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We meet today with glad acclaim
To herald forth thy wondrous fame,
     To thee our homage deep to pay.
Upon our flag thy star shines bright,
A beam of hope, a shaft of light;
     God's blessings rest on thee today,

An empire wrought by willing hands
From wasted stretch of desert lands,
     You offer wealth to those who toil.
Your richest meed of treasure yields
To those who till thy fertile fields;
     The smile of God is on thy soil,

School houses sit beside thy rills,
Tall church spires pointing from thy hills,
     Above the blue of heaven bent.
Thy furrowed fields and lowing kine,
And all the fruits of field and vine
     Make well in thee for sweet content,

We come today with grateful hearts
From shops and fields and busy marts,
     To sing to thee in ecstasy.
And standing forth in love today
We bow our heads and humbly pray
     Continued smiles of God on thee,

W. M. M.

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     In making this presentation of the opportunities afforded by Nebraska to homeseekers and investors, the Director of the Bureau of Publicity would have it distinctly understood that the Bureau of Publicity has no connection, near or remote, with any real estate agency, firm or individual. The province of this department is to call attention to the wonderful resources and possibilities of Nebraska; to point intending investors to the real facts relative to Nebraska's productivity, and to present in a dependable form the opportunities that await those who may be seeking a bit of land for their very own. At times the Bureau may see fit to refer inquirers to real estate dealers, but in every instance where this is done it will be because the Bureau has the fullest confidence in the dealer mentioned, and because the Bureau has not the desired information at its command.

      The Bureau of Publicity would emphasize, at the very beginning, the wisdom of a personal inspection before purchasing land for either agricultural or live stock purposes. This applies to every section of the country, as well as to Nebraska. But the Bureau of Publicity has no hesitancy in saying that. a purchaser assumes less risk in buying Nebraska land "sight unseen" than in similar purchase of land in a majority of the states.

      What may be accomplished in Nebraska is best indicated by what has been accomplished. Nebraska as a state is just fifty years old, but its real development has been accomplished during the last quarter of a century. Improved methods of farming have resulted in making valuable vast areas of Nebraska land that were deemed worthless a quarter of a century ago, and which really were worthless under the old methods of cultivation. A topographical survey of Nebraska made in the early 70's by the federal government listed as "sandhills, practically worthless," land that is now producing wonderful crops of hay, alfalfa, wheat, potatoes, etc., and which is not now for sale at $75 or $100 an acre. Indeed, some of the most productive farm lands in Nebraska are in the western part of the state, and twenty-five years ago could not find purchasers at $10 an acre. Although a young state comparatively, investigation of the United States Bureau of Agriculture reports for the twenty year period, 1896-1915, will reveal the astonishing fact that Nebraska ranked third in corn production, third in wheat production, fourth in oats production, fourth in cattle and swine production, third in value of farms, and third in total value of all farm property. In the total production of agricultural crops in 1916, Nebraska ranked fifth among the states, and in per capita production ranked first by a wide margin.

      This much as an index of the agricultural possibilities of Nebraska. And let it be said here and now, that there is just as good land yet untilled as the tilled land that enabled Nebraska to achieve this wonderful record of production. And those who purchase and put under cultivation these fertile lands

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N e b r a s k a   F a c t s


Lieutenant Governor Howard Talks to Eddyville Boys and Girls

will not only profit as earlier men and women profited, but they will escape the hardships and privations that the earlier settlers experienced. Today railroad facilities are excellent, and school and church facilities are ample. Educational Nebraska points with pride to her splendid public school system. Nebraska's percentage of illiteracy is the lowest of any state in the Union, with possibly one exception. The state has upwards of $10,000,000 invested in interest bearing securities, the revenues from which are appropriated annually among the counties of the state in proportion to the number of children of school age. Those who seek a home in Nebraska may rest assured that no state offers superior school facilities.

      "But what are the chances for a man of very limited means to acquire a farm home in Nebraska?"

      That question is being asked many thousands of times a day of Nebraska and other western states. It is the duty of the Nebraska Bureau of Publicity to answer it in so far as it pertains to Nebraska, and to answer it honestly, fully and frankly. When the Director of the Bureau tells you what you may do, he does so in the full knowledge that others are doing the same thing every month in the year.

     There is no government land in Nebraska available for homestead entry that is worthy of your consideration. It is true that the federal government lists some 160,000 acres of Nebraska land as subject to homestead entry.

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