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About The Wageworker. (Lincoln, Neb.) 1904-???? | View Entire Issue (May 23, 1908)
LIXCOLX, XEEEASKA, MAY 23, lsOt
M I S U
The Label's Meaning
Nearly fifteen hundred people at-tench-d
the unioa label eiiibitiou at
th Auditorium Wednesday night,
and th earnest attention aad words
of appreciation uttered afterwards
was a guarantee that they bad bee
ertertalned and instructed. From
the entertainment standpoint it was
equal of any picture show ever
given ta Lincoln, aad as an object
ksson in anion bora it is bound to
work great rood to th unrua labor
movement in this city.
Every label shown upon tie
vcrven. and there were nearly fifty
of them, was greeted by applause,
especially those standing for local
anions here in Lincoln. The explana
tions accompanying each label mere
terse aad to the point, aad the re
salts m ill be noticed in the increases!
demand for goods bearing tbe label
The Magicians' Vnion furnished a
and for the occasion, and its music
helped to swell the crowd aad enter
tain it while it was gathering. Th
centleaaesi leuieaeaiiag the later-
national Boot aad Shoe Workers'
Vnion. uar whos auspices th ea
tertaiameut was given, distributed lit-
cra'nr aad handsome and service
able souvenirs to the people as Ue
gathered. Without doubt it was the
largest audience thai ever gather!
t Lincoln in the intej-ts of trades
anuUm. and It was given much to
;aiak about and act poa
Mr. C J. Morrow, the lectarer, has
a pleasant voice and the happy fac
ulty of saying a whole lot in a few
words. As each label appeared upon
th screen he explained what it stood
for and made aa earnest appeal for
the support of the men aad women
for whos betterment it stood. His
explanation of what th tradV union
movement seeks to accomplish was
stated ta piaia and simple, but force
ful, language, and many people pres
ent, who had never given a thought
to the evils of child labor anj sweat
shops were enlightened as to their
dutv to themselves and to their
Mr. Arthar E3phiastone sang four
all of them of the popular
aad accompanied by interest
ing illustrations. Mr. EJphinston
ha a e'ear. resonaat voice aad he
at cue won the hearty good will
tjc big audience. He was compelled
to nrtat the chorus of every song
he sang. Mr. Hudson, th pianist,
is a skilled musician aad his aecom
panimeats aad his Instrumental work
was complimented highly. He is a
resident of Chicago, where he stands
high in musical union circles. It
was a rare pleasure to near aim
bbcl and in putties unionism as it
really is before th general public.
THE TEMPLE DIRECTORS.
Getting Ready for a Publicity Cam
paign That Will Win.
Th board of directors of th Labo
Temple Association met in regular ses
sion Monday evening. Th chief busi
ness transacted was to arrange for all
possible publicity at the label exhibi
tion at the Auditorium Wednesday
night, acd at the meeting addressed by
Miss Haley Thursday night. A com
mittee was also appointed to confer
with several eminent business men re
garding a plan of promotion. This
commiue will seek sound advice as to
ways and means.
The committee appointed to arrange
"-publicity meeting asked for a
week's further tim on account of the
absence from the city of a gentlemaa
who has promised to help, and whose
assistance is of vital importance
A commanicatioa was received from
a local real estate firm offering several
sites for th temple, thus demonstrat
ing th fact that the project is being
recognised by business men. even if a
majority of nnron men seem negligent
in according recognition. Th com
munication was placed on file. Th
perspective view of the proposed tem
ple is being exhibited in Mayer Bros.
window this week.
At th next nseeting n report of the
financial condition of th association
will be submitted. At this meeting,
too. th "publicity committee'" will
submit its report, aad it is important
that all directors be present. This
committee is framing up something
that will attract everybody "s atten
Bits About Knights of Jack
Plana and Saw.
The Brotherhood of Carpeaters is
figuring on a horn for its old aad dis
abled members, similar to the Vnion
1 inters Horn at Colorado Springs.
Cci. General Secretary Frank Duffey
at the carpenters recently visited
Colorado Springs ad inspected the
ih inters." home, expressing himself as
c"iie favorably impressed with his
investigation. The carpenters have
bout 25eM members, aad SI from
e.ich would build the home, while an
assessment of 5 cents per member
jtr month would more than maintain
it. It is not a question of "can" the
carpenters do this but only a question
of Jo they want to."
The United Brotherhood of Car
1 1 nters and Joiners has advanced the
-rages in hundreds of localities
Mi. Harry Berry, the regular elec-! throughout th country ,and placed
I rid an. was called back to Chicago
from Fremont Tuesday by the sal
rwa that his wife was dying. His
absence and the cause thereof cast
a gloom over his traveling compan
ions. Mr. Turner, a member of the
KlecJrical Workers Vnion at Fre-
faliy $5MMK) more in pay annually
ir the pockets of its members. It has
reduced the hours from nine per day
to eight in -ISO cities, and from ten
pc r day to nine in 791 other cities,
not to mtntiea many other localities
DAY, MAY 31
SuiRtay. May 31. will be observed by Lincoln
Typograiihieal Union Xo. 2051, and Capital Aux
iliary Xo. 11. as "Printers Memorial day."
It was Lincoln TyporaphieaI Union that in
atssrttrated the movement whieh resulted in recogni
tion of this annual observance by the International,
and it is now a part of the general laws of the
organisation. On the last Sunday in May of every
year, printers all over the United States and
Canada, meet to pay a tribute of respeet and love
to the departed comrades of the craft. Lincoln
printers, assisted by their wives, sisters, mothers
a ih! daughters will on that day lay the most fra
grant blossoms upon the graves of those who have
taken "SO from life's hook, and cashed their final
Following is the program of the morning and
afternoon services of the day:
The Union and Auxiliary will meet at the north
entrance of the State House, promptly at 10:15.
and at 10:30 will proceed in a body to the First
laptist church. Rev. Samuel Zane Batten, pastor,
will deliver the memorial sermon. Special music
will be prepared for this occasion.
At 3:15 the Union ami Auxiliary will meet at
Fraternity hall. X street entrance, and at 3:30
take special cars to Wyuka cemetery. At the
Typographical Union's burial lot special memorial
exercises will be held.
Song "Nearer. My God. to Thee". .Assembly
1 "raver Rev. J. Miekel
Song '"Jesus. Savior. Pilot Me" Quartette
Address L. D. Woodruff
Honorary Member Xo. 209
Address J. R. Bain
President Xo. 209
Decoration of Burial Lot Union and Auxiliary
Members of the Union and Auxiliary, and friends
of the two organizations, are requested to bring
lowers to the cemetery. But two of the twelve
deceased members buried in Wyuka are buried in
the utiiou"s lot. and owing to the distances apart
the entire decoration service will be held at the lot.
The roll of the dead will be called, and as the name
is called flowers will be spread upon the sod.
Every member of the Union ami Auxiliary is urged
to attend both the morning and afternoon memorial
A Few Facts Gleaned
From the Local Field
Did you notice any of the society j pitse and for the interest they dis
plays J in handling union-ma? shoes.
The display was handsomely ar
ranged, and placards set forth the
pleasing fact that every shoe in the
window bore the union stamp. Aad
tee man or woman who could not be
suited from the line shown would be
difficult indeed to please.
vomen at the label exhibition Wed
nesday night? Notice any of the
women who are prominent in the
Woman's club?. Notice any of the
Waders in educational work?
Well, hardly. Such a trivial mat
ter as trying to save children from
iitdust rial slavery and brighten the
future of those who toil for a daily
wage do not appeal to these classes.
What's a child slave in comparison
with the pressing question of "How
to care for and preserve Oriental
rugs?" What's the use of wasting
time in trying to help a lot of
J greasy mechanics when duty de
mands the solving of the grave prob
lem of possing the impossible and
scruting the inscrutable?
O, dear, how can you expect us
sassiety women to spend an evening
; in listening- to drivel about these
j common working people when we
must frame up some new social stunt
that win get as a column or two in
the sassiety columns of the Sunday
papers? Don't waste time telling us
about the miserable little brats who
are forced to work in the mills and
mines. We've no time to waste on
them when Ftdo and Buster and
Bowser are demanding so much of
our attention lest thy get "teas, or
distemper, or are d-tuoralixed by as
sociating with these plebian dogs that
have no pedigree.
These miserable working people
ought not expect us to listen to (heir
tales, of woe. Really, we pay them
for their work, don't you - know?
What w want to know is how to
preserve our Oriental rugs, not how
to care for the unfortunate and the
helpless; how to rcise pit d-gs. not
how to raise children; - -how to pull
off social stunts, not how to study I
economics and indGstrialism.
That's why a big majority of the
women .who attended, .the. label ex
hibition WedmjsJay evening were
merely the wives of workingmen.
Locomotive Engineers A axillary Will
Celebrate With Trolley Ride.
Monday, May 25. is the third anni
versary of the organization of the
Auxiliary to the local division of the
Brotherhood of Locomotive Engineers
and the occasion will be duty cele
brated with a troiley rid about the
city. The members of the auxiliary
and the local division,, together with
friends, will meet at the corner of
Tenth and O. and promptly at T:3
p. nx. win board special cars aad pro
ceed to nal;? a tour of Lincoln and ,
Complete arrangements have been
made for an outing that win be pleas
ant and entertaining, and ail mem
bers and friends are cordially invited.
RAYMOND ROBINS. .
The Central Labor I'nion feels
greatly encouraged by the success
of the two revival meetings this
week,- and now is determined to go
ahead and keep up (he good work.
Aa effort win be made to secure an
address from Raymond Robins at
some date in the near future. Mr.
Robins is admittedly the most force
ful exponent of industrial organiza
tion in America. A student, an ob
server and a thinker, he has no su
perior on the platform today -
in whicb it has established the eifht
mont. Hied Mr. Berry's place here. I and ntne hour workday. Through the !
and accompanied th entertainers to shortening of hours upward of 20.- j Nnfit all is proposed, there would
What the Boys are Doing to Keep
Things Moving Along.
The St. Louts plumbers have won
out. They have returned to work at
the scale in force last year, after be
ing out several weeks against a de
mand from the boss plumbers that
wages be reduced 3 cents a day.
If every union in Lincoln would
' come through" like the Plumbers
t'nion when something calculated to
A HANDSOME DISPLAY.
Enterprising Firm Takes Advantage
of a Golden Opportunity.
Slayer Bros, were quick to seize
the opportunity afforded by the visit
of the entertainers sent out by the
International Boot and Shoe Workers'
t'uion, and dressed up the display
endows of their shoe department
with the largest and handsomest dis
play of union-made shoes for men
and women ever seen in Lincoln.
Mr. Morrow, in charga of the enter-
tainruent, certainly knows boots and
shoes when he sees them, and he pail
Myer Bros. a. handsome and de
served compliment for their enter-
The Musical Mutual Protective
Vnion has notified the Theatrical
Managers Association of Greater
New York (hat a substantial raise in
the scale will be demanded at the
beginning of the next theatrical year.
The managers are said to look upon,
the demand as prohibitive. The
snion has a membership of upward
A BAD OVERSIGHT.
John Mitchell, of the Miners, is a
gaest of President Roosevelt this
week, as one of the ""Five Greatest
Americans. Just why the strenuous
cne in the White House overlooked
another of America's great ones. I
do not know, but I wiU leave it to
Jerome Jones, "Sadie Magmre or
Will M. Maupin that he could have
easily made it six if he wanted real
MO WONCV WMtTSCtYCT SMtU. ag IWPQUSEP U TMtS CARD.
Kaaaaa City Thursday.
Th moving pictures were highly
entertaining, and too much praise can
not be accorded the general excel
lence of their presentation.
But, with all due credit to the
singer and to th musician, after all
ww more workmen have secured ent
1 loyment throughout th country.
A strike of carpenters in Spring-
Celd. Illinois, who demanded an in- psciniscd more.
crease in wages from 14 to 50 cents
in hour, was brought to an end last
Monday. The men accepted a com
th beat of, the entertainment was piomis offer of contractors of 12
wrapped up la th dear, concise and I -uts an hour. The "bench
pithy remarks of Mr. Morrow. There 1 a still out
Is a deeper purpose than mere en- J
Urtalnment behind this enterprise. LET THIS SOAK IN.
It is an educational movement, and
I- appeals not only to traJes union
ists but to all consumers of manu
factured products. Mr. Morrow has
studied the question of" unionism
thoroughly and presents its objects
and alma better, perhaps, than any
man who has spoken on the subject
In Lincoln. Union men of every
oafl om a debt of gratitude to the
iMternatioaal Boot aad Shoe Workers
Vnion for its enterprise in providing
such aa unique way of putting th
i trades union question before the pub-
To the unions wherever this body
r earnest unionists may go, The
r" ge worker commends their enter-
inment aa a magnificent sucesa in
Ishiag the demand for the union
And It Has, Perhaps You Will Know
a Thing or Two.
Let this soak in gradually. Don't
try to absorb it all in one single gulp,
else it may cleg your intellect; The
tenter of a house pays -for its niain
t ranee, its taxes and a profit (over
and above all expense) to the owner,
gi the aforesaid renter is handed his
walking papers. Even the courts will
step in and tell you to vacate, if the
evaer so dsires. And when you
hear some flute-mouthed politician
sibging the sweet song of protection
for th property owner "who pays all
the taxes, just tell him to patronize
a night school until he karns a grain
of "old horse" sense. Jacksonville
Central Vnion Times.
be big doings. The Labor T mule-
Plumbers' Vnion averaged a littie
over $ per member, cash down, an I
The late! exhibition
the plumbers averas"d 55 cents a
man and promised to help make up
my reasonable deficiency.
Journeymen plumbers went on
strike in Cincinnati, Ohio, last week
over the contention of signing up
the expired agreement for another
iao years as against the proposition
rf the Master Plumbers association j
fcr one year. The union's object in 1
signing up for two years, as hereto-:
fore, is to avoid the annual contra-j
-rsy, whica ts bound to spring up
each time the agreement expires, bet-Keen
the two parties concerned.
1 his seems to be the only hitch and j
ol jection of the masters association, j
iPhis is to Certify STutt
Itac train lcef, a 3t 6 good staaaNoo, of the
T-KX3-S-GU. y-CEt fjkof tfc State of
u wtirfc to ttw fucohlp h oo office of off .fnio un'tes ifcc jaunKio of
laiaraatiaaal Tgpugraptucal Daian.
THIS CARD EXPIRES IM SIX MOUTHS FROM DATE.
A VALUABLE SOUVENIR
The above is a reduced fac simile
of the traveling card issued by Den-
and. while they are squabbling over 1 ver Typographical Union No. 49 to
it. the journeymen's union is going i I. D. Woodruff, managing partner of
around and signing up agreements I the Woodruff-Collins Printing Co. of
s ith individual concerns and has j this city. The card is just a quar
stpged up with forty-five firms, out j ter of a century old, and was found
cf a possible ninety. Twelve of the , a couple of weeks ago by Mr. Wood-forty-five
signed up are among the I ruff while going through some old
1 .-gest plumbing concerns in thav j papers. He drew the card and came
city. The outlook is very bright for j to Nebraska. He started a weekly
ta early settlement in favor of the I paper in northeastern Nebraska and
union. 1 ran it with varying success for sev-
eral years. Something like twenty
years ago he came to Lincoln and
started a job shop in the basement'
of what is now the Savoy hotel.
While Mr. Woodruff has not been
at- active member of the Typograph
ical Vnion since he drew his Denver
card, his sympathies have always
teen with the "boys. This is evi
denced by the fact that he has al
wsys run a union shop and probably
vill be running a union shop when
he dies and may that time be far off.
The younger members of the Ty
Ic graphical Union will be interested
in this fac simile. It loc a little
strange to see printed thereon te
st ructions to the effect that the fore
man is the proper person to whom to
apply for work.
Mr. Woodruff is an honorary mem
ber of Lincoln Typographical Union,
end will deliver the memorial address
at Wyuka cemetery on Sunday. May
31, which has been designated as
"Printers Memorial Day."
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