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About The Wageworker. (Lincoln, Neb.) 1904-???? | View Entire Issue (Jan. 20, 1905)
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We are expert cleaners, dyers
U and finishers of Ladies' and uen- D
tlemen's Clothing of all kinds.
M The finest dresses a. specialty.
The only place in the Unite Slates
ttuv Ku;irantees frooilom from strikes,
I hoiiln antl labor w itfare is Battle
-''Ttin story? The work people, mer
thin'it, lawyers, doctors and other citl
iih l'X';tnto aroused and Indlfrnunl at
tNi -.iT:ii is . of the tabor unions throtiKh
.Mtiio country -to destrjy tlie business
,f ii of our largest industries the
PtMtwn Oip.i1 Co., Lt'd. und at the open
tlirpitlx in the official union .papers, that
tlm mi'ir power of th" National . and
i;itc.t l'iliration of L.itior vas being
lirnn!i' to bear to "punish" the imlus
tri; of Uittlo Creek, and p; tli-.ilaily
Uu? I'ciHUim 'Co. .
1'ttt.i Hpi-uiiK from tin r.-fusal "f ". W.
l"ot to obey tho "order" of II- - unions
tt tifte? the Postum ndvitinh"r away
tram various papers th-..t iv-fused :o pur-i-hAKC
l.i!wr of the labor f.r-ist Hie tmions.
Mr. Post was . oni-rl to join the
iuIim m. their conspir.n-y to "ruin" and
put out of husinesa" tiiene publishers
wti.K tud worked faithfully for him for
y w. -and Uclped build up his business.
Tttfy' had dona no wrong, but had found
M inconvenient and a:i'iist their best
ju.itfnii-iit to buy labor of the labor lrutL
It neeitn.-; a rtilo of tho union? to conspire
i ruin; anyone who does not purchase
fnun 'hem upon their own terms
At- li k maker or, pipit nmkor who
.-i-l.t a aill ink or piper would have the
ioio rewaon to order 1'ost to help ruin
tlit'hc t ublishera. . So Uia peddler in the
r'rtvt ailghf stone' you if you refused to
Tny hirt apples; the cabman to run ov
yn i you refused to rids wllh him: the
fww onlr the manufacturer to dis
tnriC curtain people beoause they did
nil p'llroniKe him, and so on to the ri
'O'uiikiiiM and villianous limit of all this
hoyenlt nonsense, in trying to force pro
lan (.o buy what they do not want.
U a mun .has labor to sell let him sell
it nt Iho beaf price-he can get just as he
w.Hildpell wheat, but he has no ris-ht to
ov.tt Intimate that he will obstruct the
1i.,i(i.sH, or attempt its ruin because the
owner will not purchase of him.
Tim unions have become so tyrannous
arid -arrogant with tlnSir despotism that
a common citizen who has some time to
.pro and innocently thinks he has a
right to put a little paint on his own
hoiiMt finds he must have that paint taken
ofT and put on again by "the union" or
Hit rtwta of dir things happen to him,
lux employer is ordered to discharge
'htm, his grocer is boycotted If he fur-
. . . 11 Wl . ! 1 . f..11.,.-,wl
niaiiei nim supplies, ua miii,, v.,n.v.
and insulted and his life made more mis
".! than that of a black slave before
war. If ho drives a nail to repair
lie houfte or barti too Civi-penter's "union"
toouiiibt him. Ho takes a pipe wrench to
.Ml tip :x leaking pipe and prevent damage
ta his property and the plumbers "union"
ri-nn things to him. Ho cannot put a
little mortar to a loose brick on his chim
iy or the bricklayers, plasterers or hod
ovrinra "union" Is up In arms and If he
nrelossly eats a loaf of bread that has
: ! "union" label on It the bakers "union"
proceeds to make life mtseruble for him.
Hit the whits .slave is tied hand and
fruit un:iblo to lift a hand to better him
wlf or do the needful things, without
rlcwt cbtaining permission from some
baughty, ignorant and abusive tyrant of
.Mme labor union.
It would all seem rather like a comic
'opera, if it did not rob people of their
freedom; that kind of work will not be
fK-rmitted long in America.
Hoimi 3:1100th managers have built up
Im labor trust in tho last few years, to
bring themselves money and power and
by managing workmen, have succeeded
"in nuking it possible - for them to lay
d .wri the law in some cities and force
workmen and citizens to "obey" implicit
4y, .l ripping them right and left of their
Ttu-y hav used boycotting, picketing,
HM.u.iilt, dynamiting of properly and
-murder to enforce their orders and rule
tln people. They have gone far enough
.hi order tlie President to remove certain
ijins from otlict-because the "I'nious"
. weren't pleased.
TI11I means they propose to make tho
of the- unions, replace the Haw of this
'.' av ninxttit and the union leaders iloml
. lo even the chiof Executive.
--. Thin Is a government of and for the
' )h-hI and no Organization or trust shall
iriMplHco tt. ' But tho unions try it every
n iw and then, led by desperate men as
FOUR NEW OFFICES.
4iaa-tl of C ontrol to Look After Mate
' A hill has been introduced In the
-i-te which if approved, will mean
f;inr new offices at snug salaries.
Tha r 110 a . i r-n m.nata flla AS nrnvirfae
. I.h it a board. of control shall be ap-
iniutti to look after the state institu
tions. The three members shall draw
-,i,ffCi a year and the secretary of the
'" hnird shall get $2,000.
The 'Jjovernor ia to name the board
and four-fifths of the senate in execu-
1 1 1 ,- aroaiuu uiuat i.vuuuui. i uc uuni
'hill V.ave general charge of the state
: iiiiititutions' and supervise their man-
T-.vo other hills to consolidate the
various. itLstitutiotiB oE the state were
. t .introduced which proposes to consoli
date t.fce Lincoln home of the friendless
.'. ':ni;l rh Milford home. Another bill
iAjvidtAi for consolidating the indus
( tn ii lionie 'ai; Geneva with the Kearney
ref'jrru. school. Tbe plans for the con-
oh'"tatiou are to be left to the board
of p'fjlic l:i:ds and buildings. The
; J.feixiln hotce will e moved to Milford
shown In their defiance of law and sup
port of law breakers.
The "unijn" record of assaults, crippling-
of men and even women and child
ren, destruction of property and murder
of American citizens during the past 2
years is perhaps 10 times the volume of
c- imp and ubrse perpetrated by- slave
owners duri;?y r.ny two years previous to
the civil war M'e are in a horrible per
iod of letharsry. which permits us to
stand idly l,y Trine our American citizens
me abused, crippled and murdered In
doaens and hundreds by an organization
or trust, having for Its purpose, thrusting
what It has to sell (labor) upon us
whether or no.' i
Suppose an American In a foreign eity
should be chased by a mob. caught and
beaten unconscious, then his mouth pried I
open and carbolic acid poured down his 1
thi-oat, then his ribs kicked in and 'his
face well stamped with iron nailed shoes. '
murdered because he tried to earn bread j
for his children. By the Eternal, sir, a J
fleet of American .Men of War would j
assemble there, clear for action and blow ,
something off the face of the earth, if j
reparation were not made for the blood i
of one of our citizens. J
And what answer do we make to the
appeals of tho hundreds of widows and
orphans of those Americans murdered by
labor unions? How do we try to protec'
the thousands 'if Intelligent citizens "Who
with reason, prefer not to join any labo.
union and be subject to the tyranny o'
the heavily paid rulers of the labor
ITpon a firm refusal by Mr. Post to joir
this criminal conspiracy a general boy
cott was ordered on Grape-Nuts anc
Postum all over the country, which set
the good red blood of our ancestors in
motion, brlng'pg forth tho reply that haf
now passed into fclslory: "We refuse to
join . conspiracy of organized labor to
ruin publishers, nor sill we discharge
any of ou trusted employes upon the 1
ordws of any labor union. If they can
make hcir boycott effective and sink our
:.hlp, we will go down with the captain
on the brii'se :.nd in command."
Tills set the writers in labor papers
crazy and ihey redoubled their abuse.
Finally ore of their official organs came
out with a large double column denun
ciation of Battle Creek, calling it "a run
ning so-e on the face of Michigan," be
cause it would not become "organized"
and pay in dues to their labor leaders.
The usual coarse, villlanous epithets
common to labor union writers were In
The result was to weld public senti
ment In Battle Creek for protection. A
citizen's association was started and
mass meetings held. Good citizens who
happened, to be members of local unions,
in sim ie cses quit the unions entirely
for there Is small need of them there.
The working people of Battle Creek
.ire of the highest order of American me
chanics. Thj majority are not union
members, for practically all of the manu-
'icturers have for years declined to em
ploy union men because of disturbances
al3Ul 11 years ago, and the union men
now iu the city are among the best citi
zens. No city in the state of Michigan pays
a high average wages as Battle Creek,
no city of its size is as prosperous, and
no city has so large a proportion of the
best grade of mechanics who own their
So the work people massed together
with the other citizens In the organiza
tion of the Citizens Ass'n with the fol
lowing preamble and constiution:
Whereas from 1S91 to 1894 tli "strikes
Instigated' by Labor Unions T 'Battle
Creek resulted in the destruction ji prop
erty and loss of large sums of money in
wages that -would have been expended
Whereas, these acts caused serious
damage to the city and in a marked way
delayed its progress at that time;, and.
Whereas, since the year 18Si the citi
zens have been enabled, by public senti
ment, to prevent the recurrence of strikes
and Labor Union disturbances which
have been prevalent elsewhere; and,
Whereas, the ' employers of this city
have steadfastly refused to place the
management of their business under the
control of Iabor Unions, but have main
tained the highest standard of wages
paid under like conditions anywhere in
tho United States, and hereby unani
mously declared their intent to continue
such policy; and the employes of this
and the Geneva institution will go to
Kearney if the bill passes.
. It inula Bloving Her Refugees
The British steamer Munchen char
tered by the Russian government to
take destitute refugees to Odessa, has
arrived at Che Foo.
A War Hero Having Good Time
General Stoessel, staff and about five
hundred officers and men, with their
families, have embarked on the steamer
Australian for Odessa.
Illinois to Protect the Rabbits
The present legislature of Illinois
will probably adopt a bill which will
positively require a hunter's licence
lor shooting rabbits.
There Will Be Pew Early Vegetables
The recent cold weather has killed
all of the fall vegetables in central
Texas and up and down the Brazos val
ley. The Consumption Cure and Sanitar
ium compahy of Falls City has filed ar
ticles of incorporation with the Score
tary of State. The Capital stock Is $5.
000. The company proposes to take
city, & large percentage of whom own
homes and have families reared and edu
cated under conditions of peace and the
well-earned prosperity of steady employ
ment, have steadfastly maintained their
right as free American citizens to work
without the dictation and tyranny of
Labor Union leaders, the bitter experi
ence of the past offering sufficient reason
for a determined stand for freedom: and.
Whereas, the attitude of the citizens on
this subject has been the means of pre
serving peaceful conditions and continu
ous prosperity in marked contrast to the
conditions existing ia other cities suffer
ir.s from the dictation of Trades Union
ism: it is therefore, '
ilesiJred, that the continuance of peace
and prosperity in Battle Creek can be
maintc:ned, and the destructive work of
outside interference avoided under the
combined effort and action of all our
people, by the formation of a Citizens
' r Article 1. Name.
Article 2. Objects. '"
First To insure, so far as possible," a
permanent condition of peace, prosperity
and steady employment to the people of
Second To energetically assist In
maintaining law and order at all times
and under all conditions.
Third To protect its members in their
rights to manage their properly and to
dispose of their labor in a legal, lawful
manner without restraint or interference
Fourth To insure and permanently
maintain fair, just treatment, one with
another in all the relations of life.
Fifth To preserve the existing right
of any capable person to obtain employ
ment and sell his labor, without being
obliged to join any particular church,
secret society, labor union or any other
organization, and to support all such per
sons in their efforts to resist compulsory
methods on the part of any organized
Sixth To promote among employers a
spirit of fairness, friendship and desire
for the best interests of their employes.
and to promote among workmen the
spirit of industry, thrift, faithfulness to
their employers and good citizenship.
Se-enth To so amalgamate the public
sentiment of all of the best citizens of
Battle Creek, that a guarantee can be
given to the world of a continuance of
peaceful conditions, and that under such
guarantee and protection manufacturers
and capitalists can be induced to locate
their business enterprises in Battle
Then follows articles relating to mem
bership, officers, duties, etc.. etc.. etc.
This constitution has been signed by
the great majority of representative citi
zens including our wovkpeople.
A numV-r of manufacturers from other
cities, where they have been suffering all
sorts of indignities, inconvenience and
losses from the general hell of labor union
strikes, picketing, assaults and other in
terference, proposed to move, providing
they could be guaranteed protection.
The subject grew in importance until
it has reached a place where absolute
protection can be guaranteed by the citi
zens of Battle Creek on the following
broad and evenly balanced terms which
guarantees to the workman and to the
manufacturer fairness, justice, steady
work and regularity of output.
The new coming manufacturer agrees
to maintain the standard rate of wage
paid elsewhere for like service, tinder
similar conditions', the rate to be deter
mined from time to time from well au
thenticated reports from competing cit
ies. The tabulated wage reports issued
by the Government Department of Com
merce and Labor can also be used to
show the standard rate, and it is expect
ed later on that this government bureau
will furnish weekly reports of the labor
market from different centers, so that
the workman when he is ready to sell his
labor and the employer when he is re.ady
to buy. may each have reliable informa
tion as to the market or ruling price.
The new-coming manufacturer also
agrees to maintain Die sanitary and hy
gienic conditions provided for by the
state laws and to refrain from any lock
outs to redufre wages below the standard:
reserving to himself the right to dis
charge any employee for cause.
The Citizens Association on its part
agrees to furnish, in such numbers as it
is possible to obtain, first class w-orknien
who will contract to sell their labor at
the standard price for such period as may
be fixed upon, agreeing not to strike.
picket, assault other workmen, destroy
property, or do any of the criminal acts
common to labor unionism. i-Jach work
man reserving to himself the right to
quit work for cause, and the Citizens
Association further pledges its members
to use its associated power to enforce the
contracts between employer and em
ployee and to act enmasse to uphold the
law at all times.
The new Industries locating In Battle
Creek will not start under any sort of
labor union domination whatsoever, but
will make individual contracts with each
employee, those contracts being fair and
equitable and guaranteed on both sides.
patients to Arizona. The incorporators
are W. J. Sevenson, J. M. Houston,
George I. Hinton,, F. S. "Wisher and
A. E. Gantt.
John Michael, a pioneer of Nebraska,
has jdst died at his home near Teka
mah. He came to Burt county In 1859.
and has resided there continuously
The Sidney Electric Service com
pany of Sidney, Neb., has been organ
ized with a capital stock of $10,000.
The incorporators are M. C. Callahan
and C. Callahan. The firm will operate
John A. Pilster of Whitney has filed
an amendment application with the
state board of irrigation for flood wa
ters of Dry Run creek. He proposes to
irrigate 700 acres of land at a cost of
The Fremont Commercial club has a
new road bill up its sleeve that it is
likely to ask the legislature to pass. It
had easy work getting one through the
last session, but it wouldn't hold water
when it was finished.
William Maynard, a young farmer,
who was married about a month ago,
will have a preliminary hearing near
Grand Island on the charge of for
gery. Maynard says he only Indorsed
the checks for another party and re
ceived no benefit from them. ,
The state has received $20,000 of
Thus from the abuses of labor unions
and their .Insane efforts to ruin everyone
who does' not obey" has evolved this
plan which replaL-"B the old conditions of
injustice lockouts, strikes, violence, loss
of money -and property, and general in
dustrial warfare, and inaugurates an era
of perfect, balance and fairness between
employer a?id emMoyee, a steady contin
uance o indi:stiy and consequent pros
perity. The i.ntiri; community pledged
by -public sentiment and private act to
restore tc each man his ancient right to
"peace, ficirduiu and the pursuit of hap
piness." Other cities will be driven to protect
their work people, merchants and citi
zens as wc'l -is their industries l'rom the
blight of strikes, violence and the losses
brought tm fcy labor unionism run amuck,
by adopting the "Battle Creek plan," but
this city oners industrial peace now with
cheap - coal and good water, lirst class
railroad facilities and -the best grade of
fair, capable and peaceable mechanics
Detuils given upon inquiry of the
"Secy, of the Citizens Ass'n."
The public should remember that there
are a few Labor Unions conducted on
peaceful lines and in proportion . as they
are worthy, they have won esteem, for
we. is a people, are strongly in sympathy
with any right act that has for its pur
pose better conditions for wage workers.
But we do not forget that we seek the
good of all and not those alone who be
long to some organization, whereas even
the law abiding- unions snow undeniable
evidences of tyranny and oppression
when they are strong enough, while many
of the uniops harbor and encourage crim
inals in their efforts to force a yoke of
slavery upon the American people. As a
public speaker lately said: "The arro
gance of the English King that roused
the llery eloquence of Otis, that inspired
the immortal declaration of Jefferson,
that left Warren dying on the slopes of
Bunker Hill was not more outrageous
than the conditions that a closed shop
would force upon the community. These
men burst into rebe...on when the king
did but touch their pockets.' Imagine
if you can their indignant protest had
he sought to prohibit or restrict their
occupation or determine the conditions
under which they should earn their live
lihood," and to assault, beat and murder
them, blow up their houses and poison
their food if they did not submit.
The public should also remember that
good true American citizens can be
found in the unions and that they depre
cate the criminal acts of their fellow
members, but they are often in bad
Salt only hurts sore spots. So, the
honest, law abiding union man is not hurt
when the criminals are denounced, but
when you hear a union man "holler" be
cause the facts are mo.de public, he has
branded himself as either one of tne law
breakers or a sympatnizer, and merefore
with the mind of the law breaker, and
likely to bcome one when opportunity
offers. That is one reason employers de
cline to hire such men.
A 'short time ago inquiry came from
the union forces to know if Mr. Pot
would "keep still" if they would call o.T
the boycott on Postum and Grape-Nuts.
This is the reply: "The labor trust has
seen fit to try to ruin our business be
cause we would not join its criminal
conspiracy. We are plain American citi
zens and differ from the labor union plan
in that we do not force people to strike,
picket, boycott, assault, blow up property
or commit murder.
We do not pay thugs $20 to break In
the ribs of any man who tries to support
his family nor $30 for an eye knocked
We try to show our plain, honest re
gard for sturdy and Independent work
men by paying the highest wages in the
We have a steady, unvarying respect
for the law abiding peaceable union man
and a most earnest desire to see him
gain power enough to purge the unions of
their criminal practices that have brought
down upon them the righteous denuncia
tion of a long-suffering and outraged
public, but we - win not fawn, truckle,
bend the knee, wear the hated collar of
white slavery, the union label, nor pros
titute our American citizenship und-r
"orders" of any labor trust.
You offer to remove the restriction on
our business and with "union" gold choke
the throat and still the voice raised in
stern denunciation or the despotism
which iramples beneath an iron shod
heel, the freedom of our brothei-s.
You would gag us with a silver bar and
mufno the appeal to the American people
to harken to the cries for bread of the
little children whose faithful fathers
were beaten to death while striving to
earn food for them.
Your boycott may perhaps succeed in
throwing our people out of work and
driving us from business but you cannot
wrench from us that priceless jewel our
fatinis fought for and which every true
son cruards with- his' lire. Therefore,
speak'.ni: for our work p-op'o and our
selves the Infamous offer is declined."
POSTUM CEREAL CO.. LTD.
Note by Publisher.
The Postum Company have a yearly
contract for space in this paper which
they have a right to use for announce
ments of facts and principles. Such uso
does not necessarily carry with It any
Saunders county, bonds, the last of an
issue of $85,000 which the state bought
as an investment for permanent school
funds. The bonds were voted for the
construction of a new court houEe. The
building is about completed.
The first horse stealing case in Cass
county since the organization of the
vigilance committee was reported to
Sheriff McBride. The horse belonged
to a Lancaster county farmer named
S. W. Conley, and was stolen from a
hitch rack at Greenwood. A reward
of $100 will be paid for the capture of
Dr. B. A. Drasky, of Ithica, was tried
for violating the fish and game laws,
The doctor, admitted that he did go to
the lake to fish, but he proved that his
torch wouldn't work and he returned
home without either fish or fishing.
And the court held him not guilty.
That's the kind of torch to have during
the closed season.
The golden wedding of Mr. and Mrs.
Nelson Fletcher, wiho are pioneer resi
dents.of Alliance, was celebrated at the
home. There were present to partici
pate in wishing them many returns of
their matrimonial day about two hun
dred and fifty of their neighbors and
friends. Mr. Fletcher has passed the
eightieth milestone in years and his
estimable helpmeet is between seventy
and seventy-five years of age.
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