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but he might let them bore in the twelve-acre orchard, which has
never produced but one crop that paid for itself, and the profit
from that is about all gone for the later years of spraying.

The first oil boom in Illinois was at Casey where they struck oil
six or eight years ago, but they say the wells there are dry already
and they have to go back to farming again to get a living. Of course
if we could get a hundred-barrel well on every ten acres and get a
royalty of $400 a day for a few years, it would help out nicely, but
the oil business is uncertain and short-lived, whereas, to quote
Percy "the soil is the breast of Mother Earth, from which her
children must always draw their nourishment."

Some have spoken to Percy about the coal right, but he says if there
are ten thousand tons of coal per acre under Poorland Farm, he will
save it for Charles Henry before he will allow anyone else to take
it out for less than ten cents a ton. He says that just because the
United States Government was generous enough to give the settler
three hundred and twenty acres of land, and foolish enough to throw
in with it three million tons of coal if it happened to lie beneath,
is no reason why he should sell it to any coal company or coal trust
at the rate of ten tons for one cent, which is the same as ten
dollars per acre for the coal right. He says if Uncle Sam ever wants
to assume his rightful ownership of all coal, phosphate deposits, or
other minerals whose conservation and proper use is essential to the
continued prosperity of all the people, then our coal shall be his;
but, if he does not want it then he will consider nothing less than
leasing on the basis of a royalty of ten cents a ton to be paid to
him, his heirs, and assigns, etc.; but even then he wants enough
coal left to hold up the earth, so that there will be no
interference with the tile drains which he expects sometime to put
down at an expense exceeding the original cost of the land. With
much love,


P.S. - Percy sends his love to grandma and a photograph for Papa,
from which you will see that on such land as ours no limestone or
phosphate means no clover. - A. W. J.

The author takes this occasion to say to the kind reader who has had
the patience and the necessary interest in the stupendous problem
now confronting the American people, of devising and adopting into
general practice independence systems of farming that will restore,
increase, and permanently maintain the productive power of American
farm lands, - to those who have read thus far the _Story of the Soil
_and who may have some desire for more specific and more complete or
comprehensive information upon the subject, - to all such he takes
this occasion to say that this volume is based scientifically upon
"Soil Fertility and Permanent Agriculture."

This little book is intended as an introduction to the subject; the
other may be classed as technical, but nevertheless can be
understood by any one who gives it serious thought. This book tells
the true story of the soil, for which the other gives a thousand

Grateful acknowledgment is here expressed that even the measure of
success thus far attained on Poorland Farm has been possible largely
through the co-operation of a beloved brother, Carl Edwin, the man
who does a world of work, ably assisted by "Adelaide."

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