Business & Finance: Eggs Into Electricity

A garden and a sow

A smokehouse and a cow

Twenty-four hens and a rooster

And you'll have more than you uster.

Four summers ago Harvey Crowley Couch, public utilitarian and champion hog-caller of Pine Bluff, Ark. chanted that remedy for rural Depression up & down the land. Last week at Prattsville (pop.: 114) he summoned a meeting of farmers and their wives to announce a far-flung scheme for bringing electricity into 15,000 isolated Arkansas farm homes. He proposed that his company, Arkansas Power & Light, invest about $600 per home in transmission lines and equipment, while each farmer was to put $200...