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Till January TOnly 15 Cents I Tell Your Neighbors.
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and Slje (ZoUf omi Flmt
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
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
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
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
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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:
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
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
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,
Editor and Manager.
Twenty years and 20,000? Will you help?
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.
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.
Perquimans Co., N. C.
Only 15 cents till January 1st. Tell that neighbor.

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