Hazard A Guess: Week of Nov. 27, 2008

Hello from Hazard!

OK this is a really short deadline week for Hazard because of the Thanksgiving holiday. We are writing this on Thursday afternoon — at the same time most of you were probably reading last week’s paper.

What that means, of course, is that no one can respond to a new item and have their guess in print. Usually, we take a Hazard-like sabbatical for a week. But this week, there are still leftover responses coming in on old items, so we’ll clear up the in-box today.

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One more response trickled in on Item No. 848, the water well bailer. Thanks to John D. Keller of Espyville, Pa., for sending his correct answer.

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We also heard from four more readers on Item No. 849, which was unveiled last week as a calf weaner. The device is opened wide enough so the silver balls can be inserted into the nose of a calf. When the calf tries to nurse while wearing the device, it gives the cow an uncomfortable poke . She quickly begins to reject her offspring and the calf quickly gets the message. Thus the calf is weaned, although in, as reader Claude Collins of Norton, Ohio, puts it: “a somewhat cruel but effective manner.”

We also heard correctly from Dave Cover of Cortland, Ohio; Mr. and Mrs. Wayne Peck, Albany, Ohio (who also knew how Item No. 848 was used); and Paul Hinkle of Portersville, Ohio, way down in Morgan County (well, at least it’s down from Hazard’s position in Columbiana County).

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And here’s the reminder on Item No. 850, which we first showed last week. It’s about 15 tall with the handle up and 9 inches across. It’s made of nickel-plated iron and has the word Yankee printed on the side with a patent pending mark. Both sides are decorated with filigree.

On the right side of the item, there is a clamp where it attaches to the counter. The handle swings clockwise and an inside section on the left slides to the front. When you turn the handle counter-clockwise, the section slides back into place and the rod you see in the picture comes down into a rubber-lined tunnel that also clamps.

At the same time, a couple of forks sticking out to the left of the Yankee mark fold one over the other in a pincher type motion.

Send your responses to: Hazard a Guess, P.O. Box 38, Salem, OH 44460; or via e-mail to: editorial@farmanddairy.com. Be sure to include your name, hometown and state.

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