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Protected by Block Signals
The first railway ia America to adopt the absolute
block System ia the operation ef all trains waa the
Chicago, Milvauhoo & St. Paul
It to-day haa more milea of road operated under
block signal rule thaa any other railway company.
The St. Panl Road waa the first railway to light
its trains by electricity, and it cow has more thaa
400 electric-lighted passenger cars ia daily service.
Three trains from Union Station, Omaha, to Union
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for time table, special rate write
F. A. NASH,
ral WMm AfUt,
from winter pave-
ISM Fumm Street,
Icarry nothing but union made
shoes, and have a full line of
them. I manufacture shoes and
shoe uppers. A share of union
patronage is respectfully solicited.
S. L. McCOY
1529 0 St., Lincoln
A Big Bunch of News From Lincoln's
Six candidates initiated last week,
and four applications pending.
Bro. Fredericks, who resides at
1920 T street, is very ill with typhoid
fever.- A number of the boys have
taken turns sitting up with him. Be
gining with the present week a nurse
has been hired by the A. O. U. W.,
of which order the brother is a mem
ber. The delegates from the C. L. U.
made a most encouraging report of
the activity of that body.
Remember that begining with the
new year the dues of beneficial mem
bers are 65 cents per month and
semi-beneficial members 45 cents.
Bro. Kent has . returned from his
trip to Colorado and Wyoming. He
gave a very interesting talk of the
future possiblities of that country.
Work has already commenced on the
new road, the Denver, Yellowstone &
Pacific, which will run from Denver
to Seattle, taking in Fort Collins, En
campment, Saratoga, Lander, Yellow
stone park, Boise City, etc. Along
this route are vast deposits of anthracite,-
semi-anthracite and bituminous
coal, oil, -copper, gold, silver .gypsum,
marble, iron, stone, asphaltum, for
ests of virgin timber and thousands
of acres of land that only requires
irrigation to make it yield equal to
any soil in the country. Lander is
undoubtedly going to be the capitol of
Wyoming. Besides this new road,
the Burlington and Northwestern are
both aiming for Lander. Next June
the Shosone or Wind river reserva
tion is to be thrown open to settle
ment, and is connection with this land
the government is already at work on
a system of irrigation. No country in
the United States offers greater pos
sibilities in the future for all classes
of settlers than Wyoming. Irrigation
has long past the experimental stage.
Land around Greeley and Fort Col
lins, Colo., that a few years ago was
considered worthless, to day is selling
at $200 per acre and proves, an ex
cellent investment at those figures.
It was a surprise to learn that the
value, last year of Colorado's agri
cultural products was greater than
the value of her mineral products.
Bro. Kent told of the havoc wrought
by the Citizens Alliance and Mine
Owners Association in driving out
the miners; how in Denver, Pueblo,
Telleride and Cripple Creek. Just
prior to the lockout it was almost im
possible to rent a house; now empty
houses are plenty. ..The building busi
ness is flat. The business men are
realizing that the reign of Peabody
and Sherman Bell was very costly to
Colorado, for when they drove out the
well paid American miner, they drove
away the. best customer of the pro
ducts they had to sell. Despite Colo
rado's great wealth in mine and field
it will take years for her to regain
her old time business prosperity. A
large part of the mine owner's wealth
is spent outside of Colorado, but the
miner spends his money at home, it
goes at once in circulation and the
prosperity of the clothier, the gro
cer, the baker, etc., and the world
of business as seen upon our streets
is guaged unerringly by the wages of
the worker. Bro. Kent visited the
headquarters of the carpenters in
Denver and found them occuping quar
ters of their own at Twelfth and
Stout streets. They had bought a
residence and lot. They had torn
but the interior partitions and added
on four rooms in front, bringing the
front of the building to the sidewalk
line. They had put in an ornamental
front, something on the store style
and had made a hall of the interior of
the old residence. Why not the car
penters do the same thing in Lincoln.
Let them go to work and get busy.
The trustees were ordered to in
vestigate and find out how many of
our members had badges of their own,
and if it would, be. feasible to, change
the numbers on such badges? And
further to find out the cost of badges
to all members not provided for and
if it would be expedient for the un
ion to provide badges for all the mem
bers. The trustees were to make
such recommendation to the union
as to them seemed best.
CAPITALISTS WAGE SYSTEM.
A Socialist Brother Says it is Wrong
From Every Point.
To the Editor of the Wageworker:
As a member of the working class,
and one who has taken a life-long
interest in the welfare of labor and
society as a whole, I desire to com
mend you for the able and fearless
manner in which you are conducting
your paper. - Your article last week
In which you showed up the evils
and perniclousness of the factory and
sweatshop system of capitalist pro
duction meets with my hearty ap
proval. If you will kindly grant me a
portion of your valuable space I will
endeavor to throw some light on the
situation, from the standpoint of a
As you well say, when we have in
our midst factories that "pay women
and girls an average wage of $6.60
per week and draw checks of $2.42 to
pay for one woman's work for an
entire week,'' it is indeed time that
the publis should devote time to the
consideration of the situation, and
the fact that sometimes such factories
are opened with prayer does not im
prove matters a particle. The Wage
worker says: "Keep your eye on the
squirrel; and the squirrel in Lincoln's
case is the wage question. Do we
want here in Lincoln the sweatshop
system? Do we want factories that
pay starvation wages? Do we want
factories that prey upon the necessi
ties of those who are forced to toil?"
The above are indeed pertinent ques
tions and should be answered in the
negative in each case. But let us not
be too selfish about it! Do we want
those things for Omaha, Chicago,
St. Louis, the mill towns of Massa
chusetts and Connecticut; or any
place else on God's footstool? Again
should we say "no," most emphati
cally. But what are we going to
do about it? How are we going to
prevent such things? Workingmen
have the ballot in this country, and
they are possessed of a considerable
degree of intelligence! If they would
use the ballot in their own interests,
as they have a right to do, they
could soon change such disgraceful
conditions, which are a detriment to
"Keep your eye on the squirrel."
Let us consider the squirrel. Manager
Jones of the Lincoln Overall and
Shirt company is a business man. He
went into business because he wanted
to make money for Jones. Not hav
ing enough capital of his own, he goes
to some of his brothers and promises
them dividends on the stock of his
i Will M. Maupin in The Commoner.
Every day's Thanksgiving if you live your life aright.
Every day's Thanksgiving if you look up to the light.
Every day's Thanksgiving but today we celebrate
Around the family altar with enough on every plate.
So, father, carve the turkey;
And, mother, cut the pie.
The light of glad thanksgiving
Brings a sparkle to the eye.
Thanksgiving for the harvest kneel and happy tribute pay
To the Lord of Hosts who blesses with a glad Thanksgiving Day.
Every day's Thanksgiving when the heart is full of hope.
Every day's Thanksgiving if still up and on we grope.
Every day's Thanksgiving but today we gather 'round
Where the laughter of the children is the sweetest music found.
So, father, wield the carver,
And mother, pass the cake. . .
Thanksgiving songs are ringing , ' ,
Till the very, rafters shake.
Thanksgiving for God's mercies that are shed upon our way,
And praise the God of Harvests for this glad Thanksgiving Day.
Every day's Thanksgiving, for we've blessings and to spare.
Every day's Thanksgiving if we live life on the square.
Every day's Thanksgiving but today the kindred ties.
Gently draw us close together where the old-time homstead lies.
' So, father, ask the blessing,
And, mother, say "Amen ! "
Thanksgiving day is dawning . . s
With the children home again.
Thanksgiving for the blessings as along life's road we stray,
And sing our songs of gladness on this good Thanksgiving Day.
Every day's Thanksgiving; let the skies be gray or blue.
Every day's Thanksgiving if our hearts beat strong and true.
Every day's Thanksgiving but today is best of all, .
For we gather 'round the table in response to mother's call.
So, father, lead the singing
With your strong and lusty bass;
And, mother, head the column
With a smile upon your face.
Thanksgiving, heartfelt, honest; and we sing along the way ,
Songs of praise unto the Master for this blest Thanksgiving Day. "
VC 8 i v& 'tS
company if they will "invest." Jones
is not a humanitarian any more
than any other business man. The
stockholders were promised dividends
and Jones promised : to get them for
them, if he had to do without pay
himself (which is not likely, as Jones
was in the same business before, and
so knew what he was going into.)
Where do' the dividends come from?
Why are the workers paid $6.60 per
week? The difference between )tne
selling price of the product produced
by the workers and the cost of operat
ing the concern represents the amount
of profit, which will be turned over
to the stockholders, minus the "sal
ary" kept out by Manager Jones for
himself. But does anyone suppose
Jone will be content with $6.60 per
I contend, as do all socialists, that
the fault lies in the fact that society
is on a wrong basis; .that instead of
having private competing capitalists
seeking to supply the needs of society
for the profit there may be in it for
them with the welfare of the work
ers as a very minor consideration
(note the remarks of Mayor Brown:
"I believe such a factory cfen. be
made to pay well," etc.) that one
should have a co-operative system of
production and distribution of all the
things we socially need, that the wel
fare of the workers (and all should
be given a chance to work) should
be of primary importance, and that
profit should be eliminated entirely.
Let us all be workers together; let us
eliminate ruinous, wasteful competi
tion; let us "share one another's bur
dens, and so fulfill the law of Christ."
By so doing the houses 'of labor would
be reduced immeasureably, there
would be abundance of all the good
things of life for all, poverty and
sweatshop conditions would, be abol
ished, we would have a happy con
tented and prosperous people, and
the evils of the competitive system, of
which The Wageworker rightly com
plains, would trouble us no more for
ever! Fellow workers, fellow Americans,
are not such things worth working
for? The co-operative commonwealth
is the goal the socialists of all lands
are working for. It was but a few
years ago that the peoplo of Nb
braska had a chance at the ballot
box to say what they wanted cap
italism or socialism. In Lancaster
county Comrade Condit, who headed
the socialist ticket, got 68 votes,
while another candidate received less
Boys, this is a start in the right di
rection, but as I said before the
workers must free themselves the
capitalists will never get off their
backs of their own. free will. We
have the ballot; we have the brains
all we lack is the desire in sufficient
There are lots of socialist books
in the Lincoln public library and
there are lots 'of socialists papers,
(Appeal to Reason, Girard, Kansas,
is a good one.) Brothers, the sociali
sts have a reasonable, practical plan
to abolish the evils now afflicting so
ciety. The socialist party is the only
party who has. Production for profit
is wrong; wage-slavery is wrong;
millionairism and pauperism are
wrong. In the name of poor, wrong,
suffering, oppressed humanity, we
ask you to investigate our cause and
give it your approval at the ballot box
next election day.
J. C. L. WISELEY.
Organization Growing at a Rate Grati
fying to the Membership.
Teamsters' Union No. 440 is prosper
ing these days, even if there are a lot
of shortsighted teamsters who would
rather except without question what
the employers see fit to give than to
demand what they are really worth.
The transfer drivers the very ones
who ought to take the most interest
in organization have held back and
are content to work any old hours at
any old wage. But the faithful ones
are not discouraged and are fighting
along and making their influence
Organizer Young is in Omaha this
week winding up his work of organiza
tion in that city. He expects to be
back here next week, and- will re
sume his labors in this field.
L. Dubois, who has been a sufferer
from rheumatism for several weeks
is able to be about again, but is not
yet able to work.
B. M. Hodgins, who lost a horse by
accident a couple of weeks ago, has
another one now, thanks to the help
of his fellow unionists.
A transfer and baggage line, owned
and operated by union men is in
prospect for the hear future. " The
Wageworker is confident that such
a venture would be a su.ccess, and
pledges itself to give it wide pub
licity. Excavating for the new Y. M. C.
A. building began Wednesday, and
Business Agent Morris was called on
to furnish four or five union teams.
He responded to the call.
Work on the interurban road con
tinues, and several teams are still
employed. The continued fine weath
er has been beneficial in several di
rections, but it has made lighter the
business of the coal teamsters.
The meeting last Monday night was
above the average in both attendance
and interest. A lot of important busi
ness was transacted, but one very im
portant matter was laid over until
next Monday night. Next week's
meeting should be larger than ever
A Few Brief Notes About the Printer
and His Wife.
Joe Hatch has resigned as machin
ist at the Star, and "Jake" Greenley
is again filling the position pending
a permanent arrangement.
Mrs. Leon Hucklns has been ill for
some time, but is now well along on
the road to recovery.
Col. James Leaden is now distribut
ing the 'steenth annual issue of his
The Woman's Home Companion is a
"rat" publication. The boycott is il
legal, but don't forget that the Wom
an's Home Companion is "rat." ,
The union meeting December 3 will
see a new set of officers elected, even
though the old officers are re-elected.
There is no sign as yet of any po
There was a meeting of presidents
at Indianapolis a - week ago last ..Sun
day, Presidents from the strike cen
ters to the number of eighteen were
there and the situation was thorough
ly covered. The international can
continue to pay constitutional strike
benefits indefinitely. All agreed that
the situation grew better every day,
Minneapolis and St. Paul printers
say that the "Teapot" got very few
printers from the Ejakptas, Minne
sota and Wisconsin, none at all from
Nebraska, but oodles of them from
Iowa. The "humpback rule boys"
from Hawkeyedom seem to have
emerged from the cornfields in droves.
A GOOD SCHEME.
How a Business Firm is Boosting the
Home Industry Scheme.
Rudge, & Guenzel have struck a
good lead, and other business firms
of the city would do well to follow
suit. There is no patent or copyright
on the idea.
This firm has taken a hand in the
"home industry" campaign and is ad
vertising Lincoln made goods and
pushing them in every way "posible.
It gives a list of the good it carries
and which are made in Lincoln, and
announces that whenever possible it
will give preference to goods manu
factured right here at home. This is
a stroke of enterprise which, if fol
lowed up in this firm's characteristic
fashion, will prove to be immensely
beneficial to the industrial future . of
the city. If every other mercantile
firm will now get into the game, we
may expect a boom in the manufactur
ITS GREAT BREADTH.
The Labor Movement Humanitarian,
And Not Selfish.
The action of the American Federa
tion of Labor in taking up the subject
of "tuberculosis, its causes and cure,"
for discussion, may give an idea of
the .breadth of the labor movement
that is not generally grasped by those
outside the fold. The discussion will
be limited in the main, to lay observa
tion, necessarily, yet it gives promise
of great results to afflicted humanity.
But stop! Possibly the doctors will
object to our invasion of their field.
Think of the assurance of a parcel of
horny-handed sons of toil invading a
field with nothing more than a senti
mental desire to help his brother man
to commend the course, and that in
absence of training to the manor born.
Omaha Labor Advocate.
MORTGAGING THE FUTURE.
Child labor is not only a cruel in
justice to the children; it is uneco
nomical, short-sighted and wasteful
for the community. It is mortgaging
the future for the benefit of the pres
ent generation. Child labor is never
cheap for the community; it is an in
excusable waste of opportunity to
create good sitizens. Homer Folks.
FLED BEFORE WOMAN'S PI3TOL
How Mrs. Reader Put Stop to Impu
dence of Peruvian.
In her story of "Ella Rawls Reader,
Financier," contributed in Every
body's, Juliet Wibor Tompkins tells
the following incident of a struggle of
Mrs. Reader's in Peru:
"After eight months of useless
struggle she went to out Callao, which
is about half an hour by rail from
Lima, with her Peruvian lawyer,
Scotch interpreter, and American en
gineer, and forced the manager to
open the warehouses and let her make
an inspection of the machinery. The
manager had met her with his law
yers, and the hour for argument be
fore she ' gained her point had been
something of a strain. During the
whole process a Peruvian on the Hag
gin side had been standing close to
Mrs. Reader, his little, narrowed eyes
staring with that deliberate insolence
only Latins can accomplish. ' The
company went out into the wareroom
where the machinery lay and the dif
ficult business of a hurried inspection
went forward, but still the bullying
stare never ceased. After about two
hours of it, the -fine edge of that hid-,
den temper of her suddenly sprang up.
She whirled on him with a blaze of
words that needed no interpreter, and
all at once his stare was being re
turned by a fierce little pistol held
in a strong white hand and quite
ready for business.
"The gentleman of Peru neither
apologized nor retracted; he incon
tinently fled. And he was not the only
one. Like shadows the men flitted
out of the dusky warehouse, leaving
the dangerous woman a clear field.
When she looked about there was no
one in sight but two Irish porters, and
in their eyes were sympathetic twin
kles, meeting which, Mrs. Reader
could only sink down helpless with
laughter and put 'up her pistol."
The Dentist and the Alligator.
Roy Farrell Greene, the president
of the American Society of Curio Col
lectors, told at a dinner of dentists an
appropriate story. .
"A dentist," he said, "was once
traveling in the East, and in the
Ganges his boat overturned and, he
was ' obliged to strike out for the
"As the dentist swam sturdily
through the muddy water an enor
mous alligator suddenly rose up be
fore him'. ' The alligator opened its
enormous jaws, and the next instant
would have been the dentist's last,
only just in time the man hap
pened to notice the great reptile's
sharp, white teeth, and an idea struck
"He drew a probe from his pocket,
and, pressing it into the alligator's
gums, he said:
" 'Does this hurt you?'
"The alligator screamed with pain,
and the dentist, amid its great agony,
made good his escape." Philadelphia
. Wall Street Honesty.
John Alexander Dowie, before he
set out for his Mexican, colony, talked
about Wall street honesty. In con
elusion he said:
"Yes, my friend, the honesty of
these financiers reminds me of that of
the tramp who found a purse.
"Two tramps entered a railroad sta
tion to get a drink of ice water, and
one of them, seeing a richly-dressed
woman drop her pocket book, picked
it up and .returned it to her.
"His companion was enraged and
" 'Don't you know better," he cried
'that to give hack a purse like that?
Why didn't you keep it for yourself,
" 'An, John,' said the other, 'hon
esty is the best policy when a police
man is lookin', an', besides, there was
nothin' in the purse.' "
To Point a Moral.
Almost everything he had
Tiuv should make a person glad
Just to be alive; good friends.
Health, position, all that lends I
Happiness to most of us
I should have been happy thus!
Life he loved for its own sake.
And he hoped to live to make '
Others see his point of view,
And be optimistic, too.
- Then one day. a little worry,
Caused his mind a minutes flurry;
He dismissed it It returned
Every hour. And then he learned
That It would not down unsolved.
As his daily task revolved
This small problem interfered,
With his work, and it appeared
Each day larger than before.
So it grew and more and more,
Colored all his speech and thought;
Other ideas shrunk to naught.
Pay and night this worry fed
On his soul, unquieted.
Till its everlasting pain
Broke his heart and. wrecked his brain.
When he killed himself, at last,
All who knew him were aghast
Save the one who'd caused his worry,
(And forgot it in a hurry;)
That one said: "Did you know, my dear,
I always did think he was queer!"
Too Late to 8ort Cats.
Jim Crocker lived in an old tumble-down
house in a little town in
Massachusetts. The cellar windows
being broken out, an opportunity was
afford to stray cats to run in and
out, and sometimes there would be
quite a congregation.
We lost our pet cat 'one evening, and
thinking she might have joined the
happy throng, we sent our man over
to ask "Uncle Jim" if he would take a
look and see if she was among the
number. . He was generally pretty
good-natured, but this time he was out
ef sorts, for he said: '
"Your cat may be there, or she may
not be, but I ain't a-going to light up
no lamp and go down in that cellar
this time of night sorting out cats
for nobody, so there.".
His Father Was Athlete.
Dr. Dudley of Abington, Mass.,
tells this story of his man David and
his housekeeper, who had great con
fidence in all that David said and did:
One day David was in the barn, do
ing something which caused a visitor
to say: "You're quite an athlete,
aren't you?" . .
i "Well, yes," replied David; where
upon the housekeeper, who stood
near, said: "Why, I thought you
told me you was Scotch.",
"Well," said David, "my "mother
was Scotch, but my father was ath
Plans Railroad in Africa.
The Portuguese government will
build a railroad from Delagoa bay to
Swaziland. That adds one more to the
ussy "openings, up" in Africa.
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