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About The commoner. (Lincoln, Neb.) 1901-1923 | View Entire Issue (Aug. 12, 1904)
VOLUMES, NUMBER 30.
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WHILE SPEAKING-OF CULINARY ARTISTS.
I have, .heard pd many follows lolling
, with a glow of pride : , j
Of tho wondrous pies and doughnuts
that tlidfr mothers ' used to
make; 1 ,
And I've sat In awe and wonder j as
they've prancoa, around and
To convince mo that their, mothers
took tho ribbon for their cakol
Far from mo to doubt theli stories :of
tho culinary skill
Of their ancestors maternal in the
days now dead and past,
But I'm hero to toll you truly that
your truthful Uncle Bill
Is upon this thing of cooking quite
a brave iconoclast. ,
Now, niy mother had rew equals in
ttio culinary lino,
And, she made a line or roodstuffs
that was known for miles
Fie3 and doughnuts, cakes and jellies,
bread and saucesthey wore
And upon tho pantry shelving in
abundance they were found. .
But while here and now declaring that
she knew her business -well, , .
And was something or a wonder in
concocting things to eat,
, I've in mind another artist, of, whose
skill I love to teil-
She's a culinary wonuer, and her
cooking can't be beat.
Mother made a pie of pumpkin that
was known along tne line,
, But tho cook( I ,havo can beat her
by a half a dozon blocks;
Mother made bread called "self riaiii'"
' f and I tell you It was fine,
! But tho bread my coolc malves for
mo ev'ry ripe persimmon
' " knocks.
In the art or cake construction moth
er always showed up right,
' But the cook that feeds me gives
her ev'ry single card and spade
In' constructing cake and such things
, , . that just fit my appetite
, jVhen upon the supper table in their
glory they're displayed.
Yes," my mother was an artist in the
art of codking things
,' That went to the spot lnstanter
' when she dished them up for
And discussion of the question back
to mem'ry always brings
m Thoughts of home -and days of boy
hood in the Land or Used to Be.
But grim justice is demanding that
,, I give my meed of praise
Tq the- skillful cook who blesses
... ev'ry day and hour of life
in the happy, glowing present, and
my earnest voice I raise
In a song of deep thanksgiving for
this wondrous cook my wife.
THE EVENTUAL AWAKENING OF MR. BIM.
Mr, Bim was head bookkeeper for
the firm of Heza, Squeeza & Co., and
accounted one of tho best in the busi
ness. His duties were onerous and
his responsibilities large, and al
though a small man of none too ro
bust physique ho bore his burden woll
and appeared to be & very happy man.
Thoro was no reason why Mr. Bim
should not bo happy, however, for
by dint of hard work and close econ
omy he had managed to -acquire a
comfortablo llttlo home, and that
home va3 blessed by a charming wlfo
and three or four little Bims. In ad
dition to his duties as bookkeeper for.
the firm Mr,. Bim was something of
a political leader in his suburb, that
duty having been imposed upon him
by Mr. Squeeza, who was tho political
manipulator for tho big manufactur
"The best interests of our country
demand that the protective tariff be
continued," said Mr. Squeeza, in con
fidential mood, to Mr. Bim, "and
doubtless you will agree wi.th me in
"I have not given tho matter se
rious consideration," said Mr. Bim,
"but I am inclined to agree with you."
"Certainly you do"," said Mr.
Squeeza. "Without tho protective
tariff we could not ao business and
pay good wages. The tariff is tho bul
wark of the worklngmen of this coun
try because it shuts out tho pauper
riiade goods of Europe ana enables us
to find a home marlcet, and that en
ables us to employ American vorking
mon and American wages."
, "That seems' reasonable," said Mr.
It is reasonable, sir. Indeed, it
Is absolutely true, and. we. expect our
worklngmen to vpte for their own in,-
'terests as woll as for the, firm's."
By degrees Mr, Blm.s .political du
tQ8, had .been impressed upon his. mind,
cal manipulator of considerable force.
It was through his efforts that his
ward always sent a delegation to the
county convention that could be
manipulated in the interests of Hcza,
Squeeza & Co.'s plans.
Mr. Bim gavo very little thought to
political economy. lie merely per
formed what he thought was his duty
to his1 employers, and in his leisure
time pottered around his little cottage
and played with the children.
The first shock Mr. Bim received
was when his wages were reduced 20
per cent without warning. Ho mod
estly, sought information from the
general manager, Mr. Heza, who said
"i. am sorry to do it, Mrt Bim, but
necessity compels it. Business is not
good and we find it necessary to cur
tail expenses. We hope to restore
wages in a few months."
This sot Mr. Bim to thinking. Ho
knew, as bookkeeper, that the factory
was selling more goocrs at higher
prices than over before, and that ex
penses had not increased in propor
tion to profits. After thinking awhilo
he suddenly remembered that for sev
eral months a great change had been
going on in tho personnel of the
firm's employes. Now employes with
unpronouncabio names were being
added, while old employes who owned
little homes and were bearing names
easily pronounced and quite familiar,
had been dismissed.
Mustering up his courage he spoke
to. Mr.' Heza abou,t it.
"We are merely employing men best
suited to our business," said Mr. Heza.
"These American workmen are be
coming too independent, and wo find
it necessary to employ men who are
amenable to discipline."
This satisfied Mr. Bim for a little
while, but when he "was notified of an
other reduction in his wages ho grew
and he soon blossomed Into a polltl- restless. Ho went home and got down
the bills from the butcher and grocer,
and found that whilo his wages had
been reduced 30 per cent, his meat
and groceries were costing him from
20 to 30 per cent more than they had
before his wages were sliced down.
"I can not understand it," said Mr.
Bim to Jim Harkness, foreman in
the foundry department of the factory
and one of the men whom Mr. Bim
could not control politically.
"You mean you don't try to under
stand it," retorted Harkness. "But
it's plain enough. The packers have
a' trust and can force prices up as
high as they please. Sugar is con
trolled by a trust. The tariff keeps
out foreign cattle and foreign sugar.
'"But the tariff compels them to pay
higher wages," said Mr. Bim.
"0, does it?" said Harkness.
"Haven't you noticed how wages have
been cut in our factory? The tariff
keeps out the pauper made goods of
Europe, but the fellows who make the
goods in Europe come -over here in
bunches and go to work for European
wages. Haven't you noticed that?"
."Well, I've noticed a few things
along that line," said Mr. Bim.
"Then open your eyes a little wider
and you'll see more," said Harkness.
"I've got to go to union meeting or
I'd give you some pointers that
would do you good."
When Mr. Bim went to work Mon
day he was called into Mr. Squeeza's
"How about the primaries tomor
row night 1" asked Mr. Squeeza.
"I've got my men lined .up, 3ir."
"Well, see that there's no mistake.
We've got to give Judge Bloke our
delegation. We must secure his re
nomination at all hazards."
"I'll do my best, sir," said Mr. Bim.
"I know you will, Mr. Bim,' but see
to it that your best is what we want.
Durjng the day Mr. Bim thought of
Harkness and wondered ir he could
swing him into line for Bloke. He
asked him about it that evening and
Harkness was rather profane in his
"Bloke? Not much. He's owned by
"You should not cultivate such dis
respect for our courts, Harkness," said
"Disrespect nothing. Such judges
as Bloke are entitled only to contempt.
He's a mere tool. Remember what I
But Mr. Bim worked for Bloke, and
in due time Bloke was re-nominated.
Three days after election Heza,
Squeeza & Co. announced another 10
per cent reduction in wages and the
union men walked out. Mr. Bim, not
being union, remained at work The
morning after the strike he picked up
his paper and noted tnat Judge Bloke
had issued an injunction restraining
the strikers from assembling in
groups of more than three, from ad
dressing the strike breakers either
upon the streets or at their boarding
houses, from paying strike benefits,
from -meeting in iheir union halls,
from holding religious services and
from walking tho public streets
within sixty-seven blocks of the fac
tory of Heza, Squeeza & Co.
Then Mr. Bim remembered what
Harkness had told him. This made
Mr. Bim think some more. Thinking
was becoming quite familiar to Mr.
Bim by this time.
The strike wore along for several
weeks, -but was finally lost by reason
of added injunctions and the influx of
strike breakers" who appeared mys
teriously and talkeo as many lan
guages as suddenly made appearance
at the tower of Babel. Wages were'
lower than vever, but the prlco of
everything Mr. Bim nad to buy were
mqunting higher than tho smokestack
of the factory. He 'found himself 11W
( able to add anything to his bank ac-f-
B right's Disease and
University Chemist Acting as Judge
Irvino K. Mott, M. D., of Cincinnati. O dm
onstratcd boforo tho editorial board of tho iS
wiy i ustjuuuui tuu 11-auiuK uuuy papers Of Cln-
v'uuuw, mo power of his
remedy to euro tho worst
forma ol kidney diseases
ter a public teat wos in.
Btituted under the auspl.
cles of tho Post, and live
tmd Diabetes were select
ed by thorn and placed
under Dr. Mott's care. In
three months' time nil
Were pronounced cured.
Olin Of ihn mnaf ...'
pcntTJnlverflltiesln tho United States havlne
been chosen br the Post to make examination
of tho cases bofore and after treatment
Any ono desiring to read the details of this
public test can. obtain copies of the papers by
writing to Dr. Mott for them.
(This public-demonstration gave Dr. Mott an
international roputatlon that has brought him
into correspondence with people all over tho
world, and aevoral noted Europeans aro num
bered among those who havo taken his treat
ment and been cured.
Tho doctor will corrosnond with thnso whn
arc suffering with Bright's Disease, Diabetes or
HSkJB ' w
any kidney trouble, cither m the first, interme
diate or last stages, and wlllbe pleased to glvo
his expert opinion free to thoBo who will send
him h descrintibn of their svmntoms. An pww
which the doctor has prepared about kidney
troubles and describing his now method of treat
ment will also bo mailed by him. Correspon
dence for this purpose ahould bo addressed to
IRVINE K. MOTT, M. D., 89 Mitchell Building,
count. Then he had to check out a
little. He couldn't add the back porch
that Mrs. Bim had wanted for so long.
He had to sell the pony and phaeton.
Then ho had to resign from the sub
urb club ' because the dues worried
him. Finally his bank account was
gone and he found himself unable to
meet the butcher's bin one month.
He .asked Mr. Heza fpr an increase
in wages, but Mr. Heza shook his
head sadly and said he couldn't see
his way clear to grant rne request.
"Wq're losing monoy,. every day,
Bim," he said. "We are only keeping
the factory going in order to give our
old employes work. We hope times
will grow better soon."
"But the papers say times are
good," protested Mr. Bim.
"All bosh," said Mr. Heza. "We
"But the books show larger profits
than ever, while tho ayerage expenso
is thirty-three per cent lower than
ever," said Mr. Bim.
"That may be the appearance on the
books," said Heza. "But in actual ex
perience it IS not so."
Mr. Bim went back to work. He
had several more talks with Hark
ness, who was doing' odd jobs around
the suburb pending an opening.
"No work yet, Harkness?"
"No, I'm blacklisted."
"Heza, Squeeza & Co. belong to the
Amprican Association of Manufactur
ers, and he's' sent my name to them.
"But that's illegal," said Mr. Bim.
"Yen, and so are the trusts. Birt the
trusts f?n nn lust the same. When
some of oilr men violated Bloke s in
junction they went to jail. When the
packers violated an injunction they
went to Europe and the watering
nnhon -mtv THm fhoucrht some more.
-While thinking Monday came again
and he hastened over to the laciory.
' "Closed "
i That is what met Mr. Blm's eyes.
(Continued on Page 10.;
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