Wisconsin State Agricultural Society / Transactions of the Wisconsin State Agricultural Society, including the proceedings of the state agricultural convention held in February, 1885, together with other practical papers
Vol. XXIII (1885)
Barry, A. C.
The agricultural outlook, pp. 229-273
DISCUSSION. corrected to read that all should be practical agriculturists, but it wasnot determined at that meeting of the committee which way it should read. The committee dispersed and went to their several homes. After being home a few days, there was word sent to me by öne of the committee that he should probably, in a few days, present this bill to a certain party to be presented before the legislature and wanted to know my views in regard to that elause. I sent wörd back to hirn to refer the matter to the gentleman who has the bill in charge, Mr. Adams, and others here, and, if they thought proper to make that change, to do so, and present the bill in that form. I am not satisfied at the present time whether it was wise to make that change or not. If it is not wise, it would be a very easy matter to change it back to read as it formerly did, "A majority of the board shall be practical farmers." I want to say, for the benefit of this lady who gave us such a splendid plea in favor of the agri- cultural college, that the petitions that were sent out, in the first place, were drawn up to read, "For the education of farmers' sons," confined strictly to the education of farmers' sons. I told them that would not do; we wanted it based on a broader field than to be confined to farmers; that our daughters should be also educated in that college; that I believed that our sons and our daughters should go hand in hand, be educated together in every respeet, and not be separated; not only that, but the villages and the cities should also be allowed to send their children to this college, there to be educated in the branches that wero to be taught there, if they saw fit to seek an education of that kind. The point that this lady made, that our daughters should also be educated in a college of this nature, is one of the most beautiful features, as I look upon it, of the whole thing. Let us send our daughters and our sons together, where corruption shall not creep in, for we know it is a fact that wherever boys or men are separated from the influence of ladies that they become more or less corrupt. If this in- stitution is established, and both sexes are not educated in that college, it will not meet the views of the committee who had the framing of it in charge. 267
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