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THE COLONY DIARY
(Continued from page 1)
ahead for the possibilities of bad wea
-ther. Three wagons are now hauling
wood every day. Steadman, Allen,
and Clappa are doing this work and
they seem to be gaining on Gilbert
and Gallc, who make an effort to burn
everything in sight. But the big boiler
that furnishes steam for the saw-mill,
brick -mill, and electric light plant
needs lots of füel and Bill and Morris
feed it well. The farm crew is still
cutting Japanese cane; and, as soon as
the brushes come for Jaquei' new
stripper, we will begin to make syrup
again. Kemp is covering the cane
stubbles north of the town and will
probably ^finish the job today. He
and Dalton will then haul cane tops
for mule feed. Walt Fread, Vernon,
and Belcher left for the rice ranch
with the two trucks to get rice. They
took lumber with them, and, of course,
were loaded both ways. Com. Hart
and family, from Missiouri, just ar
rived and will join us. They expect
to go to the rice ranch and help Kling,
Fall, Van, and De Boer. This should
make a happy family at the new co
lony. At the psychology meeting it
was again pointed out that when we
are looking for flults, we can find
them and when \ve are looking forj^
good things in either men dr institu
tions, they can be found. People who|
come here to find our faults can easily
find them. We have them and are
not ashamed to tell of them—we also
have people around us who are glad to
give all the misinformation possible
but the question is: Are these misin
formers capable of being judges of a
movement they do not understand?
Those who come here and MAKE
GOOD are the ones whose hearts are
in this movement; who desire to help
mankind, instead of taking advantage
of their féllow workers. Those who are
suspicious, greedy, and jealous are net
yet ready for co-operation, and the
only way they can be made ready for
it is thru their own efforts. Know thy
self first ; then you will b& able to car
ry yourself along the read to a teal
brotherhood of man. Of course, we
don't all agree upon all things, but we
do agree to co-operate with each oth
er, in order to show the world a better
system of living. Yes, we all have our
faults, but we also have our virtues,
and we try to find the latter in you.
Look for the flowers along life's path
dancing class was held as usual at the
roof garden before the psychological
meeting, and several new pupils were
present.
way; do the best you can to make the
-wcrld better, and you will find a hear
ty welcome, lots of opportunity, and
good associates at Newllano. The folk
Friday, Dec. 22. — No place could
• have nicer weather than we are now
having, and I just lîope it will contin
ue at least a month. You see I am
wishing myself a Happy New Year.
New apparatus is now being lined up
for the hotel, and we hope to soon
have it installed and thus lighten the
load at a particularly interesting,place
(three times a day). Our laundry
work has also outgrown housing and
mechanical facilities, and we hope to
enlarge and better equip that indus
try also. Our growing pains always
come on in the winter time, and the
very new necple wonder how we get on
at all. Sometimes, when the pain is
too great, the G. M. gets the idea that
somêthing must be pulled. Our print
shop has been having its rush for sev
eral weeks, and the building depart
ment is always in pain. The agricul
tural group has a chronic dose of paini
that keeos it extremely nervous every
day in the year. But we like these
growing pains; they remind us of the
coed work that is being done every
d?y There is/i't a single department j
that hasn't grown and prospered in the |
last year. °We have almost doubled
our membership and at the same time!
increased our activities in every
tion The first of the year, the G. M .j
expects to get out a report for you to,
compare with last year's report, and
you "can then judge somewhat of our
progress. Now, hew is this all done.
Simply because we have learned to co
operate with each other. The firs
few years of our existence was a con
tinual struggle among ourselves m of
der to find a true way out of competi
tion. We now have found it and are
-succeeding in carrying it cut. lhe
greatest success we have made is the
psychological one, in which we have
truly learned. to. co -operate. Better
buildings are going up, better equip
ment is being installed, and better
workmen are now on the jobs than ever
before. These changes have taken
place because of gathering together ot
people who understand that thru pro
per education alone will come a co-op
eration that will mean justice, happi
nses, and equal opportunities for all.
To-night, the sex-hygiene class and the
agriculture aass met as usual. Com
rade Hart started to work as a co-op
eratcr to-day, doing his bit with the
farm crew. Mrs. Hart is being initiat
ed at the hotel, and the little folks arc
going to school and acting like old
timers. Some people are natural co
operators, but most of us have to iearn
it thru experience.
* ¥ * *
v Saturday, -Dec. 23. — Another fine
blright day, and Xmas not far off. The
work on the dormitory is beihg rushed
to the limit. Rechsteiner, Sanger,
Geis, and Schmidt are shingling and
doing finishing work, while Nash, Hall,
and Smith are getting out lumber at
the planing mill to complete the job.
Stave has made the window and door
frames and some of them are already
set in. Soon the girls will be in their
new home and more room will be made
for the boys. Sanders is making win
dow sash for the new print shop build
ing, and when the glass is put in there,
the printers will move into their new
quarters. Goldman is doing cabinet
work and "Fred" is busy getting out
wagon materials and about everything
that is called for in a wood-working
shop. Don't forget we make the very
finest kind of hickory handles of all
kinds and will be glad to supply youi
needs at all times. Comrades Busick
and Warren Fread are still hauling
j n j oa j a f( er load of saw logs to be
conver t e d into lumber of all kinds.
omra{ j es M ars> Lottie Braun, and the
"kid- Cre w" at the saw mill ' make it
rea( jy f or t h e finishing stage. At the
iccuv lui iuc liiiisujux.' aiast. ni. in*
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shoe shop, Comrades Lox, Krechmer,
j .. D i „ i i
and Koede are making new shoes,
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repairing old ones, and making harness
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which is adding greatly to outside calls !
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tor service. Loleman, Depuy, and
Thurman joined the farm crew to-day
and are helping top cane. Shutt, Ken
ny, Landrum, Cryer, Darth, Merrel,
and Hart ai% on this crew, and the
cane is being slaughtered for syrup
making. Elmer Klahr reports the sheep
and goats to be in fine shapfc. He
greatly pleased with his location. Soon
Comrades Schmidt will start the poul
try yards west of the townsite. Let us
hope he makes the kiddies realize their
duty to the co-operative movement.
Gaddis and Conlin, assisted by sever
al of the women folk, are getting pea
nuts and peanut butter ready for Xmas.
The candy makers—Mrs Shutt, Glad
ys and Ethel Belcher—are preparing
the sweets, and Mrs. Daugherty and
Myrtle Kemp will see to the distribu
tion of what Santa leefves. I think I
forgot to tell you that Jennie Conlin
1
returned "from Texas the other day with
(wo more hoys for the Colony school.
They are Christian and Elmer Jensen,
w h Q now have joined Fred and George,
thejr 0 , der bro thers. Truly, our family
of children is growing. Comrade Woos
ter and his family are moving to-day
into the house formerly occupied by
Comrade Reeves. > This will give room
for Jennie and Walter's new family
growth. No greater good to human
betterment can be shown than the as
sisting of little children to a better way
of living and a better education; and,
if any movement on earth deserves as
sistàhce, it is one engaged in helping
the "future man-power of the world.
The dancing school was not in opera
tion to-night, but a good time was en
joyed at the dance as usual. Our new
dancing hall at the roof garden is a
much-enjoyed addition to our social
welfare. It is in use every evening in
some way or another.
Sunday, Dec 24. — Xmas is near,
and kind remembrances from friends
of the Colony and from friends and re
latives of colonists are pouring into our
community. We never knew we had
so many friends and well-wishers, and
the only fitting response we can send
them is to hope that some day they
will be living among us in a civilization
that their hearts desire to see estab
lished. "Sell all you have, give to the '
j poor, and follow me," one young man j
| was told 2000 years ago. I would |
change it to-day, because his plan was
no t carried out. Put all your worldly
direc-jgoods into the co-operative movement,!
.j abolish suspicion, greed and jealousy
f r0 m your heart, join our movement,
and devote the rest of your time to es
tablishing the co-operative common-j
wealth. It is the only thing worth
working for. If you would do it—all!
you workers—the job could be done
now. The longer you stay in the cap
italistic game, the longer you keep the
beast alive. What satisfaction do you
world can furnish in worldly goods,
but we CAN have them, and we WILL
have them in time. But we DO have
the best life anyone can have, and we
can enjoy our daily relationship with
one another and at the same time set an
«.example of real co-operation that will
some day tame the heart and point the
way to a better civilization for all man
kind. I would not trade the last eight
years of my life and its experiences for
get out 6f it? You just live at the
best, and you can't help but see around
you all the victims of the unjust sys
tem! No, we don't have the best the
all the other, and I expect the future
to hold for me much more than the
past has held. My Comrade, are
just drifting down stream with ao at
tempt to steer your boat? If so, awake
—else you will hit a snag. If you have
a harbor in sight, what do you expect
to see or do when you come into, it?
Will it be a more beautiful life to be
hold, or just the same old selfish strug
gle? Why not make this your turning
point and decide to steer your craft in
to an existence of unselfishness and of
SERVICE? It is the only thing worth
while, and in order to enter into it, you
must burn all bridges behind you and
resolve to give yourself to the move
ment. Then you c^n live it and enjoy
it. Every selfish thought or deed will
retard your entry _ into the real life.
Everybody around here is preparing
for Xmas, and the program at the the
ater to-night. As I was bad, .the boss
sent me to bed, and I get only the re
port of a fine plrogrâm àt the theater.
Dad Gleeser's class was held as usual
at the hotel, and I know this was one
of the finest days in the whole year
Indeed, we have been favored with
beautiful weather this year, and it has
helped us much in our great progress
at the Colony. We take our hats off
to the weather-maker and beg for more
of it. There is so much to do and so
few to do it that we don t like to miss
a s ' n §' e ^ ay s wor k through any cause.'
Boer, and Van came up yes
ter< ^ a y 1:0 spend Xmas, while Fall stay-j
et ^ at r ' ce ranc ^ to '°°k a ^ er ^ings;
l ^ ere - we . re a " g ' a< ^ to see ^
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boys home again, and we express our
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appreciation or their willingness to
, f , \ \xr m
work away rrom home so long. Well,
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(some day that will be another big
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group,-and a co-operative home, too
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Mrs. Synoground came home in time
to hang up her stocking, and she and
Laura both said they were glad to get
back. This is home—the best in the
world as long as we help make it such.
Monday, Dec 25. — This is Xmas
morning, and the "lady reporter"
propped up in bed, just thinking and
wondering if it is right to lose (which
she has done) that old Xmas spirit. I
feel the same to-day as on other days;
I am not\ hypnotizing myself with the
feeling of "peace on earth, good will
to all men" for just to-day; I am not
thinking of assisting poor underfed
folks to gorge themselves once a year
and make them feel that the world is
good to them (through charity). No,
sir! I have lost it all. I have reached
a point where I know peoplecan have
Enough to eat every day of the year;
I know they can be happy every hour
'/TV \"Z ."T *W.r"™d
° f tlle,r 1,ves > l .^ y «^ J' n kind al! the
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time. Only the unwise, the unthink
ing, will take great delight in giving
to-day and permit the taking-away to
begin over again to-morrow. Only the
moral coward will give because he HAS
TO, when his heart is not right for the
doing. "Peace on earth, good will to
man" was meant" as a law of nature.
It is the law of love, the law of service
and reciprocity, and it was meant to be
followed every day. in the year, by ALL
mankind, toward all mankind. Instead
of being observed as it should be, the
spirit of Xmas is as rule commercial
ized. It affords a time for business to
get more business; it offers a chance
for some people to get more of our
world's goods from others al a time of
year when they can least afford to
spend it. It permits others to give thru
charity what they have taken away in
greed—and to-morrow they take it all
back again. NO, I AM NOT SOUR.
I want to see the teachings of the Mas
ter in practice every day in the year.
It can be done, and I know WE are to
blame because it is not done. I want
to see the Xmas psychology an every
day psychology. Then all men will be
at peace with each other, and there will
-.be no necessity for charity as~it is
' practiced to-day. There will be no
j hungry underfed children to envy those
| who have more than enough ; life will
[lengthen, crime will vanish, and greed
ftvill no longer be taught as the first law
of nature. There will be no more-fight
j ing for markets, and war will be a thing
I of the past. Yes, my comrade, these
'thing are possible, and they are now
being enacted down here where I live,
th'e>No, don't get the idea that it is perfect,
It is not, but the spirit is here that will
'perfect it. We are going through the
educational stage. There is no com
mercialism practiced in our group;
there is no hatred or spite in the heart
of the real co-operator; he feels at
peace with his brothers every day of
his life and is willing to sacrifice (if
need be) his all for his cause. By re
moving the cause, we soon get at the
effect. So I have lost all the old Xmas
spirit I used to have, because I know it
can f>e and should be a natural spirit
for every day. I love the spirit of
Xmas every day; therefore, I don t en
thuse over one day's psychology^ We
give, every day, all that is in us to our
day. There "isn't a single Department
that hasn't grown and prospered in the
last year. We have almost doubled
our membership and, at the same time,
you'cause. —And we see the results. I
know that if all men were to do like
wise, we should have a world to be
proud of—a world populated with hap
py people, a civilization advancing at
a rate- undreamed of by most people.
This is the best Xmas I ever spent in
all my life. I expect the next one to be
better. The reason? More real co-op
erators—brothers and sisters, if you
please—in our brotherhood. I don't
suppose I shall live to see the new re
gime established 'throughout the world,
but I have seen it and tasted its fruits
in many ways and find it good—yester
day, to-day, and forever. The Xmas
spirit is a Wonderful thing, and YOU
can have it with you all the time. You
should. You can practice it every day
in the year. You must. Why don't
you? "Peace orç earth, good will
all men" all the time will bring hea-j
ven on earth and fulfill the prophecy
of Him whose birthday you are remem
bering. "
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Tuesday, Dec. 26. No school to
day, but every kiddoo is on his or her!
job just tRe same as the grown-ups.
And, believe me, with this fine weafth
e r, (he grown-ups are "making" hay"
; n ever y department, Comrade Martin
an( j f am i]y came over from Fal to
S pÄid some of their vacation with- us
the Colony. Ole and a gang are
now filling the brick kiln. By the time
this kiln is burned, the brick layers
will have the first story of the big
machine building up and ready for
more brick, too. Kling and the Hart
family werft to the rice ranch to-day,
and in another day or two some more
of us will also journey that way. v With
all the excitement of two days' vaca
tion, and "yours truly" knocked out,
it is hard to say just what will inter
est you; so I am going to dron back
to my old habit of pestering the life
out of you to help us to pay for this
land and install useful necessary
equipment and conveniences. A tele
gram to Santa Claus asked thaf portly
gent to olease send our G. M. $12.000
to Day for land, a cold storage plant,
and a water works system. Now, let
me tell you: that's just what would
have gene into his stocking best; but,
as it didn't come for Xmas, I want you
>"> know it wi'l be verv acceDtable for
JVew Year's. Down to facts. This is tîie
time of year to investigate the Isle of
Pijies. and a very important business
schedule is laid out to be used when
that trip is made. Thé trip should by
at
of
it
of
Have You Considered
\
Spending A Week
In Llano
q DO YOU REALIZE WHAT WE ARE DOINGi?
q DO YOU UNDERSTAND WHAT OUR IDEAL IS ?
tf Some self-styled expert has claimed that we are not co-operating; that
we have ijo light to use the word co-operative in anp-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 one grocery store, but in its every industry which is neces
^ sary to the welfare of the whole community.
We are not only subscribing our capital to the N 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.
ïjj Words do not convey the same ideas to those who read them. Some
can get one meaning, some another. Fhe 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 Stabled some day and you will become a missionary for the
Llano idea.
Llano climate is so mild that fall and winter is a good tm 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, 1^.
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all means be made next month; but,
until the land contract is safely han
dled, the trip must be deferred. How
does this affect you? Well, you will
make this your future home; you will
want operations to be as efficient and
complete as possible when you arrive;
and, with this land payment out of the
road, we shall be in a position to make
some most extensive improvements and
at the same time begin our fruit ranch
on the Isle of Pines. With this three
thousand additional acres of land, we
shall have holdings -enough to handle
ten thousand people. We shall have
a foundation that will be sound enough
to permit of no limitation of our fu
ture plans. We shall be- in a position
to plan and carry our plans into ef
feet. We can then invite people to
to,come here and live and help us to
build a social unit without the fear of
over-population. We can soon branch
out all over the U. S. and establish
other producing units that will make
exchanges possible, so thaf we can wipe
out the wage or profit system complete^
1/ by dealing among ourselves. We are
not competing with any one^ we don't
helping with your cash now, can make
this "home unit" a fully-accomplished
fact". When that is done, we shall soon
be able to help establish other units
and if you don't care to come here to
live we may get a home established
for you where you will care to live.
We, through our production, expect to
back up the future colonies; and one
belonging here will have the privilege
to live in any of the others. But let's
not dream. Get your cash with ours
now and make this place safe and
sound. We can then plan the others.
This place is the important one now,
and we need your money—your spir
it—and YOU.
To make two blades of justice grow
where none grew before—that is
beauty.—Stolen.
EAGLE "MIKADO"
Pencil No, 174
For Sale c.t your Dealer
ask for the yellow pencil with '
■ EAGLE MIKADO
Mads in five grades
:he red band
EAGLE PENCIL COMPANY, NEW YORK
A FREE PEOPLE
Allen McCurdy tells a story with a
moral that is well worth while recalling
just at this time in view of the threat
ened industrial revolution in this coun
try and the discussion pro and con of
the right and wrong involved, and up
on whom the responsibility for the men
acing condition rests.
Mr. McCurdy relates that on one oc
casion, while addressing a New York
meeting, he uttered these words:
"This country, with its institutions,
belongs to the people who inhabit it.
Whenever they shall grow weary of the
existing government, they can exercise
their constitutional right of amending
it, or their revolutionary right. to dis
member and overthrow it,"
Whereupon he was soundly, round
ly, and furiously hissed.
When the hissing had subsided, Mc
Curdy remarked that he had never
thought to live to see the time when a
Republican meeting in the chief city
of the land would hiss the words of
Abraham Lincoln, taken verbatim from
his first inaugural address.—Montgom
V"
POLITICAL SUPER
STITION FADING
(Pv The Federated Press)
Baton Rouge, La. —Altho Louisi
ana has a population of about 1, 800,
000 only 32,075 voters cast a ballot at
the last election on a proposed amend
ment to the constitution. The number
of registered voters is 191,789 out of
945,000 adults of both sexes resident
in the state. Practically every Negro
is disfranchised either in law or in fact.
Bobbie had been studying his grand
father's face, which was very wrinkled.
"Well, Bob," said the old gentleman,
"do yok like my face?"
"Yes, grandpa," said Bobbie. "It's
a nawfully nice face, but why don 't
you; have it ironed?"

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