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ANSWERS TO QUESTIONS ABOUT FARM LANDS
97.-Q. A man whom I have known since
Here values are somewhat steadier, boyhood is selling land in Florida, well located but diversified farming and improved methods on the Caloosahatchee River, not far from Fort should increase the worth of farms even here. Myers, for $46.50 an acre. Two other friends Then there is a section along the Mississippi have bought and are already down there de- River which, when reclaimed, is well adapted veloping their land. I am thinking of buying to rice-growing. Land here increases greatly ten acres, having grape fruit trees set out, and in value when drained, but the operation is going down to attend to them for a few months ordinarily extensive and costly. every winter when they reach a bearing age. What do you advise?
100.-Q. I have considered going into comA. To repeat our invariable advice, we
mercial bulb and flower growing in either lower would not buy land anywhere from a best Delaware, Maryland, or Virginia. What is friend, a brother, or anyone else until we
your opinion of the location and of the opportuhad seen it. The land may be excellent and
nities in that line? its highest commendation is the satisfaction of men already there; but how do you know
A. Openings can often be found near large that you will like the country and the work
villages, towns, and cities for the sale of cut and be able to market crops at a profit?
flowers and plants of both outdoor and green
house culture. The localities you mention Your plan of giving only a few months' attention every year is wholly impracticable unless
would, of course, give you the benefit of a you put the place in the hands of some one else lengthened season and less expensive land than — and if you do that you are not really farming eastern bulb growing section is around Peters
places near northern centres. The only large at all.
burg, Va. You might, however, find other 98.-Q. Kindly tell me how to obtain satisfy the rather fastidious requirements of
locations where soil and climatic conditions a guide or instructions for judging and buying land for agricultural purposes. Anything that the industry. These are, briefly, a plentiful can be used by an inexperienced land buyer supply of water, within six or eight inches of the
surface, to permit rapid growth; a loose, well will do.
drained top soil; and a period of dry, warm A. The only safe guide in buying land, as
weather at the end of the growing season, to in buying horses intelligently, is experience. The best written advice we know of is contained permit the ripening and to prevent the rotting
of the bulbs. in Volume 1 of L. H. Bailey's "Cyclopedia of American Agriculture" and in T. F. Hunt's “How to Choose a Farm," (both published by
101.-. I would like information as to the Macmillan Co.). In the “Garden and
Stanton County, Kansas — land prices, crops, Farm Almanac" for 1913, published by transportation, etc. Doubleday, Page & Co., you will find a score A. Although farm property there increasef card for farms, devised and used by the New 349 per cent. between 1900 and 1910, we hardly York State College of Agriculture, that should consider it a section of farm opportunities. be useful to you.
At the latter time there were only 263 farms.
covering 35 per cent. of the land area, of which 99.-Q. In what part of Arkansas should only 15 per cent. was improved; the rainfall a person from the North look for good, moder- averages only 17 inches a year; dry farming is ate priced farm land that is likely to increase hard and often precarious; irrigating can be in value?
done only from a partially investigated underA. It depends first on the type of farming flow supply; and transportation facilities are to be pursued. On the rolling Ozark country extremely poor, no railroad lines running into of the northwestern part of the state, general the county. The total value of crops in farming, fruit-growing, and stock-raising are 1910 was $60,240, 9,400 acres of hay most profitable. As the land is cleared and and forage, 2,643 acres of broom corn, and the country settled, values should rise con- 2,250 acres of kaffir corr comprising the chief siderably. Farther south and east, the rich, items. The land averages about $7 an acte more level soils produce abundant cotton and in price.
ARTHUR W. PAGE, EDITOR
CONTENTS FOR SEPTEMBER, 1913
Mr. Howard Elliott
Frontispiece THE MARCH OF EVENTS — AN EDITORIAL INTERPRETATION
Miss Mary Emma Woolley
Mr. John M. Glenn
Mr. Henry Ford
The Growth of American Cities
Barnacles on the Ship of State
An Undercurrent of Coöperation
THE ART OF BUYING BONDS CHEAPLY
513 WHAT ABOUT THE FILIPINOS? (Illustrated)
Carl Crow 516 AMERICAN AUTOMOBILES ABROAD (III.) R. M. CLEVELAND 529 MY ADVENTURES WITH THE SUGAR LOBBY CHARLES S. THOMAS 540 TEN MILLIONS FOR GOOD WORKS
F. M. WHITE 549 SAVING THAT MILLION A DAY
C. M. KEYS 558 A COMMERCIAL TRAVELER IN THE CABINET (Illustrated)
BURTON J. HENDRICK 564 NEW WONDERS OF PHOTOGRAPHY (Illustrated) W. N. TAFT 573 A MASTER-MISTRESS OF EDUCATION (III.) - SARAH COMSTOCK 579 MARVELS OF MODERN SURGERY
EDWARD PREBLE 588 WORKADAY WIRELESS
595 THE MARCH OF THE CITIES
598 ANSWERS TO QUESTIONS ABOUT FARM LANDS
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N THE daily conversations in which There is a new era in our railroads, for we ask our neighbors how-things are they are nearly all now dominated by men of
the crops, the market, the cotton broad understanding of the responsibilities trade, as the case may be -- we are apt that the railroads have to our prosperity.
to dwell upon only temporary and It is a cleaner era in our politics than any material indications. The pessimist points that has preceded it. to possible trouble in Mexico. The optimist We are beginning to have a conscience argues from the recent report of the New about the public health, about the treatYork State Labor Bulletin showing that ment of women and children in industry. only once or twice in the last ten years has Our treatment of the criminal, of the there been as little idleness in the ranks insane, of all unfortunates, is changing of organized labor as there is this fall. from an attitude of revenge and punishAnd he points to the record of the second ment to an attitude of wise helpfulness. quarter year's net earnings of the Steel We are fast developing our school sysCorporation. They were $41,000,000, an tems to fulfil their high task of training a amount exceeded only three times in the democracy. history of the company.
The great constructive forces of the These are interesting straws blown by country are at work, but they work so the breath of prosperity to point toward quietly that we often fail to notice them. a cheerful winter. But underlying these And people who do not see these things present signs there are great constructive are prone to have undue periods of enthuforces for better business, better politics, siasm and depression. better living, and higher ideals and aspira- Because we have been busy scraping the tions than we have ever had before. barnacles off the ship of state, always a
There is a nation-wide movement to painful process for some of us,they are apt organize rural life and make the country to feel that the vessel is in serious danger. a better place to live in.
The truth is that there was never a better There is a new spirit in our cities, not only opportunity for constructive work and for industrial progress but for better city cheerfulness, and with the opportunity for government and better living conditions. these two things no one should complain.
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