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About The Wageworker. (Lincoln, Neb.) 1904-???? | View Entire Issue (Oct. 16, 1909)
SOME PLAIN TALK.
We are showing
Large Assortments of
YAith Somo Special Values For Saturday and
and Excellent Values in the Regular Lines
Cotton Blankets German finish, short felt nap, good weight; colors, gray,
tan or white with pink or blue borders. Sizes 72x80 inches
1 Regular $2.00 Value for $1.65 per Pair
Wool and Cotton Blankets Light gray mixtures, a large fluffy blanket,
' very sightly. Size 70-80 inches
Regular 3.75 value for 2. 95 pair
All Wool Blankets 25 pair in f-in
checks, white and blue, white and pink,
white and gray, white and tan; 25 pair
4-in. broken plaids, white and blue
white and pink, white and tan, white
and gray; 10 pair plain gray; 5 pair tan,
5 pair white with pink or blue borders.
We have never offered better values
Regular 5.00 value for 3.95 pair
Cotton Blankets in neat bordered effects: colors gray, tan and white
10- 4 . 50c, 75c, 90c
11- 4 at ,1.00, 1.25, 1,35, 1.50, 2.00
12- 4 at 1.35, 1.75, 2.00, 2.25, 2.50
Wool Blankets in neat borders and fancy plaids; all good values
10- 4 at 4.00, 4.50, 5.00, 6.00, 6.50, 7.50 pr
11- 4 at 3.75, 4.50, 5.00; 5.50, 6.00, 6.50 pr
12- 4 at 7.50, 9.00, 10.00, 11.00, 12.50, 15.-
00 and 18.00 pair.
Two Qood Values in Wool Filled Com
fortables, covered with Silkoline, in
choice colors and designs, 72x80 inches.
Excellent values for -5.00 each
COTTON COnFORTABLES We show a very
large assortment of tufted and stitched cotton
comtortables in large sizes only. At.
I.50, 1.75,2.00, J. 25, 2.50, 3.75, and 3.15 each
Cotton Baby Blankets
White Cotton Baby Blan
ket, with pink or blue bor
ders, size 30x40 inches ;
50c value 39c pair ,
A Country Newspaper Discusses the
Though the reports are censured by
the metropolitan press, the facts have
leaked out that Arthur Brandies and
Gurdon Wattles, president of the Om
aha street railway, mixed in a London
prize ring engagement over the street
car strike. . .
Wish we could have been there to
hold the bottle for Brandies. That
man Wattles is the first of his species
in the west. His is a tribe we do not
want to increase. Of questionable .
commercial antecedency, he was the
proper agent for those eastern ex
ploiters of Omaha's public service lip-
The few walks we had to take in
Omaha were healthful, but the scurvy
plug-uglies imported to operate those
cars were an Insult to western civili
They might do in some of the east
ern cities where the majority of the
laboring element do not speak the
English language, but not in Nebras
ka. Creighton, Nebr., Liberal.
Business Picking Up and the Outlook
Growing Some Brighter.
Business is picking up in cigar mak
ing lines, and as a result more men
are at work in Lincoln than for sev
eral months. Pepperberg has added
four or five men to his force since
the first of the month, and Cinberg
has also been compelled to' add a
John Steiner has quit business for
himself and may now be found at a
bench in the Pepperberg factory.
T. W. Evans left the last of this
week for a mpnth's visit with friends .
and relatives in Ohio and Kentucky.
He will spend a week or two with his
brother at Cleveland. '
W. C. Linder has gone to Portland,
Ore., where he will work for a time.
The best wishes of a host of friends
will go with him. v
THE RAPIDLY INCREASING COST OF LIVING
Reprinted by Request r
A few weeks ago the Central Labor Union of Lincoln appointed
a committee to inquire into the cost of living, this being a part of
the educational campaign marked out by that body. The work of
conducting the inquiry was given to Rev. Mr. Zenor, pastor of the
East Lincoln Christian church and fraternal delegate to the central
body from the Ministerial Union. Rev. Mr. Zenor devoted consid
erable time to the inquiry, visiting and talking with craftsmen and
laborers in various parts of the city, and the following report is
the result of his investigations. He says:
"If you turn to the daily press, or to those who depend upon it
for information, you will read or hear words to the effect that
'these are the best times we ever saw good prices for everything
and good wages for everybody.'
"The writer can remember a few years ago, when we were told
that we had. the worst time3 that the American people ever saw;
and I am still inclined to believe most of it because there are so
many people out of work, or did not find work at any price, and
we were toldi that they could not find it. "We were then told that
the cause of that hard pressure was due to over-production, to not
having sufficient money with which to transact the business of the
country, to 'political inefficiency,' to 'the extravagance of the labor
classes,' to 'too high living, domestic incompetency' and, in fact,
almost any man you would chance to meet knew just what was the
matter, and also had just the remedy that would bring about the
desired results, and that speedily.
"It was in this year that it was said, 'we have not less than a
million of idle men and they are on the road ; and we by our indis
criminate charity have made a million tramps.' "Who does not recall
General Coxey's or Ceneral Kelley's army, or the terse expression,
'keep off the grass,' but now worn out and trite, although seen every
day upon some sward. Who cannot recall the hot times in which
men standing on the street engaged in discussion of the 'hard
times,' the hue and cry of politics, the 'full dinner pail,' or the one
more terse, 'Washington was the father-of our country, Lincoln
freed the slave and G rover Cleveland gave the laboring man a rest.'
"Those were hard times indeed; for the man who was able to
find work accounted himself fortunate; but the wages oh, what
wore they? I myself was then working on a salary of just one-half
of what I am now receiving. But was that one-half quite as effi
cient with which to purchase the necessaries of life as the double
nniount now is? True, wages have advanced a great aeai since
then, but have they kept pace with the advance 01 the cost 01 liv
ing, with rents and taxes and other items?
"At the time used as a short introduction to this paper I was
living in the commonwealth of Nebraska, and a few of the then
living prices will certainly not be out of order. I copy the prices
from my day-book kept at that time. I paid for the best flour 90
cents per 100 pounds. The other day I paid $1.80 for a sack of 48
pounds, or practically four times as much as m the hard times. 1
then paid 10 cents for just as good butter as I can now get for 30
cents per pound. I pay here from 8 to 22 cents for meat no better
than I got for .from 3 to 10 cents per pound, and the same com
parisons hold good through the entire grocery line, the same is
also true of vegetables of all kinds, of clothing, of furniture and
household goods. In fact, of everything except coal and wood.
"But let us stop this generalizing, and get down to real specific
otoAments of the cost of living today in the city of Lincoln. Let
us take the average family of six pei3ons. By actual investigation
T find th cost of livinar risrht here in vhe city to be as follows. In
Reading matter $ .W
Fruit ' 14
Street car fare .' .It
Medical aids 10
Household incidentals 0
the following table I have reduced items to cost per day :
House rent $ .50
Meat '. . . .32
Canned goods ... .15
Coal 10 Total .$2.50
"You will observe that I have put in absolutely no luxuries;
not that we are not entitled to it, but that we just cannot afford it.
You will observe that the butter allowance is only one and one
third ounces per day per person, and that the meat is estimated
upon the basis of two pounds per day for six persons, or five and
two-fifths ounces per person per day. : And it will be further ob
served, out of this abundance, I have estimated one $18 suit of
clothes, and for everyday clothes, hats, caps, underwear, etc., we
have left the magnificent sum of $18.60 for each person. Allowing
two pairs of shoes to the person at an average price of $3 per pair.
But let us stop and study the wages paid by the poor corporations,
as stated to me by the men themselves who are doing the work.
The Missouri Pacific is paying its section men here in the city $1.35
per day. Magnificent sum! All the other railroads are paying the
same class of labor $1.50 per day, while the Lincoln Traction Co. is
paying the same class of laborers $1.75. After all the information
I am able to gether, with brickmasons at $4 and carpenters ranging
from $2 to $3.20 per day, and then at the expense of the loss of all
the time when the material is short, and wet days or days unfit to
work on the' outdoor work, to say nothing of the persons who have
to work short hours, lose all the odd time, and an hundred others
looking for places where one can better his condition, all the while
on expense, I am astonished that anyone should have the audacity
to speak of 'the good times' of any one but the speculator, banker
or lean agent, or the grafter."
1 WORKERS UNION H
I J UM10M STAMP j
8 I racfory J
Named Shoes are Often Made
in Non-union .Factories.
DO NOT BUY
no matter tchat its name un
less it bears a plain 'and read
able impression of this Union Stamp.
All Shoes toithout the Union Stamp
are Altcays Non-Union
Do not accept any excuse for the absence of the
BOOT AND SHOE WORKERS' UNION
246 Sumner St., Boston, Mass:
John P. Tobin, Pres. Chas. L. Baine, Sec.-Treas.
UNION MAN FOR SHERIFF.
Louis Faulhaber Asks Your Support
for That Important Office.
Louis Faulhaber, a member of the
Carpenters' Union, and one of the
most loyal union men in this section
of the country, is the democratic can
didate for sheriff of Lancaster county.
There are many reasons why he should
be elected, and more reasons why he
should receive the support and vote
of every union man. He is a union
man himself, and has carried a card in
the Brotherhood of Carpenters and
Joiners for many years. He has al
ways been found ready when work
was demanded in the interests of
unionism and union men.
But this unionism is by no means his
chief recommendation for support. He
has lived in Lincoln for many years,
and there are thousands who will tes
tify to his ability to handle the duties
of the office with credit to himself
and to the people. He is a candidate
now for the first time, and his candi
dacy offers an opportunity to get some
new blood into public office. If elect
edand he will be if his fellow wage
earners stand with him he will be
the first active card man ever elected
to the office of sheriff in Nebraska.
Let's break a record with "Louie"
Labor Temple Has Proved to
. Profitable Investment.
The annual statement of the di
rectors of the Toronto Labor Temple
shows that the year's business was a
profitable one.' The receipts amounted
to $13,568.33, leaving a balance of $1,
856.18. The assets of the company are
the building, $35,888.34; furniture,
$7,500. The profits show an unde
clared dividend of over 13 per cent.
The excess of assets over liabilities is
$17,309.87. The original allotment of
stock has been taken up, and the sin.
gle transaction of $5.00 for the year
closed the final allotment. At present
there is no stock on the market, and
the company will not Issue any more,
as the stock as it now stands is worth
more than double what was paid for
The supreme court of Missouri has
thrown down the gauntlet to the legis
lature and declared that no law shall
be passed wnlch dares to prescribe a
maximum punishment for contempt of
court. Surely, even rapidly, govern
ment by the various supreme court is
being established. Why not abolish
legislatures? Or will the people wake
up before It Is too late? New York
Call. v .
EVERY SHOE "UNION MADE" HERE
J $3.50 $4
4 Handcraft Shoe
NH Y $5.00
" All Mw--"F0R KEIT-AII New
J 12th & P Sts.
THE FARMERS MEAT CO.
226 No. 10th, if you wish to save from 10
to 15 per cent. The working's men's friend
J. W. Wolfe, Prop.
GREGORY, The Tailor
Knows how to dress you up and has
the finest line of fall and winter goods
in the city. :::::: :
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