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A Great Wheat And Corn State

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Eli Perkins, in a letter from Cerro Gordo county, Iowa, to the New York - Sun, writes as follows : j You in tlie East can have no possible conception of the magnitude of the Western crops. ïake this county, Cerro Gordo - and there are i ninety-eight other counties in the State just as , ]arge_ I fiüd the yield of wheat alone will be . over 1,000,000 bushels. It vrill be 150 bushels ; to cach man, woman and child in the county, ' 300 bushels to every male, and about 500 bushels to every able-bodied man, and pork and i corn in the tame proportion. It is safo to say that every able-bodied man in Cerro Gordo county raises enough to support fifty men. There are many wheat-fields here that produced last season forty-tive bushels to the acre. The average yield is twenty-eight bushels. Three years ago, when I visited j Northern Iowa, I could buy plenty of wild prairie land for $5 per acre. The same land is notv selling for $20 and $30, and the price is marching straight to $50. There are a great many farms in Central and Southern Iowa worth $75 per acre. Do you ask me which Is the richest State in the Union? I answor, Iowa. She has no waste land. but few lakes, no mountains, no barren ridg'es. 8h3 has 30,000,000 acres of blak garden soil, throwing out 5,000,000 acres for roads, river-bcds, and three small lakes. This whole 30,000,000 acres mili be worth in the market, in lo-s than twenty-five years an average of $60 per acre ; or the farmland of the State will be worth $1,800,000,000- enough to pay the national debt. The f ar inlands of Iowa aro worth more than the farmlands of all New England. I saw eighty acres of ground yesterday along the Burlington, Cedar Ilapids and Northern road that I could have bought four years ago for $i an acre. This year the owncr raised 2,418 bushels of wheat on it, and sold it for 90 cents per busliel, makiug $2,176.20 off of $320 worth of land. This seems an incredulous story, but it is literally truc. The crops are not one-tenth harvested here. Not one bushei of corn in 500 ia husked. Tho snow has fallen about six inches doep, and the larmers are waiting for a thaw. About one-fourth of the wheat is thrashod. Two hundred car-loads went to St. Louis last week from this vicinity to be hipped to Kngland, via, New Orleans. The north and south railroad Unes in Iowa aretransporting immenso quuitities of wheat and flour from Iowa and Minnesota to Burlington and St. Louis, to go down the Mississippi. The winter season of Texas usually lastsfromthe first of December to the iniddle of February, and its most distinguishing feature is the " norther," at periodioal wind totally unfcnown in other States. They occur on the average wioes a week and 'last a couple of days. They are preceded by a warm, close, summerish atmosphere, and duriug their continu - anee the tempprature not infrequently touches 17 deg. The cold is tho severest imaginable, not gteady, as in the North, but of a keeD. ?enrchiDg, VjjtiDg d Hcription,


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