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Gem State Rural
Entered at the Post Office at Caldwell as second class mail matter. Published every Thursday by the GEM STATE RURAL PUBLISHING CO., LTD. A. E. GIPSON, . . . J. H. GIPSON..., F. A. RINEHART Editor Manager Circulation Manager, STAFF CONTRIBUTORS Director Idaho Experl PROF. H. T. FRENCH ment Station. PROF. ELIAS NELSON—Irrigation and Dry Farming. B. F. ATWATER—Bee Specialist. D. R. HUBBARD—Live Stock. Correspondence solicited on all topics with in the scope of the paper. ! I 11.00 per year ! When Not Paid in Advance. ... $1.50 per yeari Circulation Manager j — SUBSCRIPTION PRICE In Advance F. A. Rinehart "Idaho has been trying With all her might and main To duplicate Ohio With mud and slush and rain." So says an Idaho rhyme maker, but, the fact Is, the weather clerk has got his bearings and everything now Is lovely. The strawberries, the cherries and currents are ripe, the honey bee is gathering the nectar, the alfalfa la ready for the harvest and the hum of the mower Is herd In the land. -o PROPOSED UP TO DATE ORGANIZATION. The steps that are being taken to organize the fruit growers and shippers for the purpose of placing Idaho fruit on the market In the right shape should meet with the hearty approval of every orchardlst In the state. Such an organi zation properly conducted can be of vast benefit to our fruit Industry and Is, In fact, absolutely essential to the accomplishment of the end sought. The committee having the matter of formu lating the plans for the proposed organization Is an excellent one and no doubt will be able to outline a basis for an effective organization. When this is found It will be In order for com mercal fruit growers to get behind the organl zation and boost for the products of our or chards. Idaho can produce the fruit and what now Is needed Is to see that a reputation Is es tabllshed for it that will make the article sought far and wide. This is the rational thing to do and It means not only fame for Idaho fruit, but good dollars for those who grow it. With such an association there will be room for thousands upon thousands of acres of orchards, yet un- ; planted, and nothing could possibly be done that | would stimulate the Industry more than would such an organization. I -o ART OF WALKING. "The delightful practice of vagabondage which Stevenson and Whitman praised so well, the most Innocent of pastimes, the simplest of exercises, is in danger of falling into abeyance, says Bliss Carmen in the Delineator. art of walking, the happy ? Our fashionable people affect one ridiculous; manner of walking and then another year after year, but almost no one thinks it worth while to learn to walk normally, is not a matter of caprice, but of art. The normal walk It lends Itself to the infinite varieties of character and becomes In each Instance expressive of the in dividual, so that we recognize a man by his gait as easily as by his voice. j I -The first requisite of good walking is a good poise. If the body Is well poised at each point of its motion, the motion itself must be good. The process of walking which has been "des cribed as a series of fallsls to be somewhat more accurate, a series of falls and recoveries so in-: sensibly merged that there Is no saying where the fall ends and the recovery begins. In walk continuous state of unstable We pass gradually from one posi ing we are in a equilibrium. tion to another, yet are never out of poise. We playing with gravity. A good walker spins the earth deftly beneath his feet, as an acrobat iu a circus, lying on his beck, spins a barrel or a are painted ball." The above, from an exchange, suggests that attention should be paid to walking than is There are, as a matter of fact, | more -usually done. J comparatively few graceful walkers among either The men and boys are espe ! men or women. I c j a jj y careless about their manner of locomotion. i They go along with a shambling gait and too often present a very awkward and ungainly ap This is to be regretted for if ones pearance. walk is an indication of character, as some con tend, it is worth while to try to guard against unfavorable impression in this particular, But why should not proper attention be paid to Why, for example, should not care an one's walk? be taken to see that the young are properly trained in this matter? Should it not be apartof school discipline as well as attention in the home? All admire an easy graceful carriage and a good f or m in man and woman, and yet strange as it may seem as already stated, these qualities are rare ly combined among people under ordinary conditions. Here then is a text for the physi cal culturist and the believer in good lookers among the human kind. There is surely need for reform in this particular and those who may become instrumental in bringing it about will be doing a needed service to humanity. -o SUMMER TERM IN AGRICULTURE. Thet Summer School of the Agricultural Col lege at Moscow is now under way. A commu nication from the dairy department of the school announcing the program for the first 10 days of the school covering dairy topics and demon strations, came too late for insertion last week and as the time is passed for that work, it would not avail to publish it now. We however, trust this feature of the school was very successful and that the entire course may prove equally so. Such schools ought to grow in popularity and attract large numbers of students. We are glad to see our State Agricultural College taking advanced ground in this kind of instruction and If the attendance is not large at first, it will no doubt increase as the value of these short term schools is better known. The term will con tinue until July 28. FRUIT GROWING ON A LARGE SCALE, The following item reflects the strides that are being made in fruit growing in the Pacific Northwest. "What is believed to be the largest under taking of its kind ever attempted in the world the planting of 2,000 acres of peach trees and goo acres of grapes at Chelan Falls, Wash., along ithe Columbia river by Prof. A. Van Holderbeke Washington and L. MacLean a capitalist of Spok ane . Work was begun on this vast orchard few days ago and it is expected that the last tree will be planted before the first crop is har vested from the early ones. In addition to the -o a a trees, Mr. MacLean has given orders for the planting of a ton of peach seeds, will be irrigated by water from natural springs." The orchard o TROLLEY LINES IN SOUTHWESTERN IDAHO. As an indication of the manner in which the trolley railway is invading this portion of Idaho, mention is made of the decision of the Boise Valley railway to build its lines to Caldwell and Nampa. This company has also bought the Cald well Interurban railway and will operate it as a part of that system. This announcement made by Dr. H, P. Ustick during a call yester day at the GEM STATE RURAL was office. These lines will serve the people on the south side of the Boise river while the Boise and Caldwell Interurban, which is now practically completed between the two cities along the north side of the Boise river, will take care of the business n that territory as well as local business be tween Caldwell and Boise. This system is to be extended into the Payette Valley the people of that portion j needed service. I These lines mean and thus give of the country much a good deal for the territory to be covered and should be heartily welcomed by the people thereof. They will certainly much towards adding to the population wealth of the Canyon and Ada counties. do and -o RAIN MAKER IN OREGON. "It may read like fiction to the outside world to know that Hatfield has been employed come to Oregon to make rain. to He is at work in Sherman county under a contract guaranteeing to produce six Inches of rain between now and July 25th. All Sherman county is watching the experiment as a copious rainfall would not-only insure a good crop this year, but greatly enhance the value of land in that county."—Rural Spirit. It is rather surprising to learn that the Web foot state is offering inducements to the rain makers, but if Hatfield can make good the in vestment may turn out all right. Six inches of rain in 30 days ought to relieve the thirsty lands of Sherman county and prevent a drouth if that is all that is needed, and the rain maker should have the right of way. -o We notice that some of the municipal au thorities of Idaho have announced a campaign against weeds along streets and alleys of the town. In other words they say that existing ordinances are to be enforced. Caldwell's chief of police, for example, has given notice to this effect and we notice that Boise's chief has done likewise. No doubt others have taken similar action. Its just the correct thing and ought to be strictly enforced for if there is any one thing that gives a town a careless and untidy appear ance it is to see the streets and public grounds overrun with weeds and rank vegetation of every kind. Those whose duty it is to attend to this cleaning-up should do it. They should also keep their private grounds free from unattractive things of this kind. It pays to do so because a neat, well kept place adds both to the attract iveness and selling value of real estate. If in doubt unon this point try a general cleaning up an see. -o Those who are interested in preserving fruits for exhibition will do well to read the formulas given in this issue, Which have been kindly fur nished the GEM STATE RURAL through the courtesy of Col. G. B. Bracket, pomologist of the U. S. Department of Agriculture. -o The paper on the importance of spraying found on another page of this paper presents the subject in a forcible light. It is well worth considering. -o Are you after the apple worm that plays hob with the fruit and knocks the profits into smithereens? If not, better get the spray pump into action at once. It is now a question of clean fruit or no market, and its up to the fruit grower to say which he will have. o The weather clerk seems to have made up new schedule for Idaho this spring, but there are Crops is not much complaint due after all. coming on nicely, the health of the people *s good, and barring the Haywood trial, and an occasional visit from a booster's club, little is Of course, a under wa y. things might be far worse in this tdaho. taking place out of the usual, lot of development in town and country is hut that goes without saying, and so good land of o The Kansas supreme court has handed de.« a of interest to all fraier of delerium insurance policy of that an opinion that will be nal insurance lodges, tremens. He carried a $2,000 in hte Modern Woodmen. A man dies The policies insured becomes an order specifies that if the void. becomes habitual drunkard the policy The order refused to pay the policy Kelly brought suit to collect it. and M rS district The î the not liable anu the lower court held that the order w r as supreme sustained the decision court. The decision Is of "interest' pay life Insurance and then drink of who ' also to men themselves to death.—Ex.