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AIRTIIA and I have been Mi
quarreling again. It is one d(
of our chief diversions. w
Quarreling with Martha is th
mirore fun than agreeing fe
with the boss when he wants to raise ly
my salary. When I think of what my th
life might have been without having dt
her with tae to wade into mre every sl.
night and assault me with her entire ar
large and well-chosen vocabulary while at
trying to persuade me to revise my se
'language and squeeze the hot air out e%
of it or to stop holding Peter Ether- m
tbridge Simmons, Jr., up by one leg or Ili
to admit that I am entirely wrong in th
My claims concerning the weight of to
Queen Anne, I hold up my hands and le
bless Siwash college, which gave her le
to me.
Quarreling with Martha is more x- I
'tlarating than shooting the chutes. hi
And it's a perfectly harmless pastime.
I've quarreled with her for about eight at
years now-three of them in Siwash Ii
end five more since then, and as far tr
as I remember we have never settled ta
a single quarrel or quarreled over a at
subject that was worth settling. I am vi
very proud of our system. Sometimes
I think we ought to patent it. No mat- se
ter what I really want to quarrel with it
her about, or no matter what reason ,
she has for locking up The Hague tri- ni
bunal and calling out her reserves gi
against me, we always quarrel about gr
English history. It's a bully idea. You gr
can put all the enthusiasm and ta- ,l,
basco you please into the discussion, he
but you never get anywhere-most ht
especially you don't get around to pl
what you would really like to quarrel fe
about. That's why all of our quarrels hi
together have never panned out a drop an
of brine. If I ever made Martha cry, an
I think I should go out to Lincoln Park gii
and feed myself to the lions.
I suppose we choose English history ev
to row about because it was English se
history which first brought us together Ei
when I was a howling young nuisance W
at Slwash and she was a compendium no
of useful information with a twinkle A
in her talk. I got acqualnted because ab
of English history-don't tell me a th•
college education hasn't its advan- we
tages. And most of our quarrels end
up with a discussion as to when I er
fell in love with her. She maintains I
that it took three years of steady ef- an
fort on her part to land me. I claim m
that it was a case of love at first qt
~ t; that she won me'by declining in
to become acquainted with me, and at
that long after I was her slave she a
tried to give me away to a fat girl lii
who wore No. 9 shoes. She always it
shudders at this, and so do L It I
wasn't a pleasant experience for me. w
Martha and I went through college m
,,ractically hand in hand, and only ti
pa: rd long enough afterward to en- ig
able me' to sandbag a Chicago bank of
into paying me a living salary. But m
there was a time-in my freshman bi
year-when if
Oh, well, for that matter, the whole O
affair is tull of if's. If I had gotten tl
as mad as I should have gotten at I
i her indifference--4f I hadn't taken up tu
r study to amuse myself that spring; if IL
I hadn't seen that Martha's hair would d
be beautiful if she fluffed it up instead c
of tying it In a hard knot that pulled o
her eyebrows out of shape; and, most o
particularly, if I hadn't gotten a tre- e
andous grouch in the spring of my a
' man year-I never would have n
Martha. It's fun to figure out o
If's. Think of winning a wife v
ng an acute case of dark blue
bles I If that wasn't a top- I
award for foolishness, I'll give s
I am not going to tell it all, I
while Im perfectly willing to c
other people's love affairs I
m't seem to care to take the
dod let the world peer Into ours. I
*.rnraded Martha to look upon I
Spleasant diversion, and how
hted her to come down about 1
4 d miles and decorate exist
- r6 m-ths are secrets. But I
don't mind telling you bow it all start- 4
e. After all, that's the mlportant
oft these college affairs. It's just
lkhe rolllng a ahowball down hill-start
It and you don't have to worry about
it. It will take care of itself. That's
all I really did about falling In love
with Martha. I started the affair; but
I didn't mean a thing by it, either.
Neither did she mean anything. In
tact, she was a lot meanuer than I
about it.
It was the calendar that really be
gn it all. One of the most mysterl
ow thing in college life sla the way
the year sillps by under you and goes
away before you are half through with
it. This never failed to surprise and
grieve me. A year is such a conoond
edly long affalr whern youea look it in
the face-particularly a college year.
When yeou coneider, along in 8eptem
ber, that before June you have to go
to chapel 200 times, read through sev
ers books wriltten in decayed Ian
gages, and fure out a chabby rol
- of trigonoetry problems that
lk like Lairplane wrecks when they
are pat ou the blackboard, the year
es like a quarter-setion of eter
aty. But smaddenly, just after you've
mode a lot of friendships, have be
eaeo a decided hit with a number of
ares roundlag into good shape In
the S0 Qluad, and have a dose plamns
r the eunliveoment of the campus
wdi under way, you wake up to find
at tmhere Is about a month left before
emaomncement, and that at the end
d tat month the college will explode
and seatter your brand-new lifelong
Piead to all parts of the country.
This Is the reason why so muy oel
, boye become pensive along in
and get what is technically
ameas an ingrowin granch.
S ,arsue seiLors have this diseas
w r - but eves freshmen are set
I ears down with a heavy
e rsp In ge the
My foolish eyes were openel. College
days were so precious that after life "u
would be morguelike compared with a
them. And there were only a pitifully sh
few college days. I had used up near- le
ly a quarter of mine already! Used "E
them up in frivolous ways-squan
dered them like a drunken sailor; gle
spent whole hours loafing In my room
and oversleeping instead of getting out mi
and soaking in the glorious friendships i
so soon to be severed forever. Why. "'
even now preparations for comumence- th
ment were beginning! In a few weeks t1
the boys wouldl be gone. Some of ye
them would never come back. Bangs 1lW
might stay at home the next year. Al- w'
len was doubtful about returning-at ha
least the faculty was doubtful for him. fe
Even I might never see Slwash again. I
I had wastel the only year I might of
have in college. il
For over a week I was unfathom- in
anly dejected. My kind roommate, ha
Bingo i Bailey, fussed around me and
tried to get mie to soak my head or itS
take a large drink of kerosene, but I
merely threw things at hinm and de
clined his suggestions. el
But gradually my mental turmoil hi
settled down into one fixed accusation.
IBad as my other crimes were, there w
was one which surpassed them in asi- ha
ninlty. I was feather-headed on the
girl question. It was a fearful and de
grading truth. I, Peter Simmons, a to
grown-up man of eighteen and presi-he
dent of his class, to say nothing of
being molder of destinies-hadn't I ki
helped mold Boggs' destiny?7-was a yo
plaything in the hands of designing
fenmales. A pretty girl could smile at fei
him and bid him follow in a shy voice, mi
and thereupon he neglected friends ha
and studies and made himself that
girl's slave. Ini
It was awful. I had no stamina what
ever. Swiftly I reviewed my six or
seven master passions of the year.
Every one of them was a pretty face.
Whether the face concealed a brain or
not I had never thought to wonder.
A peachblow complexion, a companion
able smile, a light foot in the dance-
that was my conception of lovely
woman. Bah !
When I thought about this for sev
eral days it began to have its effect.
I became quiet and powerful within
and stern lines developed about my
mouth. I could see them in the glass
quite plainly. I was no longer a trust
ing child to be sent toddling hither
and yon by a woman's voice. I was
a grown man with great purposes in
life and I had precious little room in
it for women. Acting on this impulse,
I broke a date with Miss Willoughby
with brutal directness, and declined
my invitation to the annual party of
the Kappa Kap Pajamas. I would
ignore the sex entirely during the rest
of my college course. Men had 'too
much to do in college to be bothered
by the woman question.
But suddenly I had a better idea.
Other men had become soured and had
thrown down the girl question. But
I could do something more. After all,
the sex was not useless. There were
fine women and Intelligent women
delightful companions and Intellectual
comrades. I would be large instead
of merely Indifferent. I would pick
out the brightest girl In my class and H
win her frlendship. I would show her
attention ald be her best friend no
matter whether she was merely plain m
or so homely that I would thank her "
whenever she wore a veil. I
This was a really splendid Idea. It
was a lot bigger than the other. As ft
soon as I had conceived it I forgot all t
about my grouch. There was nothing Il
left of It but my stern resolve. As a a
matter of fact, the resolve was a little a
I weak In the back, too. For, as I con- 11
Svalesced, the idea of causing pain and t
sorrow to Ill those beautiful and trust- s
l ing young girls became Intolerable,
land I hastily recalled my regrets to i
tthe Kappa Kap party.
I had suffered severely, and I was ;
I bound to give my idea a trial I needn't I
carry this intellectual triendship basi- .
t ness to extremes. But I could pick c
t out the girl-a plain one-and at least
t go and call on her. That would show *
t my firmness of mind and discriminat
s lng character. Maybe I would event
e take her to a party. So I began to I
t look over my class for possible can- I
. :didates for my hlgh-minded and Intel-I
n llgent friendship. I
I I must say there were plenty of poa
slbillties. I was surprised to discover I
- how many young ladies In the fresh- Il
i- man class had entirely escaped my no
y tice. As I say, I had had a frivolous 1
a and beanty-hunting eye. But now that I
hI had started hunting for plain worth, I
dlI was overwhelmed with candidates. I
1- I would look at two or three of them
n earnestly and then go away and rest
r. for a while. There were tall, thlan
a- girls; short, stout girls; old girls with
l spectacles, and nondescript girls with
r- clothes which fitted them tightly about
a- the neck and nowhere else in partic
o lar. I began to wonder how I was
at I going to find, among all these girls, the
ly on(e who might prove to be the most
r sensidble and entertaining. Of course
r- I might go and call on all of them In
mu trn, but I balked at this. It would
e- take too much time and suffering, and
Sbesides there were two or three girls
Inl--technically speaking-n the class,
as any one of whom might be the logical
Scandidate, and to tell the trath, I
d didn't have the nerve to take the
le chance.
ad I sat through half a dosen classes
e looking over the collection and siting
a them up from their reeitations, and 1
finally decided that MisLs Martha
- 1Scroggs would just about do. She was
la a thin, freckled girl, bright but not
ty gaudy, with severe hair tied up to
be out of harm's way-a girl whom I
e had passed on the campus until I had
at gotten perfectly familiar with her
ry hat, without ever once looking at her
f face. But she had a breeawy way a
lstag up the grmeat bhasebs na BYu
. l istIr7 wateh pIease- s , em e
was a girl who might be really enter- ,
taining. I decided to talk with her, 4
to call on her, and to become her I
friend. It would be a just recognition
of her abilities, anyway. It was a 1
shame that so many of the really de- ,
serving and able young women should
be condemned to loneliness because
their faces didn't happen to embellish
the college scenery. I. Peter Simmons.
would not submit to this injustice and
fM:irthn Scroggs. the brightest girl In
the class, should have a good time if
I had any say about it.
Full of this fine resolution. I slid
out of history class rapidly one day
and fell in beside the young lady as
she trotted off toward the library. "Be
lieve me, Miss Scroggs." I said, lifting
my hat, "you certainly handled old
Henry the wife-collector without
gloves today."
She turned quickly and looked at
me. Then I remembered that I had
never met Miss Scroggs. Of course
we had been in the samne class and all
that, but I realized that I had never
trippted over any c'hair earlier in the
year lighting for an introduction. She
looketd at Inc. not in an unfriendly
way, with a sort of curiosity-as if I
had been some new kind of bug. I
felt my fool face beginining to blush
I have an awful time with that face
of mnin-hbut I wasn't going to back
out, and I toddled right along, wait
ing to take whatever she chose to
hand me.
Miss Scroggs looked at me some
more with a sort of perplexed air. Sud
denly her face brightened.
"(th. yes. I know now!" she ex
clanimed. "You're the little man who
hides behind MIr. Pierce, aren't you?"
"Huh!" I said Indlgnantly. Pierce
was a football man and broad, and I
had dodged a number of flunks by sit
ting very quietly behind him. But I
didln't care to have the whole class
notice It. I stiffened up to my full
height. "Miss Scroggs." said I, "you
know my name and you know you
know It, and you also know I know
you know it."
"Oh," she said, "I've heard you re
ferred to as Mr. Simmons, but It's so
much nicer to get information first
hand and accurately."
"My name is Simmons," I said, bow
ing low, "'Petey' Simmons."
"I'm so glad to meet you, Mr. Sim
mons," said sthe, putting out her hand.
"Good morning." Then she turned
Into the library and left me.
After I had thought of this incident
for the rest of the day and most of
the evening, I decided to be even
larger than I had any idea I could be
and overlook the whole thing. It was
natural that Miss Scroggs should be a
little confuased by my unexpected
friendliness. Possibly she was even
suspicious. It did seem queer, un
doubtedly, for me to take so sudden an
Interest in her. Anyway, she wasn't
used to attention. I might have to
persevere very gently so as not to
frighten her. But she was a bright
little girl and deserved notice and,
confound it, she was going to get it.
I had a chance to take of my hat
and say "Good morning" to Miss
Scroggs on the following day and on
the day after that, but that was all.
She was always surrounded by girl
friends. They were the plain and un
adorned members of the class, but
they seemed to enjoy each other so
much that I hated to burst ruthlessly
in on their ranks and take Miss
Scroggs away. It made me mad, how
ever. It was Friday, and now I would
have to wait until Monday to become
intimately acquainted with her. Some
how, seeing her hedged about by for
bidding females and entirely inacces
slble, made me more anxious than ever
to begin the friendship, and Sunday
seemed a long day.
On Monday conditions were very fa
vorable. I cut in ahead of the body
guard going out, and followed Miss
SScroggs down the stairs. She was
mine. I was quite excited. "Good
morning," I said pleasantly, raising
my hat. I was about to fall into step
with her and walk over to the library.
But I didn't. She turned and spoke
to me very pleasantly, but from the
next planet, and suddenly I became
afraid that if I walked with her I
might bore her. Perhape she didn't
want to be bothered with me that day.
I didn't want to make a bad impres
Ilon to start with. I passed on rapg
idly the other way, and by the time I
Ihad walked around the college build
ings I was indignant. What was the
I matter with me, anyway? Thls was
Sthe only time Petey Simmons had ever
I shown the white weather. What was
Sbe afrald of? He ought to be klcked.
I I got a bow and a smile out of Miss
I Scroggs the next day, but she had her
I gang with her. I was rather relieved
r when I saw it, too. After all, this
I was no mere eamps enterprise to be
! conducted hastly between clases. I
weuld waylay her and walk hoer with
Sher. T e he -ars she led is t-m
opposite part t t wn, but I had iota I
of business out than way. I had heg
lected it all that year, and now it a
was pressing. I cro sed dejectedly be
hind her for two evenings while she
and two of her pestiferous girl friends
I c.attered gayly homeward. Once I
got a bow from her at her gate, but
that was all. Business was certainly
I Rut in the third week 1 had a great
i stroke of good luck. I wZondered into
f the library one afternoon and f,ud
Miss Scroggs reading-alo'e. i was
I as excited as if I had discov,'red the
r heroine on the four hundred and
a thirty-fifth page. I approached stealth
I- ly, to avoid alarming he., and sat
Z down beside her.
I "Working hard?" I asked, with a
t perfectly magnificent smile.
She smiled back. "Verye" she said.
t Any other girl I knew would have
d put down her books. I felt a slight
e jolt. But I was there, and I defied
I1 the whole college to remove me. "I
r wish I could work as hard as you do,"
elI said enviously. At that moment I
e really meant it.
y She looked around the library and
I then at me. "I've only got one of the
I books," she said cordially.
This time the jolt was quite decided.
e But I wouldn't give up. "If I get a
k nice, large book, will you straighten
t- me out on Queen Elizabeth's family?"
oIJ asked. "I simply cannot get the
old girl's kin untangled."
e "I've got to get my French." said
I- Miss Scroggs, hastily, "but I'll call
Miss Evans over. She's splendid in
C- English history, and I know she'll be
0 glad to help you."
" Then she went away before I could
e object and hauled Miss Evans over to
I me. Miss Evans was a peculiar-look
t- ing, well-seasoned lady, with thick
I glasses and gummy smile that would
Is have warded off a burglar. She was
11 delighted to help me, and she did it
U while Miss Scroggs went away to a
U neighboring table and studied French,
W in which, heaven knows, I needed help
far more than I did in history. It was
t- a contemptible trick. I couldn't get
w away from the Evans lady until class
it time, and my mind wandered so that
I got Lizzie's family more mixed up
r- than ever, and tipped over a big laugh
in class while I tried to sort them out.
3- The boys at the house asked me a
lot of supposedly smart questions that I
nlght about my new affair with Mir
Evans, but I took It very scornftlly,
even if it did hurt. I was all messed
up In m myind. Was it possible that
SMiss Scroggs didn't care to be both
Sered with me? No, it was't. But
a she certainly was discouraging. Howl
ever, Petey Simmons never was a quit
I ter. I didn't want to quit, anyway.
i I would have given a lot to it around
in that college library for a couple of
a hours with Miss Scroggs and have
t her sparkle away to me the way she
i did to those confounded girl friends.
She looked as if she could be perfect
t ly delightful It she felt that way.
I found out what church the
Scroggases frequented the next week,
t and decided to shift my attack. If I
i couldn't associate in college with Mar
a tha-I decided that I would call her
, that to myself because I liked the
I name-I would go out and use a church
in cold-blooded fashion for the pur
t pose. I went to two church socials
o and found Martha at the second one.
r It seemed to me she was perhaps one
s thirty-second of a degree more cordial
In her greeting-at any rate she bowed
i to me before I Jogged her attention
e and I made the most of It. I trailed
around with her and behind her for
half an hour, fighting my way through
. mobs of girl iends-I never saw a
r girl so cursed with girl friends--nd
y after having gotten two distinct
laughs from her by a line of talk that
, would have reduced one of the Brown
r. ing hall beauties to helpless mirth,
I came rilht out and asked her if I
couldn't walk home with her. My
d knees shook when I did it.
g "Why, there isn't the slightest use
p of that, Mr. Simmons," she said kind
. ly. "Ralph Madison lives next door,
e and he'll take care of me."
e Ralph Madison was a town student
e -a sophomore whose only prominent
I point was his teeth. He was a sissy
't and a nincompoop, and when he
r. walked carelessly up and said, "Ready,
s- Martha?' I could have bitten him in
Stwo. They went off together like old
I and well-worn triends, and I went out
I- Into the nlght and planned murder and
is arson for three hours.
I Anyway, that ended it. I'd laid my
ai pride down before Miss Scroggs, and
a she had not only walked on It, but
I had wiped her feet on it. I'd tried
s to make a friend and companlon out
ar of a girl who would probably never
d have another chance to mingle with a
Is real masculine mind. And what was
ae the result? She had laughed at me.
I Very well. I would ivs p my large
Ih mineade Iea and go s and daly
Swit wthe hmiit Ogrl eo the ane isL
I had been a tool fte neglecting them,
anyway. They werh at least, kind and
For a week or more I soused myself
in society and, attended the Kappa
º Kap party with tremendous success, t
[ not less tb'an eight girls confessing o0
that they could die dancing with me.
But I didn't enjoy myself. Somehow w
socloy seemed as unsatisfactory as a
t Itfth dish of ice cream. I got to hang- g
ing around the library between classes of
d -not in the hope of talidng with Mar- o,
s tha-I wouldn't have tried that again It
. for a farm--,hut betcaura, it 1tr'J I
Elkind of homelike in there, and I liked h,
º. to watch her studying with her rain- b
.t coat and tant on-they became her a
more than 1 SUplpOSed would be pos- a
sible. I got considerably interested a
in English history, too, while I was c
L wasting time there. I had to amuse In
e myself some way-and I did a lot of c
t reading in the hope that some day I g
d could get up uunexpectedly and recite
I to young P'rofesor Harris until he
choked me off. It would be such a
sI tunning surprise to him, coming from
me. I chuckled, at the thought of it.
d So I filled up on Macaulay until I was
0e a walking biogruaphy of William of
Orange, and one day when Professor
i Harris ordered me up to do my usual
a tight-wire baluncing act between a
, uflunk and a "passable" I sailed into
i the English for their attitude to Dutch
e Billy like a prosecuting attorney ar
raigning a chicken thief.
d Professor Harris had only escaped
11 from England about two generations
bn ack, and he bristled up when I tried
º to explain how sweet it was in the
beef-bolters to invite William over
Id with his army, End then after using
to them, to boot said army out of the
k- country as a nuisance-in a perfectly
"k polite and well-bred manner, of course
Id -the English are always polite. So
is we had a little ten-minute bicker, and
it every time Professor Harris got a
a hammerlock on me I managed to fall
back a generation or two and grab up
Ip some other English political crime
is which I had run across in the last
et week. So I came out of the deal with
" out more than one shoulder on the
at mat, but pretty much worried-for
Ip Professor Harris was determined to
gh avenge his precious England, and I saw
it where it was up to P. Simmons to
a keep on stoking in history at the rate
of one quarto volume a day.
I hurried over to the library after
class, and had Just gotten Hume and
Macaulay stacked up, one on each
side, when I looked up and saw Miss
Scroggs sitting near me and looking
at me. She ducked her head with her
peculiar little smile and bow. It
warmed me clear to my shoes. I
bowed back and went to work all
cheered up. But I hadn't gotten more
than a page or two worried down
when someone dropped a note going
by. It was from Miss Scroggs.
"Three cheers for the Dutch," It
read. "Re-enforcements coring by
forced marches."
I smiled across to her and waved my
hand around my head, meaning "Hur
rah for our side" and "Soc et tuum,"
and other things. It made me feel
mighty good, and I decided, when we
ran out of Dutch complications in
English history, to Jump in on the
French side, if necessary, and keep up
the fight. After all, it was a lot of
fan to joust with a professor. It was
as exciting as baseball.
Someone sat down by me and I
closed the book. It was Miss Scroggsa
She was Just a plain girl, as I have
carefully explained, and I can't see
why I went so dotty and nervous all
over Just because she came over to
talk to me. I suppose it was be
At least that was the only reason
I could discover.
"I've come over to ask you if you've
ever read Motley an William," she
mat asked. "Ie's dandy."
1l5 TIl get him now," I said promptly.
ly, I got up, but healtated a minute.
ed While I was goae she woeald go away,
oft at coarse. I decided I wouldna't go
th- away. Then I thought rd better. Then
But I didn't know what to think. I looked
* down at Martha pleadingly. She
lit looked up and didn't bat a eye. "I'll
U· Ind the place for you when ya come
d back," she said.
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ovens to retain tbeir heat for hours.
SNo attention is reqaired until the hour
arrives at which it was determined
at the meal should be ready.
at "With the new electric range break
h . aa be prepared in the way Just
mentioned the niht before with tbe
na * *e that it will be ready eatly
oldn tie."
nd Stmping Him.
" am now prepared to answer any
a question you may care to ask," said
wd the lecturer
bnt "Ayoe barredr asked a man in
'le the audience
Ot"Certanly not," replied the man on
S nust wait a few minutes, will
hwas e abter, till I run home and get
me. that fouaryearold kid of mine. He's
e got a few ad om that rd like to
mayhave w fes me."-DetIt
The cattle sh,,uld he stabled;
there is no strength In frosted grass t
or fodder. Young cattle do better
when kept in lopen yards. with deep. I
well-bedded sheds to go, under.
Cows gibing iilk sh,,uld Ie st:thled i
and given nmilk-Iro.ducing fed. One I
of the best todls for eitlher mlli'h cows 1
or fattenlng cattle is dried sugar beets.
It comes in 21I-lIpoeunti s5:,'ks. (ne-half
*pek u,f it snked in \anter for at few
hours, mixe'd with two quarts ef wheat
bran and ,one quart of corn and cob
meal makes an excellent norning's
meal for a cow. Some milk farmners
are feeding sugar heets, rcorn andt
cohmeal, ensilage and mixed hay. buy
lng little grain. On this raticn the
cows keepe in good flesh and give a
godx quantit3 of milk.
Personal Attention.
Every atrlllltal lhtould he at least
well h1..keed at by the fariinr per
s-,nally every dlay. Tre tleor, care
fullly ih ('in l4t,.e4 t at his stock the
- SA
better for them and himself. Give
all the food the cattle need, but al
low no waste. Feed under cover in
racks; fodder and coarse hay should
be cut fine, or ground, mixed with
grain and hot water in cold weather
and fed lukewarm. Fodder fed by
this method will be eaten clean and
it will last longer. The most success
ful men are the ones who either do
their own feeding every day or have
competent men to take their places.
The Texas-fever tick lays
from 3,000 to 5,000 eggs a year.
Ticks suck as much as 2,000
pounds of blood a year from
a 1,000-pound steer.
Ticks reduce a cow's milk 18
to 42 per cent, a loss of 7 to 15
cents a day to the farmer.
Ticks get the benefit of every
pound of feed hay, and concen
trates infested cattle eat
It costs the South $50,000,000
a year to board the ticks on cat
Driving cattle through ar
senical dipping baths kills
Texas-ticks and lets the animals
Louisiana and MiSsissippi
have made ticks Illegal by re
quiring every county to dip all
Two hundred and ninety-four
thousand and fourteen square
miles of territory have been
freed from the cattle tick by
dipping, but 484,529 square miles
remain to be freed.
Pigeons Carry Infection on Feet From
One Farm to Another and In
feet Neighborhood.
Unconfined pigeons flying from farm
to farm trequently carry the germs of
hog cholera on their feet and infect
a neighborhood, which Is then at a
loss to understand how the outbreak
of cholera came about.
The same is true of buzzards. On
several occasions when Investigations
ot sources of hog cholera infections
were made by a veterinarian the buz
zard was found to be to blame. Statis
tics published show that pigeons are
responsible for about 20 per cent of
the spread of hog cholera and it is
estimated that they caused in this way
in 1915 about $15,000,000 damage in
the United States.
Make Best Material for Reason That
Mites and Lice Cannot Stand
Odor of Plant
Tobacco stems make the best nest
Ing material for the reason that lice
and mites cannot stand the odor of
When stems are used they should
be lightly covered with straw or ex
celsior to make them softer and to
keep the eggs from coming in contact
with them.
Peas Become Buggy.
Peas often become "buggy" in the
winter time. The standard method
of preventing infestation of grains of
all kinds is to fumigate with carbon
bisulphide. Be sure that your stored
seed Is not injured when It Is so easy
to put the bugs out of business.
Bring Back Old Orchard.
Plenty of stable manure, cultivation
and judicious praning will almost
without exception bring back to besr
ting the old orchard that seems to be
beond bone.
Keep the statbles clean and well
bedded : bedding helps to keep the
stock w'irIn a iil cinifort llie, It saves
feedl al li :1 large qoa litity of ceellent
manure t made. 'IThe improved steel
tie I. the I.est halter, it gives more
fr e itu to, the :i nim al, it is easy to
fisten and easy to rtl" se 1t1 iuital.
Attention to Horses.
(;ive horses, rony stall<. bed well.
clean the "table's very muirning, have
the stables well lighted lan ventilated.
F'Ieedl acordin g to work required. Bran
andl cornienil, hi:alf and half hy weight,
is excellent as ninter feed, mixed I
cut hay or iunthrashed, olits. have head
halters . ithi weight on the end of each
strp, then there is no danger of horse
heilEL ,lit in his .stall.
K,'ip' rldl h,r.es wtell shod with
heavy -iies ainl thick caulks, that may
lie hli:irletletl a thee l ier it is icy.
lrould .-o,\w sIholdl rt le, kept in
small, dirty Ipe'i ntiin yards; give
thmll :i smll li ht to e~ert- in; they
need vegetable and mineral matter as
well as grain. Wheat bran and oat
meal slop is the best food.
Keep fattening hogs in warm, well
bedded pens. Old corn is the best
grain. Boiled corn is just as good
as ground, and it is a great sav
ing. It should be boiled soft
enough to crush between the finger and
thumb. Boiled corn mixed with wheat
bran is a good winter food for shoats
and pigs.
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Much Money Wasted in Construe
tion of Open Systems.
Closed Water Course, if Properly in
stalled, Requires Very Little At
tention as Far as Maintenance
Is Concerned.
(By E. B. HOUBE, Colorado Agricultural
College. Fort Collins.)
Many farmers are laboring nader
the mistaken notion that a closed
drain is much more expensive thea an
open drain, and are therefore wasting
money in the construction of many
small open drains. The fact of the
matter Is, that in the majority of
cases, especially where tile less thea
one foot In diameter is required, the
closed drain Is the cheapest. The
slope of the banks of an open drain
should not be less than 1 to 1, and
the drain should be in most cases
for irregular lands, at least 4% or
5 feet deep. Figuring an open draln
of this size and comparing the cost of
the same with a 10-inch tile drain, we
find that they are just about equal.
The cost of the construction, how
ever, is not the only thing to be tages
into consideration, but the mal -
tenance of the system is also of re
importance. In the case of the opes
drain, we have conditions exactly ri
for the rank growth of vegetad i
and the open drain continually ased
attention. The cost of malntesanet,
therefore Is high. The closed-di "
drain, on the other hand, if propaep
Installed, requires very little attentes
as far as maintenance is concerned,
and in the end is cheaper than the
open drain.
Open drains have their place sa
serve their purpose well when p g.
erly used, but they should be e0ea
structed for outlets of larger dd s w.iu
systems where tile would be at 4,
the question on account of the .
size necessary. They are, h.owe'
entirely out of place when conetreWit~
as lateral drains for nladvd:r
Hen Should Be Dusted With Ge*d i inla ep
Powder at Least Once Weeldy
as Preventive.
Don't forget old "biddy" the e."V
factory." She must be dusted onses a
week with a good ace powder, wes
no lice, as an ounce of prevni
means much to the poultry keegpi.
Get busy and keep busy all the ti'~:,
fighting lice and mltes.
Bean Reduce Faeed Cgt. .
Soy bea In silage are  .
common and should prove _ valg|
reducing feeding costs when
age is high In price.
Cut Out and Burn Canes`
All old canes of raspberru
blackberries should be eat out
Hotbeds for Vegstables
Prepare hotbeds for grorlw
and radishea durins the

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