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Las Vegas, Nevada, where farming pays : the artesian belt of semi-tropic Nevada
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-- 5 -- than in the lands, with their opportunity to get rich slowly and surely. Consequently he "boomed" the mines, and ignored the farms. Also, be confirmed Nevada's right, title and interest in that elastic term, "The Desert." A mine in a desert is romantic, alluring. It gets the money. A farm in a desert seems like an anomaly. Yet a desert is merely a country where there are not many farms. All the world was "'desert" until the hand of man made it productive. In this sense, and this only, Nevada is desert. NEVADA: WHERE THE WATER COMES IN AND DOESN'T GO OUT. No water in Nevada? Do you realize, dear reader, that a topographical map of Nevada looks like the surface of your wife's washboard? The depressions are great valleys, full of fertile soil. The ridges are mountain ranges—water sheds, thousands of square miles in extent. Are you aware that of the water that falls in Nevada, only a few drops, comparatively speaking, flow across the boundaries of the State? It stays right here, underground, waiting for the bit of the artesian well drill to release it from its subterranean prison. WHAT WILL YOU TAKE TO LIVE IN NEVADA? Here is the point. There are many places in the West where the returns to the farmer pay fair wages for his labor arid fair interest on his investment. In Nevada they pay all this, plus the PROFIT which elsewhere goes to land and water companies and their promoters. Particularly is this the case in Southern Nevada, which was completely cut

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