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Row the rrotfictive Capacity of
American farms May Be Increas
ed Nor fold
, By James J. Hilt J
The highest conception of a nation Is
that of a trustee for posterity. The
savage Is content with wresting from
nature the. simple necessaries of life.
But the modern Idea of duty Is con
servation of the old and modelling of
the new in order that posterity may
have a fairer dwelling place and thus
transmit' the onward Impulse. The
Ideal of the prudent, loving careful head
of every family Is the true Ideal for a
nation of rational men. The people of
the United States, as far as any. per
haps, have meant to follow this pat
tern. It is worth while to consider
how far they have been successful and
where they have failed.
Let us try to cast our minds twenty
or twenty-five years ahead and see
what will then be our condition. The
main elements of this problem, which
above all others Is crowding upon our
attention, are three: Possibilities of
population, actual and possible natural
resources and possibilities of productive
application of one to the other. How
are we to provide our own children
with shelter and their dally bread?
Rational consideration of our poten
tial resources and of available future
employment for this great multitude
must, of course, proceed together. La
bor must have material to work upon,
and labor and material must also be so
conjoined that the sum total shall be
an Increase of product equal to the ad
vancing demands upon it, while at the
same time our natural resources shall
not be exhausted. Only thus can the
future be made safe.
There are just four sources from
which mankind must draw all natural
wealth. Of these the sea does not
supply more than two or three per cent,
of man's food. It may therefore be
dropped (.from the calculation. The
forest, once a rich heritage. Is rapidly
disappearing. Its product is valuable
not for food, but for shelter and as an
accessory in the production of wealth.
What Is taken from the mine can
never be replaced. The possible gross
product is mathematically limited. Ag
riculture must be the final resource.
Within forty-four years we shall
have to meet the wants of more than
two hundred million people. In less
than twenty years from this moment
the United States will have 130,000,
000 people. Where are these people,
not of some dim, distant age, but of
this very generation now growing to
manhood, to be employed and how
«The United States was able easily
to take care of the great increase of
population In the past because It had a
vast area of unoccupied land.
Within the last six years there have
been transferred from public to private
ownership more than 100,000.000
acres of government land, an area
twice the size of the state of Minneso
ta. The entire area of surveyed and
unappropriated land within the United
States Is only two and a half times
At the present rate, therefore, every
9 ; c"re of public land would disappear In
jlfteen years. But as a large percent
/ age of the lands Included in this esti
mate are wholly or partially unfit for
tillage, It 'ls literally true our arable
public: lands have almost disappeared.
The two great resources of the un
der earth, economically speaking, that
are indespensable to human comfort
and growth are coal and Iron. With
wonderful activity we are exhausting
them.) No dependable authority gives
more than a century of life to our main
available coal supply.
In the year 1950, so far as our own
resources are concerned, we will ap
proach an Ironless age. For a popula
tion of 200,000.000 people our home
supply of Iron will have retreated al
most to the company of the precious
Our own resource, therefore, looking
at humanity as something more than
the creature of a day, Is the proclivity
of the soil.
Only one-half of the land In private
ownership Is now tilled. That tillage
does not produce one-half of what the
land might be made to yield, without
losing an atom of Its fertility. Yet the
waste of our ttfasure has proceeded so
far that the actual value of the soil for
productive purposes has already deter
iorated more than it should have done
In five centuries of use. There is, ex
cept In Isolated and Individual cases,
little approaching intensive agriculture
In the United States.
Under the stress of need, by Intelli
gent cultivation, many of the wheat
bearing lands of Great Britain, cropped
for a thousand years, are made to bear
thirty bushels to the acre. The rich,
deep soil of our own country, drawn
upon for a few decade, produces about
twelve. The same ratio holds good of
other cereals and of every product of
The country is approaching the in
evitable advent of a population of 150.
000,000 or 200.000.000 within the
lifetime of those now grown to man's
estate, with a potential food supply
that falls as the draft upon It advances.
How are these people to be fed? .
The first step is to realize our de
pendence upon the cultivation of the
soil. The official estimated value of
all farm products of the country last
year was $6,415,000,000. Discount
this for high prices and generally favor
able conditions by 20 per cent, and
more that $5,000,000,000 remains.
It is also officially recorded that of the
appropriated farm area of the United
States a little less than one-half Is un
der cultivation. Utilize the other half
and without any change In method the
output would be practically doubled.
Change methods only a little, not to
high class Intensive farming, but to an
agriculture as far advanced as that of
those other countries which have made
the most progress and without any ad
dition whatever to the existing cultivat
ed farm area the product per acre
would be doubled. We should be &ble.
by directing surplus population to the
land, and by the adoption ot a system
of culture in full operation elsewhere,
greatly to increase this minimum pres
ent yield of $5,000,000,000 per annum
of farm products. That is. we may
add $10,000,000,000 or $15,000,000.
000 every year to the national wealth
if we so choose. , And this Is but a be
QEO. H. P. SHAW, ATTORNEY AT
Law, Imperial, California.
Office upstairs in Imperial Land Com-
Office on East Eighth Street
Entitled to practice in all the
Courts of the State, Department of the
Interior at Washington, D. C-, and all
the bureaus thereof.
FRANKLIN J. COLE
Admitted to practice in all courts
Corporation work a Specialty
HOLTVILLE. - - CALIFORNIA
WILLIAM G. RANDALL,
Attorney at Law.
17 Central Block, Riverside, Cal.
Land Practice a Specialty.
W.J W. Masten has made
arrangements to supply
. meat to customers from
the Hotel Franklin for the
time being. A meat shop
will be arrange for shortly
by Mr. Masten.
Fresh meat always on hand
El Centro, Cal.
Have you Investigated
It has truthfully been
Land of Opportunities
In Farming it Leads. Its
Climate Is Ideal. In Min-
ing It Is Unexcelled
Would you like to learn more
about the State? If you are
looking for a new home for farm-
Ing, write us. ( If you are inter-
ested In the new mining camp
write for Thunder Mountain fold-
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I have 320 acres of the choicest
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See Wilson about it
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Imperial Valley is the largest irrigated
district in the United States. The best
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for Los Angeles property will find it to
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Tanks and Pipe of all sizes
Work Done all Over the Valley
Phone 129 Imperial, Cal.
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! EL OENTRO. CAL.
! We bave opened our pool ball In the !
New Hotel El Centro, and will be '
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make as many new ones as possible.
: A nice, quiet place to spend
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Preaching Services In El Centro Flrit
and Third Sundays of each month at
2:30 p. m. All are cordially invited to
attend. R«r. A. H. Cnoco, Pastor.
Preaching in the Hotel Franklin every
Second and Fonrth Sunday of the month.
You are invited to attend.
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DESERT LAND, FINAL PROOF—
NOTICE FOR PUBLICATION. |
United States Land Office, Los Angeles,
Cal., Autrust 14th, 1906
Notice is hereby given that Jameu F.
Jackson, of Riverside, Cal., assignee of
John R. Havens, has filed notice of
intention to make proof on his desert
land claim No. 2714, for the E>£ of SE
%, Sec. 26, T. 16 S, R. 13 E, 8. B. M.
before Register and Receiver at Los An*
geles, Cal., on Friday, the 12th day
of October, 1900.
He names the following witnesses to
prove the complete irrigation and recla-
mation of said land : John S. Phelps,
of Redlands, Cal.; Enos H. Ringo, of
Riverside, Cal.; Geo. W. Fowler, of Sils-
bee Cal.; Hattie E. Jackson, of River-
side, Cal • I. W. Gleaeon, of Riverside,
FRANK C. PRESCOTT, Register.
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I What's the Matter §
| With Idaho? §
Thousands of acree of land have bjsen' reclaimed ifc",
C?\ to cultivation by irrigation in that Stato during 3\
ffi . the i past 10 years. Thousands more will be re- 7K
£fc claimed within the next ten years. This means
an opening for many thousands of homes ?£
$fe ' I ■ ■■ • M
* Have you Investigated Idaho? §
?Jy It has been truthfully termed yfe
ii A Land of Opportunities %
4 A Land of Homes -*
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ife The Oregon Short Line railroad combany will be pleased
v\ to send deecriptive natter regarding Idaho's resources. CE.
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I have 320 acres of the
cl.\ picest land in the Im-
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cated and well improv-
ed.^ All fenced and
cross fenced. -* Pri c c
riglit and will give
good terms. See Wilson