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Nobility Of Agricultural Pursuits

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Day
14
Month
October
Year
1864
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Public Domain
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ïlierc Iiuó boen a grówing di.ilike oti thé part of our farmers' soos and íiauglitero, to the qtiiet, peacoful purpuílk wliicb Lavo flurruiinded theïr eorlv venta with all the comforts of liie, ii nrt ri luxnrics. Sharing iu tho fust spiíi; of the fige, they have beei) unwilling to wait the siow but sure gutiia wiiicli bavt1 bn.ughta oompetency to thuir anecsiors frocn lillitig toe soil, aud, indulging iu dreams ol suddenly aö'quiw'd fortunes, and ;iii!;i,ious for luxuryand display, h;ie h.istened to engage in liade, or awell the cnmd'jd ranks of tlif roíefisiouti iu our larga towus and citiea. -Rl uutj has been done ly the noble eflbrts of OLir rural .iress to stem the JUaetnias (de, but vet a still more pp lept lower has been necded, whicli tho war ïius éuj'plied, by the uocertiihty :.m' iditüftjili ■ wit-H hiüh it hus invested othor avoca i jus, nnd, akn, by renoeri.-.g agripuUiral fmrguite vastly more remune-rative thau before. E.itimates made irorn close observation go to fchow that ninoty per cent. of tliose engaged in mercautile business die insolvent, while more than that pre]ortion of funners die, eitber froe irom debts or vi;h inoro than properiy suffi cient to liquidute them. The maj iritv, indeed, do t:ot acquire vast fortunes, but seem to oecupy the euviable posi tion covoted by íáolomon, vvhen he said, ''Give me neithcr poveity nor riehes," nd n that he áiaplayed his great wisdom, as ciilier extreme leaves its poseessor a pure prey to diequietude. But eightiur iuducements thau the greater certaiaty oí' a good living onjoyed by a farmer exist in the happy htate oí od-apendence renlized by him. Nót rolying on the patronage or good will of hi:i fellows for prosperitv iu business, he has no occasion for dibguwe, and enn afford, to be frank fiud outspokjn in his sentiineDt-i and feeliugs, thus developing a greater mauliness aud nobility of character. Thd intelligent tillor ot the soil is brought intb contact with tho [ihenomena of the thi'ee grat kingddina with vvhiuh we all have to do. lie lias a fine oiiportuuity to observe and siudy the eeorct procesaos (f mature, wbereby she produces by subtle iorces, in the tnosl perfect obedience to fixed laws, all the resulta going on to p&rfectiou, whether applu making or corn-producing. It is tr-.e, a farmer may be so dull as to Bet) no bii'.uty in these things, any ïi.oi'e ihau the blind man does in a gaïkry of üüo paintmgs, and is ítieíéfore no rüi;re charmed aml delighted bv what he s:es and doos, than a deaf man wou'd l - : jonoert-room oí' the-mOBt êxqiiisUe performers. But these are The escepttons, r.(t the rule, and in the Hayorky of eases aa intimacy with nature exerttí its legitímate infiuence in elevi(tii:g aud beautifyiog the êbaracter The theater of the farmer's labor is remote frum scènes of temptation that might lur.e him from the paths of virtue. Ue pursues his daily toil alnid all the rchning infiuences of his houie, with his wife and little ones neir hiim, perhaps sharing his labora, at lenst lightening them by thuir ebeering smiies and vords of love and nympathy. His duily walk is removed from the haunts of profanity, liceotiousness and bacchanaliao evil, where the soul is contaminated by familiarity with the gross and dark side of human nature ; amid the calm repose, the benign peace and purity of nature, he is drawn into hjirmony and communion with tho great and beneiicent Father of all. Agricultura! pursuits also tend to cuhivate : íeeling of indepeudence upon an over-ruling Providence. When the f rnier has propared his scil and sown his seeds, he can do little more. He must vvait for a higher power to waken into life the seed germs. It is not human skil! that makes the radical to descend aud the plume rise ; that causes the sap to flow, the roots to push out their fibres inlo the soil in search of food ; the buds to expand, the branches to extend, and flbwers and fruit follow each. other in succession. Human pow er does not bring down the needful raius and dews, Deither does it give or tempel the light and'heat of the sun. VVhen the stated order of things is interrupted - when tho showers and dews are withholden, and the thirsty earth is parched w!th drouth, or when the rain descends in torrents, or the surt hides his face, and bliting winds and untimely frosis descend - how utterly helpless is man. And when all cireumBtances combine to favor the farmer's operation, how can he help seeing the hand of Providence - a hand co-working with him and blessiog him oontinually ? Ofcc fprinpu "Jtps.

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