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SHOWING WHERE YOUR IQNEY GOES
B. P. Yoakum, chairman' of tfie board of the Frisco railway system,
gives an example shbwing "where your money goes to -when you buy any
thing raised on the farm and. sold in the corner grocery. ' v
He tells of a car of watermelons' which' was shipped from an Okla
homa town to St Paul. j ; ,
The farmer raised the melons,. furnished the. !seed, fertilizer, work and
hauled them five miles to town,-and got 5 cents apiece for his load of 1,050
melons, "or $53 for the-carload ' "
The railroad hauled the car 600 miles to St. Paul and got iy2 cents
for carrying each melon, or $78.
Total to get melons raised and carried to St. Paul $131.
The. commission man sold the melons to retailers for- $315, -or $184
more than both the farmer and railroad received.
The retailers sold the melons to consumers at 60 cents per melon, or'
$630, twice the amount the .commission man paid for them; and nearly five
times .what it cost Jto produce the melons and haul thenr.600 miles; and
more than six times what the farmer got for them. ,,
Is it anywonder that the average city family can't afford to eat water
melon in watermelon time?
And the consumer foots the bill ip-the same way when he buys potaJ
toes, flour, milk, .butter, or any other, farm product through the agency of
the commission ipen and retailers.
If the farmers' had a co-operative selling organization, and the cjty
folks, a co-operative huying cub, the Oklahoma melon grower could have
charged double his price, or io cents, and yet the city man would have
gotten-his melon for a third of what he did have to pay.
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A PECK OF TROUBLE I ' IT ALU DEPENDS
Mrs. Peck We have been married
twenty years today, John.
John (with a"sigh) Yes, for twenty-years
. Mrs. Peck (scowling) What?
John (quickly) Life's tattles to
gether, Maria. "
She A person is an idiot to bother
a lot about his descent. Don't you
He Yes; unless hehappens to be
ah aviator up' in the air." .