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This Month [Newspaper Article] — Better Farming — 1 February 1915
This Month Start your incubators . It s the early birds that catch the worms . The early pullets lay the eggs when eggs is eggs . * * • Overhaul the harness . Give them an oil bath and get them ready for spring work . Leather is getting scarce and dearer . * » * One silo isn t enough any more ; they come in twins , triplets and even quartets on farms of Better Farmers . * * * How about the wood pile ? Do you intend to stop field work next summer to saw wood for the kitchen or are you getting in the stove wood now ? Better farmers need not answer . * * * Early lambs will be coming soon . Give the ewes a bite of grain and some extra choice hay , alfalfa or clover . It will make milk and milk makes lambs . * * * This is the ice harvest . Don t forget that it will be hot as usual next summer . Ice is a cheap luxury . Put a few loads in the empty silo if you haven t a better place . • * • If you can t read all of this issue of Better Farming , read at least every advertisement . You will...
Fall Silent Snow ! [Newspaper Article] — Better Farming — 1 February 1915
Fall Silent Snow ! BY WILLIAM DUDLEY FOULKE . Fall , silent snow , from out tke pitying sky , And hide our guilty world ! Cover them all—The corpses that in reeking trenches lie—The Belgian , the Briton and the Gaul , Teuton and Slav . Fall softly , then , and deep On ruined home and blasted field and wood ; To thy cold pillow let the wounded creep , Till death at last brings peace—and brotherhood ! O , couldst thou hide despair ! Couldst thou but stay The pangs of famine ! Couldst thou still the cry O desolate mothers , couldst thou but allay The widow s grief and hush the maiden s sigh O er broken hopes ! How many a winter s snow Must fall ere time shall heal this universal woe ? % * * % * * * * m
Facts , not Fiction [Newspaper Article] — Better Farming — 1 February 1915
Facts , not Fiction God sometimes keeps us waiting a while for our pay , but he never stops the interest . * * * The man who does right only because he is paid for it , needs nothing but a raise of wages to become a rogue . * * * Be a little cautious about going security for a man who takes no newspaper and keep two dogs . * * * The world is full of people who want to do good , but they are in no hurry to commence . * * * If horses could go to heaven there are a good many men who would be kept out . * * * The truth we hate the most is the truth that hits us the hardest .
*** * * * *** The Shipping Bill [Newspaper Article] — Better Farming — 1 February 1915
*** * * * *** The Shipping Bill THE OCEAN BOAT TRUST has the world by the throat . With the German ships withdrawn from the carrying trade there is an insufficient amount of tonnage to carry the world s merchandise and foodstuffs , and , the boats that are doing the business are doing it at a most exorbitant profit . The owners have not only jumped the rates , but they give preference to that class of shipping which pays the best . This means that bulk freight , like grain and cotton , must wait for the convenience or pleasure of ship masters . Were it not for this , there would be twice the grain and cotton moving to Europe and if the freight charge was not so exorbitant , cotton , at least , would be bringing a far better price than now obtained . The contribution which America alone is making to this outrageous monopoly will amount to about $ 311 , 000 , 000 this year , providing the volume of export and import traffic averages about what it did in December . In other words we wi...
Force of World Opinion [Newspaper Article] — Better Farming — 1 February 1915
Force of World Opinion THOSE GREAT MEN who wrote the Declaration of Independence did not enter upon the task lightly . They knew it was a serious thing to set up a new kind of government when all the world was ruled by kings and emperors . They had , as they expressed it , a due respect for the opinion of mankind . ^ They proceefled to justify their action in severing their ties from the mother country . It is more than ever necessary now when public opinion , indeed world opinion , has become more enlightened , that neither nation nor individual should do anything to violate its sanctions . If the people who rule Germany had realized this , their war perhaps would have a different ending . But their violation of treaty , both in respect to Belgium and in respect to the methods by which their war has been pursued , have utterly and irretrievably lost them the moral support of every neutral country in the world . Italy , their sworn ally , denied her help , even before the war starte...
% 5 " 5 % 3 A t 2 A Don't Rock Our Boat ! [Newspaper Article] — Better Farming — 1 February 1915
% 5 5 % 3 A t 2 A Dont Rock Our Boat ! DOUBLE THE WHEAT acreage ; Grow every bushel of grain you can ; Strike off the fetters of scientific agriculture and its mixed farming ideas for a year or two and grow all grain again ; Sacrifice the soil for two crops to take advantage of the war and war prices on wheat and other grains . These sentences summarize the advice being handed to our farmers by agricultural writers and advisers supposed to know what is best for the farmer . Our advice is that we should stick to the system of scientific agriculture we have been so patiently building up during the past decade . Don t rock the agricultural boat ; don t put all your eggs in one basket . It is unnecessary , unwise , and will gain nothing , or at best only a temporary advantage for a small portion of the farming population . Of course , there is going to be a fine market for wheat , a fine market , in fact , for all kinds of grains . There is also going to be a fine market for meat animal...
J » Jt J * The Little Country Theater [Newspaper Article] — Better Farming — 1 February 1915
J » Jt J * The Little Country Theater THE COLLEGES of the Northwest , especially the agricultural colleges , are starting a movement in Farm drama that seems to us well worth while . The Little Country Theater of the agricultural college , Fargo , North Dakota , is designed as a laboratory of modern rural drama—not the cowhide boot , bewiskered , bgosh ! rural drama that has made the Rube drama for the edification of city and small town audiences , but the drama of the new farm life . It is to be one of the props of the test tube , alfalfa , cow testing , college education kind of farm life , the kind that is making farm life worth while and holding farming up before the world as a high calling instead of a dreary grind . There are two very strong reasons for the unattractiveness of farm life that we think this new drama will do much to wipe out . They are the lack of farm heroes and the dearth of wholesome amusement of a high order for those who live on farms . The fact that this f...
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Subscription Order Blank Better Farming , 141 W . Ohio St , Chicago , IU . I enclose herewith 25 c , for which credit my subscription to Better Farming for one year , and send me without cost and with all charges prepaid in accordance with your offer the Farm Record Book .
* SA * SA * cA Home Grown [Newspaper Article] — Better Farming — 1 February 1915
* SA * SA *\ cA Home Grown AMERICAN FARMERS and seedmen must now grow their own sugar beet seed instead of getting it from Germany and Austria . We are caught without seed , having depended in the past on the Germans to furnish this necessity . Seed that cost before war broke $ 7 per bag cannot now be had for $ 50 per bag , and we are strictly up against it for seed for next year s crop , which would be certain to be worth millions of dollars more than any previous crop were it possible to get it in the ground . Our fertilizer problem is another that must * be solved by some Made in America activity . Heretofore the Germain Kali Syndicate has controlled the potash supply of the world , chiefly because the German scientific mind has patiently worked out cheaper methods of getting an almost inexhaustible supply of potash to the world s farmers . California and Texas can supply this potash , thougTi perhaps at a trifle higher price at the outset until our chemists get methods that will...
Education Not a Test of Character [Newspaper Article] — Better Farming — 1 February 1915
Education Not a Test of Character THE OTHER DAY a boy of fifteen years of age entered the University of Chicago . He was the youngest student to matriculate in that institution . He is not the son of a professor nor is he a descendant from long generations of scholars . His parents were poor immigrants , his mother indeed could neither read nor write even her own language . If the immigration bill , which recently passed the House and Senate , had been the law when these people came to America they would have found the door barred against them and they would have returned to their land of oppression and ignorance . America has always been the asylum , the welcome asylum , for those of every nation who have been reaching out for opportunity for a freer life and larger existence . We have sought to apply tests of character , though sometimes unavailing , but we have never subscribed to the abhorrent theory that mere education was the measure of moral character . It would be impossible...
Who Are the Captains of Industry ? [Newspaper Article] — Better Farming — 1 February 1915
Who Are the Captains of Industry ? THE CAPTAINS OF INDUSTRY are not all at the head of the big steel mills or railways . Big business does not always produce big men . If we knew the story of the brave fights that are being waged against obstacles and adversitv . fights crowned with glorious victory , we would have to concede that heroes are found sometimes in obscure places . Neither can men lay sole claim to all the honors in the world s contests . I heard the other day of a little mother somewhere out in Kansas , who , left a widow , when her children were young , took up the fight for existence for herself and her children , not satisfied with mere existence , but determined to give them an education . She has fought single-handed with only her two bare hands and an indomitable heart as weapons , and as a result her boys and girls are equipped for life , each with a higher education , but better still , with habits of industry , and , best of all , an immortal example in their m...
Everv Farmer Needs This Book [Newspaper Article] — Better Farming — 1 February 1915
Everv Farmer Needs This Book The Farm Record Book contains complete records for one year of ordinary farming . By its use the farmer can keep a record of not only what he has to sell and buy , but what he eats and uses for the farm . He can by keeping the Daily Record of Labor for teams and men , and adding to it cost of seed , tell what any crop costs him , and whether he is making any money on the crop or not . This Farm Record Book is meant to help you run your farm as a business enterprise . Keep it where you can see it every day . lake a few minutes each evening to write in the items covering that day s business , then spend a little time summarizing the results at the end of the year . The Farm Record Book is easily kept with only a little care , does not require a knowledge of bookkeeping , and has ample space devoted to records of the following items of interest and importance on every farm : Cash Account , Daily Record of Labor , Diagram of Farm , Poultry Breeding Record , ...
What Better Farming Means [Newspaper Article] — Better Farming — 1 February 1915
What Better Farming Means By JEWETT E . RICKER , JR . THE MODERN FARMER MAKES PULL USB OF HIS OWN FOREST RESERVES E hear a lot said about better farming . What is meant by it ? How and why is it that some men are able to farm better than others ? Why is it that one farm in a given locality proves a splendid investment while the adjoining farm in the same locality is often a failure ? Why is it that some farms are com monly conceded to be better farms than others , their owners better farmers ; in fact , what is better farming ? Let s see . Two farmers of equal experience—and this is an actual case—own adjoining quarter-sections in the corn belt of Nebraska . Their land , for all practical purposes , is identically the same . Almost to an acre the amount of land under cultivation is equal on the two farms ; both are of about the same age and bought their holdings at very nearly the same price . In other words both have enjoyed , to the fullest measure , equal opportunities . And yet ...
We , G / oVerdtM c 9 arisli & [Newspaper Article] — Better Farming — 1 February 1915
We , G / oVerdtM c 9 arisli &amp; Elijah at the Fair Elijah Is Still Living in Clover at His Old Friend s Expense—His First Meal at a Big Hotel Deer Semanthy : Im a gitting along so splendid up here now that Ime almost a beginning to begrudge the time it takes me to write letters to you , but es sirkumstances is sech that you cant be here to injoy the fare and see things fur yourself , I reckon I ort to be willin to stop injoy ing myself long anuff evry day to write you a few lines , but if they shud happen to be a little shorter than common sumtimes yule kno whats the matter . I wish you cud only be here sumers where you cud see me and Sile a ridin in his karridge , with the top let down and both ov us a leanin back ez tho we dident keer a pasnip whether punkins ever got ripe or not , fur I feel about sure that a few glimpses ov sech a sight wud make you feel so proud ov me that yude stop growlin about hard work all the rest ov your life . I dont mind ez I ever had anybody ...
Page 7 Advertisements Column 1 [Newspaper Article] — Better Farming — 1 February 1915
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. ^ i ^ tom ^^ [Newspaper Article] — Better Farming — 1 February 1915
. ^ i ^ tom ^^ Dont Neglect Your Tools One of the important sources of loss on the farm is carelessness in preserving farm implements and machinery , according to R . B . Lowry , assistant at Clemson College . There is probably no better index to a farmers business ability and efficiency , said Mr . Lowry , than the kinds of machines he uses and how he cares for them . Upon the efficient use of modern farm machinery a farmer s profit largely depends . Investigations have shown that the most successful farmers use the best types of machines and keep these machines carefully housed , oiled , repaired and painted . Though no other country buys as much farm machinery as the United States , yet the farmers of this country lose a large part of their profit every year by not properly caring for their machinery . According to latest census reports , the amount spent to purchase farm implements was equal to nearly 3 A per cent of the value of all crops grown . A probable estimate would be th...
Page 8 Advertisements Column 1 [Newspaper Article] — Better Farming — 1 February 1915
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