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Tii.-s.lay; April 4, 1905.
PROGRESSIVE FARMER AND COTTON PLANT. t -iJiiiff. sure enough, whatever you may think of Tnch' "liillV views. The joke on the lawyers very bright, and there is a whole volume of vliilo-ophy- compressed in the little selection on 'Krai Self Control." Wt fail to read every word of "Getting the Cot A Out of Life." It teaches a much needed 0it,n. Too many of our farmers are content to ovn.l all their time trying to make money, when tJi. y would make more and live deeper by unbend in' occasionally and taking a vacation. ".Tint hero, too, Mr. D. Lane's suggestion on pai'e 11 comes to mind, and we are going to repeat IU words in the hope that they will lead some man to open his eyes to the glory of the worid. S;,s Mr. Lane: "Every farmer should take one !i..;:r at least every day to enjoy the beauties of M.riiur as it advances; to get in closer touch with tiu works of nature around him so that his morn ir.i: and evenings would bring thankfulness to ilu ln-art and praise to the lips of him who helps to feed the world." Another paragraph in this issue to which we would ask especial attention is the second in Mr. 1). L. Gore's interesting letter on page 11. It l-rines out the point mentioned by Mr. B. F. Keith in an article in our paper sometime ago as to the effect of the stock law in promoting re forestation of long-leaf pines; and it is undoubt nlly true, as Mr. Gore says, "that the business of looking after the tree growth on our lying out or wood lands will pay the owners of the lands Ik tter than anything we are now doing with that land." "AS FOR ME AND MY HOUSE- The reports from the Governors of Southern States as printed on another page, although a material reduction of cotton acreage is indicated in the majority of cases, are not, on the whole, tneouraging, the action of Texas being especially iUaprointing. On the other hand, however, we see it stated that Theodore H. Price, the well known New York cotton bear, has sent out a circular dated March 2.th, in which he says that his correspond ents' reports indicate the following reductions in acreage for the several States: North Caro lina, Sx:2 per cent; South Carolina, IOV2; Geor gia, -21 21 Florida, 7; Alabama, 21; Mississippi, 1; Louisiana, 14; Texas, 19; Arkansas, 20; Ten iicsser, 17; Indian Territory, 17; Oklahoma, 23. One would think that Price would not give out figures likely to overestimate the reduction, but t!n dispatch from the Governor of Texas bears a later date than Price's figures, and it also seems that (Jovernor Lanham would have reported Texas as living up to the agreement, if he could truthfullv have done. so. Besides, there have Won some who have tried to take ad vantage of the reduction made by others to in crease their .own acreage like thriftless Jones of the county of Jones: "More corn! more corn! must plant less ground. And mustn't eat .what's boughten! Xext year they'll do it: reasonin's sound: (And. cotton will fetch 'bout a dollar a pound), Tharfore, 111 plant all cotton!" Tho government report on the amount of cot ton ginned to March 13th, as issued last week, is not caluculatcd to help matters. Instead of a 12mnck)o hale estimate, such as sent the market into a panic last December, it is found that l-V.onnoo bales have been actually ginned, and the -'mm, niorc yet tQ Come, will bring the total I to i:j.745,S57, as compared with 10,390,558 bales for 1 1m Tliis inevitably means a surplus of from eiio and a half to three million bales to carry over until next season, and with another bumper crop t' ad ! still further "to this surplus, prices would lower than now. lVrhaps the Texas farmers can stand this, but ortli Carolina and South Carolina farmers can not. And if farmers in other Southern States persist in planting creation in cotton again, it will be more profitable for us to raise corn to sell them. Let the farmers in all the regions round about attend the appointments of President E. D. Smith announced elsewhere in this issue, and show that North Carolina will stand firm, what ever Texas may do. We cannot do better than to repeat what we said six weeks aero: 1 - " - "There are going to be plenty of fools to do as Jones expected to do, and you cannot afford to swell the number. If other farmers reduce acre age, you ought to stand with them; if other farm ers do not reduce the acreage, so much the more reason why you should save yourself. For if they do not, the bottom is surely going to drop out. "Whatever others may do or. may not decide up on, for you there is but one road but one way out." A THOUGHT FOR THE WEEK. What forests of" laurel we bring, and the tears of mankind to those who stood firm against the opinion of their contemporaries! The measure of a master is his success, in bringing all men round to his opinion twenty years later. Frotn Emerson's Essay on "Culture." April. The swallows circle, the robin calls; The lark's song rises, faints and falls; The peach-boughs blush with rosiest bloom ; Like ghosts, in the twilight, the pear-trees loom ; The maples glow, and the daffodils Wear the same hue that the west sky fills; The moon's young crescent, thin and bright, Shines in the blue of the early night; AncTb'er all, through all, April bears A hope that smiles at the winter's fears. Sarah A. Shafer in the Outlook. MEN PROGRESSIVE FARMER READERS SHOULD KNOW. I. President S. C. Adams, of the Interstate Tobac co Growers' Protective Association. When Mr. S. C. Adams called the first confer ence of farmers at Chase City, Va., nearly eigh teen months ago, to discuss means of securing liv ing prices for tobacco and form an organization for this purpose, it is hardly likely that he had an idea of the enormous proportions to which the Interstate Tobacco Growers' Protective Associa tion of Virginia and North Carolina would grow and the immediate interest with which the farm ers would take hold of his plan. I w At that time, those who favored his plan said it was a beautiful dream. Those who did not favor it called it a nightmare. But under the most bitter opposition from the tobacco trust in the form of many warehousemen who ridiculed him and his plans, Mr. Adams has won out, and the organization of which he is the head is now on the fair road to success. Mr. Adams is a persistent worker for the or ganization, and his earnestness and undoubted sincerity coupled with a plain, common-sense manner of presenting his arguments never fails to secure the support of his hearers. He is a man of large farming and lumber interests, and while he is one -of the busiest men in his State, he finds time to respond to a large number of calls from different sections of Virginia and North Carolina to address the farmers and organize clubs a work which he is doing at a heavy per sonal sacrifice. C. G. LANE. THE SPRING POET ALOOSE. Here's to M. Takaharshi and old Rojestvensky We may pronounce their names, but we know know-QUst-when-sky. fWe pleacl guilty and throw ourselves on the mercy of the court, spring having burst upon us so suddenly last Monday, and this being our nrst offence since we passed out of our teens! Getting the Good Out of Life. "One of the most fixed and unalterable facts of life," said the Professor to his class in psy chology, "is the essential impermanency of sen sation." Put that in plain farmer language, what does it mean? Sensation is feeling; that includes pleasure, pain, love, hate, joy, misery. Impermanency means that a thing does not en dure. A first mosquito bite is an annoying thing ; men in mosquito countries allow the eager in sects to fill themselves with blood, undisturbed; they do not feel them any more. The child loses its ball or breaks its doll and life is desolate to it, but the child laughs at real calamities in later years. " - Farming is only an incident in life; it is not life itself. Men farm to live. Pity the man whose aim is so low that he lives to farm! The work-horse does that and gets small joy out of it. There is so much to farm life besides the growing of corn and the fattening of beeves and swine. Dwellers in cities come to the country and are intoxicated with the joy of the land. To them the fields tell stories of rest and peace, the woods whisper of paradise, the brooks tell stories of sins wTashed away, the cool evening when only the birds call confidently to each other bring a message of forgiveness and hope and the dewy mornings bring fresh assurance and new-born de sires. It is a wonder to these half -strangers to country life that men who dwell always amid such scenes should be sordid or discontented or guilty, of low aims. They forget that truth of "the essential impermanency of sensation," that country dwellers lose the very best gifts of the country through overmuch familiarity. And what is the remedy ? It is not easy to sug gest, yet here is a hint. Once we happened on a camp where farmers were assembled, their har vests gathered, their corn ripening, no urgent duties requiring them at home." There was a clus ter of a dozen tents pitched in a leafy, grove of maples. Each tent sheltered a family and one large open canvas sheltered the sitting room, the assembly. A short distance away the spring broke out from the mossy bank and there a placid stream reflected the sycamores. These people camp each year a week or so. They have a tele phone at the camp so they are withm call of - home should they be needed. They rest, become acquainted with each other, read, take morning dips in the cool water. The whole current of their thought is changed and rested. And when they go back to their homes it is to see all things new. to feel once more a thrill of joy in the beauty .and goodness of home scenes, to see things that they had forgot to see at all. And the cost of this is not more than to live at home. It is travel and adventure with the misery of baking, cindery railway journeying left out though that indeed would make one. love his home when he got back to it. Country dwellers get too little out oi country life. A saddle horse is cheaply kept. A Western pony may not have style, but he has go. A canter to the village will make tne blooa circulate Dexter and the man feel younger. A half day from the grind of farm .work now and then will open a new nersDective and enable the farmer to see ms way more clearly, besides getting him in touch with the joy of the world. And the women most of all need the new outlook; the new sensation, so that the old ones, most blessed of all, may be again renewed. Chicago Breeders' Gazette. "Fvptv sine the Garden of Eden, men have tnlrpn a crnnd deal mo' nleasure in layin' the blame on their wives than in layin' their blows to the devil." From Miss Glasgow's I he Deliverance.'