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Ranch and Range.
ISSUKD EVERY SATURDAY.
In the interests of the Farmers. Horticulturists aud Stockmen of Washington, Oregon, Idaho,
Montana. I'tah and Rritish Columbia.
Absorbed tile " Washington State Monthly."
Official organ of the Northwest Fruit Growers' Association, embracing Washington, Oregon,
Idaho and British Columbia.
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Address all communications to Kanc>« and Range, 315-316 Pioneer block, Seattle, Wash.
We know our friends will be pleased to learn that RANCH AND
RANGE will hereafter appear in enlarged form. The rapid progress of
this journal is due to the deep degree of interest that is being taken in it
by the major portion of (he rural population of the Northwest. Our hum
ble efforts have been met by their most loyal support—not merely with the
bright smile, the warm hand grasp and the cheering word, but the solid
kind, that make our printers go to home and loved ones each Saturday night
with their week's stipend in their pockets.
Of course we appreciate deeply the support that has been given us.
And yet we think that the farmers look at the matter in a liberal light,
and recognize the advantage of having a good, representative champion of
their interests. They realize that its improvement means additional service
and increased scope of usefulness to them. Nor do we mean to convey the
idea that the limit of advancement has now been reached, but step by step
we will climb.
After all, this is a co-operative business, in which every patron is a
shareholder, with an equal claim on our services, and with an equal interest
in making the paper as bright and influential, as strong and useful, as pos
sible. And they do it.
RANCH AND EANGE has no free list, by the way. We give indi
viduals who occasionally bob up with a request to have the paper sent to
them gratis to understand this pretty plainly. There are several reasons
why it is not right to expect this of us. In the first place, it costs us money,
that has to be paid out in solid cash; no way of getting around it. Then
the free-listers are a burden on those who pay their dollar. So we don't
send them. This is one of those inflexible rules, that, like the tune "Home,
Sweet Home," we play without variations.
Whenever you come to Seattle you must make it a point to call at the
office of RANCH AND RANGE. Jt is very conveniently located on the
third lloor of the Pioneer block, right in the heart of the city. We have
fitted up a couple of additional desks, where our patrons may attend to
their correspondence. We get periodicals from everywhere, and have the
leading ones on file for reference. Then, too, appointments to meet friends
at our headquarters can be made. You can tell us how your district is get
ting on and give us just the information your brother farmers want.
Two letters, full of fire and brimstone, have been received at this office
from farmers who believe they have not been treated squarely by the com
mission houses to whom they have shipped. Perhaps they have not; but
in neither ease are the statements embodied in the complaints clear enough
t(/ convince us that we should give their contributions space. Xo use shoot
ing in the air gentlemen. Bring on your facts.
.1. A. W'oll, secretary of the Washington State Dairymen's Association,
makes a pretty good advertising manager himself. Just watch his smoke!
From indications there will be a very line exhibit of dairy products at
the dairymen's meeting. All the progressive creamery men and dairymen
are out for the prizes and the honors.
The Dairymen's Association of Washington state is an organization of
which every one connected with the dairy industry should he a member. In
unity there is strength. It affords the practical medium for co-operative
action and accomplishing those aims necessary to its greatest prosperity.
Come to the meeting, join the association and be a warm supporter of its
Coffin Bros., a firm which hafl conducted business ill the Inland Empire
for niiiMY years, has opened a large wholesale and outfitting establishment
in Seattle, securing commodious quarters at 810 Occidental avenue. While
Seattle lavs claim to many men of push and enterprise, she has received
with the addition of this firm as brighi and representative a trio of merchants
RANCH AND RANGE.
M can be found anywhere on the Pacific Coast. Such people make great
business centers. They are regular dynamos chuck full of commercial
F. E. Thompson, of the firm of Thompson & Kain, of North Yakinia,
was a caller at our ofh'ee Tuesday, and reiterated the statements made in his
Letter in regard to freight rates, and says that the charges were as given in
his letter. "The 0. R. &N. and N. P. name a joint rate of 83£ cents to
Butte, Helena, Garrison and Deer Lodge. To all points east thereof the rate
from Snake river landings is $1.125," said he. "The Northern Pacific has a
graduated rate, rising as it goes east. The principal part of our shipping
was done to Hillings,, and the Northern Pacific rate from Yakima and Walla
Walla to that point was 90 cents, while we had to pay $1.12$ from Snake
river landings. As a matter of fact, we were made to pay $1.225, the extra
10 cents heing from Offield's har to II iparia. The company, however, has
acknowledged that this extra 10 cents was an overcharge, anjl have agreed
to refund it, although they are still profiting by the interest on the money.''
Mr. Thompson further states that he offered to settle witli Oflield, and ten
dered him several hundred dollars. He has no desire to let a just bill go by
default, but thinks that Offield did not live up to his agreement.
The agricultural college of Washington state has started a movement
to eradicate the Russian thistle, which is showing itself east of the moun
tains, the seed having been brought on cars, in foul grain, etc., from the
Middle states. The college desires that the counties in which the thistle
has been found jointly raise a fund of $500, as follows: Whitman, Adams,
Douglas, Franklin, Kitlitas, Lincoln and Spokane, $50 each; Walla Walla
and Yakima, $100 each. This is a matter about which there should be no
hesitation on the part of the county commissioners of the counties named.
While the patches, we believe, in this state are only ten in number, and
only two of these of any importance, there is great danger ahead of the
pest spreading over all our agricultural and range lands. The cost now
lor extermination will be merely nominal. If allowed to spread, it will
cost us millions.
RANCH AND RANGE has now on hand several hundred copies of
the following bulletins, issued by the United States Department of Agri
culture: "The Sugar Beet/ 1 by W. W. Wiley, chief of the Department
of Chemistry. This is the latest bulletin on this subject. "Alfalfa or
Lucem"; "Important Insecticides," with directions for their preparation
for use; "Irrigation in Humid Climates"; "Some Destructive Potato Dis
eases: What They Are and How to Prevent Them"; "Sorghum as a Forage
Crop"; "Grape Diseases on the Pacific Coast." Any of these bulletins
can be obtained free of cost by writing direct to RANCH AND RANGE
It is not necessary to be a subscriber; any one can get them.
A very valuable bulletin has just been issued from the Washington
Agricultural Experiment Station on the subject of "Rational Stock Feed
ing.'' The author is Prof. W. J. Spillman, and the manner in which it is
prepared makes it a distinctly refreshing contrast to the usual stereotyped
style in which such publications are usually written. Every breeder and
fanner should have a copy. All that is necessary to get it is to send your
name and address to the Washington Experiment Station, Pullman, Wash.
The number of responses that are being received to the questions re
garding spraying, and the fact that there has been such an intense interest
awakened in the discussion, cause us to conclude that it will be better not
io cqnflne the publishing of replies to a single issue, but extend them
through a series of weeks. The information collected is very tine, and is
sure to be of much value to all our growers. It will be well to file away
the numbers, and thus have them for reference as needed.
The cut which we have on the sixth page is Harry Collier's famous
Barred Plymouth Hock cock, "Billie Bryan," and hen, "Kate Chase." The
cockerels above and the pullets below are from the same mating, demon
strating the fact that if birds are bred in line good standard birds can be
produced from a single mating as well as from a double mating. Mr. Col
lier says that his young stock this year is the best he ever produced.
We hope our readers, whether subscribers or not, all understand that the
(oluinns of our paper are theirs for any expression of opinion they wish to
make regarding the subject of orchard spraying now under discussion. Re
member that this discussion has but just commenced, and the views of prom
inent horticulturist* will be continued for several weeks.
Study up bright little "tips" to send us for our "Lassoings" department.
IL is easy to write us such things on a postal card, when you come into your
home town for the week's mail.