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[ational Union Department ot
j the B. 6. G.
UADQHAI ITEHS, EDISON, WASH.
NATIONAL HOARD OF TRUSTEES.
rcsldcnt-REV. Mvhon W. Reed,
;.,. ..:...' ..Denver, Col
-rct.u N. W. Lrbmond...Edison, Wash
casurer— Ml-sIIKI.KNM. Mason..
-.; .......Edison. Wash
.„' a ' n j/,i-r—Rsv. Gko. Canokb Toledo, O
■•111- I'ltoF. Thank Parsons..Boston, Mass
illtiir— RSV. W. H. Kaufman, Edison. Wash
aster Workman— 0. H. SwjtOABT."
_, '..*.".'. .Edison, Wash
istributer-E. F. Nolan .....Edison, Wash
National Secretary's Report.
Eleven days ending Saturday, April
I. IWft \)j/f xi " "' ■' ' '■
lew active members enrolled.. . GO
resent total membership. . .3,171)
[Note— Honorary members are per
ms la sympathy with our movement,
ho are enrolled on the payment of
i cents. They have no vote and are
3 t required to pay dues, but do all
ley can for the cause. Active mem
•rs pay 10 cents monthly dues and
c not charged any enrollment fee.
hey are admitted on signing the
COSTHIItimONS TO COLONIZATION Nil.
revtously reported HUM TO
Wm. 11. Lafrenz. Wash I'M 00
Louis Hußiienin, 0re......* '■'• 20
11. W. Dehnke, Minn 2 00
Carl Hoffman, Ore WOO
Adam H. Ilarth, Ohio. 2 »0
Louis F. Franz, Ohio I 00
.las. D. Graham. Mont too
John Graham, Mont 100
IV 1.. Beef. Wa9h " *
j>. True Wood. Kan '-'•'•
Dan Miller, Ind 100
11. A. Haines, Ind 1 00
G. 11. Dreycr, Ind ' 100
W. ,i. Barrett, wash 20 00
John Lowe. Ohio 100 00
V. W. Sullivan, C 01........ 20 00
W. 11. nillanl. Kan 1 3."i
It. ii. Kirk, ■ - it* >;".<*:
M. Livsliis. '• •• I s:>
T. A. Harper, " .'• JO
V. K.Elliott, " "0
Geo. Mathcny, '.' to
Fred liumoud. ■' -0
Geo. Corson. Mont 2 no
.1. (lav-ton. N. V »,
Morris Miller. X. V ' 25
Max Miller, N. Y. -'•>
Clair Spickerman. Kan... 15
T. C. Nordvle, N. Dak 10
C.J. Goodrich. Kan 50
Mr- Viola Toler. Mo 50
M. Mardffn, N. V to oo
Joseph U. Sehlamm. Pa.. »no
I. U. No. 1 of Nebraska.... 5 on
.I. A. Mountain. Mich 50
L. It- Goodrich, N. C 150
W. C, Davis. Wash
Pat McMahon, Mont
Win. Hogan, " "
J. F. Pox, " 5 oil
I-'. Marslaud. " - ion
.1. 11. Hoar, " 1 on
T. T. PrlcksUd. Cat I Oil
J. Geo. Pool, Mass 5 00
.1 W. McLorkle, Wash 1 00
,1- scrip— .
C. J. Goodrich, Kan 10
James Erwln. Ark (fi
Toother parties 1" 00
hat s. hooihouse- (SIOO needed)—
Previously reported * IP
i;. lir,-\.-r, Ind ' ■;,'•
Mrs. Mary Mardtln, N. V.. 31
hat li*) acre Ira. (JlflOO needed)—
Previously reported .1 t!7 35
G. Dreyer, inn -■>
Mrs Mary MariiHn, N. V . 20
li llruck.Pa sn
J. 11. Nichols. Cal * I on
ii Schraeder, Minn i i«i
G. Hrever, Ind St
Mrs. Mary Mardtln; N. V . .11
, S 45
Intlnß plant enlargement—
Previously reported t 24 IB
Clair kit man. Kan 25
ill-. Justine Kkelund, " I".
*<-.- isarv Mardfln, N. V . .11
Jftthwell. Mum 15
Previously reported . ...0 100
11. .ver. Imi 25
li J. Goodrich, Kan -.ii
Mrs. Mary M.ir.ilin N. V.. so
Win Hummel, Minn .....I Iml
11. ■-. iinii- Mini...... Ii"
i has. El i, 1;-,. M. Wash ..... sno
W. v. Barnes, Mo I Oil
- II no
Total contributed........, 112,432 .'i
CASH X VIINIM- TO I'AI K.
... shop * 31 35
ttlng department 75
.iniiiii. .it pari nt 40 on
... k-niiiii shop 1 M
rclundisu sold,. « i:>
, TV SO
Total receipts 112,51154
Mil 1 ITU
evlouily reported - .... jsw; ■■'-.
■lulu : n
ritiamlise-building in.i 1
.rials and general sup- - 511 07
ivettng expenses 5 15
lis II ...
IRS rt |5
11 5 ...
vices ill outsltti' parties in ml
pensesuf expert press
■an .f to «5
mii-iil iiu Hue press,... -.«, 00
pairs -. mi
... ; .-- at
ni'V orders HI
Ipredeemed iii office... IS 23
835 — -—-
On 1 and lodate *!,3M3 ■
'■Hii.v hj«s ItEI'KIVKU lIVHINU KI.KVK.N
I-I*. No. lot Minn * 3 -.11
i i nt Montana.. :; M
i ..i liut. Ty... 1 si
L i Ohio 6 mi
Sot Minn.. i. .<*>
Hot Pa ;.,. - i,
I ... Kansas ... 70
t" 3of Louisiana, ito
6ot Kansas ... i -jo
Sol Missouri.. in
tiof Mass Ml
'•' linl Wash 150
" 3of Nebraska. 70
i i" in Babers at-iai
Krugatad 0re.... * 30
"avid Mai i - 0hi0....... i '»'
';• J Vann. Mick Ml
':■ VV. Lyman, cal •'"
Samuel s. Nt-hcr, Cal. ... 75
cialr Splckerraan, Kan. 10
'"'" l-'Ui hem-, la. 20
;'!«, X Hastings, Mass. I SO
1 I tulip K. Hastings, Ma— 1 -JO
'«-• J. Gnodrli 5. Kan »
Mrs Justine Kkelund. " ■
individual members at
Kdison 7 II)
J. Mountain. Mich.. in
i. 11 OooUrich.N.C 30
John J. Hoffman. Ca1.... 20
X1 *00. AuiVirous. Cal .... SO
•■has Pi» .|„ d »
j ■ Uevnolits. C51.J.... Ml
J Geo. Pool, Mass.. I IS
— — 1« 10
LOCAL UNIONS REPORTS.
Our local union at, Butte, Montana,
has instituted a lively contest among
its members, to see who shall procure
the largest list of subscribers to Indus
trial Freedom within three months.
Excellent results are already in evi
dence. No doubt other locals will take
In point of numbers, Butte Local
Union of Montana is the banner
union of the B. C. C. At last report
they had 10" active and four honorary
members. This growth is the result
of active and systematic propaganda
work. Four thousand 11. C.C. tracts,
with a notice of the time and place
of their regular weekly meetings and
a cordial Invitation to the public to
attend, stamped upon their margins.
have been circulated within the city's
To the local union sending us the
largest list during May. dune and July
[contest to end at this office July 31st),
we will present one full set of photo-1
graphic views of Equality colony. The
lists must be sent on separate sheets
and so marked that they cifn be Bled
for the contest. The name of the mem
ber and the name and number of the
union must both lie plainly slated.
To the member, either in or out of a un
ion, sending the largest number of sub
scribers within the same period, we
will present a full set of the socialist
books we advertise.
The reserve colony members of To
ledo have organized themselves into
a club for the purpose of helping
each other to go into the Washington
colonies. Each member pays monthly,
when able, a dollar or more. Some
are paying as much as $■">. When an
amount has been paid in sufficient to
buy a colony membership ($160) and
pay the traveling expenses, the club
elects, by vote, one of its members to
go to a colony, where he has immedi
ate employment and regular pay
ments— sick or well. lie then saves
from his regular pay and overtime
110 ninthly, which he sends back to
the club In B. C. C. scrip till his in
debtedness to the club is cancelled.
This scrip is received again by the
National Brotherhood In payment for
other memberships. Monthly pay
ments already exceed HO,
LETTERS FROM MEMBERS.
I imagine there must be something
in the climate of Washington that
makes the people out there buoyant
in spirits, hopeful, tolerant and pro
gressive judging from the way they
have welcomed and encouraged the
B. C. C. colony? May they continue
in well doing, for verily they shall
reap their reward.
W. A. Barnes, Mo.
I enclose you fifty cents to apply
on subscription to your paper when
published. Although an early mem
ber of your organization, yet for sev
eral reasons, I may not ever meet
with you in the home you are making,
but my sympathies are with you and
every other movement looking toward
the establishment of the co-operative
commonwealth, May your auspicious
start be but the beginning of a great
movement for the uplifting of man
kind. 11. HULSE, N. Y.
Thank God there is a way now pre
pared, for those that will exert them
selves a little, to get a home and keep
it. where they can have peace and
plenty and no fear of being evicted, or
thrown out of a job, May success
crown the efforts of our colonists.
W. 11. Hums, \'..i..
ours of the 30th Inst, at hand and
makes me feel quite enthusiastic;
nothing succeeds like success, and
nothing beats the best. The I!, '.
C, Is O. K. Our colon) is a remarkable
thing, and I hope to see fifty more like
it. .lust imagine Equality in two or
three years if nothing greater than an
earthquake strikes It. 1 will be up on
a visit later in tie- spring. Have sharp
ened up my bicycle an purpose for the!
trip, but the roads are not good enough j
yet. M. P. L. CUNNINaHAM?\Vaiih.
1 want to keep in close touch with
the colony, and if my plans turn out as
successfully a- 1 have every reason to
believe they will at lie pre., 'lit time, I
will be able iii the future to render con
siderable service to the colony. How
ever that may be. you know mi feel
ings and sentiments with regard to your
movement, and to whatever slight ex
tent that may be possible, 1 will co-ope
rate with you. The way the enterprise
has been conducted and the success it
ha- attained, makes me proud that. I
was one of the original promoters, and
I trust that I may lie on* of the build
er- us well. Dili VKOOMAN.
We (Sandusky L. IT.) hold meetings
In my house on the first and third Fri
days of each month, und the members
are very enthusiastic, and aru spread
ing abroad the news and are distributing
literature right along. lamin a posi
tion not requiring to keep back the
amount of my commission as local or
bDISON, SKAGIT COUNTY,-WASH,, SATURDAY, MAY 7,1898,
ganizcr, on the different subscriptions
I take time to solicit, so I want you to
remit me the amount of my commission
in literature every month. I am glad
to hear of the colony progressing so
finely: but would say. the executive
must be careful and not admit too many
before they can be provided with work.
or the very success will be so great that
it will drown itself.
Secy Sandusky L. I.
Mr. Editor: 'When you get your pa
per started. for the sake of progress,
give us a people's forum. We want to
know what the people are thinking
about (or at least what they have to
say i. and we think we have a right to
know: but none of the plutocratic or
gans grant us this privilege to know
what the people think in regard to the
leading questions of the day. They
grant us everything but justice: and
this ever and always is denied. We
make this one request, thai the people
of free and Independent (?) America lie
heard. Oh my countrymen, are you all
dead';' Does the spirit of freedom no
longer live in your hearts, nor the ring
ing words of true, patriots sound in
your ears? Where is the liberty and
Independent our fathers and forefath
ers fought for? Time, and a very short
time.. gentlemen, will tell the story
whether "The world do move.'' Will
you demand your rights and keep pace
with the progressive spirit of the age,
or will you. like menial slaves, dumb
driven brutes and yellow ems. sneak to
the protection of those who have en
Yours for the cause of Industrial Free
dom. Isaac 11. Keys.
Kuskin.Tenn., April 14. 1808.
Comrades of the Brotherhood:
The publication of so many tabular
statements for the B. ('.('. Ims been
quite a tax upon our prlnterv force,
which is really Inadequate for the work
we have, We see that you now have
your printing office in working order
and have turned out one pamphlet.
We, therefore, hope yon will immedi
ately commence the publication of an
official newspaper for the I!. <'.('. in
which you can give the members
much more satisfaction than can be
done in the Coining Nation, We
shall lie pleased to publish a weekly
letter from your colonies, giving a con
densed statement of your progress,
but cannot devote our,»space to the
official financial statements. There
are a number of struggling social
istic efforts that we desire to assist, and
your ability to conduct your own official
newspaper will give us a chance to cov
er the entire field to better advantage.
We rejoice in the evidences of your
prosperity and shall always be glad to
assist you in tiny possible manner.
Your phenomenal growth Is ample evi
dence that the time is ripe for a change
in economic and social systems. May
harmony prevail in your ranks, and
may your shadow continue to increase
until the entire state of Washington
and the nation at large shall be brought
into the Co-operative Commonwealth.
Tine Coming Nation,
In publishing from week to week 15.
C. C. matter the Coming Nation has
done more, perhaps, to build up the
Brotherhood than any other publica
tion or individual. And while we ore
pleased tube in a position to relieve
our friends of what has become more of
a tax upon their space than they care to
longer bear, yet we can assure them
that we shall be only too glad to accept
their kind offer of space for a weekly
letter. And though we have begun the
publication of our own official pa peri
we feel quite certain that our members
will not forget the great service our
brothers of Buskin have rendered this
move, but will continue to show their
appreciation of such service by sub
scribing ami working for that torch
bearer of a better civilization The
Bra Hummel, who recently spent
several weeks at Equality investigating
our resources, climate, etc., thus writes
from his Minnesota home:
"1 think by fall there will be three
Local members ready to apply for ad
mittance In the colony: they are good
Socialists and will be able to pay their
full membership fee. lam In hopes of
interesting people in possession Of some
means, in ihe 15. C. C. colony princi
ples) as the) are better enabled to assist
the pioneers if once convinced that we
will establish a new Industrial condi
tion based mi justice to all i" over
come our present unjust and barbarous
social and industrial conditions, If
'there is life in our 15. C. ('., there will
I In- a gradual transformation of our pres
ent Institutions in the Interest of hu
manity and justice. In our last meet
in-, we resolved to agitate our cause In
the local papers of New I 'lm, whereby
we expect to reach people we do not
know "'. that have a leaning to social
ism and cooperative ideas and there
by strengthen our local union for moral
and material support of our 15. C. ('.
Our secretary, I lii>. .Marschuer, has
received a letter from the colony say
ing that everything goes well and
that the large colony building la almost
completed and active members keep
coming in, but what personally pleases
me most i- the success of the fishing
crew. lam sorry I was DOt In '. as 1
would have enjoyed the sport very
much: In fact I can't help thinking of
the colony every day, where I was -"
well treat.-. by all, and life made en
joyable. During my stay in the colony
you made a lusting impression upon me
and you can always count upon me a- a
stayer in our cause. 1 hope the resi
dent member* of the colony will keep
the .welfare and harmony of our 15. c.
t\ at heart and avoid personal strife as
much as possible. Remember that in
union there is strength, and sine,
will be our reward.
My best regards to all members of
the colony and hope you are all enjoy
ing good health. ' WM. Hummel. •
Wmniii 1" l*l ■-<wM^^BllrWrMrti<TT*iri«iWTl«ffrtiYi»'-'r l f flffifr-l
REV. GEO. CANDEE, NAT'r. ORGANIZER.
All communications pertaining to or
ganizing and lecture work should bead
dressed to the national organiser, Rev.
Geo. Candee, 1017 Detroit Aye..Toledo.
We wish volunteer lecturers and or
The following members have been
commissioned to act as deputy organi
F. 1). Festner, 503 I 'ike St.. Coving
Rev. L; F. Finley. Brice, Ohio.
Marta Bethune ' Jones. Washington.
Rev. A. A. Worslev. Svlvania. Wis.
N. A. Quale, old Mifflin St.. Madison.
W. C. Lewis. Amothvst. Colo.
N. Crtwsland, Blue island. 111.
Fred Eichholtz. Kdison. Wash.
John Cloak, 10l Harbine Aye.. Day
R. 11. Hart. 1672 Indiana Aye., Tole
Pitt Whited, Jackson, Mich.
Tom Fitton, 171 Delavan Aye.. Buf
falo, N. Y.
J. W. Fairchild, Mizpah. Ky.
Rev. A. I). Hale. Haskins. Ore.
<'. Bishlr, Hutchinson. Kan.
Rev. Theo. A. Johnson. Rushmore,
Thomas Hickling, Box 106, Sandus
Mis- Helen J. Wescott, Manhattan.
B. C. C. LECTURE BUREAU.
The following members have express
ed their willingness to answer calls to
lecture in the interests of Socialism
and lb.- Brotherhood, For terms, dales.
etc., write direct to lecturers:
Mi— Helen Potter (the noted Imper
sonator). Hotel I'elham. Huston. Mass.
Mrs. Morion 11. Dunham, Burlington,
Levi S. Lewis. .112 Hamilton St.. Al
bany. N. Y.
Mrs. Clara C. Hoffman, 510 RlaltO
Building, Kansas City. Mo.
Mrs. [Catherine Lento Stevenson.The
Temple. Chicago. 111.
Mrs. Josephine L. Church, 1638 Dorr
St.. Toledo. Ohio.
Rev. .1. Stitt Wilson. 2.12 W. Chicago
Aye.. Chicago, ill.
Mrs. L. G. Johnson, 4323 Forestville
Aye.. Flat 21). Chicago, 111.
CHAS. 11. BWIOART, master workman.
The erection of houses in which to
shelter our ever increasing population
has been one of the problems that has
taxed the powers to the utmost, but the
problem has now been practically solv
ed. A few days will see the completion
of the second apartment house at
Equality. This house contains 30 rooms
12x14 and a large dormitory for single
men in the attic, and is being built out
of lumber and shingles of out own
I manufacture from timber cut from the
colony site. The only money paid out
was for hardware, windows, etc.
The saw. planing and shingle mills
are doing excellent service, and we can
now furnish all kinds of lumber and
shingles for our buildings.
At present, the agricultural depart
ment is pushing the work of planting
potatoes and various other kinds of veg
etables, and preparing the ground tor
oats. The clearing Of land has been car
ried on as fast as possible and we will
have a number of acres of our own land
under crop before the season is over.
Surveys have been made for ditches for
draining the marsh land, and it has
been Found that all we need is the
ditches, as we have abundant fall to
drain every foot of It, As soon as
these ditches can be put through a
large body of land will be opened up,
which will require little or no clearing
to put in condition to cultivate and
which will rival in productiveness the
far famed valley of the Nile.
One industry of which we are justly
proud is our nursery, and we will say
right here that we will in- prepared to
furnish nursery stock of all kinds for
the fall trade, and we will guarantee
thai what is ordered will be sent if we
have it in stock and no substitution of
'Vom. thing just as good" will be made.
The shoe shop has been turning out
some first class new work and keeping
up our repairing at the same time. We
need at leas! 11' ,i good shoemakers who
can, till the requirements, to help out,
one of bom must be able to put up new
work. And we need a tanner, one who
understands the entire process, so that
we can prepare our own leather.
Th sewing department is kept busy
mi co i.v work.
Our blacksmith -Imp is one of the
i busy places of this busy community,
and the cabinet shop ii.i- orders ahead
for months to come.
We ,ed more steam power and would
be glad to correspond with any brother
having a ,'IU or 40 h. p. engine and
boiler In good condition. We also need
a shap.-r, engine lathe, drill press and
other iioa working machinery.
Our fishing sloop . ..in-- In Saturday
night with -.no.- -II or -■". barrels of her
ring mi board as the result of m
catch. We will smoke these for future
•The printer,' .- now well equipped for
doing all kinds of newspaper,pamphlet
and job Work. __
Lai.! but,not least is the subsistence
department- We have tin.-, dining
hall* and I kitchens, at present: one at
Equality,* one at th«j Lewis place and
one at Mi* n. and ite.on - without -liv
. ing thai the workers In this department
are.kept^busy preparing fond for the
hungry worker- for As an appetiser the
air on this coast beats all the patent
medicines ever made.
Before this goes to press we expect
to have a general store open to the
public, and are laying plans to put in a
tailor shop, bake oven, harness shop
and knitting factory.
We need a tin shop badly and some
brother who is a tinner can find plenty
of work at his trade if he will come.
Wonderful progress has been made,
considering the fact that we have been
terribly hampered on account of lack
of perfect system, ii being impossible
to get the work systematized at once.
So many workers coming at almost the
same time from different parts of the
country makes this especially difficult,
but we are making progress in this as
in all other directions, and will soon be
able to show much better results in
proportion to the energy expended.
We are pleased to acknowledge the
receipt of three pounds of English
peas, the gift of Sister Viola Toler of
Comrade A. [). .| u ,|,| of Cleveland,
Ohio, sends us model plans for poultry
houses and yards.
A package of garden seed, a dona
tion to Equality colony from Mrs. I).
Ford of Oregon, has been received.
Thanks. Sister Ford.
Bro. Eichholtz, colony' horticultu
rist, has just returned from a trip to his
Skagit River Ranch with a lot of vege
tables and 10,000 fruit grafts.
The following communication was
recently received by tin- Secretary of
/ "Long Lane, Mo., April », 18! is.
A proposition to earnest Socialists:
We have been Working here for some
time (six years) on the co-operative
plan— a few of us: we have don. well
with the little capital we had to com
mence on. We now have a nice loca
tion about 600 acres of land quite well
improved, all kinds of fruit in plenty,
houseroom enough for several families,
stock, tools, etc.. town property, with
store room, broom factory, Wagon and
blacksmith shop. We have been know
as the Bennett Co-operative Company,
We now make a proposition to take
out a charter in the B. c. C. If other
Socialists will come in with as much
more means as we have here, we pro
pose to put all we have in the B. C. C.
We have perhaps $5,000 worth of (rood
property—farms, town property, stock,
Please publish If you think it any ob
ject to help the B. c. C. Address '
Bennett Co-operative Co..
Long Lane. Missouri."
(Socialist papers please copy.
To this co-operative company, and to
all other isolated organizations whose
aims and objects square with those of
the B. i. c.. we very cordially extend
this sincere invitation:
.loin forces with a national organiza
tion, like the B. c. C. and come and
concentrate all your resources right
here, in this magnificent State of Wash
ington, which surpasses all others in
adaptability to our common ideas and
aspirations. Heap all the immense
gain that will How from federation of
forces and exploitation of progress, and
shun the irreparable loss that conies
from isolation and obscurity. The bat
tle cry is still. "On to Washington,
The Bennett Co-operative company
and all other associations that wish to
affiliate with the B. C. <'.. and thereby
participate in the great national move
ment for the socialization of a whole
commonwealth, and not the social .
tion of a single Isolated postotflcei i
tuency, should pull up -lake-. realize
ail they can on their present holdings,
and then throw all their means into
ii..- establishment or the support of .-
B. C, C, colony. A few thousand dol
lars would suffice to re-establish aav one
of these transplanted colonies some
where in the vicinity of previously ex
isting 15. C. C. colonies. Then the
new colony, under the auspices of the
B. C. C. and sharing in the impetus
that this national organization has al
ready gathered, and backed b\ a body
of in.-ml.. - - three thousand strong,
could feel a positive assurance of per
manency and prosperity; while, en the
other ham if, as an individual colon) .it
should come to failure, the members oi
the defunct colony could readily, as
colony members of the B. C, C, be
transferred to another Brotherhood
branch, and therein continue to co
operate for the coming commonwealth.
There are over I'll of these' isolated
communities scattered throughout tho
United States. Think of the vast in
finitely vast power that they might
wield if tiny were all confederated in
one grand union of co-operative com
monwealths In this imperial stale of
Washington. Such a federation of all
the existing colonies, or of only one
fourth of them, would give a phenom
enal hlghwater mark la applied social
ism to the wondering world, and it
would afford the most consummate assu
rance of inevitable and immediate suc
cess in the social movement. let
every isolated colony ponder prayerful
ly over this proposition, Which tf
them will be first to give the order to
get together and face the enemy with a
solid front? i'I'KVV Mil' Mahch.
A beautifully fashioned machine
hammer has been placed on the Na
tional Secretary's desk by Comrade
Ceo. yuimbv. It is the handiwork of his
son-in-law and makes a very neat pa
-Brother Miller is turning out a line
of office and dining room furniture
for the use of the colony that would
be an ornament in any large furni
—A gentleman from Michigan while
visiting here last week, picked some
apples from a tree, that had winter
ed over from last year's crop without
injury from frosts. He took them
home to show the capabilities of
—Mr. ('has. Krickson, of Tacoma,
Wash., dropped In on us this week to
view socialism under practical ope
ration. The first view of our work so
pleased him that lie donated IS to
push it forward.
— Mrs. 15. W. Weston, wife of Bro
ther Weston, arrived at the COlooy
last week, having been detained or
the road by sickness. She brought
with her a "wee tinty" socialist, aged
10 days. Brother Westen was so re
joiced that he was unfit for duty for
—The old settlers here describe the
weather as being very backward for
this time of the year, but those of us
who have been living in other states,
when looking at the grass and (low
ers, think that it is far in advance of
the conditions we were accustomed to.
—One of the surprises in store for
the new comer, after passing through
a thousand miles of cold and bleak
prairie and mountains, will be a sud
den dropping off to a low level where
all vegetation is green, fruit trees in
blossom and an earthly paradise
seems to be near at hand.
There are very few whistlers at
Equality: the reason being that
whistlers are said to be people who
do not think.' The fact that to be
come a socialist one must be some
what of a thinker, precludes the pos
sibility of there being many nui
sances of the whistling variety.
— At present the steamboat con
nection with Edison is very unsatis
factory for the colony and the busi
ness men of the town. It is what la
called a tri-weekly, that is, it comes
one week and tries to do so the next.
It is hoped that in the near future
regular trips will be made to this port.
—Many of our Eastern friends
would like to know how our people
farcat table. Well, the fare is not
quite up to the standard of Delmoni-
CO's famous restaurant, but it is far
ahead of that of the average labor
ing man's table in anarchy, especial
ly those who are constantly in fear of
being thrown out of a job by some act
of the plutes,
—The "Equality" boys are feeling
very kindly towards the older settlors
of Edison and Skagit county. Kind
words of sympathy are heard on
every hand. Unlike our brethren of
Buskin, our lot has been cast among
friends. Already several Edison peo
ple have joined the colony and others
are waiting only to see if the move
ment will prove a success. It can be
truthfully said that nearly every one
is ready to extend a kind word or a
helping hand. *.
—Parties intending to visit the
colony are advised that the best way
at present, is to buy a ticket to Bel
fast, Wash., and take the stage to
Edison, six miles distant. Still better,
the men find large children should
walk. ' It would be the mcst interest
ing journey you ever made. Your
necks wor.'ci get tired looking up
those slender saplings of six to eight
,feet in diameter and towering up into
the atmosphere 1.10 feet. Baggaf
should also be checked to Belfast
but heavy-freight should be shippe.i
to Fairhaven. where it could i.
re-shipped to Edison by steamer May
'—The National officers of the B. C.
C. have, after repented disappoint
ments, succeeded in purchasing a Hoe
double cylindt r printing press, from
the Tacoma Ledger Company, It is
a *4.txH) press. The company sent a
man to put up and start it. and it is
being run by a 3j h. p. gasoline i ll
gine, but Brother ••. F. Lenger, of
Niobrara, Xcb.. has presented us with
a 0 h. p. steam engine and boiler,
which i- now on the way. This will
give us power to run the news and job
press, and also a knitting machine
which we have at present lying idle.
Among the arrivals at the colony
last week v ere Wm. .1. Barrett and
wife, Frank Goodman and John Lowe
and family of Middle tern? Ohio; David
Maris and daughter of Sidney, Ohio;
Mr. Carrier of iDayton. Ohio, Mr.
John Preacher, of Kansas City. Mo,
John Lowe? Ruth A. Bow.-, and Chas,
Lowe of Ohio: chas. Erlckson.'.Wash
Wm. 11.. LuFrenz, Spokane: 11. A
White, Kansas; Kenneth McKeniie
Wash.: F. 11. Shafer. X, V.: J. T, old
ham, Mich.: P. A.l';. California*
Michael Sehafer. Waal .1, B. Aultand
family, Ky.: Emil Schroeder, Wash.,
Ernst Haiuel. Wash.; .1. W. Monnich,
Ky.: Jacob Stiffier, Kan.; W. C. B. llay
dolph, Cal.: Chi Ahrens, Cal.; A. F.
Stevens, Cal.: Emll Michel, N- b., and
W. H. Kaufman and family, Minnesota;
several of whom became members,
while others .no to look it and inves
j tigate sooiaWsm,