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ENSILAGE MAKING THE BEST WEED-KILLER. [Newspaper Article] — Mortlake Dispatch — 9 May 1914
ENSILAGE MAKING THE BEST WEED-KILLER. XJf all the vegetation pests that arc antagonistic to proiitablo gram grow ing, it is almost invariably agreed that wild oats is tlio very worst. "Almost" is usocl advisedly, -as there are yet those who favour the letting of the wild oats grow during the grass rota tion period as freely as- they will for tho feeding of the stock. This weedy stud, of courso, is turned Tinder after seeding at fallowing time, but this, even admitting that wild oats furnishes good feed, is pronounced by tlio most experienced man as a fallacy. To endeavour to kill wild oats by plough ing them niidi'r, once they have at vaincd tlio seeding stage, has been proved to bo not only futile, Imt 0110 of tlio greatest evils wherever prac tised. Wild oats, it is found, can only bo killed by ploughing- them un der in the green stage, immediately af ter sprouting, or harvesting them bc I'oro seeding. "As a means of clean ing the land," remarked one farmer io "Tho Leader" agricul...
LUCERNE AS A FERTILISER. [Newspaper Article] — Mortlake Dispatch — 9 May 1914
LUCERNE AS A FERTILISER. Sumo interesting evidence wivii re gard to tho fertilising influence upon tho soil of luojine, owing to tho capa city of that plant for absorbing freo nitrogen from the atmosphere :ind con voying it to the soil through tho roots, is contributed by Mr. 11. Jacob, of Milduru.: ''Having previously had good crops of maizo by tho application of farm yard manure, 1 have this season had one, if not tlie best, under another system of treatment. This ci'oji grew on an average U or 10 feci in hoiglr.. It was the healthiest and darkest green possible, and not tho slightest £'>gn ot yellow leaf undenuath. _ Tho lollcw mg arc tho facts concerning this tiop -In filtering my land 1 had &lt; ccasion to .plough up an acre of land which had been under luccrno for 15 years. Before that 1 grew barley on it, but the ground refused to grow any more, and tho last crop was hardly worth cutting. 1 put it under lucarnc, .vl ieh grew splendidly. Until live years &go...
CONCRETE RAILWAY TIES. [Newspaper Article] — Mortlake Dispatch — 9 May 1914
CONCRETE RAILWAY TIES. Elastic concrete ties oI: great strength holding bolts and nails better than wood are claimed as a new German raiiway . product. Ties of iron and steel have: been used to some extentj for many years, but are much more rigid than wood, and otherwise less satisfactory-, and the reinforced concrete ties hither to tried have proved disappointing. The new concrete is made from a mixture of asbestos fibres and cement. Mother (upstairs): "Bobby, did you bring up a spoon for your" medioino, as I asked you?" Bobby: "I couldn't find a spoon, ma, sn I brought up a fork..'i
FEEDING WHEY TO YOUNG STOCK. [Newspaper Article] — Mortlake Dispatch — 9 May 1914
FEEDING WHEY TO YOUNG STOCK. "New York Produce Koviow" has been asking its readors to give their expericnco of feoding whey to young stock. Hero aro three o"l: tlio replies roocivcd: 1st.-The whey should he clean and led in clean troughs. Twelve pounds of whey equal .about one pound of grain for pig and poultry iced. Two pounds of whey equal cno pound of .skim-milk as feed. Sour whey can bo fedj but we (prefer sweet sterilised whey. The troughs should bo of me tal, such as galvanised iron ones; to keep them from souring, so they can bo easily cleaned. Have a largo trough for pigs and a smaller one- for. chickens and ii faucet at ono end ol: tlie trough, so they can be easily cleaned. 2nd .--Havo liad 110 experience along this lino. Do not think it could bo imiido profitable unless there was a largo supply of whey and one was ablo to conduct the business 011 a large .soalo. If a factory was already pro vided with suitable quarters for tho animals and th? maker had sufficient timo in ...
HUMUS! WHAT IS IT? ITS RELATION TO SOIL NITROGEN [Newspaper Article] — Mortlake Dispatch — 9 May 1914
HUMUS! WHAT IS IT? ITS K ELATION TO SOIL NITROGEN To many this article may seem su perfluous, but we think it seasonable lo l'lilly explain iis meaning and its value to plant lil'e. Seasonable, because the majority &lt;;i our farmers have imioh stubble or trash that (ran be converted into the very uecessarv soil eoustitutent. WHAT IS HUMUS? Humus is derived from Uk- gradual decay of any vegetablo matter that may bo turned into the soil; this is hastened by its gradual incorporation with the soil, combined with thorough working and exposure to tlio atmos phere. 'Where it is lacking tho all important soil nitrogen is absent. The organic portions of our soils might bo just the same in both lighi (easily worked) loams and our heavy olay lands. Tlu; humus or decayed lorm is always noticeable by tho smoky or dark appearance that tho soil pre sents. Handy soil devoid ? of humus is very light 111 colour, but a good .sandy loam is always recognised by its dark appearance. Tho same ap...
POST OFFICE COMEDY. [Newspaper Article] — Mortlake Dispatch — 9 May 1914
POST OFFICE COMEDY. .lligh tragedy turned to comedy and comedy to farce at a post office in West London recently. Shortly before five o'clock a young man eutftrcd. In his hand was an opoiv letter, delicately perfumed, on faintly tinted paper. The subtle fragrance of the letter drew the attention.of tlie cus tomers, who noted also the somewhat agitated angle of his hat and a. certain wilduess in his eyes. Making, swiftly for the telegraph counter he scribbled on form after form, crushing them in succession and throwing them aside. Finally, with an air of sombre satisfaction, lie threw the last form across the counter accompan ied by a sixpenny piece. The girl behind the counter pickcd up the form and read it quickly. "Another halfpenny, please." "Nonsense," the young man said. "Only twelve words." "Thirteen," replied the clerk. "This -pointing with her pencil-"should be two." Unconscious of the interest taken by some half-dozen customers, the young man took up the telegram. "You migh...
THE SHEARING RECORD. [Newspaper Article] — Mortlake Dispatch — 9 May 1914
THE SHEARING RECORD. "Ynrk.sliiro" asks- who holds tin; rc ooid lor hand-shearin^c in Australia, ami who tin: liiai-hin;. record, also what their he.-t daily tallies arc ami how much they receive per 100 sheep The record for hand-slu'ariiig was made in ISO:,' hy .lack Howe at Alice Downs ((,!?). when ,he got through 3*21 sheep in eight hours. This btill stands. In the sanii' year Jim Power, at IJa renya, shore 315 with machines. This | latter record was IjOaten hy Dan Cooper in 1010 at Huudoran, Hiohmond (Q.), with 310. In the contest i'or' tho "shearing championship of tho world," at Sydney, in 1911, Cooper won from h?yd Day, the Adelaide champion. As tho shearing rate is 24/ per 100, and a "ringer" will average nearly 2S0 a day in a good season, tho extent of liis season's chequc can bo fairly ac curately gauged A proposal is at present afoot among shcam's to claim an advance of 6/ per 100 sheep shorn, bringing the rate up to 30/ per 100.
CARRYING FACILITIES. [Newspaper Article] — Mortlake Dispatch — 9 May 1914
CARRYING FACILITIES. Messrs.- C. E. Miller and Co., of 317 Collins Street, Melbourne, have an ex tensive carrying business in the coun try, and their returning -empty vans offer special facilities for the convey ance of furniture and goods' of all de-' scriptions from town to town or to the city. They undertiiko storage in. Mel-, bourne, and consignments may be sent to them by rail. They advertise a list of centres from which vans .will Ije returning empty during May.,.
THE LUCERNE-SOWING SEASON. [Newspaper Article] — Mortlake Dispatch — 9 May 1914
THE LUCERNE-SOWING SEASON. "Every wheatgrowor should hav lucerno on his farm if he lias- a suit ablo piece of laud at all," said a well known farmer not Inog ago; but Jii .saying that lit; must nut be regar led as suggesting that every rainier should grow lucerne haj lor the metropolitan market, for a little .study of the sta tistics of the crop shows that it does not require a very largo increase in production to depress prices to the unprofitable point. lncreao 111 the area under liuvrne has been achieved in the past ten or fifteen years by a series ol advances and retreats, f5e tweeu the years 1908 and 1910, for instance; there wa.s a steady increase from 13,500 acres of lucerne to 09,000 acres, the high prices offering for hay during 1908 no doubt inducing grow ers to extend. The increased pro duction in 1910, however, aided by a good season, reduced prices, and thus a fleeted tho sowings in 1911 and 19] 2, for ill the latter year the area fell to 03,000 acres. As values improve...
WOMEN'S INTERESTS. [Newspaper Article] — Mortlake Dispatch — 9 May 1914
WOMEN'S INTERESTS. i . ?? ; [ ; . (By "Ambrosine.") Ill Loudon hat shapes are smaller and more compact lir»n they have been. But . iheso j differences do not at all detract j from their charms and becoiningness. Quito tlio contrary. Neither do they limit the variety. Small and compact iis shapes taken as a whole may be, their variety of line is indefinite. Only the hypercritical will have fault to lind with ilie spring millinery, taken as a whole. There are, of course, a few shapes and styles that are strange and freakish, but apart from these there is so much to please that unattractive styles can be left alone. Usually uhe brim is at one side, and it shoots out picturesquely at the termination of a graoei'ul and gradual curve. Some of the brims are giveii a pinch here 'nil a lift-up there, giving a "saucy"' as pect to the whole elfect. Some of the shapes have crowns that re.-uh a considerable height, others live crowns of only moderate heigm, but a brim that is tremendously high a...
MELBOURNE LETTER [Newspaper Article] — Mortlake Dispatch — 9 May 1914
MELBOURNE LETTER-' | i (From Our Special Correspondent). .I h0 attitude of the public una ii'Utur-jbi.s Wilt* iLU.caCcu by tin u.'im-mition of the orowd «-t Pnn liL-ui.rj iho oilier afternoon whei a vou'u'' woman was run down and m ''."-d u> an extent, that caused hoi 'i .'iui For a liiiio the iceensod crowc 'i- .j i;ko taking tho law into fchoii ^Tjiaiils. 'I'iie growing frequency °r a, cfdciiis that xnaim and kill mot 0 Vu citizens lias roused aa aut'ago 'X iu leeliug .tuwaitU motorists that ",jv needs a spaak 10 cause it to cx ,«0kio into soiu.-ih-ng serious. Among the hundreds of motorists ilherO "re (,i course, many wiio exercise tho. "rJiit-St car© and consideration. But fi^iv are others. Tharo aro the motor J,,'... who aro drunk with tho prido of ,,o°s ssion, and the speed possibilities Jlj t*jK, machine, and reckless as to con ^quiuccs. For the arrogance of tljei'i', motorists as a body have to suf icr""' The remedy-which would bo wvlcumed alike by tho public, and by ;].....
PRESERVING BUTTER. A TESTED METHOD. [Newspaper Article] — Mortlake Dispatch — 9 May 1914
PRESERVING BUTTER. A TESTED METHOD. A contributor to "Hoard's Daury man" gives the following recipa for preserving butter, which, lie saysr lui-s 110 equal or superior :-Churn and thou wash well the butter in soveral cola waters so as to thoroughly lvmove every trace of the butter-niilk. Drain well, spread it thinly, and salt to suit tlie taste, sprinkle tho salt thinly over every portion of it. "Work well, drain, again, and set in a cold cellar of even temperature or in a refrigerator untn next day. Then work it again by means of a. butter ladle, and pat it into iittlo oakes the size of an egg, and pat each of Huso (one at a time) until iliin as a wafer, so as to drain oil' all tlio water possible. Pack in earthern. jars, lilling with 1 in. of the to]). Next wring a white linen or muslin, clotli from cold water (cutting it to lap a little over tho jar), and 011 the top of the cloth put line salt until il comes level with the top of tho jar. i'ui, a sheet of paralhn paper over the s...
LIQUID MANURING. THE BEST SYSTEM. [Newspaper Article] — Mortlake Dispatch — 9 May 1914
LIQUID MANURING. THE BEST SYSTEM. ' About tkroo years ago," a corres pondent writes us (the N.Z. Dairy man), "wo resolved to tost tho prac tical working of a plan suggested by this journal, which it /:eeliiixl could bo inado successful, and now, after tlirec lull years iu use, wo aro ready to report that with us tho system js sat istactory and accomplishes the objects sought, "\\o first dug « cistern outside the cowhouse, where all tho gutters would open directly into it. *lt was inado 1(3 foot deop, 11 l'ect wide, and SO loot long, and is used for 30 cows. If we were to make any change we would make it larger, as the longer the manure remains in it tho better it liquidises and tho easier it handles. Wo would recommend 30 cubic feet per cow for each mouth cows aro housed during die year. Into this pit all the ma nure, both solid and liquid, is pushed with a shovel, care, being taken to keep hay -and bedding out of tho gut ters as much as possible. If tho gut ters have a slopo toward...
The Rule of Three. [Newspaper Article] — Mortlake Dispatch — 13 May 1914
The Rule of Three. I • "One week from to-day, Uncle Joe, J will be a married man. Yes, in seven short days I willbe initiated into the j mysteries of matrimony." 1 "No mysteries about it, my boy. It'* i Just the plain, simple rule of three." "Rule of three? Eh—what three?" "Wife, mother-in-law, and servant girl." We may if we choose make the «ror?t of one another, but we may also make tb-^ best of one another. J The "Dairymaid" and "Bluebell" Separ ators are guaranteed to be far superior in material, construction, and practical work to the average run of cream separators. The spccial prices now being quoted on them are poitiids below their actual value. No non sense about these statements—you can re turn the machine and get your money back if they are not fouud to be solid facts. Any man buying a separator without getting full particulars of this-special price offer deserves to die in the workhouso. -^Apply to Inter national Harvester Go. of Australia Pty. Ltd. or thoir nearest loca...
Aim High. [Newspaper Article] — Mortlake Dispatch — 13 May 1914
Aim High. "On one occasion," said an employ er of labor, "I v.-as accosted by a man who was well known as a quaint an&lt;3 eccentric character in the town in which he lived. "He asked me to use my influence in obtaining for him a post as bookkeeper to a firm with which I was connected. " 'Why, Jim, you've never been any- • thing in your life but a messenger How can I recommend you as a book keeper?' I said. " 'Well, it's like this, guv'nor,' ho replied. 'If I try for the bookkeeping job, I may get some 30b between thai and being refused altogether.' "I was highly amused by the man's notion, particularly as there is a good deal of philosophy in it, for, as said, when I questioned him on tht> subject: " 'My father always used to say— Aim high. You will probably bring down something only a little lower.' *
IN THE MERCHANT NAVY. [Newspaper Article] — Mortlake Dispatch — 13 May 1914
IN THE MERCHANT NAVY. * "Sometimes ships' cargoes brought from the hot countries play havoc by the fumes they givo forth," says an old sea. Captain. "On one voyage the sugar we had aboard made every one sick. Matters Unally became sa bad that we could not live below deck. I chased a big Newfoundland dog out of its kennel aft and used the piace aa a berth, while the crew threw them selves around the deck at the immin ent risk of being washed overboard. The cook! had to go into the hold oc casionally for provisions, and when he did so h6 ."ied a piece of cloth over his mouth arul noso. After sever;'.! such hurried visits he was overcome, and two other men similarly protect ed went down find securer! him with ropes and he was hauled out The hatches could not be battened flown, for fear the cargo would spoil, so had to put up the besi we could with the fumes until wn -vached port. "The usually pleasant aroma of coffee becomes sickening imlefd when a mar. has to sail ft'." weeks in a shi...
Family Notices [Newspaper Article] — Mortlake Dispatch — 13 May 1914
IN MEMORIAM. M'DONALD.—In sad and loving memory of our dear son and brother Alex. M'Donald, who died at Winton Hospital, North Queensland, on 13th May, 1913, aged 26 years. A painful sliock;'a blow severe, To piart with one we loved so dear. Our loss is grefcii we'll not'complain, But trust in God to meet again. Only those who have lost are able to tell The pain at heart at not saying farewell. Too far away thy grave to see, But not too "far to think of thee. Sadly missd. —Inserted by his sorrowing, father and mother, brother and sisters.
THE MAN PROM COLORADO. The Driver and the Passenger. [Newspaper Article] — Mortlake Dispatch — 13 May 1914
TnE MAN PROM COLORADO. The Driver and the Passenger. As we left Sandy Gulch for Rising Sun there were six male passengers to go by the conch, and the route was over the mountains and full of chan» ces of disaster. The driver came ouf from breakfast as soon as the coach was i*>ady, and looking about on the passengers he selected a small, pale faced man and invited him to climb up beside him. While the pale-faced man was climbing up the driver whispered to the rest of us:— "I picked him out in order to scare him to death. You fellows will see ' a heap of fun before we've gone ten miles!" Two minutes west of the gulch the road made a sudden turn, with a sheet fall of a hundred feet down to Wild Cat Creek, and the driver put his hor ses to the gallop and said to the man: "We may get round all right, or wa may fetch up down below. Hold yer breath and say yer prayers!" The passenger made no move and did not change countenance, and, aft er making the course all right, the driver rather ...
"The Dispatch" WEDNESDAY, MAY 13. PUBLISHED WEDNESDAY AND SATURDAY Local and General News [Newspaper Article] — Mortlake Dispatch — 13 May 1914
| "The Dispatch" WEDNESDAY, MAY 13. Published Wednesday and Saturday Local and General News Only one nomination, that of Mr J. H. Clifford, son of the late Cr. C. W. Clifford, was received for the vacancy in the Mortlake riding in the Shire of Mortlake, and he therefore is elected unopposed. In another column Mr. Clifford re turns thanks to the ratepayers for the honor conferred. At the conclusion of M'Donald and Brumley's market sale this afternoon a quantity of timber, etc., in the assigned estate of Fiddes and Morgan will be sold under the hammer. It is regrettable that the Mort lake Football Club has so deteriorat ed in its quality of play that it is unable to provide a team capable of competing with other district teams. Not very many years ago Mortlake could boast of a team that could defeat the best combination of the Western District. The cause of such deterioration is due to the departure' of almost all the best players, whilst the young devotees are not equal yet to the st...