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WEDNESDAY, JULY 5, 1316
THE DELD1NG BANNER MAGAZINE SECTION iwgi: stive F A R M A N D ORCHARD Pig-Club Kesults The pig-club work has betn carried on by the Bureau of Animal Industry of this department during the past year, in co-operation with the State Agricultural Colleges of Alabama, Arkanasas, California, Georgia, In diana, Kentucky. Louisiana, Massa chusetts, Nebraska, North Carolina, Oklahoma, Oregon, and Texas. Pig clubs were organized among the farm children proved a means of arousing further interest in live stock, and at the same time.f urnished profitable and instructive work to the members. The economic objects of the pig clubs are: To teach the members how to raise better swine cheaply; to give the members-a means of earning pro fits; and to afford the members a practical insight into the business side of farming. Indirectly, the improve ment of the swine of the country and tho general introduction of better and cheaper methods of swine-raising are proposed. , Each pig-club member is required to keep a record of his pig-feeding work and report this at the end of the State contest. Many unusually successful records have been made. These are not typical of the work, but rather represent its possibilities. A sum mary and the averages of the work of many members give a better indica tion of the value of the pig-club work. In the 13 States named 11,632 mem bers were enrolled last year in the pig clubs. Not all were active members, but most of these raised pigs. While a great many reported more or less completely on their work, 1.608 mem bers from 11 states, with a member ship of 11,032, reported completely on weights, values, gains in weight, costs of gains, and profits. No figures are available from California and Oregon, except as to the number of members. ; The figures following are compiled from the complete reports, Seventeen hundred and eighty-three pigs were reported, or an average of 1.1 pigs per member. The majority of members took weanling pigs to feed in the spring and reported their results in the fall. The average weight per pig at the beginning of the feeding period was 39.2 pounds. At the end of the feeding period, which averaged IGGV2 days, the pigs weighed 194 li pounds. This was an average daily gain ir weight of 0.93 pound, at a cost of $0.0044 per pound. This low cost of gain can be attributed, it is believed, to the better feeding methods practic ed and tho wide use of forage crops by the members. The original value of the pigs aver aged $5.24. The average final value was $21.43, a gain in value of $16.19. This gain in value cost $6.91, giving an average net profit per pig of $9.37 and an average net profit per member of $10.29. t These figures are a strong indica tion that improved swine,' raised in the right way, are profitable even when pork values are as low as they were in 1915. The vast majority of members had carefully selected high-grade and pure-bred hogs, and to this improved blood, as well as the better feeding methods, can be attributed the large difference in favor of the average final value of pig-club hogs in the fall $21.43, as compared with the estim ated average value of all hogs on farms in the United States on Janu 1, 1916, $8.40. The pig-club members have shown their ability as a body to raise pigs successfully. They have raised good pigs, cheap pigs, and pro fitable pigs. Many are keeping their gilt pigs for breeding purposes. Some already have found it profitable to breed as well as to feed pigs. Fifty-six mem bers reporting on their sows and lit ters reported an average profit of $47. 32. With the membership , for this year doubled and most of the old members again on the rolls, the pig work should prove of even greater economic value in the future. The Successful Farmer Loves His Work In passing through some portions of the country, one fact strikes the observer ' painfully and that is, how very few are thoroughly interested in their work. Altogether too many farmers are farming in order to get enough money to move into town and engage in some other business. Too few have a love for their calling. A man may move to the a country where good land is cheap and merely hold on for a term of years until the ad vance of the land makes him wrell to do; but this is not real success along agricultural lines. A farmer in order to be successful in the fullest sense of the word must have a love for the occupation. A man that has no love for his calling will not study his business in detail sufficiently to improve his stock or en rich his farml A farmer that is sim ply farming to get every cent out of the soil that is possible, to hoard up, without regard for the future of the soil, is a soil robber.1 A man that will so manage a farm that it continu ally gets poorer and poorer, year by year, is no worthy of . the name of a farmer. A successful farmer in the true sense of the word is one who has such a love for his chosen occupation, that each season the soil of his farm gets more productive, the stock show an improvement in quality, and the home is made more attractive. Such a farmer is a blessing to the whole com munity, in which he resides, while the man who simply farms to live or for the purpose of getting sufficient money to move off, is disgracing his profescsion. POULTRY CONSULTING DEPARTMENT '.' .r.r .! - Dairy Wisdom When communities begin to im prove their cows, before they realize if they begin to improve themselves. The interest of the young people is alone worth while. 1 Do not let a calf pass its first birth day without being perfectly halter broken. . , It is simply common sense to know which cows are profitable. Testing is the only way to find out, says an ex change. I The same rules should obtain now as in summer to get the cream up as quickly as possible and churn often. The milk goat has her place, but the cow will always contiune to be the main source of the world's milk sup ply. Keasonable Aspiration i "I suppose 'ou have high ambi tions for your boy?" "Well, I wouldn't say that exactly; but I do hope that he won't turn out to be the male assistant to a female dancing teacher." Celery Cutlets Mix together one cupful of cojd baked beans, one cupful of chopped celery, two tablespoonfuls of melted butter, two beaten eggs, one scant tea spoonful of lemon juice, salt and pep per. Shape into cylinder roll in cracker dust and fry in deep fat. Swat the Rooster The following is an article from Commissioner James Helme, on the curse of rotten eggs; "With the season of hot weather comes also the season of rotten eggs. The food laws of Michigan do not permit tho sale of rotten eggs any more than they permit tho sale of rotten meat or vegetables. Persons who sell rotten eggs are just as amenable to the food laws of the state as persons who sell other decayed food. From its construction, how ever, decay in the egg is not so easily discovered as decay in other food stuffs. "Why does an egg rot? It is be cause it is a fertile egg. Eggs that are not fertile do not rot. A. hen can set three weeks on infertile eggs and every one at the end of that time will appear like fresh eggs.' Infertile eggs will dry-up but they will not rot. "What causes a fertile egg to rot? The fertile egg has in it the germ of life in a dormant state. When the temperature of that egg is raised above 95 degrees, incubation .starts and the germ preceeds to take on life. It the temperature of that egg after wards falls below 95 degrees, the' germ is chilled and dies. It becomes a dead chicken in embryo. Putre factive processes set in, or, in com mon terms, the eggs rot. One good hot day in summer will start thous ands of eggs to incubation. Unless consumed within a short time these eggs will rot. A setting hen twelve hours on the eggs will do the same. "This is why we have rotten eggs in hot weather. In the spring the days are not warm enough to start incuba tion. "When we remember that only fer tile eggs rot, the remedy for rotten eggs is simple .Produce none but in fertile eggs during the hot months. This can be easily accomplished by removing the rooster from the flock. After the middle of June the hatching season is past. The old rooster is of no further utility in the flock. Then is the time to swat the old rooster. It is an economic waste to feed him further. He will bring a higher price then than at any other time. Make chicken pie of him or sell him to the summer resorter. Any way swat him. The little chickens will produce roosters for the next hatching season. "Morever, the old hen, having no males with which to flirt and waste her time on, will put in all her time and energy in egg production. She will produce more eggs without Mr. Rooster than with, and these infertile eggs will not rot. To our poultry keeping friends let us again say with emphasis as soon as the hatching sea son is over "SWAT THE ROOSTER." It may save you a fine and costs. It will likewise have a great moral effect in the prevention of profanity, which occurs when a rotten egg blows up. It will be especially appreciated by stock companies in country towns. Remember it is the old rooster that produces all the rotten eggs." Rest for RiIious Headaches Indigestion quickly developes sick headaches, biliousness, bloating, sour stomach, gas on stomach, bad breath or some of the other conditions caus ed by clogged or irregular bowels. If you have any of these symptoms, take a Foley Cathartic Tablet this evening and you will feel better in the morning. W. B. Vandigrift, Smyrna, Ga., says: "We find Foley Cathartic Tablets the best we have ever used for bilious headaches and I am prais in them up to all my friends." adv. Wortley & French and Connell's Drug Stores. Michigan Women ! We want every good cook in Michigan to actually know Lily AVhito Flour. We want you to know we more than just believe Lily White Flour will please you. It is not enough to merely guarantee Lily White is a good flour. There are many good flours. It is not enough to guarantee Lily White will give satisfaction. A large number of flours do that. We desire you to know we guarantee you will like Lily White "77e Flour the Best Cooks use." as well or better than any flour you ever used for every requirement of homo baking, or money, returned. Lily White Flour is more than a good flour. It is a better flour. Lily White Flour docs more than give satisfaction. It gives better satisfaction. In fact Lily White Flour bakes the most delicious bread and pastries you ever tasted, and yields more bread to the barrel. No matter what somebody else says or thinks we guarantee you will like Lily White Flour better. Please remember there is an untarnished reputation of thirty years' standing and an investment of approximately one million dollars behind every sack. Reject all substitutes; demand Lily White, "the flour the best cooks use." VALLEY CITY MILLING COMPANY, Grand Rapids, Mich. THE SUODI SCHOOL LESSOHFOn JULY 5 8i:CUUi:i EXCLUSIVELY II Y THE BANNKK FOIt ITS MANY HKADEU8 ACCORDING TO THE INTERNATIONAL SERIES Text of the Lesson, I Thess. i and iv, 13-18 Memory Verses iv, 16, 17. Golden Text, iv, 14 Commentary lrepared by Rev. 1). M. Stearns. It is graud to bave a" whole epistle to meditate Kn this week, and especial. )y such a one as this, so full of the glorious truth of our lord's second coming and its two stages, first to the air for Ills church and to the earth with us to set up Ills kingdom of righteousness and peace. The refer enecs to Ills coming In each rhapter wo gave in last week's lesson, and be fore taking It up more fully let u receive a few heart lessons from the whole letter. It Is from the three with whom we have been traveling recently, Taul and Silas and Timothy, faithful and devoted witnesses to the risen, living Christ, and It Is to the believers who lived on earth at Thes salonlca, but were really in God the Father and In the Lord Jesus Christ as to their heavenly standing (I Thess. I, 1; IT Thess. 1,1). It was by the gospel of God nud of Christ, in the power of the Holy Spirit, that they were led into this holy position and the assurance of -it, and the apostles desire for them was that they would walk worthy of God, who had given them this great Joy and called them unto His kingdom and glory (chapter I, 5, C; II, 2, 4, 8, 0, 12; ill, 2; iv, 1). Tho one only thing that a sinner is asked to do and can do Is to turn from his sins to God and receive the Lord Jesus Christ as his own personal Saviour. That makes him to be In God and in Christ and secures to him all the benefits of the finished work of the Lord Jesus, life eternal, the forgiveness of sins, acceptance in Christ and a Joint heirship with Him without any works whatever or any merit on the part of the sinner. Having eternal redemption, our one occupation is summed up in serving the living and true God. which moans with quietness doing our own busi ness, filling the place lie assigns us, living together with Him. as children of light rejoicing, in everything giving thanks and trusting the God of Peace to do all in us and through us lecause of His faithfulness (chapters i. 0; iv. 11; v, 5, 10. 10-18, 23, 24). The father of twins should be doub ly thankful but he isn't generally. Nothing jolts a smart man so hard as being beaten at his own game. Parable of the Plant. Now while I was setting out the Roots which Keturah had bought from the man who made the seed Catalogue, I found one Root that stuck up out of the Ground, and I laid hold upon it, and I said. Here is a Root that Ceareth no Label. . I won dered what it is? Behold, 1 know not, yet will I plant it, and see what Cometh up. And Keturah answered and said, Knowest thou not what that is? It is a Dandelion which thou didst dig up in making the Holes for the Flowers. And I was ashamed that had not known it before. Nevertheless, I saw what it was, even while she was tell ing me. For I am not wholly an ig norant man, albeit for the moment I knew not the root, what it was. And I held the Dandelion root in my hand. And I looked at it, and beheld how deep it had Sunk into the earth, and how firmly it had laid hold on the soil with its one long Root, and I admired the way it had planned to Stay Put. And I looked at the top, and thought it seemed to have no life,, yet there were leaves curled up and ready to push themselves forth, yea, and a Dud that was all but ready to lift its head above the ground as soon as the Winter was past. ' And I said to the Dandelion, Behold thou art a Plucky Plant. Thou pink est thy Root to a Great Depth. Thou pendest up thy Hollow Stalk in tho form of Construction the Strongest known to any Engineer. Thy White Ball .of soft Down is the most beauti ful and Delicate thing in Nature; yea, and even thy Yellow Blossom is Mar velous, for every little yellow leaf is a flower. Morever, it is not thy fault that men call thee a Weed. If it were only Hard to make theo Grow, men would pay Good Money for thy Roots, and break their Backs setting thec out, and declare that a sight of thee, sprinkling thy gold over a green Lawn, was tho Perfection of Garden ing. Neither didst thou sin nor thy parent flowers, yet are thou Despised and rejected, and men Love thee Not. And when I thought of these things I could not find it in my heart to cut ofT a life so wonderful and so plucky; neither did I want it in my garden. But I took it down to the Alley that runneth behind my house and I plant ed it there, and I said, Now the Lord judge whether it be not better thou shouldst grow there than that the ground be cumbered by a Tin Can. . Yet I looked around and hastened back to the House lest my Neighbors should know that I had planted a Dandelion. And who knoweth whether I did right or wrong? v ' For if some great Blight should come upon the Dandelions in the Front Lawns of all men, then would they come and seek in my Alley, and beg a seed of my Dandelion. For though I. be chided for giving the Dandelion a Fighting Chance for iast life, yet I have known men whose lives were as Weeds whom God Spar ed in His Mercy and they Bloomed in wonderful and Unexpected Goodness. Today's Poem iriHHirn .r 1 GOD BLESS THE FLAG ! Washed in the blood of the brave and the blooming. Snatched from the altars of insol ent foes, Burning with star-fires, but never consuming, Flash its broad ribbons of lily and rose. Vainly the prophets of Baal would rend it, Vainly his worshippers pray for its fall; Thousands have died for it, millions defend it, Emblem of justice and mercy to all. Justice that reddens the sky with her terrors, Mercy that comes with her white, handed train, Soothing all passions, redeeming all errors, Sheathing the sabre and breaking the chain. Borne on the deluge of old usurpa. tions, Drifted our Ark o'er the desolate seas, , , , Bearing the rainbow of hope to the nations, Torn from the- storm-cloud and flung to the breeze! God bless the Flag and its loyal de fenders, While its broad folds o'er the bat tlefield wave, Till the dim star-wreath rekindle its splendors, . Washed from its stains in the blood of the brave. Oliver Wendell Holmes. Good Roads Department Conducted Especially for the Banner by Hon. P. T. Colgrovc, President of the Michigan Good Roads Association. Good Roads Quite Popular The United States Good Roads as sociation at its recent annual meeting in Birmingham elected 25 prominent citizens of difFerent sections of our country life members of the organiza tion; The spirit of building good roads is becoming universal and it is only a question of a very short time when the federal government will see the necessity of appropriating money to build good roads. All people "would be benefited by good roads. Avar bene fits no country or people. It destroys lives, business, homes and brutalizes people. , Roads Built by Convicts One thousand miles of perfect road way have been constructed by Colo rado convicts in the past eleven years. At first armed guards were used, but during the second summer the honor system Was introduced and it is still in vogue. Uniform Material It is important to have uniform ma terial in road building, whatever that material may be. This lack of respon sible for waviness and chuck holes. Good Roads in Philippines The Philippines in the first half or 1915 built 13G miles of good roads. Build Better Roads Every rain is an argument for the 365-day road. Neighbors and Builders Good roads are neighbor makers and trade builders. Ail-Year-Round Roads Good roads help small towns; rail roads build up the great cities, but all-the-year-round roads turn the stream of wealth, travel and business back towards the rural centers. Arteries of Community Improved public roads are directly related to better country homes and schools, to the reach and influence of country churches, to the timely mar ket centers. They are the arteries of organized community life. Using Taxpayers' Money There is no better way to use the taxpayers' money than by draining our roads. Road Drags for Upkeep The road drag is not an equipment for constructing roads, but it is in tended for upkeep. It should not move any large quantity of earth, but takes a small amount of wet earth to or drain away from the center of the road. It is important to remember that the road drag does not build roads, but helps keep them in repair. Canadian Stone Highway A stone highway, to cost $000,000, is to be built from Ottawa, Canada, CO miles south to the St. Lawrence river international boundary. It is stated that the road is to be built as a memorial to the late J. P. Whitney, premier of Ottawa. Kind words never die, but the un kind live quite long enough. Real Esfiotd FOR SALE 6-room house on Ionia St., south of High school $ 650 6- room house on Beulah St., in good condition for $ 750 7- room house with ' electric lights, city water and barn, centrally located on . Front street $1600 5-room house with electric lights, city water nd barn on Alderman street $1200 11 -room house with bath and electric lights, city water and gas, suitable for two fmilies or for roomers on Pleasant street, good location .....$2000 Two houses on one lot on north side; a bargain for $ 900 8- room house with electric lights and city water on I. O. street for $1200 BETTER LOOK THESE PROP ERTIES OVER Now is the time to list your prop erty with us. ' INSURANCE ANL SURETY BONDS The Vagner Agency B ELDING, III Cm a AN PHONE 54 . .. , A- tj. .., Aiiel.. ..V. -.W 'itOTv.nj 'J- -rj'-r- v i.- Will You L OS Your Boy, iiQor This is a true picture of what is happening on thousands of farms each year. Breaking home ties. Young men, and young women too leaving 'home for the attractions and conveniences of city life. Young people in country homes have plenty to keep them busy and contented during the day. Evening is their time of leisure and recreation, It is then that the depressing gloom of their poorly lighted homes strengthens their desire for the pleasures and comforts of good light which all city homes enjoy, rich and poor alike. For young folks crave companionship good times pleasant homes cheerful surroundings. Thirty years ago, it is true, only city homes enjoyed the advantages of gaslights and gas cooking but for the past fifteen years progressive home owners in the country have also enjoyed this greatest of city conveniences good light until today OgMmg amd Cooking Planfts are supplying brilliant, inexpensive light to houses, barns, outbuildings and cooking fuel for the kitchen range on hundreds of thousands of up-to-date country places from the Atlantic to the Pacific. These homessituated just like your ownare lighted as well as the finest city house you ever saw. The young folks in these homes are con tented and happy. Their homes are cheer ful, full of light and comfort, real homes of which young folks, and older ones, too, can well be proud. City life has no attrac tion for them, because they know that with modern conveniences in the heme, life in the country is better, happier and more en joyable than the best the city has to offer. What about your, children? Are you doing your part to give them the advan tages they desire and which their friend3 and neighbors enjoy? Or are you denying them the simple comforts and conveniences which you can well afford? They may be just approaching the time when they will decide for themselves whether they too will leave for the city or stay at home. They may never have said anything about these things to you but what are they thinking? What will they decide? Their decision is largely in your hands. An attractive home is the strongest magnet in the world. The greatest factor in mak--ing the home cheerful, bright and attractive is good light. Find out about the PILOT today, Just address A. R. GRAHAM, Supervisor 810 Mon St., FLINT, MICH. OXWCLD ACETYLENE COMPANY, CHICAGO Lmrtttt Afalir of Privet Lighting and Coolmng PUmf in A World.