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)
Beach, C. R.
Science in agriculture, pp. 280-301
_WISCONSIN STATE AGRICULTURAL SOCIETY. That the solution of the pToblems that constantly presented themselves, to the farmer pon several to depend -u ý Instinet quite as much as upon reason (with a.preponderance, I suppose in favor of the instine't). When I read this and much more of s'imilarimport, 1 could not help admitting that although the paper seemed open to eritieism, as being opposed to the gen'eral received opinion of mankind, and also at variance with the. deduetions of sound loo,-ic it could certainly lay claims to profound originality. But after reaching such conclusion I came aeross a speech made by another learned doctor of the law., which led me to change my mind'and to exclaim with Solomon., that after all Ihere is nothing -new under the Sun. The speech to which I refer was ni-ade some thýpe thou- sand years ago, somewhere in the Persian empire', and the occasion so far as 1 could learn from the record (which I admit was somewhat obscure) was a meeting sim'ilar to this in which the hiLher -edueation of farmers, was being dis- Cussed. After some preliminary discussion, a learned Rabbi or doctor of the law. whose wisdom- wag known throughout all Asia, arose and said: ",How ean they get wisdom who hold the plow, and that handle the good, that drive oxen and are occupied with their Iabor. They gl*ve the, mind to make furrows and their talk is..of bullocks, and they are diligent to give the cows fodder. But they shall not be sought for in public council; (never a mother's son of them shall even go to coiagress); nor bhall they sit high in the congregation. They shall not sit in. the judges seaf, nor understand the sentence of j udg- ment. They cannot declare.judgment and justice, and they shall not be found where parables are spoken. But they will raise crops, breed children, and pay taxes and so mailitain the state of the world but they should have no hicher am- - > J-13 bition than ' to work with Iheir hands sixteen hours a day on their farms. To you who believe in the tendency of professional edu- catj.on and training to Icause men to entertain similar ideas, ancl modes of thought, thoagh separated by Iong . periods'of
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