John Harvey; A Tale of the Twentieth Century

John Harvey; A Tale of the Twentieth Century

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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. 1897 edition. Excerpt: ... sublaterals fully finished. "A great reservoir, No. 3, one of the largest on the entire route, with its system of conduits, was also finished and water was flowing into it. This reservoir, it will be remembered, was estimated to be capable of watering six million acres of the arid land between the Niobrara and the Platte Rivers; the remaining fourteen million acres being watered from the lateral A. The capacity of the reservoir and lateral was found to be sufficient for this purpose, and the construction of about one hundred villages on this twenty million acres had been begun, and the land thrown open for settlement. "The aqueducts across the North and South Platte Rivers were also in course of completion. "The expenses of construction this year had been enormous, reaching a sum of over one hundred and fifty million dollars. Mr. Harvey's share of the crop of 1907, amounting to thirty million dollars, was held by him for seeding purposes and for the supply of the settlers already peopling the twenty million acres now ready for occupation. "By April ist, 1908, one hundred thousand families and unmarried men occupied these lands, and from their entrance fees thirty million dollars was obtained to help meet the expenditures of the year. "The total cost of the canal, and the system of irrigation attending it, was so far about one hundred and ninety million dollars. This sum, especially when the cost of the land itself and numerous other items are added to it, seems enormous. "Mr. Harvey had, however, remaining in his coffers, at the date above mentioned, forty million dollars, and in his storehouses supplies sufficient to meet all demands upon him. "During the year 1908 work was continued with great activity on the canal; the aqueduct across the...show more

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  • Paperback | 110 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 6mm | 213g
  • Rarebooksclub.com
  • Miami Fl, United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236667670
  • 9781236667670