Jan 20 1910
For Better Fruit:
The Farmers' meeting, in Foresters' Hall on Tuesday night, was well attended, and proved very interesting. Willis Huntley's paper on his experiences at the packing table, was well prepared and well given. A discussion followed upon some new forms of spot disease and "bitter rot," referred to by Mr. Huntley, in which Mr. L. D. Robinson, Mr. S. C. Parker and others took part.
Mr. Henry Shaw followed with a brief address on his recent trip to London. He described the methods of ventilating on board the steamers, the unloading and care of cargoes, and other matters of interest. He found a universal consensus of opinion in London that apples should never be sent by a tramp steamer.
Mr. S. C. Parker remarked that this opinion was a natural one, as the Furness-Withy Co., the Nova Scotian agents, and the London apple merchants were in a combine to confine the service to the company named. The boats that sailed from Annapolis last fall were not properly tramps, but fruitiers, for the time being out of business elsewhere.
Mr. Parker's address on the Fruit Mark's Act followed. It was illustrated by the exhibition of sample apples of the various grades, and a metal plate perforated as a guide to packers.
Mr. L. D. Robinson spoke at length and most instructively on the Cultivation and Fertilization of Orchards, showing scientifically and from practical experience, why cultivation was necessary, why cover crops were useful, why stable manure sometimes failed to give results.
Rev. H. S. Shaw gave an interesting address along the same line as taken by Mr. Robinson.
After a few remarks from other gentlemen present a resolution was passed that a similar gathering be held in four weeks, and the meeting adjourned.
I wish to notify the public that I have leased the shop at Waterville formerly owned by C. O. Nichols and am prepared to furnish Apple Boxes for foreign trade. Also, Pulp Heads and Wrappers.
Jan 6 Kinsman's Corner, Kings Co., N.S.