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Already 300 chickens have gone off as broilers this spring, and there were numbers on hand. Mrs. Green makes most money off her ducklings as they have no lice, no disease and go off so quickly. Next year geese will also receive attention. Olympia, May 20th, 1902. The rain just pomred down and in consequence the meeting at Monte sano was not as well attended as we mjght have expected had conditions been more favorable. The farmers in this section are not satisfied that they have a fruit country, or in fact a soil that will produce much of any kind of crop except pasture and hay. Mr. Van Holderbeke told the farmers of Chehalis county what an injury they were doing themselves by allowing the commercial houses of Seattle and Portland to sip into their manufactur ing centers carloads of fruit and veg etables which their fertile valley can produce to perfection. "You allow your forests to be cut down and sold off, the money goes in wages to the boys who spend their savings largely in the saloons and the manufacturers' profits also go away. Boys, you do not keep your dollars in the country long enough to take the shine off them. Your woods are full of evergreen blackberries, which only the state of Washington can produce; they are fine shippers and come in the market after all other berries are gone, but you waste them. Take hold of your opportunities and grow that which will bring your money home to stay with you." He enlarged upon the dangers of buying nursery stock from agents, as ihe majority of them were unscru pulous men. Their purpose was de ception. The office was created to safeguard citizens against these fakirs and it was his purpose now to tell the people that he (represented and as sisted by a strong corps of county fruit inspectors) was there for the purpose of coming to their assistance. "Now don't send your money away for trash, because most of the east ern stock is inferior tothat grown on the coast, where the men are known to you and are honestly helping to build up your country. However, if you positively must send east for your trees and shrubs or vines, demand that the agent produce the duplicate of his license, that he send you stock subject to payment after inspection upon arrival; and never, never sign a contract to pay, for It is binding as a note." The speaker is highly in teresting and graphically shows how varied are the pranks these smooth men play upon unsuspecting purchas ers. Upon insect pests, the black spot disease, the speaker spoke at length, proving to farmers and fruit growers that it is not the question whether Washington is a fruit coun try or not; but whether or not the in dividual grower understands his busi ness. "Come to my office in Tacoma where a permanent exhibition of fruit and produce is maintined, and you can judge for yourselves. Almost invariably the visitors exclaim: Oh! did that come from California? When I produce them a jar of eighteen inches tall by six in diameter filled by one potato or two pears or some other products as fine and big and perfect for their inspection. T feel a pride then when I can point to the name of the grower in one of the counties in this grand state of ours, proving that our forward men take a back seat for no one." The next day at Elma our meeting was much better attended, and the hall was very much adapted to our purpose. At both meetings the dairy industry is quite a feature with the audience so that my subject was very well received and many pertinent questions were asked. In Montesano, at Elma and at Oakville orchards were visited as much as possible; but the weather was so wet that locomo tion had to be restrained to its lowest limit. Still individuals who lived near by were shown what was wrong with their trees and how to remedy the trouble, and as many a neighbor dropped in, the visit partook of the nature of a meeting. Thus at Elma we visited the quaint collection of nat ural letters gathered by Mrs. E. K. Lambert. This gentleman conceived the idea that each letter in the alpha bet could be found growing in the bush and consequently he made it a point to hunt the matter up. Many letters are very easily found while others are just as hard to discover, but he has a complete alphabet on exhibition in Tacoma, for which he has received a good standing offer. It appears that an Englishman from London would very largely exceed this offer, only he finds it so difficult to believe it is nature's work unaid ed. The sign "&" grows out of a heavy cedar limb and hurled to the earth from its elevated position by a falling tree top, is, in my mind, the finest specimen of his "home collec tion".. A landscape painting, worked in native mosses by his sister now living in Chicago was greatly admir ed. This lady is an artist in this line, and uses for her purposes all the various kinds of moss grown in this state and collected for her by her brother. The meeting at Oakville was by far the largest gathering, though it rained hard. In the course of his re marks the commissioner dwelt, as usual, upon the necessity for organi zation amongst farmers, for which he strongly recommends the horticul tural society. In a very lucid manner he set forth how a well organized body of horticulturists could select one farmer from their midst to go to the nursery to buy trees for all. The cost would be trifling when assessed upon all by the tree and the benefit would be large as the buyer would select his stock true to name right in the row as it grew. Ladies in se lecting their flowers might follow a similar plan and go down when roses were blooming fixing a mark of iden tification on the flowers of their choice, leaving them for later ship ment. Talking along this line,a show of fruit and flowers was arranged to be held at Elma in the fall when rib bons might be affixed to those sam ples which were superior in merit. The speaker promised to send a col lection of 200 roses of many varieties. Speeches on horticultural and allied topics could be made and a judge of butter might win the smiles of one lady over the frowns of many, as he pinned the winning color on a pot which —ain't a bit better'n mine, sup posin' there ain't no hairs "in it! Chehalis county is certainly very rich in soil. Finer garden mould could not be desired and celery grows there beyond rivalry. Mr. J. S. Hale, of Elma, grows stalks that weigh from two to three pounds each supply ing only the fall trade of his home market. The scenery is nice and the large valleys are well watered and well drained. Lands may be obtained at reasonable prices near the railroad. From a carefully kept record of the weather, we learned from Mr. Wade, | THE RANCH the county fruit inspector, that dur ing the many years of his daily reg istration the rainfall has averaged 86 inches with a maximum in 1889 of 92.90 inches. Pasture is therefore abundant all summer and vegetables grow without stint. Mr. Wade gave us a hearty welcome upon our arrival and made such excellent arrange ments for the meeting and our enter tainment that the complete success of the tour is owing to his efforts in a marked degree. He tells us that for some years he has been ripening corn on his own land and though he has not yet materially advanced the date of maturity he has succeeded in growing a very much taller plant than he obtained at first. With Mr. Wade as commander, the G. A. R. encampment at Westport next sum raer has a good chance of success. FARM For Sale A good dairy or sto*.-*; farm in Skagit county, Wash., of 240 acres; 100 acre* cleared, balance easily cleared. Fifty heau of cattle, twenty-seven of which are dairy cows, and two farm teams, with implements and tools enough for the piace and cream separator will be sold with the place at a bargain; or 160 acres with improvements will be sold. A good part of the purchase money could remain on place at a reasonable rate of interest for a num ber of years. Good location, within a mile of G. N. Railroad station, on a good road. The land will grow good crops of anything adapted for ...e Sound clim ate; also excellent pasture and clover. Sickness cause of selling. There is up wards of 40 acres seeded to oats, bal ance hay and pasture. Apply T. RICHARDS, Burlington, Wash. Farms for Sale In all counties of Western Washington. Improved aud unimproved. Address THE SYNDICATE COMPANY 11-212-213 California Building, Tacoma, Wash. I^g/j^^ - gJ%J% mm Get a Home--Provide an Income. 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Including 60 acres of bearer dam, balance table land : seeded down to timothy and cloTer, Good seren room lioiisc living water from spring run ning through the house: six springs, and fine creek on place. Three barns, black smith shop, hog pen. sheep shed, and other out-houses. Fenced, and in good shape. Two and one half miles from postofflce and railway station. Good roads, etc. As mod land as can be found in the state. $5,500, half down. Address Patrick Murray, Elm;i. Wash. WE HAVE A GOOD LIST OF EXCELLENT FARMS For Sale. Northwest Trust & Safe Deposit Co. Real Estate Dept., 90-94 Columbia St., Seattle. British Columbia Farms If you are thinking of going out to the Pacific Coast, try P.ritish Columbia. A de lightful climate, no extremes of tempera ture, fertile land, ample rainfall, heavy crops, rapid growth, and splendid market for everything you raise at good prices. The celebrated valley of the Lower Fraser River is particularly adapted to dairying. 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