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NOVEMBFR 22, 1912
In Orchard and Field
IJ Happenings of Moment to the Man Behind the Plow
The approach of Thanksgiving
Day has set me to counting my
blessings. They are so very many
that I cannot begin to write them
a ]l # I will put down only a few
connected with my life on a farm
or in a rural community.
First, lam thankful because I
was born in a log house on a farm
and reared to a life of self-reliant
labor; for a strong constitution and
vigorous health inherited from a farm
ancestry of clean lives and deeply
religious nature, and for a training
that has made the Bible a beloved
companion from my early boyhood ;
and the church and Sunday School,
places of weekly spiritual instruction
and inspiration.
I am thankful for the old log
school bouse and the district, school
library; for the little academy and
especially for the man. at the head
of it who made his pupils not only
scholarly men and women, but,
placing character before scholarship,
made them haters of evil, sham and
pretense, and infused into them his
own love of right and righteousness.
I am thankful for the little church
across the road from the academy
which Will Pitts made famous by
his song "The little Brown Church
in the Vale;" and for the college
where I was permitted to '' work my
way through."
I am thankful for the opportunity
to have been in close relationship
for many years witn scores of boys
and girls from the farm, the ranch
and the cattle range, the best ma
terial this old world affords for the
making of noble,clean, efficient men
and women; for the privilege of
helping to shape their ideals and
develop in them a sturdy physique,
clear vision and moral courage to
do effective battle for the right as
it is revealed to them. They were
good stuff, those farmers' boys and
girls, and they are making good
wherever in the world God has set
I am thankful that my country
life brought me close to nature and
that I early learned to love the
woods and hills, the fields and
the swampy bogs with their ever
changing glory of flowers, leaves
and fruit, and the never-failing won
ders of their insect and larger ani
mal life. And this is the reason
why the country child is so recep
tive. He learns to be listening al
ways for the revelation of nature's
secrets. His mind is open and he
doesn't think that he knows it all.
I am thankful for the spirit of
co-operation that is growing so rapid
ly among us, the brotherly spirit
that will lead us to sacrifice to the
common good such individual ad
vantage as we might possibly gain
for a time by going it alone.
I am thankful for the thoughtful
study we are making of political,
social rnd civic problems; for the
tendency to independent political
action and the reaching out for a
purer and better social and civic
I am thankful that as a farmer
in Kennewick I have as the fruit of
the labor of my hands many, many
things that money could not buy for
me in my former home.
I am thankful that I do not have
much to do with knockers. They
make me unhappy because they are
so unhappy themselves and I do not
seem able to help them up to my
optimistic viewpoint. They make
others unhappy too. Gloom is catch
ing as well as sunshine.
I am thankful for my neighbor,
who, though hard pressed financial
ly. goes cheerily about his work.
He always greets you with a smile
and never complains. I think he
prays every day, "Give us this day
our daily bread," and then goes out
after it and gets it.
I am especially thankful that I
have got back to the soil and nature
~~ m y first love; that my lot is cast
W] th the most intelligent farming
community I have ever known; that
our city ha« the natural advantages
that if properly utilized will make
it a great center of business and
commercial influence, and, we trust,
a great center for the propogation of
civic and commercial righteousness
as well. And, brother farmer, we
have it in our power to influence
mightily the coming of these things.
And now for so much of prosperity
as has been given us, for life and
love and home with all its countless
joys; for congenial neighbors and
loving friends; for books, music and
opportunities of culture; for courage
to fight against evil and the strength
and will to serve the good. Let, us
give thanks.
Now is the time to look for the
borer that infests our peach trees.
It has been said that this insect
probably does more damage to peach
trees in the east than all other in
sect pests combined, and it is the
most difficult to combat. Ido not
think that the borer is very preva
lent in Kennewick orchards, but it
is here, and I have known some
trees to be seriously damaged before
its presence was known. So it is
necessary for the peach grower to
be on his guard, or soon we shall
become as badly infected as the
east, and untold damage will result
from our carelessness.
Last summer I watched with
especial interest, the struggle of an
infected tree to perfect its fruit,
though before the grub that was
taking its life had been dug out and
killed, the tender inner bark around
the base of the trunk had been eaten
away until the tree was almost
girdled. The fruit remaining after
a severe thinning became some of
the largest and finest specimens of
the variety. The tree, however,
had been injured beyond recovery
and was taken out and made into
The eggs are laid by a little black
moth in July or August. After
they are hatched the little grubs
find entrance to the tree through
cracks in the outer bark. Their
presence is revealed to the careful
inspector by quantities of a fine
brown dust which is thrown from
their holes. When they begin work
in the spring, after a winter's rest,
their presence may be noted by a
gummy exudation which the injured
tree secretes.
No external wash or other appli
cation has proved to be a preven
tive of these ravages. The only
certain remedy is to get after them
with a small sharp knife. Follow
up their burrows till the grub is
found and removed. A tedious job
but the only sure way.
The best time for this work is in
November after the leaves have
fallen, and again in the spring be
fore the leaves begin to grow. The
inspection must be careral and
thorough to be effective.
Some boys may have a path of
roses in getting their education, but
Preston and Audley Hanson, mem
bers of the Walla Walla high
school football team, are treading
the milky way getting through high
school. The boys' home is on a
ranch some distance from Walla
Walla, and lack of funds seriously
handicapped them in their ambition
to get an education. They solved
their problem by taking with them
to Walla Walla two cows from their
father's farm. Each morning and
evening they milk the cows and de
liver the milk to regular customers,
securing money in this way to pay
their expenses. Business is so good
they are considering bringing in
some more cows.
Farmers of Washington and Idaho
are uniting, through the Farmers'
Educational and Cooperative Union
and the grange, to have the legisla
tures appropriate money to send
men to Euroge to study rural credit
systems. We know that in France
and Germany farmers, through co
operation, can borrow money for 3
or 4 per cent interest," says L- t C.
Crow, president of the union. "In
America we average 8 per cent, yet
our security is as good as theirs. "
In tbe class in "Swine Produc
tion" at the Washington State Col
lege the question of hog houses re
cently came up. These are the
Hog houses need not be elaborate
or expensive but. they must be good
for the purpose. A good house:
Ist. Is dry and clean inside.
2nd. Is well ventilated.
3rd. Admits plenty of light.
4th. Is free from drafts.
sth. Is comfortably warm for the
Such a shelter will avoid trouble
from colds, rheumatism and pneu
monia. It will not be a breeding
place for disease germs. If your
hog shelters are not satisfactory, see
how well and how cheaply you can
make them fit these conditions.
In our damp winter weather, dry
ness is absolutely essential. Don't
give too much bedding and change
it frequently by cleaning everything
out of the sleeping pens. Scatter
air-slaked lime about at frequent
intervals. Use a coal tar dip or
crude carbolic acid solution and
spray the pens every few weeks.
Keep lice off the hogs. Do you
like to go into your hog house?
Why not? Fix it so it suits you and
see what the pigs say.
There were 1241 deaths from tub
erculosis in Washington in 1911;
there were 1048 deaths from acci
dents; more than 90 per cent of
each could have been avoided.
A powerful commission has been
appointed to reduce to a minimum
fatalities of the one, but almost the
only barrier to the progress of the
other is the Red Cross Christmas
Seal. Through the sale of these
little stickers, funds are raised not
only to relieve those suffering from
the disease, but to carry on the
campaign of education and preven
Orders for seals are coming from
all over the state into the offices of
the Washington Association for the
prevention and relief of' tubercul
osis, in Seattle, which are being
filled and shipped out aa fast as
possible. Attractive cards adver
tising the sale of Red Cross Seals
have been placed in the street cars
of the leading cities and a feature
motion picture entitled "Hope" has
just been released for exhibit in
Washington. This film has a strong
human interest and is designed not
only to show the practical purpose
of the seal but to emphasize the
need of local provision for the care
of those who are suffering from the
All over the state squads of chil
dren, "little Crusaders," under a
leader, are busily soliciting orders
in the residence districts for seals
to be delivered later. This accom
modation for the busy housewife is
greatly appreciated and is proving
one of the most popular features of
the campaign. Have you a band
of little "Crusaders" in your town?
If not, everybody is missing some
When You are Ready to Make That
Eastern Trip
Do Not Forget That the
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is via
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For rates, literature and other de
tailed information, call on your local
agent or write to
General Agent, T. P. A.
603 Sprague Ave., Spokane.
The Esteile Franklin Gray Company
• * four artists are universal favorites.
Tbey please the lovers of melody and
captivate the critic, who recognises
the superior artistic abilities of eacb
member of the organisation.
Heading this company is Estelle
Franklin Gray, a California violinist
whose fame and popularity extend
from coast to coast. Dorothy Deigb
ton of New York is a leading contralto
of the eastern metropolis. She has a
voire of infinite sweetness, wide range
and marvelous volume. Margaret
Gray, reader, adds variety to the pro-
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Crawford of Philadelphia is accompa
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A feature of the Gray Company is
the extensive repertoire, which in
eludes clasaic and popular selections.
It i» possible for this company to give
a new program every night for an sn
tire week without the repetition at a
single nam her.
The program which Miss Gray and
associated artists will present consists
of violin solos, contralto solos and
vocal solos, with violin obAgato,
solos and piano novelties, humorous,
dramatic and musical readings.
At the High School Auditorium,
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Schofield, A. F.
Williams,' R. L.
Blattler, Wm.
Clark, Miss W.
Cunningham, Jno.
Doll, C. I.
Terry, Miss Ruth
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