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Lethbridge Daily Herald (Newspaper) - April 20, 1918, Lethbridge, Alberta f SATCnOAY, APHIL 20, 1'.)],S 'j^fK LET.mnmnK daily Fn:p.ALo pace ninb HE DESTR OF THE GOPHER f, Of inamiimlH I'omid in (lie IM-ovitice of Alboi'ta tlio goiihiT und lliu Wnst-ern Spertnopliil'-JH inn (hu iiioKl des-ti-iictlvi? to growing i:i'c)pn. 'I'luiso jiOHlH ;ire vni-y lirnlllic, Jiiul, if not il(iK!ri),VK(], llicy Olil liu' crops iiroiiiul llipir i)iirrowii, wlioln fields of iKvuin bi'lTiR Koiiictim(>s compli'li'ly dca-Iroyc.d. 'I'lioru urp llu'RO vuriRlluM of Kpor-liiopl'ili.'n iind oiui (if KopliorH foiiiiil in l)jr, provinfo. Tin.: Ilii-ix! v;i]'ii:ll(?h of SpiM-mojjUilDH lire c'.illi-d; lUi-lmnl-soii'h Fruiiklln'H and Ihf Strljied iiy'-r niopliflt!. Tho >!;oplu!r is calUid the CJrey l^ockftt fjophni'. HI(diiirdHOii'H Hixniiiophlli': Sonic tliiios oalled Plli'korliill, Yellow (So-])her, Yellow Uroiind Si|iilrrel, und ricUol HIn Oolilu^r. I.i'iij-'lh, 1:' Inclios; color, tiiwiiy. TlilK viirlcty of .Spni-moiil\ilo va jio-jiiiiarly hut liicorroclly i^allcd tii� ko-])lu!i-. It Is thi! inosl iiuiiic.rotis iiiid nioBl, widely disstriljiited of till tlio vnrletles. It In found cliiiraclcrlsli-j ciiUy ovar iill of llio oiuMi prairie coiinli'y of 111'-! Hoiillicru iiarl of tht; { pi'ovince and uh farnoi'tli a:-llic. Hal i le i RIyer. inajend of lieconiiiiK scarrt; j with tlie progress of mcI i ImiicnL it in-! iTeasHH along tin; trailK, in urain ci-ops j and in tlie nelKliborliood of ilie gar-; Ions of aniall towns and villages. Itj Is llio most doRtnicllve. of all (lie var-1 lotien. It (f a btirrowJjiK and liiljernnlins enlnial. Us winter store of food consists of Rrain and weed sepils, or ve-sctnhlea. It in .Mareli or April,; according to llie nature of the Hoas'on. It is most easily poisoned in the spring, when rlie winter supiily of food Itj exiiniisted and hefore groen food nppear.o. Prunklin's Spormopliilo; also called I Scnil) Gopher, WhisllInK Cionlier. ! Oreyelieek�d Sporniophile. flrey ! lirounrt Squirrel, flnshy-tailed Ground , Sritiirrel. Ijenslli, II inelios; color! of liead. Kreyisji: httck, yellowish  hrown mixed with grey: (nil. greyish | and sqtiirrol-Iike. l'"oiind in the hiisUy j or sparsely wooded disti'icts of the I central part of tlie province. Food and ! Iialnts sfiniiar to those of lllchardson's j SpermopUilo. It amiears in the spring ' later than the variety iiieiitioned above. Striped Spcrniophine, also called Striped Ground Stiiiirrel and Striped (jopher. IjenEtli, 11 inches; I'olor of hack, dark brown witli stripes of dull yelloivi.^li white, with .'U'Ols sini-ilur in color lo tJie striiies. This animal is found in prairie country and is '-tmsidcred the least destructive of the ;:pecies. Its burrow is I very shallow, ami is in the form of a tunnel, running hori3;)ntally a few inches below (he surface. It is s(!l-dom found exeept on wild lanil, and is driven out by cultivation. Grey l^.opher: also called N'orthern Pocket Gopher, Mole Gopher, Alole. Length 7 inches; color, dark greyish. This animal, individually, is proba-tly as destructive to growing crops aK Richardson's Spcriiiopliile.  Owing, however, to being less numerous. It Ito..' *i ndi on the whblri 'very destructive" The greatest damage caused by this animal is clue lo its habit of Ijurrowing underground, destroying the roots of growing platits, and throwing up innumerable mounds of linely imlver-.iKod soil, thus smot'.u-riiftc growing Iilants and interfering will) the operation of farm machinery. Natural Enemiec. ! Alany gophers arc desri'oyed by j natural enemies. Of tliese. probably hawks, nwi.s r.nd prairie'wolves ^:oj-| otesi kill the grealesl number. Weas-' els. .foxes, badgers, snakes, dogs tiiid domestic oats, etc.. take their toll. AVhere I'.av.Tcs are found hovering near the fariu they should not be frighlon-eil away, or kllleil, unless they arc dcslroyins iioultry,, even though 'I'lie Game Act iirovhlos liiat goshawks. pigeon-hawkR. duck-hawks, cooper-hawks, and hawk-owls may be killed at any time. Power* of Municipalities. Councils of local Improvement districts and rural municipalities are empowered by the provincial atatutea to make provision to combat the gopher nuisance. Local Inipruvemeut Districts: Section tlna of "An Act Stcspecting I^ocal linprovemonts' being Chapter 11 of the Statutes at 1�07, provides as fol-. lowti: "The coiuieil of each is any green ve.geinble matter available gopjiers and Siicniio))hlle v,-ill not partake of the grain readily. Tlie best season to secure rrv-iults ir-respiHi'.ive of melliods eiiniloyed is in the early spring before vegcjtutioii starts anil v.iiile the animal is more or less voracious afti.'r hibei'jiatlon. Poison should always be placed at least !)ix Inches into the hole, .Do not aeatter it on the around around the hole aa it may result in the destruction of come valuable game or Insectivorous birds, or domestic birds or animals. -Ml vessels or tools used in the ))i'eparation of Ihe jioisoncd grain should, wliellier in use or not, be kejil where they will not bi! used for any other purjiose and when Ihe oper.i-tor is throiigii with lliem they should bo thoroughly (^leaned. The following are some of llie dil'fi^rent inetlioils which have been employed in making an effective preparation for Ihe iles-Iruction of gopbeiH or other V(!rmiii which arc fond of grain: Recipes. 1, Dissolve one ounce of slrych-nlne or sulphaio of strycliiiiiii! in one rjuart of viiu^gar to wliich lias lieen :iil-df.'ii one (|uart of hot water. ^Illr Willi a slick iinlil all l!ie hI ryclmiiic is dissolved, lioiling if nccesHtiry. Add one pound of sugar or one pim of molaKses and a tetispoiin full of oil of anise. I'oiir the liol, solution over half a biisliel of ivIieiU. anil add eiiuugU hot water to cover all llie v,-lieal. Let | tlie gi-ain stand in llic .olulion for 'J4 hours i:nd if any KOliiiioii is stili I hen uriaii.'iorlied, add a /lao'U'ii) of siiorl.s and stir the whole niixtiire well. I'm ;i. taljlespoonful of the moist giaiii well into the entraiir hole. Mix thoroiiglil.x r.w oi>;ir- of sirychnino alkaloid i rmwilci-iri i ;iiid one ounce baking S(iil:i. Sifl ihi.-; inio iliree quarters iiint oi iii.n, Imi starch liaste. and stir to n cii any iiKiS'v Tlic starch paste is iiiailc h;. (ii^.'^ulvini; oni"; lieaiiing tablesiioonriil m ih-y ,i.;loss raiii gopher I Kalvani:i'"d �J.iiph iiiii coiiveiiii'iil. starch in a little 1 hen added' to i lire. 11 r boiling water. Hoif aiMi �: ii-ly until a clear tliin iia.s!: i Add one (|Uarler pint In ,iv.^ nip and a table..ipooi;iiil �;!' wlilcli i., I iii:i: (,:�; '��"'�-lani- j : 1.JIK:c;1.| crjr-.l sv ' �1 ���mvic I for larg(!r i|uanlltlc:i a tigirL'^^imoorTi l)0: ;'l''.'ill); ^C'f.'l) '..Mr:' III a li!' M'li I i-jicc. ^^�a.; ridea .-'.nil from lie p,ii-II i-iil ia ry some liiOiillis a;;o lo ,mi to :iie front in Franci.. ciiirasiN VANCOUVER m STRIKE Council Itel'iLscs Tlieni ii Ue-(|iu'.s( I'"oi- An IniM-ease in W:i.tJri".s \'a;i.'.uiver. ,\pi-;l L'm.- l-'iillo\ving ihe I'cci'in I'l' of 111'' 'ily cijiiiicil to ;;i'aiii an imreasc oi' c-.i',:- a day ; i all lalini'cr.: :iiii! iilluM'.-: cn;ca.!;eil ill (lie ciiy'.-, oiilsific work. (Ik- i'ivic I'Jiildn.n cc!^' i'liioii a! .1 largely mcriiiiL', Imsi iiiglit look a ^UlU*:l' v.ili. i)\i>r .Ml p"r cciil rif tlie mem-Iji'i'sliip c.f ih{: union. wliii.-li includes practically a:; civ>r' employees, votBtl in favor of a walk out to enforce its deaiands. The resiill of ihe strike vote will I)e official!.!' conveyed lo the (dty council eillier at its :-^pecial mCCtinK ihls morning or al Ihe regular meeting next. .Monday evening, with the intimation ilit,. il may not be loo late for tile council to reconsider Its refusal to grant llie men's demand. The walk oiii. should il go Inio effect, would embrace all men eiigageil in street cleaning, scavenging worl;, svaler worlis mainleiianre, city repair slio]).'. and bridge lenders. [MEW RAILWAY PRESIDENT SI. I'aiil, .Vlinn., April ll),--.lule .M. Ilannafni'd. has been reelected presi-deul of the .Xorthern I'acific Hallway. Howard I';iliotl was elected chairman of Ihe e.\eciitlve <:ommittee. -~ -------------1 nBB5asgen:a';xatTiTtn-A-aaaiaMK??Bi^^ Nikon Tractors are Good Tractors Built for long life. Mechanism all enclosed, running in oil. Dust proof. Great tractive ability with light weight. Not a soil packer. All parts designed for rigorous service.  Nilson tractors carry no dead weight. Prove our claims by investigating these tractors. Repair Parts at Lethbridge and Calgary W. F. HEIDEL ? The Trac''or that's Different-and Better i^PPY FARMER 12-24 H.P.-CAPACITY 3 PLOWS PERFECT BALANCE. SIMPLICITY. LIGHT WEIGHT, AC-CtSSIBILITY, STRENGTH, SHORT TURN, SURPLUS POWER, STEEL CUT GEARS. RUNNING IN OIL, HYATT ROLLER BEARINGS, SELF-GUIDING IN FURROW, HIGH AND CONSTANT PLOWING SPEED. WILL DO ANYTHING OTHER TRACTORS WILL DO-AND DO IT BETTER. WILL DO MORE AND BETTER WORK THAN THE BEST HORSES. DEALERS SELLING HAPPY FARMER TRACTORS GET THE CREAM OF THE TRADE-AND THE NET PROFITS. The Perfect Kerosene Burner-Does All Farm Work The Happy Farmer burns kerosene or distillate. The twin cyl. horizontal cast en bloc motor gives a guaranteed power of 24 h.p. on the belt, 12h.p-on the drawbar, a t 2^ m.p.h. Mechanical force feed oiling. Atwater-Kent ignition. Cut steel spur gears. HYATT ROLLER BEARINGS throughout in dust-proof cages. Double drive on rear wheels. Cast steel, one piece unbreakable frame. Automatic steering. Swinging type drawbar; no side-draft. Total weight, 3,700 lbs. Happy Farmer Tractors were easily thfe leaders in 1917 popularity, and they will hold the lead in 1918 sales. Territory is going fast-better get in the running. ' ^' GET ACQUAINTED WITH THE HAPPY FARMER IN THE FIELD. Happy Farmer Tractor Co. Ground Floor, Slieriock Building. Seventh Street 3., Lethbridge Some of R: F. Dygert s Prizewinning Percheron and Belgian Stallions These horses won the following prizes at the Calgary Horse Show: First and second, championship, grand championship and reserve championship in Belgicins, champioDship in two year old Bolf^-ian, championship and grand championship in Belgian mares, first, second and third in F^ercheion mares, championship and reserve championship in three year old Percherons; second in four year olds, and fourth and fifth in aged Percheron.s. The Belgian mare which took the championship is Lady Carnot, from the famous $40,000 CaiiJol and ha� taken prizes all over the country, having captured prizes at the international shov^ at Chi ago. ?f, A fine Belgian stallion, Cadeau, was recently sold to Griffith Bros., of Travers, for $4,000. This stallion was sired by the famous Old Paul, the greatest Belgian that ever lived. You should secure one of these horses. Our prices and term� will proSiect you,__ We also have a number of young short horn bulls . F. DYGERT l^m OR PHONE 530, LETHBRIDGE, ALIA, BARN ON THIRD AVENUE, OFFICE 634 NINTH ST. S. ;