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Jepson Field Book volume 13 page 158 | University and Jepson Herbaria Archives, University of California, Berkeley

Jepson Field Book volume 13 page 158
Glasgow, Scotland [September 11, 1905]  I suspect that Glasgow's prosperity is due to a happy combination of circumstances, many of which would be dimly apprehended by an American. I wondered if the land were not clear of feudal dues. It must be a drag on a community - the feu system. It is nothing but a remanant, a very active remanant however of feudalism. You see the sign in Perth: "Land to Feu." You buy a lot to build your house as did Mr. Rodgers. You pay for it - it is yours to have and to hold forever - but you must pay a feu each year to the lord of the manor, the lord of the soil, it is nothing more than feudal tribute. Mr. Rodgers pays 2 pounds a  ::::::::: [Glasgow, Scotland] September 11, 1905  year to the Earl of Mansfield. He must pay it. Otherwise the land can be reclaimed, although paid for! And yet the Earl renders no service for this in any way. It is simply because he is Earl as was his forbears aforetime. They have land hunger, the Mansfields, and are buying up all property contiguous to their estate which can be purchased. Glasgow shops seem to me on the whole larger and finer than in any other British city. They look more like American! shops than any I have seen. Nor do they close up their windows here so universally. An American shopkeeper considers
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