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Vernon Parish—the Homeseekers' Best Opportunity Leesville—the Hub of the West Louisiana Empire Vol. 4. LEESVILLE, VERNON 'PARISH,LOUISIANA, THURSDAY, JULY 21, 1921. No. 6. CROPS IN STATE SHOW BIG GAINI Marked improvement in the condi- ! .... . ... I t.on of Louisiana crops is noted in the July 1 report of Lionel L. James, agri cultural statistician for the Uniter j States bureau of crop estimates, which j he made public Thursday. A summary of the report follows« CORN: estimated acreage, 2,249, 000 acres, increase from 1920 of 343, 000 acres; condition 88 per cent; last " year, 85; ten year average, 80.8; es timated production, 10,904.000 bush els. OATS, area planted, 69,000 acres; increase, 9,000; condition. 76; last year, 74; estimated yield, 1,494,540 bushels; gain, 114,000 bushels. HAY, acea planted in tarn« and wild, 331,000 acres, gain 1 1,000 acres Condition 91, last year90; estimated yield 568,000 tons, gain 26,000 tons. RICE; acea planted, 441,000 acres. decrease 259,000 acres; condition 90. à year ago 92; estimated yield 15, 479,000 bushels, decrease 9,700,000 bushels. SUGAR CANE; area planted 288, 120 acres, gain 20,000; condition 92, last year 74; estimated yield 233,227 short tons of sugar, gain 64,000 tons. COTTON; area planted 1,011,000 acres, dec/ease 544,000 acres; condi tion 64. last year 77; estimated yield 267,800 bales, last year 386,770. IRISH POTATOES; area planted 27,000 acres, same as last year; con dition 85, last year 73; estimated yield 1,951,000 bushels, last year 1, 755,000 bushels. SWEET POTATOES; area planted 88,000 acres, increase 8,000 acres; condition 91, last year 89; estimat ed yield 8,328,000 bushels, increase of 249,000 bushels. PEANUTS; acea planted 3,000 acres, same as last year; condition 87, yast year 85 ; estimated yield 90, 000 bushels, last year 87,000 bushels. The Colony Diary .Being a Daily Report of Colony Life at Llano. Wednesday, July 13.—These are busy days at the Colony and it seems like the more we do the less we see what is done; but if one only stops to review what has been accomplished within the last year, it makes him gasp in wonderment in realizing our success. This colony is a real success in an e'conomic way; our people have work ed hard, went without silk shirts and fancy hose; eaten what we raised and grumbled little; ' li\ed under leaky roofs and never kicked. But this is only half the story. We paid off ev ery one of our outside debts, bought and paid for about four thousand acr es of land, cleaned off our mortgag es and now own all our houses and buildings, tools, implements of all kinds and machinery. Yes we have done this in a little over a year, and during this year we were self-support ing, through our own efforts right here on the r^nch. Now, comrades, you possibly had more and better clothes to wear in the last three years than we, may be more of a variety of food and a better house to live in; but what is your present economic condi tion to-day and how about your fu ture? On the other hand, we are learning the greatest lessons of love, tolerance, and service. We changed from a kicking, crabbing, and quarrel ing bunch to a congenial pleasant and tolerant community. All of us? No, there are a few who are selfish, jeal ous, and suspicious, who still make themselves unhappy through their own mental attitude. No, we don't blame them; we pity them and wish to help them; but they must wish to change in order to become real co-operators. No. it is no easy thing — it is the big job— but we will succeed as we have on the economic nlane. We are suc ceeding. Ole and his crew are still tearing down the big shed near the railroad, and tarring the roof of the in dustrial shed; and. part of the day. to avoid the hot sun, they saw logs into lumber. A!., Vernon, and Walter are hauling logs from the Cooper place: they have about 15 days more hauling if làck is good. The farmers are plant ing peanuts and hoeing sweet potatoes to-day, trying to make up for lost time |TÀFT MADE Ü. S. CHIEF JUSTICE Washington.—William Howard Taft was sworn ' n to-day as Chief Justice of the United States. The sjmple ceremony of e l evating the former president to the supreme court was performed in the office of Attorney-General Daugherty by Jus tice Hoehling, of the District supreme court in the absence from the city of the justices of the supreme court. Those present included Mr. Taft's bro ther,' Henry W. Taft, of New York, T. Adams, chairman of the Republi and J. T. Adams, chairman of the Re publican national committee. Before the oath was administered, Attorney General Daugherty presented Mr. Taft with his commission as chief justice, saying: "I now hand you, on behalf of the president, your commission as chief justice of the United States. It af fords me great pleasure on account of our personal relations, but far above that I feel a security to the country, its constitution, its laws and its people, in your installation in that high court." Immediately after taking the oath, Chief Justice Taft went to the White House to pay his respects to President Harding. The power of thought as a creator has, until recently, received but slight recognition. Under normal conditions it is a veritable dynamo, which trans mutes and molds material into new and characteristic form and. express ion. This force we call life, but a better definition would be mind. — Henry Wood. SORGHUM CANE for syrup; area planted 600 acres, same as last year; condition 87, same as last year; esti mated yield 62,640 gallons, decrease 3,360 gallons. PERIQUE TOBACCO; area plant ed 600 acres, increase 100 acres; con dition 93, last year 96; estimated yield 296,400 pounds, increase 46, 400 pounds. during our recent wet spell, jVon Scio, Balte'zore, and Comrades Robertson 'are putting in good licks at the black smith and wagon shop and will soon i turn loo:e several well-put-up jobs. As soon as we get enough timbers cured we will make the wagon shop one of our principal industries. The Esper anto classes met as usual to-night. * * * * Thursday, July 14.—Sweet potato hoeing and peanut planting went on as usual and Lindsey sowed a patch of velvet beans and Carlson disced them in. Then Carlson plowed in the cane and, say, he had help, too. I happened to pass the cane patch and saw something moving along through the cane rows and as I got closer I saw a mule and something behind it that looked like a foreigner; and it was. It was Joe Valek, plowing. First he makes bread, then cakes, and then goes into the field to work the ground. Go to it, Joe, that's whât makes the colony spirit grow. The printers are on a big job of getting out the Demo crat and Colonist, and I tell you it's a busy crowd over there. The indus trial crew painted the roof of the brick drying shed this a.m. and are sawing lumber this p.m. Ole is putting the new parts into the brick machine and they will probably make brick to-mor row. Our commercial department is now in running order and the only fault anyone finds with it is Dad Bell, who insists he should be over watching his son Harry, and Comrade Winter, to see that they don't run off with the store cat. Now, Dad knows Harrv pretty well, but refuses to give up all the secrets he holds. Geo. Thomas Schad, Valek, Rose Belohradsky, and Mother Shutt continue to keep their end of the work at the store, bakery, and butcher shop going, and altogeth er these departments are giving fine service. We expect a car load of mat tresses to arrive in a day or two, and as they are all made for double beds. I see no way to economise except for all batchelors to get married. Bill de Boer says he is willing, but reserves the right to choose the wife. Satnan, (Continued on last page) Opening Session ot Ulster Parliament m m N* The opening session of the Ulster parliament In Belfast, of Ireland, and Lady Fitzalan. and portraits of Viscount Fitzalan, lord lieutenant JAPAN JOINS IN DISARMAMENT APPEAL i Japan's acceptance of President Harding's suggestion that a conference to discuss limitation of armaments was received at the State Department*to day, but made no reference to -the question of a discussion of the Far Eastern qnestion. Unqualified acceptance by the Chi nese government also was received, State Department officials would make no comment on the form of the Jap anese reply which was not made pub lic in text. Silence of the Japanese government as to discussion of Far Eastern prob lems was not believed, however, to hate interposed any serious obstacle to the carrying out of the plan. It was indicated that the formal invita tion would be forwarded to Japan as to the powers which have transmitted full and unqualified acceptance, and in the end, officials believed, Japan would agree to the participation in the dual program. It was not indicated whether the Un ited States would make further inquiry either formal or informal as to the at titude of Japan. The Japanese reply was made thru the American embassy at Tokio, which is understood not to have supplement ed it with any explanation. Unoffi cial dispatches from Tokio and from London have created the impression that Japan would be willing to join in a frank discussion of the Far East ern questions, although informal dis patches also have indicated that the Tokio government must move caution on account of the political fac tiofis and schools of thought in Japan. WILL GIVE USUAL PROGRAM NEXT SUNDAY Announcement was made last Sun day evening that on Sunday, July 24 a program of song and music will be rendered at the Llano Colony Theater. Comrade MrS. Winter has her pro gram all arranged, and a good time is anticipated. ^Last week the picture "From Dusk to Dawn" was to have been shown, bu|: the length of the three reels of the an cultural department picture, "The County Agent," made it inadvisable to run both pictaures. "From Dusk to Dawn" w?il be shown at some future time. MARRIAGE LICENSE IS ISSUED 14-YEAR BOY In Texarkana last week a marriage license was issued and a marriage cer emony performed for a boy who claim ed to be 21 and was afterwards shown to be 14. His father had the blushing bride arrested on charge of kidnap ping. It is useless to protest against the di vorce evil as long as young couples are allowed to rush into matrimony without consideration or serious thot. or eyen the permission of parents and guardians that the law prescribes for mipors.—New Orleans Item. Learning without thought is labor lost; thought without' learning or knowledge is dangerous. PREMIER OF HUNGARY This Is Count Stephen Bethleu, new prime minister of Hungary, and right hand man of Regent Horthy. CARLOAD OF MATTRESSES ARRIVE AT COLONY t is probable that sale (effected of some. Comrade S. B. Nash went to Hous ton, Texas the other day on business for the Colony, and the result is that a carload of mattresses have arrived at the colony. Many of these will be reserved for •he hotel which is planned to be built, will be THE HOME DEMON STRATION AGENT Splendid reels were displayed at the Dixie Pride Playhouse last Sunday ev ening, showing how by a little labor very helpful and sanitary improve ments can be made on any farm and country place without the expenditure of a dollar. Such helpful and sugges tive pictures are of supreme merit, and it is to be hoped that the lessons taught will be acted upon, for the real appreciation of any lesson, whether presented by word of mouth, the print ed page, or moving picture, is that it be incorporated in the daily life of a community. One vital lesson that should have been given in greater detail! is that of a balanced menu of food for the ta ble. Farm folks who are up to snuff, know considerable about balanced ra tions for their cows, horses, pigs, and poultry; but do not seem to be aware of the fact that a balanced diet is equally desirable, and perhaps more important for the man folks and the children. Very likely the Home Demonstra tion Agent attends to that when she appears in her own bodily presence. More power to her and the best possi ble results from her demonstrative ped agogy and object lessons. If there are momentous questions which, with present lights, we cannot demonstrate and determine, let us rear up stronger and purer and more impar tial minds for the solemn arbitrament" WEST LA. BANK INSTALLS NOVEL SAVINGS SYSTEM Something different in the way of encouraging savings account has just been installed by the enterprising of ficials of the West Louisiana Bank. In a calf-bound volume resembling closely an ordinary neaiTy-bound book, is a well-made safe with lock and key. It is strongly made so that no ordin ary attempt would open it. A slot large enough to admit a dollar and yet so small that a dime will not come out permits of loading the safe. To encourage regular saving the bank will sell you one of these banks for $1.50 and will refund the money when the bank is returned for depos it. **' It is a splendid means of teaching children to sive their money, often spent in needless hot-weather drinks, pfr , and is indeed uspful the older folks who find it hard to keep money in their pockets. TRAINING FOR CITIZENSHIP "I would much sooner surrender a portion of th; territorv ( of the com-i$'' monwealth to an ambitious and ag-.^t gressive neighbor than I would sur render the minds of its children to the domain of ignorance. "With us the qualification of voters, is as important as the qualifications of governors, and even comes first in the national order." — Horace Mann. 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 rj-éUturr MAY SAW PINE FOR 30 YEARS MORE Amid the gloomy predictions of the early disappearance of lumber as a' Louisiana asset, it is pleasant now and then to hear a cheering note. At a family meeting of the J. B. White in terests in Shreveport a few days ago, those present agreed that they had a 30-year supply of yellow pine for their mills, counting the second growth tim ber which has been cared for and is now coming on. The White interests operate mills at Fisher, Victoria, Clarks, Standard, Oakdale, Glenmora, and Slagle, with a combined production of 1250 thou sand foot a day. Their investment is $15,000,000. If Louisiana begins re forestation now, on an adequate scale, the saw dust need never stop flying. The fate of this industry and of the thousands in Louisiana to whom it stives employment, is in the hands of the legislature at its coming session. WARM WEATHER CONTINUES; EXCELLENT FOR FARMERS The warm weather, though not so hot this week as last, is still hot with maximum of 95 degrees for the week. The farmers are making excellent use of this weather for their land is well watered from the recent rains and the warm days make things grow mighty fast. Following is the temperature record for the week, ac reported by Weather man W. A. Dougherty, of the U. S, Station nt Newllano: July 12—max. 93, min. 69 July 13—max. 93, min. 72 July 14—max. 95, min. 70 July 15—max. 90, min, 70 - July 16—max. 92, min. 69 July 17—max. 95, min. 73 July 18—max. 95, min. 73 New York.—The American Sugar Refining Company, which has a large WAGES REDUCED HIGH PRICES STAY p'anf >n Brooklyn, has decided that the $12 a week which it has been pay ing 450 of its women employes is too much. Therefore it announced it wou ld reduce that munificent wage to a week. The 450 women struck, the same time 150 men employes, day, went on strike. The kindergarten provides early training in industry, in personal honor, in the duties of the individual citizen, and responsibility to the social whole.