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Wisconsin State Agricultural Society / Transactions of the Wisconsin State Agricultural Society, including the proceedings of the state agricultural convention held in February, 1885, together with other practical papers
Vol. XXIII (1885)

Coon, F. W.
The ins and outs of tobacco culture,   pp. 301-320

Page 318

to work too hard and all this sort of thing, and to undertake 
to increase the burdens that are upon them by carrying 
out any such fine ideas will be too much for them to stand. 
In regard to bad water, what is nature's drink for man? 
Running water.   There it is, plain and unmistakable. 
Where there is no running water there is no grass. There 
is a natural adaptation in regard to such matters, and in 
studying nature's Iaws we do not get fooled in regard to it. 
Man was originally a mountain or hill animal, and in 
mountains or hills there is the rain for them. If there is no 
rain there is no grass, and consequently no water would be 
needed, but in all cases, with very few exceptions, there is 
the drink for them. In running water, the motion of the 
water purifies it, just as exereise is healthy for man. All 
you want to do is to exercise the water to have it healthy. 
If man was an evolution from marine life, it is plain enough 
that saline drink will not hurt him, because, if he uses salt 
he is only going back to nature, and, if salt is good for ani- 
mals, it is good also for vegetables. Salt, as such, will not 
do any particular hurt. In regard to soluble and insoluble 
ingredients, we are taught by scientists, and they teach 
many good things, that minerals, even, were contained in 
solution in the primeval ocean, and by passing through ma- 
rine life, either animal or vegetable, the acid bodies were 
precipitated to the bottom and became insoluble. That is 
what made the land. We must not get to be too fine in 
that matter, but we must study nature's laws, and adapt 
ourselves to them, then we will not have any mistake about 
i. Well water always is contrary to nature, most likely. 
Indians will drink out of running water rather than any- 
where else. They do not like well water, neither do they 
like to live in houses. He speaks of water containing inor- 
ganic matter..Water that has percolated through the earth 
of course contains more or less inorganie matter. In regard 
to percolation, when running water pereolates into the 
earth, and there comes a dry time, by capillary attraction it 
Scomes back to the surface and assists in furnishing food for 
plants. I do not wish to be very precise in regard to this 
matter. In regard to poisons, he says there are lead poisons, 

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