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Wisconsin Dairymen's Association / Eleventh annual report of the Wisconsin Dairymen's Association : held at Elk-horn, Wis., January 31, and February 1 and 2, 1883. Report of the proceedings, annual address of the president, and interesting essays relating to the dairy interests

Smith, J. M.
Pleasant homes made happy ones,   pp. 63-70 PDF (1.8 MB)

Page 63

well Have system about your business; watch details; care 
for the small things of life; they make the large ones; the 
details are as important as the great things; begin right and 
work to some purpose, and success in life is assured; with- 
out an aim your work will amount to little. 
By J. M. SMITe, President State Horticultural Society, Green Bay. 
Upon one of the rough, hilly farms of one of the Atlantic 
states, there stands, or did stand, a few years since, a house, 
tha dwelling place of its owner. It was of fair size, and, 
with proper surroundings, might have been a comfortable 
and happy home. On the contrary, everything about it was 
chilling and forbidding. No lawn or shrubbery in front, no 
flowers or garden in sight. Not a respectable fence between 
the house and the highway, or even a lilac bush or a wild 
rose to bid a silent welcome to the~wayfarer, or to relieve the 
dreary monotony to those who were compelled to make this 
place their home. Within, the house was as cheerless and 
destitute of everything but the.barest necessaries, as if the 
owner and his family had lbeen on the verge of starvation. 
He said he would have no useless gewgaws about him. He 
dressed in the plainest of clothes, and even these were often 
dirty, patched or raggel. He lived and compelled those in 
his house to live upon the cheapest and plainest of food. In 
manners he was rude, profane and vulgar. Toward his wife 
and children he was arbitrary and overbearing, and among 
his hired men he was a tyrant and a savage. His wife, 
weary and worn out with her burden, lay down and died 
before the summer of her life was half over, and his child- 
ren left such a dreary spot as soon as they were able. The 
owner lived simply to gather property. He died a few years 
since, leaving an estate valued at $250,000, with no indebted- 
ness. In amassing property in a wild mountain district he 
was certainly successful; but to him this was all of life. 
Was such a life worth living? 

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