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The Wibaux pioneer. (Wibaux, Mont.) 1907-1919, January 13, 1910, Image 9

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Every nation in the world to the present time
that has neglected the cultivation of the soil, has
practically ceased to exist. Professor Perrero, in
liis late and very interesting history of Rome,
sums up in a philosophic manner the result of the
experience of all nations during all the years, and
he says that the only victories, the only triumphs
that were ever permanently won, were won by the
plow and not hv the sword. (Applause.)
(IKK MAN Y AN EXAM PLE.
\Ye know that Prance and (iermany have been
cultivated for fifteen or eighteen hundred years.
We know that the yield today in (Iermany—a
country not naturally as fertile as our own—we
know that they yield an average of 27 or hush
els of wheat per acre. They have neither the soil
nor the climate that we have, hut they have
learned the hard lesson of necessity—of the ne
cessity of conserving their soil. When we think
of wealth and riches we are apt to measure it by
some oilier standard than that of agriculture; hut
let me call your attention to the fact that the 1 )e
parnnent of Agriculture gives a total value of the
crops raised in the vear of P.tOS as over $S,000,
00(1,000. p'.igbt Pillions is no larger a mouthful
than eight millions, hut it is a thousand times
greater in quantity. Now, when we consider
eight billion dollars, it is somewhat difficult for
the human mind to comprehend it, and it makes
the production of all the other wealth sink into
insignificance.
Again, we take lumber and build a wagon or
furniture; we take iron and steel and build the
automobile, and it is worth so much. I hit that is
onlv the change in form by adding some days
work that has given it its increased value, while
the eight billion dollars of products of the farms
were wealth created out of elemental conditions
-—every dollar of it new wealth, taken out of the
earth and handed over to mankind for his bene
fit. ( Applause.)
A LESSON PROM ROMP'..
'I h( v Roman Empire overran the world in its
day; its entire foreign policy was governed and
influenced practically hv its desire to secure food
for its people. When Rome conquered the Island
nPSi ilv it levied a contribution-*—an annual con
tribu inn—of twelve miillion bushels of grain nit
on the people of the island of Sicilv, and Sicilv
was known as the granary of Rome. Today that
island does not raise a* million and a half bushels
of gi a in all teild. And what has become of the
people?- 1 What has become of sons and descend
ants of The people who built the cities of which
we can only judge of their extent hv their magni
ficent ruins? They are strangers in a strange land
seeking to suptxtrt their wives and children labor
ing on our railroads for less money than anybody
W. H. RUCKER
WHOLESALE AND RETAIL DEALER IN
Fine Wines, Liquors and
Special attention to family trade
New Opera House just Completed which I offer for the use of the Public for Dances,
Theatricals and all Public Gatherings
T H E past year was a banner year in the Beaver Valley, and I wish to thank my cus
tomers for my share of the prosperity. During the coming year there will he
no change in my methods of doing business—to run a first class place, and give my customers the
best of goods and courteous treatment. I solicit your trade.
W. H. RUCKER
else will accept, and that because they neglected
the primary, the one essnlial condition that would
save them as a nation of the world.
AN ECONOM 1C CC )M 1'ARl St )N.
A good illustration as to the value, of economic
and sound system of agriculture is shown in
the parallel between Prance and England. After
the Napoleonic wars, and Napoleon was safely
housed on the island of St. Helena, (ireat 1»rit
ain settled her silver and gold standard about
INI!) and started on a period of great commercial
expansion and colonization. I ler colonies were
built up until it was said that you would never
get out of the sound of the reveille of her drums
and that the sun never set on the dominion of the
empire. The Frenchmen were too poor to colon
ize. I he hones of her best voting men were left
on every battlefield in I mi rope; but they went
hack to the soil of Prance and in a prudent, in
telligent manner they set to work and they culti -
vated it. and let us see the result : At the close ol
the J*'ranco-( ierman war, when they were called
upon to pay a thousand million of war indemnity,
they paid it. And nineteen or twenty years later,
when the oldest English hanking house in (ireat
llritain failed. France came to the rescue and
said: "How much money do you want?" Today
Prance is the blanker nation of the world. She
has little in the way of mineral value—coal, iron
or other minerals—hut she lias an industrious,
. rugal people cultivating the soil of Prance, and
their savings today have made the French nation
the hanker nation of the world. (Applause.)
A( iEK'ULTURE IS PROSPERITY'S
F( >l'NI)ATi< )N.
Twenty-five or thirty years ago in the North
west—what: we called the Northwest then—Min
nesota andthe Dakotas—we thought that twenty
five bushels of wheat to the acre was a fair crop,
and if a man got less than twenty we thought he
had a partial failure. Today the average crop of
the Northwestern states—-at least up to the
present crop because we have not the returns vet.
hut up to the crop of P.NIS— is less than thirteen
bushels per acre. Now, if we go on in that wav,
falling off about a bushel every two or two and n
half years, how long will it he before the land
would not pay for the cultivation?
WHY 1 TAKF W INTEREST.
Sometimes people wonder why ! lake such an
interest in it. Well let me sav to you. 1 take
that interest in it because it is the foundation up
on which the prosperity and even the future life
of our people must depend, not only now hut for
all time.
TIMS IS A PERIOD OF ECONOMIC
CHANGE.
Now, at this particular period in the history ol
our country, there is a great change coming.
Ever since the first settlement at Jamestown or at
Plymouth Rock we have had an unlimited public
domain upon which the surplus population could
spread itself and make homes free, where every
man might sit under his own vine and fig tree and
raise his family in comfort, il not in affluence.
That time and those conditions have changed and
the change is becoming more and more em
phasized every year. When 1 came west hlty
lliree years ago, Chicago lvad about IX ),<)(>() peo
ple. Today she has two millions and a halt ; and
within one hundred miles of ( hicago there is
wild, unoccupied prairie. During that time the
front wave of settlement has gone W est until il
has finally reached he Pacific coast, and is now
turning hack on the inland. Portions of it arc
going to the Canadian Northwest seeking homes.
.Maybe some of you think it. unlortunate that
Montana should not have been in a position at an
earlier day to receive her share of the west hound
population hut let me say, it is never too late to
do right ; it is never too late to do a good thing.
When we built into northern Montana—and I
want to tell you that il took faith to do il-—
(Laughter and appkouse) from the eastern
boundary of the State to Fort Renton was un
ceded Indian land; no white man had a right to
put two logs, one on top of the other. I I he un
dertook to remain too long in passing through
the country, lie was told to move on. F.ven when
cattle crossed the Missouri River, during ihe
First years, to come to our trains, the Indians
asked $.~>0 a head for yvalking across the land a
distance of three miles, and they wanted an ad
ditional amount per head I don't rememb r
what it was—for the water they drank in cross
ing the Missouri. (laughter.) Happily that is
all changed.
MONTANA IS HERAT—HER FI Tl'EE
C.RF \TF.E.
Noyy 1 have never lost faith for one moment
in the fertility of the soil of Montana. And to
day yvha.'t have I seen? 1 have seen Che fruiti n
of our hope, ma\be our hope deferred, hut in that
building there is an exhibition of agricultural
products that cannot be obtained by am state or
province on this continent. ( Applause). And in
some respects 1 know that it cannot he equaled hv
aov Mate or province of this continent. ( Ap
plause). I yyas glad to see vour cattle, and they
are fine and a credit to the State. 1 was glad to
see vour livestock. I was glad to see vour fruit.
It all goes to make happier, more comfortable
lives for the people, hut let me say that the great
II. I). DENNIS, Wibaux, Mont.
Range head
of big Beav
er. Cattle
branded as
shown in
cut. Horses
same on left shoulder. Other
brand, T W
on the left
ribs. 1 nov
have the en
tire Brand as
shown in cut.
W00DBURN PROS.
Trotters, No. Dak.
Cattle brand
ed as shown
in cut, Range
on Boise and
spring creeks
branded on left side, thus, lllll
ARTHUR G. PARSONS,
WIBAUX, MONTANA
Cattle
branded as
sho w n in
cut. Range
o n Smith,
and Cotton
wood creeks, Horses brand
ed on left thigh l -fU
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