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"Actions Speak Louder Than Words
This is Number 67 Organization 1 Is Power F 68 .....--"
THE VOICE the PEOPLE
Owned bythe Rebel Lumberjacks of Dixie W An Injury to One is an Injury to All.
VOL. III-No. 16. NEW ORLEANS, LOUISIANA, THURSDAY, APRIL 16, 1914 MIHoaT 1I NIOT
DISTRICT ATTORNEY HUNTER DE
NIES OFFERING TO BET HE
WOULD HANG OUR BOYS.
Alexandria, la., April 8th, 1914.
Editor Voice of the l'eople,
New Orleans, La.
My attention has been salled to certain articles ap
pearinK in the "Voic.e of the People" wLherein 1 ant
relslrte, to have offered to bet that I woudi hang
l'om Torry, et. ala., now under indictment in GIrant
l'arish. To this charge I wish to enter an emphatic
denial and to ciharacterize all such statements as false
and without foullndatifn in fact. I have never offered
to make any such Iet" nor have I used my expression
from which anyone eould infer that I entertained
any sue hopinion as to the outeonie of this trial.
As the representative of the State of Louisiana, I
have not in the past. now shall 1 in the future, per
mit nly oftlce to he used lsB the vehicle of any private
interest or prejudice. but shall in this ease as I have
in the past, represent the State of Louisiana, alone,
and conduct the prosecution in a fair anti impartial
Very truly yours.
JOHN R. III'NTER,
Alexandria, La., April 8th. 1914.
Editor Voice of the People,
New Orleans, La.
laving seen the articles appearing in the "Voice
of the People" wherein lI)otrict Attorney .John R.
blunter is reported to have said that he "would bet
that he would hang Tom Torry. et als.." now under
indictment in (Irant Parish, I feel that I am called
Isuponi to say that this statement has no foundation
in fact and is an unjust aspersion on the character
iof Mr. hunter. As the attorney for the men under
indictnwnt I have discussed the case' with the District
Attorney and know that he is not by any prejudice
against these men or by any other motive than his
customary desire to see justice done.
Knowing that the statement in so mllanifestly false
I wish to, correct it atind to say that the I)istrict At
torney has done or slicI nothing to indicate any pro
judice whatever on his part anEd I feel sure that he
will give to these nnie the samne fair and impartial
trial which he has always given to tthose personls hlie
has been called upon to prose(cute.
Very truly yollrs.
T. A. CARTEIR.
('ity of' New Orleans. April !I. 1914.
lHolnorable John R. Hunter.
Your letter of April 8th. 1914. enclsing hletters
from yourself aiid Mr. T. A. ('arter den' inig the ,or
r'c't.nesWs of the r'llort puillished in The Voice' cf The'
I'e,plle tEo the ffet th at yoi hiad offered to, "bet
that 'you woll u haliII " TrmIC iil TIorry a11d tllhe other linlt'll
,ers of the Forest and ln iier Workers' t 'nion liiw
hehld in .jil at ( t'olfax. Ia.. to h:and and linotedl. As
per yollur retulest I wll publ;ishl in TIHE V()OICE these
Ilttlers, giving tEo the'rll the se' prom hI' in ence sll to
othelr ma111itter relatti1rc to lhese cases.
As %in dllnlhtless know. I was the PubIlicity Agent
for tihe'. Defense in thell' ; Irallw Trial. iThere I saw
Ienry Kir.'. 'resiIhwt f I tl ,,I h ,lthir'ri IlUimlb"er
)perat, rs' \Asso'iatin,, anti1 his .xtlral liti, nt fro nl th
Statee ef 'Texas fer trial , resplsinle' fo r thwE' EIag
at .I....5w. N lE., hlIss tE say. th. w ere ,erolr tek and
nitltion ti httsEveC'r tE bl1riin th, . .e I .lin ti,'ll . 11s halI
Ito't the I ninI te trial F'eIllhIIEgii this hlel,,red Iral.
I saw the Santa Ices RltailroaI alni th.' .Assoiatilln bring
En the strike at Merryvdle. Le.. 1y as gross pi'1'e cef
I, entempt El" 4lou1t as was ever cmmilttel! andll tin that
strike. or hl.kout. rather. I saw c.very olitrage inagin
able comInitted against helphlss and in1 ,,c.'nt mleTn.
women and ,hildredn al,, nle effort whatsl ever lilnde
hy th "State of L,,cuisiann" tIE pv'ltc't ,lr avE.ng'1 thE
atiroeities perpetr'tatE' Ul ucn thll I'nicn men and their
families 1y the fgunmen andl lIfackhundreds of the
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laumnber Trust and the Santa Fee. Dr. J. L. Knight
of Merryville who led the assault upon Mr. Emer
sold at Singer. La.. as cold-hhlooed an attempt as
was ever limlde upon the life of a man, was not even
arrested. nor were any of the other thugs and gun- t
,inw of the Santa Fee and the Assswiation for Ike
c.rimes. eexcept the notorious thug (hUe. Me(Jee. who
\t1s finled thel inli)li('e sniiim of $14N) for his part in
the inlflaos assault ilupon l r . Emerson. I have.
toN,. had persEiailly the Ihleasure oEf seeing the " Depu
ty Sheriffs'" of the Trust leadlin. mobihns antd violating
Ithle most fundamental constitutional guailraniteet of
this State' and Nat iin. land that with comlllimilssionsil
frlln the "LStath' of Louisiana" iii their pockets. I
have .seein all this and more. an11d I have seeli our
p.eople. all ,poor a1n rl obblhd. jerked up and thrown
into jail whelin they ildared to offer the least resistance
toI these itHirales of the lllumber Trust, Wo I know youl
will niot say I 'did not have reason to believe that
voii. a District Attorney of the State' o(f Louisiana.
Ilmade the Iiast attributed to yo1. all glad. how
ever. to, get you',r letter deniiying the re'lrte'd bet and
gladly publish it. for I wol nriot knowingly injure
it, L NoH i11lie1` olf any 11Iman.
I amll fully aware of the trenIi.nilllols powr tof TIIFE
V'OIt'E lnd have ever sought to use that power in
f-,edoell'ssp splendid nli noble Eiiluse. ailll will contilnue
to so try tlo ise it to h t 'iid.
In atlsiglih there is one thing 1 would iiill your
ir iattention lit. and that is this: Why should this
State ih ll the Southellrn I uinilsr (Ope)rators' Asseia
tii ,i to iaiiiiinti ii privailte arnmtyV lllde' ulp of the lowest
1,'asts of socHietyv. meln11 whose very breadl arnd butter
dlltilnds Iupon theI m seeing that there' is violeince lont
iiitlted itf they are toI hold their jobhs and draw their
t Iy l. andI then this State exercise nall the powers at
its couitiand toil impilristli or hang our own people
t nh.El they have th'e tlnliliiIE to resist this nefariolls
This ilwi'stioli 1 have asked you 'e'ausillel. in this
.ise'. y.vou happen toI have the misflli rtune to represent
tlE Stlate of I ,luiisianHa which the' Luniiitr Trust is
r tyi.i ,E lito use to pull its chestnutls oiut Eof the fire anid
ieE'.(auis', yoiilr lettelr denying t hat you made 11uc1h a
boast as wlas alttributed tEo Vloui shows that vyo have
T1 llhaikiig youl for the letters. I remain.
Very truly yours.
Editor. The Voice of The People.
1 flow long m,alyl little mlietrc'hatnts and others stay
in business depends ulom the rapidity with which
, the hi icnollillnes can put them ill overalls.
All Rehtbls are in jail uaEci.cI of their Social Ideas.
('aged like wild beasts, branded as criminals, four
nmembers of the working class are languishing in
the little prison at Colfax, La., to-night, and-why?
Slaving in the fields and forests of the South, in
ord,.r that a pseless parasite class might live in luxury, a,
ease and without working. denied all the goodw things
4f life, denied the right to labor only on condition iI
that they accept such pitiful wages as their em- f
ployers see fit to give them, and why? WIHY? Echo it
asks the question. WILY. To tell you why I would
hav" to go back into the history of the past; hack. 9
hack for hundreds, nay, thesuiands of years and,
there. somenwwhere. find the answer:
We would have to go back to the time when man
first lwgan to exploit his fellow-men, when domination a
of a few over the many had its birth; back to the time h
when Liberty died and private property was born. I
and there--that is the answer. Private Property
For the working class to attempt to better its con
dition, is a crime in he eyes of the master class, be
cause the more the working class receives the less the a
master class will have. for the demonstrated fact is
that all wealth is of labor.
The Industrial Workers of the World is a labor 1
organization orgaized to take unto Labor the full t
prlduct of its toil, and they boldly say that they will
agitate. educate and organize until they get the might
to take over the industries and operate them in the I
i,ntrstls of the .orAking class only. 1
And so attempting to change the present system
is a ,rA'ial ('rina, in the eyes of the beneficiaries of
And to us, whose labor supports this system, but
who receive none of its benefits. it is a ,ionial (Crime
to permit it to continue c existence!
Hlumadreds of thousands of members of our class
are tramping up and down the country, hungry, be
rcausec they! haltve produce'd too much food: naked, be
, ause they have produced too much clothing and,
homeless, behause they hare built too manqI houses.
and uwhy? Breauncs the wages paid Labor are never
large enm.oulh to buy hark the wealth it creates.
These are the idaas that are being propagated among
the workers all over the world.
This is the "anarchy" the capitalist class fears:
The "anarchy" that will put overalls on them.
Try as you may, you cannot beclowul the issue. Our
hays are not in jail because they have been accused
of shooting a scab: this is merely a means of accom
plishing an end, which is an attempt to, destroy a
S.oril Ids a.
W. H. LEWIS.
"TRIAL" STARTS MONDAY.
By the time this issue of The Voice is in the hands
of its readers the "trial" of Torry, Chandler and
Coleman Brothers will be on.
The Aisoeiation has twenty-three "witnesses" and
claims it can have seventy-five more if necessary,
though for the life of me I can't see where they ean
get them. Possibly they will order them from Sears,
Roebuck & Co., or from Brother Bums. The people
of Louisiana must watch the Assoelatio, as they
will do all in their power to send innocent men over
The seabs and gunmen are shooting at trees and
calling them I. W. W's.
We heard the Judge's instructions to the Grand
Jury last Monday, and it was quite interesting. He
is also peeved at the attitude of The Voiee towards
the District Attorney, in criticising him. He said
that the sheriff, Judge and District Attorney were
the only protection the people had, that they were
the servants of the people, that the people placed
them there, etc., etc.
As to protection:
Gunmen can insult children on the road, they can
prowl around the people's houses at night, in fact
they can do as they please and are not arrested,
nor will not be. Protection! God help the people.
As to servants:
Did they serve the wishes of the people when they
arrested the boys, denied them bail, denied them a
preliminary trial, and held Tom Torry incummuni
cado in the Alexandria jail?
Tell it to the HIebrews, we know better, and can
not be fooled by high sounding phrases.
No, No I We must not criticiss them, Ak no1 They
are not human, they are Gods.
We wish to publicly thank Black Jack Camp
W. O. W. for its donation of $100 t6ward the defense
of the boys.
For the benefit of the dcear peo7Je, I am going to
ask the prosecution the following questions:
1. District Attorney Hunter. Did you or did you
not threaten the Grand Jury with arrest if they
failed to find a bill against the boys, or did you find
2. Why were the boys denied bail, denied a pre
liminary trial, and why was Tom Torry held in the
Alexandria jail incommunicado?
3. Why were James Arrington and the Reinkarts
allowed to go free after getting on their horses, as
alleged, and running Reeves down, and murdering
him while on his knees begging for his life? (Note
If the friends of Ford who was murdered in Pollock
about three years ago will get in touch with this
agency they might learn something to their ad
4. Why were not the election frauds in Tioga
c and other places punished if justice is so "im
5. Judge Blackman.-Did you or did you not say
r that if the jury cleared the boys you would have
II the jury arrested?
6. Did you or di4 you not say that you would
t do all in your power to get Torry, Chandler and Cole
man Brothers convicted as you did not expect to
run for office again?
7. Mr. J. F. Ball-l)o you think it is to your
econlomie interest to fight he I. W. W.?
It is our intention to convince you otherwise.
These are only a few of the reports of what the
ºe prosecution is reported to have said and done, that
has come to the attention of the writer, and if neces
sary our agency will sift this thing to the bottom
and show the dear people what a farce Lumber Tryst
law and order is. S. S. 91 A., I. W. W.
GeOct Busy! Defense Funds Badly Needed,
Quick! Send Same To: O. T. Thompson,
Treasurer Defense Committee,
SBentley, La. Register All Funds.
STRIKE HARD FOR LABOR!
r A. l).-1199.---Jess Christ. a hoho agitator who is
l making his second appearance on earth was arrested
1- to-day by the chief of police and taken before the
a justice, as he was found without any visible means
of support and claimed to have no home, he was men
teneed to ten days work on the streets.