The Forum Volume 9

The Forum Volume 9

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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. 1889 edition. Excerpt: ...of employing wheat fields in the growth of other staples, and of the exhaustion of the material from which farms are developed. Assuming the substantial correctness of the estimates of area by the Department of Agriculture, and that home requirements will be such as to employ 8.15 acres per capita, the answer to the question, When will the farmer be prosperous? resolves itself into a calculation as simple as the following: January, 1894, a population of 72,000,000 will require in staple crops an area of 226,800,000 acres. Area now employed in growing such crops 211,000,000 acres. Additions to be made to such area in four years, 12,000,000acres. 223,000,000 acres. Acreage deficit, January, 1894, 3,800,000 acres. This deficit should be sufficient to neutralize any possible underestimate of the area now in cultivation. Does not the evidence adduced show that before this decade is half spent, all the products of the farm will be required at good prices, that lands will appreciate greatly in value, and that the American farmer will enter upon an era of prosperity, the unlimited continuance of which is assured by the exhaustion of the arable areas? C. Wood Davis. 1 'pile JToriaiii. JUNE, 1890. NEW ENGLAND AND THE NEW TARIFF BILL. In her early history, New England's prosperity was the result of her agriculture and commerce. Her lands were then fertile and productive; they are now worn and wasted, and their annual yield is not sufficient to supply food for her own people. Then her labor was largely employed in ship-building and the carrying trade; these industries, instead of keeping pace with the growth of her population, have steadily declined. The highly restrictive tariff of 1824 struck a deadly blow at our foreign commerce, in which more

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  • Paperback | 258 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 14mm | 467g
  • United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236915550
  • 9781236915559