The Mason City Globe-Gazette from Mason City, Iowa on January 11, 1944 · Page 29
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The Mason City Globe-Gazette from Mason City, Iowa · Page 29

Mason City, Iowa
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Tuesday, January 11, 1944
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F A R M , J o n u o r y , Countryside By Albert ud SMMB Cbeie Btae Earth. MhuttMU We write this column on New Year's day, 1M4, and as a matter of record, let us say that we raked and swept the yard early this morning.. Won't that be something to teU our grandchildren! "Raked aad swept the yard in the dead of winter, why, Grandma!' they'll say wide-eyed and in- t credulous. But we'll just rock and knit and stick to our story. For that's what we did. * * * « roan and disappears under « davenport. N Tbe effect Is ither startling. It is jurt 'as if one was walking in the corn- ield and saw a rabbit jump up and run away. It is almost like seeing the flash of a mi»v right your own bouse. . Yesterday we did a big wash. ing and it was so warm and sunny and the wind was blowing from the south, that we washed everything in sight. And how it did dry! That's another thing we'll tell .them, too, for we have never hunt out a wash in midwinter and had it dry in an hour or two. You never saw such disappointed sheets and pillow cases. They billowed out expectantly and instead of freezing into big and little schooner sails, they flapped in surprise and dropped limply into soft, summery shape. When we folded them last night, they had lost all their spirit. But we felt strangely exuberant and secretly wished that all winter wash days were as fabulous as this. * * * Have you noticed that this winter with its lack of snow and ice gives opportunity for more exercise and play and the result is a bigger pile of mending? So instead of getting a respite from .the mending we find it has doubled. And who wants to sit in the house and mend when the garden looks like it needs raking and you might possibly put in a few early things? * * * Wheels come off Christmas toys soon enough. This Christmas day we saw a child playing tie up a calf or dog. Just put a hame strap around the neck andlben tie a rope to the hame strap. Another common use for a hame strap is to run it through the handle of a jug. This makes it easier to carry the jug out to the field. But we have discovered a hew use for a hame strap. One of our 4-bucUe rubber overshoes has lost its buckles, and the shoe man could get no more buckles. So we just tighten a hame strap around the top of the overshoe. It works fine. We drop the overall cufl below the strap, and walk down main street without anyone noticing our improvising. * * * The candlestick cactus which we put in the north window box last summer and which grew to such an enormous size came into the house in the pot it was buried in outside and was then placed in a small crock. It has been standing on the cedar chest at the south bedroom window for several weeks. The other day we noticed that it i ? ast Milking Results in Larger Production Factor milking means greater milk production, with less in- ury to udders and saving of time. While this .looks like a big order, it can actually be accomplished by working with the natural reactions of the cow, says Dwight L. Espe, of the airy husbandry department at owa State college. All of the milk which a cow lives af any one time is present the udder when the Tniiysng started. But only a small part of it is down in the milk cistern ready to be removed the with gine a wooden somehow train. The en- got under a covered with coming stubby tiny, . long green out between th spines. There is rocking chair in which a mother was slowly rocking. There was a loud and dismal crunch, and the engine was minus a drive wheel. * * * We appreciate the wheel only after it has ceased to function. There is no wheel that we take more for granted than the wheel of the old husking wagon. Possibly that is because the man who husks by hand has 2 wheels alongside him all day long. And then evening comes, and as the wagon goes up the homeward lane a wheel gives out, and there the wagon box lies at a twisted angle. It is only at such moments that one realizes what a marvelous, contrivance the wheel really is. * * * The wheel adapts itself to various uses. It serves industry, agriculture, pleasure. The gambler has recourse to the wheel But the wheel sank to its lowest misuse as an instrument of torture, a misuse now happily abandoned. As an instrument of f torture and execution the wheel was used by.the Greeks and Romans and early Europeans. Death ensued only after many hours of suffering. Voltaire, in his history of Charles XII, gives a graphic account of how the Swedish king broke upon the wheel General Patkul, a plenipotentiary of the Emperor of Russia. We shudder today at atrocities as reported in our daily press. Bad as these present-day atrocities are, they cannot compare with those perpetrated years ago. In spite of it all, the human race has made progress. * * * The Christmas cookies and candies are all gone now. They really didn't last long once Christmas a r r i v e d , although some of these sacks of goodies were in the house for quite a number of days before Christmas. The boys suspected that good things to eat were in the house and they played detective for days. This detective work always goes on around Christmas time. It's'a wonder more boys don't grow up to be detectives. * * -* ' An ordinary hame strap . has many uses. It can be used to hairs, short, nothing like a cactus for surprises. * * * But Christmas cactuses we just cannot get growing. We hav. tried several times. They mak a start after what seems years of just standing still, sprout a few new pale green joints and then gradually die. You * think of wolves only when the weather is cold anc their food becomes scarce. Bu the other night we heard a wo] howl. We hadn't heard thi blood-curdling sound in years It sounded just like a page ou of Tolstoi. * * * Our Persian kitten is almos 1 grown now but is as playful as ever. Sometimes she mokes beeline from one room to an other. Again she pops out from behind-a chair, dashes across instant is started. Espe says that handling the udder of the cow causes her to "give down" her milk, just as stroking a cat or patting a dog causes cats to purr and friendly dogs x wag their tails. Massaging the udder or the stimulus of milking causes the muscles around the secretory cells in the udder to contract and milk begins to pour into tie cistern faster than it can be removed. But the cow soon gets tired of helping and unless the dairyman milks rapidly, he fails to get all of the milk. Any amount 'of pulling on the teats won't force the milk out of the secretory cells high in the ud- r. Even massaging the udder doesn't do much good after the cow stops helping. The moral of this story is to "milk fast." The massaging can be accomplished without waste of time by washing the udder with a warm chlorine solution Immediately before milking. More Eggs From Protein With Grain Iowa poultrymen seeking a Tn»a ns of getting good wartime egg production with a minimum of labor and feed were referred by W. R. Whittield, Iowa State college extension poultryman, to tests conducted at Washington State college. In the tests, the all-mash method of feeding; mash (18 per cent protein) and grain, both hand-fed; mash self-fed with grain hand-fed; and high protein concentrate and grain both self-fed. were compared.' The test period was 9 months. Self-feeding the high protein concentrate with grain brought an average egg production of 150 eggs per hen. This was the highest average production, and the -method also showed the lowest feed requirement--4.9 pounds of feed per dozen egg! --and the eggs cost only 8.6 cents per dozen. The three other methods resulted in higher feed costs, in addition to labor, that * ranged up to 9.5 cents per dozen. Scald Calf PaU to Avoid Trouble Cleaning and scalding the Bucket after feeding the calf reduces danger of scouring and other digestive disturbances. According to E. N. Hansen, Iowa State college dairy husbandman, it is safer to underfeed than to overfeed. The recommended rate of feeding is 1 pound of milk daily for each 10 pounds of live weight. TOP PRICES PAID FOR HIDES FUR WOLF BROS. INC. 308 5th S. W. Buy chicks early, urges Ralph Baker, poultry marketing specialist of Iowa State college. Early chicks mean eggs when prices should be good next fall and a chance to take advantage of high poultry prices. Most producers this year received about 3 cents a pound more for birds sold in August and September than later. Tnick-Trtt'cto'r-Pomnger : ' TIRES RECAP REPAIR TRAVERS TIRE TREAD SERVICE · Calf 826 3M Sod S. W. Mason City SUITS An excellent assortment of Soils representing what remains of broken lots and incomplete scales of sizes. Every garment is made of 100% NEW WOOL fabrics .. . mostly tweeds, shetlands and similar fabrics. SIZE RANGE FROM 34 TO 44 THE PRICE IS GET YOURS NOW to Know ON FEDERAL--OPPOSITE-THE PARK FEEDS FOR LIVESTOCK AND POULTRY TYDEN FEED AND LIVESTOCK CO. DOUGHERTY. IOWA fOUTlCAL APVKKTiSEMKNT POLITICAL TO THE VOTERS of Cerro Gordo County: W. B. NICHOLAS I Am a Candidate for 5TATE REPRESENTATIVE In announcing my candidacy for Stale Representative from Cerro Gordo county, I feel that I am no stranger to public office since I served 8 years as County Recorder in Butler county, where I was born on a farm in 1892. During 1918 and 1919 I served in the U. S. Navy and naval reserve, receiving an honorable discharge in 1922. I entered the - poultry and hatchery business in 1923, establishing the Mason City Hatchery in 1926. Three years later I located in Lake township where I built one of the finest turkey farms in the United States. I expect to produce 1,000,000 pounds of finished turkeys this fall. Mrs. Nicholas and I have-3 children:-Bonnie 10, Bill 14; and Idella 21,'who "Js "now serving with the Federal _ Bureau of Investigation on. the Pacific coast. We have been members of the BJethodist church for many years. I am also a member of the Masonic and Eastern Star lodges, American Legion, "Rotary club and Farm Bureau. .1 believe that with my experience as a farmer, business 'man, public official and tax payer, I can efficiently represent the people .of .Cerro Gordo county in the State legislature.. It 'is my desire only, to be o£ all possible service in'the interest!.of good 1 · government. W. H. NICHOLAS 1 ' ! -. ^ .- ,Proprietor of the'Nicholas Turkey Farm

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