The fifteenth annual report of the secretary of agriculture begins with a series of trenchant statements of national importance. It says: The consumer pays a dollar for food. The farmer gets less than fifty cents of it. Who gets the rest? After years of experimentation we find we can grow Egyptian cotton in southern California and bulbs in the state of Washington. The finest dates from the Sahara desert succeed in our Southwest. Seven hundred and fifty million dollars is the best estimate for poultry products this year. The day is not far distant when we will cease to import potash. Alaska will some day provide farmers in lower latitudes with grain seeds superior to what they can grow at home. The corn crop is moving northward by seed selection. There is great promise in the fact that whole classes of graduates of agricultural colleges go back to the farms, having learned how to make them profitable. Our foresters are learning by experiments how to reforest thirty thousand acres in a year; ten times as much must be planted annually to cover all the bare acres in a generation. There should be publicity regarding the cold storage of foods, through monthly reports to some federal authority that would give them to the press, to the end that the people might know to what extent foods are being withdrawn from consumption.

One year ago the Kansas Legislature passed a law requiring that before any stock or bond certificate could be sold in that state the seller must obtain a permit and certificate from the banking department of the state. In order to obtain that permit the financial starding, organization, plans, and operations of the company whose stock or bonds are to be sold, must be presented to the banking department and be passed upon. Out of over five hundred requests made in ten months since the law went into effect, only forty-four have been granted. One mining promoter is in jail for trying to sell stock without a permit. The banking department of Kansas estimates that already it can see a saving of from four to eight millions of dollars yearly to the people of Kansas who had been mulcted by dishonest promoters of fiat stock certificate property.

December 16, 1911

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