The North Platte semi-weekly tribune. (North Platte, Neb.) 1895-1922, May 07, 1915, Image 3

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Blackberries Respond
It Is not within the province of this
arttclo to Impart to tho reader ability
to get monoy by engaging In the cul
ture of Bmall fruits.
It Is not within tho power of any
person to impart to nnothor ability
of whatever kind. Tho ability to meet
the condition which bring success
must bo Inherent.
This being true, our purpose, then,
in discussing this question, la tho elu
cidation of tho principles underlying,
and operations connected with tho
business of growing small fruits, and
tho creating of an Interest and enthusi
asm In and for the occupation and
To make monoy growing small
fruits, maximum crops must bo grown
with minimum effort. To bo able to
do this ouo must possess a natural
aptitude for the business and work,
that Is to say, one must have a love
for nature and also bo filled with in
tenso Interest and enthusiasm which
creates the necessary Incentive
One may bo qualified to deal with
tho problems and work connected with
general farming, and still como Bhort
of that required lu small fruit grow
ing. Thero are certain laws now more
or less understood which must bo con
formed to, in our operations connected
with soli and plant culture, If wo aro
to obtain maximum rewards for labor
Now it may appear to tho casual and
uninformed observer, that husbandry
is a simple occupation requiring little
or no education or skill, when In fact,
the business has to do with most in
tricate and wondorful processes in
both soil and plant life; and whllo It
may bo possible to win a degree of
success without a knowledge of these
processes and of tho laws governing
these life forces In nature, much more
Harvesting tho
certain and substantial success and
moro uniform results may be had
through the possession of this knowl
edge. The occupation of fruit crowing Is
a more complicated business even
than general farming, for there is a
greater number of problems to master.
Tho sun shines and rain falls on all
alike. This statement Is to bo taken
in a general way.
Certain sections of this country
havo scant rainfall, whllo other sec
tions havo plenty and to spare. Sec
tions of the country may pass through
a sovcro and protracted drought ono
season and bo subject to tho other ox
trome tho next, but such conditions
aro controlled by fixed laws of nature
and have nothing whatever to do with
chanco or luck.
Now, conditions in tho laws of na
turo which determlno preclpltntidn
may vary with the seasonal changes,
but thoso lawB which determlno soil
production never.
If a certain soil responds mpro lib
erally to our efforts than another,
thero must bo somo causo for this dif
ference In productivity, and tho causo
will usually bo found under tho con
trol of human agencies.
If a pleco of land Is low and sub
ject to flooding, then it must bo
drained to place It on an equal foot
ing with land having natural drainage
to Good Cultivation.
If tho soil Is In a condition of acid
ity (sour), mado so by standing water,
or because of conditions brought about
by wrong handling, then theso abnor
mal conditions must be corrected It
uniformity in maximum results Is tho
end sought.
For upon congcninllty In soil condi
tions dopbnds activity in soil llfo,
which In turn determines tho dogreo
of productiveness In soils.
Some localities because of their situ
ation, aro much subject to lato spring
frosts. Tho growing of strawbqrrles,
under such conditions is a precarious
It Is folly to expect uniform maxi
mum results where natural conditions
aro so advorso to their successful cul
ture. If one wishes to mako a success, and
mako good money growing small
fruits, tho first thing that should bo
done Is to mako a close study of those
problems of local atmospheric condi
tions and climatic changes and of tho
laws determining soil activities, and
then npply tho knowledge thus ac
quired to the caso In hand.
Because of air drainage thus afford
ed, higher lying lands Bhould bo given
tho preference Proximity to bodies
of water mitigates tho evils resulting
from frost, preventing, often, tho low
erlng of the temperature to the frost
point. Tho question of soil activities Is' a
much more Intricate and complicated
problem. Activity in soil life Is In
fluenced and determined largely by the
following named agencies and factors:
Soil drainage, soil aeration, humus
content, and tillage. Without going
Into the details, we can only say that
in order to givo best results a soil
should bo sufficiently drained, either
becauso of Its composition and situa
tion, or through tilling and surface
drains, so that no water will stand on
Currant Crop.
its surface, or remain in tho first 8
or 10 Inches of soil more than a few
hours after rains havo ceased.
Soil aeration Is promoted by effi
cient tillage, both preparation and
maintenance, which creates and main
tains a loose, friable condition of soil,
permitting tho circulation of air
among soil grains, also by good drain
age, for tho presence of standing wa
ter (not soil moisture), In a soil ex
cludes all air.
Proximity to markots cuts quito a
figure in determining profits. Ono
needs to mako a special study of tho
market problem.
Tho nearer the market tho less car
riage, and less marketman's profits. A
prlvato delivery trado may often bo
worked up and followed to good ad
vantago. Customers should bo charged
tho full market prlco, else tho grower
might better sell wholesale.
Superior quality and freshness In
product Bhould bo tho inducement of
fered tho consumer, not cheaper
I sco no reason why sklllfulnoss In
fruit growing Is not Justly entitled to
remuneration equal to a like degreo
of skill applied in any other pursuit.
Anyhow, I am suro that results so
cured In small fruit growing will al
ways bo remunerative In proportion as
knowledgo is skillfully applied toward
the end sought.
Greatest Menace to Tractor Which
Could Be Put to More Use on Many
of the Small Farms.
Wo will nover bo able to readily
mako much use of tho gas or steam'
tractor on tho farms until wo mako up
our minds to pay more attention to our
roads and bridges. Especially tho
budges. Thoy nro tho greatest mon
anco to tho tractor and tho tractor's
driver, and thero has been little Im
provement In tho typo of bridges slnco
tho onglno was put to work on tho
farms, writes William B. Roso of Iowa
in Farm Progress.
It Is rather straugo that wo aro will
ing to uso the traction engine to pull
our road plows and our road gradors
and still refuso to build bridges and
culverts strong enough to allow the
same englno to pass in safety when
pulling a threshing outfit or a train of
farm wagons. But It is tho truth, nev
ertheless. In Bplto of all the possibilities of tho
tractor, or tho old-fashioned traction
engine, a lot of peoplo look upon It an
nn ugly contraption that ruins road
surfaces, smashes culverts, breaks
down bridges, scares horses and sets
fire to meadows and rail fences.
It Is altogether wrong. Wo could
mako splendid uso of tho tractor on
any and all farms of more than eighty
acres. Somo day wo will mako theso
engines do much of tho work, tho
heavy hauling done by horso teams,
and wo will save monoy by so doing.
But that tlmo will not como until we
have better roads. And that cannot
comes to pass until wo get a better su
pervision of road building than wo
havo at present.
In many states, tho traction driver
who crosses a brldgo takes a chanco
not only of Injury to himself and his
expensive engine, but also assumes the'
liability of having to repair tho brldgo
If ho breaks it down. Such laws dis
courage tho uso of tractors as much
an thoy do better road building. Tho
bridges aro tho worst feature of tbls
Tho tractor has a right to uso tho
public highways. It-has Just aa much
right to tho public road as the heavy
automobile, tho overloaded farm wag
on or any other heavy conveyance.
Tho men who build such engines and
the men who would like to own and
uso them should insist that these ma
chines bo given that right. No ono
dreams of forcing tho automobile off
tho public highways now, and tho over
loaded farm wagon has used tho public
'W ill ti. .4- V'
Ute Pacs on Pike's Peak, Ocean to
Ocean Highway,
roads slnco they wero tho merest
Tho heavy wheels and tho weight of
a tractor help pack tho highways and
mako them more durable. Tho big
wheels compact tho road surface, and
this Is ono reason why tho tractor la
so efficient ns a road grader and build
er. With good bridges and solidly built
culverts thero will bo no trouble with
tho usual type of tractor, whether gas
or steam.
Wo aro going to havo to pay moro
attention to tho kind of work contrac
tors do on our steel and concrete
bridges and wo will bo forced to see
that tho original specifications mako
allowanco for tho weight of tractors.
Change to Broad Tires.
A wagon can bo changed from nar
row tires to broad tires at a vory
small cost Don't wait for a law to
forco this upon you. Do It for tho
sake of tho roads, for tho sake of your
tax money which maintains good
Encourage Travel.
Good roads will encourage tho coun
try folks to como to town, and will
bring tho city folks out in tho country
for fresh air.
Good Roads Advocates.
It is gratifying to observe that ev
ery owner of an automobile immedi
ately becomes an advocate of good
. Having Hard Rocd.
Good roado appear to bo having a
" ;
hard road.
Torturing Twinges
Much so-callod rheumatism Is
caused by weakened kidneys. Whou
tho kidneys fall to clear tho blood
of uric acid, tho acid forms Into
crystals, like bits of broken glass in
tho muscles, Joints and on tho ncrvo
casings. Doan'd Kidney Pills havo
cased thousands of rheumatic cases,
lumbago, sciatica, gravel, neuralgia
and urinary disorders.
A Nebraska Caso
B. J. Lnmmors,
1630 n St.. Lincoln,
Neb., says: "My
back bothered ma
all tho tlmo and It
hurt bo I could
hardly stoop. My
feet swelled and
my kidneys acted
too ofton, especial
ly nt night. Donn's
1C I d n o y Pills
strengthened my
kidneys and a cou
ples ot boxos re
lieved tho natns
and fixed mo up all right.1
Ct Doan' at Any Stor. SOe a Box
Selfish Automoblllst.
In an nrgument about world politics
welt polltlk Senator Lodgo said tho
other day In Boston:
"Tho morality of too many govern
ments seems as frankly selfish and ns
frankly unjust ns tho man Smithors.
"As Smithors, Havana in mouth,
came out of an oxpenslvo restaurant
and started to get Into his automobllo
a creditor hold him up.
"'I tell you what it is, Mr. Smith
ers,' said tho creditor, 'you wouldn't
go riding round In a fine automobllo
like that If you paid your debts.'
"'Ha,' said Smltjiers, 'quito right!
My point ot view exactly! Glad to
know you'ro In ngreemont with mo.
Tho golf club, Alphonse.' "
Rooms for Rent.
Even collogo professors furnish
some of the humor of school llfo. It
was the registrar ot n largo university
who, to an inquiry for a suite of "largo,
light, airy rooms," answered:
"Why, I don't Just recall any now;
but I'vo got a lot of 'em In my head."
And a flustered professor told a
class of young ladles, "You may havo
fifty minutes of the hour to tell mo
what you 'know on tho subject, and 1
will tako the remnlnnlg ten and tell
you what I know."
Everything Higher.
Tho Old Skipper Don't you como
tollln' mo none of your cock an' bull
yams about waves SO feet high. Why,
I've been at sea, man an' boy, for nigh
on fifty years, and I nover saw none
higher than 40.
The Young Sailor Ah, but seo 'ow
things 'aye gono up slnco 'then!
Tho1 lowly egg has tho best of man
kind In ono respect; it can spread it
self bettor after it Is broke.
A fat stranger passed down tho
street yeatcrday. "Who is tho dirigi
ble?" Eph Wiley asked.
A lot of sympathy is wasted on un
der dogs and henpecked husbands.
It Is hotter to hold your Job by work
thar pull; but a pull will help Bomo
"Buy the Goods
Advises Hon. Geo. W. Perkins, Chairman of New
York's Food Committee.
And it's good advice!' Select the food that con
tains the greatest nutrition for the least money, whether
in ornately colored package or in a plain carton.
The Grape-Nuts package isn't pretty no money is
wasted upon ornament but it's air-tight and germ-proof,
to protect the food and keep it in perfect condition.
made of selected wheat and malted barley, is delicious,
concentrated, easily digested, and contains, pound for
pound, more nutrition than beef and costs less.
Grape-Nuts food has a delicious, nut-like flavour
that is relished by old and young. It contains no sugar
added, but its delicate sweetness is due to natural con
version of the starch of the grain into grape sugar by
long, skilful baking.
It comes all ready to eat with cream or good milk
and it's mighty good!
'There's a Reason" lor Grape-Nuts
sold by Grocers everywhere.
He Had An Idea It Was on P8tau
rnnt Proprietor, but It Turned
Out Otherwise.
Tho lato Norman B. Ream, tho or
ganizer of tho steel trust and many
other important corporations, onco
snld to a Now York reporter about a
trust Investigation:
"Maybo theso Investigations will
havo tho samo luck ns tho gamo
"A gamo warden honrd that a res
taurant was serving n gnmo out of sea
son. Ho disguised hlmsolf with n fnlso
board, visited tho placo and ordered a
"Tho pheasant, dollcately high Hko
roquofort cheese, ns well ns all good
pheasant should bo, was served to
tho gamo warden, and ho dovourod It
to tho last morsel, at tho samo timq In
flicting Bovoro punishment on a bottlo
of rnro old Burgundy for tho Btnto,
of courso, paid for all.
"At tho end of his ropast tho gamo
warden summoned tho proprietor and
"'I arrest you, sir, In tho unmo ot
thrf law!'
"Tho proprietor's mouth opened In
astonishment. Ho swallowed two or
threo times, then ho gasped:
"'Wh what for?'.
" 'For Borvlng mo a phonsant out of
season,' said tho gamo warden.
"'A look ot relief nppearel on tho
proprietor's faco.
"'Oh,' ho said, 'that wasn't pheas
ant. It was crow.' "
Couldn't See Any Face,
An old friend, whoso nnmo I won't
mention, told mo this ono: "I was
born und brought up on n farm, and 1
had tho hublt of going around with my
mouth wldo open, especially If thero
wns anything unusual going on. Ono
day an undo whom I had not Been for
years paid us a visit.
"'Hullo, undo!' said I, looking up
at him with my mouth oponcd Hko a
bam door.
"Ho looked nt mo for a moment
without answering, and then Bald:
'"Closo'your mouth, sonny, so 1
can bco who you aro.' "
The Beady Vine.
Singing was Just ovor in tho kinder
garten, and Immediately a small hand
flow up.
. "What Ib It, Alice?" asked tho teach
er. "I want to know what Ib a beady
vino," asked tho llttlo girl timidly. "I
always wonder what kind of n Vino It
is when, wo Blng that song, 'Llttlo lives
may beady vino' " (bo dlvlno).
Cheaper Plan.
"I Bee," said tho man who reads,
"that to bring sleep to insomnia vic
tims nn English woman has Invented
an apparatus to flow water or medi
cated liquids on tho forehead gently
until tho desired result Is attained.
What do you think of that, Pat?"
"Sure, I think it would bo choaport
turn tho hoso on 'om."
Paradoxical Diet.
"To what do you ascribe my poor
digestion, doctor?"
"To your rich food."
Many a man Becks it Job as Janitor
Bo that his wlfo can do most of tho
ot the
Your digestion your gen
eral health will all be
greatly benefited by the
timely use of Hostetter's
Stomach Bitters. It is
compounded from abso
lutelypureingredientsand those best known as real
aids to the Stomach, Liver
and Bowels. It exerts a
general tonic effect and
helps Nature promote
health and strength in
the entire digestive sys
tem. Try a bottle today
but be sure you get
Stomach Bitters
Dogs In Warfare.
Tho Belgian uso of sheep dogs to
sock out tho wounded Ib a roturn to
tho methods ot warfaro of an earlier
day. In tho Scottish clan fouds, aa
well as In English fights with Scot
land, both Bides usod dogs for that
purposo, though generally it was with
tho idea ot killing them off when
found. Unwounded fugitives, too,
woro sought by tho dogs, and both
Wallace and Bruco nro recorded to
havo had narrow escapes from Eng
lish bloodhounds. And in Elizabeth's
reign flvo hundred hounds figured ns
part of tho army sont to Bottlo an In
surrection in Ireland.
Then Was the Time.
Dr. Wlnnlngton Ingram, tho bishop
of London, is possessed of a somo
what cynical wit. Ho was onco en
gaged In conversation with a very
bumptious man, who was boring him
"What a lino llfo a bishop's muBt bo?"
exclaimed tho boro, enthusiastically.
"I would glvo anything to chango
places with your lordship for Just ono
hour to experienco what it must bo
"Ah," replied Doctor Ingram, fer
vently, "I wish you could this vory
Her Patience Wearing Out.
Llttlo Lola had boon censured for
Bomo mischief sho hnd boon engaged
in. After thinking it ovor for aomo
time Bho oxclnimed: "Oh, I do wish I
had a bnby brothor!"
"Why do you wish that?"
'"Causo," she ropllod, "this thing
of being scolded for ovorythlng that
happens around this houso makes mo
In the Cloudland Flats.
Harkor Do you lvo downtown?
Parker No; twonty-threo stories
up. Indianapolis Star.
St. Louis has opened a now $2,000,
000 Washington univorsity group of
medical buildings. ,
Riches havo wings, but thoy don't
seem to havo any tall that you can put
salt on.