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Hereford Reporter (Newspaper) - March 2, 1901, Hereford, Texas Amp if you want an excellent location come to Hereford Hereford deaf Smith county Texas March 2, Itoi $1.50 per year Stringfellqw-huu1e hardware cd we vol. I. No. 2 4 Ink deadly Loco Weed. 4 i a a s t a description of the Plant together with an analysis made by or. A of w. K. Lewis of Colorado. A a it copied from the Colorado Stockman and published by request. A other than a description of this one celled seed pods instead of two. So called poisonous Plant with a few i of this kind we have not seen Large vague references As to the Peculiar quantities in the state where patches effect upon animals literature on covering several acres of the wooly the subject is limited while on the j Loco Weed Are too numerous. Both other hand presumptive guesses Are of these plants Flower in february superabundant. In 1873 the United in the same bulletin we and a de states department of agriculture was ascription of How Stock Are affected in furnished with a specimen of the j the following language a horses plaid which they respectfully acknowledged in their 1874 year Book asking for outside observations and notes. So it passed on until 1878 when other specimens were sent and Analysed but without result but the a other parasites or such As Are caused same year we find in the american in Man by the continued use of alcohol tobacco or morphine. Two stages Are recognized. The first which May last several months is a period of hallucination or mania accompanied by defective sight during which the animal May perform All sorts of antics. After acquiring a taste for the Plant it refuses every other kind of food and second stage is ushered in. This is a lingering period of emaciation characterized wholesale and retail dealers in Bain and Mitchell wagons barbed wire hardware water supplies implements and windmills. Stores at Amarillo Canyon City and Hereford Texas. Jack Harwell proprietor of cattle and sheep Are affected by Loco but the principal damage is done to horses. The effect is not acute but in its slow Progress simulates diseases caused by bacteria Worms or Ord a Saloon Fine specialities. Wines whiskers and cigars journal of pharmacy december number a concise report from a miss c. M. Watson Ann Arbor mich., in which she claims to have isolated a Small Quality of an alkaloid and resin but on futher experimentation 160 grains of the dried Root was taken in 40 Grain doses and that within two hours without any perceptible effect and one and a half ounces of the fluid extract wis Given at one dose to a Kitten two months old without effect. This brings us to he year 1898, when the department of agriculture takes it again in hand and this is what they do. Prof. V. K. Chesnut chief in division of botany in bulletin no. 20 describes the Plant As belonging to the pea family of a Silvery White color and a Silky leafed perennial eight to twelve inches High with an abundance of foliage springing out in a Cluster from a Short Cej fral Stem close to the ground. Tip Nowers Are pea shaped and usually purple. The pod is distinctly two celled. The Plant is a native of the great Plains Region extending from West Texas and new Mexico northward to South Dakota and Wyoming. Such is the description and habitat of the Plant. There is still another species of this noxious Plant differing Only in general appearance growing More erect Branc less with leaflets of an Oblong rather than an Ovate shape with a. G. Mcadams Bois do arc dealer in posts blocks and lumber Sash doors screens 1 lockets and building paper Texas Brick paints Lime and Cement. By sunken eyeballs lust Erless hair and feeble movement. The animal Dies As if from starvation in periods ranging from a few months to one or two years. This is All very True with explicit description and is a Strong endorsement of our finding As will be seen later on. Now for the poisonous properties. The same article goes on to say that chemists and medical men have studied the Plant with much care but until two years ago their efforts threw Little Light on the nature of the Poison. In 1895, however or. Carl Ruedi isolated an acid Loco acid from it to which he attributed the poisonous qualities of the Plant. Here it leaves i us unhurt but unarmed and is about the fullest and latest treatise founded i on Good authority at Haply our individual experience through sex j per mentation and observation goes further than this which to our satisfaction has Long since settled the question. I said Haply for it Hereford certainly was by Chance that one sum Day i rening in the fall of 1887, wha e stopping at a ranch some 40 mile s nor t n of Here i Encl need to Mee t the manager of the capital sync i Cate ranch who St pred Over nigh t at tiie same place. When after supper a general conversation Appe training to ranches and cattle was erne red into which finally Dew plants drifted onto the subject it was agreed that i shot Gate the Plant and up when vesti t sus Pons that re Sui dete it Resol note Emir Aiho Gest ions. So we commenced work by gathering a Large Quantity of the Plant and sending specimens to Washington also enlisting the services of an experienced chemist with facilities for the thorough analysis of the Plant and furnishing him with an unlimited Supply. This carried us Over a period of five or six months chiefly owing to the necessary Waits for the plants to Bloom february or uprise Carer Large Quantity Belladonna Etc. We accepted the but nitwit Husam pression $40 and conclude a Page t

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