AND SURROUNDINGS 1889
are developing a liberal, progressive and thoroughly cosmopolitan civilization.
They found here a beautiful country, battle-scarred and desolated by the
barbarism of civil war; and, putting away sectional animosity, in the spirit
of unity and concord, are resolutely building up the waste places and transforming
the country into a region of bloom and fruition. In the midst of an intensely
active and practical life, they find time and inclination for the cultivation
of the social graces and books and flowers and art, the founding of schools,
churches and newspapers, and the building of temples to the spiritual and
ideal. Within the region tributary to Springfield are more than one hundred
prosperous towns and villages, accredited with populations ranging from
1,000 to 10,000 each. Within the same territory are not less than 2,500
free public schools and 1,000 churches. In GREENE COUNTY alone, of which
Springfield is the capital, there are 108 organized school districts, 116
school houses, and ONE HUNDRED AND SIXTEEN PUBLIC SCHOOLS, (next
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