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THE WAGE WORKER"-
I The Waj eworker
A Newspaper with a Mission and without a Muzzle that is published in the Interest of Wageworkers Everywhere.
.LIXCOIN, NEBRASKA, APB1L 7, 1905
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By a mistake the following letter was addressed to "W. if.
Maupin, Lincoln, Nebraska," presumably because the writer labored
under the impression that because Mr. Maupin is a publisher he is
oposed to the Typographical Union and the 8-hour day. Doubtless
others publishers are in receipt of a similar letter. "It is here given
advantage of The Wageworkcr's wide circulation and is called to the
attention of printers as well as other unionists, as it shows the work
that is being done in opposition to the 8-hour day:
"Chicago Typotlictac, Monadnock Building, Chicago, March 20.
To Employing Printers:
"As you are probably aware, the International Typographical
Union at their convention at St. Louis last year passed a resolution
that the eight hour day must go into effect on ci before the first of
January, 1 !;. The present contract between the Chicago Typo
graphical Union and the Chicago Typothetae. an organization of
employing printers, expires. July 1, 1005. The Chicago Typographi
cal Union have prepared a tentative contract which they have pre
sented, which includes among other desirable feature
THE CLOSED SHOP, THE EIGHT HOUR DAY
AND AN INCREASED WAGE SCALE.
The Chicago Typothetae at a large meeting of their organiza
tion unanimously passed the following resolution:
"Having received request from C. T. U. No. 10 that
a committee of the Typothetae be apointed to meet a
like committee from their union for the purpose of dis
cussing a new agreement, the Executive Committee
"recommend that a committee of three be appointed to
discuss this matter with the representatives from the
"That a committee of three be apointed by the
President to act on such commitee, the President to be
chairman and member of the committee."
"Such committee shall be instructed to inform the
committee from the Chicago Typographical Union No.
1 that the Chicago Typothetae will not enter into any
agreement which gives, by contract, the closed shop.
And that the committee be further instructed to inform
the committee from the Chicago Typographical Union
that the Chicago Typothetae at the present time will not
consider a decrease in the hours of labor, nor an increase
in the scale of wages."
"That it is the sense of the Typothetae that all
members who may be approached by any committee of
the C. T. U. No. 1 in connection with any new agree
ment whatsoever, be referred to the committee of three
appointed at this meeting without any conference with
the committee on their part."
and their committee of three have informed a committee from the
Typographical Union of the Typothetae's action.
"Yc arc sending out this circular to keep informed every em
ploying printer in the middle west what the action of the Chicago
employing printers will be, so that any reports to the contrary by
interested parties may be refuted with authority.
'If you are interested in resisting this demand of the Typograh
ical Union, which seems to the Chicago printers to be unjustifiable,
you are urgently requested to join the national organization which
has gone on record against the closed shop a,nd the eight hour day.
Any correspondence addressed to the National Secretary, Mr. John
Maclntyre, 15:20 Broadway, New York City, or to Mr. Edward F.
JIamm, Secretary of the Chicago Typothetae, 1214: Monadnock Block
will receive immediate attention. Yours very truly,
"EDWARD F. IIAMM, Secretary."
Mr, Maupin presents his compliments to Mr. Edward F. Hamm,
Secretary, and wishes him many happy returns from his letter.
A VERY HUMBLE APOLOGY.
The Wageworker tenders a very humble apology to II. F. Bish
op, councilman from the Third ward. The trouble occurred because
there are one too many Bishops in the city council a trouble that
will be rectified the first time the union men of the city get a chance
at John S. Bishop, the surplus Bishop of the council. When the
members of the allied printing trades of the city sought to secure the
passage of a resolution calculated to secure the label on all city print
ing. John S. Bishop opposed it and voted against it.' He sought to be
real humorous about it, and in his elephantine way succeeded in be
ing real funny in his own estimation. The Wageworker inadvert
ently accused II. F. Bishop of the attempt at humor, a mistake for
which it is heartily sorry and for which it sincerely apologizes. II.
1". Bishop is chairman of the council committee on printing, and he
not only voted for the resolution but gave it his hearty support. 'This
newspaper hopes that union men will take the trouble to make widely
known that II. F. Bishop was all right on this question and that John
S. Bishop was all wrong. Also that they will seize the first opor
tunity to let John S. Bishop have ample opportunity to retire from
active official Jife and devote his entire time to his peculiar kind of
The Kansas legislature adjourned a week ago, the Nebraska leg
islature this week.
The Kansas legislature met a lobby with the millions of Stand
ard Oil at its head, smote it hip and thigh and did business. The Ne
braska legislature met a lobby, second hand and cheap, was dazzled
by its frazzled beauty, and from between incestuous sheets beshrewed
those who questioned its virtue.
This, of course, generally speaking.
The Kansas legislature had men in its ranks who would have
been glad to assist the Standard Oil monopoly in giving physic to
.he people of Kansas, but they were a miserable minority, shame
faced and powerless. The legislature of Nebraska had in its mem
bership clean, strong and decent men who were humiliated and
ernwded to the wall by the lobby-following majority; briefly, the leg
islature of Kansas was for public interests, and legislated along these
lines. The legislature of Nebraska killed the bills of most vital in
terest to the public, and followed lobby dictation to the very end.
In Kansas, the legislature passed a maximum freight law, a law
against discrimination of the greatest importance to the state, a law
making pipe lines common carriers, and established a state refinery
to save the- oil interests of the state from annihilation at the hands of
the trusts. These were the central issues in Kansas.
In Nebraska the legislature killed the direct primary law, killed
every anti-pass bill, killed every effort at rate reduction, killed the bill
asked by irrigation farmers, killed the bulk sales bill, killed other
measures of public interest just as rapidly as the lobby pulled the
' There is a mighty contrast in the spirit and work and results of
the two legislatures.
The- business interests of Kansas asked nothing that did not re
reive attention and support. The business interests of Nebraska were
less considered by the legislature that has just adjourned, than ever
before in the history of the state. Lincoln Trade Review.
When you have the label put on your printing you serve notice
on your customers that you patronize print shops that pay good
wages and want the trade of well paid workmen.
Buy Lincoln made union cigars, get a good smoke and help
AN OPEN LETTER TO F. W. BROWN
Lincoln, Neb., April 6. To Mayor-elect Frank W. Brown: The battle
of the ballots has been fought and you have won a victory unprecedented in
the political history of the Capital City. The Wageworker takes this occa
sion to congratulate you on the honor that that been bestowed upon :you,"
and to congratulate the city of Lincoln for having had the good sense to,
seize the opportunity to elect a thorough and capable business man to the
office of chief executive. Lincoln is to be more congratulated than you, for
while Lincoln gains a material benefit by electing you, you make material
sacrifices in accepting the position.
During the cafpaign which began with your nomination and ended in
your triumphant election, The Wageworker gave you its consistent anc
hearty support, and while it is not egotistical enough to claim that it won to
your support the votes of union labor or that it has any particular influence
among union men, still it believe it had some little influence and contributed
in a small way to your victory. But The Wageworker does contend; that
you owe your election primarily to the almost solid union labor vote of this
city, and it is ready to submit what it deems adequate proof of the contention.
The men who favored your election because of your position on the ex
cise question naturally voted for your colleagues upon the democratic ticket.
Most of your business friends who voted for you voted for your colleagues n
the ticket in order that you might not be hampered in your excise work
by an unfriendly board. These facts for they are undoubted facts will
be admitted by all. What, then, measures the difference between your vote
and the vote of Messrs. Thompaon and Pegler? The answer is plain: the
vote of the union men. of the city. Roughly speaking, you ran about 800
votes ahead of your colleagues on the ticket, and under the conditions cited
above this 800 votes came, without a doubt, from union men who felt kindly
towards you because of your known and. attested friendship for union labor.,
The Wageworker boldly asserts, and without fear of successful con
tradiction, that had you not reeeived the almost solid support of the union
men of this city, you would have been defeated by about the same ma
jority piled up against your colleagues, Messrs. Thompson and Pegler.
The Wageworker would emphasize this fact because; it wants to con
vince all thoughtful men that, first, the union labor vote is getting togetheii
in its own interests, and that it is a force that must be reckoned with from
this time on ; and, second, that it pays to treat fairly and as men thosf whd
eat bread in the sweat of their faces and bear the marks of the honest toil
that has made this country rich and great and powerful.
The Wageworker did not support you because of your position upon the
excise question, although it would have opposed you just cs heartily as- ,
it supported you had it believed you were in favor of a "wide open' town.;
The Wageworker did not support you because you were a democrat, but
rather in spite of that fact. The Wageworker supported you because it
believed you would enforce the law, that you were a capable business man,
and that you were friendly to the organizations that have sacrificed so much
of time and money to make conditions more endurable for those who toil
in mill, shop, yard and factory.
Briefly, The Wageworker supported you because you were a friend of
organized labor, a good business man, an enterprising citizen and a man
who believes in the enforcefent of law. And if The Wageworker contributed
in any measure to your victory it is proud of it, and is well repaid by a knowl
edge of that fact.
The Wageworker will not ask anything from you for itself. It will not
recommend any man for appointment. It will not ask any favors that can
in any way be construed as personal. -It only asks that you enforce the laws
to the letter, appoint men to office because of their fitness and not because
of their politics, disregard political lines and seek only the good of the entire
community, regardless of creed, color, politics or race. Above all, The
Wageworker wants you, by your official acts, to give the. lie to the narrow
minded bigots and self-seeking cliques, that sought to defeat you by circu
lating cruel and baseless lies to the effect that your candidacy represented)
all that is vicious and criminal in our municipal life. Ram that pack of;
vicious lies down their throats, Mr. Bromn, and make them say they like it.
And workingmen who supported you because they knew you were honest
and friendly, and who resented the nasty insinuations against their civic
pride and love for their home, will stand by while you are doing it and cheer
you just as heartily as they supported you in the campaign.
The Wageworker now desires to call your attention to a few things,
Mr. Brown, and ask you to consider them well. It believea that you only
need to have a wrong called to your attention to set you to work righting that
wrong, and there are some wrongs going on in this town that you should put
a stop to as soon as you become mayor.
The Wageworker does not believe that the social evil can be wiped out,
but it knows that it can be minimized, and it makes bold to ask your assist
ance in the work of minimizing it. In the name of common decency, in the
name of our wives and sisters and mothers' and sweethearts, drive the bawds
out of the blocks and compel them to stop flaunting their fine feathers in
the faces of the honest and virtuous women of this city who are compelled
to earn an honest livelihood for themselves, or make sacrifices with theirj
husbands in order that their children may be decently clothed and educated.
The workingmen and women of this city are more vitally interested in this.
Mr. Brown, than in any other thing, for this infernal danger threatens th
homes of the poor and unfortunate more than it does the homes of the rich
and well to do. The saloon question, the gambling question, the political
question all these questions sink into utter insignificance when compared to
the ever-growing and monstrous 3cial evil that is rotting the bene of the
body politic, poisoning the blood of the nation and making a mock of home
ties and common decency. In every effort you may put forth to minimize
this awful evil, you will have the support of The Wageworker, and it be
lieves it speaks the sentiments of every loyal union man when it says you
will have their earnst supoprt in the work.
Thre is another evil The Wageworker would point out and ask you to
reduce to the lowest possible ebb the unlicensed saloon that caters to boys
and girls and women the drug store soda water fountains. They are doing
more harm today than all the saloons in the city, for they are making their
recruits from the ranks of innocent girlhood, debauching boys not yet well
into their 'teens and catering to a class that would be awfully insulted if
invited into a wine room. The seductive soda spiked to the limit with, cheap
. whiskey and adulterated wines and disguised under high-sounding names is
starting more girls on the downward path, creating an appetite for strong,
drink in mora boys, and creating more parental heartaches for the future
than the licensed saloons of the city. There are drug stores in this :f".ty pat
ronized by boys, and girls, and women that sell more alcohol than half the
saloons, and do it in a way that does infinitely more harm than the saloon.
The Wageworker pledges you its support in any effort you make to stop this
unholy and illegal traffic, and assures you that every husband and father .
in the ranks of union labor will do likewise.
The soda fountain saloon is infinitely worse than the wine room. Its
victims are boys and girls that the saloons could not, if they would, reach
out and get. It is a criminal in the sight of the law, a menace to society,
and an evil for which there is no possible excuse, moral or financial.
The Wageworker feels that it has a right to ask these things of you,
Mr. Brown. Not because it loyally and energetically supported you, but
because they are right. And it feels assured that you will do this because
The Wageworker believes you intend to do the right thing. Had it not so
believed, nothing could have induced The Wageworker to support you.
You will enter upon the duties- of your high office with the best wishes
of this humble little newspaper. ..In all that is good it will do what it can to
hold up your hands. But it will not hesitate to criticize if it thinks you are
doing wrong, or point out what it thinks are mistakes. The interests of
Lincoln as a whole are paramount to the interests of any man or organization,
and The Wageworker stands for Lincoln first, last and all the time. That is
why it is a union labor newspaper. It believes that unionism broad, liberal,
fraternal, thoughtful unionism stands for the best in municipal, state and
national life, and for the highest hopes and aims and aspirations of the men
whose brain and brawn have been the country's resource in times of peace
and its bulwark in time of stress and war.
May your administration be such as to add to your reputation as a busi
ness man and citizen, and be beneficial to the Capital City the best city of
them all. Yours very truly, "THE WAGEWORKER."
REV. MR. BATTEN
WRITES A LETTER
The following letter from Rev. Samuel Zane Batten was rc
ccived last Saturday, and while it refers mostly to an election that
.is now history, it contains some things that The Wageworker be
lieves merit a reply. On more than one occasion The Wage
worker has complimented Rev. Mr. Batten on his habit of saying' '
what he thinks, although it can not always commend what he' says.
It is so unusual and so refreshing in these days to hear a minister
sneak out without fear or favor, refardless of wealth or I'tiflufni-p
and say what lies in his heart to say, that we enjoy it hugely and
applaud the speaker, even though we can not always endorse whatv
he says. Rev. Mr. Batten's letter reads as follows:
''Lincoln, Neb., April 1. The Editor of The Wageworker: In
view of your kind words concerning me I am led to believe that
you would not intentionally mis-report me in anything. But in the
issue of The Wageworker for March 31 you quote me as saying at
the meeting last Sunday afternoon that I was in favor of crippling
the liquor traffic as much as possible. And you go on to say, and
say rightly, that 'crippling an evil" is not the best way of dealing
with it. Now, lrst of all, I did not say then, nor ha'e I said, at any
other time, that high license is the best way of dealing with the
liquor traffic or of reducing its ravages. In fact, I have, been op
posed to license, high or low, believing it to be a bribe to the tax
pa3"er and a failure as a remedy. I am on record in a dozen places
to this effect. Last Sunday afternoon I spoke straight against the
liquor traffic, and opposed it root and branch. But I have believed
that it is better to have thirty saloons than forty five.
"The amount of license in itself counts for nothing; but if by
raising the amount of license we can reduce the number of drink"
shops, we have gained a little. "
"But where is the consistency on the part of the editor 'of The -Wageworker?
One thousand dollars is a high license; true it is not
quite as nign as 5i,ouu, out jt is nign license none tne less, in tact,
it is much higher than in many of the states. I fail to see how you
can oppose the saloon so long as you stand committed to men who
stand for $1,000 license-fee. '
"If the question of license, either the question in itself or the .
amount of the fee, were the only question involved in the election,
the way of every man would be fuch better. We would have noth
ing to do but support the prohibition candidates. But when we
have fio prospect of electing the best men on the best platform, we
must take the next best thing. And where we can not get every
thing that we want we must take the better in preference to' the
worse. ' . " '
"I might easily convict the editor of The iVVageworker of incon
sistency along other lines.- I find that you are supporting a candidate
for mayor who is favored by the corporations without exception, and
you are opposing a man who is opposed by the corporations. You
are complaining of me for not being strongly enough opposed to the
saloon interests, and you are supporting men who are supported by
practically every saloon and bad house in the city. Come, come, Mr.
Editor ; you have got on smoked glasses,, and are seing only the
things that favor the democratic ticket. I rejoice in your brave
words against the infamous drug stores and pledge you my help in
fighting them to a finish. You may put me down as opposed to the
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candidates you are supporting were more likely to take a-decided,
stand against the liquor business than, the republican candidates, I
would support them. 1 do not care a continentl for party as party in
city politics, or in any other politics, for that matter. But-1 do not
see how you can pin your faith to men who are supported by the sa- .
loonists and 'madames' of the city without any exception so far as I
can learn. Your very truly, ' '
"SAMUEL Z. BATTEN."
Let first attention be given to Rev. Mr. Batten's charge that the
ticket headed by Mr. Brown was supported by contributions from
"saloons and- bad houses." We presume that Rev. Mr. Batten's au
thority for the statement was the assertion in the Evening News.
Since the News has admitted that its only foundation for the story
was the word of an unnamed police officer, and since Mr. Maguire,
secretary of Mr. Brown's campaign committee, denies it and Mr.
Maguire's word is as good as thaf of any man inthe city we pre
sume that the reverend gentleman will not insist upon repeating' the
As to the charge that The Wageworker supported a candidate
supported by the "saloon element," permit this newspaper to say that
it will never refuse to do what it believes to be right simply because
saloon men happen to be doing the same thing. Because an occa
sional minister goes wrong is no reason why this newspaper should
condemn all ministers. ' ,
Rev. Mr. Batten says: "If by raising the amount of the license
we can reduce the number of drink shops we have gained a little.".
The Wageworker will admit it for, the sake of the argument. Then
why not regulate the! social evil by license, raise the license a little
every year, and thus "gain a little?" If piling on a license will reduce
the volume of wrong, then in heaven's name let us try the license
system on the social evil, bank robbing, political grafting, house
breaking, highway robbery and assault and battery., ,
Rev. Mr. Batten has read The Wageworker to poor advantage
if he thinks this paper took into account the , difference between
$1,000 license and $1,500 license. This paper and its editor are op
posed to the license system, but not more so than it is opposed to
prohibition that always has been a failure and always will be a fail
ure until the church of Jesus Christ gets to work with the sword of
the spirit instead of the enacting clause of a fallible legislature and
changes human nature. - '
This newspaper does not belong to that class of newspapers that
oppose everything a corporation favors and favors everything that
the corporations oppose. And when Rev. Mr. Batten accuses the ed
itor of The Wageworker of supporting Mr. Brown because Mr.
Brown is a democrat, he is guilty of an injustice of which he should
be ashamed when he thinks it over. If Mr .Brown fails to meet the
expectations of this little newspaper the fact that he is a democrat
will not shield him from the very severest chastisement it can visit
upon him. Let Rev. Mr. Batten remember this, and if he thinks Mr.
Brown is going wrong let him come to The Wageworker office and
state the case fully. If he and' the editor agree the two of us will
join hands in the work of making the new mayor see wherein he is
oc the track. 1 ' .
Speaking of inconsistency. Rev. Mr. Batten says he favored the
$1,500 license candidates because "there was no prospect of electing- '
the prohibitionists." Are we to understand from this that Rev. Mr.
Batten would rather vote for high license candidates and win than
to vote his honest convictions and lose ? iWe hardly believe he means
that, and yet what other construction can be put upon his letter?
That sort of logic, carried into action, would' forever prevent any re-'
form in our social or political life. The man who is opposed to the
saloon has no excuse for voting for license of any amount, high or
low, if he wants to be honest with himself and true to his God. That's
the long and short of that matter. . ,
We believe that Mr. Brown will make as good a mayor as Rev.
Mr. Batten thought Mr. Hutton would make, and we further believe
that when he realizes it Rev. Mr. Batten will be man enough to ad-
mit it. '.-:'
The Wageworker's compliments to Rev. Mr. Batten, and may
he continue to be one of the too few ministers who are brave enough
to say what they' think. , . .
The labor leader who violates the law is damned as a criminal.
The trust magnate who violates the law and gets rich at it is hailed
as a captain of industry and his advice sought in the councils of the
nation. - - - . . "
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