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THE POET'S CORNER. OLD FRANK. [Newspaper Article] — The Farmer and Settler — 7 March 1906
THE POET'S CORNER. OLD FRANK. Lay him down to his last long rest, His heart was as true as steel ; I would that the earth on his noble breast Pressed light— lest the dead should feel. . For he was my comrade in days now gone x : txi iuiu lug uaiA ana^ , When furrows of care on my brow were none, And his locks unshot with grey. A bolder heart to the saddle ne'er sprang, A leader—but seldom led. When the mountain oak on his stirrup rang, ' . ' Old Frank was still at the head. Down the shelving sides of the old 'White Rock,' Unchecked in our course we flew, And footed our way with the wildest stock 1' Down the slopes of Waterloo. When the glittering beams of the camp fire glowed, Our saddles for pillows we laid, And the youth of our company smoked and blowed Of some wild and daring raid. No sound escaped from those firm set Kps* ? ... He smiled at each youthful whim, Yet few o'er the' 'Valley's' mountain tips . Would dared to have followed him. When men would meet he was always a man, ...
BRITISH AND FOREIGN. [Newspaper Article] — The Farmer and Settler — 7 March 1906
BRITISH AND FOREIGN. King Edward has arrived in Paris. The cabmen at Berlin have gone out on strike against the police regulations. Revolutionaries shot the watchman at the State Bank at Helsingrors, and stole £/5oo. The cost of education in the United Kingdom for the current year is over 16 millions. A bill has been introduced into the House of Commons to provide meals for underfed children. The London General Omnibus- Com pany has decided to spend ,£1,000,000 in building motor vehicles. The French Chamber of Deputies has adopted penny postage throughout the Republic and her colonies. Notice of motion has been given that members of the House of Commons should receive ,£300 a year. It is stated that in certain eventualities in connection with the Morocco trouble, Russia would support France. China is prepared to pay compensa tion for the American missionaries who were muredered at Nanchang. The Czar has expressed to the German Emperor his desire that the tension 'be- tween France an...
NORTH-WESTERN NOTES. [Newspaper Article] — The Farmer and Settler — 7 March 1906
NORTH-WESTERN NOTES. Bv 'Mvall.' ; ; -ii--. The landholders of the north-west are just now engaged in one of the most s'er- ious battles ever waged against them. The practically short period of drought experienced has brought them face to face j with the stern fact that the advent of \ prolific bunny is a dire calamity. Coun- \ try which a few years ago would carry a fair amount of stock and withstand a much longer period of drought is now completely denuded of pasture, and only half stocked. Along the frontages the rabbits are swarming in millions, not- | withstanding the constant operation of I hundreds of poison carts and vigorous ef- ] forts by every other possible means of j destruction.' Unquestionably the position I is a serious one, and unless something | unforeseen happens, small . landholders I will stand a good chance of being driven | out or tiieir nomes. atocK in many in stances are already dying, and owing to the general scarcity of feed it is impos sible to strike out...
ROTATION OF CROPS. Algerian Oats for Dry Districts. [Newspaper Article] — The Farmer and Settler — 7 March 1906
ROTATION OF CROPS. Algerian Oats for Dry Districts. ' At last meeting of the Beetaloo (S.A.) Agricultural Bureau, the hon. secretary read a short paper on Algerian oats. He said :— Among other crops that can be DTnwn (in flio farm om Alrrnrion nntc which I find in most seasons do well. They will, of course, do best on fallow, but usually yield good returns from stub ble land when well cultivated, producing as high as 40 bushels per acre after wheat, in which case they will be finer in the straw than on fallow. In any case, oaten hay is better chaffed than fed long. Algerian oats should be sown fairly thick and. treated with about 1 cwt. of super per acre. Perhaps May is the best month for sowing, but they can be sown later if intended for grain. I have not found it necessary to pickle Algerian oats and have never been troubled with smut. If wheat land is subject to so-called take cm, x vYuuiu auvj.se auwiug uais me iui lowing year rather than again sowing with wheat, as they are not...
PRESERVING EGGS. Lime v. Waterglass. [Newspaper Article] — The Farmer and Settler — 7 March 1906
PRESERVING EGGS. Lime v. Waterglass. Frank T. Shutt, chemist, of the: Experi mental Farm, Ottawa, writes : — 'For the past five seasons we have compared lime water with 'water-glass' solution, with the invariable result that the former preserves the eggs at least equally as well as the latter. Taking into consideration quality, flavour, and appearance, we have adjudg ed the lime-water preserved eggs unsur passed by any kept by the many and various methods' that we have had under trial. We do not believe that eggs can be stored by any method and have the flavor of the fresh-laid article; at least, that is our experience, and it is a large one. If you wish to add salt to the lime-water, do not use more than one pound to ten gallons. Some of our results seemed to show that this quan tity was ,an improvement, but Larger amounts most certainly affected the fla vor of the ess-, Use only ? fresh quick lime in making the lime-water. Keep the eggs covered with the solution. Good spring water...
REVENUE BEFORE SETTLEMENT. [Newspaper Article] — The Farmer and Settler — 7 March 1906
REVENUE BEFORE SETTLEMENT. The bedrock of the whole difficulty, as we have previously urged, is that the de partment remains blind to the fact that they must place the question of settle ment before any considerations about rev enue, or their efforts to make settlement a success will fail. The policy hitherto has been to get as much revenue out of the settlers, during good seasons, as they ?possibly can, and leave them stranded, to be kept in existence by spoon feed ing from the public Treasury when per iods of drought come along. Meanwhile, the policy in other countries is to expend revenue freely promoting settlement, upon conditions of tenure which encour age: production, and consequently New South Wales is discarded by eligible set tlers, and many of our best men on the land hold to it because they are chained there by having- their capital and the greater part of a life's hard labour sunk in it. There is no use' putting people on the land without it be upon a basis that will st...
A BIG RABBIT TRAP. [Newspaper Article] — The Farmer and Settler — 7 March 1906
A BIG RABBIT TRAP. The Tumut correspondent of the 'Daily Telegraph' says :— Mr. D. Beat tie, of West Blowering, is adopting a me thod of trapping rabbits which has work ed well on the Riverina flat country, but this is the first trial in the Tumut dis trict. The traps are constructed by a line of wire netting, 400 yards long and 2 feet high, with a wing at each end. The net ting is stretched on pegs across the side of a hill. During the day the wire is lifted so that rabbits can pass freely un- ? derneath at dusk, in travelling from the hills on to the flats to feed on the crops and long grass. At night the netting is let down, and pegged to the ground., A man is stationed at each wing at daylight, when the rodents will be making back to the hills, and the rabbits are driven up to the centre of the line, where they will pass through a small door into a wire netted yard, and from there into another yard, where they will remain concealed and quiet under, the bushes' put in there for t...
THE WESTERN DISTRICT COUNCIL AND WIRE NETTING. To the Editor "Farmer and Settler." [Newspaper Article] — The Farmer and Settler — 7 March 1906
THE WESTERN DISTRICT COUNCIL AND WIRE NETTINC. To the Editor 'Farmer and Settler.' Sir, — Permit me to express gratification and thanks on behalf of the newly-formed District Council to the prominence you have given to its proceedings in last is sue. 1 teel, however, called upon to rec tify an error, small in print, but import ant in bearing, and copied evidently from one of our local papers. This is re wire netting, and the size of mesh. Mr. Barry, of Trangie, moved with ref erence to sub-section A section 37 P.P. Act,— 'That the words after 'board' in the third line be inserted, 'to be not more than 1 Jin, (not i$in. as reported) and 18 guage.' ' This is a very important matter, as it is contended that even i£in. mesh stret ches to such an extent as to permit of the easy progress of young and half grown rabbits. Mr. Barry takes such an interest in the subject, and is such an acknowledged authority on land matters and the P.P. Acts, that in justice to him T feel bound to correct th...
POISONED STOCK. [Newspaper Article] — The Farmer and Settler — 7 March 1906
POISONED STOCK. Complaints having been made that a lot of sheep and cattle in the Dubbo dis trict had been poisoned by eating dead rabbits, Mr. Dulhunty, stock inspector, wrote to the Department for, a remedy to be used in cases where it is known that the animals had eaten Doisonous stuffs. Mr. Dulliunty has been referred to the following extract from the Stock Report for August, 1901:— r 'Occasionally cases of mortality in sheep and horses are reported, which are directly traceable to poisoning by .phos phorus, through animals picking up 1. phosphorised pollard baits, laid for the ?j extermination of rabbits. The medical dose. of phosphorus for horses and cattle is from one-half to five grains. In large doses it exerts on the alimentary tract, local irritant effects, causing colicky pains— the animal paws the ground, lies down, and looks round to the region of M, the stomach.H , Thirty grain doses in horses,:; and i cattle produce paresis, jcon k. ? vuls'ibris, coma, and death with...
CASINO P.P. BOARD. [Newspaper Article] — The Farmer and Settler — 7 March 1906
CASINO P.P. BOARD. At the last meeting of the P.P. Board at Casino; the sum of ,£200 was voted to the Danysz rabbit destruction fund. A . return showed that there had been an increase of 13,055 head of rateable stock for the year, the total number for which returns had ' been received up to date being 156,521 head. A rate of id. per head on large stock and one-eighth of a penny on sheep for iqo6 was struck.
SPECIAL NOTICE. To Branches of the Association. [Newspaper Article] — The Farmer and Settler — 7 March 1906
SPECIAL NOTICE. To Branches of the Association. Now that our paper is an established fact, and the Association has an official organ directly under the control of the Executive Council, circulating- each week throughout the State, we purpose using the columns of the 'Farmer and Settler' branches, thereby stimulating interest in branch meetings, and materially assist ing branch secretaries in keeping mat ters of importance well under the notice of members and also of settlers generally. We desire to specially bring under no tice that the Executive Council will meet in Sydney on April 9th, and as the busi ness under consideration will be the pre paration of annual report nnd ensuing Conference arrangements, we would ask branch secretaries to arrange their meet ings for early dates, so that full con sideration may be given to any matters they desire to have brought before the Executive Council for inclusion in Con ference business paper. Branch Secretaries will kindly accept this intim...
SHEEP POISONED. [Newspaper Article] — The Farmer and Settler — 7 March 1906
SHEEP POISONED. A wire from Gundagai says : — At Mrs. J. Withers', Ta'rrabandra. some 20 cross bred sheep in healthy condition and on good pasture died mysteriously during the past week. The stock inspector held a post-mortem examination' on some of the carcasses. The stock inspector held had died from eatiiig the remains of pois oned rabbits, pieces of the carcase and fur being found in ihe stomach. The rab bits had been.pbisoned with patent phos phorus preparations, and had been slaughtered in large numbers. The sheep were almost fit for the market.
SERIOUS SHEEP LOSSES. [Newspaper Article] — The Farmer and Settler — 7 March 1906
SERIOUS SHEEP LOSSES. A report from Molong states : — A large number of stock from different parts of the district have died recently, apparently through eating the dried carcasses of rab bits which have been poisoned with phos phorous and arsenic. Mr. George Bruce, of Loombah, lost a stud ram valued a: 250 guineas, also a number of valuable breeding ewes, from this cause.
BOBS WHEAT—A WARNING. [Newspaper Article] — The Farmer and Settler — 7 March 1906
BOBS WHEAT— A WARNING. To the Editor 'Farmer and Settler.' Sir, — I advise farmers to:be cautious in regard to this variety. I grew 500 bags of it last season, expecting to get 4d. to 6d. per bushel extra on account' of its supposed gluten Qualities. I submitted a sample to a leading milling firm in Syd ney, and the reply was, 'We do not like Bobs, therefore cannot make an offer for your line.' I sold the lot at 2/10$ per bushel — about a penny over F.A.Q. quot ation on day of sale. I also consider I lost ij bags to the acre through it not filling satisfactorily. — I am, etc., JOHN O'NIEL. 'Farleigh,'' Cowra.
THE RABBIT PROBLEM. THE RABBIT MUST GO. [Newspaper Article] — The Farmer and Settler — 7 March 1906
THE RABBIT PROBLEM. THE RABBIT MUST GO. By ' Wombat.' Opposition to the proposal to destroy the rabbits by the introduction of a dis ease must be expected ; there never yet was an invention or a new plan which has escaped the attacks of persons to whom a new idea is disconcerting — Galileo. Copernicus, Stephenson, were all victims of the same stubborn ignorance ! Seeing that the experiments are to be carried oui 'on the 'safest' lines possible, and under conditions similar to th&se existing in Australia, it is difficult to see where the danger comes in. One can understand the 'profound alarm' of the Labor Coun cil at the introduction of a disease ; it is fighting for the 'trappers' and the al ?i leged rabbit industry, but it is a peculiar idea in economics to bolster up an indus try which brings in at most a million a year and destroys ten millions in wheat and wool ; but it is only another example of the class rule advocated by that party. The country cannot afford to treat...
THE WESTERN DISTRICT COUNCIL. [Newspaper Article] — The Farmer and Settler — 7 March 1906
THE WESTERN DISTRICT |I COUNCIL. j The inauguration of a District Council embracing the branches of the Association having Dubbo as a geographical centre is an extremely ???i'. v ' important development in connection -«: witn our movement, m isaranaera Conference in 1903 an effort was -*£ made; to graft the principle of Dis trict Councils on to our Constitu tion, and; after considerable debate '..' it was recognised that the subject i ? was toot-large for an ordinary Con ference ; to effectively deal with. ; The motion as submitted at Naran dera proposed to, effect. a radical al teration in the Constitution of the Association, and although there was I little hostility to the spirit of the , ! resolution, the wisdom of the Con : ference was undoubtedly exempli : fiedby its decision to shelve the re I solution for the time being. The debate on the motion, shewed plainly ? that the difficulties to be met were -denning the limitations of district ; ! , the number of districts that would...
ORIGINAL HOMESTEAD SELECTION [Newspaper Article] — The Farmer and Settler — 7 March 1906
ORICINAL. HOMESTEAD SELECTION WINDSOR LAND DISTRICT, within the Wilberforce Population Area, 39^ acreSj in one farm, distant ' 7i miles from Windsor; capital value, ,£1 5s. per acre. Available Sth March, 1906. Full particulars available at the Infor mation Bureau, Lands Department, and at the Crown Lands Agent's Office of the district in which the land, is situated.
C.P. INSPECTORS AS RABBIT INSPECTORS. [Newspaper Article] — The Farmer and Settler — 7 March 1906
C.P. INSPECTORS AS RABBIT INSPECTORS. It is well known that under the Pastures Protection Act the stock owners and agriculturists pay a spe cial , cla.ss tax of. something over ' £5 o food - per annum. A portion of .this (3 per; cent.) goesitowards the maintenance of the Sydney Stock Department; and ' another , /portion ^ spent in administrative expenses; but the'' 'main., reason for the imposi ipon p£ this, tax is ,the necessity for 'arr5 army of.|rabbit inspectors to see that-vlaTi-ihplders keep) up to' the cpl :lar in their Jf incessant^ warfare . rragkinst.^the pest. ' A^mEjqntyj|pf the P!'Pu';Boar(ds-nia/ri'a'ge, to^ruMalorig . someho\v~with one inspector, but as . me rabbits- increase (as^'they^periofl ,JcallyCi-,.&Q.).™,mcK^^ cessitated, and it becomes a heavy drain on the finances of the Boards. Under these circumstances, a sug gestion was made to the Condobolin Board by the local C.P. Inspector, which the Board considered most valuable. - It was to the effect that i...