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AIR A QIG SUCCESS
A Splendid Exposition of the Natural
Resources of Whatcom County*
Record Breaking Attendance
Record-hreaking crowds attended
this year's county fair at Lynden lust
week. The weather conditions were
ideal and everything passed off in n
first-class manner, satisfactory to visit
ors and local citizens alike.
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Thousands of people participated in
the delightful celebration, which was
by all odds the most important in tin
local calendar of the year. And tbe
grand fair celebration of last week was
the keynote of what should be the per
sistent permanent policy of not only
the fair management but of Lynden's
people in general. Last week at this
fair the people of Whatcom county got
together and had a good time. There
was little formality attout the affair
but everybody enjoyed it. The partici
pation was general. The townspeople
and the country people, people from
Hellinghani, Kverson, Nooksack, Fern
dale, in fact, from all points in the val
ley vied with one another to make the
Big Show a Big Success; Men and
women, boys and girls, joined in the
fair festivities and entered heartily
into the spirit of the occasion, and a
demonstration of good feeling and gen
uine interest was manifest. No com
plaints were made and none were
heard. The attendants were Certainly
satisfied, and so were the Lyndenites
They had every reason to be. The
fair brought together all the folks of
the town and the Valley. It gave them
a chance to get acquainted again, and
in talking matters over they found
that there are many things of common
interest which make it desirable that
they should meet annually at the
county fair and that tbe very identity
of the interests of the various sections
of the Valley should find its people i
more closely together in business and
in social relations.
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On Thursday, the first day of th?
fair, there were sold at the gate 709
adult tickets. 96 children's tickets and
II season t-ske's. Tolal gate receipts.
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On Friday, tbe second day of the
fair, there were sold at the gate, 2,812
adult tickets, 4,'!9 children's tickets,
and 8 season tickets. Total gate re
On Saturday, the third and last day
of the fair, there were 2,543 adult tick
ets and ."7H children's tickets sold at
the gate. Total gate receipts, $721.75.
The grandstand receipts on Friday
were $158.25 and on Saturday they
amounted to $158.35. Showing that on
each of the days that the grandstand
was opened for an admission charge,
the attendance was about the same.
The grand total receipts for admis
sions on the three days amounted to
$1,718.90, and the total receipts at the
grandstand were $316.60, making ,i
grand total of $2,035.50.
The gate receipts last year amount
ed to $1,180.9::, $502.00 on Friday anil
$624.87 on Saturday. The grand
stand receipts last year were $117.75
for Friday, and $169.20 for Saturday.,
On Saturday of last year's- fair the
grandstand was opened to admissions
both forenoon and afternoon, while
this year there was no admission in
the forenoon. The concessions this
year netted the association $580,00.
Last year they brought $103.
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It is safe to estimate that fully 4,00
people were in attendance on this
year's fair on each of the main days--
Friday and Saturday.
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The financial showing made is- onf
that every citizen of Whatcom Count)
may be proud of and reflects witV
great credit upon those having the
management of the county fair in
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The association, it has been found
will be compelled to build some addi
tional cattle and horse sheds for next
year's Big Show. Many entries had to
lie turned away this year for the rea
son that the stock sought to be enter
ed could no be taken care of. It is th"
purpose of he association to use the
present sheds entirely for cattle next
year and to erect some new horse
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The following firms made ggedltable
displays which were greatly admired
by the throngs of visitors Many ot
the displays showed unusual good
taste in arrangement, and in color ef
fects in their decorations. The dis
plays were all made in the Merchants'
and Manufacturers' building, which
had been erected this year:
Pacific Coast Condensed Milk Co.,
Whatcom Flour & Feed Co., Bellin;.
Lynden Creamery Co.
Royal Dairy Co.. Bellingham.
Banner Creamery Co., Lynden.
Fisher Flouring Mills, Seattle.
Lynden Implement Co., Lynden.
Centennial Flouring Mills, Seattle.
Folz Millinery, Lynden.
Bellingham Candy Co.. Bellingham
Farmers' Mercantile Co., Lynden.
Bellingham Flour Mills Co.. Belling
Lynden Department Store, Lyndon
F. J, Barlow, Helllngham.
Bowman Implement Co.
Ford Automobile Co.
Morse Hardware Co.. Bellingham.
Bartlett Bros.. Bellingham
Northern Grocery Co.
Ira D. Lundy Co.. Seattle.
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The Lynden Creamery had posted
over its display some facts and fig
ures regarding the prosperity of Lyn
den and the Nooksack Valley, which
iXonaolibatinn of 3hr ParifU pilot ana Ihr tgnorn *un
meant a great deal. A large sign gave
the amount of business done by this
creamery, the largest in the state, as
Pounds of Cream Received.
In 19oS M3,37j
In 1909 1,157,44"
In l!*lu 1,588.571
In 1911 1,412,40(1
ln 1912 (Oct., Nov., Dee. esti
In 19(18 $ 73.969.27
In 19d9 118,598.00
In 1910 160,381.17
In 1911 143,336.99
In 1912 268,198.00
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The Fruit Display.
The fruit display in the main ex
hibit hall was a hummer, and the
magnificent display of apples espe
cially astonished all visitors. "Is
it possible that these were raised in
Whatcom County?" was a question
heard many times as pessers-by In
spected the boxes of beautifully col
ored and large sized specimens ofi
the "King of Fruits." This year's:
exhibit of apples compared very fa
vorably with the displays made at
the annual apple show in Spokane.
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Tbe Lynden Fruit Growers' As
sociation had an exhibit that was an
attractive feature in the main hall.
It was the admiration of all at
tendants and the management is de
serving of great credit. The dis
play was collected in a very short
lime and was in charge of Chap
ileyes who showed exceeding skill
and taste in arrangement.
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C. E. Fitzgerald of Ferndale had
a splendid display of apples which
,-aused many favorable comments a
mong visitors. He exhibited some
-specimens of the Glowing Coal va
riety which would do credit to any
country. This is a new variety in
this section but has been grown on
scattering trees for about 12 years,
not a crop being missed in that pe
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The universal declaration of stock
:'a nciers and experts iv the matter
of highly bred cattle was that those
an exhiition here could not be ex
celled anywhere. B. C. Crabtree ex
libited his splendid herd of Jer-1
seys, as did George Rothfuss, of j
Kverson. N'els Jacobson had his
fine Guernseys, and Jackman Bros. 1
showed a herd of the same breed.
S. ft. Wolf of Lynden, Robert Clark
ion of Ferndale, L. J. Sinnes, of
Uellingham, and Albert Smith of
Sumas, showed fine bred Holsteins.
loseph ("larkson had a bunch of
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The Poultry Display.
The capacity of the poultry sheds
:ias been doubled since last year,!'
md for this reason many consider- ,
■d the poultry exhibit not as Irage|
is last year. However, they were in!
•rror in this, as last year's fair had! (
j.dy 73 coops in the poultry exhib
t, and'these not all filled, while this
.ear there were 7 7 coops, all filled.
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The Art Exhibit J
One of the most inviting de- j
inrtments in the main hall was that
portion of the balcony devoted to 1
ill paintings, water colors and pen t
aid ink sketches. The display was ,
arger and finer than that of last
• ear, and many of the exhibits were 1
he work of Lynden ladies. This 1
section also included hand paint-;
•d china, many pieces in the exhibit |
.bowing exquisite design and skill <
in execution. The artists of Belling- I
tarn added to this display with a ;
number of choice articles.
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Needlework —This department ad- 1
oined the art exhibit, and included '
i great variety of articles showing |
he latest stitches and designs toj:
fancy work, many of the exhibits be
ng of intricate nature and taxing ths
-kill of the maker. The work of
he judges in this department was 1
lot easy. IJ
School exhibits were worthy of j
■special notice and attracted many
•oin men t s by the visitors, none of|
a'bom failed to compliment the work .
if the different departments. I,
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The races were considered the
'>est ever pulled off in the coun
y. $294 was paid in purses. Three
>f the best heats were without !
SpanSS to the Association. One i :
xas a match running race where the ;
owners had put up the purse. The
>tber two were put on by raising a*l
nons lovers of the sport purses of
112. and $45.
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At two o'clock on Friday there
*ere 151 automobiles on the ground
when The Tribune made the count.
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The individual display of vegetables
md alfalfa made by A. H. Frasler took
the first prize and is deserving of the
highest commendation. The silver
fup awarded by the B. B. & B. C.
railway for the best potato exhibit i
LYNDEN, WASHINGTON, THURSDAY OCTOBER JO, 19/2
PARCELS POST TO GO IN EFFECT ON
JANUARY Ist. RATES NOW GIVEN.
Bureau of this Department Will Make Regulations Governingt he Work
ing of the Measure Demanded by the Farmers of the Country.
After many years of fighting, the agricultural interests of the United States have succeeded in getting a start
on the parcels post law. It is not all that has been contended for, but as an opening wedge it will no doubt prove
monumental in its effect. During the long struggle the farmers have been opposed strongly by the express com
The measure was included in the general postoffice bill. It is founded on the zone system intsead of the flat
rate plan. That is, there is a graduated charge, according to distance, the charge increasing as the distance grows.
Just what the effect will be remains to be seen.
The postoffice department has not yet fully outlined the measure. There will be many regulations to be made
before it can be put into operation January 1, 1913. It is expected that the postmaster general will designate cer
tain postal officials who will constitute a board, or bureau, to determine the rules and regulations to govern the
parcels post. This board, by the aid of the interstate commerce commission, is empowered to change the classifi
cation of articles when the occasion seems to demand it. It will be along this line that much will have to be done,
and this bureau will have immense power to construe the law in favor of the farmers or otherwise. So great pow
er has this board that they practically have entire charge of the measure. Senator Bourne, who was one of those
interested in the bill, states:
"The postmaster general may make provision for Indemnity insurance
and collection on delivery with additional charges for such service; and may,
with the consent of the interstate commerce commission, alter investigation,
modify rates, weights and zone distances when experience has demonstrated
the need therefor."
Another feature that commands interest is that relating to roads. It is
understood that $500,000 was appropriated for experimental roads. It is stated
that $8,000 was set aside to each state. In order to secure this amount the
state must appropriate a sum double t lat. The rates are as follows:
Zone I—Fiftyl—Fifty miles, 5 cents first pound and 3 cents each additional pound.
Zone 2 —One hundred and fifty miles; rate, 6 cents first pound and 4
cents each additional pound.
Zone 3 —One hundred and fifty miles to SOO miles; rate, 7 cents ami 5
cents each additional pound.
Zone 4 —Three hundred miles to 600 miles; rate, 8 cents and 6 cents each
Zone s—Six5 —Six hundred miles to 1.000 miles: rate. 9 cents and 7 cents each
Zone 6 —One thousand miles to 1,400 miles; rate. 10 cents and 9 cents
is retained in Lynden and will be
come a permanent possession if won
again next year-
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The display of English walnuts
grown on W. Harvey Smith's place in
Lynden was a feature much talked of.
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Dug Ogle of the Lynden Meat
J Market had two big steers on exhi
bition which attracted much atten
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An interesting feature of the e
vents of the track was the daily pa
rade of blue blooded horses and cat
tle which afforded visitors an
: opportunity to see some of the hand
somest stock ever shown.
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The Lynden-Holland band furn
ished tbe music in tbe grand stand.
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! Johnny Mulder distinguished him
self In the bate ball game of Friday
! when he pitched bis first .game tor
i the Ljndell nebular* with the Bell-j
Ingham Elks as opponents. John'
fa ned twelve men and showed ex-|
cel'ent control throughout the elev
en inulng contest. Tht Bellingham
lawyers were easy marks for Lyn-'
den on Saturday.
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The foot ball game Saturday was
won by Lynden with a score of 10
!as against Blame's 4.
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i The Awards.
The Tribune intended to publish
| the list of awards made at the Fair.
I giving names of winners in the vari
ous departments. Secretary Stu
art has. however, been unable to
complete the list in time for publi
cation this week, but next week s
Tribune will contain the entire list
of awards ln.all the departments.
An Expert* Review of the
By C. E. Flint, State Horticultural
The second edition of the Whatcom
County Fair has gone into history.
It is a record that no one need fetl
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Starting one year ago, a few of the
real boosters of the county conceived
the idea that Lynden was the logical
place for the county fair. They have
labored untiringly, day in and day out.
week in and week out, till success has
surely crowned their efforts.
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l At the fair just closed there seem
led to be more of a unity of purpose
to work together as a whole county
for the development of the whob
county than ever before.
That's the thing that counts, united
action and co-operation. There is a
new spirit manifest, a spirit of doing
things and we are going to call it the
j "Whatcom County Spirit."
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Whatcom County is the most prog
ressive of all the counties of the-state
I've said that before and some even
yet seem to think it is hot air. It'sj
not. It also is the best all around
agricultural county in the state, an i
that's not hot air, either.
There are a few men who are mak
ing records as up-to-date farmers and
I their number is increasing rapidly.
One always finds these men at all
! gatherings where there is a possible
chance to learn more about their busi
ness. They are never too busy to at
j tend the fairs, neither are they too
I busy to gather and exhibit their prod
l ucts. These men are not satisfied to
I si>end one day at the fair, but are
j there every day and they will always
' tell you that they are well paid for
| tbe time spent. The writer met doz
ens of them at the fair a Lynden, and
-jtber all pronounced it the best and
l most successful fair ever held in the
. Northwest. The writer attended tho
King and Snohomish county fairs an I
l without boasting. the horticultural
and vegetable display at Lynden was
far superior to either one.
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Not but what the others had good
fairs and the people there worked
hard for success, for they did. Hut we
have better conditions and better soil
than they have.
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We listened to quite a number of
Eastern people as they praised th 3
show of fruit and it is putting it mild
-1 ly to say that they were astonished
" at what they saw. ' Why, 1 didn't
know you could grow apples here,"
was thrown at us dozens of times and
"that's just as good as they grow easi
of the mountains." was heard as often.
There is a reason for their not know
ing and it's our fault. We haven't
| been growing them, but we can and
, [are going to grow them in large quan
tities. I think that the better grow
lers are all of the same opinion, that
two apples, or at the outside three, are
'all we should try to grow for market
"jThe Gravenstein and Glowing Coal,
' with the King as the third fall apple,
one year with another, pay best, look
■ best and taste best. It is wise to grow
that which tastes good, as well as
t looks good and these varieties, when
i well grown, combine both of these
I qualities. However, we must not
j dwell too strong on the apples, for this
is a pear country, a cherry country
and berry country.
Anyone seeing the root development
don the plants that Mr. Chap Hayes
showed could not help but feel that
/berries are surely at home. Then
there were grapes, two plates, if 1 re
member right, that were the equal of
1 Eastern grapes, much better in flavor
than those we receive on the marker
from Eastern Washington. Most of
the grapes are sour, but these two
plates were sweet and delicious. Th"
clusters were well formed and the ber
ries close set. We may even grow
grapes some day.
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With the exception of potatoes, the
vegetable show was the best ever held
in the county. The blight has raised
havoc with potatoes and while the ex
hibit of potatoes was not bad, 1 have
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There was well matured field corn,
that goes to show that the time is com
ing when our dairymen will be able t:<
grow corn to fill their silos.
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The women's department was filled
with everything good to wear and eat
It fairly made me hungry just to look
at the rows and rows of jars of frui'
of every description; of pickles an!
jellies and jams, besides such beautiful
canned vegetables. Surely this is a
land of plenty, a land where nature is
just aching to supply the husbandman
with every good thing. Not alone the
necessaries of life, but the luxuries as
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The exhibits of the children was
also splendid and shows that the far
mer of the future will be a better one
than he of the present, because he is
getting better and earlier training.
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Butter, cheese and eggs, with hone>
on the side. The only kick the writ
er has it that he wasn't asked to judge
in the pastry department.
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The livestock was good, but there
are lots more men in the county thai
had just as good a right to bring their
stock out and help make a show as
those who were there.
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Certainly the fair was up-to-date,
but next year there will be a new
mark set. Don't forget that we are
progressing. Each year we are grow
ing better fruit because we are mixing
each additional pound.
Zone T —i'p to 1,800 miles, 11 cents and 10 cents each additional pound.
Zone s —All distances beyond 1,800 miles, 12 cents and 12 cents each ad
It should be explained thai any package of four ounces and less, takes a flat
rate of one cent per ounce. When the package reaches five ounces it becomes
subject to the pound rate, which is five cents in the first zone and up to 12
cents In zone eight. This last zone takes in all distances over 1,800 miles.
The following Information from Washington explains the workings of the
parcels post law on a rural route where only one postoffice is involved:
The rate under the new parcels post law on a rural route involving only
one postoffice, is five cents for the first pound and one cent each additional
pound. Any parcel not over 11 pounds in weight and not more than 72 inches
in length and girth combined, not likely to injure the mail or postal equip
ment or employes, may be sent for this rate from any ]>oint on a rural route
lo the postoffice from which the rural route starts, and if this office is a free
delivery office the package may be delivered within the city. The parcel may
also be dropped into the mail box in the city and collected for delivery on the
brajns In the business a little now.
We are growing better grain and hay
and vegetables, as well as live stock
and 1 believe we are also growing
better men and women.
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One of the most beautiful pictures
ever seen by the writer was that pre
sented to the view out In the street in
front of the grounds just at the close,
when the exhibitors were packing up
to leave for their homes. Old Mt. Bak
er In the background, bright and clear,
stood smiling down on the beautiful
Nooksack Valley. In the street and on
the grounds were hundreds of autos,
single and double teams, and the own
ers of them dodging In and out, get
ting their bundles and boxes packed
ready for the homeward drive. And
such a good natured crowd it was. too.
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The weather man had been on his
good behavior. The prizes were well
distributed, so that all received a
share. Everyone acted just as though
he was well paid for all his efforts and
was going home with a determination
to come again next year and help to
make next year's fair a greater suc
cess, if possible, than the one just
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One of the best evidences of the
kindly good nature and the co-opera
trve spirit was the willingness of all
to donate the very best of their ex
hibit to go to the great land show
which is to lie held in Minneapolis In
November. When asked for them the
usual answer was, "Why. sure." And
that is the spirit we want to carry
with us all the time. "The why, sure"
is the spirit that wins and we of
Whatcom County are going to be win
The Household Division.
Mrs ('. E. ('line has the following
to say about this department of
which she was tn# superintendent:
' Surely never before north of
Puyallup has there been gathered in
any county fair so much canned
and preserved fruit,
fanned Fruit —Of course this
(lass made tlie largest display in
us division. More than 500 entries
Of units, both indigenous and ex-
Otic, much of it of the very highest
quality, were displayed. The Judg
es must have been almost bewilder
ed when they found themselves in
such a maze of beautiful things, eac j
ihe culmination of years of experi
ence and representing one of the
-impler forms of the canner and
preserver's art, which is of the high
est type of domestic science.
"Several exceptionally fine dis
plays of canned goods were made,
notable among them being those of
(be prize winners. Mrs. George Gus
tin and Mrs Harry Elder. Mrs. J.
C. Curry of Ferndale and Mrs. Hes
•de Cline of Lynden also made ex-'
•ellent displays which were much
Canned Vegetables —In this, anoth
er and quite difficult branch of the;
Banner's art, there was a large dis
play of all sorts of familiar vegeta
bles and some not so well known.
Every visitor stopped to dmire Mrs.
varieties" as well
is the many other fine exhibits. In
canning vegetables even more than
in fruits can the artistry of the pre
server be shown. This was noticea
jly so In Mrs. Feeny s arrangement
of Golden Wax beans. Mrs. Elder's
com on the cob, and several other u
aique exhibits. It was whispered
ihat the prize winner among the
latter articles was put up by a mere
lams. —The jams were not so well
represented as they should have been
considering their place in the home
economy, nevertheless there were
morethan a hundred entries. Some,
of the finer creations in these con- 1
serves, such as quince and orange
murmalaeds were missing, but per
] haps they were not there because 1
! they were not catalogued.
I Jellies —The large jar of crabapple
: jelly exhibited by Mrs. Nordrum of
' Xooksack, the splendid goblet of
| green grape jelly made by Mrs.
; Plummer, Mrs .Wolfe's cherry jelly,
i Mrs. Cline's dainty display, the red
c urrant of Minnie Worthen and the
white of Mrs. Elder, together with
the apple jelly shown by Mrs. Camp
bell of Clearbrook. are only a few
among the many fine specimens of
jelly shown, and no one envied tbe
judges their stupendous task of
choosing between them.
Pickles —Here again it was possible
for the canners to express individ
uality and that they took advantage
ut the opportunity was seen in the
onions of Mrsf D. VanderGriend, the
chow chow of Mrs. Powers, the mix
ed vegetable pickels of Mrs Elder,
and the pear and grapes of Mrs.
II ulinary—While there were many
entries in this class, yet it was not
Iso large as some of its sister de
partments. The quality showed that
home rookery is not altogether a
lost art among the ladies of What
com county and it is hoped next
year every number will be filled and
I that the bachelors will have an op
portunity to inspect the work of
many of the young ladles who this
year were somewhat shy about en
tering the cooking contests.
Butter, Cheese and Honey—ln the
past this has been one of the impor
tant branches of the Household Di
visions, but the era of co-operation
has destroyed that keen competition
which was so great a feature in
former shows. Home made butter
lias through the advent of the cream
■cry become almost as extinct us the
dodo and the pleiosaurus. The word
almost is used because there are
a few who have not yet lost the art
as was evidenced by the scant half
dozen entries in tbe home made but
ter and cheese class. Although not
catalogued, the honey showed by
Mr. Seftron of Nooksack and Mr. A
sam of Lynden was a credit to any
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As superintendent of this Important
department, Mrs. Cline suggests that
another year the catalogue be pub
lished before the season for preser
ving fruits and vegetables begins
and that the judges be appointed lv
advance of the fair so that they
may have time to formulate a scale
of points, and ample time to exam
ine each exhibit. And in this Mrs.
Cline voices the sentiment of many
others who have expressed the opin
ion that the work not only of exhib
itors and judges, but of the super
intendents of the various depart
ments, would be greatly facilitated.if
they had an opportunity to examine
tne catalogue in advance of the time
for preparing exhibits.
Remember that the registration
hooks close for the November election
on Tuesday, October 15. You have
only three days more to attend the
important duty of registering your
name on the jioll books-.
Remember also that unless you are
registered you cannot vote. Remem
ber also that if you want the people of
this county, state and nation to get
their government back. It will be
necessary for you to vote on Tuesday,
A straw vote taken by the man
agement of the Spokane Interstate
Fair nt the fair grounds last week
retulted as follows: Roosevelt, 16,-
--556; Taft, 11,566; Wilson, 11,768.