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About The Wageworker. (Lincoln, Neb.) 1904-???? | View Entire Issue (June 26, 1909)
STREET RAILWAY MEN ORGANIZE.
Flock Together and Decide That Or
ganization is the Thing.
One hundred and mere of the con
ductors and motornien employed by
the Lincoln Traction company have or
ganized and applied for a charter from
the international union of their craft.
The preliminary organization was
started at midnight Tuesday night, at
tended by the late night men. Wed
nesday evening the day men go: to
gether. The result is the assurance of
a strong organization. Organizer
Eaimett Flood of the American Feder
ation of labor, took the matter in
charge, and was ably assisted ly Mr.
Wakehaus of the Omaha organization
of street railway men.
Already the organization has up
wards of one hundred members, and
when the charter is closed it is ex
pected that nine-tenths of the men will
be inside the fold. Another meeting
will be held next Tuesday evening at
Bruse's hall for the purpose of com
pleting the organization. -
A LITTLE FLURRY.
Electrical Workers Get Into an Argu
gument With Independent Co.
There was a little flurry in electrical
circles in Lincoln last week. The
trouble was confined to the Indepen
dent Telephone company men. and al
though the matter has been quieted
by agreement it has not yet been set
tled. The company required the men
who have occasion to enter houses to
wear a badge furnished by the com
pany, each man making a deposit of
$1.50 to cover the cost of the badge.
The men refused, but when the pay
checks were issued, the men found
their pay docked $1.50 each.' They
refused to accept the checks and held
an indignation meeting. The next
morning they refused to go to work,
claiming that as the company always
held back five days pay it was unjust
to ask them to deposit $1.50 for a
badge that was little more than a
glaring advertisement for the com
pany. In the turmoil that followed
several men were dichirged. but they
were afterwards reinstated. That
was the ultimatum of all the rest of
Finally the matter was compromised,
the men agreeing to let the deposit
stand until the matter could be dis
cussed in a meeting of the local union.
There is considerable feeling among
the men on account of what they
deem to be an injustice, but they are
willing to take the matter under ad
visement and not rush hastily into
SOMMERLAD A CANDIDATE.
Popular Young Man Out for Nomina
tion as County Treasurer.
Phillip A. Sommerlad has announced
his candidacy for the nomination for
county treasurer, subject to the ac
tion of the republican primaries. Phil
Sommerlad is too well known to need
any particular introduction to the peo
ple of Lancaster county. Kis exper
ience as a bookkeeper is a sufticieu
guarantee that he is capable of filling
the office to the satisfaction of tb
people, his character is an assurance
that he is a safe man for the position.
Phil is not a member of any union, for
the simple reason that he does not
belong to a craft that is organized.
the bookkeepers were organized he
would be in the fold. But he ha
worked among union men for years.
and he Is especially well known
the printing craftsmen of Lincoln. For
year he was bookkeeper and cash
ler of the Western Newspaper Vnion
and he is now cashier and bookkeeper
of the Woodruff-Collins Printing Co.
These positions have put him in close
touch with live union men. and he has
demonstrated his friendship for or
ganised labor on many occasions. The
Wageworker knows of no one
could recommend with more hearti
ness than Phil Sommerlad.
ALLIED PRINTING TRADES.
Will Accept Hospitality cf the Typo
graphical Union Tuesday.
At Franternity hall next Tuesda;
evening the Typographical Union will
keep open house for all who work at
any branch of the printing trades, re
gardless of membership or non-membership
in the unions of the printing
trades. The meeting will be a social
affair worth attending. There will
be plenty of union .made cigars and a
sufficiency of light refreshments.
Representatives of the different
branches of the trade will make brief
addresses, and there will be infor
mal talks from others. Every man
who works at any branch of the craft
is cordially invited to be present and
have a good social time.
One of Lincoln's Biggest Crafts De
termine to. Get Together.
Last Tuesday evening Organizer
Fiood met with a large number of
Lincoln team drivers and speedily
formed a new local of that craft. The
men were enthusiastic and determined
to revive the old organization and
make it even better than it was in its
A charter has been applied for and
is expected to arrive before the
next meeting, which will be held Tues
day evening. In the meanwhile every
team driver in Lincoln will be given
an opportunity to get into the fold.
The Lincoln pressmen are still alive.
having sent a delegate to the Inter
national convention at Omaha and a
delegate to the Nebraska State Federa
tion of Labor, held the first of this
week in this city.
There are great things expected of
the - International Convention this
year. One of them, but not the least
in importance is the rounding of a
home for the pressmen of North
America. Statistics show that out of
loo deaths last year of the pressmen.
eighty-one were caused from tuberculo
sis, which goes to show the very
weighty need of a home where we can
fight against this disease and also the
many other diseases to be found in the
The pressmen have also elected
their delegate to the Labor Day com
mittee, the man being Alex Wekesser.
This may seem an early start, but it will
give every union man an opportunity
to boost and help the committee out
a great deal.
Boost for a big labor day celebra
tion, you union men and we will have
one of the greatest in years.
FAIR BARBER SHOPS.
You Will Find the Union Card in the
When you enter a barber shop, see
that the union shop card is in plain
sight before you get into the chair.
If the card is not to be seen, go else
where. The union shop card is a
guarantee of a cleanly shop, a smooth
shave or good hair-cut, and courteous
treatment. The following barber
shops are entitled to the patronage of
George Petro, 1010 O.
J. J. Simpson. 1001 O.
George Shaffer, Lincoln HoteL
C. B. Ellis, Windsor Hotel.
D. S. Crop, Capital Hotel.
M. J. Roberts. Royal Hotel.
A. L. Kim merer, Lindell Hotel.
C. A. Green. 120 North Eleventh.
C. A. Green. 1132 O.
E. A. AVpod. 1206 O.
Chaplin & Ryan, 129 North Twelfth.
E. C. Evans. 1121 P.
Bert turm. 116 South Thirteenth.
J. B. Raynor, 1501 O.
Muck & Barthelman. 122 South
J. J. Simeon, 922 P.
Frank Malone, Havelock.
C. A. Hughart, Havelock.
UNION PRINT SHOPS.
Printeries That Are Entitled to
the Allied Trades Label.
Following is a list of the printing
offices in Lincoln that are entitled
to the use of the Allied Printing
Trades label, together with the num
ber of the label used by each shop:
Jacob North & Co., No. 1.
Chas. A. Simmons, No. 2.
Freie Presse, No. 3.
Woodruff-Collins. No. 4.
Graves & Payne, No. 3.
State Printing Co., No. 6.
Star Publishing Co., No. 7.
Western Newspaper Vnion. No. S.
Wood Printing Co., No. 9.
Dairyman Publishing Co., No. 10.
George Brothers. No. 11. .
McVey. No. 12.
Lincoln Herald. No. 14-
New Century Printers, No. 17.
GiUispie & Phillips, No. IS.
Herburger. The Printer, No. 20.
Der Pilger. No. 23.
A NEW PRESS.
The Dairyman Publishing Co.. has
ordered a new Optimus press and ex
pects to have it installed before the
first of July. J. E. Edgerton has dis
posed of his interest in the company
and Mr. Shields is now in charge. The
Poultry Journal will be published from
the Dairyman office, which means a
lot more work for Lincoln printers
In Labor's Real
Matters of Especial Interest To and Con
cerning Those Who Do the
Work of the World
London, England. The organized '
jrorkingmen in England are represent
ed in their political and general ac
tivities in what is. known as the
"joint board," which is composed of
four members each from the following
bodies: First, the parliamentary com
mittee, consisting of the executive
committee of the British Trades con
gress; (2). the General Federation of
Trade unions; (3), the Labor party,
which is the distinctively political or
ganization of the trade unionists. This
joint board outlines the policies of the
workingmen and unifies their activ
ities. London, England. There are prac
tically four divisions among the or
ganized workingmen affiliated with
the British Trades congress, consist
ing, first, of about 700,000 in the Gen
eral Federation of Trades unions
(which is composed of 134 national
organizations, and who are. for the
most part, skilled workers); 500,000
miners. 115,000 members of the Rail
way Servants societies, and about
700,000 general 'workers and laborers
who are not affiliated with the Gen
Baltimore, Md. It was announced
that President James O'Connell of the
International Machinst's union has
sent out a call for a general strike of
all the machinists employed in the re
pair shops of the Baltimore & Ohio
railroad system. This action was
taken, it is said, because of the re
fusal of the company to abolish the
piece work system recently intro
duced at the Mount Claire shops in
Ottawa, -Can. Differences which
have existed between the Canadian
Pacific railway and the Federation
of Mechanical unions on the eastern
lines of the system for some time, but
especially since the strike of last fall.
have been finally settled on an ami
cable basis all along the system. All
the men who have been out since the
strike of last fall have been rein
stated and the old wage scale has
Naples, Italy. The journeymen
bakers have struck on the ground
that their employers have not con
formed with the law regulating night
work. The authorities are taking
steps to avert a bread famine. The
telephone girls of Naples and the
street scavengers of Rome threaten
to strike unless the demand of the
.Naples bakers be granted within a
Macleod. Alberta. The Board - of
Conciliation and Arbitration, which
has been endeavoring to reconsider
differences between striking coal
miners and operators in the southern
districts, has succeeded in bringing
about an agreement and speedy re
sumption of work is assured. The
main features are that the miners
yield on the open shop contention and
operators yield as to discrimination.
Paterson, N. J. Asserting that the
Henry Doherty Silk Company has
failed to abide by the decision of a
referee chosen to arbitrate a labor
controversy, the Silk Workers union
at a meeting declared a strike. Ac
cording to the plans arranged by the
silk workers the strike will affect the
three plants conducted by the Doherty
Company, involving over 1,000 em
St. Paul, Minn. Rev. Robert Mcln-
tyre, bishop of the Methodist Episco
pal church stationed in this city, has
been initiated a member of the Brick
Paris, France. The strike of the
sailors of the merchant marine of
France for a weekly day of rest and
equalization of pay is becoming more
aggravated, especially at Marseilles.
The cabinet has temporarily placed
crews from warships on board a lim
ited number of merchant ships in or
der to insure the transportation of
mails and passengers to Tunis, Al
geria and Corsicana.
Boston. International Brotherhood
convention of Pulp, Sulphite and Paper
Mill Workers, he'd at Portland, elect
ed John H. Malin, Fort Edwards, N.
Y., president and secretary; John T.
Mackin, Millipocket, Me.; H. L. Wash
burn. Palmer. N. Y.. and E. W.
Brothers. Northampton. Mass.. vice
presidents; R. J. Dickson. Fort Ed
wards, . N. Y, treasurer, and W. C
Winn. Lisbon Falls, .Me., auditor.
Boston. Mass. Building operations
in this city were given an additional
hindrance when about 800 electrical
workers, including practically all the
union men of the trade, went on
strike. The men asked for a minimum
wage rate of SO cents an hour, or $4 a
day, and a Saturday half-holiday for
five months, beginning May 15. They
have been receiving $3.60 a day.
Indianapolis, Ind. There yet re
mains to be raised $7,000 of the $12.
000 for the Improvements at the Union
Printers home of the International
Typographical union, and friends of
the home are urged in an editorial in
the current Issue of the Typographical
Journal to lend their assistance. The
addition to the home is now under
construction, and is to include an ade
quate and fully equipped library room
and a kitchen that will meet the in
creasing demands of the institution.
It is expected that the addition, up
to the temporary roof, will be com
pleted by Sept. 1.
New York. In regard to the news
from Pittsburg that, the American
Sheet and Tin Plate company had de
cided that after July 1, 1909, all its
mills would be operated as "open"
plants. Elbert II. Gary, chairman of
the United States Steel corporation,
of which the compaAy in question is
a subsidiary, said: "The majority of
the works of the American Sheet and
Tin Plate company for several years
past have been operated as 'open
shops.' A minority have been op
erated as onion mills, and as to those
the scale has been signed on July 1
of each year. The management of the
company has discovered that it has
been discriminated against, and in
many respects treated unfairly by the
Amalgamated association. Also, the
management has -ascertain beyond a
doubt that a large majority of the
workmen prefer to have all the mills
operated as 'open mills.' It has be
come clear that it is for the best in
terests of the company and its work
men to conform to the wishes of the
l rge majority, . as above expressed.
Therefore, the company has posted no
tices accordingly, and has also posted
the wage scale to be in force on and
after July 1, which is substantially
in conformity with the present scale.
There is no dispute in regard to the
amount of wages.
Pittsburg, Pa. The United States
Steel corporation has taken a deter
mined stand against its workmen
drinking liquor. Within the last week
there has been posted in all the big
mills of the Pittsburg and Ohio dis
tricts neatly worded notices to the
effect that workmen once entering the
nVUs to work will not be allowed to
leave them until they are through
their day's work. There is nothing of
fensive in the notices, no reference to
booze," but the managers and super
intendents speak their minds plainly.
The corporation has found a world of
time has been lost daily in the mills
by the workmen leaving for a few
minutes each to go out and get a
drink, perhaps several times per day.
London, England. Sweeping reduc
tions in wages are being threatened
on the Northwestern railway, in Eng
land. The claims are to be put for
ward before the conciliation board in
due form. The men allege that the
conditions are much worse than those
in force, both as to wages and hours.
Naples, Italy. Children from eight
to fifteen years are employed in the
sulphur mines of Caltomsetta, Sicily.
to carry the su'phur to the surface of
the earth. The occupation is very
unhealthy, and the children after two
or three years' service, become com
plete physical wrecks.
Boston. The executive board of
Boston Plasterers' union has planned
for a conference with other in
terests for the erection of a -model
sanitary building to show how tuber
culosis and other germ diseases can
be absolutely prevented by sanitary
construction. The union, it was stated,
is prepared to expend $3,000 or $4,000
in the demonstration. If cooperation
is obtained with other interests the
union members will give their serv
Pittsburg, Pa. The strike at the
Charleroi coal works, Charlerol, which
has kept 400 men idle for the past
three weeks, was settled and the mine
will resume operations at once. Set
tlement was made by National Vice
President E. S. McCullough of the
United Mine Workers and carries with
it a substantial victory for the miners.
Washington. Employes actually at
work in building the Panama canal
now number 26,835, as shown by the
report of the chief quartermaster for
the month of April. Of this number
4,355 are "gold" employes and the re
mainder are on the "silver or labor
roll. The Panama railroad force num
bers 6,078 and the railroad commis
sary force 7S6. Thus the total num
ber at work both on the canal and
railroad is shown to be 33,699. The
report states that 730 laborers from
Barbados were imported during the
month, 500 of them being assigned to
the railroad for work on the relocated
line and 250 on the three construction
divisions of the canal work. -
Chicago. Sixty slate and tile roof
ers went out on strike in an effort to
enforce a demand for a raise in
wages. The strikers ask for a two
years agreement at 60 cents an hour
for the first year and 62 cents an
hour the second year. The present
scale is 564 cents an hour. The em
ployers offered to pay the present
scale the first year and 60 cents an
hour the second year.
Boston. John Madden of Boston
Horseshoe rs' Union No. 5 has been
elected international vice-president.
Sacramento, Cal. The Cigar Ma
kers' union intends to make applica
tion to be admitted to membership in
the chamber of commerce of the
Washington. The building trade
has the greatest number of strikes.
Ths coal and coke industry comes
Berlin, Germany. In Germany there
are a number of women "labor lead
ers" who are doing very effective
Dallas, Texas. A state bureau of
labor and statistics has been created
J uy the Texas legislature.
THESE TWO POSITIONS DEVELOP
FEWER STARS THAN ANY
OTHERS ON DIAMOND.
BEST CATCHERS OF THE DAY
Bresnahan, Sullivan, Criger and Kling
Rank as Present Top-Notchers
Hal Chase Considered Peer of In
itial Sack Guardians Now playing
Big League Ball.
It is now a recognized fact that star
catchers in professional baseball,
catchers of the same relative degree
of skill as third basemen, shortstops
and other positions of the diamond,
are fewer proportionately than the
stars of other positions. With the
number of catchers who are developed
each club carrying two at the least
it doesn't seem that this ought to
be so. No team carries two third
basemen, two first basemen or two
players for any other position except
pitcher. Yet catchers of the really
first rank have been and are the
hardest to find.'
The requirements of the position
doubtless have something to do with
it. Of good mechanical catchers there
is no lack, but in those matters of
generalship, head work whatever the
subtle something is that the catcher
must have in addition to the good
arm and the watchful eye for base
runners the national game is none
too well provided in its backstops.
We all know what an asset such
catcher is to a team with his knowl
edge of batters, his ability to direct
his pitcher, his ability to oversee the
defensive play and adjust it to suit
the attack points of play which are
all important, though quietly done and
not in the limelight.
Naming the crack catchers is
brief task. There was only one Ewing.
He was conceded to be the best that
went behind the bat. Bennett,
Bushong. Tom Daly and Flint were
good, but no Ewing. Johnny Kling.
Lou Criger, Roger Bresnahan and
Billy Sullivan are almost unanimous
ly ranked as the best of the catchers
of the present and in a class which
is at least a shade superior to the
rest. Mike Kelly, Wilbert Robinson,
Malachi Kittredge and Martin Bergen
were catchers of the past whose work
rated them head and shoulders above
their rivals, and in this list might be
mentioned Duke Farrell. Gibson, Jay
Clarke, Street and William Bergen,
catchers now doing duty who are bet
ter than the average. -
The best first sacker in the country
to-day is Hal Chase. By some he Is
considered the best that ever played
the bag. It is true that his ability
as a base runner, as an inside player.
his speed and quick grasp of points
add to his reputation; bnt as a first
baseman pure and simple he also ex
cels. He doesn't make any less errors
than his contemporaries he may
make more but a majority of these
are due to his superior agility and
making the play Dexore jus com
panions are ready for it. His style
too, adds to his reputation; he has
magnetism on the field. Perhaps were
he a bit more of a plodder, had a. bit
more stability, so to speak, he might
be still better.
Will Not Oust McGraw.
President John T. Brush of the New
York club officially denied a story
that the club intended to oast Man
ager McGraw. Brush said that 11 c
G raw's contract held for two years
and that there was no intention of
letting Muggsy go.
1 W-'jOtE. I
WOMEN SUFFER NEEDLESSLY
Many Mysterious Aches and Paku Are)
Backache, pain through
dizzy spells, headaches.
bloating. etei. are
troubles that com
monly eocce from
sick kidneys. Don't
mistake the cause
Doan's Kidney Pil '
have cored thou
sands of vooti af
flicted in this way
by curing the kid
neys. Kra. C K.
Foresmao, 113 8.
feighth at-. Canon City, Cbfax, says:
"Three years I suffered with rheuma
tism, dropsy and kidney complaint'.
and became utterly helpless. I found rev
lief after using two or tare boxes of
Doan's Kidney Pills and kept oa until
cured. Doan's Kidney Pills have
been a blessing to me."
Sold by aH dealers. 50 cents a hex.
Foeter-Milburn Co. Bgffalo, X, T.
"Excuse me. can 1 speak to your
typewriter a namotr
"You cannot; she's engaged."
"That's all right: I'm. the feEcw
ihe's engaged to."
God bless the maa who first target
ed screens, and God pity the maa who
Is too indolent or indifferent to place
them between his family and the
spreaders of deadly disease. There is
absolutely no excuse for the ssaa er
woman whose place of habitation
swarms with flies and whines wtta
the voices of mosquitoes- They can
be kept out, and 23 cents spent ha
keeping them oat Is eqaivaieat to
keeping out a doctor who would cost
$23, or possibly to keeping out a maea
less welcome visitor.
A Resourceful Mind.
What would happen ft a
should manage to bit this wbirtiaa;
sphere of ours?" asked the lmag;na
"I don't know."" answered Mr. Fas
son, "but I'd be in favor of offering it
an engagement on our home team."
Un Men's rest tmmm.
It Is the only relief for Swotlee Saiar
tag. Tired. Aching. Hoc. tatainf fr et.
Corns and Bunion. Asa. for Allen Se
Eae. a powder to be siiaaem Into ttum
shoes. Cures wail vea waUc At ait iroe
Sista and Shoe Scores. Sc. Ia t acerpC
any substitute. Saiapie sent "TRITE. As
dress, JUien S. Otmsiert. Lefioy, 3i. X.
Fanner Hayrick The city Is mighty
Fanner Cornerlh Tea. even the
are behind bars.
The worm may tars, but the grind
stone has to be tamed.
Brown University conferred the hon
orary degree of doctor of letters up
on Julia Ward Howe.
Tour coon try roannfactnred
For Year Tsbls
Because they are
made of the choicest
materials and guarin
teed to be absolutely
Loaf makes a delight-'
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