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Southern Wisconsin Cheesemakers' and Dairymen's Association / Proceedings of the ninth annual meeting of the Southern Wisconsin Cheesemakers' and Dairymen's Association held at Monroe, Wisconsin, Thursday and Friday, March 11 and 12, 1909

Luchsinger, Thos.
Talk on Switzerland,   pp. 65-69 PDF (964.4 KB)

Page 69

Switzerland has no great future before it; it has no room
for expansion, but has changed a great deal socially and
somewhat politically thru the great flux of foreigners from
all nations and especially the working class of Italy.
The heavy passenger traffic demands good roads and
facilities and considering the roughness of the territory
thru which they had to pass experienced Roadmakers were
needed and as the Italians are Past-masters in this Art
they were imported in great numbers for that purpose to
overcome the almost unsurmountable obstacles of mountain
road building. In late years the greatest engineering skill
has been excerised to make the steepest mountains accessible
to the weakest tourist by mountain railroads such as the
Jungfrau-Bahn and others of similar nature. But by and
thru these achievements much money as they cost and
much money as they bring into the country a great deal
of its former romantic and poetic prestige has been lost
and draws it down to the level of any other country, but
should not be so great a source of downheartedness as is
the case with a great number of the Swiss people, who
deplore the sacrilege, as they deem it, but they should
rather be joyful when they contemplate the vast sums of
English, American, Russian and German gold which flows
into their coffers, although a great deal of the old simplicity
has been lost and with it a number of other things which
were dear to the heart of every Swiss and we hope that the
time may still be far away when the love of liberty and their
country will be submerged into and replaced by greed and
love of money and the comforts of life, the splendor and
luxury and final physical and mental weakness concede
thereby, which has proved the ruin of many a great and
strong Republic.  May Switzerland learn from them  and
take a lesson from them before it is to late.

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