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Education Freedom in
Organization ER Industrial
Published Weekly by National Industrial Union of Forest and Lumber
Workers, Southern District.
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COVINGTON HALL, Editor.
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SI' ISRIBE TO THE LUMBERJACK.
The I. W. W. Preamble
Tlhe working class and the employing class have nothing in common.
There can be no peace so long as 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.
oi ~--r to elhses a struggle must go on until the workers of the
world orgate 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 a state of aftairs
which allows one set of workers to be pitted against another 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 class have interests in common with their employers.
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 on in any department thereof, thus making an injury to
one an injury to all.
Instead of the conservative motto, "A fair day's wage for a fair day's
work," we must inscribe on our banner the revolutionary watchword, "Abo
lition of the wage system."
It is the historic mission of the working class to do away with capital
tlm. The army of production must be organized, not only for the everyday
struggle with capitallsal, but also to carry on production when capitalism
shall have been overthrown. By organizing industrially we are forming the
structure of the new society with the shell of the old.
SI;IL('IIII'E 'I'() TIIE II;,lltE.IACK.
DE LOS TRABAJADIUILES INDUSTRIALES DEL MUNDO.
La clase trabajadora y la clase patronal no tlenen nada en comtn.
No puede haber paz malentras el hambre y la necesidad sea sentida per mll
loanes de trabajadores, en tanto que unos pocos que compronen Ia cliae patronal
dl.irtrutu de tolta Is s dellicla. da la vidta.
IEntre esas dos clases habra lucha hanta que los trabaJadores del mundo
SC organicen couIno una cla*e, tornn poseslon de la tierra y lamaqulnaria
de |roilhonz y abulati el sintrnia de salurilo.
I.a c,'nralizatcion de Ia diruec:lon do las industrlas e. las manos de unce
pom'o c'ala vez nmenos., inlJpos!ilit; a las Uniones de oficios pars luchar
vitorionarmente con el slemilre tret'icnte poder de la clase capitalista, porque
I;an I 'liones de OlI('os hean creado tina situation que empuja a un grupo de
trubajadores de las malsoa industria, ayudandtlo asI al comun enemigo para ser
dterrotados en las luchas del salario. Mas todavia, las Uniones de oflclos
;aytudan a la clase patronal iLuduicenlo a los trabaladores a creer que sus
lut,'rentses son los uisinoItio do sus Itatrono.
Estas pesimas condicionee puleden ser cambiadas si el interes de Ia
('lase trabajadores se une en una (Jrganizaeion formada de tal mode que
todos sus mliembros en cualgqulira industria, o "n todas las Industrias si es
necessario, cesen de trabajar solidarizandose can sus companeros de cual
fquier departamuento, haclendo al: "Is injurla hecha a uno, la Injuria hecha
n todos. - En lugar del lema conse.rvador: "un buen ealario por un buen
dia de trabajo," nosotros detbenos Inscriblr en nuestro Estandarte nuestra
,Lvisa r,'volhionari;: "Abolicion del sistensa de salarlos."
Es la mlslon historica de la c:lse tuabajadores, bacer desaparecer el
capitalisino; el ejedtito de prodhuctore. debe ser organizado no unicamente
j tra la lucha diaria ton el calitallimo. sino para regulalrizar la preduclon
cuantio este haya sideo derribadlo. Organlzandonos IndusLrlalmente, formare
ruos la estructura de la nueva sociedad, dentro del cascaron de la vleja.
nris la estructura de lan nueva sociedad, dentro del cascaron de ia vieja.
Conociendo pe'- tanto, que tal organizasioon es absolutamente necesarla
Ipala itestra emanttcilua'ion, nos unimons bajo una verdadera Organizacion:
"ELfI OBRERO TIENE DER('IIO AI, PRODUCTO INTEGRO DE SU TRA
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"Look-a-here, Lnmberjack I If you like this paper, don't be stitn.
Thousands of other timber workers haven't subsribAd simply beemme
they don't know we're here. We have hundreds of names of werrens
to whom a sample copy of The Lumberjack should go, but no funds to
send out the papers. Kick into our "Sample Fund" and every dims
will reach ten workers and make them rebels to help whip the Saw
It has been said that "A good Indian is a dead Indiai.."
That is a lie, for some of the finest men The Lumberjack has ever known
are Indians or men with Indian blood in their veins. But the saying
reminds us that a good gunman and a good detective i---"O buddy I
am longing for the Springl"..
There are "good" men who are Bo.ses, but mankind never
saw and never will see a "good Boss."
"The Militant Minority". An ever-changing body within
the social organism whose presence cannot be denied, but whose func
tions carried to the extreme claimed by its devotees simply mesans that
the ancient Greek idea of the rulership of the Aristocracy is the logical
and correct form of social organization.
Sneer at it, ye who will, but the Democracy is the ONLY
hope of the world. Only when the mass of mankind are fired with the
spirit of freedom, only then will be INDUSTRIAL DEMOCRACY be
a possibility. Only then, and not until then, will the race move for
ward out of the slums to the lost city of Quivers.
There are two great NECESSITIES around which the
race evolves-the necessity to live and the necessity to love. The first
involves man's right to food, clothing and shelter, without which he
cannot love; the second involves the life of the race itself, all that lifts
it above the plane of brute existnce. Man, therefore, self-immolates
himself when he does not destroy that which interferes with his prede
tined necessity. Capitalism is the arch-enemy of LIFE and LOVE.
The STATE and the UNION are natural enemies. The first
is a CLASS organization, the second a SOCIAL. The first is based on
PROPERTY, the second on MAN. Within the confines of the STATE
there can never be COMMONWEALTH.
Stockade the world, O my Masters, if you will, but WHER
EVER GOES TIlE WORKING CLASS, THERE GOES THE
I REPEAT: TRUTH CONQUERS, MIGHT IS RIGHT.
ORGANIZATION IS POWER, ETERNAL VIGILANCE IS THE
PRICE OF LIBFliRTY.
"THE BONEl 'S PRAYER."
By W. M. Wrrr.
Written for The Lumberjack. All papers are at liberty to copy,
for like salvation, it's FREE.
Lord and Master, President of the nefarious Sawmill Operators'
Association and chief ram-rod for the "Sawdust Ring." We do
humbly bow at thy sacred feet.
We have assembled this beautiful evening to render thanks unto
thee for the multitude of blessings showered upon us. Chief among these
has been your ability to provide us with plenty of work. This thou
hast done, and we believe will be so long as it conserves thy interest.
But Master we livein mortal dread that something might sometime
happen to prevent thee from furnishing us with regular employment.
In that event we would speedily pass away, our demise being due to
the lack of physicial nourishment.
Blessed Master we need constant work, because you know we
ni'r read or think, and when physicial action is suspended we are at
a loss to know what to do with ourselves, or how to pass the time away.
For that reason we implore thee to give us eternal work.
Master some people have told us that just because we work and
produce all things, that we are entitled to the ful products of our labor.
lut, that cannot be true, for such was never the case.
And again, Master, your constituents have told us repeatedly that
these people who dare asqsert that a man should enjoy the fruits of his
labor, that they are mIIere agitators who seek to spread discontent and
mar the nserenity which now prevades "Our Republic." This we believe
.Master and always will.
Master it is most gratifying to us to know that at all thy indus
trial institutions thou hast scattered around men to guard us. These
ar,. ,oble n-tu, but they are known as gunmen by the discontented
workq.rs who, of course, always constitute the "lawless element." We
tJhink these gunmen the very highest type of true manhood. They
I'HO)TE(CT us. Occasionally they may prevent some raving discon
tentedJ mortal from coming around and telling us that if we want more
pay we will first have to organize and then ask for it. Or some fool
thing like that.
Master thou knowest the things that we have need of. You know
what you are able to pay us, and for us to ask thee for any more, that
would be the v'ry essence of audacity. And under no circumstances
will we ever quit our job, for that would be the equivalent of suicide.
Rest assured ,Getlle Master, that we will never be guilty of pulling off
any such rash stunts as that. This we guarantee.
Gracious Master we feel very grateful, that by conforming to all
thy rules an regulations that we are permitted to abide upon thy
property. Ueifortunately we are not by nature fitted to dwell in the
air or out upon the waters, so while our feet are allowed to remain
upon the soil, our gratitude is boun'dless. Master we may at times fall
short of what is called "efficiency," but we feel certain that you can
never accuse us of ingratitude, that lowest trait in the human makeup.
We thank thee for the roof over our heads protecting us from sun
shine and rain, and for wages enough to partially clothe and feed
our families. Merciful Master we would offer special thanks for thy
feadrtbr g is gpwbi a wie i tas who .e w b w!ia
we are sich amd bd e d r tuems .whe Ow an. urieiO r do u a
Tile ame t thL* mn r mdblg as with a sadlesmm d nsd i iW
is by may f the weserius us.ise eto a tind m 40pk1L
iup peredtion. .5, we think it Amu he d 4eeme a o lls n.
ty, besam much a lofty thoSt would arv tr avad - mh d O
one mapt thq, bh a foower df the lowly Nmumea
Mae It is erl"y' m tfoU is to rsemdw ans ths ae Mh
thank doe thee. Weeds a us. Tye 3ag' lsagug. is lmadut
Without thiee we w ld surl p.m .. Withat thy nkemal hals n d
restraining had, what w ld wes de You stand bstwr n m m a
prodigal life. For if ws had sses to half the thlag we peel . I
we migh bo a little ztrvam sad lh te wel. 3t a s i us,
and always has bee, we are compelled to praetie the strisl eemew
and thereby live frugal and temperate lives. We oa ier this as is.
moseurabs Nessing.. Master thou knowes that when it comes to latel
ligence that we are fi* a litle removed from the hoems, but what we
lack in intellect, we, like the mule, can Ike up with atatwl &
Mater we have besn told tit at things come to thorn who sft
so if we lack any of the god things of life all we wed to attamia them
is to just wait until th Egyptian pyramids revems their pitim sand
rest upon their pointed ends.
But, Master, we are ssis ld. The crumbs that fall from thy havr
ly lkdened table will safee to appease our kugr, and supply vitally
sufficient for a lingering existence.
Blessed Master we would ask of thee just on little "or. It is in
fear and trembling that we do so, but we would ask thee not to elwas
hold us in seorn. We are dependent upon thee for evwe breath we
draw. Yet sometimes we do feel jwst a little prieved to know that from
thy exalted position we are viewed with the uttermost contempt.
Now gracious Master we will not weary thee with further thank
upon this blessed occasion, but now leave our destiny within the bhllow
of thy lily white hand feeling confident that you will do by us what
ever in thy superior wisdom you may deem proper. Amen.
Young Broths "Brush Monkey" will now dismiss ns by ingiag:
"Master, lover of my Toil,
Let me to thy workshop fly;
While my angry pamions boil,
Work me harder till I die.
Work me, oh my Master, work me,
'Till my time on earth is past;
Safe into some bullpen guide me,
0 receive my bones at last.
THE "NIOOER SCAB."
A grave situation is rapidly developing in the South which all
negroes who care at all for their race's advancement would do well
to take note of and use all their powers against, and that is the using
of the lowest types of their race, the niggers, as scabs in every strug
gle of the workers to better their condition. With every means at its
command the I. W. W. has and is struggling to allay the antag
onism of the races, to bring all the workers into ONE BIG UNION
for the mutual protection and fial freedom of all, but, if the usegres
of the South lay down on the job and allow the wiggem to continue
to disgrace their race, no earthly power an prevent a disles to
Ii tie name of Fellow-worker Gain*, who u* 1'W '* -'
Lake Charles, La., for loyalty to his cla*, and who must foS, be
defended, and in the name of the true and brave handful of usgsr
workers, who have fought the good fight with us against the Lumber
Trust, we, the I. W. W., appeal to the negro workers of the City of'
New Orleans to waken to their duty to their clam and ostracise the
nigger scabs of the United Fruit Company, until they will be glad to
quit their dirty work.
Colored Fellow-workersl We appeal to you to awaken and to do
your duty by your clas !
TUCKER, UTAH STRIKE WON.
Inclosed find $1.00 for bundles of The Lumberjack. I just re
ceived a post-card from the Secretary of Local 69 stating that the
Tucker, Utah, strike is settled and that they got 25 cents raise and
better camp conditions, except one camp-the Doolen Brothers. He
states that some of the crafts are talking of affiliating with us; namely,
the Stone Cutters, Moulders and Granite Cutters. I am looking for
some more news from strike committee sobn.
Yours for the O. B. U. H. C. Smwx,.
SDenver, Colo., June 30.
By COVINOrON H LL.
From out their gloomy caverns, from theif dungeons dank and cold,
The dead men rule the living and eternaf empire bold;
Our fathers' bones forever weight our slirit's upward flight,
T'heir shrouds are held between us and the fullness of the light.
A,'ro s our yearning soul.-night, lo; the hawd of Pluto rests,
Amnd Javeth's h'.el still crushes out the flame within our breasts;
The word of Tamerlane and Torquemada Dtill is law,
And eroes and sword have power still the world to overawe.
The city by Potomac's chained to London's mouldy shrines,
And over all of London Rome's death-giving luster shines;
And back of Rome is Nineveh; and Semiramis sways,
ler sceptre blights the nations now as in the yesterdays.
The sinful eye of Solomon still casts its evil spell,
And Joseph has the power still to make of earth a hell;
The vampires, Calvin and Loyola, brood on Europe's breast,
The frown of werewolf Cortez falls athwart the glowing West.
Forever and forever, where the ark of freedom stands,
The dead men meet the living with their stern and harsh commands;
Forever and forever, on whatever soil we tread,
The army of the living fronts the army of the dead.
Forever and forever must truth's everseeking hosts,
Be ready to give battle to our sires' angry ghosts;
Forever and forever, on our onward upward march,
We must raze our father's tombstones and must break their temple's