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Y |; : ' % & • v>;' V ■Si PU* ■A "H: A u. * » This is why the members of the Canyon Beef Kids 4-H Club say are bitter about litter." They gathered this pile of litter from 20 miles of roadside from Lodge Grass to Willow Creek Lake. (Noblett photo) We Bitter About Litter 44 4-H Club Takes Action To Keep Montana Clean By MRS. JOHN NOBLETT WE ARE BITTER about litter," reads a unique sign posted by mem bers of the Canyon Beef Kids 4-H Club along the Lodge Grass Creek West Road leading to Willow Creek lake. Their other two signs are quite con ventional. One reads "Don't be a Lit ter Bug" and the other reads "Keep Montana Clean." The signs were posted at the end of a two-day clean-up project the club undertook on a 20-mile stretch of coun try road leading to one of Montana's smaller recreation lakes. During the clean-up they gathered eight loads of litter. The word "litter" has a special mean - ing for members of the Canyon Beef Kids now. They have learned through the hard school of experience just how much litter can be scattered along a country road. One of the things they learned was that beer drinkers like company. Where one beer can was found there was usually at least one more and sometimes many more. Everything Goes Although beer cans were prevalent they were by no means all that was found. In fact, the club members be lieve that people throw away every thing except money and silverware. Those were about the only two things not found. A short list of some of the things picked up included broken dishes, play ing cards, barbed wire, old tires, empty spinach cans, household cleanser cans, starch bottles, old shoes, pieces of boards, tin, and rubber, old clothes, syphon hoses, steel cable, a child's school book, a box containing eight hub caps for cars and another box containing the left over scraps of sheet rock from someone's house. 600 Beer Cans Per Mile One mile of road was clocked on the truck and a count kept of the beer cans picked up. The tally was 600 plus about half that many bottles. People dispose of their litter in vari ous ways. Some just toss it to the four winds and let it fall where it will. Others, (more careful souls or perhaps with a feeling of guilt for what they are about to do) carefully pack the litter in a paper sack and hide it in a de pression or in a clump of trees or bushes. In either case it is safe from view until wind rain and time reveal it's 32—July 1, 1957 hiding place. Then when a clean-up project is in progress it is much harder to get into the thickets and gather up litter so carefully tucked away. 8 Truck Loads At the end of the first day the club members and leaders had gathered five pickup truck loads of litter. Each truck was equipped with sideboards extending to the top of the cab. On the second day they worked three more truck loads were gathered, making a total of eight loads on only 20 miles of scenic Montana country road. The Club appeals to all Montanans and visitors to keep the left overs of a picnic lunch and other litter in their cars until such time as they can dispose of it in a prudent and lawful manner, Tempers flared at least once during the project when toward the end of the first day a car load of people passed the group at work. Just as they got past they carelessly tossed two empty beer cans out onto the freshly cleaned roadway. HOW ABOUT RUNNING TO THE HOUSE AND MAKING A PITCHER OP LEMONADE, BUMPER? JT WHEW, ITS HOT TODAY.' <; * T I LL \ ' SAY.' J h 'thaïs i A SWELL IDEA, POP e .■Yi w f *\ i I V/ <x Vi tTPjr K 3^^ G : .7 B » Y !( S V t i JMi, YEP...IT H \ SURE TASTED /A SWELL! . 'GOLLY, ITS T SURE TAKING ■ HIM A LONG v TIME TO BRING DIO YOU L MAKE THE , LEMONADE? am IT 1 //A \i,'U Wi, rMj. TV JL • ' -3* * s'nV • Farm Mechanics Engineering Tips For Farm, Ranch By E. B. WILSON Overstocking Fuel Is Unwise THERE ARE AT least three good reasons for not keeping an oversupply of fuel on hand on the farm. 1. Safety—Under farm conditions, it is often impossible to bring a fuel-fed fire under control. Refineries 2. Engine Performance produce different fuels for different Winter grades cause vapor seasons. lock in summer. Summer grades will not start in cold weather. 3. Economy—Vaporizing of fuel costs money in warm weather. And fuel does "sour" when stored too long. The more you keep on hand, the greater these losses will be. Ciogged Breather Pipe May Cause Oil Pumping IF THE TRUCK or tractor that has been used occasionally during the win ter shows signs of engine oil pumping, it may be due to deposits clogging the breather pipe. Cold weather operation and short runs contribute to sludge deposits in the breather pipe cap or tube. The cap and its filter should be thoroughly washed and the tube swabbed out. The same difficulty is often experi enced with automobile engines during winter operation of the car on short runs. Clean Up a our Metal Square THE MARKINGS on metal squares often became indistinct after being used for a while. One way to make them stand out for easy reading is to put a light coat of white paint across the marked area of the square. Then quickly wipe off the paint without rub bing too hard. This will take the paint off the surface, but leave the white in the indentations. The numbers and lines in the square then will be very legible. FARMING & RANCHING f APPLICATIONS FOR federal tax refunds for first half of gas 1957 can be filed after June 30 and before Sept. 30. Applications require accurate information from farm records including: Total number of gal lons bought after Dec. 31, 1956, hand at that time; num or on ber of gallons used on farm or ranch for agricultural purposes during Jan. 1 to June 30, 1956, inclusive; number of gallons cus tom operators used on farm or ranch during same period. Forms will be sent to operators who filed for refund in 1956. They may also be obtained at county extension offices. FEWER HOGS are being raised in Montana this year than last. Spring farrowings were down 8 per cent. This will more than offset growers' intentions to in crease fall farrowings by 10 per cent. Spring titters averaged 7.3 pigs aé compared to 7 last year. Number of pigs saved totaled 110,000 or 9,000 fewer than in 1956. Fall intentions should re su (t j n pjg crop of about 75,000 head. National pig crop prospect for 1957 is for an increase of 1 per cent. FEEDING QUIETING agents to cattle does not increase gains or feed efficiency, according to tests at Iowa State College. Al though stilbestrol was used in ra tion to stimulate appetite, live weight gains were slightly less ened and feed costs were in creased. MONTANA PLACED SIXTH from 51,000 acres. Yield per acre was 14.8 tons, an all-time high for the state. in nation for sugar beet produc tion in 1956 with 754,000 tons FIVE-YEAR AVERAGING of income system for livestock growers' tax purposes is included in bill now before Congress. Backed by national and state livestock organizations, includ ing Montana Stockgrowers Assn., bill would offer option of averag ing incomes for four years pre ceding any tax year in which earnings are unusually high. CREEP FEEDING calves won't pay out if calves are to be sold as feeders, if grass is good or if feed must be purchased. It might pay in dry years when grass isn't good. Grain would boost calf to normal weaning weight and help cow. CHICKENS CAN STAND 100 degree temperature for about 7 hours, according to Idaho Col lege of Agriculture report, but if thermometer goes up to 105 some birds will die, unless meas ures are taken. College suggests giving all fresh air possible, spraying water on roof of hen house and fine mist inside, ap plying heat-deflecting paint on roof and, of course, supplying plenty of cool drinking water.