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Farmers and Good Roads.
The State Good Roads Association
met at Wenatcbee since our last issue
and held a very enthusiastic meeting.
They indorsed many propositions
which should receive the attention of
the taxpayers of the state. Among
them were four trunk roads. One
through Snoqualmie Pass from Seattle
to Spokane by way of Ellensburg,
Wenatchee and Waterville; one from
Tacoma around Mount Kainier to
North Yakima; one from Blame on
the north to Vancouver on the south,
directly across the state; and one in
Southwestern Washington from Puget
Sound to Grays Harbor and Willapa
Harbor. Certainly very ambitious
propositions all of them.
They also indorsed the movement
asking the legislature for a bond issue
of fifteen million dollars which should
not be considered for a moment,
Road building in the state of Wash
ington, and especially on the western
side of the Cascade mountains, is still
in an experimental condition. Those
state roads already built have cost
far too much money and even after
building, the up-keep seems to be ex
ceedingly expensive. Right through
the White River Valley, from Orillia
to Kent, over perfectly level ground,
four miles of road have been completed
at an enormous cost. How much, is
still impossible to determine, but it
is asserted by those who claim the
figures are correct, that it will be
$20,000 or $30,000 a mile. This may
not be correct, but we believe it is
When taxpayers realize that roads
are going to cost that much money
they will rise up in their wrath. This
road was built under the state aid
road law and it was generally believ
ed that the road would be built for
$12,000 per mile.
The Ranch has always been a booster
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for good roads, bat we do oot believe
the tax payers of this great state are
able to build roads at this expense.
We believe that a serious mistake is
made in mounding up roads and
placing thereon a narrow hard surface.
A good road should not be raised one
inch above the absolute amount need
ed for necessary drainage, and the
entire road bed should be flat so that
it can all be used. The way most
of the roads are built, only a narrow
strip in the center is available, and
this is soon cut to pieces. It must
be remembered also that a combina
tion road which is suitable for the
growing auto traffic and for the use
of the farmer has not yet been work
ed out. The heavy machines with
their terrible auction practically de
stroys even hard surfaced roads and
eventually it will require vitrified
brick with a porous binder to make a
road which will be suitable and last
ing for the combined use of the auto ■
mobilist and farmer. The trouble
with the good roads convention is
that there are too many automobilista
and too few farmers in consultation.
To vote fifteen million dollars of
bonds in the present condition would
be absurd, and we do not believe the
people of the state will consider it for
The Ranch office is in receipt of
some splendid bulletins since our last
issue. One of these is the '' Utiliza
tion of Logged-off Lands for Pasture"
by Byron Hunter and Harold Thomp
son. This is Bulletin No. 462 and is
issued by the State Agricultural Col
lege. There is a world of information
in regard to best grasses to be sown.
Another splendid bulletin is "Sug
gestions to Settlers on the Sandy
Soils of Columbia River Valley."
This is by Byron Hunter and S. A.
James, and shows the experiments in
cultivating the sandy soils of Eastern
Washington, giving results, showing
best crops to plant, the mode of
cultivation and time of planting.
This is Farmers' Bulletin No. 60.
that -will holn TOU wvvo money. Thoßljr Book contains nearly 1,000 papos. Tn It vro 1
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I "Cl^hlng ForMen"Book showing 1208ample8of cloth used in our men's suits at about on»>half retail Our I
"Book ofYashions" shows actual cloth samples of women's suits. The "Grocery Catalog" Is ft prlco maker. I
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Another excellent bulletin is Far
mers' Bulletin No. 461, issued by the
Agricultural Department at Washing
ton, D. C. This is prepared by the
office of public roads, and is known
as "The Value of Concrete on the
Farm." It gives minute information
as to how concrete should be made
and for what purpose it can be used
on the farm. Concrete, when prop
erly made, is one of the most valuable
materials used on the farm; when
not, is absolutely worthless. All these
bulletins can be had free.
The I. H. C. Company has recently
issued a little book of 150 pages,
called ■' For Better Crops." This can
be obtained by writing to the 1. H.
C. Company at Cbioago, Illinois, and
is worth any man's time to read it
and follow the advice given. There
is one article given by S. Cyril G.
Hopkins, an authority on fertilizers;
another by Hou. W. M. Hays, as
sistant secretary of agricultural, on
Fall grain growing. Joseph K. Wing
has a splendid article on ulfalfa
culture. There are other articles of
equal value. One especially strong
one by Prof. Thomas Shaw. The 1.
H. C. renders a great service to the
farmers by the publishing of these
books filled with valuable information.
The government crop report for
October was somewhat more optomis
tic than has been published for some
months. The copious rains and late
frosts are responsible for the improve
ment in crop conditions. The New
England states have a high average,
exceeding 100 per cent. This was
exceeded only by the Pacilic Coast.
Washington having 103.U; Culifornia
103; Idaho 105 and Oregon 98 per
cent. Prices are higher in practical
ly every line. Barley is 45 per cent
higher, hay 22 per cent, oats 17 per
cent higher, corn 7 per cent; wheat,
however, was 5 per cent lower,
chickens 6 per cent lower, butter 9
per cent lower, eggs 10 per cent and
cotton 3 per cent lower.
King County Pomoua Grange held
its last quarterly meeting at BeUevue,
and held a most successful day's
business session. The Bellerue people \
took a great deal of interest and mado :
the meeting pleasant to all who at- ,
tended. The grange passed a strong
resolution favoring a King county
fair, and appointed L. Y. Williams,
of Kent, master of the county grange,
Robert Main, of Cherry Valley, and
I*. Frank 13rown, of Seattle, a com
mittee to take this matter up. The
committee are already at work on
this matter with every indication of
success. A resolution was also passed
indorsing the fight for a local option
eleotion for King county, and plans
to raise money to take the matter to
the courts. The matter of locating
experimental stations was reported
on by chairman, Mr. J. U. Dean, who
reported that Superintedent Sparks
was arranging to establish two in King
The Oregon apple show has just
issued the catalogue for its big meet
ing to be held in Portland from
November 15th to 18th. This show is
held under the auspices of the Oregon
State Horticultural Society. There
is a magnificent lot of prizes offered.
Some of the single prizes amounting
to $500. Anyone interested should
correspond with F. W. Power, I^o6,
Yeon Bldg , Portland, Oregon.
Kobert O. Ashby, superintendent of
farmers' institute work, of Pullman,
is taking up the matter of silo build
ing and wants all the information that
any farmer of the state has. He asks
that they drop him a postal card and
he will send them a list of questions
regarding silo building, filling, etc.
A farmer in Woodland, Washington,
according to the news reports, grew
on one acre of ground 45 tons of
rhubarb for which he received $600
this year. That's going some.
You pocket the middleman* profits. We sell to
anybody direct from out own big factory. Quality
guaranteed to please.
SOME REGULAR CATALOG PRICES:
Bungalow or Craftsman Doors . . 1.60
Cottage Front Door*—up from . • 2.25
Fancy Front Doors up from . . 5.00
Fancy Front Window* —up from . 2.78
Window* and —one-third less.
We ship promptly— anywhere. Let us
estimate your bill and freight.
SEND POSTAL for CATALOG No. 16
O. B. WILLIAMS CO.
1943 FIRST AYE. SOUTH, SEATTLE