The Independent Volume 67, Nos. 3161-3174

The Independent Volume 67, Nos. 3161-3174

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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. 1909 edition. Excerpt: ...three ycar without serious damage. The commission, however, is unwilling to base its report on present conditions; it wishes to know how near real efficiency measures up to possibilities. It sees that the social readjustment which has taken place during the last fifty years has affected the farmer less than his neighbors in city and village. Older people are still retiring to town life, partly because society is more attractive and partly because school advantages are preferable. Then again the farming interest is not receiving its due share of interest for the capital and labor expended. The farmer is disadvantaged when he deals with other business interests and with other social groups. The commission classifies his handicaps under these four heads: Speculative holding of lands; monopolistic control of streams; wastage of forests, and restraint of trade. Land owners have been allowed, often by questionable methods, to get control of vast areas of agricultural land. They not only establish their own prices, but they are able to prevent the development of small agricultural communities--developing a system of tenantry and absentee farming. This evil is markedly developed in the West and South. Swamp lands also have been largely secured by corporations, and their subdivision into small farm units prevented. The Federal Government is urged to make a vigorous inquiry into the present holdings of these lands, and to take legal steps to rescind unwarranted grants. This evil barely touches our Eastern States. Of considerable general importance is the suggestion that our whole country would be greatly benefited by a systematic conservation of our watercourses, small as well as great. Their protection from monopoly is one of the first...show more

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  • Paperback | 530 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 27mm | 934g
  • Rarebooksclub.com
  • United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236824067
  • 9781236824066