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About The Wageworker. (Lincoln, Neb.) 1904-???? | View Entire Issue (Feb. 9, 1906)
I WILL M. MAUP1N, EDITOR AND PUBLISHER
Published Weekly at 137 No. 14th St., Lincoln, Nebr. One Dollar a Year.
' Advertising Rates on Application.
Entered as second-class matter April 21, 1904, at the postoffice at Lin
coln, Neb., under the Act of Congress of March 3rd, 1879.
OUR "FRIENDLY LIST EDITION "
Tlic Wageworker is preparing a special "Friendly List" edition
which will be published the last of February or the first of March. It
will be of especial interest to the unionists of this section of the state,
and we bespeak for The Wageworker's special representatives a.
courteous reception from all business men interested in securing a
share of union patronage and who are 'willing to reciprocate when
A FEW WORDS WITH REV. MINOT J. SAVAGE.
Rev. Minot J. Savage is a New York minister of the gospel who
draws a healthy salary, lives in comparative luxury and mingles with
the people who are always well fed, well clothed and. well cared for.
We are quite sure that he is well educated so far as book learning
is concerned, and equally positive that he is ignorant of tho real con
ditions of the majority of the working classes in his own city. We
make the latter assertion because we have just read a few extracts
from a sermon preached by Rev. Minot J. Savage, in which he spoke
of "the problem of organized labor." The reverend gentleman spoke
in part, as follows :
"We are threatened with a strike in the coal fields. Are
the miners starving? I do not say they are as well off as
they ought to be, but I wish everybody was as well off.
"But these miners who propose to demand more wages
will have $.5,uoo,i)w to ngnt witn. i ney certainly nave not
saved that out of starvation wages. 1 speak not of it to
criticise it at all. but to note it. What do they want? They
want shorter hours. There I sympathize with them. If,
however, they are going to spend the hours that they save
from toil in the saloon, then they would be better hard at
"Hut suppose one of them should say: "Here is your rich
man. who does not make any better use of his leisure than
I do,' what shall I reply. I shall have to concede that it is
"There is a third party that appears to be forgotten the
I thousands, the millions who want coal. They have to suffer
month after month and pay all the bills, ahd their right;; are
"There fs another phase of trades unionism. 'Their in
terference with individual liberty. There will be another
war for freedom in this country before individual liberty
is given up at the dictation of either capital or labor."
It is not, dear doctor of divinity, a question of whether the
miners are starving. It is a question whether they are getting a
rightful share of the products of their toil. I'erhaps that is a little
natter to Rev. Minot J. Savage, who, we believe, draws a salary of
some $tf ,000 or $10,000 a year.
Concerning the alleged $5,000,000 strike fund, there is very little
that need be said. In the, first place the miners will have no such
fund. They will have, perhaps, one-half that much. Rut suppose
licy do have $5,000,000. They have been raising this strike fund
j j I iwo years. l ncrc urc i - m i , w m i i i i uicm. :i i .lv.iin. ) 1 1 ui jlw
cents a week and that is less than the value of the bit or" cigar one
of Rev. Minot J. Savage's parishoners bites off when he lights his
nerfecto would mean upwards of $(5,000,000. We greatly fear that
the imagination of Rev. Minot J. Savage outruns his knowledge
cf mathematics. Surely Rev. Minot J. Savage would not counsel the
miners to save their strike assessments and invest in automobiles
and compete with their employers in auto racing and other forms
o social diversion so dear to the heart of the reverend gentleman's
Every time a plea is made for better wages for workingmen
some narrowminded preacher whose eyes are so close together that
a penny would cover both of them, gets up and howls about the
vvorkingman spending his money in saloons. We sadly confess that
they spend altogether too much that way, but as they are working
men on comparatively small wages they cannot afford to drink in
fashionable clubs like Rev. Minot J. Savage's parishioners do. Per
haps they cannot afford to drink at all. It would be better if they
did not. But if the employers will pay decent wages, and if preach
ers like Rev; Minot J. Savage will get into the labor game instead
of standing afar off in unspotted clerical garb, perhaps we can show
them how to better spend their wage. We would pause right here,
in this connection, to point Rev. Minot J. Savage to the fact that
he bulk of the money spent for liquor in this country is spent by the
well-to-do, not by the wage earners, and that social conditions
among those who cat their bread in the sweat of their faces are in
finitely cleaner and more moral than in the upper circles of New York
society -where Rev. Minot J. Savage performs most of his clerical
labor and from whom he draws a yearly salary that would mean a
comfortable fortune to the average Coal miner.
And Rev. Minot J. Savage is again far from the facts when he
asserts that the rights of the consuming public have been disre
garded by the miners. The disregard is all on the part of the gentle
men whp move in the upper circles of the city in which the reverend
gentleman preaches. If service to the public is measured by sacri
fice, then the coal miners render more service to their fellows in a day
than any. .fashionable church flock in Gotham renders in a year. We
urge Rev. Minot J. Savage to ponder on that for a few minutes.
When this reverend gentleman stoops io use the old and explod
ed lie about labor unions restricting "individual liberty" he does him
self no credit as an original nvestigator. ."Individual liberty'! is a
phrase that ministerial gentlemen should use with caution. If he is
so awfully concerned about "individual liberty" why does he disturb
his soul by thoughts of the wage earner's unquestioned right to spend
his wage as he pleases ? "Individual liberty" is a very large question,
and if Rev. 'Minot J. Savage is no better prepared 10 discuss it than
he is to discuss labor problems, he would better confine his ministra
tions to that branch of Gotham socety that gives biithday dinners to
dogs, builds homes for disabled cats, and thinks it has done its duty
to God's poor when it writes a check against its abundant bank account.
WE ARE VERY1 BUSY JUST NOW.
l'.verv week The iWafeworker is in receiot of lone communica
tions and petitions from the
League, and these are always accompanied by a request to prnit.
There are several reasons- why we can not comply with these !re
qusts. One reason is that we are too busy. Another reason-is jtfiat
we haven t time. And still another reason is that we havenf the
nrA nrt tunrrvinff about an
isn't the competition of the quick, alert, intelligent Japthat is both
ering us or will bother us. It is the competition of tlfe dull, listless,
degraded, debased, ignorant and unambitious Hujftn and Finn and
Slav that are being imported by the millions through Castle Garden
in open defiance of the alien contract labor laws. During 1905 less
than 10.(100 Japanese and Koreans came to the AJnited States.
DURING THE SAME TIME MORE u'HAN ONE MIL
LION EMIGRANTS WERE LANDED AT (ASTLE GARDEN,
many of, the criminals, many of the
' pers, tnousanus jmpoiicu y cuimaci anu a "lajority jft T;nern ig
norant, without ambition and the passive tools Y the financial bar
ons who control our great mining and railroad industries.
The spectacle of a lot of well intentionedVpeopIe throwing fits
over the importation of a handful of Japs andKoreans and ignoring
"Japanese and Korean Exclusio
-nvaiinn rf TniK arw1 r M-iiinc Tt
insane, thousands of them pau-
the importation of a million Hunns, Finns, Slavs and the like, would
make us laugh if it were not so pitiful. ,
There were more foreigners, landed at Castle Garden in two
months of 1905 than there were Chinamen landed on the Pacific
coast from 1849 to January 1, 1906!
And the ignorant and debased foreigners landed at Castle Gar
den in 1905 will do more to beat down wages and lower the Ameri
can standard of living than all the Chinamen, Japanese and Koreans
landed on American soil since the stars and stripes were first hoisted.
We are opposed to Chinese, Japanese and Korean labor. But
we are not going to let a lot of shrewd and conscienceless men pull
the wool over our eyes and keep us so busy yelling against the Japs
and the Koreans that we fail to notice the importation of contract
labor on the Atlantic coast.
We quit tearing our shirts over the "yellow peril" several years
ago. We used to tear a shirt or two regularly every week over that
question. Xo more for us. The "white peril" is a grayer menace
than the "yellow peril" ever was.
With every respect for the men who are pushing the ''Japanese
and Korean Exclusion League," and without casting a single doubt
upon their honesty and good intentions. The Wageworker insists
that they are being unwittingly used by a power that has imported
millions of pauper white laborers in violation of law.
Don't you worry about the Jap. He isn't going to work very
long in America for less than the American standard of wages. He
is a proud little cuss, and a very capable one, too. There is as much
difference between a Jap and a Chink as there is between a skilled
union mechanic and one of Parry's strikebreakers.
WHAT ABOUT THE OTHER HAND, MR. POST?
The back cover page of "Everybody's Magazine" for February
is occupied by an advertisement of Postum Cereal, manufactured by
Charles W: Post, Battle Creek, Mich. It contains an engraving of a
beautiful female forearm and hand, one finger wearing a diamond
ring. The advertisement conveys the information that this is the
hand that "helps to write Postum advertisements," and is printed
because so many people have evidenced some curiosity to know
something about the manufacture of the aforesads ads.
We might remark right here that it would be more interesting to
know something about how Postum Cereal is made, but that is apart
from our present purpose. Just now we are interested in the sub
ject of hands.
We admit the beauty of the hand exhibited by Mr. Post, but
there is another hand, and we would like to see a picture of it. It is
the hand of a woman perhaps a hand calloused and worn by toil
who stood by Mr. Post's side before a minister of the gospel and re peated
with Mr. Post the marriage vows when both were young and
poor. It is the hand of the wpman who toiled for him and worked
with him to lay the foundations of his present ample fortune. It is
the hand of the woma nwho was discarded by him when the bloom
of her youth had been wasted in his behalf ; the hand of the woman
he treated so cruelly that in sheer self-defense she secured a divorce.
That is the hand we would like to see pictured in a Postum Cereal
advertisement not the hand of the young and blooming stenograph
er who stepped into the place of the wife who was discarded.
What about that other hand, Mr. Post? May we not have a
nicture of it ?
The fight oi the printers for the eight hour day is practically won.
Eighty per cent of the union printers are working the eight hour day.
The employers who have been holding out should come across.
Let every trades unionist in Lincoln attend the Y. M. C. A.
meeting at the Oliver Sunday afternoon. February 18, and hear Rev.
Charles Stelzle, the union machinist preacher.
The Saturday half-holiday is right. It is expedient. It is jus
tice to the employer and the employe. What's the matter with mak
ing it. universal.
If you are peaceable and quiet you will be enjoined. If vou are
riotous you will be enjoined. Puzzle: Why are there so many riots?
Rev. CharU-s Stelzle. Oli ver theatre, Sundav afternoon, February
18, :? o'clock. Every trades unionist in Lincoln should hear him.
If you are wearing "scab" garments you have no morai right to
complain when a man "scabs" on your job.
Are you a "scab" at hecrt?
Boost your friends and ignore your enemies. A booster is bet
ter than a knocker.
Central Labor Union meeting next Tuesday evening. Be there.
A "scab" $'" hat makes any union head look like 30 'cents.
A Little Bunch of News About the Big
The total membership of Union 1055
was 320 the first of February, the
largest membership in the history of
the Carpenters' Union of Lincoln.
Bro. S. J. Kent resigned his position
as business agent last Tuesday even
ing. He was given a unanimous vote
of thanks for faithful services. Bro.
J. M. Schuyler, the financial secre
tary, was elected to fill the position
and has already entered upon the du
ties of the office.
The delegates to the building trades
conference, Bros. Quick, Chase and
Kent, made a lengthy report of what
was done at the conference held at
Carpenters' hall Wednesday evening,
January 31. Bro.. C. E. Woodard was
appointed in the place of Bro. Kent,
The reports of the Trustees and Au-
Hitrra u-urn road onrl a,rtf
The executive committee reported
that they could purchase certain lots
to build a Carpenters' hall. A motion
was made to appoint' a building com
mittee, which motion was laid over
until next mee'ting.
One candidate was initiated at last
The jfecutive committee made sev
eral 'recommendations pertaining to
working Conditions for the coming
year, which were discussed at length.
Bro. J. M. Harris' wife is very sick
at Macon City, la. The boys extend
their sympathy to the brother.
Sudden Death of a Prominent Young
The death of Robert Herpolsheimer,
one of the most prominent young busi
ness men of Lincoln, came as a great
shock to his large circle of friends yes
terday evening. He died at 8 o'clock
after a short illness. Last Wednesday
he was operated upon at St. Eliza
beth's hospital for appendicitis.1 TJn
ti": the last twenty-four hours his con
dition v4ry hopeful. An acute attack
of inflammation of the kidneys folr
lowed the operation and contributed
to his dAth. -
Mr. Herpolsheimer was. the son of
4 . . ... -
You are if you fail to demand the
K. Herpolsheimer, the owner of the
Herpolsheimer company department
store. He would have been twenty
one years old had he lived till .August.
In spite of his youth he had made re
markable advancement in the social
and business world and was destined to
have succeeded his father at the head
of a Herpolsheimer enterprise had he
survived. His death is peculiarly sad
in view of his recent preparations for
a long and useful life. Three months
ago he married Miss Louise Adell
Hoover, the young daughter of Dr.
and Mrs. A. L. Hoover. The young
couple had built and fitted up a cosy
new home at 1511 M street, where they
were the center of a large social circle,
Mr. Herpolsheimer showed remark
able ability as a youth. He' gradu
ated from the Lincolnhigh" school and
attended the state' university before
going ntQx-hTs father's store as assist
antsiiperintendent of the entire busi
,ft6s. His ability and unimpeachable
character soon brought him into prom
inence. All who met him were im
pressed with his talent and were full
of praise for his manliness and integ
rity. He was particularly popular
among the young people, especially the
members of the Sigma Chi fraternity
o fwhich he was a member.
The father and mother and three
brothers were at the bedside when he
died. Two sisters, Mrs. Barber, of
Colorado Springs and Mrs. Lamprecht
of Chicago, had not been sent for as
his condition was not . considered
alarming until a short time before he
died. The body was taken to the
home of his parents, 1245 E street, to
await the funeral arrangements. The
sympathy ot Lincoln people goes out
to the grief stricken relatives.
- The funeral will probably be held
Friday afternoon at the home of Mr.
and Mrs. Herpolsheimer, 1245 E street.
The department store will close Wed
nesday, Thursday and Friday.- Wed
nesday Morning's Journal.
GOES TO MEXICO.
Ed P. Mickel Has Advantageous Offer
From City of Mexico.
Ed P. Mickel, who has been busi
ness manager of the Daif Star since
its inception, has tendered his resig
nation and will soon eav for the City
of Mexico, where he w:ill- probably
make his future home. He has been
tendered the management of a big
manufacturing company having to do
with printers' supplies, and will
doubtless accept it.
The Wageworker, in common with
a host of others, regrets that Mr.
Mickel is about to leave Lincoln. He
is himself a union man through and
through,' and he has evidenced his
unionism on numerous occasions. He
is a thorough business man, and any
firm securing his services will have
reason to congratulate itself. We wish
Mr. Mickel abundant success in what
ever he undertakes, and in this wish
The Wageworker feels that it is voic
ing the sentiments of every man in
Lincoln who knows Mr. Mickel.
CONDUCTORS' BALL, i
Railroad Men and Their Wives Enjoy
Two hundred couples were present
at Fraternity hall Tuesday evening,
the occasion being the annual ball of
the Or-ier of Railway Conductors, in
which the conductors had the hearty
co-operation of the Woman's Auxil-ian-.
The affair was one of the most bril
liant and enjoyable ever given by the
railroad men, and those in attendance
had the real "time of their lives." The
hall was beautifully decorated with
palms, and an abundance of carna
tions and other flowers adorned tho
tables of the refreshment room. The
srrand march was led by Mr. and Mrs.
Joseph Marshall, behind whom the
knights of the ticket punch and their
wives and famiiies promenaded to the
strains of orchestral music. Supper
was served at 10:30 after which danc
ing continued until a late hour.
The bali planned bv the conductors
and their wives, was one of the regu
lar annual social events of Lincoln.
That it was a success, every person
who attended will attest.
Labor Items of Interest Original and
Otherwise Garnered In.
Central Labor Unio nmeeting Tues
Typographical Union ball on" Wash
ington's birthday. , ,
: Twenty-five ' shoe cutters are on
strike in Chicago.
Woman's Union Label League meets
next Monday evening.
Decatur Trades Council is arrang
ing for a union mass meeting. '
The largest line of union made shoes
in the city at Rogers & Perkins.
A movement is on to reorganize the
Chicago Cooks and Bartenders.
Smoke "Blue Ribbon" cigars.
Union made. Neville & Gartner.
Rogers & Perkins carry the largest
line of union made shoes in the city.
Union bakers will establish a co
operative shop at West Hoboken, J.
The Lithographers' Internationa!
Benefit Association will demand the
T. W. Day of Kansas City, well
known in labor paper circles, is in the
city on business.
The Trades Council of Detroit has
changed its name to the Detroit Fed
feration of Labor.
The Daily Nebraskan, the university
paper, has suspended publication, ow
ing to internal difficulties.
Twenty-five Bridge and Structural
Iron Workers employed at a heating
plant in St. Paul are on strike.
George W. Arnistead, sr., of North
Bend, Nebr., is in the city, visiting
with his daughter, Mrs. Will M. Mau
pin. "Blue ' Ribbon" , cigars are made in
Lincoln by union workmen. Sold by
all dealers. Manufactured by Neville
Typographical' Union ball, 'Frater
nity hall Thursday evening, February
22. Tickets $1, including refresh,-
msents. Reid's orchestra.
Rev. Charles Stelzle, a preacher who
Is a trades unionist, wilL talk at the
Oliver theatre. aiZ- p; m. Sunday, Feb-ruai-y
Uj.'Xlf trades unionists should
hear him. Remember the date. '
The Modern Woodman, lately re
moved from Lincoln to Indianapolis,
has been denied second class mail
privileges. We expected something
like that would happen when it Was
taken from Lincoln.
A special jurisdiction agreement has
been entered into between the gar
ment workers and shirt, waist and
laundry Workers' internationals. It
decides which is the work of each in
composite shops, gives the jurisdic
tion of each shop to the craft turning
out 51 per cent of the product ; but the
labels of both unions will be used In
such yhops on the goods that come
under f ie jurisdiction of each.
A Splendid Young Business Man Was
Called to His Long Home.
Elsewhere in this issue will be found
an account of the death of Robert Her
polsheimer, son of H. Herpolsheimer.
The Wageworker takes this occasion
to endorse all the etfbniums pronounced
upon this splendid young man by the
daily papers and the citizens in gen
eral. He was a splendid young busi
ness man, alert, thorough and cour
teous. It was always a pleasure to do
business with him. The editor of The
Wageworker has often talked to Mr.
Herpolsheimer on labor topics and al
ways found him interested in the wel
fare of those who toil. Hia sympa
thies, were with trades unions. To the
bereaved relatives The Wageworker, in
common with hundreds of others, ex
tends "its deepest sympathy in their
hour of deep affliction. ' n "
MR. KENT RESIGNS.
Performed Splendid Service as Busi
ness Agent of Carpenters.
At the last meeting of the local Car
penters' Union, S. J. Kent, who has
been business agent for considerably
more than a year, tendered his resig
nation, and it was accepted with re
gret. When Mr. Kent took hold of
the union's affairs it had less than 160
members, many of whom were not in
good standing. He lays down his
w ork when the union has 320 members,
all of whom, practically, are in good
standing, and the union itself in bet
ter shape every way than at any time
ili its history.
Mr. Kent will leave in a few days
for Wyoming for a brief visit and rest.
He has not yet determined what busi
ness he will engage in ,but whatever
it is he will carry into it his enthusi
astic unionism, and wd'll be accom
panied by the best wishes of Lincoln
Paid Without Protest.
Raymond H. McCaw, a minor who
was employed in the printing estab
lishment of Jacob North Sc. Co., during
December, 1905, secured a verdict for
$67.50 in the county court yesterday
against the company. McCaw was a
press feeder and alleged that his hand
was caught in a press and crushed.
He said the. accident was due to the
machinery being in bad condition. The
company did not combat the claim and
paid the damage.
Miss Bo wen Better:
Miss Birdie Bowen, daughter of
Charles Bowian, secretary of the local
Barbers' Union, who has been ill with
diphtheria for some time, isc very
much better now, and quarantine has
In the West.
President James M. Lynch of the In
ternational Typographical Union Js
making a tour of the cities where
Clothing Above Cost
That's the way we sell it, but our profit is so stnall that St mafces our
regular prices seem like sacrifice sales compared with the "bargain sales' of
others. Wc aim to make a reasonable profit on everything we sell just
SUMMER ALL WINTER
We loaded up on winter goods and it lias been summer ever since win
ter started. Asa result we are still overstocked. We want to move these
goods right now. So we have again put the profits this time almost to the
vanishing point, but not quite. But the bargains we offer are unsurpassed.
We sell a suit of clothes tor $7.50 and make a profit that other stores right.,
here in Lincoln sold at $12.50 early tn the season and now offer at $8.50 as a
FEATS IN FITTING THE FOOT
"' ' It is a feat to fit the foot. Ve do it. ' Our line of Shoes is not the largest
in the west, but we have your size, and we have a shoe that will suit you.
Got 'em for $2.00 a pair, too. Got better ones at a little higherprice. We caa
outfit you from bead to foot, and we would like to do it. We will do it if :
square dealing and square prices are attractions to you. Ve carry everything
in the Clothing and Furnishing line. '
Lincoln Clothing Company
You can now go direct, by a new route and by a new daily
train through Salt Lake City to Los Angeles, via the . .
UNION PACIFIC and SALT LAKE ROUTE
First-class accommodations with all the comforts of home,
electric lighted. News of the world bulletined morning
and evening, and in "extras" when warranted. The ,
LOS ANGELES LIMITED
affords comforts, luxury and entertainment that ,'
. make time fly. For , full information inquire of - i'
E. B. SLOSSOJM, General Agent
Your Cigars Should Bear This Label:.
Issued by Aulliontyoi ttM Cigar Makers'
KIRHUT IHLUIaAR WUIfQ 'INILKJUHtTWl UNION Of MtfK, 1 eCMfcZ-! OevOieO tl Wt
MdMcatnl cf Ike MORAL JMTtRIALjnd OrtUtf ClUAL WUf AJtt Qf THC CRAff. Tamtat t laewkMat
thtia Clean to Ml amfcari tarauBhmit t! worst.
' All Miniaj u Aipcw ton nUi wiJ be pufwwtd
It is 'insurance against sweat shop an3
tenement goods, and
trouble exists, and was' in Omaha last
Wednesday. The Omaha situation is.
well in hand. As a matter of fact the
printers have won their fight for the
eight hour day . all over the country.
More than So per cent of them al
ready have the eight hour day, a good
ly proportion of the balance have ar
ranged for it, and the balance have it
iu sight as the result of the most in
telligent fight ever waged by a trades
CENTRAL LABOR UNION.
hTe Central Labor Union meets reg
ularly on the second and fourth Tues
days in each month. By mistake The
Wageworker advertised a meeting for
last Tu3day, which was a mistake.
The meeting will he held next Tues
day evening, February 13. At the last
regulra meeting the Labor Temple
pioject was brought up in tangible
form, and it will be thoroughly dis-
Luoacu tmu ueiiuiLS action taiien.--
The temple project has been brew
ing a long time, and it is the opinion
of enthusiastic trades unionists that
it is high time to get busy. - The cen
tral body will also take up some other
matters of interest Every affiliated
union should see to it -that their dele
gates are on hand next Tuesday evening.-
IN BUILDING CIRCLES.
The building trades are making
ready for the spring work, and are lay
ing plans to secure better conditions
than have heretofore prevailed. There
is no sign of trouble on the labor hori
zon, and conferences that have already
been held point to a satisfactory agree
ment all along the line. . The' closed
shop will be insisted on in several
quarters where the open shop now pre
vails, and the indications are that this
will be agreed to all along the line.
The building trades have been per
fecting their organizations all winter,
and are in better shape now than ever
before. ' ' " '".'' ''.
UHIOH MADE SHOES
I carry 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 Street
International union of America.
imhtt bozhin barn raatft by
ccorimg to law.
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