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About The Wageworker. (Lincoln, Neb.) 1904-???? | View Entire Issue (Dec. 14, 1906)
A PERMANENT INSTITUTION
The Nebraska Mercantile
Mutual Insurance Comp'y
was organized in 1 897 and Has keen doing a successful
Fire, Lightning and Tornado Insurance business ever
since, besides saving cost to its policy holders, paying its
losses promptly and making satisfactory adjustments.
tj They now have insurance in 1 force of $8,000,000.00,
distributed among 1 0,000 policy holders.'
Q It is a Lincoln and Nebraska enterprise, its home office,
No. 1220 P Street, Lincoln, Neb.
I Chas. E. Hewitt has charge of the city business.
Auto 2244 TELEPHONES Bell 660
TONS OF NUTS
THREE LBS. FOR
Ten big Turkeys for Christmas free. One ticket
with every 50c purchase. Get this when you buy.
1026-1040 North 10th St.
flake fine Xmas presents. Pick
out one we'll save it for you.
As an extra inducement, notice
7 Jewel, 35-year filled case. .$14.00
15 Jewel, ii.Vyear tilled case. . 16.50
17 Jewel, 25-year tilled case. . 21.50
Examine our line of Solid-Gold Gent's
1 E. Fleming
1211 O Street
UNIONS J STAMP
Why Not Help
to get better wages and better working con
ditions. Insist upon having union stamp
shoes. They are the best made and the long
est wearing. Made in the cleanest and lest
If yon cannot get union stamp .shoes in
your locality, let us hear from yon.
Boot and Shoe Workers' Union
246 Summer St., Boston, Mass.
JUST MERE WORKERS.
Foreigners at That, So What Does It
They were just common laborers
Biid Imported laborers , at that. So
what difference does It make if five
of them met a horrible death in the
Chicago plant of the Illinois Steel com
pany? Just ten lines were given to
the fact in the Associated Press dis
patches. Why give more to five ini
ported foreigners brought into this
country in violation of law by a big
corporation for the purpose of beating
down the wage scale and social con
ditions of American workingmen? One
of these five was burned to death by
falling on a white-hot steel plate. An
other was run down by a switch en
gine. A third was asphyxiated by
coal gas. Two were crushed to death
by pieces of falling steel. And all this
happened in one short day. Five poor
devils sacrificed to greed, and just ten
lines devoted to them by the Associat
ed Press two lines for each man.
It was different when the president
of a big railroad corporation was killed
in a railroad accident last week. Two
lines in the dispatches were not
enough for him. It took columns to
tell the details of the accident, and
other columns to give us the story of
the life of this great "captain of in
dustry." Every newspaper reader in
the country was made familiar with
the name of President Samuel Spen
cer of the Southern railway when that
financial magnate' was killed in a rail
road accident. But it was different
with the case of the five ignorant and
helpless Poles and Hungarians who
were killed in the Illinois Steel plant.
Nobody saw their names in print. Just
the simple announcement "five men
killed" and then six or eight lines de
scribing their deaths.
But it is all right, of course. Spencer
was a big man, a capitalist, a magnate.
The other five men were mere labor
ers, so away with them. Bury them
In the potter's field. Nobody but their
helpless wives and children to mourn
for them. Couldn't even stop the
plant long enough to let their com
rades drop a flower on their coffins.
They were "mere laborers," so what
else could be expected?
TRUTH ABOUT TRADE SCHOOLS.
Union Favors Them If Not Run as
Disturbers of Trade.
Every now and then you read in
some anti-union paper that the trades
unions are opposed to technical and
trade schools. And there are a lot of
people who believe the silly lie. Trades
unions are opposed to "technical
schools" like Moler's barber "college"
and Coyne's plumber and bricklayer
"colleges." They are not trade schools
in the fair sense of that word. They
are merely recruiting grounds for in
competents who are used by designing
employers to beat down the wages of
Trades unions favor trade and tech
nical schools operated honestly and
managed by men competent and fair
minded. Just before the printers'
strike in Philadelphia last fall Phila
delphia Typographical Union No. 2
offered to appropriate $20,000 for a
trade school where young men might
be taught the art of printing, and
printers might go and work out new
designs they could not work out in
their shops because of limited time.
This offer was made to the Ty
pothaete, provided it would sign an
agreement to employ only such grad
uates of this school who would join
the union upon the completion of their
school course. The Typotheate re
fused. Does this look like opposition
on the part of trades unionists to the
trade or technical schools?
would lose his pulpit in less than a
Probably laboring men would be
among the first to declare such a
preacher an unbalanced fanatic.
But did not Christ teach this doc
trine to the church? No; . he taught
it to a single individual whose wealth
stood in the way of his following the
Master. It was not a general com
mand to be observed by every would-
be Christian. The communism which
existed for a brief period in the early
Church was purely a voluntary ar
rangement. It did not apply to all
Christians, nor to any of them all the
time. There really is such a thing as
a communism of sense in the Church,
and among workingmen, too.
It is raising an old question to ask
if the workingman will be welcome in
the Church. Professor Wycoff of
Princeton University, who some years
ago tramped it as a workingman, tells
us that he was almost invariably given
a hearty reception in the churches
which he attended. During the Minne
apolis convention of the American
Federation of Labor, I preached in
what is siiposed to be the wealthiest
church in that city. Scattered through
out the audience, and occupying some
of the best seats, I recognized quite
a few delegates who were attending
the convention, besides others who
greeted me after the services. Rev.
SOME STRAY SHOTS.
of more unions or better union people
than the famous -little town of'New-burgh-on-the-Hudson.
It will go down
in history yat its labor leaders are
playing an important part In the in
terest of organized labor. Newburgh
is now to have a modern headquarters
where the trade unionists are to add
to the pages of labor history, ; the
laboring people's doings somewhat a.s
the Father of our Country .did in
transacting business for the advance
ment and safety of our glorious re
public." The' net receipts of the Newburgh
fair were four times greater than the
gross receipts of the Lincoln fair
and. Newburgh only half as large as
Lincoln. Can it be possible that Lin
coln needs the spirit of this little city
in the effette east?
RAILWAY CLERKS UNEASY.
Realize That Failure to Organize Was
a Great Mistake.
; The railway clerks are fast coming
to a full realization of their folly in
not having organized years ago. Now
they are agitating, 'but the chances
are that most of them will be deceived
by a paltry increase in wages into
opposing organization. That is a little
game that employers have worked be
fore, and right here in Lincoln, too.
, There are two reasons why the rail
way clerks have not organized. One
is that a majority of them felt because
their occupation allowed them to wear
good clothes, that they were just n
bit better than the mechanics in
greasy overalls and therefore would
belittle themselves by imitating the
aforesaid mechanics In organizing a
union. Another reason was that the
employer made them believe that they
would be treated with more considera
tion if theydid not organize. But for
months the underpaid and unorganized
clerks have been witnessing goodly in
creases in the wage scales of the or
ganized departments, while their own
meagre wages nave Deen standing still.
These facts at last set them to think
ing, and it has dawned upon them that
they, too, would be benefitted by or
ganization. As a result a lot of local
railway clerks are favoring organiza
tion, and the leaven is growing despite
the opposition of the railroad magnates.
Aimed by a Preacher and They Hit
I have observed that the preacher
who trims the truth does not long hold
the respect of his congregation,
whether they be rich or poor. Some
times a man of small calibre will at
tempt to fire a shot which is too big
for him, and the recoil knocks him
down. His views are not well bal
anced. He is weak in his general
makeup. And he goes down, not be
cause he has fired the big shot for
others have done it and brought down
the enemy but because he could not
make good on his general proposition.
He will then declare that he is down
and out because he dared to tell the
truth, when really, he is out because
he could not tell enough truth.
A western labor commissioner re
cently declared that Christ's admoni
tion to the rich young ruler to "sell
all that thou hast, give it to the poor,
and follow me," applies to every per
son who would become a true follower
of "the meek and lowly Jesus." "To
come in the right spirit you must
come poor in person," he further In
aists. He then adds that cere a
preacher to advocate this doctrine hp
A LITTLE COMPARISON.
HOW IT WORKS.
Twenty-three out of twenty-six un
ion printers employed on the Spokane
Spokesman-Review walked out individ
ually on November 27th. This was in
direct violation of agreement. The
management appealed to President
Lynch and he immediately wired an
order for the men to return to work
pending arbitration. The men returned
immediately on receipt of the order
And that's the way the Typographical
Union forces it8 members ,to act-
square" when they take it into their
individual heads to act contrary to
agreement. v ; "
THE FAIR WAS BIG. .,
The union people of. Lincoln are
holding a big labor fair this week.:
May success attend it and a neat sum
be realized for a labor temple nest
egg. St. Joseph Unionist. ,v
..GILSON'S SORE THROAT CURE.
Good for Tonal litis. '
... Office of W. M. LINE, M. D. . '
Germantown, Neb., Feb. 8, 1904;
I have had most excellent results .
with Gilson's Sore Throat Cure in dis
eases of the 'Jiroat and mucous lin
ings. I find Its application In tonsK
litis and cases . where a false mem
brane exists in th throat, as in
diphtheria, to have an Immediate ef
fect, loosening and removing the menv
brane, and thereby at once relieving
this distressing sensation of smother
ing noted in these cases. My clinical
experience with Gilson's Sore Throat
Cure has proved to me its value and 1 .
can heartily recommend it to all as a
safe and reliable preparation for the
disease it Is recommended.
W. M. LINE, M. D.
' Grad. L. M. C. '93. ,
Address all orders to
Mrs. S. J. Gilson, - Aurora, Neb
How Newburg Carried on a Labor Fair
Newburg, N. Y., is a city of about
30,000 inhabitants little more than
half the size of Lincoln. The unionists
of that city recently held a labor fair,
and the following report of it, written
by Margaret C. Daley for the Bulletin
of the Clothing Trades, ought to be4n
teresting to Lincoln unionists -because
it presents quite a contrast with the
labor fair recently held in Lie coin:
The net reecipts of the fair 'amount
ed to $2,277.00. This sum will be used
for the purchase of the gmund on
which the Labor Temple is to "be erect
ed. The success of this fair y as Jarge
ly due to the garment workers of the
city of Newburgh, who labofed faith
fully to bring it to -a successful end.
Every booth at the fair wai atended
by some of the young ladlt-s of the
garment workers. The firm jot Sweet,
Orr & Company donated handsomely
to the booth of L. U. No. 18, afs did also
the firm of Cleveland & Whitehill com
pany to the booth of L. U. hfo.-50. The
trade unionists of Newbursfch are de
termined to erect a LaboVr Temple,
showing to the world that tils histor
ical city will be proud to mjke it the
headquarters of the laboriw'k people
of that section, just as Genial Wash-'
ir.gton made it his headquarters dur
ing a portion of the revolutionary was
Here many deeds now rfccorded in
history were planned and oilders issued
which resulted in ' bringing this little
town into prominence. St was here
that Washington watched the camp
fires of the British on the opposite
banks of the Hudson. Labor antici
pates no desperate bat.le in this vi
cinity, however, but ve do acknowl
edge that in the battle of labor against
capital, Newburgh vage earners were
never on the losing side, as was re
cently shown at th time of the car
strike, when some fof the old spirit of
'70 remained. Farlejy, the strike break
er, and his scabs were put to flight
inside of two honrs by its determined
unionists, who Were striking for their
rights. No towjfi of its size can boast
Use the Best
It is made in Lincoln ; and every sack
is warranted to give satisfaction.
BARBER S FOSTER
We Sell ' Elxclusively
In This City
Fino Union Made
This is a union store, selling
union made clothing and we
are therefore entitled to the patronage of every union
man in the city.
THE BESX-OF ALL, '
however, is that we don't want to sell you this cloth
ing on the strength of the label, but on the
true merit of the merchandise, and
then, of course, the label
, makes the . sale possible.
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