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Crops In Nebraska

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Lincoln, August 21, 1874. TO THE PUBLIC. As greatly exaggerated reports are circulatinr na tn Iohsra of .roDs and consequent suffering in Nebraska, by reason of draught and grasshopper depredations the present seasou, I deern it a duty to give the public such information and i'acts aa are in my poasession ofiicially, in relation thereto. When satiafied that we, in common with almost all other portions of the country, were to be afflicted with short crops, I at once put this office in communication with the leading officials of the several counties in the State, with a view to ascertain as near as possible the actual and true oondition of aituirs. Information derived trom auch source, together with quite an extensive personal observation, warrants the assertion that while our crops are shorter than for several years before, there is by no means a failure, or even groundsfor serious alarm. Small grain, while not so good as expected, is quite an average, both as to yield and quality. Corn will range trom a good half erop to possibly an entire failure ia placea. Koot crops are very ahort. Fruit, more in quantity than ever before, will, as a rule, be inferior in gize. As a total, the State hasnaver before produced so great an aggregate crop. As yet, no cases of immediato need have beea reported. At quite a number of points on the extreme borders, help will be required soon, and aid must bo extended through the winter and hito next year's operations. Principally, local aid can and will be afforded. ín cases where this cannot be done, the State ought and will render needed relief. While the resulta of' the seasou cannot be otherwise than discouraging to the agricnlturist of our State, í'acts show that we are not alone, and therefore should be of good cheer. The draught, which has affected us far more seriously than the grasshoppers, is nlniost univeral this season, not ouly in the United States, but throughout the world. The grasshoppers, too, have been more extensive in the territory devasted this year than evor before, but not confining their depredations to Nebraska by any rueans. Our people show but little disposition to abandon the couutry - no more than n all seasons heretofore and in all new countries, but recoguize that occasional ills befall all countries and industries. They need prinoipally employment, and, in case of homesteadere, extensión of time on lands taken. The more fortúnate of our own citizens will meet the emergency by affording employment. Congress alone possessing the power to render ïid in the matter of homesteads will, without doubt, meet this emergency promptly. Eobt. W.-Furnas, Governor. John J. Gosper, Secretary of State. M I ■ - - -


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