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Wisconsin Dairymen's Association / Tenth annual report of the Wisconsin Dairymen's Association : held at Sheboygan, Wis., January 11-13, 1882. Report of the proceedings, annual address of the president, and interesting essays relating to the dairy interests

Torrey, R. D.
The advantages of associated effort among farmers,   pp. 77-81 PDF (1.1 MB)

Page 77

By Hon. R. D. TORRCY, Manager Milwaukee Exposition, Milwaukee. 
Mr. PresideW, Ladies and Gentlemen:- I have for years been 
suffering under a terrible misfortune. I think I may consider my- 
self one of the most unfortunate of men from this fact: for some 
unknown reason, something beyond my ken, people have become 
possessed of the idea that I can talk upon almost any subject on 
almost all ocoasions, so that I have come to consider myself un- 
fortunate in this regard, as I presume you will think and agree with 
me after the little I may say upon this subject. I think it was our 
friend Hoard who, some two years ago at the convention, told us 
that of all men the farmer had the most gratuitous advice 
given to him, had the most seeming friends, and profited the least 
by the advice furnished. It is but justice to myself to state that 
the secretary of this association, who is one of those who are making 
this serious mistake regarding myself, notified me to be present on 
this occasion, and also furnished me with a topic while I was de- 
bating what to do, and I found as usual that there is nothing in 
life so hard as beginning except it be in sinning. 
" It is not good for man to be alone," was the divine declaration,
and by simply changing the sentence so it shall read, " It is not 
good for a man to be alone," it may be applied forcibly to us all in
the circumstances of life, if, indeed, it may not without the change; 
for until we may rightfully claim absolute and entire independ- 
enoe - which in the common order of cature never will be - no 
one can succeed in any of the greater or lesser pursuits of life, be 
it in the political, commorcial or social relations which we are sup- 
posed to sustain to all, for there is no association but what has a 
direct influence, positive and emphatic, on all. Socially, the man who 
lives by himself and for himself exclusively is so selfish that he is 
really an object of pity; for he hardly knows, or if knowing, does 
not appreciate life or any of its blessings; and again, under the 
same thought, while our home should be our earthly paradise and 
receive our greatest. care and command our first attention, yet to 
shut ourselves within our homes and neglect or refuse to go beyond 
its threshold, soon has an influence on all the inmates that is far 

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