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About The Wageworker. (Lincoln, Neb.) 1904-???? | View Entire Issue (May 1, 1909)
LIXCOLX, NEBRASKA, MAY1, 1900
fl UBrarir. the proper gaddidate fob qeq uho uobk
li-rt Malone. candidate for mayor, is a workingiiiati a man
vh. knows what it is to eat his daily broad in the sweat of his face,
lioy and man. he lias been a hard worker all his life, and whatever of
success he has achieved has been achieve! thronsrh his own unaided
efforts. He is not the favored child of fortune, lie is not an Adonis
for looks, nor a student of the classics. He knows less of books
than some men who have bceu candidates for mayor of Lincoln,
but iu one of them knows more of men. more of the hopes and
aspirations and needs of the toilers, than Robert Malone knows.
For what he knows he has lean.ed in the hard, bitter scliool of prac
Mr. Malone, "Bob."'' was born in Brimtield. Illinois, and in that
linls village he received what education he secured in the public
schools. While yet in his "teeus lie w.ent to Buffalo, and there learned
the horseshoer's trade. He learned it well, too, for he studied under
masters of that eraft. In he c&me to Nebraska and for a time
worked at his trade iu Nebraska City. In 1880 he came to Lincoln
and entered, the employ of Gran Ensign. He secured this job be
cause he knew horses, knew how "to handle- them and how to shoe
them. I-ater he started a shop of his own aud built up a good busi
ness. After a time he entered the fire department, and he was the
driver of the first hose cart operated by horse power in the city of
Lincoln. He remained Jn the fire department for about six years
and then joined the police department. He drove the first patrol
wspin, and broke and trained the famous team of blacks that pulled
the "hurry-up' wagon for so many years. After a year on the
police force he was appointed chief of the fire department by Mayor
Weir and served in that capacity for six years. As a fireman and
policeman he rendered the city good scrviee.
After leaving the fire department he was elected to the city coun
cil from the First" ward, and served a little more than four terms,
his service in the city council extending over a period of nine years
and four months. One may search the records of the council with
out finding an act of "Bob" Malone 's that either he or his constitu
ents would care to have recalled or forgotten. lie gave the city
constant and conscientious service. lie was always in his seat, al
ways active in committee, and always looking out for the best in
terests of bis ward and the city at large. His couneilmanic record
is without spot or blemish, and he is willing to have that record
investigated at any time by anybody.
About ten years ago he began contracting in a small way. lie
met with success. Corporations soon found that he could be depended
upon to live up to his every contract. His business grew rapidly,
and today he is one of the large contractors in this section of the
country. He has an immense contract with the Burlington on its
double-tracking improvements between Lincoln and Ashland, and
today he has upwards of 200 men oil his pay roll. During his ex
perience as a contractor he has paid upwards of $175,000 to labor,
and his average daily pay roll is now upwards of $250.
Ask any man who has ever worked, for "Bob" Malone what
kind of an employer he is. He is always fair. He believes in pay
ing a fair day's wage for a fair day's work. He believes in trades
unions, and he has evidenced that belief by carrying a union card
in the organization of his eraft. The taxpayers of Lincoln ought to
know something of his standing as a contractor, for he h-w eser-nted
several paving contracts, and they have always been up t. tb
Mr. Malone is not a rich man. He owns hi own comfortable
home at 1020 Q street, has a good business, good credit and a little
balance in the bank. He never loaned money at 10 per rent a min
ute, and never levied tribute on tli3 .sufferings, of hi fellows. He ht
not an "easy mark," but no one who was in need ever applied to
"Bob" Malone in vain.
He is the proud father of two children, and his srn i now at
tending the State University.
A mechanic, a man who has mixed with all ria-vws of mm.
Robert Malone never touched intoxicant ia hw life. He rf.w n-t
know the taste of liquor. He is temperate in all his habit. He h
boldly declared his position on the question that is uppermost ia
the minds of the people of Lincoln. He is not prohibitionist ia
the usual meaning of that term. He believes in constantly increasing
restrictions and the enforcement of the exei.se law. If the people
decide on prohibition, he will use his every effort to enforce the htw
and Robert Malone usually accomplishes what he undertake. If
they vote for the 6:30 o'clock closing law. he will enforce that to
the utmost. He stands squarely on the rales a laid dvn fey the
In business circles no man stands higher than Mr. Malone. Hi
integrity is beyond question. His word "goes" with business men
and with everybody else who knows him. There is not a single stain
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Git the Right Idea About Publicity for
The union musicians of Lincoln
have the right idea. Recently there
appeared in the Journal an item that
reflected upon the musical union,
whereupon the secretary of the local
looi his trenchant pen in hand and
re the Journal an open letter,
vhich was printed. The letter set
forth the real facts about the aims
and objects of the union musicians.
That ia the sort of work that .counts
for so '- The wore the public knows
about life real work of trades unions
the le-ss of opposition there will be
to unions and unionism.
V. T. Finney says he is well satis
fied with the progress of his alder
uimiic campaign. He is meeting with
much encouragement and says he is
going to be up anions the leaders
when the vote is counted.
If the park commission will start
the band concert scheme, will the Ne
'.r:iska :tate Band and the Capital
Cliy Bnd come across with a free
concert each as an advertisement and
inducement to the Traction Co., to do
the risht thing?
Hs Deserves the Support of Union
Men In His Candidacy.
Rjy Abbott is the democratic candi
date for city attorney, and you have
The Wase orker's word for it that he
is well quaHSed for the position and
worthy of the support of uuion men.
Mr. Abbott does not play to the union
Stand Mjnd during campaigns and to
the "op a shop" bleachers at other
times. He is a consistent friend of
unionism and union men. This The
Wasewcrker knows from actual per
This js.pr would sa, the sani
things of Mr. Abbott no matter what
his poli;ics might be. As a matter
or fact The Wageworker dont care a
rap for a man's politics, just so he
is on the square with anion men and
union principles. Mr. Abbott is square,
and union men will make no mistake
if they vote for him.
EXPERIMENT OR SURE, STEADY PROGRESS
The question at this time is not whether we
shall continue public recognition of the saloon, but
one that relates wholly to the best methods of do
ing away with it.
True, there are those who insist that all who
are net in favor of immediate prohibition are "sa
loon supporters" and "whisky men." These in
sist that men may be made moral and temperate by
merely enacting a law which says that liquor must
not be scld. They are usually of that class who
talk about the conquering spirit of the Carpenter
of Nazareth, and then admit by their actions that
the spirit of which they preach must be supple
mented by a statutory enactment and a constable's
The' Wageworker looks forward to the day
when all men will be temperate; when the open
saloon as a business institution will be but a mem
ory. But it believes that the coming of that day
will be retarded by those who would attempt the
impossible. A system that has obtained for a cen
tury and a half can not be wiped out by mere
legislative or councilmanic enactment. Men must
be educated up to the cbservance and enforcement
of law. Considerations of public safety, of good in
dustrial service, of safeguarding of health all these
things are working toward the elimination of the
liquor traffic. Instead of hysteria and fanaticism,
we are working toward that end through common
To inaugurate the policy of prohibition at this
time would, in The Wageworker's belief, be so revo
lutionary as to defeat its own purposes. It would
throw hundreds out of employment, make now
profitable property unprofitable, create prejudice
and discord, and divert the public mind from the
onward march of progress.
The Wageworker believes that the best inter
ests of Lincoln demand a continuance of the pres
ent policy of gradual restriction with a view to
rltimate extinction. It holds to this view through
no friendliness towards the open saloon. On the
contrary, it holds to this opinion because it be
lieves that it is the best method of ridding the city,
the state and the nation of the saloon as a business
institution. Lincoln has made wonderful strides in
the direction of temperance. The people are being
educated ; they are becoming more and more willing
to help enforce laws and preserve order.
The Wageworker insists that a due regard for
betterment demands that no attempt be made to
accomplish the impossible. It recognizes the sim
ple fact that it can not wipe cut any evil by its own
unaided efforts. But it can help to gradually elim
inate it by a system of education. It believes that
the adoption of the" 6 :30 closing rule and the smaller
number of saloons will be a step in the right direc
tion. It believes that the adoption of prohibition
will result injuriously in the long run to the cause
It is quite willing to accept all the abuse and
criticism that will be heaped upon it because of its
expression of this belief. That sort of thing is the
lot cf these who dare oppose all who insist that all
virtue, all honesty and all morality are wrapped up
in those who hold to their peculiar views.
In the name of commonsense; in the name of
all that means progression along temperance lines,
The Wageworker urges its readers to support the
6:30 closing rule by voting for Form "B," the les
sened number of licensed saloons, and the gradual
and, finally, total elimination of the liquor traffic.
Wives of Printers Getting Ready for
Election of Delegate.
Capital Auxiliary N'ol It met wits
Mrs. Will Bastard last Wednesday
with a larger attendance than nsoaL
The Hay social on the eroaSnjc of
May 2 will be held at the home of
Mr. and Mrs. Orral Yottas, 3222 W
street. "We want to raise a tittle
money this time. The Auxiliary will
meet on May 11 at the home of Mr.
Will M. Maapin. 210 North Thirty
tbird street. Please note tie change
of Mrs. Manatn'a aa.tf-M f
Thompson was present at the vortlnx
for the first time since her recent 11'-
ness. Mrs. McKinney and Mrs. Free
man were present after baring beea
absent from tbe city for some time.
Mrs. F. H. He b bard has no ODDOst-
Uon as delegate to the SL Joseph con
vention. Mrs. Righter and Sirs. Maa-
pin will conf est for the honor of beta
alternate. The electfewi win be fcefci
on May 11.
Lincoln, Xeb. trades unioaiMs want
a labor temple and they have adopted
a novel, but no doubt practical way by
which to raise the mosey. Wedaesday.
May 12, has been selected as "Labor
Temple Day." On this day the union
ists of the city will be asked to rive
their wages of the day towards the
temple fund. In return they wiil re
ceive stork in the association. If all
the unionists of the city will con
tribute to the fund this way Liaeola
will be able to erect the finest labor
temple in the west. The receipts from
the same would pay rood dividends is
fnture years, toox We hope the plan
will prove successful Council Bl3s
Win M. Manpin's Unrein. Neb.
Wageworker has lived five fall years
and started on its sixth year. This is
quite a distinction at it b the first
labor paper to live so Ioo$ in that
town. Here's hoping that vofame C
will be a pleasure and a profit to yon.
Willie. Oklahoma Labor I'nit
MR. LOVE, WILL YOU PLEASE ANSWER THESE QUESTIONS?
Mr. Don Love, republican candidate for mayor of Lincoln, The
Wageworker wants to ask you a few questions. At the same time it
wauts to relate what it deems to be a few facts to the wage earners
ut Iaucoln. Now to the questions:
Mr. Iove, are yon in the business of making short time loans
Are you in any partnership, legal or otherwise, in a firm or cor
poration that derives profit from the chattel loan business!
Are you connected, directly or indirectly, to your financial
profit, with the Capital City Loan Co !
Ar you financially interested in any of the scores of chattel
mortgage on file at the court house which state in their terms that
they are "payable at the office of Love & Frampton!"
Hid you ever", through subterfuge, or by evasion in the terms
t.f the notes or mortgages, secure more than the legal rate of in
terest on your inouey. or money handled by you, which you or your
agent or agents loaned to people who gave as security a chattel
mortKKC u thir property?
Answer those questions, Mr. Love.
Now foi'a few facts, and they are facts that have a bearing on
the above questions.
There are on reeord at the Lancaster county court house scores
of chattel mortgages made payable at the offices of Frampton &
Love. Many of them are made directly to W. J. Frampton. Mr.
Frampton, by the way, is Don W. Love's law partner and chairman
of Mr. Love's political campaign committee.
The Wageworker has seen some of the notes given to the Capi
tal City Loau Co., to W. J. Frampton and to others for whom the
firm of Love & Frampton acted. These notes differ from the notes
given at banks, or given in ordinary business transactions wherein
the borrower pays the legal rate of interest. These notes call for
the payment of specific sums of money, with interest at the rate of
ten per cent "after maturity.".
What rate of interest did those borrowers pay Mr. Love, "before
No one believes for a minute that yon loaned the money without
interest until maturity. TVnd if the ratenT"harged was not usur
ious, why did the notes fail to state the rate of interest "before ma
turity." Examination of the chattel mortgage reeord through the first
three letters of the alphabet shows that nearly thirty chattel mort
gages have been filed and made payable to the "Capital Loan Co.,"
and to W. J. Frampton, Mr. Love's law and business partner, ami
practically all of them made payable "at the office of Love & Framp
ton." These mortgages aggregate almost $10,000. If the first three
letters of the alphabet show up $10,000 in this war, in heaven's name
what would an examination of the entire reeord show!
There is plenty of evidence known to The Wageworker to in
duce it to believe that Mr. Love is not a philanthropist who lets peo
ple in distress have money without any interest until after the obli
gation falls due. And it knows enough about the chattel loan busi
ness to know that the "chattel loan shark" al
nut fill t fi full smvnnt sif i Vi 1 i . T .-. . . I. - ' a .
then winds up with the proviso, "with interest at the rate of
cent per annum alter maturity.
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