Will Maupin's weekly. (Lincoln, Neb.) 1911-1912, June 09, 1911, Image 2

Below is the OCR text representation for this newspapers page. It is also available as plain text as well as XML.

    wonderful development, has been
wrought in less than fifty years. Civil
ization's histoiy records nothing like it.
Seventy-seven thousand square miles
of territory, 415 miles east and west and
205 miles north .and south. Forty-nine
million acres, eighteen million acres cul
tivated. Upon these eighteen million cul
tivated acres Nebraska in 1910 raised
upwards of $400,000,000 worth of grains
and grasses. Of the thirty million uncul
tivated acres more than one-half are just
as good for corn, wheat, oats, rye, barley,
alfalfa, potatoes, broom corn, etc., as the
eighteen million cultivated acres, and
one-half of the remaining acreage will in
time, under intelligent cultivation and
proper knowledge of the conditions to be
met, be added to the wealth producing
area. It took Nebraskans more than a
quarter of a century to learn that they
could not adapt Nebraska soil to the Ne
braska man. Then came the most won
derful discovery of the age- the discov
ery that by adapting the man to the soil,
Nebraska could be made the greatest ag
ricultural wealth producer in the world.
Since that discovery every year has seen
hundreds of thousands of acres of soil,
heretofore considered worthless, brought
into cultivation and yielding returns that
are so astonishing that it is hard to make
people believe the truth. There is room
in Nebraska for a half million more till
ers of the soil who will till intelligently.
Landseer, when asked what he mixed his
paints with, replied, "With brains !" And
there is no better fertilizer than brains.
Nebraska is the third largest corn pro
ducing state, and the youngest of the
three, raising more corn to the acre than
a ii3r other state.
Nebraska is the fourth largest wheat
producing state, and the youngest of the
three, raising more wheat to the acre than
any other state.
Nebraska is the fourth largest pro
ducer of oats, and the youngest of the
four, only one state excelling her in pro
duction per acre.
Nebraska is the third largest producer
of sugar beets.
Nebraska manufactures more butter
per capita than any other state, and her
dairy industry is in its infancy.
Nor is Nebraska alone an agricultural
and live stock state. Twenty-five years
ago we shipped in practically every man
ufactured article we consumed. Last
year our total manufactured products
were approximately worth $250,000,000,
or almost one-half as much as our total
of agricultural products and live stock.
Startling as it may sound, there is no
state making such rapid strides in manu
facturing lines as Nebraska. There is a
reason. A dollar invested in Nebraska
-.manufacturing establishments brings a
greater return than a dollar invested in
any other state. , -
lint, as I said early in this paper, the
liuinan mind cannot think in terms of
millions. If I say that in 1910 Nebraska
produced 36,000,000 pounds of butter we
merely smile and say, "that's some but
ter." Hut you'll probably sit up and take
notice when I tell you that if all that but- .
ter were packed in pound cartons, and
the cartons stacked up end on end, it ;
would make a column of butter two and
one-half inches square and 285 miles
high ; or if loaded into standard freight
cars it Avould make a train over thirty
miles long !
In 1910 Nebraska hens produced 102,
000,000 dozen eggs one billion, two hun
dred million eggs. Placed end to end
they would reach once and a half , times
around the world, and they were worth
more money than all the gold and silver
dug out of any one state in this Union
during the same year. Imagine, if you'":
can, all those eggs rolled into one big
egg, and then imagine a hen big enough
to be the author thereof. With one
scratch of her foot she could excavate
enough dirt to make a basement for a City
National Bank building, and throw the
dirt across the Missouri river.
Ever hear of "King Cotton?" Texas is
the greatest cotton producing state, yet
her 1910 crop of cotton was not worth as
much as" Nebraska's corn and wheat crop
by $30,000,000. The total tobacco produc
tion of the Nation last year wasn't worth
as much as last year's crop of Nebraska
corn, and it wasn't our best corn year,
either. Pennsylvania is the greatest coal .
producing state, but her coal output last
year was not worth as much at the mine
mouth as the grain, hay and live stock of
Nebraska on the farmsteads. All the gold
dug from Uncle Sam's soil in 1910.
wouldn't pay for Nebraska corn and
wheat in 1910. And mind you, this with
less than one-half her fertile soil under
cultivation, and that less than half not
yet intensively farmed so as to produce
the maximum results. "
Let us load upon freight cars all the
grain, grasses, live stock, butter, eggs,
, poultry, potatoes and . sugar beets pro
duced in Nebraska in 1910. Would they :
make a train long enough to reach from
Omaha to Sidney? Yes, and then some.
From Omaha to Salt Lake? Yes, and a
bit further. From Omaha to San Fran
cisco? Yes, and a little further. Well,
how long? In order to get a main line
track long enough to hold that train it
would be necessary to bridge the Atlantic
ocean, the English channel and the Baltic
sea. With the caboose of that train in .
St. Petersburg, the conductor who carried
orders to the engineer in the cab would
have to walk and walk and walk until he
reached an engine that projected out into
the Pacific ocean fourteen hundred miles
west of San Francisco, for that train
would be ten thousand and four miles
long.
In 1910 Nebraska, with a population of
less than a million and a half of people,
produced more from her soil than Japan,
with forty million people, produced and
purchased from other nations. The per
capita of agricultural wealth production
of Nebraska in 1910 was greater than that
of any other state. Her two main cereals,
corn and wheat, were worth more than
the nation's output of copper; her four
main cereals, corn, wheat, oats and rye,
were worth more than the nation's out
put of iron ore; her butter, eggs and poul
try were worth practically as muCh as the
nation's output of crude petroleum; her
hay output was worth more than Alaska's
output of precious metals, and her baby
crop worth more than the baby crop of
all the other states combined. ; i .
You think you know Nebraska! I
doubt if there is an editor here who is
familiar with the history, the productiv
ity aikU the resources of his own county.
Nebraska a desert ! What other state has
as many miles of rivers -within' her bord
ers? Nebraska has over 800. miles of
Platte river wholly within her confines.
And witli the Blue, the Nemahas, the
Loups, Pine, Stinking Water, Republi
can, Salt, and creeks too numerous to
mention, she possesses an undeveloped
water power that would rival Niagara.
She ought to be manufacturing from Ne
braska, grown raw material every finished
product that humanity eats and wears,
and pretty near everything that human
ity uses, using Nebraska power and pay
ing wages to Nebraska workers.
I claim that Nebraska, with more to
advertise than any other state, is the least
known state at home or abroad of any
state in the Union. Kansas spends $30,
000 a year in publicity and immigration
work; Missouri spends $40,000 a year;
Colorado spends $30,000 a year 5 Montana
spends $15,000 a year ; Washington and
Oregon spend $25,000 a year each; Cali
fornia spends a quarter of a million and
Nebraska doesn't spend a dollar. Any
wonder thousands pass us by to invest in
the higher priced and less productive
lands of the northwest? Any wonder that
Canada is getting some of Nebraska's
best? Any wonder that the Nebrasan
in New York who undertakes to tell some
of the real facts about Nebraska is
laughed at and set down as a chronic pre
varicator? Time that we made Nebraska known to
all the world ! High time that we ac
quaint the world with the marvelous im
provement that has been wrought within
her borders in less than a generation !
High time that we let the world know. that
right here in the heart Of the once "Great
American Desert" we have builded in less
than a generation a state that stands at
the front in education, that stands at the
front in wealth production per capita,
that stands at the front in development -of
manufacturing, that leads all othe;.'
states in civic reforms and accomplishes
them without revolution and wholly by
thoughtful study and intelligent progress.
But before we can adequately tell the
world we must first know Nebraska. So
this is the message I bring you, feliow
newspaper men: Let us study Nebraska,
study her history, her resources and her
possibilities, to the end that we may be
fitted to advertise our beloved state, to all
the world for what she is the most pro
ductive, progressive and pushing ; the
most enterprising, energetic and enthusi