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Protected by Block Signals
The first railway In America to adopt the absolute
Block System is the operation f all trains was the
Chicago, Milwaukee & St. Paul
It to-day has more miles of road operated under
block signal rale than any othor railway company.
The St. Paul Road was the first railway to light
its trains by electricity, and it cow has more than
400 electric-lighted passenger cars in daily service.
Three trains from Union Station, Omaha, to Union
Station, Chicago, every day.
For time table, special rate write
F. A. NASH.
Ganaral WeiUn Agent,
News and Notes Gathered From 'Home
and Other Places.
Rogers & Perkins carry a full line
of union made shoes.
Smoke Blue Ribbon union made
cigars. Neville & Gardner.
Of course you see to it that the
union label 1b on your shoes.
Buy coal of a firm that has been
fair with the Teamsters' Union.
Time to buy coal. See that it is
delivered by a union teamster. .
The lurgest line of union made
shoes In the city .at Rogers & Ter
klns. ' 1
Do not be deceived. The Wash
burn-Crosby flour Is still ' made by
"Jake" Greenley, president of the
local typographical union, is now op
erating a "mill" on the News. f
Lincoln Typographical Union No.
209 meets in regular session next
Sunday. There will be something do
ing. Lon Rubh, an engineer on the Chi
cago Great. Western, has Just secured
one of the largest judgments for dam
ages ever awarded an injured em
ploye of a railroad. Rush secured
judgment for $22,000.
LIST OF UNION LABELS.
Every union member, or sympathizer
Is urged when making purchases or hav
ing work done, to demand the following
union kibels which have been endorsed
br the American Federation of Labor:
International Typographical Union.
Allied Printing Trades.
Clgs rmakers International Union.
Wood Carvers' Association.
Boot and Shoe Workers' Union.
Wood Workers' International Union.
United Garment Workers.
Tobacco Workers' International Union.
Journeymen Tailors' Union.
Iron Molders' Union.
Journeymen Bakers and Confectioners'
Coopers' International Union.
Team Drivers- International Union.
United Brotherhood of Leather Work
Bra on Horse Goods.
National Union of United Brewery
International Broommakers' Union.
International Union Carriage and Wag
onmakers. International Association of Brick, Tile
and Terra Cot ta Workers.
International Association of Allied
Metal Mechanics (Bicycle Workers).
Glass Bottle Blowers' Association.
Metal Polishers, Buffers, Platers and
Brass Workers' Union.
International Association of Machinists.
International Union of Journeymen
International Association of Watch
International Ladies' Garment Work
American Federation of Musicians.
Shirt, WalBt and Laundry Workers'
International Jewelry Workers' Union.
American Wire Weavers' Protective
American Federation of Labor.
Upholsterers' International Union.
International Brotherhood of Black
smiths. Amalgamated International Association
Sheet Metal Workers.
Journeymen Barbers' International
Retail Clerks' International Protective
Hotel and Restaurant Employes' Inter
national Alliance and Bartenders' Inter
national League of America.
Actors' National Protective Union.
Meat Cutters and Butcher Workmen.
Stove Mounters' International Union.
International Steel and Copper Plate
United Cloth lint and Cap Makers.
International Brotherhood of Paper
United Gold Beaters' National Union.
International Union of Wood. Wire and
Amalgamated Rubber Workers' Inter
KlHstio Goring Weavers' International
International Prlntng Pressmen's Union
National Association of Machine Print
ers and Color Mixers.
Theatrical Stage Employes Interna
Trunk and Bag Workers' International
United Powdor and High Explosive
Office 'Over Sidles Bicycle Store '
1834 Far nam Street,
Neville & Gardner's "Blue Ribbon"
cigar is union made right here in Lin
coln. None better, .old by all deal
ers. ' I
Mrs. Peters, wife of the foreman of
the Woodruff-Collins press room, is
visiting relatives at the old home
Union men should bear in mind
the fact that Rudge & Guenzel closed
their mammoth department store on
W. L. Mayers is in Louisville, Ky.,
representing the local union of Elec
trical Workers at the international
convention now in session in that
The union blacksmiths on the Mil
waukee road have secured an increase
In pay. This was reached after a con
ference that displayed good fellow
ship all around.
There are more than 30,000 Chi
cago men wearing the button of the
Teamsters' Union. Does that look
like a victory for Job and his union
An English court has decided that
no man may be called a gentleman
who works for. his living. Over here
we do not call men who do not work
"gentlemen." We call 'em hoboes.
Coxe Bros., mine owners at Oneida,
Pa., suspended their 800 miners for
two days because they laid off one
day and went to hear President John
Mitchell. The boys say they'll take
a week off any old time to hear
The only "open shop" is the union
shop, for the non-union man can en
ter by agreeing to stand by his fel
low workingmen. The non-union shop
Is a "closed shop" to all men who in
sist upon having a voice in the dis
position of their own labor.
The H. Herpolsheimer' Co., one of
the largest general merchandise firms
in the west, did not wait to be asked
to close up last Labor. Day, but
closed voluntarily and gave the big
force of employes a holiday. Let or
ganized labor bear this fact in mind.
. F. M. Coffeey went down into Okla
homa last week to arrange for the
care of the stock on the ranch during
the winter and to bring the children
back to Lincoln. Mr. and Mrs. Cof
fey and the little folks will make
Lincoln their home this winter.
. The Amerioan Suspender Co., of
Cincinnati, O., stamps the words
"union made" on the buckles of its
suspenders. The firm is not union.
Union made suspenders bear the la
bel of the American Federation of
Labor on a band around the webbing.
Mine owners oppose the eight hour
day on the ground that it would re
strict output. Then they turn right
around and close down the mines be
cause they already have an over sup
ply of coal on hand. What a consist
ent lot of "divine trustees" they are,
to be sure.
Mrs. H. Wiggenjost, who was ser
iously injured while visiting in Iowa,
is still in the hospital there. Her
ankle was fractured while descend
ing from a carriage, and it is feared
that the injury will be permanent. It
will be some time before she will be
able to return to her home in this
Fred Schmidt & Bro., whose friend
ship for organized labor has been evi
denced by their patronage of The
Wageworker's advertising ' columns,
closed up on Labor Day and gave
all their employes an opportunity to
enjoy the holiday as they saw fit.
Organized labor should remember
this and show proper appreciation
whenever the opportunity affords.
The 'Onion Club" met at the home
ot. Mr. and Mrs. W. E. Moore, 721
South Eleventh street, last Saturday
evening. Reed's orchestra enlivened
the occasion with plenty of excellent
music and a sufficiency of comfort
for the inner man wa3 provided by
the host and hostess. A delightful
evening was spent by the merry com
pany and the records of the "club
were added to.
Once more, and not for the last
time, either, The Wageworker takes
occasion to say that everything ap
pearing in this humble little paper
without credit is original with the ed-
itor of The Wageworker and if it is
reprinted in pther papers he would
be tickled .almost to death to have
The editor of The Wageworker
went out to the penitentiary last Sun
day afternoon and tried to entertain
the guests of that institution for a
half hour. He has made the same ef
fort several times and has always
found an appreciative audience. By
the way, it is an inspiration to hear
the inmates when they stand up and
sing some of ihe old and familiar
gospel hymns. .
IN SPLENDID SHAPE.
Organizer French of the Cigarmakera
Brings Good News.
George R. French, of Louisville,
Ky., general organizer of the Cigar
makers' International Union of Amer
ica, has been in Lincoln several days
strengthening the local organization
and doing a lot of quiet but effective
missionary work for the "blue label."
Mr. French has spent considerable
time at the Lewis and Clark expo
sition in Portland, where he installed
a live exhibit for his organization.
"We are growing stronger every
day," said Mr. French to The Wage
worker. "We find the people more
and more responsive to our appeals
for support because the people are
learning that our aim is to benefit
the men and women engaged in our
line of work. They realize more and
more, too, that our interests are their
interests. We have no troubles of
any great moment just at present."
The cigarmakers are figuring on es
tablishing a home for tuberculosis pa
tients somewhere in the great south
west. Consumption is the great bane
of the tobacco working crafts, and
true to their well known principles
of fraternity the cigarmakers are go
ing to spend a lot of money caring
for their unfortunate brothers. In the
last twenty . years the cigarmakers'
union has expended more than $7,500,
000' in sick and death benefits. And
to the everlasting credit of the men
in charge be it said that up to date
not a single dollar is known to have
been stolen by dishonest officials.
Local cigarmakers are constantly
on the alert to push their label, and
the advertising campaign is waged
day and night. Business is fair.
Items from Carpenters.
Four initiations last Tuesday.
Union 1055, by unanimous vote,
went on record in support of a peti
tion to put in force the initiative and
referendum in connection with all
proposed legislation pertaining to city
Bro. John Badensek is reported very
Bros. Bert Roberts, Thos. B. Jen
kins, John Pirn and B. Heitkotter are
building houses for themselves.
Don't forget when buying coal that
Marsh, Burk & Co; and Adam Schaup
are the only coal yards that have
signed the teamsters' scale. Be sure
your coal is delivered by a union team
ster. Out of over 300 carpenters, four at
tended the last social of the Ladies'
Label League, given last Monday at
Bro. J. W. Slayton, a member of
our local at Newcastle, fa.., ana a
prominent figure at our national con
ventions for years past, will speak at
Carpenters' hall Friday evening on
"Socialism." Every member of 1055
that can should' be present. Even
though you do not agree with the sub
ject upon which the speaker talks, as
a member of our organization and a
visitor to our "city we should give him
a rousing welcome.
Rev. W. H. Vanderzee, pastor of the
colored church at Twenty-fourth and
P streets, and an old time carpenter,
gave the union a nice little talk last
Tuesday. He emphasized the life and
character of Christ the carpenter's
son and expressed the thought that
had he lived in our day he no doubt
would have been an active union man.
The boys will do a little financially
toward helping to put the roof on Bro.
Bro. George Quick having been
elected as a delegate to the C. L. U.,
submitted his resignation as record
ing secretary and the same was ac
cepted with many regrets, for Bro.
Quick has served the union long and
faithfully. A successor to Bro. Quick
will be elected next Tuesday.
Mr. French, national organizer of
the cigarmakers', was given' the floor
Tuesday and made the boys a most
excellent talk and a most earnest plea
to union men to buy only such goods
as bear the union label.
There is not an idle man that we
know of among all the union carpen
ters in Lincoln. '
Bro. Wm. Dullenty is now in Pasa
dena, California, but is expected home
Don't fail to get the new working
card for October, November and De
cember. Ernest Kent, eldest son of Bro. S. J.
Kent, has gone to work for the Wa
bash railway at Springfield, 111. -
Our organization in New York has
won a signal victory after the long
fight of ten months against the open
shop and scab time. Two hundred
and seventy-five thousand dollars was
paid out by our organization in strike
pay. This was pot a strike, but a,
lockout of the men by the bosses to
force our members ta work with non
L. H. Merritt has taken a clearance
Don't forget to hand the name of
every non-union man you know to the
business agent. ,
The committee on open meeting and
entertainment report progress. They
will meet at the hall Saturday even
ing. All members who are nearly
three months In arre
chance to squarerp7 as the business
agent will be at the
hall from 8 to 9
CAPITAL AUXILIARY NOTES
The second regular monthly meet
ing of Capital Auxiliary was held at
Boha'nan's hall Wednesday afternoon
September 20. )ve are sorry to say
the attendance t las small. It seems
that these ought 'V be stirring times
for our members and that we ought
to turn out in large numbers and per
haps discuss the eight-hour problem.
It is to be hoped that the "canning and
jelly" season will soon be over, and
then our meetings will be better at
tended. Mesdames Creal, Zurbriggen
and Betzer had charge of the refresh
ments. . The most important event of this
meeting was the reading of the report
of the convention by our delegate,
Mrs. H. ' W. Smith. All members are
to receive a copy of said report at the
next meeting. They will be nice to
keep as souvenirs of the convention
Are you wearing your eight-hour
The next meeting will be held Wed
nesday, October 4; same time, same
place. Plan to do your shopping and
come to the meeting on the same
For the third Wednesday night in
October we are promised something
out of the ordinary by our social com
mittee. The season is to be opened
with a play a real play. Talent sup
plied by young members of Capital
Auxiliary. Each member is expected
to sell tickets for this play and help
make it a financial success. Be sure
to come and bring your friends to see
"A Box. of Monkeys," October 18, at'
Bohanon's hall, 8 p. m.
Mr. and Mrs. Norton have moved
to, 2353 O street.
Mrs. H. W. Smith and family will
move shortly to the "Palace" for the
Mr. and Mrs. C. A. Simmons have
returned to Lincoln and are pleasant
ly located in their new home at Thirty-third
and T streets.
Mr. and Mrs. Joe Hatch and baby
are living in Lincoln again.
Mr. and Mrs. George Locker are
living in Printerville now Twenty
fourth and Dudley streets. They vis
ited in Atchison a few days ago and
report a good time:
And the Publican
Once upon a time there were two men, one of them a radical
hater of unionism, and the other a union man who cheerfully paid
his dues in order that he might help his fellow men to better their,
condition. And the radical hater of unionism had a habit of standing
forth before the multitudes and praying in a loud voice saying:
"God, I thank Thee that I am not as some other men, even as
that yoke-bound slave of unionism over yonder ; that I am not an agi
tator and incendiary, a thug and a lawbreaker, but a man who can
pray loudly, lead in singing gospel hymns and stand up before large
assemblies and make long talks about the overflowing grace of the
Lord. I thank Thee, O God, that I am permitted to employ ,large
numbers of Thy female servants and pay them wages which will not
tempt them to dissipation and encourage them in frivolity ; that will
not turn their thoughts from Thee to the trappings that are of Satan.
And I thank Thee that I am permitted to thus stand before men and
.tell them of my virtues, and inform them that I can eat so much at
one meal that I can skip one occasionally and thus get credit for
But the humble union man standing afar off would not so much
as lift his eyes towards the throne of grace, but humbling himself in
the dust prayed, saying: , ,
"God be merciful to me, a sinner. I strive to help my fellow
men but often fall short in my duty. God help me!".
Which of these two men, brethren, will be justified at the final
You can build fine brick buildings, and you may lead the prayer
meetings, and you may sing with great unction "Just as I am with
out one plea," and all that sort of thing, but God will judge you not
by your pretensions. He will judge you according to the way you
have treated his humble servants who have been compelled to toil
for you at sweat shop wages, stitching their lives and souls into ths
seams of the shirts and overalls you make.
THE WOMAN'S LABEL LEAGUE SOCIAL.
Speakers of National Prominence Drop in and Make a Few Interest
ing Remarks. (
The Woman's Vnion Label League social last Monday evening
was graced by the presence of two gentlemen of national prominence
:n the industrial field, Mr. French, general organizer of the cigar
makers' union, and Mr. Gilbert, editor of the Crisis, Salt Lake City,
and a socialist orator who is considered one of the very best posted
and eloquent speakers. Mr. French will be in the city several days
doing some organization work with his fellow craftsmen. Mr. Gil
bert remained but a few hours, and before speaking at the League
social, held an open air meeting at the corner of Twelfth and O
streets, where he addressed a large crowd. , The. remarks made by
these gentlemen were interesting and instructive, and both paid high
tributes to the efficient work performed by the women in the inter-
jests of unionism.
' The attendance at the social
haT4een. ' -rormer socials have
tendance, but none of them was more successful from the standpoint
of genuu?sociability. Between the remarks made by the speakers
Mr. QuickatldMrs. Slidell rendered several musical selections; and
after the shortprogram furnished the music for the dancers. Re
freshments wen? served from 10:30 until 12, when '"Home, Sweet.
Home" sounded and the social came to a conclusion. The committee
in charge workfd hard, ancTwhile their efforts were not financially
successful they;did deserve all the congratulations tendered because
of the pleasant ihours -they afforded the guests.
Two Coal Firms That Are Square
With Organized Labor.
There are two coal firms in Lin
coln that are "square with organized
labor, having signed up with the
Teamsters' Union. The Marsh-Burke
Co., and the Adam Schaup Co. have
signed an agreement wtth the team
sters and will hereafter employ only
union drivers and pay the union scale.
This should be good news to the
unionists of the city, as they may now
have the privilege and the pleasure of
buying coal from union firms. .
The Wageworker urges its readers
to' bear the names of these two firms
in mind, and when ordering coal see
to it that you stand by the men who
are standing by you. Buy" your coal
of these two firms, and urge your
friends to do the same.
THE CENTRAL BODY.
A Little More Interest Shown and At
tendance is Larger.
While the attendance at the meet
ing of the Central Labor Union Tues
day night was larger than for some
time, still it lacked a whole lot of being-
as large as it should have been.
The meeting was enlivened by rous
ing good union speeches from Rev.
S. Z. Batten and Mr. French of the
Cigarmakers' union. The delegates
present reported trade , unusually
good, the carpenters and bricklayers
being especially pleased.
There being several vacancies the
body proceeded to fill them. Messrs.
Smith of the carpenters, and Smith of
the printers were elected members
of the executive committee. Mr. Ba
ker of the carpenters was elected a
member of the organization commit
tee. The teamsters reported two coal
firms signed up, the Marsh-Burke
company and the Adam Schaup Coal
Union printers throughout the country are striving for
the Eight Hour Day. Strikes are in progress in Chi
cago, Detroit, St. Louis, Cincinnati, Buffalo and other
large cities. Printers point with pride to the fact that
they are conducting their strike in an orderly and law
abiding manner, and to the added lact that they are
winning. The justice of their demands cannot be
questioned. They ask the support of the public. You
can help the printers by demanding the Allied Trades
Label on your printed matter r
was by no means what it should
been more successful in point of at
company. Union men should take no
tice of this fact and act accordingly.
Several short addresses were made
and an unusual amount of interest
shown. The body endorsed a petiti
tion for the establishment of the in
itiative and referendum and urged all
union men, to sign it. '
Capitalism the Study for the Meeting
Next Sunday Afternoon.
The Junior Auxiliary will meet at
1034 O street Sunday afternoon at
2:30. "Capitalism" is the topic for
the day. All are- cordially invited to
attend. The lesson follows:
1. Capitalism is a system of wealth
production, and principally disting
uishes itself from previous systems:
First in that itself that is the wealth
employed in the further production
of wealth is entitled to a part of
the further produced wealth ; second
that the labor employed in the further
production Of wealth becomes a direct
commodity that is, it is' paid for ac
cording to amounts embodied in the
wealth produced. In other words it
.2. All wealth is the embodiment of
labor or energy in certain raw mate
rials, reshaping those raw materials
and giving them certain use values.
There ' is no value that is, no abso
lute value in raw materials except
what labor bestows upon it. In other
words all v value is based upon the
labor cost of reproducing any given
3. A commodity is the unit of
wealth under the capitalistic system.
Any article which is placed upon the
market or might or may be placed
there, is ar commodity. Anything that
has a transferrable quality even
though it may for various reasons be
temporarily withheld from the mar
ket. . .;
4. All commodities under ordinary
circumstances sell for more than the
labor cost of reproduction and the
difference between its selling price
and the cost of reproduction is sur
5. Capitalism necessarily presup
poses a division of functions in the
production of commodities, namely, it
is presupposed that capitalism does
the directing and commanding and
labor performs the' task in obedience
to the directions and commands of
6. Labor is paid a given sum for
performing its part in the operation
or operations and the finished pro-
Oregon or Washington
EVERY DAY ,
From September 15,
to October 31v 1905
Be Sore Your Tickets Bead
Over This Line.,
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INQUIRE OF j
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E. B. SLOSSON. Gen't Agt.
C A JP
1226 O STREET
HANDLES EVERYTHING IN
MODERATE PRICES. FIRST
HEALS, I5cts AND UP
duct becomes the commodity of the
directing and commanding' capitalist
7. The surplus value that Is what
ever the 'commodity sells for above
the cost of reproducing it is the
share capitalism receives as Its share
for directing hnd commanding. 1
8. The price paid to labor for its
share' in producing commodities is
called "wage" which word is derived
from the German and means "scale."
"Scale" is also derived from the Ger
man '.and' means "shell." "Shell"
again is equivalent to measure. In
the last analysis then "wage" means
"measure" and would therefore mean
its part as its share in the commo
dity. . J - V ' ' .' '...,.''- - '
9. By reason of this division of
function and the consequent division
measures or shares in the commodi
ties produced there arises a constant
struggle between the two elements
Capitalism and Labor operative in
the production' of commodities.
10. This struggle is ( commonly
known as the class struggle, and the
result of this ' struggle is the forma
tion of combination of capitalism, on
the one hand in to trusts, alliances,
etc.,. and on the other hand of labor
into unions, federations' etc. f : ' .
1. Through the invention of machin
ery and the discovery of forces pre
viously unknown the ability to pro
duce is vastly increased and the sur
plus value that is the share of capi
talism is ' enormously advanced and
the share of labor though nominally
increased is comparatively decreased.
12. Furthermore the accuracy and
skill is planted in these inventions
and discoveries and men, and women
and even more so children, become
efficient workers in a very short timet
and with very little practice. ,
13. These inventions and discovery
though' an Immeasurable blessing "to
society at large .and to capitalism in
particular, are instruments in . the
hands of capitalism to reduce labor to
an everlasting dependence. ,
The Philadelphia Painter Win Over
Master Painters In Court.
The Master Painters' association
oj' Philadelphia sought to secure an
injunction against the local union in
the strike now in' progress in that
city. The master painters sought to
show that the union men were in
timidating the non-unionists, but the
bosses were unable to establish any
act, of Intimjctetioni or Interference
on the part' of the men. V .
The judge from the bench declared
that the men had done nothing ex-:
cept what they had the right to do.
He stated explicitly that the ask
ing of a non-union man to join the
union was entirely r proper, ' and that
in doing so men were entirely within
their rights. , ."',--'." "'
He further announced that the
court would not interfere unless some
unlawful 'act were shown, and in this
case none had been shown.
The attorney for the master paint
ers made one. truthful statement: He
said that the business of the plaintiffs
was absolutely paralyzed; that they
could not get men to complete their
work. "And that's no lie!"
After the decision had been ' rend
ered the bosses exhibited a most cor
dial feeling toward representatives of
the union, Peck, McShane, Kelly and
Lynch being surrounded by groups, of
bosses talking good-naturedly about
the case' and its outcome. ; ,-
' i , It -Did
. "This watch '' will work
charm," said the dealer,
will cost you but a dollar.", ;
' like a
We paid the dollar. -
The dealer was correct,
have no complaint to make.
The watch worked like a charm ;
exactly like a charm.
By the way; did yon ever see a
charm that kept time? . .--r
There was a big man named McCall
Whose tears for our "honor" would fall,
But it looks after years
As if McCall's tears
Were simply and overflowed gall. ' :
We are expert cleaners, dyers
and finishers of Ladles' and tfen
tlemen's Clothing of all kinds.
The finest dresses a specialty.
THE NEW PIRk ,
SOliKliP & WOOD
a-c for pricelist.
'PHONES: BeU, 147. Auto, 1292.
1320 N St - -:. Lincoln, Neb.,
We Clean Carpets,
also matte rugs ovt
old, carpets' . : . "
Capital Carpet Cleaning i
and Rug Works '
T. H. McGahej, Prop. Both Phones
Fresh and Salt Meats
Sausage, Poultry, Etc
5taple and Fancy Groceries.
Telephones 888-477. 314 So. Hth Sht
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