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About Will Maupin's weekly. (Lincoln, Neb.) 1911-1912 | View Entire Issue (May 26, 1911)
TWO FORCES, ONE LEADER.
Church and Labor Working For a
By Rev. CHARLES STELZLE.
Lift the stone, and thou shalt nnd me.
Cleave the wood, and there am L
Sayings of Jesus.
Whether or not these words were ac
tually spoken fcy Jesus Christ, as is
supposed by those who recently dis
covered a manuscript containing thein,
makes but iittle difference. There is
already sufficient evidence to indicate
that Christ and the toiler are not very
far removed. The birth, the life and
the death ot Christ gave him a claim
upon the common people, and the eoni
mou people are justified in their in
sistence that Jesus belongs lo them.
Whatever may be the opinion ot the
average workingumn with regard to
the t'hurch. his devotion to Jesus
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Christ is in most ruses amplest ioned
This is a hopeful sign. Without the
rugged strength that comes from and
with the common people the churches
are sure to fail. Hut without the mor
al and the spiritual vision that comes
from Christ the people are bound to
The organized church and the or
ganized labor movement have each in
them the elements whic.h are working
for a stronger brotherhood and a great
er democracy, because these elements
are founded upon the teachings of
Jesus Christ. As the leaders in each
movement come to know each other
better they are recognizing that they
have so many things in common that
i hey wonder why there should ever
have been any differences between
tliem. There are and always will be
men in both .movements with narrow
vision who will see only one side of
the great cause which engages the at
tention of both church and labor. But
Test of the Oven
Test of the Taste
Test of Digestion
Test of Quality
Test of Quantity
Test f Time
Measured by Every
Test it Proves Best
In 8pffeoirtnTs serious nanaTcap the
time is coming when men will see that
neither side can afford to ignore the
other. There will come so close a
knitting together because of the strong
religious element in the labor move
ment and because of the growing so
cial spirit In the church that it will
become a question as to whether the
labor movement will capture the
church or whether the church will cap
ture the labor movement.
That time may not be in the very
near future, but there is absolutely no
doubt as to its final consummation,
for every great cause which hus for its
supreme object the making of better
men and women, physically, socially,
mentally and morally, wili come into
nfHliatinn for the most successful car
rying on of their work, although each
will continue to perform its peculiar
The important thing Is that wp both
keep cltxe to Christ in our ideals. In
our aspirations and in our work. Then
we shall never be very far apart, mid
neither of us can go very far wrona.
McRae's Tribute to Unions.
At a recent Franklin dayVelebrafion
in Detroit Milton A. MelJae of the
Scripps-McRae league drew out rounds
of applause by the tributes he paid to
the Typographical union. He said that
he had never employed a printer who
was not a union man, that publicity
nnd transportation are the great prime
causes of the nation's wonderful
growth and that he knows of no or
ganization that has developed so great
ly in character and intelligence as the
International Typographical Onion of
California Protects Label.
The legislature of California has
passed a law making it a misde
meanor to tise a union label ou goods
not made under fair conditions. This
species of fraud will now become
more or less unpopular, as It deserves
to be. Instances are known where
labels have been sewed on the product
of unfair firms in order to make sales.
Even from a nonunion standpoint
there should be no objection to such
a law as the legislature has passed.
DUTY OF UNIONISTS.
One of the most important du-
ties devolving upon men and 4
women wno join a trade union
is too frequently neglected at
tendance at their union meet
ings. This is a serious matter.
more so than appears at first "
Only by intelligent support can
an organization assume a po-
sition its due. This is not given
when to a minroity is intrusted
the plenary power of acting and J
speaking for all. j
Union meetings need the at-
tendance of the rank and file.
The business considered is se- v
rious. It deals with the welfare
of the home and the most vital
relations of the employee and
the employer. Collective bar
gaining should represent a real
majority. Attend all union
Trade Union Notes.
There are 142 trade unions in Lon
don. In Minnesota 21,023 persons work
seven days a week.
The labor templeat Sacramento was
Chicago bookbinders have demanded
an increase of $l.f0 per week, to take
effect May 1.
HINT TO UNIONISTS.
Your wife may have plenty of
provocation that would justify
her striking, yet the wives sel
dom go on strike. But as the
buyer or purchasing agent for
the home she can by insisting
that the union label is on the ar
ticles she purchases for the home
remove many of the causes of
unbearable sweatshop and fac
tory cruelties that are the basis
of the worst kind of strikes. A
little talk upon this question
with your wife (when she's in
good humor) would be a mighty
good turn for many a poor soul
who is trying to uplift the work
Many garments now worn by
women as well as those worn by
men are made in union factories,
where the work is done under
conditions that are fair and hon
orable to those whose labors pro
duce those articles.
By insisting upon fair condi
tions under which her children
may work the wife is preaching
good, sound doctrine by seeing
to it that the union label is on
all her purchases, for she is
practicing the doctrine in its real
essence. Switchmen's Journal.
SAFETY IS FOR THE RICH.
Labor Conditions Would Improve if
They Mined Coal.
Ocean travel is comparatively safe
because it is for the idle and the rich.
That was one of the views expressed
by Rabbi Stephen S. Wise of New
York in a recent interview.
"If the rich mined coal, coal mining
would be made as safe as possible,"
Dr. Wise said. "Human life is held
cheap so long as only wage earners are
"I had a good chance to get the view
of the value of human life in a cotton
mill which I visited in the south. I
entered the large workroom of the mill
from the outer air. Inside the air
was stifling. I said something about
it. I learned the room was kept at .
85 degrees. It approximated as nearly
as possible, the superintendent said,
the conditions of mills in the north.
" 'It is best for the goods,' the su
perintendent said. There was no
thought by him as to the effect of the
air on the men, women and children
who worked twelve or more hours a
day in that atmosphere. Neither time
nor money will be spent to invent a
process by which the cotton can be
milled under more healthful conditions
as long as human life is held so cheap
ly. If the owner of the mill spent
twelve hours a day in it he soon would
try to remedy the conditions."
Butte rick's Now a Union Office.
At the outset of the campaign for the
eight hour day among the book and
job printers, now about five years ago,
it was announced that, among others,
the Butterkk Publishing company of
New York city, one of the largest con
cerns of its character in the printing
industry, would not be able to meet
the demands of the union. Since that
time the office has been conducted as
a so called open shop, thought It is not
stated that any union men were em
ployed therein. Recently, however, ne
gotiations between the company and
President Tole, Secretary-treasurer
Maxwell and Organizer Gamble of Ty
pographical union No. 6, begun previ
ously, have resulted in adding the of
fice to the union's roll. The chapel is
one of the largest in the book and job
trade in this country.
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