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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. A WEEKLY MESSENGER FROM THE LLANO CO-OPERATIVE COLONY The Llano Colonial MEMBER THE FEDERATED PRESS To expound the principles of complete co-operation that other colonies may be formed to emulate the Successful Llano Co-operative Colony. VOL. 2—No. 5. PUBLISHED AT LLANO COLONY LEESVILLE LOUISIANA, SATURDAY, MAY 27, 1922. PRICE FIVE CENTS—$1.50 YEAR MEXICAN WORKERS ARE ORGANIZING COLONY DEMAND LOW RENT, OR WILL PAY NONE (By The Federated Press) Vera Cruz, Mex. (By mail). — Vera Cruz is in a state of virtual civil diso bedience. From thousands of door ways in the poorer sections of the city flutters a red flag. Sometimes it is of cloth; oftener merely a sheet of tis sue paper. Each flag means that the inhabitants of that house have ceased Jo pay rent and have joined the Syndi cate de Revolucionare de Inquilinos— the Union of Revolutionary Tenants. Within a few yards of the customs house is the headquarters of the un ion—flying a large red banner by day and a ruby light at night. On a vacant plot of ground across the street 50 men and 50 women each night from sun down to sunrise guard the office of the syndicate and the life of their leader, Heron Proai. The strike against high rents has been going on since March 5. Senor Preal states that rooms which before the Madero revolution brought from five to six pesos a month were cost ing the workers from 45 to 50 pes os before the strike. The workers de mand a reduction to a yearly payment of 2 percent of the value of the pro perty. According to one of the editors of El Dictamon, the capitalist daily, and a member of the Associated Press, there is no accurate data regarding the num ber of people on strike; his own esti matej(x$ given to The Federated Press is «àrjOO whom he describes as a small faction of poor people who, having fal len away from the church, have be come restless, irreligious and irrespon sible. El D/;tamon is concerned because nearly every day there are-reports of The Colony Diary Being a Daily Report of Colony Life at Llano. Wed., May, 17 — Kapotsy has fall en heir to the kraut making job and is making the cabbage into that delicious fruit so well liked by the Irish. Thur man and Gault are again stirring the ground for more melons and I know that Doc. will be sitting up nights watching the ground mice in order to save the newly-planted seed. Benton and Babb, Potts and Messenger, are also very busy with garden work. Chas. Strauss stll handles the broom factory like a faithful fire horse and another comrade who is very seldom mention ed is comrade Wright who is on the job as night watchman every night; but usually the still birds are always doing something useful. Yes, I say so. How few people realize that those who come, here to make success of their new Col ony life must come to work for their ideal. If you weigh your future reward in dollars and cents you will be badly out of tune here. We are trying to cre ate a neucleus to a new civilization and the material values we get are in our every day necessities; our real reward is the joy of serving others; blazing the trail to a better life for all mankind and knowing that we are living among friends who are real friends, that help to make life worth while. Now if you are a real co-operator, you are willing to work with us heart and soul and for get about your own wealth, and refuse to accept anything but what all can have on the same terms. Why of course we are happy even tho we are today pioneering, our children have a better environment than any other com munity on earth, our ideals cannot be questioned, and we are bringing them to pass. In fact we now live them. Will .you trade your present condition for ours? Will you give your all to the common fund and travel with us?Well come and see and you can best decide then. It is not our purpose to coax any one. If you cannot come and help us work out our problems on the plans we are working on, then of course there is no use for you to stop with us. We are succeeding in our efforts and we*are eliminating capitalistic ideals very rap idly from the minds of those who wish to be of service to their fellow man The mandolin club, band, ôrchestra and choral society all had a musical spree tonight people forcing open empty houses and using them to live in without any ne gotiations with the owners. The edit or claims that the municipal govern ment makes no effort to use police pow er to evict the squatter and that judges who try to serve notices and injunc tion on them are prevented by crowds of people from approaching the build ings in question. According to the same source of information, the lat est development is that some of the 50 to 75 proprietors involved are now re fusing to pay their taxes, saying rent, no taxes." While El Dictamon, in the person of one of its editors, hazards the guess of 2,000 people on strike, and while a sugar merchant of the city guessed at 5,000, the syndicate maintains that 50 000 of the 80,000 citizens of Vera Cruz have joined the movement, and that among them are 50 merchants, and many professional men, doctors, lawyers, engineers, dentists, government employes and members of the police force, etc. The syndicate disclaims re sponsibility for the entering of unoc cupied houses and denies that the lo cal government, is sympathetic with its aims. Last Sunday there were large demon strations and many speeches in the pub lic squajes of Vera Cruz. Government troops were posted in the streets, bvi everything was orderly. A procession of workers, numbering thousands and carrying revolutionary banners march ed a mile beyond the limits of teh cit> and started the foundations of a com munist colony. Plans for several build ings to be erected have been drawn and hang in the office of the syndicate. Asked how the land for the colony was obtained, Heron Proal shrugged his shoulders and said, "The land is the people's." Thursday May 18 — This is another fine day and the farmers are making the best of it, too. Some would be farm ers are pressed into service, such as H. Beavers and Com. Lee. They are both plowing. Beavers at the garden near the mule barn and Lee out at the goat ranch. Denver Cryer Ad Com. Fall are cultivating the cane patches with single plows. The transplant ing of the rçst of the cane was finished today by Lloyd, C. Anderson, Crawford and Lindsey. Pete Kemp is cultivating the corn at the Lamb place while Smock is planting velvet beans in be tween the corn, all of which will proba bly be made into ensilage later. Busick, Marchick and Jones are again on the land-clearing job and will soon have a larger peanut field cleared. The sor ghum in this same field is doing fine. Roberts, Pitman and Co. are doing expert work in boring wells and if Ole doesn't watch out they will be do ing contract work right over Iiis head. They brot in a nice well at the goat ranch and ran down 12 ft. at the Mes senger and Potts domicile; promised John Hoover to get water for him in one day and I believe they agreed to get an oil gusher inside of one week at Anderson and Phillips hotel. Fred An derson and Phillips are sure sticking to the new ranch and seem to be enjoy ing life out there too. Darth is discing and plowing in several different places today and it is to be hoped Lindsey and crew will get it all planted before an other rain comes. Vernon and Siemens are Hauling poles for the sawmill and electric line. Loutrel, C. Shutt, Dover Cryer, Warren Fread, and Truman Ben thai are all putting up electric poles, wires etc. and preparing to wire the houses and give us the electric lights that we have been looking forward to. Comrades Lay, Tackett and Roede are at last starting to tan. Comrade Lay dropped in from Alabama and we hope will successfully get leather for future needs by Colony industry. Matz and Nash are again building small houses anl Jaques is making shingles. Sharrer and Chappell are hauling bricks from the kilns to the new build ing site where Downs is preparing for (Continued ôn last page) INVOCATION Lift up your hearts, O Comrades, for the Law of Love shall prevail: In the Might of united Endeavor "there is no such word as fail ! " Lo, our Cohorts g.ow as the Hours troop fast to the nobler day. To the want-free, joyous Morrow, when the wrong shall pass away As a Mist in the Winds of Morning, as the darkness flees the Light, And Mankind shall rejoice in the Splendor of the risen Sun of Right. We are armed with Sword of Justice, and Flame of the Truth-lit Torch Shall be Pillar of sacred,Fire and the Eyes of Falsehood scorch. We are fighting Humanity's Battle for sake of the world-wide Good ; For the rightful Heritage of All- and the glory of Brotherhood; And, in righteous cause of our Kindred, the Daughters and Sons of Men, We shall win, and the race, to-morrow, shall come to its own again. , Hearts ached o'er the "Sob in the Darkness" of the Child in the clutch of Greed; Tears fell for the murdered victims of a soulless Mammon's Creed: But out of the mine's black breaker, away from thtf mills' cursed hum, To Sunshine and School and Playtime the glad young children come; And out of the slum and sweatshop, out of the brothel's shame, Our Sisters, our Daughters, are coming, back to fair Life and Fame. Then be of Good Cheer, 0 Comrades, for the World-Night of Pain and Fear Is pie ced by the Hope-Star of Morning, and the Love-Dawn draweth near. It comsth, the Day of our Longing, the white Day of Justice and Truth, When the Kinsfolk, grown old in Sorrow, shall awake to a new-found Youth; It cometh, no power shall stop it; no fiat of Greed-bred Hate— For Law of Love is the Law of God, and the Will of the People—Fate. —W. E. P. French. MORE FAIR WEATHER PROMISED THIS WEEK "Indications seem to be for generally fair weather but with the probability of occasional local showers, with mod erate temperature for the week ending May 22nd" is the way Weatherman W. A. Dougherty puts it. Last week he promised similar weather and we got just what he order ed. Enough rain to keep the crops jumping as only Louisiana crops can jump when Louisiana weather prevails. A rainfall of almost half an inch fell during theweek. Here are the temperatures for the week ending May 22nd: May 16—Max. 84. Min. 59. May 17—Max. 78. Min. 60. May 18—Max. 87. Min. 64. May 19—Max. 87. Min. 64. May 20—Max. 81, Min. 64 May 21—Max. 85. Min. 63. May 22—Max. 86. Min. 70 LLANO COLONY NOT NEAR FLOODED AREA ■ Questions are asked by some of our correspondents as to whether we are likely to be overtaken by the floods from the swollen Mississippi river. All of the Llano literature has dwelt upon the fact that Llano Colony is in the Western Highlands of Louisiana, which means that we are not near the bottom lands bordering the rivers. Altho we have had lots of rain, the Colony's lands are never overflowed, except some small patches near the creeks, but these are drained off again in a few hours, usually. The flooded district is perhaps not nearer than a hundred miles from Llano Colony. Our land is splendidly drain ed, which probably accounts largely for the healthy climate at Llano. "Oh, Jack, you left the kitchen door open and the draught has shut my cookery book, so now I haven't the faintest idea what it is I'm cooking." LLANO 125 CLUB r GETS ANOTHER MEMBER G. H. Toble is latest member of the Llano 125 Club, he promising to come put $1000 into the movement this year, in order that the program outlined in the announcement on page eight may be carried out. This makes 20 members of this club, there still being room for 105 more, who can be considered as charter mem bers of the World Co-operative Com monwealth, Unit No. 1. Here are the members who have pro mised to put in their membership fees this year: 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 Wurfer Homer Clark. Bert Busic John Stave Earl A. Young J. R. Brown Geo. A. Sanders F. D. Conway. A. W. Deems Henry Mueller Matt Sunnen S. L. Fall G. H. Toble You will find an announcement on page eight about this lively club. literature? How else can we realize the co-operative commonwealth? We have four leaflets of a series for free distribution. Drop a word for co-operation when you can. Send for some free leaflets dealing with real co-operation, or ask for Colony folders to give away. Are you distributing co-operative WORK IS BEGUN ON PERMANENT LLANO ONE A DAY JOINS 'DOLLAR-UP" CLUB Seven more have joined the Llano "Dollar-Up" Club this week, and adds that many to the already long list of' those who promise a dollar or more a month to help bring closer the day when Llano Can take into its colony those who are splendid co-operators, but who have been robbed of their savings by the greedy system of competition. Big things, very big things, are pos sible for Llano in a year or so, and we wé^nt to train hundreds of good co-op erators so that a nucleus for new col onies may be formed wherevçr condi tions may justify. To do this Llano must rapidly be completed ,and turn ed into a college where the principles and practices of co-operative living may be taught and learned. The Llano Dollar-Up Club will has ten the day, beause it will enable Llano to put ALL its time into constructive work .instead of making goods to sell in order to buy what little it needs from outside. Here are the members of this club to date: THE "DOLLAR-UP CLUB" Here are the DOLLAR-UP CLUB members who have chip ped in for May. Matt Sunnen Napoleon Hill Dr. Robert K. Williams Mrs. Minnie E. Pickett D. Henderson Howell V. C. Clowe Miss E. M. Vaîï Schoick Henry Mueller R. L. Dorman -Chas. Hook C. C. West F. J. West }. 0. Du«kett O. L. Pittman N. L. Clarke (Apr. and May) J. Innes Wms Andraska Mrs. Rose B. Blair D. H. Fedderson Mrs. E. E. Fiechter Frmk Gayer C. W. Corbin Harry Lampert E; J. Pease Chas. H. Newman C. W. Dameron D. Henderson Howell Chas W. LaRue F. W. Miles Victor Nelson L. Phillip Mrs. M. L. Foley C. A. Percy Stephen Fehn Wm. Gurr Willis H. Alpers $5.00 1.00 $1.00 $1.00 $1.00 $1.00 $1.00 $1.00 $1.00 $1.00 $1.00 $1.00 $1.00 $1.00 $2.00 $1.00 $1.00 $1.00 $1.00 ? $1.00 $1.00 $1.00 $1.00 $1.00 $1.00 $2.00 $1.00 $1.00 $1.00 $1.00 $1.00 $1.00 $1.00 $1.00 $1.00 Mrs. Minnie E. Pickett sent us $11.00 to pay up for a year; and Victor Nel son paid up for May and June. Many others have signified their intention of becoming members'of the Club in the very near future. Have you thought of joining, the "Llano Dollar-Up Club"? Read the announcement on another page LLANO'S RICE FARM PLANTING ALMOST DONE Comrade Ole Synoground, just re turned from the Llano rice farm in the southern part of the State, reports that over 115 acres of rice is already plant ed, much of it under water now, and some about 18 inches high. They ex pect to complete the planting this week, Ole says, and then there will be 150 acres in. Comrade Paton is making a fine garden to supply the workers with fresh vegetables, and there are now about eight colonists down there including the two now running the pump which irri gates the rice. With decent crop weather, the col ony will have something like 2500 sack of rice, much of which can be used to feed the stock, hogs, chickens, etc., and supply abundance of Nature's cereal for human consumption. NEW INDUSTRIAL BUILDING WILL BE TWO STORIES Llano Colony begins on its second permanent building this week, the foun dation being dug for the new industri al building. This new structure will house all the allied industries of the garage and re pair shops, consisting of the garage, with repair pits for cars anl tractors, blacksmith shop, oil, gas and accès sory station, plumbing and sheet-metal works, wagon-making and repairing, and, later, the machine shop. The building will be 60 x 120 feet, two stories high, made of brick, and the upper story will house the offices of dentist, doctor, etc, and also provide about 14 rooms for other uses. Shortage of brick-masons will pro bably make this a long job, but the colonists are always hoping that the next new-comer will be a brick-mason. JOB HARRIMAN SLOWLY RECOVERING FROM ATTACK The many friends of Job Harriman and especially readers of the American Co-operator, who have missed his us ually prophetic editorials from its col umns, will be pleased to learn that he is improving nicely now, and that he hopes soon to be able to make the trip to Llano, his home. Comrade Harriman has been very ill, and is still very weak, but his de termination to return to the fulfillment of his ideal—the Co-operative Com monwealth—has fooled his doctors again. Hurrah for Job! OPTICAL AND JEWELRY DEPARTMENT IS LATEST The arrival, announced in The4Jano Colonist a week ago, of N. M. Harris and family from Illinois, makes it pos sible to add a new department to the list of Llano's industries. Comrade Harris is a graduated opti metrist, and has an equipment which will enable him to take care of the eyes of the colonists. He is also a jeweler and watch mak er and repairer, and has already estab lished himself in the Llano store, and has received lots of watches and clocks to repair. This makes the colony one step fur ther toward the ideal of a complete community. COLONISTS RETURN FROM CALIF. BY AUTO £ r traveling nearly fourteen days across deseit^nd plain, the Ford con taining Mr. 2nd Mrs. Walter Conlin and Comrade Gilbert, arrived at the Colony last Monday. Both Mr. and Mrs. Conlin have been residents of Llano in Louisiana for some years, but have been back in California for some time, working in the co-operative movement there. Gilbert makes his first trip to Llano, altho he has been connected with the co-operative movement on the Pacific Coast, lately with the Universal Co operative Brotherhood. COLONIST W. E. DICKENSON DIES IN SHREyEPORT HOSPITAL Just as we are ready for press comes the sad news of the death of Comrade W. E. Dickenson at the Shreveport hos pital, where he underwent a surgical operation. Several complications added obstruc tion to his recovery, and the sad news of his death came this morning. His remains will be returned to the Colony and probably interment will be in Llano Cemetery.