Iowa State University Veterinarian: Volume 2, Issue 2
In attempting to compile this brief dissertation on the history and development of the Thoroughbred horse in America, I found myself confronted with an immense task. The every detail in the development and improvement of our modern racer would be impossible to incorporate in an article as brief as this, and would require a knowledge and skill much beyond my humble capability. Therefore, I have attempted to enumerate but a few of the more pertinent steps concerning the development of the American Thoroughbred horse. I have cited several of the most outstanding men of the turf and sporting world of both the past and present generation. I have endeavored to present as accurately as possible, and to the best of my knowledge the facts behind this truly great American enterprise.
In the southernmost tip of Texas the point that juts down into Mexico along the Gulf-lies the King ranch, the largest cattle ranch of its kind in the world. The heirs of Captain Richard King now rule over a domain of 1,250,000 acres-an estate worth $22,000,000. It is so big that there is a full month's difference in seasons between the southernmost boundary and the northernmost tip. It is so large that the cars carry compasses to navigate from pasture to pasture and always go out in pairs lest they have a breakdown fifty miles from nowhere. So vast is the ranch that cars run out of gasoline between settlements and must replenish their tanks enroute from the numerous ranch-owned filling stations located at strategic points on the King domain.
The raising of foxes under controlled conditions is a permanent agricultural development. Profits compare favorably with those derived from other similar enterprises and can be obtained if the same business-like methods are applied. The newness and rapidity of development of this industry have left many points of specific information wanting. Foxes in captivity present, not only the usual problems of animal care and management as do domestic live stock, but coupled with these are difficulties met with in maintaining wild animals in captivity. Hygiene in fox farming involves the establishment of conditions most· conducive to good health with attention centered, not so much on curing disease, as on removing some of its causes.
On October 13, 1939 (Friday), I was doing routine autopsy work on cottontail rabbits at the Zoological Laboratory, University of Wisconsin. The rabbits were box trapped at the University Arboretum, brought in alive to the laboratory, and later killed for endocrine and parasitological studies. The handling of wild rabbits called for care, so all necessary precautions were taken; such as rubber gloves, disinfection, and careful disposal of the carcasses.
It is a well known fact that laboratory animals not injected with adrenal cortical extracts may survive the removal of both adrenal glands because of accessory adrenal cortical tissue which is usually located in close approximation to the kidneys.