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About The Wageworker. (Lincoln, Neb.) 1904-???? | View Entire Issue (Sept. 29, 1905)
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WILL M. A1AUP1N, EDITOR AND PUBLISHER
Thousands of Men
Published Weekly. One Dollar a Year. Advertising Rates on Application
Entered as second-class matter April 21, 1904, at the postofflce at Lin
coln, Neb, under the Act ot Congress.
A WORD WITH THE WOMEN. m
The Woman's Home Companion, published at Springfield, O.,
is distinctly a magazine for women and depends altogether upon their
support for its continued existence. The printers engaged upon this
publication have struck ior the eight hour day. The owners of the
magazine have been the first, and the only, employing printers to
seek refuge behind the writ of injunction, and the union printers of
Springfield have been served with a blanket injunction that restrains
them from everything save eating and sleeping.
, The Woman's Home Companion is a "rat" concern, employing
"rat" printers and seeking refuge behind an injunction secured by
methods that are familiar to unionists. The striking printers sough;
only to lay the exact facts before the non-unionists coming in to take
their places. The injunction restrains them from in any way influ
encing the strike breakers.
The Wageworker calls upon the women of the land to take cog
nizance of the attitude of the Woman's Home Companion towards
organized labor. The boycott is illegal, of course, but there is no
power on earth that can compel you to subscribe for or continue to
support a magazine that is owned by opponents of unionism and
manned by "rats" who have taken the place of men striking for bet
ter conditions and shorter hours. Far be it from us to advise a boy
cott, but we do unhesitatingly ask the good women of the land to
liflp us by refusing to give support to our opponents whoever they
THE CASE OF SHELBY SMITH.
1 Shelby Smith, a member, of Philadelphia Typographical Union
Xo. 2, has apologized to the executive council of the international for
strictures upon its management of the Philadelphia situation. And
in making that apology Shelby Smith shows himself to be so im
measurably larger than either James Lynch or John Bramwood that
there can be no comparison.
Those who regularly read The Wageworker are familiar with
the Shelby Smith case. President Lynch and Secretary Bramwood
demanded Smith's scalp, and secured it by methods that do not re
dound to the credit of the Toronto convention. Smith was unseated
as a delegate. Then it was demanded that he apologize to the con
vention. Smith was unseated as a delegate;. Then it was demanded
that he apologize to the executive council, and Philadelphia union
was ordered to take up his card if he failed to do so. In order to
coerce Philadelphia union it was ordered that the charter be revoked
if it did not take up Smith's card. The whole proceeding was marked
by a vengeful spirit on the part of Lynch and Bramwood that would
do credit to a bloodthirsty Sioux.
Smith did not have to apologize, and there was not the least
danger that he would lose his card. He returned to Philadelphia
and proceeded to make arrangements to go into the courts and insti
tute injunction proceedings against the international officers. But
ihat would have made trouble not only for the international organiza
tion, but it would have endangered Philadelphia union, which is now
engaged in a life and death struggle against big odds. In that
struggle Philadelphia is almost wholly at the mercy of the executive
council. Smith finally decided that his duty to his union was higher
than his personal well being, and with an unselfishness that men high
in authority can not understand because of mental limitations, he
decided to apologize rather than throw a single obstacle in the way of
his union's securing a great victory.
Here and now, and without any attempt at quibbling or evasion,
The Wageworker declares that Shelby Smith in his humiliation is
n grander figure in unionism than any man or set of men who, in or
der to satisfy their vengeance and gratify their vanity would sacri
fice the union life of a fellow craftsman at the expense of union wel
fare. Shelby Smith has more friends today than ever before. He
is in a better position than 'ever to advance the cause of unionism.
And in the vears to come. Shelby Smith will be a commanding figure
in union circles when men once elevated to power which they did not
know-how to use wisely have been forgotten save for their vanity
and their vencreance.
The Shelby Smith case should be laid aside. for a few months.
The success of the eight hour campaign is now at stake. When that
is "off the hook" and success is assured beyond a peradventure, then
the Shelby Smith case will become a live issue again, and on that line
The Wageworker is prepared to make its fight.
Tc? Shelby Smith The Wageworker extends its very best wish
es, and assures him that it holds him in higher esteem than ever.
WHERE GRAFT REIGNS SUPREME.
- When Sam Parks, the labor grafter of New York, was on the
gridiron the newspapers were full of it. Parks was a member of
'.he structural iron workers' union. He grafted and he went to jail,
where he died. The great daily newspapers of the land gave as much
space to the grafting of this one union workingman as they are giving
to the grafting of such men as Perkins, Morgan. Hyde, Alexander,
Dcpew, McCall and others of that ilk. And although Sam Parks
went to jail, as he deserved to do, there is not the least clanger that
his fellow grafters in higher stratas of society will ever be called upon
to don the stripes.
And why? Of the two, Perkins and Parks, which deserves the
greater punishment? One an ignorant workingman, the other, rich,
educated and moving" in the best society. In all the history of all
the organizations formed by workingmen, there never was such rot
tenness, corruption and graft as has been uncovered in the insurance
scandals now occupying public attention. The union leaders and
officials have handled millions upon millions of money, and yet all
the graft that may have existed therein would not be worthy of men
tion in the same day with gigantic graft and loot ajid plunder that
has been going on inside of any one of the four great life insurance
The unionists have not been posing as holier than the general
run of humanity, either. They have left all that sort of thing for the
Perkins, the McCalls, the Hydes and the Alexanders. These men
have done all the moral posing, all the prating about "honor" and all
the mouthing about "good citizenship." They have been throwing
'all the fits about the "unlawful labor unions" and doing all the shud
dering about the danger to the country by reason of the "anarchis
tic unions." And while they were thus posing and prating and shud
dering they have been shoving their hands into other people's money
clear above the elbows. While they were shuddering and stealing,
prating and peculating, the unions they have so roundly denounced
have been quietly alleviating distress, caring for the widows and or
phans, burying the dead and making life sweeter and brighter for
those whose lot it is to eat bread in the sweat of their faces.
We call upon an unprejudiced and fairminded public to judge
between the leaders in the labor movement and the leaders of the
"God and morality" gang represented by the discredited Perkins, the
unspeakable Hyde and the odoriferous McCall. Which is the bet
ter citizen, Samuel Gompers or George Perkins? Which is the bet-y
ter citizen, President McCall of the Xew York Life Insurance com
pany or President Mitchell of the United Mine Workers of America?
Into whose hands would you rather commit the care of, your wives
and your children, O union men of America? Would you choose the
inside ring of the four big life insurance companies, or the humble
workingmen who have banded together in unions for their own pro
tection and the protection of their loved ones?
The men who bribe courts and legislatures and violate the laws
of business honesty arc the men who hovd loudest about the "un
American labor unions." Epot 'em! .
The university student who "scabs"' is tvorse than the ignorant
New Clothes this JWorith
We find ourselves as ready to meet the exigency as a battleship cleared for action
with all summer goods out of our house with every table in the splendid expanse of our
Men's floor piled high with fresh new stylish autumn garments made to our order and '
just out of the tailors' hands. Suits, Top Coats, Raincoats, Trousers and Fancy Vests,
each and all in happy accord with Lincoln taste. These garments are so grouped in three
great families that every man, no matter what his size, can be fitted quickly and suc
cessfully with something to suit his occupation, please his fancy and meet the easy limit j :
of his purse. ' ?,
The foremost feature of our Clothing 1f f)h T ins
at $6.SO to $12.50 is our P'U. UU L,ITU
THE SUITS The best American Woolens are represented in the Cheviots, Cassimeres,'
Worsteds and Thibets of which thi3 line is made. They qome in the extra long and
conservative cuts. They are made both single and double breasted. The line contains
a liberal showing of blues and blacks. .
THE TOP COATS These come in Coverts and Whipcords, serge or silk lined.
The leading thing in our Men's ffclGZ T iris
Clothing at 12.50 to $13.00 is our plJUJ IlflS
Finer Woolens, hand-tailoring at every point that needs careful shaping to impart
correct contour and still closer attention to every detail of fit and finish make our $15.00
Suits, Top Coats, Rain Coats and Overcoats the ideal garments for business men who
want to keep up appearances and want clothing which combines neatness with the great
est durability at a moderate cost.
Our garments at $20, $22.50, $25, $27.50 and $30.00 conform to the highest standard
s of custom work. j
The finest imported Woolens, hand tailoring throughout and assiduous attention to
minute details, with expert inspection all through the process of manufacture, make our
high-grade garments the peer of any clothing in America. Professional men, financiers
and the closest followers .of fashion in elegant attire for men, find these, garments in full
keeping with their needs.
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column about the Chicago meat packers who were fined $25,000 for
violating the anti-rebate law.If it had been some union man sentenced
to jail for a couple of years for appropriating a few dollars of union
money those same Associated Press papers would Have made a col
umn out of it.
C. W. Post continues to howl in favor of a "square deal." But
a "square deal" is the very thing he objects to. If he had it there
might be an ex-stenographer wondering who would pay her millinery
The Associated press, newspapers actually printeda third of a
There are a number of gentlemen in Lincoln as well able to af
ford a liberal donation for park purposes as Mr.Bryan. And if they
will step forward they will be allowed to say a few words.
A man may pray as loud as he pleases, but God will count the
tears dropped on the stitches in the shirts and overalls made in the
sweat shop of the praying one.
That life insurance outfit can no longer yell "anarchists" at the
labor unions loud enough to call attention away from their own
The printers are now fighting for what the cigarmakers have
enjoyed for many years the eight hour day.
A union man without a label is a union man without unionism.
Whether Common ot Not
Will M. Maupin, in "The Commoner."
I'd like to be a boy again for just a
week or two.
And do again some pleasant tasks like
those I used to do
Not go to school or. saw up wood, or
any jobs like those;
Nor Sunday school nor visiting in my
best suit of clothes.
I'd like to be a boy again witholi a
grief or care,
With heart elate and eyes alight and
spirits free as air;
And with my chums of old time days
with many laugh and cheer
Go "hick'rynuttin"' in the woods
about this time of year.
Down there in Russell's wood lot, and
then on across the creek,
The old shagbarks are growing and
the nuts are hanging thick.
And through the laden branches where
the autumn breezes play
We see the school house standing
where we studied yesterday.
We hear the old bell ringing and we
see the boys again
The boyish chums of yester year
who are today grown men.
O, how I'd like to be a boy, once more
with joyous cheer
Go "hick'rynuttin' " in the woods
about this time of year.
The hickorynuts are falling and the
leaves are brown and sere.
And back my memory takes to a long
since vanished year.
Once more I roam in fancy through
the old Missouri hills;
Once more I loll in comfort by the
clear Missouri rills. '
And 'round about are playing boys
and girls with spirits free.
While echoes of their laughter on the
wind are borne to me.
I'd like to be a boy again the thought
my being thrills
And go a "hick'rynuttin' " in the old
discussing the alleged anti-pass plat
form adopted. A democrat happening
along listened to the conversation a
few moments and then remarked:
"That platform sounds wonderfully
fjmiliar. If it were not for one omis
sion I believe I could tell -where and
when I heard it before." .
"If it contained a demand for a sub
treasury I would say it was a repeti
tion of the populist state platform of
1890," replied a bystander.
"O, that's easily explained," ex
claimed a disgusted delegate who
happens to be in the employ of a
railrcad. "The convention's time was
so short it couldn't consider every
thing, but it looks as if the sub
treasury plank would be included
next year." .
As the Nebraska republican plat
form is read over the state it is not
difficult to distinguish the incredulous
laughter of the old-line populists who
have been fighting for railroad legis
lation ever since the first railroad in
the state laid hands upon the G. O. P.
i One Thing Lacking
After the Nebraska republican
state convention adjourned last week
a group of republican leaders were
Demetrius sat amidst the ruins of
his business and gazed at the images
of Diana for which there was no
longer a demand.
, "Alas," he sighed, "I missed my
opportunity. I should have organized
a life insurance company and bonded
my image making business. Then I
could have unloaded my image bonds
on the insurance company as an in
vestment." Realizing, however, that it was too
late, Demetrius had to be satisfied
with denouncing Paul as a repudiator.
paid for out of the advertising ac
count?" "Yes, sir."
"Did you get enough proxies to in
sure the 500 per cent increase in our
"Good! You may join me in a few
hours of weeping over the prospect
that dishonest men will secure control
of our. country and put a stain upon
its honor and credit."
Mrs. Nuwed "Come right in, you
poor man, and I will give you .some-J
thing to eat. I suppose you were not
always in this unhappy condition."
Seldym Wirk "Indeed I was not,
mum. Fifteen years ago I was rich
Mrs. Nuwed "And what brought
you to this unfortunate condition?"
Seldym Wirk "In 1896, mum, . I
saw dat de honor oy dis great country j
was threatened by repudiators, an' I
fcl! r'ri fintfi m a fmmonso frtfrtnno t cava '
it from de unprincipaled wreckers
what was seekln' t' ruin it. It was
me patriotism, mum, dat brought me
to dis unfortynit condition. Thanky,
mum, f'r dis fine spread."
When Willie jumped from his seat
on the street car and gave it to the
gentleman who had been hanging to
the strap, it filled us with pride.
"You are a perfect little gentle
man, Willie," we said. "It was fine
of you to give your seat to the gen
tleman." "Huh!" exclaimed Willie.' "I didn't
give it to him 'cause o' that. Seein'
him holdin' on to that strap reminded
me too much o' what happened last
night when I got home after playin'
hookey in th' afternoon."
Every housewife who stops to consider
and systematize her household duties
must realize that GAS furnishes the
only perfect fuel. With a GAS, RANGE
there is no soot or dirt of any k'ind to
keep her everlastingly cleaning up.
With a GAS RANGE you have less work
--no worry and more time for enjoyment.
"Have you sold our syndicate's
bonds to our insurance company?"
"Yes, sir," replied the secretary.
"Have you invested our trust funds
"Have you sent that check to our
lobby . manager at Albany?"
"Has our campagne dinner been
Brain Leaks , "'
' Interested labor never watches the
The partisan slave is always proud
of his bonds.
The man who makes nothing but
money is poorly paid.
The best day of life lies between
yesterday and tomorrow.
Christianity and churchianity are
as wide apart as the poles.
Jealousy is a constant search for
something the searcher hopes never
The boy who is ashamed of his
work is never worth giving some
Men often miss opportunity's knock
because they are themselves so busy
When a boy calls his father "the
old man" it is a sign that it is time
to hunt up a hickory tree.
The man who attends strictly to
his own business usually finds a
growing business to attend to.
The man who lives up to his in
come in early life usually has to live
down to his income in later years.
A great many meny scheme to get
themselves in the niire-hole, and then
complain about it when they get in.
The man who finds himself unen
thused by the circus is suffering from
a disease that medicine will not cure
The employer always knows the
man who is so anxious to wash up
and quit that- he anticipates the
whistle by a minute or two.
-We know men who have put enough
energy into coloring a meerschaum
pipe to run a family washing machine
seven weeks without a stop.
Most any man could succeed in
business if he could put up as good
a front as the .average woman can
when a fashionable neighbor happens
to call on washday. .
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After hearing Senator Graball's elo
quent speech against free passes - we
were impelled to question him some
"It 'is not true that' you carry
passes?" we inquired. v
' " ' i
"Not free passes, sir," declared the
senator-. ' "I have amply remunerated
the railroad corporations for the trans
portation they gave me." . ,
For a moment we thought that the
senator meant he paid his fare, but
arter consulting the , . Congressional
J "Record we saw a great light.
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