Image provided by: University of Nebraska-Lincoln Libraries, Lincoln, NE
About The Wageworker. (Lincoln, Neb.) 1904-???? | View Entire Issue (Sept. 21, 1906)
By W. M. MAUPIN
Stupedout Railway Enterprise.
If the information conveyed in a dis
patch from Paris prove correct, a be
ginning is about to be made in the
most stupendous enterprise of its
kind ever undertaken. The report
from the French capital is to the ef
fect that the syndicate represented by
Baron Loicq de Lobel has been au
thorized, by an order Issued by the
. Czar of Russia, to start operations on
the Trans-Siberian-Alaska railroad
project. This involves nothing less
than the construction of a railroad
line from Siberia to the American ter-
ritory of Alaska by bridging and tun
neling the intervening waters, includ
ing Bering Strait Previous statements
' that the work is to be financed to the
extent of $150,000,000 to $200,000,000
by American and European capitalists
are repeated, and .the story' has every
indication of being put forth In good
faith. As has already been shown,
says the Troy Times, should the pro
jected line be carried through It
would mean the possibility of riding
without change of cars from any rail
road center in the United States to
the capitals of Europe. With the tun
nel under the English channel and the
completion of the "three Americas'
System in this hemisphere, one will be
able to go by rail from remote points
In South America directly to London.
And with the carrying out of the
'Cape to Cairo" scheme in Africa
there may be a through route from
"the Horn" to Good Hop. Who
Buying an Island.
The man who buys a mliJe rarely
Bets so deeply taken in as to have
cothing at all that he can show for his
money. There's commonly a place
somewhere and a hole In the ground
at least. Not so, however, with a Mr.
STutt, who is reported trom Colorado
Springs as having lately purchased an
island off Washington state which he
has since been unsuccessfully trying
to find. His deeds call for ten acres,
in the San Juan group off British Co
lumbia, and he fondly hoped to build
a summer home there. Alack and
alas! Ho sailed out In his yacht to
where he supposed the island to be,
tut not a scrap of land could he find.
(This might be considered sufficiently
provoking, but It was not the worst.
The seller now claims that the island
was there when he sold it, but that It
Bank into the sea at the time of the
earthquake which destroyed San Fran
plsco. All this is no Joke to Mr. Tutt,
but, says the Boston Herald, It strong
ly suggests the case of the curious
people who flocked to a tent and paid
their way in to see the wonderful
gyascutus. They didn't see him, but
(were glad to escape with their lives at
the alarming cry that the ferocious
gyascutus had broken loose.
A notable reform In prison adminis
tration Is contemplated by Gov. Folk
and the advanced penologists of Mis
souri, and at the governor's sugges
tion the Rev. E. A. Fredenhagen, of
Topeka, Kan., is engaged in the prepa
ration of a bill on the subject, which,
will be introduced1 at the next session
bf the Missouri legislature. Its chief
features will be the payment to the
ponvlct's wife and children of an ap
preciable percentage of his earnings;
the use of a graduated uniform instead,
pf the usual striped clothing; the sub
stitution of a military double file for
the abberred lockstep and regular In
struction for prisoners five nights a
wek. The whole tendency of the
'hanges suggested is in the line ol
,y reformation a3 distinguished from
vindictive punishment, and a main
.purpose Is to relieve the misery of the,
innocent dependents upon the crim
inal. I Is the class pipe to become a fea
ture at coeducational institutions 3
In a description of the Class day ex
rciijes of the Northwestern univer
sity at- Evanston, 111., is this mention
bf the pipe of peace smoking, a cere-,
inony not commonly practiced in co
educational Methodist institutions:
"Lewis R. Horton, president of the
senior class, filled the pipe, touched a
natch to it, and It went slowly from,
one pair of lips to another. Giving
off an odor of mild tobacco it passed!
from one coed to another. None re
fused her 'puff.' A few coughs were
heard at the end of the ceremony.
The men took their turn and the pipe
passed back to Horton, who, after a
long 'drag,' handed it to Miss Sarah
jShute, president of the Junior class."
Trnancy is defined as a disease by
Chicago school sharp who has or
dered truants on a diet of protein.
The average boy would rather take
his chances with the school than fly
to the arms of protein, a punishment
whose nature he imperfectly compre
hends. The servant girl, thinks Upton Sin.
Elalr, needs uplifting. The can ol
erosene on the morning fire has
been known to operate successfully
In that direction.
NEWS OF TRADE AND LABOR
General Information Concerning Those Who Are Doing
the Work of the World.
A Weil-Known Organizer.
Jefferson Davis Pierce, general or
ganizer of the American Federation of
Labor, who is now in Chicago endeav
oring to stem the secession tide in the
ranks of the teamsters, is one of the
best-known labor organizers in the
country. I He was born in Connecticut
in 1862, and learned the trade of a
cigarmaker. His home is now in
Worcester, Mass., but he has oppor
tunity to spend but little of his time
there. He received his first commis
sion as an organizer for the American
Federation In 1881, the year that body
was formed, and the commission has
never been recalled, although he has
not been a salaried organizer during
the entire period.
For the last ten years he has been
one of the salaried organizers, and is
credited with being one of the most
successful. In 1900 he was ordered
west, and he handled the interests of
the federation in the big water front
strike in San Francisco in T901. The
close of that strike marked the real
beginning of labor unions in San Fran
cisco, as they have Increased in power
since that date.
The following year Mr. Pierce was
sent to Colorado to combat the efforts
pf the Western Federation of Miners
to drive the American Federation
unions out of that state. His first in
troduction to the Colorado miners oc
surred in the hotel on his arrival at
Denver before he had received instruc
tions as to what he was expected to
do. He bears a few scars to remind
him of the introduction. He was beat
en to the floor in the rotunda of the
hotel in the presence of his wife by
three men, who used the butts of re
volvers on his head. Before the Colo
rado fight ended he was slugged three
times. He accomplished his purpose,
however, for the Colorado unions re
mained loyal to the American Federa
tion of Labor.
Mr. Pierce expects to remain in
Chicago for some time to assist in
straightening out the teamsters'
tangle, and he is also working to
bring some local unions in that city
into the international organizations of
Remarkable friendship for organ
ized labor on the part of a capitalist
is shown by the will of the late Au
gustus Pollock, Wheeling stogie mil
lionaire. He leaves cash and bequests
to the Ohio Valley Trades and Labor
assembly, to hospitals and educational
institutes, so arranged that the as
sembly shall have the power to deter
mine who are to be the beneficiaries.
About $25,000 in cash, besides invest
ed securities to an amount unknown,
are thus disposed of.
Sailors' union of the Pacific is mak
ing a demand for an average increase
for all hands of $5 a month.
In Belgium there are 135,000 min
ers, 65,000 of whom are organized, and
they have two members in the Belgian
Farm laborers in Hungary are or
ganizing for the purpose of going on
strike for better conditions next har
vest time. '
The Machinists' union has estab
lished a district jurisdiction, taking
in all points on the sound, and includ
ing Portland and Astoria, in Oregon.
The miners of the state of Montana
have inaugurated a movement looking
to the erection of a home for aged and
incapacitated miners of that state.
President McCartgy, of the Building
Trades Council of San Francisco, re
ports that the plans for the proposed
temple which the council intends to
erect at Fourteenth and Guerrero
street are ready and that ground will
be broken for the foundation at once.
The structure will be a three-story
building, costing between $25,000 and
There are 54,000 locomotive engin
eers in the United States, Canada and
Mexico, comprising the membership
iof the Brotherhood of Locomotive En
The Wertz bill, which has become
a taw in Ohio and which abolishes
convict labor, organizations have tried
jfor years to secure. The law pro
vides for employment of convicts in
the state penitentiary and reformatory
in the manufacture of road material
and goods used in other state insti
The government will use 2,500 Chi
nese coolies, as soon as they can be
shipped, "on the Panama canal.
Labor Commissioner Sherman, in
the quarterly bulletin of the New
York state department of labor, calls
attention to the fact that the figures
show that during the first three
months of this year the average wages
of wage earners were $3, a3 com'
pared with $2.85 during the same pe
riod last year, and were much higher
than the average wage3 usually
Issues Union Statement.
A. E. King, grand secretary-treasurer
of the Brotherhood of Railroad
Trainmen, has issued a statement
showing the number of death and dis
ability claims which the organization
has paid in proportion to its member
ship in the last ten years. In 1896 a
claim was paid for every 53 members
and in 1905 one claim for every 60
members was paid. The average for
ten years is one claim to every 59
members. In his statement Secretary
"No one employed in train or yard
service knows when his number will
be 59, and what a consolation it is to
know that If overtaken by death we
have provided for the loved ones de
pendent upon us, as well as having
provided for ourselves in case of dis
ability. No person that is eligible to
membership can afford to be without
the protection of the Brotherhood of
Who organized the Brotherhood of
Railroad Trainmen is a question that
is creating considerable discussion in
the journals of the railroad brother
hoods and in some other papers.
Eugene V. Debs, claims the credit, and
D. L. Cease, editor of the Railroad
Trainmen's Journal, intimates that
Debs does not know what he is talk
ing about. From the evidence it ap
pears that Debs did have a hand in
launching the organization when it
started on its career in 1883 under the
title of the Brotherhood of Railroad
Cbal Strike at End.
The strike of coal miners in Ala
bama, which has been in effect since
July, 1904, has been ofBcially declared
off after a referendum vote had been
taken on the request of President John
Mitchell, of the United Mine Workers.
The strike, which was lost by the min
ers, cost the organization about $1,
000,000, it is estimated. The . miners
demanded an increase in wages, while
the operators insisted on a reduction,
the same as accepted by the miners at
that time in all other bituminous fields
except the southwest. The miners are
not well organized in Alabama and the
final outcome of the strike has not
been in doubt for the last year, as it
became apparent a few months after
the men went out that they could not
win. The output of coal in the state
was greater last year than in. any pre
vious year, in spite of the fact that
the strike involved about 6,000 men
when originally called.
A report issued recently by W. D.
Ryan, secretary-treasurer of the Il
linois miners, shows that the strike
in this state cost the organization
nearly $500,000. Practically half of
the reserve fund which the miners had
accumulated under Ryan's administra
tion was used up, but Illinois is still
the richest district in the United
Over 7,000,000 English speaking peo
ple now carry union cards.
An Augusta, Me., cotton mill em
ploying 1,100 people has shut down on
account of a strike.
The Elevator Operators' union is
the name of a new organization which
is in process of formation.
It is said that factory life in Man
chester, England, has produced a
stunted race. Of 11,000 men examined
in that city for the army 10,000 were
A strike of the Southern Pacific
Railway company's repairers, which
extends almost entirely across the
state of Louisiana from New Orleans
to Lake Charles, and involves 500
men, was begun recently. ,
A movement is under way for the
holding of a "union exposition" under
the auspices of the American Federa
tion of Labor, and it will prob
ably take place at Minneapolis next
November while the general conven
tion of the American Federation of
Labor is in session in that city.
A report was recently issued by the
bureau of labor of an investigation
into wages and hours of labor in 1905
in the principal manufacturing' me
chanical industries of the United
States. The results of this investi
gation show that in 1905 the average
wages per hour in the principal man
ufacturing and mechanical industries
of the country were 1.6 per cent, high
er than In 1904; that the average
hours of labor per week remained the
same as in 1904, and that 6.3 per cent.
more persons were employed in the
The Commercial Telegraphers' urn
ion of America has decided to estab
lish a mutual benefit department.
This will begin business October 1.
A mortuary fund will be maintained
similar to those of the Railroad Broth
erhood from which death claims will
The Philippine commission . has
adopted a resolution .favoring the
scheme of the Hawaiian Planters as
sociation to transport Filipino labor
ers and their families to Hawaii to
THE NEW RADIUM SILKS.
They Are) of the Most Exquisite Tones
and Fine Texture. (
Radium silk has finally "arrived."!
.Somewhat slow have we been to take
up this soft, exquisitely toned mate)
rial which has had such vogue in Parlsj
for the last few months. The besf
jgowned among our women have alj
xeaay learned the charm for. damtyj
'dressy costumes, but the fall and win
ter promises for it a regular furore. :
Surely, there are few fabrics that
tan better stand popular favor. There
fs a delicacy, luster and wonderful
jcolor to the radium silks that make,
them peculiarly satisfying to a refined
Akin to the best foulards and the
liberty gauzes is it, with the best qual-i
Ities of both. Heavier and finerj
weaves than the latter, it has all its
graceful clinglness, with greater dura
bility,' while the softness and simple
patterns of the former are enhanced
)y a high sheen, caused by being
.woven of organzine so fine that the
single thread is barely visible.
But the chief beauty of the radiun.
silks is their opalescent coloring, so In
describably lovely. A pink will have.
the soft blush of the heart of a shell;
fthe tint of the sky shining through a.
fleeting cloud on a sunny day is seen"
In the blues, while the lavenders.
greens, yellows, even the darker
colors, have all the soft undertone that
gives them a beautiful iridescent ef
With all its softness of texture, this
silk does not wrinkle easily. This pe
culiarly adapts it for the elaborate
powns for afternoon and evening wear,
lor which It is chiefly, indeed, one
might say, exclusively, used. !
For ordinary everyday purposes the
radium silk, lovely. as It Is," wouldj
scarcely prove satisfactory, teven In
the darker tones; but, made up over
a material that takes the strain a
taffeta, for instance it is very desir
able. It cleans as well as crepe de.
chine, and may even be washed, with
great care, in a pure soapsuds. This
latter process, however, is not advised,
as the material is apt to pull with rub
bing. Whatever the lasting qualities of
this silk after all, that is largely de
pendent on the wearer herself Its
beauty is undeniable. Whether in the
.exquisite pastel tints for evening, shell
or rose pink, maize, bluet or turquoise,
faint pinkish lavenders, sea green or
.champagne or In the deeper toned
.dove and silver grays, French and
navy blue, a bright dark heliotrope,
soft yellow browns and tans, or warm,
rich olive a shade, by the way, that
promises to be very good this fall
the plain radium silks have a charm
of coloring rarely seen.
SEEN IN THE SHOPS.
A white leather bag with handle
across the top and mounted in brass
A beautiful set of crystal tumblers,
quite high, were decorated nearly the
full length with fern leaves cut quite
A very handsome driving whip had'
handle of clouded ivory tipped on the'
end with gold.
An anteseptlc drinking cup, folded so
close one can carry it in the pocket.
Instead of the ordinary leather box
for coat hangers, there are suede ones
which form a bag the size of the
hanger and will pack much more
An attractive invalid tray was of(
mahogany with silver railing and han
dles at each end. There was a hot-'
.water plate heater and separate silver
plate. A covered silver bowl, a silver.
egg cup stand with pepper and salt; a!
'i i A . A ' ,1 1 - ! . . . ,
tete-a-tete &ei ui yuitery uveriaia wim
A small horseshoe-shaped pin set'
around the top with a row of ame-
thysts and a row of small diamonds:
all around; at the bottom a gold bow
knot set with tiny diamonds.
A heart-shafied brooch, consisting
iof a large opal surrounded by a row
A white belt of sheer linen lawn
laid in folds near either edge and
dots, the large ones in the center,
embroidered with a large oval nickel
buckle. It launders finely.
A champagne-colored kid 'belt lined:
with silk and ornamented with a de-i
sign In cut steel. The buckle was of
metal covered with kid studded with
steel nail heads.
Apples a la Reine.
Boil a cup of rice and steam tender
and light. While boiling peel and,
core six tart apples. Put in a but-'
tered pan in the oven, sprinkle with
sugar, add a little water and bake
until a delicate crispy brown. When
the rice is done turn into a shallow
glass dish, carefully lift out the ap
ples and arrange on the rice, and set
aside to chill. When quite cold pour
over them a sauce of whipped cream
flavored and sweetened.
"Hercules" Bobs Up Everywhere.
' There is an unusual amount of
hercules braid apparent in the trim
mings of costumes of all materials,
Including silk, mousseline, voile, nets,
woolen goods and velvet, j and the
newest idea is its introduction as a
border for parasols. The latter are
further trimmed with soutache braid.
and sometimes insets of lace or em
broidery are also used In connection
with the braid. ''
Talent is frequently mistaken for
genius by the fellow who has it.
PUTNAM FADELESS DYES color
more goods, per package, than others, and
the colors are brighter and faster. .
The rays of happiness, like those
of light, are colorless when unbroken.
A Persian parliament suggests Alad
din's lamp fitted with an electric bulb.
Occasionally a man spends a lot of
time at his club because there's no
place like home.
For flexibility, smooth finish, stiff
ness and durability, Defiance Starch
has no equal 10c for 16 oz-.
Nothing short of true faith will sep
arate a bald-headed man from . the
hard-earned price of a bottle of hair
In a Pinch, Use ALLEN'S FOOT-EASE,
A powder. It cures painful, smart
ing, nei-rous feet and ingrowing nails.
It's thp greatest comfort discovery ol
the age. Makes new shoes easy. A
certain cure for sweating feet. 30,000
testimonials of cures. Sold by all
druggists, 25c. Trial package, FREE.
Address A. S. Olmsted, Le Roy, N. Y.
Shakespeare Was Resentful.
"Oh, you dear thing!" she ex
claimed to Shakespeare, for even in
those days there were matinee girls,
"you're Just nice enough to veat."
"You, too?" cried Shakespeare, in
despair. "Why will everybody con
fuse me with Bacon?" '
Laundry work' at home would he
much more satisfactory if the right
Starch were used. In order to get the
desired stiffness, it is usually neces
sary to use so much starch that the
beauty and fineness of the fabric is
hidden behind a f)ast9 of varying
thickness, which not only destroys the
appearance, but also affects the 'Wear
ing quality of the goods. This trouble
can be entirely overcome" by using De
fiance Starch, as it can be applied
much more thinly because of its great
er strength than other makes.
Bismarck Hated Monuments."
Reinhold Begas, probably the great
est German sculptor, has passed his
seventy-fifth birthday. Ten weeks be
fore Bismarck's death Begas appeared
at Friedrichsruh to get a final impres
sion of Germany's most striking figure
before beginning work on the great
Bismarck monument voted by the
reichstag. When Begas stated' his mis
sion Bismarck replied: . "Gott, why do
you wish to set me a great monument?
Represent me as being on crutches!"
AWFUL PSORIASIS 35 YEARS.
Terrible Scaly Humor in Patches All
Over the Body Skin Cracked and
Bleeding Cured by Cuticura.
"I was afflicted wlth psoriasis for
thirty-five years. ,It was in patches
all over my body. I used three cakes
of Cuticura Soap, six boxes of Oint
ment and two bottles . of Resolvent.
In thirty days I was completely cured,
and I think permanently, as it was,
about five years ago. The psoriasis
first made its appearance in red spots,
generally forming a circle, leaving in
the center a spot about the size of a
silver dollar of sound flesh. In a short
time the affected circle would form
a heavy dry scale of a white silvery
appearance and would gradually drop
off. To remove the entire scales by
bathing or using oil to soften them
the flesh would be perfectly raw, and
a light discharge of bloody substance
would ooze out. That' scaly crust
would form again in twenty-four hours.
It was worse on my arms and limbs,
although it was in spots all over my
body, also on my scalp. If I let the
scales remain too long without remov
ing by bath or otherwise, the skin
would crack and bleed. I suffered in
tense itching, worse at nights after
getting warm in bed, or blood warm
by exercise, when It would be almost
unbearable. W. M. Chidester, Hutch
inson, Kan., April 20, 1905."
B. F. Clay, of Philadelphia, a re
tired ship . carpenter nearly 80 years
of age, is said to be the champion
whittler of the world. Aided only by
a penknife and a piece of sandpaper,
he - has cut down a single block of
wood to a quadruple-linked watch
chain over three feet long and many
other exceedingly delicate and dif
ficult pieces of work. During the
last few years, since retirement, Mr.
Clay has cut scores of watch chains.
Technical World Magazine.
"Didn't you hear about it?", said
Kidder.' "Deacon Goodley came home
barreled the other evening."
"Aha!" exclaimed the gossip, de
lightedly. "I always thought . there
was some, hypocrisy in that old fel
low's temperance talk "
"Oh! no, he simply was swimming
in the creek, and some tramp stole
his clothes."-- '
Health Thus Lost Is Restored by Lydia
E. Pinkham's Vegetable Compound.
How many women do you know who
are perfectly well and strong? We
hear every day the same story over and
over again. " I do not feel well ; lam
so tired all the time 1 "
More than likely you speak the same
words yourself, and no doubt you feel
far from well. The cause may be easily
traced to some derangement of the fe
male organs which manifests itself in
depression of spirits, reluctance to ge
anywhere or do anything, backache,
bearing-down pains, flatulency, nerv
ousness, sleeplessness, or other fe
These symptoms are but warnings
that there is dancer ahead, and unless
heeded a life of suffering or a serious-
operation is the inevitable result.
The never-failingremedy for ajl these
symptoms is Lydia E. Pinkham's Veg
etable Compound. !
Miss Kate McDonald of Woodbridge,
N. J., writes: x
Dear Mrs. Pinkham: j .
" Restored health has meant so much to me
that I cannot help from telling about it for
the sake of other suffering women.
" For a long tame I suffered untold agony
with a female trouble and irregularities,
which made me a physical wreck, and no one
thought I would recover, but Lydia E. Pink
ham's Vegetable Compound has entirely
cured me, and made me well and strong, and
I feel it my duty to toll other suffering women
what a splendid medicine it is."
For twenty-five years Mrs. Pinkham,
daughter-in-law of Lydia E. Pinkham,
has under her direction, and since her
of charge. Her advice is free and
always helpful. Address", Lynn, Mass.
Will stop any cough that
can be stopped by. any
medicine and core coughs
that cannot be cored by any
It Is always the best
cough core. You cannot
afford to take chances on
any other kind.
KEMP'S .BALSAM- cores
conghs, colds, bronchitis,
grip, asthma and consump
tion In first stages.
Is made of thtbest
fully OuirantreLandsold by
rrli&uf dealers mrswherd
SIGN OF THE FISH
CANADIAN to-urnm A JTOWtW Co.
Toronto, cam. BosTo..riA3SL,uiAj
THAT'S THE WHEAT
CROP IN WESTERN
'. This with nearly 80,-
nivt nswt v.k.1. nf nit a
' UW,UW UUBUS"
and 17,000,000 bushels of barley means a con
tinuation of good times for the farmers of West
Free farms. big dVops, low taxes, healthy
climate, good churches and schools, splenoio
The Canadian Government offers 160 acres of
land free to every settler willing and able to
comply with the Homestead Regulations.
Advice and information may be obtainedfreo
from W. D. Scott Superintendent ot 1mm.
gration, Ottawa, Canada; or from
Canadian wmnmcoi ( i,hv.
801 New York. Life Building. Omaha, Nebraska.
enlists for torn years young men of good character
and sound physical condition between the ages of
17 and 36 as apprentice seamen; opportunities for
advancement; pay SI 6 to fiO a month. Bleetriciars,
machinists, blacksmiths, eoppersmlths. yeomen
(clerks), carpenters, sblpfltters, firemen, musicians,
cooks, etc., between 21 and 86 years, enlisted In
special ratings with suitable pay; hospital appren
tices 18 to 28 years. Retirement on three-fourths
pay and allowances after 80 years' service. Appli
cants mnat be American citizens.
First clothing outfit free to recruits. Upon dis
charge travel allowance 4 cents per mile to place of
enlistment. Bonus four months' pay and increase
in pay upon re-enlistment within four months of
discharge. Offices at LINCOLN AND HASTINGS.
NKBIIASKA. and MAVY JBECKaTITIKA
ITATIOJT, P. O. Building, OMAHA.
. To prevent that tired feeling , on
ironing day Use Defiance Starch'
save3 time saves labor saves annoy
ance, will not stick to the iron. The
big 16 oz. package for 10c, at your gro
cer's. KIS.ilj ESTATE.
IflBAIIIII PIHIIS 5tsiS.00tlaores at llurann.
IlnQiniN rAnMd Catalog free; large maplOo. .
tamps. ScuUcrs TinLwr k Load C., Iac., Fttcralurg, Vs.
work on the sugar plantations.
Powered by Open ONI