Altamont Enterprise, July 24, 1914


The destructive army worm, whose discovery in the heart of Albany, Monday caused considerable alarm, probably will disappear naturally within a few days, according to Dr. George W. Atwood, chief of the bureau of horticulture, state department of agriculture. Within a very short time, Dr. Atwood says, the worm should leave its present form and enter the pupa state, thus relieving the serious situation in the various parts of the state where the pest is devastating crops and lawns in residential sections.

The work of the state department in fighting the army worm and grasshoppers, which are destroying crops in various parts of the state, is progressing favorably, according to the announcement made recently by Mr. Atwood. There was a possibility Monday that the work at Gloversville, where is the worst known invasion of grasshoppers, might be held up through a lack of molasses, which is used in the poisoned bait being spread broadcast by the state department to kill the pests.

Instructions are being sent broadcast to the department inspectors explaining how to make the poisoned bait to fight the pests as follows:

“Fifty pounds of bran, thoroughly mixed while dry with two and one-half pounds of paris green; add five quarts of cheap molasses diluted with about nine gallons of water and juice of eight lemons. Then chop the lemons up fine, rind and all, and mix with the above. This is to be sowed broadcast near where the pests will be attracted by it.

“In the case of army worms, a furrow can be plowed toward the insects, and when they gather in the trenches they can be crushed. This plan, however, is only desirable when the army can be surrounded by a furrow. The poisoned bait should be used where the insects are feeding.

“Caution—Poultry and other animals should be kept away from the poisoned bait.”



Voorheesville Girl Who Committed Forgery Turned Over to Her Father.

Miss Bertie Jaycox, the Voorheesville girl who forged the name of Mrs. William L. Coughtry to a check for $10.80, and had it cashed at the W. E. Drislane company store on North Pearl street, Albany, was discharged by Judge Brady in Police Court Monday afternoon and turned over to her father, who took her home.

Neither Mrs. Coughtry nor the Drislane company would press the charge against the girl. With the money she obtained on the check, she purchased a picture hat at a South Pearl street millinery shop, and it was returned and the money refunded. Miss Jaycox was employed by Mrs. Coughtry as a domestic, and seeing a check she had made out to pay the grocer, the young woman tore several blank checks from the back of Mrs. Coughtry’s check book, and proceeded to fill them out for her own use. She was taken in custody by Detectives Reed and Gorman, when she returned to the Drislane store to cash another check.



— New “movie” pictures at the Masonic Hall on Saturday evening. These shows will continue during the season under the management of Mr. W. J. Ogsbury, who is now sole proprietor of the business.

— LOST or STOLEN — From the Enterprise office, Tuesday morning a black leather bill book containing a sum of money, a check for $14.69 drawn by the F. A. Sherman Co. of Albany, a D&H editorial ticket in favor of John D. Ogsbury, several receipts, etc. The party having possession is known and if book and contents are returned by Friday noon no questions will be asked.

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