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Wisconsin Dairymen's Association / Tenth annual report of the Wisconsin Dairymen's Association : held at Sheboygan, Wis., January 11-13, 1882. Report of the proceedings, annual address of the president, and interesting essays relating to the dairy interests
(1882)

Lorentzen, John
Butter making,   pp. 105-112 PDF (1.7 MB)


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WnoosifIJ DA=YxUN's AssocAox. 
Thus we we it iliustrated daily in the stream of life, We all 
plunge in. Those gone before us struck out for down the stream 
The great majority who start with us will go the easiest way, and 
follow those gone before them. But not always is going with the 
stream, with the crowd, if the easiest and most popular, on that 
account the safest and best plan to adopt. There may be danger. 
one places in the easy way-quicksaads and whirlpools, that will 
engulf the pushing throng. 
Occasionally we find one who sees danger ahead; he feels that 
himself and all the rest are drifting in the wrong current. Ho 
turns about, faces the current and popular opinion; he warns the 
easy going multitude. Generally he is derided for doing so  kot 
only must he make great exertions to breast the waves and current, 
nay, he must beware lest many a one on the easy road may and will 
give him a sly ducking, maybe swamp him. If he is the man of 
the right stamp, will reach the shore or protecting rook in safety, 
and may have the satisfaction to rescue those who tried to swamp him. 
I will retain this metaphor of life and its pursuits. We do not all 
swim in the same stream, in the same river, sea or ocean. We do 
not all follow the same vocation. May we not say that this con- 
vention, members of the great dairy industryoar paddling along 
the " Milky way" on the banks of which, to be sure, honey flows?
But this milky stream is beset with dangers and difficulties that are 
hard to fathom and have swamped many a fellow voyager. To 
avoid the shallows on the way, the dairymen of this country have 
their bright reliable beacons, who continually shed their light for 
them. "The dairy press," in rain or shine, good times or bad, 
never flag, their oil never fails. I know with some of these it is 
hard work to breast the stream, and more's the pity. Are they 
appreciated and sufficiently encouraged? I fear not. The crowd 
go floating by and thoughtlessly allow them to struggle on, oerhap 
to be swamped at last. I have seen these lighthouse keepers, 
admired their courage and devotion to their cause. Not long ago, 
not two specimens of this class from the remote Eat, making 
their way to the distant West in quest of oil to light their fires 
for your and my benefit; one of them was old in years, yet young 
at heart and full of enthusiasm. Are such men swimming against 
the current without encouragement? It is for you to answer. 
May not these yearly conventions and gatherings be likened to 
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