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About The Wageworker. (Lincoln, Neb.) 1904-???? | View Entire Issue (July 28, 1905)
WILL M. MAUPIN, EDITOR AND PUBLISHER
Published Weekly. One Dollar a Year. Advertising Rates on Application
Entered aa second-class matter Ap ril 21. 1904, at the postoffice at Lin
coln, Neb, under the Act of Congress.
TO THE LOGICAL CONCLUSION.
A few weeks ago Anton Sievking:, a Chicago teamster on strike,
assaulted a non-unionist who was driving Anton's old team. The
A hv thf fists of the irate Sievking:.
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Volicemcn arrested Anton and took him to jail. The next, morning'
lie was fined $ and costs, and not naving me uiuncy w s...v v
the Uridewcll. Hut this is not all of the story. Several daily news
papers made a feature story of the "assault, and Anton's work was
! ! i .... f ,l;nn; ,tlinds. "Slusrsrer."' "desperado.
lltlsl lip a vjpis.cn yr uuiuiiink cc- ' '
"time" and "murderous assailant" were some of the names Hung
at Anton, and the whole body of union men the country over were,
bv inference, held to be men who would slug a man on the slightest
excuse. In other words, everv union man in the country was de
nounced as a "slugger" and a "thug" simply because Anton Sievking.
a striking unionist, assaulted the man who had taken his job.
t -... i. - tim imsnpt living at Minden. Nebraska,
LildL wccis a iiiiiimici sji s.nv - - o '
was found guilty of slapping and spanking his seven-months-old
if ..-:,,t niurVi This minister was fined $10 and
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costs. But suppose The Wageworker follows the precedent set m
t A.,.. c:.,i,:., -,,-wi r.sTrfff1 tn rharp-e that all ministers
x;ie case sji i-mvsjii juimuj t. o- - -
of the gospel are baby whippers ! Because the Rev. Mr. Hickinger
if we remember rightly that is his name is so allfired mean and con-
tetnptible as to whip an innocent mue scvcu-iiijiiviio-sjis.i v..vs,
only offense was to cry, are we to understand that all ministers of
the gospel would whip little babies under similar circumstances?
n .it : "ci.ivmi-c" Ispi-aiinp'nnp union man assaulted
li an vuiisjii men ait oisigfts-io -
aon-unionists, then it logically follows that all ministers of the gospel
are mean enough ttnwhip sweet little seven-months-old babies be
cause one minister of the gospel was found guilty of doing it. And if
all union men are "sluggers" because Anton Sievking, a union man,
assaulted a non-unionist, then all members of the National Business
Men's Alliance are guilty of cruelty to their wives and have dis
carded them in order to take up with their pretty stenographers, be
cause Charles W. Post, president of that alliance, has been guilty of
that very thing.
T -i-scrii id n vrrm rWful thins when vou tret right into it. The
more you investigate it the more wonderful it really becomes.
Surely no logician will deny the soundness of the logic used in the
above. There is no special dispensation that we know of that would
. t- ::4.- - un .nomKnrc r( Vu Ttiicinpec Men's Alliance
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from workings of the laws of logic.; Therefore, if the logic used to
unimiiute nf hpinrr "slncrfrprs" is correct, we must admit that
al! ministers are brutal enough to whip seven-months-old babies for
1 1 r .1 !-..: VTV A lli'nniia n f tx ' m , 1 1
crying, ana ai: memuers 01 ine jjusuicbs men s "'om-s; gum;
of having divorced their wives in order to carry on under the dis-
JIAC IIlciLI UUVJiijr naoviia uw jwu'uk"""
I THE CHICAGO STRIKE LOST.
The teamsters' strike in Chicago is a thing of the past. It was
lost beyond hope of recovery and lost from the start. But a better
struggle for human rights has not been made for many years, and
the failure is in no wise due to a lack of justice in the demands made
by the strikers. But conditions were not ripe, and in addition there
was mismanatremcnt of strike affairs. This mismanagement may
have been the result of graft on that point The Wageworker is
not qualified to speak. ' But this much is certain if leaders of the
teamsters grafted, then some leaders among the employers are guilty
of bribery. We have yet to be convinced that the man who accepts
a Ln ibe is worse than the man who gives it, and if union labor is to
be held to account because some labor leaders graft and accept
bribes, then we insist that employers' associations be held to account
because some of their members are guilty of offering bribes. Lead
ine newspapers declare that the Giicago strike has inflicted a blow
to unionism from which it will not recover for years. This may be
true, but in all justice should not. thevsame blow be inflicted on the
employers' association that offered the bribes that labor leaders
arc accused of accepting? Uuion labor asks no special dispensation
or indulgence ; it asks no favors not granted to other organizations.
But it does ask, and justly, too. that it be judged by the same stand
ards that are used in judging the employers or other bodies of men.
Hankers object if they are judged as a whole by the defaulting
banker who robs the safe and slips to Canada. Ministers object if
they are judged as a body by the escapades of some lecherous scoun
drel who has used the cloth to further his damnable ends. Masons
would object if their grand society were judged as a whole by the
actions of individual Masons who have forged notes, burglarized
bouses or ruined trusting women. All these ask, and with justice,
that they be judged by their average, not by their worst or their
best. - Union labor asks only the same thing.
The Chicago strike was inopportune. However just may have
been the demands of the strikers, they made a mistake in precipitat
ing the conflict at a time when everything was against their chances
of winning. The wise general does not seek an engagement until
lie sees an advantage. As for the charges of grafting made against
fo.iie of the leaders, The AVageworker takes them with a grain of
fait. It will have to be shown.
fected, isn't it about time to employ some other method and do away
with strikes entirely?" Will the Union kindly tell us how to do
away with strikes without emasculating the labor unions? . Strikes
ire bad alwavs. But the union without a strike clause m its con
stitution is about as useless as anything can be. A strikeless labor
union would fill Post's soul with delight.
Lincoln, a city of over 50,00 people, and only two public water
ing troughs ! And at neither one of these can a dog drink. Lincoln
is a great educational, religions and musical center, but it lacks a
whole lot of being a humanitarian citv.
This from the Philadelphia Trades Union News expresses our
sentiments to a gnat's eyebrow ; "The eight-hour day on January 1
by amicable agreement with,the Typothete if possible, but the eight
hoar day on January 1."
Some Union Made Humor
It's Up to You
There is plenty of joy in the world
If only you're trying to find it.
And your trouble will fly like the
breath of a sigh
If you are too happy to mind it.
Your life is too precious to waste in
For you gather no profits on stocks
held in care,
And the world will pay tribute if
you'll do your share,
But you've got to put hustle behind it.
There is plenty of work to be done in
If you have the dourage to do it.
There are races to run and a goal to
If you have the grit to pursue it.
But you never can win if you sit still
You'll never grow strong while you
And the world will keep whirling
while you are asleep,
And yours is the fault if you rue it.
You are sure to reap trouble along
your life road
If daily you always expect it.
And you needn't think you can gather
As long as you coolly neglect it,
Don't ' think for a moment that you
The shirker is always a fit mark for
If the- world owes you living you've
got to attempt
To hand her the bill and collect it.
THE WAGEWORKER WAS CORRECT.
Elsewhere in this issue wilt be found an article clipped from
the Lincoln Evening News, together with The Wageworker's reply
thereto. Attention is. called to this matter because the News has,
unintentionally, no doubt, wronged "Will Maupin's labor exponent."
hat hurts us more than anything else is the News-Journal policy of
suppressing the name of thi humble little labor paper. Night
after night have we tossed upon our sleepless pillow and wept
scalding tears of bitter anguish because the News-Journal would not
mention the name of our little sheet. We have strived, O, so hard,
to cultivate friendly relations with the News-Journal,. but seemingly
without avail. Despite our herculean efforts to secure recognition
from the eminent concern at Ninth and P we are still confined to the
nebular limbo of the vast unknown. Sometimes the News-Journal
has had to resort to deviations from the truth in order to preserve
ils policy intact, but long practice has made it adept. It is awfully
discouraging to us, but we presume we will have to stand it, and
"JVill Maupin's labor exponent" will continue to appear weekly.
Next November the voters of this state will be called upon to
elect a justice of the supreme court to succeed Judge Holcomb.
Already the corporate interests arc busy fixing up the plans to secure
control of both conventions. With the democratic nominee beholden
to the corporations and the republican nominee in the same fix, the
.corporations will rest easy and the dear people will proceed to rend
llicir nether garments and whoop it up under the impression that
thy are running things.
' Talk about genuine sarcasm, how about this from the Atlanta
Journal of Labor, and appearing in the notes in the "Lathers' De
pa! tmenti" "We arc glad to see the printers fighting for eight
' hours. Surely if we lathers, made up of colored men. can maintain
eight hours and $t a day, the printers can do the same. We are
ready to help you." Now wouldn't that wrinkle vour working card?
Veep stirring Post up, boys. The more we stir him the more
money he spends for newspaper space and 99 cents out of every 100
" thus spent by Post goes into the pockets of union printers srfid their
employers. The printers can stand that sort of thing much longer
than Post can. .
The Ubiquitous Tin Can
Of course you remember that old
chestnut that went the rounds a few
years ago to the effect that an Eng
lish tourist doing Kansas asked a
demure Kansas maid an what they did
with so much corn.
"O, we eat what we can, and what
we can't we can," slie replied.
In relating the experience to friends
at home the Englishman said:
"I awsked her what they did with
so much corn, don't yer know, and
she replied that they ate what they
could and what they couldn't they
tinned, don't you know. Funniest
thing I ever heard, but it seems to
have lost its humor now, don't yer
Everything that man needs to sus
tain life, with the sole exception of
air, may now be; purchased in tin
cans. The housewife has found some
of her most difficult problems solved
by the tin can method, and a hevy
load has been lifted from her
shoulders. Strawberry jam that used
to require almost unlimited work in
gathering the berries, and torture
over a red hot range, is now to be
purchased at the grocer's. There was
no labor expended In gathering straw
berries tor its foundation. A little
glucose, some flavoring extract and
a handful of timothy seed, and there
you have a strawberry jam that would
deceive an expert.
Blackberry jam is made in exactly
the same way, the flavoring and the
coloring being a little different, and
alfalfa seed being substituted for the
timothy seed. Those beautiful red
cherries that decorate the ice cream
sodas you buy it used to require a
vast amount or work to gather and
preserve them. All the work, and
even the cherry tree have been elimi
nated from the equation, and now
you can buy them in tin cans or glass
bottles, and they are made of one of
the products of coal tar properly
mixed with coloring matter and a
fait trace of prussic acid to, give them
the cherry flavor.
Thirty years ago. you will remem
ber if you are old enough, you used
to put in several days after the first
frost paring and cutting up pumpkins
to dry for the winter supply of pies.
Now you buy the pumpkin in cans
ready for use, and if the pumpkin
supply is short you merely call for
pumpkin and get sweet potatoes put
up so beautifully that you never know
A few years ago your mother used
to boil tomatoes by the bushel to make
a few gallons of delicious catSUD. and
when the tomato crop was short you
missed one of the finest condiments
imaginable. In this Inventive age of
the tin can the stock of tomato catsup
has nothing to do with the tomato
crop. If there wasn't a tomato
ripened in the republic it wouldn't
reduce the output or catsup a pint.
Guests drop in' to lunch at an un
expected time nowadays, and it
doesn't give the housewife a flutter.
A few years ago it would have driven
her to despair. She would have to
chase out and start the kitchen fire,
catch and kill a chicken, peel and
fry potatoes, run down cellar and
skim a crock of cream, and do a few
hundred other things. Now she en
tertains her guests until within ten
minutes of luncheon time, and then
she sets the table and opens a few
tin cans. There is the canned salmon,
the canned sweet potatoes that need
only to be warmed over, the canned
Saratoga chips, the canned con
densed milk, canned veaf loaf, canned
sliced tomatoes, a cake from the
bakers and a can of fruit.
The tin can has made the desert
hatite.ble, and pushed the fringes of
civilization outward with ever in
creasing rapidity. In other days the
route of the pioneers was marked by
the glistening bones of men and
beasts; now it is marked by empty
. . -'The. union nian who wears any article of clothing made by
(cans is fccauuiiig , on me unions, in q man -wfio wears scab
.. i. it '
garrpenj,s can uc a nut umc union vnarr,
I he f. josepn unio says;, , "in fa
inc receui imw"ji muv, auuves, ii;we naa
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we' are impelled to enter an Objection
to this desecration of the luscious
watermelon.. The watermelon in its
natural state is quite good enough,
and to "endeavor to make it better,
more useful or more healthful would .
be to paint the lily or gild' refined
gold. Sweet memories cluster around
the watermelon, to say nothing of
present pleasures that are connected
therewith. ,;Out upon the man who
would take' the succulent fruit aud
debase it to commercialism in a re
fined form! . ; .':
It is to be hoped, that all efforts to
commercalize the watermelon in
some other shape will fail as disas
trously as have the attempts made to
improve upon the good old way of eat
ing them. "There is but one way to
carve a watermelon," says Senator
Stone, "and that's to bust it." The
senator is eminently correct. "Bust
'er," and then insert your visage into
the rich red heart until the lobes of
your ears are afloat and the bosom
of your shirt moist and' decorated '.with
seeds. Having done this you will
arise in the strength given you by the
feast and denounce any and all
schemes to divert this favorite fruit
from its primitive and natural use. -
The Fervid Patriot stood upon the
corner and discoursed, using appro
"Every man should be ready to
serve his country in any capacity,"
he exclaimed. "I am ready to render
any service my country may require
of me. If need be I will don her uni
form, bid my loved ones good-by and
march away to the tented field, there
to do and die as the fates may or
dain." ' t
"There is nothing you would refuse
to do if called upon by your country?"
queried the shrewd-eyed little man in
the outer circles.
"No, sir!" exclaimed the Fervid
Patriot. "What my country needs at
my hands, that will I gladly do, and
rejoice that the opportunity is given
me. My life, my all, is at my coun
"Thank you," said .the shrewd-eyed
little man. "Then you will have no
objections to correcting the assess
ment schedule you made out and
giving in for taxation the property you
forgot to mention the first time." .
Before he could recover the Fervid
Patriot had taken the blank and was
watching the crowd slowly melt
The Simple Life
Man riseth up in the morning and
starteth to his office. He dodges au
tomobiles and street cars, starts back
just in time to miss connection with
a live wire, sees an open coal hole
just in time, unknowingly walks un
der a safe being hoisted to the third
story, enters his office in a building
built in violation of the building
laws, collides with book agents, has
a narrow escape from eleven insur
ance agents, is mistaken by a bill col
lector for some other man, works
like a slave to pay tribute to trusts
that have collared everything in
sight, breathes impure air and has
to drink water from a water system
owned and operated- by private capi
tal and having its source of supply In
a sewer contaminated stream, and re
peats the dodging tactics on his way
This is the simple life that the
average city man lives.
"Why is it," growled the naggins
husband, "that you can not bake pies
and cakes and such things like mother
used to make?"
"Because," retorted the long-suffering
but now desperate wife, "because
you do not provide the ingredients
that father used to provide; you do
not provide the fuel that father used
to provide, you haven't even the tem
per that your father used to have,
and you have a different appetite
since you learned to chew tobacco,
drink liquor, keep late hours and
dose your stomach with patent medi
cines. Jsiow you eat what's set before
you without any more grumbling, or
else look for another boarding
Time to Call a Halt
The staggering news comes from
the east than an inventive genius has
prepared a process of making a fine
article ot granulated sugar from
watermelons. It is further said that
the process is so cheap and so easily
operated that it will make water
melon sugar an' important competitor
of beet and, cane sugar and therefore
a- weabon'.with't whicft to fight the
BugMThiBt. Bui; despite the opportu
nity to get" a whacK at the sugar trust
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Some people mistake a fad for re
ligion. Life's greatest pleasures do not
Only those who have suffered can
A friend in need is a friend in deed,
not alone in words.
Some men who are quick to propose
reforms are the last to accept them.
The world has very little confidence
in a man who is too proud to remem
ber his origin.
Every man 'you help out of the
gutter is one man less left there to
pull you down.
Some men would never know they
had a good time yesterday if they
had no headache today.
Instead of complaining that they
do not get what they deserve, most
men should be rejoicing because of it.
If the possession of money were
the only reason for happiness, the
world would lose most of its cheer-
1 m n
Do not envy the man who owns an
! automobile. If you must be envious,
consider the man who owns the re
We refuse to be alarmed at this
talk about the danger of a return of
the crinoline. Bad as it was, there
was something good i . it.
The trouble with some men is that
they think they were cut out for pace
makers when they were really entered
merely to fill the required number of
It is not the heat of the hot weather
that makes us uncomfortable; it is
the hot' weather's habit of bringing to
the front the eminent old gentlemen
who could cradle so much wheat per
day in the oldfti" times. -
That is a good word to remember. It
means "The Art of Good Living; the PIeas
ures of the Table; the Art of Dining; the Prin
ciples of Cooking." We are all interested
mora or less in gastronomy, and whatever'
inclines towards furthering that interest
should be encouraged.
You will not find that word in the diction
ary, but it is a good word and expresses a
meaning clearly. It means 'The Proper Use
of Fuel Gas." We coined that word ourselves
We desire to talk to you for a few moments
gastronomically and gasologically. In other
words, to talk to you about selling you fuel
gas wherewith you mayxook your food prop
erly, readily and economically.
Use of Fuel Qas
-. - ' '
It is cheaper to use than either coal or
wood. It is as handy as a pocket in a shirt.
It is so clear that the neat housewife blesses
it. It is a comfort that the housewife appre
ciates. No troublejust touch a match and
get all the heat at (once. . When the heat is
no longer needed, turn it off at once. No
broiling of the cook while baking the bread.
Modern (Gas Range
Is to the modern housewife what modern
office appliances are to the uptodate mer
chant, the modern machinery to the modern
farmer, the linotype to the printer, the type
writer to the correspondent, the incandescent
light to the night worker. The woman who
uses a steel range in preference to a gas range
should use the old-fashinoned fireplace and
crane. The coal range is as obsolete as the
We Sell (Gas Ranges
All kinds and sizes, and we sell them on
terms to suit the purchaser. On our easy
payment plan the saving of fuel secured by
using gas will pay for the range. It will af
ford us pleasure to show you the ranges in
operation at our office, and we invite you
to call. . tz-:
Lincoln Gas & Electric Light
1323 O ST., LINCOLN;
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