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THE BILLINGS COUNTY PIONEER THE STORY THUS FAR: Flicka's colt, |ong overdue, is born. Ken McLaughiin, her 12-year-old owner, brings her in from the range to the warm barn. The foal is wh/to, and evidently a throwback to the Albino, a wild stallion that Is Fllcka's crandsire. Ken, who had hoped that his colt would develop into a racer, Is trou- bled when he realizes that it has so many wild characteristics In Its nature. Next morning there are guests for break- test. Colonel Harris has brought his mars to be bred with the Goose Bar stallion, Banner. Charles Sargent, a mimsnalre horse breeder, asks the colonel why he didn't choose his Appalach/aa as sirs. The colonel replies that he wants hie solt to becoms x tough cavalry horse. CHAPTER IV "But think what you charge as a stud fee," said the Colonel. "Two hundred and fifty bucks! That's too much for a poor. soldier." "What I charge is one thing and what I get is another," growled Charley, rolling and lighting a ciga- rette. "Run out, Ken," ordered his (ather, "and tell the sergeant to drive up to the stables and put the MAnY OeH ARA w.N.o. F EXTUR I Hearing this, Howard and Ken [rock. This was the highest point for looked at each other, Ken blank and miles around. From here his long- disconcerted, and Howard making range eyes could see the farthest fantastic faces of alarm and con- moving speck and his razor-keen tern. He mouthed silently, "When sense of smell catch and identify are you going to tell?" And Ken all that was on the wind. He went mouthed savagely back, "Shut up!" The boys saw their mother's eyes upon them and stopped their face-making. Ken was very thoughtful. The morning was going to be cro with excitement. Bringing Banner in. Breeding the Colonel's mare. He up the steep sides without variation of pace or action, the long smooth muscles under his shining coat rip- piing effortlessly. He stood on the peak, forefeet planted on the topmost spur of rock, his body sloping down. He lifted and swung his head, but he didn't get the began to feel worried. Events al- scent. He went down again and be- ways got themselves tangled around gun circling, nose pointed straight you so that things came out wrong, up, tail high and pluming over his Perhaps it would be better to save haunches. Above him the deep blue his surprise until all this other stuff sk~v bent low and the solid white was over. cumulus clouds hurried across it as Rob added, "And you're right in if they were squeezed between earth wanting a sorrel, Mort. A sorrel's and sky. the hardest of all to break and train, The mares and colts grazed but when you've done it, you've got placidly. a horse." He pushed his chair back. "What about you fellows riding out The movement of a stallion's head with me to get Banner and the when he Is searching the wind ls mares?" something to see--never still a toe- "The mares?" repeated Harris. taunt. Swinging, lifting high, higher "Why bring in the mares? Banner's --even straight up to the sky, the the one we want." nostrils wide and pulsing. He coy- mare in the little east corral. She Rob looked at him, an odd qulzzi- can wait there until I get Banner eal gleam in his eye, and Charley ill." "Gee!" exclaimed Howard. "Get- ling Banner in!" Ken went out and saw a car and trailer, two uniformed men in the front seat and a blanketed mare in the trailer. He gave the message and returned to the dining room. "Besides," Colonel Harris was saying, "your Appalachian is as pampered and petted and sheltered ----- as a movie star, with his special pasture and meadows and feed and stables for every sort of weather and season--he don't have to think any more--everybody thinks for him." "Pampered/" roared Charley in- dignantly. "Pampered so that he produces one winner after the other! Country Squire, who won at Tia Juana in 1934! Spinnaker Boom, who won the handicap last year at Santa Anita, and a filly--Coquette--in the two-year.old class---" 'I know, I know all that," said Colonel Harris. "He's a good stud for racing stock. But this tough fel- low of Rob's here---Banner--that's the sort of fellow for my money, thinks for himself, takes care of his mares on the range in all sorts of weather, knows what Rob is think- ing and doing a mile away--lives like a robber baron up there in the hills with his harem--" "Talk about robber barons," said Rob, "remember that stallion they called the Albino? There was a rob- ber baron for you--reigned like a king, no one to think for him! ers the ground at a swift, effortless trot or canter, always in a' circle, Sargent drawled, "You don't really so that he misses no inch of the field understand our western broncs of scent. Better Handling of Range Helps Forage Grazing Plans Aid to Natural Reseeding More than 73,PA4,000 acres of graz- Lug lands are being conserved, de- ycleped and utilized under range management plans which are a part of the government's agricultural con- servatton program. Better forage for livestock is a natural result of better handling of accessible range. At the same time, soil on the range and on nearby cropland receives increased pro- leer/on. Proper utilization of rangeland requ/res a carefully worked-out "use plan" involving a number of fac- tors. In widest use are such prac- tices as rotating grazing, natural reseeding through deferred grazing, artificial reseeding by drilling, broadcasting and harrowing in suit- able locations, development of prop- erly spaced, adequate and depend. able water supplies, eradication of destructive plants, proper fencing to "What kind of an eye, dad?'~ "An eye like Rocket's. Charley, remember that fast black mare I bad that you almost bought?" "You mean, that I bought and you almost delivered," corrected Char- Icy. gaits." Rob grinned and turned to Mort Sargent removed his big hat and Harris to explain. "He bought this scratched his head ref~ctively. "She mare from me for five hundred don looks a dandy-and I'm sure obliged facilitate uniform distribution of stock, and water spreading meas- ~ ~ ~ . urea to divert run-off water and ----- . -.--. ~ around, and headed for the up- # prevent erosive action, proaching horsemen, but wide of f Proper management of one range ~- them and behind, so that, as Rob l area may require only a few of kept glancing backwards and to the / these practices, while another will . .-- sides, well knowing what to ex- ! need many or all of them in order peeL, he suddenly saw the stallion ~ YES S/~ CHAP.LIE WHEN in pursuit of them coming more .- . /I ',[ ~ THE RAN6E tfi PI~OPERLy dately now, cautious, with his high 'l / I springing trot and his steady eye [ Aioa rOP-,ASE,/~ I I edonthem I He ~as full of questions and I ~' f. ~ ~ ~ I looked to Rob for the answers. What [ ~ ~ I "~'J~','~ [ was up? Was he to bring the mares,'~t~ ~-~ "~ in? Was the band to be moved to [ ~t~q~t-~J[7/'/////~ jV~ [ another pasture? Or was it to bell ~~r~~(~ [ just an exhibition? tl ~~ ~-~-27~-~<~~"~ l The men drew rein and turned to i] ~ ~~-"/~C I meet him. Both Sargent and Harris I ~.~t~ I had seen the horse on former occa- I sions, but it wasimpossible not to I- I feel excitement and to respond with I =I~/~T I altered expressions as the intelli- ] ~ ~-~~~X,~ I gent animal drew near, taking in the [~ ~='L" %J ] group with pricked ears and an in- I " ~ #~'~"J vestigating curiosity. Rob had often wondered how the to return the range soft to its origi- stallion read his thoughts. Possibly hal fertility. Reseeding, both natur- by the swing and tilt of his body as al and artificial, is an essential to he rode. ClOse observation will dis- most rangeland. close how continuously the body, by While natural reseeding through a hundred little movements, indl- deferred grazing is held to be the cates thoughts and intentions. Or most practical method, excellent re- possibly, it was by the direction of suits are reported from artificial re- his glances. To a certain extent, of seeding on lands where Sufficient course, by his words and the tone remnants of desirable forage plants of his voice and definite signals, did not remain. Robbed, pillaged, helped himself to "Look at him!" exclaimed Char- whatever he wanted--" ley Sargent. "The son-of-a-gun!"E tenslon O11 Can "What became of him anyway?" Banner searched the wind "Some horse," said Harris. heard anything about him for Take Banner now--this tough boy Came up behind us--' years." you've been bragging about--why Rob said, "His mares are proba- "I'll wager he's around some- it would just about break his heart bly back yonder." He gestured over where, lusty and wicked as ever, to be separated from his harem, his shoulder. "'No oats for you to- with a band of mares picked from Rob wouldn't have the heart to do day, old bo~--" Banner knew that all ever the state," said Rob. "And it, would you, Rob?" already. There were never oats the finest! He sure knew how to Harris grinned. "Well--sure. I when his master came a-horseback ---only when he came in the auto- ~Cop~er ~l*e-~ pick 'em! You know, we had himspend my life on horseback any- mobile. Rob adde~ "Where's your in a corral once." way, and now that I'm off on a family?" and, turning slowly, "Pity someone didn't have sense little visit for a bit of relaxation, I Fi~r. 1 enough to keep him," said Charley. suppose the thing to do is ride some caught sight of the band of mares a mile away. He touched spur to ~. Oil Can Equipped with Wire "If I'd been there--" more. I hope you can give me ahis horse. "If you'd been there," said Rob good mount." '~Fnere they arel Want to see There are usually our or two 0[! sarcastically, "it might have been Rob turned to Howard. "What them, Mort?" holes on .all machinery that the you he ran down and damn near horses are up in the corrals now, "I sure do." killed instead of me." Howard?" average ell can will uot re~eh. Tht~ "Hurt you any?" "asked Colonel '~raggert and some geldings, They cantered over the range, the can be remedied by taking s copper Harris, and Rob leaned forward and Bronze--Sherry--Highboy--" stallion following, running in half wire about three lnchea longer than parted the black hair on one temple. "Run up there, Howard, and tell circles around them, crowding close, the spout aud bend at right augles, A short white scar showed. "I Gus to saddle Taggert and Bronze sniffing at each of the horses, as shown in the illustration. The dodged him at the last minute, but and Sherry." As they drew rein near the band bent end is inserted into the eau, he left me a keepsake--one of his Half an hour later they were in of mares, Charley's gelding swung and apout is placed over the wire. ~ront hoofs." " the corrals ready to mount. Char. around to face Banner and theyThe bent piece will prevent wire "Gee--re--re--" said Ken. ley Sargent, as always, in his long spoke--hail-squeal, half-grunt. Both from falling out but will allow the "And I'll never forget the look of Cheyenne pants and wide,brimmed of them reared and suddenly Char- oil to follow wire int~ oil hole de- his eyes," continued Rob. "I saw hat, and the Colonel as neatly turned Icy was having t.rouble in keeping sired. them close--too close--a wickedout in breeches and boots aa Rob his seat as the two began a play~fl eye." himself, our choice," said fight' striking a't each ther with I: Postwar Mach,neryl "You can have y their forefeet, nipping over the head, Rob generously, trying for the neck. , e?" asked Char '~'hey're old friends,' said Rob, Harvester "Which do you rid ley suspiciously, grinning. "This blood-bay Taggert--you can Cha/'ley leaned out and made a have her--you never felt such swing at the stall/on. "Get away to you. But a mare--no, I think I'll take one of the geldings--you take the mare, Harris--" , "What a grand horse," said the Colonel looking her over with inter- est. "All right, I'll take that big mare." He mounted her and settled himself in the saddle. Charley mounted Shorty and Rob lars provided I could deliver her safe and sound. She was a hell one of the colts out of my mare Gypsy, sired by the Albino---and she had that same wild, wicked eye of his with the white ring around it--- well, I got her in the truck but when we went under the sign out there by the highway, she reared up and brained herself against it." Bronze, and the three men rode out "And you've heard about my Me- of the corrals together. hawl~," roared Charley, "out ofBanner searched the wind. Stole-Away by Appalachian--won everything there was to win at Sagi- naw Falls two years ago! I tell you, Mort, Appalachian--" Mort Harris put up his "Charley, I don't want a racehorse. I'm not going to run away from with you, you brute!" Banner gave a great start and bounded away but in a few sec- onds was back again, this time snif. ring at the mare -Harris rode, sidling up to her, crowding close. Suddenly he lunged at her. Colonel Harris drew her away and shouted at the stallion. Banner circled, came back with head low, snaking along the grass, and Rob and Charley grinned, pulled up their horses, and watched. The mare was receiving com. mands from two quarters. From her rider, who held her forcibly back and commanded her to cease her with the stallion and to stand still--from Banner, whose single 'lunge had been enough to tell her what he wanted, and who now fol- lowed it up by nipping her hind legs. Frightened and helpless, she obeyed the stallion. In vain Colonel Harris tugged on the reins. In an. other second Banner had forced her into a gallop, driving her straight Into his band of mares. Rob and Charley followed slowly, broad grins on their faces. "You w~uldn't think that a man who had spent his life on horse- back would be apt to get a brand new r/din' experience, but it looks to me like that's what's goin' to hap- pent to Mort," said Sargent joyous. ly. "I'm just as glad I'm not on that morel" (TO BE CO~) Postwar harvesting will be taker care of by self-propelled harvesters. The self-propelled feature on this machine designed by the Minneapo- l/s-Moline Power Implement com- pany, makes possible the harvest of all crops at lower cost. Unusual engineering development makes the feature adaptable in har- vesting all types of grain includ- ing rice. "Alfalfa Meal Valuable Alfalfa meal has been found of high value as a source o the water. soluble vitamins in hog feeding. A supplement of 10 to 12 per cent alfalfa meal in s basal diet to sows in the gestation and lactation period resulted in 82.5 per cent of their pigs reaching weaning stage. This trial showed superior results when com. pared with ground yellow corn. soy. bean meal. tankage, fish meal tank. age and dried corn distillers' solu- hies. 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