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)
AGRICULTURAL AND MECHANICAL ASSOCIATION. 299 Waupaca county. Up there on the sandy land the pasture was poor and she began to dry up. I accepted that as an indication of Providence. I thought to myself I will give her a little meal. She immediately gave it back. I said no, I will not feed her. I sold her to my friend Mr. Gillingham. I was glad to have him take her away. The next cow, when the fall came dried up. She would not give any milk. I said I am going to beat the average. I am not going to have that cow dry up, and gave her ground feed. That cow just enlarged her heart toward me and her udder. I had milk to give away. Any line of business you are engaged in de- pends upon beating the average. It is a caprice. Take that caprice. That is what you are here for, to beat the average. Mr. Roe -There is one difficulty about this great land question. It is looming and there are clouds on the horizon that are causing anxiety. There are other matters, there is the question of pauper labor, the growing and increasing expense of living. All these problems are coming before us to solve. I think we have one way out and that is this which is common to us, which is being common to the masses of England and the different nations, and that is the free talk which is taught in our common school system, that you may knowingly and intelligently, and in your manhood exercise the right of speech as American citizens. With these privileges we can hew our way out to daylight from the jungle of care. Mr. Hazen - If we had to divide up now how long would it be before there would be just as many paupers as there are now. How many would there be in a better condition? How many of us would come here as many of us did, and buy us a farm and hew us out a home? What incentive would there be for doing anything? Who would put up homes? Who would put up a nice house to rent to the gov- ernment? Would the government do it? I do not see rea- son in these things. Where is the capital to carry on the business of the country? Where are the men with ability to draw it out? What would become of manufactures, what would become of the railroads? Railroad corporations are extensive in this country. Where would you be without
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