The Wageworker. (Lincoln, Neb.) 1904-????, February 13, 1909, Image 2

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derstrappers, when a labor dispute is under way, to arrest work
ingmen without warrant or accusation, imprison them without any
process of law, to refuse them opportunity to consult counsel or ben
efit of the writ of habeas corpus, to deport them from the state under
threat of death if they return to their homes, or to hold them in
prison for an indefinite time without trial; and it declares that,
even though the workingmen so oppressed be guilty of no crime or
misdemeanor, and no matter what injury theyx may suffer through
such invasion of their fundamental civil rights, they have no ground
or legal action against their oppressors, that the law offers them no
redress for the restraint, loss, insult, and hardship inflicted upon
them. In a word, the Supreme Court says "Amen!" to Sherman
Bell's historic exclamation "To Hell with the Constitution." And
this is the court whose dictates the workingmen of the country are
expected to listen to with respect, as utterances of the highest wis
dom and the loftiest morality. New York Daily Call.
Proceeds to Play Horse .With Jim Van Cleave and the Buck Stove
and Range Company. '
We may get amusement sometimes even out of tragedy.
The recent decision against the officials of the Federation of
Labor furnishes at least one amusing sidelight.
It appears the Buck Stove and Range company claims it has
greatly suffered by the so-called "boy-cott' 'against its goods.
A few labor journals have published from time to time a state
ment that "we don't patronize" the Buck Stove company.
In order to get a few dollars damages, and to satisfy a personal
spite, the Buck Stove company had the officials of the Federation
enjoined and punished.
Incidentally it has managed to advertise the fact that the Buck
Stove company is 'Sin unfair concern," so that at the present mo
ment there is no excuse whatever for any workingman in this coun
try being ignorant of that fact.
Only a million or so persons might have heard of the Buck
Stove company through the ordinary labor publications. Now many
millions know something useful about that company. The Buck
Stove company, in other words, has advertised its antilabor union
record before the entire civilized world.
That's where the fun comes in.
Now, I suppose it is very dangerous for me to mention this
fact. Apparently, even to speak the, name of this company is now
a criminal offense.
To say that they have been unfair to their workmen is also
a criminal offense. To say that they have produced non-union
goods is to make of yourself a conspirator in restraint of trade, and
therefore I will not say these things.
I wouldn't think of advising any workman not to buy a Buck
stove range. That would be encouraging' a boycott. To encourage
a boycott is "to commit a criminal offense.
In fact, the only reason I mention the matter at all is because
it will furnish my readers with a bit of recreation and laughter.
There may be some men who prefer to to to jail rather than to
lost their freedom of speech. I am not such a person. I have no
intention of offending the august court.
I would not think of advising workingmen against buying of
this "scab" concern.
On the contrary, I think they ought to buy a stove of this com
pany if otherwise their children would freeze and there is no chance
on earth to get a stove anywhere else. Robert Hunter in New York
Daily Call.
New Spring: Suits are arriving;
every day. Come and see them.
Ke$10-00 to $35
Rae $2-97 tO $20 00
All Winter Suits 1L DmVa
All Winter Coats 2 rntC
All with New
Long Sleeves
White, 75c to $5
t Taffeta Silk, $3.50
to $12.00
Net, $2.97 to $18
Satin, $5 to $8.50
Our Ready Made Department is determined
this coming season to excel in Variety, Styles
and prices.
R e a; t
OF .
A clearing away of all the small lines and broken lots of desirable merchandise left from our
regular lines by the enormous sale we enjoyed during January.
Reductions of 30, 40, and in Many Cases, 50 Per Gent
Dress Goods
White Goods
Table Linens
Curtain Swisses Belts Corsets
Muslins Blankets Embroideries
Hosiery Ribbons
DressTrimmings Laces
Gloves Etc.
Selections ene Always the Best
A final Clean-Up Sale of short lines
$13.95, $14.50 and $14.95 values, choice at . $6.75
$17.50, $19.50 and $19.95 values, choice at. . . $8.75
$22.50 and $25.00 values, choice at $10.75
$27.50 and $29.50 values, choice at. .$12.75
All Black Coats at One-Half Off
1 rack broken size, assorted colors, $9.95 to $25.00
values,-choi$e .$4.95
Suits at ; Half Price
Children's Coats at Half Price
Skirts (about 150 garments) at Half Price
$1.50 values Madras and Flanelette, choice at .79c
40 Black and Colored Taffeta Silk at Half Price
White Lingerie with long tucked sleeves and fine
lace insertion, $1.50 values only . . .98c
$.50 values Striped Poplin, only $1.48
' :' FURS.
$1.95 to $2.50 values, choice. 98c
, $3:95 and $4.95. values, choice $1.98
$5.95 and $6.95 values, choice $2.98
All other Scarfs, Muffs and Jackets at Half Price
Men's Furnishings
1 Lot of Boys' Flannel Shirts and Waists, regular
50 and 60c values, at. ............ . ........... .39c
1 Lot of Men's Suspenders, regular 35c value, to close at. .19c
1 Lot of Men's Fleece Lined Shirts and Drawers, V
a good 50c value, at 37c
1 Lot of Men's Wool Flannel Shirts in fancy striped
and plain colors, regular price $2.00, $1.75 and" - .
$1.50, special price ............. ; ....... . . . ........ $1.19
All Men's and Boys' Winter Caps, Duck and Sheepskin
Coats, Corduroy and Dress Pants, Sweater Coats-and Cardi
gan Jackets, all Men's Wool Underwear, at 20 per cent dis
count. ,
Asks All Members of Organized Labor to Help Bear Expenses of
Appeal to Supreme Court.
Under date of January 18 the following appeal has been sent
out by the Executive CQuncil of the American Federation of Labor :
To Organized Labor, Its Friends and Sympathizers Greeting:
The American Federation of Labor, as its name signifies, is a
voluntary body composed of national, international and local unions,
each of which attends to its own trade business, financial and other
wise, and retains its complete and individual authority and auton
omy, while the relationship and purpose of the Federation to the
affiliated .bodies is to assist them in carrying out trade betterment,
to take the initiative in introducing and urging the passage of de
sirable legislation, and to promote the general welfare. It is thus
seen that the American Federation of Labor cannot be considered
as holding or having funds in the ordinary routine of its business for
unusual purposes. A most unusual and important event has oc
curred in which extra funds are essential, and an earnest appeal for
financial aid is herewith made to you, which will no doubt meet
with your prompt and liberal response.
You know that Samuel Gompers,, John Mitchell and Frank Mor
rison have been declared guilty of violating an injunction by the
Supreme Court of the District of Columbia, and that Justice Wright
of that court has sentenced them to terms of imprisonment of twelve,
nine and six months respectively. Pending an appeal they are out
on bail. The original injunction, issued on the application of the
Buck Stove & Range Co., has been appealed to the court of appeals
of the District of Columbia, and we have authorized our attorneys
also to take an appeal against Justice Wright's decision.
We hold that Messrs. Gompers, Mitchell and Morrison have not
violated the terms of the injunction, but instead have exercised their
right of free press and free speech. These are cardinal principles
guaranteed by the constitution of our country and by. our states,
and to the maintenance and perpetuity of which we pledge and will
exert our every effort. . r
As stated, there are now two appeals pending. One upon the
original injunction and the other from Justice Wright's decision.
Should an adverse decision be reached in either or both appeals, it
will be essential to make further appeals to the Supreme Court of
the United States. Surely no member of organized labor or other
fair-minded man can rest content unless the principles involved in
these cases are determined by the highest tribunal in our land.
We have already expended large sums in these cases, and the
plaintiff attorneys have not only boasted of causing such large ex
penditures on our part, but have asserted "there are more to come."
We have exceptionally able attorneys in Hon. Alton B. Parker,
and Messrs. Ralston and Siddons, who will carry the cases to their
logical and final conclusions, but ample funds must be provided to
permit this to be done.
From the expressions of our fellow-workers and friends in all
walks of life we find that they are in absolute accord with us in
the determined stand taken by Messrs. Gompers, Mitchell and Mor
rison in the assertion of their and our inalienable rights of free
press and free speech and the determination that these' cases be
pressed to final conclusion. Of course, we will fight for our rights
through every legitimate and constitutional channel which our sys
tem of legislation and law procedure permits, to rectify the injus
tice of which we complain, and in the meantime, in having these
cases appealed and determined, we are confident that we : are pur
suing the course which commends itself to the men of labor and
other friends of human justice.
Eternal vigilance is the price of liberty. In order to permit of
proper defense of liberty and freedom as guaranteed to all citizens,
we appeal to all labor and to all friends to make financial contri
butions for legal defense in these cases before the courts. ! President
Gompers and his colleagues are on trial for your rights co-equally-with
their own, and, every , liberty-loving citizen in or out of the
ranks of labor should consider this situation and appeal as their
own personal concern, and response should be made accordingly.
Upon the injunction abuse the Denver convention of Labor de
clared "That we will exercise all the rights and privileges guaran
teed to us by the Constitution and laws of our country, and insist
that it is our duty to defend ourselves at all hazards." This appeal
for funds is issued in accordance with that declaration.
Send all contributions to Frank Morrison, secretary of the
American Federation of Labor, 423 G street N.-.W., Washington, D.
C, who will acknowledge and receipt for the same and make due
accounting thereof.
Sincerely and fraternally yours,
Attest :
JAMES DUNCAN, First Vice-Pres.
JOHN MITCHELL, Second Vice-Pres.
MAX MORRIS, Fourth Vice-Pres.
D. A. HAYES, Fifth Vice-Pres.
WM. D. HUBER, Sixth Vice-Pres. '
JOS. F. VALENTINE, Seventh Vice-Pres.
JOHN R. ALPINE, Eighth Vice-Pres. ' '
JOHN B. LENNON, Treasurer.
Executive Council American Federation of Labor.,
That child labor Is a menace to the
national health and the public wel
fare and that America, taking the lead
among progressive nations, should dis
courage It, were arguments made be
fore the fifth annual national child
labor conference at. Chicago last week.
The conference is seeking to induce
congress to establish , a bureau to
investigate and guard the rights of
children. Among the speakers . se
lected were Dr. Woods Hutchinson of
New York, Dr. Albert H. Freiberg o,f
Cincinnati, Dr. Thomas M. Roth of
Boston, Dr. Andrew S. Draper, state
commissioner of education. Albany, N
Y.; Howell Cheney, South Manchester,
Conn., and Mrs. Sarah Piatt Decker,
of Denver.
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