The Wageworker. (Lincoln, Neb.) 1904-????, July 13, 1906, Image 1

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VOL,. 3
NO. 14
' Sffi
Rev. Charles Stezle's Advice to the
Man Who Pulls Back.
It was plainly the pitcher's fault.
The ball seemed to rebound into his
hands as it came from the bat. Three
men were on bases, but for some un
accountable reason he stood in the
box with both hands over the ball,
while the crowd yelled. He seemed
badly rattled. He was a professional,
too said to be one of the best In the
league. While he hesitated the man
oh third made the home plate, and the
player on second took his place. Then
he made a wild throw to second to
head oft the chap who was running
from first, with the result that still
another run was scored, leaving only
one mau on the bases. The whole
thing was due to the pitcher holding
the ball. At least, that was the prin
cipal reason for the bad play.
The week following the ball game I
saw a man in a labor hall "hold the
ball," not because he was rattled, but
because he wanted to "stop the game
Things were not going to suit his
fancy, so he deliberately balked. That
didn't help him or anybody else. It
simply resulted in another set-back
for the cause of labor in his city. Too
often we meet Just his type. Of course
he isn't peculiar to the ranks of labor,
but he is there, and that is why we
are concerned about the matter.
Sometimes he "holds the ball" be
cause of misunderstanding. And be
cause he cannot, comprehend his op
ponent he seeks to destroy him. He
should learn that it is far better to
seek to understand, and not to silence
his adversary, even when to silence
him is possible. If the one who op
poses is right, he will win In the end,
anyway. And it surely is better to
lose gracefully and manfully, than to
be beaten out flat because of a stub
born refusal to study the other side of
the question.
Bold and sweeping statements come
more commonly from doubt and ignor
ance than from Just conviction. So
look out for the fellow who claims a
monopoly of wisdom. He is getting
ready to "hold the ball."
In these discussions with regard to
the social questions of the day, most
of us forget that we have not yet mas
tered even the elements of the prob
lems of society. Theories have been
formed from the examination of groups
of isolated facts, but life is complex.
It is difficult not to say unfair to
rush to final conclusions. Until the
last fact has been presented, we can
not afford to be dogmatic. In yie la
bor movement we must be opportun
ists. There are so many factors to be
considered that no one man has either
the wisdom or the ability to pass as
the infallible one. It is going to take
the whole "nine" to win the game, so
let's "play ball."
Republican Union Men Should Act Now!
The republican county primaries will
be held on Tuesday, July 17, and lie
county convention on the next day,
Wednesday, July 18. The primaries
will elect delegates to the county con
vention and the convention will nomi
nate a county ticket, including mem
bers of the legislature. Lancaster
county is entitled to five representa
tives and two senators. A nomination
for the legislature on the republican
ticket is practically an election to the
office. So far as we recall, Lancaster
county has never been represented in
the legislature by a democrat of a
Republican union men now have a
duty to perform a duty that they owe
to their party, as well as to themselves
and to their ' fellow unionists. That
duty is to get busy at once and see to
it that at least two good union men
are nominated for the legislature by
the republican county convention. This
can not be done unless the republican
union men get together, frame up dele
gate tickets In the various precincts
and elect a bunch of delegates to the
county convention who will insist up
on having the slate made up so as
to include a couple of good union men.
On questions of party politics these
men can vote with their party organi
zation, but they will be there to intro
duce measures demanded by organized
labor and always on the spot to head
off the schemes of the Interests antag
onistic to unionism. J
The Wageworker has no preferred
candidates for any office on any ticket.
All politicians look alike to this news
paper. Regardless of the party brand
worn by candidates it will support
those whom it believes to be best able
to advance the cause of the toilers
of this country. But ia. order to facili
tate matters several union men have
talked the 'matter ever and sentiment
centered upon two as good union men
as there are in Lincoln. Neither one
of these men has been approached on
the subject. The editor of this paper
has not mentioned the subject to
either of them. But this paper knows
them both, and knows them to be ca
pable men straightforward, Incor
ruptible, staunch union men, and both
republicans. Reference is had to L. L.
Ingraham of University Place, a mem
ber of Lincoln Typographical Union,
and Mark T. Caster, a member of the
Brotherhood of Electrical Workers and
president of the Central Labor Union.
L In the .legislature these two men
would undoubtedly act with their party
on all party measures, participate in
the republican caucus and stand by
the caucus nominee for United States
senator. But they would also look
after the interests of organized labor
and could be depended upon to make
things interesting for the little bunch
of grafters who have waxed fat at
public expense.
The Wageworker will rejoice if op
portunity is given it to support these
two splendid gentlemen. And if the
managers of the republican party , in
Lancaster county are wise they will
nominate them, or two' other union
men equally acceptable to the rank and
file of trades unionists ill this county.
Organized labor in Lancaster county
wants several things in common with
organized labor elsewhere in the state.
It prefers to secure these things
through the dominant party, but if it
can not, notice is hereby given that
an effort will be made to secure it by
giving the support of organized labor
to the minority party. If the repub
lican convention of Lancaster county
refuses to recognize labor by nominat
ing one or two union men for the legis
lature, the democratic convention will
be more wise, and then The Wage
worker and a host of trades unionists
who are republicans on general prin
ciples will be found fighting for the
success of at least a part of the demo
cratic legislative ticket.
Organized workmen , are donning
their fighting clothes, and the profes
sional politicians will soon find them
selves out of jobs. Organized labor
in Nebraska wants several things, and
if they can not get it from one party
they will throw their support to some
other party that ' will be willing to
trade for the organized labor vote.
To republican unionists The Wage
worker has this to say: Get busy right
now. Find out who are the candidates
for delegates to the county convention.
Sound them on this point, and if they
will not pledge themselves to work for
the nomination of a couple of good
union men to the legislature, fight
them. Get together at once.
The Wageworker believes' that In
graham and Caster are the right men
to nominate. It will, however, gladly
abide by the decision of a majority and
support any union candidate nomi
nated by any party, reserving at all
times the privilege of deciding for
itself whether the candidates so nomi
nated are worthy the support of or
ganized labor.
Postpones Definite Action on the Cele
bration of Labor Day.
The Central Labor Union met Tues-:
day evening and postponed definite ac
tion on the matter of observing Labor
day. But few of the unions had met
since the last meeting of the central
body, and it was deemed best to wait
for further action. , That Labor day
will be fittingly observed is assured,
but the exact form of the observance
is yet to be decided upon.
It was announced that the benefit
performance kindly tendered by Mr.
Jess Fulton and Manager Zehrung
would be given on Thursday evening,
July 26. The committee was author
ized to proceed with the matter, and
all delegates urged to chip in and
"boost" to make it a great success. A
number of new . delegates were in
stalled and the meeting was one of
the largest for many months.. Presi
dent Caster was unavoidably absent
and Vice President Bush occupied the
chair. The state of trade was reported
from "good" to "excellent" In all line3.
Central Labor Union Benefit at the
Oliver, Thursday evening, July 26.
tendered by the Fulton Stock Co. and
Manager Zehrung.
Popular Young Engineer Meets Death
Under His Locomotive.
Elmer E. Cole, a Burlington en
gineer, met instant death by being
caught under a toppling engine near
Fremont last Thursday. The accident
occurred at the crossing of the North
western and Great Northern near Fre
mont. Conflicting reports are afloat as
to the cause, but it seems that Cole
failed to see the signal set at the
crossing giving the Northwestern the
right of way, and ran his engine into
the derailing switch.. The engine
turned over and Cole was crushed to
Mr. Cole was a single man and lived
with a sister in Lincoln'. He was a
splendid young man, and had more
than the usual number of friends. His
narents live in Plattsmouth. Cole had
a reputation for carefulness and was
one of the best engineers in. the ser
vice. He had been working for the
Burlington upwards of ten years. The
body was brought to Lincoln and for
warded to Plattsmouth, where funeral
services were held last Saturday. A
large number of Lincoln railroad men
accompanied the remains to Platts-
mouth and paid their last respects to
their former comrade and friend. The
sympathy of a host of friends is ex
tended to the bereaved parents and
Central Labor Union Benefit at the
Oliver, Thursday evening, July 26,
tendered by the Fulton Stock Co. and
Manager Zehrung.
Tell How One They Helped Turned
Against Them for Profit. '
All members of Local No. 1055, Car
penters and Joiners of America, are
hereby notified to present their due
books for comparison with ledger at
our, next meeting.
Is this, in all fairness and honor,
just to the organization who supported
him in the past?
Local No. 1055 is rapidly increasing
its membership. Four candidates were
initiated July 10.
Twenty-nine new members were ad
mitted to membership in local No. 1055
since June 1.
Delegates and alternates were elect
ed to the general convention conven
ing September 17, 1906, at Niagara
Falls, N. Y.
The United Building Trades is now
thoroughly organized and Is doing
business. '
Bro. L. P. Sutter Is reported seri
ously ill.
Bro. Parker left local 1055 to take
up his residence in Chicago.
Bro. C. E. Woodward left Thursday
for the Shoshone district.
F. A. Mason has been an active mem
ber of the , Carpenters' Union in Lin
coln In past years and by the aid of
members of the union gained a reputa
tion as foreman, and later, by the as
sistance of leading carpenters who
faithfully supported him, he became
a fairly competent contractor. While
such contractor he had the faithful
support and co-operation of our union.
After all the assistance he has re
ceived from the union here and else
where he has now turned and is fight
ing the union with all the vehemence
and vim of which his portly stature
is capable and his fertile brain can
Forces One Labor Bill Through After
a Bitter Struggle.
Because it was not thought quite
safe to ignore all the demands made
by one brave man who Is now fight
ing the battles of the over-burdened
masses in the senate, one bill affect
ing working people was enacted into
law. Senator La Follette's measure,
to tear from the statute books, so far
as It relates to railroad employes, the
vicious legal fiction which saves em
ployers from all liability for death or
Injury through the act of a fellow
servant, has been enacted in qualified
shape Into law. But that monstrous
survival of mediaeval law-making still
continues in force in most of the states
of the union and in national affairs in
reference to every other line of call
ing whatever. St. Paul Union Advo
cate. ,
A Little Talk With Men Who Use Ad
vertising Space.
Does it not stand to reason that the
labor press does appeal to the buyer?
Workingmen have learned to place de
pendence in those advertisers that pa
tronize their press. They know they
will receive fair, honest and just treat
ment from all such, and hence the de
mand for space in the workingmen's
paper. Reason this out, Mr. Adver
tiser. The readers of the labor press
have a heart as well as a monetary
interest in the success of their paper
and each and all hold a like desire to
make it the medium by which to judge
their fellow men. Not many years
ago it was considered an act of kind
ness to the workers to place the small
est kind of an ad in their paper. But
space in the workingmen's press is be
ing eagerly sought for by the honest,
fairminded, farseeing and judicious ad
vertiser. Utica Advocate. '
Central Labor Union Benefit at the
Oliver, Thursday evening, July 26,
tendered by the Fultoa Stock Co. and
Manager Zehrung. '
Rate Bill Will Put Brotherhoods to
Great Annual Expense.
Cleveland, O., July 10. Grand Chief
W. S. Stone of the Brotherhood of
Locomotive Engineers, referring yes
terday to the various effects of the
railroad rate bill, said:
"Under the provisions of the law
officers of railroad labor organizations
are deprived of free transportation,
which they have heretofore enjoyed.
There are five railroad labor organiza
tionsthe Brotherhood of Locomotive
Engineers, the Brotherhood of Locomo
tive Firemen, Railroad Trainmen, Or
der of Railroad Conductors, and Order
of Railroad Telegraphers. .
"A conservative estimate as to the
amount of fare that our officers will
have to pay after January' 1, 1907,
when the law goes into operation,
would be $5,000 for each organization,
making a total of $25,000 that the rail
roads will get from railroad labor or
ganizations when their officers are on
official business."
Central Labor Union Benefit at the
Oliver, Thursday evening, July 26,
tendered by the Fulton Stock Co. and
Manager Zehrung.
City laborers of Millford, Mass., are
working eight hours for $2.00.
Second Annual Benefit
Lincoln Central Labor Union
Courtesy of Mr. Jess B. Fulton and Mr. Frank C. Zehrung.
Usual prices of admission . Name of play will be announced later. Timely specialties between acts. Tickets
exchangeable at box office for reserved seats for sale by delegates to the Central Labor Union.
- Central Labor Union Benefit at the
Oliver, Thursday evening, July 26,
tendered by the Fulton Stock Co. and :
Manager Zehrung.
It Prevails Among Vociferous Advo
cates of the Open .Shop.
The boards of trade of every cit y
in this country is closed to each and
eveiy business man, no matter what
his standing, unless he is a member
of the board, and pays nis propor
tional share of the expenses Thereof.
The manufacturers' associations, na
tional and local, who are contributing
their funds to defeat organized labor,
are closed to those who are not mem
bers thereof and who do not subscribe
to their rules. v , (
The Citizens' Alliances, which are
hollering for "open shops," are "barre-1
and bolted" against each and eveiy
one who does not indorse their law?
and contribute to their funds,
The medical fraternity is closed
tighter than a drum to the M. D. who
refuses to meet his obligations to the
society and help bear its expenses.
The coward who hides himself be
hind technicalities is to be shunned as
a viper. To this there is an applica
tion. Buffalo Progress.
Central Labor Union Benefit at the
Oliver, Thursday evening, . July 1 26,
tendered by the Fulton Stock Co. and
Manager Zehrung. "
Fulton Stock Co. Tenders Another to
Help Labor's Cause. -
Thursday evening, July 26, has been
selected as the date for the benefit .
performance for the Central Labor 1
Union. Tickets exchangeable at the . i
box office of the Oliver for reserved
seats may be had of T. W. Evans, at
Wohlenberg's cigar store. Delegates
to the Central Labor Union are re
quested to call on Mr. Evans and se
cure a block- of tickets for sale among
their friends. ' -
The Fulton Stock Co. and Manager V
Zehrung of the Oliver have kindly con
sented to give this benefit performance
as an evidence of their friendship for
the cause of unionism. - Mrl Jess Ful
ton is taking ah active interest in fhe .
matter andhe and his company may
be depended upon to exert every effort j
to make the occasion a great success. ,
Of the merits of the Fulton Stock Co.
it Is not necessary to speak. It is now
playing Its third summer season at the
Oliver and its worth is evidenced by
the fact that its patronage is larger
this season than ever before. t It Is
putting up the very best dramas ob
tainable. Last week "Under Two
Flags" was presented in a manner that
left no room for criticism. As "Ciga
rette," Miss Enid Jackson was at her
best and gave a splendid portrayal of
the best character in Ouida's best
novel. The first part of this week an
old play under a new name was pre
sented, and it was enjoyed by im
mense audiences.
Every unionist in town should make
it a point to patronize the Fulton Stock
Co. because it i3 made up of friends
of organized labor. And every union- - -1st
should endeavor to make the: ben
efit performance the largest in point
of numbers ever given in Lincoln.- The
regular prices of 25, 15 and 10 cents
will prevail. Box seats, 50 cents.
Call on Mr. Evans and get your
tickets and then hustle out and give
your friends a chance to buy them..: '.