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September 26, 1912

     About two and a half million bricks have been turned out by the P. Collin's Brickyard this summer.

     The one grain which grows to perfection in this country is barley.  This peculiarity, combined with the country's suitability for dairying, makes this an ideal country for the swine industry.

     Industries galore are looming in the distance.  The latest is a jam factory capitalized by an enterprising citizen of Cochrane. We have also been informed on unimpeachable authority that a glove factory, employing at least a couple of hands, intends locating here.

Electrical Installation

     About thirty gathered in the Council Chamber on Monday evening last to consider the report on the question of supplying electr5ic light and power to Cochrane from the Calgary Power Company's lines.

     A. Chapman occupied the chair and after J. E. Laird read the report discussion ensued.  The opinion was unanimous that it is highly desirable that Cochrane should have electricity installed, but the figures in the report are so high that the original idea of obtaining power from the Calgary Power Company seems out of the question.

     According to the report it will cost $15,000 to make the installation by means of the transformer.  This is a prohibitive figure, useless to consider, and the gist of the subsequent discussion was to determine a scheme within the possibilities of the town's finances.

     Information to the effect that the coal company at Mitford intended laying down a plant for the generating of electricity raised the question of consulting the directors of the Mitford company as to the cost of electric supply of light and power for the town.  It was felt that an agreement might be made by which Cochrane could get the supply from Mitford.  Although this seemed a feasible plan no decided action was decided upon.   

     Other schemes were considered, such as the manufacture of a supply by gasoline or steam engines.  The idea of developing power from the Bow River or Big Hill Creek also occurred to some, but in the absence of expert opinion the meeting was left in the dark as to the value of worthlesness of such ideas.......

The Mixed Farming Special

     Cochrane will be the first town in Alberta to be visited by the "Mixed Farming Special Train," which the Alberta Department of Agriculture, in cooperation with the railway companies, will run throughout the province, during October and November.

     The train will consist of nine cars, two cars of pure-bred horses and cattle, two coaches equipped for lecture rooms, two baggage cars containing poultry, dairy products, grains, grasses and seeds, a sleeping car, diner, and baggage car.  A corps of skilled agriculturalists will accompany the train and will address the farmers on animal husbandry, poultry, dairying, soil cultivation, and other subjects of interest to them.  The ladies will be entertained and instructed by a noted lady lecturer on domestic science.

      The train will arrive in Cochrane at 12:00 o'clock noon, on Monday, October 28th., and the "school" as it is called, will commence at 2 p.m., and continue until 5 p.m.  The live stock will be taken to R. A. Webster's warehouse, where the animals will be judged and used by the lecturers as illustrations.  Half and hour will be devoted to each type of horse and cattle.  The lectures on soil cultivation, dairying, weeds, etc. will be given in the Orange Hall, beginning at 2 o'clock, and will be so arranged that it will be possible for those interested to hear the lecture and also witness the stock judging.

     The ladies of Cochrane are asked to make their own arrangements for the reception of the lady who will address them on domestic science and hygiene.

     At the lectures special attention will be given to livestock, mixed farming and dairying, with the view of stimulating interest in those lines.  The poultry car will be open all the time during the stay inCochrane, and a poultry expert will explain breeding problems, and illustrate the various types of poultry houses suitable for this part of the province.

     Another feature which should appeal to the farmers will be an extensive display of noxious weeds in various stages of growth.

     The object of the "mixed farming special " is to bring to the doors of the farmers all the expert knowledge possible bearing upon the problems with which they have to deal, and give them full benefit of expert experience without cost.  In Manitoba and elsewhere these trains have attracted unusual attention, farmers flocking to them in hundreds at every point visited.

     It is to be hoped that the agriculturalists in this district will all avail themselves of this opportunity so study the problems of their calling.  They cannot spend three hours to greater advantage than by attending the "Mixed Farming Special School."



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