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Northern Wisconsin Agricultural and Mechanical Association / Transactions of the Northern Wisconsin Agricultural and Mechanical Association, including a full report of the industrial convention held at Neenah, Wisconsin, February, 1886. Together with proceedings of the Association for 1884, to January 1, '86
Vol. XI (1886)

Bright, C. M.
Taxation,   pp. 273-306 PDF (6.8 MB)


Page 298


298   TRANSACTIONS OF THE NORTHERN WISCONSIN
whining as if we were going to throw away fifty dollars.
We are paying an honest debt. My taxes are high. I shall
never pay them under protest. We have got the value of
them. We have got good bridges, good sewers. This con-
stant and eternal growling about taxes is nonsense. Rise
up with the dignity of men and don't be eternally whining
about what you are paying out to somebody else. We are
getting the benefit of it ourselves.
Mr. Wilson -It becomes more and more the fact that
labor needs supervision, and it is not profitable for men to
employ laborers without careful supervision. It may be that
there are only a few men in a society that are qualified for
supervision. Those who do supervise are just as valuable;
they are more valuable than the laborer. I believe the man
who justly and righteously supervises and directs, is one of the
most important and one of the most valuable persons that
can be in a society. I do very much depreciate the spirit
that declines to recognize the value of the overseer and the
employer. If I only had a little more ability I might have
been an employer. That was the lack with me. Had I had
good ability I would have been an overseer or employer,
been a capitalist and employer, but instead of that I accepted
my humble situation and went on contentedly. I have an-
other idea and that is the doctrine of averages. It is the
impression of people that the doctrine of averages is inev-
itable. There is not a more sophistical idea,amoreinjurious
idea. When I was here twenty years ago I purchased a cow of
a farmer a little way out, and I had a friend, a local preacher
in poor circumstances, a little way out, an old class-mate.
When I had the cow I was proud of her yield. She gave a
good quantity of milk. One day as I was going where my
friend resided, I filled up a good size jug with milk and car-
ried it along to him. Says he, what does this mean? I says
I have bought a cow. Says he, that is a poor investment;
cows average only four quarts of milk a day. Well, said I,
I am going to beat the average. That is the idea about
farming. You lay down on the average and you are losing,
but let every young man beat the average. I cared for that
cow well and she did finely. I moved away from here to


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