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THE LABOR FAIR-ABE .YOU
The success of the Union Labor Fair now depends upon the union
men and women of Lincoln and suburbs. If they do their part it will
be a magnificent success. If they do not do their .part it will be
wo roc than a failure.
AND FAILURE WOULD SET BACK THE CAUSE OF UNION
ISM IN LINCOLN A FULL DECADE.
Can we afford to let it be a failure? The Wageworker is not
at all fearful of the result and yet it is not wholly satisfied. There
is just a slight disposition on the part of some to let somebody else
do all the work.
"Well, we are payinpr somebody to do the work, ain't we?"
you say. ": ,
NOT BY A MILL SIGHT!
You couldn't hire anybody to do the work. It is work that yon
must do yourselves. You have merely employed a man to look after
some of the details, and he is looking after them to the best of his
ability. He couldn't make the fair a success by his unaided efforts.
No other man could, either.
YOU'VE SIMPLY GOT TO HELP, OR SHARE IN THE HUMIL
IATION THAT WILL FOLLOW A FAILURE.
If this fair is a success you will feel the beneficial effects for many
months to come. A little work and a dollar or two invested in making
the fair a success will return magnificent dividends in the days to
' 'v Now you want to know what is going to take place at the fair.
You have a perfect right to know all about it. But we can't tell all
about it in The Wageworker. One or two things must be told by
word of mouth instead of in print.
NOT BECAUSE WE ARE ASHAMED OF IT. NOT BY THE
MILL'S DAM SITE.
It is because Uncle Sam has promulgated some severe postal reg
ulations that a little newspaper dare not contravene. The big papers
often do it, but it would spell ruin for a little paper like The Wage
worker to undertake it.
For instance, there is the. splendid UNION MADE PIANO that
is going to be disposed of during the fair. It will be sold at the mar-
A CONVENTION OUTLOOK.
What a Minister Think, of the Great
Meeting at Minneapolis;
They look like old campaigners
. these representatives of organized la-
bor at the Minneapolis convention of
the American Federation of Labor.
Quick and alert to the true Inward
ness of every matter presented to the
convention in speech and resolution
the man who can fool them has not
yet appeared. And what a safety
valve is that executive council. And
what tremendous -responsibilities are
Imposed upon it. When it seems im
possible- to settle a question on the
Door of the convention, it is respect
fully "referred to the executive coun
ell, with power to act." That the
council manages to keep from incur
ring the enmity of pretty nearly every
body, is a testimony to their states
manship and their wisdom. It is more
than that it is an Indication of the
profound respect and loyalty of the
rank and file to that group of eleven
men who are entrusted with such mo
mentous interests. Fortunate, Indeed,
is It that they are not infallible, for
in this they give hope to the rest of
us who sometimes make mistakes.
Tho eleven standing committees are
composed of men tried and true. They
will digest the great mass of material
which naturally comes to a federation
convention, dealing with officers' re
ports, resolutions, laws, organization,
labels, grievances, education, state or
ganizations, and boycotts, and present
H In such form as to greatly facilitate
Ihe important business of the conven-
- tlon. Sometimes continuing their sue
cess far into the night, these commit
tees deserve the gratitude of those
who bavo the privilege of enjoying the
fruits of their toil, cither as delegates
or as members of local organizations
who are "staying by the stuff."
Mass meetings and special meet
ings were4arranged for in both Minne
apolis and St. Paul, which resulted in
new inspiration to those who have
been bo close to the work that the at
tention to details has shut out the
larger vision, without which one's use
fulness becomes greatly impaired.
They will also servo to quicken those
who have never really gotten Into the
movement, but have been content to
be mere "by standers."
As usual, the daily press is generous
In the space devoted to the conven
tion. Reports and interviews fill the
columns, and photographs and carica
tares are in demand. Too important
is a meeting of labor's hosts to bo
ignored by even the most conservative
Students of the social question and
teachers of political economy are here
to learn. They, too, have discovered
that in the doings of the common peo
ple there is great significance.
So much in a general way for the
twenty-sixth annual convention of the
American Federation of Labor. The
reports of the delegates to their res
pective bodies carry the spirit and
the atmosphere to the locals, where
will be lived over again many of the
scenes witnessed by their representa
REV. CHARLES STELZE.
; LABOR FAIR
THE RIGHT SORT.
A Friend Who Helps to Boosf ihe
Good Work Along.
Ed. Hammond' is a member of the
Carpenters' Union, and fce carries Ms
unionism around with him all the time.
Last Monday Hammond returned to
Lincoln from a sojourn in Holdrego,
where he had a job in hand, and he
hiked right to The Wageworker office
with the annual subscriptions of five
of the union carpenters in Holdrege.
He brought the money with him, too,
Now, The Wageworker is'going to
gladden the homes of five more union
men. If about a thousand other union
men in Lincoln would follow Ed. Ham
mond's example The Wageworker
would have a list to be proud of. We
wish we had 'em a thousand like
Hammond, we mean.
LOOK IT UP.
Labor Paper Boosting a Rank Union
The Schenectady Labor Leader Is
rejoicing over a prospect that the Na
tional Cash Register Co. may remove
from Dayton, Ohio, to Schenectady,
The Leader ought to get busy and look
up the record of this concern on the
The National Cash Register Co. is
an open shop outfit, will not recognize
unions and insists upon exercising all
rights when it comes to employing la
bor, and concedes none to the work
man. It will be a bad day for the un
ions of Schenectady if this union
hating, outfit locates in that city, and
the Leader ought to be warning the
people against it instead of rejoicing
and trying to "boost."
vellously Ioav price of 50 cents, and it cost $400. Just how, we'll tell
you if you ask us. We'll tell you anyhow if you are at the fair on
the opening night. . (
But we'll tell you about the handsome set of chinaware, and the
splendid gold watch, and the ton
away. The watch will go to the most popular railroad man. ihe set
of dishes willtbe voted to some union man's wfe, and the ton of hard
coal will be voted to the homeliest union man...
BUT THAT IS NOT ALL NOT BY THE SAME OLD MILL
Every evening an orchestra composed of union musicians will
discourse sweet music for those who lik to enjoy the pleasures of the
dance. -And there will be several goOdj attractions. presented on the
AND THEN THE 'BABY SHtW UNION BABIES, OF
The Baby Show is going to be a corker. There will be a prize for
the union baby boy, and a prize for the union baby girl. Full partic
ulars will be given on the opening 'night. Only babies born of union
parents will be admitted to this contest, s
And then, too, there will be displays of union made, goods by the
enterprising merchants of Lincoln yyfap ,vant the trade of union men
and women badly enough to ask for it and make an effort to get it.
0, there will be plenty to interest you, to amuse you and to
instruct you. "And it will cost you so little that you'll never miss it.
The general admission will be only 15 cents, and if you want to dance
it will eost you only 25 cents. And dance to union made music, too.
You've, not had that opportunity before in this man's town. You
ought to appreciate it now. "
But if you want to help push the fair along, and at the same time
economize, you can buy a transferable season ticket, good for sis
admissions, including dancing, for $1. You can use all sis coupons in
one night, or three coupons a night for two oiight or any old way
you see fit. The ticket is good for six admissions, including dancing,
no matter by whom presented, ' f
Now, Mr, Union Man and Mrs..,Union-Wman, are you going to
Brothers: Suppose we get bus
Is there any real reason why we
should not take a firmer hold on the
situation as it is today and work to
gether for more and better resUflfs?
Are you willing to do your share?
Will you do it? '
You, each of you, are entitled to
three delegates to the central body.
Have you your delegates elected? Do
they attend the central body meet
ings? I wish to appeal to the presi
dent of each local to personally look
up his local's delegates and see if they
are attending to their duties. If he
finds they are, pat them on the hack;
if 'e finds they neglect their duties,
he should see to it that they give
way to delegates who will represent
llany . persons -consult their own
convenience in filling an important
place. They" ought not to so do. I
know of delegates who have many
times actually and sometimes' serious
ly inconvenienced themselves, in order
to look after their duties in bodies
to which they have been appointed.
This is the proper spirit!
A BOX SOCIAL.
Auxiliary Entertains in Its
Capital Auxiliary entertained at the
home of Mr. and Mrs. Wathan last
Tuesday evening, a "box party" being
the form of entertainment chosen. The
attendance was unusually good and a
splendid time was enjoyed by all pres
ent. "Flinch' 'and "high five" were
indulged in, and also a literary game
that provided a lot of mental exer
cise. The luncheon hour was hailed with
joy end the contents of the various
boxes were enjoyed to the full. Mr.
and Mrs. Wathan spared no efforts to
entertain their guests,-and the results
were satisfactory all around. The
printers who fail to attend the Aux
iliary socials are iridsing out on a lot
LABOR FAIR "
The Lincoln Telephone Co. employs
a larger percentage of union men
than any other public service corpor
ation in Lincoln. Use the Automatic.
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of hard eoaj. They will be voted.
e Get Busy
A'sjnjcentral body, we can do more
effective work for the whole if we have
a fuHeiv representation. We need the
presence and advice of the delegations
from1, every" union, and we beg of you
to taker "the action necessary to get
yoursves represented in the central
body,!''. Great things are ahead of the
C. L, to in this city. It has much Im-
portant business to consider and han
dle -business your . local should take
part in shaping up and pushing to
Please be kind enough to get your
delegations alive and active.
Let's have a rousing meeting next
We want to boost the labor fair.
We want to .hear what Maupin has
to say about the Minneapolis meet
ing. Be on hand. If not as an accredited
delegate, then as a visitor.
I hereby extend an invitation to
the presidents and secretaries of all
locals to be present at the meeting
H. W. SMITH, Pres.
ISN'T THIS RICH?
Traction, Company Yhining About Be
. ing Treated Unfairly.
One of the best jokes of the season
is the whine how being put up by the
Lincoln Distraction Co., about being
treated unfairly by the city council
and the people.
Hully, Gee! Wouldn't that darn
your socks? After impudently telling
the people of Lincoln to go to thunder;
after arrogantly refusing to give the
people relief from almost unbearable
conditions, and after utterly ignoring
the! convenience of the people for,
years, the company, now that it is
feeling the weight of an aroused peo
ple's wrath, comes into court with a
whine that it is being given the worst
of it. The very best the Lincoln Dis
traction Co. is entitled to is the worst
of it. It deserves almighty little con
sideration from a people to whom it
has given none at all.
The Lincoln Distraction Co. should
not be allowed one single, solitary con
cession until it make3 a few to ih
people. Before it is allowed to go any
A " BOOSTER? "
do your share towards making this Union. Labor Fair a success? Or
are you going to "soldier" on the enterprising unionists and let them
do all the work and then, when all
and elaim a share of the; glory? There are such people in this world,
Lbiityjjji njjPbelieve any of them
1ti pot i nm
ION'T BE A "DEAD ONE."
PROVE YOUR RIGHT TO BE
ONES." ' ' !
We met a "dead one" the other day. He makes an average of
$20 a week and has no one but
wages because he belongs to a strong union.
afford to buy a season ticket, although he expected to attend the fair
one or two nights. , '-,'
WE HOPE HE IS THE ONLY ONE OF THE KIND IN LIN
COLN. Now, let's make the next week a week of "boosting for the
Union Labor Fair. Get one of the "Booster Club" cards and tie it
to your button, and then vindicate your elaim to membership.
The last week before the fair ought to find 2,500 union men and
women thinking of nothing, dreaming of nothing, talking of nothing
but the Union Labor Fair to, be held at the auditorium ditring the
whole of the first week in December.
And if every union man and woman in Lancaster county pat
ronizes the fair to the extent of $1 each, we'll have enough money
after all espenses are paid, to make a payment of 50 per cent on the
lot we are going to build that Labor Temple on one of these days in
the not distant future. . '
O, yes ; we came near forgetting there is going to be a prize to
the woman who helps most in disposing of that union made piano. A
Modern Gas Range, high ,oven, and all the latest improvements. And
it will be connected free of charge too, for the winner.
, NOW BEGIN YOUR BOOSTING AND DON'T LET UP FOR A
MINUTE UNTIL THE FAIR IS OVER.
If you think you can sell a few season tickets, call on the editor
of The Wageworker. lie '11 provide you with as many as you want. '
further it should be compelled to stop
its opposition to the six-for-a-quarter
ordinance, to run its cars at least one
hour later at night, and to pay decent
wages to its employes. The latter
matter, however, t lies with the em
ployes themselves. If they have the
nerve and the sense to thoroughly or
ganiez and make a concerted demand
for decent wages tley can fix that
part of it all right. 1
LABOR FAIR -
BULLY FOR THIS BARBER.
Goes to Jail Rather Than "Scab" on
His Fellow Workmen.
Jactf Connaghan is a union barber,
but just now he is not working at his
trade.'"- He is in the guard house at Co
lumbus barracks, Ohio. A short time
ago Connaghan enlisted in the United
States army and was immediately
asisgned to the postion of regimental
barber. He balked because the estab-'
lished price was a nickel for a shave
and a dime for a hair cut.
"I'll not cut the union rate," declared
Connanghan. "If you want me to shave
you it will cost you fifteen cents, and
if I cut you hair it will cost you a
The colonel ordered Connaghan to
get busy at the regimental rate and
Connaghan refused. , Then he was ar
rested and sent to the guard house.
"You can keep me in the guard
house," said Connaghan, "but, d d,
if you can make me 'scab' on iny
And Connaghan is "standing pat,"
LABOR FAIR '
WOMAN'S LABEL LEAGUE.
Important Meeting Monday Night De
mands a Full Attendance.
Matters of the utmost importance
demands the presence of every mem
ber of the meeting of the Woman's
Union Label League next Fonday eve
ning. Preparations for the League's'
part in the. Union Labor Fair must
be made, and all details attended to
at this meeting. If the League is to
make good the members must get to
gether antl ' make proper arrange
ments. , -,.
Let every member of the League
make it a point to be present at the
meeting Monday evening when the
' LABOR FAIR :
Your Automatic phone will be kept
in repair by a union inspector. Use
is over and success won, come in
live in Lincoln until we actually
GET INTO THE GAME AND
CLASSED AMONG THE "LIVE
himself to care f on.
l-j. . xie gets goou
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But he said he eouldn t
REPRESENT THE PEOPLE.
Councilmen Should Not Forget They
Are Servants, Not Masters.
If there are any members of the city
council who imagine that the people
are going to stand for any "monkey
business" in this traction matter, tho
sooner they disabuse their minds of
the idea the better. Several council
men have shown a disposition to favor
the Lincoln Distraction Co. unduly,
and have interposed objections when
ordinances were introduced calculated
to make that arrogant and impudent
corporation come to time. There is
that N street matter,, for instance. The
Distraction company impudently re
fused to extend its service to accom
modate the people, and as a result en
terprising but indignant citizens got
together, organized a company and
proceeded to build ' some street -railway.
This new .company asked for
the privilege of building east on N
street, and suddenly the Distraction
company discovered that it wanted to
build there, too. - ; , (
' The Distraction company is too late.
The Citizens company should by all
means have" the right-of-way. It should
be encouraged in every way possible
to extend its lines. In its short career
it has wrought a wonderful transfor
mation in the attitude of the Distrac
tion company towards the traveling
public, and the people have benefitted
by the change. Let us have some more
of the same kind of reformatory work.
There is yet room for a lot of it.
LABOR FAIR ' '
A RIGHT TO STRIKE.
Massachusetts Supreme Court Renders
a Decision of Great Interest.
The supreme court of Massachusetts
has handed down an opinion that will
bo sweeping in its effects, and which
will interest every labor union man
in the country. The case was an
appeal on an injunction to restrain a
labor organization from striking.
The court said: "The right of labor
ers to organize unions and to utilize
such organizations by instituting a
strike is an exercise of the common
law right of every citizen to pursue
his calling, whether of labor or of
business, as he in his judgment things
fit. The unions have a right to deter
mine what kind of workmen shall
compose the union."
But the court held that a sympathetic-strike
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