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The Junior Colonist
By Robert Ljndsey Hailoh, Bill! How are things in yoitir town?" "Dull, dull, as usual. Nothing go ing on at all except a little church now and then. The boys have a bas ket ball team started, and that is about all there ever is." "Why don't you have a dance oc casionally and a community pro gram?" "What are you talking about? Do you suppose we would have such a de grading thing as a dance in our town? Besides, there isn't a soul that could play for one, and no one has any mon ey to hire music. As to a program, I guess that would be all right—but who would ever take part? There is no one in our town but Jack Brown who can entertain, and he sure couldn't hold a program by himself." Such is the condition in nine towns out of ten in the outside world. No entertainment, no social life—simply because there is no one to make it; and yet the human animal is the great est social being in existence. All the animals of the forests and the plain can live a secluded life better than man. Man, when isolated from hu manity, grows to be like the animals he is associated with. Thus, if he lives in the jungles, he becomes alert in his senses of hearing and seeing, as a means of protection from his ene mies. If he lives on the plains, he be comes rough, hard-headed, and brut ish, like the cattle and the bronchoes. If he is entirely shut away from hu manity and all animal life, he often becomes insane. It is through man's close association that he has become so highly developed and it is through still closer association that he will be come still greater in intellect. It is man's natural desire to be with his kind, and yet it is difficult for him to make society entertaining. How often have I gone to a party and for perhaps two hours every one would sit and talk silly talk and giggle, wait ing for some one to start something, as you call it. No one felt brave enoubh (if you might call it bravery) to make a suggestion. As soon as some onij did, all were ready and willing to fol low. The same is true in all our social life. The fellow to start something is seldom to be found. We all wait for the other fellow to make the break and then we follow whether we like it or not. What is the matter? Is it ignor ance or bashfulness? If either, or both, it pn be due only to neglect— and that is a lack of social life. There is no excuse for a girl or boy being so bashful or so society-ignorant that he or she sits in a corner and passively smiles at everything that takes place. I have lived in several small localities since I can remember, and only one has been truly social. A little church, Sunday school, an occasional party, a little ball and no logical system to any of them, unless they have a. leader, which was seldom the case. "My town is dull;"how is yours " "So is mine. This is what we hear from all small lo calities and in the larger ones all the social life is made by companies for money; and if you indulge, you also deduct. The social problem of the world is one of our greatest obstacles. There are over a hundred million people in these United States, and yet hardly a single community, town, or city makes its own social life. The small How to Make Fertilizer at Home By George D. Coleman Now Ready to Mail At the request of many friends, George D. Coleman has written a booklet on his plan of making fertilizer at home. This booklet is now published by The Llano Publications, and is ready for you at 50c a copy. It contains a fund of valuable knowledge, which every farmer and garlener should have. Fifty Cents Post Free For Sale by THE LLANO PUBLICATIONS Newllano, Leesville, La. SOCIETY localities go without, and the larger ones pay thousands of dollars for that which they could have for nothing if they would only come out of the cor ner and start something. Picture shows, entertainments of all kinds, ball games, races, shows, etc., are all own ed and run by companies who make thousands of dollars off society. We pay to hear a nçan lecture and go home saying: "I could have done that well myself!" We pay to see a horse race, and say: Pshaw, old Paint could out-run that hoise ! " We go to a con cert, and hear fine music, and never dream of making some ourselves. No wonder society is so ignorant along so cial lines. However, there is one place on the face of this green earth that asks no odds of any one when it comes to the social problem. That is Newllano. We have had dances for eight years, and we have our first band to pay for. We have had entertainments as long, and we have as yet our first noted singer or speaker to pay. We make them ourselves. Every one is urged to do something in our social life, for that is one of our ideals—to make our own social life and have it the best to be had. No one is refused an opportun ity to heln flong any line he is able, and everybody is urged to make a des perate attemnt at being able to help entertain. When there is a party in Newllano, every one does not hunt a corner. If nothing else, some one rus tles a musical instrument and we have a dance. We learn how to dance, how to entertain, how to play basket ball, base ball, and numerous other meth ods of entertaining; and the fellow who hunts a corner soon finds himself being dragged out by the ear. No wonder the outside world is such a dreary old place to those who do not or cannot indulge in social life. When I look back on the times I have had in various localities, and then compare them with the social life here most of them are but pictures of dreary solitude. A social gathering Tuesday even ings, whene colonists only gather tend play cards, dance, sing, recite, play or anything they choose; a dance Sat urday evening, where all the music is furnished by our people, and a pro gram Sunday evening, where all the actors are Colony entertainers—these are a part of the jolly good times we have. But no words can express the pleasure and the, enjoyment young aftd old derive from a social life made by themselves. -s. Could the communities, the towns, the cities, the nations, of the world but realize the comfort, derived from true society, they would soon follow the example of Llano. There is no reason why any community cannot have some social life in which all could take part, were they only to co-oper ate. Ço-operation in society is as es sential as in financial life. Without social gatherings, no community can be a success; hence this is one of the great ties of Llano. We make our so cial life as strong as our economic life. This paper is printed for the pur pose of spreading the idea of colony co operation. YOU can help materially bjr passing on your copy to a friend and then asking him to subscribe. Re member, we want a list of 100,000. The most expensive pipe to smoke is the stove pipe. POLITICS MIXED AND VERY MISCELLANEOUS (An editorial in N. 0. Item) While the managers of the Demo cratic and Republican campaigns thtii out the country continue to raise their battle cries for funds in the ancient and sacred names of the parties, and the candidates plant their own names everywhere under the party emblems on the tickets, the waxing war swells to different purposes in every sector. Democrats are found hither and yon that resemble Republicans, found else where, more than they resemble any other Democrat to be discerned in the turmoil. Everybody has noticed the fading of the line between "Democrat" and "Republican" in the actual political practice of late years. But never has the line been less distinct than now. The dizzying nature of the job mixed incompatibility of the issues on which they fight and bleed. Note first our own "Democratic" Senators voting for the Republican tariff and observe the "Republican" Senators who vote against it. The Massachusetts fight centers on the personality of Mr. Lodge, the Irish, question, and Woodrow Wilson, with "Democrats" and "Republicans" fusing each way. In New York the tariff on gloves and Mr. Hylan's city administration are the causes of the war. New Jersey is wholly engrossed with the question, "wet or dry," the Demo crats on the wet side. In Delaware, the only issue is whether the Du Pont clan or the Bay ard clan, each with a long line of sen ators to its credit, shall add anQther In Maryland, the issue is the friend ship of Senator France, Republican, for the soviet in Russit. In West Virginia, the relationship of Sutherland, Republican, to the big coal barons. Ohio discusses the Harding adminis tration with a side-line of wet-and-dry talk. Indiana concerns itself with the per sonality of Mr. Beveridge. Michigan campaigners talk of noth ing but Mr. Newberry and his meth ods of getting office. Wisconsin, in La Follette, runs a "Republican" on the same plank of opposition to Mr. Harding on which Ohio runs a "Democrat." In Minnesota, the sole issue is the platform of the Farmer-Labor party. Iowa is agog over the "socialism" of the "Republican" nominee. Montana disturbs itself about "so cialism" too, but the "socialism" here belongs to the "Democratic" candi date. * » * » Missouri battles about the personal ity of "Jim" Reed, and the wet-and dry issue. In Jexas, the Ku Klux Klan fill the whole stage. Nebraska argues wet-or-dry and the ownership of public utilities. North Dakota fights over the Non partisan league. Utah revives the Mormon issue. Idaho is heated up over the primary system. California naturally continues to worry more about Hiram Johnson than anything else. * * * ? Republican" candidates and "De mocratic candidates are alike berated for "socialism." Republican candi dates are for and against "the admin istration"—Mr. Harding's. This is the charge against the "Democratic" Reed—but here it is a different admin istration, Mr. Wilson. More states have the wet-and-dry is sue as the point of cleavage than are divided on any other question. In Wisconsin, Missouri, and California the only real question is whether "you are for or against "Jim" Reed, Hi John' soa. Bob La Follette. "Bill Borah divides Idaho's attention with the pri mary. "Party lines," whatever these are, are nowhere visible. National plat forms are forgotten. Personalities or local issues are the determining factors in 30 of the 35 races. One-third of the Senate, to be chos en next month, will be chosen after discussions not relating at aill to tar iff, ship subsidy, the bonus, the for eign relations, or any of the imposing, and even pompous, platform utter ances of 1920. Isn't it wonderful then that Nicholas Murray Butler is pleading for the fu sion of "Republicans" with "Demo crats" to hold down various unspeci fied wights indefinitely called "Radi cles?" When names cease to signify anything, you may escape excommun ication if you no longer take them ser iously. Gas produced from sewage is be ing used to run engines at the sewage disposal plant of Birmingham, Eng land. Woostersauce Henry Ford is becoming the most written up man in the world. Proba bly he has put more romance into in dustry than any other man who ever •ived. Just at present the itching desire is to find out something about the man himself. How did he do it? What does he think ? What's he going to do next Ford has upset a lot of theories, and some things that we thought were facts. He has an original mind, ori ginal methods, and is not bound by precedents. One of the strangest things is that this supreme organizer does not be lieve ia organization! He says that when any business gets the organization germ, it begins to die. Lots of energy has been spent in telling how' minutely some businesses are organized, how the precise duties of each and every person should be outlined. Ford says this is a mistake. Says that when you outline precisely and in definite detail a man's duties, you put him into a rut, that he sees only that coming within the narrow limits of his scheduled task. Says Ford, don't tell a man exactly where his duties end or he will keep the end in view all of the time. This is a smashing blow at some of the advice that has been dished out to us. Here is another inconsistent state ment. Ford says not to go too keenly into keeping records. He says you will be restrained by them. Then he goes still further and smash es another of our treasured idols. He says it is all bosh about the monotony of industry killing all personality. He says that some people want just the same thing over and over, and don't want any sort of duty that requires them to think or take initiative. Oth ers must exercise their own initiative. It is just as much a horror to the man lacking in initiative to have to change as it is for the man endowed with this trait to have to do monoton ous work. There is valuable food for thought in all of this. i IVIany a business becomes so thickly encrusted with organization that it al Just One Twenty Five ARE YOU ONE ? 'Way back in thè spring of this year we estimated that we could com pletely place the Llano Colony on Easy Street by purchasing the balance of our land option and erecting our new brick dormitory. It would take about $125,000—a big sum for poor co-operators to handle, yet we believe that it can be done. Would you believe that we have already been promised twenty-two thousand of it? Yes, twenty three co-operators have joined the "LLANO 125 CLUB" and we are confident that in the next two months, we shall find quite a number more who are willing and able to join. For every one who wants to join the 125 Club we hear from a dozen who want to come to Llano, but who have waited too long, and have lost the little money which they had. One lost it all in $ bank failure just a month or so before he would have joined us. When we have finished purchasing our 20,000 acres of land we will be glad to say to those who are co-operators but who lack the necessary capital: Come on, brother, the '125 Club' has made it possible." That's what the "125 Club" is for. If you intend to join this group of nearly 400 co-operators some time, join this Club NOW, and thus help to make the Colony secure against all odds. Secure? Well we are secure now—for ourselves. We have all the Jand we can ever use, if we are just figuring on ourselves. But what about these hundreds who want to come? They must have land and tools and in dustries to work with. The members of this club pledge themselves to furnish One Thousand Dol lars each before January 1st, 1923. There are still about 100 vacancies, but, remember, only REAL co-operators are eligible. Here are the "LLANO 125 CLUB" members to date. Can we add your name next week? TOM L POTTS A. B. DAWLEY HARRY C. HALL D. W. Van SCHOICK JOHN WINTERS J. B. MARS ROBERT WURFER v HOMER CLARK BERT BUSICK ' JOHN STAVE EARL A. YOUNG j. R; BROWN GEO. A. SANDERS F. D. CONWAY A. W. DEERNS HENRY MUELLER MATT SUNNEN S. L FALL G. H. TOBLE VICTOR NELSON JENNIE FENKART Barnett KRECHMER If you are one of this class, do not hesitate. tion at Llano and see if you do not belong here THE LLANO CO-OPERATIVE COLONY Arrange to spend your vaca Newllano, Louisiana, (via Leesville) =============== WANTED 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: < BRICKLAYERS DAIRYMAN TEAMSTERS 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. most ceases to function. It becomes smothered. Ford ought to know more about these things than any other living man, certainly more than fanatics on the subject do. Most of us have noted that when any country, business, enterprise, or in dustry becomes thoroughly organized down to its smallest detail, it has be gun to die. Freedom of thought and initiative seem to be strangled by it. Ford says that Industry, Agricul ture, and Transportation must be in separably linked together. Certainly he is doing a great deal to link them. In the Colony we have striven to ward the same ideal, combining others with it. Politicians have Uied to create an animosity between those who are en gaged in agriculture and the other groups. Ford's idea is to take industry away from the great congested centers and that agricultural work should be supplemented with indu»trial employ ment. Make one supplement the öthec. 1 hen thefe will be no wasted time, ne unemployment, he thinks. Ford knows that labor creates the wealth. Labor unemployed means an econ omic loss. If farmers sit around the house in the winter doing nothing, they are wasting time. If they can be profit ably employed during this "off" sea son, then they will be creating and they will profit. That sounds li^e com mon sense. We in the Colony discovered that some years ago. Ford's idea would decrease the size of cities, but multiply the number of small industrial centers. It would take industrial enterprises into country dis tricts, employing agriculturists during the slack season. This would equal ize things. It seems a sensible arrangement. The pleasing thing to the Colony is that Ford, the world's greatest indus trial success, is voicing the very prin ciples which underlie the colony plan of development. Many of his experiences and deduc tions parallel ours.