National Geographic : 1917 Feb
Photograph by Frederic C. Howe CHILDREN OF ALL NATIONS ON ELLIS ISLAND ROOF GARDEN Many of the poor little boys and girls who arrive at Ellis Island do not know how American kiddies play, but the roof-garden romps one may see every fair day show that they are apt at learning. tive lineage, and even less disposed to in sanity than the child whose ancestry may be traced to colonial times. In everything that goes to show good citizenship the grandchild of the immigrant stands the statistical test as well as the child of na tive parentage. How many immigrants we shall receive in the future no one can say. But, assuming that we have no im migration, and that the United States will grow as fast during the three centuries ahead of us as Europe grew from 1812 to 1912, we will have a population of nearly 500,000,000 in 2217, or approxi mately 166 to the square mile. Agricultural students have declared that the soil of the United States has a sustaining power of 500 to the square mile. Assuming that one-third of the country is occupied by waste land, we have room on this basis for 900,000,000 people.