Wisconsin Farmers' Institutes / Wisconsin Farmers' Institutes : a hand-book of agriculture
Bulletin No. 11 (1897)
Stahl, John M.
Rural mail delivery, pp. 142-144 PDF (773.8 KB)
p . WISCONSIN FARMERS' INSITUTU. - -.-I want to be fair to the raiiroie men I have rather a wide acquaintance among them, and I know of no clam more progressive or hone t, or patri- otic; but I must mar that according to all the evidence the $29,000,000 that they get for carrying the mails is about $15,000,000 too much. I do not blame the railroad men for getting all they can, but I do blame the people who elect the senators who pa much bills. I haven't a particle of pity for the farmers who have to plod through the dust and mud to get their mail a long am we elect senators of this kind, as, long, for instance, as the great ag- ricultural dates of Ilinois and Iowa have not a mingle genuine farmer in either branch of congress. The trouble with the farmer is, he is too modest, he won't demand his rights; farmers will never get their rights until they mend their own friends to congress. Why shouldn't the mail be delivered to the farmer just as much as to anybody else? What Can the Farmer Do? Now, what can you do, what can every farmer do to help along rural free mail delivery? You can do just one thing; write letters to your con- gressmen and senators in favor of it. They probably will not pay any at- tention to the letter in the way of a reply-they will be too busy for that- but you need not worry that they will not rad tao. lettera and eSoner them The eongresman or the ma- tor knows that the man who ham the intelligence to write him to support this bill or to oppose that, haa the in- telligence and the idependenc to vote against him if he does not do - he should. When I began thim agita- tion six yea ago I met only ridleul. My best friends told me I was a fool, but now only one agriculturl pWr opposes this rural free mail delivery, and it would seem that the majority of the farmers are in favor of it, and in the discussion in the session of 1895-6 on this Post Office Appropria- tion Bill many congressmen spoke on this subject, and nearly half Of the senators, and not one word in opposi- tion to rural free mapi delivery was said; they all acknowledged it ought to come, that it was a question of only a short time when it sh6uld come So I hope you will write to your con- gressmen and menators and let them know that you are in favor of rural free mail delivery. I know of nothing that will do so much toward mklng the people happy and prosperous as rural free mail delivery-happy mad prosperous because their prosperity and happiness are founded, as they must be, on a progressive and con- tented husbandry. Music, choir of men and boys, 105 voices. 144
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