The Wageworker. (Lincoln, Neb.) 1904-????, August 02, 1907, Image 1

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NO. 18
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How "Scabs" are Used
To Destroy the Unions
The followln circular has been
mailed to every employer of labor, and
the probability is that nearly every
union contains one of the snake-in-the-grass
members of this association.
Every union should be on the look
out for these cattle, and if caught
should deal with them like all traitors
should be dealt with.
In a street car union during the
lockout In a Western city there were
some, for the general manager stated
that he knew everything that was pro
posed in twenty minutes after the
meetings adjourned, and really gave
It as a reason for not taking the old
men back on the terms offered by
We believe that the best way to beat
these spies and put them out of a job
would be to hold open meetings. We
would like to have expressions on this
The circular reads as follows, and it
will pay all union men to pursue it:
Labor Troubles.
This service makes a specialty of
handling labor troubles, either existing
or contemplated.
We break strikes in all parts of the
United States or Canada, and are pre
pared to submit a list of references
from manufacturers and others who
have employed us during the past five
We have In our employ experienced
guards for the protection of life and
property during strikes and lockouts.
These men are all over six feet in
height, and selected for their ability to
handle this class of work. All have
.seen strike service, many hold State
and city police commissions, and
should not be confounded with guaras
furnished by our Imitators and re
cruited from the slums of the cities.
Secret Operatives.
We furnish secret operatives of all
trades, union or non union, for work
In mill, mine, factory, store, etc., for
the purpose of securing inside Informa
tion. Is your shop being unionized?
Is your output being restricted?
Is the union running your shop?
Is material being wasted or stolen?
Have you a "shop committee" and
who are they?
Do your foremen show favoritsm?
Are you losing castings in your foun
dry? Do you care to know what is being
done at union meetings?
Let us place a mechanic operative
with you, and find out.
About Strikes
In handling strikes we take entire
charge of the same, furnish necessary
guards to protect men while at work
or escort them to and from work
boarding outside.
We employ, transport, and deliver
nonunion men to fill up affected plants.
We charge no premiums on such me
chanics, but employ them at price pet
day you wish to pay them, charging
only for actual time agent may be ser
ving in securing them.
Boarding Nonunion Men.
We have found from experience thai
strikes are broken quickest where new
men are boarded inside or adjacent to
affected plant and we are prepared to
fit up and maintain temporary board
ing quarters, etc. Our captains are
thoroughly competent to handle such
boarding quarters", making same prec
tlculfy selffsustalnlng. Sanitary ar
rangements are carefully looked after
and nothing is allowed to go to waste.
Secret men attend all meetings of
strikers and report procedings. This
service possesses the necessary equip
ments, such as Winchester rifles, po
lice clubs, cots, blankets, etc., to han
dle any sized trouble. We are repre
sented in all of the larger cities of tiro
United States and Canada, and a rep
representative will cull on you free of
charge upon request.
Address all communications to the
Joy Detective Service (Incorporated).
Cleveland, Ohio, or J. D. Scott, 1110
New England Building. San Antonio
(Tex.) Dispatch.
All immigration records In the his
tory of the country were broken by
the aggregate returns for the year
ended June 30 last. The total num
ber of aliens laiuled during the year
was 1,285,319, as against 1,100,735 dur
ing the previous year. Of the total
132, 1S5 came from Russia.
First Meeting to Consider Plans Held
Last Monday Evening.
The meeting at Central Labor Union
hall Monday evening, to consider the
matter of appropriately celebrating
Labor Day, played against several
other public attractions, and as a re
sult the meeting was not largely at
tended. The meeting made no defiin
ite arrangements, leaving that to a
meeting to be held next Monday night,
at which time it is hoped a larger rep
resentation will be had.
It was the unanimous opinion of
those present that it was not advis
able to have a parade this year. The
custom of parading is falling into dis
use, the unions seeing a better way
to spend their money. It was also
the unanimous opinion of those present
that an effort be made to have a
grand picnic and celebration, prefer
able at Capital Beach if theproper ar
rangements can be made, and if not,
at Antelope Park. For the purpose of
having something definite to act on
a committee composed of Steiner, Mau
pin and Kates was appointed to con
fer with Manager Gorman of Capital
Beach, and if possible have a report
ready by next Monday evening.
The plan which met with the most
approbation was to make the day a
holiday in fact as well as in name a
holiday for all members of the family.
A parade in the morning means early
rising and a lot of hard work on the
part of the good wives. Then a rush
home to prepare dinner ,and by the
time It Is over a good part of the day
has been spent in work. A better way,
In the opinion of the majority, is to
have an afternoon and'evening of
pleasure at the Beach or the city
park, with a program of sports no ex
pensive parade, no rush of work just
a general good time. However, all
this will be left for a future meeting
to decide.
Every union Is requested to have
some of Its members present at the
meeting at Central Labor hall next
Monday evening. At that time some
thing dennite will be decided upon.
Let it not be claimed by any union
that it lias not been invited to partici
pate in the arrangements for all are
invited on an equality.
Regular August Meeting Will Be Held
Next Sunday Afternoon.
Lincoln Typographical Union No.
209 will hold its regular monthly meet
ing next Sunday afternoon at Carpen
ters' hall. At this meeting if any in
structions, are to be given the dele
gates to the international they must be
Lincoln w ill be ably represented
among the visitors at the convention,
"Doc" RIghter having determined to
attend and watch the "Pirates" he
used to know when he was "apprentic
ing" at the business. Mrs. Radebach
may accompany her husband, August,
who is one of the local delegates. Mrs.
John Marshall will represent Capital
The indications are that the con
vention this year will be the smallest
in years in point of numbers. The vis
ting list will be materially reduced
and a number of local unions will be
unrepresented. But this may result in
an unusual display of "fireworks" at
the convention. The Swigart case is
going to cut a figure, despite what
looks like an effort on the part of the
executive council to drop it. The Butte
appeal will also come up, and Duke
Linstrom and his bunch are going to
realize just what they helped put Shel
by Smith up against at the Toronto
convention. It tickles the "vampires"
to be able to roost quietly on the fence
and watch these chickens gaily flying
homewardj Butte union objects stren
ously to being judged by the same
standard it insisted on having applied
to Philadelphia and Shelby Smith.
Frank Swigart seems bent on court
ing trouble. Instead of meekly sub
mitting to the "call down" of the ex
ecutive council, and then agreeing to
let the council quietly drop the mat
ter, Swigart has showed fight, and he
is going to have the whole matter
threshed over at Hot Springs. Swigart
I had It handed to him
for sure. He
spent months of time and dollars of
his own money to make the Home li
brary one of the best in the world, and
for reward he was called down in
harsh terms by men whose only con
nection with the Home has been to
work for it on salary. No wonder
Swigart waxes wroth and insists on
having the whole thing ventilated. It
would seem that the acme of litleness
was reached when Swigart was noti
fied that the Home management would
no longer receive books from him un
less he prepaid the express. Yet that
is just what was done. But fine books
continue to go to the Home, and the
management will have to explain to
the rank and file if these contributions
are allowed to remain uncalled for.
O, there may be some warm doing at
Hot Springs, even if the convention is
small in numbers.
Several Unions Have Not Yet Report
ed Their Representatives
Several unions have neglected to
name their members on the Labor
Temple committee, and this is hamper
ing the work of the committee just
at a time when the committee should
be hard at work.
The general public, which has mani
fested a willingness to participate in
the erection of a temple, Is taking note
of the fact that the men most inter
ested in the project from a material
standpoint are allowing the project to
go by default. This is not as it should
be, and the different unions should get
The railroad organizations, al
though not affiliated with the Ameri
can Federation of Labor, ought to be
getting in on this proposition. Their
membership is large, and of all work
ing men they are most in need of
a central headquarters. The railroad
organizations are alone well able to
carry one-third of the project, and The
Wageworker believes that if a half
dozen men in each of the brother
hoods will take hold they can arouse
a great enthusiasm in favor of the en
terprise. The Locomotive Engineers,
the strongest financially if not nu
merically, ought to take the lead
among the brotherhoods. What's the
matter with Secretary Wiggenjost
taking up the matter and agitating it
among the engineers?
The Brotherhood of Railway Carmen
has not yet been heard from, and
'ertainly a new union full of ginger
ought to be enrolled in this good work.
The committee is going to be called
together some time next week and the
n.atter is going to be started off with
a whoop. The unions that fail to get
in on the preliminary organization are
going to be sorry for it when the roll
is made up.
Now is the time for all good union
men to get busy.
Cuban Cigarmakers Give Him Credit
for Helping Them Win.
Everybody in Lincoln knows Charley
Ma goon. Of course it would sound
better to say "Governor" Magoon, but
U is easier and sounds more friendly
to just call him Charley still, for he
ii yet and always will be Charley Ma
goon to Lincoln people, even if he is
governor of Cuba and ex-governor of
the Panama canal zone.
And the indications are that the
s;ime genial and companionable quali
ties that made him "Charley" to
everybody in Lincoln will sooner or
later make him "Charley" to the peo
ple of Cuba. At any rate, he haa
cinched a place in the affections of
the Cuban workers, and especially the
Cuban cigarmakers, for he took a fin
ger in the recent strike of the cigar
makers and compelled the bosses to
accede to the demands of the strikers.
The strikers not only wanted better
pay, but they wanted It in better
money. They demanded their pay in
American money, and when refused
they wnt out on strike. The strike
lasted for three or four months, and
the cigarmakers had about lost hope.
Suddenly some one suggested that
they tell their troubles to Governor
Magoon. He was laughed at. "What
does a great officer care about the
troubles of a workingman?" he was
a? ked.
"But he Is an American, and they
are always fair," retorted the man
who made the query. "We are not
dealing with Spaniards now."
So the cigarmakers waited on Gov
ernor Magoon, and the big-brained
big-bodied, big-hearted Charley got
busy. As a result the cigarmakers got
what they had demanded. On July 21
the cigarmakers had a big parade in
honor of Goevrnor Magoon, and there
were 10,000 men in line. Governor
Magoon reviewed the parade from the
balcony of the palace, and Senor San
chez, on behalf of the cigarmakers,
presented to the governor an en
grossed copy of the letter he had
written and which settled the strike.
Then Senor Sanchez said
J'This is the first time that the work
ink people of Cuba have ever organ
ized a public demonstration to show
their appreciation of the good work
done by the government. But this
should be no wonder to you, Governor
Magood, for the working people have
always been neglected by the ruling
powers. This occasion is an excep
tional one, and the working people
take special pleasure in demonstrat
ing their appreciation of the good
work done by the provisional governor
of Cuba."
Governor Magoon acknowledged the'
evident good will of the cigarmakers,
and in reply said:
"I am profoundly thankful for this
manifestation, and it gives me pleas
ure to be reminded of whatever good
I may have found occasion to do this
country. I congratulate the working
men on the resumption of their work,
v.hich enables them to earn again
their daily brcau and suppoit thoir
families, and puts the tobacco industry
once more on its former footing. I
consider that this is the happiest mo
ment of my life, hi view of the sin
cerity and spontnniety of this demon
J'Cuba," a Havana publication, hid
this to say about Governor Magoon the
next day:
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f'The representative of the interven-
has hereby succeeded in making
self popular with the working peo
pie. The demonstration of last Sun
Cvigj . .night in honor of Magoon was
really most important, for it brought
together some ten or twelve thousand
workmen of the cigar factories, who
enthusiastically celebrated the excel
ltnce of the foreign governor. Accord
ing to those taking part in the demon
stration, neither in the time of Spain
ror of the republic, had the sons of
toil ever found such justice, affection
and courtesy in the palace of the
Plaza de Armas. The man whom
Roosevelt has sent us as a shepherd,
to keep us from straying, is, therefore,
to the Cuban workmen an ideal gov
ernor such as Cuba has never before
had, and such as certainly she will
never have again if the condition in
which we at present exist shall be
That all sounds good to Lincoln
people, regardless of their political be
liefs. It makes us all feel proud to
think that the man who earned all
these enconiums from workingmen is
a Lincoln man.
Here's to Charley Magoon! Long
may he wave!
Of course we ought to say Governor
Mugoon, but gosh hang it, we never
can get used to hitching a title to his
name. It sounds so much more cor
dial and friendly to just say Charley.
Jackson Man Who Is Entitled to
Rank With the Prize Confessor.
Because he refused to bury his
father for the ostensible reason that
he needed all his money for the new
home he was constructing, George
Duckett, an employe of the Novelty
Manufacturing company, of Jackson,
Mich., lost his job recently. The dis
charge was caused by the refusal of
men to work with a man who refused
to bury his father when he was well
able to do so. Young Duckett is an
excellent workman, but the fact that
his father died in ,a poor house
coupled with the knowledge that he re
fused to pay $8 for his burial, lost
him his position. San Antonio Dis
patch. THAT'S RIGHT.
Charles W. Fear has been appointed
oiganizer of the A. F. of L. for Mis
souri and Kansas. We are right glad
of it. He has been working his fool
head off for the cause for a dozen
years and it is high time he at least
got his expense money. Fear will
get results if they are in Missouri or
Kansas. That's a cinch. Western
The Boise Trial
Despite the efforts of the conscience
less Pinkertons, the scheming of mon
ey barons and" the machinnations of
unscrupulous legal sharks; despite
the "confessions" of the myopic-brained
Orchard and the blasphemous pro
testations of the hired McPartland;
despite the prostitution of the legal
machinery of a great state to compass
the destruction of a labor organiza
tion; despite the open and brazen cor
ruption of the ballot box; despite the
hiring of the militia to private corpora
tions and. the consequent attack upon
legal rights guaranteed by the consti
tution despite all these things Wil
liam Haywood stands today a free
man by virtue of a verdict of acquital
rendered by a jury of his peers, and
the heartless combine of greed and
hate that sought to railroad him to the
gallows is shown up for the scorn and
contempt of all honest men.
The Wageworker never for a mo
ment believed that Haywood would be
found guilty, but realizing the strength
of the conspiracy having for its ob
ject the removal of the men responsi
ble for a labor organization that was
a thorn in the flesh of the mine own
ers, it feared a disagreement and the
consequent delay in securing the free
dom of the accused.
Before we congratulate Montana up
on giving Haywood a fair trial, and be
fore we point with pride to this evi
dence of judicial fairness, let us re
member that had it not been for the
hue and cry raised by the trades
unionists of the country there might
now be a different story to tell of the
outcome of the Boise trial. Publicity
is a wonderful weapon, and It is a
good weapon that trades unions stand
not in fear of, however much the men
whose god is money may fear and hate
It. It was publicity that forced a fair
trial of Haywood; it was publicity
that created the demand which" not
even the mine owners could oppose
Senator Borah, the chief attorney
for the prosecution, stands discredited
before the world. Indicted for fraud
against the government, the indict
ment against him was suppressed
through influences that have long rob
bed the government, because these in
fluences were wielded by men who
not only wanted to protect Borah but
wanted him left free to send Hay
wood to the gallows if it could possibly
be done. Now let these men, who all
along proclaimed the fairness of Mon
tana justice, demand that Borah be
placed on trial for his misdeeds.
The attitude of Judge Woods
throughout the trial was eminently
fair. If at times he seemed to lean
toward the side of the prosecution, at
other times he seemed to favor the
defense. And his instructions to the
jury were such as to fortell the ver
dict. But what shall be said of Darrow
and Richardson, attorneys for the de
fense? How they stood the awful
mental and physical strain is a mys
tery. They never overlooked a point;
they seemed to grasp by intuition
every point that would benefit their
client. And their masterly summing up
and thorough dissection of the evi
dence stamped them as among the
great lawyers Of this country. Dar
row's defense of trades unionism
should become a classic, and it should
be reproduced in tract form and dis
tributed by the millions.
Now what will the ten millions
of workingmen throughout the coun
try do? What will be their attitude
towards the occupant of the White
House who, while Haywood, Moyer
and Pettibone were on trial for their
lives, prejudiced their case by calling
them "undesirable citizens?" The
Wageworker sends Its compliments to
the nation's chief magistrate at Oys
ter Bay, and seizes the occasion to re
mind him that the "undesirable citi
zens" of his classification are a major
ity in this country.
The Wageworker has interviewed a
score of Lincoln men who are not
trades unionists, many of whom are
not even sympathizers with trades
unionism and without exception these
men have expressed themselves as
satisfied with the verdict, and every
one has stated that no-other verdict
could have been rendered on the evi
dence submitted. As Juror Robertson
said, "The evidence wouldn't dovetail."
The "confession" of Harry Orchard,
bigamist, inciendiary, assassin, burg
lar, tout and liar, was all that could be
Just as It Snould
brought against the accused, and upon
the testimony of such a degenerate it
would be criminal to convict even a
dog of killing sheep.
That there is need of reformation In
the methods of conducting the busi
ness of the Western . Federation of
Miners will, doubtless, be admitted by
a majority of its members. It has
in times past been compelled by force
of circumstances to meet force with
force. Let it realize now that the time
has past. Let it forever put a crimp
in the Pinkerton spy system by for
saking the "secret meeting" plan and
throw its doors open to the public.
The American Federation of Labor,
the International Typographical Union,
and other great unions, long ago abol
ished the star chamber meetings,
proving thereby that they have noth
ing to conceal. Such action on the
part of the Western Federation of
Miners would do more to restore it to
public -confidence than anything it
could do.
A Financial Statement of Which the
Boys Are Very Proud.
The report of the International
Cigarmakers' Union for the past year
is in the hands of the members.. It
shows a membership of 45,418 in the
United States; benefits naid during
the year aggregated $467,716.63; paid
for strike benefits, $44,735.43; paid for
sick benefits, $162,905.82; cash in
bank at close of the year, $714,506.17.
The total cost to each member for all
the purposes enumerated above was
$9.50. The organization is a most sue- ,
cessful one, has ample money and the
fact that so little money was paid for
strike benefits shows that the mem
bership is employed at good wages.
' The- .Des - Moines Cigarmakers'
Union is going to insist that the sa
loonkeepers live up to an agreement
made three years ago in which the
saloonkeepers agreed to sell and boost
Des Moines made union cigars. A
year ago there were one hundred
cigarmakers employed in Des Moines.
At the present time they number about
Cigarmakers' Union No. 4 won a
victory on last Wednesday in police
court when Samuel Levinson, cigar
manufacturer, of 858 West Sixth
street, was fined $200 and costs for
unlawfully using the union label. It
was shown that Levinson had sold a
lot of cigars to a Dayton .dealer which
bore the union label, although Levin
son had no right to use the label.
George W. Perkins of Chicago, inter
national , president of cigarmakers'
union, came here to personally con
duct the case against Mr. Levinson.
There has been a lot of union labels
stolen from the headquarters here,
and the officials of the union will in
vestigate and endeavor to learn what
has become of them.-r-Cincinnat.i
Popular Stock Company Will Close
Season at Oliver August 11.
On Saturday of next week the Ful
ton Stock company will close its sum
mer season at the Oliver. The season
has been very successful and the com
pany has given the best of satisfac
tion. Mr. Fulton and his capable
company have established themselves
in the affections of Lincoln people,
and the annual engagement Is looked
forward to with interest. Especially
has the company and its management
endeared themselves to the unionists
of the city. The remaining perform
ances should be to the "S. R. O." sign,
and union men and women should
show by their patronage that the
many courtesies shown them are ap
preciated to the full.
The publishers of Scribner's Maga
zine are installing a printing plant,
and intend doing all their own work
in future. The Typothetae officials
made strenons efforts to induce the
publishers to run an "open" shop, but
failed. They will run a strictly union
Labor Day mass meeting at C. L. U.
hall next Monday night. Either be
there or quit your kicking.