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NO LONGER AS MUCH OF A CRIME IN CANADA
TO BUILD A HOUSE AS TO ROB ONE BY HERBERT QUICK. The Grain Growers' Guide of Win nipeg is a paper owned by farmers. It is the organ of several hundred land owners and grain producers. - But it is not 'a land speculators' or . ganization. These men own lands for .the single purpose of making them grow grain. They have as producers no interest in the selling value of lands. They would make just as much money as they now do if their lands were of only half the .selling value, or of no selling value at alii So their paper, co-operatively own ed, is a single-tax paper. It declares for the full single tax as advocated by Henry George. It would like to see all taxes of every kind abolished, save a tax on land values. It would like to see every bit of land speculation stopped and the ownership, of land, confined to those who make use of it productively or for homes. The selling price for their farms would not go kiting into the hundreds ' of dollars per ace as oursiave done in the United States. Their farming would be real farming and not specu lation in farm lands mixed with pro duction., .. In the main, they have a sort of sin gle tax now! There are some tariff taxes and a few other imposts, but, in the mam, taxes on farms in Western ' Canada .are based on land values on ly. No farmer there is'ffried by the assessor for improving. It is no longer as.much of a crime there to buifd a chicken" coop as to rob one. . But there -ia aL good, deal that is in adequate and inefficient in the so called singie, tax of western Canada. Vancouver'is called a singlertax city, and advertises the. fact So of Cal gary and Edmonton. Their tax sys tem is better than ours, for they do not tax improvements or stocks of goods or any personal property. And listen to this news from Cal gary! "The assessor's report showing that in two years land values in the corporation limits have leaped from $45,132,005 to the enormous total of $120,801,558, art increase of almost 200 per cent. In the past year an in crease of $18,540,643 1s directly due to no other cause than' the natural increase in land values. Building de velopment has been no less phenom enal than the growth of land, values, having grown approximately 40 per cent in a single year." When building improvements grow at the rate of only 40 per cent a year and land values .at the rate of 200 per cent in two years, there is some thing rotten in Calgary. So long as. it pays a hundred per cent profit a year to hold vacant lots, there is no single tax in Canary. Exemption of improvements cannot greatly stimu late building underuch conditions. Calgary andJSdmonton both, I be lieve, pay for heir permanent city improvements ou(t of city loans. If they had single tax, these would be paid from ground rents, and building would grow at the rate of 200 per cent in two. years and land values wpuld not advance. This would end the' yacait-lo industry. explainincTthe noise The distracted mother hastened to the nursery and said to her little daughter: "Minnie, what do you mean . "by shouting and. screaming? Play quiet ly, like Tommy. See, he doesn't make, a sound." "Of course, he doesn't,", said the little girl. "That is our game. He is papa coming home late and I am you." o o Dr. .Maul L. Dunn, lecturing in Eng land, says "half the divorces in the civilized countries" are due to corset.