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About The Wageworker. (Lincoln, Neb.) 1904-???? | View Entire Issue (April 22, 1910)
By Wageworker Publishing Co.
Will M. Maupin - - Editor
W. P. Hogard - - Manager
EMtmwmd mm cond-cl matter April 21, 1904. at
the poatomca at Lincoln. Neb., under the Act of
i of March 3rd, 1879.
HOW ABOUT THE PRIMARIES?
, The Nebraska legislatures bare
always been noted or notorious by
reason of tbe fact tbat they bave
never contained any representatives
of that class of toilers working in
shops and mills and factories and up
on railroads a class numbering up
wards of 150,000 members. Time and
again union voters have gaily walked
to the polls, whipped into line by the
party lash, and voted for party candi
dates notoriously opposed to organiz
ation. They have voted for corpor
ation tools, for Jack-leg lawyers, brok
en down doctors, decrepit politicians
and ward heelers, but .because of their
own negellgence they have never, or
seldom, bad an opportunity to vote
for a man of their own class.
Under the present primary law the
wage earners of the state have their
opportunity. The next legislature
ought to contain a dozen or more
active, earnest, loyal and straightfor
ward trades unionists among its mem
bers and It will have if trades union
voters do their duty.
How shall we go about it?
Tbe answer is easy get busy now
and capture tbe primaries.
Let the republican unionists get to
gether and select three or four good
union men as legislative candidates.
Let tbe democratic unionists get to
gether and do the same thing.
There are many unionists in the
socialists ranks. Let them do the
Work to get two or three good union
candidates on each ticket in those
counties having a good union vote.
Here in Lancaster, for instance, we
elect five representatives and two
senators. Suppose the republicans
nominate two union men, for the
house, the democrats an equal number
and the socilists one; and a republi
can and a democratic union man
nominated for the senate. Then let
every union voter plump his ticket for
the seven union men, regardless of
politics. In that way we are bound' to
land one or more. If the unionists of
Douglas do the same thing, we'll have
a live union delegation in the next
t A United States senator to elect?
O, "bushwa!" Also "Durham!"
Don't let the party bosses pull the
wool over your eyes again. The wage
earners of Nebraska are or ought to
be vastly more interested in getting
jsome needed labor legislation in this
state than they are in the United
States senatorshlp. The man who
pleads with you to "vote 'er straight"
because we have a senator to elect is
thinking a whole lot more of tbe polic
lcal plums than he is of the welfare
of the wage earners. The union ranks
of Lancaster county can offer some
legislative timber that can not be sur
passed. They are Just as broad-minded.
Just as intelligent, Just as capable,
as any of tbe lawyers, farmers, doc
tors merchants or political sharps
heretofore elected to represent the
county. Scarcely a trade union In
Lincoln or Havelock that could not
furnish seven mighty good legislative
The trades unionists of Lancaster
.county hold the balance of political
power. If they will get together,
work together and vote together, they
can compel the managers of the old
political parties to Jump sideways.
As it is, by reason of our fool parti
sanship and our criminal negligence,
we are the ones who bave been doing
the sideways Jump act We'll get
just what we deserve, and no more.
And we'll deserve the worst of it until
we muster up enough energy and com
mon sense to go out and get Justice.
Don't wait until a week or two be
fore the primaries before starting
something. Now is the time to begin.
ford to pay the increase, but
The Burlington can pay a strike
breaking agency a big wad of money
for a bunch of "scabs."
It can afford to pay the cost of
transportating those "scabs" from dis
tant eastern points to points along
It can afford to pay these "scabs"
from $2 to $5 a day more than the old
employees asked for. 1
It can afford to house these "scabs"
in palatial sleeping cars and feed them
in dining cars.
It can afford to pay professional
strong-arm men to guard these "scabs"
from the gaze of the general public.
BUT IT CAN NOT AFFORD TO
PAY A LIVING WAGE TO OLD AND
How can it afford to do all this?
By making the general public foot
How does it do that?
By increasing the danger of travel!
It fills its coaches with human beings
and then pulls them with engines hav
ing "plugged flues," leaking boilers,
broken stay-bolts and insecure crown
sheets. It endangers the lives of en
gine crews by compelling them to use
locomotives "that are not inspected,
never repaired, never washed out,
never cooled off plugged with corn
stalks and stable refuse, "doped" with
acids and tied up with strings.
Never fear the public is the "goat."
But, Mr. Man, before you trust your
wife and little ones to the dangers of
railroad travel, take a thought of the
increased danger of sending them out
behind locomotives that have been
entrusted to the tender mercies of
such a gang of men as the Burlington
has imported to take the place cf
skilled mechanics whose work made
for y(our safety, and whose sole offen
se was in asking for a living wage.
PRAISE FROM SIR HUBERT!
The Journal is pleased to note the
sixth anniversary of its contemporary.
The Wageworker, of Lincoln, Neb.
Editor Maupin Is to be congratulated
upon the success of The Wageworker
during the past six years and still
more upon the bright prospects with
which It begins the seventh year. The
Wageworker Is clean, able and, above
all, cheerful, a paper well worth read
ing and a power for good to its local
ity. More power to itl Coast Sea
The man who thinks the "dry" vote
of Lincoln represents the prohibition
vote in this city would do well to
quit talking a little while and put In
some time studying up on real facts.
A lot of people who voted "dry" wiu
fight state-wide prohibition to a standstill.
They say that one of the "scab"
Boilermakers at the Havelock shops
tried to sew a patch on a boiler with
a needle and thread. Said he was a
tailor by trade and that he knew of
no other way to put on a patch.
We suggest to the Burlington man
agement that it secure Charles W.
Post as one of the entertainers that
must sooner or later be provided for
the bunch of professional "scabs" re
cently imported into this state.
The craftsmen now on strike in Lin
coln and Havelock ought to spend
some of their leisure time studying up
on what organized labor accomplish
ed in Oklahoma by concerted political
We would like to call the attention
of a few eminent Nebraska reformers
to the fact that county option is not
the only question of vital importance
to the people.
We predict that our good friend
and helper,' Charles W. Post, will
throw another fit inside of the next
ten days. This Is good anti union fit
If there is no news of your local
in The Wageworker its because none
of you took the time to call up the
editor and give him the facts.
The "Ben Franklin Club" seems 10
have played fast and loose with the
principles of the eminent gentleman
whose name it bears.
The conspiracy to drive the allied
printing trades label out of Lincoln
is meeting with several serious ob
For Pleasure-or Bmsimess
you can find here just the kind of
clothes you want
; r -
1 ' dk.
If you want a nice business dress suit we can
always show you a larger assortment and
greater range of prices in good clothes than
is shown by any other Lincoln Store. You
can buy a suit here f or '
$10.00 - $15.00 - $20.00
or $25.00 that is far ahead of anything you
can get elsewhere in quality, style and all
around goodness for the price. They are our
Four Strong Lines
The best clothes that can be made are here
for you, priced from $27.00 to $40.00.
Clothes of true economy.
. . .
GOOD CLOTHES MERCHANTS
Ravenna by the Burlington couldn't
find a boarding place in the city, , and
the Burlington had to send them ' a
bunk car and a cook. Bully for tbe
THINK IT OVER!
The Boilermakers employed on the
Burlington system asked for an in
crease of pay amounting to 1 cents
an hour. Their request was not area
considered. Their committee could
not get a conference. Tbe Boilermak
ers were utterly Ignored treated like
Tbe Burlington says it can not af-
The frost killed the fruit, but it
didn't touch the "hook worm," tthe
"scab worm" or the "graft worm."
To date we haven't seen anybody
running around Lincoln with their
"ongues hanging out.
Lock your doors and nail down
your windows! The "scab" boiler-
makers are in your vicinity.
Two "scab" boilermakers sent to
Moral assistance helps, but finan
cial assistance keeps grub on your
striking brother's table.
Labor Temple stock is' still selling
at par, although it is worth 150. Now
is the time to invest.
The striking Pressmen of Lincoln
are making a good "impression" by
their gallant fight.
People who live in glass houses
should not hurry about changing their
If you take a Burlington train these
days invest in an accident insur
ance ticket. .
A GOOD EXAMPLE.
Union Farmer Insisted on Seeing the
Union Card for Himself.
A little local in the Union Banner
of Fort Worth, under the head "Farm
ers Teach a Lesson" would .show you
what organization and a' demand for
the label card will do:
"Brother Hale of the Painters Un
ion will never forget tire union
farmers. He was sent into the coun
try to do a job and left his working
card at home, never for a moment
thinking there would be need of it.
He was mistaken, however, and was
compelled to make a long trip back
to get it the union farmer wouldn't
so much as allow him to begin with
out showing a paid-up card. A union
carpenter was working on the job and
tried to vouch for the painter, but
that wouldn't go for a minute the
card itself was the only thing that
If the Texas members can stand
by their union in that manner why
can't the Nebraska boys do the same
We are leading the other states in co
operation and why shouldn't we lead
In this respect?
OKLAHOMA'S CONVICT LABOR.
Prison Made Goods Sold There Must
Be Plainly Branded.
On February 10, 1910, Governor Has
kell of Oklahoma signed the following
bill, thereby making it the law of Ok'
lahoina the state that's got 'em all
skinned when it comes to state consti
tution and wise laws:
'Be it enacted by the people of tbe
State of Oklahoma:
"Section 1.. Each article of cloth
ing, harness, saddles, or shoes, tools,
implements or machinery, or other ar
ticles of merchandise manufactured
by convicts of any state of the United
States, " or in any federal prison or
penitentiary," or any territory or dis
trict thereof, before being sold or of
fered for sale in the state of Okla
homa by any merchant, salesman,
agent or representative of any firm
or corporation or individual shall bear
a label not less than two by two (2x2)
inches in dimensions, which shall bear
thereon the words "convict made
goods," followed by the year and the
name of the penitentiary, prison, re
formatory, or other establishment in
which it was made, in plain English
lettering of the style known as Roman
capitals. Said label shall be placed
upon the outside of and upon the
most conspicuous part of said article.
"Sec. 2. Any merchant, person,
firm, or corporation or any salesman.
agent, or representative of any firm,
corporation or individual selling or
offering for sale within the state of
Oklahoma, clothing, harness, saddles.
shoes, or any other articles of mer
chandise, manufactured by convicts or
in any prison or penitentiary of any
state, or of the United States, or any
territory or district thereof, not bear
ing said label, or any merchant, sales
man, agent or representative of any
firm, corporation or individual who re
moves said labels from any articles
manufactured by convicts or prison
ers, prior to its sale to the consumer,
shall be guilty of a misdemeanor, and
shall be punished as hereinafter pro
vided. "Sec. 3. Any person found guilty
of violating the provisions of this act
shall be fined in a sum fef not less
than one hundred ($100) dollars, nor
more than five hundred ($500) dollars,
or imprisonment in the county Jail
for not less than one (1)' month, nor
more than six (6) months, or both
such fine and imprisonment."
LINCOLN ON LABOR.
Men Who Create the Wealth
Mighty Little of It.
Ida Tarbell in the American Maga
zlne recently gave this quotation from
"The hope of this war is in the
common soldiers, not in the generals.
not in the war department not in
me. It's the boys. Sometimes It seems
to me that nobody sees it quite right
It is in war. as it is in life a whole
raft of men work day and night and
sweat and die to get the crops and
mine the ore and build the towns
and sail the seas. They make the
wealth, but they get mighty little of
it. We ain't got our values of men's
work figured out right yet the value
of the man that gives the orders and
the man that takes 'em."
WILL DEBATE IT.
Kelsey and Wright Will Argue Union
Question at The Temple.
General Tom Kelsey and Clyde
Wright will lock horns in debate at
the Labor Temple Sunday afternoon
at 3 o'clock, debating tbe question,
'Resolved, that labor unionism in the
industrial field can emancipate the
wage slave." General Kelsey will taKe
the affirmative and Mr. Wright, who
is a leading socialist, will take the
Everybody is invited to attend this
debate. Both gentlemen are ablo
speakers and well equipped to defend
their side of the case, and the debate
will no doubt be interesting as well as
MUST WEAR UNION HATS.
Members of the Boston Cigarmak
ers' Union will not gain admittance
to the next meeting of the union un
less they wear hats bearing the union
label. Such was the decision of tha
members of the executive board recently.
UNION BARBER SHOPS.
When you enter a barber shop, s-je
that the union shop card is in plata
sight before you get into the chair.
If the card is not to be seen, go else
where. The union shop card is a guar
antee of a cleanly shop, a smooth
shave or good hair-cut, and courteous
treatment. The following barber shops
are entitled to the patronage of union
men: ?' ,.s ' '
Geo. Petro, 1010 O St.
J. J. Simpson, 1001 O St
Geo. Shaffer, Lincoln HoteL.'
C. B. Ellis, Windsor Hotel. , ,
C. W. Lafler, Capital HoteL
E. L. Scott, Royal Hotel.
A. L. Kimmerer, Lindell HoteL -'
C. A. Green, 120 No. 11th St.
W. G. Worth, .1132 O St
E. A. Woods, 1206 O St
Chaplin & Ryan, 129 No. 12th St.
Bert Sturm, 116 So. 13th St
J. B. Raynor, 1501 O St
W. H. Bartbelman, 122 So. 12th St
j. J. Simpson, 922 P St
E. J. Dudley, 822 P St
Lundahl & Warde, 210 So. 18th St
Frank Malone, Havelock.
C. A. Hughart, Havelock. ' ,
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