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- Las Vegas, Nevada, where farming pays : the artesian belt of semi-tropic Nevada
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- -- 4 -- interests—railroads, land companies, promoters of irrigation projects—whose natural aim has been to get business for themselves, and whose choice of a. territory for exploitation has been governed rather by its possibilities for spectacular advertising and its richness in sensational talking points, than by its promise of success for the average man or by the permanent fertility of its soil. Orange groves, pineapple plantations, ten-thousand-acre wheat fields look fine in the pictures. Whether good or bad in themselves, they are good bait. Leaving out occasional individual failures, an inevitable by-product of their mode of operation, these promotion schemes have rendered a great service. They have placed the new settler on lands which, to him, were cheap, (however dear his purchase price may have seemed to the older settler on the adjoining ranch), and from which he could generally make a decent living. But promotion schemes are not philanthropic in their origin. A few of them are frauds pure and simple. The greater number are conducted on good business principles. And good business means: Charge "all the traffic will bear." "WHO EVER HEARD OF A FARM IN NEVADA?" There is nothing spectacular about agricultural Nevada, excepting its opportunities. Nevada has been known as a mining State exclusively. It is the biggest, and probably the richest mineral-bearing district in the United States. The professional promoter who came to Nevada found something more to his purpose in the mines, with their invitation to the investor to "get rich quick,"
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