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Education , Freedom in
Organization 0 -Et Industrial
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.lie word Salota dI. es unot refer to p ersoal vi olence at
all, tho' many writers have s) d(efined it. Neither is dIestruc
tron ot property true Sabotage.
Sabotage, correctly speaking, is aimed mainly at profits
and, taking advantage of the fact that all modern industry '
is carried on r y socialied labori, there is not an industry on'
earth that the workers, using their brains as well as the'ir
hands on the job, could not completely gut of profit, and do
it without breaking a single bolt on a singli ma
chin, to(. For instance: Were the Railway workers to sim
ply en/or-c the rule's governiing the operation of the Railr lads
for a single week, they would completely tie up the transpor
tatihon system of the country and, obeying their masters or
ders, (orders th'atare not res ind) could enforal vice any tc
manll, they manyight choose to defiake. itAgain, cthommr issary pst
officts all oer th So peuth hainve, isby simed in mainly at rol,
forcaned the akinorst and ther Wofacrkrs thatni all mn induto rstry
is cargried on bytitis of its mail, there entailing a heavi y -
pensearth that the niworkers an, when , eivr braingtn as well, appealedir
to rhandls in the job, coulstd ffic t givcompe tle tely gut of profit, a dose
of its wn tactics, a prit a sin New )rlns wanted mgle ar
hinrested ftor "se iti n, andce the Railwayikee "Soci s t)m simra
lytic I en/ora th averre ning that I as a parterous silk - Railrds
revolu a stingle istweek, oth priest and pomplitician stic up theeming tro agree,
tato Shysage in the interest of the Lumber in masters r-.k
ebut highly tre'asonable and immoral, whateoul er that may de,
o'fi'c Is all invr the flSoh haveo by simpil "l sin" ot urae wirkl,
filorctd the Forest and umbe rker irn thers rnion to r ilstlr
targt ,antitics on( its mail, thereby o ntil an kep ip cleav x
ptirsi" the sawnills a;l planens 11 ('l ill the ia, tey ) al g p tpled
to re lels in every order ystoffie th , die the gumber Trust a whdats
f its oha l tc il tie, a li e ist in Nw ckerans w antere t time ar
length atdl \witlth, or in Itlatling the right lumber iti tte,
in one of its highest forms.
s fupkitcrhen a"st ," alrrvd ille ani raieuk the " ocal- )non
staips, etc., thatrr too,at was Sa "(tage, but Satlae in ,ne ,f
r\hen liiur petoiple were sril tgernd, bwatell-n -tp anl stot. Itha
.was not Sa,otagne -it was pure unadulterated, brainless vit, .
lence, the jungle tei seeking, dhru "the terrir, to inptse
their law atcti their ordIer on the DEr, OCRr-( ll t-f tile
TIwenti etr t t' X 'hev li d niit kni tw the I. I' II'., thetr
they w·oulil nilt have obeyed the impulse to return fit sank
all. Hut weirin tih. ' Sherifi. the "( ,;ranl ur.'" acl the ('iurt
vilua l1h" respllnsiible for thel ' "infrtactions" of r4. law, thalt
port would have read consi"lerablX- ilifferttek t hat1 a lil t i
anictn ne driven ti l'Speratie-in v intslts anil abse. ait
ltacked the \tt ict h.,rib' i-f the American ltmber (, '.
Again, it is rep-.rtel 1 grapevine teleraph that the
Santa F'cians ar hoasting thant thrc will zDYn'.-1ArTkE,- ,r
.I?'R k It h ' thicr rill- an! rlant at f'rry h rlil he-r-' t
stape will .ive into the wnion. That, too, would be Saiit )
age, a form they used against Debs in the A. R. W. strike
Sthey destroyed their own property in order to lay the crime
on the Union and so "justify" the arrest, imprisonment and
"trial" of its officers, organizers and most active members.
President Wood of the Textile Trust is now on mock trial
in Massachusetts charged with practicing a form of Sabot
age akin to this, in that he and other "law and order uphold
Sers" are charged with procuring the "planting of dynamite"
in lawrence during the great strike of the I. W. W. Textile
Workers there; one of this gang of "dynamite planters"
co'mnitted suicide when "caught with the goods," and ano
ther was fined $5x).oo for the offense, but, had he becn a
working man, he would have gotten a life term in the peni
tentiary, that is hadi he not been, like a certain famous
D)etective-Organizer, working in the interest of the Saw
,dust Ring, gathering evidence, even to the dvnamiting an old
junkpile mill in Texas, to prove men whose only crime was
that th!' resisted an attempt at wholesale massacre "guilty
Sof conspiracy to murder in the first degree;" but, the capi
talist (lass does not call that Sabotage--it calls it "law and
ordler." No Saffron politician dares call themr "silk-handed
revolutionists," no priest dares demand their arrest for "se
dition," no preacher shrieks out to heaven against their "vio
lence," no kept he-prostitute of the press dares lecture them
on "lawlessness" and no President or Governor dares de
nounce them as "undesirable citizens," for they are the
"('Christian men to whom God in his infinite wisdom (?)
has confided the business interests of this country" - -- the
horrified howls of the P's and G's are all at the Union, even
thi it ijs the only force on earth that is trying to take the girls
,'it of the Redlig ht, the mothers out of the sweatshops and
the babies out of cotton mill and oyster camp hells. Verily
verily I say unto you, the intellectual mercenary and the
cinumissarv soldier are twin brotheds of the detective and
gunman. And verily verily I say unto you, the ONE RIG
I ',V'ION is the on/i' 7'Ol'ER that can save society from
chaos and savagery, the onlv MIGHT that can re-establish
R'IG( T' upon this earth. Be a MIN. a UNION A.X,
an I. I1'. 11' !
LAW, OR NO LA \V.
Vc arc siiilply tired of being killed, shoved, and in
uiltced in every way. We have stood for all sorts of things
rnagi .inable up to the present time, Bi" I, we think that it
has gone tar enough. We don't care who commits these mad
acts, whether it is the judge, the stool-pigeon, the Southern
Liumberman Association, the Sheriff or anybody else. Things
have reached past all human endurance when you insult our
women and trample on ,our children. You slimy, low-down
curs of the lowest type. You dirty spawn of the human race.
'ou degenerates who live off the earnings of the red - light
district's womcn. You, that a skunk would smell as sweet as
cologne, compared to you. You that would take the bread
Ifrom hungry babies' mouths and feed it to rats. You that
hold nothing sacred, even to your mother who has given you
life. You that a carrion crow Funs away from when you
appear, because it can't stand the odor of your filthy carcass.
The (;od of patience has been stabbed in the back, tile
God of virtue has ben assaulted, the God of freedom has
been imprisoned, and the Go'1 of endurance has been pulver
izedl. HBiT,'' the God of justice has taken the bandage off
his eyes, and he is looking, horrified, upon this saturnalia of
injustice. Ye shall be judged, and soon, 0 Mammon1
I E. VERITAS.
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HI'S'T '''IIE HILACKLIST.
"'"o you who have be'n blacklisted and hounded from
State to State by the Southern Liumber Operators Association
anrd their gang of gunmen and citizens comes this consola
tion, that, if the Sawdust Ring wants to carry on the black
list as a mea nS toi hreak rip the I Uniin, they will have to )lack
list thlie whle wi irking class. 1 here is n, fear of the black
list to a class conscious slave who knows that he is being rob
I','it of ti,,ir-fifths of the pn','lucts of his lal'r each day.
The('re iS lii ftear of a bilacklist to a slave who can and will
¶rv,. a ui.,,i ,ane f-r e.,tcr new job, even if he only remains
i the job long enough to talk the ONE HI(G UNNION and
organize the workers btefore leaving each job.
i)iscunt'nt iS c'vi iencet'l by the many inoluiries comign in
t, this iffice frm almost every Southern State, asking for
moc information concerning the ONE BIG I NION 01'
FORl"ES'" ANl) i,1[o\iHER WORKERS.
'l'he )lacklist has only served to educate its victims to the
neccsittv of organization. *The blacklist has been unsc'd only
as a n('lans to suppress free speech and assembly, and has pro
ven beyvnd a doubt that freedom for th' working class is a
joke. I he blacklist has been the A. B. C's. of the ecoonl(mic
qiu'sti n to many Southcs workers. It has cauiseol many tom
think for themselves who ncve, thought before, and original
thought', Count for mnore in the class struggle than any oth
ers. becaluse experience is the best teacher. The blacklist his
(1riven manv workers from their rented holmes to other ficlils
to look for better cortditions, only to find the same discontent
existing everywhi('re. It has been the beginning of economic
cii uca tionl to manav \lho n\'e r had time to think while wi irk
ing tinder machine masters.
T'he shum tiotal of thle blacklist will be tile organ!zini. ,of
workers who would never join the T nion under any other'
< ircum:9stalnces. \lMost of the old members who have been
blacklisted ant itriven out otf the country bv the hlacklist
Iiav' ci me back int,) the liunmber district. g inc to work at
thl mill or at Simetllingr better, vet they have ncver 'l,,)5t'i
their i muths" they have tiever forgotten that an inljurv to ,nc
is an injury to all.
Not. fell, w viirkers, let us talk this question over anit
tee how tile blacklist v',ulid work on "he Lumber Kings \ho I
used it actinst you to starye you back into summission. Sup
pose the workers are all organized; then suppose a LumberI
King would say that no Union man could work for him, what
would take place? Would the Lumber King run his mill
I and saw lumber? No; he don't intend to work as long as he
can rob a lot of ignorant Lumberjacks of four-fifths of the
products of their labor. Do you suppose that a Lumber King
would have any use for a saw mill unless he was robbing the
slaves? Labor is entitled to all it produces; then get this
idea into your thinking tanhk: that the Lumber Kings are
only entitled to a place to work and do useful work. Work
ers, get your heads together; organize; get into the ONE
BIG UNION and use the blacklist against every Lumber
King who even asks about the Union.
Be a MANI a UNION MANI an I. W. W.I
"ACCORDING TO LAW,"
OR FINAL REPORT OF THE GRAND JURY OF
BEAUREGARD PARISH RE MERRYVILLE
To the Honorat Winston Overton, Judge of the Fifteenth
Judicial District Court, sitting in and for the Parish of
Beauregard, State of Louisiana:
We, the Grand Jury empancled by Your Honor, accord
ing to law, beg leave to submit this, our final report:
lj the matter of the inquiry Your Honor charged us to
set up touching conditions at Merryville, we have had a
number of the people, both Union men and Citizens, before
us, and we find that business and social conditions have been
very much depressed, but are improving. We find that this
condition that has been existing at Mlerryville since about the
r ;th of last November, was brought about by an industrial
strike, mnade by the employees of the American Lumber Co.
We find that the sensational rumors that had gained pro
minence through the press of the country, have been sent out
by irresponsible people. We plso have foind that the gen
eral reports sent out are exaggerated, and that the citizens
and business men are co-operating with the American Lum
ber Co., and are on friendly terms, with the view of main
taining peace and order.
We find that the differences existing at present are not
between the American Lumber Co. and the original striking
brotherhood of timber workers,' hut between an
organization known as the Citizens League.
composed of men doing business for them
selves, and an organization known as the Industrial Workers
of the World, composed mostly of transient men, and while
the evidence shows there has been some infractions of the
law, yet we have been unable to fix the responsibility on any
We wish to thank the court and court officers for all
courtesies extended to us.
There being no more business before us, we ask to be
dismissed, until such time as it becomes necessary to recon
vene. Respectfully submitted,
J. W. SANDERS, Foreman.
Attest: E. N. LEWIS, Clerk. (Copy)
Filed Feb. 21, T913. M. E. CRAWFORD, Dy. Clk. Ct.
READ I'T OVER.
Read that report over, reader; consider that the men
who made it have been in the heart of the Union territory
during all the long, hard struggle of the forest workers for
justice; consider also that the "irresponsible people" who
sent out all the reports of highbindcrism at Merrvville to
''the press of the country" were mainly the llighbinders
themselves, alias "the citi.ens (?) and business men who are
co-operating with the American Lumber Co., with a view of
maintaining peace and order;" consider further that every
mnember of that "Grand Jury" knew that the Brotherhood, of
Timber Workers had affiliated with the I. W. W., then ask
you rself what this "G(rand Jury" committed wehn, being
sworn, it relports that: "Ve find that the differences existing
at present are Inot between the American Iumher (Co. and the
original striking Brotherhood of Timber Workers, but he
tween an organizati'n known ansthe c''('itizens Ileague," (cmlii
posed of men doing husines for themselves, and an organiza
tion known as the Indulstrial Workers of the Worldl, compn s
e.' mostlv yof transient men" 'what diu this "(rand Jury,"
being sworn, commit when it rende'ld that report?
:And, so, when vou hlacklist us, make us wandlerers on
!Ithe face of the earth, hunt us with armedl andl drunken 111
lions from ou, r homes arld native State, you are "unable t', fix
the rcsponsibilitv for the infractions of the ;law on any indi
v'idaul," .Xe von? WVell, then, pleae don't go So will when
we say "to hell with your laws and to'hell with Vou rs coui rts
WE'It know what justice is." An l hc'ar vo, this bo,,ast of the
"transient 11EN" wh~o are to, reduce you tr, true order:
T'IHE II(BO'S BOAST.
I am the bondless spirit all the race murst recognizc!
In me the soui of labor still stannds free hben;eath the .kies;
InII me the sOul of I'reedom, still uIlrc nque red, mnlarchels ''1
I am the hope of liberty- the hcraid of the dlawn!
I anm the hope of liberty, earth's Ilucifcr toldav:
The dread within the heaurt of kings, the sw',rd vwithin their
The block on which their heads shall fall, the knife flthat
shears them off;
I am the great avenger, I! tie "thing" at wvhich1 they scff.
I am the hlope of liberty its star is in my )iandl;
Hy me its light is scattered thru the dark of every land;
By me the Wrong's mask is shattered and the \veil of (Custom
I spread thru all the citiec far the fl;arii~ ,f discotcnt .
I am the bondless spirit all th e ra i musit r'ecognize!
Jn mie the soul of labor still stands free hbeneath the skies;
In me the souil of Freedom, still unconqlueredl, marches on,
I am the hope of liberty the herald of the 'lawn!
('OV ITN(;TON IT A ,l.