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EDITORIAL *f State Railway Commission Law a Good One. When the State Railway Commission law was proposed and endorsed by the farmers four years ago, the politicians smiled and said Railway Commissions wore useless, but as it made some ex tra offices it was not fought as vigor ously as it would have been had they realized what it meaut. Many of our best citizens wore doubtful as to the value of this commission, believing that as other commissions had been more or less of a failure, this would be likewise. They referred especially to the Oregon commission, which had been of so little alue as to become the laughing stock of the state and was finally repealed. Washington prob ably has the best railroad law and most efficient commission in the United States. They gathered at a bie expense the most thorough and complete report of the cost of operat ing and expense of railroad linos ever published and the commission knows more about these things than the av erage railroad manager. Tho railroads at Orst bitterly fought any orders the commission issued, but they finally got around to obey the Ihw. As an instance the late order of tho commission leducingthe fieight rate on grain from Eastern Washington to the Sound and Portland, at a saving to the wheat growers of the state for tin's year alone of at least $500,000. This is but one of the many results brought about by the work of the com mission. New stations have been built and many changes enforced by the commission until the railroads themselves look to tho commission to stand between them and the some times unreasonable demands of the public. Aii Illinois farmer brought three loads of fat stoers to Chicago on Wednes day and took home a draft for 80,700. Last week an Jowa man sold six car loads of hogs and pocketed 58.557. Such cases are not exceptional nor are they above the average. Never before has as much money gone baok to Lbe country for a load of livestock, whether it be horses, oattle, hogs or sheep, as this year. Of course, it every body iiad livestock to sell returns would be less attractive, but the situa tion affords an opportunity for those who quit in (iisnust at the time of the panic two years ago to nurse red eyed regret Western lambs that netted growers 82 per head a year ago are now realise <Si. Many dioves of Western cattle have been marketed lately that nettted $20 and 824 per head. And the cattleman is no longer paying 10 per cent, for money as of old. It is a market condition calcu lated to encourage production. Live Stock World The Valley fair at Puyallup this year was a remarkable success when we consider that Washington people bad been going to fairs all summer. The beat display perhaps was Id the horticultural tine. The exhibits of tin it and vegetables woie magnificent. The valley lands of Western Washing ton are h« ing more and more each jreei used gardens or intensified farming. This arises from the fact that great The Ranch cities are building up in this ten i torv. Cities which aro out-growing the development of the country aDd the further fact that people have been nettling the valJeys and avoiding the hills or logged-off lands. Land in the valleys have become very valuable and must be made to produce big crops to pay an interest on the value o' the lauds. Western Washington and Ore gon will become centers of horticulture such as are seen in the valleys of France and Germany. Must Fight This Proposition. The executive committee of the Washington Horticultural Society and tho board of trustees of the National Apple Show ask that all persons inter ested in the fruit growing aud ship ping industry of the state, be repre sented and attend the National Apple Show, which is to be held in Spokane ill the middle of November. On No vember 10, the matter of Lafean Ap ple Box and Grading Mill, which was re-introduced in congress last wiuter will be discusssed and acted upon. The Lafean Bill originates with a rep resentative in congress from the state Pennsylvania and is a radical depart ure from the present method of pack ing and grading apples for the public rnaiket. It will be especially felt by the people of the Pacifio Northwest, who have had a long established cns tom of using a different size box. This is no experiment. The boxes have been found to be exactly fitted to the fruit growers of the Pacific Northwest. It has become so firmly established as to be taken by apple buyers through out the coast without question, and to change the form of boxes now would mean an immense loss to the growers of the Pacific Northwest aud an entire change of packing. It is an unjust, uncalled-for and un reasonable bill and should be fought by every fruit grower on the Pacific coast. No fruit grower iv New York would be benefited by the proposedbox and it should be persistently fought. It is hard for the fiuit growers of the United tates to understand why it is asked. It has been killed in oongiess several times but always bobs up se renely at each session, so the fiuit growers who meet in Spokane should take a decided stand in the matter. This matter was thoroughly thresh ed out in our issue of Oct. 1 by our horticultural editor Mr. Walden and neods no futher comment. The Orange Judd Company of New York which issues some of the best agricultural publications in the world has just issued The Farmer's Veteri narian. This is a book of 275 pages tilled with just such information as the average farmer should know. It is a pleasure to recommend this book. It can bo had by sending direct to the company or The Ranch will furnish it at the same price 81.50. Wo call the attention of our readers to the address issued and resolutions pasted by the King County Pomona Grange. They are worthy of the care ful consideration of the farmers of the state, especially is this true of the young people. The futuio growth and prosperity of the state of Washington WESTERN WASHINGTON VEGETABLES. depends largely on the young people on the farms, for the basis cf all pros perity of the country is the prospeiity of the famer. When he is prosper ous all aie prosperous; when he is not prosperous none are prosperous. There is a wonderfully bright future for the farmers of the state of Wash ington and the young men and wo men who stay with the farms and de velop them as they should be, will never have cause to regret it. Crop leports from this state snow that the famers of the state raised this year about 35,000,000 bushels of wheat, 9,500,000 bushels of oats and 5,000,000 bushels of barley. This is a good showing for a young state. The state also pioduced dairy products last year amounting to §15,000,000. Great as 8 this product for a young state, over $7,000,000 of dairy products were ship ped in during the year. No better index of the awakening of the farmers of the state could be possible than the large attendance and interest taken in the several county and local fairs this year, and especially the attendance of the farm ers of the state and middle West at the big A.-V.-P. Exposition. The at tendance at these fairs and displays, shows that the farmers are alive to their own good. The fruit, vegetable and stock displays have been the best this year, showing more interest among the produers. Logged off lands had a big inn ing at the Valley fair at Puyallup, for fruits and vegetables were displayed which were simply impossible to excel. The fact too that the past year has been the dryest known for many yeais was a further proof that these lauds are of great value, wheu properly tilled. King County Pomona Grange has gone on record commending Governor Hay in his efforts to clean up the state of political graft. The Governor has undertaken a big job but appears to be able to do all he has mapped out. He will have the support of every pa triotic citizen in his effoits. Mr. W. J. Ross, one of the live commission men of Seattle, makes a bid in this issue for the farmer's Thanksgiving turkeys and other pro duce. Mr. Ross has born located in Seattle for more than twenty years past and his reputation speaks for itself. 6 We call attention to our Poultry department in this issue, iv which will be found an article from Mr. Tancred, our poultry editor, on Room Brooding of Chicks. This is the most important matter ever pre sented before the growers of the Northwest and is no experimental method. This means of raising chicks will save half the loss and save a big sum in raising healthy chicks. The Ranch is the flrst paper on the North west to bring this important matter before its readers aud it will be worth thousands to breeders. Owing to an oversight the advertise ment of the Townsend Creamery Co., was omitted from our last issue. Those who have cream to sell should write them concerning their prices as they are one of the best firms doing business in the creamery products on the Pacific Coast. A trial shipment to them will bring prompt returns and stiaight treatment we feel suie. To study systems of agricultural in struction in public schools of Wiscon sin and other northern states, with the idea of applying them to public schools of the south, a party of super intendents of education of several southern states met at St. Louis Oct. 17 and started on a month's tour of the middle North. THE CLEANEST i«&h£i THE MOST THE CLEANEST *«^*«£ THE MOST THE LIGHTEST *££& COMFORTABLE Ask. 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