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This is Number 50 Organizatioak Is Power I s - Sof THE VOIEA the FEh Vo11;ME II NEW ORLEANS, LOUISIANA, THURSDAY, DECEMBER 18, 1913 ia a Ibr The Seamens' Pill: Can You Swallow It? Larkin Unmasks Havelock Wilson. N. Y. Longshoremen In Revolt. Along the New York waterfront the Marine Transport Workers have a new joke. When you pass them you hear them sneeringly speak of the "Seamens' Pill." That is the name they have given to the now famous "Seamens' Bill," which has not yet been passed by Congress The star of tin-god Furuseth has gone down The men are sick and tired of him and have lost confidence in him. his international union and his fake bill. And well they might. In the meantime Furuseth, who is now parading his meek philanthropy over in London, getting on good terms with the master class by trying to smooth over the class struggle. At the same time he and his pals are busily trying to hide the de feat of the men and the failure of craft unionisn: they collect dues from, through nervously lauda tory articles in the "Coast Seamens' Journal" and in "The Seaman," the official organ of the "Nat. Sailors and Firemen's Union of Great Britain anti Ireland. Greedily they are appropriating all the praise and flattery showered upon the bill and Furuseth personally by capitalist politicians and others in the capitalist press. It is a case of trying to hypnotize the seamen in to believing that everything is going to be lovely now, and that they have no kick coming. Some of the seamen, of course, get hypnotized, swallow the "pill," rub their shrunken stomachs, and try to imagine th:at it makes them feel good. But you cannot fool all the people all the time. Here in New York the seamen refuse to take the I ill, howe' er - ,Ich the o(l leaders try to sugarcoat it. The F uruseth I Inion has tried to organize here in New 1 crk for quite some time, maintaining v st.ll ,, origanizers, or delegates. They have their shingle hung out on the waterfront, but nobody goes near their sign. When it takes 20 years of dues-paying to get one Furuseth pill, they do not think it worth while to keep it up. The sentiment is growingly in favor of thte ONE BIG UNION, the Nat. Industrial Union of Marine Transport Workers, I. W. W. In every vessel that we visit the demand is for solidification of labor's. forces, but it takes some time for that sentiment to crystalize into mass-section. In the meantime the longshoremen are stirring. Meetings of four different nationalities among them will take place here in New York within a week with a view tc joining the ONE BRIG I'NI,)N. We shall soon have the pill-manufacturers where we want them, that is, on the retired list. The workers have got to know that anything that is made lawful by the ruling class is no good to the workers. No laws are good for the workers except those the workers make and enforces them selves 0t rough their organization. The real "Sea men's Bill" will he made when the seamen, unite, into ONE lI(G U1NION, refuse to work under the present condition.) Then the ship owners will have to swallow the "Pill," manufactured for them bh the ONE BIG(; NION. Yours for organized action. C'. L. FILIGNO, Nat. ee'y-Treas., NATIONAL INI)l'STRIAL UNIO)N OF MARINE TRANSPORT W()KERS 211 West St., New York, N. Y. Addenda By The Voice. To the above sourd article on the "Seamens' Pill" THE VOICE adds the following ripping at tack by JIM LARKIN on lHave!ock Wilson the English M. P. Labor Faker, who, when appealed to by the Seamen in the Port of New Orleans, during their fight on the United Fruit Trust, to prevent the Chinese scabs from leaving English Ports handed the New Orleans Unions the usual dope dished out by the political smotherers of united working class action and did absolutely nothing to help win the struggle, rather it seemed that he was with Furuseth, Bodine & Co. praying for the defeat of t e rebellious allied unions here. Larkin's at tack on the International Faker follows: LARKIN FLAYS HAVELOCK WILSON. Comrades,-Throughout the last thirteen weeks, the men, women and children in Dublin have through my personality, been attacked in the most insidious manner by certain Labor leaders. One gentleman farseeing Mr. Havelock Wilson, by letter and by the spoken word has continually imputed certain despicable actions to myself. Dur ing the negotiations carried on in Dublin Castle, at which Mr. Wilson was present by the courtesy of the men elected to represent the workers, ."ne never felt sure what his line of action w ut on the Friday night previous to the close of the en quiry it was agreed by the men representing the workers to draft a written reply to be handed in at the close of my verbal reply to the paid apologists for Murphy and Co. That statement was drawn up by the person appointed to draft the reply, Mr. James Connolly. Before being officially typed, each and every lin was discussed in all its bearings, and all present agreed that it embodied tl e minds of the men, and in consequence, a general Trade Union policy. It was signed by all present, Mr. Robert Williams (secretary of the Transport Federation), Mr. Wil son (of the Sailors' and Firemen's Union), substi tuted in place of the local secretary, Mr. Connolly, Mr. Johnson, Mr. Daly, and myself, representing the Parliamentary Committee of the Irish Trades Union Congress, Dublin Trades Council, and Irish Transport Union. Declined to Sign. On the saturday morning, the final day of the inquiry, Mr. Wilson, who had been stopping at the Shelborne Hotel, before we entered the conference room, declined to allow the document to be put in with his signature attached thereto. That com pelled his colleagues also to withdraw their signa tures, but the representatives of the Irish Unions and Dublin Trades Council decided that they would submit the approved document. That document has already been printed in the columns of the "Herald" and the "Citizen." I have possession of the original with the signature of Mr. Wilson at-. tached thereto. We wonder what made him change his mind. We are still wondering, but Mr. Wilson at the close of my remarks at said inquiry got up to state the case, as he put it, for his own Union. I will not pause to comment upon the position taken up by him, but from that hour until now he has continuously by innuendo suggested the repu diation of the Transport Union and the betrayal of the Dublin workers. Wilson's Tactics. On my release from prison, I made a public statement. Without hesitation and without enqui ry from me as to whether the statements attribu ted to me by the Press were correct or not, Mr Wilson immediately made a public pronouncement condemning me for something that I had not said. He went further. He sent out to every branch of his Union a type-written resolution asking the paid officials to get the resolution passed condemning me in all the moods and tenses. Even then I re fused to be drawn into a discussion with him. He Held Incommunicado. Under date of Dec. 10th, we received the follow ing letter from Judge Hudson: "The case of Rangel and others is set for trial in the District Court of Bexar County, 37th District, for January 4th, 1914. I can see no hope of getting this case continued but it may be that we can suc ceed in having only one of the men tried, which will give us more time for the others. Please get your men to work as it is very Im r portant to have funds with which to defend these men. I go home to Pearsall to-morrow. With best wishes, and assuring you that I have pleasant recollections of my interview with you, I am, Yours very truly, R. W. HUDSON. Late news from San Antonio is that the "au thorities" are refusing to allow the friends of the boys admittance to the jail. Rebels, of the World, arise! into action! Save these soldiers of liberty from the red-handed Huertaistas of Texas! Let every rebel do his DUTY, NOW, TO-DAY. What say YOU? Will YOU stand idly by and see these boys rushed to a doom that is far worse than death by the hellish state of Texas, without a fight? If not, GET BUSY!! I Am the Captain of My Soul. t Out of the nightthait covers me Dark as the pit from pole to pole, I thank whatever Gods may be t For my unconquerable soul. In the fell clutch of circumstance I have not winced or cried aloud, Under the bludgeoning of fate, My head is bloody though unbowed. Beyond this place of wrath and tears. t Looms but the horror of the shade And yet the menace of the years Finds and shall find me unafraid. It matters not how straight the gate How charged with punishment the scroll, I am the master of my fate, I am the captain of my soul. -William Earnest Henley. "Precedent breakers are the men who live to e day; not the faint, carbon-copies of real live men." went further. He sent out letters to his secretaries with instructions that they were not to appear _ upon any platform nor support me in any way. SThis gentleman, while openly up to a certain point expressing his support of the Dublin men, has been 3 negotiating with the employers in Dublin through t Mr. Barry, manager of the British and Irish Steam Packet Company. He has advised members of his f Union that we are in the wrong, and practically . suggesting that they should resume their work. I intend to deal with this gentleman's conduct in a more detailed way officially. It suffices to draw our readers attention to one prominent fact. The scabs at present in Dublin are supplied from the Shipping Federation by Mr. Cuthbert Laws Secretary of that Federation. Cuthbert Laws is 1 known as a Strike Breakers' Organizer. Yet lo and behold, this pure minded and intelligent and hon - est Trade Union Leader wines and dines with Mi. f Cuthbert Laws and others belonging to the Ship ping Federation at a banquet in London. "You can not touch pitch without being defiled." Perhaps Wilson will explain his connection with Cuthbert SI aws and Runciman, Vice-President of the Ship Sping Federation. And we wonder, did he express - his opinion of the importation of scabs to Dublin to his friend Mr. Cuthbert Laws? We hope the t Members of the National Sailors' and Firemens' I. Union will take some notice of this, which is one of r many interludes in Mr. Havelock Wilson's eventful career. S We leave Wilson here and proceed to do our work.-James Larkin, in "The Daily Herald," of SLondon, England, of Nov. 28th, 1913. Pllies "hPard " M Fire. All exchanges eomg sMa Naw ZelA. ht i "glorious land" so lo helds t to wtm es workers by the Politil Solalists as the V*'s. dime" of ibor, tell of a great imbhsisn o the osee, there and everything happeg a g there isb p Marx's statement that "The Ste is a bat the Gen' Committee of the Capirlslt (ss" te e as it is proving the edito of "The Tmber Wdeuhw a liarwhen he states as he does in his ditlal eel uimn, issue of Dec. 6th., that " Tlr (the Psrest and Lumber Workers) willb ustray, rausis their strength in the political ield, for tee las the rdot of all the injustices that me heaped eats tm working clas. They will realise that in erder . secure better working conditos they mast e move the cause that brought about these cedi tions. And this can only be accompshed by elet-. ing men to national, state and mamieipal euless from their own ranks." Al this stateet and .nure, the New Zeland and British Workis Cla Lrebe, isprovsng a damnd e t the w.t fstr as it is also proving Jay Pt's slopp prase of A. F. L. in the same issue of "The Timber Worker" (?) a damnedl lie, for everywhere the workers have had to rst wreckA. F. of Lism be. fore it was possible to make headway. Agan,a d the news coming f England, Australia, Italy, South Afria, Ireland, al every land on earth PROVES that the L W. . and Straight Sy ae. ist Unions the only real woridng dss. eageni- . saties on earth and tlt mat satelphat him ill " it there any hope for, especially, the UNSEIf.JULD WORKERS. To show you how bitter is the labor war raging in New Zeland we quote the following from "The Industrial Unionist" of Nov. 6th. The whole country is ablaze. Says The Unlenist: "New Zealand is ablaze with strike and talk of strike. Never before in New Zealand's working class history has the spirit of conscious revolt and industrial solidarity been so manifest. From north to south and from east to west the same feeling and purpose is to the fore. Unioss, bodies, and groups of workers who appeared as sleepy as the owls at night have torn the eco nomic bandage from their eyes, and stepped forth to take a hand in the grim fight of the working class against tyranny, despotism, and exploitation. To the student of proletarian science this is not to be wondered at in the least. The Old World feat-' ures (capitalistically speaking) are so glaringly and preponderantly manifest that the wonder is New Zealan's working class have not long since made a mighty kick at Capitalism's cruel yoke. The scene changes, however. What was yesterday, will not be to-morrow. As the masters of bread increase in wealth and power, so, too, do they show their arrogance, and assert their fiendish propensities, till their victims and slaves can withstand no longer. So, then, in New Zealand to-day the workers are faced with the self-same proposition as the workers in other countries. The same issue is at stake, the same fight ha to be faced. AND NEW ZEALAND'S WORKERS ARE FACING THE ISSUE NOBLY AND GRANDLY AGAINST TERRIBLE ODDS. And what of the swinish bourgeoisie? They, like all other ruling classes who have battened and.fat tened upon the fruits of other men's labor, are drunk with riotous living and wasteful, useless lives. Yea, it is these who own and control the news papers that poison the minds of our country breth ren, who dictate the school curriculums, hire preachers to ladle out slave ethics and preach a creed pregnant with superstition. It is they who cry "We must maintain law and order," and at he same time resort to the lowest and vilest methods to cause bloodshed and misery, chaos and even murder. There is nohiang so vile and mesa sad ser did for the bourgeoisie of New Zealand. Their god is surplus value; their ambition to live without working." O "Yesterday is in the dim past; to-morrow is in the dim future; get busy, for to-day is short.'