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The Webster Farmer's Club

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The club met last Saturday at the residence of Harrison Phelps. Good attendance, good cheer, plenty to eat such as it was, and excellent, what there was Qf it, and a jolly 'interchange of thought graced the occasion. As soon after dinner as the buzz of conversation could be checked, President Backus swung the gavel clling the club to order. A paper which had been prepared, purposely for the occasion was then read by R. C. Reeve. He began by alluding to the fact that farmers are ridiculed by many, called the "comparitively ignorant class" by Pr3f. Perry, and then made the inquiry as to whether the calling and surroundings of a farmer ne-essarily incapacitated and blunted a naturally bright and shrewd individual and unfitted him tor usefulness in society and successful business ventures. The contrast between the farmer of to-day and ofthirty years ago was quickly dravvn, also his modes, surroundings, and motives to action. The writer after calling attention to our great privileges, in so many ways, pitied our fathers for dying before steam, galvanism, ocean telegraphs and the telephone arrived, as cheated out of half their human estáte. After the reading of the paper C. M. Starks rather reluctantly entered into a discussion of the theme. He thought the idea advanced in the of making the elements our servants, and of givingour attention to "chemistry and geology" was all bosh, and growing somewhat eloquent he said what was wanted for success in tarming was muscle. Ben. Butler, in reply, referred to the fact that in the course of his remarks, that Stark's ideas had changed wonderfully within the last few weeks, Wirt Newkirk took up the guauntlet against Starks also, favoring more thoue;ht and less work on the farm, or rather the idea that if morethought were used less work would be necessary. Starks followed again in quite a wordy speech, claiming the farmer had enough if ïot too much culture for his good. The question was asked him, "is it a act that it is owing to the keenness of the farmer, to his over culture, hat he is obliged to take what he can get for his products, and pay what he is asked for what he receives." But a short conclusive peech settled that question. A long alk on corn culture closed, the exercises. Adjourned to meet at John 3ratt's the third Saturday in May.


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