Nov. 24, 1917, continued

NO INCREASE IN GRAZING FEES ON FORESTS FOR 1918

That the proposed increase in grazing fees on the national forests will not take effect the coming season is the information furnished by Forest Supervisor Martin Erickson, who is in receipt of a letter from the forester's office on the subject.

A study of the value of grazing privileges on lands within the different national forests has been made during the past summer by the department of agriculture, which indicates that in general the fees charged in 1917 are still below the real value of the forage. However, many important changes have taken place, due to the present war conditions, and stockmen have been called upon to overcome many difficulties in order to keep up the country's supply of beef, mutton, hides and wool, not only for our own use, but also to help meet the needs of the allies. It is in view of this situation that the secretary has decided to defer action in connection with any further increase in grazing fees on the national forests for the present. The grazing fees now in force will be continued, with the exception of such minor changes as may seem advisable to adjust and correlate the fees between certain forests of groups of forests.

The plan to issue five- or ten-year permits which would not be subject to reduction during the period for which they are issued, except for damage to the range or violation of their terms, will also be held in abeyance.

With the exception of a possible slight adjustment on the Siskiyou forest in order to make the fees uniform on this forest and the Crater forest, the grazing fees to be charged on the national forests of district 6 during the season of 1918 will be the same as the fees charged for the season of 1917.

LOCAL AND PERSONAL

National headquarters of the Red Cross is again compelled to send out a warning that the organization has absolutely nothing to do with any endless chain letter appends, and asks all chapters to frown upon any such methods. Not long ago, an endless chain appeal for anesthetics for the army's use received quite liberal support in Jackson and Josephine counties and was later proven to be a fraud.