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WHAT SHALL FARMERS GROW? This question has been answered by many before now, but many now are not sure what they want to sow or plant this season yet. To those who are undecided, they should first de termine what their land is best adapted to, not forgetting their climatic surroundings. Then what are their'facilities for marketing and handling thep roducts they think their land and climate best suited to. produce. There must be considered the expense and the prob able income, always putting the outlay reas onably high and the income reasonably low. Then if the outlook is favorable, go in, and go for all there is in it, no matter what you decide to do. Another thing of much impor tance is to read the signs of the times and look ahead and foresee what is likely to be called for, and most pressing need in the near future, and my exnerience is to try a small variety of what I judge may be the most profitable. I would not advise* to raise only one kind of grain or to depend altogether on hay; neither would I depend on but one line of stock, un less it would be sheep. They have an advan tage over other stock in that they thrive where other stock would starve, and produce three crops yearly, namely, a crop of lambs, a crop of wool and a crop of mutton. Here in Kittitas hay is a good crop usually, and the climate is such that it can be made and secured in all its perfection. Still I would not depend on it alone. Many are now going their bottom dol lar on wheat: not T. Although I think it will bring a good price, meats, fruits and vegetables will also bring a good price. Diversify your farming; don't put all your eggs under one hen. A rain, have you thought of the quarter of million of hungry men in and going to Alaska and the Northwest? They are workers and eaters, and the host is none to good for them when they can get it, and exnense don't count when a minor's buckskin is heavy with nug gets and dust. They will have the best to be got and ripv tbo nriro and be hanpv. And then all this loud talk all over the world may not be all wind, or if wind, it may develop into a cyclone. and some nation or nations got hit hard, and mnuv trot hurt. Tf war comes with Rnfli-n or with Europe and Eastern nations, markets will bo -rood all around. So let us do our hoar and have our dishes ric.lt side up to catch whatever good may fall to us. WM. A. CONANT. STOPPINGS. By M. L. Matterson. If the barn proved to be too small, or poorly arranged for the past winter, it is none too soon to begin planning for next winter. It is no small matter to arrange the barn so it will be convenient in all ways, well lighted and ventilated. The evident large sum of money lost by spoilt hay the past winter should cause ranch ers to devise some way of caring for the same. The writer of this called at the James cream ery in Yakima a few days since and we were pleased to find a clean, sweet establishment. Judo-inp- what we have seen in the ten months of our residence in this state, we should say never make a pasture of alfalfa. We trust that Mr. Leckenbv will soon learn, at his ex perimental grounds, what is the best pasture grass for this valley. The following treatment for milk fever is given in Hoard's Dairyman by a New York correspondent: "Give one-half' pound salt peter on first discovery of the fever (which is RANCH AND RANGB. always known by drying up of the flow of milk and prostration), and in two hours, twenty-five drops of aconite; in two hours more if not re lieved (do not try to get the cow up, but let her be quiet until she gets up herself), repeat, with one-quarter pound saltpetre and then in two hours with twenty drops aconite. Alternate the above one-quarter pound saltpetre and twenty drops of aconite every two hours until relieved." "I have had several cases since adopt ing the above course and have not lost one. Have had stubborn cases, where they have taken four doses each of the above prescription, but they have always recovered all right. The first cow that was experimented with my neighbor dairyman said, 'experiment with her as much as you please, she will never get on her feet again/ In fifteen hours after giving her the first dose of saltpetre she got on her feet of her own accord, and in forty-eight hours was giving twenty pounds of milk twice a day." J. M. Wheeler, a dairyman near Yakima " City, has bought a Jersey bull and a Babcock milk tester. He intends to improve his herd. E. Sanford has traded his Jersey bull to An son White for a Red Polled bull. Mr. White intends building up his dairy herd, while I be lieve Mr. Sanford is going to change from dairy to beef stock. E. E. James has bought the separator and other things not destroyed in the burning of Bartlptt's creamery and Mr. Bartlett will not rebuild. The effort to organize a Farmers' Club was a failure, but a Grange was organized at the Knob Hill schoolhouse. BUZZINOS. By Mrs. Chas- Lee. Bees are now classed with other taxable property in this state. In lowa, ten colonies of every owner are exempt. March 15th we had new honey for dinner; of course stored in last year's comb. It must be gathered from the willows. During the year 1897 the exports of bees wax from New York amounted to $30,262, or about 120,000 pounds, at 25 cents per pound. "An ounce of prevention is better than a pound of cure." Look through your hives now and cut out all drone comb and fill in the places cut out with worker comb. One of the best suggestions yet made as what to do with an obstinate fertile worker colony is contributed by Bevins In American Bee Journal. Set a neucleus having a good laying queen close by, and gradually pull the old colony down and build up the necleus with the proceeds. , The Florida experiment station isolated two peach trees, exposing one to a colony of bees during flowering time, and preventing all ac cess to the other. Both trees set their fruit properly, but the one to which the bees had no access dropped its fruit when the stone was forming, while the other retained and matured it.—American Bee Journal. Dr. C. C. Miller gives the characteristics^ re quired to be a bee-keeper's wife. She should be- willing, on occasion, to take a few stings for the sake of being helpful. Considering the price of honey, she must be willing to do with out many hundred dollar dresses. She should be a ll H. iron, bake, and hive a few swarms of *• bees between times. She should have so much good common sense that she would not marry a milionaire if he used whis key or tobacco, or if he were not clean and pure in speech and life. There are quite a number of bee-keeners wanting just such wives. Girls, can you fill the bill? Now is the time to use Reliable Seeds.. Per pound Lots of 50 to 100 pounds Timothy B IA 05 Red clover , 11 10 Mammoth clover 12 nj^ Crimson clover 10 09 Rye Grain i^4 ol Vi Rye Seed 10 09% White clover 18 16 * Alsike 12 11 Red top 11 10 Orchard grass 18 17 Alfalfa 11 10 Our seeds are tested and every precaution taken to obtain the very best. They are not warranted in any particular. We " carry only one quality and that Is the best. You will find it pays to buy that kind. Cooper & Levy, Wholesale and Retail Grocers, Seattle, : Washington. 104-106 First aye. South. Tascherau & Hamilton, Hay, Grain, Produce and General Commission Dealers, r> Agents for Frazer's Yakima Butter. Cor. Lincoln and Railroad. Tel. 427 Spokane, Wash. E. A. McDonald. Dairy Commissioner of Washington. 110 South 13th St., Tacoma, Wash. Prepared to receive complaints for vi olation of the dairy law. One-half of all penalties go to the Informer. Ship us your __- _ Potatoes==Now Ed. Adams' Soms, Tacoma, wash, j *^_-__S^^_2_gf Lehman Bros Grain, Feed and Flour. Importers and millers of Grains of all kinds. Corn Chop, Rye Flour, Graham, Whole Wheat Flour, Corn Meal. Western avenue and Seneca street, Seattle, Wash.