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Thousands Weekly Pass Through St. Paul and Minneapolis Looking for
Homes in the Great Northwest « Thousands more will follow these, and this section's immigration will break alf previous records. Every year the demand for land increases—the supply decreases. It follows inevitably that people who, invest in good land will reap enormous profits. We Own 400,000 Acres of Choice FARM, MEADOW AND TIMBER LAND i 1 In the Heart of the Park Region i — & L^ CENTRAL MINNESOTA I— Prices to settlers range from $5.00 to $15.00 per acre on easy terms and low rate of interest. We especially invite correspondence from wholesale investors and syndicates. All the elements necessary to make a happy and prosperous people are here. These lands are traversed by the Great Northern and Northern * Pacific railways and their branches. Duluth, the gateway of the Northwest, is only fifty miles from these lands, and th 3 Twin Cities about 125 miles. Good soil and good water abound here; cheap fuel; tame grasses grow luxuriantly, and lumber, tha chief item of expense to the homeseeker, is near at hind and cheap. i I Don't. Delay—Prices Advance Steadily. For Full Information Address ! MINNESOTA FY\RM LAND COMPANY, [ (INCORPORATED) 308-310-312 ENDICOTT BUILDING. - - - ST . PfIUU MINNESOTA '■ ' ' ■ ."■■.- " '■' ' ■ - ..--;,■'--.-1--.- -/: - .l-.v* ''I'^l ■:.-■■■■- '■' ' - ''■ * . ■-■'' ." ■ -' - The last few years has witnessed a great invasion of the fertile Northwest by the immigrant of the East and South. The real value of these lands was not at first realized, and people had been accustomed to pass them by in search for prairie lands farther west In the treeless and rainless districts. But such experiences have taught se vere lessons, and farmers and investors have been casting about for good cheap lands where farming and stock raising could be combined with profit. Central and Northern Minnesota more than any other one part of the country has offered such inducements by its re markable and diversified resources that the eyes of the farmer in search of a home, and of the investor looking for a safe opportunity to increase his means, have been turned toward the North Star state. The influx has not been in the nature of a rush such as has been witnessed In other sections of the country, but has been a steady, sober movement of homeseekers who are coming into the Northwest to live, gain a competence and build up a home. Section by sec tion the land has been brought under cultivation, each year has added to the value of these lands, and the invasion of the land seeker is daily increasing. There will never be more land in the United States than at present, but the population is rapidly increasing, and all these new immigrants, as well as the children of the present landown ers, must find homes. It is small won der that Northern Minnesota lands a7e selling rapidly and prices gradually rising. This is oiie of the most inviting fields for the prospective settler and investor on account of its diversified advan tages. It offers him cheap and fertile lands on which he can raise more and better crops than-on the high-priced and worn out farms of the East and Middle West; where there is enough r timber near at hand for his own use for years to come; where the thousands of streams and lakes, and the forests and meadows abound in game to the delight of the hunter and angler. It offers great markets for his products at his very door, the great twins, St. Paul and Minneapolis, and the gateway of the Northwest, Duluth and Superior, the largest inland shipping ports in the world, being oniy a night's ride from any of these lands. Dozens of saw mills and pulp mills furnish winter work for the newcomer and markets for the fruits of his summer work, and Iron mines with their thousands of employes, furnish a market for a large share of his produce. It offers a choice of prairie, meadow, farming and mixed timber lands where taxes are extremely low, where good water is handy, and where no droughts or hot winds blight the season's pros pects. In their primeval state these lands were nearly all covered with a heavy growth of mixed timber such as Vhite oak, burr oak, red oak, hard maple, ash, yellow birch, pine, spruce, tamar ack and balsam. It is a well established fact that lands growing thrifty hard wood timber are of strong soil and clay subsoil, and make the best lands for diversified farming. The surface of Central and Northern Minnesota, is all level or gently rolling, and in many places the landscape is in view for four or five miles, so smooth is the surface. The soil varies from a sandy loam to a black alluvial soil sev eral feet in depth, and offers all the variations between these two extremes, the clayey loam or gray timber soil, the prairie loam and the loamy clay with heavy vegetable mold, all quick and productive and underlaid with a clay subsoil. All the small grains and grasses that grow in temperate climate can be grown in"Northern Minnesota, and fur nish abundant crops when properly cared for. The lands are the home of timothy and red clover, blue grass, blue joint, red top, etc", and the natural meadows yield enormous crops, often averaging from four to six tons per acre. All vegetables do well, and ap ples and berries of every kind are suc cessfully grown. Minnesota is fast be coming known as one of the great corn producing states, and all the dent vari eties are now successfully grown. The immense land grants of the Great Northern and Northern Pacific railway systems, as well as many other large tracts of Central and Northern Minnesota, were bought outright by the Minnesota Farm Land company, with offices at 30S-312 Endicott building. St. Paul, Minn., for colonization purposes, and this company has within the past three years disposed of some 660,000 acres to settlers and investors. They still own and offer for sale about 350,000 acres of the choicest lands on the mar ket, and are making exceptionally at tractive prices and terms this year in order to induce a desirable class of THE ST. PAUL GLOBE GOLDEN JUBILEE EDITION, settlers to sorrie to this garden spot of the Northwest. Tracts of any desired size are avail able, and at such reasonable terms and prices that prospective settlers and in vestors will find it to their advantage to investigate. Minnesota invites com parison with the most favored sections of the United States, andwill not suf fer thereby. The Minnesota Farm Land company has an advertisement in this paper that will bear inspection and invite cor respondence. Pamphlets, maps and particulars are furnished upon request to the company's home office, 312 En dicott building, St. Paul, Minn. WM^MBS^^ Among the leading financial institu tions of Canada is the firm of Osier, Hammond & Nanton, Winnipeg, which is a branch of Messrs. Osier & Ham mond, of Toronto, who established themselves in Winnipeg during 1884. This firm is the largest financial bus iness house in the Northwest, repre senting some of the leading mortgage, insurance and land companies in America, and also carrying on a large brokerage business. During the"past few years their land department sold over 1,600,000 acres of land, consider able of this land being in Southern Al berta, along the Calgary and Edmonton railroad, in which district the firm has still a large quantity of good farming and ranching land for sale, the price averaging from $3.00 to $6.00 per acre. The lands in the Saskatchewan val ley, along the Qu'Appelle and Long Lake railroad from Regina to Prince Albert, were until recently controlled by this firm, who negotiated the sale of some 800,000 acres to the Saskatchewan Val ley Land company, of St. Paul. Parties desiring reliable information concerning Manitoba and the North west should write for the folder issued by this firm, containing a map and a fund of useful information, such as homestead, customs and quarantine regulations, and regarding settlers' ef fects. This pamphlet will be sent free on application. Messrs. Osier, Hammond & Nanton are identified by the farmers of Mani toba and the 1 Northwest as being a firm renowned' for just and liberal treatment, whose conservative business, principles are recognized by the-farm-, ers and business men of Western Can ada, and' are also well known in the grain growing states, where the name of Osier, Hammond & Nanton is fa miliar with all those who are interest ed In Canadian lands. Colonization Co. Mr. F. B. Lynch, of the Northwest Colonization Co., one of the leading land men of this country, thus briefly summarized the advantages of farming in the Northwest: The choice agricultural lands of the Central Mississippi valley have reach ed extraordinary high prices. Some Il linois farmers have sold at $200 per acre land they themselves "took up" as a free gift . under the homestead act—farming land only—in Central Il linois, which has reached this figure because farming payij good interest on the valuation, not because of proximity to cities. In lowa, indeed all through the central valleys, land values have also risen enormously. Farming in the Central West is so profitable, so safe, and still further ad vances in land values are so confident ly expected, that men of large means are buying these central lands and op erating them on a large scale. Farm ing is becoming as fashionable as it is profitable, but in the Central West ag riculture requires more and more cap ital. Many thousands of farmers in mod. -crate circumstances, hired men or oth ers who would like to go to farming, but who cannot afford to pay from $50 to $200 per acre for land, are casting about for good lands that can be bought at moderate prices. The great majority of these people want such lands located in the Northwest because they prefer the inspiring climate and social conditions of this favored region. But little privation is now required from settlers who move onto these newer lands in the Northwest. Al most every part of these regions is within convenient reach of railroads. If in any section the mails, schools, churches, etc., are at all deficient, they are rapidly brought to perfection as poulation increases. In other words, we would emphasize that it is easy to develop homes and farms on the cheap er lands ©f the Northwest, compared to the privations suffered by the early, set tlers in the Central West. The* man who can sell out in the Central West at from $50 to $200 per acre and buy lands in the newer sec tfons at from $3 to $25 per acre is very much disposed to do so. He has had -one taste of the enormous profit ac cruing from the natural increase in the value of land. He is hungry for another dose of such profits. He is still hungrier for more acres for himself and his children. If he can sell out at a price that will enable him to pay for 160 acres or 'more for each mem ber of his family and still have a snug capital left, he ie very much disposed to do so. j 1 Wmi&HSHt mi Wmi The business growth and tendencies of St. Paul today are pointing to a position of strength and importance In the commercial world which it will In evitably attain, and which is not due to the outside" influence alone of the many great railroads of which the city is the center, but is due to an interior influence of self-development. Day by day the fact is being demon strated that the existence of St. Paul is no longer dependent upon what it absorbs, but that it is achieving that greater strength,, the ability and means to handle and distribute home produce. There are three points of evidence which go to prove this to the most casual observer. The first of these is the increase in the live stock business, which has been sufficient to warrant the belief that in a few years St. Paul will occupy a position in the North west relative to that which Chicago occupies as a distributing power and manufacturing center. With the greater supply now con tributed by the North, which though but partially' developed has already added a gross increase to the stock yards business of 20 per cent each year,, it is a reasonable expectation that in a few years more the northern territory: will. contribute double the amount of stock received from North and South Dakota, Western Wisconsin and North ern lowa combined. If more proof were needed to show that this is a practical possibility, the great packing houses in South St. Paul should be sufficient affirmation. When such firms as Swift & Co., and others establish their business in any place, that fact of itself acts as a mag net to trade and stands as a sign of the progress and wealth of the community in which it lives and grows. Growth of the Packing Business The total dealings in the live stock market in.-South St. Paul for 1902 show an increase of $5,113,338.39 over the previous year, while the bank clear ances for 1902, compared with 1901, show an increase of $4,813,338.39. The yearly production of the packing concerns at the end of the first half year of 1903 show an aggregate in- Each of the foregoing reasons is enough to warrant the present activity in the real estate market throughout the West. Together they form reasons that are incontrovertible, but over and above all these conditions we would call attention to the irresistible Im pulse for niore land that has got con trol of many people's minds. They are ready to "swarm" onto the newer and cheaper lands. This movement of pop ulation promises to be even larger this season than ever before. The fever to crease since 1899 of 100 per cent in production and in the people employed. The business in this line in West and South St. Paul at the present time is not less than $24,000,000. This sum naturally goes more or less into circulation, and gives an additional stimulus to the trade and business of the city, so that with such facts in evi dence it is not easy to overestimate the growth of the live stock business in St. Paul today,.or its possibilities in the future. The Growth of Jobbing Another important factor in the progress of St. Paul is the growth of the jobbing houses, hardly one of which is not forced by fast growing business to overflow Its space. Many firms are compelled to occupy quarters outside of the wholesale district as storage rooms. Many have added warehouses to their completed buildings, many have immense buildings in process of construction, and as many more would build if suitable locations could be se cured. A large building of seven stories has just : been completed and oc cupied, by a firm of hatters and furriers, another of six stories by a firm of wholesale grocers. A mail order firm, which outgrew its quarters some time ago, expects to build at a cost of $200,000. One hardware firm has added a paint factory to its establishment, and though owning a large building, has found it necessary to add a ware house. A shoe manufacturing com pany which occupies a building of six stories, is in a position to use as much more room, and is anticipating the erection of a new building. A hat and cap company, organized little over a month ago, is already looking for larger quarters. In earlier days it was absolutely necessary that the goods handled by these firms should be obtained in East ern markets. Today there is scarcely a house in the city which does not con duct factories of its own, or use the products of local industry. The whole sale grocers are buying food products in the raw and converting them into the finished article, thus making of the home city a primary market, which is an achievement of great importance, as can readily be seen. migrate and to open up new land has occurred once in every decade, but has been most powerful at periods of about twenty to thirty years apart. It is to be greater during 1904, relatively speaking, than was the great overflow of population into the Central Missis sippi valley years ago. These conclusions are based on an intimate personal knowledge of every section of our Western states, espe cially the Northwest, which we have closely studied and personally visited Coffee, spices, syrup, vinegar pre serves and canned goods are some of the main examples of local manufacture All the principal jobbers in shoes hats, furs and gloves are also manu facturers and the tendency is showing «££ rked increase. The harness and saddlery firms are manufacturers of almost their entire output, and some ot their suppl.es are obtained from a local tannery, which has risen in a few years from comparative insignificance to a business of large proportions Figures tell but little of the story; they may aid slightly in making com parisons and focusing attention to a small center from which radiate poten tialities for time to come; but it is in teresting to know that the jobbing and manufacturing business in 1902 amounted to $375,000,000, the building operations to $5,000,000, while the in crease of population last year is esti mated at 11,400, far exceeding that of any other year since 1887. Last but not least it does not seem inopportune while speaking of the commercial strength of St. Paul, to refer to its healthfulness, and mention that the annual death rate is but 9.45 —lower than that of any other city in tho world. The Independent Manufactories The third element in the increasing business activity of St. Paul is the ex tension and development of those fac tories not additional to the wholesale houses, but independent concerns. These are almost too many to mention, but among them are factories which turn out rubber goods, wagons, car riage wood-stock, neckyokes, shirts, mackinaw coats, lumbermen's jackets, men's and women's clothing, pickles, machinery, beer, liquor, cigars, candy, mattresses and household furniture. Many new factories are enabled ami induced to build up business in St. Paul owing to the facilities offered by the Minnesota Transfer. This wonder ful "clearing house" of traffic, situated as it is midway between the East and West in the direct line of the Northern transcontinental railways, forms th* greatest shipping yard in the United States, and offers unrivaled induce ments to the growth of factories. The immense network of railways which feed their traffic to this transfer, bring their loads of the raw material from every quarter of the globe, which after being converted into the finished article by the manufacturers are easily shipped forth again by the same net work of railways to a world market. frequently for several years. Our con clusions are also based on a 10,000 --mile journey through this country, from which we have just returned, as well as upon a knowledge of the con ditions of the people in the Middle and Eastern staes. The Northwest Colonization Co, 422-434 Endicott building," offer for sale 100,000 acres of land in Minnesota and Canada, at low prices and on easy terms, crop or cash payments, low rat« of interest.