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About The Wageworker. (Lincoln, Neb.) 1904-???? | View Entire Issue (April 28, 1905)
THE STEREOTYPE RS
The Columbia Fire Insurance Co.
CASH CAPITAL OF -(300.000.00
ASSETS OVER 800,000.00
. REINSURANCE RESERVE OVER 831,000.00
8URPLII8 TO POLICY HOLDERS . 481,378.63
Lead all Western Companies and Offers the Most Liberal
Policies Issued by Any Company.
BURT W, RICHARDS, Resident manager,
EXCLUSIVE SHOE STORE
We carry a full and complete line
of shoes. A shoe that is made well
fits well, feels well, wears well
and sells well. We handle that
kind. We , can save you money.
We do all kinds of repairing.
NULL & McCOY
1529 0 St., LINCOLN.
Protected by Block Signals
The first railway in America to adopt the absolute 1
I Block System in the operation of all trains was the
Chicago, Milwaukee & St. Paul
Was the first railway to light its trains
by electricity. The St. Paul Road was
also the first to adopt the steam-heating
Three trains from Union Station,
Omaha, to Union Station, Chicago,
F. A. NASH,
Oaneral Wntni Agent j 15'H Faraam Street,
v Of Lincoln will weaz.
Clothing bearing tfye
Union Label made by
The only line of real
Higfy Grade Clotfyng
bearing the label. To
be suze, ask for Kohn
t Bzothezs' Clothing.
Sold in Lincoln
clusively by . .
Business Good and the Local Cultivat
ing the Union Spirit.
The Stereotypers' Union may be
small in numbers, but there are evi
dences a plenty to show that it is
making up in energy and unionism
what it lacks in size. It is the young
est trades union in the city, but when
it organized it broke all previous rec
ords by taking in every member of
the craft in the- city. So far as this
newspaper knows it is the only union
in town that includes in its member
ship every man working at its trade.
Bert Large, who has been playing
in hard luck physically for a long
time, is again able to be about. Mr.
Large has been on the sick list most
of the time for the past six months.
Mr. Daugherty is wielding the brush
at the Star stereotyping rooms.
"Doc" Cronley may be seen out in
the alley back of his house almost any
old evening heaving a baseball at the
back end of the barn. "Doc" says his
pitching arm is shedding "glass" every
day, and by the middle of May he ex
pects to be able to shoot 'em over to
puzzle the best of "em.
One of the biggest jobs of electro
typing in this western country is per
formed every montli at the Journal
printery. It is the making of the
plates for the Modern Woodman,
which has a measley little circulation
of only 850,000 a month. The Royal
Neighbor, organ of the woman's aux
iliary to the Woodmen, has a circu
lation of over 200,000. These two pub
lications furnish lots of work to the
allied trades in Lincoln.
The Matter of tood
TWO ThinPJS tCf bC considered in the Purchase of Clothing QUALITY and PRICE.
i If the quality is poor any price is too high. When price and quality meet
there remains only the individul taste in color, cut and texture to satisfy. We give quality for
the price, and style color and textnre to suit the taste.
We bought so largely that we were compelled
to double our floor space. And every foot of.
available room is now filled with Clothing
add Furnishings. We outfit a man from head
to foot and then offer Trunks and Suit Cases
to carry the outfit. We have bought to meet
the requirements of all sizes of purse:
Mens' Suits from $4 to $15. Boys' Suits from
$1.75 to $7.50. Hats from 50c to $3.00, and
Shoes from $1.35 to $3.50.
No New Developments and the Union
ists Are all Busy
There are no new developments in
the situation in the painters' and dec
orators' situation. The union men are
all at work, and are making it decided
ly profitable to the shops that signed
up. The non-union shops are vainly
looking for good men. It is plainly
evident that the unfair employers ex
pected a whole lot of assistance from
the unfair bosses of Omaha, but in
this they have ben bitterly disap
pointed. The Omaha bosses on the
unfair list find themselves fully occu
pied in taking care of themselves,
and have no time to waste on out
A number of union men quietly left
the city when the trouble arose, and
all but a very few of the non-union
men who came in on the misrepresen
tations of the non-union bosses imme
diately went into the union. Those
who did not are not profitable to their
employers because of their inability to
do the work. The union has met some
hearty and unexpected support from
outsiders people who were not sup
posed to know much about unionism,
let alone sympathizing with unionism.
These people have countermanded
many orders given to shops that be
came unfair and have placed them
with fair shops. The union men have
been able to switch a lot of other or
ders, and the result is that the fair
shops are doing all the work they can
well handle. So far they have been
able to satisfactorily handle all business.
Union Made WorK. Clothes!
Our line of Union Made Work Clothes is unusually large. We want the trade of
Union Men, and will get it if earnest effort and square dealing have any effect.
We offer our bargains at the beginning of-the season not at the end. In this
we differ from some stores. But then, this is the Different Store." : : : : :
THE ELECTRICAL WORKERS.
Death Visits the Lincoln Local and O.
J. Burley is Lost.
O. J. Burley, a member of the local
Electrical Workers Union, died at St,
Elizabeth's hospital on Thursday
evening, April 20, and was buried at
Wyuka cemetery on Saturday. About
a month ago Mr. Burley fell from a
pole while working at Fairbury and
received severe injuries. He appar
ently recovered and returned to work
in Lincoln. On April 19 he became
sick and delirious and was given
every attention by his fellow unionists.
Thursday morning Dr. Slattery was
called and found the patient uncon
scious, and Thursday evening Mr.
Burley died. By means of several
addresses found in a notebook in his
pocket an aunt was located in Iowa,
and she was communicated with. She
was unable to attend the funeral and
telegraphed the local to bury their
deceased member. The funeral was
held at Grace church and was largely
attended by electrical workers and
their wives, and the floral offerings
testified to the loyalty and fraternity
of the unionists.
The Nebraska Telepone company's
vast improvements in the shape of
putting its wires underground has
furnished an immense amount of
work. The city lighting plant will
furnish another big job for the line
men. As a result of these improve
ments work in the electrical line is
The local union is fortunate in hav
ing thoroughly organized all the out
side men, but up to date the organi
zation of the inside men has been far
from satisfactory. The union, how
ever, is keeping up the agitation and
good results are noticeable every
The union is growing in financial
and numerical strength every day, and
the interest is Increasing at a grati
"Well, how are you making it with
your poetry now?"
"Fine. I'm already ahead of the
"That 8 good.
"You bet. The publisher had to put
two cents more on the last manuscript
I sent him than I enclosed for return
"Were the Easter services at your
church inspiring?" .
"Dear me, no. It rained" all day and
not a single woman present could wear
her nSVehat and gown."
When a man begins to imagine that
he "doesn't look his age" it is a sign
that he is growing old.
Business Fair and Newcomers Find no
Difficulty in Getting Work
Business in the cigar making line In
Lincoln is good, and the number of
cigarmakers at work shows an in
crease over the situation a month
ago. Lincoln made cigars are grow
ing in popularity, first, because of
a - M -
their quality, and, second, because of
a growing disposition to patronize
The result of the referendum on the
proposition to establish a home for
tuberculosis patients was against the
proposition. Only about 10,000 mem
bers in a total of 47,000 voted on the
proposition. Another proposition less
exacting will probably be submitted
in a short time.
The cigarmakers are taking a vote
on a proposition to elect delegates to
the A. F. of L. by referendum instead
of by convention.
Twenty new cigar factories were es
tablished in the Marietta district dur
ing March. Nineteen members in Mar
ietta are on strike against a reduc
tion in wages.
Final Arrangements for Organization
to Be Made Next Sunday
At A. O. U. W. hall next Sunday aft
ernoon the final arrangements will be
made for the organization of an Aux
iliary to the Brotherhood of Locomo
tive Engineers. The interest taken
in this matter has been very gratify
ing, and the indications are that one
of the largest and most enthusiastic
auxiliaries in the Brotherhood will be
Every member of the Brotherhood
of Locomotive Engineers, their wives
and the widows of " deceased mem
bers, are cordially invited to be pres
ent and assist in the work. Success
ful auxiliaries are conducted in other
railway centers, and when the Lin
coln auxiliary is formally installed it
is more than probalrie that sister aux
iliaries will be largely represented and
one of the best social times in the his
tory of the engineers organization en
joyed by the division. According to
present plans the auxiliary will be per
manently organized and installed
some time in May.
THE EAGLE IN LINE
A GREAT WAVE OF PROSPERITY.
Brooklyn Newspaper Finally Makes
Contract with Typographical Union
, After sixteen years of hostility to
the Typographical Union the Brooklyn
Eagle has seen the error of its way,
and is now "square." On April 16
the Eagle management signed up with
the New York Union, the agreement
running one year from May 1.
For sixteen years the Eagle has
been an "open shop," and the leader
of the few in the newspaper line. With
its "squaring" the open shop idea gets
a blow in the solar plexus.
This is simply the .old-fashioned
"broiderie Anglaisc," or Madeira work,
so well known to our grandmothers.
It promises to be the most popular
mode of decoration for summer frocks.
It is one of the daintiest as well as
the simplest of embroideries, and, best
of all, with a little practice any one
can do the work at home. It is es
pecially durable, and the work is done
with fine marking cotton, and the
round openings, or eyelets, are made
with a stiletto, the oval openings be
ing cut. Ex.
infraction Company Employes Buying Automobiles and Planning
. European Trips.
The automobile dealers are happy, and, the agents of the foreign
steamship companies "are preparing for a rush of business as "soon as
the tourist season opens up. , , '
The Lincoln Distraction company has suddenly become gener;
ous and made a splendid increase in the wages of its employes. The
increase doesn't look good to the average union man, but when com
pared with the wage paid by the Distraction company it is really
magnificent. Under the company's new wage schedule it is possible
for a man to secure an increase of almost 6 cents a day, providing
he works hours enough. '
The Distraction company gave out to the public through the
medium of its newspaper mouthpiece that it had voluntarily raised
wages from 8 to 10 per cent. The fact is that the scale for beginners
is raised a half-cent an hour, or 6 whole cents for a twelve-hour day.
The scale for two and three year men is increased a whole cent for
every two hours, or 6 magnifificent cents a day of twelve hours. The
five year men get a raise of one whole cent an hour providing they
can hang on after serving five years. : . ' .
Under the new and wonderfully liberal wage scale of the Dis
traction company a veteran in the service can take his controller in
one hand, and the lives of hundreds of women and children in the
other, and make as much in twelve hours as a union bricklayer makes
in four. '" ! '"'-
This magnificent wage scale is allowed by the company because
its employes are "free and independent workingmen," and are not
the "slaves of the tyrannical and treasonable labor unions." By
maintaining their "industrial freedom" the employes of the Lincoln
Distraction company can begin at 14 cents an hour and at the end of
five years service, during every hour of which they have control of
precious human lives, they can make possibly $2.28 by working
twelve hours Out of twenty-four. But the printer who sinks his free
dom and his American manhood in order to becorrte the "slave of a
tyrannical and treasonable labor union" is compelled to work eight
or nine hours a day, and make only from $3 to $5. The bricklayer
who so far forgets himself as to let a labor union "ride him" like the
Old Man of the Sea rode Sinbad the Sailor, has to toil eight hours a
day for the comparatively small sum of $5.50 whereas if he main
tained his industrial freedom he might be running a trolley car and
making $2.28 in twelve hours.
The Wageworker hastens to compliment the Lincoln Distraction
company upon its splendid liberality. Such large-heartedness is un
usual on the part of a corporation in these days. But doubtless the
company felt that something was due the employes who are "too
independent" to join a labor union. ( .'
Speaking of liberality and, enterprise, far be it from The Wage
worker to overlook the fact that the Distraction company has actu
ally bought another car. ..Only the carping critics will breathe a hint
of the fact that the company had to either buy some new cars or lose
patronage by reason of not having cars enough to carry the pas
THE ALDERMANIC ELECTION.
Union Men Should Be Interested and Work to Get Representation
oh the Tickets.
In June Lincoln voters will be called upon t,o elect seven alder
men at large who will serve for four years. It behooves the laboring
men of the city to get busy and see to it that f hey are represented on
the tickets by "square men." Something higher than mere partisan
politics should be considered in a municipal campaign or any other
especially on the part of union men. , ; ,
The recent city election demonstrated that the unionists of the
city could cut a wide swath in local politics. Now let those same
unionists get together and elect a few good union men to the council.
The unions of the city contain scores of men just as competent to
look after municipal affairs as the men who practice law, clerk for
corporations or sell something over the counter.' Why not see to it
that some good "card men" are nominated for aldermen ? Go to
your party primaries and make a special effort to have good union
man nominated. If the party makes the 'nomination, let all good
union men get behind the nominees, regardless of party affiliations,
and elect them. If the party turns you down, teach the party a valu
able lesson. It would be a blamed poor party if you and all the rest
of us passed it up, wouldn't it?
THE LABOR PRESS:
What the Boys Over the Country Are
Municipal ownership is a question
that every trade unionist ought to
study, and vote for at every opportu-i
nity. St. Joseph Union.
The movement in Russia now mak
ing for more liberty and economic'
freedom, as well as self-government,
would be impotent and futile at tl
present time were it not for the or
ganized workers there, poorly organ
ized though ' they may be. Cigar
The union label will ' establish a
firmer connecting link between em
ployer and employe, making the bene1
fit to the employer also beneficial to
the employe. Purchase only label
goods. Kansas City Labor Herald.
As long as there are "private privi
leges, there will be public privation.
Fainter and Decorator.
Tne nrst duty or a good mecnanic
is to join the organization and at-,
tend the' meetings regularly. Then
good wages, enough to live comfort
ably on, will follow. International.
Mr. Garfield, like the "shell-worker,"1
must look upon the American people
as a lot, of gullible suckers. Switch
It is a poor rule that fails to work
both ways. The supreme court of
some states has decided that union
men are not eligible as juors to try
cases brought by non-union men. This,
of course, would mean that non-union
men are not eligible as jurors t o try
cases brought by union men. How
about it, Honorable Court? Piano
When a union man spends a penny
with an unfair, concern he is held in
contempt by that concern. Even our
enemies have no respect for us when
we violate our oaths. Minneapolis
(Minn.) Union. . .
The Last Resort.
A strike should never occur as the
result of a disputed question between
men of reason and sound mind, but
when a man is unreasonable and ob
stinate enough to Ignore public opin
ion and sets his own opinions up la
antagonism to all principles of fair
ness, right or justice, then the drastic,
treatment of "the last resort," -the
strike, may prove useful in bringing
him to realize that there are other '
interests in the world besides his own,
and that other men have rights pe
culiar to them also, which he must
acknowledge. Western Laborer. , ' .
The Cow Jumped Over the Moon.
The regular annual rise in the price
of meat would seem to indicate that
the beef trust (takes this method of
commemorating the historical lunar
escapade of the cow. North Ameri
can. ' . '' ' :: . '
Like the Empty Gun. .
- The labor leader who is not level
headed is a. dangerous proposition
something like the proverbial empty
gun that invariably goes off and "kills '
somebody. Coopers' Journal.,"
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