The Southwestern Historical Quarterly, Volume 38, July 1934 - April, 1935 Page: 27
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Grass Lease Fight and Attempted Impeachment
and the suggestion resulted in the "four section act" of 1895, which
did much to settle the West.46 Certainly the sound sense of this
generous distribution had just been proven by the drouth of the
early nineties. But as the country gradually filled with people
the booster came into his hey-day, newspapers flourished to pro-
claim the promised land, chambers of commerce caught up the re-
frain and sounded it afar, the prices of wheat soared to substan-
tiate their claims, and heavy tractors and gang plows swept across
these Plains to turn the best side under.
What happened? The same thing that had happened before,
except in more appalling and tragic degree. Prices fell, drouths
came and winds blew. The turf is gone and across these barren
pampas sweeps the scourge of stinging, blinding, choking sand and
dust. Without its protective carpet of grass, the soil has, in places,
blown competely away-down to the worthless caliche base. Ranches
are again growing larger, and the Government considers wholesale
forcible removal of peoples from these sub-marginal lands. Forty
years ago men warned against the complete devotion of the Plains
to agriculture. They were not members of the "Brain Trust," nor
yet experts in social betterment; they were merely willful, moss-
backed individualists, who came into a wild land and left it better
than they found it.
"Gammel's Law s of Texas, X, 793-805.
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