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We, the People: A Series of Papers on Topics of Today Edward Everett Hale

We, the People: A Series of Papers on Topics of Today

Edward Everett Hale

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can usually download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1903 edition. Excerpt: ... The New Century HALF AMoreThis historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can usually download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1903 edition. Excerpt: ... The New Century HALF A MILLION DOLLARS. UA T DEGREESES, said Dr. Primrose, I know V very well what I should do with -*- half a million dollars, or with half of it. Then he paused a little and in substance he said this: That he should look round for a wide-awake man, anywhere between thirty and forty years old, who knew decently well how to live, how other people liked to live, and how they could help each other in that affair. Then he should tell this man to talk with the real estate men and the steamboat men and electric men and tell them that they might know what was wanted. Then he must go to the best six places which they suggested, and he must buy one of those places, at least six thousand acres of land lying together within twenty miles of the City Hall. Dr. Primrose thought and thinks that even if they have to give a hundred dollars an acre for this land they can get it. I have thought and think they can get it for less. Anyway, this thousand acres is the new America which Dr. Primrose and his middleman have discovered. The Doctor would then send out some intelligent young engineer who would lay this out into the village his half million dollars is going to establish. He lays out the thousand acres into two hundred lots of four acres each, and he leaves two hundred acres, be the same more or less, for the streets, parks, and breathing places of the new town. The surveyors, as in Mr. Gilmans edifying book, have already laid out the town as we cut a pie into segments. In the middle you have a round square with the meeting-house in the middle of it, and then the roads go out as the knife does when you cut the pie, and the house lots take their shape, more or less, according to these radiating streets. Anyhow, according as the land...