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The ranch. (Seattle, Wash.) 1902-1914, January 15, 1913, Image 2

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Entered at the Kent Postofflce at Second-Class rates of postage.
Issued by The Ranch Publishing Company each Month, First and Fifteenth.
{Associated SBxmShyers
J. D. Dean Editor and Proprietor i Hattle Haines Churchill The Home
Dob*. Hurt Advertising Manager D Tancred Poultry
F. Walden Horticulture | Fred W. Lewis The Grange
Prof. H. B. Nystrom Dairy
New York Representative: I Chicago Representatives
S. E. Leilh, 200 Fifth Aye. Bldg. I D. C. Krldler, Sieger Building.
St. Louis Representative: Mr. C. A. Cour, 410 Globe-Democrat Bldg., St. Louis, Mo.
In our last issue we published a
communication of some length from
Prof. Newhouse, principal of the
schools at Kirkland. Prof. Newhouse
is enthusiastic over the question of in
troducing agriculture in our schools.
The editor of The Ranch spent a
pleasant day at Kirkland last fall
visiting the fair given there, which
was tbe outgrowth of the agricultural
interest of the public schools, under
Prof. Newhouse. The result was sur
prising, and reflected great credit
both on the teacher and his pupils.
Such instruction as the school there
is receiving cannot help being of
great value to the young man or
woman who is going to take up agri
culture as their life work, and it is
the most important instruction they
are receiving.
Prof. Newhouse's article should be
read as he focuses the most important
question before our public schools.
Vocational training, which is soon to
be as great a rage as agriculture in
struction, will prove to be of immense
value. While we approve of this kind
of training, aud always have approved
of it, still it is not impossible that the
pendulum may swing too far this way
aud thus fail to got the great benefits
of mental training in studies of high
mathematics, ancient history, chem
istry and such other old time studies
as afforded the very best mental dis
cipline. It is just possibe that we
may have overlooked the splendid
benefits of those subjects in the
utilitarian subjects now being de
There is no question that the man
who is well grounded in art, science,
literature and history is much better
qualified to meet the responsibilities
of life and become a more active,
valuable citizen than the man who
lacks these qualifications, providing,
however, in obtaining them, he has
not weakened his moral fibre and
physical strength by dissipation and
idleness. It is a nico question and
one that educators should seriously
consider. There is going to be a
wondorful demand for agricultural
and vocational training, and the great
drawback, however, will be there are
fow competent teachers. Just the
matter of scratching the ground and
raising a few vegetables will not con
stitute a lasting benefit in agricultural
education. But they must be taught
chemistry of the soil, the cause of
growth and the reason for decay, the
contents of the soil, the value of
[erttliienand many other things per
taining to plant growth. Just how
to obtain ttio nice adjustment b«
The R>anctv>
tween the educational value of these
subjects and not detract from the
mental exercise to be obtained is a
nice question for educators, and in
which farmer's sons and daughters
should be greatly interested.
The new Parcels Post service has
surprised its friends and forever
silenced its foes. It was a success
from the start. On January Ist,
thousands of people started its use
and since then business has increas
ed at a wonderful rate. The Ranch
is receiving dozens of^ articles which
formerly came by express. The rates
are half of what was formerly paid
express companies. Business men
are taking advantage of the system
more readily than the farmer. But
this will not last long, as the farmer
is the one to be helped most of all,
and it will be but a short time until
he begins its use. There is no better
method for seuding butter, eggs, fruit,
etc., to consumers from the farm.
Now is the time for our farmers to
9tart advertising in The Ranch for
city customers. The city people are
just as ready to buy direct as the
farmers are to sell. If the farmer
don't cut down a part of the middle
man's profit it will be his own fault.
The State College is about to lose
another of its best men. Prof.
Thatcher has offered his resignation
to take place at the end of the school
year in June. Prof. Thatcher has
been with the school some twelve
years, and has made a place which
will be hard to till. He leaves for the
same reason that so many do—better
salary elsewhere. It is said another
school has offered him a salary of
$4,000 per year. If this state is going
to keep in the front rank it must pay
good salaries to good men. Time
and again our best men are taken
away on that account.
The loss in the postal department
could bo entirely eliminated if the
franking privilege was not so badly
abused. It seems that about every
man connected with the government
believes the post office is run for his
especial benefit. The last report
shows that the postal service carried
more than $20,000,000 worth of frank
ed matter last year. This could be
cut to one-fourth that amount and
give the regular officials all the ser
vice necessary.
Mr. Waldou, whose contributions
to The Ranch have given pleasure
and instruction to thousands of horti
culturists in the Northwest for many
years has been obliged to lay down
his pencil because of ill health. This
will be unwelcome news for his read
ers had become his personal friends
and they will miss his valuable con
tributions to the science.—Ellens
burg Capital.
One of the most important meet
ings of the farmers which was ever
held in King county was held at
Kent, December 28th. The meeting
was called to take up the matter of
legislation for the enactment of a com
mission law by which the producer
could be protected from dishonest
commission men. The meeting was
held in the city hall and was attend
ed by about 60 of the leading farmers
of the White River Valley and sur
rounding neighborhoods. A. S. Al
vord, of Thomas, a prominent farmer
of the valley, was made chairman and
J. D. Dean, editor of The Ranch,
was made secretary of the meeting.
The Paulhamus law of 1907 was dis
cussed at some length and a few
changes were decided upon which
was believed would be fairer to both
parties. The matter was left with the
legislative committee. The meeting
went on record as opposed to a change
in the state constitution which would
allow aliens to own real estate in the
state of Washington. Considerable
strong language was had on this pro
position and it was evident that the
meeting was unanimously against the
proposed change.
The matter of the suit brought by
Pierce county vs. King county for
diverting the waters of White river in
King county to the Stuck river valley
in Pierce was discussed at length,
and the dangers of a change was
A strong legislative committee was
selected to take up mattrs of in
terest and in the proper manner show
feelings of the people on these ques
tions. After the situation of the
farmers and business interests of the
south end of King county, were dis
cussed, it was decided that a per
manent organization should be effect
ed. The officers elected for the meet
ing were made permanent officers
with an organization to be completed
at an early date.
Since this meeting was held the
organization was perfected at a meet
ing held January 7th, with the follow
ing officers: President, A. S. Alvord,
Thomas; vice president, Fred Nelson,
Orillia; secretary, J. D. Dean, Kent;
treasurer, L. Y. Williams, Kent. At
this meeting it was decided to make
the organization broad enough to take
in all the business interests of the
entire south end of King county.
Any person 21 years of age, or over,
is eligible to membership. Men to
pay $1.00 fee and women 25 cents.
The business of the association is
to be managed by an executive com
mittee consisting of seven, five of
whom shall be men and two shall be
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The Northern Pacific Railway Co.
baa offered to donate to the state its
rigbt-of-way between Tacoma and
Vancouver, Washington. This is an
abandoned right-of-way which revert
ed to them after the railway war some
years ago. It is said thut more than
two million dollars was spent for this
property which they now propose to
give to the state for the proposed
Pacific Highway absolutely free. This
splendid otter came about through
the efforts of Sam Hill, and as the
right-of-way is the very best obtain
able between these points, it should
be of great value to the state.
When writing to advertisers mention
The Ranch —it helps us both.

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