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About The Wageworker. (Lincoln, Neb.) 1904-???? | View Entire Issue (Sept. 18, 1909)
WILL VL MAUPIN. EDITOR
GOOD CLOTHES sSStfis ARMSTRONG'S
Published Weeklv at 137 Ka. Hth
St. Lincolr. Neb. One Dollar a Tear.
Entered as second-class matter April
21. 1H. at the postoffice at Lincoln,
Neh, wider the Act of Congress ol
PROHIBITION OR REGULATION T
Elsewhere In this issue The Wage-
worker reprints the opinions of two
well-known Nebraska editors. One of
them. Edgar Howard. Is a recognized
democratic leader. The other. Prank
X Kennedy, is a well-known figure in
the world of organized labor. Both
of them tell some plain truths to a lot
of people who seem bent on blindly
tushing for a fall. Mr. Howard states
without equivocation that if the dem
ocratic party takes a stand against
the S o'clock closing law and in. favor
of a return to old conditions, it will
be whipped to a frazzle. Mr. Ken
nedy tells the anti-prohibitionists that
they will either have to experience a
sudden change of heart and managers
or they will find Nebraska in the pro
When the time comes The Wage-
worker will let the public know what
position it takes on this question.
But right now It unhesitatingly as
serts that if it were in favor of prohi
bition it would ask nothing better
than that the anti-prohibition move
meat continue to be headed by the
men who are now leading it. The
people who want prohibition could
ask nothing better than that the dem
ocratic party of this state nominate a
man for governor who would run on
a "personal J'berty" platform and ad
vocate a repeal of the S o'clock clos
ing law. Neither could the republi
cans ask anything better than that
their gubernatorial candidate be op
posed by a democrat who advocated
"personal liberty" and a return to
midnight closing:. ,
A man cannot go in an Omaha sa
loon and. after buying the drinks for
the crowd, estimate the sentiment of
Nebraskans on the liquor question.
The average saloon crowd will agree
to anything for the drinks. The pub
lic pulse of Nebraska cannot he felt
in front of the bars it must be felt
In the rural districts, in the small
towns, in the average little cities.
Candidly. The Wageworker believes
that if the question of prohibition
were to be voted upon tomorrow, Ne
braska would go ""dry. There are a
lot of people who would vote for pro
hibition because they want the state
to go dry. There are a lot of people
who would vote for prohibition be
cause they are oposed to a vicious
a license system that puts the saloons
(ix politics, makes the public a partner
n the business and creates a practi
cal monopoly. These are the people
who are not opposed to the sale of
liquor particularly, but believe that. if
ft is sold it should be sold just the
ame as any other article of com
merce. There are others who would
vote for prohibition because they are
disgusted with the pernicious political
activity of brewers, distillers and
wholesale liquor dealers. If prohibi
tion is defeated in Nebraska it will
not be because of any fol-de-rol about
"rersonal liberty." Nor will prohibi
tion be brought about solely on moral
grounds. The whole thing has re
solved itself into an economic ques
tion, acd upon that basis it will be
store offers vou. not simnlv a few
90 M. S
good clothes, but an immense and comprehensive variety. Good clothes
are the only kind; to maintain this "good clothes" standard we sacrifice profits
in our $10 and $12.50 lines; in no other way can a really good suit be
had for $1 0 or $1 2.50 and only at this store can you get a good suit at
these low prices. Again the "good clothes standard shows up strong in our
lines of suits at from $1 5 to $20 all good clothes; very good, if you please;
better in many instances than the best others have to offer at $25 and up.
we want to direct particular attention
to our finest suits priced at $25, $27.50, $30, $35 and $40. We have a
good deal to say about these finest grades of ours, you'll understand why
when you see them and try them on, and see how they fit and look on you.
You'll like the new colors and patterns and the fine blue serges; you will see
in these fine clothes the very best efforts of the foremost clothing manufactur
ers off America. You'll realize that these best clothes are really the most
Let us suggest the advisability of choosing your
new fall suit, top coat and rain coat early.
Armstrong Clothing .Company
Good Clothes Merchants
ers as Louis F. Post and John H.
Barry? Or such union labor leaders
as Samuel Gompers, Raymond Robins
and Agnes Nestor? Or such social
workers as Margaret Dreier Robins
and Mary McDowell? And a Sunday
sermon by such a stalwart friend of
unionism as Charles Stelzle? Would
it not be worth while to try to carry
out a scheme that would bring such
people to Lincoln? Tou say the work
ingmen know nothing about managing
a Chautauqua? Well, what of it?
They have staunch friends who do
understand the business, and are will
ing to give their time and attention
to help us make it a success, finan?
cially and socially.
The plan is worth considering, any
A LABOR CHAUTAUQUA.
The credit for the idea of holding
a "Labor Chautauqua" in Lincoln
rrcperly belongs to Rev. Harvey H.
Harmon, pastor of the First Christian
church. He suggested it several
months ago to several trades union
ists, and the Idea has been wriggling
around in their minds ever since. It is
a splendid Idea, and it would be right
and proper that the city bearing the
rame of the biggest American should
hold the record for having held the
rst distinctively "Labor Chautau
The plan is simple and easily car
ried out. if a few willing hands wili
take hold. The best platform talent
could be obtained much less expen
sively than the average Chautauqua.
A weeka camping out would appeal
particularly to the families of wage
earners, providing the camp was a
camp of labor's friends instead of a
camp managed by men notoriously op
posed to organized labor and just as
notoriously in favor of cheap female
Suppose 'we could sell 1.500 season
tickets at a dollar each. .That would
practically pay all the expenses, leav
ing the general admissions and the
concessions clear. Wouldn't you like
to have an oportunity to listen to
such splendid socialist orators and
leaders as Eugene Debs and Robert
Hunter? Or such eminent single tax
PRISON MADE GOODS.
The Wageworker welcomes the fol
lowing from the Omaha Trade Ex
hibit as a sign that the business men
of the state are waking up to the evil
effects of the pernicious prison con
tract system. The Trade Exhibit is a
newspaper published In the interests
of the wholesale and retail business
interests of the state. It says:
"Kansas farmers have failed to pat
ronise their state prison binding
twine plant liberally enough, to con
sume this year's output and as a re
sult about 50 per cent of the product
must he carried over until next year.
Prison-made twine is sold direct to
the farmers at a trifle above cost and
its quality is said to be good. But the
farmers haven't exerted themselves to
get the prison-made twine, which they
realize has kept down the price of all
twine. They have been content to
buy trust-made twine of their local
dealers. Now the management will
have to adopt a selling plan or go out
of the twine business, though prob
ably many farmers will insist that the
plant should be continued at a loss in
order to keep down the trust's prices
on twine for their benefit.
"Here in Nebraska we handle the
convict labor problem differently. The
state does not directly manufacture
anything, but leases the convicts for
a pittance a day to a private concern
which makes brooms. The history of
convict labor leases has always been
tainted with cruelty and corruption
and it was so in the old days in Ne
braska, but we have no information
at hand upon which to base charges
of this nature at the present time.
However, the system has nothing to
commend it and everything to con
demn it- Convict labor leases must
and shall be abolished in Nebraska.
"The lessee of the Nebraska con
victs the Lee Broom and Duster
company has recently begun an ad
vertising campaign to consumers ex
ploiting its prison-made goods. In its
advertising the company claims to
be the "largest independent broom
manufacturers." With equal truth it
cculd claim to be the largest manu
facturers of prison-made brooms, but
it's safe to bet that the company will
never set up that claim.
"This concern has a big and unfair
advantage over its competitors em
ploying free labor at living wages. It
is a poor way of building up home in
dustries for the state to enter into
such partnerships. The system is all
wrong and it must be wiped out."
Lincoln was "dry" during the state
fair, and that may have hurt some
lines of business. But anyhow . we
didn't have any hotel homicides with
their attendant scandals this year.
And that helps some.
Mr. Sharpe is cavorting around in
Denver, clad In kilts and plaidies and
so forth, and entirely too busy to at
tend to any such important business
as giving the overworked and under
paid street railway men a fair hear
ing. Hoot, mon!
"It was simply a regsei'sble inci
dent." remarked a Burlington official
in referring to Sunday's w"-ck at
Burnham. Tes. only two lives !os
and a dozen people seriously injured.
About the only people interested in
local politics these days are the gen
tlemenly candidates for office. The
rest of us refuse to lose any sleep
over it. '
Could anything be fairer than the
offer of the union street railway men
to submit the whole matter to arbitration?
Don't forget that the Teamsters
have a union. Bear the fact in mind
when you order your winter's supply
The way to remove the poles from
O street is to remove the poles from
The Wageworker is in hearty sym
pathy with the avowed objects, aims
and works of the Salvation Army and
American Volunteers, but it would
just as soon see them confined to the
side streets when they hold their out
Organized labor earns and spends
over $2,000,000 a year in Lincoln, yet
there are some business men who are
so lacking in wisdom that they want
to reduce this amount by busting the
unions and reducing the wage level.
Sunday baseball or a midweek half-
holiday next season. Which?
Talking again about removing the
poles from O street Talking!
A LITTLE EXPLANATION.
This week the A. D. Benway Co.
billed the city in the interests of a
range exhibit. The bills were minus
the union label and as a result many
of them were returned with "stickers"
attached. In justice to the company
it should be stated that the bills were
furnished by the company manufac
turing the range. Mr. Benway, man
ager of the firm, always demands the
label on the printing he orders, al
ways demands union mechanics when
he has work done, and otherwise
demonstrates his friendship for unionism.
"SUNNY JIM" SHERMAN.
take steps to change conditons at the
factory in question, after being ap
prised of the facts stated, he is a tit
subject for severe criticism. Mr.
Sherman is 'wealthy, prominent in
church circles, and vice president of
the United States. That he should
be a party to the enslavement and
torture of women and Chldren seems
incredible. Thus far we have seen
no denial of Mrs. Kelly's charges by
Mr. Sherman. It is up to him to
clear the atmosphere.
ANOTHER LINCOLN PAPER.
Vice President of United States Runs
a "Child Labor Mill."
A story that seems almost incred
ible is told by Miss Florence Kelly,
head of the Consumers League of
New York, relative to Vice Presi-'
dent James S. Sherman. Mrs. Kelly
states that Mr. Sherman is president
of a canning company in the state of
New York. She says the company
employs women and little children,
who work from 14 to 18 hours a
day; that children of 7, 8 and 10
years of age fall exhausted at their
tasks, and that cold water is thrown
upon their faces to revive them for
the last hours of toil.
It does not 6eem possible that such
a state of affairs can exist in the
state of New York, with its stringent
child labor laws. Even so, it may be
true that Mr. Sherman has no
knowledge of the real situation.
Many men are nominally presidents
of corporations without having any
active part in their management.
That this is true in this case is the
most charitable view that can "be
taken. If Mr. Sherman does not
American Homestead Will Be Pub
lished From Here In Future.
A business deal of interest to the
allied printing trades in Lincoln was
closed last week when Charles W.
Bryan completed the purchase of the
American Homestead and removed
the publication office to Lincoln.
The American Homestead, a monthly
publication with many years of suc
cess behind it, has been published
in Omaha, but hereafter it will bear
a Lincoln date line and all the me
chanical work will be performed in
Lincoln by union craftsmen.
The American Homestead already
'has a, wide circulation, but with a
man of C. W. Bryan's experience
and push behind it there is every
reason to believe that the circulation
will go up by leaps and bounds. A
vigorous circulation campaign has al
ready been mapped out, and the
Homestead may be counted upen to
materially advance Lincoln's stand
ing in the matter of second class
Dr. R. L. DEHTLEY
Office Hours 1 to 4 pi ml
race 2118 O St. Both
The Wageworker refused several
brewery advertisements for its Labor
Day edition, but it has' never made
any boasts of its extreme righteous
ness along those linesi It will be
noticed, too, that The Wageworker
is not carrying any "near beer ad
vertisements. This is not meant as
any especial reference to allusions.
ROOM 202, BURR DLK.
Wage workers, All:i:3
We have Money to Loan
on Chattels. Plenty of it,
KELLY & NORRIS
129 so. nth st.
DISEASES OF WOMEN
All rectal diseases such
Piles, Fistulas, Fissure sad Rec
tal U'cer treated scientifically
DR. J. R. HAGGARD, Specialist.
OfSce, Richards Block.
A NEW STEREOTYPER.
A new union stereotyper arrived in
Lincoln on September 15. ir some
time he will make his" home with Mr.
and Mrs. Sam Large, 1S41 R street.
It may be several years before the
new arrival takes an active member
ship, but in ,the meanwhile he will
demand the label and talk like a
17. A. Ltoyd
Horses called fcr sad
"Phones : Auto.
It L.cati.i: 423 Ss. fi
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