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Southern Wisconsin Cheesemakers' and Dairymen's Association / Proceedings of the twelfth annual meeting of the Southern Wisconsin Cheesemakers' and Diarymen's Association held at Monroe, Wisconsin, Thursday and Friday, February 1 and 2, 1912

Emery, J. Q.
Calf paths,   pp. 90-102 PDF (2.8 MB)

Page 90

Twelfth Annual Convention.
CALF            PATHS
J. Q. Emery, Dairy and Food Commissioner
Mr. President and Members of the Southern Wis-
consin Cheese Makers and Dairymen Association,
Ladies and Gentlemen:
History records that the direction of the main
thoroughfare of the original city of Boston was de-
termined by the path which the cows made in going
to and returning from  their forest pasture.  Mr.
Samuel Foss has told this story and pointed a moral
to the same in a little epic poem which I will read:
One day through the primeval wood
A calf walked home, as good calves should;
But made a trail, all bent askew,
A crooked trail, as all calves do.
Since then two hundred years have fled,
And, I infer, the calf is dead;
But still he left behind his trail,
And thereby hangs my moral tale.
The trail was taken up next day
By a lone dog that passed that way;
And then a wise bell-wether sheep
Pursued the trail o'er vale and steep,
And drew the flock behind him, too,
As good bell-wethers always do.
And from that day, o'er hill and glade,
Through those old woods a path was made,
And many men wound in and out,
And dodged and turned and bent about,
And uttered words of righteous wrath,
Because 'twas such a crooked path;
But still they followed - do not laugh -
The first migrations of that calf.

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