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Wisconsin Farmers' Institutes / Wisconsin Farmers' Institutes : a hand-book of agriculture. A report of the twelfth annual closing Farmers' Institute held at Janesville, March 8, 9, and 10, 1898
Bulletin No. 12 (1898)

Carr, J. G.
Responsibility of farmers' sons and daughters,   pp. 61-67 PDF (1.9 MB)

Page 61

MRS. J. 0. CAlM&, iiHtO JUCtieM, Win.
There is at present a wide-spread
feeling of apprehension among those
living in the rural districts, who have
given the subject any considerable
thought, because of the tendency of
the young people to leave the farm.
They Leave the Farm.
It is not strange then, that the
cry of alarm has gone out from these
homes of Intelligent and well-to-do
farmers whose sons and daughters
are becoming so fascinated with the
exciting influences that center around
large cities, that they thoughtlessly
surrender those broad fields and rich
acres and let the fire go out forever
on the hearthstone of so many an-
entral homes. That this is true, we
have only to notice the many sub-
stantial farm homes throughout the
countxy thai are now uown us Cm
Dupied by our foreign population
who, with thrift and economy are
individually reaping the benefits at-
tained by our ancestors only after
long years of hardship and privation.
and which ought to be appreciated by
their posterity as a legacy worthy of
preservation. Those to the "manor
born" carelessly fling away tneir
birth-right to seek some more ex-
alted profession, or join the vast
horde of drifting, idle young men who
throng the cities in search of some-
thing he considers more remunera-
tive, more genteel, or more agreeable,
but which too often ends in disap-
pointment and failure.  Our daugh-
ters, too, grow discontented and re-
pine at the dullness and monotony of
country life, and await anxiously a
favorable opportunity to find a home
in the city, as an aspiration to social
advantages or intellectual culture.
Advsatages of Far= Le.
While this ambition for wider
limitations is commendable, and to
an earnest, progressive spirit is not
an unnatural desire, yet to those who
cherish a deep love for the farm and
prefer its retirement and independ-
ence to the depleting and exciting
life of city, such an ambition may not
be entirely satisfactory.
While we do not expect or desire
that all our boys remain upon the
farm, we would have them realize
that the advantages of country life
are far superior to that of the ma-
jority of those who live in large cities
or villages. Their chances for true
happiness are better because they can
spend what they can afford to with
greater advantage, without regard to
social strife or individual extrava-
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