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to success. And, brother and sister farmers, that success will be satisfactory.

One of the things that I think the farmers' institute man does, more than others, is that he gives unto the farmers by the thousandsseventy thousand will be directly interested this year—he gives to them a spirit of contentment in their work. Man, as a rule, is likely as you know to be discontented. You have heard of those two men who stood by the wayside, each bewailing his wife. One had buried his wife and the other had not. (Laughter.)

The institute man comes with hope and cheer to the farmer, and it is a high mission that he performs. I encourage and congratulate each man who labors in this grand work. There is nothing better than the farm, nothing better in the wide world. It is recognized by the business world, and we look to it for our best ideals.

I stand sometimes behind the gilded bars of our Union National Bank in our city. It is a pleasure to me look at the high piles of money there. As I stand there, Mr. Landon, from Fourth Avenue, comes in, and he says to Mr. Brown, the President, “We are doing business in Fourth Avenue. Last year we did one hundred and fifty thousand dollars' worth of business. This year I think we will do better. I would like to have a few dollars to tide us over a few days, Mr. Brown.” Mr. Brown looks kindly at him through his gold-rimmed eye-glasses, and says, “We will be glad to accommodate you, but you must comply with our rules, by having two good men go your security." He goes, gets the men, and gets his money. As he passes out, John Smith comes in, and he says to Mr. Brown, “I would like one thousand dollars to buy a few cows down in our country. I think I can make some money out of it." Mr. Brown says, “Give us your note and you can liave it." (Applause.) Now, gentlemen, the President of that bank is a personal friend of John Smith, and he knows that he is a business man or a farmer, and he knows that there are forty acres of good real estate behind John Smith, which can't blow down, burn down, or be washed away during the night. There is nothing better in the eyes of the business world than the farm. If I should speak personally, I will say that this experience, while I look upon it with a great deal of dread, has not been unpleasant. Your upturned faces and your hearty handshakes have done a good deal for me, and have helped me in my efforts to conduct my office properly. And, gentlemen, I believe and place a good deal of reliance in the hearty handsake. It is a little sentimental, but it has done much for us.

And now, good friends and farmers, I pass down from before you, and if I have made any acquaintance with you, I hope that acquaintance will be kept up, and if I should progress higher, if I should become an inmate or superintendent of the Ladies' Home down yonder, I vant

you to come right forward and greet me as you have done today. I shall be glad to see you. (Applause.)

But, good people, if I ever become Governor of Ohio, I never expect to part with that idea, that great mistake that is prevalent in the social circles of our land and other lands, in ever bringing forth a man who can write his check for fifty thousand dollars in preference to the man who owns forty acres of land, and has paid his debts, and is living a full, round life. I thank you all. (Great applause.)

Mrs. Mary Lee: It seems fitting, does it not, that we extend a vote of thanks to the State Board of Agriculture and Secretary Miller for the very excellent institute that they have enabled us to have. It is simply to attest our appreciation—the law may compel it—but we appreciate it, and it will be a privilege to extend to them a vote of thanks.

Motion seconded.

A Member: I will amend that by including the Cecilian Ladies' Quartette. They have furnished to us the best of music and added to our enjoyment of the institute, and therefore I move that amendment.

The President: You have heard the two motions, or rather the motion by the member, Mrs. Lee, and the amendment, that we extend to our delightful entertainers, the Cecilian Ladies' Quartette, our thanks for what they have done to make our institute successful. All in favor of the motion and the amendment vote aye.

Motion and amendment carried.

The President: Now, we will hear again the Cecilian Ladies' Quartette, and then a motion for adjournment will be in order.

Music by the Cecilian Ladies' Quartette, who sang, in conclusion, “Nellie Gray.”

Upon motion, duly seconded and carried, the institute then adjourned sine die.

Report of the Annual Meeting


Ohio State Board of Agriculture

Held in the Hall of the House of Representatives, in the

City of Columbus, Ohio


The Ohio State Board of Agriculture met in annual session in the hall of the House of Representatives and was called to order at 10:10 a. m. by President Carpenter, who said: The State Board of Agriculture will now be in order.

You will please arise. Prayer by Dr. Chamberlain.

Dr. W. I. Chamberlain, of Summit county: For the blessings of the past year we give thanks unto the Great Giver of all good. Thou hast smiled upon our fields and they have yielded their increase; our flocks have been blessed by Thee; the business interests of this great commonwealth have responded, and not only the farms but the shops and the homes have thrived; have been blessed; to Thee we render profound thanks for these blessings. And we ask that the same loving hand which has bestowed them in the past will grant them to us in the year upon which we have entered.

We ask Thy blessing upon the deliberations of this day, that all may be done in Thy fear and may result to Thy glory, which we ask for Thy name's sake. Amen!

President Carpenter: We will now have a song by the Cecilian Ladies' Quartette.

A song, "When the Bloom is on the Rye," sung by the Cecilian Ladies' Quartette. (Applause.)

President Carpenter: Gentlemen, I will now appoint a committee to wait upon the Governor and notify him to appear before you for his address. Your committee will consist of:

Hon. T. E. Cromlev, of Pickaway county ; Mr. A. F. Shaffer, of Fulton county, and Dr. H. M. Brown, of Highland county.

The committee will please retire at once to the Governor's office and notify him to be present.

I will also appoint a Committee on Credentials, which will consist of:


Mr. A. J. Clark, of Guernsey county; Mr. John B. Lindsay, of Meigs county, and Mr. C. F. Steen, of Erie county.

The secretary will now call the roll of counties. · On the call of the roll of counties the following delegates responded to their names:







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Adams .......
Allen ........
Athens ........
Auglaize ....
Butler .......
East Cuyahoga
West Cuyahoga ...
Darke .......
Defiance ..
Erie ........
Fayette ....
Gallia ......
Highland ...
Logan ......
Lucas ........
Madison ........

....W. S. Kincaid..

.West Union. ....J. A. States ........

Beaver Dam. . W. H. Dodge...

Dodgeville. ..H. H. Haning.

. Athens.
.... Charles Frazier ....

D. S. Creamer..

St. Clairsville.
.V. K. Thompson

....W. A. Beard.......

.T. H. Watson

...... Minerva.
.J. W. Crowl..

...... Urbana. ....C. H. Ludlow.....

.Gleneste. W. M. Travis

...... Lisbon. ..Robert Boyd

.Coshocton. .J. W. Stuckman.

...... Bucyrus.
.E. C. Foote....

...W. G. Hutchinson.. ...... Brooklyn.
J. M. Brown.

. . Arcanum.
...W. H. McCauley.

. Defiance.
....T. R. Smith....... ...... Delaware.
C. F. Steen..

Jacob L. Alspach..... ...... Lancaster.
.. Reuben Rankin

...... Parrott.
E. A. Peters...

A. F. Shaffer...

..C. G. Kerns.....

. Gallipolis. .J. I. Wilber..

Chagrin Falls. .C. M. Austin......

. Bellebrook. .. A. J. Clark......

. Cambridge.
D. L. Sampson..

E. L. Groves...

J. M. Fisher.

W. V. Scott.

...P. Z. Blue........

H. M. Brown.

... Hillsboro.
Henry Hansel

Logan. i
Howard Lawrence ..

J. 0. Hayne.

..... Smithville.
U. T. Cox.

..J. Willis Fulton.....

John P. Aiken..

..... Bellefontaine.
.... Anthony Nieding ....

Elyria ....E. H. Cushman ......

. Sylvania. ,...L. W. Kilgore. ................ London.



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Mahoning ...............C. C. Bowman........ Marion.

.H. W. Cookston.. Meigs

.John B. Lindsey... Mercer ......

.C. F. Kruger... Miami

.W. F. Robbins. Montgomery

.S. D. Bear..... Morgan ........

A. E. Corbert... Morrow

J. M. Farley. Muski im

.R. Y. White.... Ottawa .......

.George W. Sloan.. Perry

Chas. C. Chappelear Pickaway ..

.J. A. Baum...... Pike

.J. W. Theobald.. Portage ....

...C. R. Doolittle Preble ..

.....John J. Kayler...... Putnam

A. P. Sandles.. Richland

...W. H. Shyrock. Ross ......

....E. E. Rockhold... Sandusky ........

.J. J. Brim.. Scioto

..... W. A. McGeorge.. Seneca ...

.....J. H. Knapp....... Shelby

J. C. Royon. Stark .......

.....J. J. Snyder..... Summit

.O. J. Swinehart.. Trumbull

. A. Brown .. Union ........

...F. C. Johnson.... Van Wert .....

... B. F. Leslie..... Warren

.. George W. Carey. Washington

.....J. S. Duvall...... Wayne

.....G. J. Ebright..... Wood ........ .....W. H. Hannah.... Wyandot .....

... E. E. Clinger .........

. Berlin Center, R. R.
Celina, R. R. 4.
Port Clinton.

New Lexington. ...... Duvall.

Mansfield, R. R. 8.
Mt. Joy.
. Houston.
.. Paris.
.. Akron,
· Warren.

... Convoy.
... Lebanon.


... Shreve. ....... Tontogany.

.. Upper Sandusky.

President Carpenter: Gentlemen of the Ohio State Board of Agriculture: I want to thank you for the inspiration it gives me to look into your intelligent faces. This splendid audience is an earnest of your intent to keep Ohio always to the fore in all that pertains to higher material and social wealth.

In the address which I shall make, which is fraught somewhat with statistics, I hope you will find some food for reflection.


It affords me great pleasure to be permitted to join my fellow-workers in this meeting, being the sixtieth annual since the original law creating the State Board of Agriculture. The conditions of agriculture and manufactures in Ohio have vastly changed and wonderfully progressed since the early meetings of this body. Each succeeding year, up to the present time, progress has been steady and real, and to the pioneers in the work we are largely indebted

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