50 SCRAPS OF HISTORY.
found upon this territory, and that it was absolutely of the greatest possible importance to our country, that the purchase should be consummated when it was; thus giving into our possession the key that will perhaps unlock the vast treasure house of a new world.
If we go ahead for one hundred years at this rapid pace, the question referred to will be of great import. Our population since 1790 has increased thirty-three and one-third per cent. each decade, and if we may sup-pose it will continue to increase for the next thirty years upon a similar ratio, our numbers will swell to nearly 100,000,000, and if we then suppose it may increase 25 per cent. each succeeding decade until 1970, we shall have a population of nearly 400,000,000. And in view of all the circumstances connected with the case, there can be no doubt, but our numbers will continue to increase for centuries to come, until every acre or rood of land within our borders is occupied.
In the meantime we inquire—what is to be done with that restless, uneasy mass that have always been going ahead, seeking out new territory, and preparing the way for the more quiet, stay-at-home class who only follow in the wake of the Pioneers.
We think the reader will be driven to the conclusion that one of two facts must occur, either new territory must be found upon which this roving element may exercise its powers, or this element existing so prominently in a portion of our race, must die for want of the needed activity, and human organisms must change to meet that condition, when emigration is impossible for the want of new territory to be occupied. Then it will be found that Divine wisdom has essentially failed in