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About The Wageworker. (Lincoln, Neb.) 1904-???? | View Entire Issue (Feb. 13, 1909)
The Ringing Protest of
Lincoln Central Union
The "protest meeting" of the Lin
coln Central Labor Union at Bruse's
hall last Tuesday evening was not as
large as would have been had It not
beeu for the inclemency of the
weather and a misunderstanding as to
the date of the meeting. A misunder
standing led to the announcement in
The Wagewoiker that the nfeetlng
was to be held on February 12. But
despite these drpv backs a goodly num
ber of loyal unionists gathered at the
haTl and enjoyed a "smoker." N. Cla
berg and Hermlnghaus & Hellwig,
both employers of union cigarmakera,
kindly furnished the "smokes" for the
evening and the "Queen of Hearts"
and the "Burlington Route" helped ;t
lot towards maklcng the meeting en
jovable. The usual routine of the
Central tabor Union was gone
through, save that the election of
officers was put over until the next
meeting. Some expressions of senti
ment on the :ropoBed charter were
given. hud there was some red-hot
label talk by delegates present. Dele
gate Chase of the Carpenters" Union
sprung the idea of employing an 'edu
cational secretary," and the idea
brought out a lively discussion. ThJ
plan met with general approval, and
the body will try to evolve ways and
nuans of putting it into practic.il
John F. ByeiK. a member of the
Painters and Decorators' Union,
whose home is near Chicago, was pres
ent and responded briefly and elo
quently when oiled upon to address
the meeting. M". Byers is a forceful
speaker mid hr knows the "labor
game" from A to Izzard. i
Several short talks were made upon
the subject of the prosecution or,
rather, persecution of Gompers,
Mitchell and Morrison, and then the
union men present unanimously adopt
ed a protest presented and ordered it
sent to the prosecuted officials, to
Nebraska members of congress and
Judge Wright. The protest appears
prominently upon the first page.
Some suggestions looking towards
the better organization of Lincoln
workers were offered, and then the
central body took up the matter of
securing better lecognltion of their de
mands through the Bureau of Labor
Census and Industrial Statistics. The
touowing statement ana resolutions
were submlttei' by Delegate Chase
and unanimously adopted by the
"The Lincoln Central Labor Union,
mads up of duly accredited delegates
from sixteen trades union organiza
tions, believes the utmost publicity.
not onlr of trades union matters, but
of all public matters. It believes that
Nebraska is one of the best states in
tae Union, and that its resources and
its possibilities should be adequately
' advertised to the world. It believes
that the interest?- of the wage earner.
the farmer, the professional man and
the business man would be best con
served by a proper collation of Ne
braska's industrial and agricultural re
sources, and thMt human life would be
safeguarded by the enforcement of
adequate safety laws.
"As wage earners, representing the
skilled trades, ai:d next to the farmers
the greatest producers of wealth, we
demand that opportunltey for acquir
ing knowledge concerning our own
business and our own brotherly wel
fare that can only come from an organ
ized and proptrly conducted public
bureau having the means at its com
mand to securr- the best talent for
the furtherance of its work. As wage
earners we insist that it is our right
to have a department of the state gov
ernment that will look after our in
dustrial welfare, just as the farmers
have, and rightfully, bureaus to look
after their welfare, and to that end
we ask that the state proceed to put
in practical operation the statute pro
viding for a free employment agency.
"Knowing the Industrial conditions
and the needs or the wage earners, we
Insist that the bureau of Labor Cen
sus and Industilpl Statistice-g be ade
quately provided for to the end that
It may be of further service to not
only the wage earners, but to every
citizen of Vebrj.ska.
"Having the fullest confidence in
the integrity and the ability of the
present Deputy Commissioner of La
bor, Will M. Maupin, long an active
worker in the trades union movement
and a newspaper man of acknowl
edged high stMnding, the Lincoln Cen
tral Labor Union, in regular meeting
on this ninth day of February, lft09.
does mos' respectfully a3k the House
Finance Ways and Means Committee,
nd through that committee the Leg
islature of Nebraska . that the appro
priation asked fO"- by Deputy Labor
Commissioner Maupin be granted.
Tills request is made in the full be
l.ef that the appropriation asked for
la none too large for the proper pross
rution of the work of the Bureau Df
Labor Census and Industrial Statis
tics. "During the past decade Nebraska
has made giant strides in industrial
development, ard the need for public
information and the safeguarding of
the workers ha-; increased in propor
tion. As workers we insist that it i3
our right to have our lives protected
by the enforcement of fire escape and
sanitary laws; as parents we insist
upon the enforcement of the law pro
tecting, our children from industrial
exploitation, and as citizens anxiou3
for the best there is in American citi
zenship we insist upon the thorough
enforcement of the female employ
ment, the compulsory education and
the juvenile court laws. These are
matters that are within the domain
of the Bureau of Labor Census and
Industrial Statistics, and we therefore
believe that the bureau should ba
amply provided for financially. There
fore, be it
"Resolved, Bv Lincoln Central La
bor Union, that this body go on record
as favoring the allowance of the ap
propriation of $24,000 for the bien
nium, asked for by our fellow worker,
Will M. Maupin, deputy labor commis
sioner. Be it further
"Resolved, That a copy of this state
ment and resolution be sent to tho
chairman of the House Finance, Ways
and Means committee for its consider
ation. GOOD WAGES.
In New York the scale of wages
in the building trades is as follows.:
Carpenters $5, cement workers 5,
electrical workers $1.50, helpers $2.20,
plasterers $5.50 pumbers $5.00, paint
ers $4.00, decorators $4.50.
Receive Glad News That Assessment
Is Down to Three Percent.
The members el Lincoln Pressmen's
and Assistants' Union have, beeu
gladdened by the receipt of the news
that the assessment has been reduced
to three percent. This is the news
the boys have been waiting for these
Business is rushing with the press
men. The legislature makes a lot of
work, for the legislators are indus
triously pouring bills into the hopper.
The current issue of the -American
Prcssman reveals - the fact that - th-s
international union is keeping busy
all along the line. The Pressman
makes the following cheering report
for the month:
Tulsa pressmen's union established
an approximate increase of ten per
Jackson (Miss.) union established
an increase of approximately ' eight
Wheeling (W. Va.) union estab
lished a substantial increase and a
reduction in the hours for their mem
Fresno (Calif.) union established a
substantial increase in that city and
San Diego ( Calif.) union established
an increase of twelve per cent.
Sioux Falls union established a sub
stantial increase and a reduction in
New York union has an increase of
$1.00, which became operative Janu
Shreveport (La.) union's increase
of eight per cent becomes operative.
Lafayette (Ind.) union established
a substantial increase.
Charleston (W. Va.) union, in
St. Paul union established the eight-
hour day in all establishments ex
Minneapolis rnion established the
Philadelphia union established the
eight-hour day without difficulty.
Detroit union established generally
the eight-hour ciay.
Stt Louis union established the
eight-hour day, with but one office
THE RAILROAD BROTHERHOODS.
Emasculated Bill of Trainmen Recom
mended for Passage in House.
House Roll 77, the Sink bill pro
viding for a limit to the number of
cars in a freight train, after being
emasculated, deformed and sadly dis-
torted, was on Wednesday recom
mended for engrossment. This bill
has caused more grief than any other
bill introduced, and it is not satis
factory tc the Brotherhood of Rail
way Trainmen in Its present form.
Through a misunderstanding it. was
introduced before it had been passed
upon by the Brotherhood officials, and
as a result the legislative board could
not endorse it as representatives of
the Brotherhood. This created a ba;l
While the railroad committee was
worrying with the bill the Brother
hood of Railway Trainmen officials
were framing just exactly what the
trainmen wanted. This bill will be
introduced in the house by Represen
tative Clark, and will doubtless be
known as "the full crew bill." The
Sink bill is popularly known as "the
long train bill."
The Brotherhood men are asking
that the railroads be compelled to
adequately man their long trains. As
things are now, a freight train of a
hundred or more cars is sent out with
only two brakemen. and the men want
the protection of a flagman on each
of these trains. They also want flag
men on all freight trains carrying pas
sengers and doing local work. They
also demand two brakemen dn all pas
senger trains of five cars or more,
instead of one brakeman and a porter
as at present. This addition to the
train crews means added safety to
the employes, to the public and to
property. The bill has been endorsed
by the representatives of the several
railroad brotherhoods and will be
puiilird to the limit.
Dr. LeRosingnol of the chair of
political economy in our state urii
versity, a brilliant author, will lec
ture at the Grace M. E. church on
Sunday evening, February 21, at 7:30
o'clock. His subject will be "The
Bread and Butter Problem." Labor
organizations and all laboring men
with their families are cordially in
vited . to attend this lecture. Good
music and a friendly welcome to all.
DID POWDERIY MISREPRESENT?
Former Labor Leader Said Bread Line
Provided for Bums.
A few weeks ago T. V. Powderly
once a labor leader, but now a sal
aried employe of the government, de
clared that the famous "bread line'
in New York City merely provided for
a lot of bums and men who were
afraid to look for work. He expressed
the conviotidn that it should be sup
pressed. ' '
Now, did Powderly know what he
was talking about, or did he mis
represent t'Se facts in order to bolster
tip his employers' claims of "un
bounded prosperity?" What are -the
facts ? -
Every night th "bread line" aver
ages p.bout 3.000 men. Last week a
heavy snow fell in New York City
and there was a great demand for
men to shovel H. That night the
"bread" line" held less than 600 men.
The other 2,400 found a few hours'
work at 25 cents an hour shovelling
snow, and the work enabled them to
buy a, substantial meal or two and
secure a comfortable bed for a night
It looks like T. V. Powerly was
overly ai.xious to "make good" with
the men who got him his soft job,
LINCOLN'S WARNING. ,
The candid citizen must con-
fess that if the policy of the
government, upon vital ques-
tions affecting the whole people
is to be irrevocably fixed by
decisions of the Supreme Court
the people will have ceased to
be their own rulers. Abraham
SOCIALISM AND THE CHURCH.
The Early Church and Socialism Dis
cussed by Rev. Charles Stelzle.
The economic system in vogue in
the eary church, as narrated in the
latter part of the fourth chapter of
the Acts of' the Apostles, has been
held up by many earnest reformers as
the ideal toward which the church in
the Twentieth century should aspire.
We have been told that the condition
existing during this period was that
which Christ Himself advocated, be
cause it was inaugurated by men who
were very close to him. It should be
remembered, however, that while
Peter and the rest of the disciples
may have been inspired in the writing
of their epistles., they were not in
fallible in the matter of teaching
political economy, and it probably was
not their purpose to do so.
Sometimes this practice of the early
church is advocated by the socialist,
who forgets or who never knew that
the system was not one for which so
cialism is today contending, but that
it was really a form of communism.
The present-day advocates of the so
cialism in force in the Church of Jeru
salem should be reminded of several
First, the whole scheme was purely
a voluntary system. No man was
compelled to give up anything that ha
desired to retain.
Second, it was limited to memli?r
-' the church to those who "bu
Meved" and were of "one heart nnd
oul." This would surely have given
the plan a good foundation, if there
was In it the possibility of success.
Third, It was probably inaugurated
merely as a temporary expedient, be
cause the early Christianes believed
that Christ was soon to return and
that with His coming there would
come the "end of the world" and a
great change in the social order.
Fourth, the result of the plan was
such that it pauperized the Jerusalem
church and made it a great burden
upon the weak churches elsewhere.
The apostles were often called upon
to take up special offerings for the
church at Jerusalem.
Fifth, the plan -was a complete
failure and was soon discontinued.
Some socialist writers insist tha
there were "common" tables through
out the early Christian church, but
what was thus referred to is undoubt
edly what we know today as the
"Communion Table," a service which
was made much more of by the early
Christians than it the practice in our
That there was a great generosity
during this period Is very true. It
was this spirit which made a marked
impression upon the enemies of the'
church. But the generosity of tho
Jerusalem church in this particular
was in many respects a great blunder.
There was not enough regard for th-3
fundamental principles of social life
upon which society must permanently
rest. The spirit of brotherhood mani
fested was admirable, but the prac
tice as a permanent principle was
such that no community could today
long survive as a progressive force
in human society, were it to adopt
the economic sy?tem which failed so
completely even under the favorable
conditions found among these devoted
Christian men and women.
As already intimated, the plan in
operation was not socialism at all, but
a form of communism. The amazing
thing is that many, socialists will per
sist in saying that the early church
was actually socialistic in its teach
ing and practice. But whether one
calls it socialism or communism, it is
quite evident that the' entire scheme
was non-effective even under the most
favorable -circumstances. It created
an Ananias whose name has gone
down in history as the synonym for
liar. Even the comparatively ideal
conditions and spirit by which this,
man was surrounded, did not make
him the highly moral being which so
cialists declare must come out of such
ELECTRICIAN FOUND DEAD.
Edward B. Ellis, a member of Local
Union No. 69, International Brother
hood of Electrical Workers, Denver,
was found unconscious by the side of
the railroad track near Powells, Neb.,
one day last week. His idetity was
disclosed by his union card. He was
one of the best known electricians in
Denver. He died a few hours after
being found. The body was taken to
Denver for interment, and the funeral
was held under the auspices of his
THE PRINTER'S PENSION.
Under the new pension law of the
International Typographical Union,
413 members are drawing $4 per week.
It is estimated that there are some
600 entitled to this pension, and when
these are all registered it will mean
an outlay of about $124,800 a year.
Six hundred mechanics, employed
in the navy yard at Philadelphia, have
been discharged. .Congress has passed
a bill increasing the salary of the
president $50,000. As equalizers our
legislators are "on to their job."
Washington Trades Unionist.
STAGE HANDS ORGANIZED.
In expectation of trouble between
the vaudeville actors and theatrical
managers in New York city, Samuel
Gompers Sunday effected an agree
ment between the Actors' National
Protective . Union and - the Electrical
Workers and Stage Mechanics' unions,
so that in the event of the substitu
tion of moving pictures for vaudeville
during a strike, the electrical workers
and stage hands will come to the as
sistance of the actors by going on
FREIGHT HANDLERS ORGANIZE.
A big union oi freight handlers has
been organized in Cleveland. There
were 150 charter- members. The men
have received an increase of ten
cents a day, probably to dissuade them
from organizing. But when they al
lowed their former union to lapse
they had their wages cut thirty cents
a day. So they are still shy twenty
cents. . '
NEW UNIONS AT HASTINGS.
Hastings is rapidly taking on th-3
appearance of a well organized city.
Within the lasi month two local
unions have been organized there, the
Leatherworkers on Horse Goods and
the Painters and . Paper Hangers
Now the Hastings cigarmakers ough
to get wise and come into the fold.
WITH CHAFING DISH
SOME RECIPES THAT WILL GIVE
Oysters Always Easy to Prepare in
This Way Tomatoes and Mush
rooms Always Good Lob
ster a la Newburg.
Oyster pan roast Put tablespoon of
butter in chafing dish. When it
creams add 12
large oysters and
with salt and pep
per. Cover and
cook two minutes. Serve on hot toast
moistened with juice.
Oysters friend in batter Make a
batter of three eggs, three tablespoons
of milk, one tablespoon of flour. Sea
son with salt and pepper. Put one
tablespoon of butter in chafing dish,
and when hot drop oysters one at a
time in the batter then into the butter
and fry a rich brown.
Celeried oysters Put teaspoon of
butter in chafing dish and when
melted add 12 large oysters and one
tablespoon minced celery. Season
with salt and pepper. Cook three
minutes, add wineglass of sherry and.
cook two minutes. -Serve on toast.
Tomatoes and mushrooms Put into
the chafing dish one pint of cooked
tomatoes, half-pint mushrooms, table
spoon bread crumbs, tablespoon of
butter, pepper and salt. When mush
rooms are cooked serve on buttered
. Omelette Put tablespoon of butter
(n chafing dish and when very hot
pour in four eggs which have been
thoroughly whipped with four table
spoons of milk. When done ' roll the
eggs quickly over till all rolled up.
Lobster a la Newburg Take the
nicest part of a lobster, cut in small
pieces, put in chafing dish with one
tablespoon of butter. Season with salt
and pepper. Pour one gill of wine
over it. Cook ten minutes, add the
beaten yolks of three eggs and a half
pint of cream. Let all come to a boil
and serve immediately.
Roast beef chauffe Cut cold roast
beef in small dices one-half inch thick,
put tablespoon of butter in chafing
dish. When melted add three table
spoons of currant jelly, a dash of
cayenne, a little salt and one glass of
Rice croquettes One-half cup of
cold rice. Beat in two eggs, two
tablespoons of sugar, one teaspoon
salt. Form into balls, dust a little
flour over them, roll in egg and fry
in a chafing dish.
Petit pois Melt two tablespoons of
butter in chafing dish, add can of
French peas, season with pepper and
salt'' and cook ten minutes. '
Rechauffe of fish Put (cold boiled
fish, any kind, cut fine in chafing dish;
with two tablespoons of butter. When
melted ado" one cup of breadcrumbs,'
two eggs beaten slightly, two table
spoons of milk, one teaspoon of an
chovy paste, pepper and cayenne. Stir
constantly. Let simmer five minuies.
Scalloped oysters Put two table
spoons of butter and one, gill of cream
in chafing dish. Drain oysters and lay
in layers. Sprinkle with cracker dust,
another layer of oysters, more cracker
dust, a little butter, season with salt
and pepper. Cook ten minutes, cov
Stewed oysters Put one-half pint of
milk in chafing dish, when nearly boil
ing add 12 oystefs, season with pepper
and salt and small piece of butter
Oyster sautes Drain juice from 12
large oysters thoroughly, butter the
chafing dish and when very hot place
the oysters in single layers. When
brown on one side turn and brown the
other. Keep adding a little butter.
This and the juice of the oysters forms
a brown skin in the chafing dish.
Season.with pepper and salt and when
browned serve oysters on skin very
Take six good-sized potatoes, peel,
boil and mash fine. Have ready one
pounds of hamburg steak cooked thor
oughly. . Take a round bread tin,
grease plentifully with butter, then put
a layer of potato in the bottom of dish,
salt and pepper, then a layer of
steak. Repeat alternately until the
top of the dish is reached, then set in
oven to brown. Just before sending to
table sprinkle a little grated parsley
over top. v
Stewed. Mutton Kidneys.,
Take one or two sheep's kidneys,
cut in halves and remove the skin and
core, dust with pepper and salt, chop
finely a teaspoon of onion, and parsley,
melt a piece of butter the size of a
large walnut, in a small saucepan.
When hot, put in the kidneys, cut side
down, also the onions and parsley.
Fry quickly a nice brown. Shake in
two teaspoons of flour, stir it and let
It brown. ' Pour in not quite a teacup
of cold water or stock. Stir till it
Mock Fish Chowder.
Fry pork and onions, then remove
Dice the potatoes and 'put them in
with enough water to Cook, then add
milk. Let it all come to a boil, stir
in three egg yelks well beaten, then
pour in the whites whole, which cooks
ani looks like pieces of fish. I take a
quart of milk and part water. Less
eggs if they are scarce.
Veal with Rice.
Put 20 cents' worth of veal to stew
with onions and a few leaves of cel-
e.y; pepper and salt. In separate pan
put rice with cold water and four or
lve pieces of celery, and as w iter
boils do,wn add the gravy of stew until
rice is done: Serve separately with to
matoes and mashed potatoes. ;
ALL READY FOR
MAJOR LEAGUE CLUB OWNERS
LOOKING FORWARD TO AN.
NUAL SOUTHERN JAUNT.
WHERE BIG TEAMS WILL TRAIN
Georgia, Texas, Louisiana and Other
Southern States Will See National
and American Stars in Preliminary
Stunts World's Champion Cubs
Going to Shreveport, Ala.
With the signing of Harry Lumley
as manager of the Brooklyn National
league club for the season of 1909, the
last of the doubtful managerial posi-
tions has been filled, and the -various
major league club magnates are be
ginning to look forward to the spring .
journey to the southland of their vari
Just a short time now and the vari
ous clubs of the American and Na
tional leagues will gather their bats,
gloves, uniforms and all the rest of
the togs that go with a ball team and
begin the spring training that is con
sidered by most managers to be so
beneficial to the players in the long
fight for championships.
The 16 teams which comprise the
American and National leagues have
selected the various places in the
south where they will go through the
early season stunts of rounding into
The New York Nationals will again
make Marian Springs, Tex., their pre
season headquarters, while the. Yan
kees will hold their workouts at Ma
The rest of the clubs will train as
follows: The Chicago Cubs at Shreve
port, La. T the Chicagd White Sox in
California; the Cincinnati Reds at Au
gusta, Ga.; the Pittsburg . Pirates at
Hot Springs, Ark.1; the St. Louis Car
dinals at Little Rock, Ark.; the Boston
Doves at Augusta, Ga.; the Brooklyn
Superbas at Jacksonville, Fla.; the
Philadelphia Nationals at Plnehurst,
N. C; the Boston Red Sox at San An
tonio, Tex.; the Philadelphia Athletics
at New Orleans, La.; the Washing
tons at Galveston, Tex.; the Detroit
ngers at tiot springs, Am.; me si. .
Louis Browns at Houston, -Tex.,, and i
the Cleveland Blues at Mobile, Ala.
. Already, too, the majority of the
managers of the various teams have
Arranged the spring practice dates.
The Giants will follow practically the
same lines that they did last spring.
They will play exhibition games in
Fort Worth and Dallas on Saturdays
and Sundays. '
The Yankees, after ten days' prac
tice with the Colts, will go on the
road, playing exhibition games at the
?olfowing places: "April 5, 'Aug'tiStaT'
Ga.; 6, Columbia, S. C; 7, Charlotte,
N. C; 8, Lynchburg, Va.; 9 and 10.
Trenton; N. J.; 13, Wilmington, Del.1
nah, Ga., on April 5 ; in Charleston,
April 6; Wilmington, N. C, April 7;.
Danville, Va., April 8; Norfolk, Va.,
April 9; Richmond, Va., April 10 and
12; Baltimore, April 13.
Of all the major .league teams the
Cubs will probably face, the - most
strenuous pre-season schedule. : . Start
ing March 17, their play will be almost:
continuous until April 12; their dates
follow: - t
March 17, J8, 19, 20, 21, 2, 23, 24
and 25 at Shreveport; March 27 and 28
at Memphis, Tenn.; March 29, 30 and
31 at Nashville. Tenn.r April 1, 2 and
3 at Atlanta, Ga.; April 4 and 5 at
Louisville, Ky.; April 6 at Evansville.
Ind.; April 7 at Terre Haute, Ind.;
April 8 at Fort Wayne, Ind.; April 9
and 10 at Indianapolis, Ind.; April 11
and 12 at Dayton, O. ,
'T)nn D w o tuition hoo A art A a A tc ho.
gin his active work as manager of the
St. Louis Cardinals by keeping that
team busy for fully 30 days prior to
the opening of the championship sea
son. Then the trip northward will
be started and various steps will be
made to play' exhibition games and in
cidentally to acclimate the players.
The former. Giant, who has broken
into the managerial game, has also
planned a little innovation.
The ball park -at Little Rock is sit
uated about a mile' and a half from
,the hotel,' And in the past It has been
.tha f iiulim nf ha 1 1 tAaTTlR t OIlIll Tl ST at
that place to run to and from ihe
Ifleld. None of this for Roger and his
clan. . The shin-guarded catcher has
announced that he will arrange to
have heated .cars transport his ball
tossers. Bresnahan has decided that
:this is a better way to keep his play
ers from catching cold. ,
The following is the spring schedule
iof the Boston Red. Sox: March 20,
iMemphis, Tenn.; March 21, Memphis,
Tenn.; March 27, Little Rock, Ark.;
March 28, Little Rock, Ark.; April 1,
Nashville, Tenn.; April - 2, Nashville,
Tenn.; April 3, Cincinnati, O.; April
4, Cincinnati, O.; April 6, Indianapolis,
Ind.; April 7, Dayton, O.; April 8, Co
lumbus, O.; April 9, Columbus, O.;
April 10, Wheeling, W. Va.; April 11,
Wheeling, W. Va.; April 12, Baltimore,
Md., and April 13, Baltimore, Md.
President Shettsllne of the Philadel
phia National league baseball club an
nounces that his team will do their
spring training at Southern , Pines, N
C. Manager Murray, who has been
south for the purpose of selecting a
suitable training ground, states that
Southern Pines is an ideal place.
The men will have to occupy their
minds solely with baseball, as the
only other amusement is golf. It is
expected that the Quakers will start
south after - the first week in March,
remaining mere auoui mree weens.
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