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HANDS OFF MEXICO!
I('ontinnedl P'rom I'age 1).
hon. NINE I)OILAIRS A I)AY, rail
want to keel, up the existing condi
tions there as well as here. Can You
blame them? I)o not let us be fooled
Iy their talk about danger to Ameri
can citizens, as the majority of Amer
icans down there have taken out their
Mexican papers. They deserted this
count ry for the gruel of Mexico and
now let them stand by their decision.
You can not talk to the Mexican peon
a bout political action as it remedy, as
it is through political action that he
has been roblied and oppressed. lie
will shrug his shooulders and tell You
that I)iaz. and the (;ringoes took his
land from him and now he is going to
take it back or die in the attempt.
That is simple enough. lie is like
the hungry donkey. This donkey
gave the wise man, who told him to
go a round albout way to the hay, the
biggest and loudest haw haw in his
tory. Nothing like that for the peon
in Mexico. Ihe goes the shortest and
most direct way to his goal.
le it therefore resolved that we,
Local 65 1. W. W., appoint a press
committee to keep our papers sup
plied with facts about the Mexican
revolution and that we call uj on all
organized labor for ia more thorough
understanding of the Mexican situa
lion by the workers.
The ('onstitutionalists are fighting
for political power to Ienefit a few
leaders but the ranks are steadfast in
their determination to get possession
of the land.
T''hie Zaltistas are lighiting for
"land and liberty" and have already
got full control of six states in the
southern part of Mexico. They do not
want the capital. They say: "We
take the hland, let the masters have the
'This nma: that I mentioned in the
beginning is a man who ought to
know better than to advocate turning
this country into an agency of strike
breakers and scabs. They are dealing
out enough misery to the rebelling
workers in this country without re
cruiting men to serve the country as
solliers and then make scabs and
strikebreakers of them. If we toler
• te them to crush reblelling workers
in other countries we have no busi
ness kicking when the powers use
them against us.
So, Mr. Socialist (?), is advised to
study a little before lie talks again.
1(! is ooly disgracing the Socitlist
movemnenlt by talking in that line. A
Texas rancher knows h[etter than
M 'I ;i ll E. FI,()0I),
STREET ('AR MEN ARE DONE
AT SALT LAKE.
rotad fare and expenses for National
()l'iccrs "whIile on duty!" SIX I)OL
LAIES A IhAY and expenses for ()r
gaier. ( ?) !! ), you sucker.. ! O,
you "l'ni,,on ('cntract Labor" slaves!
WhIy should i'resident Mahon, get
rain or siaine, IDAII Y, nearly TEN
TIMEI:S Y(I:Il WA;E:? The Nation
al Jfficers 'I'IlIU('i': and the O()rganiz
ers TWIh'i. YOEI' )AIY WAGE?
Are Y()I "1 ( ?) Officers of a finer clay
thin 'f()l arce nmale of? iBut of such
is the \American Separation of Labor.
No wihnder Mahon andl his Preatorian
guard hate so bitterly the I. W. W.
(, you sucktrs! (), you "Union
('contra;ct Illor" slaves!
"The Vice Squad"
New'\ ()rlea;ns hails a "vice squad."
'IThe '"vice sluad(1" are he-policemen.
The bIusiness of the "vice sqluad" is
to hunt d iwn, arrest and jail poor, but
honest w(nmilen, who have been forced
iy c;allitalist society to earn their liv
iig trl'4ltligh the sale of their bodies.
I I' to liate tlhe "vice squatd" hasi ar
i't'-'tt',l only \womlH'n, for, Otlu know,
meivl, iouild I t, angels if it wiasn't for
\woliir ,vetrlastiingly "flirting" with
them. "liirting" is now ;l crime in
New t\\ )rleans, La. Foreign woomen
please take notice. The hle-virgins of
tl'e Knights of C'olumbus MUST BE
Chicago, Sept. 27, 1913.-The most
pronounced feature of the convention
was the strong current of decentrali
zation there manifested. In fact, the
convention was but one long battle be
tween the old and sinking school of
centralists and the new and rising
school of decentralists.
lUnlike in previous conventions,
when the scattering decentralists del
egation came from the West, this
time the strong decentralist minority
came from all over the country. In
addition to the West, Akron, Law
rence, New York, Pittsburg, in fact,
everywhere in the East that central
ism has had a fair trial in the recent
big strikes, made a strong demand for
decentralization. The argument of
t. II. Williams, that decentralization
is an idea originating in the individ
ual type of production in the West
and repugnant to the workers in the
big eastern industries was smashed
to smithereens. The eastern wing of
the organization has had a taste of
tle centralism that the West has long
suilftn d from. As a result it is tak
ing exactly the same stand as the
West. Decentralization has become
a national issue in the I. W. W.
Another feature of the convention
was the crudity and inexperience of
the decentralists. Possessed of a red
hot issue they failed to make good
with it. First, because of their lack
of knowledge of parliamentarianism;
Second, because of their unfamiliar
ity with the principles of decentrali
zation. To illustrate the first point.
A resolution which came before the
hause was concurred in by the major
ity report, provided that any resolu
tions not defeated by a three-fourths
vote should Ibe laced on the referen
dum. The minority report did not
concur. To bring the minority report
first for consideration before the con
vention (for olfvious reasons). Et
tor moved an amendment that the
word "minority" be stricken out and
the word "majority" inserted. The
decentralists unwisely let this be done
without any serious protest. Then
general confusion resulted, some
claiming the report had been adopted,
while ohers insisted the matter was
still open. St. John arose "to
straighten matter. out" and quietly
announced that the minority report
had been adopted. The decentralists
saw they had been flim flammed but
they didn't know how, so they could
not protest. They failed to see that
the amendment simply changed the
minority to the majority report,
which only entitled it to be consider
ed Ibefore the original majority re
port. It had nothing whatsoever to
do with the adolti)n of the report.
Thus the decentralists lost a chance
to get everyone of their projects on
Another mistake was not to have
put up a stronger fight against dele
gate Murphy. After a weak protest
Murlphy was given 12 votes although
clearly not entit'ed to any. (The seat
ing of Murphy was actually decided
Iy the votes of the ;. E. B.) Later
on Murphy's 42 votes swamped the
decentralists several times. In spite
of thir unskillful parliamentary tac
ties and Murphy's .12 votes the decen
tralists would have accomplished
some positive work if they had thor
oughly understood the principles of
decentralization. As it was, by their
bizarre resolutions, they alienated
much sulpport that they c uld ea;ily
have controlled had their resolutions
been more carefully framed.
A cai dinal fault of the decentralists
is that they don't clearly distinguish
Ibetween centralized organization, de
cenitralized organization and disorgan
ization. They see some centralized
institution that functions badly, and
instca( of carefully examining into
the true functions and how to make
it exercise thc:;e, they immediately
try to abolish it. Instead of trying
to dhccntrailiz( it by removing its au
thoritarian features they endeavor to
dcstroy it. In this attitude they are
andvocating disorganization and not
All through the convention they
paid the ponalty for this destructive
attitudle. Time and again the central
ists made the telling argument,
"Granted this institution Is afflicted
with abuses, but what do you offer us
in place of it?" And the decentralists
had little or nothing to answer.
Take for instance, the proposition
to abolish the national organizers.
During the debate the necessity for
some form of national organizers was
made so apparent that even the pro
poser of resolution tried ineffectually
to withdraw it time and again to re
model it. In this he was out jockeyed
by the centralists who wanted the res
olution to stand in its destructive
form. They even used the author's
efforts to withdraw the motion as a
powerful weapon against it.
The fight on the national organizers
was the first serious one of the con
vention. Had the decentralists won
it they might easily have gained suf
ficient prestige to carry the conven
tion and there is little doubt but that
the resolutior would have carried had
it been so framed as to permit of nat
ional organizers who should'be under
the supervision of the local unions
they were working for instead of the
The same is true of the motion to
abolish the G. E. B. Had the decen
tralists tried to decentralize the G. E.
B. (and G. E. B.s have been found to
be absolutely necesary in all unions
however decentralized), instead of de
stroying it they would have stood a
good chance of success.
In passing, I may remark that the
centralists also labor under the same
confusion as the decentralists, regard
ing centralization, decentrahzation
and disorganization, only in a reverse
sense. For instance, St. John, in de
fending the G. E. B., made an excel
lent argument for an administra
tive organization (or decentraliza
tion) ,and then jumped to the abso
lutelyl unwarranted conclusion that
centralized organization is necessary.
The decentralists take the opposite
course. They object to centralization
and jump to the unwarranted conclu
sion that disorganization is necessary.
The term "centralization" is habitual
ly used when "organization" would
Another feature of the convention
was that the I. W. W. seems about to
discover and develop the district
council, which has heretofore lain in
"innocous desuretude." But, as usu
al, the decentralists went to extremes.
lleretofore the district council has
been nothing and the industrial union
everything. They tried to reverse
this. Instead of giving both the
industrial union and district council
their proper spheres and autonomy,
they tried to subordinate the
former to the latter. Result, flat fail
ure, instead of possible success. The
decentralists would do well to study
the French movement which has
made a specialty of the district coun
cil for 20 years. Then they would
learn the true function of the district
council, how to finance it, etc.
The decentralists stand in sad need
of knowledge of parliamentarianism
and decentralization-a criticism that
is offered in all sincerity and friend
Another prominent feature of the
convention was the unwavering oppo
sition the centralists put up to the de
centralists. Although the latter, in
destroying the "Worker" and cutting
down the per capita tax of some locals
from $3,000 to $1,600, have definitely
shown that they have serious griev
ances and powerful weapons, which
they are ready and willing to use, to
right them, they received no consider
ation whatever. Not a single conces
sion was granted them, everything of
import they proposed was voted down
with a strong partisan vote.
Pacific Coast Notice.
The Southern District desires to
bring John Pancner into its territory
at the earliest possible date. He says
he can come if the COAST LOCALS
at San Pedro, Los Angeles, Redlands,
Imperial Valley, Cal., and Bisbee,
Ariz., will but arrange meetings to
help him make his way out. For full
particulars, write Jay Smith, Sec., So.
Dist., Box 78, Alexandria, La.
By J. R. Strother.
Do you lumberjacks mean to sub
mit and consent to peonage, to be
ground to powder and our rights and
country trodden down to the dust for
ever? Whatever may be our fate, do
we intend to violate the most solemn
obligation ever entered into by men,
the obligation to stand by our own
and by our class against"all comers
until we are all free? I know we do
not mean to submit, we never shall
submit. Through the thick gloom of
the present I can see the brightness
of the future, near at hand, when men
shall go singing to their work in the
woods and mills and leave their moth
ers, wives and children singing in the
homes they leave until the happy ev
ening brings them back again. We
never shall submit. To fight the war
for freedom-THIS in this life is VIC
TORY. If we fail it can be no worse
for us, but we shall not fail, for this
fight is for ALL labor. YOU, for the
future welfare of your little children,
join the great army of the I. W. W.
and help us win this fight for free
dom! WE NEVER SHALL SUB
Members No. 341 Notice.
Local 341 is in a very critical con
dition. Its Secretary, Richard Jones,
of whom we shall have more to say,
as soon as we get a cut made of his
photograph, stole the Local's funds.
This leaves No. 341 in a defunct con
dition. Therefore, every member of
341, who is out on a job is urgently
requested to pay up his dues, and al
so to contribute to a hall fund, so that
this strategic local may open head
JAMES SCOTT, Sec. Local 341.
29 S. Desplaines St., Chicago.
A Good Suggestion
It has been suggested that the first
brigade to go to Mexico in case of war
be the members of congress, the sen
ate, cabinet, Wall street brokers,
bankers, preachers, priests and rab
bis, and that they be compelled to
serve without promotion in the front
"Plenty of Room on Top"
SIncomas Number. Total Tax
$3,.0o1 to $5, ....... 126.0040 $634,,000
5..000 to 10,000....... 17,0o00 5,340,0o.0
10,100 to 15.000 ........ 53.000 4.240000
15,000 to 20,000........ 24,500 tl 3,115,00
20,000 to 25.000........ lo0.b 0 2.(100,000
25.000 t, 5 c1 ,0........ 21.000 9.660,000
50,000) to 75,..,0 ........ 6.100 6.132,000
75.4.000 to 110 , (4........ 2.4100 4.776.0011
1(140,t0 to 250).400........ 2.500 13t.775,00o
2511,0011) to 50,11.000.. 550 1.805.500
51(o,/000 to 1.040.0001....... 350 13.653,650
1.100,000 or above.............. 100 9,350.000
Totals.................. .. 425.001 0 $82.298.00,
The above are the Federal Govern
ments figures on the income tax. It
shows that only 126,000 persons have
annual incomes of and exceeding
$3000; only 178,000 exceeding $5000;
and, then look at and study the rest
of the totals and then gaze at the
grand total which shows that only
425,000 people out of 100,000 have
annual incomes exceeding $3000. 121,
000 persons only have incomes of and
in excess of $10,000 a year. These
121,00()) constitute and own the na
tion. Yea verily, with 99,575,000 at
the bottom, there is "plenty of room
It is said that "c'ery body hates
a liar," but that is a lie, for capitalist
society is one vast lie, which theie
figures prove, yet few there he that
HATE it,-this murderous lie that
degrades all humankind.
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TELEPHONE NUMBER 212
All Southern Locals I. W. W. should
get in touch with Secretary Jay Smith
at once and arrange a meeting for
Felloworker C. H. Edawrds, G. E. B
member who has just returned from
the General Convention of the L W.
W. and is now on the firing line for
new programme of work.
Local secretaries will be able to ar
range a meeting for Felloworker C.
H. Edwards by writing to Jay Smith,
Box 78, Alexandria, La.
Prepaid Sub Cards.
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sub cards to THE VOICE. In United
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for $17.50. Cash in advance. Spe
cial Canadian rates on application.
This is a bargain that will increase
your Local's literature sales and put
money in your treasury.
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Marcus Bawls limself Out.
City Central Committee L W. W.
Seattle, Wash., Sept. 29, 1918.
The following motion went through
M. & S.-That we notify "Solidar
ity" and "Voice of the People" that
Marcus Otis has been free lancing in
Seattle. against the wishes of the Se
attle locals, and all other locals are
warned to be on their guard against
Marcus Otis was employed by this
body as a speaker as long as we had
use for him, and when the time came
to dispense with his services, he
mounted a stand of his own and
"bawled out" the I. W. W. We, the
City Central Committee of the Seat
tle locals,! warn all locals that this
speaker cannot be controlled.
JOE MURRAY, Sec. C. C. C.
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