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The Pamphlet Collection of Sir Robert Stout: Volume 72

Distant Land

Distant Land.

We can only effect this great object by making land situated at a distance from a great market practically as available for that market as land only ten miles from it. This can never be done under a mileage system, no matter how cheap the rate may be. For instance, a farmer 150 miles away pays for 150 removes. The charge is piled up at every mile, so the farmer 10 miles out only pays for 10 removes It is clear the two could not compete on anything like equal terms.

It is this evil which makes the land nationalisers claim the right to take the laud near the cities, for they very truly say that this is the only really available land; but remove the turnpikes and Work on the stage system, and this evil would be got rid of, for under it the 150 mile man would only be from six to eight removes away, and he could, if he thought proper, grow cabbages for the big city, and under the proposed stage system he would never be more than say 50 miles from at least one city of 2,000 or more inhabitants.

If we want to get rid of this demand for taking land from those that have it, we must so alter the conditions that those who want land can obtain it under such circumstances as will enable them to profitably use it. This we can never do until we alter the transit system.