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Kl> " ” i ■% !r => ournal for Farmers. Stock-Raisers.anoTHEir Families. VOL 11. NO. 24. STARKVILLE, MISS. NOVEMBER 1. 1906 50 CENTS A YEAR. Comments Madison County Farmer. Editor Ga2;LU: Your paper isgreatasan experience-giving medium and tempts one who docs not write for publication, to talk sometimes. I note that quite a number of your contributors favor a dog tax ranging from $1 up to $5 a head. Wbat do tbc writers think will be accomplished by the tax? Do they believe that it will destroy a dog’s appetite for mutton, eggs, etc.? Or do they think the worthless owners of the worthless prowlers will kill them rather than pav the tax? A little reflection should con vince them that it will do neith er. And that they themselves —not the state -arc tbc proper guardians of their property. Kverr farmer should feci that he has the right to control hss premises and that it ur bis duty to protect his dumb animals from mutilation and suffering, and to act promptly when dan ger threatens. The writer has been growing sheep for VJ years and during those years— though rarely win tering more than 100 head thousands have roamed the pas tures. Yet it is doubtful if as many as 10 have been killed by dogs. In the meantime many dog carcasses have fattened the garden or the bu/zirds. My sheep arc a splcnd|d lot, some thing to be proud of, and these miserable unknown marauders I must not Come about them, as : my rule is to kill the dog before he kills the sheep. Nor shall they destroy the eggs of par i tridges and other birds tbit are laid in bandied* of nests all over the farm, where gunners and their dogs are forbidden to trespass. I want to endorse heartilv wbat Mr. Vail says, page l, Oct. I: “The farmer who depends on geese to clean bis cotton had belter quit farming and take up another calling.*' In my experi ence with them 20 years ago. they proved to be fully as fond of cotton as of grass, and on ac count of their filthiness around watering vessels, ponds and everywhere, were got rid of as soon as possible. Tbc “Deculiar cultivator” of which Mr. Y*il speaks is doubt less the Tower cultivator. There is one in the lean-to ol my barn and has been there during the whole season. As Mr. V. states, lor its proper use the rows must be straight. Furthermore, the drii! must be run straight and accurately in centre of row. In wet seasons, like the one past, all cultivators are worse than useless. The'rov - er pulverizer is an mdispcnsible implement. I would feel badly handicapped if I had to farm without one, or rather several. In regard to winter pasture, no writer, I believe, has mention ed turnips. For sheep nothing else is to be "mentioned the same day." Rut the variety must be one that grows above ground, so that the entire root can be eaten in its place, and that will not be killed by the hardest freeze that ever comes. Support Advocated Kiutok Gazette: Your paper is of great value to this state and the South, and we should ail support it to our best abilities. V. A. M \*s, Greenwood, Miss. Reply by editor: While the Gazette is not getting the sup port desired, I know of no paper that is more generally backed by good practical men and wom en of all classes. To this, much of the paper’s rapid develop ment is due. I say it is not get ting the support desired, be* cause the more support it has the faster can the development of the paper and the prosperity of the e it aids be furthered. If the single slate of Mississippi, for instance, had bad a practical and progressive agricultural pa* per of 50,«hm> circulation during the last 25 years, property to day would be worth at least 50 per cent. morc. There can be no doubt of this, since the ex* pcrience of other sections show what has been so accomplished elsewhere. Much hard work will have to be done before the (iazette can have such a circula tion as that, but we are always busy and don't sleep more than required. I have never asked anybody to support me or the I Gazette unless it is profitable to give such support. When it is profitable. 1 shall hope for sup port and shali endeavor to aake good. A paper has le»n sea sons, just a-* a farmer ha?; and at such times i» is gratifying to know that several thousand solid men arc always willing to lend a helping hand. To sub scribers and advertisers, I wiil say lend a hand when you can profitably anil if hard work will repay you, you will be amply re paid. A little help from each totals a great amount for the pa per and tbo?e it serves. Kach can aid with good words, if not with good deeds or cash—if it is felt good words are due. .... -~mas.——" i i ■ w. $1 Weekly Wanted Editor Gazkttk: I cannot afford to miss a sin gle copy of the Gazette. It is the best farm paper I ever saw. It has been worth dollars to me, Please make it a weekly and charge double price. C. W. Hkkrviin.r., Giostcr, Miss. Reply by editor: The ques tion of changing the Gazette to a weekly has been considered, but in a matter of this kiad the the average man must be reck oned with. As friends write in from time to time, I should be glad to have their opinion of about doing so. Would they all prefer to pay twice the present price for a weekly and Mould their neighbors?