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A transcription of a page 4 Editorial from the 12 Jul 1899 Waterford Star
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The Horseless Carriage and The Farmer

What will be the effect of the general adoption of the autocar on the farmer's financial interests is exciting some attention.

Some persons think that the horse is destined to pass out of use altogether, and that an important source of the farmer's profits in raising this most useful animal, will be lost to him.

We may banish at once the idea that an entirely horseless age will ever come. Man's faithful friend will always be needed in spite of automobiles.

In our towns and cities he will cease to do the drudgery to which he has been heretofore subjected but he will still be needed, but only the highest type of his species. The common horse will not be required, and must retire from the stage.

It is said the average price of horses has fallen in the United States, about one-half and as a result the horses in the United States are worth five hundred million dollars less than eight years ago. This great loss falls chiefly on the farmers.

Somehow, a good many changes taking place in the world result to the farmer's disadvantage and there ought to be some compensating conditions.

The raising of good horses will still pay, and perhaps better prices than ever for such animals will be given.

These changing conditions should have the farmer's careful consideration, as the age of horseless vehicles is advancing.

There will always be a ready sale and fair profit in a good horse. 

The farmer's interest therefore lies in raising fewer in number but better in quality. That will, in a measure, offset the loss which the auto-car causes in farm profits.