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THE COLONY DIARY
(Continued from page 1) year rolls by, I believe the little fellow will be performing many new stunts for the colonists. As it is, Mr. Pea nut furnishes us both milk and butter, as well as candy and food in other forms. Over at the shoe shop Com rades "Roede," Hall, and Kratchner are making and repairing shoes and harness. Sometime back we lost our tanner, but Sid Merrel has the nerve, and I believe the knowledge, to give us a good batch of leather. It is in deed a puzzle to me that we have such a hard time getting tanners and brick masons. I am sure there are enough of them out of work to make a col ony of their own. Oh well! they will come in time, and while they are on the road, we shall drill one with our jobs as usual. One of our old-time boys came back to the Colony to-day. Rudolph Swatïson —and he says he is back to stay. Rudolph had about three years' experience in the Colony, which was enough to make him a co operator for the rest of his life. Also, Mrs. Hartz from Montana and six children arrived for an extended visit. The children expect to stay here and go to school. This will make a large group of students from the outside. Our $10 per month plan is bound to be a great help to children and to our movement. I just wonder who knows of other children that can be helped to a real education at Newllano? For the last two days we kolony kids have been harvesting kow peas for our in dustrial work, and, believe me, we have been having a grand time. Just think of about 30 children getting to gether to pick peas in a twenty-acre lot, where each row across the field fills a sack of seed. Well, we see sev eral days ahead on this job yet. Com rade Toble has decided to take charge of the dairy and he and his familv are moving out to-day. Of course, Bald win and family will see them safely and sanely launched upon the new job before they make any moves or changes. The dairy possibilities are wonderful here, but, of course, it will have to be built up, and we hope Com rade Toble is the fellow to do it. The big silo was filled yesterday, and the cutter moved over to the small one, which will be filled with sweet pota to vines and sorghum in a few days. Darth, Cryer, Shutt, Clappa, Landrum, Lloyd, and others are now cutting the sweet potato vines, preparing to dig the potatoes in a few more days. The psychology meeting was well-attended to-night, but speakers had lots of breath, and only a few had a chance to talk. Good? Of course it was good—always is; and those who do not attend these meetings are missing half of the joy of Colony life. Friday, Oct. 27. — The timber fel lers, Merrel and Hinkley, Jones and Lee, have cut pine trees enough to keep Busick busy for some weeks to come in hauling. For fear rains may cause a tie-up in hauling the four are now cutting some more gum trees to keep the crate makers busy. Com rades Matz, Aaby, Paton, Goldman, Depuy, Dougherty and Schmedes are on this job regularly, while Dr. Fer ree and Gallo put in extra time help ing them as much as possible. The doctor keeps busy here and at the or chard, while Gallo takes on extra work to relieve the monotony of firing. At the saw mill a school kid crew, Lottie, Carl Hoover, Ralph Geiss, David Lind sey, and Dover Cryer, cut up logs in to lumber or crate material in the morning; and while the kids attend school in the p.m.. Mars, Fischer and Lottie work the ilumber and other ma terial into a finished product. "Fred' keeps the saws filed, while Ole is away and everything is going fine at the mill. Word from the rice ranch says they will finish threshing next week and that they have the hay-baler set up ready for business. We shall soon begin to reap our harvest from the rice ranch in a very substantial way. San ders, West, Ole, Kling, Belcher, Ver non, Van, DeBoer and Fall are hust ling the job thru down there. Waters and Kennv are hauling crates to the sweet-spud patch and bringing back wood for the brick kiln on their re turn. Comrade Phillips is having his troubles feeding the potato crew at his shack. Ed Merrill and Hoover are fencing in a garden patch for Phillips and as soon as the peanuts are hauled from the field, Rowe will turn the hogs into the big field to finish the peanut and sorghum harvest out there. Our cane harvest will soon begin and we shall be making syrup from the sugar cane. Some people do not seem to realize the difference between Llano products, such as our cane syrup, Dea nut butter, and unpolished rice. Now. there is a difference, and it is that it is pure. The syrup is unadulterated. It may not taste as good as some you can sret; it may taste better, but re gardless öf the taste, it is pure and wholesome food. Our. peanut butte is made from Spanish peanuts and nothing is extracted out or substituted, li is pure ana good tood. Uur unpol ished rice is a superior food because tne best part ot it is not polished away as is the usual process. INow, we are not supermen down here at Llano; we have lots of things to learn about making a superior article; but there is one thing you can depend up on our good products: they are pure and wholesome and contain a superior food value to the things that are just doped up to taste good. We should learn to eat to live and not live to eat. Simple foods are generally the best for us, and at the Colony we are trying to learn and teach the right way to live, the right food to eat and the proper way to eat it. If Llano food products please you and you can afford to use them, just remember you are helping us to develop co-cperative industry by buying and using them. Band prac tice and agriculture class at the school house, and the sex hygiene class at the club house closed the activities of this day. * * * * Saturday, Oct. 25. — The burning of the brick is now progressing nice ly, and W. Beavers, Chappelle, Schar rer are putting in an eight-hour shift each on the job. Tackett is helping them to prepare the fuel for use and j the job will soon be done. Another kiln of brick is on the drying shed floor ready for the kiln as soon as this burn is done, and the brick removed. Bros trom is taking enough time off from his mule feeding to clean out the sweet potato kiln. It will be sprayed and made ready for the new crop. Con lin and Gaddis with a crew cf wo men are still driving away on the pea nut job in hopes of getting ahead of the sales of peanut butter. The de velopment of the different industries is one of our greatest objectives. Why? Well, just because that is the thing we have to do in older to make a com plete success of our undertaking; in fact the success of our movement de pends altogether upon the interest that each individual in it takes in educat ing himself or herself to do more effi cient service for the community. We desire to develop all the different in dustries that are furnishing the needs of mankind. We hope to install mod ern machines that will do the work to supply us with our necessaries. We expect to get into the Colony men and women who will educate themselves to invent or run these modern machines in the interest of the members of the community and the movement. If someone would take sufficient interest to learn the very best and latest me thods of preparing food for a large group of people and get together the equipment for doing the work with the least amount of human labor, he or she would be rendering a great ser vice. Now, naturally, the one who gathers together this information must become one who is interested in this particular line of service, and will give his or her attention to it. This same thing will apply to our laundry work. It is to be hoped that some one will begin to direct his attention to install ing the very best methods of laundry service and develop the most efficient methods of cleaning our clothes, with the very least amount of human la bor. This same idea must go on down the line in every industry, and the de velopment here. It must not be for the purpose of making money, but for the purpose of rendering service to the community and pointing the way to the rest of the laboring class as to how it can be free from the profit system. It is not money we need in this old world. It is food, clothing, shelter, to of it to or it a and better educational and social ad- t vantages. If a community of people have all the food they need, all the clothes they desire, good comfortable homes, and an opportunity to educate j their children to be useful and to keep up the industries that furnish them with these necessaries, and also a chance to gather knowledge and to de velop the artistic side of their natures, so that they can develop social enjoy ment and community entertainment, WHAT IN THE WORLD WOULD THEY WANT WITH MONEY? To barter with cur neighbors? No, in deed; when we barter with them, why not exchange service on an equal ba sis? When dollars go between buyer and seller, a profit is always expect ed, or at least an advantage is at tempted in the course of the transac tion. Right then is the time war be gins. And you know we have had enough of war. Well—back to the Colony. We are attempting to solve this problem by showing the world that we can furnish the necessaries of life on a co-operative basis, live among each other without exploitation and abolish forever from the human animal suspicion, greed, and jealousy. Now, we have gone far enough on the road to be satisfied with our results. We know it can be done, and we are doing it. It can be dene on a world scale. In fact, it will be done when the workers make up their minds to do it. If you have made up your mind to do it, why don't ?ou join us, or some other, group who know how, and do it "Peace on earth, good'will to all men" is here, if we will do our parts. And as we get men and wo men inlo this institution who will de velop themselves efficiently in some industrial pursuit and do all in their power to add to the social life of the community, we shall soon set an ex ample of service to the world that no cne will desire any more competition in human affairs. Come into the new system to make good to your fellows; don't expect them to make you good. "As a man thinketh in his heart, so is he." If ycur motive in coming to us is right you will make good. Our motive is right. Inspect yours before you come and you will save yourself and us much grief. The dancing class was so large to-night that we could hardly say there was room for all and the dance was really crowded. Oh, for a volunteer crew to finish.. that floor at the roof garden! jp % ¥ as Sunday, Oct, 26. — A trip to the rice ranch to-day was made by Kemp, Lindsey, Mrs. Sanders, Gertrude West, a by the fellows from the Colony. Van, Ole, Fall, kling, and De Boer were and "ye lady reporter." Here we of found the Llano spirit demonstrated cle ing to to ly ed the rer go cut building a fence around the gar den patch to protect it frorrç our neigh bors' hogs. These fellows were inter ested in protecting the Colony food supply—and why not? Mrs. West had to cook three meals for -them to eat; why should not these fellows be inter ested enough to protect the food, that this winter thousands of people thru out this country will lack, because of its great sfcarcity? Yes, to-day is Sunday, and they were working, and here comes up the old question: "Does it pay to work on Sunday?" Now, don't get the idea that we are any other than human; but DO get the idea that when it comes to doing use ful things to conserve food and add to the gopd of human service, we say yes, it pay to work Sundays, nights, or any old time! If it is done for sel fish purposes, it doesn't pay to work at all. The motive is the determining factor here, the same as in all other human affairs. What is the Colony organized and running for Who owns the Colony and why do people join it and work for it? Two words answer these questions for me: HU MAN PROGRESS. If, therefore, we can do something on any day that adds j to human comfort and progress, that takes away human suffering, and makes life better for others, what dif ference is it what day we use to do it in? I for one would rather use se ven days in the week for doing good to others, than to lie, cheat, and com pete against my neighbors six days in the week and put in one day trying to repent for the wrongs I had perpet rated. However, I do not believe hu man machinery needs rest and I would be glad to see them have two days each week for rest (or ever more), but I can't rest in ease and without mental agony when I see things around me that I could do to assist others to a more enjoyable existence at any time. Of course, if we work to sel fishly profit by our action, if would be a different tale I would tell. Our motive again comes into play. Now, what we are attempting is to set an example to the world in a co-operat ive action. And it is without doubt not co-operation to permit other peo ple's things to be destroyed, when we can prevent it. We join our labors mutually to serve each other in every possible way, and if we truly prac t tice the principle of the Golden Rule, we shall render the very best service we can. Whom are we serving? Hu manity—if our motive in coming here j is right. Therefore I say the Llano ef fort belongs to the laboring class, and we who come here are pledging our selves to do our best to render a ser vice that will prove the superiority of the co-cperative system of living over the competitive system. If that is true, I owe my services, my best ser vices, to my fellow workers. I will be willing to render the best service to them and our cause; I will be willing to do anything to further the interests of the cause at all times; and I will protect it against those who would in jure its advancement. Those who put their money into this Colony are do ing so to finance a world movement; those who come here to work should come to further the demonstration of this same movement. If you do less, ycur motive is wrong. If you do less you will fail here. If you do less, you will leave Llano, knowing you have made, a failure. And as a rule, you will try to blame others for your fail ure to do your full duty. On the other hand, we who do come here with the right motive, deserve the financial and moral support of every comrade or friend who professes to be a fol lower of the teachinbs of the Christ philosophy, or the co-operative move ment as a solution of the world trou bles. Let us sum up: We will 'work i for OUR CAUSE (YOUR CAUSE) and give all our time, energy,'wealth, and our very lives to advance it as a world cause, if YOU will give us your moral support, believe in us and render what service you can for the same cause. We will build the move ment here and in other places just as large and as fast as you will fur nish the cash necessary to go into your competitive world and buy land and equipment for expansion. Maybe we get too anxious to show the world the solution—but is there anything in the world so much worth working for at this time? These are the reasons we who have the proper motive are will ing to give our all, and it is the rea son why you should analyze yourself before you come for anything else than to help us carry out our purposes. We got back from the rice ranch just jn time to see the ghosts walk at the ev ening entertainment, which was said to be an excellent one v " Monday, Oct. 27. — Yes, to-day is a very busy day, and almost every body is busy on Colony work. School was dismissed in order to savé a crop of peas that is worth several hundred dollars in cash, and a number of peo cle from other industries are out help ing the children and school teachers to save this crop. It is a great sight to see more than 100 boys, girls and adults in a field working harmonious ly and happily on the job, doing their best to render a servicè to each other. This same group will no doubt be call ed upon to assist in the sweet potato harvest and cane syrup-making. To day several men are at the sweet-spud field cutting and stacking vines that will go into the silo for cow feed and prepare the way for an easier harvest ing of the sweet potatoes themselves. Schuster and Lindsey are inventing a sweet potato digger, and Brostrom and Demaree are cleaning and fumigating the dry kiln for storage and evapora ting. Beavers, Chappelle, and Schar rer are about to finish their firing at the brick kiln and the two former will go to the rice ranch to help finish the harvest there.Our neighbors are v now trading corn, sweet potatoes, syrup, and peanuts into our store for lumber, blacksmithing, rice, and Colony ser vices and products. We are par ticularly anxious to get a car load of Irish potatoes, wheat, and peanuts. We can use a car-load of each of these. Can we trade you lumber, wood pro Have You Considered Spending A Week ♦ In Llano? q DO YOU REALIZE WHAT WE ARE DOINGi? «Î DO YOU UNDERSTAND WHAT OUR IDEAL IS ? . Some self-styled expert has claimed that we are not co-operating; that we have no light to use the word co-operative in any sense. <1 We are co-operating in a way that this expert never dreamed of. If merely running a grocery store with capital subscribed by a group of people who are the store s customers, and who receive back each quarter whatever profit they have made out of their sales to themselves—if that is the only brand of co-operation that is genuine—then Llano is doing this very thing, not only in its one grocery store, but in its every industry which is neces sary to the welfare of the whole community. •J We are not only subscribing our capital to the grocery at Llano, but we are combining our own producers' co-operative, our own wholesale, retail and consumers' co-operatives, all in one group. We believe that this is co operation 'carried a little further. If it is right to co-operate a little it surely must be much better to go the whole way. «I Words do not convey the same ideas to those who read them. Some can get one meaning, some another. The best way to get a full and clear idea of what Llano is doing is to come and see. Why don't you plan to spend a few weeks with us and learn all about us? This invitation is to YOU. Health, happiness and an education await you. Get off the Kansas City Southern train at Stables some day and you will become a missionary for the Llano idea. Llano climate is so mild that fall and winter is a good tim e to visit us. Come and help us harvest our crops. Work and play with our fellows and enjoy our life. Don't merely accept the statements made by uninformed persons and fanatics; come on and live with us for a month, for $30.00, and you'll KNOW. LLANO CO-OPERATIVE COLONY NEWLLANO. LA. ducts, rice, swêet potatoes, or any oth er of our products for these articles? Howard Buck is back on the job at the print shop, and a relief in that neck of the woods will help some. Also this fellow is now about ready to start a new strawberry patch; the lïnd has been disced and a big crop of cow peas has been turned .under and a large amount of other fertilizer has been placed on this new patch. Well, if we don't get lots of strawberries next year, Howard will be blamed anyway. You see, it is natural to blame the fellow who tries and fails, but the fellow who never tries never gives you a chance to blame him Yes, we know the game, but we wopld rath er fail trying than not to try at all— that's why we started this co-opera tive colony life, and we are not failing either. The crate factory gang has been increased by Roede and Krech mer, from the s"hoe shop, so that Matz, Paton, Aaby, Goldman, Hook, Gallo, Schmedes, and Co. are now making the saw mill crew hustle to keep them in material. The new peanut sheller is here; and with its first try-out has proved itself to be a dandy, and it will be a great labor-saver that will give the peanut crew more time to "milk the peanuts" and make butter. Comrade Mrs. Hartz and her family j of children are on the job and are busy. Mrs. Hartz says she is going to spend her vacation here; and, while here, she is helping at the laundry. The children have started to school and are joining into the work like old timers. To-night the children's men tal science class was well-attended and a greater interest is manifested as we go on with our character reading. Some times we use home folks to de monstrate with, and there the fun be gins! Our children have the chance to become real men and women; if thinking will ever do the job. ¥ ¥ ¥ ¥ Tuesday, Oct. 31. — The High School boys and girls finished the once-over at the pea patch, with the help of the carpentry crew, Geis, Nash, Rechsteiner, and Yates and Solomone. In the afternoon, the smaller children started in to go over the patch again, but a shower of rain stopped them about the middle cf the p.m. The brick kiln is now closed up and an other 100,000 brick will soon be ready for sale or use on our own buildings. Of course, you know our kiddcos will start their ne<w brick school house as soon as a brick mason comes to start them out. This will eventually be one of our best buildings, and the fellow who comes to carry out the blue-prints and specifications will render a great service. A comrade in Missouri drew the plans and has shown himself to be one of us In spirit^ if not in per Now, one thing our school ought to have is gymnasium equipment, and if any of you people can give us the dimensions for making parallel bars, horizontal bars, gym. horses, or other equipment, we would be grateful for drawings and specifications, or for any equipment you may desire to ship in. Some of your young draftsmen might send us' in specimens or charts that would render us a great service. Let me tell you what a group of people in California has done to help us. They are a small group who are rais ing an,d evaporating fruit; their name is the Army of Industry, at Newcastle, California. They are exchanging dried fruit with us for some of our home grown and home-made products. They have cut their price in »two and infer that if this isn't fair, they will do more. Now, just take it from me—those peo ple have the spirit and we will prove to them we appreciate their generos ity. No, they didn't investigate us— j j us j i um ^ e d in and are helping ,because their cause and ours is and the same. That is what will bring the co-operative commonwealth. Con fidence, unselfishness, and mutual ser vice. If more of you would only do all you can, our task would not be so difficult. And, if you once get inter ested in rendering useful service in a great cause, all. other things fall away too small to be noticed. These are many, many ways in which you can help, and really become interested in cur movement—your movement—that is bound to solve the greatest of all the world's problems. I don't want any of you to forget that we are still after the $18,000 necessary to pur chase that other 3000 acres of land, and that we look to you folks to fin ance the whole deal. To-night is "hal lowe'en" and a masque ball at the ho tel was our evening's program, and a fine time was enjoyed by all who at tended. The masquers had so excel lent and original costumes and it was one of the best socials that we have ever had. Where each person adds something to. the total of our social life, our affairs grow stronger and more enjoyable.