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The Pamphlet Collection of Sir Robert Stout: Volume 79

A Valuable Business Training

A Valuable Business Training.

It will thus be seen that a youth wishing to take up farming as a life occupation has great advantages in the training he receives at a State farm of demonstration and instruction. He is comfortably housed, well cared for and properly trained to become an intelligent and competent farmer, and it is a question, in my mind, whether it would not be in his own and the public interest that a moderate fee should be paid by each cadet, at least sufficient to cover the bare cost of his board. It may be said that his work on the farm does that. If so, it will be returned to him in wages. The idea of charging a moderate few is not page 16 so much to make money out of the cadets as to guard against the general notion that what is offered to the public for nothing is probably worth very little. The payment of a fee would also be some guarantee against a boy wasting his time at the institution by in-attention and idleness. It he, or rather his father, knew that waste of time meant for him waste of money as well, it would be a strong influence in favour of steady and intelligent work. The question is at all events one worthy of consideration by the Department.