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)
WISCONSIN FARMERS' INSTITlTE. EVENING SESSION. The Institute met At 730 P. M. H. C. TAYLOR in the Chair. Music, First Congregational Church Choir. RURAL XAIL DELIVERY. Hon. JOHN X. STAEL, Editor Farmers Call and Bee'y Farmers' Na- tional Congress, Chicago, IIL JOE M. STAHL. 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 142 - - r" I . x I
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