CONSERVATION: Free Land

The U. S. owns one-fifth of the U. S. Last week President Hoover was inclined to give half of this away to persons who apparently did not want it. His offer, in the name of Conservation, had strings to it.

The public domain once consisted of all U. S. land outside the 13 original States and Texas. Free land was the great natural resource upon which the new country was built. For generations it served as a prime political issue. In 1836 Henry Clay, then a U. S. Senator...

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