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Australian Giant Beans Beans Grow Five Feet Long A NEW VEGETABLE GROWN IN LLANO COLONY AND MUCH PRIZED AS A FOOD Prepared in the same way at egg-plant Much resembles the latter—except Iii at by many colonists it is much preferred to it Grows to the enormous size of 4 feet in length and 4 inches in diameter. Vines grow 50 to 75 feet long. Full instructions for planting and <=ï!turs ^ith •sack packet of seeds. The colonist who introduced Aus I« ». d »* * 11 *i d» î uralian Giant Bean" in Llano paid $1 for 3 seeds Almost sure growers. Only limited number of seeds available. Orders filled in order of receipt. ORder NOW ! Prise—r50c for packet of 12 seeds. LLANO PUBLICATIONS LEESVILLE, LA. Erie Labor Press 17 West 16th Street, Erie, Pa. A weekly newspaper devoted exclusively to the interests of the working class. Member of the Federated Press News Service. Official organ Central Labor Union and Socialist Party in Erie County, Penn'a. Live, snappy, breezy. Sample Copy free on request. One Year, $1.50. Trial Subscription—JO weeks, 25c. The Er et Stock-Raising Colony OF ERET, STATE LINE, MISS. IS A CO-OPERATIVE ORGANIZATION Preparing for Agriculture, Horticul ture. Manufacturing, Stock-Raising, Merchandising, operation of restaur ants, hotels, libraries pnd places of amusement. And on Loans of $1.00 or more, we will pay 8 per cent per annum. Interest payable semi-annu ally. Object: For securing live-stock and machinery for the employment of Labor. All transactions between mem mers conducted by the Labor Exchange Check system. 235p MARRIAGE—As It Is and As it Should Be—by Annie Besant. An intensely interesting brochure. 25c. "Law of Popula tion" (birth control) by Annie Besant, 25c. "The Scarlet Review," 25c. "Diana," a psy cho-physiological essay on sex relations, 25c. "The Crucible," (agnostic weekly) four dif ferent samples, 10c (none free). THE CRUCIBLE 1330 First Ave, Seattle, Wash. EQUALITY OF OPPORTUNITY A FREE EARTH—The Abolition of Privilege through Workers' Money.. No other paper goes tso thoroughly into this subject as does THE EQUITIST. Says the secretary of The Llano Publica tions: We like your paper very much; we are heartily in sympathy with its policy, and we wish there were more like it." Published weekly; $1.00 a year; $1.50 outside the United States. THE EQUITIST Bay View Skagit Co., Wash (By The Federated Press) The Girl That's Different (Do You Want Her?) "A Girl That's Different" is a re print of a playlet written and played by Llano colonists. It contrasts th^ new girl, as exem plified in Llano Colony, with the fussy, frivolous, artificial girls elsewhere. In neat 20-page booklet— 10 Cents Postage Free. THE LLANO PUBLICATIONS LEESVILLE LA. 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. Progressive Constructive Mutual Service Liberates Our bond of fellowship is mutual service. Friendly, loving disposition and interest in the well-being of others is most convincingly exhibited by a willingness to minister to the necessi ties, comforts, enjoyment and happi ness of comrades. Fervent protesta tions of loving devotion without corre sponding usefulness are but sounding brass and a tinkling symbal, and hence originated the expression, "Talk is cheap!" "But," says some bne, "the scripture says, "By thy words thou art justified, and by thy words thou art condemned,' " Quit true, indeed. Words, however, are something more than mere sound emitted from the lips, or certain writings scribbled on any kind of a surface. Words, with refer ence to human beings, include the whole sum of his expressions, actions and conduct, and mere lip-service is not considered as amounting to much and to be entirely inadequate when it comes to a show down. By their fruits (conduct) you shall , TZZ' k" know them, was. a pointer tfiat the great teacher of Nazareth gave to his followers. By their conduct people are either justified or condemned. It is the only acid test that defies misrepre sentation Because Llano Colony has no resi dent minister and holds no church ser vices Sunday morning, some people surmise that we are an irreligious peo ple. But they never were more greatly mistaken in àll their lives than when they jumped to such a conclusion. We lay claim to being the most religions people in the whole country and are engaged in our devotion every waken hour of the day the year around. Our devotion takes the form of faithful, useful service that is needed by all of us and is correspondingly appreciated. And the creative principle (be it what it may), seems to be well-satisfied with that' expression of our worship, for we are blessed with happiness and plenty. There is neither prince or pauper here; we possess all things in common, as is reported to have been the case with the primitive Christians. We might reflect upon some of our critics to their disadvantage, but prefer not to do so; for it would serve no useful purpose. For many years we have tried to bet ter things in general by political action, through labor organizations, etc., with out accomplishing much of anything; so at last we have taken the bit be tween our îeeth and made a bolt to help ourselves by direct constructive action, encouraged in our endeavor by the well-known teaching that God helps tions as late as fifty and sixty years - in And we are much encouraged in our work by the example set us by the workers in Europe. In England, Bel gium, France, Germany, Switzerland, Italy, Denmark, Sweden, Czechoslo vakia, Poland, Russia, and elsewhere. Workers by co-operating are building homes for themselves, carrying on agri culture and all kinds of industries, and are enjoying plenty, while those who are dependent on so-called employers for a livelihood are without work and on the ragged edge of despair. Working people in America must be come self-reliant once more as they were in the early days of the settle ment of this country and in some sec tions as late as fifty and sixty lears ago. While attending an^ editorial conven tion at Columbia, Md., I met an old time miller, W. T. Anderson by name, who is now over eighty years old. He settled in Columbia when it was an in land town without railroad, and when goods had to be hauled in from Provi dence on the Missouri river, twelve miles distant, shipped by steamboat from St. Louis. And this is what he said of olden times: "My, it makes a man think he's thousand years old to recall all the changes that have taken place! The farmers in those days did not have to go to the grocery store every day for provisions. They killed their own hogs, made their own bacon and smoked their own hams. If one hasn't tasted those things, he doesn't realize what he has missed. Quail used to sell for \2/z cents a dozen, eggs retailed at' 3 or 4 cents a dozen, and 15 cents a bushel was the price of oats. Why, brown sugar retailed at five cenfs a pound, and one could buy maple su gar at 4 cents. Tree syrup was only 50 to 60 cents a gallon. "I used to buy goose feathers for feather beds. The farmers around here plucked their own geese. "Many is the carpet I've bought which was woven by women here, and yards of linsey, too. That linsey was made on looms right here, understand, and some of it had blue stripes, some red, and plaid linsey was not uncom mon. "The men wore brown jeans on week days and blue ones on Sundays. Green walnut hulls colored the jeans. We all wore boots, too, and when a young fellow wanted to. look smart he showed his red tops." They produced everything at home in those early days and didn't have to pay outrageously high freight rates to piratical railroad companies, nor ex tortionate profits to a score of middle men. To-day in some parts of Missouri, hay is as low as three dollars a ton, and in other sections people have to pay sixteen dollars a ton, because of high freight, a virtual embargo is plac ed upon farm products. Farmers can't sell them, and consumers cannot buy them, and that's what some folks call civilization ! Politicians are doing nothing to re lieve the distress of the people and di rect productive, co-operative, action offers the only reliable avenue to a bet ter state of affairs. We say co-opera tive action, because isolated individual ventures are too impotent to accomplish much of anything. There is no ques tion that a man can go out on his own hook, or with his family and make some kind of a living on the soil away in the wilderness; but he is deprived of all the social advantages that a co-op erative community can offer. This writer knows what he is discussing now because he pioneered in the Grand ri ver valley, Colorado, near Grand Junction, over forty years ago. And he could tell some stories of privations and hardships too numerous to men tion. But that is beside the point of this article. Man is a social being, and he requir es proper association with his fellows, co-operation to the utmost, to make the most of himself and to accomplish the maximum of usefulness to mankind as a- whole. And this he can do only by identifying himself and his welfare as being indissolubly bound up with and dependent upon the well-being of his fellows. We require co-operation and co-ordination of human industry, and not planless, heedless, so-called compe tition, regardless of the needs of the people, often resulting in wasteful du plication and worse. The concrete requirements of human life are definite, something that can be ascertained to a very closely approxi mating exactitude. And if we had a government that knew its business and attended to it, definite statistics to this end woüld be collected and made the basis for production and distribution. Governments have failed to do this in Europe and they don't do it in Amer ica. Co-operation jumped in the breach in Europe and helped those who avail ed themselves of its facilities, and the , . . . American people must take recourse to coo-peration likewise and are-bound to ?«>re the same success that the workers in Europe have to their credit. This is about the substance derived from the remarks made at the psycho logical meeting on Thursday night, April, 13, at Newllano. Comrade Coleman read a highly in teresting paper on the many ways in which sulphur can be used in domestic affairs. The paper will appear on an other page in this issue. Comrade Ka potsy spoke about sanitary plumbing and Mr. Loutrel on prevention of dis ease. Quite a diversity of subjects, you see. And that's the kind of people we are. WAGES DOWN TO BEDROCK (By The Federated Press) Chicago, — "Wages for unskilled and low-paid railroad workers have reached the stopping point, below which, for reasons of public policy, as well as those bearing on efficiency and output in industry, rates of pay can not be permitted to fall," W. Jett Lauck told the United States railway labor board. Announcements Sunday. — Choir Practice, 9:30 a.m. Esperanto, 11:00 a.m. Mental Science Study, 6:30 p.m. Program at Theater, 8.00 p.m. Monday — Children's Mental Science Class at 6:30 p. m) Orchestra practice, 8:00 p.m. Tuesday. — Card Party, 7:00 p.m. Wednesday. — Music Classes: Wind instruments 6:30; Strings, 7:00; Vocal, 8: p.m. Thursday. «— Esperanto, 6:30 p.m. Psychological Meeting, 7:30 p.m. Friday. — Night School, 6:30. Agricultural Class, 7:45. Saturday. — Dancing class, 7:30 p.m. Dancing, 8:30 to 10:30. What Is a -operative Farm ? The Llano Co-operative Colony has for some time advertised CO-OPER ATIVE FARMS for sale. WHAT ARE THESE CO-OPERATIVE FARMS? WHY DO THEY SELL INDIVIDUAL CO-OPERATIVE FARMS? WHAT DO THEY DO WITH THE MONEY ? A Co-operative Farm is offered by the Llano Co-operative Colony to suit a type of co-operator who believes in co-operation, yet whose early training or personal environment excludes him from the possibility of successfully co operating with his fellows in a co-operative, collectively-owned community. On a Co-operative Farm, he may own his own farm, his stock, tools, and ev erything else, just as if he were on any other farm. The differences in favor of a Llano Co-operative Farm are: He has the social life of the Colony, which is a large factor in making farm life attradtive. This social life costs him nothing, and includes pictures, concerts, dances, lectures, etc., as well as the acquaintances of hundreds of fellowthinkers, congenial and sympathetic He also has the benefits of co-operative buying, for he may buy at the Colony Store at the same rates as the colonists, which is cost price. On ma chinery, tools, feed, etc., this item will save the farmer many dollars, which would ordinarily go to the middlemen. The Co-operative Farmer also has the benefit of the Colony selling or ganization, should he have products to dispose of. The Colony will buy the whole crop of certain kinds, such as broom corn, peanuts, or other produce which the Colony uses in its industries. In the matter of the education of his children, the co-operative farmer has superior facilities. Away from the domination of capitalist ideas, the Llano system of education is entirely different. Instead of cramming stuff into ;he child's head, ways are devised to arouse his interest and thus allow him to develop naturally what is already in him. This alone is a splendid reason why Co-operative Farms are to be desired WHY DOES THE COLONY SELL INDIVIDUAL FARMS? As stated above, one reason is thai soma co-operators do not like to own everything collectively; they prefer to own their own land. Another rea son is that the Llano Colony has contracted for 20,000 acres of land, much more than they can use for many years. The Colony wants to build up this section of the country for two reasons. It can help thousands of exploited workers to get onto a farm with little expense, and they can forever be free from want and hunger. In this section, a very small acreage is sufficient to feed a family — it is being done on five acres and less. Another reason is that the more people the Colony is able to put on the land here, the larger and greater will be the success of the Colony. What does the Colony do with the money? Every acre of land sold goes into the institution for advancing the in dustries and farms. There is no profit to be piled up—no dividend to stock holders to pay. Every cent earned by the Colony goes back into the move ment to spread the idea of colony co-operation. YOU SHOULD BUY A CO-OPERATIVE FARM—IF— —If you believe in co-operation, but would rather not go into complete collective ownership of things used by all— —If you want to live with or near co-operators— —If you desire the social and educational advantages of a co-operative colony— —If you are so constituted that you would not be congenial to the Llano Colony — but want to learn and try to become a good co-operator— —then, buy a small Co-operative Farm from the Llano Co-operative Colony. $15.00 an Acre It is said that a man and his family can live on five acres here. Many are doing it. But twenty acres is better. Think of what can be done on twenty acres! Twenty acres at $15, is only $300. Have you heard of any better or easier way to economic freedom? No rent, no profit on foods, and little clothes needed owing to mild climate. No coal strike can bother, where there is worlds of pine wood. A Co-operative Farm Offers Economic Freedom Write to the Llano Co-operative Colony for more particulars, or, bet ter still, come and spend your vacation here and see the situation for your self. It costs only a dollar a day to stay at the Colony hotel — board and Llano Co-operative Colony eesville - - - Louisiana S