Topolobampo, Shialoa, Mex. August 15th. 1889. -- Friends Vincent -- Here I in Foncier Company on their farm, La Logia.
I like it here very much. Sinaloa, at least this portion of it, is naturally very rich, agriculturally, and in minerals. It can be made the homes of tens of thousands of people, though it is very new as yet. There are about 175 colonists here now, mostly on this farm. Good progress has been made since I was here a year ago. The colony has a nice orchard and nursery of 15 acres planted and will soon add ten acres more to it. All the colonists are working well in the different departments and the colony is making progress.
The country is rich, and I know of no other place on earth where $100 or $500 can be made to do more than it will do here, properly handled. I do not mean that everybody can get rich here on small capital, but I do know that one hundred or more industrious farmers located here as they could be, could, by pooling their means, obtain a large tract of land, and by putting an irrigating ditch on it with their own labor, make themselves self supporting within one year, and sit under their own "vines and fig trees," literally, in five years.
I like the methods of integral Cooperation. There is no "lost time" unless a man pleases no "looking for a job," as there is work every day; and a man gets in return a day's credit for every day's work he does.
The system is perfect and is worthy of I investigation by all liberal minded people -- the only class that can be attracted by the principle of integral cooperation.
The object of the Kansas Sinaloa Investment Company, recently organized in Kansas, is to form a combination of men of small means, making a "pool" for the purchase and improvement of a large tract of land here, by irrigation, etc. The opportunity for such a company here is grand, and I predict the entire success of the K. S. I. Co. C. B. Hoffman, of Enterprise, Ks. is president; J. N. Limbocker, of Manhattan, treasurer: P. B. Maxson of Emporia, is vice president, and J. W. Breidenthal, of Chetopa, is secretary. With such solid business men, such tried and proved reformers and such true men at the head of the company, and such opportunities as we have here, the only thing which can cause the failure of the company is the indifference of the people of Kansas to their own most unfortunate condition and the lack of a de-sire to improve. The plans of the Company, which may be obtained by addressing either of the gentlemen named, are worthy of investigation. There is nothing visionary about this movement -- it is simply the adoption of business methods for the securing of homes free from rent, tax, profit, and interest. I am pleased to see such grand men resorting to business methods for the accomplishment of the good work they have so long been engaged in and hope to hear good reports from Kansas. The opportunity is here: all that is necessary is to take advantage of it.
If it would be acceptable I will furnish you an occasional letter descriptive of this country and of the colony here.
With regards to old friends, I am Yours Fraternally, C. J. Lamb.