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VOL.O , LDfCOLN, NEBRASKA, AUGUST 11, WOO 8 PAGES m 19
The American Birthright
A Hollow Mockery Now
MEN WANTED Tinner, catcher
hlpra to work in open shops, Syr
Una, Polo and Roumanians pre
ferred. Steady employment and
gocd wage to mn willing to work.
Faro paid and no fooa charged.
The above advertisement appeared
In trust newspapers of Pittsburg un
dxsr the caption, "Men Wanted"
COD PITY AMERICA IF THE
COCNTRY HAS COMK TO THIS!
That advertisement U an Insult to
every man through whose reins
course the rich American blood.
The wan. or men. or corporation re
sponsible tor these words is more in
scseut than the despicable puppet who
dares to spit upon the Stars and
Stripes. Each word is immersed in
venom and hurled at American man
hoed. 1X you freeborn. honorable men of
America grasp the lull meaning ot this
THE SONS OP THE REPUBLIC
CAX STARVE AS LONG AS ENOUGH
FOREIGNERS CAN BE SECURED
TO DO THE WORK OF THESE CAP
That birth certiflcate granted to you
by the fathers who shed their blood
tn T and "1 will bar you from the
mills of those who profess to be cap
tains of American industry.
Tour allegiance to the flag and love
for the mother country place you in
the "not wanted" class of these capi
talists who prefer to give work to
The very blood ot which you boast,
ot which poets sins and which orators
and statesmen throughout the world
praise, will prevent you from earning
a livelihood at the rolls and furnaces
in the mi: Is of these greedly ernploy--rs.
What employer would dare sign his
name to such an advertisement in the
Not the employer who is ousting
American union men. Oh. no!
But the insulted people who see that
advertisement will know who wants
to employ Syrians. Poles and Rou
manians in preference to Americans.
THE STEEL, TRUST WANTS FOR
KIGNERS TO WORK IN ITS MILLS.
The American Sheet and Tin Plate
company, a subsidiary of the United
States Steel corporation, declared its
sheet and tin mills "open shops' this
Union men refused to work unless
the Bil'.ion Dollar Combination recog
ciaed their Combination cf Labor.
They are out of jobs now and the
trust Is tiling their places Uh what
they call "strike-breakers."
This grasping, greedy combination of
wealth prefers to employ foreigners.
Why? Is it easier to grind foreign
bodies and souls into dividends? Does
this gigantic monopoly fear that the
sons ot the brave men who won free
dom for the country and preserved and
protected it will rebel against oppres
AND THIS IS THE SAME TRUST
THAT PLEADED FOR TARIFF
LAWS WHICH WOULD PROTECT
THE AMERICAN "LABORER.
This is the trust which apealed to
the American ' people, the American
lawmakers, the American congress for
protection for the American working
With those pleas still ringing in the
ears of the country, the steel trust ar
rogantly kicks the American out of
It Insolently announces through the
public press that it will give prefer
ment to Syrians. Poles and Rouman
ians in filling the vacancies in its
To New Castle and those other
towns where American workmen have
manned the mills a foreign horde is
Look u;toii Schoenville, the "Hunk
eyville "of the Pressed Steel Car com
pany, and you can see what the Steel
Trust would make ot those thriving
American towns built around its mills
It would drive the Americans from
t"?se towns. It would fill its mills
with foreign men who can be reduced
to the state ot animals and converted
into beasts ot burden.
The Steel Trust is right in one as
sumption. It could never reduce
American men to the state in which
the employees of the Pressed Steel
Car company are found in Schoenville.
The American is no slave. Nor can
he be purchased, body and soul, for
10 to 13 cents an hour. He will not
stand idle and see his wife "and chil
dren grovel in poverty and beg for
the crumbs that fail from the employ
Syrians. Poles and Roumanians may
be clubbed and driven and fed with
the slop and swill their pitiful wages
But the American can never be re
duced to that state of desperation
where his spirit is killed and his heart
The Steel Trust Is not advertising
for men to fill humble positions. It
wants skilled workmen. BUT PREF
ERENCE IS TO BE GIVEN TO THE
The so-called muckraker has point
ed to Schoenville and the other sore
and festering spots in the Pittsburg
Pittsburg, with natural pride, re
belled against exaggerated criticism.
But if it had a thousand
upon the red flag flaunted in the faces j President, T.
cf American workingnien when they makers.
are told that Syrians, Poles and Rou
manians are preferred in the mills of
If there is that much vaunted spirit
in the breasts of the republic's sons
it win rebel cgiust the Trust which
places the American beneath the most
ignorant foreigner who comes to
"All men are created equal"
Let it be so. Give the foreigner his
opportunity. . But God pity the country
if preference is to be given to the ig
norant foreigner lifted from oppres
sion in which he and his forefathers
dwelt and enticed to the "land of
promise to be reduced to greater pov
erty than Europe has ever known.
AMERICA FOR AMERICANS.
THE STEEL. TRUST SEEMS TO
BE FOR NEITHER. Pittsburg Leader.
W. Parker. Cigar-
CENTRAL LABOR UNION.
Semi-Annual Election of Officers Fol
lows Routine Business.
The attendance at the Central La
bor Union meeting Tuesday evening
was light, owing to the hot weather.
There were several peculiarities about
tongues; the meeting. Delegate Quick was ab-
Yice-president, T. E. Evans. Barbers.
Secretary, P. A. Kates, Carpenters.
Treasurer, T. W. Evans, Cigar
makers. Executive committee, George Quick,
Carpenters; G. A. Walker. I -a triers;
W. M. Gellor, Horseshoe rs.
Attention was called to the fact that
the city as being advertised through
out the east as being in need of me
chanics of various trades. The local
mechanics have not noticed enough
shortage to have any appreciable bull
effect on wages. It was reported that
the Burlington is advertising for both
carpenters and laborers, inqury devel
oping the fact that the Burlington was
offering J 2.25 a day .of ten hours for
carpenters, while common laborers
would have to compete with raw, ig
norant foreigners in the wage market.
Chase of the Carpenters reported a
demand ror a few high grade car
penters, but added that they must be
young men. The local union could
furnish competent elderly men, but
their gray hairs were set up as a bar
against them. However, the wages of
fered were not what competent men
could get in any other town of Lin
Senator Burkett's speech on "The
Printers Walk "Lovers'
Lane, Saint Joe1
There was a hot time in the old
town this week.
This statement is subject to a couple
of interpretations. For it was hot
ter than the middle hinges of Tophet
in St. Joseph, and the local commit
tee made it decidedly warm for the
1.500" delegates and visitors who regis
tered for the fifty-fifth annual conven
tion of the International Typographical
But hot weather, or. any other little
old discomfort, can not keep the dele
gates and visitors to a printers con
vention from having a bully time. It
is not worth while to try and tell all
about the convention. But perhaps a
few little facts about the Lincoln
bunch will be of interest.
The "Lincoln Bunch was in evi
dence at all times. The people from
com pan ied by a few friends. &ma,g
themselves on an old-fashioned soatfc
ern fish dinner last night after the
celebration at Lake Contrary and a
dip in the lake. The meal was served!
at Ross cafe and the piece de
tance was several large biack
In the party were W. M Man pin. dtpo
ty labor commissioner of Nebraska,
and Mrs. Man pin. W. S. Bastard aatd
wife. Conrad Scheldt. Albert Barrett.
II- C. Peate. vice-president of
Typographical Union No, 0", asd
Angnst Radebach. of Lincoln. Harry
H. Wager and wife of Gafeateirg. m
and E. G. Johnson of Otramva
Wednesday G. X. Wat ham and wife
joined the Lincoln deegauon and
went along on the trip through the big;
Swift packing plant. It was nugfujr
fine to get into the big cooling boxes
this good old town stuck together like j r the Swift plant after roaming
a lot of cockleburrs, and what they j through the torrid neat of tie St- Jos
missed seeing wasn't worth looking at. eph streets. The visitors to the Swift
Frcm the time of the "get-together
until the last dog was hung there were
Lincolnites on the ground to participate.
A Socialist orator has been arrested by the police of
Lincoln on the charge of "disturbing the peace." The of
fense consisted of making street corner speeches
THE ARREST IS AN OUTRAGE-A TRAESTY
The victim of this police persecution was merely ex
ercising his right to free speech. Perhaps the Chief of
Police thought language beyond his mental comprehension
must of necessity be incendiary. Perhaps he was given a
hunch by some one "higher up." Whatever the motive,
the fact remains that the arrest was unwarranted. Things
have come to a pretty pass in Lincoln when men may be
arrested and thrown into jail for discussing economic top
ics upon the streets. Does Mayor Love endorse that sort
of thing? Does the excise board endorse it? Men who
prize their American birthright want to know.
And if Socialist orators, why not the chronic political
spielers of the old parties who are also guilty of violation
of the sanitary code?
CALL OFF YOUR DOGS, MR. CHIEF OF POLICE!
each would repeat from the house
tops the words of this advertisement
so that every American in the country
might know that he, his flag, his chil
dren and the parents who gave him
birth have been brazenly insulted by
this insolent Trust.
In Washington there sits a congress,
the representatives ot the American
people. In the White House there is
a man. William H. Taft, in whom
Americans have placed their trust and
If these statesmen have ears let
them hear the insulting words the
Steel Trust spits into the face of the
Let those men, in whose hands the
people have placed the destiny of
their fair land, know that this puling
infant they coddle and nourish, is a
hydra-headed monster spewing words
ot insolence upon Americans and the
brain and brawn ot the republic
And if these wen in Washington do
not believe their ears, let them use
their eyes. Let them look at the sore
spots, the Poverty Rows, where there
sent, three cigarinakers were on deck
and none of the Havelock delegates
showed up. The ministerial union
was represented by Rev. Mr. Zer.or
and Rer. Mr. Batten.
Treasurer Evans reported something
over "f35 as the central body's share
of the benefit at the Oliver. John
Brown was seated as a new delegate
from the Pressmen. Delegate Locker
of the Typographical Union was ex
cused, he being in St. Joseph attending
the international convention of his
uuicn. Delegate Chase asked for some
one to succeed him on the labor head
quarters committee, as he expected to
leave town for a time. I. E. Potter, of
the Gloveworkers was elected. How
ever, Mr. Chase has finally decided not
When election time rolled around
it locked fcr a time as if it would be
necessary to draft candidates follow
ing the example of the man who made
a marriage feast and was then com
pelled to go out and hunt for guests.
"For they began with one accord to
UnAmericanism of Government Own
ership was roundly criticised. "Why
don't he talk on a question of present
interest? hotly demanded one dele
gate. The body seemed to be of the
opinion that the senator was trying
to befog the issue by talking against
government ownership instead of talk
ing straight out on the subject of the
tariff. Senator Burkett will sooner or
later discover that the workingnien of
Lincoln are not as ignorant as they'
might be on the tariff question, nor
quite so ignorant of the senator's ac
tions as he may later hope fcr.
A committee was appointed to make
some inquiries as to the cost of liv
ing and average rates of wages. Four
weeks is the time limit given the com
mittee to make its inquiry and frame
should be settlements ot men and make excuse." Finally after the smoke
their families living like decent Amer-i had cleared away the following were
icans. Or let them focus their eyes I found to be the officers-elect:
A large tent that w-ill seat 2,500 peo
ple- is being erected in Folsom park at
Tekamah for the purpose of holding
Tekamah's Erst Chautauqua assembly.
The management and the local com
mittee are sparing no effort to make it
one of the best educational and en
tertaining assemblies ever held in the
state. The best talent obtainable has
Mrs. F. H. Hebbard, who represent
ed the Lincoln Auxiliary, was honored
by being made chairman of the laws
committee. G. E. Locker of the local
union was at the head of the publicity
Monday the delegates and visitors
took a trip up "Waterworks Hill. If
you want to hear some emphatic lan
guage just ask the victims to tell yor
about it- Next week The Wagework
er will try and print a few picture:
snapshotted by one of the party. Tues
day evening the "Lincoln Bunch" had
a "bass supper at Ross restaurant
on Francis street. Those present
from Lincoln were Mr. and Mrs. Will
Bustard, Mr. and Mrs. Will M. Maupin,
August Radebach, Conrad Schridt, Al
bert Barrett and H. C. Peate. Delegate
Johnson of Ottumwa. Ia., and Harry
Wager and wife, of Galesbnrg. Ill, were
also of the party. Mr. Wager repre
sented the Galesburg union. ' Thest
three "foreigners" foregathered with
the Lincoln bunch from the start, anc
they were a jolly addition to the party
too. The St. Joseph News-Press of
Wednesday evening published the fcl
lowing comment on the "fish test.":
"The Lincoln, Neb, delegation, ac
plant were given several handsome
souvenirs of the institcttcn. and all
were delighted with the trip. If all
packing plants were as clean as that 1
cne .there woold be no complaint. It
was really marvelous bow clean It
was. considering the nature of the
business carried on. The attendants
who showed the 1.54 gnests throwgk
the plant were the persoaiSratica at
courtesy. The trip will not soon be
The reception and bail at the Lotos
Club Wednesday night was a fine af
fair. The dancing pavillioo is cat over
the water of Lake Contrary, and the
onion masic set an feet to trip;ing
the light fantastic. "
Nor must the big swim be over
looked. The "Lincoln Bawfc donned
bathing suits one afternoon and fairly
made the waters cf Lake Contrary-
foam as they paddled about.
Schridt collided with, something
he made a high dive from a balcony.
and as a result he came koine Thsrs
day with a hattered-np eoastenance.
AU&cia M:EneapoIis and Salt Lake
kept open Loose, each one alrrricg to
land the 1 '-1 convention. Minneapo
lis won. but not because it caw-rtaiaedl
better at Its headqna (era. The Atlan
ta lunch had 'em all skinned for hos
pitality and abundant e ef refresh
ments. But the awful hot weather
made the delegates insptckn-- 4 any
southern !oint. nnd the tnocght cf f!
"cool winds of the north sr the
convention to the Floor City. There
were several exciting scenes on '!
floor o the convention, bet as tlfary
were orer n:a t: "n that interest oay
printers they win be left fcr fotare
gatherings cf t clan.
The "Lincoln Iinneh"" is xjuLpt obH
gaticBs to Caterer Rcss for etaav
courtesies at bis nands and the kaa-s
of his two onion waiters who exerted
themselves to the almost to tee? le
bench from going hungry. Qwocd "Mc
Donald, deputy city clerk, ia a!a it
for a ihare of tjaanks, fcr he prsveJ a
"life tar - g t latijn" to a couple nt
the beach who had to have identifScte
tion at a financial institution. E"ccd
came aero? wiCt bis nsaal gocd na
ture and rsnrtejy.
Colonc! Duff bd Colonel Mc Kinney
w?re with the luvh for a time, hot
both had to tetura home early beeaas
there were no ""snbs in sisht- DcnT
returned Sunday night and McKianey
managed to 'tear himself looxe Tses
dayevening. Radebach and Schridt
came back on Thursday. MrTand Mr.
Bustard tarried until Friday evening.
Mrs. Maupin stopped off at Oregon to
visit with relatives. Peate S2id ke
was going to stay until the lights
went out. Locker and Freeman, the
two capable delegates from Xo 29
had to remain and swelter because
there was a lot of "big baseness"' os
St. Joseph certainty did herself
proud in entertaining the convention,
and the local committee is entitled to
ail the praises that can be snag by
mortal tongnes. Bat here's hoping;
that never again win a convention of
300 delegates be held in an asditoriBiB
that win seat 8.000 people.
This Is enough ror this time. Doabt
less well keep referring to "Of St.
foe" and her convention for a tunpio
f months to come.
And of coarse we're an going to
Minneapolis, God willing.
About 4 OOt) people were in attes
iance at the old settlers picnic at e--naha
City Friday, bat the Jtomber
rho were in the county back in ter
iiorial days was not large.
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