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LENA JASE FfiV. 



Other Worlds 



A Story Concerning the Wealth Earned by 

American Citizens and Showing How 

It Can Be Secured to Them 

Instead of to the Trusts 



By LENA JANE FRY 



CHICAGO: 
LENA JANE FRY, PuUiiher 
1905 



K> s- M- 



HARVARD COLLEGE LIBRARY 

SHELDON FUND 

JULY 10. 1940 



Copyright 1905 

BY LENA JANE PRY 

Chioaoo, III. 



156 



THIS BOOK 

IS LOVINGLY DEDICATED 

TO 



THREE OF America's 



BEST DAUGHTERS, 
NENA N., BERTHA J., AND 

KATHLEEN E. FRY, 



INTRODUCTION. 

In introducing myself to my readers I believe I can dot 
no better than to insert the following clipping, taken 
from a recent newspaper; for I am answering the cry 
that is going out to those who are able to work out the 
problem, of finding employment for willing hands to do : 

"the right to work." 

Is there such a thing as the ''right to work?" If so, why 
isn't it enforced on behalf of the great army of unemployed? 

u. does seem that there should be something for every willing 
pair of hands in this great country to do. We have unbounded, 
unmeasured natural resources. We have billions of idle wealth. 
Ought we not to have wisdom enough to bring the idle wealth 
and natural opportunities and the idle hands together? 

Think of the suffering women and children who are cold and 
hungry because the husband and father cannot find work for 
his willing hands. 

Think of this, you well-to-do, you statesman; yes, and you 
workingman. 

Here is a black, horrid blemish on the Christian civilization 
of the Twentieth Century. To wipe it out is a work far grander 
in the possibilities of its results than to construct wonderful 
subways, build libraries and monuments or to perform any of 
the wonderful things of which we boast. 

And, bear this in mind, if every man will do his duty by his 
fellow man, the time will come when the piteous cry, ''I can- 
not find work," will be heard no more in this fair land. 

You will see, as you read this book, that I believe — as 
do many others — ^that there are other worlds that are in- 
habited, as well as this ; but that is not the point after all. 
This IS a story taken from every day life as it is. Many 
events will be recognized, though no real characters have 
been given. 



6 INTRODUCTION. 

If my ideas are carried out, it means freedom to the 
oppressed. It means wealth for all industrious people, in 
fact, the society I picture in these pages will be able to 
confer not only wealth but honors upon all deserving 
members. All thinking people know that we are in the 
midst of the most awful crisis that this world has ever 
known ; that the Trusts have us hemmed in on all sides, 
that we seem to be helpless. I say "seem to be," for we are 
not helpless, only stunned by the immense power which 
money has enabled the Trusts to use against us in taxing 
our necessities. 

I have written this book believing I could give some 
practical ideas that will help to win the battle thaf is 
going against iis as a people. 

The Trusts are not our enemies in reality; they are 
only the whips that have been used to draw us into line 
and show us how to manage our affairs as a Nation in- 
stead of in the individual way, with its wasteful com- 
petition. 

In all the ages past, when nations were menaced, a 
leader came to their aid; but in this age we need many 
leaders along many lines to take hold, for all people have 
been guilty of a crime that few even know was a crime. 

It was money that gave the Trusts their power over us, 
and it was money that has been the root of evil in all the 
ages. It is hard to know when it was established as the 
world's idol, but as an Idol it rules the virtuous as well 
as the depraved. "Thou shalt have none other gods before 
Me," the Lord of Heaven has said. Down with the 
m.oney Idol, or destruction shall fall on your head, we 
say as we look around and see the consequences of its 
power. It rules our lives, and is it necessary after all? 
is the subject upon which I have written. 

I believe in justice to all, and I have written this book 



INTRODUCTION. 7 

because I have something to say in it that will help to 
bring prosperity for all. 

I have done my best, and, if I have not done the best 
that can be done, my only wish is that others will take 
up the ideas I have given here, until all humanity «an 
clasp hands and say: Thank the good power of united 
action that has shown us how to secure homes and our 
necessities independent of the money powers. 

May all who read it, choose evolution and safety and 
not wait for war and its attending calamities that the 
money rulers are bringing, is my greatest wish. 



INTRODUCTION. 



HOW I HAPPENED TO WEITE "OTHER WORLDS. " 



'Twas eveniog. I nas sitting in ni; parlpr alone in the home, 

, not a aoul was neat. 
A strike was in full blast and had been for a jear. 
Lives had been lost and njourners would weep 
Aa funerals passed slowly down the street. 
Watching at the window as a procession passed, 
Mentally I asked the qnestion; how long God! how long shaU 

this thing last? 
Is the Idol of the Nation— aye, the Idol of the earth- 
That thing, that is called money] — oh — is it of greater worth 
Than the creatures thou hast created f 

Not knowing I had uttered a prayer, in the fullness of my heart 
I sat in the gloaming, and in time it became quite dark. 
I was resting — sitting passive— not even trying to think, 
When an angel stood before me! Perhaps 'twas — a dream; who 



Or when imagination c 

caret 
To me it was a vision and the angel was most f^r, 
As she pointed to the stars in the heavens, shining there; 
' ' They too, are worlds, ' ' she whispered, ' ' struggling to the 

light. 
Gaining wisdom by experience and power by their mig>t. 
Go wrila and tell the world about them and how they won : 

When powers and principalities 

seemed greater than the sun. 
This monster called 'money,' that all 

love so well ; 
Has opened wide the very floodgates 

of hell. 
Until you have a toiling, struggling 

mass called humanity. 
Go, now, write the story; I bid you 

make haste 
For your homes are menaced! Your 

country will be laid waste 
By the Trusts who weave webs, as a 

spider to catch flies; 
The Nation may be throttled until it 




CHAPTER I. 

N A COUNTRY 
[I'jSy place near a town 

jHrj called Lake View, on 

the planet Herschel, 
lived a family of the 
name of Vivian. They 
were known all over 
the country for their 
hospitality, wealth and 
their beautiful daugh- 
ters. For generations 
the name Vivian had 
been associated with 
brave deeds, honest 
lives and intellect. The 
girls were even' known 
as "those very clever 
Vivian girls." Mira, the 
youngest of the four 
girls, just sixteen as 
this story opens, was a 
'^J^/ '^ LaS^I bright, winsome girl, 

^'/< ^f^/l tall and graceful, with 

large hazel eyes, a pink 

and white complexion, and an abundance of golden hair. 

On a bright autumn afternoon Mira was on the lawn 

watching the birds and listening to their clatter as they 






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lo OTHER WORLDS. 

collected in large numbers to take their yearly journey to 
a warmer climate. "How wise they are," she pondered ; 
"though so small, they know more than the people do. 
Away they go to another part of the world. I wish I 
could go with them. I am so weary of always staying in 
one place." She gazed after them as they took their 
onward flight, and her mother, who had been watching 
her from the window, seemed to catch the thought, for 
she said aloud : "I am afraid, like the birds, she \yill soon 
be leaving me alone." 

"Why, mother," said a young man, approaching her; 
"you are actually talking to yourself. I thought Helen or 
Mira was with you. I want one of them to go on the 
lake with me." 

"Tom, look at Mira," the mother exclaimed. "She is 
quite grown up. I have never realized it till now. Buf 
before you call either of the girls, I want to talk to you 
about the society you young people have been organizing. 
The ideas are strange to me. When I was young, mar- 
ried women didn't take positions. Is it possible that you 
cannot support your wife?" 

"Why, of course I could," the young man replied ; *^but 
when you were young you had no Trusts to absorb your 
income as we have in this generation. Nellie and I are 
dedicating ourselves to this undertaking. We intend to 
work together to free ourselves ancf all who join us from 
their tyranny." 

"It is quite an undertaking," his mother replied. "I 
don't see how you are going to succeed without capital. 
It takes so much money now to start anything to what 
it did when your father was young, and he inherited the 
property." 

"The world hasn't shrunk," Tom replied, "since fa- 
ther's time. The only difficulty is in our knowing how to 



OTHER WORLDS. ii 

meet the situation in a new way. The industry of the 
masses in every way, is how wealth has been collected, 
and the people are as willing to work now as they ever 
have been. But here is Mira." 

"Will you take a row with me, Mira?" he asks as she 
approaches them. "I will tell you all about the society, 
mother, when we come back. I want to rest my brain for 
a while out on the water. You don't mind, do you, 
mother ?" he inquired. 

"Oh, no," she replied; "there is time enough before 
you return to the city." 

Mrs. Vivian, her eldest son Geron and his family, be- 
sides Mira, lived on the Vivian estate. The rest of the 
family had gone to the city to live, after their father died ; 
as their wealth had decreased it was necessary. Tom was a 
lawyer; Libra had married a banker, and Scoris and 
Helen had employment. The next day the rest of the 
family arrived at the old homestead, for it was the mo- 
ther's birthdav. 

The family dinner had been a success, and they had all 
assembled in the old-fashioned drawingroom for the 
evening. Old friends had been invited to meet the city 
members of the family, especially Tom, who at that time 
was making a change in the industrial life not well under- 
stood by his friends or some members of the family. The 
gentlemen in the party had grouped around Tom to hear 
about it, for it had been a surprise to them that he had set 
aside his profession to take up this new line of work, for 
he had been a successful lawyer for so young a man. In 
another corner of the room some of the ladies were dis- 
cussing the fashions, while still another group had cen- 
tered around Nellie, Tom's bride. 

The room was long and this evening the music room 
doors had been thrown open on one side and the library 



12 OTHER WORLDS. 

opening into it also by large doors afEorded an opportunity 

for each group to converse without interrupting the other. 

Mira had not been noticed when she and Jack Moberly 

(an old acquaintance) had passed out on the lawn. He 

had something to tell her, he whispered. He was 

going away nearly two thousand miles. An old unde had 

offered him a position superior to anything he could ever 

expect if he stayed in Lake 

' View, He wanted Mira to 

marry him and go, too. 

"I cannot leave you," he said ; 
and she in her inexperience 
thought she couldn't live without 
him. They knew her mother 
would never give her consent, 
for. she had been heard to say 
that if a child of hers married 
under age she would break the 
marriage. No one had objected 
to Jack, but none had suspected 
the true state of affairs between 
him and Mira. She was so young. 
They joined the rest of the family after a time and the 
evening passed, all having enjoyed the music and the sing- 
ing, as well as the renewing of old friendships. 

No one imagined that this birthday would be a day to 
be remembered as the turning point in more lives than 
one among them, but it was. 

Libra, the eldest daughter, and her husband had re- 
turned to the city. Scoris and Helen, as well as Tom and 
Nellie, remained for a few days longer. The next morn- 
ing Tom announced that he was going to take Nellie 
across the lake, and possibly they would go on farther 



OTHER WORLDS. 13 

and see some old friends, so would not be back until 
evening. The morning was bright and the water was as 
clear as crystal as they passed out from the small lake 
through the narrows into the larger body of water, then 
on to one of the small islands to the wonderful cave Tom 
had discovered when a boy. They had fastened the boat, 
climbed the steep hill and walked about half a mile 
through thickly grown shrubs, trees and brush, and over 
rocks; still no cave was in sight. Nellie looked at Tom 
inquiringly. She could see a high rock on one side with 
shrubs growing on its side in places, but no sign of an 
opening except almost at the top, but that was fully ten 
feet high. 

Pushing aside the brush with one hand and holding the 
overhanging limb of a large tree with the other, Tom 
said: "Now you follow me and I will show you my old 
hiding place." They went down a narrow passage rather 
steep in places, but by hanging onto the roots of an old 
grape vine managed to keep their footing until they 
landed on solid rock. They walked a few feet, when, be- 
fore them Nellie saw an opening about two and a half 
feet wide. Beyond she could see a large chamber, lighted 
by the opening she had seen on the outside. Part of the 
floor was flat and on one side of the wall it was broken , 
as if it had been cut out for use at some time, for it 
formed a seat and a table, or rather a shelf large enough 
to hold the basket of provisions they had brought. Sev- 
eral boxes were lying about,, showing that it had been 
used at some time before. Tom selected a box for Nellie, 
seated himself on the rock, then exclaimed : "This is the 
place ; what do you think of it?'' 

"Think !" she exclaimed ; "I haven't got l)eyond won- 
dering yet. And it was here you thought out all the 
plans for the society?" 



14 OTHER WORLDS. 

"Yes/* he answered ; "after I had lived in the city and 
seen all the miseries the poor have to endure— the injus- 
tices." 

'^No, no, dear, don't say it," she interrupts him. "This is 
our resting time, and in such a place we are not going to 
spoil our holiday by even thinking of unpleasant things 
today. So you came here to be quiet and plan for the 
future ?" 

"Yes, the most important rules were written on that 
table of stone." 

"What a lovely memory so many of you have who were 
born and raised in the country," she continued. "How 
little the city people know about its resources. Why, this 
cave would answer for a summer home. I wish it was 
earlier in the season. We could bring in branches of trees 
and. cover them with pine needles for a bed, some bed- 
ding, rugs, etc., and what more could we wish for as a 
quiet place to rest in?" 

"Your enthusiasm would make up for deficiencies," 
Tom answered. "While you arrange our lunch I will go 
to a spring for water, so we can make tea. Do you see 
the stove over there under that opening where the light 
comes from?" 

"I see a pile of stones," she answered. 

"Oh, you poor, ignorant city girl," he laughed, "not to 
recognize the camper's most useful kitchen utensil." 

While her husband was gone for water, Nellie looked 
around the cave, feeling the calmness of this God-made 
Temple. Only the twitter of birds, and the rustle of fall- 
ing leaves could be heard. She arranged the table for 
their lunch, then waited till he came. Tom made the tea 
after he had boiled the water over the twigs he had gath- 
ered and burned in the stone stove. After lutich they 
strolled on through the woods, gathering flowers, while 



OTHER WORLDS. 15 

Tom showed her all the beauties of the place. Evening 
came before they realized it and as they ascended the hill 
on their return home after securing the boat, when out 
from the shadow of the trees they saw a calf tied to a 
tree. 

"Oh, Tom !" Nellie exclaimed, "look at that poor, help- 



less creature. It cannot even lie down. Who tied it 
like that ?" 

"No one," he repHed. "Don't you see it has wound 
itself up by twisting the rope about the free as it ran 
around it." 

"Such a look of resignation," Nellie said. 'It reminds 
me of the people in the cities. They, too, are tied by the 
rope that the trusts and custom have wound'them up with. 



i6 OTHER WORLDS. 

They suffer and die without knowing how easy it is to — 
go back — just like — the calf. Oh !" she cried ; "it will run 
over me. I didn't know the rope was so long." 

"Look out, or he will kick you before I can get hold 
of the rope. I had to drive him back the way he came, 
and I forgot that you didn't know the ways of calves," 
Tom said hurriedly, as he ran to secure it. She had 
moved far enough away to feel safe before she continued 
in the same train of thought. 

"It has trampled its food down as it ran around its 
shelter, besides amusing itself. Again that is like the 
majority of city people. The infants play with rattle 
boxes, but the grown children with politics and money. A 
shelter and food are gambled for until the age limit con- 
fronts them." 

"There you are, old fellow," Tom exclaims, not notic- 
ing Nellie's reverie as he unties the rope. "Now, Nellie, 
you go on to the house, and tell them I am coming as 
hungry as a bear. I'll give him a drink before he does 
the same thing over again." 

Nellie started and was crossing the orchard when she. 
saw a number of cows eating apples that had fallen on 
the ground. She thought of little children in the city who 
rarely tasted an apple and could be seen looking longingly 
at the street stands. The abundance of fruit everywhere 
on this large estate of several hundred acres was amaz- 
ing to her, as she compared the need of these things in 
the cities. "Oh, what an unnecessary waste," she thought. 
"It would have seemed incredible if I had been told it. 
Here are cows feeding upon the rarest varieties." 

"Well," exclaimed Mira, laughingly, as she appeared 
around the comer of an outbuilding, "are you trying to 
cheat the cows? We have been keeping dinner until I 



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OTHER WORLDS. 17 

expect it is spoiled, waiting for you. Mother became un- 
easy and sent me to hurry you up." 

As Tom overtook them he laughed also at seeing the 
fruit in Nellie's arms. After dinner he took her to the 
cellar and showed her the great bins of apples without a 
flaw that were stored for winter, besides all the vegetables 
and all kinds of fruit ; then they went to the parlor, where 
the rest of the family had assembled. 

A low fire burned in the grate to make the room 
cheerful as it had turned chilly. 

Scoris, the eldest unmarried sister, was trying to inter- 
est Geron's wife in the society, but in spite of her own 
enthusiasm, Grace did not seem to respond. Just at this 
time Scoris found it hard to talk on any other subject for 
any length of time, it seemed so all-important to her. 
Helen, the other sister, and Nellie exchanged glances, 
both realizing that there was a prejudice against the soci- 
ety in the home circle they had not expected. Scoris, with 
Tom, had been the means of starting the society, which 
had grown so fast that Tom had finally sold out his law 
partnership so that he could devote his whole time to it. 
In the city almost every one responded that they had 
been able to reach, and here were their own relatives 
absolutely indifferent. 

Several times during the evening Nellie would ask 
questions about the abundance of things that were thrown 
away or given to the animals. Geron finally explained 
that all those things were of less value to them than the 
labor would amount to. "We live so far away from the 
cities that it doesn't pay to ship them. Tom's idea is the 
best, evidently, for he intends to bring the people to the 
farms where they can secure all the surplus. You will 
have your hands full, I can promise you. If I wasn't 



i8 OTHER WORLDS. 

so far away I would advise you to take my place ; farm* 
ing don't pay any too well." 

Tom answered: "You must remember I am not start- 
ing a farm, merely using the land to provide the necessi- 
ties at first hand. The object of the society is to secure 
homes for its members, then food at first cost, while it 
aims to give them employment as nearly as possible ac- 
cording to their talents and the society's needs. We take 
the farms to build our town because it has to be started 
under new conditions, for we must compete with the old 
money system for many years." 



OTHER WORLDS. 19 



CHAPTER II. 

"Tom," Geron said, after arising and moving around 
aimlessly, "you are going to waste your time. The 
trusts are too strong for any one man to undertake to 
down them." 

Tom, who had been sitting with his chair tipped back, 
reached out to the table to balance himself before he an- 
swered, then he stood up, stretching out his arms and 
yawning, said, "I ana not trying to down them. You 
remember the story of the lion and the mouse, don't • 
you, Geron?" 

"Yes." 

"Well, for the sake of the case at point, I will liken 
the masses to the lion; I will merely pose as the mouse, 
as it nibbled the cord that let the lion go free." 

Just then Mrs. Vivian, who had been looking after the 
comfort of the room by poking at the fire in the grate, 
asked : "What lion are you talking about, Tom ?" This 
caused all the family to roar with laughter. 

"He is trying to convince Geron that he is as harmless 
as a mouse," Scoris replied. 

The two men left the room laughing, Geron saying that 
he was going out to smoke. 

Then Scoris explained it to her mother: "Geron 
thought that Tom was trying to break the trusts, and 
Tom took that way of explanation, for he is merely 
showing the people how to live independently of the 
trusts." 

"Tom promised to explain to me what you arc all do- 
ing in the society, but he has not had time yet," the mo- 



20 OTHER WORLDS. 

ther said. "I wish you would tell me something about it. 
Geron says it will fail, he knows it will." 

"Well, it will not," Nellie answered, her eyes flashing, 
as she changed her seat to get nearer to Mrs. Vivian,^ 
"Tom never fails." 

"No," Scoris exclaimed, she also resenting Geron's 
idea ; "and if he did, some one else would take it up! The 
people are ready now to free themselves from the trusts. 
They have only been waiting for a leader, and Tom i& 
that man." 

Nellie had arisen and was standing by Scoris. Helett 
raised her head, for she had been absorbed in a new 
poem, and Nellie's voice had actually sounded sharp. 

Geron's wife looked apologetic. Slie stood up, then sat 
down, not knowing exactly what was expected of her,, 
for it looked for a second as if there was going to be a 
family dispute. Mrs. Vivian looked distressed until 
Scoris laughingly asked: 

"How much do you know about it, mother?" 

''Not much," she answered; "only Geron says that 
each member pays only one dollar per year for mem- 
bership, and that no society could be kept up on such- 
a cheap basis; that Tom intends to build immense ho- 
tels and factories, and he can't see where the money 
is coming from to do it all." 

"Mother, dear," Scoris answered, "you only know a. 
very small part of it. The fee is small so as to reach 
the very poorest class. They can start as members 
on twenty-five cents per week, after the membership 
fee is paid, *tis true, but it is not their money that we 
value, but their labor. They can become members by 
their labor alone. The poorest member must secure 
one share each year, which only amounts to twelve 
dollars. We have two hundred such members, but we 



OTHER WORLDS. 21 

have one hundred that are securing twelve shares yearly, 
besides two hundred more that are ranging from twenty 
shares each year to many thousands, invested already. 
Considering that the society is only one year old that is 
encouraging. The society also owns a number of auto- 
mobiles that we have been using instead of cars. I am 
sure that don't look like failure. We employ a large 
number of men to manufacture bricks, and what is more, 
they did it by hand labor, the old-fashioned way, using 
horses to turn the machinery. The men were those that 
had been crowded out of employment by the age limit. 
Two men, seeing the advantages of the society, adver- 
tised for such men, explained the advantages of the 
society to them, then secured the clay land suitable for 
bricks. The results are that there is enough to start the 
first apartment house in the spring. They have also made 
artificial stone to beautify the buildings. Another man 
has been burning lime stone on his own place. These are 
the principal building materials and they are either found 
already or will be by some member, for all are contrib- 
uting either their labor or money to secure the success 
of the society. Mother, dear, you cannot imagine how 
many poor souls were glad to get the work to do, espe- 
cially when they knew they were not expected to work 
more than six hours each day and that they were pro- 
vided with shelter and food besides being able to save for 
the future. Some who had always been accustomed to 
digging and hard work will dig the foundations in the 
spring. Now this is the strange thing about it. The men 
who gave them the work did not have to pay them one 
dollar in money. They were only too glad to secure a 
permanent home for at least this winter. Every one of 
them has scrip and shares in the society as a result of 
their summer's work." 



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22 OTHER WORLDS. 

"Well, that is a good thing for poor men, but how did 
the society get the benefit of those two men's labor who 
superintended the work, as well as using their capital in 
paying the rent for the brick-clay land, buying horses, 
and feeding them as well as the men ?" her mother asked. 

"The society, bought the bricks from them, exchanging 
farm produce, and shares as well as scrip, in payment for 
two-thirds of their value. The balance was paid in 
money; don't you see?" 

'Where did the society get the money?" 
'Why, it was taken out of the permanent shares. I 
forgot to tell you that We issue two kinds of shares. The 
ones of which all members have to secure at least one 
each year are the permanent ones. They are paid to the 
society in money or labor, and the money representing 
them can only be used for buildings or any kind of per- 
manent wealth. These same men are going to set the 
workmen to putting up roughly made buildings on 
the farm we have secured, to store ice in for the summer, 
as well as a house for themselves to live in. They are 
not particular where they live, poor fellows, so long as 
it is a shelter and that their food is sure, as well as 
clothing. These two men I mentioned have secured ma- 
terials from the wrecking companies in the city, for the 
buildings will be only temporary ones, boarded inside 
and out, and filled in between with sawdust." 

While listening to Nellie's account Mrs. Vivian had 
been anxious when Scoris began, but gradually relaxed 
as the explanation advanced. "How very simple after 
all," she remarked. "It is like a broken stitch in a stock- 
ing. Stitch by stitch we draw the thread in and out un- 
til it is whole again!" But she started up, exclaiming, 
"Who is going to redeem the scrip?" 

"Tom is/' Nellie answered. "At present he has charge 



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of all produce, and the different members are providing 
for all kind of exchanges." 

"Well, girls," their mother said, "don't think me stu- 
pid for not understanding all about it, but how is Tom 
to derive an income from what he sells to the members 
and redeem the scrip besides?" Scoris and Nellie ex- 
changed glances to see which would explain. Scoris. 
motioned to Nellie to proceed, feeling that she knew 
more about it. 

"Our immediate income," Nellie answered, "is from 
what Tom sells to the members, and we have five hun- 
dred members besides their families that consume food. 
Tom has been buying it from the farmers at wholesale 
and selling at retail. It has been enough to keep us so 
far, and we take charge of the first farm next week, so 
then we will be able to buy to better advantage and have 
no rent to pay besides, for the society provides that by 
the $1.00 membership fee. You see we have over five 
hundred members, and they represent that amount. You 
know Tom sold out his law partnership. Well, he has 
used the money to buy with. Besides vegetables and 
fruit, we have charge of the milk which he sells to the 
dealers, who allow the members a percentage on all they 
buy. The members bought our scrip, then Tom used 
the money to secure the milk ; he then redeems the scrip 
as payment for the milk consumed." 

"Well, I hope it will be a success," Mrs. Vivian de- 
clared, with a sigh. 

"Why, it has already," both the girls exclaimed to- 
gether. "No one had ever imagined that it would suc- 
ceed so soon. We all hoped it would in a few years, 
but it is growing so fast that it is taking nearly all of 
Tom's time just to manage it. That is how I happened 
to become his secretary," Nellie said. 



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During the conversation some young people had called, 
and Mira had shown them into the library until her 
mother and sisters had finished their talk, then joined 
the rest. Jack Mobray was there and it was hard to re- 
member afterwards how he and Mira could have had a 
chance to talk over their arrangements to leave the old 
home as they afterwards did, but when the young are 
in love they find a way. 

In a few days the two girls had returned to the city. 
Tom and Nellie to the farm that the society had secured 
to start the colony, and, as the mother had predicted, 
Mira left her also a few days afterwards, although she 
had never thought of her child marrying so young, nor 
did she suspect the attachment between them. She did 
think that Mira might wish to go to the city. The whole 
family had become restless as they grew up ; even Geron 
had hinted that he was tired of living all his life on the 
estate. 

Tom and Nellie were settled in the farm house, for 
though it was in the fall of the year they had decided to 
take up their residence then so as to get ready for the 
spring building. Materials were being collected so as to 
cause no delay. The past year Tom had gone in different 
directions from the city looking the country over before 
this place had been selected. In this way it gave him 
an opportunity of locating just the kind of land needed 
for the many uses that would be required of it. 

A large lake was on one side with clear, cool water, 
an abundance of large trees on its edge, sufficient to make 
a pleasant place for a summer resort and yet not inter- 
fere with the farm. This lake was not very far from 
the farm buildings and was not on the road but partly 
on the next farm adjoining, with sufficient, however, on 



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the society's property to enable them to control or have 
the use of it. 

They had not intended to take up the land in the fall, 
but Tom had seen the advisability of secufing it while 
it was in the market. The owner had died suddenly, 
leaving it to his widow, and she being anxious to go to 
the next town to her children who were married, it was 
arranged that the rent would not begin until the following 
spring. The house was not large or of much account, 
but it answered the purpose, and the land had been ob- 
tained cheaper on that account. It was the land and 
fruit that had first attracted Tom's attention after he 
had proved the nature of the soil. He had secured a 
lease for ninety-nine years with the privilege of buying 
the whole of it at any time at a $et* price, of erecting any 
kind of buildings that the society might deem proper, 
the said buildings to belong to the society exclusively. 

They enjoyed their new home, these two enterprising 
people, because they liked to know that they were making 
a start for many hundreds, if not thousands, of others to 
live happily and contentedly in years to come. 

There, however, I will leave them for the present and 
go back to the beginning of the society before Tom's 
marriage. 



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CHAPTER HI. 

• 

The society met at first in the Vivian parlors, that 
is, in Tom's flat, where Scoris and Helen, his sis- 
ters, assisted in entertaining their friends as well as help- 
ing to form the society. On the evenings of the society 
the rugs were taken up and all the furniture excepting one 
table and the chairs were stored in a smaller room. This 
was done to save expense, for it was not a money 
scheme, remember, and "infants creep before they walk." 
In the same way the society wished to know how to keep 
on its feet when it got there. 

The new ways of earning a living were talked over 
at the meetings held in the Vivian parlors. 

"Automobiles are one of the first necessities in this 
society," a Mr. Suegran declared one evening, and it 
caused such a roar of laughter that it was some time be- 
fore he was allowed to explain his meaning. No one 
had taken him seriously, and when they saw that he was 
in earnest, they tried to hide their lack of interest by 
taking up a less important subject; and he, feeling rather 
crushed, let the matter drop. The next evening he called 
on the Vivians. Helen was the only one in. He said 
that he wished to see Mr. Vivian and would wait till he 
came in if he wouldn't be intruding. Helen assured him 
that he was welcome and in a few moments the conver- 
sation turned to the usual topic, ^The Colony." 

"You know, Miss Helen," he said, "I want to talk to 
your brother about the subject I mentioned last evening, 
I am sure that T am right, automobiles are the greatest 
necessity the society has at the present time!" 



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"What about capital?" Helen asked. "Automobiles 
cost more than our society could afford at the present 
time." 

"That is where I don't agree with you," he replied, "the 
society has men who work in automobile factories. They 
are willing to give a certain amount of their time even- 
ings and on holidays to make one to start with, and we 
have a young man who has invented a new model that 
he is willing to have us use." As he said this Tom came 
in and Mr. Suegran repeated the advantages he had told 
Helen about, then asked Tom if the society could supply 
the money to buy materials? Tom told him no, that ac- 
cording to the rules that had been made to protect the 
members' wealth, the shares could only be invested in 
buildings, land, or anything that would yield an income, 
or in the implements of labor or in its products. 

I can tell you what to do, though," Tom continued. 
You bring these facts before the meeting and I will see 
that you have a hearing. In the meantime go to any of 
the members that you think will help you out, tell them 
that I sent you; then you can form a company among 
you, each paying for shares representing the amount re- 
quired, but remember the price of all materials, labor, 
and everything concerning the transaction must be kept 
on record. If you are successful, then the society will 
buy it from you and in all probability will start the men 
in business who gave their time. I have no right to risk 
any wealth intrusted in my keepinr^ by the members, but 
they may risk any money tiiey have to spare over and 
above what the society exacts, and you may promise them 
ID per cent for the risk and we will pay you that 
amount on your time as well as your labor, and you 
know we pay union wages." 

At the next meeting the subject of transportation was 



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28 OTHER WORLDS. 

taken up and the members were shown the advantages 
to themselves in owning a system of traveling that would 
not necessitate the laying of tracks or limit them to any 
one street. Mr. Suegran then proposed his automobile 
scheme and asked the members to buy shares. In a few 
weeks the amount was vouched for. Mr. Suegran was 
required to give security as well as to keep an account of 
every item of expense. This was done not only to test 
the honesty of the men who were manufacturing the ma- 
chine, but to protect the management against any un- 
just suspicion. There was another reason also and it 
was an important one. It was taxation. The society 
expected to pay all just tastes, but had no intention of 
paying for inflated stock. The officer in charge of that 
meeting explained to the members that the society was 
formed to protect its members' wealth in every possible 
way and that in doing so it was necessary to guard the 
small items. "We all realize the importance of homes, 
and the most of you know that to secure them is not 
the whole difficulty overcome. We must have a way of 
getting to them. Automobiles solve that difficulty, espe- 
cially when we own them. Then they can be used as soon 
as they are ready right here in the city to take the mem- 
bers to and from their employment. The society might 
as well have the benefit of fares and by providing our own 
conveyances the members may use the society's scrip 
to pay them. For, remember, the more scrip the society 
can issue the sooner it can secure employment for its 
members. The automobiles once established as means of 
transportation will bring about the settlement on the land 
of those who would otherwise stay in the city for several 
years to come. As we cannot lease any land to build 
upon until we have enough members to represent the 
amount of rent that we will have to pay each year, we 



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may as well devote ourselves to securing our transporta- 
tion first." • 

The members who risked their money to perfect the 
first automobile were given a good percentage, and they 
either loaned it again for the same purpose or withdrew 
it for some other enterprise. These undertakings paid a 
large profit, but were not secured by the society and only 
those who could afford to risk losing in case of failure 
were allowed to invest. No money was lost, however, 
and the members who were natural speculators found in 
it an opening to increase their money faster than in 
shares, "for," they argued, "we can buy extra shares with 
the interest so obtained." At all times the value of num- 
bers had to be kept in view, because every member added 
to the society increased its market. The society by its 
numbers secured a market for anything its members had 
to sell. The first automobile, being a success, was boughf 
by the society, as were others made later, and when the 
land was secured a factory was built upon it to manu- 
facture them as well as implements of labor. 

In this way the society gained control of the indus- 
try and kept the wealth so produced in trust for its mem- 
bers. After the factory was built on the land controlled 
by the society, the society took charge of it and paid the 
workmen the same price as the union paid for the same 
work. The advantage gained, by living in the Colony de- 
creased their expenses to such a degree that it was equal 
to double the amount of money in the city. Of course 
all had to agree to accept scrip or shares in payment for 
labor, but scrip bought everything, even money, so was 
just as good and safer. 

The president was appointed for five years with this 
proviso: That he proved himself capable of directing 
the affairs of the Colony in a satisfactory manner to at 



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least three- fourths of the members; that he had the 
ability to manage so as to ensure the returns from the 
money or labor invested that the society guaranteed to 
its members; that he was working for the advantage of 
the largest number instead of a privileged few ; that he 
was keeping all revenue on record as well as expendi- 
ture, so that the members could at any time have the 
accounts audited; that his security was increased as the 
wealth of the Colony advanced, so that he could not en- 
danger the members' shares as so many people have 
done ; that when the temptation became too strong (from 
the members' indifference or overconfidence) he could 
not if he would "feather his own nest" by neglecting the 
members' interests. 

Tom Vivian made these rules, not to protect the mem- 
bers against himself, but all members in all societies that 
were formed later. He saw the temptations that inex- 
perienced members left in his hands, and he knew that 
riches harden the majority of people's minds, so he in- 
tended to protect them in every possible way that he 
could think of. 

A president had to be an hororable member of 
society, and not addicted to any habits that would bring 
disgrace upon said society. He had to be honest and 
truthful in his dealings. He had to live in the Colony 
that he was overseeing and give his undivided attention 
to its interests (except in its beginning when he had to 
provide for his living as well), attending to the society's 
business transactions, etc. The president had to be free 
from all burdens that would interfere with his giving 
his whole attention to the society except as stated in the 
first year or two, or as long as it took him to place it on 
a paying basis. 

The president being organizer as well as manager of the 



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society was allowed a percentage of shares instead of a 
salary. The members realizing that he had devoted sev- 
eral years of his time and energy to the cause, presented 
them to him when the first farm was secured. He, real- 
izing that he had to be self-sustaining at first when he 
took up his duties on the farm, purchased enough cows 
to supply the members with milk and butter. He also 
bought poultry (particularly hens), as milk and eggs were 
always in demand, they helped to secure him an income. 
He was also given the benefit of all the garden truck he 
produced the first two years, the members being allowed 
10 per cent on anything they bought from the society. 
He also received a percentage on each member that was 
enrolled on the day the society was organized. 

This percentage was one dollar per member, but was 
not paid in coin but was allowed him on the purchase 
of permanent shares. In paying for labor oh his per- 
sonal account he could sell these shares, excepting the 
amount the society compelled him as well as all other 
mem.bers to keep in the society. 

He could issue scrip with the consent of the members 
to the amount of his personal wealth or security. 

The third year the society was able to buy out both 
the hennery and dairy, for they were in a position then 
to give him a percentage of all its business transactions. 
Several farms had to be secured at this time for pasture 
lands, and a separate place for the hennery. The presi- 
dent secured a large number of shares by the transaction, 
but he could not exact money. His shares secured him 
a suite of rooms in an apartment house, then the per- 
centage he received on all the business he managed for 
the society secured him a better income. 



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CHAPTER IV. 

There is a direct law of attraction that very few peo- 
ple recognize. In the beginning of the society, if Tom 
Vivian had been told that he would marry soon, he 
would have scorned the idea. "I am devoted to the cause 
of the people," he would have told you, "and I have no 
time to devote to love affairs," and yet he was the first to 
succumb. Nellie Gaylord was a friend of Scoris Vivian^ 
and when the society was started she took an active in- 
terest in it. It was soon seen that Tom Vivian referred 
oftener to Nellie's opinion than he did to others in cases 
of importance, until he believed that she was necessary 
to the success of the society. That he was in love no 
one doubted, and it was a satisfaction to many members 
when they were able to say: ^*Didn't I tell you so? Oh^ 
you can't fool me." 

Nellie's life had been a sad one in some respects before 
she became identified with the society, then everything 
changed for the better. She had some one to love, honor, 
yes, almost worship, in Tom Vivian. I am going back 
in her life, though, to the time when she was earning her 
living before she was married. She had been a stenog- 
rapher and when her eyesight troubled her she found 
that she would have to take employment in something 
that would require less application. At this time, she 
was in a factory where she was head forewoman over a 
large number of girls, all running power sewing ma- 
chines, making ladies' underwear. Her duty was to in- 
spect the work and see that no one wasted time. She 
sometimes regretted that she had to work among a class 



OTHER WORLDS. 33 

who never seemed to think of anything beyond pay-day or 
**their fellows," as they expressed it. The idea of bet-* 
tering their condition never seemed to enter their mind un- 
less it was perhaps some day to marry a rich man like 
some other girl they had heard of. To marry one day 
was fully expected, but pay-day generally outweighed all 
other considerations. Today, however, she was thinking 
of herself as this was her twentieth birthday and it 
brought up the sad memories of a time when her mother 
used to remember it by some little gift, or her father 
would arrange to take her to some amusement in honor 
of the occasion. Now both had gone from her and she 
was among a lot of girls to whom she thought she 
couldn't possibly talk of the things that interested her 
most. She looked up presently and saw two girls hold- 
ing out a silk waist for the admiration of their friends. 
'*I am thirty-six bust measure and will try it on if you 
like,*' she said, as they were looking at her after asking 
who was that measurement. 

**Oh, what a pretty waist; whose is it?" she asked. 
Their mother's birthday present, they told her, which 
would be next day and the mother would never^suspect 
they had walked to and from work every day for two 
months to save car fare, and had done without fruit or 
cake for their lunch, just to be abl? to make it their own 
present. "For you see we give her all we earn and it 
is all we three have to live upon, and she makes it spin out 
someway by earning a little, sewing when she can get it 
to do, but she does our sewing and washing and takes 
care of the home, so this is something she will prize, and 
we are so glad we could get it in time," they explained. 

"Well, girls, you are lucky to have a mother, and your 
mother is to be congratulated for having two such self- 
denying daughters. I lost my mother just two years ago 



34 OTHER WORLDS. 

and this is my birthday." One of the girls took her hand 
and held it lovingly, while both remarked how nice she 
looked in the waist and hoped their mother would look 
as well. 

This little incident, bom of sympathy, the touch 
of the hand, the kindness to the mother, spoke volumes to 
Nellie, and she and the sisters 
became friends. She had felt 
alone when she first came into 
the factory. When one spends 
long, weary hours with people 
who have different ideas, life is 
more lonely than if one were in a 
solitary place. 

She had been considered re- 
served, or "proud," as some had 
called her, but her quiet, firm 
manner had been her main rec- 
ommendation to the head of the 
firm. She acquired a great liking 
for many of the girls, however, 
as their little difficulties came 
under her notice. Their hard- 
ships with poverty, although 
' never called by that name, were 
borne so bravely. The insults 
they endured from girls em- 
ployed in offices or stores on their way home at night, the 
sneers and the drawing of their clothes aside for the fear 
of coming in contact was enough to make them feel in- 
ferior, even though they were not. To Nellie this was 
abominable, for labor is labor, in the banking house, 
store or factory, in the home, or anywhere, and should be 
respected. 



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One day a little cash girl had been hurt by a street car. 
The newspapers told how this little child of eleven years 
was the only member of a family of four who was earn- 
ing anything, and all she got was two dollars a week; 
how she lived two miles from her work and had to walk 
each way, then run from eight in the morning until six 
at night. 

When one evening while returning home the accident 
occurred. It was pitiful to hear her cry after her ankle 
had been attended to, for the pain was not the worst part 
of her trouble. Oh ! if she should lose her employment, 
what would they do at home? she cried. Baby Bob 
couldn't have his milk. Why, they couldn't have any 
food at all. Her anxiety about the money touched the 
girls' sympathy who were taking her home. They had 
carried her to the car and were trying to comfort her. 

The girls found an old frame building that had been 
abandoned as unsafe, propped up to keep it from falling. 
There were uq lights and voices were heard asking what 
had happened. They got her to bed, still in the dark, and 
no one offered to help. Through sobs that shook the 
whole building, the mother explained that she couldn't 
move because of rheumatism. The father was also too 
weak to do anything and the baby cried because Mary 
and his mother were crying. The girls went home for 
their mother and a light and when they returned saw the 
most pitiful sight they had ever seen. Four helpless peo- 
ple, and not enough food in the house to satisfy the hun- 
ger of one. 

The Healey girls did not forget little Mary Smith, the 
cash girl, but said nothing at the time in the factory. 
Every few days they went to see that she was not in need 
and did all they could for the family. Mrs. Healey soon 
drew the story of their wretched life from them, and their 



36 OTHER WORLDS. 

gratitude to her and her daughters was the opening of a 
friendship that only those who have gone through such 
misery can reaHze its strength. 

John Smith, the father, had been a builder and car- 
penter, and though he was a first-class workman and his 
labor had helped to build some of the best homes in the 
city, yet he had only a condemned shell to die in, for 
dying he was, from the effects of poverty, sickness and 
inability to get work. This last stroke of misfortune, 
Mary becoming helpless, at least for a time, was too much 
for his shattered nerves and two days afterwards he 
died. The shock had been so great that both mother and 
child were stunned as well as helpless. They had one 
comfort, he at least had not been separated from them, 
which had been his greatest fear. Many tirr\es he had 
laid on his bed, unable to escape the cold winds that blew 
through cracks in the wall or the rain that fell through 
the roof. There was no comfort for him unless it was 
being with his loved ones and they knew if the authori- 
ties discovered his condition, he would be taken away 
and possibly they woulcl never see each other again. 

Before coming to this place, the Smiths had been un- 
able to pay their rent, the husband had been ill for more 
than a year; so one day feeling better than usual, had 
gone for a walk. When he returned, he found all their 
possessions on the sidewalk, the door shut against them 
and nowhere to go. His wife was away washing. He 
saw the things they treasured scattered around at the 
mercy of any one and was too weak to gather them up. 
All he could do was to watch them until some kindly 
neighbors came and moved them to this old ramshackle 
place. 

When Mary came home at night, weary, footsore 
and worn out, there was no warm supper to cheer her, not 



OTHER WORLDS. 37 

even a shelter, and it was some time before she found her 
parents and Bob. Poor little soul, she had been forgot- 
ten in the efforts of getting the household goods under 
cover before night. All events till now were dated back 
to this last degradation. The mother had become un- 
able to work since then, and now even Mary was help- 
less. What would they do ? It was a trial an older per- 
son might find hard to bear, but a child of eleven years 
looked upon it in desperation. 

** Surely there must be something wrong with our whole 
social structure," Nellie had thought when the girls told 
her the next day. "What can we do to help in such 
cases ? Simply nothing. We have all we can do to earn 
enough to exist ourselves." 

Fortunately the city sent help, and as the girls talked 
it over in the large work room, it was rather interesting 
to hear the old womout ideas get their quietus as a quiet, 
pale-faced girl sitting in a corner by herself remarked, 
"But this was not a case of drinking or laziness, but mis- 
fortune caused from ignorant management in the affairs 
of our city and we may say, in our country itself. Em- 
ployment should be provided for all, then such things 
wouldn't occur." 

"Well," one of the girls said, "we never receive charity 
and I don't believe any one needs to become so poor as 
to neeji help from the city." 

"I don't see why they shouldn't," the pale-faced girl 
continued, "when they are the ones who contribute all 
their labor to provide, not only for themselves, but their 
employer besides, and make it possible for the city to 
have a fund for that purpose." 

This caused a general roar of laughter from most of 
the girls. The bell rang. Work began and was con- 
tinued for the rest of the day, but the next day some one 



38 OTHER WORLDS. 

of the girls asked her what she meant, and Nellie, seeing 
them a little excited, joined them also. Then she said 
that Annie, which was the girVs name, was right. 

"We are all employed by Mr. Forbes. He pays us so 
much for our labor or time. Well, he has to have a large 
profit, or it wouldn't pay him to hire us. Out of our la- 
bors, he has to pay rent, support his family and see that 
he gets sufficient interest on his capital. All this comes 
out of our labor. He merely manages the buying and 
selling and it does not end here ; his landlord has to have 
the rent to pay taxes and receive his living. That is 
what Annie meant. Who do you think is most depend- 
ent, Mr. Forbes, or us?" 

"Why, we are," they all exclaimed. 

"No, you are wrong. We could take our sewing ma- 
chines at home and earn just as much as we do here, if 
the market was assured us. He could not earn single- 
handed what we earn for him, we three hundred girls, 
don't you see ? Now in this case you have been so inter- 
ested in, that man has built a large number of homes right 
here in this city and yet he was unable to even have the 
use of one to die in, let alone to live in. Girls, I belong to 
a society that some time I would like you to visit. It 
would help you to solve some of the problems of life, 
that no one has a right in these days to shirk, for it is our 
industry and every other working person's that keeps the 
machinery running, not only of the factories, but of the 
cities." 

^'Then we sent money and provisions to keep that fam- 
ily from starving," one of the girls remarked, "even 
though we did it unconsciously." 

"Yes, all who work do their share towards paying the 
taxes and when the society called The Wealth Produc- 
ing and Distributing Society' is stronger and been in 



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operation twenty or fifty years, we will cease to have hu- 
man beings living at the mercy of so-called charitable in- 
stitutions, poorhouses, or, worse still, starving to death, 
as they are at the present time. There is another thing, 
girls, that I want to tell you; whenever you are called 
* factory girls,' as you are so often by shop girls, just keep 
a dignified silence. Your labor is just as necessary as 
theirs and if you only considered it a little, you are of as 
much importance also. Every intelligent person should 
honor his own industry and remember that he is fulfill- 
ing his mission in life, and if all did so, heartaches would 
cease. Any bright person would do the best he could 
under existing circumstances and would even raise con- 
ditions which he considered beneath his dignity to his 
own level, as you may learn if you join our society. Re- 
spect yourselves and address each other as you do Mr. 
Forbes. Learn to appreciate yourselves, your advan- 
tages, and then create new opportunities as your ability 
points out the way. All useful employment is honorable, 
and now is the time to raise labor to its proper dignity 
among all honorable people." 

Many of those girls not only attended the meetings, 
but joined the society. Even Mr. Forbes, who owned 
the business, saw that he could do better by becoming one 
of them, so he became a member and eventually moved 
out to the Colony. 



OTHER WORLDS. 



CHAPTER V. 



Nellie stood looking out of the window one morning 
early in the spring, and as she hummed a merry tune 
and was so bright and happy, she seemed to reflect the 
brigiitness in everything about her. The sunshine smiled 



and the very trees breathed contentment. This was her 
first spring in the country and the arrangements for the 
coming colony were bringing some funny experiences. 
A targe number were there already and each day more 
were applying or inquiring about the resources before 



OTHER WORLDS. 41 

venturing, questions would come up and have to be an- 
swered until Nellie said she could fairly sing the an- 
swers, for they had told so many the same thing. She 
laughed aloud finally and Tom, who was reading, looked 
up and said, "What is it?'' "Oh, I was thinking of the 
men who were here yesterday, and do you know, Tom, 
most of them had the same helpless expression as the calf 
you liberated last fall. Do you remember how helpless 
and perplexed it looked? You unwound the cord for 
the calf, and now you have some cords to unwind in 
dealing with these people, for they need their freedom 
as much as the calf, but don't see how to go about it. 

"Ideas and actual demonstrations are necessary to 
teach most of them. It seems so simple to us who have 
studied the situation from every standpoint, and when one 
of them asked you how you are going to coHect the rest 
of the materials for building without money, he looked 
so wise in his own conceit and convinced that he had you 
in a corner, I noticed he winked at the rest. I had to 
leave the room, for I knew I would laugh aloud if you 
ever tried to show him up in his ignorance. He certainly 
did deserve it. Every one of them were from ten to 
twenty years older than you are. All had a trade or 
some means of earning a living, 5^t had to appeal to 
you to explain everv working plan separately." 

Tom replied : "I told them that as members they would 
not only receive their wages at the time, but have an in- 
terest in the permanent buildings and improvements. That 
instead of a capitalist owning the property the different 
labors each produced, the society got it and kept it in 
trust for those who earned it. 

"It was hard to make them comprehend that it was 
a Wealth Producing and a Wealth Distributing So- 
ciety, giving to all industrious people an opportunity 



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to secure for themselves the full value of their in- 
dustry, and explained that all buildings represent per- 
manent wealth and so did fruit trees. The trees re- 
maining but the fruit was consumed; that when we 
give up the tree, we have no right to the fruit. 

•"I further explained that as members of our so- 
ciety they had an interest in all the wealth .created, 
whether it was fruit trees or buildings; that fruit 
would pay for any necessary article or food needed. 
I tried to make them see that it was just as good as 
money to them and represented a part of their wealth. 
I succeeded at last in making them see that when they 
worked for the society, they received their wages 
the same as when they worked for an outsider, with 
this difference, they still retained an interest, for the 
buildings represented the value of their shares in the 
society, and that the materials they spoke of were 
produced in the same way. I told them we were al- 
ready making bricks and producing lime and also had 
a sand suitable for mortar, which were brought with-. 
in the control of the society by the industry and per- 
severance of individual members, who over and above 
actual necessities were leaving all they produced with 
the society, for knowing it was safe and that their 
labor was as valuable to the society as money it could 
be entered in the books to their credit; that we kept 
an account of their labor as the banks do of money. 
Before another year, I told them, we expected to con- 
trol a lumber district and saw mill, for all classes were 
awakening to the necessity of protecting themselves 
and their own labor, which is wealth, and they never 
could do so under any other system, and all other ex- 
changes were meeting us half way at least. 

"The wealth each member creates belongs to him 



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or her individually and by the society's holding its 
value would be increased to a greater extent than 
if held separately. As the society increased in num- 
bers and resources the necessity of money would de- 
crease. When I made this explanation one of the 
men wanted to know if they did our building what 
they were going to do for cash with which to support 
their families. I told them they could come out here 
and live, if they had to pay rent in the city, for we 
allowed them to build tent houses to live in during 
the summer, or until the permanent brick ones were 
built, or until they owned shares enough in the society 
to entitle them to live in the apartment we were build- 
ing. I tried to make them see that the economy they 
could practice would be more to them than big pay 
in the city A little inconvenience at first and patience 
would place them on their feet in a short time and 
their homes would be secured with almost no expense. 
Being able to buy food where it is grown, cuts down 
expenses to a very small amount comparatively. 
When I told them this, one of them acknowledged 
that he could see that they would have less expense, 
but that they would still have need of money. *You 
bind us to take all we earn in scrip or shares for our 
labor?' one of them asked of me. 'Certainly,' I said, 
*that is the protection of the society.' But I told them 
they could buy money with their scrip. ^Oh,' they 
cried, *it is money that we want.' 'All right,' I said, 
*if we are in need of you, we will send for you, but I 
don't wish to raise your hopes, for we have so many 
among our members who want something more sub- 
stantial than money. You can't eat money,' I con- 
tinued, *but you need a home and clothing.' I tried 
to make them see that our members, according to our 



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rules, come first, and that the society wanted men 
and women to create wealth and those who knew 
enough to keep it for themselves instead of giving it 
to the capitalists. The society was formed for 
the concentration of the wealth produced by the in- 
dustrious and for the purpose of bringing it .to one 
center; then all can have the comforts of the public 
buildings, etc., at less expense than their earnings 
would eventually secure them a pension in their old 
age. I pointed out to them the tent houses and told 
them that some of these people own enough shares 
even now to live in the first apartment houses that 
are built, but they intend living as they are during 
the summer so that they can save for their temporary 
shares. This was a surprise to them all,* and one of 
them said, *Well, I would have enough to keep me 
for life, if I had not been unfortunate.' Then he told 
us how one day he had lost every dollar. T was 
taking the money to the bank,' he said, 'and stopped 
in several places on my way and when I reached the 
bank, it was gone. It represented the savings of all 
my life. I had just gotten it m one lump, and in- 
tended investing it again in another mortgage. When 
I found it was gone, I was nearly crazy, I admit. 
Now you see I need money, not scrip.' Then I 
asked if he was sure he needed the money most, and 
told him about the member who had lost his all last 
fall. You remember, Nellie, the one who had saved 
right from the beginning to the society, the one who 
preferred scrip to shares, and only left with us suf- 
ficient to secure the right to vote. He liked the 
scrip best because it could be drawn out like money 
and he could always get money for it. * Well, when he 
was done working for us he obtained other employ- 



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ment at good pay and saved it. He had so few ex- 
penses while with us he had saved the most of his 
scrip to buy food direct from the society and also 
clothing from our members who could use it in re- 
turn for their food stuffs. In this way, he had more 
than half used up the scrip. You remember, Nellie, 
when the treasury bank failed all the money he had 
saved was in it and he had lost it. He took all the 
scrip that was left and went flying around to differ- 
ent members to get it cashed so he could pay his 
rent and have car fare until his salary was due. Well, 
he was a nervous sort of a fellow, and by some un- 
lucky chance he lost it, then came to our secretary like 
a madman to prevent any one else from using it. 
Immediately all members were notified that the scrip 
of certain numbers was lost and were forbidden to use 
it until it was returned to the owner. It was 
found, but the money he had in the bank that he 
prized so much more, he will never receive. Had he 
used it to buy shares in the society, he could never 
have lost it. I explained fo them that we had no 
debts or mortgages, and if any one tried to use scrip 
that did not belong to them, they could be very 
easily detected, and now the man who lost his money 
goes to* the other extreme and changes all his money 
into scrip or shares to make sure that it is safe. And 
it is safe, for we are represented by thousands al- 
ready who are accumulating wealth and bringing it 
to this center city we are building and it is to be in- 
vested in factories, warehouses, dwellings, etc., where 
the earnings of the members can be saved for their 
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CHAPTER VI. 

*'The society receives the profit over and above the 
expenses incurred for buildings, improvements, street 
pavements, etc., or any necessary expenses that are 
required for the convenience of the colony. Out of all 
the profits so obtained, there is still a balance that 
is used to increase the standing wealth of the society. 
Then I told them to look around and see the build- 
ings in the cities and to realize if they could how few 
are owned by those who built them The society not 
only secures to every member a profit on his earnings, 
but the net earnings of the society as a whole. When a 
man plants fruit trees and is paid for his labor his 
individual claim is satisfied, but the society owns the 
fruit each year, and the same applies to their labor 
in the building. The society will exact rent from the 
builder, if he should occupy the building until he 
owns sufiicient shares to represent his right to occupy 
the house, and the man who plants the fruit trees be- 
longing to the society will have to pay for the fruit of 
those same trees, if he eats it. 

"Then I explained that the society must own every- 
thing and govern its own interests, and when they 
realized its strength, they were sure to desire its pro- 
tection, for each individual is a part of the whole. 
The buildings alone are a sufficient guarantee. You 
have direct returns for any amount you leave with 
the society, no matter how large or small, I told them, 
and those advantages are not given in any other society. 
There is no bank to fail here. I said, *My friends, 



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money is not wealth, for money scatters your wealth 
in most instances and gives it to others. You need 
your labor, which is really your wealth, protected, 
and that is what we are doing.' Then I asked, *Do 
you still want money for your labor?' The only one 
who answered said, *I don't know. You have a good 
theory, but — ' 

"At this point, an old member came in to see the 
treasurer and naturally the attention of all turned 
to him, for he had his hands full of scrip that he 
wanted to exchange for money. The men listening 
to the transaction were amazed at the large amount 
the roll of scrip represented. 'Oh,' said one of them, 
'then you do use money. I thought you only used 
them homemade tickets and that they were no better 
than milk tickets.' 'Neither are they,' I said, *nor 
are they any better than railroad tickets. We use our 
"tickets," as you call them, to protect our interests; 
the railroads do the same. If every one paid the con- 
ductors the companies would often be robbed (ex- 
cept with five cent fares.) Those large combinations 
study economy in every way and so do we. In sign- 
ing our agreements to pay for your labor in scrip or 
shares we do it to protect the society, but very often 
we haven't as much scrip as we have money, so we do 
pay a portion in money at such times. Then of course 
we know at the present time, you need it for some 
things that we cannot supply, so we usually pay 
you a percentage in coin. We cannot even issue 
scrip until we have its worth, either in product or 
some wealth that would redeem it. This is where 
your labor is valuable to us all and scrip becomes a 
medium of exchange and is safer than money, for it 
cannot be lost as money can, but each year our stand- 



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ifiig wealth will merease and of course every seasofi 
will find us in a position to issue that much more 
scrip as well as shares. That is the way millionaires 
were produced. It was the labor of the people. They 
banked their money, the banks loaned it to the rich 
and in turn they became millionaires by speculating 
with it. We have no right to their wealth now, 
though, ior we gave it to them. Now we are produc- 
ing for ourselves and intend to keep these million* 
for our own necessities. 

"If we didn't have the land to build upon or pro- 
duce building materials, or grow our food, we couldn't 
issue scrip as we do now. It is from the ground that 
our wealth comes, but labor is required to produce it. 
After we had first secured the land we w^re ready 
to bring tliose here who could work upon it and those 
who were capable of making good roads. The Gov- 
ernment granted us such a small sum in comparison 
to what we needed that of course the real laborers 
came first. Now we need you builders." 

"Well, what have they done about itf" Nellie 
asked. 

"As they realize it is about the only way they can 
live, now that trusts and combinations are hedging 
them in on all sides and strikes are only bringing 
them poverty in the long run, the most of them have 
arranged to come. Some have actually signed to do 
portions of the mason work, and I expect we will be 
getting the buildings erected immediately." 

"Did you read those letters, Nellie?" Tom asked. 

"No. What are they about?" she inquired. 

'*A number of oW. people have applied to be taken in 
the society and while most of them have enough to pay 
for the permanent shares entitling them to live here. 



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many have not enough to pay for their consumable 
shares; they are able to do a certain amount of work; 
but they want the protection of the society. Others again 
wish to place their savings in the society and live where 
they are with their relatives until the amount required 
is decided upon. Of course we cannot tell to a certainty 
how much will be needed to keep one person. Their 
ideas arc so varied, but after they have secured their 
permanent shares that entitle them to one room, then 
we can place to their credit what is left and give them 
employment so they can earn sufficient to make up the 
balance on their consumable shares. They will have to 
judge for themselves as to the amount they will require. 
This they can do after living here for at least a year, for 
in that time they can calculate from what it has cost 
them in that time to buy food oi* other necessities. 

"Here is a very pathetic letter : 

'* *Mr Vivian. 

" *Dear Sir : — My wife and I are alone. Our children 
are dead and now that we are old, we feel the noises, 
heat and other discomforts in the city more every year. 
The intense cold this last winter has been terrible and 
we want to get to the country where we can have the 
necessary comforts within our means. We have been 
investigating your society and want to join if our means 
are sufficient to buy the permanent shares that will give 
us two rooms. 

" 'We have been trying to get in several places, but in 
every one we would be separated. We have only five 
hundred dollars between us in cash, but I am still able 
to work, if you think you can find something we can do 
to make up the balance that we will require for our con- 
sumable shares, as you call them. 



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a t 



If you can help us to be together for the rest of our 
lives we will be very thankful to you. 'Yours truly, 

" 'John G. Smith/ 
"Here is a portion his wife has written separately, as 
a postscript to his letter : 

" ^I am as able to work as he and if we could have a 
little garden and be allowed to keep chickens and a goat, 
to supply us with milk, we would not be a burden to any 



one. 

it i 



We both lived in the country in our early life and 
know how to work and would be willing to do anything 
to help, we are so anxious to be together while we live. 

"'Mary Smith.''' 

"Well, Tom, I really think we will have to do some- 
thing to meet these cases. I have heard that the usual 
amount for people over sixty years of age is about $300 
each and is kept up by charitable societies. Of course 
this not being a charitable affair, it must be not only self- 
sustaining, but self-respecting as well." 

*'Well," replied Tom, "we could place a certain sum of 
money as the lowest amount that we could accept, and in 
that way we could reach a large number. The ready 
money just now would be sufficient to secure them a home 
together and would be a benefit to the society. As 
they are able to work we will not be running a risk. We 
will bring it before the board at our next meeting and 
hear what they think about it." 



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CHAPTER Vn. 

After Scoris and Helen Vivian had returned to the 
city they were amazed one morning by a letter from their 
mother, telling them that Mira and Jack Moberly had 
married and left Lake View, having gone to his uncle 
somewhere in the far West. Not long afterwards another 
letter came from Geron, saying that their mother was 
terribly grieved about Mira and asking them if they re- 
membered to what city Jack had said that he was going, 
for they had tried in every way to find out something 
about them. 

Neither of them could remember, so they wrote to 
their mother in sympathy, telling her that they 
would do all they could to find out about her. Their 
lives were busy ones, so the time passed quickly. Scoris 
was an artist, employed by an illustrating firm, and Helen 
had a position in a large department store. They still 
lived in the flat they had shared with Tom before his 
marriage, and were giving all the time they could spare 
from their employment to the society in the city. The 
winter had passed, Mira had written to her mother, ask- 
ing forgiveness, and the depression on her account had 
ceased, for she had declared that she was happy. 

"Well," Helen remarked one evening, as she and her 
sister were dressing, "who would have imagined one 
year ago that we would be benefiting from the society's 
industry as soon as this? Do you know, Scoris Vivian, 
that I used to be actually envious of any one who could 
ride around leisurely in automobiles?" 

"Well, I think if we are to be ready in time for our 



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ride you had better finish lacing that shoe," Scoris re- 
plied. "Do you know that it is only half done?'' Helen 
looked down in surprise, smiled and gave her hair another 
twist, puffed it out here and there, secured it with hair- 
pins, then sat down leisurely and finished tying her shoe 

Scoris watched her as she started to draw on her gloves. 

"Oh, wait till you fasten my waist," Helen said, back- 
ing up to her. "I never can do it alone." 

While Scoris fastened it, Helen said to her: "How 
quickly you dress. I don't see how you do it." 

"As I am older than you," Scoris said, "I suppose I 
have learned a few things by experience, and one thing I 
am persistent in, and that is to have my waists fastened in 
front so I can be independent of every one else. But 
there they come. Four have passed and are lining up 
farther down the street. Yes, there is Paul and his sis- 
ter in a two-seated one. Don't take time to look, Helen^ 
just hurry." 

"Oh ! Scoris, please get my veil and gloves while I pin 
my hat on." 

"There they are; tie your veil and come. I will let 
them see that we know that they are here," Scoris said, 
as she goes to the door. 

"Now come along, you will do, Helen dear; we must 
not keep them waiting." 

The girls appeared amid smiles of anticipation, while 
Paul Arling assisted them into the automobile. 

As they followed the crowd of automobilists winding 
in and out of the streets, then out to the country on their 
way to the Colony, I will tell you something about Paul 
Arling, for he is one of the members and an interesting . 
one. He first became acquainted with Scoris in the illus- 
trating firm where they were both employed, and when 
the society was first formed in the Vivian parlors she 



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asked him to attend the meetings. He did so and soon 
became an interested and enthusiastic worker. He had 
supported his widowed mother and young sisters for 
several years. Now all were doing for themselves but 
his mother, and the interesting thing about him was his 
devotion to her. It brought out his sterling worth be- 
cause he made duty a pleasure to himself as well as to 
her. This evening Scoris took her seat beside him while 
Helen sat in the one 
behind with his sis- 
ter. It was her first 
automobile trip in 
company with a party 
going to the Colony 
and she was elated. 
Presently she re- 
marked : 

"How quickly ideas 
are taken up." 

"Yes," he answered 
understanding her, 
"why wouldn't they 

be when our" profits ^ :z— 

and pleasures are combined ? These conveyances being 
owned by the society, it gets the profit, enriching the 
members by increasing the value of their shares. The 
trusts have been great educators, the more they have 
crowded us the quicker we have learned to protect our- 
selves." 

"Yes," Scoris replied, "and it has brought out many a 
hidden talent just by giving it an opportunity to unfold. 
Ideas are like seeds planted in the ground — they must 
have a chance to bloom or they are no better than a 
weed. No one will know the diflference," 



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Helen called from the back : "What are you two moral- 
izing about? I do believe you two have forgotten how 
to enjoy yourselves." 

"Oh, no!" Scoris answered. "I am just learning how 
to appreciate a new way." Mr. Arling smiled at Helen 
and the conversation became general. 

"Scoris said they had missed the drives around the 
country so much since they had been in the city," Miss 
Arling remarked in a resigned way. "We have never 
known the pleasure before. Th^ street cars have been 
our carriages principally. Don't you think, Paul, that 
you are going too fast?'* 

"Why, no ; all the rest are ahead of us ; does it frighten 
you ? We will go slower if you are uneasy." 

"Just a little," she gasped. "I suppose I will get used 
to the speed in time. Oh, look at those trees! How 
beautiful they are," she exclaimed, as the machine entered 
a thickly wooded road. 

The country is always beautiful in June," Scoris said, 
for its young leaves are so fresh and bright, and autcr- 
mobiling is so exhilarating; this is the loveliest ride I 
have had in years." 

Mr. Arling looked gratified, and while the veils 
streamed out behind and the girls hung on to their hats, 
they flew on until they reached the rest of the party and 
in a short time the Colony also. 

It was a lovely evening during the latter part of June. 
Tom and Nellie had moved into a tent for the summer, 
as the farm house had been needed for an office. 

Their city acquaintances were very curious to see 
everything and were surprised at the comforts to be had 
under the circumstances. 

The apartment houses were only partly built and some 
of the factories were actually running, so it was a small 



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56 OTHER WORLDS. 

town of tents and makeshifts until their permanent homes 
were, ready. 

All were glad to see their friends. They were to form 
a boating party, and before starting to the lake, Paul 
Arling said to Tom Vivian : "I want to secure four more 
shares for my mother. You see, we came out here on 
business as well as pleasure. I want permanent shares 
and I came direct to vou, for I want them to secure the 
five-year interest, for in that time I hope to have secured 
her pension as well as her apartments, so that she may 
feel safe for life. It is better than an insurance policy, 
for nothing can be lost here, and in case of my death she 
is not competent to invest money left in that way. Be- 
sides, if I survive her, which I will in all probability, I 
will have the benefit of the permanent shares. There is 
a young millionaire in our crowd to-night, did you know, 
Vivian? He seems to be interested in some of the ven- 
tures that have been taken in starting the factories. I 
don't suppose he will invest in them. He never earned 
a dollar in his life, knows nothing about the distress of 
the struggling classes, just has some friends who are 
members ; that is how he happened to come. He wanted 
to know why we started before we had more capital. I 
told him five hundred members now constituted a market, 
for all farm produce to commence with, made the transac- 
tion a good and sufficient reason for securing a farm. A 
second reason, that being near the city the president se- 
cured work for the unemployed. The society having se- 
cured transportation by manufacturing enough automo- 
biles during the first summer that the society was form- 
ing to take the toilers to the land independent of the 
railroads, was the means of starting enough laborers to 
grow the food and dig the foundations of the buildings. 



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Many people said at the time, *But how can you find 
enough land near the city to make it pay ?* he asked. 

" *Our owning automobiles solved that difficulty/ I told 
him, 'as long as. we had land to build upon and raise 
garden truck the first few years. We only secured as 
much land as we could pay rent for by the membership 
fee.' There he is now, he evidently knows Birch, for they 
have recognized each other.'* 

Yes, he knew him, for at one time he and Birch were 
rivals. As they looked at each other, he exclakned: 
'Why, what are you doing here?" 
T am living here," replied Birch. 
'What!" he said, in surprise, "living in this slow place 
where there is nothing to t)e seen, and you a graduate of 
the first college in the country? Well, if I had passed 
with the honors that you did, I would have been in some 
city practicing law. We all thought you intended to." 

"No, sir," Birch replied, "no profession for me in these 
days. I want freedom. Hundreds of our fellows are scat- 
tered among our cities with their shingles out to practice 
on the helpless sick, so I am doing what I can for 
others who are not even as fortunate, by giving them 
something to do in my restaurant. I have two learn- 
ing to cook. You see they want a good living and 
know they will be as much respected as cooks as 
poverty-stricken doctors and lawyers who fill up the 
offices in the down-town buildings. This society, 
you know, honors all labor, and the higher the edu- 
cation the better the prospects will be, for those who 
are on the spot to take what comes." . 

"But I don't see how you can ever become rich." 

Young Birch answers, "To become rich in these 
days is to usually become a gigantic swindler or 
pirate. I don't care to be either. I want to be a 



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self-respecting man and expect to be honored as a 
man of the best class, not necessarily rich. I do in- 
tend to be a man of means and prosperous. This so- 
ciety protects the people of small means and those 
who have talent. But here is my wife, you know her." 

Yes, he knew her for she had been the one in all 
the world to him, only two years before, but young 
Birch had been preferred to him; he had never kribwn 
why. Most girls arc foolish, he had thought, and now 
he knew it. 

The whole party filled the boats and were enjoying 
the fun, singing and telling funny stories; in one 
boat, some were making love and the others having a 
good time watching them. Then one boat would get 
away from the others and some would start singing, 
another would answer, and all the boats would take 
it up until it was time to start for the shore. When 
they returned to the tents the city friends were deep- 
ly interested in the supper when they learned it had 
been cooked by college men. 

"You see we have our meals here," Tom explained, 
^'and the one dining room answers for all. Mr. and 
Mrs. Birch have charge of this building and they at- 
tend to all the tables and cooking." 

Mrs. Birch remarked, "Yes, we even did the wdrk 
until there were enough to cook for to enable us to 
pay for having it done, and I am proud of my accom- 
plishments in that line, I can assure you." 

"You may be sure we all appreciate your talent not 
only in that line, but in many others besides," said 
Tom gallantly. 

Mr. Birch had ordered the supper to be ready and 
all sat down to do justice to the luscious strawberries 
and good rich cream, hot biscuits and other delicacies 



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of the farm. Then all the city guests said "good 
night" and went back, spinning along in their auto- 
mobiles and enjoying the cool air while they talked 
over the possibilities of the Colony and their interest 
in it. 



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CHAPTER Vni. 

There is nothing that gives a better opportunity 
for friendship than for people to be thrown together 
in some interesting work or undertaking. 

A great deal has been written about love affairs 
that were started on board ship but the society had 
broken the record, for it, unlike the short passage on 
the ocean, had been continuous. The men and women 
have had an opportunity to learn more about each 
other. It raised the standard in each sex. Each be- 
came independent of the other financially, therefore 
real love matches were the result. Men's responsi- 
bility were being shared by their wives, and they were 
not so afraid to venture on the matrimonial journey. 
One thing, they are not so likely to step into it with- 
out preparation. Paul Arling was becoming fond of 
Scoris Vivian, but he felt that he had no right to neg- 
lect his mother's interests even for her. She was 
young, while his mother was too old to support her, 
self. He knew that Scoris had many admirers and 
yet he thought to himself "she certainly favors me. I 
wonder if it is because she sees more of me than the 
rest. I would like to know, but I have no right to ask 
her until I know that mother is provided for. And 
yet, the society has made it possible to so centralize 
our interests that the risk is not what it would have 
been without it. She wouldn't be an added burden, 
for she has more shares than I have. What a blessing 
is rightly directed industry, combined with economy! 
We don't have to wait until we can fit up an estab- 
lishment. But here I am taking it for granted that 






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she loves me and that she would have me. Ah! well, 
longings and wishes sometimes blind our vision. It 
may be purely imagination on my part, but the ex- 
pression of her eyes rest on me so differently from 
any other. I have watched her closely, I am sure she 
cares for me. She thrills me through and through if 
she but smiles %upon me; and she does not smile in 
the same way at any one else. Surely it is so. I 
would like to call upon her tonight, but I have no 
excuse," he still muses. But love always finds a 
way, and in looking around for it, his mother appeared 
dressed for the street. 

Where are you going?'' he asked. 
Oh, just for a walk, not anywhere in particular. 
Won't you come along?" 

"Which way?" he asked, as they stand at the door, 
apparently uncertain. 

"I usually go to the lake," she answered. "The air 
is so clear and fresh there and I like to watch the 
water rolling and see the people. I go there often." 

"Very well," he replied, and they start in that di- 
rection, he turning over the thought uppermost in his 
mind all the time. "You go to the lake often do you ?" 

"Yes, quite often. Why, do you want to go any- 
where else?" (She had noticed his abstracted air.) 
"It is immaterial to me; I am so glad to have you take 
a walk with me I will go anywhere." 

"Oh! that is not quite fair," he answered, smiling. 
"You always have the girls to go with you, so I don't 
like to intrude." 

"Lucky 'thought," — he said to himself. "That new 
building near the Vivians' flat, with the figures on 
it that were drawn by a member of our society, I 
will take her to see it. You know Will Green, the 



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architect," he continued. "Well, if yon don't mind 
I would like you to see a building he has been erect- 
ing. It is around on another street. We will turn 
here. Clever fellow, clever fellow,'' he said absently. 
His mother looked at him sideways, .wondering what 
he meant. He slipped his arm under her's while 
they crossed the street. Presently she *aid : "There is 
no hurry, is there?" for he had quickened his pace like 
a horse on the home stretch, not quite running, but 
faster than she was accustomed to walking. 

"Oh, no," he answered as he slackened suddenly, "I 
didn't know I was going so fast." Some middle-aged 
women learn to be diplomatic, though it is not usual. 
She knew that this walk was not taken on her ac- 
count, but she was not going to spoil it by letting 
him see that she knew it. They stopped at the build- 
ing he had spoken of. He pointed out the stone 
carving he had brought her to see, all in a mechanical 
way. Then they walked along a little farther, when 
he in the most surprised way, that even his mother 
did not detect at first, said: "Why, here is where 
the Vivians live! Let's make a call." At that mo- 
ment Scoris appeared at the window, and thinking 
that they were coming for that purpose smiled and 
came to the door. The intimacy between the two 
families became closer as time passed, for there was 
always something to bring them together. 

Scoris would wonder sometimes if Paul really did 
care for her. He would seem so interested in her, 
take such pains to bring his family and hers together 
and his eyes had often spoken more than words, yet 
he was silent. She would like to have known. "But 
after all," she said to her self, "we are not in a posi- 
tion to marry if he did care for me." 



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Two years passed and she had so many cares to oc- 
cupy her mind that she was satisfied to let things remain 
as they were. She had secured a number of shares in 
the society, saying to herself, "marriage is not the only 
aim in life, and I will devote myself to art. I am weary 
of seeing my creations used for advertisements — of work- 
ing for a firm that looks upon me as a part of its ma- 
chinery. If our society was older advertisements 
wouldn't be needed. What will you do then?" she asks 
herself. "Why, why,'' she hesitates, then thinks again, 
"what will I do?" The answer didn't come right away. 
She returned to it many times. Once she thought, "I 
will have enough saved to keep me before then. I can 
live in the Colony where the necessities of life are of more 
consequence to all than luxuries, and I can do with- 
out many things I like. Why, I do now. First my draw- 
ings and paintings are used to attract trade. The firm 
gets the credit for them, and about ten times more than 
I receive for them. Do I like that? It has greater ex- 
penses I am aware, but not ten times the amount. I work 
six days out of the week from 8 a. m. to 5 p. m., with 
about two weeks' holidays once a year, and then I have 
to lose my time. If my eyesight fails in middle life, the 
age limit will pounce upon me with the lash of necessity. 
I certainly do not like the prospect. Marry the million- 
aire that Libra has taken 90 much trouble to persuade 
you to. 

"Marry? No, if I ever marry, it will be for love .and 
companionship. He is a nice fellow, his money would 
help to carry out the very things I am working for ! I 
like him and he is fond of me. If I had never seen Paul 
I would have learned to love him. He and others who 
are wealthy have proved to me that human nature is the 
same whether rich or poor. Both kinds of people can be 



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selfish and they average the same in generosity, both he 
and Libra's husband are generous. Lear is a rich man 
and Libra is happy with him, why couldn't I ? Because," 
she answers the one-sided debate, "we wouldn't be com- 
panionable and because he knows nothing about the pov- 
erty in our midst. He would expect me to out-rival 
other women and display his wealth while I would know 
that little children were hungry and the aged were cold 
and homeless. Every time I took up the daily newspaper 
and saw the accounts of suicides and all the rest of the 
misery caused by money \)tmg drawn into the hands of 
the few, I would have to say to myself 'coward !' No, I 
will not marry him. I never encouraged him. He would 
never have asked me but for Libra. I can hear him say 
it yet, in answer to an argument brought up about the 
working classes, *No one can reach them all, so what is 
the use of our trying to do an impossible thing?' 'No one 
person can change any condition in which all the people 
are involved, but if each one does his or her share, indi- 
vidually, it can be done,' I told him, 'and I will not desert 
the cause.' " 

Scoris had been alone all evening, and as she loosened 
her hair and let it fall around her shoulders, she arrived 
at this mental conclusion; then she heard Helen unlock 
the front door and come in to their parlor. 

''I thought you had gone to bed, you were so quiet," 
Helen said. 

"Did you enjoy the play?" Scoris asked, as she fastened 
her loose gown and slipped on her soft shoes. 

"Very much," Helen answered. "Libra and Lear would 
have come in if they had known you were up." 

"I am glad they did not," Scoris said. "You know what 
Libra is after, and I have made up my mind that I will 
never marry." 



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Scoris had been alone all evening and as she loosened 
her hair and let it fall around her shoulders she arrived at 
this mental conclusion. 



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"Never?" Helen asked in a quizzical way. "There are 
other men besides the millionaire." 

"Yes, dear, I know," Scoris answered, "but some of 
them, like me, don't wish to marry." 

"I have not seen you since morning," Helen said after 
a while. "Well, I have been promoted." 

Her duties were in a basement of the store where she 
was employed and she had discovered that her eyesight 
was becoming defective. She was told that it was from 
the glare of the electric light and that she would have 
to wear glasses after two or three years there. "You 
cannot tell the colors accurately without them," the ocu- 
list had said. 

It was bad enough to have to work in a basement, day 
by day from one year's end to another, without having to 
impair her eyesight. Glasses were her horror, but she 
must work, and at last she applied to the head manager 
to give her something where she could work by daylight 
for at least a part of the day, and was sent up to the dress 
department. 

"You see, Scoris," she explained, "after my capabilities 
had been inquired into as a saleswomen, then I had to be 
looked over for all the world as if I was a horse for sale. 
I passed on the strength of my figure, height and lady- 
like appearance. The humiliating ordeal was trying, but 
I won't have to wear those glasses, thank goodness, and, 
do you know, Scoris, my salary will be raised. But I 
have to get a new tailor-made gown with a train, made 
in the latest style, so as to make the best appearance. 

"Well," Scoris remarked, "it is very nice to be dressed 
well and I am pleased you are going to be out of 
that basement. I felt uneasy about your eyes. I have 
seen so many people who had to give up work altogether 
on account of the long hours under the electric light. 



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Especially when their work is steady all day, as yours 
has been. Now, my work is more trying to the eyes 
than yours, and if I had to use electric light it would 
blind me, even with my shorter hours." 

The next evening Helen came home in her new dress, 
walking rather slowly, paying more attention to the 
holding up of her skirt than to her surroundings. She 
walked past her own door before she noticed it. Scoris 
meeting her, she exclaimed: 

"Do you know this dress has cost me so much that it 
will take me over two months to pay for it, and when the 
weekly amount is taken out of my salary I won't have 
as much as I did in the basement? No wonder they 
pay more for this kind of work, or agree to, for in real- 
ity, they don't pay as much, as we have to get new gowns 
every three months so as to be in style." 

"Never mind," said Scoris, "it won't last many years, 
for the society is gradually gathering in all the industries. 
Then we will only have to work about half the time that 
we do now and have more holidays, and rest. I have 
just been reading the society's paper for this month. Lis- 
ten and see what you think of this. 

" 'Mrs. Thorn and our president have just completed 
the transferring of the property to the society. We know 
all our members will be pleased to learn that we now 
own the land our principal buildings are on, as well as the 
buildings themselves. I also wish to draw attention to the 
increase of the society's wealth in being able to secure this 
land in such a short time since we began our society. It 
proves the theory of concentrated effort as well as the 
combined industry of us all. Our old obligations to 
Mrs. Thorn are the same as to any other member. She 
now owns sufficient shares in the permanent wealth to 
entitle her to a three-room apartment. These shares are 



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in the names of her three children, giving her a life in- 
terest in said shares. Besides, she receives a pension 
during her life. This places her in a better position 
than when she only received the rent, securing for her 
a better home than she had before. Her apartments have 
a hot water bath and other conveniences and are heated ; 
then, like all the other tenants, she has the use of the 
dining room and kitchen, public parlor, etc., in fact, it 
makes her independent for life and secures to her two 
married daughters as well as to her son a home during 
their lives, after her death, of at least one room each, 
they having become members so as to entitle them to 
that privilege. Our business transactions have been very 
satisfactory with her and we take great pleasure in 
recommending her for the title we are about to confer 
on all honorable members, and this is the first publica- 
tion of her name. The society is about to confer the 
title of "The Honorable" to Mrs. Thorn's name, if 
there are no just reasons why such title should not be 
given. This notice will be published in regard to her and 
the other members, for three months, and the list will be 
found on the second page of this paper. 

" *A11 members who have proven themselves to be 
honest and trustworthy in their lives and an honor to our 
cause during the past two years are eligible. Their 
past life up to two years ago we do not hold against 
them, as we believe this society enables all to live hon- 
estly. If, however, it is proved that any who have ap- 
plied for the honors we wish to confer upon them are 
unworthy, or if they in any way break the law of the 
country, they cannot receive these titles until they have 
reformed. Again, no person in our society can retain 
any title if at any time proven unworthy. These titles - 
cannot be transferred to any other person, nor are they 



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hereditary, nor can a husband confer a title upon his 
wife. A wife cannot give this title to her husband. They 
are issued to our honorable members to give them promi- 
nence over the idle and the undeserving, also to show 
our respect for all labor. We believe that in this way 
the generations of the future may become equal. We 
know they are not at the present day. We are treating 
facts as we find them and intend doing our duty by 
honoring the best among us by titles. Those who do not 
come up to the standard we do not condemn, but silently 
ignore in all business transactions where they could get 
the best of us or disgrace us. They are not allowed to 
hold office nor to help make the laws or to sit in the 
Council of this society. Therefore, the title gives to the 
society a dignity that is required in the present time on 
account of the dishonesty that prevails among all classes. 
We are sure that all honest people will appreciate these 
titles, for by them they will be known.' 

"Quite an article, don't you think so?'* 

"Why, yes, indeed, but it will be years before we can 
use them ; that is, you and I. We would be ridiculed in 
the store or illustrating house where you are. Just think, 
if it were known that you are The Honorable' Scoris 
Vivian, for now you are considered only a good servant 
by the firm, and nothing more." 

"Oh, yes, of course," Scoris replied, "still it is a good 
deal in our private life to be held worthy of the honor. 
It will always give us a standing among the best class of 
people, and to be known as an honorable person is a 
protection for us in that class. Holding a title will show 
where we belong socially, no matter what our employ- 
ment may be. In the present time, if we do certain kinds 
of work, we lose caste, because labor is not honored as 
it should be. See the position I am in — illustrating for 



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a firm that gets the benefit of my talent and ability. 
I have no opportunity of enjoying the triumphs; all is 
the work of the firm and they can be depended upon^ — 
the public says. 'According to the opinions of the money 
class this is as it should be. This woman is only too glad 
to find employment. We who have money have a right 
to dictate.' I think differently. It is mine and I 
should have the benefit of my own creations and indus- 
try, and it is hard to bear when some rare illustration 
has been used for common advertising.'* 

"Yes, Scoris, I know it is harder for you than my po- 
sition is for me, but I would sooner do anything else. 
When I mentioned the fact to Libra she begged me not 
to do so or it would disgrace her if it became known 
among her set. I hate to be on my feet all day, 
bowing and saying polite things to the people I serve in 
that store, and then to think I only receive a bare living. 
I know I have talent and it makes me almost despise 
myself to be subjected to it." 

"Patience, Helen dear, the times are changing and 
you are doing your share. That article you wrote last 
week was a rousing good one and I have been compli- 
mented on having such a clever sister who was capable 
of expressing herself so fearlessly in the cause of right. 
Keep up your writings until you are better known and suf- 
ficient returns come in to justify you in making it your 
life's work. You are not the first or the last to be 
placed in an unpleasant position." 

"And just think, Scoris, so many have asked me how 
I ever got such a nice position. Oh, well, every one to 
their taste." 

"Here is a letter from Nellie," Scoris said, "and she 
and Tom are coming to make us a visit." 

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already the different members are arranging to enter- 
tain them. Tom will change places for two weeks with 
the city manager and will be very busy. I am glad they 
are coming/' Helen replied. 

One morning Scoris received a letter from her mother, 
saying that Geron had mortgaged his portion of the estate 
and that Lear Shuman had secured him a position in 
the city at such a good salary that they were all going to 
move in a few months. The girls had heard about his 
dissatisfaction and were not surprised at the news, but 
regretted it, for they knew that it was a mistake. "One 
comfort we will have out of it: mother will live with 
us,'* Helen remarked. 

"Yes," Scoris said, "it will be nice for us, but hard 
for her, after living all her life in the freedom of the 
open country, away from smoke and dust. Think of 
Geron investing the money he received on the mortgage 
in stocks. The uncertainty of it and that Lear advised 
it. That is the outcome of that visit Geron and Grace 
paid them a year ago. The salary Geron is to receive 
seems large to him now, but how little he know^ about 
the destruction of clothing and household goods with 
the constant dust. I am afraid they will regret it." 



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CHAPTER X. 

In another week Tom and Nellie arrived in the city on 
a visit and were astonished at their reception. They had 
intended seeing their old friends and enjoying a quiet 
time, but instead were rushed from one place to another 
and were constantly told that "of course you must see so- 
and-so, for they are such good workers in the cause, 
don't you know, and will be encouraged if you will only 
see them." 

They went everywhere and enjoyed the occasion, being 
pleased that they were so well received. 

"But, Tom," Nellie said one morning, "we must see 
more of Scoris. I am getting impatient to see the effect 
those presents will have upon her and the surprise they 
will be. Do you know, Tom, what Scoris Vivian is like ? 
A beautiful diamond — a continual surprise; the setting 
is so sample, so unobtrusive, but the gem is always seen. 
To me her life is one continual sparkling ray of love that 
is never hidden. Just think of it ! Here we have been feted 
and given receptions by members who were so glad to 
honor us for what you have done, and she had as much 
to do with this movement in the beginning as you had 
and a great deal more than I, yet no one seems to realize 
it. We are receiving all the presents from the manufac- 
turers, and I am glad I found* out her taste in regard to 
dress. Now we can give her her choice, for she cer- 
tainly deserves the best. I never was dressed so well 
before and it helps the cause that much more. I am 
glad it pays them to send them to us." 

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it did. Do you know how many cases our members have 
already taken irom that firm that was the first to send 
these samples?" 

"No; how many?*' 

"I forget the exact figure, but it was more than any 
of the old firms they have been dealing with, I was told, 
and we are only in our infancy as a society. It has paid 
them well to become members and will start others to do 
so, for of course we secure them a market in a way 
that helps the society and makes them no expense for 
advertising and the returns are large. It will be only a 
matter of time when they will manufacture under the 
name of the society." 

"So you have gotten away from them all at last !" ex- 
claimed Scoris, as she met them at the door the next 
evening. *We were afraid they were going to monopo- 
lize you during the whole visit, you are so popular. I 
have felt so gratified. And your beautiful gowns ! Why, 
Nellie, you are bewitching! Come, now, stand up for 
inspection. That dress is lovely and fits like a glove. 
From yotjr hat to your shoes all is perfection. I am 
going out to that colony, for I see you have a fairy god- 
mother out there. Why, my dear, you look like a girl of 
sixteen." 

Tom drew the two women to him who had been so 
much to him, while all laughed at the. demonstration of 
aflFection. 

"A bright group worthy of a larger audience," said 
Helen, as she breaks in on their meeting. 

"But the fine clothes," said Scoris. 

Nellie laughed and struck an attitude that the girls 
might see all the beauty of the costume, while all were 
convulsed with laughter at the faces she made. 



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"Has that colony struck a gold mine?" Helen asked, 
"or from whence cometh all this grandeur?" 

"Yes and no," continued Tom. "We have struck a 
mine of wealth and it produces gold when that metal is 
desired. So it amounts to the same thing and it is the 
greatest mine on earth, too, for it is producing what 
gold cannot buy, and that is the kindly interest and af- 
fection of our members. We all stand by each other." 

"We have something here for you, Scoris, so you can 
take your choice. You come first then, Helen, then we . 
will send the rest to other workers in the cause. We 
want you to help us select and sort them." 

"Why, Nellie," said Scoris, "these are beautiful. I 
never had anything like this silk, and when can I 
wear it?" 

"The occasion will be marked by well dressed mem- 
bers of the Colony," Tom said, "and it is just as it 
should be. Our coronation days should be so distin- 
guished by well dressed people that they will always be 
remembered and the picture will make a decided impres- 
sion upon the minds of every one." 

"Oh," exclaimed Scoris, '^here is something I have 
wanted for years. It is so light, cool and beautiful, 
these dainty lawns, these woolens, silks and cloths. 
Why, they will last me for years. Everything I need is 
here in the way of clothing." 

Helen was given her choice, then amid the exclama- 
tions of joy and satisfaction of being the first to appear in 
all these samples sent out from the manufacturers, the 
conversation soon turned to the discussion of dress- 
makers. They abounded in the Colony, but the one who 
made Nellie's dresses was preferred. It was apparent 
that her style was superior and the work of the best. 

"Now, girls, all you have to do is to look lovely as 



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becomes a thriving and wealthy community. These 
presents make it possible, and remember you are produc- 
ing wealth and should be making use of the best of 
everything. In this exchanging of interests and materials 
we must make a good appearance. We owe it to our- 
selves as leaders and it will have a great effect on the 
people at large." 

"Nothing succeeds like success," continued Tom. "The 
appearance of it stimulates the ones who are afraid to 
venture. A nicely dressed person always lives in our 
memory." 

The girls laughed. 

"Well, if you don't believe this, try the effect of walk- 
ing down the dreary, dirty streets in any of our large 
cities and see if it doesn't have a depressing effect. Then 
cross over to the ones that are bright with all that pros- 
perity gives to enhance the general appearance of both 
the houses and the people and see if the memory of the 
latter will not be stimulating in comparison, especially 
when you have it in your power to improve your own 
surroundings, as this society gives you. The main thing 
is to fix your aim high. To build a grand house it is 
necessary to dig and make lots of dirt in laying the foun- 
dation and so it has been in achieving the end we had 
in view, but when we meet together to enjoy the well- 
earned recreation, we must see to it that our bodies are 
properly clothed, for they will show the amount of our 
ability and will prove how much we know of the power 
of concentration, or the law of attraction. No one should 
be ignorant of these things." 

"Well, Tom, I believe you have studied human nature 
from every standpoint," said Scoris. *'I will certainly 
profit by all these lovely things, for I was beginning to 
be ashamed to go out anywhere. I have saved so much 



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of my salary to secure shares that I have hated to spend 
anything for clothes, but I believe you are right. My 
whole life is before me, and I may as well enjoy it." 

A day or two later, when Tom and Nellie found them- 
selves in their home again, Tom said, "We have had a 
pleasant time and I thoroughly enjoyed it, but I am glad 
to get home again. These apartments we are using this 
year are so superior to anything we ever had in the city. 
Fresh air is certainly a luxury, and an atmosphere free 
from dust is another." 



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CHAPTER XI. 



At this time the society was in its sixth year and many 
changes had taken place. Tom Vivian had proved to the 
most skeptical that wealth producing and distributing 



among the members was the only just way of doing busi- 
ness. He and Nellie were talking it over one day when 
he exclaimed quite abruptly : 

"Nellie, I have just found out that our sister Mira has 
signed away her legacy that she should receive now on 
her twenty-first birthday. She signed it away two years 
ago. I wish we could find out where she is, for mother 
is grieving herself to death, it is so long since we have 
had any word from her. I find Geron is sorry that he 
ever mortgaged his place. He seems to be very blue, 
and that may be partly the reason mother is looking so 
worried. We must cheer her up when she comes." 

"I will do my best, Tom dear. I think the sight of the 
children will do her good, they are so bright and happy. 



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Everything is systematized here and our apartments are 
so cheery and bright that I feel sure she will enjoy her 
visit.'' 

Mrs. Vivian came the ne'xt day and Tom and Nellie 
showed her all the improvements made since her last 
visit. She seemed most interested in the children's de- 
partment, but thought the idea of having them in a public 
nursery might be all right as long as the parents were in 
constant communication. ''But I cannot see that it is 
best to separate them." 

"But, mother, we are not separated. We can have 
them here as we like, only the advantage to them is 
greater." 

Next day Mrs. Vivian took her place in the nursery 
and was there long enough to be convinced that this kind 
of place was the best on earth for children. The top 
floor was the infants' department from a month old to 
the age when they could walk. Every contrivance to 
teach the oldest ones to use their feet and at the same 
time protect their bodies was here to aid them until they 
were strong enough to stand on their feet. Swinging 
chairs and frames to push around in learning to walk 
were placed around on the bare floors, which were white 
and clean. In another apartment were little cots in a 
row and an arrangement (if one became restless) was 
attached to each cot so that it could be rolled out into 
another room. 

The nurses had eighteen hours for themselves in their 
own homes and six in the nursery. These short hours 
made them much more patient than mothers who have 
usually from two to six children to take care of, besides 
cooking and taking what time they can get to rest at 
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Telephones were in all the buildings and the night 
watchmen in the apartments were kept at close range so 
that the parents might be called at any time. 

The next floor was where the older children live. These 
from the time they were old enough to learn are placed 
in the kindergarten three hours daily. The rest of the 
time is spent in resting and amusing themselves. An- 
other grade, still older, are taught to be useful for a 
short time each day, to form industrious habits. Then 
they amused themselves the rest of the time and were 
under the watchful eye of the nurses and teachers. 

In the evening Mrs. Vivian was ready to tell of her 
experience. 

"Well, I am surprised," she said. "I never thought 
of having children all in one place and special people to 
take care of them. Certainly the children are the better 
for the good system it necessitates. I was impressed 
with the graceful bearing of the girls and the manliness 
of the boys. All speak to each other in such a polite, 
kindly way. When you consider that some are born of 
parents who are ignorant of the refinements of social life, 
it is surprising. At the table particularly they handled 
their knives, forks and spoons as if bred and bom in a 
social atmosphere of ease and refinement. I must say, 
Tom, that I don't understand this. I have always sup- 
posed that children born of parents who only understood 
work could not be taught these things but would show 
their breeding at least for three generations." 

"Well, mother, you are right to a degree, for the 
breeding of human beings has been so terribly neglected 
that it requires the constant attention of our nurses to 
watch and guide these unformed minds in the principles 
of right living and thinking. The latter is the most im- 
portant, of course, for thought precedes action; every 



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means is employed to direct their thoughts into the right 
channels. We employ a number of artists to guide 
the first impressions of these young minds. Every pic- 
ture on the wall teaches some lesson, and the reward of 
loving deeds must be taught by those in charge. The 
nurses must be in good health, patient and bright, for 
the future of these children demands it. In the be- 
ginning of this colony we carefully selected women who 
were not only educated, but adapted to teaching, guiding 
and nursing. We realize that the early life of children is 
the most important, for the impressions gained then and 
the habits formed are hard to change. We don't allow 
any harsh dealings with them, though determination is 
absolutely necessary.*' 

The next day Mrs. Vivian reported her experience. 
*Well," she said, "the more I see of the simple arrange- 
ments the more perfect the system seems to me. I only 
saw the long tables yesterday, where all sat up as straight 
as soldiers, with their napkins spread over their laps, 
instead of being tucked into the necks of their waists, 
but today I discovered there are grades, and the new- 
comers are placed at a table behind a screen until the 
nurses see how they behave. Those who have been there 
a long time are not allowed to see the little strangers 
until they are taught to behave properly. A roar and 
a scream of laughter was heard from some new children. 
As I glanced their way I saw a teaspoonful of milk 
thrown with good aim in the face of one of them by a 
culprit who looked as innocent as if he couldn't do such 
a thing. Only the twinkle in the eye that the 
children could see gave evidence of the guilty one. 
Bits from the table were scattered upon the floor and one 
was holding her plate with both hands, actually licking 
it. Presently, one after the other jumped down and see- 



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ing one left, ran around and drew her chair from in un- 
der her. Down she came, spilling her milk all over her 
clothes. All were laughing and choking with their 
mouths full and began running around the building. 
Still not one word was said to them. The other children, 
at a signal from the lady principal, stepped down from 
their chairs, waited in line until told to move, which they 
did as orderly as soldiers on parade, and passed from the 
room. 

"The small table and the polished floor were left in 
the same disorder until all the rest of the dining room 
was straightened and the children out of sight. Then the 
little strangers were called in and told to pick up every- 
thing and remove the cloth. They immediately resented 
the authority, so the nurse told the one she had noticed 
licking her plate that when little giVls didn't obey orders 
they were not allowed to have any more preserves and 
that all their cake was taken and given to the good chil- 
dren. It had the desired effect and she gave in, seeing 
which the others did also. The worst boy was only a 
daring, bold, fun-loving urchin who had never been 
taught his own rights, much less those of others, so the 
nurse said, *Come, let us hurry or we will miss all the 
run they are having outdoors.' She showed them how, 
and they laughed at the mistakes made, but they did their 
best, just the same. The floor had to be swept and they 
were amused at the unusual play, as they considered it, 
for the nurse kept them laughing until all was done. 
When they were through they found all the other children 
had gone and were told they could put on their flannel 
suits and wade in the pond and throw all the water they 
liked on each other so long as it did not hurt them. They 
still looked longingly around to see where the rest of the 
children were. The nurse told them they would always 



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have to play by themselves until they had learned to be 
tidy. They saw the rest having a good time, while they 
were like chickens in a coop, thrusting their little, chubby 
hands through the wire fence, trying to get out, with 
wistful glances turned to the nurse in charge. She 
played horse to amuse them, still they realized that 



they were not having the same privileges that the rest 
were, and it had the desired effect. A lesson in obedience 
had been taught; they had learned that even fun in the 
wrong place and at the wrong time was a mistake. If 
they bring those children under the same discipline that 
the rest are I will give them more credit than any one 
I ever knew." 



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CHAPTER XII. 

Both Tom and Nellie explained to their mother every- 
thing they could. 

Nellie told her that only those who are born under 
certain zodiacal signs were capable of teaching children 
and have the natural patience necessary. ''We have it all 
down to a science. We have every child's birthday re- 
corded and can tell almost to a certainty their disposi- 
tions. Some can be managed through their affections 
and crave to be caressed ; others will push you away and 
resent such familiarity, even when quite small ; some are 
so fond of their pretty dresses that dressing them plainly 
at such times serves as a punishment; others don't care 
what they wear. We have certain people thoroughly 
taught to attend to this one branch of their education, 
and we chose our lady principal from those who have 
been thoroughly drilled along this line. They know which 
children will be attracted to each other and don't inter- 
fere with their likes or dislikes. They only need guiding. 
Now in their homes they don't have the same advantages 
that they have here or among a number. Children bom 
in a fire sign very rarely agree with those bom in 
a water sign and constantly fret each other, and there is 
a continual spluttering and sissing such as we find where 
fire comes in contact with water. Among the four ele- 
ments that the race represents is a vast variety of disposi- 
tions, and it takes persons of great ability as well as 
experience to classify them and bring out the best in each 
child. We believe that human beings have as good right 
to be bred as animals, but we don't find they are, so we 



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have to make the best of them as they are. We do all 
we can to make each little life a pleasure to itself and to 
every one else. We have no favorites; one child gets 
the same attention as all the rest. 

"Did you see our babies today, mother?" Nellie in- 
quired. 

"Why, I see them every day I go. Do you suppose I 
could go where they are and not see them? Your boy 
is growing finely and little Scoris so like her namesake. 
I feel that you have named her under an inspiration. 
She is so demure and quiet, yet so determined when she 
imagines she is not being treated right. Today the head 
nurse asked her to take a shoe to the nurse that a baby 
had kicked off, but Scoris shook her head. 'Take the 
shoe, . Scoris, dear,' the nurse repeated. 'No, me won't,' 
Scoris said. 'Yes, be quick, that is a good girl.' *No, 
me will not,' said the mite, at the same time running and 
giving it as she had been told, yet resenting that she had 
to do it. 'Now, me won't,' she continued, stamping her 
little foot. It was hard to keep from laughing, she looked 
so angry. They say she won't be ordered without a 
protest, unless in one of her best moods. They know 
what to do, however, and she minds as a rule and has 
one of the best dispositions. I saw her at the sand pile 
afterwards and her voice could be heard above the rest 
and her laugh was the merriest. Then again I found 
her at the pond, splashing water and enjoying life as all 
children should. That pond is a splendid thing. I never 
saw children enjoy anything as much as they do that 
basin called 'the pond.' and the water being kept at the 
right temperature, makes it safe. They have three sizes 
I was told today." 

"Why, yes," said Tom, ''for all children like to 
splash in water and we have the right dimensions ac- 



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cording to their size. Each day they are allowed to 
splash and wade in it. The doctors say it is healthful for 
them. Then usefulness is taught as young as they can 
understand it. Obedience is enforced in one way or 
another, and thus it makes harmony. We get Scoris 
nearly every evening and take her out during the fine 
weather, but if she has been rebellious, we don't. She 
understands and has needed only one or two lessons. 

"It is a comfort to have such intelligent women to take 
charge of them while we are busy attending to the affairs 
of the society. Not only ours but every child has every- 
thing to make them happy and contented, and all are 
bright and healthy. Such a contrast to the homes shared 
with grownup people ! Those who have charge of them 
giving their whole attention to them and no scolding or 
faultfinding ! Just a continual guiding and patience while 
the young minds are expanding. The merry laughter and 
fun always acts as a tonic after I have been there. Every- 
thing is done in such an intelligent manner. The way 
those women study the dispositions of each child and 
bring out only the best in each is wonderful." 

The next day the little ones who had been rebellious 
were so much better that they were allowed to have their 
table where they could see the others. One remarked: 
"I wish we could have flowers." Another asked : "Can't 
we have a linen tablecloth instead of the oil cloth ?" The 
nurse said, "Yes, when you stop spilling your milk and 
food on this." "And the nice dishes with flowers on 
them?" another said. "Yes, but you must learn to use 
your knives and forks correctly first, and then you may 
sit at the long table." 

"In this way they were taught to look upon each im- 
provement as a promotion and tried all the harder to be 
neat so they could be with the rest, so you see punish- 



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ment was not necessary, for one child taught another 
unconsciously. 

"The flowers in the garden were enclosed so the small 
children could see but not reach them, and this was done 
to teach them to love nature; but the wire fence shows 
that restrictions are a part of their education, and as soon 
as they can be trusted or are old enough to understand 
they may go among .them. They are not for show alone 
or beauty. The older ones work among them and con- 
sider it a privilege to weed or rearrange them." 

"Yes, I see," said Mrs. Vivian, "and I think the idea 
of making them useful is a splendid one." 

"Oh, we do," continued Tom. "The older children 
always help to gather the fruit and a strict account is kept 
of their labor and we place it on their shares. During the 
fruit season our school hours are short, for we consider 
industrious habits of just as much value to them as book 
learning. The kindergarten is kept up the same for 
the small ones. The work keeps the children out of mis- 
chief and makes them self-reliant, and a^ their future is 
provided for there is no need to hurry them. During the 
heat of the day they rest or amuse themselves. Our 
strawberries pay well and the children do most of the 
gathering. The boys also climb the fruit trees while the 
girls pick the lower branches for all other kinds of fruit. 
Their playing, sleeping and resting is all looked after. 
They are only allowed to work about two hours a day 
and we look upon it as the exercise that is necessary to 
develop muscle and strengthen the body, and the brain 
being occupied at the same time, while they are breathing 
good, pure air, will make them stronger men and women. 

^'The most of our great men have lived at some time 
of their lives in the country, or were so surrounded by 
nature that they have been able to breathe the pure air in 



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their earliest childhood. Certainly their clear brains have 
proved the virtue of it. It is wonderful what children 
can do on the farm when protected by the laws of the 
society from overwork, and it will be a benefit to them 
all their lives, for without healthy bodies you cannot 
have expert brains or well rounded lives. 

"The surroundings of large cities are responsible in a 
great degree for the crimes committed there. Money is 
such a necessity, there being no other exchange for labor, 
it has got to come some way. Then the poor, stunted 
brains with only enough animal cunning to realize their 
present necessities, steal. Are they responsible for their 
action, especially when their labor is at a discount or no 
work to be had at all? All their muscles are stiff and 
in need of exercise that some regular employment would 
give them. 

"We are not rearing children to amass fortunes for the 
idle. 

"The society was growing rapidly, branches had 
sprung up near every city with their full equipments of 
industries, all being separate at first. Each one as they 
had proved their ability to manage their own affairs were 
applying to the original society to unite, and we are ready 
to do so," Tom explained to his wife and mother. 

"We own large tracts of land in every direction and 
control a number of mines, timber lands, rubber planta- 
tions, coal in every grade and coal oil. We own sheep 
ranches and cattle, besides large cotton districts in our 
southern climate. The society has at this time, its order 
houses, representing everything, all managed under the 
scrip system, yet using money when necessary. No new 
system could change the old order of things all at once. 
Those who imagined the working people were created for 
their special use were indignant that intelligent people 



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should introduce a system compelling them to pay larger 
salaries and decrease their dividends. They had imag- 
ined that the working people were born especially to earn 
a living for them. When I refer to working people, I 
include all who earn their living from those who work 
in the ditch to those who call their employment positions, 
it's all labor. Intelligent people have shaken off their 
burdens since the society has shown them how. They 
have taken their experience, gained by serving others, 
into a co-operative system protected by the society and 
they are accumulating the wealth for themselves that 
they used to give away." 

"Yes,*" Nellie answered, "and this natural result is 
strengthening us on all sides." 



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CHAPTER XIII. 

"Well, the children are off my hands at last/' said 
Mira Moberly. ^*What a comfort it is to be able to sit 
down and think once in a while ! Oh, dear ! there is the 
bell. No wonder some people think heaven is a state of 
rest, if they all long for it as I do. A letter from mother t 
Oh, I am so glad !" As she reads her letter, we will tell 
you about her life since she left her old home. 

She had the fate of thousands of others. She had come 
to a large city a young, inexperienced bride, very much 
in love with her husband. The uncle who had been the 
cause of their coming, fitted up their home with every 
luxury, besides showing her many kindnesses. Jack was 
proud of her and through his uncle's influence they were 
introduced to a circle of acquaintances. She was happy 
and enjoyed being a center of attraction the first few 
months. She was often homesick but Jack did all he could 
to make her contented. 

The first year passed, then the baby took up her at- 
tention. The third year came and two babies claimed 
her. The fourth year found her a sad-faced matron 
with more cares than she knew how to bear. Jack had 
changed. He was no longer the loving husband, but was 
becoming bloated and reckless with drink, so that even 
his little children shrank from him. This was what she 
had left home, mother and plenty for. This was the man 
she had promised to love, honor and obey. Could she 
love a man who neglected her children as well as her- 
self? Could she honor this drunkard and gambler? 
Could she obey such a specimen of manhood? In what 



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could she respect him? And yet the memory of other 
days would come to her and she would try again and 
again to change him. He was the father of her children 
and she must save him. Thus the years had passed. Then 
the uncle died and failed to remember Jack in his will. 
The firm changed hands and he lost his position. That 
was over a year ago, and though friends had helped him 
and other positions had been secured, he lost one after 
another. No one wanted a man who could not be trusted. 

An old acquaintance whQ had known her family lived 
in the city. He had told her to come to him if she was 
ever in any trouble. She thanked him and said she would. 
That was in the second year of her marriage and she had 
said in jest, "Of course I will." 

Her third child was four months old now and her 
piano was gone for the mortgage. She felt weak and 
helpless, for now she saw that Jack was a wreck, inca- 
pable of looking after them. She had never earned her 
own living, and how were her children to be supported? 
'*I thought I was doing wonder^ when I did my own 
work and took care of them, but what am I to do now ?" 
she questioned herself. She sat down and thought and 
presently she remembered the promise of her old ac- 
quaintance. "He told me to come to him and I will ask 
him to lend me some money until I am of age." She 
went to his home in the evening, thinking at that time she 
would be more likely to find him. 

As she looked around at his magnificently furnished 
home, she thought, "Of course he will help me, but I do 
wish I didn't tremble so." She hesitated to speak as she 
looked more closely at his face. "Surely I must be mis- 
taken," she thought as she realized how cold and indif- 
ferent his manner was. Was this the same Mr. Carron 
she had remembered in her childhood days, who had told 



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her to come to him ? How well she remembered his very 
words, his admiring glances, and the same evening, as 
she thought, accidentally, she heard him tell an acquain- 
tance how beautiful she was and what a good family the 
Vivians were and that he considered Jack Moberly a 
lucky fellow to have won her. In her inexperience of what 
a large number of men are, who live in affluence in our 
large cities, she considered his reference to her as flattery. 
Now she felt sensitive about letting any one know of her 
position and the necessity of talking about her husband, 
but he had told her to come. 

"Mr. Carron," she said, "I am in trouble and have 
come to you for assistance. I want to borrow some 
money until I am of age." Looking at his hard face, she 
said, "I am willing to pay you any interest that you wish. 
You know I will have a legacy from my father's estate 
then.'' 

"Why, Mrs. Moberly," he began, ^'I would like to help 
you very much, but I don't quite see my way. I hear 
your husband is gambling and drinking and not taking 
care of you and I don't see how you can ever repay it- 
Now, if it were not for him, I wouldn't mind giving you 
a lift. You must know that I have many cases of charity 
coming to me all the time, and I am sorry to say that they 
are more urgent than your case can possibly be. I 
don't see how I can help you. Of course, you haven't 
told me all about your troubles, but I know all about 
these matters. Ladies imagine they have troubles." He 
had gone that far when she realized if she remained in 
his presence another moment she would cry aloud. He 
had been her only refuge and he had not only refused her, 
but called her request charity. Crushed and helpless, she 
wished him good night and went out into the darkness. 
Then she realized the straits they were in. The tears she 



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had restrained came now, in spite of all she could do, so 
she walked on as quickly as she could for fear some one 
would speak to her. Oh, the misery of it all as she re- 
membered the little faces that had looked so appealingly 
to her when she could only give them sufficient food to 
keep them alive and now she cried, "Oh, God! What 
shall I do? What shall I do ?" 

She had no car fare and it was dark. The shortest way 
home was across a lot 
of vacant property 
and the fenced-in es- 
tate of wealthy men. 
The streets were 
lighted only on the 
corners and between 
them was dark, for it 
was in the fall of the 
year. She had two 
miles to go and fully 
one-half was dark. It 
was the first time in 
her life that she had 
been out on the street 
alone in the dark and 
she was afraid. When 
no houses were in 
sight she ran on and 
on and at last a man 

met her about half way in one of the darkest 
spots. She remembered all the terrible things 
she had read in the papers of men assaulting women. 
Still he came nearer and nearer and when close enough to 
ask her a question, it was only about the locality. She 
was trembling so much she couldn't answer him. In her 



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fear she had forgotten her unsuccessful mission. Now 
it loomed up before her with renewed force. She had 
been refused help! Another dark stretch of the street 
was before her. She had walked nearly three miles, 
counting the walk there and the distance back, but there 
was no help for it, and she began running, crying as she 
ran, imploring God to help her and not to let her children 
starve. "They say there is a God of the fatherless and 
the widows, but is there none for the drunkard's wife and 
his children?" she cried in her misery. 

The next day she was ill in bed, her baby cried and 
there was no one to care for them, all was confusion, and 
a neighbor called and offered help. In her gratitude she 
told her of the state she was in and also how her old 
acquaintance had treated her. 

"Oh, yes, you might have known that he wouldn't help 
you," she said, "for he is a hard man." 

"Then why did he tell me to come to him? I never 
supposed I should need help when he offered." 

"Oh, he knew the signs of the times better than you 
did. He possibly thought you might become like many 
others at such a time, and then when you came to him 
he would know how to get around you." 

"Oh, no, no, Mrs. Carr, he couldn't have had such a 
thought. I cannot believe it." Then Mrs. Carr said, 
"Why didn't he help you ?" 

'*I don't know, but he could not be so cruel as that." 

"Well, I don't think he could have been worse than he 
has been. Now I' am going to tell you what to do, Mrs. 
Moberly, so you can earn a little money. Sell your best 
furniture. Fit up your dining room and kitchen for your- 
self and your children and rent the rest." 



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CHAPTER XIV. 

In a few weeks, she had her rooms rented to gentle- 
men, but they only stayed one week at a time. She saw 
it was on account of the children, who would cry at night 
sometimes. Her friend and adviser then said, "Take 
women, for you must live and no one wants them in 
rooms; do your best and give them the use of your 
kitchen." The house filled; she could pay her rent and 
gas bill, with a little over. Her husband had been keep- 
ing sober now for a long time. -Perhaps he had reformed 
— how she hoped that he had. A friend took him up 
again and got him something to do, but he had to travel 
and that left her alone with the children. Six weeks had 
passed since he had left. All the money she had to live 
upon for the four of them, counting the baby, was $3.00 
per week and they lived in an expensive city. She had 
eaten bread enough to keep her alive, no butter, not even 
syrup. She drank the weakest tea, sweetened to soak the 
bread in. For six long weeks nothing else had passed 
her lips. One evening one of the roomers found 
her sitting with her baby in her lap, her el- 
bows on the table, her hands holding her tem- 
ples, while her poor little baby was trying to 
nurse her dry breast, tugging and pounding it with his 
little fists, kicking, and occasionally giving vent in a dis- 
appointed, pitiful cry. The roomer spoke to her, but sh^ 
was unconscious from the pain in her head, caused by 
starvation. The woman took the baby and fed it and got 
it to sleep, then did what she could for the mother, work- 
ing over her all night. In a few days her husband came 



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home, but only for a day. He had brought her a few 
dollars, all he could spare, he had said, after paying his 
own board and expenses. In leaving, he took a heavier 
coat and left the one he had been wearing hanging up 
among her things. In taking it down, a letter dropped 
from its pocket that she found was addressed to herself. 
The stamp showed that it had been received a year be- 
fore. She found that it was an answer supposed to have 
come from her to a money lender who got their piano. 
She went to him to see what it meant and 
found that her husband had imitated her writing 
and had received from him about a fifth of the 
money she was to have received from her fath- 
ers' estate; by this act the money lender was able 
to secure it all. What had Jack done with it? In the 
midst of all the rest of her poverty he had robbed her of 
that ! The money lender could send him to prison if she 
demanded it from him. This was the last straw! She 
wrote to him never to come back. 

It had been hard enough to bear children and then sup- 
port them, but injury to insult had followed. What was 
she now? A drunken gambler's wife — ^ah, even worse 
than that — ^he was a forger as well. Her twenty-first 
birthday would soon be here. Oh, how she had looked 
forward to that time! She had intended going to her 
mother and telling her all and asking what' she should do 
for her children, but it was impossible now. 

One day a new roomer told her she wished she knew 
of some one who could sew fur, as she needed help. 

Mira said, "I would like to learn it if you will teach 
me." That was the first time she had ever seen it done 
but she went at it diligently until she was as pro- 
ficient as her teacher. It was paying work and she soon 
found that she could make her living by it. 



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We left her reading her mother's letter filled with mes- 
sages of love and begging her to come back to them once 
more, if only for a short visit. Oh, if she only could ! 
How little they knew at home of her hard struggle! Pos- 
sibly they thought she was as selfish as she had been 
when she left them all. When it was over she would tell 
them, but not before. 

Only one year before, she shuddered as she remem« 
bered how she had walked through the streets of the 
wealthy and fashionable people, trying to find the person 
who had answered her advertisement for fur work. As 
she passed the well lighted homes on the streets and 
saw the luxury, she realized how she had become year 
by year poorer. Happy faces, free from care, were in 
those homes. 

Finally she found the place. The lady had given the 
work to another, so she had her walk for nothing. Weary 
in mind and body, she returned home. There were her 
children huddled together on the couch. Evidently they 
had cried themselves to sleep. The oldest had the baby 
in her arms. "My God ! what a contrast to the homes I 
have just had a glimpse of,'' she thought. "How I have 
worked and struggled and tried to live in the last two 
years. Did I say 'two'? It seems a century. What is 
the use of it all ? These children may have to do the same 
as I when they grow up. I would sooner see them dead 
than go through it. I don't wonder at people taking the 
lives of those they are responsible for, as well as their 
own, and yet how could they?" 

Just as this thought had crossed her mind, little Fred- 
die aroused and was in her arms in a moment. "Oh, 
mamma, I did cry so hard for you and you didn't come. 
Little baby cried and Nellie, her cried, too. Fse hungry, 
mamma, awful hungry." 



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"My darling, I don't wonder you cried. I have been 
gone a long time, but mother couldn't help it, darling; 
mother couldn't help it. There, you have awakened the 
baby. Oh, children, do be quiet," for all three were cry- 
ing by this time. 

It took her fully an hour to get them all quiet and 
asleep. Next day, first one and then another of her 
roomers came to tell her that they had to leave. Some 
made one excuse, some another; only one told her the 
truth, saying, "You ought to know better than to keep 
people in your house when your children cry as they did 
last night. I hate to leave you, but it unnerves me to 
hear such a racket. I work hard all day and must rest 
at night. This is the third time now. You ought to put 
them in a home like other women do." It was this that 
made her decide to go to the colony that was near the city 
she had been living in. It was one of the many branches 
that had b^en successful and had been exchanging with 
the original society in its productions. 

That spring found her living comfortably among green 
fields and free to earn a living by renting tents to those 
who only wished to stay in the country a few weeks at a 
time. Her baby was then two years old and she kept him 
in the nursery ; this left her free to attend to her business, 
as the other children were in the boarding school. 



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CHAPTER XVI. 

Mrs. Moberly was looking forward to the time when 
she could secure enough money to take her back to the 
relatives she had left so many years before. Little by 
little she was selling her household goods, the members 
securing customers so as to help her. Any new members 
coming to the colony were asked to buy of her, if they 
needed anything. The story would be told over and 
over again how that she hadn't seen her mother for many 
years. She had sold everything except the things she 
needed for her personal use. The new comers had been 
told how she rented tents in the summer by putting her 
surplus furniture in them, and many bought to do the 
same thing. She had now enough to coverall her ex- 
penses for traveling when who should appear but her 
husband. He was well dressed and upon asking for her 
was told at once where to find her. No one suspected 
who he was. 

'^Mira, don't drive me away. I am sorry that I treated 
you as I did," he said. "I want to see my children. 
Where are they?" 

"Jack Moberly, how dare you even come in my pres- 
ence after the wrong you have done me ?" 
"Mira, I must see the children." 

"They ar^not here," she answered, "and neither can 
you see them until you have assured me that you will go 
away after you have seen them." 

"Mira, won't you live with me again?" he begged. "I 
love you. I love my children." 



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She looked at him for a moment, and a great longing 
came to her that it might be true. 

• 'No/' she said, '^a man who could leave a woman to 
get along the best she could with his helpless children, 
has no heart." As she gazed at him, all the misery he 
had caused her seemed to pass before her like a panorama. 
She even wondered at herself. Here was the man who 
turned her head in her youth and inexperience, who had 
been the magnet that had drawn her away from all that 
she had held most dear. As he stood before her for the 
first time in three years, she could think of but one thing 
and that was to get him away. 

He had only told her that he loved her to hear what 
she would say; He laughed to himself at the joke. He 
had a curiosity to see her and the children and nothing 
more. Just as though he would give up Rosy for this 
thin, careworn woman, who at any time might upbraid 
him for his past life. Then, besides, he thought, "who 
wants to be tied to a woman ? I had enough of it. Rosy 
suits me now, and if I get tired of her, there are others." 

Finally he promised he would leave as soon as he had 
seen the children. She took him to the public parlor, not 
wishing to leave him in her apartment and then went to 
the school for them. In about fifteen minutes, she had 
them before him, not a little proud to show him how well 
she had been able to get along without him. They ap- 
proached him rather timidly, as they would a stranger, 
even Nellie feeling the change and neglect. His whole 
attention was given, however, to Freddie, who ran up to 
him. 

"You know papa, don't you, my boy ?" 

"Of course I do," said the little fellow, as he cuddled 
up to him. 



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Mira noticed that he did not look at the others, but 
that he could not take his eyes off of Freddie. 

"My poor little boy," he said. Then tears came io 
his eyes. 

It was harder than Mira had anticipated. The man 
really seemed to have some feeling for his boy, but the 
thought came to her, "It is only one of his outbursts. The 
man is not all bad, but too vile for me to have any more 
of these meetings." Then he turned to her and asked 
if she would not live with him, if she at least would not 
give him the boy, for she had the other two. 

With one rush, she grabbed the child and ordered him 
to leave her, reminding him of his promise. 

"Give you my child!" she said in scorn. 

"You forget he is mine as well as yours," he replied, 
*^and the law will give him to me, so you had better take 



care." 



Their gestures and loud voices frightened the children 
and their cries brought the superintendent of the build- 
ing. 

Mira explained and the superintendent told him that 
he must not come there ; that Mrs. Moberly wds there un- 
der their protection. 

He turned to her and hissed between his teeth, "I see 
you have some man keeping you." 

That was too much. 

"You insolent wretch," she exclaimed, "Go!" 

The superintendent touched a button. Two able bodied 
men appeared and Jack Moberly left quietly. 

After he had gone she decided to get away to her rela- 
tives as soon as possible. Now that he had started to 
come back he might annoy her in many ways. 

The few shares that she had were transferred to the 
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telegraphed them that she was coming home sooner than 
she had intended. Then the journey began. Over 
two thousand miles were to be covered and they must 
travel night and day. "Only eight hundred more/* she 
said to herself, as they were changing cars and were 
walking around the large station, looking at the many 
different kinds of people, all waiting for their trains to 
be called. Suddenly, she fancied she saw a face that 
looked like Jack, but she came to the conclusion that it 
couldn't be, that she was mistaken. So many loc4c alike 
when you are traveling, she mused, and thought no more 
about it. 

After they had been on the train some time, a nicely 
dressed lady made herself attentive to the children. She 
gave them candy and showed them pictures in the book 
she had until finally Freddie took up his quarters in the 
seat with her. All day long she amused him and the 
others. She became friendly with Mrs. Moberly also 
and they chatted about the children and other things. 
Mira began to feel a relief at having some one to help 
care for the children. 

The second evening, this lady proposed that Freddie 
should sleep with her as she was alone in her berth and 
it would give Mrs. Moberly more room. Freddie was de- 
lighted with the idea, so it was arranged. Mira and the 
other children had slept well all night and were aroused 
by the porter, announcing that she should get off at the 
next city. She dressed herself, then the two children and 
started to find Freddie. She found that no such persons 
had been seen since the middle of the night when a man, 
woman and child had left the train. From the descrip- 
tion of the man she knew it was Jack. They also said 
they heard the child call him papa. Poor Mira! And 



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this was her homecoming, her poor little child at the 
mercy of that man! 

Just then the name of the city was announced and all 
left the train. Everything was changed and strange to 
her, but there was Tom, dear old Tom. He would know 
just what to do about Freddie, and there was her mother 
and Scoris. They didn't know her and were looking in 
every direction, but there she was. At last she reached 
them and tried to attract their attention but it was too 
much for her and she fainted at their feet. All was confu- 
sion and even then they could not recognize her, she had 
changed so much. Nellie explained, "It is because Fred- 
die has gone. Papa took him away last night." She 
began to cry, for this was not the introduction she had 
pictured in meeting her grandma or the aunts and Uncle 
Tom. The family then realized that it was Mira and her 
family that was before them. They had her carried into 
the waiting room until she recovered consciousness ; then 
when she told them what had occurred Tom promised to 
find him. She told them about her life in the six years 
since she had left them. 

They tried to show her it was necessary to keep up 
her strength so that at the proper time she could give the 
information that would be needed not only in regard to 
Jack, but the woman who had assisted in stealing the 
child. 

Detectives were sent out and Mira began to rally, yet 
no clue amounted to anything. Disappointments seemed 
to be the order of the day. Nothing resulted from any 
clue they were given. Advertisements also failed, and 
she often wondered, "Had he followed, or had he seen 
them by chance?" All the misery she had endured was as 
nothing to this terrible uncertainty of the child being un- 



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cared for, and the longing to see him once more was in- 
tense. 

"Freddie, my boy, my boy," she would cry out in her 
agony, "I must, I must see you." 



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CHAPTER XVI. 

Mrs. Vivian, Scoris and Helen had been living in the 
colony for two years before Mira came. Scoris still 
did drawings for illustrations and Helen was doing well 
at writing for magazines and the society paper. 

Their apartments were nicely fitted up, each one having 
one room, while they shared the parlor together. They 
had intended to secure one more room for they often had 
their meals sent to them when they were unusually busy, 
instead of going down to the dining room, but since Mira 
and her children arrived they all saw that she must have 
help. 

She couldn't live in the same apartment building be- 
cause children were not allowed there nor were the con- 
veniences the same as in those built for children. They 
had tried to persuade her to leave them in the nursery and 
for her to live with them, but she couldn't be separated 
from them at night. Jack might come and steal them, 
she said. *They are all right in the daytime, but at night 
I must have them in sight." 

"Poor girl," her mother had said, "we can do without 
the extra room and secure two for her, besides help to 
provide for the children." 

"Yes, indeed," Scoris had answered, "this help to her 
now will be worth more to her than an extra room to us." 

"Our sympathy without practical help wouldn't be very 
cheering," Helen said, "and I intend to provide for one 
of the chilflren until they are old enough to provide for 
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"And I shall support the other," Scons declared. 

"She has had her share of punishment for her willful- 
ness," her mother remarked, "and the least we can do is 
to relieve her of some of her burden. How my heart 
has yearned to see her all these years, and I am willing 
to give up anything to help her. I think Libra will assist 
her also, but she must keep herself busy ; it is the only 
thing that will help her to bear this new trial." 



One day Scoris and her mother were having a chat by 
themselves when Scoris said : 

"Mother, do you know that you are constantly spoken 
of as the mother of the Vivian family?" 

"Well, Scoris, why shouldn't I be called your mother?" 

"Because you are as much to be honored as any one, 
and if, as is the custom now among us, you were called 
'The Hon. Mary Vivian,' that would settle it without 
further pretext. Being Tom's mother is not a personal 
honor, but being an honorable woman, you should stand 
the challenge. We are all called 'Honorable' but you, and 



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naturally we want you to hold the first rank among our 
social acquaintances. The title is given so all may know 
whom to trust." 

"But, Scoris dear, I am not in any business, so what 
difference does it make? 1 like the old ways that I am 
accustomed to. The name of Mrs. Vivian has always 
designated who I am." 

"Very well, mother, do as you like. We would sooner 
you were taking the honors because they, like a uniform, 
show where each person belongs. In our old town the 
name was sufficient, but customs have changed. People 
are thinking more deeply than they used to do and it 
has become necessary to classify our members so all may 
know where each stands. The old families were honored 
because of their wealth and their influence and their abil- 
ity to employ dependent people. 

"Well, my dear, what has this to do with me ?" 

"The society wishes to honor you because your life has 
been honorable in every way. You are a woman of good, 
sound judgment and are badly needed in the Council. 
Only honorable members can sit in the Council and we 
are anxious to have an equal number of men and women 
preside. Only women can understand all that is in a' 
woman's life, and they must not shirk from their duty. 
Both women's and children's interests are involved and 
until the members become more accustomed to seeing their 
interests as fully recognized as the men, they will suffer. 
It is the duty of our Council to define carefully the value 
of every man, woman and child's labor, for there is a 
mental as well as a physical value to be considered and 
this needs fine calculating. Only one just and right way 
is by the profits when the products are either sold or ex- 
changed. The profit must be the value awarded all 
equally. If a child earns as much as a grown person, that 



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child must receive the same amount. Mother, you have 
thought more deeply than the majority of women and 
have the faculty of seeing the point at issue more clearly 
than most women, or men, either, for that matter." 

^*You know the strawberries were picked by children 
mostly this year. Well, do you know those children didn't 
get as much as the grownup people for the same labor?" 

"Well, why not?" 

"Because some of the Council argued that children's 
time was not of as much value as an adult's. Now that 
was not just under this new system, for it aims to give 
full value for the labor done, no matter by whom. I 
claim that when the berries were sold for the same price 
as those picked by adults, that the children had the same 
right to the profits." 

"So do I. But you know I have never had anything to 
do with public affairs and am pretty old to be drawn into 
it now." 

"There is one thing certain, mother, you cannot start 
younger, so please think it over, for you are needed." 

Not long after this Mrs. Vivian heard an old woman 
and the secretary counting how much was coming to her 
from her summer's work. He looked over the accounts 
and told her. Mrs. Vivian thought it was a small amount. 
She rememberd how hard the poor old soul had worked 
all summer, never losing a day and being always ready 
to do everything. A young man asked about his account 
and was told, but Mrs. Vivian knew the young fellow and 
was familiar with his habits. She knew that he had not 
worked as the old woman had, still he had double the 
amount to his credit and they had both done the same 
amount of work. 

Mrs. Vivian had a talk with the woman a few days 
afterwards. She saw her limping along when Mrs. 



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Vivian questioned her. She said she was thankful to be 
allowed to stay in the colony as she had been unable to 
pay the dues. 

"Of course," she added, "I got all I asked, but I wish 
I could earn more so I would be sure that when I die I 
will be decently buried. I don't want my body in the pot- 
ters' field. My back aches awful bad," she said, "I can't 
sleep for the pain at night." 

She passed on, but Mrs. Vivian couldn't forget the 
conversation. She kept thinking to herself, "That woman 
ought to have as much as that man, if not more, and I 
am going to find out why she didn't get it." So she asked 
the foreman. 

*Well," he said, "she came here without any recom- 
mendation. She said she was willing to work for her 
food and a place to sleep. I consulted the president and 
he said to take her and see if she was capable of anything, 
if so, to let her stay a while." 

"Now, foreman," Mrs. Vivian said, "don't all get the 
same price for the same work?" 

"Oh, no," he said. "These outsiders don't ask so much ; 
in fact, don't expect as much as the members who pay in 
their dues." 

"Poor souls," Mrs. Vivian said. "Some way must be 
found to supply them with work enough to keep them 
from living in misery. If they have to work I shall see 
that they are paid for all they earn." 

Next day Mrs. Vivian told Scoris that she wanted to 
apply for the title and she wished she had done so before. 



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CHAPTER XVn. 

*'Oh, mother," she said, **I am so glad, for I made ap- 
plication for you. I was sorry you did not see the ad- 
vantage of it, and now there will be just time enough for 
your name to be advertised, so you can get it on the first 
coronation day. I was sure you were too good a soldier 
to let old-fashioned ideas hold you back. No good woman 
will stand idle in these days, especially when so many are 
needed to face the foes of humanity. Why was that poor 
woman afraid to ask sufficient for her labor? Because 
she didn't know that her labor was wealth. 

"Many old men and women who had been poor 
all their lives, who had never known anything 
but poverty, were given light work to do, such as 
gardenmg with short hours, under the direction of a 
competent gardener. In this way the grounds in 
the colony had been beautified, trees had been 
planted, waterways dug. The women helped to take care 
of infants in the nursery for a few hours each day, or do 
necessary housework, mending, etc. As the society was 
formed to secure homes, it was as easy to feed these poor 
creatures as it was animals, and they could earn what 
they got also. 

"The majority of people crave independence. Did 
you ever see a number as large as we have here take 
such pride in pointing out the beauties of the place? 
You see it is their wealth. Their labor has been expended 
to make it what it is. It is so much more to be enjoyed 
than a park that any one can use, so, of course all take 
great pride in it. It is so lovely to be able to step down 



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from our apartments and crossing the street enter a thick 
foliage, swing hammocks among the trees and look up 
into the beautiful green so restful to the eyes. * To lie 
there seems like a taste of heaven." 

"Yes, Scoris, I agree with you and when I remember 
that it is my son who has been the leader in bringing out 
this happy state of affairs, I am very much gratified, and, 
oh, so proud! I feel that all the old warriors, who have 
been honored for their share in all the great changes that 
have come to the world, have not done more than he has, 
if as much. Under this system wars will cease. I have 
had quite a talk with an old friend on this subject. Your 
father and I met her years ago, while abroad. Her oldest 
son was killed in one of the late wars and two others 
wounded. One is blind and the other had both legs am- 
putated, one below the knee and the other above. He 
wears artificial limbs as a result. All three had wives. I 
asked if the cause they had fought for was worth the 
glory ; if the duty they had been called upon to perform 
for their country, the bloodshed, the blindness of her son 
and the mutilation of the others, the total loss of the old- 
est one had been any alleviation. *No,' said she, *oh, no ; 
but of course they were honored for their heroism. One 
has been knighted and both receive a pension and the 
widow of the oldest son also has a pension, but of course 
it would not support them without our help. They were 
all such good, brave boys. I shall always feel very proud 
of them.' 

" 'So am I proud of my son,' I remarked. Well, dear, 
I shall never forget her face nor the effect the remark had 
upon her as she mentally drew the picture." 

"Your son, the General, you mean? Oh, but he is a 
genius, you know.' *I believe your sons were also,' I 



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said. All were brave men and ready to do their duty as 
they saw it/ 

" *Well/ she said, as she sighed, *I would have been 
one of the happiest of women today if they had only seen 
the facts as your son did. You all have in prospect a 
much larger income than my living sons are receiving 
from the government. You have them all alive and whole 
with you, not one maimed, or one who has had to suffer 
as mine did. Your son is more honored than any man 
who ever conducted an army of men. No title conferred 
upon him can ever adequately describe how much he is 
appreciated, arid your daughters and his splendid wife 
are equally admired for the part they have taken in this 
movement. Now see the difference: my poor Frank is 
dead; the others have only the merest pittance to live 
upon ; they only exist, for it is not living to be blind, nor 
to be crippled as they are, and the cause was not won or 
the enemy vanquished. Then that war raised the taxes 
to such an enormous sum that it leaves us very little to 
take us through life, considering our habits and mode of 
living.' 

**I asked her if she knew we considered this movement 
in the light of war ? She said, 'Why, no, how can it be ?' 
I told her it was a bloodless one, nevertheless a war upon 
all oppression ; that the rich were determined to keep the 
working people in all subjection, and that as the working 
people outnumbered the moneyed class they could tie up 
all kinds of industry and that by their united efforts 
showed that the odds were just about even. When the 
laborers become indignant . and the strikes rule for a 
time, there is only distress for the majority and another 
lesson leatned by those in power to divert their minds 
in some other quarter until they could outwit them, or 
keep them out of employment until all their savings were 



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gone. The people have never had justice until this so- 
ciety secured land for them and started all their in- 
dustries running. Now the trusts can bring all the emi- 
grants from other countries to take the place of the home 
laborers that they like, and the society is gatherings them 
in and sending them further out on to the land where 
they are being self-supporting and at the same time 
could not interfere with the wages of the people. 

" *Well/ she said, 'I never bother about these things. 
They only excite me. I really think a gradual evolution 
is taking place and the right results will come in the long 



run.' 



"I told her that I had once felt as she did on the sub- 
ject, but I had known many persons to prepare for a 
journey and to miss the train on account of their indif- 
ference to the time table. 

" 'My not knowing that there was a war of conquest,' 
she said, *of more consequence to us all than the ones my 
sons fought in has left me in my old age a very sorrowful 
woman. Think if we had only had our thoughts directed 
in this greater cause of justice, I and my boys might have 
been living in comfort and affluence instead' — then she 
broke down and cried so bitterly that she broke me up 
also. You see, Scoris, she had never realized that she 
had any part in the world's great events. She wanted 
them to excel and as the army glorifies the successful 
ones, there was a chance for her sons. I feel sorry 
for her, but I also feel sorry for the unthinking thousands 
who are venturing along life's paths, unprepared for the 
future." 



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CHAPTER XVni. 

So many changes had been brought about since the 
society started that a large number had leased land for 
a long term of years, building their own houses or cot- 
tages near the colony after they saw the advantages of the 
society. They did not like to live in the apartment houses 
or hotels, nor did they care to have their children in the 
boarding schools, but did like the system of revenue that 
came so regularly from the factories, stock farms, cotton 
plantations, etc., and the short hours that all the members 
had to give to the society's industries. These people 
lived where they liked. Their shares were placed in the 
different industries. As they already owned their homes 
it secured them a regular income. It also provided for 
the future of each member of their family, instead of 
an insurance ; all saw its advantages and appreciated the 
fact that they could become honored members of the so- 
ciety. It gave them rank that nothing else could, because 
the members wouldn't allow dishonest people to be called 
Honorables. All sorts of discussions took place for and 
against the idea of having children under a system of 
government. It generally came from the older people or 
from those with large incomes. It had caused a prejudice 
to arise among many and naturally they talked it over. 
One lady, a Mrs. Holmes, had pronounced it a brcctking 
up of homes, and her father had written several articles 
about it in the papers. He was coming on a visit. When 
he arrived he looked into the subject. 

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such ideas as that. Our little children should be right in 
the home with us." 

So they arranged to have a party come to discuss the 
matter, for and against it. He had only been with them 
a few days when it was arranged to have the meeting. 
The hour was to be at three o'clock in the afternoon. Now 
it was just two when Mrs. Holmes came into the library 
where her father was sitting and said : 

"Papa, would you like to have the care of the little ones 
for half an hour or so? I will have to go to the dress- 
maker." 

"Certainly," he answered, "I would be delighted to have 
them all to myself." 

She replied, "I let the nurse go out this afternoon, not 
knowing that I would have to try on my dress, and to- 
morrow will be my reception day. The baby is asleep and 
these two little ones will keep you company. Cook will 
attend the door if any one comes, so I will go now and 
be back in time for the meeting." As she waved her 
hands, saying, "Bye-bye, precious ones, be good children 
and amuse grandpa," she closed the door and was gone. 

Grandpa held a child on each knee. This was an event 
in their lives, to have grandpa all to themselves. 

"Well," he says, "what shall we do while mamma is 
away ?" 

"Oh," says five-year-old May, "let's play horse and let 
me ride our your back." 

"No, me," cried Roy, while May climbed the quickest 
and got there. Roy pulled her feet and they quarreled un- 
til grandpa decided that he would get down on all fours, 
then both could get on, while May held on to her doll. 
Away they went, in and out of the two rooms, the chil- 
dren laughing and screaming as they lurched from side to 
side in danger of falling, while grandpa enjoyed the fun 



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almost as much as they, even though he was puffing and 
blowing. When that failed to amuse they played hide 
and seek. Grandpa soon discovered that he is not so 
young as he used to be and laid back in the big arm chair 
to rest. 

*^Now, children, you play a little while by yourselves," 
he said, as he put his hands to his head. 

"Now you amused us," said May, "so it is our turn and 
we will amuse you. Want your head rubbed? I can do 
it like mamma rubs papa's when he's all tired out." She 
looked at him so coaxingly that he said : 

"Yes, to be sure." 

"All right," she consented, climbing to the back of his 
chair and running her fingers through his hair. She did 
it so quietly and soothingly as she scratched gently back 
and forth, that he thought to himself, "What a little fairy 
she is!" He got no further, for sleep had claimed him 
and May soon discovered this. 

Grandpa had nice long hair, so here was her opportu- 
nity, for she loved to braid hair. She would do it so 
gently and "My! wouldn't he be glad when he saw how 
pretty she had made it !" Then she espied some wool in 
a work basket of her mother's. Such pretty colors — 
blue, green, yellow, red and white! "What a lot," she 
said in glee. In a little while she had gone all over his 
head and fine little braids were standing out in all direc- 
tions tied with wool. As she stood admiring her handi- 
work, her eye detected Roy in the next room teasing her 
kitten. He saw by her glance what was coming. In two 
seconds he had bounded up the back stairs, flying madly 
on and on until he reached the nursery, then he fell. She 
grabbed the kitten. Roy set up a howl and baby awak- 
ened. May quieted baby, took it up and set it on the 



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floor, then started after Roy again, who had made off 
with the kitten. 

At this moment the door bell rang. The cook ushered 
in several strangers. It was three o'clock and the com- 



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library. She was stealthily running up stairs, and as 
he looked up to the top step he saw the eight 
months' old baby kicking his heels and seeming 
to be enjoying the situation, as the mother cried, 
"Wait for mother, darling, wait — " Just then the 
baby sprang forward and she caught him only in 
time to keep him from going head first to the bottom of 
the stairs. There she sat the tears streaming down, her 
face while she hugged her baby. She looked down upon 
hearing her father's voice and roared with laughter. He, 
thinking that she was hysterrcal, begged her to calm her- 
self. It was all she could do between screaming and 
laughing to hold her child, he looked so funny. By this 
time every one was in the hall, roaring as they looked at 
the staid old gentleman. His daughter led him to the 
mirror. It is needless to say that there was no meeting. 
Their arguments were answered before begun. Children 
are safer when certain people are responsible for their 
care and welfare. The society heard no more about fam- 
ilies growing apart. 



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CHAPTER XIX. 



On a bright afternoon, two old men could be seen 
strolling along leisurely, talking of tbe difference the so- 
ciety had made in their lives. 

"Who would have thought fifteen years ago, John, that 

you and I could be living in the comfort and ease that we 

are today? The most 

comfortable house ever 

' built on ground, large or 

t, small, when built sepa- 
rately, could never have 
the advantage these 
' apartment buildings 
: have. Our large win- 
dows give the necessary 
. light we old people need, 
^ and I tell you when the 
^eyesight is dim, especi- 
ally when we had good 
sight, it is very hard to 
;"go stumbling along, es- 
pecially in your own 
home. I think the so- 
ciety's determination to preserve its light and air and not 
allow the buildings to be crowded together, is a very 
great advantage. It suits me, I can tell you." 

"The variety in the cooking is what I like," said Mr. 
White. "When our girls got married and wife and I 
had the farm to ourselves, she seemed all played out and 
couldn't cook as she used to. Then one after the other 



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of the boys left us and went to the cities. They thought 
the farm work was too hard, when they could have the 
money in their hand each week, and it seemed a lot to 
them out on the farm, where they had no board bills to 
pay, but they have found out the difference and I have 
now arranged to have them all here now. When I signed 
over my farm to the society all three came out in a great 
state of mind. They thought I had done them an in- 
justice. I told them, 'You must remember that after your 
mother and I had raised you and worked hard to keep 
the place together, first paying for it when you children 
were too young to be of any help, we fairly begged you to 
stay with us and help us when you were grown up. Oh, 
no, the city was the only place for you then.' Then I 
said, *Do you think we are going to work and pay out all 
we can rake and scrape together for hired men to work 
the place, so you boys can have it after our death ? Have 
we no rights ? Are you children of more consequence than 
we are ? Who earned it ?' 

"Well, they didn't like the way I was doing it. What 
was I going to do with the stock? I told them I had 
given it all over to the society and arranged it so that 
wife and I had permanent shares in exchange to keep us 
in comfort the rest of our lives. We also had the satis- 
faction of seeing younger men and women earning 
enough to make up any deficiency in a way that you 
would not do if we should need it. 

" *Well, what will become of your shares after your 
death?' one said. 

" *They will go to the society,' I told them unless they 
joined it. In that case I could leave them to my children 
if they would do as other members would and increase 
their own shares. I told them that all had to look ahead 
for their old age if they became members, for the society 






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was representing wealth and wouldn't take any one that 
would spend everything they earned while in the fresh- 
ness of youth. I said that they could easily save enough 
in the next fifteen years to make them comfortable the 
rest of their lives if they became members and I wished 
that they would. Then I asked them why they didn't tell 
us that it was more loneliness than hard work that took 
them to the city. They looked surprised and one said 
that it wasn't. I told them that I had thought it was, 
since I had lived in the community where all could hear 
good music and lectures, see good plays and something 
worth listening to in the conversation with those one 
came in contact with. I had become convinced that they 
were right in leaving the farm, and I did not blame them. 
'Still you don't secure your property to us ?' one said. 
'Oh, no,' I told them. 'If you boys have not the abil- 
ity to earn sufficient for your old age, you don't deserve 
to have anything. These young men and women who are 
keeping up the work in the society have the best right to 
what I leave, unless you show that you will do as they 
are doing.' 

"Oh, yes, young people can leave their parents just at 
the time when they are most needed and if in after years 
there is any property left, they think it a great hardship 
if their parents leave it to any one else." 

The old friends talked on and presently their wives 
joined them. They, too, had been taking a walk and 
hearing the last of the conversation, gave some of their 
ideas of the society. 

"What I like about it," remarked Mrs. White, "is the 
freedom from care. On the farm it is continual work, late 
and early, looking after the stock and feeding or growing 
food. Now I can rest. Our apartments need only a 
little straightening and dusting once a week. Each day 



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while I make the bed, husband waters the flowers and I 
must say I like the wide porches with the boxes of plants 
on the edges. We make the porch our sitting room in 
the summer and when winter comes, the windows are so 
large, we can keep a nice lot of them and send the rest 
to the greenhouses." 

The four walked along and talked of the society and 
wondered they had not thought of it years before. The 
short hours the young people have to work and exercise 
the different portions of their body until it becomes a 
pleasure to be employed, is a great change from the 
drudgery of the past. 

Mrs. Brown here stated that she expected their mar- 
ried son to come on in about a month or six weeks. 

"We have arranged for him to receive our permanent 
shares after our death," Mr. Brown said. "He, like your 
boys, did not see what advantages the society offered 
him until we reminded him that our permanent shares 
could go to him, but he would have to keep increasing his 
own shares. It was hard for him to understand that we 
were leaving a certain amount in consumable shares and 
using them in our living. He is not very strong and his 
wife thinks they can' have the children in the nursery 
and she can work in one of the factories to help them out 
while the children are small. We told them the advan- 
tage they would have of buying their food already cooked, 
leaving her free to earn all that she could while the chil- 
dren would have the advantage of every kind of learn- 
ing that their minds were capable of receiving, or their 
age or strength permitted. 

"You were not here last year, Mrs. Brown, when the 
men all came home from the wheatfields? I suppose you 
know the society sends all our men that are required to 
harvest the grain. Well, they have to go hundreds of 



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miles away and the last few years when they return they 
bring the unmarried men back with them ; that is, all who 
wish to come, to spend the winter in the Colony. Only a 
few were married when the Colony started, so many men 
go out and take up the land on the prairies and bush land 
also. Well, they get settled there and for years never 
have a chance to see any women to speak of. "Now our 
Colony invites them to come here during the winter and, 
if they want it, we find them work. However, many 
come to share the social advantages and to learn the new 
ideas that are being taught. It makes the winter very 
lively, I can tell you. I never saw so many marriages as 
this exchange Of interests brings about and they are the 
right kind, too. This bringing the unmarried men from 
those new parts of the country back here where they can 
find wives and the sending of our able bodied men out 
there to work for the summer is exchanging with a 
vengeance." 

"But do our men want to go out there ?" asked Mr. 
Brown. 

"Certainly,'* says Mr. White, '^they volunteer. You 
see our steam wagons make it possible for them to go 
with very little expense. They are fitted up with folding 
beds, cooking utensils, and with the use of gasoline for 
steam and to cook with we make the exchange a very easy 
one. They also bring the grain with them when they 
come. Our men can earn higher wages by going out 
there and of course they want to go. Then the novelty 
to the young men of sleeping wherever night overtakes 
them. The covered wagons are as comfortable as their 
own beds at home; then the advantage to the men who 
Tiave the land and the grain to harvest is more than most 
people think, besides having the ready market assured 
them at prices that make it pay. It does away with the 



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gamblers and stock exchange as far as the society is con« 
cemed. We store it on our own property. Well, here 
we are at our own home. I expect it is near dinner time> 
so good-bye for the present." 
• They then went to their apartments. 

A day long to be remembered was when the boys and 
men were expected home from the wheatfields. It had 
been a successful season and in the Colony all had been 
excitement for days, preparing for their return. 

"Oh, what a bright day," a young girl exclaims as she 
rushes to the window in the morning. "I afn so glad it 
is fine. We can all enjoy meeting them together out 
in the grounds now. I wonder who will see them first. 
I wish they would allow us to go on the watch tower. We 
could see so far away from there." 

Several other girls were now at the windows and one 

said, "Do you see the dust just beyond the hill? That 

IS them." 

Then they rushed into, the homes to tell the news. 

Soon the verandas were filled with expectant and happy 
faces, all wishing to get a glim.pse of the dear ones re- 
turning to their homes. 

Such an army as it takes to attend to this industry? 
Nearly all are able bodied men and they were waving 
their handkerchiefs and tossing their hats in the excite^ 
ment of getting home again. All were brown as berries. 
There were husbands and brothers, sweethearts, fathers,, 
all to be welcomed and the older women were attending 
to the dinner for the hungry men and boys. It was a 
great event to the boys, especially those who had gone 
away for the first time. So many strangers were there 
to be entertained also. It was funny to see how shy many 
of the girls became. The sparkle of their eyes indicated 
their excitement as the old and the new comers appeared. 



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All rushed to the balconies to welcome them. Such a 
happy, jolly lot. Just then the home band that had gone 
out to meet them struck up the glad strain of "Welcome 
Home," while cheer after cheer sounded again and again. 
A father lifted a little child up on his shoulder after kiss- 
ing her. She struggled and tried to get down, looking 




startled at such familiarity. Every one roared, laughing, 
until some one cried out, "It is a bad case when your own 
children won't recognize you." "This is papa," you would 
hear in one direction, or brother, as the case might be, 
while many were trying to coax the little ones to kiss 
them. All were so tanned and dusty, yet looking well 
and strong. 



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CHAPTER XX. 



Geron Vivian was sitting in his arm chair. It was the 

day of rest, or should have been, but none had come to 

him. He was constantly thinking how he could manage 

to get back to his farm and wondering how he had ever 

been enticed to leave it. 

The salary that he had received had seemed enormous 

while he lived upon 

the farm, but now 

he reasoned, money 

is like holding water 

in your hand. It 

slips through your 

fingers, no matter 

how tightly you : 

hold it, or how much 

you have. . I have 

spent more money i 

in the last four years 

than in all my life- 
time before. First 

comes rent, gas bills, 

servants' wages, and 

clothing — more 

needed in three months than in that many years 
in the country — and shoes! Why, they are a 
weekly tax for some one of the family ; stone 
pavements scour them to pieces. "Then car fare 
— well I had better stop or I will have the blues 
worse than ever. I don't feel quite myself today and I 
suppose I am blue from worry over that mortgage. In 



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six months' time the lease will be up and we shall go back 
to our home and when once that mortgage is paid I will 
never place another dollar on anything I own." 

Walking to a large mirror he exclaimed : '* Father ! is it 
possible ?" and then glanced around to see if any one was 
within hearing. "1 thought it was he, but how old I am 
looking — as old as he did a short time before he died, and 
yet he was thirty years older than I: He raised a large 
family out there on the land and amassed wealth, while I 
have played the fool by coming to the city. Tom is a 
brighter man than I, I see now. One comfort I have — 
that interest was paid on the mortgage yesterday and if 
I can only sell those stocks, I will get that mortgage paid." 

Just then Lear and Libra Schuman drove up to the 
door in their carriage. He greeted them cordially, as 
Grace, his wife, brought them into the room. The con- 
versation became general for a time and then the ladies 
went oflf by themselves. Geron and Lear talked of their 
business affairs. 

Finally Geron says, "I want to sell those stocks and 
clear oflf that mortgage, Lear. Do you think I can do it 
before spring, for I intend going back to the farm 
agam ? 

^They have gone up and down," Lear replied, "and they 
must advance soon, so I would advise you not to be in a 
hurry." 

"I wish they had gone up before I ever mortgaged my 
property to buy them, or down to perdition, I don't care 
which," Geron replied. 

"Well, you must not blame me, for I did the best I 
could for you. You wanted to give your boys a chance 
to attend the colleges here in the city and have the refin- 
ing influences of association not to be had in the country. 
I am sure it has improved them and gives them a polish 
that they never would have had had they not come." 



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On the way home afterwards, Lear told Libra that hef 
brother seemed to imply that he, Lear, was to blame for 
the mortgaging of the estate. 

"I don't think I am," he said. "I merely told him how 
he could secure the stock. I bought heavier of it than he. 
He complains because he has never received any divi- 
dends, only promises. Neither have I.'' 

In about two months Geron thought he had a customer. 
Every evening as he came home the old, bright expression 
seemed returning. He was already planning for a return 
to the old home. Grace had begun to prepare for the 
packing, and she had just come to the front door to look 
over some plants she had felt uncertain about taking with 
her when who should stand before her but Geron, his 
lips drawn and his face as white as snow. Before she 
realized what he was about he had fallen across the floor. 
All was confusion. The members of the family were 
running about in all directions. A physician was sum- 
moned and said it was paralysis, caused by some sudden 
shock. 

In a day or two he changed his mind and declared it 
was brain fever caused by several other ailments and he 
must be kept quiet. Weeks went by and his delirium was 
terrible, as he shrieked, "I am ruined!" and then again 
over and over, he cried, ^'Watered stock, watered stock — 
I am ruined !" 

Then he would imagine he was on the farm again and 
he would tell them how he wanted everything done. 
Again he would become partly conscious and cry out, "All 
the money is gone, all is lost. We are paupers !" 

It took all the strength of two men to hold him at these 
times. Finally he became conscious with a full realiza- 
tion of his great loss, and almost the first word he heard 
was a voice in the hall, saying, "I must have my rent or 



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I will send him to the hospital, and I will only wait a few 
days longer. If you have not the money for me day after 
tomorrow I will send the ambulance. He ought to be 
there anyway.'' 

Poor Geron became unconscious again. In a few hours 
he revived and wanted to know what it all meant. What 
had happened to him? 

His wife implored him to be patient and not to mind 
until he was well and by coaxing succeeded in getting 
him quiet again. But menaory would return and with it 
the awful straits they were in, but he said, "I will not sink 
under this and leave my helpless family alone. Yes, I 
will be quiet. I have will power to do that much. I 
will get well, but I must know one thing ; have I lost my 
situation?" Poor Grace only looked the answer she was 
afraid to put in words. 

"I see," he said, "it is as I feared. The same schemers 
who sold those stocks to me have taken all else that I 
have. It was only a part of the scheme to entice me to 
risk all." 

"Not all, Geron dear, you have the boys, and am I not 
worth having?" 

"Oh, Grace dear, to think that I should have been so 
foolish." 

For an answer she kissed him and begged him to go to 
sleep and they would talk it over when he was stronger. 
When he revived the first thing he said was, "Thank 
goodness mother's property is safe and we can live on 
that and the mortgage does not close for two years. With 
the boys' help we can make a living. Will they be willing 
to go back to farm life?" 

They were just at the age when boys who have lived 
in the city consider it a great hardship to live in a smaller 
place. 



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" Ves," they said, *'we will go if you will only get well." 
In a few weeks he was better and then he would say, 
'*To think of being robbed by your friends. Fiends would 
be a more appropriate name for them.*' And to think 
that Lear had advised him ! They raised enough to ap- 
pease the landlord until be was better and by selling most 
of their furniture got back to the old home once more. All 
was so different now. None of the conveniences he had 
had in the years past belonged to him and all he could 
do was to work with the tenant and take it on shares. It 
was a terrible humiliation, but it was better than the un- 
certainties of the city. The best part of their mother's 
home had never been used by the tenants and all the best 
furniture had been left there, so old Mrs. Vivian could 
have gone back had she wished, but she had always found 
it too lonely and had never gone. 

For two years at least Geron would have to pay interest 
on the mortgage, and after that he could not calculate 
what would be done. He saw no way of paying the prin- 
cipal and though her land was exempt, still it could not 
be sufficient to supply the family with the present prices 
that they would make from the farm. 



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CHAPTER XXI. 

Mr. and Mrs. Birch had given up the restaurant 
in the Colony at the time he was required to 
take a position in the interests of the Society. 
He turned out to be a splendid organizer and they 
had gone from city to city to get the colonies in 
line. In the meantime two children had been 
bom, and first one, then the other had been left at the 
original Colony on account of the parents traveling about. 
Both Mr. and Mrs. Birch were good talkers and very 
much in demand. Everywhere they went success fol- 
lowed the enterprise. Just at this time they were stay- . 
ing at the hotel in the Colony to be near their children 
and to arrange to have their shares transferred to another 
part of the country where th^ weather was not so severe. 
In fact it was summer there all the year and they pre- 
ferred making it their home. Six years had been de- 
voted to the society ; now they intended to live a domes- 
tic life and be with their children. 

Mrs. Birch and Scoris Vivian had always been friends 
and while the Birches were going from place to place, 
Scoris (after moving to the society) saw that their babies 
had enough attention that they should not feel the loss of 
their parents ; in that way she had become very much at- 
tached to them, and to the little tots she was a second 
mother, in fact they called her " 'nother mamma," to ex- 
press their own sentiments. Their father had been try- 
ing to teach the youngest one to call her Miss Vivian, 
but she shook her head and said, "No, her is another 
mamma." 



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Living in -the Colony had brought about very close 
friendships. Those who had to keep their little ones in 
the nursery while employed could riot give them all the 
fondling that children crave, but others were glad to take 
an hour every day or so. There was not a child in the 
nursery but what it had some one or other to take it out 
and give it recreation if it was only to take a walk. The 
lady principal of the establishment knew every one in 
the place and knew who to trust with their care. 

Scoris felt the loss of the Little Birches more than she 
had anticipated, and when an invitation came for her to 
visit their parent3 she gladly accepted. 

Paul Arling and his mother had just nicely settled in 
the Colony and Scoris was glad to get away for a time 
to overcome what she considered her foolish attachment 
for him. She had always thought it more womanly to 
let others see that you care for them, than to hide it, so 
while they had lived in the city the family had been more 
intimate than she intended they should in the Colony. 
Like many others she had found that to let a man see 
that you care for him is a mistake until they are ready 
to declare themselves. She knew his position but thought 
he could confide in her under the circumstances if he 
actually cared as much for her as at first she thought he 
did. In bitterness the realized that a spark of fire may 
be quenched if not allowed to burn too long, so she made 
up her mind that a change would indicate her indifference 
to him and possibly bring it about. Time had passed 
quickly nevertheless since she had been associated with 
the society, and she had formed habits that brought her 
in touch with nearly every family there. One thing, no 
one in the association knew that her heart had gone out 
to Paul Arling. It was only in the secret of her own 
soul that she acknowledged it. 



132 OTHER WORLDS. 

In this new country the change had been so complete 
that she forgot she ever had any other motive for going 
away than pleasure. " The society papers had announced 
her arrival and before she knew it all kinds of denkmstra- 
tions were on foot to honor her as the Honorable Scoris 
Vivian, who had helped to bring about the conditions un- 
der which they all were prospering. She had forgotten 
that she ever had heartache for everyone treated her as 
if she was a princess and she was beginning to believe that 
she liked this new country better than the old. Men who 
were wealthy as well as devoted to the cause of the peo- 
ple, asked her to marry them. One in particular wouldn't 
take no for an answer and he paid her such marked at- 
tention and had said so persistently that he would win her 
tfiat It was announced in the papers that there was an en- 
gagement. There was much to see and the warm cli- 
mate made a difference in the buildings which interested 
her, for instead of building them in apartments as in her 
home Colony, they were built separately because land was 
not so expensive nor was building material. 

Laborers, machinists and builders were not as plenti- 
ful as land, but almost any one could put up a shelter, 
and improve upon it as their shares increased. She 
thought what a fine place it would be for aged or delicate 
people who suffer from severe climates, and she was 
looking around for possible employment for them. She 
knew that with the automobile system they could be sent 
there. She was interested in "the Solar svstem" that had 
been discovered there also, and intended to bring it be- 
fore the home Colony when she returned. Her attention 
had been wholly on the affairs of the society, so she was 
not aware of the personal interest that she was attracting. 

Her letters to her mother described the system instead 
of telling them news about herself. 



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"The Solar system was produced by using mirrors 
shaped like a large basin," she wrote. "This was so ar- 
ranged that it reflected the rays of the sun and the heat 
generated was focused upon a large, furnace-boiler, pro- 
ducing steam, this in turn was used to produce electricity 
and was stored in a storage battery. The reason the 
mirror had to be a basin shape was to focus the rays of 
the sun directly upon one spot, otherwise the heat 
wouldn't be sufficient to produce the steam. It was so in- 
expensive that it soon revolutionized every other system 
of heating, lighting or producing electricity in that part 
of the country. It could be erected on the top of a house, 
or on a building built for that purpose which was found 
best where new conditions were practiced as they were in 
this colony. The fact that heat could be secured by re- 
flecting the sun's rays on a mirror was one of the greatest 
factors in making this colony a success. Its simplicity 
placed it within the reach of any intelligent person. Of 
course all kinds of patents were claimed for the differ- 
ent patterns, but even the trusts could not monopolize the 
sun, and small boys began to shape pieces broken from 
glasses in their homes or go to the factory and collect 
any kind and shape them together in a circular basin 
with the use of plaster paris and then stand it against the 
wall or a box and let it reflect the sun upon a pail of water 
suspended from a string that couldn't come in contact 
with the rays." 

Helen and her mother were talking about Scoris' letter 
and the advantage of the solar system would be to all the 
colonies. Presently Helen says I am sorry for Paul for 
I know he has always loved Scoris, and she doesn't deny 
what the papers are saying. 

While they were talking Paul Arling's mothfsr called. 



134 OTHER WORLDS. 

She said she had come to ask if it was true that Scoris 
was going to marry someone out in the new Colony ? 

Mrs. Vivian told her that Scoris had never written 
them about it, but she hadn't denied it either. That pos- 
sibly she had intended waiting until she came home be- 
fore letting them know. 

They had been old friends, Mrs. Arling reminded Mrs. 
Vivian, and she had hoped that some day Scoris would 
have been her daughter-in-law. 

Mrs. Vivian sat with her chin resting on her hand, look- 
ing away out to the future; in thought she, too, had 
wished that Paul and Scoris would marry sometime. 

"Our dreams rarely come true,'* she replied, softly. "I 
had hoped that all my children would be near me while 
I live, but, ah, well,*' she sighed, "Scoris has always been 
a sensible girl and I am sure will not make a mistake." 

Mrs. Arling reported the conversation to Paul and it 
seemed to him ^ fact that he had lost Scoris after all 
these years waiting to have something to offer her. He 
didn't try to hide his grief from his mother, and when 
he told her why he hadn't spoken to Scoris, she reminded 
him that he had been in fault. 

"You must remember that it is the custom for women 
to keep silence on that subject. I always supposed that 
there was an understanding between you." 

"To tell the truth, so did I," he answered. 

"There you go!" she said. "Like all the rest of men, 
taking things for granted. I would sooner have had one 
room for the rest of my life than to have come between 
you two. Why, with the advantages we have here in 
this colony I would have been more comfortable, for I 
would have less care." 

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136 OTHER WORLDS. 

selfish, and now as she thought she had made her son 
unhappy she blamed him. 

"I see I am to blame," he soliloquized when alone. "I 
should have consulted her ; perhaps she would have mar- 
ried me now. I have enough to start with^ for it doesn't 
require as much in a colony like this, where you are sure 
of employment as long as you need it." 

He had invested a small sum in starting some ex- 
changes and the dividends had been unusually large. 
"If I could only have had it before!" he said to him- 
self ; "I would have known just what to do. Now I sup- 
pose I have lost her." 

About this time Helen's engagement had been an- 
nounced to a young Prince and he saw the effect Scoris' 
engagement had upon Paul Arling, for Paul had been un- 
able to hide it. The four had been constant companions 
in the city and he believed that Scoris cared for Paul. 
One evening he called for him to take him automobiling 
and after they had left the Colony behind and were go- 
ing slowly through a cool stretch of bush, where the trees 
almost touched their heads, the Prince said: 

"Helen and I are going to be married in the fall." 

"And I suppose Scoris will be married also?" Paul 
questions. 

"I don't know," the Prince answered. "You are re- 
ferring to that announcement in the paper. She will be 
home in two weeks, and we will know then. I am disap- 
pointed, old fellow," he continued, "for I used to think 
that your heart was in that direction." 

"It was, and is yet," Paul answered softly. "I am 
dazed with the news. You know, Charley, I had noth- 
ing to offer her until now." 

"Well, neither had I; but I let Helen know I loved 
her, so she wouldn't learn to care for some one else." 



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"But you hadn't anyone else to support, as I had," 
Paul said. "I will go away before she comes back,'* he 
continued. "I never could live here and witness that 
wedding. I don't know when I began to love Scoris 
Vivian. Long before I saw her she was my ideal in 
imagination, and I knew her to be my fate when she ap- 
peared." 

'* And you never told her this ?" Charley asks. 

"How could I, wh^n I was not able to give her a home 
such as she deserves?" 

"Paul Arling, the trouble with you is that you are too 
cautious. I didn't even have a position when this Col- 
ony started, but I pitched right in and now I can take 
life easy. I was bound to win and nothing daunted me. 
I kept Helen posted all the time, and she encouraged me 
to succeed." 



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CHAPTER XXII. 

In thinking it over Prince Charley said to himself: 
'*What a strange thing man is anyway! Some plod all 
their days and every one connected with them holds 
them in one place at the point of duty, while others are 
looking around for the chances that are sure to turn up 
if the mind is clear. ^ You never catch me taking bracers 
to steady my nerves, nor smoking to derive comfort, as 
some say. Those things take money and when I made 
up my mind that I wanted Helen Vivian for my wife, 
not one cent was spent that didn't count for necessities. 
My mind was clear because I had no habits to attract 
my attention and compel me to pander to them. I in- 
tended to succeed, and I did. The men who smoke may 
succeed in business if they have plenty of backing but I 
have never known one rnan start out with only his two 
hands and brain for capital succeed so that the world 
would hear from them if they were smokers. 

These brains of ours need to be kept clear by plenty 
of rest, good food to keep the body vigorous, lots of pure 
air, exercise, physically and mentally. If we are attend- 
ing to these necessities and look upon our bodies as an 
instrument that must be kept in tune as we would a 
musical instrument, then harmony will result. Harmony 
is the secret of concentration. Concentration leads to 
success. 

Paul Arling is a pattern among domestic men and yet 
he has lost the one thing his inner nature craves for 
because he has allowed himself to be swayed by circum- 
stances. 



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"I intend to look into this matter for them, for I'll be 
blessed if I don't think it is a mistake all around. Let 
me see," he mused, as the machine slowly mounted a 
long hill going over the same ground that it did a few 
evenings before when Paul was with him. "Scoris is to 
stay a few days at the colony in Tripside. That is only 
two days' ride from here. I shall persuade Paul to take 
the trip with me. He will never know what I am after. 
Then I will throw them together, for if I don't get him 
away from here before she comes home and her engage- 
ment is announced then nothing can stop it." 

Paul readily accepted his invitation, not knowing that 
Scoris would be there. Leaving Paul at the hotel upon 
arriving the Prince hurried to the friend's apartments 
where Scoris was visiting. 

"Why, Charley!" Scoris exclaimed, laughing, "did 
you come all this distance just to meet me?" 

"Yes, I did, sister-in-law," he answered, using his pet 
name for her. Then aside he told her that he must 
have a talk with her alone as soon as it could be man- 
aged. She was rather startled at first, fearing that 
something must have happened at home. 

"Everything is all right," he assured her. "It is about 
yourself I wish to talk. Is it true that you are going to 
be married?" 

She laughed heartily. It seemed so absurd for him 
to have come all that distance to ask her that. 

"Why, Charley, what gave you such an idea?" 
It has been in all the papers," he answered. 
In the papers!" she exclaimed; "before I had even 
told my own family ! How strange !" 

"Then it is true?" the Prince said as a matter of 
course. 

"I hope so," she answers teasingly. 



If 



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"Paul Arling is with me," he announces to see the 
effect upon her. 

"Oh ! how nice !" she answers. "I am so glad he came 
too. It shows that I am appreciated." 

"Scoris Vivian, don't you know that Paul Arling loves 
you and has all these years?" 

"How could I," she answers, "when he never told 



mer 



?" 



He told me so only two weeks ago, but I knew it long 
before," the Prince said. 

^*And he came to meet me thinking that I was engaged 
to another! How neighborly you all are!" 

"Do stop your bantering, Scoris," the Prince an- 
swered. "He doesn't know that you are here. That wac 
my doing." 

"Well, Charley, it was good of you and I appreciate it. 
Go back to the hotel and bring him to join the boating 
party that we are to have this evening. Tell him I want 
to see him." 

The Prince started for his hotel going in a round 
about way to gain time. "What will I tell him ? He will 
know at once that I put up a job on him. I believe I 
have made a fool of myself after all ; but nothing venture 
nothing win," he said to himself. 

He quickened his pace when nearing the hotel, rushed 
to Paul's room in a breathless way and then said: 

"Who do you suppose is here in town ?" 

"Well," Paul questioned, "how can I tell?" 

"It is some one you will be pleased to see. It is Scoris 
and she wants to see vou." 

Paul turned pale for a second, then answered : "I came 
here hoping to avoid seeing her until I become accus- 
tomed to the fact that she will soon belong to another." 

**Well, it is too bad," the Prince answers; "but jrou 



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better go to the party. I am going and I don't wish to 
leave you alone. Besides, if you don't go she will feel 
badly." 

"Do you think she would care to see me?*' Paul asks 
in a hopeful way. 

"I am sure she meant what she said when she asked 
you to come.*' 

"I don't think I'll go," Paul said after a while. "The 
man she is engaged to may be there." 

"No, I am sure he is not," the Prince answered, "or 
she would have said so. It would be much better to 
meet her away from home the first time too. No one 
here knows about you." 

"I believe you are right," Paul answered; "and yet I 
am sure to say or do something I should not." 

"See here, Paul," his friend replies, '*it is a lovely 
evening and there will be quite a crowd and it will be 
the best time to see her. Come !" 

When Scoris met them she was so natural that Paul 
was soon at his ease. She asked after his mother, sisters 
and friends in the colony and before the evening was 
over he felt quite comfortable with her, they had so many 
interests in common. 

The next day they met in the park and he made up 
his mind that he would see her all that he could while 
he had a chance. They were with a party and it was 
impossible to talk about themselves. 

Two days passed and still every one seemed to claim 
Scoris' attention until Paul became desperate. "See her 
alone I will !" he exclaimed at last to the Prince. "Here 
is an answer to my note saying that she will go for a 
drive with me ; now I intend to have it out with her. I 
can't stand this any longer. If she is going to be mar- 
ried at home I shall leave the Colony until it is over." 



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"That is all right," the Prince had answered, "but 
while there is life there is hope, they say," 

They had driven two or three miles and every topic 
had been exhausted, still Paul had not touched on the 



one subject he was determined to talk about before they 
returned to the Colony. 

Scoris could see by his face that he was suffering, but 
she had waited a long time for him to tell her what she 



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now believed he was going to say and she wouldn't help 
him. They had reached a grove that had been used for 
picnics and she suggested that they alight and walk 
around for a change. Wild flowers grew in abundance 
and she was gathering some when Paul said: 

"Scoris, I would like to have a talk with you while we 
are here by ourselves. It is about your engagement. I 



had hoped to be able to say our engagement some time." 
He paused a moment as if waiting for an answer, but she 
let him continue while she laid the flowers down in her 
lap to attend to what he had to say. "Do you love him ?" 
he questioned, "and are you sure that he is good enough 
for you?" 

"I am very much in love," she answered, "and I be- 
lieve he is good enough for me." 

"Of course I have no right to tell you this now," Paul 



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said; "but I have loved you ever since I first saw yea 
and I do yet; but if you love another I will never ob- 
trude upon your affections. One thing I adc, and that 
is that you will always think of me as a good friend." 

"Paul Arling," she cried, "I will not take you for a 
friend. It is you that I lov6 and if we are not engaged 
then I am not going to be married." 

"Scoris," he exclaims, **is this true?" 

The log upon which they had been sitting for some 
time was surrounded by a thick foliage. 

Well, and then, after a little of that sort of thing, Paul 
began to sort the flowers. Scoris had jumped up to pick 
up one that had fallen, for some one was coming. Just 
then an inquisitive collie dog poked his head through the 
bushes. Nothing but the dog appeared, however, and 
confidence was restored once more. 

The Prince and Paul arrived home the next day, 
Scoris the one following. 

The public announcement of the engagement was 
rather, a surprise when it became known that it was Paul 
Arling instead of the stranger all had supposed him 
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CHAPTER XXm. 

It was gratifying to know that the society had been 
kept up all these years by the industry of the people, 
although it could not be claimed that any one system 
could have done it alone, and it had been recognized that 
the honors conferred upon the deserving had a great 
deal to do with the success. It brought together larger 
numbers of the better class than could have been done 
under any other system. Those who came into the ranks 
supplied with, money enough to last them their life time 
were not able to receive even the title of "Honorable" 
unless his or her life was truthful and honest in their 
dealings with the public. Brave deeds were not ignored 
because those who accomplished them were only ordinary 
people. Each member who lived a self-denying life to 
better the whole people was honored publicly, and by 
so doing the world was made better for such acts. All 
could not gain the highest titles, but all could be "Honor- 
ables." Only the honorables could make the laws that 
governed. 

The society had princes and princesses simply because 
these people had lived princely lives. Some of them had 
brought to the society large fortunes in money, land, 
mines and jewels. They gave their wealth to promote 
the welfare of the whole community, keeping, in many 
instances, only the amount the society compelled each to 
hold during their life. Still their money could not buy 
for them even the smallest title. What then ? Labor^ for 
all holding titles had to honor labor in some way. This 
is the way one princess gained hers : 



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Princess Lovechild was. the daughter of a man who 
had been disinherited by his father for marrying against 
his wishes. His father sent him adrift without money 
enough to keep him a year. He had no profession, so 
he went to the mining district of a new country, and 
was given employment overseeing miners. In this way 
they got along for several years. A child had been bom 
to them the second year. She was the pet of the camp 
and considered their mascot. Every time a large find 
of gold was discovered, she was given a share, the father 
investing, besides buying several for himself. One day 
a great grief came to the mother and child; the father 
was killed. They had to leave the camp, it not being 
safe for them to remain. The kind-hearted men gave 
them gifts to take on their journey as well as buying the 
claims. The mother took the child to a city to find em- 
ployment. Before she was successful, her money had 
been spent. She tried among her friends, but they 
were unable to help her; then she got cooking to do, 
but that separated her from her child. She then ob- 
vained a place as housekeeper, even doing the hardest 
work to keep her little girl with her. It was not long 
before the man who employed her gave her to understand 
that he expected more from her than she was willing 
to give, so she was obliged to leave and live in a noisy 
district that racked her nerves because those who had 
nice houses refused to take children. In time her money 
was gone again and she had no friends who would help 
her. One day when the child was about six years old the 
mother became ill and died. 

The child was placed in an orphans' home, and then 
given to a woman who used her as a little drudge. It 
was hard to have no mother to love her, no pretty cloth- 
ing, but she could love the baby that she had to mind and 



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her poor little love nature had all gone out to that baby, 
even when it had grown older and would abuse her until 
she cried with pain, she still loved it. The husband in 
this home died, and again she was homeless. 

She was at the age of thirteen then and had taken a place 
as nurse, when one day she had been called into the break- 
fast room to answer some questions about her name and 
her father, by the master who was reading the morning 
papers. After a day or two she was startled to find that 
she was expected to show a new nurse where to find all 
the things belonging to the baby and children ; then she 
was told that in the future she was to be one of the family 
and was asked how she would like to go to school. It had 
been her secret ambition; she studied hard and was ad- 
mitted to one of the best colleges. At the age of twenty 
she was home again, or rather the place she had learned to 
look upon as home and still did not know why these 
people had so suddenly changed toward her. One day 
she was reading the paper and saw her mother's name. 
She had often read over her marriage certificate and 
found it was the name advertised for. She had often 
wondered why she had to sign a paper for the allowance 
which they were giving her ; it seemed strange. She an- 
swered the advertisement, however, and discovered that 
her mother had fallen heir to a fortune which became 
hers. Instead of these people rejoicing with her, as she 
had expected, they were angry. They said many things 
about ingratitude that made her feel so uncomfortable 
that she left them. Her lawyer discovered that she had 
had a larger fortune left her by her grandfather years 
before, she being the only direct heir on her father's 
side. Suitors and friends sprung up like mushrooms, but 
the man she loved died. Life lost all interest for her 
then in a personal way. She could never forget the pov- 



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erty she and her mother had suffered. She was watch- 
ing to see what she could do with the money that had 
come too late to be of use to the parents who had needed 
it so much. 

Then she heard about the society. She said, ''What a 
good thing that must be." 

Then she donned plain clothes and went to work in the 
worst paid places she could find, just to learn the histories 
of the women who were forced to work in such places. 
This is how she gained the title (she worked for a cause). 
As is the case with so many who are already rich, the 
mines that had been theirs had not been sold according 
to law. Now all this money had come to her without any 
effort on her part. She had merely inherited it, so she 
determined that it should do the most good to the largest 
number of people. 

She had become acquainted with Scoris, Helen, Tom 
and the rest of the family, and was given the name of 
"Princess" because the people among whom she had 
worked had always spoken of her as "The Princess Love- 



child." A little girl once asked her name and she replied, 
"Love, child," not intending that her name should be 
known, but the child said it was Lovechild, and all think- 
ing the name appropriate, it clung to her. 

She was now past thirty years of age. Always finding 
out where her money was needed the most, she gave 
freely. She had given it for factories, to help along the 
exchanges, to buy shares for the old who were unable to 
do for themselves. She used it to place hundreds of chil- 
dren in the society until they were old enough to earn 
their own living. The society said the name of "Prin- 
cess" was none too good for her, for she had given in re- 
turn the love of her very bemg. Some brought their 



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jewels to her to be set in her crown that she wore on 
• coronation days. 

She was not the only princess by any means, but they 
all had to earn their titles. 

One day she had been going the rounds to find the de- 
serving who could be brought into the society, when she 
heard a child crying bitterly at a window. She walked 
slowly past and smiled. The little fellow looked at her 
and then called out, "I am all alone and it is getting so 
dark. Oh } I am afraid ; and the door is locked. Won't 
you stay here until mamma comes?'* She did so and 
what was her surprise to hear the child say that his name 
was "Freddie Moberly." Then he looked around and 
said, "No, it is Freddie Smith. I forgot.** She ques- 
tioned him and found he was the child who had been lost 
for nearly two years. She told him not to be frightened 
that she would stay until his "mamma,** as he called the 
woman, returned. In a moment or two she came, and 
as the child drew back into the room, the Princess 
walked on, but no sooner had the door closed than she 
returned and rang the bell. As Mrs. Smith appeared^ 
she asked to be allowed to go in as she wished to talk to 
her. The child was sent out of the room and the Princess 
started at once on the subject for which she had called. 
In a short time, Mrs. Smith told her if Mrs. Moberly 
would get a divorce from her husband that she could 
have the child. "He was a wreck from drinking and I 
nursed him back to life. We were attracted to each other 
and when he afterwards told me he was married and his 
wife would not live with him, I was sorry for him. I 
knew at once that it was drink, and I also knew that if 
left to himself he would be as bad as ever, for I could 
stop him from drinking. Well, you see the result. He 
will support himself and me, but he wouldn't keep sober 



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long enough, even if she would live with him, to support 
his wife. Now I am not all bad, as she thinks I am. I 
am sorry that we have the child ; I don't want to take him 
from his mother, and I certainly didn't take her husband 
from her, as the papers said. You see we know all about 
it. It is not a case of kidnaping, either, for the law has 
never given her the child and she cannot get him until 
she secures a divorce. I cannot see my mother until I am 
his lawful wife. Now, madam, you see how it is." 

The Princess had never known such a case before. 
That woman did not seem to be a thoroughly bad woman 
and there was evidently something in the man to make 
it worth her while to stick to him. His selfishness and 
drinking had embittered the whole of his wife's early 
life and shadowed the childhood of his children as well 
as leaving them dependent. 

The next day the Princess drove to the Colony. She 
saw Tom Vivian and talked over what was to be done. 
They sent for Mira and told her. 

Shortly after Tom called at the house where the child 
had been found by the Princess, but as he expected, they 
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CHAPTER XXIV. 

The title of Prince had been given Chariey Evens be- 
cause he had proved himself an unusually bright and 
shrewd as well as a liberal and broad-minded man; all 
classes liked him. He secured the first coal mine for the 
society by his clear reasoning among his friends who had 
money saved. 

"Invest it/' he had said to them all, "I have been to the 
mine ; I have worked in it. I tell you it will pay with the 
society's protection." 

His manner was so forceful that they believed him 
and it turned out as he had said. The mine was the 
means of increasing the members to many thousands in 
the city because coal could be bought cheaper by mem- 
bers. 

Then he pushed the automobile system. Everything 
he did was a success because he gave his whole mind to 
it. From small beginnings, the savings of the mem- 
bers to thousands of dollars he had used to start fac- 
tories. All trusted him; in return they were receiving 
dividends that were earning them neat little incomes. 
Of course he was a favorite and one and all said he was 
a prince ; it is a pleasure to do business with such a man 
and they demanded that he receive the title of Prince 
Charley Evens, just to show their appreciation. He had 
secured a good income for himself besides helping others 
who needed assistance. He was a friend upon whom all 
relied. When he found that Geron Vivian was in dan- 
ger of losing his property by foreclosure he went quietly 



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to work to secure it to the family and presented it to Mrs. 
Vivian, Geron's mother. 

Ha m^ :illi * * :¥ * 

It had been arranged that a double wedding would take 
place after Thanksgiving day, and Prince Charley and 
Paul had secured apartments in a new building especially 
fitted up for young married couples. They each had a 
suite of rooms opening into the same hall and Scoris and 
Helen were giving them their finishing touches before 
their friends arrived. Beautiful presents were in each 
apartment, many gifts from people the least expected to 
remember them. Everywhere evidences of the love in 
which they were held in the community. All had seen the 
rare china, the silk drapery embroidered by loving hands. 
Everything that could make a home lovely and a place of 
rest was there. They were holding a reception so all their 
friends could see them before they left for their travels. 
It seemed as though the family could do nothing all day 
but walk through the apartments and admire it all. Each 
hour brought some new gift. Mrs. Vivian enjoyed it as 
much as the rest. 

Mira was trying hard to be cheerful amidst all the fes- 
tivities that were going on. Her heart still yearned for 
her boy and now she realized all she had lost by her fool- 
ish infatuation. But as yet nothing had been he^d of 
the child. 

About three o'clock in tlie afternoon a carriage drove 
up to the door and Princess Lovechild was announced. 
All came forward to express their pleasure in seeing her. 
Her manner was so constrained that they soon saw she 
had something to tell. Her eyes kept following Mira and 
then as their glances met, the Princess looked toward the 
door. Mira turned and there stood Freddie, looking 



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rather startled at seeing so many people he had never seen 
before. 

"My boy, my own Freddie," Mira cried, "at last!" 
Then they all wanted to know how she had found him. 

"Oh, it was not a case of finding him at all. I received 
a letter from Mr. Moberly that I could take him to his 



i 



mother, so you may be sure I lost no time in going for 
him, and we came as fast as the ponies could bring us, 
didn't we, Freddie?" 

Poor child, he couldn't speak. Everything had been 
done so quickly that he was bewildered. Soon his sister 
and little brother arrived, then he realized that he was 
home once again. His mother, sister and brother were 
inseparable. The baby, seeing all the attention that Fred- 
die was getting, began to feci slighted. Nellie was jump- 
ing around like 3 mad child in the midst of it all. The 
Princess left the room to find Tom. Presently they re- 
turned and Tom said : 

"Mira, I have your divorce papers. If you wish, you 
can take your maiden name again. Will you ?" 



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"Indeed I will," she answered. 

"Then," Tom says, "after the next coronation day, 
you will be known as the Honorable Mira Vivian." 

"Yes," she murmured, "and with the name of Mo- 
berly gone forever, I and my children are free. Freddie, 
dear, your name is Vivian." 

"What," exclaimed the child, "another name I" They 
all laughed. Mira and her children then withdrew to her 
apartments. 



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CHAPTER XXV. 

The wedding day dawned clear and bright and the 
weather was all that could be desired, and in the midst 
of a profusion of flowers the ceremony took place. The 
costumes were beautiful and two fairer brides were never 
led to the altar. The picture remained in the minds of 
all who saw them for many years. The wedding was in 
the morning so they could leave on the mid-day train for 
their honeymoon. 

A special car belonging to the society had been placed 
at their service and was fitted up with drawing room, 
state room and dining room accommodations. 

The guests had departed and Mrs. Vivian went alone to 
the apartments of the newly married daughters. They 
were so bright and had every convenience for comfort 
and rest. 

The pictures on the walls and the statuary were works 
of art, all showing the taste of the occupants as well as 
their own industry. All displayed the fact that their 
friends who had presented theni with so many of these 
things were artists as well as people of wealth. 

"Well, I intend to enjoy these rooms while they are 
away," Mrs. Vivian thought. "What a pleasure it is to 
know these apartments are secured for them during their 
lives. No mortgages can ever be placed on them to tor- 
ment them in the years to come. What a comfort! It 
is certainly a great comparison between their newly mar- 
ried life and my own and yet my marriage was consid- 
ered a good one in that day, and it was, both from a finan- 
cial standpoint and in our affection for each other. Still 



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all the wealth my husband left me did not give me an 
income the last few years. If these girls had not secured 
my shares I am afraid the outlook would not have been 
so bright and comforting as it is now. I suppose Geron 
did the best he could, but, oh, men risk so much ! He did 
so differently from what the girls have done. Oh, girls,*' 
she soliloquized, "you will never know how happy you 
have made me by your self-denial.'* 

She turned and looked at a picture of her husband which 
Scoris had painted. "Yes, my dear," she says sadly, "I 
wish things could have been different and we could have 
gone through life longer together. As I look at your 
dear face it is so lifelike that my heart yearns for you. 
Dear me ! dear me ! I do hope no one will come in until 
I have washed away the trace of these tears. Will I 
never get accustomed to seeing that picture ? She painted 
it as she remembers him and it is not like any other that 
we have. What a wonderful talent she has! Paul Ar- 
ling, you are a lucky ^ man to have won her. 

"I am going to sit right down here so I can see them 
all. Why, how sleepy I am ! I will rest just a moment. 
My!" she exclaimed opening her eyes, "it only seems a 
moment since I sat down and here I have slept an hour ! 
These rooms are so restful and have such a soothing ef- 
fect. Everything speaks of harmony. Well, I wish every 
mother I know could feel as contented as I do over the 
choice that their daughters have made. They fiave mar- 
ried men who are worthy of them and that is admitting a 
great deal. I really feel that I have gained two more 
children. Time will tell, but until then I am going to 
look upon them as such." 

Next day, Paul Arling's mother called upon Mrs. Vi- 
vian to invite her to go for a drive. Paul had purchased 
a small pony for her just before he was married and she 



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knew that her old friend would enjoy it as much as she 
would. Their sympathies were very near and now that 
a relationship had been established between them it was 
closer than ever. Both loved to drive out into the open 
country, over the hills and along the lake shore, letting the 
pony jog along as he liked. It was so pleasant to breathe 
the balmy air as they talked over the wedding of their 
beloved children. Mrs. Arling remarked : 

"Paul is without doubt the best son I have ever known, 
for although he has loved Scoris all these years, yet he 
has stuck to me." 

Mrs. Vivian replied: "Yes, but there were two in that 
bargain, you must admit. Possibly if Scoris had not had 
me to think of after Geron had lost my income, you 
would have had another daughter long before now." 

"Well, she would have been just as welcome as she is 
now, bless her dear heart. I am as proud of her as you 
are. 

"Did you not think Helen looked very pretty in her 
bridal robe?" 

"Oh, yes, indeed, but to tell you the truth, I hardly saw 
any one but Paul and Scoris," Mrs. ArHng answered. 
"They both looked so happy. I think Scoris the hand- 
somest bride I ever saw." 

"Isn't that funny," replied Lady Vivian, "Mrs. Carry, 
Prince Charley's sister, made the same remark about 
Helen." 

"Certainly, *every crow thinks his own the blackest.' " 

"Well, now, what do you think yourself, Mrs. Vi- 
vian ?" 

"Oh, I don't know. They are so different," continued 
their mother, "for to me they have always been beautiful, 
each in her own way, and their characters equally so. 
Did you know, Mrs. Arling, those girls turned all 



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their own permanent shares over to my account before 
Tom knew that Geron had lost either his own or my in- 
come? Besides this, they gave up a portion of their sal- 
ary for me each week. The other members of the family 
have made it up to them in the last year and I appre- 
ciate it, but after all, it was their self-denial that proved 
their affection for me." 

Just then a scream of laughter from childish voices 



was heard, and the sound of several automobiles that 
were coming up on the road behind them. 

"Oh, dear I" exclaimed Lady Vivian, "I hope they will 
not frighten the pony." 

Mrs. Arling turned off to one side to let them pass, 
and as they came nearer they slowed up so as not to 
frighten the horse. "It is hard to realize," she said, "that 
there are fully one hundred children in those three cars. 
Doesn't it do your heart good to see Mira with all three 
children around lier at last ?" 

The two brides who are on their wedding trip are not 
happier than Princess Lovechild, who is the life of the 



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party. To give happiness to those who would have been 
deprived of it without her assistance \vas to her full rec- 
ompense and she was truly the happiest among them 
after alf. 

"Well it is a wonder to me how the Princess and Mira 
can stand the racket those youngsters are making. It 
may be their way of expressing their joy, but I must con- 
fess that I like to be beyond their voices." 

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CHAPTER XXVI. 

After the wedding party had returned home, the Vivian 
family met to talk over the gift that Prince Charley had 
made Lady Vivian of the mortgage of Geron's property. 
The mother did not feel justified in giving it to Geron, 
as had been the idea at first. He had risked losing it 
once and now she thought it her duty to come to an under- 
standing with him. If he would deed the property to her, 
she would secure for him shares that would keep him 
during his life, by turning the property over to the so- 
ciety. He could then help his boys to secure their neces- 
sary shares as they grew to manhood, besides giving them 
the advantages of the society. This he was willing to do, 
so the affair was settled. 



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CHAPTER XXVn. 

Twenty-five years had passed. Tom Vivian was gov- 
ernor of the state and his son was in charge of the first 
Colony which had become a large town, or groups of 
towns, rather, for the many industries had settlements in 
different localities. Human beings had become as valuable 
as property, and when one part of land was built up an- 
other had been selected. 

"This is the era of happy reunions and grand old age/' 
said Tom Vivian to a friend as they shook hands one 
evening. "Everywhere we go it is the same and all seem 
to have good health. Certainly a contented mind is more 
than half the cause." 

"You remember, Tom," replied his friend, "that twenty 
years ago we could not take up a daily paper without 
reading about suicides and murders. In these days we 
rarely hear of such a thing, for instead of enduring mis- 
ery, we are curing it by reasonable methods. Poverty 
which was in most cases the cause, is now only a memory. 
Do you know, Tom, for what you are admired the most 
of all?" 

"Well, no, I can't say that I do." 

"It has been the largeness of your mind in seeing the 
little things that went towards the building up of the 
system of this society. Take the apartments, houses, or 
hotels that are arranged so as to give those of small means 
as much comfort as those of large money interests. The 
houses having every provision made for comfort show 
clearly what a keen eye you had on the domestic situa- 
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"You forget it was not always I who thought out all 
these improvements. It has oftener been the men and 
women who occupy them. They all wanted front rooms, 
so I called them together and with their aid and §ugges- 
tions we adopted the method of constructing the build- 
ings that way." 

"I consider," continued his friend, "that one of the 
greatest improvements you have made is the one that 
enables us to keep our families together. For, after we 
secured a suite of rooms in the apartment hotel, my wife^ 
had no further care in the housekeeping for she objects 
to keeping help. Our children were young when we 
started and the kindergarten boarding apartment took 
them in. It was a great comfort to know that when we 
wanted them with us my wife, instead of being tired out, 
had plenty of time and felt fresh and rested so as to be 
able to enjoy them. Now that our family has been reared 
with less expense than we could have done in the old 
way, I have been abje to secure sufficient shares to start 
every one of the children with a separate suite of rooms 
when they are married. As circumstances demanded we 
changed our apartments so as to be near each other. I 
have found it much more satisfactory than it would have 
been to have left any wealth I have accumulated or of 
insuring my life, leaving them thousands of dollars of 
which any one could have robbed them. What a comfort 
it is to be assured that they have a home and employment 
as long as they will need it and an allowance or pension 
for their remaining days. 

"I met an old acquaintance the other day who hadn't 
been able to see along the lines as we did years ago. Now 
he has no standing or titles in the country. You see he 
couldn't grasp the situation and ideas. The old ways 



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were good enough for him. I see your sister, Mrs. Shu- 
man, has at last taken an apartment." 

"Yes," replied Tom, "the Shumans were glad to come 
and had they done so before money depreciated as it 
necessarily had to do before the new order of things, they 
would have been better off. Why, he even blamed me 
for his losses. I didn't quarrel with him on account of 
my sister, but I wrote in the next issue of our paper an 
article describing his position, then I saw that he got it. 
You know he was a very wealthy man at one time. Well, 
he came in one day and told my sister that he had made 
thirty thousand dollars through wheat advancing that he 
had bought on a margin. My sister said to him. 'All 
that money on a margin and you never saw the wheat? 
Well, I think that was wonderful.' 

" 'Yes,' he replied, 'you see, money makes money. 
When a man has it and the rest of the people have not, 
why it is easy as rolling oflF a log. A friend gave me a tip.' 

" 'Lear, tell me how ,that sort of .thing is done. How 
do these people know that wheat and all these commodi- 
ties are going up ? And, then, how can they control such 
an immense amount of money in their exchanges? How 
is it poissible for people to make such a large amount 
of money just through a few cents profit on the bushel?' 
she said. 

" 'Oh, I can't explain all that to you now. I just hur- 
ried home to give you your third of it all. I was afraid 
I might be tempted to invest it in something else and lose 
it, for it is a gamble. I believe in a man giving his wife 
her third while he is alive, then both can enjoy it.' 

"After he had gone back to the bank Libra sat down to 
think it all over. She had everything that she actually 
needed, but she would like the diamonds he had spoken 
of a few days before. Well, she could have them now 



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and she believed she would get them; they would add 
so much to her appearance. She had just decided this 
point when Scoris called to see her. Of course she told 
her of Lear's generosity, then asked what she would do 
if any one gave her such a splendid gift. 

" *Do with it T exclaimed Scoris. 'Why, I should se- 
cure shares in the society as soon as I could get to the 
treasurer's office to attend to it.* 

" ^hy, Scoris, I never thought of that,* she answered. 
*I have a good mind to do it, or at least half of it. Sup- 
posing I send it to Tom and ask him to arrange it for me. 
I can sell it,' she said in a hesitating way, *at any time I 
like, can't I?' 

" *Yes, to the members,' Scoris said, 'but I hope you 
never will, for if anything happened to Lear you would 
be provided for.' 

" *Oh, come now, Scoris,' she replied, T don't have to 
provide for my future, my husband will take care of that, 
but I would like to take some shares in the society. I 
don't know anything about business and don't know 
which is right, he or Lear. Of course, if Tom is right, 
my husband is wrong, so we won't talk about it. I can 
do as I like with this money, so I will do this. I often 
feel ashamed to hear people talk about the success he is 
making and not to be able to tell them something about 
it myself.' 

" *A11 right,' Scoris had said, anxi that was how they 
happened to have shares. When her husband sank all 
they had in trying to bolster up his failing fortune years 
after, he was amazed to find that those shares provided 
him with a home and was even the means of helping him 
to gain a position in the bank after he had learned its dif- 
ferent methods. 

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made an investment in it and often asked questions that 
showed she was thinking. 

"She asked me one day what was meant by margins on 
the price of wheat. I told her that all over the wheat 
belts of the country the railroads had immense elevators 
that the farmers could store their grain in them free from 
charge. This saved the farmers the expense of storage 
houses ; they, of course, made use of the railroads. The 
railroads control it and possession is nine points in the 
law. 'You see, Libra,' I explained, *the controlling ele- 
ment, which is the money power, keep themselves Mn 
touch with each other. The railroads are a part of that 
power. So is the stock exchange where the price of the 
grain is fixed. Then the price is telegraphed to the dif- 
ferent points where the elevators are situated and the deal- 
ers announce the price to the farmers. If they have to 
sell at any price to straighten out their indebtedness at 
the stores or for hired men who help them to seed and 
then thresh and get it in, as many do, they will sell at the 
first chance ; they can't help themselves. The dealer will 
own it now who is living on any profits he can get out 
of it and he is usually a bright, sharp man. He in turn 
holds it for the city dealers; all have to risk something 
for each tries to get all they can. Now remember, it may 
never have left that elevator where it was stored in the 
first place by the farmer, still, all these men have a profit 
out of it. Now, your husband bought at a certain price 
and he sold his margin or profit to someone else. He 
couldn't sell the wheat for he never had it, nor did he 
ever intend to get it. He had the money to invest and he 
was assured that he could make that amount out of it, or, 
in other words, he held or "cornered it" for a few hours 
or days, and that is perhaps what he did.' 

"Then she asked, *But how do they get the money?* 



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I answered, *From the banks and insurance companies 
usually ; of course, that is only one way. There are many 
others.' 

" 'But how is it that the banks and insurance com- 
panies get all those millions that rich people can control ?' 

" 'They come from the savings of the industrious 
classes.' 

" 'Don't the banks and insurance companies risk more 
than they have a right to in loaning that money?' 

" 'No,' I said, 'they secure it by mortgages or in some 
other legal way.' 

"She studied for a moment, then said: 

" 'After all I don't see how some people know when 
prices are going up.' 

"I answered, 'If you had all the wheat under your con- 
trol and had money enough to keep it there, you would 
soon know for the people would pay any price to get it. 
A cent or two extra on bread when millions are consumed 
each day amounts to a large sum of money,' I told her. 
'Why, of course,' she answered, 'I see now.' 
'I don't think it is honest,' she said after a while. 

" 'Well, no,' I answered, 'that is why I started this so- 
ciety, so that the people could protect themselves from 
the money power.' " 






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CHAPTER XXVHI. 

The Honorable Thomas Vivian first started the Wealth 
Producing and Distributing Society when but a young 
man, and though he is only middle aged now, he is more 
honored than any other man in the country. Hundreds 
have formed societies as he did, still all looked up to him 
as their head and superior. The latter he objected to, 
for he claimed that every locality should place their best 
managers at the head and then conduct the business so 
that those who excelled could have the credit of their 
own ability. 

It only takes four or five years to show what kind of 
people are at the head of any enterprise, then after each 
separate colony has proved its standing, it should be rec- 
ognized by the older branches, always in business and 
honors also. It had been proved a wonderful incentive 
to the good morals and honesty of the society, to confer 
titles and whole neighborhoods were known by their pre- 
vailing sentiments, even if they were peculiar regarding 
their ideas. If one branch found that another was not 
truthful and honest as a whole society, they declined to 
do business with them, or look upon their titled members 
as their equals, therefore all aimed to be worthy of the 
highest honors, each in their own locality. 

It gave women a better title than Miss or Mrs., for 
marriages were not always a mark of honor in those days. 
Then, besides, women did not lose their identity as they 
did before in marriage. It was considered that titles were 
a step higher for them. Each man and woman was known 
by their own merits and if the names -were changed it 



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was a combination of both names, or they kept their own ; 
or if. they wished to keep the old custom it was no one's 
business. Still the wife was the Hon. Mary, etc. 

No society could regulate these things, but all right- 
living people lived so as to be an honor to the cause, con- 
tinually keeping the greatest good to the largest number 
in view. 

Again we find the Vivian family assembled to honor 
their mother's birthday. The grand-children with their 
husbands and wives make up a good-sized crowd by 
themselves, but they cannot outdo their parents' enthu- 
siasm in making this the happiest birthday the mother and 
grandmother has had in years, and here we leave them 
to enjoy the fruit of their labors. 

THE END OF FIRST STORY, 



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THE WEALTH PRODUCING AND DISTRIBUT- 
ING SOCIETY. 

We, the members of this society, consider life, liberty, 
and happiness sacfed beyond all other earthly considera- 
tions. 

Therefore we protect life, we liberate human beings 
from the bondage that money holds over them, we make 
it possible for them to secure homes and a pension that 
never can be taken away from them as long as they live. 

In securing this much for them we believe that we are 
laying the foundation for their happiness. 

Each member, as they sign their names promising to 
keep the laws and rules of the society, must remember 
that they are binding themselves to protect the life, liberty 
and happiness of all members. As the society holds all 
wealth in trust for the members its laws are enforced to 
protect their interests. 

Each member is expected to know the value of wealth 
in comparison with money. They must recognize that 
money is only a medium of exchange and that the shares 
of the society represent their wealth earned by labor, and 
that the society is the only source in which labor can be 
protected sufficiently to ensure homes and a pension. 

In joining the society all must agree to the following 
rules and regulations and in no wise can any become 
members without doing so: 

I hereby promise to keep all rules laid down by the 
wealth producing and wealth distributing society. 

In using the society's property in the pursuance of la- 
bor or pleasure, its waterways or conveyances,- or any- 



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thing in connection with said society, I promise to pro- 
tect it from law suits or any other unnecessary expense or 
trouble. I take my own risk as to accidents and will in 
no wise injure the said society by appealing to the law 
of the country. 

I hereby agree to take the society's shares, scrip, prod- 
uce, or other commodities in exchange for my labor or 
money expended in shares, and will in no case* exact coin 
from said society. 

I hereby take oath that all money I place with the 
society is legally mine. 

I also agree to give up to the society my shares either 
bought with money or labor in case of any law suit 
brought against me. I do this to protect said society. 

I agree to abide by the decision of the officers in cnarge 
of the society in all cases of disagreement. 

I promise that I will not employ those outside of the 
society to perform any labor for me if I can find what I 
need in the society and that whenever possible I will buy 
from the members of the society. 

Any member breaking these rules also agrees to for- 
feit all claim on said society. Members may sell their 
shares to other members, but cannot withdraw them 
from the society, because each share represents the 
strength in the society's structure, in the same way as 
the bricks in the wall of a building. If bricks were taken 
out of the building it would soon fall. The same with 
the shares ; they must remain intact because the money 
and labor that these shares represent was used to build 
the members' home, to ensure employment and a pen- 
sion when too old to labor. 

Each member pays $1.00 per year for general expenses, 
then agrees to buy at least one permanent share each 
year at $12.00 per share. Permanent shares represent all 



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buildings on the land belonging to the Colony as well as 
improvements. When a member has sufficient perma- 
nent shares to entitle him to live in an apartment build- 
ing or hotel he is exempt from paying taxes or rent, and 
when he has sufficient consumable shares to justify the 
society in awarding him a pension he will be independent 
for life. 

All money and labor is invested in permanent shares to 
buy materials, to build factories, hotels, apartment houses, 
land or machinery that will be permanent, fruit trees, 
etc. Members who had homes of their own could buy 
sufficient consumable shares to ensure them an income. 
Then as many permanent shares as would be required to 
allow them to live in an apartment house. It wouldn't 
exempt them from paying the regular $i.oo per year for 
general expenses except in cases where the whole amount 
had been paid to insure them an income for life. 

Scrip was issued with the consent of the officers in 
charge and only issued to the amount of their security. 
The signature of the president, secretary and cashier was 
necessary to make it legal. 

It was issued for the purpose of exchange among 
members. It paid for any kind of labor done for the so- 
ciety, the president having power to issue sufficient to 
satisfy the demand of its members. 

One benefit of scrip is that it cannot be stolen nor can 
it be issued by any one except those appointed by the so- 
ciety and it must be for value received. 

As nearly all members lived in the city and were paid 
in coin for their labor in the beginning of the Colony, 
money was as plentiful as scrip and could always be ex- 
changed. This society having its central Colony within 
thirty miles of the city, made it easier to exchange either 
its scrip or produce. The city members had money to buy 



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either shares or produce. The manager of the Colony 
having the land secured by the membership fee each 
year could secure all labor by issuing scrip. He could 
buy from the farmers in large quantities at wholesale the 
first year or until he was able to grow the food that the 
members needed ; he could then sell to them in exchange 
for the scrip he issued for their labor, at retail market 
prices if he employed them. If he sold to the city mem- 
bers they would have money to pay ; this money he could 
use to buy from outside dealers such articles as the Col- 
ony could not produce^ at first. 

Special apartments were used for the aged. They were 
quiet and restful. No children were allowed in the build- 
ings. There were several parlors where they could meet 
each other when socially inclined, but their own rooms 
were private. In the beginning of the society some of 
these old people contributed the best of their furniture 
towards fitting up these parlors. The society bought 
them, allowing their value to go on their shares, besides 
they contributed their tables and chairs for the dining 
room. Elevators were used on all the floors so as to make 
it easy for them to go up and down. Separate sections 
were used for lone men and women. The men's parlors 
were fitted up so they could smoke or rest, read, or talk 
and make themselves comfortable in their own way, onlv 
men were allowed in them. The women's apartments 
were separated from the men's by those used by the aged 
married couples, the married people using those situated 
in the center. 

As the buildings were built the length of the street, 
this was an easy matter. The public dining room was 
all in one, but each family or group of friends used 
tables by themselves. Their own homes and freedom to 



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live as they wished was the object the majority had 
in view. 

In some instances young married people also used 
apartments in these buildings if they had no children. 

One large public parlor for both men and women was 
on the lower floor and was used at first for entertain- 
ments. All the parlors were furnished with good, com- 
fortable chairs, rugs, pictures, draperies, etc., not neces- 
sarily new, but in as good order. The main object be- 
ing to have them homelike and cozy. 

The society was able to reach a larger number by 
practicing these economies and it helped these old mem- 
bers to dispose of their things when they first joined the 
society. Five hundred dollars enabled one person to se- 
cure one room and a small pension for life after they 
were sixty-five years of age with all privileges allowed 
in the apartment buildings. This did not include their 
board, but gave them more freedom in their choice of 
food and besides they could use the scrip issued for cloth- 
ing or any purpose. They could cook their own food if 
they wished or buy it already cooked. 

As the aged had no social homes provided for them the 
society found it could supply that difficulty by accepting 
members over 65 years of age for not less than $300. 
This amount would allow them one room, heat, light and 
their laundry done, or where two occupied one room it 
was $500 for their lifetime. This included their board. 
They were expected to find their own furniture, bedding, 
etc., and attend to their own rooms and wait upon them- 
selves unless they were ill. After their demise if any 
means was left it went to the society. 

Five hundred dollars was the lowest sum accepted 
where a pension was granted, and that only secured a 
small room. One thousand dollars secured a larger and 



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better room and a larger pension. The age of the person 
made a difference aiso and these figures are only given 
to indicate possibilities that would suit all kinds of peo- 
ple. The apartments were also arranged so that the peo- 
ple could be classified. They could change their apart- 
ments if they wished also. This low amount is stated to 
encourage those of small means and help all to secure 
homes. 

The society's apartment hotels were built to accommo- 
date not only wealthy people but those of refinement, who 
had only a small amount of money. Small rooms could 
be found in all the buildings as well a& large. They were 
built in different localities to suit the habits and tastes of 
all. The main idea being to secure the people against 
fraud and robbery by the failing of so many insurance 
companies, banks, and mortgages or where their savings 
had been placed, and to secure all from poverty, from the 
infant to the aged person. 

Men and women who had been accustomed to give a 
percentage of their wages each week in times of strikes, 
found that it was as easy to pay the same amount into the 
society for shares, for the money that secured shares 
was not lost even though the depositor failed to keep it 
up. It was safer than in a bank also and drew a better 
interest even than if it was on a mortgage. The small 
amount accepted (twenty-five cents per week) brought 
it within the reach of all industrious people. The advan- 
tage of free burial in case of death, besides their being 
able to sell the whole amount of shares in case of sick- 
ness, or disaster, was appreciated. The money so in- 
vested could not be lost to the depositor, because it was 
either invested in land, buildings, or other valuable prop- 
erties that secured it. Never before in history had the 
people's savings been so perfectly secured to them; no 



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matter how large or small the amount. People gave up 
their life insurances and when they lived in the Colony 
even their fire insurance, because the society was suf- 
ficient assurance for everything connected with their 
lives. Those who were saving money to buy homes in- 
vested it in permanent shares because the shares earned 
for them $1.20 each year, per share, which amounted to 
$6.00 each single share in five years. In this way two 
shares bought one more in five years with its interest 
alone. (As it had to stand five years before being added 
to the principal it did not earn compound interest.) Those 
who wished to secure homes within a limited time and 
whose income was small could do so with less money than 
in any other way. For they could secure shares entitling 
them to use one room or as many as they could afford. 
Inexpensive apartment houses were built first so as to 
meet the demand of the majority who would be employed. 
The members lived in the apartments and paid rent for 
them when they couldn't pay for them in shares ; but if 
they lived there five years that rent was allowed on the' 
shares. 

Apartment houses were built instead of cottages, for 
many reasons. They were cooler in summer, and could 
be heated better and with less expense in winter. They 
also aflforded protection to lone women, as night and day 
watchmen kept guard in the halls. 

Some apartments had small kitchens so as to meet the 
demands of all the people, but many used the public 
ones, for each could have their own stoves, etc., and the 
persons in charge kept them clean. The majority, how- 
ever, bought their food already cooked or left their orders 
each day with the cooks in charge. All apartments had 
large windows and porches. They were built the length 
of the street, the streets being shorter than usual, so as to 



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make the gates that opened into the houses on the ground 
floor convenient to go through with the steam wagons or 
automobiles. 

This track was used to bring everything into the build- 
ing, the main doors being kept in better order by this 
method. The kitchens and diningrooms were on the 
lower floor or basement as they were called and were on 
one side of the track, the other side being used for store 
rooms. This arrangement kept everything unsightly 
(such as many back dooryards are) from the gaze of the 
curious and enabled the apartment windows to face the 
street with its flowers and trees on each side in summer. 

They were built facing east and west, so that all oc- 
cupying them could benefit by the sun's rays and yet be 
protected from the intense heat in summer from the south 
side, or from the severe cold in winter on the north side. 

The public parlors and library were at the end of each 
upper floor. The inexpensive apartment houses were 
built not only to last for ages but to give comfortable 
homes to its inmates. They were built plainly but of ma- 
terial that gave them a superior appearance. As the so-^ 
ciety owned the buildings, the members could secure bet- 
ter apartments as they increased their shares, or as soon 
as a better grade was built. Apartment hotels were built 
in modem style to accommodate those of large means 
and who wished to secure their money by investing it in 
the society's shares. Money so invested proved to be 
absolutely safe besides returning a better interest, and 
whether a small amount or large it came to the member 
(without any annoyance or delay) either weekly, monthly 
or quarterly. 

All members had to be truthful and honest in their 
dealings or they could not receive titles. Only titled 



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members had votes on the regulations and rules pertain- 
ing to the society. 

Members were allowed $ioo on their shares for every 
new member they presented if the member thus secured 
remained in the society two years and paid all dues. 

This percentage was added towards the purchasing 
of shares for the member who presented the new member. 

Many members secured shares in this way that helped 
them eventually to have homes that they could never have 
in any other way. 

Members could build tent houses for summer use by 
paying rent for the land. 

Members who lived on the land controlled by the so- 
ciety ha4 the benefit of free burial when they lived in the 
Colony two years, and had paid for two shares (these 
shares were used to partly pay the expense, the society 
paying the balance) ; this was only done when the mem- 
bers were buried in the Colony's burying ground or cem- 
etery. 

All members who intended leaving their shares after 
their demise to any one except to the society had to make 
a will to that effect, or the society claimed the right to 
use the value of such shares for the benefit of the aged 
members who were unable to provide all they required. 
All shares left with the society by members who dropped 
out and did not sell them was used for the same purposes 
in five years after the last payment was made. 

When any member left children or any one dependent 
upon them they were expected to secure their shares to 
them, and if the children were young the society held 
said shares until the children became members entitling 
them to the privileges, or it used the amount for their 
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the society or some member adopted the children and be- 
came responsible for them. 

Many children were adopted by the society when their 
mothers had been left destitute. These children were pro- 
vided for by a special fund for that purpose. It took care 
of them until they were old enough to provide for them- 
selves, but they were then bound to return to the fund a 
percentage of their earnings each day to keep up the 
same advantages for other children situated as they had 
been. Children adopted by the society were not taken 
away from their parents as they were from private per- 
sons, for the parent could live in the Colony, but the so- 
ciety could compel the children to live in the Colony until 
they had repaid it for any expense incurred in their 
childhood. 

All young people who were employed by the society 
left a percentage of their earnings to be used for present 
necessities for either the aged or children, then they were 
exempt to the amount as well as the interest that would 
accrue from buying consumable shares, for the rising gen- 
eration could do the same for them in their old age. This 
was one of the greatest advantages in the society, after 
the first generation of children were grown, for by that 
time the society knew the average expense of supporting 
each member. 

The amount each member had to pay was so small 
that a large number invested their savings in factories. 
The stock was five dollars. That gave all a chance to in- 
vest. The poor man or woman who had their savings in 
the bank or those who lived on the investment of money, 
all had a chance to secure better interest. You see there 
was no risk. The market was already secured. Every 
member was interested. 

Every dollar*s worth sold had to be by a member ap- 



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pointed by the President and approved by the members. 
For ten per cent on every dollar's worth had to be al- 
lowed the society for securing the market. Ten per cent 
had to be allowed the member who bought from them 
also, but was not paid them in coin but added to the 
shares. That made it cheaper to them than advertising. 
The company had to employ the society's members. Fac- 
tories were started in the city, but only remained there 
until they were built in the Colony. 

A committee of members could build a factory on the 
land secured by the society free from ground rent if it 
could be done without their going in debt, for no ma- 
terials unpaid for could be brought upon the society's 
land. This rule was made to prevent law suits that would 
endanger the society. 

These members were allowed to make all they could out 
of it, within the rules, for a certain number of years, but 
had to sell to the society when the time was up, at the cost 
price of labor and materials, etc. 

One or more people would take up the different 
branches and were given the exclusive right to sell to the 
society as long as they kept within the rules. The rules 
were that a member was to receive ten per cent on every 
dollar's worth of goods they bought. This percentage 
was to be added to their shares. All goods to be sold at a 
price regulated by a committee of members and those 
who were investing in the enterprise. Dry goods of all 
kinds were represented, hardware, crockery, etc. A 
general overseer was appointed to see that a right per- 
centage was paid to the society for securing the cus- 
tomers. 

.Three men started a hat factory, for both men and 
women's hats. They were given the exclusive right to 



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manufacture them as long as they kept within the rules 
of the society. 

Two women started the millinery department. Four 
others dressmaking. Three men did tailoring, others 
took charge of the shoe department, all using their own 
capital, each group paying their share of the rent. Every 
line of business was represented that the members re- 
quired. 

It gave all a chance to invest their savings. As each 
business venture enlarged so that more partners were 
required to run it, the society took charge of it. In 
every instance those who started the business and had 
brought it to that point, were given charge of it at a 
percentage that paid them more than it would to keep on 
alone. The society had to pay cash for everything that 
it controlled; so did the members when they sold under 
the society's patronage. If there was no debt there was no 
danger of the society being wrecked. 

In all the large department stores several salesmen and 
saleswomen saw the advantage to themselves in co- 
operation with the society and soon such stores were 
started in the cities. They realized their benefits and de- 
termined to secure homes and pensions without delay. 
Each department was represented by those that under- 
stood the business. The money that had been kept in the 
banks was withdrawn and the days of small beginnings 
had returned once more. 

It was a satisfaction that no one could become rich 
from their labor except those who were co-operative with 
them. The people lived more simply, the chief aim being 
to live honorable, truthful lives; to gain titles that 
showed friends and strangers who and what they were 
was worth more to them than all the flash and make- 
believes that had contented them in days gone by. 



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The society found it cheaper to make good roads with 
the labor of crowded-out men than to use the old system 
of cars. Automobile cars that carried coal and grain, as 
well as every kind of produce, spoke loud and plainly as 
to the price they were going to pay those magnates of 
commerce. 

Wealth beyond what each could use was only foolish- 
ness. It was almost as bad as giving their labor away. 
They received honors when they donated wealth to the 
society for the benefit of little children, invalids, or the 
aged. Young people were given extra advantages who 
cheerfully helped those who belonged to them and who 
were unable to do all for themselves, but no member was 
allowed to support another if that other was better able to 
worjc for themselves than the one who was doing it. The 
society gave employment to all healthy men and women 
who were members and paid their dues. All being con- 
sumers, they helped to keep the scrip in circulation. In 
the beginning of the society many city members sent 
their aged parents to the colony to live. It gave them a 
chance to do light work when they were able, and their 
permanent shares could be added to those members at the 
old peoples' death. 

Those who held highest rank were always given the 
best offices. They also controlled the councils, because 
they gained their titles for honesty and truthfulness first, 
then for special services to the society, bravery in times 
of danger, self-denial in giving up their wealth for the 
love of the people. Merit, not money, ruled. Often those 
who held the highest titles saw that someone besides 
themselves were better fitted for the duties that naturally 
came to them. In those cases the best person was ap- 
pointed of either sex. No one could hold an important 
office that had not received a title, nor could they in any 



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way be placed over members who had proved themselves 
superior. 

The object of giving titles was to place the best mem- 
bers in control. Money had ruled so long and so unjustly 
that it was necessary to place the members in positions 
that they would be honored for their integrity. So the 
custom was established at the beginning of the society. 
All knew what to expect when they joined and could not 
complain if they saw a certain class preferred to them- 
selves. No person's honesty was taken as a matter of 
course. The business of all concerned had to be con- 
stantly under the supervision of committees formed each 
month to audit the accounts, receive complaints, and settle 
disputes. It is a well-known fact the world over that 
some people are always in trouble. That kind know 
nothing else and they must be weeded out of the associa- 
tion, otherwise they will cause a dissatisfaction that no 
power can stop if let run on. They are like a small fire 
that can be controlled in the beginning. Compel such 
people to sell their shares if reasoning fails to bring them 
to their senses. The greatest good to the largest number 
must always prevail. There is nothing so contagious as 
unreasoning discontent among a mixed people. 

Patience is necessary in all walks in life, but was never 
needed more than in becoming accustomed to the new 
forms of government. So many would forget and fall 
back to the old ways at first, and those who were careless 
were nearly always jealous of the persevering members 
who surpassed them. 

The scale of wages was the same as union men and 
women received in factories outside of the society, even 
if the hours were less per day, excepting in cases of piece 
work that was done by old or infirm people, who only 
worked as they were able at any time. 



i82 OTHER. WORLDS. 

The pensions paid to members for the first ten years 
were according to dividends earned in the factories, etc., 
in which their money or labor was invested. After ten 
years it was increased, but at no time could it be de- 
creased. 

Ten per cent each year was paid for interest on these 
shares until the pension was paid, but had to be left to 
accumulate with the society until then. When a member 
begins to draw a pension the amount will have to be 
according to the number of shares and the age of the 
members when the first allowance is paid. When a pen- 
sioner begins to draw his pension at forty-five years of 
age, it will be less than if they did not draw it till they 
were fifty-five or sixty years of age, for the amount of 
shares will have to be divided so that they will last at 
least until the member is seventy-five years old. 

This does not mean that the pension will cease at that 
age, for it will be paid as long as the member lives. 

To protect itself the society had to make rules to pay 
pensions, according to the members' shares, but it was 
found by practice that such large amounts were donated 
for this purpose that their shares were much larger than 
their personal shares represented. 

This rule had to be made during the first generatiton, 
but after the first generation of children had the ad- 
vantage of being provided with homes and an education 
in childhood, and regular employment in mature years, 
the society was able to pension them at forty-five years of 
age, because it had the whole benefit of their labors until 
that time. In winter we had the machinery so arranged 
that it could either run the weaving of cotton or the dif- 
ferent kinds of materials just by adjusting a certain lever 
of machinery. In this way we kept men and women em- 
ployed all the time, securing at least eight hours a day 



OTHER WORLDS. 183 

to all who needed it. At night the white materials were 
woven when practical and night workers were g^ven 
shorter hours with the same pay as the day workers. In 
this way all were secured steady employment, for the 
same was done with every kind of factory work. In the 
summer a large percentage of these people were given 
different employment. Some went to the wheat fields, 
others to the cotton plantations, for the steam carriages 
made it possible, or the fruit farms, etc. The first few 
years it was necessary to work just as many hours in the 
society as out of it; as soon as all the exchanges were 
complete the hours were shortened, and those who were 
not able to work so long each day, even at the first, were 
given less to do, for the society never was a money scheme 
but a protection to labor. At the same time those who 
only worked three or four hours a day got that much less 
for their labor. It had to be that way at first or idle 
people would have shirked their responsibilities. This 
put a stop to overproduction in all lines of goods. All 
had a large field of employment to choose from and 
nearly all were satisfied, at least all were better satisfied 
than they had been before they joined the society. 

At the end of five years the society owned the first land 
that it had built upon and all the industries on it, besides. 
Then dividends were granted to members, either in per- 
manent or consumable shares, according to the amount 
they had at the time. The society holding the right to 
keep in its possession sufficient money or script to increase 
the standing wealth. The dividends were secured to the 
first members at this time to reward them for trusting its 
management and giving the society its impetus. It 
showed the value of small beginnings and taught a lesson 
in co-operation among the members in the most practical 
way. 

THE END OF THE RUtES. 



THE PLANET VENUS. 

SECOND STORY. 

CHAPTER I. 

A gentleman and his wife were sitting in their study. 
He was reading ; she was doing some fancy work. In a 
few moments their son came in, and seeing his father 
occupied, took a seat by the window to wait until his 
father was through. 

These people were titled, or, rather, the father and 
mother were. The elderly gentleman was a lord and his 
wife a princess. They had both received their titles for 
their grand and faithful work in helping to restore order 
to the country in which they belonged. Their name was. 
a combination of both their names. Just and Ring, con- 
sequently he was Lord Justring and she was Princess 
Justring. She could not raise him to her title, nor could 
he change hers, even had they desired it. Their two chil- 
dren were therefore known as the Justrings, they had re- 
ceived the title Honorable, and their parents wished them 
to gain greater titles which was the custom of the country. 
Their motto was : "The world is better for my living in 
it," for when any one did a great self-sacrificing act, it 
always added to their title in some way. 

In a few moments Lord Justring looked up to see what 
it was that his son wanted. 

The young man approaching, said: 

"The study of worlds may be a very interesting sub- 
ject, but, father, I am positively sick of it. There is 
nothing in it to reward you for all your trouble, that I 

185 



i86 THE PLANET VENUS. 

can see. Take the planet Earth, for example. The mis* 
sionaries have not made one beneficial change in the con- 
dition of the masses from what they were twenty-five 
years ago. The fact that we are able to hear as well as 
see them, I admit, is something to our credit, but what 
good is it to them? I thought after we had perfected 
those last instruments that we would be able to make 
them catch the ideas we are trying to convey to them." 

"Your life can only be perfected by the good you do 
for the more ignorant worlds. You must be patient ; but 
why are you discouraged?" 

"Because the ones I wish to reach and help don't catch 
the messages. Instead of helping them I have found that 
we are actually helping the wealthy people to see their 
advantage, for they are the only ones who have been able 
to make use of the suggestions. This wealth, in turn, is 
being used to cement all the closer the bond of servitude 
and those who toil are in a worse plight today than in 
any time during the Earth's history. Since I have taken 
up this work, I have no peace of mind and I cannot en- 
joy life. 

"It is a fearful thing to see millions upon millions of 
people toiling to sustain life, even in times of peace, be- 
sides knowing that those who work the hardest have the 
least for their labor, while the cry of those who are starv- 
ing because they have no work to do, is unbearable. Then 
the unnecessary wars all brought about to enrich those 
in power and keep the ignorant dependent." 

"Why, my son, that is the reason that we who live on 
the older planets form these societies to reach the younger 
ones ; the planet Herschel has caught the messages sent 
to them. That should be encouraging." 

"Yes, it is, but only a few in comparison with the mul- 
titude of worlds after all." 



i88 THE PLANET VENUS. 

"Well, all have to make a beginning ; then they can go 
on and perfect their system as we have done ours." 

At this point of the conversation a young lady entered 
the room. Her face showed a depth of thought unusual 
in one so young. She looked at them for a second to see 
_ if she would be interfering with the 

conversation, but as they seemed to 
be on the same subject she com- 
menced : 

"Father, is it necessary for me to 
I continue my efforts to reach the 
^ planet Earth?" 

"Why, my dear, surely you are 

not going to complain also. Your 

brother has just told me that he 

would like to give it up. It would grieve me sorely if 

either of you do." 

"Oh, brother, you don't mean it ? Men are so strong, 
they ought not to give in so soon." 

"It is all very well to say so, but I have not had any 
peace since I took it up, sister mine. I don't under- 
stand why I should give up so much of my life to what 
seems such a hopeless task." 

"Well, children, sit down and tell me what you have 
accomplished." 

"Father," the young lady replied, "I have accomplished 
nothing, absolutely nothing that I can see." 
"Well, tell me what you saw." 

"It is so discouraging that I hate to talk about it. The 
last time I used the instrument I could not only hear all 
they said, but see them. One of the first things that I 
saw made me so ill that I can hardly sleep. I saw a 
woman who lived in a city, in a part of the world they 
call America, burning her children to death. You know 



THE PLANET VENUS. 189 

I had asked to take that part of the world because I was 
told it was the home of freedom. I couldn't see what the 
term * Freedom' meant when little children could be left 
at the mercy of a lunatic. I tried to get away from the 
instrument, but I was fascinated. Then I directed the in- 
strument to a home, not fifteen minutes' walk away, and 
saw the other extreme. I saw women and girls dressed 
for a reception in beautiful gowns and quantities of jew- 
els ; they actually had on their persons enough wealth to 
support twenty such families for the rest of their lives." 

"Well, I should think that is all the more reason that 
you should persevere in trying to reach those and make 
them hear you." 

"Oh, well, father, I cannot talk any more about it to- 
day. It is too terrible." 

Lord Justring looked at his children for a few moments 
and then said : 

"You must remember one thing, that you owe to many 
others besides your mother and I all the blessings you 
now enjoy. Had we become discouraged at seeing the 
terrible things all around us when we were at your age, 
you would not be enjoying all the recreation that you do 
now, the holidays or the advantages of travel that afford 
you so much pleasure. Forty years ago the govern- 
ment secured all the land and gave it back to the people, 
believing that everything created by nature belonged to 
all ; but it did not give them a particular amount to live 
upon. Myself and others had to work very hard to con- 
vince the majority that it was the only just way to do. 
Now your income is so large that you will never use it 
all. I have never used all mine, nor do I need it. If you 
will read the history of the last fifty years you will see 
a wonderful difference in the lives of the people. They 
live longer because they have more time to take care 



190 THE PLANET VENUS. 

of their bodies. They were not compelled to work so 
many hours, even forty years ago, as they had done in the 
ages past, but as I said before, there was no special in- 
come for all, as there is now. 

"At that time we felt justified in setting a certain sum 
or value for every individual bom in our district. Strange 
as it may seem, humanity was left imtil the last, all kinds 
of property were secured to us in this part of the coun- 
try, but human beings had not had their right value set. 
We then enforced a law that every man, woman and 
child had a right to be fed, housed and clothed. An in- 
dustrial army had been a fact before and the proceeds of 
their labor enabled the government to secure to all the 
people an income. 

"You know that even yet those who will not work are 
locked up and deprived of the income they would have 
otherwise. When they have had enough of solitary con- 
finement we try them again, but don't allow them a choice 
of their occupation until they do the best in what we 
give them to do. 

"The people ran riot on this planet, robbing each other 
as they now are doing on other worlds. History repeats 
itself over and over again in everything. Well, after the 
people had gone through the struggle of gaining so much, 
they were satisfied to let results remain as they were. 
The majority could not see the dangers ahead, but we 
who did were determined to settle matters once and for- 
ever. Some wanted money given to each individual in- 
stead of cards representing their wants. 

" *No,' we said, 'money- was the enemy that had robbed 
labor at all times and now money must go.' 

"We told them that Without its use we had emptied the 
cities of its criminals; we had scattered the people into 
the country where all could have sunshine as well as 



THE PLANET VENUS. 191 

homes. If we still retained money it would only be a 
short time before a few people could corner the majority 
in the cities that we had built. 

"Children, every advantage that the people possess, the 
working people had to fight for and they did it by deter- 
mination and the exacting of their own rights. Even the 
public schools had to be fought for. The rich were de- 
termined that the 'common people/ as they always termed 
those who served them, should not have them. It would 
raise the taxes, they said, and why should they pay for 
other people's children? Common children didn't need 
an education. Then many of those ignorant dependents,, 
like so many parrots said, *Oh, no, we did without an ed- 
ucation, and so can our children.' This was all before our 
time. Every generation has its new duties to perform. We 
received help from older worlds, just as you have been 
appointed to do our part to the planet Earth. If they had 
done as you children wish to do, we would have been just 
where the people upon that planet are now." 

"Well," his daughter replied, "I will try it again." 

The son answered : "I will not be left out of the strug- 
gle now that I see my duty plainer." 

Their father thanked them and when they had left the 
room said to their mother: 

"We must encourage them more, for it is a hardship 
to see suffering when you cannot relieve it." 



192 THE PLANET VENUS. 



CHAPTER II. 

Professor Longrin had been appointed to select the 
missionaries in the different worlds. Princess and Lord 
Justring were talking over their children's discourage- 
ment with the professor, for they were feeling quite badly 
over their desire to give it up. 

**The people of the Earth have my sympathy," said the 
Princess, "and we must find some one who will be willing 
to devote their time to reaching them. Many public 
school children among the poor are so hungry that they 
cannot study in many of the large cities. Then you will 
hear a great cry go up, *A bank has failed for $400,000, 
or perhaps more, the savings of widows and orphans, all 
lost by speculating. The bank failure seems by far the 
most important to the inhabitants. Buildings are erected 
to keep and protect money in that cost more than would 
support all the poor little starving children in the world. 
Just consider all the labor that is thrown away in earn- 
ing all those millions besides the amount stored in them. 
Then think of the temptation to rob by those in charge 
when money means so much to every one." 

Professor Longrin told Princess Justring that she 
could take up work with her children and possibly she 
could encourage them by her experience for a time at 
least. 

In a few days she with her daughter called upon a 
young married friend who had twin babies, and while 
there one of the public officers called to present the young 
mother with her babies' card entitling them to draw upon 
the government for their support. The quiet and matter- 



THE PLANET VENUS. 193 

of-fact way that the mother accepted it recalled to Miss 
Justring's mind the difference between the mothers on 
the Planet Venus and those on the Planet Earth, so she 
said to the happy mother: 

"You may be glad that you don't live on the Planet 
Earth, with two babies at once to care for." 

"Why, I don't see what difference it makes whether 
there is one or two, in fact it seems to me better for 
them because they will always be such companions and 
I think any mother would be glad." 

"Not all mothers," replied the princess," "Gondell and 
her brother are studying the Planet Earth and are try- 
ing to civilize it." "Oh," continued Gondell, "children are 
born to some mothers there who have nothing to feed them 
or herself and the poor things die from neglect." "Why," 
exclaimed the young mother, "what are the people doing 
to allow such a thing? Why, I think we mothers are 
doing our part in life supplying the world with its men 
and women, without supporting them." "Well," replied 
Gondell, "little children are dependent upon their mothers 
and the majority of mothers on their husbands, their 
husbands in turn are dependent upon some one to em- 
ploy them, who has money. In fact they are the worst 
kinds of slaves, for if the rich owned them, they would 
be sure of being fed, clothed and given a shelter." 

"But why should they be slaves," replied the friend, 
"haven't the people any intelligence?" "Oh, dear, yes," 
Gondell says, "but they allowed the rich to control the 
medium of exchange, which is money, until they have 
gained control of nearly everything. Few people realize 
their position or know that it is money that compells 
them to pay a tax on everything they consume. They 
don't even know that they are slaves. Mothers are of no 



194 THE PLANET VENUS. 

account in comparison to men. Men are given pensions 
in the police force and other public positions, such as the 
army where they kill other men, but never to women 
or children. Women cannot even earn as much as men 
when they do the same kind of work.'' 

"Why, I think they are fools to marry and risk being 
mothers until they know how they are going to be pro- 
tected, don't you think so, Princess Justring?" "No, I 
don't think they are fools, but I do think they are not as 
brave as they ought to be or they would set everything 
aside that interests them in life until they had secured 
to every child bom, every woman and man an income 
to protect them for life." 

"It certainly is wrong to become mothers when they 
cannot protect helpless infants against poverty under 
every circumstance," the young mother said. 

"Money does not protect the rich either, for even the 
largest fortunes are lost in many cases. Under the present 
conditions no one is safe from poverty all their lives," 
the Princess replied. 

Looking lovingly at her infants the mother said, 
"Thank God, I don't have to worry about them." 

"Come," said the professor, the next time they were 
assembled, "I want vou to see an ideal home in the 
country of America, among the working people. 
Look at that man, isn't he a noble specimen of 
manhood, using all his energies to secure wealth 
to lavish upon his wife and children. See with 
what pride he gazes upon all their attainments. No 
exertion is considered where they are concerned, and the 
wife takes her share of responsibility in managing and 
controlling all within the home so that her husband may 
have all the rest and comfort possible after his hard 
work in the office. The children are their pride, nothing 



THE PLANET VENUS. 195 

must interfere with their attainments, while he works 
to supply the means, she works to fit them to be an honor 
to their name. All the united affection these two can 
lavish upon them, is considered only justice to the little 
ones they have been instrumental in bringing into the 
world. With what loving care the mother gets up in the 
night to carry the little one that is crying beyond the 
ear of the father, who has to work next day. See her 
as she rocks it in her arms, then walks the floors, any- 
thing to secure him the rest that he must have if he is 
going to continue the success that he has had in busi- 
ness. The next morning the children are sitting on 
each side of the breakfast table while he is at one end 
and his wife at the other. A merry conversation ensues 
about the childish pleasures and interests that each have 
in the other. The husband goes to his emplo)mient with 
that picture in his memory to encourage him and to hasten 
his home coming. And yet they are living in as great an 
uncertainty as the poorest in the land. That home may 
be wiped out and the wife and children become as deso- 
late under existing customs as any others. While 
it lasts it is fine, but nothing is certain for anyone." 

The members of the class each took their turn in study- 
ing out the conditions, and after a while they became 
confident that something had happened to awaken or at 
least startle the inhabitants. 

"Well, Princess Justring," says the Professor, "we 
may be reaching them after all. Come to the observatory 
again tomorrow and we will see what is going on. 
Good-bye, my friends, for the present." 

Princess and Lord Justring with their children arrived 
the next day to find an unusual amount of excitement 
among the other members. Something had happened on 
a portion of the planet Earth called the United 
States of America. The money power was in 



196 THE PLANET VENUS. 

an uproar. Some one in a position to know facts 
was telling the whole country how their money was 
being invested. This man was daring enough to denounce 
the whole system in sufficiently plain language that there 
could be no mistake. The people were excited. Those 
who had a few dollars in the banks to those who had 
invested their thousands in stocks of different kinds. 
The great men of finance were rushing to their tele- 
phones, commanding subordinates to appear before them, 
and die excitement was increasing. Was it some one of 
their associates that had fallen through to earth? Had 
the President of the country died, or what did it all 
mean? Something far worse than anything yet guessed. 
One of their own familiar spirits had dared to expose 
the tricks by which they had amassed their millions. 

"WelU why all this exdteraait here on the planet 
Venus ?" asks one of the members. 

Professor Longrin answers: "After all the years that 
we have taken to perfect our instruments so we could 
reach the planets and suggest to them better management, 
giving them our experiences, helping them to originate 
telegraphs, telephones, ef erythuig we could imagine that 
would civilize them, when, lo and behold, the Great Ruler 
of the Universe chose a millionaire to expose the whole 
money scheme, chose one who obtained his money by the 
same methods that he now denounces. Nothing could 
be more convincing to the rest of the world that lets other 
people do their thinking for them, than this. I believe 
we can leave the results with those who are awakened 
on a part of the earth at least, and now friends we will 
direct our effort toward showing them the remedy. The 
remedy is to organize a society that will protect them 
from all dangers, poverty heading the list." 



THE PLANET VENUS. 197 



WE ARE GOING TO BE INSPECTED. 

BY GARRETT P. SERVISS. 

(This clipping was taken from a newspaper in the win- 
ter of 1905.) 

§ 

There is something on the cards for this winter of wider 
interest than social functions, theater parties, Wall street 
plunges, politics, and even war — it is an inspection of 
which the whole earth will be the subject. The inspector 
can already be seen approaching, lantern in hand (for it 
is a nocturnal job), peeping over the rim of the world at 
sunset. This inspector is the planet Venus. 

Venus, we have excellent reasons for thinking, is a 
world crowded with intelligent inhabitants, and as, for 
several months to come, it rises higher every night, and 
beams more and more brilliantly, we may almost feel the 
eyes of those inhabitants fixed curiously upon us. For if 
we think of them, can they fail to think of us ? 

But their opportunity for observation is far better than 
ours. It is customary for us to consider other planets 
only as they present themselves to the earth. Quite as in- 
teresting, and infinitely more novel, is it to consider the 
earth as it presents itself to other planets, and particularly 
to Venus, its nearest planetary neighbor, and its closest 
counterpart. 

Once grant that there are intelligent beings on Venus 
and the conclusion follows with irresistible force that 
they must study our globe with an intensity of interest 
and application proportional to the ease with which their 
observations can be made. And this is exactly the par- 
ticular in which they possess a great advantage over us. 



198 THE PLANET VENUS. 

In fact, there is no place in the entire solar system where 
an astronomer could have so favorable a position for ex- 
amining another world than his own as he would have on 
the planet Venus. 

The reason is very simple ; it is because when Venus is 
nearest to the earth — about twenty-six million miles away 
— she lies between the earth and the sun. At that time we 
cannot see her at all, because our eyes are blinded by the 
flood of sunshine which envelops her. But, on the other 
hand, at that time the earth is in the middle of Venus* 
midnight sky, blazing with light reflected from its con- 
tinents and oceans and polar snows, and looming so large 
and splendid that the sight must be unutterably magnifi- 
cent — such a sight as a terrestrial astronomer would sit 
up all night to gaze at, and then feel that the swift pace 
of time had robbed him. 

In order to comprehend how great the earth must ap- 
pear from Venus when the two are in line with the sun, 
it will only be necessary the coming winter to look at 
Venus herself, shortly after sundown — at the same time 
remembering that the splendor which dazzles our eyes 
comes from but a small fraction of the illuminated surface 
of that planet, while the earth as seen from Venus will 
show its whole round face like a full moon ! 

To my mind there is nothing, not mathematically 
demonstrable, more certain than that the astronomers of 
Venus are already preparing for the great spectacle that 
will adorn their heavens late in the coming winter, when 
the earth, with its attendant moon, swims in the mid- 
night. 

The culmination of the earth must be one of the 
greatest events in their calendar. Studying it with pow- 
erful telescopes, they must long ago have familiarized 
themselves with the geography and the meteorology of 



THE PLANET VENUS. 199 

our planet. Our continents and oceans, and even our 
groups of islands, our vast river valleys, our mountain 
chains, must all appear on their school globes of the 
earth. We have made school globes of Mars, but Mars is 
far away, and our opportunities for studying his features 
are insignificant compared with those which the people 
of Venus have for studying the earth. 

To the readers of this book I have this to say : I believe 
the ideas it contains are a prophecy. Time will prove it 
if it is so, and every one can do a part towards helping 
along its fulfillment. 

Lena Jane Fry. 



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