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(Formerly "The Lumberjack") Education Freedom in Organization V ER4C Industrial Emancipation Democracy Published Weekly by National Industrial Union of Forest and Lumber Workers, South ,rn District. Office of Publication: 335 Carondelet Street, New Orleans, La. COVINGTON HALL, Editor. SUBSCRIPTION RATES: Yearly, United States .................... ......$1.00 Six Months, United States ...... .............................. 50 Foreign, Yearly . ........................................... 1.50 Bundle Orders, Per Copy (in Canada) .......... ................... 02% Bundle Orders, Per Copy (in United States) ......................... 02 Bundles, Orders of 500 or more (Spot ('ash) 'cer Copy .............. .01% Single Copies ....................................................... 05 P LEASE :NOTE. In sending money for the paper do not mix it with monies intended for the organization, as the paper carries a separate account. Cash nmust accompany all orders. NATIONAL INDUSTRIAL UNION OF FOREST' AND LUMBER WORKERS SOUTHERN DISTRICT. District Headquarters ............:1194 Gould Avenue, Alexandria, Louisiana Jay Smith .............................. Secretary Southern District EX.ECUTIVE BOARD-SOUTHERN DISTRICT. Ed. Lehman, E. E. Shaw, E. I.. Ashworth, P. M. Collins, D. R. Gordon. SUBSCRIPTION EXPIRATIONS. Your subscription expires with the issue number opposite your name on wrapper. If you do not wish to miss a copy you should renew your subscrlp tlon at least two weeks before expiration. Please notify us if you do not receive your papers regularly. Entered as Secolnd-('lass Matter July 5 ,I913, at the l'ost Office at New (Orleans La., under the act of August 24. 1912. N 29 EDITORIALS "LABOR'S INVESTMENT." By W. M. WiTr. Capital is constantly looking for an investmeint. What is capital's investment? Capital's investment consists of a so-called right or title to land and machinery. Hlis investomct would be uttrly worthless with out the cotrol of the worker's capital which is labor power. The capi talists may give in exchange for his right or title real dollars, but the dollars represent the earnings of the workers which is the result of their capital, labor. It is easy for the capitalist to find an investment for his dollars which are the product of labor, because he controls not only land and mac.hinetry, but labor also. Capital which is organized dollars can ,lways lind an invest.innt. If in +no other way, by buying out its co:n petitors anl forc-ing aI cItlllra;ncl into alny miiiiiit-rial ti.-l.. T'lhe qustion ialtiirally ari.s. olw are tlie workers to find an invistilllni-t for their c;ipitall' W\hiich is labor. And their capital is Ithe ,we'r that moves the wiorMI. An it\vestiieiit for their capital or i oll'ther words, hllror, i.au ,Inly be fiuitld in c'muplhcte organlization and 1li (itt, yr, at unionii, rx.garli'ss of race or iicolor. At. Ipresent the w .'orker is fo.rced into con,stant coinpetition with his Own capital or la bo'r. Thiss becatse thy are only partially irganlizci1d. 'T'he capitalist lIla' cs his dollars, w hilch rightfully belong to the wo.rk. rs, i: llIan s. I t ..n lii. iniv..st_ lith.n, i~ lI;inwl anid ia-ltinery. l'it. only sl, tiiotl l for l ll " I l, il'kl.rs is it plnll e their suirpltis ditiles. if ain Vh Ihy hiiha'-t , io iiis .tom; ,iimattntori Iili ba;ik. \whacli is an old systeiin in titiulion a l \ ill iy o.ly 3 0 4,'- l 'r (.. i ln t.r, t, b tl, p it lllem in a batlik aIhuh I will d.isignate a';s It.li-I WI . V h. Tis bailk will iolt pay "l I tr t , l..r ,ii . btiil whii it t ttiiu -s ,Il siie t.l s will is h, it will pay b0y deplesi.or ,r istokhi,,ler iti ihis greai.l latink reqitiresi only $.1.50 for the first ct-rtii.a.-tc of stock ( iliiiob.rship s, ik; alnl I0 it -cts plr nionth 1 hereafter. Now, tl. questi-o with lhie workirs is this. Hllow arc we to organize Isuch a stocik .-lltlipalll ( Lrca' l I' lioi n). Witli tioly a i nilniet's study lihe a, kersll'r i ui;llrtl'ilst atIl that the .jl, her "llihy work( is thell only pllla-. sttll ah,-, a;s ia-.t slo.klhlhlc111r ( worker is aflt tIqal shiar;te.holer talii iltir- itt.-rist ea I il ,,iari,, at aill liutes by ithe titlir, mtiettnhs-rshipi ,i" lit. i .rgatii i t il ti,i as a;tl ii lri 1t,,itie workcr is atil injury to all workcrs. 'lit. So,,hit tL tl e h i r lI.il ,ltTer- 71",'ll itiidul.lt.-t ti ils l',,r such in .lltin, . li . 'i llt.hr, i', t ,iij i lT ls ,,1 " If ii I I.m rl;wk, filianl foirl mii ll bort..l'. whil will. iitisi t-ici litail h ltbr, soon as tlny i-ala Is- tiimadc to tn-i ittl tl that iht. ii.vi i -iatt 1 sa;t ;i l a payiri, pr1pk iii. T'his iONi 1l1l INIIiN, I', ,f t ilt- hi, I.,'tiat tr,-- ;iutil this iiv-sttntit is that the 8is -k (',untailin (TiIlIl liNE I1' IN tItN lir,,lisis ti's -ik 'ik r 'i-atli holiefits iti eniirs i ,ar.- ilit r,:t\ 1 i L d,,,.larht a ,livid id whi I ti t in tti.-tibtr ship is ~tr,,iit tie tizh - . i.,,int,,I th , I .. hi eli,'r xt:tg.-s. shirt, r hutr- , l h l-,.r livingi tt . ittltso . "!'t frlni -,tvR l,- ui " h fte ll lth -,,luh-l ail , ' tihts whi, hl, a ,-ci'tliti.ate of , k ;t t amlrship h,,k ith trt li ilit-.s. is a giiaranti,-.-l certi i, ,I pr-fe.rr,-.l stik in th- I W. \V If .uxY 'to- hias a 1iri,,ii'it,,i ,,IT,-r-rr 'r, z/, r riiturints for ainouinlt invest-,i we will I.h -l'as;-d Ii, h-ar fronmi b-emn at once.. BARBARICA By JIM SNYMOUa. Within the heart of regions unexplored, There lies a land where freedom is unknown The natives are a most unthinking horde Who fight like beasts o'er gristle ,hide and bone; The short one hates his brother who is tall, Young Bright-eye loathes the old one who is blind, And each by all the rest is kept a thrall, Because he fails to recognize his kind. Within this land of prejudice and hate, A king has ruled (as kings forever must) Bly fostering dislike of mate for mate, And tcac'ling all to worship golden lust; And while the workers quarrel for the hulls From off the product of their daily task The king in public places hangs the skulls Of those who for the grain itself would ask. Among the cheerless huts where workers dwell, The hirelingi agents of the king are seen; Their fetidl brath is like a blast from hell, To those on whore they choose to vent their spleen; The toiling widow sinks beneath their blows, lHer babe is lured to death by poisoned milk; And still a smile of sing contentment glows, On all the faces of their bastard ilk. And while at home this tragedy is played, Another is enacted at the mill; The widow's elder children, boy and maid, Are driven to their work till rendered ill; In hunger and fatigue they sweat and strain, I'ntil the boy falls (lying to the floor; And then the girl, despite her grief and pain, To pay for burial rites mltut work the more. In after weeks, the while this little girl, Alone and homeless, suffers at the mill, The king and court enjoy the social whirl Within the royal mansion on the hill; -'l'he musie' plays, the dance is gayly tript, Then at the lanquet board the gathering rests, Where flesh that from the workgirl's bones was stript, Is served on golden platters to the guests. 'Twere best perhaps that I should tell no more About the savage customs of the land, For after all 't is on some distant shore And foreign ways are hard to understand; This awful ,ountry that to-night I see, Is farther many billion times than Mars; So let us praise "America th: Free, And think no more of life lbeyond the stars. WORKINGS OF THE FRUIT TRUST Iligh prices for bananas, pineapples, oranges, lemons and other sub-tropic'al fruit are caused by a monopoly control centering in the 1 'nited Fruit. ('orupjany. The offichrs of the United Fruit Company are: Presidentlul, A. W. I'reston, Boston ; vice president, M. C. Keith, New 'York; secretary, It. \V. I'alner, Boston. This heIft .v ,nrline which has been investigated and will continue to be investigatel d nen,,rromnsly before the price of fruit ever comes Ido,, w. has a ,,onol,,ply cf lthe fruit concessions of (Central America and the West. I rlies. It owns a fleet of vessels, in which is transported lractically all of the 'fruilt from the tropies to American shores. It cloininats the' markets in Ameeric'an cities through the Fruit Dis patc'h ('orepany, its selling agency, a subsidiary corporation. Evidence has been collectedt, which shows that independents have been driven (ut eof t Iusincss 1hy this trust. The t'rust flinds oiut whe.n an indetpendent is going to land a certain ma;rket., anl lihe trllst libelis tIhat Imarket with so much stuff at such a low price Ith; llI ie' n,'le'eed'nte is thankful to get out alive. ndc Iee',nle't hve.' I.c.ee frI'.:ce 1 out in New ( )rleans, Baltimnore, Galveste,n aneI pr;c'tie';lly ,iyve'ry Ieert thati the' trlust has thought worth while: te m rniopeolize'. 'Th'e iIlanel fl' .laenaie'a as well as nearly the whole of Centranl A.me'rie.a 'is Ira,'ically ,weed Iy this gigiantic octoputs. In Jarnmaica \vlwhere' f',,rme.rly thie,'rc e'xisteel nunnerceus smill and large sugar planta tie, s. ,\\lnel fl,'r tile II i't part by tlie natives, tlihe trust has long since eeaie I' cutroel I. T'me' scgeir plaltat icills haave' all disappe'are'd and it! tie'ir stc'ael lale;erea llan;utaationis have beern e.stablished andl the natives re'elue.eel tee u,.h a statel' ,, e everty tlhat in many instance's they ar' ferceel tee gee lnake'l.. Sicleh aewfeel cendieieens hae ea'ore' aleut on the' islawli thatih thle' ,ve'rlnlen't has Ihete rcer,.,,d tee Itake' theI Fruit T'rut agn *c' tee eIl every stalk kef leadanua raise'e, by an indelpe'nek'nt plantter at se't pie.. ee' eene. shilline twenty-ive' .cents. "Thee h nanea plantati .es a re' wrkeeI Ierl. it y ,.,Ie,,eelie a' arIly by enative' laoer. The overseer ri'lien r, arliune tee Ile' elatateli,, s I;rnee. with a bIlact k s ake whip. ''ThIe lhils ;r,.e I,,;,h.eeI it tihee' lilT.eretnt iertl ef thei islend arln fer lhii ~~kr l h lher' i" lken aeleeare thee .shipls ctn .thir t'arrival in .lairaiea ; sha1 ll. ar y ,f , ,tive s h, e ,ake' tlhe trijp hlati,,,, soeeee'tinel's nearly ehree ,layi. weerking :,l ite'ermittel t ee'rieees throeehile t the night and lay', fer as lew as I c, :hillints. alh it lifty .cenlts. Ieee a yee.ek the' e ellie'ers elf thies leewrfl t'rust miecet ice New Y,,rk ceced fix the' Jerie. e'f l'ruit l',r h1.e e.e,,ieg ee''k. As seeen as they have ;,henee'l tee alli lh.ir e ,'eae ee's ancd utsieliary lirms. At , , lie ltea ''s where' lhe fruit is pr.esumaely "a'i.ti, enel" 'ff e the geilt - el t' ie'iIts aIcr 'e n e , l thi leeest the' 'eiels until the' Jri'es a' tree'l iilen aee' t,.;e'.heel If the' sieall elealer's yeill rnel [,ay thee' Jeri'e that tlie' st l hies . ,r',e'.I en, t he' f'ruit is "leug.hlt" '' l thes' he esters anrl .arted Ice their 'ter'e' hel, ese'. aril ke'.et there' ,tritil the' ste,.ne, ,r has left elrt. If the' sei,;,ll ,I,.;!,.'i \h ' aet thee fruil thee' ere' fer'e'el tee gee te thse' hie,,ses arol e .Y te,' . lprie.. IfI there' are' ne, h, ,ve'rs fr the fruit it is e'll until it r tl. ai,,l then i.:,rie'el ite the' elh e. The' Vi,.ri l"r'u ('t'.. 'a nlan/are I/rees.. an tie lialtimur" Ia na "'c., all ,,f leahim,,rle . 1' e.. a re' lehe "l' , ' l ,ee rs" et' hi,' h w ' w erk ile' hereneo' tion with tle tr'l'it in B'alljimere'. The in.iei e erkings of this plunderbund are indeled a v'ry inter eating narrative which takes one back to the days when the bona fide pirates ruled the golden Carribean Seas. SOh, they are a merry, merry crew, our modern buccaneers I ROBERT LEE WARWICK, in "The Social War." MODERN SLAVERY By C. L. LAMiBERT. "We must be free or die, who speak the tongue That Shakespeare spake, the faith and moral hold Which Milton held." So sings the Poet Wordsworth, while Cowper proclaims that: "Slaves cannot breathe in England. If their lungs Receive our air, that moment they are free, They touch our Country, and their shackles fall." We are continually being reminded by our politicians and preachers that the modern working man never will be a slave. Yet when we look around us, and also when we look back in history we find that the working man of the present century is the most scientifically fet tered slave known in the world's history. While happily, it is true that chattel-slavery, i. e., The legal owner. ship of manly man, is no longer permitted by international law. It is unfortunately equally true that its place has been taken by another and more effectual for of bondage, viz: Economic, or wage-slavery, resulting from the monopoly of the land on, and by the use of which human life is alone possible. "Place 100 men on an island from which there is no escape," says leniry George. "And whether one of these men the absolute owner of the other 99, or the absolute owner of the soil of the island, will make no difference to either hin or them." It is obvious that in either. ease he will be able to conunand the lives of the others. As slave owner he will appropriate the whole of their earnings and will feed. clothe and hquse them. As land owner he will appropriate the whole of their earnings less a small share out of which they will be expected to feed, clothe and house themselves. As for the slaves, in the first case they will know they are slaves, and n6t think themselves free. In the second they will believe themselves free and not know they are slaves. So long as land is free there is aqways the attentative of man em ploying himself upon it and, in such feircumstances, no man will work for another for wages lower than he can obtain for himsefl by so doing. But once the land become the subject of private ownership and the truth of the saying of the Brahmins: "To whomsoever the soil belongs,, to him belongs the fruits of it," will quickly be demon strated. Deprived of his right of access tI land, the landless man may truly say with Shakespeare: "You take my life, when you take the means whereby I live." While his helpless condition is graphically described by Burns in these lines: See yonder poor, o'erlabcured night, So abject, mean and vile, Who begs a brother of the earth, To give him leave to toil; And see his lordly fellow worm The poor petition spurn, Unmindful though a weeping wife And helpless oftlispring mourn. If I'm designed your lordship's slave, By nature's laws designed, Why was an independe.nt wish E'er planted in my mind I If not, why am I subject to His cruelty and scorn; Oh why has man the will and power To make his fellow mourn ? Nature's laws have not designed that any man should be the slave of his fellow for, as ;,okc has it: " (od has not left one man so to the mcry of another, that lihe may starve him as he pleases." It is, to agaih ultit| Iurns: "' lan's inihunmanity to man, makes count less Ithousandis mioiirni," in the world to-day. It is man's laws which ha'v' prlituiicd in Itlie world to-day eornditions worse than those obtain ing at Roor.' when Itle 'l'ribunc' Tiberius Gra'ehus thus addressed his i'ellow-.itizens. "Mi-n of ltor', you ar' called the lords of the world, yet you havr niw title It, a square 'tiot of its soil. The wild beasts have their d',ns, but the s,,liors ,tf Itady have only air and water." The minn ,f the worl, to day have only aer, and their hold on that ,.enrent is by no mians sceur,'. The working of these same laws was seen by t ,lisniith, whose iiarning would stll seemn to fall on deaf ears: "8,,,ur,.,d Iby famnini., from the smiling land, 'lThi m,,urnful lplaiant leads his humble hand; And whilh he sinks, withitn,,t.in( artm to save, The c,,untry mmourins, a gurlhen and a grave. I 'Il far, ehi h laid, to hast,.ning ills its prey, " Who.re walth Iia'miiulaties and men de,.'." .\rl so it will .ver i.e iiiil puny mian st.ps aside and makes way fr ni,'or.'s laws. .\s IRutskin said: "Thn mistake of the best I'm Il r,iulgi ',iiii'ra I iiih afti'ir .,n,'ration, has he.iin tlhat, one uif thinking ti hl.lI mhl. i p,,r by Al ,,;iin,.., and biY pr'raihini of patience or of hop,.. A.\ by ,.evry ,,iher mho.ans ,-t,,li .it or ,',,ns,,latory. Except. the one whih God ordained, Justice." You cannot free the wage slave with a itn., i tr a suip i,.k. .i Arny h,.re.fi hi. may reecive from tlii'se , ,,linf or .. ,.,atir'v ni'uis will but. niaki it possibl,. for him to lii.. I. ('Iiiliih mitl hluisig hlij Pll i' it lf ion a still s mrial l''r share 'of hiis earnings. Th,. la l, ,i,.r will s,.,. ti it that 1h,: till thb y i'xact is pripirti,,na .telv ,nriau.il. .ii4l~i r,,luv r s floI Iti ,mIives !,e frl <<d. Th s .ri h. affect.d by orgzanizing a stringer Trust. of th. Slavs at lhi 11,,in t ," r,,du,.iii, the f.iulntaia hi.a' l froim wvhich all s,.ial wa iatlth spri as Tli, all who pr,,iifss the love if .Istie the call to arti'mn iS Sluil,,I ii lh, v. ,',i ,,f G;,rald Massr.y Tihs sit Ii thu Lu ' Ird. y,,u weary mi W\ ith ip r'L,i' arid wast . t,, r o w n''r sh,,rt years ; i't,,nral tr'uih youl eu nt.illi s,' W hI i;we ;imln '-'it- ,imr sizht in t.ars Ji vani y,, wait ;manl , itch ih,. skies. N , .lti.m'r t',,rliumiu' thus will fail; 'lp f'i',om s oulr k.;itq., I !,iI 'ou rill; . id ,'laii thhe marlh ',r i ll." '! ', vh, . a h'i ' - tmv s th,'ims.lv,. S ,t llyroii's words aplielil: "lii' w, li i h,', rt, limmiii. elvi.s ,i ..is.t str.ike the bo. ''.