September 23, 1879

 Mendotta, Illinois


A large part of the land hitherto occupied with staple crops such as are raised mainly in Illinois, can no longer be profitably employed for that purpose. Land near towns is too valuable. It is being applied to garden purposes, raising vegetables, etc.- what is called “truck” in the South and “garden sass” in New England. It is becoming more and more the fashion with all Europe and other countries to rely upon animal food, and for that they are more and more coming to look to us. That makes us really the men who feed the people abroad. Their markets become emphatically our markets. Whatever may have been wise statesmanship in the past in regard to the currency, our currency has now got up to a level with the currency of the world, so that our dollar, whether paper, silver or gold, is equal in value to the dollar of the world. Our currency should now be let alone. If we are wise we will see that our currency is based upon principles so sound and so general that it will be upon the same valuation with the currency of the world. If we are wise we will arrange it so that an American dollar will be a dollar bill all over the globe. That is the lesson I wish to leave with you. I beg to introduce General Sherman who is a far more entertaining talker than I on this occasion.