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18 M a s o n C i t y G l o b . e - G a z e t t e Countryside By Albert and Susan Eisrle Blue Earth, Minnesota This is a typical March day: The black lace of drooping branches hanging, mantilla-like, outside the kitchen windows to the east. On the steps outside the back door, two barn cats identical in size and color, sit close together, so close as to seem joined, and so still, as to seem frozen, patiently waiting* -for their breakfast. They are' the color of concrete walk, and they, like the walk, are frost- flecked, and they seem somehow to be a part of. the concrete itself. * * * The sky is obliterated, and mists blot out the horizon, thus bringing into closer proximity the objects which, on a bright celestial day, are overshadowed by the distant beauty of fields and peatlands and neighboring groves, of roads and vistas -of hidden rivers and towns and rolling plains: Very close Indeed are the tenceposts, the gates, the trees and the outbuildings, close enough to almost touch. Thus March with her hcavi* mists en- I We Pay I I HIGHEST | I PRICES | I for .Poultry I I .Eggs I \ ZANIOS I PRODUCE I Phone 1210 704 6th St. S. W. Â· | velop each farmstead into a little, tight, warm world of its own. * * * Once we sent a short story to a magazine. It was accepted, but the editor advised a few corrections, which we were happy enough to make. There was one correction, however, to which we inwardly objected, although we didn't have the courage to say so. We had used the phrase "singing snows," in describing the sounds made by a farmer who was walking on a cold night over a snow-drifted road to a neighbors. The editor suggested that we change the phrase "singing snows" to "singing footsteps." Â· The other evening we were reading the autobiography of Jorgensen. the Danish writer and mystic. We felt somehow vindicated when we came across the following sentence: "The Stuckenbergs received us with kindness and we three men went for a walk along the frozen Lyngby road, where the crows were squawking over the snowfields as In the winters of our y o u t h , and the snow sang be- noath our tread." :Â£ %. sr. It was Edgar Allen Poe, we believe, who said that the word "footsteps 7 ' should never be used in a poem. He maintained that the word had too much of a hissing sound. ' B u t Poe's ear for word music was a very delicate one. It is hard to imagine so intimate and essential a word as "footsteps"' being barred from Concrete Keeps Well Water Clean poetry. Footsteps--why we can't live without them! * * * On second thought, we can live without footsteps, if necessary. In Chicago a young man has been living in an iron lung since 1936. Do any of us imagine that we have trouble? * * * The spring birds are arriving. Here on the farm we have not yet seen a robin, but yesterday we heard a songbird chirruping in the grove. We were not quite sure as to what was the name of the bird, but it seemed to be of the grackle family. This bird reminded UK of a poem in our little blue-backed bird, scrapbook, "In March," by Max Eastman, which we looked up and read to the wife, who was feeling rather miserable with an ear Infection: Opening her sweet throat, has stirred A million music ripples in the air That curl and circle everywhere. They break not shallow at my ear But quiver far within. Warm days are near!'' "Your words do quiver far within," said Susan. "And as for the warm days, just bring me a h'ot water bag for a while!" As luck would nave it, on the very last i\ay of the trapping season, the boys caught another skunk. We've gotten so we dread to think of skinning any more skunks. That's all we've done this winter. And we thought when they sent the last bundle of furs away, m a y b e we wouldn't have to start all over again. But they wanted their last ounce of flesh and they got it. And how the carcass of that skunk did protest against its fate in the only way that it knows! It is when the successful young trapper conies home with a striped kitty hanging from the end of a stick thai even the air is helpless. W * * Other spring 1 sounds n n c l smells: Squeak of the. faiining- mill. Sleet at the window at night. The odor of trash fires The smell of dry leaves burning --in the cattle yard the cows sniff the air. The rippling of Concrete curbs and platforms protect the purity of well water. These arc lons-laslhigr improvements, vital to the health of the farm family. By \V. G. KAISER : Agricultural Engineer Contamination in the water supply menaces not only the farmer and his family, but also the host of persons who come into contact with the products of the farm. Health authorities are agreed on two simple means for protecting the waler supply: First, locating the well a reasonable distance from sources of con- t a m i n a t i o n -- outhouses, m a n u r e pits, etc.: second, providing a concrete well curb and platform. The curb extends high enough to prevent surface water from entering and deep enough to exclude seepage and bun-owing animals. The concrete plot- form or cover completes the protection. The outer walls of the well excavation will usually suffice as outer concrete forms. A collapsible square or round "form made of 1-in. stock is used as inner forms. Space should be allowed for a wall of concrete 4 to 6 in. thick, depending imon the size of the well. If the "well is deep, build the curb in 3 or 4-ft. courses or lifts, starting at the bottom of the well. Allow 2-1 hours to pass before removing the forms from one course and placing them for the next. The well platform is a 5',4-in. concrete slab, tapering to a 4',4- in. thickness at the outside edges, and reinforced in both directions with ^s-in. rods spaced 8 in. a p a r t . The platform should extend over the top of the curb and should be at least 1 in. higher in the center than at the edges to insure drainage. The platform can be precast and set over the well after the concrete hardens, or it can be cast in place over the well. In either ca?e provision should be made for a pump-stock opening and a manhole. Concrete for the platform and curb must be made watertight; 1 hence it is made by mixing only ' 5 gal. water per sack of Portland cement w i t h average moist sand and pebbles in ratio of ZV.\ cu. ft. sand and 3 cu. ft. pebbles. Mix should be mushy and plastic. Forms for the platform should not be removed for at least a week during which the concrete is kept moist for proper curing. Breeder Mash Pays To a very large degree the mash you feed to your hens determines the quality and livability of the chicks you get from your hatching eggs. The developing chick must depend entirely on the food stored in the egg for the proteins, vitamins and minerals it needs to make it a strong, vigorous chick. B I G G A I N S P E C I A L BREEDER EGG M A S H is made according to the tested recommendations of the best poultry nutritionists in the business. It is especially designed to pack enough of the required proteins, vitamins and minerals into the developing c h i c k to make it healthy and lively and bring it through the critical "baby chick" days .without setbacks. Assure yourself of quality chicks and profitable chickens. Ask your dealer for Big Gain Special Breeder EgR Mash. Farmer's Inc. Coop. Society, Hurley. Ilejlik Feed Produce, Rockwell. J. A. SuUon, Plymouth. LIGHT INCREASES PRODUCTION^Electric lights in the poultry house during fall and winter months will result in more eggs. Laying hens require about 13 hours of light per clay to give maximum production. This average can be maintained during the period of short days only by using artificial lighting. An early morning lighting 'schedule seems to be the general practice, with an automatic time switch to turn the lights on and o f f . A 40-watt bulb in a shallow reflector for each 200 square feet of floor space gives good results. Lights should be hung high enough to light all roosts. tiny rills as the last snowbanks melt and run. The sound of icighbors repairing farm machinery, particularly, the bell- ike sound of disks. The quack- .ng of ducks, right over the louse. The chant of frogs. The sound of furrows falling. The crackle of fires burning the old weeds in fence-rows. The f l u t ter of pigeons on the barn roof. The squealing of baby pigs. The shrill clamor of woodpeckers in the grove. The smell of willow at the woodpile splitting block. et Quickest Results From The above list could be lengthened indefinitely. But no matter how long, the sounds would always' outnumber the smells. But in the trapping season, the smell is supreme. * * Â¥ This is moving time in the country. There seems to be more moving this year than usual. A child's reactions to new friends is different f r o m a grownup's. We older folks always dread to sec an old neighbor move away; It takes a long time to got used to new ones; and the empty place in your heart that the loss of an old neighbor left, never quite goes away. You grow to like your new neighbors In time, but the process is slower t h a n that of a child. For children tell their old friends at school goodbye in a very blithe and casual way, on the very eve of their departure for a new home. Do they mourn them? Not very deeply, nor for very long. Instead they look forward to the "new" children t h a t will be at school tomorrow. They can hardly wait. By daylight they are up, and you can hardly get them to bring in a bucket oi water or a basket^ of cobs--so anxious are they to .be on theii way. New children at school! \Vha1 mystery, what excitement! Anc they slip timidly into the seats vacated by the children who have gone away--wondering perhaps, if they will like this new neighborhood as well as their old one--and not realizing that they are already a part of it USE "NORTHWESTERN" Portland Cement can be secured through any reliable building material dealer. Northwestern States Portland Cement Co. Makers Â»f "NORTHWESTERN" Portland Cement City, IÂ«wa BUTTER Iowa State Brand Creameries. Inc. Iowa farmers are finding that inely ground limestone boosts iieir wartime acre yield from 5 o 100 per cent, according to 3. J. Firkins of Iowa State col- ege. In a series of acre compari- ons 'with unllmed' soils, limed oils produced up to 5 more iiishel of corn. 3.7 bushels of ats, 3.4 bushels of wheat and .5 more tons of alfalfa hay. Limestone is applied to corn iclt soils to neutralize soil icidity, to supply the plants with aleium and to stimulate bio- ogical activities. When ground inely of proper purity, It does he job rapidly and efficiently. Bui coarsely ground material Â·annot be distributed as uni- ormly through the soil, and neither can it become soluble as aplclly as finer limestone. Average quarry - run limestone, based on the analysis oE 48 samples selected from stockpiles throughout the midwest, Becomes about 4G per cent available at the end of (i months and 55 per cent a f t e r a period of 2 rears. Â· On the basis of these studies, Professor Firkins recommends hat when immediate results are .tesired from quarry-run limestone, heavier applications be nade. When applied In regular quantities, limestone gives max- mum -results if it is spread and disked in at least C months before seeding. 2 Big Bad-A p a i r of large timber wolves, which had killed a number of sheep which grazed in the Soap Creek hills of northeast Appanoose county, has been killed by Halbert and Simpson Bailey of Otlumwa, assisted by J a c k Daugherly, Otlumwn. and Archie Kenworthy, Udell. Farmers of that vicinity have raised a "kitty" of approximately S12fl as a measure of their appreciation. Asks Plug For Album Portland, Ore., 6T, -- Mayor Earl Riley has n request from a lady in Canton. Ohio, for a horse. "I have a hobby collecting horses and try to get one from each state as a souvenir," she wrote. "As I don't know anybody from your slate, would you please oblige and send me one, any kind, as I have all kinds. Send C. O. D."