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The Everett Massacre

By Walker C. Smith

A History of the Class Struggle in the Lumber Industry

[Illustration: Decoration]

I. W. W. Publishing Bureau Chicago, Ill.

This book is dedicated to those loyal soldiers of the great class war who were murdered on the steamer Verona at Everett, Washington, in the struggle for free speech and free assembly and the right to organize:


and those unknown martyrs whose bodies were swept out to unmarked ocean graves on Sunday, November Fifth, 1916.



In ten minutes of seething, roaring hell at the Everett dock on the afternoon of Sunday, November 5, 1916, there was more of the age old superstition regarding the identity of interests between capital and labor torn from the minds of the working people of the Pacific Northwest than could have been cleared away by a thousand lecturers in a year. It is with regret that we view the untimely passing of the seven or more Fellow Workers who were foully murdered on that fateful day, but if the working class of the world can view beyond their mangled forms the hideous brutality that was the cause of their deaths, they will not have died in vain.

This book is published with the hope that the tragedy at Everett may serve to set before the working class so clear a view of capitalism in all its ruthless greed that another such affair will be impossible.


With grateful acknowledgments to C. E. Payne for valuable assistance in preparing the subject matter, to Harry Feinberg in consultation, to Marie B. Smith in revising manuscript, and to J. J. Kneisle for photographs.


By Charles Ashleigh

[" and then the Fellow Worker died, singing 'Hold the Fort' " From the report of a witness.]

Song on his lips, he came; Song on his lips, he went; This be the token we bear of him, Soldier of Discontent!

Out of the dark they came; out of the night Of poverty and injury and woe, With flaming hope, their vision thrilled to light, Song on their lips, and every heart aglow;

They came, that none should trample Labor's right To speak, and voice her centuries of pain. Bare hands against the master's armored might! A dream to match the tools of sordid gain!

And then the decks went red; and the grey sea Was written crimsonly with ebbing life. The barricade spewed shots and mockery And curses, and the drunken lust of strife.

Yet, the mad chorus from that devil's host, Yea, all the tumult of that butcher throng, Compound of bullets, booze and coward boast, Could not out shriek one dying worker's song!

Song on his lips, he came; Song on his lips, he went; This be the token we bear of him, Soldier of Discontent!

[Illustration: Released Free Speech prisoners who visited the graves of their murdered Fellow Workers at Mount Pleasant Cemetery, May 12, 1917.]

The Everett Massacre



Perhaps the real history of the rise of the lumber industry in the Pacific Northwest will never be written. It will not be set down in these pages. A fragment vividly illustrative of the whole, yet only a fragment is all that is reproduced herein. But if that true history be written, it will tell no tales of "self made men" who toiled in the woods and mills amid poverty and privation and finally rose to fame and affluence by their own unaided effort. No Abraham Lincoln will be there to brighten its tarnished pages. The story is a more sordid one and it has to do with the theft of public lands; with the bribery and corruption of public officials; with the destruction and "sabotage," if the term may be so misused, of the property of competitors; with base treachery and double dealing among associated employers; and with extortion and coercion of the actual workers in the lumber industry by any and every means from the "robbersary" company stores to the commission of deliberate murder... Continue reading book >>

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