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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - May 17, 1919, Lethbridge, Alberta SATUUDAY, MAY 17, 1910 TIIK UC'lHUlUDUK OAiLY lltUHIATIOX DEVELOPMENT NTMHKR I'AC.K 1'LKVKN Settling Down: A New Era in Southern Is Now at Hand g, G no born children. '1'hey know that the real cMXo man's milk and Honey-double your monoy days arc know, and havo the comtornble assurance that Iho countri Is good onough fur them and their children, and their children; and thai assy havo the advantage of luwlng settled In a country where, many ot problems Ihat oilier parts ot tlio hi- tor them liy Iho further uio ol the mountain slream vatcre. aro fond of talking about this as o new country. The SMT.% r Irrlsatlmt lo settle on Ihe land. A Inal nlercstmg i or> tho talo ot ,mr- happencJ In thofo [armers turned ihcir lands to the gtowinK I Uio crops that would bring them re-turns quickly, and Ihcy soon 1 at cralii crops could La grown successfully lu most yearn without. usiiiK o Irr g'a lo, This demounted tho fact lhal aEr eulluro need nol ,01, tad lo Ihu Irrigated lands, and tho tendency from tliat time onwardb th of "dry" lands, and Iho raising ot grain crops j ,__ t. in l-hii if 01 allQLIil our lauds will produce provided mdjlure condition! are vo entirely favor- able as they'wire in that year ot olcsscd memory; ircumsiancei demonstrated thai, given ilio inoisture. oops a heavy as those grown in. any part ol the world cau be produced hero. And ilio whole uf the con- ditions surrounding the production of ihat crop give still another mdlcatiou of the value of having the moisture provided opportunely. The heavy wet suow that fell early in October 1S14 really in effect all of our lands -i is lo say Nature did just what-a forehanded Irriga- tion farmer always does: ho soaks his laud well after the crops are aud before tht> first hard frost, awt he has all the inoisture that bis crops will uctd Jii the spring and early summer stored right In his ground. Thai was tho underlying condition that Drought us .the great wheat crops In U'iS. running up as they diil to over seventy bushels to the acre iu all ihe country within u hundred miles'of bethbridge. havo nil been casting our mind's eye hack over these years. We liuln uwv lo seo llie fundamental wisdom thai directed the early work ot C A. Maeralh and I'. Nal.tin.llh, wlio were plouceis with T. Gall lu hulUing irrigation worts; and we have cause lo consraiubto ihe country on their foresight in persuading w. 11. Fahlield w hero in those 'srly duys. There la mi practical of our agriculture thai escapes his keen eye and nothing thai-may be done to solve our problems, Is loir undone in his carclul work al Experimental Finn at I.elhbridse. There aro one or uvo lines ol KipllnB's lhal, with slight alteration. Jusl about tit the scope of Fairlleld's work: towards te rap o 1 them. Tbe tar mini! of the Irrigated lamia In k slowly and the 'ceding of [he all lo capital are ud 10 farms umio more slowly still. Even now. is sold''to other users. allhoUEh lime goes on. and as our tamers gain Iheir holdings, of livestock.. v DEFEATING SOIL DRIFTING Tho "rain farmer in the meantime has been h 'olhat this year's moisture may ho carried over lo he P to Jrow fexl ycnr's crop. The and does not. nec.l lo lie I allow lo rest It; o'l? neet t'o be kepT clear of weed growth so thai all the rain UmMWI. Lr But h.has learnt ways and means lo prevent this. t years un amused to hear men talk of worn out lani 1. I BI aon tion for Canadian "tn cccas'lol als won't .ve.slavye-pnr land it slat o us. An crop-3 as tares for Arllficfal manures cannot be had yet; he llow arp wo to Hoiv arowa fjvsrt III tOW3 without that ot the finest kino, 'dung, tlien the. fibre is hack m t BfMtice of Cow-dlMg'is what we want., without cows. We" can't Have water the growing ot pasture, and ,arts "he cows, then we gel the cow- oll and the sp i ana i ;1 k y Mre tor to come aof BO on s ,hat g' showed amply if. toUUb ol He docs not Icacn that their God will route them A little before the soil works loose; Ho does not Breach that His pity allows ihum To their wori when they dam well choose. And the one big thing that is ill sight against'the days that Iho soil loose 13 the further UFO ot irrigation on our farms; and happy are we who find Iho means lor this al our ready disposal. IRRIGATION AND GRAIN FARMERS HELP EACH OTHL'R maps tlmi afe shown in another, place in Ihls Irrigation issue ol The Herald show the'width of the territories lo which the waters from tho mountain streams can he brought. A glance at these maps gives immediate Indication to all of us who arc familiar with the productivity of. the present comparatively small irrigation tracts around Magrath. liaymoud. Coaldalc and Lclhbridsc, of the vasl Increase in production that can be brought about by more Irrlgallon. The irrigation farmer never has any fallow land on his hands; cverv aero Is working for him all Ihe time.. The greater pan, uf his crop walks to martrei'on tho hoof, and the manure Inat is lefl mam- tains the soil at Its original fertility, anil full ot'that f.bie that holds it firmly and steadily upon the farm. And the benefits do not neighboring grain farmer whose land is not under the illu-li will he ;i rcail> buyer ot alfalfa and lie will be willing his straw piles 'with the irrigation farmer cheap carrying over of his cattle during tbo winter. lie .will also almost certainly benefil. in this country of Him ted well-water supply, from the ncw.'-watcr-tablcs" that w.l become established In the underlying strata from the water that will percolate down Inlo thesa from" the canals and ditches. A glance at the relief map ol this corner-of Alberta that is in the Board of Trade building at Lethbridge la highly instructive as lo tho general loDOKranbv ot ihe land Tbls map was prepared by D. 11. Dowliiig of the Canada Geological Survey In connection with the water supply Investigations that he U shows how idea! Is the lay of the land for ftar'ofVfficullies ar.lsW from water-logging of the soil with other attendant diiliculiles which havo early become cvldc-iu in other places, but from .which all of Ihe irrigated .lartd ,arouud Lelhbridse is singularly HOW THE FINANCIAL HOUSES VIEW IRRIGATION _ irrigation all wellKnuw Is not an industry in Western Canada .IhaL is not allied with and.foundatidned upon agriculture; not'a single Industry Ihat is not dependent for Its success upon the. status ot fanning business.'either for its basis ot production or for its market. -Around Lethbridge we ere apt to think of our coat industry as somotmm, that stands apart from agriculture ,in the foundations of, its success; awl nobody knows better than the coalmining people that'a poor .crop lu the I that'they can to further There have been several already from fnautial in regard til providiw; the noco.-saiy muds lor ibe jirojcctf. The v.evv tua: lliese people wisely take is they have been uuycvs of ihu bond! ot our western cities: Ihe basis fc iiim-h In tlio of ihe somewhat, diffident yonns lover who at makes up his mind to pop the iiucatiM. anil auswercd by the blus.iins VOUIIB lady "This is so The whole cuimtryjidc showed aH at 'once a vivid renewal of interest lu all llie proposals for ciicndiiip.the use or iri-lKition sod ihla uulminaleJ at last iu ihe MK uicdine In LethbndEji on March 13. at which Ihe Irrijatlou Development AsEocialioa was termed. And there has been no slackening of Interest since then; every clliien m all that wide tcrritorj" within eighty to a hundred miles of Lclhtrldge Is 111 ihe keenest mood of expectation, and thoroughly anxious tnn an ot me proposed works should be gone on.with at tae earliest possible moment, I'rerv ullc of us knows .what these developments will l.ring to our tho fai-n.-r iuows.Ml well what It mcanf to his niece ot land, and the lnulaet-3 roan realizes ihe added stability lhal it vill briiig to hi? business. One of the answer is: "Wlion Will such aud such a Project ue and sill! harder lo answer is this: "When will tho water he running in the The safest, aud indeed the most sensible answer to such queries Is lhal it all depends upon Ihtj coHfttcoce ot the farmers concerned In the essential goodness of Ihe and upon the 'pqergj with which they follow up the steps necessary, 10 brltis about the Realisation of their desires. Experts in the study ot gatiue people to accept new ducninos. it the> are In euruec-l about their arrays a link chary about sudden COT- versions: but this turnmz to irrupmnn ;j not so uiuen a-audta as a gradual acceptance of reiaoned convictions born from lUe seeds o actual experience; in fact we 'hive discovered ourirttcs., learnt somelliiiig about the and the cli'.nate that we; we realh.e that we have the garden of all Western Canada before have proved out the soil here; we It to be of know it from aclual experience. We have proved cfut the chinaie. sniMra know from experience that it is not a Hide erratic; but: we alio know Mi well tlut wbcii we can alS the clluxpo'liy bringing to our land- wo have a combination that cicels atjylniaj In any teinrwruto vfimute that we know of. Messages of Appreciation of Lethbridge Board Trade May is u fjiTitt pleasure lu me lo congnil- titak- Uu1 Lclliln-itlyc Board of Tradr'mi UK1 stioivss which promises lu ivwurd its lonjj con- limii'il i-fforls lo improve Ihe siiul UiroiiHli Ihtut- the ycueral cconoiuif. con-' dilions of Ilio great tlistrict of which thai cily is Ilic ivnlru by extending the benefits of irrigation to it vaslly wiik-r area lhal has been. The Lelli- Imdgc Board of Trade onjuys a iniitiiie anil i-iipidly growing! reputation as a body which not only lalks nbutit potential bene- fits lo the city and district, but. having once decided on llteir ad- visability, neither hesitates nor luills until Ihi'y have become es- taUlislicd fads. Cotiinussionciv llominio.u. Hailway Board. ,oans has slated that lts the movement tor the extension SHEER DO WELL ON SOUTHERN'ALBERTA ALFAUFA" Insuiiihce Farm Lands City Property Loans: Estates Managed: Rents Collected i (FROM PBES. WOOD, U.F.A.I May your special Development Number" I wish to congratulate the Lethbridge Board of Trade on their enterprising, prcgressiver.-us. Leth- bridge and Alberta should be proud of- the work of this untiring institution in its untiring efforts in th: dsvelop- and extension of '.rrigation. In the valuable, assistance rendered the whole district in solving the much- vexed wyter problem, and the very successful work done in promoting co- operation between city and rural dis: tricts. The .interest and pride m.this institution has extended beyond the the' surrounding -ajiiS on to the stat; Itsetf. .May Its good ,Work go on. i r. W. WOOO, United Farmers Alberta. Established 191O .V The Ocean Accident and Guarantee Corporation, Accident and Healtk, Auto and Employers' Liability, Fidelity and Guarantee ponds.) Queen Insurance Company'of America. American General Insurance of St. Louis, Mo. Protector Underwriters of Hartford (Phoenix of Hartwd.) Scottish Canadian Underwriters. REPRESENTING London (London Assurance Corp.) Exceis Jntirance CD. Ltd., of London, England Canada sicfurity Co. (HaU.) V I V British Auurance Co., v Canada Life Assurance Co, (Appraisers and Loan Agents.) Great-Weil Life Assurance (Appraisers and Loan Agents.) 1O Rylands Building i Lethbriclge, Alberta ;