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THE COLONY DIARY
(Continued from page I) cent rains it has made extra work for our laundry crew, but both Mr. and Mrs. Beavers, with their crew, Mrs Kemp, Cox, McConuel and Maschick, with some assistance from Mrs. Nash, are able to cope with the situation. More laundry is now Bfeing done than ever bofere and the equipment is en tirely inadequate for the quantity of work that passes thru this industry, This will be offset by a new building and equipment, we hope, soon. The print shop put the Colonist in the mail to^ay and are working on the Co-oper ator. The magazine is somewhat de layed because some of our regular con tributors are tardy in sending in their work. Cantrell tells me that he is afraid he will not be able to put out a May No. of the Colonist, because of the lack of help. Often we are crit icized for things that get into our pa pers, but if you knew the rush that al ways prevails at this shop you Would wonder how Gleeser, Buck, Cantrell and Newman with the assistance of Rose B,, Mrs. C., and some of the school children are able to turn off the amount of work they do. We certain }y need help at the print shop. We al so need and need badly a shoe maker, - several brick layers, carpenters, and lots of farmers. In fact we need both men and women who can do any use ful work to almost an unlimitel amount. Comrade Gayer, the inaugurator of the DOLLAR-UP CLUB, is sure on the job. The last three days' mail has brot us several new members for the club, thru his efforts. Homer Loutrell is champ ing at the bit to get his whole electri cal plant moved and going. He has moved the apparatus over to what used to be the tool shed, and it begins to look like Homer is starting opposition to the store. The algebra and agricul ture classes took up the greater part of the evening after supper, and it is a real pleasure and inspiration to see the large numbers of colonists who go to these and other classes. Truly, Newllano is a great school that is bound •to attract the best minds of our coun try. Those who fail to attend meet ings and classes; who are not interest el in advancing themselves and others are missing a great opportunity. And I believe that there is not a single col onist that does not attend some of these classes or educational meetings. I ' Saturday, April I. — Another very beautiful day and everybody seems to be trying to see just how much work : he or she can lay behind them. The children are my special care on Satur days, and we generally lay plans for this day which hover around, the swim ming pool about noon. Needless to say, some work always precedes these swims and thqjlunch, and I am usually the only delinquent one in the bunch. My bosses conspire against me on these days and seem to find so much work around the office that I only get out to the pool in time to eat. But when I get there, lunch is ready and then I grow happy.again. We eat; later we take a swim and have a real good time at water sports; then back to the Colony for more work. To-days work was to make garden ground fit for Irish potatoes and plant half of them, this April 1st in the light of the moon. Now, in two weeks we will plant the other half in the dark of the moon, and later we kids will let you know the results. Also we planted more than three dozen rhubarb plants which were donated by outside friends. John Stave from California, joined the 125-CLUB and the Colony, where he wishes to stay. Comrade Stave is a cabinet maker and carpenter, and he started work at once. Comrades Mrs. Cryer and Mrs. Wright have opened up the long-expected and wishel-for cloth making establishment. Yes, on the old hand methods. Most of our indus-; tries have been started in this way, and, then grow to the machinery and fac tory stage. So be it with this one. They are now carding and spinning cotton, and later the weaving of cloth will be done and we shall be reliev ed of the clothes-buying burden. This fall when the sheep are added to our herds, we will lay the foundation for making wolen clothing. I suppose la ter someone will raise silk worms and we will make clothes from it, ,too. There is nothing too good for the work ers, so why any limit to what we wish to have? Well, my every-day duds suit me for the time being, so "we should work"—and we don't. We children had a good time to-day and closed the day by going to the danc ing school at seven-thirty and having a good time at the dance until nearly eleven oclock. A farewell to Mrs. Blair, Mr. and Mrs. Cox and Mr. Kunz who are forced by circumstances to leave us for" a time. We shall be glad to see them return as soon as they can make it convenient to do so.. Now, where is that shoe-maker to take Com rade Cox's place at the shoe shop? Where is the laundry helper to fill Mrs. Cox's place and who is going to hem stitch the table linen and boss me around in Mother Blair's place? I give it up and go to bed and see what the morrow brings forth. Sunday, April 2.—I feel like throw ing a brick at Ole; he routs me out to take a two days' auto hike, and I do not like to be roused out of my little rut. We took Loutrell and Kling, with us, drove first to Longville, where we left Kling to take the auto load of electric wire back to the Colony. Well Kling "delivered the message to Gar cia" and we drove on to Lake Charles, Orange, and Longville. No, of course, not for fun—who would think of such a trip and call it fun ? We are still af ter more equipment for our electric plant, and we looked at boilers, en gines, machinery, and water pipe nu til I felt I should blow up or become an electron (whatever that may be). You see, we had money given to us by a visiting comrade, with which to buy an electric plant and a good one, so we are just trying to find what we want and need the more. Lots of sawmills are shutting down as well as other plants and we want boilers, engines and alternating current generators. Yes, we want two alternating current gen erators, one from thirty to fifty K.V.A. then later we want one several times larger. Do you know of such a gener ator to be had, that is good? We want a three phase if possible and it must be first class and cheap, too. So speak up if you know , of one. Also - „ . . • . . , We ^ l ° mStal1 a ~ Water works ^ tem this summer. So we are in the market for about two miles of 4-inch water pipe for the purpose of piping the water from the big spring to a re servoir at the Colony. These two ne cessary improvements will furnish many home comforts that most of us had to give up when we came from the city to the pioneer life of the Colony. As we do without some of these con veniences right now, we see in the not far-distant future all of them in use here. Our hard struggle is over; the world's has just begun. I mean by that we have gone thru a pioneer stage, both physical and mental that the fu ture holds out to all mankind, and you will have to go thru it some day. The physical you can probably avoid by coming here with us or by joining in such a co-operative at some other loca tion; the mental pioneering you can not avoid, unless you have already passed thru that stage. There is a big lesson to be learned before most of us are ready to co-operate with others. It is not an easy thing to lay aside our old false ideas and ideals and take on the new. Our suspicion, greed and jealousy, planted and grown into a ma ture crop, is not so easily weeded out; yet they must be before we are ready : f or complete co-operation. I sometimes shudder when I think of what the world must go thru before the brother-, hood of man is established. And I at the same time realize that it can all be brought about thru the practical me thods we are employing here. The question is are you ready for it? If not, don't try it until you are ready to cast everything else aside, burn your bridges behind you, and direct ail your energy to bring about your ideal, the co-operative commonwealth. It is the only worth-while job I know of and there is nothing that can tempt most of us away from it. Just think for a min ute what else there is beTore us worth half so much. We are growing to it, and we are striving to make the path easier for you, our comrades, who will come later and at the same time we are anxious to make our demonstration a big one and soon. That's why hours, energy, money, or anything else does not count, as compared to our every day accomplishments in co-operation. ¥ * * * Monday, April 3. — Plowing was begun again at the Lamb place, where we expect to raise our corn this year, and Comrade Smock and wife will there to look after the place The tractors are hauling wood and making haste while the weather is fa vorable. John Hoover, our fence man«. told me that we now have 750 acres of land under fence and 14 miles of fencing built. Most of this fencing is of woven wire and put up in perman ent places. Comrade Coleman recent ly sent away and ordered some special trees. The mulberry and Custard ap ple trees are here, and he has planted them. . Now, I never ate a custard ap ple, but if they are anything like cus tard pie, I want to say right now that Comrade Coleman has my everlasting thanks. Mulberries grow wild down here and his new varieties are sure of success. A box of books just ar rived from Comrades N. L. and E. N. Clarke, of Virginia. Many new and useful books are being added to our library and other useful things that are donated by our friends all help to build up a permanent parent colony that will in time back its off-spring. This must be our procedure* and will be followed out as rapidly as we are able to fin ance the project. To-day, while at Lake Charles, a big lumber company offered us thousands of acres of good land and a town already build, with city water and other necessary im provements, almost at our own price. There is no place in the world where so many big openings are now open to us as here in Louisiana. I know of thousands of acres of good land for agriculture, also hard wood timber, -and three towns with good improve ments. Don't you see how easy it will be for us to establish large groups in these places, just as soon as we can raise the funds to keep up our pur chase payments. One thing we are al most free from and that is paying in terest. What little we do pay is to our own comrades, and doesn't amount to much. This Colony is a great school, where co-operation is being taught and practiced; where men. and women are being trained to point the way to the future co-operative commonwealth. It is a necessary schooling to prepare our selves for a practical method of estab lishing a civilization that can and will function in the interest of all human kind. What difference what others say about us when we know we are doing the best we can and are sure our ideal is right? Justice for all with no favor itism to any. It is not hard to get, if the individual will educate himself to service and not ask for more than he expects to give. Can you do it? If you can, you are ready for co-opera tion.. If you can't, your path will be hard in the very near future until you learn the game. Honesty of purpose is the first necessary thing to become a real co-operator; without the motive being right, the individual can not ad just himself to a right condition in so ciety. This has often been proved by those who have left us, sometimes in the heat of anger; others who have ben wrongly advised; some who have allowed false ideas to take hold of them for the moment—but these peo ple nearly always come back, or at least hold true to the ideal, and some day will come back or at least help us in carrying out our general plans. These are the ones whose motives are right. The other type who are looking for self-betterment, or their own self agrandizement, take a fighting attitude and seek out every little fault to mag nify and advertise to others who are not in sympathy with our ideals at all. We are always puzzled to know what to do with such cases; we do not wish to work a hardship on anyone, and yet these persons sometimes stoop to al most any depths in their desire to "rule or ruin." Your motive is the determin ing factor as to whether you will be a co-operator or not. Those who are still greedy, suspicious and jealous be easier, should conquer their fault before com ing here. We have too much work to do at present to take the time of ad justing your personal faults. Yes! We are willing to spend the time if it will do any good; but the individual is the only one who can really do the job. As our economic condition becomes bet ter, we know this self-adjustment will Tuesday, April 4. — This week's diary has been hard to write as many other duties as well as unlooked-for responsibilities have fallen upon the shoulders of "ye lady reporter," and she heartily begs your kind indulgence if she has garbled the job in any way. Sometimes these things must be done, and they are done only thru a forced condition which is unnatural, and are likely to be a little off-colored. So, again, pardon for this week's effort. Now, to you, my comrade, who are in terested in what we are doing, are you really interested in seeing a new civil ization started? Do you believe in the brotherhood of man? If so, what are you willing to do to bring it about? Think for a minute what this group of people are doing. They are giving all their time, their energy, their finances and many personal luxuries, in order to carry out their ideal. They are not asking any one to insure their future success or happiness. They are striv ing to make a world success of this pro ducing co-operative scheme, that all may see a better life and enjoy it. Now, if you believe it, why don't you back us now with your finances (all of which will be invested in product ive property'), and later you owe the members here you physical assistance as well, in carrying out your ideals. Comrades, this is no idle appeal. Cap italism is breaking down, banks are failing, business firms of long standing are now financial wrecks, that a few years ago thought themselves financial giants. Labor is being deprived of its rights to work, our human brothers and sisters are being dispossessed and starved on every hand. With land and tools upon which and with which to work all of these miseries can be avoided. We are working to relieve this condition through practical dem onstration of co-operation in its true form. You can help to make this de monstration a speedy and far-reaching affair. Will you do it? How, you ask? In sending your spare cash to us to invest in land and tools for the use of those who will come to labor with We must provide the necessaries of life—food, clothing and shelter,— and, „at the same time, expand our op erations in order to take in those who want to join us later; thousands of people would come now if we were in a position to take care of them. And here is where you can help. Join the DOLLAR-UP CLUB and let us make this movement a national and even an, international club. Get subscribers to our publications and let people read Readers' Column AN OLD COLONIST SPEAKS Dear Comrades and AS:— . •I thought I would drop you a few lines and let you know I am still back here in the Buckeye State. You can bank on me paying balance,on my land by May 1st, as far as I know now. [He has paid $160.] I sure like the new Colonist—just like a letter from home. The Diary keeps one posted of the work from day to day. I think you have the right idea in putting it up squarely to the prospects, so they about a real solution of their problems. Buy a room at our new hotel and let us continue to make good homes for those who are working for this great ideal. Buy land, if you wish, and hold it for future use (not speculation) ; take out y an installment membership, and send in whatever spare cash you have from month to month; buy a membership and pay for it in full if you have the cash, and if you can not come for a year or two, send some one else in your place who wants to come but has no money to come on; lend us your spare cash and let us put it to constructive use in the interest of your ideal. These are the best ways to help and we want you to do all you can and do it now, while the big op portunity is here to do it. It is a world problem and it will take a world of determination and thought to do it. We know the way now and want your support. In the name of future human justice you and all the world should do ALL YOU CAN to point the right way. May 1st is approaching and we want $24,000 on that date to make our annual land purchase. What will you do toward this purchase by that time? To accomplish your ideal you must do all you can at all times for it, an dwe want you with us in this movement. Are you with us now? EAGLE MIKADO" Pencil No. 174 For Sale at your Dealer Made in five grades ASK FOR THE YELLOW PENCIL WITH THE RED BAND EAGLE MIKADO EAGLE PENCIL COMPANY, NEW YORK Llano 125 Club Is YOUR Club Don't merely WATCH It Grow - Get In and Help! Do you intend some day to make Llano your home? Do you want a comfortable dwelling and the conveniences of a modern city when you come? Of course you do. Then join the LLANO 125-CLUB immediately. This club is YOUR club. Its purpose is to furnish the cash with which to build a place for YOU. We will do the pioneering; we will do the actual work; but you must supply the necessary cash. 125,000 Dollars will completely finance this Colony. It will give us com plete ownership of 20,000 acres of land and furnish the funds with which to u 0Ur " lode i rn Clty " II W1 " 8 ive steady employment to several thousand per sons and lay the foundation for a great co-operative commonwealth. It will permit us to admit people who are good co-operators and are willing to give their labor and moral support to our undertaking, but have not the money with which to buy a membership. THISw I p" 1 Tk 5 ""il 0 " 5 u P!ed8e themselves t0 furnis ^ 1.000 Dollars each THIS YEAR. This w,ll enable us to do in ONE YEAR what is would take sev eral years to accomplish without your assistance. We CAN do it alone, but with your help we can do it much sooner. th n a w n0 Al PaSe n r W u!. f L ind a liSt ° f th0Se who have already joined Club, and this will be published frequently, so that you may note its pro gress. But don t merely WATCH it grow—get in and MAKE it grow. On May 1,1922, Llano Colony will have been eight years in existence an within the last two years we have made more progress than durin- the previous six years. lne What will we do in the next two years? THAT IS UP TO YOU! Let the Colonics Hear from YOU today LLANO CO-OPERATIVE COLONY LEES VILLE, LOUISIANA know what to expect. No use going around the bush about the work, etc. Tell them what we have and what we expect of them, and it will appeal to the REAL co-operator. You sure have made some progress since I left the Colony. I think of you all and the Colony every day. I send nothing but good thought-waves out to the Colony. I on ly wish I were situated to go back, but can't just now tell when. You see, my father is almost an invalid and he needs my Jielp here now. But I hope and ex pect to someday get back home. I see you have some propaganda leaf lets; you can send me some of each of them if you will; I will try to place them in good hands. Regards and best wishes to all. MILO HENNE. A BIG CONTRAST G. T. Pickett, Stables, La., Dear Comrade:—Ever since I look ed over the colony, I have become more and more convinced that it is a good thing; and I see the essence of capital ism more plainly than ever before. What a contrast it is! On my way home, when I reached Lake Charles, the first thing I noticed was a police man at the station with a gun and a club. When I reached Jennings, there was another at the depot loaded down with artillery of several kinds, and the Sheriff had a blood-hound trailing a thief who had broken into a store the nisht before. But when I got to Stables, a comrade met me at the train with a kind word, showed me around, made me acquain ted, got me a good room in the hotel, and I felt at home, just as if I had come to see some of my relatives. And the more I think about it, the more I want to go back. When I reached home my friends wanted to know what I thot of it. I told them it was all that was claimed, and far more. Some said there must be a graft somewhere. No man would quit a job of $400.00 a month and take up with that job. I replied: "They want to show the world that co-opera tion can be practiced successfully, and they ARE MAKING GOOD." I think you people are doing a grand work. I never heard an oath nor a smutty word; never saw a man whip a dumb brute; everything was kind ness to man and beast. No policeman; no justice of the peace; no lock-up; no preacher—you are not talking re ligion, but practicing it. I see a great 'future for the Llano Colony. I can see in my mind's eye brick buildings for homes; I can see a stately school house; I can see a hap py, prosperous people—all on the same equal footing. After looking over the Colony, I stood on the hill, which is a beautiful place for a town, and, look ed eastward. Over the office door I read "Llano Colony," and it came to me it ought to be called "Rescue"; for it rescues people from capitalism. People .ask me lots of questions that I can't answer. I am not supposed to know; I know only that which I can see. But things will work out as you get to them. But I believe, by the heart you people are putting into the work, that it will certainly turn out all right. And you people have so good a time, the very way to keep members at home; for they can have their fun there, and will not have to go away to find enjoyment elsewhere. I think the amusements and social life will be the backbone of the Colony in time. Yours truly, O. V. Peebler. P. S.: I forgot to say that our w|gon maker wants to know if you can fur nish wagon timber of any kind or all kinds and at what price. Wagon tim ber is very scarce in these parts. Please send me a price list, if you have it GERMAN AND FRENCH WORKERS MEET FRATERNALLY (3y The Federated Pres*) Berlin. — German and French la bor have common aims and are not in terested in reparations and the war pol icies of their present governments ex cept to oppose them. This was the sentiment of the speeches and resolu tions adopted at a joint mass meeting here of the French, German and oth er European Communist parties. Ten thousand German workers attended. Marcel Cachin, editor ofL'Humanite, and Clara Zetkin were the principal speakers. Representatives from Eng land. America, Russia, Czecho-Slovak ia, Poland, the Balkan countries, Swe den, Switzerland and Denmark also spoke.