Tarkio, Missouri, where I am presently engaged as a professor, is noted for the following four things although not necessarily in the following order: Tarkio College—a fast growing Presbyterian liberal arts school, two banks, popcorn, and pellets. Colleges and banks you somewhat understand, and maybe popcorn, but then did you know that the popcorn is largely controlled by a theater chain—when you integrate business you have to control your sources of supply—and could you know that Tarkio may well be the popcorn center of the world?

Pellets are something else again, so in due course I went down to look upon the Tarkio Pelleting Plant. Pellets are little units of food mixed and molded about the size of the last joint on your little finger. At the top of the plant are great bins filled with various grains and grasses and somewhere in the arrangements of bins and conveyors there are binders such as molasses. By a judicious playing upon certain buttons at the floor level of the plant, grains, grasses, and binders move through the giant mechanism to come out at the end of the line as molded pellets of food exactly balanced to suit the needs of fresh cows or baby steers or fat pigs. There is no guessing here; first-rate farmers, county agents, and state university agriculturists are constantly looking in on these matters, and it is pretty well assumed that all hands know exactly what they are doing in the feeding of pigs and beef at every stage from the cradle to the grave, and by the looks of the animals around here they are running a very successful enterprise in this part of the country.

Now to some current religious thoughts. From the wide doors of the pelleting plant one looks across to a huge metal building and I went to see ...

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