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attitudes, of how rural opinion is formed and manipulated, similar to the brilliant work of Robert II. Hoxie and Carleton W. Parker, whi h has done so much to give us a better appre iation of the spirit and motives of trade unions. Here is a field in which important contributions may be made which will be of very great value to agricultural organizations, but for which a knowledge of their mechanism and economie basis, such as Dr. Wiest has given is, is essential.
Whether or not we agree with his position in all cases, Dr. Wiest's evaluation of methods and principles of organization
hould stimulate thought and discussion. Such questions as whether state commissioners of agriculture should be appointed by a governor or by a non-partisan board or whether they should le subject to some type of civil service and have an indefinite tenure so that they would be chosen and retained in office for their ability and efficieny as is a member of a university faculty; whether the American Farm Bureau Federation is wise in attempting to act as a mouthpie .e for the American farmer with regard to national legislation or whether it might better confine its activities to an educational and economic program; these and similar questions of public policy require a broader and more thoroughgoing consideration.
In developing our agricultural policies we should take heed of all that science, economics, history and social organization can teach. Dr. Wiest has given us the first comprehensive treatise on agricultural organization in the United States from this standpoint.
DWIGIT SANDERSON. Cornell University, Ithaca, N. Y., April, 1923.
Table of Contents
A Fundamental Anglo-Saxon Characteristic--Basic Principles
The Office of Experiment Stations-Early Functions of the
Beginnings of the Forest Service-Establishment of the Forest
of the Bureau of Animal Industry--The Eradication of Pleuro-
Public Initiative in Economic Entomology--Progress in Reme-
Establsihment of the Bureau of Biological Survey--The Divis-
Establishment of the Division of Chemistry-Early Investiga-
The Department's First Work on Soils-Establishment of the