Folk, Hughes and Co. to Blame., Daily Racing Form, 1917-03-04


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FOLK, HUGHES and CO. TO BLAME. Dr. H. ]. James. M. D.. veterinarian of St. Louis, recently wrote the following factful letter to the editor of the St. Iaiims Times: "Sir: In a recent issue of the St. Louis Times you quote Vive-PreaMeat S. Stanley .Menken of the National Security League, as to the scarcity of army horses in the Halted States. The statistics presented are w run-, that out of 22.M0.OOO horses in the Halted States only 30.000 are of proper type, and of these only 10.IMHI immediately available for service in the cavalry and artillery branches. "There are about 24.000.000 to L7. 000.000 horses still within our Nirders. The great majority are scrub stock Of these millions only UIM.OOO are of military type. In one year of the Civil War the Catted States Covernnient purchased 2X1.000 mounts. Our tirst .all. due to the Mexican trouble is for nearly 00.000 horses having mules out of consiileration. In the cm nt of war our eai airy will be on foot in a few months and our artillery dehors. d. The shortage is n.,r due to the rise of the automobile, but to the antagonism ,,f Jot pa, W. Folk and Charles Kv.nis Hughes to the breeding and racing industry, supplemented by our large contributions to the buttle belds of Flandei s."

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