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THE VOICE the, PEOPLE
(Formerly "The Lumberjack.") education * Freedom in w*w Organization w Industrial Emancipation Democracy Published eekly by NationaalIndu trili of dPorst sad Lumber Workers, Southern District. Office of Publotleien: 520 Poydras Street, New Orleans, La. COVINGTON HALL, Editer. SUBSCRIPTION RATES: Yearly, United Stat.e ........... ...............................1. 8ix Months, United States ..................................... .64 Foreign, Yearly ................. .............................. Bundle Orders, Per Copy (ia Canads) ...... .......................... " Bundle Ordes. Per Copy (a United tates) ........... ...........*.02 tingle Copies ................................................ . P LEASE NOTE. In sending money for the paper do not mix it with monies Intended for the organisation, as the paper carries a separate account. Cash must accompany all orders. NATIONAL INDUSTRIAL UNION OF FOREST AND LUMBER WORKER- BOUTHERN DISTRICT. District Headquarters .............11 Gould Avenue, Alexandria, Louisiana Jay Smith ............................... Secretary outhern District EXECUTIVE BOARD-SOUTHERN DISTRICT. J. N. Philips. W. . Hollingsworth, D. a. Gordon, . L. Ashworth, Fredonia Steveaes. SUBSCRIPTION EXPIRATIONS. Your subscriptlon expires with the assue number opposite your name on wrapper. If you do not wish to miss a copy you should renew your subeerip ton at least two weeks before erpiratona. Please notify us if you do not receive your papers regularly. Entered as Second-class Matter July 5, 1912, at the Post Office at New Orleans, La., under the act of August 24, 1912. THE VOICE MAINTENANCE FUND. November Donations: C. L. Filigno, Sec. M. T. W....... $2.50 L . U . 578, N . O . L a .................. ......................................................................... 1.00 J. J. F ............................................ 1.00 L. U . 396, Rosepine, La........................ ............................................. .. 3.05 J oh n D ow e .................................... ............................................. -................................ 4 .0 0 W . E. Landsberg ............... ............. ...1.00 E d. H yland ..................................................................................... 2.00 H . A llm an ................ .... .... ............................. .................................. 2.00 Sam A nderson ...... .............................................................. ...... 1.00 THE VOICE thanks the Rebels for their aid and confidence. In addition to the above straight donations, several Locals have paid for several weeks in advance declaring that THE VOICE should not and must not suspend. If we can pull THE VOICE thru the Winter there is every prospect of its staying in the field as we are already beginning to get orders from places never heard from before, this despite the bitter fight that has been and is still being waged on the paper by Socialist politicians and other forces in west Louisiana and elsewhere. Help us to wake the South to a New Re bellion. To all Locals and Rebels ordering 10 or more copies and paying 10 weeks in advance, or 50 or more copies and paying FIVE weeks in advance, or 200 or more copies and paying bi-weekly or monthly in advance, we will make a rate of, in United States 1 1-2c a copy, in Canada 2c a copy. Charged accounts 1-2c a copy extra. No account carried over 30 days without a remittance. UNITED STATES: 5 copies, 13 weeka ............................... .. ........ $1.00 CANADA, 4 copies, 13 weeks ......... .....................1.................... .00 PREPAID SUBCARDS: Send for a supply of Prepaid Six Months Subcards to TIlE VOICE. In U. S. FOUR for $1.50; TEN for $3.75. OR in CLUBS of FOUR or more subscribers we will make THE VOICE 75c a year in U. S.; in Canada, all going to SAME Post office, $1.00 a year. GET BUISY! MAKE THE CIRCULATION REGISTER HUM! "IF DECENTRALIZATION WERE APPLIED." By Covington Hall. THE VOICE has received the following query from Fellow Worker Albert Coler, of Spokane: "I would like for the editor of THE VOICE to give his opinion as to the status of a case under Decentralization. A few years ago the I. W. W. Locals in Great Falls, Mont., violated a clause in the Con stitution by signing agreements with their employers. Vincent St. John sent a G. E. B. member to Great Falls and revoked said char ter. What would be the status of such a case if Decentralization were applied to the Organization ?" First, the editor of THE VOICE does not claim to be an authority on Decentralization; he is looking for knowledge, too, and striving for a more powerful organization, but, be that as it may, he do's not think the application of Decentralist principles to the I. W. W. would affect such a case at all as, practically, Fellow-Worker St. John did not "revoke" said charter; he simply took such action ai the Constitution made MANDATORY. In the moment the Local at (;reat Falls signed the agreement, in that moment it, itself, auto matically put itself out of the I. W. W. and, under Decentralization, should that provision of the Constitution remain a law of the Or ganization, as I believe it would, the offending Local would meet ex actly the same treatment. Fundamentally, the theory of Decen tralization aims at vesting all power in the hands of the member ship, but this would not relieve an offending member or Local free of discipline. For instance. the German Syndicalist Union does not FORCE any of its constituent Locals to contribute to Strike Funds BUT, a local refusing so to do cannot in turn make a call for strike aid when in trouble. Neither have any of the General Officers of this Union power to issue such calls. Its general laws make it man datory on all Locals to have in their local treasuries a strike fund equal to one week's pay at . p embers and not until this fund Is exhausted can the Local edsil forrils aid. Then it sends in Its call to the General Secetary, s,, aun, the laws make it madatory on him to send out to al the other Local, and he has no optin n the matter. Should any Loeal tuue to meet its assessment, which is fixed by the laws, it cannot, as already said, claim the beneAt of this assessment in case it is in turn orced on trike. The same principle would apply under Decentralization in the Great Palls case. Again, the French Confederation of Labor does not FORCE its constituent Locals to pay their dues to the District Councils, as I understand it, but, a Local so refusing is automatically shut out of the General Convention in which the right of representation is prized, as this Convention is, by the very nature of its organisatlon the workers themselves assembled. I anticipate that here it will be asked, "Did not the Constitution of the I. W. W. endow the G. E. B. with the power it used in the case of THE INDUSTRIAL WORKER ?' It did, and with DISCRE TIONARY power, a thing no Labor Union should ever grant to its executives, for such power carries with it, of necessity, the right of government. Such provisions in the laws of a Labor Union merely transfer Republicanism (government of the people by elected rep resentatives) from the Political field to the Industrial, from the State to the Union, and we Decentralists want none of it, for we are aiming at Industrial Democracy-self-government. The DUTY of an Executive Officer to enforce the mandate of an organizsation is one thing; his RIGHT to govern quite another. All the Socialist Organizations tend toward this principle of gov ernment by representatives; all Anarchist Organizations away from it; while the Syndicalist Organizations seeksa combination of both principles in a Federalism that depends for its Social Power mainly on the idea that, if the members are left free to act, they will of their own accord, support each other in times of war, will automatically act on their class interests, will arrive at SOLIDAR ITY thru their instinctive knowledge or the NECESSITY of MU TUAL AID. With these ideas I agree, in them I believe, more strongly to-day than ever. "Ye must be born again" is also a Syndi calist cry, and it is a true cry, for until the workers act for them selves and each other, INSTINCTIVELY as it were, there is no power that can bring Industrial Democracy. The Social General Strike will never be ordered-it will be born of a grand outburst of class emotion that will sweep down the capitalist world before it as resistlessly as the tidal waves of ocean sweep all barriers from their paths. And so I believe the I. W. W. should be placed squarely on its great PREAMBLE and all its laws be made to conform to its spirit, that we should place ourselves flatfootedly on a Syndicalist pro gram, and then, and NOW, all get together and give the capitalist class still more reason than ever to fear the "fighting I. W, W." I, for one, believe a New World is about to be born, and I, for one, believe we, I. W. W. and all the Unions of Labor, are wasting too much precious time worrying over the crossing of the T's and the dotting of the I's; that the main thing is to front the foe with the old time passionate I. W. W. spirit, crying, "Workers of he World, Unite!" "ON WITH THE SOCIAL GENERAL STRIKE!" THE CI4IMTRUGGLE. By Ruby Idom. That the American people are now in one of the greatest strug gles the world ever saw, no one can deny. The growing determina tion of the workers to be master of their own destiny is the fore shadowing of the most tremendous change time has ever recorded. The Class Struggle is a terrible reality, little by little it has formed the world into two antagonistic camps, Capitalists and Laborers. Do you belong to the master class or are you with the workers? You belong to one or the other, there are no half-way grounds. If you make your living through rent, interest, or profit, you are an ex ploiter. If you work for wages, or in any way support yourself by your own mental or physical efforts, you are exploited, whether you believe it or not. The interest of these two classes are not the same but positively antagonistic. The master class constantly demand more profit, more interest, more rent, higher prices for commodi ties, and they organize, consolidate, monopolize, and fight to se cure it. While, on the other hand, the workers demand higher wages, shorter hours, safer and cleaner places to toil, better houses, lower rents and cheaper commodities. So you see it is very clear that both cannot have their demands at the same time, and, so, the workers,.who are the great majority, must, like their masters, or ganize, consolidate, monopolize, and fight to secure their demands. This class struggle would end in less than thirty-six hours if every laborer would rise as one man and demand his rights. And, you lumber trust slaves that sit and dream about what the Union is do ing, and wonder when it will get its demands, and yet never lend a hand to promote its progress. Oh! what a miserable shirk you are You that refuse to push or pull or in any way work for the emanci pation of your class, you that are in the habit of laying down on the job and allowing your less selfish fellow-worker to bear your bur dens and his too, what gnawing of conscience will you have, an I what will your wife and children think of you when the victory is finally won ? Your selfishness will be pitiful, yes, it will be contemp tible, for if there is one thing on earth a womam despises, it is a cowardly man, yet good, old pious people tell us that "woman should take no part in industrial or political problems, they declare that "woman's sphere should be the home." If so, why don't they build up a structure of society that will allow us to have a home? How many workmen in this Capitalist cursed country of ours owns a home, especially the lumberjacks? His home generally consists of two of the Bosses old worn out cars or a couple of tents set down in some lonely God-forsaken pine woods, here, in this miserable hovel, the wife and mother must endeavor to make a home with no comforts whatever, no green vines to adorn her home, no shade trees, no flowers, nothing to add beauty and softness to life. The furniture is just what can conveniently be thrown on an old ox cart or a flat car when the Boss says its moving day. And what can we promise our children under such conditions? NOTHING BUT A LIFE OF SLAVERY. When I think of the thousands of little children that are shut out from opportunity, and know that the fathers of these little ones are wholly to blame, my very soul cries out in revolt and I almost fancy that we live again in the Dark Ages when women did all the drudgery and men's chief delight was to kill each other. If this Class Struggle is ever solved it must be solved by men and women, both. A great many men when asked why they don't carry a Union card, declare they "don't have time to fool with agitators," that it "takes all their time to make a ~lag." They edg eaat -aste , iIn ai " toak b "lg a ivivg fom- 0b -r aes sIlmass, the aUiJ a .Mi * eas and hasndr bes : Nt the Doe has stent * binN a city block" he gets amuh the bkt via; he alb'"t a wht you common DeWs do. Yoes da't kick musk e iutslvi m threfourths at what ys preda, bpt ou think I.s ,We a' travaant to pay 60 ents a m(sea to a lh"b i thidu t atld~ m furls Its colors is a wa ohma eaýg stia and has proved self true in every rale ecm t by lkting the wowkg sol Dear watber, make this a p1a14 u matter. TwIK,"m trial Workers haven't got theirdneds became I have wled to do my dutr; Ind your play M d I it, g wam h theim frwail mom at the revoktion. Let's put treseaocal vaampts that hol~tle jingle of dolbs dearer than they dobLmns life to ight. Yoemmn't do it and be slothful and ltdlvrtt. Iadldrel s mid Rev n eve dwelt in the same breast. Ask the old warriors of the workinrg class why they have met with so much defeat, not one will tll yo u 'ts the oslaaghts od cap italism; 'tis always the indifference of the working class. Ask the editor of THE VOICE which he fears the most, the fight the Lam. ber Kings are putting up against THE VOIZE or the slump ia dr culation. I am sure he will tell you that If the workes wMl ppoe the paper the Boss could turn every settling gun he had loes a it, and he couldn't hurt it. The Boss is now in the sadde became he sticks to his class and, if the workers ever dump him, they, too, must stand by their class. If it is treason to agitate for a form of society that means death to Capitalism, then who with me will be a traitor? ROTTEN CONIDTIONS IN ROTI( N TBYAS. Fellow-Workers and Comrades: Knowing that we all follow the trend of labor in all its phases and that we try to bring the standard up and educate the workers so that they all will be ready for the Industrial Democracy, or all be working for it until it is established, but, while the Industrial Dem ocracy is forming, let's pay some heed to the rotten, unbearable conditions that exist in the Rotten State of Kirbyites (Texas). In speaking of rotten conditions let us dwell first on those that exist while one is a prisoner "under the Law." Law in the State of Texas is a farce, more so than in any other State. A man going up for trial in (Bexar Co.) San Antonio, on the most flimsy evidence is railroaded without the semblance of "justice." If they see they can not convict a man they throw his witnesses in jail and threate*. them and, most generally, a witness does not stand up under this third degree and, naturally, their object is gained, that of sending a person to the penitentiary where he is doled out to the "Man agers" on the penal farms.. First of all, we see men who are not convicted, only "charged" with some "offense or crime," being led around the streets with chains around their necks like wild animals, something that. doe not happen in any other State in the Union or in the world, net even in the darkest parts of Africa or in Exile Siberia. Russia is considered the worst country on earth but one has to come to Tea as to see theoutrageous treatment and brutalities such as no other country or State would allow. If one happens to be untfrtnate and belongs "up north" then look out, for they then try every way ram der the sun to have him convicted and all the time, Texas is adver. tising for the Northern people to come down and settle in the beautiful State of Texas." In the jails one finds the most filthy conditions, worse than hog pens, food unfit for hogs to eat, let alone humaq beings and, if one makes a request for more or better, he gets even worse than he.was served before and then if he complains, he is threatened with al' the tortures from bread and water down or up. In Pearsall, Cotulla and Carrizo Springs one is threatened with starvation on any pretense and without provocation; in San Anto. nio one gets thrown in the dungeon on bread and water and then the cook is told to cut up some potatoes and meat and heat it up and give it to the S- of a B--'s; they don't need any more, and all of this talk comes from those whom one would look to for redress of grievances and, surveying the situation and finding things existing like the above with the "higher ups," how in the world can one ex pect to get any other than Texas "justice," which is known the world over as the most brutal existence. So, you workingmen and farmers, before you jump out of the frying pan into the fire before you come to such a hell hole as Texas, think twice. In the San An tonio jail a man must never get sick for, if he does, and he meets with the convict doctor, he will give you any old kind of dope and threaten to poison you if you don't shut up. Did you ever see an other place in the world where they would put a convict under sen tence of two years, to work administering to the asck? The onlv way one can get anything from him is to pay for it, and all the "dopes" get well taken care of, but the sick HE tells them he will POISON them if they ask him for anything. Oh, workingmen, in. vestigate this and see if it is not the truth and don't ever let your self be found in the State of Texas, as if you don't want to be treat ed worse than they treat the men in Russia or in the Penal Coloniets of Great Britain. In San Antonio County jail there are 11 men who have don. nothing other than voicing their ideals and going to the rescue of the working class in Mexico, and who had the misfortune to fall in to the hands of one of these man-hunters, who cannot hold his office as "Sheriff" in the State of Texas, unless he has some notches in his gun, or can oast of how many men he has killed, or what a good shot he is. One more thing before I close, rememben that there is no ques tion being raised in the trial of these men, but the Red Flag and the principles of all true and liberty-loving rebels, and that it i.s your duty to go to their assistance and see that no harm comes to these men through the "Laws" of Texas, for these men are of your class, and I know you don't want it said that some of our own class went down in defeat before the sialtar of Mammon because YOU failed to grasp the meaning of their struggle. Send all funds for this case to Eliza Alleman, Box 52, Sta. A., San Antonio, Texas, and don't forget that with your assistance al. will be on the firing line once again. ALL REBEL PAPERS, PLEASE COPY. S. S. 44. A lumberjack without a home, without a job, without brains, or without an I. W. W. membership book is a product of the Lumber Trust.