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Lethbridge Herald (Newspaper) - August 21, 1918, Lethbridge, Alberta a- CARING FOR GERMAN PRISONERS-MOVING TO ATTACK (3) "Stunter," the clever rrcscct of the tanks corps,-who, owing to his experience gained by ndmg m tanks can balance him- ^M^y;:;;y:i^/L^!0^ self on the bars of a motor cycle \^/^ able for tho growing of grain cropa to supply much of th� nootli of tha world, the tliroo prtlrl* provlnoM! Albertn. Saakatchewan nad MnDitoha, aro capable ot lupportlng raUUona of cattle, aheej) and hoga. Many of the sottloru. however, have found It dlffl-cult to get a start, or have not been convinced ot the poasiblUtlea of Itv� � stock, but these obatacle'a're'being :eradually overcome by the uil0tBijc�i lot the provincial eovernment, and isuch cooapanlda aa tho Canadian Pa-'clflc Railway, Although still tn an experimental stage the schemes, that have been adopted In Manitoba and Alberta are proving very successful. Through Its Department of AsrlcuUure the Manitoba Government buys cows and sells ther on credit to farmers. During the first year or so soma 3,500 cows were supplied In tlfle manner to tarm-ers. Atoost tho whole pt them went lo bbb tiarl oE tJi� provlnea and the Hueeeaa Qf iho seJiews Ib seuo In tho fftot that 111 thesa-tllBlHcts four uaw cwamei'leii aad two uheose fttctorles liuvo lienn ciil.'ibliHiied, neatdov, the ci-ettmorlert of V/laiiU'eS also report Isrgtr iihlpm�ntci of milk bqc. croam from thla i�vrltory. At the present Wm* the govcrnraent 1b not nblo to deliver cowa H9 {?at 01 applications for. them aro recolvad and -has now orders on hand fo* about 3,000 anl-m�lB~a fact which ihowa tho popularity of the fichome. The plan' adopted by the Govern-m�nt of Alberta laiomewhat different from that of Manitoba In its method of operation. It 1b embodied in an act of parliament, which, briefly stated, provides that any five or more farmers may malto a Joint promissory note Tor an amount not to exceed live hundred dollars for each signer (or a term of five years. The Provincial Treasurer guarantees the payment of these notes. The money, tnua bov-rowed must be invested in female cattle, except that the borrowers may If they choose Invest not more than ten per cent, of their total amovtnt In SI pure bred bull. The cattle must bo branded with the government brand, and, with thoir femr-lo progony, remain tha property of the govorument until the note is paid. Tho male pro-seny becomes the property of the pur-choaer immediately. This scheme has been In operation a little more than a year, and tvlroady more than seven thousand head of cows have been placed in the hands of fttrmere, Not Only has the scheme enabled ihem to increase their incomes considerably and enhance the prosperity of the province, but it has also shown the possibilities of live stock In the country, v,with the result that they are be-ing acquired in increasing numbers by farmers outside ot the plan as well.' By rojisonotthe enormous crop of fodder that can be raised in tho irrigation dlstrlcqj that are being developed by the Canadian Paciflc Hallway in Southern Alberta, the ralBing of live stoVk 1b one of the., moat profltable branchen of farmin'i; thgre. This is recognized by the company and In order to encourage tVie practice ot ml.xed farming among settlors on Irrigated land, It assists Iniyers ot its lands. If lliey are able to comply with certain conditions, by advancing live stock to the value of SI,000, on a cash payment of twenty ner cent, credit being given for tho balance. All these schemes aro proving of great bonoflt to tho settler In^Westorn Canada. Their full value to the country will not be ^apparent for  number of years, but mcanwhllo tbelf influci^ce is demonglrating to tao bcI< tier that the possibilities ot live stock raising in Western Canada are equally as good. If not' better oven, tbau tho growing of grain. St -: /'It- ;