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THE PUYALLUP FAIR.
For several years the people of the
Puyallup Valley have been conducting
a fair. It was never the privilege of
the writer to attend this fair till this
year. Being invited to address the
horticultural students of the Western
Washington Experiment Station on
"Pear Growing in Western Washing
ton" during the week of the fair gave
me the opportunity I very much de
sired of looking at the exhibits in
fruits and vegetables laised in that
I confess to no little surprise at tbe
tine showing made in fruits. I ex
pected to see a magnificent c bibition
in the vegetable line. The soil in
the Foyallup valley is very rich.
Twenty-o c years ago this fall I lived
fora few mouths iv Puyallup and had
a good chance to see its vegetables.
But at that time, for some reason, I
did not see much of its tree fruits.
That Puyallup can excel in berries
and notably raspberries and black
berries is well known far and wide.
The show of line applei and pears this
year must be very gratifying to the
horticulturists in that part of the
state. One thing was decidedly to the
advantage of the exhibit and that was
the arrangement of the fruits. Moth
ing was crowded but plenty of space
was available for all. In this respect
thfi showing was far better than I have
seen in some other fairs oven this
year. But flood at rangement can not
make up for poor and shabby looking
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fruit. The long tables with large and
showy apples and pears were well
worth looking at.
1 have repeatedly said in these
columns that some varieties of apples
will do better west of the Cascades
than on the east side. The Graven
stein, the King, the Bellflower, the
Northern Spy and others may be men
tioned in this class. As I have said
before the distinctly red apples will
not come up to the extra-fancy
standard. For Eastern markets in
these apples the sunny climes in the
irrigated sections will always lead. I
may be mistaken but my judgment
is that apple growers west of "the
Cascade range would better grow ap
ples mainly for the home market.
Prof. J. L. Stabl judged the fruit
at the Puyallup fair and so far as I
could see, was doing it well. He was
meeting with one difficulty and that
is a very common one, viz., many of
the apples were named wrong. He
asked me to help him in properly
naming these mis-named apples. I
could d ) him but little good in that
direction for I am far more familiar
with apples grown in Eastern Wash
ington than with those grown in the
western part of the state. No one,
unless in the apple business, can
fully realize the difference in the ap
pearance of apples grown in different
parts of oar great country, the United
States A few years ago G. B.
Brack-tt, the Pomologist in charge of
the Department of Pomology at Wash
ington, D. C, made a visit to the
Yakima valley. After trying to name
the apples shown him he was compell
ed to acknowledge that the apples of
the same varieties raised in the "East
and West were so different in appear
ance that he was utterly unable in
many cases to name them. No well
informed apple grower was surprised
at his failure to correctly name many
of the common, well-known apples.
Nothing puzzles me in horticultural
work like sample apples that are often
sent to me for identification. The
idea prevails that an apple grower of
considerable experience ought to be
able on sight to name all the common
apples, Nothing is further from the
truth. The best authority on naming
apples I have ever met is H. E. Van-
Deman. He does so much judging in
all parts of the United States that he
is, therefore, familiar with the differ
ent types of the same varieties.
Ezra Meeker was among the first
settlers in the Puyallup valley. It
was a pleasure to meet this veteran at
the Pair. For quite a number of
yeaisl have known "Uncle Ezra"
quite well and always esteem it a
privilege to meet him. He is now up
in the eighties, but seems to hold his
vigor remarkably well. No man at
the fair perhaps has seen the great
changes in that valley that this pioneer
has seen. He crossed the plains with
an ox wagon in 1852. He landed at
Portland, Oregon, but did not remain
there long but pushed on into Wash
ington territory, stopping a short
time at Olympia and then came to
the Puyallup valley. Certainly it was
a great treat to this patriarchy to see
the wonderful displays of the products
of this great valley. He and Dr. C.
P. Spiuning settled near each other
in those early days. Dr. Spinning
came to the Coast a year or two be
fore Meeker did for I happen to know
that Dr. Spinning and Misa Stewart
were married at Vancouver, Wash.,
in 1852 for it was my privilege to at
tend their golden wedding in Sumner,
Wash., in February, 1902. God bless
these pioneers and may they retain
the love and esteem of the younger
THE SWINDLERS AGAIN.
In the last issue of The Kan h I
called attention of our readers to the
fact that tbe government was getting
after the schemers, who, in not a few
cases, are working orchard schemes
to swindle the inexperienced people.
Since then I have clipped the follow
ing from the editorial page of the
Youth's Companion: "The bogus
banana plantation is the latest
swindle. According to tbe report of
Mr. Arthur J. Clare, American consul
at Blueflelds, a number of companies
in Nicaragua are selling shares in
banana farms toward the development
of which nothing whatever has been
done or is ever likely to be done.
The victims are mostly widows and
other persons inexperienced in
finance. Most of the shares have been
sold in the United States and Canada.
Mr. Clare issues his report as a warn
A man or a set of men who will do
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