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the Interest of our big family of Farm Life Folks,
and with the belief that every effort we may make to Improve the character and appearance of our magailne will be appreciated by you. wo shall not. hereafter, accept any medical or matrimonial ad vertising for publication In Farm Life.” J* Next week remember. Is our Poultry Special; and we verily believe It Is going to be about the best one we have ever Issued. It will be practical ly made up by the time this reaches you, ao we can not nsk you to help us with It; but we hope you will remember our Farm Equipment Special of February 12. This treats of one of the most Important subjects the farmer has to consider, and we want to make It of practical value to all our readers to those with large farms and those with small May we not count on your assist ance? J» Hookworm disease Is confined to no one class of people and to no one section. In a recent In vestigation It was found that one-third of the Junior class of Tulane rnlverslty had the disease, and It has also been found, to a large extent, In California and some of the Northern States. The extermination of the disease Is, therefore, a mat ter In which all sections and all classes are vitally Interested. J» Not for one Instant should any reader of ours think of letting up In the war against the cattle lick That U a remarkably encouraging report we are publishing on page IT. and there. Is no longer any question that the tick can be utterly •iterminatrd Inalst on liberal appropriations for the work from your legislature, and then do your part In disinfecting and rotating pastures jt Thousands of acres of corn and cotton were drowr«-d out last summer This Is not likely to happen again this year, but 11 may. The only safeguard Is better drainage The best drainage Is with tilesi. but open ditches can be made to answer See what l* said on page 41 about the kind of open ditches to make. Right now. if you ha»e not already done so you must map out your year's work. Surely no I rogre*»he Farmer and (laselte reader la going to try to farm longer without some definite sys tem of crop rotation and some definite plan of work Head what Is said on page 39. and then put It into practice To complete our office flies we greatly need two copies of The Southern Farm (Jarelte of Novem ber SI. 1909. and July 31. 1909 We shall be glad to give a thre#>monthi* subscription each for the first two copies of each dale sent us by any reader who will be kind enough to supply the missing dales "A reasonable acreage In cotton thla year with a good yield from every acre home-grown com and vegetables and bacon and butter, a liberal acreage in legumes with good live stock to feed them" let this be your motto thla year and yon *UI come out all right whether cotton prices are high or low. ji Of course, after reading all that was said about garden making In last week's paper, you will not r»**gle< t that part of the work this spring. Right now get the garden plowed, get It enclosed, and Itet a supply of good seeds. Then whenever the leather permits, you are ready for work. Remember, you need not write to ask us wheth *r any advertiser In The Progressive Farmer and Gillette la reliable or not. Read the standing no t!r« In which we guarantee the trustworthiness of all advertising that we carry. A Thought For the Week. R WAS A noon man. my father was. an his usual form of address to me was my son.” thess so, unadorned, nn' I don’t know hut lt*a helped me all my life. It sort o' chal ••uges a boy to be called "my son" by a good man—Kuth McKnery Stuart What s The News?” _ B* CLARENCE H. POE. The Week’s Happenings. 1 RESIDENT TAFT has appointed H. S J Graves of the Yale Forest School to suc ceed Gifford Plnchot as Forester. Concern •ng Mr. Plnchot. the whole country deeply regrets h‘S dismissal from office, and yet admits that President Taft could not have done less than or der his removal after Plnchot’s letter to Senator Dolliver. But Taft’s mistake was made before that time—began, in fact, when he put in Bal •mger with his unsavory associations as Secretary of the Int«rior. So while we can have no blame for Mr. Taft for dismissing Plnchot after the ap pearance of the Dolliver letter, the country can not hold him blameless for permitting the condi tions which provoked that letter from a splendid public servant to whom conditions In the Depart ment of the Interior had become intolerable. Elections held Saturday and Monday for seats In the Lower House of the British Parliament indi cate that the Liberals will retain control of the Government, although with material losses from their present overwhelming majority—which means, of course, that the Lords will be forced to Rive their assent to Lloyd-George’s hated Budget. M the same time the Liberals will be sobered by 'he losses they have suffered, which will probablv prevent them from going to the extreme of de manding the abolition of the hereditary chamber Ibe House of Lords has had Its fangs pulled and rill probably not stand much In the way of the l iberal program from now on. Of the ninety one members of the House of Commons for which elections were held Saturday, the Liberals lost in eighteen districts to the Unionists, and In one to the Laborites, the Unionists in three cases to the Liberals, and in sixty-nine districts there was no change of party majority. Numerous other elec tions will be held during the next two weeks, and under the English law a man can vote in each dis trict In which he owns land. The nature of the l.loyd-George ‘‘budget,” or system of taxation, has been several times explained In these columns, as well as the unprecedented action of the Lords in refusing to assent to the scheme of taxation pro posed by the elected representatives of the peo ple. The Unionists or Conservatives (the party of the Lords) propose that England shall abandon her historic free-trade policy and set up a pro tective tariff, and It was upo* this appeal to the people that they based their unrealized hopes of party success. * Although similar amendments have been twice defeated, the Maryland Democrats propose to sub mit to the voters next year another negro-disfran chtslng Constitutional Amendment. To this no one could have objection were it not for the ir regular methods by which it is proposed to carry It. It Is proposed to have an entirely new regis tration with the machinery entirely in the hands of the majority party, and the registrars instruct ed to refuse to register negroes. As the Mary land negro population is not large anyhow, it looks as if the main motive were the ambition of the Democratic State machine to perpetuate its su premacy. And never since the days of Senator Gorman’s rise to power has the Maryland ma chine been noted for moral scruples. Like other Southern States. North Carolina suf f«red much in Reconstruction days from the wholesale issue of fraudulent State bonds by irre sponsible carpetbag Legislatures, some of which issues were so flagrantly dishonest that the State repudiated them utterly. A citizen being prohibit ed from suing a State, while one State may sue 1 u another, some adA^enturers holding some of these repudiated bonds recently made a gift of some of hem to the State of Rhode Island, Avhereupon khode Island last week demanded payment of the Treasurer of North Carolina. Fortunately the Rhode Island Legislature seems to have recog nized that it was being made a cat’s paw of, and will return the donated bonds. It certainly seems as if a decent sense of shame should prevent any Northern State from seeking to hound and embar rass Southern Commonwealths with new remind ers of a time when the South, in the fine illustra tion of Senator Lamar, lay like a Prometheus chained to a rock while vultures preyed on her vitals. A lamentable lack of vision Is revealed by the report of the Louisiana legislative committee ap pointed to draw up a new scheme of salaries for the State officers. The Governor’s salary is fixed at $6,000; Auditor’s, $2,500; Treasurer’s, $3,000; Supreme Court Judges, $4,500; while the Superin tendent of Public Instruction is fixed at $2,500 and the Commissioner of Agriculture at $2,000. The offices of State Superintendent of Public In struction and Commissioner of Agriculture offer finer opportunities than any other for splendid constructive work in building up our Southern Commonwealths, and we should make way for the biggest men in the South to go into these offices and reward them accordingly. Hardly the Gover nor himself should have a larger salary. jt That Speaker Cannon with his vulgarity, vin dictiveness, and subservience to special interests is becoming too heavy a burden for his party, is fast dawning upon wiser Republicans. The recent vote by which the appointment of the House members of the Ballinger-Pinchot committee was taken from the Speaker is an incident without parallel, as the Springfield Republican points out. Never before has the House voted such a want of confidence In its presiding officer. S Mayor Gaynor of New York (the only Tammany candidate elected, it will be remembered, and he on a platform strongly Independent) is being generally complimented for the splendid appoint ments he is making. He Is either giving little re gard to Tammany, or else that organization slnee it no longer has control of the city money, is willing for its one representative in the adminis tration to make as good a representation for It as possible. J* The small body of noisy extremists in the North who are protesting against admitting Gen eral Lee’s statue into the National Capitol very naturally excite our contempt. Bet while our con tempt for them is aroused let us not forget that their prejudice is exactly on all-fours with that of Southern extremists who refuse to recognize the greatness of Northern leaders like Lincoln and Grant. By no means surprising, and yet not uninterest ing, is the report of Senator Culberson’s question put to the forty-four ranking living ex-Confeder ates as to whom they regard as the greatest Con federate general. Thirty-five answered Lee; four, Jackson; two, Johnston; one, Stuart; one, Beaure gard or Taylor. J* The death of General Rufus N. Rhodes of the Birmingham News removes a notable figure from Southern journalism, while the removal of Editor J. C. Hemphill to the Richmond Times-Dlspatch, after twenty years on the Charleston News and Courier, amounts to little less than a sensation. J* Thomas W. Lawson Is said to be organizing a $50,000,000 tobacco manufacturing company to take over the entire pooled holdings of the Burley Society of Kentucky. Lawson, however, Is so un certain a proposition that this may maan little or much. The German cotton manufacturing Industry is reported as in a desperate plight owing to labor troubles and the Increased price of lint. The Turkish Cabinet has resigned owin* to partisan differences.