FARMING: Gloom In Wenatchee

There was bustle but no joy in Wenatchee last week. October, the month of hard work and big money, was a sad month in the nation's greatest apple country.

Wenatchee lies miles east of Seattle, past the snow-capped Cascade Mountains, whose passes are sheer rock faces and whose steep fir forests are gashed with crimson where scrub maple grows in the ravines. In these mountain passes the fall rains break and the woods are always wet. Wenatchee, 20 miles away, is a desert, valley, whose volcanic-ash topsoil was once barren of anything but...

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