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About The Wageworker. (Lincoln, Neb.) 1904-???? | View Entire Issue (Nov. 6, 1909)
LINCOLN, IfEBKASKA, NOVEMBER 6, 1909
Evangelist Corkey Favors
Trades Union Principles
Evangelist Corkey, who is holding a
revival meeting in Fremont, delivered
a sermon especially to worklngmen
last Sunday night, and it is replete
with remarks or interest to wage earn
ers everywhere. The Wageworker
takes pleasure in giving a synopsis of
"I believe in Unionism. I am a
Union nan through and through. If
n man Hrtxia nnt flffrftA with TT1 0 ill t tl i K
I will not heave a brick at him. I
will say, 'Come now, and let us rea
son together.' I am a Unionist for
two reasons. I believe Unionism
' breathes the American spirit. Ben
jamin Franklin advocated the union
of the colonists in their struggle with
his famous saying 'We must hang to
gether, or we shall all hang separate
ly1.' As Americans, some of our
famous mottoes tell of our love of
union: 'United we stand; divided we
fall,' 'A house divided against itself
cannot stand.1 Labor cannot afford
to be divided against itself. Amerl
cans have died fighting for the union
principle. , President Taft spoke
strongly but truly when he recently
said tn Chicago that the man who
did not believe in labor unions was
behind the times. I believe in union
ism because union labor men seek to
uplift the laboring man. It is a noble
aim. Labor unions have made mis
takes, but this Is only to say that labor
unionists are human. The church has
made some sad mistakes, too. But,
like the church of today, the labor
unions were never better managed
than now. Look at that great labor
leader, John Mitchell.
"Capital combines for lawful bust
ness enterprise; farmers combine for
better crops and better stock. Shall
not labor men unite for the uplift of
"Andrew Carnegie says, 'Capital
and labor can best agree when the
capitalist and the laborer, are one.'
He says If he were young again, and
starting in business, he would make
all of his 40,000 employes stockhold
ers in his big steel business, and the
business would belong to them all.
This is industrial democracy, but
such a thing is far off yet. What
labor unions need today is a law au
thorizing compulsory arbitration of all
labor disputes. Such a law
They are demanding justice. Compul
sory arbitration means justice to the
laborer and justice to the employer.
'Governor Johnson and President
Roosevelt compelled arbitration in two
great labor disputes and their efforts
to secure justice in this way were
hailed with approval by all loyal Amer
"Laboring men ought not to -pro
claim strikes without' the fullest con
sideration. A strike Is a terrible
thing. Like w-ar 'it is hell' on the
women and children. Men can stand
strikes all right, but the burden and
suffering falls on the faithful wives
and helpless babes. Let them work
for a compulsory, arbitration law, and
trtkes, like war, will not be necessary.
God gave us an example of how to
settle a strike when men struck work
on his big job of making earth a king
dom of righteousness and goodness.
He appealed to reason and justice. He
says to men, 'Come now and let us
reasdn together.' We need the golden
rule applied to our industrial system,
and as Carroll D. Wright declared,
We shall find it can solve the labor
problem.' God listens to our griev
ances of labor and answers them in
justice, and capital must listen to the
grievances of labor and answer In jus
tice as God does. Compulsory arbitra
tion after the pattern of New Zea
land is the need of the hour for the
November Meeting Will Be Held in
Lincoln Typographical Union No
209 will meet, at Fraternity hall Sun
day afternoon, it being the regular
meetin? for November. So tar as
known nothing but routine business
will be up for discussion.
The printing business continues to
flourish in Lincoln, and the "subs
have no difficulty, unless it be to
dodge work now and then. The fa
miliar old rumors about a democratic
daily in Lincoln are afloat again, but
no one seems able to trace it to an
The American Homestead is being
printed at the ' Western Newspaper
has 1 Tn'on. and its adds a lot to the work
worked magnificently in New Zea
land and such a law Is needed In Ne
braska. "Strikes are a form of war. and
war is the worst way to settle any
dispute. The age of war is passing.
War means that might makes right.
No disputes among reasoning men
are ever finally settled by war. It is
justice that settles disputes between
individual and individual, nation and
nation, capital and labor.
"Laboring men do not want char
ity. They do not plead for sympathy,
of that shop. C. W. Bryan is the pub-
Usher, and already the rapidly grow
ing circulation is taxing the press fa
cilities of the plant
. UNION LABEL ON PIE.
New York piemakers have struck
for' higher wages and the placing of
the union stamp on the upper crust of
every union-made pie. Placing the
union label on apple pies will be sim
ple enough, but how are they going to
manage it with the custard and pump
kin pies? Chicago Record-Herald.
THE STAKE, FAGGOT AND THUMBSCREW.
Samuel Gompers, Fiank Morrison and John
Mitchell have been found guilty of that most hein
ous of all crimes contempt of court. The wife
beater, the horse-theif or the murderer is entitled
to more consideration than the man guilty of con
tempt of court. They, at least, are entitled to trial
by a jury of their peers, but the man guilty of con
tempt has to stand trial before the prosecutor who
also .acts as judge and executioner.
So it is that these three men, guilty of having
exercised right they supposed to be guaranteed by
the constitution, are facing a prison term.
Perhaps they will have to go to jail. If they
do they will not be the first men who have suffered
for having fought for a principle.
Latimer arid Ridley were burned at' the stake,
but Latimer's prophecy that the fire which con
sumed them would light all England was more than
fulfilled. Gompers .Mitchell and Morrison in jail
will be a greater menace to judicial ezardom than
they would be out of jail.
If law is to be set aside at the whim of a judge;
if constitutional rights are dependent upon the way
a judicial breakfast sits upon the judicial stomach ;
if liberty is to be the football of judicial tyranny,
then it is high time that the country recognized the
fact and cut the foolish expense of .'legislatures and
executives. . ,
The stake, the faggot and the thumbscrew used
to be the punishment of those who- dared to exer
cise freedom of thought and action. We are more
refined in thesw enlightened days. We have the in
junction whereby the 'same end is reached the
throttling of constitutional rights and the fettering
of the limbs of free meni ' '
THREE GREAT CRIMINALS
WILL THE GIANT WAKE?
Is this a land of the freef .Or is freedom mere
ly a little joke that serves only; to create talk"?
A District of Columbia judge, appointed, not
elected, says the constitutional guarantee of free
speech and free press is only a joke, and backs it
up by declaring that three men who insist upon
their constitutional rights arej guilty of contempt
and deserving of prison sentence.
A court of appeals, also appointed by political
pull, says the first judge is quite correct.
Your right to free speech is limited limited
by the whim or caprice ,of some petty judge.
The liberty of the press is a pleasant fictidn
a federal judge can tell you what you may or may
not publish in your own paper.
Once upon a time we thought this a govern
ment of law. Now we find it a government of fed
eral judges. '
"Damn the constitution what I say goes!"
Federal judges do not use that exact language,,
but that's what they mean.
A sovereign state enacts a law for the safe
guarding of its own people, and acting wholly with
in the province of the state, as outlined by the
fathers of the republic, says 'that certain institu
tions chartered by the state must secure its patrons.
A federal judge, who need not answer to the peo--J'.l?
of. the state, stops the governor, the legislature
sind the supreme court f that state by merely writ
ing a few words and calling it an injunction.
Yet we talk about representative government,
and "the will of the people."
Sounds like a joke, doesn't it?
The first amendment to the constitution of the
United States reads as follows:
' ' Congress shall make no law respecting the
establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free
exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of
speech, or cf the press; or the right of the people
peacefully to assemble and to petition the govern
ment for a redress of greivances. "
Yet, what congress may not do a federal judge
may do and does. lie issues his judicial ukase, and
presto ! a free press is abolished and free speech is
In Omaha three thousand workers assemble on
private property; they are peaceful; they are or
"derly. There is no sign of violence. They are exer
cising a right that they, in their simplicity, thpught
guaranteed them by the constitution. What, that
antiquated document? 'fell with it ! And a sheriff,
the cheap tool of the corporations, and a chief of
police owning stock in those same corporations,
rush in and drive those peaceful, law-abiding citi
zens away with clubs and revolvers!
O, yes, this is a free country!
Like the old woman kept hotel!
Any old federal judge, any old sheriff, any old
police cliief they can knock the stuffing out of the
constitution any time their corporation backers give
them the tip that it is the proper thing to do. And
'we workers we who make the wheels go round;
we whose toil makes the nation we seem satisfied
so long as we have a good chance at three square'
meals a day and a place to sleep at night.
"The land of the free and the home of the
brave! O, but doesn't that sound fine and dandy?
The land of the free and we submit to this thing
of letting any federal judge who so desires set aside
the constitution, set aside the sovereign will, of the
people, and become at once the lawmaker,' the law
interpreter and the law enforcer. And we call that
The home of the brave and "we don't dare
peep lest we lost our jobs, or offend some petty po
They are rubbing it in, fellow workers rub
bing it in good and hard. Maybe the time will
come when we will arise in our .might and wipe the
whole pestiferous breed from the face of the earth,
..Not by bullets and bayonets! That isn't the way.
By ballots. But at times' it seems hopeless. Well
filled bellies will stand a lot... .-r
But maybe the .men who ride' us now will push
us too hard some time, forgetting that there is a
limit. - . , ....
But if we are ever going to wake up and take
notice, we ask you in the name of common sense,
in the name of liberty, isn't it about time to do it?
The Temple Project is
Booming Merrily Along
There were just enough directors
present at the meeting Monday night
to transact the necessary business.
That doesn't mean that interest is
waning. On the contrary, there were
more directors out hustling than there
were at the meeting.
While the session was attending to
the little matter of paying bills for
current expenses, other directors were
out hustling for money that will pay
future bills. '. A committee went to
Havelock and held session with the
Boilermakers and the Blacksmiths.
Both of these organizations showed a
lively interest in the project, and both
agreed to do something to boost the
good work along. A number of in
dividual pledges were taken, and the
organizations were left to take such
action as they saw fit.
The outlook grows brighter every
day. Not a day goes by that addition
al pledges are not given, and the di
rectors are meeting with encourage
ment on every hand. The meeting
next Monday evening promises to
spell something -important. At that
time accounts will be cast up and the
board will know just what it will have
to have by December 1 in order to get
over the first hurdle. Right now it
seems that just a little' boosting will
do the work. But the board is going
to boost as hard as any set of men
In the meanwhile the work of re
modeling the Temple goes merrily on.
Superintendent Kates is pushing as
fast - as he can. The electric wiring
is all done, and the plumbers have got
as far as they can go until the carpen
ters and plasterers are finished. ' The
painters and decorators are just ach
ing to get in and- do their share" of
the work. Right ' now the work is
necessarily slow, but in a few days it
will be at a point where progress will
be apparent every minute of the day.
One cheering aspect is the, interest
that is being shown in the movement
by men who are not affiliated with the
unions business and professional
men. T. C Kelsey, fraternal delegate
to the Ministerial Union, attended a
session of that body Monday forenoon
and when called upon told the Labor
Temple story. He was listened to at
tentively and the ministers were a unit
tn declaring that they would do their
utmost to help the workingmen of the
city get a home of their very own.
Several business men have volunteered
to give the movement a big push when
the right time comes, but the board is
sanguine that the union men will come
to the front in sufficient numbers to
swing the project.
Union men who will pledge them
selves to take one share of stock a
month for twelve consecutive months
are coming to the front. in squads, but
there is room for many more. If
enough will come to the front during
the next two weeks the directors will
see their way clear, and then their
next move will be to add the third
story to the building, and thus pro
vide the union forces with the largest
and handsomest hall in the city. Such
a hall would more than pay the run
ning expenses of the whole Temple
project, and the directors are just ach
ing for the time to arrive when the
roof can be raised another, story
The interest manifested in the La
bor Temple project is evidenced by .
the letter printed elsewhere, from a
friend in Easton, Pa. There are others
who wiH show the same interest, pro
viding the local unionists ' will make
the proper showing. '
The committee appointed to visit
the unions is very busy every night,
and results are being accomplished.
Talk of Permanent Club Room, But
Will Boost Temple Project.
The musicians had a short special
meeting Sunday morning, the purpose
being to talk over the matter of es- -,
ta Wishing a permanent club room and -other
matters of interest. A commit
tee was present from the board of di- "
rectors of the Labor Temple and ex
plained the project thoroughly. Then
the musicians proceeded to discuss thu
matter for an hour.
Owing to peculiar circumstances
surrounding the craft there Is a feel
ing that the musicians ought to have
separate quarters of their own where
practice can be indulged in. This, of
course, would be practically impossi
ble with headquarters ' in the Labor
Temple. ' But although the sentiment
was general that a separate headquar
ters would be best, it was generally
agreed that the Temple project is a
good one and- that the musicians can
not afford to be on the outside. Al
though no definite action was taken
at Sunday's meeting it was generally
understood that at the next meeting
the local would invest " a handsome
sum In Labor Temple- stock. In the
meanwhile a committee of seven will
investigate the matter of permanent
headquarters and be ready to report
a plan of procedure at the next meet
ing. - . ' ' ' . -
The local organization is in a flour
ishing condition. The membership is
beyond the 130 mark, the treasury is
awake. One new member was initia
ted Sunday and one suspended mem
ber taken back into the fold.
LABORERS GET INCREASE.
Officials of the Pittsburg & Lake
Erie railroad have issued circulars to
their three thousand laborers, an
nouncing that when they draw their
pay November 1 for October work
they will receive pay on a basis of
$1.G5 a day instead of $1.50.
YOUR LIBERTIES, NOT GOMPERS' ALONE!
The court of appeals of the District of Coluni-
bia have affirmed the decision of Judge Wright, and
Samuel Gompers," president ; Frank Morrison, seere- -tary,
and John Mitchell, executive officer, of the
American Federation of Labor, are adjudged fit
subjects for prison because they dared to exercise '
the right of free speech. It is a mooted question
whether these men will be allowed to perfect an -appeal
to the supreme court of the United States.
Free men sons of men who fought and died
for liberty should bear in mind that more than
the liberties of three men are involved in this mat-
- ter. The liberties of an entire nation are at stake.
Shall it be said that the sons of men who died to
free this country from the reign of a king shall sub
mit to its becoming the ! plaything of a judiciary
swollen by long continued and constantly inereas- -ing
power? The King of England would not dare
to exercise the power daily exercised , by judges; in
this republic. The czar of Russia would hesitate to. -use
the power often exercised by federal judges in
this republic. If a federal judge may issue an, 6r7 -
. der in defianae of the constitution,, and arbitrarily- -
. and without recourse' --commit to prison nien wno
dare to defy that power; then this claim of heiijfe'a'
republic, a government of the people, by the people,,
..ami for the people, is all humbug. : ,
The decision in the Gompers-Morrison-Mitchell
case should concern all men, whether they be union
"' men. or farmers ; .merchants or lawyers ; physicians,
or bankers! The liberties of a people who imagine
- themselves to be free are at stake.- " '
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