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About The Wageworker. (Lincoln, Neb.) 1904-???? | View Entire Issue (Nov. 13, 1909)
By Maupin & Hogard
WILL M. MAVPIN .. .. Editor
W. P. HOGARD ..... Manafer
Published Weekly at 137 No. 14th
St., Lincolr. Neb. One Dollar a Tear.
Entered as second-class matter April
21, 1904, at the postofflce at Lincoln,
Neb., under the Act of Congress of
March 3rd, 1879.
CONTEMPT OF COURT.
. If there are those who imagine for
a moment that putting the American
Federation officials behind the bars will
end the agitation against government
by injunction, they are mistaken. And
If there be judges who imagine that
such drastic action will lessen the con
stantly growing contempt for judges,
they are likewise mistaken. There is
a vast difference between holding a
court in contempt and having con
tempt for the occupants of the ju
dicial bench. The American people
respect the courts, but they are fast
losing respect for and confidence in
the men who are placed upon the
If the courts have lost the respect
, of liberty-loving men, the fault lies
with the action of the men who use
their judicial positions as an excuse
for the exercise of authority never
contemplated by the men who made
this republic. Absolute czardom, such
as has been exercised by federal
judges during the last six or eight
years, is repugnant to the spirit of
our free institutions, and unless an
end is put to it soon we will have a
government by federal judges.
Some of the injunctions issued dur
ing recent years are so monstrous as
to demand immediate attention.
A federal judge in Pennsylvania en
joined a Methodist preacher from
praying at a meeting of striking
A federal judge in West Virginia
enjoined free-born American citizens
from visiting a mining district.
A federal judge enjoined railroad
men from quitting the employ of a
A western federal judge enjoined
men from using the United States
malls to communicate with their fel
lowmen upon certain specified sub
jects. A federal judge nullifies the will of
the people of a sovereign state upon
a matter of interest only to the peo
ple of that state.
A federal judge denies the editor of
a magazine the right to discuss a mat
ter of vital Importance to his subscrib
ers, and sentences the editor to jail
for a year because that editor dared
to exercise the right guaranteed by
the constitution of the United States.
The next thing we know a federal
jud?e will enjoin a state legislature
from enacting laws, or enjoin a gov
ernor froiW signing a 'Bill passed, or
mandamus the legislature to enact a
law, or mandamus the governor . to
veto or sign a law.
Yet judges- who commit these acts
are very touchy on the matter of "re
spect." The Wageworker yields to none In
its respect for law and order. It has
the highest respect for that branch of
the government labeled "judicial."
But when the judicial branch exer
cises the legislative and executive,, as
well as judicial, functions of govern
ment. The Wageworker believes it is
time to demand a halt. And union
men are not alone interested in this
matter. The writ used against union
men today may be used against busi
ness men and farmers tomorrow.
And when a federal judge gets started
on the matter of nullifying the will of
the people of a state, it is but a step
to nullifying the laws of congress.
And when that last step Is taken self
government is gone.
A few years ago a Texas congress
man exclaimed, "To hell with the con
stitution !" He was damned forever.
A federal judge says, in effect, the
same thing, and if we dare object we
are liable to a jail sentence for ex
pressing our contempt for that; sort
As between a government by fed
eral Judiciary and a government by a
king, we prefer a king. There Is only
one of him, and there are a lot of fed
This week the editor of The Wage
worker . is in Canada, attending the
annual convention of the American
Federation of Labor. The American
Federation of Labor's president, Sanv
uel Gompers, is under jail sentence
for contempt of court. Under the
British flag the American Federation
of Labor convention may exercise lib
erties that are denied under the
American flag. In Toronto the con
vention may adopt without fear reso
lutions that would subject the dele
gates to imprisonment for contempt If
adopted in convention in Washington,
Just let that fact soak in, Mr. Free
Born American Workingman!
John Mitchell is sentenced to jail
because he was in attendance at a
convention of miners when a resolu
tion was adopted criticising the de
cision of the District of Columbia
court. That sort of thing can happen
in this land of the free, this self-governed
republic. It couldn't happen un
der the rBitish flag.
The fact of the matter is that we
Americans have spent so much time
boasting about our liberties that we
haven't spent enough time in main
As Mr. Dooley says: "We're a h 1
of a people, and we know it!"
The trouble is, we know so much
that isn't so.
The worshipers of the God of
Things as They Are now far outnum
ber the Worshipers of the God of
Things as They Should Be.
An ex-union printer, now a raisin
grower in Southern California, is vain
ly trying to sell eight tons of fine
raisins at a cent a pound and cannot
get a buyer." The protective tariff is
2 cents a pound. What's wrong.
The state railway commission is
butting in on that Traction deal.
Anyhow, Teddy Morrow, the social
ist candidate for sheriff in Douglas
county, threw a scare into 'em.
Organized labor in San Francisco
has set an example.
President Taft is learning what the
common people want by listening to
the orators at $20-a-plate dinners.
We'll have to improve congress a
lot before we can expect any improve
ment in our national waterways.
As yet no federal judge has decreed
that we must purchase goods that do
not bear the union label. But we are
Five thousand of the poorest paid
wage earners in the state the school
teachers gathered in Lincoln last
week to discuss their profession. That
represented 75 per cent of the pro
fession. You couldn't get 1 per cent
of the mechanics of the state to take
that much interest in the betterment
of their crafts. '
The election of Brailey to succeed
himself as sheriff of Douglas county is
but another sample of how working
men foolishly allow partisan politics
to shut off their wind.
Either you must boost the Labor
Temple project right now, or the La
bor Temple project will lapse. A half
dozen men can not bear all the burden
of work and finance.
Liberty, like manna, must be re
newed every day.
Union labor in San Francisco elect
ed a carpenter to the office of mayor.
rhat's because union men voted for
him, refusing to be bound by partisan
And in due time the chief justice of
the supreme court of Nebraska will
be a man who is interested in the
newspaper ready-print trust!
When organized labor gets rid of
ignorance it will be mighty near rid
In the - meantime, organized labor
stands for something more than the
short work day and better wages.
He gives twice who gives quickly!
Come across with your boost for the
Demanding the label will help some
until we have to go to Jail for it.
POST'S SANITY QUESTIONED. .
C. W. Post is the last man one
would expect to acknowledge that
union label agitation amounts to any
thing. But the constant demand has
pierced the thick skin of the Battle
Creek union buster. He is now run
ning a large advertisement in any pa
per that will accept it, in which he
charges all manner of crimes to the
emblem of fair dealing. Many news
papers are refusing to publish the
screed, including every newspaper in
Toledo, which have declined his busi
ness that will amount to hundreds of
dollars. In a recent issue, the Detroit
News, in a leading editorial, ques
tioned Post's sanity and refused space
for the four columns of tirade. Wor
chester, Mass., Labor News.
" The Burlington has recently in
creased the wage of its section men
from $1.50 a day to $1.60 a day. Every
little bit added to what you've got,
makes just a little bit more.
you, and you'll find that our idea of serving
you is not merely to sell you any kind of
clothes and get your money, but it is to
give you something more than just clothes
at a price.
We've studied your wants and have taken
great care in selecting clothes for you that we feel sat
isfied are the very best values in every respect that can
be had; we've selected the best styles and fabrics, the
best colors and patterns, in variety so complete that the
most particular man can find just what he wants, no
matter how conservative or radical his taste may be.
We know that our clothes are good, and we are glad
to be able to give you the assurance that if bought here your clothes will be
right in every detail and that you can't buy better clothes than ours.
You'll be glad to pay our price because you can feel
that you are getting full value for your money; they are worth more than you
pay for them here.
Suits, O'coats, Raincoats
Priced at $10.00 to $40.00
HOW ABOUT IT?
The proceedings of the last meeting
of the board of trustees of the Union
Printers' home was read closely, but
no reference was made to the seating
of Miss Anna Wilson as trustee of the
Home, despite the fact that she re
ceived the high vote in the last elec
tion and should have been the first to
take office in case of a vacancy. This
is only another instance of where the
wishes of the membership is entirely
disregarded. Missouri Trades Union
ist. ALL HAIL TO THE WEST.
The police force of Pueblo will" -wear
uniforms that are union made and the
hats that they wear will be made by
members of the United Hatters of
America, an will of course be union
made. That is what is done in a west
ern city. All hail to the west. -Dallas
About 1825 the question of better
wages, shorter hours and the protec
tion of the factory operatives began
to be agitated in this country, and
from this time, on numerous unions of
different trades were established in
ARE YOU DEALING WITH
THEM? THE HOME MER
CHANTS. We want to call attention to
our advertisers. Are you deal
ing with them? THey are the
ones who are making this pa
per possible and are demon
strating in the only way prac
ticable that they want your
trade. They deserve it and
should get It. Are you trading
with merchants who refuse to
patronize these columns? If so,
you are defeating the purposes
of this paper, which is to aid
you in keeping fair living con
ditions. If a merchant wants
your patronage we know of no
better way to demonstrate it
than for him to say so through
these columns. Please keep In
mind and watch' the regular
change of advertisements. Our
advertisers are giving you the
best goods at the lowest rates.
We pride ourselves on the se
lect quality of our advertisers.
Good Clothes Merchants
Musicians of Erie, Pa., are in high
clover. At the last meeting of the
union twenty-four members were gath
ered into the fold, thereby practically
ridding the town of non-unionists.
Musicians' Union No. 1, of Cincin
nati, is already making preparations
for the annual convention of the Amer
ican Federation of Musicians which
will be held in that city next May. Ali
the necessary committees have been
appointed and a big program will be
arranged for the occasion.
LABOR TEMPLE FACTS.
The L&bur Temple directors must have $2,000 in
eah on Deci iiiber 1, 1909, or they will be up against
it. They want 500 union men to pledge stock sub
scriptions of $1 a month for twelve consecutive
months. If 500 sch men will step forward and
make good, the board of directors will undertake
to raise the rest. .
But until the union men evidence a determination
lioi and a willingness to make some sacrifices to
secure a Labor Temple, the board of directors does
not feel like approaching outsiders and asking for
stock subscriptions. The Labor Temple will be a
paying institution. No doubt about that. .It will
pay in dollars and it will pay in industrial and so
cial betterment. It will mean better working condi
tions, better fraternal feeling,- better wages, better
men, better women and happier children. But the
workers must show their interest by putting up
their dollars. No one man is asked to give largely,
but all are asked to give something.
Did we say "give?" . . -
We meant to say that each man is asked to sub
scribe something to invest something in a project
that will pay big dividends.
If every union man in Lancaster county would in
vest a dollar a month for twelve consecutive "
months in Labor Temple stock, the unions would
have a proptrty worth $25,000, and in addition to
monetary dividends the stockholders would be re
ceiving incalculable benefits. .
What are. you going to do about it?
If you are willing to help, notify Secretary Fred
Ihringer. lie has an automatic telephone. And if
you are willing, notify him before you lay this pa
per aside. Do it now!
The directors of the Labor Temple
Association met in regular session
Monday night. The Boilermakers of
Havelock had a very able representa
tive in the shape of a check for $100.
The Bricklayers had a delegate at the
meeting for the first time, which
shows that the boys are all taking's
hand. Work is progressing rapidly on
the interior. The paperhanging up
stairs will be completed Sunday. The
directors report that the financial end
of the project is being : very nicely
handled by the boys and that every
thing will be O. K. if they keep on at
the present rate.
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Cnk MOT Sfi I
Sr W. C. BOTH jSSESs I
You'll get the same ser
vice in buying Boys'Clo
thing you do in clothes
for the grown ups.
FAIR BARBER SHOPS.
You Will Find the "Union Card In the
1 Following Places.
When you' enter a, barber shop, see
that the union stoop'; card is in plain
sight before "you "get intq the chair.
If the card is not to be seen, go' else
where. The union shop card is a
guarantee of a cleanly shop; a smooth
shave or good hair-cut, and courteous
treatment.' The following barber
shops are entitled to the patronage of
George Petro, 1010 O. : . f
J. J. Simpson, 1001 O. ' :
George Shaffer, Lincoln Hotel.
; C. B. Ellis, Windsor Hotel. ,:
r D. S. Crop, Capital Hotel. V
M. J. Roberts, Royal Hotel. .
A. L. Kimmerer, Lindell Hotel. -
C. A; Green, 120 North Eleventh
C. A. Green, 1132 O.
E. A. .Wood, 1206 O.,-', .
Chaplin & Ryan, 129 North. Twelfth.
;E. C. Evans. 1121 P.
Bert Sturm, 116 South Thirteenth.
J. B. Raynor, 1501 O.
Muck & Barthelman, 122 1 South
J. J. Simpson, 922 P.
Frank Malone, Havelock.
C. A. Hugbart, Havelock..
UNION PRINT 8HOP8.
Printeries That Are Entitled to Us
the Allied Trades Label.
Following Is a list of the printing
offices in Lincoln that are entitled
to the use of the Allied Printing
Trades label, together with the num
ber of the label used by each shop:
Jacob North & Co., No. 1.
Chas.- A. Simmons, No. 2. . .
Freie Presse, No, 3.
Woodruff-Collins, No. 4.
Graves & Payne, No. 5.
State Printing Co., No. 6.
Star Publishing Co., No. 7. '
Western Newspaper Union, No. 8.
Wood Printing Co., No. 9.
Searle Publishing Co., No. 10.
Kuhl 'Printing Co., No. 26.
' George Brothers, No. 11.
McVey, No. 12. .
Lincoln Herald, No. 14.
. Gillispie & Phillips', No. 18.
Herburger, The Printer, No. 20.
Van Tine Printing' Co., No. 24.
Tell the merchant you saw his ad in
The Wageworker. Boost!
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