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THE NORTH PLATTE SEMI-WEEKLY TRIBUNE.
QUITE AMUSING GAME
"Detective's Note Book" Is Not
Hard to Arrange.
GOOD YOUNG HORSES ALWAYS IN DEMAND
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HARVESTER WAS BOY'S IDEA
Suggested to Father Plan of Putting
Large Scissors, Instead of Slcklos,
on Reaping Machine.
- In 1830 Oboe! HuBsoy of Ohio was
inventing a reaping machine, the flrBt
ever designed in this country. His
chief difficulty was the cutting device,
which was threp largo sickles, Bet in
a frame and rovolveil bo as to cut
into the grain. It would not work
satisfactorily. A young son, watching
tho experiments, asked his father why
ho did not use n lot of big scissors,
with one bandlo fastened to ono bar
and tho other handlo to a sliding bar,
thus opening and closing them. Hub
Bey instantly adopted tho idea, sub-
muuung ior scissors tho two eaw
toothed blades which are in common
ubo today on harvesters, tho cutting
action being qulto similar to that of
From tho boy's suggestion he per
fected In ono week a machine on
which he had in vain exercised all
his ingenuity for tho preceding two
years. The principle of that cutting
device Is tho prlnclplo of all of the
great harvesting machines, and its
benefit to tho farming Industry of the
entire world has been unsurpassed by
any other Invention for use on tho
farm. George P. Stratton, In St.
MUCH FUN TO SHOVEL SNOW
Janitor of Kansas City Public School
Creates Apparatus to Make Small
Boy's Pastime Useful. '
Tho yard of tho Yaegor school at
Nineteenth street and Indiana avenue
is largo and the walks extend nearly
around tho block, Bays tho KansaB
City Star. When covered with snow,
to clean them off 13 a difficult Job.
A Snowplow Operated by Boy Power.
So Bernard M. C. Walter, head jani
tor of tho school, and his little helper,
Sammy, built a snowplow to do the
work. It may bo hauled by a horse,
but lacking such motive power, Wal
ter, hitched 12 youngsters to the con
trivance nnd in half an hour had the
sidewalks around the school and tho
school yard cleared off.
Four boys rido the plow to weight
It down. ' It is fitted with Iron run
ners. Tho question of taking turns
was a difficult matter to solvo and
required severe commands of the
WINTER PASTIME FOR BOYS
Velocipede Built on Sled Runners Af
fords Much Amusement Where
Snow and Ice Is Available.
Sled runners tako the place of tho
two wheels on this velocipede so that
It can travel on snow or Ice. A
spiked wheel with cranks on its shaft
Is mounted at ono side of tho front
runner. Tho novel part of tho driv-
ing mechanism Is that the spiked
wheel slides up and down In the fork
so that It can bo raised off the
ground for coasting downhill
An action being tried In an English
court had to do with a dlsputo as to
tho quality and condition of a gas pipe
that had been laid In the ground a
number of years bofore.
"It is an old pipe," stated ono of tho
witnesses, "and therefore out of con
dition." Tho Judge remarking dry that
"people do not necessarily got out of
condition by being old," tho witness
promptly replied, "They do, my lord,
If burled In tbeyground."
In Dark Ways.,
Why are tlxcd stars like wicked old
Uecauso they sin till late (scintillate).
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Pastime Is Intended to Test One's
Skill in Identification of Profiles
of Villains for Whom Re
ward Is Offered.
Now that tho fall and winter is
coming on. tho boyB and girls will
bo looking for something In tho way
01 inaoor games to amuso their guests
at their avonlnc nnrtles. and tho hov
or girl that can get up something
now is always In demand.
A very good gamo which can be ar
ranged without much trouble Is called
thw detectlvo'B note book, and is sup
posed to test tho skill In recognizing
villains for whom a hie reward Is of
fered, If you havo nothing to go by
but a picture Tho apparatus requlrod
Making the Profile.
is a smooth board, somo sheets of
which papor, a sheet and a candle.
Tho board Is hung upon tho wall
with a chair in front of it,-but not too
close. About ten feet away havo a
lighted candle, the othor lights being
put out. Ask a boy to sit in tho
chair, which should have a back high
enough to hold his head steady, so
that the shadow of his profile falls
upon a Bheot of paper tacked to tho
Run around tho outline of this pro
file quickly with a soft pencil. Put a
number on It, and the boy's name,
Ask another boy to take the chair
while your assistant cuts out tho pro
file you havo just made. In a few
minutes you will have half a dozen
and you may stick In one or two fake
profiles to add to the fun.
Now hang your sheet whoro the
folding doors go, between two rooms
if possible, and set your candle on 'a
tablo In one room, while your guests
take their places In tho other. Each
person should have a slip of paper to
write down opposite the number you
call out tho namo of the boy they
think tho profllo belongs to. tho num.
hers you have put -on them being not
in order of course, but any number
you please, such as 46 and 81,
Standing in tho back room, about
one-third of tho way from tho candle
to tho sheet, you can hold up a pro
fllo so that It throws a shadow, but
tho outline will bo so big and look
so curious that you will be astonished
how hard it Is for a person to guesa
It, oven if it is that person's own
The winner at this came is the one
who gets the greatostSiumber of cor
rect guesses. If you havo slipped in
ono or two fako profiles you will find
that some ono or other will bo sure
they know tho boy and will write his
namo opposite the number you call
It is better to conflno tho profiles
to boys, because girls are too easily
recognized by the way they do up
their hair, and besides girls do not
make good villains for detectives to
Mark Twain's Walk.
Upon a certain occasion Charles
Dudley Warner, who was friend and
neighbor to Mark Twain, asked him to
go walking, and Mark, us usual, re
fused. Dudley summoned all his powers ol
persuasion to no purpose.
"You really ought to do It, you
know," ho said finally. "It's according
"No ''mark-the-perfect-man chest
nuts on mo If you please." warnoil thn
humorist. "Glvo mo your authority."
"Fifty chapter of Matthew, verso the
forty-first," Bald Mr. Warner, readily.
It reads like this: 'And whoover shall
compel thee to go a mile, go with him,
Twain.' " "
Needless to say, Twain went with
Dudley for that walk.
Georgo Washington died tho last
hours of tho day, the last day of tho
week, of tho last month of the year,
of the last year of the eighteenth cen
tury. Bare Truth.
What is that which no ono wishos
to have, yet no ono wishes to lose?
A bald head.
Why is wit like a Chinese lady's
Because brevity 13 the soul of It
Keep tho hog sheds dry.
Fresh eggs aro In demand.
A moulting hen does hard Nvork.
Plowing Is said to be tho hardest
It Is best to havo a hot knife to cut
cold, thick, honeycomb.
The heaviest fleeces arc, aa a rule,
found on medlum-slzod sheep.
If your hens get to eating eggB tho
beat wny to euro It Is to ubo tho axe.
To keep a cow clean tho stall In
which eho stands must not bo tor
Provide a damper to all stoves. A
drum doesn't cost much and saves
lota of fuol.
We feel better when wo get our
meals at regular hours. It Is the
samo with the chickens.
There is just as much Importanco
in improving tho dairy farmer as there
Is in improving the diary cow.
In storing vegetables or apples out
of doors it la better not to dig a
trench. Pile on top of tho ground and
The coop for hen and chicks should
bo well ventilated, easy to clean nnd
of sufficient proportions to Insure
It is claimed that exposed manuro
loses about ono-alxth of Its phosphoric
acid, and more than pno-third of its
Lambs make a greater gain in feed
ing than old sheep. There is nothing
better for the former than good bcc-
Dressod stock should bo carefully
picked and sent to market in attrac
tive condition: otherwise it will not
obtain the best prices.
Turkeys should always bo dry
picked, for scalded ones do not pre
sent an attractive appearance and
must bo sold for a lower price.
Carrots should not be left In the
ground too late. Heavy rains often
cause them to start a "second growth"
of fino roots, and much of their flavor
Where lumber la not available a
straw shed makes a good home for
the chickens. By all means fix up a
straw-stack shelter, if you cannot do
Get rid of all surplus ihjcks and
geeae on tho Thanksgiving .market.
If kept longer they will consume so
much food that tho profit will bo
changed to loss. .
Oat straw makes a fine litter for tho
scratching pons. Better so, In fact,
than wheat straw for tho beards from
tho wheat straw get In tho chickens'
eyes and cause sores.
Some kind of green feed 1b neces
sary to get a large number of winter
eggs. If you canot handily glvo tho
fowls a variety glvo them a little
clover or alfalfa, every day.
Hens that are broken down behind
so that the abdomen touches or near
ly touches tho ground should bo dis
posed of. They never lay well when
In that condition and never recover.
Farmers in overy state can raise
their horses for half what they have
to pay on the markets, with ndded
freight, and they will raise better
farm horses than they can afford to
When shipping to market, be suro
to find out just when tho ono you
3hlp to wants the stock to arrive nnd
snip accordingly. If It arrives too
early or too late the best prices can
not no obtained.
Don't neglect to store plenty of
green food for tho chickens to eat this
winter. ChlckenB will eat nearly ail
af tho common vegetables. Potatoes.
:abbage, beets and alfalfa and clover
aro relished by them. '
Thoroughly clean and spray all nesta
at this tlmo of tho year and fill them
with clean stray, hay or excelsior for
tho winter. It seems that hens havo
no deslro to lay In dirty nestB and 1
don't see that wo can blamo them very
If you happen to run Into poison Ivy
wash In hot water juet as Boon as you
can. Grlndclla, which can bo had at
any drug store, rubbed on tho parts
every flvo minutes until tho Itching
itopB, will also cure It, if done before
the pustules break.
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Mis fJltl WW
Ilapo la a drouth resistor.
Keep a record of tho cowb.
Deop plowing stores tho rain.
Where- la your farm machinery?
Tho dry pasturd calls for a soiling
Cover all raw coraont work to pro
Sunshine should havo a largo placo
In tho ration of overy hen.
The genoral agrcomont scorns to be
that a good hen is a healthy ono.
Add to tho capacity of tho farm
by adding to tho strength of tho soil.
A flower pot nnd Its saucor makes
a good, cheap drinking fountain for
Plenty of clean, fresh water is nec
essary if you want your pigs to do
Tho asparagus may bo mulched with
manuro before tho ground la covorcd
Young sows that do well with their
first Utters innv hn fnnolrinrnil ixrnH
Grit and Bhells aro cheap, never
theless very important in tho propor
care of poultry.
A sheen nllowml tn fnii ntr in .nn.
dltion will havo a weakened constitu
Tho farmer Who Is mnnt fnfnrnutml
in his work is tho ono who usually
accomplishes tho most.
A light dose of Epsom salts now
and then in tho drinking water helps
to koep tho fowls In health.
Gradually Increase the grain supply
for tho turkeys lntonded for murkot.
and fatten them while on range.
Plenty of yellow corn, whole or
cracked, will do a great deal toward
fattening tho Thanksgiving poultry.
Tho owes should be kept on pasturo
until November, and then confined to
clean sheds and fed oats, bran and oil
Never plant young trees nmong old
and diseased ones, because the worms
and lnsecta nre almost certain to de
Fill coarse sacks with very dry chaff
and bury them In those bins of damp
grain. They will absorb i-m-.t hi
of tho moisture.
Ono of the great advantages of al
falfa as a hog pasturo is tho fact that
It affords a fresh growth throughout
uio pasturing season.
Handlo all fruit with care while
picking, sorting nnd packing. Tho
early apples aro especially subject to
linger prints and discolorntlons.
Turkeys for market should not bo
deprived of food for a longer period
than twelve hours. Thoy nro killed
by bleeding In the mouth and neck.
Healthy fowls do not need tonics.
The best of tonics can only aid In re
storing thrift nnd this Is not nocos
sary In well regulated poultry plants.
No dairyman should bo satisfied
with cows that produce much less than
300 pounds of butter fat por year. Uso
the Babcock test and dispose of tho
Confinement nnd a corn ration
alone spoil more brood sows nnd Biros
than all othor- mistakes combined.
Far too many farmers food all their
Separated milk is very good for tho
hogs, ahoats or pigs when fed plenti
fully, nnd tho woak, scrawny scrub
soon becomes a beauty to behold and
a pleasure to own.
Do not attempt to winter moro pul
Iota and hens' than you havo houao
room for. Each bird should havo nt
loaat four squaro foot of floor Bpace,
flvo would bo bettor.
The sheep stables should have fre
quent cleaning. When tho manuro Is
nllowod to remain too long, It gives
off ammonin and other foul ..
which injure the sheep.
Thoro Is a good market for nil lHnrii
of feathors. Pick fowls dry nnd urn
feathers, tho coarso from tho fine.
Thoy can easily bo nrpsnrvoH unn
enough aro collected to take to mar
ket. Next year's crop doponds upon tho
seed that In saved this year and now
is tho tlmo to begin to snvo tho seed.
This will glvo you an opportunity to
select only tho choicest and you can
grade It novoral times.
If you haven't already bought your
males for tho coming year It la about
tlmo that you had better begin to
think seriously about It. By buying
off. These Ioavea will mako tho best
hotter selection than If you wait until
tho last moment.
Varieties of strawberries" vary con
siderably In their soil requirements,
Bomo being particularly adapted to
certain locnlltlea and there moetlug
with great success, while in neighbor
ing Bcctlons these samo varieties aro
not held in high esteem.
Thore 1b a great tondenqy on tho
part of many to neglect tho colta on
tho farm during the wintor, says a
MluueBotn bulletin. It too often hap
pens that thoro 1b npparont shortage
of feed, and tho rosult is that colta
aro sllghtod. Ono way of ruining a
young colt Mb to havo his growth
atuntod during the tlrst year or two.
Most of tho colta on tho farm got a
good start tho first six months of
tholr lives, from tho fact that thoy
aro allowed to aucklo tho dam during
that time. Early fall provldos thorn
with good paaturo, and possibly thoy
havo been receiving somo onta or
shared a part of tho food of tho maro.
Such treatment puts them In good
shapo for tho wintor, but liberal feed
ing must bo kept up If a strong, well
dovolopod and maturod horse la ex
pected. Tho colt's systora requires a con
siderable amount of bono nnd muscle-building
material, and UiIb can
only bo had by feeding nitrogenous
foods, such ub oats, a llttlo bran, oil
meal; and, If obtainable, somo clover
hay. Tho feeding of corn, so often
practlcod, la not deslrnblo for tho
growing colt, "but had bettor bo con
fined to tho matured horses. Access
to tho straw pile will not hurt a
growing colt, but It should not bo
compollod to rely on tho straw pile
for a livelihood.
Tho question Is often nakod: Why
do wo find so many promising colts
at tho county fairs during tho fall,
and such poor yearllnga? Tho foro
going atatoment la in part explanatory
of auch conditlona of affairs.
One or tho boat forms of investment
on tho farm 1b tho liberal feeding of
COMMON SENSE PICKED UP IN HOG LOT
KSLT t 4; ' &g& jiklwSB&
The best results In breeding
Growing young nlea can be truth
fully termed detnll work. Tho man
who Is a good pig grower must llko
tho work and bo willing to look after
tho many details that domnnd atten
tion, and It will pay and pay big re
turns. Somo think that tho breeding and
growing of hogs la a crowded occu
pation; but there Is always room for
me best brcedorB and tho best feed
org at tho top, oven though tho buBl
uobb la crowded by tho averago claaB
of swlno growers.
No hog farm equipment Is complete
without a good dipping vat, and It
should bo used frequently during tho
summer and early fall.
There Is no one thing that will do
moro to maintain health In tho herd
than tho Judicious uso of tho dipping
It Is far better to underfeed than to
overfeod tho sow after she haa farrow
rd, but sho must be fed aufficlent to
Koep her quiet.
It is better for the sow if tho yards
aro bo arranged that alio can go a
fow rods for her feed and drink.
Stock thut la raised for breeding
purposes and stock that la raised for
market must bo treated dlfforoutly.
If wo feed for pork thoro la n lack
of bono, muscle nnd constitution in
our breeding stock.
Darknoss alwayB deteriorates tho
genoral health of tho herd and makes
It posfilblo to havo corners and other
ulnros vhoro filth accumulates. Light
farm animals of all kinds; and tho
colt la no oxcoptlon. A well-bred colt.
If properly taken care of and fed tho
right kind of feed during his first
three years of his llfo, will bring from
$75 to $100 more when threo years
old than tho ono that Is neglected
and poorly fed. Good young horses
nro nlways in demand on tho mar
ket, and can only bo supplied from
tho farms whero coUb receive tho
propor caro and treatment.
TO IMPROVE SOIL
Less Expense and Work Required
to Handle Than Grain Crop
High Feed Value.
(Hy V. C. I'ALMRtt, North Dnkotu Ex
Ono ton of alfalfa hay has tho samo
feeding valuo as GO bushels of outs.
Alfalfa can bo expected to avorngo at
loast two tons per acre. This la tho
equivalent of 120 buahols of oats.
There is no land that wilt average 120
bushels of oats In fact It takes good
land and good handling to average CO
biiBhcls of oatB por acre.
Tho alfalfa requires lesa work and
lesa expense, to handlo than a grain
crop. And tho nlfalfa will lmprovo
tho boII whllo tho oat crop will rcduco
Its productive power. To get this
valuo from alfalfa It must bo fed on
It needs to bo kopt in mind that tho
alfalfa Is a roughago.
como from well-matured ancestry.
and sunshine are invigorating and;
stimulating and detrimental to the
growth of .dlscaso and germs.
Tho bacon typo qf hoga are moro a
mattor of environment than of breed
ing. Tho old saying that "anything la
good enough for a hog," does not go
In those days of good farming.
Free rango and clean water are
tho best preventives of disease wo
Food for Cows.
Aftor a cow becomoa fresh In milk
tho first food to glvo her is a warm
bran .mash. This, besides being
strengthening, Is of a general benefit.
It Is a good Idea to cut down the
meal ration on tho cows, beginning
Bomo four weeks bofore calving and
at that time Increase tho amount of
bran. Cornmeal makes animal heat,
but bran Is cooling to tho syotom.
Tho bettor tho preparation of tho
boII tho loss seed will bo requlrod.
Many failures In sood nro not duo to
co much lack of vitality In tho seed
as to tho unfavorable condition of tho
ground. Thorough preparation not
only saves seed, but lessens tho work
Age for Breeding.
Thero 1b not much nnin in imi.Hio-
a heifer boforo sho Is olghtoon'montho
oiu, uui mere is cousldorablo risk.
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