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Be a Member of the Llano Dollar-Up Club? "LITTLE STROKES fell great oaks," said Franklin, so little dollar bills will buy great mills to make clothes, preserve food and construct shelter for those who are moulding a CO-OPERATIVE COMMONWEALTH. It is not our ideal that we should ask for cash to help build a true home. We had much rather not call upon the outside world for financial aid, and the time is coming when we shall live entirely off our own resources. But, as the early colonists of America were forced to buy from the mother country until they became strong enough to support themselves, so we must depend upon the old system that encircles us for that which we are not yet strong enough to produce. We need cash to pay for a larger tract of land. We need more machin ery, fertilizer, fencing, tools, clothes, flour for the bakery and paper for the printery, all of which we can not produce. Conditions are the same here as in all other localities. All we have to sell is worth scarcely anything, and all we have to buy is sky-high. Neverthe less, there are something over three hundred conscientious members here for the purpose of making a comfortable living and the past three years have wit nessed a successful and rapid progress. We are but pioneers. You who have endured the hardships of living three to seven years on a government claim in order to own 160 acres of raw land know the sacrifices that must be borne in order to build a home, in a new country. We are pioneering and building a new home in an old country. We are proving up on a claim, and our time is up when the 20,000 acres are paid for. We shall then be ready to work out our ideal in earnest and prove to the world that a group of honest, constructive people can live the Golden Rule. The sooner the land is paid for', the sooner we can have machinery to convert our own produce into finished products; the sooner we can grow two to three httndred bushels of sweet potatoes per acre, the sooner shall we be ready to build a true home. Thus, if YOU are interested in this great work, it is only YOUR duty that you should help. We therefore ask YOU in the name of CO-OPERATION and FRATER NITY to be a member of the LLANO DOLLAR-UP CLUB and contribute what j ou see fit, that we may the sooner set the world aright. Just a dollar a month will not lessen your purse a great deal, and every penny means time saved on the road to happiness, prosperity and comfort for all. If you believe that all men were bom free and equal, that the natural resources are for the whole instead of the few, that wealth breeds injustice and strife, then you can not help being a— * Dollar-Up Peer Especially if you intend to make Newllano your future home. Every dol lar then means bricks in your own foundation of the future civilization, be cause the past civilization is rapidly vanishing and a new civilization, based upon co-operation only, is dawning in the eastern sky. Do your duty and help make your dream come true, by joining the DOL LAR-UP CLUB. LLANO CO-OPERATIVE COLONY Newllano, via Leesville, La. Woostersauce Out here in California, politics is taking a strange turn. California is expanding industrially in ways never before known. Vast fortunes are being made in real estate. More and more people are coming. The spirit of Los Angeles is_ spread ing over the entire state. It will not be long until real estate and peanuts, real estate and soda pop, real estate and au to supplies, real estate and chiroprac tic adjustments, real estate and lawns mowed, knives sharpened, and junk bought and sold, will be the signs seen through the state, as they frequently are in and about Los Angeles. We are no longer the spirit of the West, however. No longer is Califor nia a care-free, glorious land of equal ity, freedom of thought and independ ce. We have put the soft pedal on those things. The word "radical" is now applied to anything not positively reactionary. |To be safe, don't have anything resem bling a new idea. Repression is felt, and people with ideas which do not conform with the j requirements of democratic and repub lican platforms, and with the real es tate, mercantile, and banking interests, must keep pretty quiet. But to get back to the political sit uation. Hiram Johnson was opposed in the Republican primaries. He won by a large majority; but, nevertheless, he was slipping steadily when election day saved him. Governor Stephens, another factor in the Republican machine, failed to get through the first real election test in his entire career. Friend W. Rich ardson, who has had both feet in the public trough for many years, got the nomination for governor on the Repub lican ticket. Normally that is enough. But Richardson had a falling out with the Republican machine. On the Democratic ticket, Thomas Lee Woolwine, said by his admirers and those who do not know him well to be a Southern gentleman, by others conceded merely as being from Virgin ia, got the Democratic nomination. Now it is generally conceded by Democrats and Republicans that there is a vast and imassable gulf between those two grand old partie?. But >vhen Richardson, who defeated the machine candidate for the Repub lican nomination and thus headed the Republican ticket, began to press his victories and wished to name the head of the Republican state committee, it was time to call a halt. So the machine—Johnson directing —threw Friend Richardson overboard and hitched the Republican machine behind the Democratic candidate. That puts Senator Hiram Johnson, once pro gressive, now Republican, with Thomas Lee Woolwine, never in his life pro gressive and never likely to be any thing except a Democrat. But it meant either tie up with a Democrat, or else let the machine be run by Richardson. The machine's the thing, so they slip a knife deftly be tween the ribs of Friend Richardson, and will try to stampede the more or less intelligent people of California in to voting for Woolwine. The eleventh-hour entrance of Stitt Wilson once socialist mayor of Berke ley, now member of the Democratic party, will probably have no effect on the outcome, even though it is claimed he is endorsed by Labor. 1 The Single Taxers have again got their resolution on the ballot and it will again be voted on this year. This has got to be a regular thing and is a matter which has become mighty an noying to the land speculators. A gentleman from Glendale, near Los Angeles, is one of a number who are touring the state as Anti-Single Taxers. Their defense is to change the state constitution so that it will be ne cessary to get 15 percent of the voters on the petition before it can be but on the ballot—because this number is prohibitory. But the case is becoming desperate. The Single Taxers have $65,000 to spend this year in putting over the measure, while the opposition finds it increasingly hard to get funds. They are pinning their hopes on getting the 15 percent clause put in. The opposition is made up largely of real estate men, bankers, land specula tors, and other representative citizens of the "better class." One of the most revolutionary meas ures ever offered the people of any country is the proposition presented to the voters of California, which will appropriate $500,000,000 to be used in developing water and power projects for the people of the state, to be own ed by the stat,e, the water and power to be sold at cost, the indebtedness to be paid by consumers. The bankers,' Chambers of Com merce, and all controlled newspapers— which is most of them—are loud and clamorous in their opposition. They will probably cause the act to fail. It would shut off a lot of profit if this were to become law. They want the profit, so they are loud in telling about the graft-that would flow from the pas sing of this act. It would greatly in crease taxation, too. But there are many serious people for the act, and it has been one of the most hotly debat ed and most discusèed proposals ever offered the voters. Wet or dry, is also a question that is agitating our powerful minds out here in the Golden State, too. Just why, we do not quite under stand. California is about as wet as one migrt wish it to be. The laws are not enforced, except in the case of Ja panese or Chinese who make the mis take of having a half pint of home made hooch on hand and get caught, so the officers can make a showing. Woolwine is running—maybe we ought to say swimming—on a wet, wet plank in a supersaturated platform. Whether the current is with him or against, it is hard to say... To legalize the sale of wine and beer—they always call it light wines and beer might ruin the business of prosperous bootleggers. And they may foresee this and be bitterly opposed to legalizing it. Or, they might hope to be first in the saloon Jviness and thus reap an open harvest. The people of the state will have a chance to show their ideas, as one of the laws is to enforce the Volstead act. In the whole scope of things in this state, there is not one truly progressive thought or condition. Progressive ideas are given the stamp of being "radical" and are taboo. We don't want to be known as radical here, and anyway it is dangerous. If Woolwine is elected, then it will be worse ; for he is the willing and hon est tool of the reactionary forces. Vin dictive as an Indian is reputed to be, oppressive, relentless in persecuting his enemies, with no regard for their rights, bigoted and narrow-minded, he i sthe ideal candidate for the people of Cali fornia, as they now show their state of mind. QUIT ROBBING ASIATICS (By The Federated Press) Washington. — Turkey, Russia, Chi na and the far east generally, uniting to destroy western civilization, is a "conspiracy" that Washington officials were about to discover and share with the common people when Mustapha Kemal Pasha spoiled the program by agreeing to an armistice with the Brit ish. The great plot of the Asiatics to down the white man will still be reviv ed and staged at great expense, how ever, unless the Turk agrees at Mudan ia te sign away a big slice of his vic tory over to the Greeks. The horror stuff is all in shape and ready for re lease in the daily papers. Chemical warfare experts had a great supply of new and more deadly gases ready for use in Europe when the arm istice came in 1918, and the disap pointment caused among those bellig erent scientists by the order to stop firing is now a familiar story. An equal measure of chagrin is said to exist among the propagandists of an "orien tal menace," whose finely captioned newspaper gas is kept under cork for the time being by the Mudania con ference. Inquiries made here among those who know the facts shotv that the big western powers really do not want war —if they can get what they covet with out war. They are all in debt up to the eyes from the last war, and there were enough rebellions, actual and threatened, during the years 1919-20, to make both politicians and financiers dread the social consequences of an other resort to arms on a large scale. Whether the Dardanelles waterway shall be open to all vessels for commer cial purposes, or controlled by some one power, will be a principal theme for open discussion at the Mudania and subsequent conferences. But the oil, mineral and other commercial factors which lie behind the famous waterway and ha-ve brought the world to thç edge of a fresh war, will not fugure so much in the open. In addition to its humanitarian inter est in the Christian missionaries in Asia Minor, the government of the United States has two points of special con tact with the Turkish crisis. One is the demand of our oil and other inves tors for a share in natural resources of the near east, and another is the need to oppose Kemal Pasha in order to keep a check against Russia. In their conflict with Great Britain, the Turks are demanding three main things; recovery of Constantinople, re covery from the Greeks of Thrace, which lies just west of Constantino ple, and permanent free passage of all vessels through theDardanelles, which shall not be fortified by themselves or any other nation. Russia supports all those Turkish demands, especially the one giv ing Russian vessels free passage from 'the Black Sea ports into the Mediter j n i anean and outer oceans. For that rea HELLO CENTRAL! By Joshua Long Hello, folks! It's been some time since wc have called up to report, but we haven't forgotten about you—nei ther have we forgotten that we need that TELEPHONE SYSTEM—we just can't, because the need is so great for a means of quick communication be tween the various departments of this big ranch that the subject, like Bàn quo's ghost, will not be put down. While we were busy with something else (we have never been able to set tle the question of what is the most im portant thing to be done on this ranch —that is, and keep it settled), the dif ferent seasons o£ the year have started an argument over the question of when a phone is most needed. Spring says that when the farmers are busy putting in their crops they should not have to be running errands, when a phone would do the work. We were just about to decide that that settled the ar gument, when Summer demanded to be heard: She says that it is too danger ous to be running errands when the sun is beating down at its fiercest, and therefore a phone is the thing, and is more needed now than in the cool Springtime. This caused us to hesitate - - „ , . anc ^ ca "' u P on Jf all to present his case. We all know Fall—quiet, modest, and ever busy repairing sidewalks, fences, helping to harvest the crops and en joying the outdoor life on the ranch so much that the idea of going in doors if only to use the phone to save time, did not appeal to him with sufficient force to make any special claims; how ever, the need of a phone at harvest time should be so apparent to all that further argument would seem super fluous. This should have ended the argument; but Winter coolly took the floor and, in icy tones, contended that the work of the ranch must go on in foul weather as well as in fair, and that these cold facts should convince even the ice-man that phones are more ne cessary in the bleak and stormy days of Winter than at any other season— but, in order to clinch the argument, he would bet ten dollars that he is right and put the money up with your Un cle Josh—and, by heck—so far as we are concerned, that DOES settle the matter until some Summer, Spring (or) Fall raises Winter's ante. And say, fellows! We have had an other message from Mars about this Phone System. No, no, Mr. Marconi, it is not from the planet Mars—just J. B. Mars, of New Mexico—oh, ex cuse us, Comrade Mars, we meant to say, of Newllano; for you must under stand that Comrade Mars has now been a resident of this burg for some three or four days, during which time he has beea a busy guy "looking us over" and, as a result of his inspection, is satisfied with everything that he has seen. He is not satisfied, however, with the thing he did not see—that is, the Llano Tel ephone System—so he just planks down another five spot and asks permission to sit in the game long enough to tell you fellows out there that this Llano Colony is a vastly greater institution than he had supposed and that, in mak ing the rounds of the various depart ments, he was convinced that one of the crying needs of thé ranch is a lo cal telephone system by which the var ious departments may be brought into closer communication with one anoth er. So far as we know, the only authen tic message that, so far, has been re ceived from Mars is : "Get busy on this Llano Telephone System" PHONE PHUNDERS TO DATE E. M. Clarke Ed Hudson J. B. Mars E. J. Pease Milo Henne J. W. Winters $10.00 $ 5.00 $10.00 $ 5.00 5.00 10.00 A CO-OP. PUBLIC ADMINISTRATION (By The Federated Press) Brisbane, Australia.—Today in the labor state of Quensland there are 63 state-owned butcher shops, which du ring the past year served approximately 3,000,000 customers, making a total since the inception of the butcher shops by the labor government in 1916 of close to 20,000,000 customers. During the past year the public has been supplied with freshly killed beef from cattle purchaser in the open mar ket or from state-owned ranches at market rates, and in the majority of cases this beef has ben treated at the state-owned slaughter yards. The average price charged for beef was 4 and one-half cents per pound. Last year's operations discloced a sat isfactory profit, and this profit was made after purchasing cattle in the open market, and supplying the meat to the people at prices lower than in any other Australian state. son, and as a general country move ment against the hostile western pow ers, Russia gave the Turks both moral anc * mate " a ! assistance in the early stages of their conflict with the Greeks.