Excerpt from New Mexico and Statehood, and Analysis of Culberson-Stephens Bill: Admission Into the Union Essential to Territorys Material ProgressAmerican born- that at the last general election more than 50,000 voters were registered- that inMoreExcerpt from New Mexico and Statehood, and Analysis of Culberson-Stephens Bill: Admission Into the Union Essential to Territorys Material ProgressAmerican born- that at the last general election more than 50,000 voters were registered- that in proportion to population we have a greater railway mileage, and support within our borders more banks, national and territorial, showing a larger ratio of deposits to capital stock, than any other state or territory- that we have property to the value of over $300,000,000 taxable for the support of a state government- that we have more money per capita invested in public buildings and in public and other educational institutions than any other state or territory west of the Mississippi- and that we annually expend more per capita for education than any other state or territory in the Union.
All this, and the fact that for more than fifty years our people have been handicapped by a territorial form of government when fully entitled to Statehood, have been presented in detail for your consideration.Therefore, I have mainly confined my arguments to the importance of Statehood in relation to New Mexicos agricultural interest- for no matter how great her other sources of material prosperity may be, the cultivation of her irrigable lands must forever remain her greatest and most certain source of wealth - provided always her people be not deprived of their right to utilize for irrigation purposes the flood waters of the Rio Grande and its tributaries.The hydrographic condition of New Mexico is such that the waters of the Rio Grande and its tributaries constitute her most valuable asset.
Statehood will safeguard her right to impound the flood waters of her streams, and by ensuring protection for her farmers, contribute to the development of her other industries.Irrigation Conducive to Sociologic Betterment.History has shown that the highest forms of civilization the world has ever known were the outcome of physical conditions that rendered irrigation imperative. Where irrigation is practised, small holdings and intense cultivation obtain- a condition constituting a happy combination of town and country life, and favorable to the development of the noblest social institutions.
In the Egyptian Valley of the Nile, there are only about 5,000,000 acres of land under cultivation - every acre of it irrigated- and. as a result of irrigation, Egypt has been a landmark in the worlds history for thousands of years. In the Rio Grande Valley in New Mexico, as in the Valley of the Nile in Egypt, the irrigable lands have a great potential value.About the PublisherForgotten Books publishes hundreds of thousands of rare and classic books.
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