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An Autobiography

was a professional journalist, I thought myself entitled to ask remuneration. I sent to the
new periodical, published in Melbourne, a fuller treatment of the book than had been
given to the two newspapers, under the title of "A Californian Political Economist." This
fell into the hands of Henry George himself, in a reading room in San Francisco, and he
wrote an acknowledgment of it to me. In South Australia the first tax on unimproved land
values was imposed. It was small--only a halfpenny in the pound, but without any
exemption; and its imposition was encouraged by the fact that we had had bad seasons
and a falling revenue. The income tax in England was originally a war tax, and they say
that if there is not a war the United States will never be able to impose an income tax.
The separate States have not the power to impose such a tax. Henry George said to me in
his home in New York:--"I wonder at you, with your zeal and enthusiasm, and your
power of speaking, devoting yourself to such a small matter as proportional
representation, when you see the great land question before you." I replied that to me it
was not a small matter. I cannot, however, write my autobiography without giving
prominence to the fact that I was the pioneer in Australia in this as in the other matter of
proportional representation.
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