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insignificant culls with the good fruit; this brought the entire lot into very deserved disrepute, llon.tr Kong is a long way off, bat Calcutta in eighteen steamer (lays beyond, aud that is where a part of the Yakima product is wanted. Nothing but the soundest of. apples can stand the voyage and go ashore in presentable shape. A shame isn't it? Well, gentle men fruit growers it is just such an open ing as this for your fruit that you should b9 preparing for. What do you think about beginning next fall to pick your fine apples by hand from the trees, then sorting with the utmost care, wrapping each specimen in soft paper aud packing them with all the delicacy of touch that a poultry farmer exercises in packing his choicest eggs for long distance shipment? Will it psy, do you think? * # The board of horticulture tell me, sub rosa, that they thiuk the 1,400 samples of fruit in jars, etc., brought from the world's fair to North Yakima for the pur poses of the state fair, are not doing full duty ; that the exhibit should be divided and distributed around the state and kept constantly on exhibition ; that so great a collection should not be held exclusively for six days' exhibit at the state fair, and lastly that the Yakima country would be far better advertised by such a distri bution of the collection. There is sense in this, and the last named consideration i 3 very likely to start a movement for a legal change in the disposition of this superb collection of Washington fruits. If the Yakima County Horticultural society will take the matter in hand and so arrange that fresh samples of Yakima fruits shall be constantly on exhibit along with the canned specimens at the differ ent points of exhibition, a famous adver tisement of this region would be effected. It might not be a bad idea for some of these jars to hs placed in the rooms of the Yakima Commercial club. * * About that Suunyside experiment sta tion? If the Agricultural College don't take up the work pretty quick on the land given it at Zillah, it will be too late for effective work A. I>. 1894. The people of the "arid region" rejoice ab the prospect of an experiment station befQ> established on the Yakiraa, but their rejoicing will be turned to alkali bitterness if the learned professors don't bestir themselves, attack the Zillah sagebrush and yet some work in motion this spring. No great expense is necessary or even desirable In the be ginning. Some of the very best work in tliis line is of the lowest in cost. A good local board of overseers could easily be secured to give their services without pay. Experiments in use of water, as to time and amounts; totting of varieties of vegetables and forage crops, textile plants, etc.; systems of planting—and similar comparatively inexpensive work mi-jlit well employ the stations for one year or THE RANCH. many seasons. One bright scientific man, with twoor three student assistants, could do the technical work. And if every man within 10 or 15 mile 3 would not con tribute a <lay's work for the rougher parts, then we mistake the temp?) of the white Yakimas * * * Science is knowledge: scientific is knowing: simply that and nothing more. Thus spako that gentle minded nature lover and student of her varied phases, Francis Parkman. An agricultural ex pariment station is only an institution to stud}' into the unknown of nature's ways that we may learn how the better to adopt our practice to her laws. The issuing of bulletins is not experimental work: it is properly only a record of scientific (seeking-to-know) work already performed. Bulletins that are poor copies of newspapers or book work have no place In the so-called experiment station. These remarks apply to any station where thep fit. FEBRUARY 10-FEBRUARY 14. Another Open Letter From President Wileox—Topics for The Ranch Read ors to Think About for the Satur day Meeting. To The Yakima County Horticulturists: Gentlemen :—Taking a broader view of the questions referred to in the last week's issue of our valuable journal, why not have an Inter-State Fruit Ship pers organization composed of the terri tory to be represented at the coming Spokane meeting? I believe it can be, and if done, am f-ure good results will follow. There is no doubt but that the time is coming when this whole coast will need to be organized under one man agement, or nearly so. Although it is a difficult problem, 1 believe its correct solution will be of untold value. The fruit industry of the northwest has a rival in California which none of us can compete with single handed, while organ ized as one we can best hold our own. Think of this, gentlemen, and if favor ably inclined let us instruct our Spokane delegates to use their efforts to this end. In regard to the other question, fruit pests, we ought to have our county divided into districts, by section, town ehip or other boundary lines, and an in spector appointed for each district, with prescribed duties. This is going to be a line of york requiring special and care ful attention, and we cannot get ourselves to work systematically any too soon. Are yon ready for the question? Come to the meeting in North Yakima next Saturday, February 10. We have engaged Mason's opera house as we expect a large attend ance. As to the beet sugar industry, I was somewhat skeptical when the subject was first suggested to i^e, but reflection leads il.o to think very fuvorably of it. I believe it to be a move in the right direction, ttud also thiok I see a field for the surplus labor of the community, men» women and children. I feel quite con fident that there are many ceres of good, unoccupied land contiguous to the city— or any point where it may be best to locate a factory—the proprietors of which would be willing to give the use for little compensation for the purpose of seeing this move consummated. Such laud could be paneled out to the unemployed of the city, in tracts of 1,2, 3or more acres each, and thus help-many families over a hard year. By giving these questions sotuc thought, I think you will see where the good will result, aud will not, therefore, consume more valuable space with details. Very truly, C. P. Wilcox. THE BEET SUGAR MEETING. The representatives of the agricultural college at the beet sugar meeting on Satur day of this week will include not only Prof. Lake, but we are infermed that Prof. Fulmer the chemist of the college, will also be present. Prof. Fulmer has had special experience in the conduct of Ihe chemical work of beet sugar factories in Nebraska; ■0 Yakimarians are especially fortunate in having a chance to hear him. Prof. Fulmer told the beet sugar conven tion at Colfax last week that the laud in that vicinity can be counted on to produce easily 20 tons of beets per acre, on which a net profit of $25 can be expected. Some 300 farmers pledged themselves to plant one acre and upwards to beets this year if a factory is located there. The estimate of profits certainly is not extravagant. When John It. Reavis, at the Spokane meeting, speaks about Washington's part at the World's fair, he may very appropriately put in some telling words for the state fair to be held at North Yakima next full. He will have a hearing that, properly appealed to, may bs aroused to do much in the way of collecting exhibits for Washington's great show. If such a talk does not occur to Mr. Reavix, perhap3 some North Yakima man may take up the subject. Following? The Ranch editor's earnest recommendation, Kiona fruit, men, and many others there interested in seeing hor ticulture flourish, will joiu the county hor ticultural society. Of course Kennewick niny not fall behind her elder sister iv this movement; nor Prosser and Mabton. This is not a North Yakima affair, but a society for all tho Vakitna country. it its proposed that one of the general meetings, or a special meeting of the Yak ima County Horticultural Society, should be held at the timu of tli3 state fair. The idea is just as good for every other agricul tural and horticultural society in the state. Don't torgst for a moment that it is tire privilege of every fruit grower in thestatuto have an exhibit of his product at the coming state fair. Every man wants hia own dis« trict well represented.