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A WEEKLY MESSENGER FROM THE LLANO CO-OPERATIVE COLONY AN INVITATION If you receive a sample copy of this paper, it is an invitation to you to sub scribe. Some friend of yours has ask ed us to send it. Sample trial subscription is ten cents a month. Regular subscription is $1.50 a Year; five cents a Copy. j To es be formed to Co-operative Llano MEMBER THE FEDERATED PRESS ^ol. 1. PRICE FIVE CENTS—$1.50 YEAR N PUBLISHED AT LLANO COLONY LEESVILLE LOUISIANA. SATURDAY, APRIL 22, 1922. 1 The Colony Diary Being a Dally Report of Colony Life at Llano. ' - Wednesday, April 12. — A trip to ïha newly-cleared land west of the ( Ford ranch shows nearly 40 acres of land cleared of stumps, roots and all debris. It is- also plowed and ready, to be disced and planted. We will build a hog- and goat-proof fence •around this tract and plant it to sweet potatoes. Planting will start in about one week. North of the Ford ranch the fellows have about 35 acres plow ed and more thsin half that much en tirely freed from stumps. This piece <of ground will be planted to sorghum, ■which will be used for ensilage for the cattle and mules, also to make cur own brown sugar out of. The Ford ranch we will plant to peanuts. Marchick, Busick and Jones are operating the stump puller to?day and Phillips acts as cook. Daniel has moved into the bake shop to help Joe Valek. Kemp is hauling stumps and wood from the iield with a four-mule team, while Siemens and Vernon are hauling with a Fordson. Kling is using the other Fordson to pull the stumps into piles so as to assist the haulers. This p. m. Jaques, Reeves, Carl Hoover and Lee all went to the clearing ground to help get ready for a big planting bee. Waters, Hinkley, Darth and Denver Cryer are plowing cane stubble as the poung plants are coming thru the ground in fine shape. Lindsey and Kemp examined our burried cane and find it in excellent condition; so, v as soon as the bottom land dries a little more we will plant cane and corn. Loutrell, Max Beavers and C. Shutt made another trip to Longville and brot home more electrical supplies. Our "éltctric -plant will add greatly to our industrial efficiency and cut our light iill down to nearly nothing. If anoth er good angel would just furnish us with about two miles of four or five inch water pipe we could install city water and have modern conveniences. Plans are being made for our machin ery building, and in a few days we will begin the foundation for it. It will be built on the state highway and will Tiold our garage, tool house, machine " shop, tin shop, plumbing shop, wagon shop, blacksmith shop and an up-to ■date filling station in the front. The building will be 60 x 120 feet and two stories high, all brick and concrete, as near as we can make it. We are get ting some excellent letters from our friends on the outside, and we are rea sonably sure we will have the May payment on time t and the "125-Club" completely filled up by January 1. Get your payment to us as soon as you can. *We will never have more money than we can use. Fencing is to be bot, buildings to be built, and there are isome excellent land deals to close if we can get the money. So send it in and help us to make homes and- jobs for the jobless, and at the same 1 time demonstrate complete co-operation to the doubters. To-night the mandolin club, band, junior orchestra, and chor al society all practiced at the school house. Comrade Martin sure has mu sicians sprouting up from all quarters of the Colony. * * * * Thursday, April 13. — The town is almost deserted to-day (that is, around the town). Everybody and his brother Bill went out to the land-clearing in order to get things in shape for a spee dy job of planting. The laundry and the printshop show evidence of life and that is about all to be seen around the nlace, excepting storekeepers, ho tel folks, school, office workers, etc. Doede and Tackett are preparing to do some experimenting in tanning. We have tried to get the tannery going but it seems as if tanners and brick layers are not to be found; so we will, just produce our own. However, if a good tanner and a few brickma sons are wanting to come, there is al ways room for more. Matz, Wobler,; and Oakley from the cabinet shop were like tickled school kids when sent to the land clearing on a vacation. Hoo ver, Reeves, Jaques from the sawmill also went, while Lee, Nash, Van from the builders added to the force and Sanders, Landrum, Sharrer and W. Beavers made up the rest of the crew of volunteers who went to help Jones, Marchick and Busick, the regular clear ing crew. With this crowd working, we should "»soon have all this new land ready for sorghum, peanuts and sweet potatoes. Co-operation is a great game an d it is a nice thing to be able to turn our working forces into one group when needed and rush thru a hurry-1 up job. The print shop and laundry prepared for the emergency and we were able to shut down the big boiler for the next two or three days. Lou trell and his helpers made another trip to Longville to-day. A letter came from the rice farm with a call for some | special help ; so Ole, Sanders, Van Nu land and I drove to the rice plantation this afternoon to get the work lined up down there. You didn't know about the rice plantation? Well, that will give me a job for next day's diary, and I will tell you all about it. Miss For-I biss, a kindergarten and playgrounds teacher, arrived in the Colony to-day. as also did Chester Potts, a full-grown young man from Minnesota. He is the son of Tom Potts, the founder of the "125-CLUB." Of course, the Esperan to class and the psychological meeting were pulled off to-night; but as I was not there, it gives me an excuse to pass them-over until next week. However, Comrade Buck will probobly spread on for the Esperanto class, and I hope he does, for 1 sure need some help these days. [Typesetter's note: "Unu por Ciuj, kaj Ciuj for Unu" estas nia moto en Llano Kolonio. Yes, Esperanto is furnishing us a fascinating and in structive side-study, and at the same time improves our English; but we ore beginning to realize that it is mce 'h».r a fad and a pastime—we are f'ndinr in it an inspiration and an idsal.] W * * ¥ Friday, Apyil 14. — South and e?s' of the Colony about one-half d?y"s drive in a Ford is a plantation of 273 acres of very fine rice land. It has good houses, barns, storage houses ?nd a $6,000 well and pumping outfit. This place will easily produce, at a low esti mate, 1500 bags of rice each year, and the pumping plant is so situated that it irrigates several hundred acres of land around it. Furnishing water to our neighbors will bring in enough rice for our year's work. We have a chance to buy this place for $10,000. That is the mortgage against it at the present time. We have rented it for the year and will buy it by July first if suffi cient funds can be raised by that time. Our net income from the rice planta tion should bring us at least $10,000 this year. We are taking but little chance and are depending upon you folks to give us the answer whether to buy and start another small colony there or not. Truck garden and Irish potatoes and other valuable crops will be grown in rotation with the rice, so as to keep the soil built up. The rice straw will be baled and shipped here for roughage for our stock and we can get all the straw we can possibly use by baling on shares in that district. We colonists feel it is an exceptionally fine chance to start another small commun ity of co-operators and we know it will give us a very valuable grain crop. The place is now well-stocked and equipped, having two tractors, plows, harrows, discs, binder, planter, mules, and all that is necessary to completely grow and harvest the crop; excepting the threshing machine, which work we can ge done with very little expense. The neighbors who depend upon our well for water give one-fifth of their crop for water service, and that will pay all cost of our own labor and ex penses. It is.an exceptionally fine pro position and the comrades who own the place say we should pay the mortgage and the place is ours. W. H. West and Arthur Sharpe are farming the place this year for us. Each has a wife and two small children, and make an addi tion of eight more persons to our Col ony membership list. Van Nuland and Lynn Sanders* stayed down on the place to help plant and get all the machines in good repair, while Ole and I returned to get more help to handle things with extra speed. Comradés, this is a fine chance for us to spread out and make ourselves more self-sup porting; but the purchase is possible only providing you send in your mon ey and add it to ours. The more dif ferent kinds of food we can raise, the easier it will be for us to make our selves free from capitalism; the more land we own the more people can come annd enjoy the co-operative life. Now (Continued on last page) A VOICE FROM THE DESERT From cities repelled trudge I stoutly along The waste with its denizens sharing; v Atune with its songsters I sing me my song. ^ For wealth and its Worries uncaring— Where night overtakes Or day where it breaks— All's one to the wilderness-fareing. I've come to myself; my reflections are sane Concerning myself and the others. Here where is nothing to urge or re strain My heart gushes out to my brothers-— The more or the less Of the thing called "success" Is all that fraternity smothers. A notion erroneous is that to acquire the most is the test of succeed ing; Tis this that consumes us, a fast spreading fife To which we are strangely unheeding; And those left alive , " In the year '25 More neighbors, not loot will be need ing. / Tis lonesome to hold our despoilings alone With none to desire their possession; But surely as gravity acts on a stone Twill come is my honest impression— The avoidance of same A more sensible aim With truce to our greedy agression! —L. A. OSBORNE. MAY DAY NUMBER SPECIAL COLONIST NEXT WEEK The next issue of The Llano Colon ist will contain some special May Day features. You see May Day is not only the in ternational labor day, but it is also the anniversary of the Llano Colony, and the birthday of The Llano Colonist. Next week we will publish sonde spe cial significant May Day Messages from the leaders in co-operative work, and a special report from the manager of the Llano Co-operative Colony. The May issue of The American Co-operator will be a special Llano Colony number, and will be enlarged to 32 pages, which will be appreciated by those interested in Llano. For send ing to your friends for propaganda pur poses this special May "American Co operator" will be just the thing. Ex pressions of conditions at Llano by many of its residents, will shed a little light on the reasqn for such progress as Llano has recently made. Special articles and some new pictures will show by contrast the immense amount of work accomplished in a few short years. Better send in and reserve a few May "American Co-operators" for your friends. They will be put up in bun dles of ten or over at five cents a copy. This is below the regular price and really less thar cost; so that only bun dles of ten or more can be handled at this rate. Now, friends, if you want to boost Llano, here is you chance. Any other Llano literature is free for the asking. How many did you say? DARN THA+ WEATHER MAN! The farmer of Vernon Parish hardly knows just "where he is at " these days. About the time he thinks he is going to have a few dry days to get his crops in, along comes another shower and he has another, think coming. Those that are in are now fine, of course, but the indications are that the continuous round of showers will cause the sweet potatoes and peanuts and things to be harvested about Christ mas. If this condition of affairs is al lowed to continue, it is feared that the weather man is in danger of losing his position. This is his report: Temperatures for the week ending April 17th, inclusive: SEVEN MORE CO-OPERATORS JOIN "DOLLAR-UP CLUB" Here are seven more good and true co-operators, to add their names to the list of Llano's "DOLLAR-OP CLUB" this week, thus signifying their willing ness to aid with the construction of the Llano Co-operative Commonwealth. Those added to the list this week are John Gillan, C. W. Corbin, Reo John son, C. C. West. F. J. West, Victor Nel son, G. Stuveling. These fellows realize that the colon ists can work better and turn their at tention to constructive work when the burden of providing the necessary ex penses for improvements are met from the Dollar-Up Club funds supplied by friends who are able to make a small monthly donation for this purpose. See the announcement on page three which tells all about this club. THE "DOLLAR-UP CLUB" Here are the DOLLAR-UP CLUB members who have chip ped in thus far with their April donations: Frank Gayer $!<00 Mrs. Rose B. Blair $1.00 L. L. Rhodes $1.00 A. C. McKinley $1.00 W.E.Patterson $1.00 Augustus Robinson $1.00 Mrs. L. Dillman $1.00 William Andraska $1.00 Mrs. Blanche W. Briggs $5.00 Henry Mueller $1.00 D. Henderson Howell 1.00 R. K. Williams , 1.00 Napoleon Hill 1.00 F. W. Miles 1.00 John Gillan $1.00 C. W. Corbin (March and April) $1.00 Reo Johnson $1.00 C. C. West $1.00 F.J.West $1.00 Victor Nelson $1.00 G. Stuveling $1.00 April 11—max. 76, min. 54 April 12—max. 76, min. 48 April 13—max. 83, min. 72 April 14—max. 84, min. 64 April 15—max 85, min. 69 April 16—max. 85, min. 79 April 17—max. 82, min. 72 Indications are for generally fair weather, with normal temperature, ex cept for local rains during the week. Llano Colony Enters Rice Growing Fit TAKES OVER LARGE FARM WHERE RICE WILL BE PRODUCED FOR USE OF COLONISTS LLANO 125-CLUB GETS ONE MORE MEMBER The program of building for Llano is going ahead. Last year at this time we purchased one thousand acres of land from the large tract which the Colony has opr tion on, believing that the co-operative move would soon need land on which to start more co-operative communi ties. This year we want to double this .acreage and buy another two thousand acres for the same purpose. Land will not be any cheaper than it is to-day and when the co-operative movement needs it, the price will be much higher, if not prohibitive. Along with this purchase; the colon ists have set their goal this year to pur chase the optioned land, and in addi tion to provide modern conveniences for their own Colony. This will in clude a new dormitory for the Llano hotel, and a half of the money for this has already been provided; but work cannot begin until some brick layers can be obtained. Then the water works and the electric light and pow er plant come next. The light plant is already provided for, one comrade alone donating to the Coloify sufficient to provide this convenience. To complete the whole program— the land purchase, the hotel and the water and light plant, and to provide fencing, new machinery and equipment to forever put Llano beyond the need of outside help is estimated at $125, 000. The Llano 125-CLUB is for the purpose of getting 125 members to pro mise to join the Colony this year and pay in their entrance fees before Jan uary 1st. The following list is of those who have already signified their intention of joining this year. The new one ad ded this week is F. D. Conway. The LLANO 125-CLUB now boasts fifteen members. Will you be one of the immortal club to put the co-opera tive commonwealth on the map? Here are the comrades who intend to join this year and help carry out this pro gram: THE "125-CLUB" Tom L. Potts A. B- Dawley W. G. Dunegan Harry C. Hall D. W. Van Schoick John Winters J. B. Mars Robert Wurf er Homer Clark. Bert Busic John Stave Earl A. Young J. R. Brown Geo. A. Sanders F. D. Conway. You will find an announcement on page eight about this lively club. A SfJNDAY MORNING DIVERSION The writer was sitting on the veran da of the hotel, viewing the beautiful landscape towards the dairy farm a mile to the west, when suddenly he be held passing toward the vegetable gar den the cherubic and rotund form of our good Comrade Gleeser, attired be comingly in what, to all intents and purposes, was a bathing suit, as we thought. Now, the comrade, who is past the 65th mile stone young, has two well-known predilections—sun baths and mental science—neither of which is to be sneezed at, as both have their good points. At first I thought this was an attempt to kill two birds with one stone on he part of Comrade Glee ser, and that he was on his way to the swimming pool and a sun bath as well —but I was mistaken; for, on reach ing th: tool house, I saw him mount Branch Colony Will Probably Result on 273 Acre Rice Farm The Llano Co-operative Colony is now in the business of producing rice. Arrangements have been completed whereby the Colony takeâ over the op eration of a 273-acre farm located near Jennings, La., 75 miles from Newllano, and a force of men from the Colony are now on the place plowing and do ing other work preparatory to putting in the crop. About 50 acres are in timber and the remainder is under cultivation. AH will be planted to rice except about 70 acres, which will probably be plan ted to Irish potatoes. A conservative estimate places the yield of riee at 1500 bage, or about 3000 bushels which means a plentiful supply for col ony use and one article less that will have to be bought on the outside. On the place is a $6,000 well and pumping plant, which furnishes water for irrigation purposes to surrounding farmers for one-fifth of their crop and this arrangement will net the Colony an additional 2,000 bags at a low es timate. Besides a bountiful supply of rice for the table, a large surplus for stock is also assured. The rice straw makes excellent roughage for the ani mals, and any amount of this may be had by baling it on shares. W. H. West and Arthur Sharp, both of whom live in the vicinity of Jen nings, have become members of the Colony, and are now in charge of the place. 'Each has a wife and two small children and they are comfortably lo cated in two of the three dwellings that are on the farm. The third houses the men from Newllano who afe Syno ground, Reeves, Sanders, Van Nuland, Waters and Paton. The first thrse men will remain only during the planting season and take care of the mechanical work. Van Nuland and Waters are scheduled to remain a little longer, and Paton is to stay for an indefinite peri od and show his skill in gardening, as the soil is excellent for truck raising. Two tractors and two teams are now being used in planting, and the pump ing plant is being overhauled and put into shape to take care of the irriga* tion. But the important feature of the whole proposition is that The Llano Co operative Colony will, in all probabil' ity, become the owner of this place, and in that case a branch colony will immediately be established. Owing to certain circumstances, it is possible to obtain this farm for about $10,000 and it is the intention of the Colony man agement to take advantage of thî op portunity. This is only one of many good offers that the Colony has re ceived in the past few months; the ex pansion and growth of the institution is exceeding the expectations of even the most hopeful and it will be limited only by the number of people who are ready to become co-operators. the seat of a farm wagon standing near. 1 resolved to investigate, the distance being short. There I found Comrades Thurman and Wobler, and the writer made a fair crew of four. WE soon had the wagon loaded with cotton seed meal and phosphate to fertilize a gar den patch and prepare it for planting So with hoe and buckets, the four of us in less than an hour had the field ready for comra'de Thurman to seed. The job was done without a particle of lost motion and would have taken a single hand more than a day to ac complish it—with not one-tenth of the fun we had. Besides, Comrade Glee ser got his sun bath. And this is co operation.