The Wageworker. (Lincoln, Neb.) 1904-????, August 07, 1909, Image 7
PRESIDENT LYNCH'S REPORT. STREET CAR STRIKES. Head of Typographical Union Has Interesting Say. During the year our members have been quite generally employed. They ' have earned about forty million, five hundred thousand dollars. The average membership for the year is 44,921; for the last quarter 47.174. A mortuary benefit' will knit our membership together, and make of the International Typographical Union a much stronger organization. Opposed to amendments to the pen sion law that will increase its lia bilities or reduce its revenue. Cau tion must be exercised. The label propaganda should be continued, and eventually we hope to have the best organised, result-pro ducing label movement on the conti nent. We have one of the best now. Betterments of the year in brief paragraphs indicate wonderful prog ress. Careful reading will illumine and increase union faith. The Union Printers' Home contin ues to improve. It is confidently be lieved that the Home has been taken out of union politics. In the health campaign we are gradually creating a better sentiment that is reaching the employer, and Is having its effect on old composing rooms and in sanitary features in new composing rooms. If the employer will not put his composing room on m sanitary basis, "then our unions will be Justified in making particular scales for these exceptionally un healthful composing rooms, scales materially higher than those that ap ply to the modern, healthful and up-to-date composing-room." A satisfactory copyright law was enacted by the last congress. The work of the organizers and the results therefrom mean a tre mendous saving through the preven tion of strikes and the loss of wages incident thereto. We are in good shape from a finan citl standpoint, and the amount of money in our treasury is far in ex cess of that usually on hand during normal times. Some statistics as to the work of the president's office that will be of interest. The A. P. of L. convention at Denver. Colorado, a most successful assemblage. Pittsburg redeemed; five hitherto non-union newspapers now in the fold. Movement for efficiency in jour neymen and apprentices successful. Publicity campaign continued. Ad- ..vertise your benefactions. Public ap proval, public esteem and public sup- - port worth working for. Membership rights in our union can not be limited. Joint ownership of label and equal representation on conference board demanded by allies. The headquarters city touched upon, and a convention city recom mended. The Typographical Journal cover ing Its field. An appreciation and a hope to the delegates-elect. Some Facts Local Managers Should Ponder Over Well. '"Street car strikes generally end with a change in the management of the company against which the strike was directed," said C. O. Pratt, the street car men's strike leader, in dis cussing reports of attempts to oust President Parsons of the Rapid Tran sit company of Philadelphia. That is only another way of stat ing that strikes are expensive and very rarely worth the while for street car companies. The fact is that no strike, unless it is won by the com pany in a short, decisive and final battle, ever does pay a transit com pany. In St. Louis, Chicago, Cleve land, Salt Lake City and several other towns of importance I have seen tran sit managements go down in defeat through strikes. Even though the vic tory has not been all on our side, the strikers have bowled out the former managements completely. These man agements have been changed either because they were quickly defeated and proved incompetent by the strikers or else the fight has been so long drawn and bitter that when the settlement finally came and the costs were totaled up they were swept out by a stockholders' indigna tion wave. In Cleveland in 1899 Henry Everet was president of the company and signed up General Manager Douglas for three years to fight the union with him. Mr. Douglas had a con tract which called for a bonus in case he broke up the union and ended the strike. Our strike lasted eleven months. In January, while it was still in progress. President Everet retired. General Manager Douglas was forced out and in their places were elected Horace Andrews and Ira McCormick who is now with the New York Tran sit company. We reached a settle ment with President McCormick. The management that had fought us went down. Again in St. Louis in 1900 we had a strike, an unsatisfactory settlement and a second strike, continued Mr. Pratt. In the end we won no con cessions, but the fight had been so expensive to the company that the stockholders compelled a change in the management. I have always claimed that no strike was ever really lost, continued Mr. Pratt. Even when strikers go down in so-called defeat they have won the prestige of their fight, and their complaints will not soon again be ignored. But all strikes certainly are a loss to transit companies, and only a senseless management will invite a strike rather than meet a committee of its employes. FIRED JERRY HOWARD. South Omaha Agitator Makes a False Step and Stumbles. Jeremiah Howard, erstwhile law maker and prominent in labor agita tion circles in South Omaha; is hav ing troubles of his own. Recently he took it upon himself to call a meeting to advocate the banishment of the Japs from South Omaha, asserting that the call was made in the interests of organised labor. When asked by the Central Labor Union on what au thority he called the meeting he re plied: "The authority of a private citl men." Immediately the central body made him a private citizen insofar as his connection with that body was concerned. In other words the Hon orable Jeremiah was unseated. Organised labor has no sympathy with the Jap invasion, but just now It is not engaged in calling any street meetings in front of city halls for the purpose of voicing its feelings on that subject, and is now back ing up any self-constituted labor leaders who engage in that sort of business. Jerry Howard means well, but he lacks a balance wheel, among other things. REFUSE TO "SCAB." Jewish Girls Would Not Consent to Act as Strikebreakers. Fifty young women were prevailed upon by Organizer Weinstein of the United Hebrew Trades hat manufac turers, not to go to work for Crofut & Knapp company of South Xorwalk, Connecticut. Crofut & Knapp had applied to the United Hebrew Charities for help, but Martin F. Lawlor, national secretary of the United Hatters, learned of their request before the Hebrew Charities had time to get fifty young women to go to South Xorwalk and he com municated with Organizer Weinstein, who visited the officers of the Hebrew Charities and the young women and got the girls to promise that they would not act as strikebreakers. The officers of the United Charities did not know that the women were wanted as "scabs" and when told, did not object to their refusal to go. HARTINGTON CIGARMAKERS STRIKE. All of the cigarmakers, eight In number, at the Hartington cigar fac tory went out on a strike last Satur day afternoon. They claim to be union men. and heretofore J. R. Isaac son, the proprietor, has been paying union wages, but refused to be dic tated to by the men, and they walked out. One of the men, acting as spokes man, mounted a box and entertained the citizens of Hartington with a radical striker's speech for about two hours. Mr. Isaacson claims he will employ no more union men and will open a non-union shop. World-Herald. STAGE HANDS' CONVENTION. The convention of the International Alliance of Theatrical Stage Employes adjourned at Springfield. Ohio, on July 17. with the election of the following officers: John J. Barry. Boston, presi dent; Lee M. Hart. Chicago, general secretary and treasurer, and seven vice-presidents, as follows, in consecu tive order: John Keeley. Oakland. Calif.; G. A. Gliddens. Dallas. Texas; D. J. Ryan. Montreal. Can.; Charles Schledel. Indianapolis, Ind.; Charles alalloy. Butte. Mont.; Lester Thur man. Louisville. Ky.; H. B. Cole, Portland, Oregon. Washington, D. C. was selected for the next convention. Sale After the most successful July Clearing Sale we are left with a lot of short lines and remnants in all departments which we propose to clean up this week at a Discount of From 25 to 50 Per Cent Dress Goods, Silks, White Goods, Shirtings, Ginghams, Table Linens, Undermustins, Embroideries, Ribbons, Laces, Underwear, Corsets, Gloves, Hosiery, Belts, Men's Dress Pants, Straw Hats, Dress Shirts, Shoes and Oxfords. In the Ready-to-Wear Department there are short lines of Women's Suits, Skirts, Waists, Dressing Sacques and Kimonos. St S! Jrf.lc Cloakroom They are going, going. We can say that soon they will be all gone at such melting-away prices. Such cool and nobby garments ought to be going. It's up to you now to be in the line with others who will be anxious to secure their need. TWO-PIECE SUITS 9 assorted colored. Striped Ducking Coat and Skirt; nicely tail ored; pearl-bntton trimmed; low priced at $4.95; will go at $2.43 13 Tan. Pink and White Linen Crash Coats and Skirts with lace inserting; becoming baits; worth f5.95; will go at. i $2.98 1G White, Pink and Tan Rep Coats and Skirts; handsomely tail ored and pearl-button trimmed; regular $11.53 values; to go at. -S4.98 ONE-PIECE PRINCESS DRESSES 11 Irish Linen Dresses, in Fink, White and Tan; trimmed with hand-made Medallions; graceful hanging garments; worth $9.95; will go at ,..--$3.98 7 Taffeta Silk Jumper Suits, in navy, Copenhagen and brown? they are worth $11.50; will go at $4.98 WAISTS 19 White Lingerie long-sleeve Waists; lace-inserting trimmed; $1.50 values; choice - 69c 15 White Lawn, with fine embroidered front; $3.50 values; will go at : $1.25 23 White Lingerie, very pretty inserting trimmed; good values at 12.95; will go at $1.48 SKIRTS We were fortunate to secure about 100 garments of light-weight color Panamas and Serges at our own price. It is a splendid assortment of gray, brown and old rose colors; made in flare and pleated styles. They will be on sale in three divisions; DIVISION 1 All J8.50 and $7.50 values will go at $4-95 DIVISION 8 All $9.95 and $8.95 values will go at $6.95 DIVISION 3 All $13.50 and $11.50 values will go at $7.95 White Duck Skirt; $1.50 names, will go at. - - 98c White Linene, with pearl-button srimming, $2.95 values, go at $1.48 White and blue Linene, handsomely trimmed with braided stripes; $3.95 values; will go at . $1.98 Broken line of Panama Shirts, $5.95 to $13.50 values, will go at - $3.95 and $2.95 Get Ready for a Shoe Treat GREAT CLEAN-UP SALE The arrival of new fall styles makes it necesaary for us to have more room. Every remnant let, every odd and end must go. Note these prices and we hardly think you will miss this sale. WOMEN'S SHOES $3.50 and $4.00 Kid and Patent Leather Shoes, good styles and a fair assortment of sizes; clean up price. --$2.59 $3.00 Shoes, different leathers, short lines $2JS $2.50 Shoes, kid, blucher and lace $U9 The cream of our Women's Oxfords at the following tow prices. Black, wine or tan Oxfords or Ankle Straps. All this season's styles $3.50 Oxfords, now for $24$ $3.00 Oxfords, now for . , $2,49 $2.50 Oxfords, now for S2.M 20 per cent discount on all Oxfords and Strap Slippers. Broken lots of Men's $3.50 and $4.00 Oxfords, to clean up quick $LS3 MEN'S SHOES $3.50 broken lines of Men's Shoes for $2.85 $3.00 broken lines of Men's Shoes for . - $?I5 $2.50 broken lines of Men's Shoes for $L95 Boys' Via Kid Blucher Shoes, 9 to 13, $1.35; 14 to 2, and 2ito5j v SL79 917-921 O St. OPPOSITE CITY HALL I I DUTY VS. RIGHTS. GUYE VISITS LINCOLN. Organizer Guye visited Lincoln on Saturday last for the purpose of meet ing with the new locals of teamsters and street car men. He reports both anions in fine shape, both having gained many new members. The street car men having received an increase in. wages since the organiza tion of their union, but the company takes the pains to announce that the raise was not on account of the union. The boys smile and content them selves with the knowledge that "every little bit helps." And they also real ize that more will help more. Omaha Advocate. Rev. Charles Stelzle Preaches Some Very Plain Truths. Since the birth of the American re public, we have accepted as supreme the doctrine of "the right -of liberty and the pursuit of happiness. In our systems of jurisprudence," and in our treatises upon statecraft and' sociol ogy, the emphasis has been upon the "rights" of mankind. We have been hearing about the rights of the child, the right of women, the rights of capital, the rights of labor, civil rights and political rights, until the doctrine of human rights has become a thing working endless confusion and hatred. In sharp contrast with this method of securing better conditions for man kind and a more harmonious spirit among men, is the doctrine taught by God. In the sacred word there is practically no reference to the rights of man the emphasis is upon the duty of man. When the strong oppress the weak, we immediately cry out that there has been a transgression of rights. The New Testament declares that the law of love and brotherhood has been violated. If the rich operator opresses the wage-earner, reducing him to a star vation plane; if he so manipulates tne markets and closes factories so as to prevent the laboring men from enjoying food and comfort, the rem edy that the Bible proposes is not in emphasizing the rights of the poor, but in thrusting in- upon the employer the thought that in the treatment of his men he is to follow the law of love and of brotherhood. Human rights will never suffer if human duties be performed. The time has come when duty must be empha sized. The duty of the mistress to the maid, of the maid to the mistress. The duty of the employer to the em ploye, of the employe to the employer. Duty, then, and not rights, is the suprejre need of the hour. For the doing of one's duty will carry one farther along than the mere granting of another's rights. Gradually, men are coming to learn this important truth. The growing spirit of altruism indicates it. The workingman de mands justice, and he is right. But God demands more than justice. His Imperative is Love. For love is the fulfilling of the law. HATTERS STILL STRIKING. Getting in Better Shape But Battle Not Yet Won. There is a wrong impression pre vailing that the hatters' strike has been adjusted. Such is not the case. While many of the manufacturers at Dan bury and South Bethel, Conn., have setUed with the union the trouble is still on at South Xorwalk, Conn, Orange and Newark, N. J, Philadelphia and New York City. Ef forts are being made by the non-union, open-shop firms to secure help and impress the dealers and public with the idea that the strike has been settled. It has not been, and more than 10,000 hatters and about 2,000 women hat trimmers are still out at the foregoing plants. ELECTRICAL TROUBLES. McNulty Faction Backed by Force of the Federation. The Central Trades and Labor As sembly of Syracuse, N. Y. has been wrestling with the Electrical Workers' excessive matters in about the same way that the Detroit Federation of Labor has. Feeling a keen sympathy for the rank and file the Syracuse assembly has been evading the issue. Two weeks ago the Syracuse body. by a vote of 30 to 13, decided not to unseat the delegates of the Elec- ! trical Workers. Peter W. Collins, secretary of the recognized Interna tiona, took an appeal to the execu tive council of the A. F. of L. Last Wednesday night a communication was read from Secretary Morrison de manding that the central body obey the law. By a vote of 24 to 16 the assembly decided to comply and not risk losing its charter, as a result of which Elec trical Workers No. 43 and 79 were suspended. UNEMPLOYMENT. There was never such a struggle for bread as there is at this present time. The pity and stupidity of the whole thing is that here and there throughout the country at this time of the year farmers cannot find enough men to harvest the crops, while the large cities are teeming with unem ployed, who are willing to work, but cannot get to where the work is. An other great trouble with this kind of work is that it doesn't last much longer than to give a man an oppor tunity to earn enough to purchase his railroad tickets. And men are growing too intelligent to work mere ly for the sake of buying tickets from a railroad. They like to see a lit tle left for themselves. Lexington (Mass.) Independent. Not Seeking a Row. Vienna Don Jaime, the pretender to the Spanish throne declared in an interview that he had no intention of interfering in the present crisis of Spain, and that his retirement to Frohsdorf. in lower Austria, far from the Spanish frontier, was proof of his peaceful purposes. "The Carlists party is a party of order," said Don Jaime. "I never will take upon myself to bring it to a point of danger for my own ends. Never will lead Spaniard against Span iard. Should I return to Spain at the head of an army it would be only to restore order. This might happen should the revolutionaries drive out King Alfonso, or the welfare of the country require it. The popularity of King Alfonso is declining through no fault of his own. and Queen Victoria is certainly less liked than the king. Spaniards dread foreign influence. Vic toria has remained a stranger too long, and the people never will forgive her." Den Jaime is of the opinion that the war in Morocco was unavoidable and he fears it will last a long time. Raising Cain enChnuL Victoria. B. C. The teaij-: L-aajO Marn from tits orient brssucJtt sews of a rebellion in the great Jfe-3.i-medan province of Kassa. CSs.as. 1:1 lowing a famine. One of the rr. satyrs ct aa A- r ican exploring party seat est fey R. 3. Clark of New Tori of the Afr ican Geographical society, has te killed. Several walled eiri a. ;&c!f ing Yuliafa. xenanfo. as4 Misuhien. were besieged fcy ? rebels, against whom imperial trcopa. foreign drilled ad eapabie. has bes sent. The Lango Mara reported a r:r descense of piracy is Sooth China and some tragic affairs are repeated, seven persons being roasted te fea:k by pirates near Shostak. after Tfc capture of a castle-tike bouse eW by one of the local gentry. Aithoajr the Chinese garrison was tat 3 yards away, no troops came te asa.sC the besieged household. Three Women Arc Drmnit Clarion. Ia. Mrs. C. S. Beaaetf. Hazel Hudelson and Eva Porter of this place, were drowned in Elm Lake Tuesday evening. A party of a doze girls went to the lake to speed two er three days. Mr. and Mrs. Bennett chap eroned the company. The party aa4 crossed the lake ia a gasoline laaach with a row boat. They were retvraiag when the rowboat began to sink. T- girls crowded on the launch vbich went down with all on board. Several people heard the cry of distress asd heroically rescued all but three. The bodies have been recovered. May Make Balloon Trip. Washington. D. C Mrs. Nicholas Longwortb, daughter of Former Presi dent Roosevelt, has become as en thusiast about aeronautics. Ht at- . tendance upon the trial of the Wrights aeroplane ia almost coastast. and now. it is said, she is determined to make a flight herself, not ia IS aeroplane, though it is said she ev expressed her willingness fcr that, but in a balloon. A. Holland Forbes of New Tcri. acting president of the Aero CIaf cf America, who is bow in the city, has promised Mrs. ongworth to take her up. Mr. Longwortb is said to aav accorded his perm is e ion. Mr. Fortes having made the promise eontiogeat upon the husbaad's consent that 9b undergo the risk that bailees traiel Ing Involves.