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ADVANTAGES OF CO-OPERATION.
The farmers of the Pacific Coast are leaders in the co-operative marketing of their products. While the fruit and truck growers of the South and East are gen erally unorganized and employing anti quated, demoralizing marketing methods which is costing them in the aggregate millions of dollars every year, the West enr growers are well organized and con trolling the fancy trade in the world’s markets. As an illustration the follow ing is credited to an official concerning the organization last year of a poultry and egg marketing association at Pela tonia, C'al., and its results: “Starting in business without a cent of capital on March 2, 1908, in two months’ time we built up a business of $5,000 a day. We are now the largest wholesale egg house on the Pacific coast. We make the price of eggs in San Francisco. With our output of about 600 cases per day we can smash the San Francisco market any time. We can also stiffen up prices by diverting a few carloads to some other market. In this association only the actual cost of selling the goods is de ducted from the receipts. In the old way of selling, your produce paid the selling expenses, the interest on capital invested and a good profit besides —profit to buy automobiles, play the races, etc.” The West is prosperous and successful largely because everybody co-operates in doing things, while we of this section allow our petty jealousies and narrow mided prejudices to govern our actions and prevent successful co-operation. In consequence we fail to realize as much for our products as we might. Why not profit by the experience of others and abandon our demoralizing marketing methods ? • STATE FAIR AND EXPOSITION. According to published reports the State Fair at Tampa and the Exposition- Fair at Jacksonville, which are now in progress, are proving more successful this year than heretofore, both in the character of the exhibits and in the at tendance. It is somewhat unfortunate that they are being held at the same time, and it is to be hoped that this will not occur again. Neither is as complete and attractive as if held at different times, for many of the counties that would like to be represented at both are not able to pre pare two sets of exhibits. Then the at tendance would be better if held at dif ferent times. It is our purpose to print what our readers want to know. If we do not please call our attention to the fact, and if you have had any experience that might be of interest please tell us about it. THE FLORIDA AGRICULTURIST. FROM Frozen North TO Sunny South or “Twenty Years in Florida” By HELEN HARCOURT AUTHOR OF “Florida Fruits and How to Grow Them,” “Home Life in Florida,” Etc. Special attention is called to the serial with the above title, which staits with this number of the Agriculturist, and will run through several months. To term it fiction, would be a misnomer, for it will deal with the practical side of life in the Land of Flowers, as the practical man, the man of intelligence and industry, has ever found it in the past, and will find it today, to morrow, and for all time. Interwoven with the actual and detailed experiences of such-a man, will be the home life of his family, the lights and shadows, the haps and mishaps, that go to make up the sum total of the passing years. Born and brought up in the blizzard-swept regions of the Northwest, inheriting a moderate fortune in stocks and bonds, the narrator goes into business, meets with heavy losses and finally finds himself on the verge of ruin, with a delicate wife and two children to support. But one piece of property remained from the wreck, a small cattle ranch, on which he had been accustomed to spend the summers. Here also disaster had overtaken him, a blizzard having frozen his live stock, and a late freeze destroyed his wheat crop. But the land was left and this he sold, determining with the proceeds, to seek anew home in a more genial climate, that of sunny Flor ida, in the double hope of renewed health for his wife, and of rebuilding his lost fortunes on a surer foundation than that of stocks, bonds, and the perils of the business world. The story has a motive—to show, not what may be done, but what has been done, and can be done again by the right man in the right place, which means the indus trious man, in fair Florida. What Henry Crawford (a type of thousands of should-be citizens of Florida), found in his new home, what he did and how he did it, he tells the intending settler in such plain language that ‘‘he who reads may run”—to Florida, if he be wise. 17