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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)

Barry, A. C.
The agricultural outlook,   pp. 229-273


Page 260

42d 6 0  WISCONSIN STAT E.AGRICULTURAL SOCIETY. 
In that bill, we have not entered into the details -of the 
matter. We have arranged for the appointment of a board 
of control., a board of regents, or trustees, to designate the 
course o f study,.the charaeter of buildings, and all thatý per- 
tains to the proposed institution, and we thought perhaps, if 
it is true, as t ' he learned Professor says, that there is no sei- 
ence of agriculture, perhaps this demand.. so prevalent all 
over the state, is an indieation of a function which ealls for 
an organization, I understand from naturalists that fune- 
tion often precedes organizatio*n in the apimal body. Per- 
haps this is a function which has just begun to exereise itself, 
and if there is no such thing as seientific agricülture.. it is 
time that there was: in my opinion, and the sooner we start 
it the better. I live in the country, and I am a farmer. I 
have hitherto, before hearing this learned dissertation on 
the humbleness of agriculture, tak.en considerable pride in 
m y profession. I have thought it was one of those , occupa- 
tioils which had a tendenc'y to develop the highest type of 
manhood. Indeed, President Paul, said, in the report that 
has been recently made, that the various. high avocations, 
such as that ohearned professors, learned lawyers, learned 
doctors, theologians, and successful commereial men.. are 
Iargely composed of men who were reared as boys on the 
farm. That shows us that, if we have not any seience in agri- 
culture. we have been pretty. successful in rearing men. I 
have noticed.. living in the country, that niost of the sons of 
farmers, through the influence of our present system of ed- 
ueational institutions, drift off 'into what are ealled the gen- 
teel pursuits, and that.their places are taken., by the humble 
peasantry comiing from foreign countries. They come to 
this, country with very humble ideas. They commence 
work at whatever salary they Ican get, and I have noticed in 
avery few years they get possession of the farm. They. 
have been progressing rapidly in -that direction within my 
memory, for the last twenty-five or thirty ypars, and they 
are gettiDg most all of the countryin their possession, while 
the sons of A.merican born citizens have drifted off into 
these pursults that are supposed to be genteel, an d in -w hich 
physical exereise is not required as it is on the farm, and 


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