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VOL XXXIV No. 36.
Growing Dates in Texas. Date trees grow vigorously in many parts of this state, but we have not heard of any fruit Probably there has been the same trouble in Florida that has prevented the development of fruit in Texas, as told by a cor respondent of the Fruit Trade Journal. Of course, if you have only pistillate trees, or all staminate trees, there can be no dates, but if you have one or more of each kind, try hand polli nating next spring. The Fruit Trade Journal says: The first perfect dates ever grown in Texas are now being harvested from two trees at the home of Fred Woolfley, in Laredo. The date palm has grown and thrived throughout the lower Rio Grande region for more than a half century, and on the Mexi can side of the river the tree has flourished for fully a century. Dur ing all these years it has been unpro ductive. The trees were never pol lenated. Without artificial pollenation the date flower is incapable of produc ing perfect fruit. Harvey C. Stiles, a noted horticul turist, became interested in the date palm trees of this section two years ago. He found that while they grew to perfection and were to all appear ances capable of bearing great quanti ties of fruit, they were either entirely barren or the fruit which they grew was immature and worthless. He be gan experimenting with artificial pol lenation and his success was marvel ous. He pollenated two trees last year—one at Corpus Christi and the other at Brownsville. These first ex periments proved to him that the many trees which are already growing throughout this part of the state could be made a source of wealth if the artificial method of fruition was carried out. Mr. Woolfley became interested in the pollenation experiments, and this spring he took great care in pollen ating the two trees which grow in his yard here. He succeeded in per fecting nearly every cluster of dates, and each tree will produce nearly 400 pounds of the fruit. The first of the fruit is now being gathered. “I predict that the date will be come a staple and famous product of semi-tropical Texas,” said Mr. Stiles. “The best, most ideal date section is that lying along the river, southward from Laredo, and coastward, but not too near the coast, for while, the date tree thrives in all its tropic beauty and luxuriousness, near the coast, and produces abundant fruit of good flavor, yet the fruit from the sections, hot and dry, free from humidity, is the only date fruit valuable for com mercial uses.” FLORIDA PECANS FINEST. Mr. A. S. Alfred has Pecans Excelling the Famous Stuart Variety. The St. Petersburg Times tells of some fine pecans that were grown in the neighborhood of that city. Pos sibly the extra size might be accounted for by the fact that the young trees had but few nuts on them. Of course, the improved quality is not attribut able to the age of the trees, but may be owing to a difference in soil and climate, that of course, is in favor of Florida. Mr. A. S. Alford, of Lake Geneva, Wis., and soon to become a resident of Pinellas Peninsula, who spent sev eral days here this week, was show ing friends with a very justifiable pride, a very practical justification of the high opinions he formed sev eral years ago of Pinellas soil, climate and pssibilities, and of the substantial investments he has made here. Mr. Alfred is a very active and successful business man of long —7“ ' T “ ' “ ‘ "I A View of 50,000 Block of Grafted and Budded Pecans at the Arcadia Nurseries, Monticello, Fla. N® •A*’sr • 1 1| jFjr ■/ ;• A Pecan Nut. experience, whose affairs have taken him to almost every spot on the American continent. Familiar with all the conditions of California and Mexico, when he decided to retire from active business and establish his home in a Southern clime, he chose Florida in preference to all other sections, and Pinellas of all Florida. Brought to St. Petersburg by his friend, Mr. A, F. Bartlett, he pur- Jacksonville, Fla., Wednesday, September 4, 1907. chased a tract of the finest land to be found, from Mrs. C. E. Farrand, on Lakeview avenue, and has im proved it in a most thorough man ner. One of his undertakings some what out of line with most growers here was the planting of 24 acres to pecans. The great proportions of the pecan industry, its freedom from all the dangers attending any kind of fruit culture, its stability as of corn or wheat, and its profit, are known to most people, but the time and expense of bringing an orchard into bearing have deterred most peo ple coming to this section; but not Mr. Alfred. He sent to Dr. Stuart, the success ful grower at Ocean Grove, Miss., and recognized authority on pecan cul ture in America, for stock, desiring nothing but the best. These young trees have already tried to bear but Mr. Alfred directed his superin tendent to strip them off, but on his visit he found several that had been overlooked. He also carried a number of the best va rieties, including the Stuart; and these Stuart pecans from his own Pinellas grove, although from young trees and immature, re semble precisely the parent nut, only are larger and in every way superior in appearance. Mr. Alfred may justly feel proud of his investment and his judgment, and incidentally such judgment and investments are -worth a great deal to Pinellas Peninsula. Marshall P. Wilder tells the story of a wife who told her husband that the cat had eaten the pie that she had baked for him. “Never mind, my dear,” replied the husband, “I will get you another cat.”—New York Times. New Material for Road Making. A correspondent of the Reporter- Star, writing from Lake Butler says: Enjoying (as I do, after plodding in the sand, ankle deep, for thirty serious years) the privilege of living in a town reaping the privilege of the best and most perfect roads the world has ever dreamed of, let alone endeavor to achieve, I feel that I owe to your com munity the homage, which I now wish to express. For the furnish in push and capital to enable our village to announce to the world at large, that we enjoy, as I believe, the best streets which have ever been known, being free from dust. Being noiseless, being grateful to the eye, no slipping or sliding for stock, never out of repair, easily replenished and of as' lasting material as the scientific world has been able to designate, excepting probably metal, and most unquestion ably healthy, for it ever and ever will emit an odor of medicinal virtue and I most certainly would be ungrateful were I not to doff my hat and bid good cheer to these pioneer invest ments, which as sure as the truth is recognized will enlarge and spread out until the entire southern sandy region, the home of the yellow pine now pass ing, will be supplied with grander and more appreciable conditions than Broadway, New York, for traffic and pleasure with its cars and at less tribute and —I defy any group of doubting Shermans to dispell my sanguine hope that if we will join the Brown Ribbon Road Club and exer cise our influence and jaws that be fore five years have whitted itself away every road and hamlet in Flori da will have been lifted out of sand and dust and the sound of the automo bile will be heard in the land. Every drummer making four times over as many calls as he can possibly do by horse or railroad without fatigue, our mail carriers have routes fully one hundred miles, our school children twenty-five or fifty miles to school every day, our short distance traffic hauls for one twentieth the present cost. Our melons always raising in every field as if withing one mile of station besides eliminating all time (don’t gap with wonderment) but an swer this question, why will not all fields ten miles away be as available and on the same forty acres as on which the station is located with our Brown Ribbon Road and the automo bile and our beautiful state be en hanced millions, is this not worth en thusiasm, the pure heartfelt Simon Pure King. Let every citizen work his jaws, let every mother take her children in the out house and learn them to work their jaws, let every old maid work her two jaws, and in the frenzy get married and have four jaws. By the way, this certificate may reach some enthusiast as no other thought. Established 1874.