The North Platte semi-weekly tribune. (North Platte, Neb.) 1895-1922, March 22, 1918, Image 3

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    THE SEMI-WEEKLY TRIBUNE, NORTH PLATTE, NEBRASKA.
DADDfSMNG
FAIRYTALE
Helping the Meat and Milk Supply
(Special Information Service, United States Department of Agriculture.)
LIVE STOCK INCREASES-SHOULD HAVE MORE.
FROG'S SPRING SONG.
"Goog-a-rum, goog-n-rum,
said
Grandpa Frog.
Tho little frog9 opened their very
sleepy eyes nnd snld: "What tlmo Is
it?"
WORTHILY RANK
AMONG SAINTS
Patrick's Useful Life and Good
Works Entitle Him to Posi
tion of Eminence.
PLACE OF BIRTH NO MATTER
Certain He Was a True Irishman and
Accomplished Much for tho Wel
fare of the Raco During His
Sojurn on the Island.
ONE of tho reasons why St.
Patrick Is such a favorite tho
world over Is that ho was so
very human. lie lmdn't much
of a chnnco when a boy, but he made
tho best of what he had. If he hnd not
he would have been a hogherd all the
days of his life. lie was a slave, In
very truth, being bound to a pagan hog
raiser in Britain.
But you can't keep a good man down,
nnd that's a fact.
If all tho legends be true, which can
hardly bo possible, Patrick was n fa
vorlto among tho ladles, even making
nn Impression on tho good St. Bridget.
Maybo this was before they became
snlnts of course it was, for how could
they be saints and be alive at tho sumo
time?
ETowcvcr, there Is qulto' n lot of writ
ings, whether genuine or not, that go
to show that ho was a real human
lover, und that dear Bridget was ex
ceedingly fond of him, and would have
married him could bo huvo procured
the consent of the church.
His Life and Works.
From all that can be learned con
cerning tho llfo and works of St. Pat
rick, he was a good man, and spent his
life going about doing good for his fel
lows. As you know, a good man Is more
Wghly respected, more beloved and ex
erts a greater lnlluenco for good In
tho community In which ho is known
than even tho wealthiest, the most
powerful or most favored. Ho may not
wear purple and fine linen, nor fare
sumptuously, but ho Is making the
world better nnd Is, therefore, truly,
and In the highest sense, a son of God.
There are numerous stories nnd leg
ends concerning St Patrick, some of
which may be true. But It matters
little whether he was a Milesian born
In Spain, or n son of a poor swine
herd of the green Isle.
Tho history of tho world shows that
the mere circumstances of birth cuts
very small liguro In tho matter of real
greatness. From earliest times tho
men who have figured most promi
nently In world movements for the bet
terment of mankind have beeu of
humble origin.
In order to rise from tho lowly birth
Htntkm of Lincoln or of Moses, a man
must have the true spirit of manli
ness In him. If he survive the (severe
trylng-out process his will bo a master
ful, leading, helpful spirit which the
spirits of all must acknowledge, re
spect and submit to.
In His Day.
Wo of the present day can hardly
conceive of tho conditions existing In
the British islands in his day.
The nntlvo Celts were heathen and
brutish, and liad no higher ambition
thnn to exist, unless It was to rob
neighboring tribes of their cattle, hogs
and fair women. Physically they wero
strong, vigorous and emotional, and
possessed of good nature, wit nnd so
cial feeling In a marked degree as com
pared with tho inhabitants of other
Islands.
Noting this, St. Patrick must have
concluded there was something here to
work on, something good; nnd seeing
this he took It as Ills command to as
sist In the development of tho social
disposition and good feelings of these
people.
lie therefore became one of them,
lived with them, won their confidence
nnd commanded their respect. In or
der that he might be an efllclcnt lender
he occasionally went abroad nnd
studied under tho fathers of the church,
for religion Is most powerful to con
trol the feelings nnd chango tho aspi
rations of men.
No mntter what ho mny have been
born, ho was a truo Irishman.
A Real Man.
There uro those who regard St. Pat
rick ns n fakir more or less, because
of the miracles ho Is said to have
wrought.
As far as known St. Patrick did not
claim to have miraculous power, nor
to have driven the reptiles out of Ire
land. It has always been the rule among
Ignorant and superstitious people to
credit their religious teachers and
greut leaders with having done some
marvelous or miraculous thing. With
out something of the sort other Igno
rant nnd superstitious people would
not heed them.
Thero may never have been any rep
tiles on this particular Island, It hav
ing been one of the last to rise up out
of tho salty sea.
It Is not tho fact that a man Is able
to do wonderful things, or to work mir
acles, that makes him great really, but
his iiblllty to see and to comprehend
tho great truths concerning llfo, and to
earnestly desire to spread theo among
tho people. This it Is that commands
tho attention of tho livelier spirits,
nnd wins the respect and confidence of
those who deslro better things In this
life.
Such was St. Patrick.
. -... i
A Splendid Type.
It Is not tho mcro Human crcuturo
that accomplishes great things, but the
man within tho machine. It wns not
the figure seen by tho people thnt com
manded their admiration, for he was
not an Apollo, nor was It tho familiar
form bearing a shepherd's crook that
brought these rough, untutored men to
their knees and Inspired them with
worshipful feelings; nor was it tho
venerable father that aroused tho
spark of crudo love in their hearts and
ripened It until it became u controlling
Influence of their lived.
It was tho man within tho plalnls
clad form, the spirit thnt lighted tin
kindly eye, the love thnt prompted tin
tongue to utter nppeals, to give tlmelj
warnings nnd to promise contentment;
prosperity nnd hnpplncss to all whe
would live right one townrd another,
thus pleasing God nnd mnklng for
pence nnd good will on earth.
Great ho was Indeed, else ho could
not have done so great good toward
all men.
PLANT LONG HELD SACRED
Clover, of Which the Shamrock Is
Species, Was Much Thought Of
by the Ancient Greeks.
It is difficult to say what was the
original shamrock, trefoil or Hero Trln
Ity. Tho leaf now recognized as tho
national emblem is that of tho whlto
clover, but tho name shamrock Is
generic nnd Is applied nlso to tho
purple clover, tho speedwell, tho pim
pernel and to tho wood sorrel.
The clover of two or four leaves
was held sacred In tho festivals of tho
Greeks. Tho one of four leavea, when
carried about, Is supposed to Insuro
success at play and confer tho power
of detecting nvll spirits. The lover
may put It under his pillow and ho will
dream of his beloved, or the maiden
may slip It Into her sweetheart's shoo
without his knowledge nnd It will In
sure his safo return from any journey.
It mny bo employed to prevent tho
wearer's being drawn Into military
service, Is snld to bo a euro for lunncy,
and Is still, among tho Irish, regarded
as magical, even sacred. Snakes dis
like It exceedingly nnd will not remain
where It Is growing.
Some say tho four-leaf shamrock is
tho shamrock of luck, and others that
It Is the five-leaved one that holds tho
magic touch. This latter Is rare and
prized and Is said to grow from n de
caying body, as tho nettlo Is said to
spring from hurled human remains. The
shamrock of luck must bo found "with
out searching, without seeking." When
thus discovered It should bo cherished
and preserved as an Invincible talis
man.
ST. PATRICK PAID HIS WAY
In His "Confessions" He Tells of His
Custom Never Asked for
Contributions.
Always chary of "sending round tho
plate," Patrick paid his own way
through tho Green Isle, as ho emphat
ically relates In Ids "Confessions."
"But when It happens that I baptized
so many thousand men did I accept
ever a serepnll (n Celtic coin of tho
value of about six cents) from them?"
h,e wrote. "Tell me, nnd I will return
It to you. Or when the Lord ordnlned
clergy through my humility nnd min
istry, did I confer tho graco gratu
ltously? If I nsked nny of them even
the vnluo of my shoo, tell me, nnd 1
will repay you more. I rather spent
for you as fnr ns I wns able, and
among you nnd everywhere for you 1
endured many perils In distant plnces,
where none hnd been farther or had
ever come to baptize or ordain thu
clergy or confirm tho people."
Now, they asked this question in
ihcir croaking voices, and thoy asked
the time Just ns people ask tho time
In tho morning when thoy lmtc to get
up, but know they must.
"What tlmo Is It?" repeated Grnndpn
Frog. "Goog-n-rum, goog-n-rum, dear
me, dear mo. Ann to think that nn old
fellow Uko myself has to wake up all
tho others. Gracious, but when I was
n young chap, or n young frog, I would
bo tho first one up every spring."
"Oh, Is It as Into no that?" asked n
llttlo frog, Just ns n grown-up or a
child might ask If It really could bo
eight o'clock.
"Yes, it's gcttlng-up time, said
Grandpn Frog. "Tho spring Is here.
Yes, It's here. Tho crcnturcs who havo
slept all winter nro beginning to ap
pear. But for those who would like
to sleep still longer, I've no objection.
It's very early springtime."
"What does that moan?" nsked an
other little frog.
"It means that only the first signs
of spring are here. But it's coming,
suro enough."
"Don't we hnve to get up unless wo
want to, Grandpa?" asked several of
tho others.
"You mny sleep n little longer," said
Grandpa. "But I want to be. up nnd
seo what's going to hnppcn this yenr.
I want to sec whnt flies are In season
and how the bug crop Is doing.
"It's pretty chilly still, but It's the
snrlnctime. I'm suro of that."
"Suppose it turned out to bo winter,
after nil?" nsked n little frog,
"Why, yes," snld nnother, "we mny
only havo been having Just llttlo naps
and not our good sleep nt nil.
"We're not so dreadfully sleepy,"
snld nnother, "nnd If it were still tho
first part of tho winter we'd be so
very, very sleepy.
"And what Is more we'd never even
dream or think of wnklng up, or of
leaving our nice beds of mud."
"WIso grandchild I Goog-a-rum, goog-
a-rum," said Grandpa Frog. "You
know," he continued, ."thnt I hnve nev
er mndo a mistake nbout the spring.
Ms It as Late as That7" Asked a Lit
tie Frog.
There nro nil sorts of things which
hnppcn which make a follow think that
mnybe tho spring Isn't coming nfter
nil thnt we're going right over tho
winter once more. It's npt to do such
strnnge, cold things ngaln. But, Just
the same, tho spring always 1ms Its
own way In the end. Once It starts to
come, It comes, even though slowly.
It nlways arrives In the end."
"Isn't that wonderful!" exclaimed
tho young frogs.
"To be sure It's wonderful," said
Grandpa Frog. "Spring Is fine 1 Spring
Is well It's spring I"
"You've snld thnt several times,
Grandpa," said one of the little frogs.
"Don't he rudo to your grandpa,"
said Grandma Frog. "IIo can't help
saying It many times. IIo Is so pleased
about It."
"That's right," said Grandpa. "I'm
so pleased about It I'd Uko to sing a
song about It." And ho began, hut on
ly frogs with their voices and their
understanding of music (or their kind
of music) would huvo enjoyed it. This
was the song:
"I'm a frog, I'm a frog,
"And I tt on ix log,
"I oft' have a surprise,
"A bug or Bomo flies.
"Thoy hop on my nose,
"But not on my toes.
"For a bug on the nose,
"In tho mouth Boon goes.
"I soon must begin
"To grow fat, not thin.
"And now that spring's horn,
"I'll begin, never rear! aoog-a-rum,
goog-a-rum!"
And all the little frogs decided they
had slept enough, and they joined
Grandpa Frog In croaking, or singing,
his song of the spring.
I In Tune.
The girl who cannot play finger ex
orcises without wincing If the piano
Is out of tune, Is sometimes strangely
Indifferent to discords in the homo life.
It Is truo that the piano strings should
bo kept tightened, so that notes shall
bo neither shurp nor lint, but It Is
vastly more Important that the henrti
of the household shall bo In tune, Unit
thero may bo no Jangling. Girl's Com
panion. Fair Weather Friends.
Are the friends you are making the
sort of people who will stand by you
on tho cloudy days? Itemember that
fair-weather friends are a pretty poor
Investment for your time and effort.
1
How One Cow Helped to Swell tho
IN MEAT ANIMALS
Federal Reports Give Gains Made
in 1917 and Needs of Pres
ent Year.
MORE MEAT ANIMALS NEEDED
Specialists Tell How to Get More Pork
and Beef Exports Have Increas
ed 177 Per Cent During
Past Three Years.
Live stock men are on tho Job.
A gratifying lncrensc In tho prin
cipal classes of live stock during 1017
is reported by David F. Iloustou, scq
of agriculture, In a recent statement
Tho Increases reported as for January
1, 1018, on farms and ranges of tho
United States, nccordlng to a revised
estimate for 1017, are: Horses, 803,-
e
e
a
WAYS TO THE 15 PER
CENT HOG INCREASE.
Pork production, to attain tho
10 per cent increase declared
needed during 1018, according to
the agricultural production pro
gram recently announced by the
department of agriculture, will
bo Increused economically by
breeding for two litters a year,
by saving through better caro a
larger number of tho pigs far
rowed, by growing pasture and
forngo crops, by using wastes,
especially town and city garbage,
by proper rations of concentrat
ed feeds, by the use of self
feeders, by pasturing alfalfa and
other legumes nnd other forage
crops, by hogging down grain
sorghums and corn, by finishing
hogs to heavier weights, up to
about 270 pounds, and by pre
ventive measures which will
keep hogs free from cholera, tu
berculosis, other diseases ami
parasites.
000; mules, 101,000; milk cows, 300,
000; other cattle, 1,857,000; sheep, 1,
284,000; swine, :,871,000. Tho total
number of horses is estimated at 21,
003,000; mules, '1,821,000; milk co.ws,
23,281,000; other cattle, 4:1,510,000;
sheep, -18,000,000; swine, 71,874,000.
Tho increase of 4.0 per cent in num
bers of "other cattle" Is due to an In
crease of 4.2 per cent In calves, 22.7
per cent In heifers, a decreaao of 8.2
cent in other heifers, a decrenso of 3.2
per cent in steers, and an Increase of
1.0 per cent in "other cattle" (milk
cows not included). Swine over six
months old Increased 4:0 per cent;
thoso under six months Increased 7.8
per cent.
The number of live slock not on
furms, that Is, stock In cities and vll
lugcs, Is not estimated yearly, but
their number in 1010 us reported by
the census was: Horses, 3,183,000;
mules, 270,000; cuttle, 1,870,000;
sheep, 301,000; swine, 1,288,000. Tho
census of 1010 also reported 100,000
asses and burros on farms and 17,000
not on farms; 2,010,000 goats on furms
and 110,000 not on farms. '
In average valuo per head horses In
creased $1.30, mules Increased $10.00;
milk cows Increused $10.00, other cat
tle Increased $4.00; sheep Increused
$4.00, swlno Increased $7.70.
In total value the Increases are:
Horses, $00,310,000; mules, $03,058,
000; milk cows, $278,388,000; other
cattle, $282,431,000; sheep. ?238,338,
000; swine, $000,878,000.
The totul value January 1, 1018, of
all animals enumerated nbovo was $8,
203,024,000 as compared with $0,735,
012,000 January 1, 1017, nn increase of
$1,027,012,000, or 22.7 per cenL
How to Get More Beef.
Thu number of beef animals should
be maintained, and In areas whero It
Is clearly tho best range and farm
practice, should bo Increased, says tho
program for ngrlculturnl production
In 1018 recently made public by the
United Stutes department of agricul
ture. Since the outbreak of the Kuro-
Stock Increase Healthy Triplets.
penn wnr nnd tho consequent depletion
of the Kuropenn supply of cnttle, the
task of meeting the increasing de
mands for beef and beof products, to
a large extent, lias been put upon the
people of tho United States.
Tho exports of dressed hoof and beef
products havo Increased 177 per cent
during tho last three years. The short
age of beef abroad, like tho shortage
of other meat products, doubtlesg will
be accentuated as the war progresses.
Beef production can bo Increased In
tho settled farm nreas of the nntion,
and especially In the South. It can be
Increased everywhere by preventing
tho loss of flesh by calves during their
first winter and keeping calves grow
ing during this period so that beef ani
mals may be marketed at earlier nges,
thereby requiring tho maintenance of
fewer stockcr cattle and mnklng pos
slblo tho mnlntennnco of lurger breed
ing herds; by using n lnrger propor
tion of bulls on the rnngo to Insuro
larger calf crops; by using good bulls
otdy; by reducing tho tlck-infcstcd
nreas as rapidly us possible; by elimi
nating ns far ns posslblo tho losses
from disease and predatory animals;
by transferring animals from regions
of scarcity of feed to thoso where
thero is an abundance of feed ; by pro
viding a moro nmplo supply of winter
feed and better shelter, nnd by utiliz
ing nil roughago produced, cither ns
fodder, hay, or silage, and supplement
ing these feeds with moro nitrogenous
concentrates and less gralu.
Growing Calves for Beef.
In order thnt calves may bo qualified
for the production of baby beef, that
is, fattened and matured for market
between one nnd two years of ago, they
must havo quality and good finish.
The consumer docs not want tho un
finished yearling, nnd tho calf that
docs not havo quality will not tako on
a high finish. Neither will the calf
lacking In carly-mnturing qualities
fatten properly during tho latter part
of tho feeding period, but Instead it
will uso most of tho feed which it con
sumes for growth. The feeder should
keep this in mind nnd first determine
whether his calves nro good enough to
compete on tho fnt yearling market,
and If ho decides that they arc not,
they should bo finished with conrso
feeds nnd mnrkcted Inter.
Tho deep, wldc-bodled, thlck-fleshtd
calf with short legs and an abundance
of quality as Indicated by fineness of
hair, texture of skin, smoothness of
flesh, und general refinement nbout the
head and other parts of tho body, is
tho typo best suited for making prime
baby beef. Uniformity In size, weight
and color should not bo overlooked
cither, becauso such factors aro nn ad
vantage in marketing. These points
uro of great Importance In selecting
calves that will make rapid gains nnd
return tho most pounds of meat for
tho amount of feed given them.
BILLIONS
IN FARM PROD
UCT8. Tho totnl estimated vnluo of
all farm products, including ani
mal products, for 1017 Is given
ns $10,443,840,381 in n recent re
port of the secretnry of ngrlcul
turo. This compares with $18,-400,30-1,011
for 1010 and $0,388,
700,770, tho five-year average for
1010-1014. These valuations are
based upon tho prices received
by producers, which will apply
to tho total output rogardless of
whether tho products aro con
sumed on the furms or sold.
FEEDING HOGS MORE BARLEY
Tendency on Part of Farmers to Use
More of Crop Than In Past to
Conserve Wheat
Thero Is a distinct tendency for
fanners to feed moro hurley to hogs
than In the past, owing to tho great
need for wheat conservation. The
movement may result In tho develop
ment of barley as n great hog feed Uko
corn Is In tho middle West.
Care In Fattening Calves.
Moro caro is necessary In fattening
calves than in feeding grown cattle,
hut, wherever possible, it is best to
ralso and finish beef cuttle on the same
furm.