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f w'aiden Horticulture Fred W. Lewis The Grange
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The committee on wild life protec
tion appointed by the National Con
servation Congress uas issued a report
which should be in tne hands of every
country resident. This report is
issued for the purpose of protecting
the birds. It shows tbat the wonder
ful increase of destructive pests is due
almost wholly to the fact that birds
have been ruthlessly destroyed. The
department of agriculture has issued
a statement showing that the loss to
crops in the United States by insect
pests amounted to 8421,100,000 an
nually. The birds are the natural
enemy of these pe3ts. The slaughter
of this friend of mankind has gone on
until the song of the bird is seldom
heard in many portions of our coun
try. The result is destructive pests
to farm crops have increased until
they have become a real menace to
successful farming. The birds which
have proven to be of immense value
to farmers in destroying insects are
the swallow, robin, woodpecker, black
bird, quail, doves, nignt hawks,
curlees, martens, shriks and scores of
others of less importance. The society
asks the people to assist in the pass
ing of McLean's bill for the protec
tion of birds which protect the far
mers, and we sincerely hope that the
readers of The Kanch will become in
terested enougu in tuis matter to
write to our representatives in con
gress and iusist ttiat the McLean
bill be enacted in a law.
Mauy of the leading politicians of
the country have never before realiz
ed that there were such a class of
people as laraieri but during this
campaign have struck a lead that
proves that the farmer is becoming
well enough organized to become a
factor in politics. The politicians
are making a great show suddenly on
farmer's crelit and find it first class,
s ) even President Taft has been per
suaded to fall into Hue and boost for a
law which will make it easy for
farmers to borrow money. The law
proposed is similar to OHfl which has
been used in Germany and Fiance,
allowing farmers to borrow money at
a low rate, giving their land as
security. There may be some good
features of the law, but we look with
suspicion on a proposed law that
oomes into popularity during v po
litical campaign. The farmers of the
country are not looking for ©harity or
any financial favors not granted to
other trades. All the farmer needs is
an equal opportunity, and that he be
not robbed of his hard earned pro
duct. When the laws are so changed
that transportation companies and
middlemen cannot absorb 65 per cent
of the farmer's dollar, the farmer
will be able to borrow money without
Mr. A. O. Jefferies, of Kent, re
ceive i last Saturday his report on his
berry crop shipped to th c Puyallup
Fruit Growers' Association this year.
His berries averaged $1.45 a crate
which included both fresh and canning
berries. There is food for reflection
in these figures. A man who will take
time to study the question of berry
growing carefully and give it proper
attention can produce without any
great effort 400 crates to the acre,
and 300 crates is a normal crop. Four
hundred crates at $1.45 per crate is
$580 value to the acre which is a re
markable amount of money to be pro
duced on a siugle acre of ground. It
is no wonder that the railroads are
using every effort possible to assist in
intensified farming in Western Wash
ington. A Dakota wheat farm would
probably produce thirty bushels to
the acre worth about ninety cents a
bushel or an average of $27 to the
acre, so that an acre of Western Wash
ington land properly farmed will pro
duce as much as thirty acres of
Dakota wheat land, and live acres will
produce aboat the same amount of
money as a quarter section of land in
that county. Th ese figures show why
Washington land is worth so much
more money than the land in the
We are in receipt of the premium
list tor tin- fifth annual National
Apple Show. This, as usual, will be
held at Spokane and the date is Nov
ember 11th to 17tb. The prizes seem
to be better than ever. They range
from a $500 cash prize for best packed
car of apples down to SI.OO cash for
best apple pie. This promises to be
the be9t of the apple shows yet given.
The railroads are giving some big
prizes, and tbey are also making cheap
Through the courtesy of Mr. Elliott,
president of the Northern Paoiflc
Railroad Company, we are in receipt
of the annual repoit of that company
for the year ending June 30th, 1912.
This shows revenues for the year to
have been $62,495,438.30, a loss of 11,
--573,554.46 from the previous year.
This is not a good showing for this
great system. The los 9 was entirely
in the passenger department as freight
receipts made a slight increase, but
passenger receipts fell off $1,934,060.
The decrease in operating expenses
for the year amounted to $1,571,
--243.49, which ju9t about offset the
loss in passenger receipts. The re
port shows the road had paid taxes
amounting to nearly $22,000,000, and
only 18.3 miles of road was completed
during the year. The company now
operates 6,025 miles of road.
J. B. Meyer, of Everett, Washing
ton, a regular Ranch reader, thinks
he has the record laying puliet of the
state, and would like to hear from any
more who can beat it. Mr. Meyers is
a White Orpington enthusiast and
says that on March first he hatched
five pullets and one cockerel. One of
these pullets, named Pearl the First,
laid her first egg July 15th, and by
September first, age six months, she
had laid thirty eggs, and is now
moulting. Mr. Meyers certainly has
reason to be proud of his bird. He
also wants to get in touch with some
breeders of the Kellerstraus strain,
and says he now has spring pullets
weighing six and one-half pounds.
Let U9 hear from our poultry readers.
The Washington Realty Association
is preparing a law to be submitted to
the state to change the constitution.
This is for the purpose of allowing
foreigners to hold real estate in this
state, which is now prohibited by
the state constitution. As the law
now stands no man, unless he is a
citizen of the United States or has
declared his intention to be such,
oan hold real property. The law as
it now standsisa good law and should
not be changed. No man should be
allowed to own property in any state
who is not an American citizen. As
long as he desires protection of the
government he should assume its
Mr. D. O. Lively, of North Portland,
who has been in charge of the Port
land Union Stock Yards was selected
some months ago to have charge of
the live stock department of the
Panama Exposition of San Francisco.
His duties have now called him there
and Mr. O. W. Plummer, secretary of
the association, has taken charge.
Mr. Plummer is said to be a very
capable man and no doubt will keep
£tfe Portland Union Stock Yards in
the front rank of the Pacific Coast
live stock industry.
Tne Illinois Farmer's Hall of Fame
will be graced this year with the
portrait of William Parlin, founder of
the famous farm maohinery house of
Parlin & Orndoff. The only men to
have this honor is Cyrus McCormiok
in 1909, James Brown in 1911 and
Jonathan B. Turner in 1912. Mr.
Parlio will be the next to be thus
~ The farmer's national congress will
be held this year at New Orleans,
November 7th to 12th. A splendid
program has been arranged, speakers
coming from all parts of the United
States. Thii promiMs to be the best
meeting the association ha§«v«rheld.
NATIONAL GRANGE GUIDE PROGRAM
National Grange headquarters,
National Grange Meets in State
Public Reception— Evening Novem
ber 13th, State Armory.
Address of Welcome by Mayor W,
J. Hindley lor city of Spokane.
Response by National Muster Olivet
Address of Welcome by Gov. M. E,
Hay for State of Washington.
Response by Senator O. Gardner of
State of Maine.
Address by Governor Oswald West
of State of Oregon.
Address by Governor James H.
Hawley of State of Idaho.
Address by Governor Edwin Norris
of State of Montana.
Response by National Lecturer N.
Hull of State of Michigan.
Auditorium Theatre, evening of
Auditorium Theatre, evening of
Washington State Grange head
quarters, Hotel Pedicord.
Bureau of Information, Spokane
Chamber of Commerce.
Banquet to National Grange officers
by Chamber of Commerce, Saturday
evening, November 16th, 6:30 p. m.,
Hall of the Doges, Daveuport's.
Country sight-seeing trips, Tuesday
a. m., November 19.
Complimentary Chamber of Com
merce lunoheon to officers of the
National Grange, Tuesday noon,
November 19, Chamber of Commerce
Sight-saeing trip around city, Fri
day a. m., November 22.
For general information address C.
B. Kegley, Palouse, Washington, or.
H. C. Wuerth, Secretary Chamber of
Commerce, Spokane, Wash.
A Spanish American from Buenos
Ayres, South America, has just
paid, at a public auction in Great
Britian, the highest price ever paid
for a bull, calf, $10,000. This was at
the sale of William Duthie, the noted
Scotch breeder. The entire sale was
marked by unusually high prices,
and this in spite of the fact that
South America export trade is at a
stand still, owing to the quarantine
regulations against the shipment of
cattle from Great Britian to South
America on account of the foot and
mouth disease. This young bull will
be held in Great Britian until after
these regulations are lifted, as now
seems likely to take"place soon. An
other calf sold at $5000. Another
English breeder at a different sale
paid $3000 for a bull calf whose dam
had averaged over 10,000 pounds of
milk annually for ten years. Many
Shorthorn sales have been held in the
east during the past month. One of
them averaging $310.
j Just as this issue of The Ranch
' reaches its readers they will be ready
to cast their votes for National, state
and county officers. Just a word of
caution: Don't let your prejudices
lin National matters or even state
matters reach to county matters.
| There is where we make our big
political mistakes. The local officers
spend the most of our money. Vote
for good men for local affairs regard
less of politics.