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Vernon Parish—the Homeseekers' Best Opportunity Leesville ~rhe Hub of the West Louisiana Empire Vol- 4. LEESVILLE, VERNON PARISH, LOUISIANA, THURSDAY, JULY 7, 1921. No. 4. LOUISIANA COTTON HAS DECREASED 500,000 ACRES Acreage of cotton in Louisietna has decreased more than half a million acres, the result of the appeal for a reduction in acreage, according to an nouncement by Lionel L. Janes, agri cultural statistician of the Bureau of Crop Estimates of the Department of Agriculture, Friday night. The condition of the crop, says the report, was 64 percent of normal on June 25. This was in spite of the fact that the crop is two to four weeks late anl the boll weevils are a serious men ace in many districts- These figures may be compared to a 75-percent nor mal condition May 25, 77 percent nor mal June 25, 1.920, and 79 percent normal for l?:e 10 year period. The average yield of 128 pounds of lint cotton per acre is forecast, with a total production (allowing 1 percent ■ from area for abandonment) of about 267,800 bales. The average yield in 1920 was 126 pounds per acre and the production 298,000 bales, and four years ago, 639,000 bales. The acreage has been reduced 544, 000 acres from last year, according to the report, and the area is 327,000 acres less than the 10-year average of 1,388,000 acres. It is estimated there are 1,011,000 acres under cultivation. This is 65 per cent of ( the 1920 total of 1,555,000 acres. In 1913, this country shipped 2, 657,409 bales of cotton to Germany and Austria; in 1920, the total exports of cotton to these countries amounted to only 740,879 bales, less than one third of our yearly cotton exports to The Colony Diary Being a Daily Report of Colony Life at Llano. Wednesday, June 29—A beautiful day and no rain—so the planting and other farm work is being rushed to the limit. Van Nuland is marking out the rows for planting peanuts, which will be done tomorrow, if the rain keeps away. The men with the hoes are working at the sweet potatoes and will finish that job to-day and will all go to planting peanuts tomorrow- The two Wood brothers joined this crew to-da.y as it is work that is most press ing right now. Kemp is preparing to plant corn in the east bottom field, among the corn will be planted soy beans. To-day's mail brought us a letter and checks to the amount of one thousand dollars, with word that -we should put the money to work in the interest of the movement and that in the event the sender reached the Colony it was to apply on a member ship: "If I don't get there," the com rade says, "it all belongs to the Col (5 ony. The sender is a lady—68 years young, and has the spirit of a true co operator and humanitarian. Oh, for more people with such a spirit! She did not tie any strings to her cash ; she has the faith in our purpose, and with this kind of a spirit, our cause would be more than half won. Thank you, Comrade R. B. B., you will be a wel come member to our band and we hope for more like you to come. The brick will be burned to-day and the fires banked; and I guess Waters, Kass, and Caron are ready to ease up on their job, too. Carlson and Hoover are cultivating cane and Mellel is haul ing wood. Comrade Willhide and I just walked over to the east bottom field and found Darth and Loberg ex cavating to rescue a well-covered rot ton stump that had escaped the no tice of the plowmen; further on we came to Lindsey and Fordson No. 2 hooked up to a double set of discs, running up and down the field as if they were in a hurry: next was Com rade Robertson and two mules harrow ing after the disc and beyond that Pn: Krmp wa< planting corn and beans. This is the work that will fill the feed bin for both m»n and beast. Comrades Winter and Bell are back in the co-operative store business togeth er again. The work they are doing is very important to our community, as they embody the entire commercial workings of the Colony. Also they are working now from the producing end of co-operation and the game they play is now to educate and save hu man beings instead of saving dollars. But in their particular line of work they will have *a large job on their Ï UNITED STATES ENDS WAR WITH GERMANY By the signing of the Knox-Porter resolution in the Peace-pact, by Presi dent Harding Saturday last, the United states has at last decided that it is no longer at war with Germany. The resolution was passed by the Senate last Friday night, after much discussion, and the President signed the bill Saturday. T.en minutes after the Senate Friday had placed its official approval. upon the declaratory point resolution to ef fect an end to the technical state of hostilities still in force, the measure was on its way to the White House. The President had left for a short vacation trip to the home of Senator Frelinghuysen at Raritan, N. J., bbut a special messenger reached him on Sat urday. Passage of the resolution in the Sen ate followed an afternoon of debate, during which Democrats bitterly crit icised its terms. The vote was 38 to 29. Three Dem ocrats voted for the resolution; Shiels of Tennesee, Walsh of Massachusetts, and Watson of Georgia. All the Re publican senators who were present voted in favor of the resolution. Dem ocrats argued that passage of the reso lution meant that America must make a separate peace with Germany or en ter the treaty of Varsailles. them before* the war. The war, it seems, has been a mighty expensive af fair to the South. Fighting good cus tomers may not be such a good thing as it is cracked up to be. Mrs. Winter is to take charge of, and promote, our entertainments. She has a habit of keeping herself busy and useful, too. Service is a great stimu lator to personal activities. The Es peranto classes met as /usual to-night at the school house. Keep in mind that these evening classes are for ev erybody who wishes to attend. ' Es peranto is also taught in our schools. » * # • Thursday, June 30—The weather is still fine and the farm work is being rushed. This morning the two Wood brothers started work and their first colony efforts were put forth in plant ing peanuts. About a dozen men went lout to the peanut patch and planted • the whole field by noon. In the p.m. , the same crew hoed in the bottom cane I patch and they certainly are making I the crops show up in fine_shape, as all , the weeds are hoed out. Lindsey and Darth are working Fordson No. 2 steadily from dawn to darkness, and to-day they will finish up the lower east fièîd. Robertson" is following up and lining out the ground and Kemp is planting corn and soy beans; they ; will probably finish the whole job by i to-morrow and move over north of the mule barn. The brick, machine was started to-day noon on another run of about 125,000 bricks; the cfew was composed of Ole, (his last name is too long and hard to spell) C. Caron, Rechsteiner, Mc. Connell, Stuersel, .Willhide, With Waters and Merrel run ; ning the scrapers. Stuersel and Will I hide are only borrowed for the after ' noon, as the farm work is taking up the larger crew of men at present. You see that co-operation permits us to ad just ourselves to our needs as all of us benefit by the adjustments. Van put in the day covering the peanuts. The beans, peas, and popcorn planted at the orchard are doing nicely and in a few more days our planting will be done for the summer. Morressey, Mol lard, and McBride made a bridge go ing to the timber patch, at Cooper's and Satnan, I. Caron and Vernon B. are hauling logs again, and with good weather, they will have them to the sawmill in a few weeks. Comrade Hastings is helping Walter Langridge at the garage, getting Fords and Ford sons in shape to earn their daily keep and I want you to know we are glad to have some one come in and handle this work, as our spring rush has caus ed us to neglect our jitneys for a long time. Schad and Thomas are making more peanut butter to-day. Few peo ple realize that there is more and bet ter food value in peanut butter than in cows' butter; but it is-so, and we XJ1Z MENTAL POISE It's doing your job the best you can And being just to your fellow man; It's making-money, but holding friends, And staying true to your aims and ends; It's figuring how and learning why, And looking forward and thinking high, And dreaming a little and doing much; It's keeping always in closest touch With whait is finest in worth and deed; It's being thorough, yet making speed; It's daring blithely the field of chance. While making labor a brave romance; It's going onward despite defeat, And fighting staunchly, yet keeping sweet; It's being clean and playing fair; It's laughing lightly at Dame Despair; It's looking up at the stars above, ^And drinking deeply of life and love; It'f struggling on with the will to win, But taking loss with a cheerful grin; It's sharing sorrow, work, and mirth And making better this good old earth; It's serving, striving through strain and stress It's doing your noblest—that's success! ' —Berton Braley. A GRAND PROGRAM AT DIXIE PRIDE PLAYHOUSE Mrs. Joseph Winter, the new man ager of the Dixie Pride Playhouse at Newllano, did herself proud in the wonderful program that- she provided for the entertainment of the colonists and their friends on very brief notice last Sunday night. Miss Trixie Ewell gave two very fine Painoforte selec tions. The Misses Anna and Doris Willhide rendered a vocal duet in per fect time and tune, which delighted the audience. Mr- Joseph Winter sang "Thora," and "Your Eyes Have Told Me So," and as he is a trained vocal ist of superior merit, they were highly appreciated. Mrs. Collingwood sang "A Perfect Day" in keeping with the title and pleased the audience great ly. Two piano and cornet duets by Miss Lois Will and Mr. H. O. Atkins were excellent performances. Mrs. Winter enriched the entertainment with a vocal solo, "Looking Back" in fine voice and perfect execution- Miss Lo retta, Thomas is a sweet singer from Pennsylvania and gave as a solo "Do you rememGer the Time?" ,. Mr. H. C. ,. Bell gave a humorous recitation which tickled' the fancy of many. Mr. Wil liams and son played a number of Southern tunes on the violin and gui tar, which struck responsive cords in the audience and elicited much the audience and elicited much plause. It was indeed a splendid program all around, and the colonists and their neighbors are to be congratulated to the fact that every Sunday evening they aft to enjoy a similar feast of reason and flow of soul. DAVID DANCED BEFORE THE LORD King David of the Jews, so the Bible reports danced in the temple at Jer usalem as a religious performance- It i< well known now that the sanitary observances and washings commanded by Moses to the Israelites as religious rites and as coming direct from God, have been verified by hygienic science of to-day as imperative to healthful living. It stands to reason then that dancing performed as a religious rite in the past, was performed because of its hygienic value. It is well-known that perfect circu lation of pure blood will insure perfect health, and as the rhythm of dancing sets the blood scintillating through ev ery artery and blood vessel, it is one of the greatest means to improve the circulation that can be resorted to. The colonists at Newllan«- dance and invite their /neighbors to share their joy. They danced on the eve of July 2nd and repeated, the performance on ^he evening of the Fourth. They have no care or worry on their minds. They laugh, dance, and play, grow fat, and are happy. The power of association when recognized, resorted to, and pro perly utilized, will indeed liberate the THE PROMISED LAND For ages the human race has been looking for a promised land, a land where the shortcomings and vexations and limitations of the old abode would no longer hamper or obstruct the long ings and aspirations of the people for a better deal. The Jews thousands of years ago, were led by Moses from slavery in Egypt towards Palestine as a promised land, but in the long run things did not pan out as people expected and wished. If ever there was a country that might have turned out to be the genu ine promised land for the human race it was our own America. And for awhile it was such in truth and deed, but in the course of three hundred years it has become as great a disap pointment as all other lands of promise of all other refuges from exploitation and tyranny. Not the the soil, configuration, re sources, and climate have been amiss; on the contrary they would in every in stance have proven quite adequate to serve as lands of liberty, plenty, and prosperity. Not the land has ever been at ' au ' 1 • always rested with the peo P' e themselves. The people forgot to throw their old P re i u dices, erroneous notions, and ob structive traits of character structive traits of character in the dis card. They took them along to the new land and re-established the same bad conditions from which they tried to escape- It is within themselves that they must begin, clean house, have a mental house-cleaning, if they want to make a success of gaining the promis ed land—the co-operative wealth. "The Co-operative Commonwealth is, within us," that is, we possess the abil ity to establish it, provided we set about it in the ' right way. And the right way is by beginning to think straight. Aladdin's lamp, that you read about in "Arabian Nights,' 'is your own mind. Its mission is to act as guide to your doings. And to be a reliable guide, you must learn to use it properly. When once you begin to do that, you will have no time to expend upon gossip. Your mind will be so busy with things worth while, that you will have none to waste on pessimistic croakings of ill fortune. Get busy men. tally, is the slogan from the psycholo gical meeting held at the Newllano ho tel on Thursday night, June 30. ORGANIZE CHORAL SOCIETY \ A large number of Llano colonists both men and women, met at the home of Mr. and Mrs. George Thomas on the evening of July first, and organized a Choral Society. Comrades Joseph Winter, H. C. Bell, and Foster Will hide were elected as a committee to select a list of songs in harmony with the views of the society. Mr. Winter will act as dirigent- Stfme practice was engaged in. The next meeting will be held at the Newllano Jjole! on nex' Old Time Spirit At Fourth Celebration FOURTH CELEBRATION IS JOYOUS AFFAIR Leesville's Fourth Celebration is get ting to be the big event of the Parish each year, and its parishioners are tak ingl dvantage of the community cele bration more and more, judging by the crowds who appeared on the newly paved streets Monday to celebrate. The weather was ideal for the occa sion, probably the warmest day of the year- There was plenty of ice water available to cool the thirsty tongues, and plenty of fun and entertainment to keep the celebrants busy. The program as planned went off without much difficulty. The barbe cue was proclaimead excellent and the whole day was well celebrated. ENLIGHTENMENT BRINGS SALVATION All the ills that beset mankind are self-inflicted. Wrong individual living results in personal sickness and unhap piness and is due to erroneous beliefs Wrong social conduct, ethical, po litical, or economic, springs from wrong beliefs respecting the relation of tl)e individual to his fellow men; and these wrong beliefs are responsible for all the difficulties, troubles, disturb ances, quarrels, and wars, internecine, and foreign, that plague and disgrace the world When the reason for this deplorable condition is inquired ijito, it is found to have its origin and cause in lack of knowledge and erroneous beliefs. And hence, the only way to improve the condition is by gaining the requisite knowledge and training oneself to act according to right principles. Everyone has this option of choice, of determining the course of action he will make an effort to pursue. This new course of conduct may go counter to ingrained inclinations and habits, but by persistence in well-doing, new habits, a new character, may be devel oped. The whole universe, including life, is „ . „ . a school for the education of the mind and the discipline of the spirit. | Discontent with unworthy conditions, is a prophecy of a growing ability to ' improve, change, and transform them | in keeping with the higher aspirations j of a people. Wrong ideas have perverted and de praved the normal propensities and fa culties of the race, and these prompt JOB PRINTING Of The Better Kind The Printing Plant of the Vernon Parish Democrat has been replenished and reorganized, and they are now able to exe cute all manner-of Job Work in quick time. There will be no better printing obtainable than the Dem ocrat kind. Franklin Prices The Franklin Printing Price List is used by the Democrat. This list is compiled by experts and covers almost every line of printing. With this list in use we are assured of a reason able profit on each piece of work and the consumer is pro tected against overcharge. GOOD WORK OUR MOTTO: FAIR PRICES QUICK SERVICE Send Your Printing to THE DEMOCRAT PLANT AT NEWLLANO COLONY Phone 179 « — BIG FERTITTA WEDDING IS SOCIAL EVENT There was a jolly wedding celebrat ed last Saturday at the residence of Mr. J. T. Fertitta, of Leesville, whose daughter became the bride of Mr. J. Fertitta of Beaumont Tex- The happy young couple were showered with, wed ding gifts by relatives and friends, and in the evening supper was served to a large number of guests, after which dancing was indulged in, the Llano. Colony's orchestra and some local tal ent furnishing the music. The inter esting function was the social event of the week. BIG TENANTS' ORGANIZATION New York.—What is said to be the fhost com(Äehensive tenants' organiza tion ever attempted is being organiz ed here, to become active when it has 300,000 members. It will be known as the Citizens* Protective Housing League, with a membership of $1 a year- Members are to have, without charge, when needed, the services of a competent lawyer; legal advice in all housing matters, and aid in cases where the members are home-owning or prospective home-owning persons, when /mortgages are called. The offi cers will serve without compensation Samuel Untermeyer, chief counsel to the legislative committee investigating housing, will serve as advisory coun sel. to harmful personal practices anl anti social economic conduct. When the source of evil is found within the race and knowledge of how to eradicate it is also discovered, man kind is bound to enter upon the high way of liberation, of salvation from all ills. Its susceptibility to improvement certifies to that assurance Progress has been made a necessary condition of happiness; and no one can be happy, or even long satisfied. who does not think he is advancing !n something. This progress must at first begin in the mind. The individual must think scientifically and picture in his mind what he wishes to actualize objective ly. Gaining the right mental attitude must be striven for by every one who wills to be free. This was the con tent of the lesson at the mental sci ence class oji July 3rd at Newllano.