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A Journal of The Land and The Home in The New West.
VOL. I. NO. 4.
Too much politics in agricultural papers
— not in The Ranch. Politics of all sorts
and degrees have made people tired of
most of the farm journals. That is the
gist of one line of distinct approval of
The Ranch in its separate course. We
are glad to see that its absolute in
dependence is agreeable to the rank and
file of the people who read it. Its editors
may be wrong in caring so little for pol
itics and politicians, voting for honest
men when up for public office, regardless
of the name their party happens to wear
at the time. That may be wrong. If so,
then independence is wrong, and patriot
ism is wrong. The Ranch as a public
journal has no part in politics. It is a
journal of industry and tho home.
* # *
Town booming will be practised until
January 1,1900, the prophesied beginning
of the millenial age; or at least, up to
that date! Of course the Inland Empire
will be well filled up by that time and
town booming in this quarter be a thing
of yesterday. There has been so many
paper towns in "the west," as well as in
the south and east, that most towns of
rapid growth are looked on with suspi
cion as places for investment by people at
a distance. Just now the surpassing
richness and great possibilities of the Pa
cific northwest are attracting universal
attention and the most that can be asked
of wished-for and would be investors is
that they will come and see for themselves.
"The truth is enough and as the facts
(the truth) are visible to all save those
who will not see, to see them on the
ground is to be convinced that here in
deed is the great field for enterprise.
* * *
Why not the Yakitua Commercial
club test its lung power at its next meet
ing and cry aloud to congress to declare
the Pacific forest reserve a National
park? Major Powell, of the U. S. geo
logical survey has prepared a bill thus
declaring it and it will be introduced
soon for discussion. As general an ex
pression of public opinion as it is possi
ble to obtain is needed upon this proposi
tion for, as sly as they may keep it, mem
bers of congress really know very little
of the Pacific northwest, its desires or its
needs. A letter from a western repres
entative was shown us recently in which
the startling remark was dropped that
95 per cent of the members of the House
FEBRUARY, 10, 1894.
have never set foot west of the Mississ
ippi. They don't know the pride our peo
ple take in this grand reserve of 1530
square miles, or how much they wish to
see it elevated to the dignity of a nation
al park—the Mt. Taeo-nier National
Park, if you please. So let the Commer
cial club make itself heard in resolution
to be forwarded to the benighted eastern
majority that rules in the halls of con
* * *
"These goods were manufactured by
the Seattle Woolen Mill Co., Seattle,
Wash., from pure selected wool grown
in Kititascounty.,' These are the words
of a placard recently noticed in n store
at Ellensburgh. A telling wav to attract
attention to the products anth it contains
a lesson that individuals as well as locali
ties may profit by. Make a reputation
for your products by letting the world
know your name and where you live.
Brand everything you put on the market.
If you make or raise a good article the
consumer will remember it and want
more. If you do not the fact will become
apparanttoyouby thesevere letting alone
that you will get, and you will set about
learning where the trouble lies, and
govern yourself accordingly. The time
is arriving when it will be difficult for a
commission man or a buyer in the large
cities to handle orphan products with
anything like profit to the rancher.
Talking of boom towns, it is a pleasant
condition for a town to be in when not a
dwelling house or business place can be
had, save by waiting and watcbing"for
weeks and sometimes months for hoped
for changes that will make a vacancy.
That is the condition ii North Yakima.
That fact is enough to stamp it as very
different from the "paper towns" of other
days. Many of its people are ranchers
too, fruit growers hop producers, horse,
cattle and sheep breeders, etc., living in
or near the town on account of its super
ior educational advantages. It is the
center, the distribution point, the place
of exchange of the products of labor, of
a half dozen fertile valleys, a territory
covering hundreds of square miles. For
a well-to-do farmer who has made his
little pile by thrift and industry in the
older states, who is tired of the work of
a big farm, I know of no pleasanter
life than a five to ten acre fruit and hop
farm near enough to North Yakima to
educate his children in her schools. He
will then have a pleasant and profitable oc
cupation on his little ranch, together with
i**yl, by K. li. Libky.
the advantages of a progress! vol'town for
his family. For the professional man,
merchmt and mechanic the samp argu
ment holds good. For Diaiiiifaituring
md stries r.o argument is nivde i—» uroat
eonmunity will have them withou; long
delay. Indeed the whole country around
id to be a thickly settled community of
small farms. Simiiar coalitions prevail
over most of the territory between the
Cascade and Rocky mountains, which is
400 to f>oo miles east and west, by 1,000
miles or more north and south.
What fat caters the Puget Sounder*
are! Five car loads of Mutter and three
of oleomargarine every week are said to
be shipped into that region from the east.
The butter is all right and won't hurt
the Sounders any. The oleo may be
healthful enough likewise, but the hitch
come 3 when it i« Bold and eaten by the
consumer, as butter purejand unadulter
ated. We believe in freedom of trade
and also in freedom of eating—that is,
the freedom which means knowledge of
what we eat. We believe also in protec
tion that really protects. We believe in
protection against fraud of ar.y kind,
especially fraud «n food, one of the very
worst of frauds, if not the worst of all.
We have eaten oleomargarine and
liked it well enough ; much of it is better
than the average cow butter. But we
insist that it must be sold for what it
really is; and when properly made it is
a compound of clean animal fats closely
resembling butter in composition. Still
it is not butter and cannot, without fraud,
deceit, cheating, be sold as butter. Pro
tection of the consumer against this de
ception, and protection of the dairyman
against fraudelent competition is a thing
to be demanded and secured by the
dairyman of the northwest—when they
get here; and those eight car loads a
week consumed in the Sound country are
argument enough for their coming.
Frank Ailing, of Tacoma, ia disconso
late and with cause. Last year he suc
ceeded in opening up a trade in apples
with the orient. Within a few days he
has received from there orderf for 130
cases of fir jt class winter apples and he
finds himself unable to fill the requisition.
Not that he cannot procure apples for ho
can, plenty of the great red cheeked
beauties from the Yakima, but, alas!
they were bruised and jammed in picking
and packing. He did succeed in finding
one lot from Vashou island that was all
right but the greedy grower had mixed

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