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CHASE & CO.
B SA FORD. FLORIDA
Maroh 1b, 1927.
Mr. Ia. Moore Angas,
P. 0, Box 358,
Dear Mr. Angas:
My brother has forwarded me your letter of
the 14th, which he received this morning, and which I
have read with interest, also the clipping you have attach-
ed to your letter from the Miami Metropolis.
A few days ago I was looking thru an old
file, and ran across copy of an affidavit I made January
27, 1906, with reference to the drainage of the Everglaeas.
Thinking you mi -lht be interested in seeing same I am en-
closing a copy. It occurs to me that if the records on
file in the Unite6 States Circuit Court touching on suit
of the Southern :>tatos Land & Lumber Company, vs: Napoleon
B. Broward, Governor of the State of Florida, et al. vere
examined some interesting affidavits as well as testimony
might be uncovered with reference to how the Florida East
Coast Railroad felt with regard to the creation of a
drainage district at that time, which contemplated levying
heavy drainage taxes on muoh of the Florida East Coast
land, as compared with their present viewpoint, in that
they are in favor of this Everglades drainage scheme being
continued. They have disposed of most of their wild lands,
and the tax now would be on soxaebody else and not the
Florida Eant Coast Land Company, or the Model Land Company.
It is very much as you state, thousand.,and
probably millions, of acres of land suitable for cultivation
are now available, sand on which can be grown successfully
tomatoes, potatoes, and other crops which can only be pro-
duced in Florida faring the winter months; and which could
be utilized without going to the expense at the present time
of draining muck and saw grass lands whose value after
drainage is doubtful.
The Pennsylvania Sugar Company, and other
large sugar companies who have attempted to grow sugar cane
on these reclaimed lands have spent large sums of money
without produoing the hoped, for results.
Yours very traly,
SOC I aRL
CHASE & CO.
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