Wisconsin. State Conservation Committee (1915-27) / Biennial report of the State Conservation Commission of Wisconsin for the years 1915 and 1916
Paper read at meeting held with commercial fishermen at Sturgeon Bay, Wisconsin, February 16, 1916, pp. 38-42 PDF (1.0 MB)
40 WISCONSIN CONSERVATION COMMISSION to maturity and good prices, but would slaughter the little pigs, the calves, the colts and the wee chickens for a few cents because it was quick money and he could not wait. Would you say he was a good candidate for the foolish house? That is a parallel I am impelled to draw in order that I may impress on your minds the necessity of changing our ways of business suicide. That is the viewpoint I want to place before you. I have not overstated the figures. I have understated them. If we were big cooperative brothers, helping one another, and some ten to fifteen years ago adopted this Christmas spirit toward one another would we be scratching our heads and wondering how soon the finishing touches will be put to our business? INTERIOR VIEW STATE HATCHERY AT OSHKOSH HATCHING PIKE EGGS The great State of Wisconsin has upon its statute books many laws aimed at helping us fisherrnen. This department of laws has made mis- takes due to the fact that the makers of the laws did not know our conditions nor our possibilities. Particularly our possibilities. We had no means of becoming closely associated, most of our fishermen looked upon these laws and their officers as an institution interfering with their rights as individuals. Selfish ideas for easy money over-balances the great constructive game, that of making a profession based upon fundamental principles of con- tinuous existence and prosperity. Let us try to get legislation based on practical ideas that mean the building up of the industry. Then let us feel these laws are for us. You and me. Our future benefit. And we find ourselves in a spirit of cooperation with these laws. We and our interests are bound up with them, and when we see that, we become men in the large sense, men who feel today's acts are tomorrow's results.
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