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The ranch. (Seattle, Wash.) 1902-1914, December 01, 1902, Image 1

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Nineteenth Year
Portland is counting on the forth
coming legislative session of Wash
ington state making an appropriation
of about a quarter of a million dollars
for the Lewis and Clark Exposition
to be held in that city in 1905. A
gang of web-footers will be sent up to
Olympia to exert themselves in be
half of the measure. The appeal will
be made on the ground that it will be
an affair in which the whole North
west will be alike benefited. We
are next door to Oregon and it's the
neighborly thing to do, will be urged.
This is all very well, but The
Ranch doesn't believe the results will
be worth the expenditure. It would
be of undoubted advantage if such
an exposition would draw one hund
red thousand people or more from the
east especially to attend it —but it
won't. If a thousand people come
out from the east to see the Lewis
and Clark exposition, it will exceed
our expectations.
* * *
The people are stale on national
expositions and world's fairs any
anyway. We have had a surfeit of
them the last few years. The larger
ones are usually financial failures,
and the smaller ones are weak, un
interesting imitations of the big ones,
if we could get off with a smaller ap
propriation than one or two hundred
thousand, it might be worth consider
ing, but a small appropriation would
make the Portland people feel as bad
ly as though it were nothing—so
nothing let it be.
* * *
Washington State is expected to
make an appropriation for the St.
Louis Exposition. The commission
was appointed last spring and the
wires are all laid for the appropria
tion. This will go through. Some of
the spoilsmen wanted it to be $100,
--000 but the governor sat down on
that, stating it was too much money.
From $25,000 to $50,000 will be about
the amount furnished for this little
junketing tour, and that's bordering
on extravagance. The money spent
at St. Louis will do some good—con
siderably more than the same
amount at Portland, because the pro
ducts of this country are being dis
played back where the people are
that we want to induce to come out
* • *
All advertising does some good,
and this state needs all the adver
tising she can get, whether she pays
for it or gets it gratis from her lov
ing friends. But there is some ad
vertising that pays more than other
kinds. Displays at expositions is
not the best advertising; on the con
trary it is about the poorest. About
one person in one thousand takes any
interest in the collection of junk that
our commissioners back there. If
this state really wants to get the
most advertising for fifty thousand
dollars, let it buy space in a select
list of eastern farm and financial
journals in which to display the
story of its resources and opportuni
ties. Such publicity would reach the
intelligent class of people engaged
in agriculture, the industries, capi
talists, etc., who are most desired
out here. But then this plan
wouldn't be looked upon favorably as
it offers no political positions for dis
tribution among the faithful.
* * •
Prof. A. B. Leckenby, who has
charge of the Oregon State Experi
ment Station at Union, and who has
a wide acquaintance throughout the
Northwest, was in Seattle a few days
ago. He brought with him a number
of photographs, which excited a great
deal of interest among professional
and amateur photographers of this
city. It seems that quite by accident
a few evenings ago he hit upon
a method of reproducing the
natural colors of objects in the pho-
Sraphs. He very successfully brought
out the true colors of a number of va
rieties of flowers, fixing the colors per
manently in the print. The discovery
was unexpected, and so astonished and
delighted was he that he continued
working until 4 a. m. Leading pho
tographers of Seattle, to whom the
specimens of color photography were
shown, were very skeptical as to the
genuineness of the coloring, thinking
that it was put on by hand, until close
examination with magnifying glasses
disclosed the fact that such a feat of
hand painting would be impossible.
* ♦ *
They thought that the professor
was trying to interest them into buy
ing some fake process—sell them a
sort of gold brick, and were very
wary of h.m, until he announced that
he did not expect to patent his discov
ery, but on the contrary would shortly
issue a bulletin, giving the informa
tion to the world, to be free to all
alike. In this respect Mr. Leckenby
places himself beyond me category
of most of us, who would want a lead
Subscription SI Per Year
Worth Two Gold Dollars
pipe cinch on the rights to such an
invention. He says the method of de
veloping colors from negatives is so
simple that anyone can do it, by fol
lowing the instructions of his forth
coming bulletin. Altogether it looks
as though Mr. Leckenby's discovery is
the one that photographers have long
been looking for.
The Oregonian thinks inspectors
and commissioners are of doubtful val
ue. It says:
"Marion County wants a state hop
inspector, and Columbia County
wants a state timber warden, to have
and to hold office after the manner of
other state functionaries in support
of both demands. If a way can be
shown by which these proposed offi
cials could do the hop interest and
the timber interest any real good
there would be no objection, but it is
not easy to see how this can be done.
It may be that the State Game Ward
en, the State Biologist and the State
Dair Commissioner and other similar
functionaries do useful work, but we
believe it would be hard to demons
trate it, and there is a shrewd notion
very generally entertained tnat things
would go on just about as they do if
any or all of these several officials
were to lose themselves. So far as
we have been able to observe, the
chief practical business of the very
excellent gentlemen who fill these va
rious positions is to negotiate ar
rangements for continuance in office,
a very human and not unworthy pur
pose, but of doubtful value in its re
lation to the public interests."
Charles Cunningham, of Pendleton,
Ore., sometimes styled the sheep king
01 Eastern Oregon, has sold his inter
est to John Garrison and Gus La Fon
taine, well-known stockmen of Umatil
la county. In the deal are included
lt>,ooo high-grade sheep, 20,000 acres of
farm and grazing land, 15,000 tons of
hay, 50 head of horses and a vast
amount of farming machinery, vehicles
and other equipments of farms and
sheep camps. The consideration for
the transfer of Mr. Cunningham's prop
erty was $175,000.
A small boy was taught the Lord's
prayer and found it much to his taste.
For a few days he kept it going with
great assiduity, but then he announced
to his mother, in disgust:
"I heard another fellow say that
prayer to-day, mother. It's going to get
all around town."—Kansas City Star.

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