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LLANO COLONY BOOSTERS IN
PETITION FOR COLONY P. 0. Colony boosters in New Orleans are signing up a petition for the granting of a postoffice for Newllano. Headed by Comrade Dupuy, a peti tion has been prepared and signatures are now being sought in New Orleans. The text of the petition avers that the people of Newllano are being wrongly discriminated against for political rea sons, and that other little cross-roads communities have better mail service through a local postoffice, while at Newllano over 500 people are living within a mile of the location. Four mail trains a day pass our doors and the petition so states in its argument. If other communities would do this and send the petitions to the postmas ter general, with the instruction that the Newllano peoplpe at this time have another petition before that depart ment, praying for a local postoffice, it might have similar influence. If It Is a DIXIE PRIDE BROOM IT IS A GOOD ONE Made and Sold by, LLANO CO-OPERATIVE COLONY, Leesville, La i Will You Be a Builder? are y° u going to build that hotel dormitory?" asked a visitor to Llano the other day; "you need it badly enough." "YES," came the response, we need it surely, but we can't build without brickmasons and other workers. You see, comrade, we are growing so fast here that we can't keep up with our work. People must be housed as they arrive. They can't live out in the^woods until the dormitory is built. So we have to saw out lumber and build small temporary houses. New industries must be developed and they must be housed." "Well, if you don't start your dormitory you will never solve your prob lem. Sèveral comrades on the outside have put money into the hotel build jug fund, have they not?" "Yes, they have, and more -than half enough money to buy the neces sary materials which must be purchased on the outside. You see, we own timber and can make all the necessary lumber and brick to erect the building. Both lime and cement are on hand to begin construction. It is the workers—the brick masons especially—who are not here to do the work." "Then you will begin on that as soon as you get the workers?" "Well. We have to erect other buildings also. Since we started the new dormitory idea, new wants have been created. We MUST build a new school house this year. Our gjrrage and machine shop must be housed and this build ing will be the next. The printshop wants a new and larger building for its work is getting too big for the present quarters." "What benefit does the comrade get who puts his money into the hotel scheme?" "When a comrade sends us $250 to reserve an apartment for him in the new hotel, he does so because he wants to help us build the colony. When the dormitory is completed, he may live in his reserved apartment. It will always be at his disposal. If on vacation bent, he may live out his investment at one dollar a day for room and board. He doesn't lose anything, and he certainly aids the Colony in its building." "Can a comrade still reserve an apartment?" "Oh yes, indeed. We may be delayed a little time in starting it, but IT WILL BE BUILT, BECAUSE WE CAN'T DO WITHOUT IT. Every dol lar received helps that much to hurry on the Llano building program; but it's workers we need to get it started. "If you want to live among a group of congenial people, or if you ex pect to join the Colony some time later, reserve a room in Llano's big dor niïcry. It costs $250, and the apartment is yours as long as you wish to use it, or to spend your vacations in it each year. ♦ The Colony will build. Will you be a builder? Progress and Plenty By JAMES S. PATON Mr. Paton, a member of the Llano Co-operative Colony, in his recent book, "Progress and Plenty," presents a timely and able discussion on current economic thought, dealing es pecially ., ith currency reform matters. It explains why the unemployment curse is upon us, why the prices of land, labor, and capital are high or low. It sets forth a plan for immediate action which the author believes is fundamentally necessary to preserve the best interests of ■lumanity. The book is cloth-bound and was published to sell at $ 1.00, but can be obtained now through the Llano Colony for 5Gc. 50 Cents CLOTH-BOUND— ( —POSTAGE PAID THE LLANO PUBLICATIONS LEESVILLE, LA. DOES PINKERTON WANT A WHIPPING? | Even the homeliest of girls need not ;be without a bow—if she plays the vio lin. (By THf Federated Pre»») San Francisco. — The International Association of Police Chiefs, in session here, is running true to form. Sixteen of the 17 members of the committee on criminal procedure favor a national law making punishment obligatory for cer tain offenses. William F. Pinkerton ad dressed the convention, urging that the whipping post and the pillory be re stored as punishments. "Dislike for work is the cause of crime," said Chief Benson, Wilmington, Del. Mrs. Anne M. Godfrey, federal Americanization chief for California, Nevada and Ariz ona, fulminated against radicalism. How would you like to earn month's free vacation with your ticket paid for? Write us and tell us you are interested. CO-OPERATION (Editorial in London Daily Herald) We congratulate the Co-operative Congress on its president (the first wo man to hold the position) and we con gratulate Margaret Llewelyn Davies on the magnificent speech with which she opened the great gathering of co-oper ators. Miss Davies stands for an advanced co-operative policy, and her statement of the co-operative ideal should do much to remove any doubts or suspi cions as to the value to the whole La bour cause of the co-operative move ment. "We are working for no patch-work modifications, for no 'reconciliation of capital and Labor,' for no 'infusion of a better spirit' into old industrial forms. We are laying the foundation of a new industrial civilization." That is true to the whole spirit of co operation, which aims at the peaceful revolution of ending capitalism by do ing without it. By supporting their own organizations for production and distribution, whether these be Guilds or the Co-operative societies, the workers can make successful and bloodless war capitalism by,supplanting it. i "The rallying cry for the whole of 'the Labour world is the replacement of capitalism by industrial demo cracy producing for us. It is such a non-capitalist society that co-operatçrs are actually creating." Those words cannot be bettered. They are already being acted upon. It remains to consolidate action, to strengthen will and so complete the great project of creating a working class and self-sufficient community from below. Co-operators have to look back upon a difficult year well surmounted, and they can legitimately be proud of the achievement, and particularly of the fact that, at such a time of financial stringency, they made advances to the miners in their battle of over £600,000. That is plain proof of the powerful alliance in sympathy and fact between Co-operators and trade Uniohists. More and more we must realize that the dis tinction between producers and con sumers in a matter of function and of standpoint. They are the same people with the same friends and foes, the same rights and duties, the same ob jective and ideals. We would stress the point that tKe three Labor organizations—political, industrial and co-operative—are not co much different bodies seeking forma! alliances as different groupings of the same people. That is far more than mere technical point. To grasp this fact is to create the only sense of com plete solidarity which will make the whole Labor movement invincible. The outlook of the co-operators as an integral and indivisible part of the whole army that is fighting the out worn and degrading system of prcduo tion for profit has been splendidly ar ticulated by Miss Davies. If this spirit were to animate every one of the wage earners, the unity of Labor would cease to be in doubt and the ideals of Labor would begin to take shape in a clean er, kindlier society. ENGINEERS' CO-OPERATIVE BANK PAYS DIVIDENDS TO ITS DEPOSITORS The B. of L. E. Co-operative Nation al Bank of Cleveland has just mailed out "savings dividend" checks to 9, 000 depositors, paying them in addi tion to the regular 4% interest, com pounded every quarter from actual date of deposit, a further dividend of one-half of one percent for the past six months, or at the rate of 1 % an nually. The total return to depositors is in excess of 5 percent, because of the generous provision for compound interest quarterly. This makes the depositors real partners of the B. of L. . E. Co-operative National Bank, since shareholders are receiving but 6% on their investment. The B. of L. E. Co-operative Nation al Bank was the first national bank in the history of the nation to share its earnings with depositors. The sound ness of this co-operative principle is at tested by the fact that the resource» of the Bank have increased in the nine teen months of its existence from $653,000 to $15,000,000.00, and are steadily growing. In accordance with true co-operative spirit, it does not lim it depositors to engineers, but any cit izen is welcomed as a depositor or cus tomer of the bank. THE CURSE OF COAL PROFITEERING (By The Federated Press) Boston.— New England finds it self in a critically dangerous position facing the winter with an absolute dearth of anthracite coal and a serious shortage of bituminous, State Fuel Ad ministrator Eugene C. Hultman warns, in a communication to all Massachu setts members of congress. In the absence of evidence of a con science, is there any moral responsibil ity? IS THERE NO WRONG IN THE WORLD? Some people have thotlessly assert ed that there is no such thing as wrong, that whatever is is right. I have delved into photography a little. I learned that it made a great deal of difference what chemicals I used and how I used them. But if there is no such thing as wrong, there tan be no wrong way of developing antî printing a picture. I could slap my exposed plate into any old mixture, in any old way, for any length of time and get a true picture. But it doesn't take much brains for even a child to see that this is not true. Is it possible that there is such a thing as right and wrong in the use of forces utilized in the production of pho tos and none in the use of those by which our relations to each other on this earth are determined? If the or derly trend of the forces of nature must be observed in the production of photographs—or anything else-—then just as surely must the orderly trend of forces of nature be observed in the adjustment of our relations to each oth er on this earth. The making of equitable conditions depends as surely upon knowing and conforming to the orderly trend of ma tural forces as does the making- of pho tographs. Right, then is conformity, adjustment, to those forces; wrong is non-conformity—disregard of them. Our social and industrial relations are wrong because they are not adjusted to the orderly trend of the natural forc es which govern cur activities ; and that is the reason why you as well as I seek to change them. Whoever advocates change thereby asserts some error that which is. While there is a vast multitude of people who feel the call of duty to do something, there seems to be no clear perception of WHAT OUGHT TO BE DONE. Inequity between persons was intro duced by PERSONS, and can be elim inated by PERSONS; and to eliminate inequity is to restore equity. But equi ty can remain only by means of an equilibrium—a balanced adjustment. All who work for any change which cannot be shown to tend toward equity, are, necessarily, not merely wasting their energies, but literally hindering the restoration of equity by delivering their own and others' energies to the establishment of still further inequity. —The Equitist. BRITISH WORKERS FACING FAMINE 1,623,000 People Receiving Govern ment Aid Lodon. — Low wages and forced lock-outs are going to be responsible for a famine in Great Britain. The miners' leader, Frank Hodges, has said: "So low are wages and the situ ation so acute that I would not hesi tate to say that the famine has begun England." This is not meant to mean the gay people who inhabit Lon don's fashionable west side, but means the inhabitants of the east section of London and the small boroughs whose population is mostly composed of in dustrial workers. SHALL IT BE AGAIN "Shall it Be Again," by John Ken neth Turner, pp. 448, $2.50. Do you realty want to know the truth or do you prefer to continue to live with and on the lies that were hammered into your minds during the years 1916 1919? If the latter, then don't read Turner's "Shall It Be Again?" If the former, you will get the book and read it very carefully. There you will find documentary evidence of the lies on which we have been fed for so many manner, you will not come to the con clusion that our entry into the war was a stupid, criminal blunder and that our whole behavior since then has been marked with treachery and dishonor, then, then—you are even more stupid than I think you are.—Critic and Guide. \ SUCCESS By Henry Victor Morgan I hold that man alone succeeds Whose life is crowned by noble deeds, Who cares not for the world's, applause And scorns vain custom's outgrown laws; Who feels not dwarfed by nature's show, But deep within himself doth know That conscious man is greater far Than ccean, land or distant star; Who does not count his wealth by gold, His worth by office he may hold, But feels himself as man alone As good as king upon a throne; Who battling 'gainst each seeming wrong Can meet disaster with a song. Feel sure' of victory in defeat, And rise refreshed the foe to meet; Who only lives the world to bless. Can never fail—HE IS SUCCESS. An Appeal to Believers In the Golden Rule ^ear Friend: NEWLLANO, via LEESVILLE, LA. To those who believe in the Golden Rule, or Altruistic Co-operation, my message to you to-day is to' tell you something that you do not know. No doubt you know of the Llano Colony and the demonstration it is making along the lines of a true brotherhood and a practical co-! operative success. No doubt you have heard good and bad things about our enterprise. In Los Angeles to-day is a man who has been at death's door for four months; a man whom many of us have known for years; a man who is a national and an international character. This man was the founder of the Llano Colony. He has given his fortune and his en ergy to it, and is to-day battling to regain his life-force to continue the struggle for the people who toil. This man is Job Harriman. From years' of close observation, I be lieve he is a man who will go down in history as a martyr for his ideal. You did not know of his illness, of the struggle he has made for his life because of his willingness to lose it and his quiet and pa tient suffering. The struggle caused the illness, the illness prevents any effort on his part for many months to earn a living or io get back to his job at the Colony. Now there is another member of our group who has taken up the load that used to be carried by Comrade Harriman. He, George T. Pickett, is also fighting a losing battle for health because of the Colony burdens. An accident happened to him some time ago, which has left permanent and serious injury. He has been informed by physicians that the struggle is too strenuous for a normal life and that it can be carried on only at great risk to life, if the burden is not soon lifted. I, as Secretary of the Llano Colony corporation, am now making an appeal to 1000 loyal supporters of our cause to send in to me or the Colony $100 each to lift this great burden which is being borne by our colony. It is the obligation to finish paying for the land we have agreed to purchase. 1000 persons at $100 each can do the trick and forever place the Colony in a position where it will be free from its greatest burden. It will free the energies of everybody here for the construction of the future commonwealth. It will permit us to put thousands of people to work on this land, giving them a chance to work their way into the Colony. For the $100 you pay in we will issue you 100 shares of Colony stock or give you a clear title to five acres of land in this tract of land you are helping us to buy. It seems to me as if it is unfair and unnecessary for some of our people to sacrifice their lives, their health and their ALL for the ■ cause that we all espouse; a cause in which all the workers should be interested —and all true believers in brotherhood are interested—I say sacrifice, because I know it is unnecessary energy that might be saved—and will be saved by your Immediate assistance. At no time in the history of the world has it been so important for us to have leaders as it is to-day. A world crisis is upon us; the dawn of a new era; we need our leaders, those who can organize and direct. Is it not to your benefitthat we keep our men on their * feet in the field at this critical time? Will you be one to send in $100 before Oct 1 st, and let this go to a special land 'fund to complete the land obligation of the Colony before the next three months pass.? The Colony is helping Comrade Harriman; it will continue to do so. It may have to give assistance to its present manager or permit him to become a hopeless cripple for the rest of his life. These are PLAIN FACTS that the Colony is facing and I am urging you to act now before it is too late. We have made a success here at Newllano and are letting the world t know of it; Jbut there is no reason for the sacrificing of good human material when it could be saved hy your help in a financial way. Is money to be considered now above valuable service or human health? The members of the Colony are doing all they can to lift this burden; but they have to construct, as well, to maintain the Colony. It will take Tnany years for them to pay for this land also, while your assistance can wipe it out in three months. Comrade Pickett has been informed by our physician and others that his mental worry and work must be lightened at once if he expects to continue to be an asset to the movement. Comrade Harriman has for months been hovering near the end and will be in need of care and rest for some time to come. Therefore I, the secretary, am calling upon you to help re lieve the pressure by taking over the greatest burden of our manage ment—this land obligation. It will mean your or someone's else early admittance to the Colony; a great step forward for our movement, and health for some who have give^ their all. Do you not think it worth while for you to sacrifice a little for YOUR cause? It is not really a sacrifice for any of us—we shall all be proud of it in time to come. Do it now, my brother or sister, and it will be a new star for your earthly crown of good deeds. Please remember, comrades, those of us here do not need this land for ourselves. We could get along fine if we just hold on to what we have ; but we have agreed to take the land, and you need it— the thousands like you who are looking towards Llano for a way out of the world's misery and strife, need it. It is for those who are dis possessed that this extra burden of paying up for our land is being carried by us. We feel that you are willing to respond—you who have been members of the Colony; you who expect to be members of the Colony, and you who never expect to be members of this Colopy, but are beljevers in our ideals—to you I am making this appeal, feel ing confident that it is your desire to assist in the work that,must be carried on as a world demonstration of the practical success of co-op eration. W. H. BURTON, Secretary.