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THE WORLD IUILDERS.
(Dedicated to Fellow-workers Fre
donia Stevenson and Ruby Idom
and all the warrior women of the
Gaze backward thru earth's veil of
Who broke our chains? Who gave us
Who raised us up? Who brought the
Was it imperial Caesar, say!
0 ye who bend the knee to kings,
Who worship forms and gilded things,
Lift up your eyes awhile and see
The mighty ones who made us free!
Whate'er their creed, whate'er their
Their souls were strong, their faith
They wore no crown, they knelt to
They with the soul-truth were as one.
They dreamed the dream, they
wrought the deed,
They plowed the field, they sowed the
They sent hope's searchlight thru the
And made the barren deserts bloom.
Thru them eternal right was taught,
Thru them its wondrous works were
With breaking hearts and bleeding
Stone by stone they built the lands.
With eyes afire and souls aflame,
Up from the rank and file they came;
These! These! the ones whose spirits
Injustice quail, tradition shake!
By Covington Hall.
RIGHT TO RIGHTS.
(By C. L. Filigno.)
If there is a word in the English
language that has been misconstrued,
misconceived and misunderstood, the
word "rights" has suffered more than
any other one. We have often heard
of the workers' rights, we have seen
that wordl in the magazines, news
pers and law books, we have heard
the praise and rights of labor from
the mouth of every scoundrel in the
land and from every pimp of society.
But we have never seen these rights
spoken of, enforced, by anybody, and
those that were enforced had to be
done by the workers themselves.
All the songs of the poets, all the
twaddle of the sophists, all the poli
tician's panacea, and all the dupes'
illusions hasn't altered one iota of
the misery of the working class.
We have heard people express
views in which they claimed certain
rights. Now, let us be impartial, let
us put the existing prejudices aside
for the meantime, and let us look
facts in the face, just as they are. In
order to do this we shall turn on the
light by unmasking the man-made
laws and man-made morals, and by
showing reasons in place of sophis
try, logic in place of superstition,
facts in place of fiction, and tests in
place of suppositions.
Before we can reach an intelligent
conclusion we must agree on the
meaning of the word "right." So we
shall look in the Webster's Standard
Dictionary and see what Noah has
to say about it.
Absolute rights: Those rights that
are inherent in the individual, in
alienable and indefeasable, as man's
absolute right to life, liberty and
personal security. In other words,
anything that can be taken away,
cannot be considered as rights, even
your liberty and personal security are
a sham, and how well we know it.
You may have liberty providing you
don't interfere with the bosses' prof
its; but just as soon as you intercept
his rule your liberty isn't worth an
The right hand among the Hebrews
was often used to denote power. The
real fact of the matter was that the
raising of the right hand meant to
demand, his rights by the power of
Amongst the Romans the extended
right arm with a closed fist repre
sented the rights of the Roman peo
ple; but we know that it was his
closed fist, and not his pose or words,
that indicated their rights.
The state has a right to do any
thing with its subjects, because it
has the power, and it is almost uni
versally admitted that the state can
not do wrong. It is all powerful; how
can it do wrong?
The judges are sending people to
prisons, electric chairs and the gal
lows almost every hour of the day.
Most of these victims are members
of the working class. Who gives the
judge a right to pass a judgment on
another man? It is the power of the
state that's backing up the judges'
The soldiers have a right to shoot and
kill whenever ordered, because they
have the power of the state back
ing them up, and the more men they
kill the greater they become in the
eyes of the state.
The police, as a rule, are the
most lawless set of men ever got
ten together. Over 50 per cent of
the total crimes are committed by
these lawless and disorderly gents,
and it is safe to say that another 25
per cent of the crimes are encour
aged by them. After all this, the
state will make a hero out of every
policeman, and you workers know
what you have been getting from
them. They are the state, and you
get the club.
The employers have a right to dis
charge (their) workers any time they
want to. They can violate all the
laws known, but there is never any
thing done to them. All the ma
chinery of state is standing back of
them in every move to crush the
The workers never have had any
rights at any time, regardless of
what may have been said about their
rights; e. g., in some places the em
ployers refuse to hire workers be
cause these workers happen to be
long to the union. In other places
they issue injunctions against the
workers, so that they may be made
to work against their wishes, or to
keep them from going out on strike.
But if you should speak about the
workers' rights, most anybody would
tell you that the workers have rights
and that they can work where and
when they please. The fact is, how
ever, that they cannot, until they
have power enough to enforce their
rights, or what they so consider.
The rights of the individual are not
based on the individual, but who the
individual is and .what position he
holds in society. The rights of a
class d(lepends entirely on what class
you are speaking of, and the rightls
of society are all conflicting, from the
lowest to the highest strata of this
so-called society, with the exception
of those rights which are inherient,
indefeasable and inalienable, that bie
ing truly the only reason. Therefore
the rights of the workers are inccgi
table, as far as we know, as far as
we will ever know, and until we he
come cognizant of that fact the work.
ers as a class will remain in slavery.
The gleatest of all the inherent
rights the workers have is the right
to think. That right cannot I,
chained, nor can it be controlled by
any power as long as life itself ex
ists. But still this great right, this
most powerful right, has never been
used, and it has been left virgin by
The doctrinaries who have gone be
fore the workers have always taught
them to believe, not to think, because
if the thinking apparatus cf the
workers was ever put in motion. th1
very dloctrinaries would ha.:e h.c'
thrown aside like an useless object.
Power is the only real right there
is, because you have a right to do
anything you want to, providing you
have the power to do it with. This
power we speak of can be gotten by
thinking, by putting the thoughts into
actions, and by solidifying yourself
with the rest of your fellow-workers.
Man is his own fate, and in him
self can make a heaven of hell, a
hell of heaven. Fellow-workers, the
only thing asked of you is to do ydur
own thinking. Do not let some
smooth-tongued grafter chloroform
The habit of looking upon life as a
burden is almost universal, and it
only demonstrates how perverted
man's ideas have become. But we
know that life is not a burden, and
if it is so, is because we have made .
it so. Moreover, it shall continue to
be so until we change it.
The rights of the working class
are similar to the rights of a small
and growing nation; as the nation
grows it will demand its rights; as
it grows larger it would still demand
more rights, and if it should become
the most powerful nation it would
have more rights than any other na
tion, for no other reason than the
logic of power. You may say that
the workers have the greatest num
bers today, and still they have no
(power) rights. It is all true, but
you must consider that the workers
are not standing together as they
should, to possess the power you hear
spoken of. The workers are divided
against themselves in every conceiv
able way; they haven't yet realized
the great battle cry, "An injury to
one is an injury to all," and they
haven't enlisted into the grand army
of producers, where the workers' in
terest and welfare are identical.
Fellow-workers, organize into the
One Big Union! By so doing you
will have power; with that power you
can demand your rights, because
rights are not bestowed upon you
they are acquired by power.
Do you want your rights? If you
do, help us to get them by joining the
fighting union-the Industrial Work
ers of the World.
No one deserves his liberty who
does not contribute his share to the
emancipation of his fellow-man. Let
us all do our part, and let no one
shirk his duties.
Well, LUMBERJACK, I see they
have completed the slave pen at Cra
vens at last. The NEGROES around
here call it the "nigger pen," tho I
think one inlet is all it has, at least
that is all I have seen, to the walls
of the pen. They are now putting
the decorating touches on the nigger
scab quarters, but, O my! how the
white sucker quarters looks! They
plainly show they don't care a dam
about the white suckers, that it's the
black scabs they want. Listen: the
old set of flatheads cut 125 and 130
logs per day and got $4.25 a day each;
the green flatheads cut 115 to 120
logs and get $2.40 each. How's this
for a "green" scale? But we don't
care if they get beat out of all the
scale, do we? For, why don't they
throw down these low jobs until they
get the demands of the I. W. W., 75
cents per thousand? Then they would
be men, but as long as the workers
stand on their heads for the Boss,
just so long will they go hungry and
be clad in rags.
I wish some of the boys who are
trying to kill themselves for the Boss
would please tell me where they will
go when the forests are stript of their
timber, which will be inside of ten
years, and they have no jobs to suck
and scab on? "To hell," I guess is
all the Sawdust Ring will say and it
will care less. You all know it, too,
as well as us I. W. W.'s, but you are
too much of a job coward just now to
heed, tho we are fast closing the gap
that is between us and, when it does
close, woe be unto the Bosses! Up,
boys, and get into the ONE BIG
UNION! You have nothing but your
chains to lose and a hellofalot to gain.
Be a man, a free man, an I. W. W.
TOHN R. STROTHER.
WI'H.AT IS WVAR?
(;uy de Maupassant, the gifted
Frenchman, answering the question,
"What is War?" wrote these scath
"Some hundred thousand of men
come together. they march by day
and night, without repose, without
thought, without learning, without
reading. Being useful to no one,
they begin to putrefy in their own
unclearnness; they lie in the mud
like brutes. their minds stupefied.
They plunder cities, set fire to vil
lages, ruin nations. Upon meeting
with a similar mass of human flesh,
they attack it, causing blood to flow
in streams, and cover the muddy,
Llood-filled earth with the pieces of
dismembered human flesh. Moun
tains of dead bodies accumulate
from wvhich hands and legs have
been torn and brains oozed out-of
value to no one, finally to be thrown
into a hole in some corner of the
field, while at home the parents,
wives and children perish from hun
ger-that is war!
"In other words, to invade a coun
try, to the man who defends his own
home, to set fire to the hovels of the
poor and miserable who now have
not even bread to eat, to break up,
furniture, to steal the smaller ob
jects, to drink the wine in the cel
lars and allow the rest to flow away,
to violate women and girls they
meet on the street, to destroy mil
lions of value and leave behind them
indescribable misery and the cholera
-that is war."
Businees is picking up In our Local,
I. . W. No. 594, sace Emmera
spoke here. The Union boys are lin
ing up fine and are bringing n new
members every day or two now. Our
meetig day are the first and third
Sundays of the month at 9:30 a. m:
All rebels wqloome all the time.
Yours for the ONE BIG UNION,
New Orleans Picayune: Chales 8.
Elms, who has handled some large
timber deals in recent times, has re
turned from Chicago, where he and
his associates hold an option of
36,000 acres of fine yellow pine
stumpe, located jp Sabine parish.
Mr. Elms arranged for the bond is
sue, and the Chicago banking inter
ests have sent their experts to con
firm the survey of timber.
It is intended to erect two large
band mills on the tract. Several Cal
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TELPHONE NUMJER 812
TO ALL SECRETARIES AND MEMBERS:
Fellow Workers:-The Second Annual Convention of The National In
dustrial Union of Forest and Lumber Workers ie hereby called to convene
in the Hall of the Southern District at Alexandria, Louisiana, on
Monday, May 19th, 1913
All Local Unions are requested to Immediately begin mak ng prepara
tions for the Convention, to se that all old members are paid up and as
many new members as possible initiated in order that they may be represented
by a full quota of Delegates.
Speakers of International reputation will attend and address the Con
vention, which promises to be the greatest ever assembled by the Lumber
jacks of North America.
By order of the General Executive Board.
FRANK R. SCHLEIS, Secretary, Western District.
JAY SMITH, Secretary, Southern District.
National Industrial Union of Forest and Lumber Workers, I. W. W.
The I. W. W. Preamble
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 worklag 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 a state of affairs
which allows one set of workers to be 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 workers into the
belief that the working class have interests in common with their employers.
These conditions can be tianged 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 on in any department thereof, thus making an injury to
one an Injury to all.
Instead of the conservative motto, "A fair dau' a wage for a fair day's
work," we must inscribe on our banner the revolutionary watchword, "Abo
lition of the wage system."
It is the historic mission of the working class to do away with capital
ism. The army of production must be organized, not only for the everyday
struggle with capitalists, but also to carry on production when capitalism
shall have been overthrown. By organizing industrially we are forming the
structure of the new society within the shell of the old.
To All Members.
Pay no money to any one for Dues or Assessments unless a stamp is
placed on your membership book therefor. The stamp Is your only rer-elpt
for l)ues and Assessments, anti your only ,.videncre that you are a n.ermbier
of the I:nlon. Unless your oook is corruc'tly stampned up to date. you will
not be recognlzed as a I nion member, either in th, So:uthern or We-.stern
District. All Local Scrr-taries havw, or should have. onr hand a supply of
stamps. Insist that your book be stamped for v,.r. tim,. yo)u Ipa. or have.
paid your Dues and Asssstuents. A book is the otly . ihe ne.'ou have
paid your Initiation Fee.
This notice is issued h~rcause the (;u-neral Or:ainivaton and its liocal
Unions have lost hundreds of dollars through the mrember:- f; lirig to insist
that Secretaries place DI)ues and Ass.essment Stanip in thir hook at the
time payment was made. ('ease this loose- method. I ,nanrl a ,ook when you
pay your Initiation Fee and a stamp e~, ry tirnme you p-'y li Ius anId Asses
N. I. U. of I-'. & l,. W..
() ly Jay Sa;mith.
Secty. Southern D)istrict.
oasie parish timber me wee in the
city the irst of the week.
"Fifteen years, or a little leas, will
tell the tale in old Caceasie," Msid
one. "At the end of that time there
wil be no more longleaf yellow pine
in the parish, and what is true out
there is nearly true in the state. We
of the South must soon look to the
Pacific coast for our lumber. They
have seventy-five years' cutting in the
far Northwest. In fact, it is the only
timber reserve in this country."
If you lumberjacks want any of
the honey, canvasabk and cha,
pagse YOU cross-cut out of the for
eats, YOU had better get busy and
get it TODAY, for the forests will
YOU WILL BE A LONG TIME
DEAD. Give the esapitalists HELL,
let the priests and preachers have
HEAVEN, but let the workers TAKE
and HOLD the EARTH. If not, what
are YOU going to do when the for
ests are gone,--be TENANTS on
TRUST-OWNED FARMS? It's up