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HOW THE FRUIT TRADE GROWS.
"This year's shipments of Washington, Idaho and Oregon
fruit to the East are the heaviest in the history of the North
west," said Freight Agent F. D. Gibbs of the Northern Pa
cific at Spokane last week to a representative of this paper.
"The increase in peach shipments amounted to fully 25 per
cent. Prune shipments increased 50 per cent, one section
alone shipping 15 carloads; apricot shipments were 25 per
cent heavier than last year, and from advices we have re
ceived the apple shipments will oe fully 50 per cent larger
than in any preceding year. To what is the increase due?
To greater acreage of trees and to wonderfully favorable
"From what I can gather, the entire country is awaken
ing to its advantages as a fruit growing section, and hor
ticulture is receiving more attention than ever before.
During the past and present week the Northern Pacific has
been running, and will run, fast through fruit trains of
10 or more cars each daily. These trains are made up here,
and the freight comes from the Willamette Valley, Or., and
the Snake River country, principally from the latter. There
are also shipments from other Eastern Washington points.
We have just received figures that warrant me in saying
that 100 carloads of fine apples will be shipped East from
the country between Spokane, Genesee and Kendrick
"Our road is doing a larger fruit carrying business at
present than ever before," said C. G. Dixon, of the Great
Northern. "We are running three through fruit trains of
15 cars apiece for Portland each week. These trains pass
through Spokane Wednesdays, Fridays and Sundays, and
make the distance between Portland and St. Paul in the
maximum time of 120 hours. The shipments are gathered
from the orchards in the Hood River country, Walla Walla,
Snake River, Wenatchee and points adjacent to Spokane.
The shipments have been arriving in prime condition and
are distributed from St. Paul throughout the entire East."
"The O. R. & N. Company is doing a larger business in
fruit handling than ever before," said Joseph Campbell, of
that road. "Two carloads of fruit are being brought in daily
for the Spokane market alone, and the through cars for
the Eastern cities come in in solid trains. Prices are sat
isfactory to grower and merchant." —Review.
THE QUESTION OF SPRAYING.
A realizing sense of the necessity of the seasonable use
of the spray pump is being deeply impressed upon the fruit
growers of the Northwest just at this time, as they see con
demned in the principal markets shipment after shipment
of infected fruit. There was a good deal of lagging through
out the spring and early summer on the part of a very
large number of our growers, in regard to the application
of proper emulsions for the destruction of insect pests,
and as a consequence the production and quality have been
seriously affected. The fruit growers took a rest this year,
but the scale and the aphis have been having a merry old
time, and the codlin moth has been spinning holes in the
fruit and the borer has been scuttling the trunks. A more
systematic effort is to be made next year. The tree that
bears scrubby fruit and that is not worth pruning and
spraying and watching over will be cut down and used to
cook the steak from the scrub cow that was eating her
head off in the dairy. As J. C. Gorsuch, a fruit grower of
Vashon, remarked to the editor the other day, it would
be the greatest blessing to the fruit industry if condemna
tion proceedings were instituted against every tree that
bore scrub fruit in the state. We fear that a pretty good
sized percentage of the trees would fall at the axman's
stroke, but if they are not profitable to the owner, take up
his land and harbor dangerous insect foes, it would be of
the greatest benefit.
CHICAGO FRUIT REGULATIONS.
The sale, or offer for sale, or possession for sale, in the
City of Chicago, of any fruit, berries or vegetables in short
weight packages; or in packages not distinctly marked with
the weight or measure of the contents in pounds, quarts,
pecks or bushels, as the case may be; or packed so as to
RANCHE AND RANGE.
Packers and Shippers
GREEN AND DRIED FRUITS
141 Dock Street. - - - Philadelphia, Fenn.
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SKOOKUM BOX FACTORY, 1nc....
Manufacturers of and dealers in all kinds of Wooden Boxes,
Bee Hives and Bee Keeper's Supplies. , ,
FRUIT AND BERRY BOXES A SPECIALTY
Quart and Pint Hailocks, 1-lb. and 4-lb. Tin-top Baskets always
on hand. Get our prices. «g*; We can save you money.
Office and Factory, Foot Stewart Street, Seattle, Wash.
PAlV s^oo m pruit Co.
GREEN AND DRIED FRUITS
On application we will gladly furnish re
liable information regarding fruit crops
in trie fruit producing sections of the east.
Nos. 19 and 21 Huron street,
104-106-108-110 Sheriff street,
CLEVELAND .... OHIO
Central Washington Nursery
WE CARRY THE MOST COMPLETE LINE OK
GENERAL NURSERY STOCK
Of any. in the state. Our prices are away below usual figures. You
will be better convinced of these facts if you call on or write to us for
quotations. We are particularly desirous of having intending' pur
chasers call at the nursery personally.
CHHS. S. SIjnPSON & CO. - North Yaklina, Wash.
The First Absolutely Pure and
m trade Wholesome 25-Cent Baking Powder
MCRESCENTi Manufactured in This State.
mark j will do all that any higher priced
powder will do and do it better.
■l^r i"' '" Crescent Manufacturing Co.