Clipped From The Paris News
TUESDAY AFTERNOON, AUGUST 1, It* BACKWARD GLANCES By A. W. NHVHAE FENCE PASTURES INSTEAD OF FIELDS Red River County Man Had Novel Plan For Farmers On the Wide Prairies That roving correspondent of Clarksville Standard, who told or Bennett Station in 1881, had some novel ideas on fencing which he believed would be to the advantage advantage of the farmer. He said in a letter to the Standard: Becknell and Guest prairies are nearly all under fence. The cost of fencing is a heavy outlay to the farmer. It will probably average the amount of his State and County County taxes. If it were all counted up, the number of miles of fencing in these prairies would astonish the farmers and nine-tenths of it is unnecessary. The present manner of civilized life, as far as it regards regards fencing, is wrong. The cart is put before the horse .Instead of fencing the fields in, to protect cultivation against depredations of stock, you should fence the stock pastures and turn out the fields. You do not want public roads through the prairies, yew need only only neighborhood roads. In these prairies few people are actually living, but the dwellings are at the edge of the timber with a good outside fence. Now take away the Clarksville and Paris road out of the prairie and connect this outside fence all around and put In gates where necessary and the entire prairie is fenced against stock from the outside. You can then incorporate incorporate under the State laws, making making your own laws to take effect inside your own lines, elect a constable constable to look after loose stock and see that the fence is kept in repair. - } You will then have rails to sell, 1 or better, take your rails and fence in pastures in your timber land, , that have heretofore paid you nothing but been a dead expense, j and go into the stock business on " a small scale at first. Get rid of scrub stock by crossing with thor- oughbred stock and sell no more cotton, if you can help it, at seven seven cents. A few good brood mares would not be n bad thing to have; in fact, YOU cannot go amiss in this stock business on the farm—you can make money 'going it blind.' In this stock business you will need mc-adows and good pastore* You need that now, if you only knew what money would be in vour pockets, but with stock raising raising they arc a necessity. The sooner sooner vou farmers got into a paying business the better it will be for vou and your friends. Th s you can do by farming and stock raising, raising, the one will not Interfere w1th the other. Do not be afraid of glutting glutting the market as that i? not likely likely to hr.ppon. until you are rich enough to retire from the business. business. This was written before the days of almost universal wire fences and of automobiles. Fnr.cy whtit would be the outcry nowadays U an automobile driver had to get down every few miles nnd open and shut a Rate.