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Till January TOnly 15 Cents I Tell Your Neighbors.
1 fPFiSSl S? and Slje (ZoUf omi Flmt PROGRESSIVE FARMER VOL. XX. NO. 83. THE COTTON PLANT-VOL. XXIL NO. 82. RALEIGH, N. C, SEPTEMBER 26, 1905. Weekly $1 a Year, u Twenty Years and Twenty Thousand! A Personal Letter From the Editor to the Sub scriber. Raleigh, N. C, Sept. 25, 1905. My Dear Mr. Subscriber: Will you not please consider this a very personal letter, my dear Mr. Subscriber, you whose name appears on the lit tle red slip at the top of this page you, one of the members of the big Progressive Farmer Fam ily? For as a member of The Family, I wish to take five minutes of your time to talk about a matter that concerns us both, and concerns us both very vitally. And what we wish to talk about is building up your paper your paper, please, not my paper. I certainly hope that you feel as a Southern far mer that it is your paper made especially for you, and here with no other mission on earth than to look after your interests, to build up Southern farming and ennoble Southern farm life. And your paper, sir, ought to have more sub scriberstwice as many as it has. The Progres sive Farmer Family ought to be bigger--twice as big as it is. And that, if you please, is just what we" are going to do we are going to double the member ship of The Progresive Farmer Family, and we want your help. The Progressive Farmer will be twenty years old next year and we are going to have 20,000 subscribers before the year ends. Just "obleeged" to do it just like we told you a year ago, you remember, that Brer Rabbit was obleeged to climb the tree: Uncle Remus was telling the Little Boy of one of Brer Rabbit's hair-breadths escapes. The pursuer was almost upon Mr. Cottontail and in another moment might have him in his grasp. "And right then Brer Rabbit he dumb a tree," said Uncle Remus. "But rabbits can't climb trees," protested the Little Boy. "Never mind," replied the old darkey, "Brer Rabbit this time was obleeged jest obleeged to climb the tree en' he clumb it." We said last year that we were "obleeged" to get 2,000 more subscribers before the following February. And we sot 'em. We say now that we are "obleeged" to get 10, 000 more subscribers in the next twelve months. And we are croimr to get 'em. We are young yet, The Progressive Farmer is, and in our bright lexicon there is no such word as fail. We have doubled our circulation in eigh teen months and we are going to double it again m the next eighteen. How do we know? Because you are going to help like all the rest of the members of The Progresisve Farmer Fam ily. And you are going to do it because we are making: the verv beat naner nrinted anywhere for - j - i- i farmers in the Carolinas and adjoining States because we studv six dava in the week about how to help you, and our attention is not divided by trying to please folks awav in Pennsvlvania or Massachusetts or Missouri, and because we have a finer lot of correspondents and contributors than any other farm paper printed in the South. But how, do you ask, are we going to gel 10,- 000 more subscribers? This way: THE PROGRESSIVE FARMER AND COT TON PLANT WILL BE SENT TO ANY NEW SUBSCRIBER EVERY WEEK FROM NOW TILL JANUARY 1, 1906, FOR ONLY FIF TEEN CENTS! That is the biggest Viqva pvpr rnndp and it is bound to bring in 10,000 more readers. And once we get 10,000 people to reading our paper from now until January, we will hold them permanently. They can't get away they'll feel too much at home in The Progresisve Farmer Family. So we want you to help in fact, we are oblitred to have you help. You have a dozen neighbors, friends, and rela tives who ought to take The Progressive Farmer and Cotton Plant who will take it if you men tion this offer to them. And you must mention it to them. It will help your neighbors to read the paper. It will help your neighborhood to have them read it. It will help you to do this missionary work for them. Moreover, we'll pay you liberally for your work in o-pttincr tbpsft trial subscribers will credit vou one month on your label for every fifteen cent order you send us; six months credit for a club of six, eight months credit for a club of eight, etc. Moreover, we are going to mail Saturday night of each week in October a check for $5 to the man or woman who has sent in the biggest club of fifteen cent subscribers that week. No doubt of our succeeding with an offer like that. And finally, we count on your help, Mr. Sub scriber and you ought to send us a club of eight right away. At the postoffice, at the mill, at the store, at the cotton gin, at the Saturday church meeting, at the cotton growers', at the tobacco crowers' or at the Alliance meeting, there are op nortunities enough for getting them; and we hope you will take up the matter at once and send us a his club before October 15th. One month's credit anyhow for each fifteen cent order, and $5 in cash if your club is the biggest of the week. Twenty Years and Twenty Thousand! A long pull, a strong pull, and a pull all to getherand the thing's done. Let no guilty man escape that is to say, no man guilty of trying to keep house without The Progressive Farmer. The more subscribers we get, the better paper we can make. Let every member of The Pro gresisve Farmer Family do his duty. And hurry up that club of eight! Yours for business, CLARENCE H. POE, Editor and Manager. Twenty years and 20,000? Will you help? MAKING CHEAP MILK AND BUTTER. Farmers May Save Much Money by Using Shredded Stover Instead of Timothy Hay and Cottonseed Meal Instead of Bran., Messrs. Editors: Large amounts of timothy hay are often fed to dairy cows because it is thought to be a very rich and nourishing food stuff, but in experiments made with twenty-four cows at the Station last winter, it would seem that shredded stover, when well made and pre served, can often be used to replace the timothy hay to advantage. As timothy hay brings from S-t n r i ded stover is practically a waste product on the farm, the economy of utilizing the latter is ap parent to all. There is another question of more than passing interest to the dairyman, and that is the balanc ing up of his ration with some concentrate rich in protein. Gluten meal and cotton seed meal wrere fed on the basis of the content of digestible protein for this purpose and provided the market price is the same per pound of digestible pro tein, there i3 little to choose between the two, except that the gluten meal was not as readily eaten by the cows, and it made the butter fat soft; whereas, cotton seed meal was readily eaten and increases the melting point of butter, which gives it a decided advantage for feeding in sum mer. These results show that the proper basis of comparing foodstuffs is according to the amount of digestible protein they contain. It is thus ap parent that farmers often make the mistake of feeding wheat bran, which contains only twelve per cent of digestible protein, as compared with cotton seed meal, which, when pure, contains 37.2 per cent of digestible protein. As cotton seed meal and wheat bran can often be bought at practically the same price, the farmer who buys wheat bran pays three times as much for the digestible protein contained as the farmer who utilizes cotton seed meal. ANDREW M. SOULE, Director State Experiment Station. Blacksburg, Va., September 18, 1905. Timely Farm Suggestions. Messrs. Editors: Cotton is two or three weeks ahead of other years. Farmers are well under way picking. Gins running at full blast. JVVe are cutting and curing pea-vine hay. I cut after the dew is off, let lie two days and stack on frames. Seeing the necessity for a cover crop, I disk harrow and sow to crimson clover. When the peas are abundant I shall pick off some for seed before cutting. Have just ploughed out my peach orchard and sown to crimson clover. This I will use for a rmnltrv run during winter and sDrinsr. When it r " .j j -i l heads in May will plough under for the trees. -Have just sown one acre to Scotch kale for earlv sprincr market : if there is no market it will be fine to cook for the stock. Peanuts are nearly ready to dig, but to dig too early will be a fatal mistake; don't dig until the skin on kernel is red. This can be told by the leaves. When the leaves fall around the crown they are ready. If drug before this stage, no kind of care in handling will make salable peanuts. They must be fully matured or they will black in the stacks and be of little value. J. H. PARKER. Perquimans Co., N. C. Only 15 cents till January 1st. Tell that neighbor.