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A few days ago, the kids were engaging in hand- to-hand combat, raising the roof several inches as they usually do. I was thinking to myself: Allen, this would be a great time to get your jacket and slip out of the house. I only thought this because my wife smilingly said she thought she'd better slip out and pick up a few groceries and would I mind terribly arbitrating any mild disputes that arose among the children. Quelling my disappointment, I looked around for a stiff upper lip and a steely look for my eyes. Failing to find any, I waved a white flag at the kids and re- tired hastily from the battleground. I stepped outside, found a sheltered nook in a ray of sunshine and searched for signs of spring. It was while I was crouched there in the wan sunlight, looking at the bare branches of the trees and the brown grass from last summer, that I fell to thinking of the sweeping changes that have been Inade in the last 20 years. Change is inevitable, of course, and is usually for the better. Some of the changes wipe out old ways of life which, I guess, always seem better when you look back at the memory of them. One year, just for the sake of old times, I thought I'd head for old Vermont. Allen, I thought, why not take the train? In the old days, you literally spent what seemed like years on trains. Why not indulge one last time? I was somewhat rudely informed at the depot in the area that the closest I could get to my home town by rail was 400 miles. I staggered away, dazed, unable to comprehend this fact. Who'd have thought the Iron Horse was a gone goose? Who could have envisioned the time when I could not travel by rail into the northlands of New England. I recalled the hundreds of times I boarded a train, whether in college or the service. I was always getting on a train. The fabled names came easily to mind - Cana- dian Pacific, Boston & Maine, Rutland, Vermont Cen- tral, New York Central, Pennsylvania, Atlantic Coast, Seaboard, New York, New Haven & Hartford. Canadian Pacific was known generally as CPR. I rode it so often the railroad made enough money to buy diesels. Memories of train rides come back. Riding the Super Chief out of Amarillo, with the cars jammed, and we sat on our barracks bags all the way to Chicago and at night we slept on top of them in the aisles with people walking on top of you all night long. A February night in Georgia and I could already smell Florida. The Atlantic Coast Line streamliner ripped through the night at 100 miles an hour, sway- ing gently, and I fell asleep and missed my change point and finally found myself standing sleepily in Daytona Beach with the tropic night lying all around. I rode Canadian Pacific a million times. Mostly at night. Even now the station names come easily to mind. White River Junction, Wells River, St. Johnsbury, Lyndonvllle. WATCH CARBON MONOXIDE Open your garage door before you start your car on told morn- ings, advises the Governor's Of- rice of ,High,ray SMety. Freffn air is the ,best way to co,bat carbon monoxide poisoning. I see them now in mind's eye - deserted in the small hours of late night, sometimes with the lights shining bleakly across the snow and again, in sum- mer, the trees standing motionless in the hush before the dawn. Sometimes, it seemed to me that I was in limbo - doomed to ride a train forever, looking at a million silent towns in the velvet night. The Canadian Pacific train I rode mostly made many interminable stops - to throw off mail sacks, set out a couple of cans of cream, drop off a crate of eggs, unload a basket of chickens, pick up a stray passen- ger. Sometimes, they stopped in the night in some far off stretch of country and sat there for what seemed like days. The cars were usually fairly deserted. Customers were few at that time of night, We waited and waited. I would smoke, read an old newspaper for the 10,000 time and engage the stray college girls in conversation. Skirts were Jong in those days - there was little to raise our spirits. You could stare gloomily through the window but all you saw was your reflection. It was bad at that hour. As a seasoned traveler, I waited patiently. I al- ways got there sooner or later. And the sandwiches never hurt me either. I always thought they would though. That midnight train out of White River Junction is gone now. The last time I breezed through these same towns it was in an air conditioned station wag- on. There were no long waits and the sandwiches were better, too. Change is in the wind and always has been and we are better off for it. In a small corner of our mind, we cry longingly for the old days, for the memories are bitter-sweet and always better than the original happenings. However, kids are about the same regardless of what the year is. I looked around at the brown grass and on the south side I found a few sprigs of fresh green grass. I felt immeasurably cheered. The uproar in the house was reaching heroic proportions. I thought about waving another white flag. I wished I had saved one of those railroad sandwiches to threaten them with. Warren T. Ferrell County Agent VITAMIN A All animals require a source of vitamin A in .their diet..Many studies ,have shown ,th~ beef cows can store large quantities of this vitamin during the grow- in,g season aocording to J. A. Min- yard, South Dakota Livestock Ex- tension Specialist. Yet is is also known that in ~he northern ~lains range areas, beef cows must survive ~or relatively long periods on forages known to be l.ow in carotene. In addition, there may be considerable vari- ation in the ~bility of individual cows to store vitamin A in the liver, or to e~fectively utilize it later, tt may be necessar~ at times to supplement the entire cow 'herd to assure tha~ a certain few cows have enough. ,Since weathered roughage will be low in carotene and stabilized forms of vitamin A are relatively cheap, it ~rould appear desirable to ~ffy supplemental range cake with adequate levels, par- ticularly when little or no hay is fed. Levels in he sttpplement of 1000 to 1500 I. U. per cwt. daily .should be adequate for most ,beef cows. Straw for Wintering Cows Research results at ~he Dick- enson, North Dakota station and others indicate that t~o-thirds o~ the ~hay in wintering rations can be wi~h ~heat or oat supplemental protein versely affectin'g productive performance cows or weanin,g calves. The effect of straw in the win,ter level in North Dakota erage weight l~ss of 39~ more than ,cows bay. If straw is to be ~ed remember that it is rein, carotene and and should ,be cordingly. Virus Causes Calf ScourS Viruses, not just cause .calf scours. ~RS veterinarian bert and Microbiologist Fernelius showed this born .calves at the real Disease ~Laboratory, I~.va. Similar find.ings ported by University of scienhzts. The ARS fed or instilled bovine virus into the nose of All got sick and four scours. ~In addi,tion to the ic bacteria ~vere bodies of calves ,that when ,bacteria from calves ~vere ~fed to calves, no sickness ARS scientists co therefore that ~he calves had been killed es, not b~cteria. But phasize that their work clone under l~boratory On the farm, enteric era'lly complicate and treatment against may help calves Proof of viral calf scours opens the' preven'tion of the disease] animals. Previously, rhea had not been a disease of adult living virus vaccines are ommended for pregnant cal.ves under 4 weeks researchers nosy have goal a safe, noninfectiouSl that ~vould give tle of all ages. They note that the exposed to bovine been raised on.ly on milk replacer. Eight similiarly exposed to fed mother's milder symptoms the ,milk contained tibodies. Only one died mother's milk did not viral antibodies. Field show ,that 40 to 50 U. S. cows also do not bodies against the virus milk~a gap that could by proper use of safe EASY DOES IT! "Easy does it" is a good rule for winter drivers .to follow - - in starting out, in moving on the roadway, and in coming to a stop. Reduce your speed on slippery surfaces, even with the .help of snow tires or studded tires or the much greater help of tire chains, advises the Governor's Office of Highway Safety. CLEAR WINDOWS IN WINTER The Governor's Office of High- way Safety presents the follow- ing tip ~or safer winter driving from .the National Safety Coun- cil: "Don't .be a 'peep-hole pilat." ~rush snow completely ~ front, back and side windaws. Rel~lace dead wiper ,blades wi.th live, new ones to prevent streaking. All your lights should be working, with headlights aimed properly. You must see danger to avoid it." ALWAYS CARRY CHAINS The Governor's Office of High- v~y Saftey presents this tip for safer winter driving ~rom the National ~a~ety Council: "Tests show that reinforced tire chains provde ~our to seven times as much pulling ability on snow and ice as regular tires without chains." Always carry chains in the trunk of your car to assure your ablity to get throush regard- less of the weather. j~i~ !! i~ Now Serving You e Hottest Your Conoco station in Sundance still has the same fine Conoco products and The service is great, too - because the station is now under the new managership of Rogers. Come in and meet him - he's right up to the minute with the latest techniques to give the best service possible. You're invited to meet him a Edsel's Auto Care - and get the service going. Ph. 283-2459 Sundance