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ranch with thousands, of layers cannot
show the profit per^hen that the little
half man plant will if equally well
run. There ate large "overhead" ex
penses to be taken into acoounf.
I said, a little ways back, that^only
a \ii- White Orpiugton cockerel could
be bought for $35 aud a pen of four
hens and one cockerel sold for $7500
several years ago. It is not necessary
to go to such an extreme limit, ex
cellent fowls can be had for much less
money. But this example will sbow
how foolish it is for a buyer to expect
to get a perfect fowl for a few dollars.
Judge Collier once told me that he
received a money order for three
dollars from an iutending purchaser;
same being the purchase money for a
Buff Rock cockerel, which Mr. Collier
breeds to a high degree of excellence.
The purchaser described the kind of
a cockerel he wanted, and his de
scription was .copied word for word
from the Standard of Perfection's re
quirements for a perfect specimen.
This man probably thought he showed
himself a real sport in sending all
that money for a cockerel. And every
breeder has similar experiences.
The greener a man is the nearer a
perfect bird he expects for a few—a
very few —dollars.
Always the same striving on the
part of our poor human nature to get
something for nothing. We are none
of us entirely exempt from it. I
once sold a cockerel for $5.00 to a
man who lived a long ways out in the
country and who appointed to drive
in several miles to meet the bird on a
certain train. So I was very anxious
to sbip him on time but, as luck
wouldJiave it, he escaped when I was
crating him up for shipment and flew
half ways across the ranch. Not
wishing to disappoint my customer,
and having very little time to spare,
I grabbed up a cockerel from a near
by pen reserved to head my own
breeding pens later and shipped him
instead. The bird L shipped was
easily worth $20 or $25, a large and
splendid specimen; pure white, long
of body and tail, the latter carried
low, and with sickles 22 inches in
length, He had a seven point comb,
.but it was very fine in texture and so
prettily shaped as to present a nice
appearance in spite of the two extra
points. I grouched a lot over having
to ship such a bird, you may believe.
Well a few days later I heard from
my customer. How he roasted me
about the seven points on that
rooster's comb. That was the only
thing he saw, apparently, and he was
indignant. So he got his money back,
and quickly, too, you bet; and 1 got
Mr. Seven Points back and feit like a
man who finds a $20 gold piece iv the
street. Hundreds of stories of this
kind could be told by breeders, all of
them going to show how absurd the
requirements of the greenhorn fre
quently are. The literature furuish
edby the "hundred variety" breeders
who advertise principally in the
popular magazines and the farm
papers and avoid the more sophisti
cated readers of the poultry papers,
is mainly responsible for the tre
mendous expectations of the beginner.
Page after page of testimonials read
ing after this fashion: "From a $2.00
setting of your eggs I raised six fine
cockerels and eight splendid pullets,
winning first and second prize 9on
cockerels, first, second and third on
pullets and also first prize pen at the
fooal poultry show, etc., etc.'
(To be continued.)
: The Rj&nclru
THIEVERY THAT SHOULD BE
Poultry raisers are beset with more
depredators — animal, vermin and
human -than any other class of
people. One mo9t annoying petty
graft is that of the ihievish express
messenger who pilfers his chicken
dinners from the crates in his care.
This graft is widespread and few
people make many shipments of
poultry without suffering from it.
The writer has been told more than
once that it is the usual thing for the
express messengers to supply their
own larder, and that of their friends
amorg the train crew, from the crates
of poultry en route to market; and
he has had as high as 50 per cent of
his broiler shipments check short at
destination. The shippers iv the
country can very quickly put an cud
to this thievery and that will be one
more step towards the bettering of
present conditions. When shipping
live fowls to market count the birds
carefully and have one other person,
two others if possible, verify your
count so that when a shortage is re
ported you can support your claim
for payment with^ convincing affida
vits. Do this and your claim will be
paid, rest assured of that. If your
proof sf pilferage is convincing the
claim will be paid by the express
company and deducted from the
salary of the employee in fault.
It is a mistaken idea that people
have that the express companies never
pay claims for loss and damage. On
the contrary, of late years they have
settled claims with quite reasonable
diligence, and the writer has first
hand knowledge of at least seven
claims paid for loss or damage to
poultry products during the past 12
months. The light thing to do is to
make claim whenever you suffer loss
If you have convincing evidence on
your siie you will be paid; t and in
other cises your complaint will be the
means of improving the service.
Try this remedy. If you have had
returns on a shipment accounting for
one or two fowls less than you ship
ped, notify your consignee to have
proof of his count next time he re
ceives fowls from you; be equally
careful at your end of the line, and
when next a discrepancy occurs go to
it. These little sneak thieves deserve
no consideration and will not receive
any from their employers. The latter
take the same position as the father
who caught his little son smoking and
lambasted him good for it, remarking
at the same time that he would him
self do all of the smoking for that
THE POULTRY RAISERS' CANDIDATE
This department does not concern
itself with politics unless it be some
practical band of politics that will
benefit the poultry raisers. It was
necessary to go iuto politics to get
the parcels post, and into politics we
must dip again to secure a measure
of more immediate and vital benefit
to us, the regulation of the trade in
storage eggs. It will be no easy task,
believe me, and no possible source of
strength should be neglected. If we
are to win against a formidable op
position equipped with a corpulent
"jackpot" we must neglect no op-
portunity lo strengthen our forces at
Olympia. Now there is one man
running for office in this state who,
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more than any other candidate, has
the"interest 3of the poultry business
sincerely at heart. That man is
Harry H. Collier, of Tacoma, candi
date for lieutenant governor on the
If Mr. Collier is elected we gain a
most valuable reinforcement at
Olyinpia. He is of fighting breed, a
clever writer and speaker, a national
authority on poultry matters and
himself a successful poultry raiser
and a noted judge of all varietes of
fowls. Since nothing is of so great
importance to the poultry raisers of
Washington as the regulation of the
storage egg trade, the writer intends
scratching his Bull Mooes ticket in
Mr. Collier's favor, and hopes his
example will be followed by enough
Progressives to turn the scale in bis
For Egg Farmers.
I have Home four dozen cockerels, bred from
200 egg record hens, good sized, vigorous, thoro
bred White Leghorns, too high tailed to sell as
|5 birds Will sell in dozen lots only at ?25 per
D. TANCRED, Kent, Wash.
MAN and wife want work on a dairy ranch.
Man has not had much experience, but will
work cheap to learn. Inquire at this office.
FOR Sale Cheap —Two bulls (Jersey) six
months old, sired by Rosaline Fern Lad,
dams of best milk and butter strain. Henry
Schneider, Route 5, Box 67, Oregon City, Ore.
FOR SALE—Registered Poland China hogs,
boars and brood sows. One year old boars
and sows six months old, and fall pigs. Write
for prices to John Gonnasou, Fernwood Ranch,
Kent, Wash. Phone Rural 120.
FOR SALE—One Chester White Boar, best
lowa stock, weight 250 to 800 lbs. W. E.
Barnhart, Perudale, Wash. ltf
SEND for catalogue of Durocs to C. McClelland,
Sunnyside, Wash., who is offering Duroc
Ranch a.id business for sale also.
A FINE STRAIN.
' Captain J. J. Crow, of this city,
has developed a very flue strain of
White Leghorns. Three years ago he
bought some splendid birds of the
Wyckoff strain and by careful breeding
has now some of the fluest pullets the
writer has ever seen. They are larger
than the average and lay remarkable
fine, large eggs. The captain has a
very pretty flock of some 400 birds in
the southeast pait o! the city, where
he and Mrs. Crow have built a very
substautial and profitable small poul
try plant. They have used all up-to
date methods and have a plant that is
•asily^kept in fine condition with a
minimum amount of work. D.
FARMERS' CLASSIFIED COLUMN.
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FOR SALE-Collie Pup. The last remaining
puppy bitch out of Glen Tana Olga she by
St. Brendou, sire of puppy Eclipse 4th. Price
$10, pedigree furnished. Box 221, Shelton, Wn.
WANTED— A working partner with $2000 to
join me in the cultivation of a new farm
product. The demand is unlimited and the
profit very large. A. S. L., care of The Ranch.
FOR SALE: HARNESS—We manufacture all
kinds of harness; quality guaranteed and
prices reasonable. T. M. Henderson Saddlery
& Harness Co., 212 Occidental Aye., Seattle,
Rubber Stamps SSw^m^
chines, Notary Seals. Etc. Pacific Coast Stamp
Works, 117 Cherry St., Seattle, Wash.
PATENT your invention. First get free
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Milo B. Stevens & Co. Established 1864. 688 F
St., Wash : 397 Monadnock Blk.. Chicago.
/CHAUFFEURS Complete Outfit Sacrificed.
*-' Consisting elegant mink fur lined coat, Per
sian lamb collar $35, pair of elegant bear robes
$15 each, Racoon cap $5, pair of fur gloves $4,
pair of goggles 50c, 1 pair of leather leggins
$3.50. Will sell separately or the lot, all new
never worn, original price $225. C. Chase, 118
East 28th St., New York. 8-lt
ARMS WANTED. We have direct buyers.
Don't pay commissions. Write describing
property, naming lowest price. We help buyers
locate desirable property Free. American In
vestment Association, 62 Palace Bldg., Minne
TIMBER Tracts, ranches, farms, anyvyhere,
•*• bought, sold, exchanged. Chas. Phildius,
388 Pleasant aye,, New York.
_ - ACRES of well improved water frontage,
1 3 4 miles from Sheltou, on County road, near
school. C room house, barns, orchard. Spring
water. Horse, buggy, cow, chickens and boat
with place for $2700 00. A. L. Bell, Shelton,
FOR SALE—On very reasonable terms, im
proved alfalfa farm on Columbia River in
southern Washington where 4 and 5 crops of
alfalfa are raised every year averaging 8 to 10
tons per acre. Close to model creamery, splen
did public schools and market. Best transpor
tation facilities, 19 passenger trains daily.
Will give special inducements to dairyman or
hog raiser, provided with some live stoc_.
Write at once to P. O. Box 2170, Spokane, Wash
FOR Sale—l2o acres Skagit County famous
marsh land, thoroughly cultivated, suitable
for dairy farm. For price and further particu
lars, apply this office.
HELP WANTED MALE
$50.00 TO 1100.00 A MONTH
For spare time—Experience not needed. Want
active mau in each locality. Introduce us to
friends. Benefits for sickness, injury, death.
Write for Cash Bonus offer. The I-L-U 779
Covington, Ky. 8-3t
WANTED— Men and boys in factory manu
facturing automobile, aurial, stationary
and traction engines. Pattern making, Elec
tricity. Personal training under A. G. Matte
son, Master Mechanic California Foundry &
Engine Works, 416 East 32 St., Los Angeles,
For Live Stock and Farm Sales. Pure Bred
Stock a specialty. Fifteen years experience
I among the breeders of the Central States. Ex
port on estimate of values. Write before claim
, Ing dates. Care of THE RANCH, Kent, Wub,