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QUESTION OF RIGHT
A PRACTICAL MATTER (By Charles Ferguson) S The most thought-compelliing event F modern times is the rise of the gi gantic fabric of "big business." Big business has thrown itself across the frontiers of all nations. In many, if not in most places, it has become more powerful than the political states. Its representatives enter, by the back stairs, if not by the portico, into all courts and chanceleries ; and its inter nal structure is of such natural strength that it tends to control all the forces of civilization. It must be remembered that this fa bric of big business is altogether a new thing. In times gone by, the working organization of society had always a narrower scope than the political sov ereignty, while now the territorial jur isdiction of business men is sometimes wider than that of kings. So intimate ly also does the power of the economic system enter into every man s private life that it is in general much more im portant to the individual that he have a place and a name, whether high or low, in the vast hierarchy of business, than that he have the suffrages of citizenship under a particular state. Observe now, that this new order of big business, with the tools of the Ti tans in its hands, served as it is by the resources — the unparalleled re sources — of modern chemistry and physics, has up to this time fallen very far short of proving its moral right to social power and authority. The broadest indictment against it is, that for the last 15 years or so, the cost of living has steadily risAi every where throughout the circle of com merce. The purchasing power of a day's work has declined. In a word, it is becoming harder every day for a plain man to live. Thus, it is not open to us to say that we will let "well enough alone." We are compelled to take thought. We must search for some principle of^ re generation, some "divine banalité so axiomatic that sensible men everywhere can agree upon it. 1 venture to suggest that this new principle is expressing itself every where in an ethical ideal of unprece dented simplicity. It is dawning upon all thinking men that the question ot Right and Wrong should submit itself to a practical test. To such men, Right is what helps people to live hu man lives, and Wrong is what hinders them. In all countries the more virile elements of society are disposed to test the ethical character of institutions, laws and customs by asking whether they tend to raise the common stan dard of living or to lower it. More and more we are coming to look upon civilization as simply a tre mendous enterprise in engineering. We are beginning to see that this business ■of subduing the earth and building the cities is at the bottom both moral and religious, that it involves not only, the advancement of the arts and sciences, but also the refinement and exaltation of the spirits of men. We are told by geographers that the NOTICE We offer for Fall delivery of 1921 a general line of nursery stock, including all the leading varieties of Fruit and Nut Trees, Grape Vines, Berry Plants, Ornamental Flowering Shrubs, Vines, Roses, Hedge Plants. Etc. All the items we list and sell will be guaranteed clean, healthy stock covered by cer tificate showing government inspection, Urge thrifty trees and plants, true to name. If you do not know varieties best for your locality leave the selection to us, we will send you kinds that will produce heavy crops of fine fruit, kinds best for your locality and soil. Write for our prices and order early, pay when you get the order. We can save you money on anything you want to plant. Stock suited for commercial orchard planting a specialty. If we do not haVe a representative in your locality write us at onie; we want a responsible and ambitious representative in every county.—SHAHAN BROS., Nursery men, Winchester, Tenn. k-42-l I Protect Your Family's Future This Way How long will your family be able to keep up with their present living stan dard when you are passed away? Do you realize they depend upon your efforts, and that when you are gone they will be almost without sup port? Why not get a good start along the road-of financial security by starting a bank account especially for their benefit? Invest it carefully, and it will îeturn a nice little income for them. You will be surprised how quickly money will grow m our baqk. Come in and start to-day. Our motto: SERVICE WITH SAFE TY. And you will find us always ready to help and advise you on money mat ters. West Louisiana Bank T. Ward, President. G. Ed. Wehrt, Active Vice-Pres. Wilmer Cain, Cashier. LEESVILLE, LOUISIANA great deserts in Africa. Asia and else where have more of less steadily en croached upon the arable land for the last 10,000 years. It is in the face of such facts as this that modern men are girding thmeselves to master the ele mental forces and to conquer the nat ural difficulties of human existence — upon this somewhat inclement planet. Out of this new and modern mood of men is being born everywhere a new spirit of civil and social law. The time is perhaps at hand when the val idity of every statute will be judged from a technological point of view. Does it tend to put tools in the hands of those who can use them? That is the crucial question, in a really mod ern jurisprudence. No prescriptive title, however long, can have a right to stand in the way of civilization. And no majority, how ever large, shall impose upon us a law of inefficiency and futility. THE" COLONY DIARY (Continued from page 1) j UC ( S ( 0 our store for trade and sale, p rom now on, each Saturday our grist m ;n w j]i g r j nc j CO rn for the farmers, an( j those who call for that service, Comrade Martin, the other teachers. and the school children, are painting their part of the town white, as well as decorating themselves, Now, just im agine your teachers and pupils paint ing and cleaning their own school buildings, getting their own wood, blacking the stoves and stove pipe, do ing the janitor avork. Well, here they do it and any other work necessary to the up-building of the school and themselves. We expect our children to grow up to become useful men and women, and the only way to reach that goal is to start them towards it by hav ing them learn to do useful things. And they like it and are very proud of their achievements. These are the kind of children the world needs — those who are glad to be useful. The psycho logical meeting was well-attended to night and several of our young folks were present who have not been com ing. * * * * Friday, Sept. 2. — I took a trip through the garden this morning right after breakfast, and I must say it is sure looking fine. The new winter garden is up and growing in excejlent shape. Lettuce, onions, turnips, beets, carrots, Swiss chard, are up and being hand-cultivated; the cabbage and Chi nese cabbage are ready to set out and the intention is to do the transplanting Leslie Alexander does the at onpe. plowing and preparing of the soil. Pa ton, Presswood and Buck plant and lake care of the small plants. Truly, Doc. Thurman is, and justly so, proud of his garden and his crew. It will not be long before the table will be well supplied with fresh garden truck, j Kemp laid off ground for turnips and ' rutabagas near the potato patch and then cultivated sorghum north of the mule barn. Tackett is helping Schar rer at the sweet potato field. N. Alex ander, Rechsteiner, Carlson, and Lo berg are using two teams. Being ex tremely busy lately has prevented my going all over the ranch to estimate the crop situation, but reports are good and I want to give you a possible line up on our food situation for the win ter from our own production. I have just spoken of the garden crops now being grown for winter use, and I will add these substancial foods—sweet po tatoes, peanut butter, sorghum, cane syrup, Irish potatoes. These are in abundance, while we have milk, eggs, and meat, limited. We just received a car load of flour and feed, and jn it is whole wheat, which we grind into flour for our own use. We are not meat-eaters, but some still like their meat once in a while, and such chang es come slowly and we have no wish to force anybody to eat or not what they do not choose. We try to furnish the most wholesome and best food we can, and then reason out points of their superiority. Does our food outlook sound good to you? If we had more farmers and gardeners to raise a great er abundance of these things and more fruit, we could soon admit larger num bers of people to the colony; W e need farmers, gardeners, fruit-growers, poui try-raisers, and men who can and will work. We are in the pioneering stage and need people who will take the best give to each other and not growl, but try to better conditions for all alike. If you are one of this type, we can use you. The ideal of the col ony is right; and if its attainment is your desire in coming here you will not be disappointed. Things are not what we want them, but we are doing our best to make them all we can desire. So, don't come looking for opportun ities to kick, but to look for places where you can help to improve and bring about the ideal. Now, com rades, read our advertisements in the Colonist and the News and it will tell you why we are going to raise $125, 000 by next spring. It will complete ly finance this place and we can then admit our full capacity of members and start another one. I now know of two good big tracts of land in this state open for colony purposes. Are you a believer in this kind of action? If so, why don't you back it up with your money and your labor? If it is right, then you should enter into it, whole-heartedly, and spare nothing for its establishment. The teachers' meet ing this evening was a good one. School will open Tuesday. The hous es are all cleaned and ready for the opening. It is our intention to add to our grammar school and high school a university extension course. After teachers' meeting, choral practice was held at the hotel and several songs were polished up for the theater pro gram for Sunday. Saturday, Sept. 3. — Comrade Gad dis and Larsen are now made more more comfortable in their homes, as their furniture arrived and is doing family service again. Several loads of brick were hauled to Leesville and the chances are that buildings will be put up there very soûn. Besides the regular mill work beeing done at the planing mill, we were grinding feed and meal. Every Saturday will be grist-grinding day for oursêlves and for our neighbors. Kemp was cultivating the beans and sorghum north of the mule barn; and such work for this season is about finished. The gardeners have all the young plants cultivated and are again planting more seeds. They have prepared a cabbage patch and as soon as the next rain comes, the plants will be transolantel from the cold frames to the field. To day is childrens' day again and we kiddoos all went to our favorite romp ing ground, "the pool," where some of lîiem practiced for the sports to be indulged in on Monday, "Labor Day." Who is it that cannot enjoy the good times that young people have on such several brick j occasions? You would be surprised to see some of these little folks dive from the regular spring boards and from the 20-ft. diving tower, as if they were a bunch of frogs. They know the dif ferent kinds of fish that are in the pool, and woe unto the snake that gets therein, if he happens to have a head that doesn't look right to this crew, Yes, they know the trees and bushes that grow wild, and, best of all, they know and respect each other. We haven't a child here who is not con siderate of his or her playmates and these picnics are a very enjoyable function. • After lunch another swim is had and then home we go tt> help pet ready for the dance. The boys elp Myrtle to freeze the cream, and licking the paddle is a leal kid trick. Did you ever do it? Well, our kid doos are just kids, too. The dancing class is growing to immence propor tions and great interest is being mani fested in extending the dancing Hass work into real Folk and Fancy danc ing. A very large crowd attended the dance and we are going to do some desperate things to Ole if he doesn't build our roof garden pretty soon. * * * ¥ Sunday, Sept. 4. — Once more this has been a work-day for some of us. An auto trip over some of this coun try is work, and I sure got mine to day; but I was glad to take the trip. I visited some of our far-distant neigh bors and saw some of our land that I had never gone over. Of course the trip was well-spent; for we found some excellent land in a good neighborhood. The land is good and the surroundings just right to locate a farming commun ity of about a thousand acres. A rail road runs through it and the Annacoco Creek borders part of it. Already some have expressed a wish to move out and start farming operations. Our visit at the home of our neighbor, was very pleasant, and we found him to be a good farmer and his wife an excel lent cook (at dinner time). And, should we start a farm crew out there, they will have a good farmer to pat terp after. The C.aron family, Pete, Mrs. Caron, Mable, Ruth and Bertha, together with Uncle Isadore, drove ov er to the Sabine River to spend Sunday and Monday. Most of ou r people swam at the pool and some picniced as an outing. The mental science class had an exceptional fine lesson in which the law of compensation was discuss ed and it was shown that many times people shield their loved ones to the detriment of the one shielded and the sorrow of the shielder. By our exper iences of reaction from wrong doing (I mean acts committed against Na ture's laws), do we learn to follow jjie proper course through life. After the mental science class we went to the theater and listened and helped to put on a very nice program. Children from the kindergarten up to our aged comrades did their different parts in order to make a very intfrtaining and instructive evening a pleasure to the colonists and our neighbors. Our home talent performances are clean, whole some, and a pleasure to all; it costs nothing to attend; but is an assistance to those who take part and an edu cation to all. Monday, Sept. 5. —Labor Day in Newllano was a real holiday that was enjoyed to its capacity. And we on ly stopped our fun-making long enough lo reach down into our hearts and real ize what Labor Day really means. As the day's sports, lunches and speech were being enjoyed, I analyzed our real position here. "Doc Thurman talked to us of the real cause of La bor Day's celebration, and the speech came from a true and earnest heart. There was no attempt at oratory or boquet-throwing ; he talked to us as a good father should, and meant every word he said. He was not lured to make his speech and did not have to say untruths to please his hearers; he spoke the truth, and we like him for it. Sports of different kinds were in dulged in and races, diving contests, etc., were held; and we competed with one another in these contests, not for prizes, but to entertain and amuse our selves and our comrades. No mone tary inducements could rival our good sportsmanship throughout these con tests. Good lunches were served and everybody had enough to eat and not one cent of money changed hands dur j ing the whole day. We went to the picnic and had a good time and came away just as well-off financially as when we went. If I had been on the outside of the Colony, I woull have never thought of going ta such an af fair with less than $20.00. And yet some tell me we need money. It is all bosh: we may need a means of ex change, but not a means of exploita tion. No one thought of running a concession stand at our picnic; no phoney jewelry was there to tempt your eye and rob your purse; no barkers for side shows; no fakes or gambling games. Not here — it was all clean sports and good comradeship from the youngest kiddoos to the oldest of our people. Yet, we had a good, time and wound up the day with a dance, songs, lecitations, ice-cream and cake, and not one cent of money exchanged hands. Can you beat it? Think it .over and see if.you cannot see a reason why we a*e trying to institute a system of co-operation to take the place of a system where greed, jealousy, and sus picion are fostered .and fed upon by \ things that all humans want and must have to exist. Our necessities here come to us all alike while we have I no chance nor wish to exploit each other in any way. Is a home in such a community worth the price of a membership? If so, why don't you join us now as a member in full or at least start it as an installment mem bership. We want to raise $125,000 this year to completely finance the whole proposition and then we can of fer homes to thousands of our com rades. Now is the time to do it, com rades, and don't forget your friend or neighbor may be interested in such a commonwealth, if you talk to him about it, or he might be interested if you get him to reading our publica tions. Are you working to attain your ideal or are you just talking about it? We are working to bring ours about and we invite you to come and join us. Make your home in Newllano, where you can forget about unemploy ment and insecurity of your future and live anl work as humans should in a real Brotherhood. • V * f Tuesday, Sept. 6. — Again to work, and among lis several visitors.' Nine of the Owens family from Athens, Tex. came in yesterday to visit the Colony and old friends. The farmers are pull ing weeds out at the Ford ranch, help ing Comrade Scharrer on his last clean-up, and some are thinning the sorghum at the dairy ranch. Comrade Langridge has finished the Baldwin house and is now building the milk house. Mrs. Olsen is helping Mrs. Baldwin while Mrs. Langridge is away on a visit with her mother. Walter Langridge and Harry Bell returned from their trip north, yesterday; they were just in time to travel the last part of their trip in a good rain that fell about 3 p.m. Comrade Gaddis and Vernon are delivering brick into Leesville with the logging wagon and tractors. The mill crew moved the rolling shed back over the brickkiln in order to refill and burn another batch of brick at once. We are now making a fine grade of brick and are having considerable of a demand for them in adjoining towns. The rain to-day was a dandy and was just in time to keep our young garden-truck growing in fine shape. The garden and late crops are being supplied with rains, just as well as if we had ordered it ourselves. To-night the women who work at the hotel, laundry, and sew ing department met at the school house and are going to organize their work JOB PRINTING Of The Better Kind The Printing Plant of the Vernon Parish Democrat has been replenished and reorganized, and thiey are now able to exe cute all manner of Job Work in quick time. There will be no better printing obtainable than the Demh ocrat kind. Franklin Prices m 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 m Wh. THE BIG ONE WAS FED Avalon Farms HOG -TONE "—The Liquid Hog Conditioner, Fattener and Worm Remover— —THE RUNT WASN'T • THEY both started life at the same time and weight. They were given the same *scd under the ssroe conditions « with one excep i - tl0 j „Tlie,bi3 °r.sc 'it hi3 regular dc =e of AVALON FARMS HOG-TONE tlic Liquid Hog Tonic, Conditioner and Fattener— cn J the runt didn't. The bit? ore is the kind that tops mar« r l ïu î? knn^s bi;4 ^roüts to the pockets of the hog raiser. Thé runt cost more to raise than he will ever bring in the mer ket. And the difference was brought about by 20 cents worth of AVALON FARMS HOG-TONE. HOG-TONE puts new life into hogs—makes them eat more and grow fat at an amazing rate. 't helps them to combat disease and cli rojnate the wo***^s that are the hop rais er s greatest foe to profits. Splendid for ten us me number ol your herd—and we will give you enough HOG-TONE to treat all your hogs 60 days. You don't LLANO fy you, it will cost you nothing. FOR SÄLE BY .■ CO-OPERATIVE -COLONY Newllano, Leesville, La. Llano Peanut Butter Made from Spanish Peanuts only with the natural oils retained and only a little salt added for seasoning. The purest peanut butter made. Nature's Meat for Children )ne pound of Llano Peanut Butter equals three pounds of steak in food value and is more digestible and especially good for children Put up in neat One-Pound Carton for mailing at 25c each Mail your order to— Llano Co-operative Colony, Leesville, La. so as to get it done with the greatest possible system and efficiency and by so doing reduce their hours of work and add every possible means of bet tering conditions for those to whom they render service. The school was opened to-day, after much cleaning up last week, and the women at their meeting expressed their unanimous confidence and support to our teaching force. All we need is to get a little closer together, more thoroughly under stand our problems and each other, and there will never be a discord in our daily life. Our ideal is the thing we look to and we know it is right. The future of our children is secure here, our wealth of the future is just what we choose to make it. AU the natur al resources are at our hands touch and by proper understanding, with our labors properly done we will make this the safest and best place for the de velopment of a large family that will never know what exploitation will mean. Comrades, we are doing these things for you as well as ourselves, and we want your support in every way. Will you join us now and support us with the money we need to build with or are your dollars more valuable than your ideal?