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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - February 27, 1909, Lethbridge, Alberta LKTHBRIDGE HERALD SPECIAL PUBLICITY NTTMBSK The Canadian Bank of Commerce Capital, Reserve Fund, President-B. E. WALKER HEAD OFFICE-TORONTO General Manager-ALEX. LAIRD BRANCHES OF THE BANK v IN Slope and Horse Bawlf Gilbert River Moose Battleford Prince Albert Norwood Plain Calgary Canora Carman Durban Edmonton Grandview Graxram Innisfree Kamsack Lloydminster Macleod Medicine Nanton Neepawa Creek Bed Deer Ponoka Regina Portage la Saskatoon Prairie River Treherne Vegreville o-LcnJUL Wetaskiwin Weyburn Winnipeg (8 offices) and Ayr (2 Sarnia Port Arthur Sanlt Waterloo Belleville (2 Seaforth Quebec offices) Blenheim De Frances Fort Eiver Stratford St. Catherines Woodstock Maritime UNITED New Ore. (2 Office 2 E.G. S. Mgr. Agents in Bank oi in Northern .Banking Company, The of and sell Transfers on Canada issue Travellers' Credit, collect drafts, coupons, and conduct a general banking business points and the afforded others going out to the Lethbridge Manager C. G. K. NOURSE This District the Best of A FARMER TALKS 3STDOTJBTEDLY the great est source of attraction to Southern Alberta of recent years is the grain, pros- pects. So much has been saidlo- :cally that little else remains to be said, but as the eyes of the Alberta as a wheat belt it be- hooves us to set forth something of the progress that has already been attained. Por many years these vast plains were given over to the rancher, the prospects of any- thing else not being considered wc.tv.iiy GJ. S.U.GJ.U, ouu so success- fully were experiments carried on that progressive farmers were not long left in an undecided at- titude with regard to its npssi- bilitiesL until today thousands have already engaged in the pro- duction of gtain on a scale little dreamed of a few years ago. recent interview with A. L. Foster many details were gone! into to substantiate the forego-1 ing remarks. In company with W. S. Sherd Marion Johnston, James Tasker and S. S. Stover, in Oct. '06, Mr- Foster came to the Lethbridge district. He was at once struck with the quantity of prairie wheat and 1300 bushels of oats were realized- from 660 acres. The past year additional acres have been broken, acres at present under fall wheat and is looking fine; 150 acres of the balance will be seeded to spring wheat. It is anticipated that under acreage conditions similar to those of last year, that there will be a yield from the acres of bushels. Comparing conditions here I with those of North Dakota, Mr, Foster stated that while land sells there at to per acre, the yield does not run over 12 to 20 bushels, as compared with 35 to 40 bushels in the Leth- bridge district. Asked as to what he considerd his land worth here, Mr. Poster HoW the Land Has Increased in Value By W. R. DOBBIN W stated he supposed it would be worth per acre, but added grass the country produced, and came to the conclusion that what would produce grass would pro- duce grain, notwithstanding the fact that the belt was consider- ed a dry one. All the above named ______ purchasers, Mr. Foster acquiring three sections one mile east of the Silver Farm, which is situ- ated about eight miles southeast of the city, for which he paid per acre. The-first year, in addition to 300 which was already broken when he acquired it, Mr. FfMJter broke up an additional 100 the latter yielding bethelf of flax aftd the former JMtOO bushels of wheat and 1200 of bu.k.ls figure. He liad farmed in Min- nesota, North Dakota and Idaho, but these places would never be gin vO compare 'wj.cu, uuiLny ouu thern Alberta. He considered that Southern Alberta was only on the threshold of what it will be, and that it would, with- out a doubt become the greatest granary of the world. The great need at the present time was better railroad facilities for tak- ing care of the grain He had friends now that are 65 miles back from any line of railroad. People are coming in great num- bers, and many are settling great distances out, placing great conr j fidence in the railroads extending branch lines in every conceit aLle direction. Southern Alber- ta will undoubtedly grow as fast as it can be properly taken care of. HEN ASKED for in- formation regarding 1 a n arcel of laud is sold on its mer- ts. Distance from railway, has as much to do with the price as the sort of soil or lay of the land. I should think from- to about aii average much lower prices." Prices have a tendency to increase I should think about per acre all round! .higher than last year. Recently some figures were; published by the Department of Agriculture that are a reflation as to present conditions. For example we are told in the Pro- vince of Alberta last season there were acres under cultiva- tion, or 32 Townships in all. When we consider that in Leth- bridge district alone there are. 136 Townships, and that if the- total cultivation of the Province- had been concentrated in the- Lethbridge district alone, there would have remained in the dis- trict 104 Townships of unbroken virgin prairie. As a matter of.' fact in Lethbridge and' Cardston districts combined there were not two Townships under cultivation out of a joint area of 215 Town- ships. That we are only just at the very beginning of our wheat growing potentiality th.p above- figures abundantly prove. Here is a sample of what wts dne by one man on 600 acres of Fall Wheat. His yield was 000 bushels. .He received for It 80 cents per bushel In cesh, re- presenting His total ex- penses were a trifle less than leaving a profit of 400 on the 600 acres cultivated. What this man nag done other men can do, and do equally well. When we realize that in our dis- trict at the present that not one per cent, of the land is under cultivation, and taking the whole-: Province of Alberta the percent- age of cultivated land is less- than one-half of one _per cent. In this district of Lethbridge alone, if 40 per cent, of the land was cultivated it would mean that 30 million bushels of' wheat would have to be found a market for and transportation from Lethbridge would require the employment of cars of Ibs. each., or trains of 30 cars each. Could it be done? Of course it could and when the Lethbridge situation is understood as it will be, there will be railroads and mills, and elevators to handle this immense crop. Lethbridge will be a city not of people but a rival of Winnipeg and Vancouver, the centre of half a doxen double bracked, splendidly equipped per to carry her wheat for land ten or fifteen from I and her coal, and win bring back a railroad and fairly pood quality I the produce of the world for the for sections or under. Large I comfort and welfare of her citt- eovkl be imt throufrh 1, Pattwou ;