Cherokee Strip

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Cherokee Strip - No More Free Farms. The New York Sun notes' the...
No More Free Farms. The New York Sun notes' the cfoenJ lag of the Cherokee strip on the 16tb of September as the final distribution of the nation's domain." It presents' tables from census reports showing that the acres of cultivated land increased from 81,000,000 in 1865 to 195,200,000 in 1884, and that in the succeeding; nine years the additions have only been at about the rate of a million a year, and during the last four years they hove averaged less than 500,000 acres a year, xne proportion ox tnose wno seek farms is as great Uow as it ever was,' and there being no more free" i arms to oe naa, tne uae oi emigration must be turned backward to older see - ' tions of the country, and to dividing the largo, unwieldly farms into smaller holdings. This has already been done) to a considerable extent The whole effect of this condensation must be to lessen the proportion of land employed for growing staple crops' Of grain and ' cotton by withdrawing it for the better culture and greater care required in gardening and small fruit growing: It is very unlikely that our grain and cotton crops will ever increase' as they' have done. What new acreage is gained in the West and Southwest is even now offset by withdrawal of hind in tne oiaer sections or tne eouniryi When the 50,000 farms that the Cherokee strip" may make are added to our cultivated area it will furnish food for perhaps five months .supply to our present population, which is now in creasing at tne rate oi x,ouu,uuu y early j This shows rltinly that' within a few1 jrreat years the home demand for agricultur - " t 3 1 - II TT ii i al products will require all that we can produce. Then must come the era of better farming, which we have long been hoping for; bat which has been retarded by the congelation of large r J o aT " 1 O df virgin soil - bf ought under cul - 1 A ? . Tl - ll - a: At 3 . ' li. - xjetser larnung must do me ! fnl6 furnish food on which the in - population - of this country" must live:

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  1. Hagerstown Exponent,
  2. 20 Sep 1893, Wed,
  3. Page 1

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