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Education Freedom in
Organization ( %'V s¶4<) Industrial
Emancipation 4 Democracy'
P'uilihii' \We(kly ,y Nati ,nal Iu.iiil I'ihn (,f Forest and ILumber
\W orkers, Southeru I)i.iil t.
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WORK ERS-Southern l)istrict.
District Headquarters ------------1194 Gould Avenue, Alexandria, Louisiana
A. L. Emerson-------------------------(;General Organizer Southern District
Jay Smith-----------------------------------...........Secretary Southern District
A. L. Guillory- ........ ------------------- Traurer Southern District
Ed. Lehman, E. E.. Shaw, E. I,. Ashworth, i'. M. Collins. I). R. Gordon.
Application made to enter as Second Class Mail Matter, January 9th, 1913,
at the Post Office at Alexandria, la.. under the Act of March 3, 1879.
The working class and the employing class have nothing in common.
There can be no peace so long as hunger and want are found among mil
lions of working people, and the few, who make up the employing class,
have all the good things of life.
Between these two classes a struggle must go on until the workers of the
world organize as a class, take possession of the earth and the machinery
of production, and abolish the wage system.
We find that the centering of the management of industries into fewer
and fewer hands makes the trade unions unable to cope with the ever-grow
ing power of the employing class. The trade unions foster :, state of affairs
which allows one set of workers to he pitted against another set of workers
in the same industry, thereby helping defeat one another in wage wars. More
over, the trade unions aid in employing class to mislead the worker, into
the belief that the working class have interests in common with their em
These conditions can be changed and the interest of the working class
upheld only by an organization formed in such a way that all its members
in any one industry, or in all industries if necessary, cease work whenever a
strike or lockout is on in any department thereof, thus making an injury to
one an injury to all.
Instead of the conservative motto, "A fair (lay's wage fot a fair day's
work," we must inscribe on our banner the revolutionary ws :chword, "Abo
lition of the wage system."
It is the historic mission of the working class ,r .,o away with capital
ism. The army of production must be organized, ,,ot only for the everyday
struggle with capitalists, but also to carr; on production when capitalism
.ha1Llaae Isec overthrown. Jy ..~raO pg industrially we are forming-the
structure of the new society within the shell of he old.
'To help the gunmen shoot the Boss in the pocket book.
That "real emancipation is a conquest, not a bequest."
That they can't fell trees with rifles, saw lumber with
six-shooters or haul logs with detectives.
That a short work day and big pay always go together.
That an eight hour day would put thousands to work and
give play time to millions.
That there is only one working class and there should be
'I'hat the world belongs by right of creation and use to
tie workers, hut that y'ou are only entitled to what you can
take and hold.
'l'hat the mirlght of labor rests in Solidarity, in organizing
its forces around thile principle that "an injury to ,one is the
concecrn of all."
T''hat, just as all the industries run into one big indulstry,
or economic system, so the I. WV. W\'. means to organize, run
niig all the Industrial U'nions into the One Big Union,which
shall be the human race free in Industrial Democracy.
T'hat the boys at Merryville are putting up as fine a fight
for labor's cause as was ever fought and that they will win if
'you will onily do your duty by your class. All they ask of you
is to remlember that an army can't fight on empty stomachs.
Aid them. Do your duty. Help strike a blow at peonage,
the most infamous and cruel form of slavery that ever cursed
'That, if all the lumhrejacks who are tired of short pay,
,long hours and being grafted to the bone, will get into the
.Vationl Industrial U'nion of Forest and Lumber lWorkers,
put their houlders to the wheel. each man doing his part, all
stintlitng togellther regardless of race, creed or politics, we
\will stee "gt 0 t)t times" so quick and peonage will crumble so
fat it will make the Association's head swim.
'That. if 'ou like "The Lumberjack" and want it to stav,
anti t wont t ant to, see any advertisements in it, you should
'ent! illn \,uIr suh. and the subs. of vour friends today.
l'hatI the Bose has no love for us.
Don't forget!
- 0---
"\Whv are some wealthyv and fully supplied with this
wrlt's gods," asks a capitalist editor, "while others are
poor and without reliable means of subsistence? This earth
on which mankind has been placed is a common heritage and
propcrty of the entire population. Why do some enjoy pos- I
session of great shares of its lands and their gifts, while oth
crs have nothing but the air they breathe and are suffering
for every necessary of life?"
In the first place it is false that "this earth is a commor
heritage and property of the entire population," and it is foe
the reason that this is not true that "some are wealthy anm
fully supplied with this world's goods while others are pool
and without reliable means of subsistence;" for, only of those
who own the earth can it be truly said that they have a "con
m1,n heritage and property" in it; and, so holding it, the!
can and do deny its use to the balance of mankind, and by thi
denial "enjoy possession of great shares of its lands and their
gifts," while, by the fact that they do not own, millions o:
"others have nothing but the air they breathe and are suffer.
ing for every necessary of life." It is this denial of "commor
property" in the earth that is responisble for the millions o1
starving workers in this and other lands today, and it is worse
than a "fairy tale of science" to assert, as does the editor, thai
the reason for the infamous inequality in the possession o1
wealth that exists today is due to the inequality of the person
al attributes of individuals, for it follows as the night the
day that if he and his class own the earth and the social ma
chinery upon it, our class is disinherited, and can exist onl
upon the sufferance of the class that owns-that they arc
wealthy, no matter though every individual among them be
a Thaw or an Orchard; that we are poor and enslaved tho'
cvery one of us be a Christ or an Emmett.
It is against this system of inequality that the I. W. W.
is fighting; it is against this unnatural disinheritance that the
working class is rising the world over, and it will yet and
soon buist thru the prison walls of capitalism, establish In
dustrial Democracy and end the mind, heart, soul and body
hunger of the race. The new age, the age of Labor is al
hand. Brothers! speed it on to triumph!
"To be good is to be noble; but to show others how to be
good is nobler and no trouble."
A la apostle R. A. Long.
"Training is everything. The peach was once a bitter al
mond; a cauliflower is nothing but a cabbage with a college
Kirby was once a lawyer-deputy-sheriff, and "now just
look at .the damn thingl"
"Habit is habit, and not to be flung out of the window by
any man, but coaxed down stairs a step at a time."
When the I. W. W. coaxes the workers to quit fighting
each other, they will own the earth and the fullness thereof.
"Few things are harder to put up with than the annoy
ance of a good example."
Viz, a "good union," a "good tenant" and an "honest
"April Ist. This is the day upon which we are reminded
of what we are on the other 364."
And what the Association is all the time. Burns knows!
"Consider well the proportions of things. It is better to
be a young Junebug than an old bird of paradise."
"Quit your kiddin', Florence!"
"All say, 'How hard it is that we have to die'-a strange
complaint to come from the mouths of people who have to
Out of robbersaries on discounted wages.
"The man with a new idea is a crank until the idea suc
Behold how the enemy respects the fighting I. W. W. !
Organized vengeance has had full sway when four men
swung from the gallows at Salem, Oregon. Towering above
the "canaille," amidst the grusome display of brutality, the
figure of one man looms up, crowned by the loftiness of his
principle-the prison blacksmith. Inspired by a true sense of
human solidarity he chose solitary confinement rather than
forge the trap-springs of that infamous implement of mur
der. It certainly wouldn't be essential to read volumes on
social criminology to convince us that the only ethical differ
ence between the "criminal" and the rest of us is that he
d~wells on the other side of the penitentiary wall. In fact, of
ten, as in this case, the fellow "beyond" is endowed with fin
er sensibilities and greater consideration for human life than
those who arrogate the privilege of meting out ' ustice" to
the victims of an evil social system. Our brother in stripes,
greetings.-From "Why?"
By E. F. Doree.
)- -----0---
Mlost workers recognize the fact that without the land
there would be no possibility of life existing, for from our
mother earth all natural resources are gotten. Grain, tim
ber, minerals add all other useful things are the direct pro
duct of the earth, but in their raw state are of no use to so
A tree as it stands in the woods is of no value to any one,
nor is the timber in it of any value until it is made into a
house or some other necessary thing. 'Then, in order for the
land, or the direct products of land, to be of use, it must be
made into some form good for human life. , This transform
ing of the raw material into the finished product is called
labor. For instance, the chaliging of a tree to a log, the log
to lumber, and the transportihg of the lumber and the shap
ing of the lumber into a house is called labor. This labor is
of different types, as the architect, he is a mental laborer, the
carpenter and brick mason is called skilled labor, or a combi
nation of mental and physical labor, and the lumber piler is
common or physical labor. All these are necessary and can
not be separated in the industries.
Long ago all the work was done by hand, but in the last
hundred years a tremendous change has tqken place; from
the ox cart we went to the steam engine; from the messenger
to the wireless telegraphy; from the hand spindle and loom
to the textile factory; from the whip saw and adz to the mod
ern saw mill; from the skilled calculator to the adding ma
chine, etc. This we have called the machine age.
A machine is something made of wood, iron, brass or
some other material to do what was previously done by hand
labor. What did that mean? It meant that one man, with
the help of the machine, could do as much as two, three, ten,
a hundred, and sometimes more, men could do without the
machine. Most people would admit it good to have the ma
chine so the laborers would not have to work so hard or so
long and still have more of the good things of life.'
But, is this so? If not, why not? You know it is not so
and we, the I. W. W., say it is not so, because a few, called
capitalists, own the earth, from which the raw material is ta
ken, and the machine, which helps to change the raw mater
ial into a finished product.
And we, the I. W. W., say that we, the workers, should
organize and take the earth and machinery away from their
present owners.
But, you say, it belongs to them. Well, let us say it does,
and we will not question how they got it, whether they stole
it or bribed legislators or bought it or settled it or worked for
it or how. That makes little difference to the I. W. W. or
the working class. We know we don't own it. We know
that the capitalist class own the earth and the machine and we
know that the workers do all the work. Most workers say
that even if we, the workers, owned the earth we would not
know how to run it and that if we didn't have the capitalist
we would starve or some other terrible thing would happen
to us.
Now, dear reader, you admit the boss is running the
earth and all that is thereon, including the workers. The
capitalist class say they are the only ones that know how to
run it, but if we were to ask them why they do not employ
the millions of men who are begging them for work each
morning they would say that they have no vacancies; if we
were to ask them why they employ millions of women on a
wage of four dollars a week they would tell you that business
conditions force them to; if we were to ask them why they
employ millions of little children they would tell you that
competition forces them to; if you were to ask them why they
1do not have proper protection on machinery, proper fire es
capes, proper scaffolding, proper mine ventillation and good
road beds on the railroad, so that they would not cause 600,
ooo workers to be killed and maimed each; year, they would
say that they are not making sufficient profits; if we were to
ask them why they have an army of licensed prostitutes they
would say it is a necessary evil; if you were to ask them why
they have caused the tenement districts they would say that
the people living there have no incentive and don't want to
live any other way, and if you were to ask them why they
continue to build jails they would say that they have to pro
tect their property, and so on.
They admit that they cannot run industry unless they have
an unemployed army, women slaves, child slaves, without
killing and maiming 6oo00,00ooo workers each year, without
prostitution, tenement districts, jails, asylums, gallows, gun
men, soldiers, detectives, and a thousand and one other kinds
of Hell.
Then if they admit it, then would it be wrong for the
workers to organize and take the industries and run them?
We could surely do no worse. No, we would do a great deal
better. We would shorten the hours of labor, give the wo
man the home, the child the play-ground and school.
We can do it once we organize. We have seen that the
master has nothing but abuse and misery for us. Unite.
and throw him from your backs and to hell with where he
lands. Look out for yourself, your wife and children-not
the boss. Unite in the One Ilig Inion, the Industrial
W1orkers of the ,11orld, and end this slavery!
Have you the right to take the earth? Yes, as the earth
is that which gives you the necessary things of life. Have
you the right to take it from its present owners? Yes, they
have abused their privilege. Organize to get the power ne
cessary to take and to run the earth, that we may not hear
forever the cry of hungry children, the wail of slaving moth
ers, the sob of the girl who was forced to sell her love and
virtue for pay, the moan of the worker dying at the machine.
and the appeal of the worker behind the penal bars.
Organize and wipe poverty forever from the face of the
Remember, we don't want sympathy or resolutions~we
want you. You who are willine to fitht for freedom. Be
one thing-a MAN-A UNION MAN-AN I. W. W.

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