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. A Newspaper with a Mission and without a Muzzle that is published in the Interest of Wageworkers Everywhere. " ', ' ':
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VOL.2 -LINCOLX, NEBRASKA, JULY 28, 1905 i Kt 2T0.16
The Central Union
Votes Its Thanks
tvi-Av.iiian' Union T.nhel League wifl not erive countenance
to eny attempt to organize a rival organization by disgruntled
,pm,.rl f the Leaeue. While the attairs in the international
League are not all that they should be, and while the Chicago con
vention revealed some very warm animosities that will hinder the
4li T pofriip for unmp time, the local leaeate is eoine to stick
to the old ship and endeavor to plug up the leaks. This being the
case the communication of Mrs. Sue M. Simpson of Peoria received
scant attention at the meeting Monday night. Mrs. Simpson has
withdrawn from the Woman's International Union Label League
and is now trvmg to organize inc tmuu aumuch; ji .mii-ii-.v
All Unions," and signs herself "supreme secretary-treasurer." She
asked some one to undertake the work of placing a charter here, say
ing the fee was $15, which would go to the one organizing a branch.
Mrs. Simpson was notified by the secretary that the Lincoln League
..is not thinking of engagingin the seccession business.
The committee appointed to list union made goods handled by
Lincoln merchants reported its work nearly completed. The ladies
had same queer experiences while engaged in this work. One or
two small merchants were little less than insulting, and when the
list is prepared they will be so classed and organized labor will know
whom to "pass up." But with these one or two exceptions the com
mittee was treated courteously, and the merchants seemed anxious
to help all they could. The co'mmittee was granted further time and
hopes to have its list complete by the next meeting.
The striking laundry girls at Troy, N. P., were donated $2 from
the treasury, and a collection netted $2 more, making a total of $4.
This will be sent to them immediately.
One new member was obligated, and two applications received.
After a general talk on label matters the League adjourned. The
kensington will meet next time with Mrs. M. T. Castor.
THE REAL FACTS IN THE CASE.
An Evening Paper Jumps at Conclusions and Naturally Makes a
Bad Mess of It.
Chief Cooper takes the wind out of a lecture on fair play in .Will
MaupnYs labor exponent for this week by a flat denial of its premises.
T he lecture is based on an assertion that the city authorities had no
tified certain socialists that they could not hold a series of Sunday
meetings on the streets.
"We have never told anyone they couldn't hold Sunday meet
ings," said Chief Cooper today. "Whenever anyone has asked for
this privilege 1 have told them to go ahead.' Nothing has been said
about any political meetings, socialistic or otherwise, since I- have
been chief." ' ,
Sergeant McGuire, who has charge of the day, desk, confirmed
C hief Cooper's assertion. -
"There has been no trouble about Sunday street meetings what
ever. Once some people complained of the placing of seats on the
street for a meeting at Eleventh and O. We notified Dr. Merrimanfi
telling him that the seats could not be placed on the street for the
meetings, but that they must be removed as soon as the meetings are
over. No notice has been given socialists that they could not hold
Sunday street meetings. At least I have never heard of such a
thing,, and I am sure I would hr-ve known something about it."
Some weeks ago a socialist brought to the newspaper offices a
somewhat self-laudatory notice announcing a Sunday meeting for
the following Sunday and indicating that others would probably fol
low. He proclaimed himself as one of the Colorado brand, or from
some other troubled state. Lincoln Evening News, Saturday, July
Merely for the purpose of keeping the record straight, and not
because the matter is of any great importance, The Wageworker
seises this occasion to give the facts.
In the first place, neither Chief Cooper nor Sergeant Maquire
had anything to do with it. So far as this paper knows these gentle
men are correct when they assert that they were not asked by the
socialists for permission to hold street meetings on Sunday. And
why should they be asked? They are not lawyers, and they have not
been given the right to say who or who shall not do this, that or the
other thing. Their mission is merely to apprehend and arrest violat
ors of the law and ordinances. But Mayor Brown did notify the so
cialists that they could not hold Sunday night street meetings. One
Saturday night very recently Mayor Brown sat in the office of the
Columbia National bank and heard a socialist street orator announce
that on the following evening he would address the people at the
same place. Mayor Brown spoke to the gentleman after the meeting
and advised him to look up the law before going any further. The
speaker was a little brusque and inclined to stand on what he claimed
were his rights. Then it was that Mayor Brown said that he would
not permit any political party to hold Sunday street meetings. In
the mayor's own language, "1 wouldn't even let democrats do it, and
1 am a democrat."
Chief Cooper, than whom the editor of this newspaper has no bet
ter friend, has taken no wind out of The. Wagevvorker's sails. This
newspaper is not run by wind. When it was founded its founder
early discovered that some other motive power would have to be ap
plied, the Lincoln Evening News having long since secured a monop
oly on the wind business.
IS THIS MAN A HYPOCRIT?
A Few of His Acts Diagrammed for the Purpose of Ascertaining His
Exact Place in Life.
There is a man in this city who poses as a religious exemplar,
and he is head and front of a great enterprise that claims to be reli
gious and uplifting in its aims and scope.
Yet this man as manager of a manufacturing enterprise pays
starvation wages and works women and girls long hours on wages
that are criminally small in comparison with the cost of living.
, . This man's business enterprise had a fire loss once upon a time,
and, in a plaintive voice he begged for public contributions on the
' ground that his was a Lincoln institution deserving of support, fur
ther declaring that unless help was afforded he would have to take
his business elsewhere. He didn't get the bonus he begged for, but
he is erecting a big brick building just the same. Was he guilty of
'.rying to work a confidence game on the public?
This man makes long prayers in public, and then expects work
ing girls to live virtuous and resnectable lives on $4 a week and pay
for their board, laundry and clothes out of that meager wage.
Once upon a time we knew a man who was prominent in prayer
meetings, head and front of the young people's society, chief orator
at- church anniversaries and superintendent of the Sunday school,
lie was engaged in business and suddenly took advantage of the
bankruptcy law-. His creditors found upon investiagtion that while
the man owned nothing but the clothes on his back, his wife had a
nice little bit of property in her own name the bulk of it having
been conveyed to her by her husband in various ways. But we have
always thought that the man was a hypocrit. If he were "on the
square" he wouldn't have put his property in his wife's name and
ihen gone into bankruptcy in order to beat his creditors out of their
Query: Can a man whovloes any of the things outlined aboy?
be a genuine Christian?, . .' ..
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Breezy Notes About the Knights of the
Plane and Saw.
A committee from the carpenters
was appointed to meet a like com
mittee from the bricklayers and oth
er building trades to talk over plans
for Labor day.
Bro. Woodard, the new president,
would like the mill men to come to
the meeting so he can get acquainted
The steward on each job will see
that each member is provided with
the new red working card for July
August and September.
Qufte a few of the members are
going into a new homestead of the
Brotherhood of American Yeomen, a
fraternal benefit society with head
quarters at Des Moines, la. -
A few of our members have not as
yet secured the new membership book
good for four years.
Members of the Building Laborers
Union are still doing the carpenter
work on the Fraternity building an
nex. The committee on trade rules was
ordered to frame a section to our by
laws, providing for a contingent fund,
out of which we could pay benefits
for sickness or accident upon pay
ment of so much extra per month.
This passing of the hat is a poor busi
ness, and falls, always upon the few
faithful ones who are regular attend
ants. We have a lot of members
who are faithful non-attendants -many
of them mighty good union
Bro. S. J. Kent is in receipt of a
pressing invitation from the Ottumwa,
Iowa, trades and labor assembly to
deliver the Labor day address at Ot
tumwa on Labor day. Bro. Kent de
livered the Labor day address there
two years ago, and was invited again
last year, but was prevented from
going, being under engagement to
speak at Jacksonville, Fla.
Bro. Kent will be found at the hall
Saturday evening from 8 till 9. Mem
bers desiring can call and get their
cards and pay dues.
The attention of all members is
called to section 93 of our constitu
tion which provides that when a mem
ber is three months in arrears he
shall be debarred from all benefitsun
til three months after all his arrear
ages are paid in full. We have some
members who went in arrears as far
back as last December, and while
they have paid a little dues now and
then, they have never paid in full,
and should they die or become dis-
abled their insurance would be of no
value. ,Come up, boys, and pay in
full. You can't afford to run the risk
of being out of benefit.
WITHOUT THE LABEL.
The Wageworker is compelled to
appear before its union readers with
out a label, and thereby hangs a tale
of explanation. The Wageworker is
set by union printers and printed by
union pressmen, and there is not the
least sign of trouble anywhere, but
a queer complication bas arisen, and
until it is straightened out The Wage
worker is compelled to appear minus
the Allied Printing Trades Label.
There is no Typographical Union
Label in Lincoln, that having been
taken up when the Allied Printing
Trades Label was given out. The
allied label is the only one now in
vogue, but owing to the fact that the
Pressmen's Union has not been able
to reach an agreement with the Em
ployers' association, and negotiations
having been practically broken off, the,
allied label has been taken up in
all offices represented in the asso
ciation. Union men are still at work
in all the press rooms, just as they
have been for years, and with one
exception all the press rooms are
"closed" press rooms. The Wage
v.rker's composition is done at the
Star and Independent offices, and the
press work at the Western Newspaper
Union. These offices are all parties
to the tmployers' association agree
ment and are therefore not entitled
to the allied label. And there is not
a press room in the city outside of
the association that can handle The
Wageworker's forms. The pressmen
at the W. N. U. are all union men
but are working without an agree
ment. Before non-union pressmen are
allowed to handle the forms of this
newspaper a handpress will be in
The taking up of the allied label
was for the purpose of securing some
action on the part of the pressmen.
They have been negotiating after a
fashion for six months, but as yet
have accomplished nothing. The
printers, stereotypers and bookbind
ers insist that it is up to the boys
in the press rooms to gaj busy.
THE THIRD LARGEST.
Capital Auxiliary No. 11 of Lincoln
Stands in Third Place.
, Mrs. Frank A. Kennedy of Omaha,
president of the ' Woman's Interna
tional Auxiliary to the Typographical
Union, informs The Wageworker that
Capital Auxiliary No. 11 of Lincoln
is the third largest in the organiza
tion, being exceeded in size only by
the Washington and Chicago Aux
iliaries. This is something of which the loy
al and tireless members of Capital
Auxiliary should be proud. It proves
that the local organization is active
in good works and made up of women
who are interested deeply in'Hhe
cause of unionism. The Wageworker
would not presume to offer advice
to such good workers, but it sug
gests that Capital Auxiliary go to
hustling for first place.
The July Social Held on a Lawn and
Proves a Huge Success.
Capital Auxiliary's. July social was
held last Monday evening on the lawn
at the home of Mr. and Mrs. J. E.
Mickel, and, the affair was a marked
success. Scores of Japanese lanterns
decorated the lawn and the tables
were spread beneath them. The at
tendance was very satisfactory, and
financially and socially everything was
up to expectations.
A pleasing feature of the evening
was a surprise given by a quartet
that came up in an auto and serenad
ed the assembly. The quartet was
made up of Glen Odell, baritone; Mr.
VanSickel, basso; Otto Ranchilds,
tenor, and Glen Mason, tenor. Frank
Lee officiated as chaffeur. After ren
dering several selections the visitors
were invited in and partook of the
refreshments, but they insisted on
paying for the same.
An incident that created some ex
citement was the mysterious disap
pearance of the seven-year-old son of
Mry and Mrs. Landers. The little fel
low started home and got lost, and
(tie parents were almost distracted for
a while. But a street car man found
the little fellow sobbing on the streets
and took him home.
Mrs. Maupin spent Sunday in Oma
ha with her brother, Asa Armstead,
who is in a hospital in that city rey
covering from an operation for ap
pendicitis. .. .
Rotjers & Perkinp carry (he lafeest,
line 'of uu ion made shoes in tjaescf
Boosting the Label
To Mr. Jess B. Fulton and Member of the Fulton Stock com
pany, and to Frank Zehrung, Manager of the Oliver, Tlieater,' Greet'
iii: At a meeting of the Central Labor Union held last Tuesday
evening a resolution of thanks was unanimously voted to you for your
kindness and liberality in tendering the organization - a benefit per
for nance. The Central Labor Union appreciates your kindness, and
trusts that in all your business enterprises you may be eminently
successful. It may gratify you to know that through, your kindness
the Central Labor Union's treasury is richer today by $105 than it :
was before the benefit was given. . - : . 'I'll ' ' '
To the business firms of Miller & Paine, the Lincoln Gas and .
Electric Light Co., the Armstrong Clothing Co., H. Herpolsheimer
& Co., and the Lincoln Clothing Co., Greeting : The thanks of the :
Central Labor Union have been unanimously tendered to you for
your liberal patronage of the organization 'benefit, and the dele- ,
gates to the central body assure you that they appreciate your kind-,
ness and will to the best of their ability seize, every occasion to make
their gratitude manifest by more practical methods than mere votes
of thanks. , .'
The above resolutions, properly drawn, were adopted by the
Central Labor Union Tuesday night. The report 'of Treasurer Evans
that the benefit netted the organization $105 was greeted with loud ,
applause. Incidentally The Wageworker came in for a share of the
thanks for the service it rendered in making the benefit a success.
President Gompers of the American Federation of Labor notified
the central body that it must immediately expel the delegates of the
International Laborers' Union. A committee was appointed to
confer with the members of that organization with, a view to reach
ing some sort of a compromise that would permit the locaL-to main ?
tain its representation. Messrs, Hale, Evans and Bush were made
the committee. -On
motion a committee consisting of Castor, Evans and Bush
was appointed to make some arrangements for Labor Day, the sense
of the meeting being that nothing in the way of a parade be had. . -
The secretary was instructed to notify laggard unions that if .
they did not send .delegates regularly an appeal would be taken to the
American Federation of Labor for, the purpose pf haying that body '
take the matter up with the international officials of the various
unions. ' ' . '' ' -r
It was announced that A. E. Shaw a delegate from the Barbers'.
Union, was high man in the sale of tickets to the benefit, he having
sold $15 worth.. Mr. Shaw was congratulated and wore his honors
with a blush. '; ' '..
Grave Injustice Doe , to a , Printing1. House of Lincoln That lave - .yv
1: .;;';':Good'work. ;'-;:-f ' f
. The Nebraska seston lawsfor,J;.9,Q5wliiclTi.-liave.just made their
appearance, bound in calf, are by alL odds the worst specimen of pub
lic printing that has emanated frottithe'state capitol.. Not orily are
these session laws wretchedly bound, more wretchedly printed and
outrageously padded, but the proof reading is so indifferent that it
requires comparison with the original bills in. order to make sure
what the law really is. By leading and stuffing the vdlume has been
expanded so that its dimensions are - almost "equal to the revised
statutes. The inflation of sesion laws ha,s been going from bad to
worse from session to session, and we are impelled to ask why it is
that the law books issued and paid for by the state of Nebraska are
so inferior to those issued by every other state or territory ? Omaha
There is but one statement of truth in the above all the rest
is outrageous falsehood. What animus nay be behind the Omaha
Bee's "roast" no one but the Bee's editor knows.
The session laws for 1905 were printed by the Woodruffs-Collins
Co. of Lincoln, and the book is one of the best in point of .printing,
paper and binding ever turned out for the state. Insofar as the
binding is concerned, Clerk Luidsey says it is superior :to any issue
of the session laws prior to 1905. The presswork and the paper
speak for themselves, and the Woodruff-Collins Co. would doubtless
be willing to leave both these points to experts. , The charge of pad- ,
ding is unfounded. The 1901 session laws contain 716 pages and
122 chapters. The 1903 session laws contain 856 "pages and 166
chapters. The 1905 sesion laws contain 908 pages and 235 chapters. -In
proportion to the number of chapters the 1905 sesion laws are
snore compact than either of the others. '
The Woodruff-Collins Co. is not responsible for the typographi-. ,
cal errors in the book and it is full of .them. That responsibility .
rests upon the deputy secretary of state, who attended to the proof
reading. Many of the errors are chargeable to the enrolling and en-'
grossing clerks, 'who were either' inexcusably careless or grossly
ignorant Or both. In printing laws the printer must follow copy
worA. for word, line for line, error for error. If the engrossed bill
spells God with a little "g" it must appear that way in the book.
The 1905 session laws are neither leaded unduly, nor are they '
"stuffed." If the state always gets as good work as it gets in the
1905 session laws it will be fortunate. ' . ,-
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UNLAWFUL AND UNAMERICAN?
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boycott". ,k- J
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That's What the Boycott is Save When Used by the Citizens
Alliance Against Unions.
In the pronunciamentos of trade unions and Citizens' Alliances
are often many unconscious bits of humor. Not the least entertain-'-
ing of these is to be found in a circular letter of the Citizens' Alliance
recently addressed by that organization to members and the public.
Ihe Citizens' Alliance, be it understood,, is - "against the
when used by anyone but itself. It boycotts, we presumes
moral grounds, but when anv one else resorts to the practice
"unlawful and un-American." " ' . )
The letter in question is .lirected against a boycott upon a icer-. .-
tain brand of beer. It complains that "the union method is tQ
threaten retailers with the withdrawal of the union patronage" if the.., fr.-.a
retailers continue to handle the non-union beer, and then naively k- V .
adds: . . : -' ' . .' - t -
, "We suggest that our members insist upon getting any ,
article they call for and, if the clerk or proprietor of any "
store refuses to serve the articles called for notify him that
in future you will place your entire patronage, with a house,
that carries the trooits vnii want anH if this nntifiration has v
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not sufficient force to cause the goods to be served, follow
tne worcis witn action, co-operation m these matters win
soon ;ause the boycott to become ah ineffective measure."
What remains to be explained is: .Why is a Citizens' Alliance' f;
refusal to patronize to be known as "co-operation in these, matters," .
while the trade-union refusal to patronize is denounced as-"thsuh-y-'
lawful and un-American boycott?", ' , .
If the manager of th. Citizens''. Alliance are 'to get credit -for .
even good intentions' theVshoidd' get jt iiew. letter-writeforrJetfer
cease to uue- as minatnne .usinp- .tne ver.v metnoa uiy mc--
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