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OBJECTS TO GUNNING GUNMEN.
'1To The Voic-e-T'he papers of our organization are
the only medium of education we workers actually
have, and I venture to say, jwe should use them to
I have covered the Southern district of the lum
ber industry completely, also the Northern, and I
find down here the agitation going on for the workers
to resort to the gun as a means of creating better
conditions in the home and on the job.
Now this is a lie and a fallacy for there never has
been any constructive education derived from that
source, and I find the company thug and spy work
ing among the slaves, agitating and advocating the
use of the gun, and the workers are swallowing this
bait, hook, line and all.
Past experience has taught us that as soon as we
resort to these tactics, all the organizaion we have
built and unintained is wiped out, for the master
elass owns and controls the ammunition and para
phernalia of death, and it would be a useless weapon
while we workers have our labor-power to pull from
the job and, when it is pulled the workers should
be educated to the point of shutting down the mill
or front or engine room when they go out, thereby
keeping the unfair worker from taking the job of a
class-conscious slave; and it is to the master's interest
to keep them from striking in this militant manner.
while, When using the gun, you are only killing ig
norant, -illiterate, individuals, who will eventually
come to their senses, and literature, and not the gun,
is the only means of waking them up.
One thing I would like to cite in conclusion. I
have seen, a tendaney'of dis-organization among the
organizers, as to what is the best mode of procedure
to agitate among the workers owing to the crowded
condition of the mills, and fronts (in regard to job
agitation) due, of course, to the many men in the in
dustry and the over supply of labor-power, and also
due to the fact of our being denied free speech for
corner agitation and propoganda work; there is only
one field left open, and that is house to house agita
tion, and the organizers should keep switching dis
tricts, so a pnew face can be shown as many times as
possible; and, a new organizer coining into a district
he should be assisted by the other organizer in the
field; in that manner, one man does not become stale,
or monotonous to the workers, or prospective members.
Trusting you will give this some space in The
Yours for Industrial Fredom.
THOMAS E. MOORE.
We think Fellow-worker M1oole misunderstands the
conditions in the Southern District and the Southern
character as well, for we can talk guns more and use
them less than any people on earth, yet if the gun
men and detectives are a last proving to the Southern
workers that gun-diet is the only education a gun
nman and defective can understand, we surely would
not say that it was the fault of the 1. W. W. press
that the workers are comling to the conclusion that
dead thugs are good thugs, for sonmehow or other, all
theories to the contrary notwithstanding, most mueu
object to being slugged and killed without making
some effort to defend themselves. We guess they act
sorter instinctively on this, illegal as it may be, under
that old law callp.d "self-preservation," for a man
has only one life to live and defend, and even the
Southern lmunlberjacks cannot be blamed too severely
if they conice to the conclusion that their lives are
worth just. as 11uc-h to them, their wives and childrenu
as are the lives of Burn's bloodhounds and Lumber
Trust delputty sheriffs to Law and Order." Yes, we
know that the "company thug and spy" are "work
ing amnlong the slaves agitating and adlvocating thle
use of the gun," just .like defective llarrel did at
Merryville, but we don't think the boys are "swal
lowing this hook, bait and all," for they have learned
some bitter hssons in the past few mionths fromr th
Thugbund. But however that may be, we would advise
the Assoiation to, put a bridle on the ti,,ngucs if their
privacaitors, for if the Souith ever starts shooting its
way to freedom, some nice people light get hurt in
th- na;sty busintkess, for we are ai nervous sort \when
\e arec stirred up, too muchi. Our advice is for the
ltnnlumbrjacks to study up (,n tile 'wisdomn of thle
serpent" aiul strain every effort to build up tIhe
ONE BIll 'NNON() of Forest and Lumber Workers.
f'r ill that alone is their REAL strength. In th1
Il1aintinlue, the Sab Cats will probably be able to attend
to tamning the Bloodhounds. C. II.
ALBERT A. KITTREDGE MURDERED.
Albert A. Kittredg- iianaglli-r of tihu Alll.rimi;iln
i'r nt ihg ('omzupainy died during lith niihi l, ,,f last
tvc,.k. lie was only 26 years old anl ,nc ,,f thi
tini-st and best liked men ill the printing inlIustrry
,' Ncw Orleans ilnld mniioly frio-ni.Is iti'ln hi-s iss.
11i was ill only a few days dying iif that trr;hle
tdise:ase. mI-ningitis a vi-ictim if. the Lumbio,,r Txist
froni whose pest lmhos comes this and Ihtlir frightful
I l.gul'S to eat out the strength and life ,f thIe workl~ers
hi'h.re are mnany forms of nmurder. ulnr4ecognizeId by
ia\ !~it imurder .just the same, and the mlurderer of
I',!ort A. Kittredge is the Southern Lumber Opera
I.-rs \ssiciat!ion. All we. his frienlds. sn;ll say to to-day
i - 'Irothcr, rest in peace." alnd. to the living
w\orkers. still cry: "The fight is on--oin with the
lght for life and freedomni!"
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WESTERN CANADA FLOODED
WITH UNEMPLOYED WORKERS.
Edmonton, Canada, Jan. 5, 1914.
The unemployed problem in Western Canada is
becoming more serious as the winter advances. In all
the cities of the Northwest there is an ever increasing
army of men who are without work and without
money, and many actually on the verge of starvation.
)During the summer and fall months, men are lured
to this country in thousands, by the railroad contrat
tors and other labor skinners, who hold out prom
ises of big wages and great prosperity. When these
men get here they find that. owing to the high cost
of living, it is almost impossible to save any money.
'I1he omly time there is any genuine demand for
labor in Western Canada is during harvest and thresh
ing time. and that only lasts about two months. The
wages and conditions of work during harvest are
very dit'erent from what is represented by those who
are interested in flooding the country with labor, and
most of thel meen who take inl the harvest find them
selves broke or nearly broke after weeks of working
14 or 16 hours a day ; sleeping in straw stiacks.
Generally there is a great deal of time lost for
wet weather andl there are a great many farmers and
threshing outfita who cannot be depended up to
come through with the money when the work is over
Many of the farmers are as poor as Lazarus and up
to their eyes in debt ; the same applies to the thresh
ing outfits. and it is about as easy to get blood out
of a stone as to get wages out of these people. After
the harvest is over thes men drift into the different
towns and what little money til. - have is soon spent
and they find themselves broke with no prospect of
a .job and with a long cold winter ahead of them.
The principal industry in this part of the country
is railroad construction. The contraetors in charge
of this work keep shipping in men all sumnmer from
the big eities of the East-New York. Boston,
When the frleeze-up conies, a great deal of work
shuts dow,\n and thel men who were employed on this
tindl theemseilves unemployed without sufficient money
to take the'm bhack where they cn it from or to keep
thelm for any length of time in'the (Canadian cities,
where every device known to man is used to separate
lthe 'orker from his hard earned coin.
Many na slave who comes into tuown with a few dol
Iars after monthllls of hard wºirk on the railroad, falls
a victim to the wily real estate shark and "buys a
It " which. in nine cases out tell, is absolutely worth
()\ ing tol the above mentionled causes there are
humired of men out of work in Edmnonton. many of
lotan whi duon't know where their next meal is com
ing fronm. or did not until a few days ago.
At an open forum meeting in the I. W. W. lall.
Ilecmlber 21.t. 1913. the question of unemphiylO nt
"as binm discussed and a motion was made and car
rie,,, that a special meeting he held fori the unemplnoyed
the foll,\Iing night.
'hl me,,ting \was well attended. resolutions were
passed. an I'nemployment Ieague was formed, a set
of demands were drawn up, and a committee ap
pointed to present the demands to the mayor and city
The demands were as follows: That the city fur
nish work for all unemployed regardless of race,
color or nationality, and regardless of whether mar
ried or single. That a wage of not less than 30 cents
per hour be paid. That enough work be furnished
to each man to bring in at least $9.00 per week. That
during the time the men are waiting to go to work
the city furnish three 25 cents meal tickets per each
man out ,f work. That these meal tickets be redeem
able at any restaurant in the city. The next day the
unemployed held a parde and held short open air
meetings on the busiest corners of the city. These
parades were continued daily for about a week. The
I. W. W. turned the hall over to the League and it
was the scene of packed meetings day and night.
In the meantime the committee had presented the,
demands to the mayor and city council. These de-'
mands could not be ignored, seeing they were backed
up by parades which increased in numbers daily.
These parades, of course, could not be kept from the
knowledge of the genral public, who read the news
papers of the world. And, by showing up the true
conditions prevalent in Western Canada, they could
not be expected to help the sale of rea estate, which
is the principal graft in this town. To their credit
be it said, the city authorites took a reasonable view
of the matter and handled the situation with judg
ment and ability.
They could see they were confronted by a serious
situation. That the unemployed were organized and
many were on the verge of desperation from hunger
and privation That if some action was not taken,
and taken quick a wave of crime would surely sweep
the city, for a hungry man knows no law but the laiw
',f self-preservation. They could see that by trying
to break up the demonstrations by the barbarous
methods used in Los Angeles and other benighted
places. they would give the city of Edmonton a fright
ful advertisement over the whole civilized world, and
cause the hlos of millions of dollars in real estate
So they acted the part of cool headed business men
and decided to deal with the situation in a sensible
and enlightened manner.
The mayor and members of the city council came
to our meetings and promised to do their utmost to
see that work is furnished for the unemployed. They
took immediate steps to alleviate the distress and
furnished meal tickets to those in need (not soup
tickets. but regular 25 cents meals in the restaurantso.
Now over four hundred men have been put to work
by the city at 30 cents per hour. five hours per day.
About four hundred more men are being supplied
with fond and shelter by the city until more work is
started. ,when they will welcome the opportunity to
sell their labor power at 30 cents per hour. A large
building known as the Exposition building. has been
turned over to the unempoyed.
At this plahce. all who are in need are furnished
with two substantial meals by day, and a place to
sleep. also light and heat, Although the accom
modations are somewhat rough, an air of msttlaetis
seems to reign over the place.
It is to be regretted that the same thig canot be
said of Calgary. Although the mempIyed probhem
is worse there than here, the city sathorities are
shirking their duty and are trying to put down the
unemployed demonstrations by temans of the clabs
and bullpens. We are afraid they have a troubleamme
winter ahead of them.
Yours for a Free Society,
PRESS COMMITTEE, L. U. 339, I. W. W.
Kansas City Rebels Appeal For Meal
The past week (of January 24th) has been a stirring
one in the free speech fight here. Discovery of star
vation and torture inflicted on the I. W. W. men at
the Municipal Farm, threats to deport a number of
"foreign" members, the arrest of four well known
local women for holding a street meeting have been
a few of the events which have centered attention
upon the free speech fight and the militant men who
are going to put it through at any cost.
Up to date, 92 men have been sent to the Mani
cipal Farm for speaking on the street. Last week
a number of Socialists and Trade Union women held
a protest meeting on the street. They were all ar
rested and the mob followed them to the Station.
Police court next morning was crowded to the doors
with club and society women and indignant citizens
-all strong for free speech. The nut was too hard
for Judge Burney and he turned them loose.
The next morning he fined a bunch of I. W. W.
men for the same "crime." The discrimination
makes our case stronger than ever.
Sentiment is turning strongly for the I. W. W.
The fight can be won in short order. One thing is
needed-MEN! PRESS COMMITTEE.
Answering the above appeal a bunch of Rebels have
left New Orleans and expect to reach Kansas City
over 100 strong.
BOSSES HATE THE VOICE.
I am sorry you are having such a trying time to
keep The Voice going. The workingmen of the South
could do better than that if they would. The Voice
would certainly be missed n W, if it should be forced
to suspend. The Bosses hate it more than any paper
in the South, which goes to prove it is doing its
work. I hope for success, regardless of all ob
Yours in revolt. RUBY IDOM.
CALGARY WANTS YOU.
Will J. D. Vincent, formerly Secretary of Local
79, write this local at once
Frank Huxley and J. P. McDonald are requested
to get in touch with this local at once. Any local
knowing the whereabouts of, these fellow-workers
please inform Local 79.
Yours in revolt,
JOHN TERRILL, Secty.
It is rcport(d the Drvil is bankrupt. American;
Capitalism. producing a more realistic Hell than the
ever dreamed of, is reported as being responsible.
Poor old fellow! lie could not stand the competition.
The Boss doe not fear free thought. Free expres
sion of thought is what gets his goat.
"Guilty of Murder in Second Degree."
By a stuffed jury in a leperously corrupt court,
our Fellow-workers Ford' and Suhr, have been found
"guilty of murder in the second degree," so state
capitalist press dispatches of even date, Feby. 1st.
from Marysville, Cal. The Assassinating Press fur
ther volunteers the lying information that District
Attorney Manwell was killed when he went to the
Durst Ranch to help "suppress a riot" of the Hop
Pickers, which statement all the world knows to be
a lie. Hagan and Beck, it is said were acquitted.
By means as infamously inhuman as were ever per
petrated by the infamous Russian police, the infamous
Burns' DI)etectives and their equally infamous allies
in the employ of the allegtedl civiized State of Cali
fornia, have suc.eeded in getting a verdict that will
send our Fellow-workers to California's recruiting
stations for hell for the rest of their lives, unless the
verdict can be upset on appeal. but at this distance
such an appeal hlol:s like appealing from harpies to
werewolves, or like a Cuban asking General Weyler
Still no stone must he left unturned to free our
innocent fellow-workers, even if Durst and his allied
Hop Kings are s84nt to the poor house on a train
manned hby SA CATS, and I. for one, would rather
see one Durst in rags and pic·king hops than all the
Burns' Detectives where they ought to be-swinging
from lamp-posts at ends of good, strong ropes.
Arnl we are told that we mnust respect this sort of
legal lynching as "law andl ,rder'" That this in
famous syvstemll of government of the workers by
hurns.Baldwin-Feltz I)etertives and Rurale Deputies
is the pe.rfect fruit and flower of that for which the
ragged Revolutionary Army at Valley Forge left its
bloody footprints upon the snow an(L.ioe to achieve.
Great God! What eohksal failures were they if there
is not left enough of their red blood in their descend
ants to rise and crush the handful of tyrants who
-are despoiling their homnes-to tear th·ir black hands
off the throat of LIBERTY!