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About The Wageworker. (Lincoln, Neb.) 1904-???? | View Entire Issue (April 1, 1910)
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"I shall never set foot in Blanking
ton's store again," declared Mrs.
Weddorburn in such a tone ot fierce,
determination that Wedderburn looked
up from his evening paper in sur
prise. "I was actually insulted there,
Harry," she went on. "I had intend
ed ,to ask you to start an account at
Blankington's, but after the treatment
I received there to-day I shall certain-i
ly not patronize that firm any more."
"I don't believe we need any more
charge accounts," said Wedderburn,
easily. "But I'm surprised that you
should have met with any discourtesy
at Blankington's. What happened, any
way?" . "Well, when I went down town this
morning I thought I'd just take a five
dollar bill with me. I knew that
would be plenty for the few little pur
chases I Intended making and for Beu
lah Russell's and my luncheon. I tele
phoned Beulah to meet me at Blank
ington's and lunch with me and, do
you know, she simply insisted on pay
ing the bill. She said it was her turn,
and all that sort of things, so, of
course, I had to let her pay.
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raw a splendid sale of lingerie blouses J
for only two dollars apiece, and it was
nice to know I had plenty of money .
in my pocket to buy one and the other .
things I wanted, too.
"I selected a perfect beauty and I
knew you'd be awfully pleased with it, '
because it buttoned in front, Harry. I
told the saleswoman to send it and
then we looked around at all the other
waists and I didn't see any I liked bet
ter than mine, and, after quite awhile,
I went to the girl who had waited on !
me and asked her if my change hadn't
" 'Change! she repeated. 'There
Isn't any change. You gave me the
right amount a two-dollar bill.'
" 'I couldn't have 'done that, I said,
for I didn't have a two-dollar bill with
me. I had Just one five-dollar bill.'
"She called the manager of the' de
partment and we both told him of the
error. I was careful not to say any
thing critleal about the saleswoman's
carelessness, for I know everybody is
liablo to make mistakes. The manager
went down to the cashier and, after I
had waited until I was getting tired,
he came back and said there had been
no five-dollar bill paid into that de
partment ior some time before I had
bought my waist.
"Then you doubt my word?' I said.
" 'No, madam,' ho replied, 'but it Is
possible that you paid a two-dollar bill
without noticing it'
" How could I,' I asked, 'when I had
only a five-dollar 'bill with liier"
" 'Are you quite sure that you had
no two-dollar bill?' he returned.
"Don't you think, Harry, it was im
pertinent of him to question me in
that way? Beulah was incensed at his
rudeness, I can tell you.
" 'I certainly am positive,' I replied,
'for I remember thinking this morn
ing that I'd take a five-dollar bill for
my day's expenses, and as I had but
one bill in my purse, that must have
been It, for I haven't even seen a two
dollur bill for a long time. And,' I
went on, very firmly, 'I wish you would
refund my three dollars at once.'
" 'That's ' just what we can't do,
madam,' he declared, 'but if our cash
balance to-night should show that we
owe you three dollars we'll send It to
"'To-morrow!' I repeated, scorn
fully. 'In the meantime I am left with
out a cent of money in my purse and
am practically accused of trying to
cheat Blankington's out of three dol
lars, when the shoe is really on the
other foot. i
"Then I demanded back the money
1 had spent on the blouse, for I knew
after all that fuss I should never take
any pleasure in it. As I told you at
first, Harry, I've decided never to go
into that store again."
"Have you looked for the five-dollar
bill since you came home?" Wedder
burn asked, stretching an arm toward
his wife's desk.
"No; why should I, when I know I
took it with me this morning?"
Wedderburn did not argue the ques
tion, but quietly pulled out the little
drawer of the desk. There lay a
crisp, green bill.
"Why, I couldn't have taken It out,
after all!" exclaimed Mrs. Wedder
burn. "But where did I ever get that
two-dollar bill? I can't understand
It at all."
"This morning I took a look into
your purse, my dear, and, as it was
empty, I put in the two-dollar bill,
which was all I happened to have with
' "Oh, Harry, why didn't you tell me?
Just see all the trouble you , have
made for me! And that was such a
'beautiful blouse for the money at
Blankington's! And now I shall be
ashamed to go there and tuy it again!"
The Wrong Kind.
"Mayme had a terrible nt yester
day." "Goodness gracious! What caused
"Her dressmaker. Who else do you
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FEDERAL UNION 12916
, Federal Union No. 12916 is now
equipped for business and Is doing It.
George Bush is president and R.
Quarles secretary. The meetings will
be held on the second and fourth
Tuesdays at the Labor Temple.
" Thefinembership 'at the' last meet
ing was. 36, and several applications
are on file.; At the next meeting the
constitution and by-laws of the local
will be ready for discussion, amend
ment and adoption, and then the. full
machinery ' of the local will be in ac
Brief Bits of Labor News Picked and
Pilfered From Manywhere.
Painters have formed . a union in
Philadelphia Typographical Union
will be 60 years old April 4..
Job printers in Toledo have been
granted $18 per week.
Toledo printing .pressmen have se
cured substantial wage increases.
'Sheet metal workers In Jackson
have made application for a charter.
Theatrical stage employes in Joplin,
Mo., have secured a charter.
Inside men in the packing industry
in Ft. Wayne, Ind., have organized.
Ninety per cent of the competent
bakers have organized a union in Ok
lahoma City, Okla.-
A local of glass workers, with a
membership of 30, has been organized
Cleveland city council passed a res
olution ordering that city printing be
awarded to union houses.
The claim is made that the ayerage
pay of shoe workers in St. Louis, Mo.,
is less than $6 a week. i
Preliminary returns show that the
Western Federation of Miners will
soon be a part of the A. P. of L. ,
New. York state branch of the Amal
gamated Association of .Meat cutters
and butchers1 gained 14,000 members
Plumbers in San Antonio, Texas,
have secured the closed shop and a
recognition of the apprentice law.
Every employe of the city of Pitts
burg will get a raise in salary, the
council finance committee approving
Plumbers in Alliance, Ohio, have de
cided to ask for a minimum wage of
$4 for an eight-hour' day, to take ef
fect April 1.
The culinary crafts in San Francis
co are jubilant over the way Japanese
are being replaced by white labor.
Employes of Oakland, Col., shoe fac
tories have organized a union and will
try to improve working conditions.
Pensions are to be granted the
school teachers of Boston. The rate
is to be one-third of the salary at the
time of retirement. The age limit is
tive operation. By that time, too, the
application blanks for membership
will have been received from head
quarters, and then the thirty-six mem
bers will get busy and shove the mem
bership up to or past "the 100 mark.
The membership is now confined al
most wholly to building laborers, but
it is the intention to branch out and
include laborers in other lines, partic
ularly men employed by the munici
pality. , The new organization is full
of ginger and expects to accomplish
The Colorado Industrial Review re
ports that Pueblo ' organized colored
building laborers are receiving $3 to
?3.25 a day, while their white unor
ganized brothers are paid from $1.75
to $2. .
Governor Deneen of Illinois has ap
pointed six employers of labor and six
representatives of workingmen to
draft an employers' liability law and
submit to him by September 1 of this
Five hundred more stone workers
at Bedford, Ind., go out and thus tie
up Hoosler quarries. Several hundred
men went out several months ago
when the companies tried, to -enforce
a drastic wage cut.
Non-union drillmen at the plant of
the Buda Foundry and Manufacturing
company at Harvey; 111., struck for an
increase. of 2 cents per hour. They
were receiving 18 to 15 cents.
John F. Worley, one of the largest
printing office owners of Dallas, Texas,
signed a contract with the Typographi
cal Union. The poor old "Teapot" is
now only a shadow.
New York board of education de
feated a resolution calling for equal
pay for men and women teachers in
the public schools. Three of the four
women members of the board voted
against equal pay.
American Type Founders company
will hereafter send out only union
men to set up printing machinery.
The company's employes are members
of the Machinists' union and are en
joying an eight-hour day.
The National Model License league,
which advocates the licensed saloon
as against prohibition, has "come
across" with its printing and here
after all its products will,' by order of
the executive board, be given to union
shops, so that ' the union label can be
placed on all the work done for the
league. , 1
603 STRIKES IN 1909.
Reports Made to the American Feder
ation of Labor. ,
' The latest report of the American
Federation of Labor shows that dur
ing the year 1909 statements were re
ceived from sixty-eight international
organizations showing that in the
twelve months there were 603 strikes.
involving 87,031 members. Of this
number 53,971 members were 'bene
fited and 9,432 were not. The asso
ciations involved in these strikes con-,
tributed $"1,862,836.03 to maintain'
them. In addition there was contribu
ted by locals for the 'Support of other
locals on strike, irrespective of trade,
affiliation, the sum of $305,440.91, mak
ing $2,068,276,94 expended during toe
year to sustain members on strike. :
Three hundred and forty-one of these
strikes were won, " fifty-seven were
compromised and . one hundred . and '
four lost. At the close of the 'year
there were still sixty-four strikec
pending. ' : ' ' ' ' ''
WON BY ORGANIZED LABOR.
'Herbert N. Casson wields a power
ful pep. In his "Organized Self-Help,"
he says: . :, ' '
"The' high rate' '-of wages in this:
country, compared with Europe and
Asia, is not accidental. ' it is not doe
to the greater benevolence on the pact
of American capitalists. It Is not due
to the fact that this is a new conn
try; the Canadian province, of Quebec
is a new country, yet the wages are
lower there than in England, It is
due ; to the seventy-'flve, : years' . light
against low' wages made by organized
labor. . i " '-.v:: '?."'-"'- ''Hfili-iS "j -''
This country was not a working
man's paradise when it was first set- -tied.
Every Inch of progress for the
laborer has had to be fought for.
"When America was a British col
ony the workingman had no more
rights than a horse. A law was passed
in 1633 enacting that all 'master
workmen' should be paid not more
than two shillings (48 cents) a day,
or 82 cents a day and board. This
was the maximum rate. There was
no law to prevent the employer from
paying less. Any worker who demand
ed more than these rates was fined.
The wage:worker who tried to raise '
the market price Of his labor was re
garded' as an anarchist and a criminal
and dragged before . the nearest
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