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ALL THE "POLLY" SAITH IS LIES.
Or ian 9zat9 TiI Power -W This is Number 49 Organization Is Power . 50 - of THE VOICE the PEOPLE VoucIMI II "Ml(;iir' Is Ruti~r" NEW ORLEANS, LOUISIANA, THURSDAY, DECEMBER 11, 1913 One Dollar Yer. VIA U RR U T (~ NY ALL- (5'GN _~X"ý , C, s Gettin His Goat, Or Unklln Th "Sile"Wokr __ ~ _ _ ~ - -------- Getting His iGoat, C Or Unskilling The "Skilled" Worker. · Lumber Workers and Working Farmers of Dixie, Organize: Revolt! iBy ('ovington IHal. "This afternoon" (l)ec. 3d.), said Professor Taggert, "I observed the luce harvester cut, top and strip cane for a distance of about forty feet. It worked well from start to finish. * * * * * The machine can top cane almost as well as by the hand method, and it is very promising." Now, many will ask "What has a cane harvester got to do with Lumberjacks and with Farmers who dont cultivate cane?" At first glance one would btH inclined to say, "nothing." BIut let us see. Is it not a fact that only a few years ago the vast ma jority of the men now working in the sawmills, white and colored, were all on tl e farms, many of them small working farmers themselves or the sons of working farmers? If so, then what put these men in the mills to be the peons of the Longs, Kurbys and I)ownmans? What is it that has stript the immense majority of the American people of all interest in the country, that has, in less than lifty years, reduced them from home owners to In'onIs ;ulln! tenants ? There can be )u'. one answer to these l'lestions-- -Tll' MACHINE Now, they who own it, speak of it as the "Labor Saving Mlachine," anml it is, to them; but to the workers, whether wage woIrkers or working far mers, it is not a "'hior saving" but a LABO()Elt 1)IS-PLA('INt; MACHIIINE. That is to say, and this statement I am about t,, make is borne out by tt-e greatest Scientists in the world, TH'E (;REA'i INVEN'TIONS tOF TEll. lAST 2!to YEARS HAVE NOT L(;IITIENE 'I)'tIl T'rlll. OF A. SIN(;LLE: WoRIKEIt ANYWitII.: (N :.A11Tl", I but have on the contrary, actually low\\ird the standard of liv ing among millions of the world's workers, have expropriated millions of working farmers from the soil and millions of once independent handicraft' men from their tools into factory wage slaves. Yet the inventors dreamed their work was to free the race and fill the earth with boundless plenty, and the dreams of the dreamers will not be in vain, for Liberty, Equality and Fraternity will be born of the MLAC HINE. THE MACHINE IS. GOOD. The Machine is good. This may sound strange, after I have shown all the human misery that fol lowed on the introduction of machine production, but the evil lies not in the Machine, but in the own ership and control thereof. I)id the workers own the Machine, were they organized to CONTROL it, tihen the Machine would be a blessing and not a curse to them, for to control the Machine is'to own the tremendous flood of products that flow from the mills and factories to-day, and which produc tion Free Labor could increase a thousandfold, for Free Labor would have no need, woull hold it an infamous crime to destry a million and a quarter sacks of rice, for instance, as the Louisiana-Texas Rice Trust is now prolposing to do, in order to bring on fammin prices. But Free labor we have not yet, and never will have until the World's Workers unite in the ONE IBI (;'NION, whic; is the I. W. W., and seize the Earth and the Machinery of Pro duction and I)istribution they have placed upon it. Under Private Ownership the Machine spells ex propriation, hunger and slavery for the workers, but under Common Ownership it means a Free Race in a Free World. To illustrate: Take the cane harvester; in the hands of the Sugar Barons it simply throws out of work and in competition for your job the army of workers that must go into the Sugar Belt every Winter to cut the cane: In the hands of these same workers it would meanl higher incomes for their labor and shorter hours of work for all, instead of as now longer hours awn lower wages for the workers and expropriation of the little farms of the working farmers. It is for pointing out to you these great basic truths of the Labor Movement tha we, I. W. W., are so bitterly hated and cursed by the Capitalists and Landlord,. They fear that too many toilers will be wakened for them and their infamous gunmen to resist. LUMBER KINGS MEAN TO HOLD I.ANDIS. If you Working Farmers will look down into the Sugar Belt and out on to the great ranches of Tex as and the West, you will KNOW that the Lumber Kings have no intention of really selling the vast tracts of land they now possess by virtue of as gi gantic a fraud as was ever perpetrated on a con quered people, as they call us Southerners, for by holding lands and working them as Taft is working his ranches down in Texas with the most improved machines and scientific processes, things you working farmers can never hope to possess in but one way, IN COMMON with all other workers. they, ti e Lumber Kings, can add millions on mil lions of dollars to their ill-gotten gains by forcing you to become, as their class has forced millions of other so-called independent workers before- SLAVES OF THE MACHINE. The writer hereof KNOWS of what he is speak ing; he is not taking his knowledge from books and colleges; he has been there; he has seen the Machine System sweep over the Sugar Belt in less than twenty years, seen the Central Factory ex propriate by the hundreds the small planters and farmers; seen the populations of whole parishes swept into slavery to a handful of Sugar aBrons and Lumber Kings-his people were among the EXPIO()I'IATEI). What happened there, is abou'. to happen in the Corn and Cotton fields, and for exactly the same reason-the MACHINE is marching on YOU as it marched on US. Thousands of your boys are already in the sawmills working at wages a savage would disdain, wages that pre vent them buying up the products you, their fath (ers working on the farms, produce, which means that to-morrow you turn your little patch over to the Landlords and go out into the world in your old age to become t.eir tenants or to beg the Lum ber Kings for a job) in the mills, and old men are not wanted by the Masters of the Machine-they want not YOU, but your boys and your GIRLS to hitch to their machines to grind into profits and throw on the scrap heap before they reach the age of forty years. YOU they have, or think they have already destroyed. THERE IS BUT ONE WAY OUT. There is but one way out of the terrible slavery that is staring the workers in the face, and that way is the ONE BIG UNION, the Industria' Workers of the World, the only Syndicalist Unior, on the North American Continent. For there is Celebrate The Voice's Birthday. ON THURSDAY, JANUARY 1st., 1914, THE VOICE WILL BK ONE YEAR OLD-IF WE GET THERE, WHICH WR WILL MOST SURELY DO IF YOU REBS STAND BY US AS YO0 HAVE IN THE YEAR GONE BY. HOWEVER WE GOT AS PAR AS WE HAVE, WE DONT KNOW, BUT WE DID ALL THE SAME, AND, IF WE CAN PULL THRU THE HARD WINTER MONTHS, THERE IS EVERY INDICATION THAT THE VOICE WILL BE SAFE AND BEGIN TO BOOM, AS ALREADY WE ARE BEGINNING TO GET SUBS AND ORDERS FROM PLACES NEVER HEARD FROM BEFORE. JUST LOOK, YOU REBEBL -YOU HAVE ALREADY DONE THE "IMPOBSIBLE" WITH THE VOICE, FOR YOU HAVE KEPT AN L W. W. PAPER GO ING IN THE SOUTH, WHERE IT IS MOST BADLY NEEDED, FOR A WHOLE YEAR NOW DESPITE ALL THE GRBAT ODDS AGAINST YOU. ALREADY YOU HAVE DONE A WONDER FUL WORK. LET'S CROWN OUR YEAR'S HARD TOIL WITH COMPLETE AND TRIUMPHANT SUCCESS. LE'S SHOW TIIE LUMBER TRUST AND ITS ALLIES THAT WE ARE HERE TO STAY AND THAT THE FIGHTING I. W. W. NEVER WAS AND NEVER WILL BE WHIPT. THEREFORE, I APPEAL TO YOU TO HELP US CELEBRATE THE BIRTHDAY OF THE VOICE IN A BEFITTING MANNER, AND TO THIS END I MAKE THE FOLLOWING SUGGIS TIONS:-LET EVERY LOCAL AND REBEL WHO BELIEVES IN THE VOICE AND ITS WORK SEND IN ONE DOLLAR EITHER AS A DONATION TO THE MAINTENANCE FUND, OR AS A RENEWAL OF THEIR SUBSCRIPTION, OR AS A FUND FROM WHICH THEY CAN ORDER PAlfERS TO BE SENT TO THEM AT A LATER DATE, THIS DOLLAR TO BE MAILED SO IT WILL REACH THE VOICE ON ITS BIRTHDAY, JANUARY FIRST, 1914. Yours in the fight for the World and all that on it is for thb Workers of the World, COVINGTON HALL. :'.'L":" " :"" **:':.'.'t.e' .:.-. e = a====== tr======= :: . St:tat . 88.4.8.-.S'4i.7 ""i but one way the Workers can free theihselves from the intolerable conditions that now beset them, and that is for the Workers to get together in he Un ion Hall, pass there what laws they want and go out and enforce them DIRECTLY ON THE JOB All our lives (is not this true?) we have been vot ing for this party and that party and looking to this or that set of politicians to do something for us, and they have-every last one of them have handed us a lemon marked "with the compliments of our masters, the Capitalists and Landlords," and as long as we look outside of OURSELVES, stay out of our OWN ORGANIZATIONS, we are going to get the same old--lemons--only if- we keep on accepting them the Capitalists ana Landlo ds are going to order the politicians to fill the lemons with cayenne pepper just for the fun of hearing us bel low when we get burnt. The time for stuffing bal lot-boxes past into history forty years ago, for the Political State became a useless thing when the Standard Oil Company was born. It has but one t real function to-day, and that is to issue Deputy r Sheriff Commissions to the gunmen of the Trusts, and the Capitalists and Landlords are releiving it of even this "patriotic" duty, as the struggle in J the Louisiana Timber Belt and all over the land bears me witness. Wherefore, then fool with a dead thing and waste the precious time and funds of the Workers on political machines and politi cians of any breed or party when with the same r expenditure of time and money you could be build ing up an organiatior that no power on earth could resist-the ONE BI GUNION, THE I. W. W.? v There is no other way out. Which do YOU chose --PEONAGE and TENANTRY for you and your I children and your childrens' children, or the I. W. c W. AND A FREE RACE WORKING ON FREE e FARMS AND IN FREE WORKSHOPS THE WORLD OVER? BE MEN, not peons and tenants. Begin to-day organizing the workers in your section into the N. I. U. of Forest and Lumber Workers, I. W. W. Twenty workers can organize a Local Union; five or ten form a group or branch. For full particulars write Jay Smith, Secretary of the Southern Dis trict, 1194 Gould Avenue, Alexandria, La.