The Wageworker. (Lincoln, Neb.) 1904-????, November 23, 1906, Image 1
1 K UCtAA, V 'u t-vvv a Ct A 5 TO AD ESTarTOU NCILg) jJ LrS. Cry , r- V OL. 3 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 come. ' '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 newspapers. 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 tives. , 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. LABOR FAIR LOOK IT UP. Labor Paper Boosting a Rank Union Hating Concern. 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 union proposition. 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." LIjVCOIjN, NEBRASKA, 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 SITE! .v 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 stage, too. AND THEN THE 'BABY SHtW UNION BABIES, OF COURSE! 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 President Smith 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 the local, 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. Capital Auxiliary Entertains in Its Usual Manner. 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 of pleasure. 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. NOVEMBER 23 190 of hard eoaj. They will be voted. Suggests 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 successful completion. Please be kind enough to get your delegations alive and active. Let's have a rousing meeting next Tuesday night. 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 next Tuesday. Respectfully, 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 quarter." 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 union." And Connaghan is "standing pat," too. 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 gavel falls. ' LABOR FAIR : Your Automatic phone will be kept in repair by a union inspector. Use the Automatic. NO. 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 TT. j . Z 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 was unlawful.