The Wageworker. (Lincoln, Neb.) 1904-????, February 13, 1909, Image 1

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VOL. 5
NO. .45
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Following is a full text of the protest filed by Lincoln's Central
Labor lTnion at the open "protest meeting" held at Bruse's hall
Tuesday evening of this week:
In times of stress and storm the hand of the Almighty is
reached out to succor and to save. In the history of every nation
there comes a time when one man must be called upon to lead
and to guide the destinies of that nation, and if the destiny of that
nation means the welfare of humanity God never fails to provide
the man. After centuries of bitter bondage to the Egyptians, Moses
stood forth as the leader, raised up of God to lead -and guide the
Israelites to the Promised Land. In another dark hour of Israel's
history a (tfedon stood forth to conquer the oppressor. When the
sun of Christianity seemed about to be obscured by the clouds of op
pression, Paul appeared upon the scene, and this greatest of teachers
since the Carpenter of Nazareth saved to the world the religious
system that guarantees to every man the right to decide for him
self the way to salvation. It was an Kentish farmer who stood forth
and spoke the words that resulted in the wrestling of the Magna
C'harta from King John at Runnyniede. It took a Cromwell to de-
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unit of American" -society and therefore the basis of free govern
ment. ' .
We extend to ourchosen leaders and representatives, and our
fellow workers, Sampel Gompers, Joh nMitchell and Prank Morri
son, our heartfelt thanks, for their splendid sacrifices' in behalf of the
toilers, and we assure them that our moral and financial assistance
is their to command. We Commend them most heartily for their
refusal to consider, the suggestion of executive clemency, and their
determination to make tVi I-est. c-jvifio rlnman Kir
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horts of the oppressors. ; We esDeciallv commend th spntimpnt
expressed by Samuel Gompers when, he said: "Better men than
either of us have gone to jail for principle. They may secure, their
pound of flesh from lis, but they will find no yellow streaks in it."
This is a battle for principle, not for pelf, and as workers we
are determined to risk all, offer all, suffer all to secure the ultimate .
ti-iumph of principle. The liberty bequeathed to us by forefathers
who fought and bled and died to secure it for us, is Veil worth our
strongest efforts to maintain. ' .
"For freedom's battle, once begun,
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Though baffled oft is ever won."
Gompers, Mitchell and Morrison are our chosen and duly ac
credited representatives. An injustice perpetrated upon them is an
injustice perpetrated upon each and all of us. '
In view of all these facts, and in view of all of these principles,
we, the workers of Lincoln, organized into our various trades crafts,
demand a return to the first principles of liberty and equality. We
insist iipon a speedy hearing and final determination of the issues
at stake in the present case wherein our leaders are under sentence
of imprisonment, and we insist iipon a correction of judicial abuses.
We demand at the hands of state and national law-makers statutes
that will provide fori trial by jury in all cases of indirect contempt,
and a speedy hearing and determination of . all injunctions applied
for in industrial disputes. , ; r . '
To President Samuel Gompers, Vice-President John Mitchell
and Secretary Morrison of the American Federation' of Labor we
send fraternal greetings and best wishes. 'May justice be done to
them.,, and thereby to the vast army of toil, and may their hearts
and hands be strengthened ' to continue the fight against industrial
systems that in the last analysis mean industrial slavery.
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as most good things are produced by labor, it follows that all such
things of right belong to those ' who produced them. To
secure to each laborer the whole product of his labor, or as nearly
as possible, is a worthy object of all good government."
At Hartford, Conn., on March 5, 1860, Lincoln said: "I thank
Gcd that we have a system of labor where there can be a strike.
Whatever the pressure, there is a point where the workman may
stop." , i
(At St. Louis, in 1863, the printers on the Globe struck, and
the union. general in command there: immediately ordered some sol
diers who were printers, to 'take the place of the strikers. By reason
of military" necessity the soldiers obeyed, but the strikers laid their
just complaint before President Lincoln, and he immediately count
ermanded the order and sent the feoldiers back to their military
duties. "The government will not furnish men to take the place of
men who cease work in order to compel a redress of grievances,"
said President Lincoln.,.-: i
. Nowhere in all themultiplied volumes of Lincoln's speeches and
writings will it be found, that he ever prejudged the case of free
We want no pardon. We want no shuffling or evasion. We want
no slippery compromise, which would give labor the shadow of victory
and leave its substance to the bosses. We want a clear and unequivocal
decision, in favor of labor, and we are determined to get it. Let that be
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the watchword from now on till our triumph is won. N. Y. Call.
fine the' limitations of monarchy. . It was an humble Virginia law
yer whose words "Give me liberty or give me death," fired the
Revolutionary heart, and it was a Washington who stood forth,
chosen of the Almighty, to lead into being a government that should
become the refuge for the oppressed of the nations of the earth. In
every world crisis the man arrives. In every land there is today some
man who is standing forth as the champion of all that means the
best for humanity. A Tolstoy in Russia shakes the autocrat upon
his throne, and grand dukes and secret police dare not commit
an overt act to silence him. A John Burns in England has compel
led rightful recognition of those who eat their bread in the sweat of
tuelr laces, and in "our dwri America, where e ''boast -of freedom
and civil and religious liberty a Samuel Gompers is standing forth
as the great leader who is guiding the toilers of America to a higher
and the better plane. For this he is today standing within the
shadows of the prison gates, a victim to corporate greed, and with
him as fellow-victims stand his splendid comrades and co-laborers,
lohn Mitchell and Frank Morrison.
Here and now, in the week which contains the anniversary of
the birth of the greatest American and one of the greatest men of
all time and all nations, we, the comrades of Gompers, Mitchell and
Morrison, look to Abraham Lincoln's words for a vindication of the
stand we take in opposition to judicial usurpation and the fight
we are making against industrial oppression. In his first message
to congress Abraham Lincoln said:
"Labor is prior to and independent of capital. Capital is only
the fruit of labor and could never have existed if labor had not first
existed. Labor is the superior of capital and deserves much the
higher consideration. Capital has its rights, which are as worthy
of protection as any other rights. Nor is it denied that there is,
and probably always will be, a relation between labor and capital
producing mutual benefits. The error is in assuming that the whole
labor of community exists with that relation. A few men own capi
tal, and that few avoid labor themselves, and with their capital hire
or buy another few to labor for them. A large majority belong to
neither class neither work for others nor have others working for
them. The prudent penniless beginner in the world labors
for wages awhile, saves a surplus with which to buy tools or land
for himself, then labors on his own account another while, and at
length hires another new beginner to help him. This is the just and
generous and prosperous system, which opens the way to all, gives
hope to all, and consequent energy and progress and improvement of
conditions to alL No men living are more worthy to be trusted
than those who toil up from poverty; none less inclined to take or
touch aught which they have not honestly earned. Let them be
ware of surrendering a political power which they already possess,
and which if surrendered will surely be used to close the door of
advancement against such as they and to fix new disabilities and
burdens upon them, till all of liberty be lost. (From Lincoln's
First Message to the Congress.)
At Chicaeo. on December 1. 1847, Lincoln said: "And inasmuch
born America ncitizens on trial for itheir lives by denouncing them
as " undesirable citizens. " He never ordered troops to proceed
to a city and act as the tools of designing men who sought to
personally profit at the expense ofHhe blood and souls of toilers
With a brain that enabled him" to rasp all the details of a stae,
with a soul that was in tune with the infinite, and with a heart thai
throbbed for all oppressed humanity, Abraham Lincoln was the
embodiment of all those qualities that go to make up the ideal
man the ideal American. ;
Proud of the heritage of our forefathers, which Lincoln pre
served to us, arid determined to maintain those blessings at any
cost.'we denounce the system of judicial usurpation that has "grown
up in our midst whereby a federal judge, appointed for life arid
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In the Circuit Court of Kings County, Mon., Oliver T. Crane, ;
master, in chancery,, holds" that', the Ariatfonda Typographical 'tTniori
and the Federation of Labor are trusts in restraint of trade. ' Crane
" If we must go to jail we shall. Better men than
we have gone to jail. If they must have their pound of
flesh they may have it, but they won't find any yellow
streaks in it." Samuel Gompers.
amendable no other authority than his own interpretation of his
rights and duties, becomes at once legislator, judge; and executive.
We denounce as un-American and as a grave danger to our free
institutions this usurpation of authority greater than any mon
arch in any civilized country dare exert. We denounce as sub
versive of the fundamental principles of free government the idea
that a petty federal judge may be a stroke of tHe pen overturn
laws duly enacted by the congress and approved ' by the chief
executive, or by the same peri suspend the functions of a state and
deprive the state's officials of power to perform their specific' duties.
We denounce as worse than Russian tryanny a judicial system that
gives the lives and property of woi-king meu into the power of
any one man, who may at his own sweet will incarcerate for an
indeterminate time the victim of his enmity, or deprive of his hard
earned property a man who may consciously or unconsciously vio
late a court order given in direct contravention of the constitvition
of the United States, the' constitution of any state or the bill of
rights. We denounce as a disgrace to American citizenship a
menace to the perpetuity or the republic arid a slander on the
memory of the men who fought and died for freedom, the system
of judicial tyranny that gives one man a vested property right in
the labor of another, and we demand a return to first principles
wherein a man's labor is his own, to be sold where, when and how
he pleases. We denounce as a slavish concession to, wealth secured
through purchased legislation and special privilege a judicial de
cree that our organized refusal to patronize any firm or individual
whom we deem prejudicial to our welfare as workers is a violation
of the inter state commerce law thus classing organizations made
up of men and women with human souls with organizations based
upon soulless and conscienceless dollars. We denounce as tyranny
worthy of a Russian czar or an African chief in the darkest jungles,
a judicial decision that deprives workers, either individually or as
organizations, of the right to speak and write freely, subject only
to duly enacted law, and we protest to the limit of our strength
against this method of over-riding the law and the constitution in
order to further strengthen and establish a system of industrial
slavery that spell ruin for the American , home, which is the
recommends that the injunction asked for by the Butterick Publish
ing jpmpany, an eastern concern, be made permanent against the
union and federation. " V ' .
Gives Judicial Sanction to General Sherman Bell's "To Hell With
the Constitution'.' Slogan. ,
The United States Supreme Court, in deciding the appeal in,
the case of Charles H. Moyer, president, of the Western Federation
of Miners, against James H. Peabody, former governor of Colorado,
and, Sherman Bell, Peabody 's adjutant general,1 has calmly and
in cold blood upheld the ruling formerly made by the state courts
of Colorado and by the United States district court in that state:
That ruling affirms the right of a governor and his military un
. . (Continued on Page Five.) '
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