The Wageworker. (Lincoln, Neb.) 1904-????, September 21, 1906, Image 3

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Prices on
lens Suits
prove to you that we sell the same suit for $15.00 that is selling in
street stores for $20.00. Three months Jfrom now they will have
"one-fourth off sales" and cut their $20.00 suits to $15.00 the
price you pay here now. If this statement is true and
you can easily prove that it is true, where should you
go for your Fall and Winter Suit.
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Including the best
makes such as
Alfred Benjamin &
Co's. "Correct .
Clothes for Men."
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Is a money saver to
every mother who
has a boy to clothe.
See those Suits we
sell for . . .
SI.50 to $5.00
Save You Money
Washington, July 22. The executive
council of the American Federation of
Labor today made good lta declaration
of several months ago to enter the
field of politics in the interest .of the
trades union movement and to urge
all friends o organized labor to elect
to political office men known to be
favorable to labor's cause. At the
headquarters of the federation . the
council today Issued Its "campaign pro
gram," addressed 'to all organized la
bor and friends in the United States."
It sets out that the trades union
movement has kept and proposes to
keep pace with the rapid change in in
dustrial affairs, and that the working
people cannot hope to maintain their
rights or a progressive position in the
varying phases of modern society un
less they organize, and exercise all
those functions, which, as workmen
and citizens, It is their privilege and
their duty to exercise.
It is declafed that labor makes no
demand on government and society
which is not equally accorded to all
the people of this country, and that it
can and will be satisfied with nothiug
The proposed campaign is based
upon the allegation that little attention
has been paid to the enactment of laws
prepared by organized labor and pre
sented to congress, for the relief of
these wrongs and the attainment of
these rights to which labor and the
common people are justly entitled and
which are essentially necessary for
their welfare.
The council issues a word of caution
that the "movement must not degen
erate into a scramble for office, but it
should be a determined effort, free ab
solutely from all partisanship of every
name and character to secure the leg
islation we deem necessary and essen-
Carry the largest and best line of pianos in the west. They long ago learned that
quality, honest prices with accommodations, and courteous treatment, assures success.
They own and operate five large stores and a factory, buying in train load lots, en
abling them to obtain the very lowest prices that quantity purchases and cash will buy.
They give their entire attention to pianos and study thoroughly the wants of piano
buyers. Their pianos are dependable and of the latest case designs.
They give their personal guarantee with each instrument, which is the strongest pro
tection against inferior ptxnos.
Terms to suit the purchaser, terms, that enable anyone to buy a piano. A small cash
payment and a few dollars per month will secure you a high grade piano.
Good practice piano S f $300 New Piano, any case
only $25.00 I for ..WU.UU
Good practice piano I $350 New Piano, any case
only $45.00 for $200.00
1 Good slightly used piano I I $375 New Piano, any case
for $98.00
j Good slightly used piano
for $126.00
Good slightly used piano
for $147.00
for $225.00
15400 New Piano, any case
for $275.00
$450 New Piano, any case
for $315.00
Schmoller & Mueller Piano Co.
tial to the welfare and happiness of
all our people."
It is expressly stated that where a
congressman or state legislator has
proved himself a true friend to the
rights of labor he should be supported
and no candidate nominated against
The following is a text of the pro
gram: x ',
Campaign Program Outlined.
"To All Organized Labor and
Friends in the United States Dear Sir3
and Brothers: Events in the industrial
affairs of our people have rapidly
changed and are rapidly changing.
The trade union movement, as ex
pressed by the American Federation
of Labor, has kept and proposes to
keep pace therewith. '
"The wheels of industry cannot be
halted or turned back, nor should
they be, even if that were possible
Welcoming industrial progress, labor
must -be ever alert to meet new condi-
tions, recognizing that eternal vigi
lance is the price of industrial as well
as political liberty.
"The working people cannot hope to
maintain their rights or a progressive
position in the varying phases of mod
ern society unless they organize and
exercise all those functions which, as
workmen and citizens, It is their privi
lege and their duty to exercise.
"Labor makes no demand upon gov
ernment or society which is not
equally accorded to all the people of
our country. It can and will be satis
fied with nothing else.
Congress No Friend of Labor.
"Several presidents of the United
States have in their mesasges to con
gress, urged the passage of equitable
legislation in behalf of the working
people, but congress has been entirely
preoccupied looking after the interests
of vast corporations and predatory
"Congressmen and senators In their
frenzied rush after the almighty dollar
have been indifferent or hostile to the
rights of man. They have had no time
and as little inclination to support the
reasonable labor measures, the enact
ment of which we have urged, and
which contained beneficent features
for all our people without an obnox
ious provision to anyone.
"Patience ceased to be a virtue, and
sn March 21, 1906, the representatives
of labor presented a bill of grievances
to the president and those responsible
for legislation or failure of legislation
in congress, reciting the failure or re
fusal of the party in power to adopt or
enforce legislation in the interests of
the toiling millions of our country. Af
ter setting forth labor's grievances and,
requests and urging early action, we
closed that now famous document with
this statement:
" 'But if perchance you may not
heed us, we shall appeal to the con
science and support of our fellow citizens.'
Relief Asked for Refused.
The relief asked for has not been
granted. Congress has turned a deaf
ear to the voices of the masses of our
people; and, true to our declaration,
we now appeal to the working people,
aye, to all the American people, unit
edly; to demonstrate their determina
tion that this republic of ours shall
continue to be of, for and by the peo
ple, rather than of. for and by the al
mighty dollar.
The toiling masses of our country
are as much, if not more, interested in
good government than our fellow citi
zens in other walks of life. In line
with the contention herein stated, the
American Federation of Labor made
its declaration of political policy, as
already quoted above. And in line
therewith we hope, and have the right
to expect, to arouse the citizenship of
our common country, interested in
good government, to the apathy or
hostility of the party in power to the
real interests of the people, so that
men more honest, faithful and pro
gressive, may be elected as the peo
pie's representatives.
If it has come to a condition in this,
the greatest and wealthiest nation on
earth, that the almighty dollar is to be
worshiped to an extent of forgetting
principle, conscience, uprightness and
justice, the time has arrived for labor
and its fiends to raise their voices in
condemnation of such degeneracy, and
to invite all reform forces to join with
it in relegating Indifference to the peo
ple's interests, corruption and graft to
political oblivion; to raise the stand
ard of legislation by the election of
sincere, progressive and honest men
who, while worshiping money less, will
honor conscience, Justice and human
ity more.
'We recommend that centra.! bodies
and local unions proceed without delay
by the election of delegates to meet in
conference, or convention, to formu
late plans to further the interests of
thi3 movement, and in accordance with
the plan herein outlined at the proper
time and in the proper manner nomi
nate candidates who will unquestion
ably stand for the enactment into lawi
of labor and progressive measures
Wherevei both parties ignore la
bor's legislative demands a straight
labor candidate should be nominated,
so that honest men may have the op
portunity in exercising their franchise
to vote according to their conscience
instead of being compelled to either
refrain from voting or to vote for the
candidate and the party they must in
their Innermost souls despise.
Where a congressman or state leg
islator has proved himself a true
friend to the rights of labor he' should
be supported and no candidate nomi
nated against him.
This movement must not degener
ate into a scramble for office. It should
be a determined effort, free, absolutely
from partisanship of every name and
character, to secure the legislation we
deem necessary arid essential to the
welfare and happiness of all our peo
ple. As the present objects of this
movement are purely in the line of
legislation, all efforts should be con
centrated upon the election of mem
bers of congress and the various state
"To make this our movement the
most effective the utmost care should
be taken to nominate only such union
men whose known intelligence, hon
esty and faithfulness are conspicuous,
They should be nominated as straight
labor representatives and stand and be
supported as such by union men and
their friends and sympathizers, irre
spective of previous political affilia
"Wherever it is apparent that an en
tirely independent labor candidate
cannot be elected, efforts should be
made to secure such support by in
dorsement of candidates by the minor
ity party in the districts and by such
other progressive elements as will in
sure the election of labor representa
tives. '
"All observers agree that the cam
paign of our fellow workmen of Great
Britain has had a wholesome effect
upon the government, as well as the
interests of its wage-earners, and the
people generally of that country. In
the last British election fifty-four trade
unionists were elected to parliament,
If the British workmen with their lim
Ited franchise accomplished so much
by their united action, what may we
in the United States not do with uni
versal suffrage.
"Those earnestly engaged in our
movement must, e repeat, be guided
bv the fact that the principles for-
which we stand must be primary con
sideration, and office secondary. We
ask our fellow workers and friends
respond to this call, and to make of
a popular uprising of honest men, and
to see to it that the best, most con
scientious men of labor or their sup
porters are chosen as their representa
Advantages Won by Sacrifices.
"Whatever vantage ground or im
proved conditions have come to the
orkers of our country were not
brought to them on silver platters;
they are the result of their better or
ganization and their . higher intelli
gence; of the sacrifices they have
made and the industrial battle scars
of many contests. The, progress of the
toilers has not been due to kindness
or consideration at the hands of the
powers that bo, but achieved in spite
of the combined bitter hostility of
mendacious greed, corporate corrup
tion, legislative antagonism and judi
cial usurpation.
Labor men of America, assert your
rights, and in addition to strengthen
ing your faith and loyalty to your or
ganization on the economic field, ex
ercise your full rights of citizenship in
the use of your ballot. Elect hone&t
men to congress and to other halls 01
egislation, and by so doing you wi
more completely and fully carry ot
your obligations as union men, and
more than ever merit the respect of
our fellow citizens.
'Labor demands a distinctive and
larger share in the governmental af
fairs of our country; it demands jus
tice; it will be satisfied with nothing
less. Fraternally yours.
"First Vice President.
"Second Vice President.
"Third Vice President.
"Fourth Vice President
"Fifth Vice President
"Sixth Vice President.
"Seventh Vice President.
"Eighth Vice President.
'Executive Council American Federa
, tion of Labor."
Receive Notice That Assessment Has
. Been Reduced One-Third.
On. the first " day of October the
union printers of the United States
and Canada will have paid a weekly
assessment of 10 per cent of their
earnings for nine months. Last week
the executive council sent out notices
that on October 1 the assessment will
be reduced to 7 per cent.
This is a practical demonstration of
the fact that the International Typo
graphical Union has all but won its
fight for the eight hour day -and the
closed shop. Over 85 per cent of the
membership is now enjoying the eight
hour day, and the percentage is grow
ing higher every week. The United
Typothetae has been whipped.
During, the ten months of the assess
ment the union printers will have
raised about $2,000,000 to carry on the
war. They have 'been liberally aided
by fellow unionists of other trades, for
which they are profoundly grateful.
From now on the executive council
will handle all the money, raised by
assessment, and the constitutional
strike benefit will be paid. Any addi
tional benefit must be raised by the
union paying it in addition to the reg
ular assessment. The benefit list will
be materially reduced by drastic ac
tion, and a lot of "quillers" forced
either to go to work or resume, "pan
handling." '
Sad Story of Fight of Garment Work
ers in Chicago.
Nearly two years ago the Chicago
Garment Workers' union had to fight
against the open shop. The manufac
turers didn't have any intention of re
ducing wages that's what they said.
The union not being strong enough, the
teamsters got into the fight, other or
ganizations backing them financially.
It failed to bring success. Now read
from the Tribune: "Sweatshops have
enormously increased in number since
the defeat of the garment workers."
Wages have fallen extremely low. One
cent apiece for coats and undervests,
and the highest wages a dollar per
week is -awful. How can any union
man buy a . garment without the label
when such conditions are brought to
his attention? St. Paul Union Advocate.
Oyster Bay, N. Y., Sept. 19. Presi-'
dent Roosevelt today extended the
eight-hour law to apply to all public
work under the supervision of any de
partment of the government. This or
der affects more particularly work on
river and harbor improvements.
Walla Walla, Wash., trades union
ists have made their firsti payment on
their new labor temple.