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Lethbridge Daily Herald, The (Newspaper) - July 24, 1908, Lethbridge, Alberta JULV U, Public Opinion From derta C. F. P. CONY3EARE, K.C. of th> Lethbridge Boa d j of Trade CROPS IN THE SOUTH Reports Show Record- Breaking Prospects For the Year A VIEW OF THE CITY OF LETHBRIDGE (Special Correspondence of Calgary Magrath, July driving through the country from Cfttdston to Spring Coulee, and about Mugrath, I am inclined to write some "im- presions." In the first place, I am under the impression that my' esti- mate of the yield of the Cardston district will suffice for the two dis- tricts, Cardston and. rviagrnthv There is a heap of optimism JD the air. It j doesn't'do any harm particularly, bu t I fear it contemplates more than it can consummate My Cardston friends were at the point of difference with me because -I estimated the yield for the spring wheat at less than 35 Hushels, and the winter wheat at less than 40, and if the spring wheat for the district averages nearer 35 than 20 I am the loser of a fine suit of clothes. Striving for Accuracy To say that there isn't as much wheat as the first "ooosier impression makes one believe, and to put the average down to within reason, isn't to knock. It does a community more harm than good to attribute to it more greatly than it can achieve. Af- ter riding over it pretty well, I am inclinedto say with Emerson: you do thunders so loudly that I am unable to huar whas you say." And what they have done thunders protest against what they say, because they" say too much. True there axe nnn ous fields that have yielded above 50 bushels of wheat, and they prove what the country is capable of if given a show. More Careful Methods I agree with a farmer at Spring Coulee, Mr. Shoemaker, when he says that tho farmers would make- more! money by working half as much land with the outfits they have. The country presents examples galore of very inferior furmiing. Memb rs of the Spokane party of excursionists to Calgary ort July 4, said that all along the line there was a lot of poor farming. I thought at the time they were biased by their Yankc-eism, but they weren't. The soil is so rich that with conditions as they arc now any old thing will got results, but if the ground were thoroughly cultl v-iited the yi-.-ld for Urn district would be greater this season by be- tween 25 and 30 po.r cent., doubling the net profit to the farmers. As it is, it is great. From Magrath to Couth and west to the Belly river there are probably less than people, excepting Indians. Figure that the grain yield of the district will reach two and a half million bushels, and add to the price of it the price of their hdgs, cattle, horses and hay. plus iheir unequalled sunshine, va.-.t ex- panse of unfading gra-n, brightened eternally by countless varieti-s of wild flowers, and do they not have enough? Consider in addition, that they have merely scratched the coun every field there is a region of what the yield will be when it is all in a high state of cultivation, and wax envious! Bnt while the ambition of s o'er-K-aps itself, in oth rs it is thu opposite. One man. typic.il of hisj class, has a scciioa of railroad! land and a stead. He has hnd for yenrs. mid is an f.ld tinier On motion he ijelii v-: the nlr.winp orf five ncres nnd lw.-n r ty on hw homestead. He has n have their Gr a t'.iit- ain's br.'ad b rk i? tn H's The glorirtu-: i b.tnntifui rairft o{ tiv wc.-k is c ax inp the head out the shoot in th" sp.lngfields and tho outlook is most inspiring; so inspiring that, it is deolar d. the pries- land will ad- vance 20 per cent, within iho month. It should not: the pric.i' is hiph enough for the development of the country. on Following OPINION Journal- ihnpreft- ThU THE GREAT C. P. R. TRAFFIC BRIDGE NOW UNDER CONSTRUCTION AT LETHBRIDGE. IT SEONr MILE LONG ANt) 307 FEET HIGH. BF P. V, COttDfS (Editor of Agricul- torfsf, Minneapolis, Minn.) In falling 6t niy. trip to Alberta, Canada. I must not forget the pop-, ular misconception regarding tho country north of tho United States. I must not forget how many people conceive" of it all as but a narrow fringe between ua and eternal Ice, or, if they concede the warmth of its summers, they cling to fts alleged aridity, and, therefore, the utter im- possibility of any of; the real estate dealers' stories about its crops, be- ing true. Those big stories about sixty bushels of wheat to the "they are all lies, of course, because they must be lies. How can they raise three times as much" wheat to acre, five hundred miles nearer the North Pole than they do in the United How can they raise anything without ram? And some- body had said that Alberta is in the semi-arid belt." These are the views of the folks who have never investi- gated; they are prejudices. I talked with' honest farmers of Alberta and I am. convinced that six- ty bushels of wheat to the acre not at all an uncommon crop. Every man does that, of course Some men could not raise Canada thistles iii a hot house. There are farmers and farmers in Canada and elsewhere. Some are real farmers. There is one near Warner, Alberta, whose wheat on. 2S7 acres averaged 62 and weighed 66 pounds to the bushel. There is another who got bushels from acres. But T am ahead of my story; Alberta is "in the semi-arid belt" as all the United States west of the Mississippi River a hundred years ago, was "in the great Ameri- can Desert Use Sahara of the West- ern Hemisphere, wtere all agricultur- al efforts were forever to be barred" to the recognized author- ities of those days. Alberta is in the semi-arid region and I saw hanging in the hotel at Hior posters announcing a scries of meetings to be held by Professor Campbell of Nebraska, for the purpose of instructing the Al- bertans in the best methods of dry farming. I was in Alberta several days and it rained every day I was there- rained V rained cuts dogs" poured real water out.of a deep gray sky, hour after hour and the lost I heard about the prophet of dry farming was that the bridges had been washed out and his dry farming WAS indefinitely postponed on account of the weather. Even Ir- rigation ditches were running uphill to drain the superfluous water. .Toking aside, the facts in regard to the rainfall are easily misunder- stood if fun details are not knows. The average officially recorded for the past six years is 17.05 inches a year but of that total average 11.35 inches have fallen during the grow- ing June, July and August. The water is there when it is needed and docs not come In the eight months when it would be a nuisance. Ju.it as Southerners and Eastern- ers make a great, bugaboo about low winter temperature in Minneso- ta, and forget that in cur dry re one does feel uv i degrees below -on. much suffers at. ?.cro in moist regions. :s have, forgotten fact about the rainfall of A- hcrtn. viz.. that it is concentrate m the months when it is needed growing vegetation. The rairfnll lias IXMMI uniTeix-d-jnt- ed .funo. lhjs VMr not hut throughout the XonU- wcst. ar.ii has rc-sulte-.l in (Continued On the ;