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Ranche and Range.
ISSUED EVERY THURSDAY.
In the interests of the Farmers, Horticulturists and Stockmen of Wash
ington, Oregon, Idaho, Montana, Utah and British Columbia.
Official organ of the Northwest Fruit Growers' Association, embracing
Washington, Oregon, Idaho and British Columbia.
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MILLER FREEMAN - - Editor
Address all communications to 534-535 Pioneer block, Seattle, Wash.
Branch office at North Yakima, Wash.
We will take it as a great favor if subscribers who do not
receive RANCHE AND RANGE on or before Saturday of the
same week in which it is published would notify us. We
want every reader to get this paper promptly.
Great Britain's parliament has passed a law which, in
effect, prohibits the importation from any foreign port of
prison-made goods, unless such goods shall have been made
in the penal institutions of any part of the United Kingdom.
The authorities of the state of California have been plainly
notified that this law will be carried out. As a very large
number of grain bags used by the grain farmers of Washing
ton are made by the penitentiary at Walla Walla, this is a
law that hits our own state pretty hard.
The Washinton Fruit & Produce Union, of Tacoma, may
be a reliable firm, but they certainly are not very prompt in
paying their advertising bill to this paper. If they are as
slow in making remittances to farmers who make shipments
to them we would like to know it. Have any of our readers
had any experience with this company? In their prospectus
they announce that the capital stock of the company is $10,
--000, divided into shares of $5 each. We note that it is an
other one of those special combinations for the farmer
which enables him to become a stockholder of this company
and have his own market by paying the sum of $5 per share.
We note also that the stockholders have the privilege—the
great privilege —of paying the salaries of the officers which
were set at $100 per month. Also other expenses of the com
pany. Now those who have had dealings with the Washing
ton Fruit & Produce Union will confer a favor upon the ship
pers of this state if they will write and tell us exactly how
they have been treated.
The interview in this issue with Mr. Chas. Bruhn contains
some particularly valuable pointers for our stockmen. There
is one thought which is alone worth considering well and
that is the advantage of providing more comfortable con
ditions for animals that are being prepared for market.
There was never a farmer yet that found a good big barn,
properly built, an unprofitable investment.
Very happily for the Northwestern farmers the weather
for the past ten days has been all that could be desired for
the furtherance of harvesting operations. There was a spell
of threatening rainy weather during the early part of Sep
tember that, had it continued, would have had a most dis
astrous effect upon the great grain crops. However, the
clear skies and bright, sunny weather have taken its place,
and the harvesting operations are coming to a merry con
clusion. But are the farmers of our country to continue to
allow their crops to be at the mercy of the elements next
year? Proper provisions for storing the grain ca nbe made,
and an investment that would be very small in proportion to
the loss that might be sustained by the visitation of a week
or two of bad weather at the critical harvest period.
During the past week farmers institutes were held at Stan
wood, Auburn and Enumclaw. These institutes were con
ducted by Professors Spillman and Balmer, of the State Ag
ricultural School. They were very interesting and instruc
tive. The audiences were small, when we consider the bene
fits that might accrue to the farming people if they would
only attend these meetings. We sincerely hope that the
future meetings in the Sound country will be better attended.
The committees having the institutes in charge made every
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effort possible for their success, and the lecturers and mem
bers of the press in attendance were royally treated.
The Whatcom Blade says: "If the thistles in Whatcom
county are Canadian thistles as many report, it is high time
to prepare systematic operations for their extermination
during the growing or blooming season next year; it is al
ready two months too late to accomplish anything in that
direction with this year's crop, but farmers of experience
ought to be sufficiently alarmed by current reports to insti
tute investigation and prepare for a crusade against the ra
pacious weed." RANCHE AND RANGE may state that in
vestigation has proven that Canadian thistles have obtained
a foothold in that county, and that there is but one way to
get them out: The farmers must organize and turn out in a
body to destroy them. This thistle business was promptly
decided by the farmers of Kittitas county, where, early in
the season, it was discovered in two parts of the valley. A
meeting was called, an organization effected and systematic
effort soon disposed of the patches. There is not a man,
woman or child in Whatcom county, whether living in town
or country, but should take the liveliest kind of a part in
such an organization, and next year carry on a campaign so
vigirous that not a single thistle will be allowed to cast its
seed. The Whatcom papers will not be doing their duty if
they do not stir the residents of their county up to the im
portance of this question. The time to commence is not
next summer. If allowed to go on and multiply it will steal
the lands of Whatcom county, and by its occupancy rob the
farmers of millions of dollars. This is a warning to be
heeded. Its importance is not magnified. No alternative re
mains. Thorough organization and complete extermination
are in order. Organization for the next season's fight should
be commenced at once.
The Sentinel of Asotin, Wash., reports that the farmers are
all preparing to market lots of hogs this fall. But will they
have any for sale next fall? We fear not. Wheat's too high.
The wheat crop of Washington, Oregon and Idaho is being
harvested in good shape. The weather for the past 12 days
has, in most districts, been as good as could be desired.
Marcus Daly, the Montana millionaire mine-owner, has re
tired from the turf, and closed down his racing stables. Daly
has for years been one of the most prominent men in racing
circles in the United States and has spent many hundreds of
thousands of dollars in following the sport. His retirement
will be something of a damper on racing in Montana.
Sherman county, Or., with 2,200 population, will have 3,
--000,000 bushels of wheat.
J. M. Hixson, of Seattle, is going to contribute to the glory
of the great Spokane Fruit Fair by adding his presence to
the great concourse that will gather there during the gala
two weeks. He has placed an order for a new suit of clothes
especially for the occasion.
Two of the regents of the Washington State Agricultural
College, Messrs. Windus and Powell, have resigned. There
is a most shameful lot of political jugglery going on over that
institution. It is outrageous that this college, which has been
ably handled by its faculty, should for a moment be made
the center of contention for partizanship fights. The ques
tion of political faith of its instructors should not be allowed
to ever be brought into consideration. Windus has been, we
understand, working very hard to have the present faculty
removed, but as he has dropped out it is very probable that
no change will be made. It would be very unfortunate if the
college were to lose its present corp of able instructors, as
they are all thoroughly in touch with the requirements of
their departments. If left to a vote of the farmers they
A peculiar case of alleged cruelty to animals is described
in a news dispatch, reporting the attempt to drive out a
colony of bees that had taken possession of a vacant house
in Elizabeth, N. J. The contractor, who wished to make
some repairs, was the first to be driven back, after being se
verely stung. He turned them over to the president of the
Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals. He march
ed to the health inspector. He did but little better, and soon
beat a hasty retreat, leaving the bees master of the situation.