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Here is an interesting thought from the "Marlboro Enterprise," of Massachusetts. In passing it on we would add that if every American citizen owned a piece of real estate, whether it be in Florida or elsewhere, the country would be far more sound economically, socially and politically than it is and its people infinitely happier and more contented. Ownership of land, a home, a tangible part of the country they belong to, should be inculcated in the mind of every child in the United States in educational institutions as a guiding principle of citizenship. Statistics show that a small percentage of our people own the land, and so many people own no land at all.

The item from the "Marlboro Enterprise" follows: "There is far more to a real estate boom, in Florida or anywhere else, than merely selling land. Along with the profits made-when they are legitimate profits—there is a great public service rendered.

"For every sale there is a buyer. And buying land is nearly always a good thing.

"The particular blessing of land booms consists in the fact that there are so many more buyers than sellers. Large blocks of land are cut up, allotted, sold in small parcels and widely distributed. This is the reverse of land monopoly. It gives nearly everybody a chance. It persuades great numbers of people to get on the ground floor of the Universe,' by acquiring a piece of 'realty,' the only real and permanent property in the world.

"Thus it gives thousands of families a greater feeling of security and a more definite stake in life, society and government, and provides a more assured future for their children.

"Generally speaking, the land-owners are the best citizens, because they feel more community responsibility and pay more attention to public affairs and bring up their children in a more settled and substantial way. They are the best conservationists, 'holding fast to that which is good.'

"This process of wider land distribution needs to be gone through wherever great tracts of land are held idle, under a few owners. The more land owners, the better for America."

Excerpt from: Hewlett, T.W. & Hansford, R.S., eds. "Land Distribution."
Suniland, Nov. 1925, Vol. 3, No. 2. Pgs. 35-36


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