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VOL. XXXV. NO. 10.
More practical good road work
is being done this month in the
state of Washington than has
ever been done before. D. Ward
King, the famous Split Log Road
Drag expert, is giving a series
of lectures and demonstra
tions throughout the state.
Lectures have been given at
Yakiraa, Centralia, Tacoma,
Seattle and Renton and sev
eral more are scheduled. He
is now speaking in the North
western counties. Mr. King
is a successful farmer from
the little town of Maitland,
way up in the Northwestern
part of Missouri, where he
has lived for 30 years. It is
acknowledged that the half
mile of road in front of Mr.
King's place is the best piece
of road in the United States
and this has been brought
about through the work of
Mr. King, in dragging the
road after every rain for sev
eral years.
In demonstrating the Split
Log Road Drag Mr. King
claims no patents on this de
vice, in fact, does not take the
honor of even inventing it.
He says that it was more of a
discovery than an invention,
that somebody about his farm
had fastened together two
pieces of timber, to beat down
corn stalks, and in working
over the roads the results
gave Mr. King an idea. Mr.
King, being a close observer
and student, made some in
vestigations which finally re
sulted in the Split Log Road
Drag. A splendid descrip
tion and minute instructions
for making it are published
on page 4 of this issue.
Mr. King met the Seattle
Automobile Club at the Artie
Club rooms last Saturday, to
gether with several Good
Road enthusiasts of the coun
ty. In the afternoon a dem
onstration was given on a
street a block long in Seattle
which was witnessed by quite
a large number of automobil
ists and farmers. In the eve
ning Mr. King gave an ad-
dress on the subject of good
roads aud the value of the Split
Log Road Drag before a small
but appreciative audience of
good read enthusiasts.
If the Split Log Road Drag
cost a big sum of money it would
have become in general use long
ago, but as it can be made for
$3 or $4 by any farmer with an
axe and hand saw, its great
value has been slow to be recog-
nized. Throughout the Middle
West, however, where dirt roads
are the rule, this simple road
drag, during the past h've or six
years, has gained wouderfully in
popularity. Several counties
MAY 15, 1914.
have laws making a tax levy to
pay farmers to drag the roads
after a rain. In lowa, so popu
lar has it become that a road
384 miles, extending from the
Mississippi to the Missouri river
is dragged its entire length with
in a day after a rain, making
a farmers' highway.
On Monday the people of Ren
ton help a big meeting of citi
zens and farmers to learn of the
50c Per Year; 5c the Copy
benefits of the road drag. The
people had made a real spilt log
drag and the demonstration was
a splendid one. The work was
witnessed by at least 100 people
and it is safe to say that prac-
tically every man present be
came a hearty advocate of
the road drag. Another splen
did meeting last week was
held at Tacoma. At that
meeting some two dozen farm
ers agreed to use the drag.
Mr. King is not only doing
a good work for better roads
in his lectures, but is creating
a better impression of farm
ing as a profession and life
work. No man or woman
can listen to his eulogy on
agriculture and not have a
better opinion of the great
work of farmiug. His straight
talk giving the contrast be
tween the live, independent
farmer and city wage worker
gives every farmer a better
opinion of his chosen profes
sion. At Renton, the High
School students were taken
iv a body, accompanied by
their teachers, to hear the
lecture and they took great
pleasure in listening to the
methods worked out by the
speaker in getting the fun
damentals which lay at the
bottom of success of the split
log drag in operation on the
With the impetus given
the good roads movement by
the lectures of Mr. King, it is
hoped that a permanent sys
tem of road dragging may be
established in each state of
the I'acitic Northwest. The
legislature should be appeal
ed to to make suitable laws.
The Good Roads Association
of Washington has asked the
legislature to make a law
compelling road dragging.
Other states should do like
wise, but as Mr. King points
out in his lectures, the only
method which will make road
dragging a success, is to cre
ate a sentiment in favor of
road dragging. This can only
be done by practical demon
strations, proving the value of
such work. A public sentiment
must be created until the slogan
"Good Hoads Without Mouey"
will become as popular here as
it is in the Middle West.

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