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About The Wageworker. (Lincoln, Neb.) 1904-???? | View Entire Issue (Feb. 5, 1910)
By Maupin & Hogard
WILL M. MAUPIN . . Editor
V.P.HOGARS . . . . Manager
Published Weekly at 137 No. 14th
St., Llncolr, Neb. One Dollar a Tear.
Entered aa second-class matter April
21, 1904, at the postoffice at Lincoln,
Neb., under the Act of Congress .of
March 3rd, 1879.
TO LABOR UNIONS.
Will you assist us by sp-
pointing some one In your
union to furnish us with news?
The Wagsworker wants to pub-
llsh the news of your local, and
4) In order to do so must have
your assistance. It is our aim
' to give our readers all the la
bor news that Is to be had and
we wish to do It properly, so
that you will be satisfied. By
helping us in this way, you not
only make this paper more val-
uable and' complete, but your
knowledge of what Is going on
In the labor movement Is bet
41 ter and the good feeling among
the varloua crafts is more
4t strongly cemented. When this
fellowship Idea Is instilled thor
4 oughly among us there is less
41 likelihood of a break In the
4t ranks and It la certainly need
sd at the present time.
against foreign competition, just read
about those palatial flats in New
York that rent, unfurnished, for from
$6,000 to $25,000 a year; of the big
flower bills paid by Mr. Capitalist,
and of the cotillion favors that cost
Into the thousands.
The man "protected" isn't living In
the $6,000 flat, nor is he enjoying the
flowers, nor wearing the expensive
He's paying for them all, but he
isn't getting them.
Not by a damsite!
Gee, what a lot of E. Z. Marks w
are, to be sure!
But will we continue to be tbe fall
It depends on whether we are ever
going to agitate our gray matter.
Suppose we take a 'day off some
time and think It over.
LET US REASON TOGETHER.
Come on, now, brother wage earner,
and let us reason together. It will
benefit us If we study things a little
more and "cuss" things a little less.
We ve heard a lot about "prosper
ity" during the last few years, but
have we had the right "dope" on that
That's the question!
Let's see. William E. Curtis has
written an article for the Chicago Record-Herald
In which he talks about
the wonderful "prosperity" of New
York City. According to Mr. Curtis
that city has 27,285 manufacturing es
tablishments, employing 669,000 hands
and 74,000 salaried officers. It takes
$450,549,300 a year to pay workmen
and officials. The capital invested Is
$1,529,945,000, and the volume of the
output Is $2,248,440,500.
nut let's get back to tbe wages
Note that 669,000 "hands" and 74,000
salaried officers drew the sum of $450,
549,300 last year an average of $606
a year each.
But you can safely bet that the
"salaried officials" didn't work for any
old $606 a year. Not much. A nearer
guess would be an average of that
much a month, but call it $2,000 a year,
That would amount to $148,000,000
for the salaried officers, leaving $302,
000,000 for the 669,000 "hands" or the
magnificent average of $450 a year,
$37.60 a month.
My, how thankful those "hands"
ought to be for a chance to earn
$37.50 a month In a city like New
But, look again!
The "hands" and "salaried officials"
produced goods amounting In value to
$2,258,000,000. The salaried officials
didn't have much to do with it, but
we'll count 'em.
The men who made the goods got
back 20 per cent of it one-fifth in
For every dollar that "hands" and
"officials" received in wages, capital
The average "protection" alleged to
be given, labor Is 60 per cent, yet labor
here receives only 20 per cent of the
value of the product
Who'nell's getting the other 30 per
cent of that "protection"?
Stop and think, Mr. Wage Earner!
It's time all of us did a little more
Tbe capitalist who Is so Insistent
that ' American labor be "protected
gets $4 while tbe man he so generous
ly "protects" gets $1. Mr. Capitalist
Is so successful In' "protecting" Amer
ican labor that he rides In his private
yacht and summers in Europe, while
the man "protected" either walks or
' rides tbe trolley cars, and sweats out
eaoh day at an average wage of a
Does that make you think?
Say, don't you think it is time we
secured protection against the fellows
who are so Insistent on giving us their
peculiar brand of protection, and
thought a little less about being pro-
t-cted from the products of the "pau
prr labor of Europe"?
That's a place for think No. 2.
And after- you have read' about the
way Mr. Capitalist "protects" you
THE PARK BOND PROPOSITION
Organized labor In Lincoln ought to
get behind the proposition to issue
$50,000 in park bonds, and push It to
a successful conclusion. The workers
will profit in more ways than one it
will provide employment, and good
parks will add to the enjoyment of
life. The people most deserving of
parks, and who most need them, an
the wage earners whose toil has mad
tbe real estate of this city valuable
The people who ought to provide park
are the people who have been made
wealthy by the increase in land val
ues, but they are able to summer in
the mountains or at the sea coast
The, workers deserve to have ade
quate park facilities and privileges.
The drones will not provide them
unless forced to do so.
The men who made the values can
force the value holders to come across,
How? By the referendum.
Mayor Love and ex-Mayor Brown
are both in favor of a bond issue for
park purposes. They differ a little aa
to the amount, hut that can be set
tled very easily.
Mayor Love says $50,000 and ex-
Mayor Brown says $100,000. Suppose
we split the difference and make it
The Wageworker suggests that tne
unions take the matter up. It would
have the Central Labor-Union take
leading part in the campaign. If this
matter is attended to immediately it
would, doubtless, be possible to refer
this matter to the voters at the same
time as the referendum on the liquor
But, anyhow, let's ge busy and com
pel an Issue of bonds for the purpose
of giving the workers of Lincoln beau
tiful parks and playgrounds.
Tbe Lincoln Ad Club inaugurated
the '.Made in Lincoln" exposition
scheme, then turned it over to the
Commercial Club. The Commercial
Club now proposes to change it to
"Lincoln Industrial Exposition."! Why
the change? It destroys the very pur
pose of the wholo plan.
The Central Labor Union is getting
into the civic game. It will cut
bigger figure, just as soon as your
union elects live delegates and insists
on their attending the meetings of the
The representatives of "vested
rights" who now control the United
States senate will not have everything
their own way If Richard L. Metcalfe
is sent to that body from Nebraska.
TRADES UNION CHARACTERS.
Rev. Charles Stelzle Writes About the
Labor Editor's Due. ,
He is a man of our flesh and blood.
uo 8aji iouuw aq 'o3 is Saaq loy
the papers that he doesn't sell, and
ink cannot make him think when it is
spread on bread. It would seem to be
hardly necessary to remind ourselves
of this very human fact, were it not
that most of us have idealized the edi
tor to such a degree that we imagine
him a sort of an etheral creature
whose living among us is a dispensa
tion of divine providence, but for
whose existence we are not at all re
sponsible. And as with all of God's
gifts, we have become so accustomed
of their beneficence and their comfort,
that we rather take them for granted.
We become conscious of their exist
ence only wnen tney are removea
from us, or when there seems to be
an occasion for raising a mighty howl.
When the paper comes with regu
larity, when our names appear in con
nection with current events, when we
agree with the editorials, when there
is no demand for the subscription
price then all is well. But if the
postman missed out on a delivery, and
if our names are misspelt,, and if the
editorials indicate some original think
ing which shocks our conservative
feelings, and if the business end of
the paper is pressed home upon us,
then, "Oh, cut it rut!" comes the dis
gruntled verdict toward an institution
which has served us faithfully year
after year, and without which the la
bor movement could scarcely exist
To the labor editor we owe a debt
of gratitude which a dollar or two a
year cannot possibly repay. He fights
our battles. He expresses the aspira
tions of the toiler as the toiler himself
cannot express it. He is indeed the
the voice of the people who wander In
For all this, and much more, those
of us who believe in his job should
stand by him. He cannot always do it
single-handed. Sometimes the pres
sure become to great for mortal man
to endure. There's a limit to human
strength, no matter how full of pur
pose and power.
Therefore when the editor does
well, tell him about it, and do it right
away. When has asks for his day's
wage because he has served you, pay
it to him. You'd boycott the fellow
who treated you as you do the editor
in this respect. In a word do to the
editor as though you were the editor,
Chief of Police Malone is making a
record. When the women of a city
get to writing commendations of a po
lice official it is a sign that he is
Lincoln Is soon to have "pay-as-you-
enter" cars. All right But how about
getting some "go-after-you-enter" cars?
And some "come-when-you-need-'em"
A lot of office-seekers are going to
be asked what they may think are
very Impertinent questions before
long, and they'll have to answer, too.
If the men responsible for wars be
tween nations were compelled to fight
them, we'd have disarmament after
the very first struggle.
We are showing an immense line of hair
goods in Turbans, Braids, Switches, etc.
Turbans from 25c to $1.60
Braids, 28 in. and 36 in., from 2.00 to $3 :
Switchs from .59 to $7.50 .
Braid pins at 5, 10, 25 and 50c.
Toilet Goods Dept.
49c Mens Toilet Set Special 49c
Box containing one 25c stick Williams shav
ing soap, one 15c cake Jersey cream toilet
soap, one metal soap box, one 20c can carna
tion talcum powder, 75c worth of A r
goods for T"7C
It is about time to choose your valentines
and although today the Valentine gifts run
more to books, we still show a large assort
ment of the good old fashioned Valentines.
Valentine cards, hundreds of designs, at
lc, 3 for 5c and 5c each.
Valentine booklets and .letters at 5, 10, 15
Valentine novelties, each in separate box,
at 5, 10, 15, 25, 50, 75c, $1.00 and $1.50
Lace Valentines, each
Books Suitable for Valentine Gifts
: v- '
Most of our Valentine Books are boxed and done up with Valentine bands and greet
ings, of which we only mention a few. They are all beautifully bound and make the nicest
kind of a gift for Valentine Day. . . , '
Riley Books at $1.00
Love Lyrics Songs of Cheer
School Day Romances at $1.25
Henry VanDyke at $1.20
The Ruling Passion
The Blue Flower
Myrtle Reed at 1.50
Love Letters of a Musician
Old Rose and Silver
Sign of the Jack O'Lantern
Spinner in the Sun , v
Longfellow s Poems, 1. 00
' Evangeline Hiawatha .
The Christy Girl at 1.00
Books at 50c Suitable for Valentines
Pictures of Memory
All that's Lovely
The Latchstring to Happiness
Man and His Mate
Six Cylinder Courtship
The Mascot of Sweet Briar Gulch
When Knighthood was in Flower
. The Daughter of Anderson Crow
The Enchanted Hat
New Chronicles of Rebecca
My Mamie Rose -The
Shepherd of the Hills
The Coast of Chance
New Fiction at 1.08
The Foreigner .Conner
When a Man Marries Rhinehart
The Island of Regeneration Brady
Mint Julep. . ............... .Martha James
Calling of Dan Matthews. .Harold Bell Wrigs
The Silver Horde . . . . . ; Rex Beach
And, in fact, all the newest books published
It's all right to boycott tbe meat
trust but what about boycotting the
lawmakers who made possible the
( meat trust?
The men who profit most from the
toll of others are the fiiost active op
ponents of old age pensions. Why?
The best way to wipe out anarchy
Is to abolish conditions that breed
There is a difference between
'growing up" and "swelling up."
This is the shortest month of the
year in many ways.
A little more agitation for the label
would help some. . .
Brief Bits of News Picked and Pilferd
From Many Sources.
Painters this coming spring will get
$4 per day in Dallas, Texas.
The Wireless is the name of a new
woman suffrage daily In New York
The Federal Labor Union in Ff-t
Worth, Texas, gained 158 members in
What is probably tbe first Japanese
labor union ever formed in this coun
try was .organized about a week ago
in Denver, Colo.
The following wages are paid in
Dallas, Texas: Carpenters, $4; plumb
ers, $5; bricklayers, $6 and better;
plasterers, $6, etc.
Through the efforts of State Labor
Commissioner Joseph S. Myers and
his assistant, H. G. Wagner, all state
printing in Texas will bear the union
Members of the Painters' Union in
Oklahoma City are hustlers. On Feb
ruary 1, 1909, they had 55 members,
and now they have over 200. Pros
E. S. McCullough of Saginaw, Mich.,
has been re-elected vice president of
the United Mine Workers by 25,000
over Frank Hayes,- secretary of Illi
Maryland court of appeals has de
clared, the child labor law of that
state constitutional. Open shoppers
tried to smash the law so that they
might obtain cheaper labor.
The unions of molders, metal work
ers and mechanclans. in France re
cently voted to combine. The new
society will be called the Union of
Metal Workers and Kindred Trades.
. After a long and bitter fight of the
Label and Advertising committee of
the Typographical Union the San An
tonio, Texas, telephone company's di
rectory will bear the union label. ,.
Four unions have been established
in Des Moines, la., within the last
three weeks. The four are Cement
Workers, Women Day Laborers,
Structural Iron Workers and the
The following large circuses are
recognized as fair by the Bill Posters'
Union: Ringling Bros., Forepaugh-
Sells, Sells-Fioto, Hagenback-Wallace,
Barnum-Bailey, Buffalo BUI and John
The strike of the Columbus, Cio,
pressmen and feeders for the eight
hour day and higher wages resulted
in new compromise contracts,' which
go into effect January 1st. The eight
hour work day is conceded.
The Fort Worth, Texas, Trades As
sembly changed its laws at its last
meeting and hereafter local unions
with lady members will pay but 3
cents per capita on all but the male
members, for whom a tax of 5 cents
will be paid. . 1
F. H. McLean, field secretary of tbe
Russell Sage foundation, will attempt
to organize in Texas an' association
which will work in behalf of compul-
sory education, and will also attempt
to have the child labor laws so' amend
ed as to raise the age limit under the
law from 12 to 14 years. .
' Judge Wagoner in the circuit court
In Galesburg, 111., held that the city
ordinance requiring two men on a
street car is within the police power
of the city, and he fined the company
$500 for violating it. The local sys
tem is owned by the McKinley syndi
cate. The ordinance was passed by
the council four years ago.
LEARNED HIS LESSON.
Dealer 8oaked for Sewing Illegal
Label in Pair of Pants.
At a meeting of the Industrial Coun
cil last month it was reported by a
delegate . from the Beer , Bottlers'
Union that a member of his organiza
tion had purchased' a pair of pants
of J. Segelbohm, 914 Main street, after
being promised that he could supply
the union label. After calling for tbe
pants he called Mr. Segelbohm's at
tention to the fact that the label was
missing. Thereupon the latter, right
before his eyes, sewed on a fraudu
lent label. The matter was referred
to Carl Lindgren, business agent of
Tailors' Union No. 64, who, after a
thorough investigation, placed the
facts before Virgil Conklin," prosecut
ing attorney. The case came up for
trial before Judge Latshaw of the
criminal court Thursday morning,
who, after giving Mr. Segelbohm a
severe lecture, fined him $500 and
costs, with a stay of execution of $450,
which the guilty tailor woulU have to
pay should he ever attempt' such
criminal work in the future. This
ought to be a good example to all
those who believe they are perform
ing a smart trick when they attempt
to deceive union men who want union
made goods. Kansas City Labor Her
ald.' -- : .. --
Knows how to dress you up and has
the finest line of fall and winter goods
in the city. : : : : : : : :
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