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[365] winter is severe. A valley here and there is fertile, and oases in the desert may be found, as at St. George on the Rio Virgen, but the country as a whole is parched and bleak. In Utah and Colorado nature is less forbidding, but the surface of land fit for ordinary industry is small ; while to the north of these regions the soil is poor, the rainfall light, the herbage scanty, and the cold severe.

General Hazen's conclusion is that the Republic has very little land, of the kind that tempts good settlers to remove, now left within her frontiers. If this officer is right in his facts-and high authorities tell me he is right — the end of an exceptional state of things is nigh. America must lean in future on her own staff and stand by her own strength; expecting no more help from Europe than England expects from Germany, or Italy expects from France.

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