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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 co-operation that other colonies may be formed to emulate the Successful Llano Co-operative Colony. VOL. 2—No. 7. PUBLISHED AT LLANO COLONY LËESVILLE LOUISIANA. SATURDAY, JUNE 10, 1922. PRICE FIVE CENTS—$1.50 Railroad Labor Board Gives Workers Another Sixty Million Wage Cut Chicago. — Disregarding the rail load shop crafts' presentation of the meeds of railroad workers and their families, the U. S. railroad labor board has taken another $59,669,347.32 out of the pockets of the shop employes in a pay cut effective July 1. As the la bor members of the board point out in their dissenting opinion, the authors of the cut offer no explanation as to how they arrived at the reductions or sug gestion as to how the workers who dem onstrated that their families must go undernourished on the present wage are to live on the further reduced wage. Based on February, 1922, a total of 290,182 men are affected by the de cision, but this month was an abnor mally lean month and the actual num ber to be affected will be far greater. Under normal traffic conditions the number of such employes runs from 450,000 to over 500,000. The dissenting opinion of the labor members of the board, A. O. Wharton, Albert Phillips, and W. L- McMenimen, in 23 pages exposes the unfairness of this and all decisions arbitrarily arriv ed at. High spots of the labor members' opinion are: "The .wage structure for the trans portation industry which is being built up in this series of decisions, rests up on no consideration of the humanmeeds The Colony Diary Being a Daily Report of Colony Life at Llano. Wednesday, May 31. — Gee, but cur building work is going on in fine shape! Langridge and Rechsteiner have most all the skeleton of the roof over the print shop, and will soon be ready for the shingles. Downs, Schar rer, W. Beavers and Chappel have started brick laying on the big ma chinery building. Dan Cry»r is kept busy hauling sand and a bunch of the boys are on the job learning the busi ness. You see, the children will build their own school building this year and , are preparing for the job- And, by the way, we are expecting a new brick layer to come and join us within the next week. All the way from Detroit. Matz, Nash and Co. are now building the new cafeteria near the school house. It seems that we outgrow our buildings altogether too fast. Mrs. Gaddis and Mrs. Babb took a bunch of children out to Mill Creek to pick ber ries and they came back with about 15 gallons. The saw mill crew has sawed up all the shingle bolts ready for the shingle saw and have also made cross arms for the electric light poles, so Lou trel can complete his electric line. Jaques, C. Hoover, Belohradsky, ■"Fred," Stave and Oakley are busy men at the saw mill and planing mill. S. Merrel, Lay and Vernon are making leather to-day down at the tannery. This is to be one of our very best in dustries when fully developed and we are making the work go as, fast as we can. Comrade Funk from Holland dropped in for one day to look us ov er in behalf of a group of co-operators in Holland. They expect to come and locate with us here and he stemed to be more than pleased with what he saw. We welcome our comrades from across the water who wish to come to a place where land can be had in large quantities. "Bill" Gilbert seems to be enjoying himself firing the boiler, and Fischer is splitting wood to keep him busy. The wood workers just closed a contract to make crates for a group of canteloupe growers; this will make a change in the work at the saw mill. An old soldiers' reunion at Leesville Saturday will use the Colony orchestra to furnish the music for the occasion. So most of this evening was spent by the band and orchestra preparing spe cial""" music _ The choral society also practiced and the lure of the swimming pool was so strong that a large num ber-of colonists went out to the water sports. ' * * » » Thursday, June 1. — Progress is on ly made where freedom of expression of the employes affected. The major ity have not considered the evidence on this point, nor have they met the issue raised. Their failure vitiates the whole decision. "The evidence submitted in the pre sent hearings tended to show that aft income based on the 77-cent per hour rate does not enable representative shop-craft families, with the most econ omical management, to procure enough food for their families, or to maintain their own efficiency. This evidence in cluded a tentative standard of living expressed in terms of goods and ser vices to which mechanics naturally feel themselves entitled. At the current prices an increase in pay would be ne cessary to enable these employes to se cure such standard. "The savings to the railroads, as a result of the decisions of the labor board ànd of the layoff of men, far exceed anything justified by the sav ings to the public in reduced rates. The employes covered by this decis ion alone have had their payroll cut to the extent of $371,871 *,966 per year based on number of employes in service of December, 1917, while the total pay roll cuts due to decisions alone tota : half a billion dollars. During the last six months of 1921 the total payrol 1 slash, including the layoffs, was run ning at the annual rate of $1,300 ,000 000. is allowed. How true this is; but how often it is taken advantage of by some one who wants to make 'personal at tacks on some one. Everything is good if put to a good use; but it is bad if wrongly used- Destructive criticism, where applied to individuals or institu tions does no good whatever. While constructive criticism is what we all want. If we were normal people, the spouter who tells us malicious false hoods or jumps at wrong conclusions could do us no harm even tho he did not do us any good—but we are not normal and most of us are ready to lis ten to gossip or anything that tends to expose weaknesses in others. Capi talism makes us suspicious and greedy and our first impulse is to take advan tage of others without verifying the truth. If we were not warped out of shape by wrong environment we would all be "from Missouri"—ask to be shown—we would not allow any thing to enter our minds as the truth unless proved. Many times good peo ple (in the past) have been driven from the Colony because they listened to advice of some croaking individual who put himself up as a prophet, as to our future. I have heard the fun eral sermon preached over the Colony a hundred times, but we are to-day one of the livest "animules" on the face of the globe. Recently two persons \vho listened to the "croaker," the "wise guy," wrote in that they now see their mistake and want to join the Col ony. Now comes the task for us. Are these comrades ready to make thorough investigation of ALL FUTURE STATE MENTS before acting, or will they still listen, drink in, the "croak juice" and fly off on the wrong track without learning the truth. Free expression means the natural right to develop the "I" in us, not the right to attack oth ers, It means the right use of know ledge. But ignorance can not hurt you if you will not let it soak in, but will verify things for yourself. The psy chological meeting was held as usual to-night and a good crowd was present. At these meetings we get closer togeth er and understand each other and our ideaji much better than in any other way. A great school! and those who miss the. chance of taking advantage of it are losing their greatest oppor tunity to progress. * * ¥ ¥ Friday, June 2. — A letter from Comrade Moore of California opens up a new spring of gratitude. He is an old colonist who has joined the Dollar Up Club and made another donation. HALF ALIVE By C- R. D. S. Oakford.Collaborator, Viola P. Hobelmaa No vivid concept hath he who lives but half-alive: And is there hope, before he reach the grave That he should see a star and rise above the thraldom of his hemisphere ; É Ignite a latent spark, that, buràing into flame, Will force him wisdom to unweld his chain? FORCE—the vitalizing agency of life, hath been denied a channel, free. And measures up tc him, accordingly, but half supply, Resulting in degenerate potency. There is a cause for this base crime of crimes; Man's powers curbed.and stultified by man; Creator of the economic farce, obsession of their minds Based on right of laws, "THE TITLE OF THE LAND." Oh, tragic irony of thoughts! that evil more than good begets, Set in dazzling psychologic maze, Bewildering minds that are but half-alive. Oh, prostitutes of wisdom ! that do fashion gods and laws from unseen nothingness. The destiny of these monstrosities to rule, Their progeny to warp and bind in smaller mold, The limit of their horizon to bound by ignorance. And all for what? For gold, the "fetish" of the life that wears the most of it. And do you live the fullness of your life, Who bind another by enslaving law? Have you a valency for pure and wholesome truths the while ulterior thoughts abide? Primordial blighting blasts of thought Is this conception of a serf or slave; The master must inherit his full share. And will them to his children at the grave. And if ye will to think such eyîl thoughts Ye can not will t 0 keep your own life free. A double curse ye do inflict, Your victim shares but half the sting. iha virus of inactive thought V/ill strain their stigma on your unborn child, And when the bards of ages, yet t 0 be L..< ! I iook upon voür withered progeny, He'.! note, they too, are only half-alive. UNITED STATES WEATHER BUREAU OBSERVER'S STATION 'The barometer bespeaks fair wea ther generally, with the possibility of some cloudiness, with slight local show ers, if any, with normal temperature for the week ending June 10th, inclu sive," is the way Weatherman W. A. Dougherty, of Newllano, puts his fore cast this week Rain fell last Saturday afternoon, nearly three-fourths of an inch, being just enough to aid the growing crops. Temperature for the week" ending June 5th, inclusive, recorded as fol lows: May 30-—max. 78, min. 65 May 31—max. 85, min. 63 June I—max 83, min. 61 June 2—max 86, min. 60 June 3—max. 84, min. 59 June 4—max. 84, min. 66 June 5—max. 86, min. 65 Russia will yet win the love and re spect of other nations if her concess-1 ions hold out.—Baltimore Sun. | Electricity travels Î 1,600,000-miles a minute, or nearly as fast as gossip. —Hopkins Journah | — . Flapper—Oh, isn t he just a wonder ful pitcher? He hits the bat/ every time.—Chicago Tribune. He also offers to do his part towards helping us build our hotel- Now, the big thing and the good thing is to know that those who are old members and absent; those who probably saw the Colony at its worst, are still ready to back us and some day come to help us complete the big job. Again let me thank you, Comrade Moore, and all the other "old-timers" who are so will ingly supporting the Colony and our cause. It adds to our energy and spurs us on to greater things each day. D. Henderson Howell of Florida donates the Colony a sub to the Dearborn In dependent; Thomas Foy of Colorado sent us a very useful book for £he li brary; Mrs. N. L. Clark of Virginia sends the "lady reporter" a set of text, books for the children's classes and R. S. Carter again remembers us from the Canal Zone. Many thanks to you, (Continued on last page) Mr. Funk, of The Hague, Holland, was a visitor for two days at the Col ony last week. He is making an ex tensive tour of the United States and Canada and the hurried trip tp Llano was made at the request of several of his friends who are planning to come to fhe Colony soon. Mr. Funk made * * * * a thorough inspection of the industries, farm and garden, and was very favor ably impressed. From Llano he went direct to California, where he will re main until his return to Holland in September. * » * » Mr- and Mrs. H. J. Heinrichs and son, of Kansas, are spending their va cation in Llano and will be with us for about two weeks. This is the third vis it to the Colony of the Heinrichs's, the last one being about two years ago. Mr. Heinrichs is well pleased with the progress that the Colony has madè since | he was last here and is anxious for the .time to arrive when he wjll be able to come to stay. * * * * | Mr. and Mrs. Theodore Cuno left last Wednesday for Southern Califor nia, where they will spend the summer, The Cuno's have been residents of the Colony for over three years, and this is their first trip away from the Col ony in that time. They plan to spend the greater part of the time in San Diego and to return to Llano in Sep tember. Llano Personals 'NO MORE WAR" DEMONSTRATIONS London. — "No More W ar " demon strations for the anniversary of the out break of the late war will be held not only all over England, but also France, Germany, Holland, Sweden, Austria, Czechoslovakia, Hungary, Switzerland, and Portugal. The bodies co-operating include trade unions, labor organiza tions, Socialist parties, the churches, ex-service men, league of nations un ions and women's organizations. The resolution to be put simultaneously in different countries will declare opposi tion to war and pledge co-operation by international organizations for the re moval of causes of war. — Llano Tannery Newest Co-operative Industry FREEDOM FROM LEATHER TRUST SEEN WHEN TANNER MAKES LEATHER FROM HIDES AT LLANO Leather h'as been made in Llano this week- Comrade Ley, who came here from Alabama recently, has tan ned hides this week in the Llano Tan nery. These were more as a trial or der; but as they turned out all right, the tannery has now 34 hides in pro cess, which means that Llano can have [plenty of its own leather for all needs. Not only this, but the leather goods industry is now a possibility. Hides are selling so low in this locality that farmers get bills for freight charges when they ship them, instead of a check from the commission man. Llano Colony can purchase hides here and sell the Jeather, or leather goods. With the one-piece comfort shoes of in LLANO DOLLAR-UP CLUB GETS SPLENDID JUNE START The "Llano Dollar-Up Club" makes the start of a new month with a long list of donors, the longest list since its inception three month ago. Growing? Well, we think so, and the colonists are certainly appreciative of the way in which their friends on the outside are backing up their efforts to hasten the day when Llano can take into its colonization scheme those splen did co-operators who have not suffi cient finances to' enter and assume their duties now, but who are anxious to work for the building of the common wealth. Harry Gourjian, who visited Llano last winter, now sends in his dollar-up ana also sends one for 'his friend, Com rade Permanian. One more late arrival ' for the May list is Augustus Robinson. Matt Sun nen leads the list with $5 a month, and Comrade Morris Rapaport follows him with $2 a month. There is still room in the club for another 800, so do not feel that YOU have been left out. If you feel that the comrades at Llano are pioneering in order to bring about the first unit of the co-operative commonweath, you are invited to assist them by relieving them of the necessity of earning their own living and Building their future, both at the same time. You can aid them buy machinery and land and tools necessary for the future expansion of our movement. That is what the Dol lar-Up Club is doing. Here is list of those who have chip ped in for June: THE "DOLLAR-UP CLUB" FOR MAY Augustus Robinson Matt Sunnen Morris Rapaport Napoleon Hill Dr- Robert K. Williams Mrs. Minnie E. Pickett D. Henderson Howell V. C. Clowe Miss E. M. Van Schoicîc Henry Mueller R. L. Dorman Chas. Hook C. C. West F. J- West J. O. Duckett Frank Gayer Chas. W. La Rue Victor Nelson E. J. Hyatt (May & June) William Andraska D. Henderson Williams F. W. Miles Mrs. E. E. Fiechter E. J. Pease Anton A. Brezina E. Otidys Varton Permanian Harry Gourjian Mrs. Rose B. Blair D. H. Fedderson $1.00 $5.00 $2.00 $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 $1.00 $1.00 $2.00 $J.OO $1.00 $1.00 $1-00 $1.00 $1.00 $1.00 $1.00 $1.00 $1.00 $1.00 Harry Gourjian sent in $5.00 for himself and Comrade Permanian. that Comrades Cox and Roedemeister make in the Llano shoe shop, the be ginning of the tannery will solve an other problem—the shoe problem— thus eliminating another prop from the Colony's dependence on the out side. Also the harness shop will be able to use much leather in the making and repairing of harness. Comrade Roede has just completed a pair of baseball shoes made for a member of the Llano ball team. They are 100% leather, but not a yard wide. The Llano tannery is not an elabor ate affair just now, but when it grows who can tell where it will stop. , Hoorah for Llano leather! A SPLENDID PROGRAM AT THE DIXIE PRIDE Llano Colony enjoyed a very fine entertainment Sunday night, June 4, at the community theater. In spite of a fifty-mile round-trip to the Sabine river and a concert at that point in the afternoon, the juvenile orchestra was ready for business and played its most tuneful melodies* Mrs. Cantrell sang a soprano solo most perfectly, assisted by the Llano quartette, composed of Mr. and Mrs. Beavers, Mr. Will Beavers and Mrs. Dougherty, Mrs. Gaddis, pianist. The singing was enjoyed very much by all and an encore responded to, also of a very pleasing character. Miss Louise Belohradsky sang a so lo, accompanied on the piano by Miss Trixie Ewell. Louise has a very fine voice, and many would like to hear her more frequently. A charming piano solo by Miss Trix ie Ewell was highly appreciated and called for an encore, readily respond ed to. The choral society gave a song that was well liked, and evidenced consid erable improvement in every way. By special request the string quartette, composed of Mr. and Mrs. Martin, Miss Margaret Seelye and Mr. Max Beavers, performed most acceptably. Everyone was delighted with the music rendered. Mr. Harry Bell and Miss Nellie Kemp sang a duet in fine style and made ev eryone feel like home, sweet home. Mr. Martin played a solo on the violin, accompanied by Mrs, Gaddis, and followed with an encore on the viola. Mrs. Busick supplied a very in teresting song of rare sweetness, muck« enjoyed. The orchestra gave a fitting close to an exceptionally fine program A visitor complimented the performers in high terms of praise, astonished at the superior talent found among the colonists. SKILLED WORKERS ORGANIZE TO HELP RUSSIA PRACTICALLY (By The Federated Pres») New York. — The first large-scale attempt on the part of Americans to co-operate in Russia's economic devel opment has been launched une'er the auspices of the Amalgamated Clothing Workers of America, which will begb immediately a campaign to raise $1, 000,000 to operate a manufacturing concession of six clothing factories i" Petrograd and three in Moscow. TV concession is contingent upon the rep ing of the fund, although the factorie; already are in active operation. It w s obtained by Sidney Hillman, preside;:" of the A. C. W-. during his visit to Ru - sia last summer. The enterprise will be conducted n a business basis, and the corporati i will be called the Russian-American In dustrial corporation. At the outset ï will concentrate its activities on devel oping the textile and clothing indus' • in Russia. Later the plans a:, to e - tend its activities to other indtt'trV The plans were approved by the re cent convention of the Amalflrmr* 1 at Chicago, which made an in.i iai propriation of $60,000 for invest in the enterprise.