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About The Wageworker. (Lincoln, Neb.) 1904-???? | View Entire Issue (Oct. 31, 1908)
WILL M. MAVPm. EDITOR
Published Weekly at 137 No. 14th
St., Lincoln, Neb. One Dollar a Year.
Entered as second-class matter April
21, 1904, at the postofflce at Lincoln,
Neb., under the Act ol Congress oi
March 3rd, 1S79.
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nized authority on advertis
ing, after a thorough Invest!
gRtion on this subject, says:
"A labor paper is a far bet
ter advertising medium than
an ordinary newspaper in
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A labor paper, for example,
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OUR TICKET TO DATE.
For President t
. WILLIAM JENNINGS BRYAN
JOHN WORTH KERN
For Representative, Lancaster
WILLIAM C. NORTON
THE LAST APPEAL.
The Wageworker is in no sense a
; artisan newspaper. It would today'
be supporting the republican nomine
for the presidency and opposing the
democratic nominee were the condi
tions reversed. The editor of this
little labor paper has voted for move
republicans for president than he has
democrats. He is not yet arrived at
middle age, as middle age is counted
these days, but he long ago threw off
the partisan collar, and looks to me )
and to principles rather than to party
nominees and partisan affiliations. To
him his membership in a trades union
W of far more importance than his
party affiliations. No man who is an
enemy of trades unionism can be a
political friend of this newspaper or
lis editor. No man whose entire pub
lic history is full of enmity to union
Ism has, or can, receive the support
of The Wageworker.
This campaign is not one of partis
anship, but it is one of principle. Tho
man who works for wages who allows
himself to be influenced by partisan
ties is foolish. The union man who
supports a ticket supported by his
industrial enemies has something to
learn of trades unionism.
The Wageworker is supporting
Bryan for the presidency, not because
he is a democrat but because he is a
friend of organized labor. It is sup
porting Bryan, not because he is a
democrat, but because his platform
declares for principles that are vital
to the future of unionism. It is sup
porting Bryan, not because he is a
democrat, but because he stands for
reform of the much abused injunction
writ, trial by jury in. cases of in
direct contempt, guarantee of bank
deposits and election of senators by
direct vote. It is opposed to Taft, not
because he is a republican, but be
cause he is the condidate of every
union-hating employer in the country.
It is opposing Taft, not because he
is a republican, but because he stands
for the use of the Injunction as a club
to defeat the hopes an 4 aspirations
of men who are banded together to
secure better conditions, better homes,
better lives and a better future. It is
opposing Taft, not because he is u re'
publican, but because he would deny
to the workingman unconvicted of any
crime a trial by jury that is guaran
teed to the most depraved criminal
charged with offense. ,
For fifteen years Bryan has espoused
the cause of the toiler. Not until he
was annolnted asthe chosen heir of
Theodore Roosevelt did William H.
Taft deem the wovkor worthy of'hl
When the men who have been
chosen by free workingmen to man
age the affairs of their federation
presented the claims of workers to the
convention which. nominated Taft they
were met with scorn and Insolenc
"Take your claims to Denver!" was
the insolent reply to labor's plea for
justice. That was when Van Cleave
Post, Parry and other labor-haters had
told the republican delegates that
"there is no labor vote worthy of at
tention." . . ' "
Labor's representatives did "go to
Denver," and at Denver they were
treated like men and their appeal was
heeded. Then, when organized labor
appeared in open revolt the republi
can leaders awoke to a realization of
their mistake. Suddenly Taft discov
ered that he was the original lover of
organized labor; that he laid down the
legal principles upon which trade un
ionism is founded. Then it was that
Theodore Roosevelt, who would have
hanged Moyer and. Haywood as "un
desirable citizens" without benefit of
clergy, discovered that , he had ap
pointed Taft as his successor solely
and only because. Taft was such a
friend of unionism.
With bribes of fat office Roosevelt
has succeeded in inducing some lead
ers of organized labor to play the
traitor to their expressed convictions,
Taft has gone about claiming that his
defeat will mean the death blow of
Will ' all this palvaver, all this jng
gling of the records, all this political
bribery, all this threat of panic, suf
fice to blind the worker to his duty?
This" is the time for the union work
ers to stand shoulder to 'shoulder.
What matters "free trade" or "pro
tection" if the worker may be torn
from his family and thrust into jail
without trial if he dares to exercise
Ms rights as a freeman? What mat
ters "imperialism" or "independence
for the Filipinos" if trial by jury is
to be denied the toiler who violates
some judge-made law by exercising his
rignts as a citizen : wnai mailers
all the clap-trap and soft solder of the
professional politicians if our unions
are to be classed as "trusts in re
straint of trade" and our cherished
principles of fraternity and love
classed upon the sordid level of mat
ter and merchandise?
This Is not a time to divide on mat
ters of political policy it is a time to
stand together for our right to organ
ize and to perpetuate our guaranteed
rights that have been attacked by
the injunction route.
This is no time for a union man .to
talk "democracy" or "republicanism.
It is a time to talk and vote for un
A vote for Bryan is a vole for jury
trial in contempt cases, a vote for un
ion independence, a vote for' equal
rights, a vote for liberty.
A vote for Taft is a vote to take
away our right to a trial by jury,
WHAT GRAND MASTER SARGENT
"It has hitherto been conceded that
railroad employes possessed all the
rights as citizens which attached to
the employers, that is to say, that if
employers possessed the right to dis
charge employes, when It pleased them
to exercise such authority, the em
ployes also possessed the. right, un
challenged, to quit work when' they
elected to exercise that right. If a
judge of the United States court may
abolish this right of an employe, he
remands him, unequivocally, to a servi
tude as degrading as the Spartans im
posed upon their helots and it is this
phase of the strike which has aroused
Euch intense cencern and alarm.''
vote to endorse .the principle that
trades unions are trusts in restraint
of trade, a vote to curtail our civic
rights, a vote of endorsement of un
ionism's worst enemies.
Let them threaten panic all they
will in case Taft is defeated. Better
to go hungry for a time in defense of
the right than to eat the tainted bread
of industrial slavery. The man who
elds his convictions of right in the
face of threatened panic is a traitor
to his country and to his God. The
man who threatens panic in case of
his party's defeat is a bribe giver and
i:flt to entrust with public office.
In God's name,, fellow unionists, let
us stand by our unions, even if we
must sacrifice our party. Let us show
our independence of political ' trick
sters : let' us show our detestation of
those who seek to bribe us with
promises of work and threaten us
with privation if we dare think for
The solidarity of organized labor is
on trial. ' If Bryan is defeated becauss
of organized labor's action, then good-
by to any hope or chance of organ
ized labor ever being able to enforce
its righteous demands.
Next Tuesday is either labor's eman
cipation day or the date of labor s
It is up to you, Mr. Union Man.
Under which flag the flag of in
dustrlal freedom or the flag of indus
If you are a slave to party you will
not object to being the slave of a sys
tem. . If you are a free man, with
free man's hopes and aspirations, you
will obiect to being classed as mer
"Bv their votes ye shall know
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' BE SENSIBLE!
The manufacturer or any other em
ployer of labor who tells his men that
he will shut down if- Bryan is elected
hurts himself and his cause and makes
votes for Bryan. t To the statement
that there will be few jobs and low
wages if Bryan is elected, we reply
that there are a few million men right
now without a job and without wages
and a large number of them voted the
republican ticket. Will they vote that
way again? Not if they are sensible.
Erie, Pa., Labor Journal.
Sale of Women's and Misses' Suits
at $20.00 and $25.00 Continues
The Omaha Labor Advocate is ad
vocating the election t6 congress of
lawyer who never paid a dollar of
wages to a union man as against a
newspaper publisher who has em
ployed union labor "for twenty years,
never had a strike, and has paid out
over $2,000,000 in wages to union
workingmen. Don't it beat thunder?
If this country has reached the con
dition that the election of a big-
hearted, high-minded, patriotic, God
fearing Christian like Bryan will pre
cipitate a panic, then it is time to
make a change. And men who ex
press a willingness to die from free
dom ought to be willing to take a
chance on going hungry In order to
There is just one union man run
ning for the legislature in Lancaster
county William C. Norton. If you
want to be represented by lawyers,
doctors, professional politicians ar.d
bankers, don't vote for Norton. If
you want to be represented by a fel
low worker a man who wants what
you want and will work for it vote
The cheapest liars in Christendom
are those union printers of other cit
ies who have charged Mr. Bryan with
being unfriendly '.to organized labor
because The Commoner does not
carry the label. They know that they
are liars and they glory in it. Such
men are a disgrace td organized labor.
If Taft represents the principles of
the VanCleave-Post bunch he certain
ly cannot represent the principles of
union men. And the VanCleave-Post
bunch are very seldom fooled in their
estimate of their friends.
Taft, the "friend of union labor,"
sent Frank Phelan to jail for violat
ing an order not to prosecute his work
of organization and did it on the tes
timony of a known paid spy.
The man who is supported for high
office by such men as VanCleave, Post,
Parry. Otis, and their like, is the
man who should be fought to a fin
ish by good union men.
If they can force a panic if Taft is
defeated, patriotic men should defeat
him, outlive the panic and thus break
the "' throttle hold the panic makers
have upon this country.
If they can force Taft's election by
threatening panic, it will- be but
step to the establishment of a mon
archv by making the threat a little
If they can bring on a panic if they
are defeated they have too much
power for the good of a free republic.
TAKE YOUR CHOICE.
Orcanized labor will either stand
or fall with the Tesult of the election
on November 3. No side issues, no
apology will be recognized. You must
fctand up and be counted. Choose
your side, Mr. Union Man. VanCleave
or Gompers; Taft or Mitchell; Sher
man or Morrison? Sioux City Union
v Taft threatens a panic if he is de
feated. The coward who believes it
should vote for Taft.
JUMP, JOHNNY, JUMP!
Among the wishy-washy labor pa
pers that come to the Advocate office
might be Included the Typographical
Journal. Wake un. Brother Bram-
wood, and tell the members whether
to vote for Gompers or VanCleave.
Sioux City Union Advocate.
Mr. Union Man, won't your vote for
Taft look almighty, good to "Buck'
Taft called the Brotherhood of Lo
comotive Engineers a "band of con
The man who will sell his vote for a
promise of work will sell his vote for
Stand- by your friends, and admin
ister a stinging rebuke to your ene
"For God. for
and for union."
family, for country
We've prepared a most tempting display -of
Women's and Misses' Suits at the above
mentioned price. . -
Among these beautiful Suits you -will
find some of the handsomest styles brought
west this season. They were made by a
leading New York designer, and made to
sell at $25 and yet here they are priced to
Never before, right at the beginning of
a season, have you had a chance to buy
Suits as good for so little money. See them
without delay. . . : .
Special Notice to
Wage - Workers
We want you to come to our
store and to show our appreciation
we will allow you a 5 per cent re
duction on your purchase. . Have
you tried ut? If not, this is a good '
time to find out that you can da'
better here than elsewhere.
PI TO C(l A TTC are reasonably priced at the Fashion. See the
KVJr. 1 iJ new, long and short models of Brook, IVfink,
Electric Seal, Genuine Russian Poney and Astrakhan. ,
Fur Sets Mink, Lynx, Fox, Squirrel, Etc. ; " 1 :
TWO OF A KIND.
Taft and Post Belong to "Unions"
That Are Merely Huge Jokes..
'Grape Nuts" Post says: ' "It may
interest you. to know that I was lately
elected an honorary member of one
of the highest grade trade unions in
America the National Association of
It certainly would interest us to
know of any trade union that would
stand for Post, but the N. A. of S. E.
is not and never, has been a trades
union. It is a hybrid body organized
by the employers to vainly attempt to
offset the trades union. Post could
have become an active member with
out trouble. There are many like
Fost in it now; in fact, it is composed
of both employers and employes, - and
the local branch meets in the Stevens
building under the auspices of Mr.
At a recent election one of the
most bitter of the union-hating em
ployers was elected delegate to the
national convention. " What a lovely
"trade union" convention with such
Furniture Clearance Sale
Sale in the Fur-
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1 Round 6-ft. Dining CIA 7C
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tables, $17, now IJ.DU
1 round 6-ft. dining CO Art
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1 round 8-ft. dining CIS A A
table, $18.50, now 3lt).uU
1 round 6-ft. dining CI7 CA
table, $22.50, now If. DU
2 square top pedestal base, 6-ft. din-
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1 only, Bookcase, Cf7 CA
2 only, Cabinet $9.75 z 7c
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1 $17.50 Chiffonier, QO
1 $16.00 Chiffonier, $11 00
1 Library Table, $12.75 Jfj qq
1 $25.00 Side Board. $J9 QO
1 $16.00 Sifl Board flj-i PA,
2 2-in. Post Vernice
Martin, $16 sow .,
1 White bed, $12.50
2 White with brass trim
mings, $9,75, now......
1 $10.50 Dresser
1 $11.00 Dresser fo OA
1 St-0.0.!'. $15.00
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Room size rugs made in our
work-room from remnants of
carpets at l
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