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The day book. (Chicago, Ill.) 1911-1917, November 16, 1912, Image 7

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With what is doubtless uncon
scious Jiumorthe directors of the
International Harvester Trupt
Have "Voted 1, 00,000 for the up
lift of the American farmer.
When first we read,-this, we
thought we must be suffering a
brainstonp or an, enlargement of
the imagination. But at last the
truth has Pawned on us.
For lo these many years, the
Harvester Trust has been dili
gently separating the farmers of
the country from all their spare
change, and quite a little that
wasn't spare.
Now the Harvester Trust has
seen a prophetic vision of the day
when it will haye milked the
farmers dry, when the farmers
will have no more change, spare
or otherwise, for the Harvester to
This, as anyone can see, woruld
be a truly doleful situation for
the poverty-stricken directors of
the esteemed Harvester Trust.-
What was to be don'e about if?
How was the steady flow of 'mil
lions into" the coffers df the Har
vester Trust from ttie pockets of
'the farmers to be kept up?
A hasty meeting of-the direc
tors was called. Grave debate
was indulged in, arid' at last one
bFthe directors doubtless slapped
his leg, a'ni cried :
"I've got it! Why not let's J
spend a little of the money we've
taken from the farmers to tea.ch
the farmers how to make m6re
.money for us to get?"
And doubtless the-associates of I
this genius sat around and looked
at him, and said r
"Who would have dreamed that
so much pure genius could reside
in one-frail human body?''
And so the million has been ap
propriated to teach the farmers
how to make money for the Har
vester, and the plan is as follows:
Forty-two thousand agents
wilf -be sent out to distribute im
proved seed and scientific farm
ing literature; the corn belt will
be broadened; the yield per year
increased; seed corn specials will
be run; free lectures on scientific
farming delivered; farm improve
ment soqieties organized; practi
cal farming will be introduced in
the country public schools ; an of
fice of county crop expert will be
established; and tested seed will
be furnished the farmers.
Professor Perry G. Golden,
Iowa state director of agriculture,
will be brought to Chicaga to take
charge of all the work.
And thus the farmer -will be
taught how to make more and
more money for the Harvester
Trust, and the threatened decline
in that trust's profits will not oc
cur.' This, without doubt, is a bril
liant idear but it cannot be said to
be -strictly original with that
brainy director of the Harvester.
Just a few months ago, .one
Julius Rosenwald appropriated
$1,000,000 for the same farmer
uplift movement.
Why, you may ask, did Julius
Rosenwald do this? Child, the

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