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Wisconsin Farmers' Institutes / Wisconsin Farmers' Institutes : a hand-book of agriculture
Bulletin No. 11 (1897)

Stahl, John M.
Rural mail delivery,   pp. 142-144 PDF (773.8 KB)

Page 142

The Institute met At 730 P. M. H. C. TAYLOR in the Chair.
Music, First Congregational Church Choir.
Hon. JOHN X.
STAEL, Editor Farmers Call and Bee'y Farmers' Na-
tional Congress, Chicago, IIL
Mr. Chairman. Ladles and Gentle
men:-I want it distinctly understood
a, the beginring of what I have to sa3
tcnight, that we, who labor for bettei
mail fac!littes for towvns and villages
and for the farm, are not animated b3
any spirit of enmity to city people
We recognize the inter-dependence o0
industries. We know that other in
dugtieo cannot be solidly prosperous
nnlsma the farm in BrosneroUS. and we
deem It as equally true that the farm
cannot be solidly prosperous when
other Industries languish. If we made
war on city people we would be mak-
ing war on our own, because statistics
show that more than 58 per cent. of
those who are successful In commercial
and professional pursuits in the city
come from the farm. We would not
by one iota reduce the profit of city
industries or take from the pleasures
of city life.
City People Favor It.
I am glad that I can. say tonight
that the city people are heartily In
favor of rural free mail d6livery.
When my little article in support of
it appeared in the North American
Review, clippings were sent me from
more than four hundred city papers
commending my article and favoring
rural free mail delivery, and I have
found only one city paper that op-
posed it.
The necessity of such rural free de-
livery service was touched upon in the
house of representatives the 6th of
March, 1896, by Mr. PickIer, who re-
ferred to the fact that no effort Is
made to improve the service for coun-
try people, while immense amounts of
and there was not a single word spoken
money are spent every year in the
cities improving the postal service.
Mr. Hepburn, also speaking in the
house, gave fiprs a4ong the UsD4 IU9
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