Wisconsin bankers' farm bulletin
Hotchkiss, W. O.
Wisconsin bankers' farm bulletin. Bulletin no. 9: how to get good roads at low cost PDF (1.0 MB)
HOW TO GET GOOD ROADS AT LOW COST The first bill for feight on farm crops is presented by the wagon road-it must be paid in advance. The next is presented by the rail- road-this can be paid after the freight is delivered. In the early days when the railroads were poorly constructed, it frequently cost 10 cents to carry a ton one mile. Now it costs but three-fourths of a -cent. Average wagon roads today charge 25 cents to carry a ton a mile. Good roads do it for half of this amount, or even less. An important question for us all to ask is, "Who pays the freight?" Does Jonest He does if Jones happens to be the man who lives on the poor road. Does Johnson, who lives on a Who Pays the Freight? good road in an up-to-date community and hauls loads twice the size of Jones' get any less for his crops? Or does Johnson lose any money when, because he has good roads to haul over, he markets his crops at times of bad roads and high prices, while Jones can hardly get to town over his bad road to bring home a few bags of flour-to say nothing of getting a load to market? Jones, however, is not the only one interested in better roads. If Jones makes more money he can afford to build that new barn he has needed for years, and the lumber dealer and Good Roads are Good. the hardware man and the carpenters and the stone masons will be benefited. If Jones gets more money for his crops-not necessarily by charging higher prices, but by simply refusing to pay so much freight, he can open a bank account and the banker will prosper. He can send his son to the Short Course in Agriculture to learn how to get larger and better crops from the same acreage. Incidentally that son will get a broader view of things and be a better citizen and neighbor-in short a greater asset to the community. He will be better able to buy his daughter a piano and put conveniences and comforts in his home so that he and his family will enjoy life all the more, all of which will make the mer- chants from whom he buys more prosperous and mor- willing to con- tribute to improving the roads. To sum it all up, a community with good roads is in all ways a better place to live than one with poor roads. There is no "presto change" or other charm that I know of that is effective in making a bad road into a good one. It takes strong backs, "greenbacks" and gray matter. One of the neces- How to Get Them. sary things to start and carry through a road im- provement program is that too rare quality-public spirit. The thing can be properly accomplished only when eveo'body
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