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VVILU M. MAUP1N, EDITOR AND PUBLISHER
Published Weekly. One Dollar a Year. Advertising Rates on Application
Entered as second-class matter Ap ril 21, 1904, at the postoffice at Lin
coln, Neb, under the Act of Congress.
THE SLAUGHTER OF THE INNOCENTS.
Elsewhere in this issue we reproduce an article, "The Slaughter
of the Innocents," written by Elbert Hubbard and published origi
nally in The Philistine.
The Wageworker would call especial attention of the fathers
and mothers of this community to this article. It pictures a con
dition of affairs that should appall the people and set them to work
removing conditions responsible for this wholesale slaughter of inno
cent childhood. There is not a man or woman in the United States
who can not have a part in the work of wiping out this iniquitous
system that is wrecking thousands of lives, darkening the sun that
should shine brightly on childhood and blasting the future of the
country. The descendents of the Puritans employ this child labor
because it is immensely profitable. Wipe out the profits and the
employers will sit up and take notice. But as long as the great
American public stops its ears to the cries of the little ones and
pours its money into the coffers of the employers, just so long will
existing conditions continue. The way to stop the employment of
child labor is to stop buying the products of child labor. And the
way to stop the sale of the produccts of child labor is to look for
the union label. The union label upon any piece of goods is a
guarantee that it was not made by child labor, that it was not made
in a noisome sweat shop, that it does not contain the germs of foul
diseases anl that it was made by honest toil fairly paid and work
ing under comparatively sanitary conditions. The greatest pro
tection that can be afforded to the innocent boys and girls of this
great country is the protection of the union label.
Fathers and mothers should arouse themselves to the dangers
ilia, threaten their loved ones. Today you ntoy be in a position
to guard them from anything like the conditions iha't confront the
boys and girls of South Carolina ; tomorrow they may be brought
face to face with similar conditions unless you step forth now and
give the labor dnions of the country your support against the iniqui
tous child labor system that is threatening the republic.
He who robs the child of childish pleasures and joys and -opportunities
is a murderer and a traitor to his country. lie who adds
one jot or tittle to the pleasures of childhood or the- opportunities
that confront the boys and girls, is a patriot and a doer of good. In
which class will you, fathers and mothers of the next generation
of American citizens, take your stand? Do you think more of cheap
cotton goods than you do of childish flesh and blood? Do you think
more of bargains in sheetings and fabrics than you do of innocent
childhood? Do you think more of a penny than you do of your
country's future? If you do, keep right on encouraging the decadent
descendants of Massachusetts Puritans in their work of robbing
childhood of its bloom and the country of its future citizens. If
you think more of innocent children than you do of petty bargains;
if you think more of justice than you do of paltry pennies ; if you
thing more of humanity than you do of dollars ; if you love your
neighbor as you love yourself ; if you would do unto others as you
would have them do unto you if you love God and children better
than you do gold andi chattels, then join with the great labor organi
zations of the country that are seeking to save the children from
the hellish lot pictured in Elbert Hubbard's magnificent pen pic
ture of the greatest crime of the age child labor.
If there is one among the readers of The Wageworker who
.an read Elbert Hubbard's article and not shudder with horror,
that reader is dead to shame and human suffering.
WHAT UNION MEN HAVE DONE.
- In addition to showing that union labor can and will stand bv
its friends, the union men of Lincoln have shown their readiness to
resent gratuitous insults flung at them by desperate cliques ready
to resort to any means that might promise a political advantage.
A local newspaper of the hyphenated brand has insisted on class
ing all those who were friendly to Mr. Drown as "saloon bums,"
advocates of the "open town" and consortcrs with vice in its lowest
form. The hyphenated newspapers knew better, but in its despera
tion it insulted the hundreds of union men who were standing by
a man who has been their consistent friend. It has quoted "a man
prominent in union labor circles," but it did not dare to name the
man, because the interview. was spurious. And the triumphant election-of
Frank 'W. Brown a triumph due to the exertions of union
men, is a just rebuke to that species of dirty political tactics and
is calculated to forever put a stop to that kind of guerilla political
In addition to being a triumph of decency and fairness, Mr.
Brown's election is proof positive of the fact that in future the
labor vote of the city must be reckoned with ; that in future poli
ticians will not snecringly remark of union men that "the d d fools
won't stick together;" that in future political machines will not pre
sume to dictate to the labor vote or ignore it entirely, but will con
sult it before nominations arc made and recognize it after the elec
tion is over. Therein, more than in the mere election of Frank W.
Brown, lies the benefits that will accrue to union labor by reason of
the verdict rendered on last Tuesday.
Having demonstrated their political power let the workingmcn
of the city now demonstrate their good-sense, and in this way in
crease the power that they now wield. Stand for honesty, fair play,
decency and justice ; stand for square dealing between man and man,
between employer and employe, and make the power wielded by
the labor unions a power for good and a weapon for civic and in
The Wageworker is feeling pretty good over the result. If it
contiibuted in any measure to the result it is proud of it. But
whether it did or not, it feels that it has a right to rejoice because
the victory scorccd by Mr. Brown is a victory for union labor.
CHARLEY SIMMONS' GOOD RACE.
Charley Simmons has a right to feel good over the magnificent
showing he made last Tuesday. He was running against a man
who was exceptionally strong. lie made no active campaign for
the place, and not even his most sanguine and enthusiastic friends
had any idea that he could come within rifle shot of winning out.
And yet he had Mr. Pratt scared half to death before the middle of
the afternoon, and at 5 o'clock Mr. Pratt was hustling like a beaver,
and with a hunted look upon his face.
Had Simmons and his friends worked earnestly and all the
time for a week before election, he would be the next city clerk
and the first union man ever elected to office in the city. But there
will be one good result. It will demonstrate that Mr. Pratt a good
official and a fine fellow is not invincible. Next time Simmons
may make a better showing. Be that as it may, Mr. Simmons has a
right to be proud of the showing he made under the circumstances.
Every Chicago daily newspaper with one exception opposed Judge
Dunne. Dunne was elected. Carter Harrison, was always opposed
by the Chicago daily press, and Carter Harrison both of them
never failed to win. The daily press of Chicago is good from a
news standpoint, but the people have no confidence in their edito
rial utterances. '
The News, now that the election is over, admits that its charge
of a boodle fund for the democratic ticket raised among the saloon
keepers and bawdy houses, was founded on the statement of a po
liceman whose name, it refuses to divulge. The News would not
accept such authority in a case where there was the least danger
of a suit for libel.
The Industrial Independent, published at Indianapolis, Trul., In
the interests of the Dave Parryites, is fighting the union label. To
be sure! The label stands between the greed of the union crushers
and their anxiously sought profits from the toil of poorly paid labor.
.There are merchants who put in a line of union label goods after
much solicitation, and because they do siiot at once secure the trade
of every union man they begin declaring that the unionists are dis
loyal to their principles. Others put in union label goods and under
take to reap an extra 10 or 15 per cent profit on the strength of
union loyalty. The wise merchant handles union made goods be
cause they are standard, and because there is a growing demand for
The Michigan Union Advocate has been sued for libel by C.
W. Post. The Advocate accused Post of wife beating, which was
a mistake. Post did not beat his wife. He hasn't got nerve enough
to even strike a woman. He prefers another way he tries petty
meanness, desertion, and that sort of thing.' Catch Post striking
anything that is able to fight back! His long suit is hiring hack
writers to write bitter attacks on the labor unions that are smash
ing his imitation food graft.
Every time you smoke a union made Lincoln cigar you are
helping to build up the business interests of the city, taking a whack
at the infamous American' Tobacco company, and giving employ
ment to local workingmen who are helping make Lincoln a bigger
and better town.
Alva Adams will be the next governor of Colorado if he lives,
and his majority will be so large that no unscrupulous Peabody
gang will dare to count him out.
Having realized what it can do when it acts unitedly, union
labor should now prepare to secure the election of "square men" to
the city council next June.
If you see it in The Wageworker it is not founded on petty
political meanness. The Wageworker is not a hyphenated daily
The workingmen of the city are entitled to representation on the
board of education. Get ready for the next school board election.
The Parryite movement is on the wane. Keep up the fight a
year longer and the name of Parry will be a faint memory.
Child labor is a menace to the republic. The union label is a
guarantee against child labor and bulwark of the republic.
Xow that union labor has shown its voting strength, let it show
its strength in another way, and build a labor temple.
And now for the labor temple. It will be easy if the 2,000 union
men of Lincoln put their shoulders to the wheel.
To the Journal-News. Greeting: For that sore feeling try
Brown's Warranted Extract of Civic Decency.
Agitation, education and arbitration will be the industrial salva
tion of the nation.
The Modern Philanthropist
He put peas in the pepper.
And mixed coffee up with beans;
He bleached things out with acid;
Colored things with anilines.
He poisoned scores of babies
With adulterated food,
Then gave millions to the heathen
And people called him good.
He cornered all the breadstuff
That 'twere possible to seize;
Then got hi6 grip on coal mines
And said, "Pay up or freeze!"
And thousands froze and hungered
It worried not his mind
He bought a university "
And people called him kind.
He bought some legislatures,
Corrupted bar and bench.
In wrong and greed and privilege
His forces did entrench.
He robbed and squeezed and plundered
Xor heeded human cries.
He built a college building
And people called him wise.
He paved his way to fortune
With bleaching bones of toil.
The needs of wives and babies
He used to wreak his spoil.
His conscience never hurt him ;
'Twas grown too dumb to call.
He gave vast sums to churches
And thought that squared it all.
Thousands to schools and churches
They're built on dead men's bones.
Thousands to public buildings
There's blood stains on their stones.
And thoughtless may applaud him
And cheer him on his way;
But blood and tears will mock him
On Cod's great judgment day.
Blood and tears and heartaches;
Anguish and grief and want.
The faces of starving children,
Haggard and pinched and gaunt.
Wrecks of human endeavor
All this to achieve a goal.
What profits a man to gain it
And lose his immortal soul?
The great Captain of Finance pulled
the last wire and finished up on the
greatest business deal In his whole ca
reer. Calling in his private secretary
"Have we got all the foodstuffs un
"Yes, sir; the cries of the people
warrant the assumption that they are
starved into submission to our de
mands." "How about the coal supply?"
"All in our hands. The miners have
refused to work on starvation wages
and the supply mined under pressure
is good. We can get 200 per cent more
profit per ton now that the plan has
worked out, and the people are already
shivering and getting ready to submit
to our demands."
"And how about oil?"
"Everything lovely. We've knocked
out every competitor but one, and if
he doesn't submit in twenty-four hours
his plant will be like that one that so
mysteriously blew up a few years ago."
'"Tis well," murmured the great Cap
tain of Finance. "If you are satisfied
that everything is all right you may
bring in those checks you made out
to the universities and churches and I
will sign them before I go to lunch."
Best in the Armory
When his Satannic Majesty appeared
we were, of course, terribly frightened
for a moment.
"Don't get scared," said he. "I just
"What's doing in your line?" we
queried, more for the purpose of ap
pearing at ease than anything else.
"Plenty! Plenty!" exclaimed his
Satannic Majesty with a grin.
"Best ever," he replied. "Got a new
scheme that beat's 'em all to death."
Naturally we asked what it was.
"Dividing the swag with my en
emies," he replied, "and then of course
common courtesy makes 'em keep rath
er ouiet. It beats anything I've tried
' "Then you are doing
But before we could finish there was
a puff qf smoke that blinded us for a
moment, and When we recovered there
was nothing in the room but a sulphur
A day or two later, however, we
read of another church accepting some
of the money.
The Russian Mother Goose
By o'baby Buntingvitch
Your daddy's gone a huntingvitch
To get a little rabbit, skinsky
To wrap the baby Bunting insky.
Old Mother Hubbardsky
Went to the cupboardsky
To get her poor dogsky a boneovitch
But when she got theresky
The cupboard was baresky
For Oyana had grabbed it and gone-ovitch.
"I've got a sclisime to protect my
garden this spring."
' "What is it?"
"Bought my neighbor's chickens and
hired him to put in a garden of his
own. They'll all go over to him."
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PHONES Auto 143S, Bell 262.
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Phones: Bell, 651; Auto, 1408,
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Fresh and Salt Meats
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Staple and Fancy Groceries.
Telephones 388-477. 314 So. Ilth Street.
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11 bars of Hawkeye Soap . . . . . .25c
100 bars of Hawkeye Soap $2.25
3 packages of Washing Gas . .10c
2 packages of I. X. L. Starch 15c
2 5c packages of Ball Bluing ,....5c
1 bottle Old Virginia Salad Dressing............ 5c
3 bushels of Good Potatoes $1.00
See cur li.-.e of home canned fruit on ale. $1.00 worth of Green Trading
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some, rich, lacy creations. We want you to come to our store this
week not only expecting to see the handsomest gathering of Laces
Shown at the price but the best values ever offered.
Laces worth up to 1 5c yard, but we bought them at way down
low prices and are going to give you the benefit while they last
this week 4 1-2c
No. 40 Plain All Silk Ribbon, all co'ors 10
No. 60 Plain All Silk Ribbon, all colors , 12 12
4 inch Fancy Polka Dot Ribbon, all Silk, soft finish 15
5-inch Mouseeline Taffeta in pluin color or two-toned effect; our
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Ladle, wli.hn aeen our collection of Wa.h Dm Good, jay that onr
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29 inchSummerland Voile in new mannish styles, yard.... : Igc
29 inch Florence Voiles, assorted colore ; J2 12c
'28-inch Arnold's Taffetas, exact imitation of Silk Suitings. See this
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We hare seven different styles, each style in choice colorings and
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28 inch Silk Poplin or Costume Taffeta for waist, Coats and Shirt
Waist Suits, permanent finish 40
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Full Standard Prints in light and dark blues, grays and cardinaea. .4 3 4c
A Good Dress Gingham, styles same as in Toile de Nords orRed seals... 7c
New line of Typhoon Silks, in browns and greens. 8
Good Grade of LL Unbleached Muslin 4 3-45
9c Soft Finished Bleached Muslin .' 'J"v2c
9-4 Pepperell Brown sfceeting 181-2
Hundreds of Pieces of India Linons.
ThU L the week for yon to buy India Liuona at prices never offered yen
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Regular prices 80 10c 12ic 15c 18c , 20c ?5c 30c
This Week's Prices... 6c 8 10 12 15 16 20 24
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50 skirts in Thibet and Melton Cloth;
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60 skirts in Mannish and Wool Melton
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Thibet Cloth-a good assortment of
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