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an 'ersonal at Leesville The merchants and all other busi ness people of Leesville are smiling brightly just now, and when you ask them why? they tell you that the hol iday season has improved and increas ed business several hundred per cent. * * * * Finance officer of Vernon Post, American Legion, Mr. Fred Bullock, is busy enrolling new members for the coming year and collecting the annual dues of those already enrolled:' He wants every ex-soldier in Vernon Par ish to join. They will always find him, during business hours, at the Leesville Post office, and to anyone asking him about the aims an dob jects of the A, L., he will say that it not only wants to "promote peace and .good will on earth, transmit to poster ity the principles of freedom, justice, and democracy," but also to "make wight the master of might." * * * * Miss Pearl LeFere, Home Demon stration Agent, has been visiting the * Vernon Parish Public Schools during vacation time to teach ^11 sorts of mak îng nice things to eat, giving the pu-.^'s pils approved recipes for pop-corn balls, candies, fudge, etc., also how to raise and take care of poultry, for which purpose she requests boys and «iris to join poultry clubs, which she will gladly assist in arranging. * * * * Mr. Geo. S. Taylor, Referee in Bankruptcy, has announced the fol lowing cases of bankruptcy against: <ieörge Washington Simmons and J. Phillip Simmons, to be heard at the office of attorneys Hardin and Har din^ on Friday, December 31st, at 11 a.m. and against Thomas William Wat -son, at the office of attorneys Foster and Woosley, Leesville, at 10 a.m. * * * * Four couples of newly-weds have announced their joining the happy bonds «f all the millions of those who ""all do** it and advise all others to follow their example; Mr. Carl Bobder and Miss Beulah Biven, in DeRidder; Mr. Roger Parnell and Miss Ruth CudcL in Leesville; Mr. Guy Russell and Miss Leala Parker, in Millford; TMr. Drew Bridges and Miss Lillian , DR. F. T. LEWIS, DENTIST Davis Building, Leesville, La. Hoars—8 to 12 1 to 5 Home Phone 99 — Office Phone 177 Colony News A MONTHLY MAGAZINE DEVOTED TO CO-OPERATIVE COLONIZATION. December Number Contains: «• y "As A Veteran Views It" by Theo. F. Cuno; "Living In Llano" by Geo. E- Can trell; "The Problem of Disease" by Dr. John DeQuer; "Community Organization" by Lincoln Phifer; "Merely Meanderings" by Robert K. Williams; "How to Understand * People" (Third Lesson) by L. W. Millsap; "Caius Cracchus" by Guy Bogart; Editorial Comment by Job Harriman; "Concerning the Adoption of Esperanto" by Marcus L. DfeVine Reviews of Current Writings ; "Unraveling Social Entanglements" by Job Har riman; "California's Single Tax Fight"; and news of the co-operative movement. THE COLONY NEWS contains each month a story of the Llano £o-opera ative Colony—the only experiment^ of its kind today—illuminating some issue of the colony policy which corresponds with the ideals expounded by Socialists, that is, collect- f ive ownership and eontrol of the machinery of production and distribution. WHAT THEY SAY OF IT: WHAT LINCOLN PHIFER SAYS: "I am pleased at the great improvement in The Colony News. The October number was a dandy, both in contents and in mechan-' ical appearance." WALTER MILLSAP: "You certainly are to be congratulated on the appear ance of the Magazine (Colony News). I speaks volumes for the condition of the Colony. It is the story between the lines by which we old-timers judge. It shows that some of the colonists are enthusiastic enough to want to say something, and that even us poor suckers on the outside think of the bunch there in connection with our pet hobbies." GALE SPEAKS OF THE COLONY NEWS; "I must say right now that you have no reason to apologize for "The Colony News." I find it exceedingly interesting and instructive, altho I have only read hastily the copies you have sent me; Job Har riman's editorials are the usual epigramatic, effective ones that we know so well." DR. JÔHN DE QUER —"Just received the Magazine, and the Democrat. And say, boy, that magazine is some baby! I have enjoyed every line <»f it, and am going to enjoy more of it as I keep in touch with the colo y work." Get Your Name on the List Today. $1.00 a year. Llano Publications uïïSL Wintle, in Leesville; Mr. 0. Mit chell, formerly of Leesville, and Miss Louise Keler, of Maringouin, La., in New Orleans. .* » * * » Mrs. Grover Stelle, of Bon Ami, has been the guest during the holiday week of her sister, Mrs. H. Booker, in Leesville ; Mr. H. M. Poinboif, of Grayson, Ark., visited his parents here; Mr. Gilbert Terry came from Port Arthur to spend the holidays with his mother, Mrs. lona Terry; Mrs. J. P. O Banion and her children went to Mrs. 0. L. Finley, Mrs. O'Banion's daughter, in Lufkin, Tex.; Misses Marré and Frankie DeSpain visited relatives at Cravens; Miss Pearl Slaughter was the guest of Mrs. Columbus PitrefMr. and Mrs. Ar thur Averre have' moved from Lees ville to'Shreveport, where Mr. Averre has accepted a position on the K. C. and S. railway; Mrs. Lucy Perkins who spent Christmas with her parents, Mr. and Mrs. W. P. Perkins, has re turned to her home in Shreveport; Felix Hernandez spent Christmas with grandfather and grandmother in Many; Miss Pearl Manes, of Many, visited .relatives in this city last week; Mrs. I. M. Roberts has returned from a visit to relatives in Shreveport; Mrs. Cowley has spent the holidays with friends in Pelican, La.; Mrs. W. C. Vogel and her son, of Florein, have been the holiday guests of Mrs. Mag gie.Evans; Mrs. Hanson, of Houston, Tex., is the guest of her niece, Mrs. P. Hall; Mr. D. T. Forbes has return ed from Shreveport, where he visited his daughter, Mrs. Roy Bray; Mrs. Y. A. Miller spent Christmas with her parents in Anacoco; Miss Pearl Willis of Meridian, Miss., where slue attends college, is spending her vacation with* her parents in this city. Dr. and Mrs.' D. 0. Willis; Mr. Robert Morgan, col lege student in Bryan, Tex., vi«ited his parents in Leesville, Mr. and Mrs. R. B. Morgan; Mr. and Mrs. Joseph R. Ferguson, arjs visitin? relative* in this city; Mr. and Mrs. J. O. \Jjtchell, of New Orleans, have been the holiday guests of Mrs. V. E. Mitchell in Lees ville; Misses Lillie *nd Winnie McCoy of the Leesville High School, spent ISAAC 0. WINFREE Doctor of Dental Surgery Phones : ^Office, 132 — Residence, 8Q_ 14 Lyons Bldg., Leesville, La. the holidays with relatives m Duuoer ly. La.; Mr. and Mrs. P. L. Ferguson have gone to New Orleans. * * * * ' Citizen* in Vernon Parish, deter-jf. mined to vote on election day and al so to do their duty in regard to sup port of the public schools of the Par ish, are now coming to Sheriff Tur ner'» office in bunches, every day, to pay their poll-tax of- one dollar. Up to noon, yesterday, the Sheriff had issued over 2000 receipts and he ex pects the rest of the 3000 voters to "show up" before the end of the year. # * * * During the past week three addi tional moonshiners ^have been arrested by Deputy Sheriffs in the 5th ward of Vernon Parish, near Pitkin, about 35 miles each, of Leesville. * * * * The couples who obtained marriage licenses this week at the office of Parr ish Clerk Hicks, were: Mr. S. A. Monks, of Hicks and Miss Ettte Squires, of Hineston; Mr. Edmond Crager, of Kurthwood, and Miss Neo ma Funderburk, of Kile; Mr. John R. Gibson, of Hornbeck, and Miss Natile berts, of Call, Tex., and Miss Jewell ------ Simon, of Evangeline: Mr. B. M. West of Newton, Tex., and Miss Lou Jane McKee, of Leesville ; Mr. Elzie Ro Addison, both of Anacoco; Mr. Will Flernoy and Miss Jennie Small, both of Leesville; Mr. H. S. Asby and Miss Dora Green, both of Rosepine; Mr. Eddie Clavire, and Miss Ira Hightow er, both of Slaglefh Mr. Joseph Bol ton, of Slagle, and Miss Olga Crump ler, of Hardshell; Mr. George Gar don and Miss Ocie Halvil, both of Sla gle; Mr. Garrie Brown, of Hornbeck, and Mrs. Flora Garrett, of Anacoco; Mr. A. R. McWilliams, and Miss Ger trude Curtis, both of Hornbeck; Mr. Jack Newton, and Miss Hattie B. Bod tie, both of Pearson; Mr. Hollis With ers and Miss Emma Mclnnis, both of Anacoco. The youngest espectants of wedded bliss were Miss Matilda Weit, of Slagle, aged 16, who is to marry Mr. Sam Burbray, also of Slagle, Miss May Peck, of Leesville made affadavit ^ at she is not yet "sweet sixteen," but hopes to be next year, and she .1? *he blushing bride of Mr. Matt. Jenkins; they are both of Leesville. * * * * New arrivals are registered at the Hotel Leesville this week as follows: L B. Oàdway, A C. Elliott, J. T. Downs, Ed Powell, C. A. Morrison, W. E. Ransdell, J. F. Beat, 0. G. Frankein, R. H. Owens, M. N. Had not, Hugh Stanley, S. L. Taylor, H. Engles, N. S. Navy, 1. W. DeFort, J. F. Griffin, Frank L Dusenbury. C. F. Hochfield and wife, M. McCombe, S. S. Hudgins, Albert Jocobs, 0. E Drad dy, N. M. Barker, P. A. W. Lusnant, J. Pletter, W. F. Kopp!er, Leroy Davis. C. E. MiHer, N. S. Hill. IS FATHER OF 34 CHILDREN For many years. Representative Small, of Noçth Carolina, has, by a greement, been presenting, to R. C. Bland, a Carolina farmer and one of his constituents, a new suit of clothes for each additional child in his fam ily. Hiving presented thirteen suits, and being recently notified to send the fqurteenth. Representative Small has informed Mr. Bland that the contest will be*"off with Mr. Small's retire ment from Congress on March 2nd. Small and Bland made their com pact a number of years ago, when' Small was making a campaign speech at Robejsonville, near here. Bland ■then had twenty children; he now has thirty-four. Twenty-six of the thirty-four Bland children are living, and the present Mrs. Bland, Bland's second wife, is the mother of nineteen, nine of whom were born during the last ten years, including one set of twins. Eighteen children still live at home, but Mrs, Bland declares she becomes lonesome, .because so many have gone away." Mr. and Mrs. Bland recently had a group photograph taken of the fam ily still remaining on the Bland farm. While the photographer was working, a buzzard cast its shadow on the ground. Bland was asked if he was superstitious. No," he said, "I'm not afraid of buzzards, but at first I thought the blame thing was a stork." TICKY CATTLE HIDE PROVES VALUELESS Baton Roiige, La., Dec. 17.— R. L. Himes, representing the Louisiana Tick Eradication League, is exhibiting two calf hides in Baton Rouge, show* ing the difference between finished leather made from the hides of cattle infested with ticks and leather made from the hides of tick-free cattle. Mr. Himes wrote Pfistep and Vogel, tanners, of Milwaukee, some time ago,' asking information about the relative quality of leather made from tick-free cattle and cattle infested with ticks, and the result was they sent him the hides, which they claimed would be more convincing than any argument they might offer. UNEMPLOYMENT IN BOSTON APPALLING Conditions in the labor market in Boston are reported to be worse than have existed since the fall of 1916. Growing shutdowns and curtailments of office forces are forcing thousands out of work, causing a demand for jobs which is unprecedented * in the past four years. The State Employ ment Bureau reports that hundreds of discouraged job-hunters are being turned away empty handed daily, and skilled men and women are in the same position as the unskilled. Positions at the employment office were taken .regardless of wages, thir teen dollars a week being the usual wage offered factory girls. Our slight share of wealth disappears in a day As earth through the seasons is turn ing. In summer as ice it is melting away. In winter as coal it is burning. Washington Star. Harness Repairing The Llano Shoe Shop is now prepared to do all kinds of HAR NESS REPAIR WORK. An ex pert is in charge of this work and the prices will be reasonable. Bring your harness repair work to the Llano Shoe Shop. * Goodyear Shoe Repairs AT REASONABLE RATES STABLES, LA. 'Classified Section FOR SALE—40 acres, near the Col ony, mostly fenced and cross fenced; good house, bam, and dairy house. A bargain for some one. George T. Pickett. FARM WAIN 1 hi): Wanted to hear owner of farm or good land for sale reasonable. L. Jones, Box 551 Olney, HI. 28t. I. A Good Resolution :'- ; v The New Year is at our door and what shall we make of it? We can mold our own wishes into reali ties to a large degree if we act, and act at the right time. Resolve now that you will save a larger part of your earnings than before. Do not spend money now needlessly, for when prices drop, your money will buy more. Resolve to bank your money with us. We offer SAFETY AND SERVICE which will please you. Come in and get acquainted with us. West Louisiana Bank : LEESVILLE. LA. S. T. Ward, President G. Ed. Wehrt, Active Vice-Pres. Wilmer Cain, Cashier FOR SALE—Forty acres located near above farm; hog fenced; $800 cash.—See G T. Pickett, Llano Col ony, Leesville. FOR SALE.—A farm of 126 acres. 85 acres under cultivation in the best 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 house, 2 good barns, plenty of water and hard wood timber. Address Geo, T. Pickett, Newllano, La. FOR SALE—Near Pickering, 39-acre farm, 18 acres clear of stumps; three room house in fair condition; two sta bles r some timber. Will sell for $1560 for quick sale. See G. ;T. Pick ett, Llano Colony. Save 50c Notice to Subscribers Dear Reader: This is the last issue of the Old Year. The next issue of the Vernon Parish Democrat will not be mailed to you unless your subscription reads pai<^ This means that your label on the wrapper must have the number 328, or a higher number. * . . t It is not possible in these days of high print paper and other materials, to keep sending you papers when the sub scription has expired. Indeed, it is not policy to do so; for if the reader is not sufficiently interested to renew his sub scription, his paper is a waste of energy and of money. There fore, our decision is not to mail you any more papers .unless you desire to renew. The Democrat has won its way into the very lives of hundreds of people because of its friendly atmosphere. One reader, commenting on the colony diary, which appears each week in the Democrat, says that although he has never seen the people, hç nevertheless is very familiar with the charac ters mentioned in the diary, and they appear very real to hkh. The news of the co-operative enterprises all over the coun- ' try is very interesting, and the general news features of the Democrat are not behind those of the average country weekly. Now, reader, if you are interested enough to want to read the Democrat during 1921', write us and let us know. If we do not hear from you, we must conclude that you do not want it longer. The price of the Democrat is $1.50 a year, and, as an inducement to have you ACT AT ONCE, we will offer the Democrat ON RENEWALS ONLY for $1.00. Now, save that 50c by writing us TODAY. This offer closes January 15th, and is on renewals only. Save this 50c while its hot! , v Make all remittances payable to THE DEMOCRAT, LEESVILLE, LA. FOR SALE—55-acre farm* near ering; 45 acres cleared of well-fenced and cultivate^ chard of mixed fruits; two good es; barns and other buildings. $3 ,300. —See G. T. Pickett, FOR SALE—20-acre farm Pickering; 12 acres cleared; 6 under cultivation; good house fair barn; team, wagon, and tools, so. $ 1,000—nSe G. T. Pickett, Colony. FOR SALE— Elast and south of ering, one mile south of place, 60 acres, 30 acres cleared stumps except seven trees; low good house with well, (high) 40 res timber; two new barns. Will accept some cash and terms balance.—See G. T. Pickett, Colony.