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About The Wageworker. (Lincoln, Neb.) 1904-???? | View Entire Issue (Sept. 1, 1905)
The Labor Editor Dreams
(Continued from page 1.)
Mr. Rockefeller's income exceeds the total yearly wage of the forty
pressmen of Lincoln. It takes Mr. Rockefeller an hour and forty
minutes to make more than the ten union bookbinders of Lincoln
jake in a year. Just three hours slip by ere Mr. Rockefeller makes
more than the sixteen union stereotypes of Lincoln make in twelve
' months. In less than four days Mr. Rockefeller's income is greater
than the total yearly wage of the 400 trainmen who live in Lincoln.
In less than twentv hours Mr. Rockefeller's income amounts to
more than the total' annual wage of the ninety firemen who shovel
tons of coal into the yawning fireboxes of the locomotives. Mr.
Rockefeller's income for three days is greater than the total annual
wage of the 400 shopmen of Lincoln. In one day and four hours his
income exceeds the total annual wages of the 200 street railway em
ployes of the city. Every second his income is greater by one-third
than the dailv wage of any one of the sewing girls who toil away in
the Lincoln Shirt and Overall factory while its manager is praying
for their souls and beseeching the Creator that they be led along the
paths of virtue. Mr. Rockefeller's income for four days exceeds by
several thousand dollars the annual wage of the 1,000 clerks in Lin
coln's retail establishments. The fifty ministers of Lincoln work the
year 'round to make less than Mr. Rockefeller's income for eighteen
hours. The cooks and waiters draw a total wage in a whole year
that is onlv two-thirds of Mr. Rockefeller's income for one day.
Mr. Rockefeller's income for one month is greater by far than the
total annual wage of the 3,000 miscellaneous workers of Lincoln.
As Mr. Rockefeller reviewed the parade and figured out all
these things, he rejoiced in spirit and was exceeding glad for the
wonderful bounty bestowed upon him by the Creator. But sud
denly there appeared to the dreaming editor the figure of an angel
clothed in purest white and carrying in its hand a bit of folded paper.
"Wake up, thou dreamer!" exclaimed the angel. "Dost thou
realize why yon man enjoys a monthly income greater than the
annual income of all those who toil and sweat and suffer, and then
think themselves fortunate that they are permitted to call one day
their own? Listen thou foolish one, and then tell the hosts of fool
ish ones who marched with you today. Art thou listening?"
The dreaming editor rolled over, yawned a moment and then
said he was listening.
"That man enjoys his gigantic income because he realizes the
wonderful power of this insignificant bit of paper I hold in my hand.
Dost thou know what it is? It is a ballot. Because he realizes its
power his income every second is equal to the average daily wage
of all the wageworkers of the land. By its deft manipulation he has
secured control of legislatures and made them enact laws that turned
new golden streams into his coffers. By its deft manipulation he has
influenced judges to construe laws in his favor. By its deft manipu
lation he has prevented a robbed and despoiled people from break
ing the chains which he has thrown around them. And you, thou
foolish dreamer, and all thy foolish brethren have helped him in his
schemes. When he could not persuade you to vote as he wished,
'he merely worked a scheme that caused you to vote against each
other. Now and then he let you enact a law, that you foolishly
believed would benefit you, and while you were rejoicing he had
onlv to exert his pressure upon the courts, and lo the law was nulli
fietf. O, thou foolish one!"
The angel turned as if to leave and the dreamer stirred in his
"Hark!" exclaimed the angel. "I will leave this bit of paper
here. If thou wilt use it well, thou and thy brethren, thou mayest
break the chains that bind thee. With it thou canst secure more of
the product of thy labor and compel yon man to be content with less.
Use this bit of paper as thou shouldst and "
And then the dreamer was awakened by the C o'clock whistle,
and rising slowly and sleepily he dressed for" the day's round of toil.
While he was putting on his clothes Mr. Rockefeller'made more than
the awakened sleeper made during the toil of that torrid August day.
Will the dream cause the toilers of Lincoln to think a little bit?
IN CHICAGO PRINT CIRCLES.
Scheme of the Typothetae Blocked by Vigorous Action of Chicago
Union and Walk Out Occurs.
The scheme of the Typothetae in Chicago was too transparent,
and the bluff made by the "open shop" advocates was called by No.
16. As a result the issue has been forced by the printers and every
Typothetae shop in the city with one or two exceptions, is strike
bound. The Typothetae scheme was to open one shop at a time,
thus insuring non-union help by degrees, but the officials of No. 10
took this action as a challenge and immediately put all the Typo
thetae shops on the rack. Monday morning 125 men were out, and
President Wright and the business agent made formal calls on the
remaining Typothetae shops and asked for some assurances. Meet
ing with chilly receptions, the remaining shops were struck, and
.Wednesday morning the big struggle was on for fair.
Hie Typothetae has been advertising in papers throughout the
west for weeks in the hope of securing non-union help enough to
enable them to defy the union, but up to date the answers have not
been at all numerous. Local unions throughout the country are on
the watch and are heading off possible strike breakers. The "schools"
organized by the Typothetae have not panned out to any great ex
tent. The girls who have learned the machines in order that they
might be able to "rat" on the union do not seem to be materializing.
Chicago union has been anticipating this struggle ever since
thefc-hour movement was inaugurated, and has been preparing for
uxactly the conditions that exist today. As a result of all this prep-
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has been voted by the local, and as there are something like 1,800
printers m the city who have the 8-hour day and whom the strike
does not effect, revenues will not be lacking. By common consent
the Typothetae members seem to have agreed to make their test in
Chicago. All of their resources will be bent on winning in the Windy
Omaha is preparing for a big fight, and as the Parryites are par
ticularly strong in that city it looks like a fierce struggle on the part
of the union.
THE. SCRIPTURAL FOOLISHNESS OF MR. BAER.
Head of the Coal Trust Misinterprets the Scriptures in a Way That
Cannot Be Overlooked.
Cieorge F. Baer, president of the Reading railroad and head of
the anthracite coal trust, is a God-fearing man. He is deeply re
ligious, too. A year or so ago Mr. Eaer admitted that he was one
of God's mundane trustees, and that into his keeping, and the keeping
of men like him, had been entrusted the watchcare over the millions
of toilers in this great republic. Mr. Baer is opposed to unions, of
course. The other day he had something to say about strikes and
strikers, and being a devout Christian he naturally appealed to the
scriptures to bear out his argument.
"Cain was the first striker," exclaimed Mr. Baer. "And he
killed Abel because Abel was the most prosperous fellow."
Unfortunate Mr. Baer. That argument merely exposed his ig
norance of Holy Writ. Mr. Baer was especially unfortunate in re
ferring to that little incident, because it not only does not bear out
his side of the case,, but actually does confound his argument.
Instead of being the first striker Cain was the first advocate of
the "open shop." Cain insisted that he would "run his business to
suit himself," and he declared that no "walking delegate'" could come
around to him and compel him to make a certain kind of sacrifice.
When God laid down the rule that sacrifices should consist of the
blood of sheep, of bullocks and of rams, Cain swelled up like the man
ufacturer of some sawdust breakfast food and declared that he had
a right to make any old kind of a sacrifice he wanted to. Accordingly
he refused to sign an agreement with the Almighty to observe cer
tain rules, and went out and offered up a few sheaves of musty
oats, some weevily wheat and a lot of corn that had been badly bit
ten by the chinchbugs. .And when he found that the sacrifice
wouldn't go, he hollered worse than the husband of the former ste
nographer does when he discovers that people will have nothing to
do with his charred sawdust and grape nuts. , '
Cain the first striker? Not on vour tintype. Cain wasthe first
man to declare for the open shop in sacrifices. He didn't propose
j WHEN IN LING OEM
In attendance at the State Fair a great many
men will make it a point to see the town
as well. We would ask all our friends to
bring their baggage direct to this store, check
it with us and then feel at liberty to come
and go as you please.
Our New Fall Shipments
Of. men's suits and men's furnishings are arriving daily.
The great variety in style, cut and fabric of men's suits en
ables us to please the most fastidious taste, to exact ap-.
proval from the most skeptical. In order that our many
out of town friends may find something in Lincoln to take
advantage of, we have arrangedvfor a wek of sacrificing of
values, and our store presents a grand offering of bargains.
Men will make this store their stopping place while in
ARMSTRONG CLOTHING CO
GOO O CLOTHES MERCHANTS
We are prepared to pipe your house for lighting
and fuel gas, and furnish the fixings, at practical
ly the cost of the pipe. We are constantly adding
to our facilities in this line. Today the expense
of piping your house and putting in handsome
modern fixtures is merely nominal. Our stock of
gas fixtures is complete in every detail, and prices
were never so low.
If you are not using gas for lighting and fuel pur
poses, come in and let us demonstrate its econ
omy, its convenience and its superiority.
Lincoln Gas & Electric Light Co. i
1323 0 Street, Lincoln, Nebraska.
to let even the Almighty lay down any shop rules regarding sacri
fices. If he could he would have called out the militia to enforce his
right to make any kind of a sacrifice he wanted to, but there didn't
happen to be any militia handy just then.
We used to have a sort of an idea that perhaps Mr. Baer was
one of God's trustees. But we do not harbor that delusion, now.
A trustee would know his Bible better than Mr. Baer does.
( THE HALF HOLIDAY QUESTION.
Workers of Lincoln Can Have It if They Will Ginger Up and Exer
cise Their Power. ,
The wageworkers of Lincoln have it in their power to secure a
universal half-holiday in this city if they have the nerve to wield it.
The wage earners of this city spend quite $4,000,000 a year with Lin
coln merchants, and this immense volume of trade is the argument
to use to secure a half-holiday every Saturday from May 1 until
November 1. ;
Suppose the wage earners of Lincoln simply let it be known that
they will absolutely refuse to spend a dollar with any merchant who
persists in keeping his store open on Saturday afternoon what
"O, I ain't afraid," sneers one merchant. "The d d fools
won't hang together."
That's just the trouble- the wage earners will not hang together.
They forget. They do not think. They are afraid of losing a penny
on some "bargain." . . .,-"(
I '' But that does not do away with the fact that if they. would they
could enforce the Saturday afternoon closing scheme.
POST'S LITTLE GRAFT.
Sweetened Toast and Burned Barley
His Stock in Trade.
For obvious reasons the Labor Jour
nal does not contain the large display
ads of Grape Nuts and Postal Cereal,
manufactured by the notorious union
hating Post, which appear so lavishly
in the daily papers. Readers of said
sheets who are inclined to listen to
the seductively worded advertisements
of these scab producers are asked to
read the following from ( a . labor ex
change and to paste It in their cook
"Do not boycott Mr. Post. I am
sorry that Mr. Post has been so badly
hurt by those wicked boycotters that
he is obliged to protest so strongly. It
is wicked to boycott if you don't be
lieve it ask Mr. Post or Mr. Parry.
But why boycott? You can make
'Scape Nuts and Fakem Cereal' for
your own use without infringing upon
the patent laws. To make 'Scape
Nuts' for your own use get some stale
bread, the. older the better, soak in
water, then squeeze out the water as
much as possible, and add to the well
squeezed bread enough cheap New Or
leans molasses to be able to work the
mass into a very stiff paste. '' Roll out
into thin sheets and thoroughly dry
the same in an oven without closing
the door. When thoroughly dry break
up into small bits and use as you
please. If the stale bread is moldy
and has whiskers, if you use dirty
water to soak it in, and if the general
surroundings you operate in are filthy
the dextrose grape sugar and other
chemical rot will be brought out more
fully. But do not make the mistake
of trying to live on a spoonful a day
of the stuff,, or you will lose in weight.
If you were selling the stuff It would
be to your interest to tell the public
that only a little of it was necessary
to sustain life and build up a power
ful brain, but you are not going to
sell it . ; ,.
"As for Cereal ; Coffee, If you 'like
Such sloppy stuff, just get a quantity
of seed barley at about a ' cent ; a
pound, grind it, cook according to Mr.
Post's own directions and you will
have the most delicious drink imagin
able, provided, of course, your imagi
nation is in good working order.
"I make no charges for this friendly
tip to the much buncoed American
public, and hope thi liberal press will
give it wide publicity." Rochester
A SMALL UNION.
We are expert cleaners, dyers M
and finishers of Ladies' and Lien- - D
tlemen's Clothing of all kinds.
The finest dresses a specialty.
THE NEW FIRM V
SOIKUP & WOOD
A FOR PRICELJST. :
'PHONES: Bell, 147. Auto, 1292.
1320 N St - - Lincoln, Neb.
Fresh and Salt Meats
Sausage, Povltry, Etc
Staple and Fancy Groceries.
Telephones 888-477. 314 So. Ilth Street
, . ...
But It Embraces Every Member of the
Craft in the Country. '
The smallest trades union in the
United States is the Union of Steel J
and Copper Plate Printers. The union
has but 1,256 members, 650 of whom
are in Washington. It is stated that
every member of the craft is also a
member of the union. Most of the
Washington ' members are in 'the
bureau of engraving and printing and
put in their working time making
Proof That Moon is Uninhabited.
The moon being much the nearest
to us of th'e heavenly bodies, we" can
pronounce more definitely in its case
than in any other. We know that
neither air cor water exists on the
moon in quantities sufficient to be per
ceived by the most delicate tests at
our command. It is certain that the
moon's atmosphere, if any exists, is
less than the thousandth part of the
density of that around us. The vacu
um is greater than any ordinary air
pump is capable of producing. We
can hardly suppose that so small a
quantity of air could be of any bene
fit whatever in sustaining life; an
animal that could get along on so
little could get along on none at alii
But the proof of the absence of life
is yet stronger when we consider the
results of actual telescopic observa
tion. An object such as an ordinary
city block could be detected on the
moon. If anything like vegetation
were present on its surface we should
see the changes which it would under
go in the course of a month, during
one portion of which it would be ex
posed to the rays of, the unclouded
sun, and during another to the in
tense cold of space. Prof. Newcomb
in Harper's Magazine.
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