been some time since we have examined farming opperations on this place. We will almost be willing to sacrifice a Christmas supper in order to witness summer activities on this farm again. Returning to the house we proceeded to business with Albert Stabler as chairman for the evening. The Farmers Convention Comittee was named as follows. C.L. Gilpin Y.B. Stabler and E.P. Thomas. The name of Lea Wilson was presented for membership and according to custom action was deferred by one meeting. The mail committee (you may spell it both ways) was rehabilitated and asked to get busy on the present unsatisfactory mail service. Questions Rust Canby was told to keep Pyrox covered with water. Many thought wheat would stand a better chace when planted late if it did not start to sprout Lownes Jackson was informed. Several members advised M.J. Stabler to repair his binder rather than pay an exorbitant war price for a new one. B.H. Miller was given a number of recipes for the prevention of musk rat injury. Geo. a. Wilson was told that corn would not take the place of gluten fod at a reasonable figure. R.B. Thomas was advised to construct an icepond E.P. Thomas was told where he could obtain a windmill. Mr Mac Farland told in a very interesting way of activities in his section of California and of the method of handling a [?] [bu?] lima bean crop. Adjourned to Hella Brooks. SP Thomas Secy.
of protein for dairy feed.
Geo. A. Wilson was advised to sell his hay at the prevailing prices and feed fodder.
M. J. Stabler decided to get a new binder and the [Weering?] make had the most advocates.
Joseph Jamey wanted to know whether any of us had made an income tax report but most of us are not bothered with the requisite minimum amount of income as yet.
W.W. Moore was advised to tuberculin test his cattle prior to the sale and advertise them as such.
Albert Stabler has a 2 year old boar for sale.
M. O. Stabler asked what would be a fair rental for good pasture for 22 cattle. Answers ranged for 6 to $10 per acre for the season.
Crop prices Wheat 2.12 [br.?] Corn 8.50 bbl Timothy 30.00 ton Clover " " Potatoes 1.50 per sk.
A most enjoyable meeting was then adjourned to meet at Plainfield Feb 16th 1918.
SP Thomas Secy
The mail committee reported that there was an effort being made to secure a mail route from Laurel to Sandy Spring which met with entire approval of the club. The committee was continued.
W. W. Moore asked if he should sell the cow and calve together or seperately. There was much difference of opinion but with slight predominence in favor of selling both
with at once.
Several thought it made little difference which animal was sold first while others believed an average cow should be put up first.
Francis Snowden is advised to sell all the straw he can spare at $ 1800 per ton -
Chas E. Bond is told that month hands are being paid from $22 to $40oo per month
together with besides house firewood and garden.
This question brought out the following : a man once asked a small boy how much he was getting for picking up potatoes one hot scorching day when visions of cool swimming pools were clearly in view. The answer was: 'Nothing if I do and hell if I dont".
The Club thought Newton Stabler was justified in asking $ 30 00 a ton delivered for alsyke hay of excellent quality.
Newton Stabler was advised to plant orchard grass on a hilly 10 acres at the back of the place which had been cropped in corn for the first time for twenty years; or to sow oats on blue grass early in the spring, or to crop to corn again and sow rye and mixture of grasses in the fall. Some advised a mixture of grasses and clovers in the spring also.