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Advocate, and if the editor will take
the kinks out of this letter and make it
presentable in print, I may be encour-
aged* to write again. Hoping that some
brother will make a suggestion as to
how the work of collecting dues may be
made easier, I remain, yours in B. L.
and U., E. L. Bikks.



Soo Line.

I have seen but very few letters from
this part of the country, I mean from
the boys on the Soo Line. Gome, boys,
let us get together and make this year
one that will not soon be fosgotten. I
know that if each of us will get busy and
only get one new member each and each
be a good, true, loyal member himself,
that we will certainly get a contract this
year. Now, do not understand me to
say that I alone, will do these things,
but I do say that WE can and I will say
that I mean everyone in the track de*
partment on the Soo Line.

It has been truly said, ''a rolling stone
gathers no moss." Let us keep the ball
rolling now, that it is started, for if we
stop the moss will soon grow over the
good old way and the boys who handle
the pick and shovel will soon be looked
at as the lowest class in the service of
the railroad. Now, would it not be bet-
ter to spend a few dollars as lodge dues
and be recognized as men who have
some say about their rights than to
spend a few dollars for booze and have
no say at all in our affairs.

It is not necessary for me to tell the
non-member of the conditions they are
working under. Ask yourselves these
questions. Am I getting what is due
me? Am I receiving the money I earn?



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Are my wages advanced according to
the cost of living and my ability? Is
it right for me to try to better the con-
dition of myself, my family and my
brother? Just consider these things a
few momenta and make np your mind
that yovL are going to try to get more re-
lief. The only way I know of is to join
the Brotherhood and get everyone else
on the road to do the same thing and re-
lief will snrely come, for the Lord hath
8ud, '*ask a9d ye shall receive." Now,
brothers, yon who have a family like
myself, there may be girls and boys who
will grow np and it is only a few years
nntil they will be following in yonr foot-
steps. Do you want them to labor under
the same condition that you are now
working. Would it not be better to de-
ny yoorself a little now and secure a
contract and better yonr condition so
that yon may be able to send yonr chil-
dren to school and educate them to fight
the battles of life with more ease than
you have had?

Now, boys, I am in favor of doing a
little coaxing. Talking is necessary to
get all of the nons lined up to join us. If
you meet a man that will not join, I am
in favor of doing like the boys who or-
ganized a secret society and when one
of their number refused to join at their
request they would do as these boys did.
They were out playing one day and they
were climbing small trees and swinging
back and forth. The boys on the ground
would pile up the leaves for them to fall
on, but when Bill, the boy who would
not join their society, had climbed to the
top of the tree to swing down, the boys
on the ground raked the leaves away and
said to him: "Bill, when you agree to
come over on our side we will pile up the
leaves for you. If you won't come with
ns, we won't pile up the leaves." It was
not long until Bill said, '*well, boys, pile
up the leaves, I am with you and am
going to join right now." When you
catch one of those chronic kickers up a
tree just let him hang until he asks you
to pile up the leaves.

Let us go about this work of Increasing
the membership and show that we really
appreciate what it means to have better
working conditions and the welfare of



our families, the educating of our chil-
dren and the protection of our home life.
Not one of us would ask another to look
after these matters for us nor would the
average man outside the Brotherhood.
Qet after these men who do not see
where the Brotherhood has ever done
anything and show them how little they
know. Teach them something of the
real position as relates to advantages
secured by the Brotherhood that will be
enjoyed by them in the future.

You may see the company in cases
where they suspend work would soon fill
our places because it is unskilled labor,
but, brothers, how many section foremen
do you know oh the road who are not
practical trackmen? A machine has not
yet been invented to take the place of a
section foreman. I trust that you boys
on the Soo Line will open your hearts
and speak a few words in favor of the
good work, and when the roll is called,
let us all be there. Tours in B. L. and
U., Prank.



Watson* SaaK.



It is with pleasure that we again risk
our stake when our organizer comes
around spotting out the bad places for
us. I was pleased to see the little chap
at work getting some of the boys in
shape. There is one thing I can't for
the life of me understand and that is,
patching up members of our union. I
mean members who have gotten behind
with their dues and some one suggests,
''you are too far behind and to start
afresh, and join the union once more boy
and you are all right." That is all very
fine, but is the organization so cheap as
that? To soma sensible thinking man
or brother it might be altogether differ-
ent. Why should a brother be allowed
to get behind and receive the same com-
pensation as his brother who is marching
with him and who carries an up-to-date
working card. Now I can tell of men
who have refused to go through the oper-
ation of a patch-up, though far behind.
They would hot join afresh but would be
men on their own merits, and would
receive benefits for which others were
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Now, Mr. Editor, these are the kind of
men to run up against who are not afraid
to make a stand. They must have the
grit of independence, and manliness too,
but still if this getting behind and join-
ing afresh is practiced among the mem-
bers of any o'ther union bodies, it may
be all right, but if we are the only oi^an-
ization that has the habit, let us cut it
out and I should say, at once. Yours in
B. L. and U., Frank Ferguson.



Aahlandt Ky.



As I seldom see any letters from my
lodge in the Advocate, I will send my
first letter while I am waiting for the
train to take me to the regular meeting
of Mt. Sterling Liodge No. 225 of which I
am the secretary.

I have been at Maysville on the Cin-
cinnati division of the C. & O. for four
weeks where they are erecting a larg^
coal elevator. I visited Limestone Lodg'e
No. 8 there last Saturday, and they took
in 19 new members and it made me feel
good to know that my brethren on the
**Cincy" division were awakening to the
fact that in unionism is our only salva-
tion. I am pleased to note that the Or-
der on the Kentucky general division is
composed of the very best mechanics,
the poorer mechanics and drones remain-
in the ranks of the **scabs." It seems
to insttlt some of them to ask them to
get in the Order, and they say there is
no use to pay dues in an order when they
get benefit by the work of other men who
pay dues into the Order. They are not
insulted however, when we secure an in-
crease in wages, which they eagerly gprab.
There are five forces at Maysville ; three
are solid Brotherhood men, one is non-
union and one has but one Order man.
Three foremen are union men and two
are like the ones of whom Patrick Henry
said : * *They have eyes yet they see not ;
they have ears yet hear not the things
which so nearly concern their temporal
salvation."

We must all get together for our com-
mon good. Those who have roamed
from the battlefield of organization and
have roamed far on a desolate track,
are invited to get right and will receive



a cordial welcome. Do not let the neg-
lect and procrastination of some of your
fellow workmen discourage you. Get
after them more earnestly. We can not
hope to win if we atop for small obstnic-
tions. Forge ahead 1 For as the poet
said: * 'Roses have thorns, silver foun-
tains, mud; clouds and eclipses suic
both moon and sun." So we most keep
busy for our Order.

I see a letter from Bro. J. B. Pugii,
general chairman of the 0. & O. system
division in regard to the Auxiliary. I in-
dorse Brother Pugh's letter and ur^
that we all support the Auxiliary.
Brother Pugh is well known over the C.
& O. and has countless friends. It is a
pleasure to meet such men as Brother
Pugh. I also met Bro. B. F. Swearingen
and Brother Stevens, president of Mays-
ville Lodge No. 8 both of whom are in-
telligent Brotherhood men and hard
workers for it.

Well, my letter is so lacking in inter-
est that I will bring it to a oloae and
hope that 1911 will be a most successful
year for the Order. Tours in B. L. and
U., Secbbtary Lodge No. 226.



Bre^ver, Me.



I am a boy 14 years old and this is my
first letter to the Advocate. My fatiier
is a foreman on the Buckport branch of
the Maine Central Railway, and secre-
tary of Penobscot Lodge No. 334. Be-
fore Mr. Stout organized the Me. C. By.,
my father received |2 per day and his
men $1.00. Now his wages are |2.40 and
his men receive $1.80 in addition to
many other privileges. There are a few
nonmerabers and backsliders on this road
yet who are willing to enjoy the benefits
gained for them by others.

On the 8th of February Mrs. Cora B,
Smith, president of the Ladies' Auxili-
ary, was here organizing the wives and
daughters of Penobscot lodge members
to a lodge of the Auxiliary so as to be en-
abled to assist the male members. Let
us hope that by the time this letter is in
print, their lodge will be in a flourishing
condition. Wishing the Brotherhood and
Auxiliary much success I am, yom
truly, Wll. Bbennek.



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Deerfield. 111.

Being a member of St- Paul Star Lodge
No. 142 of Chicago, 111.^ I thought I
would write a little story, or verse, which
might interest the brothers. But first of
all let me congratulate you upon the
good work being done by the officials of
the I. B. M. W. E. and also your highly
prized Advance Advocate, of which I
am a highly interested reader. The fol-
lowing is the fact of the story on which
I tried my hand to turn into a poem or
rather an attempt at one.

A **down east" section foreman not
long ago told me these facts as true. It
seems that the boys on that certain line
were organized but had one man known
as a scab working among them. This
scab thought he could get a good stand-
in with the new roadmaster by knocking
on the rest of the foremen. When the
boys heard that the scab had maliciously
lied about them, they demanded that
the roadmaster discharge him. The
roadmaster not wishing to discharge him
in that manner, called a meeting of all
foremen concerned to meet him the fol-
lowing day on the scab's section. The
day following when roadmaster and fore-
men stepped off the train this scab no-
ticed them and made for ttie woods and
has not beeir heard of since.

THE SCAB'S GET-AWAY.

Listen! ye brothers, to this tale of woe.

As it happened to a scab not long aco.
He worked as a foreman on section nine.

The one to the south adjoining mine.
He certainly had the gift of gab.

For being an ordinary everyday scab.

He thonght he was a wise galoot.

Bat in the end he got the boot.
He was a knoeker, and he knocked away.

Until we got his goat one day.
He threw hot air into Roadmaster MeGlenn.

And kept knocking the nnion men.

Of course we lads were organized.
When roadmaster heard this he was surprised.

As he was a new man in the game.
Having come from some railroad in Maine.

But he knew the value of union men-
Glory to the name of Roadmaster MeGlenn.

He didn't like the looks of scabs

As well as he did the nnion lads.
Of cdorse the lad kept nunors afloat

That he and the roadmaster were in the same
boat.
Trying to discharge the union lads,

And replaee them with a bunch of scabs.



When the roadmaster had heard what the scab
had Kaid

He wanted to hit him on the head.
But on second thought he changed his mind.

Tiiinking the treatment would be too kind.
So he sent a message along the line

For the foremen to meet on section nine.

The following day we were all on hand
To deport the scab to another land.

The tar and feathers were in a pail
Ready to accompany the scab on a rail.

When the scab saw that we had the goods
He made deep footprints leading to the woods.

It certainly was a laughable sight.
To see the scab go in his wild flight.

He never stopped to say good bye
Or even to retrm^ bis lies.

His legs moved some, now yon can bet
If he hasn't stopped ho is going yet.

If you can line this up and get the low
joints and high centers out of it and
think it is fit for publication » why I am
yours truly, as I know you are the
**Jedge."

I will try my hand at some signal and
track work in the Technical Department
if I may come again, as I may know
some of the kinks that the boys have
forgotten. Wishing every one success,
I remain, Certificate No. a20903.



Madiaon Lodge, No. 4.

As I have been elected journal agent
for Lodge No. 4, I will try to write a few
lines for the good of the Order. We are
having good meetings of our lodge and I
certainly do enjoy to attend them. I
love to go to the meeting and meet the
brothers. It is a great pleasure to me to
meet them and grasp their hands, and I
want to say to all the brothers on the
Ga. By. that we are now meeting at
Union Point every second Sunday of each
month. You brothers who are always
promising to come to the next meeting
must come for we want to see you. You
have no excuse for not coming. Trans-
portation is to be had and all you have
to do is to ask for it. We have a nice
set of officials to work for, and I am sure
you all like them, and also our work on
the old Ga. By.

I would like to say to the new men on
our road who never come to our meet-
ings, what is the reason you do not come?
Are you scared to ceme, or are you just
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with my wife and babies on Sanday as
well as anyone does, but when the time
comes for the meeting my wife helps me
get ready just as she prepares my lunch
every day. We must get together and
stick like tar it we ever expect to ac-
complish anything worth while, and if
the poor trackmen ever need help it is
now.

I am glad to say the bridge and build-
ing men are coming into the Order.
Come on, boys, we want everyone of you
and you all need us. You know the old
adage, '*Unibed we^tand, divided we
fall" and it is true in our case. As this
is my first attempt, I will close for this
time. Every member of the organisa-
tion is cordially invited to meet with as.
You will all receive a hearty welcome.
Yours in B. L. and U. ,

Journal. Aobnt.



Lamley* Ala.



Well, brothers, I guess all the mem-
bers of Selma Lodge No. 281 are still
looking in each Advocatb to hear from
the new journal agent. As I did not see
my letter in the journal I will try again.

I am glad to say that the boys on the
Mobile division on the Southern are in
very good shape with their work, con-
sidering the appropriation and mileage,
though we hope to get more money to
work the labor with soon. We have
good officials to work for and we know
that they will do all they can for us to
make improvements as they know when
we improve our job it improves theirs,
and now, boys, let us get after our duties
in the Order as we do for our railroad
company, and our officials of the Order
will see some improvements and we will
see the same and our wives and babies
will be better taken care of. Let all get
down to business. If you see or know
of a man on your division who is out of
the Order or who is behind with his dues,
let us see him and talk with him in a
brotherly way and try to get him to
come in with us. I know we have a few
on our line who ore in arrears and. I
know they are good men but they have
strayed off and I think all they need is
just a little encouragement, but I am



glad to say we have but few who hive
not come in yet. They are good men
and I would like to see them in the 0^
der. I think they would all come if we
would get after them and give them a
pressing invitation.

There is one thing I want to say es-
pecially, and that is, we don't attend oor
lodge meeting as regularly as we should,
or at least some of ns don't. We will
stay away from the meeting nntO we
are ashamed to go to the meeting and
meet another fellow who has done the
same thing, then he will say, '*how aboot
the Order, Bill?" Then Bill wiU say.
"John, I don't know anything about it,
so I think it has gone dead or some one
has sold out," and then Bill and John
will get to talking and in thirty minutes
some one has sold out and the Order has
gone dead and they are not going to
throw away any more money in .the
Order;

Now let us cut all of this out and at-
tend the meeting and we will know
about the improvements in our Order,
for we can't expect to know anything
and stay out.

Well, as this will be considered my
first letter to the Advocatb and it will
take up so much of the editor's time to
make it out so all will know what I am
trying to say, I will close with best wish-
es to the I. B. M. W. E.

Journal. Aobnt.



Beckley* W. Va.

As I have never written a letter for
the dear old Advocatb, I thought I
would try my hand. I may not make a
hit but I am going to try my luck any-
way.

I don't see any letters from the bridge
and building carpenters from the C. & 0.
I don't know why they don't write. I
guess tney are like myself, they don't
read anything in the Advocatb about
their work and they don't feel like writ-
ing about their work. Now, I don't know
whether I am right or not, but I think
we should wake up once a year and g«t
in some new members. There is another
thing I wish to talk about and that is to
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building carpenters are pretty well lined
Ep on the Hinton division and I am be-
ginning to feel that we ought to get a
raise. We send men to represent as and
when the rest of the maintenanoe-of-
way men get theirs, they jnst give the
carpenter the same raise they do the sec-
tion hands and they don't have to buy
the first tool, while we have to carry a
full kit.

Now I would like for the carpenters to
be represented as skilled labor and they
should be. I am sore tiie Brotherhood
is all right and I hope that the carpen-
ters will see to it that they are repre-
sented as skilled labor, not as section
men. I wonld like to hear from some
one else in the Advocate. Now if this
misses the waste basket, I will come
again. With best wishes to the Advo-
cate and all its readers, I remain, yonrs
ioB. L. and U.,

Certificate No. al8390.



Opelilia» Ala.



I am a little boy 11 years old, I have
never written a letter for publication
before. My father is a sectionman on
the 0. A W. and is a strong Brotherhood
man. He has to walk seven miles to his
lodge. He has been a member for over
six years and has had to walk there and
back each time. We live in a pretty
place, but have no near neighbors. We
live a quarter of a mile from the pablic
road. We have no churches or schools
near ns. I have one little brother and
twin sisters. As this is my first letter,
I will make it short. Yonrs sincerely,
Fletcher Wau^acb.



Eagle Bridge Lodge No* 467.

It is not necessary to be in troubled
waters all the time, on account of a
little negligence in paying up your dues
promptly. It is like undergoing an op-
eration with some brothers to dig down
tod pay up the few dollars they are in
arrears. Those who are outside of the
fdBce should take a tumble ^me day
and pay up their dues and see what a
difference it will make.

The moneyed men are banded to-



gether. They are not like us working
men— half scattered and half united.
They go at their business easy and silent.
Some of us holler and Mow about this
or that. Sometimes it is your officers,
sometimes your roadmaster or foreman.
Qo to your lodge meetings and pay up
your dues and assessments. Those who
talk the loudest do ^ot attend the lodge
meetings. "A cat never purrs when it
is after a mouse."

I had the pleasure of meeting Bro. M.
J. Powers last week. H'e is doing some
very excellent work on the D. & H.,
although he has some up-hill work to
do. He is lining them up in good shape
in spite of the protests of a few petty
officials. Brother Powers is a hustler
and never stops for anything. More
power to his muscle. I will ring off now,
as the candle is burning low. Fraternal-
ly yours, Journal. Agent.



Opelilia, Ala.



Hello, boys! Good morning! I have
come again. I don't know what I could
say that would be interesting for all of
you to read, but I will attempt to say
something. Well, as the weather was
bad, this is the reason I did not go to
the meeting. I did not feel like walking
fourteen miles, but if I am well and
nothing happens, I will go to the meet-
ing before I see this in print, if it should
miss the waste basket.

It is stated that '*self praise is half
scandal," but I am not saying this to
praise myself, but I have been on this
section eight years and two months and
when I came here the track was in such
bad shape, which you will know when I
tell you that I unloaded five cars of ties
on five miles of track the first day I was
here.' I have only just been promoted
and some of you can guess how I feel,
but I went at it to make a success as a
foreman and I want to say that there
has only been one little accident on my
eight miles of track during eight years
and that was a car of scrap iron loaded
too heavy which melted the journals off,
throwing the front trucks off the track,
jnst think of it. If there is a section
foreman anywhere who has been as for-



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tunate as this please write to the Advo-
cate and tell of it. If I have a partner
I would like to know who he is. There
is no knowing how soon it will be before
I will have an accident on my section.
I went out Sunday last to cut a break
rod out of a tie when it had dropped
from an engine and went under one tie
and turned up and stuck in the next one
on the comer at the bottom and came
out through the opposite comer on top
with each end above the rail.

Now, boys, you will know by this that
I have tried to make a good trackman
and I have tried just as hard for six
years to be a true and first-class Broth-
erhood man and I am going to continue.
I believe we have intelligent men and I
believe this is going to be a great year
for our Order and I hope that the boys
on the C. & W. who have not already
paid dues to July 1911 will do so and
come along and help to roll the wheel of
progress and see what is on the other
side for you. You know the good book
says: **Whatever you sow you reap.'*
If you do not sow, you cannot expect to
reap. It seems that some think the Or-
der can be kept up without them. If
you are ordered by the roadmaster to
take a section laid with 90 pound rail
and go out with two men and bars to
line it up and not use a jack, how do you
expect to do it, i want to know. So you
think you can take two men and do
what it should have six or eight men
to do. No, you require a full gang. You
say I can't do the work like it should be
done with just two men and neither
can we have an Order like it should be
without you all.

Well, Mr. Editor, I will ask you to
please see if you can straighten this so
some one can read it. Yours in B. L.
and U., A. R. W.



Raglandt Ala.



As I have never previously written to
the Advocate, I would like to have the
editor publish the following few lines.
I am employed on the S. A. L. Ry. forty-
three miles east of Birmingham, and I
am trying my best to keep the low joints
and the worst kinks up and out with the



force I have — four men on Ave miles of
track which has fourteen curves on it.
I am a member of Liodge No. 404 and
hope that the members of our lodge will
attend our meetings more regularly in
the future than they have in the past.
I went last meeting, and there were only
eight members there. We must do better
than that. * Our Brotherhood is just what
we make it. We must not stay at home
and say there will be enough without



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