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About The Wageworker. (Lincoln, Neb.) 1904-???? | View Entire Issue (July 1, 1904)
ubllifaed every Friday at 1328 O Street by tbe
WAGKWOKKEK PUBLISHING COMPANY
Will M. Maupln
$1 A YEAR IN ADVANCE.
'Bntered as second-class matter
April 21. 1904. at tbe postoffice at Lin
coln, Neb., under the Act of Congress
ct March 3. 1879."
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PARRYISM IN LINCOLN.
Under the above caption the Lin
coln News undertakes to deliver an
editorial opinion that will not an
tagonize either the unions or the em
ployers, but, on the contrary, curry
favor with both, especially the adver
tising portion of the employers., The
News says that "union men (fannot
object to the organization of em
ployes." Certainly not; and they never did
object. The right to organize for mu
tual protection and mutual help is
one of the inalienable rights of men.
But union men have tbe right to ob
ject to an organization that is formed
for the purpose of destroying their
unions and dragging wages and the
standard of living down to a lower
level. Union men do object to un
lawful combinations that corrupt
courts, steal state administrations and
defy law in order to whip into sub
mission men whose only offense is
membership in a labor union and a
desire to secure wages enough to in
sure a decent living for themselves
and their families. Union men would
not object to the Parry movement if
the. leaders of that movement were
honest. But the Parry movement is
founded on specious falsehood and car
ried on by methods that are contrary
to law and morals. It starts our with
the false assertion that a man has a
right to sell his labor to whom he
pleases, and that a man has a right to
hire labor whenever he and wherever
he pleases. Let the man who thinks
he has a right to sell his labor to
whomsoever he pleases sell a little of
it to a bank robber. Let the man who
thinks he has a right to hire labor
whenever and wherever he sees fit try
to hire a man to commit a crime.
A man has not the right to enter
the market places and sell his labor
for what he may see lit. If selling his
labor as he sees fit will destroy the
happiness of his fellows; if selling his
labor as he sees fit will drag down the
standard of wages, he has no right to
sell it in that way.
While claiming to have no fight to
make upon unions, the Parry crowd
insists upon the open shop and no con
tract system, knowing full well that
such a system would destroy the un
ions in a short time.
If the Parry crowd would fight hon
estly and openly, labor unions would
not object to it. But union labor does
object to fighting an enemy that skulks
in the dark, lays ambuscades, poisons
wells and mutilates the dead.
The union wrecking crowd of Colo
rado has trod upon the tail of Tom
Patterson's coat. This fact impells
us to remark:
"Good-bye, union busters; take keer
As long as the union busters con
fined their operations to attacks upon
defenseless women and unarmed and
poor men, they made great headway.
The minute they made war upon a
wealthy man who owned a great news
paper! and is as full of independence
as an egg is of meat, they made a
mistake. They imagined that all they
had to do was to threaten Tom Pat
terson with financial loss. They imag
ined that when this threat was made
Tom Patterson would fall all over
himself in his haste to line up with
the union busting crowd.
That's where the union busters
dropped their gum.
They made their threats and began
their boycott. Since then they have
been wondering what hit them. Pat
terson not only showed fight, but he
took the initiative. And what he is
doing to the .arrogant marcantilc-smelting-mining
combination Is a
The luit thins that has"- happened to
union labor in a decade was -the at
tack made upon Tom Patterson and
his Denver papers by the union bust
ing crowd. It has caused . Patterson
to pick up the cudgels in defense of a
free press and individual liberty, and
when Patterson swings a cudgel some
heads are sure to get hit. He Is ex
posing the rottenness of the whole
union busting gang. He Is exposing
their lawless methods, dragging their
secrets to light and arousing public
sentiment in favor of the cause of
unionism. When Tom Patterson be
gan the war the end of the union
crushing movement dawned to sight.
Patterson is fighting the battles of
unionism now, and he deserves the
support of every union man in the
country not resolutions, but the kind
of support that pays the printer, set
tles paper bills and keeps the print
ing presses running.
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IS IT HERE?
Is the Parry crowd already at work
la Lincoln? That Is the question that
is worrying Lincoln unionists.
There is no doubt that Parry agents
have' already laid the foundation for
active work in Lincoln, but The "Wage
worker is reliably informed that noth
ing will be done until after the na
tional election.' Several employers in
the city, however are a little uneasy
at the delay and manifest a disposi
tion to rush things a little. But they
will be held in check by the political
managers of the Parry crowd who are
not quite ready to take chances of
solidifying the labor vote against
But the Parry poison is at work, all 1
right, and It behooves unionists to be
preparing the antidote. Unionists
should be searching out its friends and
be preparing to stand by them when
the yight opens. Unionists shoui-' be
strengthening their defenses and lay
ing their plans of campaign. - The
fight is coming, and while it will not
be bf the unionists' seeking, union
ists' will have to fight.
' Pretending to be opposed to the boy
cott, the Parryites will boycott any
business man or newspaper that re
fuses to side in with them. Pretend
ing! to have nothing against labor or
ganizations, the Parryites will not
hesitate to corrupt courts' if possible,
debauch the ballot box if necessary
and use the military power of the state
if they can, in order to crush the un
ions. The Parry crowd has the money
and the influence. The unionists have
nolhing but votes and their ability to
stand by their friends.
Let unionists begin seeking out the
merchants who handle union goods,
cater to union trade and patronize the
union's newspaper. The Parry crowd
is after the dollars, and If it is dem
onstrated that their game will lose
them the dollars they will go to pieces
without great loss of time. Union pa
tronage keeps .the business going.. Are
you giving it to your friends or to
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Down in Kansas City the unionists
made the mistake of their lives. The
republican candidate for mayor openly
declared his hostility to unions. The
democratic candidate was fair But
the unionists put up a separate ticket
and gave it 5,000 votes. Th? result
was the election of the republican, and
his firpt act was to take' a whack at
the unions by securing the repeal of
the ordinance requiring the label on
all city printing. Union men should
feet into the political game, but they
should move wisely.
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The American Federation of Labor
has taken a hand in the Colorado sit
uation. The Federation and the West
ern Federation of Miners have not
been closely affiliated, but this action
on the part of the American Fedtra
tlon shows that labor is getting to
gether, and this is a most encouraging
SJome superficial thinker writes to
the Philadelphia North American to
say that "between the trusts and the
labor unionis the ordinary citizen will
be driven to the woods." Of course
men who belong to unions are not
"citizens' in the estimation of this
The retail grocers say they are
going to get Governor Mickey's scalp
because he vetoed the garnishee bill.
The grocers should take another think.
While they are after Mickey's scalp
there may be some other scalp hunt
ers on the war trail.
President Roosevelt says that "Sher
man Bell is the bravest man in Colo
rado." Either the president should
revise his estimates of bravery or give
us some proof that he knows bravery
when he sees it.
The boss plumbers and the strikers
should get together and arbitrate their
differences. The plumbers should not
take a stand that may mean a severe
loss to other trades unions in the city.
After you take a ride in one of Its
ancient cars over its uneven track you
wonder why it is. not called the "Lin
coln Distraction company."
The employers' association or Kan
sas City is putting up the money for
the prosecution of Edgar Bailey, a
union hack driver who is accused of
murdering a non-unionisL If Bailey
is guilty he should be punished., But
what's the matter with union men put
ting up the money to persecute a few
sweat shoppers and their ilk?
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The Lincoln News claims lo have
brought about the decreased price of
gas. We'll believe' it when, the News
brings about a six-for-a-quarter street
car fare and a better car servicu.
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The way to win Is .to fight tor
yourselves, using legitimate weapons.
One of the best methods is to patron
ize your friends, and your friends ad
vertise in The Wageworker. '
It has been weeks since the Indepen
dence horror, but what has been dis
closed that offers a bit of proof that
union men were directly or indirectly
connected with it.
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The Lincoln Traction company has
submitted its report on the six-for-a-quarter
ordinance to" the city council.
The company, however, had its couu
cilmen sign it. I
The Wageworker has three labor
unions on its subscription list. There
is room on the lists for the twenty
four others that exist In. Lincoln.
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That dull, resounding noise friin the
west is only Tom Patterson whacking
the insolent and law-defying "citi
Is all of your unionism on your
card, or do you carry some of it around
in vour head and heart?
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Good morning, is your unionism on
straight? . . '.
. Union Label League.
It is up to the union men of Lincoln
to do something to maintain the very
necessary and timely organization
known as the Women's Label League.
For some reason or other the league is
not prospering as it should, and the
chances are that the reason -may be
located in the indifference of husbunds
whose unionism is not up to the right
standard. The league could be made
a powerful weapon in the union ar
mory, for the women can accomplish
work along certain lines that':the men
could never accomplish. The ' other
day the wife of a well-known printer
went into a retail shoe store and asked
to be shown a pair of shoes for her
self, 'the clerk brought out several
pairs, and after the 'lady had looked
at them, she said: ";
"I don't want these shoes; Tney do
not bear the union label."' "'.
' The clerk made some rcmark'aerog;
atory of the label, and the lady re
"I've bought shoes here for J years,
but you have sold me the last pair of
shoes you will ever sell me unt.l you
carry union goods and show them
without question. . I'm the -wife of a
union man, and I'll do my trading
with the men who carry union goods."
Then she walked out,' leaving the
clerk thinking thoughts to himself
That's the kind of work that counts
for unionism. - By the time a score or
two of women have made that kind of
talk to a retailer he begins to think.
He realizes that if he wants to get
the union man's dollars he will have
to get busy with the manufacturers
who use the label.
"I'd rather have a dozen women
working for the label in my town than
a hundred average union men," re
marked Frank A. Kennedy at the Cen
tral Labor Union meeting last Tues
day night. "When the women get
busy something is going to drop.".
Lincoln union men should get be
hind the Women's Label League and
enable the women to make it a great
success. It will be worth al! the ef
fort that is expended upon it.
About a year ago the Traction com
pany strung heavy steel rails along
North 27th street. Before the work
of placing them begun the agitation
for a six-for-aquarter fare was sprung.
Then the company balked and hauled
its helpless passengers over a load
bed that would disgrace Patagonia.
"Drop the agitation for the reduced
fare and we'll fix the line," was the
insolent ultimatum. The council
committee has reported in favor of the
company, and the company has begun
laying the new rails. Looks queer,
doesn't it? The Traction company
gets what it wants by threatening to
deprive the people of something they
have paid for a hundred times over.
Isn't it time the Traction company
was made to understand that Lincoln
people have some rights which boud
der's company must respect?
The union carpenters of Lincoln
have demonstrated their Interest in
the upbuilding of the union spirit. At
the regular meeting last Tuesday even
ing the union unanimously decided to
subscribe as a body for The Wage
worker, and before the echoes ol the
viva voce vote had died away the sec
retary ha:l handed the publisher a list
of 13S union carpenters and a c'np?:
lor their subscriptions. The carpen
ters are alive to the situation that r-x- j
ists and have demonstrated that they,
are ready to do their part in defending
President-elect Coffey is formulating
his plans for a visit to that Oklahoma
farm during the latter part of the
Some of the printers are flaming
up a surprise in the way of histronics.
When it Is sprung Lew Dockstader
and Billy Primrose will be relegated
to the back lots.
H. G. McVicker is boarding 'round
and saving gas by not going home
till daylight, pending the return of
Mrs. McVicker and the children from
the Pacific coast.
The regular meeting of Typographi
cal Union will be held Sunday, and
important business will be transacted.
The newly elected officials will be in
stalled at this meeting.
It is charged that Delegate Pcntzer
has been heard practicing up on say
ing "Mr. President," preparatory to
springing something on the Interna
tional. Jesse Mickel went up to- Arlington
one day last week to doctor up . a
piece of machinery and returned the
next day with six fine catfish. He
says he caught them, and when he
says it the boys "jes laff."
Some of these days, when the union
is under the head of "Good and Wel
fare," the editor of The Wageworker
will arise and insist that Fred Ihr
inger be compelled to tell all about
how he bought that Missouri railroad
The indications are that Lincoln
Typographical Union No. 209 will have
a goodly bunch of members on the
spot when the International conven
tion convenes in St. Louis on August
9. Delegate Pentzer is working to get
up a , party, and the prospects are
bright.-. It is likely that enough will
go to make it possible to secure ex
tra rates from the railroads.
The Western Newspaper Union and
The Star met on the bloody baseball
diamond last Tuesday and wiestled
with . the national game for. a brief
spell. . The game continued until the
men were thoroughly exhausted chas
ing flies and running bases. "Doc"
Righter officiated as scorekeepcr aud
used. up threes pencils and half a roll of
print paper. - The score, as nearly as
we can remember, was 762 to 546 in
favor of the "P. G." boys, four, inn
ings. "Gin'ril" Bell.
.'There are 10,000 lies being written
about me'," said General Sherman Bell
of Colorado the xjther day. The Vage
worker would not for the World dis
pute the count, nor would it add one
to the number to make it 10,001. The
Wageworker is, if anything, truthful.
It wouldn't lie about General Bell'for
all the gold stored in the Rocky Moan-tains.-'
Not for the wealth of the In
dias would it falsify the records con
cerning the "bravest man in Colorado."
Before it would tell an untruth, espe
cially about the valorous and intrepid
General Bell, it would beat its col
lumn rules into pruning hooks and
its chases in plowshares. No, indeed!
The Wageworker will tell only the
truth about General Bell as it under
stands it. He is, in The Wagework
er's opinion, a bigoted, vainglorious,
egotistical, red-handed coward and
braggart who wars on women, upon
unarmed men, and prostitutes the of
fice to which he was appointed to bas
est ends. This fierce fighter of un
armed men is a tool of men a blamed
sight meaner than he is, if possible,
and he is empty-headed enough to
think that in his hellish work he Is a
hero, when in fact he is a silly and
brainless fop whose head has been
turned by a little brief authority and
a send-off from President Roosevelt,
who called this shoulder-strapped mar
tinet "the bravest man in Colorado."
With a' thousand militiamen "behind
him Bell is brave enough to arrest un
armed union men and throw them into
the bulNpen at the behest of the mine
owners. With a 'thousand militiamen
to back him up he is brave enough to
annoy the wives of union men, and to
harrass the helpless children ot men
who have committed the ungodly
crime of carrying union cards. Singly
and alone he wouldn't lare open the
trapdoor in his face in the presence of
a union man equal to him in size.
We wouldn't lie about Bell for the
world. It is always our aim and ob
ject to tell the truth when possible. It
is not possible in this case, because
Uncle Sam has a - habit of raising
thunder when, anybody sends stuff
through the mails that doesn't quite
come up to his standard of moral ex
cellence. HOW TO HELP.
Of course you can, help The Wage
worker by subscribing, but you can
help it more by patronizing the mer
chants who advertise in these col
umns, and then tell them you do so
because you saw their advcitisements
in this paper. A little "boosting"
along this line will be highly appre
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