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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
vol. 1
To expound
co-operation that other colonies may
be formed to emulate the Successful
Llano Co-operative Colony.
No. 47.
Life at Llano
lano Co-op«
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)
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 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
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:
7—max. 63, min.
8—max. 61, min.
73, min.
72, min.
69, min.
Mch. 9
Mch. 10—max.
Mch. 11—max
Mch. 12—max. 69, min
Mch. 13—max. 78, min
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.
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
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
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.
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
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.
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.
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
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'
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
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
[M'Mpr^oné enjoyed themselves until
• 3ht, and the walk home was just
at .
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.
In busy Newllano, each man woman,
and child,
By a roseate picture of the future
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
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
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
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.

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