National Geographic : 1916 Mar
Photograph from Government Publicity Department, Sydney WHEAT TEAMS LEAVING A FARM IN THE WESTERN DISTRICT: NEW SOUTH WALES They do most things in Australia on a large scale, and, next to sheep raising, agriculture is the principal industry. At present there are possibly Io,ooo,ooo acres of land under culti vation, and approximately two-thirds of it is devoted to the production of breadstuffs. The enormous wagons, on which are piled nearly a hundred great bags of grain, are drawn by teams of ten or twelve horses from the farms to the railroad, sometimes many miles away. old and what they think is good advan tage and those who dream of a new and better order. The pomp of a stately and well-ordered society, movements in art and literature, the menaces and friend ships of other nations, have but little place in the narrative. The story is one of internal organization, or trade policy, of the occupation of land hitherto almost unpeopled, of the opening up of com munication and the building of railways and canals, of the working of political in stitutions, of the disputes of the central government in its relations with the pro vincial powers. In one sense it is not a dramatic tale; it has little of the cere monial of Old World movements. But, none the less, it is a profoundly romantic story of the birth of a nation and of its passing from neglected obscurity into a conspicuous place." THE BAPTISM OF FIRE Today Canada is passing through her baptism of fire. While there are many differences in the history of Canada and that of the United States, there are many resemblances-due, if nothing else, to the common origin of their peoples and to the material problems of settling and devel oping half a continent. In our Civil War our peoples divided on an issue that developed the moral strength of the two great contending sec tions. Both showed themselves willing to make the ultimate sacrifice of their own lives and the lives of those dear to them and of all their material possessions. In that Civil War the people of the United States found themselves and proved to themselves and to the world their moral fiber and their greatness as a people.