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MOUNTS FOR THE ARMY.

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MOUNTS FOR THE ARMY. Sir J. Blundell Maple forwards to us a scheme which he has drafted for supplying the Army with mounts, and at the same time encouraging the horse-breeding industry at home "If the matte. were taken in hand by business men, and the whole thing run on business lines," ho says, "the United Kingdom should easily pro- duce every horse that is required and nearly as cheaply to the Army as now, and the animal would be much superior to that which we now obtain. It is impossible for a farmer to breed horses for the price at present paid-Y.35 to £ 42. The total cost of rearing a five-year-old is some- where about E72. My idea is that the Govern- ment should buy horses as three-year-olds in the autumn of each vear, paying a minimum of C40 and a maximum of £ 45 for each. This would leave a sufficient margin of profit to the farmer. I am confident that the Government would actu- ally make a profit on their surplus horses, for at seven or eight years of age they would prob- ably fetch £ 70 or £ 100 apiece. My scheme pos- sesses two great advantages. In the first place it ensures a constant supply of horses for the Am— and in the second it gives the greatest en- couragement for the breeding of horses all over the "Vnited Kingdom." V""

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