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SOMETHING ABOUT MATCHES.
It was found a few years ago, that each of the inhabitants of Great Brit- am consumed, on an average, eight matches a day. The consumption in this country per capita is considerably larger, though exact statistics cannot ue given because treasury returns of the imports of matches convey no idea ot the number brought into this coun try; and the reason is, that the term "gross" is used, and that refers to the box, and not to the "individual match," while there may be sixty, two hundred or five hundred matches in each box. If we figure on the British basis of eight matches per capita per day, the home, consumption is 610,427,096 matches a day. The enormous figure may be accepted as approximately the home, consumption of home-made matches, in addition to the foreign matches that are found in all of our markets; and it is well to remember that two-thirds of the matches used in America are imported; consequently, ti10,427,096 represents one-third of the actual home consumption. Success in match-making, at the present time, is largely a question of machinery. Matches are sold at a price so exceedingly small that the manufacturers controlling the best ma chinery for eliminating hand labor and producing excellent matches at a min imum cost have a great advantage in trade. It is next to impossible for one match factory to compete with anoth er, unless its machinery is equally ef ficient. It cannot buy the machinery used in rival factories, for it is almost invariably the case that a manufactur ing concern absolutely controls the patents it has thought advantageous t i employ. In order to compete suc cessfully in the match industry now adays, it is practically essential to own machinery that is at least as perfect ac any used by rival establishments. American match-making machines are the best in the world, which ac counts for the success of the American concern in England the other day, in absorbing the plant and business of the largest British establishment. In the meeting held for the purpose of voting upon the proposal to amalga mate the two concerns, the president o1 the American company, addressing the shareholders of the British com pany, told them plainly that, although the American enterprise had occupied the British field only a few years, it was competing successfully with their own industry on their own ground, largely for the reason that American machinery was superior to that of Mritish invention. Our public is pay ing for matches today, less than half what it paid twenty years ago, though they were then regarded as very cheap. Elderly persons can remember the time when matches were husbanded with considerable care, for it did not take very many of them to represent the value of a cent. But now, thanks to machinery and improved processes, nobody cares very much how many matches he wastes trying to light his pipe on a windy day. The value of the match machines of all!kinds that are produced in this country every year is alone about $400,000,000. Match manufacturing is an industry, after all. Over in New Jersey there are two factories with a capacity together of '.•0,000,000 matches a day. The largest factory in the country, at Barberton, Oh o, can turn out 100,000,000 matches This country has a great advantage in the abundance of aspen, which tree BETTER THAN GOLD BONDS The returns are as absolutely certain, and the percent age of profits far greater by an investment in the Treas ury stock of the Washington-California Oil Company Capital stock, $750,000; shares, par value, $1.00, absolutely non-assessable; 250,000 shares in treasury for development purposes. Washington people promoters—222o acres experted California oil lands the basis, undeveloped worth $250,000; developed, worth $5,000 to $8,000 per acre. Development work begins Oct. Ist. Lands in Lake, Colusa and Glenn counties. Oil, paraffine base, worth $8.00 per barrel on the ground. Officers —Will D. Jenkins, ex-secretary of state, President; J. B. Keavis, chief justice of supreme court, Vice-President; E. J. Jenkins, Secretary; S. A. Callvert, state land com missioner, Senator D. E. Biggs and Dr. N. J. Redpath, Directors. Stock now 35 cents per share. No salaried officers. Funds will be used for development purposes only. Every acre of this company's holdings have been thoroughly experted and endoned by Col. L. P. Crane, of San Francisco, best oil land expert on the continent. This com panyare members of and endorsed by Pacific Coast Petroleum Miners' Association. For ex pert's report, purchase of stock or other information address E. J. Jenkins, rooms 21S-219 Parrott Building. San Francisco, Cal. Next block will be sold at 50 cents per share. Stock will be at par within four months. Every acre of entire tract, 2220 acres, belongs absolutely to the company, with no roy alties to pay. The stock in this company will receive in dividends within the next 12 months $5.00 per share and possibly $10 per share. Mention The Ranch. Fill out the following and forward a.s directed. E. J. Jenkins, Secretary, Washington-California Oil Co. 218-ai9 Parrott Building, San Francisco, Cal. , 190 I hereby subscribe for Shares of the paid-up nonassess able Capital Stock of the Washington-California Oil Co., inpayment for which I here with enclose for $— _—__.. I hereby authorize the Secretary to receipt for said stock In my name, subject to the By-Laws of said Company. Name P. O. Address- I State I is superior to all other timber for match-making, on acount of its natur al qualities and the ease with which it is worked. It is light, spongy and splits easily; and though pine, linden, birch and other woods are also used 1:i this and other countries, aspen is preferred to them all. European match manufacturers have been en gaged in a scramble for years past to secure a sufficient quantity of aspen. Germany is importing from Russia every year about 3,500,000 cubic feet ot aspen to supplement her own sup plies. - A while ago the German manufac turers petitioned the minister of agri culture and forestry to cause the for e&ters in the districts where match fac tories are situated to give more atten tion to raising aspen. A similar ap peal has been made to their govern- THE RANCH. SUNNYSIDE IRRIGATION CANAL THE THIRD LARGEST IN THE U. S. The desert Is being made to blossom by means of an unlimited supply of wit«r. Oats, corn, wheat, barley, clover, timothy, alfalfa, potato**, hops I apples, peaches, pears, plums, apricots, prunes and b«rri*a. the I finest In the world, grown in abundance. J MARKETS THE BEBT. GOOD SCHOOLS. 10,000 acres in cultivation. 24.000 acre* tor —!• Terms easy. One-fifth down, balance In four Installments. Send for Ctrcular. Denny ilame Land Co., 23 Dexter Horton Bank Bldg., Seattle tnent by the match-makers of France. Russian manufacturers have been op posed to the wholesale depletion of their forests by foreign match-makers, and have not been slow to appeal to their government to stop the exporta- tion of aspen. Fortunately for our match-makers, the home supply of asp eii is very large, and the wood is little used for other manufacturing pur poses.—From the House Furnishing Review. II