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About The Wageworker. (Lincoln, Neb.) 1904-???? | View Entire Issue (Sept. 11, 1909)
WILL M. MAUPIN. EDITOR
Published Weeklv at 13? No. 14th
St, LincolF. Neh. One Dollar a Year.
carry o all of its plans on account of j ours, and if the dues are not paid
the weather. But it achieved ks chief every Saturday night the household
purpose, and that was to have Miss machinery don't start. YouH turn over
McDowell speak to three thousand peo- a weekly assessment amounting to SO
pie whd could not have heard her had per cent of your wages, and out of the
she confined her remarks to a Labor remainder you'll pay all your own per
ns v celebration. She reached a class sonal bills. With the assessment IH
Labor Papers Showed Up Handsomely
in Labor Day Editions.
Judging from appearances the labor
press of the country is coming into
its own. A few years ago the aver-
of people who ought to be more inter- j run the household. And the dues must I age labor editor was content if he
ested in the industrial question than I be paid promptly at 6:30 Saturday I could get his paper out at all: now
Entered as second-class matter April
21. 1904. at the postoffice at Lincoln,
Nh under the Act of Congress of
March 3rd. 1ST3.
MISS MCDOWELL'S VISIT.
The trades unionists of Lincoln
have every reason to believe that
the. three public addresses given by
Mis McDowell in Lincoln will be
productive of great good to the Indus
trial cause. By occupying the pulpits
of the First Baptist and St. Paul's
churches she reached a large number
of people who could not be reached in
any other way. and she delivered a
message to them that must have
reached their hearts. The Wagework
er vh as often charged that the church
was not reaching the working masses
as it might and should, but we have
also explained that this was not so
reach the fanlt cf the church as it was
the fault of the men and women who
r the recognized leaders in the labor
movement. We believe that if the
facts are laid before the great
churches of this country that the
members thereof will ccme forward to
help in the great uplift planned by the
leaders of organized labor. Especial
ly is this true of a commonwealth
like Nebraska, where we have neither
the extreme rich nor the extreme poor.
Nebraska is not fronted with the great
problem as it exists in the great in
dustrial centers like Chicago and Pitts
burg, therefore a majority of her peo
ple are ignorant of conditions. But
let them once be made acquainted
with those conditions and they will
help to provide the remedy. .
We believe that Miss McDowell
reached a large number of people
heretofore unreached by the trades
unionists and that the message she
delivered will bear abundant fruit in
the days to come.
The Wageworker believes it voices
the unanimous sentiments oi the La
bor Day committee when it extends
to 'Rev. Dr. Batten of the First Bap
tist church, and Rev. Dr. Roach of
St. Paul's M. E. ohu.'ch when it ex
tends hearty thanks to them for their
interest and for their kindness in giv
ing over their pulpits to this splendid
advocate of justice for the helpless
toilers of the country. Miss McDowell
is engaged In a practical Christian
work and we rejoice to know that this
I fact is recognized by such eloquent
and earnest men as Dr. Batten and
Senator Joe Bristow received an ova
tion when he returned to Salina, Kan.,
his home town. Senator Bristow rep
resented the people of Kansas and not
the DeoDle of Connecticut when the
tariff bill was up in the senate. A lit
tle study of this statement may reveal
the reason why Senators Burkett and
Brown were allowed to return home
without being at all disturbed by noisy-celebrations.
evening or there's nothing doing.
Mr. GolighUy muttered something.
"What's thatr said Mrs. Golightly.
"Talking about a strike? Well there
will be no strike There may be a
lock-out, but there'll be no strike. And
I'd have you to understand. John Go
lightly, that I'm a young woman yet
and not so worse looking, and if you
ever let it come to a lock-out you are
going to find your place taken by a
he has to celebrate every anniversary
with a special edition. And we say
without fear of successful contradic
tion, that after an experience of
something like a quarter of a century
in the newspaper business not labor
newspaper that the handsomest spe
cial editions we have ever seen have
been those of labor papers during the
past three or four years. This year
and Secretary Morrison would it ap
pears, do well to back up and wait
a few months. The Toronto conven
tion can thresh the matter out with
better information than the Denver
convention had. And, besides, if the
A. F. of L. will let things alone for
a few months the trouble will be set
tled by the McXulty faction "peter
ing out" entirely.
To date the Lincoln central body
has taken no action, and the dele
gates from the Electrical Workers"
local are still seated.
Joseph convention, gave an" interest
ing acciunt cf her visit and tod of
the many attractions offered for the
entertainment of the delegates.
George Locker, one of the Typograph
ical Union delegates, responded briefly
to a request for a few remarks.
The attendance was not as large as
it should have bees, but those who
did attend enjoyed a pleasant hour
or two. Mr. Clarence Michel enter
tained with several piano solos hi
which he demonstrated that he is a
pianist of ability. Refreshments were
VICTORY FOR THE WORKMEN.
Long Strike at the Pressed Steel Car
Works is Over.
Pittsburg, Sept. 7. Peace and quiet
will again reign in McKee's Rocks.
The manager of the Pressed Steel
Car Works at McKees Rocks said he
would never treat with a committee
from the employes but he has. A lo
cal magnate is urged to keep the Me-
Keeks' Rocks struggle in mind.
seemed an especially good one for the
man who thinks more of his union obli-1 "bhoys," for the Labor Day editions
gation that hangs over there on thewere numerous and mighty good to The costly strike which has been in
wall with your name and mine on it I look upon. They showed that the I progress fifty-three days at the
than you ever did. Now you begin I labor papers are gaining in popu-1 Pressed Steel Car works is over.
larity as advertising mediums, and I The workmen, numbering over 5,000,
that the workers of the country are I have won a complete victory. Be-
realizing more and more the neces-1 ginning Thursday morning they will
figuring where you get off at!
talk hides a
President Taft refused to umpire a
ball game at Boston last Monday. The
president may not be charged with
lack of courage, hence he must be ad
mired for his discretion.
The attention of Kirbyjunior is di
rected to the eminent McKees Rocks
gentleman who said HE would never
give in to the strikers, and then gave
in. Things are coming bad for Kir-
A lot of "square man'
A man can never really sympathize
until he has actually suffered.
The man who stops to throw a rock
at every barking dog does not go far
in a day.
Tour label is not entitled to any
more recognition than your Drotner
When a man's graft is interfered
sity of supporting papers that will
give their side of the case to the
public We would call especial at
tention to the following handsome
Labor Day issues:
The Worcester, Mas., Labor News,
twenty-four pages, on fine book pa
per, handsomely illustrated and full
of remunerative advertising. Des
Moines, la.. Unionist, thirty-six pages,
well illustrated and full of the matter
that cheers the business office: also
with he is quick to charge improper I of matter that was of interest and
It's up to you, Mr. Sharp. The
State Fair is over, and the employes I his IeveL
motives to the one who interferes.
Self interest should impel us to lift
up tne Drotner wno is lower clown.
lest he reach up and pull us down to
of the Traction Co, are asking only
what is right, humane and Christian.!
Senator Burkett says he can not see
why republicans should get into a
quarrel over the tariff law. The sena
tor should consult an oculist.
You never hear a Nebraska wage
earner kicking on mud at this season
of the year. That is, not if he is a
wage earner with brains.
Organized labor has failed to per
form a very much needed educational
work. The public has been deceived
by false teachers.
After making an - utter failure at
everything they have tackled some
men turn socialist and begin, abusing
everybody who is accomplishing some
FIGURES OF UNEMPLOYMENT.
profit to the readers. The Oklahoma
City, Okla., Labor Unit, which was in
keeping with the record of that young
state' and its wide-awake unionists.
Nothing finer in the way of a labor
paper ever came off the press. The
Pueblo, Colo, Industrial Review was
a credit to the Pittsburg of the west
and to its editor and publisher.
Printed in colors, well illustrated and
full of good stuff, the Review was a
pleasure to look at. The Kansas City,
return to work a thousand a day.
While formal action - declaring the
trouble at an end will not be taken
until a vote is cast by the men some
time tomorrow, C. A. Wise, chairman
of the strikers executive committee,
stated tonight that the employes of
the big plant will unanimously decide
to return to work Thursday. Practi
cally all the demands made by the
men, he said, have been granted by
The satisfaction of the men over
the final outcome of their contention
is general. ' 1
Among the changes agreed to by
the company are the following: No
Sunday work hereafter; half holiday
on Saturday; the promise of an in
crease in wages; the indefinite sus
pension of T. A. Farrell, chief of the
company police; a printed list of
prices to be paid will be exhibited
in all departments, so the men will
know exactly what they are to re-
A SUDDEN BEREAVEMENT.
Mr. James Yates, a well known resi
dent of Lincoln, died very suddenly
at York on Thursday of last week.
Mr. Yates was in York attending to
some business, and was stricken
while at a hotel. His illness lasted
but a few minutes. The remains
were brought to Lincoln and after
brief funeral ceremonies were interred
in Wyuka Saturday. Mr. Yates was
the father of C A. Yates, well known
in allied printing trades circles and
pressman' at the Wood ruff -Collins
establishment. The sincere sympathy
of a large circle of trades onion
friends is extended to C. A. Tate
and to the other members of the
Mo., Labor Herald went its former leeive for piecework, and a guarantee
records one better, which means that I that better conditions are to prevail
the Herald set a great pace. Editor I throughout the big mill.
For justice of the supreme court,
John J. Sullivan. To date there Is the
only preferred candidate this humble
little labor paper has.
And now for a "Labor Crautauqua.'
Let Lincoln be the pioneer in such a
great educational movement along in-las compared with 35.7
dustrial lines. date in 1908.
We wonder how many of those who
For one we'd walk a long ways to I read this statement in the paper real-
hear Senator Burkett and Charles i2ed its awful significance. In March
Whedon debate the Payne-Aldrich tar-1 this year more than one-fifth of the
iff law. I organized workers were out of work
and in March last year more than
Well always believe It would have one-third of the organized workers
been the greatest Labor Day celebra- were out of work. One out of every
tioa ever pulled off in Lincoln. I five men, one out of every three men
out of work, looking for work, not
It rained on Labor Day but think knowing how long he will be out of
of what it means in the way of pros- work, not knowing what the end of
HUMANE, ECONOMIC AND
The demand of the Amalgamated
Association of Street and Electrical
Railway Employes. Division No. 522,
of Lincoln, for one day's rest in sev
en is, as Miss McDowell asserted, "hu
mane, economic and American. She
very clearly put the situation to the
humanity-loving people of Lincoln, and
we fully believe that such people are
in the vast majority in this good city
The street railway men are asking
for a shorter work day, and for one
day's rest in seven. That request
should be backed up by every Chris
tian in this city. It should be backed
up by every lover of humanity and of
And Miss McDowell also gave voice
to a great truth when she said that
until the Christian people of Lincoln
had helped to establish a Saturday
half-holiday In Lincoln they had no
right to object to Sunday amusements
And she didn't mince words when
she said it. either. Miss McDowell has
acquired the habit of saying what she
thinks in almighty plain English.
Let the Christian people of Lincoln
ponder over these things. One way
to Interest workers in the church is
to show them that the church is
terested In the workers.
The Wageworker cordially invites.
the Christian people of Lincoln to pon
der over what Miss MsDowell said
about Saturday half-holidays and Sun
Public sentiment was behind the Mc
Kee's Rocks strikers and the strikers
have won a victory. This is a point
er for others. -
.The State Fair Is over, Mr. Sharp.
Jump, Sharp, jump!
The Labor Day committee did not
A Sidelight on Our Present Period of
According to the last , report of the
New York State Commissioner of
Labor the percentage of unemploy
ment among the organized workers
at the end of March, 1909. was 21.1,
on the same
West always goes a little further
every time he gets out a special edi
tion, and one often wonders if he will
ever be satisfied. Frank Kennedy's
Western Laborer, Omaha, was not as
big as some of them, but we happen
to know it was a profitable edition,
and it was handsomely illustrated and
full of good stuff. The Council Bluffs,
la., Weekly Times is a youngster, but
a mighty lusty one, and its Labor Day
issue was a credit to its publishers
and sufficient to show that Council
Bluffs is appreciative of a lively, re
liable union labor newspaper. The
Pittsburg! Pa, Iron Trades Journal
was a wonder. It has rather the ad-
Owing to the reticence of Commis
sioner or Labor Charles P. Neill,
notning dennite is obtainable con
cerning the investigation he is mak
ing here in connection with the
strike. It is said Mr. Neill will re
port to Washington before announc
ing whether the government intends
to prosecute. Excepting to say that
action will probably be taken against
several eastern employment agencies,
United States District Attorney Jor
dan is also silent.
THE PARK COMMISSIONERS.
perity for another year.
How does the "Labor Chautauqua"
strike you? Listens good, don't it?
Here's hoping for Labor Day, 1910.
UNION MADE STUFF.
Ground Out By a Card Man in
it all will be, whether in fact this is
not the end so far as he individually
And if this was the state of unem
ployment among the organized work
ers, how much more widespread must
it have been among the unorganized
unemployment is not an excep
tional phenomenon. It is a perman
ent condition. A chronic disease
under which the working class per
manently suffers. A disease unknown
in former ages. A peculiar and spe
cific product of the capitalist system.
For according to the same report
the percentage of unemployment
The Labor Day celebration did not
materialize, but that fact does not
vantage of most- of us in point of lo-1 prevent the committee and the rank
cation, and it took all that was com-1 and file of organized labor in this
ing. As a result its Labor Day issue I vicinity from -feeling grateful to the
was such that it will be kept on file I park commissioners for their evi
ror tne purpose t or being used as a dences if friendship. Remembering
model at some future time. The the assistance 'organized labor gave
Pittsburg, Pa, Amalgamated Journal, when the matter of park concerts was
organ of the Iron, steel and tin work- under discussion, the park com mis
ers, was a hummer, and dedicated to
the locked-out members of the trade.
The Baltimore, Md, Labor Leader
also appeared in handsome Labor Day
There are others worthy of special
mention, but the above take the lead.
The best thing about it all Is that the
si oners held a special meeting on Fri
day of last week and decided to have
one of the public concerts at Capital
Beach on Labor Day as a recognition
of-the support given by the unionists.
Ex-Mayor ' Brown interested himself
in the matter and had the other com
missioners meet him. The decision
tor is being appreciated. Here's to
every one of our "esteemed contem
"Saw a funny sight Labor Day.
What was it?"
"Saw a union cigarmaker rolling a
cigarette from Puke's Mixture while
he was cussing a non-union street car among the organized, workers in New
conductor for not getting into the York state was lo.l in 190o, 9.9 in
union game." 1 1906, 19.1 in 1907, etc. Even in the
prosperous years one out of every
He Did. I seven, one out or every ten, and one
evidences multiply that the labor edi-1 was unanimous and hearty. The park
commission as now constituted is able
to transact business rapidly and well,
and when the people of Lincoln get
ready to spend money for parks . as
they should, the commission is made
up of the right men to make a park
system what it should be.
ITS CHARTER TAKEN UP.
Iowa State Federation Disciplined in
Electrical Worker Fight.
The Electrical Workers fignt is
growing acute, and the American
Federation of Labor is proceeding
rapidly in its work of disciplining the
"Remember old Grindem, the fellow out of every five workers was out of central bodies and state federations friends
Mrs. W. C. Norton and children
Harry and Delphine, came up from
Humboldt last week and spent sev
eral pleasant days visiting with
who said he'd never recognize the
"Yes, what about him?"
"He has. He got married a few
months ago and his wife makes him
tand around like a little dog."
And, again, if this was the case
with the organized workers, how
much worse must it have been with
the unorganized ones! New York
"What's the mater with your head.
"That's the effects of loss of mem-
cry. Forgot and took a Lee broom
home to my wife, and that's where it
"John," remarked Mrs. John Henry
"Yep," murmured Mr. Golightly
looking up from his evening paper.
"John, last week you drew your
wages and spent exactly one-half at
a boozery. Then it cost you a dollar
to pay for your tobacco, and you lost
a dollar and a half playing 'pitch' and
then you bet a dollar on the home
team and lost. As a result the week's
grocery bill was unpaid, as usual, and
all you let me have was ninety-five
"Well." growled Mr. Golightly.
"No. it is not well!" exclaimed Mrs.
Golightly. "It is very bad. And now
we have a change. I am going to col
lect dues in this household union of
SALVATION ARMY DENOUNCED.
Iowa unionists, .headed by President
Urick of the State Federation,
are protetsing against the proposed
scheme of the Salvation army to im
port laborers from London direct to
Des Moines. The business men of
that city are demanding cheap labor
and the army has stepped into the
breach. The unionists are asking if
Colorado and Pennsylvania labor
troubles are . tdjje repeated in their
HOW ABOUT LINCOLN?
that have failed or refused to unseat
the delegates from the Electrical
Workers' locals that pay allegiance
to the "Reid faction." Last week
the charter of the Iowa State Federa
tion of Labor was taken up by Secre
tary Morrison because that organiza
tion refused to unseat the so-called
seceding delegates. Several centra!
bodies in Iowa and Nebraska have
been ordered to throw out the "Reid
delegates" on pain of having their
charters revoked, Lincoln among the
Eighty per cent of the Electrical
Workers are opposed to the faction
recognized by the American Federa
tion or iaDor, and naif or tne re
maining 20 per cent are sympathi
zers. A lot of the organizers of the
A. F. of L. seem to be spending most
of their time fighting the Reid faction
instead of organizing new locals.
Miss Jeannette, the .four-year-old
daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Orville
Young, accompanied her grandmother,
Mrs. Hogue, to Illinois last week, and
for the next month will enjoy the
always pleasant visi with grandmas
and grandpas and great grandparents
Mrs. J. G. Sayer, who received
severe fracture of the shoulder last
week, is resting as easy as could be
expected and " making good progress
Gene Lyman has taken out his I. T.
U. traveling card and will take a tour
of the northwest country.
J. W. Dickson has returned to Lin
coln and is again plying his trade.
Dickson's return will be beneficial to
the union spirit of the city.
Mr. and Mrs. Will Bustard have set
up their lares and penates in the Sals-
BERT CHIPMAN BACK.
Bert Chfpman is back from the
northwest and is now officiating as
sewer and sanitary Inspector for the
City of Lincoln. He was appointed
by City Engineer Dobson. who knows
good man when he sees hrm. Mr.
Cbipman has served in this capacity
before and made good. There are a
lot of as who wfn be glad to welcome
him back to Lincoln.
The printers met Sunday afternoon
and rushed through a lot of basines
in short order. Delegates Locker and
Freeman made brief reports. Notices -of
several constitutional amendments
were given. Nothing outside of the
routine was accomplished.
THE WAGEWORKER FAMILY.
A Few Personal Remarks That Yon
Are Asked to Pardon,
The editor of The V-ageworaer has
been enjoying himself for several days
past, despite the hard work of getting
out a big Labor Day edition, attend
ing to a busy public office and assist.
ing in forwarding the Labor Day cele
bration. Tuesday evening Mrs 3 Geo.
L. Burkhalter, of Needles, Calif, a
sister of Will M. Mauphi, arrived to
spend a few days in visiting- She re
turned Monday morning and took wMn
her Miss Dorothy Maupin, aged S,
who will spend the winter In Needles.
Saturday' evening T. Whit Maapfa, a
brother, came in from Oregon, Ho,
and win spend fair week in Lincoln.
Whit Maupin is a country printer.
being employed on the Oregon Sentin
el. It was upon the Sentinel that th
editor of The Wageworker served his
apprenticeship at the printing trade.
beginning in May, 1879. The editor
and publisher of the Sentinel fhea
was David Porter Dobyns, more fa
miliarly known as "Deacon." "Dea
con" Dobyns Is" still the editor and
publisher and bi3 partner is Tom Car
ry, who was foreman of the Sentinel
shop when The Wageworker man- was
handling the roller and setting re
' MILLION DOLLARS' REWARD.
"American Industries is the name
of the official organ of the National
Association of Manufacturers, It Is ed
ited by John H. Kirby, president of
that bunch of notorious onion haters.
The Wageworker will pay one minion
dollars in confederate script for any
issue of "American Industries" since
Kirby became its editor that does not
contain a picture of John H. Kirby.
" General Organizer Franklin C. Fay
of the plumbers and fitters' osJoa is
in the city loosing after the interests
of the local In general and sprinkler
fitters in particular. He is from St.
Louis, but has Nebraska fn his dis
trict. He attended the meeting of
No. 16 last Tuesday night and gave
the boys a good talk. Omaha Wesfera
"There are no workers in Detroit I The Mculty faction, backed by the
who are so exploited as the laundry
workers," declared a girl in the
Trades Council hall Monday. "Their
wages are low and sanitary condi
tions in some shops are very bad.
A. F. of L, is in a bad way. Its
membership is scattered, it is pay
ing no death benefits, and it is seem
ingly content with getting what money
it can and letting the A. F. of L.
The heat and dampness all play their I disrupt the whole movement by "but-
part in deteriorating the physical con-1 ting in" instead of letting the Elec-
dition of the workers. We are goingltrical Workers settle their own fight.
to try and form a union and see if I This trouble must be settled soon
we cannot better conditions. Detroit! or it will give the whole labor move-
Union Advocate. jment a black eye. President Gompers
Pleasant Reception to Delegates and
Happy Evening Spent.
Capital Auxiliary rNo. 11 tendered a
reception to Mrs. F. H. Hebbard on
Friday evening of last week. The
reception was held at the home of
Mr. and Mrs. Fred Mickel, 2525 Vine
street. Mrs. Hebbard, who repre
sented the Auxiliary at the recent St.
Govercor Hadley of Miaaonri has
signed the woman's nine-hoar law.
The law regulates the employment of
girls and women in factories, restau
rants and other such places. Employ
ment is limited to nine hoars a day
and prohibits their employment later
than 10 p. m. or earlier than 5 a. m.
AN AWFUL RECORD.
During the last seventeen years
American coal mines have killed 2Zr
840 men, made at least 19,009 widows
and upward of 40.04H) orphans. And
yet they have to strike against the
coal bare n s for better conditions and
fight the troops to enforce their
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