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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was finally repealed.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
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
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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
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
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.
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