The System; As Uncovered by the San Francisco Graft Prosecution

The System; As Uncovered by the San Francisco Graft Prosecution

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Excerpt from book: CHAPTER III. The San Franclsco Ruef Ruled. The decade ending 1910 was for California an era of extraordinary enterprise and development. A third transcontinental railroad, the Western Pacific, was completed ; vast land-holdings as large as 40,000 acres in a body were cut up into small tracts and sold to settlers; waters brought to the land by vast irrigation enterprises increased the land's productiveness three and even ten fold; petroleum fields, enormously rich, were opened up and developed; the utilization of the falling waters of mountain streams to generate electric power, brought cheap light and power and heat to farm as well as to city factory. The Spanish war had brought thousands of troops to the coast. Practically all of them passed through San Francisco. This particular activity had its influence on local conditions. The State's population increased from 1,485,053 in 1900 to 2.377,549 in 1910. Up to the time of the San Francisco fire, April 18, 1906, San Francisco, of the cities of the State, profited most by this development. San Francisco bank clearances, for example, increased from $1,029,582,594.78 for the year ending December 31, 1900, to $1,834.549,788.51 for the year ending December 31, 1905, a gain of 80 per cent. San Francisco's increase in population during those five years, can, of course, only be estimated. On thebasis of the registration for the 1905 municipal election, approximately 98,000, San Francisco had, at the time of the 1906 disaster, a population of about 500,000, an increase from the population of 342,782 shown by the 1900 census of practically 50 per cent, in five years.28 The rapid increase in population, the sustained prosperity of the community, and its prospective development made San Francisco one of the most promising fields f...
Book Details
ISBN-13: 9780217422413
Publisher: General Books
Binding: Paperback
Language: English
Returnable: N
Spine Width: 10 mm
Width: 186 mm
ISBN-10: 0217422411
Publisher Date: 01 Jan 2012
Height: 242 mm
No of Pages: 178
Series Title: English
Weight: 327 gr
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