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Low says contracts will be of- fered as favorable as any. of Monterey county some time ago were offering contracts for 1918 on the basis of $5.25 for 15 per cent beets and 33c per ton for each additional percentage of sugar in the beets. It is honorable to strive zealously for farmers' rights: great have been the recent attain- ments thereof and there are many more to fol- low, but when a question of patriotic duty arises, the American farmer has had only one attitude — and that is to do it!

Observe that the tractor is doing the same work as the six males, with the same tools. Oriental labor is much used for hand work in beet fields, but Oriental labor gets scarcer year by year. There is only one thought and line of action for the present hour and that is the duty of the food-producer to get ready to do his utmost and then seize the chance to do it. Some things we hear indicate that there is a cer- tain amount of distrust or of pessimism creeping into our farmers' attitude toward his seasonal activity for the current year. dams: grandsons of King Korndvke Hen- gerveld Ormsby.

The San Joaquin Valley Sugar Co., which operates the plants at Vi- salia and Corcoran, hauled laborers to the fields of their growers by auto truck from Fresno, Bakers- field, and Los Angeles last year. WICKSON Editor FKAXK HONEYWELL - Publisher and Manager W. If any such there "be, anyone who yields to such an impulse is not •only false to his patriotic duty, he impeaches his standing as a man ready to do a man's part in the world.

His pay- roll for pruners at this writing is $200 per day. We know another who is under contract by which he sold peaches at $25 when uncontracted peaches begged for $8.

But now this grower could be mak- ing $15 more per ton.

At the same time, we have been say- ing from our farms and proclaiming from our conventions that we must have more help or we cannot increase harvested tonnage.

Our help has not been increased — the most dependable part of it has been steadily reduced. Kins Mead of River- side and Tovon Valdeesa Hengerveld.

Sugar consumption in England last year was 24 pounds per capita. There are no sugar stocks in this country which are not in proc- ess of distribution.

SAN FRANCISCO JANUARY 5, 1918 % \ ^ LOS ANGELES Sugar Beet Growing Patriotic and Profitable Written for Pacific Rural Press EFORE THE WAR, Europe took 300,000 tons of sugar annually from America (including Cuba). This is the cause of the American sugar shortage, says Herbert Hoover; and the shortage will continue be- cause we must continue to supply the allies. There is sugar in Java — too far to haul because ships are much needed for transport of troops and foodstuffs from America.

Almond and wal- nut growers have long held undis- puted prestige in their fields, stead- ily crowding out of American mar- kets the nuts produced by cheaper European and Asiatic labor, prin- cipally by standardizing their prod- ucts and practicing economy in dis- tribution. With fresh and dried fruits so promising, t,here will be little fear for the canned fruit industry, if we are granted sugar, tins, labor, and transportation.

The higher cost of manufacture and the greater propor- tion of water (affecting its trans- portation), and sugar required for canned fruits may make canneries the least dependable outlet for the next crop.

At any rate, fruit work, where labor could be obtained, is farther ad- vanced than general; and more peo- ple plan better care of the trees.