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Paying In Chickens

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Therc! is an articlegoingthe round of tin papera rLliipg Imw a man went to Moore, i of the linral New Yorker, ana .aid tnat be wan too ioor to take a paper. The folluwinji i.s t ii' gi.,t of the story : Mr. Moore said, " Vou keep chickens, I believe ? ¦ Ves, a few; Lut they don't bring anythinjf hardly." " Don't they ? Neither does my paper Bt anything bardly. Now, I have a propiisitiou to mpke to you. I will continue your paper, and when you go home you may select from your lot one chicken and cali lier mine. Take good care of her, sdJ bring me the proceed a year from now, whether in eggs or chickens, and we will cali it square." "All right, ürother Moore," and th$ ieliow chuekled at what he thouglit a capital bargain. He kept the contract .trict ly, and at the end of the year he found that he had paid about four prices for his paper. W e allmle to this to warn newspaper men not to adoptthis when the farmer grumbles about paying lor his paper. Don't never enter into such a bargain with a farmer. We know, when paper ia hinh, editora are hable to take their pay in truck. Theabove article looks so plausable that some poor country editor may think there's millions in it, and he will goto speculating in chickens that wav. Uut we warn them that they are liable to ¦pleit. We tried it there ODce at La r sse. Lncle EJiakin Barlow came in one day and said our paper didn't amount to a string of suekers, and he would be tetotally gumsfiuizzled if he would take it any longer 'kis hacoul.l pay n trade. Hesold mïltc aurt k, ,,t chi,ltO„a We oould get railk, bat Kliakin was alwtya playing comm in oow ¦ milk for his "Jewer' oow s ïiirilr, so we ooncludad tosuest this ctucken dodge. that Moore tried with such sood effect. We wanted to teach hiui a lesson, so we told him to go home and piek out a chicken aDd cali it our.s and give us the proceeds, in two years from date, whether it was rggs or obiokeiM. He bit liko a bass. He said he woirld do it, by the great jewhiükin.. So he went hiswayandwe went ours. Manya time dunner the two years did we estímate the amouDt ot poultry that would bo oure. We puilt a hen coop and pot ready to go into the hen business. The day the two years were up we drove out to Eliakin's place to take an ammnt of stock. Eliakin was milking ¦.Jorsey" cow, there near the pump, and when he had finished "stripping" he would show us our property. Well, after a while he cot up off his milkioc stool, kieked a little rheumatiz out of his hind leg, and said : "Corne arouod the barn, you red-headed financier. You luiddle man, you monopoly, come here. " He took us into a yard, and there were at least 100 hens. We looked at them in astonishment. l'oinüng to a sickly lookiDg yi'llow fowl, with one leg froze off, ïml whwh looked a though it hadn't life :nough to piek nn an ancle worm after a bon had scratclied it up tor him, Barlow said : I bore, that ar cussed yellow rooster is the one that I pieked out fbryou. He has not W,A nn oCír. ,„,i h nfiver had sand enough to associato with tlie rest of the ohiokeos, and he uever bas increased any ow much have you made on this trad?" We hope to be hornswoegled f t wasn't true, and the rooster wasn't worth four cents. And, to make the matter worse, JMiakin presented a bilí to us of $4 80 for corn our rooster had eaten in the twoyears lt is needless to say we have demanded cash of our sub.soriburs since. No, young man- you who are fresh in the newspaper business - don't never try to getahead of one of theso Grangers on a chicken trade. Moore might have had a hen assigned to nim, but it would not occur once in a thousand times, at. least i t wouldo't out west here.


Ann Arbor Courier
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