Wlliam Gilmore Simms
Southward Ho! A Spell of Sunshine >> Chapter XIV / Glimpses Along Shore of the Old North State >> Page 314

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Novel (Romance) | Redfield | 1854
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and apples offered us along the route were such as nature seemed
to have designed for the better encouragement of Cholera,�a
sort of bounty offered for bile, indigestion, dyspepsia and riled
intestines."
But that's only along the railroad route," said our little
North Carolina man, and who ever expects to see a decent
country along a railroad route in any agricultural region ?"
Another party came to the succor of the North-Carolinian
with whom our bilious orator was evidently disposed to amuse
himself.
He is right. You will form a very erroneous notion of this
truly valuable state if you assume its general character from
what you see along the railroad route. North Carolina is even
now, in many respects, one of the most prosperous of all the
states. She lacks nothing but population to exhibit incomparable
resources, of vegetable and mineral treasure, such as in future
days shall make us utterly forgetful of California. Penetrate
the interior even now, and you will be rewarded in a thousand
places by the beauties of a careful cultivation, the sweets of a
mild and graceful society, and the comforts of a condition to
which want and care are strangers, and where the real misfortune
is that the means of life are so easily and abundantly found.
North Carolina has suffered a greater drain upon her population,
in emigration to the Southwest, than probably ally of her At-
lantic sisters. How often have I met, twenty years ago, her
poor wayfarers ' from Tar River, or Char' abouts,' trudging
on by the side of their little wagons, from which the great eyes
of a wilderness of young ones were peeping out, thick as the
dogwood blossoms in the spring-time. The surplus population
the natural increase of this state, and that of South Carolina
and Virginia have thus for thirty years or more been carried
off to the unrestoring West ; and it is only within the last seven
that the torrent seems to be measurably stayed. The pros-
perity of these states depends in great degree upon the arrest
of this outflow ; � since all the improvements ever effected in a
state � all of its newer developments of resource -- are only to
be made by its own surplus, or natural increase, under the stim-
ulus of necessities, the result of a more crowded condition, and a
closer competition in the fields of labor. That portion of a pop-