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EASTERN FRUIT PROSPECTS.
The Ranch is indebted to Barnett
Bros., Chicago, for a report of weather
and prospects up to May 21:
The exceedingly hot weather of the
14th-16th, the hottest in May for 20
years, was followed b}f the worst
storms known in the same month for
years. Wind from the north brought
a very low temperature, which covered
all the country east of the Missouri
river, with considerable damage west
of it. The high wind whipped the
leaves and young fruit that had just
set, and caused more damage than the
frost, for over a large area the cloudy
weather prevented much damage from
that cause, although with clearing
weather some more loss may be occa
The forcing" weather of Last week
advanced the fruit to a point that
would enable it to stand considerable
cold weather, possibly excepting north
ern Michigan, Canada and New Eng
land. Of course tender vegetables are
cut off. That it will retard the north
ern crops and lengthen the season for
the section south of us is certain.
Considerable damage is reported,
but it is early to form a correct
idea of the amount. Centralia, 111.,
that has been shipping strawberries
for a week, reports frosts three nights
in succession. Nebraska reports con
siderable damage to small fruits, and,
from scattering- reports, there will be
daniag-e all over the north that we
think will cause a dropping1 of the
fruits later on.
The same gentlemen report that
though trade is dull, the prospect for
the western fruit crop has rather im
proved. California Black Tartarian
cherries sold for $1.10 to $1.65, accord
ing to quality and condition in which
they were received. Brockports sold
at 75 to 85c.
STATE OF VEGETATION
At North Yakima, Monday, May 28.
Apples, an inch and and a half in di
Apricots, an inch and a half in di
Alfalfa, ready for the first cutting.
Blackberries, in bloom.
Clover, medium, in full flower; ready
Gooseberries, an inch in diameter.
Wheat and rye, in full head.
Peaches, an inch in diameter.
Potatoes, a foot hij^h.
Sweet corn, 18 inches high.
Strawberries, ripe in the gardens.
Melons, running like prairie fires.
Cherries, half grown.
Garden stuff, on tap.
YAKIMA COMMERCIAL CLUB.
State Fair—The New Railroad.
The g-overninjjf board of the Com
mercial club discussed state fair mat
ters on Saturday evening. It is the
opinion of the board that the Club
should earnestly work for the fair,
each man doing his best to render it
a success. It was the opinion of Pres
ident Parker of the fair commission,
and other influential citizens who were
present, that with the $1,500 expected
from the emergency board, and the as
sistance available from other sources,
that a first-class fair can be held.
Further discussion of the matter
will occur within a few days.
A communication was read from Mr.
Schofield of the Vancouver, Portland
& Northern railway, that the directors
will meet for organisation on the 28th
BREEZY ITEMS FOR HOT WEATHER
Little Ethel (setting the dolls' table)
—We haven't anything but one piece
of ladyfinger to put on.
Little Dot—Well, we don't call it a
dinner —we'll call it a luncheon. We've
got a clean tablecloth and lots of sil
verware, you know. — Good News.
Bobbie —What are descendants, fa
Father —Why, the people who come
after you. (Presently): Who is that
young1 man in the passage?
Robbie —That's one of sister's de
scendants, come to take her for a
| The NORTHERN. PABIFI6 RAILROAD %
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allowed on any regular second-class ticket. The NORTHERN PA- —^*
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jpi the: EAPinLT develophto- -^r^.ici2v<i:ji. •v^.XjXje:
jp Tourists are thus enabled to examine its wonderful fertility and $
varied opportunities without extra expense. __*J
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j» i' Ask for tin- new Illustrated pamphlet, m
a» "The Yakiniii Valley for the Farmer."
IC. F. Benson is growing an acre of
melons just to tfive away to visitors,
that they may taste and test to their
palates' delight the products of Yaki
Prof. 1,. O. Howard succeeds Prof.
Riley as chief of the national entomo
logical bureau at Washington, I). C.
For sixteen years he has been Prof.
Riley's first assistant, and is a very
capable man. First and last the bu
reau lias been a great source of aid to
the horticulture of this country.
Unthrifty peach trees are bene fitted
A few hotne-grown strawberries are
being brought into town.
He careful to keep liquid manure
from contact with growing plants.
Tyot it be applied so as to reach the
To duplicate a choice grape vine, lay
down a branch bearing a shoot and
bary it for one summer, allowing the
shoot to stick out of the ground. Roots
will develop from the base of the shoot
as well as from the buds on either side
of it. At the end of the year cut
away the original branch so as to leave
the roots in good shape. The shoot is
then ready to be planted. This will
make one of the strongest of new
vines. Almost the same result may
be obtained b}' removing the section
of the branch before burying", taking
care to cut it beyond the first bud on
cither side of the shoot. However, it
is likely that the Cttttinga will not be
come as strong in such cases as when
the branch is buried.