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DEATH TO "CITIZEN" LEAGUE VIGILANTES!
This is Number 53 Organization * Is Power . 54-,-- THE VOICE tPEOPLE VOL. III-No. 2. NEW ORLEANS, LOUISIAA, THURSDAY, JANUARY 8 1914 M TEXAS HUERTAISTAS DRUNK ON BLOOD. fro amt San Antonio, Texas, I)ec. 31st, 1913.-The whole at foree of the Texan plunderbund, the believd allies of the murderous bawdit-herd of Hluertaistas, and other gart exploiters and oppressors of the Mexican workers, are h howling at the heels of the dauntless army of workers who are fighting to secure the release of the fourteeen fellow-workers who are at present incarcerated in the wet poisonous dungeols of enlightened Texas because they wer aluh*.ious enough to attempt to make a fight for their own manhood against the enemies of their class in Mexico. The hounds are already licking their chops A at the prospects of the forthcoming feast of blood, if lice they are successful in sending Rangel, Cline and their the associates to the gallows and to the penitentiary. the They are sparing no effort to quash by any means all efforts that are being made to acquaint the work ing elims of Texas of the summary meting out of for capitalistic "justice" to these members of their class. or The night of Sunday the 28th, the obedient emis saries of the Texan bandits, under the leadership of aro Chief of Police I)avidson, raided the hall where a meeting was being held addressed by Jose Angel Hern- 11 andez, on behalf of the Rangel-Ciine Defense Fund. and dispersed the meeting. There were some three read hundred present and the meeting was perfectly orderly. In El Paso, Texas, a street meeting, addressed by Fellow-worker Tom Farrel Corder, was also broken up and Corder was escorted, by a score of official prostitutes, uniformed and otherwise, to the city, jail, 2J where he was hel4 for three days and forced to work owi at shoveling dirt while fettered with heavy chains otl and iron ball. It seems that the Fat and Grabful Plutocracy which l holds Texas in the hollow of its hand, is becoming jealous of the nohte efforts put forth by the enlhght- inb ened citizens of Said Diego, Fresno. Spokane and other Tin leiauty spots, to suppress free speech by the "un- Iat washed rabble," andd are now doing their best to emau late these worthy examples. I)espite however, the machinations of the subser vient political nW'-hinery of Texas to repress them. the nmanifestations of working class solidarity are coming in from all parts of the state. These are. however. almost wholly front Mexican or Mexican-Texan fellow workers; to the everlasting shame of the Texan gel American workers, there has been practically no re spolse from them; they seem to be content to lay down in the. dirt and meekly to suffer any insult on offered tie their class. No doubt they are enjoying su.ch a gratifying amount of prosperity that they have no kick coming. How long, 0 Lord, how long? The, trial of Iangel. Cline and their comrades be gins on Monday, the 5th of January. The Grand Order of (frabbers are mustering all their strength to send the men to the gallows and to long terms of imprisonment in the unspeakable prisons of Texas. Money is required to put up and adequate defense I for the, mtni. Th, time to art is Right Seu'. The vie- cha tory of the Kirby et al. ring means a crushing blow ( Ii to thlie r.ev'lt llonarv uioveuiniit in this part of the sin i,,intrv. .\ \i.tre-y for us means that a strong blow anii SII 'c .,,e in lhe::lt at capitalist domination in Texas. cdn uaml thi IeII h,,_ieirrn g ,f ,'workinq ;.liss .,ldidaritiy and pul r, reit t/l re. It's up to the workers in general which We it sh I eh, ''hicir victory is our victory. ti r ('lass cviiseiu's Workers if the Worhl. Warriors Sta of the' Armn? if Rev ,lt. we have' appealed to you many .aR times lief. re andI ,nt have responded nobly, .hall vr } app( a( t Iis rioer a,! fail?,' All together no~. ye toilers. andl a brca.h shall he hl'hvw in the walls of the ('italhl ,f ITyr:~ny lthat tvir'i ;eag:in shall he closed' ( I',umr:iels of flee l"izhtinc e'i.n , shall w , ma~ke the Si,' State i f the l.,mi' St.:'r ,i Stat, ,f T"ere ,, . arsP I'at "MILIT.ANT. " ( l POLICE MURDER! A I'rilier the shadow ,f thee histri,, mi.sien of Our I I aTu\ th.i (uie',n i, f Ant ,,el,. the ,lile,.t hluildinr , in L,,, A.nT hili. ,n wvh,. ' walls ire' the aelhlet.'. telling if th, insu.' f lia'a,' on eaurth and ge s will. a crowd of se\er:ml thins:ayji mtiltatfnts. niimers of the forty thelusanl.and unen Iliye, m,.n. wimen andl 'hilre-n wr . gthe'reed in pa':e,'ful assetrllanze on ('hristmas to, devis, ways and mn,:'is to avert the starvatin which 'ciii fronts them. Speakers in various tongues addremsd the people who represented all colors, races, nations and creeds, all driven together by the common whip hunger. Suddenly a squardron of police charged into the gathering from the rear, with leaden billy in one hand and gun in the other, sapping right and left, sparing neither age nor sex. Even little children were manhandled by the brutes, scattering them in all directions. Recovering from their surprise the crowd rallied in front of the building which had been the headquarters of Gen. Fremont when he raised the American flag for the first time over Los Angels, and seizing Cobblestones, charged the po lice. The minions of the law emptied their guns at the now thoroughly worked-up demonstrators and then. tled towards Main Street, with trembling hands and blanched faces. In their haste to make a get away many of them dropped their guns. One uni formed hero hid himself behind the counter of a cigar store, while thousands of people jeered at him. On account of the complex arrangement of streets around the Plaza the police were enabled to bring up reinforcements for another cowardly rear attack. Another charge on the part of the crowd, forced a retreat of the police; who left Lieut. Krieg. lying badly wounded on the ground. A Mexican I. W. W., a working man, went. to the assistance of a wounded comrade, who was shot through the stomach and was in his turn shot through the heart by a policeman who was hiding in a Japanese fruit store. By this time there were over 200 police on the scene firing in all directions, but, owing to their fear-crazed condition many of the took no effect. A drenching rain srattered the ero1 Dunring the downpour the police went to the I. W. W. hall nearby, which was occupied only by the body of the murdered man Raphael Adam and the weep inb nmembers of his family, completely wrecking it. The authorities then made a systematic raid on the Latin quarters, arresting all Mexican and Italian radi cals, many of ,whom were mercilessly beaten up while 'in custody. Although the kept perverts of the press declare there are not over 1000 unemployed in the city The Los Angels Times announced, in glaring letters on its bulletins all over town this Friday morning that " 10,00) poor people were given a glorious Xmas by the genrous well-to-do of Los Angels," thus exposing their own lying infamy. As a leading American periodical states commenting on the successful march of Villa and Zapata in MIoxico : "The answer is not yet!" BILL B. COOK. TO THE PRESS. Fortv-four workingmen have been arrested and charged with rioting at the Plaza, Los Angeles, on ( hristmas dlty. The authorities are determined to sc.nd as many as possible to the penitentiary. Five 111411 are under $2000 bail, and 3:9 under $500. All c'ontributiins fo rthe defense of these men will be published in Solidarity, Voice of The People and The W\slden Shoe, until the required amount is secured. Send all funds to William Davenport, Box 265. Station ('.. Los Angeles, California. Trial takes place .Januarly 21st. Yaurs for Industrial Frtsldonm, WORKINGMEN'S I)EFENSE LEAGUE, W. I).\VENPOR1., S'cretarv- Treasurer. (',,n,,itt.. :--A. Kinman, Wmn. Stockinger, IHerman -Si.'gell. .ls II. ('-ra. .lamnes O'Neil. O .J. Sautter. l'arker Hill. Win. R. Sauttar, DI). I). Charuz, Ray (' ab.ut. Illuh Swindley A War Message From Emerson. L,,bn;mon. T'cnnessee.. Jan. 1st, 1914.-Fellow workers ,f the Southe'rn district: I wish you a successful ,I(l .year in your work against the timber thieves. I ho,,pe you will be able to get more bread and meat this year thain yu did last. I also hople yu will be able to earn less for the ,,,s a-nd glet mnore fr yourselves. It has beeen quite a while since you heard from me. I have just received word that many of you don't know where I am. I am at present located at Lebanon, Tennessee, and will be until June, 1914. I have plans of my own to work out and am at them now. Each of you should have plans of YOUR own to to work out and do as lam doing, work them out for yourselves, depending upon no one to work them out for you. Because as long as you depend upon some one else to work out the things that concern you, that long they will remain os they are now, undone. I am sure you were told this hundreds of times by me when I was among you. I repeat it again. Leaders you should never have. Every Moses of the working class has led them into the camp of the capi talist, and there left them. Each of you should be your own Moses, leader, and master. If you are not, something is wrong with you. An organization built up by and dependent upon any one man, or any few men, is no organization at all. Because it can never be stronger than he or they are strong. The workers on each job must be the masters of the job. Now get busy, ask no questions as to what the other fellow is doing, but do your own duty by organizing the job you are on, and work for your own freedom, welfare and stomach, for awhile. I understand conditions are rapidly getting worse in the lumber belt. There is a reason for this. What is it? I can tell you. You have gone to steep again and the boss is wide eweks to it. Yea are neglecting your duty to yourselves. You are again taking the boss' paregoric and doz l'ng off into a stupor if inactivity. You are neglecting your union. You are wasting your power by waiting and wondering what the other fellow is going to do. The boss sees and knows all this and is gradually putting the screws to you. lie will continue this too until you make him afraid to turn one mrnore turn. The more you take the more you will have to take. It is up to lyou to do for yourselves. So my advice to you is get back into the Union and use your or ganized power against the organized power of the timber thieves, and force them to come across with more of the good things of life. Organization is power, and nothing else is to-day. Get together and stay together. Make a new start right now, as soon as you read this, by sending Covington Hall $1.00 as a birthday present to that one year old rebel, TIIE VOICE. Long live the UNION and TIIE VOICE! Down with capitalism and oppression and up with freedom ! Yours for industrial freedom. A. L. EMERSON. In Arkansas' Lumber Hells By W. II. LEWIS. . Crossett, Ark.-A few remarks on the conditions of the slaves of this hellhole might be of interest to the readers of The Voice. I arrived here on December 24th and started a series of investigation.i concerning the conditions under which the slaves toil and exist. I found meat selling at twenty cents per pound, flour 90 cents per 24 pound sack and all other food in proportion. I found the same old eomrnuis sary, the same old doctor's fee, insurane anl hospi tal. But they have actually got a hospital, but. 1 have been told the slavexwho are sent there lmust pay e'xtra for the privilege of staying in it. Possibly, though, the most pitiful sight I ever 1, - held was the slaves purchasing their Xmas present-. A little old 25 cents doll here, a 10 cents knife there,'. and some of them could not afford even thl,'s luxuries. Poor little "kiddies." 'twill he ;i duIll ('hristmlau for you. Of all the impositions that have been haped iupon the backs of an outraged working class. l,4sibly the following is the worst: The sum of fifty cents per month is taken ,out of the slaves' wages. for what? To up-keep one ,f the most useless specimens of the parasite class ic existence. the preacher, I was told,. though it was n,t compulsory. Let's see. A friend of mine went to one of the camps and asked for a job. After asking the wages he was to receive, the board, hospital, doetor's bill, etc., he must pay, the bors told him that there was also fifty cents per month for the peacher, and, if he did not wish to pay it, he could look elsewhere for a job. So, after all it is compulsory. Poor slaves! After having been hypnotised for thousands of years by these p$rasites, you MUST at last support them. What the hell ne But even here I found some rebellious spits, and what little spreading of the gosel of economie freedom I had opportunity to do, did not fall on deaf ears. Everywhere I go I find the same spirit of restlessness, of rebellion, and don't give a damn, cropping up in the most unexpected manner. Hun ger thou art indeed our friend! You are eaming the slaves to think for themuelves, and the time is not far distant ~vhen the preacher will cease to do their thinking for them. It was so in Franee two hundred years ago and 'twill be so in Ameriea in this, the twentieth century, the century of lightl Men of the South! Arise in your might, and show the world that the South has never been conquered. Workers of the world! The day of our emaneips. tion will be hastened if we but clasp our hands in c.lass solidarity, class loyalty, regardlem of race, creed or color. Men of the world! If you want to cease paying the preacher fifty cents per month, thus bringing your ,wives, mothers and daughters fifty cents pe month nearer postitution, if you want to be mse and not slaves, join the ONE BIG UNION, of FPore and Lumber Workers, and join to-day. This uasm is mt to abolish poverty and with- yofr help we wit dam " : The I. W. W. is the only power on earth that will dress the boss up in a new suit of overalls and put the preacher to rocking old "Gapp'e." The Union Man Came Back By EDDIE BILL of Glenmora. The saw mill man had trouble on the hill. He had a union1 man on the job who wouldn't leave the mill. lIe sold hint as a slave to' a millionaire who was going away; he told the millionaire to keep the union nuln and told the union man to stay.-But the union man came back. The union nman was a terror so they thought it best to give him his money and send him out West. As the train went around the curve it struck a rotten rail. Not a scab was left to tell the tale.-But the union man came back. A scab said he would kill the union man and re eived a; thousandrul dollar note. Hle took the man out in the river in an open boat; he tied a chunck around his neck, a stone that weighed a hundred pounds. And now they are dragging the river for the scab that was drowned.-IBut tilhe union man came back. Th,. saw mill owner said he would kill the union mallll that night. lie loaded hi.' old musket gun with nails and dynamite; he took his stand out in tlhe woods for the union man to come around. A half a; dozen pieces of the saw mill owner was all they found.-BuIt the union mIan came back. Defense Funds Notice. WHEATLAND: Send all funds for the defense of the Wheatland Victims to, Andy Barber, Sec. I. W. . Locals, 114 "I" Street, Sacramento, Cal. TEXAS VICTIMS: Send all funds to Victor Cravello, Box 1891, Los Angeles, Cal, Secretaryl of the Rangel-Cline Defense Commitftee. PORTLAND MEETINGS. The Portland, Oregon, locals will hold regular propaganda meetings twice per week in the hall at 309 Davis 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.