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just as much per man as that of his richer neighbor. That
I shall not follow the rapid tralnsition of the old W\ooden
mould board plow to the up-to-date high power Mogul gas
oline tractor engine, gangs that are turning fifty-five furrows
14 inches wide, at the rate of an acre every four minutes; nor
of the little hand sickle with which v\e cut our grain; nor of
the hand flail with which we threshed it, t, the reaper that
cuts a fifty-foot swath, that is pushed in front o,ga big tractor
engine, and the big threshing machine drawn by the same
engine, that cuts and threshes a l~ndred and forty acres per
lday; nor from the old wooden tooth harrow to the modern
disk harrow hitched behind a tractor engine that thoroughly
pulverizes forty acres per day; nor of the up-to-date seeder
that seeds forty acres per day; nor of the cotton picker that
picks from three to eight bales per day; and m'any other ma
chines that go to make up the tools that are in use on any high
grade farm of today.
But they are here to stay. This we must admit, tho' not
in common use, for it is only on Syndicated or Industrialized
farms that this highly developed machinery can be used, as
it is out of reach of the common farmer and the renter.
Little did the country wagon maker, the country horse
shoe maker, the country plow maker and the country cabinet
maker of fifty years ago think that before the end of the i-th
century great factories would spring up that would drive him
out of business. But, where is he now? His children are
factory slaves today, and why: because the machine of today
is doing the work that he did by hand. And you, l r. Farm
( r, are up against the samne condition today that these hand
workmen were in the latter part of the 1oth century, and, as
to what the result will be. is for you to answer. There is one
thing certain: unless you make an effort, and a mighty ef
fort, you will go the way of the hand workman; vou cannot
compete single handed with the mighty machine that is used
Ibv Syndicated farming; and that is the next step along agri
AGE OF ORGANIZATION.
Now, Mr. Working Farmer, you must remember that
under our present economic system you are practically wage
slaves. I know you dislike very much to admit this, but it's a
fact, nevertheless. You never put the price on anything you
buy or sell. Therefore, you are a wage slave. (I speak al
ways to the "farmer who farms the farm," please remember.)
fYou sell your labor or the products of your labor; therefore.
\you must organize from the standpoint of a wage worker;
you must remerher that the man that has only his labor to
sell is your consimer; therefore, your interests are the same
and can't bhe selarated, and that we must all stand together
or fall together. We who have only our labor to sell fully
realize that we must own the tools of production or continue
to be the peons of a Syndicated Oligarchy.
Hence the organization known as the Industrial Work
crs of the World. And the same condition confronts you,
Mr. Working Farmer, that confronts us:; and the remedy is
the same: Organize and Induslrializ.' t,our work, own the
tools of production, or before many years you and yours will
he peons on a Syndicated farm, for you will either Syndicate
the farms and for yourselves, or you, like millions of other
once independent workers, will be Syndicated.
In an anti-social, in a class divided system of society,
justice is a byword ; order and oppression spell the same
tlhing, and law ,only mieans the powcr of the owning class to
relieve the ·working class of the product of its toil.
LUC(I FER, LIGHTI'-IBEARERI
I ucifer, Light-Bearer! what a fight is that we made
Since, in hate of thought, they drove us from thle Eden-shade;
()ut, awav from heaven, to, the lonely wastes of hell -
tBut democracy is winning, and the fight goes well!
\Vhat tho we have faltered when the last star cease to shine?-
Ever have we met the priesthoods on the battle-line!
Elver and forever thru the long, long night we've fought,
If lungered, naked, bleeding, for the liberty of thought.
lucier, Light-Bearer! how they hate us, how they hate us'
But our star at last is shining over every state!
Everyvhere the thrones are crumbling into, blackened dust;
And the fruit of knowledge ripens int.) love and trust.
Backward we are driving, out into the deserts dim,
Backw'ard, from the tree of life, the jealous scraphim;
Backward, from the garden-earth their eunuchs did distress -
And the Man grows greater as the Kings crzo\v less and less.
l.Iucifer. ,ight-Bearer! we whose blood runs red within.
Iv gods hated as the wild democracy of sin;
\We the ever-hunted, we the vagrants of the skies,
\Ve still war for freedom, still the slavish we despise!
W'e still stand unconquered, in rebellion still today,
.After all the bitter ages holding still our sway;
Warring, now as ever, for the right to speak our thought,
Without asking from Authority consent for aught!
A minimum wage of $2.50 per day for "common labor"
1employed in and around the sawmills, the working day not to
exceed eight (8) hours in duration, all 'boys" to receive same
wages as men, time and a half to be paid for overtime; for
cutting pine log, 75c per thousand, true scale; for tie making,
25c per tie, to tic makers, in good timber, more in culled for
ests. Hardwood and cypress labor prices to be advanced on
a parity with pine; a general advance of 25 per cent to all
stave mill and other timber and lumber workers; the rates
and wages paid to workers in the Turpentine Industry, and
in other by-product plants, to be also advanced 25 per cent,
the working day in no branch of the Lumber Industry to ex
ceed eight (8) hours in duration.
(2) Abolition of the practice of discounting wages, wages
to be paid every Saturday night in United States money.
(3) Forced trading in Company Commissaries thru the
time-check system to be abolished, the workers to trade where
and .with who they please.
(4) Reasonable rent for houses, not shacks, with water,
light and sewerage service furnished by the Companies.
(5) All towns and camps to be provided with an up-to
date sanitary system, to the end that the terrible diseases now
prevailing thru out the timber belt be wiped out.
(6) A revision of insurance, hospital and doctor fees,
these funds to be controlled by a committee chosen by the
workers who pay them and all physicians to be elected by the
(7) Free speech, press, assembly and organization, the
Association to build for the workers, free of cost, a Union hall
in every town.
(8) No "time contracts" and no "recognition" of the Un
ion wanted or allowed.
These demands are all we can think of today and are sub
ject to revision at any time as willed by the vote of the mem
DEED OF A "WHITE" MAN.
On last Wednesday morning Fellow Worker Sam Jones,
(Colored) of Neame, La., wishing to go to DeRidder, La.,
on train No. 3 of the Kansas City Southern, arrived at the de
pot a little late, (said train being on time for a wonder,) and
as the train was already pulling out he had no chance to board
the car reserved for colored people, so he swung onto the steps
of the Pullman, on the rear end of train, meaning t oget off
at the first stop and go into the "colored" coach and pay his
fare, having in his pocket $1-4.5
No. 3 is yhat the K. C. S. calls its "Fast Mail," and not
being flagged at this station, which is four miles south of
Neame, it went on through at top speed, and Sam Jones could
not get off, of course.
Just as the train, going at full speed, reached the town of
Ludington, Conductor Bill Williams came back to rear end
and, without giving Fellow Worker Sam Jones any time to
explain, kicked him off the rapidly moving train, knocking a
great hole in his head, and hurting him internally.
After laying on the side of track unconscious for some
time, he was picked up by a kind hearted gentleman in an au
tomobile and conveyed to DeRidder, where his wounds were
When No. 3 reached DeRidder, this brutal conductor.
who is noted for just such tricks as this, made a lying report
of this heartless business, to the effect that this negro workini'
man was riding "the blind" and he was compelled to "put"
As it is against the capitalistic laws, even, to throw any
ine off a moving train, even if it is a poor hobo-worker, it
looks like Sam Jones ha sa pretty good shot at the pocket book
of the K. C. S. road and this "wihte supremacy" aristocratic
representative of one of the superior craft unions, I sincerely
hope that some shrewd lawyer will take this case and make
said road cough up some of the dough that its workers pile up
for its stockholders: also that in consequence o fsuch proced
ure, that bully Bill Williams will lose the job he loves so well.
Yours for Solidarity and Justice,
SAYINGS OF INGERSOLL.
"Liberty," a word without which all other words are
"Salvation through slavery is worthless. Salvation from
slavery is inestimable.
"Give me the storm and tempest of thought and action,
rather than the dead calm of ignorance and faith l Banish
me from Eden when you will; but first let me eat of the fruit
of the tree of knowledge!"
"Beyond nature man cannot go even in thought - above
nature he cannot rise-below nature he cannot fall.
"On every hand are the enemies of individuality and men
tal freedom. Custom meets us at the cradle and leaves us onlyv
at the tomb. Our first questions are answered by ignorance,
and our last by superstition. We are pushed and dragged by
countless hands along the beaten track, and our entire train
ing can be summed up in the word-suppression.
"Man must learn to rely upon himself. If abuses are to
be destroyed, man must destroy them. If slaves are to be
freed, man must free them. If new truths are to be discover
ed, man must discover them. If the naked are clothed; if the
hungry are fed; if labor is rewarded; if superstition is driven
from the mind; if the defenseless are protected, and if right
finally triumphs, all must be the work of man. The grand
victories of the future must be won by man, and by man
WORKING CLASS POLITICS.
By Jay Smtih.
The politician to the average wage worker is like the
preacher: a thing of the past. The wage workers have been
listening to the wails of the politicians for hundreds of years
and have never received any benefit to speak of. Every wage
worker is becoming more and more interested in his welfare
and that of his family. The walls of industrial slavery grow
higher and higher each day around every wage worker in
every civilized country on the globe. So without the aboli
tion of the wage system there will never be complete freedom
for the working class. Every wage worker is disconted with
the conditions that surround him. The prices of the necessi
ties of life are too high for the wage worker to buy what he
really needs to sustain life in a decent manner. The way to
change this condition is a puzzle to most wage workers.
Many think there will be a law made to adjust this grievance.
Some think a modern Moses will come to free the slaves as
of old. I say that the day of all Moseses is a thing of the past.
There is no new country to lead the slaves to, and besides it is
bad policy to leave a country in bondage and go to some new
country to establish freedom and leave the old country to re
main in bondage. As for a law being enacted to free the wage
worker, there is hope, but this law will never be put on re
cord until the working class unite in One Big Union of all
wage workers in all industries and establish the law they want
on the job where they work. All wage workers are becoming
class conscious. All wage workers admit, or should admit,
that labor is entitled to all it produces. This being true they
must admit that, between the employing class and the work
ing class there is nothing in common. Then why should a
wage worker even think.that a law can be made to represent
the interest of both classes?
There should be but one class-the 'working class.
There is only one way left for the wage worker: They
must organize for the purpose of controlling industry. To do
this they must organize on the job where they work. They
should not even think of having a law made by others than
themselves. They should not ask some one else to make a law
that would give to them something that they never helped to
get. The idea is absurd. It would keep the working class in
slavery as long as time lasts.
It is what the working class has believed that brought it
into this slavery. The working class must quit believing and
start thinking for themselves. Then they will know that a
believer is trusting his fatedp the hands of others. Workers
who think have solved this problem. Might is the only law
that will ever free the working class, and to get this might
the workers must organize at the source of production and
control the machine with which they work. This might of
the working class, organized into One Big Union of all the
workers in all the Industries, is the greatest power on earth.
There is no law that can evict a united working class. There
is no law that can control a united working class, except
that made by the working class itself. So, the place to vote
and start lawmaking for the wage workers is in the labor
hall. Then go united to the job and enforce it, regulating
hours, pay and conditions for the workers by the workers.
Also, as the price of the working farmer's produce is al
ways fixed by the wage scale, so there is no way out of this
system for the working farmer except for him to join the One
Big Union of Agricultural workers and help to overthrow
the wage system and establish Industrial Democracy. There
fore, organize on the job, control industry and be the law.
Read the literature of the Industrial Workers of the World
and be convinced. If you are a wage worker in the lumber
industry, become a member of the National Industrial Un
ion of Forest and Lumber Workers and start organizing all
the wage workers, all the mill men, all the woods men, all the
tie makers, all the turpentine workers, all the workers, and
nothing but the workers, on the job where you work. For
further information concerning the Lumber Workers, write
to Jay Smith, Secretary Southern District, Box 78, Alexan
dria, La., or Frank R. Schleis, Secretary Western District,
21I Occidental Avenue, Seattle, Waashington.
WRITS OF GODAMMUS.
Merryville, Beauregard Parish, La., Jan. 4,'r3. Box ro3
If I am in arrears please send bill to date. If I am not
keep the change and send paper to some one else. I don't
want it any longer. Very truly,
C. W. Epperson.
Merryville, La., Jan. 13, 1913.
You are hereby notified to discontinue sending The Lum
berjack to me.
Yours very truly,
J. W. Tooke.
Merryville, La., Jan. 12, 19r3.
You are hereby notified not to send The Lumberjack to
Yours very truly,
Felix Taylor, Cashier.
( (The People's Bank.)
The above epistles are the finest compliments The Lum
berjack has yet received. Thanks. Do unto others as they
would do unto you. Nomel a meht dnah.