Will Maupin's weekly. (Lincoln, Neb.) 1911-1912, December 08, 1911, Image 1

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Printed primarily for people
ho look upon life cheerfully and
hopefully. Also for people mho
ought to do sx The promoter of
all good things and good people,
of which first Nebraska is chief
and of which second Nebraskans
are mostly.
But a broken spirit drieth the
bones. That's what the Good
Book says, and w?H bank on it,
sure. Wirx. Mium's Weekly
works to make cheerful the hearts
of its readers, and thus do medi
cal duty. Fifty-two consecotrre
weekly doses for a dollar.
The greatest sensation of the decade
if not of the generation was the
confession of the MeXamaras at Los
Angeles last week. It has been the
sole topi of conversation ever since.
The editor of Will Maupin's Weekly,
who has had an humble part in the
work of organized labor for several
years, and who proudly carries and
as proudly today as ever before a.
paid-up card in the Typographical
Union, states his position clearly else
where in this issue. He does not pre
tend to speak for his fellow unionists,
but just the same he believes that he
Toiees the sentiments of all right
minded, justice-loving unionists.
We have refrained from intemperate
language in this case. We denounced
the methods used to get the MeXa
inaras away from Indiana. We still
denounce them. The unlawful methods
used to spirit these conscienceless
murderers away from Indiana may,
unless stopped, be used to spirit inno
cent men away. We did ask that
these men be provided with an ade
quate defense fund to insure thein a
fair trial. We did insist that they be
given the presumption of innocence
until proved guilty. But through it
all and we hate the "I told you so"
fellow we felt fear that there had
t crept into the ranks of organized labor
an insidious foe that menaced it far
more than the aggressions of organ
ized capital, the menace of men who
would resort to violence under the pre
tense of advancing the interests of
the toiler. We have not yet forgotten
the Sam Parks case.
Just as organized labor will be un
able to find words to condemn the
MeXamaras and all concerned with
them, just so will organized labor fail
to find words to condemn those who
led the union workers into a false
position. We realize the difficulty of
Mr. Harrow's position. But as we
view it he has no reasonable excuse
to .offer for allowing organized labor
to be put into its present embarrass
ing position.
The editor of this newspaper con
tributed his mite, individually and
through his union, to the "MeNamara
defense fund." He is now willing and
prepared to contribute ten times as
much to a "union defense fund" a
fund to be used in tracking down and
giving over to the law's punishment
all those who, masked as union men,
are using violence and resorting to
murder under the pretense of advanc
ing the cause of organized labor. And
with these remarks Will Maupin's
Weekly has done with the MeNamara
ease forever.
Two weeks until Christmas. Do
your shopping early ! We are not giv
ing this advice with a view to adding
to the, comfort of the shoppers. We
are concerned most for the comfort
of the overworked clerks to whom,
under long established conditions,
Christmas is a mockery because it is
to them a season of nerve-racking,
back-breaking toil. If you have the
least bit of the milk of human kind
ness in your heart, do your shopping
"O, Liberty, how many crimes have been committed in
thy name!"
Stunned, appalled, by the horror of the disclosures at
Los Angeles, by the confession of the MeNamara 's, organ
ized labor is facing the great crisis of its history. What
the future holds in store for Organized Labor depends
upon organized labor itself upon the rank and file of
men and women who have learned by bitter experience
that organization is their only protection in the age-old
struggle between greed and human, rights, the only bul
wark of their industrial liberty.
Organized labor has been betrayed betrayed by those
in whom it reposed confidence, and into whose hands had
been given authority. '
The great crime that has just been confessed by the
conscienceless murderers, the MeXamaras, is more than
the crime of taking human life wantonly. It is the greater
crime of having betrayed millions of trusting toilers. To
take human life is a crime, but how much greater the
crime when there is taken from the millions the hope, and
the faith and the inspiration that have been builded up
through years of self-sacrifice, of devotion and of heart
ache! It is not true that organized labor was on trial at Los
Angeles. But it is true that organized labor has had put
upon its garments the blood stain, and its duty now is
clear. It must be just as unanimous in setting its face
against violence and bloodshed as it was in rushing to the
aid of those whom it thought to be comrades and friends.
It is not possible to believe that only the MeNamara
boys were concerned in the long list of crimes now so
clearly laid at their door. There must have been some sort
of an organization behind them; some sort of an organiza
tion that paid the expense, helped to lay the plans and
helped to carry those hellish plans into execution. Just
as Organized Labor raised its hundreds of thousands to
insure these self-confessed murderers a fair and impartial
trial, so should Organized Labor raise its hundreds of
thousands to help ferret out their co-conspirators.
There must be a housecleaning. The "strong-arm man,"
the "bomb thrower," the "torch bearer," the "slugger"
every last one of them together with all those who
condone must be driven from the councils of Organized
Labor. And the cleaning out process must begin now
NOW! and know no halt or cessation until the Temple
is undefiled by their presenee.
Ceasar had his Brutus, Charles the First had his Crom
well, Washington had his Benedict Arnold and Organized
Labor has its MeXamaras.
No right-minded man believes for a moment that the
great mass of organized workers condone violence. No
right-minded man believes that union men and women in
the aggregate uphold the bomb and the torch and the
sandbag as rightful weapons in the great struggle for the
betterment of working conditions. That there are those
in union labor circles that do condone violence and crime
is simply proof that workers, like all others, are likely to
be deceived in the leaders they seleet. Now that it
appears that such leaders exist, it remains for the rank
and file to step up and hurl sueh from place and power.
And it must be done now today!
In the struggle for existence, ever growing fiercer, it is
evident that the anarchist has crept into the ranks. They
must be whipped back to whence they came. Organized
Labor must say and prove in the language of Paul, that
"the" weapons of our warfare are not carnal." It must
declare and prove that its reliance is in evenhanded
Justice which sooner or later must prevail. ,
From now on Organized Labor must lend every assist
ance to those who are seeking to ferret out all who have
had recourse to violence and crime, masking themselves in
the- guise of union men. And until the last criminal of
the lot has been ferreted out and punished to the limit
of the law Organized Labor has no other duty to perform.
As Tor the MeXamaras words fail "to express the loath-'
ing and horror every honest, God-fearing, justice-loving
union worker has for them. Foul spawn of helL these
murderers, these betrayers of the toiling millions, the ut
most limit of the law's punishment is all too little to visit
upon them. In one short year they have undone the work
of self-saerificing, devoted lovers of humanity who have
given three generations for the benefit of their fellows.
There is no punishment that will fit such a crime. May
their names be anathema through all the generations to
But Organized Labor will emerge from this furnace,
purified by the fire, and taking a new start will grow and
prosper. It is but a temporary halt. When it has rid its
ranks of its betrayers who pose as its friends, it will move
forward to greater victories the victories of peace won
through arbitration and conciliation, and because its just
demands find a response in the hearts of men.
Next week's issue of Will Maupin's Weekly will be a "Nebraska
Industries" number. It will be replete with facts about Nebraska's
manufacturing industries. Not dry statistics, but readable tacts. It
will be the best thing of the kind ever published by a Nebraska newspaper
Ben S. Baker of Omaha has an
nounced that he will be a candidate
before the April primaries for the
republican congressional nomination
in the Second district. The recent
campaign in Douglas county added a
lot of prestige to Judge Baker. He
was chairman of the republican county
committee and the republicans swept
the platter, leaving only one slice of
pork for their demoeratie opponents,
Ben Baker is a man of ability. He is
as full of energy as a dynamo. And
he is one of these lovable character
who knit men to them. If all the men
to whom Ben Baker has done a kind
ness vote for him after he is nominated
for eongress, his majority is going to
be so big that they'll have to past
extra margins on the tally sheet.
The friends of Mr. Metcalfe who arc
urging him to become a candidate for
the demoeratie gubernatorial nomina
tion may be paying Mm a compliment,
but they certainly are not doing him
a kindness. Frankly, Will 3Iaupin
Weekly would feel honored if permit
ted to support Kiehard L. Metcalfe for
any office to which he might aspire.
Nebraska has no abler man, nor no
man better fitted to honor the state in
the highest office within the gift of
"her people." Nebraska would be vastly
benefitted by having "Met" for gov
ernor, but would he. be benefitted f
To be governor of Nebraska is a high
honor but there are those well fitted
to bear that honor who can not afford
it under present conditions.
The editor of this newspaper has
worked alongside "Met" more or less
intimately, for- the last twenty-one
years. One learns to know a man after
close association for that length f
time. And we say right here and now
that Kiehard L Metealfe is big enough
and brainy enough to grace any of5ee
within the gift of the American peo
ple. He is one of the finest characters
of this generation. To know him is to
love him ; to be associated with him is
an inspiration. But we do not want
him to be sacrificed in the name of a
"political honor," even though we be
lieve the democracy of Nebraska could
select no stronger candidate or better
man for governor. And even an elec
tion would be too great a sacrifice for
Metcalfe to make. lie deserves some
thing vastly better at the hands of his
party associates and at the hand of
Nebraskans in generaL
Mr. Rockefeller ' has resigned from
the presidency of the New Jersey
head of the Standard Oil Co. But he
will still be the ruling power of that
giant trust. The so-eaHed dissolution
of the Standard Oil Co. is a huge joke,
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". Mr. Bryan continues to remark that
Champ Clark has not. been making
good as' a democratic leader. Mr.
Bryan, by reason of his commanding
position in the democratic party, is
entitled to be heard. But there are
those who greatly fear that Mr. Bryan
is demanding sueh qualifications of
the man who shall lead the democratic
hosts next year, that the democratic
party will have to resort to the saint's
calendar in order to find a candidate.
"Murder is murder!" yelps the sage
of Oyster Bay. Quite true, just as it
is true that shoe polish is shoe polish.
We cheerfully confess that a man who
wantonly shoots a fleeing foe in the
back, then boastfully sets the fact
forth in print, is thoroughly competent
to speak with authority " on the sub
ject of murder.
Admission is hereby made that this
issue of Will Maupin's Weekly is not
up to its average mark. There's a
reason. Firstly, we are in the throes
of getting out what will be the best
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