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The progressive farmer and southern farm gazette. (Starkville, Miss.) 1910-1920, March 12, 1910, CORN SPECIAL, Image 19

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^ Salt of the Earth
It is a Do the most abundant in the plant. Unless
f it ha-t enough Potash in soluble />rm at the right time %
M it cannot use the other plant food you or your soil may %
M supply. Take n meet. Tie to f»<ta, ]
M not to theories. Many soils need only Potash j '
m to raise big crops. All soils need Potash /
I sooner or later. Heflin to use it before the /
I crops starve. Do it now, for P
\ POTASH PAYS p'v-^n
% t'rgr »r»ur f<*rtitir»r dealer to carry Potash »*ltj I W
% In *ti<t You iwl be will have no difficulty in f A
buying Ibrm it you w ill write to u» about it. K J
Write to Sale* Office: f J
100 Bushels Corn Per Acre
You can build up your farm to produce 100
bushels of corn per acre, and even a bigger yield
by systematic rotation, careful seed selection and good
plowing with good implements, proper cultivation, and
By Using
liberally. Accept no substitute. If your dealer is out
of these fertilizers, write us and we will tell you where
to get them. Write for a free copy of our 1910 Farmers’
Year Book or Almanac. It will tell you how to get
a big yield of corn.
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Fertilizer >
it will pay you to investigate 1
’aragon |
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6". Add Phosphate |
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on Seed Meal and High Grade Acid S
•phate in our fertilizers. #
Wkm wrltlsg advertisers. please meetioa Uhls paper.
farm f-or sale
60 acre, creek bottom Farm. 15 in cultivation, 40
in woven wire paature, 90 good fruit trees, 4-room
dwelling, ample barn and outhouses, running trout
stream in pasture, tools, surry, wagon, pony team.
14 gnats, extra good grade Jersey cow. For par
ticulars. address.
J. H. WAILES, - White Sulpher Springs, La.
Farming Is Profitable In
The Southeast
There is uo better occupation
for the Average Man than Farm
ing and no Bectlom la Superior to
the South for a Good Farmer.
Farming ia a Great Bualneaa and
should be carried oa by the Appli
cation of the Beat Business Princi
ples. The Proper Loontlon, the
Study of Soils, Seed Selectloa, the
Wise Choice aad Rotatlom of Crops
and Careful Cultivation will bring
Assured Success.
We are la position to Aid You
in the Selection of the Proper Lo
cation la Districts which Preseat
Splendid Advantages and Oppor
tunities. in writing tell os what
You Want
Land amd Industrial Agaat, Saatham Rail
mmtf, amd MakiU A Okim R. R.
Washington, t: :: u D. C.
Handy Atlas,m World ,
100 Pages, 6x8, Strongly Bound In Cloth
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raise and ol Jtesry CbwUry In the Wsrld,
with dpidel Mmm ol Louisiana and Missis
sippi. The Maps are eUise-le-dd# are beauti
fully colored and printed on Ontelaa paper.
The Handy Atlas also contains ’ Flays oI all
Nations" in oolora, “Population of All Lead
inf cities ol the World** and other matter ol
great Interest. The Pteayune's Handy Atlas
will be found a treat hatp to School Children
In their study ol Ococmphy. •
The Twicer-Week Picayune
Issued Monday and Thursday Moraines, Is a
ten-pace newspaper oontalnlnc the latest
News ol the World,Market Reports, etc. The
Thursday Issue always has apace ol Agricul
tural matter, edited by Dr. W. H. Dairy m pie,
PH. oi Veterinary Selenea. La. State Unlrer
stty. and State Veterinarian.
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In New Orleans and to tO
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mall one copy of The PitmvmfB HmmA* Al
loa and will oommenoe mailing the lWo-s
free* Issues of The Picoprme. Address
THE PICAYUNE, New Orleans, I<a.
Na 6. Na d.
Lr Jackson «*»*•“- **$!*■»■:
Lt Hattiaeburc 9:43 a m. 7:13 p. m
Ar Gulfport 1230 p.m. 1030 p.m.
INa 4. Nad.
Lt Gulfport 7:40 a m. 4.-25 p. m.
Lt Hatueeburg 1030 a m. 7H8 p. m.
Ar Jicksoo 1:56 p. m* HjOO p. nou
Columbia Division (Vis Silver Creek end Columbia)
Na 101 Na 102.
730 am.LT, Mendenhall Ar 936 p. m.
1:40 p. m. Ar Gulfport Lt 2:46 p. m.
Na 109. Na 110.
230 p. m. Lt Jackson Ar 10:16 a m.
630 p. m. Ar Columbia Lt 6:10 a m.
Connections at Jackson. Hattiesburg and Gulf
port with all tines. For further information apply
to J. L. HAWLEY. General Passenger Agent,
Gulfport. Mtae. Effective January 1. 1910.
V hen we drive home from (lie Implement
dealer with our little load of Sis.il twine for
the coming harvest, we do not often realize
that we are giving that twine its final lift on
the journey of many thousands miles which
it has taken months to make. Seldom do
we appreciate when we give it its final
resting place in the binder box that the
first hands which touched it were those of
a Maya boy or girl in far off tropical
Yucatan whose ancestors were a great
civilized people, with temples and literature,
centuries before Columbus came ashore in
his red velvet suit
Or, if it is Manila twine, the first step In
its long pilgrimage was under the guidance
°f a bare-footed, brown-skinned little
h ilipplno savage, who perhaps never heard
of a binder,and whose views of agricultural
implements are a pointed stone or A
crooked stick.
Yet, If u were not for the Industry of
these two widely separated nations, the
farmers of this rich state would still be
obliged to bind their grain with old
fashioned wire,which never worked or with
untrustworthy cotton strand. In fact, the
problem of twine was the problem of suc
cessful binding for years after the §elf
binder was an established fact
It took many years and thousands of
dollars to eliminate this primary drawback
to tlie early grain growers of the country.
v/mu m.iniaciurer aione spent eio.uuu trying
to make twine out of grass, $35,000 using
paper as a substitute,and $43,000on straw
all in the end to be discarded as unsatis*
factory. Then, after searching the world
with a close tooth rake, as it were, it was
found that two fibres could be made to do
the work—Manila and Sisal. The Manila
long, soft and even—had generally been
used In multiple strands for making cable
and cordage; while the Sisal—strong.pliable
and smooth—was found to lenditself perfect*
ly for the manufacture of a single-strand
cord, such as the self-binder necessitated.
Then commenced a merry struggle be*
tween the distant tacos for the honor of
supplying the twine which was to make
His Majesty, the American farmer, the
greatest food producer in the world. At
first, owing to the established position of
the Manila hemp trade caused by the
cordage industry, the little brown brother
in tlie Philippines forged ahead, but he
made no progress in his methods of pro*
duction, using the knife and block and
other simple methods followed by his
primitive forefathers in extracting the fibre,
ft was soon seen that Sisal would either be
the ultimate material to supply this demand
or the demand would not be filled. At this
point of the race a number of clever,
aggressive Yucatecans, educated in the
sciences in this country and abroad, sprang
into the game. They saw the future com*
mercial possibilities of the neglected Sisal
plant At their own expense they built
railroads Into the arid, dry territories
where henequen grew. They invented
npw machines, capable of cleaning 100,000
leaves a day, and soon began to compete
on an equal basis with the Manila fibre.
The Spanish-American war temporarily
advanced the price of Manila fibre to suen
an extent that good grades of Manila fibre
commanded a price which was practically
prohibitive for binder twine. Therefore,
manufacturers of binder twine concentrated
their energy and genius in the production
of a perfect binder twine from Sisal. This
required some adjustment ot macmnery
and some change in methods, but manu*
(acturers of twine succeeded so that the
twine made from Sisal has for some years
been as perfect and satisfactory as any
binder twine ever made from any material
This has resulted in the increased use of J
Sisal, until during the past season not less jj
than 85 per cent, and possibly 90 percent m
of the material which went into the manu* ■
facture of binder twine in the United States '
was Sisal fibre.
First-class binder twine can be made
from high-grade Manila fibre, but it is very
difficult to make even a reasonably good
article of binder twine from low-grade
Manila. Before the American occupation
of the Philippine Islands, the Spanish
officials at times exerted their arbitrary
power for the purpose of maintaining the
quality of the fibre which was produced by
the natives. It was not an uncommon thing
for the governor of a district to seize a
quantity of inferior fibre and publicly burn
it in the middle of the plaza. This was an
object lesson to the natives to produce
better grades of fibre. However, since the
Americans have taken possession of the
Philippine Islands, no authority has been
exercised and no influence exerted by the
officials in connection with the quality of
fibre. The result is a very much greater
proportion of low-grade fibres than has ever
been produced in previous years Un»
questionably, large quantities of this low*
grade fibre will be used in the manufacture
of binder twine for the harvest of 191(1 and
it is unnecessary to state that those who
attempt to use twine made from this low*
grade Manila fibre will have troubles of
their own. '
There may never be a famine in twine,
but it is rather to the farmer’s interest
always to keep a weather eye on the
future, and in this particular instance to
secure bis twine supply, whether it be Sisal
or Manila, at as early a date as possible.

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