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A Visitor's Impression
of Llano Colony
My cjear Morris:
Well, I have "gone and done it"
and, thanks to you, I have enjoyed the
best treat of my life.
Got to Llano Thursday a.m., and
spent five days, Saturday and Sunday
inclusive, and will as briefly as possi
ble tell you all I found there.
In the first place will say that I went
there expecting to find cyself disap
pointed (having heard, as you have
also, reports that the venture was not
the success claimed for it by the col
onists) and was never more surprised
and agreebly so, to find that all my
fears as to the truth of such reports
were entirely groundless. I found a bo
dy of men, women and children the
like of whom would be very hard in
deed to find were one to travel the
world over.
I found them solving a problem to
day which must and will become a Uni
versal Feat; solving it ever so willingly,
unselfishly and practically.
More than once, during my visit, I
felt tempted to thank them from the
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bottom of my heart for what they were
doing, but, on second thought refrained,
knowing that they expect none, feeling
more than repaid in the satisfaction of
simply doing it.
I think it is useless and a waste of
time and paper to go minutely into all
they have accomplished, and are still
accomplishing. All that you have read
in the "Colonist" from time to time and
will find in the literature accompany
ing this letter. No doubt some mistakes
were made and no doubt will be made
again, but such mistakes are <j>f so triv
ial a nature they cannot effect the cer
tain success of a glorious undertaking.
Their success is the more remarkable
when one considers that, two years
age, they were practically down and
out, owing to a number of irresponsi
ble and trouble-making individuals
among them.
Also taking into consideration the de
moralized conditions of the country
during that time, Î feel fully justified
in saying that they have done WON
Now as shortly as possible I will ans
wer the questions you other comrades
in Chicago are interested in: * ,
I : The school system is as near per
fection as I can conceive it to be, and
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they are fortunate in having teachers
who instruct for something more than
the "wages" that are in it. During my
stay I did not meet one child, boy or
girl who did not measure up to my
ideal of youth In their various men-1
tal social and physical occupations their
elders are with them, and proves (at'
least to me) my ideal of what youth
s o u tu ave * . ,. • i
2. The sanitary conditions are much
above the average to be found m any,
part of the country; the_ topographical
condition of the land being; ro ling,
making drainage an easier matter there
than where I am at. They have hot
««H rnlrl «hnwp.r haths and a tine swim
and cold shower baths and a fine swim
ming pool fed by a natural spring.
There is a fine Hospital, but the only
patient I found there was the Doctor,
which you must admit speaks a good
deal for both climatic and hygienic con
3. Their agricultural developments
are progressing along modern methods
(I wish I could say as much for ours)
and they have an abundance of green
stuff the year round, making it their
chief diet. They are developing herds
of fine bred cows and hogs and have
plenty of milk, although, as yet, not suf
ficient to make butter, but as they pro
duce the best grade of peanut-butter
they do not miss it much. They were
unfortunate in not having the right man
in their poultry developments until late
ly, but (it being my line) I can say thai
they now have the right men on the
job, as it appears to me, and it is only
a matter of a short time until they will
have an abundance of eggs and meat.
4: And now, Morris, as to the Indus
rial end of it: To me, a product of
some 33 years duration in factories of
Chicago, it was a "Revelation . I have
worked under men, with them and over
them and therefore feel myself efficient
in judging those I found there I and,
tho it may be hard to believe with no
"bosses around, not a man or woman
is lying down on the "job.'
Were it not for the lack of having
their own cloth making and tannery,
they would be in position tolet the out
side, greedy grasping profit-making
world "go hang".
5: Their social life runs a close sec
ond to their educational development.
- I attended a Saturday night dance and
I defy any of your "High Brows" to
beat it. Sunday night, a concert and
dramatic program was a treat in itself
and as good as andy similar entertain
ment by a lot of amateures I have ever
seen. .
Morris, in reading âll the above, do
not for a moment imagine that I am too
enthusiatic; if I am so, it is because I
found things as described, and can you
blame me for it? ' ,
Had a good long talk with Comrade
Pickett about the 125 Club idea and
think just what is wanted. They must
have money and have it quick, in order
to be ready for the thousands who are
bound to be forced by circumstances to
join them ; and you and I know it needs
no prophet to foretell what is certain
to happen in the near future.
As to the Co-op. Farm plan, I believe
that the literature on the subject ex
plains it far more clearly than I could.
So Morris this is what I have seen
and learned. I have seen "Integral Co
operation" and found it "good" and
can well exclaim: "I have seen the
Glory of the Coming of the Lord."
Should anything occur to come to me
that I may have omitted in this letter,
will surely inform you of it. I am as
ever, yours.—Max Modjeska.
Experience has conclusively shown
that a mischievous and indiscretely
wagging tongue can creatè more dis
corc *' dissension and general disaster in
' one brief sentence than years of pa
tient circumspect endeavor can remedy.
Students of psychology have learned
that there is a great power back of
the tongue and that this power can be
wielded both constructively or destruc
tively. If a person talks all the time
about sickness, her body will become
sick. If she talks about being well and
thinks and lives healthful, she will very
soon become healthy.
Anyone, who has ever been deeply
hurt by a sharp, stinging word or sen
tence should certainly begin to curb
a disposition to give vent to any and
every impulse to explode with words
of condemnation and bitter invective
on any situation of which no correct
deduction can have been made. We
should not estimate and occurence or
phenomena in social life superficially.
Ill-natural gossip is hardly ever valid
evidence that there is something
wrong; it is more often proof of an
idle mind and a suspicious disposition,
not only harmful to the possessor, but
also to the community that harbors
such a person.
Experiments have demonstrated con
clusively that circumstances can be
I molded in conformity with intelligent
p]anning and ^ words spoken , There
fore, the wise are guarding their ton
gues and are profiting in many ways.
g an exch
habitua] ^ of , ^
in sweari j, ini i J t0 hea!th
of both mind and bod F<jr ^ rg& _
QUr ev d h shou!d be
carefu „ y scrutinized> that on)y the
seeds of what we desire to have mani
^ be sown
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^ ^ ^ ^ ^
within this batt The care _
, use of WQrds conserves this r>
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liberation and constructively, the re
suits are swiftly effective. Therefore,
the conservation of soul power by the
correct use of words and wasting no vi
tality in idle speech, should be a per
son's chief aim, day and night, until
it becomes a matter of habit. ,
"There are often other leaks in our
life battery, which a study of this sub
ject will reveal ; but the one under dis
cussion, is one of the most important,
and often the least suspected. Stop
one leak at the time and then tackle
the next one that you get "on to."
There are some people whose ton
gues wag all day long from morning
till night, never saying anything worth
while, and very often these people are
chronic invalids. If these people would
simpIy their gossjp they
conserye e h gl h tQ run
all the functions of their physical or
ganisms in perfect order and regain
superb health.
In a community like Llano Colony,
the practice of controling one's tongue
is even more important that in any
other cömmunity. We hace come here
to exemplify the practicality of the
Golden Rule. We claim that the in
centive of mutual service efficiently
performed is the highest compensation
that anyone can desire.
Man's individual capacity for whole
some physical enjoyment is very lim
ited. To seek greater gain than the
necessities, day by day, require, orig
inates in no other motive than to place
oneself in a position where others can
be exploited. Properties produced by
associated, co-operative effort in the
nature of things must be owned jointly
and consequent intimate relations aris
ing under such circumstances can be
satisfactory only when the attitude and
conduct of the co-operators to each
other is mutually coureous, respectful,
trustworthy, reliable and friendly.
"Little self-denials, little honesties,
little passing words of sympathy, little
nameless acts of kindness, little silent
victories over favorite temptations—
these are the silent threads of gold,
which, when woven together, gleam out
so brightly in the patter; of a perfect
(By Henry Ford in Dearborn Indep'nt)
A man is never so certain to be right
as when he stands on principles, and
he never has so many chances to be
wrong as when he goes in for person
alities. The descent to details, except
in the thing next to be done, is always
fraught with danger. The thing pro
posed to be done is either good or not
good for the immediate place or task.
When we go farther than that we are
in danger of entering the realm of un
It is very significant that most of the
impeding disagreements among the
people have nothing to do with the
thing immediately at hand, but with
future extensions of a theory or a pro
gram which no one knows will be the
best theory or program when future
tasks are reached.
To take an illustration: There were
probably never so many minds exer
cised about our money system as there
are to-day. Judging from the mail of
one office, there are tens of thousands
of people in this country who have dis
covered that a system which once serv
ed as an aid has now become an ob
u[ ac ' e \ * n £?®. m ° st unexpected places
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One characteristic, however, is quite
prominent in all this work: the minds
thus exercised have run ahead of the
actualities and have spun out of logic
and imagination scores and hundreds
of complete theories and systems which
look forward to a thousand years of
practice. With few exceptions, each
laborer in this field has spun his own
system which he is ready to put into
operation, tomorrow morning, if given
the opportunity.
Now, when most of these proposed
systems leave the facts of to-day and
soar into the long future, they take dif
ferent tracks. They begin their work
almost at the same point, but diverge
as they extend it. Then they fall to
arguing with each other, because the
far-futurp phases of their schemes do
not agree. No one of them knows what
the future condition is to be, no$ one
of them knows whether his system will
meet the needs of the changed future,
they only think so; that is, they only
imagine so, and because their imagin
ations differ, they are separated into
opposing camps and the public comes
to regard them as cranks who cannot
understand each other.
Our duty is not to prophesy but to
do the next thing which stands to be
done. If this were our rule, action
would take the place of theorizing.
Action is the judgment bar of all the
ory, anyway. Suppose there are one
thousand steps to be taken before we
reach the ^condition desired; does any
one 1 assume that he is able to say what
Step No. 897 will be? But we may
know what Step No. 1, or even Num
bers 2 and 3 should be.
Society has no wings by which to fly
at one flight from the present deepen
ing tangle of things to the desired im
provement which we are sure is com
ing. Society can only cut steps in the
stony Mountain side and mount higher
by sheer effort. To see where the next
step of the ascent can be cut, and rig
idly to bend ourselves to hew it out
that men may mount by one step more,
is the duty laid upon The Men Who
See. And, having cut that step, the
place for the next step will be appar
Alexander Del Mar, founder of the
U. S. statistical bureau, and a deep
student of the money question, years
ago traced the infernal financial influ
ence in American public affairs back
to the Bank of England. He said:
"The Bank, as an industry, as a board
of directors, sometimes pursues a pol
icy or influences a course of legation,
of which even its governors are not
permitted to perceive the object sought
to be attained. I have traced the
crime of 1872-3 [the demonetization
of silver] back to 1865 and find at the
foundation and inception of it all—
what? The bank of England."
Mr. Del Mar had intended to make
his discovery public but passed out be
fore he could do so. Albert Talmon
Morgan, in the Denver Labor Bulletin,
of April, 1922, wrote:
"Had Mr. Del Mar lived to witness
the consequences of our 'World War,'
called by the New England Journal 'a
trade war,' he would doubtless have
agreed with me that present 'chaotic
conditions in Europe' are primarily due
to a determination by the owners of the
world's gold to make that privately
owned, single product of the world's
'productive energy," the standard meas
ure of value of whatever the world
produces. If so, would he not also
agree with me that the Bank of Eng
land and her allies in Wall Street, New
York, as principal owners of the world's
stock of gold (coined and uncoined)
should carry the blame for that wai,
as well as for the present economic con
ditions, and hence, the Bank of Eng
land, the 'foundation and inception of
it all,' is the greatest evil in our mod
era world?"
Once a Month
f ' ... j
Every day we receive letters from friends of the Colony who express a
desire to help us in some way, but who are unable to take out a membership
or join the 125-CLUB; and, until now, there has been no way for them to do
so. Now comes a comrade with a suggestion for a systematic plan by which
our many supporters of small means may assist in the up-building of the Colony.
We are now compelled to spend much of our time and energy in produc
ing, articles for sale in the local markets in order to meet current expenses.
There would be no objection to this, if we were building only for ourselves;
in fact, we should then extend such business to the limit. But we are not
building for ourselves alone; our plans are far greater than that—we are build
ing, for the thousands who are to come—we are building for YOU, Comrades.
And every hour we spend in manufacturing products for sale outside of the
Colony retards just that much the progress of the Colony as a whole. Every
minute of our time; every ounce of our energy, should be put forth in the
actual work of building and clearing and preparing for you, who are to come
later. The more we are able to do this, the sooner you will be able to join us.
There are also many of our friends who, for various reasons, will not
make Llano their permanent home, but who, nevertheless, wish to see it grow
and be a successful demonstration of the theories they have always believed
in. Now it is possible for them to assist the movement in a practical way
Acting on the suggestion of this comrade, the LLANO DOLLAR-UP CLUB
has been formed, and we now invite our thousands of well-wishers through
out the country to take advantage of the opportunity thus offered them.
The LLANO DOLLAR-UP CLUB is composed of comrades who pledge
themselves to give a dollar or more a month, the money to be used to meet
current expenses. These expenses are comparatively small, the most of our
food and necessaries we produce for ourselves; but there are some things
that we must buy and pay cash for.
The LLANO DOLLAR-UP CLUB will do this for US and allow US to
keep on steadily building for YOU.
We are expecting you, comrades, to help us prove to the world that we
are right. You may depend on us to do our very utmost—may we depend
upon you?
If You Can't Help a Lot,
Newllano, via Leesville, La.

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