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NO FARMERS' INSTITUTE.
The Ranch recently asked for a list
of places and dates of 1903 farmers' in
stitutes, and received the following
Dear Sir: Replying to your favor
of December 30th I regret to say that
owing to the lack of funds we find it
impossible to conduct any institutes
until after the funds for the next fis
cal year become available. It is not
only the lack of funds for expense
money for institute work, but owing
to the lack of funds we were compelled
to dispense with the services of six
or seven members of the faculty,
which threw a much heavier burden
on the rest, rendering it practically
impossible for them to get away. I
sincerely hope that a special appropri
ation for institute work may be made
by the coming legislature, and think
this should be urged by the agricultu
ral press. Very truly,
E. A. BRYAN, President.
COMPARISON OF MILK PRICES.
AUBURN. WASH., Jan. 7, 1903.
Editor Ranch, Seattle, Wash.:
This item may be of interest to you
and also to your subscribers. There
has been a goodly amount of kicking
among some of the patrons of the con
densory at Kent in regard to prices,
<>tc., paid for milk the past year.
Before the condensory started the
milk production oi the valley was in
the hands of one or two men. ll
might be of interest to some to look
at the following figures: The last
naif of December, 1898, the price of
milk at J. B. Agen's creamery at
O'Brien was $1.05 per 100 lbs, testing
t per cent. When we received our
statements on Jan. 5, 1899, Mr. Agen
notified us that the price of milk for
the next 15 days would be 95 cents.
Now, for the same period of time,
viz., last half of December, 1902, price
ol milk at the condensory was $1.45
per 100 lbs. 4 per cent. test. For half
of January, 1903, same paid and no no
tic^ of cut in price. Nor did the con
tienaory at the same time howl about
"nder-production and ship in a car
load of butter and cheese as an excuse
for a cut. J. M. CORT.
W. J. BEGGS,
whose photo we present on this
Page this week, is so well known to
the majority of the readers of this
journal that he needs no introduction.
For fourteen years he has been a resi
dent of Seattle, having established a
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SEATTLE, WASHINGTON, JAN. 15, 1903.
wholesale butter and egg business un
der the name of W. J. Beggs & Co.,
which two years ago was changed to
the Beggs-Bradner Co. At that time
the firm became the agents for the
Sharpies cream separator, and put in
a general line of dairy supplies. In
October of last year this company was
dissolved, Mr. Bradner continuing the
butter and egg department and Mr.
Beggs taking over the creamery ma
chinery supply business.
Mr. Beggs has recently returned
from an extended tour throughout the
east, where he visited the leading
manufactories of creamery and dairy
machinery, including the great plant
of P. M. Sharpies at West Chester, Pa.,
and while there was cordially received
W. J. BEQQS.
and entertained by Mr. Sharpies.
That immense establishment has been
doubled in capacity during the last
year, and although running night and
day is still behind in filling orders.
This crowded condition of the fac
tories of creamery goods shows the re
markable growth in dairying through
out the entire country.
Mr. Beggs is agent for Washington,
British Columbia and Northern Idaho
for the Sharpies separators. Mr. Shar
pies expressed himself as well pleased
with the development of trade on the
North Pacific coast.
Manufacturers of other lines of
dairy supplies show that they are
awakening to the growing importance
of this field and were eager to have
Subscription $1 P«r Year
Worth Two Gold Dollars
Mr. Beggs take their agencies.
While in the east he completed ar
rangements for installing a full line
of milk dealers' supplies.
A WASTE OF MONEY.
Editor Ranoh. Seattle.
My Dear Sir: Find enclosed check
to renew subscription to your valu
able paper. By the way, I wish to
commend you for your good and time
ly editorials, especially the one in the
last issue in regard to the Oregonian
feeling sure that the present legisla
ture will appropriate $100,000 for the
Lewis and Clark Exposition. It would
be a foolish expenditure of the tax
GEO. W. TIBBETTS.
In his horticultural notes, F. Wal
den of The Ranch, says, "a county
fruit inspector ought to be an intelli
gent man." Evidently Prof. Walrien
is not in much danger of "kicking up
a rumpus" over that proposition.
Then follows tl.e query: "If fruit in
spectors are to be men of the intelli
gence indicated above how are we go
ing to get them?" Well, the legisla
ture appropriates a month's salary and
expects a year's work to be done lor
it. Any body suppose they are going
to get it? If instead of an appropri
ation that is thrown out as a sop to
the "horticultural interests," a law
should be properly framed and the
salary made commensurate with the
importance of the work to be done,
the man for the place will be found.
Then again, what are we to think of
the man who waits for the inspector
to come around and notify him to
spray? There needs to be some strong,
vigorous, effective misionary work
done in the "hearts of my country
men." —Clem Auldon in Rocky Moun
Who can give this correspondent the
Editor The Ranch.
Dear Sir: Could you be able to tell
me where I could get some apple seed'
I would like enough to plant about 15,
--000 trees that I aim to graft on. Yours
respectfully, chas. E. MOODY,
A. B. C. of Bee Culture is the best
book on tiie management of bees ever
written. The regular price is $1.25.
The Ranch has a few copies on hand
which we will close out, postpaid, for
$1.00 per copy.
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