out west, hardly how far it ran up north; yet every acre of that region is now owned, and under such cultivation as suits a poor and swampy soil.
So, when Illinois
, and Kansas
No one had drawn a line about Kansas
These regions were supposed to offer homes to any number of inhabitants, thirty millions each at least,with a farm for every family.
In these four states the land is already taken up; at least such land as anybody cares to fence and register.
The greater part of Kansas
, and enormous sections of Dakota
, are unfit for settlement.
, and Utah
are mountain plateaus, high and barren for the greater part, suited, as a rule, for nothing more than cattle-runs, conducted on a large scale, too vast for anyone but a great capitalist to occupy.
On the Pacific Slope
, from Washington
to Upper California
, no “ wild land,” remains, and not a great deal of available public land.
According to Hazen
's Reports, the same rule holds good in Texas
, New Mexico
Near the Mississippi
, the lands are damp enough; but as you march towards the Pacific
they become high and arid.
Water and wood are scarce, the