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THE WAGE WORK
A Newspaper with a Mission and without a Muzzle that is published in the interest of Wageworkers Everywhere.
.LINCOLN, NEBRASKA, JULY 14, 1905
Where Union Men
Have a Chance
Next Tuesday, July 18, the voters of the First Congressional
district of Nebraska will be called upon to elect a congressman to
represent them during the remainder of the term for which Elmer
J. Burkett was elected, and from which he resigned to accept the
position of United States senator.
The working men of the district and especially the union men
of the district are vitally concerned in the outcome of this special
election. Their concern is far greater than that of mere victory for
party, for it affords them an opportunity to make manifest their
strength and to impress upon the minds of the leaders of both par
ties the necessity for paying some attention to the men who work
for wages and have as much personal interest in political manage
ment as the great trusts and corporations that are now so well rep
resented in our lawmaking bodies that there is almighty little room
left for the representatives of the people.
The election of Francis W. Brown is not to be sought after be
cause he is a democrat, nor to be opposed because he is a democrat.
The wage-earners of the district should look further than mere
partisan success and endeavor to see something that will be of imme
diate benefit to themselves in the election of a congressman at this
time. So far as it may effect national policies at this time it matters
very little whether Mr. Follard or Mr. Brown is elected, but when
the effect of compelling party leaders to take some thought of the
demands of the unionists of the country is considered, union men
should be quick to seize every available opportunity to make that
At the election in Lincoln last spring republican leaders paid
no attention to the requests of union men and nominated for mayor a
man who, if not unfriendly to organized labor,at least showed that
his friendship was not worth having by employing non-union men
at less than the established scale of prices, and working them longer
hours than he had agreed to work them when he signed the scale
agreed upon between the Carpenters' Union and the Contractors'
Exchange of which he was a member. The democrats nominated
Francis YV. Brown, whose friendship for organized labor had been
mnaifested by his willingness to recognize the unions and the will
ingness with which he signed the scales presented to him by the
Millvvorkers and the Fainters. Organized labor rallied to the sup
port of Mr. Brown, with the result that he was elected by a hand
some majority. And it will be a long time ere either political party
in Lincoln will ignore the labor vote of the city.
The Wageworker would bring about in the First district a state
of affairs similar to that which exists in the city of Lincoln a state
of affairs wherein neither political party will dare to ignore the de
mands of organized labor, but will feel impelled to give the labor
vote recognition and nominate candidates who have some interest
in the welfare of the men who toil and have banded together for mu
tual protection and uplift. '
It is the belief of The Wageworker that the speediest way to
bring about this state of affairs in the First district is to elect Francis
,W. Brown to congress. His election will be productive of two
good results. First, it will show that the labor vote is given to its
friends, and second, it will prove to the party managers that the
labor vote of the district must be considered if success is won.
Normally the republican majority in the district is close to 3,000.
This majority has inclined the republican managers to the belief that
MILLER & PAINE
O AND THIRTEENTH STREETS
Lincoln, Neb., July 13, 1905. Mr. T. V. Evans, Treas. Central La
bor Union, City: Enclosed you will find check for $15.00 for which
kindly send us 100 balcony tickets for the Central Labor Union benefit.
Yours truly, MILLER G PAINE
they can nominate and elect whomsoever they please, and as a result
they give scant heed to the requests of the Workingmen. The
district has always been represented by lawyers who had nothing in
common with the men who toil with their hands and whose chief
interest it seemed was to look after the interests of corporations or
persons having axes to grjnd on Uncle Sam's grindstone.
Just as soon as the workingmen of the district show by their
votes that they will not longer submit to this sort of thing, just so
soon will the republican party managers see a great light. And when
they see that great light they will no longer ignore the labor vote but
will make haste to secure it by nominating men who take an interest
in the welfare of the toilers as well as an interest in the welfare
of the corporations.
If Mr. Brown is elected the democratic managers in the district
will endeavor to win success in the future by giving recognition to
the just demands of the workingmen. ' Then will come the state of
affairs which The Wageworner wants to see a condition wherein
the workingman is given an opportunity to vote for men who not
only represent his political views but are interested in his personal
welfare and success.
The Wageworker is not making any fight on Mr. Pollard. He
is a man of good character and reputation, and is doubtless the pos
sessor of as much ability as the majority of men now representing
the American people in the lower house of congress. But the elec
tion of Mr. Pollard will in no wise contribute to the attainment
of the ends that the laboring men of the district seek. His election
would be attributed to the normal republican majority. His defeat
will be sttributed to the fact that the union workingmen of the
country, standing by a tried and true friend, elected that friend,
who is a democrat, from a district usually overwhelmingly repub
lican. A lot has been said and is being said about "standing by Presi
dent Roosevelt" in this special election. The man who is deceived
by that sort of tommyrot should not kick when he gets the! worst
of it. In all that President Roosevelt is trying to do for the general
good of the country, every patriotic an1 thoughtful citizen is stand
ing by him. In his efforts to secure regulation of freight rates he is
being supported by democrats and republicans alike not for partisan
reasons but for business and patriotic reasons. In his efforts to
break up the criminal trusts there is no politics, and he is being sup
ported by democrats as well as republicans. The attempt to stam
pede voters to Mr. Pollard by shouting about the danger of "mon
keying with the tariff" ought to furnish amusement to thinking men
and if there is any set of men on earth who ought to be doing
some lively thinking right nqw it is the set which includes the union
workingmen of the country.' It does almighty little good to enact
tariff laws for the protection of the American workingman and
then open the ports of the country to the paupers and criminals of
Europe that they may come over here and crowd free American
labor off the map. If. Francis W. Brown is elected to congress he
will do. his best to secure a better enforcement of the alien contract
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FRANCIS W. BROWN
labor laws, and he will not only oppose any weakening of the Chi
nese exclusion act but will endeavor to put a stop to the wholsale
importation of ignorant hordes of Hunns and Finns and Slavs and
Lithuanians regardless of their ability to grasp American ideas and
without possessing those traits or character which will permit their
assimilation. He is not opposed to opening our doors to the honest,
industrious and frugal men and women of foreign land who seek our
shores to become home owners and good American citizens.
Air. Brown is not opposed to enlarging and strengthening our
navy, but he is opposed to letting contracts for battleships to private
corporations at exorbitant prices and having them built by under
paid non-union labor working ten hours a day. He believes that
Uncle Sam should build his own battleships and get them at first
cost, employing union men working for fair wages eight hours a dayi
Mr. Brown believes in giving the interstate commerce commis
sion power to regulate railroad rates, and over his own signature
he has declared against the rebate system, declaring that although
he has paid out over $500,000 in freight during the last fifteen years
he has never received one penny in the way of rebates.
The platform upon which he stands denounces the railroad pass
evil, an evil that bears with crushing force upon the men who work
by the day or the week.
The Wageworker doesn't care a rap about Mr. Brown being a
democrat. It doesn't care a rap whether he is a free trader or a pro
tectionist. It doesn't cae a rap whether he is a bimetallist or a gold
standard man. Its interest in his election is based upon his attested
friendship for organized labor, and because of that friendship so
often shown it urges the union men of the First congressional dis
trict to vote for him and if possible elect him to congress.
His election will mean much to organized labor. It will mean
that in the future the voice of unionism will be heard in the party
councils, and that the unionists of the district will be consulted when
ever a political convention meets to nominate men for public office.
That is what The Wageworker is working for.
GRAFTING IN LABOR UNIONS
When Discovered the Guilty Should
be Held up in Scorn
More than a score of men have been
indicted by the grand jury in Chicago
for conspiracy in connection with the
The indictments are based on state
ments that certain merchants and
dealers in Chicago, with a view to
injuring the business of rivals, had
conspired with leaders of labor organ
izations to call strikes and cause tie
ups on one pretext or another.
The labor leaders are said to have
entered into these conspiracies for a
money consideration, large sums hav
ing been paid them by . the business
men involved. 1
If the testimony shall support these
charges the country should be made
too hot a habitation for men of this
ilk, whether union officials or busi
But whether convicted or not, if the
facts are apparent, even though evi
dence sufficient to convict is not pro
duced, union officials susceptible to
this form of temptation should not be
further trusted. Trades Union News,
Rogers & Perkins carry the largest
line of Union Made shoes in the city.
Ready to Put the Label on Jobs of
Shop cards have been hung in the
union paper and paint shops, and
there is no excuse now for patroniz
ing an unfair house 'by mistake.''
Business Agent DeLong has secured
a label and customers can have the
label of the Painters and Paperhang
ers on their work if they want it. It
is a small and neat little design that
would look well on any job of painting
The last social of the local was a
success. It was purely informal, there
being no speeches or program, but
the boys told road stories and talked
unionism until the cars quit running.
These socials have become a feature
with the local and a great deal of
goodfellowshlp has been cultivated.
Tonight (Friday) the local electes
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Lincoln Qas & Electric Light Co.
1323 O Street.
T. W. Evans, Treasurer Central Labor Union, City:
please find check for $12.50 for fiftytickets to the C. L. U.
Business Agent Kennedy of the
Teamsters' Union has addressed a
communication to the city council ask
ing for more watering places for
horsses. There are only two public
watering troughs in the city, and
these are always crowded. As a re
sult many . teams are not given the
care they should have. The teamsters
should keep on agitating this humane
question, and should have the sup
port of all thoughtful citizens. The
Humane Society could make a hit by
backing up the teamsters.
"THERE'S A REASON"
Of course you can eat Gripe Guts
and Roastum-Squerial, manufactured
by Battle Creek Post, husband of his
stenographer and manufacturer of im
itation food, if you want to. But if
you are a union man and want, there
is something vitally wrong with your
unionism. The road to Union Well
ville is not marked out by empty
packages of "scab" imitation food
manufactured by a union hater and
wife baiter. "There's a reason."
We are perfectly willing to compare
the management of the American Fed
eration of Labor with the management
of the Equitable Life Insurance com
pany. The former is managed by labor
leaders, and the latter by "captains
of industry." St. Joseph Union.
THE LABEL LEAGUE
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Lincoln Clothing Co
Cornet loth and P
T. W. Evans, Treasurer Central Labor Union, Lincoln: Enclosed
please find our check for $3 for seats at your union's benefit at the
Oliver on Wednesday evening, July 19. It gives us great pleasure to
contribute in this small measure to the success, of your organization,
and we trust that the results of the benefit will exceed your most san
guine expectations. '
M. AACH & Co.
Will Make a List of Union Goods Sold
The Woman's Union Label League,
Local No. 139, met in regular session
last Monday evening with more than
the average number present. Mrs,
Kent, president, was in the chair. The
League was notified that the per cap
ita tax due the international was
about to become delinquent. It will
be paid at once. It was the sense of
the League that A. L. A. Schiermeyer
be recommended to the international
for organizer of the Nebraska district.
It was announced that the Kensing
ton would meet with Mrs. Castor un
less other arrangements were made
and announced. The meeting will be
on Wednesday of next week. A com
mittee composed of Mrs. Meyers and
Mrs. Cook was appointed to take
charge of the work of preparing a list
of all union made goods handled by
local merchants, and an appropriation
of $5 made to pay the committee's
expenses. Mr. Schiermeyer generous
ly added $5 to this to advance the
work. He also offered a prize to the
lady selling the most tickets to the
Central Labor Union benefit next
Mrs. Meyers announced that she
would have a union eating house on
the fair grounds during the fair, and
as nearly as possible would serve un
ion made meals. This is something
that union visitors at the fair should
remember. . . - "
Herbert N. Casson, in the current issue of the International
Steam Engineer, says there are too many Robinson Crusoe trades
unions in the United States. To see how they act one would imagine
that they lived all alone on an island, without any other land in
sight. This narrow view might be expected in a country like China,
where every little community can support itself, but in this country
such a view is harmful and absurd.
Every labor union that refuses to join with its fellow unions is a
secessionist. It does not believe in the American idea.' It wants
a chaos of small tribes, instead of one great nation. .
- When the Canadian provinces united and formed the Dominion
of Canada, in 1867, the island of Newfoundland refused to join them.
It has remained on the outside ever since, a forlorn, poverty stricken
waste, noted for nothing but its codfish and its dogs. If you want
to see the most separate, dreary, God forsaken spot in the western " ;
hemisphere, look at Newfoundland. The. provinces in the north
western part of Canada, which joiiied the Dominion, were just as
bleak and cold as Newfoundland ; but they are today filling up with "
prosperous farmers. They have railroads, telephones, newspapers;
theaters and so forth. Contrast Manitoba with Newfoundland if
you want to see the difference between federation and going it alone.
Labor must federate because , capital has federated. No mil
lionaire is such a fool as to think, he can stand alone in an nidependent
nation. You do not hear of any war between'the Standard Oil com
pany and the railroads. On all important issues, all millionairedom
stands together like one man. To pttt the argument into a single
sentence-" the American Federation of Labor is necessary because of
the American federation of trusts. The motto of the millionaires is
the motto which too many trade unions have forgotten "An injury
to one is the concern of all." v
If I were asked what is the greatest blunder of American work
ers I would say, "Standing outside the open door of Opportunity."
The workers of Austria are today begging their government for
permission to organize an Austrian Federation of Labor. At present i
they are permitted to organize only into separate trades. The gov- .
crnment knows that a lot of little separate unions will not do much
harm to the employers'; but it refuses to allow any federation of
unions. The American unions possess this coveted freedom, and to '
the amazement of the Austrians, many of our unions say, "No
thanks! No federation for me. It might cost us 30 cents."
The railroad men have stood alone, and what have they got' for
it? They have got a list of killed and wounded every year that
;nakes the battle of Bunker Hill look like a Sunday school' picnic. '
Last year there were 3,367 railroad employes killed and 43,255 f
railroad employes wounded. Some railroads have become streaks of t
blood with the killing and mangling of engineers, firemen and brake-
men. ' . v: ' ' " : ' , ,- '
Tens of thousands of brakemen were slaughtered before the -railroad
could be compelled to adopt safety brakes. The block sys
tem, which would prevent nine-tenths of the collisions, has only- been
adopted on one-seventh of the railroads. Does it seem as if the
separate railway unions were making a brilliant success of their -policy
of isolation? The fact is that raHroad men have been keeping
wages up by being killed off at the rate of thousands every -year.
They bull the market by reducing the product. This is good business
Armstrong Clothing Co.
122 1 -1223-1225-1 227 O Street
T. W. Evans, Treasurer Central Labor Union,. City: Enclosed
please find our check for $7.50 to cover cost of thirty tickets for your
organization's benefit on Wednesday evening, July 19. ; We are glad
to avail ourselves of this opportunity to contribute to the welfare: of
the Central Labor Union, and sincerely hope that the benefit will
prove to be an unqualified success.
ARMSTRONG CLOTHING CO.
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but it is hard on the product. A separate trade union makes a big
graveyard. ' ' ' i
The railroad men should stand shoulder to shoulder with the- .
longshoreman, the telegrapher, the sailor, the car worker, the ma-i t
chinist, and all the rest. Standing by himself he is only a fraction. -
His union officials may be treated with politeness by the railroad' .
corporations, but an ounce of justice is worth a ton of politeness. f s
Did you ever see a kitten bite its own tail and mew with pain?t '
It was finding, out that the tail was a part of itself. . One fact that '
young kittens and trade unions have to learn, generally through suf- .
fering, is that one thing may be composed of a great many different;
pieces that seem to be separated' There is no such thing as a sep-
arate individual. The American labor movement is a rope of short?
strands, and one strand does not amount to very much by itself.
"Is all right as far as it goes," as the man said who stood on! t
the top of a burning sky-scraper with a five-foot ladder. , r.
There is no such thing as a separate note of music in an opera. '
The value of every note is given to it by its union with all the other
notes. Taken out of the place where they belong, the notes are ab-?
solutely valueless. And an opera is superior to a single song because
an opera is a grand federation of songs. ; ' ; : ' '.'A , l"
There is no such thing as a separate inventor. Almost every
invention is a federation of different men's ideas. There could have r
been no Edison without a Franklin. Generally those inventions that
bear the name of one man were the product of a dozen, or more. , ,
11 July 19.
H. Herpotsfeinier Company
Twelfth and tfSts.
T. W. Evans, Treasurer Central Labor Union, City: Enclosed find
our check for $7.50 for fifty balcony tickets for the C. U. benefit on
We with you abundant success. '
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What could the machinist do without the steel maker, or the engi' ' ,
neer without the boiler maker? We say that Columbus discovered -t
America. So he did, butvhe would never have been heard of had it ?,
not been for a man namd Frau Mauro, who .made his-.map, and
another man named TocanYlli, who made his charC; v ' ' .
The futile fences thalf separate one traeVnion f rom. another5 ,
must be torn down. No bq y of w-ageworkers' can'form.aiittle New-
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