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WHOSE THE SWEAT, THEIRS THE LAND AND MACHINES.
IMMEDIATE DEMANDS: * . THE OOAL:
A SIX HOUR DAY. Organization ~ Power A FREE RACE.
ONE DOLLAR AN HOUR. IN A FREE WORLD.
HE V tPEOPLE
"AN INJURY TO ONE IS AN INJURY TO ALL."
VOLUME II "MIGHT IS RIGHT" NEW ORLEANS, LOUISIANA, THURSDAY, OCTOBER 9, 1913 "TRUTH CONQUERS" NUMBER 40
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WHY o00y you
for to help my Florryanal Bye Bye, my Western Io!"
for to help my Florrymm! Bye Bye, my Wesrtern Bol"
Street Car Men Done at
Permit Members to Join Militia
Raised Bill Mahon's Salary and
Refused Pratt a Hearing.
The national convention of the
Amalgamated Association of Street
Railway Employes concluded its con
vention after fifteen busy sessions in
terspersed with entertainment at Salt
Lake City last week. The nature of
the organization grew progressively
conservative as a result of the conven
tion despite the desperate efforts of
the enthusiastic Socialists to see
"growing democracy and industriali
ation" as a result of the national
meeting. The actual character of the
organization was best revealed by the
action of the convention in over
whelmingly refusing t6 hear a state
ment by Clarence O. Pratt who
brought upon himself the prosecution
of President Mahon because he pre
cipitated the general strike at Phila
delphia about two years ago.
Clarence O. Pratt Turned Down.
On the fifth day, the appeal of Clar
ence O. Pratt, representing the sus
pended Philadelphia local, requesting
a hearing was defeated.
Members May Become Scab Herders.
On the seventh day the resolution
to prohibit the members from joining
the militia or volunteer military or
ganizations was defeated.
Arbitration was established at the
basic principle of the Amalgamated
in the settlement of disputes.
Raise Salary of Officials.
The salary of national officers was
raised to $9 a day and expenses while
in active service with a railroad and
organiers were raised to $6 a day and
expenses. The salary of the presi
dent was raised to $6,000 a year.
COMMENT-What do YOU $2.50
A DAY Motormen and Conductors
think of THAT? SIX THOUSAND
DOLLARS a year for President Ma
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In Deep Water With D. & C. C.
......This is what our reporter saw. Few
Foremen particular about Demanding
Union Card; great majority work any
body that comes along, except when
they see the Walking Delegate-chair
man-bf-the - Executive - Committee
President standing around, when a
few of this majority look at cards held
up twenty-feet away and the balance
don't care a consarn who's around
just keep on hiring any old body they
please, card or no card.
Men forced, IN VIOLATION OF
UNION RULES AND CONTRACT
AGREEMENTS, to begin work at
from TEN to FIFTEEN minutes to
7 A. M.; to start again at 10 minutes
to One o'clock, and then forced to put
on hatches AFTER knocking off time
at Six P. M. Putting on hatches
takes from five to twenty-five min
utes. In this way "union (?) fore
men" beat union men out of from one
half to three-quarters of an hour's
time every day. Be it said to their
honor, there are a few foremen who
don't do this dirty, cheap stealing for
the Bossess, but the majority have
no conscientious scruples against do
ing the done.
Things getting so on River Front
that no one knows where a union man
begins and scab ends.
Privileged "Two-Card" men can
jump a cargo boat and go to a cotton
boat any time they please, but a "One
Card" man is hauled up before the
"Executive Committee" if he dares
to even think about jumping a boat.
This is tough on the "One-Card" men
and one of the stung was heard to re
mark the other day: "When in hell
is us 'One-Card' men ever going to get
this Levee straight again?" And a
little bird whispered: "Not until you
have sense enough to all get into the
Marine Transport Workers' Union of
the I. W. W., old hoss." An' dats de
And that was what our reporter
saw and heard in "deep water" for
this time. He will see and hear more
"as the days roll by, Jennie."
The Voice Of The People--Your let
ter on hand. Raise B. O. to 100 cop
ies. We are making arrangements
for big mass meeting for Wheatland
J. Ed. Morgan will speak at the
mass meeting, and I am betting the
office furniture that we collect $100.
00. I collected $25.35 for Wheatland
without any preparation on Sept. 13.
Send all donations for fefense
Fund to Box 845, Stockton, Califor
Yours for the Revolution,
JAMES ROHN, Sec'y Local
No. 73, L W. W.
Cravens Crying For Flatheads.
"We want flatheads," is all the cry
you hear around here now. O, you
Boss! What's the matter? They
sent a Company thug after some NE
GROES but failed to get them. They
said they were not "niggers." All old
flatheads, I am told, have left this
place, and left "greenness" in their
stead. You know "greenness" takes
any old kind of scale and packs it
home every night.
Slowly, but surely, the slaves are
waking up, white and colored, and the
ONE BIG UNION of Forest and Lum
ber Workers is silently pushing its
way back into the mills and camps.
O, you Boss! Just watch our SAB
CATS eat your bloodhounds up!
S. S. A. No. 1.
DeRidder, La., Rebels ...........$7.50
C. L. Filigno, Act-Sec. M. T. W 3.50
John Dorve, San Pedro, Cal..... 1.50
General Strike In Italy.
A Proof That Solidarity Wins.
The strike in Milan in the month of
August was due to the dismissal of
five workingmen (hodcarriers), the
6,000 members of this union went out
with them. The hodcarriers were bit
terly fought by the reformist unions.
After a few days appeal to the Metal
Trades Unions, 50,000 or more re
sponded in sympathy. The bosses
seeing the strike was expanding were
willing to take back the five dismissed
workingmen but did not want to rec
ognize the Syndicalist Unions of Mi
After a week there was a great
meeting at which the workers voted
for an unlimited general strike. On
the 4th of August, according to capi
talist newspapers, there were 90,000
strikers in Milan. From 750 street
cars only 24 were in operation, under
police protection. The 5th of August
the strikers were 120,000 and the 6th
150,000. On the 7th of August the
strike was general, except in the Ty
pographical, Bakery and a few trades
of minor importance, who were guid
ed by reformists.
The Government suspended the an
nual Military maneuvers and sent
38,000 soldiers to Milan. Thv fights
are general every day between strik
ers and soldiers. The police, the ar
my, the carabiners are wild, they are
crazy. The wild instinct is born
again in them, and the fear in them
was more dangerous than their bru
tality. The arrests are made by the
thousands. There are hundreds of in
jured on both sides.
Before this attitude of the Govern
ment the United Syndicalist Unions
of Milan have made appeal to the
whole Italian proletariat and Sunday,
August 10th, they put out an appeal
for the General National Strike. At
the same moment the socialist or re
formist unions have advised their
members to not participate in the gen
eral strike. The Socialist Party, di
rected by ITS revolutionists, if you
please, have seconded this cowardly
maneuver, and in spite of all this trea
son the General Strike was complete.
Twenty of the most important
towns, including Rome and Naples,
every center where we have penetrat
ed, had responded to the appeal. The
number of strikers on the 11th and
12th of August was nearly 500,000.
This is without counting the 200,000
strikers of Milan and suburbs. There
was a general strike in all Italy, es
pecially in Rome where one working
man was assassinated by the police.
By this time that I write there are
meetings going on between the work
ers and bosses, I am not able to see
the result as yet, but one thing cer
tain, Italian Syndicalism has come out
of this fight more strong and has
shown to its multiple enemies that it
is a power that they have to reckon
This way an organization without
money being fought by the political
powers, by strong association of em
ployers, and with all the treason of
the Socialist reformers, has been able
to come out big and fearless. In four
months the Syndicalist Union of Mi
lan has been able, without counting
the small strikes, to pull out two big
professional strikes of 8,000 workers
and lasting 40. days; the second one
70 days. Two general Strikes of the
Metal Industries, comprising each
time 50,000 workers, the first one of
the duration of 12 and the second one
17 days. Two General Strikes of aol
idarity each time 200,000 strikers, one
of three days duration and the other
of 10 days duration. A General
Strike of Protest in Milan of four
days and at last a National General
Strike of Solidarity, comprising 700,
The Italian Syndicalism that has
succeeded in reviving so many beauti
ful energies and to attract the admi
ration of its enemies, that are not
blinded by their class interests or by
the Party spirit, can register with
pride its first page in history.
P. S.-As I am writing this a solu
tion has been obtained satisfactory
to the workers. All demands having
been conceded, and their conditions
made the best in Italy. The way the
great fight of the Syndicalists of Mi
lan has been terminated, has result
ed, not only in an economic advantage,
but rendered a moral advantage of
enormous benefits.-A. De Ambris,
in "la Vie Ouvriere," Sept. 5th, 1913.
From "The Unionist" (A. F. of L.)
COMMENT - The above proves
that yellow unions like the A. F. L.
MUST be junkpiled before the work
ers can be victorious. THE VOICE.
Hands Off Mexico
Bisbee, Ariz., Sept. 29, 1913.-A
Socialist (?) leader here in this town
said that he wished that the U. S. A.
.vould go into Mexico and pacify that
country. In the name of liberty we,
Local 65 I. W. W., appeal to You to
work against any such move on the
part of this government. If need be
let as keep this government busy at
home, whenever it sends its soldiers
and citizens as scabs'and strikebreak
ers to foreign countries. Mexicans
are on strike against the same condi
tions as we have to contend with on
this side of the borderline. Then in
stead of organized labor c'amoring for
intervention they ought to assist the
Mexicans with all the power at their
command. At least let the I. W. W.
show the helping hand to the peons
battling for life and liberty, for the
virtue of their women, yes for the
very right to human consideration.
The masters in Mexico can do their
pleasure with any young girl who
happens to catch their fancy. If the
father protests he will get what is
coming to him. Conditions like these
have forced the peons to fight. It
does not matter who is elected presi
dent, the peon will keep on fighting
until he gets the land and machinery,
and gets full control over his own life
and existence. The Guggen.eimers
have been taking out $750,000,000 a
year for 12 years and of course they
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