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I VOL. 1 LIXCOLX NEBRASKA, OCTOBER 21, 1904 " . . ' , ' ' TxO. 28
J Why Union Men Should
I For WatSOn and TibblCS Nebraska Independent J
The first reason why members of or
luUcd labor should support the pto
)!.' party candidates for presidcut ana
vi'c president is because all electors
should at all times vote for their own
pen.c:.al interests. This is the only
sure and correct guide to au intelligent
ballot et all times and in all places.
The first reason why members of or
ganized labor should not vot3 for cith
tr Parker or Roosevelt is because those
elements in our political life against
whom organized labor Is forced to tio
battle are in favor of thesa two candi
dates cither one of them will do. I
would net appeul for a vote from or
ganized tabor upon the low ground 01
class consciousness, but merely fron;
, a.: recognition that economically speak
ing we are at war. And just so Ions
as we are forced into war, just so long
will it be both unwise and criminal fur
us to vote for those who are araigncd
on the other side of the line of battle.
Nor would I appeal to members ot
organized labor as well as all other
laborers to vote as I shall take pleas
ure in voting because of this ill-advised
and ignorant condemnation of so
called "capitalism.' Capital is and
always must be the handmaiden of la
O bor. Capital is itaelf labor in con
crete I'orm. It is stored-up labor. It is
i he accumulated wealth of past labor
used for the purpose of producing more
wen 1th. Under a fret) society capital
and labor would recognize their
"heaNenly twinshlp." and discord be
tween them would forever cease.
, Our complaint today Is not against
" capital. Our complaint is against mo
nopoly. It is because monopoly has
secured its death-grip upon the natur
al resources of this earth that both
capital and labor are denied the op
portunity to joia huuds for the further
production of wealth. Until we dis
cover the source and destructive power
of this monopoly of natural resources.
we shall contir.r.etojbe engaged n I
struggle!;, trials and tribulations be
tween ourselves and th;se whose cup
jrtal joins with us in the production of
Ytlie world's needs.
A. i might Just as well clear the ground
right here and assert that the strength
of monopoly does not lie in "machin
ery," as the socialist asserts; it does
not lie in the establishment of the
"gold standard," as the fres-silverits
asserts; it does not lie In the tariff, as
the free trader asserts, nor does it lie
iu the "general cussedness of human
nature," as the pessimist asserts.
To assert that machinery is the
source of monopoly is as absurd as to
assert that the man in the moon is, for
Ubor could again reproduce every ma
chine in the world, if given an oppo;
Q li'uiiy. To assert that the gold sland
K n'd is the source of monopoly Is as
absurd as to say that without money
men i oiiid not live, for men could,
without the sold standard or with it,
line a thousand ways to exchange the
products of labor, if they ouly had an
opportunity to-labor. To assert that it
'.las in the tariff is also absurd, for if
) wu admitted all products from for
eU.t. shores, it would still be possible
for monopoly to tighten its grip upon
ih-? sources of all supply the land.
Aim to assert that it Is the general
:iis!:f dness of human nature is to assert
t'lat the great Author either had not
S'ued His apprenticeship in the uni
Vers.t' college of life, or if He had, Ha
i .art a bad job of His work or had re
tired from the overseeing of things
ind allowed His works to so to the
(itvil. I am so thoroughly satisfied ot
the truth of this, that I declare that
h:t('. 1 the divine power to alter human
nature, I would not change one attrib-i-;.!
of it. As I view it. human nature
possessed of just exactly the right
(j rlities to Insure peace and happi
t i'mi and prosperity for all mankind,
monopoly, or the attempt to inter
ior with divine decrees, would just
Ktcp aside, and afford natural law free
Old mythology had it that the world
rested upon the shoulders of Atlas, who
was supposed to be a giant. Let us
Imagine this to be true, and that for
seme reason or other Atlas takes his
nd and scoops from the surface of
Che earth all the people. In one hand
he holds the people; in the other the
earth, Universal distress of the people
hercan be easily imagined. The peo
ple would appeal to Atlas. Would they
say, Let us have common ownership
of the machines of production and dis
tribution? Would they, say. What we
need is bi-metallism or greenbacks?
Would they say, The thing we need is
tree trade? Or would they say. The
trouble Is. human nature is selfish
what we need is a re-generated man?
Hardly any of these things would they
Vote By Uurie J Quinby
say, but it can easily be imagined that
ilioy would rise up as one man and say,
Oh. Atlas, give us back the earth.
Now, this. I asert Is' typical of this
earth and its institutions today. Land
monopoly has capital and labor by the
throat. It . is this institution of land
monopoly that lies at the bottom of
every human curse. It is this system
that affords opportunity to a few to
hold the many in subjection. It Is this
crime that makes necessary the wars
between capital and labor as well as
uetween nations. It is this crime of
crimes that establishes contests be
tween starving men for a chance to
toil, pulling down wages to the very
l:ottom pol.t. It is the recognition of
this helplessness of laborers to relieve
themselves in any other way that
forces them into labor unions and the
like. Every time you pay rent to any
private person for the mere use of any
spot of this earth, your wealth is being
confiscated, and you are paying tribute
to land monopoly. And every time you
pay taxes upon the products of your
toil, either directly, as when you step
up to the' public treasurer, or when
you are forced to pay the same tax
with interest when you buy a suit of
clothes or eat a mouthful of food, you
are paying further tribute to land 'mo
nopoly. So at bottom it is land monopoly
against which we are really at war,
whether we realize it or not. And I
desire to ask any intelligent thinking
man whether he seriously believes that
the powerful interests of this land;
whose base is in land monopoly, would
be contributing hundreds of thousands
aud millions of dollars to the election
of both Roosevelt and Parker, if they
thought that either of these candidates
would jeopardize their graft? Have
these interests ever in any age of the,
world honestly endeavored in any way
to establish a system of society that
would afford all men an equal op
portunity for the pursuits of life, of
liberty or happiness? The Rockefellers
and Morgans, the Belmonts and money
sharks are not contributing to the
election cf Mr. Watson. That is a very
fair reason why you should.
Mr. Watson is the only candidate in
the field in this campaign who really
espouses Jeffersonian democracy. And
what js Jeffersonian democracy? It is
just that which I have been endeavor
ing to illustrate in this article. It is
the sovereignty of the people. It is
the proposition that "all men are born
equal; that they are endowed with cer
tain inalienable rights, among which
are life, liberty and the pursuit of hap
piness." And this means that every
living thing, by the very fact of its
existence, has au equal right w(Ith
every other living thins to "enjoy an
opportunity to get,' at nature's store
house and produce its quota of the
world's wealth, that if? may enjoy lib
erty and the pursuit of happiness.
Those are the principles for which Mr.
Watson has' waged the manliest cam
paign for the people that has been
waged since the days of Jackson, with
but one possible exception.
Mr. Watson, as well as his running
mate, is a son of poverty. He has
Known the trials and sufferings of
those who toil. He has "toiled and
sweated in the sun, according to the
curse." His life, his entire life, has
been one long, ceaseless struggle with
adversity, and these facts make it pos
sible for him to understand and be
affected by the struggles of those who
are forced to wring from' monopoly ev
ery little consideration, as though they
were very slaves. There is no monop
olists backing his campaign. For him
there Is no hope of office or other
reward. In his great speech a few
days ago before the labor unions of
New York, he stated what he hoped to
gain by his campaign in these noble
"Talk to me of reward? What more
do I need than that having unfurled
the standard of Jeffersonian demo
cracy iu lis darkest hour, when those
who had promised to die for it had
deserted? It is an honor to cham
pion a great cause, no matter how
heavy the task may be. There is glory
in defending the right, no matter how
goes the tide of success. There is
inspiration in working for the plain
people when they cheer you on as
they are cheering me."
I have no quarrel with those, who
ever they may vote for, who are ready
afld willing to "throw their votes
away" for any candidate other than
Roosevelt or Parker. Whether they
vote for Watson or Debs or Swallow,
they are casting a vote against present
iniquities. They are registering their
mighty protests against wrongs. They
are using the best weapons they have
to be free. Like men they are adding
their mite to the advancement of the
It is not so with those who con
sciously vote for a wrong. And if they
vote at all they ought to understand
truly for what they are voting. No
man has a right to be ignorant of the
principles involved in his cast ballot,
when he knows that whether for weal
or woe that vote will affect the hap
piness of every other human being.
The responsibility rests upon him, and
him alone, for the righteousness of his
act. Can he afford to be ignorant?
Can he be careless in this? Can he
allow himself to be influenced by
threats, intimidation or violence of any
kind? If he would be a man an up
right man he will assert that man
hood, and intelligently seek to under
stand fully the result of his vote, and
having so understood its effect he will
cast it with a courageous heart, though
the heavens fall.
And to those who fear to vote a pro
test against present wrongs, because
their "vote would be thrown away,"
I wish to impress upon them, if possi
ble, the fact that the only vote that
was ever thrown away was that which
did not represent the best thought of
th e voter. It is a prostitution o'f the
ballot when it is cast without regard
either to the principles involved or to
the interests at stake. Every voter
should fear to vote any other way than
he feels; for every act he performs not
only represents the general character
of the man, but every act re-acts upon
the doer until his very character is af
fected for good or ill by his perform
ance. Every time any man casts a vote he
ought to think of his home and fire
side; of the companion of his bosom
there, and the little blossoms that add
so much to the sweetness of his life.
He ought to remember their welfare
and happiness. He ought to consider
whether the vote he is about to cast
will enlarge the scope of life for those
he loves. He ought to make it his
supreme test, whether the vote he is
about to cast will contribute to the joy
and peac. of the lo-ed ones at home
and the prosperity of those who come
after him. If he fully considers these
things and forms an intelligent esti
mate of them, he will not cast a vote
for those whose grip upon this earth is
choking the life and peace and joy
out of those he loves.
OVER ONE THOUSAND.
The Wageworker guarantees to advertisers over 1,000
actual, bona fide, paid-in-advance subscribers, nine-tenths
of whom reside in Lincoln, University Place, Havelock, Col
lege View and Bethany. The subscription books are open
to inspection by anyone who can show cause and adver
tisers come under that head.
SO YOU MAY KNOW.
A List of Fair and Unfair Makers of
Shirts and Collars.
It is often difficult for union men to
keep track of fair and unfair goods.
This is especially true of all articles
of wearing apparel save clothing. The
label of the United Garment Workers
of America is always sewn in the In
side breast pocket of the coat. But la
bels on shirts, collars, cuffs, etc., are
not so easily found or recognised.
The Shirt, Waist and Laundry Work
ers' International Union has issued a
card giving both fair and unfair makes
of shirts, collars and cuffs, and every
man should get one of the cards and
carry it in his pocket for reference. In
the meantime the following may be
clipped from The Wageworker and
used as a guide. The lists follow:
Unfair: "Monarch" shirts, made 'by
Cluett. Peabody & Co. Arrow Brand
collars and cuffs. Oriental collars and
cuffs. Van Zandt, Jacobs & Co., collars
and cuffs. Ivy brand. Twentieth Cen
tury. Double Triangle. "Lion Brand";
shirts, collars and cuffs, and other
goods made by the United Shirt and
Fair: Union Collar Co., Troy, N. Y.
Thread City Collar Co., Willimantic,
Conn. Elgin Shirt Co., Elgin, and Chi
cago. 111. Lesser. Levi & Co., Chicago.
A. Livingston & Co.. Chicago. J. E.
Teehan & Co., Chicago. J. A. Brew
ster. Camden. Me. Steppaeher &
Stern. Baltimore. Fitehburg Shirt Co.,
Fitchburg, Mass. H. A. Swain Shirt
Co.. Lynn, Mass. Boulevard Shirt Co.,
St. Louis, Mo. Peter A. Casey. St.
Louis. Mo. J. H. & S. Ballin, "Herald
Shirt." New York. Weinstein Bros.,
New York. A. Schulder Co., New
York. S". Werbin & S'ons, New York.
'Nirenberg & Silver, New York. Reis-
ner Brothers, New York City. W. G.
Fischer, .Albany, N. Y. Victor Shirt
Co., Cincinnati (also Shirt Waists).
National Shirt Co., Cincinnati (also
Shirt Waists). Enterprise Shirt Co.,
Philadelphia. Pilot Shirt Co., Philadel
phia (also Boys' Waists). Myerhoff,
Sons & Co.. Philadelphia. Gross &
Raab. Philadelphia. Ferguson, Fergu
son & Co., Pittsburg, Pa.
UNION LAUNDRY WORK.
Plans All Made and the Scheme Is Ready
- to- WorK.
By next week The Wageworker will
be ready to announce something def
inite concerning the union laundry
scheme it proposed several weeks ago.
It takes time to work up a scheme like
that. But inside of ten days union
men and women of Lincoln will be en
abled to give their laundry work to a
There will be a wagon out collect
ing the laundry, and it will be driven
by a union man. The laundry will be
done by union men and women and de
livered by a union driver. The wagon
will be ornamented by the label of the
Shirt, Waist and Laundry Workers'
Now wake up and get into the union
game. If you want your laundry work
done in a union iaundry, send a postal
card with your name and address to
The Wageworker, 1216 G street.
It will cost -you no more to have
your laundry done in a union laundry
than it does now to have it done in
laundries owned by the trust and. man
aged by men unfriendly to organized
labor. The collection and delivery will
be just as prompt.
If you are really in earnest, now is
the time to prove it.
GRAFTERS MUST GO.
Union Men Should Stand Firmly
The labor grafter must go. We mean
the union man who uses his unionism
or histleauership to extort money from
employers. The man who sells his in
fluence with union men is worse than
the professional lobbyist or the treach
erous public official.
Phil Weisenheimer, former president
of the building trades alliance of New
York city has been convicted of ex
tortion. He was charged with having
extorted $ 2,7700 from George Essig un
der threat not to permit work to con-
tinue on some apartment houses where
in Essig had the plumbing contract.
He had a fair trial and was found
guilty. The amount of money involved
is not large. The principle involved is
stupendous. . While Weisenheimer was
making a paltry amount of money he
was sacrificing principles which every
true man would die rather than betray.
Weisenheimer took a little money, and
in return for it he bertayed his fellows
and perpetrated an injury that will
take years of toil and a mint of money
It is union labor's shame that it has
not long since rid itself of the Parks
and Weisenheimers. It will be union
labor's eternal damnation if it does not
rid itself of such cattle now.
THE LEGISLATIVE TICKET.
Think for Yourselves and Vote for Your
Wase-earners are peculiarly inter
ested in the legislative election this
fall. A United States senator is to bo
elected, and the man elected will soon
er or later be called upon to vote for
or against the 8-hour law and the anti
injunction law. Every workingman
who owns his own home is interested,
because the legislature elected on No
vember S will revise the revenue law.
Considerably more than partisan suc
cess is at stake. Investigate the can
didates. Throw aside partisan preju
dice and vote for your own interests.
The Wageworker will have something
to say about candidates next week.
The Central Labor Union meets next
Tuesday evening, and every delegate
sLould be present. Some very impor
iaiit business is to be transacted.
Union Men For Tags only
The unionism of some union men
can be measured by the tags.
In other words, they are willing to
sacrifice their unionism for the sake
of the dinky little tag that may come
with a chunk of "scab" chewing to
bacco or a sacti of "scab" smoking
"I-can't chew that union terbacker,"
says one union man. "I got ter chew
'Horsehoof or 'Bootleg' or 'Stir.' I
just can't chew none of them union
And then he calls for a "scab" to
bacco and digs off the tag and chucks
it away in his pocket with infinitely
more care than he pockets his Week's
That kind of a union man thinks
more of the cheap tag on his "scab"
tobacco than he does of his union
ism. It is the same way with the smoker.
There are plenty of good union smok
ing tobaccos made. But there is a
cheap little tag that goes with most of
the tobacco put out by the "scab" em
ploying tobacco trust, and the union
man thinks more of that dinky little
tag than he does of standing by his
fellow unionists who happen to be em
ployed in tobacco factories and are
striving to better their condition.
The unionism with a. tag on it isn't
worth a tinker's dam. Neither is the
union man who has that kind of union
ism. Just think of an alleged union man
sacrificing his unionism for a tobacco
tag. When he gets seven million of
the tin tags he can trade 'em off for a
pair of cotton socks,, or a buggy whip
Study Both Sides of the Case
There are two sides to every labor
controversy your side and the em
Don't forget this important fact. It
may save you a lot of trouble, as well
as prevent considerable suffering on
the part of your family.
Whenever your union has a misun
derstanding with your employer, don't
begin to cuss the bosses. Stop and
think it all over. It is barely possible
that the right is not wholly on your
Go to the boss and talk it over. Pre
sent your side of the case and listen to
his side. Then invite him to view "it
from your standpoint while you get
over and view it from his standpoint.
It won't hurt anything to do this,
and it may do both of you a world
There is scarcely a brtakeman on the
railroad but what thinks he could give
the general manager cards and spades
WILL BE REPRESENTED.
Central Labor Union Will Send
At the last meeting of the Central
Labor Union Mr. J. B. Mickel was
elected a delegate ' .to represent the
body at the coming meeting of the
American Federation of Labor at San
Francisco in November. In order to
defray the expenses of the delegate it
was decided to give an entertainment
and Messrs. Evans, Maupin and' Bush
were appointed a committee to ar
range for the entertainment The com
mittee will be ready to report next
Tuesday night, and the entertainment
will be held within a few days there
after. A. L. Bixby, the Journal's poet-philosopher,
and Mr. Sands, the well
known cartoonist and "chalk talker,"
have kindly tendered their services.
Others' will be drafted, tfnd a program
of unusual interest will be offered. The
program will be just long enough, and
not too long, and at its conclusion an
orchestra will tune up and all who so
desire may dance for an hour or two.
Every trades union in the city should
take an active interest in this' matter,
and the proceeds should be large
enough to defray Mr. Mickel's expenses
and leave a neat balance for the treas
ury of the Central Labor Union. , Mr.
Mickel will not receive any large sum
he will receive only his actual ex
penses while in Slan Francisco. But
he will represent the central body with
ability. This section of the country
has not received sufficient considera
tion at the hands of the national body,
and it will be Mr. Mickel's mission to
convince the national officers that
is high time they got busy in the mid
dle west. -.--
A full program and all particulars
will be made public shortly.
TO THE POINT.
Short and Crisp Advice to Union Men
If the members of organized labor
would insist half as strongly for the
or a box of toothpicks. And yet there
are thousands of union men in tha
country some of them in Lincoln, Ne
brasica, U. S. A. who betray their
unionism every day forHhat sort of a
bribe. ' '
Just walk into anyone of the lead
ing (Cigar scores of the city and laxe
a loon through the showcase. ,' For
every box bearing the union cigar
makers' label you'll see ten without
it, Seventy-five per cent of the cigars
retailed in Lincoln are made by the
tobacco trust, and the tobacco trust is
notoriously the enemy of organized la
bor. Seventy-five per cent yea, more
than that of the smoking and chew
ing tobacco sold in Lincoln is made
oy this union hating, "scab", employ
ing tobacco trust. '
And men who claim to be union men
go right ahead ignoring the labeled
goods and buying the product of the
trust that is doing its best to destroy
Is It any wonder that the Parry gang
is bowling over the unions' onej by
one? Is it any wonder that the wage
earning classes are up against it every ,
day in the year?
The union man who buys a "scab"
cigar is an enemy to unionism. The '
union man who buys "scab" chewing
tobacco is giving aid and comfort fa
the enemies of union labor. The union
man who sells his unionism for a mis
erable little tag or coupon, isn't worth
hellroom from a union standpoint.- "
For God sake, for your children's
sake and for your own sake, Mr. Union
Man, put a higher price on your union
ism. than a dinky little tag.
on managing the property. Same way
in the print shop the men nearly al-'
ways imagine they could make the
business pay better than the manager
does. Same way in the newspaper of
fice. The night police reporter always
has plans that would make the paper
known from ocean to ocean, "but the
pinheaded managing editor is too nar
row to give the plans a trial. : ...
The average employe thinks he isn't
getting all that is coming to him, and
is cocksure the employer is making
too big a profit off of the employe'3
work. It may be, however, that while
the employe is figuring what he Is go
ing to buy with his week's salary, the
boss is lying awake nights trying to
figure out where'n thunder he is going
to raise the money to meet the weekly
payroll. Study both sides of the situation. It
will broaden your minds, even if it
does not change it.
label upon the goods they purchase
as they do for a reasonable day's
work,' the necessity for strikes would '
be largely diminished. The label
will secure more pay and shorter
hours, without a resort; to the strike
method. Kansas City Labor Herald. ;
A GOOD SCHEME.
The Union Pacific Gives Its Passengers
. the News.
The Union Pacific railroad company,
in response to a genuine demand, has
decided to issue a bulletin news service
for the benefit of its passengers. It will
be posted twice a day in typewritten
form in the buffet car so that the pas-,
sengers may always be kept in. close
touch with the progress of, events.
Through wireless telegraphy the same
result has been reached on the ocean
steamers. . l
It goes to show the universal hunger
for news, the nearness of the people of
the world to each other and the ex
treme interest, which each one feels
not only ' in the doing of his neigh
bors, but the larger movements of the '
government. , It . is that very instinct,
that is bringing the whole world into
closer relations, that is bringing about
an era of better feeling and that will
ultimately tend to lessen misunder
standings which are so often based
upon false or inadequate information.
It is somewhat "remarkable that it
has been left for a western road to in
troduce this innovation. There is liti
tie doubt that it will fill a "long-felt
want" and that the plan will be eagerly
copied by other railroads which are
bidding for public favor and doing
everything possible to increase tha .
comfort of those who patronize them.
Journal, Portland, Ore.
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J . i, i l-i A m U 1 Ol-t . l .
O- iTho union is the only-Instrument-Q
that tiie laborer has for enforcing
0 , division of the fund (riven to the
01 .employer in trust and now the em
O , ploynrs have organized to destroy
O.- -tha union.-William J. Bryan. -
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