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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - August 11, 1920, Lethbridge, Alberta WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 11, 1920 x'HE LETHBEIBGE DAILY HERALD PACE SINE' The World's Greatest Experiment in Socialism It Had Every Requirement For Success, But Failed Because It Destroyed Individual Initiative. By Rev. Newell Dwlght HilUe in Toronto Saturday Night another dftighter killed herself. The, hlsVorian. of tha.No-v Cosuibs liveil lor 3 year and a half la the colony before, ho associated Socialism: First of all, a Scotchman, who had become an exirwue SoclalUl and atheist, lost his illusions, and killed his wife-ami then himself. Lat- er one of his personal friends took his lifo under most tragic cErcuni- [stances. Three out of ninety Sscial- !3l3 during a year and a half culclded. Socialists are always claiming that lhat Si Itheir experiments have never had u pioneerj lair test. They Bay that given first a line climate and rich land; second, a Colony whoso every member, is an Socialist; third, a coin- nrantty not made up of intellectuals and dreamers, but hardy farmers, con- tractors, brick masons, trained tc> pion- %eerlng; fourth, a conimuni'.y unfetter- ed by bondage to any. religious creed, that then, and then only, can anyone Socialism to succeed. But, these four conditions, Socialism ;Will produce on Ideal community, ;i jTJ topla, a, Plato's republic, a the, echeme of civilization, does the thinking, and the colonists do the work- A man is practically a slave; result, barbarism." Had there been a youthful Shakespeare in that colony. Lane wouM have mado him plow corn, or clean the sower, and named it benevolent despotism." As a matter of factj'many slaves in Ihe South, mosi serfs under feudalism, had'more privi- leges and a freer life than these mem- bers of tho New Australia. The uest thing that all 'the Social- ists found oirt was that: Instead of Socialism abolishing poverty ft. pro- duces poverty. In his "Now World for Old" scouts tha ide'a that men wiil not work .without the hope of a harvest that will safeguard them against winter and .old age. Blatch- ford declares that men strive to win a game of cricket ami football, without Iho incentive- of soldiers work for a Victoria CTOS.S, fathers and husbands work for love, and that In the Socialistic colony men will work for tlia common good. J3iit, strangely enough in'that, rich land, the New Paradise grew poorer aud poorer. Remember that these colonists owned acres of the very, finest land in Paraguay, pasturage for at least 000 head of cattle., that other ranch- men with 'individual ownership paid from 20 to 30 per cent, profit a year, and yet this after twenty years, had reached lhe'_ point where inembers. starved to death but for tie assistance of the govern- ment of Paraguay; -Every .day ttiej sank into lower depths' of poverty misery aiid degradation! Just outside of the colony dwelt a'-'Frenchnian who of ground in tlnr and planted it with sugar I Nothing'-'witnessea to tho sincerity of iho'Members of this colony like the fact that carpenters, fannarSj.lierdsinen, joining, often con .trlbuted.ilrom. 52000 to 56000. Mones rolled-1 a on Lane .for the purchase of field, goods, for the the common store. The co-operative colonj started with approximately members went aboard their new_.Bailing vessel, Lane referred to "that.: noble fleet of steamers that plying between tho Old Aus tralii'and the Now Australia" he woa to fornid in Paraguay. His last mes- sage to tho people of Sydney and Mel- bourne was "What do we ex- For every man the right to work, to do every man friendship' and Justice, for ovcry man and woman a fair share'of tho. result of coDimon every man friendship and ifles 16 marry and have a comfortable to live without tear, to fill all llfq with pleasures and.joys lhat can he for, each, :.where all are content to labor honestly. For the- children, the healthy rearing which every-child's Tight. That-is what we expect anil what wo call bo sum of, for labor never falls to produce plenty whoro-It whon the Radical ae people In this country to take their own lives every eighteen months, and In terms of forty years. private propsrly, ihjil iho holism .they had; Built wbufd; jbe their ownias shelter tor Ola, age, .they began to vori, beaters. BenjE- inln Kidd, the? philosopher, witnessed