers and railways' competitors. The railway's local payroll and pur chases mean a great deal, too, to you who make your living on the land. Yet, a most important part of the railway's service generally is overlooked. It is the every day contribution to every community along the railway by Great North ern's Department of Agricultural and Mineral Development. Behind the man on the land in Great Northern's territory is a small, but highly trained and experienced group of men devoted to better, more productive agri culture and development of other natural ' WORKING FOR YOU E. B. Duncan, Director, Department of Agricultural and Mineral Development, St. Paul? ; J. J. Hare, Asst, to Director, St. Paul R. V. Backstrom, Asst. Director, St. Paul E. N. Duncan, Western Agricultural Development Agent, Seattle Traveling Agricultural and Development Agents Paul C, C. Wagner E. M. Gregory - . Fred Sanborn - - ■ Charles E. Jarrett - - - - Great .Falls £. H. Thomas - - Fargo - - Fargo Great Falls Spokane Mineral Development A. J. Haley, System Geologist, Seattle R. A. Watson, Asst. Geologist, Spokane For the transportation of what you produce. Great Northern must compete with other public transport en terprises tha t are dis tine tly favored with direct and indirect government subsidies, and exempted from com parable regulation and taxation. But, the railway has no competi tion from other forms of transporta tion in the-constructive business of helping you—the man on the land I ill' j l GREAT NORTHERN RAILWAY I dtP JferJ LTV V3 7 rickly-Pear Clark over in Daw son county is afraid the thing he has been dreadin' is about to come to pass. The new discovery well makes it pretty clear that there is oil under his land and now his wife will insist on his spendin' the winters sittin' under a danged date palm down in Florida when he could be enjoyin' himself playin' penny ante as usual with the boys in town. P The rain-increasers are havin' lo do a bit of fast work tryin' to convince the folks who got too much rain and those who got too little that neither condition was due to the effect of the silver iodide generators. Congressmen need all the forti tude and delicacy thèy can commaftd these days to determine where sen sible defense spendin' ends and na tional bankruptcy begins. It's a little like decidin' whether Aunt Jenny's stomach requires a majc~ operation or just a change of diet. About the time we get all set up in economic strait-jackets to ward off inflation we may get sucked under by a fast movin' deflation before we have time to kick the shackles loose. Vacation is the annual inconven ience, heat and financial strain you undergo just to learn once more that there's no place like home. That neighbor of mine says the trouble with life is that when you finally learn some of the answers you're- too tired and rheumatic to do anything about it. This is about the time when the June brides discover the cruel fact that the bridegroom's shirts don't wash themselves. Protein Pete says before the species is completely extinct we ought to stage a national contest to determine the best horse trader in the country. And then make the winner secretary of state. The grasshoppers on Summerfal low Saih's place seem to be pretty sickly as a result of several days of cold rainy weather that came just after they hatched out. Sam says it looks as if he may not have to poison them unless some government relief agency comes along and cures the critters before they die of bronchitis, or whatever it is they're ailin' with. Doc Henderson tells about a woman he treated recently who had been bitten by a dog durin* the rabies epidemic. She hadn't come lo him as soon as she should have so he told her that there was a possibility she might die of hy drophobia, and that it might be well for her to jot down any of her last wishes. The woman busied her self with a pen and paper for such a long time that the doc remarked: "That's a rather long will, isn't it?" To which the woman replied: "Will nothing. I'm making a list of the people I want to bite." Montana Farmer-Stockman Aug. 1, Vol. 38. No. 23 Published twice a month on the 1st and 15th, by the Montana Farmer, Inc., Great Falls, Mont. Subscription price is $3 for five years, $2 for three years, $1 for one year; Canadian, one year, $2. Entered as second class matter at the Postoffice at Great Falls, Mont., under act of March 3, 1879.