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Lethbridge Herald (Newspaper) - June 22, 1918, Lethbridge, Alberta TiiR heralh; VOMENc^JHE VORLD-^THElR VORK EGGS AT 36 CENTS A DOZEN THE YEAR ROUND CAN BE HAD IF W^R^ORGANIZE THE DISTRIBUTION SYSTEM TirTit Faulty Handling Causes Producers, Middlemen, and!__^ Consumers lo Lose Money on Little Red Hen's j^tj Billion-Dollar Crop. | ENGLISH GIRL MUNITION WORKERS ARE TRAINED TO BE THEIR OWN FIREMEN INCASE ON AN EMERGENCY )S I'AL SYSTEM AND MAIL ORDER IDEA ADAPTABLE TO CORRECTION OF EVIL 'i'u- �;n.';7 (�.?�/(�(;(�/..� from in: nvtictr Iti A;;)ics C.!. the hriUinnI iciil'-r. in tl.r .Ycic I'onV Sun uiU pvoir iiitrrcs-llnit lo Ciinailhtii ; 'e h.ave be^n so fussily busy running round scoldiiig about it that rubciiy has sat down tiglit to the j: ;i of finding out wlxut Is the matter r.U'i putting it right. "V.'ln.t is the itintter? If you could always buy eggs at 36 rciits .\ou would buy so many that citrus growers have is impossible, for tlie egg crop comes from every scattered corner of the rural districts. Citrus fruits como from centralized, ciosely condensed ar.d concentrated farming. Three Agencies Possible IIIIICE agencies may lie u.sed to coitnect ljuyer and seller. Seattle is putting a State liill through to permit municipalities to own and operate marljet terminals which shall have collecting agencies iu the country and distributing agen- WEARING SILKS Forces Even Workers to Choose Silk. T ilu-re would always be an active mar- j !i!^l.^'L"'?..5''?j^ Municipal managc- ,!:tl fur eggs. If the farmer could always sell fgg." at 36 cents he would raise so many that there would always be an ubundance ox eggs. Why dont you both do it? Bigger Crop Than Wheat POULTRY is ofie of the grestest aggregate, crops of t^e country. If you put all the eggs of the country on one side of a line and all the wheat of North .America on the other side of the line, the value of the eggs would add up about 5100,000,000 higher than that of the biggest wheat crop Canada and the United Slates together ever had. Th�re is no accurate way of getting ment is,also'th^ idea in the mind.of New York's new Commi-ssioner ' of Markets. Then there is the mail order business through parcels post. If 90 per cent, of world trade is done tlirough samples, why not the trade in ^non-peri.shable, non-bulky foods? ' Kggs are no more fragile than the cut glass that comes through the mail, atid mail order houses do a SIOO.OOO.UUU busines.s u year. Why not the farmers' billion dollar egg'.' To be sure a mail order house doing a $100,000,000 liusiness a year employs a J20,000 or a $35,000 a year man to drive it througii, but when the farmer is now losing half a billion a year on eggs and the consumer is now' losinii half a billion a year on eggs wouldn't a -V-O.OOO a year man to save that half billion be clieap'.' It is a i)ig job and it needs a big man. R cenius of the hen's egg job out on David I.uhin, now of tlie Interna .u- e- tt----_______ ,_____.tinnn! Insritnto cf .\ r.rioi il f iit-.^ f.\,-rr> the farm, for it varies every day and sometimes she hides her crop under liank stables, wiien, like our marketing system, all lier labors go addled. But you can get the census at the market end of the corp. Dealers tell us we use one egg a day for every tional Institute of Agriculture, formerly of California, i.s really the originator of this idea of handliuf^ certain kinds of foods, and it has been approved by the i ritioaUexperts of the greatest American mair order houses. Lubin's idea, is to print certain tag.s as we now print stapips, say white for eggs, blue for butter, pink Mole-Catching a New Occupation for English Girls |"y\l">V nKjle-catohcr.s are ni^v at work on the csiate of ,Sir CJorald ami I.ady ,:Hybil'Cndliigtou'6ii the t-:iol,'j\vold�. Our photo .sliow.'i u mole caught for poultry, etc. These tags are filed in certain racks in every post office. .\ woman in the city wants a dozen ; eggs. She goes to tlie nearest post-office and buys a wliite ta,g and r,,v'.;is-ters her w'.ant and address.-^'.\ woman u\t in Kuralania wants to sell a dozen ^f^c;=^^''.^;^a';vX';^rand"?:nHigh_ Cost of other Fabrics gisters her wares. It is then for the post office to forward the buyer's ta'-: to the country and tiie seller's tag to the citj*. to get the money from one and the eggs from the other. Cost of Service Small LUBl.X thought each post office could cover a radius of lUU or loO miles for tlie farmers. If demands did not come as fast as the produce tlie farmers would eitlier store or automitically lessen output and prices would fluctuate accortl-ingly. The postal rate for the tag.-, could be set for exactly the cost of the service, and experts do not think tliat would exceed five cents for ten doz.Hi egj-s. The syst,-ra would be self-supporting. .Said Lubin: "The fact is that the farmer in his business transactions is re..lly outlawed fro.m the law uf supply and demand, lie buys and sells under the fool law of 'chance and chaos.' By .M. K. .McC. .\R has caused a revolution in dress goods circles. Silk used to' be special fabric for the rich,'but 'now the business girl no longer looks witli envy at the expensive sjioppcr, they too can wear the erstwhllo exclusive silk. It is now the leading dress material. Everybody is woaring silks because in the long run, they arc far cheaper than many other falirics. Cottons and woolens aro expensive and supplies aro so uncertain. Under these circumstances, Canada is becoming one of the largest silk buyers in the world. Toronto, wliicii In Ms rapidly becoming tlio chief centre buying and selling he does not know lot the newly-developed silk busincs.'i, what he wants, but lie wants it niigh-||.,^ buying huge quantities. ty tpiick. It the merchants and'man-ufacti:rerB w-ere to do Inisiriess as tlie :ivcrage farmer does it would soon place tlie merciu.nt or the manufac-.turer as far away from the law of supply and demand as is the farmer away from it at the present lime." Ti.c third agency is one being pushed by Jamo.5 1. lilakslee. Fourth V. a. Postmaster-General. It applies to all the smaller food products, such as eggs, poultry, potatoes, l)eans, etc., cn which there is .such, hideous waste from ililay and :uch excess cost from congestion. Th,i id. During the past fiscal year tliese figures were increased by nearly four and a liaU" million dollans. Before the war Switzerland and France enjoyed a very protitaldo trade v,-ith Canada,.'but this has been rut off by hostilities. .Some of the best French lines, however, nllll como to Canada. It is stated that the l^'ronch authorities see to this, as it is in the interest of Franco :i fter-tlie-war iiave been furiously opposed by the'trade, to keep up overseas conne-j-railroads a fu.v yearsjago, but to-' day i he railroads havli more than 'They Stuck to Their Pcsls Though Urged lo Leave" jQU. ICEUjAWAY, rarliamentary Secretary to tlie .Ministry of Munitions, said: "There was a serious fire In a inunliion factory in London last night. Within four minutes of the call being Kiven the women wore at their, and. with the help of four men. their hose nt work on the fir,"*. The v.-onicn stuck to their post, thougli some of the men warned tliein of tlieir danger and urged them to leave." Our photo shows sortie of the women at drill. Fine Organization Traces ssmg It Sends Searchers All Over Britain and Right Up to the Front, and All Possible InfpiTnation Is Secured for the Comfort of Wounded and Missing of Imperials and Overseas Forces. lan tliey can do and are glad to bo relieved of freight. ilucli of tl;.,- conge.-5tion in the cities rould be avoided by hauling freiglii at night on street car lines, I'ut the Fourth I'ostmahler-Cieneral .s just now atteinpcing motor van service from farm to table. The first trial Wits a lOU inile run, covered in twelve liours, from Lancaster, I'a., to >;e\v York. Tile cost tj the Guv.'u-iim'ctit was ?20. The receipts were i'ii plus, tlie revenue net -512. Kggs, butter, honey anii chickens were llie freight The oljfice ha.s now twenty-one Eurh trucks running. The.truckman .sells stamps, collects produce and makes deliveries. As country people receive from eight to ten parcels by post for Olio they send out, tho post offica figures tliat tho farm to table vani5. w'ill really only be earning their return freight liy such a system. One truck will haul the produce ot. four farm,wagons, a saving of ^i-O a day to tho f.irmer. The beauty of this system i.s that it will |)ay it.s way from the beginning. U'nfortuiiateiy only ^ICTJ.OOO was apiiropriated for a trial of the vans, ho that the growth of tlic system will be slow. Tho defect ot the system is rtiat it leaves the tanner to find his distributing agency at the enil of .he route and it leaves the consumer to find his supply a.gency out on the farm. But the cnrdiiuil defect ot all the systems is that no one master liand takes hold with a grip ot iron and a drive of steel and puts them through. \Ve howl, then v;e sit' liack, then we pay! l':ggs i-' .cents a dozen next nvinler, please. No Connoisseur Li uuv uf the i'un;i. riLLTAM H. CROCKER, ot San FranclHCo, who recently rebuilt a war-wrecKcd I''rencli village at his own expense, tells, apropos of the wine Hhortage, an amusing stoi-y, "A friend ot mine"-so Mr. Crocker's story runs-"In remtirkablo for tho bad wines ho keeps, ily friend, enterlnlnlnK some ratlier importarkt. guests Olio evening, turned to his new tiutler and salo: "Mlggs, Is this" the best clnrnt?' " *n'f). sir,* said llU;;vs soleiniil.\', 'It ain't; but It's lh� besil ;'ou'v� gyl'," _ Hons in sonic lines. On tho other hand, since war shut Canadians off many of the Fiiro-pean markets, silk jobbers and manufacturers in tho United Ktatcs lirve captured a great share of the trade. Cut much of this comes to Canaila from Japan, and other countries via the United .States. Japanese Imports Largs IIIC Japanese aro busily seeking direct commercial connections with Canadian houses. A prominent merchant informed the writer that .lapan inlends conducting a very vigorous trade campaign in connection with Canadian commerce. He stated that Japanese merchant princes aro even to organize a new shipping lino between Vancouver iind Japan. While largo f|uantitie.i of raw silk, spun nnd in the cloth, are imported into Caiiad.i, (|uito a lot of inade-iip materials are also brought In, During a set period of ei.ght months, silk blouses and shirts worth $7O,03(i were imported, also silk sock.i and stoel;-ings wortli J:;08,1C'J, Ot tills amount, $L'.")9,309 worth camo from the b'liilod .Stcites, and the Hmall remuindpr camo from tlie United Kingdom. Over Ji;il,S34 worth of silks not specially inovided for under tin; various lieadings provided in (he fJe-partment of Comiuorce Ueporls. were imported, of this amount S131,7G'J came from tho United. States, $9(i,-460 from Jajjnn and S70,S01 from tlie United Kingdom. The exports are therefore much below tho average for Britain, and much above tlie average for the Unltcil .States. Although many thousands of Canada's sons are in khaki, the beau lirummell slill'exists, and he must linvo his taste.'i Hatlsfled. .And ho doc.4 got them satlsfleld, tor during the first eight months ot dlk fabricsifor neckties was Imported. 'I'liii S\vj8H weaver sjieeiiilizes ill ilil.�, lie does in ribbons, lie |iiuld thu ^lUl'UOH OC lUetiV 8til>- ' e\'entiially succeed In running to eartli the every movement oC the wounded or missing loved one from the moment ho entered branch ot the Brilisli Red Cross, that marvellous organization tliat penetrates-bringing cheer, comfort, aiul he/vUng-into thu most vinexpentca f|ifa'rtnr.h' cared for in one of our mnny.lin.i|illal.'t. T wa.'i Intensely intere.stPd In loolx lla-pntrios Is overfio