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Wisconsin Dairymen's Association / Thirty-second annual report of the Wisconsin Dairymen's Association : held at Platteville, Wis., February 10, 11 and 12, 1904. Report of the proceedings, annual address of the president, and interesting essays and discussions relating to the dairy interests
(1904)

Howie, Adda F.
A dairyman's first duty,   pp. 61-62 PDF (419.5 KB)


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Wiscoanin Dairyrmen's Asociaiiom 
A DAIRYMAN'S FIRST DUTY. 
Mrs. Adda F. Howie, Elin Grove, Wis. 
Sometime ago when consulting Superintendent McKerrow 
concerning the Institute speakers of our corps being called to 
other states, he remarked that occasionally he liked to have his 
workers avail themselves of such an opportunity to bring back 
knowledge that might ibe helpful to the people of Wisconsin. 
Since then, while doing work outside our boundaries, I have 
watched eagerly for any stray bits of wisdom that might be use- 
ful in our own state. A few weeks ago I enjoyed the honor 
and pleasure of attending a meeting similar to this in the city 
of St. Thomas, Canada, And while I gave careful attention 
to all scientific methods advocated for the betterment of dairy- 
ing during the course of the regular program, the most pleas- 
ing impression was received when, at the close of the day's 
work the audience and workers together arose and, amid the 
waving of tiny flags, sang to the air of our own America, "God 
save our gracious King." As I stood lost in admiration of 
those strong, earnest and intellectual faces I felt as never before 
tv own insignificance-I, an American woman, who had ever 
been taught to regard a Republic as the most desirable form of 
governments And now I saw before me what I had never seen 
in my own land,-the loyal benediction offered up after a day's 
labor in a heart-felt devotion to king and country. And while 
the dairy interests of our state have reached the gratifying fig- 
tires of $55,000,000, there is vet a subject of more vital im- 
port even to the dairymen of this state, and that is a fostering 
or loyalty and respect to a country where greed and self-ag- 
grandizmnent is fast blotting out the finer qualities of many a 
noble nature; where shrewd cunning is too often regarded in 
the light of profound business knowledge, and where the senti- 
ments of loyalty and honor are seemingly manifest only in the 
pages of by-gone history. For, without a stable government, 
the live-stock or any other interests will be-based on so insecure 
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