An American writer sets forth the following as worthy objects for Farmers’ Unions: —To develop a better and higher manhood and womanhood among those constituting the order ; to enhance the comforts and attractions of home, and strengthen the attachments to their pursuits; to foster mutual understanding and co-operation; to maintain inviolate the laws, and emulate each other in hastening the good time coming; to reduce expenses, both individually and corporately ; to buy less, and produce more, in order to make their farms self-sus-taining ; to diversify crops, and to crop no more than can be cultivated; to condense the weight of exports, selling less in the bushel, and more in hoof and in the fleece ; to systematise work, and to calculate intelligently upon probabilities ; to discontinue the credit system, the mortgage system, the fashion system, and every other system tending to prodigality and bankruptcy ; to meet together, talk together, work together, buy and sell together; and in general act together for mutual protection and advancement, as association may require; to avoid litigation as much as possible, by arbitration in the union, to constantly strive to secure entire harmony, good-will, and vital brotherhood, and to make the order perpetual ; to endeavor to suppress personal, local, sectional, and national prejudices, all unhealthy rivalry, and all selfish ambition,
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Ashburton Guardian, Ashburton Guardian, Volume 2, Issue 176, 26 October 1880
Farmers’ Unions. Ashburton Guardian, Volume 2, Issue 176, 26 October 1880
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