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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 319

DIsCUSSION. 
and all that sort of thing. It was told to Voltaire once that 
tea was a slow poison. He said yes, it was very slow indeed, 
for he had used it for eighty years, and it had not killed 
him yet. And even strychnine may be used for a long time 
in small quantities, and not do any harrn. We have no time 
for splitting hairs ourselves, nor pay others for doing it, only 
but to a very limited extent. Splitting hairs is contrary to 
nature, and microscQpical observations are contrary to na- 
ture, or else our eyes would be made into microscopes, and 
we must look out for these inicroscopical observations. If 
our eyes were microscopes, there is not probably anything 
on the face of the earth that we would eat, because we would 
see bacteria and such things everywhere. 
President Arnold - From what this convention knows of 
Mr. Broughton, I do not think they believe he would be very 
much fooled by scientists or splitting hairs. A man that 
would carry a gold-headed can - like that which he carries, 
ought not to say anything about scientists. 
Mr. Broughton - This was a present from the industrial 
man. 
Mr. Gill - In regard to this paper that these gentlemen 
are addressing themselves to, I have listened to with a great 
deal of pleasure. Our friend who was on the floor first was 
criticising our friend Hinton. 1 am not going to take up the 
cudgles for him. I have no doubt he is able to defend him- 
self anywhere. But, if I remember right, Mr. Hinton did 
make a point, and that is more than I have discovered in 
either of these two gentlemen's remarks. The point I under- 
stand him to make is, that the professor had in his paper 
directed attention more particularly to the water supply, 
and the that point Mr. Hinton made was it would be 
well enough to look in other directions as well as that 
one for conditions of disease. In that respect I think 
there was a point. Friend Broughton has criticised the 
paper to some extent on the scientific basis, something 
1 am not capable of doing. I think that an every day 
farmer can benefit by that paper in one thing, and that 
is, to look at our own premises, when we get home, and see 
how our wells are situated in regard to manure piles. 
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