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I I p§C_firA Farm and Home Weekly for the States of Mississippi, Alabama, Louisiana, Arkansas, and Tennessee. POUNDED. 1895. BY DR. TAIT BUTLER. AT STARKVILLE, MISS. Volume XV. No. 23. SATURDAY, JUNE II, 1910. Weekly: $1 a Year. 2,000,000 White People in Mississippi by 1920! arc glad to ace that Governor Noel has called a State wide Immigration Convention to be held in Jackson, Miss., June 21st and 22nd. If only emphasis be laid on getting the right kind of immigration, such a convention may prove of the very highest importance to the State. The South is still too sparsely settled. Our eleven South ern States, excluding Texas, support only 16,000,000people of b-yth races, and only 10,000,000 white people, while the same area in Europe supports over 160,000,000 white people. And it must be remembered that up to a certain point which we shall not reach for centurtes yet, and other things being equal, prosperity depends unon den- - If the census of 1920 could show 3,000,000 white people in Mississippi—or even 2,000,000 —the future of the State would be assured. We should certainly aim at 2,000,000, and the State-wide Immigration Convention should have the hearty backing of every patriotic Mississippian in this endeavor. If there were no other reason for favoring such immigra tion from the West and North, we should favor it because we need it to balance up our excessively large negro population in every Southern State. We have only good will /or the negro, bat his own interests as well as the white man’s demand that population be equalized until the proportion of - ___ aa a _ _ Ja. _ _ O_if._ Oi . i . sity of population. If you owned the continent of North' America but lived on it alone, or if a hundred or a thousand men owned the con tinent and lived on it alone, it would be worth practically nothing to them. Population makes wealth, provided only that it is normally intelligent und efficient. The Farmers' Union has done well to warn our people against indiscriminate Euro pean immigration. If such im • .4 • * * — riv ui/uincrfl UIUIV | sfta// exceed 20 per cent The burden of the negro’s ignor ance and backwardness is such that he himself cannot advance properly in a community where he outnumbers the white man. In the last census year Missis sippi showed the smallest pro portion of white population (41 per cent) of all the States in the Union—only 600,000 white people in our borders when there should be 3,000, 000. Its great plantations cut up into 100-acre farms, and migration came cniejiy jrom England, Scotland, Ireland, Germany and Holland, as it once did, it would he different, and such immigration would help us now, but the trouble is L HAY-MAKING TIME. If you expect your live stock to thrive next winter, you should provide a good supply of hay I’ennsnent meadows are all too few in the South, and this makes it necessary for ua to depend r hi** fly on such crops as the cowpea and the soy bean. The season for planting these crops will soon bs over. too. Indeed, you haven’t an hour to lose if you would have plenty of legume hay nest winter: and you can't afford to try to get along without it. tne state made a great demo cracy of thrifty and intelligent small farmers owning their own homes, it would become one of the best agricultural States in America. that moat European immigration is now from Southern and Eastern Europe, and is of an undesirable character. Because it is of a low standard of intelligence and efficiency it is ob jectionable, and on the very same principle immigration of a normal or high standard of intelligence and efficiency is de sirable. Such immigration can be had and ought to be had, in some measure perhajts from our English, Scotch, Dutch and Irish kinsfolk across the sea, but chiefly from our Northern and Western States. Eor years now hundreds of thousands of the most enterprising and progressive farmers in the Middle West have been going into Canada with its tong hard winters and hitter climate, not only giving up American citizenship, but actually paying two to three times as much for land in that inhospitable n gion as land of the same fertility commands in the South. We ought to have brought these men to the South, t hey know our institutions, our language, they are industrious, thrifty, wide-awake, and many of them are of Southern ances try who should naturally come back home. FEATURES OF THIS ISSUE. OUR OVER-PRODUCTION OF MERCHANTS.—Twice as many young Southerners go into mercantile business as are needed. They should be in farming or manufacturing. See “What I Saw in the Middle West,” page 421. OUR OVER-SUPPLY OF SERVANTS.—See same article. Dr. G. T. Winston says the South each generation wastes enough in unneces sary servants to buy all the land. ARE YOU CULTIVATING CORN AND COTTON RIGHT?—Most farmers are not. See Mr. French’s article on page 415, and see If you cannot improve your methods. PUT YOUR STUBBLE LAND IN PEAS.—No acre of stubble land should be left idle. See page 417. MAKE A FIRELESS COOKER FOR YOUR WIFE.—You owe it to her tills hot weather. Read directions on page 419. HOW TO TAKE CARE OF THE BABY.—Authorities say 500 babies a day die in the United States unnecessarily as a result of ignorance or carelessness. Mrs. Stevens’ articles last week and this should save many an infant life. THE MISSISSIPPI LIVE STOCK SANITARY BOARD.—Dr. But ler’s address on this important subject to the State Live Stock and Dairy Association.