Eagle Pass; Or, Life on the Border

Eagle Pass; Or, Life on the Border

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1852 edition. Excerpt: ...for indolence within a hundred miles. The two miles that Fort Duncan is above the pure current of the Escondida, places it just that distance above its proper location, not less on account of the health and comfort of its garrison than in the military view of its also being that far removed from the point commanding the best fords and inlets to the Mexican trade and settlements. It is a singular dispensation of nature that for scores of miles the Mexican bank of the Bravo is enriched with a continual succession of ever-living springs--' cjos de agua," or, " water eyes," as the Mexicans call them, while on the American side opposite, no one has been found. The want of frequent and permanent water-courses is felt on our side of the Bravo, from Santa Fe to the Gulf, as a great drawback to rapid and extended settlements. WELLS. Speaking of water supply, I would remind those who arc opening farms that in this climate, where, with water, crops are so varied, so certain, and so abundant, and land withal so cheap, wells and means of irrigation should be counted as a part of their capital investment, for no part of it would so securely return them a high interest. A farm of a mile square, with more or less water front, can be purchased, together with a pair of working oxen and half a dozen milk cows, for a thousand dollars. Another two hundred dollars--to take sure margin, say five hundred--will, by the various improvements lately made in water-raising machinery, insure irrigation to gardens and orchards that will give back annually and certainly thirty or forty per cent, on this whole investment. There is no space here for long sums in arithmetic, but the whole history of agriculture where irrigation is practised, establishes the fact. The...show more

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  • Paperback | 58 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 3mm | 122g
  • Rarebooksclub.com
  • Miami Fl, United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236536401
  • 9781236536402