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About The Wageworker. (Lincoln, Neb.) 1904-???? | View Entire Issue (March 5, 1910)
By Maupin & Hogard
WILL M. MAUPIM . . Editor
W. P. HOGARD . . - . Manager
Kuiered as second-class matter Apri
21, 1904, at the postofflce at Uncoln
rieb., tuiiler the Act of Congress o
March 3rd. 1879.
MAYOR LOVE'S DREAM.
Those who had the pleasure of list
ening to Mayor Love's address at the
Ijilior Temple last Sunday afternoon
heard a scholarly discussion of the
commission plan of municipal govern
ment. With most of Mayor Love's
ideas In this connection The Wage
worker Is In hearty accord, but when
Mayor Love announced himself ,jn
favor of the unsalaried commissioners
lie end The Wageworker parted com
puny immediately. On that one point
Tho Wageworker is uncompromising.
and it believes it voices the senti
nients of practically every wage
worker in the city on that particular
We have but to cite the case of
the British parliament to awaken Lin
coin wage earners to the vicious fea
ture of the unsalaried commission
Members of the British House of Com
inona receive no salary, and for cen
turies tho workingmen and women of
Great Britain were unrepresented for
the simple reason that no wage earner
could accept election and feed and
cloths 'himself and family. Today
there are fifty or more trade unionists
sitting in the House of Commons, but
they are paid the wages of their -craft
by assessments levied by their unions
in this way only have British work
ingmen secured representation, and
through that representation, Justice.
No wage earner in Lincoln can afford
to serve as a city commissioner with
out salary, therefore the city govern
ment is to be given into the bands
of whom? Men of financial means.
even though the possession of finan
cial means argues nothing in their
Javor as business men. Some of the
wealthiest men in Lincoln couldn't
earn a thousand dollars a year in any
trade or profession. They are rich be
cause cheap lands purchased by their
fathers and willed to them bave been
trebled and quadrupled in value by
the toil of the very men whom it is
now sought to deprive of a chance to
become commissioners. Some of the
wealthy men, especially those of the
younger generation, inherited their
wealth, yet these gentlemen may be
commissioners, while the honest,
capable wage earner who is unable to
accumulate a fortune is discriminated
ugainst. Some of the wealthy men se
cured their wealth by the matrimonial
route, and while these men may be
come commissioners under Mayor
Love's plan, the wage earner who
married for love only and struggles
almost vainly to make his wage cover
bis expenses, could not hope to ever
be given the honor of serving as a city
We respect Mayor Loe for bis am
bition to be in part responsible for
the formation of an ideal charter that
will be known to future generations as
"the Lincoln plan." That Is a laud'
able ambition. But if, to achieve that
ambition, he must insert a paragraph
that will prevent the printer, the car
penter, the plumber, the bricklayer,
the painter, or any other mechanic.
from holding ' the ofllce of commis
sioner, then we shall, to the extent of
our meagre ability, strive to prevent
We trust that Mayor Love will take
a second thought. The unsalaried
commissioner, like the purification of
politics. Is, in the language of the late
John J. Ingalls, a "damned irridescent
best methods of meeting these condi
tions. The selfish employer Is not the
worst foe of the workingman. His
worst foe is his own ignorance.
'Sunday is a day of rest, however,
and we are inclined to take issue with
those who would dictate to us just
how we should rest. Recreation is
rest, and for the life of us we can not
see tbe difference between enjoying a
ball game on Sunday and taking a
buggy ride on Sunday. We fail to dis
tinguish the difference between hav
ing eighteen or twenty healthy ath
letes cavorting for our entertainment
and having the good housewife broil
ing herself over the kitchen stove in
order to broil the festive pullet for the
visiting pastor. We opine it is just as
much a sin to whack tbe gutta-percha
golf ball on Sunday as it is to swal
the horsehide-covered sphere on the
first day of the week. And we do no
think that purchasing an Epwortli
Assembly ticket on Saturday for a
Sunday gabfest is any more virtuous
than buying a ticket on Sunday foi
that kind of an entertainment, or any
other kind of an entertainment.
There are arguments against Sun
day baseball, but the moral argument
to our unsophisticated mind, is about
the least tenable of the lot. We be
lieve that if submitted to a popular
vote Sunday baseball would carry by
a huge majority, but even that is no
particular argument in its favor. View
ing the last four presidential elections
from our standpoint the majority has
been wrong every time.
If the opponents of Sunday baseball
want to cut any particular amount of
ice they will abandon the religious ar
gument and get busy with the eco
nomis argument. We are of the opin
ion that it will not be difficult to dem
onstrate that in those cities where
Sunday ball and Sunday theaters flour
ish, the percetage of workers com
pelled to toil seven days a week on a
six-day scale basis is largest.
We bave no fight to make against
Sunday baseball on religious grounds
We are, however, inclined to oppose
Sunday baseball on economic grounds,
With Sunday baseball in Lincoln we
lose the last argument in favor of a
half-holiday, and with It we lose an
other argument in favor of a six-day
wage for five and one-half days' work
We are not very much inclined to
give patient hearing to the working-
man who asks for Sunday baseball on
the ground that the "hasn't anything
to do on Sunday." A majority of
workingmen have families, and Sun
day is a good day to visit and get ac
quainted with the wife and children
Sunday, too, is a good day for the
workingman to study a bit in order to
acquaint 'himself with the conditions
that confront him and ascertain the
livery once in a while we see a
communication in the esteemed Jour
nal signed by "Geo. F. Collins." Is
that the same Collins who represent
ed Gage county in the legislative ses
sion of 1891? If it is we opine that
he ought to be repenting of sins then
committed instead of trying to tell the
rest of us wbat to do to be saved.
Now what do you think of the fel
low who voted against saloons a year
ago, thinking he would have no trou
ble in keeping his cellar full of booze,
and now threatens to vote the
saloons back because he experienced
difficulty in getting any at all in his
As between those who make a liv
ing fighting the liquor interests and
those who make a living from the
liquor business, The Wageworker is
Inclined to go fishing just as soon as
the season opens.
The Labor Temple is not yet paid
for, and you haven't done all you
should do to help wipe out the debt.
And you will not have done all you
should do until you have done all you
Some paretic contributor to the News'
Why" column asserts that wages
have increased from 60 to 75 per cent.
We now Join with those who are in
sisting that the "Why" department be
Lincoln baseball "fans" are not so
insistent upon a ' pennant-winning
team as they are upon a team that
will play the best ball it knows how.
The president of the local street
railway company would better look
Sharp, else it will soon be known as
the Lincoln Humpe company.
We are hoping that next week's
Wageworker will be issued from its
own office from its own type set by its
We greatly fear that Chief of Po
lice Malone is making himself greatly
disliked by Messrs. Metz, Krug Storz
About the best we can say of Lin
coln conditions is that her mud is on
her streets, not in her city govern
The Davenport tract is the best of
the three offered. The Davis tract
proposition ought to be smothered in
President Taft's anti-injunction bill
is the Ben Davis of the whole lot of
Every wage earner should be
favor of the $50,000 park bond issue
How about Sunday band concerts
in the park this summer?
Of course you'll demand the label
in that new spring suit?
Sale of Men's $18, $20, $2250
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npHIS SALE offers you a large
1 selection of light and me
dium weight Overcoats, Top
U)ats and Rain Coats, with
plain or military collars. Plenty
dark and a nice bunch of light colors.
You have often wished you had a nice
Spring or light weight Overcoat, or one
of those long roomy Raincoats that so
many men wear, but felt that you could
not afford it. Now this sale gives you a
chance to satisfy that desire for about
onehalf you would pay for them at any
other time. COME IN AND SEE
Good Glothes Merchants
SPARKS FROM LIVE WIRES.
Gems Lifted From The Wageworker's
Always Welcome Exchanges.
Among the by-products of the
Standard Oil might be mentioned
many falsifying newspapers and boodle
senators. Wilmington Labor Herald.
Tie the .Tag to Taggart.
Every once in a while somebody
elects Tom Taggart senator to suc
ceed Beveridge. There is little likeli
hood that Beveridge will succeed
himself, but it is hoped that the de
mocracy of Indiana will have too
much self respect to choose the wily
French Lick gambler to fill any
honorable position. Fort Wayne La
Very Interesting. 5
Even the "great dailies" are in sym
pathy with the striking shirt-waist
makers in New York. It would be in
teresting to know in what, if any, re
spect the shirt waist makers' strike
differs in motive or conduct from other
disputes of the kind which the said
"great dailies" are over ready to con
demn out of hand. Coast Seamen's
Didn't President Taft make a mis
take in selecting the 'possum as the
patron saint of his administration? In
the first place tbe Latin "possum"
means "I am able," and Taft isn't. In
Ithe next place, the 'possum deceives
his enemies by pretending that he is
dead, -while Taft is pretending, that he
is alive. Duluth Labor World.'
Another tom-fool strike the meat
strike. If wearing apparel were to
rise in price these same deluded per
sons would, no doubt, have recourse
to the fig leaf. Iron City Trades Jour
nal. Interest Your Wife.
Don't say, when you are appointed
on a committee to act for the Central
Council, "My wife won't let me.''
Teach her the value of the work you
are doing, gain her interest in the
union, and you will not only have her
consent, but, in most cases, her active
co-operation. The . average woman,
when she really understands what the
object is, makes a crackerjack "union
man." Spokane Labor World.
Filling a Need.
The International Labor Press Asso
ciation is filling a long-felt want. Time
and again so-called labor press asso
ciations have appeared like mush
rooms, started by schemers for indi
vidual profit, and were soon exposed
as frauds until the publishers of labor
papers became leary of these enter
prises. However, the labor editor
realized more than ever the necessity
for some united action to assert him
self against the exploitation of his pa
per by politicians and labor officials
for no other remuneration than high
sounding resolutions, and the Interna
tional Labor Press is the result. St.
loom's Labor Compendium.
The Real Man.
The real man is he who is not only
content to get better wages and
shorter hours for himself, but also
wants his fellowman to enjoy the
isaine privileges. There is no middle
ground for men of labor, they are
either for or against us, so don't bore
us with the independent gag. Roch
ester Labor Journal.
ADE IN LINCOLN
ADE BY FRIENDS
EFT IN LINCOLN
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f No better flour sold on the Lincoln market.
, Every sack warranted. We want the trade of '
Union men and women, and we aim to deserve it.
if your grocer does not handle Liberty Flour, 'phone
us and we will attend to it. Ask your neighbor
how she likes Liberty Flour. We rely, on the
recommendation of those who use it
H. 0. BARBERS SON
Since the death of Geronimo, the In
dians feel they have a right to their
liberty and to lands. .
The best coal in the market for
LU7WFN EGG OR INUX $6.50
, For Furnace, Heating Stove or Kitchen
Range. Try it.
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