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About The Wageworker. (Lincoln, Neb.) 1904-???? | View Entire Issue (Dec. 16, 1904)
A Newspaper with a Mission and without a Muzzle that is published in the Interest of Wageworkers Everywhere.
JLINCOIjN, NEBRASKA, DECEMBER 16, 1904
As a result of the cold weather. in
hufllclent advertising anl a part in I
misunderstanding, the open meeting
tf the Central Labor Union last Tues
duv evening was not nearly so weil
I'.itrnded as It shot-Id have been. B"t
the sixty or seventy worktnguion pres
ent wtre privileged to hen.' one of th?
Iist nddressts eer dellveied befcie
0 representative Loily of workingmen
Hon. A. A. Worsley was the principal
speaker of the evening, and he easily
iiiulntmncd the hlc.li reputation he ia
inured In labor circles as an earnes".
eloquent and forceful champion of tho
rights cf labor. Several years ago ho
v.-ns the labor candidate for governor
iil Wisconsin. Later h.j tntered th
campaign in Chicago on behalf of (.lu
lu I 'or candidate for mayor. Two years
a'o he defended the striking teani
f;ers of Omaha who wer-j arrested lor
violation of an injunction issued
ayalnst them, and he secured tha im
mediate release of the thirr.y-two who
had b-en hauled to Jail by a deputy
1 nltcd Stateii marshal.
"We go to the universities and get
ul' the dead languages, speculative sci
ences and isms," . said Mr. Worsley,
"tut one thing that we w ed the most
and of which we fcet the least is the
science of national life, of govern
ment. We need a change of study at
the schools, a change of systems
government, a change In the mode of
life. Labor, on the maket now, us
merely a commodity, was never at
more degraded stage, and this system
of government is only making it worse.
I lt preventative government is obso
lete. Direct legislation, single tax and
public ownership of public utilities win
wive us. I would not tell you these
things to make you pessimistic, but to
i.ihkc you optimistic and gc to work."
,The speaker then discussed the
question af wages and 'abor's portion
in the fruits of its Industry. He said:
"The United States census shows
that the laborers of this country pro
duce annually 13 billion Collars' worth
ii wealth. Of thin they get two bil
lion dollars in payment for their work.
This means that tor every able bodied
i ,hn in Ch country $12 worth of wealth
is produced ev-iry day of the yes:
Out of this he gets from $1,'J5 to J
per day. The question is, where does
the remainder go and why not to the
Thn ho anawctcd hi question by
declailng that such men as- Kockt;
iVIJcr pet it. and al! because labor has
not !'ec learned hew to secure it.
He told of the day when kerosene
sold for 10 to 14 cents a gallon, when
I li the rest of the produi of the well
was thrown away. Now that every
particle is used, ior gasoline, fancy
si aps and galves the Standard Oil com
pany makes more from the gasoline
lone than it formerly made from thi
With al! -the Improved refining ma
chinery and this use of the by pro
duct we in Boyd county have to pay
2i: cents a gallon for ::orosene of a
fciade to low that the people who use
It risk their lives. It ;uld be soli
in Uncoil at a profit for two cents
a gallon. It has been shipped to Rus
iia and sold for a cent end a half u
gallon because the czar would not re
new a contract with the company
to operate the wells of Russia at l
late suitable to Rockefeller. "For once
the Kiandard Oil company is being
Lra ten," said the speaker. "Sheridan
oal that sells In Boyd county for
i:o.GO a ton lb plentiful In Sheridan at
II a ton. Ytu can provj it by going
Here. Gradually these great neces
sities are being monopolized. In time,
it the a rest body of the people do not
v ake to their rights, the earth will ae
owned by one man."
Tood has gone up 16 oer cent In a
lew years, other incidentials of life
l ave risen from 20 to t.0 per cent.
Wases have scarcely moved, said the
speaker, while ths purchasing power
it the dollar han (Swindled. Thoce
figures are given by th ) records of
the national bureau and the census.
1 he trend is to Increased poverty over
the entire world. In 1830 the census
showed that aboil'. 66 per tent of Un
people owned no homes. The census
of 1900 showed that 70 per cent d)
not own their homes. The remaindf r
arc very much mortgaged. It is this
and the unequal distribution of wealth
hat causer strikes.
"When the system of government
ul)serves distribution and not monop
oly of the products of labor then will
the cry of race suicide be hushed," said
Mr. Worsley. "People will not under
take to raise famalies in the pinch of
President Kelscy of the Central
Labor Union also spoke briefly. The
regular routine business of the central
body was transacted In short order,
K nil after adjournment those present
crowded around Mr. Worsley and
"thanked him cordially for his enter
Vinlng and instructive address.
The meeting was. conidred a suc
cess in spite of the small attendance,
rntl t gave new Impetus to th Idea
o'. having a series of open meetings
during the winter month's
Looks Like a Smooth Scheme to Secure
the Public's Sympathy.
There is a strike on at Newport, Ky.,
the employes of the Newport Iron
Foundry and Machine company being
out. "Scabs" were 'imported to take
the place of the strikers, and immedi
ately the strikers began picketing ani
appealing for moral and financial sup
port. The company found its business
falling off and its profits melting away
because of the inferior work done by
the "scabs." Something had to be
done to secure public sympathy.
Aha, an iea! Make the public be
lieve the strikers were resorting to
dynamite and physical violence. That,
was the card to play. One night a
dynamite bomb was exploded at the
foundry. It exploded right where !t
would not endanger any life nor des
troy any particular amount of prop
erty. But the next day the news
papers were filled with big headlines,
and tha strikers were charged with
having resorted to dynamite. The
scheme was working. Another bomb
was exploded a few days later, but
it. another part of the foundry, and
apain far away from any point where
I-. would endanger life.
More startling headlines! More ap
peals to the public for .-sympathy for
he "scabs" and the employers.
And of course a lot of people were
fooled by all this dynamiting. Who
could profit by using dynamite?
Clearly not the strikers, because it
v.ould alienate public sympathy and
support. Who then? Why, certainly
those whom public sympathy and sup
port would naturally go the em
ployers. Certainly a cheap invest
ment a few pounds of dynamite anl
the loss of a rickety old shed or two,
if public sympathy and support if
This is tlie season of the y?ar when the hauling of coal is
the chief employment of a large number of men. There is a
Team Drivers' Union in Lincoln, and it is striving to build
up union sentiment. This union has been of valuable ser
vice to the cause of unionism in other cities. In fact, the
Team Drivers' Union of Chicago stepped into the breach a
feV months ago and saved the skilled trades unions from a
disastrous defeat at the hands of the Parryites. Without
their help Chicago would today be in the hands of the Parry
ites and the trades unions would be helpless.
Lincoln unionists have a duty , to perform a duty to
themselves, to their fellow unionists and the cause of union
ism. They should g've every support to the Team Drivers'
Union, and now is the time to give it. Every union man in
town who buys coal should sec to it that only union team
sters deliver it, and if the man who presents the ticket for
signature is unable to show a card, let him haul the coal
buck to the yards. Better still, when you order the coal
from the dealer, specify that it must be delivered by a union
teamster. There are dealers who will make a howl about
this, and there are people who will call it "unfair to men
who are striving to earn an honest living." Do not let that
sort of tominv-rot influence vou. Stand bv votir friends-
Few Facts That Explain Why
Organize Labor Unions.
People who oppose labor unions and
can see no reason for their existence
are invited to consider the structural
iron workers. In New York state
alone last year 1,200 structural iron
workers were killed or disabled. If
they bad no union who would take
care of the wives of dead members?
Who would care for those disabled
while on duty. Life insurance com
panies will not acept them as risks
save at prohibitive rates. The em
ployers have no use for a structural
Ironworker after he Is disabled. But the
Structural Ironworkers Union does
tal:e caro of the widows and the or
phans, and looks after the member
who is disabled. Can you blame these
union men for refusing to work along
side men who refuse to pay their just
proportion of the expense entailed by
the work of caring for the helpless?
The structural ironworker risks his
life every day he works. And for
Ms skill and the risk he runs, he
f.:ts for eight hours work less than la
usually paid for a good seat at a fash
ionable New York opera. Opponents of
Ibbor unions are Invited to do a little
AN ENTERPRISING FIRM.
Has Shown It Friendship for Labor In
Numerous Cheering Ways.
Readers of The Wageworker are fa
n.aliar with the Arm name of Fred
fchmidt & Bro., because the firm's ad
vertisements have appeared in this
Household Necessity with gratifying
regularity. Fred Schmidt & Bro. op
eiate a general store which carries the
largest line of general goods in this
section of the country, and the con
stantly growing trade of the firm Jj
evidence .jrnough. of, Its wise business
management. The only thing chea
about the goods in this great atorjgj?
the price the values are all above
"We are enjoying a splendid trade.'
said Fred Schmidt to The Wageworkc
the other day. "We are constantly
adding to our number of regular cus
tomers because we are making an ef
fort to give the people good goods a;
right prices. That looks tood to me,"
pointing to a store full of shoppers.
On another nasre will be found a
"Christmas ad" from this enterprising
firm, and readers of The Wageworker
will do themselves a favor by giving
it careful study.
"Laboring Men's Clubs" Organized and
Gets Busy Politically.
The Laboring Men's Club met last
fc'aturday night and got into politics
without any attempts concealment. Its
members know what they want, and
knowing it have no hesitancy in tell
The club has been partly organized
for some time, but a permanent or
ganization was perfected at the last
meeting, and constitution and by-laws
adopted. The membership books were
opened and already 125 members are
enrolled, with an interest manifested
that promises to increase the number
several hundred per cent before the
city campaign gets well under way.
After the preliminary work of the
club politics came up i'or discussion
and the administration of Mayor
Adams was endorsed and the mayor
suggested as his own successor. The
suggestion took with th club and it
was adopted by a rousing vote. George
Overton was endorsed for excisemen
in ( spite, of his vigorous protest. Ex
ciseman Wolfe was also' endorsed for
Two committees were appointed. One
consisting of three members, will be
t j wait on the candidates endorsed and
give thorn official notification of the
labor support, so far as represented
by the club. On this committee are
William Stewart, John Carr and P. C.
Carter. The executive committee,
appointed by Frank Blado, president
o" the club, consists of William Stew
art, W. H. Odell, P. C. Carter, John
Carr, C. C. Mumford, John Anderson,
George Overton, Charles Hall, William
Wirtz, John P. Wise, and John Dur
ham. Joan Andersou, street com
missioner, is secretary of the club.
The report of the by-laws committee,
Messrs. McKnight, Mumfcrd and Car
ter, was accepted without protest.
President Blado in outlining the club'3
object made himself very clear. He
"As there are many new member
here who did not attend the first
meeting," said he, "it would be well
to state the purposes of this organ-
nation. It is for laboring men who
desire to take active interest in the
government of the city, county and
slate in which we live. Anybody who
labors for a living and pays taxes is
entitled to be a member. We am
banded together to see that the law
makers and ofllce holders do their
duty. It is also our part to see that
men are elected who will realize and
fulfill their responsibility. We hope
to take in futura camuaigns in the
city, and we will do ouv duty our
selves when we see that the people
whom we elect hold to their obliga
Eleven members are to handle the
business of the club when it is in
convenient to call v. meeting, the work
of this committee to be confirmed by
the club. Six members out of the
eleven shall make a quorum. The
board is to be appointed by the presi
One or two pToteet3 were madn
against this and President Blado him
self said this responsibility was more
than he cared to assume. Peter Carter
went to the rescue of the situation
by saying that according to thi
Roberts rules of order the chairma!
must 'appoint the executive committer.
The protests were then abandoned.
It was provided that any member
iwho wrongrfckty secures money In the
nante' otOlW brganlzay6a Shall be ex
pelled. Each; nTt-rttT be taxp t
twenty-five cents per month for the
maintenance of tha eluu. Meetings are
to be held the second and fourth
Saturday evenings or r-acu month.
Suitable arrangements were made for
regular meetings in the Marshall hall.
Ninth and O streets. . The names of
members are to be kept on a roll with
addresses, by meats of which notice
cf special meetings will be given if
"Sunny Jim" Leaden Suffers a Loss By
a Sunday Fire,
About the toughest bit of luck that
one can imagine struck James M
Leaden last week. In less than an
hour the savings of years were swept
away, and Leaden and his family were
without a home, j A few weeks ago
Mr. and Mrs. Leaden invested their
savings in a little home just west of
the asylum, and there they purposed
living and enjoying themselves dur
ing the years to come. They moved
in one day, and it e next lost every
thing by fire.
Just how the fire started is not
known, but apparently it was caused
by a defective flue. At any rate the
house took Are last Sunday night, and
in less than half an hour was entirely
censumed, together with all of the
household furniture and most of the
clothing. There was no insurance
upon the household goods, and the in
surance upon the house goes to the
man who held the mortgage given to
secure the unpaid balance upon the
purchase price. Mr. and Mrs. Leaden
lost practically everything they had.
The accident is of a peculiar interest
hecan.se Mr. Leaden s a prime favos
ite in labor. circles, and because Mrs.
Leaden is prominently connected with
Capital Auxiliary, No. 11. In their
loss they have the sympathy of friends
who are but waiting for an opportunity
to express their sympathy in a sub
A GREAT STORE.
Christmas Display That Is a Oefight to
The idea that Nebraskans have to go
east of the Mississippi river to see a
metropolitan stock of clothing will be
d'ssipated by a visij. to the great Arm
strong Clothing coripany store. There
is no larger clothiug store in the great
west, and certainly none that has tak
en on a more beai:tM'-ul ho-iday appear
ance. The decorations installed fo?
the joyful Christmas time make the
great store a perfect bower of beauty.
More than a thousand incandescent
lights gleam brightly, and the glow
ing colors appeal to the eyes of all
who can appreciate the artistic. Noth
ing like it in the way of decoration has
ever before been attempted in Lincoln,
and it is safe to say that nothing finer
has ever been executed by any firm in
Two spacious floors are piled high
v.ith goods embracing everything in
the clothing and furnishing lines, and
the arrangement and accommodations
can not be excelled. Manager Anu-etronf-'s
long experience iu the busi
ness has enabled him to gather the
very best of everytning from
fll parts of the country. Attention lb
called to the advertisement of the
Armstrong Clothing Company, "good
lcthes merchants," in another place
lit this issue of The Wageworker. You
vill have no difficulty at this store in
finding what you want with the union
THE SUNDAY STAR.
A Great Sunday Newspaper Made a Great
Hit at Once.
Tha Sunday Star made its first ap
pearance last Sunday morning and
made a great hit. It was a splendid
paper despite the serious handicap
under which its managers labored.
Manager Mickel says he is willing to
bet that it was the biggest and best
daily newspaper ever issued from a
four-machine plant, and Managing
Editor Gale, being a Missourian, an
nounces that he will have to be shown
a brighter Sunday morning newspaper
before he will believe there is any such.
Too much credit can not be given
the mechanical force for the success
attending the launching of the Sun
day Star Some of the boys were
forced to work thirty-six hours at one
stretch because of the scarcity of print
ers, and the sterotyping and press
room forces prespired enough to irri
gate a small ranch in western Nebras
ka. But the boys went at it hammer
and tongs," the linotype machines
fairly sizzled, and the "ad alley" was
a blur of swiftly moving men, and the
paper came out on time thirty-two
pages crowded with splendid news and
literary features and showing up 2,000
inches of profitable advertising
WHAT UNIONS HAVE DONE.
A Few of the Good Things Obtained far
the Men Who Toil. .
Trade unions have done more to
increase wages and shorten the houia
of labor than all other agencies com
bined. The masses, all classes, unio.i
and non-union, have enjoyed the fruits
of trade union activity. Non-unionists
enjoy better pay as the un'cns increase
wages for its members. While they
work for less wages their pay is never-theiesshighe4-
than it would be were it
Tttv Tm ifi ilo-.alA rf t" ti-ntr.".
There is no question but that the non
unionists have reaped a benefit from
the union's work in shortening the
hours of labor. Unions first set tho
limit of daily toil at ten per day, which
soon became the universal work day
for nearly all classes. Since the'unioiis
have set the limit at eight per day and
secured it in many instances we find
many non-unionists working only niae
and nine and one-half per day and
lr. some instances eight per day. Ci-
Strong Unions That Have Failed to Get
Into the Fold.
Once more The Wageworker takes
occasion to print the names of local
unions, that have subscribed as bodies.
The Wageworker is indebted to them
for their support and assures them
that it will strive to merit it more
and more. Here is the roll of honor:
Typographical Union. ,
Painters' and Decorators' Union-.
There are a numbr of unions with
out a single member enrolled upon The
Wageworkers' subscription books.
Several of these unions are numeri
cally and financially strong, but so far
they have failed to get in line, and the
individual members show no disposi
tion to support a labor organ. Some
of these unions are represented in a.
small way on the subscription books j
by men who subscribed when. The
Wageworker was established nine
months ago, and if paid for at all,, paid
for three months.. This is mentioned
to remind, them that the printer and
the pressman have to- be paid regularjy
and promptly. Beginning witH the first
of the new year The Wageworker- will
go only to those who have ordered it
and paid for it in. advance:
We urge every union in. the city to
subscribe as- a body and have The
Wageworker sent regullarly to every
member. It wilT lie a help to the union
and the right kind of support to give
t& The Wageworker. The time to- act
Irr right now, and don't you forget it.
The men who declare for the ''open shop" are not honest
in their contentions. They loudly declare that "every man
should have the right to work where he pleases," but they
do not believe it themselves. If they did, any man could
walk into their shops and go- to work. The "open shop" so
loudly demanded by Parry and his crew is in reality the
"closed shop" in which every
workingman is closed forever.
According to the military census taken last spring Ne-
braska can put an army of 119,000 men of military age into
the field. And under the- provisions of the infamous Dick
bill every one of the 119,000 men can be compelled to take
the field. The Dick: bill was a
of compulsory military 'service
and France. How many laboring men know that thev can
be-summoncd by the federal government, forced to lay down
the tools of their trade, take
& down men whose only offense
peration to assert their rights by violence? Every laboring
iman in the country should post up on the Dick bill, ' When:
they have, the Dick bill will be wiped out, and the men re--
sponsible for it retired to political obscurity.
Growing Evidences of Uniformed1 Flunkey-
Ism That Should Be Stopped.
Have y6u noticed the growing tend
ency towards compelling American
workingmen to dress up like flunkies
in England and disport themselves In
gold . braid, brass buttons, knee
breeches, and all that sort of thing?
It is time to call a halt. It is all
right, of course, for large employers
of labor, like street and steam rail
ways, to insist upon a distinctive uni
form, but let it be plain. But genuine
Americanism revolts at the idea of
knickerbocker butlers, gold bespangled
bell boys, and the like. Right here in
Lincoln the un-American idea is tak
ing root. Don't it make you sick to
see a swell carriage driven by a coach
man in high hat. English top boot3,
fawn knickies and British coaching
coat? This country is drifting towards
the aristocratic fast enough without
hurrying it along by adopting the
iveried flunky business so dear to tho
READ THE AD.
The Lincoln Clothing Company has a
large display advertisement elsewhere
in this issue, and the attention of our
readers is called to it. The prices
quoted speak for themselves. This
firm has not been in business long,
comparatively speaking, but it has
built up a gratifying trade by treat
ing the people right and giving them
the full worth of their money.
To accommodate holiday travelers
the Union Pacific has placed In effect
a rate of one fare plus 50 cents for
the round trip., Dates of sale DecemDr
24, 25, 26, 31 and January I and 2,
with final return' limit January 4. Iu-
A peculiar' news item traveled thru
the newspapers of the land recently,
It told the story of how Moses Gra
ham, owner of the Highwood lumber
mill, in Jones county. Miss., deliber
ately wrecked with dynamite the ma
chinery of his mill rather than acced
to the demands, of about one hundred
employes striking for ; higher wages,
The mill has been shut down for two
months on acount of th-3 strike. Tii
strikers lived on Graham's land and
when ordered off camped in tents on
the border, awaiting the opening of
the season. Graham announced that
he had plenty of money, was ready
to retire, and to force the strikers to
seek work in other sections he publicly
announced that he would blow up the
mill and retire from business. He de
rived great pleasure from his victory
over the discomforted strikers.
When i George F. Rinehart of the
Newton', la., Hearld, read that thril
ling bit of news he got busy. When
Rinehart gets real .busy with his pencil
something is bound to be properly at
tended to.. He reprinted the news item
aforementioned, and thi3 is the way
he discussed it. His words should be
read , by every thoughtful man
woman in the country, and especially
by workingmen and women:
"Pernaps nine out of every ten peo
ple who read the above will declare
that Moses Graham did the proper
thing- in blowing up hi.? mill with
dynamite. They will argue that he
had a right to do what he pleased with
his property. They will contend that
he had a right to refuse higher wages
to his- employes.
"As society Is at present constituted
there is no question but that Moses
Graham had a legal right to de as he
did. Legal right does not mean moral
right. Judged by the code of Jesus
Christ that man Graham deserves the
lash. He deserves the curse of right
eousness. The wrath of the Nazarine
is his portion.
. "Let us analyze the matter a little
hope and aspiration of the
Ion g' step towards the svsteirr
that weighs down Germany
up arms and go out to shoot
is that they are driven by des-
Here is a man who admits that he
las plenty of money and is ready
to retire. How did he get his money?
On the face of the evidence he made it
out of the milL He reaped the profits
ot labor until he had a competency.
He coined the muscles of his men
into gold. He stored their labor until
he had enough on hand to keep the
wolf of want forever from his door.
Then the ' dirty hound turned them
empty handed from their homes.
"Again, all that Graham is he owes
to society. It is society that assists
him in his work of despoiling labor.
It is society that gives him property
in machinery of production and pro
tects that property against the world.
That mill was the joint product of the
whole people and the whole people
had an interest in that mill which no
man should ignore. It was produc
tive property, and added to the wealth
of society. But this highwayman, after
holding up society for the profits of
its machinery, willfully destroys the
plant that had brought him wealth!
"The building of the mill was a tri
umph of the time. Into that mill had
been built the progress of the human
race. The best development of all
ages was incorporated into the various
departments of that plant. When it
was opened labor had a market for
its brawn. Nothing but the risk of
accident menaced . the perpetuity of
that plant. It , was there to stay.
Weighing the chances, men came there
from far and near to gain a livlihood,
convinced of the substantial character
of the job offered. This amounted to
ai: implied contract between the
worker and the drone, the one was
to secure employment, the other to
keep the mill running to give employ
ment,. And yet, this-bold buccaneer
who had held up labor for its best pro
duct -deliWerately blew . up the " mill
rather than submit to the demand
th'e.l increased cy
age oi trust aor
"The fact that Ghan
of money and was i'. t4
iteelf conclusive' evK'nce
should have paid his men im
After society had Jn-otectofl t . '
for all the years he was robb -of
its just returns be turns on
and" robs it;f a inachine that t.
f t '
out a product society needed. Any V i
with the" abilitvto think 1 otigh - So
feel tha outiisp' "
A Very Simie 4 '?A-rP
nuiuiinii fn ""tw--
The labor . unions of thur'vity touM-4 '
have a labor temple ;whlchf. -they -can
manage themselves attd-vpnjl' -itY
revenues arising therefrom: V;'
trouble aboutj getting such a IroIMlng
is that when 'Je matter is meatioaed ' I-?..
union men throw np-their hands and
declare that It is impossible. - As
result nothing is- being done,' and the
unions continue to pay , out aevtrai
thousand dollars every. yeaF for-, the
rent of inadequate quarters; "" ("
Is no central place in which jtl ',' -
.... . i S - :. .l .
bers of different crafts nay t
social or business purposes-. . u
The Wageworker has a scac Y
ing towards the erection , fa t 3 ,
future of a labor temple., that , l .
ford every faculty needed by the '-
ions of the city. Naturally et " .
a matter of tb,is kind must bt i u -
growth. It can not be accomp'.- iad
in a day, or;' a month,, and part-;.'
not in a year. But a labor tempi .ci
be erected and made a source of r
good as well as .financial profit: ifhe I
thing to do. is to begin agltatifei tor
It right now. t v-jff i TJTCL.
The Wageworker propones ' ipr''.;' "-if
temple committee' mace up, tf i., '
member from each, union jn th eitjr,'
tms committee to devise ways .and;
means and report back the union.'
There is no need of waiting" for ews-t
centrated action on this . pro poal"'
Let each union select its mtjjbfvoif
mat committee m jut aexi( r
meeting, and report the select. A t
The Wageworker. . As soon as
clent number of unions have t
members of the committee The
worker will call a meeting
committee and turn the. who
over into its hands, i Then p!a (
bt discussed, schemes set on f oot, .
something done towards supplying t
unions of Lincoln a labor , temple f at 1 . -f
the unemployed may go to ascert ir.
where work is to be had.
A few simple figures may serve O '
give unionists some idea of whfr - a
labor temple owaed and conducted , y
the labor unions of the city would , e i
financially profitable. ? There are r -'.
proximately twenty-five active via- w ,
unions in Lincoln and Havelock. TI e
Carpenters' Union Is perhaps the larg
est, and it pays $300 a year rent. F' t
estimating the average rental' paid,, t
each union at J50 a year,- $he-total V(t '-1v
rent paid by the twenty-five - unions -
fa $1,200 a year,: or 6 per cent "interest J '
on $20,000. Twenty thousand; Ol!ar ,
would build a labor temple in a central ."- Z -i ti
location,, provide several haUa for- h f ; ' i
convenience of the unions as welt -as
a large mu ior social aiiaire au uuiu?
for a secretary, reading rooms V:anI
store rooms to rent. The latter would
bring in considerable' revenue , and.
with the rent now paUI by the'unlotJ
be of inestimable value to the unload
of the city. - ; ;
"O, but haw could the- unions rslsf
$20,000?" asks some timi-i union-many
They couldn't raise it all at once,
and . they would not need to do- ao.
Twenty-five per cent of that amotfit
would be all that would have to
raised as a starter. That if. only $$,000.'
Perhaps even , less than - that woejid
suffice. , ' -. ' , A
"But we would be unable t" rata'
exctaiins our timid union H-;
friend. f " ' r 1 -
Voo lira fisiilst a A ' Af : l",' 1 t"-. , ...
easier than a wink. Mow? . 'all, ther
are approximately 2,000 union me
Lincoln and tuburts. The Insignifl
sum of $2.50 from each one w ,
raise the amount. - Suppose a bu
company be organized - and enoui
stock sold to buy a lot That W
bo easy if union men . and local ur
took hold of the matter, in eaf feil ;
With a lot in tho business seotf .i
bought and paid for the matter of xt.'
ing the money for the, bu'iding wr ,.
be ' comparatively easy. - ' v -
But all this could and should , be j? ?
investigated by a eommiite such as J,, f
suggested in the. above. Let ewery , A
local union at its next meeting .etacf .v
a member of a "labor tpmple eonfr X
mittee," and then let that committ. .j,-'
do the worrying. If the wholetfcir ) k
worse off thiuajbey are now.4jiIf, Jr "r '- . ,
..utu witia mit. then, the fnl '- t I
are gainers JaKAJfcauiL . iiV t' : i.'
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