Then smaller towns are important because of their great number. In 1900, there were over places in the United States with a population from to and the aggregate of these towns exceeded ten million. The figures of the 1910 cen sus will no doubt show a vast increase, and these figures will probably exceed the total of all cities with a population of or over. The six great cities with or more had by the same census (1900) only a population of less than these smaller towns. How ex tensive, therefore, are the interests of these widely distributed smaller cities, with more than ten mil lion souls to-day and the number and proportion steadily and rapidly increasing!