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(All inquiries for information from this Department should be addressed to No. 3 Howe Street, Seattle.) A Misleading Statement. There has been received at The Kanchottice a circular letter with the following heading: "Importance of Storage in Transit to the Box Apple Industry." This letter was unsigned, but it so happened that this unsigned letter appeared word for word in the Fruit Trade Journal, of New York, in its issue of March 25, 1911, with these words of introduction: "Dis cussing the importance of storage in transit to the box-apple industry, Edward N. Loomis, representing the conference committee of the Interna tional Apple Shippers' Association, the National League of Commission Merchants and the Western Fruit Jobbers' Association, said on Mon day" From this it appears that this an onymous letter, directed to the Apple Box Industry is an expression of the conference of thu three organizations named above. What this letter says about the importance of Storage in Transit and the better distribution of box apples is not a matter of discus sion with us. The apple growers in the section where boxes are used are awake to these matters and hail with delight any assistance that comes from the apple dealers in any of these organizations. But we want legiti mate and truthful assistance and not that which is based on false statements as to the selling prices of box apples during the past season. Right here is where we raise our objection, but CAMPBELL SUB-SURFACE PACKERS We are the sole O^StUM^^S This is manufacturers .^=3S?vj?s£-S^ the- one , of this famous I'm that you , Sub-Surface I'ackcr, [m have heard i the only one ff\ jfif everyone talk- Send for our Special Pamphlet on Sub- Surface racking, the best known system • for "dry farming," a method of absolutely Insuring bumper crops with a minimum rainfall—'tho salvation of semi-arid regions. Made in Three Sizes, with 10, 16 and 24 wheels, is heavy and strong, and the | • frame is made to carry all the extra weight • I required. Writo for Catalog No. V Pariin & Grcntiorff Co., CANTON, ILL. CIDER PRESSES! THE OUIUINAL. MT. UILKAU MY.- OKAM.M' IMtKHH produce* moroojderlT«Bl from I»-hh ai>|.loH than any other and «»JIJH BIG MONEY MAKER JgOkfUWH Hi 7...» 11) to 41«) barrel* daily, hit nil ,/fl|»r-4BMI 11r1.0w.-r Prni»e«forall pur- I Tr*K~ 11. i«>h.»m, aIMO cld»ir evaporators. / I I 111 R|\ U|i|>l« l.ulti'r oookun, vino- mJkmll-JL^^dU^* Kitr KitiioratorH, etc. Oata- BH^BBH V^t li<k free. We am manufao- || £^^*Vnfl htdr'aolio'pkebs mfo " cc.JA *^B HYDRAULIC PREBB MFO CO.,flH « (O'lhl mil largest mtuuft<:tiir«ri at cM»r WK^Km^ i"*^ 41 brtuw lv thy wurM.) MiSllt oiiwd. ou. 41 iTiiitr itaw "■•■■««"••*•ohto The JR>anch* Horticultural Department Edited by F. Walden. that the matter at issue may be prop erly before us, I quote two paragraphs from Mr. Loomis' statement: ' 'The apple season of 1010 and 1911 will always be remembered as remark able for the extremely high prices paid for barreled fruit which have been the highest, and the extremely low prices for box apples, which have been the lowest iD the history of the apple industry. The demand at all times has been dull and dragging on boxes, while strong and active on barrels, and this in spite of the fact that the quality of the box apples has always been superior to that of barrel ed ones. "What is the reason of this paradox? Can it be possible that the more scientific and careful the growing and packing of apples becomes, the less they are appreciated? Has the expert packing of apples, which has reached its highest development in the pro ducing sections of tbe Pacific slope, resulted now in making the public prefer the rough-and-ready, slap-dash packing of barreled apples, especially when it is known that the great ma jority of the latter contain, with the exception of those on the face or top of the barrel, apples suitable only for cooking? No, the sensible reason that box apples have not been wanted and ruled at low prices lies in the method of distribution of the two classes." There are two statements here that I call in question and they are first, that box apples have been the lowest in the history of the apple industry; the second is that box apples have ruled much lower than barreled apples. Both of these statements are untrue, and now I propose to prove their falsity. There are two points from which to view these questions. One is from the view point of the western grower and the other is from the view of the eastern dealer. Did our box apples sell for the low est price in 1910 ever reached in the history of the box-apple industry? No, not by a long shot. The writer is an apple grower and has been sell ing box-apples by the car load since 1898. That year (18!)8) we shipped two car loads, and they netted us over freight and commission 75 cents per box. lv 189!) we sold our crop at 11.00 per box f. o. b. In 1900 we received an average of 90 cents per box. In 11)0] we shipped 24 car loads of 500 boxes to the car, or 12.000 boxes, for wh^ch we received $12,000, or an average of SI.OO per box. 1 need not give each year up to 1904, but the prices ruled very much the same as in 1898 to 1901. In 1904 we packed and shipped 42 car loads of apples, but the prices were so low that we had but little profit after all expenses were paid. Our Missouri Pippins soli that year at a net price of :$. r > cents up to 56 cents per box, or an average price of about 45 cents per box. Our Ben Davis apples sold at 45 cents up to G5 cents per box, but only one car load at that price. The av orage was about 50 cents per box net. At the prices we paid then for labor and material, we know that a box of apples cost us about 40 cents f. o. b. So it can be seen that our Missouri Pippins netted us live cents per box and our Bpu Davis, 10 cents per box. I could give more particulars but think it not necessary. In 1907 the prices of apples were phenominally high—the highest they have ever been when we received from 51.25 up to $2.25 net per box. By this time expenses had advanced so that the cost per box f. o. b. was about 50 cents, and remains at about that now. Now how did prices rale in 1910? We sold our crop at a net price of from $1.00 up to $1.85 per box. The average was not far from $1,135 per box for the entire crop, while in 1904 the average per box for our whole crop was about (35 cents, or a little less than one-half. With these facts before us how does the statement in this circular letter sound, when it is said that "the prices for boxed apples have been the lowest this year in the history of the apple industry"? From the standpoint of the western grower we are compelled to say that the statement is absolutely False. It may be said in extenuation of this false statement, that Mr. Loomis and the three organizations he rep resented, did not mean that the grower received less than ever before for boxed apples. That may be, but what we are most concerned about is what our profits are, and not what are the profits of the handlers of our fruits. They must look to their end of the matter. So we will allow them to make this excuse. We will meet them on their own ground and still insist that their comparison of the prices on barreled apples and boxed apples are misleading and false. The whole tenor of their statement is that boxed apple 3 have beeu selling much lower than barreled apples. Is that true in the eastern cities now, and has it been true since the crop of 1910 apples began to move? No, boxed apples have been selling for more in New York, Philadelphia, Washington D. C, Buffalo and Chicago than barreled apples. Some of the men who put out this letter now under consideration, may want to know that my statement is true and theirs false. Well I have proof here before me, and will give it and they cannot deny the reliability of my source of in formation. Now it is not claimed that a single box of apples sold for more than a single barrel, but our claim is that the same quantity of boxed apples is now and has been selling for more than the same quan tity of barreled apples. Three boxes Of our apples properly packed with the usual bulge to the boxes will equal in quantity a barrel of apples. Some of our eastern apple dealers deny that three of our boxes will fill one of their barrels. Very well; if three of our boxes sell for more than one of their barrels so much the worse for them in the comparison. Now I have lying before me the Fruit Journal of March 25th from which 1 clipped Mr. Loomis' state ment, and bow 'do the prices received for three boxes compare with that received for a barrel, the apples being the same variety iv each case? Turn ing to page I*2 we read that barreled Winesaps were selling as follows: 4 Tin Orlers Are liiimi From every direction the late or ders are coming in. We believe we are safe in saying we have much more than the usual number of cus tomers who sent us "open orders" to ship at our regular prices their chosen varieties of trees. We are proud of the confidence of our customers. We value the busi ness we get it is true, but we value the good will of every customer more than we do the money he spends with us. If you need trees write us. If we haven't the varieties, we'll tell you so, and you'll not be disappointed after a long wait. 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