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About The Wageworker. (Lincoln, Neb.) 1904-???? | View Entire Issue (May 8, 1909)
TRADES IHSSS 'I COUNCIL
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LIXCOLX, NEBRASKA, MAY 8, 190!
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Among the Live Workers
Here, There and Elsewhere
A sample or what organixed labor
may do politically when it unites, acts
intelligently and gets busy, conies up
from Oklahoma City. The union vot
ers of that town not together. A union
piiuter. J. T. Highley, was a candi
date for re-election as police judge. A
union painter, Will R. Walter, was
elected street commissioner.
Highley is a democrat.
Walter is a republican.
But partisan politics were forgotten.
The man w ho said. "O. we can't elect
anybody." was pushed off the earth.
The men who said, "WV11 win or bust
a hamestring trying." got out, leaving
their partisanship in cold storage. It
was a glorious victory. Lincoln un
ionists got "cold reet" early in the
same this spring. Might have elected
two or three if they had possessed the
'-intestines." Think it over.
look out for bogus labels in your
hats. The employers who combined
lo enforce the "open shop" and to
abolish the label have begun printing
bogus labets and pasting them in their
"scab" hats in order to deceive union
men. Fine bunch of grafters, that.
Hut you can make their dirty scheme
Ineffectual. If you don't know a genu
ine label of the United Hatters of
North America when you see it, hurry
up and educate yourself. If you are
victimised by a bogus label you mere
ly advertise yourswif as an ignoramus.
as a model. And yet. with an adverse
majority of approximately 2,000 to
overocme. Bob Malone threw an awful
scare into the "silk stockings." It
isn't over yet. either. There is a pos
sibility that the official canvas will
yet land "Bob" a winner. But win
or lose. "Bob" showed himself to be
a rigorous campaigner and the vote
he got was a magnificent compliment.
V. T. Finney didn't win out. But
for a man who was never before in
come, "Bob" Malonc threw an awful
ance and whose only support w as from
union men. he made a fine showing. It
is safe to say that four-fifths of his
vote came from the ranks of unionism.
He should have received every union
rcte but he didn't. But the vote he
did receive was a fine compliment.
Will Maupin. through whose efforts a
call has been issued for a convention
to be held at Uncoln. June 21-22 to
permanently organize a State Federa
tion of I-abor, thereby getting on the
map with its neighboring states. May
be in days to come the "Show Me"
state will be exchanging fraternal dele
gates with our Northern neighbor.
Kansas I'ity Labor Herald.
Going Out of Business But Taking the
The Bartenders' Union is up against
the real thing. After next Monday the
members will be pried loose from their
vocation, and so far as working at
their craft is concerned their union
will be of very little assistance.
But the boys are taking the matter
means the curtailment of the demand
for Uncoln made cigars, and that
means that a lot of union cigarmakers
will have to leave town. A lot of peo
ple who take a great interest in the
welfare of the workingmen will con
tinue to buy "scab" cigars made in
Philadelphia or New York, and do
nothing to furnish employment to the
Lincoln cigariubakers who have been
deprived of profitable employment by
closing up the chief source of demand
for their work.
"Yts, my son," observed the Deeply
Chastened Elderly One, as he care
fully wiped his glasses, "it all de
pends upon the way you look at it.
When a judge hands down a decision
that is adverse to labor and to the
laboring interests, that is justice, but
Fred Kind failed of election, owing
to a party split in his ward. But in
O. W. Meier the. ward will have a i
capable representative. The Wage
worker supported Kind, not because
either of his opponents was a bad
man. but because it knew Kind better
than it knew the others. But it knows
Mr. Meier well enough to know that
he will give his best services to his"
Uncolii has gone "dry. The ma
jority was decisive enough to indicate
that there Is enough sentiment to en
force the law better than it is usually
entorcid. The Wage worker doubted
the wisdom of trying the exjieriment
at this timt for experiment it is. It
was in the minority.. Now it is willing
to do its level best to make the experi
ment successful. Here and now The
Wageworker serves notice that it will
use every effort- to enforce tbe law. It
w ill not hesitate to make coiuialint j
if a violation of the law conies to its j
notice. Every law abiding citizen j
should be wihing to do the same '
but tbey will not. Many of the men
loudest in their advocacy of a "dry"
city, and most active in the "dry"
propaganda, will not turu their hasds
over to enforce the law. being afraid
(hat if they make complaint they will
lose valuable time from their business
and make t-neniies that will hurt their
trade or their professional practice.
There is a whole lot of difference be
tween voting "dry" and working to
enforce the "dry" proposition. You'll
discover that before many motnhs
have elated. If Lincoln can be made
absolutely "dry none will rejoice
more than The Wageworker. But it
is of the raadid opinion that" a condi
tion precedent to a "dry" city is to
make the people "dry." And that can
not be done by law it can be done
only by education. But the die is cast,
and we'll experiment for a year.
Mr. James Tyler indignantly denies
that he ever had anything to do with
the hours of labor on the remodeled
Funke building, or that he is now. or
ever was, opposed to unionism or the
shorter work day. The Wageworker
relied upon what it then deemed good
authority for every statement it made.
It still believes that the carpenters
who told the facts stated them truth
fully. If they are mistaken, and in-
Labor Memorial Sunday
The second Sunday in May has been designated by
the American Federation of Labor as "Labor Memorial
Sunday." The day will be duly observed in Lincoln,
Sunday evening. May 9, services at the
- First Baptist Church
corner Fourteenth and K streets. The memorial sermon
will be delivered by the pastor. Rev. Samuel Zane Batten,
Frateraal Delegate from the Ministerial Union to the
Lincoln Central Labor Union. The union men and
women of Lincoln are urgently invited to attend this
service, which will be a memorial to the heroes of the
Industrial Army of the Republic, who have finished their
fight for" justice and have gone to their final reward.
The church and pastor will .welcome you; the sermon
will be delivered by a friend of organized labor; special
music will be provided. You owe it to yourselves and
to your departed brothers and sisters -to observe this
Brisbane Rebukes the
At a dinner recently given in New
York in honor of Lord Northeliffe. pro
prietor of the I .on don Times, Mr.
Arthur Brisbane, editor of the Eve
ning Journal, responded to a toast.
This versatile fashioner of the popular
editorial had sat quietly for some
time listening to a corporation lawyer
who advised, his hearers to "beware of
the man who expresses sympathy for
the poor." and to' Colonel George Har
vey, who uttered a few of the usual
commonplaces on the evils of Social
ism and the blessings of wealth.
When Mr. Brisbane was introduced he
proceeded in his short snappy sen
tences to give his hearers as straight
a talk as they ever listened to in
their lives. He evidently felt it his
duty at the Northeliffe dinner to tell
his self-satisfied and successful audi
ence that the great common people
of which he is the ' self-appointed
spokesman, really exists. Mr. Bris
bane said in part:
"This is a fine gathering of powerful
men, big fortunes, and great reputa
tions. I want to say something for
the men that are not here, for the
seventy-nine million Americans thai
never had a million dollars, never
knew a man that had one. never got
on the payroll of a millionaire.
"I don't want Northeliffe to go back
to England believing that a man with
out a million in this country might as
well hide under the table or jump off
"The real American nation, its real
resources, its real ability, are hidden
among those unknown seventy-nine
millions, that never go to Delinonico's.
most of whom know as little about
terrapin as about bird's-nest soup.
'"Mr. Harvey says very truly. "The
call upon a rich corporation Sawyer or
a great banker? No. They asked a
little country lawyer, with aorhiag bat
a good name, and a brain, atd a
heart, to save the country.
"When that man. Lincoln. nomt
help in his great task, to whom did
he look? Did he find the man ia Wall
Street? No. Wall Street u oniet
busy, as nsual. picking np bargains in
"General Grant was there asuo la
root of the people, on! of stftat. on
known. He did not have a million
dollars, and Delntonico's price er
beyond his reach. But he had the
great ability, and wbea the nation a
ready to offer him what ia really toe
great reward honor and glory n
"It will always be so; the force U
in the people. The strength of the
soup is at the bottom of the- boiling li
qnid. not in the pretty, greasy. btt!
bling scum that Boats on top.
"There are big men in the L'nited
States waiting for the reward worthy
or their great ability, greater thaa any
of the men we have been talking
about or looking at here. These truly
great men never had a bank account,
not even a certificate of deposiC bet
they are the American nation and they
are America." The Progress Maga
lteu't go to sleep in your opposition
to the penitentiary garment making
contract. It Isn't a "dead one" yet.
Governor Shallenbarger has an
nounced his opposition to the prison
labor contract system, but he is not
a majority of the Board of Public
Lands and Buildings. It a majority
favors the contract, the governor has
no veto. But you'll have a delayed
veto in yoor possession on the Tues
day after the first Monday in Novem
ber. 1910. In the meanwhile, keep
busy protesting against the iniquitious
May I .'lb ought to be a big day in
coin. That's - the day you can
boost the Labor Temple by subscrib
ing the day's wages to the stock of
tbe Labor Temple Association. It is
also the day you can go down to An
telope Park and witness the opening
of the baseball season. Isn't all that
enough to make you sit up and take
notice. And you'll enjoy all the more
swing the Greenbackers win if you
have first come across with the dav's
wages for the Labor Temple.
Labor Temple Day, Wednesday, May 12
This day has been designated as "Labor Temple Day," and all union men and women have been asked to sub
scribe that day's wages to the stock of the Lincoln Labor Temple Building Association. If you have not already signed
the pledge to do. call up Fred Ihriner, secretary, and tell him you are ready. Or call Auto 2277 and tell the lady
who answers thecajTat yev -"nil subscribe your wages for that day. Be a booster for once. The association plans
to push the project, but it is going to wait a bit and see what you will do to help push.
Call Up Today and Say You Will Do Your Part
CENTRAL LABOR UNION.
tentionally led The Wageworker into
error, it apologizes to Mr. Tyler. But
we still hold to the statement that
the union men of the city lost an
opportunity to boost a good friend of
unionism into office when they failed
to elect "Tom" Harrison to the posi
tion of waier commissioner.
The Labor Temple directorate met
last Monday evening. Of the thirteen
members of tae board all were present
except twelv. The nest regular meet
ing will be Monday evening, 8 o'clock.
at the usual place.
M. Grant Hamilton, an organizer of
the American Federation of Labor,
writes a letter for the labor press in
which he declares that the McNulty
Collins faction of the Brotherhood of
Electrical Workers is all to the good.
He reports numerous returns to the
McNulty -Collins fold, and a consequent
depletion in tbe ranks of the Reid
faction. But we note that Mr. Ham
ilton isn't specifying. Can he point to
a local of the Brotherhood in Iowa or
Nebraska that is tied' up with the
McXulty-Collins faction? And will he
kindly gives the names and numbers
of the locals that have deserted the
Keid faction and gone back to the
McNulty faction? It's none of our busi
ness, but "we inquire to know."
State Federation Meeting
Has your local a delegate to represent it at the meet
ing called for the purpose of organizing a State Federa
tion of Labor? If not, why not? It is entitled to one
and it should elect one. You need the Federation; the
Federation needs you. Every local union, every central
labor union, every Federal labor union all are entitled
to one delegate each at the initial meeting.
Lincoln, June 21,22 Do Not Forget
Those are the dates, that's the place. Now is the
time to get busy and get in line with the progressive
workers of other states. The meeting will be a success
without you, but it will be a bigger success if you are on
hand in the person of a duly accredited delegate. Lots
of things that need to be done that cannot be. done with
out organization. It will be a meeting of business not
By the way, didn't "Bob" Malone
give you an imitation of & hustler?
The Journal lost no opportunity to
poke fua at "Bob's lack of book
learning. It laid great stress on Mr.
Love's "judicial temperament" and his
legal experience. From the heights
of Its superior erudition the Journal
looked down upon this "common work
ing man" with fine scorn, and held up
the educated and the literary Mr. Love
If your local has not yet selected a
delegate to the State Federation of
Labor, get busy and have it done. The
meeting is going to be a success, and
you'll want to be tied up with a winner.
The trades unionists of Nebraska
have at last woke up, rubbed thier
eyes and got busy, thanks to the en
ergy of Deputy I-abor Commissioner
philosophically. They talk and act like
men who were not overcome by sur
prise at the verdict of last Tuesday.
Sixty men, most of them heads of
families, will be thrown out of em
ployment by the verdict. What will
those people do who have recently
been so exercised about the welfare
of the workingmen? Will they hustle
around and show some interest in the
welfare of the fifty or sixty wage
earners, heads of families, who are
deprived of employment?
We will see what we will see.
Prohibition means a body blow to
the cigar making industry in Lincoln.
The bulk of cigars made in Lincoln
when a decision is handed down ad
verse to the Standard Oil, that is
anarchy. See?" Machinists' Journal.
NO STRIKE EVER LOST.
No strike has ever been lost, and
there can be no defeat for the labor
movement. However disastrous the
day of battle has been, it has been
worth its price, and only the scars re
main to bear testimony that the move
ment is invincible and that no mor
tal wound can be inflicted upon it.
Eugene V. Debs.
William T. Lewis, state labor com
missioner of Ohio, brother of National
President T. L. Lewis, of the United
Mine Workers, died at Columbus, O.,
have been sold over bars. Prohibition I last Tuesday.
great reward must go to the man of
great ability-' True. Bat what is the
great reward' and what do you cali
"If I scatter money in the street
and a thousand eager men dive to get
it, I am holding up one kind of a re
ward, and I call forth one kind of
"But if a child is in danger of its
ilfe, and a man risks his life to save
it that situation calls out a different
kind of ability, and reveals a man who
asks for a higher reward than cash.
"We are paying too much attention
here to the men that scramble for
pennies, for dollars, and for millions.
They are able, strong men, but they
are not the American nation, nor the
best men in it.
"Colonel Harvey says that if ycr
take ten thousand men ont of this
country the ablest ten thousand the
country will fall to pieces. He might
as well say that if you take ten thou
sand apples off a tree, the tree will
wither and fall. Not a bit of it. You
men with money and power are the
pretty, shiny apples on the tree. The
sunlight, the warmth, the praise, are
for you, but you are only the passing
fruit. The real tree is the thick trunk.
The real power is with those root3
bidden in the soil.
"And in this nation, the real pow
er, the root of the nation, is the mass
of people too often, like the tree's
roots, hidden below in the dark and
cold. But from those roots, from the
people, comes all the real power.
"And when this nation, and you
prosperous men. face a perilous situa
tion, as you have done in the past
and you will do in the future, you will
find the man to help you and to have
you, not at this table, not at Delmon
ico's. "There was trouble before the Civil
War, serious trouble. Did the people
The First May Meeting Slated
Neat Tuesday Evening.
Tbe Central Labor I'oioa win
in regular session at Br n " h:i fx;
Tuesday evening. There i pieaty of
business on tap to demand thr at
tention of ttf willing workers. T
label and home industry comotttm
will have something to report, as!
that something will be worhy of care
The committee appointed to a:t on
Governor Sbailenberger and protest
against any extension of th prison
labor contract system wiil make a re
port. The result of the protest t al
ready known, bat the central body
may be interested in hearing th com
mittee tell how ii was received.
There is a promise that two or
three delegations will be ia t;oca
Havelock to assume a (filiation S"h th
central body. And it would b- Cae to
have them get a good impression. So
let every delegates be present when
the gavel falls.
A GOOD WATCHWORD.
"On to Lincoln and to Victory." Sug
gested by Omaha Advocate.
Some Bwnrh ago we adorwJTTi
establishment of a. 3-2Se FWcio
of I -altar. Or.r jd-a. seem to have
borne fruit from tSfc fact that Itrgstt?
State l-atbor Commiasioaer 3faapia,
has new ktstied a rail for a rosreatws
for such purpose.
There can be bo question as to lis
advisability of this movement and we
trust all local anions ia tie t"i
etect delegates who win t sresea'
and participate in Uu esiabZivbmeat
of an organization that say be cope a
power of state-wide hsSseace ia Be
We trust that tbe spirit of farrjooal
ism may not enter into tae organiza
tion of the movement. Too of tea do
a movement of this kind partake of
-be essence of factional jeaiowy to
the detriment of the whole BTen"Bt.
Let the watchword be. "On to Liaota
an.I to victory." Omaha Labor Advocate.
. THE LABEL HAT.
Where did you g-t that hat. where
did yon get that tiie?
Does it bear the Label? If not. it's oat
Ton'd better search toe sweat-band for
tbe emblem ia that
For wherever yoall go they'll rry.
Where's the Label ia that hat?
Office Boy. in Labor World.
Labor Temple Day, May 12.
Be a Booster for the Temple.
WHAT HE MOST NEEDS.
A Cornell professor has discovered
that the speel of a Sew York
politician was small evea wfeea com
pared with that of a agro. But what
use has a New York pofttfciaa for a
large brain? Give him a large pocket
book. New York CalL
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