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such a thing is worse than an ordinary
thief, for he may steal from the rich
which will not suffer for the neces
saries of life like widows and even in
experienced men. The man who
gjins possession of tbe funds in the
hands of widows left them as an in
heritance to keep them from the poor
bonf+tn their declining years and
does this in tho manner here describ
ed is about as low down in the scale
of meanness as it is possible for a
human being to reach. If men will
frame up such schemes to defraud
widows in pretending to be engaged
in developing banana farms in Nica
ragua when nothing has been done
and not likely to be done, it is plain
to be seen that they have but one ob
ject in view and that is to swindle
their victims out of their money.
Men who will do such a thing will not
scruple to engage in such orchard
schemes in the United States as those
referred to in our last issue. If they
do such things in Nicaragua and find
their victims in the United States and
Canada, they will do just as mean
things here at home. They can not
cover Hp what they are doiDg so
readily here at home as they can in
Central America, so they actually do
set out orchards here, but they lie
just as readily about what the people
may expect in the way of enormous
What ought to be done with such
swindlers? They should be sent to the
penitentiary. A man who was con
victed of swindling schemes in and
around Seattle by which he became a
millionaire is now serving a term in
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the United States penitentiary at Mc-
Neil's Island. This man was not
engaged in orchard schemes but in
pretending to furnish the poor with
homes. Is this Nicaragua scheme any
better? Not a whit better. Are the
orchard schemes that lead poor, hard
working people, sometimes office
girls, to put their savings into such
schemes with the promise of a steady
annual average income of $500 net per
acre when the orchards have been
planted four or five years, any better?
They are not, and justice to the
wronged will not be secured till some
of these scamps are behind the bars.
It is amazing to me how good men,
or at least supposed to be good men,
can engage in any kind of schemes
when they know or ought to know,
that the profits they seek must come
in a large measure from their pur
chasers paying more than the property
is worth. I have been Horticultural
editor of The Ranch for ten years.
In all these years I have never seen
but one letter blaming me for what I
have done. About six years ago a
land boomer wrote the owner and
manager of the paper a scathing letter
about what I had said about some of
the schemers in land selling. He
urged the manager to discharge me
for I was ruining the country! The
letter was handed to me with the re
mark, "Scorch him, give him a roast
in The Ranch." I did, for I took the
letter home with me and stuck it in
the stove and said not a word. I will
not engage in personal controversy
with meu who will filch the savings
of widows and orphans. The abuse of
some men is worth more to me than
COLD STORAGE FOX APPLES.
It is reported that all the cold stor
age space in plants in the Northwest
is engaged. Ido not know how true
that may be. Sometimes merchants
advertise that a certain article is go
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none left. If the advertisement tells
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cold storaging apples has not been
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Fifteen hundred dollars profit on 3000
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the sum of all our profit on those ap
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much in addition to what profit we
would have received in the fall.
Sometimes we have put apples into
storage and did not make any ad
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times we had a profit of 25 cents per
box. In no case are we aware that we
have actually lost by cold storaging
apples. Generally our apples in stor-
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age have kept well. Once we had
some Arkansas Black apples to scald
—not all of them but only a few. One
advantage in storaging apples in the
fall is you are not forced to sell at
picking time. If there were no apples
put into storage we would be at th c
mercy of the buyers if they have any.
While speaking of cold storage, I
wish to call attention to an incident
in my own orchard last spring, in
April. In company with J. K. Cox,
who lives near my fruit ranch, I was
walking in that part of my orchard
devoted to the Rome Beauty. As we
irrigate our orchards, and are very
glad we can, we plow furrows along
every row, generally two furrows and
sometimes more in each middle. Tne
leaves in dropping at the approach of
winter till up these furrows. We
rarely pick up • windfalls in our
orchards for they generally are bruis
ed or dirty. Now the leaves drop
ping fill up these furrows and cover
up these fallen apples there. By some
chance we kicked out some of the ap
ples covered by the leaves the previous
fall. Were they spoiled? Not a bit.
They were in perfect condition the
first of April. Had they not frozen
through the winter. Most certainly
they had for there had been zero
weather and no snow on the ground.
We kept on hunting for these apples
till we secured quite a few and might
have gotten many more. Here came
a suggestion to me. Why could we
not enlarge on this accidental cover
ing of these apples by devising some
plan by which we could keep large
quantities of apples in such a way
they might freeze as those did and be
kept till spring in prime condition?
We must bear in mind the fact that
freezing does not affect apples as it
does potatoes and some other vege
tables. A potato once frozen can
never be restored to its original con
dition. But any experienced orehard
ist knows that apples can freeze, and
if allowed to thaw out without handl
ing and in the shade, they seem not
to be hurt at all. Once we had a pile
of cull apples in our orchard that were
frozen quite bard. We covered them
with some hay and just let them alone 1
till they thawed out and they seemed
not to be hurt at all. Once in lowa
we had picked several hundred bushels
of our winter apples and had them
piled in the orchard. They were
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I can remember very distinctly that
in my boyhood days we ofteu buried
a few bushels of Genitons by covering
them with straw or hay and then with
a few inches of dirt. They would
freeze sjlid and remain so till spriDg.
(Continued on page 16.)
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