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YAKIMA PCJ«LIFn>M MIPVXY.
NoUTH YAKIMA. WASHINGTON.
North Yakhna, Yaklina: Avenue.
Seattle, Room 7, Hlnckley Block.
Tucoma, 1118 Pacific Aveuue.
RANCH SMALL TALK.
Send us your name and $1, and re
ceive Thk Ranch for a year.
A first-class farmers' institute
should be held here during state fair
week. Who will work up the proposi
That Wisconsin county referred to
under "Prospects" as appropriating
$60,000 for a fair ground is Bayfield
county, and the 1893 figures jive it but
7,390 population. And of course neither
its agriculture nor its teVritory can
compare with that of Yakima!
More rain! Well, well! That's a
great thing for the Yakiuia country,
Raving lots of irrigation ami doin^
wonders for the wheat on the hills.
One potato grower says that the rain
of two weeks ajjfo was worth $250 to
him, and last week's rain #500. If
this thin},'- keeps up through the season
he'll come into winter quarters a rich
Before kicking too high about low
prices and the scarcity of money, just
look back to the times when dollars
were plentiful and see how near 50
cents will come to buying as much as
100 cents did then. Things are cheap,
very cheap, these days. Clothing, dry
goods, boots and shoes, su^ar and
most of the necessities of life are as
low as any reasonable man could ex
pect. This is some consolation in
these times of low wheat, potatoes,
hay, eggs, butter and most farm pro
It has been asserted quite frequently
in the outside world that this is an arid
country, a veritable Sahara in fact.
But the season of 1H94 seems detei
inined to put an end to all such talk.
Aloiif, r in July or August we shall be
prepared to take back anything we
may now intimate regarding the ease
with which crops may be grown with
out irrigation in the Yakima valley.
Just now, however, after two heavy
showers, and the ground soaked to the
depth of several inches, it does seem
as though the necessity for irrigating
ditches is a long way off.
Here is an item for the curious in
such matters to remember: Corinth
was the sponser of "currents" and Da
mascus of "damsons." The English
have borrowed the word "gooseberry"
from the French "groseille;" "apricot"
is derived from the Arabic, "peach"
from the French or the Italian, and
"tomato" from the Mexican Aztec
"tomotel," while the word "cauliflow
er" is almost comically close in its de
rivation from the Spanish "col-y-flor,"
cabbage and flower.
During the year ending the present
month the United States will have
shipped to foreign countries about 45,
--000 bales of hay, which is about twice
as much as during the previous twelve
months. It is thought that the price
for hay this year will advance. Cali
fornia will be short, and the news
from England is that forage crops of
all kinds are far from promising. But
it will hardly do to depend on distant
cities for marketing the hay crop.
Better increase the dairy and other
stock in the country and feed the hay.
The Pullman agricultural college
should be interested in the state fair.
It is announced that the students
will make an exhibit at Tacoma. The}'
should be invited to prepare an exhibit
for North Yakima. The managers
have not the means to enable them to
scour the country for attractions, but
we see no reason why a state institu
tion near home may not by a proper
course be induced to do something to
help out the state fair. No better ad
vertisement of the institution can be
put forth than an exhibit showing the
work of the students in shop, garden
and field. We have no doubt about
the hearty co-operation of faculty and
students in making the state fair a
success if their attention is called to
Get out and take a hand in the elec
tion of school directors. Place the
management of school affairs in the
hands of the very best and most intel
ligent and broad-minded men in the
district. Put aside petty spite and
jealousy, politics and sectarianism,
and unite on first-class men for school
work. This election is more import
ant than either county or state elec
tions. It touches every home in the
land. It is the privilege of the women
of this state to vote at these elections.
Being1 a privilege, it becomes a duty.
Verily it is better sometimes to run
a mill than to run a farm. Rural
World tells about an Illinois farmer
who took a load of wheat to mill to
have it ground for feed. The miller
told him he would charge him H cents
a bushel for grinding, and 'offered in
place of that to buy the wheat at 45
cents a bushel and sell him an equal
quantity in mill feed at 70 cents per
100 pounds. Tho farmer accepted the
proposition, and the miller sold his
feed within 3 cents a bushel of the
price he paid for his wheat. Some
people can't see through a millstone
though it have a a rod square hole
in the center.
Fruit growers are "catching on"
rapidly. They keep a business eye
open on most occasions now-a-days.
The latest indication of this comes
from Albany, Or. Albany was lately
the scene of a large gathering of
Presbyterian clergymen from the "ef
fete" east. When they departed each
bore away in his little "grip" a neat
box of dried prunes—the real home
product, the gift of the orchard own
ers of the locality. Now that may be
mixing business with religion, but it
is not a bad mixture. The preachers
have long been urging the mixing of a
little more religion with business tran
sactions, which is entirely proper. It's
considered a poor rule that don't work
Here's good news for the cattlemen
of eastern Washington! Joe Scott,
president of the Montana cattlemen's
association; Frank Robinson and
Henry Tusler, of Miles City, and J. T.
Boardman, of Deer L,odge, have just
completed a cattle purchasing tour of
eastern Washington. They bought
15,000 head, the prices averaging $10
per yearling, $15 for 2-year-olds, and
$20 for 3-year-olds. It is estimated by
local cattlemen that 40,000 head will
be taken out of Washington and Ore
gon into Montana this year. This is
what The Ranch believes the begin
ning of another prosperous era in the
cattle business. It is a long lane that
has no turn. Following a renewal in
this direction will come prosperity to
other branches of farming.
Growing crops always look badly
after a severe storm such as this part
of the country experienced on Sat
urday and Sunday last, but "after the
clouds roll by" vegetation has a way
of shaking off the water and straight
ening- itself up that is perfectly mar
velous. First appearances and re
ports are discourag-ing- almost always,
but thing-s look decidedly better after
a day or two. So it is this time. Dam
age has not been general nor import
ant. Not being used to such a shak-
ing up, people were a trifle "flusterat
ed" by the wind and the lightning-.
So far as seen and heard from the hig-h
winds did no harm whatever to the
hops except a little to some of those
trained by the hig-h trellis system.
The fruits were whipped off the trees
a little, but to no harmful extent; they
were too young- for that.