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Big DeQuincy Meeting
Fellow-Worker Jay Smith, Secreta
ry Southern District Forest & Lum
ber Workers, spoke here to a packed
house last night the 21st. inst, and
to a large and appreciative audience
on the street Sunday afternoon follow-.
ed by one in the colored quarters
where a large amount of literature
was gladly bought. Total sales about
$25. A few new recruits were added
to the local at these meetings.
The speech of Jay Smith was the
clearest talk ever heard here on the
I. W. W., its structure, tactics and
aims. Comments by two mill owners
were to the effect that the I. W. W.
would spread in spite of hell and to
fight them would only be to add fuel
to the flames and they had had
enough . Another said union men
would be given preference on his (7)
job. No interruptions of any kind.
A few questions showing a deep inter
est on the part of local craft unionists.
There will be a big meeting ar
ranged at Kinder and I)e Ridder as
soon as Fellow-Worker Smith can
spare a date.
Fellow-Worker I. Gaines, col
ored, who was held on the say of
Merryvillians as a dynamiter was dis
charged by failure of grand jury to
indict. Absolutely no evidence could
be found to connect him with it, and
the imnpression here is that gunmen
did it for a meal ticket. Gaines was
given a warm and hearty greeting on
his release by the locals at De Ridder
and here. No more funds needed for
Every local in this and Beaugard
Parish report a large and healthy
growth. How about a general strike?
We can use a few more camp dele
gates to write up new men here and
Yours for One Big Union.
CHILE CARNE CON.
On Sept. 14, 1913, local No. 174 of
Oakland, Calif., gave a picnic at Tep
pers Garden. Beer as usual was
served with the refreshments. We
sold a ribbon stamped member for 50
cents, anyone having one of these rib
bons entitled the holder to drink as
much beer as he pleased. No money
was taken in over the bar for beer, as
in previous picnics given by other so
cieties. The crowd was orderly and
was composed mostly of men with
their families. Three sleuths and
two harness bulls attended the picinc
and did not attempt to make any ar
rests until the crowd and most of the
Fellow-Workers had departed for
homes. At 7:10 p. m., as five Fellow
Workers were gathering upl the re
mains of the picnic, the five officers of
the law, arrestedthe following Fellow
Workers G. Edwards, J. Kunkel and
C. Hutchinson. They took them to
an out-lying police station, and held
them there until 9 p. m. Then
brouglht them to the Central Police
Station. As it was Sunday evening
we could not get the Fellow-Workers
out on bond. Monday and Tuesday
we raised cash bond of $300 and got
the boys out. The trial is set for
Sept. 25, 1913. This local is composed
of only a handful of FEllow-Workers
and funds must be sent us to pay at
torneys and win this fight. The
charge that is placed against the boys
is selling booze without a license. This
is not an indlividlual nor a local affair
but of the organization, as the police
have stated that they will crush the
I. W. W's. that are in Oakland. Fel
low-Workers, help us win this fight so
that we can exist here and continue
the fight against this damn system.
krc!d what funds you can at once to
612 22nd St., Oakland, Calif.
"The Trial of a New Society."
A fine hito'r if ll
Great Lawrence Strike
By J:sT:us EBERT,
who does all things well, especially
PRICE, 75 CENTS.
Get it of the
I. W. W. PUBLISIHING BUREAU,
112 IIamilto' Ave., Cleveland, Ohio.
The Mecca for Free-Footed Rebels.
Ju. at the present time there is no
place in the Northwest quite so good
as Sedro Wooley, Wash., as a rendea
vous for free-footed rebels.
There is an unusually large amount
of railroad construction work going on
in this vicinity, and for once in many
years, hands are actually scarce.
Wages are $2.50 and up and, as a spe
cial inducement, the Board has been
improved to the point where it is now
said to be the best board in the State
for the money, $5.25 per week.
The logging camps and sawmills
around here are also short handed and
the Bosses are fitting springs and
matresses in their bunk houses; some
of them are even installing hot and
cold water and washrooms, and even
All of which improvements are a di
rect result of the 1. W. W. strike last
June; of course somewhat hastened
by the incessant wooden shoe activity
that has kept the Bosses in hot water
On the other hand, the A. F. of L. is
busy. For several weeks now an Or
ganizer has been riding up and down
the line (on a free pass) trying to get
the boys into some kind of a fake con
struction workers union. However, I
am informed that the suckers are not
biting very rapidly.
In the sawmills and logging camps,
the Shingle Weavers (?) are making
strenuous efforts to catch a few suck
ers, but with indifferent success. If
they are not operating with the sanc
tion of the Boss, they at least do not
have any opposition. From Big Lake
comes report of huge plackards plas
tered on the walls announcing that
"Capital and Labor are. getting to
gether to fight the common enemy,
the I. W. W."
All members coming this way
should report at once to the Secretary
at the Labor Temple. It is a matter
of the gravest importance.
We own the Labor Temple in this
town, and it is the one place in the
Northwest where a "Wobblie" can
come and say he is at home.
Yours for Industrial Freedom.
JOHN M. SLARROW.
(',onton,, frm, lPage 1).
t, .est rlry t he small Iadvantages youi
have; gainiel.' Think this over adl you
% ill at (lOn e t'''il to lihte 'oni'liusion that
ii is eith Fr I' NI()NISA'I'ION or death
in slavIer. IPA'Y Y(I'It I)' ES EI'P
TI(1).)A 1 . ''lie I. W. V. . will pay you
di vi'ddeius a thoui,.iliulfldl (on every dol
laur 'n p0iay into it. In less than SIX
MI INTI'iIS you eali establish al EIGHIT
1ii1 l).\1Y r;iil a M1INIM111M WAGE(
,f $:t.0i t ,l. h l you want it or do
you'ill If ll lt, I ,getl in the I NION
t'uiv aia d rido the' peart of a MIAN,ii
I Nli\ MAN. ill I. I. WV .
Po' Ole Uncle Sam
)nce ulo i a tinmln', before the days
of the I. W. W., an old negro lumber
.i*;ik went to a sawirijll robersary and
loiii.lilt ;a ihce of shouldher imeat with
illi ls lst e,'liiiiissa iv 'ouniterfeit four
lii ts. (i ltakiing iit to .is shack aridi
,'iitt ig into it he foil it so rotten he
could iot eat it. llis last lpie.e of
Iinlgi nary ilnieeiiy lbeing gone',i his credit
lrn e~t. lie did In t klnow what to lo fior
siipper. Is he was afraid to take thei
ineat back aid t lie snUiperintSiileiint of the
Y. M. (. A., who ran the le Ciipany's
robbersary io tell hii iti wasi rotten al
,luidianI airunned eat instead.
hlbtweei the Company, the Y. M.
C. A. aid aal starvatiih, he was sure
iii a helofatix and, not knowing what to
do, lie fell ,il his knees and ottered uip
'1) Lord of love
Look flr'mn above,
( Iii ' ole(e Iiicele San;
.1li" give him mireat
l)ait's fit to eat.
"('eil l is iiit werf a daln!"
Yea. v rily. p)' ole i,.hle Sali. fBut
as thlie Loid hath said: "Unto him who
hatIi shall be given anid iiro him who
hath linot even that which he hath shall
he taken away." So po' ole L'ncie
Saiii \Vejrt on the ehaingang for "va
Chicago, Ill., Sep. 17th., 1918.
The number of Delegates in atten
dance is 87; voting power 168 votes.
Of these 53 votes are certain for De
centralization. J. W. Kelley of St.
Louis, Mo., is permanent Chairman of
The only conflict so far, was in re
gard to delegate Murphy of Local 8,
Philadelphia, with 42 votes. The con
flict arose as to his elegibility to re
present the N. I. U. of Marine Trans
port workers, when in fact, no nation
al organization exists. He was seated
after a bitter debate on the floor, last
ing 4 hours. He has no views and
knows very little about the philosophy
of or fi s .
The Decentralizers show a lack of
cohesion, which is undoubtedly due
to the fact, that very little publicity
and discussion was gives it, prior to
this Convention. However, they are
all clear of the matter bf abolishing
the G. E.'B. and upon the proposition
of transforming the power of the Gen.
The Decentralizers have, neverthe
less, scored a very important victory;
the Constitution Committee has four
out of five members on it, who are
very clear on Decentralization; they
are Ryan of Pittsburg; Nilson of
Portland; McEvoy of Omaha; Tom
Fynn of New York; the other member
being Olson of Minneapolis.
This is all of any importance that
has transpired to date.
Yours for Freedom,
J. GABRIEL' SOLTIS.
The Convention was in session 3
hours this morning, and adjourned at
11 A. M., until 9 A. M. to-niorrow. No
business came up, as the various com
mittees have had no time to act. The
adjournment gives them time to de
liberate and it is expected that to
morrow the Constitution Committee
will have its report ready. Of course,
as you know, with its report the an
ticipated fight will be inaugurated.
The report of the G. E. B. caused
deep friction, especially where it per
tained to the unfortunate Smith-Hesl
wood affair. HoweVer, as it first
must go before the Organization Com
mittee, the matter has been closed un
til the report of that Committee
comes before the house.
Heslwood and Smith, are absent.
Heslewood, sent in his report which
was read this morning. He declares
in his report, that under no circum
stances will he accept a salaried posi
tion in the I. W. W. in the future. He
declared, also, that he would work
work might and main for the advance
ment of Industrial Unionism.
The proposition came up this morn
ing, to send a telegram of good wishes
to Haywood, who, is very ill in New
York. It was carried; also a message
of good cheer to the Rebels in jail,
Legere, Bocchini and the others.
The Decentralizers have a splendid
opportunity to carry their program
into effect, as I noted to you yester
day, their great failing lies in the fact
that they have had practically no op
portunity to verse themselves in the
philosophy. The Rebels who are clear
are doing their best to make others
clear also. The sentiment among the
majority of delegates is strong
against the G. E. R However, I am of
thetf--ovtnhat the program of
Decentralization will lose or win ac
cording to the clearness of the argu
ments presented by the leading De
centralizers on the floor.
To-day's session of the convention
was a most interesting one. We had
occasion to catch a glimpse of the first
The Resolution Committee reported
"Convention, to send telegram of
cheer to all imprisoned rebels, includ
ing McNamara Bros.," carried.
"Resolution of Pittsburg District
to reduce per capita tax, defeated."
"Resolution that Carohline Nelson,
now in Denmark represent the I. W.
W. at the Syndicalist Congress, to be
held at London, defeated."
"Constitution Committee submitted
the following: "That any measure
passed by a J majority in this Con
vention, shall be submitted to a refe
rendumm vote of the rank and file."
This resolution was defeated. The
proposition that the L W. W. haveonly
two paid officers, namely a Gen. Sec.
Treas. and Gen. Organizer, presented
Ryan of Pittsburg, was defeated by
a roll call vote; 105; against 354. This
is the first line up of Centralizers
against Decentralizers. It was, no
doubt, a test.
A long but interesting debate took
place relative to this Resolution. Ryan
of Pittsburg in his argumett for,
showed the miserable conditions that
exist in hi., district to-day, after four
Headquarters individuals had mixed
in that district.
Tom Flynn of New York reviewed
Ettor's activity in his district, and
proved that Ettor was working there
outside of the district council. The de
legates of Akron, Ohio, and of the
Textile district also pointed out the
cases of excessive interference from
Geo. Speed admitted his mistake in
taking Trautman with him from
Pittsburg to Akron.
Saint John, defended his offic,
against these disclosures, stating that
he never sent an organizer to a dis
trict without first having a request
from that district.
It is to be greatly regretted that no
delegate at this Convention, under
stands the pschycology of organiza
tion. Even among the Decentralizers
none exist. When presenting these
arguments, like the Centralizers, they
confine them to personal individuals
and non-scientific things. I am sure,
judging from the sentiment of dele
gates many of whom are young in the
matter of understanding the philoso
phy of radicalism that if there were
one I)ecentralizer, who could scienti
fically point out the necessity of
greater local autonomy, it would car
To-morrow the Constitution Com
mittee will present a full report.
Freedom of Speech.
No matter whose lips speak, they
must be free and ungagged. Let us
believe the whole truth can never be
of harm to the whole of virtue, and
remember that in order to get the
whole truth you must allow every
man, right or wrong, freely to utter
his conscience, and protect him in so
doing. Entire, unshackled freedom
for every man's life, no matter what
his doctrine-the safety of free dis
cussion, no matter how wide the
range. The community (r (organiza-.
tion) that does not protect its hum
blest and most hated member in the
utterance of his opinions, no matter
how hateful or false, is only a gang of
I)o you know it cost money to get
out a rag like this. Here is the pro
duct of first class workmanship. Here
is a whole lot of reading matter con
densed into a small space, and we are
going to give it to you just as long as
you will pay for it. When you won't
pay for it we will take it for granted
that you don't want it, but if you
want us to continue to give you this
rag, you AG(;ITATORS will have to
send us 500 new subscribers every
You can get your union to sub
scribe for the entire membership of
you will but try. You can get the
fellow that wants to see your rag
every week to give you his subscrip
tion if you will a.k him. Surely he is
not cheap enough to refuse to give
you four bits for this sheet when he
gets it 26 weeks, or two bits when he
gets it 13 weeks. We must have the
subscriptions, and you can get them.
The only question is, WILL YOU DO
1 'BS('liIBE TO .
'TIlE VOICE OF THE PEOPLE."
From 0olie Nelsom.
Rorbek Ie, Sarkobing,
tember 4th., 1918.
New Orea , LaL
Dear Feld Worker:-You have
no doubt seah i our papers that I am
here in Eure ow studying the con
ditions of tle rorker. I have been
studying t syndicalist organiza
tions. And ve found that there
are no syna c is that believe in
such a cen organization as we
have in Ameriqa in the I. W. W. In
Sweden they have formed an organi
zation, whic4 they call,-"The Cen
ttal Labor Organization of Sweden."
But this centralization is confined to
an official management with practi
cal no autlority over the different
local organitions. This central ma
nagement takes care of the printing
of the paper and the propaganda, and
collects funds for strikes, etc., but it
has no decisive. power over the organ
ization or itd strikes.
The Germans in their last Congress
declared that centralization leads to
power and tjranny. But I have now
the different laws and declarations
of the syndicalists of Sweden, Ger
many and the C. G. T. of France. I
have thought that I would transalate
them and make a little five cent pam
phlet of them. I want to consult
with you about it. Could you get it
Please let ne~hear from you as soon
as possible o&'the subject.
j Yours for revolution,
Let's' Get It Out.
The above letter from Felloworker
Caroline Nelson was received last
week I believe such a pamphlet
would be of immense value at the
present time in clearing up the situa
tion and I hereby call on all Local
Unions and individuals who so believe
with me to vrite THE VOICE at once
and let us know if they are wiping
to put up the cash necessary to get
the pamphlet out and how much each
is willing tq put up on call.
I have written Felloworker Nelson
to let me know what she estimates
the cost of the pamphlet would be and
I will advise thru THE VOICE as soon
as I receive her reply.
SEND NO MONEY. Just let us
know if you are willing to go in on
the deal and for how much, so we can
lay our plans for publication.
Yours for knowledge and investiga
tion of all things.
I COVINGTON HALL.
* "1s('!1 lu TO
OLD SPOKANE HUMMING
Sv,. S,'retalry Walker (. Smith in a
letter just. rece'iv l: "literatu tre sales
t fr lhie isL't week hI, jiust a few ,'4nts
,,i Il'i,,g $7 I00 1 ,.l. s(e 3 ,''py of
lly .lplet shoWing iCwhat the ,.le, wevr,.
E S\n s 1,,, If TIIE VO'()lt'E left over
'r,,om ; previouI s wee.k wi.re .1i,[l. We
si; 'ii ll this week by sellinI ,,ver $14 0)
.vst,.rthI .. ( the 14th). We hltve. eigh
te'n alip.liatilns fL'r o1.ilrshil ti
,',,hi, l4.J',r,. Ih,o mt 'et ig to-night.
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het's mak,. lihe MIL ITANT MINO)IIITY
the hYEVOII TIONAIIY MAJORITY
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Warwick Off "S'ocialWar."
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issuiC Ihit I have nio comiliti.'l with tht.
"S,.ial War' 'aind have hIut been eon
ect (ed wit lh tile piaper since .June of this
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