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Parent Issue
Day
30
Month
April
Year
1875
Copyright
Public Domain
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Correspondence of the Argua. Cozad, Nebraska, April 22, 1875. Through the politeness of Mr. Parks, I received a copy of the Argus, the flrst one I have seen for over a year. I have located on the Union Pacific Railread two hundred and fifty miles west of Omaha. Our settlement commenced about the time I arrived here, there being only one or two houses here at that time ; now all the government lands for six to eight miles ure occupied by actual settlers from town, and nearly every quarter section of government land is built upon, besides a large amount of railroad land is being improved. Our settlement is from Ohio, Indiana, with a small portion from all the StateB, Michigan being represented by about twelve families. The people are composed largely of a class with small means, coming here to get themselves homes ; others with plenty of money anxious for speculation in land, 6tock, &o. Our valley rises gradually about five feet to the mile back from the river to the bluffs, which is from ten to fifteen miles on each side. The soil is similar to the best California soil, retaining the moisture the same. I think the valley will nearly all be cultivated soon, and make the garden spot of America. The bluffs are composed of a very rich soil, seemingly a rich vegetable mould, cut up with deep canyons and small valleys, and covered with a perfect sod of buffalo grass, which makes perpetual grazing. This I am confident is the finest stock country in the world. One of your former citizens has twenty-nine hundred head of stock occupying the bluffs on the south side of the river. I see the cattle every day, and the herders teil me they have lost but six head this winter, and nearly all are fine beef now. But I consider sheep the most profitable stock as it would cost no more to ship wool than beef. I hear the most favorable reports from sheep raising, and fortunes must be made in it, as their feed costs nothing. The climate is dryer than yours. We have plenty of rain in spring and fore part of the summer, but dry autumns and winters, with but liittle snow. We had. very fine warm weather until the first of January, then a month of coli weather. Since then we have had al most perpetual spring weather. W have no billious diseases here, and th olimate seems to be a certain cure fo cocsumptiun and rheumatism. Larg aumbers have come here with lungdifï culties, and all have been largely bene fited. Several of our settlers wh seemed nearly gone with the comsup tion are now hearty and fleshy. T your readers I say, if you have a lun difficulty or are troubled with a coug come here and get well before it is to late. If you want the best of land oom here and get it at a low price. If yo have a soldier's claim come here an( get your farm, all ready cleared anc ready for the plow for nothing. ] you would prefer sheep, and have small capital, come her and doub] your money every year. This countr; is equal to California for sheep, and yo well know what fortunes have bee made in sheep in that State in a few years. This is a pleasant country, ver healthy and a great place to mak money with a Btuall capital. H. Goodyear. lx A temperance address at his Hip podrome iu Philadelphia last Sunda; Mr. P. T. Barnum said : " I will under take, and give bonds for the fulfillmen of the contract, that if the city of Phila delphia will stop selling hquor and giv me as much as was expended here fo liquor last year, to run thu city nex year, I will pay all the city expenses no person living within her border shall pay taxes ; there shall be no in surance on property ; a good dress am 8uit shall be given to every poor boi girl, man and woman ; all the educa tional expenses shall be paid ; a barre of flour shall be given to every need; and worthy person ; and I will clear half niülion or a million dollars mysel by the operation."

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