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:, im&ëm A WEEKLY MESSENGER FROM > I LLANO CO-OPERATIVE COLONY TRIAL SUBSCRIPTIONS F'Ah YOUR FRIENDS Send us a Iisl« you believe are u tion and 10c for will send the Lia weeks to each. our friends who Ited in co-opera lame. and we Iknist for four MEMBER THE FEDERATED PRESS vol. 1 PUBLISHED AT LLANO COLONY. LEESVILLE LOUISIANA. SATURDAY. MARCH 18. 1922. To expound co-operation that other colonies may be formed to emulate the Successful Llano Co-operative Colony. No. 47. The C Diary Being Daily Life at Llano lano Co-op« idS Wednesday, Mch. 8. — Anoth made to order and the sun is sl at the right .lant-to make garden, y and crops grow.. It also makes a .. . low's longing for out-door work grow. The clearing cre w is on the job like bees these days and the stump-pulling is almost finished on the 40 acres west of the Ford ranch. Jones, Tackelt, Marchick, Philjips, Waters, Merrill and Krug are paving the way for Siemens and Lindsey with traction engines, plows, discs anl hafrows to prepare a large acreage of new land.. While wa termelon and other useful crops will also be grown out here: Daniel the chambermaid and cook, is already pre paring to guard the melon patch by dog power. He has a pup large enough to kill mice, as a starter for protective purposes. No w Jaques, Boyce, Lan drum, Loutrel and Ole are building some real nifty little two-room houses,' for temporary use.. They are 12*24 feet, shingled on both tops and sides, and are built strong enough, so that they'can later be moved to other parts of our property as the permanent brick buildings take their places.. While •this crew rests, they also saw lumber and wood,- run the lumber thru the planers and do general utility work, it makes me smile (sometimes) when people ask in their letters "what will I do when I get there?" Gee! No one can tell.. There is so much to do that we sometimes just shut our eyes, open our minds and do what w e think is the most important think to be done. Right iiow it is clear land and prepare for crops; make garden; build temporary houses for immediate use; and contin ue one crew on permanent buildings. At the same time all other necessary -work must go on. Mrs. Shutt is away and some of our school girls are manu iacturing the candy anl Mrs. Gaddis has charge' of the wrapping of the bread. Our children will some day take our jeb* away from us, to the benefit of all concerned. When a youngster outside takes your job you are usually thrown on the scrap heap and left to worry thru life or starve. Not so here. They take our jobs because of more efficiency and to the good of all.. Oh my, what a difference! You cannot realize it until you have tried it about a year. One of the most common mis takes a new member makes here is ta fail to realize that he is in a new envir onment, a new civilization, and fails to take this fact into consideration, he jumps at wrong conclusions before he has been here long enough to under stand conditions as they are. For in stance some men figure we should make our boys and girls go thru the same old process in learning a trade that is forced upon them outside, under com petition. It is a mistake; we should give' them as thorough and rapid a transit to efficiency and true know ledge of conditions as possible. Here under co-operation it is to the interest of all for each and every person to gain the very _best knowledge of things possible the good of all -, everything good is to Everytning bad is to the detriment of all. Just think this i over and then realize that those who have spent several years working with and for each other are not entirely blind to everyday conditions. There are many, many things we have to learn, but there are several extras to be found out by the average new-com er before he knows all we have gained thru our several years of practical ex perience. Moral. Don't be in too big a hurry to impress us that you know how to run the world, or even the Col °ny. (There may be others that think they know, too). Again, Comrade Mar tin took his musical classes thru their stunts. The band' staged the first act of the evening, followed by the Junior Orchestra and all the old-tirers that cared to perform, and then the chorus made its bow and behaved nicely for the remainder of the show.. Music, music, and lots of it; but remember, May Day is almost here. * * * * Thursday, Mch. 9. — To-day start ed with a slight drizzle of rain, but before the day was finished a real rain was on. The hardest we have had for months. Wei!, the gardeners think the clouds were completely emptied and they are now rejoicing. The land clearers did considerable work between showers and after the big rain was . :ame out and everything ARE THESE CÖü A new job is now *^ing the sides of the THEY SELL INDl^g a new joy.. It I« % of our old faith THEY * silently slipping ' • u ' v buildings, with an in^j.tinent foi— funding in their hands. Also the school kids have the fever, too. Those who got it worst were Geo. Cox, shoemaker; Roede, harness maker; B. Babb, Max Bea vers and Truman Benthall. Let us hope the disease is catching; then new quarters will be quickly made for those who will soon want to come and live among us. You want to know some thing of ho w we live. Well, we live in various ways. No one tries to make any one live his or her way—but we do have a real plan of co-operative Jiving and there is a real reason for the plan. Of course we will never try to force it; but it will come into gen eral use as we become educated to the ne w scheme of things. At the Col ony the home should be a real home, where privacy can be enjoyel ; wheref, there will be as little as possible of work to do and where all members of the family will share equally in ths ne i cessary home work. Our meals should be taken at the hotel or general eat ing house (a cafeteria is preferred), where anything that the Colony err furnish will be furnished, giving th colonist his choice of foods. All -v-.s! ing should be done at the Colony lrur dry, the same as the shoe repairing r I the shoe shop, or plows mended ~ the blacksmith shop.. Women sh.suk feel it a privilege to render useful ser vice to the community rnd get away from house slavery.. Our visiting should be done in community groups and nôt in private home-, unless spe cially invited to do so. It changes the whole scheme of life. - Insterd ^f our women watching for an opportunity to make a fashionable call with the mere leaving of a card, our women are at work, cooking, washing, mending and other useful work during work hours, and then they meet each other as a large family should meet each other; and when they get together for an ev ening's pleasure, it should be for plea sure's sake and not because of custom or fashion.. Let our homes be real homes and a place of rest, recreation and private use. Let us co-operate in all our work in our Colony institutions and save expense,, labor, and time. A co-operative existence is a big thing and hard for most women to see; be cause she has had the beauties of home life preached to her and she confounds home and drudgery as the same thirig. The print shop is still short of help and your Colonist will be a day late but it will come. We are growing so fast at our publication plant that it becomes necessary to build an exten sion to the plant. A comrade from Illi nois is trading us another linotype and we have bot a new folding machine, which will expedite matters some. Oh you printer! Where art thou? j"« a» inuu.- Now j s tj me t Q come help your overbur ,j en ed brethren în a good work. The psychological meeting had a full at tendance and the food question was up again. A real joke came across when one member (who is a good jok er) gave advise on food to eat and then admitted he had partaken of stewed monkey and fried worms and had en joyed them.. Yes! Life here is not always serious; we have more real fun than most people and we have the in dividual worries completely wiped away. The community welfare is our constant care and as it grows and pros pers in wealth and spirit, we as indi viduals enjoy a better and more com plete life and our aim is to set an ex ample of co-operative production and distribution that will permit of a life of real brotherhood, in which life, lib erty and the pursuit of happiness is open to all who wish to join in with it. * # * * Friday, Mch. 10. — A beautiful bright day and everybody is busy. The land clearers are on the job early and late pulling stumps and filling up holes and hauling refuse from the ground. Siemens and Kapotsy are running the two tractors to-day and are plowing and discing the cleared land. Pete Kemp is hauling logs for the saw mill, and the mill crew is converting them (Continued on last page) LIFE'S SWEETEST HOUR By Fred Mdhtrose Swift the years' roll To that retrospective time Life's limits, When you and I Shall glean From misty, mouldered years Peace supernal, and Mayhap there within the years Long past Find one sweet hour alone Where we would Dwell and dwell. And dwelling wish to die. To die with but one vision 'Fore our eyes— Yea, e'en one scene Wherein our latest years are blest In thoughts upon Perchance a face, Or word, or touch, or some loved hand Or lip, Shall form the mental jewel. A time agone, When the sweet breath Of some lost darling Fanned the check, And in those hours find the joy Of youth again, When the aged heart pulsates deeply 'Gainst the time-worn breast. Thus man lives longest Who lives best, And ench jewel > In life's diadem glows More brilliant in beauty s And magnificence. As the sun sinks ' Slowly below the horizon Of Life.. _ , . -And A - r — «miihir-ïi"' ' To eternity -Grows radiant With that sublime hope That once again We shall share Those scenes that are brightest. Grandest, and best. INVITATIONS ISSUED FOR COLONY RECEPTION Invitations have been, issued for the reception to be given to Mrs.. Rose B. Blair at the Llano hotel on Monday night, March 20. Comrade Mrs. Blair has been spend ing several weeks with the colonists, and has made herself endeared to all. It was her optimism same months ago which originated the "klink of the brick" phrase in connection with the Llano hotel. Later she came down personally to see what was holding up the "kliriking" and while she has not heard the klink on the hotel, she has certainly heard the "klink of the brick" on the roof garden job. 4 She is soon to return to her home in Washington, and the reception is being given in her honor next Monday evening. NORMAL TEMPERATURES EXPECTED THIS WEEK The week ending March 14th has been one of changes. From rain to spring sunshine and back to rain. "In dications are for considerable cloudi ness, occasional rains, approaching normal temperatures," says Weather man W. A. Dougherty of the U. S. Weather Bureau Station at Newllano. However, the temperatures for the week indicate that the spring weather is coining: 40 7—max. 63, min. 8—max. 61, min. 73, min. 72, min. 69, min. Mch. Mch. Mch. 9 Mch. 10—max. Mch. 11—max Mch. 12—max. 69, min Mch. 13—max. 78, min 32 54 44 35 45 WANTED—For the Llano Colony Library, a copy of H. G. Wells' "Out line of History." This would be a great addition to our library, and if there is a reader of this paper that has a copy lying idle on his shelf, he can delight 200 eager readers if he will do nate it to our Colony Library. AGRICULTURAL PICTURES AT COLONY THEATER SUNDAY The United States Agricultural partment has sent through its repre sentative, W. A. Dougherty, of the Newllano U. S. Farms, three reels of, their instructional pictures which will be shown free next Sunday at the Colony theater at eight o'clock. The reels are entitled, "The Fiery Lance," one reel; "Cotton's Worst En emy," one reel ; "Dates," one reel. No charge is made for the pictures, and music will also be provided in the program SMALL COLONY HOUSES ARE BEING ERECTED Because of the increasing number of people who are now making the Llano Colony their home, the housing problem is one which is pressing. It is being met at present by the erection of small two-room houses which can be quickly made ready for use. The colonists had hoped to begin the erection of its permaneht new hotel and homes before this, but the lack of brickmasons and other labor has postponed that work and made neces sary the erection of these temporary houses. The mill saws up the lumber and makes the siding, flooring and shin gles ail ready to be fitted into the hous es. They are two-room houses, each room 12 x 12. It should be remem bered that in Newllano one is seldom at home except to sleep, for the colon ists may eat at the hotel, and in the evenings there is always social or ed ucational diversion to be had. Several families are on the ground now awaiting the completion of these houses, ten of which will be erected at Your attention is drawn to the an nouncement of the rebuilding of Llano on another page. Here is the oppor tunity you have been looking for. Turn to it now. TRACTORS, BINDER AND THRESHER ADDED TO FA RM Llano's farm machinery has receiv ed a large addition this week. Some comrades from the Louisiana Rice belt, tiring of working and rais ing rice for the fun of it, have turned their machinery and equipment over to the Llano Colony and will join the ranks of the workers here. On the Colony spur trac 1 '•> a flat car loaded with a . pillar tractor of 40-60 hors' self-binder, and a threshiV as well as gang plows, di&| etc. In the shed are a 1« m Bethlehem truck and a W -3$. Coming are four more \ , eight horses, â mule, foil' three autos, and la3t b?,' means the least, are a workers, men, women nr s, who will leave behind theiîIÂ 1 jpH Yè of what the future will bring.". These good folksi have raised rice for years, and their crops have been at the mer cy of food speculators so that they re alize that the Llano system of raising food for use and not for profit is cor rect. A vast amount of other material is passing into the possession of the col lectivity, such as hogs, chickens, tools, I parts, and all such things as are us ually found on a big grain farm.. It is anticipated that Llanoites will add to their farm crops rice enough I to supply the Colony needs. The tractors will probably be used by the transportation department or for farm work, as the Colony now has a good acreage of cleared lands, suit able for tractor plowing. I THE SACHARINE AND ' JUICY SUGAR CANE The Agriculture meeting at New llano on Friday night, March 10th, was largly occupied with miscellaneous mat ters, although sugar cane was the sub ject discussed at the beginning of the meeting. As the Colony is growing a considerable acreage of the succu lent cane and transforming the juice into superior syrup and a variety of candies, the resident farmers can speak with some authority on the subject. K SJZJSli K SJZJSli 1 results. The Colony has increased its acreage every year since coming here and finds a ready market for its sur p' us of syrup and the candies manufac tured, being strictly pure cane juice with nothing added except where a combination with peanuts is manufac tured. Thus far no damage worth while has ben suffered from cane borers, and the outlook for a large acreage and good returns in the near future are very promising. Comrade Coleman, who has made a scientific study of agriculture and kin dred subjects for over fifty years, talk ed very entertainingly of the bacteria of nitrification, insects, bats, toads, and birds. Among the best workers against the ill- 1 1 ill- 1 1 insect pests are the bluebirds, robins, catbirds, kingbirds, cuckoos, the tiny chicadees, the swallows and the noisy woodpeckers.^ Some idea of the good t work that birds do in destroying in sects can be gained from the follow ing extract from a circular published by the North Dakota Agricultural Col lege ; ... A pair of nesting wrens has been observed to take over 600 insects from a garden in one day. And investiga-, tion shows that 98 percent of the food of wrens consists of insects. A young robin in one day ate 165 cutworms, while another young robin ate 50 to 75 cutworms per day,for a 15-day pe riod. A study of 330 stomachs of ro bins shows that 43 per cent of the food was animal matter, largely in sects and their larvae, and 47 percent wild not tame—fruit. One chicadee had 454 plant lice in its stomach.. A cedar waxwing's stomach contained 100 cankerworms, that of a nighthawk 60 grasshoppers, that of a flicker !, 000 cinch bugs. A Marylanl yellow throat was reckoned of having eaten 2, 500 plant lice in forty minutes. In sects and their allies constitute 76 per cent of the contents of 205 bluebirds' stomachs." HOUSE WARMING PARTY IS FURORE OF MERRIMENT Last Friday, March 10, marked the opening of Llano's social season, when Comrades Mr. and Mrs. F. E. Rooney gave a housewarming party to about seventy colonists on the completion of their fine new home at the Colony poultry farm. - The occasion also represented the H»r^"nth wedding anniversary of Mr. S s. Synoground, artd the combin " 'ebration made the event all the v ively, because of the mock wed aremony. ne storms 4 of the previous day pass . uway in time to permit of the walk bf about a mile and a half in the moon light and much good humor was cre ated by these conditions.. "Vicing for young and old, was fol jjby a mock wedding ceremony, u pflowing this came the refresh i'w s in the pretty home of Mr. and Linn. [M'Mpr^oné enjoyed themselves until • 3ht, and the walk home was just at . LLANO SCHOOL CHILDREN BREAK UP CARD PARTY The Llano Five-Hundred Club waâ intensely interested in one of its best night's playing last Tuesday night, when suddenly the side door opened and a group of children, headed by one of them carrying a large birthday cake with lighted candles, marched into the room and deposited the cake on the table right under the nose of Comrade Martin, their school teacher, whose birthday it was. > The children filed in until the place seemed packed with them, and they grouped around Martin's table and sang "He's a Jolly Good Fellow." The card club was broken up and dancing indulged in. . Cake and lemonade with whole wheat gems were served, after all had enjoyed the evening very much. A BEAUTIFUL DREAM OF LIFE In busy Newllano, each man woman, and child, By a roseate picture of the future beguiled. Makes play of our work and work of our play, 'Till the weeks roll around in the space of a day; Where the fragrance of flowers on the zephyr that blows Just lulls us to rest while our dream city grows.. For the poet or painter, a wonderful - theme— Life isn't a fever—it's a beautiful dream. To a select reading by W. H. Bur ton at the Colony's entertainment last Sunday night, the reader had added the foregoing verse of his own poetic fancy. The*reading was entitled, "This Fever Called Living," and did not ex actly picture the life abroad of to-day being particularly desirable, espe cially in the cities mentioned. Life under co-operation in Newllano is cer tainly the one bright spot. Living is not a fever here; but a delight of tran quility and repose and an incompara ble social intercourse. In addition to the masterful reading iw mooicnui rcduuig of Comrade Burton, a splendid musical program, vtfeal and instrumental, was rendered.. Miss Louise Belohradsky favored the audience with tine of her choice song solos and encored with another.. "Com rade Frank Newman and Miss Trixie Ewell each played fine piano solos and Fred Smock "spoke a piece" in a way that pleased everybody. Comrade H. C. Bell gave tvCo songs and Prof. Mar tin rendered an exquisite solo on the violin-cello..- Mr. Roberts, one of our neighbors, volunteered a wonderful guitar solo and Comrade Geo. Matz finished the program with accordion selections Just when everybody was" about to hike out for home, quite a surprise was sprung on the colonists when Comrade Pickett announced the marriage of Mr. J. C. Wright and Mrs. M. E. Sexton, both esteemed colonists. The marriage ceremony had been performed at four o'clock by Justice James Oakes; and it was certainly a proper celebration, with toothsome refreshments for all the colonists and neighbors present at the close of the program. Congratulations were showered on the happy pair. The Colonist wishes them many long years of wedded bliss.