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The Daily Dispatch: March 19, 1861., [Electronic resource], Negroes Seeking protection from Slemmer. (search)
Cheap land. --There are some 45.000 acres of land on the books of the Commissioner of the Revenue of McDowell county, assessed at five cents per acre. It belongs to a resident of Philadelphia. Some of the lands in the Western part of the State are priced at a very low figure — they are mostly, if not entirely, sterile and barren wastes — mountains or rocky declivities not fit for grazing or any other purpose. They grow granite of the hardest sort with surprising facility. The Commissioners are bound to put them down at something, so they go on the books at the nominal valuation of five cents per acr