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Saturday last was hot, dry and dusty but all the three disagreeable features combined could not makethe 11 th annual basket of the Farmers' Picnic Assoeiation of Washtenaw, Livingston, Oikland and Wayne counties a failure. In fact it was the very opposite, although the crowd was not more than half as large as it was last year. Soon after daylight, the residents of Whitmore Lake were up preparing to entertain the crowd that was certain to be present. Early in the morning the crowd began to arrive, and a steady stream of dusty humanity poured into the village from then until after noon. The trains wei e loaded, numbers being obliged to stand up in the cars in order to get a passage. Bus loads came from the surrounding villages, and the farmer contingent came in every possible style of conveyance. By noon it was estimatei that nearly 4,000 persons were present. It was s pleasing sigut to watch the crowd walking back and forth. Tne younger people resumed the quiet flirtations begun a year ago, and the older ones shook hands and renew acquaintanceship with former friende. One class of people were noticable for their absence - the politicians, for whom these picnics are a regular bonanza during a campaign. The only active political star present was Bepresentative Lowden of Ypgilanti. Every class of catch-penny game was represented and many of them were well patronized. The street was lined on both sides with ice cream and lunch booths. Several fakirs dropped around during the day and gathered in a liberal allowance of spare change. One thing that detracted from the day and caused considerable trouble was the fact that an Ann Arbor saloonist had set up a beer-stand in the northern part of the village. This stand was well patronized, and late in the day a number of fights occured as a result of two liberal libations by eome of the young men. As the saloon was running in defiance of law, there was considerable talk of arresting those having it in charge, but nothing was done. In the afternoon and evening the younger members of the crowd had an opportunity to trip the light fantastic toe, as dances were given at both the hotels. The day altogether was one of pleasure and when the trains arrived, late of course, a more tired crowd could not well be found. But all declared that the picnic was a success, as they bade each other farewell for another year. BUSINESS MEETING. At 1:30 the large crowd which was gathered in the grove was called to ordjr by President C. M. Wood of Livingston county. In his opening address he cslled attention to the faot that Livingston county had been honored with the presidency cf the society for four years past and recommended that this office be given to some one of the other counties of the association for the coming year. The election of officers for the ensuing year was held and the following elected : R. O. Reeve, Dexter, president; Henry C. Waldron, Northfield, secretary ; Hascall Laraway, NorthfieUJ, treasurer ; Exeeutive committee : Q. A. Peters, Scio; A. Phelps, Dexter; N. C. Carpen ter, Ypsilanti ; I. C. Terry, Webster ; 8. T. Gridley, Ypsilanti; Peter Gill, Superior; George McDougalI, Superior; O. R. Pattengill, Cantón ; H. D. Platt, Pittafield ; James L. Lowden, Ypsilanti; E. I. Arms, South Lyon ; George Renwick, Lyons ; II. Pinckney. Hamburg ; Charles Fishbeck, Howell; P. Murray, Salem ; H. B. Thayer, Plymouth ; George Clark, Northville : T. DeForest, Ann Arbor; Giles Lee, Ánn Arbor; N. E. Sutton, Northfield; J. B. Goundry, Dentón; W. D. Smith, Dexter; George Merrill, Hamburg; Milo Baldwin, Chelsea ; E. A. Nordman, Dexter ; C. M. Wood, AndersoD. The president then annouoced that in violation of law and good order, parties were selling liquor in the village on this day and asked that the assembled crowd contribute towards the exnenses of cuting them. The crowd responded asd gave liberally, the society going on record against this illegal practice. LITERARY MEETING. The regular programme opened with music by the band, followed by prayer by Rev. R. D. Robinson of Whitmore Lake. ''Ofif for the Field " was well rendered by the Hamburg choir, after whieh Pres. C. hl. Wood of Andrews delivered the address of welcome. He called attention to the condition of Michigan when he carne to the state 54 years ago, and compared it with the condition of the state to-day. How Michigan has taken her place among the leaders of States, tree from dht, wtiile other older states are badly imieutcX ile thanked the people that were present, considering the warm and dry weather, and bade all a hearty welcome to the llth annual gathering of the farmers of this vicinity. After another selection by the choir Prjf. Oscar Clute, president of the Agricultural College, was introduced and made the address ot the day. He assured the audienco of the pleasure that it was to him to be present upon this occasion, as it was always to be among the real men and womeu of the country. It is the great power of the men of Michigan that has caused such a great change hero within a comparatively few yeara, and developed the great industries of the state, placing Michigan in the front rank of the sisterhood of the Union. This has been brought about by the honesty, industry and integrity of the truly great men and women of the state, those who have tilled the soil and husbanded the crops. The speaker brought together statistics to show how Michigan differed from many of the other states in the ownerahip of the land, one reason why the people are happy and prosperous. The last census gives Michigan 1,636,000 population and 154,000 farm?. Of this large number of farms 42,000 contain from 20 to 50 acres each, and 55,000 contain from 50 to 100 acres each, leaving onlv a few really large farms in the state. This wide distribution of the land among the large number of persons has been one of the causes of of Michigan's prosperitv. The men cultívate their own land and harvest their own crops, each having more than a tenant's interest in the result. The farms of Michigan are valued in round numbers at the enormous sum of $499,000,000. The farmers of the state own 3,117,778 horses, 384,000 cows 46C,000 other cattle, 2,189,000 sheep, and 9.864 swine, the total value of the domesti'c animáis being $55,720,000. Prof. Clute then dwelt upon the other resources oE Michigan, the mining, lumber, salt and other industrie?, which makes the name of Michigan known in every country on the earth. The crops of Michigan average well and it is exceptional when the farmers of the Btate have a poor season. The speaker warned the people to guard the purity of the moral life of the citizens of the state. We need to attend to it that the educational forces are carried out in the future on the same lines that have been used in the past. We need to attend to the fertility of the soil and see to it that it does not beoome barren like some of the older farming districts. We need to remember that the prosperity of the state is obtained only by the eternal vigilance of the people against monopolies, trusts and kindred associations which are combining to defraud the country and the people. With a strict attention to these duties, and the integrity, honesty and industry of its farmer citizene, the star of Michigan will never grow dim. In olosing, Prof. Clute drew some witty comparisons which were well recieved by the audience. After another selection by the choi-, the president introduoed the popular rector of St. Patriok's parish, Northfield, Rev. Fr. Goldrick, who addressed the meeting upon "Ilonest, sober and industrious farmers, Nature's Noblemen." His remarks were both witty and pathetic, carryinghia audience from one extreme to the other. He expressed his pleasure at being invited to address the assemblage which had gathered together not to celébrate any national, political or religious event, but was a gathering of all classes, come together to take each other by the hand, bury all petty jealousies and spend a day in joyoua , festivitieg and social reunión. He paid high tribute to tbe agricultural classes and placed the farmer as the truly indpendent man in this country, the sober, honest and industrious farmer, who may be rightly termed, " Nature's Nobleman." Mr Goldrick advised the farmers' sons not to leave the farm, for ïf they do they make a mjstake. Ia the city they are thrown into temptationa which they escape while on the farm. Farm lifo is easy and not filled with cares and anxieties. Concluding the regular programme, Hon. Wm. Ball of Hamburg, acting Iieut.-gov. of Michigan, read an interesting paper in which he gave gome ioteresting faets regarding farm labor, the changes in metheds of working farms, the agricultnral industry of Michigan and many other pointe. Impromptu speeches then being ia order, D. Cramer of Ann Arbor was called upon and made a few remarks. The text of his address was the interest of the farmer in politics, and he advised the farmers present to vote for no man for office UDless he was a farmer, casually dropping the remark: -'I hope I am somewhat interested in farming myself." W. D. Smith of Dexter made a short speech in which he told some witty stories and kept the audience in good humor. Prof. Olute was then granted a few minutes in which he spoke in behalf of the Agrioul'ural College and its workings. As Prof. Clute concluded, Wm. Campbell of Pittsfield aróse and proceeded iu a blunt and honest way to air Ms opinión on the subject of the Agricultural College and the methods employed in running the institution. His remarks were not altogether commendatory of the present administration, of which Prof. Clute is the head. He thought that the chair of agriculture was made the minor professorship tiere, wben it should be the leading one. He thought that the professor of agriculture ehould be the president of the college. The reraarks of Mr. Campbel! were decidedly embaras8ng for Prof. Clute. At the conclusión, he aróse and eadeavored to argue against them, but as he wa9 there the gue8t of the association, he oould not exprese himself as freely as he probably would have done elsewhere. After Prof. Clute had finished, the choir sang again and the exercises oí the llth annual picnic were concluded, leaving the crowdfree to enjoy themselves by a stroll on the banks of the lake, a ride in a boat, a Seat in the shade or a dance at one of the hotels until the hour of departure came.


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