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Vernon Parish Democrat
PUBLISHED EVERY THURSDAY AT LEESVILLE, LOUISIANA GEORGE E. GANTRELL—Editor and Manager Entered a* second etas» matter July 14, 1919, at the postoffice in Newllano Louisiana, under act of March 3, 1879. SUBSCRIPTION PRICE $L5(TPÊRVEAR Foreign Subscriptions—Canada, $1.75; other foreign countries, $2.00 per year. Make all remittances payable to the Vernon Parish Democrat, Leesville, La. RENEWALS AND CHANGES OF ADDRESS—When renewing always give the name as it appears on your label. When changing address you must always give the OLD as well as the Niiw addrss. This paper is not responsible for the' views expressed in communica tions. It is useless to send us your letters unless you sign your name as an evidence of good faith and not necessarily for publication. VoL 3. Thursday, September 23, 1^20. No. 15 Only those who have traveled over Western Louisiana can have any idea of the enormous wastes of cut-over lands, the undeveloped, unused piney Highlands from which the timbered wealth has already been taken. Here is the new goal of the ambi tious homeseeker. Here are the only cheap lands left in the United States. Emigration has passed it by. Exploit ation of its resources through advertis ing is unknown. Few have an idea of :te possibilities, of the vast poten tialities of a region cheifly known as a place of turpentine, naval stores, and lumber. Only in recent years has some slight attempt been made to direct attention to the opportunities of the South With much more to offer than has many parts of California and the West, it has failed to attract homeseekers, while the states which have made temselves known have become rich and produc tive because they have brought to their idle lands the northern farmers and eastern farmers who sought new locations. The Highland region, particularly, should attract the men of the North who desire to escape the rig«rs of the winters. The healthfulness of this well -drained section answer» the ob jection most frequently urged. The abundance of fuel makes the well wooded Louisiana parishes particular ly desirable. The long growing season and the comparative ease with which a good living may be secured are addi tional points favoring the selection of West Louisiana Highlands. With the lumber fast being cut from the hills, and with the assessible val ue of the land rapidly going lower in the face of abnormally increasing ex penses, the parishes which have here tofore been great lumber producers must cast about for other occupations. The possibilities of oil are unknown. Other minerals are not likely to exist here or to be commercially valuable at least. There remains only farming as a source of income, and all energies must be diverted "to this end. A new era is coming to this portion of Louis iana, and it is time that those who claim to be far-seeing (hould bend their efforts toward hurrying the com ing of the new day. „ Interest in farming must be intensi fied. Increased production must be hastened. Then will come, opportun ities;. Then will come a demand for Southern land. If Vernon Parish and the other parishes of West Louisiana are prepared, they will share in this prosperity. If they are not, they will gain only such share as falls to their lot after the more enterprising parish es have been satisfied. Where will Vernon Parish stand? Sanitary Cleaning and Pre;«ktg LEWIS ALTERING AND ^YEING BttOS. LEADING TAILORS Phone 227 LEESVILLE, LA RBMREG&Sl New Bricks For Sale The colony Brick Yard has »everal tkousand GOOD, NEW BRICKS for Sale. Come in and Get Them. Price, $20.00 per thousand. For particulars and sample see— M. L. DeVINE, Brick Foreman NEWLLANO COLONY Near LEESVILLE THAT WAMPUS CAT Number two of the Louisiana Wam pus Cat, the monthly periodical pub lished at Leesville, is at hand, and we enjoy its breezy tone. It hits hard at some of the old ideas which have held sway in the South so much longer than in the North; the magazine is refresh ing to say the least. We look forward to the next number. If you have a good opinion of your farming, exhibit youn products at the Parish Fair in Leesville in October. A tablespoon of kerosene will kill one million mosquitoes in your rain barrell. Try it. "UNBRIDLED DEMOCRACY" Dr. Harry Burns Hutchens, retiring president of the University of Michi gan, delivering the baccalaurate ad dress of the seventy-sixth annual com mencement of the Michigan state un iversity, sounded a note of warning to the nearly 1,400 graduates against the present day tendency to drift from the style of government chosen for this country by the founders, who intended ; a representative republic, into a con dition of unbridled democracy. His subject was "Demotracy Now: What Next?" He warned against un reserved acceptance of the doctrines of the initiative, recall, and referend um. "Conceive," he said, "what might be the results if the initiative, the recall, and the referendum were generally adopved and should become the tools of a Red majority." Truly "The ojc knoweth his owner and the ass his master's crihf." Dr. Hutchins speaks for the profiteers who support him. If democracy be not ab solutely "unbridled," it is a mock "De. mocracy" fit only to deceive fools. Yes, dear old fossil, if ever a majority of the American become "red", what ever you mean by that, they will have the power, as they have the right un der the state and national constitu tions, *o make any changes in govern ment that they desire—whether there is direct legislation or not, and no mat ter what means of force or fraud the plutocratic 'traitors to the constitution may use to prevent it. Wouldn't it be awful, Harry, if the majority of the people of America should rule the na tion instead of allowing a group of pir ates and outlaws in tfie names of "bus ines" and "patriotism" to misrule us? —From "Real Democracy." Comrade F. D. Waters spent a Sun day recently with one of our neigh bors, C. H. Doolittle, who is a former resident of Comrade Waters' home town, Hastings, Mich. A very enjoy able gab-fest is reported. CORN COBS CONTAIN VALUABLE PRODUCTS The Department of Agriculture is eliminating waste along - many other important lines, by discovering uses for products that formerly served no use ful purpose. The most notable recent illustration is that of corncobs. About a bushel of cobs is produced for every bushel of shelled corn, ahd they al ways have been almost a complete waste. During the past few months, chem ists in the Department of Agriculture have discovered that the entire content of corn cobs can be converted into Jjighly useful pibducts. Commercial plants' are now being equipped to man ufacture half a dozen products from theift. One of these products ^is an ad hesive of exceptionally high quality. Another is cellulose, suitable for use in the manufacture of dynamite and var ious other things. We have made very good paper, using a part of the corn cob as filler. Another product that the plants will tup out from cobs is ace tate of lime, from which acetic acid is made. And after all these things had been demonstrated, our chemists discovered, a very valuable by-product—furfural. Up to this time, furfural has bfeen so rare that it has sold as high as $20 a pound. Every ton of corn cobs will yield about 30 pounds of furfural as a by-prduct, and our specialists esti mate that it can be manufactured in this wey for less than 20 cents a pound Furfural is what the chemists call a basic intermediary in dyes. It is useful in the manufacture of many paints and lacquers and in the making of bako lite, the substance used in pipe stems and other articles. Furfural is also such an excellent insecticide that it has been much used for that purpose, even though the price was $20 a pound. So the corn cob, instead of being a dead waste, is likely to become a commod ity on the market. NEW CARS WILL SA\t VEGETABLE LOSS Multiplied millions of dollars worth of fruits and vegetables rot every year in railroad cars. In two months last winter, $3,000,000 wtorth of apples from the Pacific Northwest were froz en in transit. Losses from heat are just about as heavy as those from cold. A new type of refrigerator car was de signed by Department specialists. It was so efficient that the Railroad Ad ministration adopted it as a standard, f^ractically all refrigerator cars built or rebuilt in the United States during the past two years are built in accordance with those specifications. Efforts are now being made to perfect a means for he'ating the standard refrigerator car in cold weather. Specifications to cov er this have been worked out and were adopted by the Railroad Administra tion. Losses caused by improper loading and packing oT fruits and vegetables frequently run as high as 40 to 50 per cent of the car load. Specifications for loading cars with certain fruits and vegetables have been worked out by the Department: There has not yet been opportunity for checking up on all of them in operation, but we have checked up on potatoes, which frmer ly suffered very severely. $25,000,000 SWEET POTATOES WASTED LAST YEAR Our department of agriculture is for making Jthe business of farming more profitable by making production and marketing more efficient and econom ical. Twenty-five million dollars worth of sweet potatoes were wasted in 1919.. One hundred million bushels of sweet potatoes rotted instead of being eaten. They rotted because they were put on the ground in small heaps and covered with dirt, instead of being stored in properly constructed warehouses. Spe cialists of the Department of Agricul ture developed a storage house that re duced the loss when used from 50 to 2 per cent. More than 600 such stor age houses reepmmended by the Bu reau of Markets wert created.-enough to take care of about 9 per cent of the sweet potatoes stored every year. Then we had practically to discontinue the educational campaign because our ap propriations were decreased to such an extent that we had no money for the purpose. From $50,000,000 to $75,000,000 is lost evejy year becauy baled cotton is left out in the weatherinstead of be ing put in properly regulated storage houses. Tests made by the Depart ment have shown losses by exposing cotton to the weather ranging as high as $100.48 a bale, and the lowest shown was $8.80 a bale. The Depart SURGEONS agree that in cases of Cuts, Burns, Bruises, and Wounds, the FIRST TREATMENT is most .impor tant. WKen an EFFICIENT anticep tic is applied promptly, there is no danger of infection and the wound be gins to heal at once. For use on man or beast, BOROZONE is the IDEAL ANTICEPTIC and HEALING AGENT. Buy it now and be ready for an emer gency. «ale bv all druggists. Adv. ment of Agriculture is trying to elimin ate this loss, but the funds at its com mand for demonstration and educa tional work make it impossible to cover the ground in any adequate way. WOKEN VOTERS URGED TO REGISTER Assistant Attorney, General L. E. Hall, has rendered an opinion regard ing the status of women as voters, un der the Nineteenth Article of the Amendment of the Federal Constitu tion,» which he declares has made no change in the existing registration laws except to make all the rules «and reg ulations governing the registering of men applicable in the same and to the same extent to the registering of wom en. To all officers concerned: You are advised as follows: I : The adoption of the Nineteenth Article of Amendment of the Federal Constitution has made no change in ex isting registration laws except tô maké all the rules and regulations governing MICKIE SAYS BOSS SAMS W NMWCVi *"C COVNCS -© oue\}Eft\-s cûN\e.\u\viô ■tW pservjess PROOVJCTS o* rut PMtRMXU. VNVW PAReLC-EUJEW PIONSEN.TS M«V3rCVC, ARUAIH V» | AV. -Cfe.\\JN\S>V\, \NE "SMJOTfE NO ®OPE.«AO«S SCXrOrt OF 1Y\E PO*JE\ A TWMfe OS AAA. OVJER AMD I SESVOEâtHAf VME SURE DO SMJEU. ->OB PR\NTW4Cr the registration of men applicable in the same way and to the same extent to the registering of women. 2: As a means of identification on the records, a woman applying for re gistration, should, if unmarried, give her real or baptismal name" in this man ner: "Mary S. Jones," and, if mar ried: "Mary Jones Smith." If the applicant is a widow, she should give either her maiden or her married name, according as she is known by one or the other. The nsual designation of "Miss" or "Mrs." should be omitted. 3: For the purpose of registering and voting, the place'of residence of a woman separated from her husband is the place where she actually makes her home instead of the place of her husband's residence. 4: Women are not liable for per capitation or poll tax levied by Article 198 of the Constitution, and no lien rests.against her assessed property to enforce its payment. 5: A woman properly registered as a voter, is a qualified elector, and as such, she is eligible to voté in any election without the payment of poll taxes and to hold any office of trust or profit presently existing under the Constitution and laws of this State. Respectfully, L. E. HALL. Assistant District Attorney For all those interested, it may be well to state that the registration blank requires that the applicant for regis tration answer the following question in writing: To giv£ the name and num ber of the precinct in which they live, what country or state you were born, whether native or naturalized, ' date-of birth, present age in years months and days, party affiliations. Get all the gooc^ there is today; don't fret about tomorrow. There's trouble round us all the time; What need is there to borrow? The wise man gets what joy he c?.n, And leaves the fool to his folly. He knows too much to waste his life In gloom and melancholy. Classified Section I FOR SALE.—A farm of 126 acres. 85 acres under cultivation in the besl black land in the state. 80 acres in corn, 2 acres in sugar cane, 3 acres in sweet potatoes, the rest in pasture and timber. A first-class ten room lyntse, 2 good barns, plenty of water and hard wood timber. Address Geo. T. Pickett, Newllano, La. Wanted—What have yau that you can do without? Put an ad in the Democrat and sell it to somèon^ who wants it. That pays both of .you. What Is the Llano Colony? The idea of the Llano Cooperative Colony is that it shall be an as sociation of workers banded together to protect the interests of each and of all in such manner that they may secure the entire result of thair labor, usinj^ such methods and devices as shall be necessary to accomplish this end. In order to make this possible it is necessary that a favorable location blessed with natural resources should be se cured. The Llano Cooperative Colony is located on a 20,000 acre tract of land in the Healthful Highlands of Western Louisiana at Stables, near Leesville, in Vernon Parish. It is about 15 miles from jhe Sabine River, 112 miles from Shreveport, and nearly 300 miles from New Orleans. The colonists occupy the old lumber hamlet of Stables.'This is on the main line of the Kansas City Soulhern Railroad and ALL trains stop here. Careful investigation of health conditions, transportation, resources, soil and products were made before the contract for the purchase of this tract was entered into. The highlands at this plaça are gently rolling hills, giving perfect drainage, which is a very important thing. Heal h reports, as well as the experience of the 1 colonists indicate that conditions here will compare favorably with any portion of the United States- ïhose fearful concerning heallR'cafcditioni are, invited to make the most careful investigation. Louisiana has been giren a bad name which this porton at least does not deserve. The Colony plantation lies 2 miles south of Leesville, the parish seat. Most of the timber has been cut off, but there still remains a great deal of hardwood timber along the creeks, and many pines of a size suitable for milling. The hardwood is estimated af 1 about 1200 acres and worth many thousands o'f dollars. Pine enuf to supply the colony for many years is available and needs but a small mill to supply, all requirements. Industries using wood can be established by the colony and made very profitable. Beech, magnolia,white oak, cypress, red oak, post oak, sweet gum, and hickory are abundant. The productivity of the land has been carefully investigated. Ex perience during the first year proves that garden truck of almost any kind. many fruits, berries, cotton, sweet potatoes, beans, corn, sugar cane, and peanuts do well, while rice, potatoes and other crops may b» grown for home use. It is the intention of the colony to put such crops into finished form, manufacturing theirt so as to secure the high est prices. Livestock do well, but in order to secpre good results forage crops should be grown. The long, mild season is very much in favor of this ■idustry. Sheep, goats, hogs, cattle can all be miede very profitable. The colony bee-keeper and poultryman demonstrated beyond all doubt that this is a first class district for those industries. A Colony Demonstration Farm in charge of a regularly appointed ■an is a part of colony equipment, and the advice of this department ia valuable and authorative. Land is being cleared as rapidly as possible, fences built, crops put ia. Work progresses in an orderly and systematic manner. Foremen have charge of various deparments, and the employment department keens valuable records tending to show costs, efficiency, etc. Those intending to visit the colony should get off the train at Stables. All trains stop here. You may not be able to purchase a ticket to this place; you may have to buy to Leesville, but you can purchase a ticket from Leesville here for ten cents without getting off the train. We meet all trains; the colony town is right on the railroad. Notify us when you expect to arrive if you can do so. In taking the contract of purchase of this tract, a great many build ings were included. Among them are the hotel, with its great dining room and kitchen, rooms 'for guests, and the library; two great sheds; two large barns; a storey an office building; two fine houses, and «any smaller ones; hundreds of thouaands of feet of lumber; a con crete power house; a four-cell dry 1 house; other buildings. Several buildings have already been torn cVwn and the materials used for various purposes. The value of these buildings'to the colony is almost incalculable. They house inhabitants and industries. The plan of the colony is to make its community life as enjoyable as possible. Inthis it has succeeded admirably. The many education al advantages for both children and adults are noteworthy. The equality^ of all, the common interest in the prosperity and progress made, the social equality, the equality of allowance made for living c6sts, the freedom from worry, the spirit of the undertaking which will erect a new method of living-Mhese arc the features of the colony life which grip. Eight hours a day, an allowance made so that children learn independence, everything sold as nearly cost as possible, the elimination of profit and rent, the sane, happy, carefree life of (he in habitants impress all visitors. Never before did any community possess such advantages, such prospects, such a pleasant life as does this one. The colony has its own printing department, its offices, its store, its Demonstration farm, its bakery, its shoeshop, its hotel, its wood Cf^dren are taught trades. The colony means freedom and opportun ' ity and equalily. é working department, its broom factoiy, its gardens, its sweet potato dryer, its school, its theater, its hospital, its public swirhnting pool, its laundry, its machine shop. Some of these are very small industries. The brick-making induit rv promises to become the most profitable in the colony. The clay here is excellent, and the fuel for burning the brick is abundant. There is now a large demand for brick and the price is hi^h. Machinery for making brick on a large scale is now on the ground anftis being erected.. Most of this has been done within » year. Thi colqny is rapidly becoming self-supporting, and as a community it offers more attrac tions than will be found anywhere else in a town of this size. It lias been found that there are two general rlaises of cooperators interested in the colony. Ihe first of these wishes to come into the cooperative colony and is perfectly satisfied with feie plan. The other wishes to cooperate in buying and selling only, à siring private and individual ownership of the land, livestqek etc. The colony is now i n a position to interest botL. Those who with to come (Bto the colony may do to on the terns of membership given in another place on this page. Those w h D wish to own land may Wuy a Cooperative Farm, participating to an extent in the cooperative advantages of the colony. They may market their . ,-opc with the col ony, enjoy colony tofial advantages, and many of aae educational ad vantaget, with the privilège of exchanging land fc. be Applied on a membership if desired and if acceptable ~as men&s*s. The Coopera tive colony will retain about 5,000 acres for the .sslony. The idea is to build up a Cooperative Commonwealth. Memberships are sold on instalments, and 'he Coijjerative Farmt are sold on installments. Memberships are graded acco»tfins to the num ber in the family. They are $1,000. for a tinpl- mal er woman. $200 additional for each dependent over 20; $150 ,fne jach dependent between 12 and 20; $100 for each dependent undk.T 12. The colony employs agents, but don not authorize them to dote any transaclions in which they handle money beyond $5 on sack Cooperative Form. Memberships should all be taken out throu^i the < Membership department, Llano «Cooperative Colony, Leesville, La. The colony wan's members. It wants people to becomc interested ia this enterprise. No one makes any private profit. Agents to repre sent the colony in the selling of farms are wanted. It it the opportun ity which cooperators have dreamed of. It is now an established fact. Will you do your part to extend the field of its influeace? If you are interetted, send for more informaion and ask such ques tions as <you wish. Send stamps for reply. We want you to know about us and we want you to ask questions about everything not made clear to you. literature seat free on request. Llano Co-operative Colony LEESVILLE, LOUISIANA.