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NORTH PLATTE SEMI-WEEKLY TRIBUNE.
THERE IS MONEY
IN FOX FARMING
Industry Is Rapidly Gaining Favor
in Several of Northern
States of Country.
MANY ANIMALS IN CAPTIVITY
Bert Location for Farm Is Where
Winters Are Cold and Opportunity
Offered to Develop Fur Dig
Price for Pelts.
(Trepared kr ths United States Department
Fox farming Is fast paining favor
In the United States. The Industry,
barely known a decade ago, Is fairly
common In some states of the northern
tier, Is represented In all states In this
tier and In that next to it, and Is
growing rapidly. There Is money In
It for the raiser who starts modestly,
learns- the business, and then expands
his holdings. There are losses In store
for the type who starts with a big
ranch, no knowledge of the business,
and only a desire for quick profits.
At tho, present time the Industry Is
undergoing a process of stabilization.
Most fox farmers raise animals for
breeding purposes, and comparatively
few have adjusted the business to a
pelt basts. All told, there are between
10,000 and 15,000 silver foxes being
grown In captivity on American fox
farms at this time.
Many Animals In Canada.
Such are some of the conclusions
. of a representative of the biological
survey, United States Department of
Agriculture, who has Just returned to
Washington after an extensive Inves
tigation of American fox farms and
A Silver Fox.
tho methods of their operation. In
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u ijUUHUU, wueru uiu niuusii v uiiKiuuieu,
and especially on Prince Edward Is
land, where there are approximately
15,000 foxes In captivity, fox farming
is conducted on a much more extensive
scalo than in the United States. Its
promise of good financial returns to
those willing to master Its problems,
give indication that within a compara
tively short time in this country it will
rival in proportions the industry In
The best location for a fox farm is
where the winters are cold and the
fox may have opportunity to develop
fur in keeping with the needs of the
climate. The Industry is thus confined
by climatic conditions to the northern
states. There tho raising of foxes for
breeding and for the fur markets flour
ishes. Most of the foxes rulsed In
captivity are on farms, or "ranches,"
with pens for from 25 to 50 pairs, al
though in occasional instances the
ranches arc much larger, containing
pens for as many as 150 pairs.
The foxes generally breed in Janu
ary and February and the young are
bom within 52 days. A pair of foxes
raises one family a year, the number
of young varying from one to ten,
though rarely exceeding five or six.
Most of tho fox raiser's troubles come
when the young are a few weeks old
and are peculiarly susceptible to at
tacks from worms. Great care is nec
essary to carry tho young foxes
through this period.
Most Foxes Sold for Breeding.
It is not advisable .to kill a fox for
the pelt before 18 months of age for
at that time its fur is more valuable
than at a younger age. Comparative
ly few of the foxes raised on Ameri
can ranches are sold at the present
time, however, for their pelts. Most
of the ranchmen obtain higher values
than the worth of the pelt by selling
the live animals for breeding purposes.
A good pelt may fetch as much as
$G00, though the average is much
lower, approximating $250 to $350. The
furs are comparatively little known be.
cause of their rarity. Silver foxes
vary from those in which the color
Is entirely silver to those In which it
is entirely black except for some
white-banded hairs on the back and
rump. In the black fox tho white is
absent from all parts except tno up
of the tall, which Is generally white
in all phases of the animal.
. PROVIDE DUCKS WITH. WATER
Where Supply Is Lacking Fowjs Gum
Up About Eyes, Become List
less and Die.
A duck must have water about its
head and eyes dally or it will not
thrive. However, if a tank of sufficient
denth Is nrovlded for the ducks to
sink their heads in the water clear
out of sight when they drink, then
thev can do without a nond or stream
of tunning water. When they have no
water nt nil, ducks often gum up about
the eyes, become listless, sit about,
ON FARM PROSPECTS
Year 1922 Should Be Better One
for the Farmer.
Money Conditions Are Improving and
Reduced Freight Rates Lighten .
Prices Hit Bottom.
(Prepared by the United State Department
When asked for a statement on tho
prospects of the farmer In 1022 Sec
retary of Agriculture Wallace said
tl)at no man whose opinion Is worth
considering would care to make any
hard and fast prophecies. He added,
however, that there are signs which
Indicate that the coming year should
be a better one for the farmer and for
those who deal with him than was
1021. Among these hopeful signs he
mentioned the following r
Credit conditions are better 'both
through regular channels and through
the special agencies created to meet
tho farmer's needs. Interest rates also
Itcduqtlons already made in freight
rates on farm products lighten by
that much the transportation burden
which the farmer has been carrying.
Cost of producing farm crops will
bo lower relatively In 1022 than in
Very likely there will be n reduc
tion In the acreage of some of the
grain of which we now have sucl a
large surplus, and this should tend
toward better prices.
The paralyzing effect of the sudden
drop in prices last year Is wearing
off, and farmers will nter the new
year more hopefully, believing that
the worst Is over.
Congress has Indicated a willing
ness to enact such legislation as prom
ises to be helpful.
Farmers are coming to see more
clearly that the task of putting farm
ing on sound business basis is really
up to them and that through orgnnlza
tlon they can reduce marketing costs.
In this they will have increasing help
from the Department of Agriculture
and the various state agricultural col
leges which now see better than be
fore that they must give tho farmer
the same sort of help in the marketing
of his crops that they have been giv
ing him In the production.
In the Industrial and financial cen
ters there is coming to be a better un
derstanding of the Important part the
farmer plays In our general economic
scheme, and consequently a decidedly
more intelligent and sympathetic at
titude toward him and his problems.
With prices of farm products fall
ing and the future very uncertain,
even those farmers who had money
laid by and there are a large number
of such have .been restricting their
buying to what they had to have.
Now with the growlnj belief that
prices have hit bottom, ftuying will be
resumed and should inerense In vol
ume, and manufacturers and retailers
who make or sell things that farmers
need or want should have better busi
ness this coming year.
Everything considered, therefore,
we can enter the new year In a spirit
of hopefulness and good cheer. I see
nothing which Indicates boom times
for the farmer In the near future, but
there does seem to be promise of
better times both for the farmer and
for those whose business Is largely
dependent upon him.
HOLD CORNCRIB DOORS SHUT
Disks From an Old Harrow Placed
Over Corners of Sections Will
Most corncribs are built with de
tachable sections that are removed to
provide a low opening, through which
the corn Is scooped until the crib is
nearly filled. A satisfactory method
OIsks hold Corncrlb Doors In Place.
of holding these sections in place is to
put disks from an old harrow over
the corners of the sections and se
cure them with bolts. This method
is simple, as but little time Is required
to remove or replace the sections, and
they are held firmly and without In
Jury to the lumber. S. B. Glbbs, Ames,
la., In Popular Mechanics Magazine.
ADVERTISING FARM PRODUCTS
Where Automobiles Pass Farms It It
Good Idea to Post Bulletin
Do the autos pass your door? Why
not put up a bulletin at the front gate
and let folks know that you have some
nice butter, honey, eggs, chickens,
fresh pork, potatoes or other things
for sale? The auto folks will pay bet
ter than retail prices for high clos
DAIRY CATTLE ON DRY FARM
Government Begins Study of Dairying
and Crop Possibilities In
(Prepared toy the United State Department
In order to study (he possibilities
of dairying and to develop better meth
ods of crop utilization in the dry
fanning regions of tho Southwest, tho
bureau of animal Industry of tho Uni
ted States Department of Agriculture
has established a herd of purebred
dnlry cattle on n farm in the scinl
arid district of northwestern Okla
homa. Tho bureau of plant Industry
has had a farm here near the town of
Woodward for many years, and has
studied such crops as grain sorghums,
broom corn, forugo sorghums, cowpens,
alfalfa, rye for the prevention of soli
Weighing Out the Proper Rations
Requires But Little Time.
blowing, and winter wheat for pasture.
From now on the farm will bo used
co-operatively by tho bureau of plant
industry and the bureau of animal in
dustry. This Is considered a neces
sary combination, as most of the feeds
grown there are of tho kind that must
be fed largely to live stock.
The dairy division hopes to deter
mine whether or not it is desirable to
produce live stock under those dry
land conditions, and to grow the crops
which will give the largest returns per
aero In terms of milk or cream. The
question is not one of crop tonnage,
but of the amount of finished dairy
products that can be turned out. The
work here is not designed to discover
the best practices for any particular
state, but to study practices that will
be desirable In the large dry-land re
gions where only certain crops can be
The people of this little Oklahoma
town have shown great enthusiasm In
regard to the Investigations that the
department of agriculture contem
plates. The town purchased 1G0 acres
adjoining tho old government farm,
and turned It over free to the govern
ment for a period of 00 years. The
voters of tho town wero almost unani
mous In favor of this donation.
The cattle that are being used on
this farm are also In the country-wido
breeding project being conducted by
the dairy division and bulls have been
sent from the government farm at
Beltsvlllo, Md. In this breeding project,
which now Includes more than 800
cows and 50 bulls, It is hoped to de
termine what are the best methods of
breeding for the Improvement of cat
tle. The large scale of this Investiga
tion should make tho results particu
CLEAN ALL DAIRY UTENSILS
Where Several Cows Are Kept Water
May Be Heated by Means of
One of. the greatest conveniences on
the farm where cows are kept Is some
means for heating an abundance of wa
ter for washing tho milk vessels.
Where a considerable number of cows
Is kept, heating water by means of
steam from a small, low-pressure, up
right boiler is deslruble, but on the
small farm a stove with a basin fitted
Into the top (or It may bo separate
from the top) can be purchased cheap
ly and will serve the purposo,- provid
ed the water Is proporly heated. Wa
ter can bo pumped from the well di
rectly Into the basin. In order to avoid
heating tho milk room and to do away
with smoke and ashes, the water heat
er should bo placed immediately out-
Bide tf the milk room ; and, If elevated,
the water from It can be run into tho
PRUNE APPLE TREE PROPERLY
Orchardists Should Take Care Not to
Cut a Hole In Top Too, Much
Wood Taken Out.
In working on apple trees be care
ful not to cut n hole In the tfectop,
Many people read about opening up the
center, of the treo In order to let
sunlight in and then make the mis
take of cutting out too much wood. A
tree properly prunea siiouiu never
show where the limbs come from when
viewed at a distance of 25 feet.
Sherlock Holmes tells In ono of his
stories of tho lled-hcadcd league the
device by which ono of his villains got
a clerk temporarily out of tho way In
order to carry out his schemes against
n bank. At Baltimore, a red-headed
league has Just been founded without
any sinister purpose. The students
of Goucher (women's) college In that
city have organized u society of which
any man, woman, or child In the
United States Is eligible who can
certify that ho or sho 1ms genuine red
hair. Tho membership fees $l for
women and ?2 for men will go to
wards the erection of a building of red
brick on n new site that tho college
has obtained In n Baltimore suburb.
The Titian Tints whoso president
Is Miss Ituth Wallace, the daughter of
tho secretary of agriculture In Mr.
Harding's cabinet have Issued n
clever and witty .lcallet extolling the
virtues of red hair..
Was Once a Legislative Hall
It Get's 'Em All.
Judge This court sentences you to
Imprisonment for one year and ten
Criminal What Is the ten days for,
Judge Wnr tax t Chesapeake and
Knew His Lesson.
"Tell us something about Ksa'u," di
rected tho catechism teacher. Vincent,
nfter clearing Jils throat, explained
that "Esiiu was u nion who wrote
fables and sold tho copyright to n pub
lisher for a bottle of potash." Detroit
Task Before America.
America, too, will huvo to strain Its
energies, crack Its slncwp and ull hut
break Its henrt, as the best of us have
had to do, before It can becomo n habi
tation for tho gods. Thomas Carlyle,
Was Once a Legislative Hall
This white pine structure, erected In ls:U5. once housed tho legislature of
tho old Wisconsin territory, now the states of Iown, Michigan und Wisconsin.
It Is located ut Belmond, Wis., and is being proser cd by u special uct ot tho
present Wisconsin legislature.
a son answer lurnein away wraui i
and a short nnswer turnntli nwnv Im.
CHILD'S BOWELS WITH
CALIFORNIA FIG SYRUP
The Alpheus river In Arcadia re
peatedly disappears under ground and
rises again, ,
Thirteen million people each day
attend moving picture plays In the
During tho last ten years Now York
city gained 851.203 In population. More
people live within her boundaries than
In any state except Pennsylvania. Il
linois and. of course, Now York state.
Nearly 200 nlphabets, ancient and;
modern, are known, of which CO arq
now In use.
Tea was wholly unknown to tho
western nations until the beginning;
of tho Seventeenth century.
A new safety device Indicates tho,
nmount of salt In water thut enteral
boilers and lights a lampas li warn
ing when It threatens to damage tha
Even a sick child loves the "fruity"
taste of "California Fig Syrup." If tho
little tongue is coated, or if your child
ls listless, cross, feverish, full of cold,
or has colic, give a tcaspoonful to
cleanse tho liver and bowels. In a few
hours you can see for yourself how
thoroughly It works all tho constipa
tion poison, sour bile and waste out of
tho bowels, and you havo a well, play
ful child again.
Millions of mothers keep "California
Fig Syrup" handy. They know a tea
spoonful today saves a sick child to
morrow. Ask your druggist for genu
ine ''California Fig Syrup" which has
directions for babies and children of
all ages printed on bottle. Mother!
You must say "California" or you may
get an imitation llg syrup. Advertisement
All He Asked.
Old Crusty You ask for my daugh
ter? Why, young man, at your pres
ent salary you could not even dress
Suitor Oh, yes, slrl I could keep
her in gloves.
Old Crusty Gloves I Do you mean
to Insinuate that my daughter would
wear only gloves?
Suitor Pardon me, sir; I asked
only for her hand.
Taking the Fun Out of It.
lie "I seo this hotel has adopted
a rulo permitting women to smoko."
She "I suppose now I'll havo to
Every department of housekeeping
needs, Red Dross Ball Blue. Equally
good for kitchen towels, table linen,
sheets and pillowcases, etc. Adver
tisement. One Stumbling Block.
"So long as dar's chcatln' In a crap
gnme," said Uncle Ebeu, "Its glneter
be hard to put a complete stop to
Neglect the "beg pardons" and pres
ently you will hear cuss words.
Cluvs Cblds in 24 Hours
caunppc in j uats
DH) W.M. MIUICO.,DCTROrr.
History In Sculpture.
Quito n remarkable example of the
tio of Eculpturo to Illustrate scientific
fncts in tho frieze on the exterior of
the New Institute of Human Palaeon
tology, In Paris, carved by Constant
Jioux. it dep'cts scenes from the Hit
ot primitive humanity; some of the
subjects being reconstructions of pre
historic perhds while others repre
sent contemporary life among un
Itummy Itoblnson Yes, lady, onco
for a whole year I turned mo back on
Kind Lady Ah, ray noble man,
what were you doing nt the time?
Itummy Itoblnson Driving a brew
ery truck, mum.
"Flubdub has Joined the great ma
"Got a car at last."
Men and Marriage.
"'One womnn In a hundred marries
tho man sho wants,' snld Galsford;
'tho other nlnoty-nlne look for some
ono they can nt least tolerate. Ono
man ripens tho peach, and another al
ways eats It.' "
"Marriage Is always an adventure,
n blind leap. You don't begin to
know anything nbout a woman until
you're married to her." From "The
Secret Victory," by Stephen Mc-Kenna.
Not Really Remarkable.
"Do you know anything about
palmistry, Herbert?" she asked. "Oh,
not much," ho answered, "although I
hod an experience Inst night which
might bo considered a remarkable ex
ample of palmistry. I happened to
glance nt the hand of a friend, nnd
I Immediately predicted he would pres
ently become the possessor of n con
siderable amount of money. Before ho
left the room he had a nice little sum
handed to him." "And you foretold
that from his hand?" "Yes, It had
four noes In It." ,
Is Ideal lor
Sotp 25c, Oktment 25 aaJ 50c Talcum 25c
Its Own Place.
Mr. Brown wns until recently a
deacon In the Methodist church in his
tdwn. But recently he not only with
drew from his honored position, but
censed to bo ns regular an attendant
at church ns formerly, Tho minister,
who came to call nt tho Brown home,
demanded the reason for this failure.
"My rheumatism Is much worso than
It has boon for years," Mr. Brown be
gan, "and I ennnot walk so far."
"Tut, tut 1" laughed tho minister, "I
believe It Is n lack of religion."
"Sir," Mr. Brown drew himself up
firmly, "my religion Is In my heart i
not In my legs." Indianapolis News. ,
Up to the Neck.
A bachelor who Is forever putting
Ids foot In It recently visited the proud
parents of n new boy.
Tho mother held up tho bundle for
Inspection by the bachelor and asked
gayly: "Tell ns now, frankly, which
of us do you think he Is like?"
After a careful scrutiny the bach
elor replied "Well, of course, It Isn't
very Intelligent looking yet, but he's
wonderfully Hko both of you."
As She Am Spoke.
"Liza, I hears 'at yoh dnughtah's
church weddln was some sho' nuft
"I'll say 'twas. 'At 'ere gajwh mine.
flang a wicked nuptial, ef lipoet
One third of your life is allotted
to sleep. Do you get your share?
.Th most important period in tho
process of applying nutrition to tho
repair of the body ia while you are
asleep. For tho most favorable trans
formation of digested food into nerve
and cell tissue, so doctors tell us, sleep
is absolutely essential.
Is it any wonder that those who
suffer from lack of proper sleep are
weak, pole and lacking in energy or
One of tho causes of insomnia is
nerve-irritation, from tea and coffee
drinking. Tea and
coffee both contain
caffeine, which haa
a tendency to cause
The irritating effect
of caffeine often
results in insomnia, depression, and a
weakened nervous system.
You con easily overcome these
troubles by drinking Postum instead of
tea or coffee. Postum is a delicious,
satisfying cereal beverage, and it is
absolutely free from caffeine, or any
other harmful substance.
Ask your grocer for Postum. Drink
this delicious, refreshing beverage for
ten days. Then see if you do not feel
better and more clear headed, and if
you do not sleep better at night as so
many other people have proved for
Postum ccmes in two forms: Instant Postum
(in tins) made instantly in the cup by tho
addition of boiling water. Postum Cereal (in
packages of larger bulk, for those who prefer
to make tho drink while tho meal is being pre
pared) made by boiling for 20 minutes.
Postum for Health
"There's a Reason"
Made by Postum Cereal Co., Inc., Battle Creek, Mich.
don't eat and soon die.
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