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LABOR UNITED IS LABOR TRIUMPHANT.
This is Number 51 Organizatio*n Is Power . 52,-,, HE VOICEof POP VOLUME II NEW ORLEANS, LOUISIANA, THURSDAY, DECEMBER 25, 1913 MIGlHT Is iaG Open Letter on Cline & Rangel Case Also Wherein We .Touch On Land Steals and Forest Thefts. New Orleans, La., Dec. 20th, 1913. Honorabl-----, Washington, D. C. Dear Senator: Yours of the 13th. just received. Your informa tion re the cases of Cline, Rangel and their com panions is partially wrong. Absolutely no credence can be given the reports of the affair in the Texas papers for they are all owned or completely domi nated by the gang of despoilers of the South that is lead by John Henry Kirby, chieftain of the Lum ber Trust, ex-Senator Bailey and the heads of the Santa Fe R. R. System, which is a British corpor ation and which is heavily interested in Mexican "concessions," or its principal owners are. This gang is also heavily interested in Timber, Desert and Marsh lands in the Southern States, and these lands have been practically stolen from the Public Domain. Many men in Western Louisiana have in the last few years sought to homestead certain lands down here but in every instance they have met with determined resistance from the land offi cials of the State and of the United States. The Long-Bell Lumber Co. of Kansas City, Mo., holds thousands of acres of land around the town of De Ridder, La., to which its "Title" is said to be so rotten that it cannot pass deeds to prospective pur chasers. There is now a bill before Congress, I believe, to confirm the title to these stolen lands, the "Pacific Railroad Grans bill," it is called, I think. So this gang is fighting for an empire. It is also driving the South into armed rebellion by its infamous suppression of the most elemental human rights. The notorious Pat Calhoun of San Francisco is I am told, one of Kirby's partners. The great lock out of the Louisiana Forest & Lumber Workers, one of the most cruel and shameless ever ordered, which began in the first part of July, 1911 and lasted until February, 1912, at the end of which thousands of men, women and children were re duced to the dire extremity of holding their bodies and souls together on meals that consisted of only cornbread and molasses, and of which lockout you have doubtless heard, (but garbled as are the re ports coming from the Texas cases to-day)-this brutal lockout, I am cinvinced was brought on, not so much to "crush the Union," as was boasted, but to allow the Southeri~ Lumber Operators Associa tion to clean its yards of surplus lumber and at the same time to relieve it of the necessity of feeding the thousands of families whose very lives it had destroyed by its nefarious system of peonage, than which that of Mexico under l)iaz was no worse. In fact, Kirby is said to have boasted that he once vis ited Diaz and tiat the old Werewolf was so taken with him and his ideas that he urged him to stay and help "develope" Mexico on more up-to-date lines. Not only did the terrible lockout of 1911 en able the Operators Association to clean out its yards without any re:,ponsibility of feeding its des titute slaves, but it also enabled it to hold up the consumers of lumber for famine prices, which it proceeded to do and-to lay it ALL on the Union. These pointers I drop you that you may know tl.e forces seeking the victimization of ('line and Ran gel. (line is nothing but a boy and is to be victim ized for his part in the deifense of the "(;rabow Rioters" and the great strike of the Forest and Lumber Workers at Merryville, La. Rangel is an old veteran of the Mexican Liberal Party and he is to be victimized for a like crime--that he fought the goodl fight of human liberty against the rapers of Mexico and l)ixie. It is false that the revolu tionists "in turn hunted the Sheriff', posse"--they did all in their power to a'oid a~cont!ict. It is false that they "captured the Sheritf himself"-- the men captured being deputy sheritf's Ortiz and Huck wl;o are ,from all account: received, two of the greatest scoundrels that ever went unhung. A Mexican deputy sheriff in Texas is about on a par with the Negro gunmen of the Lumber Trust-about as low a brute as ever took the form of man. Further, the "smugglers," even according to "deputy sherif" Buck's own testimony, treated the prisoners kindly and Ortiz was killed against orders by the man who had him in charge when he persisted in try ing to hang back in order to waste time and ena ble the Sheriff to overtake the hunted men. It is said Ortiz was bound at the time, hut it is also true that the man who killed him was himself killed, so that ought to square accounts, as it was taking the life of a man for the life of a beast. It is further true that the Sheriff's posse fired upon these men without warning or even demanding that they sur render. The hunted men did not return the fire un til several of their companions had been shot down and killed in this infamous manner. For the crime of defending themselves against as merciless a gang of Rurales as ever curst the earth ,the infa mous "sheriffs ring" that has been organized to hold the "conquered South" under the iron hell'f Northern and British Carpet-Baggers and ern Scalawags, these men, most of them no but boys fired with the glorious spirit of hum liberty, are being railroaded to the hellishly inhu man penetentiaries of Texas, there to suffer body ruin and soul-assassination. Further, when the "smugglers"--(John Paul Jones was also a "smugglers of arms," I believe)-surrendered, the "officers of the law" sat around them in council and debated "whether or not they would lynch them." You will say that "such things are impos sible." So once, too, did I think-until I saw with my own eyes the "sheriffs ring" in action and the Burns Detective Agency and the Attorney for the Southern Lumber Operators Association attempt to take possession of the Court at Lake Charles, La., to railroad Emerson of the Forest and Lumber Workers Union and his comrades to the gallows, an attempt which was only desisted in when that infamous Agency began to fear for their lives and the Lumber Trust to fear an insurrection. Well, this can but tire you and nothing you can do can prevent the railroading of these men to the gallows or the galleys of Texas--nothing but the WORKING CLASS can now save these victims from the murderers of human liberty who have held too long already the once great, fighting State of Texas in their grafting grip. But I thank you for all you have tried to do and t} ink always kindly of you as the only high placed public man I know who has even offered to raise his voice in behalf of human decency and justice. With best wishes to you and yours, I remain, Yours to the last for human liberty, COVINGTON HALL Defense Funds Notice. o WHEATLAND: Send all funds for the defense of the Wheatland Victims to, Andy Barber, Sec. I. W. W. Locals, 114 First Street, Sacramento, Cal. TEKAS VICTIMS: Send all funds to Victor (ravello, Box 1691, Los Angeles, Cal., Secretary of the Rangel-Cline Defense Committee. PORTLAND MEETINGS. The Portland, Oregon, locals will hold regular propaganda meetings twice per week in the hall at ;;8(9 l)avis St., during this winter. New stereopti con installed. Good speakers needed for meetings in hall and on the street. Everybody welcome. B. E. NILSSON, Sec'y Portland Locals, I. W. W. Emerson Starts Birthday Celebration. Fellow-Worker Arthur L. Emerson sends in the first donation to our Birthday Celebration Fund. We received the following letter from him to-day, Dec. 18th: "Dear Hall:--Just received THE VOICE. See your call to celebrate its birthday. Enclosed find $2.00, one for one more year's worth and one as a Birthday Present for that red young fellow, THE VOICE. May it never die but live to carry on until the end the great fight it has made for the eman cipation of the Lumberjacks and all the workers. I would send more but J am unable just now as I have been working under disadvantages ever since I came here. I also broke my ankle some time ago and am just getting so I can walk on it a little. I think a great fight is about to come on all over the country and that we will need THE VOICE worse than ever and tell all the old guard I say-LET'S KEEP THE VOICE GOING NO MATTER WHAT THE COST. If every man of us would send one dollar apiece, ONLY ONE, and do it IMMEDIATE LY we would save the paper and it would go on a big boom in the Spring, I fully believe. Remember me to all the boys and love to all of you from one who hopes to be with you all again in the great fight that is coming. Yours for the success of THE VOICE, A. L EMERSON." THE VOICE thanks one he has always loved for the helping hand extendedin.thisaa w g t need and more for the spirit shown in the above letter. NOW that he has started the ball rolling, WHO will be the NEXT to say, "THE VOICE SHALL NOT DIE !" Altogether, boys, and we win hands down! Let's show the Lumber and Shipping Trusts that they haven't whipt us yet and NEVER WILL. Yours in the fight for Freedom, COVINGTON HALL. Ball Front Out. All Woodsmen at Ball's Front, La., are out on strike, demanding the DISCHARGE of a SLAVE DRIVING FOREMAN. All Woodsmen take notice and warn all workers to stay away until fight is won. For the information of would-be SCABS we will state that the country surrounding this Front is VERY UNHEALTHY for blacklegs and that the Woodsmen and Working Farmers around there hate a SCAB worse than a rattlesnake. If the Woodsmen at Grace and Elton would fol low the Ball Front rebels and also walk out against their slave-drivers, and the Woodsmen every where follow suit, the Southern Woods would pret ty soon be cleaned out of these Egyptian-like task masters. The more you stand from these slave drivers the more you will have to stand, so when ever one of them appears on a job let every Woods man on it walk off until he is discharged. Go to it. Keep the good work started by the Ball Front' Woodsmen rolling until every last one of these man-killing slave-drivers is put on the bum. GO TO IT, NOW, TO-DAY. New Zealand Labor War. One of the greatest Labor Rebellions of modern times is on in New Zealand, the politicians "Para dise." The capitalist papers there are holding the I. W. W. responsible for the upheaval, and de nouncing it as "anarchy imported from America!" But a glorious spirit of solidarity is holding the workers together against the Bosses and all the in dications point to victory. Lack of space prevents us giving this great rebellion the space it deserves and also prevents publication of many fine articles on hand. Fellow-workers! Let's get together and turn the Continent of North America over, too! We can do it! We will do it! We shall do it! 'We MUST do it! Unite!! "The Great God Ber The god of Babylon, the greatest city a the M cient graiters, was "The Great God Bel" sate of his children seem to be livig stil. Comrade J. L Grossenbacher of Elton, La., called na when passing thrl the city on hi way to eile o the 18th. He states that the slaves working in the woods for the Bel Lumber Coa ear Eltoe hive nothing on the slaves of Bel of Old. He state t the price for long cutting on this rotten ob is 40e per thousand, BUT, that by a wonderful syt of scaling (?) prevailing in that neck of the wds (elsewhere as well) anywhere frim around 1400 feet and sometimes more constitqts a 1000. A slave-driver by the name of Tarn ewitt, he says, is foreman on this stomach-eoblng job. He will stay there until the boys at Elton get up ant backbone to walk out of his hellhole and stay out until he is discharged. Comrade Grossenbarcher tells us of other mire. des worked by the desmendants of Bel in and around Elton. One of the best of thee beig the moving of a house on which a court hand granted Comrade Grossenbarcher a lain for repair work done on it by himself and his boy, a little lad only 14 years old. Another story is of a pee e land he sold and found still in the ame of the U. S Government when later he was lookih ovel the land records there. When land stays in the ame of Uncle Sam or the States, the owners thereat don't pay taxes on it. This was a scheme put acrmes on different parishe by the nn of Winer Dnad-am sdw s io sM d a"e th - lied pillies. He says that many cares of land were bought, sometimes timber and a1, from people ig norant of their value for 75c to $8.0 per acre, which is about the prices at which the Lumber Trust, "bought" all its Southern Forest lands held by individuals. For the State lands, they made even better bargains with the pollies. Nothing makes the Lumber Kings and Land Sharks more nervous than a mere mention of how their sacred titles to whole counties came about, but, between them and the politicians interested with them. they have succeeded in keeping the lid on pretty tight up until to-day. Against a Lumber King, a Land Shark or a Railroad a would-be "Home steader" in Louisiana has had about as much chance of getting anything from the "Public Land Offices" as a snowbird has of flying thru Hades. But however, this may be, WHY don't you Woods men at Elton get up off your knees and copycat the REBELS at Ball Front? YOU haven't got anything to lose but a rottet jtd at the worst. LOSE IT, OR MAKE THE SLAVE-DRIVER LOSE HIS. "The Unemployed Army," Fellow-Worker T. J. O'Brien writes from Stock ton, Cal., as follows:--"We went on another ram page here. We started an "Unemployed Army" and they are marching south to Los Angeles making the cockroaches come thru with the chuck, etc., showing the scissorbill the Power of Organized Begging, and so on. There are thousands of work ers begging as individuals, and getting run around and out of the towns and cities, who can take this hint if they want to as it is free. The name of this outfit is "The Unemployed Army," but it can be changed at any time. There is a great chance to work among them now: if they wont come to you, go among them, is our motto, to deliver the goods and we will have no trouble getting them when they get a job, and need them for something else." Some stunt that. It makes us wonder what would happen to this crazy system of society if the millions of unemployed ALL began such a march, DEMANDING BREAD? The Philistines would either have to GIVE it as a "charity" or it would be TAKEN as a NECESSITY. Yes, we wonder what would happen? "The workingclass is going to possess the world. Possess it and run it so that all may have life, edu cation, recreation, travel and work. Do you get uS ?"