Our Land and Land Policy, National and State Henry George Jr.

ISBN: 9781230444703

Published: September 12th 2013

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38 pages


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Our Land and Land Policy, National and State  by  Henry George  Jr.

Our Land and Land Policy, National and State by Henry George Jr.
September 12th 2013 | Paperback | PDF, EPUB, FB2, DjVu, audiobook, mp3, RTF | 38 pages | ISBN: 9781230444703 | 7.61 Mb

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. 1871 edition. Excerpt: ... over estimated it, andMoreThis 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. 1871 edition. Excerpt: ... over estimated it, and for an obvious reason. A trne statement of the real value of the grant would tend to discredit the whole affair in the eyes of the cautious foreign capitalists, from whom the Company seeks to borrow money, for they would not believe that any Government could be extravagant enough to make such a donation. But it must be remembered that the line of the Northern Pacific passes for nearly its whole length through as fine an agricultural country as that of Illinois- that its grant consists, in large part, of immensely valuable timber and mineral land, and that it will build up town after town, one of them at least, a great commercial city, on its own soil.

Furthermore, for reasons before stated, the increase in the value of land during the next twenty years must be much greater than it has been in the last twenty years. Taking these things into consideration, is it too much to say that in twenty years from now the lands of the Company will have sold for or will be worth an average of at least $20 per acre? At this rate the grant amounts to over half a million dollars per mile, or in the aggregate to the enormous sum of $1,160,000,000--a sum more than half the National debt.

This donated absolutely to one corporation. And for what? For building a road which cannot cost more than eighty millions, and for building it for themselves! No keener satire upon our land grant policy could be written than that which is to be found in the published advertisement of this Northern Pacific Company. The Directors show that if they get an average of but $2 per acre for their land, they can pay the whole cost of building and equipping the road and have a surplus of some $20,000,000 left.

That is to say, the Government might have built...



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