The Voice of the People
(Formerly "The Lumberjack.")
Entered as Second-class Matter, July 5, 1913, at
the Post Office at New Orleans, La., under
the Act of August 24, 1912.
Published Weekly by National Industrial Union of
Forest and Lumber Workers, Southern District.
District Headquarters .. .._Alexandria, La.
Jay Smith .~RSetary
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Might Is Right.
"What," says Readbeard, "is your 'civilization
and progress' if its only outcome is hysteria and
"What is 'government and law' if their ripened
harvests are men without sap?
"What are 'religions and literatures' if their
grandest productions are hordes of faithful slaves ?
"What is 'evolution and culture' if their noxious
blossoms are sterilized women ?
"What is education and enlightenment if their
deadsea-fruit is a catiff race, with rottenness in
their bones? * * * * *
"In this arid wilderness of steel and stone I raise
up my voice that YOU may hear. * * * * *
Courage, I say! Courage that goes its way
ALONE, as undauntedly as when it marches to
"victot-y or death" amid the menacing stride of
armed and bannered legions. Courage, that never
falters-never retreats! That is the kind of cour
age the world lacks to-day. * * * * * That
is the kind of courage that has never turned a
master's mill. That is the kind of courage that
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will DIE, rather than turn it."
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LOS ANGELES, CAL.
Forty-four workingmen have been arrested and
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TEXAS REBELS INCOMUNICADO.
i,'I:ALEN. BAl "'OIC'E" A.4I "'REGENlRA.
('lOX" FROMI JAIL!
San Antoni,. Texas. Jan. 24th. 1914.-The sentene
ing of Leonardo, L. Vasquez hy the legal mercenaries
nf th. Te]'xan lcss-elass. has aroused some healthy fear
ic tin. brave eiliial hunch-from holy Colquitt, who.
tile'r the' livinc aegis of Il(Hze, hath been wafted to
plae atul p,,wer. down to the pettiest of harness-hulls.
Thel' ,ruetal sentnc~e. of fifteen i ears has been recs-eived
with an tger atd me lienation by the workers through
cuit the worl.
Last visiting ,lay a numier of friends of the im
prisnc.,d fell,,w-w ,,rkers were refused nalhmittane at
ih' ijail ,! crs when they came to pay their accLustomedl
visit. "lo ,n' lt t any one. through to see any of that
revolutionary hinh: it den't matter a damn xpho
they ar.." said a Iurly menimer of the San Antonio
thlut-forc'e to the tlurnkey as we stoodl oin the steps
of the jail.
',,liies of lth, "VOl'E OF TIE PEOPILE" and
lf " ',.ytoeracion " have hitherto been permitted by
he. authritic.. to g, t ihroiugh to the prisonmers ea.h
week. ,,but that has aI.,lso ,ee.n stopped. This rmay be
taken as a ge ,I sign. The publicity which the rebel
.press is givingl t, lthe rotten state of Texas is begin
ningt , o'get ,cn tlh. nerves ,,f sorne of the good eiti
zens cf this sectin,. the.y arre afraid that this revela
tien cf the brulal and arbitrary dispensation of
".jLstie"i-' will ,.euse a fa;lling off in the numiher of
suckers? -teurists anid settlers--w-hom they are trying
t,, whee-dle intc, c,',ming u o this state.
"The case.s have l.ee. (. Is,,tpc:ed te, February 1Rth. on
ljl"';al: the inter\v;l sh~eli lee ise-d by us in making
e.v.Iry ctffrt i,,ssihle 1,, rai, fundls to lprwo.r.- an adle
llnate- ,c0faense f,,r the Ieys. (;e Busy! S. S. 99.
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UNITED LABOR FIGHTS
FOR HOP KINO'S VICTIMS.
Tacoma, Wash., Jan. 11th, 1914.-On August 1st,
1913, two thousqnd five hundred hop pickers of Durst
Brothers' ranch. Wheatland, Yaba County, Cal, re
volted against the degrading conditions under which
they were working, and, at the invitation of the Dust
Bros.,. formulated their demands whiceh wa.e to be
presented to their employers at 10 o'clock a. m., of
For 2500 women and men, but six toilets .Were pro
vided. These were closed in on but three sides, the
fourth remaining open to the pqblic gaze. Water was
prohibited on the ranch, and Durst Bros. caused to
be sold to the workers a cheap concoction of lemonade.
There was insufficient shelter for the workers and
many were forced to sleep out in the open. Those
who were fortunate enough to secure a rude shack
from their employers were unfortunate in the exor
bitant price for rent charged. The wages paid were
very low. The workets were paid by the bore and,
while it is the usual thing for the hop-growers to pro
vide a "hop-pole man" to lower the vibes, the work
ers of the Durst Bros.' ranch were forced to lower
the vines themselves, thus consuming much valuable
time and lessening their chances for a living wage.
Durst Bros. used every contrivance within their means
to filch back the dearly earned pennies of their em
WHEREAS, on the 3rd of August and at the in
vitation of Ralph Durst, the strikers gathered in good
faith to their employers to adjust the difficulties and
'emedy the unbearable conditions; and
WIIEREAS, they were met by a mob of deputy
sheriffs and gunmen who attempted to coerce and
intimidate the strikers and, failing in that, shot up
the crowd of workers, killing one, wounding others
and causing others later to be arrested and charged
.with the murder of the district attorney, who was
shot and killed in the melee.
WHEREAS, Burns' detectives have used third
degree methods and every inhuman cruelty has been
resorted to in attempting to force the prisoners to
acknowledge guilt to a crime which they never com
mitted in the hopes of railroading them to long
terms of imprisonment. Date of trial for two of
the prisoners has been set for Jan. 12th, 1914. The
trials of the other prisoners will occur at short in
TIIEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED, that we, The
Central Trades Council of the affiliated trades of The
American Federation of Labor, the joint locals of
The Industrial Workers of the World and the So
cialist Party, all in joint mass meeting assembled at
the 'Eagle's Hall, Tacoma, Wash., on this day and
date, Sunday, January 11th, 1414, strongly protest
against the unwarranted brutality of the employers
and authorities of Yuba County, Cal., against mem
bers of he working class; and
BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, that we pledge
tlae persecuted workers of Yuba County, Cal., our
mraral and financial support, and further pledge that
we will aid them to the fullest extent of our power.
Signed, by Joint Committee: M. Parsons, T. F.
Burns, Central Labor Council; Jess Poquette, J. J.
Czar. Industrial Workers of the World; E. L. Cur
rier, Marshall E. Wright, Socialist Party.
A REBEL'S DREAM.
By CASH M. STEVENS.
My dreams are not of the present time, -
Nor the songs that bards have sung;
There are not of a race of servile slaves
Who will not defend their young.
But I drIeam to,-night of the ollen time,
Of the ac.ient lng ago;
And my spirit flies on fancy's wings
T. the days of thi' sppa(r anid how.
The lives I have lived and the death.k; I have died.
Seetnm to linger in Memory still;
For I rode in the ranks of the Rebel ('lan
That turned no master's mill.
I livied and died. as I'll die again,
With the' hh rb d Reb el ('lan;
That laugh to scorn both priests and kings.
And the (',,b-we, laws of man.
I'll fight to the end all gold-made la;v.
That has made this Earth a hell;
I'lI fight as I faught in San Antone.
On the dlay that the Alamo fell.
I have fought and diedl in the rcbei ranmks,
I have ,hled fr the tiling slaves:
I have sharedn their lives, I have di'd their deaths.
I halv," sharedl their ,lonely graves.
But th," ,all of the ('lan is sounding loud.
O'er valley-and hill and plain-
Will vou stHand as of old in the re,.ll ranks
A\nl fight to, be free again?
The aga's comc andl the ages go,
And death must fodlow the van:
When he cnmes again he will find ne still
In the ranks of 'the Rebel (Clan.
EN AW(ANSM tmS HELLS.
'Ib Te Vales: so ome4 mmie w , r. "The
Arkanms Lamber Hells." At Warg ,2. Ak. n I#
eated three large osia the Soth bridly -nd
Arkanss Lmober Campeai. But it Iatk of the
mills that I will write at this time, bt, u uemdi.
tiWo at the eaRpi of the Soebera Lumber C.mpe .
I have. just returned from then soe
tion is SMt rand. Arkpnss hia a mnw a
ding the Companies to work thef .man oer hears
per day. Up until last YMad they worked4oe men
11 hours, when, s and behold, they annoaid that
they would not work the slaves linger thaut 0 hons
Now, they worked tme men It h per day after
the Arkamas 10-hour law went into effect.
What, then, induced them to reducee to 10 hours
It is rumored that the I. W. W.'a are quite active
in these parts. Possibly the fear of the L W. W.
making a law on the job, prompted them to recog.
nize the political law. But this is not the main pointy
there are some more laws that should go into eslet
at one, and I am of the opinion that it wil tse
a strong industrial organization to paUS then dsad
put them into effect.
They are working their teams with galls on their
shoulders and necks, that no one but a sawmill com
pany could do. There is not a team in the barn
but what is in a horrible condition. The teamsters
are instructed to haul light loads for a while every
morning until the collars get stuck good. In other
words, until the sores become numb. Where is the
Humane Society t
The flat heads are cutting a 12-inch stump, and
I was told by a contractor that they said they liked it.
On interviewing the flat heads I found out that he
Here is a good one, on a good many of us at least:
They have a school tax, 50 cents per month, per
man, I was told. The company hires teachers at
starvation wages, and makes a nice little sum on
A human question mark said it was the best job
in the country. That he made $1.75 per day. He
does, gross. Here is the tare: $1.50 per month doc
tor bill, insurance and school tax, 60 cents per day
board, $1.50 per room (said r6om being only 12x12
feet), per month rent, clothing high as hell and loses
all rainy days and Sundays. Somebody figure whit
he nets, damned if I can.
The food, though, is plentiful and varies from
spuds to pies, and is cooked in a wholesome manner.
The kitchen and dining room are extra clean. All
Alue, of course, to the very good cooks they have.
When they leave the next ones will be dirty.
The "bull pen" is a consumptive breeder, I don't
believe it has been scoured in a year. Sanitary con
ditions, with the exception of kitchen and dining room.
None! Discontent (With exception of four com
pany suckers.) At fever heat and about ready
to break out.
Would advise all workers to stay where they are
at for the present, for the only way to better their
condition is to organize the job they are on by get
ting into the ONE BIG UNION OF FOREST AND
LI'MBER WORKERS, and MAKE the boss come
across with more of the good things of life.
Above all, do not come to Arkansas, for it is worse
here than the hells of Leuisiana.
Yours for the One Big Union. W. H. LEWIS.
1'. S.-Say Hall, I found out that at Crossett
Arkansas, in that hospital I was teling you about,
that when a slave is ('rippled the company loans him
crutches and then charges him two bits for the use
I forgot th tell of this in' my write-up on that
place, but then, Hell! It is impossible to think of
everything in a dlay or two and then eoldense it in
a few sntences.
I would take volumes to describe all the impositions
the workers of the lumber industry suffer at the hands
of the timber thieves, and then, as the parson says,
" The half has never yet been told, "
COOS BAY SUCKERS REWARDED.
Emlpire, Oregmon, Jan. 14, 1914.
n~reat is capitalism in Oregon. The slaves of Coos
ltay refused to help, the I. W. W. better conditions
here last June, so the master has showed them inl a
little tntter way than all the agitators that have ever
been her', that the " wvorking class and the employ
inu c.lass have nothing in common," by cutting 50
ents from their already starvation wages. If this
fails to have any effect on the cankered brain ,of
these future presidents. I will hire myself to another
,locality. I have talked to the slaves of Coos Bay with
so little results that I am thinking of ietitionirng Red
Iwheard ts. ome out and takee hbare of The Smith
Wouldn't it be great if Readheard annd'Napler,
were nning things in this section?
A jug of rot-gut whisky ,'will make room for a
bhuch of CSah Cats if they will take the trouble tE,
(rne this way in the Spring. I kept one camp short
of men for six w(eeks last Summer. in hopes that
sonme reb'els would come. biut they didn't show up
I intend to try it again this Suiniinr. So dnh't he,
afraid that theren is no job if Vyou (.,m)e down.
Yours in the Fight, ILL GOODMAN
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