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WILL M. MAVPIN. EDITOR
Published Weekly at 13? No. 14th
St, Lincolr, Neb. One Dollar a Tear.
Entered as second-class matter April
2 1, 1304. at the postoffice at Lincoln,
'eb., under the Act of Congress of
March 3rd. 1879.
Philip A. Sommerlad.
I hereby announce my candidacy
for the nomination for county treas
urer, subject to the republican pri
maries to be held on August 17, 1909.
PHILLIP A. SOMMERLAD.
LABOR DAY PARADES.
There seems to be a growing op
position among trades unions to the
Labor Day parade. The Wageworker
notes in a number of its exchanges
ihe adoption of resolutions" by differ
ent unions opposing the parade fea
ture, and advocating the idea of mak
ing the holiday a day of real rest and
recreation. A parade means a lot of
expense that the organizations can ill
afford at this time when there are
so many calls for assistance. It
means that fully one-half of a day
that should be a day of recreation is
taken up with the fuss and fret and
worry and work of a parade in the
hot sun. It means that the good
wives have to work overtime. And,
after all, what good does a parade
accomplish? The tired worker would
be far better off if he devoted the
day wholly to rest.
The editor of this paper has never
failed to parade with his union when
it turned out on Labor Day, but per
sonally he is developing some oppo
sition to the parade idea. Not be
cause he is getting too old to march
behind the band, for he expects to
be young enough to do that sort of
thing for a hundred years or more
to come. But he is getting a little
tired of seeing a few thousand men
parading their strength on Labor Day
and then making a bigger parade of
their weakness on election day.
Whatever the Lincoln Labor Day
committee decides upon win be per
fectly satisfactory to The Wage
worker, but just now' it seizes the
opportunity to remark that it would
be quite willing to dispense with
parade in this good year of 1909.
That is. omit the parade on the first
Monday in September and make one
that will count for something on the
Tuesday after the first Monday
holler for 'a Moses, are pulling down
their little old 80 to $100 a month
and laying off almost half as many
hours as the high and mighty station
;ent is slaving..
Of ccurse it would never do for
station agents to organize. Organiza
tion is only for greasy mechanics, you
know. It would be far beneath the
dignity of the station agent to organ
ize. He occupies a semi-official rela
tion with the public, even if he is
almighty small potatoes in the eyes
of the corporation that pushes him to
the limit of physical and mental en
Why'n thunder don't the station
agents ask for the help of the hu
mane society? Why don't they ap
peal their case on the ground that
their treatment is in reality cruelty
to animals? They are too good to
organize on the same basis as the
greasy mechanics, therefore they
really deserve the sympathy of the
We suggest to Secretary Perkins'
correspondent that he state his case
to the humane society. A long ex
perience in the field of labor has con
vinced us that this thing of hollering
for a Moses is mighty unprofitable.
Moses has been quite dead for about
four thousand years, according to
Upshur's chronology. Anyhow he has
been dead long enough to have be
come an exceedingly back number Mn
the emancipation business. Besides,
this Moses business is mighty un
profitable to the Moses. Every time
we feel like doing the Moses act we
pause and consider the fact that not
only is Moses a dead one, but he
didn't connect with anything of par
ticular moment or profit to himself
after all his years of effort and sac
rifice. Thoughtful men are not Moses-
ing to any large extent these days.
and we opine that Secretary Perkins
correspondent is .going to holler in
vain for a Moses to help him. His
only chance is to do his own Mosesing,
and from our knowledge of the aver
age railroad station agent he will
make a mighty poor showing at it
when he does undertake it. The "hu
mane society seems to be his best
hope- bis oils best bet.
Is there any reason why the Trac
tion company should be permitted to
defer payment of its taxes and use
the fact to hammer the city into some
concessions? Is the Traction com
pany entitled to any more considera
tion than the mechanic who owns his
own little cottage?
The five-year Traction company
men get 23 cents an hour. But 'from
the way the management is finding
excuses to "can" the men who wear
union buttons it will be five years
and eleven months before it has to
pay the 23 cents to anybody save a
TVTckn'e CrfrvAc A Z00 ne of SI2es' up-to-date styles; in patent kid, tan
lVien S VXrOrClS and gun metal caH and kid; fcO OC
worth $3.00, $3.50 and $4.00; now p.3
1 Q9 lXraiwo Ladies Tan Calf Pumps; all sizes; worth CO A C
lOjLi 1 ailS $3.50 and $4.00; now JZ.K
MD Bronze Pumps; two-hole ties and ankle straps; worth CO AC
r airS $3.50 and $4.00; now pZ.70
feather," you know. Both married
their affinities and both discarded the
wives who helped them to fame and
fortune. Honest and virtuous hus
bands and wives can stand that sort
Two thousand 'union men read The
Wageworker every week. If you are
a candidate for once you wouic ao
well to make the fact known through
the columns of a paper That reaches
the wage earners.
Having talked for a long time about
doing something for the working-
man, suppose our good menus taKe
av vacation long enough to let the
wbrkingman do a few things for himself.
The wise aspirant for county office
will publish his announcement in The
Wageworker, where it win be read
by the men whose toil keeps the
wheels of business going 'round.
The grocers and butchers have
adopted the Wednesday afternoon
half holiday for the summer. That's
an idea that business men in other
lines should adopt.
If the liquor interests of this state
expect to save anything from the
wreck they'd" better get somebody
with a little brains to manage their
end of the campaign. The men who
are doing the act now act like a set
of purblind, chumps.
Let it be understood right now that
the coal dealer who gets your trade
next season must stand all right with
the Team Drivers" Union.
ftr Coaity Clerk
Asks your Support
imnnY g. adbott
FOR REGISTRAR OF DEEDS
Primaries Aotrast 17th
STREET CAR MEN WIN.
LaCrosse Strikebreakers Shipped Out
of tha City.
me street car locs-out is prac
tically setUed and the Imported strike
breakers were discharged and shipped
out of town. The difficulties still
pending were left to a board of arbi
tration for settlement. The terms of
agreement were not exactly what was
desired but as long as the two parties
directly Interested are satisfied the
public had no complaint to make.
The fight was a clear victory for
the men who, like all union men, do
not believe In destroying property to
reach a settlement.
The outcome has been a lesson for.
both parties concerned and should
some misunderstanding occur in the
, future it win. no doubt, be setUed by
arbitration at once. La Cross (Wis.)
THE UNFORTUNATE CUSS!
Clark Perkins, secretary of the Ne
braska State Railway commisison, is
in receipt of a letter from a railroad
station agent that contains enough
tears to irrigate a Kinkaid home
stead. It is such a touching letter
that we can not refrain from repro
ducing it, followed by a few comments
of our own. The letter is as follows:
"Mr. Clark Perkins, Lincoln, Neb.,
Dear Sir: I am sending you a copy
of my mail report to the commission,
f am very sorry you are not getting
these reports on time, but the federal
law makes it a crime for me, as an
operator, to stay on duty over twelve
hours, out of twenty-four, and I have
twenty-three hours work out of every
twenty-four to perform.
"The railroad is putting new reports
on the agents to save general office
expenses. Laws have been made that
force the agent to make report after
report never before known, until actu
ally, Mr. Perkins, there is nothing
that reminds me so much of the con
dition of the station agent today as
that little piece of scripture which
tells about Israel in bondage in Egypt,
where the workers were compelled to
gather their own straw to make
Tor humanity's sake send i
Moses and send him quick.
"If you don't send him quick there
will be no station agents left to be
delivered from bondage."
Now wouldn't that jar you? Isn'
that enough to make the weeps come
The poor, oppressed man! How our
heart aches for him. In his wisdom
he is unable to see where emancipa
tion lies. For his little old $70 pe
month he is worked like a slave, y-a,
worked until his soul cries out in
anguish for a Mcses. And while He
is yelling for a Moses the 'ignorant
printer, the unintelligent plumber,
the mentally incapacitated electrical
worker, who haven't senee enough to
With hogs selling at $7.90 in South
Omaha the "poor oppressed farmer"
might give a moment's thought to
the man in the city whose toil makes
it possible for the farmer to market
his hogs at alL
There is something wrong with the
employe who will "quill" his employer
to gain favors for himself at the
expense of his fellow workers. We've
got that kind right here in Lincoln.
If this papers editor owned any
stock in a brewery in Nebraska it
would be for sale awfully cheap. A
man does not need spectacles to see
the handwriting on the wall.
The Traction company generously
gives Sauu lor public band concerts.
For every dollar thus generously
given it will get $3 back in the way
of increased patronage.
marked a member who is listed among
the active ones.' "We are not organ
ized for strike purposes, but to pre
vent strikes. Ail we want is a little
more, voice in matters that interest
ns equally with the management. We
believe that everything will run more
smoothly if we have recognition of the
union and matters of mutual concent
are taken up by a grievance board in
stead of letting a man fight bis case
out all alone."
At Saturday night's meeting a hand
some collection was taken np for the
benefit of a member who is out of
ELECT UNION PRINTER MAYOR.
Citizens of Eureka, Cal, Give Union
Typo Big Majority.
W. L. Lambert has been elected
mayor of Eureka, Cal.. Mr. Lambert
is treasurer of Eureka Typographical
Union, has long been a consistent
worker, and served two terms In the
city council. His opponent was H. L
Ricks, the incumbent- The latter
represented the Citizens" Alliance
forces, and was beaten in every pre
cinct, Mr. Lambert having a majority
of over 800 votes. Labor Clarion.
ican Brotherhood of Cement Workers.
September 17, New York. Pocket- -
knife Blade Grinders and Finishers In
September 20, , , Trav
elers" Goods and Leather Novelty
Workers' International Union of
September 20, Minneapolis, Mien..
International Association of Brlttm
and Structural Iron Workers.
October 4. Milwaukee, Wis, Interna
tional Union of Shipwrights, Joiner.
Canlkers, Boat Builders and Ship Cab
inet Makers of America.
October 4. Toronto. Oat, Awalyav
mated Association of Street sad Elec
tric Railway Employes of AmerUn.
October 5, Milwaukee, Wis, Jour
neymen Barbers International Union
October 19, Detroit, Mich, Interna
tional Association of Car Workers.
October 19, Charlotte. X. C, Called
Textile Workers of America.
November 8, Toronto, Can, Ameri
can Federation of Labor.
November 29, New Tort. JC T, In
terna tional Seamen's Union.
December 8, Indianapolis, lad. In
ternational Alliance of Bin Posters t
Swatless batters have ceased
make a hit with Lincoln "fans."
It costs nothing
to demand the
Let's make Labor Day really labor's
STREET RAILWAY WORKERS.
The union plumbers of MassiSon,
Ohio, have compromised. They now
get $3 for eight hours.
CONVENTIONS OF 1909.
Where and When the Clans Will
Gather to Boost the Cause.
Is the Traction company manage
ment adopting a policy of "nagging"
the employes who wear union buttons?
There is a growing suspicion that this
It must be admitted that Roosevelt
has drawn more blood from African
animals in six weeks than he did
water from American trusts in six
The ex-Mrs. Post and the ex-Mrs.
Hubbard might hold a reunion and
tell what they know about "union
The strike of the Des Moines brick
layers is a strike that every fair-
minded citizen should endorse. "
Demanding the label is one form
of boycotting the unfair employers
that the courts can not touch.
W. Post is patting Elbert Hub
on the back. "Birds of a
Rousing Meeting Saturday Night and
Mere New Members Added.
The local division of Motormen and
Conductors met at midnight last Sat
urday night and held another rousing
meeting at which the interest mani
fested was intense. Eight new mem
bers ' were obligated, and there are
more to be taken in at the next meet
ing. A few of the old men are still hold
ing back. Among them are two or
three who are known to be unusually
welcome at headquarters. But the
pressure is being brought to bear and
it is believed that with the excep
tion of less than half a dozen, every
motorman and conductor in the ser
vice will be on the union rolls before
the .end of the month.
It is pleasing to note the tone of
conservatism that predominates
among the men. There is no disposi
tion to push matters to extremes. But
there is a disposition to have an un
derstanding with the management
With this end in view there will prob
ably bo an agreement submitted for
the signature of the managers, and
this agreement will ask recognition of
the union, recognition of a grievance
committee and an understanding on
various points. One thing that will be
insisted upon is that in case a man is
laid off cn a charge the charge shall
be investigated thoroughly, and if the
man is found innocent he is to be re
instated at once and payment be made
him for the time lost. A wage scale
will also be asked for, and while an
increase over the recent one may not
be demanded, there will be some in
sistence that it be equalized a little
.None of us are talking strike, re-
July 17, Newark, N. J, Wire Weav
ers Protective Association.
July 19, Philadelphia, Pa, Interna
tional Steel and Copper Plate Printers'
July 22. Louisville, Ky, Retail
Clerks International Protective Asso
July . Atlantic City, N. J, Nation
al Brotherhood of Operative Potters.
August 2, Denver, Colo, Amalgamat
ed Sheet Metal Workers International
August 2, Buffalo, N. Y, Journeymen
Tailor Union of America.
August 3, Detroit, Mich, Interna
tional Glove Workers Union of
August 9, St. Joseph, Mo, Interna
tional Typographical Union.
August 10, Indianapolis, Ind, Shirt
Waist and Laundry Workers Inter
August 12, Kansas City; Mo, Inter
national Stereotypers and El ec trot it
ers' Union of North America.
August 16, Boston, Mass, Metal Pol
ishers. Buffers, Platers, etc "
September 6, Eureka, Humb Co.. Cal
International Brotherhood of Woods
men and Saw Mill Workers.
September , Springfield, Mass, Ta
ble Knife Grinders National Unic
September 6, St. Louis, Mo, Natirnal
Federation of Postoffice Clerks.
September 7, Milwaukee, Wis . In
ternational Photo-Fngravers Union of
September 9, Boston, Mass, Interna
tional Spinners' Union.
September 13, Bo3toa, Mass . Wood.
Wire, and Metal Lathers' International
September 13. Denver. Colo.. Inter
national Association of Machinists.
September 13, Elmira, X. Y, Inter
national Hodcarriers and Building Lab
orers" Union of America.
September 13, Chicago, 111, Interna
tional Brick, Tile, and Terra. Cotta
September 14, Denver, Colo, Amer-
FAIR BARBER SHOPS.
You Will Find the Union Card in the
When yon enter a barber shop, see
that the union shop card is fa plaia
sight before you get Into the chair.
If the card is not to be seen, go else
where. . The union shop card Is
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, 1619 O. "
J. J. Simpson. 101 O.
George Shaffer. Lincoia HoteL
C. B. Ellis, Windsor HoteL
D. S. Crop, Capital HoteL
M. J. Roberts. Royal HoteL
A. L. Kimmerer, Linden HoteL
C. A Green, 120 North Eleventh.
C. A. Green, 1132 O.
E. A. Wood, 120 O.
Chaplin Ryan, 129 North Twelfth.
E. C. Evans. 1121 P.
Bert Sturm, lis South Thirteenth.
J. B Raynor, laol O.
Muck sc Barthelman, 122 Sooth
J. J. Simpson. 922 P.
Frank Mai one. Havelock.
a A Hugbart, Havelock.
UNION PRINT SHOP.
Prirrteries That Are Entitled to
the Allied Trades Label.
Following Is a list of the srtntlac
offices In Lincoln that are entitled
to the use of the Allied Printing
Trades label, together with tie num
ber of the label used by each shop:
Jacob North & Co, No. L
Chas. A Simmons, No. 2
Freie Presse, No. 3.
Woodruff-Collins, No. 4.
Graves A Payne-, No. 5.
State Printing Co, No. L
Star Publishing Co, No. 7.
Western Newspaper Union, No. 8-
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.
Giliispie & Phillips, No. IS.
Herburger, The Printer, No. 29.
Der Pilger, No. 23.
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