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of Your Destiny "Nature has wisely provided but ONE SINGLE MEANS who.eby ra a„ may grow, attain, evolve, progress— and that is, LABOR," says Bruce Cal vert in "Rational Education." "Activ ity, endeavor, exercise is the basic law of human unfoldment. Work wjth bo dy and mind- With hand and brain. Exercise of all the faculties of mind, of soul, of spirit, of all the muscles of the body. There is no other way. "Man comes into this life a mere bundle of latent possibilities. When he has been delivered from the ma ternal matrix and when thru his first breath he has made his own contact with this sense world, nature has done all thât she can do for him. Here he is left to himself. His life is his own. Henceforth all progress, all expansion, all development, must come THRU HIS OWN EXERTIONS.^ Man is mas ter of his own destiny." Everything that m?n tries to and does accomplish has a definite rule of action that must be conformed with and a mental sci ence teacher tejls us that "We get re sults in exact accordance with our un derstanding of the (each) law and our ability to make the proper application," and he points tc the fact that no use ful service could be obtained from elec tricity until some one had discoverec 1 the rule of action that had to be adopt ed to utilize it. It was said of old that man some time will know the truth, and that the truth will set him free. And all kinds of so-called truth have in the course of time communicated to him and he was threatened with all kinds of penalties in hades if he refused to believe them, and for long centuries he was ostracized, penalized, murdered, yea, even burned at the stake when the de mands upon his credulity violated his convictions of right, his mental integ rity. When Jesus of Nazareth confronted Pilate, the latter asked the great teach er: "What is truth?" The same ques tion has gone thundering down the ages and has been asked by all kinds and conditions of men, and but very few have been able to obtain a valid reply to that query, because they have asked amiss and without the right spir it. We are told: "When the spirit of truth is come, it will guide you into all truth." The spirit of truth is the de sire in the human heart to know what is right, and true, coupled with the de termination to do what is right and , true, and this attitude and disposition will guide man into all knowledge, and this will set him free frorii all the ill effects of wrong action, because it will be avoided, when the right way of do ing things has been discovered and is practiced. LLANO — The Trail That Leads to the Co-operative Commonwealth SINCE THE DAYS of Jesus Christ, the human heart has longed for the time when no man's hand would be against the hand of his neighbor, a time when each man's interest would be identical with the best interests of the whole community. The progressive thinker, all down through the march of civilization, has yearned for a bet ter state of society in which to live. For this reason, more than any other, men and women have left their native soils and tak en up the duties and terrible hardships of pioneers, searching for the golden opportun ity. From the East men go West; from the West they go farther West; but the smeary hand of exploitation has always followed close behind, leaving them often drained to the point of poverty. To get away from the tithe-paying system —from rent, interest and profit—men have struggled and fought and planned. Coloniz ation enterprises havè come into being in many parts of the world, having as their ob ject the grouping of congenial workers in an effort to eliminate these objectionable phases of human life. Many of them have partly succeeded, only to, be wrecked upon the rocks, because of a lack of understanding of each other's motives. After studying most of the former attempts at co-operative colonization, and marking well the rocks and shoals in the stormy seas, Job Harriman founded a co-operative com munity at Llano, California, on May 1st, . 1914. This community operated and pros pered at this location until 1917, when the water for irrigation purposes proved unequal to the growth of the Colony, and a new and more resourceful location was found in Lou isiana, where they are now located. Founded on three great principles of soci ology—equality of opportunity, equality of income, and equality of ownership, the Llano Colony has proven that men and women can live together in harmony and prosper. This Colony is jncorporated Tinder the law as a protection against unscrupulous persons and disgruntled self-seekers. Imagine if you can, a miniature co-operative commonwealth, and you have Llano Colony. Imagine a com munity where all the land, the farms, tools, | Definite knowledge then is truth, and , ,hi. ha, been g™d by slow »„<, labe , iou s steps, often at the peril of life and limb from reactionary hierarchies of theologians, who in their blind conceit and egotism, accredited themselves with being high and holy repositories of truth, when in fact they were only in charge of a Pandora box of mischie vous and harmful speculations and opinions. The chief demonstration of ' community harmonious this gradual accretion of definite know ledge is the evolution of all mankind from brutal and savage conditions to his present estate. The "fall of man" is a myth and the ascent of man from a lowly origin to an ever higher es tate is a glorious fact definitely ascer tained by scientific research. Anyone ferent lands and has encountered races, groups and hordes in greatly differing environments and conditions, can come ferent planes of intelligence, can come to no other conclusion but that their limited knowledge, mental and tional disposition or attitude is the de-, termining factor and responsible for it. j All effects are in the nature of their causes. There is harmony of sound in nature, but only a. student and practi-, tioner of that sound can give èxpres sion to divine harmony, - provided! he has at his disposal a fitting instru ment to express the harmony of sound through. The economic and social condition ; of any community is determined by the knowledge and the mental attitude and j thè emotional disposition of the mem- ! bers of the community to one another The relations of the members of to one another ft either or inharmonious, accord ing to their mutual consideration of one another. When mutual harmony is desired a corresponding, attitude must be observed. Everything that mighjt cause friction 6r irritation must be av.öided. When this proposition is in telligently analyzed, reason will have to admit it. Just to the extent that nature is more and more fully under stood, harmony, design, and purpose are more clearly discerned. And har mony, individually and collectively, is also the design, purpose and aim of Llano Colonist. Science finds law and order as the basis of all nature, inclu sive of mind. Some people ask the question wheth er there is really such a science as a science of the mind? We do not know or claim to know that every functioning and phase of mentality is fully, com pletely and exhaustively known, but we do know that we have some know ledge concerning it and making every effort to gain more. We are students of mental science, and there is no good reason why we should adopt some oth and industries are all owned by the collectiv ity; where each works for the other; where each receives the same compensation for a day's work; whëre no member will accept anything which any other member cannot have on the same terms, if he desires it— J - in short, imagine a place where the golden rule is the only law imposed upon the com munity, and you are picturing the Llano Co operative Colony. After eight years of work, Llano Colony is rated in the commercial world as worth over $250,000. But Llano's least asset is its com mercial rating. The fullness of life, the joy of living, the satisfaction of working, the security for the future, the healthy environ ment, the opportunity for education, the af fection of your feliowmen—these are prized more, much more, than what the commercial world calls success. This colony now has something like thirty industries, all collectively owned. Among these are: apiary, auto garage, building de partment, brick-making plant, blacksmith shop, butcher shop, broom factory, crate making factory, chicken farm, dairy with about 20 milking cows and a herd of thoro bred Holstein heifers, goat ranch, hog ranch, with several hundred Duroc-Jersey hogs, sweet-potato storage houses, dressmaking, grist mill, handle lathes, hotel, hospital, li brary, steam laundry, land clearing, fruit or chards, print shop, peanut butter factory, magazine and weekly newspaper, picture show and theater, wagon-making shop, can dy kitchen, shoe shop, harness shop, and many other smaller concerns. Then Llano's farms and gardens provide the bulk of the living for the colonists, the farmers specializing on sweet potatoes, su gar cane, peanuts, corn, beans, peas, etc., while the gardens provide greens and gar den truck for the table the year around. The system of government is exceedingly simple. Stock is sold in the corporation at one dellar a share, and only stock-holders are employed by the Colony. An agreement of employment is entered into between the Colony as an organization and each individ ual. Each member is employed at what he best can do, or which needs most to be done. A board of directors is selected each year by the stockholders, which board in turn Specialists who have devoted them selves to other lines of research are not qualified to lay down rules of proced ure in the study of mental problems that are pertinent to research in mater ial and chemical subjects. , B ut to satisfy even them, we can d ^ l t0 r>. '™ Cr , G f teS A P 5 ofessor T °' f ftKSÄt'Ä« years ago demonstrated beyond a doubt that the different emotions actually do c ^ ange . m ol ecu 'ar arrangement of ™ e bodily substances and thus produce Amical changes. By subjecting a ^ rop °* blood, or the sweat, or the vol , at '' e elements of the breath of persons ' n different mental moods to chemical at ? a! y sis - a certain precipitate was form ed, which came from persons in the same moocjs. Anger and hate secret ed a destructive poison, while emo tions of joy and kindness created wholesome precipitates, etc. I remem ber when I was a boy at school in Germany nearly sixty years ago, we said of an irascible teacher that he had brought jaundice upcn himself by his angry disposition (Er hat sich dïe 'Gelbsucht am Hals geaergert), show ing that there was an instinctive recog nition of the influence of mental anc! emotional conditions upon health and a ^. a i rs - As mental scientists we are striving to attain complete self-control over our minds and emotions and thus 8 ain . mastery over our affairs. In con elusion we call your attention to the following statements : Herbert Spencer wrote: "Amid all the mysteries by which we are sur rounded, nothing is more certain than (that we are ever in the presence of an Infinite and Eternal Energy from which a " things proceed." Camille Flammar ' on wrote: The Universe is a great or ganista, controlled by dynamism of the psychical order. Mind gleams thru its every atom- There is mind in every thing, not only in human and animal life but in mineral, and in space." Earnest Haeckel, the father of the Monist Philosophy, and great atheist, wrote in a summing up: "Over all there a constant trend towards meliora YOU CANT GET BLOOD FROM A TURNIP Germany's reparation problem is the key to the world situation. I am sat isfied that for the next few years it will be impossible for Germany to pay much on the reparations. And it would be the height of folly from an economic point of view to compel her to pay. If the object is to hold her down, that can be done. But such a policy holds disaster, engendering hates and possibly involving the world in an other war. It would create a situation in which any little international "inci dent" might be like a match dropped in a mow of hay. .< — Prof. Irving Fisher, Yale, University. selects a general manager. He selects his foremen for the various industries, and each is selected carefully according to his ability to do the work and to direct his men. Each manager is given a free hand to run .his department, always with the supervision of the manager and board of directors, in order that his actions may not be contrary to the collective welfare. -New industries are started from time to time as necessity demands. The object of Llano's industries is to provide the Colony with what it needs, rather than to make a profit by selling the products. Production for use is our slogan. Thus to make its own food, clothing and shelter, to provide as far as possible, every convenience and comfort is the final object. To get as nearly as pos sible to the source of wealth, the Colony will raise sheep for wool; cotton can be raised, and the colonists can weave their own cloth and make their clothing. The Colony's timber lands are now fur nishing hardwood and pine for its buildings, its brick plant makes the necessary brick and can make tiling, hollow tile, etc., for its own homes. The farm and gardens of the Colony have provided the tables with most of the good things which nature offers. Thus the 'three important problems are easily solved. The Colony now owns about 5000 acres of land, some of it of very fair character, varying from bottom land to rolling land and timber land. It intends to purchase a total of 20,000 acres, because the colonists realize that the movement is destined to grow to large proportions, several small commun ities probably will be settled on the land. When the day's work is done at 4:30, each colonist 1 has an equal opportunity to improve himself along many lines, such as music, vocal training, languages, science, agriculture, orchestra work, dancing, and other diversions. Many of these classes are well attended, and all the colonists realize the fact that to keep progressive they must advance in knowledge. A radical in pol itics and a conservative in everything else is out of place in this community. Llano's school system is as progressive as the co-operative colony. 'The children are BY THE WAY Hush, little larva, don't you cry; you'll be a house-fly, bye and bye. ¥ Ï » * Now is the time for all good men to come to the aid of the health officer. ¥ ¥ ¥ ¥ There is no beautifier of complexion or form or behavior, like the wish to scatter joy and not pain around us.— Ralph Waldo Emerson. ¥ $ 9 ^ New army bill providing 133,000 men and 12,500 officers, passed the senate last Friday. Measure carries $341,750,000 for the coming year. *, ¥ ¥ * Man will always be dbuble first cou sin to a she-wolf or a hog, until in his dealings with other people he can see at least seven feet beyond his own paunch. ¥ ¥ ¥ ¥ Yon Croesus hath a hale and hearty look. He eats too much. Such men have kidney trouble. ¥ ¥ ¥ ¥ A Danish invention is an apparatus that bottles milk under pressure so that it keeps fresh two years or more. ¥ » * * Also it may be well to remind this year's college graduates that the talent the world most appreciates is the tal ent for work. ¥ ¥ ¥ ¥ When Thomas A Edison tackles a new problem, the less he knows about it the better chance he has for solving it. He says so himself. ¥ ¥ ¥ ¥ Don't be too hard on the grouch. He may be a sick man. Many individ uals, branded by acquaintances as "grouches" possess physical infirmities that prevent a sunnier deportment. ¥ ¥ ¥ ¥ A Missouri congressman announces his retirement to his profession and his farm at the end of his first term. He simply doesn't like a lazy man's job, which a congressman's first term is. ¥ ¥ ¥ ¥ There is a great difference between the philosophy of the man who is strug gling to do something and that of the creature who is merely concerned in doing somebody. ¥ ¥ ¥ ¥ Why comes temptation, but for man to meet And master and make crouch beneath his feet, And so be pedestaled in triumph? —Robert Browning. Mrs. Smart (to her lawyer husband) •—John, is it better to lie on the right or on the left? He (absent-mindedly) — My dear, when one is on the right side, it gen erally isn't necessary to do much ly ing. ¥ ¥ ¥ ¥ President Harding has been invited to address the Convention of the Inter' not driven to learn. The subjects are ar ranged so as to draw out of the child the best that is in him. With this in view, diver sified industrial trades are placed at his dis posal. He may thus gain an insight into a world of endeavor and can choose that which most nearly fits in with his natural ability. The school has its own cafeteria now, where foods more especially adaptable to growing children are prepared by the domestic sci ence class. Music, singing, languages, bot any, agriculture, Esperanto, are among the subjects offered to Llano's children; and there are many opportunities for obtaining a real education, in addition to those pro vided by the regular state course of study, making them a thinking, alert, self-reliant group of future builders of a co-operative, commonwealth. Equal wages are paid to men, women and children. The theory of this is that each colonist owes to the community his best en deavors, whether he be learned lawyer, hus ky farmer, or little school child. They give to the whole the best they can, and in re turn receive the bes! —'• -ther can offer. Hospital and doctor are provided when sickness comes, and there are no charges for such social services. Funerals are conducted along the same lines. There is no need for insurance in the Col ony for the dependents receive their support just the same, even if the father be remov ed from them. Social life is made by those who live to gether. The great objection to living on the land is the isolation which accompanies it. Here in Llano, the farmers and the industrial workers live close to the center where danc es, entertainments, picture shows, and all manner of good times can be had for the making. No rent is charged for the houses, and any building can be used for meetings with out cost. Men work in whatever industry they are best fitted for. Sometimes they are moved around to different work as is deemed neces sary, but the fact is conceded that each worker works best at something that he likes to do and has fitted himself for. But when it is remembered that each is working for the whole, and the whole is working for the in national Brotherhood Welfare Associa tion at Buffalo on July 4th, where ho boes, tramps, and unemployed have been asked to assemble Andrew Keck, 94, is back in the lumber business at Allentown, Pa. He retired from active affairs 34 years ago but finally admits that he can't stand, , . a perpetual vacation. Is work more of a virtue than a hab it? Activity is basic in nature—from planets moving in their orbits to the perpetual movement of water. We are machines within machines, animated by the eternal flow of ener gy. Idleness is opposed to natural law. P. S -Let's go fishing. * * * * We're told to smile— To show our style— To be a noisy booster; But, do you know, It's not the crow That marks the gamest rooster The fellow who Has rags to chew So öfter spurns the labor; With rancorous fuss He urges us To draw the buckled sabre. ¥ ¥ ¥ ¥ , Most of the people agree that right should prevail, but agreement breaks up when question arises as to what really is right.—Superior Telegram. * * * * Be a booster; boost co-operation in action. INSTALLMENT MEMBERS ATTENTION Llano Colony has need of several trained helpers in the following lines of work, who can now join us. Installment members are called in to take their places when their services are needed in the Colony. The following are now asked to communicate with the general manager at once: TANNER, BRICKMEN, DAIRYMAN, SHOE REPAIR ER, FARMERS, TEAMS! EaC. Applicants must be willing to pioneer a little; and they should be anxious to learn to co-operate. WRITE TO THE GENERAL MANAGER LLANO CO-OPERATIVE COLONY NEWLLANO, VIA LEESVILLE, LA. MACHINE The question of the sirability of power ma ! mal power was discu; cultural meeting at Friday night, June 9. s hy machinery salesmen P° wer ,s the most inefficient | , of power now employed, ' • other statements derogatory to horse and mule were strongly i Under present conditions, it Was pointed out that the financial phase of the subject had to be chiefly con sidered. The first cost of the machin ery, its running expenses and up and the amount of use for the same are items that have to be taken into ac count. Where a man has but a small farm and raises his own horse or two, and grows his own feed, it will always prove more advantageous to him to hang on to his horse power than to go in debt to purchase machines and pay Rockefeller prices for gasoline. Here at Llano, it was claimed, that both tractor power and animal powet had been found suitable and desirable for certain kinds of work. Some short comings charged against Fordson trac tors were explained with their use for logging purposes, in which strains were imposed that a machine constructed for farm purposes was not expected to en counter. Perhaps, when machinery and gaso line to run it can be and will be sup plied at actual labor cost, machinery will prove itself, the more efficient, eco nomic and humane, which will be the deciding factors. dividual, no one refuses to do what is alloted to him. Women all find lots of work to do. They feed the men at the hotel, wash and iron for" them at the laundry, make dresses and over alls and shirts at the sewing department, at tend store, office, etc., wherever their ser vices can be utilized to best advantage. On special occasions such as harvesting, or plapting, all the school children are glad to go to the fields and help. It is the com mon food store—and all will help to save the harvest. Men, women, and children will forsake their regular work to help where they can. This is because they are actuated by an L l y believe in co-operation with each other. Some co-operators think co-op eration means that others have to co-operate with them, that their lot may be bettered. Llano co-operators realize that each must sacrifice their personal interests and amalga mate with the collectivity. This is the very ideal which has made Llano a signal success in the co-operative field, when other like communities have disintegrated. Men and women will laugh at hardships and pioneering when they are propelled by a brilhantly-visible ideal. Such an ideal is Llano s—to show to the world that htfmans can co-operate together to build a veritable paradise in which to live, where love and af fection are the predominant personal rela tionships and where the consideration of the other fellows welfare is not hidden by per sonal greed. In such a community greed, selfishness and jealousy cannot survive long If you are interested in such a commun ity and such an ideal and would like to learn how to get into practical application and de monstration of that ideal, write for more particulars Ask for "Co-operation in Ac tion. which goes more into the detail of Colony life and ,s illustrated by pictures, showing the colonists at work. The Colony has its express and freight agency, and hopes to have its own postoffice At present address all communication's to: Llano Co-operative Colony, Newllano, La., (via Leesville). THE LLANO CO-OPERATIVE COLONY NEWLLANO VIA LEESVILLE, LA.