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Fruit Trust Coolies Rebel
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rested ii this case as no UNION MEN
were involved and the Fruit Trust
badly needed the strike-breakers. The
city authorities passed it up to the
Federal authorities, and the Federal
authorities handed it to the authorities of
Plaquemines parish and those authorities
passed it on and on and on and on.
It was a regular Alphonse and Gaston
program carried ou in the most approved
stage-style. "Law and Order" is a won
derful thing, my son.
a good Chinese rebel could be gotten
among these men they might be organ
ized and pulhled off on stirke. ........
Open Letter.
New Orle·ns, La., July 22, 1913.
lion. W. B. Wilson, Secretary of La
bor, Washington, D. C.:
Your Excellency-On yesterday, the
21st, the first batch of Chinese strike
breakers was brought into this port by
the I;nited" Fruit Co. They were
brought in on the Southern Pacific
steamship Comus. The ship reached
port with all its officers under arms.
Four Coolies had been wounded, one
mortally; by the offijcers in an alleged
"'mutiny" (the Chinese were passen
gers, so we fail to see how they could
"mutiny") which the officers said oc
cured about forty miles down the River.
One Chinaman was sent to the hospital
and the rest, handcuffed two and two
together were turned over to the United
Fruit Co.
We demand that you investigate this
"mutiny" of passengers and challenge
the right of the Fruit Trust to nullify
the Nation's labor laws by dodging be,
hind the British flag.
Respectfully yours.
Secty. L. U. No. 7, Marine Transport
Workers, I. W. W.
Merryville Notes.
Well, I am going to tell some few
truths about conditions here. My mind
goes back this morning to the time when
Beecher was engineer and slept on the
job. Hoffman was shipping clerk, an
inefficient one; and Dave Sargent, who
loved to blow the whistle so well, they
were all fired.
When the men went on strike here
that bunch of degenerates came sailing
back and, because the company could
get no men to work, they took them into
their little pen again aln let them work.
The point is this, when they can do no
better they work such suckers, when they
have served their purpose out they go.
Sargent is fired again as I told him
he wouldl; he now is a counter jumper
in the colmpany store waiting for an
other strike so he can scab some more.
One of the blacksmiths who worked all
thrugh the strike told me "he lived
andl I lared;' " confessed he did wrong
artl all that. Smle see the errors of
their ways ilrighlt.
(',nditiohns ari, getting worse every
(day. .liran Meadows asked to. have the
wall taken down fronm around the mill.
.Jin Estes repl)liedl that that wall would
stay there aLs lng a.sL he was Superin
te'nel.nt. Who, knows how long that
will heI.' lie fuirther stated that white
mIen were, net nee.,led now; that he
wiuhil have this te,,\n so, llack that peo
,h. weueile have ti, have; lanterns to see
hew t,, , ahotit in the ,ay time. That
i, \ath; h;as ';ansc. is dissention, between
1 r..\iw,.r,.n alnumbe'r (inipany and thle
lThi ",iti' ; c have huses to rent
,u] trais'er teams, and the niggers live
i the hitlli,,n and, s,, , th'ese houses are
turiil. vii ,\ t i, the gi eats anld no rent
p 'l 'lh niicgers htave tearns. toil, so
ti. "citizens" hIrsc s are eating their
hIa ;I ti. . a-l I the ,'enlpe;iny don't seemI
ti 'arn. Soermethinig wreng with the little
ni.re.hant.- teo: they claim they are not
,tlir , Irt e I e. i.ni uei h to payI rent, except
r. Ni-l,,,Is. ~hi, run:s tlhiee ,nise Racket
Store,,: he says he "'can't tell any dif
frere,.' :' tlhat is he,'.iause he played the
tan all rhireugh ;,tr struggle for the
workit,,,niman's rights. They all see now
who pretiled and who lost., and why.
Kinney Reid, Jr.,. and J. S. Laster had
a little chat not knowing that a third
party was near. Now it seems that Las
ter wants to get out of Merryville, but
he is afraid it will be merrier outside
than in town, especially DeQuincey. So
they have a little plot on foot that does
credit to their brains. They propose to
&a DeQuincey, so they are to have a
bunch get on the train somewhere above
there, send one man into the front coach,
the rest to remain concealed, and when
some one in DeQuincey attempts to beat
him up the whole bunch will pile out
and mob him. Very nice plan, but it
won't work.
By some aciedent or other, a train of
fire came from the woods last week. We
don't know how loaded logs could get
on fire, and a scab that works in the
woods told me that more logs burned
in the woods that were cut in the mill.
Well, all Locals remember the Big
Labor Day Barbecue in Merryville and
come and have a good time. Speaking
and everything that's good( to eat.
Yours to win,
Intelligence is Power
To aill Secretaries and Members, N. I. U.
of F. and L. W. of the I. W. W.,
Southern District:
Fellow-workers-For the first time I
have a good supply of literature dealing
with the principles of revolutionary
industrial unionism. The power of any
organization is always measured by the
intelligence of its membership. Now
the most important step in the direction
of realizing our hope, is to build up an
organization that is revolutionary in its
aim, aggressive in its policy and demo
eratie in its management. I have a
good supply of leaflets written by the
best authors on the econmic question, also
a few pamphlets that should be read by
every workingman. This literature is
sold to the Local I'nions at co-operative
You can't build an organization with
out members. The bestwt Locals that we
have in the whole movement had the
knowledge before they were organized.
Seeds grow best in fields that are pre
pared and fertilized, and the best way
to prepare for the future harvest is to
get a good supply of this literature at
once and begin selling it so that the
membership will become educated, and
then the membership will begin to in
crease. Education is the only thing
needed among the Southern Workers,
and now that we have this supply of
literature on hand, each Local Secretary
should send in an order for a supply. If
you cannot afford a large order,. just
send $1.00 and I will select and send
you an assorted lot that you can sell and
make a profit on, besides your Local will
show an increase in membership soon
after the sales are made. This litera
ture should reach the workers on all the
jobs. Any worker will join the organi
zation if he can be made to really under
stand its purpose, ansd the sale of litera
ture will get them to reading which is
the only means by which the worker4
can hre educated and organized. Address
all orders to, JAY SMITIH,
Box 78, Alexandria, La.
Coming Dates for A. A. Rice
MyStic, La. ............... July 25th.
l)eRidder, La. .... July 26th-27th-28th
Merryville, La .... July 29th-:30th-31st.
Rosepine, La............. Aug. 1st-2l.
Ilamons, La. ............... Aug. 3,1.
Osburn, La .............. Aug. 4th.
l~esville, La............ .ug. 5th-6th.
Anaeoco, La....... ....... Aug. 7th.
Zwolle, La ............. Aug. 8th-9th.
Provenal, La........... Aug. 10th.
Flora, La................ Aug. 11th.
DIerry, La .............. Au~g. 12th.
Quadrate. La. ........... Aug. 13th.
sold. Subs. taken. 'Press Fund dona
tlions received and receipted for.
Revolutionary literature offered for
Additional dates being hooked at
Alexandria by Secretary Jay Smith.
Box 78.
For terms, address as above.
Several August and September dates
Cravens Notes.
This is how scabs are treated at
Cravens, La., and it is good medicine for
such lobsters. In and around -Cravens
water melons have gone sky high on the
scabs as has all other produce. Small
melons, weighing only 10 to 15 pounds,
sell in the commissary at $1.10 and up,
I am told. The company buys same at
25 cents a piece by the wagon load.
A scab or any one else who pays $1.10
for a melon, I say he is too green to
burn until he's kiln dried, unless it
weighed something like 100 pounds.
But, you may talk to a lobster but you
can't make him understand English.
There is a certain woods foreman who,
if you could see him drive in after a
few days' absence, you would think the
son of the "Prodigal Son" had returned.
That is why the slaves have no money
the Prodigal Sons get it all.
Why don't you lumberjacks make up
and get in the Union If there's any
thing better than Union, It's more
UNION. Unity is all we need. So al
who work, come in and join hands with
your class. Be men. Be I. W. W's.
Don't scab on the union that's going
to win and soon.
Yours for all true Union men only,
Ipswich Strikers Evicted.
Ipswich, Mass., July 15, 1913.
The mill owners suddenly got busy
yesterday morning and began to evict
strikers from company houses. All day
long the company tools sweated over the
Iihousehold goods which they had to carry
out into the streets. In one house the
strikers left a good fire in the cook
stove. The mail lagents had an awful
time geting the hot stove out of the
house. They burned their hands and
cursed while the strikers looked on and
laughed. By evening 35 grown people
and a dozen little children were in the
streets with their poor belongings.
Before this moving was finished for
the day, the town authorities served
notices on the strike. to remove their
goods from the street. "The workers only
laughed at the order and made it very
plain that they would not touch a thing
and would hold the town responsible.
That evening the evicted strikers
laid out their blankets on the street
and made ready to sleep on the ground.
The town officials came round attempt
ing to frighten the workers away, but
the strikers refused to scare a bit. Then
to prevent the town people from seeing
the spectacle, the street lights were
turned off. The strikers promptly lit
their oil lamps and a whole block of
household goods was ilhlminated draw
ing atention to the people sleeping on
top. The mayor and other officials re
turnd and pleaded with the strikers not
to humiliate the town by sleeping out,
but no one paid the least attention to
these fellows. About eleven o'clock in
the evening the street lights were turned
on again and the strikers put out their
lamps to save the fuel for other nights.
On Tuesday the authorities did every
thing possible to get the strikers to re
move the goods in order ,that the town
would not have to stand the damages.
The strikers were too wise for this and
refused to move anything. So a whole
block is littered with goods.
Stoves have been set up on the street
on which the strikers are cooking their
nwalIs, eating on the street as best they
eran. Fires are kept burning in the
sto,.es all dlay. When scabs or any spe
cials corne along the usual fuel is sud
rlenly '.hanged to rubber and rags.
'Then the authorities kick, the strikers
explain that it is the best fuel they can
aff,,rd unlner the circumstances. The
wind was f'avorable, and sime sc'bs near
ly choked while passing.
Iast night all the little children slept
,n t,,p of the piles wh.re every one could
see them. Some of the citizens came
along andl wanted to take the little onos
aw;ay and give them shelter. The moth
crs refused, stating that if eviction was
thelir lot, their chiklren would also learn
lv it and be able to profit in the future.
All day ljrag curious people from other
torwns cane to vi,'v the evi.cted pcople
sl.,Iinag ard eating on the street.
The authorities are up in the air and
do not know what to do. The plan was
to evict the strikers and see them haul
their goods away and make room for
more goods which would be thrown
into the street. The refusal to move has
put a different phase on the matter. To
put more goods in the narrow street
means to shut off trafrs The mill
owners seem to be stupifla at the
solidarity of the strikers who are only
laughing over the affair. At the same
time the bosses are getting ready to evict
all the rest of the striker. Notices have
been served already and to-morrow is
the day on which the job is to be fin
ished. It is a puzzle where the goods
will be piled, unless they are carried
to another street.
The only thing lacking here is funds
to carry onthe struggle. The strikers
have an abundance of determination and
courage, but they need food to carry on
the fight. They are willing to eat and
sleep in the street or anything else, if
funds can lie sent in to feed them. All
money should be sent to Ipswich De
fense League, Box 282, Ipswich, Mass.
Bohemian and Slovak
Our press committee has been busy
and is doing fine. Our last meeting
was attended by all members and each
one reported some progress towards the
launching of our new official organ in
the Bohemian language. We have al
ready succeeded in getting free of cost
the type and other printing material.
But there will be the exlpnses of moving
this material to Solidarity's plant,
where the printing will be done, also
the eost of paper, postage and advertis
ing to be provided for.
Now we want to start this paper at
once,, but have only $50.00 in the treas
ury of press committee which is not suf
ficient. As the paper will run on a
losing basis until firmly established in
the glorious field of discontentment un.
der the Star Spangled Flag. We know
that neither the General Office or
Solidarit y can help out with finances at
this time. But we do know that the
rank and file can and think that it
swon't bIe tooo much to ask each Local to
do something and send some money this
way. Anything will be accepted from
one cent up. Remember that this is the
first appeal sent out by us from this city
and if the fellow-rebels see the worth
of it send in your answer at once.
Just as soon ai we get on a good footing
financially we will let you knoiw when
the first issue of the new fighter is com
ing out. In a few dlays the sub blanks
will be out and then we will hustle as
never before. So all together now, let
us pull the wheel of Education.
Address all contributions and re
quests for rnre information and sub
blanks to,
Sety. Bohemian Press Committee.
4123: Dakoto St., Cleveland, Ohio.
Lynch Law Incited in
Seattle by Secretary
of Navy Daniels
( ontiu'iie, from l' iTP E 1.
thouiih. is tie frit tihlit tlie Yellaw Sc
ciuilists al i I Sic;rvat icniusts wcrc. sti1ng.
'Xe hlave tic, ncw's frolll Set tle rtebels.
hIc w'cevcr, land withol fllrtiher cointlitclti
uliutil sarnle is re~ceivcid.
Still a Natltiol's artiy tolrnled into al
ncbl," hlv its etcrtllll;lltlitl cffh*liPr is inotlii
inlg even for the I 'iitel ITrust.s of A tneri
ea Itbe 1w jeroil of nld, ia.,'"The Times
I) niic,.erat" iltsinlitt'5, 1lc I. V. W1.
ouhl I to Il pllisrc-- be'aluse Secretary
Saiiicls iiistco, k "lib,,erty for li:. :,.e,"
w*. alil.ss. luet that's just like Ius--al
ways E'tiliiig 5ttitlm ed litr or p1l iticia I
tc" tiiakc" a dlattiphiool 'if hittsclf.
All the tiLav;l ofli.ers wvere "dan'dcing'
;aid th. i,,lice. offii,.rs "smnilhiuily"
Icc;ked ecll while thle paytriotism nw;.
rieting, is thE. report. Nero fiddleI
'while RIomtte was luirnitcz ardl Leoiis tic.
Sixteenth also dacrrld.
Somihode'?' once said: "You shall tilct
press dowtl 'en labor's brow this cro'wn
cf I lorls \ .,lii shall tiiot crnuiei.v riarlli
kind iupcl a cross of gold.."-
I'Up and ecn with the (rimson banner
Continued from Page 1.
Twenty-fie Industrial Woekes and
Soeialists are in the county jail charged
with making incendiary uspeehes."
The above press dispatch appeared
in our "+white supremacy" papers of
the 20th. We have no news from Port
land up to going to press and suppose
the rebels are too busy whipping the
lawless authorities back within the law
to send letters on telegrams, but we
don't guess we'll miss it for when we
guess that the keepers of the .keys to
the boys bathrooms in the Y. M. C. A.
are back of this glorious outburst of
paytriotism on the part of the flag
Lynch law and policemen's clubs are
sure a splendid method of inducing peo
ple to "love and respect flag." It's
great! It hammers the REBELLION
into SOLIDARITY. It wakes "the
common people" up faster than ever,
a million agitators could. On with the
propaganda of the NECESSITY for a
Late Ball News.
The latest news from Ball's front is a
lockout of the trackmen due to a "bus"
boarding house.
All workers are requested to keep
away from this mill and woods. An ad
vance of wages has been made in some
departments, and a two weeks' pay day
is the next victory.
Remembers "That an injury to one
is an injury to all." Organize, Organ..
izc, Organize.
l)uplicate of a of a discharge recently'
handed a trackman at Ball's front:
"7-22-13. Ball, La.
"Sweet Home Lbr. Co., Please pay
tho tearer 0. C. Chandler in full dis
charged on ae,'ount not boarding at Co.
WM. Caoou,
4 man Steel gang."
Yours to win,
7-23-13 J. WILLIA SON.
San Francisco M. T. W.
Local UInion No. 9 of M. and T. W.
held their first meeting on July 17.
1913, with 23 members present. We
helected F. W. John I)okve temporary
se·retary and iniatiated five new mem
The que.stion of e'mploying an organi
ze.r came up, but members were against
it, lw.lieving. that agitation on the job
is more effe,,t ive.
We have very few home guards, we
are mostly sailors and firemen that go
away for months; but as soon as all the
men belonging to the mixed Locals along
the coast transfer to us we can accom
plish more. Ther are quite a few
Spanish F. W. among us. There are
three transport Locals on this coast now,
so you see there are at least some of the
slaves waking up.
Yours for the revolution,
Te'mporary Secretary.
Pope's Guards Rebel.
A,',',relinr to, press dispatches the
.S-wiss .,r,~crk of Ihe. Vatficn rebelled on
the 22I iwe't;ett, wheni th'ir "dlemands"
were', rcfus"dl. Three of the lea'ders were
"'expellhd," it is stated, and others
"eft." T hose Ieavite were ae'eor
ipe Iti'.l t,, ihe, j,;,tcs byh thetir .orenrr .le' s
te tih, tiune , f , l' the' 1arM illaise andi
hllts ,,f "\' Viva ;arihbalJdi'"
'lhe VA tti, was ,"mielleh' t te I ail in
the' il lia e l ,,,I.e , ice ral so eni'ed its 'laimi
fee " te'ttmpeor;el soverire fty."
'I'e Old Ordhr is alreade Aead. IV
',·l'TIrIAL DE S fORArY 18 THE
4 2 0 N *A C S A 4 i l -. . i ,l i -lf T
SPANISH OUdIAN of the I. W. W.
All except Three Seamen
.thl 'ee ot" -,t1',' , ag at e:0l ,.arrying ,,ek
,,al,! weapons.

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