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Ranche and Range.
ISSVEIS E^VEOR-S" THVHSDAT.
In the. Interests of the Farmers, Horticulturists ltd stockmen of
Washington. Oregon, Idaho, Montana, Utah and Hritish Columbia.
Subscription (in advance) ... $1.00 Per Year.
HILLER FREEHAN, - - - Editor.
Address alll communications to RA.NCHK AND It A NOB, Box (MS,
North Taktma, Washington.
The object of RANCHE AND RANGE is to foster and en
courage the development of the farming and stock interests of
the Northwest. It will be absolutely non-partisan.
We hope to make • Journal that will b; "velcomcd in every
rural home in the land-
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ada or Mexico.
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plish ten cents worth of extra labor, is about
what the fanner does who has no time to read his
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neighbors. Show them the paper and get them
We have received the '97 prospectus of Chas.
D. Pierce, breeder and importer of high-grade
Buff Leghorns, Oakland, Cal. His birds cap
tured every first prize in their class at the Jan
uary show at Oakland.
A copy of the '97 report of the Oregon State
Board of Horticulture has been sent us by Hon.
Emile Schanuo, who is the active member on the
board of The Dalles district. The report fills 280
pages and is replete with valuable information.
Look out for the festive tree peddler travelling
all agog these vernal days. It is far safer to trust
your order to a well-known nurseryman, be he far
or near, than to buy of the peripatetic peddler,
who knows little or nothing of your needs or the
peculiarities of your climate.
Reynolds, the great horticulturist wrote:
"The farm is a good place on which to be born,
on which to live through one's prime work, on
which to die." Sometimes it happens that one
who has spent his boyhood days on a farm may,
when he comes to struggle for himself stray away
to the city and engage in one of the numerous av
ocations which men there pursue for a livelihood.
However successful he may prove in business,
there comes a time, as old age approaches, when
his thoughts turn back to his earlier life in the
country, its independence, its calm, healthful en
joyments amid the scenes and products of nature,
and he feels a strong, overmastering desire to
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spend his later years and to die in the country, on
the bosom of the great mother of us all, generous,
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THE RESERVE QUESTION.
The setting aside of that immense area of the
Cascade range which divides the State of Wash
ington, as a forest reserve, will work great hard
ship upon our live-stock industry, as it will, if
the statute is enforced, deprive hundreds of thous
ands of sheep and cattle of their summer grazing
ground. The natural result of this exclusion
will be the wholesale emigration of the flocks and
droves to other parts. British Columbia will wel
come most of them to her verdant hillsides, for her
statesmen have not yet reserved them as a
playground for the gilded sports and scions of
This is one of the gravest questions that has
ever confronted the people of Eastern Washing
ton. The prosperity of the country largely de
pends upon our live-stock interests. The income
of the merchants of our towns will be greatly cur
tailed. The value of our valleys as winter feed
ing grounds will be destroyed, the immense
revenue received from feeding and pasturing will
be gone, and the stacks of alfalfa will stand uncon
sumed the winter through. The army of herders,
packers, shearers, drivers and other employes
who now throw their money so freely upon our
counters of trade will be only a memory. No
more will our railroads busy themselves
with the wool crop nor will they haul long trains
of stock to the far east and to the coast out of our
valleys. In short the whole thing will settle as
a blight upon every class.
We sec the papers of the Sound are stirred to
action in the matter and are making quite a
hubbub because the development of mining inter
ests in the reserved territory is suspended. We
are glad to see them at it and believe once their
attention is called it they will champion equally
as vigorously the rights of the stockmen.
We have already a part of the Cascades blocked
out in the Vakima reservation which is forbidden
ground to our stockmen, the frontier of which is
zealously guarded by copper-faced bucks, jealous
lest their hordes of worthless cayuses be robbed
of a blade of grass. Then there is the govern
ment reserve which takes in Mt. Rainier, and
stretching over the heart of the range of Kittitas
and Upper Vakima counties. While stockmen
have not yet been barred out, the power of the
law may be brought into play at any time. At
the beck of the rod and gun clubs the stock may
be driven out
The mountain ranges of this country should be
ever open to stock. Let the timber be reserved
for future generations, but give the perpetual
right to the shepherd and the cattleman to
graze their herds upon the grasses that # Nature
has so providently and generously provided for