Democratic watchman. (Bellefonte, Pa.) 1855-1940, August 19, 1927, Image 2

Below is the OCR text representation for this newspapers page. It is also available as plain text as well as XML.

    Bemorraiic Afton
Bellefonte, Pa., August 19, 1927.
Over jields that are ripe with the sweetness
That hides in the full-tasseled corn,
Over vineyards slow reaching complete-
Dim purpling at dusk and at morn,
Shine down in thine affluent splendor,
O moon of the year in her prime;
Beam soft, mother-hearted, and tender:
Earth hath not a holier time.
For the seed that slept long in the furrow
Hath wakened to life and to death
From the grave that was cerement and
Hath risen to passionate breath,
It hath laughed in the sunlight and star-
Hath thrilled to the breeze and the dew,
And fallen, to stir in some far night,
And all the old gladness renew.
O moon of the harvest’s rich glory,
Thy banners outflame in the sky,
And under the men write the story
That cries to the heavens for reply—-
The story of work and endeavor,
Of burden and weakness and strength,
The story that goes on forever,
Through centuries dragging its length.
And thou, ever stately and golden,
Thou moon of the latest year's prime,
What sight though thine eye hath be-
No grief to thy pathway may climb,
As over the fields that are reapen,
At evening and level and shorn,
Thou pourest thy spleadors that deepen
The rose and the silver of morn.
Margaret E. Sangster, in Harper's Bazaar.
In his vivid narrative of hunting
experiences in the wilds of the Bel.
gian Congo, M. Leon Farhi, son of
the former Turkish consul at Boston,
tells of his adventures on the trail of
the largest wild animal in existence
on the Dark Continent, the Central
African elephant.
It is a story which every lover of
romance and thrills will relish.
I found myself at Liberville during
the early part of the Winter, and
there, thanks to the kindness of the
French officials, my arrangements for
the great hunt I had dreamed of so
long were speedily completed.
After a few days spent in procuring
the necessary supplies for the expedi-
tion and engaging porters, I took my
place in the bow of a little piroque
and we set off for the village of Vor-
reu Djoko.
.Two days of navigation, partly by
river, brought me to the so-called
paradise of the elephants. Next
morning at an early hour, accompa-
nied by a guide, I set off through the
forest, and there, after some eight
tiresome and deadly hours, I began to
believe that the chief of my native
hunters had been drawing a long bow
when he spoke of the “elephants.”
I had difficulty in even finding a track
of the animals, and that, when I did
come upon it, was several days old.
So I went back to the village in a
dudgen and demanded of the chief
Precise information as to where these
famous elephants were located.
Evidently he didnt know, but that
did not prevent him from indulging in
elaborate and prodigous lying for my
benefit. He assured me that I would
find plenty of elephants, if I had pa-
During eight consecutive days I
explored the jungle on all sides in the
hope of turning up fresh tracks. From
morning till night I dragged my way
along crooked, narrow forest trails
over moist earth which plastered me
with mud from head to foot,
The forest was thick and the lianas
were dense and exceedingly tougk,
making the march difficult indeed.
Palm trees and clamering creepers
armed with spikes like crochet hooks
lacerated my hide. It was a veritable
orgie of vegetation. exuberant, dense
foliage and shutting off the view as
effectively as if it had been curtains.
Every moment I was coming across
small streams and rivers swollen by
the recent rains.
All this, however, was as nothing
compared with the torture I under.
went from bites of thousands of
maringouins—a species of small fly
which is almost invisible to the naked
eye and which obtains nourishment
by sucking the blood of animals and
causing very painful swellings when-
ever it bites. These insects are es-
pecially numerous in damp forests.
In a few moments my face and
hands and knees were red from the
bites and I was covered with throb-
bing swellings. I tried driving them
away with my hands from my face
and knees, but soon gave this over,
for the blows only exasperated me,
while they seemed to have little or
no effect upon these devilish insects.
On the eighth day my tracker found
fresh tracks made the previous night.
They indicated a whole herd of ele-
phants .At once I took up the trail,
and I believe could have caught up
with them except for a miserable ac-
cident which forced me to give over
the pursuit.
I had just crossed a large river
when suddenly I saw the black I had
sent ahead to clear the way returning
to me at full speed. He was assailed by
2 swarm of wasps, whose nest he had
broken. It was impossible to face
this new enemy; I had to fly in a hur-
ry, and I leaped to the river bank.
followed by my natives, who dropped
my guns in order to run faster.
There we were in the water, swim-
ming for dear life. But it was neces-
sary to breathe. And every time we
bobbed our heads above the surface
those terrible wasps were waiting for
us. And they sank their stings with a
will. Though the situation wasn’t
very agreeable it was certainly comic
enough, and the stings I received
pained tremendously.
We struggled thus for nearly half
an hour, after which the wasps, satis-
fied with their vengeance, quitted the
field of battle. I left the river in a
sorry state. Thad received seven
stings, two of them very painful, on
my eyelids. Both the natives and
myself had faces swollen enormously
in bumps in all directions, especially
the unlucky black who had first broken
the nest . His head was swollen the
size of a huge gourd. The other na-
tive had been stung on the broad of
his large flat nose, and the injured
nose resembled a pineapple.
I had the guns collected, and we
took the road back. At the village
we were received with a roar of
laughter, for it seems we were all of
us equally ludicrous in appearance.
It was a highly successful day.
The following morning I decided to
take a day off, and I did not leave my
bed until toward 7 o’clock. Scarcely
had I crossed the hut threshold, how-
ever, when the miserable flies swarm-
ed at me again.
Following the example set by the
natives I ensconced myself near a fire
kindled with green wood. There, too,
the situation was bad enough, with
the sun’s heat blistering me on one
side, in full equatorial force, and the
wood smoke contributed by the fire al-
most strangling me. Ail this how-
ever, was a pleasure to be endured
with equanimity as compared with
the mainguis.
Toward midday there came a great
alarm. A man returned from the
forest, breathless, nearly done with
running, managed to explain to me
between gasps that he had run across
two elephants quite near the village.
To take guns and ammunition was
a matter of but a moment. Soon we
were wading through the mud, but I
had the pleasure of finding speedily
fresh spoor of two male elephants.
An hour later I was still without a
glimpse of my game.
Then another coupe de theatre oc-
curred—rain began to fall with a
most disillusioning prodigality and I
was drenched to the bone.
The storm became terrific. It pre-
vented my hearing any sounds what-
ever from the forest to guide us to-
ward the elephants. Lightning blazed,
blinding me with its flashes. and a
bolt fell into the jungle nearby with
a stench of burnt powder, and deafen-
ed me as though by artillery fire . At
that instant great branches of trees
came crashing to earth from the dark
canopy over our heads, rent by the
power of the wind which shrieked a
The spectacle was in truth superb
and terrible and was well worth see-
ing but for all that I was glad when
the tempest began to abate and we
could continue our pursuit of the ele-
phants. Obviously the animals could
not have gone far in the storm.
I had not proceeded far when I
heard a branch snap in the distance.
It was they. They were breaking
down branches that lay across their
The sound grew wore distinct, and
I began tc move with extreme cau-
tion. The wind was in my face and
soon the acrid odor of the beast came
to my nostrils. I was not far distant
from them, probably a few dozen
yards at the most, and plainly T was
between the two of them.
Soon I found myself standing be-
tween two enormous gray masses
which I could distinguish with difficul-
ty. I made a move to approach one
of them at my left. My foot, resting
on a small dried branch, broke it with
a loud, sharp report and the elephant
I started toward the other, which
had also begun to show signs of re-
treat. He passed quite close to me,
not more than 20 yards away, and
then I deliberately cracked a stick
with my feet, for I knew well that
this slight noise would cause him to
halt his march for a few seconds
while he endeavored to locate the
source of the danger which roused his
suspicions, saw him prick up his enor-
mous ears. They were like two huge
All this was a matter of a few sec-
onds. But it sufficed for me to select
a likely spot and then, quickly, before
he had a chance to swing off in flight,
I sent a bullet whistling at him from
my 50-caliber express rifle. My sec-
ond shot, fired immediately afterward,
made his knees collapse.
But the elephant was not dead. His
great trunk wound around a large
tree and he sought to pull himself to
his feet. I wished to fire again, but
the ejector of my gun jammed and it
was impossible to recharge it.
I was now about a dozen feet from
the animal and werking feverishly.
I did all I could to clear the chamber
of the rifle. The elephant was still
there, half collapsed to earth, but his
return to life would be extremely dan-
gerous for me.
I was in a part of the forest which
was very dense and, fitted with lianas,
would have made quick retreat quite
difficult. Everywhere about me soar-
ed palm trees draped with foliage and
netted with thorny vines which would
have torn my skin and reduced my
clothes to rags. Finally, there was
the thick mud, which made walking
Not a large tree was there, behind
which I could shelter myself in case
danger became pressing. Nothing,
absolutely nothing at all.
Prudence certainly, counseled me to
quit the spot. But how was I to
abandon an animal mortally wounded,
whose magnificent tusks I aspired to
own, So I kept at it and managed
at last to reload my gun.
The elephant, meantime, had man-
aged to get to his feet again. There
was a moment of hesitation. Then
he threw himself directly in my di-
rection. I pulled the trigger and
sent a ball between his eyes,
which caused him to swerve some-
what from his route, but he
passed so close to me that I felt the
rush of wind from his passage.
Before he disappeared I sent anoth-
er shot after him. I saw him stagger
as though to sit down, but the next
instant he regained his feet and re-
sumed his rush back in my direction.
He came to a halt a few yards away,
before me, probobly incapable of con-
tinuing his advance.
This time it was the chamber which
jammed in my gun. It refused to
work at all, and no amount of hasty
effort altered the situation. I dis-
patched one of my black’s on the run
to the village to get the chief’s gun,
and for two entire hours I remained
| hidden close to the great animal.
I could study him at ease, and I
found, alas, that he had no tusks at
all, as I had hoped. In their places
were two great holes, indicating prob-
ably, that he had lost them lately in
one of those titanic combats in which
male elephants often engage.
certainly disappointed, but there was
nothing to be done about it.
The gun for which I had sent at
last came. It was a very bad weapon,
covered with rust and with two cart-
ridges left. I risked it, however, and
sent another shot at his head, the only
effect of which was to inspirit him
once more with the desire for fight.
Rashly I jumped after him.
The move came near costing me my
life. Scenting me on his tracks, the
animal made a sudden about face
and whirled at me with a savage
squeal, with the speed of an express
To take aim I had no chance what-
ever. I fired at random at a huge
mass of him. But he did not cease
his mad career. Fortunately I was
able to duck to one side. The wound-
ed beast, seeing no one before him,
came to halt but he did not fall. In
his rush he had almost reached me
with his trunk.
I now stood several paces distant in
the midst of a tangled thick with
creepers and great leaves. Carefully,
with infinite precautions, I left my
shelter and took refuge behind the
roots of a great tree whence I could
watch calmly.
_ He, too, was in a complicated situa-
tion. A creeper of great size over
which he had slipped held his fore-
foot and prevented him from moving
ond he was very busy getting rid of
I remained in this place until night-
fall hoping to see him fall, this giant
of the forests. It was pains lost. 1
had to go back to the village. Next
morning at daybreak I returned. The
elephant was no longer there.
I followed the clear trail which lay
before me. About two miles distant
the wounded male had been rejoined
by a female.
Till nightfall my hunt throughout
the forests went unrewarded. On
the second day I resumed the chase
and toward noon, I had the satisfac-
tion of finding my elephant dead. His
dimensions were colossal.
We feasted royally that night in
the village.
Learn to Swim.
“There are two outstanding reasons
why everyone should learn to swim,”
says Dr. Theodore B. Appel. “In the
first place, swimming is one of the
best health-giving recreations. No
activity, with the possible excepticn
of horseback riding, brings into play
so many muscles as does this sport.
The second consideration is the
safety factor. In reviewing the acci-
dental deaths caused by drowning it
ics a significant fact that many people
have. succumbed for the lack of
being able to propel themselves in
deep water for only a few yards. It
is not too much to say that hundreds
of lives could be saved if more people
would achieve the ability to paddle
along in deep water for a minimum
of one hundred yards.
In these days of swimming pools,
no one has any excuse not to conquer
the art. Indeed, the majority of our
young people are more or less at
home in the water. But why are not
the middleaged also?
Caution, however, must he exercis-
ed when indulging in this sport. Arti-
ficial pools are both good and bad
from the standpoint of health. See
to it that you and your children use
only those pocls where the water has
been properly purified.
Here are a few rules to be observed
when swimming:
1. Don’t swallow water. You
may be swallowing typhoid fever
germs. While bathers cannot avoid
getting water into the mouth they
can, and should, spit it out.
2. Don’t swim in polluted water.
Swimming within a few miles down
stream from sewage outlets is dan-
3. Don’t contaminate in any way
the water in which you swim.
4. Do not eat just before swim-
5. Do not go in the water when
6. Do not stay in after becoming
7. Get out of the water while stil}
feeling fresh.
8. Learn to float.
9. Learn how to resuscitate the
10. No matter how good a swim-
mer you are, surround yourself with
safeguards when in deep water away
from shore—a boat or a companion
is a mighty handy thing to have
around if cramps or exhaustion over-
takes you. Incidentally, the modtal-
ity rate of “expert swimmers” is high
every season. Conceit and deep water
is a dangerous combination.
11. And, finally, protect yourself
from any chance of contracting ty-
proid fever by having your physician
administer typhoid antitoxin.
Heed the above rules. They may
save your life some time.”
Keeping the Town Clean.
The scattering of litter about the
streets and lawns and vacant lots is
one of the ugliest features of modern
town life. Some people are terribly
stupid in their failure to realize what
poor manners they show when they
throw away this stuff in the streets.
Property owners can do much to
keep their places and the town neat,
if they will pick up every bit of litter
that falls on their own grounds and
on the walks in front. When a place
is neatly kept, careless people would
think twice before throwing any more
refuse there. But if a place has a lot
of such litter on it, these folks think
a little more will do no harm. And so
if the waste stuff is constantly picked
out of the streets, people are not so
likely to throw more of it there. A
clean town looks like a go-ahead
town.—Huntingdon Monitor.
Motor fuel is to be made from
sweet potatoes and molasses in a
plant now under construction in
Queensland, Australia.
I was
TO GROW IN 1927.
made by the last Congress, the new
vear will produce more men, more
equipment, better army fields in
short, more progress,” according to
| Assistant Secretary of War Trubee |
Davison, who in a recent talk gave
some of the high lights on the avia-
tion siutution in America.
“With the first of this month,” he
( continued, “as the fiscal year starts,
1 $21,891,000 will be available for con-
tinuation of Army Air Corps devel- |
opment. This is in addition to an
{even greater sum in general appro-
| priations for pay of the army, sub-
| sistence, barracks, quarters, general
| transportation, military equipment
and accessories.”
Following are the high lights of the
{record of the Army Air Corps expan-
sion and achievemerts during the last
12 months, as outlined by Secretary
1. Orders placed for 50 Pursuit,
[40 Attack, 10 Transports, 80 Obser-
(vation, 110 Training planes, and 9
| Amphibians. Of these planes 135
i have ben delivered. The balance will
i be forthcoming in the near future.
| 2. Replacing wartime wooden
training planes with modern equip-
ment for Reserve and National Guard
flying. After Sept. 1, not a single
“Jenny” will be in service. The dis-
carding of these planes began on June
3. The development of new bom-
bardment and attack planes far su-
i perior to those now in use.
4. Establishing a new training
school for flying cadets at March
Field, Cal.,, and expanding training
facilities at Kelly Field and Brooks
Field, Texas.
5. Completion of the new estab-
lishment of the Army Air Corps Ma-
terial Division at Wright Field, near
Dayton, with every modern facility
for experimental testing and develop-
6. Participation by 109 army
planes in maneuvers near San An-
tonio, Texas, in conjunction with
Second Division troops.
7. The successful culmination of
various army flying projects, includ-
ing, besides the California—Hawaii
flight, the Pan-American Good Will
Mission and two sepctacular flights
by pursuit planes—one into Canada in
zero weather and one from Michigan
to Texas, about 1300 miles, in less
than 12 hours.
8. Inauguration of policies which
will increase participation of Reserve
officers and National Guard air units
in military flying.
9. Many valuable contributions
toward motor development, airplane
construction, aerial navigaton and
aerial photography as the result of
research work performed by the Ma-
terial Division.
The second year of the Army Air
Corps development program started
July 1. Out of the $21,891,000 set
asde for the Army Air Corps devel-
opment, $12,000,000 is authorized
for the purchase of 599 planes of var-
ious types. Authorization is also
given to increase the number of our
flying officers to 1100, the enlisted
strength to 10,008 and to place 110
Reserve officers on active duty for one
Among other important appropria-
tions are the followng: $2,200,000
for experimental and research work;
$1,062,000 for improving Army Air
Corps fields and technical construc-
tion; $475,000 for lighter-than-air
equipment, including $200,000 for the
purchase of helium.
The first stage of the Armory Air
Corps development plan has been
completed. The second is about to
be started There is every indication
that with the support of Congress and
an air-minded public, this country by
the end of 1932 will have attained the
air defense goal set by the act of
July 2, 1926.
By the close of 1932 this country
—if the five-year plan is realized—
will have an Army Air Corps of 1650
flying officers, 550 Reserve officers on
active duty, and 15,000 enlisted men.
The flying equipment will consist of
480 Pursuit, 95 Attack, 185 Bombard-
ment, 59 Transports, 412 Observation,
72 Amphibians, 479 Training planes,
and 110 aircraft of various types, in
war reserve.—Christian Science Moni-
Advises Motorists to Help Keep Roads
As the authorities improve the
high-ways from year to year it be-
comes the duty of motorists to do
their bit in keeping these roads clean
and free from glass, nails and other
things that damage tires, says a
statement issued this week by the
Lancaster Automobile Club. “The
motorist who thoughtlessly throws
paper, boxes, left-over lunch and vari-
ous other material upon the highways
is surely not doing his or her part,”
says S. Edward Rable, president of
the Auto-Club. “And the same is
true of the driver who stops to put
up advertising signs along the roads.
“The motorist who places a large
stone under a wheel in stopping on an
incline and leaves that stone there
for the next car to dodge, and per--
haps in so doing be swerved from his
path and into the ditch, is in no wise
doing his part in keeping the high-
way clean or making it safe.
“No matter whether driving in your
county or in some other county or
State, shows the same pride with re-
spect to the highways that you would
in your own home. The acts above
mentioned, in the majority of cases,
are not maliciously done, but simply
are a matter of thoughtlessness.
“Lastly, whenever you see glass,
nails or the like upon the surface of
a public highway, take a minute’s
time and remove it. You may save
the other fellow serious tire trouble,
as well as time and money.
“The greatest motor patriot is the
fellow who is always ready and will-
ing to do that which will save the
other person.—Lititz Record.
——AIll motorists should securely
lock their cars to avoid trouble, even
though they leave them but for a
minute or two.
“The last year has been productive |
of results, and, due to appropriations
A man’s own conscience is his sole tri-
bunal and he should care no more for
that phantom “opinion” than he should
fear meeting a ghost If he crosses the
church-yard at dark.—Lytton.
New York,—The up-to-date miss
i will continue to display half a knee
: beneath her fall ensemble, the annual
fall fashion show of the garment re-
tailers of America has revealed.
| silhouette in dresses and a mainte-
;ance of straight, wrap-around
lines in coats were indicated at the
exhibit last night at the Hotel Astor.
Boyish models were absent.
Four new colors were
They were d’orange,
orange shade; autan, a brown and tan
blend; bluegrain, a new dark blue, ard
rubroque, a ruby and brick combina-
There are three smart lengths for
autumn coats—full length, three-
quarter length, and the sleeve length
‘of the tailored box coats.
Pile woolens, but without a high
pile, velveteen, and some broadcloth
fashien many new coats. Angora wool
jersey is the outstanding new fabric
of the season for suits and blouses.
The angora jersey blouse, the novel-
ty jersey blouse, and the hand-knitted
blouse have supplanted the crepe de
chine blouse in chic. The velveteen
suit with a box-coat and an angora
jersey blouse is importantly new.
The popular furs of the season will
include skunk, caracal, nutria, badger,
and fox, which is newest in the blue
and cross variety and especially
smart with shades of brown.
Three different uses of fur deter-
mine the coat silhouette—the collar
that is away from the face, the off-
the-shoulder capelette band, between
the elbow and shoulder, and the fur
band that continues in a diagonal
line down the full length of the coat.
Brown is the first colour for coats
in chocolate, seal, “puce,” and Chinese-
mauve shades. Black comes next in
chic—although it is first in volume—
followed by grey and soft blues in a
dark cast, not navy-blues.
Many new daytime dresses have the
feeling of a moulded silhouette. Prin-
cesse lines are new, and the fulness
of the skirt is not allowed to break
the fitted lines. Sleeves are general-
ly long and close fitting.
The tight hip-line is an outstanding
note. This is usually created by draw-
ing the fabric diagonally to the side,
thus moulding the hips and creating a
slight blouse.
Fabrics for daytime dresses feature
crepe satin, of a light weight and
without much lustre, and wool geor-
gette crepe, an excellent and easily
handled fabric for morning or sports
Velvets printed with small designs,
especially polka-dots and broken
polka-dots—patterns that follow the
vouthful feeling of the printed crepes
of summer—, are very important for
The printed velvet skirt and the
jersey blouse are distinctly new com-
binations. Velveteen with crepe de
chine is always important for au-
Colors for daytime dresses are the
same as those for ceats. The angora
blouse in a pale pink-biege is partic-
ularly smart with brown. The crept
satin frocks are chiefly in black.
Evening silhouettes continue the
moulded feeling. The back is fitted
flat, and the skirt fulness appears
only below the knees.
New length is a noticeable feature
of evening. But when a skirt is long,
this length must be either uneven or
transparent, as it is in the Louise-
boulanger model.
The down-in-back-movement, was a
striking innovation last season, is
now an accepted fact for evening. It
is equally smart on dancing or dinner-
The new georgette velvet is by far
the most important of evening fab-
rics. It is a transparent wave, almost
as light as crepe, which canbe subt-
ly manipulated. This velvet is de-
lightful when it is used by itself, and,
in some charming gowns, it is com-
bined with chiffon. The black velvet
gown bids fair to outrival all others.
Transparent lames are also import-
ant for evening, but they must have
tiny designs. Large brocaded pat-
terns are utterly passee. The new
velvets, lames, and heavy lustrous
satins create the majority of evening
Evening gowns are, first, all-white
and all-black. There are many new
blue shades that are intense, yet soft,
and some Nile-greens. Mauve-rasp-
berry is an innovation among even-
ing colours.
Evening decolletage low, both in
front and in back. It may he oval,
square, or a deep V, but, whatever
shape it is, the compromise neck-line
has been abandoned, and the flatter-
ing low one has been revived.
Skirts in general retain their
brevity, with no change from the
length of last year except the innova-
tions of the down-in-the-back move-
ment and transparent length. Waist-
lines indicate no change from those
of last season.
Velvet and velveteen lead all other
fabrics for evening wraps, with or
without fur. The new wraps may be
cape style or made with sleeves.—
From August Vogue.
—~ Subscribe for the Watchman.
A pronounced revival of the flared
a gold and |
—The symptoms of scours are
profuse bowel discharges of exceed-
ingly offensive matter, The calf
shows intense suffering and usually
dies within 24 to 36 hours.
—Have Plenty of Equipment.—See
that there is a good supply of picking
baskets and picking ladders on hand
for the fruit harvest. When the fruit
is ready to pick it will be too late to
even think about getting the equip-
—Provide Drinking Cups.—Drink-
ing cups are practicable, and Pennsyl-
vania State College dairy specialists
recommend that they be installed
wherever it is possible to use them,
Usually they pay for themselves the
first winter.
-—Continue Potato Spraying.—Con-
scientious and diligent spraying with
bordeaux mixture will save the 1927
potato crop from the ravages of late
blight. Sufficient pressure should be
| used in the spraying operation so that
125 gallons per acre are applied.
—Get Packing House Ready.—Is
the packing house ready for use?
Are there any changes in arrange-
ments that would contribute toward
increased efficiency ? Thought and
! labor spent in improving the accom-
i modations of the
packing house pay
big dividends.
—Control Tussock Moth.—Tremend-
ous injury has been caused recently
by the white-marked tussock moth
which has defoliated shade and apple
trees. This insect can be controlled
by spraying with a mixture made up
of 4 pounds of arsenate of lead, 4
pounds of wheat flour, and 100 gallons
of water.
—Keep up Milk Flow.—Do not let
the cows get down in milk production
and flesh during the month of August,
say dairy specialists of the Penna.
State College. This is the hardest
month of the year. Supplement pas-
ture with grain so that the cows will
go into fall and winter production at
a much higher level than when grain
is not fed.
—Grow Perennial Flowers.—Gar-
den enthusiasts who contemplate add-
ing to their stock of hardy perennials
next year will find it less expensive
if they grow this additional stock
from seed. The seed should be put
in the ground early this month and
the seedbed should be in the best
condition. Drainage in the seedbed
is a factor to remember.
—Dip Those Sheep.—Now is a good
time to dip all the sheep that have
been neglected to date. Lambs which
do not have to fight ticks make bet-
ter use of their feed in the finishing-
out period. There also is an enorm-
ous loss entailed in the feeding of
high priced grain and roughage to
breeding ewes which are infested with
ticks. Any coal tar preparation will
kill the ticks if used according to di-
rections on the package.
—XKill Mexican Beetle—Nearly all
of ths counties in the southern half
of the State have been invaded by the
Mexican Lean beetle. Where only a
few of these spotted beetles are found
pull up the vines and burn them,
being careful that the bugs are de-
stroyed at the same time. If in doubt
about the identity of the insect and
when it is present in large numbers,
notify the county agent who can sug-
gest 2a means of contral.
—A prominent seed company was
recently fined $25 for selling, in Penn-
sylvania, alfalfa seed containing Can-
ada thistle. The seed sample was
collected from a retail store in Somer-
set County by Dr. E. M. Gress, of the
Bureau of Plant In~ustry, State De-
partment of Agriculture.
As soon as the analysis revealed
the presence of Canada thistle, Dr.
Gress ordered the sale of the seed
stopped immediately.
The company responsible for the
distribution of the seed was very will-
ing to comply with the law and the
fine was paid without delay.
—Scouts of the Federal Govern-
ment are making a thorough search
In many cities and towns outside of
the Japanese Beetle quarantine area
in Pennsylvania in order to discover
possible infestations.
The scouts are working. mainly in
towns and suburbs. as far west as
Pittsburgh and as far north as Wil-
liamsport, Wilkes-Barre. Scranton
and above the Delaware Water Gap in
Pike County.
In addition to the scouts, men are
patrolling, day and aight, the roads
leading from the quarantine area.
Splendid co-operation by the public
in observing the quarantine regula-
tions is reported by the inspectors.
—The weed problem is getting
more and more serious in Pennsylva-
nia each year, asserts Dr. E. M.
Gress, botanist and weed authority
of the State Department of Agricul-
ture, who recently returned from an
inspection trip through the north-
eastern and eastern counties where he
saw hundreds of farms being over-
run by weeds.
“I saw dozens of infestations of bad
weeds such as quack grass, ox-eye
daisy, devil’s paint brush, king devil,
Canada thistle, wild mustard, and
carrot, chicory and field buttercup
which apparently were not being
given very much attention by the
property owners,” Dr. Gress reports.
“The field buttercup is very bad in
pastures while the quack grass is
common along roadsides from which
it is spreading into nearby fields.”
Dr. Gress urges farmers to cut such
weeds before they go to seed since
that is the one important step in sue-
cessful control. The other step is to
cultivate badly infested fields a few
years before reseeding to grass or
another pasture crop.
All farmers who have weeds which
they have not been able to control
successfully are asked by C. G. Jordan,
Secretary of Agriculture, to get in
touch with Dr. Gress who will give
the latest and best plans for eradica-
tion. When a new weed appears,
send a plant, including its roots, to
the State Department of Agriculture
for identification and suggestions on
We're gong to build a septic tank
Just as it ought to be;
We'll use the community form
Because it’s quite cheap, you see.