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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)

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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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