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cultivators, working out my corn with old-fashioned double shovels, putting them down as deep as pos sible, trying to tear up the worst weed and grass jungle that I have ever seen in a corn field, and that is not all, I am ashamed to tell it, but in some rich swags I even abandoned the double shovels and took to the old-fashioned one-horso plows. Imag ine our plowing corn in this day with a turning plow, or even with a double shovel or bull tongue! But clrcum-i stances Alter cases, and when I can’t cutivate my com by modern methods, when I can’t make my corn at a minimum cost, I then make it at as little cost as possible. The cost of one plot of 10 acres, raised In 1908. Hero are results without one pound of commercial fer tiliser: Breaking 10 acres (gang plows) .110.00 Harrowing first time (slant tooth) . 4.00 Double disking . 8.00 Seed . 3.00 Planting (2-horse planter, 15 acres a day) . 4.00 Harrowing (slant-tooth)_ 4.00 Plowing first time (2-horse cultivator) . 5.00 Plowing second, third and fourth times. 12.00 Land Rent.100.00 Total .$160.00 The yield of the 20 acres at 60 bushels per acre was 1,200 bushels, and the average cost per bushel, 13.3c. To this ndd cost of gathering and cribbing, 3c. per bushel—mak ing cost In crib, 16.3c. per bushel. Value of corn at crib at gathering time was 60c. per bushel, making net profit per acre, $26.22, but the corn wns sold In the spring for 95c. per bushel. CLARENDON DAVIS. Huntsvlll", Ala. HOW TO ORGANIZE A BOYS’ CORN CLUB. A Wide-Awake Twuifww Boy Write* for Information and Gets Vint Hand Information—If You are Interested, Write Mr. Mar tin. Care Department of Agriculture, Waahlngton, D. 0. The following letter from our young Tenne see friend we sent to Mr. O. H. Martin, in charge of the Boys' Corn Club work. United State* Department of Agriculture. Wash ington. D. C.. whose reply we also print herewith. Any boy who reads The Progressive Parmer and Oasette who Is interested would do well to send to Mr. Martin for the circulars ho mentions. They are free, and Mr. Martin w|U be glad to send them. He w*a a Jolly Southern farmer boy himself—a South Carolinian—and he'll be glad to help any boy or man who wants to get the corn club work started anywhere In tho South. Write him The letter from our Tennessee ty>y and Mr. Martin's reply follow: I.—The Hoy's Letter. My father lakee "The Progressive Farmer" and we have been reading the splendid articles with increasing Interest But the article* that 1 was most deeply interested In were those on the "Boys' Corn Club." This idea struck me. 1 had read of them in Illinois, but did not know they had been trim) in the South. Conse quently when I found out that it was a success In North Carolina I knew it would be a go here~and It cer tainly Is the thing with which to Im prove farming conditions In a few years. tlnf tinar whsl t want is lQBtrUC Uon* in tho work of organising and carrying on the work, what will need to he done. etc., etc. Instruction* along this line will be appreciated. I hope you will keep the present high standard of your paper before you and If possible raise It still higher. A paper like The Progres sive Farmer Is bound to grow and If Us readers heed Its advice they are bound to raise better crop*, better stock and better brains for use In coming years. A. M. REYNOLDS. Dayton. Tenn. II.—Mr. Martin's Answer. Mr. A. M Reynolds. Dayton. Tenn. I am enclosing some circular* which will give you the general plan of the work. It Is necessary for some body to take the Initiative In arous ing Interest and lu raising prises. These prises need not be all lu money. During tho year such prises as the following were offered in different places: A trip to Washington; 950 In gold; 9-0 in gold; $10; 95; a nice buggy and harness; a good two-horse wagon; a first class bicycle; a strong two-horse plow; a two-row corn planter; a double-barreled shot gun; a substantial cultivator; a 95 hat; a 915 suit of clothes; a half ton of fertilizer; a 95 pair of shoes; some full-blooded pigs; three books on ag riculture; bridle, saddle and whip; gold stick pin In shape of ear of corn. It Is well to have a meeting of the boys early In the year. It Is a good thing to have a little corn Judging contest at the very beginning. If arrangements can be made to offer some prizes to the boys who will bring the twenty best ears, the ten ! best ears, the five best ears, and the best single ear, you can get some good results In seed selection at the very beginning. It Is well to get an expert from the Department of Agriculture or from an Agricultural College to aid In this work. In hundreds of In stances county superintendents of ed ucation take the lead In organising. Wherever there Is an ,/gent of the Department of Agriculture he gladly co-operates. Very often we get ex cellent cooperation from Secretaries of Bonrds of Trnde, Farmers' Unions and other organizations. In fact, anyone who Is willing to help with this work can find something to do. At the first mooting for the year the boys should organize, enroll their nnmes, and elect their own officers. As soon as the list of names Is sent Into this office we begin to send circulars on seed selection, deep plowing, fertilization, etc. The clr culars are sent from time to time throughout the yoar. In the fall It is a fine thing to have an exhibit of ears and stalks. We recommend that the prizes be award ed. not on y*eld alone, but also upon the exhibit of ears and stalks, the record kept, and the showing of pro fits. Soon after the Boys' Club work Is well started, prizes are usually offer ed on other crops than corn. Very frequently prizes are offered to girls for flowers, vegetables, cooking and sewing. You can very readily see how an attractive exhibit can be held at the county court house In the fall. Very frequently boys’ corn clubs have led to the establishment of ex cellent county fairs in addition to the fine stimulus and aid which the demonstration of each boy gives to his community. O. B. MARTIN. Assistant In Boys' Demonstration Work, United States Department of Agriculture, Washington, D. C. Why hesitate one minute? ; Your commonsense tells you to get the roofing made of Trinidad Lake asphalt. Nature gives it water proofing qualities that man has never equaled. Genasco Ready Roofing is made of T rinidad Lake asphalt. There are no secret materials in it. 1 here’s wool-felt for foundation, and mineral surface (on some) for finish. The Trinidad Lake asphalt is the life and backbone. It prevents cracks and breaks; does away with leaks and repairs, and makes Genasco last longer than any other roofing. \\ '..c for the Good Roof Guide Rook, and find out more about Genasco; get 1 sar.iples too. _ Mineral or smooth surface. I.ook for the trade-mark at your dealer’s, and insist on Genasco. A written guarantee—if you want it. ! THE BARBER ASPHALT PAVING COMPANY □ Largest producers of asphalt, and largest manufacturers of ready rooting in the world. PHILADELPHIA ew York San Francisco Chicago nu-iection, Genasco Stone-surface ^Ready Roofing COR C AI C 40 acres land. 80 seres under * JnL£« cultivation, good fence, good well, good building*, on Rural Route, 2 miles from R, R.; Church, 21-2 miles; School, 18-4 miles; Rus sell, 2 miles; Citronelle. 41-2 miles; Mobile, 80 miles. Fries tLOOO on liberal terms. B. W. PEVTON, CITRONELLE,.ALABAMA. WANTED—Men to Learn Barber Trade. 875.00 monthly paid graduates. Few weeks qualifies. Wonderful demand for our barbers. Tools given, board provided. Write for free catalogue. Molar System of Colleges, Memphis, Tann. Band Middle Aged Peopl * I sd to prepare for positions in Banka, K Houses and R. R. Offices, paying I 1.00 to $150.00 a month, and offer- I promotion to the ambitious. We I r demands for Bookkeepers, Stenog- I ind Telegraph operators, than we I ly. We guarantee positions. Write I ay. We will explain the proposition I ILBR BUSINESS COLLBGE J 3H fotlrr Building 1 *«rvmmgham-ala gmsaapv COLE’S CORN MILL a Thousands in use all over the country and every one giving perfect satisfaction and making perfect corn meal. We have been building high class machinery since 1855, and we know from practical experience what is necessary to make a perfect corn milL We use the Esopus Mill Stone, and the frame in heavy and steady. 9 The Stones are properly faced and furrowed and | accurately balanced and equipped with self-adjusting I balance iron that keeps them steady. | Write for full detailed description and prices. * * R. D. COLE MFG. CO., Newn&u, Ga. fhiusiri isf Hiwfrnrrn rfiBH-*- i^'iifiin lifer r*- fafSife Here’s me Biggest Cultivator value of mo } FREIGHT PREPAID A " It Is the original spring-tooth cultivator brought down to 1‘JIO perfection. Does everything any spring tooth Ml II —I docs, in all soil- does It better. Docs work no other MI IR __ cultivator am do. Furnished with wood or steel wheels, as |1H MMIHHHi desired, at same price. Hus widest range of adjustments. [ A I! dS HHHHHHHHflHHBHL* ^ ' : “'tucr .section *>t 5 teeth bolted In, makes a first-class, F'ill: B spring-tooth Harrow. Also a perfect broadcast f I 111 ■ Seeder and Bean Harvester with simple attachments. None f | 11IIH to compare with It at anr price. Guaranteed for all time. Delivered to I'K It /I you FK FIGHT FKKFA1D, In Michigan, Ohio or Indiana, SZZ.OO. In J Connecticut, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Vermont, Delaware and BXiIil Mary lain!. '‘k>. In Georgia, fAi.25. Write for prices delivered in other HmkJyf \\ ■■ » 11 <ju< to cniatly attractive prices on other styles-Phrot Ail* Vyffl Cultivator, All-steel Walking Cultivator, Wood-frame Lever Drag, each the H VfflVl banner tool of its class—a guaranteed __ _ # Mr//flllJ m Detroit-American - &a~y,5sBt lit Blj Tah* fur cholco of a eomptol* lino, ltlitlng or Walking, Itlglct Kranio or Pivot Axle, Spring Mf I i!ll Troth ,>r Moor l«. spring If r oak nr Pin llroak-anything y.ni want in a 01 It i > at or a i a direct HI I I LI from fa'ton prn-o H at nliaiiirn all i-ntnpetltlon. t >ur Ix-i or l>r«g boats anything of the kind M Ilf] >"U o* or »aw. 11 rinn aro rlglit, too. Pash, 30 ilayn nr long-time payiuontH. No dealer— no I [■I agoni .. orilor house ran give you a PKTRoIT-AMKKICAN. We dual ouly direct M||f/| from factory. m| 11/ Writ# lor fro* Book. Son the cultivator you want at the right price. Also shows the ' l>KIHt>ir \M hi.lt' in .Manuio sprmulor and Toitguelens l>ise Harrows, ikou't wait till It's ^^k too late to loaru how much we nave you. Bond postal by next mall. ^^AMFHICANJtAHBOW^^^JSOOIjlASTlNGSJST^ DETROIT. MICH.