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Lethbridge Herald (Newspaper) - May 4, 1918, Lethbridge, Alberta SATURDAY, MAY-I. KMS Tins LETHpRJDfll'; DAILY HKIULD PAGE NTNB HOW MUCH LAND SHOULD YOU OWN? A I'ai'iiblc from Loo Tolstoi Which la Applicable to Alberta. Tho liellibrlrtRo Iloruld la Indnbted '0 Prcbklont Murnocli of llio Board of Trade tor the lolIowiiiK, story. "Wo liuve all boeu llilnUliiB a sood deal lately on tho preaont economic .slt-imtfoii, and ono wlmt may liappcti jg'.tter tho war," said ^Ir. .Marnoch. � "Wo aoinetliiiCB wonder what v;laH,s of nmn and wpiiien are likely to bo as \noar happlnOBH and contentment as 'ordinary mortals may (iver'be. Wo liad already � BOOH, iin the ocononilc crlrtlB before the war, that a far.mcr on his own little farm, no matter how HniaU Ills crops wore, cotild at lonst hy carofiil management and tove-thougUt prpvl'dt! fdod and ralnment for hlmsBl.f'and his famllyV 'What : iibonl afterthe war. whenprieea will, i sooner or later* fall from their pres-ont hlRh lovDlB? The faitmer ,wlio con-inntH hluiself with a half-aectlon, which he can work largely- with his own laI)or and w.ltli the aasistmicn of i ills family, wll be tho happiest man. ! Whoever owns and tries to work nioro runs a Great risk of being swamjied i ))y labor troubles. Some oho or two larger owners will be able to get j along,'but that will be then. Just as ! now-not because they are farmers j pui'e and fllmplo, but because they { have a genius for larger "buslneas and I tlio management of labor; and very I few farmers aro so endowed." "I think we are about to discover the truth of. what Poor Hichard wrote In his almanack: "He who by the plow would thrive. Himself must either hold or drive." Our l)eat raniiora long ago camo to the conclnslon that the closest approach to thrift and safety in this ; district lay In a steadily pursued' plan I of aummor-fallowing not less than one I third -of Ihoir acreage each year. A i half-section londs Itself admirably to ' that program; a hundred acres sum-merfallow, a hundred acres first , year's wheat, and u hundred acres in I a following grain crop; leaving the I odd tWBtlty acres tor buildings, barn-[ yard and a pasture.' This translation of a tale by T.oo Tolstoi is a parable that is worthy of the attoutlon of our farmers, it Is a very readable and entertaining tale, anyway. Maybe with city tax salves looming ahead some of us townspeople  may read a moral in : It Hoo. ant to wait lor half the money, when a travellini); n\erc!iant \ stopped at 1 aliom'fl lioii.se to rest and feed his horses. As they sat drinking tea and chattlmv, tlie morchant tald I'.ilioni lie was on bis way from tho lands of tlio Hashkirs, where he hail purchased some five (housanil acrps loi- which he paid only one thousand roubles. Haliom questioned lilm 'further,' and tho- morchuiit told him how he had Hindo friotid.s Willi (lie Kldors by distributing a hundred rubles' worth of dressing gowns and carpets and a cliost of tea, and how ho had treated them with wine. Tho land coat^ !hlm oiify about tuiolve cents an Acre. lie .'vhowed the 'deed and "told Paliom that 11 bordered on a Htrciiiii and Was fine meadow land: iiiid ;ih I'aliom eoh,-^! tinued to iiuokIIoh liiin he suld: "There Is plfMity of liuid Ihure; you icoulfl not walk over II In n year, ill all belongs to Ihe lUishUIrs, and the pcoph^ iirc! iioi intelligent; tliey are more like slicop. I daresay you might get land fiir notiilnij." Thus PaKom came to llie at home and look only Ills iVDrkiiKin. They sto))ped in town, bought a^c'liest, of lea ami somi' presents ancf wine, just as tin; nKirchaut had advl.-;ed; then, aftei' travelling Ibreo hiuulred miles, he came on the seventli day to I he land.-; of the llaslikirs. Just As Stated. lOverything proved to be as tlio merchant had told tliem. They found tho people on the aloiiij,-. l>,v ijic �side-of a river living !ii f'li .�iivoi-nd carta; they ate no brrad iind tlid not culMvate flitflr lamls, r.inie and horses .were roaniini; nljuni; tlu! foals were tied to i!i.' riu-is and the mares were drlvii id Dicni the murf!s and fcrmciin I iii,. iniiu Into kounilsa; the woeni' in i'Diirml' It while the nion did uu-.nir,:', hul drluk lea and kounil.s:-.. m ijium;iii,. and play Iho flute. Tiny IuiiIkmI Sleek and Jolly, and all inc. mii!ii;;ht long lived without ciirc ! h.�^ Ignorant anil did not sp. i; i , hut wm-o (|ui(o good n:.-nn-d. a-.: soon a.-t they saw I'ahoin liuy roiinded liiin, and an i'lin iiri'ti.i-was found. Pahont said Mm; Ik- Ii uI come to buy laud. Ti;. iil-i i (liein; H.-ilioiu iva;; Invlti "1 inii ilnji-bc.-,l cart, seated on cuii.'i,; .�.ml jnipportcd w-llh down |:\!!'iv.r.; i,a and koumiss wore ofl'i'nd him; a .slu'op was klilc^U and he w-as regaled v.Mtb* ri'.utlon. Theft -be took out Ills pri'rJi'ius and tlialrlbiitod tlieiii. The l!�.�hkir3 vveve gr(!'.itly plniiiicil. 1 'i'licy �,iii.suiiibl'j;toni to h.iiior our guests ami J to iiialio roliu-ns for tlieir gifl.-*. \nn have Ih'.cu genermiH Id iis -iioiv lell ui what you v.-ould l!l:e In liavr." :.'iiil I'alioiil. "1 would like licsi, of all ;-'HUi^ of your land. W'e an; lalli't I rallici- cj-owileri on ours, and bet-ides it i is exluiiisliMl. Ytm have plenty of It, [and it is rich; 1 hiiv lo'ver .-si.'.Hi aiu-lik'' il." �1 h'! inleriircler traiislatid his wunl.; and iho poiipio talked Ihi,' I matli.i' (ivi'r. I'aliojn could nol iin-i derstand wliut tlicy said; li" only jsav.- lliein talkiliK iind luugliiug. I'"iually they wore silent; all looked lit him. while the interpreter said, "Tlicy ivlsli me to tdi you that they iiru willing to give you all the ianrl you like; jUf,' iioliit uui what suits you be.it, and il is youi-.s." .-Xgalii tl'.ey talised tlie iiv.iltcr ovtV and I'ahoio daw liie>- wvvt: not agree.d. He asked 111'; liiterpreloi- what tboy v. PTC dispiitiiig ab'oul. and he told liiiii tlial some said ibey ought to liie l-;i ^'adtially, or to beUriSibled In �way about it. For InBtaueo when tb^re was good lanti to bq had, tho peasants hired It. at once, giving no oi)e time to buy It, and bo prevont oil him from gelling what he want' .eti. Once ho' and a morcbant did hiiy a! meadow ami jiloughed it, but lljo former owners wenit "Ijack on. tlieli- bargain, and bo aii, (,h^ric�s and terms \^p|ro^^j||y'pu. , v Only 11 Stallions and Mares Left " See These Next Week WRITE OR PHONE 530, LETHBRIDGE, ALIA. BARN ON THIRD AVENUE, OFFICE 634 NINTH ST. S. ;