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W.UiKWOKKEK ITHLISlllNCi COMPANY.
Will M. Mupln
$1 A YEAR IN ADVANCE.
Application made for entry as Second-class
matter at the postoffiee at
Lincoln. Neb. ,
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PATRONIZE OUR FRIENDS.
Merchants who advertise in
"the labor papers show that
they care for the union man's
trade. Patronize those who
are wiling to help you.
Read the advertisements in
THE WAGEWORKBK, and it
you need of anything in their
line, visit their stores and
make your purchases, and tell
them why you came there.
Wo desire to particularly im
press this matter upon he
wives and daughters of the
union men, as they do most of
THE CASE OF HOSKINS
The Wageworker devotes consider
able space this week to rcmarns upon
the case of Exciseman HosKins. This
paper will not undertake to expos--every
series of public graft, because
even a teeble attempt to do so would
prevent it from giving attention to
matters In line with labor news. Bat
in this case the interests of union
labor are officially concerned, theie
fore The Wageworker performs the
fluty imposed upon it by reason or its
being a representative of the inter
ests of organized labor.
Had Hoskins not been elected as a
i epresentatlve of organized labor thi
newspaier would have referred to his
case merly as a matter of news. But
as the case stands it feels compelled
to refer to it in the interests of organized-labor.
Mr. Hoskins has un
opportunity to resign, and he shoulu
avail himself thereof. If he doea not
do so, then it will be the duty of this
newspaper and of the interests it
strives to represent to make public
facts that will bring results calculated
to make him wish from the bottom of
fcis soul that he had resigned when
he had the opportunity!
GOOD FOR HAYWOOD!
The Wagaworker doffs its hat 10
Secretary Haywood of Denver. He is
made of the right kind of stuff.
Doubtless he has made many mistakes
in his efforts to conserve the best in
terests of unionism and union men,
out he made no mistake when ho
knocked down the insolent militia 01
licer who undertook to insult :im.
And he made no mistake when he
knocked down the insolent privates
who rushed to the assistance of thoii
Haywood was merely trying to
shake hands with the president of his
union, Mr. Moyer, who was a pris
oner in the hands of the militia with
out warrant of the law and in t.c
fianco of the civil courts. Haywood
was within his rights in trying to
speak to the president of his union,
"cut puffed up by brief authority and
insolent because of the backing of the
moneyed anarchists who were defy'n;,
the courts, the militia official sought
to assault him and was very properly
knocked down by' a blow from Hay
wood's sturdy fist. The Chicago
Chronicle, which is the c hief organ ol
the D. M. Parry Union Wrecking as
sociation, and t,ver rea'Iy and willing
to defame union men und distort tae
facts in connection within any labor
disputes, says that "Haywood,
course, was. properly clubbed anri
stabbed into submission, and it wiil
l a long time before hs will be able
to resume his activity in behalf of
President Moyer." Things have come
to a pretty pass in free America it a
man is "properly cluhbed and stabbed
into submission" merely because he
seeks to shake the hand of a mm
who is illegally held by military au
thorities in defiance of the civil courts
in a county or city that is-not and
never was under martial law. Tho.
Chicago Chronicle is always loud in
its denunciations of "anarchists," 'out
it is making more anarchists every
year than are aOinitted into this coun
try through the gates of Castle Gar
den. The Chronicle further says that
"Governor Peabody has it in his pow
er to make San Miguel county the
quietest place in the state." Yes, ht
can do that by shooting every union
man in the county, banishing evnij
widow and orphan of the murdered
union man and leaving the mine own
era in full control of the abject wage
slaves they have imported to take the
place of the men who struck for de
cent wase and fair treatment. Doubt
less this is just what the Chronicle
would advise the governor to do.
Governor Peabody is doing just
what he was elected to do. He has
sent the militia into San Miguel coun
ty, not to wotect life and propeity,
but to break the strike. The mine
owners have contributed to pay tjo
expenses of the militia. The militia
is not acting for the state, but for the
mine owners. And the mine owneis
are using the militia to protect them
selves in the violation of law, the dis
regard of the rights of Irea men anc
the unwarranted abuse of women and
hildron. If the day of reckoning lor
these high-handed anarchists of cor
porate wealth is not rear at hand
then organized labor would better dis
band. tC iC
A DAMNABLE OUTRAGE
President Moyer of Telluride is il
legally imprisoned by military torce in
spite of the orders of a civil court lor
relief. He is not charged with a non
bailable offense. Yet the supreme
court of Colorado denied him admis
sion to bail pending his application toi
release on a writ of habeas corpus.
Had President Moyer been guilty of
a most horrible murder he could not
have been treated with more severity.
But he is not charged with anjthing
more serious than being the presided
of a labor union and refusing to be
browbeaten by the arrogant union
wreckers of Colorado who have se
cured the aid of the militia and pui
chased control of the state adminis
tration. His incarceration Is an 'u!
rage, is in defiance of law, and viola
tive of the very fundamer.iiils ot
But Colorado is reaping the reward
of her subservience to the arrOi,an-
union wreckers. An enormous Ml! of
costs is piling up against her. net
trade is falling off at a frightful rate.
Denver, the metropolis of the state, is
suffering worse than it did during ihe
streuuous days of the panic when
banks burst on every hand. Thou
sands cf idle men tramp the streets,
and business stagnation is evident ot
every bond. It is a Just punishment
upon a people who sold their birth
right for a mess of capitalistic pot
tage. The question of an eight-hour day
was left to referendum vote in Colo
rado and carried by a majority of ov
50,000. A venal legislature sold ;:ut
to the mine owners and the amend
ment was defeated. These venal mine
owners are the same men who are nov
prating so loudly about "rights" ant1
using the militia to break down labor
unions and deprive union men of lib
erty without warrant of law. It is ali
right for those who are hundreds of
miles away to advise caution and for
bearance, but if revolution is the re
sult of the high-handed outrages per
petrated upon laboring men in Colo
rado. the arrogant mine owners and
the lickspittle Peabody will alone be
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E. O. Mayfield, known to little folk
all over the west as " Rex M," will soon i
issue the initial number of a juvenile
magazine. Mr. MayfleltJ is one of the
best writers of animal and juvenile
stories in the country, and we can
imagine of no better treat for a boy
or girl than a subscription to his
magazine. He ought to start off with
a subscription list of 25,000. The price
will be 50 cents a year, and the maga
zine will be a monthly. The office ot
publication will be South Omaha, Neb.
The Deliver papers are keeping si
lent in all known languages about t ie
trouble in the mining districts. -They
have elongated and diaphanous eai
torials on every other subject under
the 3un. But the explanation is eay.
The mine owners control advertising,
while the union men control only in
dividual subscriptions, and doubtless
most of them continue to subscribe for
the papers that do not dare to de
nounce the outrages perpetrated uu
workingmen in the mining regions.
Advertisers who patronize The
Wageworker are the friends of organ
ized labor. Those who do not adver
tise in The Wageworker may be, and
many of them doubtless are, iiienJj
of organized labor. But union men
and women can aid their cause and a'
the same time help The Wageworker
by patronizing those who advertise
in this newspaper.
It was in Philadelphia that "libetty
was proclaimed throughout all the
world and to all the inhabitants there
of." It was in Philadelphia, too
and only a few days ago that tree
speech was denied and men thrown
into jail for daring to say that the de
nial was an outrage.
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The Wageworker calls especial at
tention to the article, "The Church
and the I-abor Unions." which ap
pears elsewhere. The article appeared
in the St. Louis Christian-Evangelist
several months ago, and was a rr-r'-i
to a communication from Rev. B. B.
Tyler of Oenve.'.
Some Americans whr wept bitter
tears over the Russians sent to oi
beria without trial never give a
thought to the Americans in Colo
rado who are sent to jail without
warrant enrt kept there for months
without trial. This is a queer wot Id.
, t ..si v$
The Baltimore Iabor Leader was
burned out in the great fire. It never
missed an issue, and is now sriiiLe'
again on its own type and presses.
The Baltimore Labor Leader is full oi
hustle and deserves the united sup
port of Baltimore wage-earners.
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Doubtless Captain Bulkely of the
Colorado militia is one ot those fel
lows who is always deploring "an
archy" and denouncing men as an
archists who have the temerity to tell
the truth about labor conditions in
Lincoln should mane an effort to
secure the next convention of tut
Brotherhood of Locomotive EifcI
neers. It would be a big thing for
Lincoln, a good thing lor the engi
neers, and a good thing tor unionism.
Pennsylvania mine owners com
plain when the ignorant Huns and
Kinns and Slavs tney have imported
to take the place or' intelligent Ameri
can labor, let loose their brutish pas
sions and begin to burn and slay.
Se t. tv8
If it bears the union label you need
not worry about the condition of those
who made it. It is a good guarantee
that the maker received good wages
and worked in comparatively health
Look here, every wife whose nus
band is a union man, are you guilty
of sweeping j-our house with a con
vict made broom? They are made ane"
sold right here in Lincoln.
The Women's Isabel League has a
right to be proud of its social function
last Tuesday night. It was a grea:
success, and thoroughly deserved.
Parryism is responsible for the con
ditions in Colorado, and those condi
tions are -worse than any ever brought
about by trades unionists.
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Every time you demand the labei
you insist upon good wages for the
men and women who are engaged in
The Wageworker would like to have
a correspondent in every labor union
in Lincoln and Havelock.
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John Burns, member cf the' British
parliament, says: "Colorado is Hell
with the lid off."
Sam Parksism or Tom Hoskinsism
has no place in unionism. That's flat.
THE RESULT. .
"Yes. what about him?"
"Well, he was captured by Parry's
talk of 'free men.' Deserted the union
and said he'd own himself hereafter."
"Smedley is owned by a chattel
mortgage shark now."
"Ah," remarked Smithers as he sat
down to a satisfying meal of several
courses and tucked the napkin into
"Ah, but who wouldn't be in favor
of the ate hour sj-stem?"
Whereupon Smithers pitched in and
spent sixty minutes at the table.
"Are you in favor of the eight-hour
day. Miss Cutely?" queried Mr. Soi't
deigh. "Yes, the eight-hour day is perfectly
right. But there is such a thing as
carrying the eight-hour matter too
"In what way may it be carried too
far. may I ask?" queried Mr. Sof!.
leigh. "I do not believe in the eight-hour
evening call." responded Miss Cutely,
yawning and looking at the clock.
"The boss is always talking about
being on time, but he's got a scheme
that lets him off easy."
"What is it?"
"His watch is slow, and he comes
down to work by it. The clock in his
private office is fast, and he quits by
"Are you a union woman?" qu-ri'i
"Indeed I am," responded . Mia.
"Can you show a union card?"
"Yes, three of 'em here Johnnie,
Florence. Bertha! Come in and be
introduced to the ladv: '
Unionism consists as much In giv
ing as it does in getting.
The honest workman begins just as
promptly on time as he quits when the
Unionism has its faults, but it nas
never yet asked the militia to fight ia
Just as soon as it dawns upon the
non-union man that the capitalists are
using him for a club to beat dpwn un
ionism, he will quit being a sucker and
The members of the w.-c. chappe
wish it distinctly understood that tne
have no candidate'for aeiegate.
R. U. Mallory has lately joined sev
eral new societies, the hrst letters ot
which stand for a certain branch ot
the live -stock industry ana the last
lor a very important article during
the winter season. Can you guess it?
He says the initiation lee is low.
Owing to overproduction or a lack
of orders our "coffee mill ' has not run
much lately, in consequence tt ..-it
has not been much Strain on it.
Fred Ress, of the bindery, was
elected president of the Allied Trautj
Council at their meeting Wednesday
night. Push the label!
"Tee' Bridges, the ntw presFmau, is
making good every day, which goes
to show that his promotion was well
deserved. He and M. L. Peters, the
Gordon pressman, will star the state
presently in several new vaudeville
Does any one know why George
Thompson is assuming the role i
One of the girls in the bindery has
resurrected an old remedy for tooth
ache, viz: Fill the mouth full of wate
and sit on the stove until it boils.
H. Broening, Jim Biooks and Bob
Kreamer ha.t a rush older lor home
last Monday night io uail out tneir
H. Demorest has quit bemoaning the
long walk home in the early morning.
He passes the time away thinking ot
the greeting that new grandson will
have ready for him.
H. T. Turner is accused of working
overtime without extra pay. Hut nt
says the boys are figuring that he is
doing it while finding partners lor the
dance Monday nights.
The big press in the basement is
now churning out upwards of 45o,ikH
papers a week, and the press room
gang is working overtime.
The W. N. U. "gang" is impatiently
waiting for the time when it will be
at work in the mansion,over on Four
"Doc" Righter has been patronizing
the Standard Oil company lately. He
jabbed a rusty nail into his hand and
used kerosene as a curative.
Bert Wilson reports negotiations
pending for the sale of Canadian
lights for the manufacture and sale
of his automatic leading machine.
Manager Cole insists that the Lin
coln branch will have the finest build
ing in the W. N. U. circuit by tlie
first of July.
"Sam" McCoy still insists that deep
thinking and deep breathing is the
only system that insures long life.
Val Bach has four fingers on his
right hand knocked out and says it
he has any more hard luck in that
line he will begin practicing with his
toes on the linotype.
Mrs. Roy Rhone suffered a hard fall
a few days ago, but no permanent ci
serious injury was sustained.
Mrs. G. W. Wathan has been qc'te
ill for several weeks, but is now con
valescing. Mrs. H. W. Smith has been suffer
ing severely from rheumatism i'cr
more than a month, and was com
pelled to remain indoors most of he
time. She is now able to be about anr?
is rapidly recovering her wontt-I
Charles W. Bryan, business man
ager of The Commoner, is enjoying a
vacation in the wilds of Mississippi,
but is not trying to round up my
bears. He is accompanied by Mrs.
W. H. Toy is once more able to be
on the streets after a long seige of ill
ness. Mrs. W. H. Toy, who was on the sie
list for several weeks, is now i on
valescent. AUXILIARY "MARKET."
Last Saturday Capital Auxiliary No.
11. Lincoln Typographical Union No.
209, had a "market" at the Keystone
Grocery. The ladies in charge report
that it was a successful affair and
that all the good things were bought
up before noon. Every article on sale
was prepared by the wives of Lincoln
printers and consisted of fine pastiv
and other delicacies.
THREW HIM OUT.
Union men in Omaha were jaired
the other day when a non-union man
was sent to Labor Temple to install a
new 'phone. The man "Was well on
with his work when a unionist cas .ial
ly asked him if he had a card. "Not
on your life," said the tellow. "I'm
from Lincoln." Then there was
something doing. The man was filed
out of the room and notice sent to
the telephone company to either send
a union man to install the instrument
or take it out of the house. The tele
phone company has an "open shop, '
and everything is quiet, but the union
men wouldn't stand for having a
"scab" connect a telephone in Labor
Stylish, serviceable shoes at Rce:s
& Perkins, 1129 O St.
TEST OF fjINlONISIVT. f-""""
Orc&nlr.ntion Shnnlfl Level I n, and
The chief test oi unionism is its ef
fect upon the character of the individ
ual workman, writes Secretary White
of the United Garment Workers f
It is not sufficient to show that un
ionism has advanced the worker ma
terially. If the labor struggle tends to make
the laborer self reliant and develop his
faculties it is of inestimable value.
If, however, it tends ultimately to
suppress the individual, lessen his ca
pacity and make him subord Unite to
the mass. it-not only fails of its. pt.r
pose, but works serious injury.
The individual workman under mod
ern methods of industry 6 unable to
assert himself. He lAuUct to con
ditions upon which unaided he is un
able to make an impression.
Alone he is a nonentity. His individ
uality in that respect is submerged.
He regains it by acting with other
workmen having allied interests. In
dividual striving then gives way to
It is the same with a body of men
as it is with an individual. In the
struggle for an existence the best fac
ulties are exercised and developed, and
when the object of that striving is at
tained the healthful activities are slack
ened and decline sets in.
That is why the unions io their early
stages often prove more capable of
withstanding opposition than when
their membership becomes large and
meets with a degree of success.
Unions that have started full fledged
through the effort of other unions and
have gained the benefits of unionism
without struggle nre often without
stability and really a hindrance to the
general movement. They c-ontribute
numbers, but that is only a dead
weight. Such members accept the fruits that
others have labored for as something
that is due them, and when the arti
ficial props that have supported them
are withdrawn they fall away.
If unionism is to endure and fulfill its
highest mission, the dangers that have
been pointed out must be taken into
Individual development must be al
lowed full play and allowances made
for special abilities.
Instead of trying to keep all down to
a dead level, every member, should be,
put upon his merits and not limited ill
Ids earnings. In brief, the workman
should be permitted the same play as
when unorganized, while being re-enforced
with the combined strength of
his fellow workmen.
The function of the union is to insure
fair play and to enforce a standard of
wages and hours based upon the aver
age abilities. There should be a grad-.
ing upward and not downward. No
limitations should be put upon ca
pacities except for reasons of health.
By observing these rules the unions
would make their position impregna
ble. SITUATION IN MISSOURI.
Facta and Kfgrnres From the Report
oC the State Labor Bnrean.
The twenty-fifth annual report of
the bureau of labor statistics and in
spection of Missouri for .1903 gives the
numbers of each class of workingmen
employed, their average daily wages,
hours of labor and the percentage of
increases in wages during the year. A
large number of particulars are given
with regard to labor organizations, of
which (53G reported to the bureau of
labor statistics. With regard to them
the following statistics are of interest:
The total membership of the labor
organizations was 70,443, of whom
2,835 were females. It is estimated
that 80.50 per cent of the wage earn
ers In the organized trades are mem
bers of trade unions. Compared with
3901 the average daily hours of labor
decreased from 9.5 to 9.20 in 1902, and
the rate of wagqs increased from an
average of 25.39 cents per hour to
There were 159 strikes and lockouts
In 1902, of which 110 ended in favor of
the men, 24 in favor of the employers,
and compromises were effected in 25
cases. The estimated amount of wages
lost through strikes was $142,844.35,
and the strike benefits paid by labor
organizations amounted to $45,711.10.
There were 30.049 persons involved in
strikes and lockouts.
The report of the superintendent ot
the Missouri free employment offices
contained in this report states that in
the year ended Sept. 30, 1903, there
were 10,028 applicants for employment,
of which number places were found
for 11,030. There were 20,810 applica
tions for help received from employ
ers, and cdisequently the number of
places not filled amounted to 15,780.
The Lnnsh Vai on Parry.
A joke on David M. Parry, the In
diana manufacturer who has become
widely known for his invectives
against organized labor, was perpe
trated in the law office of Senator
Bevcridge in Indianapolis, says an
exchange. Mr. Parry entered there
wearing a new suit of clothes. Larz
Whitcomb, who is in Mr. Beveridge's
office and knows Mr. Parry intimately,
chaffed the manufacturer about his
new clothes and suggested that they
were made by organized labor. "No,"
said Mr. Parry, "I think not this time.";
But Mr. Whitcomb pushed back the
lapel of his friend's coat, and on the
Inside, sewed in a conspicuous place,
was the union label.
"A lOO Per Cent Union."
International Typographical Union
Organizer John E. MeLoughlin reports
that local No. 424 has enrolled every
journeyman printer within its juris
diction the Oranges. Montelair and
I'.loomfield. N. J. making what he
terms ":i 100 per cer.t union."
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I yV3t f our
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und we're going to get it if the best
goods,,, the best service and lowest
prices in town will interest you. This
is a store where your dollar buys a
good one hundred cents worth and
you still have a little change com'n.
Buy Here Regularly'1
It means a saving to you of cash,
trouble and waiting for goods jon
want in a hurry; we deliver promptly.
It will pay you to study ottr prices;
t he best way to study them is to come
in and compare our prices with what
you'll pay elsewhere. You're invj-eji-.
Fancy Sweet -Navel Oranges V
large Size) per doz.., .....15c
Freeh Bread, 2 loaves 5c
Royal Baking Powder,' 1-lb. can.. 33c
Fancy 4 crown Seeded Raisin3,
15c pkg., each..,, ......10c
SX Soda Crackers, per lb .. ... 5c-
Shredded Wheat Biscuit, pkg.,.U0e
Diamond C Soap, 8 bars .....25c
Our Celebrated High Patent
Silk Flour, per sack
Why place yourself inside ready
made clothes when you can buy
. tailor,, made, jclpthing at .the
We do not" fit you to 'he
clothes as readv made mer
chants do we fit the clothes to
Clothing made oy us fits and
retains its shape as ready made
clothing cannot do.
Patterns neat and natty, cut
and. madtf according to latest
Every garment we turn out
guaranteed to give perfect sat
isfaction. Suits or Overcoats
$15 to $20
Made to Order
1210 0 St.
When looking for some appro
priate article for a wedding gift,
examine our stock of sterling
and plated silver, cut glass,
clocks, etc., and let us quote you
M. G. WOLFF.
139 80. 13lli Street.
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