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WALTER L. DARLINGTON.
We present herewith a photo
graph of Walter L. Darlington, one
of the firm of the Darlington Com
mission Co., of Chicago. Although
but 22 years of age he is one of the
best judges of stock and shrewdest
buyers in the Chicago stock yards.
After passing through a course in
the Commercial Business College of
Chicago, he entered the yards as a
buyer at the age of 16, purchasing
at first a few head per day and
butchering them for the wholesale
market. He was so successful in
operations that it was not long before
he was buying and selling on a
scale equaling the old veterans. Re
cently he entered into a partnership
with his father, W. M. Darlington,
who is well known to all western
cattle and sheepmen, and his cousin,
W. H. Darlington, under the firm
name of the Darlington Commis
He has a memory that stands
him in good stead. An instance
which shows its remarkable capacity
occurred when he was in Dakota
two years ago. In rounding up
400 head of cattle that he had pur
chased in lots of fifteen and twenty
from various stockmen, he discov
ered that two head were missing.
He had the cattle all driven through
a gate, one at a time, and as they
passed through he called the name
of the owner of each and when the
tally was footed up, it was found
that one man's bunch was two head
short, and the missing animals were
brought in. Nels Morris, one of
the leading cattle dealers of the
country on hearing of this feat, said
that it was something he might well
be proud of, as it was doubtful if
another man in the yards could
RANCHK AND RANGE.
ON VARIOUS TOPICS.
A Noted Visitor Writes an interesting
Letter on His Impressions of
A. B. Leckenby, whose arrival in
the state of Washington we noted
in our issue of two weeks ago, has
given below a summary of his ob
servations while in Central Wash
ington. As he expects to remain
in this state for several weeks yet
studying our grains and grasses,
our readers will probably hear from
"In the Ahtauum district is found
a mild form of alkali trouble which,
when compared with other known
regions, is indeed insignificant in its
present stage of development. With
discreet management there seems
little to fear, when we consider its
small indications, facilities for drain
age and abundant water supply.
There appears no well defined evi
dence of the black alkali (sodium
carbouite), as is shown by the clear
ness of the pools of water and
other well known proof. It re
sembles more sodium chloride or
sodium sulphate. The growing
plants all point to this same conclu
sion. There is net room to doubt
that this so-called alkali land will
grow useful crops of grass if suit
able varieties of seed are sown.
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Spokane ■■■■•■ Washington.
"Some serious difficulty is more
than suggested by the presence of
troublesome weeds on poorly culti
vated ground. The thistle is un
pleasantly alarming — chiefly of the
biennial varieties, which if cut just
before going to seed is effectively
destroyed. A well-organized com
munity of farmers should combine
their efforts and make it unlawful
to allow these to go to seed. There
are some indications of the wild
morning glory that need close atten
tion. A note of warning is neces
sary in regard to Johnson grass
(sorghum halapense). Although a
good grass, and relished by stock
when young, it has proven a land
stealer by its tenacious hold on or
chard and garden. Close pastur
ing, where practical, will prove ef
fectual in destroying its roots. Do
not let it go to seed.
' 'The farmers show some scars in
their manly struggle with hard
times, but on the whole are deserv
ing of congratulation, and they
point with commendable pride to
(in many cases) their ideal crops of
alfalfa, timothy, clover, fruit, hops,
etc. Several farmers are experi
menting with sugar beets, exhibit
ing encouraging indications. There
is a necessary lack of experience,
and in some cases the selection of