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The Junior Colonic
Robert Lindsey, Editor
Reporters: Maxine Gaddis, Ruth
Sutherland and Catharine Sutherland
As usual, the children's sex hy
giene class was well attend«! Friday
evening from seven to eight. Comrade
Pickett is reading us a pamphlet put
out by the government on sex hygiene,
and it is so interesting that even Mar
garet Seelye, who has a sprained an
kle and is going around on crutches,
hobbled down to the kindergarten
where the class is held. The pam
phlet starts with the pollination of flow
ers and small plants arid shows how
one plant must receive the pollen of
another of the same kind in order to
»produce seed: It also takes up the
reproduction of fish, frogs, etc., and
then carries it on to the higher animals.
It is extremely interesting to study the
habitat of the animal and plant world,
observing the way Nature has provid
ed for each of her clases. The flow
er has a pistil which contains tubes
leading to the ovary and stamens that
produce the fertile pollen. Then Na
ture's little pollen bearërs, the wind
and the insects, set to work and fer
tilize each and every plant that it may
produce more of its kind.
Production of the lower animals is
similar to that .of the flowers. The
mother fish lays' many thousands of
eggs in a sandy nook and the father
fish fertilizes them with his fluid.
Many millions are produced that hun
dreds may live, as the struggle for ex
istence in the lower animal and plant
world is hindered greatly by countless
enemies. Thus Mother Nature has
provided a large fold in order that her
life might not be extinguished.
As we study the higher and more
developed animals and plants we see
that Mother Nature has made count
less precautions for her young. The
germ of the bird is fertilized in the
body of the mother by the father, and
the living germ is housed in a wall of.
hard shell with nourishment until it
matures. The mother bird lays sev
eral eggs in order that one or two may
live and survive.
The chestnut, the hickory, the oak
and the pine all have protections for
their seeds. The chestnut has a horny
burr, the hickory a hard shell, the oak
a bitter taste and the pine has wings
on its seeds for dispersion. What a
beautiful story is Nature and her pro
duction! Every living thing is pro
tected by her cautious hands until it
grows to maturity. Friday evening we
studied in particular the amoeba and
its reproduction. We found the t the
amoeba was one of the lowest forms
of animal life and that it reproduced
by division. It is nothing more than
a nucleated mass of protoplasm with
out a distinct cell wall. When it re
produces it simply divides into two
parts beginning with the nucleus.
We are looking forward to the next
Friday for something as interesting and
as beautiful. Quite a few grown-ups
attend Mr. Pickett's classes as they are
always so interesting and educational..
Mr. Pickett always has something
to say to us youngsters in regard to
our life here, at his meetings. Last
Friday evening, his subject pertained
chiefly to the benefits derived from
his classes. It was apparent from a
few colds and sore throat that some
had been disrespecting his health talks.
We all know that it is impossible to
keep well and eat between meals, or
eat too much three or even two times
a day; and some of us know by hard
experience. There is, however, no ex
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:
Applicants must be willing to pioneer a little; and they
should be anxious to learn to co -operate.
cuse for any one having a severe cold
here, because Mr. Pickett has told us
times without number what are the
foods and he has even given us sta
tistics showing the food values in most
of our foods. He has warned us espe
cially about eating between meals; yet
it is a great temptation hard to resist,
to see pastry in the show-case as we
pass by, and not get just a little to
satisfy that sweet tooth.
Children s stomachs seem always to
be empty, but when we disobey the
laws of digestion and keep our stom
achs always working, we may be sure
to expect internal revolution sooner or
later. But there is one satisfaction we
have here always: that whenever we
have the stomach-ache, headache,
cold, sore throat, or any other
common complaint, we always know
what is the matter and how to remedy
it. Quit eating and giye Mother Na
ture a chance to catch up with her
work; for all common sickness is due
only to wrong eating, or over-eating.
Comrade Martin still holds his class
at noon for the junior orchestra. They
are becoming real musicians with swal
low-tailed coats, stand-up collars, pom
padour hair, high-heeled shoes, silk
gowns and painted cheeks. Last week,
they played a one-step for the dance,
and this week they played a one-step
and a waltz. Wednesday evening from
seven to eight is their evening to prac
Music is one of the greatest enjoy
ments in Llano. Nearly every one
makes some kind of music, either with
an instrument or with voice ; and it
is of the better class, too! What a
dreary place this old world would be
if it had no harmonious tones! Let
us make our speech as harmonious as
our music. The stormy sea of strife
will soon grow calm.
Comrade Pickett's mental science
class Monday evening for the children
and Comrade Martin's orchestra prac
tice were postponed a week, in order
that every one could help finish the
roof garden for our big Thanksgiving
dance Thursday evening. We kids will
sure be a merry bunch when that is
Comrade Pickett told us the other
day that if we would help move the
brick from the kiln Sunday, so we
could start the next kiln to burning,
he Would see ttfat we had a dance in
the new roof garden for Thanksgiving.
We all readily agreed, and over forty
five loads of brick were transferred
from the kiln to the new machine build
ing, where, they are fast being trans
formed into a beautiful structure..
Most of jhe work was done by the
Llano's basket ball teams are hold
ing their own. The junior team from
Leesville came down Sunday, and it
looked for a tiihe as tho we were nev
er going to finish up. At the end of
the last quarter the score was a tie,
and so we played five more minutes,
during which each side threw a goal
and tied it again. Five more minutes
were played in which Llano made two
field goals. Following the junion game
was the senior game between our sen
ior boys and the neighbor boys. That
was almost as clos^ a contest. At the
end of the last quarter Llano was- two
points ahead.
Rachel JaquesT'one of the little grade
girls, was so good as to have a birth
day last Saturday, and treat us all to
cake as we left the cafeteria after din
ner. When we went in to dinner the
cake was on one of the tables and
glowing with the light of bright-color
ed candles. Mrs. Belcher cut the cake
while we were eating, and, as we left
Rachel stood at the door with a large
tray and each of us took a piece.
Good? You bet it was! and made
out of our own syrup, too, which made
it all the mpre nutritious.
The present year has in many re
spects been the most successful year
up to the present time in the history
of Llano Colony. Learning how to co
operate has had to be gained by hard
experience, but the colonists have
learned it thoroughly and are now
making demonstrations that count. Ag
riculture has to a large extent been a
sort of a stepchild of the Colony, due
to some extent to the necessity of clear
ing the land, but also largely because
of a lack of practical farmers among
the membership. But this is now be
ing remedied to a large extent, and all
the farming, gardening, horticultural,
stockraising, etc., are advancing rapid
ly to the front.
The recent starting of the Farmers'
Exchange has been a great success
from the start and has gained for Llano
Colony the' co-operation of large num
bers of the old resident farm popula
tion through mutual exchange of pro
ducts and labor that would have not
been possible if the Colony's own agri
culture has been further advanced. In
stead of laboriously having to teach
our neighbors by word of mouth or
the printed page the advantage of co
operation, they are learning it through
the practical enjoyment of its bene
fits before they know anything of the
verbal theories concerning it. This
also furnishes an opportunity for try
ing out the fexperiment whether indi
vidual farming on the person's own in
itiative and full responsibility is su
perior and will yield greater results in
proportion over co-operative farming,
carried on with the most approved ma
chinery and in accordance with the lat
est findings of science by groups or
Time will tell, and actual demonstra
tions will beat all speculative theoriz
ing about it. But there is no reason
why farmers and other workers should
not co-operate right now as far as they
can whatever the final outcome may
be. Our mechanics are co-operating
now with the farmers and the exploit
ing financier, commercialists and pre
datory transportation company is cut
out to this extent to the mutual advan
tage of all —thus co-operating. Go
thau and do likewise.
Syrup-making was the chief subject
discussed at TfTe agriculture meeting on
Friday night, November 24. Comrade
Coleman, Cryer, and Lindsey were the
speakers. The present method of boil
ing the syrup with steam was declared
to be the best from every point of view
yet devised. The heat is more uni
form and can be better regulated.
The horticultural clubs will appre
ciate the sending in of fruit seeds and
cuttings and any other help that the
friends of the Colony are in a position
or feel disposed to give. Com John
Rohner, who is here from Alabama,
sizing us up, while taking in the Col
ony industries, spied a supposed weed
that at home is called Alabama clover,
a forage plant eaten greedily by^ do
mestic animals of every kind and a
splendid food. We are very grateful
to Comrade Rohner for calling our at
tention to this matter, and we will make
the best possible use of this informa
tion from now on. John Rohner is a
successful individual farmer; but he,
believes that integral co-operation can
give better satisfaction and yield a bet
ter social life than by every one play
ing a lone hand. John is right, too, as
usual. -
The threshing is over e.t the rice
ranch and we are enjoying our new
staple food nearly every meal.
Comrade McDonald and Vernon
Boyce started home with Josie, our old
faithful truck, and twenty-three hun
dred pounds of rice and bran early
Saturday morning. But Josie decid
ed she was not quite ready to leave
the rice country with its windRg ca
nals, its graded roads and fertile fields,
and come home to the land of cane,
corn, cotton and sweet potatoes; so
about eight miles from the rice ranch
she took sick and refused to budge.
McDonald phoned home for help and
immediately our two auto doctors,
Jacques and Belcher, started to assist
the homeward travelers and their sick
When Jacques and Belcher met the
party it took them sometime to get
poor Josie in a traveling humor, but
she finally gave up and consented. It
was late in the afternoon before htey
really got started, but they had no
more bad luck and reached home
about six o'clock Sunday morning.
Sunday evening we had rice for sup
per and everyone relished it as tho it
were hot cakes. We all became
Frenchmen and ate it as we should po
tatoes. Rice is the main stay of life
seventy-five miles south of here. The
French eat it as the Northerners eat
potatoes. They cook it dry and eat
it with meat gravy or make it into a
gumbo or soup with chicken. Those
who have not eaten French gumbo
have missed one of America's most
appetizing dishes.
Rice contains 76 per cent starch
but it is a staple food in many coun
tries such as China, India, Japan, the
West Indies and "«Southern Louisiana.
It is even possible to live on rice ex
clusively, but with large quantities of
blue ribbon cane syrup, sweet potatoes
and vegetables, as we have here, we
should never worry about a variety
of foods. We will soon have a car
load of rice on the way hörne and
with our 1500 bushels of sweet pota
toes ^now in the kiln, 30 acres of pea
nuts yet to be threshed, 12 acres of
cane to be made into the choicest sy
rup, and a winter garden bearing ev
ery month we have no fear of hunger.
I That is one of the blessings of the
'south, no one need fear hunger if he
has a little patch of ground and am
bition anough to dig in it.
Anyone who wants to can rail about
the dangers of race suicide, and point
out what a horrible thing it is and how
the whole human race will become on
ly à tradition.
But for me—well, let the race sui
cide if it wants to. I guess there is a
good reason for it. ' , ,
I used to worry about it. It seemed
such a shame that people should slight
their Maker in this way and stubbornly
refuse to help him build them into a
super-race. It seems like downright in
But I have come to the conclusion
that the Maker will have to find some
way out of the difficulty without my
>help. Anyway, I am now lined up on
his side in fact, though I am on the
other side of the argument in spirit.
There are two reasons for this chang
ed attitude. Twins.
Anyone who has has anything to do
with raising or attempting to raise'
Have You Considered
Spending A Week
In Llano?
ÇI 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.
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 oné grocery store, but in its every industry which is neces
sary to the welfare of the whole community.
•I 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,
f 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 time 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.
twins will understand my position. It
is a perpendicular one most of the
time, with one or more twins held i
night-gown clad arms.
I marvel at the intelligence of the
young. It seems positively uncanny.
Possibly the sense of co-operation is
more highly developed in twins than
in singles. But certain it is that they
can do team work in a manner highly
depressing. One can cry till near the
point of exhaustion, when the other
will almost inevitably come to his res
cue and unhesitatingly provide this
white man's burden. The first then re
lapses into something faintly resem
bling coma, but like the Minute Men of
old, ready for instant action.
You might think that they would get
their schedules mixed. Occasionally
they do, but here again their show of
their co-operative spirit is marvelous.
Instead of both of them going to sleep
and leaving the evening air unpierced
by infant yells, they unite, co-ordinate,
and co-operate, lifting their little voices
in a harmony of welling sound that
fills all of the rooms and rolls out
into the street in great gobs. "Keep
the home feet churning" seems to be
their little motto, and they always re
member their motto at night.
Friends with more interest than tact
ask if we think we will raise them.
How to Make Fertilizer
at Home
By George D. Cpleman
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
Fifty Cents Post Free
For Sale by
Newllano, Leesville, La.
I do not know whether there is
terior meaning or not. Do they
that the excess should be taken
the creek and drowned like
Or is it the notion that we are
giving them a trial for life and the
diet may be against them? There are
times when the verdict is unanimous
with me. There are times when I
think that racé suicide is something
to be commended, and that Margaret
Sanger should have been twins her
self, so she could redouble her efforts.
C. Clews.
Some people say that Louisiana is
not a corn producing state, but nearly
29,000,000 bushels being produced
per annum should give it some stand
ing as a corn producer.
The ten-years average for oats pro
duction in Louisiana is stated to be
,137,000 bushels.
study our Pure Food Ads. and get a
sample crate for Christmas. It
your health is worth anything, you
should eat pure foods.—Llano Pure
Foods Dept. <
It matters not how long we live, but

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