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Special Labor Day Page, Supported by Merchants Who Believe In “The National Labor Day Theme** A Labor Day Statement By The President There has never been a LAbor Day as significant as this one. In a great many countries free labor has ceas ed to exist; a blackout of freedom has darkened Europe from the tip of Nirway to the shores of the Aegean and sturdy working men who once walked erect in the sun now stumble and cower beneath the lash of the slavemasters. The rights of free la bor and free men have vanished in the conquered lands. They are threatend and besieged everywhere. This is indeed labor’s grave hour as it is the grave hour of the farmer, the indultriast, the teacher and preacher, the aproned housewife, the smallest child in the cradle. All these are the beneficiaries and heirs of the democratic system, and it is democracy itself that the evil men of West and East hate and seek to destroy. Happily, our good right arm is strong and growing stronger. In our own country, in the countries of our brother allies, the people who live by the sweat of their brows, have risen mightily to the challenge of the struggle. The yhave given their sons to the military services. They have stoked the furnaces and hurried the factory wheels. They have made the planes and welded the tanks, rivited the ships and rolled the shells. Pro duction of war materials here is now the greatest in our history, but it is not yet enough. It will be greater BLlIi. This is an appropriate occasion ot express my appreciation to the working people of the United States for the energy and devotion with which they have met the demands of the present crisis. They know what it is to work at the end of the shift. They know, too, that democracy has made labor’s advances possible. They kndw just what stake they have in America, just what they are fight ing for. There are certain to be stormy days ahead. Laborers, farm ers, industrialists, all of us, are pledged to the war effort. We are certain to be asked for sacrifces. These may be sacrifices of wage in creases, crop price increases, profit increases, bodily comforts. All this is little enough for free men to sac rfice in a world where freedom is imperiled. Buy War Bonds and Stamps KINNEY HOTEL On behlf of our colored employees We endorse Your efforts Tupelo, Miss. Do You Belong To the 10% Club? If Not Join Now! BUY WAR BONDS AND STAMPS LEAKE and GOODLETT Inc. LUMBER AND Building Materials Tupelo, - Miss. Il Free Labor Will Win^ FREE LABOR WILL WIN Behold these four words, FREE LABOR WILL WIN, are the thought* and purposes which this brief sums up. Naturally it is intended thal these should be developed fully ir the various activities and materials which will be a part of Labor Daj 1942. * The first and most obvious thoughl is the outcome of the clash betweer free men and men who are slaves of ruthless and power-hungray mas ters, a war in «which the productive capacity of free labor is opposed tc that of- slave labor. Hitler has said, “Since the “Civil War the Americans have been in a condition of political and popular decay.” In other words, America has gone soft. He has mistaken the desire for peace in which to enjoy freedom for a lack of willingness and ability to defend and fight for* freedom. He believes that this regimented, forbidden-to think, brutalized countrymen, and the beaten millions from over-run coun tries, whose bodies commands, can produce more and better sinews of war than clear-eyed, thinking men and women working voluntarily to the utmost because they can decide their ■ | fate and choose to remain free. By now, by Labor Day, 1942, a sus picion of the final result of such a contest must be seeping into the ! most self-deluded Nazi brain: FREE i LABOR WILL WIN! AND LABOR i DAY 1942 will . . . 1. Hail the proof that Free Labor is outproducing Nazi Slave Labor and i will continue to do so. 2. Proclaim the willingness of American Labor and the American people to make the sacrifices neces sary to Victory. 3. Hearten and inspire all who work for America, no matter what their occupations. 4. ' Clasp the hand of free men in other nations who are working as well as fighting to preserve the free dom of nations and the rights of la bor. 5. Brighten the hope of freedom in the hearts of Axis-enslaved people everywere. 6. Throw a ringing challenge in the teeth of the Axis . . . that free dom of the individual to think and speak and worship and work shall NOT perish. I ___ THE ORIGIN OF LABOR DAY “All men are born alike and equal.” “Liberty and Union.” So read some of the banners car ried down the streets of New York by “neat and well-dressed men” in the first Labor Day parade, on the afternoon of September 5, 1882. The banners voiced the philosophy of P. J. McQuire, one of the famous dreamers and doers of the American labor movement, and they express to day the sentiment and feeling of American labor unionists, who have built the first Monday in September into this country’s symbol of labor freedom. A direct line of thought and ac tion may be traced between P. J. McQuire’s original propsoal for Labor Day, made on May 8, 1882 to the in fant Central Labor Union of New York City, and the slogan which la bor has selected to symbolize its fight in this crucial war year: “FREE LABOR WILL WIN.” McQuire himself, in an interpre tation of his Labor Day proposal, said in 1897: “Pagan feasts and Christian ob servances have come down to us through the long ages. But it was reserved for this century, and for the American people, to give birth to La i Buy War Bonds and Stamps TUPELO FURNITURE CO. Complete Home Furnishings Phone 841 Tupelo, Miss. bor Day. In this they honor the toilers of the arth, and pay homage to those fho from rude nature have delved and carved all the grandeur we behold." McQuire proposed that the day should start a street parade ‘‘which would publicly show the stenrgth and spirit de corps of the trade and la bor organization." The parade should be followed by a picnic or fes tival in some grove. 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