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WATHn VOUR. enasonA.
This is Number 60 Organization * Is Power 61 - -"- -
Owned by the Rebel Lumberjacks of Dixie W An Injury to One is an Injury to All.
Garl Person.
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\\ hiat ar i Y1)i g',in, g to do( in defense of this MAN
.1ai; I 1.;\ unt,4 you that he i.s nlot in prison for any
trime.. Again I tell >oi they are not after taking
hi life a\\ay frloui hill, hut from YO'. The "law
l,'s n, hiilt ,a. uk, l'Person as inlil duals but be
(a,1 ' ; 1h,: ( .AI 1 '" f(1r s tih thei y stand.
.\t aga-in I .aiy to poi 1a l tAOAD1 WORKERS
that. it Ili' ,hih lii..hl itg 11 (i)h d of our forefathers still
i;ei4 . i Iin T.ur .in-, yl, \ivoull not allow them to
EVEN 'I'Y t'.Alt, I'EliSON on such a glaringly
cla4s. cl4r14rg. .\ jou would slop t'cry wheel on tcriry
r,,lr4a,,d ,,,n, 1/, .1 ricaun ('onhtentl bcforc you 'would
slt,,iki / 1 , 1111 it 14 1.,s c1 1i f n llitti such a crine against
,ur ' 'it.s., ,1,,,/ ,itu 1ou'tl, kI t hec 4i.tcels silent and
,/4 all il //, '4 o4l1 of 1iir prison ihl s EVERY
,,,,/., ,. ,,,1,' t,,,/i p , , / r l/,t / tri, t of /faith/fully scrcing
/Dis r la.,s.
There ain. dte. in the l1hhstiny of every people when.
I'(1r a l1riul'|i ' i , thI' i llm st. challenge and rise and
liglht rthe ilii class 'r aeknuowledge themselves unfit
fhr ai\ thi h g lui .Iai\,.1'. anil s., hl a time the Ameri
aini \\41rl I ln, I', 'p!' :l a .' 14'ac111g lto-day.
I low, lthen, \\ill \.e i,..et it -like MIEN or like
,Let llir I'athetrs' \\ar .1'Vy Ile ,ur answer unto them:
1,'F O 'I 'T itl I 'T E '.:'
)UN \\I'II T'iE: S)(IA .\i uENEl.ll STRIKE!
All Woodsmen, Attention!
Fellow-workers and all slaves, stay away from
Sweet-Home, La., Front. Local 275 on strike. The
strike was called to keep one of the Company's o!d
tricks off, trying to break the Solidarity and driv
ing the workers.
But, as always, the I. W. W. got wise and beat
them to it. The job is tied up right, not a .xaan
working. So all workers help keep it so by staying
away untill we drive the boss into submission, and
PrI, r, ',, 1 h. I EN i.\L ST'IIIKIE of all Southern
\V s,,,,, I 4 , 1 s1 l i;ll ,r1\\ ,'ke'r
Yours for victory,
'i,. I;1 I 1ter Ti I' : \'o lt('l heIars that Piresident
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FAT. spurn ti, u',w, bil pnsau ye enr ye wake The slumbering venom of the fighting snake;
Th' first may Irn-- -buIt nol aro gEP the blow; The last expires-biut leaves no living foe;
Fast to thI/ d ,,n "d 'off(, de.r's form it elint.,4d r yow wmay cruas---t eonqwer-still it stings.
TIlE VOICE has received the letter published be
low, from Charlie (Cline. ,nie cf thlie vitiirs ot Texas
"justice." In sinmple lanIgutag it tells irecre eloquently
than aut I could say the 1ragecl;. beinig e'nac'ted in the
dungeons of San Antonic,. I'Mrs. Ste.vcniis and all his
,hll e.,umrades and fell,.w-\ irke.rs are requested by
T'I'lE VOI(E to write lihe I,,o a ndl hI1, cheer him up.
Ilis statement that the let te' aa .\\ "s ggled" out
shows the grim and terribl, l, oathlstmenicess eof all this
heidious thing called ('aplit;alist Sociit. , for his letter
came to mie enc-losed ill ani envehlop frolmi the othice
of John W. Tobin, Sheriff of l',exer County, and it
had been opIened, proving that the "friend" was but
a stool-pigeon in the eiplj,, ,yv of' the assassins of liberty.
Why Sheriff Tobin saw fit to fi'ward the letter bear
ing the frightful vhlargc's aga;iilist hat infamnius prison,
we do not know. I'erhiaps all It hle mian in him is
t yet et dead. PI'rhaps ('liine is now "getting his"
for the crime of tellinig lthe IlitIi. We do not know,
Iucit We do kne)iwt that there'i'' are ino prisons more
hellishly inhiuman thani are Ihjse ,,f tlie alleged civil
ized State of Te'xas. ,We' have cdt'le wondered why
this is so, especially whe.n it i.s cel.sidered that Texas
was practically eilticredI andI settled by fugitives
from "justice." We, .sutcpese' it is the l,hi, old story,
thoullgh of making a slave' an ove,'setr, a'. trusty a con
viet guard. whI.h aeweunts for tihe finlisliess of the
' iTexas pIe'lal system.
()ne thing that strikes i is a: - traic. is the silence
of' the REElIEL and the Ilnst,, c'hrniele on these
harbarities, especially that , of the Rebel. for THE
VOICE expleeted cf tIhem that th, .'y would not be
silent in such case. They are aeit helping the State
of Texas by their sil,'ence nir I he'm,'l\ c's, for the word
is gcing out into all the Wri anl shall it be writ
ten that neo man in 'I',.xas ia se..I Iiis v,,ic',' against the
del.gradation of his nat ive S;ta:' .\nl the "crime"
these are charged wvithIi is. Iv ,lr oCf the' President.
ne nire a in ri '-- ve't th,, art i ,,erish like dogs?
('LINE', LETIE'i"I'. I oLLOW\',,:
San .\Antcni,,. Tl',,x,:. Feb. 111th. 19] 13.
iDear Hail - Since writ iing yii last 1 have' been think
ing abouti some of tihe ci1i l'cdlt'.Is anil I wrote them,
lbut owin': to the c-irciustaicl'ns as I statted before. I
ct uld never get aniy wc'dl ic thilimt that I was still
:aliv\e. Si. Hall. if Vii will I wish Vilii would write
ti MNrs. S'tevenson. 737 W. Ii,'hilal ac Str'eet. Phli'enix.
.\rizona. andl tell her. anidl if vcii \-ill Iplease. notify
(Continued ,i Plage 4.)
The Oil Workers in the State of Oklahoma are wak
ing up to the necessity of organizing Industrially.
and in the two months since Local No. 548 of the I.
W. W. of Tulsa, Oklahoma. has received it charter the
pipe liners in the oil fields are coming in to the ONE
BIG I'NION at a rate of three a day which makes
the local 180 strong up to date.
But this is not all; not a day passes butt what scere
tary has received letters from wage slaves in the oil
fields to come to different camps in the fields and
organize the pipe liners in the ONE BIG UNION.
In sending organizers out in the oil fieldis the local
has not been able to send an organizer out on the job
because of lack of funds, but as the lohal has received
about 30 new members this week it now has enough
money on hand to send an organizer out on the job.
Organizing on the job will start the first part of
next week. Fellow-worker Jack Law will go tor Ryan.
Oklahoma, where 27 pipe liners were lined up in the
ONE BIG I'NION this week by local organizer Jim
Quinn and Fellow-worker Brininghan and, after Fel
low-worker Law has been at Ryan for a few days, he
will go to other oil fields in Oklahoma and Texas to
organize the pipe liners in the ONE B1I( IUNION, and
also to open branches where they will do the most good.
Now, a few words with the pipe liners in the oil
You worked long hours for short pay all your life.
andi you are no better off than you were when you
first started.
The longer hours you work, the more money you
put in the Bosses' pockets. What is the matter with
cutting some of the long hours you work down to
e;ght hours a day? But cutting the hours down to
eight a day you will be raising your pay at the
same time, because when you shorten the hours the
Boss will have to put more pipe liners to work in
order to get the same amount of work done that you
are doing now.
By the Boss having to put more pipe liners to work
after you have gotten the eight-hour day it will mean
that there will be less pipe liners looking for a job.
and in order for the Boss to get enough pipe liners
to work he will have to raise your pay.
See how easy it is; all you have to do. Fellow
worker, is to get the pipe liner working along siole
of you. and tell him how the eight-hour dlay will
help him, and then when you have the pipe liners
working in the same camp with you line them up:
(Continued on Page 4.)
Same Old Gompersism.
The Tactics The "Timber Workers Union"
Are Using. The Point They
Are Aiming At.
This question of Tactics is a question that more
or less occupies the time of all labor organizations,
but, after all, Tactics are but the reflections of the
intelligence of an organization, Tactics must always
conform to the FORM of organization as well as the
purpose that that organization has set to accom
plish. It would be absurd for a Craft Union to de
clare for a General Strike, it would be equally absurd
for an organization repreenting one Industry, an
industrial organization at that, to declare for the So
cial Revolution. Why? Because they cannot carry
out their declaration, their organization is not organ
ized on that basis. It will be easy to see that the
Tactics which will be used by a Revolutionary Indus
trial Union, cannot be used by an International repre
senting one Industry, any more than a Craft Union
can use the Tactics of an Industrial Union.
You may say that we don't care how we get the
shorter work-day just so we get it. That a shorter
Iwork-day secured by and through the efforts of the
I. W. W. would be of no more advantage to the
Lumber Workers than the Shorter Work-day secured
by and through the efforts of the Timber Workers
U'nion. I deny this, every word of it.
Did you ever stop to think that to go to the em
ployers of labor with the argument that, by shorten
ing the work-day that his slaves would do as much
work as before, that he would be. assured of greater
efficiency without cost to him; that he would pass it
out to you with a smile? Yet this is the material
being fed to the Lumber Workers of this country
by his new "Union," The Timber Workers. It is a
plain compromise.
You may argue that once the work-day is shortened
and the slaves once feel the advantage thereof, that
they will resent any attempt the employers may make
in again lengthening it. Rolt! The fact that the
work-day was secured without cost to the employer, and
wihout effort on the part of the Slaves, is itself evi
de1nce that the Class War, the class conflict (lid not
express itself in the transaction at all. The hostility
between master and slave that must sooner or later
express iself, is therfore unknown to both parties.
What is the idea left with the Slave when demands
are granted through bargaining, bartering and scheme
ing? Why, it is the idea that Capital is the friend
of Labor, and that both are necessary in the produc
tion of wealth. With this idea, it will be hard for
the Lumber Workers to make much headway in bet
tering their conditions.
After all, have the workers gained anything of real
value to them? llave they gained any real advantage
over the Boss? Can the Boss not take from the
workers that present he has given them as matter
of business? What have the workers really done that
will tend to make the Boss fear them ? What weapon
of warfare have the workers forged that will enable
them to hold that which they have secured through
The point that the "Timber Workers Union" is
aiming at is to secure recognition of their union
by the lumber trust; to do this, they will use any
means regardless of their effect on the workers in
volved in the struggle.
The next article will deal with Job Organization.
and why the lumber workers should organize in the
I. W. W. rather than the "Timber Workers."
Yours for Industrial Freedom,
S'. Treas, N. I. '. of F. and L. W. West.ern I)ist.
('OMMENT IBY C. II.--lBaring ,,ut the above con
te'ntion of Fellbw-worker Edwards as set forth above.
I quollte yon the following sentence. frmi "'The Timbher
Worker."'' of Feb. 2d.. 1914:
" We d(~ not ask for a 20( per cent increase in wages
as inferred l,y the editor; nor wouhl an acceptance of
our proptosition increase the eost of pro(dlction 20 per
cent. nor an increase of 20 iper ce.nt in labor cost.
We propose an eight-hour dlay with a one-fifth relue
tin of the daily wage of all men. from $2.80 per
(ilay andl above that figure. i. e.. a man drawing $2.80
(Continued on Page 4.)

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