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From time to time for more than twenty years laws have been placed on our statute books with the intent of suppressing dogs in the interest of sheep husbandry; but they have accomplished little in the line of their intention. A licensed, collared dog, but unrestrained and roving at will, is a deadly enemy to our flocks, whether in fold or pasture, and is no less so to the human family, if infected with rabies. That danger can be abated in but one way; which is, to confine the animal on the premises of its owner, or, when moving abroad, to compel the owner to keep it constantly under his control and surveillance; and, if it escapes therefrom and is running at large, to make it a subject for seizure and confinement by legalized officers. We recommend such an enactment, believing that it would serve to protect our people and animals from a dread disease, as well as flocks from their destructive attacks.

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LEVI STOCKBRIDGE,
A. W. CHEEVER,
O. B. HADWEN,

Catlle Commissioners.

Boston, Jan. 8, 1891.

INDEX TO SECRETARY'S REPORT.

Address of Mayor F. A. Harrington before the State Board of Agriculture

at Worcester, 3.
Address, opening, by J. Lewis Ellsworth, at Worcester, 4.
Address of Governor J. Q. A. Brackett, at Worcester, 6+.
Agriculture, State Board of, history of the, 369.
Agriculture, some conditions for success in New England, lecture on, by

Dr. G. M. Twitchell, 90.
Agriculture of the Nile Valley, the, lecture on, by John E. Russell, 163.
Agriculture, what can legislation do for, lecture on, by T. S. Gold, 202.
Agriculture, the promotion of, essay on, by F. H. Appleton, 274.
Agricultural College, corporation, 357.
Agricultural College, report of Board of Overseers of, 245.
Agricultural exhibitions, 346.
Agricultural and similar organizations, directory of, 356.
Agricultural societies, financial returns of the, 348.
Agricultural societies, officers of, 359.
Agricultural societies, regulations concerning the, 244.
Analysis of premiums and gratuities, 352.
Annual Meeting of the Board, 234.
Appleton, F. H., essay by, on the promotion of agriculture, 274.
Appleton, F. H., report by, on forestry, 254.
Arsenic, use of, in textile goods, 239.
Assignment of delegates, 243.
Avery, J. G., essay by, on the farmer; his relations to the manufacturer

and mechanic, 304.

Birds of Massachusetts, lecture on, by Dr. B. H. Warren, 31.
Birds of Massachusetts, report of the Board on the, 267.
Birds, land, 38.
Birds, water, 36.
Board of Agriculture, 356.
Board of Agriculture, history of the State, 369.
Board of Agriculture, the Massachusetts, and the agricultural societies :

can they broaden and improve their work, essay on, by W. H. Bowker,

310.
Board of Agriculture, annual meeting, 234.
Board of Agriculture, public winter meeting at Worcester, 3.
Board of Agriculture, report of, as overseers of the Massachusetts Agri-

cultural College, 245.
Board of Agriculture, report of, on forestry, 254.
Board of Agriculture, report of, on the birds of Massachusetts, 267.
Board of Cattle Commissioners, 358.

Board of Control of the State Agricultural Experiment Station, 358.
Bounty or Scalp acts, 44.
Brackett, Governor J. Q. A., address of, at Worcester, 64.
Books, list of, for library purposes, 240.
Bowker, Win. H., essay by, on the Massachusetts Board of Agriculture

and the agricultural societies: can they broaden and improve their work, 310.

Cattle Commissioners' report, 396.
Cattle Commissioners, Board of, 358.
Clemence, Geo. L., essay by, on the care and management of milch cows,

290.
Committee on Taxation, 233.
Committee on legislation, 234.
Committee on credentials, report of, 235.
Committee, executive, 238.
Committee, examining, of the Agricultural College, 236.
Committee on public winter meeting, 237.
Committee on essays, 237.
Constitution, what is it, 80.
Cows, the dairy temperament of, lecture on, by Governor W. D. Hoard, 67.
Cows, warming of water for, 140, 295, 303.
Cows, care and management of milch, essay on, by Geo. L. Clemence, 290.
Cucumber and lettuce culture under glass, 375.

Dairy industry in Massachusetts, the, 389.
Dairy temperament of cows, the, lecture on, by Governor W. D. Hoard, 67.
Delegates, assignment of, 243.
Directory of agricultural and similar organizations, 356.

Ellsworth, J. L., opening address of, at Worcester, 4.
Essays for the next annual meeting, 242.
Exhibitions, agricultural, 346.
Experiment stations, what have our, done for the farmers, lecture on, by

Prof. G. H. Whitcher, 10.

Farmer, the; his relations to the manufacturer and mechanic, essay on, by

J. G. Avery, 304.
Farmers, what have our experiment stations done for the, lecture on, by

Prof. G. H. Whitcher, 10.
Farming, essentials to success in, essay on, by P. M. Harwood, 333.
Feeding to increase the percentage of solids in milk, 145.
Financial returns of the societies, 348.
Forestry, report on, 242, 254.

Gold, T. S., lecture by, on what can legislation do for agriculture, 202.
Grape industry in Massachusetts, the, 382.
Gypsy moth, remarks concerning the, 58.

Harrington, Mayor F. A., address of, at Worcester, 3.
Harwood, P. M., essay by, on essentials to success in farming, 333.
History of the State Board of Agriculture, 369.

Hoard, Governor W. D., lecture by, on the dairy temperament of cows, 67.
Horse, the, lecture on, by C. M. Winslow, 179.
Hydrophobia or rabies, 406.

Law, or nature's modes of action, lecture on, by Prof. I. P. Roberts, 129.
Legislation, committee on, 234.
Legislation, what can, do for agriculture, lecture on, by T. S. Gold, 202.
Lettuce and cucumber culture under glass, 375.

Manure, application of, 22, 154.
Massachusetts, birds of, lecture on, by Dr. B. II. Warren, 34.
Massachusetts, birds of, report on, 267.
Massachusetts, the dairy industry in, 389.
Massachusetts, the grape industry in, 382.
Meeting, annual, 234.
Meeting, public winter, in 1891, place decided upon, 237.
Milk fever, 83, 87.
Moth, gypsy, remarks concerning the, 58.

New England agriculture, some conditions for success in, lecture on, hy

Dr. G. M. Twitchell, 90. Nile Valley, the agriculture of the, lecture on, by John E. Russell, 163.

Oleomargarine, remarks concerning, 65, 67.
Oleomargarine, resolution relative to, 89.

Premiums and gratuities, analysis of, 352.

Rabies or hydrophobia, 406.
Regulations concerning agricultural societies, 244.
Report of examining committee of the Agricultural College, 245.
Report of the committee on the gypsy moth, 63.
Report on forestry, 242, 254.
Report on the birds of Massachusetts, 267.
Resolution, hawks and owls, 57, 273.
Resolution, oleomargarine, 89.
Resolution, inspection of seeds, etc., 212.
Resolution, soundness of stallions advertised for service, 202.
Resolutions, on the death of Hon. Velorous Taft, 241.
Roberts, Prof. I. P., lecture by, on law or nature's modes of action, 129.
Russell, John E., lecture by, on the agriculture of the Nile Valley, 163.

Scalp acts, bounty or, 44.
Seed, method of raising trees from, 258.
Seeds, resolution relative to, 212.
Sparrow family, the, 42.
Stallions advertised for service, proof of soundness of, 199.
Societies, regulations concerning the, 244.
Societies, financial returns of the, 348.
Success, essentials to, in farming, essay on, by P. M. Harwood, 333.

Taft, Hon. Velorous, resolutions on the death of, 241.
Taxation, remarks on, 207, 221,
Taxation, committee on, 233.

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