The American Annual Cyclopedia and Register of Important Events of the Year Volume 10

The American Annual Cyclopedia and Register of Important Events of the Year Volume 10

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can usually download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1871 edition. Excerpt: ...ports also materially interfered with its shipment. The British spinners were greatly disturbed by this lack of supply, and prevailed upon the Government of India to urge the increased cultivation of cotton in that country. The desire to thus become gradually independent of the United States by creating another adequate source of supply was shared by the great maiority of those interested in the cotton-trade in ngland. The Government of India readily complied, without taking into consideration the disastrous consequences which an excessive cultivation of cotton at the expense of the production of cereals could not fail to have in a densely-populated country. Mr. Forbes, the government commissary to whom the superintendence of the cotton culture had been intrusted, reports that in the western provinces of India alone there was an increase, in 1869, of nearly one million acres of cottonlands over previous years. But, as the Bombay Guardian very pertinently remarks, one million acres of cotton more means one million acres of grain less, and increases the danger of famine exactly to that extent. It has always been difficult to establish an equilibrium between the production of grain and its consumption, but, whenever that equilibrium has not existed, there has been a famine in India. "The good peo is in Manchester," says the Guardian, "hod largely-attended meetings and pass resolutions to urge the increased production of cotton in these latitudes, without, apparently, deigning to inquire into the unavoidable consequenccs of such a measure to the people of India. This excessive cultivation of cotton was commenced seven years ago, and We have since had one famine after another in Madras, in Orissa, in the central provinces, more

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