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THE POULTRY YARD THE MOLTING HENS. Don't feed the old hens any grain during the late summer and fall months unless the intention is to send them to market. If they are to be re tained and expected to be of any serv ice as winter layers, shut them off as much as possible from grain. The loss oi weight which will thereby follow is the very best preparation for winter laying. The molting season is here, and the main task before the hen for the next three months is the growing of a new ( oat of leathers. Grain does not enter into the composition of feathers to any appreciable extent. What the hens need is animal food. Nature has antic ipated their needs in this particular, and provided an abundance of such lood for them. All that they have to do is to go out in the fields and reap the harvest. They don't need a sin gle thing in addition to this. We are often advised to bestow es pecial care upon the hens at molting lime. Many people interpret tthis as a demand for an extra allowance of food, and in accordance with this idea, corn and wheat ration is increased. The result is that the hens go into the win ter rolling fat and their failure as win ter layers is fixed from the start. The only attention which the molt ing hens require at the hands of the owner is a constant supply of pure drinking water and dry sleeping quar ters. And it is not wise to make the latter very warm in the belief that the scanty covering of the hens calls for close protection from the chilly air of the autumn nights. Exposure to this air under a dry roof will hasten the molting process. Leave the windows open till November, except in times of a threatened storm. Two weeks be lore this resume grain feeding, and if the hens are the right sort you will not be able to feed them heavily enough to shut off the winter eggs. Shipping Poultry. Poultry raisers often complain of the small prices they get for their birds when they are sent to market, but it v.) surprising to one who walks through a market at a time when there is an oversupply of poultry that many of the lots exposed on the sidewalks sell at any price. Such specimens of poul try as are there seen ai'e enough to forever disgust one with the whole feathered tribe as articles of food. Old birds and young birds, fat birds and lean birds, birds dressed and undress ed —and some half dressed —roosters, old hens that have been killed to pre vent their dying of old age, chickens frozen and thawed into all conceivable shapes, and chickens whose color is blue, white and variegated, are seen. It is no marvel that the market is dull and that prices rule low. Hut if the birds themselves are bad, the packages are infinitely worse. Old flour barrels that have taken their turn in holding bran, potatoes and oth er vegetables, and boxes that have Btood outdoors until they are weather beaten, are the uninviting packages in which poultry is often sent to the mar- I et, and the shipper wonders why his birds fail to tempt the eye of the epi cure who may be searching for fine poultry. A little reason would con \-im c any one that all this is wrong. The commiuton men of various cit ies of the coast have been in town in Hhoals for several weeks past negotiat ing with the Vakinm farmers for their products. A few of those registered at the Bartholet hotel this week are George S. Grayson, Seattle; W. F. Wil liams, Bozeman; A. M. Mortenson, Se attle; George B. Green, Seattle; Geo. S. Holmes, San Francisco and Lloyd R. Garretson, Tacoma. —Republic. W. S. Offner, the Walla Walla fruit grower, has been in Yakima a good deal lately buying fruit and produce for shipment. He says the agricultur al portion of the Yakima valley looks to be in excellent condition. Mr. Off ner believes that potato growers should dispose of the crop as soon as possible because the price is good now, but he does not believe it promises to continue so as the yield of potatoes in many of the states will be enormous this year. Colorado is raising the largest crop in the history of the state, and Michigan is another one which will put many potatoes on the market this fall.—Republic. The express shipments of fruit in small lots to the sound from Yakima are numerous and fill two cars each morning. Wednesday morning one car was so heavily loaded the body of the car rested directly upon the trucks and great difficulty was met in coup ling it to the train. The large fruit shipments are made principally from Simcoe station, the shipping point of a large fruit raising section. Plums to day are worth about 1 cent a pound, and pears about IV-z cents. Apples are 65 cents a box. Melons are now plentiful in the market and many can taloupes are shipped. The first car load of watermelons was shipped from Prosser. —Republic. NOTICE TO CREDITORS. In the Superior Court of King County, State of Washington, In Probate. In the Matter of the Estate Jof James White, de - I,—No. 3976 Notice is hereby given that the undersigned, Mary White, has been duly \\ appointed by the Superior Court of King County, State of Washing ton, having Jurisdiction of theJmatter of the estate of James White/deceased, as administrate of the estate of said deceased and has duly qualiiled as such and' all person! having olaims against the said deceased are hereby required to present them with the necessary vouchers within one year after the date of ibis notice to me at the office of L. T. Turner, at 22 Ilaller Building, at the corner of Columbia street and Second Avenue, in the City of Seattle, County of King and State of Washing ton. Dated Seattle/thls 22d day of August, 1901. ' MARY WHITE, Administratrix" of the Estate of James White, deceased. L TURNER, Attorney, lor said Administrate. CASH PRIZES For Poultry Raisers. Believing that fresh cut Green Bone is one of the greatest aids to successful and profit able poultry raising, the publishers of this pa per will pay a cash Prize of $10 for the best article, not exceeding 500 words in length, on The Use and Value of Fresh Cut Green Bone as Poultry Food. CONDITIONS. The article must be written by one who hat. had actual experience in the euttingand feeding of bone. The name of any special bone cutter must not be mentioned In he article. The article must be in our hands on or before August 15. Announcement of the prize winner will be made in our llrst issue In September. Articles submitted will become the property of this paper. __^__ (inn niOU DDI7C Other agricultural 0I UU CASH PHIZCi papers are making the above offer. Each paper will award one #10.00 <u«li Prize. The articles winning these »10 prizes will then be submitted to a committee of competent judges (to beannounced later), who will select the in- I article ..1 all, for which a Urn ml Prize of* 100 will he paid. Every one of our readers who is famil iar with the line of cut green bone stand s a chance of winning these prizes, Send in your article at once. Address OHKKN BONE PRIZE, Care lIANCII AND RANGE. SPECIAL NOTICE: This competition ham been extended to Sept. Ist. THE BEST BROWN AND WHITE LEGHORNS Minorca*, Brahman, B. P. Itocks, White Crested Polish, and I*vie Bantams. FRED A. JOHNSON, IBS 35th St., Tacomß, wn. THE RANCH. • NELSON'S • LIGHT BR&HMAS • BARRED P. ROCKS Win at any show. Eggs from the best yard of Bar red Plymouth Kocks $3 a setting: Light Bruhmns, $2 a setting. Eggs from good breeders of Barred Rocks or Brown Leghorns f 1 a setting. HENRY NELSON ma 32d Street, : Everett. Wash. Blancbard's Poultry Book sent postpaid for 20c. Address The Ranch, Seattle. ajjfljjfr. BEE SUPPLIES Illustrated Catalogue FREE :^Jg*§P PHENICIE MFG. CO., 2704 So. C St., Tacoma. YOUR HENS HAVE LICE SPECIAL PRICE ON LICE KILLER FOR JULY and AUGUST. Liquid Lice Paint 50c per gallon. Thanolice Powder 17c per lb., 35c 2]/ lb. box, 65c for 6 lb. box. Guaranteed to kill lice and to be harmless to little chicks. PHENICIE MFG. CO., 2704 South C St., TACOMA .WASH. *™sFarm For Sale - • ■ ■ '. ■ -•. > . ..'.... A very fine farm in Whatcom county of 127 acres adjoining the town of Custer, under a high state of cultivation, with a fine two-story house of nine rooms and bath room, closets and pantry; a five-horse stable, 32x45 and a cow and hay barn 55x60. Fine hennery with incubator and brooder house. Have silo and sepa rator. Seventy acres first-class land clear and in grass and grain; 24 head of pure-bred and high grade cattle; one pair of fine Hambletonian mares and 135 head of Cottswold sheep. This property is on the line of the Great Northern railroad, between Whatcom and Blame, five minutes' walk from two stores, school, depot, church, postoffice, creamery and blacksmith shop; ten acres in fruit of all kinds. : This property is one of the best in the country. The land is* nearly all level, well-fenced and cross-fenced, and ditched. The buildings could not be replaced for four thousand dollars. This splendid farm will be sold at a very reasonable price. If taken at once it will be offered at a bargain. Address Farmers' Investment Company, ">* w"' w..i.m,on - Seattle, Wash. 1898—one prize; Emery jndge; 1899—7 priz.es; Hold en Judge; 1900—10 prizes; Emery judge: At Washington State Fair on my Plymouth : Rocks BARRED, BUFF AND.WHITE Eggs from best White Rocks, $2 setting; 2nd, ft, 50 : Ruff Hocks, best, $2; 2nd, $1.50; Barred, f 1.80. In cubator eggs, $6 per hundred, Those who meutlon thla paper get two eggs extra. LR. SCHOTT, North Yakima, Wash.