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"God and Country."
Why They Are Used to Attack the
I. W. W.
By Carlo Tresca.
Fellow Workers--Comrades of la
bor and drudgery- you have return
ed to wark. But inaction, disbanding
or weakness is still criminal since it
means that with your own hands you
will thrust Etor, Giovannitti and Ca
ruso to jail or even to death.
You have been strong, noble, lion
like, in your courage during the sym
pathetic :strike for the release of Et
tor, Giovinnitti and Caruso. But can
it be also true that you are now timid,
cowardly and uncertain?
The rabble of the masters and their
hirelings have hurled enraged epi
thets at the 1. W. W. Why ? Because
they had thought until a few days
ago that the I. W. W. was lifeless.
The 21 hour strike has demonstrated
to the whole world that the I. W. W.
continues to exist-virile and strong.
The masters and the upholders of
the masters condemn the I. W. W. in
the name of (god and country. These
questions have no bearing on the I.
W. W. We have never made an issue
of religion in our union, but there is
a proverb, "(;od helps him who helps
himself," and we have helped our
selves so effectively that we have ob
tained 15 per cent increase in wages,
shorter hours and the abolition of the
We unite to gain from our masters
a better livelihood-more bread. To
gain this economic betterment we
must be united, sustain the union, and
help each other as brothers. Relig
ion has nothing to do with these shop
And why should the blood of the
enemies of our union boil over the
question of country? We have all
been driven out of our own countries,
exiled, wandering over the earth look
ing for work and as the sons of 27
countries we have a common sym
bol, the banner of our union. (The
American flag did not succeed in sav
ing us from the violence of the police
and militia during the strike.)
Against our union's symbol today
the masters, clergy, police, judges and
soldiers are arrayed. Why? In or
der to destroy our organization and
compel us to return to the mills, dis
banded and powerless, to spend our
lives toiling without hope.
It is, perhaps, hard for you, my fel
low workers, to understand that men
will use the name of God and coun
try to destroy your union. In the in
terests of the masters, of course, and
not with regard for your welfare, do
they make patriotism their shield.
But these people never cared for you.
They never came among you to ex
plain how to help yourself, to explain
unionism, they never attempted to
assist you during the strike, they
neither wept at your sufferings nor
rejoiced at your success, but they de
spised and exploited you without pity.
From Justus Ebert's, "The Trial of
a New Society," a history of the
Lawrence. strike, a book every rebel
REVOLUTIONARY ACTION A
By J. Filgueria.
A legal fight, like parliamentary ac
tion can result in inaught but failure
for the working class. The laws are
not made for nor by the slave, but by
the tyrant to protect his interests.
To expect even a somblance of jus
tice from a Congress or a Court made
up of members of the exploiting class
is like exepcting impartial judgment
from a person carried away by his
The law is made by the Capitalist
Class, and that law is aosolutely not
favorable to the working class. For
this reason we, the working class,
shall make our own laws and defend
ourselves. But before this, we, all
the workers will have to be organized
in ONE BIG UNION; when we are
well organized, we will make the laws
inside of the Organization, without
necesityv of Congress and other things
through which Capitalists rule us.
When the master class see the work
ers start to rule the working class, in
that time the Capitalist class will
start to be shaken from one side to
the other of the earth.
Today we, the workers, can say
nothing; we have not even the priv
ilege of speaking in street meet
ings; some other organizations, like
the Salvation Army, they speak on
on the principal streets and sing i
songs and nobody comes to disturb
the meetings. When the I. W. W.
start to hold meetings, you see soon <
that the police come round, and some
times stop the meetings, for the sim- 1
ple reason: we want to educate the 1
Sworking class for building ONE BIG
UNION all over the world, to get all
the product , all that belongs to the r
We realize the present conditions
of the laboring masses and we don't
r overlook the timidity of the majority
of the workers when they stand face
e to face with the enemy. Too much
s passive and legal preaching is the
cause that many of the proletariat
I hesitate in this fight on Capitalism
just at the time of battle when they
should use every means of direct ac
f tion to force their demands.
Our fellow workers in some Euro
e pean countries have already set the
example of how to fight capital and
e the state with a great revolutionary
s strike so as to paralize the very life
of industry and commerce until the
enemy submits to the demands of the
e We see prisoners set free by the
e powerful action of the organized toil
ers. We see the state intervening in
s time of strike to hurry the capitalist
to grant the demands of the workers
e (ut of fear that the labor movement
will develop into an open revolution
ary weapon against the government
e And to come to our point: The bat
e ties of labor must be fought outside
of the courts. Our dollars and cents
must be expended in othetr ways than
filling the lawyers pockets. All our
7 energies, money and brains must be
1 used in organizing the workers into
e class conscious bodies of real fighters,
in planning big battles, economic bat
e tles which will route the capitalist
class, and then will we be able to in
sure justice to every human being.
d Our slogan must be: To hell with
- your courts! Let our prisoners be
d freed by our own economic power.
And when the working class will be so
r united and intelligent as to be able to
accomplish its emancipation itself, in
I- stead of trying to relegate it to legis
n lature and lawyers, then shall we
ý- have accomplished our duty, then we
shall have justice, and all men shall
d be equal on the earth.
o We only want to educate the work
1. ing-class, and get all in ONE BIG
I. UNION, then we will be .ut of all the
MINE STEALINGS BIGGEST
(4%nli, ilaal fr'lii Paa' 1
ria, $5,606,000, on $120,000, and Mex
ico Mines of El Oro, $3,571,429, on
Of the $67,211,409 declared this
year, thirty-four copper properties,
all but three in the United States, con
One hundred and four gold, silver,
lead and zinc properties declared div
idends this year amounting to $25,
(;reat as seem the dividends dis
e tributedl by metal mines, as above,
e they do not include the large sums
Spaid by such corporations as the
Amalgamated Copper Company, the
SAmerican Securities Corporation, the
e Copper Range Consolidated, Phelps,
I)odge & Co., the (;uggenheims and
several others, whose revenue is de
rived largely from share holdings in
mines and works which are being
Soperated by regularly organized com
pt :nies. D)uring the eight months this
r year ten of these securities-holding
' corporations have declared dividends
d of $16,608,731, making a total of
11 $174,423,788 since organization on an
d issued capitalization of $378,010,825."
-. Please send all money, subs.
and news to: THE VOICE OF
1 THE PEOPLE, 335 Carondelet
o Street, New Orleans, La.
Exchanges pleas- make note.
La Union Es La Fuerza.
La Union esla fuerza; es el anna mu
poderosa para combatir a nuestro ene
migo el "Capital," siempre que esa un
ion sea verdadera La verdadera Or
ganizacion, es aquella que dentro 'de
la misma, educa a los socios que la
componen, siempre que estos tengan
buene voluntad, para aprender
Pero desgraciadamente, nosotros los
trabajadores, que tenemos poca in
strucion para conducirnos en el traba
jo a que estamos relacionados, y esta
mos sufriendo el latigo de nuestros ex
plotadores, y todavia no queremos ha
cer un esfuerzo, ni sacrificarnos un
nada, para recibir Ia instrucion, que
desgraciadamente tanto carecemos, y
es la que mas beneficiosa es pars de
senmasararnos de tanta explotacion.
Hay organizaciones que tienen un
grande numero de socios, y esos estan
sufriendo la misma explotacion, que
cada uno de tantos; (?) Y porque?
porque no reciben instrucion de bene
ficio, dentro de la organrzacion, para
desenmascararse del que tanto los ex
plota; Pero estas uniones de oficio que
no procuran educar a los socios y dar
les una verdadera idea del movimien
to obrero, es porque.los que estan al
frente de las uniones, no les conviene,
el que los socios abran los ojos, para
ver claro lo que las "Directivas" hacen
de la Organizacion. Porque si esto f
llegara a suceder, las "Directivas" no
estarian anos y mas anos en los car
gos como lo hacen; Entonces tender
ian estos que ir a zurrarse la "badana" fl
como cada uno de tantos.
Ahora tambien dire que, todos los ii
trabajadores tienen el privilegio de in- t
struirse, dentro de una verdadera Or- t
ganizacion, como la de los Trahaja- i,
dlore- Industriale. del Mundlo; esta es u
una verdadera organization, de verda- a
deros principios, para emancipar a to- t
dos los trabajadores, no importa que o
clase de trabajador, ni que clase de in- i
dustria sea a la que estea afiliado. Es- D
ta organizacion de los I. W. W. al em
pezar a organizar, ya empieza a edu
car a los trabajadores, dentro y fue- I
ra de la organizacion, lo mismo en la
local de Ia union, que en la calle.? Que (
organizacion es la que propaga las do- a
trinas y las tacticas, en la calle al aire
libre?; ninguna! tansolo los de la or- j
ganizacion de la I. W. W.; Hoy endia t
muchos trabajadores es estan desen- s
ganando de esas organizaciones vivi- c
doras, que asi se les puede llamar, y I
estan ingresando en las filas de los I.
W. W. estos emplezan a comprender
que tansolo esta es la unica organiza
cion que ha de emancipar a los traba
jadores de toda la.tierra; lo que otras
organizaciones de oficio con tener un
grande numero de socios y muchos I
anos de existencia, no fueron ni seran t
capaces de emancipar a todos los tra
bajadores de la tierra, debido a las
malas tacticas que tienen, como la A.
F. L. que toda la "Directiva" son "ca
ziques" el que no es Alcalde, es Dipu
tado, Si la Federacion American del
Trahajo tubiera los principios de la
I. W. W. entonces los trabajadores de
los Estados Unidos ya estaban apode
rados de toda la maquinaria de pro
ducion; ]a organizacion de los I. W. W.
tansolo cuenta con ocho anos de ex
istencia, y a la vuelta de tres u cinco
anos mas, siguiendo como en estos
tres anos pasados, entonces los traba
jadores de los Estados Unidos podere
mos cantar victoria, porlue en aquel
tiempo todos los trabajadores estaran
debajo de esa bandera tan floreciente, I
Scomo la es la de los Trabajadores In
dustriales del Mundo.
Vuestro y la lucha economica. I
A. F. L. "Evolving."
"The delegates of the San Francis
co Labor Council, acting as a trial
committee, early yesterday morning
found Electrical Workers' Union No.
6 guilty of charges unbecoming a la
bor organization. The penalty was i
The electrical workers criticised the
action of the council in connection -
with the strike against the Pacific
Gas and Electric Company, charging E
that President Andrew J. Gallagher
and other executive officers were sup
porting an illegal strike, and also ac- :
cused Gallagher of first refusing sup
port to the striking light and power I
employees and later changing front,
(To the failurwe of the world who alone have known ae cost of failure.)
By Covington Hall.
I gazed into the face of Failure; felt her hunger-stricken eyes
Burn deep into my bosom, and I heard hbr low, dapaing cries;
1 felt her cold arms folding 'round me, like the cold arm$ of the dead,
And all my strength was numbed and broken, and my heart was turned to
I heard her wildly calling, urging on the wolves of Grief and Hate;
I saw her slaves unleashing all the terrors in the house of Fate;
I heard her hyena, Fear, shrieking on life's clark and trren plain.
And felt the throb of madness sweep like fire through my soul and brain.
I saw Love's gardens blasted by a sudden, icy breath,
And Hope's beloved body quiv'ring in the vulture-clasp of Death;
I saw the golden dreams and visions, I had fought for through the years,
With broken wings plunge headlong in the soundless, dark abyss of tears.
I saw the awful haunts of poverty, where live the living-dead,
And sat down at the tables where gaunt harpies served us stones for bread;
I saw myself a kinsman of half human brutes, of men defiled,
Returned to all the loathsome instincts and the passions of the wild.
I gazed into the face of Failure, of the demoness whose reign,
Of heartless, soulless splendor, blights the land where Mercy lieth slain;
And all that ever was of sorrow it was deeply written there,
And there I read the piteous story of soul-hunger and despair.
(Continue.d from Page 1).
Orange. About six weeks ago he
found himself shadowed by one of the
Merryville thugs in the shape of Dick
Goff. He tried every means to avoid
Goff and Brown Franks, but Goff in
flicted a knife wound in Walston's
arm; blood poison set in at once and
it was necessary to amputate the arm
twice, but blood poison set in each
time, proving fatal the last time. It
is the general talk that the knife Goff
used was poisoned. Goff made bond
and came back to Merryville about
ten days ago. Ever since he has been
out he l as been in company with San
h.&rs or Dr. Knight. Last Sunday and
Monday Goff was riding around look
ing the picture of health. Tuesday
morning he was taken sick. Dr.
Knight said pneumonia. Wednesday
morning at 9 o'clock the news came
G;off was dead. If he is ACTUALLY
dead, it is easier to enmbalm him and
give him a $100H).( coffin and send
him back to Mississippi to his old
home than it would be to let him
stand trial for murder. If he should
come clear he would have been a LIV
ING GRAF"I R.
All scabs should take warning.
When you serve your purpose as a
catspaw. Dead men tell no tales.
The chances are a hundred to one
that Goff is neither in heaven nor in
hell. Unless you Union men have ac
tually seen his dead body in that cof
fin, you had bettr hunt up one of his
photographs and send it in to THE
VOICE for publication so all the reb
els everywhere may be on the lookout
for him and ready to turn him over to
the Sheriff. If you cannot secure a
pl:otograph, send in a FULL DE
SCRIPTION of him, giving heighth,
size, weight, color of hair and eyes
and complexion, with any marks that
may serve to identify him. Don't
neglect such information, for such
men as Goff are dangerous to society
and should be put where they can do
no hI."rm to others, especially to the
violating the laws of the American
Federation of Labor in declaring and
sanctioning the strike.
Members of Electrical Workers'
Union No. 6 refused to obey the strike
order and gave its support to officers
of the McNulty faction of the Inter
national Union of Electrical Workers
in organizing a new local whose mem
bers accepted the jobs vacated by the
striking electricians affiliated with
the rival wing of the International
Electrical Union, which the Labor
Council is supporting.
The American Federation of Labor
indorsed the position of Union No. 6.
The federation may discipline the La
bor Council for its latest action in sus
pending Union No. 6."
The above clipping from a San
Francisco paper shows how rapidly
(;randma Gompers' labor (?) union
(?) is "evolving toward industrial
Ain't it fine to see labor cutting la
bor's throat? That's the way the
MASTERS always win.
It's H_ Everywhere
.y W. M. Wrrr.
I find Houston, Tex., JUST as HOS
TILE toward the working class, who
produce ALL things, yet share SO
little in the enjoyment of life, as any
Saturday night about 10 o'clock I
chanced to be passing down the street
when I halted a few moments to listen
to a POORLY dressed ROUGH look
ing fellow worker who was making a
talk in behalf of an outh-ed working
class. But, he was making GOO1)
and telling the TRUTH, which "God
I think he had ONLY been talking
a SHORT time when a "cup" a "bull,"
a "man-catcher," or watever they
may be called, came up and com
manded him to STOP which of
COURSE he had to do. As I turned
to go I made this remark to the speak
er: "You are NOT talking the
RIGHT "dope" is why you CAN'T
The burly "cop" overhead the re
mark and following me isaid: "You
beat it or I will lock YOU up!"
Under the original constitution of
the U. S. I had a PERFECT right to
make the remark and furthermore to
get up and make a talk if I wished.
But, it seems that the DESPOTIC
rules of the city of Houston forbid
that which our forefathers fought,
bled and die4 for.
The future looks JUST a little dark
and threatering for the workers at
present, but organization will contin
ue despite tl~e guns and clubs NOW
in the hand of PETTY officials ex
members of the producing class, and
a I)ISGRACI to that class.
Corporate (;GREEl) assisted by
hired thugs Ind gunmen are attempt
ing to strangle or throttle the labor
SO they tid in France and other
countries. Ijistory might repeat it
I.UMBER TII ST PLEADS GUILTY.
'l ti ,t i,,' t'rsu I'agg. I,.
nor the "American Lumberman" from
advising the highly "civilized plane"
methods it new' boasts that it did ad
vise, nor keel that sheet in the very
article in which it makes the boast
from lying about the I. W. W. So it
was- our men who were "tried" for
murder in the first degree for killing
a beast gunman, and not the Lumber
Kings who calmly planned to pull off
the riot at (;rabow. This confession
fully bears out every charge ever
made by the Union and once more is
the I. W. W. vindicated of the charges
brought against it by the "civilized
planers" and "law-and-orderers."
There is but one thing all the old
society fears in the I. W. W. and that
is--THiE (CIASS CONSCIOUSNESS
ITS I)OCTIINES INSTIILL INTO
THE WOIKIN(; CLASS AND THE
FEAR OF A IABOR TRUST.
THAT IS THE "VIOLENCE"
THEY FEAR ABOVE ALL ELSE.
BUILD IUP THE LABOR TRUST
AND MAKE THEM FEAR IT MORE.