National Affairs: Urban Drift

Hackneyed among debating societies is the topic: Resolved, that city life is preferable to country life. But last year more than 3,000,000 U. S. citizens held personal debate on the question and two times out of three the city won.

Last week the U. S. Department of Agriculture reported that 2,155,000 persons moved from farms to cities in 1926. Only 1,135,000 moved from cities to farms. Farm births exceeded farm deaths by 371,000, leaving a net farm loss of 649,000 people, enough for a new city the size of Pittsburgh.

Secretary of Agriculture Jardine,...

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