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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

Page 267

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. 

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