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Government Wins Famous Case
At last the famous Cunningham
Alaska Coal case has been decided by
the Secretary of the Interior and the
decision is against the claimants.
The value of these claims is said to
be more than a hundred mil
lions of dollars, and no case before
the Secretary of the Interior has ever
caused so much attention from the
public as this. The claimants, thirty
three in number, containing several
millionaires and backed by the
Guggenheim interests, probably the
most wealthy mining syndicate in the
world, has made this case of great
importance. This case caused the
retirement of one Secretary of the
Interior and caused the greatest poli
tical uprising since the Civil war. It
has been decided in favor of the
government as against the claimants.
It ought to satisfy that class of
people who are certain that the trusts
win every case before the courts that
they are mistaken, and when a case
gets before the proper authorities on
its merits it is usually decided right.
Witness the Oregon land case, worth
millions of dollars, the Standard Oil
and the Tobacco Trust cases of reoent
date. Among these coal claimants
were several Seattle millionaires who
say they are sacrificed to satisfy
the mob. Ex -Secretary Ballinger goes
so far as to say it is done to pay
political debts. Such remarks come
with very poor grace from Mr. Bal
linger and it looks very much as though
president Taft's laudatory letter
on his retirement from the office of
Secretary of Interior only a few weeks
since had a tinge of sarcasm. The in
vestigation of these claims has been
the most important factor in what is
known as the conservation fight dur
ing the past five years. Commis
sioner Dennett refused to pass these
claims to patent on a showing that
they were taken up in the interests
of those who are attempting to bottle
up the ooal mines of Alaska, and
around his decision has waged a re
markable war. That he was right is
evident from the fact that Secretary
Fisher has decided against them.
A late bulletin issued by the statis
tical department of the Government
makes a wonderful showing as to the
advance irrigation has made in this
state. In the 20 years from 1889 to
1900 the number of irrigated farms
increased from 3,514 to 7,404, an in
crease of 110 percent. The irrigation
acerage increased from 135,470 acres
to 334,378 acres, an increase of 146 per
cent. It shows that there are 1933
different irrigation enterprises large
and small. The lenght of ditches in
miles is 3,856. There are 156 reser
voirs with a capacity (aorej feet) of
121,545. The cost of these systems
have increased from $1,722,396 to $15,
--014,090 an increase of 771 per cent,.
The average cost per acre has increased
from $12,256 to $31.91 and the annual
cost of maintenance is fixed at $3.08.
We are in receipt of the premium
list for the Southwestern Washington
Pair. This is to be held midway be
tween the cities of Centralia and
Chehalis on the dates of September
11 to 16. The new premium list con
tains a tine list of prizes, and it would
seem as though this fair is to become
one of the most important in the
state The entries of this fair olose
on the 11th day of September at 6 P.
M. The entry fee is 10 per cent of the
first premium on livestock exoept
poultry which is 25 cents on single
birds and 50 cents on pens. No effort
is being spared to make this fair
better than it has ever been.
The official call for the next Dry
Farming Congress has been Issued.
This is to be held at Colorado Springs,
October 17, 18 and 19. The Associa
tion has grown each year until it has
become one of the most important of
agricultural meetings of the year.
The vast amount of knowledge which
is being circulated among the farmers
of the dry portions of the United
States has been the means of adding
untold wealth to them. The governors
of the several states are asked to ap
point 40 delegates who are familiar
with this work to attend the meeting.
In addition to this, all agricultural or
rural home societies are asked to ap
point ten delegates. Horticultural
societies and County Commissioners
are asked to appoint live delegates.
Granges are asked to appoint two
The last week in June saw a most
bountiful rain throughout the Pacific
Northwest. It was getting pretty dry
before this came, but an immense
amount of good has been done. The
early crops are so far along that all
fear of bad crop is passed. Early
potatoes are safe, winter wheat is
about ready to harvest and is above
the average. Spring wheat is not so
fully ahead. The rains hurt the straw
berries and cherry crops somewhat,
but will lengthen the season enough
to pay the fruit growers. Prices are
good. Perhaps strawberry growers of
the state have never made as much
money as they have this year.
One of the most important bills be
fore the Post Office Committee is that
known as the Lewis bill. This pro
vides that the government take over
all the express companies and thus
establish a thorough up to date parcels
post system. The country is not yet
ready for this drastic measure, but
the theory is right, and sooner or
later it will prevail. The hearing be
fore the sub-committee on Post office
and Post Koads has brought out some
startling disclosures. It was shown
that the average charge for carrying a
ton of express in the European coun
tries is $4.12 while in the United
States it is $31.20. It was also shown
that less than 100 pounds per capita
is transported in the United States
per annum by express, while in Europe
it is more than 200 pounds per capita.
The only method by which the plan
of Mr. Lewis can be installed would
be to issue bonds and pay a reasonable
amount to the express companies for
their rights. They are capitalized for
a very small per centage of the busi
ness they transact. We believe the
railroads will favor this movement, as
they obtain little in proportion to
the amount paid for carrying the ex
The Northern Pacific railway is
ottering $16,000 in prizes for farmers
who enter the big land show at Madi
son Square Garden in November.
Jas. J. Hill of the Great Northern,
otters 11,000 for the best 100 pounds
of wheat entered. A. J. Earling of
the Milwaukee, offers $1,000 for the
best oats. These are but a few of the
piizes offered at the big show.
President Van Dissell of the Phoenix
Lumber company of Spokane has
been experimenting with goats for
clearing their logged-oft' lands and
finds them very valuable. He cites
many instances where by the use of
goats and the obar-pit method, land
has been cleared very cheaply and sold
to settlers. These settlers are mak
ing valuable farms of them.
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renewal for one year.
Do you know that a good
berry tract near oar pro
perty herein mentioned,
recently rented on a long
lease at $45 per acre?
Not developed, either.
You can buy these two tracts —
QJ4 acres and 5 acres for the low
est figure that any bottom land
in the White River Valley is
selling 1 for. And these are best.
They are located at Thomas, half
way between Seattle andTacoma
an the line of six railways and
the interurban electrics. The
new berry depot on the line of
N. P. and G. N. Rys. has facili
ties unsurpassed, and cost over
$2500.00. 11 The terms on these
tracts are the very easiest possi
ble. Only a small payment down
and the balance on long time.
If you want a good living, a sure
crop and the best market in the
world, investigate these two ber
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Sept. 1, 1911
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