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Ranche and range. (North Yakima, Wash.) 1897-1902, April 08, 1897, Image 14

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¥Ji« Hop.
That's What an English Writar Wants
His Country to Do.
"LnnttHn", writing in Mark I>ane
Express, London, says it is time the
British government put a tariff1 on bops
to protect her own growers from Ameri
can competition. We extract the follow
ing from his article:
"Recent years have very clearly proved
that in the business of hop growing
America need not fear the competition of
the world. Her soil, her climate, and fa
cilities of transit give her adyautages
which are possessed hy no other country
in the world. All the local demand can
Ite amply supplied by native plantations,
:md there will always he an available
surplus sent to European untl other mar
kets. American hops havealrendy taken
a firm hold of the English consumers and
the expansion of the trade in them can
only be checked by the application of a
liitle common sense to the consideration
of an import duty.
"The Americans know this too wel[
for our comfort, and are inclined to
smile at our complacent simplicity in
thus sitting with folded hands wailing
for the arrival of the incvitnl 1). The
American Brewers' Review says: 'The
competition of American hops on the
English marked is bejinnlnji to alarm
the English hop-grower seriously. Nor
is their alarm groundless.'
"For tic past four years I lwivo vain
ly been endeavoring to push those facts
home, and the alarm tlint is now just be
ginning lias been consistently sounded in
the enrs of planters dining the whole
period. If the American executive are
so jealous of Hie interests of their hop in
dustry as to raise an already suflieient
Shelf and Heavy HARDWARE
Bole Agent for the celebrated We are always ready to estimate nil
plumbing and sheet metal job work.
Studebakei* Wagons x
Specialties: Furnaces,■■cooking stoves
aqs^g^^'JSgT^ffii^^fesJS^B^ and ranges, iron and steel, tin and granite
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revenue duty to nearly double its pres nt
rate on a very small importation, why
cannot we claim a corresponding duty
when fully one-third of our consump'ion
is supplied from America with the prob
ability of an increased crop and an in
creased supply next year. For from Or
egon and Washington comes information
that, being encouraged by the prospect
of good prices, a larger area will be plant
ed this year than for two years past. A
larger area means a larger surplus,
which in its turn will require a larger
outlet. There is but one remark to
follow : 'Where can this surplus be dis
posed of"'' A. 'Only in England.'
"I am disposed to think that it would
be 'good biz.' if every English hop
grower would carefully study this as
pect of the hop problem and shape his
course in accordance with my humble
"Lupulin" is considered an 'Authority
on hops, but lie is laboring under a play
of imagination when he says that "Or
egon and Washington growers are plant
ing a large area." Northwestern yards
are all being carefully tilled, but prac
tically no new a. reage is being added.
The crop this .year will, with favorable
weather, be perhaps three-fourths as
huge as in '94.
In a recent letter to Orange Judd Far
mer a correspondent said:
Ido not think growers have missed it
in not selling. There are not more than
enough hops left in growers' hands to
supply brewers In the IT. S, with ten
bales apiece and there are seven the best
months in the year before the new crop
can be used. And, not only this, but we
are exporting from 100.) to 2000 bales per
week and bops wortli from 8 to 12c ll>.
The grower is in part to blame for it him
self by ir<-tiinsr frightened if he does not
happen to see two or three buyers com*
intf around every week trying to buy his
hops. It is reported and undoubtedly
true, that dealers in New York City
make contracts with" brewers to supply
them with what hops they need at a low
pi ice and then resort to all manner o!
tricks in order to induce the grower to
lei) at :i figure even below the cost of
production. (Growers should study the
situation and post themselves.
They have (he situation in their own
hands and can control the market from
now until the next crop is harvested.
There is no crop that is produced or
grown (hat fluctuates so much in prico
as hops.
It is an expensive crop to grow, lit ami
cure for market, and on this account it
proves at tiinei disatrous to the grower,
especially when lie is compelled to sell
hie crop for .'lor 4 years in succession
below the coal of production.
Horst & Laehiiiund arc contracting 'i>7
hops in YaUiina valley at !l(«9 l.>e.
Thorough four years' course, leading
to A. Bi, B. S. or B. L,. High
est Standard of Work.
Conservator.) of Music— Diploma after
six years' course.
rroparatoij Academy— Four years'
course. Prepares for any college
in the United States
For Catalogue, address,
President of Whitman follow,
Walla Walla, Wash.

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