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About The Wageworker. (Lincoln, Neb.) 1904-???? | View Entire Issue (June 10, 1910)
Scissored From Portland Labor Press
By Lazy News Editor.
The Iowa State Federation of La
bor meet June 14.
Catholic societies are prominent in
an early closing movement In Toledo,
Surburbun lines around New York
City are raising rates. They need the
San Jose has been carried for the
third successive city election by the
Organized labor has defeated the
corporation candidate for sheriff in
German courts sustain the right of
boycott to a much greater extent
than In the United States.
Co-operat've farmers stores are sy
tematically boycotted by a combine of
wholesale dealers In Iowa.
Federal officials are to investigate
the alarming exodus of skilled Amer
ican farmers and mechanics to Can
ada. The fifteen business agents of the
unions in Spokane will hereafter have
an auto at their disposal. It saves
Sugar Trust emissaries have se
cured 2.000 Russian farmers In Siber
ia, and practically enslaved them in
Seven ot the 42 members, of the
Municipal Council of Copenhagen are
women. They recently received
Roosevelt at a banquet.
U. S. paper money Is to be made
smaller. The amount of necessities
When you buy your new suit see
that you get the union label, and show
the world that you are a consistent
In New York, dock laborers are
cystematically robbed of credit for
time they work. They are unorgan
ized, and therefore, almost helpless.
In Switzerland the people have vot
ed In a cabinet officer known as. the
Secretary of Labor. He Is nominated
by the labor unions, and his appoint
ment follows as a matter of course.
The executive of the labor educa
tional association of Ontario is mak
ing arrangements for the holding of
mass meetings In various centers
throughout the dominion.
In Ohio some of the members of
the legislature who fought the em
ployers liability law' recently passed
have been placed on the political to
boggan slide at the direct primaries.
The United Garment "Workers of
America have been great sufferers as
a result of the prison output of shirts,
overalls, trousers and the like, used
by workingmen In their trade.
The Steel Trust Hell at South Beth
leham. Pa., is to be Investigated by
a Federal council of the allied Pro
testant churches. The preachers are
a little slow, but they mean well.
Some 400 members of the Journey
men Tailors Union, at Winnipeg, ate
on strike for a 10 per cent raise cu
"extra" work. The strike was called
as a last resort, after negotiations
The American Federation of Labor
is now busy gathering statistics re
garding affiliated local unions, par
ticularly in regard to the wages paid
and hours worked in different sections
of the country.
The American Federation ot Labor
is sending to the central bodies and
the various state federations an in
teresting book giving an account of
the work of the special committee on
The State Federation ot Labor of
Texas has decided by a large major
ity vote that hereafter all officers of
the federation are to be elected by
secret ballot, and" In that way all pol
itics may be eliminated.
Milwaukee city authorities propose
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houses to take the place of the slums.
The money will come from, the sav
ings In the hundreds of little and big
grafts being unearthed.
A newspaper man id New York re
ports that the Y. M. C. A. free em
ployment bureau is almost as bad
as a "pluckme" employment graft
shop. One dollar down and two-thirds
the first week's wages is demanded.
By vote taken recently the members
of the Moyie Miner Union expressed
themselves as being in favor of amal
gamating with the United Mine Work
ers of America, and thus becoming
affiliated with the American Feder
ation of Labor.
It is up to organized labor to look
Into the boast of the United Cigar
Stores Company that it is selling more
cigars than ever before. It does not
handle any union products whatever;
so its prosperity must be founded on
unfair labor conditions.
Norway has recently granted full
suffrage to women. One election has
been held in which most women could
vote subject to a property or Income
tax, but after this there will be al
most, if not quite, universal suffrage.
Right here, let it be noted that no
body doubts but what that nation will
continue to produce the sturdy, in
dustrious, able offspring it always has.
The young man who told his best
girl that she was the apple of his eye
doubtless meant that she was a
The charticler hat proves that not
only most city folks look to the farm
yard for their living, but also lor
Patronize those who patronize you.
Deal with the advertisers in your lab
or paper. They want you. Show
Some men would almost as leave go
to church on Sunday as stay home and
read the funny pages, of the papers
to the children.
The Medical Record is authority for
the statement that the adulteration of
food is carried on to such an extent
as to threaten the extinction of the
race in a few decades.
Always stand up for the right, but
do not wear yourself out with worry
because you cannot turn the world
and make it over in a day.
If you do not perform your part of
the obligation which you have taken,
how is it possible that you should ex
pect the association to do theirs?
Many a woman as sharp as a brier
at the bargain counter has been
obliged to confess that she was fooled
in the selection of a husband.
T. L. Lewis, president of the Uuited
Mine Workers, has issued a statement
in which he declares that the men
have $5,000,000 for a strike fund.
This country could, no doubt, be run
a great deal better if it wasn't for
the constitutional objection an Amer
ican has to letting any one run him.
A lawyer wants $35,000 for advising
a client to marry a man who lived
only a week. Think what the lawyer
would have charged had the husband
lived a year!
The British possessions in New
Guinea haze large areas of hardwood
forests. The goverment sells no land,
about five cents per acre a year, plus
60 cents to $1.75 per thousand feet for
the lumber cut.
Toronto carpenters have turned
down an offer made by the builders
exchange io set the rate of wages at
35 cents per hour. The brotherhood
and amalgamated men are working to
gether in an effort to secure 40 cents
an hour as the minimum rate.
Russian laborers in Hawaii are not
docile enough and they have very bad
habits. The plantation bosses, find
that they will fight and steal, rather
than work 14 hours a day in the cane
fields and mills. Isn't it awful what
a time the plantations have to get
The city authorities under the new
city goverment of Milwaukee propose
to get after the street-car combine
with ordinances enforcing better serv
ice. Graft and fraud in the state lands
does not encourage the movement to
secure the forest reserves of the Fed
eral goverment by the states for con
servation and settlement. What a
grafting school of land speculators
will start up if Congress puts it
In the Idaho primary law is a pro
vision for the expression of both first
and second choice for governor (and
probably for other officers). This
frill enable the rank and file to al
most certainly name their choice and
bring out a strong vote, for every vote
will count. We must have the pra
ferentlal vote in Nebraska.
The father of the referendum is un
known, but the modern form of it
first found expression in the province
of St. Gallen, in Switzerland, in 1830.
From there it spread through Switzer
land. In some forms it was operative
in the sixteenth century. In New Eng
land it was in operation in the very
beginning of the settlements.
In West Virginia the awful explosion
in the Stuart mine last year, in which
90 men and boys were killed, was
caused by the most gross violations of
the laws of every kind regulating
mines, but the courts have decided
that no damages can be collected be
cause the men knew of the danger,
and because the explosion was an act
Court proceedings, in San Francisno
disclose a fish trust that doubles the
price of fish, a potato trust that dou
bles the price of spuds, and so on.
The strike situation between the
British Columbia Copper Company and
its employes has been practically set
tled. The Mother Lode and Oro De
noro mines are idle and the smelter
is cold, only about 20 men being em-'
ployed cleaning up and making re
pairs. Mine workers to the number of
40,000 in the United Mine Workers of
America, a branch of the A. F. of L..,
are demanding that the general gov
erment establish mine rescue and ex
periment stations, in the coal mining
centres. This will help some, but a
good, stiff liability law in each state
will help on the good work still more.
The slaughter of miners is because it
pays the companies to kill them.
CONSERVING HUMAN LIFE.
Some Startling Facts Brought Out at
a Great Church Meeting.
It is estimated that 10 000 people
attended the great Labor Mass Meet
ing conducted under the auspices, of
the Presbyterian Department of
Church and Labor in Atlantic City
during the last week in May, while the
National Convention of the Presby
terian church was in session.
This, was the Fifth Annual Labor
Meeting of the Department, and each
time the Labor Meeting has been the
most largely attended of any held dur
ing the two weeks session of the
National Convention. Heartily co
operating with the Labor Department
was the Central Labor Union of At
lantic City, which appointed a strong
committee to arouse an interest in
the undertaking. While organized la
bor is not very strong in this town,
fully 2,000 trades unionists turned
out, their leaders taking seats upon
the platform. -
The meeting was presided over by
Congressman William S. Bennett of
of New York, who Is a member of the
committee directing the general work
of the Labor Department of the Pres
byterian church. Mr. Bennett made
a strong plea for the conservation of
human life, stating that the boys with
whom he played baseball in his na
tive town, only two were now alive,
the remainder of them having been
killed as railroad men. The Rev. War
ren H. Wilson, Ph. D., the assistant
Superintendent of the labor depart
ment, spoke on the 'Conservation of
Country Life" and the Rev. Charles
Stelzle, superintendent of the Depart
ment, addressed the convention on
"Conservation of Industrial Life." He
said in part, "When 30,000 industrial
workers are killed every year, some
thing is wrong in our industrial sys
tem. In some cases it is nothing short
of murder. It is said there are near
ly always 3,000,000 persons in this
country who are sick, and the pity of
it is that most of this illness is pre
ventable. It was once believed that
human mortality followed an inexor
able law. Facts, however, show that
mortality varies in different places
and decreases as better hygienic con
"The length of life in Sweden and
Denmark is fifty years; in the United
States and England about 40 to 45;
in India less than 25. The death rate
among the poor exceeds that among
the rich by about 100 per cent. Infant
mortality among the poor is about
three times as great as it is among
"The present working day from a
physiological standpoint is too long.
It keeps the majority of men and
women in a constant state of over
fatigue, and induces the craving of
means for deadening fatigue and in
duces drunkenness and other ex
"The real Justification for a shorter
working day is found in the Interest
of the race. It is the business of the
church to remedy this situation. We
should talk less about building up
the church and more About building
up the people. The church is simply
a means to an end and not end in it
"The Protestant churches of Amer
ica have a membership of 18,000,000,
with a constituency of 40,000. It is
the most powerful agency in America
today for the solution of the social
problem. If the social problem of
America is not solved, God and man
may hold the church responsible."
WE ALL GET IT.
The Labor Leader of Chattanooga,
Tenn., is having its troubles because
a few union men have seen fit to
criticise its policy. Cheer up, Rogers;
there was never a good labor paper
such as the Leader that did not have
a few enemies, and they are usually
those fellows so warped politically
that they can't see beyond the end
of their noses. Oklahoma Labor
RICK LAYERS' BALL TEAM.
The Bricklayers' ball team has just
scored its six succesive victory, and
next Sunday will go to Malcolm to
play the strong amateur team of that
village. It expects to come with its
seventh scalp. The Bricklayers are
willing to go against any team made
up of union men in Lincoln or Have
lock, and will not turn down chal
lenges from any amateur team in this
neck o' the woods.
NEEDED IN EVERY STATE.
The so-called "strike ad." law is
now operative in Massachusetts. The
bill was introduced by Representa
tive Morrill, a Socialist, and pro
vides that it shall be obligatory for
an employer or his agent who adver
tises in any manner for workers, to
state the existence of a strike, lock
out, or other labor disturbances.
Rudge & Guenzel Co.
Savings in Beds and Bedding
We have recently completed and received for sale this
week, several remarkable purchases of beds, springs and
mattresses. We believe the prices quoted are considerably
less than we have ever before offered on goods of this
staple quality. Savings are offered that should interest
housekeepers, hotels, and rooming houses.
$3.50 Woven Wire Springs, full size, sup- -ported
by steel helicals and patent: link
fabric, for full size iron beds. This
$3.50 Springs as illustrated above, with
rust spots or imperfections. Known as
seconds. Your choice this week, ,at,.
$1.50 Springs, close woven wire, extra cord-,
ed fabric, full size iron beds. This week,
each , 90c
$1.50 Springs, as above, with rusted fabrics
priced to close, at each 50c
$2.50 White Iron Beds, full size, 'curved
top, head and foot board, complete with
rails and casters .' -.. .$1.29
$5.00 White Enamel Iron Beds, full size,
4 1-2 feet high, brass knobs and brass top
rail. This week $3.50
$6.00 Roman Gold Beds, as above, this
$5.00 Roman Gold Beds, brazss mounted,
now ; .$3.75
$6.00 Extra heavy, full size beds, this
week ; . $4.75
$10.00 extra heavy Roman
Gold Beds, this
$11.50 Sample White Beds,
this week .$9.20
$13.50 Sample Black Beds,
this week $10.00
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$17.50 Sample Gold . Beds,
this week . . .$14.00
$18.50 Sample Gold Beds,
this week . .; .$14.00
$21.50 Wood Finished Iron !
Beds, this week ...$17.50
Felt Mattresses at $5.25
40 FULL SIZE GENUINE BLOWN, ONE-PIECE COTTON PELT MATTRESSES,
weight 45 pounds, genuine unbleached natural gray felt, covered in Fancy ' '
. Art Tick, blue in color. Sells in most stores at $8.00, this lot only. :. .. $5.25,
60 Bolster Rolls in full or Size at 1.25
Made hollow to hold the pillows, extra light, very strong and covered 1 Of
in cambric, 60 special values, at each........................ .
Sixty Patterns in
No wonder selection is made easy and sat
isfactory, considering the-many .patterns of
Refrigerators we show and the extensive price
THE HERRICK Made with solid oak eir
terior, with 1 3-8-inch mineral wood insula
tion the best insulating material known.,
WHITE ENAME REFRIGERATORS All
metal inside and out, with glass shelves and
separate vegetable compartments.
THE LEONARD In Ash, Oak or Red Gum
Satin Walnut finish, with plain galvanized
zinc, enameled or pure porcelain linings.
NEW COMBINATION REFRIGERATORS
and KITCHEN CABINETS, in the Satin Wal
Undoubtedly the largest showing of refrig
erators ever made by this store now awaits
your inspection, priced from
$105.00 to $7.50
Popular Gas and
: Gasoline Stoves
Just as interesting as our Refrigerator show
ing, will be found our large display of Gas
and Gasoline Stoves. .
In Gasoline Stoves we carry the famous.
QUICK MEAL make in New Process Vapor
Burners, New Style Giant Burners and the
regular style. Sizes and patterns-are shown in
a great variety. The price, range on Gasoline
Stoves will be found extremely varied, ranging
from $36.00 down to . . J . . . . .... .$4.50
IN GAS STOVES we carry a complete line
of patterns, featuring especially ' the Short
Cabinet GARLAND GAS RANGE, which takes
up 15 inches less space and is the same size
stove as other makes. In regular and High
Oven Cabinet in QUICK MEAL Gas Ranges,
our stock is extremely varied.
Prices range from, each, $37.50 down to $11.50
" 'WE INVITE YOUR INSPECTION
TWO VALIANT WOMEN.
Give Lincoln Unionists Pointers on
Playing the Union Game.
For several days this week Lincoln
has been honored by the presence of
two young women from St. Louis who
came here in the interests of the
locked-out garment workers of that
Miss Fannie Sellin, president of the
St. Louis local, and Miss Kate Hurley,
are the two young women mentioned,
and they came here to put t spoke
or two in the wheels of the Marx
Haas Co. which locked out the union
garment workers eight months -ago.
As a result of their visit there is not
a store in Lincoln handling the output
of that "scab" concern. The young
women went about the work in a
businesslike way,1 and they made a
splendid impression everywhere they
visited. They addressed several local
meetings at the Labor Temple and
told an interesting story of the "great
fight that the garment workers have
been waging in St. Louis. One , of .the
most interesting ' incidents related
was that concerning the political fight
the garment workers put up against
a "scab" who1 had the temerity to
run for alderman. This fellow was
once a member of the union,, but de
serted to return to the struck factory
at a high wage. Later he became a
candidate for the city council. On the
morning of election day Misses Sellin
and Hurley went into the "scab's"
ward with banners and literature, and
they spent the day working against
him. In the middle of the afternoon
he tried, to bribe them to stop their
fight by promising to come back Into
the union and quitting his "scab",
job. r .
"We'd rather have you out of the
union than in, you traitor!" exclaimed
Miss Sellin. "And you'll neither g-st
back into the union nor into the city
And she was right. He is not back
in the union. Nor is he in the coun
cil. He was defeated by twenty-seven
votes, although his party candi
dates were all given a substantial-majority
in the ward.
The two young ladies are traveliag
all over the country in the interests
of their locked-out comrades, and they
are doing effective work wherever
they go. Their visit to" Lincoln has
been an inspiration to the unionists
of this city.
Win Handily. In Their Little Bout
With Capital Beach.
It did not take ,10ng for the Car
penters to win out in their little dif
ference with the management of Capi
tal each. They went to it and didn't
back track for a minute. As a result
of the special meeting of the Central
Labor Union last week, the Beach
management saw a great light and
immediately capitulated. As a result
of a conference brought about by the
special i meeting the Beach manage
ment signed up with Carpenters' Un
ion No. 1055, and in consequence the
job was unionized. -
Business Agent Eissler is on fae""
job day and night, and the local Is
feeling the effects of his good work.
, A full attendance is desired at the
meeting next Monday night, as it will
be the occasion of the semi-annual
election of officers. -
.; The annual convention of the Broth
erhood of Carpenters and Joiners, will
meet in Des Moines next September;
and of course No. 1055 ought to be
represented by a full quota of dele
gates. The Des Moines local is going
the limit to make the convention a
success. By the way, the carpenters
cut ice in Iowa. Senator Cummins is
a member of the Des Moines local,
and so is Labor Commissioner Van
Duyn. The membership of the Des
Moines local is over 1,000.
New members continue to be taken
in, by No. 1055 every Monday night.
Thje membership is now practically
300, with enough applications on file
to push - it past that number.
LEATHERWORKERS STILL FIRM.
The.Leatherworkers are still "stink
ing." Only one desertion from the
ranks is reported. The strikers meet
regularly and keep up a cheerful front.
A number have secured work in .tb
er lines, and still others have left
the city and secured work elsewhere.
Those who remain are firm in the
faith and expect to stick until they
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