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Inquiry into European crop conditions indicates that the
crop conditions are very grave.
Estimates of Europe's (including England) needs of
wheat import range all the way from 300,000,000 to 400,
--000,000 bushels. Europe's wheat crops for 1895, 1894 and
1893 averaged 1,500,000,000 bushels. In 1891, the famine
year, it was only 1,200,000,000. The impression is gaining
ground that Europe's wheat crop this year is even less than
But this is not the worst of it. Europe usually pro
duces as much rye as she does wheat. It is the bread grain
of the masses. The rye crop of the principal European
countries has averaged above 1,300,000,000 annually for
1896, 1895, 1894 and 1893. This season the rye crop of these
countries cannot much exceed 875,000,000 bushels.
Quite as bad is the potato prospect. Only about 1,850,
--000,000 bushels of potatoes will be harvested in these coun
tries this year. Without regard to the United Kingdom or
other European countries, there is a shortage of some mill
ion bushels of potatoes. The European shortage, compared
with average, follows:
Wheat, bushels 300,000,000
Rye, bushels 335,000,000
Potatoes, bushels 1,000,000,000
Total bushels 1,625,000,000
J. W. Peck, owner of a fine farm in Moxee Valley, Yakima
County, which is irrigated by artesian water, is preparing
to make an artificial lake to cover about three-fourths of
an acre, and it will afford sport in the fishing and swim
ming line during the summer and plenty of fun for skaters
in the winter. The bathing features should be "out of
sight," since the water for the pond will come from the ar
tesian wells —and possess electrical properties. A bath in
it would highly exhilarate the swimmer.
0. H. Holcomb, proprietor of one of Seattle's leading
sale stables, figures out that over 2000 horses have already
been taken up to Alaska since the rush commenced. The
extraordinary demand of the few weeks past is now about
over and probably very few more will go up until next
spring. When asked what he thought would be done with
the horses up there through the winter he said that most
of them would starve to death or be shot, as feed was so
high up there and hard to get that it would not be possible
to winter them.
Experiments show that it takes 4 pounds and 11 ounces
of barley to make 1 pound of pork. This makes barley
worth 50 cents a bushel, at the present value of pork. Of
wheat, 4 pounds and 6 ounces are required to make 1 pound
of pork, making wheat worth 70 cents. Of corn, 4 pounds
8 ounces, making it worth 63 cents in pork, per bushel. It
don't pay to feed wheat to hogs this year, but it pays more
than 100 per cent to fatten them on corn.
Miss Rose M. Blalock, daughter of Dr. N. G. Blalock, of
Walla Walla, has been chosen as the Goddess of Plenty to
preside at the Spokane Fruit Fair. Arrangements for a re
production of her beautiful features on souvenir buttons
have been made.
Thomas Cooper, Western land commissioner of the
Northern Pacific, said yesterday that the great success of
Washington's wheat crop this year will create an active de
mand for wheat lands in Washington.
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