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Des Moines Iowa Homestead (Newspaper) - March 15, 1917, Des Moines, IowaOwa Omesi Des tuesday March 15, 1917. Married or single which i am indebted to a subscriber who does not wish his name published for a very interest ing letter setting Forth his experiences with both single men and married men. For farm work. This Man is today an ardent Champion of the mar Ned Man and his letter will Tell you Why he writes me As follows hiring single men for Twenty years u kinds and sizes also All Ages. Some a i Wollt s9me were hardly Worth boarding Fth last single Man in the year 1910 s27 i kept a horse for him furnished Board and and gave him most sunday nights off he was hired for nine stayed his time. Years ago we bought a farm one and three armies from where we lived and put a mar and the and i together ran the he had hogs and cattle on treed and look after and i had the same was a Man and we got along Well we decided it was too much land for two men Landle with two sets of chores so i rented the Man which he had been living on a House for a Man on the place where we lived two years ago. The House when furnished Cost Between and besides our own and i it was the Best Money i Ever spent. I Ray a month by the year give them a one half Sallon a us keep a cow and Twenty five bushels potatoes and he Naul their fuel and to go visiting once in again for you really Don t have a Home while you Hlll As you Are expected to wait on them and treat them As a member of the family they also expect to use your bathroom and would feel insulted if refused. We have also had some that expected us to take them with us when we went visiting or were invited out to Dine. And when the k wan to so away for the Clay there always be a dinner to leave for the Man which always required extra baking and work. There was also their clothes to Mark and mend when washing and the room and bed to keep in order i for am done with single men. Married men Are steadier and More satisfied. They have their own family to be with nights and sundays when they av2 not Busy. They cannot pick trouble out of nothing and leave in thirty minutes As the single Man can because they must have a House to move into before they can leave. Certainly there is much Merit in what this Man says but. Shall we condemn All unmarried farm hands simply because they have not been so fortunate As to find the right girl yet Are there not extenuating circumstances in some cases the right sort of a Man does not marry he is assured he can give his wife most of the necessities and at least some of the luxuries of life. It is Little Short of a crime for a Man to marry until he knows that he can support himself his wife and any possible family. I would not do anything in the world to interfere with any Man s Romance but Matrimony like everything else must be considered in a practical Light. Hence there must of necessity to the end of time be farm hands who Are single. Shall we condemn them because of this i for one think we should not. I would like to hear from my readers on this subject it appeals to me As being extremely interesting. Will those who have tried both married men and single men on their farms write to me giving their experiences will they also Tell me what they think of this matter of marrying be fore there Are ample assurances of the necessities and at least some of the luxuries of life it is my intention As the weeks pass to discuss in these columns every subject that May in any manner interest any Reader. Is not this one of them pass the Sassafras Tea. This is the time of the year when As you drive in to almost any town to do your Trad ing you notice the drug store windows full of a Brown bark. It is the bark of the Sassafras Root or As they Call it in Southern mis Souri. There May be some who like the Tea which the Good wife makes from this bark at this time of the year but i confess i am not one of them _ Sassafras Tea May or May not be useful in thin Ning Down the blood. This is still a matter of Dis Pute and doubtless will be to the end of time. That we need some tonic at this season of the year there is no denying. March is the Blue monday 1 of the year and anything which will make our blood run smoother and take the lag out of our footsteps is Well Worth trying even though it be As distasteful to me at least As Sassafras Tea i have heard of people who actually claimed to Lue the decoction which the Good wife makes from of Vout the most part the majority of to said w of Grce Wuh the mi880uri humorist i both and proceed to thin our blood if you would listen to father you d think sever0 Fias thick As and that we d a Day and poured Sassafras Tea Inu twice the Man who wrote this was doubtless exaggerating for the Sake of the laugh which he hoped to arouse but i cannot but think there is a Good Deal of sense in his humor after All. Throughout the entire Grain Belt within the next few weeks Gallons of Sassafras Tea will be poured Down the unwilling throats of thousands of youngsters under the Guise of thinning Down their blood and Tonine up their system. As i said we do need toning up at this season of the year. We Are emerging from our Winter hibernation and find new climatic conditions confronting us our body must be read busted like the Carburettor of an automobile As the weather changes. Those of you rho drive cars know that in wintertime a Richer mixture of Gaso line is required in the car while with the coming of Spring this mixture can be thinned Down the human Carburettor needs just such adjusting Only it is unfortunate that we must fall Back on some thing so distasteful As Sassafras to do the work As one of our Grain Belt newspapers remarks on this same subject get ready to open your Mouth and shut your have a piece of Cracker Handy to take the taste How to read a Book. Interesting letters on the subject of Good Reading continue to pour in upon me greatly to my Delight. I am having a wide variety of books offered to me representing almost every pos sible taste. One of my recent correspondents or. C. O Wood Mansee of Loveland Colorado sends me a list which interests me particularly because of the fact that he includes several of David Grayson s books from which i have frequently quoted on this Page. His list includes Grayson s adventures in the Friendly and hemp Field which he pronounces one of the most Beau Toul pieces of Romance i Ever Marjorie Ben ton Cook s Bank i and Randall Parrish s my lady of the North and my lady of the South personally i do not care so very much for or Parrish s romances although he is one of our own Gram Belt writers and quite popular nowadays. Emphasizes one of the main difficulties in selecting a list of Good books which will suit All my readers and that is the difference in Ages with their changing tastes. He says i find As i get older that my tastes for Reading have undergone a decided change. I like something More solid than i did in my younger editorials for then he cites a specific instance of How his own mind has changed with the passing years saying about Twenty years ago i read beside the Bonnie Brier and thought it was a kind of a bore this last Winter and read it and thought it the most Beautiful thing i Ever now i have not read beside the Bonnie Brier Bush for Sev eral years but when i did it brought the tears to Many times i consider it a wonderful Book and am glad that at least one of my readers has come around to this same Way of thinking. Way when Reading a Book do you read it All from Kiver to As Thev say let me quote or. Woodmansee on this subject Lear Sidof an of lesson 5n Book Reading that j a Bov a preacher when i was Deal 2 Stop at father s House a his my did not belong to some one my Ather handed him tread the old preacher held the door up and read the title on the questions and answers. Hold it to be the province of a paper such As mine to serve As Counselor guide and Friend to every member of the subscription family who May desire its services. That being the Case nothing gives me greater pleasure than to have my readers write and ask me questions concern ing their daily farm work or the big National prob lems of the Day. The services of a Large Force of experts Are at the command of every Reader of this paper they Are free and they Are yours for the asking. I am not exaggerating when i assert that every working Day of the year brings me scores of letters from readers asking for advice or information on various subjects. Many of these letters Are answered by me personally others Are turned Over to my associate editors and department Heads who answer them directly and practically a wealth of information being thus at the service of every Reader without a cent of Cost to him. Sometimes the questions Are of such a nature that official an Swers Are needed then i Send them to the Federal state or county officer who has jurisdiction Over such matters and when his reply is forthcoming i Send the information without delay to the subscriber who asked for it. Perhaps i could not do better than to cite a couple of recent instances a few Days before the first of March when in come reports were to be filed with the proper official i received thus question from or. David w Home proprietor of native Park farm Ionia Iowa a Man bought a farm six years Aeo for 000 he now Sells it for will the a Vear count on his income i had my own opinion on the subject but in order to be absolutely sure i sent or. Hine s letter on to the collector of internal Revenue for his District or. Louis Murphy of Dubuque who wrote in to a advised that the person n 4, a years ago for and Sells it during the year 1916 for should de duct from the Selling Price the fair Market value of the farm As of March 1. 1913. And the difference be tween the two amounts will be the profit subject to the income tax. March 1, 1913. Is the Date the in come tax Law became effective. In other words if this particular farm were Worth on March 1, 1913, and were sold for on december 20, 1916, the owner s income report for 1916 should include the item of profit on this transaction. Figuring the annual income for the farm is a hard Job for most of us unless we keep books in some manner or another. Large transactions like this Are easy to remember but the Small deals which Farmers Are constantly Mak ing Are difficult to recollect and to compute at the end of the year. Let me urge upon you All that you systematize your work As much As possible keeping a record of your receipts and expenditures so far As practicable. Here is the second example i wish to cite to show the manner in which inquiries Are attended to in this office. A subscriber called on me and informed me that he wished to borrow under the new Federal farm loan Law on eight acres of land situated within the limits of the town where he does his trading. This land is not under cultivation but is used to pasture a few head of Stock. Now the farm loan Law plainly specifies that Loans May be made to persons who Are the owners or about to become the owners of farm did the eight acres in this particular Case constitute farm again i had my personal opinion but in order to be absolutely sure i sent the Emery to the Federal farm loan Board at Washington receiving this official opinion in reply to a what tie writer had any la tvl1 a stranger through his Book i want a Aasi to . To face t0 talk to a stranger i want All that he says. Read the pref Ace or Athor s introduction to a Book it May explain a viewpoint so As to make the whole Book clearer or More interesting. Sometimes there Are parts of even a Good Book which we can skip with out serious loss the preface or introduction is Sel Dom one of these parts. Be properly introduced to a writer or a Book the acquaintanceship will Ripen into Friendship much sooner As a result. This subject which is self explanatory. I merely cite these two instances to show you How we serve our readers to the Best of our ability and How anxious we All Are to be of the service. Write to me upon any subject in which you Are interested and i will either answer in per son have one of my associate editors or depart ment Heads answer or put the matter up to the proper official or person in charge thereof no mat Ter where he May live or who he May be and Forward his answer just As soon an it is received. 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