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Education Freedom in
Organization as. nladustrial
Emancipation . Democracy
Publ)shed Weekly I,y National Industrial Union of Forest and Lumber
Workers, Southern I)istri t.
AIEXANI)RIA, II)U' IANA.
COVINGTON HALL, Editor.
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NATIONAl, INDUSTRIAL UNION OF: I:()ORST AND IUMB1:R
District Headquarters ------------1194 Gould Avenue, Alexandria, Louisiana
A. L. Emerson....--------...---.....------------General Organizer Southern D)istrict
Jay Smith--...........------------- ..........-------------------- Secretary Southern District
A. L. Guillory..........-------------------------------.......... Treaurer Southern D)istrict
EXECUJTIVF BOARD SOUTI'lIERN D)ISTRICT:
Ed. Lehman, E. F. Shaw, 1:. I. Ashworth, I'. 1. Collins, 1). R. Gordon.
Application made to enter as Second Class Mail Matter, January 9th, 1913,
at the Post Office at Alexandria. ILa., under the Act of March 3, 1879.
In sending money for the paper do not mix it with monies intended fr
the organization, as thi Ipaper carries a separate account. Cash tnust ac
ctnlpa'yv all subscriptions and hlndle orders. Make all checks and money
orders payable t The I.ulmberjack.
The working class and the employing cla"s have nothing in common.
There can be no peace so long a.s hunger and want are found among mil
lions of working people, and the few, who make up the employing class,
have all the good things of life.
Between these two classes a struggle must go on until the workers of the
world organize as a class, take possession of the earth and the machinery
of production, and abolish the wage system.
We find that the centering of the management of industries into fewer
and fewer hands makes the trade unions unable to cope with the ever-grow
ing power of the employing class. The trade unions foster state of affairs
which allows one set of workers to be pitted against anoth 'set of workers
in the same industry, thereby helping defeat one another in wage wars. More
over, the trade unions aid in employing class to mislead the workers into
the belief that the working cla'.s have interests in common with their em
These conditions can be changed and the interest of the working class
upheld only by an organization formed in such a way that all its members
in any one industry, or in all industries if necessary, cease work whenever a
strike or lockout is on in any delpartlllent tlheretof, thus making an injury to
one an injury to all.
Instead of the conservative miAl. "A fair dlay's wage for a fair day's
work," we must inscribe on Fur banner the revolutionary watchword, "Abo
lition of the wage system."
It is the historic mission of the working class to do away with capital
ism. The army of production nmust be organized, not only for the everyday
struggle with capitalists, but also to carry on production when capitalism
shall have been overthrown. By organizing industrially we are forming the
structure of the new society within the shell of the old.
TO ALL MEMBERS.
Pay no nmoney to any ,Ine for l)ues or Assessments unless a stamp is
placed on your membership h,ook therefor The stamp is your only receipt
for Dues and Assessnents and your only evidence that you aer a membier
of tle Union. I'nles- your ,hook is correctly stamped up to date. you will
not he recognized as a Union member, either in the Southern or Western
D)istrict. All I.ocal Secretaries have, or should have, on hand a supply of
stamps. Insist that your hook he stamped for every time you pay or have
paid your I)ues and Assessments. A book is the only evidence you have
paiul your Initiation fee.
This notice is issued Ibecause the General ()rganization and its Local
I'nions have lost hundreds of dhlars thru the m,.mbers failing to insist that
Secretaries pIlace dlues and assessmnent stamn:s in their bo,,k at the time pay
mlent was madle. ('ease this Ilise mnethld. ])emand a book when you pay
.yitlr Initiatiin free aind a stanllp every tiime youtl pay I)ueps and Assessments.
N. I. U of F'. & LI. W..
By Jay Smith,
Secty. Southern D)istrict.
BOOST THE "LUMBERJACK"
THE MERRY MONARCHS.
"O King David and King Solomon
Led merry, merry lives,
With many, many lady friends,
And many, many wives;
But when old age crept over them,
With many, many qualms,
King Solly wrote the Proverbs
And King Davy wrote the Psalms."
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MENINGITIS VICTIMS IN BAGGAGE CAR.
Dr. O'Reilly Scores Shipments of Patients from Other Par
"Here is another sample of how people with communica
ble diseases are allowed to travel from one parish to another
in this State," said Dr. W. T. O'Reilly, of the city board of
"We have just found two negro children that came in on
a Frisco train Friday afternoon and who are now in the Char
ity hospital with cerebro-spinal meningitis. They came here
n ith their father, who stated that they were sent to this city
by a Dr. Jonas, of Reeve Station, Allen Parish. They were
found at the depot by Officer Parker, who had them taken at
once to the hospital. Their names are George Tatune, aged
5 years, and Marie Tatune, aged 3 years.
"The children were examined by Dr. Gelpi of this board,
and the boy was found to have rigidity of the muscles of the
neck and was in a semi-comatose condition. It was evident
he had been suffering with the disease for some days before
leaving Reeve Station. The girl presented marked opistho
tones, delirium and rigidity of the neck muscles.
"The children were brought to this city in a baggage car
of the train, so some one must have known that they were suf
fering with a communicable disease."
The above is clipped from the New Orealsn, La.,
"Item" and this from the Lake Charles, La., "American
"Ruston is the only place near Monroe that has not quar
antined. The people there are all enlightened and are fol
lowing Dr. Dowling and the state board of health. At some
places near this city it would cost a Mnoroe man his life to
step off the train, so rigid is the shot gun quarantine. The
"Item" clipping shows Lumber Trust humanity in all its
clory and that from the "American-Press" the Association's
only known method of dealing with the ills that are incubated
in its infamous economic system, viz:-when they break thru
the rotten shell, smother them back with shotguns.
"AS WE DAMN PLEASE."
"We intend to run our business as we damn please, with
out any interference from the Forest and Lumber Workers
Union and foreign agitators." This is the message of the
Southern (?) Lumber Operators Association to the Southern
people. Well, the Association has done so, run the Lumber
Industry as it "damn please" for years and years, peonized,
in Louisiana alone, 46,000 working men, beat them down to
starvation wages, to rags and living conditions not surpassed
in the City of Timbuctoo and, now, your child, your mother,
3our sister, your brother, your father and your friends are
suffering and dying of the horrible and terrible diseases bred
in the hellholes of the Association. How do you like it, Mr.
"Freeborn American Citizen?" And you, Mr. Lumberjack,
who "won't join the Forest and Lumber Workers Union be
cause it admits Negroes to membership," how do you like it?
Your are not willing to grant a man's life to all the workers,
O no, but it seems you are willing to be hitched to the same
log and to die of the same frightful diseases that you in brut
ish partnership with the Neros of the Forests bring upon
your class. You who take this stand and you who consent to
the Association running its business "as it damn pleases," you
are worse than fools-you are nothing but slave-breeders and
child-murderers. The birds of the air and the beasts of the
field are above you, for they protect their young at every
cost. And this is civilization, "Christian "civilization?
Carpenter of Nazareth, how many crimes have been
committed in thy name!
DOTS FROM POLLOCK.
Agitate, Educate and Organize is No. 254's motto. Noth
ing less than Agitation, Education and Organization will
get the goods. To get a man to think for himself is his inter
est and the interest of his associates, will cause him to act.
But to think for himself on the job is just what the Master
don't want his slaves to do. Slaves!. Yes, I say Slaves. No
thing softer will define a man on a job, io hours a day, 6
days in the week, 4 weeks in the month and 12 months in the
years, not even being allowed to even take one week off for
Xmas without losing his pay and his job, and this is not all.
The half has not been told. He is compelled to stay on his
job thru the days and weeks and months and years,because his
Master has already figured on his wage scale and his bill of
fare, so that at the end of each month his commissary bill
and house rent, and drug bill, and his Imaginary Insurance,
(Imaginary to the Slave, but not to the Master) and ten to
twenty-five per cent discount on cash drawn between pay
days, which are thirty days apart, from Sweet Home to Pol
lock on the Iron Mountain Road. These are some of the
reasons that the wage workers all over the South are slaves
to the Master Class. The Slave has been doing the work and
the M.laster has been doing the thinking. Boys, let us change
*the program. While the Boss is just thinking and figuring,
*let us both work and think and figure for ourselves. Unite
with the Only Union for the Working Class, the I. W. W.,
*you non-Union man,.you. Just use a little common sense and
Sunite with us. Let's free ourselves and our children and our
*wives from the yoke of Slavery, which we have been placed
a under through our Ignorance. A. H. Brown.
A.certain Lumber Company in the Imaginary State of
Texas, after a handful of Union woodsmen had tackled it
with a strike, put up the following notice in its mill: "Here
Safter the hours of labor in this mill will be to hours per day
Sinstead of r I as heretofore, but we 'wish it to be distinctly un
derstood that the Union had nothing to do with the posting
of this order!"
lMen, not money, win working class wars.
"He who loses is always wrong.
To intrust the interests of the working class to politicians
is like intrusting the lamb to the wolf.
"Who shall guard the guards, themselves?"
The Lumber King method of curing economic injustice
by pump-gunning discontent into silence reminds one of Je
hovah clubbing Lucifer out of Heaven. All Jehovah suc
ceeded in doing was to scatter the fires of rebellion thru out
The farmers who farm the farms are first realized on by
the real estate sharks, then banked by the bankers, then bull
ed by the "bulls," then bared by the "bears," then landed on
by the landlords, then railed at by the railroads and then
stung by the "statesmen."
Tenantry and Peonage-the Siamese twins of capitalist
economy, neither of which can live and the other die.
The wage system cannot be mended; it must be ended.
There is a worse being than the scab: he is the man who
refuses to aid in the fight and yet accepts benefits others
fought to gain. To this breed belong the men (?) who are
"'waiting to see" if the boys at Merryville win the fight be
fore they will join the Union. They risk nothing and yet
want the gain. They are the real enemies of the race, this
jackal breed of men, who can only sit around on their
haunches, whimpering about the "poor working man,"
breeding children to be sent into canning hells and cotton
mills, waiting and watching while the soldiers fight, but
ouick to gather with the veterans when the feast is spread,
when the war is over and the danger past. They are worse
than a scab, for the scab takes some risk. They are beggars
at heart and slaves in soul.
Cursed is the job-coward; damned are the meek
Blessed are the strong, for they shall inherit the earth.
"Many a man who talks like a war hero gets his meek lit
tle wife to interview the janitor every time he thinks it neces
sary to register a kick."
Sword might is as nothing to the might of folded arms.
Reaction but fans the flame of Revolution.
Might is right, but there is no might where right is not.
"Labor is invincible" only when industrially organized
and conscious of its power and destiny.
"Patriotism is the last refuge of a scoundrel."--Dr. John
Fear is the foundation of" all religions, the prop of all
thrones the bulwark of all despotisms, the patrol of all slaver
ies, and the midwife of ignorance.
Ita est-"it is so."
Boost "The Lumberjack." Subscribe today.
THE FARM--THEN AND NOW.
By J. J. Eager.
But little thought has been given to the transformation of
the methods of production of wealth in the last fifty years.
Not only from a mechanical standpoint of transforming out
raw material into the finished product, but from the stand
point of producing our raw material. Especially is this
true from an agricultural point of view. Many of us older
people can remember the old wood mould board plow the
little hand sickle; the old wood tooth harrow; the wood tooth
ed hand rake, and many other agricultural implements that
were manufactured in the little shop on the farm. Then we
were an independent people; each was the master of his own
destiny; the little farm was a Kingdom and the owner was a
King. The poor man had the same chance as the rich, in as
much as he could manufacture his implements of agriculture
at home, and could and did make them just as good as those
of his richer neighbor, hence the returns for his labor were