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THE COLONY DIARY
(Continued from page 1 ) important to the who!« world. Capi talism is breaking down; something must take its place. We feel sure that the human race is not going backward. We believe the workers are going to step forward and establish the Co-op erative Commonwealth. We believe this so thoroughly that nothing can change or swerve us from our purpose. Quite frequently people come here be lieving they are co-operators; they join us. But either their suspicion, their jealousy, or their greed so con trols them, that it makes them unfit to live in our big co-operative family, which of course means that they must either change their motive or it will drive them out. You cannot play a sham game in this place; you soon show just what you are and a few go; because they are unfitted for the new regime that is now being inaugurated here. Now, these misfit people are not to blame", and we do not wish to in any way discredit or harm them; but if they refuse to recognize that their limited co-operative knowledge or spir it is at fault, then we must protect our selves against any wrongful act or at tacks by them. Usually they think everything is wrong but themselves, and try to rule or ruin. However, if their motive is honest they realize that they are at least-partly to blame, leave the Colony peacefully and later return and make good co-operators, after thinking it all over when under com petition again. Those whose motives are not honest do everything in their power to destroy the colony or some of its inhabitants; they join up with the most vicious persons and methods in order to wreak revenge upon us, singly or collectively. Now why in an age of reason should anyone believe tales told by these misguided persons without a full explanation or investigation. I know no real comrade will stoop to dip himself or herself in the swill pail pur posely, so if tales come to your ears, think of just one thing, "That the road to progress is always over the opposi tion of those who don't understand and the combined ignorance of the world." Most of us are enslaved with greed and suspicion and a few words of in sinuation often cause great trouble, so why condemn until know. Is it why condemn until you know. it possible a whole community of people, nearly 300 in numbers, who have giv en their all in personal property, years of hard work and study, can all be ■wrong? Is it not possible that a lone individual who complains is somewhat wrong? And is it not true that the worse their accusations, and the great er the number of the faults they find, the more likely he is to show up a per sonal weakness? Are we comrades in this great work always to be placed on the rack of condemnation with yonr doubts against us at all times? Come, see for yourself and then judge. For seven years we have gone thru the fire and we become weary and waste much energy in defending ourselves against mistaken people. This energy could be expended in construction, provided they had the faith in us to trust our sincerity of purpose and integrity. This is said to reach you, my comrade, who are inclined to listen to tales that may come from any source. Have you con fidence in this movement and in us? If so, these words are not necessary. The algebra class and the agricultural meeting were held to-night and were both welt-attended. The subject of drainage was open for discussion and much good resulted. # * * » Saturday, April 8. — I. F. Brown is the donor of a good book to our li brary and R. E. Beaty sent in a special kind of rhubarb. I must correct the credit for a shipment of rhubarb giv en to Adams and Son last week—they shipped it at the request of Comrade Wm. Hauenstein, of Missouri, and he is the donor. Many thanks for these gifts; they add to our up-building. Comrade Darth came home to-day and is more enthused over the Colony than ever. He says that, after living here a few months, one can go away and have a much better "slant" on the gen eral situation outside. He is home to stay. Work yvas started to uncover the cane stubble and Waters-and Hin kle finished one patch of it tc-day. The land crews are still on their job and the builders are at their work as hard as ever. Again the children's day is here, and they were mostly working in the garden with Babb and Benton. Water melons were set out in the field that had been raised in the hot bed. Later they went to the swimming pool when I joined them for lunch. Later we all had a good swim and a general good time, returning to the garden for more work. Comrades Loutrell, Landrum, and C. Shutt made another »trip to Longville and got more electrical sup plies. Soon we will be completely fix ed for an electrical house lighting and electrical pcwer, sufficient for all pre sent needs. The dancing school had an extra large class ahd it is very pleasing to see six year-old kiddoos joining into the class with sixty-year-old kids! The dance was then eft joyed until 10:30 The necessity of our roof garden is more apparent each week, and in a few more weeks we will wonder how we ever got along without it. Comrade F. E. Mitchell from N. H, came in this evening to look us over and was on hands to enjoy the evening and meet us all at play time. * * * * Sunday, April 9. — To-day I will give you a little sermon that may help us to get together and understand each other. This Colony is no play garden. But one of the problems we have to solve is that of sociability. The human animal is a social being and we, with all our work and supposed sacrifices, enjoy our cvery-day life immensely. Our education is intended to be the very best and to give our students the ideals of life that tend to develop the best that is in each and for the common good of all the rest of the world. We are holding no secrets and never will; what is our knowledge is open to all who may wish to know it. Our every day work is done with the intention of benefiting each and every person in our organization. Therefore ycu can sea that there is no wish or desire for a thinker to do anything but to develop himself to the highest degree of individ uality. But this individual develop ment is not for selfish purposes, but to the common good The interest of each is taken care of by the whole. It is necessary then for us to always keep in touch with the purpose of our efforts in order to get the best of team work. 1 he land-clearing crew is clearing land for the purpose of bringing more land into cultivation with the least labor expenditure possible from the farmers. It is the duty of the farmers- to pro duce-the food for ourselves and live stock, and they try to keep in touch with all of us and our food necessities. The builders are putting up buildings that we may live in better homes and work in buildings that offer the best possible conditions for the workers at all times. Our aim is to have our so cial life conducted so that it will fur nish pleasure for everybody and tend to draw in closer together and form a horçje psychology for Colony social life unequaled anywhere. You can see how necessary it is for us all to keep as closely in touch with our purposes and ideal at all times as we can, in order to each make his individual effort co ordinate with the general cause. What is the general ideal to be worked out? A society of people who are producing for use only; in which every person has an equal right to the necessaries of life and the opportunity to develop the individuality of himself to the high est standard; where the spiritual side of people will develop away from sel fishness, jealousy and suspicion, and in their place develop a wish to serve for the good of all. Now there is one point I want you to get. The wish to meddie with another's work is far from keeping in touch with each other. We expect each individual to know what our general purpose is (therefore the psychological meetings) ; and when each does his or her best to work to the ideal, it leaves no „room for and personal interference or "even criticism. Is this easy to do? No, indeed, we are so apt to take general welfare talks and subjects as personal; we are apt to suspect the other fellow« is not do ing his share of the work, or think he is taking more from the common fund than he needs, and in fact call back into use all our past life has taught in our struggle against each other. We, here, have practically ab olished these destructive thots and are' ablç to adjust ourselves in our daily life with each other and be satisfied with doing our best for the common good, with full confidence in the rest. Some day the world will come to this idea, when they see hpw useless, fool ish and unjust the competitive system of life has become and that all men are their brothers with the same right to life, liberty and the persuit of hap pii.ess. Co-operation alone can bring this and if you want it you must join into the work to get it. It is curs for the having, but you must get the de 'sire and then put it into action. The mental science class and a fine pro gram at the theater were missed by yours truly, much to "ye lady report er's" sorrow. * * * * Monday, April 10. — Another fine day and it is needless to say we hope many others will fellow until we have completed our planting. The garden is looking dandy and the children are taking a great interest helping Babb and Benton in preparing the land and planting. The strawberries are now be ginning to bear, and H. Buck is acting chief berry-picker and boss of that job. Burton has been working night and day in order to get our income tax roll made out and believe me, it is a job! No other corporation is based or works on the same principle that ours does and it makes a big job of bending, twisting, and squirming in or der to make our report comply with the law. Well, Burton ki^ows, ask him. Mrs. Shutt is again back home and says she is good and glad to be hoirs. Comrade Coleman is now writ ing a pamphlet on the process he em ployes in making fertilizer. He is giv ing all the details of this process and it should be in the hands of every far mer and gardener in the country. We are going to print the full directions in bood form and any person can fit him self up with a small plant and cut away from commercial fertilizer. A comrade from Colorado writes that the only draw-back he can see to the Col onny scheme is that it keeps out the poor man and his family that have no funds, and is open to only those who have $1,000 op-more., Now, there is a shade of truth m that statement, but you muit understand that the Colony must'be financed by some one. It takes cash to buy land and machinery, to say nothing of the cost of living until we produce enough to supply ourselves. Now, the LLANO DOLLAR-UP CLUB is for just this purpose. If enough peo ple will pay in sufficient money to fin ance the proposition, we can then take in thousands of people who are now financially broke. Another funny thing is this: As long as the average man has a little money, he thinks he can beat the game' and he continues to buck it until he finally loses all he had and then he is ready for the Colony. Others, who have a little cash will put their money in, provided we GUARAN 1EE to make them safe in their invest ment. Now, comradse, let me say again that as long as you want to beat the game ' you are not ready for co-cperation. You should know that if you win out it is at the expense of others who are not so fortunate. The man who only looks at his own safely should realize that we must all be sav ed together and that thru our combin ed efforts alone can we be made se cure. Now, we have all been robbed in the past and it makes us wary and careful; but, comrades, we are here working— we own the land, buildings, and an immense amount of wealthh in tools, machinery and stock—don't be a doubter. Come and s^e fcr yourself and then join in with us now and help tile fellow who is not able to buy a membership. The quartet practice at Martin s, the orchestra at the school house, and the children's mental sci ence class at the club house kept most of us busy to-night. * ¥ * ¥ Tuesday, April 11. — Well, people, the time is fast approaching when our land purchase is to be made. Just think! Only next month. And until that $24,000 is completely raised I know some one who will not sleep many hours in any one night. You who have money and intend to help us out on this purchase should relieve the sit uation as soon as possible, or "ye lady reporter" is liable to blow up, and then you would not have the diary to read. Now, that alone should be worth sever al thousands of dollars to you in a year. She sometimes feels as if she earns a million while writing it. Of course you do not know the amount of faith we have in you people, to fee! sure that enough of you are going to help RIGHT NOW and permit us to make this payment on time. We feel sure that the LLANO I25-CLUB will be complete before next January; but the big rush must come now in order to make this year's payment on time. 111 promise you this: If you people do the job on time, it will put new vim into our group and especially the "lady reporter" to such an extent that the work here will become a play job— and the Diary—well, you will think it is written by a superman. Seriously, comrades, if you are coming or çan help us at all, no matter how small the amount or how large, it will all be used in making more and better homes for our class. It is the common cause you will be assisting, not a small group. Will you not do it now and permit us to plan ahead for greater things? Com rade Mitchell returned to New Hamp shire a much pleased man, with our possibilities and we feel that he can be of great'assistance to our progress. The card club met to-night and played Five Hundred and a pleasant evening was had by those who attended. The ball team is adding new players and a game on May Day is assured. Com rade N. M. Harris, of Illinois, sent in a sewing machine which sure comes in handy at the sewing department. Every little bit helps, comrades, to make a successful demonstration of volun tary, complete co-operation. COTTON AND GRAIN EXHIBITED AT L. S. U. A joint exhibit of cotton and grain recently was made and explained be fore the students at the Louisiana State University and members of the extension force, by G. S. Meloy, inves tigator in cotton marketing, and K V B. Seeds, specialist in grain marketing, United States Department of Agricul ture. The object of this display was to show some of the different grades of cotton grown in the U. S. A their com parative values, the best methods of marketing and grading; and to exhib it the" Federal standards of grain and the , methöds of grading under those standards for the purpose of demon strating how certain changes in produc tion methods will give a product that will receive a better grade and hence command a better price. In the cotton section were samples of grades for the American upland types, the Sea Island types and the Egyptian types. Pictures showing the Luncheon in Medinet Hobu Temple ? . ' >v i / ? > ■ : r. . $ Î& > I m ! ■ hr> i" \ TV :x Here's a nice qul^f spot for luncheon In the Temple of Medinet Hobu, di rectly across the Nile from K&rnak. The three little girls In the picture are watercarriers and the reeds they are holding are to fan flies from the travellers and their donkeys. From the time the tourist sets forth on his ride to the ruins until he returns, several of the children follow him on their self-appoint ed tasks. different steps in the spinning process that cotton goes through for the pur pose of discovering the relation be tween foreign matter content and the real product, methods of baling cotton and the plans and specificaions for warehouses were shown by Mr. Meloy. Types of various grains, including rice, showing some factors affecting grades, a panel of the various stages in the marketing of grain, the grading of grajp from the sampling of car in the railroad yard to the final analysis in the laboratory and the milling and baking values of various wheats which influ ence the grade, and the apparatus us ed in inspecting the grain were present ed by Mr. Seeds. Many students availed themselves of this opportunity of getting some very helpful suggestions and information that will supplement their college work. The exhibits were shipped from Baton Rouge to Nashville, Tennessee, where 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 ' build our modern city. It will give steady employment to several thousand per sons and lay the foundation for a great co-operative commonwealth. It will peimit 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 t<j buy a membership. # We want 125 persons to pledge themselves to furnish 1,000 Dollars each THIS YEAR. This will 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. On another page you will find a list of those who have already joined the 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; and within the last two years we have made more progress than during the previous six years. 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 LEESVILLE, LOUISIANA they will be displayed for the students at Peabody college. Our confidence in the instability of fortune is so great that excessive pros perity of our enemies makes us rejoice as the signal of their impending ruin. —Pre vost-Pa radol. We are still living in the feudal age. because we are misled by effects. We often fail to see the real cause. —-C. E. S. Wood. 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 DOLLAR-UP CLUB (Continued from page I ) to help with your small monthly dona tion. As explained in previous issues, this club is for the purpose of relieving the Llano comrades of the necessity of making and selling products in order to get a living, so that all J-he |r time may be used for the BUILDING of the Co-operative Commonwealth, and that they may have the necessary money to furnish material and improvements. See the announcement of this club on page three. The motto of this club is: You give your cash; we'll give our time; toge ther we'll build the Co-operative Com monwealth." u. S. WEATHER REPORT The indications are for cooler wea ther the first of the week; generally fair except for the possibility of local rains, for the barometer still indicates rain. Normal temperature thereafter. 2.40 inches of rainfall has been re corded during the week ending April 10th, inclusive. Apr. 4—max. 77, min. 60 Apr. 5—max. 83, min. 54 Apr. 6—max. 84, min. 61 Apr. 7—max. 84, min. 69 Apr. 8—max. 83, min. 70 Apr. 9—max. 80, min. 62 Apr. 10-max. 80, min. 58 Caprices of women are the result of perversion caused by man.—Taxile Delord. The Labor News The "Labor News" published in AI toona, Pa., is the largest LABOR PA PER published in the state, and gives you the labor news from home. LABOR NEWS PUB. C. ALTOONA, PA.