Charm of Farm Life

Farmer's Voice

No one pretends that farmers are making money rapidly; they have their vexations and discouragements as do others, but they have several things to be very thankful for. They have good homes in nearly every case, plenty of wholesome food, and decent clothes. They are not under the eye of the task-master, nor working under great nervous strain, with every minute lost from work counted against them when pay-day comes. They need not, in the language of the shops, "be afraid of their jobs;" they are working for themselves, and are sure of their pay even if it is not so large as they might wish it to be.

The man who looks upon his farm as a machine from which dollars only are to be made, and does not value any other of the numberless blessings it gives him, will never cease to talk about hard times. It is not alone for the money it will produce that the farm should be prized. It should be valued because it brings men and women near to nature's heart and their children grow up strong and stalwart, ready to meet the trials of life with bodies strong enough to perform every task. The farm is pre-eminently the stronghold of the home; it is the place where home ties are strongest and where life is at its best.

The Sentinel
February 23, 1899

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