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
Talk on Switzerland, pp. 65-69 PDF (964.4 KB)
SOUTHERN WIS. CHEESEMAKERS' & DAIRYMEN'S ASS'N. 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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