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The Creed Of The Grangers

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Day
20
Month
February
Year
1874
Copyright
Public Domain
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The following articlcs having been unaniinously adopted by the National Grango of tho Patrons of Husbandry, in session at St. Louis, Mo., may be taken as the authoritative and final exposition of the Creed of that Order : Profoundly impressed with tho truth that the National örange of the United States should definitely proclaim to the world its general objects, we heroby raake this declaration of purposes of the Patrons of Husbandry: 1. United by tho strong and faithful ties of agriculturo, we naturally resolvo to labor for the good of our own order, our country and mankind. 2. We heartily indorso the motto, " In essentials, unity ; in non-e6sentials, liberty ; in all things, charity." 3. We shall endeavor to advanco our cause by laboring to occomplish the following objects : To develap a better and higher manhood and womanhood among ourselves ; to enhance the comforts and attractions of our homes and strengthen our attachments to our pursuits ; to foster mutual understanding and co-operation ; to maintain, inviolate, our laws, and to emulato each other to labor; to hasten the good time coming ; to reduce our expenses both individual and corporate ; to buy less and produce more in order to mako our farms self-supporting ; to divorsify our crops, and erop on more than we can cultivato ; to condense the weight of our exporta, selling loss in tho bushei and more on hoof and in the fleece ; to systematize our work and calcúlate intelligently on probabilities ; to discountenance the credit system, the mortgage system, the fashion system and every other system tending to prodigality and bankruptcy. We propose visiting together, talking together, working together, buying together, selling together and in general acting together for our mutual protection and advancement, as occasion may require. We shall avoid litigation as much as possible by arbitration in the grange. We shall constantiy strive to secure entire harmony and good will with all the brotherhood, and to make our order perpotual. We shall earnestly endeavor to suppress personal, local, sectional and National prejudices, all unhealthy rivalry and unselfiah ambition. Faithful adherence to these principies will insure our mental, moral, social and material advancement. 4. For our business interests we desire to bring producers and consumers, farmers and manufacturera, into the most direct and friendly relations possible ; henee we must dispense with a surplus of middleïnen ; not that we are unfriendly to them but we do not need them. Their surplus and their actions diminish our profits. We urgc.no aggressive warfare against any other interests whatever ; on the contrary, all our acts and all our efforts, so far as business is concerned, are not only for the benefit of producers and cousumers, but also for all other interests that tend to bring these two parties into speedy and economical contact. Henee, we hold that iransportation companies of every kind are necessary to our success ; that their interests are intimately connected with our interests, and harmonious action mutually advantageous. Keeping in view the first sentence in our declaration of principies of action, that individual happiness depends upon general prosperity, we shall, therel'ore, advocate for overy State the increaso n every practicable way of allfacilities for transporting cheaply to the seaboard, or betweon home producers or consumers, all productions of our country. Wo adopt it as our fixed purpose to open out the channels in uature's great arteries that the life blood of commorce may flow freely. We are not enemies of railroads, navigable canals, nor of any corporations that will advance our industrial interests, nor of any laboring classes. In our noble order there is no coinniunism, no agrarianism. We are opposed to such spirit and management of any Corporation or onterpriso as tend to oppress the peoplo and rob them of their just profits. We are not enemies to capital, but we oppose the tyranny of monopolies. We long to see the antagonism between capital and labor, removed by common consent, and by an enlightened statesinanship worthy of the 19th century. We are opposed to excessive salaïies, hieh rates of interest and exorbitant per cent. profits in trade; they greatly increase our burdens, and do aot bear a proper porportion to the profits of producers. We desire only self-proteotion and protection of every true interest of our land by legitímate transactions, legitímate trade and legitímate profits. We shall advance the cause of education among ourselves and for our children by all just means within our power. We especially advocate for our agricultural and industrial colleges, that practical agricultural and domestic science and all the arts which adorn the home, bo taught in their course of study. 3. Wo emphatically and sincorely assert the oft repeated truth taught in our organic law, that the Grange, National, State or subordínate, is not a political or party organization. No grange, truo to its obligations, can discuss political or religious questions, nor cali political conventions, nor nomínate candidates, nor even discuss their merits in its meetings ; yet the principies we teach underlie all true politics, all true statesmanship, and if properly carried out will tend to purify the whole political atmosphere of our country. Weseektho greatest good to the greatest nuinber, but wo mustalways bear in mind that no one, by becoming a grange member, givos up that inalienable right and duty which belongs to every American citizen - to take a proper interest in the politics of bis country. On the contrary, it is right for every member to do all in hia power, legitimately, to influence for good tho action of any political party to which ho belongs. It is his duty to do all he can in his own party to put down bribery and corruption and trickery ; to see that none but competent, faithful and honest men, who will unflinchingly stand by our industrial intersts, are nominatcd for all positions of trust, and to have carried out the principies which should always characterize every grange member- that the office should seek tho man and not the man the office. We aoknowledge the broad principie that difference of opinión is no crime, and hold that progresa toward truth is niade of difference, while the fault lies in the bitternesg oí' controvorsy. We desiro a proper equality, equity and fairness, protection for tho weak, restraint upon the strong; in short, justly distributed power. Th oso aro American ideas, the very essence of American indepcndence, and to advocate the contrary is unworthy of tho sons and daughtors of an American republic. We cherish the belief that sectionalism is, and of right should bo, dead and buried with the past. üur work is for tho present and tko future. In our agricultural brotherhood and its purposes we shall rocognize no North, no South, no East, no West. It is reserved by every patrón as tho right of a freeman to affiiiate with. any party that will bost carry out his principies. 9. Ours boing peculiarly a farmers' institution, we cannot admit all to our ranks ; many aro excluded by the naturo of our organization, not becauso they are professional men, or artisans, or laborers, but becauso they have not a sufficient direct interest in tilling or pasturing tho soil, or, or may have some interest in conflict with our purposos ; but we appcal to all good citizens for their cordial co-operation to assist in our efforts to reform, that we may oventually remove from our midst the last vostigo of tyranny and corruption. We hail the general desire for fraternal hannony, equitable compromiso and earnest co-operation as an omen of our future success. 7. It shall be an abiding principie with us to relievo any of our oppresscd and suffering brotherhood by any nieans at our oommand. Last but not least, we proclaim it among our purposes, to incúlcate a proper appreciation of tho abilities and sphere of woman, as is indicatod by admitting her to inenibership and position in our order, imploring tho continued assistance of our Divine Master to guide us in our work. We here" pledge ourselves to faithfully and harmoniously labor for all future time to return, by our united effort, to the wisdom, justice, fraternity and political purity of our forefathers.

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