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A Weekly Newspaper
For Everybody Who Wants It.
Price—sl.oo a year, io advance.
Worth —Two gold dollars.
Conducted by E. H. Libbv.
Managing Editor, W. \V. Corbett.
NORTH YAKIMA, WASHINGTON.
North Yakima, cor. Second and Chestnut Sts
Seattle, Room 7. Hlnckley Block.
Tacoma. 1113, Pacific Aveuuc.
RANCH SMALL TALK.
There seems to be a glut in the prune
market just now, bat there is nothing dis
couraging in the fact, it is more the result
of hard times leading to greater encomony
In consumption than anything else. The
reputation of the Washington product is
becoming better each year. A push with
the next crop will place them well to the
Those having live stock-breeding animals
of any kind to sell should remember The
Ranch can easily dispose of it. Cows,
hjt3Ps, swine, poultry—all are increasing
in demand and will continue to do so until
Eastern Washington is filled up with live
Have you planned to grow anything for
exhibition at the state fair? Yakima people
—all this part of Washington in fact—
Bhould bear in mind that this part of the
country has much at stake in this fair. It
will be the first state exhibition. It should
be a representative one, but it will not be
so unless earnest enthusiastic effort is
In 1893 there ware in the United States
twenty-two horses in the 2:10 trotter list,
six of them had records better than 2:09.
The old Arabs were not in it for speed
with American horsemen of today.
The convention of Pacific Coast horticul
turists to be held at San Francisco in April
is a good idea—a valuable means for our
northwestern fruit growers to learn about
the California methods that we may well
follow in fruit drj ing, fruit shipping and fruit
marketing. So it was a wise decision on
the part of the Spokane convention to
British Columbia was n u t strongly repres
ented at the fruit growers' meeting as to
numbers; but in Fniit-pest Inspector Palmer
and Messrs. Hutchiuson, Henry and Kirk
land she was strong in intelligence, and
they have carried back with them a mani
fest of the cordial reception they will have
when all ot B. C. comes to U. S. to stay.
Mr. Fisk, of Fisk & Parker, broom corn
growers, up the Ahtanum, says he thinks
the broom crop requires only one watering.
More than enough injures the quality of the
Frank Adams spent two or three
days in this part of the valley last week in
consultation with parties interested in
dairying. Mr. Adams is introducing the
excellent dairy apparatus manufactured
and sold by 0. O. Wickson & Co., San
Francisco and Portland. He talks very
encouragingly of the dairy future of East
The latest in large farming projects is
that announced by Gen. Booth, of the Sal
vation army. A syndicate of these Chris
tian warriors has purchased 200,000 acres
of land of the Mexican government. As a
starter they propose to locate upon this
tract 5,000 familes from the crowded pre
cincts of the large cities of England and
America. .Salvation army officers will di
rect all the operations of the colony. The
location chosen is in Chiapas, Southern
Mexico. This certainly is practical re
ligion with a capital P.
Montana people are still undecided about
their state flower. The one most talked of
now is the wild portulaca, better known as
bitter root. Its roots in former times
formed a principal article of diet for the
Flathead and other Indians. The plant has
lovely flowers of various shades of pink,
varying in sizo from one to two inches m
diameter. Hon. Granville Stewart, who is
a leading champion of the flower, says the
plant is to be found in most of the mouu
tainona districts of the state. It thrives
well when transplanted, making beauti
fiil borders or even entire beds in the flower
garden or lawn. Like most Montana wild
flowers, however, it is destitute of odor.
If a vote from outside the state ia allowed,
The Ranch shies a ballot for the wild por
Pullman expects to have a fruit aud veg
etable cannery. So .does Yakima. Per
haps we will call ours an evapory? Mr.
Wilcox proposes to see the best in this line
in California and give Washington fruit
growers the benefit of his observations.
No man is better able to conduct such an
investigation. Watch The Ranch for a re
port of what he sees and hears.
"The secretary of state is having a pam
phlet prepared to answer the inquirits of
eastern people about the resources, soil, in
dustiies, crops, climate, population, etc., of
the counties of Washington." That may
be a very good move, but if the state would
subscribe and pay fur a few thousand copies
of Tiie Ranch for a year and send them
broadcast over the east it would be doing a
much better tiling for the state at large. If
the state is going into the boom business at
all it should begin aright By the bye, we
wers> told in Tacoma the other day that the
state had not yet paid for its World's fair
state boom pamphlets, and were .shown a
big pile still on hand. Better wipe off the
old score first!
Spokane's home industry movement has
resulted in the proposed establishment of a
breakfast-food factory: Oatmeal, buck
wheat flour, pearl wheat, and all that sort
of thing. We hope they will also include
an entire.v heat flenr, like that ot the Ar
lniytoii and Franklin mills in the eaat. it
is of that sort that the real "staff of life is
produced. Our Yakima product is as good
as the best of its kind, and we predict a big
increase in our home mill's trade when it
adds the whole-wheat flour.
C. L. Oano will grow for state fair exhi
bition some forty odd varieties cf potatoes.
What are you planning in this direction ?
Thk Ranch wants to record a hundred
similar items of news. Please send 'em in.
Flello! Don't forget an exhibit for the
state fair wheu you plan your planting.
Ellensburgh people fear that the recent
cold snap has ruined the peach crjp of the
Kittitas valley. We hope not, though no
great dependence is placed upon its com
mercial value, we believe. It is the red
cow and the big red apple that are bound
to shine in that beautiful little valley.
Captain—o, fie! 'General at least. A
man who can make things hump as the
genial Fred R. Reed does with his Prosser
enterprise may as well be named general at
once. Come to think of it ; the company
got ahead of us, and made a general of him
some time ago—General Manager. Well,
General Reed has got back from wicked
Gotham at last, and the Vale of Prossei
smiles once more, aud all Yakima with her.
Ha tells us that King Irrigation, of the
Inlaud Empire will be recognized by the
manates of Wall street after due diplomatic
delays and settlement of questions of pre
cedence and privilege, as always happens
among crowned heads. Meantime the Pros
ser lands promise to fill up rapidly with
plain folks to whom old King Irri is good
Loose hay is selling at $6 per ton deliver
ed in E'lensburgh, says the Register. Milk
feed is low, and milch cows cheaper than
ever known before in Kittitas valley. Milk
and butter remain at the top notch, so it
looks as if the dairy business must be profit
A northwestern dairyman's convention is
suggested by the EUenßburgh Register.
As it is too late to carry out the project this
Bpring, the state fair commission is likely to
hump itself in getting the dairymen together
at the fuir next September.
The people of the United States eat
wheat at the rate of about 20,000,000
bushels per month. That's a pretty good
bread bill, but unlike our sugar and coffee
bills outsiders don't get the money. Per
haps the same may be said of sugar after
Eastern Washington really gets down to
sugar beet growing.
Have you asked your neighbor to *ry
The Ranch for three months or a year?
If you want to get up a club of subscrip
tions to The Ranch, just remember that
$5 pays for six copies a whjle year.
That "Pig Tale for Boys," that Old
Rooster retails this week is all right. 1
know the boy. That sort of youngster
will make his way right enough if he keeps
in the right way, the way of truth, integri
ty and right habits.