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October 3, 1912

     The Cochrane Creamery has now closed down for the winter months and will start again in the spring.  J. Loughery, who has been in charge, has proven himself a most efficient all-round man, and if Jim ever wants references there are a hundred patron s, not to mention the directors who would testify as to his worth.

     George Pitter, Stanley Jones, and Bobby Butler, did some pretty good chicken shooting on Tuesday.  They not only filled a hay-rack but cached as many somewhere up on the prairie.  A rather mean trick was played on them.  Leaving a democrat which contained a few chickens, cartridges, and refreshments, they found on their return that everything had been stolen.  If those enraged sportsmen find the thief there will be a funeral.

     The season of chicken shooting and gun accidents has begun.  One innocent dog has already been the victim of an indifferent shot.  To show what can be done with a rifle, a man offered to bet a $100 that he could split an apple on J. G. Tweed's head at 200yds.  J. G. refuses to have anything to do with it, he doesn't approve of betting.

     Where ignorance is bliss tis folly to be wise.  A young man in Cochrane bought a thorobred which turned out to be a cayeuse.  This young man, although green with horses, has imbibed a little western resourcefulness, and the cayeuse has again beem palmed off as a thorobred, and to a man who thinks he knows all there is to know about horses, too, that's the joke.

     Bowling matches are now in full swing.  Last Friday at the Eddie Mose Bowling Allies a match between married and single resulted in an easy win for the marrieds.

     The town is stirring itself and discussing the best means of obtaining electric power and light.  There is a consensus of opinion as to the absolute necessity of electricity for the town, but a definite scheme has not yet been adopted.

     Threshing will commence in the district next week.  Some of the oats will run a hundred bushes to the acre, but the grain which has reached the highest perfection is barley.

     The CPR demonstration farm under the direction of W. Cook will be one of the largest and most complete in Alberta.  In directing the experiments the main object in view will be to demonstrate the possibilities of the foothills district, where, to make the most of the climatic conditions and soil, totally different methods of agriculture to those in vogue east of Calgary have to be adopted.  Particular study will be paid to the problems connected with mixed farming, and wide demonstrations will be carried out on a practicable manner, suitable for the farmer and not merely for the student of theory.

The Mixed Farming Special

     Don't forget the date of the visit of the Demonstration Train in Cochrane on Monday, October 18th.  A most cordial invitation is extended to all.  Lectures on horses and stock, illustrated by living specimens, will be given, advice on grain and seed buying and growing by practical men, and address by a noted lady lecturer on domestic science and hygiene.  This scheme of demonstrating in a practicable manner the lessons that science teaches deserves commendation to the originator, the Provincial Government.  The successful farmer of to-day is the man who thinks, the man who keeps abreast of the times and applied in practice the discoveries in soil chemistry and other branches of agricultural science.  The demonstration train will be accompanied by a staff of practical men who will be able to give valuable advice on every branch of farming.

     In a nutshell, the aim of agricultural science is to obtain the maximum amount of produce with the minimum of labour and expense.  We hope the people in the district will show their appreciation of this service rendered by the Provincial Government, in conjunction with the railways, and turn up in their hundreds.

Railway Accident

     The CPR is proverbially lucky, and wht might have been an accident, costing scores of lives, occurred four miles west of the town on Wednesday morning about 5:30.

     A light train, composed of an engine with caboose and few trucks, was going west, and when about midway between the Bow Bridge and Mitford ran head on into a long heavy train.

     The strange part is that the light train came off with very little damage, but the engine and many of the trucks of the eastbound were derailed.

     Although there were no fatalities the crews on both trains were badly shaken up and Dr. Park took three of the men to the Cochrane hospital.

     The traffic was held up for some hours although a wrecking train was on the scene soon after the accident.

The Oddfellows' Hall

     The Oddfellows in this district are growing in strength and usefulness every day.  Not only have they a well-organised lodge, but they have a very fine hall.  It is nice and snug and compact, with every possible convenience.  A splendid piano is being purchased, and this in itself should be an important consideration, when a hall is needed for concerts and dances.  The floor space is the largest in the town, and this will be welcome news to many who have vivid recollections of overcrowded ball rooms.  For all particulars as to prices for rent of hall apply to E. Andison.



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