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About The Wageworker. (Lincoln, Neb.) 1904-???? | View Entire Issue (July 20, 1906)
S TRADES IRKS?! COUNCILS
LINCOLN, NEBRASKA, JULY 20, 1900
THEY NEED ORGANIZATION.
Interesting Letter From a Lincoln Man
Now in Shoshoni.
Shoshonl, Wyo., July 16. To the
Editor of The Wageworker: As I
promised to send back word to the
several comrades at home, I will ad
dress my communication to you for
the reason that in The Wageworker it
will reach all of them. At any rate it
should, for every union man in Lincoln
should be a close reader of the only
paper In Lincoln that boosts for labor
and a square deal. I arrived here Fri
day night, July 13, at 10:30. My train
was late. I got busy and after about
thirty minutes of hustling landed my
self In a cot beneath a 12x20 tent. Cots
coat 50 cents a night, and meals are
50 cents per. This town has about
250 inhabitants who claim it as their
permanent home, and about 2,500 tran
sients, most of them "sports." The
noble red man, like the black man in
the south, does not count as a part of
the population. This is really a
"white city," being composed princi
pally of tents pitched among the sage
i bushes, and is in plain sight of Copper
Mountains, eighteen miles away, and
the view each morning and evening is
delightful. It is hot during the day
and cold in the evening. At night one
needs plenty of blankets. . I am feel
ing fine and dandy.
' Now a word to any of my friends
who contemplate coming up here to
register. If you intend staying a week
or longer, club together in groups of
three or four and each one bring along
about three good blankets, a pillow
and such other articles as you may
need. Supplies are exceedingly high
priced, ordinary cots selling at from
$3 to $4. Also bring any sized tent
that suits you. The group I am camp
ed with has two tents. With these and
a hatful of lumber that cost us $11
we have a place to live. Louie Holberg
kindly told us to "squat" on the cop
ner of his lot at Fifth and Main streets,
" About 'every man one meets is a car
penter, but two or three good paper
hangers and two or three all-round
painters and decorators could easily
make $5 per day for the next three or
four weeks. This town is the ter
minus of the W. N. W. railway, and
to Landers, 52 miles, the stage fare
Is $7 each way, baggage extra at 2
cents per pound. One must go to
Thermopalis by stage, too, the fare
being from $5 to $7. All prices here
are subject .to change- without notice,
so one never knows ( what to expect
Nearly every one. here Is looking for
"suckers," and there are more of them
running around than I had any idea of.
Every concession, from saloon and
gambling house clear down the list,
must have a license. The officials
seem to have good control and main
tain good order. To date I have not
seen a single disturbance, and every
evening the respectable women of the
city may be seen on Main street with
put fear of being insulted or disturbed
They are In no danger, as there are no
street cars or student employes to run
them down or push them oft the walks.
I expect to stay the limit of my tick
et." When you start for this town it
would be wise to put up lunch enough
for a couple of days. For the benefit
of my bibulous friends I will say that
beer Is 15 cents per glass and from 50
to 75 cents per bottle. Other liquor
sells for about the usual price. There
are several old-time Lincoln boys here,
and they may easily be located at the
"Nebraska Saloon," owned by Louis
Holberg. If any of you want to get
right down close to nature, this is the
Ideal place, but If you expect all the
luxuries of life, don't come here to get
them. There are almighty few soft
spots in this vicinity, and trees big
enough to loaf under are extremely
scarce. I haven't seen any grass
I registered this morning at an ex
pense of 25 cents. The cost will come
just as soon as you make a winning.
E. C. WOODWARD,
Dr. Winnett has a new house in
course of construction at Twentieth
and C streets which work he has let
to Mr. Schaaf, a contractor well known
as venomously unfair to organized
labor. How does Dr. Winnett expect
to obtain either the professional sup
port or the votes of organized labor In
. his present, or future, campaigns?
Councilman Bishop is In the same
.boat as Dr. Winnett. He is also build
ing a house between Seventeenth and
Eighteenth streets on M, which work
Is done by unfair labor. Organized
labor, which is rapidly increasing, can
be deDended upon to remember the
disposition of these men.
We are advised from headquarters
Are you a free American citizen,
a party machine ?
Are you free from bossism, or
political shysters who use you and
Are you so foolish that you will
sonal interests in order to maintain
ing," or are you wise enough to tell
to the devil when they ask you to sacrifice your own personal inter
ests in order to advance their selfish schemes?
The Wageworker asks you these pertinent questions in all sin
cerity. It urges you as union men
after due deliberation. If you are
you to give these questions especial
Republican union men republicans faithful to their party and
loyal to the cardinal principles of republicanism asked the party
managers to nominate two union men
th-toilers of the county might have
secure the consideration of bills vital to the welfare of the men and
women who work for wage.
The answer was a sneer and a total disregard of a large and
loyal element in the rank and file of the republican party. Not one
union man was nominated as a union republican. On the other hand
the interests opposed to organized labor were given representation,
and men who earn a precarious livelihood by dark and devious politi
cal trickery, managed the caucuses, primaries and the convention, and
named the ticket that you must vote for if you would "maintain your
Will you submit to such outrageous discrimination against you
and your brother toilers, or will you rise above petty partisanship
and assert your union manhood ? Will you admit by your abject sub
serviency to the dictates of the machine that you lack the manhood
to stand for your rights, or will you step forth in your manhood and
assert your rights as a union man, as a free man and as an American
w It is up to you. ..-
We have asked the dominant
ment in the republican party, just
parties have for years recognized
that all classes of labor organizations
are rapidly increasing their member
ship in all sections of the country,
even beyond the expectations of the
most enthusiastic, despite all efforts
of, the ' powerful corporations which
are continually combating labor or
ganizations. There is a future dawn
ing which looks good to us.
Two candidates were initiated at
our last meeting.
Bro. Sutter is reported improving.
Bro. Swartz is reported on duty
SMOKE 'EM OUT.
Retail Clerks Will Not Organize,
Make 'Em Work.
If the retail clerks of this city have
not courage to organize, what's the
matter with making them pay for their
cowardice? What is organized labor
would unite in a concerted demand
that the retail stores keep open until 9
m. and from 9 a. m. until 12 m on
Sunday? The retail clerks could not
justly complain if organized labor did
The Central Labor Union might take
the matter up and exert a little pres
sure on the retail clerks and compel
them to organize. They ought to be
paying their share of expense in main
taining the shorter work day.
MR. THOMPSON PROMOTED.
N. C. Thompson, for several years
manager of the Nebraska-Kansas Tele
phone Co., at Lincoln, has been pro
moted and will hereafter be connected
with the general office at Omaha. Mr.
Thompson will leave a big bunch of
friends behind when he leaves Lincoln
and a lot of them will be union men.
He is a splendid business man, a gen
lal gentleman and a fair employer.
The Wageworker wishes him success
Mr. Thompson will be succeeded by
Mr. Lee Huff of Grand Island.
All Lincoln printers and many other
craftsmen will be interested in learn
ing that Bert Wilson, formerly of this
city, Is now a guest of the Union Print
ers' Home at Colorado Springs, and
that he is rapidly improving. A pri
vate letter from S. A. Hoon conveys
the information that Bert Is feeling
better than he has for many months.
Mrs. Wilson is in Denver, but will
shortly go to Colorado Springs to re
side until her husband is able to re
turn to work.
or are you the shackled slave of
are you the pliant tools of a lot of
your vote to advance their own
work and vote against your per
that thing men call "party stand
a lot of political tricksters to go
to answer them honesty and fairly
a republican union man it urges
for the legislature in order that
representation on the floor and
party to recognize the union ele
as the republican and democratic
this element and that element
A GREAT BENEFIT.
Central Labor Union Will Profit by a
Next Thursday evening at the Oliver
theatre will be given the second an
nual benefit for the Central Labor
t'nion, tendered by Mr. Jess Fulton
and his splendid company, and Mr.
Zehrung, manager of the Oliver. On
that occasion a new society drama
will be offered, and will be presented
by the Fulton Stock Co. in the best
possible manner. In addition to this
society drama there will be several
unique specialties. Mr. Fulton will
sing, the "Mechanics' Quartet" will
sing, and another local artist will do a
stunt of entertaining. All in all it
will be the best thing of the kind ever
offered in Lincoln.
Tickets exchangeable for reserved
seats may now be had of various dele
gates to the central body. Union men
are requested to call on T. W. Evans
at Wohlenberg's cigar store and get a
supply of tickets to sell to their
friends. The regular prices of the
house will prevail and tickets are now
exchangeable at the box office. Now
get busy and force the genial Mr.
Thompson, the genius who presides at
the Oliver box office, to hang out the
S. R. O." sign.
CENTRAL LABOR UNION.
Meets Tuesday Night to Arrange Defi
nitely For Labor Day.
The Central Labor Union meets next
Tuesday evening, and it is of the ut
most Importance that every delegate
be present. The matter of making
definite arrangements for the observ
ance of Labor Day will come up. This
matter must be attended to at once, as
the great day is drawing near and
there is a lot of work to be done. Let
every delegate be there. The Locomo
tive Engineers, the Bricklayers, the
Plumbers, the Lathers, the Plasterers
and several other organizations have
not been represented in the Central
body for months. This is not as it
The meetings of the Central body
have been short and interesting of late,
and they will be more interesting and
beneficial if all affiliated unions will
send live delegates. Don't be a dead
City laborers- of Millford, Mass., are
working eight hours for $2.00.
Irish, German, Scandinavian, Catholic, Protestant, Gentile and Jew.
Th answer was a slap in the face for union labor.
What shall we do about it
Shall we auietlv submit, or shall
1 . 7 -
Organized labor can not secure
secure, it must be patient; it must
it must take one step at a time. It
elect union men to every state office,
union man to the United States senate. But that can not be done
We must begin at the bottom and work up.
AND NOW IS THE TIME TO BEGIN !
The dominant party has snubbed us. Now let us turn to the
minority party and ask for recognition. If it is given to us, let us as
union men stand behind the union men nominated for the legislature
and elect them if possible. It will be possible if union men have the
political manhood to stand together
. The party leaders will tell you that you must not be a "bolter."
They will try to convince you that the party's salvation depends upon
ele.cting a . republican United States
means, right and wrong, to coerce
But what difference does it make to you whether John Jones, re
publican corporation tool, or John
is elected to the United States senate?
-." Not a bit! -Don't be deceived ! !
But it does make a difference to you as a union man whether yon
are! forced to compete with convict labor. It does make a difference
to you when it comes to a repeal of the infamous "fellow servant
law." It does make a difference whether your children are forced by
industrial conditions to work in mills and factories instead of going
, WHAT ARE YOU GOING TO DO ABOUT IT?
t Shall we stand together as union men and endeavor to get what
is coming to us? Or shall we split into partisan factions and let the
other fellows have all the gravy ?
If we have unionism enough we will stand together and tell the
machine bosses to go plumb straight to Hades.
, i ARE YOU GAME?
- If w-ewre one half as good union men as we know "how to be,
we would be twice as good union men as we are. . . . "
Get into the political game without any party shackles on your
wrists or any bosses' collars on your necks! .
TO COLORADO SPRINGS.
A Lively Bunch of Printers Should Go
A lively bunch of Lincoln's union
printers and their wives should go to
Colorado Springs next month to at-
j tend the international convention. And
of course they should go over the
Union Pacific. The : lowest ' possible
rates and the best possible accommo
dations will be offered by this good
old line. Let's get up a whole tourist
car full and go out in befitting style.
If you are thinking of making this
trip and you needn't be a union print
er to get in on the journey the editor
of The Wageworker will be glad to
give you any information he can con
cerning rates, accommodations, etc.
Omaha is going to send a goodly
bunch, and it would be well, perhaps,
for us to figure with the Omahans and
make it two or three tourist cars. Say,
wouldn't that be a good thing? "On
to Colorado Springs!" should be the
cry of every union printer who can
get a "sub" and raise enough money
to pay for the ticket. Board and room?
O, thunder! You old "pirates" didn't
use to ask that fool question. You
treated to luck, and it was - almighty
seldom you went hungry or bedless.
Brace up and try the old game again
if you can't figure out any other way.
Let's all go to Colorado Springs.
WILL FIGHT THE UNIONS.
Politicians Preparing to Wage War on
Washington, D. C, July 16. (Spe
cial Corespondence Milwaukee Senti
nel.) According to expressions by
persons who are in position to knew
the sentiments which exist among the
republican leaders, there is a disposi
tion to meet the attack of th3 labor
leaders everywhere in the congres
sional campaign with energy and fear
lessness. - This expression comes in
connection with a positive denial made
here today that Speaker Cann -n is to
inke his coming tour into Maine for
the purpose of aiding in the re-election
of Representative Littlefleld, against
whom the labor leaders are making a
vigorous contest. It was asserted to
day that Mr. Cannon's trip to Maine is
solely to keep a promise which tie
made to Senator Frye a year ago to
make at least two speeches in Maine
in yie next congressional campaign.
we look elsewhere for rponcrni.
at one stroke all that it seeks to
take advantage 01 opportunity:
would be a grand thing if we could
a union man to congress and a
in their own interests.
senator. They will use every
you into voting your ticket straight,
Smith, democratic corporation tool,
It is not certain that Mr. Cannon will
sieak in Littlefteld's district At all
events the speaker and other repub
lican leaders are inclined to minimize
the activity of the leaders of the union
labor fores. It is said that Speaker
Cannon will meet the issue raised by
the labor organizations in his own dis
trict, and that he believes he can de
feat the efforts of the leaders to unve
woikmgmen against him on th issues
presented as a result of congressional
action or nonaction.. The speakers
disUict contains many union laborers.
mostly engaged in the soft coal mines
of Illinois. The general claim Is made
by the republican leaders in congress
that while the labor leaders insist that
the fight they are putting up is direct
ed t gainst democrats as well as re
publicans, it can not but fall mdre
beav.iy upon the republicans because
that party, being in the majority, is
responsible for legislation or failur"
of legislation. In the face of this fact
the speaker's friends and seveial
house leaders are expressing the opin
ion that President Gompers is making
a mistake that will be fatal 10 the in
terests of union labor by mixing up In
the politics of the congressional cam
paign. It is asserted that manifesta
tions of political bossism by Mr. Gom
yers will react against his control of
union labor and that the downfall of
(he American Federation of Labor will
be not unlike that of the old order of
Knights of Labor when it Ws at Its
zenith and declined, it is clainid, as a,
result of too much bossism and poli
tics. In the light of these opinions Use
republican leaders are inclined to meet
the labor issue squarely wherever it is
presented. This is notably true in the
case of Speaker Cannon in his own
LEAVE HIM AT HOME.
'Uncle Joe Cannon's services In con
gress have been solely in the interest
of every evil that the American people
have risen against. He should go
down in the wreck this fall, never to
rise again. It must be possible among
the .great mining, manufacturing and
farming interests of the Danville dis
trict to find a man capable of uniting
all elements and politically destroying
Cannon. To permit that man to again
act as the agent and protector of the
Carrion trust and poison squad in the
halls of congress is to affront the de
cency of the great bulk of the -American,
people. Beat "Uncle Joe." Mine
Lincoln Garment Workers Need to
Get Together for Mutual Benefit.
There are between 150 and 200 gar
ment workers in Lincoln, and none of
them is getting what he or she earns.
They have no union, they work long
hours, and their pay is far below the
average union scale in force in St. Jo
seph and Des Moines.'' They have no
sick or death benefits. They are at
the mercy of their employers.
The other day Manager Jones of the
Lincoln Overall and Shirt Co. took oc
casion to make a few remarks regard
ing a check recently given by his out
fit vto a girl a fac simile of the check
having been printed - In The Wage
worker. He said that the week the
woman was earning the $2.42 a woman
working alongside her earned - $12.
That's what Jones says. Perhaps It is
true. But The Wageworker dares Mr.
Jones to show his. books and prove
that the average wage of the machine
girls in his factory is $8 per week.
If Mr. Jones will show his books, and
the books disclose that 10 per cent of
the girls running machines in his factory-average
$9 a week, The Wage
worker will donate $10 to any local
charity Mr. Jones may designate. If
he fails to show it he is to donate $10
to any charity The Wageworker se
lects. If Mr. Jones' books show that
the average wage paid in his factory
is equal to 85 per cent of the average
scale paid in the McDonald union fac
tory In St. Joseph, Mo., The Wage
worker will donate $10 to any local
charity Mr. Jones may select If not,
Mr. Jones is to donate $10 to a char
ity to be selected by The Wageworker.'
Here is another proposition The Wage
worker will make to the manager of
the Lincoln Overall and Shirt Co.'s
" The Wageworker believes that the
average wages paid In the Jones shop'
is less than $7.50 per week. If Mr.
Jones will submit the wage roll to a
committee of three appointed by The
Wageworker,, and the roll discloses
that it is greater, The Wageworker
will donate to any local charity Mr.
Jones, will select the sum of $20. If
the average is $7.50 or less per em
ploye per week, Mr. Jones Is to donate
to a local charity a ' sum equal to 25 ,
cents per head for all the employes on
his pay roll.
Just now Mr.' Jones is so busy get
ting ready for the Epworth assembly
that he may -not have time to give this '
matter his attention. -' AS soon as he
can take a day off from talking about
the future life, and consider the pres
ent necessities of men and women in'
his employ, we trust he will cogitate
on The Wageworker's propositions.
A NOVEL PROPAGANDA.
Union Broommaker Advertising the
Label with a Big Circus.
F. W. Blosser, . the "broom king,"
was one of the attractions in a side
show traveling with the big Forepaugh
Sells shows. . Blosser made minature
brooms and sold them to the. specta
tors, and every broom bore the union
label. As he worked he told the story
of unionism and rapped t the convict
labor system good and plenty. He
showed that convict made brooms were
not only inferior In quality," but that
they' "had starved out thousands of free
broom makers and' scattered- 'institu
tion in many communities. '''-'- '
The exhibit made by Blosser 'wa.s a
novel one. and his citSflpag, for the
label is very. . effective v-. bcapsje L he
reaches hundredg opie. every .day
with his object, lessons. .,,
... FAIR.! ' -
The Typographical Journal says:
"In response' to inquiries, the Journal
desires to announce that the patterns
printed by the McCall company e(
New York are. the product of union
labor, though they do not bear the
label. This company has issued a cir
cular denying the charge that it Is a
part of the pattern trust. An effort is
being made to have the label placed
on the McCall patterns."
STILL WAITING.' " .
The Stage Hands Union is still wait
ing for their charter, and expect 'to
receive It in a short time. The.lr In
ternational is about to meet and the
head officers are almighty busy getting
ready for it. When the charter comes
the boys will pull off a rousing Initia
tory meeting. . : .
Central Labor Union Benefit at the
Oliver, Thursday evening, July 26.
tendered by the Fulton Stock Co. and
Manager Zehrung. . . .
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