THURSDAY MORNING, DEC. 24, 1914
THE LAGRANGE REPORTER
Chats and Comment
LETTER FROM MR. WILL FANNIN
Former Popular Citizen of |j(iran(r
Says HU Section Feeling l>e- ,
The following from Mr. W. F. Fan
nin of Lukclnnd, Fla., will lx> of inter
est to his numerous friends here,
where he resided with his family for
many years. Mr. and Mrs. Fannin
and the children still hold a warm
place in their hearts for I-nGrange
and their old friends and keep up
with the news of the community
through The Reporter.
When remitting for his subscrip
tion, Mr. Fannin comments most inter
estingly upon the conditions in the
Cotton Ilelt and in his present home
You people in the * Cotton Country
think times are hurd, and they doubt
less are, but you have a big advan
tage of us in a county where all our
crops are perishable. The growers
hero will not got ono-half value for
their fruit. The phosphate mines are
not doing much. This is a wuges
country and ncurly everything
stopped makes it hard. I have done
about six weeks work in three months
COTTON SEED VS. CORN
Atlanta, Dec. 23. (Special).—Dr.
Andrew M. Soule, president of the
State College of Agriculture at Ath
ens, who has done more than probably
any other man in the Btate to encour
age the livestock industry, has recent
ly issued a most interesting address,
entitled: “The Farmers’ Opportun
ity,” in which he gives detail and ex
plicit advice with reference to the
In this address Dr. Soule cnlls at
tention to the fact that com and oats
are abnormally high due to war con
ditions and for that reason a substi
tute feed must be used in order that
a fair profit may be made on cattle
He highly recommends the use of
cotton seed meal in making up rations
for horses and mules and speaking on
this subject soys: “At present ptices
cotton seed meal is relatively cheap
er than com and will, therefore, tend
to lessen the cost of daily rutions,
which is of very greut importance to
the farmer in view of the existing
conditions. In using cotton seed meal
as a feed for draft animals, it is im
portant to remombor that the meal
should be thoroughly mixed or co
mingled with whntever. concentrate is
fed. In other words, it is very dcsir-
and if I hud to depend on my labor
altogether I could not make a living | ^ t£ t 7f MrairiiMd'"nTtheba“si.
of the rations, it should be ground
here now. I was fortunate to bo out
of debt when the war started, and I
am truly thankful for it.
We are all well and sitting around
a good fire. Had two disagreeable
days. The weuther man predicted
freezing for last night and tonight
but missed it. My thermometer re
gistered 44 this morning and is 48
now, 9 o’clock P. M.
Our country is flooded with tramps
and men out of work, all sorts of
folks begging for shoes, clothes and
something to eat. My wife had four
in ono duy und hardly a day passes
that she doesn’t feed one. Ono of my
neighbors claims to huvo had fifteen
asking for something to eat in one
day. So wo will have to bo thankful
that it is not worse with us.
W. F. FANNIN.
and the cotton seed meal thoroughly
incorporated with it. Of course, it is
anticipated that whore cotton seed
meal and com are made up into
ration for work stock in the South
the animals will be fed a suitable
proportion of roughness of a charac
ter best calculated to supply their
Dr. Soule points out that the far
mers of the South have an opportunity
of a life time to enter into the cattle
raising industry for there is u good
and growing demand for livestock, and
the best and least expensive feed
stuff is at hand and cheaper than any
thing that can be brought from the
TICKS EFFECT MILK YIELDS.
Washington, D. C., Dec. 23.—Even
with so-culled immune cattle, ticks
have caused a loss varying from 1.5
to S.5 quarts of milk a day, according
to experiments conducted by the U.
S. Department of Agriculture. Hither
to the exact amount of the damage
which the ticks do to these so-called
immune cattlo has been a matter of
conjecture. The Department’s ex
periments, howover, havo now made
it certain thut evon a light infesta
tion seriously reduces the revenue
from tho dairy hord.
Investigators took two lots of 20
cows ouch and permitted ono lot to
become infested with ticks while the
other lot was kept freo by spraying
and dipping; otherwise conditions
were as identical as it was possible to
make them. After a period of ap
proximately five months it was found
that those cows which were lightly
infested produced 18.6 per cent less
milk than the cows that were alto
gether free, und that those heavily
infested with ticks produced 42.4 per
cent less milk, or neurly half a gallon
less a duy. In addition it was found
that cows which were supposed to be
immune Buffered from tick fover and
one actually died from the disease.
Translated into money this means
that if a dairyman with a herd of 20
cows which produced 8 quarts of milk
a duy allowed his cattle to become in
fested he would lose approximately
1.5 quarts of milk from each cow
every day or a total of 30 quarts for
the entire heard. Assuming thut the
milk was worth 5c a quart, this would
be a daily loss of $1.50 for the dairy
man. If the tick infestation were
heavy, the reduction of the milk
supply might easily become so great
that it would amount to a daily re
duction of $3.40 in the revenue from
the entire herd.
These figures wore corroborated by
the experience of a certain dairyman
in the heart of the tick-infested sec
tion. Late in the season he dipped
his cattle and killed the ticks. One
week afterwards the 42 cows in his
herd gave 10 gallons of milk more a
day than they did before the dipping.
This wns an increase of 16.6 per cent.
He got 35c a gallon for his milk, so
that the extra 10 gallons a day were
worth $3.50 to him.
The results of this investigation
are set forth more fully in Farmers’
Bulletin No. 639, which is about to be
published by the U. S. Department of
Agriculture, under the title "Eradi
cation of the Cattle Tick Necessary
for Profitable Dairying.” To quote
the final sentences of the bulletin:
“It costs more to feed the ticks than
it does to kill them. Which do you
prefer to do?”
TO ADVERTISE SOUTHLAND
Mr. E. H. Hyman, the enterprising
secretary of the Macon Chamber of
Commerce, has started a movemen
which cannot fail to enlist the suppor
of every Georgian who is interested
in the sound upbuilding of the state
Its purpose is to present the advan
tages of lower priced lands, milder
climate, longer growing seasons of
Georgia to the progressive white
American farmers of the great North
west. Mr. Hyman argues soundly
thut it is better to go after this class
of people who will readily amalga
mate and make good citizens, ruther
than to bring in a lot of poor immi
grants of other nationalities, the
greater portion of whom would prob
ably come without either money
or other requisites for quickly making
good, intelligent, self-supporting citi
An organization has been formed
called the “Advertising Georgia
Farms Association,” with Mr. Hyman
as president and Calvin F. Smith as
secretary. Their plan is to run
scries of advertising in the farm pa
pers, circulating in the sections where
the best class of prospects reside. The
inquiries developed from this publicity
campaign will be thoroughly followed
up with literature and personal let
ters giving information about the
Georgia farms listed for sale. And
there is where Troup county comes
in. Owners of land who are willing
to sell at a fair price are invited to
list their property with the Associa
tion. It will cost nothing, will take
but little time and trouble to do this,
and may prove the means of not only
making a sale of surplus or unused or
but partially used lands, but tho ad
dition of desirable citizens as well
So if you, tho reader of this article,
have any land to sell, sit down and
write the Association about it. Ad
dress your letter to Secretary, Adver
tising Georgia Farms Association,
Macon, Ga. State the number of
acres; the character of the soil and
condition as to fertility; how much in
woods; whether it has streams or
springs, etc.; the improvements; lo
cation as to schools, churches and
markets, etc.; and do not fail to state
your lowest cash price. Also, if will
ing to sell on terms of part cash, the
balance in annual interest-bearing
payments, secured by the property,
state the terms on this basis.
From a composition on Harmfu
insects a teacher gleaned the follow
ing information: “Tho chief insect
harmful to man is th; fly, mosquito
and caterpillow. To destroy them
get them all and step on them or oth
erwise destroy their breathing plac
es.”—New York Evening Post.
(Oojryriffal by Frank A. Muoaey Co.)
R. and Mrs. Jackson Smith
understood each other
perfectly on the Christa
mas present proposition.
This satisfactory state of
affairs did not come about
the first year of their
wedded life, nor even the
second. The third Christ
mas was almost at hand before Mr.
Smith discovered accidentally, but to
his Intense Joy, that Mrs. Smith rel
ished his selection of furs, gloves, cur
tains, rugs, and so on, no more than
did he her choice of smoking-jackets,
cravats, mufflers, et cetera.
That their friends could not bo
taken In on the combination was,
however, a thorn In the flesh of each
"The worst has happened,” said
Mrs. Smith, interrupting Mr. Smith's
perusal of the paper Christmas morn
“A messenger Just brought a pres
ent from tho Snlvelys, and I forgot to
put them on my list. It’s a book and
wo've got to send them something.”
“Well, what are we going to do
about tho Snlvelys?” growled Mr.
“Jack,” said she In a moment, ‘Tvo
had an inspiration. Why couldn't we
send tho Snlvelys the book that Cous-
In Lucy sent us? Neither of them
will ever know it.”
“By George! We’ll do It,” said Mr.
Smith, after considering the propo
sition. “Where Is Cousin Lucy's
“It’s on tho desk." said Mrs. 8mlth.
"Just put our cards in tho book and
wrap it up neatly. I'll call a messen
Half an hour later Mr. Smith hand
ed a package, addressed to Mr. Sntve-
ly, to a messenger boy and saw him
depart with It. Ho was luxuriously
stretched out on a davenport when
Mrs. Smith came Into the room a fow
“Jack,” said Mrs. Smith, holding a
book in her hand, "I thought you
were going to wrap this book up.”
“Great Scott!" exclaimed Mr.
Smith, Jumping to his feot "I did
wrap up some book. The messenger
has already been here and I gave it
“How long has the boy been gone?”
demanded Mrs. Smith.
“About ten minutes.”
“Get your things on. Bo quick, and
maybe you can reach the Snlvelys’
before the boy and get that dreadful
book away from him! How could you
have been so careless?”
Mrs. Smith was almost frantic.
Down to the nearest street car tore
Mr. Smith, fairly consumed with rage.
He had arrived at the down town
district when, with a thrill of Joy. he
spied the messenger boy. Without
waiting for the car to stop, Mr.
Smith jumped off and started on a run
for the boy.
At the same moment the messenger
boy saw him, and, without knowing
why he was being pursued, he obeyed
his first impulse and ran too.
In a moment a dozen had Jotned
In the chaBO, Down the street came
the poor messenger boy, frantically
straining every muscle to get away
from the mob pursuing him. Sud
denly two men from a cross street
ran in front of the hoy. One threw
his arms around the fugitive, hold
ing his fast; the other man seized the
package the boy was carrying.
"Why, Snlvely! This package is ad
dressed to you!" he exclaimed.
“Why, so it!” said the man who
had caught the boy.
In a moment they were surrounded
by a crowd. A policeman rushed up
and took charge of the boy.
“Hold on there, officer, the boy’s
all right!” cried Mr. Smith, who had
arrived upon the scene by this time.
"What do you know about this af
fair?” said the policeman respectfully,
as he recognized Mr. Smith.
But Mr. Smith was standing as ono
dazed. He had caught sight of Mr.
Snlvely with the book under his arm.
“Hello, Smith,” said Mr. Snlvely.
“I Just now caught this boy, and
found him carrying a package ad
dressed to me, so took charge of it
Do you know anything about it?”
Mr. Smith, trying to colleot his wits.
"You see, I sent the package.”
“Well, why were you chasing the
boy?” asked the policeman, a little Im
The perspiration stood out on poor
Mr. Smith’s forehead.
“I—I was afraid I hadn’t given the
boy the right address, and was trying
to stop him to find out,” he blurted
The policeman looked at Mr. Smith
curiously. He was convinced that he
w as lying, though with what object he
could not imagine.
“The package has come to the right
fellow anyway,” Bald Snlvely, laugh
ing. “I’m going right home, so I’ll
take it along with me.”
“Oh, 1 couldn’t think of allowing
you to do that, old man!" cried Mr.
Smith. “Just give it back to the boy;
he'll take it to the house for you.”
"Nonsense!" said Mr. 8nlvely. "It’s
a light package and I don't mind
carrying It a particle.”
Mr. Smith ground his teeth with
rage. How was he to get that book
away from Snlvely?
“Snlvely,” said he, my office Is only
a few doors down tho street. Come
up and smoke a cigar with mo. I’ve
got some good ones.”
A few minutes later Mr. Smith ush
ered Mr. Snlvely into bis office.
“Sit down here, Snlvely.” said he,
offering his guest a chair. “L*t me
have your package; I’ll put it over
here on my desk.”
He took the book eagerly and put it
on his desk out of stght. As he
smoked and talked, ho racked his
brain for a scheme to get Snively out
of the room without bis book.
“Good morning, gentlemen. Merry
It was Smith's partner. Perkins,
who thus addressed them as he came
out of his private office.
Suddenly a brilliant scheme took
shape in his mind. He proceeded Im
mediately to put It into execution.
"By tho way, Perkins, I have a
Christinas present for you.” As he
spoke, he picked up Snively's package
and, holding it so that Snively could
not see it, walked over the Perkins
and handed It to him.
“But—but—” Perkins protested.
"Take it and keep your mouth shut,
or I’ll choke you!" whispered Smith
“Oh, thank you very much," said
tho astonished Perkins. "Well, I must
be getting home. Good morning.”
After talking a few moments longer,
Snively rose to go.
"Can I trouble you for my package,
now?" he said.
“Ob, yes,” said Smith, going to his
ly over the blunder.
Smith arrived home soon after, con
gratulating himself on his generalship.
"Oh, Jack,” cried Mrs. Smith, ns
soon as he stepped Into the house, I
hope you haven’t had any trouble!
“Well, I’ve had Just about the most
strenuous time I’ve experienced in
many moonB." Bald Smith. “I came
out all right though.”
“I'm so sorry,” said Mrs. Smith.
"Now I hope you won't be angry. Jack,
but you hadn’t been gone but a few
moments when I discovered that you
hadn't sent Mrs. Snively’s book, after
all. I found her book lying on the
floor by the center-table, where, in
some way. It had been knocked off.
The only book that is missing is the
one that Mr. and Mrs. Perkins sent
us, se that must have been the one
that you sent to the Snlvelys.”
Mr. Smith collapsed into the near
“Ding-a ling-a-llng,” went the tele
Mr. Smith, still In a dazed condi
tion, rose and answered It
"Hello, is that you. Smith?" said a
voice. "This is Perkins.”
Smith braced himself for the worst.
“I didn’t quite understand about
that present you gave me down at
the office. When I got home I found
that it had Snively’s name on it"
“1 thought there must be some mis
take about It, so I didn’t open it."
“You say you didn't open it?"
"What do you say?"
“I said that you did right. It was
Just a little Joke on Snively."
“Is that so? Well, I’ll bring the
package down to tho office with me
In the morning.”
“Thank you. Good-by."
"Thank heaven,” said Smith as he
hung up the receiver and once more
settled himself in comfort, "Christ
mas comes but once a year!”
MR. BIRD BRINGS DRIED FRUIT
Mr. C. C. Bird of Mountville
in LaGrangc Thursday and brough
The I^Grange Reporter sixteen
pounds of nice dried apples and peach
es to go on his subscription account.
Mr. Bird states that the farmers in
his section are prepared to face tho
present situation. Nearly all of his
neighbor's have raised enough food
stuffs and supplies for their own use.
“Well,” said Mr. Bird, “I think that
I will raise mostly com and hogs
another year.” Reports from all parts
of the county, indicate that next year
will be a banner year for “hog and
Searching First Calmly and Then With
desk and searching first calmly and
then with apparent annoyance.
“By George! It Isn’t here,” he an
nounced In a surprised tone.
Suddenly he sat down and began
“Do you know what I’ve done?” he
said as Boon as he had his mirth some
what under control “I gave Perkins
your package. I forgot that I took his
present home Inst night, and my wife
sent it over this morning with n preh
eat for Mrs. Perkins.”
“Oh, that’s all right,” said Snively,
laughing. “It doesn't make a particle
Thev nartiul. laughing good-natured*
COTTON LOAN PLAN
Atlanta, Ga., Dec. 23.—The first
detailed announcement of the cotton
loan plan for the $135,000,000 loan
fund has reached members of th©
Georgia Bankers’ association, and the
loan will soon be in active operation.
Local committees will be named by
the state committees. All loans shall
bear six per cent interest. Ehch loan
shall be evidenced by a note in ap
proved form and secured by properly
warehoused and insured cotton o^ a
basis of six cents per pound for mid
dling. Cotton collateral must be pro
vided to give a margin of twenty per
cent above the face value of the loan.
• All applications for loans must be
made before February 1, 1915, and all
mature a year from that date. In
dividuals will apply for loans through
their local committees.
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BRIMMING WITH JOY.
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mowed down all the pedestrian
“Was he full?”
“Full and running over.”—Balti
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