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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)

Beach, C. R.
Science in agriculture,   pp. 280-301

Page 285

we forget that - they have.not always been, and fail to give 
eredittothe*coursesfrorhwhencetheycom'e. The memories 
of living men go back to the time when steam power be- 
came an established reality, but during that short Lime it 
well nigh revolutionized labor, changed our methods of liv- 
ing, and I might also add our methods of thought. 
Sinee then.. the general use of steel, the telegraph, the tele- 
_phone, the lucifer mateh,.gas light, and eleetric light, artifi- 
cial cold-and the art of canning, are only sample specimens 
of the contributions that science has made to the world's 
. Were we placed back only to the time of our grandfathers, 
we should begin to feel that the world was a dull place. to 
live in. 
Whether we shall ever so control and apply the forces *in, 
nature, so that we may entirely dispense with physical.labor,' 
is a question that the f titure must answer. 
But only a few days ago, the president of the United 
States, Ă½standing in an inner chamber of the White House, 
in Washington, touched a - key that set in motion - the ma- 
chinery of the New Orleans Exposition. Believiing that, I 
am ready to accept the wildest dreams of your imagination 
as among the possibilities. 
But what has all this to do with sc i*ence in agriculture? In 
directly much; soeiety is a, unit, and all its parts are so 
united, that what benefits a part benefits the whole. But- in 
the rapid race of progress, agriculture has not been the slow- 
est dog in the pack, running far in the rear., and whose oe- 
easional ho'wl Gnly indicated how far behin'd it really was, 
but it has kept equal pace with her sister industries in her 
apprediation and adoption of whatever science has. demon- 
strated to be of value, and. 1 am not sure that in this very 
partieular farmers are entitled to the very first rank, not 
that they have as a elass, shown much' skill in applying 
science to mechanical invention's for their own benefit. 
in this, direction a few soft-handed brain workers, have 
accomplished more - than the whole.body combined. 
. Xet the keen appreciation and the readiness that the far- 
mers have shown in adopting whatever was useful, has been 

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