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The day book. (Chicago, Ill.) 1911-1917, August 20, 1915, LAST EDITION, Image 11

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ing for $10 to $25 an acre on pay
ments is the kind that costs them
only $1 and $2 an acre, and in some
cases the lumbermen who have
skinned off the timber will sell for 50
cents an acre. It is so poor you could
not raise hell on it without fertilizer
and lots of it
The shark may bring you here on
a free excursion to see the crops a
piece of it is producing, but does not
tell you how much fertilizer he has
put into it or that it may be where
the old lumber camp stables were,
and, of course, got a large amount of
manure from them, but away from
there is will not grow decent weeds.
In many cases the buyer builds on
the sand bur farm and then starves
out and lets it go back to the shark.
In that case it is so much better bait
for the next sucker.
They also have a lot of played-out
farms on which a practical farmer
would have hard work to eke out an
existence, and any one else will fail
completely.
Now, if you are full of newspaper
bunk about farming and can't be sat
isned till you have tried it, don't buy,
but go to a locality that suits you and
rent for a year. By that time you
will have learned the ropes, and the
lesson, if you find you can't make
good, will be cheaper than if you put
all your money into worthless land.
Michigan has lots of good land, but
it is held at a good price and is not
sold on $5 payments. Don't think I
am a sorehead who has been stung,
for I am not I was born and raised
here and my home is here now
though I work a part of each year in
the Chicago district and know what I
am talking about
Don't believe the lying advertising
in the newspapers. Don't think the
price the consumer pays is what the
farmer gets. Don't think any kind of
land will produce crops. Don't buy
land far from markets, as it costs all
you get to get your produce to mar
ket Don't think you are a judge of
land if you are not a farmer, and
don't buy land anywhere till yon
have learned something about it
yourself. A. S. Cramer, Coopers
ville, Mich.
ANOTHER WHACK AT "SOUTH
ERNER." The article signed "A
Southerner" fairly makes my blood
boil. The remarks concerning Miss
G. H.'s morality certainly were whol
ly uncalled for.
I am a self-respecting white wom
an and my opinion of your southern
hanging bee is that it was a deed bru
tal and fiendish enough to make our
savage ancestors turn in their graves.
That a crowd of human being could
so completely banish the result of
2,000 years of humanity's struggle
up from the beast is deplorable in
deed. It is enough to make the most
optimistic turn sick with despair.
Suppose the crime was of the most
revolting nature. Does the fact that
a band of scarcely more than savage
creatures took his life, eating pop
corn, drinking lemonade ana singing
songs, right his crime?
There was not a word in the letter
of Miss G. H. to show that she sanc
tioned the negroes' crime, but mere
ly on expression of horror at such
a reversion to the beast I am posi
tive that her feelings are echoed in
the mind of every intelligent and en
lightened person, whether they live
in the north or south.
I spent many months in the south,
so I know something about condi
tions there and I defy "Southerner"
to show me a self-respecting white
man in the north who makes a prac
tice of visiting the negro women in
the absence of the men. I further
defy you to show me a self-respecting
southerner that is not guilty.
Nigger lover, indeed! Yes, we be
lieve in giving them a chance to lift"
themselves out of the slime of igno
rance and degradation. If we feel
without any fear that we are bemean
ing any of our own flesh and blood. '
Five hundred years ago the Ameri-'
can negro man was a naked savage,
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